Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Eddie Lacy leaves practice (Tue Aug 4, 04:51 PM) [jump to this story]
Texans | Arian Foster already injured (Tue Aug 4, 01:20 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | DeSean Jackson confident in abilities (Tue Aug 4, 12:56 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Martavis Bryant not starting yet (Tue Aug 4, 12:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Bills | Charles Clay not involved (Tue Aug 4, 11:41 AM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Big role for Ameer Abdullah (Mon Aug 3, 09:03 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | DeMarco Murray being eased in? (Mon Aug 3, 03:51 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Michael Egnew released Sun Aug 2, 02:52 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released TE Michael Egnew.Link to story
Michael Egnew player page
Seahawks | Mohammed Seisay acquired from DET Sun Aug 2, 02:50 PM
The Seattle Seahawks have acquired CB Mohammed Seisay from the Detroit Lions, in exchange for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick.
|Footballguys view: An undrafted free agent in 2014, Seisay is a big, phyisical corner with good short-area quickness. That sounds like a perfect fit for the Seahawks. With both Jeremy Lane (knee, arm) and Tharold Simon (shoulder) on PUP, Seattle needed help at the position.|
Seahawks | Tony McDaniel released Sun Aug 2, 12:09 PM
The Seattle Seahawks released DT Tony McDaniel Sunday, Aug. 2. McDaniel should quickly find a new home.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks had to clear some cap room after signing both Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner to extensions. Due $3 million in salary and bonuses, McDaniel was set to be a free agent in 2016. Still capable of playing at a high level, McDaniel should latch on with a new team quickly.|
Tony McDaniel player page
Panthers | Stephen Hill has ACL injury Sun Aug 2, 11:52 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) has an ACL injury, according to assistant head coach Steve Wilks Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for a wide receiver trying to make a comeback of sorts in the NFL. Hill spent last year on the Panthers practice squad after washing out with the Jets. A second-round pick in 2012, Hill has a nice size/speed combination but he's never been able to put it together.|
Stephen Hill player page
Eagles | Sam Bradford has no restrictions Sun Aug 2, 11:50 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 2, and head coach Chip Kelly told reporters the quarterback doesn't have any restrictions.
|Footballguys view: That's got to be considered a win after Bradford's offseason items were generally negative. He still has to beat Mark Sanchez in a QB competition that has gone under the radar so far in the NFL news churn. Bradford being fully cleared does give him no excuse to not clearly outplay Sanchez.|
Sam Bradford player page
Panthers | Paul Browning signs Sun Aug 2, 10:06 AM
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Paul Browning Sunday, Aug. 2. Browning is expected to take WR Stephen Hill's roster spot.
|Footballguys view: Hill's injury could be the end of a story that held a lot of promise and delivered few shining moments. Hill is poised to be the most prominent exhibit in the case against looking at measureables without context of football skills as the key to deciphering a player's future.|
Stephen Hill player page
Ravens | Marlon Brown considered day-to-day Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (back) is regarded as day-to-day.Link to story
Marlon Brown player page
Ravens | Breshad Perriman will need more time Sun Aug 2, 09:18 AM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) may take more time than the team initially hoped he'd need to recover from a bruised knee. The injury is still not regarded as long-term at this point.
|Footballguys view: These practices and reps could be the difference between a hot and slow start for a raw rookie like Perriman. There's no reason to move him down your board yet, but if this lingers and costs him preseason games, it can't be seen as a positive.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Redskins | Jordan Reed trying to shed label Sun Aug 2, 08:10 AM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed is ready to shed the narrative that he is injury prone. Reed has missed a total of 12 games over his first two seasons in the NFL. 'Right now I'm staying positive and I feel like the injuries are in my past and I'm moving on,' Reed said. 'I just need to focus on maintenance of my body. I won't let nagging injuries catch up to me. I've made some changes, and I'll be ready,' said Reed.
|Footballguys view: Reed got a stem cell injection this offseason for his hamstring and knee issues. While it could help, it is not a good sign about Reed's injury outlook. Niles Paul was re-signed by Washington this offseason and could easily end up being the more valuable tight end for fantasy leagues.|
Jordan Reed player page
Cowboys | Joseph Randle polishing his game Sat Aug 1, 10:38 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle said he is working on his pass protection skills as he tries to improve on the intangibles he will need to win the starting running back job.
