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Broncos | Peyton Manning has connection with Wes Welker
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already feels like he has some chemistry with WR Wes Welker. "There's certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away," Manning said. "He's a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he's a smart player." The Broncos used three-receiver sets 64 percent of the time last year, but expect that to increase dramatically as they look to create mismatches in the opposing defenses.
FANTASY TIP: This is good news for the Broncos, but for those in point-per-reception leagues, don't expect Welker to add 100-plus catches again with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture. Welker should still be very productive, but he may no longer be a WR1 in those formats.
Broncos | Wes Welker doesn't expect to carry load
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker knows that with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture on his new team, he won't be catching as many passes like he did in his career with the New England Patriots. "If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we're in trouble," Welker said. During organized team activities Monday, May 20, QB Peyton Manning showed excellent chemistry with Thomas and Decker, but he also involved Welker some. Welker is on board with having a smaller workload, but Manning knows the benefit of adding Welker to the offense. "He's just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one, and then you can tell by watching him on film - he's an extremely smart player," Manning said. "He has an excellent feel for zone coverage. This is just the beginning stages of him getting comfortable in this offense, and he and I getting on the same page."
FANTASY TIP: Wide receiver targets in Denver this year will be tough to predict, especially at this juncture. They figure to air it out plenty, and all three wideouts will be valuable for fantasy purposes, but it might be a week-to-week difference on which receiver busts out based on matchups.
Browns | Norv Turner downplays Brian Hoyer signing
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner has downplayed the team's signing of QB Brian Hoyer, and Turner also has praised QB Brandon Weeden for his relentless work ethic. "I think there have been more stories written about Brian Hoyer being a Brown over the last four months than probably any player in history," Turner said. "He was released. He was available. He's a guy that has been with some good teams in backup situations. He's played very little football, but I do think we like his skill set."
FANTASY TIP: It's clear that Turner and the coaching staff have anointed the quarterback job as Weeden's to lose over Jason Campbell and Hoyer. Assuming Weeden doesn't fall flat on his face in training camp, expect him to be starting for Cleveland in Week 1.
Dolphins | Reshad Jones to attend OTAs
Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones has changed his mind and will attend organized team activities Tuesday, May 21, after originally planning to sit out this week in an effort to convince the team to start contract negotiations with him. General manager Jeff Ireland said the two sides will "eventually" discuss an extension if Jones showed up.
Cowboys | Tony Romo will be ready
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he will be ready for training camp in July after having minor surgery to remove a cyst on his back that will keep him out of organized team activities for the next three weeks. "If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo said. "This is just about being smart. That's why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there's a good chance I'm on the field for minicamp." The team does not fear that this will be a long-term injury, but they'll be cautious with him. Romo said the cyst was causing a constant ache in his back. QB Kyle Orton will work with the first-team offense with Romo out.
FANTASY TIP: Romo will miss valuable time during OTAs gaining chemistry with his receivers and tight ends, but he'll have plenty of time to regain that during the team's June minicamp and training camp in July. This shouldn't affect Romo's draft stock at all as a midrange No. 1 QB.
Jaguars | Kyle Love confident in health
Jacksonville Jaguars DL Kyle Love said he's confident his Type 2 diabetes won't be a problem or cause him to change his playing style. Type 2 diabetes is more manageable with the blood-sugar monitoring, a healthy diet and a good dose of physical activity. Love has already changed his diet, cutting out juices and desserts. He said he reported to the New England Patriots at 297 pounds, which is 18 pounds lighter than his normal playing weight. He also lost 10 pounds from working out and rest from diabetes. "People try to make it like I lost 30 pounds," he said. "I didn't lose 30 pounds. ... I feel great. There's nothing wrong with me. There's a lot of rumors going around. Like they say, you can't believe everything you hear," Love said.
Seahawks | Cliff Avril hurting
Seattle Seahawks DL Cliff Avril (foot) is expected to start running later this week, but head coach Pete Carroll said Avril is hurting. Carroll said Avril won't be able to practice for "another couple weeks at least."
FANTASY TIP: Avril should be fine in time for training camp, unless he suffers some sort of setback. His health is key, since the Seahawks will be without Bruce Irvin (suspension) for the first four games. Chris Clemons (knee) is also working his way back from a torn ACL.
Saints | More on Will Smith
New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith lined up at outside linebacker for the first time as the team transitions to a 3-4 defense during OTAs Monday, May 20. "That's where we'll start him," head coach Sean Payton said, noting that outside linebackers often play pass-rushing roles in a 3-4 scheme. "We can play him right and left, but I think initially that right outside position would be very similar to what he's played for us in the past." LB Jonathan Vilma is expected to be one of the two inside linebackers in their new defense.
Panthers | Jon Beason's spot safe
Seahawks | Russell Wilson more advanced
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said QB Russell Wilson is a million miles ahead of where he was last year. "He threw a couple of balls today, things that we talked about over the offseason that he'd like to take a shot at, and he did it today just to see what would happen with full awareness of why he was doing it," Carroll said.
Eagles | LeSean McCoy OK
Dolphins | Lance Louis rehabbing
Bills | Robert Woods the No. 2
Cowboys | Dwayne Harris considered No. 3
Seahawks | Doug Baldwin impressing
Seahawks | Anthony McCoy carted off
Cowboys | Tony Romo to miss some OTA action
Bengals | Leon Hall to miss OTAs
Ravens | Deonte Thompson has inside track
FANTASY TIP: Thompson is very raw, but has great speed to stretch the field. He has a very limited track record, too. He caught five balls for 51 yards in his rookie season after catching 38-510 and 21-264 his junior and senior seasons as a Florida Gator. The odds are long that he could bust out this year.
Seahawks | Josh Portis was not arrested
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