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07/15/14 Bengals could use RBBC between RBs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill
According to Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson, you could "see it close to an even split" in the Bengals' backfield this season between Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. Bernard is the starter with a probable increase in carries but the Bengals will look to protect Gio and split the workload between rookie Hill, BenJarvus Green-Ellis and even Rex Burkhead.... [Read More]
07/15/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin says he feels faster after torn ACL
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin missed all of last season after tearing his right ACL early in training camp. He shared a unique perspective on that major injury last weekend, saying that tearing his ACL for the second time has actually made him better. "In some ways, I feel faster," Maclin told Philly.com on Saturday. "In some ways, I feel more fresh, more physically strong. I just think you... [Read More]
07/15/14 Lions WR Golden Tate: The sky is the limit for me in Detroit
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate fully understands how different his new offense operates compared to the one he came from in Seattle. "I have a chance to catch a ton more balls," he said Monday on ESPN's First Take via NFL.com's Mike Coppinger. "I'm going to see a lot of single coverage. I'm probably going to see a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks because everyone's going to be on [Calvin Johns... [Read More]
07/15/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace may return kickoffs
Wallace says that he may be utilized by Dolphins special teams this season as a returner. "I might get back there for kickoff returns," Wallace said. "At this point of my career, I just want to get the ball in my hands and make some plays." Wallace caught 73 balls for 930 yards and five touchdowns for the Dolphins last season. This spring there was talk that the Dolphins were seeking to trade Wal... [Read More]
07/15/14 Falcons WR Roddy White still waiting for contract extension
ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reports that WR White, who is in the final year of his deal with the Falcons, had expected to have a contract extension in place following the NFL draft this spring. According to McClure, the 32-year-old White wants to play three or four more seasons, and retire with the Falcons, with whom he's spent his entire NFL career. The Falcons report to training camp July 25, and ... [Read More]
07/15/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wants to run 75 plays per game
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers want to increase to speed of the Packers offense to 75 plays per game this season, which would place them among the fastest-paced offenses in the NFL. "That seems to be the answer to some of the different things that defenses are doing," Rodgers said of the plan. According to head coach McCarthy, that type of offense would require RB Eddie Lacy... [Read More]
07/15/14 Former Packers TE Jermichael Finley to undergo medical testing
The free agent TE Finley, who suffered a season-ending spinal contusion last year, will undergo medical testing Wednesday to hep determine his fitness to play this season, with results to be sent to all 32 NFL franchises. Finley has been working out, and has reportedly visted the Seahawks and Patriots, in addition to his former Packers team. The Steelers have also expressed interest in Finley, wh... [Read More]
07/15/14 Saints sign TE Jimmy Graham to four-year, $40 million contract
With just hours remaining before the franchise tag deadline, Saints TE Graham announced on his Twitter account that he has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints. Graham is now the highest-paid TE in NFL history, with an average salary of $10 million per year. Additionally, $21 million of the contract is guaranteed. The deal follows an NFL arbitrator's decision to designate Graham a TE for ... [Read More]
07/15/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed putting in extra work
Washington beat writer Rich Tandler said of Reed "During OTAs and minicamp Jordan Reed was the last player off of the field on almost every day the media was allowed to observe. He would stay out in the heat catching passes or working on techniques for 10 minutes or more while his teammates headed inside." Tandler also notes Reed has been riding his bike to practice in order to get more cardio int... [Read More]
07/15/14 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe trying to get lighter, stay healthy
"I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year." said Bowe. Turning 30 years old before the season begins, he has lost 10-12 pounds in order to stay healthy and maintain his speed/agility. He has also been working out at wide receiver Larry Fitzgeralds' camp at the Uni... [Read More]
07/15/14 Jordan Matthews doing well in offseason, expected to be Eagles WR3
Mark Eckel of NJ.com describes Jordan Matthews as "one of the standouts in the no-pads, no-hitting minicamp and organized team activities last month." He was able to catch up with wide receiver coach Bob Bicknell in which the coach said "You guys are seeing the same things we are, he's looked very good so far." The Eagles traded up to grab Matthews in the second round of the 2014 draft and should ... [Read More]
07/14/14 Saints Jimmy Graham set to become highest paid TE in league history
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, a deal is expected to make JImmy Graham the highest paid tight end in NFL history. Last year, Graham put up a 86/1215/16 line making him the most dominant TE by far. If a deal doesn't get done he is expected to be franchise-tagged by the Saints. He is currently appealing a ruling by arbitrator Stephen Burbank that labeled him a tight end instead of a wide receiver.... [Read More]
07/14/14 Bills RB C.J. Spiller to possibly see 20-plus touches a game
Bills insider Chris Brown sat down with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to discuss the current running back situation in Buffalo. Hackett mentions newly-acquired talents Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon have "play-making abilities" and will have oppurtunities to carry the ball this year. Brown determines "operating at peak efficiency C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times a game, t... [Read More]
07/14/14 Texans beat writer: WR Andre Johnson will not be traded
John McClain, NFL reporter for the Houston Chronicle, has guaranteed that Johnson will not be traded. This follows reports last week that the 33-year old Johnson, who had missed team activities earlier this year, wished to be traded to another NFL team. While there were reports of other teams expressing interest in a trade for Johnson, it now seems fairly certain that he will remain a Texan for th... [Read More]
07/14/14 Jets backfield to run by committee
ESPN New York's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to employ a "running back by committee" approach in the backfield this year, splitting time between RBs Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. Cimini expects Johnson to start, with Ivory taking the short-yardage and red zone work. Former Rams RB Daryl Richardson is also seeking to earn a spot on the Jets roster.... [Read More]
07/14/14 Browns S Donte Whitner: don't cut WR Josh Gordon
Browns S Donte Whitner believes the team should not cut WR Gordon following his Fourth of July arrest and second failed drug test in two years. "We have to rally around him," Whitner said. "We have to help him, and that's the bottom line." Whitner's statement follows Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter's comments on ESPN's Mike and Mike show last week that the Browns should part ways with Gordon.... [Read More]
07/13/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel at full health
Manuel is returning from a rookie season in which he missed six games due to injury, but says he is now back and fully healthy. He also believes he's learned a bit more about how to stay healthy. "I think that's one thing I had to learn, to be smart when I take off with the football. Instead of trying to get an extra three yards, either step out-of-bounds or slide," Manuel said.... [Read More]
07/13/14 Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar healthy after knee injury
Todd Archer of ESPNDallas is reporting Lance Dunbar is healthy after his Thanksgiving Day knee injury and hasn't missed any time in minicamps or OTA's. Archer expects him to carry third-down duties with starter DeMarco Murray being the workhorse.... [Read More]
07/13/14 Giants QB Eli Manning says he feels 'reenergized' in new offense
For the second time in three weeks, it's been conveyed how Giants quarterback Eli Manning feels like a new QB in the team's new offense. The only difference is the term used. In June, it was "rejuvenated." Last week, Manning told the New York Daily News that he feels "reenergized" in the scheme orchestrated by first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Although, it has been a challenge for Mann... [Read More]
07/13/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer 'not really focused' on Johnny Manziel controversy
Browns QB Brian Hoyer said Saturday that he's not concerned by what Johnny Manziel is doing off the field. "I'm not really focused on my teammates, what they do in their off life. They can make those decisions on their own. What matters is that we come back ready to go for the season," Hoyer told reporters. ... [Read More]
07/13/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson to have first shot at starting job
ESPN's Mike Wells reports that Colts RB Trent Richardson is first in line to win the starting RB job in Indianapolis. Richardson will compete against fellow RBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard for the top roster spot. According to Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, "(Richardson's) one of those guys that has benefitted tremendously from the extra classroom time."... [Read More]
07/13/14 Steelers RB Dri Archer to be used as offensive weapon
Head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed rookie running back Dri Archer will be used at both wide reciever and running back in the offensive scheme. He will also be featured as a punt return/kick return specialist. Sporting 2014's fastest Combine speed at 4.26 but having a small body frame, he will be utilized similar to Dexter McCluster when he played in Kansas City.... [Read More]
07/13/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he is fully healthy, ready for camp battle versus Johnny Manziel
The Cleveland Browns' best quarterback last season played just two full games. Brian Hoyer performed well in Weeks 3 and 4, leading the team to a couple of wins and throwing five touchdowns. Then, just as Hoyer was getting his feet under him, his right knee blew out. He tore his ACL early in the Browns' Week 5 game versus the Bills. Nine months later, Hoyer confirmed Saturday that he is 100 percen... [Read More]
07/12/14 Steelers want to use rookie WR Martavis Bryant in red zone
The Steelers are attempting to fill the voids left behind by Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery with the likes of Lance Moore and Markus Wheaton. It may work, but those players are vertically challenged; Wheaton is the taller of the two at 5-foot-11. That's where fourth-round rookie Martavis Bryant comes in. The team wants to put all of his 6 feet and 4 inches to work often where it really cou... [Read More]
07/12/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis may hold out on training camp
Mike Florio over at PFT is reporting that 'sources' familiar with Vernon Davis say he's considering holding out on training camp until he receives a new contract. Davis already refused to attend OTA's with the 49ers in June. Davis signed a 6-year, $42 million dollar contract with $23 million guaranteed in 2010. He's scheduled to become a free agent in 2016.... [Read More]
07/12/14 Head coach impressed with Steelers second-year RB Bell
Head Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers has been more than impressed with second year running back Le'Veon Bell. "Le'Veon has had a great offseason," Tomlin said. "He's really shown that he is excited about taking the next step, particularly from a conditioning standpoint." Coming off a rookie season which saw him play in 13 games, rushing for 860 yards and catching 45 balls for an a... [Read More]
07/12/14 Bears QB Jay Cutler expects to be better this year
Jay Cutler is feeling more comfortable in his second season under head coach Marc Trestman's offense. Cutler said, "Talent-wise and being in the system two years and the way the guys work, all that adds up. Hopefully we can stay healthy and see where this thing goes." Cutler will have wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte at his di... [Read More]
07/11/14 WR Jarrett Boykin scheduled to keep role in Packers' offense
Rob Reischel at M-W Journal Sentinel believes Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin will retain his WR3 duties in the Packers' offense stating, "Boykin improved as much as any player on the roster last season" and "he will be hard to dislodge at No. 3." Last year, Boykin got his chance after injuries to the wide receiving corps, recording a 49/681/3 line in 16 games.... [Read More]
07/11/14 Bills RB Fred Jackson to lose carries
Bills beat writer Joe Buscaglia is stating what most are thinking. Fred Jackson is in the last year of his contract and 33 years old. Buffalo also acquired free agent Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown from the Eagles in the offseason.... [Read More]
07/11/14 Jets QB Tajh Boyd struggling to learn new offense
The former Clemson quarterback is having some difficulties with transitioning from college to the NFL. Boyd acknowledged this by saying, "It takes time. I've got to understand that, to be patient a little bit. But I'm doing everything I can so that I'm ready and I'm confident when I go on the field." He will battle with Matt Simms during training camp for third-string duties behind Michael Vick an... [Read More]
07/11/14 RB Alfred Morris is the Redskins' biggest offensive weapon, Robert Griffin III says
Redskins fans and fantasy owners can't wait to see what pass-happy head coach Jay Gruden concocts with Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Andre Roberts, and Jordan Reed at his disposal. However, if you ask Griffin, it's a man who doesn't do the bulk of his work catching the ball who is the team's biggest offensive weapon: running back Alfred Morris. "With [Morris], defenses have ... [Read More]
07/11/14 Packers TE Colt Lyerla 'can be better than' Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski
On Friday, Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel presented the case for and against each tight end on the Packers' roster being their Week 1 starter. Andrew Quarless is the most experienced. Richard Rodgers has a fan in Aaron Rodgers. There are six or seven guys trying to prove their worth in this battle. Colt Lyerla is part of this competition as an undrafted rookie. And if comparisons m... [Read More]
07/11/14 WR LaVon Brazill dropped by the Colts
LaVon Brazill has been waived by the Colts. Plagued by repeated injuries and off the field issues, the talented sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft never was able to flourish in Indianapolis. Facing a year-long suspension due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy, he will likely clear waivers and won't be picked up by another team.... [Read More]
07/11/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton will get together with his WRs next week
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wasn't able to do much during spring practices after undergoing ankle surgery in March. He did take part in a few drills near the end of minicamp, but it wasn't nearly enough time for him to get used to an almost entirely new receiving corps. So, everyone will try to make up for lost time next week before training camp opens July 25. "I know we're all going to get ... [Read More]
07/11/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey ready to make an impact
During OTAs and minicamp, Titans rookie Bishop Sankey used the locker that belonged to Chris Johnson last year. The Titans don't need Sankey to replicate what Johnson did on the field during in his time in Tennessee -- although they probably wouldn't mind it. They are looking for the second-rounder to step in right away and lead their running game. Sankey thinks he's up to the challenge. "I think... [Read More]
07/10/14 Report: Texans WR Andre Johnson has requested a trade, 4 teams interested
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, disgruntled wideout Andre Johnson has told the Texans that he wants to play for another team. Rapoport has been told by a source that Johnson is working out "not thinking of the Texans," and four teams have expressed interest in acquiring him. It is unknown which specific teams have expressed that interest, and the Texans are reportedly unwilling to trade him r... [Read More]
07/10/14 Falcons 'certain' WR Julio Jones will still be an explosive player
Despite multiple major foot injuries in three years, the Falcons have faith that wide receiver Julio Jones will be as good as ever once the 2014 season kicks off. ESPN's Vaughn McClure wrote Thursday that the team is "certain he'll return to his old explosive self." Jones fractured his right foot last October, needed to undergo surgery and missed the rest of the season. He expects to be full-go i... [Read More]
07/10/14 Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins expects to be ready for camp following February foot surgery
Buccaneers rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was unable to participate in the team's OTAs and mandatory minicamp as his fractured left foot was still recovering from February surgery. He fully expects to be completely healed once training camp opens in a couple of weeks. "I feel really good. My foot feels really good," Seferian-Jenkins said Wednesday. "I've been running routes, doing all t... [Read More]
07/10/14 Colts TE Dwayne Allen is ready to go after hip surgery
Beat writer Kevin Bowen of Colts.com is reporting that tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts saying that getting Dwayne Allen back after a hip injury makes him feel like he's getting "a brand new player." Allen suffered a hip injury last season causing him to miss the entire season. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's play-calling style generally features creative two-TE formations and will use Allen... [Read More]
07/10/14 Patriots RB Brandon Bolden's roster spot in jeopardy
Patriots' beat writer Eric Frenz from Boston.com believes running backs Brandon Bolden, Jonas Grey and Stephen Houston are projected to be cut. Mentioning Bolden is significant as last season he had the third-most carries behind LeGarrette Blount who is now gone to the Steelers. Bolden also had the second-most receptions for the Patriots backfield. Rookie James White would most likely assume a sim... [Read More]
07/09/14 TE Dennis Pitta expected to have versatile role in Ravens' offense
Smart coaches put their best offensive players in multiple positions on the field to maximize their talents and create mismatches. The Broncos intend on doing it with Julius Thomas. The Vikings are moving Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson around. The Ravens are doing it with tight end Dennis Pitta, too. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Pitta was "in constant motion" durin... [Read More]
07/09/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson says he hopes to attend training camp
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson held out of voluntary workouts. He held out of mandatory minicamp. Will he be present when Houston opens training camp at the end of the month? "Hopefully," Johnson told NFL Network's Marcus Smith on Wednesday. "We'll see what happens. Camp is three weeks away."... [Read More]
07/09/14 Vikings OC Norv Turner: QB Teddy Bridgewater 'is a lot further along than I expected him to be'
Nothing is ever decided during OTAs and minicamp. Training camp is where the real showdowns take place, and Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will have one on his hands against Matt Cassel and, to a lesser extent, Christian Ponder. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner thinks Bridgewater will acquit himself well during the competition this summer because Bridgewater is already better than h... [Read More]
07/09/14 Lions teammate calls RB Theo Riddick a future Pro Bowler
Earlier this week, Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky compared Theo Riddick to Darren Sproles. Fellow running back Joique Bell didn't go that route, but he served Riddick quite a compliment nonetheless. "He looks like a Reggie (Bush)," Bell said of Riddick on Tuesday. "Just some of the moves you see him do in practice against some of the linebackers. We sit back in the meeting room, we sit ba... [Read More]
07/09/14 Bills might have big future plans for RB Bryce Brown
Bryce Brown is no higher than third on the Bills' running back depth chart right now, but he could be moving up quickly as soon as next year. ESPN's Mike Rodak wrote Tuesday that he thinks the team would like to develop Brown "into one of their lead backs."... [Read More]
07/09/14 Jaguars RB Jordan Todman returning kicks
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Jordan Todman is expected to return kickoffs this season. He is also the clear-cut No. 2 RB behind Toby Gerhart. The former Connecticut runner retains some job security by keeping his special teams role.... [Read More]
07/09/14 Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph learning from OC Norv Turner's past
Kyle Rudolph's career high in catches and yards are 53 and 493, respectively. He posted those totals in 2012, and they helped him reached the Pro Bowl. But now Norv Turner is his offensive coordinator, a man who has overseen many ight ends put up much better numbers for more than 20 years. So, Rudolph is brushing up on his NFL history. Rudolph said recently he has been watching tape of Jordan Cam... [Read More]
07/09/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson says he will be a top-5 playmaker this season
Here is a story aimed directly at every fantasy owner out there. Cordarrelle Patterson is going to get you fantasy points this year. He said so. The second-year player sat down with NFL Network's Akbar Gbajabiamila recently and was asked if he can be a top-five wide receiver this season. Patterson was unsure of that because of how often Minnesota uses him at positions other than wideout. When Gba... [Read More]
07/09/14 Lions RB Joique Bell cleared to run at full speed, feels 100 percent
Lions running back Joique Bell posted a picture on Instagram a couple of months ago that showed his left knee in bandages and crutches at his side. The exact nature of that injury or what has been done to cure it remains unknown, but don't worry about that. It doesn't seem like the injury will be an issue much longer. Although Bell missed all of Detroit's offseason practices, he has been given cl... [Read More]
07/08/14 Optimism regarding injured Patriots WR Aaron Dobson, TE Rob Gronkowski
It's way to early to make any definitive statements on the health of Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson, but it seems like both players are heading in the right direction to return by their individual targets dates. Paul Perillo of Patriots Football Weekly wrote over the weekend that "all signs point toward Gronk being ready to go in Week 1 ..." Gronkowski tore an ACL and MCL in December. ... [Read More]
07/08/14 Lions RB Theo Riddick draws Darren Sproles comparison
It is the summer of Darren Sproles comps. First, it was put on Brandin Cooks. A few days later, it happened to Lance Dunbar. And now, Lions running back Theo Riddick. It came Monday courtesy of Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast. "I'm telling you, if [Riddick] doesn't 50 catches this year, I'll be surprised because he's going to have opportunities and he'... [Read More]
07/08/14 Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas: Nobody's ever seen a player like me
Nobody knows how Chiefs rookie running back De'Anthony Thomas will pan out in the NFL. However, everyone should know one thing about him now: Thomas has self-confidence in spades. In a video posted to NFL.com recently, Thomas proclaimed that he's a type of player "that nobody's ever seen step on the football field." Then Thomas says his goals for his first season include winning Rookie of the Yea... [Read More]
07/07/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III looks to be back in 2012 form
CBSSports.com John Breech reported that first-year OC Sean McVay stated that Robert Griffin II "looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season." "He looks extremely explosive."... [Read More]
07/07/14 Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas still in long-term contract talks
The Denver Broncos are still working to sign WR Demaryius Thomas to a long-term extension.... [Read More]
07/05/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon arrested
Recent news reported Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was expected to have his suspension hearing later in July. This would have been the time more details about the length of his suspension were announced and his 2014 fate would finally take shape. In the wake of that report, more troubling news about Gordon has come to light. The former Baylor Bears receiver was arrested for DWI in Ral... [Read More]
07/03/14 Broncos TE Julius Thomas to be used in a more innovative passing game
Julius Thoma told FOX Sports.com in a interview that this year, we will "see different" in his play style then what we would expect from a protypical tight end. The Broncos intend to use Thomas "a lot more creatively."... [Read More]
07/03/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy on QB Nick Foles: This is the year he blows the league away
There aren't words available to describe Nick Foles' stat line last season. Ten starts, 28 total touchdowns, two interceptions. The word "ridiculous" might work. Fantasy owners know how successful he was and are drafting him as a mid-range QB1. But for the uninitiated, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says this is the season when they will know just whom Nick Foles is. "Nick, he wants to play, h... [Read More]
07/03/14 Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his suspension appeal heard later this month
It's been almost two months since knowledge of Josh Gordon's latest failed drug test became public. As a Stage 3 violator of the league's substance abuse polcy, he is facing a minimum suspension of one year. But first, he must have his appeal heard. At least there's some progress to report on that front. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio has been told by a source that Gordon's appeal hearing has be... [Read More]
07/03/14 Colts WR LaVon Brazill suspended at least 1 year for multiple substance abuse violations
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport breaks the news this afternoon that Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill has been suspended for at least one full year due to multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. He was suspended for four games last season for an earlier violation of the same policy. Brazill was about to enter his third season out of the University of Ohio. He totaled less than 200 recei... [Read More]
07/03/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson doesn't think he will be sharing carries
Jets running back Chris Johnson has changed his tune from April when he said he wasn't really concerned about sharing carries with another back. On Tuesday, Johnson sounded like a player who doesn't think he will be in any sort of timeshare this season. "Once the season starts and once we're playing and I'm doing my thing, I'm pretty sure if I'm making plays they're going to want to keep handing ... [Read More]
07/03/14 Colts' Andrew Luck considered a 'Tier 1' QB by league GMs, coaches
Andrew Luck is really, really good. Fantasy owners know it. His teammates and fans know it. And NFL personnel definitely know it, too. Mike Sando of ESPN.com recently asked 26 league insiders -- coaches, general managers, talent evaluators, etc. -- to grade each of the league's 32 quarterbacks on a 1-5 scale with "one" being the highest. Their votes were tallied and each quarterback was ranked fr... [Read More]
07/02/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham designated a tight end by NFL arbitrator, Graham can appeal
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is a tight end after all. After a long and seemingly drawn-out process, arbitrator Stephen Burbank has heard arguments from both sides. At odds was the Saints' ability to franchise-tag Graham and essentially lock him into a TE salary. Receivers make more than tight ends so by appealing this decision, Graham stood to potentially make a lot more money if he ... [Read More]
07/01/14 Bills might use RB C.J. Spiller on kick returns
Chris Brown of the Bills' official website wrote Monday that there "may" be an open competition in training camp for the job of kick returner. He lists five candidates vying for the role, and one of them is starting running back C.J. Spiller. "He was a dynamic return man in his college days at Clemson and saw some return work early in his career with the Bills," Brown wrote about Spiller. "Now th... [Read More]
07/01/14 Titans TE Delanie Walker looking to catch 80 passes this season
Titans tight end Delanie Walker had a career year in 2013. His 60 catches were more than double his highest receptions total in any of his seven previous seasons. His six touchdowns matched his combined sum from 2011 and 2012. His 571 yards were a 40 percent jump up from 2012. Now it's a new year, and Walker wants to best his career highs by a wide margin yet again. Walker said on NFL Network rec... [Read More]
07/01/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had the best spring of his career
That take came from Packers head coach Mike McCarthy recently, even though he realizes that Aaron Rodgers always looks good in the spring -- and summer, and usually the fall and winter. "I think Aaron's had probably his best spring, if I'm going to sit back and try to rank them," McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'll probably say the same thing next year, but I think he's in great s... [Read More]
07/01/14 Lions TE Eric Ebron having a difficult time learning multiple roles
Before Lions tight end Eric Ebron wins Rookie of the Year and plays in the Pro Bowl, he needs to learn what to do when he's asked to line up in the slot, on the line inside, and in the backfield. Ebron spotted up at all of those positions during spring practice and admitted that he was a little overwhelmed. "I've been everywhere and that is what's killing me," the rookie tight end told the Ross T... [Read More]
06/30/14 Bills RB Fred Jackson would like to play 3-4 more seasons
Bills running back Fred Jackson played a full 16-game slate last year, and he would like to do that a few more times if he can. "I think I still have 3-4 more years left in me," Jackson told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday. "I just have to continue to produce and stay healthy." Jackson turned 33 years old in February and was the oldest active running back in the NFL last season. He gained 896 yards... [Read More]
06/30/14 Improved blocking could lead to more snaps for Broncos TE Julius Thomas
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas is well aware of how new he is to the game of football. And it comes as no surprise that an athlete who spent most of his time on the basketball court rather than the gridiron in college struggles to block defensive ends or linebackers in the NFL. Certainly, Thomas was seen as a liability when he wasn't running a route last year. That's a main reason why he saw the... [Read More]
06/30/14 Titans grooming QB Jake Locker to be a pocket passer
The Tennessean's David Climer doesn't think the Titans want quarterback Jake Locker to stop using the athleticism that got him to the NFL. They would just like to see him rein it in. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt's biggest job with Locker during the spring was molding the University of Washington product to his offense, which most notably means, according to Climer, making sure that a the majority of... [Read More]
06/30/14 How long will Falcons RB Steven Jackson be called a starter?
