Fantasy Football News & Views
Cowboys | Dez Bryant's antics a distraction (Tue Jan 23, 10:00 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Josh Allen welcoming of Cleveland (Tue Jan 23, 09:27 AM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Tom Brady getting stitches removed (Tue Jan 23, 02:02 AM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Josh McCown intends to play in 2018 Tue Jan 23, 09:26 PM
New York Jets impending free-agent QB Josh McCown is leaning toward playing in 2018 and is hopeful he can do so with the Jets.Link to story
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Panthers | Norv Turner talks up Christian McCaffrey Tue Jan 23, 08:24 PM
Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey 'had an unbelievable rookie year and did a lot more than that a lot of people would be asked to do and handled (it) all,' offensive coordinator Norv Turner said.Link to story
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant likely to stay put Tue Jan 23, 08:09 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to return to the team in 2018, according to team owner Jerry Jones.Link to story
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Cowboys | No surgery for Tyron Smith Tue Jan 23, 06:55 PM
Dallas Cowboys OT Tyron Smith (knee) will not need offseason surgery on his injured knee, according to vice president Stephen Jones.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Cowboys here. Smith dealt with knee problems later in the 2017 season but this injury wasn't serious enough to warrant surgery.|
Cowboys | Dallas finalizes two coaches Tue Jan 23, 06:36 PM
Former Dallas Cowboys QB Kellen Moore was brought on as the quarterbacks coach Tuesday, Jan. 23, according to owner Jerry Jones. Additionally, running backs coach Gary Brown was re-signed.
|Footballguys view: Moore goes from being a teammate of Dak Prescott, to his coach in one year. He retired after working as the Cowboys no3 quarterback for part of 2017. Moore will work with Jason Garrett closely to get the most out of the situation, and he's always had a coaches mentality to approaching the game. It should be a near seamless transition for Moore.|
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Patriots | Optimism with Rob Gronkowski Tue Jan 23, 06:21 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (concussion) official status will be unclear for a couple more days, but there is some optimism regarding his availability for the Super Bowl, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots have two weeks for Gronkowski to get healthy. We'll have an update on his status next week when the Patriots begin to practice in preparation for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.|
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Jaguars | Tim Cook signed by Jaguars Tue Jan 23, 06:02 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Tim Cook was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Giants | Kyle Carter claimed by Giants Tue Jan 23, 05:50 PM
Free-agent TE Kyle Carter (Vikings) was claimed by the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Carter is known mostly as a blocker, H-back type of tight end who came out of Penn State as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He follows Pat Shurmur over from the Vikings to the Giants. Carter is not much of a receiving threat, so his dynasty stock in crazy deep leagues isn't that interesting.|
Texans | Houston claims Montay Crockett Tue Jan 23, 05:35 PM
Free-agent WR Montay Crockett (Jaguars) was claimed by the Houston Texans off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Bills | Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo unclear? Tue Jan 23, 05:00 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor's future with the team was not addressed Tuesday, Jan. 23, as head coach Sean McDermott declined to comment on the topic. McDermott simply said the coaching staff will continue to evaluate.
|Footballguys view: We highly doubt the Bills will keep Taylor on the team in 2018. Expect the team to try and trade Taylor if they can. He's got a cap number of $18 million in 2018, and there is $8.6 million in dead money.|
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Jaguars | Dexter McDougle signed by Jaguars Tue Jan 23, 03:53 PM
Free-agent CB Dexter McDougle (Saints) was signed to a Reserve/Future contract by the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Dolphins | Matt Moore likely done in Miami Tue Jan 23, 03:32 PM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent QB Matt Moore is not expected to be re-signed as he would like to explore his options to see if he'll be a better fit in another city, according to a source. Moore has been in Miami since 2011.
|Footballguys view: Miami will get Ryan Tannehill back from the knee injury that cost him the 2017 season. Behind him might be a young quarterback they take in this year's draft. If they need a better backup they can trust, perhaps the Dolphins would get one of the numerous "Brian Hoyer-like" reserve QBs out there.|
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Vikings | Mike Zimmer not sold on Case Keenum? Tue Jan 23, 03:19 PM
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Case Keenum's future with the Vikings is in limbo. Head coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings will go through the process of determining who their starting quarterback will be next season. Keenum and fellow QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are all in the running.
