Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets | Matt Forte dealing with injury (Thu Jul 28, 05:54 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Date set for Le'Veon Bell's appeal (Thu Jul 28, 05:34 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starter (Thu Jul 28, 05:05 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo share snaps (Thu Jul 28, 02:04 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Austin Davis has chance to stick Thu Jul 28, 01:44 AM
Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis has a chance to stick around with the team if the organization elects to deal or release QB Josh McCown during training camp and the preseason. Davis was signed to a two-year contract extension through 2017, but only $600,000 is guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: There's no way four quarterbacks end up in camp, Cody Kessler isn't getting cut and we expect Robert Griffin III to win the starting job. That leaves one job for McCown and Davis, and given that McCown has little upside, we could see Davis remaining. Of course, that leaves almost no experience behind Griffin if he were to get hurt.|
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Bills | Buffalo among those in on Nick Foles Thu Jul 28, 01:44 AM
The Buffalo Bills are one of three teams interested in free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams), a source said Wednesday, July 27. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings also have interest, while the New York Jets were interested but are now likely out after re-signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.
|Footballguys view: They aren't in love with Tyrod Taylor, so this makes sense. We could even see Foles pushing for snaps in camp. Taylor is a low-end QB2, but his added value is his legs, something Foles doesn't bring to the table. Which means that Foles might actually be less desirable in this offense than Taylor.|
Nick Foles player page
Steelers | Little chance Le'Veon Bell wins appeal Wed Jul 27, 10:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has vowed not to miss any games due to suspension for reportedly missing several drug tests, but no sources with knowledge of the situation believe he has a strong chance to win the appeal. As such, RB DeAngelo Williams would be in line to carry the load until Bell returns.
|Footballguys view: Which means Deangelo Williams goes from important handcuff to must-have player. You have to avoid overvaluing him, as he is likely to have RB1 value for just four weeks, but he could have some great production in that span. If you have Bell, you had better jump early on Williams. For four games he will put up RB1 numbers, but for the season he has no more than RB3 or RB4 upside, barring another injury to Bell.|
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Ravens | Justin Forsett expects to be bell cow Wed Jul 27, 10:01 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett expects to hang onto the starting job and do the bulk of the work at the running back position ahead of RBs Javorius Allen, Kenneth Dixon, Lorenzo Taliaferro and Terrance West. The team also has RB Trent Richardson (knee) competing for a roster spot. While Forsett might be optimistic, he is 31 and the team is leaning toward reducing his carries.
|Footballguys view: Forsett seems to have recovered from his broken arm, but that age is a concern to some. The veteran back has low mileage on his body as he didn't start getting a large workload in the pros until a couple of years ago. As the Ravens will reduce his carries a little we expect him to be more of an RB3 than the RB2 he might be if he got 20-25 carries every game.|
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Jets | Bad news for Geno Smith, Bryce Petty Wed Jul 27, 09:59 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith and QB Bryce Petty were atop the depth chart, but now that the team has re-signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal either Smith or Petty might be looking for a new team by the regular season opener.
|Footballguys view: There are two ways the Jets can go. They can keep Smith and cut Petty, hoping he slips through waivers to land on the practice squad or they can cut or trade Smith, though that leaves them with no experience behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. We think they take their chances with Petty getting grabbed off waivers, and keep Smith on the bench just in case. It's a smart play, given the brutal early schedule.|
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Chiefs | Eric Berry planning lengthy holdout Wed Jul 27, 09:59 PM
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry appears ready to holdout through the preseason, as he is displeased with the team's inability to reach a long-term contract agreement with him this summer. Veterans are expected to report to training camp Friday, July 29, and head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday, July 26, that he has communicated with Berry via text this summer but was uncertain of Berry's plans.
