Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | Aldon Smith detained (Sun Apr 13, 06:44 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Concerned Eli Manning is declining (Sun Apr 13, 06:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski meets with doctor (Fri Apr 11, 08:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Could move up for Sammy Watkins (Wed Apr 9, 02:23 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | High on Jimmy Garoppolo Mon Apr 14, 10:53 AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars are high on Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
|Footballguys view: They need to re-think this position. Garoppolo is more of a project than some think. His offense at Eastern Illinois was incredibly basic as he basically lined up in the shotgun, caught the snap and made a quick throw to a predetermined target. Garoppolo struggles under pressure and he's not the Tony Romo clone that some are painting him out to be.|
49ers | Martavis Bryant visiting Mon Apr 14, 10:25 AM
The San Francisco 49ers will visit with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant Monday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Bryant is the definition of a vertical threat. He's big (6'4") and knows how to use his frame to box out defenders. Bryant is a boom/bust prospect who needs to be more consistent to play up to his potential. He's likely to go off the board in the second round.|
Lions | Kourtnei Brown official Mon Apr 14, 10:18 AM
Detroit Lions DE Kourtnei Brown passed his physical, and the waiver claim by the team is official.Link to story
NFL | Jadeveon Clowney done working out Mon Apr 14, 10:15 AM
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is shutting down his pre-draft workouts to avoid risk of injury.
|Footballguys view: Clowney is a rare prospect who should be a top-5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Some question his motivation, but nobody questions his upside. Clowney is certainly an option to be selected number one overall by the Houston Texans.|
Browns | Chris Pressley signs Mon Apr 14, 09:58 AM
The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent FB Chris Pressley (Bengals) to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
Chris Pressley player page
Titans | Have met with Kadeem Edwards Mon Apr 14, 09:08 AM
The Tennessee Titans have met with Tennessee State OG Kadeem Edwards.Link to story
Panthers | Have met with Kadeem Edwards Mon Apr 14, 09:08 AM
The Carolina Panthers have met with Tennessee State OG Kadeem Edwards.Link to story
Dolphins | Have met with Kadeem Edwards Mon Apr 14, 09:07 AM
The Miami Dolphins have met with Tennessee State OG Kadeem Edwards.Link to story
Colts | Have met with Kadeem Edwards Mon Apr 14, 09:07 AM
The Indianapolis Colts have met with Tennessee State OG Kadeem Edwards.Link to story
Rams | Could choose between three Mon Apr 14, 08:53 AM
The St. Louis Rams could choose between South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Auburn OT Greg Robinson with the second pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Rams could use any of those players. Adding Clowney would be ridiculous as their pass-rush is already top notch with Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Watkins would be their best wide receiver if added. Robinson would give them insurance in case left tackle Jake Long gets banged up (again). He's also a better starting right tackle prospect than Joe Barksdale.|
Browns | Interest in two players for draft Mon Apr 14, 01:57 AM
The two players that most interest the Cleveland Browns at the fourth pick are Clemson WR Sammy Watkins and Auburn OT Greg Robinson, and the team could trade down if neither is available.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are sitting at fourth overall in the draft. One, if not both, should be available at that time. Robinson would give them incredible bookend tackles as he'd play on the right side opposite Joe Thomas. Watkins would give them another fantastic weapon in the passing game. He could step in and start opposite Josh Gordon.|
Patriots | Duron Harmon favored at strong safety Mon Apr 14, 01:55 AM
New England Patriots SS Duron Harmon is the leading candidate to take over as the Patriots' top strong safety now that Steve Gregory has been released.Link to story
Steve Gregory player page
Chiefs | Interest in Teddy Bridgewater Mon Apr 14, 01:51 AM
Draft stock for Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater appears to be falling based on recent workouts, so the Kansas City Chiefs may take a flier on Bridgewater if he is available with the 23rd overall selection. The Chiefs do not have a second-round pick and it is believed Bridgewater would be insurance for QB Alex Smith.
