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  Patriots | Commissioner to hear Tom Brady's appeal    Fri May 22, 04:26 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Goodell may not eliminate Brady's suspension (as some have speculated), but we think a reduction is in order. Dropping the punishment to two games sounds about right. We'll see what Goodell comes up with in the near future.

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  Patriots | No date for Tom Brady's appeal    Fri May 22, 03:30 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.

Footballguys view: We'll know soon enough. Right now, fantasy owners should be expecting at least a two-game ban for the superstar quarterback.

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  Saints | Drew Brees wants long career    Fri May 22, 02:15 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he may not be able to play until he is 45 years old like he previously stated but wants to play as long as he can.

Footballguys view: Try not to spit out your coffee when you read "45" in this story. We could see Brees playing until he's around 40, but anything after that is a bit shaky. He's not quite the same player he used to be, and fantasy owners need to realize the changes on the offense for the 2015 season. This team could run more and pass less, making Brees a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel impressing OC    Fri May 22, 01:20 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has impressed Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo since Manziel has returned from a stint in a treatment center. Cleveland's new play-caller said Manziel is spending every hour that he is allowed to spend in the building and is putting himself into a position to be an NFL quarterback. DeFilippo said he wouldn't sacrifice Manziel's athleticism to pigeonhole him into a scheme that doesn't fit his skill set.

Footballguys view: You always want to take these offseason stories with a grain of salt, but this is the type of thing you like to hear coming out of Browns camp. Manziel doesn't lack talent--but as a rookie he lacked polish and focus as a professional. Now, the young quarterback seems to have things on the right track. He's still a long way from being the starter, but he could push Josh McCown more than some think in training camp.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer sees ticking clock    Fri May 22, 09:34 AM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) understands that at age 35, with two knee reconstructions under his belt, time is ticking, according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Palmer has been rehabbing diligently, exceeding expectations six months following surgery, and has a sense of urgency, Arians said.

Footballguys view: We're not saying Palmer's biological clock is huge, but Terrance Knighton is hanging off the minute hand. This season could be the best shot the Cardinals have with Palmer to make a deep postseason run. He's under contract through the 2018 season.

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  Chargers | Phillip Rivers to receive extension?    Thu May 21, 07:18 PM

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers and the Chargers are optimistic about a long-term extension. Rivers had been the subject of trade rumors prior to the NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Oh how things change pretty quickly around here. Some felt Rivers was as good as gone earlier this year, and now it looks like he could be staying with the Chargers for the foreseeable future. Stay tuned.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill contract breakdown    Thu May 21, 12:09 PM

Updating previous reports, Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will earn $12.2 million in 2015, but only $745,000 of it will be in base salary. His 2016 base salary of $9.34 million is fully guaranteed. In 2017, the Dolphins will have five days into the league year to decide whether to fully guarantee his $17.47 million base salary, which essentially gives the Dolphins an opt-out if Tannehill struggles to meet expectations over the next two seasons. His contract contains no guaranteed money in 2019 and 2020, other than the prorated signing bonus, so Miami could save $17 million in 2019 and $18 million in 2020 by releasing him.

Footballguys view: So this is really a 2-3 year contract with no guaranteed money in the back half of it. The onus continues to be on Tannehill to prove he is a franchise quarterback. The Dolphins had to get something done, because even as an average quarterback, Tannehill is one of only 15-20 sure-fire starters in the NFL. His ADP in redraft is right in the middle of drafts - around round nine or ten - and we see him as just outside QB1 status.

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  Saints | Drew Brees discusses his future    Thu May 21, 10:25 AM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is entering his age-36 season and said playing until he is 45 years old might be 'overzealous.' Brees noted that '45 is a long way away.' He added, 'At different stages in your career, I just think you kind of reassess and reevaluate and try to set goals moving forward. It was just kind of one of those moments last year where my body felt great, felt like I had a great system in place with my training and my recovery and my diet and everything, gosh, why not?'

