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  Steelers | No extension expected for Ben Roethlisberger now    Thu Jul 24, 11:22 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to sign QB Ben Roethlisberger to a contract extension during training camp, and an extension may not come until 2015 at the earliest.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski work together    Thu Jul 24, 09:18 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady worked with TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) on a side field after practice Thursday, July 24, and they ran a variety of pass routes. Gronkowski did not participate in team drills during practice and will be eased back into practice.

Footballguys view: This is what those guys do. Brady and Gronkowski have an amazing connection, and it will be great to see Gronk back out on the field this year. The Patriots passing game will be more robust with Gronkowski in the game. He's a top-3 fantasy tight end with a current ADP of TE3 (3.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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Rob Gronkowski player page


  Panthers | Cam Newton cleared    Thu Jul 24, 12:35 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.

Footballguys view: Newton's offseason ankle surgery was never seen a real threat to his fantasy value this year, so this positive news should not affect his fantasy stock.

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  Jets | Geno Smith getting most of the first-team snaps    Thu Jul 24, 12:23 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is receiving most of the first-team snaps in practice Thursday, July 24. Smith took 13 first-snaps, and QB Michael Vick took four first-team snaps.

Footballguys view: Vick is there is push and maybe mentor Smith (he had his best year in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system in Philadelphia in 2010), but he won't start unless Smith nosedives or gets hurt. Smith has speculative value in deep leagues coming off of a strong finish to 2013. The ability to add stats with his legs and addition of Eric Decker gives Smith a fighting chance at fantasy relevance this year.

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Geno Smith player page


  Jaguars | Blake Bortles' mechanics need fixing    Thu Jul 24, 11:11 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics likely will be revised. Bortles' flaw has been over-reliance on his right arm when throwing; he doesn't use his legs enough. A 'redshirt year will help,' according to Albert Breer.

Footballguys view: This matches everything we heard about Bortles during the pre-draft process. He might have the highest ceiling of the three first-round QBs, but he also has the most work to do.

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  Redskins | Robert Griffin III won't have many set run plays    Thu Jul 24, 10:18 AM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's designed running plays might be 'few and far between,' according to head coach Jay Gruden. He still has the green light to scramble as the situation dictates. 'I feel good where he's at,' Gruden said. 'He made some serious strides just in the spring working in the pocket and delivering throws and pulling it down and running when he had to run. That comes naturally but also comes with a lot of reps and playing the position.'

Footballguys view: Griffin won't put up the rushing numbers he had in 2012, but he will have a much better pass offense array of weapons and a more pass-friendly head coach. Top five fantasy value is within his reach this year.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder has done well    Wed Jul 23, 11:17 PM

Minnesota Vikings QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel saw a majority of the snaps during spring workouts, but QB Christian Ponder has a chance to start, and head coach Mike Zimmer claims it will be a fair competition. 'Actually, I think Christian has done a very good job in the time that we've had him and how much he has improved in that amount of time,' Zimmer said. 'We're going to give everyone a fair shot, and preseason games will help determine it. We want someone who is going to take care of the football, lead the team in the right direction and when called upon be able to win football games.'

Footballguys view: We'll see if Ponder and Cassel can hold off rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater to be the team's starter in 2014. Ponder is in a make-or-break season with the Vikings. If he doesn't get it done this year, the team will move on with Bridgewater as their quarterback of the future. Ponder has shown the ability to be a decent spot starter, but he's mostly a backup-caliber quarterback.

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Teddy Bridgewater player page


  Browns | Johnny Manziel needs more dedication    Wed Jul 23, 10:14 PM

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine thinks QB Johnny Manziel needs to increase dedication to earn the starting job. 'I think he knows that in order to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever.'

Footballguys view: In other news, water is wet. Manziel likes to party, and he certainly enjoys the celebrity of being "Johnny Football." In order to be the best pro he can be, Manziel will have to prove that he's willing to work during his "off" time. All signs point to Brian Hoyer winning the starting job in training camp. We're certainly going to see Manziel have some highlight plays on Sportscenter, but the Browns might choose to keep him on the bench to start his pro career.

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  NFL | Kyle Orton wants to play in 2014    Wed Jul 23, 06:31 PM

Free-agent QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) does not want to retire and wants to play in 2014, according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Footballguys view: Um, okay. We thought the whole reason why the team released him earlier this year was because he wasn't showing up in the offseason and wanted to quit football. Orton should be able to find a job as a clipboard holder somewhere.

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  Jets | Geno Smith draws more praise    Wed Jul 23, 05:17 PM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is 'head and shoulders' better than last year, according to head coach Rex Ryan.

Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it. Smith is competing with veteran Michael Vick to be the team's starter in 2014. The second-year pro has the advantage, and he'll get every opportunity to win the job in camp. We'll see if added weapons on offense like Eric Decker and Chris Johnson help him in 2014.

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  Bears | Jordan Palmer has first shot at No. 2 QB job    Wed Jul 23, 03:38 PM

Chicago Bears QB Jordan Palmer still has the first shot at winning the backup quarterback job, according to head coach Marc Trestman.

Footballguys view: Palmer is likely to win the backup job behind Jay Cutler this year. Last year's backup, Josh McCown, moved on in free agency and is now the starter for the Buccaneers. Palmer's main competition for the spot could be free agent addition Jimmy Clausen. The Bears picked up Clausen earlier this offseason as he was looking for a fresh start. Rookie David Fales (San Jose State) could stick on the roster as a third-string developmental quarterback.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel to report Wednesday    Wed Jul 23, 12:59 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, with the rest of the rookies.

Footballguys view: Get ready NFL fans. Manziel is ready to take the league by storm. Expect a lot of coverage to be on Cleveland as Manziel competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job.

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  Giants | Eli Manning's ankle looks fine    Wed Jul 23, 12:13 AM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) has shown no ill effects during camp from ankle surgery that sidelined him for earlier offseason activities.

Footballguys view: Good news for Manning here. Manning is looking for a bounce-back season in 2014. Playing under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo could help him do that. We like him as a low-end QB2 with upside for your fantasy team.

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  Bills | Thaddeus Lewis not on same page with Tori Gurley    Tue Jul 22, 10:52 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Tori Gurley had miscommunications on three occasions Tuesday, July 22, resulting in two incomplete passes and an interception. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes that if Lewis doesn't show better command of the offense that QB Jeff Tuel will land the backup QB job.

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  Bills | Open competition for No. 2 QB job    Tue Jul 22, 10:45 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and QB Jeff Tuel are in an open competition for the backup quarterback job, head coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Lewis might be the player to watch here. He's a better athlete than Tuel, and Lewis has a stronger arm.

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Jeff Tuel player page


  Giants | Ryan Nassib impresses in drills    Tue Jul 22, 10:30 PM

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib showed good command of the second-team offense Tuesday, July 22. He has stood out in camp as one of the team's most improved players, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Footballguys view: Nassib has to beat out Curtis Painter as the primary backup behind Eli Manning if he wants to keep his job with the team. Reports indicate that the Giants are only going to carry two quarterbacks this year.

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  Bills | Passing attack not clicking yet    Tue Jul 22, 09:01 PM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said that the passing game took positive steps Tuesday, July 22, but some offensive players said that the execution of the passing game needs to improve.

Footballguys view: The team has gone "all in" with quarterback E.J. Manuel. We'll see if he and Sammy Watkins can give the team a dangerous passing game in 2014.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco has high expectations    Tue Jul 22, 07:27 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco expects the team to operate at a high level despite learning a new offense. Flacco said the team needs to quickly correct the mistakes they make and keep them from occurring again.

Footballguys view: We're excited to see what the Ravens offense looks like this year. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows how to craft and effective offense featuring a solid ground game and play-action passing. Flacco has new weapons around him and could be more productive than some think. Fantasy owners in most leagues will see Flacco go undrafted as his current ADP is outside the top 23.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco more comfortable    Tue Jul 22, 04:12 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he's become more comfortable in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense.

Footballguys view: Kubiak knows how to craft a quality offense. He'll make Flacco comfortable with play-action passing and multiple options on each play. Flacco has a current ADP out of the top 23 quartebacks. Put him on your waiver wire speed dial, and monitor him in the preseason to see if he looks better than people expect.

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  Bengals | Want to sign Andy Dalton to Colin Kaepernick type deal    Tue Jul 22, 01:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton should be signed to a contract that mirrors the deal signed by San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, in the opinion of owner Mike Brown.

Footballguys view: Earlier this year Kaepernick signed a seven-year $126 million contract which included $61 million guaranteed. He ranks 2nd in the NFL behind Aaron Rodgers in terms of annual average salary with a $21 million price tag. The Bengals are going to have to cough up a significant amount in order to keep Dalton around. He's entering the final year of his deal and has been incredibly productive in the regular season. Dalton's 0-3 postseason record is something he needs to change in the future.

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  NFL | Tim Tebow still working out    Tue Jul 22, 12:39 PM

Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is still working out, hoping for another shot at signing with an NFL team. 'I feel great,' Tebow said. 'I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement.'

