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If you’re a Diontae Johnson truther, you’re in luck, because it was a DJ hype party all week on Twitter.
Now let’s get to the headlines.
News & Notes:
Antonio Gibson said the toe injury that forced him to miss two games late last year has lingered through the start of the offseason.
Packers GM once again asserts they will not trade Aaron Rodgers.
There’s speculation that the Giants plan to take it slow in 2021 with Saquon Barkley coming back from an ACL, MCL, and meniscus injury.
Texans signed ex-Patriots RB Rex Burkhead.
Analysis & Hype:
“Diontae Johnson had 160 targets in 16 injury-riddled games last season and it's like none of you even care.”
Steelers WR breakdown in Diontae Johnson's healthy games last season:
• Diontae Johnson: 26% target share, 17.8 fantasy points per game
• JuJu Smith-Schuster: 21% target share, 16.1 fantasy points per game
• Chase Claypool: 17% target share,12.4 fantasy points per game
There were 3 WRs with a HOG Rate (tgts per snap) of 20% or better in 2020 with 60% snap share.
• Diontae Johnson - 20.7%
• Antonio Brown - 20.1%
• Davante Adams - 20.1%
Fantastic thread of charts showing how each team distributed passes to each position group last year.
Chargers OC Joe Lombardi on WR Mike Williams: Lombardi on Mike Williams: “As much as this offense will resemble New Orleans, he plays the ‘X’ and the ball has always kind of found the ‘X’ receiver in this offense… I see a big role for him. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on nice numbers coming from him on the stat sheet, that’s for sure.”
“Noah Fant finished TE12 in PPR points per game last year. But ... * He left Week 4 early with an ankle injury * The Broncos were missing all of their QBs in Week 12 * He played just 5 snaps in Week 14 due to an illness Remove those 3 games and Fant climbs to 5th in PPR PPG.”
Only Alvin Kamara (36.2%) scored a higher share of his team offensive touchdowns than Antonio Gibson (32.4%) last season.
‘After observing Wednesday's OTA, The Athletic's Connor Hughes believes "it won't be long before" fourth-rounder Michael Carter is the Jets' lead back.’
Packers HC Matt LaFleur says he wants to feature Robert Tonyan in the offense more in 2021. Says Tonyan has improved more than anyone on the team since he became head coach in 2019.
Reception perception pumping up CeeDee Lamb. (Video)
Matt Rhule said TE Ian Thomas has had a “tremendous offseason.”
"It’s impossible to come away from a Lions practice — even in shorts — and not see how much the team likes [D'Andre] Swift."
Broncos Rookie RB Javonte Williams rushed for a first down or touchdown on 45.9% of his carries (Highest in CFB).
On Zach Wilson: “Just like last week, he worked entirely against the first-team defense. You’d expect him to force some passes, hold on to the ball too long and have a few miscommunications with receivers. There’s none of that, which is wild.”
"It’s still early, but you can tell [Rookie WR Elijah Moore] is more dynamic than anyone the Jets have had in recent years... What makes Moore different is his elusiveness... He’s going to be one of those players where you just want the ball in his hands bc he’s going to put on a show."
Kyle Pitts has a longer wingspan (83 3/8") than any WR or TE in the NFL in the last 20 years, taking the title from DK Metcalf.
A case for Lamar Jackson as the overall QB1 in 2021.
If you’re looking for some late-round dart-throws in best ball leagues.
Already looking for info on the 2022 class? Here’s a great thread breaking down the 2022 class on /r/DynastyFF.
Twitter thread of people planting their flags.
Report where essentially all Ravens WRs looked good and “catching everything thrown their way.”
Thread on /r/DynastyFF: “Rebuilding Lessons Learned”
"Nobody has come close to slowing [Bucs Rookie WR Jaelon] Darden down through multiple practices this offseason, as the receiver has easily achieved separation on the outside and in the slot.”
Big Ben with some nice things to say about backup QB Dwayne Haskins.
/r/DynastyFF post: “Kyle Pitts is going WAY TOO HIGH in rookie drafts”
“Mike LaFleur rotated Ty Johnson, Tevin Coleman and rookie Michael Carter throughout practice without any frontrunner for the lead job. All three have skill sets the Jets want, and they will use each depending on the situation.”
Dianna Russini reports Jaguars TE Tim Tebow could be used in a "Taysom Hill role" this season. This is cold water for Travis Etienne and James Robinson.
Joe Mixon is going into his 5th season in the NFL... Joe Mixon is one year older than Najee Harris.
“Garoppolo has looked sharp/in command. [Trey] Lance has definitely been more tentative than Garoppolo, but that’s to be expected. Anyone who proclaimed Lance would waltz in and commandeer QB1 spot wasn’t operating in reality. It’s early in the process and situation is what we expected”
A good reminder to take preseason storylines with a grain of salt.
The Fun Stuff:
Pretty awesome inside look at the Panthers negotiating a free agent deal with Dan Arnold’s agent.
This is how long Adam Vinatieri was in the league.
“Could Patriots use Jarrett Stidham to potentially get Julio Jones?”
Tua Tagovailoa looks like he’s been puttin in work.
I hope this isn’t real.
Tim Tebow with that old man strength.
Myles Garrett announced his retirement from basketball.
A fun look back: Top 25 ADP from 2012.