Fantasy Football News & Views
Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot (Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Blake Bortles to visit (Fri Apr 18, 01:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater (Fri Apr 18, 01:20 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Contract talks with Colin Kaepernick stop for now (Thu Apr 17, 11:42 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | No extension talks with A.J. Green (Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries (Thu Apr 17, 08:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Darren McFadden expected to be top RB Sun Apr 20, 08:57 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the starting running back this upcoming season if he is able to stay healthy.
|Footballguys view: Maurice Jones-Drew was added in free agency to work in the team's RBBC. There's going to be a split (maybe 50/50) of carries, no matter who wins the starting job.|
Darren McFadden player page
Patriots | Expected to pick up Nate Solder's option Sun Apr 20, 08:49 PM
The New England Patriots are expected to pick up the fifth-year option in OT Nate Solder's contract before the May 3 deadline.
|Footballguys view: Solder has done a good job protecting Tom Brady's blindside. He'll be locked into that spot for the foreseeable future.|
Patriots | Tom Brady expected to be at workouts Sun Apr 20, 08:48 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.Link to story
Tom Brady player page
Browns | Could pursue Kirk Cousins Sun Apr 20, 08:41 PM
The Cleveland Browns could consider pursuing a trade for Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins since they have 10 draft picks.
|Footballguys view: Cousins knows Kyle Shanahan's system because they worked together for two years in Washington. We could see the Browns pass on a quarterback early in the draft if they're able to add Cousins to the mix. If added, he'll compete for the starting job with Brian Hoyer.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Browns | Greg Robinson could be option Sun Apr 20, 08:34 PM
The Cleveland Browns could consider selecting Auburn OT Greg Robinson in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if he is available.Link to story
Dolphins | Will add some TEs Sun Apr 20, 08:30 PM
The Miami Dolphins likely will add at least two more tight ends this offseason that will compete with TE Michael Egnew for a roster spot.Link to story
Michael Egnew player page
Dolphins | Talked with Tanner Price Sun Apr 20, 08:30 PM
The Miami Dolphins recently talked with Wake Forest QB Tanner Price.Link to story
Dolphins | Looked to talk with Zach Mettenberger Sun Apr 20, 08:17 PM
The Miami Dolphins requested a private interview with Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger after his Pro Day.Link to story
Jets | Will meet with Darqueze Dennard Sun Apr 20, 08:15 PM
The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard Friday, April 25.Link to story
Jets | Jason Verrett to visit Sun Apr 20, 08:14 PM
The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Texas Christian CB Jason Verrett Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Verrett is a small but feisty corner with the speed to play on the outside at corner. He's also got the ability to play inside against slot receivers. Verrett has drawn comparisons to Alterraun Verner (Buccaneers).|
Rams | Interested in Connor Shaw Sun Apr 20, 06:29 PM
The St. Louis Rams have spent a lot of time with South Carolina QB Connor Shaw.
|Footballguys view: Shaw is a dual-threat quarterback who has drawn comparisons to a smaller version of Tim Tebow. He's a tough player who showed enough arm strength to make all the throws required in the NFL. Shaw's accuracy and mechanics suffer incredibly when he's asked to move out of the pocket.|
Rams | Tom Savage visits Sun Apr 20, 06:29 PM
The St. Louis Rams have visited with Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage.
|Footballguys view: Savage is a big pocket passer with a strong arm. His draft stock has been soaring in recent weeks, and there are some who feel he could be a late first- or early second-round pick. Savage has a strong arm but his accuracy needs a lot of work. He couldn't hang onto the starting job at Rutgers, transferred to Arizona, then finally found a gig at PITT. Savage is not athletic and his shaky accuracy really suffers when he's asked to throw on the move.|
Jets | Jarvis Landry to visit team Sun Apr 20, 03:40 PM
Louisiana State WR Jarvis Landry will visit the New York Jets Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Landry is a talented receiver who can make difficult catches in traffic. He doesn't get much separation in his routes, but Landry has good concentration. Landry's game is reminiscent of Eric Decker, the veteran free agent who came over from the Broncos earlier this year. He should be a second-round pick.|
Jets | Odell Beckham to visit team Sun Apr 20, 03:34 PM
Updating a previous report, Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham will visit the New York Jets Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.
