Fantasy Football News & Views
Seahawks | Sidney Rice returning (Wed Apr 16, 07:55 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Sign Chris Johnson (Wed Apr 16, 03:29 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Montee Ball receives endorsement (Wed Apr 16, 10:24 AM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Johnson's visit goes well, but no deal (Tue Apr 15, 07:45 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski meets with doctor (Fri Apr 11, 08:38 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Aldon Smith not expected back Tue Apr 15, 11:53 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt with the team, but he probably won't play with the team in 2014, according to several sources involved with the team's decision making. However, the NFL is almost certain to punish him for his latest arrest, and the team will probably wait through the legal and NFL processes before making any final conclusion.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Smith is gifted, but his off-field problems have become too much of a distraction. Hopefully he can get his life back in order and get back to starring on the football field.|
Aldon Smith player page
Falcons | Two waived Tue Apr 15, 11:50 PM
The Atlanta Falcons waived CB Saeed Lee and TE Adam Nissley Tuesday, April 15.Link to story
Chargers | Malcom Floyd's status uncertain Tue Apr 15, 11:49 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) continues his rehab from a neck injury, but his status is still uncertain. When the team begins voluntary workouts April 22, Floyd will be there to participate, a league source said Tuesday, April 15. His activity level will be more limited than his teammates, however.
|Footballguys view: Neck injuries are nothing to mess around with. Floyd is a favorite target of Philip Rivers, so the team will be extra cautious with him as he comes back from this injury.|
Malcom Floyd player page
Buccaneers | Solomon Patton works out Tue Apr 15, 11:46 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out University of Florida WR Solomon Patton this week.
|Footballguys view: Patton is a lightning quick receiver who can make defenders miss after the catch. He's dangerous in space as a return man, and Patton is a threat to score every time he gets the ball after the catch.|
Bills | Interested in Keon Lyn Tue Apr 15, 08:07 PM
The Buffalo Bills have shown interest in Syracuse CB Keon Lyn.Link to story
NFL | Eric Thomas receiving plenty of interest Tue Apr 15, 08:05 PM
Troy WR Eric Thomas is receiving interest from the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.Link to story
Jets | Chris Johnson's visit goes well, but no deal Tue Apr 15, 07:45 PM
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson's (Titans) visit with the New York Jets reportedly went well Tuesday, April 15, but he left without a deal. Other teams are involved with him, too.
|Footballguys view: There's a small handful of potential suitors for Johnson at this time. The Jets could be considered the frontrunners, but no deal seems imminent. Johnson may still be getting interest from the Buffalo Bills as well.|
Chris Johnson player page
Ravens | Roland McClain works out Tue Apr 15, 07:44 PM
The Baltimore Ravens worked out LB Rolando McClain, and it reportedly wasn't a success. McClain didn't finish his conditioning test and didn't perform drills.Link to story
Rolando McClain player page
Jets | To visit with Demarcus Lawrence next week Tue Apr 15, 06:28 PM
The New York Jets will visit with Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence next week, according to a source.Link to story
Vikings | Terrell Manning claimed Tue Apr 15, 05:40 PM
The Minnesota Vikings claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, April 15.Link to story
Terrell Manning player page
Browns | Johnny Manziel to visit this weekend Tue Apr 15, 05:30 PM
The Cleveland Browns will visit with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel this weekend.
|Footballguys view: Manziel could certainly be an option for the Browns in the first round. He would be a good fit for the Kyle Shanahan system. Any team that adds Manziel can't force him into a traditional offense. Instead, a franchise must be willing to think outside the box. Shanahan's offense can accentuate Manziel's athletic gifts the way it did Robert Griffin III in Washington.|
Jaguars | Gus Bradley gushes over Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack Tue Apr 15, 05:26 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley has been very impressed with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo LB Khalil Mack. 'Physically, his appearance, you don't see many guys that are built like him, with the size and the speed and the agility that he has,' Bradley said of Clowney. Bradley also isn't worried about the work ethic of Clowney.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars may wait on a quarterback in the first round to select either Clowney or Mack. Both are elite pass-rushers who can make an immediate impact in the NFL. Mack is better in coverage, and Clowney is the more rare athletic prospect.|
Buccaneers | Gerald McCoy won't hold out Tue Apr 15, 05:23 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy said he will be in attendance when training camp starts this summer no matter where the status of his contract talks are.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is entering the final year of his contract in 2014. He's currently scheduled to make over $10 million this season. New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has called re-signing McCoy a priority.|
Gerald McCoy player page
Steelers | Adam Podlesh signs Tue Apr 15, 05:07 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, April 15.Link to story
Vikings | Allen Reisner signs Tue Apr 15, 03:43 PM
The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.Link to story
Patriots | Worked out Weston Richburg Tue Apr 15, 03:26 PM
The New England Patriots held a private workout last week for Colorado State OG Weston Richburg. He's projected to be taken early in the second round of this year's draft.