|Footballguys view: We've seen Bridgewater's draft stock fall since his average pro day performance. Some feel he could fall to the 20s in the first round--and perhaps even further. Bridgewater is an incredible quarterback who would be a great fit for the Chiefs. They haven't won a game with a quarterback they drafted since 1987 (Todd Blackledge). The Chiefs need to find a young prospect to groom as a future starter.|
Alex Smith player page
Colts | Offensive line still in flux Mon Apr 14, 01:45 AM
The Indianapolis Colts offensive line is still in flux, with several players battling for key spots. OG Donald Thomas (knee), returning from a torn ACL, is expected to man one guard spot, while OGs Lance Louis and Hugh Thornton will battle for the other guard position. The most intriguing position may be center, where the team seems to want C Khaled Holmes to beat out recent addition Phil Costa for the starting role.Link to story
Jaguars | Interested in more draft picks Mon Apr 14, 01:40 AM
The Jaguars have 11 total picks in the 2014 NFL draft, including the third overall selection, but general manager Dave Caldwell has indicated he wants to add more via trades.
|Footballguys view: If the Rams don't move down from number two overall, then that third pick could draw some interest. We'll see how the Jaguars structure their draft plan if they go ahead and move down. They're likely to target a quarterback in the first or second round of the draft.|
Jaguars | Interest in Jake Matthews Mon Apr 14, 01:37 AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly have interest in Texas A&M LT Jake Matthews, which has met with resistance from Jaguar fans who want the team to take Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with the pick.
|Footballguys view: Matthews would be a fine addition for the team. They would then have Aggies bookends as they selected OT Luke Joeckel last year in the first round.|
Eagles | Made trade offer for Dion Jordan Mon Apr 14, 12:00 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly offered a second-round draft pick and LB Brandon Graham to the Miami Dolphins for LB Dion Jordan, but were rebuffed, a league source said.
|Footballguys view: Graham is not a fit for the team's 3-4 defense. If they can't trade him, the team may just release Graham. He's in the final year of his contract, and Graham has a $3.3 million cap number. There's actually more in dead money left on his deal ($3.4 million) than he'll draw in annual salary this year.|
Brandon Graham player page
Dion Jordan player page
Dolphins | Rejected deal for Dion Jordan Sun Apr 13, 11:59 PM
The Miami Dolphins reportedly rejected a trade offer from the Philadelphia Eagles for LB Dion Jordan, according to a league source. The Eagles offered a second-round draft pick and LB Brandon Graham.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins could hold out for the Eagles first-round pick. We don't think they would surrender that even though Jordan is highly thought of by Chip Kelly. Jordan played for Kelly during his time in college at Oregon.|
Brandon Graham player page
Dion Jordan player page
Dolphins | Seantrel Henderson works out Sun Apr 13, 11:58 PM
University of Miami OT Seantrel Henderson worked out for the Miami Dolphins Friday, April 11, and his agent said his client had 'an amazing workout.' He also had a private meeting with head coach Joe Philbin after the workout.Link to story
Dolphins | Phillip Gaines to visit Sun Apr 13, 11:57 PM
Rice CB Phillip Gaines is booked to visit the facilities this week to meet with team officials, according to a source. The team also visited with Gaines this past week.Link to story
Dolphins | Will host Donte Moncrief Sun Apr 13, 11:57 PM
The Miami Dolphins have scheduled a visit with Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief to meet with team officials this week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Moncrief is a big-bodied wide receiver with good speed downfield. He's quick in and out of his breaks, and Moncrief can regularly adjust to poorly thrown passes. The Dolphins are looking for a young receiver to groom behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline.|
49ers | Aldon Smith released from jail Sun Apr 13, 11:40 PM
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was released from a Los Angeles jail Sunday, April 13, after posting $20,000 bail, shortly after being charged with making a false bomb threat earlier in the day at Los Angeles International Airport. A LAPD spokesman said although it was observed Smith may have been drinking prior to the incident, it was not a factor to his arrest.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
49ers | Aldon Smith arrested at LAX Sun Apr 13, 09:13 PM
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday, April 13, at Los Angeles International Airport after he made a threat that he possessed a bomb, airport police said. Smith reacted in a belligerent manner to a second security screening when he was in a security line. After making the bomb threat, he proceeded to the gate and airport police were summoned. He was detained and subsequently arrested. 'We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment,' general manager Trent Baalke said.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
49ers | Aldon Smith detained Sun Apr 13, 06:44 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was reportedly detained by police at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend. A man, believed to be Smith, was belligerent in the security line and said something about having a bomb.
|Footballguys view: 49ers GM Trent Baalke released this statement: "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment." We'll wait to see what facts come out before commenting about any potential impact on Smith or the team.|
Aldon Smith player page
Giants | Concerned Eli Manning is declining Sun Apr 13, 06:30 PM
The New York Giants are concerned QB Eli Manning is entering the decline stage of his career. The team opted not to extend his deal, which runs through 2015, even though it would grant them salary-cap relief.
|Footballguys view: The offense grew stale under former OC Kevin Gilbride. We'll see if Manning can turn things around in 2014 under new OC Ben McAdoo. The Giants should be looking to add a quality move tight end in order to help Manning and the passing game out.|
Eli Manning player page
Dolphins | Have talked to Jermichael Finley Sun Apr 13, 06:25 PM
The Miami Dolphins have talked to free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers).
