Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Todd Gurley checks out fine medically (Sat Apr 18, 10:27 AM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Interest in Adrian Peterson (Sat Apr 18, 03:31 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Jameis Winston sued for assault (Thu Apr 16, 05:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be reinstated (Thu Apr 16, 02:13 PM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Antonio Gates wants to be dialed back (Thu Apr 16, 09:09 AM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Ryan Jones signs with Giants Wed Apr 15, 11:30 AM
Free-agent LB Ryan Jones (Ravens) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Wednesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Jones was originally signed as a free agent by the Ravens in May of 2013. He was waived before the start of training camp. He was a tackling machine in college at Montana Tech, and he'll compete for a backup linebacker and special teams role with the Giants.|
Saints | Mike Golic signs with New Orleans Wed Apr 15, 10:33 AM
Free-agent OT Mike Golic (CFL) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Golic was undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2013, and he's bounced to a few different leagues between now and then. The son of ESPN's Mike Golic, we'll see him compete for a reserve spot on the Saints roster this offseason.|
NFL | Aaron Hernandez found guilty Wed Apr 15, 10:29 AM
Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, April 15, in the slaying of Odin Lloyd. He's facing a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
|Footballguys view: This will get appealed, but most think the appeal won't change the decision. Hernandez also has to go to trial for a double murder he was allegedly involved in.|
Aaron Hernandez player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota scores 33 on Wonderlic Wed Apr 15, 09:08 AM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota reportedly scored a 33 on the Wonderlic aptitude test at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Awesome. That score means next to nothing for his pro career. Mariota is a smart player, and pretty much anyone could have told you that without giving him an archaic test.|
Buccaneers | George Johnson acquired Wed Apr 15, 08:29 AM
Detroit Lions DE George Johnson was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 15. Tampa signed Johnson to an offer sheet that was disputed by Detroit, but the sides swapped undisclosed draft picks to settle it.
|Footballguys view: Johnson was a journeyman pass-rusher his first four years in the league. Last season he had a career-high six sacks with the Lions...the first six sacks of his career. Now, he's going to be with the Buccaneers. Expect the NFLPA to look into this snafu and trade.|
George Johnson player page
NFL | Akeem King drawing interest Wed Apr 15, 07:54 AM
San Jose State DB Akeem King, a former wide receiver who converted to a safety, is drawing interest as a cornerback as the NFL Draft approaches. The Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have all expressed interest in King.
|Footballguys view: King can play cornerback or safety at the pro level. He's got good ball instincts and can play close to the line of scrimmage. King is likely going to be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.|
Falcons | Ameer Abdullah works out Wed Apr 15, 07:51 AM
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah worked out recently with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a team source.
|Footballguys view: Abdullah is a smaller back, but he's incredibly explosive and can break off long runs in the open field. Pass protection is certainly an issue that he'll have to get better at in the NFL. Abdullah is a willing inside runner, but his lack of size means he's not going to be a pile-pusher in the NFL. He's best used as a threat in space. He's a fantastic receiver out of the backfield, and Abdullah is athletic enough to line up in the slot at times.|
Steelers | Three draft prospects visit Wed Apr 15, 07:41 AM
Washington State DT Xavier Cooper, Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman, and UAB TE Kennard Backman came to the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14, for a pre-draft visit.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is the guy we'd like to highlight here. He's an agile defensive tackle who can knife through the offensive line to create pressure on the quarterback. Cooper has good athleticism and lateral movement, but he needs to play with more power if he's going to be more than a part-time player at the pro level. He's likely a third-round pick.|
Rams | Benardrick McKinney visits Wed Apr 15, 07:24 AM
Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney visited the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: McKinney is a hard-nosed player who arrives at the ball with natural violence. He has a great nose for the ball, and McKinney does a good job when scraping and flowing to the play. He's likely to be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
49ers | Devin Funchess to visit Wed Apr 15, 07:18 AM
Michigan WR Devin Funchess will visit the San Francisco 49ers in the coming days.
