Patriots | Rob Gronkowski's back won't keep him out (Fri May 17, 05:20 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | GM says EJ Manuel has chance to start (Fri May 17, 02:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Reggie Bush comfortable in offense (Fri May 17, 01:01 PM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Philip Rivers to have big role (Thu May 16, 07:01 PM) [jump to this story]
Panthers | Restructure DeAngelo Williams' deal (Wed May 15, 09:07 AM) [jump to this story]
Chiefs | Donnie Avery dealing with injury Thu May 16, 07:43 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (ankle) injured his ankle during organized team activities Tuesday, May 14, and has been limited the last few days.
|Footballguys view: Avery is competing with Jonathan Baldwin to be the team's second WR opposite Dwayne Bowe. This injury should be fine by the start of training camp.|
Donnie Avery player page
Chiefs | Jonathan Baldwin seems to be top choice for No. 2 WR job Thu May 16, 07:37 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin appears to be the favorite for the No. 2 wide receiver job at this point but has not emerged as the dominant offseason player like he was last offseason. WRs Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster and Terrance Copper are also expected to be candidates for the job.
|Footballguys view: Baldwin has the skill set to be a top 32 WR in the game today. He's failed to play up to his potential as a pro but he could be re-energized under new head coach Andy Reid. With Dwayne Bowe taking the attention of the defense away the WR2 is going to see plenty of single coverage.|
Terrance Copper player page
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Falcons | Kemal Ishmael agrees to terms Thu May 16, 07:34 PM
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with seventh-round draft choice FS Kemal Ishmael. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Joshua Cribbs hopes to play WR Thu May 16, 07:19 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Joshua Cribbs said he hopes to get an opportunity to produce on offense in addition to his role on special teams.
|Footballguys view: Cribbs offers little as a wide receiver. However, the Raiders don't really have any proven players in their WR corps so there might be a role for Cribbs as a third or fourth guy.|
Josh Cribbs player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski to undergo surgery soon Thu May 16, 07:12 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, May 20. He underwent X-rays on his forearm Wednesday, May 15, and had his forearm examined. Doctors will see if the infection is still in Gronkowski's forearm. The team expects Gronkowski to be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: This is the fourth surgery on Gronkowski's forearm. If there's an infection then Gronkowski would need a fifth procedure. If that happens then his availability for the beginning of the regular season would be in jeopardy.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Saints | Mark Ingram improved in second half of season Thu May 16, 07:09 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram rushed for 178 yards and one touchdown in the first eight games of the 2012 season but rushed for 424 yards and four touchdowns in the second half of the season.
|Footballguys view: We could see more from Ingram this year. He's failed to live up to his first-round draft status as a pro but is trending upwards. With the return of head coach Sean Payton we may see the team emphasize the ground game a little more than they did last year. Ingram's current ADP is RB36 and he's coming off the board in the middle of round eight.|
Saints | Mark Ingram not worrying about individual goals Thu May 16, 07:08 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram said he does not want his personal goals to outweigh the team's goals this season. 'I just want to go out there and do what I can to help the team win a championship,' Ingram said. 'Of course I want to have a big year individually. But, you know, the main goal is to win games and stay healthy and be out there on the field on Sundays.' Ingram said he is fine with sharing carries with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.Link to story
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Chargers | Philip Rivers to have big role Thu May 16, 07:01 PM
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team will ask QB Philip Rivers to play a huge role in reducing the learning curve for the rest of the bodies on offense this year. 'We're going to throw as much of the offense as Philip can handle,' McCoy said. 'When he tells us to slow down, we'll slow down.' Rivers said the practices with new head coach McCoy have been designed for more intermediate passes than in recent years.
