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08/13/14 Cardinals WR Michael Floyd could be team's top receiver
NFL writer Dan Pompei says that people within the organization believe that Floyd will be the Cardinals' WR1 this season, ahead of WR Larry Fitzgerald. "Michael Floyd is in for a big year," Pompei said via Twitter, confirming the opinions of many other fantasy analysts. The 6-foot-2 third-year wideout posted a 67-catch, 1,041-yard effort in 2013.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is leader of RBBC, according to head coach
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he sees Murray "as the leader of a committee," according to Jason LaCanfora via Twitter. Garrett continued his comments to say that Murray also has "bellcow traits." Murray carried the ball 217 times and caught 53 passes last year, for 1,471 total yards.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington to see 20 touches per game
The Cardinals would like to get Ellington the ball "20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles," according to the Arizona Republic. The Republic beat writer believes that Ellington's major role with the team will be catching the ball out of the backfield and running around the ends. Head coach Bruce Arians has expressed a distaste for throwing to running backs in the ... [Read More]
08/13/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could get 'a good share' of goal-line work
Bernard could see "a good share of goal line carries" for the Bengals this season, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. Dehner also believes that Barnard is likely to see 300 touches by the end of the season. It's been speculated previously that Bernard would lose out to rookie RB Jeremy Hill for goal-line work, as Hill is the larger, more powerful runner, but Dehner sees something closer to a... [Read More]
08/13/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson returns to practice
Johnson returned to Texans practice Wednesday in pads after missing 15 days to a hamstring injury. Texans RB Arian Foster also returned to practice following a hamstring injury of his own. Johnson has a history of slight nagging injuries, but they haven't severely hampered his production. After a brief period of uncertainty surrounding his trade status before the start of training camp, Johnson i... [Read More]
08/13/14 Rams WR Tavon Austin is 'very quiet' in training camp
Former Rams WR Torry Holt says that Austin has been "very quiet" in training camp. "For a guy picked eighth overall, it's bothering me that he's been so quiet, Holt said." Holt went on to say that he thinks Austin will make his primary impact this year on special teams.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is 'toasting' CB Darrelle Revis at joint practices
Maclin has been beating Revis consistently in 1-on-1 drills at the Eagles-Patriots joint practices this week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane. Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL, but appears fully rehabilitated and ready to play. He returns to an Eagles roster that is thin at WR, with former star WR DeSean Jackson departed to the Washington Redskins. ... [Read More]
08/13/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey 'easy to envision' as 'primary ball-carrier'
"It's easy to envision [Sankey] as the primary ball-carrier" for the Titans this year, according the the Nashville Tennessean. The paper praised the rookie RBs "all-around skills," saying it will be tough for the team to keep the young tailback off the field. Sankey had his NFL debut last weekend in the Titans' preseason opener. His highlights included a 23-yard catch-and-run and a five-yard touch... [Read More]
08/13/14 Chargers TE Antonio Gates is 'still the man' in San Diego
Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee says that TE Antonio Gates is "still the man" in San Diego. In a live chat, Acee said that "Gates is still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment" when questioned about TE Ladarius Green's increasing role in the Chargers offense. Acee believes that Green and Gates will both see the field "a fair amount," but that Gates is the superior option.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is 'OK' after injury scare
During the Seahawks Tuesday practice, Percy Harvin limped off the field and into the locker room. In a statement made by Pete Carroll, "He got stepped on." Caroll also mentioned, "He got stepped on the back of his heel and got scraped up pretty good. He's OK though." Harvin started in only a single regular season game in 2013 and looks to greatly improve that amount. ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is the 'star' of training camp
ESPN's David Newton says that WR Kelvin Benjamin is the "star of Panthers camp." The rookie receiver will be the Panthers' WR1 this year, after impressing coaches and fans in the teams first preseason game. In that game, versus the Bills, Benjamin's highlights included a 29-yard touchdown catch. The 6-foot-5 rookie will line up alongside veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery and TE Greg Olsen as the team'... [Read More]
08/12/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski questionable for Week 1
A source close to the Patriots says that TE Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 1 of the regular season are currently at 50 percent, according to ProFootballTalk. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered on December 8 of last year. The tight end has been taking part in individual drills at Patriots camp, and recently was cleared to participate in 7-on-7 work, but is a "f... [Read More]
08/12/14 Redskins RB Alfred Morris working on his pass-catching
Alfred Morris is the exact definition of a work-horse back. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Morris tallied 335 rushing attempts in 2012 and 276 in 2013. He also averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry in 2013, a slightly lower mark than his 2012 season. Morris is talented in almost every aspect, except catching the ball. Jay Gruden, head coach of the Redskins does not see Morris as a player who... [Read More]
08/12/14 Eagles QB Nick Foles only looks 'decent' in camp
Nick Foles certainly did not perform to expectations in his last preseason game in which he threw two interceptions. The word out of camp is that Foles isn't shining as he was last year. Nick Foles has been reported to look only 'decent' in camp according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the Eagles and Patriots scrimmage on Tuesday, Foles' struggles continued. He's been missing wide open receivers... [Read More]
08/12/14 Texans RB Jonathan Grimes listed as 'unofficial' backup
Jonathan Grimes first appeared in the Texans preseason opener rushing 10 times for 39 yards. With Andre Brown being cut, Grimes was the favorite to take over the backup position. An unofficial depth chart was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday indicating Grimes is 'unofficially' the backup to Arian Foster. ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Jets QB Geno Smith starting on Saturday
There is a shroud of mist hovering over the starting quarterback position for the Ney York Jets. In the spring, Michael Vick made it known that it isn't necessarily an open quarterback competition. Vick has seen a lot of work in camp, and so has Geno Smith. This past week, though, Smith took 63 of 75 first-team repititions in practice. Rex Ryan, the coach of the New York Jets, was hesitant to name... [Read More]
08/12/14 Redksins TE Jordan Reed returns to practice Tuesday
Jordan Reed returned to the practice field for warm ups on Tuesday, according to Mike Jones on Twitter. Reed had missed practice the past three days due to a stomach virus. The sophomore tight end has been impressing teammates in camp, and they are hoping to see him pick up where he left off. In 2013, Reed emerged as a fantasy viable tight end with 45 receptions, 499 yards and three touchdowns in ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Texans RB Andre Brown cut
The Texans cut RB Andre Brown from their roster Monday, according to ProFootballTalk. The move comes after Brown did not play in the Texans preseason game Saturday night, and follows reports that Brown had been relegated to fifth on the Texans' RB depth chart. With Brown gone, Texans RB Arian Foster will be backed up by RBs Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in 7-on-7 drills
Rob Gronkowski participated in 7-on-7 drills today, according to CSN's Tom Curran via Twitter. This is the first time Gronkowski has participated in group drills during training camp. Previously he'd been working on the sidlelines individually. Gronkowski is recovering from a combination ACL/MCL tear. He's unlikely to play this preseason, but hopes to be back for Week 1 of the regular season.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones breaks foot, may miss six weeks
On Saturday, Bengals WR Marvin Jones went down with a foot injury. It has now been confirmed he broke his foot and could potentially miss six weeks. He could also be placed on I.R./designated to return, which allows teams to place one player per season on injured reserve and then bring them back later in the season. He would have to stay on that list for eight weeks before he could return. Jones w... [Read More]
08/11/14 Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley quick to change tune on WR Marqise Lee
On Saturday, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was critical of rookie WR Marqise Lee's effort on plays saying "Run your routes every time [as if it is] coming to you. You can't change speeds. You can't choose when and when not to." After sitting down with Lee to get an explanation of the lackluster performance, Bradley was quick to recant his previous statement on Monday, "A couple of things that cam... [Read More]
08/11/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch being investigated for 'alleged assault'
Seahawks superstar RB Marshawn Lynch is being investigated for "allegation of an assault and personal property damage" in Bellevue, Washington. In the statement, Bellevue police said "[We] are in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved. No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at thi... [Read More]
08/11/14 Raiders RB Latavius Murray required two surgeries on ankle
CSN Bay Area is reporting RB Latavius Murray required a second surgery in December. The first surgery came last year while playing as a rookie, he suffered an ankle injury in Oakland's first preseason game. The second was to "tighten things up". Head coach Dennis Johnson noticed the difference thus far in camp, "I think now that he's back to being healthy, I think we're seeing a little bit more t... [Read More]
08/11/14 Texans RB Andre Brown may be fifth on depth chart
Questions have surfaced after Texans RB Andre Brown has been healthy in preseason but didn't see a snap in Houston's first preseason game. Jonathan Grimes had started the game with RB Arian Foster sitting out due to a back injury, followed by rookie Alfred Blue and second-year player Dennis Johnson. When asked about playing time on Monday, head coach Bill O'Brien said "Andre Brown is battling but ... [Read More]
08/11/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson nearing return after injury
The Washington Post is reporting Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is healed up after suffering a mild ankle injury in an August 6th practice. The newly acquired Washington deep-threat hasn't practiced since that day, but ran full speed on Monday, catching several TD passes from quarterback Robert Griffin. Jackson is ready to go for the second preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns next week, saying... [Read More]
08/11/14 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant struggles versus Giants
Rookie WR Martavis Bryant recorded a drop, a muffed punt, and a fumble in the Steelers preseason opener versus the Giants on Saturday night. Bryant did not play a snap with the offensive starters, and only saw the field with the team's third- and fourth-string lineups. The Steelers drafted the 6-foot-5 WR in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey impresses head coach Ken Whisenhunt in opener
Ken Whisenhunt singled out rookie RB Bishop Sankey as a player who impressed him in the Titans' preseason opener versus Green Bay on Saturday night. Sankey carried 13 times for 37 yards, and also caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Among the highlights were a 23-yard catch-and-run, and a five-yard touchdown catch. Sankey has reportedly demonstrated throughout training camp that he is... [Read More]
08/11/14 Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount takes red zone carries in preseason opener
LeGarrette Blount saw red zone work with the Steelers' starting unit in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Giants. RB LeVeon Bell started for the team and took the first two carries before Blount was substituted in to handle work inside the 20-yard-line. Blount also stayed on the field for a third-down play, something that's not been a typical manner of usage in Blount's past with the ... [Read More]
08/10/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton cleared to start second preseason game
ESPN's David Newton reports that Cam Newton has been medically cleared to start next Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs. Newton, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, has been limited thus far in camp as he struggled with ankle pains. Newton was also cleared by doctors to run the read-option in practice. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that there will be "no limits" on Newton... [Read More]
08/10/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas falls to third on depth chart
The New Orleans Times-Picayune stated Friday that Saints running backss Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson "continue to pull away" from Pierre Thomas, who has moved to third on the team's depth chart. Thomas has been taking reps with the second team during camp. The Times-Picayune also reports that Thomas was "on the trading block" this offseason. He accepted a reduced salary in order to remain with t... [Read More]
08/09/14 Giants RB Rashad Jennings scores 73-yard TD in preseason game
Rashad Jennings took five carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' second preseason game Saturday night, including a 73-yard scamper for a score. Jennings' first-quarter touchdown showcased his breakaway speed, as he outran the entire Steelers defense after taking a carry straight up the middle.... [Read More]
08/09/14 Jets QB Michael Vick running the Wildcat in camp
When the New York Jets signed Michael Vick they surely were looking for some quarter back competition to push Geno Smith. Aside from the competition, Vick could also bring a great change-of-pace role to the Jets' offense. Last season the Jets ran the Wildcat formation a league-high 38 times and they also just recently devoted an entire practice period to running the Wildcat. Along with Vick's scra... [Read More]
08/08/14 Falcons QB Matt Ryan goes 7-for-7 in preseason win
Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a good opening drive versus the Miami Dolphins,going 7-of-7 for 53 yards. He showed patience and chemistry, hooking up with WR Roddy White four of the seven times. Atlanta receiver Julio Jones did not play, yet WR Harry Douglas and TE Levine Toilolo filled in the gap, catching a pass each from Ryan. ... [Read More]
08/08/14 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman gets third-string duties
Playing his first preseason game Friday night with the Atlanta Falcons, rookie Devonta Freeman had third-string duties, running behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. While reports have come out of camp that he's had a slow start in training camp, many expected him to be the starter with injury-prone RB Steven Jackson sitting out. Against the second and third-string defense of the Dolphins, Fre... [Read More]
08/08/14 Raiders WR Denarius Moore on 'roster bubble'
Paul Gutierrez, an ESPN reporter for the Raiders, believes that Denarius Moore's starting position is in jeopardy. Moore was listed with the third-team offense behind Andre Holmes, James Jones, Rod Streater, and Greg Little on the Raiders' initial depth chart. Moore is 25 years old and entering the last year of his rookie contract. He has shown excellent playmaking ability in his three years in th... [Read More]
08/08/14 Patriots RB James White struggles in first preseason game
James White, the rookie running back out of Wisconsin, has been the most talked about player in Patriot's training camp. He's been receiving goal-line carries, plenty of touches and has shown tremendous potential. In Thursday's preseason opener White came off the bench behind veteran Steven Ridley. He failed to impress anyone rushing four times for nine yards. Although underperforming in a single ... [Read More]
08/08/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton still experiencing sharp pains in ankle
Cam Newton underwent surgery during the offseason to repair ligaments in his ankle. The intention of the surgery was to tighten the ligaments within the ankle as they were stretched out. Newton was fully cleared for training camp, but he still feels the sharp pains and describes them akin to, "A thump from your mom when you said something that you weren't supposed to." Because of the random spurts... [Read More]
08/08/14 Broncos RB C.J. Anderson suffers concussion
C.J. Anderson suffered a concussion in the Broncos preseason opener versus the Seahawks Thursday night. SI.com reports that Anderson took a hit to the helmet from Seahawks LB Brock Coyle, and was forced to leave the game. Because of the NFL concussion protocol, he'll be forced to miss at least some practice time following the injury. Anderson is currently listed third on the Broncos RB depth char... [Read More]
08/08/14 Chiefs TE Travis Kelce shows breakaway speed on 69-yard touchdown
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Travis Kelce with the first pick in the third round of the 2013 draft. He had microfracture surgery on his knee in October and never saw regular season action last season. In the team's Thursday night pre-season opener, the 6'5" tight end out of the University of Cincinnati showed a flash of why the Chiefs thought so highly of him. The highlight is below. www.nfl.c... [Read More]
08/07/14 49ers RB Carlos Hyde carries five times for 39 yards in preseason opener
Carlos Hyde looked impressive in the first NFL action of his career, taking five carries for 39 yards in the 49ers preseason loss to the Ravens. With veteran 49ers RB Frank Gore sitting the game out, Hyde capitalized on his chance to play with the offensive starters. His attempts included a 19-yarder burst that showcased Hyde's decisiveness as a runner.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Jets RB Chris Ivory goes down with injury in preseason game
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory went down with what looked to be a rib injury versus the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday night's preseason game. After the injury he walked off the field and didn't return. It's a situation to monitor and we'll have updates as new information comes out. ... [Read More]
08/07/14 Packers WR Randall Cobb fails to impress at camp
Randall Cobb has "looked rather common" in training camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn. The beat writer says that Cobb has had difficulty getting separation in drills, has made some bad drops, and has displayed no "instances of dominating performance." McGinn goes on to say that Packers QB Aaron Rodger has been throwing more to his younger receivers than to Cobb. Cobb ... [Read More]
08/07/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is the 'best running back in camp'
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08/07/14 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman 'on the right track'
