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  Vikings | Nick Foles could start for Vikings     Thu Jul 28, 09:20 PM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) would be given the chance to start for the Minnesota Vikings if he does sign.

Footballguys view: This is shocking and hard to believe. The Vikings made a significant investment in Teddy Bridgewater and still haven't given him enough leash to really know what he is capable of. We don't buy this and think it's a report just throwing stuff at the wall and wondering if it will stick. If this happened, GM Rick Spielman would have to be fired. We don't have a lot of excitement for him as a fantasy quarterback and really see him as a decent backup as a QB3, but that doesn't mean the Vikings are ready to jettison Bridgewater.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starter    Thu Jul 28, 05:05 PM

New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starting quarterback in 2016, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

Footballguys view: This is less shocking than finding out Darth Vader is Luke's father but more than discovering Superman and Batman both have moms named Martha. On the serious tip, of course we knew this and Fitzpatrick should be a low-end QB2 in this offense, given the continuity of it. Fitzpatrick is an able backup with some upside, but that schedule scares us....like Zack Snyder doing another DC movie.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco happy with practice    Thu Jul 28, 04:37 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) said he felt comfortable during practice Thursday, July 28, but wishes he was able to complete more passes. He did not try to run during practice but did move around the pocket. It is not known if he will receive any playing time in the first preseason game or if the team will hold him out until the third preseason game.

Footballguys view: As Flacco is coming off an injury, the Ravens may take it easy with him, so we might not see him do much before Week 1. We're not sure how well he'll play and the receiving options around him are middling, so right now we see him as a low-end QB2 with upside, but we could see him rise up the rankings as his reps get more numerous and we see how healthy he is.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick working with starters    Thu Jul 28, 03:34 PM

New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is receiving most of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 28. QB Geno Smith has also received a few snaps with the starters.

Footballguys view: As expected. We still expect Smith to be there just in case Fitzpatrick implodes or gets hurt this season, since nobody else has experience. Bryce Petty is likely to be cut and stashed on the practice squad if at all possible. Fitzpatrick is a low-end QB2 or a solid QB3. He has the weapons and was solid last year but the schedule and his meltdown in Week 17 keep us leery of him.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo share snaps    Thu Jul 28, 02:04 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady received the first snaps during quarterback drills and seven-on-seven drills during practice Thursday, July 28, while QB Jimmy Garoppolo received the first snaps during 11-on-11 drills. Garoppolo went 11-for-14 during the team drills, while Brady went 8-for-14.

Footballguys view: The Patriots need to keep preparing for the full season even as they prepare to not have Brady for the first four weeks. No worries, Brady will continue to see plenty of action in camp. There's no doubt Brady will put up QB1 numbers, but his overall value takes a hit because you won't get a full season from him. He's going in he seventh round in terms of ADP, about QB7 off the board. You're still going to have to fight for him if you want him. And then you either need a good second option or Garoppolo and a lot of faith.

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  Bills | Sammy Watkins to stay in stride with QB    Thu Jul 28, 11:27 AM

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said he and QB Tyrod Taylor have something planned to make up for the lost time in training camp. 'We're not going to go the whole time without doing anything,' Watkins said. 'We're going to get on the right page and make sure we stay there. It's really good that he's progressing, now I've got to progress with him.'

Footballguys view: We're happy to hear this because given the potential lack of talent behind Watkins at receiver, he's going to get a lot of targets. We already thought Watkins would be a decent WR2 and this makes us feel more confident about it.

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  Broncos | Nick Foles not an option in Denver    Thu Jul 28, 09:44 AM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) isn't an option the Denver Broncos are interested in, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Footballguys view: With the Jets re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Broncos out of the hunt, there is very little interest in Foles, at least publically. On Mike & Mike Thursday morning, Matt Hasselbeck said that he knew plenty of NFL coaches who liked Foles and might want a shot with him. It will be as a backup though, so he is unlikely to be a roster priority in fantasy.

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  Bills | Tyrod Taylor extension possible    Thu Jul 28, 02:52 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor could sign a contract extension before the season starts, according to sources. The two sides are talking relatively frequently, but nothing is considered imminent.

