Fantasy Football News & Views
Seahawks | Michael on roster bubble? (Sun Jul 5, 07:50 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Pierre-Paul injured hand in fireworks accident (Sun Jul 5, 07:42 PM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Antonio Gates suspended (Thu Jul 2, 04:13 PM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Mike Evans feels he was held back (Mon Jun 29, 10:00 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes (Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Sam Bradford to be ready for training camp? (Mon Jun 29, 05:16 PM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Seferian-Jenkins a sleeper? Sat Jun 27, 04:20 PM
Scott Smith, from Buccaneers.com, speculates that Buccaneers second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could be a fantasy sleeper this season. Seferian-Jenkins is completely healthy now and possibly primed for the type of big season the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him high in the second round in 2014.
|Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins is a huge target who knows how to use his body to box out defenders. This skill set helps him excel as a red-zone threat. Yes, Jameis Winston is a rookie quarterback, but he could lean on his tight end early and often. Fantasy owners need to consider Seferian-Jenkins as a low-end TE2 with TE1 potential.|
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Ravens | WR2 job wide open Sat Jun 27, 04:15 PM
Garrett Downing, from BaltimoreRavens.com, reports the second wide receiver job for the Ravens is up for grabs in training camp. Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken and rookie Breshad Perriman have all received first-team reps in minicamp opposite Steve Smith.
|Footballguys view: Brown seems to be the frontrunner here, but he'll have to beat out the rest of the group to earn that job. Perriman is an interesting rookie to watch, and he's got better upside than Brown. We think Brown is better suited as a slot receiver.|
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Jets | TE Amaro not standing out Sat Jun 27, 04:08 PM
Rich Cimini, from ESPN.com, reports that tight end Jace Amaro is not a player who has stood out with special qualities in practice. Cimini predicts that Amaro will get fewer than 60 catches in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Amaro is your classic move tight end, but he's not a seam-ripper who flashes on film with incredible athleticism. Chan Gailey's offense should be able to use Amaro in the right way, but fantasy owners should only look at him as a low-end TE2.|
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Jets | Jeremy Kerley to return punts? Sat Jun 27, 03:00 PM
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley is the favorite to be the punt returner for the Jets this season, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: Kerley's receptions and receiving yards have dropped each of the last three seasons. With Brandon Marshall added to the passing game this offseason, Kerley's numbers will continue to be low. His main impact should come as a return man.|
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston staying focused Sat Jun 27, 02:02 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is maintaining his focus while eyes stay peeled on him in his rookie offseason. Winston said he's focused on being a quarterback on and off the field. He added that he's also focused on bouncing back from the mistakes he's made, saying he has nothing to prove.
|Footballguys view: Winston has an incredible work ethic, and he's going to try to make his mark this season--even through the ups and downs of his rookie year. He's not afraid to throw into coverage, and Winston has incredible weapons around him in Tampa. Fantasy owners won't be drafting Winston in most leagues (low-end QB2 or QB3), but we're excited about watching his development as the season rolls on.|
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Lions | Ameer Abdullah ready for big role Fri Jun 26, 09:39 PM
Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah said he could be a three-down back if needed. 'That's what I've done my whole life,' Abdullah said. 'I haven't done anything else, so I don't see why I wouldn't be confident in my game. I know my teammates trust me in such a short time to do so. I trust myself.'
|Footballguys view: Abdullah has the ability to be an impact player--at least as a part-time back at the pro level. He's not a pile-pusher, but Abdullah can make defenders miss in open space and he has the speed to eat up chunks of yards in a hurry. There is a debate about whether or not he can be more than a change-of-pace back in the NFL. The Lions may give him a shot to prove that he can be more of a full-time player than some think. Right now, Abdullah as an ADP of RB31 (6.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Broncos | Cody Latimer likes the offense Fri Jun 26, 09:14 PM
Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer said he has made an effort to develop more chemistry with QB Peyton Manning and has dedicated himself to learning head coach Gary Kubiak's playbook. 'It's much easier to catch on. It gives you time to play fast; you don't have to think so much,' Latimer said. 'Not as many adjustments in this offense. Once you know what you're doing out of the huddle, you stick with that. No changing on the run.'
