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  Browns | Robert Griffin III working on mechanics    Sat Jun 25, 11:12 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III is working on planting his back foot before throwing passes, and head coach Hue Jackson said Griffin is doing a good job of checking the ball down.

Footballguys view: Griffin hasn't stood out in practices so far, so camp and the preseason will be important for him. The Browns paid him like they expect him to win the starting job, but Josh McCown was playing well last year and they would be best served going with him unless Griffin truly wins the job.

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  NFL | Tarvaris Jackson arrested    Sat Jun 25, 08:58 AM

Free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Seahawks) was arrested Friday, June 24, and has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly pulled a gun on his wife.

Footballguys view: Jackson was still seen as a possible signing for the Seahawks, since rookie UDFA Trevone Boykin is currently the backup quarterback. Boykin has been impressing, and the Seahawks wouldn't be the first contender to have a rookie UDFA as a backup. The Patriots had Brian Hoyer as the backup after they traded Matt Cassel in 2009. This arrest could nudge the Seahawks to go with Boykin.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins talks going nowhere    Fri Jun 24, 02:21 AM

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has had discussions about a long-term deal over the last week, but talks continue to go nowhere. He's expected to play 2016 on the $19.95 million franchise tender.

Footballguys view: Washington is smart to wait before committing what will likely be at least 40-50 million dollars guaranteed and a contract value over 100 million. Cousins' fantasy outlook is enhanced by the extra motivation to earn a life-changing contract. He is severely undervalued at an ADP of QB18.

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  Saints | Garrett Grayson needs to show progress    Wed Jun 22, 11:38 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Garrett Grayson will have to earn the No. 3 job and show some real progress to keep him roster spot. He will be slotted behind QBs Drew Brees and Luke McCown. Since the team invested a third-round pick on Grayson last year as a developmental project, he is likely to stick around.


  Dolphins | Adam Gase pushing Ryan Tannehill    Wed Jun 22, 10:18 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has a new head coach in Adam Gase, and the man in charge is trying to extract more from his signal caller. Gase's approach - besides extremely detailed teaching - also includes pushing Tannehill to his limits but also giving him more freedom than he has ever had. 'I put a lot on (Tannehill's) plate. It's almost to the point where it's probably too much this fast. I want to see where the breaking point is. He's been doing a good job of responding,' Gase said last week.

Footballguys view: Tannehill has a chance to take another step with a head coach that got great football out of Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler at much later junctures in their careers. Clyde Christensen is the offensive coordinator and also a quarterback-centric coach. The Dolphins don't have much proven in the running game, but they have a good array of targets and Tannehill. He is going outside of the top 15, and sometimes outside of the top 20, making Tannehill part of the deepest fantasy quarterback class we have ever seen.

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  Bills | Tyrod Taylor may get in-season extension    Wed Jun 22, 06:50 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills are both open to an in-season extension, according to a source. Talks have been ongoing through the offseason, but an extension is not expected before the season starts.

Footballguys view: The Bills know Taylor can demand at least 10-12 million a year as a starting quarterback, and they need to see that he can stay healthy and effective over more than one season before committing that. It's a smart move from a money standpoint, but every game that Taylor plays well will increase what he is due on his next contract. This can only help him for fantasy, where he is going as a backup quarterback, but one that can score in the top 7-10 in any given week because of his running ability.

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  Falcons | Matt Ryan working on feet     Wed Jun 22, 06:09 PM

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan has been working on increasing his comfort level with the offense this offseason. Ryan has worked in front of a mirror to try to get his feet in the right position to be able to throw the ball the way he wants to and to improve the timing of the play. He is able to watch his feet closely this way and can make sure everything is aligned correctly before dropping back.

Footballguys view: Ryan had one of the worst years of his career in 2015, and he is going to have to rely on Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman again to power the passing game unless Mohamed Sanu is a lot better than advertised. Ryan is no longer among the QB1 or even upper QB2 ranks and he is not worth drafting in the top 15-18 quarterbacks this year.

