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  Eagles | Miles Austin signs with Eagles    Mon Mar 30, 05:27 PM

Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, March 30. The deal is worth $2.3 million with $700,000 available in incentives, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Austin gives the Eagles veteran depth at the wide receiver position. That's something they've looked for since losing Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) in free agency. Austin will compete for a reserve spot behind starters Jordan Matthews and Riley Cooper. We should see the Eagles draft a wide receiver as well.

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  NFL | Jameis Winston an elite talent?    Mon Mar 30, 05:10 PM

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is expected to the sixth quarterback selected No. 1 in the NFL Draft in the last 10 years, and NFL media analyst Lance Zierlein said Winston is his No. 5 quarterback in the last five years. Analyst Gil Brandt called Winston 'an elite talent' and one of the top-10 quarterbacks in the last decade. Winston has been compared to former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, and analyst Daniel Jeremiah isn't concerned about Winston being a bust like Russell.

Footballguys view: We like the Roethlisberger comparison. Winston is big, can sluff off defenders looking to sack him, and he has no problem attacking a defense with his arm...but he can take off to run if need be. He'll likely be the top pick in the 2015 NFL draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Redskins | Washington not giving up on RG3    Mon Mar 30, 04:57 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III isn't being given up on by the team's executives, according to executive Doug Williams. 'This is a young guy that's got some talent,' Williams said. 'There are adjustments that he has to make if I think given time, and I think that's one of the reasons why nobody has given up on him. With the talent that he does have, you're hoping that the last couple of years with the injuries and everything is out of the way, that he will develop into the guy that we all hope for him to be. I think it's fair to give him that opportunity.'

Footballguys view: Washington gave up too much to give up on Griffin...yet. This season is shaping up to be a make-or-break year for the young quarterback. He needs to stay healthy and prove that he can be the franchise quarterback the team envisioned when they paid a hefty price to move up and draft him second overall in the 2012 NFL draft.

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  Redskins | Michael Hill signs    Mon Mar 30, 04:56 PM

Free-agent RB Michael Hill (Colts) signed an undisclosed deal with the Washington Redskins Monday, March 30.

Footballguys view: This is just a depth move here. Hill is known as a sleeper prospect in super deep dynasty leagues, but we're not even sure he can make Washington's final roster. Watch to see if the former Missouri Western star can make an impact in training camp and the preseason.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas will miss offseason program    Mon Mar 30, 02:12 PM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will not be present at the Broncos' offseason program or attend workouts with QB Peyton Manning at Duke University. Thomas is currently in Los Angeles for a charity event.

Footballguys view: Thomas has the franchise tag, and he currently has not signed his tender. He probably won't so he doesn't lose leverage in negotiations on a new long-term deal. The Broncos and Thomas have until July 15th to work out a new contract. We feel confident the two sides will get something done in July, and Thomas should then be available for training camp.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford considered quitting    Mon Mar 30, 01:59 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) considered quitting football after he suffered his second torn anterior cruciate ligament but was talked out of the idea by former college coach Josh Heupel. Heupel said Bradford is one of the most competitive players he has coached and that Bradford wants to come back and prove himself.

Footballguys view: Bradford has talked about his frustration in coming back from multiple injuries before. Even though that's the case, this revelation about considering retirement does raise some red flags. The Eagles seem to be excited about Bradford's fit in the offense, but who knows if there's any plans to later trade him. Stay tuned.

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  Panthers | Jordan Todman signed    Mon Mar 30, 01:33 PM

Free-agent RB Jordan Todman (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 30. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Only fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues should be interested here. Todman has good straight-line speed, but he's not big enough to take on more than a change-of-pace role in the NFL. Todman will compete for touches behind Jonathan Stewart, and the Panthers will likely draft a back too.

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  NFL | Matt Schaub expected to sign this week    Mon Mar 30, 01:07 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) is expected to sign with a team this week, according to a source. Schaub has received interest from the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons.

Footballguys view: Schaub is a backup at this point in his career. Any team that is interested should be considering him only as a reserve. We could see the Ravens picking him up.

