Daily Fantasy Football Stock Report: Chargers WR Mike Williams suffers back injury; misses valuable OTAs

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Injured on the first day of rookie minicamp 12 days ago, Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams did not practice for a second straight week due to tightness in his back.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters on Tuesday that he’s hopeful the rookie receiver can return to the field next week, but with less than a month left in the team’s offseason program, the Clemson product’s development is taking a hit.

Eric D. Williams, ESPN

This is big news for the development of rookie wideout Mike Williams. It’s common for a rookie, especially at the receiver position (see: Josh DoctsonKevin White, etc.), to take a redshirt season after missing key developmental time. What started as just ‘tightness’ in Williams’ back, it has now turned into a two-plus week absence from crucial time with Philip Rivers. The Chargers have capable receivers that can easily start over the Clemson product, so every snap matters for the rookie. If he misses the rest of OTAs, he might be too far behind once training camp begins. Mike Williams is officially in the rookie danger zone.

After suffering a brutal knee injury last August, Teddy Bridgewater is back on the field for the Vikings during this week’s OTAs. Although he wore a large knee brace, Bridgewater was seen in the video above dropping back to pass and looking crisp. Coach Mike Zimmer stated “he had a long way to go” but it’s nice to see Bridgewater out on the field again. Sam Bradford will definitely begin the season as the starter, but Bridgewater could see the field eventually.

Per reports, this highly-incentive restructured deal took over six months for both sides to agree upon, but it shows that the Patriots want Rob Gronkowski and obviously need him to stay on the field. Fantasy owners always take a high-risk, high-reward gamble on Gronk, who’s an automatic 12-plus touchdowns if he stays healthy. These incentives will force Gronkowski to play through minor injuries in order to get paid. Barring a catastrophic injury, expect Gronk to ball out in ’17.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Kevin [White] on the field and off the field,” Glennon said. “He’s a great guy. He works his butt off. And he made some really good plays (Monday) that got me excited. He’s really eager to learn. I know he’s eager to get back out on that field.”

Mike Glennon, QB Chicago Bears

Kevin White has all the tools to become a superstar wide receiver in the NFL, but he just cannot stay healthy enough to stay on the field. Coming off a season-ending injury where he suffered a spiral fracture in his left fibula, White has somewhat participated in OTAs, yet his progress is still being determined as a ‘mystery.’ Until he performs in the preseason or early in the regular season, the wildly talented receiver will continue to be irrelevant.

Quick Slants:

  • Congratulations to NFL free agent RB Rashad Jennings, who took home the Mirror Ball last night. Check out our DWTS recap here. Now, lets use those nimble feet to get on an NFL roster.
  • Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a car crash over the weekend and will miss all of OTAs. Although he suffered a non-serious head injury, the Cowboys will remain cautious with their star RB.
  • Browns WR Corey Coleman  was injured in practice today and remained on the ground for a period of time. We’ll keep you updated with his status.
  • Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt has “already impressed with his short-area burst and balance.” Watch out, Spencer Ware.
  • Vikings RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is still in a walking boot; targeting training camp for his return.
  • Colin Kaepernick is visiting the Seahawks today. He would be a great fit as a backup for Russell Wilson. So much for being blackballed, huh?
  • Jets RB Matt Forte wants the OC to use a more favorable backfield rotation. How about Bilal Powell is just better?

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