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  Seahawks | Russell Wilson has made strides    Wed Jun 22, 05:31 PM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has made a clear step ahead this offseason, according to head coach Pete Carroll. 'His command is all-time. His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things, he's consistently doing that, almost unconsciously, he's so clued in,' Carroll said. 'We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason.'

Footballguys view: Wilson was arguably a league winner in the second half of the season last year after a slow start to the campaign. While the Seahawks won't have a high volume pass offense, Wilson has shown the efficiency and running ability to be an elite fantasy quarterback without throwing even 500 passes in a season. He deserves to go in the top five fantasy quarterbacks this year.

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  Jets | Christian Hackenberg not expected in '16    Wed Jun 22, 01:14 AM

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg struggled with his accuracy in offseason workouts, and appeared methodical with his footwork while also making poor decisions. Beat writer Rich Cimini notes the rookie showed his arm strength, though, especially on deep balls. He needs to develop consistency. Hackenberg is not expected to play in 2016.

Footballguys view: Hackenberg is not ready to assume any kind of responsibility for this team, so they might have to carry four quarterbacks. 2015 fourth-round pick Bryce Petty is not ready to even be the backup, leaving Geno Smith as the only quarterback on the roster who can be trusted in game situations. Even if Ryan Fitzpatrick is signed as we expect, Smith will need to stay on as the backup.

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  Lions | Detroit offense tougher for defenses?    Tue Jun 21, 08:50 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford believes his offense will be tougher to defend without former WR Calvin Johnson. Stafford said defenses won't know who the Lions will go to on offense, whereas most of the time in previous years Johnson was their go-to guy.

Footballguys view: Yeah, we'll believe it when we see it. How can you lose a top WR in the game and be BETTER on offense? We'll be skeptical about this, but at least Stafford is showing confidence as he moves forward without Johnson. Golden Tate and Marvin Jones will be the top two wideouts for the Lions in 2016. We see Tate as a low-end WR2 while Jones is more of a low-end WR3 for fantasy owners. The current ADP for Tate is WR22 (4.04) while Jones is at WR41 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Vikings | Bridgewater, Kyle Rudolph connecting     Tue Jun 21, 08:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater said he and TE Kyle Rudolph talk about how they can improve when they're not on the field. Bridgewater also said Rudolph studies the plays from a quarterback's perspective. The young quarterback has learned to trust his tight end more, too, and Bridgewater has counted on Rudolph to come through.

Footballguys view: As Bridgewater continues to develop as a pro QB, he should be more efficient as a passer. We see Bridgewater as a low-end QB2 in this run-heavy offense. Rudolph is always a key piece in the Vikings passing game but only a TE2 for fantasy owners.

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  Jets | Bryce Petty still needs to improve    Tue Jun 21, 04:15 PM

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty must work on improving his ball security, pocket presence and reading coverages, according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. Petty may not make the final roster if he doesn't have a good training camp.

Footballguys view: Petty was a risky prospect when the Jets picked him up last year in the draft. He came from a gimmicky Baylor system and never had to make NFL decisions in college. Playing Madden 16 won't help him get better, Petty needs to produce on the field. With the team selecting Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft we see Petty's days with the Jets as numbered.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco has mental hurdle    Tue Jun 21, 02:10 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) doesn't have a problem with running or cutting or doing anything physically in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Flacco's main test is facing the thoughts of getting hit again. 'I don't expect to have those kinds of thoughts linger in my head,' Flacco said. 'But you never know until you get out there and do it again.' Flacco is expected to be ready to go for training camp.

Footballguys view: We'll all be watching to see how Flacco responds under pressure...and especially after he gets hit. He's cool under fire, and Flacco only has to overcome the mental part of his recovery. When he takes a hit and the knee feels okay, Flacco will be the QB he's used to being. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end QB2. His current ADP is QB25 (14.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Packers | Brett Hundley has bright future    Tue Jun 21, 01:15 AM

Green Bay Packers QB Brett Hundley has the potential to be a 'solid starter' in the National Football League, according to quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. He has drawn praise within the organization for his competitiveness.

