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  Titans | Marcus Mariota's accuracy helping WRs     Fri Jul 3, 10:01 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will help make the receivers more dynamic because of his 'unbelievable accuracy,' according to WR Harry Douglas. 'If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,' Douglas said.

Footballguys view: Mariota's accuracy was apparent in the context and structure of a play, but not as much outside of the structure of plays. Big receivers like Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham don't need a hyperaccurate QB, but they do need one that is willing to take chances and throw them open. Even if you are very optimistic about Mariota, there should be some rough spots this year as he transitions to more pro style elements in his offense and playing without a top-end running game and tempo advantage.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson hasn't ruled out baseball    Fri Jul 3, 05:18 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he would consider playing professional baseball in addition to professional football if he were traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Footballguys view: There was a time that Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders wowed us with two sport heroics, but with players representing huge investments to their teams now, it's hard to see this happening. It is much more likely that this is just adding intrigue to the contract talks that seem to be stuck at an impasse right now.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota contract update    Thu Jul 2, 06:50 PM

Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is not being held up because of a supposed clause that would forbid him from surfing, according to a source. Mariota has not signed his contract yet due to differences in contract language, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Footballguys view: The story probably only took root because contract delays for first round picks seem that absurd under the current CBA. Surely this will get done soon, as #3 pick Dante Fowler got his full guaranteed contact even after tearing his ACL in minicamp.

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  Jets | Geno Smith to work out with teammates    Thu Jul 2, 01:14 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he will be working out with most of the offensive skill players in Chicago during the two weeks before the start of training camp. Smith said he expects to be the only quarterback at the workouts but that the other quarterbacks are welcome to attend.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles looking to improve    Thu Jul 2, 12:47 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles worked with throwing coach Tom House and former NFL QB Jordan Palmer this offseason in hopes of tightening his throwing motion and learning to use his whole body when he throws. He indicated his plan was to work out with WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns leading up to training camp and work on his deep throws.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles dealt with injury in 2014    Thu Jul 2, 12:46 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (shoulder) dealt with a shoulder injury near the end of the 2014 season, which affected his ability to throw passes, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Bortles did not need surgery during the offseason.

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  Jets | No vacation for Geno Smith     Wed Jul 1, 10:00 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he is already focusing on preparing his body and mind for the regular season, and the next step is to work out with WR Brandon Marshall.

Footballguys view: Smith has the aggressive downfield throwing mindset that should work in new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's offense, and Marshall, Eric Decker, and Jace Amaro will give him a great set of big targets. The Jets offense should be more viable than last year, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick (who had his best success with Gailey in Buffalo) has to take over at some point.

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  Rams | Nick Foles instilling confidence    Wed Jul 1, 08:09 PM

St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles' command of the huddle is something that has been missing from the quarterback position in recent years, according to TE Jared Cook. 'Hopefully, he can make all of us better,' Cook said. 'This is something we've needed the past few years -- somebody to fill the mold, step in, grab the ram by the horns and say, 'Let's go, guys! This is our time!''

Footballguys view: Foles is certainly an upgrade from the likes of Austin Davis and Kellen Clemens, but with a questionable offensive line and WR/TE group that lacks star power, this team is still going to be run-heavy when they are successful at controlling the game and inconsistent when they are not. Foles has a ton of motivation playing for a long-term extension or free agent value depending on the Rams approach to his future, but there probably isn't any fantasy profit to be had here.

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  Redskins | Robert Griffin critiqued    Wed Jul 1, 03:29 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's decision-making, fundamentals, footwork and his inability to find open receivers are all reasons why Griffin isn't good enough to be successful in the NFL, in the opinion of ESPN NFL analyst Mark Brunell.

Footballguys view: The franchise seems reluctant but resigned to starting Griffin to begin the season, and well, we'll see where it goes from there. He doesn't seem to have the support of head coach Jay Gruden, and only the repeated failures of once coveted backup Kirk Cousins has kept Griffin atop the depth chart. Colt McCoy could be the caretaker for this offense again yet. All of it adds up to every Washington fantasy option inspiring little enthusiasm at current ADP.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson will be ready to play    Tue Jun 30, 02:58 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said he will be ready to play this season whether he's making $25 million or $1.5 million. Wilson has expressed his desire to stay in Seattle and added that, when the time comes, he will let his play do the talking.

