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Antonio Gates TE - SD ...
According to a statement from the NFL, the Chargers' veteran tight end has been suspended without pay for four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. He is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Impacts: Gates' suspension opens the door for Ladarius Green to break out as the Chargers' No. 1 option at tight end, at least for San Diego's first four games.Gates will be eligible to return to the Chargersâ active roster on Monday, October 5 following the teamâs October 4 game against the Cleveland Browns.
Antonio Gates TE - SD Gates will be suspended for the first fo...
Gates will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Impacts: With the suspension of Gates, the Chargers will look to Ladarius Green and David Johnson to fill the TE void at the onset of the season. Gates' value will take a hit come draft day, but his 12 touchdowns and 821 receiving yards from last season proves that he can still be a legitimate pick in the final rounds of standard-sized leagues for the upcoming campaign. The first opportunity for the veteran to make his 2015 debut comes against the Steelers on Oct. 12.By Rotowire.com
Rolando McClain LB - DAL McClain (knee) has been suspended for fo...
McClain (knee) has been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Mike Garofalo of Fox Sports 1 reports.
Impacts: The middle linebacker seemed to get his career back on track last season with the Cowboys, but McClain will now have to sit until Week 5 before returning to the lineup. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens are the most likely candidates to fill in for McClain while he's out, who at least will get extra time to recover from his arthroscopic knee surgery before he does get on the field.By Rotowire.com
Sheldon Richardson DT - NYJ Richardson has been suspended for the fi...
Richardson has been suspended for the first four games of the coming season for violating the league's policy and program for substances of abuse, NFL.com reports.
Impacts: As a result, Richardson, who is coming off a season in which he recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks, will see a reduction in his IDP value in re-draft formats, but he'll be worthy of an in-season pickup once his suspension is complete.By Rotowire.com
Dorial Green-Beckham WR - TEN Armed with 4.49 speed and a 6-foot-5, 23...
Armed with 4.49 speed and a 6-foot-5, 237-pound frame, Green-Beckham drew pre-draft comparisons from NFL Media's Charles Davis to Falcons star Julio Jones and former NFL wideout Plaxico Burress. Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell also compared the rookie to Calvin Johnson and Marvin Harrison.
Impacts: The Harrison and Megatron comparisons are wildly premature, but a healthy Green-Beckham has a shot to steal snaps away from the enigmatic Justin Hunter across from Kendall Wright. Long missing an identity, the Titans sure could use a young breakout star to help their new quarterback develop.
Vernon Davis TE - SF 2014 was an unmitigated disaster for the...
2014 was an unmitigated disaster for the San Francisco 49ers offense and Davis was not immune. The once-productive pass-catcher had arguably his worst professional season with just 26 receptions for 245 yards and a pair of touchdowns -- both of which came in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Impacts: So much about last season seemed like an anomaly for Davis that it's hard to imagine him having a second consecutive dismal campaign. While Davis isn't likely to return to the top of the tight end rankings, but a return to a slot as a mid to low-end TE1 this year isn't out of the question.
John Abraham LB - Abraham is wanted by police in Brookhave...
Abraham is wanted by police in Brookhaven, Georgia for a charge of misdemeanor battery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Between his struggles with concussion symptoms and off-the-field issues, Abraham faces an uncertain professional future. He said this weekend that he's 50-50 on returning for a 15th season, but there haven't been any further updates, and a return to the NFL might now require dealing with league discipline.By Rotowire.com
Joique Bell RB - DET Bell, who has spent the offseason restin...
Bell, who has spent the offseason resting his knee and Achilles, is expected to return to the field in time for the start of training camp, MLive.com reports.
Impacts: Moreover, Bell doesn't seem concerned about his ailments, setting some fantasy-friendly goals in the process. "I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell noted. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed." While we'll take his projections with a bit of a grain of salt for now, it is encouraging that Bell is on track to be ready for training camp, at which time he'll resume work atop a Detroit backfield that now also includes second-rounder Ameer Abdullah, a speedy back who should work in a complementary role at a minimum, as well as returnee Theo Riddick, who is in line to contribute as a pass-catching back.By Rotowire.com
Devin Funchess WR - CAR The Carolina Panthers' revamped receivin...
The Carolina Panthers' revamped receiving corps has been one of the most-discussed units in the NFL this offseason, with praise emanating from nearly every corner of the franchise. Pairing mammoth receivers Kelvin Benjamin and rookie Devin Funchess gives the Panthers a distinct one-two punch few in the NFL can match on the outside.
