Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | Sam Bradford has no restrictions (Sun Aug 2, 11:50 AM) [jump to this story]
Chargers | Melvin Gordon struggling with protection (Sat Aug 1, 02:08 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Colin Kaepernick improving throws (Sat Aug 1, 01:51 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Latavius Murray ready to prove himself (Fri Jul 31, 10:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Joseph Randle top choice for RB job (Fri Jul 31, 08:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Tony Romo sitting out Friday Fri Jul 31, 07:21 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (eye) is not participating in practice Friday, July 31, because of an eye injury.Link to story
Tony Romo player page
Seahawks | Paul Richardson placed on PUP list Fri Jul 31, 07:13 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: We love Richardson's natural ability, but he may never be the same after this knee injury. Richardson injured his knee twice in college at Colorado. He may lose explosiveness after his recovery, and that's a big part of his game.|
Raiders | Trindon Holliday placed on PUP list Fri Jul 31, 07:13 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Trindon Holliday (undisclosed) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31.Trindon Holliday player page
Buccaneers | Louis Murphy placed on NFI list Fri Jul 31, 06:53 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Louis Murphy (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31.Louis Murphy player page
Raiders | Rod Streater placed on NFI list Fri Jul 31, 06:41 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31.Rod Streater player page
Raiders | Trent Richardson placed on NFI list Fri Jul 31, 06:37 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Richardson probably failed a conditioning test. He's squarely on the roster bubble, and he's also easily behind Latavius Murray and Roy Helu on the depth chart.|
Seahawks | Kam Chancellor does not report Fri Jul 31, 06:35 PM
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor was placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list Friday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Well, it seems to be an official holdout now for Chancellor. The veteran safety may want a bump in pay, but he's facing $30,000 per day fine for missing camp.|
Titans | Tebucky Jones signed Fri Jul 31, 06:35 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Tebucky Jones (Fordham) signed with the Tennessee Titans Friday, July 31. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Chiefs | LaVance Taylor signed Fri Jul 31, 06:31 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB LaVance Taylor (Central Missouri) signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, July 31. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Giants | Ben Edwards waived/injured Fri Jul 31, 06:26 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was waived/injured Friday, July 31.
Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul not allowed to use hand Fri Jul 31, 06:04 PM
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is not allowed to use his injured hand while it is healing from the fireworks accident he had earlier this month. Pierre-Paul is able to do some workouts but is not allowed to lift any weights because of his hand.
|Footballguys view: The future is cloudy for Pierre-Paul. Nobody knows exactly when he's going to return to the field.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer not limited Fri Jul 31, 06:00 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) has been cleared to participate in practice and will not be limited during training camp or preseason games.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Cardinals here. The team fell apart when Palmer went down with injury last year. They're a playoff team, but not without Palmer on the field.|
Carson Palmer player page
Saints | Orson Charles suspended Fri Jul 31, 05:59 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Orson Charles has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
|Footballguys view: Charles isn't going to be much of a fantasy factor this year even when he comes back from suspension.|
Orson Charles player page
Bills | Dan Carpenter has hamstring injury Fri Jul 31, 05:01 PM
Buffalo Bills PK Dan Carpenter (hamstring) is not participating in practice because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Rex Ryan said the injury is not serious.Link to story
Dan Carpenter player page
Ravens | Lardarius Webb activated Fri Jul 31, 04:47 PM
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31, after he was able to pass his conditioning test. Webb participated in practice Friday.Link to story
Lardarius Webb player page
Ravens | Maxx Williams performs well Friday Fri Jul 31, 04:46 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Maxx Williams ran sharp routes and showed strong hands during practice Friday, July 31. He was also targeted often in short yardage situations during team drills.
|Footballguys view: Rookie tight ends take some time to make an impact in the NFL. We love Williams' upside as a player, and his skill set is reminiscent of a young Jason Witten. This season, Williams will work to prove himself but we'll likely see Crockett Gillmore as the team's starter to begin the year.|
Maxx Williams player page
Seahawks | Robert Turbin returns to field Fri Jul 31, 04:11 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin (hip) participated in practice Friday, July 31. Turbin did not participate in offseason workouts, because he was recovering from hip surgery.
|Footballguys view: Turbin is trying to make the roster in a crowded backfield. He's trying to win the primary backup job over guys like Christine Michael and Thomas Rawls.|
Robert Turbin player page
Jets | Devin Smith leaves practice Fri Jul 31, 04:02 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith (head, neck) left practice early Friday, July 31, after suffering a possible head or neck injury.