|Footballguys view: Richburg is arguably the best center prospect in this draft class, and many in the scouting community compare him to former Colts great Jeff Saturday. He can move well in space, and Richburg can be a sticky blocker at the second level. Many scouts feel he can be a 10-year starter at the position. Richburg controlled all the line calls in college, and he's comfortable working with a quarterback who calls many audibles.|
Cardinals | Weston Richburg visits Tue Apr 15, 03:25 PM
The Arizona Cardinals visited with Colorado State OG Weston Richburg Monday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Richburg is arguably the best center prospect in this draft class, and many in the scouting community compare him to former Colts great Jeff Saturday. He can move well in space, and Richburg can be a sticky blocker at the second level. Many scouts feel he can be a 10-year starter at the position. The Cardinals are strengthening their offensive line this offseason, and adding a guy like Richgburg would continue that trend.|
49ers | Daniel Kilgore found not guilty Tue Apr 15, 03:20 PM
San Francisco 49ers OG Daniel Kilgore was found not guilty of public intoxication related to his arrest in January in Tennessee. His case was dismissed following his appearance in court Friday, April 11. Kilgore is expected to be the team's starting center in 2014.Link to story
Packers | Matt Flynn to compete for backup job Tue Apr 15, 03:17 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on the roster to open the season.
|Footballguys view: Flynn should be able to hold off Tolzien for the primary backup job behind Aaron Rodgers.|
Matt Flynn player page
Scott Tolzien player page
Packers | Matt Flynn re-signs Tue Apr 15, 02:15 PM
The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's a smart move for both sides. The Packers needed a quality backup behind Aaron Rodgers, and Flynn knows the system well. Flynn needed a new job as he's clearly a backup-caliber player who wasn't going to get a starting opportunity elsewhere.|
Matt Flynn player page
Bengals | Darqueze Dennard visits Tue Apr 15, 01:54 PM
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard visited with the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, April 14, and Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals are looking for a young corner to groom as an eventual starter. Dennard can consistently re-route wide receivers when playing press. He's a physical player who will fight for contested passes. Dennard should be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.|
49ers | Brandon Lloyd has one-year deal Tue Apr 15, 01:49 PM
Updating a previous item, the San Francisco 49ers signed WR Brandon Lloyd to an undisclosed one-year deal.Link to story
Brandon Lloyd player page
Dolphins | Expect big things from Dion Jordan Tue Apr 15, 01:46 PM
Miami Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey is expecting big things from DE Dion Jordan in his second season this year. "He's a very talented player and this is a big offseason for him," Hickey said. "Last year with his shoulder he didn't have an opportunity to have a full offseason. That's so important. Developing and getting your body -- not just the physical reps but the mental reps -- getting in the weight room and all those things is such an important part to get these guys ready to make that jump.'
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins recently rejected a trade offer from the Philadelphia Eagles for Jordan. He's a talented pass-rusher with a nice combination of power and speed.|
Dion Jordan player page
NFL | Derek Carr says he's best QB available Tue Apr 15, 01:32 PM
Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he's 'absolutely' the best quarterback available in this year's draft class. He is seen as a potential first-round pick next month.
|Footballguys view: We respectfully disagree, but we do appreciate the confidence that Carr has shown with this statement. Every QB should feel like he's the best, but Carr has flaws to his game that might hold him back early as a pro. He has a strong arm and can fit passes into tight windows. Carr is athletic enough to keep plays alive with his feet if necessary. However, Carr's game falls apart under pressure. Even when he's not in danger, Carr will feel pressure and react negatively. We'll see if his NFL team can help him overcome "seeing ghosts" on the football field.|
Cowboys | To meet with Timmy Jernigan Tue Apr 15, 01:28 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to meet with Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Jernigan is a big-bodied tackle who can stuff the run in the middle. He has violent striking hands that help him disengage from a blocker. Jernigan does wear down quickly as games go on, so as a pro he'll likely have to be worked in a rotation.|
Cowboys | Met with Aaron Donald Tue Apr 15, 01:26 PM
The Dallas Cowboys met with Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald Monday, April 14. He appears to be an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's defensive scheme, and Donald might be the best defensive tackle in this year's draft.