|Footballguys view: Veteran skip camp, so this is no worry. Berry knows the defense, he's likely in great shape and he can step in during the preseason and be fine. We do think it's crazy he isn't signed to a long-term deal yet, but that may be coming. On the field, missing some practices won't hurt the savvy veteran.|
Eric Berry player page
Browns | More hot water for Armonty Bryant Wed Jul 27, 09:58 PM
Cleveland Browns DL Armonty Bryant faces further possible league suspensions following a misdemeanor drug conviction Wednesday, July 27. He is already suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.Link to story
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Saints | Vincent Brown to be released Wed Jul 27, 08:51 PM
New Orleans Saints WR Vincent Brown (calf) will be released from the Reserve/Injured list after the two sides agreed to an injury settlement, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We remember when Brown had a tremendous amount of upside and was going to tear it up in San Diego. He's been banged up, and that has been an issue, but he also has struggled to reach his potential.|
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Patriots | Nate Solder practicing Wed Jul 27, 08:23 PM
New England Patriots OT Nate Solder (calf) has been participating in practice this week after missing some offseason workouts because of a calf injury.
|Footballguys view: The Pats have to be happy as they missed him a great deal last season. This is especially critical given they have inexperienced Jimmy Garropolo starting the first four games due to Tom Brady's suspension.|
Bears | CHI adds B.J. Daniels, Brandon Boykin Wed Jul 27, 08:20 PM
Free-agent WR B.J. Daniels (Giants) and CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) signed with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, July 27. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
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Broncos | Mark Sanchez to receive first snaps Wed Jul 27, 07:49 PM
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez will receive the first set of snaps during practice Thursday, July 28, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. He will be followed by QB Trevor Siemian and QB Paxton Lynch. Kubiak said the quarterback rotation will change each day.
|Footballguys view: As expected, Sanchez is getting the first crack at starting. His experience gives him that edge, and we expect him to win the job though how long he keeps it is hard to say given his history. We don't see him as anything more than a shaky QB2 who could lose his job mid-season.|
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Chiefs | Phillip Gaines fully practices Wed Jul 27, 07:38 PM
Kansas City Chiefs CB Phillip Gaines (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, July 27, for the first time since he suffered his torn anterior cruciate ligament last season. Head coach Andy Reid said Gaines is the leading candidate to start at right cornerback this season.Link to story
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Packers | No timetable for Ty Montgomery Wed Jul 27, 07:23 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) said he does not have a definite timetable for his return to practice but does say that his ankle feels great. Montgomery will have to compete for a roster spot when he is activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: A high-ankle sprain knocked Montgomery's rookie season off track last year. This season, Montgomery is in the mix for the Packers No.3 WR job behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Jeff Janis, Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis are all vying for the position as well. This injury puts Montgomery behind those others at this time.|
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Packers | Quinten Rollins says thumb is fine Wed Jul 27, 07:22 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Quinten Rollins (thumb) participated in practice Wednesday, July 27, and said his dislocated thumb is fully healed. Rollins missed most of the offseason workouts because of the injury.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in 2015, Rollins is working with the first-team defense opposite CB Sam Shields. He'll have to play well in camp to keep 2016 first-round pick Damarious Randall at bay.|
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to New York Wed Jul 27, 07:05 PM
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, July 27, worth $12 million. Fitzpatrick can earn an additional $3 million based on the team's performance.
|Footballguys view: Finally! The drama between Fitzpatrick and the Jets is finally done...and it's for a price tag that we've been expecting for quite some time. Fitzpatrick saw all the money thrown around to guys like Sam Bradford (Eagles) and Brock Osweiler (Texans) earlier this offseason and wanted a piece of that. He didn't get it..and never was going to get it. Now, he gets $12 million fully guaranteed with a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB2.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Saints | Jairus Byrd passes physical Wed Jul 27, 07:01 PM
New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was able to pass his physical when he reported for training camp, according to head coach Sean Payton.
