Brandon Coleman WR NO 2 days ago
Despite trading away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, the Saints did not take a wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft. Coleman is a leading candidate to be the Saints' fourth or fifth receiver, behind Marques Colston, Brandin Cooks, and Nick Toon, reports ESPN.com.
Though he was well-known out of Rutgers due to his formidable size (6-6, 225-pounds), Coleman was not selected in last year's draft and was signed as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans. He struggled with drops early in training camp but bounced back nicely and spent most of the year on the team's practice squad, before being promoted to the active roster in Week 17. While Coleman failed to appear in a game, head coach Sean Payton referenced him during a lengthy answer on his confidence in the current receiving corps, at one point saying, "I think we're going to hear a lot of good things from Seantavius Jones and Brandon Coleman." He's still a ways away from making a fantasy impact but the wide-receiver depth chart is wide open in New Orleans and Coleman's size makes him, at the very least, a formidable red-zone threat.
Nick Toon WR NO 2 days ago
Despite trading away both Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills this offseason, the Saints did not take a wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft. Toon appears to be penciled in as the Saints' third receiver, behind starters Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks, reports ESPN.com.
When asked about not taking a receiver with any of the team's nine draft picks, head coach Sean Payton singled out Toon. "We think Nick Toon's developing. A lot of the snaps last year toward the end of the year we started seeing him make some plays. He's a tremendous worker who's got size," Payton said of the 6-4, 218-pounder, who didn't catch a pass until Week 12 but finished with 17 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown over the final six games. Toon likely has the early leg up in the competition for depth-chart position but will continue to battle for snaps with a pair of undrafted rookie free agents from last season, Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones, and troubled speedster Joe Morgan.
Lance Dunbar RB DAL 2 days ago
Dunbar could be in line for more touches this season after the Cowboys failed to select a running back in this year's draft.
None of the other current residents of the club's depth chart (oft-injured Darren McFadden, plodding Joseph Randle and his off-field issues, fragile practice squad holdover Ryan Williams and UDFA Synjyn Days) seem likely to be an every down back, so Dunbar could see more third down action than he did when DeMarco Murray was in town. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but Dunbar will need to shake off his own injury-prone label and prove he still has game-changing speed and elusiveness if he's going to be worth an investment.
Ryan Williams RB DAL 2 days ago
Williams could have a significant role in the Cowboys' backfield this season after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.
Oft-injured Darren McFadden sits on top of the depth chart, with the plodding Joseph Randle and his off-field issues as his main backup, so a good showing in camp from Williams could easily put him in line for meaningful touches. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but after spending all of last season on Dallas' practice squad this is likely Williams' last chance to make his mark in the NFL.
Gerald Christian TE ARI 2 days ago
The Cardinals selected Christian in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 256th overall.
The last pick in the draft, Christian is a former Florida transfer who found a good amount of success at Louisville over the last two years, accumulating 60 receptions for 810 yards and nine touchdowns. There's an unevenness in Christian's game in that he has the skill set of a move tight end, yet at just 244 pounds with awful athletic testing (4.87-second 40, 12.32 agility score), it's possible that Christian doesn't possess the physical traits necessary for that skill set to work in the NFL.
Joseph Randle RB DAL 2 days ago2 Comments
Randle is set to be a big part of the Cowboys' backfield this season after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.
He's second on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden, but McFadden's inability to stay healthy throughout his career could leave a lot of touches available for other backs. The Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but Randle's off-field issues make him a risky player to invest in as well.
Darren McFadden RB DAL 2 days ago
McFadden remains on top of the Cowboys' depth chart after the club failed to select a running back in this year's draft.
The club insists that they are comfortable with the players currently on the roster, and the Cowboys' elite offensive line is certainly capable of making any back a fantasy asset, but McFadden's inability to stay healthy throughout his career is going to make him a tough player to invest in.
Rory Anderson TE SF 2 days ago
The 49ers selected Anderson in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 254th overall.
Anderson was one of those college players who always seemed on the verge of breaking out only to always fall short of the expectations. Standing at 6-foot-5, 244 pounds, Anderson caught eight touchdown passes in his first two years at South Carolina, and on just 22 receptions. The big upside he flashed over those two years seemed to evaporate in the next two, however, as he would go on to score just one more touchdown in his college career. Injuries were a fairly consistent issue for Anderson in 2013 and 2014, and a persistent triceps issue prevented him from running at all in pre-draft workouts. In any case, if Anderson can regain the explosive form he showed early in his career at South Carolina, this should be a steal for the 49ers.
Brandon Carr DB DAL 2 days ago
Carr's agent, Ben Dogra, says his client won't restructure his contract to take a pay cut, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Carr himself wouldn't discuss the situation, so this could simply be posturing on Dogra's part. The Cowboys selection of cornerback Byron Jones 27th overall in the draft, however, means that Carr may well have to accept a restructure if he wants to avoid being a post-June 1 cut.
Xzavier Dickson LB NE 2 days ago
The Patriots selected Dickson in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 253rd overall.
Dickson (6-foot-3, 260 pounds) had a productive senior season in 2014, posting nine sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss, and now the Patriots will likely groom him as a defensive end. Aside from a 4.74-second 40-yard dash, Dickson's athletic testing was very discouraging, so he doesn't seem to have much upside.