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should appreciate the high dynasty value of Latimer. He's got the natural talent to be a top-25 receiver in the NFL, but this offense is going to limit his production as the Broncos WR3. Latimer is going to play a larger role than he did last year as a rookie, but he's still behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Re-draft owners should have Latimer on the waiver wire speed dial, or they can take him as a late-round flier.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz continues to make progress Fri Jun 26, 08:49 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) will have to participate in a mandatory conditioning drill at the start of training camp and believes he could pass it now. Cruz still has not worked with QB Eli Manning on route running or timing drills.
|Footballguys view: We've heard nothing but great things about Cruz this offseason. His recovery seems to be on track, and the team is hopeful he can be ready for the start of the regular season. Expect Cruz to be limited in training camp as they ease him back into action.|
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Bills | Percy Harvin looking to improve Fri Jun 26, 06:49 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin said he has been working with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal this offseason in hopes of becoming a more complete wide receiver. 'I feel that it's time for me to put it all together,' Harvin said. 'I feel like I have the coaching staff and support here in Buffalo to get that done. The owners here are unbelievable. Everything here spells success for me. The world has yet to see me explode like I'm about to.'
|Footballguys view: Harvin has always had talent, but his production hasn't really matched his potential. We're not expecting him to breakout this season on a run-heavy Bills team. The quarterback situation in Buffalo also doesn't give us much confidence. His current ADP is WR38 (10.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Colts | Coby Fleener wants to improve play Fri Jun 26, 05:45 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener said he wants to be a more consistent player and is looking to limit his mistakes on the field. 'Your flubs are aired in front of the whole world. Whether you're sitting at a desk all day or whether you're playing football, nobody wants to make the 'Not Top 10.' Unfortunately I've been there and I'm trying to limit that as much as possible.'
|Footballguys view: The Colts have one of the most exciting passing games in the league. Fleener has been a favorite target of QB Andrew Luck from their days together in college at Stanford. He'll split time and targets once again with Dwayne Allen in 2015. Fantasy owners should consider Fleener a low-end TE2 who could put up TE1 numbers in certain matchups.|
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston looking to drop weight Fri Jun 26, 05:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said he wants to lose some weight before the start of training camp. Winston said he currently weighs 238 pounds and would like to drop to around 230 pounds.
|Footballguys view: Winston is a bigger quarterback, so he's going to carry a bit of bad weight. Losing about 10 pounds is nothing but a good thing, and it should help his stamina as games (and the season) wear on.|
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Eagles | Nelson Agholor learning offense Fri Jun 26, 04:41 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor said he worked as an outside receiver during offseason workouts but is learning the other receiver spots as well since the team uses different formations. 'I play right side outside, right now, but I'm continuing to learn conceptually the whole deal, because that is how we work here. It's by formation and different people will be in different formations. And that's how we sugar coat what we do...That's just the game of football nowadays. It's about window dressing some of your staple concepts and that's what we'll do,' Agholor said.
|Footballguys view: Agholor has the ability and opportunity to be an impact player in 2015. The rookie from USC is dangerous when running routes over the middle. He can gain separation before his break, and Agholor can pull away from defenders after the catch. Fantasy owners should consider him a WR3 with WR1 upside this season. His current ADP is WR32 (7.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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NFL | Joshua Cribbs could retire Fri Jun 26, 03:22 PM
Free-agent WR Joshua Cribbs (Colts) would like to resume his playing career but is open to retiring.
|Footballguys view: Cribbs isn't the same player he used to be, but there might be a team that wants to sign him as a return specialist. Teams that have shown some interest include the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.|
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Rams | Todd Gurley to meet with doctor Fri Jun 26, 03:14 PM
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) said he is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in a few weeks to have his surgically repaired knee examined.
