Fantasy Football News & Views
Browns | Antonio Callaway may be returner (Sat Jun 23, 12:41 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | NYJ attended Adonis Alexander's workout (Sat Jun 23, 12:22 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Coby Fleener still recovering from concussion (Sat Jun 23, 10:28 AM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | A.J. Green content with contract Sun Jun 24, 03:57 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green reportedly supports Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones' quest for an 'updated' contract, but he has no plans to do the same and appears happy to play under the current terms of his contract ($10.55 million for 2018 and $11.976 million for 2019).Link to story
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Jaguars | Blake Bortles feeling more comfortable Sun Jun 24, 02:44 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles recently told The Orlando Sentinel he feels like he is 'owning the offense' and has a better understanding of it this season after admitting he was working at more of an 'elementary level' at the start of last season.Link to story
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Redskins | Jamison Crowder making favorable impression Sun Jun 24, 02:32 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder is healthy after a season in which he dealt with hamstring issues and is focusing on doing more of the dynamic lifts in college in order to avoid them this season. He has also 'clearly clicked' with Alex Smith this offseason, according to ESPN.com's John Keim.Link to story
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NFL | Charles Johnson likely to retire Sun Jun 24, 10:29 AM
Free-agent DE Charles Johnson (Panthers) is planning to retire, although he hasn't made an official announcement, according to Bill Voth of Panthers.com.Link to story
Charles Johnson player page
Jaguars | Cody Kessler expected to be No. 2 quarterback Sun Jun 24, 10:28 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Cody Kessler is expected to enter the regular season as the backup to QB Blake Bortles. QB Tanner Lee, the club's seventh-round draft selection, is likely to begin the year on the practice squad, in the opinion of The Florida Times-Union's John Reid.Link to story
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Bills | More of the same for Charles Clay? Sun Jun 24, 12:08 AM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay should finish with around 50 catches and 600 receiving yards in 2018, according to Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News.Link to story
Charles Clay player page
49ers | Fred Warner a leader on defense Sat Jun 23, 11:25 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Fred Warner has been leading the second-team defense as the mike linebacker during practices, and head coach Kyle Shanahan praised Warner for his decisiveness and confidence.Link to story
Ravens | Chris Moore taking the next step Sat Jun 23, 10:42 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Chris Moore has been 'consistently getting open and making the plays' during practices, wide receivers coach Bobby Engram said.Link to story
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Broncos | Big role for Royce Freeman? Sat Jun 23, 10:28 PM
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman has a chance to do 'Kareem Hunt type things,' according to Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.Link to story
Jaguars | Leonard Fournette the focal point? Sat Jun 23, 10:18 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars OG Andrew Norwell's signing is an indication that the offense will be built around RB Leonard Fournette and the running game, according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.Link to story
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Steelers | Marcus Tucker learning from veterans Sat Jun 23, 09:40 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Marcus Tucker said WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has been helping him improve as a receiver and on special teams. 'He is one of the guys I look up to as far as effort, working hard and knowledge,' Tucker said.Link to story
Panthers | Ian Thomas trending up Sat Jun 23, 09:14 PM
Carolina Panthers TE Ian Thomas saw some first-team reps during minicamp and has a chance to beat out TE Chris Manhertz for the No. 2 tight end job.Link to story
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Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell uncertain for camp? Sat Jun 23, 05:05 PM
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee) said 'we'll see' when asked if he will be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: That's not the phrase you want to use if you're Mitchell...or one of his dynasty owners. Mitchell's pro career has been set back by this knee injury as he missed all of the 2017 season and has missed all the offseason work for the Patriots in 2018. With Julian Edelman suspended the first four games of the year, Mitchell could be in the mix if ever healthy and able to compete for one of the top four spots on the depth chart.|
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Cardinals | Benson Mayowa could start Sat Jun 23, 02:41 PM
Arizona Cardinals DE Benson Mayowa could be one of the starting defensive ends in Week 1 if DE Markus Golden (knee) is not ready to play, in the opinion of AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban.