Falcons running back Steven Jackson will be the team's starter in Week 1 against the Saints. That is pretty much assured for the 11-year veteran. But Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com thinks Jackson's time as the starter may be brief if rookie running back Devonta Freeman continues what he started in the spring into the summer and fall. Vaughn cited the Falcons' running back position last week as the te... [Read More]
06/30/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron 'was impossible to cover in the spring'
Kevin Jones of the Cleveland Browns' official website presented his list last week of the five players who benefited the most from the team's offseason practices. The man at the top of that list -- or at least presented that way online -- is tight end Jordan Cameron. Jones wrote that Cameron "was impossible to cover in the spring" and "has shown improved footwork and explosion in the open field o... [Read More]
06/30/14 Packers WR Davante Adams struggled with drops during OTAs, minicamp
The Packers want second-round rookie Davante Adams to play some part in picking up the slack left behind by the departed James Jones this season. For that to happen, the wide receiver will have to start catching the ball more consistently. Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com wrote Monday that Adams struggled with drops during organized team activities and minicamp.... [Read More]
06/30/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts could see more money and targets his way
ESPN.com NFL reporter Mike DiRocco indicated that Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts could see a new contract either early or half-way through the season as discussion internally shows the Jaguars want Cecil around "long term."... [Read More]
06/29/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew out to prove doubters wrong, is in the best shape of his life
Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew thought about calling it a career at the age of 28 after last season. "For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew told the Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer earlier this month. Jones-Drew had just experienced a couple of trying seasons. In 2012, he was unable to play after six games due to a debilit... [Read More]
06/29/14 Cardinals' official website guesses RB Andre Ellington will get 20-22 touches per game
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is on record with how many touches he thinks running back Andre Ellington will see this season. The team's official website put forth a more-realistic-but-still-generous projection for him on Friday. Darren Urban wrote it's a "no-brainer" that Ellington is the team's starting running back, and he guesses the explosive player will get 20-22 touches per game. In 1... [Read More]
06/29/14 Buccaneers QB Josh McCown gets compared to Drew Brees
The Buccaneers will supposedly host a quarterback battle in training camp between Josh McCown and Mike Glennon. However, McCown is fully expected to be the starter, and he better be the starter if he can live up to the comparison that Bucs linebacker Jonathan Casillas put on him Friday. "It's a strong comparison, but he reminds me of Drew [Brees], not just the way he throws the ball, but his appr... [Read More]
06/29/14 Browns HC Mike Pettine says in the AFC North, a running back committee is a must
Everybody knows that the Browns are going to run often this season. But whom are they going to run with? It will be a group effort. That's what head coach Mike Pettine thinks is required in his division. "I think in the AFC North, you have to be running back by committee," Pettine said recently. "You'd like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys ...." ... [Read More]
06/28/14 Bears on QB Jay Cutler's fundamentals this year: 'Like night and day'
Jay Cutler has one of the strongest arms in the NFL and when he unleashes a ball on target, it's a thing of beauty. But for a player so physically gifted, Cutler has too often wasted those gifts with awful footwork, ignorant throws into double coverage, and a loose handle on the football. Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh has worked closely with Cutler this offseason to help him clean up th... [Read More]
06/28/14 Chiefs have hinted that they want to give backup RB Knile Davis more work
Herbie Teope of the "Chiefs Spin" blog wrote Saturday that he wouldn't be surprised if Chiefs running back Knile Davis sees more action than the 70 carries he received as a rookie. He backs this up with a couple of telling quotes from head coach Andy Reid earlier this year. "Knile was a rookie and he was learning every week and getting better every week," Reid said while at the NFL Scouting Combi... [Read More]
06/28/14 Steelers reporter thinks RB Le'Veon Bell could see 300 carries this season
The Steelers experimented with using running back LeGarrette Blount in the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp. ESPN.com Steelers reporter Scott Brown thinks the team will use Blount and rookie Dri Archer so as to not overwhelm starter Le'Veon Bell this season, but Bell will still be a "prominent part of the offense" and "could see 300 carries," according to Brown. Despite missing the fir... [Read More]
06/28/14 Browns QB Johnny Manziel expects to start Week 1
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel will enter training camp behind Brian Hoyer in their battle to be the starter. And as any good competitor would say, Manziel intends to win that battle. Manziel said recently that he "absolutely" expects to be Cleveland's starter when they open the season Sept. 7 against the Steelers. "I want to play," Manziel said via NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala. "That's wh... [Read More]
06/28/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is 'like a guy on a mission'
Can you handle more Cordarrelle Patterson exaltation? Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner can give it to you. Turner told Bleacher Report this week that Patterson has had a great offseason and has looked "like a guy on a mission" leading up to a season in which the Vikings want to greatly expand his offensive duties. To that goal, the Vikings lined Patterson up at all three wide receiver s... [Read More]
06/27/14 WR Chandler Jones may be a 'diamond in the rough' for Browns
In case you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you know the Browns have a problem at wide receiver. Josh Gordon's suspension, which will probably be handed down soon, is expected to cost him the entire season. Behind him, the Browns' top wideouts are Andrew Hawkins, the perennially gimpy Miles Austin, and soon-to-be-33-year-old Nate Burleson. Is anyone going to come up fro... [Read More]
06/27/14 Is 50 catches, 800 yards a realistic expectation for Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham?
Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger posted an article Thursday in which he tries to come up with a realistic statistical expectation for Giants first-round wideout Odell Beckham in his rookie season. He quotes head coach Tom Coughlin, who says all rookies need to contribute right away -- "There's no waiting around in this game today." Raanan presents some of the best and worst seasons by a ro... [Read More]
06/27/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins says connection with QB E.J. Manuel is 'not fully there'
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been in the NFL for all of seven weeks. And his quarterback, E.J. Manuel, has been in the NFL for all of about one year and seven weeks. Thus, it's easy to understand why these two don't exactly have a Manning-to-Harrison-like bond yet. "It's not fully there," Watkins said Thursday of his rapport with Manuel. "I mean, we've been connecting at minicamp, and OT... [Read More]
06/27/14 Falcons O-line coach admits they will be a pass-heavy team again this season
The Falcons called the fewest run plays in the league last year, and quarterback Matt Ryan launched a career-high 651 passes. Atlanta ended up with a 4-12 record, but it's wholly inappropriate to draw a straight line from those statistics to the Falcons' poor season -- injuries and an awful defense played a sizeable role in that failure, too. But you shouldn't expect the Falcons to change their o... [Read More]
06/27/14 Ravens second-year WR Brown looking like the No. 3
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown was ranked as the 18th best player on the team by a recent poll given to a panel of Baltimore-area media members. Brown's stat line last season was 49-524-7, which is respectable for a rookie WR. Heading into 2014, Brown figures to be the team's third receiver, behind Torrey Smith and free agent acquisition Steve Smith.... [Read More]
06/26/14 Cardinals think rookie WR John Brown will be a 'special player'
That's a statement that comes from the Twitter feed of NFL.com's Gil Brandt. The tweet from Monday reads, "[Cardinals] 3rd-round pick WR John Brown will work out w/ Carson Palmer in SD. Cards think he'll be a special player. Very high on him."... [Read More]
06/26/14 Packers' spring MVP was rookie TE Richard Rodgers
We're familiar with talking about a Packers player named Rodgers getting the "MVP" tag, but here's a bit of a change-up: The MVP of Green Bay's OTAs was rookie tight end Richard Rodgers. That's according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Dunne wrote Wednesday that Rodgers "plucked passes with one hand' during workouts and has a shot to be the team's Week 1 starter if he can prove ... [Read More]
06/25/14 Jets RBs coach on Chris Johnson: 'We're going to have to be strategic in how we use him'
Chris Johnson may not be realistic about the type of player he is now, but his position coach certainly is. "He's got some miles on him," Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said of Johnson. "So, we're going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that I know that he can be." Johnson is entering his seventh season an... [Read More]
06/25/14 60 catches for WR Stevie Johnson? 'Under,' says 49ers reporter
Stevie Johnson caught 52 passes last season but only played in 12 games. Otherwise, he hasn't finished a season with fewer than 60 receptions since 2009, when he was an unknown to most of the football world. But less than 60 receptions may be the new normal for Johnson in San Francisco. The 49ers have an offense based around running the football with plenty of other receivers competing for looks -... [Read More]
06/25/14 Packers would like to cut back on RB Eddie Lacy's workload
The Packers are looking forward to a long, successful future with 24-year-old running back Eddie Lacy, so they want to make sure they don't wear him out in the present. Weston Hodkiewicz wrote Wednesday in the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Packers coaches "would like to lessen the burden" on Lacy his season. Lacy handled the ball more than 300 times in 15 games as a rookie and played through an an... [Read More]
06/25/14 As expected, Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro struggling in transition to pro offense
Before Jets second-round rookie TE Jace Amaro can be the next Tony Gonzalez, he needs to learn how to play in a pro offense. So far, it's been a bumpy road for Amaro, who comes from a no-huddle spread offense at Texas Tech in which he lined up as a slot receiver almost exclusively. Amaro called the offense "simple." The Jets' offense has been anything but for him. Rich Cimini of ESPN New York wro... [Read More]
06/25/14 Marquess Wilson is pretty much locked in as Bears' No. 3 WR
You and every defensive coordinator in the NFL are well aware of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Perhaps you're less familiar with Marquess Wilson, a tall, strong, explosive, 21-year-old receiver who the Bears want as their No. 3 wideout to start this season. According to Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago, it sounds like that is going to happen barring something unforeseen Wright wrote today... [Read More]
06/25/14 Jaguars coaches aren't the only people who have high expectations for RB Toby Gerhart
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted Wednesday that many around the entire league are looking forward to seeing the former Vikings backup as a full-time starter. "Here's a name that keeps coming up in my talks with personnel guys around the league: Toby Gerhart. High expectations for 2014," Jeremiah wrote. The Stanford product signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March to be the Jagua... [Read More]
06/25/14 Packers writer says WR Randall Cobb could lead league in receptions
Vic Ketchman of Packers.com was asked in a Wednesday mailbag column who he thinks could lead the team in touchdown receptions this season. While he didn't answer the question directly, Ketchman did present a lofty prediction for wide receiver Randall Cobb. "I think Randall Cobb could lead the league in receptions this season." Why? "Because he plays in an offense that is going to use him in mul... [Read More]
06/25/14 Steelers WR Lance Moore 'stood out as much as any player' during OTAs
The Steelers have a full-blown competition taking place to see who can fill the voids left by exited wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. Two of the top combatants are Lance Moore and second-year wideout Markus Wheaton. Scott Brown of ESPN.com wrote Monday that while Wheaton had a good offseason, Moore "stood out as much as any player" during the team's practices. Brown continue... [Read More]
06/24/14 Giants' GM says RB Rashad Jennings is a 'bell cow type' running back
Bell cow. It's just one of those words that perk up the ears of every fantasy owner. And it popped up again Monday thanks to Giants general manager Jerry Reese when he spoke about running back Rashad Jennings during a Monday radio interview. "We brought in Rashad Jennings and he's definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everyth... [Read More]
06/24/14 Giants seeing WR Rueben Randle more focused, taking his job more seriously
The Giants spent a first-round pick in May on Odell Beckham, but the man whom they are relying upon to replace Hakeem Nicks is Rueben Randle. Randle was also a reason why the Giants let Mario Manningham walk away in 2012 (even though they re-signed him in 2014). Yet, Randle has yet to take hold of his opportunities. His biggest issues: Concentration and consistency. Giants wide receivers coach Sea... [Read More]
06/24/14 Falcons rookie RB Devonta Freeman: 'Blocking is easy'
Struggles in pass protection is perhaps the biggest reason why rookie running backs see their playing time limited more often than they would like. Falcons rookie running back Devonta Freeman apparently doesn't see what the trouble is. "Blocking is easy," Freeman told the team's official website. "It was demanded at Florida State when I was playing football under (head coach) Jimbo Fisher. It was... [Read More]
06/24/14 Cowboys regard RB Lance Dunbar as a 'complete weapon'
Lance Dunbar is a backup on the Cowboys' depth chart, but they know he has the versatility to be an integral part of their offense. "He's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon," Running backs coach Gary Brown said of Dunbar. "We can line him up anywhere on the team -- tailback spot, at the wide receiver spot, in the slot. He has tremendous hands and he's just not a specialty guy. He could pl... [Read More]
06/23/14 Report: Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno will have arthroscopic knee surgery, out 4-5 weeks
ESPN's Adam Schefter has been the bearer of negative Dolphins news today. The one with the largest fantasy impact is that running back Knowshon Moreno will miss the next month or so as he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee soon. Schefter also reported earlier today that center Mike Pouncey will miss at least three months due to hip surgery. As such, the Dolphins will open the seas... [Read More]
06/23/14 Giants QB Eli Manning 'rejuvenated' in new offense
I mentioned this in passing earlier today, but the Giants are installing a new offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. Much like what Gary Kubiak is doing in Baltimore, McAdoo's system revolves around quick-hit passes and timing routes. Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger says the system is "the single biggest change for the Giants this offseason" and has "rejuvenated" quarterback ... [Read More]
06/23/14 49ers RB Carlos Hyde looked like a steal during OTAs
ESPN.com's Bill Williamson wrote Monday that second-round rookie running back Carlos Hyde "shined out of the backfield as a runner and a receiver" during offseason workouts. Because of that, Williamson said Hyde "is likely to get a chance at playing time right away" and "is still looking like" a steal after falling to No. 57 overall in May's draft.... [Read More]
06/23/14 Rams looking to expand WR Tavon Austin's role
Every team will see some of their best-laid plans from OTAs and training camp not materialize as expected during the season. What they think will work in June goes for naught in September, which brings me to recent words from the Rams about wide receiver Tavon Austin. After being an incredible bust as a rookie in a season which he was often forgotten, I don't know of many people who are expecting... [Read More]
06/23/14 Colts coaches say RB Trent Richardson is playing more instinctively
I don't think I need to remind you just how bad Trent Richardson was last season. Most of all, I don't want to remind myself because I owned him. But I'll bring up one number: 2.91. That was Richardson's yards-per-carry average once he was traded to the Colts in Week 3. It was obvious that Richardson didn't run hard at the point of attack way too often last season. He spent too much time dancing ... [Read More]
06/23/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady trying to improve accuracy, especially down the field
The man who has become one of this era's top QB coaches never played football professionally. Former MLB relief pitcher and pitching coach Tom House has been teaching and working with NFL quarterbacks for years now, helping them correct mistakes, improve mechanics and, overall, fulfill their potential. He guesses that half of the league's quarterbacks now work with him and his associates, and Hous... [Read More]
06/23/14 Ravens' passing game will focus on quick-hitting, high-percentage throws
That is one of five things ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley said he learned during the Ravens' offseason workouts. It's basically due to a change at offensive coordinator. "Cam Cameron loved throwing the deep ball, and Gary Kubiak favors quick-hitting passes," Hensley wrote Monday. "This isn't giving away classified secrets to point out Kubiak wants Joe Flacco to make higher-percentage throws and do it... [Read More]
06/23/14 Vikings WR Greg Jennings says WR Cordarrelle Patterson will be prominently featured this season
Much is expected from Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson this year. His own teammates know it, and one in particular wants to make sure he knows it, too. Greg Jennings told ESPN.com's Ben Goessling last week that he talked to Patterson earlier in the offseason and said, "I wanted him to know that, coming in, the expectation of you is no longer 'rookie.' It's, 'You gotta go. We saw what y... [Read More]
06/23/14 Packers notes: RB Eddie Lacy feeling more comfortable; QB Aaron Rodgers will continue to run
After a slow start to his rookie season due to a concussion, Packers running back Eddie Lacy averaged 23 touches and 104 yards per game from Week 5 on. The 24-year-old is currently a first-round fantasy back because owners are expecting that he will only improve in his second season. Lacy said last week that he certainly feels like he has improved greatly from where he was at the beginning last ye... [Read More]
06/21/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree totally over last year's Achilles tear
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was able to play last season after tearing an Achilles tendon in May, but he wasn't himself. His teammates will tell you that. Crabtree played in five regular-season games and caught 19 passes for 284 yards. Now, he's back to being the Michael Crabtree who had a breakout season in 2012. "At the end of last year he still wasn't 100 percent," quarterback Colin K... [Read More]
06/21/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice looking quicker, more elusive
Ravens running back Ray Rice is hoping less is more. Specifically, that less of him will lead to more on the field. Rice lost about 20 pounds during the offseason and appeared "much lighter on his feet," according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley. "There were a couple of times (during minicamp) when he showed off elusiveness in between the tackles," Hensley wrote about Rice. "It was a rare sight to... [Read More]
06/21/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson working on his pass-catching skills
As great a player Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is, he has never been an outstanding receiver. He has two seasons with more than 40 receptions, and his career-high is 43 back from 2009. He caught 29 passes last season. But with Norv Turner now in as the Vikings' offensive coordinator, Peterson knows that he will be asked to do more than just run. That's why Peterson spent a lot of time thi... [Read More]
06/21/14 Jets QB Michael Vick disappoints during OTAs
If quarterback Michael Vick wants to start for Jets, he has a lot of ground to make up on Geno Smith. According to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, Vick was a "dud" during organized team activities "The veteran still has the arm and the athleticism, but he seemed to struggle at times," Cosentino wrote about Vick. "How much is it about adjusting to a new offense, and how much is it a sign of things to com... [Read More]
06/20/14 Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins was 'sometimes dominant' during OTAs
How much worth do on-field performances have during organized team activities? Here's Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to sum it up: "With all due respect, we haven't really done anything on the field," he said this week. Yeah, I get that. But for what it is worth, wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is standing out. According to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, Thompkins "was sometimes dominant in d... [Read More]
06/20/14 Buccaneers 'want to use a rotation' at RB
New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was the head coach at the University of California for 11 seasons before coming to the pros. His philosophy with running backs at the college level was simple: One man can't get the job done. Tedford gave a single running back at least 60 percent of the carries just twice during his tenure. Adimchinobi Echemandu and J.J. Arrington in 2003. Marsha... [Read More]
06/20/14 Report: Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno has 'bad' knee injury
Those details that were absent regarding Knowshon Moreno's physical state yesterday are coming to light now. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported this morning, via a source, that Moreno has a left knee injury that may require arthroscopic surgery, "but it's nothing significant at this point." But Yahoo's Jason Cole has talked to his own source who told him that Moreno's injury is "bad," and ... [Read More]
06/20/14 Steelers 'mixed and matched' RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount in OTAs
Le'Veon Bell showed workhorse qualities as a rookie last season as he handled the football 289 times in 13 games. Although he averaged just 3.5 yards per carry, he produced better numbers as the season grew older. He is definitely the Steelers' starting running back entering 2014, but might he lose a significant amount of playing time to veteran LeGarrette Blount? Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh P... [Read More]
06/20/14 Will the Bengals reduce QB Andy Dalton's passing attempts by 30 percent?
