Fantasy Football News & Views
Redskins | Kyle Allen could have advantage for QB job Wed Apr 8, 05:15 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kyle Allen would have an advantage in the competition for the starting quarterback job if teams do not have much time to prepare for the 2020 season, according to head coach Ron Rivera. 'If we were told, hey, you've got two weeks to go, I would feel very comfortable with Kyle,' Rivera said, 'because here's a guy that knows the system, has been in the system and could handle it for us for a period of time, and we'll see how that goes. That's kind of the thought process behind it for us.'
|Footballguys view: Allen was added because Ron Rivera knows him from their days together with the Panthers, and the team needs someone to push second-year pro Dwayne Haskins. We'll see this battle unfold in training camp.|
Jets | James Morgan meets with NYJ reps Wed Apr 8, 12:40 PM
Florida International QB James Morgan met via teleconference Wednesday, April 8, with the New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: Morgan is an intriguing developmental prospect that teams are keeping tabs on. He should be a late-round pick or priority free agent addition after the draft. Morgan has a huge arm but little control as a passer, mainly due to poor and inconsistent mechanics.|
Giants | Ball security a problem for Daniel Jones Tue Apr 7, 11:43 PM
New York Giants QB Daniel Jones committed a league-high 18 fumbles as a rookie in 2019 despite playing in only 13 games.
|Footballguys view: Jones will have to be better this year. Even during his college days he would get a little careless with the rock. Jones is the franchise quarterback and should have healthier and better weapons around him in 2020. Now, if they could get him a better offensive line that would help immensely.|
Daniel Jones player page
Raiders | Derek Carr plagued by drops in his career Tue Apr 7, 11:28 PM
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr has seen his teammates drop 216 passes over the course of his six-year career - the most drops a quarterback has witnessed over that span.
|Footballguys view: Carr is on the hot seat in 2020. Not only did the team add Marcus Mariota in free agency, but they could select a quarterback with a premium pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Either way, it looks like Carr may be playing his final days as the Raiders starter.|
Derek Carr player page
Steelers | Good progress for Ben Roethlisberger Mon Apr 6, 02:59 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said his recovery is going fine and that he believes he would have been able to participate in some offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: If OTAs and minicamp were to happen, which seems doubtful at this time, we think Roethlisberger would have been limited. It sounds like he's on track for training camp, which is great news for the Steelers. They need to take their backup QB position seriously as Mason Rudolph doesn't appear to be the long-term answer.|
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Texans | Deshaun Watson sharp at home in 2019 Sun Apr 5, 06:41 PM
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson threw for 14 touchdowns versus only three interceptions in seven home games last season. In eight road outings, he accounted for 12 passing scores versus nine interceptions.
|Footballguys view: The headline could just read 'Deshaun Watson sharp.' The dude is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and we'll see how he takes the team even more on his shoulders with DeAndre Hopkins getting traded away to the Cardinals (thanks to Bill O'Brien).|
Deshaun Watson player page
Cowboys | Dallas talks with Jalen Hurts Sun Apr 5, 01:42 PM
Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts recently had a video meeting with the Dallas Cowboys.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys could be looking for an upgrade behind Dak Prescott. Hurts has starter's ability but he might take a year or two before he could see the field. He reminds our very own Matt Waldman of former Jaguars starter David Garrard, and Hurts has a great work ethic to go along with his athletic skill set.|
Patriots | James Morgan talks with Pats Sun Apr 5, 01:01 PM
Florida International QB James Morgan recently had a video meeting with the New England Patriots, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Morgan can best be described as a tough guy with a rocket arm. His footwork and accuracy are big issues and need to be worked on if he's ever going to be anything more than a backup in the NFL. He'll likely be a late-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft.|
Saints | Drew Brees finished strong in 2019 Fri Apr 3, 11:15 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw an NFL-high 15 touchdowns over the final four games of 2019, tossing at least three touchdowns in every game.
