OUTCooper Helfet TE FA 12 hours ago
Helfet (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, Jimmy Durkin of the Mercury News reports.
Helfet needed surgery after breaking his foot in the first week of the 2016 preseason, when he was waived/injured by the Seahawks. His last NFL action came in 2015, where he played 14 games and caught 13 balls on 22 targets for 130 yards and zero touchdowns. The timeline for Helfet's return is murky due to the lack of transparency on the nature of the injury. With tight end Jared Cook ahead of Helfet in the depth chart and receivers like Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree on the field as well, don't expect quarterback Derek Carr to give Helfet much attention when he's healthy.
SUSKenneth Dixon RB BAL (10) 12 hours ago
Dixon (knee) will miss the 2017 after undergoing surgery to repair his meniscus Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This is a crushing blow to the Baltimore backfield with Dixon set to miss the season after tearing his meniscus. The initial expectation was that Dixon would have the meniscus trimmed, which would have had a quicker recovery time but also adds risk of further knee issues in the future. Dixon had his meniscus repaired instead, which is a procedure that generally comes with a 4-to-5 month recovery window, according to Rapoport. Baltimore has already brought in Bobby Rainey for a workout as a potential depth option in the backfield, but the news of Dixon being out for the season truly puts increased pressure on Terrance West and Danny Woodhead. Look for West to see the bulk of the carries out of the Baltimore backfield while Woodhead sees most of the snaps in obvious passing situations if Baltimore does not go outside the franchise to add another running back.
Jourdan Lewis DB DAL (6) 12 hours ago
Lewis was found not guilty of misdemeanor domestic violence Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News reports.
The trial followed an incident with Lewis' girlfriend from March 15. With a decision made on the matter, he'll now report to Cowboys training camp, which kicked off Saturday. After his selection in the third round of the 2017 draft, he'll be competing with Anthony Brown and fellow rookie Chidobe Awuzie, among others, for snaps at cornerback.
Donnel Pumphrey RB PHI (10) 12 hours ago
Pumphrey is emerging as a favorite target for his quarterbacks early in training camp, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Philadelphia's fourth-round pick in this year's draft has been beating linebackers out of the backfield and has not dropped a pass in camp so far. While things could change once the pads are on, Pumphrey seems poised to carve out a role for himself in the Eagles' offense if he keeps this up.
Brandon Linder JAC (8) 13 hours ago
Linder signed a five-year, $51.7 million contract extension with the Jaguars on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
This deal makes the 25-year-old the highest-paid center in NFL history. In the 2016 season, Linder made his move to center and proved he was one of the best players at the position right now. Players who are versatile enough to play multiple positions on the line effectively are easy choices to lock up long term.
QIK Enemkpali LB FA 13 hours ago
Enemkpali (knee) was "given a clean bill of health" by Dr. James Andrews, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The free agent linebacker last played in 2015, where he logged 13 tackles in 11 games for the Bills. Enemkpali had to sit out the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL, but now that he's fully healthy he'll be on the market again. Expect a team to pick him up for a training camp tryout at the very least.
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB BAL (10) 13 hours ago
Taliaferro has been moved to fullback, which helps his chances of breaking camp on the Ravens' 53-man roster, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Kyle Juszczyk's departure this offseason left Baltimore with a hole at fullback, but Taliaferro (6-0, 225) is a logical replacement at the position given his size and backfield experience. Still, a move to fullback negates much of Taliaferro's fantasy value as he's never shown to have the pass catching acumen that Juszczyk brought to the fullback spot. Hensley adds that Taliaferro will have to beat out Ricky Ortiz to lock up what will likely be the only fullback spot available on the roster.
OUTCharles Johnson WR FA 13 hours ago
Johnson (knee) was waived/injured by the Panthers on Tuesday.
Johnson was just picked up as a free agent by Carolina in March, but his mediocre play combined with his knee injury are reasons he's headed for the waiver wire. During the 2016 season, Johnson racked up 20 receptions on 37 targets for 232 yards and zero touchdowns. If Johnson clears waivers, he'll end up on the Panthers' injured reserve.
QRyan Delaire DL FA 13 hours ago
Delaire (knee) was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday after failing a physical.
Delaire missed 10 games last season due to this knee injury, and now he will hit the waiver wire. In the six games he did appear in, Delaire recorded six tackles and a sack. At 25 years old, he's still young and will likely have another chance with a different organization.
Joe Walker LB PHI (10) 13 hours ago
Walker had a big day on day two of training camp, intercepting a pass and deflecting another which also resulted in an interception, the Eagles' official site reports.
The 2016 seventh-round pick missed all of his rookie season after tearing his ACL last August but looks to be fully healthy now. On Tuesday, he looked "explosive, violent, and stout at the point of attack" in drills and made some big plays. Known for his athleticism coming out of Oregon, Walker is someone to keep an eye on in IDP leagues this summer.