|Footballguys view: Beckham is likely to go off the board in the first round. Many consider him the third-best receiver available in the draft behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. He's incredibly athletic, has insane body control and Beckham as the speed to be a threat after the catch. Even though the Jets added Eric Decker in free agency, they are still looking for a true number one wide receiver.|
Jets | Marqise Lee to visit team Sun Apr 20, 03:31 PM
Southern California WR Marqise Lee will visit the New York Jets Sunday, April 20, and Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Lee is a good route runner who does a good job of quickly making his break at the top of the route. He body catches too many passes which leads to bobbled catches, incompletions and interceptions. This also holds back how much he can gain after the catch. Lee is likely a second-round pick.|
Panthers | Met with Xavier Grimble Sun Apr 20, 10:57 AM
The Carolina Panthers met with Southern California TE Xavier Grimble.
|Footballguys view: Grimble was a three-year starter at USC, but upon his exit of the program he blamed former head coach Lane Kiffin for his lack of a role on offense. He's not a move tight end, but he does have the strength and size to help out as an in-line tight end.|
Falcons | Met with Xavier Grimble Sun Apr 20, 10:57 AM
The Atlanta Falcons met Southern California TE Xavier Grimble.
|Footballguys view: Grimble was a three-year starter at USC, but upon his exit of the program he blamed former head coach Lane Kiffin for his lack of a role on offense. He's not a move tight end, but he does have the strength and size to help out as an in-line tight end. The Falcons have a need at the position after losing Tony Gonzalez to retirement.|
Dolphins | Odell Beckham to visit Sun Apr 20, 02:30 AM
The Miami Dolphins plan to bring in LSU WR Odell Beckham with one of their 30 allotted non-local visits.
|Footballguys view: Beckham is likely to go off the board in the first round. Many consider him the third-best receiver available in the draft behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans. He's incredibly athletic, has insane body control and Beckham as the speed to be a threat after the catch. Beckham would add another weapon around Ryan Tannehill.|
Lions | Khalil Mack to visit Sun Apr 20, 02:27 AM
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack has a visit scheduled with the Detroit Lions, according to a team source.
|Footballguys view: Adding Mack would give the Lions another pass-rusher to go along with DE Ndamukong Suh. Some in the scouting community prefer Mack to South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney. Mack is quick off the snap, and he can close quickly when the quarterback is in his sights. He's a big-hitter and a strong run defender.|
Cardinals | Patrick Peterson's option will be picked up Sun Apr 20, 02:25 AM
Updating a previous item, the Arizona Cardinals plan to exercise the option on CB Patrick Peterson no later than Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Peterson is one of the best young cornerbacks in the game today. The Cardinals should work diligently to wrap him up with a long-term deal in the near future.|
Patrick Peterson player page
Dolphins | May be last season for Brian Hartline in Miami Sun Apr 20, 02:15 AM
The Miami Dolphins may let WR Brian Hartline walk following the 2014 season if the team succeeds in drafting a receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft. Releasing Hartline would save the team $4 million.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins need better weapons in the passing game. Hartline is a sure-handed receiver, but he lacks much danger after the catch.|
Brian Hartline player page
Giants | No decision on Prince Amukamara option Sun Apr 20, 02:12 AM
The New York Giants have not made a decision on CB Prince Amukamara and whether they will pick up his fifth-year option.Link to story
Prince Amukamara player page
Raiders | Matt Schaub expected to start Sun Apr 20, 12:01 AM
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub is expected to be the starting quarterback to open the regular season. The team acquired Schaub to be the franchise quarterback for at least the next two seasons.
