Fantasy Football News & Views
Cowboys | Tony Romo feeling great (Wed May 25, 03:26 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Dez Bryant to have X-rays (Wed May 25, 03:18 PM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Eddie Lacy still has weight issue? (Wed May 25, 02:10 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger has high expectations (Wed May 25, 01:16 AM) [jump to this story]
Packers | Jordy Nelson is on schedule (Tue May 24, 06:48 PM) [jump to this story]
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell full-go by camp? (Tue May 24, 02:41 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | Eli Manning impressed with rookie WR Tue May 10, 01:20 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning had nothing but good things to say about rookie WR Sterling Shepard after the two worked together Monday, May 9. 'He's a guy who is shifty and athletic,' Manning said. 'It's tough to say from six routes on air. But I hope he is a young Victor Cruz.' The Giants hope to have a solid trio of WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Shepard on the field together in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Manning should be impressed with Sterling...one of our favorite WRs from this draft class. Sterling is quick, agile and athletic in the open field. He is savvy as a route-runner and can get open with ease. Sterling can play the slot, but he could win the outside job opposite Beckham Jr. in training camp.|
Cowboys | Tony Romo ready to go Tue May 10, 12:52 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (clavicle) has recovered ahead of the eight weeks at the back end of his recovery timetable, and he's expected to be a full participant in offseason practices later this month. 'He's looking good,' quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. 'We had two practices where we've been out here on the field with the guys and he's done everything. He's throwing, he's got good velocity on all of his throws, great movement in his legs. He looks like he's re-energized because he hadn't played, you know, missed the majority of the season. So he's real energized and anxious to get going.'
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys go as Romo goes. If he's healthy, the Cowboys can win a lot of games and make a deep push into the postseason. However, Romo has struggled to stay healthy for years and the team falls apart without him on the field. We'll see if a revamped rushing attack featuring first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott can help keep Romo fresh as the season goes along.|
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Vikings | C.J. Ham signs with Vikings Tue May 10, 11:16 AM
Undrafted free-agent RB C.J. Ham (Augustana) signed with the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, May 10, after participating in the rookie minicamp last weekend.Link to story
Patriots | Danny Amendola takes big pay cut Tue May 10, 10:59 AM
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola can earn $1.6 million in 2016, which is a pay cut of $4.4 million from his last contract.
|Footballguys view: Many expected Amendola to accept a pay cut if he wanted to stay with the team. He's set to earn $6.5 million in 2017, but none of it is guaranteed. That means they'll have a decision to make on him again next offseason.|
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Steelers | Travis Feeney a freakish athlete Tue May 10, 10:51 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Travis Feeney (shoulder) starred at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he thinks that two shoulder surgeries in college scared teams off until the Steelers grabbed him in the sixth round. He ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and posted a 40-inch vertical leap. Feeney did this at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. For context, those are better numbers than top-10 pick Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd. Feeney's original surgery on his left shoulder didn't fully correct the injury, but he said his shoulder feels stable and he's focused on strengthening the muscles around it this offseason. Feeney will need to add weight to play outside linebacker in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Feeney plays with little regard for his personal safety. That's awesome if your body can handle the punishment. Feeney has transformed his body from safety to linebacker, but he's got to stay healthy. The old saying goes, "your best ability is availability" and Feeney has the skill set of a 4-3 weak-side linebacker who could earn a spot on special teams as a rookie.|
49ers | Jarryd Hayne could see a jump Tue May 10, 10:40 AM
San Francisco 49ers RB Jarryd Hayne is expected to produce more in his second season, according to the team. 'I think you'll see a jump from him,'' said 49ers executive Paraag Marathe, who still oversees the team's football analytics department. 'You look at elite athletes and those guys who have that willpower and desire to succeed and there's something special in them.'
|Footballguys view: Hayne bounced from the team's practice squad to the active roster last year and had 17 carries for 52 yards and six catches for 27 yards. He also contributed on special teams, returning eight punts for a total of 76 yards. With Carlos Hyde at the top of the depth chart, Hayne will compete for a reserve spot with guys like Mike Davis, rookie Kelvin Taylor and Shaun Draughn.|
Bills | Cardale Jones works on footwork Tue May 10, 09:56 AM
Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones has spent a lot of time with quarterbacks coach David Lee working on three- and five-step drops. 'At Ohio State I didn't really have a stance under center because I was never under center,' said Jones. 'I talked to (Lee) after practice and he showed me two things I was doing, which was showing up every once in a while. Those things were dropping my elbow and staggering my feet.'