Footballguys view: Hundley is athletic and can keep plays alive with his feet while keeping his eyes downfield. We're excited about him in dynasty leagues because of his physical potential. However, Hundley needs to prove that he can make plays from the pocket. He needs to throw with better anticipation and develop a better internal clock to feel the pass rush.

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  49ers | Torrey Smith ready for No. 1 role    Tue Jun 21, 01:13 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith inherits the No. 1 spot in the depth chart with WR Anquan Boldin no longer with the organization. It will be the first time in Smith's career that he is the unquestioned go-to guy. Smith wants to be more than just a deep threat and worked to develop a good rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Gabbert hasn't yet secured the starting job, but he has to be considered the frontrunner as Colin Kaepernick works to come back from three separate offseason surgeries. Smith should only be considered a WR5/WR6 for fantasy owners as this 49ers passing game could be a mess in year one of the Chip Kelly offense. Right now, Smith has an ADP of WR54 (11.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Bills | Tyrod Taylor has high expectations    Tue Jun 21, 01:08 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor feels he will restore a winning tradition in Buffalo, and he feels he can do exactly what Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton did last season. 'I am 100 percent confident that I can do that. Cam played very well and willed his team. He took his team to the game that everyone who plays this game wants to get to. I commend him for that. We came in the same year so I definitely kept up with him. We became friends throughout our time in the league. Yes, I am 100 percent confident I can do the things that he did,' Taylor said.

Footballguys view: Taylor does not lack for confidence--or for skill as a passer and runner. He's super quick and fast when running the ball, but we loved what he showed as a passer. Taylor shows incredible deep touch when attacking a defense vertically. His rushing ability makes him an attractive fantasy option. He's a QB2 with the upside to rank as a top-15 fantasy QB in 2016...even in the Bills run-heavy offense.

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  Seahawks | Change in offense aided Russell Wilson    Mon Jun 20, 12:50 AM

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw 24 touchdowns and one interception in the last seven games after the offense shifted to emphasize quicker passes, timing routes and spread formations. He was sacked 31 times in the first seven games and just 15 times in the last nine games as getting rid of the ball quickly helped negate struggles on the offensive line. Head coach Pete Carroll said to expect more of that in 2016.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to take note here. Wilson has been a top-5 fantasy QB each of the last two years, and he's been a top-12 fantasy QB every year he's been in the league. With more emphasis on shorter passes and guys like Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett catching passes, Wilson could finish as the best fantasy QB in 2016.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill's accuracy needs work    Sat Jun 18, 08:25 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill had had some issues with ball placement and wasn't on the same page as his receivers at times during OTAs, head coach Adam Gase said.

Footballguys view: That's going to take some time, but the Dolphins have the time upcoming in training camp. We're excited about the Miami passing game under Gase, so we'll be monitoring Tannehill's progress closely.

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  Saints | Drew Brees likes Coby Fleener    Sat Jun 18, 03:47 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener has an uncanny ability to separate and get open, according to QB Drew Brees. 'There's always a place to throw the ball where he can get it,' Brees said. Fleener was targeted eight times during 7-on-7 drills and 11-on-11 drills this week -- the same number of targets as WRs Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should love Fleener if he can stay healthy and play up to his potential. With Ben Watson moving on to the Ravens in free agency, the Saints went out to add Fleener. Brees loves to involve the TE in the passing game, and this makes Fleener a low-end TE1 with upside in 2016. His current ADP is TE7 (7.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Jets | No worries about Christian Hackenberg    Fri Jun 17, 09:48 PM

New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg's inconsistent accuracy is not a concern at this time, head coach Todd Bowles said.

Footballguys view: It's not a concern, and it shouldn't be a surprise. Hackenberg was inconsistent in college and it's been a couple of seasons since he looked like a prospect with intriguing upside. He's supposed to be their QB of the future, but we'd be surprised if he makes a large impact as a pro. Hackenberg is a huge project, and his game may not be good enough to translate into being a good starter in the NFL.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco to work out with teammates    Fri Jun 17, 07:02 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he plans to work out with some of his teammates over the next month to make sure his arm is strong enough for the work he will receive during training camp. He said he is not worried about his injured knee.

