Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | Sam Bradford has no restrictions (Sun Aug 2, 11:50 AM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Melvin Gordon struggling with protection (Sat Aug 1, 02:08 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Colin Kaepernick improving throws (Sat Aug 1, 01:51 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Latavius Murray ready to prove himself (Fri Jul 31, 10:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Joseph Randle top choice for RB job (Fri Jul 31, 08:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | No timetable for Joique Bell (Fri Jul 31, 03:24 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Matt Jones tweaks knee Sun Aug 2, 11:59 PM
Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones (knee) had to sit out the final portion of training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, after tweaking his knee.Link to story
Matt Jones player page
Rams | E.J. Gaines injures leg Sun Aug 2, 11:52 PM
St. Louis Rams CB E.J. Gaines (leg) left training camp with an apparent leg injury, limping off the field early in the workout and not returning Sunday, Aug. 2. 'We don't know (yet),' head coach Jeff Fisher said. 'We're going to have to do some tests. He got stepped on, which is encouraging as opposed to the other things. So we'll do some tests. Right now, they are not too concerned. He's very sore but that typically can happen when you get stepped on.'Link to story
E.J. Gaines player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick inconsistent Sun Aug 2, 11:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick started training camp sharp but made mistakes later in the day Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Colin Kaepernick player page
49ers | Reggie Bush being rested Sun Aug 2, 11:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was held out of training camp for the second day in a row Sunday, Aug. 2. 'I'm not going to wait to see Reggie tired and (then) give him a break,' head coach Jim Tomsula said. 'He's been doing this for a long time. Our goal is to not get Reggie tired. He's in shape.'Link to story
Reggie Bush player page
49ers | Bruce Ellington impresses in camp Sun Aug 2, 11:27 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington was impressive as the No. 3 receiver during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2, catching a long touchdown from QB Colin Kaepernick and adding an acrobatic catch down the sidelines.Link to story
Colin Kaepernick player page
Bruce Ellington player page
Cowboys | Dez Bryant involved in scuffle Sun Aug 2, 11:10 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was reportedly involved in an altercation with CB Tyler Patmon during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Dez Bryant player page
Panthers | Carolina waives Stephen Hill Sun Aug 2, 07:53 PM
The Carolina Panthers waived WR Stephen Hill (knee) after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Hill was trying to make a comeback in the NFL after disappointing with the Jets and spending last year on the Panthers practice squad. The 2012 second-round pick might get another chance in the NFL, but it's also possible that his days as a pro are done.|
Stephen Hill player page
Browns | Terrelle Pryor to start at WR? Sun Aug 2, 07:46 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor took reps with the first-team offense during training camp Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Terrelle Pryor player page
Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson leaves practice Sun Aug 2, 07:41 PM
New York Jets DT Muhammad Wilkerson (hamstring) left practice Sunday, Aug. 2, with a tweaked hamstring.Link to story
Muhammad Wilkerson player page
Raiders | Trent Richardson's spot in jeopardy? Sun Aug 2, 07:37 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is likely competing with RB Michael Dyer for a spot on the 53-man roster, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport puts Richardson's chances of making the final roster at 50-50.
|Footballguys view: Dyer was once at the top of FBS football when he helped Cam Newton lead Auburn to a national title in 2010. After a 1,200-yard season for Auburn in 2011, off-field issues then caused him to transfer three times. He didn't play at either Arkansas State or Arkansas Baptist, but he finally got on the field for Louisville last year and rushed for 481 yards and five touchdowns last year. He's not explosive and not proven as a receiver out of the backfield. This is the guy that could push a former top-5 pick (2012) off the Raiders roster. That speaks volumes for where Richardson is at.|
Trent Richardson player page
Bengals | Michael Johnson injures knee Sun Aug 2, 07:23 PM
Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (knee) suffered an apparent medial collateral ligament sprain Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for the Bengals here. We'll know more about the severity of this injury when MRI results are released. Early reports indicate that Johnson did not fully tear the MCL, and he may only miss about six weeks.|
Michael Johnson player page
Texans | Ryan Mallet works with first-team Sun Aug 2, 07:16 PM
Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallet worked with the first-team offense Sunday, Aug. 2, after QB Brian Hoyer worked with the first-team Saturday, Aug. 1. 'Whenever he (Bill O'Brien) feels like someone is ready to be named the starter that's what he'll do, and whatever way it goes, I have really a lot of trust and faith in him,' Hoyer said. 'Whatever he decides will be best for the team.'
