Fantasy Football News & Views
Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less? (Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM) [jump to this story]
Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition (Thu Mar 26, 06:20 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Marcus Mariota in the mix for Jets? (Thu Mar 26, 05:58 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Coughlin not worried about Eli Manning (Thu Mar 26, 01:32 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller (Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Ray Rice hasn't had workouts (Tue Mar 24, 05:39 PM) [jump to this story]
Colts | Pagano not worried about Andre Johnson (Tue Mar 24, 05:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Geno Smith to enter camp as starter Tue Mar 24, 01:19 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith will be the starting quarterback ahead of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick entering training camp this summer, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. 'You can't have equal first-team reps with a quarterback,' Bowles said. 'Geno will start out taking them, but that doesn't mean that Ryan can't take his spot. If Ryan's playing better and performing better...' Bowles continues to say that it's too early to judge Smith off his tape alone.
|Footballguys view: Smith ended the season on a hot streak with a big game against the Dolphins in Week 17. New Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey should be able to craft an offense that works towards Smith's strengths as a passer.|
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Titans | Marcus Mariota would start for Titans Tue Mar 24, 01:01 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is a realistic option for the Tennessee Titans with the second overall selection in this year's NFL Draft, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt is impressed enough with Mariota that he would feel confident with him as the team's starting quarterback over QB Zach Mettenberger right off the bat in 2015. 'If we pick him at No. 2, you definitely think he can be the Day 1 starter,' Whisenhunt said. 'He was impressive. ... Just the short time we spent with him on the board, he was very good.' Whisenhunt dismissed the notion that he needs a pocket-based quarterback in his offense to succeed. Whisenhunt could also be trying to generate interest in the No. 2 pick if the Titans would want to trade out of it.
|Footballguys view: The Titans continue to promote the fact they're interested in a quarterback at 2nd overall. However, we still get the feeling they're (wisely) putting that notion out there to see if some team will trade up in the draft. They could certainly use Mariota, because if they don't draft him then we'll see Zach Mettenberger as their starter.|
Cowboys | Not ruling out Rolando McClain return Tue Mar 24, 11:42 AM
Free-agent LB Rolando McClain (Cowboys) remains on the radar for the Dallas Cowboys, according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett and vice president Stephen Jones Monday, March 23. The two sides have had no progress in contract talks.
|Footballguys view: McClain was a bust early in his career, but he didn't play poorly for the Cowboys last year. We believe McClain staying with Dallas is best for both sides.|
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Bears | Jarvis Jenkins signs with Chicago Tue Mar 24, 10:38 AM
Free-agent DE Jarvis Jenkins (Redskins) agreed with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24, on a one-year deal.
|Footballguys view: Jenkins never developed into the pass-rusher Washington thought he would be when they selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Clemson. In Chicago's 3-4 defense, Jenkins will be primarily an edge-setting run defender.|
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Bills | LeSean McCoy Buffalo's bellcow Tue Mar 24, 10:31 AM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was referred to as the team's 'bellcow' by head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan said that McCoy and RB Fred Jackson could see time on third downs.
|Footballguys view: He's the centerpiece of the offense, and fantasy will love the size of his workload--provided he can stay healthy. McCoy is a RB1, but consider him a low-end RB1 due to the Bills' poor offensive line.|
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Cowboys | Dallas to continue to pound on ground Tue Mar 24, 10:15 AM
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle figure to see a good amount of work in 2015. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team would like to continue their emphasis on inside running after losing RB DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles. 'Absolutely,' Garrett said. 'It has to be replaced. It was a good style of football for us to play. We will try to continue to do that.'
