Cardinals receiver John Brown is "back to normal" and "zipping around" OTAs.
Brown dealt with health issues all season and was not close to normal, as he was low on energy and couldn't eat right—and as Brown has said, his body just wasn't right. Brown said now his confidence is "through the roof," and head coach Bruce Arians said Brown ran some routes in OTAs that he couldn't even run last season. Looking to be 100%, Brown is a good candidate to bounce back this season.
Devonta Freeman will not hold out.
Freeman has one year left on his deal, and he's very much outperformed his current salary, but he said he will not hold out. Freeman said "I'm a player. I love football." It's great to see someone with an attitude like Freeman, who said he received advice from ultimate non-diva receiver Julio Jones. Even with another very good back Tevin Coleman on the team, the Falcons will likely pay Freeman before the season. Freeman also said he wants to be more "disrespectful" when he rusn the ball this season. He should be a top ten running back for the third straight season.
Carson Palmer doesn't know if this is his last season.
Kyle Odegard reports that Palmer said he has "no idea" if he will retire after the season. Most people thought Palmer was coming back for just one more season, but he would certainly entertain coming back if he and the team have a good season. The Cardinals are limited Palmer's throws this season, hoping to keep him fresher for the season, so we'll see how that works out. Palmer has some weapons and could be a backend QB1 this year.
John Fox and the Bears see rookie running back Tarik Cohen as having a third down role.
Fox said Cohen is a "joker back" that they'll use to help with matchups on offense because they "weren't nearly as successful" as they needed to be on third down last season. Cohen is nicknamed the "Human Joystick" for a reason, and he might be able to put up some numbers this season, especially in PPR leagues. This could slightly decrease Jordan Howard's value, but Howard should still easily get 250+ carries.
The Seahawks are interested in Robert Griffin III as a backup to Russell Wilson, according to Sheil Kapadia.
Pete Carroll was on the radio today and said the team is looking to add competition behind Wilson, and comfirmed that it included RGIII and fellow free agent Colin Kaepernick. It is surprising that more teams are not interested in Griffin III, who we think can still be a really good quarterback in the NFL. Seattle would be a decent fit, but the only way he would see the field would be an injury to Wilson. Perhaps RGIII will wait until a potential injury occurs, but the Seahawks' interest is real if their head coach was being truthful on the radio.
The Seahawks are interested in Colin Kaepernick as a backup quarterback option, according to Sheil Kapadia.
Head coach Pete Carroll was on the radio this morning and said "We're looking at everybody" when asked specificially about Kaepnerick and Robert Griffin III. Kaepernick, of course, was a long-time rival of the Seahawks over the past several years with the 49ers, and is still without a team following his national anthem antics from last year. If there is a locker room that would welcome Kaepnerick, it would probably be Seattle's. From an on-field perspective, RGIII is the better player. It's possible Kaepernick never sets foot on an NFL field again.
Eddie Lacy meets weight incentive in contract, weighs in at 253 pounds, according to Adam Schefter.
Lacy earns a cool $55,000 by weighing in two pounds under the 255-pound limit. This is really good news for his fantasy outlook if he can keep it up heading into training camp and through the season, as Lacy will be more effective playing at a lower weight. Expected to be the lead back in a three-way committee for the Seahawks, Lacy will probably be the best weekly fantasy play to start out 2017, with C.J. Prosise handling passing-game work and Thomas Rawls operating as a change-up.
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