|Footballguys view: Donald was a standout player at the Senior Bowl earlier this year. His first-step explosion is elite, and Donald has the strength to control the point of attack. He's got the quickness and snap anticipation to get into the backfield quickly.|
49ers | Brandon Lloyd signs Tue Apr 15, 01:20 PM
The San Francisco 49ers signed free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (Patriots) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Let's hope he doesn't duck when any incoming passes are headed in his direction. Lloyd played for the 49ers earlier in his career after being a fourth-round pick by the team in 2003. He bounced around the league after that, and he was out of football in 2013. Lloyd will compete as a reserve receiver, but is not guaranteed a roster spot.|
Brandon Lloyd player page
Vikings | Getting extended look at Teddy Bridgewater Tue Apr 15, 01:18 PM
The Minnesota Vikings visited with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater Monday, April 14, and he remains with the team Tuesday, April 15. He also worked out for the team over the weekend.
|Footballguys view: The thought of Bridgewater falling to the end of the first round just doesn't make sense. He's this year's most accurate quarterback who knows how to run a pro-style offense. The Vikings would be wise to add Bridgewater in the first round if he's available when they pick at 8th overall.|
Giants | Met with Kevin Williams Tue Apr 15, 01:15 PM
The New York Giants met with free-agent DT Kevin Williams (Vikings) Monday, April 14, and will meet with head coach Tom Coughlin and members of the front office Tuesday, April 15.Link to story
Kevin Williams player page
Bears | To meet with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Tue Apr 15, 01:11 PM
The Chicago Bears will visit with Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix this week, according to a source. Clinton-Dix has already met with the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons.
|Footballguys view: Clinton-Dix is a quality centerfielder who can make plays be reading a quarterback's eyes. He's not a thumper as a tackler, but he does bring down his man in the open field.|
Vikings | Brock Vereen to visit Tue Apr 15, 12:21 PM
The Minnesota Vikings will host Minnesota FS Brock Vereen, the brother of New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen, for a visit this week.Link to story
Bills | Interested in Chris Johnson Tue Apr 15, 12:14 PM
The Buffalo Bills have shown some interest in signing free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans), according to sources.
|Footballguys view: The interest in Johnson has always been a curious proposition with the Bills. We've heard they were interested, but we've also heard they didn't really have interest. Adding Johnson would be a curious move because they already have a similar back in C.J. Spiller. Behind Spiller, the Bills have savvy veteran Fred Jackson. Nobody really looks at the Bills and thinks "What they really need is a running back."|
Chris Johnson player page
Falcons | Dee Ford to visit Tue Apr 15, 10:46 AM
The Atlanta Falcons will visit with Auburn OLB/DE Dee Ford this week.
|Footballguys view: Ford could help boost the Falcons' pass rush in 2014. He's a bit undersized, but like Elvis Dumervil (Ravens), Ford uses that to his advantage. He can dip under larger tackles and he has the closing burst to get to the quarterback in a hurry. Ford should be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.|
Vikings | Kyle Rudolph update Tue Apr 15, 10:36 AM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the Vikings and Rudolph here. In order for the offense to run on all cylinders, the team needs Rudolph to be healthy and out on the field. He's an effective playmaker who will give the quarterback a security blanket. Rudolph is also a quality target in the red zone.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Giants | Former OC refutes Eli Manning is in decline Tue Apr 15, 10:22 AM
Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said it's 'ludicrous' to think that Giants QB Eli Manning is in decline. 'There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there's been no lack of preparation and effort,' Gilbride said. 'I think he's going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line.'
|Footballguys view: "It's not him it's me" is what Gilbride should have said. The offense grew stale under Gildbride, and defenses knew how predictable the playcalling and formations were. We should see a refreshed Eli under new OC Ben McAdoo.|
Eli Manning player page
Falcons | Justin Jones visiting Tue Apr 15, 10:17 AM
The Atlanta Falcons are visiting with East Carolina TE Justin Jones Tuesday, April 15.Link to story
Lions | Having productive talks with Ndamukong Suh's agent Tue Apr 15, 10:05 AM
The Detroit Lions are having productive talks with DT Ndamukong Suh's agent about a contract extension.Link to story
Ndamukong Suh player page
Jets | Chris Johnson visiting Tue Apr 15, 09:24 AM
The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: This is his likely destination. Johnson would be able to be compete with Chris Ivory for the starting job, and he could give the offense another weapon with speed. We'll see if something comes together.|
Chris Johnson player page
Panthers | Might be interested in Sidney Rice Mon Apr 14, 11:52 PM
The Carolina Panthers might show an interest in free-agent WR Sidney Rice (Seahawks), but only at the right price.