|Footballguys view: Golden is coming back from a torn ACL and Mayowa has much-needed experience on the defensive line. Released from the Cowboys in March, Mayowa was picked up by the Cardinals in April. He had 5.5 sacks in 2016 on 356 snaps, but he managed only 1.0 sack on 383 snaps in 2017. We'll see if Mayowa could produce more with a larger role.|
Benson Mayowa player page
Cardinals | D.J. Humphries should be ready for Week 1 Sat Jun 23, 02:40 PM
Arizona Cardinals OT D.J. Humphries (knee) made good progress in his recovery this offseason and appears to be on track to play in Week 1.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick in 2015, Humphries only made it through five games in 2017. He worked just a bit on individual drills during OTAs but he was not cleared for team activity. We'll see him eased back in when the Cardinals begin training camp.|
Giants | B.W. Webb sees time with starters Sat Jun 23, 02:27 PM
New York Giants CB B.W. Webb received some work as a nickel back with the first-team defense during offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Webb was signed in free agency back in March after signing a futures deal with the Browns in January (then being released in mid-March). He was originally thought to be competing for a depth role in the secondary with more time coming on special teams. If he performs well as the nickel back, the Giants may decide to give him more of an opportunity.|
B.W. Webb player page
Giants | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could return Sat Jun 23, 02:27 PM
Free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Giants) could re-sign with the Giants this offseason, in the opinion of NJ.com's Matt Lombardo.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how the depth chart shakes out for the Giants in training camp. Rodgers-Cromartie likely would be the No. 3 cornerback for the Giants if he returned. He was released by the Giants in March, and Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN's Josina Anderson he is in "no rush" to sign.|
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Titans | Jack Conklin camp PUP candidate Sat Jun 23, 01:29 PM
Tennessee Titans OT Jack Conklin (knee) will be a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp and his status for the start of the regular season is uncertain.
|Footballguys view: Conklin had ACL surgery back in January and his availability for the start of the 2018 regular season is up in the air. We'll see if he can get back to participating near the end of training camp and the preseason.|
Texans | Chris Thompson looking to build strength Sat Jun 23, 12:46 PM
Houston Texans WR Chris Thompson said he has been working on trying to get stronger this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Thompson was undrafted out of Florida in 2017, and he hauled in five catches for 84 yards as a rookie. His best skill set is that of a return man, and he's expected to compete with rookie WR Keke Coutee for the returner job during training camp.|
Browns | Antonio Callaway may be returner Sat Jun 23, 12:41 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway is the leading candidate for the punt and kick returner jobs entering training camp, in the opinion of The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak.
|Footballguys view: Dane Brugler, from NFLDraftScout.com, has described Callaway as being 'quick as a hiccup' and that's a great description for the rookie's skill set. Callaway is quick and can make big plays with little space as a receiver or return man. A cousin of Ravens WR John Brown, Callaway has the ability to be a dangerous weapon as a pro...so long as he stays healthy (slender build at 5'10" 200 pounds) and stays out of trouble (suspended all of 2017 for the Gators).|
Browns | Matt Dayes unlikely to make roster Sat Jun 23, 12:33 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Matt Dayes likely will not make the 53-man roster this season unless there is an injury at the position during training camp.
|Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick out of NC State last year, Dayes flashed a bit during training camp last year but he averaged a poor 2.6 yards per carry during the 2017 regular season. Too small to be a featured back (5'9" 205 pounds), Dayes needs to prove he should stick around as a change-of-pace back for the Browns. They're a bit stacked at the top of the depth chart with both Carlos Hyde and rookie Nick Chubb competing to be the featured back in 2018.|
Matthew Dayes player page
Browns | Coach high on Myles Garrett Sat Jun 23, 12:26 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett can be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in 2018 if he can stay healthy, according to defensive line coach Clyde Simmons.
