Shanahan clears up 49ers QB situation: 'This is Trey's team'
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo reported to training camp for the San Francisco 49ers after spending the offseason away rehabilitating his injured shoulder. But the message from coach Kyle Shanahan about Garoppolo's future and the future of the 49ers was clear: “This is Trey's team." Shanahan started camp Tuesday by removing any pretense of a quarterback competition in San Francisco by unequivocally stating what had seemed obvious all offseason, that Trey Lance will take over as starter a year after being drafted third overall.“That’s nothing against Jimmy,” Shanahan said.
There is no longer any doubt about who will enter preseason as the starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, 49ers general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan met with veteran signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo at some point on Tuesday morning. Following that discussion, Shanahan confirmed to reporters that the franchise has "moved on" to 2021 rookie Trey Lance as its new QB1.
The move is anything but surprising. Reports surfaced last week that the 49ers permitted Garoppolo's agents to seek a trade after the 30-year-old spent all spring and the opening month of summer away from the club as he recovered from March shoulder surgery. Lance ran workouts during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp in Garoppolo's absence.
Report: Browns not expected to pursue Jimmy Garoppolo trade
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns are not expected to pursue a trade for Garoppolo. Gallery: 5 reasons the Falcons should NOT trade for QB Jimmy Garoppolo (SMG) The Browns did reportedly consider trading for the 30-year-old earlier this offseason amid the uncertain suspension length for Deshaun Watson. Jacoby Brissett is the Browns’ current backup quarterback, and Cabot wrote earlier this week that the organization would sign a backup for Brissett if Watson was issued a lengthy suspension. Cleveland ended up signing Josh Rosen this week to add depth to their quarterback room.
Shanahan then admitted during a recent appearance on "The TK Show" with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami that it would "surprise" him if Garoppolo practiced with the 49ers during training camp.
Trading Garoppolo may be easier said than done for the Niners, though. Some around the NFL believe the club will have to play Jimmy G. during at least one preseason game so he can prove he's fully recovered from the shoulder setback. The situation could, of course, change if a team loses its quarterback to an injury during training camp or the preseason.
As things stand today, Garoppolo is owed a non-guaranteed salary of $24.2 million and set to count $26.95 million against the salary cap for 2022.
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Report: Garoppolo Could Be Cleared 'Around Mid-August'
The 49ers are reportedly thrilled with where the quarterback is physically in his recovery process. View the original article to see embedded media. As Jimmy Garoppolo continues to progress following his offseason surgery on his right shoulder, there is an expectation that the quarterback could be fully cleared to play by the middle of August, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Garoppolo underwent surgery in March and was initially slated to begin throwing again around July 4.
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The biggest fantasy football sleepers entering the 2022 NFL season
One of the keys to winning fantasy football leagues is finding players who exceed their draft-day value. These 25 "sleepers" have a chance to help win your league in 2022.
Cam Akers, RB, Rams
Akers made a miraculous recovery from a torn Achilles to return late last season and is the clear bell-cow back for the Rams heading into 2022. There are high expectations for Akers as an early third-round pick, but he has a chance to greatly exceed that value if he can stay healthy in one of the best offenses in the league.
Rashod Bateman, WR, Ravens
The Ravens made the shocking trade of Marquise Brown on draft day, so someone else will need to step up. That someone is likely Bateman, the team's 2020 first-round pick who showed flashes in his rookie season with 515 yards receiving in 12 games. Despite a run-heavy offense, there are yards to be had for receivers in Baltimore, and Bateman could fill the void.
Marquise Brown, WR, Cardinals
Brown surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in Baltimore last season, but he could go on to bigger things in Arizona. He will be the top's top wideout for the first six games while DeAndre Hopkins serves a suspension, and can maintain that role afterward considering Hopkins' struggles last year. Reuniting with college teammate Kyler Murray, Brown won't need much time to get up to speed with his new team.
Chase Claypool, WR, Steelers
Claypool was one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football last season, failing to surpass his rookie numbers. His role could become bigger this season as the team's clear No. 2 wideout, and with a new quarterback under center. While showing enigmatic tendencies, the elite talent has always been clear for Claypool and he could finally become a premium deep threat in his third season.
Gabriel Davis, WR, Bills
Davis has been Buffalo's third wideout over his first two seasons, but that's about to change. After a late-season onslaught that included a historic 201 yard, four-touchdown performance in the Divisional Round, Davis is set to see more targets as Buffalo's No. 2 wide receiver. A huge boost in fantasy value should follow.
Chase Edmonds, RB, Dolphins
Edmonds shared carries for his time in Arizona but has a chance to be a much bigger part of the Miami offense. The slashy runner has averaged an impressive 4.7 yards per carry during his career, and new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel comes from an offense conducive to running back production in San Francisco. Edmonds has a real shot to finish as a top 10 runner if he can stay healthy.
Bryan Edwards, WR, Falcons
Edwards is in the right place at the right time after getting traded from the Raiders to Atlanta. He could emerge as the top wideout on a team lacking many options after losing Calvin Ridley to a season-long suspension. While Atlanta's offense could be stuck in the mud with Marcus Mariota at quarterback, someone has to catch passes.