|Footballguys view: Might?....Might? The Panthers NEED to show an interest in any wide receiver that would be an upgrade, and Rice would do just that. Right now a group consisting of Tavarres King, Marvin McNutt, Tiquan Underwood and Jerricho Cotchery doesn't exactly strike fear in the hearts of opposing defenses.|
Sidney Rice player page
Giants | LaRon Byrd to work out Tuesday Mon Apr 14, 11:51 PM
Free-agent WR LaRon Byrd (Cardinals) will work out for the New York Giants Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Byrd is a big target who can work the middle of the field. With his size and wingspan he can also be a good red-zone threat. He's essentially a similar prospect to what they had in Ramses Barden.|
LaRon Byrd player page
Broncos | Left guard is unsettled Mon Apr 14, 11:46 PM
The Denver Broncos' offseason conditioning program begins Monday, April 21. It remains unclear whether OT Orlando Franklin, OG Ben Garland or C Manuel Ramirez will be the team's left guard.
|Footballguys view: At this time it seems like Franklin is going to stay at right tackle. There he may face competition from Chris Clark. Garland is a converted defensive lineman, and Ramirez is a guard who filled in as the starting center for all of 2013. No matter who wins the job, the Broncos want elite protection for Peyton Manning.|
Broncos | Uncertainty at center position Mon Apr 14, 11:45 PM
The Denver Broncos' offseason conditioning program begins Monday, April 21. It's not known whether C Will Montgomery or C Manuel Ramirez will start at center.
|Footballguys view: We'll see this competition in training camp. There's a chance we'll see a rookie added to the mix as well.|
Broncos | Kayvon Webster moving up depth chart Mon Apr 14, 11:44 PM
Denver Broncos CB Kayvon Webster is currently slotted as the team's third cornerback, and he could even see a bigger role if CB Chris X. Harris (knee) isn't quite ready.
|Footballguys view: Webster is not ready for that larger role. When forced into more playing time last year he struggled late in the season as a rookie. The Broncos top pick in the draft should be a cornerback.|
Chris Harris player page
Broncos | Chris Harris entering contract year Mon Apr 14, 11:44 PM
With Denver Broncos CB Chris X. Harris (knee) making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in January, and the fact he is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season, the team is likely to select a cornerback in the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.Link to story
Chris Harris player page
Broncos | Avery Williamson might fill need Mon Apr 14, 11:43 PM
The Denver Broncos would like to find a middle linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft to fill the 'Mike' position. The ideal Mike prospect would be at least 240 pounds and run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. The only inside linebacker to meet both criteria in this year's draft is Kentucky LB Avery Williamson, who checked in at 246 pounds with a 4.66 seconds dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos want a "Mike" that doesn't have to come off the field on passing downs. Williamson is a bit undersized, but he certainly has the speed to cover. The Broncos have done well with Kentucky linebackers in recent years (Danny Trevathan, Wesley Woodyard). Williamson is considered a late-round pick.|
Panthers | Meeting with Robert Herron Mon Apr 14, 06:08 PM
The Carolina Panthers are visiting with Wyoming WR Robert Herron Monday, April 14. The team worked him out back on April 3.
|Footballguys view: Herron plays a lot like a younger version of former Panthers great Steve Smith. He's a fast player (4.3 40-yard dash) who disguises routes well. Herron can get release off the line of scrimmage in many different ways, and he'll quickly get into his route. He should go off the board in the second or third round.|
Raiders | Jordan Matthews visiting Mon Apr 14, 05:59 PM
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews is visiting with the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: Matthews is a fine route-runner. He's Jerry Rice's cousin and plays a lot like Eric Decker (Jets). Matthews is not going to get much separation in his routes, but he can haul in contested passes regularly.|
NFL | Billy Turner receiving interest Mon Apr 14, 05:36 PM
North Dakota State OT Billy Turner met with the Dallas Cowboys Monday, April 14, and worked out for the Cowboys last week. Turner is also scheduled to meet with the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.Link to story
Steelers | Two defensive prospects visit Mon Apr 14, 05:35 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Oregon State DE Scott Crichton and Arizona CB Shaquille Richardson Monday, April 14.Link to story
Chargers | Terrell Manning cut Mon Apr 14, 05:29 PM
The San Diego Chargers have released LB Terrell Manning.Link to story
Terrell Manning player page