Footballguys view: If he made $25 million annually, it would be $3 million per year higher than Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback market is about supply and demand--and there's not enough good QBs out there. It may seem outlandish to predict that price tag for Wilson, but the market could bear that out.

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  Jets | Vote of confidence for Geno Smith    Tue Jun 30, 02:42 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is improving year-by-year and has what it takes to be the quarterback of the future for the Jets, according to ESPN's Ron Jaworski. Jaworski said he has seen growth and improvement in Smith each year and that he just needs to perform on a consistent basis.

Footballguys view: Smith received a vote of confidence from the coaching staff earlier this year when OC Chan Gailey proclaimed that Smith was the starter. He finished last year with a bang (358 yards, three touchdowns), and Smith is hoping to carry that momentum over to this year. Gailey's spread concepts will help Smith look better, but he's nothing more than a low-end QB2 or QB3 for fantasy owners in 2015.

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  Buccaneers | Mike Evans feels he was held back    Mon Jun 29, 10:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is expected to play more on an island in 2015 as the 'X' receiver in Tampa Bay's new offense, which is the same role offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter created for Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones during Koetter's time with that organization. He said Monday, June 29, that the QB carousell of Josh McCown and Mike Glennon last year held him back, too, so he is excited about a potential breakout with QB Jameis Winston.

Footballguys view: All the people who doubt Evans can best the numbers he posted last year need to read this story. Yes, the 12 touchdown receptions could be difficult to duplicate--and touchdowns are always more difficult to project. However, he could easily get at least 10 touchdowns this year with more receptions and more yards. Winston is a serious upgrade and a more confident passer than McCown and Glennon combined. It's lazy analysis to say Evans will suffer in 2015 because of his rookie quarterback.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning dealing with changes    Mon Jun 29, 05:46 PM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been forced to deal with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, less practice time and more rest during offseason practices, new offensive linemen, a new starting tight end in TE Owen Daniels and not being able to practice with star WR Demaryius Thomas yet.

Footballguys view: The whole offseason is about change with Manning...and that could lead to better things with the Broncos--but perhaps not for fantasy owners. Manning is going to be running a more balanced system in 2015 with less emphasis on the passing game. Demaryius Thomas could see 100 catches again this year, but expect Emmanuel Sanders (101 catches in 2014) to drop to about 75 catches in 2015. Manning should be a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this season.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford to be ready for training camp?    Mon Jun 29, 05:16 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second ACL tear in as many seasons will require more time to recover and the Eagles may not have a grasp on how ready he is to play before the regular season begins.

Footballguys view: The Bradford/Foles trade was more than a bit odd. First, they have to pay around $11 million more for Bradford. Second, Bradford isn't healthy (kind of a big deal). Finally, there's a question about his remaining commitment to the game after he reportedly considered retirement after yet another knee injury. Bradford is accurate on short-to-intermediate routes, but his lack of durability has crushed his pro career. We're not certain things all of a sudden turn around now that he's in Philly.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill showing leadership    Mon Jun 29, 04:48 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill considers himself a big leader in the Dolphins' organization. WR Kenny Stills said Tannehill has put the team on his shoulders and is letting them know that everyone must work hard every day to be successful.

Footballguys view: Tannehill took a big step forward last year, finishing as the 9th-best fantasy quarterback. This offseason, the Dolphins have put better weapons around him with the hopes that he's going to improve even more. Another 4,000 yards passing this year is quite possible, and Tannehill should throw 25-30 touchdowns in 2015. This makes him a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to hold workouts    Mon Jun 29, 01:13 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford will work out with WR Calvin Johnson and some of the other offensive players in Atlanta before the start of training camp. Stafford said the workouts would help the development of the offense.

Footballguys view: Lots of players around the league hold these types of workouts before training camp begins. We like the leadership shown by Stafford here, and it will be interesting to see if the added chemistry shows up in the regular season. Stafford is a low-end QB1 with upside.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants to stay put?    Mon Jun 29, 12:00 AM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson said the goal is to remain in Seattle for 'a really, really long time' when asked about his contract situation at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy Saturday, June 27.

