Fantasy Football News & Views
Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot (Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Blake Bortles to visit (Fri Apr 18, 01:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater (Fri Apr 18, 01:20 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Contract talks with Colin Kaepernick stop for now (Thu Apr 17, 11:42 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | No extension talks with A.J. Green (Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries (Thu Apr 17, 08:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Interested in Andre Williams Fri Apr 18, 09:33 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Steelers added LeGarrette Blount in free agency, but they still might add a back in the draft.|
Patriots | Interested in Andre Williams Fri Apr 18, 09:33 AM
The New England Patriots are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Patriots lost LeGarrette Blount in free agency, and they are looking for another back to add to the mix.|
Jets | Interested in Andre Williams Fri Apr 18, 09:32 AM
The New York Jets are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Jets just added Chris Johnson in free agency, but they could look for a power back in the draft.|
Browns | Interested in Andre Williams Fri Apr 18, 09:32 AM
The Cleveland Browns are interested in Boston College RB Andre Williams.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a big back with a little wiggle and build-up speed at the second level. He runs too upright which makes him an even larger target for defenders to tackle. With 10 receptions during his college career, Williams is pretty much a non-factor in the passing game. The two-down thumper is currently graded as a third-round pick. The Browns added Ben Tate in free agency to be their lead back, but they need better depth at the position.|
Patriots | Interested in Dominique Easley Fri Apr 18, 09:26 AM
The New England Patriots are interested in Florida DT Dominique Easley.Link to story
Rams | Kyle Fuller coming in Fri Apr 18, 03:38 AM
Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller is coming to the St. Louis Rams for a visit sometime during the week of April 21.
|Footballguys view: Fuller is a big cornerback who can re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage. He's a sound tackler who can cover downfield. Fuller is seen as a late first-round pick.|
Chiefs | James Davidson to visit Fri Apr 18, 03:18 AM
UTEP DE/OLB James Davidson has a visit scheduled with the Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
Jaguars | Jordan Todman signs tender Fri Apr 18, 03:15 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Jordan Todman signed his $645,000 ERFA tender on Thursday, April 17, and he will return to the team.Link to story
Jordan Todman player page
NFL | Nate Menkin heads to Canada Fri Apr 18, 03:12 AM
OL Nate Menkin, who played with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles, has signed a contract with the Ottawa RedBlacks, an expansion franchise in the Canadian Football League.Link to story
Bills | Terrance West to visit Fri Apr 18, 03:09 AM
Towson RB Terrance West has a visit scheduled next week with the Buffalo Bills, according to sources. He is also scheduled to visit the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons.
|Footballguys view: West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. The Bills have an interest in adding another running back to the mix even though they already have C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.|
Seahawks | Khairi Fortt to visit Fri Apr 18, 03:01 AM
California LB Khairi Fortt is visiting the Seattle Seahawks before the NFL Draft. He met with the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month.Link to story
49ers | Terrance Cobb visits Fri Apr 18, 02:56 AM
Cumberlands RB Terrance Cobb came to the San Francisco 49ers for a pre-NFL Draft visit. He is the third tailback to come to the 49ers before the draft.Link to story
Ravens | Jimmie Ward visits Fri Apr 18, 02:48 AM
Northern Illinois SS Jimmie Ward visited the Baltimore Ravens this week, according to a team source.Link to story
49ers | Contract talks with Colin Kaepernick stop for now Thu Apr 17, 11:42 PM
The San Francisco 49ers have stopped contract extension talks with QB Colin Kaepernick for now while the Miami police investigate an incident involving Kaepernick earlier this month.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. The team could resume contract talks once the legal process has been exhausted.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
Jets | Exercise Muhammad Wilkerson's option Thu Apr 17, 11:35 PM
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets have exercised the fifth-year option in DE Muhammad Wilkerson's contract.Link to story
Muhammad Wilkerson player page
Cowboys | Pick up Tyron Smith's option Thu Apr 17, 11:34 PM
The Dallas Cowboys have exercised the fifth-year option in OT Tyron Smith's contract.Link to story
Bengals | No extension talks with A.J. Green Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have not started contract extension talks with WR A.J. Green at this time.
|Footballguys view: He's not going anywhere. Green is one of the best weapons in the game today. The team likely will exercise the fifth-year option in his contract before the May 3 deadline.|
A.J. Green player page
NFL | Austin Seferian-Jenkins says injury healed Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM
Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said his fractured foot is completely healed and that he is two weeks ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Seferian-Jenkins here. This tight end class is not full of talent. Seferian-Jenkins is one of the few standout players at the position in the 2014 NFL draft. If he's healed, then Seferian-Jenkins should be a second-round pick.|
NFL | Some interested in Stanley Jean-Baptiste as safety Thu Apr 17, 09:28 PM
Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste said some of the teams that have shown interest in him talked about the possibility of him moving to safety but that they would give him a chance at cornerback first.
