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A source with knowledge of the situation told NJ.com that Jason Pierre-Paul's hand "is going to be okay" following Saturday's fireworks scare.

ESPN, the New York Daily News, and NJ.com are all now essentially disputing Twitter rumors that Pierre-Paul had lost fingers and/or parts of his hand. ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Sunday that Pierre-Paul's injury "may not be game or season threatening." The exact nature of JPP's injury remains unclear.
Jul 5 - 6:48 PM

The New York Daily News confirms an ESPN report that Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury is "not believed to be career threatening."

The source added that Pierre-Paul isn't believed to be in danger of losing his hand. A woman who tweeted that she was lighting fireworks from a U-Haul truck full of them Pierre-Paul had allegedly purchased has since deleted her Twitter account. Pierre-Paul did indeed injure his hand, but the extent remains unclear, and indications from reliable media outlets indicate the injury may not be so much as game threatening, let alone a threat to JPP's career.
Jul 5 - 6:40 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "early indications are" Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury is "not career threatening."

Schefter reports doctors are still in the process of determining the full extent of JPP's injuries sustained in Saturday's fourth-of-July fireworks accident. But the "early indications" are not as bleak as Twitter-based rumors, which indeed hinted Pierre-Paul's career could be in doubt. Various unconfirmed rumors have had Pierre-Paul missing fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Jul 5 - 5:55 PM

Andy Slater of WINZ in Florida reports Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a "severe" hand injury during a fireworks accident on the fourth of July.

JPP is from Florida and played college ball at USF. He has not signed his franchise tender and therefore is currently not under contract. If the hand injury is severe enough, the Giants could rescind Pierre-Paul's tender and be off the hook for his $14.813 million salary, sending JPP into unrestricted free agency. We'll wait for the rumors to be confirmed to pass along anything definitive, but there are whispers that JPP may have lost fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Jul 5 - 4:42 PM

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the Lions envision second-round pick Ameer Abdullah as an eventual feature back.

Abdullah's detractors see him as a Gio Bernard- or Shane Vereen-type scatback. Birkett believes the Lions feel Abdullah can handle a heavier workload, saying the Nebraska alum "has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back." Birkett envisions Joique Bell opening the season as Detroit's lead runner, "at least early on," but states that "the job will be Abdullah’s before long."
Jul 5 - 3:59 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.

Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 5 - 3:52 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.

1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 5 - 3:44 PM

According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.

We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.
Source: raiders.com
Jul 5 - 3:37 PM

The Panthers' secondary recorded just two sacks last season.

That's down from 11 the year before. Carolina DC Sean McDermott didn't call for many safety blitzes in 2014 but that may have been because he didn't have the right personnel. The Panthers lost blitz specialists Quintin Mikell, Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn last offseason and the unit never seemed to recover. Roman Harper has the most sacks by a defensive back since 2006 but only one of those came last season. Even with versatile rookie Shaq Thompson in the mix, the Panthers are going to have a tough time generating pressure in 2015.
Jul 5 - 11:19 AM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.

Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 10:06 AM

Drew Brees has improved his downfield accuracy over the last few seasons.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Brees completed just seven of 35 passes deeper than 40 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions between 2009 and 2011. Over the last three seasons, he's 15-for-35 with seven touchdowns and no picks. With Kenny Stills gone, Brandin Cooks figures to be Brees' primary deep threat in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 9:55 AM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes rookie Jamison Crowder could eventually overtake Andre Roberts as the team's primary slot receiver.

It's just one beat writer's opinion but the drop-prone Roberts will definitely be on notice after a lackluster 2014 showing (36 catches, 453 yards). Even if Crowder isn't a factor on offense, the 22-year-old should carve a niche for himself in the return game. He's a near-lock to make the Redskins' 53-man roster.
Jul 5 - 9:42 AM

Antonio Gates' suspension could open up snaps for Stevie Johnson in the slot.

The Chargers' two biggest slot threats last season were Eddie Royal and Gates. Royal signed with the Bears this offseason and Gates is serving a four-game PED suspension. Johnson had a tough time carving a role for himself behind Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis in San Francisco, but volume shouldn't be an issue in San Diego. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green will also see work in the slot. Raymond Summerlin covered this subject in greater detail in his article, Fantasy Fallout: Gates Banned, which you can find on the Rotoworld NFL page.
Jul 5 - 9:25 AM

According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Bengals allowed 3.13 yards per carry with Brandon Thompson on the field last season.

When Thompson wasn't on the field, that number skyrocketed to 4.63 yards per attempt. The 25-year-old is a difference maker against the run but continues to be a liability on passing downs. Thompson saw 259 snaps last season and may have a tough time exceeding that with Geno Atkins and Domata Peko ahead of him on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 5 - 8:46 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he's seen growth in Robert Griffin III under new QBs coach Matt Cavanaugh.

Last year, the quarterbacks coach position was filled by Gruden himself. Cavanaugh has been coaching in the league since 1995, winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000. "Bringing all that knowledge and experience, I think it’s helping everybody," said Griffin. As Griffin's fifth-year option for 2016 is not guaranteed, RG3 is entering a make-or-break season in Washington.
Jul 5 - 8:24 AM



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