Footballguys view: The reports of "Wilson's outta here" have been quite overblown. Do things seem dire right now in contract negotiations? Yeah, a bit--but things change quickly in the NFL. The Seahawks found a franchise-caliber quarterback in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft, and they've been able to build a champion due to his small salary. Now, it's time to pay up...and we still think Seattle finds a way to keep him around with a new long-term contract.

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  Browns | Too soon to write off Johnny Manziel?    Sun Jun 28, 08:42 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel just 'needs more time' to develop and learn how to play from the pocket in order to become an effective NFL quarterback, according to Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

Footballguys view: Of course it's too soon. Manziel didn't do himself any favors last year as a rookie. However, he's entered rehab (of course exited rehab) and seems to have a better grasp on what it takes to be a good pro. We'll see if he can make a push for the starting job in training camp. If not, Manziel will back up Josh McCown in 2015--and perhaps replace him if (when?) McCown struggles.

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  Giants | Big contract coming for Eli Manning?    Sat Jun 27, 10:17 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning will likely work out a new deal with the team, according to his agent Tom Condon, but it won't come at a discount. 'The quarterbacks always get done,' Condon said. 'And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it's not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you're going to go in and it's going to get done. I'm sure at the appropriate time it'll happen.'

Footballguys view: We just can't see Manning playing with another team. Of course, we felt the same way about his brother Peyton and look what happened. We have a feeling the two sides find a way to get a deal done.

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  Browns | Former QB praises Johnny Manziel    Sat Jun 27, 09:28 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel is trending in the right direction, former QB Elvis Grbac said. 'It's obviously a learning experience,' Grbac said. 'I think he's going in the right direction. He's on the right path. I think it'll be somewhat of a rude awakening the first couple games of the season and he will have to adjust.'

Footballguys view: Manziel should be a buy-low target for fantasy owners in dynasty leagues. Yes, he's a longshot to ever be what the Browns thought he could be as a first-round pick in 2014. However, running quarterbacks are valuable fantasy assets--and it's too soon to write off Manziel. He'll likely start the season as a backup behind Josh McCown, but he could get a chance to start if McCown struggles.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants guaranteed money    Sat Jun 27, 05:49 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants a considerable portion of his next contract to be guaranteed.

Footballguys view: We're still optimistic that something will be done, but keep monitoring this situation. The guaranteed money is considered the biggest stumbling block in Wilson's extension talks, as the league's funding rule requires all money of any future payments to be paid into escrow upon signing.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston staying focused    Sat Jun 27, 02:02 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is maintaining his focus while eyes stay peeled on him in his rookie offseason. Winston said he's focused on being a quarterback on and off the field. He added that he's also focused on bouncing back from the mistakes he's made, saying he has nothing to prove.

Footballguys view: Winston has an incredible work ethic, and he's going to try to make his mark this season--even through the ups and downs of his rookie year. He's not afraid to throw into coverage, and Winston has incredible weapons around him in Tampa. Fantasy owners won't be drafting Winston in most leagues (low-end QB2 or QB3), but we're excited about watching his development as the season rolls on.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston looking to drop weight    Fri Jun 26, 05:24 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said he wants to lose some weight before the start of training camp. Winston said he currently weighs 238 pounds and would like to drop to around 230 pounds.

Footballguys view: Winston is a bigger quarterback, so he's going to carry a bit of bad weight. Losing about 10 pounds is nothing but a good thing, and it should help his stamina as games (and the season) wear on.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson looking for big deal    Fri Jun 26, 03:12 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is looking to become the highest-paid player in the league with his next contract, according to sources. Wilson's agent understands that any contract extension Wilson receives will be surpassed by another player in the future.

Footballguys view: This contract situation seems dire at this time, and there's even some out there who think Wilson might move on in 2016. We're not going with that "bold" prediction as we have confidence that the two sides will be able to work something out. Finding a franchise quarterback is difficult, and teams will pay a premium price to keep a guy like Wilson on the roster. Seattle's been able to keep Wilson around on an inexpensive third-rounder's contract. Now, it's time to pay an appropriate price.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's ruling not expected for weeks    Thu Jun 25, 06:21 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady isn't expected to hear the decision from his suspension hearing Tuesday, June 23, until mid-to-late July.

