Mike Zimmer thinks Teddy Bridgewater will start training camp on the PUP list.
The Vikings head coach was asked about Bridgewater, and didn’t seem to have or want to give much information. Zimmer said he knows Bridgewater is improving, but he hadn’t seen him yet (the team is just arriving at training camp). When asked if Teddy will start on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Zimmer said, “I think so. But again, I haven’t seen him.” With Sam Bradford healthy and locked in as the starter after a full offseason, Minnesota is going to take it slow with Bridgewater after his very bad knee injury late last summer. Everything has seemed positive around Bridgewater, however, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him on the practice field soon.
Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com thinks Joe Mixon will get 18+ touches starting in Week 1.
Hobson wrote that Mixon spent ten days with Adrian Peterson before training camp—Peterson of course, like Mixon, went to Oklahoma and has been sort of a mentor to him. Even with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard in the backfield, Hobson wrote “I think you have to think about him as a 15-to-20-carry-a-game guy with three to five catches. Right away. Sept. 10. Vs. Baltimore.” That’d be anywhere from 18-25 touches to open the year. If Mixon gets that kind of work in what should be a solid offense, he could immediately be an RB1.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones doesn’t believe Ezekiel Elliott did anything related to domestic violence.
The Cowboys owner talked to reporters at the team’s training camp and said he reviewed everything and there is “absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence.” Elliott and his personal have asserted the running back’s innocence since the the alleged domestic violence came about last year, and Jerry Jones is also now backing him up as the NFL wraps up its investigation into the events. A suspension seems extremely likely given Elliott’s sporadic behavior over the past year-plus, including pulling down a woman’s shirt at a Saint Patrick’s Day parade; so the NFL is going to want to send a message. We’ve certainly seen the NFL hand down harsh suspensions, even if unjustified. An Elliott suspension of at least one game is a good bet.
Marquise Goodwin is making an early impression for the 49ers.
The free agent acquisition impressed in the offseason by all accounts, including teammate Jeremy Kelsey calling Goodwin an “all-around receiver.” Goodwin is showing he can run all routes instead of just go-routes, which head coach Kyle Shanahan says doesn’t allow corners to get a “15-yard head start” on defending him on deep routes. Cornerback Rashard Robinson, who is also very fast himself, said running with Goodwin is “like a track meet almost.” Pierre Garcon is going to be the number one, but Goodwin is looking like a lock for the number two receiver for the Niners. Goodwin is not even on the draft radar, with an ADP of outside the top 250, but don’t be surprised if he delivers fantasy value in 2017.
Duke Johnson Jr. could be the Browns’ slot receiver this season, according to Mary Kay Cabot.
Mary Kay Cabot says Johnson worked as a slot receiver throughout the offseason, and she thinks there’s a “good chance” he’s the team’s primary slot receiver this season. Johnson is a running back and averaged 4.9 yards per carry last season (which is excellent), but he also excels as a receiver. The Browns have only given Johnson 177 carries through two seasons, using him more as a receiver out of the backfield while also splitting him out more than most backs in the league. Johnson has at least 50 receptions and 500 yards in each of his seasons, and he should blow that away if he stays healthy and really does have a role as the primary slot receiver. He could be someone that gets dual eligibility at two different positions for fantasy lineups, and he could become among the best assets in PPR leagues this year.
The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero says that Tannehill (knee) is “not out of the woods” yet.
Salguero says according to multiple sources, all options remain on the table for Tannehill after the quarterback’s MRI was inconclusive. Per Salguero, the quarterback could still require season-ending surgery, which would obviously be the worst-case scenario for the Dolphins. We should wait until we hear official word from the team, but it seems like Tannehill could miss the season just as easily as he could be fine for the regular season.
John Brown put on 13 pounds of muscle compared to last year
This is great because Brown battled sickle cell trait issues last season and had his worst year in three seasons. He also had a cyst on his spine and was able to workout more and put on the weight after it was removed. By all accounts, including from head coach Bruce Arians, “Smokey” looks back to normal. Despite the added weight compared to last season, Brown says he didn’t lose his speed and he’s been flying around throughout the offseason and the first practice of training camp. The 27-year-old is currently going outside the top 45 receivers in fantasy drafts, and he could be one of the biggest bargains if his ADP remains there come draft time.
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