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  Eagles | Miles Austin likely headed to Philly    Mon Mar 30, 11:41 AM

Updating an earlier report, free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) will likely sign with the Philadelphia Eagles this week if all goes well with his physical, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Austin is not the same player he used to be, but he could give the Eagles valuable veteran depth. They are looking for help at the position since they lost Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) in free agency.

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  Eagles | Miles Austin to visit Eagles    Mon Mar 30, 10:53 AM

Free-agent WR Miles Austin (Browns) will visit the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

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  49ers | Hakeem Nicks visiting San Fran    Mon Mar 30, 09:14 AM

Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Colts) is visiting the San Francisco 49ers Monday, March 30.

Footballguys view: Nicks hasn't gotten much interest on the open market. The veteran receiver isn't what he used to be, and he's looking for a bounce-back season after a disappointing year with the Colts in 2014.

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  Redskins | Competition not going away for RGIII    Sun Mar 29, 07:28 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will be the first-team quarterback during offseason workouts, according to head Jay Gruden, but Gruden also said he expects QB Kirk Cousins and QB Colt McCoy to be on the roster when the regular season begins.

Footballguys view: This is shaping up to be a make-or-break season for Griffin. He'll be healthy, and he needs to improve his play if he wants to continue as the quarterback for Washington. We'll see if the team can craft an offense that best suits his talents.

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  Packers | Eddie Lacy will see limited touches    Sun Mar 29, 01:08 PM

Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy will have his touches limited next season in order to keep him healthy during the season, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. 'I'm conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there,' McCarthy said. McCarthy indicated he is not looking for Lacy to abandon his physical running style.

Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners here. Lacy came out of Alabama with durability concerns, and the Packers are wise to save him up a little bit for what should be another run into the playoffs. Remember that last season, Lacy only saw more than 20 carries in a game three times all year long. His workload should be similar this year.

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  NFL | Stevan Ridley to start meeting teams    Sun Mar 29, 10:04 AM

Free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is scheduled to meet with a few teams this week. Ridley is expected to receive full medical clearance in around six weeks.

Footballguys view: Ridley should start getting more interest now that he's closer to full strength. Some team may give him a shot before the draft, but we think he may be one of those players added in August (or maybe after Week 1). He's not the same player he used to be, and Ridley has disappointed as a pro.

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  Vikings | Michael Crabtree not an option for MIN    Sun Mar 29, 09:45 AM

Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (49ers) is not a target for the Minnesota Vikings at this time.

Footballguys view: Crabtree isn't getting that much interest on the open market. The Vikings have revamped their WR corps when they traded for Mike Wallace earlier this year. They'll use Wallace and Charles X. Johnson as outside receivers with Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson competing for WR3 duties.

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  Broncos | C.J. Anderson enters OTAs as starter    Sun Mar 29, 07:16 AM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson will open OTAs in April as the starter, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.

Footballguys view: Anderson will open up the year as the starter. So long as he stays healthy, Anderson should be able to shine as the lead back in Denver. The zone-blocking system is perfect for his skill set, and there's a chance Anderson could rush for well over 1,000 yards this season.

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  49ers | SF has no talks with Brandon Lloyd    Sun Mar 29, 07:07 AM

Free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) has had no conversations with his former team about a new contract.

Footballguys view: Lloyd should be out there if the 49ers get desperate at the position. This is a great WR draft class, and we think the 49ers would be best served to look at one during the draft rather than bring back the veteran Lloyd.

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  Ravens | DeVante Parker to meet with BAL    Sun Mar 29, 06:56 AM

Louisville WR DeVante Parker is set to meet with the Baltimore Ravens in the next few days. He will also meet with the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins in the future.

Footballguys view: Parker is one of our favorite wide receivers in this draft class. We like his ball-tracking ability on deep passes. Parker has a large catch radius, and he does a good job of naturally high-pointing passes. He's quick, but his separation ability is inconsistent.

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  Redskins | Pierre Garcon to see more targets?    Sat Mar 28, 10:45 PM

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon's production slipped last year largely because of instability at the quarterback position, according to head coach Jay Gruden, and Gruden said that he plans to have Garcon's numbers go 'back up' in 2015.

Footballguys view: Washington would be wise to get Garcon more involved. They need better quarterback play this year if they want to get the most out of their passing game.

