Fri Jun 2 3:43pm ET
Field Level Media
Indianapolis Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr. is sidelined from offseason workouts due to a hip injury, coach Shane Steichen told reporters on Friday.
Steichen said the injury is minor. He said Pittman won't return to the practice field until he is totally recovered.
Pittman, 25, had a career-best 99 receptions in 2022 in his third NFL season. He had 925 yards and four touchdowns.
In 2021, Pittman established career highs of 1,082 yards and six touchdowns. He caught 88 passes.
Overall, Pittman has 277 receptions for 2,510 yards and 11 touchdowns in 46 games (41 starts).
The Colts reportedly worked out receiver Breshad Perriman on Friday and plan to attempt to sign him. Perriman, 29, has played for four NFL teams and has 145 receptions for 2,343 yards and 16 touchdowns in 80 games (25 starts).
Perriman, a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and had nine catches for 110 yards and one touchdown in 11 games (three starts).
Steichen said three draft choices are nursing injuries. Receiver Josh Downs (third round) is battling a knee injury, tight end Will Mallory (fifth round) has a foot ailment and cornerback Darius Rush (fifth round) is dealing with a hamstring injury.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (knee) feels that he'll be ready to play by the season opener. The veteran linebacker is recovering from an ACL tear that he suffered on Thanksgiving of last year. Despite the long road to recovery involving an ACL tear, Miller believes he'll be ready for the beginning of next season. Last season, Miller recorded 21 tackles, 12 quarterback hits, and eight sacks in 11 games during his first season in Buffalo. It'll obviously be a huge boost for the Bills defense if Miller is ready to go for Week 1 versus the New York Jets.
Free-agent defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is still searching for a new home, but has made it clear he's not going to play for a sub-par team. Ngakoue said that he wants stability and a legitimate chance to pursue a title. That's fair to say considering Ngakoue has bounced around a bit since being drafted in the third round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016. He spent his first four seasons of his career in Jacksonville. Since then, Ngakoue has played for four teams in three seasons. Last season, Ngakoue recorded 29 tackles, 16 quarterback hits, and 9.5 sacks in 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts. The 28-year-old still has plenty left in the tank and could be a legitimate boost to a contending defense.
Carolina Panthers tight end Hayden Hurst (hernia) will resume running routes on Friday. The 29-year-old is coming off sports-hernia surgery this offseason. Although, he does have plenty of time to get back up to full speed before training camp begins. Hurst will look to build upon his surprisingly solid season with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. He finished with 52 receptions, 414 yards, and two touchdowns in 13 games. The Panthers added multiple weapons over the offseason, including Hurst. He should have a significant role in the offense, so there's some TE2 appeal here.
The Indianapolis Colts are hosting free-agent wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a visit on Friday. The organization is having discussing about signing the 29-year-old wideout. Perriman has spent the two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, he hasn't played a very big role on the team due to injuries. In fact, Perriman has totaled 20 receptions, 267 yards, and two touchdowns in 17 games over the last two seasons. Despite that, Perriman is a decent depth option for the Colts. He likely won't have a big enough role to carve out fantasy value, but he could be a nice fourth or fifth receiver.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (hip) is being held out of practice, according to head coach Shane Steichen. It sounds like the 25-year-old is dealing with a minor hip issue. The Colts are obvious going to be cautious this early into camp. Although, this sounds like a minor issue that should be gone long before training camp begins. It'll be interesting to see what kind of value Pittman has next season. He'll likely have Anthony Richardson under center, which probably means a lot of scrambles. Also, the Colts are likely to go run-heavy with Jonathan Taylor in the backfield. The targets should be there for Pittman, but he might turn into a WR3 in fantasy leagues depending on his role.
