Fantasy Football News & Views
49ers | Aldon Smith detained (Sun Apr 13, 06:44 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Concerned Eli Manning is declining (Sun Apr 13, 06:30 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski meets with doctor (Fri Apr 11, 08:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Lions | Could move up for Sammy Watkins (Wed Apr 9, 02:23 PM) [jump to this story]
Saints | Visit with Robert Herron Thu Apr 10, 02:50 PM
The New Orleans Saints are visiting with Wyoming WR Robert Herron Thursday, April. 10.
|Footballguys view: The Saints are always looking for bargains at the wide receiver position. Herron has great straight-line speed and but also has the tenacity to go across the middle. He could be a nice pick for the Saints and a good fit for Drew Brees' offense.|
Redskins | Visit with Scott Crichton Thu Apr 10, 02:48 PM
The Washington Redskins are visiting with Oregon St. DE Scott Crichton Thursday, April. 10.Link to story
Panthers | Sign Ed Dickson Thu Apr 10, 02:46 PM
The Carolina Panthers have signed TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) Thursday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: Greg Olsen will still be "the man" there but with the dearth of offensive weapons for Cam Newton to throw to, there may be plenty of opportunity for Dickson to make some plays. He flashed a few times for Baltimore but never quite consistently enough. He may get the chance as even if the Panthers grab a receiver with every pick in the draft, they will still need veteran players to step up.|
Ed Dickson player page
Giants | Eli Manning to have arthroscopic surgery Thu Apr 10, 02:34 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Thursday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: It's not surprising that Eli Manning came away from the beating he took in 2013 with an injury. He should be fine in time for preseason.|
Eli Manning player page
Bills | Release Kourtnei Brown Thu Apr 10, 02:06 PM
The Buffalo Bills released DE Kourtnei Brown Friday, April 10.Link to story
Lions | More on Ndamukong Suh Thu Apr 10, 02:00 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions teammates and coaches were not surprised that DT Ndamukong Suh was not taking part in voluntary workouts. 'It certainly didn't blindside me,' head coach Jim Caldwell said. 'We certainly knew. He and I have probably had more discussions than any player that we've had on the team. He's been in-and-out. I think he was here on a couple days when I came on a visit, so we kind of knew exactly what was going on.
|Footballguys view: This is the kind of non-story story that we see as the draft analysis is winding down and news is slow. We'd like to see Suh there, as it could be a sign that he is taking more of a leadership role on. But not being there isn't necessarily a sign of the apocalypse.|
Ndamukong Suh player page
Saints | Bryan Stork visiting Thu Apr 10, 01:48 PM
The New Orleans Saints are visiting with Florida St. C Bryan Stork Thursday, April. 10.Link to story
Seahawks | Ricardo Lockette being investigated Thu Apr 10, 01:09 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette is part of an investigation by the Miami police involving an alleged sexual assault.
|Footballguys view: Along with Quinton Patton and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers, Lockette was at a gathering where the alleged incident occurred. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation, reports that marijuana was being used could get the league investigating on it's own.|
Ricardo Lockette player page
49ers | Quinton Patton being investigated Thu Apr 10, 01:09 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is part of an investigation by the Miami police involving an alleged sexual assault.
|Footballguys view: Along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Patton was present at an apartment where the incident spurring this investigation took place. We have little real information, so nobody wants to jump to conclusions, but reports of marijuana use could get the league involved regardless of the outcome of the investigation.|
Quinton Patton player page
49ers | Colin Kaepernick being investigated Thu Apr 10, 12:42 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault. Police are investigating an alleged incident that took place in Florida. Kaepernick has not yet been charged.
|Footballguys view: There is a lot to piece together here, so let's not go leaping to conclusions as to what happened. Aside from alcohol, marijuana was allegedly being consumed during this incident, which will raise the ears of the league. Again, there is a long way to go before we have the facts, but as SI.com's Doug Farrar tweeted out earlier, whatever the outcome, this can't be what Harbaugh wants his quarterback and a receiver involved in during the off-season.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Colts | Ra'Shede Hageman visits Thu Apr 10, 12:40 PM
The Indianapolis Colts hosted Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman for a visit.
|Footballguys view: The Colts defense needs help and they need someone on the defensive interior next to Ricky Jean-Francois as Josh Chapman (currently penciled in as nose tackle) wasn't impressive against the pass.|
Cardinals | Ra'Shede Hageman visits Thu Apr 10, 12:38 PM
The Arizona Cardinals hosted Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman for a visit.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals have some holes on both sides of the ball and Dan Williams wasn't terribly impressive at the nose tackle spot last season. Hageman would help plug up the run and bring some more pass rush to the defense.|
Falcons | Ra'Shede Hageman visits Thu Apr 10, 12:37 PM
The Atlanta Falcons hosted Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman for a visit.