|Footballguys view: Brees missed time last year with an injury but came back strong. He's back for one more season and has not shown many signs of slowing down at all. The Saints added WR Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, giving yet another weapon to Brees and the passing attack.|
Drew Brees player page
Bills | Josh Allen making progress? Fri Apr 3, 10:51 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen raised his completion percentage by six points in his second season and doubled his number of touchdown passes to 20 while throwing three fewer interceptions.
|Footballguys view: Allen is making progress and still has work to do. His arm is one of the strongest in the league, but he needs better deep-ball accuracy. The team went out and made a huge trade for WR Stefon Diggs, and he should become Allen's favorite target in 2020. Just having a player like Diggs in the mix will help Allen post better numbers in his third pro season.|
Josh Allen player page
Bears | Mitchell Trubisky on track for camp Fri Apr 3, 07:31 PM
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is on track in his rehab and should be ready for training camp, according to general manage Ryan Pace.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky is going to have competition for the starting job in camp. The Bears made a move to add Nick Foles, and he will push Trubisky to be at the top of the depth chart.|
Mitchell Trubisky player page
Buccaneers | Blaine Gabbert deal gets league approval Fri Apr 3, 05:42 PM
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert's contract was finalized Friday, April 3, by the NFL. Official terms of the deal were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Gabbert stays with the Bucs to be the backup to Tom Brady. The team is going downhill if Brady gets injured since Gabbert isn't effective when given a starting job.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Patriots | Jarrett Stidham, N'Keal Harry have plan Fri Apr 3, 02:20 PM
New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham and WR N'Keal Harry are planning to meet to go over the offense and work out if OTAs are cancelled this spring by the coronavirus.
|Footballguys view: Stidham is the top quarterback on the roster for now. We'll see if the Patriots make a move for a quarterback like Cam Newton to improve the depth chart.|
N'Keal Harry player page
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Broncos | Drew Lock readying for new offense Fri Apr 3, 12:02 PM
Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock is throwing five days a week at a spot near his parents' home in Kansas City, during the coronavirus shutdown and has been studying the team's new offensive playbook while watching recent New York Giants film with new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur coming aboard.
|Footballguys view: Lock should work well in Shurmur's three-vert system. The offense is going to be more aggressive in 2020, and that's good news for Lock and his top target WR Courtland Sutton.|
Drew Lock player page
Bears | Open competition for Chicago's starting QB gig Fri Apr 3, 11:34 AM
Chicago Bears QBs Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles will participate in an open competition for the 2020 starting quarterback job, according to general manager Ryan Pace.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky has failed to play up to expectations, so the Bears made a move to add competition. We'll see if Foles can win the job in training camp. Either way, Trubisky is on his last leg with the Bears.|
Nick Foles player page
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Chiefs | Jordan Ta'amu to KC a done deal Thu Apr 2, 11:58 PM
Updating a previous report, former XFL St. Louis BattleHawks QB Jordan Ta'amu officially signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, April 2.
|Footballguys view: Ta'amu was impressive as the starter for the Battlehawks in the shortened XFL season. He's athletic and can be used as a runner or perhaps even gadget player if needed. Ta'amu is a work in progress as a passer but he's got a good arm and the RPO action gets him some better looks than some traditional pocket passers. We'll be keeping track of him but only super deep dynasty formats.|
NFL | Tua Tagovailoa gets postive medical reevaluation Thu Apr 2, 03:22 PM
Updating previous reports, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) participated in a voluntary physical examination Thursday, April 2, according to his agency. NFL Scouting Combine officials facilitated the medical reevaluation with an independent doctor selected by NFL team physicians. All 32 teams' doctors and trainers were able to provide input on which medical checks they wanted to see performed, and Tagovailoa's representation said the results were 'overwhelmingly positive.'
|Footballguys view: Tagovailoa injured his hip last year in November and has worked hard to get back to this point. He should be a top-5 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. Teams are going to have to take a chance on his talent while also realizing he has an injury history...not only this hip, but some ankle problems in his past too.|
Buccaneers | Blaine Gabbert to back up Tom Brady Thu Apr 2, 02:12 PM
Unrestricted free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (Buccaneers) is re-signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year deal, a source said Thursday, April 2. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Gabbert missed most of the 2019 season with a dislocated shoulder. He'll serve as the backup to Brady but that's a big difference in talent if Gabbert is thrust into the starting role.|
Blaine Gabbert player page
Raiders | Derek Carr was under pressure in 2019 Wed Apr 1, 11:01 PM
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr was hurried 67 times in 2019 - tied with Carson Wentz for the second-highest total in the league.