Footballguys view: Leave it to our beloved NFL to keep us hanging. Most fantasy drafts don't get fired up until August, so most owners will know whether or not Brady is suspended--and how long he's out for.

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  Titans | GM not worried about Marcus Mariota    Thu Jun 25, 04:55 PM

Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster told media he would not mind if QB Marcus Mariota missed a few days of training camp and that it would not be a big deal if he held out. There is a piece of language in the contract holding up what should be a four-year deal worth $21 million.

Footballguys view: We're not worried about this situation either. In fact, we don't even think Mariota will miss a day of training camp. We'll see something happen with his contract in the near future.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady decision due in July    Thu Jun 25, 09:09 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is unlikely to have a decision on the appeal of his four-game suspension until mid-to-late July.

Footballguys view: The wait continues. Brady's ADP is tracking as a low-end QB1 (around the eight round) and the FBGs staff is a bit split on him. On the one hand, missing four games (as it stands) will force his year-end numbers to look like those of a QB2. However, if his sentence is reduced or if you look at a per-game basis even on a truncated season, Brady will probably give you QB1 numbers. If you can find a good replacement for the first five weeks of the season (the Patriots have an early bye), then Brady is a good player to snag who can pay off late.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston working hard    Wed Jun 24, 10:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has been arriving at the team's facility at 6 a.m. for weightlifting and conditioning, and not leaving until 12 hours later. And he said he has been studying after that. 'At home I study about two hours,' Winston said Wednesday, June 24. 'I try to get some rest but sometimes I've got to look over my script.'

Footballguys view: While there have been doubts off the field, one thing even his detractors admit is that Winston works hard on the football side of things. He knows he has to earn the leadership role, and the rookie knows all eyes are on him and how he conducts himself. Winston could have a great rookie season given his receiving corps, but the shaky offensive line, questionable run game and usual steep rookie quarterback learning curve make us leery of depending on him. His ADP is currently as a QB3, which is about where we feel it should be.

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  Bengals | A.J. McCarron expected to be No. 2    Wed Jun 24, 09:00 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron is expected to be the primary backup quarterback to QB Andy Dalton.

Footballguys view: McCarron has done well enough to make everyone else not named Dalton expendable--and maybe make Dalton nervous. That's a way down the road, at least this season, but it bodes well for McCarron that he has impressed this quickly after missing part of last season due to injury.

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  Bengals | Josh Johnson not in Cincy plans    Wed Jun 24, 08:59 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Josh Johnson is not expected to compete with QB A.J. McCarron for the backup job to starting QB Andy Dalton, and is viewed as just an extra arm in camp.

Footballguys view: Not surprisingly, Johnson continues to not live up to the potential many saw in him when he joined the league. This could be his final shot at a roster spot, as at this point he's pretty clearly unable to play at a pro level.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota may not run as often    Wed Jun 24, 03:00 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be allowed to run at times this season in order to keep opponents on their heels, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt may want to limit Mariota's runs so he can avoid injury. 'The league does a good job trying to protect quarterbacks, but any time a quarterback takes off with the ball there's a risk,' Whisenhunt said. 'Then again, anytime anyone has the ball there's a risk, so I don't think you can get too caught up in it. You just have to be smart. Obviously you don't want him having 30 carries a game because then you really increase that risk.'

Footballguys view: Quarterbacks who run a lot get hit often and have more chances to get banged up. It's wise for the Titans to cut back on his rushing attempts. He's athletic, and that needs to be accounted for in the play-calling. The Titans don't want him to get hurt and stunt his development as a passer. If Mariota is going to make it in the NFL as a top-tier quarterback, then he'll need to show well as a passer from within the pocket.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford showing better accuracy    Wed Jun 24, 02:41 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford has shown improved accuracy during offseason workouts, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. 'He's improved,' Caldwell said. 'He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement.'

Footballguys view: A healthy Calvin Johnson and Eric Ebron will help Stafford put up better numbers this year. The team also needs to do a better job of protecting him. The Lions OL gave up 45 sacks in 2014. We'll see if that improved accuracy shows through this season.

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  Bengals | Keith Wenning signed    Wed Jun 24, 02:33 PM

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Ball State product came into the league as a sixth-round pick for the Ravens in the 2014 NFL draft. He's got good anticipation and gets the ball out of his hand quickly. He'll be a camp arm for the Bengals, but he might do enough to stick around on the practice squad.