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website thinks that would be the sensible thing to do if the Bengals want to finally advance past the first round of the playoffs. "Everyone says it's a passing league until Jan. 1. Then everyone wonders why you can't win in the playoffs. RUN THE BALL!," Hobson wrote Tuesday. "Yeah, [the Bengals are] terribly inconsistent running the ball, but that's because ... [Read More]
06/19/14 QB Drew Brees thinks rookie WR Brandin Cooks can be the Saints' new Darren Sproles
Drew Brees told USA Today's Tom Pelissero a few months ago that Darren Sproles is a "once-in-a-lifetime player." Well, maybe rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks will give him second life. Brees doesn't know if Cooks can be as good as Sproles -- the rookie has been away from the team for most of OTAs due to an NCAA rule that bars players from practicing while their schools are in session -- but Bree... [Read More]
06/19/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton ahead of schedule in recovery from ankle surgery
Cam Newton will admit that he is not yet 100 percent after undergoing surgery to tighten some ligaments in his left ankle in March. He said Thursday that he felt "real sluggish" while taking part in seven-on-seven drills during the final day of the Panthers' mandatory minicamp. But how Newton looked on the field isn't the story. The story is that Newton was on the field in the first place. Newton... [Read More]
06/19/14 Report: Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is battling some sort of injury
It's fair to say Knowshon Moreno's first year with the Dolphins isn't off to a great start. First, he reported to OTAs overweight and fell behind Lamar Miller on the team's running back depth chart. Now we find out he's been hurt for a while. Specifics haven't been made available yet; all Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel has heard from a source is that the former Broncos star "has been battling a me... [Read More]
06/19/14 RB Toby Gerhart wants to be the Jaguars' 'Beast Mode'
Can Toby Gerhart be the next Marshawn Lynch? Perhaps that's asking for a bit much, but the Jaguars, who are coached by former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, want their new back to fill a similar role. Gerhart is excited to do just that. "Gus comes from the Seattle Seahawks' model of playing good defense, relying on the run game where Marshawn Lynch was their 'Beast Mode' out there," ... [Read More]
06/19/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson says he can still be a 2,000-yard rusher
I feel like we hear this every year from Chris Johnson. He ran for 2,006 yards in 2009. Five long years ago. Since then, Johnson hasn't come close to another 2,000-yard rushing campaign, but he has absorbed the punishment that comes with more than 1,100 carries. He is now with the Jets and expected to enter into a timeshare with Chris Ivory. But Johnson has full belief that he is very much the sa... [Read More]
06/19/14 Packers RB Johnathan Franklin forced to retire due to neck injury
Johnathan Franklin's football career is over at age 24. The UCLA product is being forced into retirement due to a neck injury that ended his rookie season in November. The specifics of the neck injury have not been made public. "First off I would like to thank everyone who has supported me to getting to this part of my life is [sic] has been a tremendous blessing," Franklin said in a statement re... [Read More]
06/19/14 Eagles TE Zach Ertz gets compared to Ozzie Newsome, Shannon Sharpe
The Eagles believe a breakout season is coming from second-year tight end Zach Ertz. At least they hope it's coming. They certainly need help replacing the numbers DeSean Jackson gave them. According to Ertz's position coach, there's no question that he has the tools to help out in a big way. "He's an excellent route runner," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said via Martin Frank of the Wilmi... [Read More]
06/19/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball improving as a receiver
Broncos running back Montee Ball is already in the catbird seat as the clear-cut starting running back in an elite offense which forces opposing defenses to play on their heels. He's making fantasy owners drool when they think about what could become of him this season. And now he's making strides in one very important area of his game: receiving. Ball caught 20 passes as a rookie, most of them c... [Read More]
06/18/14 Broncos TE Julius Thomas says he is still learning football
Broncos tight end Julius Thomas was unstoppable at times last year. He scored 12 touchdowns in 14 games and finished third among TEs in fantasy points. He was so good that it's easy to forget just how new he is to the game. Thomas was a four-year athlete at Portland State, but those years were spent on the basketball court. He played just one year of football in college and none in high school. H... [Read More]
06/18/14 Bills 'seem eager' to expand the ways they use RB C.J. Spiller
Before you think this is a repeat of last year's memorable buildup of false hopes about Bills running back C.J. Spiller, let me assure you that it's not. At least, it doesn't sound like it. Instead of talk about how much more work Spiller is going to see this year, Chris Brown of the team's official website writes that the Bills are focusing more on using Spiller in different ways. "Bobbing and w... [Read More]
06/18/14 Texans' Ryan Fitzpatrick named starting QB
Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a great quarterback, but he's the best the Houston Texans have got. Head coach Bill O'Brien announced Tuesday that Fitzpatrick is the team's starter going into the season. Houston's QB depth chart behind Fitzpatrick contains Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage. They will battle for backup duties. The Texans released quarterback T.J. Yates after making the expected announcemen... [Read More]
06/18/14 Rams holding a competition at starting RB
There's really nothing to suggest that Zac Stacy should lose his gig as the Rams' starting running back. Third-round rookie Tre Mason may be his biggest threat, but again, he's a third-round rookie. Isaiah Pead has been a major disappointment through two seasons, and Benny Cunningham, although he did post a 5.6 yards per carry average in his first year, carried the ball just 47 times. Meanwhile, S... [Read More]
06/18/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce will be ready for camp
The Ravens' No. 2 back went under the knife for a shoulder surgery back in January of this year. Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce is reported to be on schedule for a return to the team in time for training camp. The former Temple running back is expected to start a few games due to a likely suspension coming down for RB Ray Rice. A punishment for Rice is coming soon, as is Pierce's ret... [Read More]
06/16/14 Lions TE Eric Ebron thinks he'll win Rookie of the Year, make the Pro Bowl
Lions first-round rookie Eric Ebron might be sharing targets with two other tight ends this season, but he's shooting to be the No. 1 rookie. "My goals are set high," Ebron said Sunday. "I've never set goals that were too low or too easy to achieve. I'm going to try to go for rookie of the year. If it happens, it happens. I believe I can do it. "Matt (Stafford) believes I can do it, coaches beli... [Read More]
06/14/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis plans to attend mandatory minicamp
49ers tight end Vernon Davis didn't attend the team's voluntary OTAs due to dissatisfaction with his contract. Next week, the 49ers open their mandatory minicamp. That means if you don't show up, it'll cost you. Davis wants to keep his money. "You know what? I plan on being there," Davis said during a radio interview Thursday. Davis has two years remaining on the six-year, $42.7 million contract... [Read More]
06/13/14 Raiders notes: QB Derek Carr exceeding expectations early; WR Denarius Moore falling
Everyone knows that the Raiders' initial plan for this season was to have veteran Matt Schaub keep the team above water while keeping the starting QB seat warm for second-round rookie Derek Carr. But according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, Carr has been so good during OTAs, he may not need to wait. "I really, really like him," Olson said of Carr via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle... [Read More]
06/13/14 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is in the best shape of his life
Yep, it's about that time of year when stories such as this one bloom. "Right now I'm about 210 (pounds), and I'm moving good, and I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life," Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe told the Kansas City Star on Thursday. "The way [OTAs have] been going, it's only going to get better." Head coach Andy Reid said: "I think Dwayne came back in phenomenal shape, that's on... [Read More]
06/12/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch may consider retirement
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch told two teammates last season that if the team won the Super Bowl, he would consider retirement. When asked to confirm whether or not it is really possible, a source told Rapoport, "I could see him walking away." Lynch is coming off three straight seasons with at least 1,200 rushing yards and 11 scores. He just tur... [Read More]
06/12/14 Browns RB Terrance West: 'I want to be the starter.' Ben Tate is very confident he will start
I feel like I'm writing about Cleveland a lot lately, which strikes me as odd but so be it. Ben Tate was brought in during the offseason to be the Browns' starting running back, and Tate fully expects that's just what he'll be. He was given $2.5 million guaranteed in his two-year deal -- a nice chunk of change for a back these days -- and with four seasons under his belt, he is one of the most ve... [Read More]
06/12/14 Patriots' Josh Boyce has been a go-to WR during organized team activities
Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal wrote Wednesday that "[I]t's hard not to notice Josh Boyce during the first weeks of the Patriots' organized team activities." Boyce has apparently been a "go-to target for Tom Brady" during team scrimmages and has been impressive on kick returns. Boyce caught just nine passes in nine games as a rookie last year. He was a healthy scratch for some of those we... [Read More]
06/12/14 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is the healthiest he's been since 2011
Toe surgery, a torn knee ligament, multiple ankle surgeries, they have all been a part of Jonathan Stewart's life over the past couple of years. Since the start of the 2012 season, he has missed more games than he has played in. But it's a new year, and Stewart is getting off on a good foot, literally. "Very excited about having Jonathan on the field," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesda... [Read More]
06/12/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick cleared following sexual assault investigation
Remember when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the focus of a police investigation? Yeah, well, you can forget it now. Kaepernick and the two other players who were with him in a Miami hotel room with a woman in April, Ricardo Lockette and Quinton Patton, will not have charges brought against them by county prosecutors. The woman alleged that she was a victim of sexual assault while with the... [Read More]
06/12/14 Justin Forsett is Ravens' No. 2 RB in OTAs
If Bernard Pierce was healthy, there is no doubt that he would be the direct backup to Ray Rice during Baltimore's OTAs. But he will be sidelined until training camp after undergoing shoulder surgery in January. In a small surprise, it is Justin Forsett filling that backup role while rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro is third on the depth chart.... [Read More]
06/12/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer to open training camp as starter, but ...
... You Know Who is not too far behind. Browns head coach Mike Pettine confirmed Thursday that Brian Hoyer will enter next month's training camp as the team's starting quarterback. While Hoyer is ahead of rookie Johnny Manziel, Pettine said, "I don't think it's insurmountable." ... [Read More]
06/11/14 RB Forte excited about Bears offense
Well, it seems Alshon Jeffry isn't the only Bears player optomistic about the team's offense in 2014. As reported yesterday, Alshon Jeffry believes he and running mate Brandon Marshall are the best two receivers in the league. Saturday night, at the team's 19th annual Bears Care Gala, which raises money for breast and ovarian cancer research and treatment programs in Chicago, running back Matt ... [Read More]
06/11/14 The one in which Steelers rookie RB Dri Archer is compared to Jamaal Charles
It's a simple song and dance. We all want to see the NFL's batch of new, tantalizing stars get on the field already. We can only take away so much from their college tape, and it doesn't really tell us how they will play in the NFL. So, to satisfy that need to know the future in the present, we -- team officials, people in the media, people in general -- make these player-to-player comparisons. Li... [Read More]
06/11/14 Browns installing some zone-read offense
I think we all saw this coming. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has installed some of the same zone-read plays he used to call in Washington, and quarterback Johnny Manziel "has done a nice job handling that." Pettine added that Johnny Football is improving every day. "He's getting more comfortable in the huddle, calling the plays," Pettine sa... [Read More]
06/11/14 Bengals news: Using RBs Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill at same time; TE Jermaine Gresham on the mend
According to Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website, the team is "toying" with putting running backs Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill on the field at the same time. Hobson points out that such an alignment could prove troublesome for any defense since both players are capable pass-catchers. Also, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates that tight end Jermaine Gresham has been missing and will con... [Read More]
06/11/14 Saints news: WR Marques Colston feels 'completely different'; WR Kenny Stills to be more involved
A couple of notable observations out of Saints camp on Wednesday. One came from The New Orleans Advocate's Ramon Antonio Vargas, who spoke to wide receiver Marques Colston. He has been making some highlight plays in camp, and perhaps a major reason why is that he is fully healthy after dealing with foot pains for the past couple of years. "Feels completely different," Colston said. "... No restri... [Read More]
06/11/14 Lions WRs Calvin Johnson, Ryan Broyles feeling healthy
One is the most dominant wideout in the league, and the other one has seen his body hold him back from being dominant to any extent. Calvin Johnson and Ryan Broyles are both taking part in 11-on-11 drills during Lions OTAs and feeling good after nursing some injuries in the offseason. Johnson underwent surgeries to fix a broken finger and relieve an ailing knee. He seems to be doing just fine now.... [Read More]
06/10/14 Reggie Bush says QB Stafford 'a perfect fit' in new offense
When new head coach Jim Caldwell was brought in to lead the Detroit Lions, he inherited an already potent offense. Add into the mix new Offensive Coordinator Joe Lombardi, who comes via New Orleans and plans to run his version of the Saints offense, and you have the makings of big things in the Motor City. After starting 2013 6-3, the Lions, and specifically quarterback Matt Stafford, struggled ... [Read More]
06/10/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones still targeting a Week 1 return
As expected, Julio Jones isn't taking part in OTAs with his Falcons teammates. He's spending his time working out on the side, catching some passes from Matt Ryan, and doing whatever he needs to do to begin the 2014 season fully healthy after seeing his 2013 campaign end in October due to a fractured foot that required surgery. Jones still has some hurdles to jump in his rehab, like getting cleare... [Read More]
06/10/14 Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith has 'big plans' for TE Tim Wright
Tim Wright was pretty productive as a rookie last season: 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns. However, the Buccaneers have since signed Brandon Myers and drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round last month. That means there's a chance Wright goes from first to third on the Bucs' tight end depth chart. But head coach Lovie Smith isn't considering that. He said Tuesday, via Pewt... [Read More]
06/10/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo, Giants QB Eli Manning say they are ready to play
Two NFC East quarterbacks are recovering from surgery. Or rather, they have just about recovered from surgery. Cowboys QB Tony Romo told the team's official website he expects to be 100 percent in the next couple of weeks, but also said he could play in a game today "if I had to." Romo went under the knife in December to fix a herniated disk in his back. Giants quarterback Eli Manning did procla... [Read More]
06/10/14 Bears QB Jay Cutler hopes to avoid injury by getting bigger, stronger
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler hasn't finished an entire 16-game season since 2009. Last year, he missed five games and couldn't finish two others due to groin and ankle injuries. Staying healthy has been the focus of Cutler's offseason, and the hope is bulking up helps him achieve that goal. "Jay has really worked hard in the offseason, and he has always been a hard worker in his conditioning and ... [Read More]
06/10/14 Dolphins RB Lamar Miller remains ahead of RB Knowshon Moreno on depth chart
The Dolphins began their third week of organized team activities on Monday, and their first-team running back for the third week in a row was Lamar Miller. That Miller is playing with the starters ahead of Knowshon Moreno got a lot of buzz last week. Moreno has been working with the second team as he continues to work on his conditioning. ESPN's James Walker wrote Monday that Miller has made more ... [Read More]
06/10/14 Rookie WR Jordan Matthews has reportedly been Eagles' best receiver in OTAs
This is the viewpoint of one observer, but it follows a line of praise that Eagles rookie receiver Jordan Matthews has been receiving since the team began organized team activities and earlier. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com tweeted Tuesday that Matthews "has looked like the best WR on the team, in my opinion, and it hasn't been close." Kempski's colleague, Jeff McLane, wrote last week how he has a... [Read More]
06/10/14 If they back up WR Jeffery's boasting, expect the Bears offense to flourish
Heading into his 3rd year in the league, WR Alshon Jeffery has decided to put a target on his and teammate Brandon Marshalls' jerseys. The less-than-soft-spoken Jeffery has declared the Bears WR tandem as not only the best pair in the league, but the best period. "I'm not the type of person that brags a lot about anything, but I feel that last year, what we did, we were at the top of the list ... [Read More]
06/09/14 TE Pitta looking to bounce back with big year for Ravens
Hoping to buld on a strong finish to the 2013 season, Raven tight end Dennis Pitta is looking forward to a 2014 campaign that will include something he was missing last year... his health. Pitta had a stellar season in 2012, catching 61 passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns. That was the breakout year that had many prognosticators projecting him as a top five-top ten for 2013. When he injur... [Read More]
06/09/14 Bills OC says he needs to get ball to WR Sammy Watkins 'a whole bunch'
Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett is saying all the right things about maximizing the value of the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, wide receiver Sammy Watkins. "He's a guy we've got to get the ball to a whole bunch," Hackett said last week of Watkins to the Buffalo News. "Good players just naturally start getting the ball, whether you call a play for them or not. I think it j... [Read More]
06/09/14 Over-under 8 touchdowns this season for Panthers rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin?
ESPN's Panthers writer David Newton wrote Saturday that he "wouldn't be shocked" if rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin scores more than eight touchdowns this year, and said he would be "surprised" if he doesn't score more than four. The number isn't entirely arbitrary; eight is the number of touchdowns former Panthers receiver Steve Smith scored in the past two seasons combined.... [Read More]
06/09/14 Browns WR Burleson has cast removed
According to Cleveland Browns analyst for ESPNCleveland.com Tony Grossi, Nate Burleson had the cast removed from his left forearm he'd been wearing since sustaining what he called a "minor injury" in an April minicamp. Burleson has continued to run and lift weights, even while wearing the cast. In limited playing action in 2013 with the Lions, Burleson hauled in 39 passes for 461 yards and one t... [Read More]
06/09/14 Browns pushing RB Ben Tate for greatness
Or at least Browns running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery is. The Browns' official website published an interview with Montgomery on Friday, one that is mostly about his playing career and current life as a coach. Montgomery said someone on Cleveland's roster has the ability to be the next in a long line of decorated Browns running backs, and its leader is Ben Tate. "It's time for him to put the... [Read More]
06/09/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski looks to be running without limitations
Another Gronk update! Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wrote Sunday that Rob Gronkowski is making good progress on his way back from January knee surgery. Volin wrote that Gronk "was actually bursting, planting, and cutting" during a practice lasst week and "doesn't look like he's having any limitations." Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn right ACL and MCL in January.... [Read More]
06/09/14 Steelers will use more no-huddle offense this season
More and more NFL teams today are adopting a simple slogan: Run fast to live. The two teams that ran the most offensive plays last season, the Broncos and the Patriots, were two of the most successful teams in the league. The Bills want to run faster, the Eagles want to run faster, and the Steelers are joining them. Pittsburgh didn't really utilize a no-huddle offense until the second half of las... [Read More]
06/09/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford is back on the field
Less than eight months after tearing his left ACL, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is taking part in organized team activities and doing more than expected. Specifically, he took part in a pair of seven-on-seven throwing drills Friday, which was expected. Then he took part in an 11-on-11 hurry-up drill, which wasn't. Bradford also scrambled to avoid pressure on one play and completed a deep pass on ... [Read More]
06/09/14 Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell backtracks on his RB committee comments
Committee? What committee? Last week, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said the team was going to employ a committee attack between running backs Marshawn Lynch and Christine Michael. But apparently, his committee won't last into September. Bevell said today that he didn't mean the Seahawks would use an RBBC during the season, only in OTAs.... [Read More]
06/09/14 WR Mike Wallace is lining up in the Dolphins' backfield
Last season, Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace lined up on the right side of the formation about 90 percent of the time. With a change at offensive coordinator has come a change in philosophy on how to handle Wallace. First-year OC Bill Lazor has been moving Wallace to each side of the formation and into the slot during OTAs. And apparently behind the formation, too. Wallace told NFL.com's J... [Read More]
06/09/14 Raiders are experimenting with RB Darren McFadden on kick returns
This seems like something that can only end badly for the player, but alas ... Raiders running back Darren McFadden put in "a lot of work" returning kickoffs on Monday, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. Head coach Dennis Allen said, "Anything is an option" to get McFadden on the field.... [Read More]
06/09/14 Rams WR Kenny Britt's fresh start is off to a good start
Are you ready to be teased again? Kenny Britt is a big, tall receiver whose career has been one big tease. He is most known for knee injuries and off-field knuckleheadedness. In the middle, during parts of the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Britt showed how good he can be when he is at full strength and concentrating on football. But that goodwill was wiped out due to a suspension and underwhelming numbe... [Read More]
06/09/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne cleared for football activities, will sit out OTAs
Reggie Wayne could be on the field with his teammates during OTAs, but he won't be. The Colts will play it safe with the 35-year-old wide receiver as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Wayne has been medically cleared for football activities, but he won't do anything on the field until the Colts opening training camp in a little more than six weeks.... [Read More]
06/09/14 Titans have high expectations for WR Justin Hunter in year 2
For all of his physical gifts, Justin Hunter's rookie season in Tennessee was pretty much a bust. Drops, mental lapses and a lack of intensity led to both teammates and coaches getting into Hunter's ear aggressively. How important is he this season? According to wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, Hunter could be the key to the Titans playing into January. "He can be the receiver that puts us ... [Read More]
06/08/14 Lions WR Golden Tate progressing well in new offensive scheme
ESPN Michael Rothstein reported that Golden Tate stated he is about "70-80 percent" in progress with learning his new offensive playbook and schemes. While their is plenty to get adjusted to with his new city, playbook, and staff we all wonder what type of chemistry Tate, and Stafford will produce, and how quickly.... [Read More]
06/06/14 Bills looking to pick up the pace even more on offense
If I was to ask you which offense ran the most plays per game last season, I bet the Eagles would be a popular answer. An incorrect one, but probably popular. They were 12th in plays per game. Still, it is not a surprise that the Broncos and Patriots top the list. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were the only two quarterbacks heading an offense that ran more than 70 plays than game. Who was No. 3 at... [Read More]
06/06/14 Browns WR Andrew Hawkins impressing in OTAs
Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins doesn't stand tall, but he is definitely standing out during organized team activities. He has been receiving passes and rave reviews from players on offense and defense. First-round rookie cornerback Justin Gilbert said he would rather guard Josh Gordon than Hawkins because "he's so little and quick. ... He's out there making plays every day." Quarterback Bri... [Read More]
06/06/14 Chargers TE Ladarius Green, breakout candidate?
Chargers beat reporter Michael Gehlken thinks so. He was asked during a chat earlier this week who are his breakout players for 2014. "Ladarius Green the first name on offense who comes to mind," Gehlken wrote. Green is a 24-year-old athletic tight end in a huge frame -- 6-foot-6, 240 pounds. He caught 17 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns last year. ... [Read More]
06/06/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw medically cleared to participate in OTAs
Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw is progressing his way back from yet another injury. Bradshaw was medically cleared last week to participate in organized team activities and began running, cutting, and catching passes during the non-contact practices Monday. He played in just three games last season before undergoing neck surgery to fuse two vertebrae. However, Bradshaw isn't out of the woods c... [Read More]
06/06/14 ESPN Dallas writer predicts a career-high in carries for Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer speaks unequivocally when asked about the Cowboys' backfield for 2014. "This will be (DeMarco) Murray's team," Archer wrote in a Wednesday chat session with fans. "He will get the bulk of the work. ... (Lance) Dunbar will get third-down tries, but Murray should see a career high in carries this year. He had 217 last year and missed a couple of games. I'd put him at 250 th... [Read More]
06/05/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed has sustained four concussions since 2010
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is ranked behind only Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, and Julius Thomas in our initial preseason rankings. He's a mismatch nightmare running down the seam and has receivers on each side of him who can demand a lot of defensive attention. There's also a very real risk that Reed is one hit away from seeing his career end. Reed's 2013 rookie season effectively ended Nov... [Read More]
06/05/14 Buccaneers OC Jeff Tedford talks up rookie RB Charles Sims. Bad news for Doug Martin?