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. The Dolphins could use some help at the tight end position, and Finley has experience working with head coach Joe Philbin when they were both with the Packers. Finley is going to get X-Rays and an MRI on his neck in the upcoming week. When he's cleared medically, there should be a few teams interested in his services. Because of his durability concerns, Finley may have to accept a one-year, incentive-laden deal.|
Jermichael Finley player page
Patriots | Visit with Jimmy Staten Sun Apr 13, 10:15 AM
The New England Patriots met with Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten.Link to story
Chargers | Visit with Jimmy Staten Sun Apr 13, 10:15 AM
The San Diego Chargers visited with Middle Tennessee State DT Jimmy Staten.Link to story
Ravens | Will meet with Kyle Van Noy Sun Apr 13, 10:06 AM
The Baltimore Ravens will meet with BYU LB Kyle Van Noy.
|Footballguys view: Adding Van Noy in the first round would make a lot of sense for the Ravens. He's a high-motor player with football intelligence. Van Noy can diagnose plays quickly as they unfold in front of him. When asked, Van Noy can also effectively drop and cover in the open field.|
Panthers | No decision on Charles Godfrey Sat Apr 12, 11:29 PM
The Carolina Panthers want to see how FS Charles Godfrey (Achilles') does in his recovery from an Achilles' tendon injury before deciding on his future with the team.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers don't even have $500,000 in cap space at this time. They need to clear up some room just to sign the rookies they will draft. Godfrey could remain with the team but likely will not return with his $7.1 million salary cap figure for the 2014 season.|
Charles Godfrey player page
Packers | Micah Hyde willing to play safety Sat Apr 12, 10:58 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Micah Hyde said he has not been told what his role will be in the defense this upcoming season but will be willing to play safety if asked.Link to story
NFL | Darqueze Dennard will not attend draft Sat Apr 12, 10:47 PM
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard said he has declined an invitation to attend the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Dennard's draft stock has fallen a bit, but he could still be a late first-round pick. Other cornerbacks like Bradley Roby (Ohio State) are possibly jumping ahead of Dennard in the draft because they are faster. He can effectively re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage, and Dennard is an instinctive player who is always around the ball.|
Lions | Worked out Darqueze Dennard Sat Apr 12, 10:46 PM
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard said he had a private workout with the Detroit Lions last month and that the workout went well. Defensive coordinator Teyrl Austin was part of the workout.
|Footballguys view: Dennard's draft stock may be falling just a bit, but the Michigan State prospect could be an option for the Lions in the first round at 10th overall. He's an instinctive player who puts up a fight at the point of the catch. Dennard is not one of the faster corners in this draft, and that may be hurting his draft stock.|
Dolphins | Were going to meet with Brandon Thomas Sat Apr 12, 09:58 PM
The Miami Dolphins were scheduled to meet with Clemson OG Brandon Thomas (knee) leading up the 2014 NFL Draft but that was before he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
Dolphins | Damian Williams could be returner Sat Apr 12, 09:58 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Damian Williams said the team talked to him about the possibility of being a return man for them. Williams likely would be behind RB Marcus Thigpen in the competition if he becomes a candidate.Link to story
Marcus Thigpen player page
Damian Williams player page
Packers | Johnny Jolly could return Sat Apr 12, 09:08 PM
The Green Bay Packers could consider re-signing DT Johnny Jolly (neck) depending on how he is doing in his recovery from neck surgery.Link to story
Johnny Jolly player page
Dolphins | Unlikely to add Chris Johnson Sat Apr 12, 08:52 PM
The Miami Dolphins likely will not sign free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) because they added RB Knowshon Moreno earlier in the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is going to have to wait for an opportunity. The Dolphins may draft a back to add to the mix, but the price tag for Johnson is likely too rich.|
Chris Johnson player page
Cowboys | Anthony Spencer could return Sat Apr 12, 08:52 PM
The Dallas Cowboys could consider re-signing free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (knee) to a short-term contract if they are comfortable with his recovery.Link to story
Anthony Spencer player page
Cowboys | Could have interest in Dominique Easley Sat Apr 12, 08:44 PM
The Dallas Cowboys probably would have interest in Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) if they are comfortable with the recovery from his torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