The Falcons are heavily in need of a productive running back in 2014. Their passing game will be stellar this year with the return of Julio Jones and Roddy White. With Jones and White stretching the field, there will be room for Steven Jackson or Devonta Freeman to tear up the inside. According to the Falcons' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, "Freeman is coming along just fine," and, "He runs h... [Read More]
08/07/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon has yet to commence settlement talks
As days continue to tick by, the possible suspension scenario for Josh Gordon is becoming more boom or bust. If a deal has yet to be made the NFL and NFLPA they may not want to reach a settlement, indicating Gordon will either be suspended an entire year or not suspended at all. If Gordon reaches a settlement that only suspended him for 15 games, he could rejoin the team in the 2015 offseason. Ot... [Read More]
08/07/14 Giants WR Rueben Randle continues to impress
Rueben Randle has been impressive at Giants training camp, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. One play in particular was singled out, in which Randle beat Giants CB Jayron Hosley by more than a yard on a long route. Randle has been better across the middle, too, using his 6-foot-2 frame to gain separation from defenders. Randle will fill the WR2 role for the Giants this year, behind WR Victor C... [Read More]
08/07/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady will sit out preseason opener
Tom Brady will not play in the Patriots' preseason opener against the Redskins tonight, according to the Boston Herald. Backup QB Ryan Mallett will get the starting nod, followed by rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady has sat out just three preseason games since 2002. With no injuries reported, it appears he's being benched purely out of caution.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor listed as No. 2 RB
Stepfan Taylor is listed as the Cardinals' second running back behind Andre Ellington on the team's first depth chart of training camp. Taylor has been consistently earning No. 2 reps in camp as he battles with RB Jonathan Dwyer to be Ellington's primary backup. In 2013, Taylor took 36 carries for 115 yards, earning a 3.2 yards-per-carry average.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Steelers RB Bell lighter this season, looking to improve quickness
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers second-year running back Le'Veon Bell came to camp this season more than 10 pounds lighter than in 2013. Bell feels that's going to benefit him and the team as a whole as he looks to improve on his solid rookie season. "I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," the former Michigan St. Spartan said. "I'm still str... [Read More]
08/07/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel is struggling
If the Hall of Fame Game was any indication, E.J. Manuel is underperforming as of late. Manuel completed two of seven passes for only 19 yards and had three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. The word out of training camp is not any better for the sophomore quarterback. According to Joe Buscaglia, "Manuel was apprehensive, indecisive and mostly inaccurate," throughout Wednesday's practic... [Read More]
08/06/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman starting in preseason opener
A backup running back's favorite friend is named opportunity. As reported by Christopher Dempsey, a reporter for The Denver Post, Ronnie Hillman will be starting in place of Montee Ball in the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. The Broncos' third-year back has recently impressed Eric Studesville, the Broncos' running back coach. Studesville had nothing but good things to say about Hillman. ... [Read More]
08/06/14 Jets coach Rex Ryan says backfield will run by committee
Rex Ryan says that his team's backfield will run by committee, according to the New York Post. "I definitely think it's going to be a committee approach," Ryan said. "These are guys that are all capable of beings starters themselves, so I think we'll play all of them." The "guys" Ryan is referring to include RBs Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. They will compete for touches and playing... [Read More]
08/06/14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill may see 10 to 15 carries per game
Jeremy Hill may see 10 to 15 carries per game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner. Dehner's comments come after Hill has surpassed RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis in camp, according to many observers. With new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson calling the plays, many expect the Bengals to show a renewed focus on the running game.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno taken off PUP list, ready to practice
Knowshon Moreno has been taken off the Dolphins' Physically Unable to Perform list and is ready to return to practice, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero said via Twitter. He followed up with a tweet saying there's "very little chance" for Moreno to play in the Dolphins' preseason opener on Friday. Moreno was held out of the first two weeks of camp as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery ... [Read More]
08/06/14 Cardinals TE Jake Ballard set to retire
After only playing four years in the NFL, Jake Ballard is retiring. He played 14 games in 2011, totaling 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He tore his ACL that season and although he has played in games since recovering, he's never really looked the same. Arizona will be left with John Carlson, Troy Niklas and Rob Housler competing at the position.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Eagles TE Zach Ertz could 'lead team in receiving TDs'
Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia said Wednesday that "[I]t would not surprise me one bit if [Zach Ertz] led the team in receiving touchdowns" this season. Kapadia goes on to note that he was previously skeptical of the sophomore TE being a "breakout candidate for 2014," but notes that Ertz "attacks the ball in the air, can box defenders out and is a precise route-runner." Depending on preseason p... [Read More]
08/06/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson injured in training camp
The Washington Post is reporting WR DeSean Jackson, while being covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis in a joint practice with the Patriots, "made a cut to the inside but suddenly started hopping on his right foot and made his way to the sideline unable to put pressure on his left foot." It seems to be a left ankle/foot injury which was wrapped and iced while Jackson missed the rest of practice. T... [Read More]
08/06/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer to start first preseason game
Browns beat writer Scott Petrak is reporting head coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer will get the start over rookie Johnny Manziel in the first preseason game versus the Detroit Lions. Hoyer was part of the revival of the Browns last season until he tore his ACL. Speculation has run rampant as to whom the starter will be after the Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Shonn Greene sits atop the Titans RB depth chart
Titans beat writer Terry McCormick has an update on the Titans' roster that indicates RB Shonn Greene is listed as the No. 1 option, with Dexter McCluster as the backup and rookie Bishop Sankey listed as the third-string back. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said it is due to experience, meaning Greene is the benefactor of being a veteran, but the new information doesn't help clear up who will be starti... [Read More]
08/06/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham almost healed up
NJ.com is reporting that Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham has been running, and catching passes off the JUGS machine during practice. "Sounds like he's getting close," said coach head coach Tom Coughlin. Beckham was selected in the first round at pick No. 12 of the NFL Draft but has been sidelined since the first day of training camp with a hamstring injury. Once he's fully healthy, he'll be fighti... [Read More]
08/05/14 Browns hoping for suspension settlement for WR Josh Gordon
The Browns are hoping that the NFL will agree to a settlement with WR Josh Gordon that will allow him to return to the team this season, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gordon had a hearing last Friday to appeal his possible year-long suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Browns believe the best-case scenario is that Gordon misses just eight games in ... [Read More]
08/05/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones is progressing well, practicing every other day
Julio Jones is making good progress as he returns from foot surgery, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Jones has taken every other day off from practice to rest the foot, but he has not missed any scheduled practice time. Falcons head coach Mike Smith and his staff have not yet made a decision about whether Jones will play in the Falcons' Aug. 8 preseason opener. Smith said that Jones has "handl... [Read More]
08/05/14 Bears TE Martellus Bennett suspended from practice
According to the Chicago Bears' official Twitter account, Martellus Bennett has been suspended and fined for conduct detrimental to the team after Bennett threw first-round cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground during Monday's practice. There is currently no word on the length of the suspension. After the incident, Bennett had a few things to say: "I come to training camp for one reason and that's ... [Read More]
08/05/14 Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry 'biggest rookie standout so far'
ESPN Miami is reporting rookie WR Jarvis Landry has been a standout in Dolphins camp. "The rookie wide receiver has displayed strong hands, solid routes and toughness," beat writer James Walker said. He adds that Landry has "made several of the most impressive catches so far of training camp." It's certainly high praise for a rookie, but most reports on Landry are positive coming out of training ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton gets paid: 6-year, $96 million extension
The Bengals may not put as much of the game on Andy Dalton's shoulders this season, but they definitely putting more money in his pockets. Dalton signed a six-year, $96 million contract extension Monday that runs through the 2020 season. Dalton received a $12 million signing bonus and will get an extra $5 million as a roster bonus in three days. Dalton will get as much as $25 million in the first... [Read More]
08/04/14 Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart missing practice with hip flexor issue
ESPN's Michael DiRocco is reporting Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is being "extra cautious" with starting runnng back Toby Gerhart. Gerhart hasn't practiced since Friday and is dealing with tightness in his hip flexor. Bradley is making sure fans know it's strictly the team's call, adding, "That [Gerhart's not practicing] is more on our part... . It's more for us, but I know that he said he felt... [Read More]
08/04/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter gets waived by team
Following an ACL tear in camp, the 49ers have decided to waive running back Kendall Hunter. Since Hunter is a free agent after this season, the 49ers didn't stand to lose much by releasing him. They also can add another man to their 90-man roster before their preseason game with the Ravens on Thursday. Hunter has played the change-of-pace role in San Francisco behind RB Frank Gore, although that ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bengals activate WR Marvin Jones, TE Jermaine Gresham from PUP list
The Bengals activated five players from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, two of whom are notable names in fantasy: wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Jermaine Gresham. Jones had been hampered by a bum ankle since tweaking it while working out with quarterback Andy Dalton prior to camp. Gresham spent his time recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery.... [Read More]
08/04/14 Packers TE Colt Lyerla has sprained knee, may miss 'weeks' of camp
Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette is reporting Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Colt Lyerla could miss multiple weeks with a knee injury. The undrafted rookie has had a decent showing in camp but is competing with fellow TEs Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick and Andrew Quarless for the starting position. If he misses multiple weeks of camp, he would undoubtedly be considered for... [Read More]
08/04/14 Browns QB Johnny Manziel opens practice with starters
Johnny Manziel opened the Browns' practice Monday morning as the starting quarterback, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi. While Manziel had previously taken reps with the starters, Monday marked the first time that Manziel was the starter going into the day. Head coach Mike Pettine previously tried to quash rumors of a quarterback controversy by naming Brian Hoyer the starting entering training camp... [Read More]
08/04/14 Texans RB Arian Foster pondered retirement after back injury
Texans running back Arian Foster gave a very honest and interesting interview to ESPN's Hannah Storm recently. In it, Foster admitted that his 2013 back injury scared him, and he wasn't sure if he would return to the NFL. "Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that -- a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season -- you kind of re-evaluate your li... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants TE Adrien Robinson had third-string duties in preseason game
Following Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game, Giants tight end Adrien Robinson wasn't targeted once in the passing game and played third-string duties. TEs Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells were swapped in with the first-team offense. They caught one pass for 13 yards and one pass for 10 yards, respectively. Robinson, a freakish athlete once dubbed the "JPP of tight ends," hasn't shown he can be a seri... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bears WR Marquess Wilson suffers fractured collarbone
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured a collarbone during Monday's practice. It's not known exactly how much time he will miss, but it's assumed that he will need anywhere between four to eight weeks to recover. "I'm extremely disappointed," head coach Marc Trestman said. "[Wilson] was continuing to ascend. That's football, unfortunately." Wilson had been impressive in camp so far. Now, ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Packers WR Jarrett Boykin having drop issues in camp
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein is reporting Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin has had "too many drops in camp" after witnessing Boykin drop another pass from QB Aaron Rodgers during training camp. Boykin is the Packers' No. 3 WR behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. This is significant because the Packers drafted Fresno State WR Davante Adams in the second round, ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants RB David Wilson out for 2014, says he's thankful to 'literally walk away from the game'
The Giants placed RB David Wilson on sesason-ending injured reserve today, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Wilson suffered a "burner" last week as he attempted to return to Giants practice following a season-ending neck injury in 2013. Wilson experienced numbness in his hands and feet, consistent with nerve damage in the spinal cord. Team doctors advised Wilson to never return to football, an... [Read More]
08/04/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball to undergo appendectomy, expected to be ready for regular season
Broncos running back Montee Ball is reportedly having a strong training camp, but that's on hold for now. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears from a source that Ball will undergo an appendectomy today and may miss the rest of the preseason. However, Ball is fully expected to be ready for Week 1 on Sept. 7 versus the Colts.... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants defeat Bills in preseason opener
The NFL opened its 2014 preseason schedule with the Giants defeating the Bills, 17-13, in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night in Canton, Ohio. Offensive starters for both teams saw about one quarter of playing time. Standouts included Giants RB Andre Williams and Bills WR Robert Woods, who both scored touchdowns. Highly-touted Bills WR Sammy Watkins was targeted three times but did not record a ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Ravens WR Marlon Brown impresses at camp
Ravens WR Marlon Brown has been impressing his coaches in training camp, according to the Baltimore Sun. The second-year receiver made a series of impressive catches against tight coverage Sunday. "He's made great strides," said head coach John Harbaugh. "You can use that big body. He's got a catch radius, right?" The 6-foot-5 Brown set a Ravens rookie record with seven touchdowns in 2013.... [Read More]
08/03/14 Giants RB Andre Williams scores in Hall of Fame game
Rookie Giants RB Andre Williams scored late in the first quarter of the NFL's preseason-opening Hall of Fame game Sunday night. Williams capped the Giants' drive with a 3-yard, between-the-tackles run. Williams racked up 48 yards on seven carries, including a 21-yard jaunt that set up the touchdown.... [Read More]
08/03/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is 'clearly' team's top receiver
Colts beat writer Josh Wilson says that Hilton is 'clearly the one receiver, [Colts WR Reggie Wayne] is the two.' Wilson relegates newly-acquired Colts WR Hakeem Nicks to the WR3 role, and expects that when Nicks comes on to the field, Wayne will play the slot position - not Hilton. With Wayne on the sidelines with a knee injury in 2013, Hilton posted the highest stats of his career, catching 82 b... [Read More]
08/03/14 RB Arian Foster back out of Texans practice; WR Andre Johnson still sidelined
Texans running back Arian Foster was apparently over his hamstring issue when he practiced Wednesday after missing a couple of days. Apparently not. Foster has not practiced since. Although the exact reason for his absence hasn't been disclosed, it's believed to be about that troublesome hamstring. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is also dealing with his own hamstring injury. He suffered it on Monday... [Read More]
08/02/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham out for preseason opener
Odell Beckham did not travel with the Giants to Canton for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game, according to the New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel. The rookie wideout missed every practice this week with a hamstring injury. Beckham, drafted 12th overall in this year's draft, is expected to slot in as the Giants' second or third wide receiver along with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.... [Read More]
08/02/14 Chargers WR Keenan Allen is faster, a 'deep threat now'
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune had a chance to watch second-year wide receiver Keenan Allen in training camp and came away noticing his increased speed on the field. "He trained at Prolific Athletes in Carlsbad with renown speed coach Ryan Flaherty, their results better speed in and out of Allen's breaks and, yes, an albeit subtle increased capacity to go vertical," Gehlken wrote. ... [Read More]
08/02/14 Eagles WR Jordan Matthews having troubles in camp
ESPN is reporting Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews hasn't been running with the first-team offense in practice, even with multiple injuries to Philadelphia's receiving core. Beat writer Phil Sheridan notes, "By the end of Friday's practice, quarterback Nick Foles was working with Ifeanyi Momah, Brad Smith and Arrelious Benn as his starting wide receiver groups" after Jeremy Maclin left practic... [Read More]