Footballguys view: Basically a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes, it would be more of an impact from a dynasty standpoint than a redraft. Taylor is the starting quarterback in Buffalo, contract or no.

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  Vikings | Minnesota eyeing Nick Foles?    Thu Jul 28, 01:50 AM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) might be of interest to the Minnesota Vikings, one of three teams believed to be in on the quarterback, according to a source. The Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys are also believed to be interested.

Footballguys view: We could see this, but as Shaun Hill is a competent backup we could also see this as smoke via Foles' agent. Could they hedge their bets with Teddy Bridgewater though, by adding Foles? Possibly, but that would be a bad optic for the front office, so we aren't sure we buy this.

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  Cowboys | Nick Foles to join Dallas?    Thu Jul 28, 01:47 AM

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) is drawing interest from the Dallas Cowboys, joining the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings, according to a source. The New York Jets also had interest in Foles, but after signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick it's unlikely the Jets are still interested.

Footballguys view: We'd think the Cowboys and Bills are the most likely landing spots as the Cowboys know their backup situation is beyond shaky and the Bills are clearly not sold on Taylor, though a rumored extension could change things there. He could compete for a role in Buffalo, but anywhere else he would be a pure backup.

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  Browns | RG3 not being handed starting job    Thu Jul 28, 01:46 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III won't be handed the starting job, although all signs point to him winning the gig. 'No, it's still a ways away in my mind, but I feel good about where we are and I feel good about the process that we've been in for those guys,' head coach Hue Jackson said. Griffin is trying to beat out veteran QB Josh McCown, as well as journeyman QB Austin Davis and rookie QB Cody Kessler.

Footballguys view: Of course he's not being handed the job, the Footballguys update writer said sarcastically. Certainly he should see stiff competition from such renowned signal callers as Josh McCown, Austin Davis and rookie Cody Kessler, he wrote while rolling his eyes so hard they fell out of his head. Joking aside, if Griffin can't win the job and loses to this group of lovable mutts, he should consider another job. Griffin should be the QB1 in camp though no better than a QB3 on your fantasy roster.

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  Browns | Josh McCown was steady in spring    Thu Jul 28, 01:45 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown looked more ready in spring practices than QB Robert Griffin III, and he knows the offensive line well while having a rapport and timing down with some of the receivers. McCown posted a 93.3 quarterback rating in 2015, 14th in the NFL. However, the team isn't expected to build around a quarterback who is 37. He might be kept around as an insurance policy in case QB Cody Kessler isn't ready.

Footballguys view: It's what he does. McCown is a slightly older version of Ryan Fitzpatrick--he has his moments, but he will fall on his face on occasion and as Cabot points out, you aren't building a franchise around him. We firmly believe Robert Griffin III will be the winner of the camp battle.

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  Browns | Austin Davis has chance to stick    Thu Jul 28, 01:44 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Austin Davis has a chance to stick around with the team if the organization elects to deal or release QB Josh McCown during training camp and the preseason. Davis was signed to a two-year contract extension through 2017, but only $600,000 is guaranteed.

Footballguys view: There's no way four quarterbacks end up in camp, Cody Kessler isn't getting cut and we expect Robert Griffin III to win the starting job. That leaves one job for McCown and Davis, and given that McCown has little upside, we could see Davis remaining. Of course, that leaves almost no experience behind Griffin if he were to get hurt.

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  Bills | Buffalo among those in on Nick Foles    Thu Jul 28, 01:44 AM

The Buffalo Bills are one of three teams interested in free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams), a source said Wednesday, July 27. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings also have interest, while the New York Jets were interested but are now likely out after re-signing QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Footballguys view: They aren't in love with Tyrod Taylor, so this makes sense. We could even see Foles pushing for snaps in camp. Taylor is a low-end QB2, but his added value is his legs, something Foles doesn't bring to the table. Which means that Foles might actually be less desirable in this offense than Taylor.

