Fantasy Football News & Views
Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch holding out (Thu Jul 24, 07:06 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Ray Rice suspended two games (Thu Jul 24, 10:24 AM) [jump to this story]
Falcons | Roddy White signs extension (Thu Jul 24, 08:24 AM) [jump to this story]
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles receives contract extension (Wed Jul 23, 04:42 PM) [jump to this story]
Seahawks | Sidney Rice retires (Wed Jul 23, 03:52 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Vernon Davis reports (Wed Jul 23, 12:03 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski cleared (Wed Jul 23, 08:51 AM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Acquire Brandon Magee from waivers Thu Jul 24, 04:15 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed free-agent LB Brandon Magee (Browns) off waivers.Link to story
Brandon Magee player page
Texans | David Hunter signs Thu Jul 24, 04:12 PM
The Houston Texans signed free-agent DT David Hunter (Buccaneers). Terms of the deal were undisclosed.Link to story
David Hunter player page
Raiders | Kevin Burnett cut Thu Jul 24, 04:05 PM
The Oakland Raiders have cut LB Kevin Burnett.Link to story
Kevin Burnett player page
Raiders | D.J. Hayden out for the start of training camp Thu Jul 24, 04:00 PM
Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) is out for the start of training camp with a stress fracture in his foot.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for the Raiders here. Hayden is a talented player, but injuries have held him back as a pro. We'll see if he can heal quickly from this latest injury and get in the lineup.|
D.J. Hayden player page
Giants | Coach getting frustrated with Odell Beckham Jr. injury Thu Jul 24, 03:43 PM
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is getting frustrated with WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) not being on the practice field due to a hamstring injury. "We need to get the guy back out here and get him back on the field," Coughlin said.
|Footballguys view: The rookie does not want to draw the ire of Grandpa Coughlin. Beckham will work hard to get back on the field, but hamstring injuries are tricky. There's only so much the team can do. It sometimes takes a long time to get back from hamstring injuries.|
Giants | No reps for Odell Beckham Jr. Thu Jul 24, 03:32 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not take any reps in practice Thursday July 24, as he continues to rehab from a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: The team has to watch this situation closely. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not treated properly. Beckham is a fantastic talent, and he could start on the outside opposite Victor Cruz this year.|
Panthers | More on Jonathan Stewart Thu Jul 24, 03:22 PM
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is expected to miss one-to-two weeks as he recovers from a hamstring injury. Stewart will not be placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: Talent has never been a question with Stewart. However, staying healthy has been a big problem for the veteran back. In the meantime, we'll see the Panthers lean on DeAngelo Williams in camp. Stewart's absence will give a bigger opportunity to guys like Kenjon Barner and rookie Tyler Gaffney.|
Jonathan Stewart player page
Browns | Sign Edgar Jones Thu Jul 24, 03:20 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed LB Edgar Jones (Cowboys) Thursday, July 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Edgar Jones player page
Bengals | Andrew Whitworth not practicing Thu Jul 24, 03:12 PM
Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.Link to story
49ers | Marcus Martin rolls ankle Thu Jul 24, 02:57 PM
San Francisco 49ers C Marcus Martin (ankle) rolled his ankle in football training, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.Link to story
49ers | Bruce Ellington rolls ankle Thu Jul 24, 02:57 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) rolled his ankle in football training, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh said he should be back soon.
|Footballguys view: Ellington is a talented rookie trying to catch on as a reserve receiver with the team. The 49ers have a stacked depth chart at wide receiver. At this time, Ellington is about fifth on the depth chart.|
Colts | Two miss practice Thu Jul 24, 02:46 PM
Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (undisclosed) and FS LaRon Landry (undisclosed) both did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.Link to story
LaRon Landry player page
Vontae Davis player page
Vikings | Matt Kalil cleared Thu Jul 24, 02:41 PM
Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (knee) has been medically cleared to start training camp.Link to story
49ers | NaVorro Bowman running Thu Jul 24, 02:36 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is running, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Bowman will be doing some cutting as the next part of his rehab.Link to story
Navorro Bowman player page
Redskins | Jason Hatcher progressing quickly from injury Thu Jul 24, 02:35 PM
Washington Redskins DT Jason Hatcher (knee) said he is progressing pretty quickly from a knee injury. "I want to get back on the field, but I know I've got take precaution," Hatcher said. "It's progressing pretty quickly. The trainers got a great game plan, so I'm just going to stick with it. Whenever they say I'm ready to go, I'm back on the field."Link to story
Jason Hatcher player page
Chargers | Johnnie Troutman leaves practice Thu Jul 24, 02:10 PM
San Diego Chargers OG Johnnie Troutman (hamstring) left practice early with a hamstring injury Thursday, July 24. The injury did not appear to be serious.Link to story
Vikings | Chase Ford had foot procedure Thu Jul 24, 02:09 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) had a procedure on his left foot last week for a stress fracture and is expected to miss training camp.