Footballguys view: The off-season moves the New Orleans Saints made point towards a shift in philosophy. It appears as if they will run the ball more and focus less on throwing as much as they did in the past. That might help Brees stick around for a longer career, but could cut down on his passing numbers. Brees' ADP is still as a top five quarterback (around the fifth round) but losing Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills while it's obvious the run game is getting beefed up is a concern.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel a full-go in OTAs    Thu May 21, 10:20 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will fully participate in organized team activities starting Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Manziel is trying to work his way back after a disastrous rookie season. He checked out of rehab a while ago, and now Manziel will have to compete with veteran Josh McCown for the starting job. McCown has the leg up at this time, but Manziel could make his case with a strong performance in training camp and the preseason.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr does not need surgery    Wed May 20, 10:14 PM

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) will not need surgery on his injured finger and may be able to throw again before the end of offseason workouts, according to his agent.

Footballguys view: Los Angeles - we mean Oakland - Raiders fans can breathe easy again. Carr looked solid last season, and should take a nice step forward with Amari Cooper in the house. That said, his ADP is around the 14th round, making him a QB3, and that's about right, injury or not.

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  Jets | Geno Smith is starter     Wed May 20, 02:55 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is the starting quarterback and will not see competition in training camp, according to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey.

Footballguys view: Gailey doesn't beat around the bush here. Smith showed better last season, and he finished 2014 strong with a 358-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins. While some may not be confident in Smith, we feel that he'll be the best he can be under Gailey. During his coaching career, Gailey has built a reputation for getting the most out of quarterbacks like Kordell Stewart (Steelers) and Tyler Thigpen (Chiefs). The Jets are going to run the ball a lot, and that should help keep things balanced for Smith and the offense.

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  Patriots | Commissioner to hear from Tom Brady    Wed May 20, 02:41 PM

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal will not be affected by the team's decision to accept their sanctions. Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants to hear from Brady directly in regards to the deflation of footballs in the AFC Championship.

Footballguys view: The league seems very open to a reduction of Brady's suspension...if they get a little cooperation from the superstar quarterback. This whole situation is far from over, but we'd be shocked if Brady ended up serving all four games of his suspension. Two games sounds about right, and there are some who think he's going to get the suspension completely eliminated.

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  Chargers | Make two roster moves    Wed May 20, 02:16 PM

Free-agent QB Chase Rettig (Packers) was signed by the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, May 20. Subsequently, QB Cole Stoudt was released.

Footballguys view: Rettig had a solid career for four seasons at Boston College, completing 685-of-1,242 attempts (55.25) for 8,263 yards and 52 touchdowns. He left BC ranked third all-time in completions, fourth in passing yards and fourth in touchdowns. He's a camp arm for the Chargers and that's it.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr injury update    Wed May 20, 08:40 AM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) is experiencing numbness in his right ring finger. He hopes to avoid surgery through rest and rehab, and no one close to the situation appears to be overly concerned, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Footballguys view: The injury was first reported as being minor, and we'll have to wait and see if surgery is needed. The longer any sort of surgical procedure is delayed, the longer the recovery process going into training camp. At this time, Carr should be ready to heal and kick off training camp with his teammates....stay tuned.

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  Bills | OC says EJ Manuel won't be cut    Wed May 20, 02:36 AM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has a firm believer in offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has said Manuel will not be cut in camp if he doesn't show progress.

Footballguys view: The talk about Manuel getting cut was a bit surprising, but anything can happen in the NFL. Teams can move on from young quarterbacks if things aren't moving in the right direction. Manuel has raw natural talent and athleticism, but he needs to improve (and quicken) his decision making and accuracy as a passer.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer held out of drills    Tue May 19, 06:50 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) was held out of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, May 19, during organized team activities. Palmer did, however, participate in 7-on-7 drills.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals need Palmer to stay healthy if they want to make a deep postseason run in 2015. He's going to wear a brace this year in order to help stabilize his knee, and we don't think that will slow him down. Palmer called himself "rusty" after 7-on-7 drills, but he should be able to quickly shake off that rust as he continues to recover.

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  Raiders | Derek Carr has finger injury    Tue May 19, 06:09 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (finger) has a right ring finger injury that could be surgically repaired. A return for training camp is still achievable, however, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Bad news for the second-year quarterback here. He'll still likely be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, but the young quarterback could certainly use the extra work. The Raiders have put more weapons around him this offseason, and building offensive chemistry on this team is important. We'll have a better timetable for his return when (if) Carr has surgery.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer will wear brace    Tue May 19, 03:46 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) will wear a knee brace this season as he continues to recover from surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Palmer has never been a running quarterback, so we don't think the brace will impact his game much. He's been limited this offseason, but Palmer should be ready to roll once training camp gets here.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's appeal to continue    Tue May 19, 01:39 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying the team will not appeal the discipline levied against them.

