News and Rumors: Patriots Sign Jordan Matthews; Cowboys Worried About Dez Bryant?
Catch-up on some key fantasy football news and rumors that could affect your fantasy teams in 2018, including the Patriots signing free-agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews and Cowboys coaches reportedly worried about Dez Bryant’s declining skills.
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Patriots Sign Jordan Matthews
The New England Patriots signed free-agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. Matthews is apparently healthy after having knee and ankle surgeries last December, and he helps fill a need after the club traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday. Matthews will have to prove he’s healthy after playing in just 10 games while catching 25 passes for the Bills. However, he should compete for slot duties, and taking passes from quarterback Tom Brady will be a huge upgrade for him. Matthews won’t generate much draft buzz in fantasy drafts this fall, but he could be worth taking a late-round flier on in PPR leagues.
Deshaun Watson Could Participate In OTAs
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) will be limited in offseason activities after suffering a torn ACL last November, but head coach Bill O’Brien thinks he could be able to participate in organized team activities. “I like where he is right now,” O’Brien said during Wednesday’s PFT Live, regarding Watson’s rehab efforts. “I don’t think that he’ll be able to do much on the field in the beginning of the offseason program. He’ll be working with the trainers on the field, but not with us. . . . I think by the time OTAs roll around he may be able to do a few things with the team.” Barring any setbacks, Watson should be full go by the time training camp rolls around in the summer, and he will have plenty of fantasy upside after what he showed in his rookie season before his injury. Watson surely has QB1 appeal and can make plays happen with his legs, just make sure not to overspend on him.
Cowboys Coaches Believe Dez Bryant Isn’t Doing Enough
Some Dallas Cowboys coaches reportedly believe that wide receiver Dez Bryant is not doing enough to counteract the decline in his physical skills. They see Bryant still trying to play the same game he played when he was younger and physically able to run faster and jump higher. Reports state that some coaches began to see Bryant’s play decline beginning in 2015. They are disappointed that Bryant hasn’t attempted to change his game in a way similar to Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The Dez Bryant saga is far from over, with an outright release looking more and more like a possibility as the days pass.
Robert Griffin Agrees With Ravens
Free-agent quarterback Robert Griffin agreed on a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Griffin didn’t play at all in 2017 after he was cut by Cleveland last March. His last start came Jan. 1 of 2017 against the Steelers, and he completed 72.5 percent of his passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 season finale. Griffin burst onto the scene in his rookie year with Washington, but has been a disappointment ever since, mainly after injuring his ACL at the end of his rookie year. He’ll likely serve as the No. 2 behind Joe Flacco in Baltimore, but he’s not guaranteed to make the final roster and the Ravens could also address the position in the draft.
David Johnson Is Fully Healed
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is fully healed from his wrist injury that he sustained in Week 1 of the 2017 season. Johnson should be back for organized team activities, making his return for the 2018 season a certainty. As a result of Johnson’s three-down versatility, he should be considered a locked-in RB1 on a team that will rely on the ground game. Consider Johnson a first-round pick in the majority of fantasy formats this season.
Cam Newton Involved In Car Accident
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was involved in a car accident with a dump truck on Thursday, but he was uninjured. He was driving a matte black Ferrari F12 when the accident occurred. Newton was OK and was seen walking around the car. Newton is a QB1 in fantasy football and makes plays happens with his legs, setting him apart from most other signal callers. He could be better in the passing department in 2018, too, under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
Alshon Jeffery Recovering From Shoulder Surgery
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) is still in a sling but reportedly hopes to be ready for the preseason. Jeffery played all of last season with a torn rotator cuff and was finally able to undergo surgery after the Super Bowl. He’s already been ruled out for organized team activities, but there seems to be no concern at all about whether or not he’ll be ready for Week 1.