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  Browns | Marcus Mariota not visiting Cleveland    Sat Mar 28, 10:10 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is not currently scheduled for a pre-draft visit with the Cleveland Browns, and ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler believes the Browns could be saving one of their 30 in-house visits because quarterbacks coach Kevin O'Connell already has inside knowledge about Mariota from his time as Mariota's private tutor.

Footballguys view: The Browns could certainly be interested in a first-round quarterback even though they spent a premium pick on Johnny Manziel last year. The Browns have two first-round picks (12,19) and they may have to move up if they want Mariota.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Stewart limited to 15 carries    Sat Mar 28, 04:54 PM

Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will ideally be limited to 15 carries a game, according to head coach Ron Rivera. The team will look to draft a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft that will likely take eight to 10 carries per game.

Footballguys view: You hear that sound? It's Jonathan Stewart's fantasy owners sobbing upon hearing this news. Stewart was supposed to be "the man" this year without DeAngelo Williams. Now, it looks like he's going to be the lead back...but splitting the workload. This is a great RB draft class, so we don't blame the Panthers for looking to add another back.

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  Buccaneers | Marcus Mariota will work out for Bucs    Sat Mar 28, 01:07 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has a private workout scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 7.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are going through with due diligence, but we'd be shocked if they chose Mariota with the first-overall pick. Jameis Winston is likely to be their pick and their quarterback for years to come.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota worked out for Titans    Sat Mar 28, 10:41 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota worked out for the Tennessee Titans shortly after his pro day.

Footballguys view: We just don't buy the Titans interest in Mariota. Make no mistake about it--they need a quarterback since Zach Mettenberger is technically their starter right now. We believe they're trying to get some team behind them nervous about Mariota's availability in order to initiate a trade.

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  Redskins | Marcus Mariota may meet with WAS    Sat Mar 28, 10:37 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota may meet with the Washington Redskins before the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Even though Washington has Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, Mariota could be an option for them. We think they'd pass, but this is certainly shaping up to be a make-or-break year for Griffin.

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  Chargers | SD will work out Marcus Mariota    Sat Mar 28, 10:36 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to work out for the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: It's interesting to note the Chargers interest here, but they'd have to move up quite a bit to snare Mariota. We believe Mariota could go off the board at sixth overall (Jets) at the latest. The Chargers may not be able to work out a long-term agreement with Philip Rivers, and they are searching for his heir apparent.

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  Bills | Open to drafting QB    Sat Mar 28, 02:08 AM

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley told media he is open to drafting a quarterback next month, but salaries owed to QB EJ Manuel and QB Tyrod Taylor could complicate that.

Footballguys view: They could use a quarterback, but they might have to wait until the second or third round to get one. Guys like Bryce Petty (Baylor), Garrett Grayson (Colorado State) or Brett Hundley (UCLA) could be options for the team.

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EJ Manuel player page


  Texans | Big things expected from DeAndre Hopkins    Fri Mar 27, 09:32 PM

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'

Footballguys view: With Andre Johnson moving on to the Colts, Hopkins is the team's WR1. We'd feel better about his prospects if the quarterback situation in Houston was better. Guys like Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage don't instill much confidence in the team's passing game.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington's role won't be reduced    Fri Mar 27, 07:42 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.

Footballguys view: His role will depend on who they add at the running back position in the draft. The Cardinals may even be in line to trade for Adrian Peterson (Vikings) if he's on the trade block.

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  Broncos | Denver RB competition fierce    Fri Mar 27, 07:25 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be fierce for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.

Footballguys view: Anderson enters camp as the starter, and he's the best fit--a near-perfect fit--for the zone-blocking system. Ball will look better in this system, but he needs to stop dancing in the backfield if he wants to play up to his potential. We think Hillman is a bad fit for the new system, and his role may be quite small in 2015.

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  Redskins | Santana Moss could return    Fri Mar 27, 03:55 PM

Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) could re-sign with the Washington Redskins this offseason, but the two sides have not had a lot of talks to this point. The team likely will see what happens during the draft before making a decision on Moss.

