Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Curtis Samuel's versatility valued Sun Mar 26, 12:13 AM
Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel is best suited to play wide receiver in the NFL, according to a college scouting director, but he could also be used on jet sweeps and other plays off motion.Link to story
NFL | Taysom Hill shows off athleticism Sat Mar 25, 11:33 PM
Brigham Young QB Taysom Hill ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and reached 38.5 inches in the vertical jump at his pro day Friday, March 24.Link to story
NFL | Chad Hansen turns in fast time Sat Mar 25, 11:29 PM
California WR Chad Hansen was clocked as fast a 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his pro day Friday, March 24.Link to story
NFL | Davis Webb lining up visits Sat Mar 25, 11:25 PM
California QB Davis Webb has official visits scheduled with the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers.Link to story
Dolphins | Julius Thomas restructures deal Sat Mar 25, 11:00 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas restructured his deal, turning his contract into a two-year deal worth $12.2 million with $7.5 million guaranteed.Link to story
Julius Thomas player page
Browns | Josh Gordon working with speed coach Sat Mar 25, 10:09 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been training with speed coach and former Olympian Tim Montgomery.Link to story
Josh Gordon player page
Panthers | Jonathan Stewart fine with team drafting RB Sat Mar 25, 02:37 PM
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart said he believes it would be a good thing if the Panthers selected a running back in the 2017 NFL draft because it would keep him fresher late in games.
|Footballguys view: Stewart doesn't really have a say in the matter. He got a contract extension to stay with the Panthers, and he has to expect a RB to be added in the draft. The Panthers have the 8th-overall pick, and someone like Leonard Fournette (LSU) could be their selection.|
Jonathan Stewart player page
Steelers | Pittsburgh to work out Nate Peterman Sat Mar 25, 02:35 PM
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh QB Nate Peterman said he is scheduled to have a private workout with the Pittsburgh Steelers in April.
|Footballguys view: Peterman is our favorite mid-round QB prospect in the 2017 NFL draft. He's smart, has the instincts to make every throw in the pros, and Peterman isn't afraid to challenge a defense vertically. He was the most impressive QB at the Senior Bowl earlier this year and is an intriguing developmental player. The Steelers need to think about their future after Ben Roethlisberger. He was talking retirement, but Roethlisberger is returning to play in 2017.|
Bills | Buffalo to work out Nate Peterman Sat Mar 25, 02:34 PM
Pittsburgh QB Nate Peterman said he is scheduled to have a private workout with the Buffalo Bills in April.
|Footballguys view: The Bills kept Tyrod Taylor around for 2017 on a restructured deal. He's the starter, but the team would be wise to find a developmental guy like Peterman. Right now, Cardale Jones is the primary backup behind Taylor.|
NFL | Adrian Peterson willing to wait Sat Mar 25, 09:04 AM
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) said he is willing to wait to sign with a team because he is looking for the best fit for him and a chance to win the Super Bowl.
