Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | Colin Kaepernick's rehab on track (Fri May 6, 12:38 AM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Von Miller wants to stick around (Thu May 5, 12:40 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Jaylon Smith won't go on IR (Thu May 5, 09:56 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Jordan Reed agrees to extension (Thu May 5, 09:40 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Matt Jones to have large role (Thu May 5, 02:13 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Johnny Manziel booked, posts bond Wed May 4, 06:32 PM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) was booked and posted bond for his domestic violence case Wednesday, May 4, just one day before his first court hearing. Manziel was indicted last month after allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail with a $4,000 fine.
|Footballguys view: The legal process will take its course, then Manziel will have to deal with punishment from the league. We hope he gets the help he needs. It's not about football right now...and maybe won't be ever again. The kid needs a new direction as his life has spiraled down for quite some time.|
Johnny Manziel player page
49ers | Michael Wilhoite signs tender Wed May 4, 05:53 PM
San Francisco 49ers restricted free-agent LB Michael Wilhoite signed his one-year tender Wednesday, May 4. The tender is worth $1.671 million.Link to story
Michael Wilhoite player page
Jaguars | Myles Jack should be ready for season Wed May 4, 05:38 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) is expected to be ready for the regular season, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell said he doesn't see anything that would prohibit Jack from being on the field when the time comes. Jack will not participate in organized team activities, however, due to college graduation rules.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars scored a hit here with Jack. He doesn't need microfracture surgery on his knee at this time, and all reports indicate he'll be good to go for the start of the season. He's a throwback football player in the truest sense. Jack can play all over the field as he can cover, hit and always seems to find his way to the play quickly.|
Redskins | Sign Michael Cooper Wed May 4, 05:28 PM
Free-agent TE Michael Cooper (Indiana) was signed by the Washington Redskins Wednesday, May 4.
Seahawks | Waive five players Wed May 4, 05:25 PM
Seattles Seahawks RB Cameron Marshall, C Drew Nowak, TE Ronnie Shields, DE Josh Shirley and WR Tyler Slavin were waived Wednesday, May 4.
Rams | Eric Patterson waived Wed May 4, 05:22 PM
Los Angeles Rams CB Eric Patterson was waived Wednesday, May 4.
Chiefs | Fred Williams waived Wed May 4, 05:19 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Fred Williams was waived Wednesday, May 4.
Lions | Waive Jordan Thompson Wed May 4, 05:16 PM
Detroit Lions TE Jordan Thompson (undisclosed) was waived with a failed physical designation Wednesday, May 4.
Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott can help defense Wed May 4, 04:46 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be a valuable part of the Cowboys' offense, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli believes he'll help the defense, too. Marinelli said the Dallas defense will play the Dallas offense more than anyone, and guys like Elliott and WR Dez Bryant will force the defense to be physical and be better prepared for opposing offenses.
|Footballguys view: A strong rushing attack is going to help the defense by staying on the field. This allows the defense to rest, and it causes an opposing offense to get cold. Elliott should be the focal point of the Cowboys offense as a rookie, and he could easily produce like a RB1 for fantasy owners. The rookie is clearly an option to take in the late first round of your fantasy draft.|
49ers | Blaine Gabbert showing leadership Wed May 4, 03:54 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert has taken control of the 49ers' offseason program while QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) recovers from multiple surgeries. TE Garrett Celek said Gabbert is showing leadership and making good decisions on the field during workouts. 'I think he's definitely developing more and more as the days go on,' Celek said. 'But, right now, we're all in the same boat learning this offense.' OG Zane Beadles said Gabbert carries himself well in the locker room and acts like a professional, adding that Gabbert is always studying and trying to become better.
|Footballguys view: Gabbert has a shot to impress with Kaepernick on the mend. He's athletic enough to run the Chip Kelly system, and if Gabbert gets rid of the ball quickly he won't be susceptible to seeing ghosts (feeling the pass rush when it's not there) like he has been in a more traditional offense.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Broncos | Richard Gordon waived Wed May 4, 03:19 PM
Denver Broncos TE Richard Gordon was waived Wednesday, May 4.
