Fantasy Football News & Views
Rams | Lamarcus Joyner does not receive deal Mon Jul 16, 03:53 PM
Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner will not receive a long-term deal before the deadline and will play this season on the franchise tag tender.
|Footballguys view: Joyner enjoyed a breakout season in 2017 when the team moved him to safety on a full-time basis. He's already signed his $11.2 million franchise tender and will not miss any time in training camp or the preseason. With no long-term deal, Joyner is set to be a free agent in 2019.|
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Giants | Sam Beal signs rookie deal Mon Jul 16, 02:41 PM
New York Giants CB Sam Beal signed a four-year deal with the Giants Monday, July 16. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Giants selected Beal in the supplemental draft.
|Footballguys view: It took a third-round pick (surrendered in 2019) for the Giants to get Beal on the roster. Academic reasons caused Beal to leave Western Michigan, and the Giants were one of many teams interested in securing his services. Measuring in at 6'1" 185 pounds, Beal has the length and instincts to make plays on the ball consistently. He'll be behind the curve having missed all offseason workouts, but Beal should be able to compete for a reserve role and he may have a larger impact than most think.|
Redskins | Adonis Alexander's position uncertain Sun Jul 15, 07:09 PM
Washington Redskins CB Adonis Alexander's position will not be determined until the team sees him play at cornerback and safety against NFL competition. The team is currently leaning towards playing him at cornerback.
|Footballguys view: Alexander has the length and athleticism to play outside, but the NFL values versatility among defensive backs more as it evolves into a passing league. The team can afford to be patient with him since they got him a year before the pick used to add Alexander will count against their draft.|
Titans | Adoree' Jackson may not be returner Sat Jul 14, 02:08 PM
Tennessee Titans CB Adoree' Jackson may not be used much as a kick returner this season because of the snaps he plays on defense, in the opinion of TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt.Link to story
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Eagles | Jalen Mills could be used as nickel cornerback Sat Jul 14, 11:17 AM
Philadelphia Eagles CBs Jalen Mills, De'Vante Bausby and Sidney Jones split time during offseason practices working at nickel cornerback. In the opinion of NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks, Mills is likely to win the job, with Jones playing the outside when the Eagles use five defensive backs. Shorr-Parks believes that Mills will lead the team's cornerbacks in snaps played even if he is used in the nickel cornerback role.Link to story
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Eagles | Corey Graham likely to return Sat Jul 14, 10:37 AM
Free-agent FS Corey Graham (Eagles) is likely to be brought back to serve as the Philadelphia Eagles' third safety in 2018, in the opinion of Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com.Link to story
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Redskins | Adonis Alexander inks rookie deal Fri Jul 13, 12:28 PM
Washington Redskins CB Adonis Alexander - taken in the sixth round of the supplemental draft earlier in the week - signed a four-year contract Friday, July 13. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Alexander has length and athleticism, similar to Josh Norman. Washington got a good value on him in the supplemental draft and he should make the roster.|
Browns | Cleveland had interest in Sam Beal Thu Jul 12, 03:25 PM
New York Giants CB Sam Beal was believed to be a target for the Cleveland Browns during the supplemental draft. It is not known which round the Browns placed a bid on him, but it probably was the third round, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot.
|Footballguys view: The Giants were clearly feeling more pressure for this move than the Browns. Beal is likely to be brought along a little slowly, but for the most part he should be a solid player in a year or two.|
Browns | T.J. Carrie worked with the starters Thu Jul 12, 03:12 PM
Cleveland Browns CB T.J. Carrie received most of the snaps opposite CB Denzel Ward with the first-team defense during offseason workouts. Carrie is expected to compete with CBs E.J. Gaines, Terrance Mitchell and Briean Boddy-Calhoun for the starting job.Link to story
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Bears | Bryce Callahan struggles with injures Thu Jul 12, 03:10 PM
Chicago Bears CB Bryce Callahan is a player that has impressed the coaching staff since he entered the league, but he has been limited to 32 games over the last three years because of various injuries.Link to story
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Bears | Prince Amukamara has lofty goal Thu Jul 12, 02:57 PM
Chicago Bears CB Prince Amukamara said he is looking to produce a 10-interception season in 2018.Link to story
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Dolphins | Three CBs to compete for CB job Wed Jul 11, 09:23 PM
Miami Dolphins CBs Bobby McCain, Tony Lippett and Cordrea Tankersley will compete for the starting cornerback job opposite CB Xavien Howard during training camp.Link to story
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Redskins | Orlando Scandrick to move around Wed Jul 11, 09:12 PM
Washington Redskins CB Orlando Scandrick will be used as a slot cornerback as well as an outside cornerback this season.Link to story
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Redskins | Adonis Alexander to be press CB Wed Jul 11, 09:07 PM
Washington Redskins CB Adonis Alexander is expected to be used as a press corner by the Redskins.Link to story
Redskins | Washington takes Adonis Alexander Wed Jul 11, 02:07 PM
Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander was selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round of the 2018 supplemental draft Wednesday, July 11. The Redskins will not have a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.Link to story
Giants | Sam Beal selected by Giants Wed Jul 11, 01:38 PM
Western Michigan CB Sam Beal was taken by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2018 supplemental draft Wednesday, July 11.