Footballguys view: Oh Timmy. We would be shocked if a team took a chance on Tebow--even as a camp arm. Adding him would be a distraction that most teams don't want. He's a fine runner, but his struggles with accuracy are unlikely to be fixed. Tebow's a great guy, but his playing days in the NFL are likely over.

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  Browns | Starting QB will be named in preseason    Tue Jul 22, 11:06 AM

Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will know who is starting before the third preseason game, according to head coach Mike Pettine, though it could happen sooner. Pettine has expressed hesitation to name Manziel the starter immediately and thinks Hoyer's chances are underrated.

Footballguys view: Hoyer has the experience advantage, but Manziel has better athleticism. We'll see if the team brings along the rookie slowly. At this time, we have to consider Hoyer the frontrunner for the job.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel chatted with Mike Pettine    Tue Jul 22, 11:05 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel talked with head coach Mike Pettine, who expressed concerns about Manziel's off-field behavior. Pettine said it was a 'positive conversation' and that he doesn't feel as if Manziel's purported party activities will be a problem once the NFL season starts.

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  Bills | Backup QBs alternating    Tue Jul 22, 10:32 AM

Buffalo Bills QBs Jeff Tuel and Thaddeus Lewis are alternating series with the second unit in team drills Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Tuel has a weak arm, but he's accurate on shorter routes. Lewis is the player to watch here. He is athletic, can zip the ball downfield and looked good in limited playing time last year. Starting QB E.J. Manuel needs to avoid the injuries that plagued him last year. If Manuel is hurt, Lewis could take over and have some nice weapons around him to throw to.

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Jeff Tuel player page


  Chiefs | Two likely to compete for one spot    Tue Jul 22, 09:10 AM

Kansas City Chiefs QBs Tyler Bray and Chase Daniel are likely to compete for one roster spot with QB Aaron Murray likely to make the team behind starting QB Alex Smith.

Footballguys view: A very interesting note here. Murray is smart and accurate even though he lacks size and athleticism. The rookie is coming back from the knee injury he suffered last year at Georgia, but reports say that he feels good. Bray has a rocket arm but little accuracy. Daniel has the most experience here, but it sounds like he's fighting for a roster spot. Most thought Daniel was a lock for QB2 in Kansas City with Murray and Bray fighting for the QB3 (developmental) spot.

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  Giants | Eli Manning doesn't run at camp    Mon Jul 21, 11:15 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning didn't run with the team at training camp Monday, July 21, and threw on the side with coaches instead. Manning said that not running had nothing to do with his offseason ankle surgery.

Footballguys view: The Giants will be cautious with Manning in camp. Our very own Andrew Garda is credentialed for Giants camp, and he'll be keeping us up to date on what's going on. Manning is looking to bounce back this year after a disappointing 2013 season. Playing under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will help him do that.

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  Bengals | Three placed on NFI list    Mon Jul 21, 06:54 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), WR Marvin Jones (ankle) and CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) have been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

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  Titans | Zach Mettenberger punched in bar    Mon Jul 21, 06:22 PM

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was allegedly sucker punched in a Nashville bar this weekend but did not need medical attention. The owner of the bar said Mettenberger did not throw any punches.

Footballguys view: Mettenberger was known as a bit of a rowdy quarterback on the field, so perhaps that translates to his bar attitude as well. He's competing to be the team's third-string quarterback behind Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst.

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  Chiefs | Aaron Murray says he is ready to go    Mon Jul 21, 01:06 PM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he will be fully able to participate once training camp practices begin.

Footballguys view: We're intrigued by Murray as a developmental prospect. He's smart and accurate, but Murray is not tall and lacks a rocket arm. His ultimate upside might only be that of a career backup. We'll see if he can beat out Tyler Bray for the third-string job in Kansas City.

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  Titans | Zach Mettenberger not injured    Mon Jul 21, 10:43 AM

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger was rumored to have broken his hand in an accident over the weekend, but that rumor is false.

Footballguys view: Mettenberger is a strong-armed rookie who will be a developmental QB for the Titans this year. Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst will be the two QBs above him on the depth chart.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles could start preseason game    Mon Jul 21, 03:01 AM

Although the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff is still high on QB Chad Henne, coach Gus Bradley said QB Blake Bortles could start a preseason game. "It would be late in the preseason if he did, and we'll see how things go," said Bradley. "We're really excited about Chad and what he's going to do so we'll see how it goes with him until that fourth preseason game."

Footballguys view: The Jaguars have been clear since day one that they'd like to keep Bortles on the bench this year. We'll see Chad Henne as the team's starter to begin the year, but Bortles might get a few starts near the end of the year if the team feels he's ready.