|Footballguys view: We like Rivers as a bounce back QB this year. McCoy is a coach known to be versatile in his play calling and he will fit the offense around the skill set of those in the lineup. Rivers' current ADP is QB20 and he's coming off the board at the end of round 12.|
Philip Rivers player page
Browns | Brian Hoyer signs Thu May 16, 07:00 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Cardinals) to an undisclosed two-year deal Thursday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Hoyer is added to the mix of backup caliber QBs in Cleveland. Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are competing for the starting job in camp. Hoyer will give the team veteran depth but looks like a mere third-stringer with the Browns.|
Brian Hoyer player page
Seahawks | Spencer Ware signs Thu May 16, 06:43 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed RB Spencer Ware, their sixth-round draft pick, to a multi-year deal Thursday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Ware is your classic banger between the tackles. He can be used effectively to pick up short yardage situations and can line up at fullback as well.|
Chargers | Thomas Keiser signs Thu May 16, 06:36 PM
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent LB Thomas Keiser (Panthers) to an undisclosed deal Thursday, May 16.Link to story
Giants | Andre Brown could be poised to start Thu May 16, 06:05 PM
New York Giants RB Andre Brown could be poised to start in 2013. 'This is my year,' Brown said. 'I have to go out there and I have to produce. I feel like this is a very important season and I have to go out there and show the world what Andre Brown is made of.'
|Footballguys view: Brown has the experience that David Wilson does not have. He's bigger than Wilson and more capable between the tackles and on short yardage situations. Brown has huge durability concerns and lacks the big play ability that Wilson brings to the field. We'll see the two battle for the starting job in training camp.|
Andre Brown player page
Panthers | Steve Smith blasts Mark Sanchez Thu May 16, 05:55 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith verbally blasted New York Jets QB Thursday, May 16. 'He sucks,' Smith reportedly said. 'I wouldn't let Mark Sanchez throw me a paper bag sandwich.'
|Footballguys view: Smith needs to tell us how he really feels. We'll see Sanchez battle rookie Geno Smith for the starting job this year.|
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Cowboys | More on Anthony Hargrove Thu May 16, 05:45 PM
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Hargrove agreed to terms on a one-year contract that is scheduled to pay him the veteran minimum $840,000 in 2013.Link to story
Anthony Hargrove player page
Browns | Re-sign Brandon Jackson Thu May 16, 05:10 PM
The Cleveland Browns re-signed RB Brandon Jackson Thursday, May 16, to a one-year deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: If Jackson can stay healthy he gives the Browns a versatile veteran behind starter Trent Richardson. Jackson will compete with Montario Hardesty, Dion Lewis, and Chris Ogbonnaya for pecking order on the depth chart.|
Brandon Jackson player page
NFL | Warrant out for Chad Johnson Thu May 16, 05:10 PM
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Dolphins) because he violated several terms of his probation, according to the Broward Sherriff's Office. He failed to meet with probation specialists and failed to show proof of enrollment and completion of the 'Batterers Intervention Program.'Link to story
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Patriots | Sign Logan Ryan Thu May 16, 04:41 PM
The New England Patriots signed CB Logan Ryan to a four-year contract Thursday, May 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Ryan has a good blend of size and strength. He's got the ability to stick to wide receivers on downfield routes and is known as a player who can close in a hurry. Ryan does struggle with play fakes and double moves. He needs to improve his discipline if he wants to play up to his potential as a pro.|
Texans | Sign Trevardo Williams Thu May 16, 04:39 PM
The Houston Texans signed LB Trevardo Williams Thursday, May 16. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Link to story
Jaguars | Claim Kyle Love Thu May 16, 04:21 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars claimed Kyle Love (Patriots) off waivers Thursday, May 16.