|Footballguys view: Smith is a speedy rookie who can take the top off the defense. He comes into the NFL with a history of getting banged up, and this latest injury isn't going to help his rise up the depth chart.|
Devin Smith player page
Titans | Hakeem Nicks sees time with starters Fri Jul 31, 03:47 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks received a bulk of the work opposite WR Kendall Wright with the first-team offense during practice Friday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Nicks struggled to impress last year with the Colts. He may be running with the first-team offense now, but we're not expecting him to be in that spot by the time the regular season rolls around. Watch for rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to end up in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Falcons | Tevin Coleman runs as RB2 Fri Jul 31, 03:43 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman ran as a backup to RB Devonta Freeman in training camp's opening practice Friday, July 31. Coleman vowed to win the job.
|Footballguys view: Coleman is a talented rookie worth monitoring in the preseason. He's super fast and is truly a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. Coleman is trying to prove himself as the better back in Atlanta. He's competing with second-year back Devonta Freeman for the starting job. Right now, Coleman is running second in that competition.|
Tevin Coleman player page
Titans | Marcus Mariota solid in first practice Fri Jul 31, 03:35 PM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 13-for-18 with zero interceptions during team drills at practice Friday, July 31. He was able to use a hard count to make the defense jump offside twice during drills.
|Footballguys view: The zero interceptions is huge for the rookie. He's almost starting from square one as he doesn't have much experience working from under center. Mariota was a star for Oregon in their spread system, but he's got to prove that he can be an effective passer while dropping back.|
Marcus Mariota player page
Falcons | Devonta Freeman opens as starter Fri Jul 31, 03:28 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman opened training camp Friday, July 31, with the first-team offense. Rookie RB Tevin Coleman said he plans to win the job.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons O-Line isn't the best, but we know that Kyle Shanahan can construct a quality ground game. Freeman changes direction better than Coleman, but he's not as fast and he doesn't protect the quarterback as well. We'll see if the rookie can push Freeman for the starting job. At the end of the day, the Falcons may just use a RBBC featuring both (and Antone Smith) in 2015.|
Devonta Freeman player page
Lions | No timetable for Joique Bell Fri Jul 31, 03:24 PM
Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (Achilles', knee) is making progress in his recovery from injuries, but there is still no timetable for his return, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.
|Footballguys view: With two injuries to recover from, there really can't be a timeline for Bell. In the meantime, rookie Ameer Abdullah is going to get a big chance to make a positive impression as the first-team back.|
Joique Bell player page
Packers | Jared Abbrederis has concussion Fri Jul 31, 03:15 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis (concussion) is dealing with a concussion and will have to pass the concussion tests before he is cleared to practice.
|Footballguys view: Not a good way for Abbrederis to start training camp. The Packers are going to be careful with him as he comes back from this concussion. Abbrederis missed his rookie year with a torn ACL. He's battling just to stay on the roster at this point.|
Jared Abbrederis player page
Browns | Isaiah Crowell works with first team Fri Jul 31, 03:14 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell was the first running back to work with the first-team offense during practice Friday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: So long as Crowell hangs onto the rock, he should win the starting job. He will split time with Duke Johnson as the team is likely to involve the rookie as a pass-catching back.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Packers | Casey Hayward injured foot Fri Jul 31, 02:46 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Casey Hayward (foot) said he underwent surgery following the 2014 season to have a screw placed into his foot to repair a stress fracture.Link to story
Casey Hayward player page
Cowboys | Greg Hardy injured Fri Jul 31, 02:42 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy (abdomen) suffered a minor rib strain during practice Thursday, July 30, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: It wouldn't be training camp without some bumps and bruises. Hardy was able to finish practice but may be limited as a precaution in future sessions.|
Greg Hardy player page
Cowboys | Morris Claiborne attends practice Fri Jul 31, 02:38 PM
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) attended practice Friday, July 31, but did not participate in team activities. He went through positional drills and appears to be healthy.Link to story
Morris Claiborne player page
Jaguars | Chris Clemons reports, put on NFI Fri Jul 31, 02:31 PM
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars DE Chris Clemons (undisclosed) reported to training camp one day late, Friday, July 31. He attended practice but did not participate in the morning session.