|Footballguys view: When the Broncos added TE Garrett Graham in free agency, it was a sign that Gordon could be released. Gordon is a big-bodied blocker who has bounced around the league during his brief pro career.|
Richard Gordon player page
Patriots | Jacoby Brissett receives praise Wed May 4, 01:32 PM
New England Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick, received praise from former NFL head coach Bill Parcells. 'He's a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown type player. That's the kind of guy he is. That's what New England is getting,' Parcells said when reached yesterday. 'Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who've been successful - he's very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.'
|Footballguys view: Brissett deserves praise for his ability and upside as a passer in the NFL. He's strong and athletic which helps him keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. Brissett will compete to make the Patriots final roster and serve as a backup QB while Jimmy Garoppolo is starting the first four games of the year in place of a suspended Tom Brady.|
Chargers | Matt Slauson to visit Bolts Wed May 4, 09:54 AM
Free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Bears) will visit the San Diego Chargers soon.Link to story
Hakeem Nicks player page
Bills | Matt Slauson to visit Buffalo Wed May 4, 09:54 AM
Free-agent OG Matt Slauson (Bears) will visit the Buffalo Bills in the near future.Link to story
Hakeem Nicks player page
Saints | Terron Armstead lands loaded deal Wed May 4, 09:18 AM
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints OT Terron Armstead's five-year extension is worth $64.5 million with $25 million fully guaranteed and $38 million guaranteed for injury, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | Leon Hall leaves without deal Tue May 3, 11:46 PM
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) left a visit Tuesday, May 3, without a deal, and he reportedly has other offers on the table.Link to story
Leon Hall player page
Giants | Eli Apple to be tried in the slot Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple, the team's first-round pick of Ohio State, will be tried working as the slot cornerback during the offseason despite the fact he has never played the position before.
|Footballguys view: We're not sure that's his best spot. Apple is a physical corner who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He lacks quick reactive skills and struggles to diagnose routes quickly. That sounds like a bad fit as a slot corner. Put him on the outside where he can play press man or press bail against taller WRs.|
Giants | Trevin Wade working in the slot Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
New York Giants CB Trevin Wade was running with the first team at slot cornerback during last week's minicamp. The team wants to make sure they have options and depth at the cornerback position.Link to story
Giants | Jerraud Powers remains option for G-Men Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
Free-agent CB Jerraud Powers (Cardinals) visited with the New York Giants last month, and he remains an option for the team.Link to story
Jerraud Powers player page
Raiders | DeAndre Washington an asset on third down Tue May 3, 11:32 PM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington will be an asset on third down and in passing situations, but general manager Reggie McKenzie said Washington is more than a third-down back. 'We think he's a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly.' McKenzie said. 'He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he's the total package as a runner. We really like him.'
|Footballguys view: We really love the pick of Washington late in the draft for the Raiders. He was an impressive player on film at Texas Tech, and he continued to impress earlier this year at the Senior Bowl. Washington is a smaller back, but he is not afraid to punch it up between the tackles. He's electric in the open field and can stack moves on top of moves as a runner in space. Washington will compete to be a change-of-pace back with the Raiders in 2016.|
Bills | Looking to work out deal with Stephon Gilmore Tue May 3, 10:57 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore is a player the team would like to lock up with a long-term contract. General manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday, May 3, that he is 'supremely confident there's a chance' the team can get a deal done with Gilmore.
|Footballguys view: With left tackle Cordy Glenn getting a new long-term deal, the Bills can now move on to other key players. Gilmore is in the final year of his contract, and his fifth-year option is going to pay him $11 million this year.|
Stephon Gilmore player page
Bills | Buffalo wants to lock up Tyrod Taylor Tue May 3, 10:57 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is a player the team wants to lock up with a long-term deal, and general manager Doug Whaley said Tuesday, May 3, he is 'supremely confident there's a chance' a deal will get done.