|Footballguys view: Randle is the frontrunner to win the starting job in Dallas, and that would make him a fine RB2 for fantasy owners. The Cowboys have an incredible offensive line, and Randle should have plenty of room to run.|
Joseph Randle player page
Redskins | Jamison Crowder making plays Sat Aug 1, 10:25 PM
Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder has stood out in training camp, and he was on the receiving end of a 50-yard pass from QB Kirk Cousins Friday, July 31. 'He has done a great job,' head coach Gruden said. 'He's very smart. He went to Duke and understands the passing game, understands route concepts. He has got good, strong hands, [is] very quick in and out of breaks. But he does have a role as a punt returner, for sure.'
|Footballguys view: The rookie from Duke has drawn comparisons to Eddie Royal because of his ability to make defenders miss in the open field. We're not expecting much from Crowder yet for fantasy purposes. The Washington QB situation has to play out before we get too excited about Crowder. Add him and monitor him in dynasty leagues.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Jamison Crowder player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh loses two RBs Saturday Sat Aug 1, 08:45 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Josh Harris (shoulder) and RB Ross Scheuerman (Achilles') were unable to finish practice Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Josh Harris player page
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles used in passing game Sat Aug 1, 08:27 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was emphasized in the screen game during practice Saturday, Aug. 1, and in one drill, nine straight passes were thrown to running backs.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs didn't throw a touchdown to a wide receiver at all last year. The arrival of Jeremy Maclin should change that, but this team is still going to target Charles plenty as a receiver out of the backfield.|
Jamaal Charles player page
Chiefs | Eric Berry working with second-team Sat Aug 1, 08:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (illness) worked with the second-team defense during practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: We're so happy to see Berry back on the field after beating cancer. We are part of #TeamBerry for sure. We'll see if he can work his way up the depth chart during camp.|
Eric Berry player page
Chiefs | Jeremy Maclin stretching the field Sat Aug 1, 08:17 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught a long pass from QB Alex Smith on the second play of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1, and he caught a few more deep balls during the day. 'We've got a new weapon,' Smith said. 'We've got to test it out a little bit. We've known for a while what we've got with him.'
|Footballguys view: That's what Maclin does. He's a vertical threat with the ability to make defenders miss after the catch. We like him as a high-end WR3 with upside for fantasy owners this year.|
Alex Smith player page
Jeremy Maclin player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh acquires Brandon Boykin Sat Aug 1, 08:09 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired CB Brandon Boykin from the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1, in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles could receive a fourth-round pick depending on Boykin's playing time, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Pro Football Focus rated Boykin as the Eagles' best cornerback in 2014, and he finished at no. 21 overall. He's one of the best young slot corners in the league, and he should immediately boost a poor Steelers secondary that ranked 27th against the pass in 2014.|
Brandon Boykin player page
Cardinals | Sean Weatherspoon leaves early Sat Aug 1, 07:55 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Sean Weatherspoon left practice early Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: Weatherspoon is coming off an Achilles' injury, but he didn't miss any time in organized team activities. It is unclear what caused Weatherspoon's departure.|
Sean Weatherspoon player page
Packers | Ty Montgomery shows versatility Sat Aug 1, 07:54 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery was a standout in the team's first full-pads practice of training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. Montgomery showed his speed on an end around early in practice and as the No. 1 kickoff returner. He also made an acrobatic catch in which he out jumped fellow rookie CB LaDarius Gunter.
|Footballguys view: Stanford had a quality playmaker in Montgomery. He's got a powerful stride and can pull away from defenders with the ball in his hands. Montgomery is raw as a route-runner, and with 16 drops over the last three seasons his concentration needs to improve.|
Ty Montgomery player page
Ravens | Marc Trestman plans to use running game Sat Aug 1, 07:02 PM
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said Saturday, Aug. 1, he plans to emphasize the team's running game in 2015. 'Ravens football starts with the running game, and that doesn't mean you're not going to throw the ball,' Trestman said via ESPN.com. 'But the emphasis here is we want to be a great running football team and we have the players to do that. So that's where we start,' said Trestman.