|Footballguys view: While there are plenty of first round projections for Hageman, some still feel he might drop into the second, which means the Falcons could have a shot at him. They could use some more help stuffing the run and Hageman can also get into the backfield to disrupt passes.|
49ers | Storm Johnson to visit Thu Apr 10, 12:25 PM
The San Francisco 49ers will visit with Central Florida RB Storm Johnson Monday, April 14.
|Footballguys view: The Niners have five backs on their roster, even after letting Anthony Dixon leave, but they're always on the lookout for talent. Johnson is an underrated back in this class, projected to go in the fifth round by many analysts. He isn't a full-load kind of back, but in today's NFL that's not a big deal. His acceleration and power make him a solid part of an RBBC.|
Steelers | Jordan Zumwalt to visit Thu Apr 10, 12:12 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to visit with UCLA LB Jordan Zumwalt.Link to story
Steelers | Ryan Shazier to visit Thu Apr 10, 12:11 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to visit with Ohio St. LB Ryan Shazier.
|Footballguys view: Shazier is projected to go in the late first round by many analysts, so the Steelers know if they want him, they will probably have to take him with the No. 15 pick in the draft. Shazier is a versatile back who can rush the passer, drop into coverage and stop the run. He is a bit lean and needs to play a bit more disciplined, but could be a good fit for this defense.|
Steelers | Deone Bucannon to visit Thu Apr 10, 12:10 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to visit with Washington St. SS Deone Bucannon.Link to story
49ers | Talking to Brandon Lloyd Thu Apr 10, 10:46 AM
The San Francisco 49ers are talking to free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (Patriots).
|Footballguys view: More than likely the team is just looking at depth options, as Lloyd didn't play at all last year. Instead, Lloyd appeared in a zombie "movie" called After Effect. Which makes us wonder - do the Niners have a concern about a coming zombie apocalypse? Are they just having Lloyd in to pick his brain so they can prepare? It makes as much sense as actually expecting anything from him this year if they do sign him.|
Brandon Lloyd player page
Lions | Reggie Bush to see smaller load Thu Apr 10, 10:33 AM
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is fine with a potentially smaller workload in 2014. RB Joique Bell is expected to cut into Bush's workload more this season.
|Footballguys view: Bell has been very effective and keeping Bush's body intact will be a big help down the stretch. Bell is a solid runner with some pop to his carries and is a nice counter to Bush, but also able to stand on his own.|
Reggie Bush player page
Joique Bell player page
NFL | Chris Johnson not working out for teams Wed Apr 9, 10:20 PM
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.
|Footballguys view: Everyone knows what Johnson's game is all about. Speed, speed, and more speed. He's a speed back who is not ready to play a backup role in the NFL. Now that he's on the open market, we should see a few teams interested.|
Chris Johnson player page
Chargers | Byron Jerideau waived Wed Apr 9, 10:19 PM
The San Diego Chargers waived NT Byron Jerideau Tuesday, April 8, leaving only NTs Kwame Geathers and Sean Lissemore as the only nose tackles on the roster.Link to story
Sean Lissemore player page
Steelers | Odell Beckham meets with team Wed Apr 9, 09:14 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. had dinner with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers have a need at the wide receiver position after losing Emmanuel Sanders in free agency to the Broncos. Beckham would make a fine first-round pick for any team because of his speed, hands and ability to dominate at the point of the catch.|
Saints | Plan to dine with Odell Beckham Jr. Wed Apr 9, 09:14 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. plans to have dinner with members of the New Orleans Saints contingent which scouted him at his pro day Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
NFL | Odell Beckham shines in drills Wed Apr 9, 09:13 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to strengthen his draft prospects at his school's pro day Wednesday, April 9. He shined in passing drills, and did not need to run the 40-yard dash again, electing to stand on his time of 4.43 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.Link to story
NFL | Jarvis Landry improves on dash time Wed Apr 9, 09:12 PM
Louisiana State WR Jarvis Landry posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds at his pro day Wednesday, April 9, in Baton Rouge. He ran a surprisingly slow time of 4.77 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Landry is still not a burner. Think of a smaller version of Eric Decker (Jets) and you have Landry's game summed up.|
NFL | Zach Mettenberger sharp at pro day Wed Apr 9, 09:11 PM
Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger (knee) impressed NFL coaches, general managers and scouts by going through a full pro day workout Wednesday, April 9. He had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament just 13 weeks ago. 'It says a lot about him. And his doctor,' New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said. 'It's pretty impressive. You know, 10 years ago you couldn't do that. I thought he did a real good job.'Link to story
Jets | Will host Odell Beckham Wed Apr 9, 09:11 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. said Wednesday, April 9 at his pro day that he has an individual visit lined up with the New York Jets.Link to story
Jaguars | Alex Mack agrees to offer sheet terms Wed Apr 9, 09:10 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns transition free-agent C Alex Mack has agreed to terms of an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, April 9. The actual offer sheet is not yet drawn up, but will be shortly and then submitted. The Browns have the opportunity to match the offer to retain Mack.Link to story
49ers | Chris Culliver charged Wed Apr 9, 09:10 PM