08/01/14 Saints backfield to run as three-way committee
The Saints will continue to use a trio of running backs in 2014, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Saints RB Pierre Thomas will handle the third-down, pass-catching role vacated by RB Darren Sproles' departure to the Eagles, while Saints RB Mark Ingram and second-year Saints RB Khiry Robinson will handle most of the between-the-tackles running. Triplett expects "a pretty even workload" for the t... [Read More]
08/01/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno could miss entire preseason
Moreno, recovering from offseason knee surgery, may be out for the entire Dolphins preseason, according to the Miami Herald. Moreno underwent knee surgery in June, and was originally projected to return to action in four or five weeks. Speaking to reporters Friday, Moreno said he wasn't sure when he'd be cleared to join the team in practice. "I don't know," he said. "I just want to take it one day... [Read More]
08/01/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree to miss 'a week or two' with undisclosed injury
Crabtree will be out "a week or two" wtih an undisclosed injury, according to CSNBayArea.com. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that the injury was not related to Crabtree's foot or Achilles tendon, both of which have caused Crabtree to miss games in the past. Crabtree missed most of the 2013 season following an Achilles tear, but returned to the 49ers for their playoff run.... [Read More]
08/01/14 Eagles QB Foles looks 'good,' 'not great' in training camp
Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that Foles "has been good in camp" but "not great." McClane points out that Foles has struggled at times with decision making, and says that he needs to improve "in each department" of the game. Foles took over as the Eagles starter in the middle of the 2013 season, passing for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions.... [Read More]
08/01/14 Giants WR Rueben Randle seeing red zone work in camp
Randle saw "a lot of red zone looks" during Thursday's practice at Giants training camp, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan. Randle served as the Giants WR3 last year behind Giants WR Victor Cruz and now-Colts WR Hakeem Nicks. With Nicks gone this year, Randle is widely expected to step up to the WR2 position in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new scheme. Last year Randle recorded 41 catches ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Saints WR Brandin Cooks and WR Nick Toon look 'terrific'
Cooks and Toon "have looked terrific throughout camp," according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. With Saints WR Kenny Stills missing time with a quad injury, Cooks and Toon have impressed coaches with the extra reps they're seeing. Saints head coach Sean Payton identified Toon in particular as a player having a "fantastic camp." Second-year WR Stills and third-year man Toon are vying for playing time in ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew and RB Darren McFadden to share touches
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says that Jones-Drew and McFadden are both "going to get an opportunity to play," according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Both of them want to be the starter," Allen said. "They wouldn't be good football players if they didn't want that."... [Read More]
08/01/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon has 'slight chance' of suspension settlement
Following reports this week that Gordon's suspsension appeal would be an "all-or-nothing" affair, a source tells ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio that in fact there is a "slight chance" that Gordon's suspension could be mitigated, rather than fully negated or upheld. Gordon and his representation have a meeting with the NFL today to appeal the hearing. Florio says he expects a ruling from the NFL "f... [Read More]
08/01/14 Giants RB Andre Williams taking first-team goal line reps
Williams has been taking the first-team goal line snaps at training camp, according to the New York Daily News. The rookie Williams was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, and looks set to contribute in the goal line package immediately. Williams is currently third in line behind starting Giants RB Rashad Jennings and RB Peyton Hillis. ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Ravens WR Steve Smith will 'catch anything thrown close to him'
ESPN Baltimore beat writer Jamison Hensley is saying after seven days of Ravens camp that WR Steve Smith "continues to prove he has the best hands of all the Ravens receivers." Hensley notes that Joe Flacco has built up a solid relationship with the WR, noting "quarterback Joe Flacco has built a trust that Smith will catch anything thrown close to him." This is good news for Smith following his t... [Read More]
08/01/14 Jets QB Michael Vick wants to play until he's 40
Jets quarterback Michael Vick is entering his age-34 season. He hasn't played in 16 games since 2006, and he's done that only once in his career. He has more turnovers than touchdowns since the beginning of 2011. Last season, he completed 54.6 percent of his passes and lost his starting job. This year, he's slated to be the backup quarterback behind a very flawed youngster in a sub-par offense. A... [Read More]
08/01/14 Buccaneers reiterate need for an RBBC attack
The Buccaneers have made it clear that Doug Martin won't be the only person getting carries this season. Head coach Lovie Smith made that even clearer on Thursday. "We've made it known that we're going to play more than one (running back)," Smith said. "You need a lot. In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton out again with finger injury
Hilton missed practice Thursday with a finger injury he suffered yesterday, according to Colts beat writer Stephen Holder. Very little has been reported about the ailment, other than that Hilton had his hand wrapped during practice yesterday and was icing the finger. If it turns out that Hilton has broken a bone, he could miss three to four weeks, which would take him out of the preseason.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy says he feels quicker, more effective
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy expects five pounds to make a big difference for him this season. The league's leader in rushing and yards from scrimmage last season said Thursday that he has lost some weight by cutting junk food out of his diet, Specifically, Doritos late at night. He estimates that he is down from 215 pounds to about 210 and is very pleased with the results so far. "At a ligh... [Read More]
07/31/14 Browns expected to go with WR-by-committee approach
The Browns will know in the next day or so if No. 1 wide receiver Josh Gordon will be available to them this season. It's likely that he will be suspended for year. But between the injury-prone Miles Austin, the undersized Andrew Hawkins and a host of unproven youngsters, the Browns really don't have an obvious candidate to fill his shoes. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan understands this, and ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts QB Andrew Luck 'will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball'
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finished just outside of the top 10 in pass attempts last season with 570. However, many Indy fans were left frustrated that the number wasn't greater. Instead, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton decided to stick with an ineffective running game headed by Trent Richardson and his 3.0 yards-per-carry average. However, this season should be a little different, according... [Read More]
07/31/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater continues climb toward starting job
Matt Cassel was the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback when training camp opened. Yesterday, just four days later, Cassel began splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Today, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who once considered Cassel starting in Week 1 to be a "slam dunk", is rethinking his position. Scoggins wrote Thursday that he "won't be surprised if Bridgew... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch would prefer RB Toby Gerhart doesn't handle 300 carries
Most of the stuff printed about Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart this offseason has been about how he is going to absolutely dominate the touches out of Jacksonville's backfield. Three hundred carries seemed like a legitimate possibility by at least one beat writer just a few days ago. Today, offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch spoke with the media and came carrying a bucket of cold water. According... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jets WR Stephen Hill is having an 'outstanding' camp
Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill may finally be tapping into his potential after two tremendously disappointing seasons. The former second-round pick has received a lot of praise in the spring and summer, and that continued Thursday when offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg admitted that Hill is having an "outstanding" camp. Hill has caught just 45 passes through two injury-shortened seasons. Bu... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne feels like his old self
Perhaps "old" is the wrong word to use, because Reggie Wayne's 35-year-old body must think it's still 25. Wayne, entering his 15th season, is about nine months removed from tearing his ACL. Yet, he said Thursday that he feels no pain and hasn't experienced any setbacks. He's been running routes and "effortlessly snatching passes out of the air" in training camp, according to Mike Chappell of the ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace out through the weekend with hamstring injury
Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace will miss the team's intrasquad scrimmage this weekend with a hamstring injury. He hasn't practiced since Tuesday and won't practice until he gets evaluated next week. His status for the team's first preseason game, Aug. 8 versus the Falcons, is in doubt. However, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote Thursday, "This is not a serious injury."... [Read More]
07/31/14 Giants RB David Wilson 'needs a miracle'
Wilson will need "a miracle" to return to football, a person familiar with Wilson's medical situation told NJ.com. Wilson said in a tweet Wednesday night that "everything is fine," but that doesn't seem to be the case, according to NJ.com's source. Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year. He was cleared to participate in Giants camp, but left practice Tuesday with a "burner... [Read More]
07/31/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will end holdout
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Lynch will end his holdout by reporting to Seahawks camp within the next 24 hours. Lynch's holdout is currently in its eighth day, and the veteran RB has reportedly accrued over $500,000 in fines by not showing up for training camp. Lynch had demanded a raise on his scheduled $5.5 million 2014 paycheck, but it appears he's backed down. Lynch never had much leverage o... [Read More]
07/31/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell misses practice with hamstring injury
Bell missed hs second straight practice Thursday with a hamstring injury, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bell first sustained the injury during Sunday's workout. Last year, Bell missed the preseason and the first three regular season games after spraining his foot during training camp. Bell finished 15th in fantasy points among all running backs in 2013, despite playing in just 13 game... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts OG Donald Thomas tears quad, placed on season-ending IR
Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Donald Thomas re-tore his quad Wednesday. This is the same injury he suffered back in Week 2 of the 2013 season. He has been rehabbing ever since and only recently returned to the practice field after missing OTAs. This injury will require surgery.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball could see 250+ carries
ESPN Denver reporter Jeff Legwold has high praise for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, saying he's "shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game." He predicts Ball's "poised for a big season and perhaps even the first 250-carry season for the Broncos since Reuben Droughns had 275 carries in 2004." This is clearly good news for Ball... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley calls rookie WR Marqise Lee 'freakish'
Jacksonville Jaguars HC had high praise speaking of his newly drafted wide receiver calling Marqise Lee saying ""He has a chance to break one and is extremely quick. He's freakish in his skill set in some of the things he does." It's very much a confidence booster to Lee, who was drafted at No. 39 in the NFL draft. Lee is also having plenty of chances to show his talents after primary WR Cecil Sho... [Read More]
07/31/14 Lions RB Joique Bell 'showing no signs of rust' after injury
Mlive is at Lions training camp and finally getting to see Detroit RB Joique Bell practicing. Reporter Justin Rogers had praise for Bell including "[Bell] missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from knee injuries, but you wouldn't know it with the way he's started off training camp." Rogers also mentions he has 'cut and accelerated with ease' during team drills. This is good news for the Lions ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Raiders WR Rod Streater cleared for practice after concussion
Bay Area News confirmed Wednesday that Oakland WR Rob Streater has been cleared for contact following a concussion suffered from practice on Monday. He was active in warmups and drills on Wednesday but sat out of team contact drills. Streater is in a battle for WR2 duties with Greg Little and Denarius Moore, to play opposite former Packer WR James Jones. ... [Read More]
07/31/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick throws two INTs in camp
49ers beat writer Grant Cohn reported that QB Colin Kaepernick threw two interceptions in day six of training camp. The beneficiary of both interceptions was 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox. The first was on an underthrown ball to WR Anquan Boldin. The second pass was intended for WR Quinton Patton but Cohn noted Kaepernick 'stared down' the receiver and Cox made the diving interception.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Buccaneers rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is impressing team
NFL Network reporter Daniel Jeremiah attended Tampa Bay's training camp and had this to say about the Buccaneers rookie tight end, "Bucs are pumped about ASJ's play in camp. He's picked things up quickly and made a lot of plays." Austin Seferian-Jenkins is currently in a battle in camp with fellow TEs Tim Wright and Brandon Myers. He sports a massive 6'7/267 pound frame and was drafted in the 2nd ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo struggles after day off
Following a day off for the Cowboys QB, ESPN writer Tony Archer says Tony Romo was "intercepted by cornerback Morris Claiborne, who did a nice job of going up for a slightly underthrown deep ball to wide receiver Terrance Williams." He also goes on to say Romo and star WR Dez Bryant had trouble getting on the same page, "Bryant was shallow with a route in the end zone with the throw just out of ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is over his minor foot injury
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is practicing today. The much-hyped wideout had been hampered by a foot injury for about a week. He took part in 11-on-11 drills earlier in the day.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Bills give RB Fred Jackson 1-year extension
The Bills' practice today was delayed by rain earlier. It looks like they did some business while waiting. The team has extended running back Fred Jackson through the 2015 season, as reported by Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. Jackson, 33, ran for nearly 900 yards and scored nine times last season. He is expected to play second fiddle to C.J. Spiller more often this season.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton leaves practice with finger injury
Hilton left practice with a finger injury, and was later seen on the sidelines with ice and a hand wrap, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. Hilton led Colts receivers last year with 82 catches on 138 targets for 1,083 yards. Hilton became Colts QB Andrew Luck's leading target after Colts WR Reggie Wayne was lost for the season to a knee injury. ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson returns to practice
ESPN's Mike Wells reports that Richardson is back at practice Wednesday after missing the last several workouts with a hamstring injury. Richardson comes back to head an Indianapolis backfield worn thin by the recent loss of Colts RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles tear. Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw impressed coaches while taking reps with the offensive starters during Richardson's absence. Richardson stru... [Read More]
07/30/14 Seahawks excited about rookie WR Paul Richardson
This is not a story for the re-drafters out there. Seahawks second-round rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson is penciled in as the No. 5 wideout in the most conservative offense in the league. He will probably have the ball in his hands most often as a punt returner this season. But what he has done so far is making his coaches confident that they have a future star in their hands. "He continues... [Read More]
07/30/14 GM on Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holdout: 'Next man up'
Seahawks general manager John Schneider told the Seattle Times that the organization's philosophy with respect to Lynch's holdout is "next man up." Schneider said part of managing a team is making "tough decisions." "We've had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can't veer from that plan for one person because [football] is the ultimate team sport," Schneider said. Lynch's holdout ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Texans RB Arian Foster returns to practice, WR Andre Johnson does not
Veteran players missing a few training camp practices is usually no big deal and not worth a write-up. But when said players who have a debilitating history of hamstring injuries, you should pay attention. Thus, it's worth noting that Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday after missing a few days due to a hamstring ailment. However, a similar pain is keeping wide receiver... [Read More]
07/30/14 Giants RB David Wilson to be examined by neck surgeon, out for the week
Giants running back David Wilson underwent a battery of tests last night after suffering a neck burner during Tuesday's practice. He'll have more tests done on Aug. 4 and won't practice until then at the earliest. Next week's tests will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa, who also performed Wilson's spinal fusion surgery during the offseason. According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wilso... [Read More]
07/30/14 Jets TE Zach Sudfeld getting first-team reps
Sudfeld has been taking practice reps with the Jets offensive starters, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta via Twitter. Mehta also says that Sudfeld has earned praise from Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who says Sudfeld is "studying like nobody's business." Earlier this week there were reports that Sudfeld has been impressing coaches at training camp, and now he is being rewarded with first... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declares QB Tony Romo 100 percent healthy