|Footballguys view: When a corner doesn't quite fit the size or skill requirements coming into the NFL, teams consider what he could do at safety. Clearly some teams have doubts as to Jean-Baptiste's ability at corner and want to know that a position switch wouldn't be met with grousing.|
49ers | Not thinking of cutting Aldon Smith Thu Apr 17, 09:28 PM
The San Francisco 49ers do not plan on releasing LB Aldon Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to be suspended at the beginning of the season, but the length of the suspension is not known at this point.
|Footballguys view: The Niners have a lot of thinking to do about their troubled linebacker and may want to keep Smith in house to give him support. He's incredibly talented but it's increasingly looking like he is just as troubled and abandoning him may be something they worry could make him worse.|
Aldon Smith player page
NFL | Aaron Murray receiving interest Thu Apr 17, 09:15 PM
Georgia QB Aaron Murray has met with the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.
|Footballguys view: Murray is a solid quarterback prospect and one we think some teams would do well to wait for in the third round. His quick setup, tight spiral, good accuracy and experience with pro-style offense are all things teams should focus on rather than his recent ACL injury.|
Redskins | Jeremiah Attaochu to visit Thu Apr 17, 09:06 PM
The Washington Redskins are scheduled to meet with Georgia Tech DE Jeremiah Attaochu in the near future.Link to story
Ravens | Jimmy Smith contract update Thu Apr 17, 08:47 PM
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is scheduled to make $6.898 million in 2015 as part of the fifth-year option that was picked up in his contract.Link to story
Jimmy Smith player page
Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries Thu Apr 17, 08:46 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said he is fine with sharing carries with other running backs this upcoming season if it helps the team win games.
|Footballguys view: Johnson might actually play more effectively with less carries and wear and tear on his body. Also, by allowing Chris Ivory to take the between the tackles pounding, Johnson might even get a few more years out of his body.|
Chris Johnson player page
Jets | Chris Johnson expects to be cleared soon Thu Apr 17, 08:42 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but expects to be fully healthy for training camp.
|Footballguys view: We've heard conflicting reports as to whether Johnson has arthritis issues in the knee or not, but in what amounts to a one-year, $4 million contract, the Jets have nothing much to lose. Then again, that's what people thought when the team signed David Garrard.|
Chris Johnson player page
Patriots | Teammate says Sebastian Vollmer doing good Thu Apr 17, 08:34 PM
New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots could use Vollmer at 100 percent this season and while this isn't an official team report, it's good news nonetheless.|
Jets | Believed to have exercised Muhammad Wilkerson's option Thu Apr 17, 08:23 PM
It is believed the New York Jets have exercised the fifth-year option in DE Muhammad Wilkerson's contract.
|Footballguys view: Wilkerson has played very well since coming into the league and the Jets are wise to do this (if they did). He will look good in green for a long time to come.|
Muhammad Wilkerson player page
Chargers | Pick up Corey Liuget's option Thu Apr 17, 08:22 PM
The San Diego Chargers have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE Corey Liuget's contract.Link to story
Corey Liuget player page
Ravens | Exercise Jimmy Smith's option Thu Apr 17, 08:21 PM
The Baltimore Ravens have officially exercised the fifth-year option in CB Jimmy Smith's contract.Link to story
Jimmy Smith player page
Texans | Pick up J.J. Watt's option Thu Apr 17, 08:19 PM
The Houston Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE J.J. Watt's contract.
|Footballguys view: It's smart to lock up the best defensive lineman in the game, even if you want to draft Jadeveon Clowney as well. Watt is a freak and the Texans do not want him destroying offensive lines for anyone other than themselves.|
J.J. Watt player page
NFL | Kiero Small receiving interest Thu Apr 17, 08:01 PM
Arkansas FB Kiero Small participated in the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day Thursday, April 17, and recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
Browns | Kiero Small will visit Thu Apr 17, 07:59 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Arkansas FB Kiero Small at some point next week.Link to story
Dolphins | Interested in Erik Swoope Thu Apr 17, 07:32 PM
The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami basketball player Erik Swoope, who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Swoope has the height to be intriguing and many a former basketball player has transitioned to football but Swoope would be starting from scratch at the pro level. If this sounds nuts, blame the Denver Broncos for setting up a workout. Height, explosiveness and a good work ethic are all nice, but it'd be hard to spend a high pick on him or hold a roster spot open while he learns the fundamentals most players got in college at the latest.|
Giants | Chris Snee expected to take part in workouts Thu Apr 17, 07:26 PM
New York Giants OG Chris Snee (hip, elbow) is expected to participate when offseason workouts begin next week even though he is not 100 percent.