|Footballguys view: Yep, this is what we expected when Schaub was added. The veteran may have a couple of more years left as a starting-caliber quarterback. However, when/if the Raiders draft a future franchise quarterback then his time under center is counting down. The Raiders could add that quarterback this year in the draft. They'll groom a guy like Derek Carr (Fresno State) or Zach Mettenberger (LSU) to eventually replace Schaub.|
Matt Schaub player page
Raiders | Darren McFadden expected to start Sun Apr 20, 12:00 AM
If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how this battle plays out in training camp. Jones-Drew was added in free agency this offseason, while McFadden was kept around for one more year. No matter who wins the starting job, the Raiders are going to use a RBBC in 2014.|
Maurice Jones-Drew player page
Darren McFadden player page
NFL | Tom Savage declines invitation Sat Apr 19, 11:59 PM
University of Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage was invited to the 2014 NFL Draft in New York, but he has declined the invite. Savage is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects.
|Footballguys view: That's probably for the best. Some think Savage could actually sneak his way into the end of the first round or early second round. We would not advise that, but we also won't be shocked if that happens. Savage is a project who couldn't hang onto the starting job at Rutgers. He transferred to Arizone, but Savage soon left after Rich Rodriguez was hired as head coach. Savage wound up at PITT and passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.|
Dolphins | Brian Hartline to be ready for mini camp? Sat Apr 19, 11:59 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of mini camp, according to a source. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2013 regular season finale.Link to story
Brian Hartline player page
Dolphins | Brandon Gibson ready for offseason program Sat Apr 19, 11:59 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be available for the start of the offseason program, according to a source.Link to story
Brandon Gibson player page
Dolphins | Rishard Matthews pushing for job Sat Apr 19, 11:58 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns is currently the team's No. 4 receiver, but the Dolphins have had discussions about WR Rishard Matthews replacing Binns at the spot, according to a source.Link to story
Armon Binns player page
Rishard Matthews player page
Dolphins | Zack Martin viewed as guard Sat Apr 19, 11:58 PM
Many mock drafts have the Miami Dolphins selecting Notre Dame OL Zack Martin with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. However, general manager Dennis Hickey views Martin as a guard and the team wants a right tackle in the first round, according to a source.Link to story
Dolphins | High on Ed Stinson Sat Apr 19, 11:58 PM
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly high on Alabama DE Ed Stinson, who is a tweener-type projected as a mid-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Stinson is a strong and powerful player who can control his man at the line of scrimmage. He's not much of a pass-rusher, but he should be able to contribute at the pro level as a run defender.|
Cowboys | Tyrone Crawford expected for OTAs Sat Apr 19, 11:57 PM
Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program, and he is expected to be a key piece to the defense this season.Link to story
Tyrone Crawford player page
Raiders | Will cut Terrelle Pryor if no trade Sat Apr 19, 12:54 PM
The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. We can't imagine anyone out there incredibly interested in Pryor. He's big, athletic, and has a strong arm. Accuracy and decision-making problems have plagued his pro career.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Ravens | Meet with two prospects Sat Apr 19, 12:54 PM
The Baltimore Ravens met with Bowling Green TE Alex Bayer and Wisconsin DT Beau Allen earlier this week.Link to story
NFL | Dominique Easley to visit two teams Sat Apr 19, 12:41 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys in the near future.Link to story
Browns | Johnny Manziel working out Sat Apr 19, 12:38 PM
The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Saturday, April 19. The team are also scheduled to meet with Manziel this upcoming week.
|Footballguys view: Manziel would be a good fit with the Browns because of new OC Kyle Shanahan. He could craft an offense built around Manziel's unique skill set. Shanahan worked well with Robert Griffin III in Washington, and he could help Manziel transition to the pros.|
Chiefs | Could consider LaMichael James Sat Apr 19, 12:17 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs could consider pursuing San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James if he could become a slot receiver. The team likely would not have interest in James if he can only be a running back since they have RBs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis on the roster.
|Footballguys view: James could work well as a slot receiver. He could take the place of Dexter McCluster (Titans) who moved on in free agency. James has the speed and change of direction ability to be dangerous in space.|
LaMichael James player page
Colts | Matt Hasselbeck entering final season Sat Apr 19, 12:14 PM
Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.Link to story
Matt Hasselbeck player page
Jets | Will have QB competition Sat Apr 19, 12:08 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said the team told him QBs Michael Vick and Geno Smith will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.