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys may want to continue their offensive philosophy that worked so well last year, but they won't have the same results without Murray. We doubt that McFadden stays healthy with a starter's workload, while Dunbar and Randle are backup-caliber backs at best. Unless the Cowboys can trade for Adrian Peterson, we won't have a ton of confidence in their rushing attack this year.|
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Texans | J.J. Watt restructures Tue Mar 24, 09:12 AM
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt restructured his contract Tuesday, March 24, to create $8 million in salary cap space for 2015. His $10 million roster bonus was turned into a signing bonus, according to a source.Link to story
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Browns | Johnny Manziel due back in April Tue Mar 24, 08:46 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is expected back with the team for offseason workouts April 20 after completing more than two months of treatment.
|Footballguys view: First and foremost, we hope Manziel can get his life back on track. After that, football is next. He has a ton of work to do in order to get on the football field as a starting quarterback. If Manziel is dedicated, then perhaps he could one day develop into a decent player--but we don't think he's going to revolutionize the position.|
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Falcons | Tony Moeaki terms Tue Mar 24, 08:40 AM
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki signed a one-year, $745,000 deal.Link to story
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Dolphins | Joe Philbin deal extended Tue Mar 24, 02:47 AM
Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin had his deal extended through the 2016 season by team management.
|Footballguys view: Philbin was in the final year of his contract, and the team didn't want him to be concerned with that. This team has talent, but they need to do better than 8-8 if Philbin wants to keep his job.|
NFL | Michael Bush admits his career may be done Tue Mar 24, 02:26 AM
Free-agent RB Michael Bush (Bears) ran a 4.91 in the 40-yard dash at the weekend's Veterans Combine, and he admitted to media afterward that his career may be over.
|Footballguys view: It's like a Captain Obvious commercial. There were some interesting players at the veteran combine...and Bush was not one of them.|
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NFL | Ike Taylor looking at TV Tue Mar 24, 02:21 AM
Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) has not fielded any offers from teams to continue playing, but he is exploring potential opportunities in television.Link to story
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Lions | Reached out to Rob Sims Mon Mar 23, 11:56 PM
The Detroit Lions have reached out to free-agent OG Rob Sims (Lions) about re-signing him.Link to story
Jaguars | Greg Jennings to Jacksonville? Mon Mar 23, 11:56 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) is a player the Jacksonville Jaguars have an interest, general manager David Caldwell said Monday, March 23. However, the two sides have not scheduled a visit yet.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars could use some help at the wide receiver position. Jennings has gotten a bit of interest on the open market, and we should see him decide on where to sign in the near future. If added by the Jaguars, Jennings could take over the role vacated by Cecil Shorts (Texans).|
Greg Jennings player page
Eagles | Evan Mathis might be dealt Mon Mar 23, 11:55 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles might release OG Evan Mathis if they cannot find a trade partner, according to a source close to the situation.
|Footballguys view: Mathis was on the trade block last year as well. He carries cap numbers of $6.5 and $7 million over the next two years. Only $2 million of Mathis' remaining contract is guaranteed from his signing bonus, so the Eagles would save $11.5 million over the next two seasons if they cut him.|
Colts | Deveron Carr signed Mon Mar 23, 11:54 PM
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent CB Deveron Carr (Buccaneers) Monday, March 23. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.Link to story
Cardinals | Jonathan Cooper moving to RG Mon Mar 23, 11:54 PM
Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper will move to right guard following the addition of OG Mike Iupati in free agency. 'It's not a reflection on Coop. I'm as high on Coop as ever,' general manager Steve Keim said Monday, March 23.Link to story
Buccaneers | Plan to use Bruce Carter in the middle Mon Mar 23, 11:53 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Bruce Carter will be lined up as a middle linebacker, general manager Jason Licht said Monday, March 23.Link to story
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Vikings | Agent wants Adrian Peterson to move on Mon Mar 23, 07:48 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond.
|Footballguys view: Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.|
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Colts | Andrew Luck extension unlikely in 2015 Mon Mar 23, 07:32 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck likely will not be a candidate for a contract extension until next offseason, according to owner Jim Irsay.
