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According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Duke Johnson is the "leading candidate" to replace Andrew Hawkins as the Browns' primary slot receiver.

Johnson was surprisingly profiled in Cabot's preview of the team's wide receivers. The 23-year-old has emerged as one of the more polished receiving backs in football, topping 500 yards receiving in each of his two seasons. Cabot believes he has a "good chance" of taking over the Hawkins role and it stands to reason that his receiving output would increase under those conditions. Johnson hasn't been used much in the running game anyway, logging a mere 177 carries since arriving as a third-round pick in 2015.
Jul 23 - 10:47 AM

In a statement made to TMZ, the woman who accused Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence last year called her relationship with Elliott "very toxic."

"Exactly 1 year ago today my life changed forever," the accuser wrote. "I finally got the strength to be the strong woman I was and got myself out of a very toxic relationship" Despite claims that Elliott harmed his accuser on five separate occasions between July 17 and July 22, 2016, no charges were ever filed. The NFL is reportedly nearing the end of its year-long investigation into Elliott's domestic violence allegations and discipline, if there is any, should be handed down shortly. Most reports suggest Elliott will face at least a one or two-game suspension. Dallas opens its season at home against the Giants on September 10.
Source: TMZ.com
Jul 23 - 10:06 AM

John Brown has bulked up to 185 pounds this offseason.

He's added 12 pounds of muscle since last season. Brown has clearly put an emphasis on strength training, though luckily it hasn't come at the expense of his patented speed. "I'll never lose that," he promised. ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss said the new, bulkier Brown has the look of a "game-changing receiver," which is exactly what he was before complications from his sickle-cell condition derailed his season in 2016. Currently being drafted as a WR4 in fantasy, Brown has the chance to be an immense bargain.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:48 AM

ESPN's John Keim projects Rob Kelley to open the year as the Redskins' starting running back.

Keim gave Kelley only a tepid endorsement in his lineup projections, expecting him to hold the job "for now" while confirming that fourth-round rookie Samaje Perine could overtake him at any point. Fat Rob showed promise at times last season after replacing Matt Jones as the starter, but seemed to wear down as the year went on while offering next to nothing in the passing game. Fantasy owners have been treating Kelley as an RB3/4 in early drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:38 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim projects Jamison Crowder to start opposite Terrelle Pryor in two-wide sets.

As expected. Crowder will line up outside when the Redskins employ two-receiver sets and will shift to the slot when they go three-wide with Josh Doctson. In other words, Crowder will be all over the field and should have a chance to assert himself as Kirk Cousins' go-to target, if he wasn't already. A PPR monster, triple-digit catches is well within Crowder's reach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:25 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein considers Eric Ebron a "prime candidate for a breakout year."

That's assuming he stays healthy, which is always a big if with Ebron. The fourth-year tight end tallied a career-high 711 receiving yards in 2016, which ranked eighth among tight ends. One way to keep Ebron fresh would be to limit his exposure on run downs, which the Lions can accomplish by giving those snaps to blocking tight end Darren Fells. With Anquan Boldin gone, Ebron can also expect a much bigger role in the red zone this year. At the moment, he's being drafted as a borderline TE1 in most fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 9:11 AM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton projects Devin Funchess to start opposite Kelvin Benjamin this season.

Starting Funchess should be a no-brainer for Carolina after losing Ted Ginn to the Saints in free agency. After Ginn out-snapped him 690-493 last season, the 2015 second-round pick can expect a much bigger workload in 2017. The fantasy community hasn't shown Funchess much love this summer—his ADP is in the 200s—but he's an acceptable late-round flyer and could offer some upside as a cheap DFS option in favorable matchups.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 8:58 AM

Free agent OG Chase Farris will miss all of 2017 after suffering a torn Achilles.

The injury occurred while training for the upcoming season. This also explains why New England waived him with a non-football-injury designation on Thursday. Farris spent last year on the Patriots' practice squad after going undrafted out of Ohio State. Expect the Pats to fill his vacant roster spot by adding an interior lineman.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 23 - 8:45 AM

Patriots DB Duron Harmon is recovering from ankle surgery.

Harmon sat out the entire offseason program. He's close to fully healthy, but may not be ready for training camp. Harmon is locked in as the Patriots’ No. 3 safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

Chargers first round WR Mike Williams (back) denied reports he may need season-ending surgery.

"That was false information," said Williams. "I don't know who released it, but everything is good." This falls in line with an NFL Network report, though it's obviously still a fluid situation. Williams is expected to open training camp on the active/PUP list.
Jul 22 - 8:05 PM

The Buffalo News reports Sammy Watkins (foot) "should be close to 100 percent" when training camp starts.

Watkins is on track to be fully cleared after a limited OTAs. He's not going to get many preseason reps, but there's been nothing but positive reports since his option was declined. Entering a contract year, Watkins has the makings of a post-hype blowup if he stays healthy, though Buffalo projects to remain run heavy in 2017.
Jul 22 - 7:15 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is "impressed" with LG Mike Iupati’s conditioning.

Iupati ballooned to 345-pounds while dealing with an ankle injury last year. He's in better shape this season at close to his listed weight of 331 pounds. The Cardinals have concerns on the right side with unproven Evan Boehm replacing Evan Mathis, but are counting on Iupati to anchor their interior line.
Jul 22 - 5:06 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali expressed frustration with his 2016 role.

Hali made multiple grievances on his status with the Chiefs in a Saturday tweetstorm. He questioned his late season workload, and is still disgruntled over his lack of playing time in Kansas City's Divisional Round loss. Hali was productive despite starting just two games last year, ranking as a top-15 outside linebacker at PFF. With Dee Ford on the rise, there's unlikely to be a major snaps increase in Hali's age-33 season.
Jul 22 - 4:30 PM

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (core) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Ramsey is recovering from early June surgery. He'll be eased into training camp, but his regular season status isn't in doubt. The Jaguars also placed CB Aaron Colvin on PUP.
Jul 22 - 3:35 PM

Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Carson Palmer won't play in the Hall of Fame Game.

It's an expected move with the Cardinals managing Palmer's reps. Palmer wore his arm out last offseason, but has responded well to rest. Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert will likely split the game against Dallas.
Jul 22 - 3:15 PM



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