Fantasy Football News & Views
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin working with Alex Smith (Mon Apr 27, 03:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Miami waiting on Ryan Tannehill option (Mon Apr 27, 02:17 PM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Philip Rivers trade unlikely (Mon Apr 27, 02:09 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Robert Griffin option picked up (Mon Apr 27, 08:30 AM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Eli Manning not worried about contract (Sun Apr 26, 02:26 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Jay Ajayi taken off some boards (Sun Apr 26, 09:51 AM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Fielding calls for No. 1 pick Tue Apr 28, 02:47 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told media more than one team has inquired about the Buccaneers' No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Licht said the calls were more about 'feeling out what it would take' to acquire the pick.Link to story
Browns | Breshad Perriman visits Tue Apr 28, 02:26 AM
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman had dinner with Cleveland Browns executives recently, including general manager Ray Farmer.Link to story
Jets | NYJ would pass on Marcus Mariota? Tue Apr 28, 01:12 AM
If the New York Jets had a shot at Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the latest buzz in league circles is that they would pass on the quarterback.Link to story
Eagles | Sam Bradford is Philly's guy Tue Apr 28, 01:10 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford was acquired to be the team's quarterback, not as a trade pawn. Bradford will only sign an extension with the Eagles with a no-trade clause, as he really wants to play in the system of head coach Chip Kelly and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.Link to story
Sam Bradford player page
Chargers | Philip Rivers hasn't been discussed Mon Apr 27, 09:11 PM
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers hadn't been the topic of conversations between the Chargers and other NFL teams as of Monday, April 27. There have been plenty of trade rumors surrounding Rivers this offseason, but a trade is unlikely prior to the start of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: As we get closer to the draft, it is looking like Rivers is going to stay with the Chargers....for now.|
Philip Rivers player page
Browns | Cleveland covets Marcus Mariota Mon Apr 27, 07:32 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is receiving a lot of interest from the Cleveland Browns, and the Browns are looking to move up in the first round.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have been in contact with most of the teams in the top 10 and have talked with the Washington Redskins over the past week. The Redskins have the fifth overall pick in the draft.|
Broncos | Tony Carter signs tender Mon Apr 27, 04:34 PM
Denver Broncos CB Tony Carter signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27. The tender is worth $1.542 million.
|Footballguys view: Carter is a reserve cornerback for the team who will only see the field in sub-package situations. He likes to take chances, can make big plays...but he can also get burned.|
Tony Carter player page
Bills | Jonte Green released Mon Apr 27, 04:22 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Jonte Green was released Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Green was a sixth-round pick by the Lions in 2012. Earlier this year, the Bills signed Green to a reserve/futures contract. Getting released at this point in the season is not a good sign for Green's stock.|
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin working with Alex Smith Mon Apr 27, 03:15 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Alex Smith played catch for the first time since Maclin was acquired this offseason. Maclin said everything was smooth and that he was simply trying to get a feel for how Smith threw the football.
|Footballguys view: Smith said he believes Maclin's transition into the Chiefs' offense will be relatively smooth since he has already played for head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia. While that's true, he didn't play with a quarterback like Smith. We see Smith as a player who is reluctant to attack a defense vertically....and that's the best thing that Maclin does. We'll see if Smith can play better and hit Maclin on those deep targets.|
Alex Smith player page
Jeremy Maclin player page
Giants | Release Michael Cox Mon Apr 27, 02:33 PM
New York Giants RB Michael Cox was waived Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Cox was a seventh-round pick for the Giants in 2013, and he started one game in two seasons. The Giants had to clean up a log-jam at running back, and Cox was the guy to go. Earlier this year in free agency, they added Shane Vereen to play as a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings and alongside Andre Williams.|
Michael Cox player page
Dolphins | Miami waiting on Ryan Tannehill option Mon Apr 27, 02:17 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's fifth-year option has yet to be picked up. The deadline for the option to be picked up is Sunday, May 3. 'Look, Ryan is here, we're excited he is here, we haven't made any decisions yet,' vice president Mike Tannenbaum said. 'We know when the deadline is and we'll make those decisions when we get there.'