Travis Etienne, RB, Jaguars
Etienne missed his rookie season with a foot injury, but new head coach Doug Pederson has a plan for him this year. The talented running back is set to see work in a variety of roles, including wideout, as he works in tandem with James Robinson. That could be a boon for fantasy managers, especially in PPR leagues.
Austin Hooper, TE, Titans
The Titans missed Jonnu Smith following his departure last year, so it was no surprise they addressed tight end in the offseason. Hooper has been a capable receiver and blocker during his career, and the loss of A.J. Brown creates opportunities for Tennessee's weapons. The targets should trickle down to Hooper, who was a Pro Bowler earlier in his career with Atlanta.
Jalen Hurts, QB, Eagles
Hurts really came on strong late last season when the Eagles became a more run-heavy offense. With the addition of A.J. Brown, they have more options. Brown's addition, along with a full year under DeVonta Smith's belt, could go a long way in spiking Hurts' passing stats. His running ability, including 784 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, is still the factor that gives Hurts a high floor in fantasy leagues.
Trey Lance, QB, 49ers
Lance is set to replace Jimmy Garoppolo was San Francisco's starting quarterback. While Lance struggled when he found the field last season, a year in the league and a scheme that is more fitting of his skillset could work wonders. Offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan is likely to design more runs for Lance, and recent history has shown that running quarterbacks produce in fantasy football.
Tim Patrick, WR, Broncos
Much of the attention was on Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy following the addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback, but we shouldn't forget about Patrick. He has over 700 yards in each of the last two seasons, and should still play a very prominent role in the offense, especially after tight end Noah Fant was traded. If the recent injury issues for Sutton or Jeudy continue, a 1,000-yard season is within reach.
Rashaad Penny, RB, Seahawks
Much of the attention in Seattle is being paid to rookie Kenneth Walker, but we shouldn't forget what Penny did late last season. He had four 100-yard rushing games over his first five contests and was used as a true bell-cow back down the stretch. Penny and Walker are likely to share carries, but the experienced Penny has the momentum and likely top workload on a team that will run more without Russell Wilson.
Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys
Polland has averaged over five yards per carry in three seasons and has seen more work each year while Ezekiel Elliott has gotten older. That trend is likely to continue with Elliott's per carry production dwindling. The Cowboys' offense plays at a different speed when Pollard is on the field, and he could add to what was his first 1,000 total yard season in 2021.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Vikings
Smith missed the entire 2021 season due to injury but will be back in the fold as Minnesota's starting tight end this season. He became a nice Red Zone option in 2020, with five touchdowns in 13 games, and should be set to build on that production.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, RB, Chiefs
KC reworked their wide receivers, replacing Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle, and Demarcus Robinson with Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and rookie Skyy Moore. The loss of Hill, in particular, leaves a huge void. Elite quarterback Patrick Mahomes shouldn't have a problem producing, and Smith-Schuster has shown off elite production in the past, including a 1,400-yard season in 2018.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Dolphins
Tagovailoa's first two NFL seasons have been nothing to brag about, but there's reason to believe things will change in his third campaign. The Dolphins have made efforts to help him on every level, hiring Mike McDaniel, fixing the offensive line, and adding weapons like Tyreek Hill, Chase Edmonds, and Cedrick Wilson. He's finally set up to succeed and be a viable fantasy option in the process.
James Washington, WR, Cowboys
The Cowboys' depth suffered during the offseason, trading Amari Cooper and losing Cedrick Wilson in free agency. The team was able to re-sign Michael Gallup, but he's returning from a knee injury and might not be ready for the start of the season. Washington is the clear beneficiary, potentially stepping in as the team's No. 2 wideout to begin the year after failing to get regular attention in Pittsburgh over the last two seasons. He's been primarily a deep threat during his career but has never had a more capable quarterback than Dak Prescott.
Christian Watson, WR, Packers
Green Bay's wide receiver group took a huge hit in the offseason, losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. They didn't do much in free agency to stop the bleeding, but second-round pick Christian Watson could be the answer. He's impressed the team in offseason minicamp and has the size to be an elite Red Zone threat for Aaron Rodgers. The work Adams saw has to go elsewhere, and Watson could see a big target share.
Rachaad White, RB, Buccaneers
Tampa Bay was able to bring back Leonard Fournette, but they replaced Ronald Jones with White. The rookie is in the right place at the right time, as the Bucs are expected to run more under head coach Todd Bowles. Fournette has had some minor injury issues in recent seasons and has a lot of tread on his tires entering his age 27 season. White has huge upside in his rookie season, as a result.
Darrel Williams, RB, Cardinals
Arizona lost significant running back depth by letting Chase Edmonds walk in free agency. Williams doesn't present the same explosiveness as a backup, but the former Chiefs running back is in a good situation backing up James Conner. Conner looked like a superstar after getting out of Pittsburgh, but he's missed time to injury in all five of his NFL seasons. Williams has a chance to be a nice stash and eventual spot starter with top 30 running back potential.
Jameis Winston, QB, Saints
Winston didn't do much for fantasy managers before hurting his knee last season. The optimism surrounding him has been tempered due to the loss of Sean Payton, but the Saints have the same offense with much-improved weapons. Not only is Michael Thomas returning from injury, but the Saints have added veteran Jarvis Landry and first-rounder Chris Olave. Winston could enter fantasy starter territory again with his wealth of strong options.
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