|Footballguys view: Love joins former teammate Brandon Deadrick in Jacksonville. Both D-Linemen have been released and picked up by the Jaguars this week. Love was recently diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes and has lost 20 pounds this offseason.|
Cowboys | Anthony Hargrove contract details Thu May 16, 04:15 PM
Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys signed DE Anthony Hargrove (Packers) to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Anthony Hargrove player page
Cowboys | D.J. Hall, Jr. released Thu May 16, 04:08 PM
The Dallas Cowboys waived OG D.J. Hall, Jr. Thursday, May 16.Link to story
NFL | Randy Moss' future undecided Thu May 16, 04:07 PM
Free-agent WR Randy Moss (49ers) is still undecided if he will play football this season. There was reportedly interest in Moss a few months ago, although nothing has transpired since. Moss had only 434 yards last season.
|Footballguys view: Moss feels he was underused last year. The 49ers didn't feature him enough as he'd like and we're not sure there's any team out there that would be willing to take a chance on Moss.|
Randy Moss player page
Giants | Nothing imminent on Charles Woodson Thu May 16, 04:06 PM
The New York Giants are not close to signing free-agent CB Charles Woodson (Packers) and no visit has been scheduled. The Giants would need Woodson to be OK with signing a one-year deal for close to the veteran minimum for a deal to be struck.
|Footballguys view: The Giants, Raiders, Panthers, and Broncos all have interest in the veteran. If he wants to contend for a championship then the Broncos and Giants become the most attractive teams.|
Charles Woodson player page
Jets | David Garrard could return as coach Thu May 16, 03:57 PM
Retired QB David Garrard said the New York Jets offered him the chance to attend their training camp as a coaching intern. Garrard said he will have to talk with his wife before deciding to accept the offer.
|Footballguys view: Now that Garrard is done playing football he'll have to consider what he wants to do with his life. Several former players have turned to the coaching ranks once their playing days are over.|
David Garrard player page
Jets | Mark Sanchez expects to win starting job Thu May 16, 03:51 PM
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said he expects to win the starting quarterback job this offseason. Sanchez said he knows he needs to cut down on his interceptions and expects to improve in that area.
|Footballguys view: We like the confidence coming from Sanchez here. We'll see if that can carry over to the football field when the games are live. Sanchez has been the Stuart Smalley of QBs in recent years because of his lack of confidence and mistake prone play. He'll have to beat out second-round rookie QB Geno Smith if he wants to win the starting job.|
Mark Sanchez player page
Raiders | Make roster moves Thu May 16, 03:51 PM
The Oakland Raiders waived LB Jerrell Harris and LS Nick Guess Thursday, May 17.Link to story
Giants | Dwight Freeney interested Thu May 16, 03:48 PM
Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Colts) would love a chance to play for the New York Giants, according to his father. The Giants would likely look to sign him to a veteran-minimum deal, and Freeney would seem to fit that former DL Osi Umenyiora occupied. However, the Giants have plenty of other options for the defensive line at this point.Link to story
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Vikings | Joe Webb fine with position change Thu May 16, 03:38 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Joe Webb said he is fine with moving from quarterback to wide receiver but expects it to take some times to get comfortable at the position. 'I'm doing real good. I still have a long ways to go, but I'm getting better every day and that's all you can do. I just take it one step at a time, one day at a time, one play at a time, and hopefully it can turn out as a success,' Webb said.
|Footballguys view: Of course Webb is fine with the move. He failed to impress as a QB and if he wants to stay with the team then a position change was necessary. The Vikings need playmakers at the position and Webb is incredibly athletic. He needs to prove that he's learned how to be a better route runner with increased concentration.|
Joe Webb player page
Lions | See Ryan Broyles as returner Thu May 16, 03:34 PM
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said the team drafted WR Ryan Broyles in part because of his return abilities.
|Footballguys view: Broyles is a dangerous weapon but durability is a huge concern. Over the last two years (one in college, one with the Lions) he's seen his season cut short by devastating knee injuries. If he can get healthy and stay healthy then Broyles can help out in many ways.|
Cowboys | Doug Free takes a pay cut Thu May 16, 03:32 PM
Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free took a $3.5 million pay cut Thursday, May 16, and will stay with the team in 2013.Link to story
Lions | Reggie Bush could have special teams role Thu May 16, 03:32 PM
The Detroit Lions could give RB Reggie Bush a limited role as a punt returner this season.
