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Victor Cruz inks a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

The Bears wide receiver corps is very crowded right now, though they aren't exactly deep with talent at the position, with Cameron Meredith, Kevin White and Kendall Wright sitting atop the depth chart. Cruz is not a lock to make the 53-man roster.

Cruz averaged 0.66 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target last season, ranking 53rd among the 93 wideouts to see at least 50 targets on the year. That was the lowest mark among New York Giants wideouts in the group.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Giants' Odell Beckham not at OTAs on Thursday

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham did not report for Thursday's OTA practice.

What It Means:

OTAs are entirely voluntary practices, and a veteran like Beckham being absent is a common occurrence. This doesn't raise any concerns about Beckham's prospects for the 2017-2018 season.

Among the 41 receivers to top 100 targets in 2016, Beckham's 0.66 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target were 27th-most. The league-average Reception NEP per target rate was 0.66.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Brock Osweiler sees himself as Browns' starting quarterback

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brock Osweiler says he expects to be the team's starter.

What It Means:

"My expectation is always to start," Osweiler said. "But once again that's not my decision. I want to play and I want to help this team win, but I know there's a lot of work that needs to go into that." The much-maligned quarterback has rotated in with the starters at OTAs, but there figures to be a healthy competition in Cleveland this offseason under center. Osweiler, Cody Kessler, and second-round pick DeShone Kizer all seem to have a fair chance at the starting job.

Among the 39 quarterbacks to pick up at least 100 drop backs in 2016, Osweiler's was seventh-worst in Passing Net Expected Points per drop back. Kessler ranked 17th in the same analytic.

Source: Rotoworld

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Bills concerned about the health of Charles Clay (knee)

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has said that they team is still worried about Charles Clay's knee injury.

What It Means:

Clay has been dealing with chronic knee troubles since joining the Bills in the 2015 offseason, and while he only missed one game last season, the Bills plan on exercising caution and managing Clay's reps this offseason.

Clay posted 0.55 reception Net Expected Points per target last season, which ranked 21st among the 32 tight ends to see 50-plus targets.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Patriots' Rob Gronkowski (back) cleared to return to practice

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) has been cleared to return to the practice field.

What It Means:

Gronk's recovery has been going smoothly, and he has said that he'll be "ready to roll" for offseason workouts. Barring any setbacks, expect him to be full-go by the time the season starts.

Gronkowski's 1.32 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target last season were most among the 39 tight ends to see at least 35 targets on the year. That was significantly more than Dwayne Allen, who finished second with 0.95 Reception NEP per target.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Robert Woods the favorite to lead Rams' in targets

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods is "perhaps the best bet to lead the 2017 Rams in catches," believes ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez.

What It Means:

Woods projects to be Jared Goff's primary target after the Rams let Kenny Britt walk this offseason. He should exceed 100 targets in Los Angeles and makes for an appealing late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Woods caught 51 passes for 613 yards and one touchdown in 13 games for the Buffalo Bills in 2016. He turned out a 0.68 Reception Net Expected Points per target on 76 targets, the 32nd-best rate among the 68 receivers with at least 75 targets in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld

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Bears' Kevin White's (leg) progress considered a 'mystery'

Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White's progress in recovery from a leg injury is a "mystery," according to the Chicago Tribune.

What It Means:

Head coach John Fox said earlier this month that White "looks very healthy," and while other positive remarks have been made, no specifics have been given. The seventh pick from the 2015 draft has missed 28-of-32 games through the first two years of his NFL career, but the Bears are counting on him to be one of their top receivers in 2017.

Among the 32 wide receivers to see between 25 and 50 targets last season, White's 0.29 Reception Net Expected Points per target was ahead of only Braxton Miller (0.22) in that group.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Kareem Hunt continuing to receive hype out of Chiefs' camp

Kansas City Chiefs third-round rookie running back Kareem Hunt has "already impressed with his short-area burst and balance, observes Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star.

What It Means:

This comes four days after ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher predicted Hunt would lead the Chiefs in rushing and pace the backfield in receptions. Spencer Ware figures to have something to say about that, but as the highest running back ever drafted by head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City, Hunt will likely have plenty of opportunity to perform as a rookie.

Hunt churned out a ridiculous 4,945 rushing yards on 782 carries (6.32 yards per carry), with 44 touchdowns and 73 receptions in his career. Pro Football Focus charted him with the second-most missed tackles forced (98) in the nation in 2016, and he put the ball on the ground just once on 856 college touches. Out of 42 running backs to see 100-plus attempts last season at the professional level, Ware's -0.07 Rushing Net Expected Points per attempt was 11th-least.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Tight end will be focal point of Rams' passing game

The Los Angeles Rams plan to run a "tight-end-centric passing game," reports Steve Wyche of NFL Network.

What It Means:

New head coach Sean McVay targeted a tight end on 26 percent (seventh-highest in the NFL) of the attempts while running Washington's offense last season. That should mean plenty of opportunity for 2016 fourth-rounder Tyler Higbee and 2017 second-round pick Gerald Everett. There isn't too much talent elsewhere on the Rams' roster competing for targets.

Among the 46 tight ends to see at least 25 targets last season, Higbee finished last in Reception Net Expected Points per target. His 37.9 percent catch rate (11-of-29 targets) was also the only mark below 50.0 percent in that group.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Odell Beckham expected to report for Giants' OTAs on Thursday

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham is expected to report for OTAs on Thursday, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

What It Means:

OTAs are voluntary practices, and Beckham has been working out with his trainer in California. Missing a few days is not a big deal, so whether he gets bombarded with questions about his absence or not, don't expect this to have lasting implications.

Among the 41 receivers to top 100 targets in 2016, Beckham's 0.66 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target were 27th-most. The league-average Reception NEP per target rate was 0.66.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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