Footballguys view: The NFLPA is going to continue with Brady's appeal. The announcement about the Patriots not appealing the NFL's ruling could work in Brady's favor. There's a general feeling that Brady will not serve the entire four-game suspension. In fact, some think he will not serve any games on the suspended list. We think two games sounds about right...stay tuned.

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  Saints | Drew Brees not worried    Tue May 19, 12:29 PM

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said he is unconcerned that the Saints drafted QB Garrett Grayson, his heir apparent, in the third round of this year's draft. 'I'm worried about winning a championship,' Brees said. 'Trying to be the best player I can be, trying to be the leader that I can be, that applies to how can I help get the best out of everyone who is on the team.'

Footballguys view: Grayson is no threat to Brees, but he certainly looks like the team's developmental quarterback of the future. We love Grayson's ability to lead, use his eyes to manipulate the defense and attack the seams of a defense. He'll likely serve as the third-string quarterback this year. Behind Brees, we should see Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin compete to be the primary backup.

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  Redskins | Make roster moves    Mon May 18, 04:38 PM

Washington Redskins QB Connor Halliday and WR Tyler Rutenbeck were waived Monday, May 18. The Redskins also signed QB Hutson Mason.

Footballguys view: Halliday apparently retired before his pro career began. Mason is a camp arm only, and we feel he'll eventually wind up in another league (CFL, AFL) if he wants to continue playing football.

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  Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill signs extension    Mon May 18, 04:13 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill signed an extension through the 2020 season Monday, May 18. Tannehill's new deal includes four new contract years and up to $77 million in new money. The deal is worth $95.27 million over six total years, with options for 2015 and 2016 added in.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins secure their franchise quarterback with a new long-term deal. He's steadily improved as a pro, and Tannehill could take a big step forward in 2015. The Dolphins have put much better weapons around him this season with the addition of guys like Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron. Tannehill should be a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2015.

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  Bills | EJ Manuel fighting for roster spot?    Mon May 18, 10:06 AM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel needs to show serious progress in organized team activities and training camp or he could be released before the season, in the opinion of beat writer Joe Buscaglia.

Footballguys view: Manuel was the team's first-round pick in 2013 with the idea that he could be the quarterback of the future. That has all changed now after two seasons of injury, inconsistency and disappointment. Manuel is big, athletic and has a strong arm but he fails to make decisions quickly (or throw accurately) as a passer. He's competing with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor for the starting job in Buffalo.

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  Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo ready to succeed?    Sun May 17, 08:41 PM

New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the Patriots will continue to use the diverse aerial attack that is used when QB Tom Brady is under center when Garoppolo starts.

Footballguys view: We'll have to wait and see if Brady's suspension sticks before getting too excited about Garoppolo. He's looked good in preseason reps and limited regular season action, but we'd like to see what he looks like when teams have more film of him to study. We feel a simplified offense that leaned on the ground game would be a wiser approach with a young quarterback who used to go into a shell in college when under duress.

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  Cowboys | Five more years for Jason Witten?    Sun May 17, 08:24 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said Sunday, May 17, that he and QB Tony Romo could play four or five more years if they continue to play like they did last season.

Footballguys view: We'll pump the brakes on this. Witten is entering his 13th season, and he's not quite the same player he used to be. He should still be able to put up top-10 fantasy tight end numbers this season, but we're not so sure he can stay with the Cowboys for five more years.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota to work on deal    Sun May 17, 01:58 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to begin contract talks with the team Monday, May 18, according to a source.

Footballguys view: With a rookie salary cap in place, first-round deals rarely hit any snags in the negotiation process. The Titans are happy to have Mariota as their franchise quarterback, and we don't foresee much if any problems getting him signed to his first deal.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady taking part in workouts    Sun May 17, 09:45 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has not missed any of the workouts this offseason.