|Footballguys view: Snee is going to have to be 100 percent to hang onto his job after he and the rest of the offensive line stunk the join up last season. The Giants are making changes, bringing in Geoff Schwartz to solidify the interior and will probably draft more oline talent in May.|
Ravens | C.J. Mosley visits Thu Apr 17, 07:19 PM
The Baltimore Ravens met with Alabama LB C.J. Mosley earlier this week.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens continue to look to reboot their defense. Mosley is widely considered to be the top inside linebacker in the draft and may not even make it to Baltimore at No 17 but if he does, they might trip over people on the sprint up to the podium.|
Steelers | Meet with two prospects Thu Apr 17, 07:18 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Rice CB Phillip Gaines and Massachusetts TE Rob Blanchflower Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Steelers | Ra'Shede Hageman visits Thu Apr 17, 07:13 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Minnesota DT Ra'Shede Hageman Thursday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers need to get younger on the defensive side of the ball and need to firm up the middle. Hageman can line up as a three technique or directly over the nose and would be an interesting fit in the Steelers defensive front.|
NFL | Dominique Easley have several visits lined up Thu Apr 17, 07:11 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) is scheduled to meet with five teams next week.
|Footballguys view: Despite his multiple ACL tears, teams see the upside his talent brings to the table. There will be a concern over his long term durability, but some team will roll the dice.|
NFL | Dominique Easley expects to be ready for workouts Thu Apr 17, 07:06 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is around 80 percent at this point and expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Easley has torn two ACLs already. While he should be healthy and with today's medical procedures his knees should be fine, but there will always be a concern. Considered by many to be a second round pick despite his injury issues, Easley has the ability to be even more effective, but his value has taken a hit due to his ACL injuries.|
NFL | Tom Savage invited to draft Thu Apr 17, 07:05 PM
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage has been invited to attend the 2014 NFL Draft, but he has not decided if he will accept the invitation.
|Footballguys view: Interesting. The divide between what the draftnicks think of Savage and what the media-and perhaps the NFL-think of him seems to be pretty wide. Savage has a huge arm but stares his targets down, lacks touch on is throw and ran from competition twice (from Rutgers and Arizona). Savage isn't sure about it himself it seems as he is unsure whether to attend the draft.|
Colts | Stephen Campbell, Cameron White sign Thu Apr 17, 06:56 PM
The Indianapolis Colts signed FBs Stephen Campbell and Cameron White to undisclosed deals Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Ravens | Rolando McClain reinstated Thu Apr 17, 05:52 PM
The Baltimore Ravens reinstated LB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Rolando McClain player page
Jaguars | Dekoda Watson to shift around Thu Apr 17, 04:58 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Dekoda Watson will play strongside linebacker on first and second downs this year, and he'll shift to the leo position on third downs, according to head coach Gus Bradley.
|Footballguys view: Bradley knows how to get a lot out of his defenders and moving Watson around is a good way to do it. Versatility is a must for defenses in the NFL and you can expect the Jaguars to pay extra attention to players who can do more than one thing well.|
Dekoda Watson player page
Jaguars | Four released Thu Apr 17, 04:56 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars released LB Russell Allen, WR Jabin Sambrano and DEs Will Pericak and D'Aundre Reed Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Russell Allen player page
NFL | Donovan McNabb arrested Thu Apr 17, 04:53 PM
Former NFL QB Donovan McNabb's mugshot from a January arrest was released Thursday, April 17. He was arrested for an unspecified traffic citation Jan. 6 and has a court date set for May 16.Link to story
Donovan McNabb player page
Raiders | Kaelin Burnett signs tender Thu Apr 17, 03:39 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Kaelin Burnett signed his exclusive rights tender Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Steelers | Will visit with Nick Williams Thu Apr 17, 03:14 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a visit scheduled with North Alabama SS Nick D. Williams.Link to story
Steelers | Will visit with Lawrence Martin Thu Apr 17, 02:53 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with South Florida TE Lawrence Martin.Link to story
Rams | Reggie Jordan to visit Thu Apr 17, 02:36 PM
Missouri Western TE Reggie Jordan is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams next week.Link to story
NFL | Chad Johnson signs with CFL Thu Apr 17, 02:15 PM
Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Chad Johnson player page