|Footballguys view: Bush is the team's lead back so they won't use him all the time as a punt returner. In critical situations when the team needs a big play we could see Bush back there returning punts.|
Reggie Bush player page
Jets | Joe McKnight not giving up roster spot Thu May 16, 03:31 PM
New York Jets RB Joe McKnight said he is not going to give up his roster spot because the team brought in competition. "I don't care who they bring in, they're going (to have to) kill me to take my spot. You understand that now?" McKnight said in the locker room Thursday. "Just because they bring Goodson and Ivory in they already think I'm gone. They just bringing people in for competition, they ain't bringing nobody in to say, 'Joe is done.'"
|Footballguys view: McKnight has failed to impress during his short pro career. He's fourth on the depth chart right now but could stick on the roster because of his ability to contribute on special teams.|
Lions | Two rookies could be used as returners Thu May 16, 03:24 PM
The Detroit Lions could consider using RB Steven Miller and CB Darius Slay as kick and punt returners this season.Link to story
Redskins | Chris Thompson expected to get clearance before camp Thu May 16, 03:20 PM
Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (knee) is expected to receive medical clearance before the start of training camp. He has been running and cutting but does not expect to be a full participant during organized team activities and minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Thompson is a big play waiting to happen and can score anytime he touches the ball. He's the perfect complementary back behind starter Alfred Morris.|
Redskins | Hope Roy Helu will be ready for workouts Thu May 16, 03:19 PM
The Washington Redskins are hoping RB Roy Helu (toe) will be a full participant once organized team activities start next week. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Helu recently had a setback in his recovery from offseason toe surgery.
|Footballguys view: Helu has good all-around talent but serious durability concerns have held him back during his pro career. He'll compete with Evan Royster, rookies Chris Thompson, and Jawan Jamison to get snaps behind starting RB Alfred Morris.|
Giants | David Wilson likely will be kick returner Thu May 16, 03:01 PM
The New York Giants likely will continue to use RB David Wilson as their kick returner after being unable to sign Oakland Raiders WR Joshua Cribbs. It was believed Wilson would have his return duties reduced because he is expected to be the starting running back.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if this holds up for Wilson if he shines as the team's starting RB. The Giants have other options at return man like WR Jerel Jernigan or CB Jayron Hosley.|
Bengals | James Harrison spends a lot on body Thu May 16, 02:48 PM
Cincinnati Bengals LB James Harrison said he spends between $400,000 to $600,000 to make sure his body is ready for the start of the season. He said he uses a hyperbaric Chamber and has his own staff of acupuncturists, massage therapists and homeopathic doctors.Link to story
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Cowboys | Sign Anthony Hargrove Thu May 16, 02:48 PM
The Dallas Cowboys signed DE Anthony Hargrove (Saints) Thursday, May 16. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Hargrove was with the Packers last year (released in August) and had to sit out eight games due to the Saints 'bountygate' scandal. He is position versatile and able to line up inside at DT or outside at DE. Hargrove is no lock to make the roster but would give them solid veteran depth if he makes the team.|
Anthony Hargrove player page
Eagles | Will look at Jeremy Maclin as returner Thu May 16, 02:48 PM
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said the team will look at WR Jeremy Maclin as a punt returner during organized team activities. Kelly said Maclin had experience as a returner but is not sure if Maclin will be used in the role. Maclin indicated he would be open to returning punts.