Impacts: While they don't possess much speed, the Benjamin-Funchess combo should aid quarterback Cam Newton, who has a tendency to spray high on passes. Benjamin is a borderline WR1 upside while Funchess could prove to be quite a draft bargain at his late-round price. Newton's stats could also benefit from the addition of the big rookie.
Aaron Rodgers QB - GB Rodgers said he hasn't needed treatment...
Rodgers said he hasn't needed treatment on his calf recently and isn't concerned about it going forward, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Rodgers battled through a calf injury during the playoffs, but it was never expected to be an issue for the upcoming season. He'll enter training camp at full health, playing in an offense that brings back all of its key pieces. There are few quarterbacks, if any, with a comparable combination of skill and team context.By Rotowire.com
Nate Irving LB - IND Irving is progressing well in his rehab...
Irving is progressing well in his rehab from an ACL injury, the Colts' official site reports. "He's ahead of schedule as far as the rehab goes," coach Chuck Pagano noted of Irving earlier this month.
Impacts: The hope remains that Irving is on track to take the field during training camp, though he may not be full-go on that front right away. "The docs and the trainers are optimistic that there's a possibility that by August 1 he might be ready to get back in the fold and do some things, but it's not 100 percent," Pagano cautioned. Once he's up to speed, Irving, who recorded 46 tackles in eight games for Denver in 2014, will have a chance to compete for a starting inside linebacker job for the Colts.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Bryant's agents and the Cowboys met Frid...
Bryant's agents and the Cowboys met Friday to discuss a possible contract extension for the wideout, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Bryant, who has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag tender, missed the bulk of the Cowboys' offseason program, but he was present for the final day of the team's mandatory minicamp on June 18, though he did not practice. In any case, while a deal does not appear imminent, there does appear to be mutual interest on both sides to get something done, before the July 15 deadline. The 26-year-old wideout is coming off a stellar 2014 campaign in which he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 TDs for Dallas.By Rotowire.com
Tom Brady QB - NE Though the appeal of Brady's four-game s...
Though the appeal of Brady's four-game suspension concluded Tuesday evening, NFL.com suggests that commissioner Roger Goodell is unlikely to make a ruling on the matter before next weekend.
Impacts: Brady was suspended last month by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." Per the Boston Herald, Brady and his legal team appeared confident that they've presented a "compelling" case, while acknowledging that it remains unclear when the league's ruling will be handed down. While some reduction of Brady's punishment remains a potential outcome, second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains on track to fill in at the start of the Patriots' 2015 regular-season slate.By Rotowire.com
Antoine Cason CB - Cason, a free agent, will miss the entir...
Cason, a free agent, will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery on his right foot Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. "Had surgery this morning to fix an ongoing problem," Cason wrote on Instagram.
Impacts: The 28-year-old started 11 games for the Panthers last year, recording 58 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions before being released after Week 13. He was then picked up by the Ravens and played in two games, failing to record any stats in either contest.By Rotowire.com
Fred Jackson RB - BUF Jackson said he expects he'll have to co...
Jackson said he expects he'll have to compete for a roster spot, the Bills' official website reports. "We'll see what happens with me getting cut or not," Jackson said. "I'll go out and do whatever I can to make sure that doesn't happen. We've got to compete every year. This year is no different than any other year. I've got to go out and compete for my job."
Impacts: The Bills can save approximately $2.5 million by releasing the 34-year-old Jackson, who may face competition from Karlos Williams, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon for a roster spot. Jackson's comments aren't necessarily off base, but he was a solid contributor last season and is one of the more popular players in the organization. Even with C.J. Spiller swapped out for the more durable LeSean McCoy, the Bills can probably find a way to make use of Jackson's diverse skill set. If not, the veteran should find plenty of suitors as a free agent, though his days as a lead back are seemingly numbered.By Rotowire.com
Stephen Tulloch LB - DET Tulloch is expected to be ready for trai...
Tulloch is expected to be ready for training camp after tearing his ACL in Week 3 of the 2014 season, the Lions' official site reports.
Impacts: The recovery process continues for Tulloch, as he was limited in OTAs and minicamp this offseason. The 30-year-old should be a participant in some capacity at training camp, however, and is expected to start at middle linebacker to begin the 2015 campaign. In the three games he saw the field last season, Tulloch recorded 20 tackles and two sacks.By Rotowire.com
Jadeveon Clowney LB - HOU Clowney (knee), who is progressing well...