Footballguys view: There's a chance that Flacco is ready for the start of training camp provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks. The team should limit him in the preseason even if he is practicing in August. The plan is for Flacco to be ready and as near full strength as possible for Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Giants | Logan Thomas added by Giants    Fri Jun 17, 05:19 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Logan Thomas was claimed off waivers by the New York Giants Friday, June 17, according to a source. The team also waived QB B.J. Daniels.

Footballguys view: Thomas has a big arm but little control as a passer. He'll serve as a camp arm behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib.

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  Rams | Jared Goff has a long way to go    Fri Jun 17, 02:18 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff is 'nowhere near being ready to start Week 1,' analyst Steve Wyche said on NFL Network. 'He's only had offseason workout practices, but he's swimming in it. Training camp is vital for him. I spoke to one team official that said they are looking forward to seeing him in pads and preseason games because his ability to improvise is some of his strengths. But do not be surprised - I know the expectation is for him to start Week 1 - but don't be shocked if Case Keenum is the starter.'

Footballguys view: This shouldn't be a shocking report, and it certainly doesn't mean there's something wrong with Goff. The rookie has to get used to the speed and the discipline of the pros...just like Carson Wentz (Eagles) or Paxton Lynch (Broncos). Goff is the future of the team, and he'll be the starter when he's ready. All Keenum is doing is keeping the seat warm.

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  Colts | Andrew Luck on the move more?    Fri Jun 17, 12:39 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck will be on the move more in 2016, and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer want to design more plays that can use Luck's athleticism outside of the pocket. Protecting Luck remains of utmost importance, though, and the Colts believe they have the personnel to do that. The Colts have used more rollouts in offseason practices.

Footballguys view: The Colts need to do whatever they can to protect Luck. Last year, the O-Line was terrible and Luck was beat up way too often...eventually knocking him out for the year. Having him on the move will help keep the rush away from him. If nothing is there as a passer, Luck has the athleticism to pick up yards as a rusher.

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  Jaguars | Rashad Greene starting in slot    Thu Jun 16, 10:18 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Rashad Greene has seen a majority of his reps as the first-team slot receiver, and he said he and QB Blake Bortles are becoming more comfortable working with each other.

Footballguys view: Greene is a fine receiver when healthy. He has the quickness to get open on underneath routes, and he's got a fearless nature when going over the middle. Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and TE Julius Thomas will get all of the fantasy love so Greene is mainly just a dynasty prospect.

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  Bengals | Brandon LaFell picking up offense    Thu Jun 16, 10:01 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell has picked up the offense quickly, QB Andy Dalton said, and LaFell said he is ready to take advantage if defenses double team WR A.J. Green.

Footballguys view: We're not buying the LaFell hype. He's a player who has dropped way too many passes dating all the way back to his college career at LSU. LaFell is not consistent, and we're not sure he's going to be the answer opposite Green. Watch to see if rookie Tyler Boyd emerges in the Bengals passing game.

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  Rams | Case Keenum remains starter for now    Thu Jun 16, 07:58 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum will enter training camp as the starting quarterback, with QB Jared Goff assuming the backup position, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

Footballguys view: That will last until the end of training camp. The team didn't mortgage the future for Jared Goff so he could hold a clipboard. We wouldn't start either of them and best case scenario, Goff ends up a low-end QB3.

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  Patriots | Jacoby Brissett contract details    Thu Jun 16, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots rookie QB Jacoby Brissett signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 16. The deal is worth a total of over $3.4 million and includes a $680,604 signing bonus. He also received workout bonuses of $25,000 for each of 2017, 2018 and 2019. The base salaries of the contract are $450,000 this year, $580,038 in 2017, $735,076 in 2018 and $890,114 in 2019.

Footballguys view: Jimmy Garoppolo gets his first starts if Tom Brady's suspension holds up, and if he does well, Garoppolo could end up traded. Which means Brissett could be the future of the position. He's only interesting from a Dynasty standpoint though, as it is unlikely he will see action this year.

