Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | Aldon Smith avoids felony charge (Thu Apr 24, 03:48 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Victor Cruz wants team to target wide receiver (Thu Apr 24, 03:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Trent Richardson thinks he tried too hard (Thu Apr 24, 09:12 AM) [jump to this story]
Rams | Sam Bradford limited as workouts begin, remains ahead of schedule (Wed Apr 23, 03:36 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Could consider selecting Johnny Manziel (Wed Apr 23, 02:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Jimmy Graham not expected to take part in workouts (Wed Apr 23, 02:15 PM) [jump to this story]
Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe focused on winning (Tue Apr 22, 06:34 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Ray Rice looks great physically (Tue Apr 22, 04:34 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | George Johnson financials Fri Apr 25, 02:48 AM
Updating a previous item, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson gets $730,000 with no guaranteed money as part of his one-year contract. His cap number is $570,000 thanks to the minimum-salary benefit.Link to story
George Johnson player page
Lions | Visited by Kyle Van Noy Fri Apr 25, 02:46 AM
The Detroit Lions hosted former Brigham Young LB Kyle Van Noy on a pre-draft visit Thursday, April 24.Link to story
Chiefs | Justin Jackson pays visit Fri Apr 25, 02:38 AM
Wake Forest LB Justin Jackson paid a visit to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, April 24.Link to story
Jets | Working out three Clemson players Fri Apr 25, 02:34 AM
The New York Jets had representatives at Clemson on Thursday, April 24, to work out QB Tajh Boyd, RB Roderick McDowell, and LB Quandon Christian.Link to story
NFL | Two Mississippi State players work out Fri Apr 25, 02:30 AM
Mississippi State QB Tyler Russell and S Nickoe Whitley worked out for scouts of the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
Packers | Matt Flynn financials Fri Apr 25, 02:16 AM
Updating previous items, Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn signed a contract with a base value of about $968,000. That includes a $730,000 base salary, a $75,000 signing bonus, a $25,000 workout bonus, and up to about $138,000 in per-game active roster bonuses. Flynn can also earn another $100,000 via incentives.Link to story
Matt Flynn player page
Buccaneers | Not picking up Adrian Clayborn option Fri Apr 25, 02:14 AM
Updating a previous item, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not picking up the fifth-year option on DE Adrian Clayborn.Link to story
Adrian Clayborn player page
Lions | Unsure if Chris Houston can bounce back Thu Apr 24, 11:37 PM
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he is not sure if CB Chris Houston will be able to bounce back from his subpar 2013 season when he was bothered by a toe injury. 'We'll see. He's a young man and typically they heal pretty quickly, unlike old guys like me. But we anticipate that he'll come along, but we'll have to just wait and see,' Caldwell said.Link to story
Chris Houston player page
Titans | Will work out Zach Mettenberger Thu Apr 24, 11:12 PM
The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to conduct a private workout with Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger Monday, April 28.Link to story
Bengals | Ty Zimmerman visits Thu Apr 24, 09:21 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals met with Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman Thursday, April 24.Link to story
NFL | Telvin Smith meets with several times Thu Apr 24, 09:15 PM
Florida State LB Telvin Smith met with the Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. Smith also worked out for the Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
Falcons | Yawin Smallwood worked out Thu Apr 24, 09:13 PM
The Atlanta Falcons conducted a private workout with Connecticut LB Yawin Smallwood.Link to story
Buccaneers | Martavis Bryant worked out Thu Apr 24, 09:12 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently met with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant and also worked him out.Link to story
Redskins | May have moved on from Reed Doughty Thu Apr 24, 09:03 PM
The Washington Redskins do not appear to have much interest in re-signing free-agent SS Reed Doughty at this time.Link to story
Reed Doughty player page
Eagles | Jeremy Maclin expects offense to be fine Thu Apr 24, 08:52 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin said he expects the offense to be fine even though they lost Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson this offseason. '[Head coach Chip Kelly] said it himself: The offense is not built around one guy,' Maclin said. 'We have multiple guys that go out there and make plays.'