|Footballguys view: Reports before the NFC Championship Game indicated the Vikings were going to franchise tag Keenum and also try to keep Bridgewater around. Now, after losing in that game, things don't seem as certain for Keenum...even Peter King is speculating that Keenum will be the Broncos starter in Week 1 of the 2018 season. Stay tuned, as Keenum would have a strong price tag if available in this quarterback desperate league.|
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Packers | Jamaal Williams wants to be more explosive Tue Jan 23, 03:05 PM
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams is focusing on improving his explosiveness this offseason. Williams wants to have quicker feet, more speed and to make sure his knees are up. He added that he'll be working on his lateral movements and speed in order to make sure his knees are up and that his lower body is stronger.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a big back, and he does a good job of keeping his feet after contact...but nobody is calling him an explosive player. That could change as he reshapes his body and his preparation for the league. Even with Ty Montgomery splitting time in the backfield (for one more year), Williams is a dynasty asset we love.|
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald undecided on retirement Tue Jan 23, 02:48 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has still not decided as to whether or not he will retire this offseason, according to new head coach Steve Wilks.
|Footballguys view: The future Hall of Fame receiver wanted to see who the Cardinals hired as head coach before deciding on his future in the league. Fitzgerald just completed his 14th season in the NFL and will turn 35 years old before the 2018 regular season begins. The Cardinals now have their coach, but they still are uncertain on who their quarterback will be.|
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Raiders | Derek Carr was bothered by back Tue Jan 23, 02:17 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) admitted that a back injury suffered in Week 4 did impact his play throughout the course of the season. 'Injuries will never be something I talk about, especially during the season, but since it's after the season, the [back issue] was one of those things that was there,' Carr said.
|Footballguys view: Things start to make more sense after the season when this type of information comes out. Carr just didn't look like himself in 2017. Some felt it was because Bill Musgrave was not retained as offensive coordinator but this report indicates it might have had more to do with his health. The fourth-year quarterback suffered three transverse process fractures and said he wanted to deal with the injury instead of using it as an excuse.|
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Vikings | Minnesota signs Cayleb Jones Tue Jan 23, 01:51 PM
Minnesota Vikings signed WR Cayleb Jones to a Reserve/Future contract Tuesday, Jan. 23.Link to story
NFL | Mason Rudolph hopeful for NFL Combine Tue Jan 23, 12:34 PM
Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph (foot) has been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, but he is optimistic he will be ready to participate during the NFL Combine in late February.
|Footballguys view: Rudolph is walking around the Senior Bowl in a walking boot. He's not participating in practices, but he's there for the interview process before the game. Rudolph put up great numbers at Oklahoma State and is seen as a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft. The Combine will be big for him, partly because he missed the Senior Bowl but mostly because of the medical checks that will be done.|
Giants | James Bettcher to meet with Giants Tue Jan 23, 11:47 AM
Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher will meet with the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23, for their defensive coordinator vacancy.Link to story
Titans | James Bettcher to meet with Titans Tue Jan 23, 11:46 AM
Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher will meet with the Tennessee Titans Tuesday, Jan. 23, for their defensive coordinator vacancy.Link to story
Vikings | Pat Elflein headed for surgery Tue Jan 23, 10:32 AM
Minnesota Vikings C Pat Elflein (ankle) requires surgery on his left ankle, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.Link to story
Seahawks | Travis Jones let go Tue Jan 23, 10:08 AM
Seattle Seahawks senior defensive assistant Travis Jones mutually part ways with the team.Link to story
Cowboys | Dez Bryant's antics a distraction Tue Jan 23, 10:00 AM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's antics on the sideline are a distraction, according to Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones. 'The Dez situation has a lot of moving parts to it,' Jones said. 'The chemistry between Dak (Prescott) and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. Tony and Dez had their game tailored to one another. Dak doesn't play the way Tony played. It's a work in progress. The other thing that we all see and it is certainly visible to anyone who watches our games, watches our sideline, is Dez is certainly a fiery guy who plays with a lot of emotion both on and off the field. Sometimes that can be a distraction.'
|Footballguys view: Bryant has been a handful for the Cowboys ever since he was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday that the team had no plans on moving on from Bryant. They'll continue to deal with his distractions on and off the field.|
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NFL | Josh Allen measures up Tue Jan 23, 09:59 AM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen measured at 6-foot-4 7/8, 237 pounds with a 10 1/8 hand size at the Senior Bowl Tuesday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Allen certainly looks the part of a franchise quarterback. He's big, has a strong arm and is athletic enough to threaten a defense as a runner. Allen had poor accuracy in college at Wyoming, and historically that's something that doesn't take leaps and bounds in a positive direction in the pros. Even with that huge question mark about his accuracy, Allen might be the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
Browns | Josh Allen welcoming of Cleveland Tue Jan 23, 09:27 AM
Wyoming QB Josh Allen said he wants to be the guy that turns around the Cleveland Browns. 'To think about that and to put yourself in that situation and in those shoes, you gotta love that as a quarterback and you gotta love that as a football player and competitor,' Allen said. 'This is something that can really be set in stone forever, if you're the guy that can help turn this Cleveland Browns team around. I know they've got the youngest team in the NFL, they've got the most cap space, the most high draft picks, brand new GM who has done a lot of good things in his past.'
