Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | NYG still interested in veteran running backs (Sun Apr 23, 09:49 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Several teams interested in Nathan Peterman (Sun Apr 23, 09:31 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Adam Shaheen the next Jason Witten? (Sun Apr 23, 12:47 AM) [jump to this story]
Falcons | Coach fine with Dontari Poe's weight Sun Apr 23, 07:12 PM
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said he was comfortable with DT Dontari Poe's weight when he reported for offseason workouts this past week but did not disclose the weight.Link to story
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NFL | Mike Williams looking to improve Sun Apr 23, 05:58 PM
Clemson WR Mike Williams said he is looking to get quicker in and out of his routes and has been working on quick movement and explosion drills.
|Footballguys view: Williams is arguably the top WR in this draft class. He reminds some in the scouting community of former Steelers/Giants WR Plaxico Burress because of his size, wingspan and ability to win above the rim. Williams needs to work on his concentration and he'll suffer from focus drops, and he could learn better separation in the route tree. Even with the work he needs to do, Williams is a first-round pick.|
Giants | Paul Perkins wants to be three-down back Sun Apr 23, 05:48 PM
New York Giants RB Paul Perkins said his goal is to become a three-down running back for the Giants.
|Footballguys view: Perkins is a speedy change-of-pace back, but he's got the chance to be more. He's intent running inside even though that's not his forte. Perkins has the speed to make the corner, but he doesn't try to take every run outside. The Giants are looking at veteran thumpers like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount, and they could also try to find a big back in the 2017 NFL draft. Needless to say, Perkins is going to have competition for touches this season.|
Paul Perkins player page
NFL | Corey Davis not fully healed Sun Apr 23, 05:34 PM
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) is not fully recovered from his ankle injury but was able to work out with former NFL wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan Friday, April 21. Sullivan said he thought Davis looked very explosive during the workout and showed really good instincts.
|Footballguys view: Davis has seen his draft stock get a little dinged as the draft draws near. He's still likely to go in the first round, and he's certainly a rookie WR fantasy owners need to monitor. Davis was dominant in college, and he's one of the most productive players -- regardless of position -- in this draft. His game is all about using route leverage to get open.|
NFL | Obi Melifonwu met with three NFC teams Sun Apr 23, 05:25 PM
Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu recently met with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source. He has also received steady interest from the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
Redskins | Chris Thompson contract update Sun Apr 23, 05:25 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson signed his one-year tender offer worth $2.746 million.Link to story
Chris Thompson player page
Bills | Jerry Hughes happy with new defense Sun Apr 23, 04:55 PM
Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes said he is happy that the team is moving to a 4-3 defensive alignment because it will allow the defensive players to play to their strengths.Link to story
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Jets | Sheldon Richardson at workouts Sun Apr 23, 04:19 PM
New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson missed the first day of offseason workouts last week but participated in the rest of the week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Jets are trying to trade Richardson, but he's been on the block for some time with no takers. We'll see if they can get someone to bite during the 2017 NFL draft.|
Sheldon Richardson player page
Jets | Jamal Adams destined for Gang Green? Sun Apr 23, 03:24 PM
LSU S Jamal Adams will likely be the New York Jets' selection with the sixth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft unless someone else is unexpectedly available, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.Link to story
Patriots | 'Long shot' Jimmy Garoppolo gets traded Sun Apr 23, 02:27 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo figures to be the target of several last-ditch trade attempts from the Cleveland Browns leading up to the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian considers a potential deal a 'long shot' that would require an 'overwhelming offer'.
|Footballguys view: The Browns may want Garoppolo but they may not be willing to pay the price it would take to add him. The draft will be the final deadline for any deal to get done. The Patriots will lose Garoppolo next year in free agency as he'll move on to get a starting job.|
Jimmy Garoppolo player page
Saints | Malcolm Butler trade 'deadline' looming? Sun Apr 23, 11:06 AM
New England Patriots CB Malcolm Butler is either going to get traded to the New Orleans Saints this week or probably not at all, according to ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, who believes a deal will essentially come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade their late first-round pick (No. 32) or a different package of a high second-rounder (No. 42) combined with another pick.Link to story
Malcolm Butler player page
Giants | NYG still interested in veteran running backs Sun Apr 23, 09:49 AM
The New York Giants are one of several teams continuing to keep close tabs on free-agent RBs LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) and Adrian Peterson (Vikings), in the hopes that their salary demands will go down prior to the draft.
|Footballguys view: We like the upside of second-year pro Paul Perkins, but the team could see him as more of a speedy change-of-pace back only. The interest in a two-down banger like Blount of Peterson shows they will likely be using a RBBC in 2017. Stay tuned here. With the 2017 NFL draft coming up this week, we could see the Giants add a big back to the mix.|
Adrian Peterson player page
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NFL | Several teams interested in Nathan Peterman Sun Apr 23, 09:31 AM
Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman has made recent visits to the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: Peterman may not be this year's Dak Prescott (Cowboys), but he could be Kirk Cousins (Washington). Like those two, Peterman is a mid-round pick who could develop into a quality starter. We think Peterman could go in the third round, but in this quarterback desperate league he could go in the second.|
NFL | KC, SEA among teams interested in Chad Kelly Sun Apr 23, 09:24 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, in addition to having discussions with several other clubs over the phone.