Footballguys view: Nothing to see here for fantasy owners...even in the deepest of dynasty leagues. It's a fantastic WR class, so Washington could address the position with a better (and younger) option in the draft.

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  Panthers | Jarrett Boykin signed    Fri Mar 27, 02:06 PM

Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Boykin gets to go home as he grew up in Charlotte and played his high school ball there. After catching 49 passes in 2013, Boykin only snared three passes in 2014 as he fell down the pecking order in Green Bay. The Panthers need wide receiver help behind Kelvin Benjamin, and Boykin will get to prove if he can be more than a reserve/part-time player.

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  Rams | St. Louis intends to draft a QB    Fri Mar 27, 01:14 PM

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are expected to be off the board when the Rams pick with the 10th overall pick in the first round, but the Rams could also trade up to take one of them. The Rams could also look at the second tier of quarterbacks in this class, which includes Baylor QB Bryce Petty, UCLA QB Brett Hundley, Oregon QB Sean Mannion and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson. Petty indicated that he has a visit planned with St. Louis. Rams QBs Austin Davis and Case Keenum will compete for the backup job, and the loser might be on the street if the Rams draft another quarterback.

Footballguys view: The quarterbacks outside of the top-2 have a ton of question marks. We like Hundley and Grayson best here...but for different reasons. Hundley is a remarkable athlete with a strong arm, but he needs to learn how to go through progressions as a passer. Grayson uses his eyes to manipulate the defense, has a strong enough arm to make every throw but there are some mechanical issues to clean up.

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Austin Davis player page


  Packers | Aaron Rodgers to run pistol often?    Fri Mar 27, 12:47 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback.

Footballguys view: No matter what offense Rodgers runs, he's going to be a top quarterback for fantasy owners once again this year. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.

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  Packers | Not rushing to re-sign John Kuhn    Fri Mar 27, 12:47 PM

Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) isn't a top priority for the Green Bay Packers, but head coach Mike McCarthy said they are still interested in bringing him back.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Kuhn playing anywhere else. The Packers will likely bring him back later in the year.

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  Falcons | Could add Matt Schaub    Fri Mar 27, 12:26 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) could be added by the Atlanta Falcons, as they currently have QBs T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree backing up QB Matt Ryan. New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn didn't rule out signing Schaub, who is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's systems from his days with the Houston Texans.

Footballguys view: Schaub was a third-round pick for the Falcons in the 2004 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Falcons behind QB Michael Vick.

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  Panthers | Stephen Hill may be an option    Fri Mar 27, 11:33 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill may be an option in 2015, and head coach Ron Rivera said he's excited to see Hill in camp. 'With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do - and I think he will,' Rivera said. 'He seems to be a very smart man - he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us.'

Footballguys view: Following in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech WRs Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill has been a colossal bust. If the Panthers add him, it will only be as a reserve receiver.

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  Cardinals | Big season for Larry Fitzgerald?    Thu Mar 26, 10:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Fitzgerald could post decent fantasy numbers so long as Palmer stays upright. The Cardinals season fell apart last year after Palmer went down. They hope to avoid the same fate this season.

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  Rams | Brian Quick progressing    Thu Mar 26, 06:49 PM

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has described Quick's injuries as significant and has not disclosed any timetable in regards to Quick's return. Fisher did say that Quick is coming along after a difficult time during the early stages of rehabilitation.

Footballguys view: Quick was such a disappointment for most of his career, but last season he started to flash his potential. Over the first five games of 2014, Quick had 21 catches and three receiving touchdowns. If healthy, Quick should be able to pick up where he left off.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less?    Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Lions can have a more effective ground game this year--in addition to playing better defense so they don't fall behind. They have met with Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and he's an option for them in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Gurley reminds us of Marshawn Lynch, and he should be a star in the NFL. He would certainly be an asset for the Lions offense.

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  Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition    Thu Mar 26, 06:20 PM

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.

Footballguys view: This is it for Cutler. If Fox and OC Adam Gase can't get him to play better, then the Bears are likely to move on next year. We're not expecting Cutler to turn it around, but it will be interesting to see how he responds to new coaching.