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  Giants | Eli Manning looks comfortable    Wed Jun 24, 12:15 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning looked more comfortable with the offense this offseason than he did at any point last offseason.

Footballguys view: That makes a lot of sense. This is the second year of working in the Ben McAdoo system, so we're certain Manning is much more comfortable than he was last season. In 2014, Manning finished as the 8th-best fantasy football quarterback. This year, Manning could finish again as a top-10 passer--perhaps even top-5 although that's only something he's done once (2005) in his career.

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  Texans | Houston had Peyton Manning talks    Wed Jun 24, 11:49 AM

Updating previous reports, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and the Texans signed QB Brian Hoyer. If the Texans were to acquire Manning they would have had to restructure Manning's deal and SportsRadio 610's source says the money in Houston would not have been as high as the $15 million Manning got from the Broncos.

Footballguys view: Ah, the unnamed sources. Listen, could the Broncos have pondered life without Manning? Sure, we're open to that. However, this "scoopage" about a deal that didn't happen and now won't happen (new no-trade clause when Manning restructured) is folly. Manning's agent was never contacted, so this rumor or report or out and out BS is coming from a world of semantics and half truths.

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  Broncos | Peyton Manning trade rumors false    Wed Jun 24, 07:46 AM

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was not the subject of talks that had him headed for the Houston Texans. Reports suggested some in the Broncos organization wanted to jumpstart QB Brock Osweiler and start the rebuilding process.

Footballguys view: Of course the "report" was false....and by the way, this wasn't "scoopage" either as Matt "money" Smith said the same thing about a month ago on an NFL.com podcast. If the team wanted the Osweiler era to start, then why hasn't he been extended yet? Osweiler's in the final year of his contract, and at this time there have been no discussions about a new contract. Calm down Twitter, calm down.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota deal being held up    Tue Jun 23, 09:01 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is projected to receive a $21 million deal over four years which will be guaranteed by the team. However, he remains the only unsigned first-round draft pick due to a delay finalizing the deal due to a disagreement over offset language.

Footballguys view: Just like we suspected, the offset language is holding things up. Rookie contracts are no longer a problem for first-round picks with the rookie salary cap in place. However, offset language is something teams insist on to save themselves money in case of a player being released before his four-year contract is up. Something will be done by training camp.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's appeal hearing continues    Tue Jun 23, 07:31 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is still having the appeal of his four-game suspension heard Tuesday, June 23, and the NFL does not want to continue the hearing Thursday, June 25.

Footballguys view: We'll know more about this hearing in the near future. With NFL commissioner Roger Goodell open to "new evidence" it leaves the door open for the four-game ban to get reduced. We'll see if Brady gets a break, or if he has to miss the first month of the season.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota ready for camp    Tue Jun 23, 06:29 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he has been working on learning the playbook and is ready for whatever head coach Ken Whisenhunt asks him to do during training camp.

Footballguys view: Mariota is the only first-round pick who remains unsigned at this time. We expect the two sides to work something out before camp starts, and we're excited to see Mariota slinging the rock for the Titans this season. We'll see how quickly he can translate his skill set to the pro game.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota not worried about deal    Tue Jun 23, 06:12 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he is not worried about his contract situation even though he is only first-round draft pick unsigned at the moment. The two sides do not appear to be close to a deal at this point.

Footballguys view: We're not worried about this situation either. Rookie holdouts are a thing of the past with the rookie salary cap in place. Mariota and the Titans are likely haggling over offset language in the contract. We expect the two sides to come to an agreement before training camp starts.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson ready to move on?    Tue Jun 23, 02:07 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who is believed to be seeking a five-year deal worth more than $110 million, sounded as if he's ready to move on from the Seahawks if his contract situation isn't resolved. He's in the fourth and final year of his rookie contract that will pay him $2.99 million if he doesn't agree to a new deal. Seattle could place the franchise tag on Wilson next year, which would cost them more than $23 million for 2016.