|Footballguys view: We could see Kelly as a late-round pick, but he may fall undrafted due to health concerns. He made it through a dozen passes at his pro day before injuring his wrist, and now he's had surgery to repair the damage. Couple that with plenty of off field concerns, and Kelly is likely to be a priority free agent or teams after the draft.|
NFL | Adam Shaheen the next Jason Witten? Sun Apr 23, 12:47 AM
Ashland TE Adam Shaheen has a chance to develop into a player like Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, according to an AFC scout, and the scout believes Shaheen will be selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: People compare Shaheen to Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) because he's huge (6'6" 280 pounds) and physical. He may be more like Witten as he's never faced great competition as a D2 prospect. Shaheen should be a second-round pick, and he's a rookie TE to keep an eye on...especially in TE-premium leagues.|
Jason Witten player page
NFL | O.J. Howard a rare talent Sun Apr 23, 12:39 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard was compared to Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis by an AFC personnel executive, and the executive said Howard is a 'difference-maker' who can catch and block and is impressive physically.
|Footballguys view: Howard is a rare athlete for the position, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Vernon Davis (Washington). This is arguably the greatest TE draft class in history, and Howard should be the first tight end off the board.|
Vernon Davis player page
NFL | Two teams eyeing JuJu Smith-Schuster Sat Apr 22, 11:49 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams have shown the most interest in him ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
Cowboys | Jaylon Smith impressing ownership Sat Apr 22, 10:19 PM
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith is 'making great improvements,' according to executive vice president Stephen Jones, and Jones said he is 'more fired up than ever' that Dallas selected Smith last year.Link to story
Buccaneers | Ali Marpet working on new position Sat Apr 22, 10:14 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Ali Marpet said he is preparing for his trial at the center position by snapping the ball to anyone who will catch it, including QB Jameis Winston.Link to story
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Browns | Mitchel Trubisky could go No. 1 Sat Apr 22, 09:53 PM
North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky is still under serious consideration by the Cleveland Browns to be the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to league sources.
|Footballguys view: This has been floated in April...and not before then. That means it could be misdirection floated out there by the team or the agent. The Browns need a quarterback, but with DE Myles Garrett available at no.1 overall the team would be fools to pass on him.|
Falcons | Taylor Gabriel signs RFA tender Sat Apr 22, 06:04 PM
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel signed his one-year tender worth $2.81 million on Saturday, April 22.Link to story
Taylor Gabriel player page
Chiefs | Jaye Howard cut Sat Apr 22, 05:51 PM
Kansas City Chiefs DL Jaye Howard was waived by the team on Saturday, April 22.Link to story
Jaye Howard player page
NFL | Glen Coffee wants to return Sat Apr 22, 05:47 PM
Former San Francisco 49ers RB Glen Coffee has been reinstated from the retirement list and wants to return to pro football.Link to story
Glen Coffee player page
Lions | DET not likely to go after OL Sat Apr 22, 03:35 PM
The Detroit Lions are not likely to pursue offensive linemen in the 2017 NFL Draft, as general manager Bob Quinn believes he addressed the line for the time being in 2016.Link to story
Dolphins | Julius Thomas feeling good Sat Apr 22, 01:55 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas told the Florida Times-Union recently this spring 'is probably the best I've ever felt' and that head coach Adam Gase's offense 'feels a lot like home'.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is a weapon, and he can certainly be a TD hog for the Dolphins in 2017. He's never played a full 16-game season in the pros, so we'll be shocked if this is his first. Thomas is a TE1 for fantasy owners, but he comes with injury risk.|
Julius Thomas player page
Giants | No decision yet on OBJ's fifth-year option Sat Apr 22, 11:18 AM
The New York Giants remain noncommittal on whether or not they intend on exercising the fifth-year option on WR Odell Beckham Jr. worth around $8 million. The deadline to do so is May 3.