San Francisco 49ers CB Chris Culliver was charged Wednesday, April 9, with one felony and two misdemeanors stemming from an alleged hit-and-run accident in March, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office said. He is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges Friday, April 11. It will more than likely be continued to a later date to allow Culliver time to enter a plea. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.Link to story
Chris Culliver player page
Bills | Odell Beckham to visit Wed Apr 9, 09:08 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. said Wednesday, April 9, that he has an individual visit lined up with the Buffalo Bills.Link to story
Bengals | Expected to host Odell Beckham Wed Apr 9, 09:07 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. said Wednesday, April 9, that he has an individual visit lined up with the Cincinnati Bengals.Link to story
Vikings | Kurt Coleman visiting Wed Apr 9, 07:01 PM
Free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Eagles) is visiting with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
Kurt Coleman player page
Titans | O'Brien Schofield passes physical Wed Apr 9, 07:00 PM
Free-agent LB O'Brien Schofield (Seahawks), who had failed a physical with the New York Giants, passed one with the Tennessee Titans Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
OBrien Schofield player page
Dolphins | Devonta Freeman to visit Wed Apr 9, 05:37 PM
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to visit with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman Friday, April 11.Link to story
Patriots | Devonta Freeman visited Wed Apr 9, 05:34 PM
The New England Patriots have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.Link to story
Falcons | Devonta Freeman visited Wed Apr 9, 05:34 PM
The Atlanta Falcons have visited with Florida State RB Devonta Freeman.Link to story
NFL | J.C. Copeland making visits Wed Apr 9, 05:16 PM
Louisiana State FB J.C. Copeland has met with six unnamed teams in the past few days. Copeland ran a 4.94 second 40-yard dash at his pro day Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
NFL | Odell Beckham wows at pro day Wed Apr 9, 05:16 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham wowed NFL personnel at his pro day Wednesday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Beckham can run crisp routes, win contested catches and he has the speed to be a threat vertically. He also has a knack for making difficult catches seem routine. Beckham's natural skill set and ability to make an immediate impact in the NFL will make him a first-round pick in May.|
Buccaneers | Cut Patrick Scales Wed Apr 9, 04:53 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut OL Patrick Scales Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
Bears | Expected to make offer to Patrick Mannelly Wed Apr 9, 04:46 PM
The Chicago Bears are expected to make a contract offer to free-agent LS Patrick Mannelly (Bears) if he decides to continue his playing career. Mannelly indicated he likely will retire if he does not re-sign with the Bears.Link to story
Jets | Re-sign Garrett McIntyre Wed Apr 9, 04:36 PM
The New York Jets re-signed LB Garrett McIntyre Wednesday, April 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Panthers | Will work out Kyle Fuller Wed Apr 9, 04:35 PM
The Carolina Panthers are scheduled to conduct a private workout with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller.
|Footballguys view: Fuller is an option for the Panthers (and any team) in the first round. He's a big, physical cornerback who can regularly jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. Fuller would be a great fit for the Panthers defense.|
Lions | Zach Mettenberger to visit Wed Apr 9, 04:32 PM
The Detroit Lions will host Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger Saturday, April 12.
|Footballguys view: The Lions are looking for a backup quarterback they can develop behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. Kellen Moore is their current third-string quarterback, but he lacks the arm strength to make an impact as a pro. Mettenberger's game is all about arm strength, but he struggles with accuracy.|
Broncos | Kyle Fuller will visit Wed Apr 9, 04:31 PM
The Denver Broncos are scheduled to meet with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller before the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Fuller could be among the top targets for the Broncos. He's a big, physical corner who can break up a receiver's timing on a route. The Broncos may be lucky if Fuller makes it to the 31st overall pick.|
Bengals | Kyle Fuller to visit Wed Apr 9, 04:30 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to meet with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller before the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Fuller has the size and speed to be a quality starting corner in the NFL. He's a good fit for the Bengals' aggressive defense.|
Raiders | Will meet with Kyle Fuller Wed Apr 9, 04:30 PM
The Oakland Raiders are scheduled to meet with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller before the 2014 NFL Draft.Link to story
Colts | Kyle Fuller will visit Wed Apr 9, 04:29 PM
The Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to meet with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller before the 2014 NFL Draft. The team is also scheduled to conduct a private workout with Fuller.Link to story
Bears | Kyle Fuller to visit Wed Apr 9, 04:28 PM
The Chicago Bears are scheduled to meet with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller before the 2014 NFL Draft.Link to story
Rams | Joel Bitonio visits Wed Apr 9, 04:21 PM
The St. Louis Rams visited with Nevada OG Joel Bitonio Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
Jaguars | Will sign Alex Mack to offer sheet Wed Apr 9, 04:19 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign Cleveland Browns transition free-agent C Alex Mack to a five-year offer sheet by Friday, April 10, and will try to make it hard for the Browns to match.
|Footballguys view: The Browns will have five days to decide whether to match the offer. Mack would prefer to play for the Jaguars over the Browns.|