Todd Gurley is expected to catch fewer passes this season.
The Rams "want Gurley to be a force on the ground again." With new head coach Sean McVay, the team is expected to utilize Lance Dunbar as a receiving back, much like Chris Thompson with Washington, where McVay was the offensive coordinator, Gurley will be more of a traditional back they hand the ball to. Gurley says he would like to catch more passes, but it appears unlikely. Gurley has big bounce-back potential, but he's better suited for standard leagues than PPR.
New Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian wants to get Julio Jones more red zone targets.
Jones draws a lot of double teams in the red zone, but Sarkisian wants to make sure they maximize his opportunities when they're there. Sarkisian said he gets doubled a lot, but there are times when the coverages aren't rolled his way so they want to "make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one." This is a great sign for Julio's fantasy value, as he is the all-time leader in receiving yards per game, but sometimes does not put up the big touchdown numbers like some other guys. Jones can certainly be among the best touchdown scorers in the league, though, and he seems to always take advantage of his opportunities to score. He's recovering from offseason foot surgery but is fully expected to be 100% for training camp and is a locked-in top five receiver in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Ty Montgomery says it feels like he's going into his second year, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Remember, last season, Montgomery made the switch to running back during the year, so he didn't get a full offseason in preparation for the new position. Montgomery says he's "excited" and "hopeful" about continuing as a full-time running back. Montgomery could see a lot of progression, working every day as a running back now. The Packers would like him to improve on his pass blocking ability, in particular. Also, Montgomery is still wearing his number 88, because players are allowed to keep their number if they switch positions. As the lead back in a great offense, Montgomery is one of the better mid-round running back targets this season.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is back at running back.
Ellington had made the switch to receiver, but now he's back at running back. It's a bit of a surprise, as Ellington was talked up as a receiver, including by quarterback Carson Palmer. Arians said he wants Ellington to run harder and run like he did as a rookie (when he averaged 5.5 yards per carry). Ellington will battle for a roster spot as a backup behind David Johnson.
Brock Osweiler has "impressed" new team, according to Adam Schefter.
One Browns player said he "wouldn't be surprised" if Osweiler is the starter heading into training camp, Schefter reports. Just a little over a year ago, Osweiler signed a huge contract in free agency and was seen as the Texans' franchise quarterback after putting together some good games in Denver. Osweiler is likely motivated after people have made him out to be a joke because he was traded with a second rounder to Cleveland. Cody Kessler has a year in the system and is the favorite to start, but Osweiler can't be dismissed.
Jerick McKinnon says not to count him out in battle for starting running back job.
The Vikings brought in Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook in the draft and free agency, but McKinnon feels he can compete to start. McKinnon, who worked out with Adrian Peterson at Peterson's gym in Houston this offseason, has put on muscle and is up to 211 pounds after being 200 pounds last season, but he says he's still faster. McKinnon has the advantage of being with the team for three seasons and being in Pat Shurmur's offense for a year. He's an explosive player and will likely have at least a role in the Vikings' offense. This could be a full RBBC this season.
Ravens receiver Mike Wallace says Breshad Perriman is "going to surprise a lot of people" and "be one of the top receivers in the league this year."
There's been a lot of hype for Perriman so far. Tight end Dennis Pitta already said no one is having a better OTA than Perriman, who's catching everything. Perriman is supremely talented with a great blend of size and speed. We could be looking at a big third-year breakout.