|Footballguys view: In other news, water is wet. The no.1 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft has a bit of Julius Peppers to his game, and it's up to the coaches (like Simmons) to bring that greatness out of Garrett. In 11 games as a rookie, Garrett notched seven sacks and wants to play even more snaps per game in 2018.|
Myles Garrett player page
Jets | NYJ attended Adonis Alexander's workout Sat Jun 23, 12:22 PM
The New York Jets had two representatives present for Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander's Pro Day earlier this week.
|Footballguys view: Not just the Jets, but 26 total teams attended Alexander's pro day. He's got plenty of interest league wide, and Alexander has visited with the Saints, Colts and Chiefs as well as the Jets. At 6'2" 195 pounds, Alexander has an interesting skill set and some team might be willing to take a chance on him in the Supplemental Draft which should be held in mid-July.|
Patriots | Joe Cardona contract update Sat Jun 23, 12:22 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots LS Joe Cardona's four-year contract extension includes $1 million in guaranteed money and $850,000 in bonuses.Link to story
NFL | Coby Fleener still recovering from concussion Sat Jun 23, 10:28 AM
Free-agent TE Coby Fleener (concussion) said he is still experiencing some concussion symptoms, although they have not had a major impact on his everyday life.
|Footballguys view: Earlier this year, Fleener was doing some work with the Saints in camp (light work) where he didn't suffer any setbacks. He hasn't cleared the league's concussion protocol to this point. His agent has heard from multiple teams interested in signing him if he's able to resume his playing career.|
Coby Fleener player page
CFL | Edmonton interested in Christian Hackenberg Sat Jun 23, 09:48 AM
Free-agent QB Christian Hackenberg (Raiders) has been added to a negotiation list by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, according to a league source. CFL teams can have up to 45 players on their negotiation list, giving them exclusive negotiating rights, and the players can be added or removed from the list at any time.
|Footballguys view: Hackenberg, a second-round pick in 2016, did not see the field for the Jets in two years. He didn't last very long (around a month) with the Raiders in 2018 and now may have to go to Canada to get on the football field. We doubt he does much in the CFL and his chances of returning to the NFL and doing anything of note is slim to none.|
Christian Hackenberg player page
Lions | Deontez Alexander finding a rhythm Fri Jun 22, 11:52 PM
Detroit Lions WR Deontez Alexander has appeared more comfortable now that he has some practices under his belt, according to Justin Rogers or the Detroit News.
|Footballguys view: We're interested in seeing what the Division III (Franklin) prospect can do for the Lions in training camp...in super super deep dynasty leagues of course. Alexander has 4.3 speed while measuring in at 6'2" and 196 pounds. He scored 18 touchdowns over a 10-game stretch during his time in college with the Grizzlies.|
Lions | Kerryon Johnson returning kicks Fri Jun 22, 11:45 PM
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson spent time returning kickoffs during spring practices.
|Footballguys view: Johnson may not have to return kicks that far into his rookie season. The rookie from Auburn may finally be the answer the Lions have been looking for at the starting running back position.|
Saints | Michael Thomas added muscle Fri Jun 22, 11:19 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas said he changed his diet and added muscle this offseason without changing his playing weight.
|Footballguys view: Thomas saw his receiving yards-per-game go up slightly from 2016 (75.8) to 2017 (77.8), but his touchdowns dipped from nine to five. He has been a top-10 fantasy wide receiver every year he's been in the NFL, and Thomas is getting drafted at WR5 (2.04) in 12-team PPR leagues right now.|
Michael Thomas player page
Titans | Deontay Burnett popping in practice Fri Jun 22, 10:47 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Deontay Burnett has 'flashed' during spring practices, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on the undrafted USC rookie wide receiver in training camp and the preseason. Burnett is a slippery receiver who does a good job of picking up yards after the catch. He'll 'stab and stash' quickly when a pass is coming in, and Burnett is working for a spot on the Titans depth chart behind starters Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis.|
Titans | Jordan Veasy proving his worth Fri Jun 22, 10:41 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Jordan Veasy has proven to be a 'savvy route runner' during spring practices, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.