|Footballguys view: Things change quickly around here. Not that long ago, there were rumblings that Taylor may be unhappy with the Bills and the team could move on. Now, (with LT Cordy Glenn wrapped up) the team is looking to get a new deal with Taylor done. Taylor is only making $1 million this year which is incredibly low considering that a guy like Mark Sanchez (Broncos) is making $4.5 million.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick resumes throwing Tue May 3, 10:56 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has resumed throwing a 'bit', according to a league source Tuesday, May 3, and it appears he will stay with the team to compete with QB Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.
|Footballguys view: The Denver Broncos were considering trading for Kaepernick, but after the 2016 NFL draft it appears he is now staying put. The Broncos added a quarterback in the first round, as did the New York Jets, another potential landing spot for Kaepernick. We'll see if Kaepernick can beat out Gabbert in the new Chip Kelly system in San Francisco.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Colin Kaepernick player page
Texans | David Quessenberry excited to continue Tue May 3, 10:19 PM
Houston Texans OG David Quessenberry (illness) is enjoying his health and the return of the bulk and power required of an NFL offensive lineman after months of intensive chemotherapy treatment and radiation therapy for non-Hodgkins lymphoma that sapped him of his strength and caused him to lose weight.Link to story
Falcons | Leon Hall visits with Atlanta Tue May 3, 10:17 PM
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) visited with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, May 3, after leaving his visit with the New York Giants without a deal. Other teams are also reportedly interested in his services and he has offers on the table.Link to story
Leon Hall player page
Cardinals | Justin Bethel in line to start Tue May 3, 08:23 PM
Arizona Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) is expected to start opposite CB Patrick Peterson this season with free-agent CB Jerraud Powers (Cardinals) unlikely to return. Bethel is currently rehabilitating his surgically repaired left foot.Link to story
Justin Bethel player page
Jets | Wanted Laremy Tunsil Tue May 3, 08:09 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Laremy Tunsil was being pursued by the New York Jets before the Dolphins selected him in the NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: He could have gone off the board much earlier, but a video of Tunsil ripping a bong load with a gas mask on caused his stock to take a tumble. We appreciate that he's a "MacGuyver Smoker" but it wasn't great for the start of his professional career. Tunsil went to the Miami Dolphins with the 13th-overall pick. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said New York tried to move up to take Tunsil.|
Jets | New York could keep four quarterbacks Tue May 3, 07:15 PM
New York Jets QBs Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and possibly free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) could all be on New York's roster when the 2016 regular season commences. General manager Mike Maccagnan said if it's in the best interest of the team then they will keep four quarterbacks. 'It's been done before,' Maccagnan said. 'To me, it's a position where you have to take some time to really invest, grow and develop players.'
|Footballguys view: The Jets could have Fitzpatrick compete with Geno Smith for the starting job. They could then see if Petty could hold off Hackenberg for the third-string/developmental job. The loser of that battle could wind up on the team's practice squad. The talks with Fitzpatrick are at a standstill right now, but things could change quickly at any time.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Geno Smith player page
Bills | Cordy Glenn agrees to deal Tue May 3, 06:23 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn agreed to terms on a five-year deal Tuesday, May 3. Financial terms were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Glenn has become one of the league's best at the left tackle position. It was a wise move for the Bills to lock him up. Now they can move onto new deals for CB Stephon Gilmore and perhaps even QB Tyrod Taylor.|
Cowboys | Darius Jackson has uphill battle Tue May 3, 05:55 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Darius Jackson's best chance of receiving any possibility of playing time is if RB Lance Dunbar (knee) begins the regular season on the Physicall Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: He's an interesting name to monitor in deep dynasty leagues. Jackson will be behind RBs Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris on the depth chart, but he may be the odd man out when Dunbar returns.|
Lions | Release two players Tue May 3, 05:35 PM
Detroit Lions C Braxston Cave and TE Casey Pierce were waived Tuesday, May 3.