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  Jets | Bad news for Geno Smith, Bryce Petty    Wed Jul 27, 09:59 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith and QB Bryce Petty were atop the depth chart, but now that the team has re-signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year deal either Smith or Petty might be looking for a new team by the regular season opener.

Footballguys view: There are two ways the Jets can go. They can keep Smith and cut Petty, hoping he slips through waivers to land on the practice squad or they can cut or trade Smith, though that leaves them with no experience behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. We think they take their chances with Petty getting grabbed off waivers, and keep Smith on the bench just in case. It's a smart play, given the brutal early schedule.

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  Bears | CHI adds B.J. Daniels, Brandon Boykin    Wed Jul 27, 08:20 PM

Free-agent WR B.J. Daniels (Giants) and CB Brandon Boykin (Panthers) signed with the Chicago Bears Wednesday, July 27. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  Broncos | Mark Sanchez to receive first snaps    Wed Jul 27, 07:49 PM

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez will receive the first set of snaps during practice Thursday, July 28, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. He will be followed by QB Trevor Siemian and QB Paxton Lynch. Kubiak said the quarterback rotation will change each day.

Footballguys view: As expected, Sanchez is getting the first crack at starting. His experience gives him that edge, and we expect him to win the job though how long he keeps it is hard to say given his history. We don't see him as anything more than a shaky QB2 who could lose his job mid-season.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick returning to New York    Wed Jul 27, 07:05 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, July 27, worth $12 million. Fitzpatrick can earn an additional $3 million based on the team's performance.

Footballguys view: Finally! The drama between Fitzpatrick and the Jets is finally done...and it's for a price tag that we've been expecting for quite some time. Fitzpatrick saw all the money thrown around to guys like Sam Bradford (Eagles) and Brock Osweiler (Texans) earlier this offseason and wanted a piece of that. He didn't get it..and never was going to get it. Now, he gets $12 million fully guaranteed with a chance to earn another $3 million in incentives. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB2.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick talking with NYJ    Wed Jul 27, 06:37 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is having contract negotiations with the New York Jets. The Jets are trying to reach an agreement with Fitzpatrick.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco will wear knee brace    Wed Jul 27, 04:51 PM

Baltimore Ravens OB Joe Flacco (knee) said he will be wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee during practices and all of the regular season games.

Footballguys view: Flacco is coming back from a major knee injury, so Ravens fans should be happy he's wearing a brace for added protection. He can scramble, but that's not a major part of his game so we don't think the brace will be a problem for Flacco.

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  Rams | Nick Foles released    Wed Jul 27, 03:49 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Nick Foles was released Wednesday, July 27.

Footballguys view: Things aren't going your way when you get benched for Case Keenum as Foles experienced last year. When the Rams added QB Jared Goff with the first-overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the writing was on the wall that they were done with Foles. Some team should be interested in bringing him on as a backup.

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  Broncos | Denver QBs to receive equal reps    Wed Jul 27, 03:36 PM

Denver Broncos QBs Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will receive equal snaps at the start of training camp, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said there is no timetable on selecting a starting quarterback.

Footballguys view: The number of reps are going to be equal, but Kubiak admitted that Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian will split first-team reps. Lynch is the future, but he may need a redshirt year after coming out of a spread system in college at Memphis. He was the best QB in this draft class in terms of making plays under pressure. His completion percentage (67.9), TDs (11) and INTs (1) ranked first for FBS QBs under duress in 2015.

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Paxton Lynch player page


  Patriots | Tom Brady will remain starter    Wed Jul 27, 12:08 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will return as the starting quarterback when he returns, according to head coach Bill Belichick.

Footballguys view: The biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth. We hope the person who asked this question was booed by the reporters around him.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick impasse nearing end?    Wed Jul 27, 10:48 AM

Updating an ongoing story, free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is believed to be close to ending his impasse with the New York Jets, according to some that know him well.

Footballguys view: Training camps are kicking off all around the NFL, so it's time to get back to work. Fitzpatrick may have overvalued his position earlier this offseason when guys like Sam Bradford (Eagles) and Brock Osweiler (Texans) were getting paid. Now, he's likely to accept a much lower offer than originally expected just to play football. It's worth noting that other reports indicate there is no end in sight....sigh...we guess the drama continues.