|Footballguys view: He's willing to wait, but is he willing to take a lot less money? Reports indicate Peterson was asking for $8 million annually at the start of free agency. He's gotten very little interest on the open market and will have to drop that price tag if he wants to find a new home.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Browns | Josh Gordon unlikely to stay with CLE Sat Mar 25, 08:06 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon likely will be traded or released if he is reinstated by the NFL, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Cleveland seems to be done with Gordon. The Browns would own Gordon's rights for two more years if he is reinstated.|
Josh Gordon player page
Bears | Mark Sanchez contract update Sat Mar 25, 08:03 AM
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Mark Sanchez's one-year deal is worth $2 million. The deal includes $1 million in guaranteed money and another $2 million in incentives.Link to story
Mark Sanchez player page
NFL | JuJu Smith-Schuster likes physical play Fri Mar 24, 11:54 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been compared to free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions), and he said he embraces the comparison and likes Boldin's physical style of play.Link to story
Anquan Boldin player page
NFL | Shaun Hill unsure of status Fri Mar 24, 11:34 PM
Free-agent QB Shaun Hill (Vikings) said he is still unsure if he wants to return for the 2017 season.Link to story
Shaun Hill player page
Chargers | Breakout season for Branden Oliver? Fri Mar 24, 11:29 PM
Los Angeles Chargers RB Branden Oliver said he was happy to re-sign and believes 2017 could be a breakout season for him.Link to story
Branden Oliver player page
Broncos | Amara Darboh a good it in Denver? Fri Mar 24, 11:25 PM
Michigan WR Amara Darboh's size and ability to stretch the field would make him a good fit for the Denver Broncos' offense, according to beat writer Jeff Legwold.Link to story
NFL | Curtis Samuel works multiple positions Fri Mar 24, 11:10 PM
Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel worked as a running back and wide receiver during positional drills at his pro day workout Friday, March 24.Link to story
Texans | DeAngelo Yancey to visit Houston Fri Mar 24, 10:51 PM
Purdue WR DeAngelo Yancey is scheduled to visit the Houston Texans in April, according to a source.Link to story
NFL | Jehu Chesson backs up 40-yard dash time Fri Mar 24, 10:32 PM
Michigan WR Jehu Chesson broke 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he broke 4.5 seconds again during his pro day workout Friday, March 24.Link to story
Packers | Aaron Rodgers expects big season Fri Mar 24, 09:21 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he expects the offense to be 'really tough to stop' in 2017.Link to story
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NFL | Will Johnson meets with two teams Fri Mar 24, 08:12 PM
Free-agent FB Will Johnson (Giants) recently met with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
Will Johnson player page
NFL | Jake Butt receiving interest Fri Mar 24, 06:54 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) met with the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans before Michigan's pro day Friday, March 24.Link to story
NFL | Jake Butt ahead of schedule Fri Mar 24, 06:15 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and believes he could be ready to play by mid-July.Link to story
Panthers | Garrett Gilbert joins Carolina Fri Mar 24, 05:01 PM
Free-agent QB Garrett Gilbert (Raiders) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Gilbert is a camp arm for the Panthers. He'll be hard pressed to make the 53-man roster behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.|
Texans | Houston only option for Tony Romo? Fri Mar 24, 04:53 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo believes the Houston Texans and retirement are his options next season if he is released by the Cowboys, according to sources. The Denver Broncos are not pursing Romo, but they are not ruling out the possibility of signing him.
|Footballguys view: Both FOX and CBS are pursuing Romo to be an analyst on TV. He'll have some options if and when the Cowboys release him. The Texans seem to be in the driver's seat at the moment.|
Tony Romo player page
NFL | Davis Webb told he's a 'first-round talent' Fri Mar 24, 03:53 PM
California QB Davis Webb told Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman that 'double-digit' teams have told him he's a 'first-round talent'.
|Footballguys view: The talent may or may not be there with Webb, but it would be surprising to see him taken in the top round. Webb transferred to Cal from Texas Tech, where he couldn't beat out Patrick Mahomes. While Mahomes seems to be a legitimate first-round option for teams, Webb has only been talked about as a top talent recently. This has a feel like when Tom Savage came out of PITT and was getting "first round talent" labels. Savage ended up as a fourth-round pick.|
Jets | Josh McCown not guaranteed starting job Fri Mar 24, 03:00 PM
New York Jets QB Josh McCown has not been assured that he will begin training camp as starter, and it is a decision which will be made by head coach Todd Bowles, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.
|Footballguys view: The Jets could still add a quarterback via trade or via the 2017 NFL draft. McCown is a 'bridge' QB for the Jets even if he does begin the 2017 season as the starter.|
Josh McCown player page
NFL | Adrian Peterson asked for $8 million? Fri Mar 24, 02:42 PM
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly wanted more than $8 million in the first year of any contract he signed during the initial wave of free agency.