Chiefs | Waive two players Tue May 3, 05:10 PM
Kansas City Chiefs S Jimmy Wilson and LB Cameron Gordon were waived Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
Jimmy Wilson player page
Patriots | Tom Brady has more time to appeal Tue May 3, 04:52 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's deadline to appeal his four-game suspension has been extended to May 23, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: There's a chance (however unlikely) that Brady could appeal this ruling all the way up to the Supreme Court. He and his legal team are working diligently to get his 4-game suspension overturned.|
Tom Brady player page
Jets | General manager excited for Geno Smith Tue May 3, 04:31 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith could start for the Jets in 2016 if free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is not re-signed. That prospect has general manager Mike Maccagnan excited. 'Right now, Geno has been a starter for us, and actually played quite well prior to getting hurt last year, and was doing a good job in the offseason,' Maccagnan said. 'So we're kind of excited to see what Geno can do, coming back. And we feel good about that.'
|Footballguys view: Is Maccagnan serious here? Smith gets to work under noted quarterback whisperer Chan Gailey for another season, so there may be a little bit of hope for him yet. However, Smith needs to prove that he can consistently make good decisions as a passer under pressure. A broken jaw last year (caused by a former teammate) knocked Smith out of the lineup where Ryan Fitzpatrick was able to take over and thrive as the starter.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Geno Smith player page
Cowboys | Jaylon Smith provides versatility Tue May 3, 03:47 PM
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) is viewed as a natural middle linebacker by the Cowboys, but they believe he can also play weakside linebacker, according to head coach Jason Garrett. 'We don't see that he has limitations at either of those spots. I think he'd be very natural at either one of them, and has the traits to do it,' Garrett said.
|Footballguys view: We hope to see Smith back to full strength someday. Smith is not expected to play in 2016 as he continues to recover from nerve damage in his knee. When healthy, he can play any linebacker spot in the NFL and shine. Smith can cover, hit, rush the passer and seems to always be around the ball. He's a player we'll be watching closely in 2017.|
Packers | Davante Adams may not make team Tue May 3, 03:09 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams' roster spot is not a lock for the 2016 season, in the opinion of Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. WRs Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis and Trevor Davis are also not guaranteed roster spots.
|Footballguys view: It's certainly possible as Adams is not a lock for the final roster. Without Jordy Nelson last year, the opportunity was there for Adams to do more and he failed miserably. He ended the season as the 83rd ranked WR in standard scoring fantasy leagues with 50 catches, 483 yards and only one touchdown. Adams will have to prove himself this year as the Packers have a talented group of WRs behind Nelson and Randall Cobb.|
Davante Adams player page
Jeff Janis player page
Jared Abbrederis player page
Ty Montgomery player page
Colts | Eze Obiora waived Tue May 3, 01:16 PM
Indianapolis Colts LB Eze Obiora was waived Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
Panthers | Luke Kuechly serving as caddie Tue May 3, 12:30 PM
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) will serve as TE Greg Olsen's caddie in a Pro-Am at the Wells Fargo Championship Wednesday, May 4. Head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly has been fully cleared to do so.Link to story
Luke Kuechly player page
Raiders | Clive Walford injured in accident Tue May 3, 12:23 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) suffered a knee injury earlier this offseason in an all-terrain vehicle accident, according to sources. He is expected back for training camp, and one source said the injury may not be as bad as originally thought. It's unclear what his injury was, but indications are that he's weeks removed from surgery.
|Footballguys view: Ouch. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on his recovery. Walford is one of our favorite young TEs in the league and could easily become a favorite target for QB Derek Carr.|
Clive Walford player page
Browns | Seth DeValve can present mismatches Tue May 3, 11:44 AM
Cleveland Browns TE Seth DeValve can present mismatches, according to executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. DeValve, who the Browns took in the fourth round in 2016, was a wide receiver that moved all across the field in college. The team termed him an 'H-back adjuster.' DeValve had two surgeries in college to correct a condition he had at birth, but it's not expected to hinder him as he prepares for rookie minicamp.
|Footballguys view: This wasn't a great TE class, but DeValve is a player to monitor as he progresses as a rookie. Brown said the team was prepared to take him in the third round, but the fact he went to Princeton made him fall a round.|
Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option will top $12 million Tue May 3, 11:18 AM
Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.