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  Bengals | Andy Dalton receives praise    Thu Jun 16, 06:50 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been better than advertised so far this offseason, according to WR Brandon LaFell. LaFell noted Dalton's ball placement, accuracy, quick release and command of the huddle as factors that have especially impressed.

Footballguys view: Dalton was having a great season in 2015 before he got hurt, as if everything clicked. We don't know what Hue Jackson's absence might mean for him but we like what we're hearing from LaFell here. Dalton should be a solid QB2 with upside this year in Cincinnati.

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  Dolphins | Logan Thomas waived    Thu Jun 16, 04:31 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Logan Thomas was waived Thursday, June 16.

Footballguys view: The first of a few quarterback cuts here, as there was no way the team was carrying five quarterbacks. We don't think they'll carry four either, so Matt Moore, Zac Dysert and rookie Brandon Doughty are all on notice.

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  Cowboys | Tony Romo throwing well    Thu Jun 16, 04:08 PM

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (collarbone) said he's throwing as well as he ever has as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone and subsequent offseason surgery. He and the Cowboys will go over his schedule in training camp, and he may continue to take Wednesdays off depending on how his throwing feels each day. Romo did acknowledge that he can't ignore his injury history.

Footballguys view: Romo healthy is a beautiful thing for Cowboys fans, since without him this offense is a shadow of itself. We think Romo is in for a solid season, and rate him as a solid QB2. Right now his ADP is QB13 and he's going as the 108 player off the boards.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins taking charge    Thu Jun 16, 02:32 PM

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins had some good and bad days during offseason practices, but it's clear that he's taking charge of the offense more and being decisive.

Footballguys view: Cousins "had some good and bad days during offseason practices" - that's the in depth analysis we love from the World Wide Leader. Let's dig a little deeper here. Cousins had a great 2015, despite a lot of critics waiting for him to fall apart. He topped 4,000 yards and threw for 29 touchdowns compared to just 11 interceptions. He was a huge reason the offense worked and will be the centerpiece of this offense as well. There is the question as to whether he can repeat, however, and while he's not just a game manager, he's not a top-shelf quarterback either at this point. You don't want to hear about him being inconsistent in OTAs, but that will happen so we're not concerned. We expect him to put up solid QB2 numbers and he has some upside, but we wouldn't pull the cord on adding him as a QB1 this year.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco feels good    Thu Jun 16, 01:57 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) doesn't have any tentativeness while running and cutting during practices. However, getting hit in the pocket will be an adjustment, since that's how he suffered the injury. Flacco said he feels good enough to play now if he had to.

Footballguys view: We're not worried about Flacco, but we also don't love him as a fantasy starter. He's a low-end QB2 or a high-end QB1, though if the offense clicks he could produce better numbers. You just can't be confident about it.

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  Packers | Mike McCarthy open to two-pointers    Wed Jun 15, 07:53 PM

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he would not be averse to attempting a two-point conversion after every touchdown this season. McCarthy believes having QB Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback would give the Packers more of an advantage for two-point attempts.

Footballguys view: As if you didn't already have enough reasons to draft Aaron Rodgers! McCarthy may just be blowing smoke but it's something to keep an eye on. There's no way to know for sure this will happen until it does, but an extra two points for conversions is good for Rodgers or the newly slim Eddie Lacy.

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  Jets | New York won't wait forever on QB    Wed Jun 15, 06:24 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's (Jets) impasse with the New York Jets does have an expiration date, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said the Jets will rely on QB Geno Smith to be their starter if Fitzpatrick's contract is not worked out by a certain time. Bowles didn't say when exactly that time would be, but he indicated that it wouldn't be preseason. Fitzpatrick would start if/when he does re-sign, though.

Footballguys view: More pressure on Fitzpatrick to fold. A lot of Jets fans are losing their minds over the thought of Geno Smith starting, but so far reports on him have been glowing. And let's also consider that this is the best receiver tandem he has worked with by far (Eric Decker was wildly out of place as a WR1 in 2014) and Chan Gailey's offense should be a good fit. On top of all that, the opening schedule is so brutal they might as well trot Fireman Ed out there--at least when he gets killed they will still have a full roster. The schedule, even more than Smith's history, is why we are not bullish on whomever is QB1 for the Jets. Smith is no safer than a low-end QB3 and Fitzpatrick would likely be about the same thing.