|Footballguys view: Trestman will use Justin Forsett a lot as a receiver, and he should be able to compile around 1,000 yards on the ground. Remember that Trestman LOVES to pass inside the 10-yard line. This means Forsett may not get many opportunities as a runner when the team gets close to pay dirt.|
Titans | Hakeem Nicks plans to practice Sunday Sat Aug 1, 07:00 PM
Updating a previous story, Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks (leg) plans to practice Sunday, Aug. 2, after leaving the field Saturday.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how the old man's body responds to this leg injury. Nicks is currently running with the 1st-team offense, but we expect rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to take over on the outside at some point.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Bears | Kevin White making progress Sat Aug 1, 06:06 PM
Chicago Bears WR Kevin White (shin) has been doing some cardio work, according to head coach John Fox Saturday, Aug. 1, and White is making progress.
|Footballguys view: White should end up as one of the best receivers in this draft class. He's fast, quick and can toy with defenders in the open field. This shin problem has slowed him down in camp, and this has slowed his development. He could end up as the WR2 opposite Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. Eddie Royal is best suited to play as their slot receiver.|
Kevin White player page
Titans | Hakeem Nicks goes to locker room Sat Aug 1, 06:05 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks left the field Saturday, Aug. 1, and was seen holding his hand to his right leg on his way to the locker room.
|Footballguys view: We'll know more about Nicks in the near future. He has been running with the first-team offense early on in Titans camp.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
Jets | Devin Smith has punctured lung Sat Aug 1, 05:58 PM
Updating a previous story, New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) has a partially punctured lung to go along with broken ribs.
|Footballguys view: Holy cow. The hits just keep on coming. Smith is going to be around two months.|
Devin Smith player page
Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo taking first-team reps Sat Aug 1, 04:57 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo took some first-team reps at training camp Saturday, Aug. 1. QB Tom Brady worked with the starters during every period of practice, but Garoppolo took a 'few snaps,' according to James Palmer of NFL Media.
|Footballguys view: There's no telling what happens with Tom Brady. At this time, Brady is set to miss the first four games of the year due to suspension. The Patriots need to get Garoppolo prepared to start in case Brady's suspension is not eliminated or reduced.|
Tom Brady player page
Panthers | Stephen Hill carted off Sat Aug 1, 04:53 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill was carted off the field Saturday, Aug. 1, with a leg injury.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for a player trying to prove that he belongs in the NFL. Early reports indicate this is a serious injury. We'll know more in the near future.|
Stephen Hill player page
Giants | Coach not impressed with JPP Sat Aug 1, 04:48 PM
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) drew criticism from head coach Tom Coughlin Saturday, Aug. 1, for his lack of communication with the team.
|Footballguys view: The relationship between the two sides might be forever fractured. It is unclear on when or if Pierre-Paul will take to the field.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page
Jets | Devin Smith still in hospital Sat Aug 1, 04:47 PM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) was still in the hospital at the time practice started Saturday, Aug. 1. Head coach Todd Bowles said it was for precautionary reasons.Link to story
Devin Smith player page
Cardinals | Carson Palmer stronger Sat Aug 1, 03:54 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has supposedly improved his arm strength since last season. Palmer is much healthier overall, as well, including his knee and shoulder.
|Footballguys view: This should be expected from the veteran quarterback. If his shoulder and knee can hold up, Palmer should be able to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Fantasy owners should consider Palmer a QB2 and occasional starter.|
Carson Palmer player page
Eagles | Sign Kevin Monangai Sat Aug 1, 03:48 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Kevin Monangai (Villanova) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Giants | Matt LaCosse waived Sat Aug 1, 03:33 PM
New York Giants TE Matt LaCosse (hamstring) was waived/injured Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Ravens | Breshad Perriman day-to-day Sat Aug 1, 03:23 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) is considered day-to-day with a bruised knee. Perriman has missed two practices in a row because of the injury.
