Benjamin Watson is considering playing in 2019, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Watson was set to retire after last season, but he’s apparently having second thoughts. Schefter says the veteran tight end is currently focused on welcoming twins next week, but that “he may be open to coming back to the right situation.” Watson is one of the best locker-room presences in the league, so we’d think teams will be interested in brining him in. Ultimately, Watson doesn’t need to be picked up in dynasty leagues, as he isn’t likely to be a bonafide starter with a huge role as a receiver this season; but he’d be a welcome addition to a team in real life if he resumes his playing career.
The Dolphins coaching staff believes DeVante Parker can be a top-tier receiver.
Andy Cohen of MiamiDolphins.com writes that while it was a bit of a surprise the Dolphins retained Parker this offseason, the reasoning “was simple. Parker has the size, speed and raw talent to be a top-tier receiver in this league. This coaching staff believes they can get it out of him, assuming he maintains relatively good health.” Parker said that he feels like this new coaching staff gives him a “fresh start” after what’s been a relatively disappointing and injury-plagued start to his career after he was taken 14th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Louisville product has shown some major flashes when he’s been healthy and on the field, and there’s certainly been a ton of hype about him leading up to previous seasons, so we’ll see if the 26-year-old can put it all together and enjoy a big season in 2019. Parker will be one of the more intriguing and high-upside options at the end of fantasy drafts this summer.
Sean McVay says the plan is for Cooper Kupp (knee) to be ready for Week 1.
While Kupp himself doesn’t want to get too concerned about being “on track” in his rehab—instead taking things day-by-day—McVay expressed optimism about the third-year receiver. McVay says Kupp is “doing great,” adding: “The goal for us is to have him ready for Week 1.” The Rams head coach also added he expects Kupp to match his productivity from last season (566 yards and six touchdowns in eight games) when he returns to the field, saying that the goal is to have him “return to performance… the level that we’re accustomed to seeing Cooper Kupp at for Week 1.” As long as the Week 1 target isn’t something that’s pushed too hard, which could lead to a setback, expect Kupp to be on the field when the Rams face the Panthers to open their season on September 8.
Paul Richardson details injury-plagued 2018 season.
Richardson spoke extensively about the challenge of his first season with the Redskins last year, as his collarbone injury was injured at the beginning of training camp and then got worse as the season progressed. The 27-year-old receiver said he then landed on the shoulder on three consecutive passes during one practice, and that he never felt the same after that. “I was like, man something’s not right,” Richardson said; but he kept practicing and didn’t make it a big issue with the training staff. Then during the regular season, the training staff did all they could, but he couldn’t get comfortable, and eventually Richardson and the coaching staff would argue about how much he should practice. Eventually, the Redskins decided to place him on injured reserve on November 5, which Richardson says was the smart move to ensure he’s healthy for 2019. After just 20 receptions for 262 yards and two touchdowns in seven games at less than 100% last year, a healthier Richardson should have a bigger impact statistically this season.
The Redskins signed quarterback Josh Woodrum, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Woodrum, who was undrafted out of Liberty in 2016 and spent time with a handful of NFL teams, played for Salt Lake City in the AAF. He threw six touchdowns and eight interceptions in the AAF, but he showed enough that the Redskins are brining him in to compete in the spring and potentially throughout training camp. Woodrum isn’t on the fantasy radar right now.
Mike Gesicki put on weight this offseason.
The second-year tight end said he weighed around 240 pounds last year for his playing weight and is now up to 253 pounds. Gesicki is pretty much an athletic freak, and this weight gain was intended as he looks to add more mass to his frame and remain on the field as much as possible. As long as the 2018 second-round pick’s explosiveness doesn’t decline too much with added weight, this weight-gain development is a positive as he enters his second NFL season. Gesicki will look to improve his new coaching staff and emerge as the Dolphins’ clear No. 1 tight end in 2019, and we believe he certainly has the upside to have a huge impact this season. Dynasty owners should target Gesicki after he had just 22 receptions for 202 yards in relatively limited playing time as a rookie.
Will Fuller (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien previously said he thinks there’s a chance Fuller is ready for training camp, so this is not a surprise. But Texans GM Brian Gaine said today that everything is “going well” with Fuller’s recovery, adding: “I won’t speak to specifics but I anticipate when we kick off vs. New Orleans that he’ll be ready to go and he’ll be at full speed by then. I’m sure through the preseason we’ll be smart and efficient as it relates to getting him right, but everything has gone well, no setbacks, been very positive.” Fuller tore his ACL at the end of October, so he’ll be ready to for the Monday night season opener on September 9 if he avoids setbacks in his rehab. We’ll see if Fuller can get on the field in at least a limited capacity for the start of training camp this summer.
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