|Footballguys view: Watch Veasy in super super deep dynasty leagues. Veasy was picked up as a UDFA out of Cal and has great measurables at 6'3" 225 pounds.|
Titans | Marcus Mariota moving well Fri Jun 22, 10:11 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has 'looked fast on the occasions when he's taken off' during spring practices, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.
|Footballguys view: After a strong 2016 campaign (26 touchdowns, nine interceptions), Mariota took a step back in 2017. He played differently with a brace on his knee, and now Mariota is getting back to looking like his younger self without the brace. Fantasy owners are taking Mariota at QB18 (12.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Lions | Jace Billingsley fighting for a spot Fri Jun 22, 09:55 PM
Detroit Lions WR Jace Billingsley spent some time with the first-team offense during spring practices, but he remains on the roster bubble, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com.
|Footballguys view: Coming out of Eastern Oregon, Billingsley is a quick receiver with the toughness to get open on underneath routes. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are locked in as the top two wide receivers in Detroit, but Billingsley might get some snaps in three- or four-WR sets.|
Jace Billingsley player page
Cardinals | Chad Williams could start Fri Jun 22, 09:40 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Chad Williams is the player most likely to 'step forward' and win the No. 2 receiver job this season, in the opinion of Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick out of Grambling State in 2017, Williams has a nice size/speed combination at 6'1" 205 pounds. Both J.J. Nelson and Brice Butler are speed guys who could work from the slot position. Rookie Christian Kirk might be the prototypical slot receiver and may emerge as the no.3 WR for the Cardinals in 2018. Williams is a prospect to continue monitoring in dynasty formats.|
Chad Williams player page
49ers | Jonathan Cooper could start at RG Fri Jun 22, 09:18 PM
San Francisco 49ers OG Jonathan Cooper is the favorite to start at right guard, in the opinion of Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.Link to story
Texans | Kareem Jackson moving to safety Fri Jun 22, 07:10 PM
Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson will be moving from cornerback to safety this season, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
|Footballguys view: The team lost starter Andre Hal to Hodgkin's Lymphoma earlier this month. Jackson will compete with third-round pick Justin Reid (Stanford) to start opposite free agent acquisition Tyrann Mathieu. The signing of Aaron Colvin away from Jacksonville helped create cornerback depth and flexibility to make this move.|
Kareem Jackson player page
Broncos | Bradley Chubb contract details Fri Jun 22, 06:53 PM
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos DE Bradley Chubb's four-year contract is worth $27.27 million. The deal includes a signing bonus of $17.914 million.Link to story
Titans | Jayon Brown has solid offseason Fri Jun 22, 06:33 PM
Tennessee Titans LB Jayon Brown made a lot of plays during offseason workouts, according to TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.
|Footballguys view: The Titans lost Avery Williamson in free agency but have a very strong inside linebacker group. Brown will compete with sometimes Washington starter Will Compton and first-round pick Rashaan Evans for playing time next to Wesley Woodyard.|
Jayon Brown player page
Raiders | Oakland adds Ryan Yurachek Fri Jun 22, 05:38 PM
Free-agent FB Ryan Yurachek (Saints) signed with the Oakland Raiders Friday, June 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived FB Henry Poggi.Link to story
Jets | Eric Tomlinson will have role in 2018 Fri Jun 22, 04:46 PM
New York Jets TE Eric Tomlinson will have a decent role as a blocker this upcoming season but could also be involved in the passing game.
|Footballguys view: Jordan Leggett or rookie Chris Herndon should lead the team in targets at tight end, but Tomlinson's presence will take part of the target share and keep the youngsters from being as relevant as Austin Seferian-Jenkins was last year.|
Jets | Henry Anderson could start Fri Jun 22, 04:34 PM
New York Jets DE Henry Anderson could start at defensive end this season if DE Nathan Shepherd is not ready for the role, in the opinion of the New York Post's Brian Costello. Head coach Todd Bowles said Anderson will receive playing time when the team uses a four-man front.