|Footballguys view: Allen is saying all the right things at the Senior Bowl. He sounds like a franchise quarterback, and he's certainly built like a franchise quarterback. If the Browns were able to trade for Alex Smith (Chiefs), then drafting Allen would make sense as he'd get time for much-needed development.|
Jaguars | Leonard Fournette gains share of rookie record Tue Jan 23, 03:59 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette finished the playoffs with four rushing touchdowns, which is tied for the most by a rookie in postseason history. Retired RBs Norm Standlee (1941), Tony Dorsett (1977), William Floyd (1994) and Jamal Lewis (2000) are the others to have accomplished this feat.Link to story
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Eagles | LeGarrette Blount moving up playoff TD list Tue Jan 23, 03:42 AM
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeGarrette Blount moved up to seventh on the NFL's all-time postseason rushing touchdown leaderboard, scoring his 10th career playoff touchdown on the ground in the team's Conference Championship win Sunday, Jan. 21, against the Minnesota Vikings.Link to story
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Eagles | Nick Foles had historically good showing Tue Jan 23, 02:47 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles' 97.0 Total QBR in the team's NFC Conference Championship victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 21, was the fourth-highest QBR in a playoff game since 2006, which is as far back as the metric goes.Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady getting stitches removed Tue Jan 23, 02:02 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) mentioned he was getting the 12 stitches on his hand removed in the coming days. 'And at that point, again, because I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that - there was no broken bones - that was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you thought it could be,' he said. 'It ended up being a lot of good luck after, I'd say, a pretty unlucky injury. It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was.'
|Footballguys view: Brady has two weeks to heal for Super Bowl LII. The team is off this week, but they begin practicing next week in Minneapolis.|
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Packers | Jamaal Williams seeking to get faster Tue Jan 23, 01:34 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Jamaal Williams conceded that in his exit interviews with head coach Mike McCarthy and running backs coach Ben Sirmans, 'We were just in agreement that I've got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up. So, I'm just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body's a lot stronger.'Link to story
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Raiders | Oakland to target Le'Veon Bell? Mon Jan 22, 11:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell could be a target for the Oakland Raiders, according to The MMQB's Peter King.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders offense would certainly get some punch if Bell was added via free agency. The Steelers could always franchise tag Bell for the second year in a row, but he's expressed thoughts of retirement if that was the case. In order to make room for Bell, the Raiders would likely have to part ways with Marshawn Lynch. In 2018, Lynch has a cap hit of $5.9 million but there is zero remaining in dead money.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Cowboys | Kris Richard joins Dallas coaching staff Mon Jan 22, 09:57 PM
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard has agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys to be their defensive passing game coordinator.Link to story
Lions | Brian Callahan to leave Detroit Mon Jan 22, 09:21 PM
The Detroit Lions and quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan agreed to part ways Monday, Jan. 22.Link to story
Titans | Three Titans coaches let go Mon Jan 22, 06:31 PM
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie, linebackers coach Lou Spanos and special teams coach Steve Hoffman were fired Monday, Jan. 22.
|Footballguys view: The Titans are cleaning house on both sides of the ball. New head coach Mike Vrabel is going to build his staff in his image.|
Giants | Pat Shurmur hired by Giants Mon Jan 22, 05:54 PM
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was officially been hired as the new head coach of the New York Giants Monday, Jan. 22.
