Riley Cooper WR PHI 4 days ago
Cooper will likely stick around with the Eagles for one more season, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Cooper signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract last offseason, then caught just 55-of-95 targets for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. He'll have a shot to compete for a starting job during training camp, but he's unlikely to be anything more than the fourth or fifth option in Philadelphia's passing game. Given the size of his contract and the likelihood that he'll have a small role, Cooper will likely be released after 2015.
Darren McFadden RB DAL 4 days ago
McFadden said his hamstring is doing great, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
McFadden was limited by a hamstring ailment during OTAs, but he made it back on the field for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. He'll enter training camp with a shot to earn a significant role in the offense, competing against Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams for carries. Randle and McFadden are the favorites to win the starting job.
Keenan Allen WR SD 4 days ago
Allen plans on losing some weight, ESPN.com reports.
There have been rumors that Allen wasn't in great shape last season, and he hopes some additional speed will help lead to a bounce-back year. He's still a heavy favorite to lead the Chargers in targets and receptions, after catching 77 passes for 783 yards and four touchdowns on 121 targets (in 14 games) last year. He caught 63-of-95 targets for 936 yards and eight touchdowns over the final 12 games of his rookie season, adding another eight catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in two playoff games.
Joique Bell RB DET 4 days ago1 Comment
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.
Moreover, Bell doesn't seem concerned about the ailments that he is recovering from, 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 self-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.
Matt Ryan QB ATL 5 days ago2 Comments
Ryan will likely move out of the pocket more often under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, USA Today reports.
Ryan put up consistently strong numbers while working with former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter the past three years, throwing for 4,500+ yards and 26+ touchdowns each season. The Falcons hope to have a more balanced attack under new OC Kyle Shanahan, whose offenses have typically been quite successful running the ball. Of course, the run-pass ratio is largely a product of game situations, and the Falcons' personnel still points toward a pass-first offense. The team returns the potent wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, but there are no shortage of questions along the offensive line and throughout the defense.
Aaron Rodgers QB GB 5 days ago
Rodgers said he hasn't needed treatment on his calf recently and isn't concerned about it going forward, ESPN.com reports.
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.
Cameron Artis-Payne RB CAR 5 days ago
While ESPN's David Newton acknowledges that Artis-Payne is still behind Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves in terms of reps, the rookie could overtake the duo down the road in the event of a Jonathan Stewart injury.
While Artis-Payne, who was selected in the fifth round of this year's draft, is largely off the re-draft radar at this stage, he's a name worth filing away, given what Newton describes as the rookie's "bruising, between-the-tackles style" as well as Stewart's injury history.
Kenny Bell WR TB 5 days ago
Bell could challenge Louis Murphy for the Bucs' third receiver job this coming season, ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas reports.
While Yasinskas notes that Bell looked good in the Bucs' offseason workouts, Murphy's experience probably gives him an initial edge for the job in training camp. In any case, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are entrenched as the team's top two wideouts, so a wait-and-see approach is in order with regard to Bell, who the Bucs selected 162nd overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Louis Murphy WR TB 5 days ago
Murphy could be challenged by rookie Kenny Bell for the Bucs' No. 3 receiver role, ESPN.com reports.
Of course, as long as both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are healthy, it's an assignment that carries modest fantasy utility. In 11 games for the Bucs last season, Murphy caught 31 passes for 380 yards and two TDs. In any case, as long as Murphy is able to hold off Bell, he should be able to carve out a role this season in what could be an ascending passing offense, thanks to the addition of rookie QB Jameis Winston.
Denard Robinson RB JAC 5 days ago
Robinson is expected to sub in for T.J. Yeldon at the beginning of certain possessions, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Robinson showed some explosiveness on his 135 carries (4.3 YPC) last season, but second-round rookie T.J. Yeldon is the heavy favorite to enter Week 1 as the starter. Toby Gerhart may also have some kind of role, so Robinson will need to fight for his touches. The former college quarterback will also compete to return kickoffs.