|Footballguys view: The Texans have one of the worst quarterback situations in the league. Mallet is competing with veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer for the starting job. No matter who wins, the Texans aren't going to have a high-powered passing game in 2015.|
Brian Hoyer player page
Jets | Geno Smith leading QB battle Sun Aug 2, 07:05 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick have not thrown interceptions thus far in training camp, but Smith is still the leading candidate to open the year as the starter.
|Footballguys view: Smith finished last year with a 358, three-touchdown performance against the Dolphins. This year, Smith will be working under new OC Chan Gailey and could work well in the spread system. Fitzpatrick had his best years under Gailey during their time together in Buffalo, and he's going to push Smith throughout training camp.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Geno Smith player page
Steelers | Martavis Bryant has elbow infection Sun Aug 2, 03:53 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (elbow) will undergo a procedure for an elbow infection that will cause him to miss the Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 9, against the Minnesota Vikings. He is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of an infection caused by an ingrown hair.
|Footballguys view: This just sounds painful. Bryant will be shut down for a week or so, but he's set to be ready for Week 3 of the preseason at the latest. The second-year pro makes for a nice WR3 with upside for fantasy owners.|
Martavis Bryant player page
Bills | Cordy Glenn to start at left tackle Sun Aug 2, 03:22 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn has secured the team's starting left tackle job, according to head coach Rex Ryan.
|Footballguys view: The Bills had been switching Glenn between right and left tackle during the offseason. It didn't take long (and it wasn't hard to predict) for the team to peg Glenn as their left tackle.|
Bills | Richie Incognito to start at left guard Sun Aug 2, 03:13 PM
Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan confirmed that OG Richie Incognito will be the team's starting left guard Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Out of football for the 2014 season, teams stayed away from Incognito after he was in the middle of the Dolphins bullying scandal the previous year. The Bills needed help up front, so they signed Incognito to a one-year contract. Now, he's the starter and should be able to help blast open holes for LeSean McCoy.|
Steelers | Jawon Chisholm signed Sun Aug 2, 03:09 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed rookie free-agent RB Jawon Chisholm (Akron).Link to story
Steelers | Ross Scheuerman waived Sun Aug 2, 03:00 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Ross Scheuerman (Achilles') was waived/injured Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Steelers | Michael Egnew released Sun Aug 2, 02:52 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Michael Egnew.Link to story
Michael Egnew player page
Seahawks | Mohammed Seisay acquired from DET Sun Aug 2, 02:50 PM
The Seattle Seahawks have acquired CB Mohammed Seisay from the Detroit Lions, in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.
|Footballguys view: An undrafted free agent in 2014, Seisay is a big, phyisical corner with good short-area quickness. That sounds like a perfect fit for the Seahawks. With both Jeremy Lane (knee, arm) and Tharold Simon (shoulder) on PUP, Seattle needed help at the position.|
Seahawks | Tony McDaniel released Sun Aug 2, 12:09 PM
The Seattle Seahawks released DT Tony McDaniel Sunday, Aug. 2. McDaniel should quickly find a new home.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks had to clear some cap room after signing both Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to extensions. Due $3 million in salary and bonuses, McDaniel was set to be a free agent in 2016. Still capable of playing at a high level, McDaniel should latch on with a new team quickly.|
Tony McDaniel player page
Panthers | Stephen Hill has ACL injury Sun Aug 2, 11:52 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has an ACL injury, according to assistant head coach Steve Wilks Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for a wide receiver trying to make a comeback of sorts in the NFL. Hill spent last year on the Panthers practice squad after washing out with the Jets. A second-round pick in 2012, Hill has a nice size/speed combination but he's never been able to put it together.|
Stephen Hill player page
Eagles | Sam Bradford has no restrictions Sun Aug 2, 11:50 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 2, and head coach Chip Kelly told reporters the quarterback doesn't have any restrictions.
|Footballguys view: That's got to be considered a win after Bradford's offseason items were generally negative. He still has to beat Mark Sanchez in a QB competition that has gone under the radar so far in the NFL news churn. Bradford being fully cleared does give him no excuse to not clearly outplay Sanchez.|
Sam Bradford player page
Panthers | Paul Browning signs Sun Aug 2, 10:06 AM
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Paul Browning Sunday, Aug. 2. Browning is expected to take WR Stephen Hill's roster spot.
|Footballguys view: Hill's injury could be the end of a story that held a lot of promise and delivered few shining moments. Hill is poised to be the most prominent exhibit in the case against looking at measureables without context of football skills as the key to deciphering a player's future.|
Stephen Hill player page
Ravens | Marlon Brown considered day-to-day Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (back) is regarded as day-to-day.Link to story
Marlon Brown player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman will need more time Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) may take more time than the team initially hoped he'd need to recover from a bruised knee. The injury is still not regarded as long-term at this point.