|Footballguys view: Jones is far from a finished product as a passer. He's big, has a strong arm and can keep plays alive with his feet. However, he needs to improve his consistency and accuracy from the pocket. That all starts with footwork. Jones is an intriguing prospect we're all over in dynasty leagues.|
Vikings | Laquon Treadwell fitting in nicely Tue May 10, 01:19 AM
Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell is expected to step in and become the team's go-to receiver. He is expected to serve in a major role this season, and he was drafted in part because he already excels in some of the routes the team frequently uses.
|Footballguys view: Just think DeAndre Hopkins when considering the upside of what Treadwell could be. He's not the fastest player, but he knows how to get open and can make difficult catches seem routine. We're excited about how the rookie WR will be able to improve the passing game in 2016.|
Steelers | Sean Davis could start immediately Tue May 10, 01:18 AM
Pittsburgh SS Sean Davis projects as a strong safety, and the competition is wide open. He might start if he proves he is ready during training camp and the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Davis loves to play close to the line of scrimmage and he arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. He's bad in coverage and may have to come off the field in obvious passing situations.|
Redskins | Josh Doctson to be red zone threat Tue May 10, 01:17 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson is expected to be used quite a bit, especially in the red zone. He gives the team something they did not have last season, and that is a receiver with height.
|Footballguys view: Doctson accounted for about 37 percent of his offense during his final season at TCU. He's going to be a third WR for Washington behind DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, but Docton can handle a much larger workload.|
Ravens | Bronson Kaufusi might start at DE Tue May 10, 01:15 AM
Baltimore Ravens DE Bronson Kaufusi has a chance to start at defensive end. The third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft will battle DEs Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban after DE Chris Canty was cut.
|Footballguys view: Kaufusi is tall (6'6") has a large wingspan and is incredibly athletic. He is one of our favorite pass-rushing DEs in this draft class. It's no surprise the Ravens would scoop him up with a value pick.|
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Raiders | Karl Joseph likely to start Tue May 10, 01:14 AM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) is a hard hitting strong safety with soft hands. As long as he is fully healed from a knee injury which limited him to four games last season, he has the chance to start immediately. Joseph is a 'perfect fit for what we want to accomplish here,' assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson said Monday, May 9.
|Footballguys view: Joseph plays a little bit like a combination of T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (also, Broncos). The rookie from WVU has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage and excelling as a run defender. He is also rangy and can make plays in coverage. Some think the Raiders picked Joseph a little too high in the first round, but we like the pick.|
Patriots | Cyrus Jones might work in return game Tue May 10, 01:13 AM
New England Patriots CB Cyrus Jones has the potential to take over punt and kickoff return duties in addition to projecting as the No. 3 or 4 cornerback.Link to story
Lions | Riley Reiff could shift to left side Tue May 10, 01:12 AM
Detroit Lions OT Riley Reiff might be moved to serve as the team's left tackle if OT Taylor Decker catches on and is able to line up as the Week 1 starter at right tackle.Link to story
Jets | Darron Lee to play in the nickel Tue May 10, 01:11 AM
New York Jets LB Darron Lee will play immediately as the nickel linebacker, bringing much-needed speed to the team's sub packages.
|Footballguys view: Jets fans may have wanted QB Paxton Lynch in the first round, but we love the pick of Lee. He can do whatever the team asks him to do and has superstar potential in the NFL. Head coach Todd Bowles will work to find creative ways to integrate Lee, a blitz-and-cover linebacker, into the scheme.|
Giants | Sterling Shepard in position to star Tue May 10, 01:10 AM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is in the best position of all of the team's draft picks to make a significant impact.
|Footballguys view: Shepard is one of our favorite rookie WRs because he is adept at running clean routes. Most rookies need a lot of work in that area, but Shepard can get open with ease against tight coverage. Head coach Ben McAdoo sees Shepard as a player he can use all over the formation in a variety of roles as a complement to WR Odell Beckham Jr.|
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Falcons | Keanu Neal expected to start Tue May 10, 01:09 AM
Atlanta Falcons SS Keanu Neal is expected to make the biggest impact among the team's rookies, and he should serve as the starting strong safety. He might work as the Kam Chancellor-type player in head coach Dan Quinn's defense.
|Footballguys view: Neal loves to hit and he can be an intimidating force on the field on every play. He's got good click-and-close ability in coverage, and he can stay with tight ends across the field.|
Cowboys | Charles Tapper could play immediately Tue May 10, 01:09 AM
Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Tapper might get a chance to play more than most Day 3 draft picks, as DEs Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence are facing penalties for off-field indiscretions.Link to story
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Chiefs | Chris Jones not expected to start Tue May 10, 01:08 AM
Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris D. Jones is not expected to serve as an immediate starter along the defensive front, although that could change with a strong training camp and preseason.