|Footballguys view: There are some who believe Gurley could be ready for the start of training camp....or at least ready to do some light work at that time. Some feel Gurley may not be ready at the start of the regular season. Either way, we know the Rams are going to be cautious with Gurley. He's got superstar potential and should be an impact player when healthy.|
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson looking for big deal Fri Jun 26, 03:12 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is looking to become the highest-paid player in the league with his next contract, according to sources. Wilson's agent understands that any contract extension Wilson receives will be surpassed by another player in the future.
|Footballguys view: This contract situation seems dire at this time, and there's even some out there who think Wilson might move on in 2016. We're not going with that "bold" prediction as we have confidence that the two sides will be able to work something out. Finding a franchise quarterback is difficult, and teams will pay a premium price to keep a guy like Wilson on the roster. Seattle's been able to keep Wilson around on an inexpensive third-rounder's contract. Now, it's time to pay an appropriate price.|
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Seahawks | Jermaine Kearse likely for every down Fri Jun 26, 12:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse is likely to be an every-down receiver for the team in 2015. He is a versatile receiver that excels at blocking.
|Footballguys view: Kearse may be an every-down player for the Seahawks, but he's not much of a fantasy factor. The Seahawks have added plenty of talent to the weapons in the passing game. Doug Baldwin will start on the outside opposite Kearse, and the team will also feature tight end Jimmy Graham. We also want to see how rookie Tyler Lockett is used in this offense.|
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Eagles | John Moffitt to sign with Philadelphia Thu Jun 25, 09:36 PM
Free-agent OG John Moffitt will sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Ross Jones of FOX Sports.
|Footballguys view: Climbing out of the bunker and back into the NFL, Moffitt hasn't played meaningful snaps in the NFL since 2012. He's a mauler up front, but he's going to be on the roster bubble from day one. Moffitt has experience, but his rust makes him a longshot for the 53-man roster.|
Falcons | Tony Moeaki the answer at TE? Thu Jun 25, 07:10 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for their work in the past, 'They (both) have these unique qualities down in the red zone, and can be featured on third down,' Ryan said. 'I think (they) have a little uniqueness . . .I would say Jacob and Tony more, in the third down and the route-running and finding ways to match them on a linebacker to see if they can run the options and do the stuff on third downs required to get open,' said Ryan. Moeaki has overcome injury troubles and hopes to reestablish himself as the once promising tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs.
|Footballguys view: Nah, we're not buying this. Moeaki has a ton of talent, but he also has an injury history that goes back to his days in college. Tamme has more left in the tank than some think, and he should lead the way for the Falcons at tight end. For fantasy purposes, Tamme is more of a TE2/backup.|
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Patriots | Tom Brady's ruling not expected for weeks Thu Jun 25, 06:21 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady isn't expected to hear the decision from his suspension hearing Tuesday, June 23, until mid-to-late July.
|Footballguys view: Leave it to our beloved NFL to keep us hanging. Most fantasy drafts don't get fired up until August, so most owners will know whether or not Brady is suspended--and how long he's out for.|
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Titans | GM not worried about Marcus Mariota Thu Jun 25, 04:55 PM
Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster told media he would not mind if QB Marcus Mariota missed a few days of training camp and that it would not be a big deal if he held out. There is a piece of language in the contract holding up what should be a four-year deal worth $21 million.
|Footballguys view: We're not worried about this situation either. In fact, we don't even think Mariota will miss a day of training camp. We'll see something happen with his contract in the near future.|
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Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin's weight gain overblown Thu Jun 25, 03:50 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training camp next month. A team source said Benjamin, who played at 245 pounds as a rookie last year, showed up to workouts in April nine pounds overweight. 'It really is much ado about nothing. Right now he's only five pounds off his playing weight. That's it,' Gettleman said after the team wrapped up their three-day minicamp. Benjamin has had weight problems before, as he took a redshirt year in college after being 20 pounds overweight. He had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, but he missed 10 of 14 practices during organized team activities and minicamp with injuries to both his hamstrings.