|Footballguys view: Vick has the experience and may be considered the frontrunner at this time. Smith is entering his second year after an up-and-down rookie season. This will be a battle to watch closely in camp.|
Michael Vick player page
Geno Smith player page
Ravens | Two expected to compete for No. 3 CB job Sat Apr 19, 12:05 PM
Baltimore Ravens CBs Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson are expected to compete for the No. 3 cornerback job during training camp. If the team takes a cornerback in one of the first four rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, the prospect probably would be the leading candidate for the job.Link to story
Chykie Brown player page
Ravens | May consider selecting C.J. Mosley Sat Apr 19, 12:04 PM
The Baltimore Ravens may consider selecting Alabama LB C.J. Mosley in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if he is available.
|Footballguys view: Mosley is a three-down linebacker who can fly to the football. He's arguably the only middle linebacker in this draft class who can excel in coverage. Mosley would be a great fit and a great value if he falls to number 17 overall in the first round.|
Ravens | Zack Martin could be option Sat Apr 19, 12:03 PM
The Baltimore Ravens may consider selecting Notre Dame OT Zack Martin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if he is available.Link to story
Vikings | Charlie Johnson likely leading candidate for LG job Sat Apr 19, 11:35 AM
The Minnesota Vikings likely will give OG Charlie Johnson the first chance to win the starting left guard job this upcoming season.Link to story
Bears | Probably will take RB in draft Sat Apr 19, 11:18 AM
The Chicago Bears probably will select a running back in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft to compete with RB Michael Ford for the No. 2 running back job. The team could also add a running back or two after the draft.
|Footballguys view: We were expecting this ever since Michael Bush was released. The Bears have a sleeper in Michael Ford. Fantasy owners of Forte--and even those who don't have Forte--should be interested in the second-year back. Ford has good strength between the tackles, and he can get to the edge at the second level of the defense.|
Michael Ford player page
Redskins | Andre Roberts could be a returner Sat Apr 19, 11:18 AM
The Washington Redskins may consider using WR Andre Roberts as a kick and punt returner this upcoming season, but he did not have great numbers when handled the role with the Arizona Cardinals.
|Footballguys view: Roberts saw his potential playing time cut when the team added DeSean Jackson. They want to get him on the field as much as they can as a third receiver and return man. Roberts has good speed and elusiveness in the open field.|
Andre Roberts player page
Redskins | DeSean Jackson unlikely to be used as returner Sat Apr 19, 11:07 AM
The Washington Redskins likely will not use WR DeSean Jackson as a punt returner very often because they want him to make plays on offense.
|Footballguys view: Maybe just maybe the team would use him in a critical situation. He's too valuable to risk injury as a regular return man.|
DeSean Jackson player page
Patriots | Talk with Seth Lobato Sat Apr 19, 11:07 AM
Northern Colorado QB Seth Lobato spoke at length with a representative with the New England Patriots during his Pro Day last month.Link to story
49ers | Colin Kaepernick not at scene of suspicious incident Sat Apr 19, 10:41 AM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not believed to be at the scene of a suspicious incident when Miami police arrived earlier this month.
|Footballguys view: The legal process is still sorting things out. At this time, it looks like Kaepernick may avoid any sort of legal trouble.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Bears | Could target a quarterback Sat Apr 19, 09:47 AM
The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.
|Footballguys view: The Bears need a young quarterback to groom behind Jay Cutler. This draft is top heavy at quarterback, but there are a few mid- to late-round options that would work. We think Brett Smith (Wyoming) would be a great fit with Bears head coach (and noted quarterback guru) Marc Trestman.|
Jordan Palmer player page
Ravens | Interested in Martavis Bryant Sat Apr 19, 09:33 AM
The Baltimore Ravens met with Clemson WR Martavis Bryant at the NFL Scouting Combine and remain interested in him.Link to story
Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery.
|Footballguys view: The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp. We should see him begin camp in a limited fashion as they get Newton ready for the start of the regular season.|
Cam Newton player page