Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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49ers WR Quinton Patton sees "opportunity" in coach Chip Kelly's offense.

"There’s a lot of opportunity out there with coach Kelly coming in with his offense, and the offense slinging the ball around," Patton said. "It’s more uptempo." A rascal-bound octogenarian is more uptempo than the 49ers offense of recent memory, so Kelly's system represents a dramatic change for the skill players. The increase in tempo matched with what should be negative game scripts will create more opportunities for the passing game, but it is unlikely those go to Patton. The underwhelming 2013 fourth-rounder has 472 yards total through three seasons.
Jun 29 - 9:57 PM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (calf) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Staying healthy will be the trick for Campanaro considering he has played in just eight games since being selected in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft. "It’s been a little rough, but I’m not the first guy and I won’t be the last guy that had injuries early in their career," he said. In a deep receiver group, Campanaro will find himself in a dogfight for one of the final spots in camp. He has to stay healthy to have a shot.
Jun 29 - 9:47 PM

BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink expects fourth-round WR Chris Moore to make the roster.

It would be shocking if a fourth-rounder did not crack the final roster as a rookie, but it is a question considering how deep the Ravens are at receiver if Breshad Perriman (knee) is healthy. Perriman's health could also play a factor in Moore's opportunities. A vertical receiver who tracks the deep ball as well as anyone, Moore could carve out a deep-threat role if Perriman starts the season on the sidelines. Even so, he is unlikely to come into fantasy value this year.
Jun 29 - 9:40 PM

The Seahawks aren’t expected to re-sign free agent Tarvaris Jackson.

Seattle is moving on after Jackson’s recent legal troubles. Jackson is doubtful to sign anywhere until his off-field issues are resolved.
Jun 29 - 7:06 PM

ESPN Dallas reports Darren McFadden (elbow) is questionable for Week 1.

Dallas gave McFadden a two month timetable following his mid-June surgery. He’s still in a brace, and is going to miss the majority of training camp. McFadden’s injury could allow Alfred Morris to open the year as the No. 2 back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 29 - 6:33 PM

Third-round TE Austin Hooper has impressed OC Kyle Shanahan with his route running.

"He really comes off the ball hard," Shanahan said. "He's not the fastest guy, but he's fast enough. He’s got good cutting, so he can break off at the top." Atlanta expects Hooper to improve their red-zone offense after their 2015 struggles there. Hooper only has to beat out Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo for regular snaps.
Jun 29 - 5:06 PM

Orleans Darkwa missed OTAs with a leg injury.

The injury won't keep him out of training camp, but is a setback to his roster chances. Darkwa and Andre Williams are competing for one spot.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Browns signed third-round DL Carl Nassib to a four-year contract.

Nassib is projected for rotational snaps to open the season. The Browns want him to add weight to play the interior in sub packages. With Nassib locked up, Cleveland has signed all 14 of its draft picks.
Jun 29 - 4:29 PM
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