Clowney (knee), who is progressing well from microfracture surgery, hopes to be on the field for the start of training camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: All along, Clowney has been aiming to be ready for the start of the 2015 regular season, and this nugget supports that notion. Assuming he can reestablish his health, Clowney -- the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft -- has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher down the road, despite recording just seven tackles in four games during his frustrating rookie campaign last year. With an eye toward the long haul though, the Texans will likely ease the linebacker back into the mix throughout August in order to help guard against re-injury.By Rotowire.com
Ahmad Bradshaw RB - Bradshaw has been suspended for one game...
Bradshaw has been suspended for one game by the NFL due to his May marijuana charge, Pro Football Talk reports.
Impacts: Bradshaw pleaded no contest to the charge, and the league has accordingly suspended him. He remains a man without a team right now, and this won't help Bradshaw's cause as he looks to catch on with a franchise for the 2015-16 season.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor WR - CLE Pryor has been claimed on waivers by the...
Pryor has been claimed on waivers by the Browns, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impacts: Pryor, who was waived Thursday by the Bengals, is in line to give it a go as a wide receiver for the Browns after previously working as a quarterback. While we'd be surprised if he landed on the fantasy radar in the short term, he does possess an intriguing blend of size and speed that could lend to a successful position switch.By Rotowire.com
Jerod Mayo LB - NE Mayo -- who tore his patellar tendon las...
Mayo -- who tore his patellar tendon last October -- is not yet 100 percent, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Mayo, who recorded 53 tackles in six games for the Patriots last season, has yet to see the field through the team's OTAs and minicamp, and it's unclear how much work he'll be able to see once training camp starts. Once Mayo reestablishes his health, however, the 29-year-old is in line to start at linebacker for the Pats, along with Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) and Jamie Collins.By Rotowire.com
Taylor Mays S - DET Mays has signed with the Lions, NFL.com'...
Mays has signed with the Lions, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Mays, a former second-round pick who has started 10 games in five seasons, was released by the Vikings last week. He's one of the NFL's better athletes when it comes to measurables, but he'll likely just compete for a depth role on the Lions. Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo are expected to start at safety, with Isa Abdul-Quddus the likely top backup.By Rotowire.com
Tyler Eifert TE - CIN Although the Bengals took a cautious app...
Although the Bengals took a cautious approach during OTAs and minicamp, Eifert appears to be fully recovered from last season's shoulder and elbow injuries, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Eifert was somewhat limited during offseason practices, but he'll likely be a full participant in training camp. With Jermaine Gresham no longer around, the 2013 first-round pick is expected to take on a larger role in the offense, possibly even serving as Andy Dalton's No. 2 target. Eifert is one of the league's most physically-gifted tight ends, and he reportedly looked excellent in his limited work this offseason. Of course, he'll be playing in an offense that wants to focus on the running game, and WR Marvin Jones (ankle/foot) is also returning from a major injury to compete for targets.By Rotowire.com
Devonta Freeman RB - ATL At this stage, Freeman has a leg up on r...
At this stage, Freeman has a leg up on rookie Tevin Coleman for the Falcons' No. 1 running back slot, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impacts: Not surprisingly, coach Dan Quinn has yet declare a winner in that position battle, but in his second year as a pro, opportunity knocks for Freeman, with the Falcons re-tooling a backfield that bid adieu to both Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, since the end of the 2014 season. Aside from an advantage in terms of experience, Freeman's good hands and route-running help put him in a position to see added touches in 2015, after carrying the ball just 65 times for 248 yards and catching 30 passes for 225 yards as a rookie.By Rotowire.com
Calvin Johnson WR - DET Johnson, who missed three games last sea...
Johnson, who missed three games last season, indicated that he's in good health in advance of training camp, the Detroit News reports. "I feel good, man, I'm in a good place right now," Johnson noted. "I had a whole offseason to heal up."
Impacts: Johnson endured a high ankle sprain last season, but he appears well past that issue now and is looking forward to a statistical rebound in his second season working in coordinator Joe Lombardi's offense. In 13 games last year, Johnson recorded 71 catches for 1,077 yard and eight TDs, subpar numbers for him, but assuming continued good health, it's more than reasonable to predict an uptick in production for the talented wideout, who turns 30 in September.By Rotowire.com
Fred Davis TE - Davis was released by the Patriots on Fr...
Davis was released by the Patriots on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Just over a month since signing a one-year deal with the Patriots, Davis has been released. He hasn't played in a game since serving a year-long suspension for DUI. It remains to be seen if any tight end needy teams will give Davis a look once training camp opens.By Rotowire.com
Chris Ogbonnaya RB - Ogbonnaya has announced his retirement,...