Denver Broncos tight end Greg Dulcich could have an expanded role in the offense this upcoming season. His rookie campaign didn't go according to plan as Dulcich was only able to play in 10 games due to injury. He finished with 33 receptions, 411 yards, and two touchdowns in that span. Despite that, the Broncos do have big plans for Dulcich going forward. Head coach Sean Payton mentioned he sees Dulcich playing a "joker" role for the team next season. He said that role is basically a running back or a tight end with exceptional ball skills and then you can work matchups. This seems like it could be a Taysom Hill type of situation. That means, Dulcich could have increased value heading into next season, so fantasy managers should tuned for more updates as camp gets closer.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons is looking to become more versatile and more of a complete player that can make an impact all over the field in 2023. The 24-year-old former 12th overall pick in 2021 has been a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro in each of his first two NFL seasons while racking up an astounding 26.5 sacks, but he wants to make plays all over the field this year instead of being obsessed with chasing the sack title. "I'm probably going to play like eight positions this year," Parsons said. He will continue to get his fair share of sacks, and moving around the formation this year could also increase his overall tackle total. Parsons' versatility will continue to make the Cowboys defense a coveted fantasy pick as well, and he should once again be one of the first defensive players taken in IDP drafts.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Simi Fehoko has looked good in organized team activities for the second straight week and also saw plenty of run with quarterback Dak Prescott and the first-team offense. Fehoko is displaying sticky hands and has been running excellent routes, while his speed is deceptive for a player of his size. The 25-year-old will continue to battle with Jalen Tolbert, who appears to be making a second-year jump, for the No. 4 role behind CeeDee Lamb, Brandin Cooks and Michael Gallup. There have been sets called in OTAs that see both Tolbert and Fehoko lined up opposite each other on the first team. It's nice to see Dallas developing some interesting receiver depth, but the reality is that neither Fehoko nor Tolbert will have much fantasy value in 2023 unless an injury occurs ahead of them on the depth chart.
The Dallas Cowboys are making it clear they are looking for a veteran kicker to create training-camp competition with Tristan Vizcaino this summer, on the heels of saying goodbye to Brett Maher one year after what became a three-man competition at the position last year. Vizcaino is off to a solid start at organized team activities, nailing eight of his attempts to close out OTAs. His only misses came from 44 and 55 yards out. The 26-year-old was signed to the team's practice squad in mid-January after Maher famously missed four extra-point attempts in the playoff win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vizcaino will have to prove he's the guy this summer, but if he wins the job, he could be a kicking streamer in 2023 in fantasy.
A potential reunion between Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and free-agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals last week, is now regarded as a strong possibility, according to league sources. Meanwhile, a return to the Houston Texans, the team Hopkins began his career with, is not expected. In addition to the Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills were tied to Hopkins when he was still with the Cardinals, but it remains to be seen if the money will be right for them to sign the Pro Bowl wideout. Although the 30-year-old is no longer at his peak, he'd still easily be a top-25 fantasy receiver if he were to join the Browns, and Watson would also become more attractive as a low-end QB1 target.
The Miami Dolphins announced on Friday that they have signed running back De'Von Achane to his rookie deal after taking him in the third round (84th overall) of this year's NFL draft. Achane will be intriguing immediately in Miami's quick-strike offense because of his impressive speed and quickness out of the backfield, although it may take some time for him to be a staple in fantasy leagues. The 21-year-old lines up as the No. 3 running back right now behind Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., who were both brought back for the 2023 season. Achane's quickest path to fantasy relevance will be as a pass-catcher, especially since the Dolphins loved to target their RBs through the air in 2022.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has rushed for more yards (5,993) than any in team history except Adrian Peterson (11,747) and Robert Smith (6,818), and he had his fourth straight 1,000-yard season in 2022 while also not missing a game for the first time in his career. He ripped off TD runs of 53 and 81 yards last year and had a top speed of 21.68 mph, the seventh-fastest speed of any ball carrier in 2022. However, he led the league with 62 carries that either lost or didn't gain a yard, and only 34.5% of his carries gained positive yards over expectation. With his injury history and high salary cap numbers the next two years, the Vikings have been planning to move on for some time now. Cook remains in Minnesota, but he's becoming an increasingly volatile RB2 investment in fantasy.
Early spring practices have suggested that Minnesota Vikings running backs Ty Chandler and Pro Bowl kickoff returner Kene Nwangwu could battle for the No. 2 job in the team's backfield behind Alexander Mattison if they part ways with Dalvin Cook, as expected. Chandler spent most of his rookie season in 2022 on Injured Reserve. DeWayne McBride, a seventh-round pick this year who led the nation in rushing last year, is another intriguing prospect but has been rehabbing a minor injury this spring and has yet to take part in organized team activities. If Cook isn't on the team come training camp, Chandler figures to be the most likely backup to Mattison, but we'll have a better idea of how the Vikings backfield will shake out in another month or so.