|Footballguys view: That's crazy talk. Peterson was once the best RB in the game, but he's not the same player and he's not going to get that type of price tag.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Bears | Chicago to take close look at DeShone Kizer Fri Mar 24, 02:19 PM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is expected to take part in a private workout with the Chicago Bears soon, most likely late next week, according to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs.Link to story
Bengals | Cincy works out two likely first-rounders Fri Mar 24, 02:12 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals ran position drills with Stanford DE Solomon Thomas and Ohio State RB/WR Curtis Samuel at their school's respective pro days Thursday, March 24.Link to story
Saints | Josh Hill to start running in near future Fri Mar 24, 01:40 PM
New Orleans Saints TE Josh Hill (fibula) is expected to start running soon, continuing his rehab from a broken fibula.Link to story
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Browns | Josh Gordon expected to find out fate soon Fri Mar 24, 01:34 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to hear back from the league regarding his reinstatement application in late April or early May, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano.
|Footballguys view: Gordon hasn't been on the field since 2014, but he's trying to make his way back. Lord only knows what he'll look like after two years on the sidelines. The Browns are done with him, so if he's reinstated we expect Gordon to be playing elsewhere.|
Josh Gordon player page
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin's option to be exercised Fri Mar 24, 12:36 PM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's fifth year option for the 2018 season will be picked up, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
|Footballguys view: Benjamin didn't look quite like his old self last year after missing all of the 2015 season with a knee injury. The Panthers make the wise move by keeping him under contract through the 2018 season. The way he plays over the next two seasons will determine if/when he gets a long-term contract with the Panthers.|
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Packers | GB passing on Adrian Peterson? Fri Mar 24, 12:34 PM
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) was reportedly close to making a visit with the Green Bay Packers before they decided his initial asking price was too high, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
|Footballguys view: The Packers need a lead running back, and Peterson would certainly give them that. If the price is too high, then perhaps the price comes down as Peterson is running out of options.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Patriots | Michael Floyd unlikely to return to NE Fri Mar 24, 12:22 PM
Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) is a 'long shot' to return to the New England Patriots after they acquired Brandin Cooks earlier this month, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: The Pats have found their top WR via trade with New Orleans. Floyd has no interest on the open market at this time. Perhaps as we get closer to training camp a team like the Lions would come calling.|
Michael Floyd player page
Redskins | Brian Quick to Redskins Fri Mar 24, 10:19 AM
Free-agent WR Brian Quick (Rams) has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins Friday, March 24. Terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Washington lost both Pierre Garcon (49ers) and DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) in free agency, but they've worked hard to add more talent on the open market. They brought on Terrelle Pryor earlier this year, and he should be their top target in the passing game. Quick will compete for a roster spot and a spot in the pecking order behind Pryor, Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson.|
Brian Quick player page
Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin deadline looming Fri Mar 24, 09:41 AM
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin has a May 2 deadline for the team to pick up his fifth-year option, which figures to be around $8 million.
|Footballguys view: Even though he missed all of 2015 due to a knee injury, Benjamin is a talent the Panthers need to keep around. Still working through the after effects of his knee injury, Benjamin had a down 2016 season. Expect him to bounce back in a revamped passing attack.|
Kelvin Benjamin player page
Browns | Patrick Mahomes worked out for Browns Fri Mar 24, 09:40 AM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes has worked out for the Cleveland Browns recently.
|Footballguys view: Mahomes is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2017 NFL draft. He's got extreme confidence in his arm and that gunslinger mentality allows him to make big plays. Mahomes has seen his draft stock rise in recent weeks, and now seems to be a lock for the first round. The Browns might be considering him with the 12th-overall pick.|
Bears | Patrick Mahomes met with Bears Fri Mar 24, 09:38 AM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes has had dinner with the Chicago Bears' brass recently.
|Footballguys view: Even though the Bears picked up Mike Glennon in free agency, we think they could select a QB with the 3rd overall pick. That may be too high for Mahomes, but the Bears are doing their due diligence on the Red Raiders passer.|
Cardinals | Patrick Mahomes works out for Cardinals Fri Mar 24, 09:35 AM
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes worked out for the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, March 23.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals need to groom a QB behind Carson Palmer, and Mahomes would make a lot of sense. He's got a gunslinger mentality, and head coach Bruce Arians would love that from his quarterback. Palmer has like a year left (if that), so Mahomes could be in line to start sooner than some think.|
Jets | DeShone Kizer worked out for Jets Fri Mar 24, 09:34 AM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer worked out for the New York Jets recently.