|Footballguys view: Jones has incredible strength at the point of attack. He can stuff the run, but he's also quick enough to get some push and interior pressure. The Chiefs have an outstanding starting front seven, and Jones gives them a strong rotational player as a rookie.|
Broncos | Devontae Booker could make impact Tue May 10, 01:06 AM
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker (knee) missed the last part of the 2015 season with a knee injury, but the team expects him to be ready by June. He is the three-down back in waiting in Denver, and he has good ability as a receiver and third-down blocker.
|Footballguys view: Booker is the "in case of emergency break glass" back for the Broncos. We don't see him playing in a RBBC with C.J. Anderson. The Broncos paid Anderson like a lead back this offseason, and he could get the biggest workload of his football career in 2016. However, if Anderson gets banged up again then Booker could take over and do a lot of things that Anderson does (power inside, pass-blocker, good receiver).|
Chargers | Melvin Gordon had microfracture surgery Mon May 9, 11:57 PM
Updating previous reports, San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January, and he was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. Gordon participated in on-field drills Monday, May 9, but admitted he's not yet 100%. 'I'm not where I want to be, but I think I'm ahead of schedule,' Gordon said. 'I'm sprinting pretty well. I'm cutting. No question, I'll be ready for training camp. I'm not even worried about that.'
|Footballguys view: Microfracture surgery is a huge concern, although it's not quite as scary as it used to be. Guys like Travis Kelce (Chiefs) have come back from the procedure and performed well. Watch Gordon's recovery as he comes back from this major surgery, but note that the Chargers do not think he'll miss significant time in training camp.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Panthers | James Bradberry, Beau Sandland sign Mon May 9, 10:11 PM
The Carolina Panthers signed CB James Bradberry and TE Beau Sandland to their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 9.Link to story
Eagles | Three players signed Mon May 9, 07:14 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Cedric O'Neal (Valdosta State), WR Hunter Sharp (Utah State) and WR Paul Turner (Louisiana Tech) signed with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Raiders | Damontre Moore signs Mon May 9, 07:11 PM
Free-agent DE Damontre Moore (Dolphins) signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Damontre Moore player page
Giants | Two WRs signed Mon May 9, 07:10 PM
Free-agent WR Kardon Boone (Colts) and WR Donte Foster (Cowboys) signed with the New York Giants Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Saints | Sign three UDFAs Mon May 9, 07:03 PM
Undrafted free-agent RB Sione Houma (Michigan), WR Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois) and Jordan Williams (Ball State) signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Packers | Green Bay adds three players Mon May 9, 06:53 PM
Free-agent TE Casey Pierce (Lions) signed with the Green Bay Packers Monday, May 9. The team also signed undrafted free-agent RB Brandon Burks (Troy) and RB Alstevis Squirewell (Newberry College). Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Titans | Damaris Johnson cut Mon May 9, 06:44 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Damaris Johnson was released Monday, May 9.Damaris Johnson player page
Buccaneers | Tim Brown let go Mon May 9, 06:41 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tim Brown was waived Monday, May 9.
Packers | Two players waived Mon May 9, 06:35 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Dennis Parks was waived Monday, May 9. The team also waived/injured TE David J. Grinnage (undisclosed).
Falcons | Two receivers cut Mon May 9, 06:29 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Malachi Jones and WR David Richards were released Monday, May 9.
