Fantasy Football News & Views
Falcons | Julio Jones taking it slow (Thu Jul 31, 10:59 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Doctor hesitant to clear David Wilson (Thu Jul 31, 01:10 PM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Austin Seferian-Jenkins learning quickly (Thu Jul 31, 08:38 AM) [jump to this story]
Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater closing gap (Thu Jul 31, 01:43 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Josh Gordon's suspension all or nothing (Wed Jul 30, 11:40 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Ivory likely to be goal line back (Tue Jul 29, 09:45 AM) [jump to this story]
Texans | Two activated Thu Jul 31, 05:49 PM
Houston Texans RB Jonathan Grimes (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been activated from the Non-Football Injury list and Physically Unable to Perform list, respectively.Link to story
Jonathan Grimes player page
Trevardo Williams player page
Steelers | Eric Waters hurt Thu Jul 31, 05:43 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Eric Waters (back) injured his lower back Thursday, July 31, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.Link to story
Rams | Ethan Westbrooks removed from NFI Thu Jul 31, 05:39 PM
St. Louis Rams DT Ethan Westbrooks (undisclosed) passed his physical and was removed from the Non-Football Injury list Thursday, July 31.Link to story
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch arrives in Seattle Thu Jul 31, 05:21 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch arrived in Seattle Thursday, July 31, according to a source. Lynch officially ended his holdout from training camp.
|Footballguys view: While he didn't get the money he wanted, it's best for him to be back in camp and getting ready for a run at a second Super Bowl. He's considered on of our top running backs in fantasy, a top end RB1 and looks poised to have a strong season especially with a chip on his shoulder.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
Lions | Sign Kris Redding Thu Jul 31, 05:19 PM
The Detroit Lions signed undrafted free-agent DE Kris Redding (Wake Forest) Thursday, July 31. Per NFL rules, UDFA deals are three years in length. Financial details were undisclosed.
Dolphins | Sign Raymond Webber Thu Jul 31, 05:04 PM
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent TE Raymond Webber (Packers) Thursday, July 31, to an undisclosed deal.
Bears | Sign Graham Pocic Thu Jul 31, 05:01 PM
The Chicago Bears signed free-agent C Graham Pocic (Rams) Thursday, July 31, to an undisclosed deal.
NFL | James Gayle clears waivers Thu Jul 31, 04:56 PM
Free-agent LB James Gayle (Titans) cleared waivers Thursday, July 31, and is eligible to sign with any team.
NFL | Kalonji Kasham clears waivers Thu Jul 31, 04:53 PM
Free-agent DE Kalonji Kashama (Lions) cleared waivers Thursday, July 31, and is eligible to sign with any team.
Seahawks | Jared Smith waived Thu Jul 31, 04:50 PM
The Seattle Seahawks waived OG Jared Smith (undisclosed) from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Thursday, July 31.
Dolphins | Brett Brackett waived Thu Jul 31, 04:47 PM
The Miami Dolphins waived TE Brett Brackett Thursday, July 31.Brett Brackett player page
Lions | Cody Wilson waived/injured Thu Jul 31, 04:45 PM
Detroit Lions WR Cody Wilson (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, July 31.
Bears | Terrence Toliver waived Thu Jul 31, 04:42 PM
Chicago Bears WR Terrence Toliver (toe) was waived with an injury settlement Thursday, July 31.Terrence Toliver player page
Bills | Brandon Smith waived Thu Jul 31, 04:40 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Brandon E. Smith (leg) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Thursday, July 31.
Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey leaves practice Thu Jul 31, 04:34 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) reportedly left practice Thursday, July 31, with concussion symptoms.