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  Jets | Could add quarterback    Wed Jun 15, 03:54 PM

If free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) does not re-sign with the New York Jets then head coach Todd Bowles said they might add a veteran quarterback.

Footballguys view: That crash you heard was Bryce Petty dropping his lunch tray in the cafeteria, probably because there was a fly in his pudding but also because if the team pulls in a veteran, Petty is likely the odd man out. Hackenberg is too valuable to risk getting snagged on the way to the practice squad, and Geno Smith would start. There's no way the Jets burn four roster spots on the position so Petty could be in trouble if he can't show improvement this summer.

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  Rams | Jared Goff gaining comfort    Wed Jun 15, 02:32 PM

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff looked good in drills with the first-team offense in practice Tuesday, June 14, and he has gained more of a level of comfort as he has progressed during offseason workouts. One are area in which he has improved is with the speed of the game, in which he admitted is a lot different than in college. Goff said he's been able to successfully slow the game down of late. He's also come a long way in deciphering what the defense is showing him.

Footballguys view: Let's slow our roll before we go hog wild over a guy in shorts without pads. It's good he seems comfortable with the playbook--but expected since he was the most pro-ready of the 2016 quarterback class--but we need to see him react under pressure. As of now we still see him as a decent QB3, and that's pretty much it.

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  Rams | Jared Goff works with first team    Wed Jun 15, 02:48 AM

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff took first-team reps during organized team activities Tuesday, June 14.

Footballguys view: It has begun! All hail Goff, first of his name, breaker of interception records! That's our nerdy way of saying we think it will be a rough first season for the former CAL standout. A low-end group of receivers, a shaky offensive line and Todd Gurley make starting Goff a risky idea and we see him as no more than a QB3 or worse.

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  Bills | Tyrod Taylor impresses with accuracy    Wed Jun 15, 02:25 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was impressive with his accuracy in practice Tuesday, June 14, working the ball into the hands of his receivers with a very small window.

Footballguys view: Taylor is working hard, which is one of the reasons why the team is starting to talk extension again. That, and the struggles of the backups. Taylor should be a low-end QB2 or a solid QB3. With the amount of running this team might do, not all the staff is terribly comfortable with Taylor's potential production.

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  Bills | EJ Manuel has difficulty with deep ball    Wed Jun 15, 02:24 AM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel continued to have problems hitting the deep targets in stride during practice Tuesday, June 14.

Footballguys view: Manuel has to be one of the worst picks in Buffalo Bills history. Maybe Buffalo history, if you include the Sabres, a hockey team we're pretty sure would have passed on Manuel in round one of the 2013 NFL draft. If Cardale Jones figures out the playbook, Manuel could be gone.

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  Bills | Cardale Jones appears hesitant in drills    Wed Jun 15, 02:23 AM

Buffalo Bills QB Cardale Jones appeared to be thinking too much on the field in practice Tuesday, June 14, according to beat writer Joe Buscaglia. He isn't trusting what he is seeing yet, and is hesitant to make a decision during team drills and 7-on-7 work.

Footballguys view: Jones appears to be as raw as we expected and the Bills are already starting to talk to Tyrod Taylor about an extension. Jones has the measurables but is too inconsistent, which is why he lost his job last season at Ohio State. We'd avoid the Buffalo quarterback situation anyway, but it looks right now that Jones is going to take some time to develop.

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  Ravens | Keenan Reynolds ready to transition    Wed Jun 15, 12:59 AM

Baltimore Ravens WR Keenan Reynolds missed two organized team activities (OTAs) due to Navy graduation festivities and another because the team had to forfeit it due to a collective bargaining agreement violation. He is making the transition from quarterback in college to wide receiver in the pros, so he needs to make up time and show rapid improvement.

Footballguys view: Reynolds was a triple-option quarterback who is quick and agile, but likely just a special teamer this year. Missing time won't help change that anytime soon.