|Footballguys view: That's a good sign for Byrd..and for the Saints. His time with New Orleans has been marred by this knee problem, and Byrd has appeared in only 17 of a possible 32 contests with the Saints. The 29-year old needs to stay healthy and start producing like he did years ago when he was with the Bills.|
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Saints | Keenan Lewis close to full strength Wed Jul 27, 06:53 PM
New Orleans Saints CB Keenan Lewis (hip) is close to 100% at this point, according to head coach Sean Payton.
|Footballguys view: He's close to being full strength, but the Saints started him on the PUP list to begin training camp. All signs point to him being ready for Week 1 of the regular season.|
Keenan Lewis player page
Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick talking with NYJ Wed Jul 27, 06:37 PM
Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is having contract negotiations with the New York Jets. The Jets are trying to reach an agreement with Fitzpatrick.Link to story
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Patriots | Alan Branch injury update Wed Jul 27, 06:29 PM
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (hip) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list because of a minor hip injury, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Branch is a large, run-stuffing defensive tackle who takes up a lot of space in the middle of the line. This minor hip injury could open the door for free agent addition Terrance Knighton to take over as the starter next to Malcom Brown.|
Alan Branch player page
Ravens | Jake Long to meet with doctor Wed Jul 27, 06:16 PM
Free-agent OT Jake Long (Falcons) is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews to have his surgically repaired knee examined before the Baltimore Ravens finalized a deal with him. Long suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in 2013 and 2014.
|Footballguys view: Long's career has been derailed by injuries, so it's wise for the Ravens to fully examine him before finalizing any sort of contract with the veteran tackle. If he's cleared, Long is no lock to make the 53-man roster as a reserve tackle for the Ravens.|
Panthers | Luke Kuechly cleared Wed Jul 27, 06:14 PM
Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly (shoulder) has been cleared to participate in practice, but head coach Ron Rivera said Kuechly likely will be eased back into practice.
|Footballguys view: He went under the knife back in February, and the team was always confident that their superstar LB would be ready for the start of camp. Here we are...and Kuechly is ready.|
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Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin ready to practice Wed Jul 27, 06:05 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) has been cleared to participate in practice, but head coach Ron Rivera said Benjamin likely will be eased back into practice.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin is a low-end WR2 for fantasy owners, but make sure to monitor that ADP as we get closer to draft time. His draft position has been getting a bit higher as of late, so make sure he doesn't get taken too soon in your draft. The Panthers are going to target him early and often, but TE Greg Olsen will get his and second-year WR Devin Funchess could also be more involved.|
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Panthers | Bene Benwikere goes on PUP list Wed Jul 27, 06:04 PM
Carolina Panthers CB Bene Benwikere (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.Bene Benwikere player page
Panthers | Leonard Johnson not ready for camp Wed Jul 27, 06:01 PM
Carolina Panthers CB Leonard Johnson (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27.Leonard Johnson player page
Patriots | Alan Branch placed on NFI list Wed Jul 27, 05:58 PM
New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27.Alan Branch player page
Ravens | Baltimore waives two players Wed Jul 27, 05:50 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB Cavellis Luckett (undisclosed) and DB Jumal Rolle (undisclosed) were waived/injured Wednesday, July 27.
Saints | Hakeem Nicks signing with Saints Wed Jul 27, 05:34 PM
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) will sign a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: We're a bit surprised with this signing, but the Saints just need some depth at the WR position. Nicks is no longer the player he used to be, and things fell off quickly for the 28-year old. He's not a lock for the 53-man roster, and Nicks is only the team's WR5 at best if he does make the team.|
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Bears | Two Bears players on PUP list Wed Jul 27, 05:28 PM
Chicago Bears LB Pernell McPhee (knee) and OG Amini Silatolu (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27. General manager Ryan Pace said he is not sure if McPhee will be able to play in any of the preseason games.Link to story
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Bears | Marquess Wilson placed on PUP list Wed Jul 27, 05:21 PM
Chicago Bears WR Marquess Wilson (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27. Wilson reported to training camp with a walking boot on his broken foot.