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery near the end of last season to fix a herniated disc, has had spotty participation in recent camp practices. But owner Jerry Jones says it is absolutely nothing to worry about, because Romo is healthy. "He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," Jones said Tuesday. "He's just being real smart and sensitive about having come off the back surgery.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Arizona WR Michael Floyd impressing in camp
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that Michael Floyd has been one of the 'talks of camp.' The third year wide receiver out of Notre Dame has impressed everyone. Carson Palmer has nothing but good things to say about Floyd and how he uses his size and speed to overpower cornerbacks. Floyd reportedly scored twice in camp, once over Patrick Peterson and once over Justin Bethel. Floyd tallied in a 1,041 ya... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor running with first team offense
Andre Ellington sat out of Wednesday's practice with a slight neck injury. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that Stepfan Taylor has been taking repititions with the first team offense. This is a big indicator that Taylor has a slight edge over Jonathan Dwyer in the backup race. Since the Cardinals are currently favoring a two-back set, Taylor may see some valuable playing time. The second-year back ou... [Read More]
07/30/14 Lions TE Eric Ebron dropping 'an inordinate number' of passes
The Lions were looking for someone to stretch the field and take pressure off Calvin Johnson. They believe they found their guy in Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft has been struggling in training camp though. Reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Ebron has been dropping 'an inordinate number' of passes. Lions' coach Jim Caldwell backed-up Ebron saying, "It's tough ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'
The Oakland Raiders went out this offseason looking for more running back talent and they found Maurice Jones-Drew. With two backs that are capable of starting, Darren McFadden and Jones-Drew, the Raiders have an interesting situation to play with. The most likely scenario involves both backs in a committee running scheme. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko has reported, "Darren McFadden has the s... [Read More]
07/30/14 Packers TE Brandon Bostick getting first-team reps
ESPN Green Bay reporter Rob Demovsky tweeted out from camp saying TE Brandon Bostick is running with the first-team in training camp after returning from an injury. Also of note is Demovsky mentioning "I'd say he delivered" when referring to Bostick's opportunities running in the primary offense. This sheds light on a muddied TE situation for the Packers as Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and Co... [Read More]
07/30/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely to sit out preseason
Gronkowski will likely sit out the entirety of the preseason schedule as he recovers from knee surgery, according to the Boston Globe. The fourth-year tight end has undergone six surgeries in the past two years, and has not played a full season since 2011. Gronkowski was cleared for training camp, but has thus far been held out of organized team drills, instead working individually on the sideline... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar impressing at camp
The Dallas Morning News says Dunbar "continues to be impressive" at Cowboys training camp. The former undrafted free agent is heading in to his third season with the Cowboys, and has the number two running back spot secured over Cowboys RB Joseph Randle. In two NFL seasons, Dunbar has carried the ball 51 times for 225 yards. He could see a spike in his workload this year, as new offensive coordin... [Read More]
07/30/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman winning backup battle
Hillman has "usually been the running back up" in Broncos camp so far, according to denverbroncos.com. With Broncos RB Montee Ball solidly positioned as the team's starter, Hillman and Broncos RB C.J. Anderson are in competition for the lead backup role. While many saw Anderson as the better player coming in to camp, it looks like Hillman has the edge at this point.... [Read More]
07/29/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington sidelined with neck injury
Ellington sat out Tuesday's practice with a neck injury, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. Little is known about the injury, but it does not appear to be serious. Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor took reps with the offensive starters in Ellington's absence. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has previously spoken about making Ellington a focal point of Arizona's offense, but due to durability concerns... [Read More]
07/29/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones looking like himself 'and maybe even better'
NFL.com's Jeff Darlington interviewed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Tuesday. His first question was about wide receiver Julio Jones and how he has looked on the field in the first few days of camp. "I think he's looked great," Ryan said. "I think he handled the surgery well this offseason and the rehab. He was incredibly detailed in how he was in here going everything he needed to do in order... [Read More]
07/29/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson taking fewer practice reps to preserve health
Much like the value of preseason football to a couple of star running backs, what good is it to put the best wide receiver in football through every play in practice? That's what Calvin Johnson has always wanted to do, but after seven years in the league and nothing to prove, Lions coaches are pulling the reins on Megatron just a bit. "I'm older now," the 28-year-old Johnson said Tuesday. "I'm no... [Read More]
07/29/14 Dolphins want to make WR Mike Wallace a complete receiver
The Dolphins did many things last year with Mike Wallace that he was already used to. Lined him up right, sent him deep. Lined him up right, sent him deep. Those days are over in Bill Lazor's offense. He wants Wallace and all of Miami's wideouts to do more. They will run a variety of routes and line up all over the formation. There will be a lot of motion and some end-arounds. That puts the onus ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Patriots WR Danny Amendola working with Tom Brady's trainer
When you have an injury history like Danny Amendola's, you'll try just about anything to stay healthy. Amendola's newest hope: Working out with Tom Brady's trainer. His name is Alex Guerrero, and he worked with Amendola this offseason, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer. Guerrero worked with Julian Edelman before last season, and he ended playing a full slate for the first time in his career and... [Read More]
07/29/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch accruing fines
Marshawn Lynch has racked up $455,000 in fines related to his holdout for a new contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter. Lynch, unhappy with his current deal that is set to pay him $5.5 million this year, has failed to report to Seahawks camp for the first six days of its duration. Lynch is being fined $30,000 per day of his holdout, plus a $275,500 penalty mandated by the NFL's c... [Read More]
07/29/14 Bears WR Marquess Wilson impressing in camp
Envision this: A 6-foot-4 wide receiver with 4.50 speed lining up in the slot. That's what the Bears have been doing with wide receiver Marquess Wilson in training camp. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside, the Bears have been trying to find ways to give Wilson consistent snaps. So, he's in the slot and reportedly taking to it well. Matt Bowen wrote for the Chicago Tribune on ... [Read More]
07/29/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is 'step or two quicker' this year
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said wide receiver Michael Crabtree was never fully healthy last season. The sixth-year wideout did make it back from an offseason Achilles tear on Dec. 1 and caught 19 passes for 284 yards in the final five regular-season games. But according to Kaepernick, that wasn't the real Crabtree. That guy has showed up in training camp this year. "He's a step or two qu... [Read More]
07/29/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson out with hamstring injury
Jackson injured his hamstring during training camp on Monday, according to Falcons digital media manager Jay Adams via Twitter. Adams says that it was not the same hamstring that kept Jackson out of several games in the 2013 season. The 31-year-old Jackson has amassed 2,395 carries over his nine-year career. In 2013, his first year in Atlanta, Jackson tallied 543 rushing yards on 157 carries, fo... [Read More]
07/29/14 Lions RB Mikel Leshoure up to 242 pounds
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure didn't get much of a chance last season. He got two carries in three games. Otherwise, he was a healthy scratch. Even with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Riddick in front of him, the former second-round pick is trying to stay positive now that a new coaching staff is in Detroit. "They give everyone a fresh start," Leshoure said. "I feel like that's what I nee... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw 'looks fantastic'
Injuries have ruled the Colts' backfield in camp. Vick Ballard is out for the season due to a torn Achilles, and Trent Richardson hasn't practiced since last week because of a soft-tissue issue. However, head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't sound worried about Richardson's status. Fortunately for this group, a man who is usually injured has stepped up: Ahmad Bradshaw. "He looks fantastic," Pagano sai... [Read More]
07/29/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson's foot surgery in March more significant than initially thought
When Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson went under the knife on March 10 to repair the stress fracture in his left foot, he was initially expected to miss 2-3 months. Now, more than four months later, Dobson isn't on the field. He's still working his way back and is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list. There's a reason for this delay. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, s... [Read More]
07/29/14 Giants RB David Wilson suffers setback
Wilson is undergoing tests after sustaining a "burner" in his surgically repaired neck during Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones. Wilson missed 11 games last year after suffering a serious neck injury that had many questioning his ability to ever return to the field. Wilson was cleared last week to participate in camp, but only made it through a few days of practices be... [Read More]
07/29/14 Could Browns WR Josh Gordon's year-long suspension be result of dumb luck, second-hand smoke?
For months now, it has felt like a year-long suspension for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is an inevitability following his latest violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, which was announced in May. Not so fast, perhaps. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Gordon's appeal, which is set to be heard on Friday, will be focused around inconsistent test results, a positive test re... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts sign former Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner
With Colts running back Vick Ballard out for the season and the recent release of Chris Rainey, their backfield was looking sparse. They immediately went out looking for talent to fill their recently created voids. Adam Schefter has reported that the Colts signed former Cowboys running back, Phillip Tanner. ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer is 'a lot like Tom Brady'
Three seasons as a backup quarterback in New England have really rubbed off on Brian Hoyer. At least, that's the simple conclusion from Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas' words from Monday. "He's a lot like Tom Brady,'' Thomas said of Hoyer. "When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it's no coincidence that those guys played together. (Ho... [Read More]
07/29/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice 'looking good' in training camp
Mike Preston, a Ravens insider for The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice is 'looking good' during training camp. Preston says, "He had two long runs Saturday where he looked like the Rice of old. He never had great speed, but his cuts were excellent." Rice had a very bad season in 2013, averaging 3.1 yards a game. Before that, however, he racked in four straight seasons of 1,100+ rushing yards. Rice ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts RB Chris Rainey released
It has been announced running back Chris Rainey has been released from the Colts. Coach Chuck Pagano stated that, "It's an in-house deal," giving us no indication of why the running back was released. Rainey did not record a single run in the 2013 season and was not a contributing player on special teams. In 2013 he was released by the Steelers after allegedly slapping a woman in the face. ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential
Terrance West, a third-round draft pick out of Towson University, has been lighting it up at training camp. He's shown great receiving skills out of the backfield, outmaneuvering linebackers in the passing game. Wilbert Montgomery, the running backs coach of the Browns spoke on West, "Terrance West has some shades of Brian Westbrook. He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Jets RB Chris Ivory favorite for goal-line back
The running back coach for the New York Jets organization, Anthony Lynn, has said, "If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line." The Jets have one of the most crowded backfields in the NFL with the likes of Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Alex Green and Daryl Richardson. Ivory is one of the largest backs on the depth chart weighing in at 222 pounds and six feet ta... [Read More]
07/29/14 Bills WR T.J. Graham may not make final cut
ESPN Buffalo is reporting WR T.J Graham is having a rough camp and may not make the final 53-man roster. Mike Rodak is reporting Graham "hasn't shown to be a more reliable pass-catcher, one of his bigger problems in his first two seasons in Buffalo. He had two more drops Monday on well-targeted passes." Rookie Sammy Watkins and veteran Mike Williams were brought in during the offseason causing Gr... [Read More]
07/29/14 Raiders RB/FB Marcel Reece has lost weight, in shape for camp
ESPN Oakland beat writer Paul Gutierrez reports "Marcel Reece's physical transformation is very noticeable" noting that Reece was up to 255 pounds in the offseason and is now down to 238 pounds in camp. Gutierrez also says he should be more involved in the pass game now that he is a lighter and fitter. Reece had 46 attempts, rushing for 218 yards and 2TD's last year and is expected to take on mor... [Read More]
07/29/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster nursing hamstring injuries
Here's something to really pay attention to: The Texans have been in camp for three days, and wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are already hurt. Specifically, both have hamstring injuries. Johnson injured his right hamstring while diving for a pass during Monday's practice. Foster hasn't practiced since leaving Sunday's session early. Johnson said his hamstring is just "... [Read More]
07/28/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin healthy, says he feels 'immensely good'
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin said Friday that's it's been a while since he has been fully healthy. He certainly wasn't at this time last year. In July 2013, Harvin was days away from undergoing hip surgery that would cost him nearly all season. This year, Harvin is feeling "immensely good," and you get the sense that he is almost giddy about the upcoming season. "I don't know if any footb... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is having a 'monster camp'
With Marvin Jones on the PUP list with a hamstring injury, Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has taken full advantage of more snaps with the first-team offense. According to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, Sanu is "catching everything" and having a "monster camp." Hobson indicates that the coaches are using Sanu everywhere on the field and often. Sanu is "going to do everything but ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders motivated
On the first day of camp Emmanuel Sanders dropped a single pass. Sanders responded to the drop with, "My Grandma could have caught that pass." This moment motivated Sanders to go into the lab and closely watch the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and former Bronco receiver Eric Decker. Since the drop, Sanders has shown improvement and has caught tightly defended passes and had an amazing one-... [Read More]
07/28/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs
Pat Kirwan met with a few Patriots players post-practice and they had a few interesting things to say. The most interesting comment was from veteran Tom Brady in which he said he wants the team to perform like the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Brady simply wants everyone to perform and deliver when it's their turn. Monday's practice exuded a quiet confidence among the players said Kirwan. He als... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham to miss at least another week due to hamstring injury
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is already irked that rookie wide receiver Odell Bekcham hasn't been able to practice since Tuesday because of a balky hamstring. In that case, no one should tell him this: Beckham won't practice for at least another week. Beckham underwent some tests on his hamstring Monday. The good news is the tests came back negative, but according to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr... [Read More]
07/28/14 Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar lining up at wideout
Gavin Escobar is a second year tight end that has been turning some heads at Cowboys' practice. As a 6'6" tight end, he's been lining up as a wideout. In an attempt to get the sophomore tight end more involved in the offense, the Cowboys are doing everything possible. In 2013 Escobar only had nine receptions, but totaled 134 yards and two touchdowns. Escobar is still behind veteran Jason Witten, b... [Read More]
07/28/14 Raiders WR Rod Streater out due to concussion
The Raiders' receiving corps is quite shorthanded right now. The most notable absence is Rod Streater, who suffered a concussion during Sunday's practice. Wideouts Greg Little and Juron Criner are being bothered by hamstring injuries as well.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants list TE Larry Donnell as starter
This Sunday night the Bills and Giants will be facing each other in a head-to-head matchup. Both teams are required to release a roster and this raises some interesting questions at the tight end position for the Giants. Larry Donnell, the second year tight end out of Grambling state, only caught three balls last year. The sophomore tight end is unproven in the NFL and came onto the team as an und... [Read More]
07/28/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp
The New York Post, a publication that never passes up an opportunity for a cheeky headline, put it perfectly: "CJ-WR?" That was atop Brian Costello's article about Johnson's first camp practice as a Jet on Thursday. Costello wrote that the most interesting aspect of Johnson's day was how often the Jets positioned him as a wide receiver. "They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide recei... [Read More]
07/28/14 Redskins HC: Designed runs for QB Robert Griffin III might be 'few and far between'
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first. Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks dow... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bills RB Bryce Brown listed as fourth option