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford have presented different takes on what we should expect from running back Doug Martin this season. Smith has called Martin his "bell cow" while Tedford has said that he wants to give carries to multiple backs this season. Smith may be the head coach, but as a defensive-minded one, Tedford's that matter most for offensive mat... [Read More]
06/05/14 Giants RB David Wilson not medically cleared following MRI
The news leading up to now suggested and implied a lot of optimism regarding New York Giants running back David Wilson's potential to return as soon as possible. That turns out to not be the case following an MRI on Wednesday. Wilson was not cleared for contact. The third year RB he continues to recover from neck surgery and is expected to be cleared by training camp later this summer. New York h... [Read More]
06/05/14 Yep, Texans RB Arian Foster will touch the ball a lot this season
I can't prove it, but it's worth arguing that Texans running back Arian Foster broke down last season due in part to how often he was asked by former head coach Gary Kubiak to carry the offense during the previous three seasons. After averaging more than 370 touches per season from 2010-12, a balky back limited Foster to just eight games last year. He says he is "raring to go for 2014, and he bett... [Read More]
06/05/14 49ers could be without TE Vernon Davis until training camp
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis wants a brand new contract. It was known he would be skipping OTAs, but a source close to the team recently told CSN Bay Area the coaching staff is prepared to be without him for "a while." Davis tied a career-best last year by catching 13 TDs. The 30-year-old pass-catcher has two years remaining on a six-year contract which he signed back in 2010.... [Read More]
06/05/14 Seahawks planning a RB committee
Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said his offense will use a "running back by committee." No. 2 RB Christine Michael received praise from Bevell, now in his fourth year with Seattle. "We really like what Michael is doing right now." Head coach Pete Carroll also piled praise onto Michael, noting he was a breakout candidate in 2014.... [Read More]
06/04/14 Chargers WR Keenan Allen trying to get faster
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen looked more than ready for the NFL as a rookie last year. Crisp routes, strong hands, great body control. He looked like a 10-year veteran. He also ran slower than some 10-year veterans. Allen posted a 4.65 40-yard dash time at his University of California pro day. Although he could blame that uninspiring time on the fact that he was still recovering from knee ... [Read More]
06/04/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick gets paid: 6-year extension worth $126 million, about $61M guaranteed
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to fulfill the final year of his rookie contract this season. It would have paid him a little more than $1 million. Well, the team has attached that money to a brand-new, fat contract for the 26-year-old QB. A team source tells Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area that Kaepernick has agreed to a six-year extension that will keep him in San Fran through the... [Read More]
06/03/14 TE Finley pays visit to Foxborough
According to ESPN NFL insider Ed Werder, free agent tight end Jermichael Finley was brought in for a visit by the New England Patriots yesterday. The visit was purely for a medical evaluation of Finley's spinal fusion surgery. He has been released by his doctor, but there is still much justified concern on his recovery. Finley played in six games for Green Bay in 2013, tallying 25 receptions fo... [Read More]
06/03/14 Preparing for new broadcasting venture, Tebow still not ruling out comeback
Promoting the new SEC Network's two-hour gameday show, "SEC Nation" while on a stop in Nashville for the Music City Sports Festival, former Broncos and Jets quarterback Tim Tebow wasn't quite ready to close the door on his playing career when asked about the topic. Tebow was in Nashville in May for a speaking engagement and worked out at the D-1 Training facility in Cool Springs getting sever... [Read More]
06/03/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno seeing more reps with the second team offense
According to Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero, Knowshon Moreno has been "primarily" working with the second team offense in opening OTAs as his conditioning defniitly needs major improvement. Lamar Miller has been taking a lot of first team reps while Coach Joe Philbin indicated that Moreno's conditioning "could be better."... [Read More]
05/28/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace: 'I didn't feel like I knew what was going on' last season
Mike Wallace's first year with a five-year, $60 million contract with the Dolphins was a disappointment. You can't really put any shine on it. He posted career lows in yards per catch and touchdowns. He finished nine games with fewer than 50 yards. Blame it on Wallace putting too much pressure on himself to succeed for his new team, being used incorrectly by former offensive coordinator Mike Sherm... [Read More]
05/28/14 Giants RB David Wilson taking part in OTAs
We still don't have confirmation that Giants running back David Wilson will be able to play this season, and that may not come for a couple of months. But he is taking part in OTAs this week. The source link below contains a video of Wilson taking a handoff from quarterback Josh Freeman, so he's obviously not working with the first-team offense; that job belongs to running back Rashad Jennings. W... [Read More]
05/28/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still on schedule with his knee rehab
We last posted a note on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski about six weeks ago. At that time, it was reported that Gronkowski was "right where he should be" in his rehab from a torn ACL and MCL, which he suffered in December. Six weeks later, today, the tune is the same. Gronkowski spoke to the media Wednesday and said he has been setback-free during the process. He isn't taking part in Patriots ... [Read More]
05/27/14 Bears WR Domenik Hixon tears right ACL for third time, indicates he will retire
Domenik Hixon's days in the NFL seem to be over after he suffered a torn right ACL for the third time in his career on Tuesday. Here is what the Bears wideout and kick returner wrote on Facebook: "I tore my ACL today for the 3rd time today! I'm disappointed that I won't be playing for a bears team that has the players and coaches to WIN the Super Bowl. I thank God for letting me live my dream of ... [Read More]
05/27/14 UPDATE: Report: Cowboys LB Sean Lee has a torn left ACL
UPDATE: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the worst via Twitter: "The #Cowboys fears have been confirmed: Sean Lee has a torn ACL. He is expected to miss the 2014 season." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee went down during a practice today and had to be helped off of the field due to a left knee injury. Lee underwent ... [Read More]
05/27/14 Raiders HC Dennis Allen says Matt Schaub is a top-10 QB
I don't even know where to begin. Here's Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times via Twitter: "(Head coach Dennis) Allen reiterated that Matt Schaub was brought in to be the #Raiders starting quarterback this season. He called Schaub a top-10 quarterback."... [Read More]
05/27/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin: 'This is probably the best I've felt since before college'
The 2013 season was basically a wash for Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin. He played in one regular-season game and two postseason games. He caught a grand total of five passes for 43 yards. Harvin also missed seven games in 2012 due to injury. A large red flag is tied to his fantasy stock due to his recent history, but, hey, at least Harvin is healthy right now. He said Tuesday, "This is proba... [Read More]
05/27/14 Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has been fully cleared for contact
The Chargers expected it would happen, and now it has: Wide receiver Malcom Floyd has been fully cleared for contact and will be able to resume his NFL career after a neck injury early last season put his professional future in limbo. "Cleared for contact," Floyd said Tuesday via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego. "Cleared for everything. There are no risks. I'm good to go."... [Read More]
05/27/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady: 'You don't have to suck when you get older'
Tom Brady is entering his 15th year in the NFL. He is 36 years old and getting older every day, just like the rest of us. And he has a message that everyone should hear: "You know, you don't have to suck when you get older." Brady was talking to Sports Illustrated's Peter King about sucking on the football field, specifically, and how hard he works to fight off the inevitable. "It's hard to expl... [Read More]
05/27/14 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians expects RB Andre Ellington to get 25-30 touches per game
Can Cardinals running back Andre Ellington handle 400 touches in one season? Simply, no. Hardly any running back can, but that's not going to stop head coach Bruce Arians from talking about his young, dynamic runner as if he's the next Eric Dickerson. Via Mike Jurecki of 910 AM radio in Phoenix, Arians said Tuesday that Ellington is his No. 1 running back and "expects" him to handle 25-30 touch... [Read More]
05/27/14 Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro arrested, charged with 2 misdemeanors
Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested on early Saturday morning in Virginia and charged with public drunkenness and destruction of property. Taliaferro was seen by police with a group of people arguing with a cab driver. The cab driver told police that during the dispute, Taliaferro gripped and broke the dividing window in the cab. Police then said Taliaferro then left the sce... [Read More]
05/27/14 BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the Bengals' 3rd-team RB during Tuesday OTAs
No one is competing with Giovani Bernard to be the Bengals' starting running back. He is the starter, no questions asked. That was emphasized during Tuesday's organized team activities as Bernard was the running back when the first-team offense was on the field. But the job to back up Bernard is up for grabs. And judging from Tuesday's developments, it seems like the rookie is ahead of the vetera... [Read More]
05/25/14 Rams reporter thinks Tre Mason can overtake Zac Stacy as starting RB this season
ESPN's Rams reporter, Nick Wagoner, held a chat Friday on ESPN.com in which he stated that he expects third-round rookie running back Tre Mason to become the team's No. 2 back and "be nipping at the heels" of starter Zac Stacy for the lead gig this season. "I also wouldn't be surprised if [Mason] usurped Stacy at some point, especially if Stacy struggles with nagging injuries again," Wagoner wrot... [Read More]
05/23/14 Anonymous Dolphins player says Miami's offense is reminiscent of Eagles' offense
Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor came to Miami this winter after spending last season as the Eagles' quarterbacks coach. So, these words from an anonymous Dolphins player to the Miami Herald about Lazor's offense make sense, even if they contain a bit of wishful thinking. "It's reminiscent of Chip Kelly's offense in Philadelphia, with the tempo and style," said the player who did not wan... [Read More]
05/23/14 ESPN's Chris Mortensen: Ravens preparing for RB Ray Rice to be suspended for 'at least' 3 games
Granted, this is speculation, but it's a slow news day, and Chris Mortensen is a reliable source even if he is only using his best guess. Mortensen said on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" on Friday that the Ravens are "preparing for [Ray Rice] to miss, I think, at least three games." Rice is likely to be suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after he allegedly assaulted his then-fian... [Read More]
05/23/14 Bengals integrating RB Giovani Bernard more into passing game
We know the Bengals aren't going to throw the ball as much as last season. A strong running game is at the center of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson's philosophy. Of course, Giovani Bernard will have a big role in that aspect of the game. But the Bengals are also looking for someone who can replace Andrew Hawkins after the diminutive and quick slot receiver left Cincinnati to continue his NFL ca... [Read More]
05/23/14 Saints QB Drew Brees wants to play into his 40s
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 35 years old. He has played for 13 years in the NFL. Can you believe that he will play at least five more seasons? Brees would like to believe so. "Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do," Brees told Brett Martel of the Associated Press. "As long as I'm healthy and playing at a high level, then why not? I certainly don't take it for granted and know that obvi... [Read More]
05/22/14 Knee injury will probably keep Jets RB Chris Johnson out of OTAs
The Jets will hold five OTA sessions over the next few weeks, the first of which starts next week. It looks like they will be without running back Chris Johnson for all of them. Via Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Johnson said Thursday he will "probably" be held out of OTAs as he continues his rehab following January arthroscopic knee surgery.... [Read More]
05/22/14 Seahawks RB coach on lessening Marshawn Lynch's workload: 'Why would we do that?'
The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch has taken on more carries than any other NFL running back over the past three years. He has topped 300 in each of the past two seasons. He is the unquestioned centerpiece of Seattle's offense, and that strategy has been very beneficial for the team, culminating in February's Super Bowl win. But at some point, Lynch has to start feeling the effects from all of the puni... [Read More]
05/22/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says he is 'raring to go'
Texans running back Arian Foster told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that he is "healthy and raring to go" for the new season under the team's new staff. Foster said in March that he had been medically cleared for football activities following November back surgery. He took part in the team's voluntary mini-camp earlier this month.... [Read More]
05/22/14 Saints will move rookie WR Brandin Cooks all around formation
Rookie wideout Brandin Cooks is no stranger to playing out of a number of spots on the field. While Cooks was playing in a pro-style offense at Oregon State, he ran a bunch of different routes, returned punts and took on some carries. That versatility is one of the reasons why the Saints took him at No. 20 overall in this month's draft and they will use him similarly. "I think we can line him up ... [Read More]
05/22/14 Bengals WRs are noticing QB Andy Dalton's increased arm strength
Something has changed with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, and his wide receivers have definitely noticed during OTAs. "He's got a lot of zing, a lot of velocity to him," wide receiver Marvin Jones said of Dalton to the team's official website Wednesday. Dalton spent part of the offseason working out with Tom House, a former Major League Baseball pitcher who has become a mentor of sorts to quar... [Read More]
05/21/14 Panthers GM compares rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin to Plaxico Burress
Plaxico Burress is now a painfully slow 36-year-old wideout nearing his NFL end. But he was once a matchup nightmare for defenses, a player who could go up and get any throw, thanks to his 6-foot-5 frame. He topped 1,000 yards four times and posted back-to-back seasons of double-digit touchdowns with the Giants. That's when he was professionally young, and Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman s... [Read More]
05/21/14 Cardinals WR Michael Floyd off to impressive start in OTAs
I know I've said it here often recently, but what can you learn from how a player performs during football activities that take place in May? No matter your answer, at least it's nice to hear that a player who began breaking out last year is beginning 2014 in a strong way. Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports took in Day 1 of Cardinals OTAs on Tuesday and came away stating that wide receiver Michael F... [Read More]
05/20/14 Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan says team will lean on running game
I'll just let this quote from Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan breathe before I say anything else: "Things that were done last year in the running game with DeMarco (Murray), the running style that was created here is really a good fit," Linehan said in a recent radio interview. "That's going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past... [Read More]
05/20/14 Report: Chargers WR Malcom Floyd expected to play this season
Nothing is official yet, but team and leagues sources have told U-T San Diego that Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd is set to play this season after earlier concerns that a 2013 neck injury would end his career. This report comes after Floyd underwent a recent medical checkup when he was told that he was not at greater risk for a major spinal injury if he kept playing. "The doc said … ... [Read More]
05/20/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall signs $30 million contract extension through 2017
I can guarantee that this will be the only time that ABC's "The View" is the source of football news. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall appeared on the daytime talk show Monday and actually signed his contract extension with the team live on air. It's a three-year, $30 million extension that attached to the one year remaining on Marshall's current deal, which will pay him $9.3 million this sea... [Read More]
05/20/14 Raiders add WR Greg Little
Greg Little has a new team a few days after being released by the Cleveland Browns; it's the Oakland Raiders. Little was claimed off waivers on Monday. He has pretty much been a bust since being selected in the second round of the 2011 draft.... [Read More]
05/18/14 Ravens will hold RB Bernard Pierce out of all spring practices
When Ravens running back Bernard Pierce underwent shoulder surgery in late January, the early prognosis was that he would miss up to five months of action. Now that we're in May, it seems like that number hasn't changed. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Saturday that Pierce won't practice at all during these spring months but should be full-go in time for training camp. "He's been allowed to ... [Read More]
05/18/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones probably won't do much until training camp
What does Julio Jones need to do to get ready for training camp? Falcons head coach Mike Smith thinks not much, other than just getting his surgically repaired foot ready. Smith said Saturday the team's focus is "strictly" on getting Jones ready for camp, which opens in late July. That means he won't be present much, if at all, during OTAs. Jones suffered a broken left foot in early October last ... [Read More]
05/18/14 Rookie QB Bortles has good second day of rookie minicamp
Jacksonville Jaguars beatwriter, Hays Carlyon reports that the team's first round and number three overall draft pick, quarterback Blake Bortles made a favorable impression on Day 2 of the team's rookie minicamp. Head coach Gus Bradley had said that he wanted to work the rookies at a faster pace than normal and Bortles seemed to handle the increase in speed ok. "I think everybody got better from ... [Read More]
05/17/14 Browns' Johnny Manziel says all the right things about being a backup rookie QB
Johnny Football is not Johnny Manziel. Johnny Football is an adrenaline shot to the heart. He's the hero that Cleveland deserves, not the one it needs right now (or so hopes Brian Hoyer). He's must-see TV. He's wild and unpredictable both on the field and reportedly off of it. Johnny Manziel is a rookie quarterback for the Cleveland Browns who was passed over by 21 teams -- a fact he's well awar... [Read More]
05/17/14 RB Ryan Williams says he's signing with Cowboys
Running back Ryan Williams has been in the NFL since 2011, and injuries have wrecked his career. A torn patellar tendon wiped out his rookie season before it even started. A shoulder injury limited him to just five games in 2012, and then Williams was a healthy scratch for all of last season. Williams is looking to for a fresh start in 2014, and he'll try to get it with the Cowboys. Williams wrote... [Read More]
05/17/14 Cardinals rookie WR John Brown is standing out at rookie mini-camp
It's mid-May, after the NFL Draft but a couple of months before training camps open. Sure, there are OTAs and mini-camps rookies and veterans, but this is not a rich time for NFL news. The majority of news stories you read will be about one of three basic topics and should be taken with a grain of salt: 1. Players professing that they are in the best shape of their lives; 2. Players setting loft... [Read More]
05/17/14 Jets rookie TE Jace Amaro wants to be the next Tony Gonzalez
Now that Tony Gonzalez has retired, who can lay claim to the title of "The next Tony Gonzalez"? Well, that question might disappear in a handful of years when we'll all be asking "Who will be the next Jimmy Graham?" Plus, we have Vernon Davis, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron ... a tall, athletic, pass-catching tight end isn't as novel as it was 15 years ago. One of the league's newest tight ends to... [Read More]
05/17/14 Jets pick up RB Daryl Richardson
As expected, it didn't take running back Daryl Richardson long to find a new home in the NFL. He was claimed off waivers by the Jets on Friday, one day after he was released by the Rams. In a corresponding move, the Jets released running back Alex Green. Update: Well, Green hasn't been released yet. Although Green tweeted Friday night that it was "Time to officially move on," the Jets said Saturd... [Read More]
05/16/14 Jets HC Rex Ryan says Geno Smith will be hard to beat in QB competition
Are you looking forward to the battle that will take place this summer in New Jersey and Upstate New York as Geno Smith and Michael Vick vie to be the Jets' starting quarterback? No, me neither. But head coach Rex Ryan can't say that -- I think it's in his contract. He said during a Wednesday radio interview, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, that Vick will "definitely" get a chance to... [Read More]
05/16/14 Browns cast off WR Greg Little
A day after signing a couple of veterans to deepen their wide receiver corps, the Browns have released one of their youngest wideouts. The team cut Greg Little on Friday. Little hasn't lived up to expectations since being drafted in the second round in 2011. He caught 61 passes for 709 yards as a rookie and saw each of those numbers fall in each of the next two seasons. He started 13 games in 201... [Read More]
05/15/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant says he's in the best shape of his life
You usually don't see these kinds of stories until July or August, but Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is getting into football shape early. "I am in the best shape that I've ever been," Bryant said Wednesday via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas. "Trust me, I've been working hard. I've been working six days out of the week. ... That's all I've been doing. This year is special." ... [Read More]
05/15/14 Rams release RB Daryl Richardson
As a rookie in 2012, Daryl Richardson was a part-time sparkplug out of the Rams' backfield. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry and his future in the league looked bright. Now, less than two years later, he is out of work. The Rams released him on Thursday. This comes after a 2013 season in which Richardson's averages plummeted, he was bothered by foot and thigh injuries and found himself buried on th... [Read More]
05/15/14 Browns add another veteran WR in Miles Austin
OK, Earl Bennett. Your time in the spotlight is over. The Browns have another wide-receiver acquisition to announce. The team signed former Cowboys wideout Miles Austin on Thursday. He was released by Dallas in March.... [Read More]
05/15/14 Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez indicted on 2 more counts of 1st-degree murder
Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing two men in Boston in 2012. Authorities accuse Hernandez of shooting and killing Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado on July 16, 2012 as the two victims sat in their car at a stop light early that morning. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today that ... [Read More]
05/15/14 Browns sign WR Earl Bennett
With Josh Gordon likely facing a long suspension, Nate Burleson nursing a broken arm (again), and Travis Benjamin headed for the PUP list once training camp opens following November ACL surgery, the Browns needed help at wide receiver. They picked up a small dose of help Wednesday with the signing of former Bears wideout Earl Bennett. Bennett, who was released by the Bears in March, has averaged 2... [Read More]
05/15/14 Free agent WR Miles Austin could return to Dallas
Reported by DallasCowboys.com, Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett indicated that he would "absolutely" consider the possible re-signing of current free agent Miles Austin.... [Read More]
05/14/14 'Tony Romo to be ready for training camp' - Cowboys team VP
During a conference call with season ticket-holders Tuesday, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said that quarterback Tony Romo is on the right path and is fully expected to be ready for training camp. "Yes he will and he's actually progressing great," said Jones. "He's on schedule if not ahead of schedule. He's throwing the ball around, we not only think he'll be ready for opening week, he'l... [Read More]
05/14/14 Lions stress TE Eric Ebron's route-running and ability to separate
So, why did the Lions use a first-round pick, No. 10 overall, on tight end Eric Ebron when they already had youngster Joseph Fauria and newly resigned Brandon Pettigrew in tow? General manager Martin Mayhew presented two important reasons when speaking about Ebron last week. "He's a route-runner," Mayhew said of Ebron. "... This guy can run routes and get open and get separation." Mayhew said Fa... [Read More]
05/14/14 Shocker: Buccaneers QB Josh McCown likes throwing to tall receivers
Josh McCown was hardly a footnote in the NFL entering his 2013 season with the Bears. He had spent the previous five years as a little-used backup for three teams, and there's a short stint with the United Football League in there as well. Then Jay Cutler got hurt, McCown was called upon to fill in, and he threw 11 touchdowns and only one interception in five starts. McCown created legitimate deb... [Read More]
05/14/14 Report: Broncos rookie WR Cody Latimer will compete for starting job this year
Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver tweeted today that he's been told Broncos rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer "will compete for a starting job this year. Not next year. Like now."... [Read More]
05/14/14 Bills trades: Send WR Stevie Johnson to 49ers, deal for RB Bryce Brown
This isn't news any longer, but I haven't touched on a couple of noteworthy moves the Buffalo Bills made over the weekend. In terms of fantasy impact, the bigger of the two stories is Buffalo dealing its former No. 1 wideout, Stevie Johnson, to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that could be upgraded to a third-rounder depending upon Johnson's stat line this season. That happene... [Read More]
05/14/14 One reason why Titans drafted RB Bishop Sankey: Lead RB Shonn Greene underwent knee surgery
A second reason: "Lead RB Shonn Greene." But I digress. A source familiar with the situation told The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt on Monday that Greene recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the Titans' practices until training camp opens in late July. Sources said Greene complained of soreness and developed swelling around the knee after participating... [Read More]
05/13/14 Rams WR Stedman Bailey suspended 4 games for PED violation
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport broke the news Monday that the NFL has suspended Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Bailey is entering his second pro season out of West Virginia. The speedster caught 17 passes in 16 games as a rookie.... [Read More]
05/13/14 QB Vince Young in Cleveland: We hardly knew ye
When the Browns signed quarterback Vince Young on May 1, I wrote that he will at least be given a chance to gain a job with the team. That turned out not to be the case. Blame Johnny Football if you want. After just 11 days as a Brown, and during which time the team added two rookies to its QB stable, Young was thrown back out into the free-agent wilderness. The team announced Young's release Mon... [Read More]
05/13/14 Browns confirm they will be a run-heavy team; rookie RB Terrance West could have big role
An NFL team with a possible rookie starter at quarterback that perhaps lost its best wide receiver for a large chunk, if not all, of the season sounds like a team that will depend on running the football. So, it should come as no shock Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is stressing just that. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Haslam "keeps stressing 'we're going to run the ball a... [Read More]
05/13/14 Get ready for the Cowboys to throw it deep, a lot
This isn't really news, but Cowboys play-caller Scott Linehan likes to throw the ball. He loves it. Really, I think it's an obsession for him. Just look at how many pass attempts he dialed up as the Lions' offensive coordinator over the past five seasons. He's going to do the same with Tony Romo and Co. this year, and Linehan suggested during a recent radio interview that a good portion of those p... [Read More]
05/13/14 Falcons think undersized rookie RB Devonta Freeman can be feature back
At first glance, most people would not consider Devonta Freeman feature-back material. He is 5-foot-8 and weighs a smidge north of 200 pounds. But two people who would disagree are those who had a big say in drafting the Florida State rookie, Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Both told ESPN's Vaughn McClure last week that Freeman has the ability to be a lead runni... [Read More]
05/13/14 WR Andre Johnson ponders his future with Texans
Nobody made a big stink out of Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson missing the team's voluntary workouts last week. I mean, what is an 11-year veteran going to gain from voluntary workouts? Well, the Texans have a new head coach installing a new offensive scheme, but still, there will be plenty of time for Johnson to catch up on all of that stuff. No worries, right? Well ... It seems now that Jo... [Read More]
05/13/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton out of walking boot
Panthers QB Cam Newton is out of his walking boot after getting surgery on his left ankle. His recovery is on schedule and is expected to return during training camp.... [Read More]
05/12/14 The Cardinals say goodbye to RB Ryan Williams
The Cardinals released 2011 second round pick Ryan Williams after a brief and injury plagued stint in Phoenix. Williams was set to be the highest paid running back on the team despite not being active at any time last year. Although he didn't play last year, he was healthy after training camp, hopefully this extra time will gave him the opportunity to heal properly and get him into another teams... [Read More]
05/08/14 Vikings end first round by drafting Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater via trade
The Vikings made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to get back into the first round and close it out with a splashy pick. The Vikings drafted Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. They gave up the 40th overall pick and a fourth-round pick in this draft for the rights to the 32nd pick.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Panthers pick up a much-needed WR in Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin
Even the most casual NFL fan could tell you that the Panthers needed help at wide receiver entering this draft after losing their top four wideouts from last year's team. They addressed that void with their first-round pick Thursday by drafting Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin 28th overall.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Browns draft Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel. Get ready, Cleveland
Johnny Football is yours, Dawg Pound. The Browns traded up from 26th to 22th with the Eagles for the price of a third-round pick in order to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on Thursday night.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Saints re-stock offense with Oregon St. WR Brandin Cooks
Darren Sproles is no longer on the Saints, and Marques Colston's knees might give out at moment. So, the Saints traded up to the 20th pick to get a quick, big-play wide receiver. That man is Oregon St. wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The Saints, who were originally slated to pick 27th, made a trade with the Cardinals to move up. They traded that No. 27 pick and a third-rounder in this draft.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Giants' WR corps continues to get younger with LSU's Odell Beckham