|Footballguys view: Maclin is dangerous in the open field because he's fast and can make defenders miss. We'll see if he can impress given this new opportunity in training camp.|
Jeremy Maclin player page
NFL | Max Starks considering multiple teams Thu May 16, 02:34 PM
Free-agent OT Max Starks (Steelers) is considering many teams, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: Teams like the Cardinals and the Chargers have shown the most interest in Starks. The veteran has some options and may make a decision in the near future.|
Giants | Aaron Curry thinks he can be impact linebacker Thu May 16, 02:33 PM
New York Giants LB Aaron Curry thinks he can be an impact linebacker on the team's defense. "I really believe I have the ability to be an impact linebacker on this defense," Curry said. "I feel like I can affect each play that I'm in the game. I'm looking forward to just putting it all out there and emptying my tank every day at practice and taking it to the game just to have fun and win some football games."Link to story
Aaron Curry player page
Jets | David Garrard says team will have open QB competition Thu May 16, 02:32 PM
Retired QB David Garrard said the New York Jets coaches told him they would have an open competition for the starting quarterback job during the offseason and that no player will be promised the starting job.
|Footballguys view: This is Mark Sanchez's job to lose but many expect rookie Geno Smith to win the job before the start of the regular season. Smith is a better athlete, has more confidence, and is an extremely intelligent player. He gives defenses more to worry about than Sanchez does.|
David Garrard player page
Browns | Jabaal Sheard working with starters Thu May 16, 02:27 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Jabaal Sheard worked with the first-team defense at right outside linebacker during organized team activities Thursday, May 16. LB Barkevious Mingo worked at the position with the second-team defense.Link to story
Browns | Coach talks about QB rotation Thu May 16, 02:21 PM
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said the team likely will continue to use QB Brandon Weeden with the first-team offense and QB Jason Campbell with the second-team offense during organized team activities but it is too early to name a starting quarterback.
|Footballguys view: This is a competition the team wants to see unfold in training camp. The front office has doubts about Weeden but he's actually a good fit for the Norv Turner offense. He's got a big arm, is an aggressive passer, and has the weapons outside to make big plays. We'll see if Weeden can win the job, hang onto the job, and impress the doubters in the building this year.|
Jason Campbell player page
Giants | Make roster moves Thu May 16, 02:20 PM
The New York Giants waived TE Michael Palmer and CB Antonio Dennard Thursday, May 16.Link to story
Michael Palmer player page
Bears | Several sit out workout Wednesday Thu May 16, 02:17 PM
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip), PK Robbie Gould (calf) and WR Marcus Rucker (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 15.Link to story
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Bears | Gabe Carimi told team he would not be at workouts Thu May 16, 02:12 PM
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears OG Gabe Carimi told the team during their April minicamp that he would not be attending the organized team activities and will work out in Arizona. Carimi believes working out in Arizona will give him the best opportunity to regain full strength in the knee that has bothered him since he entered the league.
|Footballguys view: This is not that big of a deal. Bears general manager Phil Emery isn't worried that Carimi has been absent from OTAs this week. 'This is a voluntary situation, and every player has to make his own decisions,' Emery said. 'Gabe has made a decision that he wants to stay in Arizona and train, and we respect that. And he'll be welcomed with open arms when he comes back.'|
Chargers | Dwight Freeney takes physical Thu May 16, 02:07 PM
Free-agent DE Dwight Freeney (Colts) took a physical for the San Diego Chargers Thursday, May 16. While he has not signed a deal yet, the meeting with the team went well.
|Footballguys view: If he passes his physical then we could see an offer submitted by the Chargers. The team needs pass rushing help after losing Melvin Ingram to a knee injury earlier this week.|
Dwight Freeney player page
Cowboys | Decision on Doug Free may come soon Thu May 16, 02:06 PM
The Dallas Cowboys may make decision on OT Doug Free's future with the team before they start their organized team activities next week. The team would have to pay him his $7 million salary if he got hurt during the workouts.Link to story
Browns | Jason Pinkston participating Thu May 16, 02:06 PM
Cleveland Browns OG Jason Pinkston (lung) is participating in organized team activities Thursday, May 16. It is the first time practicing since he was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung in October. He is working with the second-team offense.Link to story