Ogbonnaya has announced his retirement, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
Impacts: The 29-year-old Ogbonnaya carved out a nice career for a seventh-round draft pick, suiting up for 53 games between five different teams. He retires with 158 carries for 710 yards and two touchdowns, along with 96 receptions for 714 yards and another two scores. He wasn't an especially talented runner, but made up for it with his ability to contribute as a fullback, pass-catcher and special-teamer.By Rotowire.com
Terrelle Pryor QB - The Bengals have waived Pryor, Joe Reed...
The Bengals have waived Pryor, Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impacts: With Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron also in the team's QB mix, Pryor and Josh Johnson were essentially competing against each other for depth slotting. Pryor will now look to catch on elsewhere, but his chances of being given an opportunity to start for another NFL team appear slim.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Marshall LB - DEN Marshall (foot) is expected to begin run...
Marshall (foot) is expected to begin running next week, the Broncos' official site reports. Moreover, Marshall noted that he "should be able to do some drills at the start of training camp."
Impacts: Marshall, who is bouncing back from offseason surgery to address a mid-foot sprain that he suffered last December, acknowledged that his foot will probably bother him "a little bit throughout the whole year," but also noted that it's not an issue that will keep him off the field once the season starts. The linebacker led the Broncos with 113 tackles last season in 14 regular season contests and appears destined to retain IDP utility, assuming he adjusts well the the team's move to a 3-4 defense.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Though he did not join the team's practi...
Though he did not join the team's practice, Bryant made an appearance at the Cowboys' final minicamp session on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Impacts: While Bryant was not in uniform Thursday, he was spotted catching passes with teammates on the sideline. "It's great to have him here," coach Jason Garrett noted. "Dez obviously hasn't signed his franchise deal yet so he's not practicing." As ESPN.com relays, there has been speculation that Bryant -- who Cowboys franchise tagged at a rate of $12.823 million -- could conceivably miss regular season action if he does not have a long-term deal with the team in place before July 15. At first glance, such a scenario would appear unlikely, however, given that such a move would cost the wideout roughly $754,000 per week.By Rotowire.com
Jimmy Smith CB - BAL Smith is still not back to full strength...
Smith is still not back to full strength in his recovery from surgery on a Lisfranc foot sprain he suffered nine months ago, but head coach John Harbaugh said the cornerback is showing good progress, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports. "He has worked hard as far as the injury front this year," Harbaugh said of Smith on Tuesday. "He is getting closer and closer to being 100 percent. He's not there, yet, but nobody has worked harder than he has."
Impacts: The news is encouraging for Smith and the Ravens, as he is set to start at right cornerback fresh off signing a four-year, $48 million contract extension with Baltimore this offseason. Smith is definitely a young and talented defensive back, but his history with injuries is still a cause for concern, regardless of how well he heals from this injury. In his eight games before suffering from the injury, Smith recorded 28 tackles and just one interception, and should only be considered an IDP option in deeper leagues for now.By Rotowire.com
Le'Veon Bell RB - PIT Bell is appealing his three-game suspens...
Bell is appealing his three-game suspension from a substance abuse policy violation, and his appeal has not been heard, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impacts: Bell, who accumulated a total of 2,215 total yards last season, continues to play the waiting game to see when he will officially be able to line up in the Steelers' backfield this season. Until a decision regarding the status of Bell's suspension is made, it is believed that offseason acquisition DeAngelo Williams will act as the starter in Bell's absence.By Rotowire.com
Kelvin Benjamin WR - CAR Benjamin missed Wednesday's minicamp pra...
Benjamin missed Wednesday's minicamp practice due to a right hamstring strain, the Associated Press reports.
Impacts: Previously, Benjamin was afflicted by left hamstring issues during OTAs, missing a handful of practices. The recurring hamstring injuries are something to keep in mind when preparing for upcoming drafts, but the receiver expects to be healthy when training camp kicks off in late July. No matter, his status as Cam Newton's primary receiving threat outside of Greg Olsen sustains Benjamin's value, as he prepares for his sophomore season.By Rotowire.com
Victor Cruz WR - NYG Cruz (knee) hopes to avoid starting trai...
Cruz (knee) hopes to avoid starting training camp on the Giants' physically-unable-to-perform list, the Daily News reports.
Impacts: Cruz, who is bouncing from the patellar tendon injury that ended his 2014 season, suggests that he believes he could already pass the team's pre-training camp conditioning test at this stage, while optimistically noting that "by late July, early August, (he) should be somewhere around 100 percent." For now, however, Cruz is among the Giants who are not participating in practice during the team's current minicamp.By Rotowire.com
Dennis Pitta TE - BAL Pitta (hip) hasn't received clearance to...