Earlier today the Buffalo Bills released their first official depth chart of training camp and Bryce Brown is set as the fourth string running back. This depth chart is of course not final, but it gives us a preview of what is to come. The Bills traded for the third year running back in the offseason. As an Eagle, Bryce Brown filled in for LeSean McCoy and set an Eagles rookie record with 178 rush... [Read More]
07/28/14 Saints QB Drew Brees expresses more praise of rookie WR Brandin Cooks
It seems like everyone is falling in love with wide receiver Brandin Cooks at Saints camp. Especially and perhaps most importantly quarterback Drew Brees, who hasn't been shy in setting the expectations high for Cooks in his first season. Brees said this about Cooks on Friday: "Here's a guy who's obviously extremely talented," Brees said. "But more so than that, very intelligent. You get this fee... [Read More]
07/28/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III feels the team is improving
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts wit... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton is improving on his decision making
Andy Dalton, the fourth year quarterback for the Bengals has always struggled with decision making. In the 2013 season, Dalton threw 20 interceptions, a career high. During the Bengals Monday afternoon practice, he brought joy to his offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson. On a goal-line exercise, Dalton rolled out of the pocket to the right and threw the football deep out of the right corner of the e... [Read More]
07/28/14 LeSean McCoy, other Eagles RBs are 'dominating in the passing game'
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski had the 411 from Eagles camp on Sunday: "Eagles running backs are dominating in the passing game in camp so far. Nobody can cover them, and they're racking up an absurd number of receptions. The question then becomes, are they dominating because they're just really good, or because the Eagles' linebackers don't have the ability to stick with them? It's probably a combin... [Read More]
07/28/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: My arm is stronger than ever
Heavily used arms don't usually get stronger when they are attached to bodies for 30 years or more. If that was the case, you would see all MLB pitchers throwing harder than they did in their 20s. Some of them have, but the reason behind it is ... well, don't worry about that. The point is that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 32 years old, but his arm is not feeling his age. "My arm is... [Read More]
07/28/14 RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
Certainly, Adrian Peterson has no problem with carrying the rock whenever his name is called. He's done it about 300 times for seven years, even when defenses knew full well what was coming. However, with playmakers such as Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the outside and with aggressive play-caller Norv Turner designing things, Peterson thinks the 2014 Vikings will be very difficult to ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Patriots rookie RB James White 'becoming one of camp's top phenoms'
Zuri Berry of Boston.com wrote Monday that running back James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie." White received the most touches of any back during Sunday's 11-on-11 drills, finishing one ahead of Stevan Ridley. Berry added that White has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran." The team is giving him "an abundance o... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants want QB Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes
The Giants aren't expecting a just bounce-back year from quarterback Eli Manning. They are setting a goal for him that most NFL quarterbacks, including his brother, have never achieved: They want Manning's completion percentage to hit 70. "It hasn't been done very often, so that's the ultimate goal," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday. "I think it's been done eight or nine times, mayb... [Read More]
07/28/14 Lions WR Golden Tate taken off PUP list
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but as expected, he didn't stay there long. The Lions activated Tate, and he took part in his first practice with his new team Monday. Tate landed on the list after landing on his shoulder awkwardly during OTAs in May.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin day to day with bone bruise
Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin knocked knees with a teammate during practice Sunday and underwent an MRI. It revealed a bone bruise that isn't expected to keep him out for a long while. Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Benjamin's knee is stable but has some swelling.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Buccaneers rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is 'behind a lot'
It should come as no surprise that a rookie who missed every spring workout and practice is lagging behind the rest of his teammates in training camp. That's the position in which Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins finds himself. The second-rounder couldn't take part in OTAs and minicamp due to an NFL rule that prohibits rookies for joining their team until their college classes let out ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals RB coach on Giovani Bernard: 'We'll find a way to get the ball to him'
People are so concerned with how many touches running back Giovani Bernard is going to get this season. Some say 300. Others think he will stay near last season's total of 226 because of rookie Jeremy Hill. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey doesn't feel like there needs to be a certain number in mind. He just knows the Bengals need Bernard to get the ball a lot. "I don't know if it's the workload t... [Read More]
07/28/14 Cardinals rookie WR John Brown can't be covered
A string of praise for Cardinals wide receiver John Brown that seemingly started as soon as he was drafted as a third-rounder in May continued Monday. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confessed that so far, Arizona's defense hasn't been able to cover the speedy Brown in camp. This comes after Brown was lauded for his performance in rookie mini-camp, and a tweet from Gil Brandt in which he sai... [Read More]
07/28/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 49ers RB Frank Gore unlikely to play in preseason
What does a team gain by exposing a veteran workhorse running back to punishing contact in exhibition games? If you're the VIkings or 49ers, it appears the answer is nothing. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday that he has "nothing to see" from Adrian Peterson in preseason games. He said Peterson may get a carry or two if he really wants them, but the team may jus... [Read More]
07/28/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson looks 'rejuvenated'
Jackson appears to have some of his explosiveness back early in training camp, according to ESPN's Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. Jackson suffered from nagging injury concerns, but according to McClure, Jackson "still has a good year in him if he remains healthy. The 31-year old Jackson will compete with Falcons RB Devonta Freeman for touches in 2014, as he endeavors to improve on his 3.45 yards... [Read More]
07/28/14 Browns WR Charles Johnson turning heads at camp
Johnson has impressed members of the Browns organization with his size, speed, and knowledge of the team's offense, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi. Johnson was signed by the Browns last October from the Packers practice squad. The team later learned that Johnson had suffered a torn ACL. Now rehabilitated, Johnson will seek to join a Cleveland WR corps spread thin by the suspension of B... [Read More]
07/28/14 Jets TE Zach Sudfeld impresses at training camp
Sudfeld has been the best TE at Jets training camp thus far, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Sudfeld is seekeing to unseat Jets TE Jeff Cumberland, who reported late to camp and has not stood out among the rest of the tight ends. Sudfeld moved from the Patriots to the Jets roster after just three games last season, and ultimately recorded just five catches for 63 yards on the year.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension
The Vikings' quarterback of the future may become their quarterback of the present. If he does, one should expect a lot of connections between Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph this year and over the next five years. The Vikings signed the 24-year-old tight end on Sunday to a five-year contract extension through 2019. The extension is worth $36.5 million. Rudolph was limited to eight games last ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta fully healthy after 2013 hip injury
One year ago today, Dennis Pitta's season was considered over. He fractured and dislocated his right hip during a camp practice and required surgery. The Ravens' tight end returned from surgery in time to play in the season's final four games but admitted that he was still gaining strength, trust, and flexibility in his hip. Today, Pitta is ready for the 2014 season. "I feel good," Pitta said. "... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
Teddy Bridgewater is making a quick ascent up the pecking order of quarterbacks in Minnesota. According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the rookie is already splitting first-team reps in practice with Matt Cassel, and there is "hugeeee optimism" for his future. "May not be Week 1 starter but he's definitely been more impressive than [coaches] expected," Glazer tweeted about Bridgewater on Sunday... [Read More]
07/27/14 Jets QB Geno Smith says he will be a top-5 quarterback by 2015 or 2016
Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Geno Smith? Smith was asked Saturday for his opinion about a recent ESPN survey that ranked him as the worst QB in the NFL, No. 32. He isn't worried about it and expects a much more desired ranking after this season. "The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith said. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect t... [Read More]
07/27/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson looking forward to moving around formation
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is trying to make up for lost time after skipping OTAs and minicamp. He has about six weeks to grasp new head coach Bill O'Brien's offense and all that it will ask of him. Johnson does have a lot to learn, and that excites him. "I think it's just gonna be fun for me, me picking up the things I need to pick up, [O'Brien] telling me that he's gonna move me around ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Browns 'shocked' by RB Terrance West's receiving skills
Although Browns running back Terrance West touched the ball 838 times in three season at Towson University, only 36 of those touches arrived through the air. It sounds like West has put a lot of work into shoring up that area of weakness. According to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com, West "made a pair of dazzling one-handed catches" on Saturday that drew some audible surprise from the fans in attendanc... [Read More]
07/27/14 Dolphins envision RB Lamar Miller as their version of LeSean McCoy
Bill Lazor, the Eagles' quarterbacks coach last season, left Philadelphia for Miami in January to become the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. He obviously couldn't bring LeSean McCoy with him, but the Dolphins think they have a player able to mimic what "Shady" has done. Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald wrote Sunday "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can be the McCoy in Lazor'... [Read More]
07/27/14 UPDATE: 49ers RB LaMichael James has dislocated left elbow
The 49ers backfield has not caught any breaks lately. It has been reported that LaMichael James was carted off the practice field earlier today with an apparent arm injury. The injury was later to be confirmed as a dislocated elbow. It is expected that the 49ers running back will miss at least a month. ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson nursing foot injury
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a foot injury that has kept him from practicing with the team during the first few days of camp so far. However, he isn't expected to be out much longer, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "He's improving every day," Zimmer said of Patterson on Friday. Patterson injured his foot last week, but the chatty wideout offered up no comment when asked h... [Read More]
07/27/14 Seahawks RB Christine Michael leaves practice with shoulder injury
Michael left Seahawks practice with an injured shoulder on Sunday, according to ProFootballTalk. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll downplayed the severity of the injury, telling reporters "[Michael] just banged his shoulder a little bit," and saying he believes Michael will return to practice on Tuesday. With Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holding out over a contract dispute, Michael has been taking r... [Read More]
07/27/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in full-team practice
On Sunday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski continued to make progress in his rehab from major knee surgery. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that Gronkowski took part in an 11-on-11 practice for the first time during training camp. Breer added that the drills were run at about three-quarters speed. Gronkowski tore his right ACL and MCL in December.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter
The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Mark Ingram one more shot. The former first-round pick is entering a contract season. He has never surpassed more than 700 yards from scrimmage or five touchdowns in a season, but right now, he is on top of the team's running back depth chart. Ingram ran with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice while Pierre Thomas worked with the second... [Read More]
07/27/14 49ers RB LaMichael James injured
James was carted off the field during the 49ers practice Sunday, with an apparent left arm injury, according to CSNBayArea.com. James is in line with 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore and 49ers RB Carlos Hyde to serve as Frank Gore's backup and potential successor. The injury is being evaluated further, and details will be forthcoming.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Jason La Canfora: Bills could trade RB C.J. Spiller before season
Most training camps are only a few days old, and a couple of backup running backs are already down for the count. Teams such as the Colts and 49ers are looking to replace their losses and will probably come calling to teams with some running back depth. The Bills are one such team, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks Buffalo might listen to offers for C.J. Spiller. "Buffalo has more backs tha... [Read More]
07/27/14 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role
According to CBS Sports, "several Steelers people" say that Wheaton is having a "strong start to camp" and that "his role will increase greatly" in the coming year. The Steelers drafted Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he didn't see the field much in his rookie year. The depth chart at WR has thinned out in 2014, however, and Wheaton is set to see a starting role alongside Steeler... [Read More]
07/27/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones looks 'explosive'
Jones is showing no lingering issues with his surgically repaired foot, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Jones is moving well, accelerating and stopping with ease. While the Falcons are limiting his reps in camp, that is reportedly a cautionary measure, and not because of any setbacks in Jones' recovery. Jones missed 11 games in 2013 with a broken foot.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get contract extension after season
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney spoke about QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract situation saying "we intend on addressing Ben's contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014. I think Ben understands that's our intention and the way we'd like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation." There were talks of ex... [Read More]
07/26/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford is shaking off the rust
As reported by ESPN's Nick Wagoner, Sam Bradford practiced on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time that Bradford has practiced on consecutive days since his injury in 2013. Bradford was reportedly extremely excited to practice, enough so that Jeff Fisher has to watch the quarterback carefully and throttle down the amount of throws he's taking. Bradford is coming of a 2013 season in which he... [Read More]
07/26/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo: You'll see the best of me over next 4-5 years
Playoff failures aside, Tony Romo has been a very productive quarterback over the course of the past seven or eight seasons. But now, at the age of 34 and coming off his second back surgery in as many years, Romo says he has finally become the player he's always wanted to be. Because of that, "I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had t... [Read More]
07/26/14 Saints QB Drew Brees thinks he can play at 45
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is entering his 14th year in the league. Very few players are physically able to live an NFL life for that long, but Brees' body is in good shape, and he believes that he may have 40 percent of his career still ahead of him. Speaking with NFL.com's Albert Breer on Friday, Brees said there's "no doubt" he could play into his mid-40s. "I'm not getting ahead myself, lik... [Read More]
07/26/14 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart not concerned about his hamstring
Jonathan Stewart told reporters at Saturday's training camp, "It's definitely frustrating, but it's nothing that I'm really too concerned about considering my past and my history with my ankles." The 27 year old running back hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2011. Stewart says it's frustrating and the only thing he wants to do is contribute. The Panther's running back feels as though recove... [Read More]
07/26/14 300 carries 'not out of the question' for Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart
If you need any further proof that the Jaguars want running back Toby Gerhart to be the engine of their offense, ESPN's Michael DiRocco is here to give it to you. "The Jaguars also need [Gerhart] to be the workhorse back," DiRocco said Friday. "250 to 300 carries, 1,200 yards I think is not out of the question for Toby Gerhart." DiRocco also said Gerhart is a "first-down menace" who has the hand... [Read More]
07/26/14 Packers WR Jordy Nelson gets four-year, $39 million extension
Nelso signed an extension with the Packers that will tie him to the team through the 2018 season, and includes $14.2 million in guaranteed money. The 29-year-old Nelson has spent his entire career in Green Bay, and produced some of the highest numbers for WRs in the NFL since he joined the team in 2008. Last season, Nelson caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/26/14 ESPN's John Clayton predicts Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will report next week
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out of training camp because of money. ESPN's John Clayton said Friday that he expects Lynch's holdout to end rather quickly because of money. Specifically, the money he is bound to lose by staying away from the team. "My prediction is [Lynch] comes in on Tuesday, because starting Tuesday, which will be the sixth day of his holdout, he'll have alrea... [Read More]
07/26/14 UPDATE: Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts to miss 'several weeks' with hamstring strain