|Footballguys view: No hurries here. Luck is going to be with the Colts for a long, long time. They'll wrap him up with a new long-term contract when the time is right.|
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49ers | HC has confidence in Colin Kaepernick Mon Mar 23, 07:23 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has a backer in new head coach Jim Tomsula. 'Statistically and all that kind of stuff, people throw those out there -- Colin had his best year, OK. Colin is working down in Arizona. He's a great dude. He's a real good dude. He's a good teammate. He's a neat cat. Colin's going to do real well. Colin's a great football player and even better person. We're really excited about Colin,' Tomsula said.
|Footballguys view: That's great they have confidence in Kaepernick...now he needs to reward their faith with strong play. Kaepernick makes one read and takes off to run. He needs to be a better passer if he's going to reach his full potential as a pro.|
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill may have option picked up Mon Mar 23, 06:55 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill's fifth-year option will be picked up if the team is not able to sign him to a contract extension over the next six weeks, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Tannehill seems to be the answer at the quarterback position for the Dolphins. He would make $16 million in 2016 if his option is picked up. It is believed the Dolphins have talked about signing Tannehill to a six-year deal worth more than $100 million.|
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Vikings | MIN GM expects Adrian Peterson to stay Mon Mar 23, 05:55 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.'
|Footballguys view: Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.|
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NFL | Tyler Wilson shows strong arm Mon Mar 23, 05:25 PM
Free-agent QB Tyler Wilson (Bengals) showed off the strongest arm at the veteran combine over the weekend. Wilson said he's had 'a lot of contact with a number of teams.'
|Footballguys view: Wilson flamed out in the NFL quickly. A fourth-round pick for the Raiders in the 2013 NFL draft, Wilson is a strong leader with the arm to make every throw in the NFL. Making those throws accurately is a question mark. We'll see if some team gives him at least a camp invite.|
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NFL | Jamaal Anderson healthy Mon Mar 23, 05:21 PM
Free-agent DE Jamaal Anderson (knee) said he's fully recovered from a knee injury after taking part in the veteran combine this past weekend. 'I feel outstanding, not just physically but mentally, and I think it definitely humbled me to sit back and realize that I'm not entitled as a first-rounder to be on a roster. I think I'm going to cherish more of the journey now,' Anderson said.
|Footballguys view: Anderson was the 8th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft to the Atlanta Falcons. He's struggled to stay healthy and play effectively, so now Anderson is looking for another chance. At 6'6" 280 pounds, Anderson could get some attention from his performance at the veteran combine.|
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NFL | Adam Carriker fine physically Mon Mar 23, 05:18 PM
Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (quadriceps) said he has been physically cleared by Dr. James Andrews, and Carriker said he's feeling great physically. Carriker is expected to draw interest from the 50 scouts that were in attendance at last weekend's veteran combine.
|Footballguys view: Carriker was out of the league last season after Washington released him a year ago. He's 30-years old and two years removed from a devastating knee injury. We'll see if Carriker can draw interest now after his performance at the veteran combine.|
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NFL | Rakim Cox impresses Mon Mar 23, 05:18 PM
Free-agent DE Rakim Cox (Dolphins) impressed at the veteran combine this past weekend.Link to story
Seahawks | Russell Wilson could play out deal Mon Mar 23, 04:34 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson could play out the 2015 season in the final year of his rookie deal without a contract extension. Wilson and the Seahawks have had no real progress on a long-term contract extension. Wilson is highly unlikely to accept a short-term deal.
|Footballguys view: Wilson is preparing and budgeting as if he'll be on a bargain deal in 2015. It could take another year for both parties to agree on a long-term extension, and Wilson knows a franchise tag in 2016 would likely be for over $20 million.|
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill may receive extension Mon Mar 23, 04:34 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason, and the two sides are expected to begin talks in the near future, according to owner Stephen Ross.Link to story
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Jets | Marcus Mariota needs to develop Mon Mar 23, 04:16 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota had an impressive college career, but he is behind New York Jets QB Geno Smith in his development by a significant margin, according to owner Woody Johnson.