|Footballguys view: Carr is still the Raiders starter for now. He should be pushed for the top job in training camp by Marcus Mariota.|
Derek Carr player page
Eagles | Carson Wentz felt some heat last season Wed Apr 1, 10:55 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz was hurried 67 times in 2019 - tied with Derek Carr for the second-highest total in the league.
|Footballguys view: The Eagles need to do a better job of protecting their franchise quarterback. In addition, the Eagles wide receivers need to do a better job of getting open and helping out Wentz.|
Carson Wentz player page
Chargers | Tyrod Taylor on track for starting job Wed Apr 1, 05:37 PM
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor is considered the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job but a final decision has not been made, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers have the No.6 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Taylor could be the starter for now, but if the team adds someone like Justin Herbert (Oregon) or Jordan Love (Utah State) then we could see them make a switch sometime in the 2020 season.|
Tyrod Taylor player page
NFL | Tua Tagovailoa proclaims he's completely healthy Wed Apr 1, 04:51 PM
Updating previous reports, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) said he is 100 percent recovered from a 2019 season-ending hip injury and could play today.
|Footballguys view: Tagovailoa was just cleared for football drills about a month ago. He injured his hip last November and has been working his way back ever since then. Tagovaioloa is set to be a top-5 pick in the 2020 NFL draft but he does come with an injury history.|
Patriots | Cody Kessler released Wed Apr 1, 03:41 PM
New England Patriots QB Cody Kessler was released Wednesday, April 1, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the only quarterbacks on the roster right now. Perhaps the Patriots are going to consider adding Cam Newton in the near future. Stay tuned.|
Cody Kessler player page
Colts | Indy video chats with Jordan Love Wed Apr 1, 01:14 PM
Utah State QB Jordan Love participated in a predraft video meeting with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Colts were in position for Love at No.13 overall but they traded the pick to the 49ers for DeForest Buckner. Now, they don't have a first-round pick and Love is highly unlikely to fall to the second round. In fact, he's unlikely to fall out of the top 12 of the draft.|
Chargers | Jordan Love meets with Bolts Wed Apr 1, 01:12 PM
Utah State QB Jordan Love participated in a predraft video meeting with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers could be considering Love at No.6 overall. He's one of the most exciting quarterbacks in this draft class but could use some time to develop. The Chargers could add him and sit Love behind Tyrod Taylor until the rookie is ready to take over.|
Raiders | Jordan Love met with Las Vegas reps via video Wed Apr 1, 01:05 PM
Utah State QB Jordan Love participated in a predraft video meeting with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have loved Love for some time now. We'll see if they go ahead and add him in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. The Raiders already have Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota but neither are exciting options for the long-term. Love could be an option for the Raiders if he's on the board when they pick at No.12 overall.|
Packers | Green Bay teleconferences with Jordan Love Wed Apr 1, 01:03 PM
Utah State QB Jordan Love conducted a predraft video meeting with the Green Bay Packers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Love is an athletic quarterback with nearly flawless mechanics but he's far from a finished product. Adding him to work behind Aaron Rodgers would make a lot of sense. However, he's set to be a top-12 pick in the draft and the Packers are picking at No.30 overall. There's little chance Love makes it that far in the 2020 NFL draft.|
Saints | Jordan Love has video meeting with New Orleans Wed Apr 1, 01:01 PM
Utah State QB Jordan Love conducted a predraft video meeting with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Love is set to be a top-12 pick in the 2020 NFL draft. If the Saints wanted him to be the heir apparent to Drew Brees, they'd have to move up quite a bit. They currently have the No.24 pick in the first round.|
Ravens | Lamar Jackson ran out of RPOs a lot in 2019 Tue Mar 31, 10:50 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson kept the ball and ran 92 times on 173 run-pass option (RPO) plays last season - nearly three times as often as the next closest quarterback (Kyler Murray; 33).