|Footballguys view: The rookie is talented but raw. The Ravens need to ease him along as he deals with this knee problem. The more reps he can get on the field the better as Perriman knows how to get open deep, but he's not a refined route-runner. Perriman should one day be a starter on the outside, but he may begin this season as a reserve for the Ravens.|
Breshad Perriman player page
Bears | Notable players miss, attend practice Sat Aug 1, 03:15 PM
Chicago Bears OT Jermon Bushrod (back) and CB Kyle Fuller (ankle) missed and attended practice, respectively, Saturday, Aug. 1.Link to story
Kyle Fuller player page
Ravens | Elvis Dumervil update Sat Aug 1, 02:39 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (knee) missed his second consecutive practice Saturday, Aug. 1, because of knee tendinitis.
|Footballguys view: Dumervil is a seasoned veteran, so it's not like he needs a ton of reps in the preseason. We'll see if he can bounce back soon from this knee problem.|
Elvis Dumervil player page
Broncos | Kyle Williams injured Sat Aug 1, 02:15 PM
Denver Broncos WR Kyle Williams (Achilles') suffered at least a partially torn Achilles' tendon in practice Saturday, Aug. 1, according to a source. He may be out for the season.
|Footballguys view: An Achilles' injury at this point in his career would likely end his playing days.|
Kyle Williams player page
Raiders | Sio Moore returns Sat Aug 1, 02:13 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore (hip) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 1, after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.Link to story
Sio Moore player page
Chargers | Melvin Gordon struggling with protection Sat Aug 1, 02:08 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has struggled with pass protection through the first three days of training camp.
|Footballguys view: The rookie has fantastic talent as a runner, and he often draws comparisons to Jamaal Charles because of his speed and agility. Gordon can make plays in space as a receiver too. The rookie has to protect the quarterback or he's not going to see the field much. We should see improvements from him as training camp goes on.|
Melvin Gordon player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick improving throws Sat Aug 1, 01:51 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has impressed his teammates this offseason by improving the touch on his passes. FS Eric Reid said he's optimistic about how Kaepernick will do this year, especially with the touch he's seen on deep throws.
|Footballguys view: If Kaepernick wants to take the next step as a pro quarterback, he's got to get better as a passer. We're glad that Reid is impressed, but we'll believe it when we see it--especially under pressure. With so many losses on both sides of the ball, the 49ers offense isn't one we're investing a lot in.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Browns | Terrance West hurts calf Sat Aug 1, 01:30 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Terrance West (calf) injured his calf during practice Saturday, Aug. 1. He was evaluated afterwards and the injury is not serious.
|Footballguys view: West joined rookie Duke Johnson and second-year back Glenn Winston on the sidelines, giving journeyman Shaun Draughn a chance to earn some praise from the coaches. West is fighting with Johnson and Crowell for playing time in a backfield that should be the most efficient part of the Browns offense.|
Terrance West player page
Browns | Duke Johnson injures hamstring Sat Aug 1, 01:25 PM
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson (hamstring) hurt his hamstring in practice Saturday, Aug. 1. He was evaluated afterwards and the injury is not serious.
|Footballguys view: Terrance West also had a minor calf injury, leaving Isaiah Crowell as the last top three back standing. The Browns offensive line is one of the best run-blocking units in the league, but it's not clear yet which Browns back will benefit the most.|
Duke Johnson player page
Falcons | Tevin Coleman practices as starter Sat Aug 1, 01:14 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman received first-team repetitions in practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: The Atlanta backfield competition will be one of the biggest fantasy stories of the summer. Both Coleman and 2014 fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman will play large roles, but the back with the upper hand will have weekly RB2 potential and be worth more in drafts. Right now Coleman is usually going 2-3 rounds ahead of Freeman on rookie promise.|
Tevin Coleman player page
Bills | EJ Manuel working with starters Sat Aug 1, 10:54 AM
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is working with the first-team offense during practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: Manuel was the team's first-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, but injuries and inconsistencies have prevented him from showing much as a pro. He's competing with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in Buffalo this year. Watching this battle is not relevant for fantasy owners--unless you play in a deep league--and unless Taylor wins the job. A scrambling quarterback can be a valuable fantasy asset, and Taylor is one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the league.|
EJ Manuel player page
Jets | Devin Smith out 4-6 weeks Sat Aug 1, 10:53 AM
New York Jets WR Devin Smith (ribs) will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of his broken ribs, and his status for Week 1 is uncertain at this point.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for the rookie here. Smith is speedy and can take the top off a defense, but he also has a history of getting banged up. We'll see if he's put on the PUP list to begin the year depending on how his recovery goes.|
Devin Smith player page
Packers | Andrew Quarless joins team Sat Aug 1, 10:15 AM
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 1, after missing the first two practices of training camp because of a family issue.