Footballguys view: He's only suspended for the time being. The suspension is being appealed, and we may see Brady's sentence reduced to just a couple of games or zero games. There's no need for him to be skipping workouts.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel intends to start    Sat May 16, 07:37 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel intends to be the team's 2015 starter, according to teammate CB Joe Haden. 'He's a competitor. I think it's all about competition. We have Josh McCown. We have Johnny. We have (Connor) Shaw. All those guys. Just all of them feel like they can win the starting job,' said Haden.

Footballguys view: We love the confidence, but we have serious questions about Manziel's ability to play at the pro level. He's a running quarterback--and that always has fantasy value--but he needs to prove that he can decipher defenses as he's dropping back. Manziel looked horrible as a rookie, and the team may be moving on from him as their potential franchise quarterback. He has a long way to go before he's even a halfway decent starter.

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  Eagles | Mark Sanchez could be best option for PHI    Sat May 16, 07:26 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez could be the team's best bet for a starting quarterback. Sanchez went 4-4 after taking over as the starter last season, and finished the campaign with a career best 64.1 completion percentage. Sanchez has played all but one game during his six-year career, showing health that's lacked by the Eagles' other options.

Footballguys view: Sanchez is a decent starter in this offense, and he may prove to be a better (healthier) option than Sam Bradford. We like Bradford's accuracy and anticipation as a passer, but his pro career has been plagued by numerous severe injuries. We'll see how this shakes out in training camp. The Eagles starting quarterback is fantasy relevant, but at varying levels depending on who wins the job.

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  Redskins | WAS invites two QBs to minicamp    Sat May 16, 03:38 PM

The Washington Redskins have invited undrafted free-agent QBs Huston Mason (Georgia) and Anthony Neyer (Southern California) to participate in the team's rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Mason is nothing more than a camp arm in our eyes. Neyer on the other hand is kind of interesting in a Matt Cassel sort of way. During his senior season at USC (after walking onto the football team), he played in just one game, rushing twice for five yards. Neither are likely to do much of anything at the pro level.

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  Redskins | Connor Halliday retires    Sat May 16, 03:30 PM

Washington Redskins QB Connor Halliday has announced his retirement.

Footballguys view: We just hated to see Halliday suffer season-ending and career-threatening leg injuries last year. In college at Washington State he was a prolific passer, throwing for a school-record 11,304 yards -- along with 90 touchdown passes in 35 games. He was an interesting undrafted quarterback to keep an eye on in super deep dynasty leagues, but he chose to lead his life in a different direction.

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  Broncos | Trevor Siemian signs deal    Sat May 16, 11:00 AM

Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian signed a four-year contract with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We have no idea why the Broncos would draft Siemian. His film at Northwestern was bad, and he had trouble staying in the starting lineup as a collegian. His throwing motion is a 3/4 release, and he struggles with accuracy on passes 10 yards or more downfield. He'll be on the practice squad this year for Denver, but they could also put him on season-ending Injured Reserve as he's still recovering from a knee injury he suffered last year.

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  Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham connecting with QB    Fri May 15, 09:58 PM

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he sent a text to QB Marcus Mariota right after he was drafted and is trying to become close with the quarterback in a hurry. 'I told him, every time you're in the weight room, make sure you bring me,' Green-Beckham said.

Footballguys view: Great news here. We always take the minicamp news with a grain of salt, but this is the type of thing you like to hear. Green-Beckham has incredible upside, and he could be the steal of the draft if he stays out of trouble and plays up to his potential. Mariota is rough around the edges as a pro passer. While athletic and talented, Mariota could use all the help he could get adjusting to the pro game. We're excited to see what this rookie duo can do...both this year and in the future.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota comfortable under center    Fri May 15, 09:14 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said it was different being under center for the first time during rookie minicamp Friday, May 15, but added that he already feels comfortable in the offense.

Footballguys view: We'll see it when we believe it. With less than 10 snaps from under center during his college career at Oregon, Mariota has a lot to prove in that area. It's not just the simple act of taking the snap either. Mariota has to prove that he can diagnose a defense, go through his progressions and anticipate pressure all while dropping back. We like his talent, but he has a long way to go before he's a decent starter in this league.