|Footballguys view: Wilson is speedy...but he's also hurt all the time. He should begin the regular season on the PUP list for the Bears.|
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Dolphins | Coach comfortable with Tony Lippett Wed Jul 27, 05:02 PM
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said he is comfortable with CB Tony Lippett being one of the starting cornerbacks entering training camp. Lippett was scheduled to compete with CB Xavien Howard (knee) for the job, but he has been sidelined because of a knee injury.Link to story
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Ravens | Joe Flacco will wear knee brace Wed Jul 27, 04:51 PM
Baltimore Ravens OB Joe Flacco (knee) said he will be wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practices and all of the regular season games.
|Footballguys view: Flacco is coming back from a major knee injury, so Ravens fans should be happy he's wearing a brace for added protection. He can scramble, but that's not a major part of his game so we don't think the brace will be a problem for Flacco.|
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Jets | Darron Lee contract update Wed Jul 27, 04:44 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Jets LB Darron Lee's four-year contract is worth $10.2 million and is fully guaranteed.Link to story
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Broncos | Aqib Talib starting camp on NFI list Wed Jul 27, 04:35 PM
Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib (leg) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Talib should be able to return soon.
|Footballguys view: Talib suffered a gunshot wound down the back of his leg earlier this offseason, so starting camp like this should not surprise. Kubiak said the team would ease Talib back in as he continues to recover during camp.|
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Ravens | Mike Wallace fails conditioning test Wed Jul 27, 04:24 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed his conditioning test Wednesday, July 27. He will be able to take the test again Thursday, July 28.
|Footballguys view: Wallace certainly is not the same player he was when he splashed onto the scene with the Steelers. The failure of the conditioning test is a bit of a red flag, but fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to light up the box score anyway. We have a feeling the speedy, one-route receiver will pass the test soon enough.|
Mike Wallace player page
Eagles | Ryan Mathews placed on NFI list Wed Jul 27, 04:23 PM
Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27, after injuring his ankle while training last week. The team also signed undrafted free-agent WR David Watford (Hampton). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Camp hasn't even started and Mathews is hurt! Fantasy owners know his injury history is so long that it reads like War & Peace, but we thought he'd at least get to camp without being hurt. Mathews' latest injury is just another reminder why you need to keep rookie Wendell Smallwood on your waiver-wire speed dial or late-round wishlist.|
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Broncos | Three Broncos cleared for camp Wed Jul 27, 04:12 PM
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring, knee), TE Virgil Green (finger) and LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) have been cleared to participate during training camp.
|Footballguys view: Marshall is good to go and should see his normal amount of work. Heuerman and Green are both going to be eased into action as camp rolls along.|
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Jets | Darron Lee agrees to terms Wed Jul 27, 03:55 PM
New York Jets LB Darron Lee, the team's first-round pick, agreed to a four-year deal with the Jets Wednesday, July 27, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes a fifth-year option.Link to story
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Rams | Nick Foles released Wed Jul 27, 03:49 PM
Los Angeles Rams QB Nick Foles was released Wednesday, July 27.
|Footballguys view: Things aren't going your way when you get benched for Case Keenum as Foles experienced last year. When the Rams added QB Jared Goff with the first-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the writing was on the wall that they were done with Foles. Some team should be interested in bringing him on as a backup.|
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Broncos | Denver QBs to receive equal reps Wed Jul 27, 03:36 PM
Denver Broncos QBs Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will receive equal snaps at the start of training camp, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said there is no timetable on selecting a starting quarterback.
|Footballguys view: The number of reps are going to be equal, but Kubiak admitted that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian will split first-team reps. Lynch is the future, but he may need a redshirt year after coming out of a spread system in college at Memphis. He was the best QB in this draft class in terms of making plays under pressure. His completion percentage (67.9), TDs (11) and INTs (1) ranked first for FBS QBs under duress in 2015.|
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Broncos | DeMarcus Ware placed on NFI list Wed Jul 27, 03:33 PM
Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware (back) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 27.
