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  Bears | Leonard Pope turns heads    Tue Aug 6, 12:20 AM

Chicago Bears TE Leonard Pope impressed head coach Marc Trestman with a solid showing as a blocked during inside drills against the defensive linemen. 'I watched him out there today catching the ball. Certainly what we see is clear. We see a big man,' Trestman said Monday, Aug. 5.

Footballguys view: Pope has little fantasy value as he should primarily be used as a blocker with the Bears. Martellus Bennett will be their primary move TE and could finish the year as a top 10 fantasy TE. His current ADP is TE13 and he's coming off the board at 11.04.

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  Bears | Leonard Pope signed    Sat Aug 3, 11:05 AM

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Steelers) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Bears needed some veteran depth behind Martellus Bennett. Pope gives them that but fantasy owners need to realize he's only on board to be a blocker.

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  Bears | Expected to add Leonard Pope    Fri Aug 2, 05:28 PM

The Chicago Bears are expected to sign free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Steelers) if he passes a physical.

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  Bears | Leonard Pope working out    Fri Aug 2, 03:04 PM

The Chicago Bears are working out free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Steelers) Friday, Aug. 2.

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  Bears | Interested in Leonard Pope    Fri Aug 2, 09:52 AM

The Chicago Bears are interested in free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Steelers), whom they have in camp.

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  Steelers | TD vultures strike in Steel City    Sun Oct 28, 04:21 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers FB Will Johnson and TE Leonard Pope hauled in 1-yard touchdown receptions in the Week 8 game against the Washington Redskins.

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  Steelers | Leonard Pope No. 2 TE    Mon Aug 6, 01:59 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Leonard Pope is listed as the No. 2 tight end on the first depth chart of the preseason.

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  Steelers | GM mentions two standout players    Sun Jun 24, 01:58 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he believed OG Kelvin Beachum and TE Leonard Pope stood out during offseason workouts. Colbert believes Beachum could play guard or tackle at this point and thinks he could also play center in the future.

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  Steelers | Leonard Pope to battle for backup job    Tue Apr 10, 05:29 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Leonard Pope will battle with TEs Weslye Saunders and David Johnson for the backup tight end job to TE Heath Miller.

Footballguys view: Pope will likely make the team as Saunders is suspended the first four games of the 2012 season because of Performance Enhancing Drugs.

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  Steelers | Leonard Pope signs    Tue Apr 10, 04:26 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Chiefs) to a one-year deal Tuesday, April 10. Financial terms weren't released.

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  Chiefs | Several rested in Tuesday's bye-week practice    Tue Oct 11, 11:09 PM

Kansas City Chiefs WR Steve Breaston, WR Keary Colbert, OG Ryan Lilja, FB Le'Ron McClain, TE Leonard Pope and C Casey Wiegmann were each rested in practice Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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  Chiefs | Leonard Pope scores in Week 3    Sun Sep 25, 09:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Leonard Pope had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the San Diego Chargers.

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  Chiefs | May try to add another tight end    Sun Sep 4, 02:37 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs have Leonard Pope, Anthony Becht and Jake O'Connell at tight end following the loss of TE Tony Moeaki (knee) for the season. However, all three are blockers and not pass-catching threats. The Chiefs may seek out a pass-catching option at the position, but it will be difficult to find someone capable of replacing Moeaki in the offense because of his versatility.

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  Chiefs | Loss of Tony Moeaki hurts offense    Sat Sep 3, 04:18 PM

If the Kansas City Chiefs do indeed lose second-year TE Tony Moeaki (knee) for the season, it will be a devastating blow to the offense. Moeaki was a favorite target last year of QB Matt Cassel and the Chiefs do not have another reliable pass-catcher at the position on roster. Moeaki hauled in 47 passes as a rookie. The Chiefs would likely be forced to start TE Leonard Pope and likely need to find additional help to the position elsewhere.

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  Chiefs | Six free agents re-signed    Fri Jul 29, 10:52 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed free-agents RB Jackie Battle, WR Terrance Copper, OT Ryan O'Callaghan and TE Leonard Pope. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The team also re-signed restricted free-agent FB Mike Cox to his one-year tender and exclusive-rights free-agent S Reshard Langford to his tender offer.

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  Chiefs | Leonard Pope working out with team    Wed Jun 15, 12:50 PM

Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent TE Leonard Pope is participating in workouts this week with the team's players even though he not under contract.