|Footballguys view: Funchess could be a wide receiver or tight end in the pros. He's a big target who can catch passes at the highest point, and Funchess can use his frame to box out smaller defenders. Catching the ball is sometimes a problem as Funchess has had 20 drops over the last three seasons. With his raw skill set, we could see Funchess come off the board in the third round of the draft.|
Titans | Philip Rivers to have new home? Wed Apr 15, 12:05 AM
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is under contract for one more season, and he has expressed a desire to play out his deal. However, the Chargers might be interested in trading up to draft University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota with the No. 2 pick currently held by the Tennessee Titans.
|Footballguys view: Tennessee head coach Ken Whisenhunt was the Chargers offensive coordinator in 2013, and offensive coordinator Jason Michael was on the San Diego staff, too.|
Philip Rivers player page
NFL | Jameis Winston solid on Wonderlic Wed Apr 15, 12:05 AM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston posted a score of 27 on the Wonderlic test, administered at the annual NFL Scouting Combine. Wonderlic scores are becoming less relevant in draft equations, they still carry weight at some decision-making positions such as quarterback, an AFC personnel source said.
|Footballguys view: The Wonderlic is an archaic test which has little bearing on a player's future in the pros. A high score on this test does not automatically equate to a more productive pro career.|
Chargers | SD to trade up for Marcus Mariota? Wed Apr 15, 12:04 AM
University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota worked out for the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, April 14, with head coach Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator Frank Reich, quarterbacks coach Nick Sirianni and several front office members in attendance, sources said. The Chargers pick No. 17 overall, and it would be highly unlikely a camp would allow its client to work out for a team that far back without a strong sense a trade up is a real possibility.
|Footballguys view: This is the hottest rumor floating around right now, and it makes sense for both sides. Zach Mettenberger is no long-term answer for the Titans, and adding Rivers would be a boost for their team. The Chargers like Mariota a lot, and they could move forward with a new franchise quarterback.|
Bills | Matt Cassel has high hopes Tue Apr 14, 07:25 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel believes the talent in Buffalo exceeds that of the 2010 Kansas City Chiefs squad he was a part of. 'We've got all the pieces to the puzzle here to be a successful football team. Our offense has the best skill players in all the league in my opinion.'
|Footballguys view: Let's not get crazy here Cassel. Yes, the Bills have stud options at running back and wide receiver but they still lack a dangerous quarterback. We expect Cassel to win the starting job because of his experience, but he'll have to beat out E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor for the job in training camp.|
Matt Cassel player page
Seahawks | Picking up Bruce Irvin's option? Tue Apr 14, 06:39 PM
Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin's fifth-year option is expected to be picked up for 2016.
|Footballguys view: They won't have to make this move until next offseason. The team will want to see how things work out with Irvin before they commit to him with a new long-term deal.|
Bruce Irvin player page
Giants | Josh Gordy signs Tue Apr 14, 05:53 PM
Free-agent CB Josh Gordy (Colts) signed a veteran minimum deal with the New York Giants Tuesday, April 14, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Gordy has been with the Colts for the last three years, and he can play either cornerback or safety. With the Giants, we'll likely see him compete for playing time at safety.|
Josh Gordy player page
Bears | Matt Forte downplays vacancy Tue Apr 14, 05:29 PM
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte didn't make a big deal out of his absence during the team's voluntary offseason program.
|Footballguys view: Voluntary doesn't actually mean voluntary in the NFL. Forte stressed the voluntary aspect of the workouts and said he'll be present when it counts. With a new coaching staff in place, Forte should be there to learn from head coach John Fox.|
Matt Forte player page
Seahawks | Ricardo Lockette signs tender Tue Apr 14, 05:19 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette signed his exclusive-rights tender Tuesday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Lockette is merely a reserve receiver with little fantasy upside. He'll contribute as a return man as well, but he's only worth rostering in ultra-deep dynasty leagues.|
Steelers | Sign Jordan Berry Tue Apr 14, 05:16 PM
Undrafted free-agent P Jordan Berry (Eastern Kentucky) was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 14.