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  Jets | No recent Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets talks    Wed Jul 27, 10:33 AM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) hasn't had recent talks with the New York Jets. The two sides remain far apart, and a resolution isn't expected soon.

Footballguys view: This contradicts other reports saying things are going to close in the near future. We're quite frankly sick of the drama surrounding the league's lowest level of acceptable starting QB. That's what Fitzpatrick is...but he's the best option for the Jets in 2016. Christian Hackenberg is likely to be the team's QB of the future.

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  Colts | Quicker release for Andrew Luck?    Tue Jul 26, 08:46 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck would like to get rid of the ball quicker in 2016 in an effort to increase better health. Luck said eliminating things quickly, like routes on his drop back, will be key in a quicker release. 'I think that's the skill set you learn as time goes on,' Luck said, 'the ability to eliminate one option and move on to the next.'

Footballguys view: The Colts know they must do everything they can to protect their franchise QB. He's one of the best young passers in the game, and that's why the Colts made moves to improve their OL this offseason. Having plays where Luck can get rid of the ball quicker will also help. Luck has a trio of WRs to throw to, and his return is why we're so excited by the fantasy potential of guys like T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett in 2016.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick cleared for camp    Tue Jul 26, 08:23 PM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) has received medical clearance to participate fully in training camp, according to a source. Kaepernick had a torn left labrum repaired this offseason in addition to surgery on his right thumb and left knee.

Footballguys view: Three surgeries this offseason kept Kaepernick out of action during minicamp and OTAs. He also lost some weight that he'll need to put back on in order to take the NFL beating most QBs endure. Blaine Gabbert is his primary competition, and we'll have to see how Kaepernick fits into the Chip Kelly system. On paper, it seems like a good fit for the veteran QB...but we want to see it on the field before we get too interested.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick won't sign before camp    Tue Jul 26, 02:36 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) is not expected to re-sign with the New York Jets before their training camp begins, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Another day and more Fitzpatrick "they're not gonna sign him" news. All it will take is a few Geno Smith interceptions in training camp to get this deal done.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers talks weight loss    Tue Jul 26, 01:20 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he weighs less than he has in a long time, but his muscle mass is as strong as it was when he was 10 pounds heavier.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers in great shape    Mon Jul 25, 02:09 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his football career, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. Rodgers stopped eating dairy this offseason as part of a more stringent diet.

Footballguys view: It's ironic to think of a player in Wisconsin avoiding dairy, but to each his own. Rodgers in great shape certainly helps, but getting WR Jordy Nelson back and healthy is an even greater boost to the team's passing game.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick receives offers    Mon Jul 25, 11:33 AM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has received multiple offers to choose between from the New York Jets. The Jets have offered a three-year, $24 million deal with $15 million guaranteed and at least one other offer.

Footballguys view: Finally! With training camp drawing near, the two sides should be able to come to an agreement. Fitzpatrick can step in and compete for the starting job even though he's missed the entire offseason with the team. Geno Smith would be his primary competition as rookie Christian Hackenberg is seen as the team's QB of the future.

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  NFL | Peyton Manning cleared by NFL    Mon Jul 25, 11:26 AM

Former Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was cleared Monday, July 25, following a seven-month investigation that found no credible evidence he used human growth hormone or violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Manning's legacy as one of the greatest QBs of all time is insured with this investigation wrapped up. We saw his game fall off over the last year and a half, but Manning was able to become the first QB to ever win a Super Bowl with more than one team (Colts, Broncos).

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  Giants | Ryan Nassib unlikely to be dealt    Mon Jul 25, 08:41 AM

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib isn't likely to be traded as the window to do so has likely closed. The Giants may let him test the free-agent waters next offseason and attempt to re-sign him if he isn't offered a starting job.