|Footballguys view: We suspected this all along. Guys show up with a little bit of bad weight after the offseason and it makes the papers. Benjamin is set to be Cam Newton's favorite target again this season, and he'll build off the experience he gained last year as a rookie. We like Benjamin's current ADP of WR16 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant sheds positive light on opener Thu Jun 25, 02:41 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was present for a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for Week 1 Tuesday, June 23.
|Footballguys view: While Bryant may not get the long-term contract he wants, we could see him playing this season on his one-year $12.8 million franchise tender. If he does end up holding out, it may not go past a week or two of training camp.|
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49ers | Carlos Hyde sheds weight Thu Jun 25, 02:31 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde has shed about 10 pounds from last year's playing weight, which should add to his deceptively light feet and cutting ability. The team is installing zone-blocking concepts, which worked well for Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris when offensive line coach Chris Foerster was in Washington.
|Footballguys view: Getting rid of bad weight is good for Hyde. He's a powerful runner who can be tough to bring down with a head of steam. We'll see if he works well in the zone-blocking scheme which requires RBs to be decisive with the rock. He's got a current ADP of RB22 (4.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Bills | Charles Clay staying on the field Thu Jun 25, 01:18 PM
Buffalo Bills TE Charles Clay will play on all three downs.
|Footballguys view: So he'll be blocking for three downs? While Clay has had moments, he's not on an offense which looks like a passing behemoth. Assuming Matt Cassel/EJ Manuel/Tyrod Taylor/Matt Simms/Hot Dog Vendor throw the ball effectively, there are two things which will still stand in Clay's way. First, he's behind Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvins and Robert Woods in the pecking order of targets. And second this is still likely to be a run-heavy attack and will feature LeSean McCoy an awful lot (and Clay is a very good blocker). So if the ball is heading Clay's direction, it's likely being carried by McCoy while Clay is blocking. Clay is being drafted as a TE2 and a lower-end one at that, which is right about where he should be.|
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Patriots | Tom Brady decision due in July Thu Jun 25, 09:09 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is unlikely to have a decision on the appeal of his four-game suspension until mid-to-late July.
|Footballguys view: The wait continues. Brady's ADP is tracking as a low-end QB1 (around the eight round) and the FBGs staff is a bit split on him. On the one hand, missing four games (as it stands) will force his year-end numbers to look like those of a QB2. However, if his sentence is reduced or if you look at a per-game basis even on a truncated season, Brady will probably give you QB1 numbers. If you can find a good replacement for the first five weeks of the season (the Patriots have an early bye), then Brady is a good player to snag who can pay off late.|
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NFL | Antoine Cason out for season Thu Jun 25, 02:58 AM
Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he had, but an Instagram post showed his right foot was heavily bandaged.
|Footballguys view: Cason was cut from the Ravens last season after the picked him up when the Carolina Panthers cut him. He has had multiple interceptions in every season he has played in the NFL, but struggled to produce otherwise.|
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Jaguars | Rashad Greene to work in slot Wed Jun 24, 10:46 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene is expected to work as the team's top slot receiver. He has impressive teammates with suddenness and his football acumen.
|Footballguys view: Greene was a big factor for Jameis Winston at Florida State, and should do the same for Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He's buried deep on the depth chart, a rookie, and in an offense which is still being rebooted. This makes Greene not worth more than a late-round flier for fantasy owners. That may change a little if Marqise Lee cannot get off the trainers table....stay tuned.|
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Jaguars | Ace Sanders on roster bubble? Wed Jun 24, 10:46 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders is a question mark for a spot on the 53-man roster. His spot is likely dependent on his winning the punt return job.