Pitta (hip) hasn't received clearance to practice, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: That explains why Pitta isn't taking part in the initial minicamp practice Tuesday. He's already participated in individual drills throughout OTAs, though, so he is making a semblance of progress in his recovery from his second dislocated right hip. On the other hand, there's no telling if he'll be able to handle contact when training camp starts in late July.By Rotowire.com
Odell Beckham WR - NYG Beckham (hamstring) won't take part in t...
Beckham (hamstring) won't take part in the Giants' minicamp this week, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: After contending with hamstring concerns throughout his standout rookie season, Beckham will be contained to work on the side in order to save himself for training camp and beyond.By Rotowire.com
C.J. Anderson RB - DEN Anderson will enter training camp atop t...
Anderson will enter training camp atop the depth chart, and Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak suggested the team would like to have a three-down running back, ESPN.com reports. "I think in this league as coaches you look for guys that can be three-down players," Kubiak said. "When you have two-down players, that's fine, but it's just very difficult in the game standpoint and getting them the ball and calling the game when you're not out there all the time. [Anderson] has a knack for protection, he's very bright in protection. So he's a guy that's not going to leave the field -- as much as he can stand. And that's what the great ones do, so that gives him an excellent chance."
Impacts: Montee Ball said he thinks he can climb back to the top of the depth chart, but it increasingly appears that may be a futile effort. Anderson showed up to OTAs in good shape and took most of the first-team reps after starring for Denver down the stretch last season. He doesn't have breakaway speed or a ton of experience, but it's difficult to poke holes in the 24-year-old's well-rounded skill set. If Anderson solidifies his role as a three-down workhorse, Ball and Ronnie Hillman will be left to fight for scraps. The lead running back in a Peyton Manning offense has a sky-high ceiling in nearly any circumstance, but it's still worth noting that the Broncos' offensive line will be replacing four starters from last season's playoff loss.By Rotowire.com
Sammy Watkins WR - BUF Watkins (hip) is participating in 11-on-...
Watkins (hip) is participating in 11-on-11 drills at Tuesday's minicamp practice, Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports.
Impacts: The increased participation suggests that Watkins, who was limited to position drills at OTAs, should be fine for training camp in the wake of offseason hip surgery. He'll be the leader of Buffalo's revamped receiving corps, but the team's coaching staff has repeatedly emphasized that they want to lean on LeSean McCoy and the running game this season. Although obviously not lacking for talent, Watkins may not have the same target volume or quality of quarterback play as most No. 1 wideouts around the league. The Bills will let Matt Cassel, EJ Manuel and Tyrod Taylor battle for the starting quarterback job in training camp.By Rotowire.com
Junior Galette LB - NO Galette (pectoral) was told by Dr. James...
Galette (pectoral) was told by Dr. James Andrews that he will not need surgery, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: There was some concern Galette would need surgery which might come with a recovery timetable in the range of 5-6 months. He'll instead try to treat the injury with rest and rehab, hoping to be healthy in time for Week 1. If his recovery doesn't go smoothly, it would be a huge loss for a Saints defense that's looking to bounce back from a dreadful 2014. Galette is coming off consecutive seasons with double-digit sacks.By Rotowire.com
Da'Rick Rogers WR - Rogers was released by the Chiefs on Tue...
Rogers was released by the Chiefs on Tuesday, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impacts: The former five-star recruit had a shaky college career that was largely notable for off-field issues, and he then went undrafted in 2013. Rogers has since spent time with the Bills, Colts and Chiefs, but he didn't get on the field last season. He'll turn 24 Thursday, and he shouldn't have much trouble finding another opportunity to compete for a roster spot.By Rotowire.com
Shonn Greene RB - TEN Greene will be released by the Titans on...
Greene will be released by the Titans on Tuesday, The Tennessean reports.
Impacts: Greene was expected to attend a mandatory three-day minicamp that starts Tuesday, after missing all of voluntary OTAs. It's unclear whether his absence from OTAs affected this decision, but even if he'd stuck with the team through training camp, he would have faced an uphill battle to make the final roster. The Titans save more than $3 million by releasing Greene, so it's somewhat surprising the move didn't happen months ago. Bishop Sankey is the favorite to lead the Tennessee backfield, with David Cobb and Dexter McCluster likely in supporting roles. Greene, meanwhile, will probably need to compete for a roster spot wherever he may land.By Rotowire.com