|Footballguys view: Ford is a borderline talent in the NFL. Missing training camp won't help him make the final roster.|
Chase Ford player page
Jaguars | No plans to cut Justin Blackmon Thu Jul 24, 02:03 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon will not be cut by the team after his most recent arrest, according to owner Shad Khan. 'We want him to get help he needs,' Khan said.
|Footballguys view: Blackmon still needs help. Football isn't even important right now. He needs to get his life back on track, get clean and then perhaps worry about playing football again.|
Justin Blackmon player page
Browns | Sign Jamaal Westerman Thu Jul 24, 01:53 PM
The Cleveland Browns signed LB Jamaal Westerman Thursday, July 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Jamaal Westerman player page
Cowboys | Brandon Carr not practicing Thu Jul 24, 01:48 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr (personal) is not participating in practice Thursday, July 24, due to family reasons.Link to story
Brandon Carr player page
Titans | Sign Taylor Lewan Thu Jul 24, 01:41 PM
The Tennessee Titans signed OL Taylor Lewan Thursday, July 24. Per NFL rules, the length of the contract is four years. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jets | Chris Ivory dealing with hamstring issue Thu Jul 24, 01:37 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring issue, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ivory did not participate in team drills Thursday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: Ivory joins Jonathan Stewart in injury news about players who seem to be more surprising when they actually stay healthy. If Darren McFadden and Ben Tate get hurt today, you might get bingo on your preseason RB injury card in one day.|
Chris Ivory player page
Jets | Quincy Enunwa does not practice Thu Jul 24, 01:36 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Ravens | Aaron Ross expected to miss the year Thu Jul 24, 01:29 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') is expected to miss the entire season with an torn Achilles' tendon.
|Footballguys view: The former first-round pick will not contribute anything to the Ravens this year. He was a solid fallback plan if younger corners like Chykie Brown and Asa Jackson had trouble living up to nickel and dime roles. Ross only played four games last year and was signed to basically a veteran minimum deal, so the Ravens couldn't have been counting on him for that much.|
Aaron Ross player page
Giants | Brandon Mosley listed as starter Thu Jul 24, 01:28 PM
New York Giants OG Brandon Mosley is listed as the team's starting right guard on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.Link to story
Giants | Rashad Jennings listed as starter Thu Jul 24, 01:26 PM
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is listed as the team's starting running back on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.
|Footballguys view: We are all watching very closely to see if training camp and the preseason give clues to how the Giants will divvy up carries between Jennings, the freshly cleared David Wilson, and rookie fourth-round pick Andre Williams. Our Andrew Garda is covering Giants training camp and will convey his thoughts later this summer.|
Rashad Jennings player page
Giants | Larry Donnell listed as starter Thu Jul 24, 01:25 PM
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is listed as the team's starting tight end on the first unofficial depth chart of training camp.Link to story
Larry Donnell player page
Browns | Waive Kenny Shaw Thu Jul 24, 01:03 PM
The Cleveland Browns waived WR Kenny Shaw Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Browns | Waive Jourdan Brooks Thu Jul 24, 01:03 PM
The Cleveland Browns waived RB Jourdan Brooks Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Panthers | De'Andre Presley placed on PUP list Thu Jul 24, 12:56 PM
Carolina Panthers WR De'Andre Presley (stress fracture) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Panthers | Tre Boston placed on PUP list Thu Jul 24, 12:56 PM
Carolina Panthers SS Tre Boston (hernia) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Panthers | Jonathan Stewart dealing with hamstring issue Thu Jul 24, 12:50 PM
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, but the team will leave him on the active roster heading into training camp.
|Footballguys view: That Stewart is not being placed on the PUP or NFI list is somewhat positive because it means the Panthers don't expect to be without him for too long, but the fact that this happened over a week ago and Stewart is projected to be out for another week or two according to some sources means that this is a 2-4 week injury. We would be concerned about any player with a non-trivial hamstring injury at this time of year. When it's Stewart, his seemingly discount price of a pick in the 13th round or later is looking less attractive. Don't overreact and go after DeAngelo Williams on this news, either, he was little help to fantasy teams despite Stewart missing much of 2013.|
Jonathan Stewart player page
Panthers | Cam Newton cleared Thu Jul 24, 12:35 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.
|Footballguys view: Newton's offseason ankle surgery was never seen a real threat to his fantasy value this year, so this positive news should not affect his fantasy stock.|
Cam Newton player page
Jets | Geno Smith getting most of the first-team snaps Thu Jul 24, 12:23 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving most of the first-team snaps in practice Thursday, July 24. Smith took 13 first-snaps, and QB Michael Vick took four first-team snaps.
|Footballguys view: Vick is there is push and maybe mentor Smith (he had his best year in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system in Philadelphia in 2010), but he won't start unless Smith nosedives or gets hurt. Smith has speculative value in deep leagues coming off of a strong finish to 2013. The ability to add stats with his legs and addition of Eric Decker gives Smith a fighting chance at fantasy relevance this year.|
Michael Vick player page
Geno Smith player page
Buccaneers | Mark Barron ready to take the field Thu Jul 24, 12:19 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.Link to story
Mark Barron player page
Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson ready to take the field Thu Jul 24, 12:13 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.Link to story
Dashon Goldson player page
Buccaneers | Carl Nicks excused from practice Thu Jul 24, 12:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.