Saint | Greg Jennings will visit Saints Tue Apr 14, 04:00 PM
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) will visit the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Jennings is making a tour around the league as he decides where he's going to play in 2015. The Dolphins and Jaguars have also shown interest in the veteran receiver.|
Greg Jennings player page
Jets | Jameis Winston may not visit Jets Tue Apr 14, 03:13 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston may not visit the New York Jets after all due to a scheduling conflict.
|Footballguys view: We would be shocked if Winston is around when the Jets pick at sixth overall. We would also be surprised if the Jets surrendered enough to move up to the first-overall pick. Winston should be the top pick and the quarterback of the future for the Buccaneers.|
Browns | Melvin Gordon will visit Browns Tue Apr 14, 03:05 PM
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Friday, April 17, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Browns interest in running backs this year in the draft is a bit perplexing. We like Isaiah Crowell as the starter, and even Terrence West could be a decent starter if called upon. They might be showing interest to see if some team behind them in the draft will want to trade up.|
Browns | Todd Gurley to visit Cleveland Tue Apr 14, 02:59 PM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley will visit the Cleveland Browns this week.
|Footballguys view: The Browns have a strong group of running backs in (former Georgia back) Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West. Both are second-year players with starters upside and ability. Gurley is an amazing talent, but we think the Browns are already set at running back with Crowell and West.|
Bears | Chicago will host Jameis Winston Tue Apr 14, 02:49 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will visit the Chicago Bears Wednesday, April 15, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Bears are not sold on Jay Cutler. There's a chance they could move him on draft day, and they'd need to be in a position to add Winston or Marcus Mariota if that happened.|
Dolphins | Melvin Gordon to visit Miami Tue Apr 14, 01:12 PM
Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon will visit with the Miami Dolphins April 22. He has already met with the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals have worked him out.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are looking for help at the running back position behind Lamar Miller. Gordon is more of a starter than he is a backup. He has the talent to be a premiere starter in the league.|
Bills | Brad Smith visiting Tuesday Tue Apr 14, 12:47 PM
Free-agent WR Brad Smith (Eagles) is visiting with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Smith has played with the Bills before in his pro career, and he has experience working under new Bills head coach Rex Ryan. If added, Smith would only contribute as a reserve receiver and return man on special teams.|
Brad Smith player page
NFL | Ike Taylor retires Tue Apr 14, 09:31 AM
Free-agent CB Ike Taylor (Steelers) announced his retirement Tuesday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Taylor spent his entire 12-year career with the Steelers. In recent years, Taylor was burned frequently by opposing quarterbacks each week. Unable to generate any interest on the open market, Taylor should now get work as an analyst.|
Ike Taylor player page
Redskins | Stefen Wisniewski visits Washington Tue Apr 14, 09:18 AM
Free-agent C Stefen Wisniewski (Raiders) visited the Washington Redskins Friday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: Wisniewski is a good young center...when healthy. He had offseason shoulder surgery, and that's why he remains unsigned so far in free agency. Somebody is going to get a steal when Wisniewski is healthy.|
Bears | Mario Edwards visits Chicago Tue Apr 14, 09:07 AM
Florida State DE Mario Edwards visited with the Chicago Bears last week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Edwards does a good job of using his hands to jar blockers after the snap. He's functionally strong, but he did have a problem with weight fluctuation during his time with the Seminoles. Edwards will need to improve his consistency when getting off the snap if he wants to improve his play in the pros.|
Cowboys | Sean Mannion to work out for Dallas Tue Apr 14, 08:29 AM
Oregon State QB Sean Mannion will work out for the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys could use a developmental quarterback behind Tony Romo. Right now, Brandon Weeden is the primary backup. Mannion has a strong arm, but he has little control as a passer--especially when asked or forced to throw on the move. If the pocket is clean, Mannion can make touch throws to all parts of the field. However, with 30 fumbles and 54 interceptions during his college career he'll need to prove that he can make better decisions with the football.|
Steelers | Three prospects visit Tue Apr 14, 02:57 AM
Texas A&M TE Cameron Clear, West Virginia G Quinton Spain, and Auburn WR Sammie Coates all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|Footballguys view: Coates is the player we like best here. He's a fast and physical player with dynamic playmaking ability after the catch. However, catching the ball has been a problem for Coates. He had a drop rate of 19.1 percent in college, and he was rarely on the same page as his quarterback. That obviously will have to be improved if Coates wants a long career in the NFL.|
Vikings | Kyle Emanuel drawing interest Tue Apr 14, 02:38 AM
North Dakota State LB Kyle Emanuel is drawing 'clear interest' from the Minnesota Vikings, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Emanuel should be drawing interest from many teams. He's a lunch-pail guy with a non-stop motor. Emanuel has good speed and closing burst to get to the quarterback from the outside. He needs to learn more pass-rushing moves because in college he mostly relied on the "run and bend" technique. Emanuel could also help out on special teams in addition to being a part-time pass-rusher. He's a late-round pick in the draft.|
Lions | Tyrell Williams visits Tue Apr 14, 02:34 AM
Western Oregon WR Tyrell Williams took a pre-draft visit to the Detroit Lions on Monday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: This is a strong draft class of wide receivers, and Williams is one of the small-school sleeper prospects to keep an eye on. At 6'3" 205 pounds, he can fly down the field and set up his route well with good quickness after his break. Williams can snatch the ball out of the air with his strong hands, and he is tough to bring down after the catch. Look for him to be a late-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
NFL | Wade Smith retires Tue Apr 14, 02:09 AM
Free-agent OG Wade Smith (Eagles) announced his retirement after 12 years in the National Football League.Link to story
Colts | Likely wait and see with Dwayne Allen Tue Apr 14, 01:35 AM
Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen has struggled to stay healthy in the early part of his career, so it is likely he needs to improve his durability before the team offers him a contract extension.