Update: The Jaguars have given a more specific timetable for Shorts. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts will be out for "several weeks" with a hamstring strain, head coach Gus Bradley announced Saturday. Shorts couldn't finish Friday's practice due to what was initially labeled as hamstring... [Read More]
07/26/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter has torn ACL
The results are in from Kendall Hunter's MRI, and they show the worst-case scenario. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice and will miss the entire season. Hunter was set to compete in camp to remain the team's direct backup behind Frank Gore.... [Read More]
07/26/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton still not 100% healthy
ESPN's Panthers beat writer David Newton described QB Cam Newton as 'looking rusty' on the first day of training camp. He also noted a "scary moment came when Newton walked away with a slight limp after stepping into a throw that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery dropped." Newton is recovering from an offseason surgery to repair loose ligaments in his ankle. ... [Read More]
07/26/14 Raiders QB Matt Schaub named the starter in Oakland
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, in only the first week of training camp, confirmed that veteran QB Matt Schaub will start this season for the Raiders. When asked about who the starting quarterback would be, Allen responded "It's Matt. Matt's our quarterback" and then reiterated the statement again by saying "I'm really excited about Derek Carr, I think he's got a chance to be a top-level... [Read More]
07/25/14 Bills RB Fred Jackson injured
Jackson suffered a "lower leg injury" during practice Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. He was able to leave the field under his own power, but did not return to drills. Jackson, who is 33 years old, is coming off a 2013 season in which he tallied 1,277 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/25/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter injured
Hunter sustained a right knee injury during practice Friday, according ESPN's Bill Williamson. Hunter was hurt when attempting to catch a swing pass, and was down for several minutes. He was able to walk off the field under his own power without limping, but reportedly looked upset. Hunter previously missed five games in 2012 with a torn Achilles tendon. ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant confident he’s still on the rise
Dez Bryant said in a post-practice interview, "Truthfully, to be honest, I feel like, man, I'm still rising." The fifth year wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is entering a contract year and will be working as hard as ever to keep on improving himself. At 25 years old, he is the Cowboy's oldest wide receiver and is seen as role model to the other wideouts. In the 2013 season, Bryant totaled 1,2... [Read More]
07/25/14 UPDATED: Colts RB Vick Ballard has torn Achilles
Updating an article by my colleague Stephen Englert, it is now confirmed Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard has a torn Achilles and is likely done for the season. This was following reports from earlier in the day that saw Ballard being carted off the field with an ankle injury. He missed 2013 after a torn ACL which required surgery. The Colts only real depth at the position is Ahmad Bradshaw.... [Read More]
07/25/14 Arizona RB Andre Ellington to be a 'bellcow'
Bruce Arians stated that Andre Ellington is ready to be a 'bellcow' in the Arizona offense, according to Darren Urban, a reporter that has covered the Arizona Cardinals for 15 years. In the offseason, it has been confirmed that Ellington has added an additional 10 pounds to his frame. Ellington became the featured back of the Arizona Cardinals after the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall earlier in ... [Read More]
07/25/14 New England TE Rob Gronkowski not 100% yet
After the Patriot's second training camp practice on Friday, Rob Gronkowski stated, "If it was 100 percent, I'd be doing ever single little thing." The New England Patriot's tight end has only been participating in individual drills. While the team drills are taking place he has been forced to watch from the sidelines. Gronkowski states that there is no timetable for him to start taking repetition... [Read More]
07/25/14 Colts RB Vick Ballard injured during camp
Ballard injured his ankle running a route during the Colts practice Friday and was carted off the field. He was unable to put any weight on the injured ankle when attempting to leave the field. Ballard is part of a Colts RB corps that also includes RB Trent Richardson and RB Ahmad Bradshaw. ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get long-term deal after 2014
Ben Roethlisberger and his agent, Ryan Tollner, have recently met with the Art Rooney in hopes of signing a new contract. Although there are still two years left to his $102 million dollar contract, Roethlisberger wants to be a Steeler for the rest of his career. Rooney has made no objections to the starting quarterback's wishes and supports his idea of retiring as a Steeler. The Steelers hope to ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer expected to be Week 1 starter
According to Bob Holtzman, an ESPN reporter, the Cleveland Browns fully expect Brian Hoyer to be the starter for Week 1. A player within the organization revealed to Holtzam, "We're all expecting Hoyer to start." This decision does not come as surprising considering earlier this week Mike Pettine, head coach of the Browns, revealed Johnny Manziel may only be a "package quarterback."... [Read More]
07/25/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson says he was playing injured last year
Richardson told ESPN's Mike Wells that he played much of last season with a chipped collar bone and a separated AC joint. "Toward the end of the season I felt more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," Richardson said. Richardson struggled to assimilate into the Colts offense after being traded to the team by the Browns after Week 2. In total last season, Richardson took 223 touche... [Read More]
07/25/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to camp today
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Johnson arrived at the Texans facility and reported to camp on time Friday morning. Johnson and his agent are still in talks with the team about the $1 million roster bonus Johnson forwent by skipping out on team activities this spring, but those talks will apparently continue with Johnson present for training camp. Just a few weeks ago, reports surfaced that Johnso... [Read More]
07/25/14 Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has 'attention-grabbing receptions' in camp
ESPN Bengals reporter said TE Tyler Eifert had "attention-grabbing receptions" in the first day of training camp. This comes after there were some worries that Eifert wouldn't be ready to go for camp while still healing from a shoulder injury. All systems are a go for the second-year tight end with Jermaine Gresham on the PUP list due to a back injury.... [Read More]
07/24/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 'not close' to new deal with team
ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon says that the Cowboys and Dez Bryant have had several contract discussions, but are 'not close' to a new deal for the receiver as training camp approaches. Bryant, now in the final year of his rookie contract, is scheduled to make $1.78 million this season. That's very low when contrasted against salaries for comparable receivers. When asked whether he was concerned by t... [Read More]
07/24/14 Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to hold out on training camp
Star running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks told ex-teammate Michael Robinson that he plans to hold out until a new deal is had. Lynch is 28 years old and must have saw the new deal Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles recently recieved for holding out of training camp, that allowed him to become the second highest paid RB in the league behind Adrian Peterson. If there isn't a deal do... [Read More]
07/24/14 Falcons WR Roddy White gets contract extension
White and the Falcons have agreed to a three-year extension that will tie the veteran wideout to the team through the 2017 season. Reports had emerged previously that White wanted a new deal before the start of training camp, and now that has been accomplished. White caught 63 balls for 711 yards and three touchdowns last year, his lowest totals since 2006. White will look to improve on those num... [Read More]
07/24/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice to receive two-game suspension
ProFootballTalk reports that Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Rice was caught on tape striking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator on February 15. He originally faced a felony assault charge, but enrolled in a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid jail time. Rice will miss the first t... [Read More]
07/24/14 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon arrested for possession
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested Wednesday night after police found marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop, according to Newson6.com. Last October, Blackmon was served a one-year suspension without pay by the Jaguars for his substance abuse problems. He has now missed 14 games in his two NFL seasons due to drug-related suspensions, and it looks as though ... [Read More]
07/23/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson cleared for training camp, flew threw conditioning run
Jets running back Chris Johnson has received medical clearance following offseason knee surgery, and according to head coach Rex Ryan, he looked every part of 100 percent on Wednesday. Ryan said Johnson was "flying" through his mandatory conditioning run earlier in the day. The Jets will hold their first full-team practice Thursday. Johnson had his knee scoped in January to fix a torn meniscus he... [Read More]
07/23/14 Browns RB Ben Tate 'penciled in' as starter
Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich says he has Tate 'penciled in' as the starting RB in Cleveland, despite competition for the spot. Rookie Browns RB Terrance West is also vying for the top roster position. For his part, Tate doesn't believe there's much competition to be had. "There's no one that can touch me or that's close to what I do," Tate said, when asked about the possiblity of losing carries ... [Read More]
07/23/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson to return kicks
Casual NFL fans really began to know the name Cordarrelle Patterson last year by watching him return kicks. He finished second in the league in kick return yards (1,393) and brought two kicks back for scores. This year, the Vikings are pushing him to be their No. 1 wide receiver. But just because Patterson will have a much larger role in the offense doesn't mean the Vikings will abandon what has w... [Read More]
07/23/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer to enter camp as starter
ESPN's Pat McManamon reports that the Browns will enter training camp with Hoyer slotted in as the team's starter. Browns head coach Mike Pettine has high praise for Hoyer's dedication to his job, pointing out that he only took five days off over the entire offseason. Pettine left the door open for Browns QB Johnny Manziel to overtake Hoyer for the starting job, but said of Hoyer, "We're confiden... [Read More]
07/23/14 Detroit Lions place WR Golden Tate on PUP list
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is saying newly acquired Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will begin training camp on the active/PUP list. This is due to a shoulder injury suffered in OTAs which caused him to miss the rest of offseason minicamps. While Tate is considered day-to-day, it doesn't present much concern as he's expected to be healthy by the start of the season. He will be the Lions WR2 opposite Calv... [Read More]
07/23/14 UPDATE: Browns RB Terrance West put on non-football injury list, will practice Friday
Update: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says via a source that West will be practice Friday despite today's placement on the NFI. The Browns' first full-squad practice is Saturday. This looks to be much ado about nothing. ---------------------------------------------------------- Browns rookies are scheduled to arrive at training camp today, but third-round running back Terrance Wes... [Read More]
07/23/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham's hamstring injury is 'concerning'
Giants GM Jerry Reese is worried about his rookie WR's continuing hamstring problems. "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and then he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," Reese said, referencing Beckham's absence at OTA's due to the injury. The Giants first-round pick participated in stretching and warmups on Wednesday, but did not take part in organized drills.... [Read More]
07/23/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles agrees to new contract
Just hours after a holdout was announced Tuesday night, the Chiefs have agreed to a new deal with Charles, ESPN's Adam Schefter says via Twitter. The 28 year-old back was scheduled to make $3.65 million during the 2014 season, a figure that is now much higher. The contract is reportedly worth $18 million through 2017. Charles is currently en route to training camp.... [Read More]
07/23/14 Bengals place TE Jermaine Gresham on PUP list
The Bengals have placed tight end Jermaine Gresham on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The fifth-year vet is still recovering from hernia surgery. His absence is expected after he didn't participate in OTAs or minicamp, but he should return prior to Week 1. ... [Read More]
07/23/14 Seahawks WR Sidney Rice to retire
Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire, a source has told Pro Football Talk. The source adds that Rice's history of concussion is the foremost reason why he will call it a career at 27. Rice was a fantasy star with Brett Favre and the Vikings in 2009. He caught 83 passes for 1,312 and eight touchdowns. But he missed 25 games over the following four seasons, and he suffered a con... [Read More]
07/23/14 Rams WR Tavon Austin: Playbook was like foreign language to me last season
Last season, Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin went from being the eighth overall pick in the draft, presumed to be the shot in the arm that St. Louis' offense desperately needed, to a sparsely used player who was lucky to see more than 20 snaps in some weeks. There's a good explanation for that. "I didn't really know what was going on. Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me,... [Read More]
07/23/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy to be team workhorse
Packers running backs coach Sam Gash tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he has no concerns at all about overusing Lacy. "If he gets 40 (carries a game), I'm ok with that," Gash said. "He has huge upside." Last year Lacy touched the ball an average of 21 times per game, and it sounds as though that number is set to increase this sesason. Gash also dispelled the notion that the Packers will try to pr... [Read More]
07/23/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis reports to training camp
49ers training camp opened its doors to all veterans on Wednesday, and as expected by some, tight end Vernon Davis was in the building. His presence was confirmed through an Instagram video by safety C.J. Spillman. A source has told Pro Football Talk that Davis still wants a new contract, but he came to the conclusion that getting what he wants wasn't worth a $30,000 fine for each day of camp mis... [Read More]
07/23/14 Giants WR Victor Cruz: new offense is 'pass happy'
Cruz says that Giant's offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than what we've had in the past." McAdoo is in the midst of installing an up-temp, West Coast offense, one in which Cruz says he believes he can catch 100 balls. "If I get 100, hopefully I can get around 1,500 yards," Cruz said. The last time Cruz approached those numbers was his rook... [Read More]
07/23/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne cleared for camp
Wayne has passed a physical and been cleared for camp, according to Colts reporter Kevin Bowen. Wayne has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered against the Broncos last year. The 35-year old WR will rejoin a Colts passing attack that includes WR T.Y. Hilton and newly acquired WR Hakeem Nicks. Before his injury last year, Wayne caught 38 balls for 503 yards and three touchdowns in just seven ga... [Read More]
07/23/14 Colts RB Vick Ballard medically cleared
ESPN's Colts reporter Mike Wells says RB Vick Ballard has been medically cleared to play football and should be ready to go for training camp. This comes after Ballard tore his ACL last season and has been rehabbing ever since. He is expected to compete with RB Ahmad Bradshaw for backup duties to struggling Trent Richardson.... [Read More]
07/23/14 Jaguars rookie WR Marqise Lee will be ready to go for camp
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR Marqise Lee said ""I'm pretty much cleared." when he spoke about a lingering ankle injury he has been battling. The mild ankle sprain has kept him out of some OTA practices but he said "I should be OK" when speaking of the Jaguars starting training camp this Sunday. Lee was selected 39th overall in the 2014 draft and will battle with fellow rookie Allen Robinson for ... [Read More]
07/23/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski avoids PUP list
Gronkowski will be ready for the start of camp, and will not be placed on the PUP list, acccording to ProFootballTalk.com. Gronkowski has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season. Previously there had been some concern that the Patriots would hold their top TE out of early camp activities, but that will not be the case. Gronkowski said recently he expects to play all 16 games this yea... [Read More]
07/23/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones to see limited reps in camp
Falcons head coach Mike Smith says that Jones will be limited in early camp work, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He'll be limited in terms of his snaps," Smith said. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be." Jones is recovering from surgery after breaking a bone in his foot last October, an injury which held him out most of the ye... [Read More]
07/23/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will get fewer touches
Martin will see fewer touches under new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, the Tampa Tribune reports. Martin averaged 23 touches per game over the last two seasons under former head coach Greg Schiano, but that will not be the case going forward. However, Smith has said that Martin will remain the starter. RB Mike James, RB Bobby Rainey and rookie RB Charles Sims will battle for the number two RB spot.... [Read More]
07/23/14 RB Theo Riddick to be used as 'Sproles-like' in Lions offense
Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke predicts RB Theo Riddick will have chances to play a 'Sproles-like' role in the Lions offense writing "If the Riddick hype is for real -- and at this point, there's no reason to suspect otherwise -- then Riddick could fill a kind of Darren Sproles-like role in the offense." Riddick only had 13 carries last season but has seen praise from teammates and coaches during t... [Read More]
07/23/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady can be effective managing the game
Patriots.com writer John Rooke suggests Tom Brady doesn't have to be an offensive playmaking leader, but that to be effective he just has to manage the game writing, "It is over-simplifying things, but literally all Brady needs to do...to still be terrific...is get the ball in the hands of the playmakers at the right time. Should the offensive line regain some similar form from a few seasons ago ... [Read More]
07/23/14 Could this be the last season in San Diego for Chargers RB Ryan Mathews?