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  Chiefs | Leonard Pope saves boy's life    Tue Jun 14, 03:23 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Leonard Pope saved a six-year-old boy from drowning in a swimming pool last weekend. 'My heart dropped. It could have been any child. I just knew I had to do something,' Pope said. 'I wasn't waiting on anyone else ... to try to pull him out. I just felt because I have kids of my own I would want someone to do that for my kids, also.'

Footballguys view: Wow. Great work by Pope here.

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  Chiefs | Leonard Pope finds the end zone    Sun Dec 19, 11:12 PM

Kansas City Chiefs TE Leonard Pope had a touchdown in Week 15 against the St. Louis Rams, reports Pete Morris, of KCChiefs.com. It was Pope's second TD this season and the 10th of his career.

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  Chiefs | Pope signed    Tue Sep 29, 06:16 PM

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have signed unrestricted free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Cardinals). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Bills | Work out three tight ends    Sat Sep 19, 03:34 PM

Adam Schefter, from ESPN, reports on his twitter feed that the Buffalo Bills worked out three free agent tight ends - Tony Curtis, Joe Klopfenstein, and Leonard Pope.

Footballguys view: Derek Fine has a hamstring injury, and even though it's not serious he was still declared inactive for last week's opening game.

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  Chiefs | Pope tries out for team    Tue Sep 15, 07:56 PM

Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Cardinals) recently tried out for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  Bengals | Pope visits    Tue Sep 15, 07:49 PM

Aaron Wilson, of the National Football Post, reports free-agent TE Leonard Pope (Cardinals) has visited with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a league source.

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  Cardinals | 21 released from team    Fri Sep 4, 05:31 PM

Darren Urban, of AZCardinals.com, reports Arizona Cardinals QB Tyler Palko, WR Steve Sanders, WR Edward Gant, CB Wilrey Fontenot, RB Chris Vincent, CB Jameel Dowling, FB Reagan Mauia, FB Tim Castille, S Aaron Francisco, C Melvin Fowler, LB Victor Hobson, G Trevor Canfield, G Carlton Medder, DE Alex Field, DT Keilen Dykes, T Oliver Ross, TE Leonard Pope, WR Onrea Jones, DT Rodney Leisle, LB Chase Bullock and LB David Holloway have been released from the team.

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  Cardinals | No tight ends stepping up    Tue Aug 18, 08:52 PM

Bob Baum, of The Associated Press, reports five tight ends - Anthony Becht, Dominique Byrd, Ben Patrick, Leonard Pope and Stephen Spach - are battling for the Arizona Cardinals starting tight end position, but no one is distancing himself from the pack so far. The team would like to see someone emerge, but they may have to handle it through a committee approach.

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  Cardinals | Could use committee at tight end    Sun Aug 9, 10:54 PM

Kent Somers, of The Arizona Republic, reports the Arizona Cardinals could use a committee at their tight end position, with starts and playing time dictated by game plans and opponents. Tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens said TEs Stephen Spach, Ben Patrick, Leonard Pope, Anthony Becht and Dominique Byrd all bring "something different to the table."

Footballguys view: Just another reason to keep avoiding Cardinals tight ends for your fantasy teams.

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  Cardinals | Spach questionable for start of season    Fri Jul 24, 07:34 PM

Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports that Cardinals TE Stephen Spach is questionable for the start of the season, as he is recovering from ACL and MCL surgery.

Footballguys view: This opens the door for Rams cast-off Dominique Byrd to make the opening day roster. Byrd was a talented pass-catcher at USC, and there could be more of a role for a pass-catching TE in the offense, now that the team will be running less three WR sets.

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  Cardinals | Competition for No. 1 tight end job    Mon May 4, 10:12 AM

Bob McManaman, of The Arizona Republic, reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said during the team's three-day minicamp that there will be competition for the team's starting tight end spot. 'There's going to be a lot of competition with that group this year, I'm sure of it,' Whisenhunt said. 'We like what we have. I liked what we had last year, too, but we were dealing with a lot of injuries there. It'll be interesting to see how things develop moving forward.' TE Ben Patrick, TE Leonard Pope, TE Stephen Spach, TE Alex Schor and TE Anthony Becht are the five tight ends on the roster.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals are a pass happy team - but it hasn't translated into big time fantasy stats for their TEs. In fact, no Arizona TE caught a touchdown in 2008. Ben Patrick has a chance to be a productive player in this system as he's the most natural receiver in the group, but don't forget about Stephen Spach. He made some key grabs for the Cardinals down the stretch in the playoffs and could see an expanded role this year if he can make it back from his ACL/MCL injury.

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