Footballguys view: Nassib could one day get a chance to be a starter, but it is unlikely to be with the Giants. He'll once again play as the backup behind Eli Manning. Nassib is a bit of an unknown, but he's an interesting name to keep track of in dynasty leagues. He should move on in free agency next year to get a shot to start with another team.

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  Lions | Detroit working out Jimmy Clausen    Mon Jul 25, 07:40 AM

The Detroit Lions will work out free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (Ravens) on Monday, July 25.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper earning Derek Carr's trust    Sun Jul 24, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.

Footballguys view: Message! We're already excited by the Raiders offense...primarily because of their passing game. Reading these type of reports only get us more hyped for the upcoming season. Carr is one of the best young QBs in the game today, and he should perform like a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners this year. Cooper has always reminded us of a young Marvin Harrison (Colts) because of his quickness and elite route-running ability. He's a low-end WR1 with the upside to be a top-5 fantasy WR this season.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford likely gone after 2016    Sun Jul 24, 04:05 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is 'extremely unlikely' to be with the team after the 2016 season has drawn to a close, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.

Footballguys view: We could see Chase Daniel at some point this year if Bradford fails. Having a lame duck quarterback is not good for a team's competitiveness, so this should be considered a rebuilding year for the Eagles. The quarterback position is unlikely to provide very much fantasy value in Philadelphia this year.

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  Eagles | Carson Wentz set for heavy preseason load    Sun Jul 24, 04:01 PM

Philadelphia Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz is expected to see 'a ton' of work in the preseason, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.

Footballguys view: Wentz should get a lot of work because he will be exposed to a much faster level of play than he saw at North Dakota State. It will be the best indicator of how ready he is for NFL regular season that the Eagles will get before Week 1. If the Eagles have their way, Wentz will sit all season.

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  Eagles | McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signs    Sun Jul 24, 12:12 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signed to an undisclosed deal Sunday, July 24, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady can't work with teammates    Sun Jul 24, 10:23 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities or discussions during the course of his four-game suspension, even if he is away from the team facility, according to NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy. The ban also prohibits Brady from attending games and practices as a spectator and receiving game and practice film from club personnel.

Footballguys view: This would be more worrisome if Brady was suspended for substance abuse issues or otherwise needed to be with the team to foster unity and buy-in. He's still being drafted as a low QB1 who will produce more like an elite QB once he's back in Week 5. If rosters are big enough to accommodate another quarterback without losing too much early season waiver wire flexibility, Brady is a value pick.

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  Lions | Is Jake Rudock future in Detroit?    Sun Jul 24, 01:50 AM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he might be the future backup to QB Matthew Stafford with veteran QB Dan Orlovsky only signed through 2016. If Rudock sees second-team reps in training camp and the preseason, it might signal the team would prefer to keep Rudock and cut Orlovsky.

Footballguys view: The Patriots went into the season with an undrafted rookie as their backup passer the year after Tom Brady tore his ACL, so it's not unprecedented that a team would trust an unheralded rookie to man the shop if the starter goes down.

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  Lions | Last year for Dan Orlovsky?    Sun Jul 24, 01:49 AM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky remains the backup seeing second-team reps in the spring, but he is only signed through 2016 and does not have a future in Detroit. The team drafted QB Jake Rudock in the sixth round and he looked competent in minicamp.

Footballguys view: Orlovsky isn't the worst backup in the league, but he's not exactly inspiring confidence, either. The Lions have a quarterback-centric offense, and they would be in bad shape if Matthew Stafford goes down.

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  Jets | Todd Bowles confident in Geno Smith    Sun Jul 24, 01:48 AM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains in line to start with the contract impasse between the organization and free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Head coach Todd Bowles said he is confident in Smith as the starter. 'I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,' Bowles said. 'It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does.'

Footballguys view: Smith is actually a bold downfield passer, and he could mesh better with the Chan Gailey offense than he has with any of his previous offensive coordinators. If he starts for the Jets this year, it won't be as much of a blow for Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall as some might think.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco not placed on PUP list    Sat Jul 23, 03:56 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to training camp next week.