|Footballguys view: Jackson is one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league, and he's certainly the most dangerous when it comes to running the ball. He'll continue to develop as a passer, but Jackson should also keep using RPOs to make plays with his feet and attack defenses.|
Lamar Jackson player page
Saints | Drew Brees locked in last season Tue Mar 31, 10:39 PM
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees threw an on-target pass - defined as a pass that did or would have hit the receiver - on a league-high 84.1 percent of his throws in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Brees is locked in most every season. We're expecting more of the same this year as Brees is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in NFL history. With WR Emmanuel Sanders added to the offense, the Saints can be even more dangerous offensively.|
Drew Brees player page
Redskins | Kyle Allen to compete for starting job? Tue Mar 31, 05:53 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kyle Allen said Tuesday, March 31, he expects to compete for a starting job for the 2020 season. 'I think that's an awesome opportunity,' he said.
|Footballguys view: The Panthers moved on from Allen because they signed Teddy Bridgewater in free agency. Allen is back with Ron Rivera but now in Washington. We'll see if his experience as a starter helps him push 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins for the starting job.|
Jets | NYJ may not be done at QB Tue Mar 31, 05:44 PM
The New York Jets may still look to add another backup QB in free agency after re-signing David Fales Tuesday, March 31, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
|Footballguys view: That would be for the best. They've got Sam Darnold at the top of the depth chart but could use competition at the position for the backup job.|
Jets | David Fales back with Gang Green Tue Mar 31, 05:17 PM
Free-agent QB David Fales (Jets) re-signed with the New York Jets on a one-year deal Tuesday, March 31, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Fales is a veteran quarterback who knows what Adam Gase wants. He gets rid of the ball quickly but would not be much of an effective starter if he is thrust into the starting lineup due to injury.|
Jaguars | Nick Foles trade finalized Tue Mar 31, 04:30 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles was officially dealt to the Chicago Bears for the 140th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft Tuesday, March 31.Link to story
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Bears | Nick Foles officially joins Bears Tue Mar 31, 04:27 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles was officially acquired by the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 31, in exchange for the No. 140 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: It's officially official now and Foles is with the Bears to compete for the starting job. We'll see if he can push Mitchell Trubisky out of that starting job in training camp.|
Nick Foles player page
Jaguars | Improvisation part of Gardner Minshew's game Mon Mar 30, 11:44 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was credited with a league-high 49 scrambles - designed pass plays in which the quarterback opted to run - in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Minshew can get rid of the ball quickly when a play goes as designed. When things fall apart, he does not hesitate to get on the move and tries to make something happen on the fly. With Nick Foles moved to the Bears, Minshew is the starter for now.|
Gardner Minshew player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson put under pressure in 2019 Mon Mar 30, 11:18 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was blitzed 221 times - second-most in the league - and hurried an NFL-high 71 times in 2019.
|Footballguys view: This is one of the reasons why the Seahawks went out and added multiple players to their offensive line this offseason. Adding guys like B.J. Finney, Brandon Shell, Cedric Ogbuehi and Chance Warmack should help the Seahawks have a better offensive line.|
Russell Wilson player page
Texans | Houston signs two players Mon Mar 30, 05:44 PM
Updating previous reports, free-agent QB AJ McCarron (Texans) and S Jaylen Watkins (Chargers) officially signed with the Houston Texans Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: McCarron is going to resume his role as a backup to Deshaun Watson. We've seen what happens when he plays, so the Texans will not be in great shape if Watson has to miss time.|
AJ McCarron player page
Jaylen Watkins player page
Redskins | Dwayne Haskins to open camp as starter Mon Mar 30, 02:16 PM
Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins will open training camp as the No. 1 quarterback but will have to compete for the job during the preseason, according to head coach Ron Rivera.