Steelers | Fernando Velasco could return Sat Apr 12, 08:19 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers may consider re-signing free-agent C Fernando Velasco this offseason.Link to story
Steelers | No talks with Maurkice Pouncey yet Sat Apr 12, 08:15 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not started contract extension talks with C Maurkice Pouncey at this point. Pouncey will be entering the final year of his contract.Link to story
Browns | Alex Mack says there is no bad blood Sat Apr 12, 08:06 PM
Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack said there is no bad blood between him and the team after the team placed the transition tag on him, and he signed an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars. 'It's been a long, hard road, but I'm here and I'm happy,' Mack said. 'I'm excited. I'm fired up. There's no bad blood. Now that it's done, I'm happy.' Mack said he will report for the offseason workouts Monday, April 14.Link to story
CFL | Chad Johnson to work out for Montreal Sat Apr 12, 08:05 PM
Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said the team has been talking with free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) about a contract and will work him out Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Johnson can latch on in Canada. There are several former NFL players that find their way up north at the end of their career.|
Chad Johnson player page
Vikings | Adrian Peterson could see more pass plays Sat Apr 12, 06:16 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be used more in passing plays this season with the departure of RB Toby Gerhart.
|Footballguys view: More Peterson is nothing but a good thing. We'll see Peterson as the top draft pick in most fantasy drafts in 2014.|
Adrian Peterson player page
49ers | Aaron Colvin to visit Sat Apr 12, 05:19 PM
Oklahoma University CB Aaron Colvin (knee) will visit the San Francisco 49ers. Colvin is rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in January during a Senior Bowl practice.Link to story
Giants | Mike Evans could be option if available Sat Apr 12, 12:12 PM
The New York Giants could consider selecting Texas A&M WR Mike Evans if he is available when they pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Giants lost Hakeem Nicks (Colts) in free agency, so they need help at the position. Evans is a big and fast with the ability to rip away passes from smaller defenders. He reminds some in the scouting community of Jimmy Graham (Saints) because of his ability to create mismatches all over the field. The Giants have the 12th overall pick in the draft, and Evans may not be on the board at that time.|
Ravens | Charges against Deonte Thompson dropped Sat Apr 12, 11:42 AM
The drug charges against Baltimore Ravens WR Deonte Thompson have been dropped because of insufficient evidence. Thompson was arrested in February for suspicion of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.Link to story
Deonte Thompson player page
Texans | Meet with Logan Thomas Sat Apr 12, 11:16 AM
The Houston Texans have met with or worked out Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is a mid- or late-round quarterback with a raw skill set. He's big, has a strong arm and he can keep plays alive with his feet. Thomas is not accurate and needs to work on his decision making from the pocket. The upside has always been there with Thomas, but he didn't really develop as a collegian and he didn't play up to his potential. The Texans may do what Washington did in 2012. They could take a QB at the top of the draft, then another QB later in the draft.|
Bengals | Meet with Logan Thomas Sat Apr 12, 11:15 AM
The Cincinnati Bengals have met with or worked out Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is a mid- or late-round quarterback with a raw skill set. He's big, has a strong arm and he can keep plays alive with his feet. Thomas is not accurate and needs to work on his decision making from the pocket. The upside has always been there with Thomas, but he didn't really develop as a collegian and he didn't play up to his potential. The Bengals already have four quarterbacks on the roster (Andy Dalton, Jason Campbell, Josh Johnson, Zac Robinson) but could add another one to the mix.|
Patriots | Interested in Logan Thomas Sat Apr 12, 11:13 AM
The New England Patriots have met with or worked out Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is a mid- or late-round quarterback with a raw skill set. He's big, has a strong arm and he can keep plays alive with his feet. Thomas is not accurate and needs to work on his decision making from the pocket. The upside has always been there with Thomas, but he didn't really develop as a collegian and he didn't play up to his potential. The Patriots need a quarterback to develop, especially if they lose Ryan Mallett after this season.|