Well, I guess the Giants really aren't sold on Rueben Randle. They proved that tonight by taking someone from his alma mater. The Giants selected LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham with the 12th pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Lions continue to build up their offense with North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
Lions tight end Joseph Fauria said a few months ago that he could produce Jimmy Graham-like numbers. Yeah, good luck with that. The Lions used the No. 10 pick in Thursday's NFL Draft on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Buccaneers add to passing offense with Texas A&M's WR Mike Evans
Many people compared Mike Evans to Vincent Jackson during this whole draft process. They will be playing together on Sundays. The Buccaneers selected Evans with the seventh overall pick on Thursday night.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Bills trade up to the No. 4 pick for Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
The Bills' offense got another dose of speed to go with the likes of C.J. Spiller and Marquise Goodwin on Thursday night. They completed a trade with the Browns to move up from the No. 9 pick to No. 4 so they could select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The Browns will receive the Bills' first-round pick this year, then a first-round and a fourth-round pick in 2015.... [Read More]
05/08/14 Jaguars take their latest QB of the future, UCF's Blake Bortles
Blaine Gabbert is long gone, and the Jaguars didn't wait long Thursday night to take who they hope can be their quarterback of the future, for real this time: UCF quarterback Blake Bortles. He was the third overall pick.... [Read More]
05/08/14 With the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select DE Jadeveon Clowney
The Houston Texans cracked open Thursday night's 2014 NFL Draft by selecting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick.... [Read More]
05/07/14 RB Joique Bell has some sort of left-knee injury
We have breaking news coming in from Instagram. Lions running back Joique Bell posted a picture Wednesday afternoon showing him sitting in a car with his left knee bandaged up and crutches at his side. The picture's caption reads: "Be bk in no time. #LionsBlood #LionsDen"... [Read More]
05/07/14 Texans open voluntary mini-camp with RB Arian Foster, without WR Andre Johnson
The Texans began their voluntary mini-camp on Tuesday, the key word being voluntary. Wide receiver Andre Johnson didn't show up. Houston Chronicle writer Dale Robertson called Johnson's absence "odd" because Johnson has usually shown up for voluntary football activities in previous years under many other head coaches. Someone who did show up was running back Arian Foster. He was cleared in March ... [Read More]
05/07/14 Broncos QB Peyton Manning: 'I'm not at a 100 percent compared to what I was before my surgery'
Peyton Manning was a guest on David Letterman's late-night show on Monday and talked about an assortment of topics, including the Broncos' ugly loss to the Seahawks in the most recent Super Bowl, NFL on-field microphones picking up his signals, and the long road to recovery he taken following his 2011 neck surgery. To that end, Manning said he is still recovering. "I'm not at a 100 percent compar... [Read More]
05/05/14 Cleveland owner loves Manziel
According to NFL media insider Ian Rapoport, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, "has a love affair with Johnny Manziel." In a report from NFL.com's Kevin Patra, Rapoport states that the Browns owner, "...has made no secret of this, in several conversations, according to people I've spoken with over the last year or so. This is something that Haslam has made very clear to people he speaks with... [Read More]
05/04/14 Jets QB Michael Vick: Geno Smith is our starter
When Michael Vick signed with the Jets back in March, he said he feels like he can still be a starting quarterback in this league, and Jets coaches said Vick will definitely be given a shot to start through a competition with Geno Smith. Maybe Vick's competitive juices aren't flowing yet as we are still months away from training camp, but he said Saturday that "Geno's the starting quarterback for... [Read More]
05/03/14 Vikings refuse QB Ponder's fifth year option
Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder will enter free agency following the 2014 season, as the team has declined the chance to pick up the 2011 first-round draft pick's option for a fifth year with the Vikings. The move hardly comes as a surprise, as the Vikings have recently signed veteran Matt Cassel and have reportedly be looking hard and heavy over next week's draft class for a potential fut... [Read More]
05/03/14 Vikings trying to use WR Cordarrelle Patterson all over formation
In terms of raw athletic ability, Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is hard to beat. And it sounds like the Vikings and offensive coordinator Norv Turner will work to use Patterson's dynamic tools from all over the field this season. ESPN Ben Goessling reports that "Turner moved Patterson around in the Vikings' offense plenty" during this week's minicamp. "We've moved Cordarrelle aroun... [Read More]
05/02/14 Giants QB Manning to miss spring activities
Recovering from ankle surgery in April, quarterback Eli Manning isn't expected to participate in any of the Giants spring activities. General Manager Jerry Reese stated Friday that the team's quarterback should, however, be ready for training camp when it opens in July. "Obviously, he's coming off an ankle injury and he's going to be out of spring ball," Reese said. "He's going to get back whe... [Read More]
05/02/14 Jags planning to embark on 2014 season without WR Blackmon
Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars are not expecting to have wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the 2014 season. After missing the first four games of the season in 2013, Blackmon made a splash, averaging over seven catches and 100 yards in his first four games he played in, highlighted by a monster, 14-catch, 190 yard game at Denver in Week 7. Following the te... [Read More]
05/02/14 Patriots RB Vereen (wrist) still not 100%
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss is reporting that running back Shane Vereen's wrist is still not as strong as it was pre-injury in Week One of 2013. "It's not going to feel great tomorrow, it's not going to feel awful. It won't be 100 percent probably for a while, but it's good enough and I'm working on strengthening it and getting it back," Vereen said. Vereen (primarily used in the passing game) mi... [Read More]
05/01/14 Browns sign QBs Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen
Who wants to be the Browns' starting quarterback? By the end of next week's draft, at least 5 men -- and maybe more -- will be given a shot to prove what they can do behind center. Two of those players were signed today by Cleveland: Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen. Neither player played in the league last year.... [Read More]
04/30/14 Despite ankle surgery, Panthers say QB Cam Newton will not run less this season
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton ran for 585 yards last season, a very respectful total but his lowest in three NFL seasons. He also underwent ankle surgery last month that is expected to keep him out of action until training camp. But once Newton is ready, the Panthers plan to use him like normal; you shouldn't expect Newton to fall further than 585. "We don't want to take away a weapon," head co... [Read More]
04/27/14 Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart says he's ready to 'be a dominant guy'
The Jaguars didn't give running back Toby Gerhart a three-year, $10.5 million contract to continue being a backup. Head coach Gus Bradley said he thinks Gerhart can be a bell-cow runner, and after spending four years behind the game's premier workhorse, Gerhart said he is ready to carry the burden. "I had the skill set to be a [NFL] starter from the onset," Gerhart said to the Florida Times-Union... [Read More]
04/26/14 Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt says QB Jake Locker is entering 'make-or-break year'
Jake Locker has had a bunch of bad luck through his three NFL seasons, mostly through the form of major injuries. He's rehabbing from Lisfranc surgery right now. But as much as Locker's body has never allowed him to put together a full season, the Titans aren't going to give him the benefit of the doubt much longer without a boost in production. "It is a make-or-break year for a lot of guys in th... [Read More]
04/26/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy says he could be better with fewer touches
Darren Sproles' lead role in the Eagles' offense will probably be as a wide receiver out of the backfield and in the slot. But he will also see a few carries every week, and the combination of those touches will impact LeSean McCoy's workload. And it sounds like McCoy is fine with that after he led the league in 2013 with 366 touches. "I think 366 touches is a lot," McCoy said during a Friday rad... [Read More]
04/26/14 Bills looking to surround QB E.J. Manuel with talent through draft
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Friday that the team doesn't have a pressing need they must fill in next month's draft. That may be true, but there are plenty of reasons why they should look heavily into adding offensive skill players. Stevie Johnson and Mike Williams are not dominant, No. 1 wide receiver types, so bringing in a wideout who could develop into such a player might be the call... [Read More]
04/26/14 49ers targeting Texas A&M WR Mike Evans on draft day
ESPN's Chris Mortensen made it clear on Friday's SportsCenter that, more then twice, he has heard rumors the 49ers are looking to move up in the draft and "do somthing big."... [Read More]
04/24/14 Colts TE Dwayne Allen fully cleared for action following hip surgery
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen said last month that he is "back to 100 percent" following season-ending hip surgery last October. Now we know that Indy's medically team agrees. Allen said Wednesday that he has received medical clearance to "participate in everything" during the Colts' offseason workout program. He said it "felt great" to run around and catch some passes this week. Allen played in o... [Read More]
04/24/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin says he is full-go
When the Eagles open their 2014 season at home against the Jaguars, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be ready to go. Heck, he's ready right now. Maclin, who suffered a torn ACL early in training camp last year, told Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly on Thursday that is he is "full go, fully recovered." Maclin said that if training camp opened today, he would be able to do everything asked with no limitat... [Read More]
04/23/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew says he has 'a lot left'
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are expected to provide the Raiders with an interesting one-two punch out of the backfield this season. Jones-Drew told Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday, "There's no reason why we can't be one of the best one-two punches in the league." But which running back is "one" and which running back is "two" has yet to be determined. The two will b... [Read More]
04/23/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace excited for new, big-play offense
Bill Lazor has replaced Mike Sherman as the Dolphins' offensive coordinator this year, and one of the differences between their systems appears to be that Lazor's stresses more down-the-field throws. When wide receiver Mike Wallace was asked Tuesday to describe the style of Lazor's offense, he said, "My style: big-play offense. I see Ryan [Tannehill] is excited about it. He's called me eight, nin... [Read More]
04/21/14 Raiders find a taker: QB Terrelle Pryor traded to Seahawks
As expected, the Raiders unloaded quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday. Less expected is that they actually got something in return for a player they were going to get rid of soon anyway. Pro Football Talk first reported that the Raiders have traded the athletic QB to the Seahawks. PFT adds that the 49ers were also very interested in dealing for Pryor, but Seattle won out. NFL Network's Ian Rapop... [Read More]
04/21/14 Bears sign WR Josh Morgan
Marquess Wilson has some more competition in his quest to become the Bears' No. 3 wide receiver this season. Chicago signed 28-year-old wideout Josh Morgan on Monday to a one-year contract. Morgan has spent six seasons in the league, the last two with the Redskins. He caught a career-high 48 passes in 2012. He has never topped 700 receiving yards in any year.... [Read More]
04/21/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford is 'realistically way ahead of schedule' in ACL rehab
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Sunday that quarterback Sam Bradford is doing really well as he rehabs from reconstructive left knee surgery in November. And he wants you to know that he really means it. "You're not gonna hear a head coach say he has a player on his team that's not ahead of schedule coming off an ACL," Fisher said. "Everybody says they're all ahead of schedule. But [Bradford] is... [Read More]
04/21/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo expected to participate in offseason workout program this week
A wide majority of NFL teams begin their offseason program this week. One of those teams is the Dallas Cowboys, who actually start today. According to ESPN Dallas, they will have a very important player around from the open of the program. Quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery in December, is expected to participate. In this first phase of offseason workouts, players can lift weights,... [Read More]
04/20/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall talks up second-year WR Marquess Wilson
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson was a seventh-round pick in last year's draft. He played in nine games and caught two passes as a rookie. But Brandon Marshall wants everyone out there to know that Wilson is not your usual seventh-rounder "I really want to talk about Marquess Wilson," Marshall said in a recent interview with CBSSports.com. "He came down and trained with us the whole offseason.... [Read More]
04/20/14 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore is ready
We've been tracking 49ers running back Marcus Lattimore's long road back from his latest devestating knee injury. Most recently, Lattimore said in February that he was close to 100 percent. A couple of months later, Lattimore is way past being "close." "If I prove it in practice, I don't think there's no excuse why I can't play," Lattimore told GoGamecocks.com. "I'm ready." The South Carolina pr... [Read More]
04/19/14 Dolphins WRs Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson expected to be healthy in time for June minicamp
Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post wrote Friday that Dolphins wide receivers Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson are expected to have fully recovered from their knee injuries by the time the team opens its veterans' minicamp in June. Gibson has a tougher road back than Hartline. Gibson tore the patellar tendon in his left knee in October. Hartline suffered a torn left PCL in the final week of t... [Read More]
04/19/14 Report: Giants 'hearing good things' about RB David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery
ESPN's Dan Graziano wrote in his Saturday mailbag column that the Giants "are hearing good things" about running back David Wilson as he recovers from January spinal fusion surgery. However, Graziano also opines that Wilson will play only once he is fully healthy, something that would leave the team "pleasantly surprised." ... [Read More]
04/19/14 Report: One way or another, QB Terrelle Pryor won't be a Raider by end of Monday
The Raiders have already said publicly that quarterback Terrelle Pryor won't be on their team this season. So, why haven't they just cut the cord already? Well, despite erasing all possible leverage through their words, the Raiders are still trying to trade Pryor for something. If they are unsuccessful in doing so over the next 48 hours, the Raiders will finally release him. That's what Alex Marve... [Read More]
04/18/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson is apparently OK with sharing carries now
Chris Johnson admitted before last season he "didn't like" that the Titans signed Shonn Greene and said, "I didn't think it was a smart move." After the season, Johnson complained that he wasn't being used enough even though he finished with the fifth-most touches in the league. Still, Johnson said he felt that he was "wasting the prime years of my career" in Tennessee. So, now he's playing in Ne... [Read More]
04/17/14 It sounds like Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is back to his explosive, rookie-year form
Robert Griffin III may have been "All In for Week 1" last year, but it's clear that he wasn't his usual self. His still-healing knee and the bulky brace he wore around it held him back as he saw most of his stats take a significant drop from 2012. The biggest difference might have come with his rushing yards, which decreased from 826 in 2012 to 489 last year. But according to Redskins wide receiv... [Read More]
04/16/14 Seahawks re-sign WR Sidney Rice
A couple of hours following a report that wide receiver Sidney Rice was visiting the Jets, the Seahawks have re-signed Rice to a one-year deal. Rice, 27, is coming off of ACL surgery, but he was cleared for football activities a couple of days ago. He has played the past three seasons in Seattle. The Seahawks released him in February, but they brought him back at a presumably low price because the... [Read More]
04/16/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball gets vote of confidence from QB Peyton Manning
Montee Ball's rookie season got off to a rough start with a nasty case of fumblitis that limited his playing time for the first half of the year. But as he gained a better handle on the ball and life in the NFL, Ball became a bigger part of the Broncos' offense. This season, his role will expand much more as Denver is depending on him to be their lead back following the departure of Knowshon Moren... [Read More]
04/16/14 RB Chris Johnson joins Jets on 2-year deal
One visit was all Chris Johnson needed to find his next NFL team. Johnson reached an agreement Wednesday with the New York Jets on a two-year contract worth a total of $8 million. Johnson comes to the Jets after spending six seasons in Tennessee where he became one of the game's best running backs. He topped 2,000 rushing yards in 2009 and although he never came close to repeating such lofty feats... [Read More]
04/16/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush, Joique Bell will probably have 'a split role' this season
Via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday that he envisions his top two running backs, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, "kind of having a split role" this season.... [Read More]
04/16/14 WR Brandon Lloyd signs with 49ers
Brandon Lloyd's career looked like it was over after he spent all of last season without a roster spot anywhere. Now his career will continue and perhaps end where it began. Lloyd signed a one-year deal with the 49ers on Tuesday. The 49ers drafted Lloyd in the fourth round in 2003, and he spent three seasons there before moving on to the Redskins, Bears, Broncos, Rams, and most recently, Patriots.... [Read More]
04/14/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams: I'm a first-round fantasy pick because 'we have no receivers'
I hope I can get DeAngelo Williams to play in my fantasy league, but I would love to see him choose (overdraft) himself in the first round of the draft. Because that's where he thinks he belongs. During an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" last week, Williams said, "I joked with people that my fantasy value went up after we got rid of our four receivers, but it's the truth," Williams said. "I ... [Read More]
04/12/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski right on schedule with his knee rehab
Here's a quick update on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is spending a second consecutive offseason trying to heal his broken body. Gronkowski suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee last December. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported Friday that Gronkowski visited the man who performed his reconstructive knee surgery, Dr. James Andrews, this week and is "right where he should be" in h... [Read More]
04/11/14 QB specialist works out Griffin III; says old RG3 is back
Quarterback guru Terry Shea recently worked with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and came away saying that, "he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012". The six day stretch in March where the two worked together gave Shea a chance to assess Griffin III after his tenuous second season, much of w... [Read More]
04/10/14 49ers in contract discussions with WR Brandon Lloyd
According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd could be back on the NFL field in 2014. Reports out of San Francisco have the veteran wideout in talks with the 49ers on a deal that would team him up with Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis in the team's passing attack. Lloyd did not play last season, and will be 33 years old when the 2014 season starts. He last... [Read More]
04/10/14 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill: 'I have to make a big jump' this season
The Dolphins put a lot on Ryan Tannehill's shoulders in his second season. He threw the ball 588 times, seventh-most in the league. But he barely completed 60 percent of those throws and finished with 25 touchdowns and 22 turnovers. While last season was still an improvement on Tannehill's rookie campaign, he knows that much more is expected from him in year three. "It's huge. I have to make a bi... [Read More]
04/10/14 Panthers sign TE Ed Dickson to 1-year deal
The Panthers added tight end Ed Dickson to their roster on Thursday. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum of $795,000. Dickson spent four largely forgettable seasons with the Ravens and was no longer need there with Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels in town. His best statistical season came in 2011 when Dickson caught 54 passes in 16 games for 528 yards and five touchdown... [Read More]
04/10/14 Giants QB Eli Manning to undergo ankle surgery Thursday
Giants quarterback Eli Manning is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic ankle surgery today in North Carolina. The procedure will clean out his left ankle, which Manning sprained in Week 17 last season. "I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain," Manning said via the Giants' official website. "I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation,... [Read More]
04/10/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, other players being investigated by police
I know that's an incredibly vague headline, but there isn't much more to go on at this point. What was originally reported this morning by TMZ.com was that Kaepernick is a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. The alleged assault took place in Miami on April 1. 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette are also named as suspects. But what they are suspect... [Read More]
04/09/14 Lions WR Ryan Broyles is back again
A torn ACL in his left knee in 2011. A torn ACL in his right knee in 2012. A ruptured Achilles tendon in 2013. For any NFL player, much less a wide receiver, suffering those injuries consecutively probably means you should hang 'em up. But Ryan Broyles isn't ready to call it a career. The Lions' third-year wideout has been cleared to join his teammates for voluntary workouts this week. The clearan... [Read More]
04/09/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton is 'on the cusp of something really good'
Can you name the five highest-scoring quarterbacks in standard fantasy leagues from 2013? Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are obvious. Cam Newton and Andrew Luck totally understandable. Would you believe that No. 5 is Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. He is. Only Brees and Manning threw more touchdowns than Dalton's 33 last season. However, no quarterback in the top 15 in fantasy points tallied more ... [Read More]
04/09/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says his back surgery 'wasn't as major as it sounded'
If you want to see Texans running back Arian Foster in a football setting, you will get a chance as soon as Friday. That's when the Kevin Costner-led vehicle "Draft Day" debuts in theaters nationwide. Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman said Foster "looks like a real damn actor" during his four-minute part. Foster's return to the actual NFL will take place this summer. He was medically cleared last mo... [Read More]
04/09/14 UPDATE: Two months after Super Bowl, Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas still bothered by shoulder injury
Update: Never mind? Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Thomas is with his fellow receivers and Manning today, and that Thomas doesn't even have a separated shoulder. Rather, Thomas simply aggravated a bruised shoulder during the big game. Nothing to see here, I guess. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas separat... [Read More]
04/08/14 WR Wayne nearing return for Colts
"I feel good, I'm ahead of schedule". Words that are music to the ears of Colts fans, coming from wide receiver Reggie Wayne. As reported by ESPN.com's Mike Wells, Wayne expects to be cleared for football activities on April 25. "I'm at the point where I'm tired of doing the same rehab stuff, to be honest with you. I'm excited to get back to football activities. I feel good." Wayne missed ... [Read More]
04/08/14 Panthers add to their WR corps with Jason Avant
The Panthers continued the complete rebuild of their wide receiver stock by signing Jason Avant on Monday to a one-year deal. Avant turns 31 in a couple of weeks and has moved on after spending the first eight seasons of his career in Philadelphia. Avant caught 38 passes in 2012 and has never surpassed 53 receptions in any year.... [Read More]
04/08/14 Texans sign RB Andre Brown for cheap
Andre Brown is a backup running back. He's missed 14 games the past two seasons and averaged just 3.5 yards per carry last year. But at the price the Texans signed him Monday, it's tough to not see this addition as a bargain. The Texans inked Brown to a one-year contract worth $645,000. As Ben Tate is now in Cleveland, Brown will look to fill the role of second fiddle to Arian Foster in Houston's ... [Read More]
04/06/14 Cleveland acquires former Lions WR Burleson
The Cleveland Browns have added a veteran wide receiver to line up opposite franchise superstar, Josh Gordon in 2014. Former Detroit Lions wideout Nate Burleson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Browns, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Burleson is an 11 year NFL veteran. He spent the last four seasons in Detroit. In nine games in 2013, he caught 39 passes for 461 yards and one tou... [Read More]
04/04/14 WR Mike Williams traded to Bills, reunites with college coach
Mike Williams is no longer the Buccaneers' problem. They traded him for a sixth-round pick on Friday to the Buffalo Bills, who are coached by Doug Marrone. The same Doug Marrone who was the head coach at Syracuse University in 2009 when Williams played there -- before he quit the team that November Williams put up good numbers in 2010 and 2012, but he has become more known for his missteps/bad lu... [Read More]
04/04/14 Titans finally release RB Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson has basically been considered an ex-Titan in the minds of almost every NFL insider since the end of the 2013 season. It just didn't become official until today. The Titans cut Johnson on Friday, a few days before Tennessee's organized team activities were scheduled to begin. Memories of Johnson's six years in as a Titan will always begin with his 2,000-yard season of 2009. But Johns... [Read More]
04/03/14 TE Owen Daniels joins Ravens
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported via Twitter today that former Texans tight end Owen Daniels has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The deal will reunite Daniels with Gary Kubiak, Baltimore's new Offensive Coordinator. Kubiak was Houston's head coach from 2006-2013, which is the same time frame that Daniels was with the Texans. Daniels played in 5 games for the Te... [Read More]
04/02/14 Scout: Chargers WR Keenan Allen 'could be close to his ceiling already'
If you are one of those people such as myself who picked up Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen around Week 4 or 5 last season, you were rewarded handsomely. Allen caught 68 passes for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns from Week 4 on. By season's end, he was a very solid WR2 in 12-team leagues. Of course, now we expect the 21-year-old player to improve upon those numbers as he gain... [Read More]
04/02/14 Steelers sign WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to 1-year deal
The Steelers have added wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on a one-year contract. The 2009 first-round bust caught just 29 passes in 16 games with the Colts last season. His game is very simple: Blazing speed and stone-covered hands. Heyward-Bey dropped six passes in 2013.... [Read More]
04/02/14 WR DeSean Jackson agrees to 3-year contract with Redskins
This is gonna be fun. DeSean Jackson was out in Philadelphia, but he's staying in the NFC East. Jackson agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday night. The news was first reported by Dianna Marie Russini of NBC News 4 in Washington D.C., and then confirmed by the man of the hour. Jackson will officially sign his contract Wednesday morning. Jackson's career... [Read More]
04/01/14 Jets sign WR Jacoby Ford
The Jets signed former Raiders wideout and kick returner Jacoby Ford to a deal Tuesday. Terms of the deal weren't immediately disclosed. Ford, a speed merchant, has had a difficult time staying on the field the past three seasons. He missed all of 2012 due to a Lisfranc injury and has missed 26 of his past 48 games. He'll turn 27 years old in July.... [Read More]
03/31/14 WR Britt to the Rams on one year deal
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the St. Louis Rams have added another wide receiver to the arsenal of quarterback Sam Bradford. Kenny Britt was signed Monday to a one year deal worth a reported $1.4 million, with $550,000 guaranteed. The 25 year-old, former first round draft pick has spent his first six seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He played in 12 games in 2013, catching only... [Read More]
03/29/14 RB Martin expects clearance next week for Bucs
NFL.com's Michael Wesseling has reported that Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin is expecting to gain medical clearance next week, and should be ready to resume football-related activities when the team starts mini-camp on April 22nd. "It's been too long since I've been in the game," Martin said, via Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger. "I can't wait to get back on the field." Expectations were h... [Read More]
03/28/14 Steelers add RB LeGarrette Blount
The Steelers lost Jonathan Dwyer to the Cardinals earlier this offseason, so they have signed another big back to backup Le'Veon Bell. They signed former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Friday to a two-year contract. Blount was dealt away by the Buccaneers for a seventh-round pick last April and became a valuable player for the Patriots late last season. Through the final two weeks of ... [Read More]
03/28/14 RB Maurice Jones-Drew joins Raiders on 3-year deal
Maurice Jones-Drew might be synonymous with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the UCLA product was born in Oakland. Now, it looks like his NFL career will come to an end back in his hometown. Jones-Drew signed a three-year contract with the Raiders on Friday. MJD, who turned 29 a few days ago, is coming off of back-to-back seasons that were disappointing for different reasons. His 2012 season ended e... [Read More]
03/28/14 Eagles release WR DeSean Jackson; gang connections reported as one reason for his release
DeSean Jackson is a 27-year-old wide receiver, one of the best in the NFL. And as of Friday morning, one without a job. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly informed Jackson via a phone call that he was being released by the team. His actual release this morning followed a report from NJ.com citing sources close to Jackson and within the Eagles' organization that the move was made because of Jackson's ba... [Read More]
03/27/14 Third degree aggravated assault indictment for RB Rice
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday of third degree aggravated assault. The indictment stemmed from an incident at an Atlantic City casino on February 15th, in which Rice allegedly struck his fiancee, Janay Palmer, knocking her unconscious. If convicted, Rice faces a potential of three to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. ... [Read More]
03/27/14 WR Wheaton to play bigger role in 2014?
