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  • Player Notes
    Demaryius Thomas May 25 4:20pm ET

    Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas said, "This is the best I've felt in my whole career." It's officially that time of the year where most players insist they are in the best shape of their lives. It's worth noting for Thomas, though, as he dealt with a nagging hip ailment for most of last year, although he still managed to put up his fifth straight year of 1,000 yards with Trevor Siemian under center. Despite turning 30 later this year, Thomas has a good chance of making that six straight seasons with 1,000 yards as the Broncos look to air it out more under new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

    Maxx Williams May 25 3:10pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens tight end Maxx Williams (knee), who head coach John Harbaugh said had a completely unique surgery, is expected to be ready for training camp. Williams, a second-rounder in 2015, didn't play at all last year. At Baltimore's most crowded offensive position, he's not guaranteed much heading into 2017 and must first prove he's past his injury.

    Breshad Perriman May 25 3:00pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman is making more plays than anyone during organized team activities, according to tight end Dennis Pitta. The former first-round pick is trying to make up for lost time after sitting out all of his rookie season due to injury, and he's working extensively with Joe Flacco to develop chemistry. Perriman had 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns and will be asked to take on an increased role in the passing game in 2017 after the retirement of Steve Smith and departure of Kamar Aiken in free agency. He should be on your sleeper list.

    Ryan Tannehill May 25 3:00pm ET

    Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (knee) believes his ACL has healed without surgery thanks to stem-cell therapy. Tannehill played in only 13 games last year because of his knee injury, and his progress is worth watching in training camp this summer as he enters Year 2 of Adam Gase's system. Theoretically, he should be able to make improvements in this offense with a strong running game if he can stay healthy, but he'll be a safer top-flight fantasy backup than a low-end QB1.

    Amari Cooper May 25 1:50pm ET

    Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper has reached the 1,000-yard mark in both of his NFL seasons, but has just two of his 100-yard performances after Week 8. He's working on being more consistent late in the year, and he'll also need to work on his hands (83 catches on 132 targets in '16). The soon-to-be 23-year-old is one of the better young receiving talents in the league, but his inconsistency and penchant for going on cold stretches makes him a little more appealing as a WR2. In Oakland's rising offense, though, he certainly has WR1 potential.

    Cody Kessler May 25 1:20pm ET

    Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler was able to gain some muscle and lower his body-fat percentage with a strict diet in the offseason, which led to better arm strength. More polished mechanics also have Kessler confident about leading the starting gig for the Browns in 2017. Despite going 0-8 as a starter in 2016, the 24-year-old enters as the expected starter in what has been labeled an open competition at the position. The deep ball is something Kessler struggled with as a rookie (7.08 yards per attempt), and head coach Hue Jackson made it a point of emphasis for his young QB this offseason. While it appears Kessler has taken it to heart, it remains to be seen if it'll translate to results on the field in his sophomore season. If it doesn't, he could have a short leash with several options behind him. Kessler isn't a very intriguing fantasy backup option.

    Charles Clay May 25 1:20pm ET

    Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay's chronic knee issues continue to be a problem during offseason workouts this year, and the team is concerned, according to head coach Sean McDermott. Clay has done some drills, but the team is being cautious with his workload. That's certainly not a good sign for the 28-year-old. While he's not in danger of losing the starting gig, Clay has underwhelmed in his two seasons in Buffalo and had 57 catches for 552 yards and four scores in 2016. The knee issues make him even riskier as a fantasy backup.

    Laquon Treadwell May 25 1:10pm ET

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell took repetitions with the first-team offense in organized team activities Wednesday and has impressed the coaching staff so far. However, wideout Michael Floyd, who was added via free agency, has spent the last couple days working on the side learning the scheme, and he could eat into Treadwell's playing time this year. Last year's 23rd overall pick in the first round, Treadwell disappointed with just one reception in nine games. He'll have to compete with Floyd and Jarius Wright for the No. 3 job behind Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but he's worth watching in deeper leagues to start the year.

    Danny Woodhead May 25 1:00pm ET

    Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (knee) said he is back at organized team activities and has no physical restrictions. He has been running routes for three months after being injured with the Chargers in just the second game of the season in 2016. There probably doesn't seem to be much upside in a 5-foot-8, 200-pound 32-year-old back coming off an ACL tear, but the versatile Woodhead will have a place in Baltimore's attack behind Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon, who will be suspended the first four games. Especially to begin the year, Woodhead should be heavily involved in the passing attack and should be an excellent sleeper back in PPR leagues.