|Footballguys view: These practices and reps could be the difference between a hot and slow start for a raw rookie like Perriman. There's no reason to move him down your board yet, but if this lingers and costs him preseason games, it can't be seen as a positive.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed trying to shed label Sun Aug 2, 08:10 AM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is ready to shed the narrative that he is injury prone. Reed has missed a total of 12 games over his first two seasons in the NFL. 'Right now I'm staying positive and I feel like the injuries are in my past and I'm moving on,' Reed said. 'I just need to focus on maintenance of my body. I won't let nagging injuries catch up to me. I've made some changes, and I'll be ready,' said Reed.
|Footballguys view: Reed got a stem cell injection this offseason for his hamstring and knee issues. While it could help, it is not a good sign about Reed's injury outlook. Niles Paul was re-signed by Washington this offseason and could easily end up being the more valuable tight end for fantasy leagues.|
Jordan Reed player page
Cowboys | Joseph Randle polishing his game Sat Aug 1, 10:38 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle said he is working on his pass protection skills as he tries to improve on the intangibles he will need to win the starting running back job.
|Footballguys view: Randle is the frontrunner to win the starting job in Dallas, and that would make him a fine RB2 for fantasy owners. The Cowboys have an incredible offensive line, and Randle should have plenty of room to run.|
Joseph Randle player page
Redskins | Jamison Crowder making plays Sat Aug 1, 10:25 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has stood out in training camp, and he was on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass from QB Kirk Cousins Friday, July 31. 'He has done a great job,' head coach Gruden said. 'He's very smart. He went to Duke and understands the passing game, understands route concepts. He has got good, strong hands, [is] very quick in and out of breaks. But he does have a role as a punt returner, for sure.'
|Footballguys view: The rookie from Duke has drawn comparisons to Eddie Royal because of his ability to make defenders miss in the open field. We're not expecting much from Crowder yet for fantasy purposes. The Washington QB situation has to play out before we get too excited about Crowder. Add him and monitor him in dynasty leagues.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Jamison Crowder player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh loses two RBs Saturday Sat Aug 1, 08:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Josh Harris (shoulder) and RB Ross Scheuerman (Achilles') were unable to finish practice Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Josh Harris player page
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles used in passing game Sat Aug 1, 08:27 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was emphasized in the screen game during practice Saturday, Aug. 1, and in one drill, nine straight passes were thrown to running backs.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs didn't throw a touchdown to a wide receiver at all last year. The arrival of Jeremy Maclin should change that, but this team is still going to target Charles plenty as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Chiefs | Eric Berry working with second-team Sat Aug 1, 08:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (illness) worked with the second-team defense during practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: We're so happy to see Berry back on the field after beating cancer. We are part of #TeamBerry for sure. We'll see if he can work his way up the depth chart during camp.|
Eric Berry player page
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin stretching the field Sat Aug 1, 08:17 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught a long pass from QB Alex Smith on the second play of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, and he caught a few more deep balls during the day. 'We've got a new weapon,' Smith said. 'We've got to test it out a little bit. We've known for a while what we've got with him.'
|Footballguys view: That's what Maclin does. He's a vertical threat with the ability to make defenders miss after the catch. We like him as a high-end WR3 with upside for fantasy owners this year.|
Alex Smith player page
Jeremy Maclin player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh acquires Brandon Boykin Sat Aug 1, 08:09 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1, in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles could receive a fourth-round pick depending on Boykin's playing time, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Pro Football Focus rated Boykin as the Eagles' best cornerback in 2014, and he finished at no. 21 overall. He's one of the best young slot corners in the league, and he should immediately boost a poor Steelers secondary that ranked 27th against the pass in 2014.|
Brandon Boykin player page
Cardinals | Sean Weatherspoon leaves early Sat Aug 1, 07:55 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon left practice early Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: Weatherspoon is coming off an Achilles' injury, but he didn't miss any time in organized team activities. It is unclear what caused Weatherspoon's departure.|
Sean Weatherspoon player page
Packers | Ty Montgomery shows versatility Sat Aug 1, 07:54 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery was a standout in the team's first full-pads practice of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. Montgomery showed his speed on an end around early in practice and as the No. 1 kickoff returner. He also made an acrobatic catch in which he out jumped fellow rookie CB LaDarius Gunter.