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  Bills | EJ Manuel, Sammy Watkins show chemistry    Sun Jul 20, 09:43 PM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel went 4-for-4 on passes to WR Sammy Watkins during team drills Sunday, July 20.

Footballguys view: This is what needs to happen if the Bills are going to get on the winning track this year. Watkins has amazing natural talent, speed and the athleticism to get open with ease. His current ADP is WR36 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chiefs | Aaron Murray still wearing brace    Sun Jul 20, 03:58 PM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Aaron Murray (knee) will continue to wear a brace on his knee while taking snaps in practice.

Footballguys view: Murray is coming back from an ACL injury he suffered last year at the University of Georgia. He's a smart and accurate quarterback who lacks size, arm strength and athleticism. Murray could be a quality backup in the NFL, but it's difficult to project him as anything more than that.

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  Giants | No extension talks with Eli Manning    Sun Jul 20, 10:29 AM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning has not had any contract extension talks with the team, according to owner John Mara. "We haven't even really discussed that yet," Mara said. "We'll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it's our hope that he finish his career as a Giant."

Footballguys view: It's weird to think of Eli Manning with another team. We used to think that about Peyton Manning, so anything is possible. Eli is looking for a bounce-back season this year under new OC Ben McAdoo. We're certain the team will work diligently to get Manning a new deal when the time is right.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton limited during workout    Sat Jul 19, 10:37 PM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Newton is going to be somewhat limited leading up to the start of the regular season. We like that he went out and put in some extra time with what is largely a brand new WR corps.

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  Seahawks | Two will compete for No. 3 QB spot    Sat Jul 19, 07:18 PM

Seattle QBs Terrelle Pryor and B.J. Daniels will compete for the No. 3 quarterback job during training camp. Pryor is expected to have the edge because of his size and speed.

Footballguys view: Pryor failed to consistently play up to his potential with the Raiders, and he's found a fresh start with the World Champions. He has to be considered the favorite here, but Daniels also shares the qualities of athleticism and arm strength that Pryor has. We'll see this battle unfold in training camp. Fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues should still be paying attention to Pryor.

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  Raiders | Hope Derek Carr does not play in 2014    Sat Jul 19, 12:58 PM

The Oakland Raiders would prefer that QB Derek Carr does not play in 2014 and is allowed to learn from the sidelines while QB Matt Schaub starts every game.

Footballguys view: We may see guys like Carr and perhaps Blake Bortles sit during their entire rookie year. Most rookies are thrust into the starting lineup in recent history, but we have to remember that number one overall pick Carson Palmer sat for a year behind Jon Kitna in 2003. It's a wise idea if Carr is their quarterback of the future. The team doesn't want to stunt his growth as a passer and pro prospect.

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  Bears | Jimmy Clausen could be in line for No. 2 QB job    Sat Jul 19, 12:32 PM

Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen appears poised to beat QB Jordan Palmer for the No. 2 quarterback job during training camp.

Footballguys view: It would be an incredible redemption story for Clausen if he makes the team. He washed out quickly in Carolina, but he's getting a fresh start in Chicago. Clausen is working under the guidance of renowned QB guru Marc Trestman. The Bears head coach should be able to get the best out of him. We'll see if Clausen looks like a new man in 2014, and we'll see how much of a fight Palmer puts up in the preseason.

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  Jaguars | Stephen Morris could be practice squad candidate    Fri Jul 18, 11:09 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Stephen Morris likely will be a candidate for the practice squad if he does not make the final roster.

Footballguys view: Morris has amazing athletic ability. He looks good as a passer when there's no pressure, but his game falls apart when the heat is on. Morris has the athleticism and arm strength to be a good quarterback, but he must improve the consistency to his game.

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  Giants | Ryan Nassib top candidate for No. 2 QB job    Fri Jul 18, 09:42 PM

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib is entering training camp as the leading candidate for the No. 2 quarterback job and probably will have to really struggle to lose the job to QB Curtis Painter.

Footballguys view: Nassib is a second-year quarterback the Giants are hoping to develop as a potential starter in the future. He spins a nice football, but Nassib will have to beat out the veteran Painter to be the primary backup behind Eli Manning. The Giants are unlikely to keep three quarterbacks on the roster this year.

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  Dolphins | Two competing for No. 3 QB job    Fri Jul 18, 08:24 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Pat Devlin appears to have a slight edge over QB Brock Jensen for the No. 3 quarterback job entering training camp because of his experience. Neither player stood out during offseason workouts.