|Footballguys view: Kizer is likely to be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, but he does have a lot to work on. At 6'4" 233 pounds, Kizer has the size and athleticism you want from a QB in the NFL. However, he's reliant too often on a big arm and not anticipation...plus he tends to lock onto his primary read and may not see/read the field quickly enough.|
Browns | DeShone Kizer met with Browns Fri Mar 24, 09:32 AM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer worked out for the Cleveland Browns recently.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are unlikely to draft him with the first-overall pick. With their 12th-overall pick he becomes an option.|
Chargers | DeShone Kizer working out for Chargers Fri Mar 24, 09:32 AM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is working out for the Los Angeles Chargers Friday, March 24.
|Footballguys view: The Chargers need a QB to groom behind Philip Rivers, and Kizer could be that guy. He's big, athletic and has a rocket arm....but there's a lot to work on. He's inconsistent with decision making and tends to lock onto his initial read rather than anticipate where other receivers will be in the play. Kizer has tremendous upside, but he's not ready to start in the NFL yet.|
Panthers | Jonathan Stewart extended Fri Mar 24, 09:10 AM
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart signed a contract extension through the 2018 season Friday, March 24. Stewart had a cap figure of $8.25 million, and the extension was expected to reduce that in 2017.
|Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. Not that long ago, there was some buzz about Stewart potentially getting released as a post-June 1 cut. Now he returns with an extension, but we're still expecting the Panthers to pick another RB with the 8th-overall pick.|
Jonathan Stewart player page
Panthers | David Njoku visits Carolina Fri Mar 24, 12:24 AM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku visited the Carolina Panthers Thursday, March 23.
|Footballguys view: His best pro comparison is Greg Olsen, so it makes sense that Njoku would visit with the Panthers. He's likely a first-round pick, so the Panthers shouldn't be considering him at no.8 overall. However, if he falls into the top of the second round the Panthers should pounce.|
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay targeting Marlon Mack? Thu Mar 23, 11:08 PM
South Florida RB Marlon Mack has met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers multiple times, and head coach Dirk Koetter attended Mack's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Mack would work well in the Bucs RBBC. He's not necessarily a back you want to feature unless he learns better discipline as a runner. Mack bounces stuff outside too often and does not consistently run through arm tackles.|
NFL | Marlon Mack's stock rising Thu Mar 23, 11:00 PM
South Florida RB Marlon Mack has met with 25 teams in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Mack is a slippery runner who can make defenders miss in open space. He runs with inconsistent power and too often tries to take runs to the corner store. The propensity to bounce outside when there's not a gaping hole inside will need to be cleaned up at the pro level.|
NFL | Christian McCaffrey shows versatility Thu Mar 23, 10:15 PM
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey said he wanted to use his pro day to show his ability to run routes from the slot and the outside and do 'anything' on the football field.
|Footballguys view: McCaffrey might be the safest pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. He's got the ability to contribute at a high level at three different positions (runner, receiver, return man). His stock is on the rise because he's a playmaker and can provide instant offense anywhere he lands.|
NFL | JuJu Smith-Schuster confident Thu Mar 23, 10:00 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said he is 'the top receiver' in the 2017 NFL Draft following his pro day Thursday, March 23.
|Footballguys view: Slow your roll there, son. We like Smith-Schuster but he needs to clean up his breaks during route running, and doesn't accelerate well out of his cuts. He'll see a lot of contested balls, though luckily for him he thrives on that. He's a big bodied, aggressive receiver, but he's not the top of the class.|
Bears | One-year deal for Mark Sanchez Thu Mar 23, 09:48 PM
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears QB Mark Sanchez's deal is for one year. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Sanchez is no lock for the 53-man roster. He'll serve as a veteran backup behind newly acquired Mike Glennon. Expect the Bears to add a QB via the 2017 NFL draft too....maybe with a premium pick.|
Mark Sanchez player page