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  Bills | Matt Cassel to be backup?    Fri May 15, 07:32 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel is likely to enter Week 1 of the season as the team's backup quarterback, in the opinion of The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci. He also thinks head coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are open-minded about QB EJ Manuel and will give him a fair shot to compete for a starting job this summer. If Cassel or QB Tyrod Taylor win the starting job, the Bills would be expected to trade Manuel before outright cutting him.

Footballguys view: Manuel certainly has more upside than Cassel, even though he also has a much lower floor. The Bills know what Cassel is, but Manuel could be better if Roman can leverage his running ability and put him in a position to succeed as he did with Colin Kaepernick earlier in his career. Taylor is also a running QB and shouldn't be dismissed if this truly is an open competition, only because of the quality of his competition.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota looking good so far    Fri May 15, 07:19 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota survived his first rookie minicamp and impressed the coaches with his understanding of the playbook, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt also doesn't think Mariota's smaller size will create a problem with him taking snaps under center after he participated in a spread offense in his college career. 'I don't see that as a problem,' Whisenhunt said of Mariota lining up under center. 'He's put a lot of work in. He seems pretty good. I mean, until we get into a game and you get the A-gap blitzers in there or people are pressuring, you don't know how they are going to handle it.'

Footballguys view: Mariota is ticketed to start, and his running ability could give him streaming and DFS appeal if he isn't overwhelmed early in his career.

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  Titans | Zach Mettenberger in better shape    Fri May 15, 06:45 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, who plans to put up a fight for the starting quarterback job with QB Marcus Mariota this summer, said the offseason has treated him well, and he's down to 225 pounds. 'Moving a lot quicker, no longer worried about my knee which is a great feeling. But I loved getting a chance to hang out with guys outside of the facility. It was an eye-opening experience to learn what these guys are about,' Mettenberger said.

Footballguys view: Mettenberger seems to highly competitive, which is good for the Titans. It should push rookie Marcus Mariota even though he has already been anointed by the staff. Mettenberger could increase his trade value, or make the Titans more likely to turn to him if Mariota looks like he is in over his head this summer.

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  Redskins | RG III's benching meant to send message    Fri May 15, 12:23 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was benched last season, in part, to set him up to succeed in 2015. The team wanted him to lose his sense of entitlement to his opportunities.

Footballguys view: It's do or die for Griffin, and Washington really has no other options they can expect to perform well if Griffin fails. Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson are on shaky ground with respect to the quality of their surrounding offense.

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  Titans | Defense will test Marcus Mariota    Fri May 15, 12:13 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be tested by his defense in training camp as assistant head coach Dick LeBeau is under direction to throw everything at the rookie that he can. All indications are that Mariota will have to fail miserably to lose the starting job in the preseason.

Footballguys view: Mariota is making a big transition from the Oregon offense to the NFL, but Lebeau has been a master of inventive blitzes and often made some of the most experienced QBs in the NFL look disoriented. Mariota could end up being fantasy relevant this year if the Titans rely on him as a runner, and early word is that they are incorporating some elements of the Oregon offense that did just that.

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  Browns | Coach not on board with Johnny Manziel    Fri May 15, 11:57 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has turned off head coach Mike Pettine, while general manager Ray Farmer, owner Jimmy Haslam and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo believe Manziel can be salvaged, according to a source.

Footballguys view: That sounds in line with Pettine's no nonsense style and attitude. At least one of Farmer and Haslam was pushing for Manziel, so their continued hope makes sense, and DeFilippo was just hired by them, so his support makes sense. Manziel has a high fantasy ceiling as a running QB if he can win the job, that is a long ways away.

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  Patriots | Commissioner to hear Tom Brady's appeal    Thu May 14, 11:18 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension will be presided over by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a league spokesman confirmed Thursday, May 14.