In a Question and Answer session with fans, Scott Brown, who covers the Steelers for ESPN, stated that he gets the vibe that Pittsburgh is committed to young wide receiver, Markus Wheaton. During the session, Brown pointed out that the Steelers had not really done anything that would show they had concerns about the position. They've lost Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos and Jerricho Cotch... [Read More]
03/27/14 Dolphins sign RB Knowshon Moreno to 1-year deal
The Dolphins running attack, which frustrated many fantasy owners in 2013, has a new member. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter per a league source, the Dolphins signed former Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno to a one-year contract Thursday. Knowshon was met by a very quiet market after a career-best season in 2013. He set personal bests across the board, including 13 touchdowns and almost 1,7... [Read More]
03/27/14 Rams HC Jeff Fisher: Over time, RB Zac Stacy can be a 70-percent-of-carries player
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Wednesday, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, that running back Zac Stacy will evolve into a workhorse. "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent-of-the-carries guy," Fisher said of Stacy. Stacy, who carried the ball once through last season's first four games before taking on a much bigger role in St. Louis' offense, gained more than 1,10... [Read More]
03/27/14 Packers HC Mike McCarthy loves him some WR Jarrett Boykin
Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin didn't earn stable playing time in the offense last season until Week 7 but still gained 681 yards. Green Bay will need a full season of stepping up from Boykin this year after James Jones left through free agency, and he has head coach Mike McCarthy's full confidence. "I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters Wednesday. "The young man is a he... [Read More]
03/25/14 Vikings want to use RB Adrian Peterson in space more often
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer put forth a plan on Tuesday that could benefit running back Adrian Peterson, his team, and his fantasy owners. Zimmer told reporters that he would like to see Peterson get the ball in open spaces more often so as not to expose him to so many hits at the line of scrimmage as defenders crowd the box to stop him. "I'm watching a game the other day and the two safeties... [Read More]
03/25/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard gets compared to Ray Rice again
Giovani Bernard has been hearing the Ray Rice comparisons since his playing days at North Carolina. They are of similar height and build. They can both run between the tackles and catch very proficiently. Both split carries with a veteran during their rookie season in the NFL before bursting out in their second season. Well, that's what head coach Marvin Lewis hopes will happen for Bernard in 201... [Read More]
03/25/14 Adrian Peterson's new handcuff? RB Matt Asiata signs a one-year deal in Minnesota
With the departure of Toby Gerhart to the Jags earlier in the month, the Vikings need to solidify depth at the running back position. After making the most of his opportunities in 2013, Vikings third year backup RB Matt Asiata signed a one-year $570,000 contract in Minnesota and will be given the opportunity to earn the number two RB job in 2014. ... [Read More]
03/24/14 Report: TE Jermichael Finley failed physical with Seahawks earlier this month
We heard a couple of months ago that Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was "close" to being cleared for contact following spinal fusion surgery in November. However, that day still hasn't come, and recent reports have stated that Finley could possibly be several months away from being able to sign with a team. That could be pessimistic, but Finley definitely wasn't ready to sign with a team earl... [Read More]
03/24/14 Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor wants out, will likely get his wish
I don't know why, but a high percentage of electronic ink has been spent among NFL scribes on a couple of backup QBs today. First, the reports of a near-signing with Mark Sanchez. And now, the Raiders' Terrelle Pryor, who reportedly asked to be traded back in January. And it sounds like he'll be out of Oakland soon enough, one way or another. General manager Reggie McKenzie met with reporters tod... [Read More]
03/24/14 Reports: Eagles expected to land QB Mark Sanchez
As Michael Vick settles in with the Jets, it looks like the void he left as the backup quarterback in Philadelphia will be filled by a former Jet. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported Monday that Mark Sanchez is expected to sign with the Eagles. This was corroborated by the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta shortly thereafter, and Pro Football Talk added, via a source, that Philadelphia "wants t... [Read More]
03/24/14 Jaguars hope Toby Gerhart can be their bell-cow RB
On Monday, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he's got a fever. And the only prescription is more bell cow. OK, he didn't say that, but he did express a wish that you hear out of many head coaches at this time of year, that their lead running back can truly be a lead running back. When Bradley was asked by NFL.com's Marc Sessler if he believes Toby Gerhart would be his bell-cow running back, Bra... [Read More]
03/22/14 Steelers sign WR Lance Moore to 2-year deal
With Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders moving on, the Steelers have signed a new slot receiver. It's former Saints wideout Lance Moore. The player and team agreed to a two-year contract Friday. Moore, 30, spent his first eight seasons in New Orleans and had a down year in 2013. He caught 37 passes in 13 games for 457 yards. He topped 1,000 yards in 2012.... [Read More]
03/22/14 Jets QB carousel: Michael Vick signs, Mark Sanchez gets released
The Jets have once again made a move that may not make their team much better, but it will get them plenty of attention in the world of sports talk. On Friday, the Jets released former first-round pick Mark Sanchez, and then they announced the signing of Michael Vick mere minutes later. Vick is being brought in on a one-year deal worth only $5 million. Vick is coming off a season in which he lost ... [Read More]
03/21/14 On heels of Fitzpatrick signing, Texans trade QB Schaub to Raiders
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has reported that the Houston Texans have traded quarterback Matt Schaub to the Oakland Raiders for a late-round draft pick in the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft. Schaub has spent the past 7 seasons in Houston, leading the Texans to AFC South titles and playoff berths in 2011 and 2012. The signal caller took a step back in 2013, struggling early in the season with turnove... [Read More]
03/20/14 Lions want to mimic how the Saints handle their RBs
Generally, the Saints' backfield has been a source of headaches for fantasy owners for the past couple of years. Yes, they've had their moments -- Darren Sproles was a stud in 2011 -- but the likes of Sproles, Pierre Thomas, and Mark Ingram have cannibalized each other's value during that time. Are you ready for a similar situation to take shape in Detroit? It sounds like it will if you listen to ... [Read More]
03/20/14 Chargers GM: Ryan Mathews is still our bell cow RB
Ryan Mathews carried the ball 285 times last season, fourth-most in the NFL. Allhough injuries have certainly been a problem for him, both he and Danny Woodhead had career years for the Chargers in 2013. So why would the team go out and give Donald Brown a three-year deal to be a third wheel? Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday it was about giving the offense more options, and he i... [Read More]
03/20/14 QB Fitzpatrick agrees to deal with Texans
According to ESPN Insider Ed Werder, The Houston Texans and free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed on a two-year deal that will bring the quarterback to the Lone Star State. Werder reports that the deal appears to make quarterback Matt Schaub, "more expendable". Fitzpatrick played for the Titans in 2013, starting nine games for the injured Jake Locker. He threw for 2.454 yards and 14 touchdo... [Read More]
03/20/14 Return man Hester agrees to 3-year deal with Falcons
ESPN insider Adam Schefter has reported that return specialist Devin Hester has agreed to terms on a three year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The former Chicago Bear has spent time as a defensive back and wide receiver in his career, but has primarily become a return specialist. He had career highs in kick returns (52) and kick return yards (1,442). Both numbers led the league in 2013. Hester... [Read More]
03/20/14 Panthers sign WR Cotchery
The Carolina Panthers finally added a target for Cam Newton to throw to Thursday, adding veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on Thursday. Prior to the signing, the top receivers on the Panthers roster were Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King, neither of whom has caught an NFL pass. They've lost Steve Smith, Ted Ginn Jr., Brandon LaFell, and Domenik Hixon since the end of the season. Cotchery sp... [Read More]
03/19/14 QB Campbell signs one year deal with Bengals
According to ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, quarterback Jason Campbell has signed a one year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals for the 2014 season. The monetary terms of the deal have yet to be released. Campbell has familiarity with the offense that Cincinnati will be running in 2014. New Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson was Campbell's OC in 2010 and his head coach in 2011, both seasons in... [Read More]
03/19/14 RB Jones-Drew plans to meet with Steelers
Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew was scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday. Other teams have also claimed to have interest in Jones-Drew, including the New York Jets. Jones Drew struggled in 2013, averaging under 4.0 yards per carry for the first time in his career. He ran for 802 yards and 5 touchdowns, while starting 15 games for Jacksonville. At 28 years ol... [Read More]
03/19/14 Unlike Louisville's Bridgewater, potential number one pick QB Bortles shines at pro-day
"It looked like it was supposed to look". That's how NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock described potential number one overall pick Blake Bortles' pro-day at the University of Central Florida on Wednesday. "He's potentially a franchise quarterback," Mayock added, saying that Bortles is somewhat "raw and needs some time to reach his full potential". Several NFL teams with top 10 picks and the... [Read More]
03/18/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton to undergo ankle surgery, will need 4 months to recover
If you've been paying attention, you know the Panthers basically have zero wide receivers they can depend on. Now, they won't have their star quarterback around for some time. The Panthers have confirmed Cam Newton will undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday, and the recovery will take up to four months. Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer has been told that the surgery will "tighten up the ligaments... [Read More]
03/18/14 Packers re-sign RB James Starks
Running back James Starks re-signed with the only team he's known during his four-year NFL career late Monday night. The Packers and Starks agreed to a two-year contract. Backing up Eddie Lacy in 2013, Starks averaged 5.5 yards per on 89 carries and scored a career-high four touchdowns. Financial terms of the deal are currently unknown. ... [Read More]
03/18/14 Bengals won't match Browns' offer for WR Andrew Hawkins
The Bengals had until midnight Tuesday to match the four-year, $13.6 million offer that the Browns gave wide receiver Andrew Hawkins last week. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bengals aren't going to make Hawkins wait until the witching hour. Schefter reports that the Bengals won't match the offer. "He's a Brown," Schefter wrote.... [Read More]
03/18/14 WR Mario Manningham returns to Giants
Mario Manningham was drafted by the Giants and played for them from 2008-11. He was serviceable if not outstanding during his time in New York. His best numbers came in 2010, when he caught 60 passes for 944 yards and nine touchdowns. But the 2011 postseason -- and more specifically, one unbelievable catch down the sideline late in Super Bowl XLVI -- made Manningham some money. He signed a two-ye... [Read More]
03/17/14 Giants nab two former Broncos; CB Rodgers-Cromartie and KR Holliday
The New York Giants continued to work on their secondary Monday by adding cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played for the Denver Broncos in 2013. They had already signed safety Quintin Demps and cornerback Walter Thurmond. The Rodgers-Cromartie deal is for a reported five years and $39 million, with $15 million of that being guaranteed. Rodgers-Cromartie had three interceptions for t... [Read More]
03/17/14 Does QB Teddy Bridgewater's 'average at best' Pro Day workout mean anything?
When most high-profile NFL prospects go through their Pro Day, perfection is a non-story. The player is throwing to receivers he is familiar with, in a setting he is familiar with, and it's not unusual for a quarterback to complete just about every one of his passes. That didn't happen today at Louisville's Pro Day for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater reportedly completed 57 of 65 throw... [Read More]
03/17/14 Seahawks re-sign Steven Hauschka, one of fantasy's top kickers, to 3-year contract
The Seahawks have signed kicker Steven Hauschka to a three-year deal worth $9.15 million, including $3.35 million guaranteed. Hauschka's conversion percentage has increased in each of the past two years, and he was outstanding in 2013. He connected on 33 of 35 field-goal attempts and was 14 for 15 on attempts of 40 yards or longer.... [Read More]
03/17/14 Cowboys sign QB Brandon Weeden
Before people warm up their vocal chords to take part in the inevitable and perennial hate fest of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, they should understand there's a good chance the replacement for Romo this season is one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory. The Cowboys signed former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden to a two-year contract on Monday. Weeden was a first-round selection in 201... [Read More]
03/17/14 WR James Jones ends up signing with Raiders
Wide receiver James Jones made it public over the weekend that he would like to sign with the Panthers. But hey, a job's a job, and Jones has decided that joining the Raiders is just fine, too. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders and the former Packers wideout agreed to a three-year deal worth $11.3 million on Monday. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Jones, who attended high and col... [Read More]
03/16/14 WR James Jones says he 'would love' to play with Panthers
Can you play wide receiver? If so, you should go try out for the Carolina Panthers. Their top two wideouts right now are Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. They have as many receptions in the NFL as I do. The six WRs on current roster have all of five career catches. Wide receiver has to be a major priority for the Panthers' brass, and James Jones is trying to make their job easier. The free-agent P... [Read More]
03/16/14 Ravens WR Steve Smith sees himself as a 'complementary dude'
Steve Smith will have no problem accepting his role with the Ravens. Torrey Smith is the lead dog in Baltimore's wide receiver group. The elder Smith is no longer considered a No. 1 option, and that's fine with him. He knows exactly where he lies in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's system. "I don't see myself in Coach Kubiak's system like [Texans wide receiver] Andre Johnson," Smith told the R... [Read More]
03/16/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says he's been medically cleared following back surgery
Texans running back Arian Foster resurfaced on Twitter on Saturday after a short hiatus, and besides interactions about God, music, and Pokémon -- all which is a sliver why Foster is such an awesome follow -- he had some football news for everyone. "And for those wondering, I've been medically cleared by my doctor," Foster tweeted. In case you forgot, Foster's 2013 season ended in Novembe... [Read More]
03/16/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice is looking to be leaner in 2014
I don't think this qualifies as "Best Shape of His Life" territory, but Ravens running back Ray Rice will definitely be in better shape this season. His trainer, Kyle Jakobe, recently told the Carroll County Times that Rice has already lost 15 pounds in the two months since the season ended, is down to about 210 pounds and wants to drop a few more. "He was definitely too heavy last year," Jakobe ... [Read More]
03/16/14 Another option for Brady: Patriots add WR Brandon LaFell on 3-year deal
In the span of a few hours, the Patriots have re-signed one of their own wideouts and reached outside the organization for some useful depth. That depth comes in the form of former Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who has agreed to a three-year deal as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter. His contract is worth $11 million. LaFell, a third-round bust for pretty much every one of his four ... [Read More]
03/15/14 WR Edelman comes back home; LaFell joins him in New England
According to ESPN.com, WR Julian Edelman has checked into the open market and decided that this Brady guy is pretty dang good. Edelman has agreed to return to New England and enjoy the pleasure of having a hall of fame quarterback throw him the ball some more. Edelman was by far New England's leading receiver in 2013, with 105 catches, 1,053 yards and six touchdowns. Former Carolina Panters WR ... [Read More]
03/15/14 Broncos getting replacement for Decker; expected to sign former Steelers WR Sanders
NFL.com has reported that the Broncos and free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders are close to a deal that will bring Sanders to Denver to replace Eric Decker who opted for the green (literally and figuratively) by signing with the New York Jets earlier in the week. Sanders is said to be looking for a deal in the same ballpark as what Golden Tate received from Detroit, which was five years, $3... [Read More]
03/15/14 Browns get former Texans RB Tate
Former Houston running back Ben Tate proclaimed earlier in the week that he was an elite NFL running back. According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Tate will get his opportunity to prove it. He and the Cleveland Browns agreed on a deal Saturday. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but a source reported to Schefter that it was for two years and $7 million. While only playing in 14 ... [Read More]
03/14/14 Colts sign WR Hakeem Nicks to a 1-year deal
Hakeem Nicks wasn't going to receive more than a one-year "prove it" contract after a couple of sub-par seasons with the Giants. He has gotten his chance to prove it in Indianapolis as the Colts have signed the 26-year-old. It's going to cost them only $3.5 million. Nicks caught just 56 passes in 15 games in 2013 and was held out of the end zone. However, when he did catch the ball, he made a ste... [Read More]
03/14/14 Ravens get their man, sign WR Steve Smith to 3-year contract
Ever since the Panthers released wide receiver Steve Smith on Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens were seen as the heavy favorites to sign the 13-year vet. And they have, to a three-year contract according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly worth about $11 million and containts a $3.5 million signing bonus. Smith caught 64 passes last season for 745 yards and four touchdowns. His 11.6 ya... [Read More]
03/14/14 Lions sign TE Brandon Pettigrew to 4-year deal worth $16 million
The Lions added a very exciting piece to their offense a couple of days ago in big-play wideout Golden Tate. On Friday morning, they re-signed one of the more boring components in their high-powered offense. The Lions and tight end Brandon Pettigrew have agreed to a four-year deal with $16 million. Pettigrew gets $8 million guaranteed. Pettigrew caught just 41 passes last season, about half the n... [Read More]
03/14/14 Vikings re-sign WR Jerome Simpson
The Vikings have handed wide receiver Jerome Simpson a one-year deal for the third consecutive year. Simpson registered a career-high 726 receiving yards last season -- one yard more than his total from 2011. He caught 48 passes and scored once.... [Read More]
03/14/14 With QB Charlie Whitehurst in tow, Titans release QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Titans signed Charlie Whitehurst on Thursday, which all but ended Ryan Fitzpatrick's time in Tennessee. Today, it officially ended as he was informed of his release. In 11 games last season replacing an injured Jake Locker, Fitzpatrick completed 62 percent of his passes and put together a 14:12 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also ran for 225 yards and three more scores. Tennessee gave W... [Read More]
03/13/14 A handful of TE2 types were signed Thursday
At least five tight ends signed contracts on Thursday, and there is plenty of time for that list to grow before the day is over. What do they all have in common? None of them are exceedingly interesting in fantasy. They all fall into the TE2 category to varying degrees. The Packers re-signed Andrew Quarless to a two-year, $3 million contract. The Texans gave Garrett Graham some significant coin:... [Read More]
03/13/14 Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt thinks of Dexter McCluster 'more as a running back'
Dexter McCluster reached the 2014 Pro Bowl because he was an elite punt returner last season. But everyone understands he is really a jack of all trades. Other than his contributions on special teams, he can line up out of the slot as a receiver or in the backfield as a runner. Interestingly, that last part is what interests head coach Ken Whisenhunt most. According to The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt,... [Read More]
03/13/14 WR Ted Ginn Jr. joins Cardinals on a 3-year deal
It didn't take the Cardinals long to find their replacement for Andre Roberts. And he seems a better fit for Bruce Arians' vertical offense. The Cardinals signed former Panthers wideout Ted Ginn Jr. to a three-year contract. Ginn was a valuable No. 3 receiver for Carolina last year, as he gained 556 yards and scored a career-high five offensive touchdowns -- one fewer than he had scored in six pre... [Read More]
03/13/14 Mendenhall replacement? Cardinals sign RB Jonathan Dwyer
Rashard Mendenhall has announced his retirement, and apparently the Cardinals have replaced him in a sense with his former Steelers teammate, Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer signed a one-year deal with Arizona on Wednesday. In 2013, Dwyer carried the ball only 49 times in 15 games for Pittsburgh. He averaged four yards per carry and did not score.... [Read More]
03/13/14 Browns cut QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell
The Browns are going to draft a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in May's draft. That player will most likely compete with Brian Hoyer for the starting job. And whomever the Browns' No. 3 QB is, it won't be Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. The Browns released both on Wednesday. Weeden was a first-round pick in 2012, and it took him a little more than a year to lose his starting job and fall compl... [Read More]
03/13/14 Panthers release WR Steve Smith
This was fully expected following the words of Steve Smith's agent on Wednesday, and it became official today. The Panthers have released their all-time leading receiver and one the best players in franchise history, if not the best. Smith has spent his entire 13-year career with the Panthers. He has 836 career receptions for more than 12,000 yards and 75 touchdowns. Smith caught 64 passes for 745... [Read More]
03/13/14 UPDATE: Eagles acquire RB Darren Sproles for 5th-round pick
Darren Sproles didn't want to be traded; he wanted to pick his next NFL destination. Well, he didn't get that chance, and I hope he enjoys Philadelphia. The Saints traded Sproles to the Eagles on Thursday for a fifth-round pick, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora. Sproles turns 31 in June and is entering the final year of his contract. -----------------------------------------------------... [Read More]
03/13/14 Ravens re-sign WR Jacoby Jones for 4 years, $14 million
While the Ravens look for outside help to bolster their receiving corps, they have signed one of their own. The Ravens and Jacoby Jones agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $14 million on Wednesday with $4.5 million guaranteed. In 2013, Jones caught 37 passes for 455 yards and two scores. But he also gained more than 1,100 yards returning kicks and punts.... [Read More]
03/13/14 Saints sign RB Pierre Thomas to 2-year extension; RB Darren Sproles wants to be cut
These two stories are not directly related, although my title makes it look like that a bit. First, the Saints have signed running back Pierre Thomas to a contract extension through the 2016 season. He averaged just 3.7 yards per carry in 2013, but did lead all running backs with 77 receptions. Second, Darren Sproles was to be released. He said so to ESPN's Josina Anderson. "I want to get relea... [Read More]
03/13/14 Buccaneers already tab newly signed QB Josh McCown as starter
Quarterback Josh McCown didn't receive just a $10 million contract from the Buccaneers on Wednesday; he also got a starting job. Head coach Lovie Smith put any notion of a competition between McCown and second-year QB Mike Glennon in the dirt with three little words during a press conference. When asked if McCown is his quarterback, Smith simply replied, "Yes, he is." ... [Read More]
03/13/14 Eric Decker becomes Jets' new No. 1 WR
ESPN's Adam Schefter, as has pretty much been the case for every big story over the past 36 hours, has the scoop: "Jets are giving former Broncos WR Eric Decker a 5-year, $36.25M deal, including $15M [guaranteed], per source," Schefter tweeted Wednesday night.... [Read More]
03/12/14 With Talib heading for the mountains, Pats sign all-pro DB Revis
It didn't take long for this scenario to open and close. New England Patriots stud DB Aqib Talib bolts for Denver. Tampa Bay cuts Darrelle Revis. Patriots replace Talib with Revis. That all took less than 24 hours. In a case of the rich getting richer, two of the league's top cover corners have landed on the two teams that represented the AFC in it's Championship game last season. Revis play... [Read More]
03/12/14 Lions get their Starscream; ink former Seahawks WR Tate to 5-year deal
Wide receiver Golden Tate is taking his Super Bowl ring and his talents to the Motor City. According to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein, the outspoken leader of the Seahawks 2013 receiving corps has agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions worth $31 million over the next 5 years. Tate led the Seahawks in receiving last season with 64 catches, 898 yards, and 5 touchdowns. He is the second wide recei... [Read More]
03/12/14 Broncos continue to improve defense; add former Cowboys DE/OLB Ware
The Denver Broncos made another move Wednesday to improve their defense heading into 2014, in hopes of returning to, and winning the Super Bowl. In addition to the signing of former New England CB Aqib Talib earlier in the day, the Broncos also signed former Dallas Cowboys DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware to a reported 3-year/$30 million contract, with $20 million being guaranteed. Ware was the first round ... [Read More]
03/12/14 Tampa Bay snaps up QB Josh McCown from Bears
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed QB Josh McCown to a two year, 10 million dollar deal. The team will likely give McCown a chance to compete for the starting job against Mike Glennon.... [Read More]
03/12/14 Broncos break bank on CB Aqib Talib: 6 years, $57 million, almost half of it guaranteed
Mothers, let your sons grow up to be defensive backs. The NFL showed the money to a number of DBs on the first day of free agency. A sampling: T.J. Ward: joined the Broncos on a four-year deal worth $25 million ($14 million guaranteed). Donte Whitner: got four years, $28 million from the Browns ($13 million guaranteed). Vontae Davis: re-signed with the Colts for four years, $39 million ($20 m... [Read More]
03/12/14 Jonathan Martin's Dolphin days are officially over: Miami trades him to 49ers for late draft pick
There isn't much direct fantasy value here, but a conclusion has been reached for one of the men at the center of the NFL's biggest off-the-field story of 2013. The Dolphins have traded offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick. Martin abruptly left the Dolphins on his own accord in Week 9, which opened the door to endless coverage of how Martin's own... [Read More]
03/12/14 Chargers add another RB, sign Donald Brown for 3 years, $10.5 million
The Chargers put forth some significant money to reinforce their backfield Tuesday. With Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead already under contract, San Diego signed former Colts running back Donald Brown to a three-year deal worth $10.5 million, $4 million guaranteed. Brown had the best season of his career last season, emerging to become Indianapolis' starting running back in front of the strugglin... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Toby Gerhart gets $10.5 million -- $4.5 million guaranteed -- from Jaguars
The Jaguars are in the market for a new starting running back since Maurice Jones-Drew isn't expected to be re-signed. One would figure that the new starter isn't Toby Gerhart, but the Jags did just give him some serious coin. FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports that the Jaguars signed the former Vikings runner to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. Gerhart spent... [Read More]
03/11/14 What 'Free Agency Frenzy' is all about: Kickers getting money
The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares? The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated. The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid. All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Saints won't release RB Darren Sproles, want to trade him instead
Last week, it looked like Darren Sproles and Lance Moore were going to share a plane ticket out of New Orleans. Yet, while Moore was indeed released, Sproles remains the Saints' property. And according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Saints don't want to release him. No, they want to trade Sproles "due to heavy interest," sources have told Schefter. Sproles has one year remaining with a $3.4 million... [Read More]
03/11/14 Titans sign WR Dexter McCluster to a 3-year, $12 million contract
The Titans have added some juice to their return game as well as their receiving game, perhaps their running game, and anything else Dexter McCluster can handle. The Titans signed the diminutive 2013 Pro Bowler to a three-year deal worth $12 million on Tuesday. McCluster spent his first four seasons with the Chiefs and increased his reception, yardage and yards per catch totals each season. He ca... [Read More]
03/11/14 UPDATE: Browns sign WR Andrew Hawkins to 4-year offer sheet; will Bengals match it?