    Marshawn Lynch May 25 12:50pm ET

    Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch simply observed during organized team activities earlier this week. Head coach Jack Del Rio isn't rushing the team's new acquisition and prefers to let him soak up the system. Beast Mode isn't a spring chicken anymore (31) and injuries caused him to play in only seven games in 2015 before he sat out all of last year. That's a concern, but he should be the lead back in Oakland's high-flying offense, and he fits the system well. He should be drafted as an RB2 with upside for more if he stays healthy.

    Josh Doctson May 25 12:50pm ET

    Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson, who played in only two games his rookie year due to an Achilles injury, is now fully healthy and is impressing the coaching staff. He's shown to be great in space so far, but he has had issues with press coverage on the line, something scouts were worried about as he left college. The 22nd pick in the draft in 2016 will have a big role in the offense across from Terrelle Pryor with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon leaving in free agency. In what should be another high-octane aerial attack in Washington, Doctson may be one of the better undervalued targets in drafts.

    Marcus Mariota May 25 12:40pm ET

    Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (leg) was on the field for the first time at organized team activities Tuesday and said he felt great. He did all the individual drills in the walkthrough and worked in 7-on-7 drills. Head coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota is getting closer to full speed. The 23-year-old has one of the higher ceilings for a young signal caller and could easily produce QB1 numbers as a late-round pick.

    Colin Kaepernick May 25 12:30pm ET

    Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who already met with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, "wants to be a Seahawk," according to a source. His meeting with the team went "very well," and he's comfortable serving as Russell Wilson's backup. Kap really hasn't had any other suitors on the market, so he's saying the right things to get a job. as Wilson's backup in Seattle, he'd have no fantasy value.

    Devin Funchess May 25 12:30pm ET

    Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess tweaked his ankle in practice Wednesday and isn't participating in drills Thursday. The injury doesn't sound very serious and shouldn't keep the receiver out for long. Funchess, 23, caught only 23 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns in his sophomore season but should once again serve as the second receiver across from Kelvin Benjamin in 2017. He's better used in standard-scoring leagues because of his deep prowess (15.6 YPC in two seasons).

    Rob Gronkowski May 25 12:20pm ET

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) has been cleared to practice in organized team activities. That's great news for Gronk, but the fact remains he's a huge injury risk after playing in just eight games in 2016. The 28-year-old has played in just two full seasons (his first two in '10 and '11) in his seven-year career. When on the field, though, he's unquestionably the best pass-catching tight end in the league. Gronk is a high-risk, high-reward elite fantasy tight end.

    Paxton Lynch May 25 12:20pm ET

    Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch took repetitions with the first-team offense Wednesday, and sources say the Broncos are very pleased with his work ethic, attitude and play. It's a wide open competition at QB between Lynch and last year's starter, Trevor Siemian, so both will see time with the starting unit. Lynch's draft pedigree (first round) and physical attributes set him above his counterpart, but Siemian is the slight favorite because of his experience with the starting gig last season. Lynch has more long-term intrigue and upside, but it's really anyone's guess as to who will win the job this summer. Stay tuned.

    Jaron Brown May 25 1:03am ET

    Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown (knee) participated in a portion of OTAs on Tuesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 24, taking part in individual drills while sitting out team activities. Brown suffered a season-ending torn ACL last October. 'We're keeping him out of the team drills because I don't want to see him cut, but he's running routes full speed. He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they've ever been,' head coach Bruce Arians said.

    Jerick McKinnon May 25 1:00am ET

    Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon received most of the first-team repetitions Wednesday over first-rounder Dalvin Cook. Latavius Murray remained on the sidelines in a walking boot after having ankle surgery in March. If Murray doesn't suffer any setbacks once he gets his boot off, he and Cook should battle for lead-back duties in 2017, with McKinnon providing a change of pace. McKinnon can probably be ignored in standard-sized leagues.

    Dak Prescott May 25 12:13am ET

    Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has emerged as a more vocal leader entering his second season, and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson recently said he's seen nothing from Prescott that should worry anyone about the reigning rookie of the year taking his foot off the gas. 'There has been no complacency at all. Nothing is too big for that kid. He's improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he's not resting on anything that went on last year,' Wilson said.

    Branden Oliver May 24 10:50pm ET

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Branden Oliver, who missed all of last year after tearing his Achilles in the preseason, feels great in offseason workouts, and quarterback Philip Rivers said, "He looks good. He looks explosive." Oliver will likely compete with Kenjon Barner for third on the depth chart for third-down work.

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