|Footballguys view: Mariota threw to largely wide open receivers in college at Oregon. He worked out of the shotgun, and Mariota rarely had to read defenses. Instead, he would throw to predetermined spots. He's a larger project than some think, and his upside is that of Alex Smith (Chiefs) in our eyes.|
49ers | Erin Henderson to visit Mon Mar 23, 03:52 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is scheduled to meet with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source.Link to story
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Browns | Cleveland talks with Rob Housler Mon Mar 23, 03:39 PM
Free-agent TE Rob Housler (Cardinals) has had talks with the Cleveland Browns, but no deal is imminent and no visit has been scheduled, according to a source. Housler is believed to be interested in joining the Browns.
|Footballguys view: The Browns lost Jordan Cameron (Dolphins) in free agency, and they need help at the position. Housler is athletic and has decent upside, but he's never played up to his potential as a pro.|
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49ers | Mason Foster may be an option Mon Mar 23, 03:37 PM
Free-agent LB Mason Foster (Buccaneers) may be an option for the San Francisco 49ers this offseason.Link to story
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49ers | Talking with Lance Briggs Mon Mar 23, 03:36 PM
Free-agent LB Lance Briggs (Bears) has had contract discussions with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a source. Briggs is believed to have interest in joining the 49ers.Link to story
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Broncos | Elway not worried about Peyton Manning Mon Mar 23, 02:31 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is more of an immobile, shotgun-positioned quarterback at his age, but general manager John Elway is unconcerned with how he'll fit into new head coach Gary Kubiak's and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's plans. 'Gary Kubiak's one of the easiest guys to get along with,' Elway said. 'He's very smart. Plus, Rico is a very smart coach. (Gregg) Knapp is the same (quarterbacks) coach. They're going to get along fine. They'll get a feel for it. We're going to put in what Peyton likes to do offensively with what Gary has always done.'
|Footballguys view: The Broncos are going to have to adapt Kubiak's system for Manning. Instead of working from under center, we might see Manning work out of the Pistol formation. Instead of bootlegging well outside the tackle, we could see Manning bootleg only to the tackle. Manning is an odd fit for Kubiak's system, but we have a feeling they'll be able to make it work.|
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NFL | Brady Quinn not giving up Mon Mar 23, 02:07 PM
Free-agent QB Brady Quinn (Dolphins) was in attendance for the first ever veteran combine this past weekend, and he believes he can have a career revival in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Quinn said he feels great and is in a better place mentally. He has yet to have any private workouts with teams, however.|
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NFL | Adam Carriker participates in veteran's combine Mon Mar 23, 01:51 PM
Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (Redskins) took part in the NFL's first veteran combine this weekend.Link to story
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Cardinals | Nathan Slaughter agrees Mon Mar 23, 01:46 PM
Free-agent WR Nathan Slaughter (Jaguars) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, March 23.
|Footballguys view: Slaughter spent time with both the Texans and the Jaguars last year as an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M. He can contribute as a slot receiver or return man for the Cardinals if he makes the final roster.|
Jets | Spencer Paysinger visiting Mon Mar 23, 01:24 PM
Free-agent LB Spencer Paysinger (Giants), who is not expected to re-sign with the New York Giants, is visiting with the New York Jets Monday, March 23, according to an NFL source.Link to story
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Saints | Jairus Byrd fully healthy Mon Mar 23, 01:22 PM
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is fully recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that caused him to sit out most of 2014, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.
|Footballguys view: This news has to make the Saints happy. They paid a hefty price for him last offseason, then he was out for almost the entire year. Their defense will be immediately better with Byrd at full strength.|
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Saints | Drew Brees not on trade block Mon Mar 23, 01:12 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees will not be traded, according to general manager Mickey Loomis. Recent speculation said that Brees may be on the trade block after his favorite target, TE Jimmy Graham, was dealt to the Seattle Seahawks. 'Anybody who thinks we're trading Drew Brees, that's just not true,' Loomis told USA TODAY Sports. Brees threw for 33 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2014 while completing 69.2% of his passes for a league-high 4,952 yards.