|Footballguys view: Well, sounds like it might be time for Eli Apple to pack his bags. Apple showed great promise his rookie year, but his attitude last year caused a lot of friction in the secondary. We thought he might be safe after the draft, but it seems like that wasn't the case. Beal is talented, and certainly no worse than Apple. the only things which could save Apple is 1) the secondary is razor thin and 2) Beal could struggle to succeed in his rookie year.|
NFL | Kenny Vaccaro expected to sign soon Tue Jul 10, 03:32 AM
Free-agent FS Kenny Vaccaro (Saints) is expected to sign with 'some team' before camp begins. He's healthy but the market for safeties didn't develop as expected and there was no need to hurry and sign a deal when free agency first opened up.
|Footballguys view: Vaccaro still has game, so it's just a matter of time - and perhaps injury - before a team steps up.|
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Jets | Morris Claiborne not a ball hawk Mon Jul 9, 01:07 PM
New York Jets CB Morris Claiborne has recorded only five interceptions in his six seasons in the NFL and has not posted more than one interception in any season.Link to story
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Bills | Vontae Davis thinks he fits scheme Mon Jul 9, 12:34 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Vontae Davis said he signed with the Bills in part because the defensive scheme asks the cornerbacks to tackle and he believes that is one of his strong areas.Link to story
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Chargers | Desmond King may be used in different ways Mon Jul 9, 12:28 PM
Los Angeles Chargers CB Desmond King could receive playing time at nickel back and safety this season, in the opinion of Chargers.com's Ricky Henne. King could also see a dip in his playing time if CB Jason Verrett is able to stay healthy in 2018.Link to story
Browns | GM attended Sam Beal's workout Sun Jul 8, 06:50 PM
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey attended Western Michigan CB Sam Beal's Pro Day last month. Beal is expected to be selected during the supplemental draft Wednesday, July 11.Link to story
Steelers | Cameron Sutton's role uncertain Sun Jul 8, 06:08 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Cameron Sutton is expected to push CB Artie Burns for one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp, but he could also be used as the No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback in subpackages or as a safety. Sutton also has a chance to be a punt returner this season.
|Footballguys view: Sutton has inside-outside versatility and should play a large role in the secondary no matter how Burns performs in camp and the preseason.|
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Panthers | Donte Jackson could win starting job Sat Jul 7, 11:38 AM
Carolina Panthers CB Donte Jackson could start opposite CB James Bradberry, according to David Newton of ESPN.com, although CBs Ross Cockrell and Captain Munnerlyn are among several other players who are competing for the job.Link to story
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Panthers | Colin Jones could be starter Sat Jul 7, 10:55 AM
Carolina Panthers S Colin Jones has a good chance to start at safety alongside 37-year-old FS Mike Adams, despite Jones' presence on special teams, according to Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA TODAY Sports.Link to story
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Cowboys | Earl Thomas still an option for Dallas Fri Jul 6, 10:20 AM
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas is still a possible addition by the Dallas Cowboys, according to beat writer Bryan Broaddus.
|Footballguys view: Dallas was interested before the draft, and Thomas wants to go there, so this may just be a matter of time. At some point, Thomas needs to show up to camp, so Seattle has to be the one to make a move either by cutting him, trading him or paying him. Dallas may just wait and hope for the first, and only pull the rip cord on the second if Seattle doesn't budge. The Cowboys could really use him at safety too.|
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Raiders | Gareon Conley expected to start Thu Jul 5, 03:39 PM
Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley is expected to be the starting left cornerback this season.
|Footballguys view: Conley was out for much of his rookie season due to a shin injury, but Jon Gruden is high on him. There's a chance some Fantasy GMs will sleep on him, and while he's not someone high on our lists of fantasy cornerbacks, he could be a solid pick later in your IDP draft.|
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Broncos | Bradley Roby to enter starting lineup Thu Jul 5, 03:38 PM
Denver Broncos CB Bradley Roby will be the starting cornerback opposite CB Chris Harris Jr. this season.
|Footballguys view: He's going to play on almost every snap, so we like his upside, but we wouldn't go out of our way to snag him if your IDP league combines all defensive backs. There are much better safety options, so he isn't really worth the roster spot. If your league requires cornerbacks though, he's worth a look after the big dogs are gone and the draft is in the mid-to-late rounds.|
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Bills | Micah Hyde unlikely to be top returner Thu Jul 5, 03:05 PM
Buffalo Bills FS Micah Hyde probably will not be the top punt returner for the Bills this season because of his starting role on defense.
