Notebook: Going Around Minicamps

There has been much news coming out of recent NFL minicamps. Here's an in-depth rundown of some the latest top stories and trends that will affect your fantasy strategies for 2007.

• Following up on the prime story from last week's Offseason Notebook, there are now conflicting reports on the status of Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander's left foot. Alexander originally said the foot may still be cracked, but coach Mike Holmgren emphatically shot down such talk. "There's no crack in it. I don't know why he said what he said," Holmgren told the Seattle Times. Alexander has been looking sharp in minicamps, and there are no reported plans to have the foot examined again in the near future. As a fantasy owner, Alexander's original statements still make me wary, and I am not going to use a top-five fantasy pick on a player with some lingering uncertainty about his health.

• Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (knee surgery) is now expected to be ready for training camp, according to the Associated Press. He is running and throwing and is on target for a full return when workouts begin on July 27. "He's been throwing once a week, and he looks good in that area," coach Andy Reid said. Earlier reports indicated McNabb would be ready to play by the Eagles' second preseason game. Barring any setbacks, many fantasy owners should get a better read on his progress before their 2007 drafts. All reports have been positive so far, though, and McNabb looks like a good value selection if he drops past the fifth round in many drafts.