|Footballguys view: Maclin is taking the leadership role seriously. The Eagles have enough weapons to support that confidence even without Jackson and especially if Maclin is healthy.|
Jeremy Maclin player page
Bears | Marquess Wilson top candidate for No. 3 WR job Thu Apr 24, 08:42 PM
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson is considered the leading candidate for the No. 3 wide receiver job this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: There aren't many fantasy points after Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall - especially with Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte in the rotation. So while it's great for Wilson, his impact on fantasy teams is apt to be very minimal.|
Marquess Wilson player page
Giants | Justin Pugh puts on some weight Thu Apr 24, 08:42 PM
New York Giants OT Justin Pugh said he added around 10 pounds of muscle this offseason and weighs around 315 pounds at this point.
|Footballguys view: Pugh was the last man standing on the Giants offensive line an held up well his rookie year. Adding weight will help him improve his game and anchor the line this coming season.|
NFL | Executive high on Aaron Donald Thu Apr 24, 08:14 PM
An AFC executive believes Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald is the best defensive linemen available in the draft in the past 10 years. The executive believes Donald is comparable to former Minnesota Vikings DT John Randle.
|Footballguys view: Anonymous executives are fun. They give us great quotes without anything remotely like accountability. Donald is a very good prospect, no doubt. Whether anyone believes he's better than Jadeveon Clowney or is just blowing smoke is impossible to say.|
Dolphins | Have not picked up Mike Pouncey's option Thu Apr 24, 08:12 PM
The Miami Dolphins have not picked up the fifth-year option in C Mike Pouncey's contract at this point. The team will have until May 3 to decide if they will exercise the option or let Pouncey enter the final year of his contract.
|Footballguys view: After last year, they may wait and see what he does - and how he conducts himself - before extending the center.|
Dolphins | No decision on punishment for Mike Pouncey Thu Apr 24, 08:06 PM
An NFL spokesperson said the league has not decided if Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will be punished for his involvement in the team's bullying scandal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Pouncey will undergo a mental health evaluation before he is cleared to play.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins will need him to bolster their line as they try to rebound from a chaotic chapter. Pouncey is a very good center so the team can only hope he learns from whatever mistakes he made and not repeat them.|
NFL | Erik Swoope works out for two teams Thu Apr 24, 08:04 PM
The Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars have worked out Miami basketball player Erik Swoope over the past few weeks.
|Footballguys view: Swoope could be the next converted basketball star of the NFL, but he is a project who will go either later in the draft or post-draft as a free agent. His athleticism is incredible but he'll take time to acclimate to the game.|
Dolphins | Work out Erik Swoope works out Thu Apr 24, 08:03 PM
The Miami Dolphins worked out Miami basketball player Erik Swoope Thursday, April 24.Link to story
49ers | Anthony Davis undergoes surgery Thu Apr 24, 07:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis (biceps, shoulder) recently underwent surgery to repair labrum and biceps damage. It is not known when Davis will be able to participate in football activities.
|Footballguys view: The Niners need Davis to be ready for the season. Everything before that isn't a big deal for a veteran player.|
Texans | Blake Bortles could be option if team moves down Thu Apr 24, 07:42 PM
The Houston Texans could consider selecting Central Florida QB Blake Bortles if they move down in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: How far down? If they really wanted to grab Bortles, would they risk moving down and having someone else snag him? The Texans have been doing a lot of road work in trying to gather information on various picks. Ultimately they are keeping their options open.|
Falcons | Considered most likely to trade up Thu Apr 24, 07:36 PM
The Atlanta Falcons are considered the most likely team to trade for the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to many NFL executives. The Falcons have shown significant interest in South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney leading up to the draft.
|Footballguys view: With the interest in Clowney, they'll have to move up. The likely target is number two, where the Rams are. The Rams could move back several spots and still get an impact player, either for the offensive line or elsewhere.|
Titans | Three to sit out minicamp Thu Apr 24, 07:36 PM
Tennessee Titans C Brian Schwenke (ankle), OG Andy Levitre (hip) and LB Akeem Ayers (knee) will not participate in the team's minicamp next week.Link to story
Akeem Ayers player page
Bills | C.J. Mosley visits Thu Apr 24, 07:30 PM
The Buffalo Bills met with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley Thursday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: Mosley is the highly regarded inside linebacker in the draft and his instincts, agility and strength are incredible and while he's not quite prototypical size, he plays bigger than he measures. While the Bills have other needs, he would be an exceptional addition to their defense.|
NFL | Bradley Roby arrested Thu Apr 24, 07:25 PM
Ohio State CB Bradley Roby was arrested Sunday, April 20, and has been charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. The police responded to a report of Roby being passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle. The police officers opened his door and detected the smell of alcohol.