Footballguys view: Jensen was a gritty winner at North Dakota State, and the rookie plays with a ton of heart. He led the North Dakota State Bison to three consecutive national championships (2011-2013) in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Devlin was a standout during his time in college at Delaware, but he hasn't looked very good during the preseason with the Dolphins over the last few years.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers feeling good    Fri Jul 18, 04:46 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said his body has been feeling good to the point where he can keep his legs underneath him for a long time. Rodgers attributed his well-being to changes he's made off the field regarding his eating patterns.

Footballguys view: Rodgers will once again be one of the best fantasy quarterbacks you can draft. With a healthy Randall Cobb and new weapons like Davante Adams and Jared Abbrederis, the Packers will have a robust passing game in 2014. Rodgers has a current ADP of QB3 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers wants to play the way he has been    Fri Jul 18, 04:13 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he has to be instinctual and rely on his quick reactions. Rodgers said playing the way he has been gives him an advantage.

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  Bears | Jay Cutler praised by head coach    Fri Jul 18, 02:59 PM

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has impressed head coach Marc Trestman with how intelligent and selfless he's been to better the team. Trestman also said he's been impressed with Cutler's skillset and football smarts.

Footballguys view: Trestman and the Bears certainly believe in Cutler. They wouldn't have committed to a seven-year $126.7 million contract earlier this year. He's more comfortable in the second year of the Trestman offense, and that should lead to better production on the field.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer fully cleared    Fri Jul 18, 01:46 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he's been fully cleared to participate in training camp, confirming Hoyer's belief that he wouldn't be limited.

Footballguys view: Great news for Hoyer here. He is competing with rookie first-round pick Johnny Manziel to be the starting quarterback this year. Hoyer is a Cleveland native and a former high school star from the area. He's a fan favorite and looked good in three games last year before injuring his knee. We're expecting Hoyer to win the job to open the regular season. If he struggles during the year, then the team could quickly turn to Manziel.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton works out with receivers    Fri Jul 18, 10:39 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton held a three-day throwing session with WR Kelvin Benjamin, QBs Joe Webb and Matt Blanchard, one tight end and nine other receivers this week.

Footballguys view: It's good for Newton to establish chemistry with a whole new group of receivers. The Panthers passing game is not going to give us many fireworks this year in fantasy, but look to a guy like Benjamin later in your draft. He's big and can leap out of the building. This could make him a prime red-zone target this year. Benjamin is lumbering off the line of scrimmage and not as physical as a player his size should be. His current ADP is WR48 (10.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Browns | Brian Hoyer does not expect restrictions    Thu Jul 17, 05:41 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer (knee) said he does not expect to be limited once training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Good news for Hoyer here. He's set to be the starter at quarterback, but he'll have to stay healthy and keep athletic rookie (and first-round pick) Johnny Manziel on the bench. Hoyer looked good in limited playing time last year before injuring his knee.

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  Chiefs | Alex Smith hopes to get extension done    Thu Jul 17, 04:49 PM

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he hopes to get a contract extension done because he likes the team and coaching staff.

Footballguys view: Smith is in the final year of his contract, and the Chiefs will have to find the right price to keep him around. The veteran quarterback wants an annual salary around what Jay Cutler ($18 million annually) got from the Bears. Adam Teicher, Chiefs blogger for ESPN, believes the Chiefs only want to pay Smith around $15 million per year. The Chiefs would like to get something done before the start of the regular season, but they could always franchise tag Smith next offseason if they need to.

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  Bengals | Teammate expects Andy Dalton to receive extension    Thu Jul 17, 02:02 PM

Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton should receive a contract extension before the start of the regular season, according to WR A.J. Green. Green said he believes the team knows Dalton is the quarterback to take them into the future.

Footballguys view: Dalton is in the final year of his contract, and the Bengals have to find the right number to keep him around. He's put up some great numbers, having more touchdown passes in the first three years of an NFL career than everyone but Peyton Manning and Dan Marino. Dalton's game falls apart in the postseason, and that further complicates what the team will have to pay.

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  Jets | Teammates backing Geno Smith    Wed Jul 16, 02:03 PM

New York Jets WR David Nelson said his teammates believe this is QB Geno Smith's team and that QB Michael Vick is seen as the backup. 'For all of us, it's Geno's team," Nelson said. 'And from what we've been told and what we've been working toward, it's Geno's team, and Mike's coming in to kind of (fill) a supporting role. If anything happens to Geno, we have a proven starter and a proven winner backing him up. That's the direction we're moving.'

Footballguys view: Nelson is being a good teammate, but right now there is little clarity on who will be the starter for the Jets. Vick is not washed up, and he could easily beat out Smith for the top spot on the depth chart.

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