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Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times Union expects Julius Thomas to score double-digit touchdowns this season.

Per Carlyon, Thomas was "nearly unstoppable" at OTAs. Thomas got off to a slow start last year after missing the first month with a broken hand but finished the season strong by nabbing touchdowns in four of his last seven games. Thomas will have no trouble returning TE1 value as long as he stays healthy.
Jun 26 - 8:53 AM

TE Michael Williams won't have surgery until the swelling goes down in his left knee.

Williams suffered a torn ACL at minicamp on June 8. He had been the favorite to land the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Now that role will likely be occupied by Clay Harbor. Williams is hoping to undergo surgery the week of July 4. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 8:41 AM

A decision from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension could be coming in the next week.

Legal experts predicted it would take the court between 3-6 weeks to make a ruling and Monday will mark five weeks from when the appeal was filed. Brady asked for an en banc hearing after the court upheld his suspension by a 2-1 vote on April 25. It's been 17 months since this ordeal began and we're still no closer to reaching the finish line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 8:26 AM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford missed time at minicamp with a knee injury.

It's not major concern, but Kansas City needs Ford healthy with Justin Houston sidelined. Ford should be ready for the start of training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 9:17 PM

The Seahawks aren’t expected to sign free agent LT Eugene Monroe.

Multiple reports have linked Monroe to Seattle, but they only want him at their price. Monroe is targeting $5M-plus annually despite getting cut from Baltimore. The Seattle Times expects the Seahawks to go into the season with their current offensive line.
Jun 25 - 8:10 PM

CSN’s Jimmy Durkin confirms Roy Helu (hip) will be ready for training camp.

Helu missed OTAs after offseason surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, but his roster spot’s in danger. DeAndre Washington saw reps with the first team this spring and projects to open as the No. 2 back.
Jun 25 - 7:20 PM

Chris Conley got first-team reps opposite Jeremy Maclin at minicamp.

Albert Wilson also rotated in. Kansas City didn’t do much to upgrade opposite Maclin this offseason, adding Rod Streater and fifth-rounder Tyreek Hill. Conley’s the favorite to start, but has limited deep-threat upside with Alex Smith. The Chiefs should remain one of the league's most run-heavy teams.
Jun 25 - 6:08 PM

Jerraud Powers is expected to open the season as Baltimore’s nickel corner.

Powers drew raves for his performance at OTAs. He has the inside track for the nickel role going into training camp. Shareece Wright is expected to start opposite Jimmy Smith.
Jun 25 - 5:20 PM

Dolphins CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) is questionable for training camp.

He got in limited minicamp work, but couldn't put a percentage on his health. The Dolphins are moving Ifo slowly coming off his lost 2015. He’ll be a threat to Bobby McCain’s slot role if he regains pre-injury form.
Jun 25 - 4:31 PM

Sixth-round pick Jakeem Grant is the favorite for Miami’s punt return job.

Grant was a kick-returner only in college. Playing him at both return spots should get him more touches. Grant saw time in the slot at OTAs, but doesn’t project for an offensive role.
Jun 25 - 4:17 PM

Texans fourth-round RB Tyler Ervin (quad) should be ready for training camp.

Ervin was sidelined for the late stages of OTAs/minicamp, but his status isn’t a concern. Alfred Blue is the favorite to back up Lamar Miller after last year’s strong finish. Ervin’s missed reps are a setback, but he has potential to open the season in the No. 2 role.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 3:29 PM

Bengals DT Brandon Thompson (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the season.

Thompson is five months removed from a Week 17 torn ACL. He missed the entire spring and could open the season on reserve/PUP. Thompson will be in the mix for rotational snaps when healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 2:58 PM

Brandon LaFell says he’s acclimated to the Bengals’ offense.

LaFell was targeted behind only A.J. Green this spring with Tyler Eifert sidelined. The Bengals are limiting rookie Tyler Boyd to the slot, so there’s some early-season value to his role if Eifert isn’t ready for Week 1. LaFell was a drop-heavy disaster in 2015, but should see a lot of single coverage.
Jun 25 - 2:49 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said TE C.J. Fiedorowicz has improved in the passing game.

"I think one of the things that you’ve seen him do during this offseason program is get better in the passing game," O'Brien said. "He’s more instinctive. He knows the plays better. He’s a really, really hard worker." A 2014 third-rounder, Fiedorowicz has just 21 career catches in 31 games. Even if he has shown improvement in the passing game, he is not going to be a fantasy option this season.
Jun 25 - 1:44 PM

Calvin Johnson said he knew 2015 would be his last year in the NFL before the season began.

Johnson has not wavered in his retirement decision, but that will not stop the comeback questions from popping up every time he is in public. He was asked about the future at his "Catching Dreams" football camp on Saturday, and he swatted down any talk of unretiring. Unfortunately for people who like to watch elite receivers dominate, Johnson has played his last NFL snap.
Jun 25 - 12:56 PM



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