|Footballguys view: This has been the direction the team was leaning for quite some time. Shurmur ran a great offense with the Vikings, working through quarterback issues and getting the most out of Case Keenum. We'll see what he can do with Eli Manning and whatever young quarterback the Giants draft this year (Josh Rosen, etc).|
Jaguars | Blake Bortles wants to stay Mon Jan 22, 05:47 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he would be 'thrilled' to remain with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fourth-year quarterback will be an impending free agent in 2019.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars didn't pick up his fifth-year option last year, and that's why Bortles is set to hit the open market. The team played at an incredibly high level this year but in crunch time against the Patriots, Bortles couldn't find a way to get it done. We'll see if they go to a guy like Alex Smith via trade or Kirk Cousins via free agency this offseason.|
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Vikings | Minnesota signs six players Mon Jan 22, 05:14 PM
Minnesota Vikings OT Dieugot Joseph, OT Cedrick Lang, DT Caushaud Lyons, DE Ifeadi Odenigbo, DB Horace Richardson and LB Antwione Williams were signed to Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 22.Link to story
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Jaguars | Ten players signed by Jaguars Mon Jan 22, 04:01 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Lamar Atkins, DE Hunter Dimick, LB Brooks Ellis, OT Avery Gennesy, TE David Grinnage, S Charlie Miller, CB Sammy Seamster, WR Tevaun Smith, OT Brandon Thomas and RB Brandon Wilds were signed to Reserve/Future contracts Monday, Jan. 22.Link to story
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Panthers | Eric Washington expected to be DC Mon Jan 22, 02:44 PM
Carolina Panthers defensive line coach Eric Washington is expected to be named as the team's new defensive coordinator, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Washington has coached the defensive line for the Panthers since 2011. Carolina's defensive line has been one of the most productive in the NFL since he got the job.|
Cardinals | Steve Wilks hired as head coach Mon Jan 22, 02:17 PM
Updating previous reports, the Arizona Cardinals have officially hired Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach.
|Footballguys view: Wilks only had one year as a coordinator, but he clearly impressed the Cardinals. The team is going in a defensive direction with their choice at head coach, but it will be most interesting to see what quarterback they add this offseason to lead the team and how Wilks works to get the best out of him.|
Vikings | Jerick McKinnon wants to be featured back Mon Jan 22, 02:16 PM
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent RB Jerick McKinnon said he would like to be a featured back for a team next season.
|Footballguys view: McKinnon proved this year that he could handle a larger workload. He's more than a change-of-pace back but no matter where he goes there will likely be a split in touches. That's the nature of the game today, and even with teams that have great RBs (Saints, Falcons) there is a dual responsibility by two quality backs. It's a great RB class in the 2018 NFL draft, so McKinnon may not have the hottest market.|
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Cardinals | James Bettcher may not return Mon Jan 22, 02:04 PM
Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher is receiving interest from other teams and may not remain on the coaching staff if the team hires Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach.Link to story
Giants | Pat Shurmur to have second interview with NYG Mon Jan 22, 01:53 PM
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is scheduled to have a second interview with the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23, regarding their head coaching position, according to a source.Link to story
Vikings | Case Keenum unsure of team's interest Mon Jan 22, 01:53 PM
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Case Keenum said he has not received any indication from the Vikings on if they want to re-sign him this offseason.
|Footballguys view: The word before the NFC Championship Game was that the Vikings were going to franchise tag Keenum and try to keep Teddy Bridgewater as well. Both are set to be unrestricted free agents (so is Sam Bradford) at this time. With Pat Shurmur moving on to be the head coach of the Giants, it would be interesting to see if he wanted to take Keenum with him.|
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Cowboys | Dallas talks with Kris Richard Mon Jan 22, 01:03 PM
The Dallas Cowboys talked with former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard Sunday, Jan. 21, about a possible position on their coaching staff, according to a source.Link to story
Vikings | Dalvin Cook making progress Mon Jan 22, 12:52 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (knee) said he is able to do some jogging but does not have a timetable for when he will return to football activities.
|Footballguys view: There is no timetable, but Cook should be ready to go in training camp. Cook may not be ready at the start of training camp, but without setbacks he could be ready late in camp to get ramped up before the start of the regular season. He's an RB1 for fantasy owners when healthy. We'll be monitoring his progress closely this offseason.|
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Cardinals | Arizona will hire Steve Wilks Mon Jan 22, 12:36 PM
Updating previous reports, the Arizona Cardinals will hire Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as their new head coach, according to a source.Link to story
Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater believes he can start Mon Jan 22, 12:29 PM
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent QB Teddy Bridgewater said he views himself as a starting quarterback next season but is not sure if it will be with the Vikings.
|Footballguys view: Bridgewater can start, but who knows where it would be. He's a smart and accurate quarterback who had his career thrown off path by a major knee injury. Set to hit the open market, Bridgewater is an interesting option for a team looking to give him a second chance.|
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Cardinals | Al Holcomb may be DC candidates Mon Jan 22, 12:19 PM
Carolina Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb likely will be a top candidate for the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator job if Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks is hired as the Cardinals' head coach, in the opinion of CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.Link to story
Panthers | Arizona may consider several OC candidates Mon Jan 22, 12:07 PM
Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Matt McCoy and former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell are expected to be offensive coordinator candidates for the Arizona Cardinals if the Cardinals hire Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as new head coach.Link to story
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