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins should make a move to add that extra year for Tannehill. The fifth-year option for 2016 is worth about $15 million, and that's a much cheaper option than using the franchise tag.|
Ryan Tannehill player page
Chargers | Philip Rivers trade unlikely Mon Apr 27, 02:09 PM
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is unlikely to be traded to the Tennessee Titans on draft day this Thursday, April 30. A deal couldn't be done without Rivers signing a contract extension and passing a physical with the Titans, and neither of those have been in motion this week.
|Footballguys view: Just because the Chargers could be out of the running doesn't mean that pick is staying with the Titans. The Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams are other teams that may be willing to trade with the Titans for the No. 2 overall pick in order to take Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.|
Philip Rivers player page
Titans | Not expected to take Leonard Williams Mon Apr 27, 01:28 PM
Southern California DE Leonard Williams is not expected to be selected by the Tennessee Titans if he is available with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, in the opinion on Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean.
|Footballguys view: Williams is arguably the best player in this draft class, regardless of position. He's smart, powerful and a disruptive player who can create interior pressure or stuff the run. Any team that adds him is going to be happy to have him.|
NFL | P.J. Williams' DUI case dismissed Mon Apr 27, 01:27 PM
Florida State CB P.J. Williams' driving under the influence case has been dismissed, according to his lawyer.
|Footballguys view: This dismissed DUI didn't hurt his draft stock as much as his poor 40-yard dash (4.57) at the scouting combine. Williams can play press-man or press-bail coverage, and he's a physical corner who does not back down from a challenge. He's likely to be an early to mid second-round pick.|
Redskins | Robert Griffin's option picked up Mon Apr 27, 12:45 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's 2016 option was picked up Monday, April 27. He will make $16.2 million in 2016, and he'll have a base salary of $3.27 million in 2015.
|Footballguys view: The fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Redskins could release him before the 2016 season without salary cap ramifications.|
Robert Griffin III player page
NFL | Jalen Collins had surgery Mon Apr 27, 12:45 PM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins (foot) recently had surgery to fix an incomplete Jones fracture in his foot, which kept him from taking part in his school's pro day in March.
|Footballguys view: In recent weeks, we've seen Collins' draft stock take a tumble..and this injury is a big reason why. His surgery was expected to keep him out only for roughly three weeks. Collins might be a second-round pick, but some team could take him higher based on his potential.|
Steelers | Antonio Brown present Mon Apr 27, 10:45 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was spotted at the team's facility Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Brown said he was not participating in voluntary workouts earlier because he was spending time with his newborn child. Now, he's back and ready to rock.|
Antonio Brown player page
Colts | Jerrell Freeman signs tender Mon Apr 27, 09:55 AM
Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Freeman had held off signing his tender as he wanted a new long-term deal with the Colts. The deadline to sign his tender is Friday, and Freeman had no leverage as zero teams showed interest in signing him away.|
Jerrell Freeman player page
Redskins | Robert Griffin option picked up Mon Apr 27, 08:30 AM
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will have his fifth-year option exercised in 2016. The team views it similar to a franchise tag situation.
|Footballguys view: Washington invested a lot in Griffin when they moved up in 2012 NFL draft to select him with the second-overall pick. This move keeps Griffin at his rookie salary of $16.1 million in 2016. This is a cheaper alternative than using the franchise tag. Griffin has to show that he can stay healthy and be a reliable pocket passer in 2015. Picking up his fifth-year option would give him two more seasons with the team where they could evaluate his progress.|
Robert Griffin III player page
NFL | Torrian Wilson works out for two teams Mon Apr 27, 02:33 AM
Central Florida OT Torrian Wilson had a private workout with the New England Patriots and took part in the local prospect day for the Miami Dolphins.
|Footballguys view: Wilson may be listed as a tackle, but he's likely to move inside to guard at the pro level. UCF moved him to guard for the 2014 season, and scouts believe that's his best fit. He should be a late-round or undrafted selection.|
Ravens | Clive Walford visited Mon Apr 27, 02:24 AM
Miami TE Clive Walford visited the Baltimore Ravens last week before the deadline for 2015 NFL Draft visits passed.
|Footballguys view: The future of Dennis Pitta is still very much up in the air. The Ravens will likely address the position at some point in the draft even though they drafted Crockett Gillmore last year. Walford is the second-best tight end in this draft class, and he can make insane catches seem routine. He can line up wide or attack the deep seam of a defense, and Walford creates mismatches because of his athleticism and catch radius. We think he's a second-round pick.|
Dolphins | Todd Gurley drawing interest Mon Apr 27, 02:14 AM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley is drawing plenty of interest from the Miami Dolphins, and multiple sources indicate the team may select Gurley if he is available when Miami drafts in the first round.
