Diontae Johnson (core muscle injury) hopes to be cleared soon.
Johnson, who underwent sports hernia surgery earlier this offseason, told reporters that he injured his groin in the second game of the year last season and played through the injury, and that he hopes to get fully cleared “in the next couple of days.” The 2019 third-round pick is coming off a promising rookie campaign in which he caught 59 passes for 680 yards and five touchdowns, and he’s already being tapped as a big breakout candidate in 2020. Expect Johnson to be ready to go for the start of training camp this summer.
The Lions plan to move Jamal Agnew to receiver this summer, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.
Agnew is an explosive former All-Pro punt returner that’s started his career as a defensive back, but he’s working at both receiver and defensive back during virtual offseason training, and Birkett says the team plans to use the fourth-year player “exclusively” at receiver when the team hits the field this summer. Agnew has dabbled on offense in his career, but it’ll be interesting to see him commit all his time to that side of the ball moving forward. From a fantasy perspective, Agnew is just someone to keep an eye on for now, but he ultimately might be a bigger asset for the Lions than a fantasy contributor in 2020.
Frank Reich is “super pumped” about Parris Campbell this season.
Campbell was able to appear in seven games as a rookie last season, catching 18 passes, but it was somewhat of a lost season for the Ohio State product as he dealt with injuries all year. However, Reich says he is “proud of the way Parris has been handling the offseason,” adding that the speedy receiver is doing everything and working out hard. Reich also added that Campbell will move around the formation but will likely see a lot of time in the slot. Last year, Indy was very optimistic about Campbell’s ability to immediately help on offense until injuries derailed things, but the team obviously remains very high on the 2019 second-round pick. Campbell will look to mesh with new quarterback Philip Rivers and enjoy a strong 2020 campaign this fall.
The Seahawks are signing Carlos Hyde, according to NFL Network.
Seattle had been rumored to be in the mix for veteran running backs, reportedly making an offer to former Falcons runner Devonta Freeman in recent days. They settle on Hyde, and this could potentially lead to a domino that has Freeman signing with the Eagles (another team reportedly looking heavily into veteran running backs). Hyde joins a crowded backfield that includes Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny, and fourth-round rookie DeeJay Dallas, but Penny is looking doubtful for Week 1. Expect Seattle’s backfield to be clearly led by the 1,200-yard rusher Carson with Hyde working as the primary backup to open the year, but Dallas is also someone to keep an eye on.
The Jets are signing Joe Flacco to a one-year deal.
Flacco will slide in as Sam Darnold’s backup, and general manager Joe Douglas of course knows the former Super Bowl MVP well after their time together in Baltimore. New York had already spent a fourth-round pick on James Morgan last month, but you can’t have too many guys in the quarterback room, and Flacco gives them a reliable veteran option that will help Darnold—and can win games off the bench if needed. On what projects to be a more conservative offense, Flacco would only be a matchup-based streamer if he ever sees the field.
Antonio Gandy-Golden had COVID-19, according to NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay.
Thankfully, Gandy-Golden has fully recovered from the virus, which is great to hear. Gandy-Golden has reportedly been participating in the Washington’s virtual offseason actives, and he should have no limitations when training camp hopefully begins on time this summer. The rookie receiver has a chance to immediately carve out a sizable role in 2020.
Ben Roethlisberger is throwing fully.
Roethlisberger had said that he will not shave his massive beard until he is able to throw an NFL football around like normal, and the two-time Super Bowl quarterback is now clean shaven. The full expectation has been that Roethlisberger would be ready to go for Week 1, and it looks like Big Ben will be able to fully participate throughout any pre-season training that takes place this summer. Pittsburgh is an interesting team because they have a top defense they might want to play to, but a healthy Roethlisberger could certainly step in an operate a high-octane passing attack if the strategy calls for it this season.
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