|Footballguys view: Roby has been regarded highly enough to be considered a borderline first rounder but it's always bad to see something like this happen right before the draft. It could make the difference between the late first and early to mid second.|
Seahawks | Work out A.J. Jefferson Thu Apr 24, 07:16 PM
The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent CB A.J. Jefferson (Vikings) Thursday, April 24.Link to story
A.J. Jefferson player page
Seahawks | Armanti Edwards worked out Thu Apr 24, 07:11 PM
The Seattle Seahawks worked out free-agent WR Armanti Edwards (Browns) Thursday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: A converted quarterback, Edwards never amounted to much in his previous stint as a Carolina Panther. If he were signed, it more than likely be as a camp body.|
Armanti Edwards player page
Titans | A.J. McCarron misses visit Thu Apr 24, 07:03 PM
The Tennessee Titans were scheduled to meet with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron earlier this month, but McCarron did not visit because he was sick. The team did not reschedule their meeting with McCarron.
|Footballguys view: McCarron skipped the Senior Bowl and took some grief for it, so expect something similar to happen now. McCarron lacks a big arm, is prone to some poor decisions and throws off his back foot too often. He does see the field well, is smart about throwing the ball away when need be and was a very good leader during his time at Alabama.|
Falcons | Bruce Ellington to work out Thu Apr 24, 06:40 PM
The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to work out South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington Friday, April 25.Link to story
Eagles | Evan Mathis won't hold out Thu Apr 24, 06:18 PM
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis doesn't intend to make a huge fuss over his contract situation this offseason. "I'm here. I'm not holding out. I much prefer reading the articles and the hate tweets and everything from conjecture as opposed to any information that ever came from anybody that knew anything about the situation,' Mathis said.
|Footballguys view: Mathis may not be happy with his situation, but he'll step in and do his job. Offensive linemen don't hold out very often and this won't be any different.|
Jets | Will meet with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Thu Apr 24, 05:42 PM
The New York Jets are meeting with Alabama FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Thursday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: After not addressing the secondary in free agency, the Jets are in dire need of more help. The safety position has been problematic for several years and Clinton-Dix would bring a toughness and hard-hitting ability to it.|
Eagles | Chris Polk underwent major shoulder surgery Thu Apr 24, 05:35 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Chris Polk's (shoulder) January surgery was a major procedure, but details remain unknown.Link to story
Chris Polk player page
Panthers | Pick up fifth year of Cam Newton's contract Thu Apr 24, 05:21 PM
The Carolina Panthers have officially submitted the paperwork to pick up the fifth-year option on QB Cam Newton's contract Thursday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: Newton hasn't quite reached his potential but he's taking strides every season and is well worth the extra year. Now if they can only get him some receivers.|
Cam Newton player page
Browns | Aaron Murray will visit team Thu Apr 24, 05:19 PM
Updating a previous report, Georgia QB Aaron Murray will visit the Cleveland Browns this week.
|Footballguys view: Murray has had a good few weeks and were he not hurt to begin the draft process, might have been looking at a late first round pick. Given that some say that teams are not enamored of the top end of this quarterback class, they might wait a round. Murray lacks preferred size (along with durability) but he was in a pro-style offense and showed great poise under pressure. He could be a great option for the Browns or any team in the second or third round.|
Browns | Trey Hopkins visited Thu Apr 24, 05:17 PM
Texas OG Trey Hopkins has visited with the Cleveland Browns.Link to story
Browns | Connor Shaw update Thu Apr 24, 05:12 PM
Updating a previous report, South Carolina QB Connor Shaw will visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, April 25, and the Browns will work out Shaw privately Saturday, April 26 on the South Carolina campus, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Shaw is getting a lot of buzz right now, or at least a ton of workouts. He was productive in college though he had some injury issues and played in a gimmicky offense. He has the intangibles, but not all of the physical tools. An intriguing upside late round pick.|
Patriots | Have worked out Connor Shaw twice Thu Apr 24, 05:10 PM
South Carolina QB Connor Shaw has worked out for the New England Patriots twice, including for their quarterbacks coach.