|Footballguys view: The move would make a ton of sense. Gurley is coming off a knee injury suffered last year at Georgia, but he's expected to be ready by Week 1 of the regular season. The team already has Lamar Miller as the starter, but he's in a contract year. Gurley is far superior to Miller in our eyes, and he could take over as the starter for the team.|
Vikings | GM praises Cordarrelle Patterson Sun Apr 26, 11:21 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson has dedicated himself to becoming a better receiver, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot,' Spielman said. 'I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we're very excited about the future with Cordarrelle.'
|Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it. Patterson has amazing athleticism, strength and speed...but he has yet to put it all together. The skill set is there for him to be a dominant player, and now it's time for Patterson to start playing up to his potential.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
NFL | Arik Armstead an underachiever? Sun Apr 26, 10:14 PM
Oregon DE Arik Armstead was called a first-round talent that plays like a fourth-round by an NFL scout, and the same scout doesn't expect Armstead to have big sack numbers in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: This should come as no surprise to anyone who watched Armstead in college where he had only four sacks in three years. His draft stock is largely based on projection. At 6'7" 290 pounds, Armstead has the length to get after the quarterback and the power to create pressure. If coached up better, Armstead could thrive as a rotational player.|
Eagles | Will not select Landon Collins Sun Apr 26, 06:39 PM
Alabama SS Landon Collins will not be taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft, according to team sources.
|Footballguys view: Well alrighty then. Collins should be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but it sounds like the Eagles aren't going to take him. Collins is an in-the-box thumper who can intimidate opponents. He can shut down the run with force, and he does a fantastic job of diagnosing plays as they unfold in front of him. Collins will likely struggle in coverage at the pro level.|
Giants | Eli Manning not worried about contract Sun Apr 26, 02:26 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is not worried about his contract situation and that the two sides have not discussed an extension.
|Footballguys view: Manning shouldn't be concerned about his contract. We'd be shocked if he suited up for another team in the league during his career. The Giants should be willing to sign him to a long-term deal that wraps him up for most of the rest of his career.|
Eli Manning player page
Jets | Benardrick McKinney could be option Sun Apr 26, 10:24 AM
Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney could be an option for the New York Jets if he is available when they draft in the second round.
|Footballguys view: McKinney is a two-down thumper who arrives at the ball with natural violence. He has good length for the position, and he can close on the ball-carrier quickly. McKinney does struggle in coverage, and he'll likely have to come off the field on passing downs at the pro level.|
Panthers | Express interest in Shaq Thompson Sun Apr 26, 09:55 AM
Washington LB Shaq Thompson said he met with the Carolina Panthers this offseason, and the team also conducted an on-campus workout with him.
|Footballguys view: Every team should be interested in Thompson. He's a player built like Kam Chancellor (Seahawks) and he can line up at linebacker or strong safety as a pro. Some think he could even still play running back. Thompson should be a first-round pick, and he's a dangerous weapon when used the right way.|
NFL | Jay Ajayi taken off some boards Sun Apr 26, 09:51 AM
Boise State RB Jay Ajayi (knee) has been taken off the draft board by some teams because of how their medical staff evaluated him, according to several executives. One scout said he is not sure if Ajayi will be able to hold up after receiving a lot of work in college.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for one of our favorite backs here. Ajayi an do it all. We like his ability to run between the tackles, but he also has the burst to create big plays on the outside. Ajayi is also a fine receiver out of the backfield. He's a full-time back for the NFL, and he could be a featured back who doesn't come off the field because of his three-down ability. We'll see if he goes off the board in the second round (where we have him graded), or if he falls further.|
NFL | Garrett Grayson climbing boards Sun Apr 26, 08:55 AM
Former Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson has been climbing draft boards and could be selected in the first or second round. Grayson has drawn some comparisons to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr.