ESPN's San Diego reporter made the statement "Ryan Mathews could be playing his final season in San Diego" after word came out that Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a contract extension through 2016. This statement would makes sense with the Chargers also bringing in Donald Brown this offseason and signing him to a 3 year/$10.5 million dollar contract. Ryan Mathews has been benched for fumbli... [Read More]
07/23/14 Browns rookie RB Terrance West will have chance to start
"And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like'' were the words of Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaking about the teams running back competition. The Browns signed RB Ben Tate in the offseason from the Houston Texans, and then also drafted RB West in Round 3 and immediately signed undrafted free agent RB Isaiah Crowell. It was initially thou... [Read More]
07/22/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton on team for the 'immediate future'
Bengals president Mike Brown said Tuesday that Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future." While Brown indicated that he'd like to get a long-term deal done with Dalton, he also said that the team would be willing to place a franchise tag on him in 2015. Dalton is currently in the final year of a four-year, $5.2 million contract.... [Read More]
07/22/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham bothered by hamstring injury
Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham took part in the team's first practice of training camp Tuesday, but he's not 100 percent. Beckham said prior to the practice that a hamstring injury he suffered during the spring is "feeling a lot better" but it may not be fully healed. Then Beckham appeared to pull up slightly while going out on a deep route during the practice.... [Read More]
07/22/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis not reporting to training camp Wednesday would be 'big surprise'
49ers tight end Vernon Davis skipped all offseason workouts and has openly hinted at holding out of training camp to get a new contract. Well, tomorrow is the day we find out how committed he is to his cause as 49ers veterans are scheduled to report. And ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson is expecting Davis to be with his teammates. "it wouldn't be shock if Davis reports because that 30 [thousan... [Read More]
07/22/14 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to practice 'very soon'
ESPN's Bill Williamson says via Twitter that RB Lattimore is "fine" and will be back on the practice field in short order. Williamson says that the 49ers are "being careful" with Lattimore, but his tweet suggests that the second-year back is ready to play football again soon. Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries during his college career at the University of South Carolina, and has spent th... [Read More]
07/22/14 Giants might use 3-man rotation in backfield, including rookie RB Andre Williams
Rashad Jennings is the Giants' lead running back. That is known. David Wilson, now that he has been medically cleared, should be the change-of-pace backup. That is pretty much a lock as long as he stays healthy. But there could be room for a third consistent contributor to this running game. That is if you believe Art Stapleton, Giants reporter for the Bergen Record. He tweeted Tuesday that he "c... [Read More]
07/22/14 Chargers, RB Danny Woodhead agree to 2-year extension
Danny Woodhead had a career year in his first season with San Diego, and the two sides agreed to keep it going for at least a couple more seasons Tuesday. Woodhead has signed a two-year extension that will get him with the Chargers through 2016. Financial details weren't made available immediately. Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also took on 106 carries... [Read More]
07/22/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will hold out
In search of a new contract, Charles will not report to training camp on Wednesday, reports KCTV. The Kansas City CBS affiliate says that Charles "wants more money, and is willing to hold out as long as it takes." He's scheduled to make $2.65 million this year, less than other comarable running backs. Charles and the Chiefs management have had discussions about a new contract.... [Read More]
07/22/14 Jaguars WR Ace Sanders facing 4-game suspension, taking leave of absence
Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders told reporters Tuesday that he is taking a leave of absence from football to handle some "personal issues." He also said he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I've decided to go seek help and get that attention," Sanders said. "I should be fine. ... I've made some mistakes that I could have handled a little differ... [Read More]
07/22/14 Ravens notes: QB Joe Flacco gaining comfort; hope RB Ray Rice's suspension comes soon
A couple of notes from ESPN's Ravens reporter, Jamison Hensley, today: Quarterback Joe Flacco told Hensley that he is "gaining a comfort level" with Gary Kubiak's offense, but knows that what he's done so far is peanuts compared to what lies ahead in training camp. "This is where it counts," Flacco said. Meanwhile, the team is still awaiting word on Ray Rice and his looming suspension. There ha... [Read More]
07/22/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce cleared for camp
Pierce has been cleared to participate fully in training camp, according to Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson. Pierce underwent rotator cuff surgery this offseason, but his recovery apparently will not be an issue going forward. Entering his third year with the Ravens, Pierce is stil behind RB Ray Rice on the depth chart. In 2013, Pierce carried the ball 152 times for 436 yards, averaging 2.9 yards pe... [Read More]
07/22/14 Charles Johnson is 'most intriguing prospect' among Browns WRs
Everyone should agree that there is a lot of room for opportunity inside the Browns' receiving corps. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are expected to open the season atop the depth chart, but injuries have been a huge part of their NFL story in recent seasons. No. 3 wideout, Nate Burleson, will turn 33 next month. Beyond tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns' passing offense is one big question ma... [Read More]
07/22/14 Giants WR Victor Cruz not yet totally comfortable with offense
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that his feel for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system is "not to where I want it to be." The same could be said for his top wideout. Victor Cruz told Paul Dottino of WFAN radio on Tuesday that his comfort level with the offense is currently at an eight out of 10.... [Read More]
07/22/14 Jets QB Geno Smith 'can be special'
David Lee, the quarterback coach of the New York Jets states, "We're not playing yet -- we're not in the stadium yet, people aren't in the stands -- but Geno is a strongly improved player at this point." The sophomore QB is coming off a less-than-stellar rookie rookie campaign where he threw for 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. With the Jets signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, Smith has a... [Read More]
07/22/14 UPDATE: Texans WR Andre Johnson expected to be at training camp on time
The Houston Texans will arrive at training camp on Friday, and the face of the franchise is expected to join them. After holding out of spring practices and then reportedly demanding a trade, wide receiver Andre Johnson will likely be back with the Texans this week, according to Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon. Johnson visited the team's facility on Monday. ----------------------------... [Read More]
07/22/14 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble
CSN Bay Area reports that Johnson, while the current favorite to win the 49ers WR3 spot, will need to "clearly win" the position in order to make the roster, due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary this year. Also competing for the third wideout spot will be WRs Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Brandon Lloyd. The winner of the roster battle will lineup alongside WRs Anquan Boldin and Michae... [Read More]
07/22/14 Giants QB Eli Manning 'a little nervous' in new offense
The Giants will open the 2014 season with a new offense and new coordinator, Ben McAdoo. Manning expressed his feelings about the changes recently in the New York Post. "You come in to the season a little nervous - you just don't have [the same comfort]," Manning said. "We've still got a lot of work to do and a lot to improve on to get comfortable." Manning, who had ankle surgery in April, says he... [Read More]
07/22/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel: WR Sammy Watkins 'is special'
The Buffalo Bills opened training camp yesterday, and already first-rounder Sammy Watkins is impressing fans and teammates with his ability, including second-year QB E.J. Manuel. "I don't know if you saw him out there, on a slant, stop on a dime," Manuel said after the workout. "The kid is special. I have thought that way since 2010." Watkins was widely considered the top receiving prospect in the... [Read More]
07/22/14 More details emerge about Browns WR Josh Gordon's DWI charges
ESPN has more details about Browns receiver Josh Gordon's pending DWI charges. Apparently he blew a .09 when he was pulled over in North Carolina, which is .01 over the state's legal limit. Browns coach Mike Pettine also said he knows a hearing date has been scheduled but does not know exactly when. The league is currently waiting on a ruling from that hearing in order to determine what additional... [Read More]
07/22/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones expected to be limited during training camp
Falcons beat writer D.Orlando Ledbetter says of Julio "While his training-camp practice schedule will be limited, Jones plans to be in the starting lineup when the Falcons open the regular season against the New Orleans Saints". There is some concern here as Jones is still recovering from his second surgery on the same foot. Ledbetter mentions both both Jones and WR Roddy White will be well docume... [Read More]
07/22/14 Giants WR Mario Manningham will be limited for start of training camp
Giants Daily News columnist Ralph Vacchiano tweeted thursday that LT Will Beatty, WR Mario Manningham and OL John Jerry will be limited at the start of training camp. This news isn't all that shocking as Manningham missed all of OTAs with a knee injury that has been setting him back since 2012 when he tore his ACL. In 2013 he played only 6 games for the 49ers again having issues with the surgical... [Read More]
07/21/14 NFL executive says Packers backfield 'best it's ever looked'
When asked to assess this year's Packers running game compared to those of the past 10 years, one NFL executive told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's the best it's ever looked. They're good to go. As long as Eddie Lacy's healthy, I think they're as comfortable as they've ever been." Running back coach Sam Gash agreed. "I'm lucky," Gash said. "From top to bottom, the guys we have, I'm happy ... [Read More]
07/21/14 Browns will name starting QB before August 23
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Monday that he doesn't know exactly when he will officially tab either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel as Cleveland's starting quarterback, but he has a firmly established deadline: before the team's third preseason game on August 23. A decision hasn't been made on how the first-team reps will be split between the two quarterbacks in training camp, but Pettine th... [Read More]
07/21/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon unlikely to be cut
Browns HC Mike Pettine says that the Browns do not plan to cut Gordon after his failed drug test and arrest this offseason, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We're expecting him to report Friday and be on the field," Pettine said. Gordon faces a potential year-long suspension from the NFL for his violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He was the top fantasy WR in 2013, taking 87 rece... [Read More]
07/21/14 Eagles QB Nick Foles knows he may not top last year's stats; he's OK with that
Last season, Nick Foles posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio by a quarterback who ever threw at least 250 passes in a season. 27:2. Not bad for a quarterback who entered the season as a backup and started just 10 games. Foles doesn't need to worry about a competition this season; he is entrenched as the Eagles' starter. Now the pressure ratchets up for him to prove that 2013 was fluke... [Read More]
07/21/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones placed on non-football injury list
The Bengals have placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on the active/non-football injury list prior to when their veterans report to training camp Wednesday. A source has told Pro Football Talk that Jones tweaked his ankle while working out with quarterback Andy Dalton following OTAs. Jones is listed with an ankle injury and joined by running back Onterio McCalebb (knee) and quarterback A.J. McCarron ... [Read More]
07/21/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins: I won't try to be Superman
Bills rookie wide receiver isn't faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. And he won't try to be; he's just going to do his job. "With our offense, we've got a lot of explosive guys, so for me it's just about coming in right away and trying to make plays," Watkins said over the weekend. "Don't try and be Superman, but play my role and everything will work out."... [Read More]
07/21/14 Titans beat writer makes his fantasy predictions for WR Kendall Wright, RB Bishop Sankey, etc.
ESPN's John Clayton is already on record with his expectations for the Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders. Now we've got more predictions coming in just before training camps open. The latest are from The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, and he covers a handful of Titans. Wyatt has wide receiver Kendall Wright catching 88 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. Wright is the team's best fantasy player, accord... [Read More]
07/21/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson put on PUP list
Aaron Dobson is still suffering from a foot injury suffered last year which required surgery in the offseason. Depending on how much longer it takes for him to heal up, he could miss all of training camp which starts for the Patriots on July 23rd. Being 6'3 with 4.4 speed, Dobson put up a 37/519/4 line his rookie season and was expected to make a sophomore leap. ... [Read More]
07/21/14 Chiefs TE Travis Kelce ready to go for training camp
Beat writer Randy Covitz at the Kansas City star is reporting Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is "healthy and eager to play." This is great news as Kelce went down with a knee injury his rookie season which required microfracture surgery. After the Chiefs got rid of Tony Moeaki in the offseason, the only real competition at the tight end position is Anthony Fasano, who also suffered an injury in 2013.... [Read More]
07/21/14 Broncos QB Peyton Manning is in the best shape of his life
Peyton Manning's numbers last season were simply staggering. He racked up almost 5,500 yards and a 55:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. They are made even more amazing given Manning's advanced age, and that he was just two years removed from a career-saving neck surgery. You might believe those numbers are unrepeatable from a 38-year-old quarterback, but Broncos head coach John Fox disagrees. H... [Read More]
07/21/14 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant wants to model his game after A.J. Green
In a little Q and A with the Steelers' official website recently, rookie wideout Martavis Bryant pointed to Bengals All-Pro A.J. Green as the player he wants to resemble on the field. "How he is a man of the game, he is a dog in the NFL," Bryant said of Green. "I try to watch his highlights and do the stuff he does." A couple other notable responses from Bryant: Career goals: "I want to accompl... [Read More]
07/21/14 Vikings QB Matt Cassel is likely starter
Cassel is the "heavy favorite" to start over Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, USA Today's Tom Pelissero says. The Vikings took Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 draft, prompting many observers to speculate that he would start for Minnesota this season. For his part, VIkings HC Mike Zimmer has said he won't name either player the starter early in camp. But for now, it seems that Minnes... [Read More]
07/21/14 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders to catch at least 80 balls
ESPN's John Clayton says that Sanders receptions will be "in the 80s" for the 2014 season. Sanders joined the Broncos this offseason after a career-best year with the Steelers, in which he caught 67 passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns. Clayton says Sanders will do most of his work this season from the outside position, as opposed to the slot, where he lined up in Pittsburgh. Sanders will fill ... [Read More]
07/21/14 Giants RB David WIlson 'cleared for everything'
Wilson declared via Twitter Monday that he has been "cleared for everything." Wilson underwent neck surgery following a Week 5 injury last year versus the Eagles. It was originally feared that Wilson's career might be over. That has not proved to be the case, however, and Wilson will now be set to join fellow RB Rashad Jennings in the Giants backfield this season.... [Read More]
07/21/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could get short-yardage work
ESPN.com's Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss says he thinks RB Ellington is "capable of being a short-yardage workhorse." This opinion follows Cardinals HC Bruce Arians assertion that he believes Ellington can be a feature back, and wants to get him 20 to 22 touches per game in the upcoming season. In 2013, his rookie season, Ellington never touched the ball more than 17 times in a single game... [Read More]
07/21/14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will 'certainly' break out in 2014
Coley Harvey, Bengals reporter for ESPN.com, says that he expects to "certainly see rookie running back Jeremy Hill break out this year." Hill was taken by the Bengals in the second round of the 2014 draft, and already has been placed ahead of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis during OTAs. He rushed for 1,401 yards in his final season at LSU, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.... [Read More]
07/21/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton experiencing limited mobility
The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers QB Newton is not 100% after undergoing ankle surgery this offseason. Newton worked out with the Panthers receivers last week, but was unable to give full effort due to concerns about the ankle. The fourth-year quarterback did not miss any games last season due to the injury, but complained of stiffness following the Panthers' playoff game versus the 49... [Read More]
07/21/14 Jaguars plan on using RB Jordan Todman as a change of pace back
According to the Florida Times Union, Head Coach Jedd Fisch stated very clearly that Jordan Todman would be involved in their offensive scheme but, as a "change of pace" style back.... [Read More]
07/20/14 Seahawks RB Christine Michael set to have bigger role after impressive spring
Seahawks running back Christine Michael should see more work this season. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta admits that he doesn't know exactly how much more, but "[Michael's] play in the spring did nothing to quell the idea he will get regular carries this season," Condotta wrote Sunday. Michael was active for all of last season but played in only three games. He carried the ball 18 times for 79 t... [Read More]
07/20/14 Broncos TE Julius Thomas desires to stay in Denver long-term
In a pre-ESPY's interview last week, Broncos TE Julius Thomas told Larry Brown Sports that he hopes to remain with the Broncos long-term. As he enters the final year of his current contract with Denver, Thomas has made it clear that he likes his current team and the city he plays in. "Absolutely. I love Denver. It's a great city. I really love that franchise, fan base, I would look forward to bei... [Read More]
07/20/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski thinks he will play every game this season
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is probably going to spend part of training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. But once the regular season begins, Gronkowski thinks he will be active from September through December. "I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski said Friday. "... I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play f... [Read More]
07/20/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey to be lead back in RBBC
Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt predicts "Sankey will be the busiest back this season in terms of carries and production, even though the Titans plan on using a running back by committee approach." After watching OTAs he notes that offensive weapon Dexter McCluster has been an "offseason star" and while Sankey was absent due to the University of Washington's late graduation, and power running back Sh... [Read More]
07/20/14 Seahawks WR Sidney Rice on roster bubble?