|Footballguys view: Ware hasn't practiced at all this offseason. He missed all of OTAs and minicamp dealing with this back injury. Expect the Broncos to take it easy on the future Hall of Fame pass-rusher.|
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Broncos | Denver working on Emmanuel Sanders deal Wed Jul 27, 03:29 PM
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders' representatives are still talking with the Broncos about a contract extension. General manager John Elway said he would like to reach an agreement with Sanders but is not sure what will happen.
|Footballguys view: Sanders may be seeking a deal that pays him around $10 million annually. He's certainly worth that price tag, but Denver is already paying WR Demaryius Thomas an average of $14 million per year. The offense is going to be run-heavy by nature, so it's a bit of a question mark as to whether or not they should pay their No.2 WR that kind of money. We think they should, but we're not signing the checks.|
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Cardinals | Donald Butler joining Arizona Wed Jul 27, 03:14 PM
Free-agent LB Donald Butler (Chargers) signed with the Arizona Cardinals Wednesday, July 27. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released LB Quayshawn Nealy.Link to story
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Bears | Jeremy Langford bulks up Wed Jul 27, 03:12 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford has added some weight this offseason to make sure he is ready for a bigger role in the offense in 2016, according to a source. Langford is listed at 211 but currently weighs around 220 pounds.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for the Bears. With Matt Forte (Jets) moving on in free agency, the pressure is on Langford to emerge as the lead back. Watch for Kadeem Carey to put up a fight for reps in training camp. Also, fantasy owners need to get familiar with rookie Jordan Howard. He's a true power back who can make his living grinding down a defense between the tackles.|
Jeremy Langford player page
Broncos | Denver adding Marlon Brown Wed Jul 27, 03:05 PM
Free-agent WR Marlon Brown (Ravens) will be signing a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: Brown is merely a camp body. The Broncos are a run-heavy team, but they are stacked at the WR position.|
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Packers | Datone Jones sheds weight Wed Jul 27, 01:41 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Datone Jones went from 285 pounds to 269 pounds, as of last week, and his body fat was reduced from 25% to 16.5%. Jones is transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker.Link to story
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Cowboys | Jaylon Smith headed to NFI Wed Jul 27, 01:15 PM
Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will be placed on the non-football injury list Wednesday, July 27.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Smith may miss his entire rookie season after suffering a career-threatening knee injury in Notre Dame's bowl game. We hope to see him back and healthy sometime, but don't expect that to happen until 2017.|
Cowboys | Darren McFadden on track for opener Wed Jul 27, 01:05 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) received positive results from his bone scan, and he's on track for the season opener.
|Footballguys view: Let's hope he doesn't drop any cell phones between then and now. McFadden will serve as a backup behind rookie Ezekiel Elliott. We could see Elliott get well over 300 carries this year, so there may not be a lot of work for McFadden in 2016.|
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Jets | Khiry Robinson to PUP Wed Jul 27, 12:40 PM
New York Jets RB Khiry Robinson (leg) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 27.
|Footballguys view: He's day-to-day coming back from a broken leg. When healthy, there may be a spot for him on the 53-man roster as a goal-line back.|
Khiry Robinson player page
Patriots | Bear Pascoe joins Patriots Wed Jul 27, 12:28 PM
Free-agent TE Bear Pascoe (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Wednesday, July 27.
|Footballguys view: A champion calf-roper, Pascoe has made it for several years in the pros as a big-bodied blocker. He doesn't have any fantasy value if he makes the Patriots 53-man roster, but we love the name...and his collection of belt buckles.|
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Patriots | Tom Brady will remain starter Wed Jul 27, 12:08 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will return as the starting quarterback when he returns, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
|Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. We hope the person who asked this question was booed by the reporters around him.|
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