|Footballguys view: Nicks recent history with the Bucs has been a horror story, but it sounds like this is an excused absence and Nicks still needs to pass a physical. It could be a slow return to form this summer, but if Nicks can be on the field for the Bucs week 1, he'll be a big improvement to the run blocking, which came on at times after Doug Martin went out last year.|
Cowboys | Place Anthony Spencer on PUP list Thu Jul 24, 12:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Anthony Spencer player page
Cowboys | Place Ronald Leary on PUP list Thu Jul 24, 12:07 PM
Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (undisclosed) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Thursday, July 24.Link to story
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski limited Thu Jul 24, 12:03 PM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, July 24. He worked for an hour and 15 minutes before watching the rest of the activities. He didn't participate in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills.
|Footballguys view: Gronkowski is still going to be eased in, and there's no guarantee that he will play in Week 1 even though he's not on the PUP to start camp. We'll monitor this closely, but if you want Gronk on your team, you'll likely have to take him in the second round - maybe even the early second.|
Rob Gronkowski player page
Ravens | Aaron Ross tears Achilles' Thu Jul 24, 11:48 AM
Baltimore Ravens CB Aaron Ross (Achilles') has torn his Achilles' tendon.Link to story
Aaron Ross player page
Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrest details Thu Jul 24, 11:19 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was pulled over at 6:22 p.m. local time Wednesday, July 23, leading up to his arrest for possession of marijuana. Police said Blackmon 'openly admitted to smoking a blunt while driving.'Link to story
Justin Blackmon player page
Bills | Marcell Dareus could thrive Thu Jul 24, 11:16 AM
Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus looks like a good fit in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme and could have a big year if his off-field issues can be remedied.Link to story
Marcell Dareus player page
Jaguars | Blake Bortles' mechanics need fixing Thu Jul 24, 11:11 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A 'redshirt year will help,' according to Albert Breer.
|Footballguys view: This matches everything we heard about Bortles during the pre-draft process. He might have the highest ceiling of the three first-round QBs, but he also has the most work to do.|
Blake Bortles player page
Jaguars | Austin Pasztor is starter at RT Thu Jul 24, 10:54 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars OT Austin Pasztor (shoulder) is working as the starting right tackle and is fully healthy at training camp, according to offensive line coach Luke Butkus.
|Footballguys view: Pasztor was a nice gift for an offensive line in need in 2013. If Luke Joeckel can settle in at left tackle, the offense could take some steps towards respectability this year in the passing game.|
Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrested Thu Jul 24, 10:45 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, July 23, in Oklahoma.
|Footballguys view: The latest news about Blackmon (or lack thereof) was ominous because it indicated that he was out of touch from him teammates and otherwise his condition was unknown. His problems in the past were alcohol-based, but this is still a terrible sign. Blackmon isn't worth a redraft pick due to the very tiny chance he gets reinstated this year, and soon he might not even be worth a dynasty roster spot.|
Justin Blackmon player page
Eagles | Evan Mathis reports to camp Thu Jul 24, 10:42 AM
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis has reported to camp and will not hold out.Link to story
Ravens | Ray Rice suspended two games Thu Jul 24, 10:24 AM
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice has been suspended for the first two games of the season, according to sources. The announcement is expected Thursday, July 24.
|Footballguys view: This would be a net win for his fantasy draft stock, as his sixth-round ADP seems to assume a longer suspension. This would also shorten the window for Bernard Pierce to assert control over the backfield in the first two games against the Steelers and Bengals. There is a larger discussion of whether this punishment was appropriate considering the nature of the incident and longer suspensions for offense that might be seen as less severe (or even activities that are legal in some parts of the country). Hopefully the public reaction to this will cause Roger Goodell to re-examine the NFL's "justice system".|
Ray Rice player page
Bernard Pierce player page
Redskins | Robert Griffin III won't have many set run plays Thu Jul 24, 10:18 AM
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's designed running plays might be 'few and far between,' according to head coach Jay Gruden. He still has the green light to scramble as the situation dictates. 'I feel good where he's at,' Gruden said. 'He made some serious strides just in the spring working in the pocket and delivering throws and pulling it down and running when he had to run. That comes naturally but also comes with a lot of reps and playing the position.'
|Footballguys view: Griffin won't put up the rushing numbers he had in 2012, but he will have a much better pass offense array of weapons and a more pass-friendly head coach. Top five fantasy value is within his reach this year.|
Robert Griffin III player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas to miss four days Thu Jul 24, 10:09 AM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will miss the first four days of training camp to attend the funeral services of his grandmother that helped raise him as a child. Our condolences to family and friends.Link to story
Demaryius Thomas player page