|Footballguys view: Allen has talent and upside, but he's got to stay healthy. If he can have a healthy and productive 2015, then perhaps he'll stay with the Colts.|
Dwayne Allen player page
Colts | Coby Fleener enters last year of deal Tue Apr 14, 01:33 AM
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener is entering the final season of his rookie deal, and he is scheduled to become a free agent in spring 2016. He has established himself as one of the most criticial components of the Indy passing offense.
|Footballguys view: We have a hard time seeing Fleener move on from the Colts. His connection with QB Andrew Luck goes back to their days in college at Stanford. Fleener is a favorite target in that offense, and we don't think his new contract would be for an outrageous amount of money.|
Coby Fleener player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton likely looking for deal Tue Apr 14, 01:33 AM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton recently fired his agent and re-hired Drew Rosenhaus, a move believed to precede a contract negotiation.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this situation as it develops. Hilton has outperformed his third-round rookie deal, and likely wants a new--and much larger--contract. The two sides have had negotiations, but it is unclear if the talks have moved forward.|
T.Y. Hilton player page
Colts | Anthony Castonzo is long-term solution Tue Apr 14, 01:32 AM
Indianapolis Colts OT Anthony Castonzo is slated to play under the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.
|Footballguys view: The team sees him as their long-term left tackle, although according to sources there is no long-term deal imminent at this time.|
Raiders | Michael Crabtree financials Tue Apr 14, 01:08 AM
Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders are giving free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) a one-year, $3 million deal with another $2 million in incentives, a source said Monday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: For decades, the Raiders have been the "second chance" team. They've taken on once highly touted players who have lost their way to see if they can rejuvenate their careers. Sometimes it works, but we'd say most of the time it doesn't. Crabtree's numbers fell off with the 49ers. Part of that was bad quarterback play, but part of it was him. We'll see if a change of scenery helps energize the veteran receiver.|
Michael Crabtree player page
NFL | Eben Britton suspended four games Tue Apr 14, 12:54 AM
Free-agent OT Eben Britton (Bears) has been suspended four games by the NFL for an unspecified violation.
|Footballguys view: This is the equivalent to "if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" Britton appeared in 10 games for the Bears last season, but he didn't start in any of them. He's just not a good player, and this suspension is going to keep interest in him even lower than it already is...which is nearly non-existent.|
Dolphins | Miami wants to lock up Ryan Tannehill Mon Apr 13, 10:41 PM
The Miami Dolphins are committed to getting a contract extension done with QB Ryan Tannehill before the start of the regular season. However, there have been no formal discussions between Tannehill's representatives and the Dolphins since the NFL Scouting Combine. If a new deal cannot be reached, the team can still exercise his fifth-year option to keep him under control through the 2016 season. He would be paid roughly $16 million for 2016 under that scenario.