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  Ravens | No minicamp for Joe Flacco    Wed Jun 15, 12:59 AM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) is expected to be absent for the team's three-day mandatory minicamp as he continues to rehab his knee injury.

Footballguys view: They'll let that go, as Flacco already has all the nuances of the offense down. Plus, they need him healthy for the season. Flacco never kills it in fantasy, something we see continuing this year, so our expectations are pretty mellow--a low end QB2 or a great QB3.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater improving on deep ball    Wed Jun 15, 12:09 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has shown 'plenty of improvement' the last couple of months, especially throwing the deep ball, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: We have always felt he could throw the deep ball, but Norv Turner has to call the play for us to see it. The offensive coordinator has a habit of leaning on his backs too much and that was the case last season with Adrian Peterson. Will we see Bridgewater get to open up the game? We'll have to see some game evidence before we get too excited, and so see him as no more than a QB3.

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  Jets | No deadline for Ryan Fitzpatrick    Tue Jun 14, 06:39 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) and the New York Jets do not have a 'drop-dead deadline' to get a deal done, according to head coach Todd Bowles. It was reported Monday, June 13, that there had been no progress in contract talks with Fitzpatrick.

Footballguys view: The Jets are slow-playing this Fitzpatrick situation. He's gone from scoffing at their offer to being interested in any sort of deal they give him. The team is ready to move forward with Geno Smith as their likely starter while rookie Christian Hackenberg is seen as the developmental QB.

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  Redskins | Contract not bothering Kirk Cousins    Tue Jun 14, 05:43 PM

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is not focused on a long-term deal this offseason. The deadline to reach a deal is July 15, and Cousins and the Redskins will not be permitted to negotiate a deal until the end of the 2016 season if they do not reach a deal by July 15.

Footballguys view: Cousins almost immediately signed his franchise tender and is set with a one-year deal worth $19.9 million. He wants to prove that he's more than a one-year wonder, so his focus is on improving as a passer. Fantasy owners should be excited about Cousins as a fantasy asset. He's a high-end QB2 who could get super hot in certain matchups.

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  Broncos | Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian gridlocked    Tue Jun 14, 02:44 PM

Denver Broncos QBs Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are 'looking each other in the eye' for the starting quarterback position, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. QB Paxton Lynch is the clear No. 3 quarterback at this point.

Footballguys view: Siemian was airmailing passes at practice on Tuesday. He's got a big arm but little control or consistent accuracy. Sanchez makes some boneheaded throws from time to time, but he's in more control of where the ball is going than Siemian. We think Sanchez begins the season as the starter. The development of Paxton Lynch will determine how long Sanchez remains in the top spot. Fantasy owners need to downgrade the WRs in the Broncos passing attack. They'll run the ball as much as possible this season.

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  Broncos | Consistency key for Denver QBs     Tue Jun 14, 02:27 PM

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez still holds the starting spot for now, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch assume the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively. Kubiak did add that he's looking for the most consistent quarterback to be the starter.

Footballguys view: The most consistent passer at this time is Sanchez. That's not an exciting option for fantasy owners, and WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders will see their numbers impact this year. We see Thomas as a mid-range WR2 and Sanders as a WR3/flex with upside.

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  Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger likes two-point tries    Tue Jun 14, 02:16 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he would like to attempt two-point conversions after every touchdown this season. He and head coach Mike Tomlin have discussed the possibility.

Footballguys view: No team was better at 2-point conversions last year than the Steelers. They led the NFL in two-point attempts (11) and conversions (8). Last September, the Steelers became the first team to try a two-point conversion in the first quarter of a game in 17 years. We're not sure they'll go for two every time, but we won't be surprised to see them attempt even more 2-point tries this year. Make sure your league is scoring these conversions accordingly.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers, others excused    Tue Jun 14, 12:23 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and other select veterans have been excused from mandatory minicamp this week by head coach Mike McCarthy. WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson were also included in that group. 'The approach is different than the past,' McCarthy said. 'So, it's obviously tailored toward the younger players.' QB Brett Hundley will get most of the work with what is left of the No. 1 offense.

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