|Footballguys view: Clemons was placed on the non-football injury list, and there is no timetable for his return.|
Chris Clemons player page
Saints | Marques Colston comes off PUP Fri Jul 31, 01:42 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Friday, July 31, after three days.
|Footballguys view: That didn't take long. Colston is likely to get the "veteran treatment" during training camp. This means he'll get limited reps as the team wants to keep him healthy for the start of the regular season.|
Marques Colston player page
Redskins | Bashaud Breeland suspended Fri Jul 31, 12:49 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland was suspended for Week 1 of the 2015 season by the NFL, according to sources, for his recent marijuana citation.
|Footballguys view: Breeland is looking to be more consistent in year two. He's suspended for Week 1, but he'll be able to practice and compete for a starting spot in training camp. His main competition is veteran DeAngelo Hall.|
Bashaud Breeland player page
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston named starter Fri Jul 31, 12:26 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was officially named the starting quarterback Friday, July 31, by Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith.
|Footballguys view: Winston should hit the ground running with his aggressive mindset, top notch targets, and excellent functional pocket mobility/arm talent combination. Expect him to put up one of the most productive rookie QB seasons history, and certainly enough to be a matchup play and potential DFS bargain option.|
Jameis Winston player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas runs routes Fri Jul 31, 12:23 PM
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ran routes with teammate WR Emmanuel Sanders Friday, July 31, in practice. Thomas has been eased back into the mix after a contract dispute.Link to story
Demaryius Thomas player page
Redskins | Junior Galette joining roster Fri Jul 31, 12:07 PM
Updating previous reports, free-agent LB Junior Galette (Saints) will sign a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Washington lost Brian Orakpo in free agency, although injuries had kept Orakpo from having a huge impact lately. Galette is instantly the second-best edge rusher on the roster and should help the Washington pass defense. He signed a league minimum deal, which he can afford to after getting 20+ million guaranteed from the Saints last year.|
Junior Galette player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman sits out Fri Jul 31, 11:25 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is not practicing Friday, July 31, because of a minor knee injury.
|Footballguys view: All accounts say this is not significant and something that should only sideline for Perriman for days, not weeks. Still, if you are banking on him in redraft this year, you want the raw size/speed deep threat to get every rep he can this summer.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Bills | Mario Williams activated from NFI Fri Jul 31, 11:22 AM
Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams (undisclosed) was activated from the non-football injury list Friday, July 31.Link to story
Mario Williams player page
Bills | Matt Cassel takes first-team reps Fri Jul 31, 11:13 AM
Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel opened training camp Friday, July 31, as the first-team quarterback.
|Footballguys view: Cassel has as about as much of being the starter for the season opener against the Colts as he does of getting cut before the season begins. The team seems like they will reluctant to start any of the QBs on their roster for Week 1, which is not ideal.|
Matt Cassel player page
Dolphins | Jay Ajayi injured in practice Fri Jul 31, 11:04 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (shoulder) left practice Friday, July 31, with an apparent right shoulder injury.
|Footballguys view: Lamar Miller's stock took a small hit when Ajayi was drafted because he is better than any backup on the roster coming out of 2014. If Ajayi misses time and his development is slowed, that could be a reason to be more optimistic about Miller early in the season.|
Jay Ajayi player page
Packers | Two missing from camp Fri Jul 31, 10:42 AM
Green Bay Packers WR Ricky Collins (undisclosed) and RB John Crockett (ankle) are both on the Physically Unable to Perform list and have not passed their physicals yet. Neither player is in attendance for training camp as a result.Link to story
John Crockett player page
Packers | Rajion Neal missing camp Fri Jul 31, 10:39 AM
Green Bay Packers RB Rajion Neal (undisclosed) is not in attendance at training camp Friday, July 31. He has not passed his physical.Link to story
Rajion Neal player page
Packers | Andrew Quarless away from camp Fri Jul 31, 10:09 AM
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless was absent from training camp again Friday, July 31, while he tends to a family matter.
|Footballguys view: Richard Rodgers could have a chance to assert himself as the top tight end on the roster, but that is going to be a role that is no higher than 5th in the pecking order for Aaron Rodgers.|
Andrew Quarless player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson's contract extended Fri Jul 31, 09:52 AM
Updating an ongoing story, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $87.6 million. He'll receive $21 million in signing bonus money and $60 million guaranteed in total.