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  Jets | Marcus Mariota in the mix for Jets?    Thu Mar 26, 05:58 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be hard for the New York Jets to pass on if he were still available at the sixth overall pick, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Mariota even makes it that far down the draft board. The Titans have interest with the second-overall pick, and there are a few teams behind the Jets that would like to trade up to get the Oregon passer.

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  Giants | Shane Vereen adds another dimension for NY    Thu Mar 26, 05:13 PM

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.

Footballguys view: Vereen has big-play ability, but don't try to use him as a full-time back. Good thing for the Giants, they'll be able to use Vereen as a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in 2015. Vereen will have a bit of fantasy value in PPR leagues, but we'll have to see how the playing time is split between three backs before we get overly excited about his prospects.

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  Giants | Coughlin not worried about Eli Manning    Thu Mar 26, 01:32 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning could play out the rest of his contract, but head coach Tom Coughlin didn't sound worried about Manning eventually receiving a contract extension in New York. 'I don't see that as being an issue,' Coughlin said when asked if the absence of an extension would become a distraction for Manning. 'Eli knows he's our guy.' The team brass appears willing to let Manning play out the final year of his contract he signed in 2009.

Footballguys view: It's not really an issue for Coughlin in part because he has to know his time is limited as head coach. Like Manning, he's sort of in a 'prove it' season after missing the playoffs in back to back seasons.

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  Giants | NY optimistic on Victor Cruz    Thu Mar 26, 01:17 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) 'looks really good and light,' according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz started running last week six months after he tore the patellar tendon in his knee in Week 6. Coughlin projects Cruz to be available for the start of training camp, but he's unsure if Cruz will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. However, the team remains cautiously optimistic about Cruz in 2015.

Footballguys view: A healthy Victor Cruz and a second year Odell Beckham Jr would be a great combination. Until we see Cruz on the field practicing, we're not all in, but we do feel like his floor should be WR2 in this offense.

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  Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller    Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'

Footballguys view: Spiller will fill in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and we actually think he could put up some nice PPR numbers while he's at it. Don't count on RB1 numbers, but some nice RB2 numbers are likely.

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  Saints | NO considered Reggie Bush    Thu Mar 26, 01:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was considered by the New Orleans Saints before he agreed with the Niners, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: While Bush might have been a decent fit 'back home' we think the fit with the 49ers could be a good one as well. While we don't see him as an every down back, he should be a solid passing down back and accrue some nice PPR points as well. A low end RB2 or a good RB3 sound about right for Bush.

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  49ers | Jim Tomsula high on Reggie Bush     Thu Mar 26, 01:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.

Footballguys view: Bush found himself the outside man looking in back in Detroit, but with the departure of Frank Gore, the Niners need help in the backfield. We're dubious of the idea he can still be an every down back, but he would be a big help in the backfield on passing downs at least.

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  NFL | Marcus Mariota to go second overall?    Thu Mar 26, 01:03 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, in the opinion of an unnamed NFL general manager that is paying close attention to Mariota's market.

Footballguys view: After going all in on Zach Mettenberger verbally early in the offseason, now it sounds as though the Titans could be interested in Mariota. He'd be an interesting fit, and Tennessee's offensive line would give him time to read the field, but he's still someone who would benefit from some time on the bench as he learns the league or a coach who will totally craft an offense around him. We're not sure if Ken Whisenhunt is that guy. Mariota's ability to scramble is intriguing, but he needs to work on his pocket progressions more. Whisenhunt has been able to help other quarterbacks along before - Mariota is different than he has had before as well though.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey returns    Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM

Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We don't expect Heyward-Bey to do all that much, just as we didn't expect him to do much in his last few landing spots. Behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, there will be little for him to do and we wouldn't be shocked if he was gone by the end of camp.

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  Lions | DET expecting Eric Ebron to improve    Thu Mar 26, 11:31 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron has been impressive with his offseason work, and the team is expecting him to take a significant step in his play next season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell.

Footballguys view: Ebron was a guy who looked like he could have a huge role coming out of college, but he was lost in the shuffle behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. He also needs to haul in more of his targets, having caught only 25 of 47 chances. How large his role will be is hard to say with the players in front of him though, and if you draft him you have to understand Ebron's value could be limited to catching a smaller amount of targets than you'd like to see your tight end get.

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