Footballguys view: Let's pump the brakes on this "ready to move on" talk. Yes, it's a possibility that Wilson is ready to move on....but it's more likely that he's just going through the negotiation process and things are slow right now. We'd be floored if Wilson was not re-upped by the Seahawks.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady under oath in appeal    Tue Jun 23, 10:49 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is testifying under oath in his appeal hearing Tuesday, June 23, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Brady has to convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he's innocent in the whole "DeflateGate" incident. Rumors have been floated that Brady doesn't have any way to reduce his sentence. We'll have to wait and see if he gets his four-game suspension reduced or if it remains intact to start the 2015 season.

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  Browns | Terrelle Pryor claimed    Mon Jun 22, 04:25 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Pryor wasn't going to find a home in the NFL had he stayed at quarterback. Moving to wide receiver might not work out in the long run, but teams are interested in him enough at a new position. The Browns need all the WR talent they can get, so taking a chance on Pryor makes sense. At 6'5" 230 pounds, Pryor is a fine athlete who could create mismatches.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton to be turned loose    Fri Jun 19, 09:48 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton won't run less in 2015 because of the contract extension he received, general manager Dave Gettleman said. 'He's got to be Cam,' Gettleman said. 'You don't hold back a thoroughbred, you don't.'

Footballguys view: Great news, let's see this happen! Newton is best when he's fearless as a runner or passer. If he's not worried about rushing the ball, he should be more productive. We'll see if he can finish as a top-5 fantasy QB this season.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel could be on the bubble    Fri Jun 19, 08:48 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel could be on the roster bubble if he struggles during training camp. The team would save $4.15 million in salary cap space if he is released.

Footballguys view: Even though he's the most experienced quarterback on the roster in Buffalo, nobody should think Cassel's roster spot is safe. If he struggles in training camp and the preseason, the Bills could just let him go and start either E.J. Manuel or Tyrod Taylor.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota last 1st-rounder unsigned    Fri Jun 19, 06:20 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is the only unsigned first-round draft pick as of Friday, June 19. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean said a deal will get done and that there's plenty of time to do so before training camp commences.

Footballguys view: The days of rookie holdouts don't exist anymore in the NFL. With a rookie salary cap in place, rookies are slotted to be a little less than the player in front of him (Jameis Winston) and a little more than the player selected behind him (Dante Fowler). Mariota (like Winston) gets a slight bump in pay because of the premium price that quarterbacks get.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson won't be distracted    Fri Jun 19, 02:44 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson won't let the prospect of a long-term deal distract him this season.

Footballguys view: We have no doubt Wilson will be okay. Wilson said he hopes a deal gets done before training camp, but said if talks stretch into the season that he wouldn't let that affect what he does on the field.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel struggling with accuracy    Fri Jun 19, 01:25 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel continues to struggle with throwing accuracy, but he showed improvement in little things, such as getting the plays called and off on time.

Footballguys view: Well, everything has to start somewhere. Manziel is far from the starting lineup at this point, and we'll see if he can become a more accurate passer with preseason and training camp reps. He'll likely begin the season as a backup, but the team might give him one more (last?) chance if/when Josh McCown struggles.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton works on footwork    Fri Jun 19, 09:14 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has better footwork and decision making in what head coach Ron Rivera called the best he has seen from Newton in practice this week. 'I think it's all part of his growth,' said Rivera. 'Again, he's a young man. He came into this league after playing only one year of major-college football. I think it's been good for him. I think his development is really headed in the right direction and again the big plus is we've had him (healthy) for all the OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp this year.'

Footballguys view: All reports out of Panthers camp indicate that Newton may be taking his game to another level this year. The team has put better weapons around him in the passing game, and Newton seems intent on cleaning up the parts of his game that need the most work. Newton is coming off the board at QB7 (7.02) in 12-team PPR leagues right now, but he may finish as a top-5 fantasy quarterback as he did in both 2011 and 2012 (4th-best in those seasons).

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  Redskins | Washington backup QB job up for grabs    Fri Jun 19, 12:06 AM

Washington Redskins QB Colt McCoy and QB Kirk Cousins have created no separation from each other in their battle to be the primary backup quarterback in 2015, and head coach Jay Gruden said their performance in the preseason games could be the deciding factor.

Footballguys view: McCoy isn't going to go down without a fight. It's a good problem for Washington to have, and a battle for dynasty owners to monitor in training camp.

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