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The Lions seem to expect the third-year back to play a featured role in their offense in 2017. General manager Bob Quinn didn’t sign or draft a running back this offseason, and said after the draft that [Ameer] Abdullah was his starter heading into the season.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That is the saying that immediately come to mind when Ameer Abdullah and fantasy football are put together in the same sentence. I personally couldn’t have been more high on Abdullah coming out of Nebraska and after a hot start, I thought I had a mid-round steal. But, he quickly fell out of favor and finished with only 143 rushing attempts in his first season. Last season, he was bit by the injury bug and only lasted two games, which resulted in the Lions finishing 30th in the league in rushing. Abdullah possesses the talent to be a legit PPR RB2, but having shown basically nothing in his first two seasons, he’s extremely tough to trust. If Abdullah’s there in the later rounds, he’s not the worst player to take a flier on, but don’t hitch your wagon to him.
I am told by multiple sources [DeVante] Parker has been so impressive this offseason he has coaches hopeful he can finally develop into the dominant threat the Dolphins were expecting when they drafted him in the first round in 2015.
Parker has legitimate first round talent, but he has yet to put it together due to injury concerns and laziness off the field. He has yet to become a professional; however, it looks like the light bulb has turned on for the young wideout.
According to Salguero, multiple team sources told him that “Parker has apparently come to understand that staying healthy is key to his success and that entails much more than simply stretching before workouts and cooling down afterward. Parker is eating right — exactly what the team nutritionist has recommended. He’s not skipping meals.”
Salguero also went on to say, “He is apparently getting enough sleep. This is what coaches are thinking because when he tells people he’s going to be somewhere at a certain time of the morning, he’s been on time. That wasn’t always the case in the past.” Most importantly, “Parker is going hard during his workouts.”
It’s tough to go all-in on a beat reporter’s “team sources” during the off-season when everything is positive, but I’m about as all-in on this talent as one can be. With Jarvis Landry making plays out of the slot and Kenny Stills demanding safety help with his speed, things could open up for Parker. He’s shown the ability to make the acrobatic catch, now let’s see the light bulb stay on for an entire 16 games. He has late-round steal written all over him.
Expect Giovani Bernard to be a limited participant when OTAs begin tomorrow, eight months removed from his ACL tear.
— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) May 22, 2017
This news isn’t as much about the fantasy outlook of Gio Bernard as it is about Jeremy Hill and Joe Mixon. If Bernard can show that he’s 100-percent during OTAs or before training camp, the Bengals might cut bait with Hill and give the keys to the backfield to the rookie. Although Mixon is a three-down back with pass catching abilities, Bernard is more of a compliment to Mixon than Hill, who would just eat into the rookie’s carries on early-downs. If the Bengals decide to move on from Hill during the pre-season, Mixon’s fantasy stock would soar.
- Chargers WR Dontrelle Inman underwent core muscle surgery and will be out six weeks. More reps for rookie WR Mike Williams.
- Redskins second-year WR Josh Doctson (Achilles) is cleared to be a full-go in OTAs. The talented speedster has the potential to be a real weapon for Kirk Cousins… if he stays healthy.
- Rams WR Cooper Kupp was the star of the Rams rookie mini-camp, which shouldn’t surprise anyone after his performance in the Senior Bowl.
- The NFL is still investigating Ezekiel Elliott’s assault allegations that occurred almost a year ago. We’re hoping the NFL eventually clears this up.