|Footballguys view: DHB has long been an underwhelming receiver both fantasy and NFL-wise. Even healthy, there is no reason to have him on your fantasy roster.|
Darrius Heyward-Bey player page
Patriots | Matthew Slater practices Thu Jul 31, 04:30 PM
New England Patriots WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) practiced for the first time this offseason Thursday, July 31, after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Matt Slater player page
Chiefs | Steve Gregory signs Thu Jul 31, 04:23 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent SS Steve Gregory (Patriots) Thursday, July 31, to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
Steve Gregory player page
Falcons | Pat Angerer not practicing Thu Jul 31, 04:19 PM
Atlanta Falcons LB Pat Angerer (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday, July 31. Angerer left practice Wednesday, July 30, with an undisclosed injury.Link to story
Pat Angerer player page
Jets | Geno Smith protecting ball better Thu Jul 31, 04:09 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith has fixed his turnover problems so far this offseason, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
|Footballguys view: We'll see whether it holds under live fire next week when they actually play a game. The Jets need to have Smith on point and protecting the ball if they are to be successful and if Smith cannot do that, he will probably find the bench very quickly.|
Geno Smith player page
Steelers | Ramon Foster reports to camp Thu Jul 31, 03:57 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers OG Ramon Foster reported to training camp Wednesday, July 30, after missing the first four days because of a personal issue.Link to story
Donald Brown player page
Steelers | Rob Blanchflower out at least one week Thu Jul 31, 03:55 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Rob Blanchflower (ankle) is expected to miss at least one week because of a high ankle sprain.Link to story
Giants | Robert Ayers dealing with ankle issue Thu Jul 31, 03:49 PM
New York Giants DE Robert Ayers (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in practice Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: The Giants will be cautious with Ayers, but ultimately he is a role player. The team will need him, but more as a rotational player. He may not see any time in the game this coming weekend, but should return soon enough.|
Robert Ayers player page
Patriots | Ryan Wendell works at center Thu Jul 31, 03:43 PM
New England Patriots C Ryan Wendell worked at center with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 31, because C Bryan Stork (leg) did not participate in practice.Link to story
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell taking part in practice Thu Jul 31, 03:43 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is participating in practice Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers and Bell's owners have to be happy as the second-year running back is poised for very good season. We have Bell tagged as a low-end RB1, solid RB2 coming into the 2014 NFL season.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Giants | Bennett Jackson to undergo further tests Thu Jul 31, 03:41 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants CB Bennett Jackson (ankle) has been sent for X-rays on his ankle. The team is hoping the injury is just a sprain.Link to story
Giants | Will Beatty exits early Thu Jul 31, 03:36 PM
New York Giants OT William Beatty (undisclosed) left practice early Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Beatty's injury was a hand injury according to our own Andrew Garda who was in camp. Right now the team isn't massively concerned and has to be happy it wasn't a repeat of the injury which plagued him last year. The line is slowly coming together, and should be in sync when the new offense launches in Week 1.|
Chiefs | Eric Berry expected to be fine Thu Jul 31, 03:33 PM
Updating previous reports, Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is expected to be fine and left practice early for precautionary reasons.
|Footballguys view: That rush of wind past your ear was all of Kansas City exhaling at once. Berry is integral to the success of this defense, so this is great news for the team and its fans.|
Eric Berry player page
Giants | Mike Patterson dealing with sore shoulder Thu Jul 31, 03:28 PM
New York Giants DT Mike Patterson (shoulder) is dealing with a sore shoulder, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.Link to story
Mike Patterson player page
Jets | Stephen Hill performing well Thu Jul 31, 03:27 PM
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been outstanding so far during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.Link to story
Stephen Hill player page
Patriots | Two players return to practice Thu Jul 31, 03:23 PM
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce (leg) and LB Chris White (undisclosed) participated in practice Thursday, July 31. Both players sat out practice Wednesday, July 30.Link to story
Chris White player page
Josh Boyce player page
Patriots | Matthew Slater activated Thu Jul 31, 03:23 PM
The New England Patriots have activated WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.Link to story
Matt Slater player page
Falcons | Peria Jerry retires Thu Jul 31, 03:21 PM
Atlanta Falcons DT Peria Jerry announced his retirement Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: A fairly big bust given his first round status and struggles since.|
Peria Jerry player page
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch will not receive a new deal Thu Jul 31, 03:16 PM
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will not receive a new deal and added money, but the team is expected to add some financial concessions to his contract.
|Footballguys view: As we suspected, Lynch isn't getting new money. It's hard to imagine that any 'financial considerations' will make up for it though, as there is little chance the team breaks the bank for a 30-year-old running back, which Lynch will become while he is a free agent in 2016. Maybe they will fill his locker with Skittles.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
Dolphins | Matt Hazel not able to finish practice Thu Jul 31, 03:10 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Matt Hazel (undisclosed) was not able to finish practice Thursday, July 31, because of an undisclosed injury.Link to story
Dolphins | Damian Williams misses practice Thu Jul 31, 03:09 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Damian Williams (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 31.Link to story
Damian Williams player page
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch planning to end holdout Thu Jul 31, 03:07 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is planning to end his holdout and report to the team in the next 24 hours.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the team and Lynch owners. Not as good for Lynch who reportedly didn't get the money he wanted. We don't think that will impact his play and, in fact, might fire him up even more. He's still an RB1 in any league.|
Marshawn Lynch player page
Buccaneers | Rashaan Melvin sits Thu Jul 31, 03:01 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Rashaan Melvin (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.Link to story
Bengals | Vontaze Burfict contract talks hit an impasse Thu Jul 31, 02:54 PM
Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict appears to have hit an impasse with the team in talks about a contract extension.