ESPN's Seattle writer Terry Blount drew up a likely 53-man roster for the Seahawks in which it left off WR Sidney Rice. The WR corps he mentions as 'locks' are Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, with Ricardo Lockette and Kevin Norwood making the two final spots. Rice has missed 25 games since 2010 and missed the remainder of last season after tearing his ACL in week 8. ... [Read More]
07/20/14 Jaguars HC Gus Bradley talks up RB Toby Gerhart again
It's already known that Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley wants Toby Gerhart to be his bell-cow running back. On Saturday, he presented further reasons why. "His work ethic, his knowledge of the game, his ability to fit in with our team, his competitiveness — he checks all those boxes," Bradley said of Gerhart. "The one thing we saw during the OTAs was that his speed — he's even faster t... [Read More]
07/19/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III says HC Jay Gruden's offense is similar to Mike Shanahan's
Redskins fans and Robert Griffin's fantasy owners from 2013 probably want to forget about everything Mike Shanahan following last year's fiasco. Jay Gruden is in as the new head coach. Sean McVay is in as the new offensive coordinator. But when people watch the Redskins this season, they will see something that should remind them of Shanahan: The offense. Griffin said so. "I think having two yea... [Read More]
07/19/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham might be a decoy often this year
One reason why the Giants spent a first-round pick on Odell Beckham is his 4.4 speed. The Giants look forward to utilizing that speed this year, and perhaps the most prominent way they will do so is by making the rookie a decoy to help out his teammates. "Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he ... [Read More]
07/19/14 Titans TE Delanie Walker was an offseason star
The Titans would love to see what tight end Delanie Walker did during May and June carry over to September and beyond. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Walker was an offseason star who looked good during practices and really worked hard on his blocking skills so he can stay on the field for more plays. Walker is also healthy after spending last offseason, his first in Tennessee, recoveri... [Read More]
07/19/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones underwent 'cutting-edge procedure' to lessen chances of another foot injury
Julio Jones will likely be drafted as a top-five wideout in many leagues this year. He's a stud, even though there's a pretty big red flag attached to his fantasy stock. Jones has fractured the same bone in his right foot twice in the past 33 months. The re-break came in October and required season-ending surgery. In that surgery, doctors took steps to lower the odds that Jones' foot fractures wo... [Read More]
07/19/14 Raiders would prefer QB Matt Schaub starts every game this season
The Raiders hope that their future is rookie quarterback Derek Carr. They also hope they don't need the future to arrive until after 2014. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area wrote Friday that while Carr has developed so quickly that his play has forced coaches to give him more practice reps, the team would prefer to have Carr sit and learn while Matt Schaub gets 16 starts this season. "Head coach Dennis... [Read More]
07/19/14 Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph 'should have a big year'
Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote Friday that Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph "should have a big year" under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Rudolph was on his way to setting some career-highs last year before a broken foot took him down for the final eight games. But Rudolph's foot is healthy, he has lost some weight in an effort to make himself quicker, and "all signs poi... [Read More]
07/19/14 Patriots rookie RB James White predicted to play more than 20 percent of snaps this season
If Stevan Ridley can hold on to the ball, the Patriots have a nice one-two punch in their backfield with him and Shane Vereen. However, the Pats may turn their running game it a three-punch combo. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston posted a "Bold Predictions" column on Saturday. One of those predictions centered on fourth-round rookie running back James White. Reiss said that White will make an "early imp... [Read More]
07/19/14 Bills WR Mike Williams' surgically repaired hamstring is fully healed
Bills wide receiver Mike Williams missed some time during OTAs and minicamp because his surgically repaired hamstring was still an issue. No longer, Williams said Saturday. "I'm fully ready to go. I trained this whole offseason. There was really no offseason for me. I kinda had to get my leg better. I had to get back to feeling like Mike again, like my mom always tells me. "At the start of camp,... [Read More]
07/19/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wants to do more this season
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had the best season of his four-year career in 2013. Most importantly, he finally played in 16 games. But he is not satisfied because how of last season ended. While Mathews made it through the regular season, a sprained ankle limited him to just 18 carries for 78 yards in two postseason contests. "It was hard, not being able to finish the year out," Mathews sai... [Read More]
07/19/14 Saints rookie WR Brandin Cooks wowing teammates, NFL media
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett posted a story about Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks on Friday. The quick takeaway: Everybody loves him. "Everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed," tight end Ben Watson said of Cooks. Linebacker Junior Galette said Cooks' speed is "top tier" in the NFL. Former player and current NFL writer Matt Bowen said Cooks is ... [Read More]
07/19/14 Rams reporter guesses RB Tre Mason will see 8-10 carries per game
Rams reporter Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com has softened on his earlier expectations for rookie running back Tre Mason. In May, he wrote that he wouldn't be surprised if Mason overtook Zac Stacy for the starting job. In a chat on Friday, it was the exact opposite. Wagoner said he would be surprised if such a change occurred. "Mason has a ways to go on things that go beyond simply running the football,... [Read More]
07/19/14 Colts HC Chuck Pagano on RB Trent Richardson: 'Fully expect him to have a great year'
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano understands the difficult transition running back Trent Richardson had to make last year. Traded from Cleveland prior to Week 3, Richardson was installed as the Colts' lead back even though he was learning the offense on the fly. It played a role in a very disappointing season for Richardson as he averaged just three yards per carry and less than 40 yards per game. He... [Read More]
07/19/14 Browns RB Ben Tate will enter training camp as 'slight favorite' to start
All eyes of the NFL media will be on Johnny Manziel when the Browns open training camp next week. Fantasy owners should focus their eyes a few yards behind the rookie quarterback and to an important and fairly even running back battle. According to Vic Carucci of the Browns' official website, Ben Tate will enter camp as a "slight favorite" to begin the season as the starter ahead of third-round r... [Read More]
07/18/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski may begin training camp on PUP list
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, still dealing with knee issues, said he's unsure if he'll be on the active/PUP list when training camp opens. Gronkowski missed the first six weeks of the 2013 season, was super-productive over the next seven, then hung it up during the final three weeks and the playoffs. When he was on the field, Gronkowski was his normal self. He averaged 5.5 receptions and 84.5 ya... [Read More]
07/18/14 Chiefs QB Alex Smith looking for $18 million/year extension
Speaking to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he has one year left on his his 2012 deal and is looking for a new contract, "I'd love to have it done," Smith said in a phone interview on Thursday. "I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players. … But when you're talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right." When asked... [Read More]
07/18/14 UPDATE: Browns QB Brian Hoyer healed up, ready to go for camp
The following is an update to my colleague Brian Murphy's previous news item. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com had a chance to speak with Browns QB Brian Hoyer about how his knee is healing after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Hoyer said he's been cleared by team trainers and insisted he's ready to go, ""I was begging them to let me practice, they said once training camp comes there ... [Read More]
07/18/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon suspension appeal coming soon
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com spoke with Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus in which he confirmed the suspension appeal would be coming soon. Gordon is facing a year or more suspension after he failed a another drug test, which was the third time he's run into issues with the League's substance abuse policy. He was also arrested in early July for a DWI.... [Read More]
07/18/14 Ravens RB Justin Forsett in line for third-down duties
New opportunities have arisen from Ray Rice's likely suspension. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is predicting Benard Pierce will be the starter this season while backup Justin Forsett will see third-down duties. Forsett will be given a chance in part because of his familiarity with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offensive scheme from their days together with the Texans. He also foresees ro... [Read More]
07/17/14 QB Dalton's re-signing not a concern for star WR Green
Superstar wide receiver A.J. Green gave yet another vote of confidence to quarterback Andy Dalton Thursday and believes the team will reach the long-term deal that Dalton desires before the season starts. "I know they know he's the guy," Green said when asked about the team's stance. "I feel like they're going to get something done before the season starts". Dalton put up career bests in yards ... [Read More]
07/17/14 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to begin training camp on non-football injury list
49ers running back Marcus Lattimore is still not all the way back from his brutal 2012 knee injury, so he will begin training camp next week on the non-football injury list. The 49ers made the move Thursday. Lattimore didn't play at all last season, but did participate in offseason practices. Lattimore said in April that he was ready to play, but he reportedly didn't look close to his pre-injury f... [Read More]
07/17/14 Giants expect RB David Wilson to be medically cleared and ready to go
Giants Co-owner John Mara gave an update on running back David Wilson saying "We expect him to be playing, all signs are he'll be ready to go." Wilson's health is questionable after suffering a season ending neck injury that required surgery last year to which he is still recovering from. Although he might be ready to return, running back Rashad Jennings was brought in from Oakland, and in June G... [Read More]
07/17/14 Cowboys RB Joseph Randle may be an every-down player if DeMarco Murray sustains injury
Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar is considered the team's version of Darren Sproles. Sproles isn't an every-down player and according to ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer, Dunbar won't be either if something bad befell starter DeMarco Murray. Archer wrote Tuesday that second-year player Joseph Randle "would likely take over an every-down role" if Murray was unable to play.... [Read More]
07/17/14 Eagles writer doesn't expect LeSean McCoy to have lighter workload in 2014
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy isn't the most physically imposing runner in the NFL, not by a long shot. But no team asked more out of their starting running back last season than the Eagles did with McCoy. He led the league in carries (314) and touches (366). Darren Sproles was acquired to create more havoc out of Philadelphia's backfield, but not necessarily cut into McCoy's work. Sheil Kapad... [Read More]
07/17/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green not focusing on contract extension
Instead of giving Green a new deal, the Bengals exercised his 5th-year option for $10.5 million back in April. Green said he's focused on winning, "I think I'm on the backburner just because of the option. That's fine with me, I don't even look at it like that. I just go out there and play and my time will come." He was drafted in the first-round of the 2011 draft and has gone to the to pro bowl ... [Read More]
07/17/14 Vikings intend to use RB Adrian Peterson differently this season
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may not reach 300 carries this season, but that doesn't mean he will be used less than in years past, just differently. According to ESPN's Ben Goessling, head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner want to turn some of Peterson's would-be rushes into receptions. They want to give him the ball with more space to run and reduce the number of har... [Read More]
07/17/14 Broncos see 'vast improvements' in RB Montee Ball
ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports that the Broncos "have seen vast improvements in [Ball's] work as both a receiver and blocker in the passing game." Legwold says that Ball has every-down potential in the Broncos offense. Ball took 120 carries for 559 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season. He also added 145 yards on 20 receptions. Knowshon Moreno, Denver's leading rusher in 2013, left the ... [Read More]
07/17/14 ESPN's Phil Sheridan: Eagles WR Jordan Matthews could be a star
Phil Sheridan, who covers the Eagles for ESPN.com, says that there were "people at organized team activities comparing [Matthews'] physique to that of Terrell Owens" and that "[Matthews] could be a star in the future." The Eagles drafted the rookie wideout in the second round of the 2014 draft. He will likely be rostered as the number-three receiver, behind WRs Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.... [Read More]
07/17/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson to fill 'Z' role in HC Jay Gruden's new offense
According to the Washington Post, Gruden wants WR Jackson to slot into the 'Z' role - the primary deep threat - in the Redskins new offense. This was the role filled by WR A.J. Green during Gruden's time as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. The Post also mentions that Pierre Garcon is expected to be the 'X' receiver, a role characterized by short, quick routes. During Gruden's last year wi... [Read More]
07/17/14 Packers TE Jermichael Finley possibly returning to Green Bay
In a very vague and unclear tweet, Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley indicated he may be returning to his former team less than a day after meeting the Pittsburgh Steelers and they apparently offered him a contract at that time.... [Read More]
07/17/14 Bears TE Martellus Bennett expected to have bigger year
Rich Campbell at the Chicago Tribune believes "Martellus Bennett is poised to build on his breakthrough first season" with the Bears. Tight ends coach Andy Bischoff also had praise for Bennett mentioning "The things we've identified for him as improvable areas, he is all over it." Bennett had some issues staying healthy last season but should be good to go this year.... [Read More]
07/17/14 Bengals TE Tyler Eifert expected to be ready for training camp after injury
Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson says Eifert bruised his shoulder on the first day of mini-camp and missed the rest of OTAs. He also specifically mentions that Eifert directly addressed concerns it had nothing to do with the neck injury he suffered during the 2013 playoffs All systems are green for him heading into training camp and competing with Jermaine Gresham for starting TE duties.... [Read More]
07/16/14 Packers would like to raise RB Eddie Lacy's snap count
Packers running back Eddie Lacy was on the field for 637 snaps last season, about 62 percent of the team's total play count. In 2014, the Packers want more. ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky wrote Wednesday that the team would like to keep Lacy on the field for more plays this season in an effort toward Green Bay's quest to average 75 plays per game. "That means Lacy will have to perfect his pass-blocking... [Read More]
07/16/14 Broncos GM John Elway: TE Julius Thomas isn't Jimmy Graham
Now that the game's best tight end has gotten paid, Julius Thomas must be licking his chops as he gets ready to enter his walk year. Broncos general manager John Elway knows this, and is telling Thomas to hold his horses. He's good, but he's not that good. "Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he's only [played] 23 games," Elway told USA Today on Thursday. "We want Julius to be a Bron... [Read More]
07/16/14 Jerricho Cotchery expected to be Panthers' No. 1 WR, 'every spot after that is open'
More from ESPN's John Clayton. He provided a short primer about the wide receiver battle coming up in Panthers training camp. Despite the fact that Carolina spent a first-round pick on Kelvin Benjamin, Clayton says that Jerricho Cotchery is expected to open camp as the team's No. 1 wideout, and "every spot after that is open."... [Read More]
07/16/14 'Word out of San Francisco' is 49ers RB Frank Gore will see 50 fewer carries this season
Marshawn Lynch isn't the only NFC West running back who should be bracing for a 15-20 percent cut in his carries this season. ESPN's John Clayton wrote Thursday about 10 under-the-radar position battles entering training camp. He touched on the 49ers' situation at backup running back and who among them -- Marcus Lattimore, Carlos Hyde, specifically -- will win the No. 2 on the depth chart. No mat... [Read More]
07/16/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray thinks he can handle 300 carries
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray's three-year career has been shortened every year due to injuries. Those injuries and restrictive workloads have kept him from getting close to 300 carries in any season. But if he was ever tasked with taking on that many carries, Murray believes he would do just fine. "If [the coaches] decide to do that with me, of course," Murray told FOXSports.com when asked... [Read More]
07/16/14 Titans WR Justin Hunter gets compared to Randy Moss
Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter experienced a tough rookie season, full of growing pains, mental lapses, and unfulfilled promise. But those high expectations remain for the 23-year-old Hunter heading into his second season, and he can be a very good player in this league if he meets those highest expectations. A very, very, very good player. Teammate Michael Preston thinks the sky is the limi... [Read More]
07/16/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to see reduced workload
Beat writer Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times mentions Lynch could see about 2-3 less carries per game which means 32-48 less carries this season. He also notes that could mean increased workload for Christine Michael although specifically mentioning Robert Turbin is still in the picture "and it's probably hasty to completely discount Turbin in this conversation — recall how enthusiastic Car... [Read More]
07/16/14 'A massive spike in production' possible for Bengals WR Marvin Jones
Marvin Jones' 2013 stat line looks good, but it doesn't look like anything too exciting. Now, 10 touchdowns are impressive, but 51 catches and 712 yards in 16 games? Most people would probably look at that, shrug, and move on. What they don't know is that Jones was on the field for only 44 percent of the Bengals' snaps last season. Jones snap count rose through the final month of the season, topp... [Read More]
07/16/14 Chargers WR Malcom Floyd had as good a spring as one player can have
Just making it back from last year's career-threatening neck injury is enough to celebrate Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd. But he has apparently come back as a player with something to prove. Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego wrote Monday that Floyd would have been his choice for spring MVP -- if such an award existed. Krasovic said Floyd's spring "was as good as spring can be." Philip Rivers ta... [Read More]
07/16/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin will remain a kickoff returner
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times wrote Sunday about the competition that will take place in camp for the right to be the Seahawks' punt returner. Safety Earl Thomas was the front-runner at the end of mini-camp, according to head coach head coach Pete Carroll. Condotta brings up a handful of names who may become the main punt returner or take part in a committee. One of those names is wide receive... [Read More]
07/16/14 Bengals beat reporter: RB Giovani Bernard to see 300 touches
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects RB Bernard to see an increase in workload in the 2014 season. Dehner predicts 230 carries and 70 receptions for the second-year RB. Last year Bernard produced 1,209 total yards and 8 TDs on 170 carries and 56 receptions. The Bengals spent a second-round pick on former LSU RB Jeremy Hill in this year's draft.... [Read More]
07/16/14 Titans RB Shonn Greene may not make final roster
The Titans would like Shonn Greene to fill the role of short-yardage pounder while backing up Bishop Sankey this year. But Greene can't do those things if he's not on the roster, and Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean thinks he may not be when the season begins. Wyatt opined Monday that a disappointing 2013 season followed by a spring wiped out by the second surgery on his right knee in eight months has... [Read More]
07/16/14 Cowboys QB Kyle Orton released, expected to retire
Although Kyle Orton skipped all workouts and physicals in the spring, the Cowboys were still holding out hope as late as last week that the nine-year veteran would return to take part in training camp and play this season. The hope ended Tuesday as the Cowboys released Orton, who is expected to retire. Orton spent the past two years as Tony Romo's backup and threw a total of 61 passes in that time... [Read More]
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]


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