|Footballguys view: The Bills have some other choices, and so they have no need to risk Hyde getting hurt on a return. We have some concerns about the Bills as a fantasy defense, thinking they are at best middle of the pack for production, and probably not quite even that high. Individually, though, Hyde has top-ten fantasy safety ability and we are high on him for IDP leagues.|
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Seahawks | Kam Chancellor unlikely to be released Thu Jul 5, 02:48 PM
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) likely will not be released at this time because the team would take a big salary cap hit this season if they cut Chancellor. He likely will be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Last time he had his neck checked out, doctors said they saw no healing, so we're pretty sure he isn't playing any time soon - perhaps even ever. The Seahawks have to be careful about cap hit, so this move makes sense. It's not the end of the world for Seattle, but that secondary is going to look wildly different than it did last year.|
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Dolphins | Miami spoke with Adonis Alexander Thu Jul 5, 02:11 PM
Updating a previous report, Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander recently had a private interview with the Miami Dolphins, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: If he goes at the value pundits have tagged him with -- a fifth round pick -- he has some decent value. The Dolphins are unlikely to burn a third rounder on Western Michigan's Sam Beal but they might take the equivalent of a Day Three flier on Alexander who has some red flags in his past, but some ability too.|
Dolphins | Miami interest in two Thu Jul 5, 11:27 AM
Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander and Western Michigan CB Sam Beal, who are eligible for the NFL supplemental draft, are drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins secondary was not great last season, but first rounder Minkah Fitzpatrick joined T.J. McDonald and Reshad Jones at safety and numerous corners are reportedly ready to take the next step. Both Beal and Alexander have ability, but the Dolphins may not want to spend picks for next year on them, or rather, may not be willing to part with higher than a third rounder for Beal to get him. Alexander has been rated a fifth rounder or higher by some analysts, so the Dolphins might be more willing to roll the dice there instead.|
Giants | Landon Collins likely to land $12 million Thu Jul 5, 10:02 AM
New York Giants SS Landon Collins is likely to receive at least $12 million annually in his next contract, according to CBSSports.com's Joel Corry.
|Footballguys view: Collins is one of the best safeties in the NFL, so the Giants will need to make this happen, especially given their hopes Collins might influence the young, talented and erratic Eli Apple. It will be interesting to see how the roster shakes out with paydays coming for guys like Collins and Odell Beckham Jr in the near future, but a potential rebuild in the offing in just a few years.|
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Panthers | Corn Elder likely to be slot CB Wed Jul 4, 10:40 PM
Carolina Panthers CB Corn Elder worked as an outside cornerback during offseason workouts, but his best chance to play likely will be at slot cornerback.Link to story
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Bengals | William Jackson a shutdown corner? Wed Jul 4, 08:42 PM
Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III held Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown to zero receptions on seven targets last year while opposing quarterbacks had a 36.1 passer rating when targeting Jackson, and Adam Rank of NFL.com believes Jackson is 'the kind of stud the Bengals can anchor a defense around.'Link to story
Cardinals | Patrick Peterson in line for more picks? Tue Jul 3, 09:54 AM
Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson thinks the new defensive scheme will allow him more chances at interceptions. '(I'm) very excited, 'cause I'm gonna be doing a lot of new things that I haven't done in my NFL career,' Peterson said. 'I'm just looking forward to getting back to my play-making ways because I believe over the last two-and-a-half, three years, I've been kind of handcuffed in doing that, because obviously teams try to stay away from me.'
|Footballguys view: Peterson will play off coverage more and have space to roam. He could be more of a factor in IDP leagues after being a non-factor due to teams rarely testing him.|
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Lions | Two will compete for safety job Mon Jul 2, 01:56 PM
Detroit Lions S Tavon Wilson and CB/S Quandre Diggs will compete for one of the starting safety jobs during training camp.Link to story
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Browns | Sam Beal may be option for CLE Mon Jul 2, 12:34 PM
Western Michigan CB Sam Beal could be an option for the Cleveland Browns in the supplemental draft if they believe he has starting potential, in the opinion of the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. General manager John Dorsey attended Beal's Pro Day last week.Link to story
Patriots | Jonathan Jones likely will make team Mon Jul 2, 12:10 PM
New England Patriots CB Jonathan Jones likely will make the 53-man roster as long as he is healthy because of his special teams plays, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: The team also needs some corner help. But we know how much the franchise covets versatility, so Jones' special teams ability makes him very attractive.|
Seahawks | More on Kam Chancellor Mon Jul 2, 08:09 AM
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) isn't officially retiring, but he wasn't medically cleared to play again. His $6.2 million salary this season and $5.2 million next season are guaranteed.Link to story
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Seahawks | Kam Chancellor to walk away Sun Jul 1, 07:58 PM
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor (neck) said the latest tests on his neck showed no healing and that he is going to walk away from football.Link to story
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Redskins | Washington scouts three prospects Sun Jul 1, 06:12 PM
The Washington Redskins attended the Pro Days of Western Michigan CB Sam Beal, Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander and Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant.