|Footballguys view: They want the deal done but we know the Bengals can be cheap, so this may not happen. Even if they had to tender him after this season, it could still be cheap as they got Burfict for pennies when he went undrafted as a rookie. If he has a big season though, it could cost them long term.|
Vontaze Burfict player page
Buccaneers | Mike Jenkins not practicing Thu Jul 31, 02:45 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Mike Jenkins (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.Link to story
Mike Jenkins player page
Buccaneers | Alterraun Verner not practicing Thu Jul 31, 02:39 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: A high-priced and key acquisition, the Bucs will play it safe with Verner as they need him for the season more than the preseason. They'll make sure the hammy is right before they send him out to practice again.|
Alterraun Verner player page
Cowboys | Ronald Leary activated from PUP list Thu Jul 31, 02:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (hamstring) was activated from the team's Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 31.Link to story
Giants | Corey Washington injured in practice Thu Jul 31, 02:22 PM
New York Giants WR Corey Washington (undisclosed) was getting look by trainers during practice Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: A fringe player at best, any injury is tough on a player like this. We'll monitor and see if he gets in some practice tomorrow or into the game. It is unlikely Washington makes the roster with so many good players, and even if he does, he won't have fantasy relevance.|
Giants | Bennett Jackson suffers leg injury Thu Jul 31, 02:17 PM
New York Giants CB Bennett Jackson (leg) suffered a left leg injury during practice Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Coach Tom Coughlin told the media the injury was to Bennett's ankle. They'll check it out and he may miss this weekend's game but it didn't look serious.|
Chargers | Brandon Flowers sits Thu Jul 31, 01:58 PM
San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 31. It was likely a veteran day off.
|Footballguys view: Flowers will be fine and as the report suggests, should be getting a veteran day off. So this is no worry. He'll be in the lineup soon enough and should bounce back from a poor 2013 season in a scheme which will be a much better fit.|
Brandon Flowers player page
Seahawks | Sign Ronald Johnson Thu Jul 31, 01:43 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed WR Ronald Johnson (Eagles) Thursday, July 31. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Ron Johnson is still trying to make it in the league. He's a longshot to make the final roster, but the Seahawks have been willing to give guys second and third chances under Pete Carroll. Johnson's college coach was Carroll, and he's trying to get his pro career back on track after missing most of the last two years.|
Seahawks | Anthony McCoy placed on IR Thu Jul 31, 01:38 PM
Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Thursday, July 31.
|Footballguys view: Two years and two season ending injuries will probably spell the end of McCoy's career. Targets will now be split between Zach Miller and Luke Wilson, neither of which are better than a TE3.|
Anthony McCoy player page
Panthers | Frank Alexander will not appeal Thu Jul 31, 01:34 PM
Carolina Panthers DE Frank Alexander said he will not appeal his four-game suspension, because he was guilty of violating the NFL's policy.Link to story
Frank Alexander player page
Jets | Calvin Pryor cleared for physical activity Thu Jul 31, 01:27 PM
New York Jets SS Calvin Pryor (concussion) has been cleared for physical activity after suffering a concussion. Pryor has not been cleared for contact.
|Footballguys view: The Jets will be careful with the talented rookie here. They'll continue to follow NFL protocol as Pryor returns from this concussion. He's a hard-hitter who plays with little regard for his body or personal safety. Keep an eye on Pryor to make sure he avoids having concussion problems in his first year as a pro.|
Jaguars | Chad Henne not in danger Thu Jul 31, 01:24 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne is in no danger of losing his starting job at this point, according to head coach Gus Bradley. Henne has looked comfortable during practice and is performing well.
|Footballguys view: Henne is a seasoned veteran, and the team is turning to him as the starter this year. If Henne struggles, there's a chance that Bortles could replace him later in the season.|
Chad Henne player page
Jaguars | OC happy with Blake Bortles Thu Jul 31, 01:24 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked on his development and has progressed faster than originally anticipated, according to offensive coordinator Judd Fisch. 'I think that one of the things you always worry about is how does a guy handle something that he's never done before. He's had OTAs and minicamp and then now he's got four weeks to figure out what is he going to do. I thought he really prepared so he came back ahead of where I thought he was going to be,' Fisch said.
|Footballguys view: Bortles can run the plays as designed. He's a facilitator more than he is a playmaker, but that's not something to hold against him. Bortles should sit this year behind Chad Henne, but he is the QB of the future for the Jaguars.|
Blake Bortles player page