|Footballguys view: Now Wilson is signed through his age-31 season (2019). This contract is not as long-term as other quarterbacks get, but Wilson will be able to snare another big-money deal if he keeps playing well--or elevates his game.|
Russell Wilson player page
Patriots | Aaron Dobson in great shape Fri Jul 31, 09:48 AM
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson came into training camp in great shape, according to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Dobson 'put himself into good position,' Belichick said.
|Footballguys view: Things haven't worked out for Dobson in the pros. He was a second-round pick coming out of Marshall, and the Patriots thought he could be an impact player. Instead, Dobson has battled injuries and only has 40 receptions in two years. If Brandon LaFell is slow to recover from whatever lower leg ailment is keeping him on the PUP, Dobson could become more interesting to monitor.|
Aaron Dobson player page
Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill impressing Fri Jul 31, 09:34 AM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has looked sharp so far in training camp, according to Chris Perkins, of the Sun-Sentinel. Tannehill's accuracy has improved, which is an indication of enhanced footwork.
|Footballguys view: It's all on Tannehill this year. The team has made improvements on both sides of the ball, and now they're looking for their quarterback to take his game to the next level. Fantasy owners should be excited by Tannehill this season. Last year, Tannehill finished as the 9th-best fantasy quarterback. This year, he should put together another top-10 season. We like him as a low-end QB1, but if you can get him as a QB2 even better.|
Ryan Tannehill player page
Chargers | Antonio Gates talks suspension Fri Jul 31, 08:15 AM
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates spoke publicly Thursday, July 30, the first time since being suspended for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Gates said he was shocked to learn the news and that he didn't know how the substance entered his body. Gates said he tested positive for a substance that produced elevated testosterone levels. 'As you get older, you have to find a way to take care of yourself in terms of recovery,' Gates said. 'Unfortunately, certain things that you take in light of trying to do the right thing, in trying to make sure that when you're done playing that you can walk, talk and enjoy your family, is just not NFL approved.'
|Footballguys view: While Gates is out, the Chargers are going to turn to Ladarius Green. Gates will miss the first four games of the 2015 season. Green has great speed and can stretch the seam of a defense. If he excels, then perhaps Gates will return to the field as a backup. The team has already publicly discussed given Gates more of a part-time role.|
Antonio Gates player page
Cowboys | Deal won't change Dez Bryant Thu Jul 30, 11:46 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said his new contract won't change the way he approaches the game. 'It's no pressure, man,' Bryant said Thursday, July 30. 'It's no pressure. That deal don't make me. It don't make me. I play this game because I love this game.'
|Footballguys view: Money changes some players. We'll see if Bryant can stay out of trouble and avoid the pitfalls that sometimes come with large contracts.|
Dez Bryant player page
Bears | Martellus Bennett confident Thu Jul 30, 10:54 PM
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett said he isn't worried about his production declining because of the time he missed while protesting his contract. 'Some terminology and still learning some things like that, but overall ... I don't think anyone has the offense down,' Bennett said Thursday, July 30. 'I may be a leg behind, but I'm a pretty quick learner.'
|Footballguys view: Bennett is nothing but confident. He's going to be a TE1 for fantasy owners, especially in an Adam Gase offense.|
Eagles | Sam Bradford moving well Thu Jul 30, 10:44 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has been working with WR Nelson Agholor, and Agholor said that Bradford has been 'moving great' and 'looking healthy.'
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Bradford can stay healthy this year after knee injuries plagued him during his time with the Rams. Bradford is accurate on short and intermediate routes, so he could be a nice fit for the Chip Kelly offense. If healthy, Bradford could perform like a QB1 for fantasy owners--and you can draft him like a low-end QB2.|
Sam Bradford player page
Nelson Agholor player page
Jets | Geno Smith avoids mistakes Thu Jul 30, 10:32 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith worked with the first-team offense and completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts with no interceptions Thursday, July 30.
|Footballguys view: We believe in the Chan Gailey system. It will be interesting to see how Smith looks in training camp and the preseason this year. Fantasy owners should look at Smith like a QB3 who might be a nice waiver-wire addition if he starts playing better.|
Geno Smith player page
Jets | Jace Amaro quiet in drills Thu Jul 30, 10:25 PM
New York Jets TE Jace Amaro had no reception in team drills Thursday, July 30.
|Footballguys view: Amaro is quite the athlete, and his skill set should be a nice fit in the Chan Gailey offense. He's a wait-and-see tight end for fantasy owners to consider.|
Jace Amaro player page