|Footballguys view: It's an easy price to pay for a pass-rusher like Ansah. The Lions get him at a bargain price (for one year) before he gets a huge contract as a free agent.|
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Ravens | Konrad Reuland let go Tue May 3, 10:51 AM
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent TE Konrad Reuland had his tender withdrawn Tuesday, May 3, which makes him a free agent.Link to story
Konrad Reuland player page
Eagles | Two Eagles released Tue May 3, 10:18 AM
Philadelphia Eagles FB Ryan Mueller and RB Ross Scheuerman were released Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
Giants | Leon Hall visiting Giants Tue May 3, 08:20 AM
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
Leon Hall player page
Lions | Detroit add several UDFAs Tue May 3, 02:59 AM
Undrafted free-agents CB Adairius Barnes (Louisiana Tech), WR Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), DL James DeLoach (Georgia), DE Deonte Gibson (Northwestern), WR Jay Lee (Baylor), CB Charles Washington (Fresno State), CB Ian Wells (Ohio), TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word) and OL Andrew Zeller (Maryland) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. WR Simms McElfresh (Appalachian State), LB Tyler Roberts (Troy) and DL Roger Stewart (Hillsdale) will also be with the team during rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
|Footballguys view: Lee is the player to highlight here. He's got long arms and can snare passes away from his frame regularly. His game is comparable to that of Chris Chambers, former Dolphins standout wide receiver. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be keeping an eye on Lee.|
Vikings | Laquon Treadwell a physical receiver Tue May 3, 02:40 AM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell adds a physicality dimension and the ability to grab jump balls, according to Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. 'As we sat there and talked with the coaches, the biggest thing is the catching radius, the ability to catch in traffic, to go up and get jump balls and the physicality of him as a receiver, getting in and out of his cuts,' Spielman said. 'You can just see he generates a lot of power when he's getting off the line of scrimmage. I could put a highlight reel together, and I know Adrian Peterson's going to be very excited how this guy plays the game and blocks at the edge, but he's a receiver that just plays with a chip on his shoulder in all phases of the game.'
|Footballguys view: Treadwell reminds us of DeAndre Hopkins (Texans) because of his body control, great concentration and ability to work the sidelines. He'll make a great target for QB Teddy Bridgewater not only in 2016 but also going forward. Treadwell and Bridgewater will be able to grow together for years to come.|
Steelers | Decline option on Jarvis Jones Mon May 2, 11:29 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers declined the 2017 fifth-year option on LB Jarvis Jones Monday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: Potential is a dirty, filthy word as three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth (ESPN) always says. Jones had incredible potential as the 17th-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but with only five career sacks he's been a huge disappointment. It's no surprise the team wouldn't add the option.|
Jarvis Jones player page
Redskins | Desmond Bishop cut loose Mon May 2, 11:28 PM
The Washington Redskins cut LB Desmond Bishop Monday, May 2, according to a source.Link to story
Desmond Bishop player page
Vikings | Moritz Boehringer agrees to deal Mon May 2, 10:15 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Moritz Boehringer to a contract Monday, May 2. The sixth-round pick is the first selection from the 2016 NFL draft to sign a deal.
|Footballguys view: Boehringer played for the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. In 2015, Boehringer had 59 receptions for 1,232 yards and 13 touchdowns in 16 games played but it was his pro day that really got Draft Twitter abuzz. He reminds many in the scouting community of Jeff Janis (Packers) because of his size (6'4" 225 pounds), speed (4.43 40-yard dash) combination.|
Jaguars | Myles Jack to be a full participant Mon May 2, 07:43 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Myles Jack (knee) will not be limited during the team's rookie minicamp later this week. Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury in September.
|Footballguys view: Per Dr. James Andrews, Jack does not (yet) need microfracture surgery on his knee. The injury certainly gave teams pause when considering Jack in the draft. A first-round talent, Jack fell to the second round and the Jaguars wisely moved up to secure his services.|