|Footballguys view: Grayson is our third favorite quarterback in this draft class. He uses his eyes regularly to manipulate the defense, and he goes through his progressions quickly. Grayson can make accurate throws on the move or under pressure. At Colorado State, Grayson ran a pro-style system and was allowed to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Unlike other college quarterbacks who come out of spread systems, Grayson is used to huddling, used to working from under center and has plenty of experience deciphering defenses instead of just throwing to spots. He should be a late second- or early third-round pick.|
NFL | Five teams looking at Chris Polk Sun Apr 26, 02:54 AM
Free-agent RB Chris Polk (Eagles) is drawing interest from five NFL teams, according to sources. The teams were not disclosed, except to say one of the teams is from the NFC East.
|Footballguys view: As long as he's healthy, Polk should be attracting plenty of interest. He's a tough runner inside, but he's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield too. It wouldn't be a shock to see Polk become an effective starter. He'll likely have to work his way up the depth chart no matter where he ends up.|
Chris Polk player page
Chargers | Branden Oliver bulking up Sun Apr 26, 12:21 AM
San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he wants to break more tackles in 2015 and has spent the offseason working on his power and strength.
|Footballguys view: Awesome. He's still a change-of-pace back at best. Oliver took the fantasy world by storm--briefly--last year, and he drew plenty of comparisons to Darren Sproles. He's not quite as dangerous or explosive as Sproles, but Oliver can be used effectively as a reserve runner and receiver out of the backfield.|
Ravens | Joe Flacco not worried about WRs Sat Apr 25, 09:43 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he does not think the team needs to draft a wide receiver despite losing WR Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers in free agency.
|Footballguys view: This is a great draft class for wide receivers (not quite as good as last year's though), so we're expecting the Ravens to draft a wideout with a premium pick. We'll see if they address the tight end position as well in this draft, although this class is not strong at that spot.|
Joe Flacco player page
Jaguars | Leonard Williams fits in Jacksonville Sat Apr 25, 09:05 PM
Southern California DE Leonard Williams 'can probably play anywhere he wants,' Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said when asked if Williams would play outside or inside if drafted by the Jaguars.
|Footballguys view: Leonard Williams fits anywhere. He's arguably the best player in this draft regardless of position. He's smart, quick, strong and plays with a fire that doesn't quit. He'll be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Patriots | Jerod Mayo a rarity for New England Sat Apr 25, 08:18 PM
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo was drafted in the top 10 of the NFL Draft in 2008, making him one of just two players drafted in the top 10 in head coach Bill Belichick's 15 seasons with the team.
|Footballguys view: Yes. A history lesson here....and that's about it. The Patriots are usually drafting at the end...or near the end...of the first round because they play deep into the playoffs most seasons.|
Jerod Mayo player page
Panthers | Luke Kuechly's option picked up Sat Apr 25, 07:08 PM
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly's fifth-year option was exercised Saturday, April 25. Kuechly will make $11.1 million in 2016.
|Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer decision in the history of the planet.|
Luke Kuechly player page
Rams | Brandon Scherff could be option for STL Sat Apr 25, 06:05 PM
Iowa OT Brandon Scherff could be atop of the team's draft board if he slipped to them in the 2015 NFL Draft at No. 10, but recent chatter is he's likely to be drafted before then. The team is unlikely to trade up to acquire him.
|Footballguys view: Scherff may be on the board when the Rams come up at 10th overall. He may be best suited as a guard at the pro level because of his struggles against elite edge-rushers. Scherff is a mauler as a run-blocker, and he plays with a nasty attitude that will help any ground game.|
Bears | Martellus Bennett skipped program Sat Apr 25, 03:32 PM
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett did not participate in the voluntary offseason program, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: There's nothing voluntary about "voluntary" workouts in the NFL. The Bears are installing a new offense under head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase. Bennett should be there as much as possible. It's a non-issue right now, but keep an eye out to see when Bennett does report.|
Martellus Bennett player page
NFL | Amari Cooper makes more visits Sat Apr 25, 03:14 PM
Alabama WR Amari Cooper has visited the Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in addition to his other pre-draft visits. Cooper has visited every team drafting in the top 10 except for the Oakland Raiders.
