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NFL News: Eagles’ HC Doug Pederson confirmed that RB Jay Ajayi will enter training camp atop the depth chart.
Back in May, Ajayi expressed his desire to be the featured back this coming season, despite the team’s crowded backfield.
The Eagles used a running back-by-committee approach last season with LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement being a part of the rotation, but it appears Ajayi will be given the opportunity to lead the backfield as they get set for training camp. "Yeah, he's definitely going into camp as the No. 1 guy," Pederson told reporters, via the Eagles' official website. "It takes nothing away from what [RB] Corey [Clement] did or what [RB Darren] Sproles has done here, [RB] Wendell [Smallwood], Pump [RB Donnel Pumphrey] is coming back, [RB] Matt Jones. You've got guys that are going to compete in that role.” Ajayi, 25, is entering the final year of his 4-year/$2.50M rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1.907M for the 2018 season.
In 2017, Ajayi appeared in 14 games for the Dolphins and Eagles (eight starts) and rushed for 873 yards on 208 carries (4.2 YPC) and one touchdown. He also caught 24 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown.
NFL News: Giants second-year TE Evan Engram says he has focused on eliminating the drops he dealt with as a rookie.
The Giants selected Engram with the 23rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and saw flashes of the player he can become. However, Engram dropped his fair share of passes last season and focused on that part of his game this offseason. “That was just a mindset thing. I wanted to have zero drops all spring,” Engram said, via Dan Duggan of The Athletic. “I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew how to fix it. I knew how to improve on it. So it was just a learning experience. I have the utmost confidence in myself. It’s definitely something that pisses me off a little bit, but I feel like that’s a good thing. So I never lost my confidence. It just kind of humbled me a little bit and allowed me to get back to the basics and be more consistent.” Engram added that he often times got carried away with yards after the catch and lost control of the ball. “You get in the groove and then you start wanting to make moves after the catch and start getting a little bit too confident and a little bit too comfortable. Stuff like that kind of needs to happen for us as players to be able to take a step back like, ‘OK, let me get back to where it all started.’” In 2017, Engram started 11 games for the Giants and hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns.
NFL NEWS: WR Allen Hurns has reportedly been the Cowboys' "clear-cut" No. 1 receiver throughout spring practices.
As much as I don't like Hurns as a player, you can't deny the opportunity he's about to get.
In fantasy leagues, he's going in about the 9th-10th round right now, so Hurns is a tremendous value. Sometimes it's not how efficient(or good) a player is, sometimes you just have to follow the targets.
I'm expecting Hurns' ADP to rise a bit as we get closer to the majority of fantasy drafts, but I'll still be targeting him in all of my fantasy leagues.
NFL NEWS: WR Brice Butler believes that there's a good opportunity for him to become the Cardinals' No. 2 wide receiver.
Butler, a former 7th-Round pick out of San Diego State, is now 28 years old so he's not very young, but he is experienced in the league.
Butler has the size and athleticism that looks like an X-receiver. Butler is 6'3", 213 lbs. He also has 34 1/2" arms, which ranks in the 97th percentile.
Butler's 114.7 (95th percentile) Size Adjusted Speed Score is very impressive. Also, his 10.37, 96th percentile Catch Radius shows how truly athletic he is.
With the Cowboys, Butler was really only a field stretcher, but he got the job done. Butler was EXTREMELY efficient when targeted, with a +72.4 Production Premium.
The Cardinals' WR depth chart isn't very good. Larry Fitzgerald should start in the slot with Christian Kirk on the outside, but the second outside receiver spot is really up for grabs.
Chad Williams, J.J. Nelson, and Brice Butler will compete for that last starting spot, and I think Butler's experience, size, and athleticism will give him the edge.