Footballguys view: A good sign for Flacco here. Even though he's not on PUP, we think the Ravens take it easy on Flacco in camp and the preseason.

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  Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees    Sat Jul 23, 11:46 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he has not had contract extension talks with the Saints in the past three months.

Footballguys view: With a $30 million cap hit in 2016, we're surprised something hasn't been done yet to extend Brees and lower that number. Brees said he would like to sign an extension at some point before the start of the regular season.

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  NFL | Michael Vick committed to football    Fri Jul 22, 09:34 PM

Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Steelers) said Thursday, July 21, he remains optimistic about playing in 2016 and wants to be able to make a contribution to a contender.

Footballguys view: Vick is no longer the player he used to be...and he hasn't been for quite some time. Nobody has brought him in for a workout this offseason, so Vick's playing days might be done.

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  49ers | Blaine Gabbert praised by Jerry Rice    Fri Jul 22, 12:36 PM

Former San Francisco 49ers WR Jerry Rice praised QB Blaine Gabbert, who will be competing for the starting quarterback job with QB Colin Kaepernick in training camp. 'I had an opportunity to meet him, and you can just tell the confidence. He feels he has a legitimate chance of being the starter. Then you got Colin Kaepernick, and I don't know if they're gonna be able to, you know, that offense of Chip Kelly because he likes to get over the ball, he likes constant movement and all of that,' Rice said.

Footballguys view: Nick Foles wasn't thought of much more highly than Gabbert is right now before he was a stud QB1 during his first season under Chip Kelly. Gabbert doesn't have Foles' supporting cast, but he does have a terrible team that will put him in catchup game scripts all year. We wouldn't draft Gabbert, but he could be a nice cheap DFS play for some matchups and part of a streaming quarterback approach, assuming he holds off Kaepernick.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer to improve in 2016?    Fri Jul 22, 12:53 AM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald expects 'better things' from QB Carson Palmer this season because of Palmer's understanding of head coach Bruce Arians' offensive system.

Footballguys view: Palmer is almost always available outside of the top 6 quarterbacks. If all three of his top receivers can stay healthy this year, that and the added punch of David Johnson playing a larger role will make Palmer a profitable pick as a mid-late QB1.

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  Broncos | Mark Sanchez named the starter?    Thu Jul 21, 09:11 AM

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez was endorsed as the starting quarterback to the team by head coach Gary Kubiak, according to DT Sylvester Williams.

Footballguys view: We're expecting this outcome given the lack of experience that Trevor Siemian has and the rawness of Paxton Lynch's game. We aren't sure he'll hold it all season, because this is Mark Sanchez we're talking about and he tends to find ways to lose jobs these days. Despite having two 1,000-yard receivers for the first time in his career (Sanchez has never even had one of those before), we still don't like him enough to recommend him as anything more than a QB3 at this point. We may see him climb ADP during camp but we continue to suggest caution given his history and the looming other options.

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  Seahawks | Trevone Boykin remains No. 2 for now    Thu Jul 21, 02:51 AM

Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Trevone Boykin remains the team's primary backup to starter QB Russell Wilson, but beat writer Sheil Kapadia says don't be surprised to see the team add a veteran sometime in August.

Footballguys view: Wilson has been very healthy so the risk is low, but we all know what happens when a top-shelf quarterback goes down to injury with an inexperienced player the only one left to take over. We expect someone else to show up unless Boykin REALLY impresses in camp. Stay tuned.

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  49ers | All eyes will be on QB battle    Thu Jul 21, 02:21 AM

San Francisco 49ers QBs Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick head into training camp battling for the starting job under center. Many in the organization feel Gabbert is a better fit in head coach Chip Kelly's offense, and he has a good grasp of the offseason.

Footballguys view: This entire situation just makes you feel ill. We do think Kaepernick could be a solid fit in Kelly's offense and find it hard to believe Gabbert is the real fit. That said, Kelly moves to the beat of his own drummer (and that guy is not exactly Neil Pert) so either outcome is possible. Gabbert did look OK last year and had a solid end to 2015 but we'd still avoid him as more than QB3.

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