NFL News

Jerick McKinnon    RB  Vikings



Jerick McKinnon opened Vikings OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" in the running back corps. It's not a surprise since Latavius Murray (ankle) is on the shelf and Dalvin Cook is a rookie. With that said, McKinnon has no Rotoworld blurbs since January 1, and his outlook has changed dramatically in the past few months. McKinnon offers scheme experience and receiving skills, but Cook is a far superior inside runner, and Murray is making nearly $4 million this year. McKinnon is in danger of slipping to third string on the depth chart.

Jaron Brown    WR  Cardinals



Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated he is optimistic about WR Jaron Brown's (ACL) health. Brown was poised to assert himself into a bigger 2016 role before tearing his ACL late last October. The Cardinals liked him enough to sign Brown to a one-year extension less than a month later, ensuring he spent another year with the club. "We’re keeping him out of team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been."

May 25 - 12:31 AM

Laquon Treadwell    WR  Vikings



Laquon Treadwell has run with the first-team offense at Vikings OTAs. The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell managed one reception during his rookie campaign. The Vikings are just trying to build his confidence by running him in three-receiver sets with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but perhaps it'll work. A GIF circulated Wednesday of Treadwell beating Xavier Rhodes for a long catch from Sam Bradford in OTAs. The Vikings signed Michael Floyd as a fallback option should Treadwell not make a sophomore leap.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 24 - 11:50 PM

Jeremy McNichols    RB  Buccaneers



McNichols (shoulder) signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.


May 24 - 11:39 PM

Kevin White    WR  Bears



According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears third-year WR Kevin White has spent the last several months "working to align his stride" when running. White missed his rookie season with a fractured left tibia, then missed all but four games of his sophomore campaign with a "fibular spiral fracture" and "severe ankle ligament damage" in the same leg. Per the Tribune's Rich Campbell, the Bears simply "don't know" whether White will regain his explosiveness. White is nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Chicago Tribune

May 24 - 10:58 PM

Kalif Raymond    WR  Broncos



Raymond is currently dealing with a hand injury, Mike Klis of reports.


May 24 - 10:44 PM

DeSean Jackson    WR  Buccaneers



Jackson ran several fade routes against 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves in Tuesday's OTAs and impressed head coach Dirk Koetter, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.


May 24 - 10:44 PM

Dak Prescott    QB  Cowboys



Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson insisted Dak Prescott is in no danger of experiencing a sophomore slump. It is part of Wilson's job description to build Prescott up, keep in mind. "Nothing is too big for that kid," said Wilson, a former longtime NFL QB himself. "He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year." Prescott said he's taking on a more vocal leadership role after "just being quiet and trying to fit my way in" as a rookie. Prescott will again be a high-upside late-round quarterback target.

Dallas Morning News

May 24 - 9:29 PM

Branden Oliver    RB  Chargers



Philip Rivers indicated Branden Oliver (Achilles') has looked as good as new at Chargers OTAs. Oliver is coming off a brutal injury, but he suffered it last August and will be over a full year removed for Week 1. "It’s been great (having him back)," Rivers. "Gosh, we had really such high expectations for him going into last year. ... He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays." Oliver is a handcuff to remember entering the 2017 fantasy season.

May 24 - 9:20 PM

Dak Prescott    QB  Cowboys



Prescott is faster and stronger heading into his second season in the league, Clarence J. Hill of The Dallas Star-Telegram reports. "They tested last Monday," quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said Wednesday during the media availability of the first week of OTA practices. "He has improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise. He is not resting on anything that went on last year."


May 24 - 9:05 PM