|Footballguys view: Sanders hasn't shown all that much during his time in the NFL, so this isn't a shock. However, ESPN.com camp reports indicate that Sanders has been the talk of the Jaguars OTAs. He's reportedly catching everything thrown his way and looks dangerous in the open field. Even if Sanders is the WR3 in Jacksonville, he's a non-factor for most fantasy owners.|
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Jaguars | Marqise Lee working way back Wed Jun 24, 10:45 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) suffered a knee injury before organized team activities (OTAs), and he will need to catch up to quickly establish a Week 1 role.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars are hoping Lee can stay healthy this year but this knee injury doesn't bode well. Already he has developed a reputation as a guy who gets hurt a lot--though missing minicamp was more likely the team being cautious. That said, fantasy GMs need to be cautious as well. Right now, he is going undrafted and before we make a move--on even a late-round selection of Lee--we need to see him in training camp.|
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Jaguars | Clay Harbor likely to be No. 2 Wed Jun 24, 10:43 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (calf) missed most of organized team activities (OTAs) due to a calf injury. He is projected to be the front-runner to serve as backup to TE Julius Thomas.
|Footballguys view: Harbor is a decent tight end with good hands and upside, but he isn't as good as Thomas (even if Thomas is losing Peyton Manning as his quarterback). Keep an eye on him, especially if Thomas gets banged up, as Harbor does have upside. Fantasy owners need to remember that Thomas has never played a full 16-game season in four years as a pro. Harbor could get a start or two here or there.|
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Jaguars | Marcedes Lewis to see lesser role Wed Jun 24, 10:42 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis is in what is expected to be his final season with the team, and with TE Julius Thomas now in the mix Lewis should see time as a blocker and less as a pass catcher.
|Footballguys view: If Julius Thomas is healthy, that's exactly what is in store for Lewis. While he has had a few moments in the past, Lewis has never been a consistent producer either on the field or in fantasy lineups. Some of that can be laid at the feet of terrible quarterbacks and offenses, he's just not all that good. He won't see enough work to warrant a fantasy spot on a roster.|
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Jaguars | Denard Robinson will have new role Wed Jun 24, 10:41 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson had a chance as an every-down back last season, but with RB T.J. Yeldon in the fold Robinson is only expected to sub in for certain situations. He might also win the kickoff return role, too.
|Footballguys view: Robinson showed some burst and provided a nice spark but Yeldon has a little more upside. Right now Robinson is going as a late-round flier and that's about where he should go.|
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Jaguars | Toby Gerhart to be third-down back Wed Jun 24, 10:41 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart suffered a Week 1 injury in 2014 to ruin his first chance to be an every-down back. He is likely to see most of his reps as a third-down back in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Some people thought that once Gerhart got out from under Adrian Peterson's shadow that everything would fall into place. Instead, he fell off the map. Of course, some of that was because of injury issues. Gerhart looks healthy now, has been performing well in minicamps and could be a great fit for the offense. But with rookie T.J. Yeldon looking good as well and Denard Robinson playing well for a stretch last season, moving Gerhart to third-down back makes some sense. There's also been reports of Gerhart playing fullback in 2015.|
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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon expected to start Wed Jun 24, 10:40 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't handing RB T.J. Yeldon the starting job, but he is projected to start since the team spent a second-round pick on him.
|Footballguys view: The only real competition at this point is Denard Robinson, who provided a nice spark to the run game before an injury ended his season. Yeldon has great instincts and can create lanes where there are none but has ball security issues and has some issues breaking tackles. Those factors and a 'still not ready for prime time' offense makes us think he's a low-end RB2 at best or a high end RB3.|
T.J. Yeldon player page
Jaguars | Bernard Pierce on outside looking in? Wed Jun 24, 10:38 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Bernard Pierce is not projected to make the 53-man roster, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran. Pierce is believed to be in the running for the No. 4 job with RBs Storm Johnson and Corey Grant behind RBs T.J. Yeldon, Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson.
|Footballguys view: Pierce was released by the Ravens back in March after he was arrested for drunk driving. His court date has been moved back to late July. Off-field issues aside, Pierce just isn't that good. His plodding style as a runner isn't inspiring, and he offers nothing in the passing game. He could be out of a job when roster cuts start to happen in camp.|
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Jaguars | Corey Grant has roster edge? Wed Jun 24, 10:38 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Corey Grant is projected by beat writer Ryan O'Halloran to serve as the No. 4 tailback on the 53-man roster, edging out RBs Storm Johnson and Bernard Pierce. Grant is believed to have the edge because of his ability as a gunner on punt coverage and kickoffs.