|Footballguys view: Stanford had a quality playmaker in Montgomery. He's got a powerful stride and can pull away from defenders with the ball in his hands. Montgomery is raw as a route-runner, and with 16 drops over the last three seasons his concentration needs to improve.|
Ty Montgomery player page
Ravens | Marc Trestman plans to use running game Sat Aug 1, 07:02 PM
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said Saturday, Aug. 1, he plans to emphasize the team's running game in 2015. 'Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball,' Trestman said via ESPN.com. 'But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team and we have the players to do that. So that's where we start,' said Trestman.
|Footballguys view: Trestman will use Justin Forsett a lot as a receiver, and he should be able to compile around 1,000 yards on the ground. Remember that Trestman LOVES to pass inside the 10-yard line. This means Forsett may not get many opportunities as a runner when the team gets close to pay dirt.|
Titans | Hakeem Nicks plans to practice Sunday Sat Aug 1, 07:00 PM
Updating a previous story, Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks (leg) plans to practice Sunday, Aug. 2, after leaving the field Saturday.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how the old man's body responds to this leg injury. Nicks is currently running with the 1st-team offense, but we expect rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to take over on the outside at some point.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Bears | Kevin White making progress Sat Aug 1, 06:06 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has been doing some cardio work, according to head coach John Fox Saturday, Aug. 1, and White is making progress.
|Footballguys view: White should end up as one of the best receivers in this draft class. He's fast, quick and can toy with defenders in the open field. This shin problem has slowed him down in camp, and this has slowed his development. He could end up as the WR2 opposite Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. Eddie Royal is best suited to play as their slot receiver.|
Kevin White player page
Titans | Hakeem Nicks goes to locker room Sat Aug 1, 06:05 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks left the field Saturday, Aug. 1, and was seen holding his hand to his right leg on his way to the locker room.
|Footballguys view: We'll know more about Nicks in the near future. He has been running with the first-team offense early on in Titans camp.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Jets | Devin Smith has punctured lung Sat Aug 1, 05:58 PM
Updating a previous story, New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) has a partially punctured lung to go along with broken ribs.
|Footballguys view: Holy cow. The hits just keep on coming. Smith is going to be around two months.|
Devin Smith player page
Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo taking first-team reps Sat Aug 1, 04:57 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo took some first-team reps at training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. QB Tom Brady worked with the starters during every period of practice, but Garoppolo took a 'few snaps,' according to James Palmer of NFL Media.
|Footballguys view: There's no telling what happens with Tom Brady. At this time, Brady is set to miss the first four games of the year due to suspension. The Patriots need to get Garoppolo prepared to start in case Brady's suspension is not eliminated or reduced.|
Tom Brady player page
Panthers | Stephen Hill carted off Sat Aug 1, 04:53 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill was carted off the field Saturday, Aug. 1, with a leg injury.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for a player trying to prove that he belongs in the NFL. Early reports indicate this is a serious injury. We'll know more in the near future.|
Stephen Hill player page
Giants | Coach not impressed with JPP Sat Aug 1, 04:48 PM
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) drew criticism from head coach Tom Coughlin Saturday, Aug. 1, for his lack of communication with the team.
|Footballguys view: The relationship between the two sides might be forever fractured. It is unclear on when or if Pierre-Paul will take to the field.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page
Jets | Devin Smith still in hospital Sat Aug 1, 04:47 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) was still in the hospital at the time practice started Saturday, Aug. 1. Head coach Todd Bowles said it was for precautionary reasons.Link to story
Devin Smith player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer stronger Sat Aug 1, 03:54 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has supposedly improved his arm strength since last season. Palmer is much healthier overall, as well, including his knee and shoulder.
|Footballguys view: This should be expected from the veteran quarterback. If his shoulder and knee can hold up, Palmer should be able to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Fantasy owners should consider Palmer a QB2 and occasional starter.|
Carson Palmer player page
Eagles | Sign Kevin Monangai Sat Aug 1, 03:48 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Kevin Monangai (Villanova) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Giants | Matt LaCosse waived Sat Aug 1, 03:33 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse (hamstring) was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Ravens | Breshad Perriman day-to-day Sat Aug 1, 03:23 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is considered day-to-day with a bruised knee. Perriman has missed two practices in a row because of the injury.
|Footballguys view: The rookie is talented but raw. The Ravens need to ease him along as he deals with this knee problem. The more reps he can get on the field the better as Perriman knows how to get open deep, but he's not a refined route-runner. Perriman should one day be a starter on the outside, but he may begin this season as a reserve for the Ravens.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Bears | Notable players miss, attend practice Sat Aug 1, 03:15 PM
Chicago Bears OT Jermon Bushrod (back) and CB Kyle Fuller (ankle) missed and attended practice, respectively, Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Kyle Fuller player page