Andrew Hawkins is close to taking his talents from Ohio to another place in Ohio. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Browns have signed the restricted free agent to a four-year offer sheet. As a restricted free agent, the Bengals now have seven days to match the offer and retain Hawkins or let him go play for their AFC North rival. And because Hawkins was given an original-p... [Read More]
03/11/14 Cowboys cut WR Miles Austin
The Cowboys have opened more salary-cap space by letting go of another veteran. This time, it's wide receiver Miles Austin who was handed his walking papers. It's not quite as surprising as the release of DeMarcus Ware, but Austin is a popular player who had spent his entire eight-year career in Dallas. Austin burst onto the scene in 2009 as he recorded more than 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns. In... [Read More]
03/11/14 Buccaneers sign TE Brandon Myers to 2-year deal
After a forgettable season with the Giants, tight end Brandon Myers will look to return to his 2012 form as a member of the Buccaneers. Myers signed a two-year deal with the Bucs on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Myers' contract is worth about $4 million with incentives on top of that. Myers never seemed to fit with the Giants after signing a similarly cheap one-year deal with them la... [Read More]
03/11/14 A couple of wideouts re-up: Redskins' Santana Moss and Lions' Kevin Ogletree
So much news has happened and will continue to happen for the rest of the day, so it's time to consolidate some of the lesser-heralded signings. Here, we have a couple of reserve wideouts staying on with their respective teams for another season. Pro Football Talk was first to report that Santana Moss will remain with the Redskins, and that Kevin Ogletree has re-signed with the Lions. Moss, 34,... [Read More]
03/11/14 Colts, RB Ahmad Bradshaw agree to 1-year contract
Pro Football Talk reports that the Colts have decided to give it another year with running back Ahmad Bradshaw. He played in just three games as a Colt in 2013, and it wasn't a foot problem that did him in for once. It was his neck. Bradshaw didn't play after Week 3 and underwent season-ending surgery in Week 5. He finished with 186 yards and two scores over 41 carries.... [Read More]
03/11/14 49ers trade for QB Blaine Gabbert
Talk about going from the outhouse to the penthouse. 2011 draft bust Blaine Gabbert lost his starting job in Jacksonville last season, and no matter what city he called home in 2014, he was going to continue to be a backup. Today, Gabbert became a backup for the NFC Champions in two of the past three years. The Jags traded Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday for a sixth-round pick, sour... [Read More]
03/11/14 Raiders re-sign RB Darren McFadden to 1-year deal
Back in January, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made it pretty clear that he would much rather re-sign Rashad Jennings than Darren McFadden if he had to choose between his running backs. Well, Jennings is on his way out of town, so it looks like McKenzie had to settle for McFadden. And McFadden had to settle for a "prove it" contract. According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area via a sourc... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Rashad Jennings tweets he is 'looking forward' to signing with Giants
Sorry, Peyton Hillis. Raiders running back Rashad Jennings has some news via his own Twitter account: "Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with Giants." The exact amount of years and money that the Giants are giving Jennings is currently unknown. Jennings, who turns 29 in a couple of weeks, became an attractive free-agent for a RB-needy team after puttin... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Cowboys release DE DeMarcus Ware
I don't dabble much with defensive-player fantasy leagues, but whether you are an IDP fan or just a fan of the NFL in general, you know this is big news. The Cowboys have released defensive end Demarcus Ware. The move was first reported by Clarence Hill of the Cowboys' official website and followed up by many other NFL reporters. In his nine years with the Cowboys, Ware was a seven-time Pro Bowle... [Read More]
03/11/14 Detroit Lions showing interest in WR Golden Tate
Ian Rapoport @Rapsheet tweeted today that he hears the Lions are showing interest in free agent wide receiver Golden Tate. The Seahawks may still retain Tate, but it seems the market it heating up for the Super Bowl Champion.... [Read More]
03/11/14 Broncos re-sign WR Andre Caldwell for 2 seasons
A small signing to report before we see some of the bigger ones become official very soon. The Broncos have re-signed wide receiver Andre Caldwell to a two-year contract worth a maximum value of $3.45 million, according to Pro Football Talk. Caldwell registered 16 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns last season. Caldwell saw more playing time while Wes Welker was absent due to a concussion... [Read More]
03/11/14 Who wants 'em?: Patriots WR Julian Edelman will hit open market
We are less than 30 minutes away from the official start of 2014 NFL free agency, and the large pool of available wide receivers is getting a late addition. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Julian Edelman and the Patriots were "unable to reach a deal today and he will test the market." The Patriots have reportedly been deep in talks with Edelman and recently offered him a three-year deal. Edelm... [Read More]
03/11/14 Giants re-sign RB Peyton Hillis
Michael Cox, with 22 career carries, was atop Giants' running back depth chart entering Tuesday. With David Wilson hurt and Andre Brown a free agent, the Giants need all the help they can get at that position. Apparently, they think Peyton Hillis can still be helpful. The Giants have signed Hillis to a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. In seven games with New York last season, Hillis ran 73 times... [Read More]
03/11/14 Texans release TE Owen Daniels
Owen Daniels has been a solid player for the Houston Texans for many years. But he's 31 years old, coming off a season pretty much lost to a fractured leg and was set to count about $6 million against the salary cap for a team that doesn't have much cap space to begin with. So, Daniels has been cut. The move clears $4.5 million from the Texans' cap. Daniels said Monday that he feels healthy after... [Read More]
03/11/14 RB Joique Bell, Lions agree to 3-year extension
The Lions and running back Joique Bell have been working on a contract extension for a while now, but coming into today, they hadn't agreed on anything yet. So, to make sure the restricted free agent didn't slip through their fingers when free agency officially begins this afternoon, the Lions put a second-round tender on Bell. That tender put Bell under contract for 2014, allowed the two sides to... [Read More]
03/11/14 Report: Redskins sign WR Andre Roberts to 4-year, $16 million deal
This will be confirmed at or just after 4 p.m. Eastern today once players are allowed to sign deals with new teams, but it's pretty much a lock this morning. The Redskins have signed former Cardinals wideout Andre Roberts. The news was first broken by the Washington Post's Mike Jones. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the pact is four years long and half of its $16 million is guaranteed. ... [Read More]
03/11/14 Devin Hester: I'm the best all-around player in the NFL
Devin Hester won't be returning to the Chicago Bears after a memorable eight-year run. He knows that he must now market himself to other teams, and his strategy is an extremely confident one. During an interview with NBC 5 in West Palm Beach, Fla., Hester was asked who he thinks is the NFL best all-around player right now. His answer? "Me. ... I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver... [Read More]
03/11/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson undergoes foot surgery, expected to miss 2-3 months
Last week, Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was considering surgery to fix what ails his left foot. We know what he has decided, and it is done. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson had surgery Monday to repair the stress fracture in the foot. Howe wrote that the early estimated recovery timetable for Dobson is 2-3 months. Playoffs included, Dobson missed five games last season ... [Read More]
03/11/14 Bears get rid of RB Michael Bush
The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reported Monday that the Bears cut running back Michael Bush two seasons into his four-year, $14 million deal. Bush worked mostly as the team's goal-line back when Matt Forte was healthy. In 2012 and 2013 combined, Bush ran for 608 yards and averaged 3.4 yards per carry. He started just one game.... [Read More]
03/10/14 Tampa Bay looking to trade CB Darrelle Revis
Darrelle Revis is apparently too expensive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While Revis had a great 2013, if he were on the roster after Tuesday at 4:00 pm, the Bucs would owe him a 1.5 million dollar roster bonus and a fourth round pick owed the Jets, would become a third round pick.... [Read More]
03/10/14 McFadden seems to be the favorite of the RB free agents
According to ESPN NFL Insider, Adam Schefter, free agent RB Darren McFadden is the running back garnering the most interest from potential suitors. The Raiders have said they'd like to keep him, at the right price. The Bengals were once rumored to have an interest in McFadden, but that has since subsided. So, for now, the teams that are "interested" shall remain anonymous. The hard part about ... [Read More]
03/10/14 Redskins seeking pass catcher; Britt, Sproles, Hawkins possibilities?
It looks like the Washington Redskins are willing to spend some money to add another weapon to the offensive arsenal for quarterback Robert Griffin III. Rumors have surfaced that report the Redskins having an interest in free agent wide receivers, Kenny Britt and Andrew Hawkins, as well as running back, Darren Sproles. Sproles was released by the Saints over the weekend, after being a very pro... [Read More]
03/10/14 Jets release WR Santonio Holmes after four years in New York
The New York Jets announced Monday that they will release Santonio Holmes saving the team more than eight million on the 2014 salary cap. The 30 year old receiver has played only one full season for the Jets and has seen his numbers steadily decline since joining the team. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ... [Read More]
03/09/14 Cowboys QB Romo on track for OTA's - takes in Duke, Carolina game
In an interview after Saturday night's ACC hoops showdown between Duke and North Carolina at Cameron, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said he's feeling good, his post-back surgery rehab is going well, and he's on schedule for the Cowboys' Organized Team Activities when they start next month."It's going good," Romo told ESPN during Saturday night's interview. "We're getting close now to (returning). ... [Read More]
03/08/14 Cardinals RB Mendenhall retiring; Ellington's fantasy stock rising
Unrestricted free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall, who played last season with the Arizona Cardinals will retire, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported via his Twitter account Saturday night. Mendenhall was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2008 draft and played five seasons in Pittsburgh before coming to the desert to play for the Cardinals in 2013. While he did Arizona in rushing ... [Read More]
03/08/14 RB Tate promotes self ahead of free agency: 'I'm elite'
Considered by many to be the best running back option that will be available when free agency starts Tuesday afternoon, Ben Tate wanted to make it known that he sees himself as an elite NFL back and that whoever signs him will not be sorry. He also made it clear that he sees his time with the Texans as over. "I'm very grateful for the Texans selecting me and giving me an opportunity coming out o... [Read More]
03/08/14 WR Emmanuel Sanders a sidekick for Megatron?
Rumors are circulating that when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders hits free agency on Tuesday afternoon, he may already have a suitor. And, if those rumors are true, Detroit WR Calvin Johnson could have a sidekick... Yeah, the Starscream label has already been assigned. Sanders was the Steelers number two wide receiver (behind Antonio Brown) in 2013, hauling in 67 catches for... [Read More]
03/08/14 Following AP's vote for Vick, Vikings re-sign QB Cassel
The likelihood of the VIkings granting star running back Adrian Peterson's wish and signing quarterback Michael Vick just lessened, as Minnesota re-signed QB Matt Cassel late Friday. The deal is for two years and is worth a reported $10 million. With that move, it's unlikely the Vikings would bring in a third QB to compete for their starting job. Cassel was the Vikings most effective quarterbac... [Read More]
03/08/14 RB Sproles will not be a Saint in 2014
Already between $2 million and $4 million under the salary cap after parting ways with wide receiver Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints are going to try to free up some more space by trading spark plug running back, Darren Sproles. If they can't get what they'd like in a trade, the team has said they are prepared to release Sproles into free agency. Sproles has been a big part of the Saints off... [Read More]
03/07/14 Bucs among teams looking at QBs Josh McCown and Shaun Hill
Tampa Bay is looking at veteran QB's Josh McCown and Shaun Hill as potential competition for Mike Glennon. This may mean the Bucs intend on passing on a first round QB and looking at the position later in the draft.... [Read More]
03/06/14 Vick and Peterson in the Vikings backfield?
Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while... [Read More]
03/06/14 Saints looking to unload offensive weapons?
ESPN's Adam Schefter has cited his "sources" as reporting that the New Orleans Saints are shopping WR Lance Moore and RB Pierre Thomas, and could even be open to deals involving RB Darren Sproles. Sproles has been one of the focal points of the Saints offense since coming to New Orleans in 2011. Thomas emerged as another receiving threat out of the backfield for Brees this season, joining Sprole... [Read More]
03/05/14 Troubled WR Davone Bess cut by the Browns
Just one year after landing in Cleveland via a trade with the Dolphins, Devone Bess has been cut by the Browns. Bess still had two years left on his three year deal and will now enter the free agent pool.... [Read More]
03/05/14 Denver RB Montee Ball will get first crack at starting job
The Denver Post says the Broncos "want to give [Montee] Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014." It's very unlikely that free-agent Knowshon Moreno will return to the Broncos in 2014, making Ball the most likely lead ball carrier for the Broncos.... [Read More]
03/04/14 'There is no doubt Bengals RB Giovani Bernard will near 300 touches next year'
It's not a revelation by any means, but this is nice to hear from the editor of the Bengals' official website, Geoff Hobson: "(BenJarvus) Green-Ellis had 50 more carries last season, but (Giovani) Bernard had two more touches and, according to [Pro Football Focus], took 155 more snaps. After a spectacular NFL Rookie of the Year finalist season, Bernard is only going to get more work and no doubt ... [Read More]
03/04/14 Jaguars want to use Denard Robinson more at RB
Is Denard Robinson, at barely 6 feet tall and less than 200 pounds, really built to be a traditional running back in the NFL? Others have had success at that size -- Jamaal Charles immediately comes to mind -- but players who are that slight of build usually don't last long at that position. However, the Jaguars want to see if Robinson can handle the job and be more than a gimmick player. Robinso... [Read More]
03/04/14 It's the 'end of an era' for the Bears, WR Devin Hester
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweeted Tuesday that the Bears have made "no attempt" to re-sign soon-to-be free agent Devin Hester and added that this marks the "end of an era" for one of the NFL's best kick returners of all time. Rapoport also said he doesn't see a reunion between Hester and new Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith happening. Smith coached the Bears from 2004-12.... [Read More]
03/04/14 Report: Vikings will cut TE John Carlson
This day of mediocre fantasy commodities getting cut continues with the report from FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo that the Vikings will release tight end John Carlson soon. Garafolo has been told by a source that Carlson and the Vikings were open to a contract restructuring but couldn't come to an agreement. Carlson, 29, signed a five-year, $25 million deal two seasons ago. In that time, he caught 40... [Read More]
03/04/14 Falcons RB Jason Snelling is retiring
The Falcons announced Tuesday that fullback Jason Snelling has decided to retire. Snelling cited a desire to spend more time with his family as the main reason why he is calling it a career now. Snelling was taken by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and turned into one of the game's better blocking and pass-catching fullbacks. He is 30 years old and had one season remaining on hi... [Read More]
03/04/14 Raiders head coach is 'anxious' to see RB Latavius Murray play
Latavius Murray's rookie season ended in August as he was put on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. But the Raiders definitely want to see what they can get out of the 24-year-old, 230-pound back with 4.40 speed. "I think Latavius is one of those guys that we're anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play," Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said recently, via ESPN.com. "He's a big bac... [Read More]
03/04/14 Chargers cut RB Le'Ron McClain
Le'Ron McClain is a very good lead blocker. But lead blockers who play just 154 snaps and carry the ball 11 times aren't worth multiple millions of dollars. That's the judgment the Chargers made Tuesday as they released the seven-year vet. McClain was heading into the final season on his three-year deal. While he never handled the rock often in San Diego, he was on the field for only 12 percent o... [Read More]
03/04/14 Eagles release WR Jason Avant
The Eagles have moved a wide receiver off of its roster. No, it is not DeSean Jackson. The team confirmed Tuesday that it has released Jason Avant. This comes about two weeks before Avant was due a $1 million roster bonus. Avant, who has never surpassed 60 receptions, 700 yards or three touchdowns in any of his eight seasons, will turn 31 years old in April. Avant posted a 38-447-2 line for the... [Read More]
03/04/14 Eagles 'could be open' to trading WR DeSean Jackson
The Eagles have already re-signed wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. But could they really send their clear No. 1 away? According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, the Eagles won't create a lot of effort to trade DeSean Jackson for the sake of leverage, but they also wouldn't dismiss the possibility out of hand if sent offers. "There's an opinion among some in the Eagles organization th... [Read More]
03/04/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson might need foot surgery
Aaron Dobson's left foot is still barking at him months after he first injured it. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson has been told to rest his foot, which has impacted his offseason training regimen somewhat. The team's medical staff is keeping an eye on him, and it will decide in about two weeks whether the rest was sufficient to let the foot heal or if Dobson needs surgery. How... [Read More]
03/04/14 Giants WR Victor Cruz says he has recovered from knee surgery; compares self to Randall Cobb
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wasn't available for the final two games of his team's lost 2013 season as he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Dec. 19. Fast-forward a little more than two months later, and Cruz proclaims that he is back to 100 percent. Specifically, Cruz told the New York Daily News that he is back in the gym and doing a lot of weight training. He said he hopes to ... [Read More]
03/04/14 Saints' Jimmy Graham officially receives tight end franchise tag
As expected, Jimmy Graham was given the franchise tag of a tight end on Monday by the league's management council, just hours prior to the deadline to assign such tags. This means Graham will likely file a grievance against the league, stating he should be tagged as a wide receiver because he lined up off of the line 67 percent of the time this season. That wide receiver tag is worth about $5 mil... [Read More]
03/03/14 WR Anquan Boldin signs a two year extension with the 49ers
Jim Harbaugh said re-signing Boldin was a top priority this off season, and he meant it. The 49ers re-signed Boldin to a two year, 12 million dollar extension on Monday, with nine million guaranteed. Boldin wanted to be the first to break the news of his return, and did so via Twitter, "@49ers fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you I'm returning to San Francisco." ... [Read More]
03/03/14 QB Peyton Manning passes neck exam, will return to the Broncos in 2014
Broncos' QB Peyton Manning passed his contractually obligated, end of the season neck exam on Monday according to team executive Vice President John Elway. Manning had already passed his team physical right after the Super Bowl, but added into his 96 million dollar free agent contract was language that could have voided the deal had he failed the neck exam at season's end.... [Read More]
03/01/14 Ravens 'could end up' with WR Hakeem Nicks
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said earlier this week that he would like to see the team add a "move-the-chains guy" at receiver. Could Hakeem Nicks fit that bill? Well, for what it's worth, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley wrote Saturday that Baltimore "could end up" with the soon-to-be free agent. Nicks caught 56 passes -- none of which went for scores -- for 896 yards this season.... [Read More]
03/01/14 WR Sidney Rice officially released by the Seahawks
In an effort to free up cap space, the Seattle Seahawks released WR Sidney Rice and DE Red Bryant. Rice would have cost the Seahawks 7.3 million against cap this coming year; Bryant 5.5 million. Both of the veterans were informed of their impending release on Feb. 21, a week before they were officially cut.... [Read More]
03/01/14 Could WR Danny Amendola be one-and-done with Patriots?
The Patriots signed Danny Amendola to a five-year contract last March, but there is at least a chance that the oft-injured wideout doesn't last long enough to see year two in New England. Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei wrote Friday that Amendola's name has been "floated" in trade talks by anonymous NFL teams. There is also talk by beat writers that Amendola could be cut. It would cost the Patriots ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Kicker news! Panthers K Graham Gano signs; Jets K Nick Folk gets tagged
We've got stories today on a fantasy commodity getting the franchise tag and other ones getting signed. And in the realm of the kicker, we've got one of each. Panthers kicker Graham Gano was rewarded for a career-best season Friday with a four-year contract worth $12.7 million. He made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013. Jets kicker Nick Folk is also coming off the best year of his career, but he was ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin gets what he wants, agrees to 1-year contract
As expected, the Eagles have re-signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, and it appears the player got what he wanted out of negotiations. The two sides agreed to a one-year deal on Friday worth up to $6 million. He will get $3.5 million guaranteed. Maclin missed all of the 2013 season due to a torn ACL. It was reported Thursday that the Eagles preferred Maclin sign a multi-year contract now, knowing ... [Read More]
02/28/14 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta gets paid: $32 million over 5 years
While one tight end is gonna have to make do with a one-year pact right now, another got some extended job security Friday. The Ravens and tight end Dennis Pitta agreed to terms on a five-year deal worth $32 million, league sources told The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson. "I could not be more excited to remain a Baltimore Raven," Pitta said in a statement. "There is no better organization or fan ba... [Read More]
02/28/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham will be franchise-tagged
The deadline for teams to assign franchise tags is Monday, and between now and then, the Saints will place theirs on tight end Jimmy Graham, a league source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Graham, who has finished second, first, and first in fantasy points at his position starting in 2011, would earn about $7 million with the tight end tag next season. Graham has averaged 90 catches, 1,169 yards, ... [Read More]
02/27/14 Giants' offensive coordinator says pass protection is 'first and foremost' for RBs
If and when Giants running back David Wilson is able to return healthy from neck surgery, he'll have to get back to improving in his biggest area of weakness. Fumbling? No, his other big area of weakness. Following his blocks? No, his other big area of weakness. Pass protection? Yeah, that's the ticket. "First and foremost, the runner needs to be able to protect the quarterback," offensive coo... [Read More]
02/27/14 Report: Eagles, WR Riley Cooper agree to a 5-year, $25 million deal
Yesterday, it was reported that the Eagles and wide receiver Riley Cooper will make a four-year contract official on Thursday. That report apparently came up a year short. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that Cooper's new contract is for five years and $25 million with $10 million guaranteed. Schefter adds via sources that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and the team are also talking about ... [Read More]
02/27/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant won't be forgotten by new OC
The basic numbers show that Dez Bryant had a very good 2013 season. But it could have been even greater if the Cowboys simply fed him more. Bryant, who racked up more than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, finished four games this season with six or fewer targets. Owner Jerry Jones doesn't expect that kind of negligence to happen with new offensive coordinator and play-caller Scott Linehan. Why? Well... [Read More]
02/26/14 Chiefs intend to reduce RB Jamaal Charles' workload
Jamaal Charles had a marvelous season. He gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage, averaged five yards per carry and scored a league-high 19 touchdowns. He led the Chiefs in rushing yards, receiving yards and receptions. He finished second in the MVP voting and led many of you to fantasy championships. What's possibly even more amazing is how Charles' body was able to handle everything the Ch... [Read More]
02/26/14 Report: Eagles will sign WR Riley Cooper to 4-year contract on Thursday; WR Jeremy Maclin to follow?