|Footballguys view: Josh Norman might be reaching the end of his viability at such a high price tag in Washington's eyes, so it makes sense to take a longer look at this group.|
Bengals | Cincy looking at two draft prospects Sun Jul 1, 06:10 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have scouted Western Michigan CB Sam Beal and Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander leading up to the supplemental draft.
|Footballguys view: Beal could go as high as the third round and Alexander has the length some teams covet at corner. Cincinnati has done a good job restocking their secondary through the draft, but at a high cost, three first-round picks in recent years, and this duo will come a supplemental draft discount.|
Bengals | Darqueze Dennard not worried about contract Sun Jul 1, 06:09 PM
Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard said he is focusing on playing football and is not worried about entering the final year of his current contract.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals have William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick outside, so Dennard could find more money elsewhere. He'll hold down the slot for Cincinnati in their underrated defense.|
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Chargers | Derwin James showing upside Sat Jun 30, 11:41 PM
Los Angeles Chargers SS Derwin James has had an 'outstanding spring,' according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers had James fall into their laps, as his versatility should be easy to take advantage of with their strong set of corners and edge rushers. He should have as many big plays as any defensive rookie and should be a target late in IDP redraft leagues.|
NFL | Sam Beal could go in third round Sat Jun 30, 03:15 PM
Western Michigan CB Sam Beal could go in the third round of the NFL supplemental draft. One team said he was valued as a second rounder if he were eligible for the NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: There was some buzz about Beal being a first-round pick if he would've stayed in college, performed well and came out in the 2019 NFL draft. Beal has good size at 6'1" 190 pounds, and the Broncos corner has a nose for the ball. His length and football IQ put him around the play if it comes into his vicinity. All 32 teams were at his pro day last week, and we fully expect him to be selected in the Supplemental Draft on July 11th.|
Titans | Adoree' Jackson wants to play offense Sat Jun 30, 12:01 AM
Tennessee Titans CB Adoree' Jackson said he has been pushing to play some snaps on offense this year and has been a 'bug' in the ear of head coach Mike Vrabel.
|Footballguys view: Jackson was one of the most athletic players to come into the league in the 2017 NFL draft. The no.18 overall pick last year, Jackson made big plays for USC in college on offense, defense and special teams. He needs the ball in his hands, even if that means some gadget plays for the second-year player here and there. We'll see if Vrabel is receptive to Jackson's hints.|
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NFL | Sam Beal draws league-wide interest Fri Jun 29, 02:32 AM
Western Michigan CB Sam Beal held his Pro Day on Thursday, June 28, and it was attended by all 32 teams. Beal ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, posted a 37-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot, 6-inch broad jump. Beal is expected to be the highest supplemental pick since the Cleveland Browns selected WR Josh Gordon in the second round in 2012.
|Footballguys view: At 6'1" 190 pounds, Beal has a fine size/speed combination. Some felt he could've been a first-round pick had he come out in the 2019 NFL draft. Even though there hasn't been a pick in the Supplmental Draft since 2015, it seems like with talented players like Beal being available we might get one or two names called on July 11th.|
49ers | Jimmie Ward's position uncertain Wed Jun 27, 02:41 PM
San Francisco 49ers S Jimmie Ward worked at cornerback during offseason workouts, but defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley said the team will use training camp to decide where to use Ward this season.
|Footballguys view: Ward has experience at nickel back and safety, but the team wanted to see how he performed at cornerback this offseason. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has previously stated that Ward could be a quality backup at any position in the secondary if he doesn't win a starting job.|
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49ers | Two 49ers CBs working out together Wed Jun 27, 02:10 PM
San Francisco 49ers CBs Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon are working out together at Stanford as part of an academy that Sherman is holding for some of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib, Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay and Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes are among the players participating in the workouts.Link to story
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NFL | Interest building in supplemental draft prospects Tue Jun 26, 08:40 PM
Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander, Western Michigan CB Sam Beal and Mississippi State S Brandon Bryant are all very much on the radar of NFL teams ahead of the league's supplemental draft on July 11. Fourteen teams reportedly attended Bryant's pro day on Monday, June 25, while 26 teams reportedly attended Alexander's on June 20. Beal's pro day is scheduled for Thursday, June 28.Link to story