|Footballguys view: We have to think the Saints would entertain offers if the price was right. Brees is not quite what he used to be, but he can still play at a high level. This isn't a strong draft class, and the Saints aren't in any position to snare one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft. Brees is their best option.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out of Minny? Mon Mar 23, 12:42 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.
|Footballguys view: Here we go again. Every week it seems like there's a news item about Peterson being unhappy with the Vikings. If they're not going to release him (as they've indicated), then the Vikings could put Peterson on the trade block.|
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49ers | San Fran interested in Erin Henderson Mon Mar 23, 11:09 AM
Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is drawing interest from the San Francisco 49ers, according to reports.
|Footballguys view: The 49ers need all the linebacker help they can get after the retirement of both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.|
Erin Henderson player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick impresses in workouts Mon Mar 23, 10:32 AM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick spent five days a week working out, watching film and fine-tuning his mechanics during a 10-week offseason session with quarterback coaches Dennis Gile and Mike Giavondo. 'I don't think there was a throw he couldn't make when he first got here,' Gile said 'I just think the consistency and efficiency of it was what we wanted to get better at, and I think that's where we made tremendous strides. He became a lot more consistent and efficient with those balls.'
|Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it live. It's impressive that Kaepernick is taking the time, but he has to get results on the field. Kaepernick needs to show better ability to go through his reads quickly when scanning the defense. Too often, Kaepernick will make one read and run. He needs to find second and third targets as a passer, then run when he needs to.|
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Giants | Eli Manning may finish out current deal Mon Mar 23, 07:36 AM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning may play the final season of his current contract before the club and Manning talk about an extension, according to two sources.
|Footballguys view: Whatever happens here, we can't imagine Manning wearing another uniform. We have a feeling the Giants will find a way to keep him around his entire career.|
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Bengals | Interested in Pat Sims Mon Mar 23, 07:28 AM
Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) has some interest from his old team, as the Cincinnati Bengals have expressed a desire to bring Sims back.
|Footballguys view: Sims played in Cincinnati for five years before he signed with Oakland in 2013. Bringing him back would make a lot of sense for both sides.|
Pat Sims player page
NFL | Brandon Copeland has four offers Sun Mar 22, 10:06 PM
Free-agent LB Brandon Copeland (Titans) said he ran a 40-yard dash time of 4.52 seconds at the 2015 NFL Veteran Combine Sunday, March 22, and he has offers from four teams.
|Footballguys view: Signed by the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League, Copeland was last in the NFL on the Titans' practice squad in 2014 before being released. He then tried out for the Chiefs and Steelers, but Copeland wasn't signed.|
NFL | Amari Cooper faster in 40? Sun Mar 22, 10:03 PM
Former Alabama WR Amari Cooper was credited with unofficial 40-yard dash times of 4.43 and 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, but teams have been informed that his times were between 4.35 and 4.38 seconds.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is arguably the top wide receiver in the 2015 NFL draft. It's a strong group of wide receivers, but not as talent-laden as last year's class. We'd rank Cooper fourth (behind Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans) if he was in that class. Expect him to be a top-10 pick this year.|
Dolphins | Greg Jennings, Miami could talk deal Sun Mar 22, 09:18 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings and the Miami Dolphins will discuss a deal if the two meet for an already planned visit.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are looking for wide receiver help after moving Mike Wallace. Jennings makes a lot of sense as he'd give them a reliable target for Ryan Tannehill, and Jennings would give them veteran depth at the position.|
Greg Jennings player page
NFL | Felix Jones fails to impress Sun Mar 22, 08:46 PM
Free-agent RB Felix Jones (Steelers) didn't show the 'boost' he was known for early in his career during his drills at the 2015 NFL Veteran Combine Sunday, March 22, according to Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network.
|Footballguys view: Jones wasn't one of the players who was really going to impress at the veteran combine. It's a tough road for a running back in today's NFL. It doesn't help veterans like Jones that this draft class is chock full of strong running back talent.|
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