|Footballguys view: Pierce has been disappointing since getting a shot in Baltimore, and while Johnson has an awesome first name, he's pretty limited in terms of what he brings to the table. Grant has off-the-charts speed but doesn't cut sharply and struggles to shake defenders in open space. He's got a lot of upside though and is likely to produce on special teams. He's not worthy of a draft slot but is definitely a guy to keep an eye on--especially in dynasty leagues.|
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston working hard Wed Jun 24, 10:34 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has been arriving at the team's facility at 6 a.m. for weightlifting and conditioning, and not leaving until 12 hours later. And he said he has been studying after that. 'At home I study about two hours,' Winston said Wednesday, June 24. 'I try to get some rest but sometimes I've got to look over my script.'
|Footballguys view: While there have been doubts off the field, one thing even his detractors admit is that Winston works hard on the football side of things. He knows he has to earn the leadership role, and the rookie knows all eyes are on him and how he conducts himself. Winston could have a great rookie season given his receiving corps, but the shaky offensive line, questionable run game and usual steep rookie quarterback learning curve make us leery of depending on him. His ADP is currently as a QB3, which is about where we feel it should be.|
Jameis Winston player page
Bengals | Marvin Jones is fully recovered Wed Jun 24, 09:02 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Jones is a deep threat who had last season blown up by injuries. The Bengals are very excited to have him back, and he should excel across from A.J. Green. He certainly can do more against single coverage than Mohamed Sanu. We see him as a WR5 or WR6 (about his current ADP) but he has the potential to produce at a higher level. In 2013, Jones finished the year as the 21st-best fantasy wide receiver.|
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Bengals | Mohamed Sanu in mix to start Wed Jun 24, 09:01 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is in the mix to start opposite WR A.J. Green, but with WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) healthy Sanu will have plenty of competition.
|Footballguys view: Sanu had a lot of issues holding onto the ball last season (he has seven dropped passes last year, tied for third-most in 2014) and is going to have a hard time beating out Marvin Jone--if Jones is healthy. Right now, he's going undrafted in early drafts and we wouldn't take him as more than a late-round flier.|
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Bengals | Tyler Eifert back in business Wed Jun 24, 09:01 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) had his 2014 season cut short by a dislocated elbow and shoulder injury, but he is back to 100 percent and was impressive during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Eifert has been fantastic in spring practices, and with Jermaine Gresham in the wind, will be a big part of this offense. We have him rated as a TE2, and his ADP is even lower right now, but if healthy he could have a very productive season, especially in two tight end leagues.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Bengals | A.J. McCarron expected to be No. 2 Wed Jun 24, 09:00 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron is expected to be the primary backup quarterback to QB Andy Dalton.
|Footballguys view: McCarron has done well enough to make everyone else not named Dalton expendable--and maybe make Dalton nervous. That's a way down the road, at least this season, but it bodes well for McCarron that he has impressed this quickly after missing part of last season due to injury.|
A.J. McCarron player page
Bengals | Josh Johnson not in Cincy plans Wed Jun 24, 08:59 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Josh Johnson is not expected to compete with QB A.J. McCarron for the backup job to starting QB Andy Dalton, and is viewed as just an extra arm in camp.
|Footballguys view: Not surprisingly, Johnson continues to not live up to the potential many saw in him when he joined the league. This could be his final shot at a roster spot, as at this point he's pretty clearly unable to play at a pro level.|
A.J. McCarron player page
Bengals | Vontaze Burfict is a question mark Wed Jun 24, 08:57 PM
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) is working his way back from microfracture surgery on his knee and is viewed as a question mark heading into training camp.
