MMQB’s Peter King says the Broncos are “looking to get” Jamaal Charles 8-10 touches per game.
King reports Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy says Charles tells him he feels “great” every time he sees him, and Charles told King he has “zero knee pain” right now. The likely future Hall of Famer averages 5.5 yards per carry for his career, so he doesn’t need a ton of carries to pick up yardage. If he is only in that limited role, he probably doesn’t have the upside as a top ten option at the position. C.J. Anderson is probably locked into 15+ touches if the Broncos want to run the ball and rely on their defense.
Sam Bradford feels he’s in a “much better situation this year.”
The Vikings quarterback told Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune he’s a lot more comfortable going through a full offseason with the team. This is not at all surprising, considering Bradford was traded from Philadelphia to Minnesota just a week before the season last year—that’s difficult for any position, especially quarterback. Bradford also said he thinks the change to Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator in middle of last season helped him, as Shurmur previously coached him in both St. Louis and Philadelphia, and they are familiar with each other. The 29-year-old quarterback should benefit from the full offseason and upgrades to the offensive line. He’s entering a contract year and could put up some big numbers this season after throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 15 games after arriving with the team just before the season. Bradford is currently going undrafted in fantasy leagues.
Dolphins receivers coach Shawn Jefferson says DeVante Parker will be a “monster” this year.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Jefferson said “He’ll be a monster. If he keeps progressing like we think he can, he’ll be invited to the Monster Bowl after the Super Bowl. His name is not DeVante, he’s a Monster. So if he keeps performing like this he’ll be invited to the Monster Ball after the season is over.” The hype for the third-year receiver has gone on for months and is now out of control—but it’s coming from his own coaches. It’d be a big shock if he didn’t provide a big return on his current ADP, which is outside the top 40 receivers.
Browns receivers coach Al Saunders “would be shocked” if Terrelle Pryor doesn’t make the Pro Bowl this season.
This is big, considering Pryor is now with the Redskins and Saunders is still with the Browns—Saunders would not be saying this if he didn’t believe it. Saunders coached Pryor last season as he broke out for 77 receptions, 1,007 yards, and four touchdowns while still transitioning as a receiver. Pryor’s former receivers coach said the 6’4″ receiver is a “special guy” and stressed how impressive it was for Pryor to make the transition and have a big year in 2016. Working out with Antonio Brown and Randy Moss this offseason should only help Pryor, as he looks to become a reliable target in Washington for Kirk Cousins. He offers a ton of upside in fantasy drafts this summer.
Browns rookie RB Matthew Dayes “has caught [head coach Hue] Jackson’s attention.”
Dayes had a couple good runs in the Browns padded practice yesterday. Jackson believes Dayes is motivated after being drafted late in the seventh round, saying: “I think he’s disappointed in that way that he didn’t get picked earlier, but he is demonstrating out here on the field the talent that he has. He has had a great camp so far.” Incumbent starter Isaiah Crowell is currently in a contract year, and Dayes is someone to watch as a determined young back.
Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams says “everything’s good” with his back.
Williams said the report of him potentially needing season-ending back surgery is “false information.” ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who normally is accurate with his info, reported that Williams might not be able to play this season; but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported after that surgery is “not on the table” for Williams. He won’t practice at the start of training camp, but it sounds like the seventh overall pick in the draft should be able to hit the field at some point.
There is “no structural damage” for Ryan Tannehill’s knee, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.
This is obviously great news for the Dolphins quarterback, who had a scare this morning when he went down with a non-contact injury in practice. The team can now breathe a little bit, as he probably only dealing with a hyperextension and should be fine within a matter of weeks, if that. The big concern is preventing something like this from happening again, as his knee did buckle on the sideline without contact. Tannehill has been wearing a knee brace on his previously injured left knee from last season’s partially torn ACL, so we’ll see if they test different braces—or maybe he’ll try to go without a brace (he did say before this scare that he feels 100%, so it could be a possibility).
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