|Footballguys view: Any one of these teams would be thrilled to have Cooper on the team. Cooper is our favorite receiver in this draft class because of his insane route-running ability. He plays with the savvy of a 10-year veteran, plus he has the size and quickness to get open against any coverage.|
Texans | HOU meets with Jaelen Strong Sat Apr 25, 11:20 AM
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong met with the Houston Texans earlier this week, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Strong is one of our favorite receivers in this draft class. Imagine a player like a young Marques Colston, and you have the type of player Strong could be in the NFL. He's big, strong and a physical player at the point of the catch. He could be a first- or second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Ravens | Justin Tucker may be tag option Sat Apr 25, 09:28 AM
Baltimore Ravens PK Justin Tucker could be an option for the franchise tag next offseason if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the tag deadline.Link to story
Justin Tucker player page
NFL | Jalen Collins failed drug tests in college Sat Apr 25, 09:24 AM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests while in college, according to sources from four different NFL teams.
|Footballguys view: Collins already had questions about his draft stock after he had surgery last month to repair an incomplete Jones fracture in his right foot. He's one of the best cornerbacks in this draft, but these questions around his game could force him to be a late first-round pick.|
Jets | Meet with several OT prospects Sat Apr 25, 09:24 AM
Miami (Fla.) OT Ereck Flowers, Stanford OT Andrus Peat and Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings met with the New York Jets this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Peat may be the best left tackle prospect in the draft. He's smart, athletic and has surprising quickness off the snap. Flowers is a right tackle in the pros, and he'll be an option for zone-blocking teams. Clemmings, a former defensive end for PITT, may have the highest upside of any right tackle in this draft but he's going to have to play with better technique as a pro.|
Falcons | Not pursuing Adrian Peterson Sat Apr 25, 03:01 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons are likely to draft a back this year, and Peterson is going to cost a lot in any trade scenario. Devonta Freeman is an interesting second-year back to monitor this season. He could be the lead runner in the Falcons RBBC.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Seahawks | Mike Marboe works out Sat Apr 25, 02:57 AM
Idaho C Mike Marboe had a private workout with the Seattle Seahawks on Friday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: Marboe has plenty of starting experience from his time in college with the Vandals. He measures in right around 295-300 pounds and is rather light on his feet. He won't work in a power system, although he does understand leverage. Marboe should be on the radar of teams looking for a zone-blocking center who can work well in space at the second level of the defense.|
Lions | Watching Rodney Austin's status Sat Apr 25, 02:52 AM
Free-agent C Rodney Austin (Lions) is being watched by the Detroit Lions, who have not ruled out bringing Austin back once his domestic violence issues are sorted out.
|Footballguys view: They may be watching his status, but that status may remain in question for a long, long time. Let's be honest, Austin is nothing special and a reserve player at best. There's plenty of street free agents right now who could do what Austin would have done with the Lions had they kept him on the roster.|
Falcons | Mario Alford works out Sat Apr 25, 02:44 AM
West Virginia WR Mario Alford visited and worked out privately for the Atlanta Falcons.
|Footballguys view: Alford is a fast wide receiver with the track speed to blow by defenders. He lacks the route-running ability to thrive on underneath passes, but his speed makes him dangerous after the catch on crossing routes. Alford could contribute as a return man because of his ability to fly down the field. We should see him go off the board in the fifth round.|
Eagles | Three UConn players work out Sat Apr 25, 02:39 AM
Connecticut CB Byron Jones, WR Geremy Davis and DT B.J. McBryde all worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: Jones is the player to watch here, and he could certainly be an option for the Eagles with the 20th-overall pick in the first round. He has great size for the position, measuring in at 6'1" 200 pounds. Jones is instinctive and has the ability to break up passes consistently. He's not an elite athlete, leading some to think that a switch to free safety might be in his future. Either way, Jones can make plays and will likely be a top-40 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Cowboys | Benardrick McKinney works out Sat Apr 25, 02:36 AM
Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney worked out for the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: McKinney is one of the best inside linebackers in this draft. He arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence, and he does a good job of sniffing out plays as they unfold. He's got to improve his coverage ability if he wants to be a three-down player in the NFL.|
NFL | Vic Beasley can help any defense Fri Apr 24, 09:50 PM
Clemson LB Vic Beasley is the most explosive pass rusher in some time, according to a NFC executive, and believes he could excel in a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 base.
|Footballguys view: In other news, water is wet. It doesn't take an NFL executive to see what Beasley can do. He has good closing burst to get the quarterback, and Beasley does a great job of getting off the line of scrimmage cleanly and quickly. Beasley is going to rush the passer in the pros...and many teams would be thrilled to add him in the draft.|