|Footballguys view: Burfict exploded in 2013, but injuries took him out of 2014.The knee is a concern and starting off training camp on the PUP list would be concerning. If he's healthy, he should be a fantasy stud, but there seems to be real doubt as to whether he will be healthy.|
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Rams | Todd Gurley likely for training camp? Wed Jun 24, 08:00 PM
St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) is eyeing next month's training camp as a return to the field. 'That is definitely a goal that I'm shooting for,' Gurley told NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon from the NFL Rookie Symposium Wednesday, June 24, 'Just to be able to get out there and do at least some individual stuff. It's looking pretty realistic. This month I'll be in St. Louis rehabbing, so hopefully I can aim for (training camp).'
|Footballguys view: This would be huge news for the Rams, who took some criticism for using their first pick on a guy who could be on the PUP list when September rolls around. Gurley was the top back in the draft without a doubt, but the injury concern was a big one for some teams. That could be a moot point come late July. Gurley has the potential to be a special running back even behind a mediocre offensive line. We see him as a low end RB2 or a high end RB3 with potential to be much more.|
Todd Gurley player page
Lions | Jason Jones missed minicamp Wed Jun 24, 06:36 PM
Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.
|Footballguys view: Reports from other Lions beat writers indicate that Jones is recovering from offseason knee surgery. This may have been a clean-up procedure after Jones had to come back from a torn patellar tendon he suffered in 2013. He started all 17 games last year for the Lions, was a strong run-defender and finished with a career-high five sacks in 2014.|
Jason Jones player page
Raiders | Clive Walford may start in 2015 Wed Jun 24, 06:35 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford could be the leading candidate for the starting tight end job this season. Walford performed well during offseason workouts, and the team believes he can be one of the better receiving tight ends in time.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this if you play in a deep league or a dynasty league. Walford is the talented rookie from Miami, and he'll compete with Mychal Rivera for the starting job in 2015. He's capable of making difficult catches seem routine, and Walford has good speed after the catch. Walford was inconsistent in college, and he would disappear for stretches during games. We'll see if he can be a consistent playmaker for the Raiders in 2015.|
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Colts | Jack Mewhort may start at RT Wed Jun 24, 06:13 PM
Indianapolis Colts OG Jack Mewhort could start at right tackle if OT Gosder Cherilus (groin, knee) is not ready to play during training camp. Mewhort will stay at left guard if Cherilus is healthy enough to play.
|Footballguys view: The Colts offensive line is pretty messy...and a big question mark entering the 2015 season. We feel they should have addressed the position better in the 2015 NFL draft instead of stockpiling players at other positions (another WR, talented as Phillip Dorsett is but really?). Our own offensive line expert, Matt Bitonti, ranked the Colts 21st in his OL rankings at Footballguys.|
Patriots | Several could be PUP candidates Wed Jun 24, 06:12 PM
New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), LB Jerod Mayo (knee) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are all candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
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Browns | Cleveland in contact with Josh Gordon Wed Jun 24, 05:34 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been in contact with an official from the team this offseason, according to a source. Gordon is serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's drug and alcohol policy but is allowed to be in contact with a front office member.
|Footballguys view: Gordon has wasted his talent--and he's wasting time that he could be starring in the NFL. When he's not suspended, Gordon is one of the best receivers in the game. He served a 10-game suspension last year, came back and looked great for the first couple of games, then he was suspended by the team again for the season finale in Week 17. His contract with Cleveland is up after the 2015 season, and he's set to be a restricted free agent. Who knows if Cleveland will be interested in bringing him back after all they've endured with Gordon.|
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Ravens | Crockett Gillmore has solid offseason Wed Jun 24, 04:40 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore showed an improved ability to catch passes in traffic this offseason and was one of the surprises during the offseason workouts. He is expected to compete for the starting tight end job during training camp.
|Footballguys view: We like Gillmore as an all-purpose tight end. He's tough as nails and can work well as a blocker, but he's also a decent receiver who can make difficult catches. However, he's not the athlete that rookie Maxx Williams is. We expect Williams to eventually win the starting tight end job in Baltimore because he can fly down the field and creates mismatches every time he plays.|
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