|Footballguys view: Anderson was a quiet pickup during the draft by the Jets, but he has reportedly looked good and has a real chance to start and even have deep league IDP relevance this year.|
Henry Anderson player page
Patriots | Isaiah Wynn signs contract Fri Jun 22, 04:25 PM
New England Patriots first-round draft choice OT Isaiah Wynn signed a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday, June 22, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal does include a fifth-year option.
|Footballguys view: It looks like Wynn will play guard, but he could still eventually end up at tackle. Either way, he'll firm up the offensive line for years to come if he lives up to draft pedigree and college tape.|
Cardinals | Tre Boston unhappy with offer Fri Jun 22, 04:24 PM
Free-agent SS Tre Boston (Chargers) said the contract offer he received from the Arizona Cardinals was very disrespectful.
|Footballguys view: Boston was a solid centerfielder last year, and it would seem that multiple teams could use someone with his skillset. The free agent safety market has been abnormally weak, but we think that he'll get an offer that probably includes starter money and role once every team gets a clear picture of their safety depth chart.|
Tre Boston player page
Browns | Greg Robinson contract update Fri Jun 22, 04:05 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns OT Greg Robinson signed a one-year deal with the Browns worth $790,000. The deal does not include any guaranteed money.Link to story
Colts | Anthony Walker Jr. no longer in protocol Fri Jun 22, 02:58 PM
Indianapolis Colts LB Anthony Walker Jr. (concussion) announced via social media that he cleared the league's concussion protocol Friday, June 22.
|Footballguys view: Walker has been running as the first-team middle linebacker this offseason, so this is a good news for a potential up and coming IDP whose rookie year was uneventful because of a hamstring injury.|
49ers | Laken Tomlinson, San Fran agree to extension Fri Jun 22, 02:34 PM
San Francisco 49ers OG Laken Tomlinson agreed to a three-year contract extension worth a maximum of $18 million with $10 million in guarantees on Friday, June 22, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers had a bit of a jumble at guard this offseason with the addition of Jonathan Cooper and Mike Person. The team is clearly happy with Tomlinson, who is a stronger run blocker than pass blocker and improved with Jimmy Garoppolo. He'll line up at left guard with Cooper, Person, and 2016 first-round pick Joshua Garnett vying to start at right guard.|
NFL | Orleans Darkwa cleared for return Fri Jun 22, 02:17 PM
Free-agent RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) announced on social media Friday, June 22, that he has been medically cleared to resume football work - about one month after having surgery to remove a plate in his leg.Link to story
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Jaguars | Keelan Cole not going away Fri Jun 22, 12:59 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Keelan Cole hasn't 'skipped a beat' this offseason following his surprise rookie season and seems poised to be the Jaguars' third wide receiver this season, according to FirstCoastNews.com's Mike Kaye, who added Cole may end up being the team's best option in the slot.
|Footballguys view: Cole was the team's #1 when injuries depleted their wide receiver ranks last year, but he is will be more of a boom/bust best ball special with Marqise Lee's return and the addition of Donte Moncrief. Neither of Lee and Moncrief are known for their durability, so Cole could still pay off on a late pick with some patience.|
Jaguars | Donte Moncrief flashes during spring Fri Jun 22, 12:54 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Donte Moncrief was healthy during offseason workouts and able to show off his speed on deep routes throughout OTAs, according to Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com.
|Footballguys view: Moncrief's signing was a bit expensive for an oft-injured underachiever, but it appears that he is providing the vertical element that the Colts seemed to de-emphasize in recent years. He's just a late round flier, but he has more of a pulse now than he has at any point in the last year.|
Donte Moncrief player page
Jaguars | Austin Seferian-Jenkins generating buzz Fri Jun 22, 12:41 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins was constantly open during non-contact practices and made impressive catch after impressive catch, according to Mike Kaye of FirstCoastNews.com.
|Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins could have easily had a solid TE1 status for most of the year were it not for a few questionable touchdown nullifications. He has been as good as advertised so far and could be an early season waiver wire wonder or a late round tight end streamer special with his opener against the Giants, who have been among the worst in the league at defending tight ends.|
Austin Seferian-Jenkins player page