|Footballguys view: Kyle Allen was added for competition and he will push Haskins for the starting job. Haskins flashed as a rookie in 2019 but he was not picked by the current staff so he could have a short hook as the starter -- if he even wins the starting job in camp.|
Dwayne Haskins player page
Chargers | Bolts met with Justin Herbert Mon Mar 30, 01:13 PM
Oregon QB Justin Herbert has met with Los Angeles Chargers representation via video conference, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: Herbert could be the pick for the Chargers with the No.6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. They have Tyrod Taylor as their starter but he may not be a long-term solution. There is a chance that Herbert isn't even on the board at that time.|
Raiders | Justin Herbert meets with Las Vegas Mon Mar 30, 01:10 PM
Oregon QB Justin Herbert is scheduled for a video conference with Las Vegas Raiders representation Monday, March 30.
|Footballguys view: There is little chance that Herbert is still on the board by the time the Raiders pick at No.12 overall in the first round. Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota are there to compete for the starting job but there's a shot the Raiders add a rookie to the mix.|
NFL | James Morgan gaining steam Sun Mar 29, 10:58 PM
Florida International QB James Morgan is generating 'lots of buzz' and could end up being a Day 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to an NFL personnel executive.Link to story
Bills | Receivers did Josh Allen no favors in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:58 PM
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen had a league-high 7.2 percent of his pass attempts dropped last season.
|Footballguys view: There's a reason why the Bills made a huge trade for WR Stefon Diggs. Allen should see more consistent help from his receivers this year, led by Diggs.|
Josh Allen player page
Browns | Deflections hurt Baker Mayfield in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:46 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield had a league-high 20 passes batted down at or behind the line of scrimmage in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Mayfield is short and that means his passes have a better chance of getting batted. He needs to lower that number in 2020 and the team needs to help him by designing plays that give him more wide open passing lanes.|
Baker Mayfield player page
Vikings | Kirk Cousins cozy in pocket last season Sun Mar 29, 06:25 PM
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins enjoyed a league-high average of 2.7 seconds in the pocket in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Cousins is set up by play-action passing in the Gary Kubiak offense. That type of comfort level in the pocket is helped by the design of the system.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Chiefs | Patrick Mahomes more comfortable in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:15 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was hurried 54 times in 2019 - a significant drop from a league-high 121 times in 2018.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes is playing at a level that few can match. That comfort level with the offense should just continue to get stronger with the more experience that he gets.|
Patrick Mahomes II player page
Dolphins | Ryan Fitzpatrick took a beating in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 06:01 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was hit while passing a league-high 66 times last season - tied with New York Giants QB Daniel Jones for the most in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are working on upgrading the offense as a whole, including the offensive line. They will have Fitzpatrick as a starting option but the team should also add a quarterback in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Someone like Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) should be starting for them in the near future.|
Ryan Fitzpatrick player page
Daniel Jones player page
Ravens | Run-action important to Lamar Jackson Sun Mar 29, 05:48 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson executed a league-high 173 run-pass option (RPO) plays in 2019 - 65 more than second-place Kyler Murray (108). Jackson also ranked third in play-action pass attempts with 163.
|Footballguys view: Jackson is dangerous as a runner and a passer. Using run-action before passing helps freeze defenders who are so worried about Jackson's ability to run. This type of production should continue in 2020.|
Lamar Jackson player page
Packers | Accuracy eluded Aaron Rodgers in 2019 Sun Mar 29, 04:30 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was charged with a 'bad throw' on a league-high 21.2 percent of his passes in 2019.
|Footballguys view: Rodgers just launches passes from all sorts of platforms, so his 'bad throw' percentage is going to be a bit higher than some others. He is still going to be his type of quarterback, and that comes with some impossible throws he can make happen.|
Aaron Rodgers player page
49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo on point last season Sun Mar 29, 04:21 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 'on target' - defined as a throw that would have hit the receiver - on 80.7 percent of his passes in 2019 - the fourth-highest mark in the league.
|Footballguys view: Garoppolo should have been 'on target' to Emmanuel Sanders in the Super Bowl. Ugh...moving on. He's a smart and accurate quarterback who should be getting some help at the wide receiver position in the 2020 NFL draft.|
Jimmy Garoppolo player page