|Footballguys view: The Giants should have no problem deciding that Beckham is worth that price tag. Then it would give them more time to work out a long-term deal that likely pays him over $10 million annually as he's one of the best young WRs in the game.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Bills | BUF holding off on Mike Gillislee decision Sat Apr 22, 11:04 AM
The Buffalo Bills have until Monday, April 24, to decide whether or not they plan on matching the two-year, $6.4 million offer from the New England Patriots for restricted free-agent RB Mike Gillislee.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots are going to force the Bills hand here either way. With Jonathan Williams as a second-year back behind superstar LeSean McCoy, the Bills may decide to let Gillislee walk.|
Mike Gillislee player page
Chiefs | Cameron Malveaux visits KC Sat Apr 22, 10:16 AM
Houston DL Cameron Malveaux visited the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.Link to story
Texans | Mack Hollins visits Houston Sat Apr 22, 10:11 AM
North Carolina WR Mack Hollins visited the Houston Texans earlier this week, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly.Link to story
Dolphins | Miami interested in Marquell Beckwith Sat Apr 22, 10:07 AM
The Miami Dolphins contacted Alabama State RB Marquell Beckwith earlier this week.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland interested in Simon Mathiesen Sat Apr 22, 09:46 AM
The Oakland Raiders contacted Northwest Missouri State PK Simon Mathiesen earlier this week.Link to story
NFL | Five teams interested in Devine Redding Sat Apr 22, 09:37 AM
Indiana RB Devine Redding has worked out privately for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts and is also drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources.Link to story
Patriots | Adoree' Jackson attracting interest Sat Apr 22, 02:43 AM
Southern California CB Adoree' Jackson has had contact with the New England Patriots, although the team has not had an official visit with him.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is one of the most athletic players in this year's draft class. He was a playmaker for the Trojans in college on offense, defense and special teams. Jackson may be too small to play on the outside, but he's got the skill set to be a fine slot corner in the NFL.|
Eagles | Philadelphia talking with Tyler Scalzi Fri Apr 21, 11:18 PM
Texas Tech TE Tyler Scalzi has been in contact with the Philadelphia Eagles.Link to story
NFL | John Ross off some draft boards? Fri Apr 21, 10:53 PM
Washington WR John Ross has been pushed down or pushed off some draft boards all together because of injury concerns, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Off draft boards would be ridiculous....down draft boards makes more sense, but it's also old information. Everyone knew that Ross had knee injuries on both knees in the past, and they obviously could tell that he was going to need shoulder surgery (which he had) after the combine. Ross is a playmaker and reminds scouts of DeSean Jackson, and we feel he should still be a late-first round pick.|
NFL | Reuben Foster's draft stock intact? Fri Apr 21, 10:21 PM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster's incident that resulted in his dismissal from the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and his diluted urine sample from the combine are not likely to cause him to slide in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Foster's medical check is more important that this diluted test. He reportedly may need another shoulder surgery before the start of the season, and that could delay his pro debut. If healthy, Foster is an intimidator and has drawn comparisons to guys like Bobby Wagner or Patrick Willis.|
NFL | Jamal Adams going in the top five? Fri Apr 21, 10:16 PM
Louisiana State S Jamal Adams said the New York Jets told him they don't expect him to be available when they select with the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | John Ross' agent disputes medical reports Fri Apr 21, 09:58 PM
Washington WR John Ross' agent, Brad Cicala, denied reports that Ross has undergone two surgeries to repair injuries to his anterior cruciate ligament. Cicala said Ross had one surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament surgery and a surgery on his right lateral meniscus.Link to story
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay eyeing Samaje Perine? Fri Apr 21, 09:49 PM
Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown the most interest in him.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs are looking at running back with the future of Doug Martin (suspended the first three games of the year) up in the air. Perine is likely to be a second or third round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He reminds us of Michael Turner (former Falcons starter) because of his power, quickness and ability to grind down defenses or gash them with a big play.|
Panthers | Christian McCaffrey on Carolina's radar? Fri Apr 21, 09:30 PM
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey can run, catch and 'carry the load' and is one of the every-down running backs in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman.Link to story
Jaguars | Jacksonville won't reach in draft Fri Apr 21, 09:25 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin said he would consider trading the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and plans on taking the best player available, especially in the first three rounds.Link to story
Cowboys | Charles Tapper should be on field Fri Apr 21, 08:31 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Tapper (back) should be ready for offseason workouts and minicamp, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.Link to story
Charles Tapper player page
Cowboys | Jaylon Smith should be ready for workouts Fri Apr 21, 08:30 PM
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) should be ready for offseason workouts and minicamp, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.Link to story
Jaguars | Coach has not talked with Branden Albert Fri Apr 21, 07:30 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he has not been in communication with OT Branden Albert since the start of the offseason workouts. Marrone said he is not sure if Albert will participate in the June minicamp.Link to story
Browns | Isaiah Crowell has not signed Fri Apr 21, 07:28 PM
Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent RB Isaiah Crowell has not signed his tender offer at this point.Link to story
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Rams | Tre Jackson released Fri Apr 21, 05:35 PM
Los Angeles Rams OG Tre Jackson was released Friday, April 21, after he failed his physical.Link to story
NFL | Vince Wilfork not expected to play Fri Apr 21, 05:34 PM
Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith said he does not believe free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) will play again.Link to story
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Bills | Buffalo adds Trae Elston Fri Apr 21, 05:01 PM
Cleveland Browns FS Trae Elston was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills Friday, April 21.Link to story
Jaguars | Tracy Howard claimed by Jags Fri Apr 21, 04:24 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Tracy Howard was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, April 21.Link to story
Redskins | Chris Thompson signs tender Fri Apr 21, 04:10 PM
Washington Redskins restricted free-agent RB Chris Thompson signed his tender offer Friday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: It's a one-year tender worth $2.7 million this year. He will continue to work as Washington's pass-catching back with Rob Kelley working as the banger between the tackles. We expect Washington to look for RB help in the 2017 NFL draft as well.|
Chris Thompson player page