Dynasty | There's a "strong possibility" that DeAndre Hopkins signs with the Browns Dynasty Analysis: The report reads more as connecting the dots than anything suggested from Hopkins or the Browns. That said, it would stand to reason that Cleveland is, arguably, in the best situation financially to land the top receiver and reuniting him with Deshaun Watson certainly brings added benefit. Hopkins is said to be willing to remain patient in choosing his next location but with Buffalo and Kansas City scrambling to free cap space for a potential signing, and Watson publicly lobbying for Hopkins, the All-Pro receiver may not have long to wait. It's clear both the Chiefs and Bills offer the best chance at a championship so Hopkins will need to weigh his priorities carefully. Hopkins is listed as DLF's WR42 and stands to benefit from any of the three destinations.
Dynasty | Amon-Ra St. Brown has been Jared Goff's favorite target during OTAs Dynasty Analysis: There's no real surprise here but it's further indication that the pair are off to a quick start to 2023 and expectations for the team are as high as they've been in recent years. ARSB has been constantly open in camp and the chemistry with Goff remains good. Coming off his first 1,000-yard campaign in 2022, St. Brown remains a good bet to put up career numbers in his third year in the league. With a revamped running back room, the addition of rookie Sam LaPorta at tight end, and the eventual inclusion of Jameson Williams at receiver, all arrows are pointing up for St. Brown and the Lions offense in 2023. He's listed as DLF's WR8.
Dynasty | Jahmyr Gibbs continues to stand out at OTAs and "just looks the part." Dynasty Analysis: Gibbs was said to be a consideration even higher by the Lions during the 2023 NFL Draft while some teams reportedly had him graded above phenom Bijan Robinson. The Lions have hit the ground running with Gibbs and are splitting him out wide with the receivers, utilizing his strengths as a pass-catcher to complement his running ability. In all drills and routes, Gibbs has looked "fluid" according to the report. Listed as DLF's RB9, it's uncertain how the rushing snaps will be apportioned to start the season, but it's clear that Jahmyr Gibbs is operating as the clear RB1 at this juncture.
The Minnesota Vikings have been slowly transitioning away from running back Dalvin Cook and to Alexander Mattison, who was re-signed in March to a contract that guarantees him $6.35 million over the next two seasons. Mattison said he returned because of an "understanding how it's all laid out and how it's all going to work out." Head coach Kevin O'Connell recently lauded Mattison's demonstration of "that all-three-down kind of ownership that he's been capable of for a long time." Mattison is a physical inside runner, having averaged 1.91 yards per rush after contact, but only one of his 404 career carries has gone for more than 24 yards. All indications are that the Vikings would use Mattison as an every-down back if Cook is out of the picture, which would make him a steal in fantasy drafts at the moment.
Dynasty | Offensive coordinator said of Sam Howell: "His demeanor does not change … and I will say this: he autocorrects himself as well." Dynasty Analysis: Bienemy was effusive in his praise for Howell as the second-year quarterback takes the reins of the offense. The 2022 fifth-round selection will get a year to show he can be the team's new face of the franchise after the Carson Wentz experiment failed. Despite the chatter about Howell's leadership qualities and growth process, NFL veteran Jacoby Brissett is also fighting for the starting role, a situation he's all too familiar with and one he's been successful with in the past. Listed as DLF's QB33, there's little confidence from the expert dynasty community that Howell is the long-term answer for the Commanders.
Dynasty | Kevin O'Connell believes Alexander Mattison is a three-down back Dynasty Analysis: It's one of the hottest stories in 2023 related to the running back position and Mattison's prospects hinge on the team's decision related to release, or trade, Dalvin Cook. It's widely believed the Vikings will move on from Cook and now beyond June 1, we may not be waiting long for the answer. Whether the team releases the veteran or is able to work out a trade remains to be seen, but should Cook remain in Minnesota, Mattison's 2023 prospects would suffer. Cook has been linked to both Miami and Buffalo as possible trade destinations. As for Mattison, DLF's RB39, who turns 25 this month, he could see a significant boost to his dynasty ranking if/when news of Cook's departure is official. Until then, he's a risk-on acquisition on the potential Cook, somehow, remains in Minnesota. Patient dynasty managers may want to seek acquisition now ahead of the expected Cook move.
Dynasty | Dalvin Cook remains with the Vikings, but for how long? Dynasty Analysis: Now beyond June 1, the team could release Cook with a friendlier cap hit. The Vikings' preferred move would be to trade the aging back, who turns 28 in August, but there's been no indications that the team is close to a deal. Cook has signaled his desire to play with his brother in Buffalo, or return home to Miami, and both teams have a need. Knowing that a release would likely result if no trade is agreed to, team's simply may wait to force Minnesota's hand. In either case, now in June, we won't be waiting long to hear the ultimate fate of Dalvin Cook, DLF's RB21.