|Footballguys view: The deadline for picking up fifth-year options is May 3rd. The Dolphins would be wise to find a way to get something done with their franchise quarterback. He's made improvements every year he's been in the league, and Tannehill should have better weapons around him in 2015. Tannehill had the best completion percentage last year of any quarterback under duress, and we love his upside as he continues to grow as a passer.|
Ryan Tannehill player page
Chargers | SD to work out Marcus Mariota Mon Apr 13, 08:38 PM
The San Diego Chargers will work out University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in Eugene Tuesday, April 14. The workout had been scheduled for Wednesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: San Diego could have real interest in Mariota. While we think other teams are blowing smoke about their interest in the Oregon quarterback (mainly the Titans), the Chargers might want to find the heir to Philip Rivers. In fact, there are rumors swirling about the Chargers shipping Rivers to Tennessee so they can move up to the second-overall pick and nab Mariota. Stay tuned.|
Cowboys | Dallas interested in Melvin Gordon Mon Apr 13, 08:37 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are high on Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, and are targeting him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys need a feature running back after losing DeMarco Murray (Eagles) in free agency. Gordon is our second-ranked back in this draft class behind Todd Gurley (Georgia). He's a fast player who is dangerous in the open field. Gordon can take it to the house any time he touches the ball, and he's got the mindset of a workhorse back. Any potential starting back the Cowboys add via the draft is going to be an important person for fantasy owners to consider.|
Raiders | OAK expected to add Michael Crabtree Mon Apr 13, 08:03 PM
Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders as early as Monday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: This sounds like a Raiders move. They need all the help they can get at the wide receiver position, so Crabtree is going to get a shot. A change of scenery (and a better passing quarterback) will be good for the veteran, but we're not expecting much from him in 2015.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Bears | Matt Forte not at workouts Mon Apr 13, 07:54 PM
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was not present for the start of the offseason workouts Monday, April 13, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: An interesting development in Chicago here. Forte is entering the final year of his contract and is looking for a new contract.|
Matt Forte player page
Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders likes Cody Latimer Mon Apr 13, 07:53 PM
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer, who is expected to line up across from WR Demaryius Thomas in 2015, has been praised by WR Emmanuel Sanders, who figures to move inside to the slot position in three-wide receiver sets. 'Cody is a special player. He has strong hands and is a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps onto the scene. I think he's going to have a big year and I'm happy he's on my team and in our receiver group,' Sanders said.
|Footballguys view: We like Cody Latimer too, but realize there are going to be limitations for the Broncos passing game this year under new head coach Gary Kubiak. The team is going to use three wide receiver sparingly, and that's Latimer's best bet to get on the field. He may not break out as much as some think this year due to the balanced offense Denver will have. We think 25-30 catches with perhaps 6-7 touchdowns sounds about right.|
Cody Latimer player page
49ers | Carlos Hyde to receive more time Mon Apr 13, 06:46 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde likely will see a lot more playing time next season, according to QB Colin Kaepernick.
|Footballguys view: Hyde is going to be the lead back with Frank Gore moving on to the Colts this offseason. Behind him, we'll see Reggie Bush as the primary backup. The 49ers are going to need Hyde to prove that he can grind down the defense and keep opponents honest to help open things up for their struggling passing game.|
Carlos Hyde player page
Bears | Breshad Perriman visits Chicago Mon Apr 13, 05:33 PM
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman visited the Chicago Bears Monday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: Perriman is a fast wide receiver who can get on top of the defense in a hurry. He has a large catch radius, and he can make difficult catches seem routine. Drops and inconsistent routes are a concern for some, but his physical attributes are too much to pass up.|
Jets | Marcus Mariota an option for Jets? Mon Apr 13, 05:12 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be a target of the New York Jets as the NFL Draft approaches. New York is one team that could trade up with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 overall pick.
|Footballguys view: The Jets have the sixth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and they could be in the market for a franchise quarterback. Mariota comes with a lot of question marks on the field, but they may feel he's worth starting over Geno Smith. Mariota has been generating a ton of buzz lately, but we'll see if it's only pre-draft hype at the end of this month.|
Titans | Hakeem Nicks visiting Titans Mon Apr 13, 04:57 PM
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) is visiting the Tennessee Titans Monday, April 13.
|Footballguys view: Nicks insists that he can still play, but the film shows otherwise. He's lost more than a step, and Nicks is no longer the threat after the catch he used to be.|
Hakeem Nicks player page