Lions | Jonathan Bostic acquired Mon May 9, 06:20 PM
New England Patriots LB Jonathan Bostic was acquired by the Detroit Lions Monday, May 9, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft choice.Link to story
Chargers | Melvin Gordon ahead of schedule Mon May 9, 05:58 PM
San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. Gordon is recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers have made multiple moves to make Gordon the centerpiece of their offense. They've continued to improve the offensive line, and that should greatly help Gordon find running room in 2016. We feel Gordon needs to stop checking the box score to see what Rams RB Todd Gurley is doing. If he just plays within his game, Gordon can be an effective (and dangerous) starter for the Chargers.|
Melvin Gordon player page
Titans | Derrick Henry financials Mon May 9, 05:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry's four-year rookie deal is worth $5.407 million and includes $3.278 million guaranteed and a $2.133 million signing bonus.Link to story
Giants | Sterling Shepard contract details Mon May 9, 05:46 PM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard's four-year rookie deal is worth $5.944 million. It comes with $3.693 million guaranteed and a $2.523 million signing bonus.Link to story
Patriots | Malcolm Mitchell contract terms Mon May 9, 05:37 PM
New England Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell's four-year rookie contract is worth $2.917 million and comes with a $577,992 signing bonus.Link to story
Ravens | Kenneth Dixon financials Mon May 9, 05:29 PM
Baltimore Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon's four-year rookie deal is worth $2.723 million and includes a $383,392 signing bonus.Link to story
Jets | Make two roster moves Mon May 9, 05:20 PM
New York Jets RB Dri Archer was released Monday, May 9. Free-agent TE Jerome Cunningham (Giants) was subsequently claimed off waivers.Link to story
Dri Archer player page
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Giants | Three waived Monday Mon May 9, 05:16 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was Waived/Injured Monday, May 9. QB Josh Woodrum and TE Cedrick Lang were also waived.Link to story
Saints | Michael Thomas signs with Saints Mon May 9, 05:14 PM
New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas signed his four-year rookie contract Monday, May 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Saints | Three players released Mon May 9, 05:08 PM
New Orleans Saints RB Vick Ballard, DE Phillip Hunt and FB Toben Opurum were released Monday, May 9.Link to story
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Saints | Rookies sign contracts Mon May 9, 05:04 PM
New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins and RB Daniel Lasco signed their four-year rookie deals Monday, May 9. Financial terms were undisclosed.Link to story
Seahawks | Ronnie Shields, Tyler Slavin signed Mon May 9, 05:04 PM
The Seattle Seahawks signed TE Ronnie Shields and WR Tyler Slavin to undisclosed deals Monday, May 9. WR Jeff Fuller (undisclosed) was waived with an injury designation in a corresponding move.Link to story
Jeff Fuller player page
Redskins | Josh Doctson makes big money Mon May 9, 04:47 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson's four-year rookie deal is worth $10.049 million. It includes $9.429 in guaranteed money and a $5.508 million signing bonus.Link to story
Buccaneers | Sign three players Mon May 9, 04:11 PM
Undrafted free-agents TE Tim Brown (West Chester), LB Tyson Coleman (Oregon) and DT Jontavius Morris (Western Kentucky) signed undisclosed deals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, May 9.Link to story
Bears | Darrin Peterson signs Mon May 9, 03:59 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Darrin Peterson (Liberty) signed an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Monday, May 9.Link to story
Bears | Rookies sign their deals Mon May 9, 03:51 PM
Chicago Bears OG Cody Whitehair and RB Jordan Howard were the two most notable Bears to sign their four-year rookie contracts Monday, May 9. Rookies S Deon Bush, CB Deiondre' Hall, S DeAndre Houston-Carson and WR Daniel Braverman also signed. Financial terms were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: Whitehair was our favorite guard in this draft class. With Vise-Grip for hands, he should be able to help blast open holes for the ground game. Howard may have been the most instinctive runner in the 2016 NFL draft...yes, perhaps even better than Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys). Now, he lacks the all-purpose game and playmaking ability of Elliot but we will be watching Howard's development with great interest.|
Vikings | Two players join Mon May 9, 03:09 PM
Undrafted free-agents CB Tre Roberson (Illinois State) and WR Troy Stoudemire (Minnesota) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Minnesota Vikings Monday, May 9.
|Footballguys view: Stoudemire was undrafted out of Minnesota in 2013 and originally began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the last two seasons, Stoudemire has been playing in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. If he makes the Vikings roster, it will be because of his special teams ability. He finished his college career as FBS football's all-time leader in kickoff return yards with 3,615 yards on 144 returns.|
Cardinals | Sign two players Mon May 9, 02:58 PM
Undrafted free-agents WR Chris Hubert (Fayetteville State) and RB Elijhaa Penny (Idaho) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Arizona Cardinals Monday, May 9. Hubert and Penny both participated in Arizona's rookie minicamp.
|Footballguys view: These are a couple of players who could help in the return game. Hubert measures in at 5'9" 170 pounds. As a senior he caught 71 passes and scored 13 touchdowns. Penny is a large (6'2" 235 pounds) rushed for 1,159 yards last year and scored 12 touchdowns.|
Patriots | Nate Washington could be cut Mon May 9, 02:21 PM
New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.
|Footballguys view: The addition of Mitchell puts Washington in a bad spot. He's been a solid veteran for years, but the Patriots might decide to go in a different direction. More than a few teams would be interested in Washington on the open market as he's a savvy veteran who could still catch 40 passes for you.|
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