|Footballguys view: It's interesting because the Patriots have been working out and meeting a lot of quarterbacks. It's hard to imagine their long term plan to replace Tom Brady is to gamble on striking late round gold twice, but it's worth noting that he met with them twice.|
Browns | Phil Taylor hopes his option is picked up Thu Apr 24, 04:43 PM
Cleveland Browns NT Phil Taylor hopes his fifth-year option is picked up by the franchise. Taylor is encouraged by the Browns' defensive free-agent acquisitions and is hitting it off with new head coach Mike Pettine, defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil and new defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have worked to improve their defense. Taylor is coming off an OK year but brings some versatility in being able to slide to end as well as hold the middle. He'll have to show more to get that option.|
Phil Taylor player page
Dolphins | Interested in Connor Shaw Thu Apr 24, 04:25 PM
The Miami Dolphins have displayed a lot of interest in South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: Expect Shaw to be on their short list for free agency after the draft at the very least, though perhaps a sixth or seventh round pick if they feel antsy.|
49ers | Aldon Smith avoids felony charge Thu Apr 24, 03:48 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith avoided felony charges for making bomb threats at an airport earlier this month. The case has been forwarded to the Los Angeles City attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
|Footballguys view: Smith is lucky - if you want to use lucky in those terms. He's still facing a lot of problems, not the least of which could be NFL discipline including suspension. The Niners are definitely looking at other options for loner than just this year.|
Aldon Smith player page
Falcons | Will meet with Jadeveon Clowney Thu Apr 24, 03:47 PM
The Atlanta Falcons will meet with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney Friday, April 25, to watch him do drills.
|Footballguys view: If the Falcons want Clowney, there is a good chance they need to move up. That's something which has been talked about since the beginning of the draft process, so it wouldn't be a shock. Atlanta needs some pass rushing help, and Clowney would definitely be a help there.|
Giants | Victor Cruz wants team to target wide receiver Thu Apr 24, 03:27 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he would like the team to target a wide receiver in the NFL draft. 'A (big-play receiver) is something we need in this offense to be successful,' Cruz continued. 'An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be.'
|Footballguys view: Losing Hakeem Nicks isn't the worst thing in the world, but it does leave them a little short of big-play veteran wide receivers. Analysts have mocked North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron to them, but could they aim for a guy like Mike Evans or Odell Beckham Jr? It's not that big a stretch and quarterback Eli Manning needs some more weapons. A rookie across from Cruz could be a very productive fantasy rookie wide receivers.|
Victor Cruz player page
Ravens | LaQuan Williams contract details Thu Apr 24, 03:09 PM
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with WR LaQuan Williams on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
LaQuan Williams player page
Browns | Meet with Connor Shaw Thu Apr 24, 02:40 PM
The Cleveland Browns met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: Who is Connor Shaw? There are two answers. First, he's a potential undrafted free agent quarterback. Second, he's not the answer to the question "who will be the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns this season?"|
Titans | Meet with Connor Shaw Thu Apr 24, 02:39 PM
The Tennessee Titans met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: The Titans may be in the market for a new starting quarterback. Connor Shaw is not that guy, he is a late-round, street free agent.|
Patriots | Meet with Connor Shaw Thu Apr 24, 02:39 PM
The New England Patriots met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots may have met with every quarterback in this draft, as well as a few seniors in high school and possibly some pop warner kids. Whether they are looking to shore up their backup position, scout out potential Brady replacements or learn everything they can against potential future opponents the Patriots have put forth the very definition of due diligence. That said, Shaw is no more than a late round, free agent in this quarterback class.|
Falcons | Meet with Connor Shaw Thu Apr 24, 02:37 PM
The Atlanta Falcons met with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: Atlanta's backups aren't all that exciting, though in all honesty neither is Shaw. An average quarterback at best, Shaw is projected as a late-round or free agent.|