|Footballguys view: Quarless is going to compete with Richard Rodgers for the starting tight end job. We've got Rodgers winning that battle, so fantasy owners don't have to monitor Quarless unless you play in deep dynasty leagues.|
Andrew Quarless player page
Patriots | LeGarrette Blount practicing Sat Aug 1, 10:10 AM
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (undisclosed) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: Blount is going to miss the first game of the season due to a suspension. After that, he'll be the Patriots hammer on the ground. Blount is going to split time with a receiving back like James White this year. That part-time role puts him as a high-end RB3 with upside for fantasy owners.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
49ers | NaVorro Bowman will practice Sat Aug 1, 10:07 AM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) passed his conditioning test Friday, July 31, and will be able to participate in practice Aug. 1. Bowman will wear a brace during practice to protect his surgically repaired knee.
|Footballguys view: Bowman missed all of the 2014 season due to multiple knee problems, so the team will have to be incredibly cautious with him as he returns to the field this year. He's wearing a bulky brace, and earlier reports indicate that the knee is inconsistent in how it feels. It would be a shock to see him return to All-Pro form his first year back.|
Navorro Bowman player page
49ers | Daniel Kilgore to miss some time Sat Aug 1, 10:06 AM
San Francisco 49ers C Daniel Kilgore (ankle) will miss at least the first half of training camp because he underwent ankle surgery in June.
|Footballguys view: Kilgore has been banged up quite a bit over the last year. He broke his left leg in Week 7 last year, and now this ankle problem which required surgery.|
Raiders | Latavius Murray ready to prove himself Fri Jul 31, 10:19 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray said he understands how important it is for him to perform well in 2015. 'I know the success I've had doesn't matter,' Murray said Friday, July 31. 'What matters now is what I [do going] forward and what I do this upcoming season, this upcoming training camp. Again, do anything I can just to get better and help the team.'
|Footballguys view: Murray has the ability to be a quality starter for the Raiders this year. He's big, powerful and Murray has the speed to score from long distances. We see him as a RB2 with upside for fantasy owners. His current ADP is RB21 (4.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Latavius Murray player page
Bills | Percy Harvin to work at CB Fri Jul 31, 10:01 PM
Buffalo Bills WR Percy Harvin has asked head coach Rex Ryan to play cornerback, and Ryan said he is open to the idea and will let Harvin line up at cornerback from 'time to time' as an experiment.
|Footballguys view: Usually it's the other way around. Harvin won't have a huge role on a run-heavy offense in Buffalo. By lining up at corner, Harvin will see the field more.|
Percy Harvin player page
Browns | Vince Mayle catching up Fri Jul 31, 09:45 PM
Cleveland Browns (thumb) has taken part in two full practice sessions after being sidelined in the spring because of surgery to repair his thumb. 'The first day wasn't what I would have liked it to be,' Mayle said Friday, July 31. 'But I am willing to improve off of that. The second day was better. I was more confident in myself and playing like I was in college.'
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Mayle can make an eventual impact with the Browns. The rookie from Washington State was a fourth-round pick earlier this year. A former basketball player, Mayle is raw at the wide receiver position. He's worth monitoring in dynasty leagues.|
Vince Mayle player page
Browns | Several sit out Friday for Cleveland Fri Jul 31, 09:41 PM
Cleveland Browns LB Darius Eubanks (knee), CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), DB Charles Gaines (hamstring), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and RB Glenn Winston (knee) did not participate in training camp Friday, July 31.Link to story
Glenn Winston player page
Randall Telfer player page