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports via a league source that wide receiver Riley Cooper will sign a four-year deal on Thursday to remain with the Eagles. Cooper, 26, is coming off the best season of his career. He caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs as he filled the No. 2 WR role in place of the injured Jeremy Maclin. Speaking of Maclin, Jeff McLane of the P... [Read More]
02/25/14 Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress say they can still play in the NFL
We know it's tough for an athlete, a competitor to call it quits. From the age of perhaps a toddler, they have been groomed, focused to reach the top of their craft. They have been praised as one of the best at what they do and lavished with many enticing things. And then, in their mid-to-late 30s, still in the prime of their actual life, they are told it's over. Well, for Terrell Owens and Plaxi... [Read More]
02/25/14 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore is close to 100 percent healthy
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a horrendous knee injury in 2012 while playing of the University of South Carolina -- torn right ACL, MCL and PCL along with a kneecap dislocation. As a rookie in 2013, he was in no shape to play. But 2014 should be a different story. Lattimore told the Associated Press that his knee feels close to 100 percent and he is eagerly awaiting April 21, the ... [Read More]
02/25/14 Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall hints at retiring. Kind of. Maybe. Perhaps
It's a slow news day, so let's take an trip inside the mind of Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall wrote a blog entry for The Huffington Post on Tuesday in which he describes a vision he had the day after he tore his right ACL during the Steelers' regular-season finale of 2012. Mendenhall writes that his vision consisted on swimming in dark, cold, dangerous waters late at nigh... [Read More]
02/24/14 Peter King: Ravens RB Ray Rice will likely be disciplined if he hit fiancée
You've seen the security-camera video of Ray Rice dragging his clearly unconscious fiancée out of a hotel elevator. What we haven't seen -- but what police reportedly have -- is video proof that Rice knocked her unconscious. If it is proven, MMQB.com's Peter King says Rice will likely have to pay a price. "And regardless of the circumstances, if Rice did lay a hand on (Janay) Palmer, he'll... [Read More]
02/24/14 Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will 'absolutely' have to compete for starting job
Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon performed well for a rookie after being thrust into the starting job less than a month into the 2013 season. He threw 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games, and while fantasy totals don't give you a great picture on how well a quarterback actually played, Glennon had a stretch in the middle of the season where he topped 15 fantasy points in six of sev... [Read More]
02/24/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne expected to be ready for training camp
Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is 35 years old. Players of that age don't exactly recover quickly from major knee injuries, but general manager Ryan Grigson said last week that he expects Wayne to be good to go when the team opens training camp. Head coach Chuck Pagano said Wayne "is working hard to get back." The 13-year vet tore his right ACL on Nov. 3 versus the Texans.... [Read More]
02/23/14 Sunday: Top QB's, RB's, and WR's at the combine
The NFL combine is in full swing and we're going to post some results of some notable players today. Until the entirety of a position runs the 40, the times will be unofficial. Keep checking back as news and results are updated. Since we're fantasy focused, we'll be primarily looking at potential starters for 2014. And Jordan Lynch, which is in no way related to the fact that I graduated from NIU... [Read More]
02/23/14 Ravens WR Deonte Thompson arrested, charged with marijuana possession
It's been a tough PR week for the Baltimore Ravens. A week that's already seen the evolution of Ray Rice's domestic trouble now ends with the news that second-year wide receiver Deonte Thompson has been arrested and charged with suspicion of possession marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The arrest occurred Friday night as the car Thompson was riding in was pulled over for not having its headlight... [Read More]
02/22/14 Giants expecting young WRs to step up next season
With Hakeem Nicks' chances of returning to the Giants next season "close to zero," in-house youngsters such as Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan are expected to pick up the slack. One person with such expectations is Giants general manager Jerry Reese. Via NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, Reese said Saturday that he is confident Randle will make a "significant jump" in 2014, and that Jernigan "finally ... [Read More]
02/21/14 Does size matter? The top 3 quarterback prospects, by the numbers
Height and weight and...hand size?? OH MY!! The NFL Combine kicked off Friday in Indianapolis, and one of the most anticipated pieces of information that NFL talent scouts were waiting for was revealed early in the morning. The top three quarterbacks in this year's draft were measured for height, weight, and the size of their hands. Blake Bortles measured in at 6'5", 232 pounds, and had hands tha... [Read More]
02/20/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to plead guilty to reckless driving; lawyer thinks he'll avoid suspension
A DUI case that has been hanging over Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch since the summer of 2012 has reached a conclusion. Lynch has agreed to plead guilty to lesser a charge of reckless driving. The admission of guilt comes as part of a plea deal that will see Lynch receive two years probation and a to-be-determined fine. He will also need to attend six classes on driving safety. "We are reso... [Read More]
02/20/14 Report: Giants RB David Wilson expected to be ready for training camp
A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday that Giants running back David Wilson is ahead of schedule in his rehab following spinal fusion surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp. The majority of Wilson's 2013 season was washed away due to a neck injury he suffered in Week 5. He didn't play after that, and underwent a spinal fusion to repair a herniated disc on Jan. 16.... [Read More]
02/20/14 Norv Turner's first task as Vikings' OC: Draw up plays for WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Everyone knew the Vikings needed to get explosive wideout Cordarrelle Patterson more involved as this season transpired. Everyone could see it. The kid was a big-play machine over the final month of the season, scoring six touchdowns in a variety of ways over the final five games. Still, Patterson had just one game all year in which he touched the ball more than six times. New Vikings offensive co... [Read More]
02/20/14 Report: Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery after season
I can't wait to post something positive about Trent Richardson. I remain one of his few believers, and don't be surprised to see me tout him as a 2014 bounce-back candidate. I'm willing to go down with that ship. But as has been the case for basically the past four months, there's nothing to report about Richardson that falls into the "positive," column. A shoulder surgery certainly isn't a posit... [Read More]
02/20/14 Cardinals say they will use RB Andre Ellington more next season
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim spoke at the NFL Combine on Thursday and indicated that running back Andre Ellington will see more touches next season. Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry over 118 rushes this season and also caught 39 passes for another 371 yards. But don't start thinking the Cardinals are going to absolutely unleash the diminutive threat. Keim also said Ellington won't b... [Read More]
02/20/14 Redskins willing to part with QB Kirk Cousins for a second round pick
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins would be willing to deal Cousins for a second round pick in this year's draft. Washington's first round pick belongs to St. Louis this season, so another second rounder for a non-starter would be a good deal for the 'Skins. Cousins has already indicated his willingness to go to a team willing to make him a starter.... [Read More]
02/19/14 Report: Chargers WR Danario Alexander dealing with knee complications, 2014 season in doubt
For about the millionth time, Danario Alexander's knees are getting in the way of his football career. The latest setback comes in the form of an infection in his right knee, which has required multiple surgeries, a source told FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. Alexander missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his right ACL during training camp. It all went downhill from there. "Having undergone his i... [Read More]
02/19/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice's domestic dispute gets uglier
We already knew Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, were arrested this past weekend in New Jersey after they "struck each other with their hands," but new video obtained by TMZ.com shows what looks to be the ugly end of the dispute. The video allegedly shows Rice lifting and dragging a clearly unconscious Palmer out of a hotel elevator. Rice struggles to move Palmer's body, specifically her l... [Read More]
02/19/14 UPDATE: NFL suspends Redskins TE Fred Davis indefinitely
Fred Davis is about as far off the radar as a pending free agent can possibly be. Following a season in which he hardly played and didn't play well when he got his chance, the Redskins announced Wednesday that Davis has been suspended indefinitely by the league. The suspension is for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. The tight end was suspended four games in 2011 for a violation of th... [Read More]
02/18/14 Rams HC Fisher committed to Bradford at QB
In an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike Tuesday, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave a vote of confidence to Sam Bradford as the team's starting quarterback. "Sam's doing great with the rehab," Fisher said. "He's really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he's maintained that and he's our quarterback, and we've said that." Bradford missed the last 10 weeks of the 201... [Read More]
02/18/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed is healthy after concussion symptoms marred his 2013
A concussion is temporary, but it's symptoms can linger for years. Fortunately, that's not the case for Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. After missing the final six games of the 2013 season due to reoccurrences of those symptoms, Reed has fully recovered, according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones, and is training for his second NFL season. In just nine games, Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yard... [Read More]
02/18/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham wants to be franchise-tagged as a WR, will reportedly file grievance if not
Jimmy Graham, a restricted free agent, may not be a formal wide receiver, but he does line up in the slot and out wide quite often for a tight end (67 percent of his snaps last season). He would like to receive the extra money that comes with a WR franchise tag if the Saints do decide to tag him. And if he doesn't get what he wants? Well, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, you can expect a f... [Read More]
02/18/14 Broncos WR Decker looking to 'do what's best for my family' in free agency
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker, who is projected to be one of the most coveted targets on the market when all the crazy cash starts getting slung at free agents, said that money isn't the only factor in his decision. He did, however, make it clear that money IS a big part of the equation. "If we can get on the same page, I will welcome a call from the Broncos, but I need to do what is be... [Read More]
02/18/14 Falcons WR Roddy White arrested Tuesday
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested early Tuesday morning on a failure to appear warrant. He spent just 90 minutes in the Gwinnett County Jail before being released on $168 bond. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge of having "non-transparent material on windows." The warrant was issued more than a year ago, and Wh... [Read More]
02/18/14 You can forget about TE Tony Gonzalez making a comeback
Although Tony Gonzalez previously said he is retired, he left the door open a smidgen by saying that he could possibly return late in the 2014 season if the Falcons were a championship-contending team. That door was shut and locked today. Gonzalez has signed on to be part of CBS' "The NFL Today" Sunday morning pregame show. He and Boomer Esiason will replace Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino. As such... [Read More]
02/17/14 Ravens RB Rice arrested for casino altercation with fiancee
According to espn.com's Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice and his fiancee were both arrested and charged with simple assault following a physical altercation over the weekend in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino. The police report stated that the two, "struck each other with their hands", but that no injuries were reported. Both were released, but ordered to appear in court at a later date... [Read More]
02/15/14 WR Jeremy Maclin wants to remain with Eagles
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said Saturday that he would like to keep playing for the Eagles. Whether that happens will be left up to the team, which has Maclin and Riley Cooper scheduled to become free agents, and the Eagles probably can't keep both. Maclin's rehab from a torn ACL will factor into that decision, but for what it's worth, Maclin continues to say that he is on track for the s... [Read More]
02/15/14 Ravens want to get RB Ray Rice back on track, but they won't forget about RB Bernard Pierce either
Ray Rice really struggled in 2013. Perhaps he never fully recovered from a hip injury suffered in Week 2. Perhaps he simply wore down after a four-year average of 347 touches per season. You could definitely put some blame on his offensive line. Whatever the reason(s), offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was very clear on what Rice still means to the Ravens' offense: "I think as he goes, we'll go," ... [Read More]
02/13/14 Clemson WR Sammy Watkins gets compared to Julio Jones, A.J Green
Barring some sort of Darrius Heyward-Bey stunner, there is no doubt that Clemson's Sammy Watkins will be the first wide receiver selected in May's draft. But how good could he be? Well, pretty darn good if you appreciate the opinions of NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell. Cosell said during a Thursday radio interview that "there's no debate" about Watkins' standing as this year's best incoming... [Read More]
02/13/14 Lions cut FFToolbox friend WR Nate Burleson
The Lions released wide receiver Nate Burleson on Thursday. The move understandably saddened Burleson, but didn't shock him. He said in a radio interview that he will "miss playing in Honolulu Blue" but admitted that the team's decision was "realistic." "[Lions executives] probably were sitting up there in meetings last week saying, 'If Nate plays a whole year, he can be one of the more productiv... [Read More]
02/13/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer says he is ahead of schedule in ACL rehab
You may have forgotten, but the Browns actually had pretty good play at quarterback last season. It lasted for about two weeks and came from 28-year-old journeyman Brian Hoyer. He compiled five touchdowns and close to 600 yards against the Vikings and Bengals. Then in his third start, he tore his right ACL against the Bills in Week 6, and he's been working hard to get back ever since. Hoyer said ... [Read More]
02/13/14 Lions TE Joseph Fauria wants to put up Jimmy Graham-type numbers
To put the 2013 numbers of Joseph Fauria and Jimmy Graham side by side is unfair to the rookie. Graham more than quadrupled Fauria's number of catches and receiving yards in the same amount of games. However, the two do share a couple of similarities: Both are 6-foot-7 and have a background in basketball. Add the fact that new Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said his scheme will have thin... [Read More]
02/13/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball: I want every carry next season
The Broncos haven't said "so long" to Knowshon Moreno just yet. But if they let him walk in free agency, Montee Ball wants everyone to know that he is ready to run with the starting job next season. "Of course, obviously I have no idea what's going to happen with [Moreno] and this organization, but I do want to be a starter, and yeah, I want the football every time," Ball told Benjamin Hochman of... [Read More]
02/12/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' collarbone is pain-free
At the bottom of an article about Aaron Rodgers and new Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt comes this little tidbit that we pretty much assumed but is still nice to hear: Aaron Rodgers is healthy. Rodgers said recently that the collarbone he fractured in November "feels good. I don't have any issues. Rodgers missed seven games due to the injury, but returned for a division-clinching win ove... [Read More]
02/11/14 Browns' general manager and CEO to step down
Stop me if you've heard this before: A member of the Browns' brain trust is out of a job after just one full season of employment. Actually, two members. The team announced Tuesday that general manager Mike Lombardi and CEO Joe Banner won't be with the team next season. Lombardi was replaced immediately by assistant GM Ray Farmer, while Banner will step down by May. His position won't be refilled ... [Read More]
02/10/14 Re-signing TE Brandon Pettigrew is now the Lions top priority
The Detroit Lions intend to retain TE Brandon Pettigrew even after putting up his lowest totals since his rookie season. Although he failed to put up big fantasy numbers for owners, Pettigrew is seen as an excellent blocker and a three down player.... [Read More]
02/08/14 What should you expect from Colts RB Trent Richardson in 2014?
Recent reports out of Indianapolis have Donald Brown not being resigned this offseason by the Colts. His salary would likely be used to fix offensive line, wide receiver and defensive line issues. That move would make Trent Richardson the undisputed starter in Indianapolis, despite averaging over 2 yards per carry less than Brown in 2013. Normal 0 false false false... [Read More]
02/01/14 Report: Kyle Shanahan is Browns' new offensive coordinator
According to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, the Browns have hired Kyle Shanahan to be their offensive coordinator. Shanahan was fired in December after spending four seasons as the Redskins' OC. Prior to that, he filled the same position for the Texans in 2008 and 2009.... [Read More]
02/01/14 NFL Honors: Broncos QB Peyton Manning named MVP in near unanimous decision
Peyton Manning might win his second Super Bowl on Sunday. He won his fifth MVP Award on Saturday. Manning garnered 49 of 50 votes for MVP -- one vote went to Tom Brady. Manning was also named Offensive Player of the Year. Setting all-time league highs in passing yards and touchdowns will do that for you. Other winners on the night include: Packers running back Eddie Lacy for Offensive Rookie of t... [Read More]
01/31/14 QB Chad Henne is only unrestricted free agent Jaguars plan to talk with before March 11
The 2014 NFL league year will begin at 4 p.m. Eastern on March 11. At that time, all players scheduled to become free agents will officially become free agents. The Jaguars don't have a lot of big names preparing to hit the open market, but one is the face of the franchise: running back Maurice Jones-Drew. However, the team will let other teams vie for his services. Jaguars general manager Dave Ca... [Read More]
01/31/14 Packers TE Jermichael Finley should be cleared for contact soon
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley underwent spinal fusion surgery in November. It ended his season and some thought it would end his career. But Finley was not one of that mind. He's been working out and preparing to come back for the 2014 season, and he's close to reaching a critically important benchmark. Finley told Pro Football Talk on Friday that his doctor expects to clear him for contact... [Read More]
01/31/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush wants to play at least through 2018 season
Reggie Bush is coming off the most productive season of his eight-year career. He will enter his age-29 season in 2014, so he should keep posting high totals as he is still in his physical prime and with an explosive offense. But what will Bush look like on the field five years from now? If it's up to Bush, we'll find out. Bush said in a Friday interview with Pro Football Talk that he "would love... [Read More]
01/31/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel underwent knee surgery after season
Knee problems tell much of the story of E.J. Manuel's rookie season. He underwent surgery in August to clean up his left meniscus. He missed four games during the middle part of the season and then the closing two games with injuries to each knee. His first offseason in the pros has begun with knee news as well. Manuel said during a Thursday radio interview that he underwent a "minor" knee proced... [Read More]
01/31/14 Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says he is willing to restructure his deal
Citing an 18 million dollar cap number for the 2014 season and a 21.5 million the year after that, NBC Sports reports that Larry Fitzgerald is willing to restructure his deal to lessen his cap burden on the team. Typically a restructured deal helps the team by freeing money to spend on talent surrounding the high priced player. It's important to note, Fitzgerald didn't say he would take a ... [Read More]
01/31/14 Eagles QB Michael Vick 'very badly' wants to start next season
Michael Vick's 2013 season was forgettable. More likely, it's already forgotten. Seriously, do you remember how Vick played in six starts this season? The incredible and sudden emergence of Nick Foles turned Vick into faint memory in Philadelphia. Vick, a free agent to-be, talked to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News on Thursday and said he will have to move on to a new city in 2014. But no... [Read More]
01/31/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker isn't thinking about retirement
There's a chance Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be forced to think about retiring after the Super Bowl. His top slot receiver is having no such thoughts of his own. Despite suffering a couple of concussions this season and the fact that he will turn 33 in a few months, Wes Welker said Wednesday that he will be back for 2014 even if the Broncos win Sunday. The reason: He's having too much ... [Read More]
01/31/14 WR Julian Edelman isn't sure if he'll be back with Patriots
Thanks to injuries and a handful of green wideouts, Julian Edelman was thrust into a leading role in the Patriots' offense this season. He responded with a 105-1,056-6 line, and did it just in time before he hit the open market. Edelman hinted in a Boston radio interview Thursday that he would like to return to New England, but knows that might not happen "Playing for New England is a dream, but... [Read More]
01/30/14 Gregg Williams takes over as Rams defensive coordinator
When Jeff Fisher landed the Rams job he hired Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator, but an indefinite "Bountygate" suspension put those plans on hold. Williams eventually returned to football in February as a defensive consultant for the Titans. Now, two years later, Jeff Fisher has signed the man he originally wanted for the job after firing coordinator Tim Walton earlier in the we... [Read More]
01/30/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce undergoes shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months
That surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was considering a few weeks ago? It was completed Wednesday. As expected, Pierce is expected to need 4-5 months of rehab. That means he'll miss OTAs, but he should be ready in time for training camp.... [Read More]
01/29/14 Cowboys tab Scott Linehan to be play-caller, demote defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin
Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked if he was going to replace any coaches, and he evaded that line of questioning by saying, "No movement there, everybody is under contract." This week, there's a lot of movement to report. Scott Linehan has been hired as Dallas' passing-game coordinator. But more importantly, he replaces Bill Callahan as the offense's play-caller although Callahan wil... [Read More]
01/29/14 Michael Vick says Eagles' Zach Ertz will be one of the league's best tight ends
Don't know why this is making the rounds now since Vick said this back in October, but whatever. Zach Ertz put up a modest stat line in his rookie season -- 36 catches, 469, four touchdowns. But Vick said he expects much greater things from the Stanford product in the future. "There are three players that I told that they would be great players in this league: I always told Alge Crumpler that he... [Read More]
01/29/14 Report: Broncos don't expect to have RB Knowshon Moreno back next season
Knowshon Moreno is scheduled to become a free agent this spring, and it's great timing for him to cash in as the 26-year old is experiencing the best season of his career. And according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos "don't expect" to have Moreno back for the 2014 season. He set career-highs in rushing yards, receiving yards, catches, and touchdowns this season. ... [Read More]
01/25/14 Vikings' Kyle Rudolph could be latest TE to benefit from Norv Turner's coaching
"Norv Turner should help [tight end's name here] be even more productive this season." That's kind of how it goes with Norval. He was in San Diego as Antonio Gates became one of the best at the position. Last year, he was in Cleveland for Jordan Cameron's breakout campaign. Now, as the new offensive coordinator for the Vikings, these kinds of statements, via ESPN.com's Ben Goessling, seem inevitab... [Read More]
01/24/14 Cowboys give a $22.5 million contract extension to kicker Dan Bailey
The Cowboys and kicker Dan Bailey agreed on a six-year contract extension Thursday. The deal will keep Bailey in Dallas through the 2020 season -- it starts in the 2015 season -- and pay him $22.5 million in total salary. He got a $4 million signing bonus, and $7.5 million in the deal is guaranteed. Since 2011, Bailey owns the league's second-best field-goal-conversion percentage and was 28 for 3... [Read More]
01/24/14 Browns finally hire Mike Pettine as head coach
After interviewing a double-digit number of candidates, the Browns have finally made a decision: Mike Pettine is their head coach. A five-year deal between the two sides was made official Thursday. Pettine, who was the Bills' defensive coordinator in 2013, has been a DC in the league since 2009. However, this is his first venture into head coaching since his days running high school teams in the l... [Read More]
01/23/14 Dallas keeping offensive and defensive coordinators
Offensive coordinator and play caller Bill Callahan will return to the Dallas Cowboys next season as will defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. While at Senior Bowl practices owner/GM Jerry Jones replied to questions about potentially replacing the coaches, "No movement there, everybody is under contract, so nothing there. Just nothing there at all, everybody has a contract and I plan on the... [Read More]
01/22/14 Report: Browns will interview Bills DC Mike Pettine for a third time tomorrow
We don't normally write about coaching interviews, but this is getting ridiculous. The Browns want to spend even more time Mike Pettine. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Pettine, the Bills' defensive coordinator, will fly to Cleveland on Thursday to have his third interview for the team's head-coaching position. Pettine and the Browns met for a second time on Tuesday, and there was a report t... [Read More]
01/22/14 UPDATE: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will have groin surgery
Update: Anderson adds Peterson will actually undergo surgery today and is expected to need 4-6 weeks to recover. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A few days ago, we were waiting to hear if Vikings running back Adrian Peterson needed to undergo surgery on his groin. The meeting with his doctor has apparently gone down, and Peterson has been tol... [Read More]
01/22/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin practices Wednesday
We are 11 days from the Super Bowl, and practice reports at this point are largely meaningless. Case in point, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn't practice today due to a knee injury. But he is at zero risk of missing the biggest game. What is notable, however, is that wide receiver Percy Harvin was active at Seahawks practice Wednesday. It was his first practice action since suffering a ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Seahawks DB Sherman draws praise from Broncos
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox and tight end Julius Thomas both had praise for Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman a few days after the 26 second sound bite heard 'round the world. "I know he's a terrific player, a great cover guy," said Fox, "I know the Seahawks are statistically very good on defense, and in particular pass defense. I'm sure their secondary has a lot to do with that." Thomas ... [Read More]
01/22/14 OC Ben McAdoo wants Giants to be an up-tempo offense
The Giants' offense needs a jump start after floundering this season. It ranked 28th in points and yards and blew away the rest of the field by committing 44 turnovers. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wants to jolt this squad back to life by installing "an up-tempo, attacking-style offense," he said. That's what wide receiver Victor Cruz likes to hear. "I'm for all [going] up-tempo, getting ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Some coach says Jets QB Mark Sanchez would start for his team right now
If it's the Browns, well, then yeah. But they don't have any coaches. One anonymous coach has told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez would "be the starter as soon as he walked in the door for us." Sanchez, 27, missed the entire 2013 season due to a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder. He turned the ball over 52 times in two seasons prior. He carries ... [Read More]
01/22/14 Report: Bills DC Mike Pettine 'is going to get' Browns' head-coaching job
We might have to wait until morning for confirmation, but Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News is ready to call a winner in the Browns' search for a head coach. Gaughan says it will be Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Gaughan tweeted Tuesday night that Pettine "is going to get the Browns job. A deal is close." Pettine interviewed for the position for a second time on Tuesday. Pettine has bee... [Read More]

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