Footballguys view: This is a bit out of the ordinary and shows the odd nature of the NFL appeal system, where the body that handed down the original punishment decides whether it was too harsh. There is at least some chance that Brady's suspension is reduced or eliminated altogether, but the Patriots response and attempt to show up the league could hurt his chances.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford perfect for Philadelphia?    Thu May 14, 10:34 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense because he can make all the throws with a 'top-notch' arm, is a 'better athlete than people think' and operates best out of a no-huddle attack, according to New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Footballguys view: Bradford definitely has the mental acumen, quick setup/release, and short-range accuracy to run the Eagles pass offense well. The bigger question is how he'll look after a long layoff from football that reportedly included a deliberation about retirement. The Eagles offense under Chip Kelly has routinely gotten QB1 numbers out of worse talents, so health is the key to Bradford's value this year. He could end up being one of the best late round QB picks of fantasy drafts and has a very easy start to his career.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady files appeal    Thu May 14, 03:38 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has officially appealed his four-game suspension.

Footballguys view: The question now is whether he will be able to play while his appeal is heard and whether that appeal is dealt with before Week 1. Current ADP is at the top of the sixth round, and if you cover not having him for up to the first four games, you'll get top five fantasy quarterback production the rest of the way.

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  Texans | Ryan Mallett ready to go    Thu May 14, 03:34 PM

Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) said he is feeling better each day and does not think he has any restrictions from the pectoral injury he suffered during the 2014 season.

Footballguys view: Right now, Mallett's ADP is after the 15th round, but a solid training camp could push him up the board. He has talented weapons around him but he's unproven and inconsistent.

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  NFL | Michael Vick hopes to sign with a team    Thu May 14, 01:43 PM

Free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) has been working out in Florida over the past few weeks and hopes to sign with a team at some point this offseason.

Footballguys view: It's unlikely anyone really takes a shot with Vick, and at best he'll end up a backup. Given that he could barely scare up the effort to prep for a game here or there with the New York Jets.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick helped by Reggie Bush    Wed May 13, 04:25 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush has been an asset to QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to general manager Trent Baalke. Baalke said Bush and Kaepernick have developed a rapport and that Bush's downfield speed gives Kaepernick more room to work with.

Footballguys view: The 49ers need as many weapons around Kaepernick as they can possibly get. Bush will play as a change-of-pace back behind Carlos Hyde this season. Hyde is going off the board at RB17 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues while Bush's ADP is at RB43 (9.08).

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  Bills | EJ Manuel likes new offense    Wed May 13, 01:29 PM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said he likes the new offense that offensive coordinator Greg Roman is bringing to the team. 'I just think the dynamics that we have and the personnel that we have, you look at the receivers, running backs and the tight ends we have at the skill positions and the O-linemen getting better, getting stronger, getting nastier,' Manuel said. 'But with the shifts and motions and the things we'll do to mix it up for a defense is going to be really good. Instead of just being vanilla we'll have a whole lot of different looks for opponents to prepare for.'

Footballguys view: Manuel has looked uncomfortable running a pro offense since the Bills selected him in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. Having him more comfortable in the system could lead to Manuel playing better. He's competing for the starting job with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. The winner of the competition is not going to be much of a fantasy factor due to the run-heavy nature of the Bills offense.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady's ban could be overturned    Wed May 13, 09:55 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be reduced significantly, and possibly overturned, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady has put together a renowned legal team to appeal his suspension.

Footballguys view: The legal team is made up of some of the best lawyers in the country. The appeals process will take some time, and we believe his sentence could be reduced to a couple of games instead of four. Some feel this legal team could eliminate the suspension entirely....stay tuned.

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  Browns | Josh McCown showing leadership    Tue May 12, 05:01 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown has taken control of the Cleveland offense and the locker room, according to new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Head coach Mike Pettine has already said that McCown's experience has given him the advantage for the starting quarterback position.

Footballguys view: McCown is a seasoned veteran, and he's the type of player who will take control on a team without an overwhelming leader on offense. He'll likely be able to hold off Johnny Manziel for the starting job in Week 1. However, if Manziel can clean up his game then the team might want to take a look at him as the starter later in the regular season.

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  Texans | Houston QBs to share reps    Tue May 12, 03:17 PM

Houston Texans QBs Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will split first-team repetitions once organized team activities (OTAs) begin later this month.

Footballguys view: Awesome, too bad they don't have better quarterbacks to choose from. The Texans have a fine group of skill position players, led by Arian Foster and DeAndre Hopkins. They won't be able to get the most out of their passing game unless Hoyer, Mallett or Tom Savage start to play out of this world. This will hold the fantasy potential of the offense back in 2015.

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