Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | Two Eagles released Tue May 3, 10:18 AM
Philadelphia Eagles FB Ryan Mueller and RB Ross Scheuerman were released Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
Lions | Detroit add several UDFAs Tue May 3, 02:59 AM
Undrafted free-agents CB Adairius Barnes (Louisiana Tech), WR Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), DL James DeLoach (Georgia), DE Deonte Gibson (Northwestern), WR Jay Lee (Baylor), CB Charles Washington (Fresno State), CB Ian Wells (Ohio), TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word) and OL Andrew Zeller (Maryland) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. WR Simms McElfresh (Appalachian State), LB Tyler Roberts (Troy) and DL Roger Stewart (Hillsdale) will also be with the team during rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.Link to story
Vikings | Moritz Boehringer agrees to deal Mon May 2, 10:15 PM
The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Moritz Boehringer to a contract Monday, May 2. The sixth-round pick is the first selection from the 2016 NFL draft to sign a deal.Link to story
Jets | Christian Hackenberg may play in 2016 Mon May 2, 06:42 PM
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg may receive a chance to play in 2016, but general manager Mike Maccagnan would prefer if Hackenberg sat out his rookie season and learned the offense.
|Footballguys view: At this time, the rookie may be the team's best bet at QB. Hackenberg is a tall, strong-armed QB who sees the field well and has the arm to make all the throws in the NFL. However, he's struggled over two years at Penn State ever since Bill O'Brien left to coach the Texans. We'll see if noted quarterback whisperer Chan Gailey can get Hackenberg back on the right track.|
Bills | EJ Manuel's option not picked up Mon May 2, 06:40 PM
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel's fifth-year option is not being picked up by the team.
|Footballguys view: Manuel was the first and only QB drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. It was just a bad year for QBs, and Manuel has not impressed in the NFL. He's struggled to stay healthy and lost his job to Tyrod Taylor last year. This is likely to be his last season with the Bills.|
EJ Manuel player page
Cowboys | Alfred Morris fine with RB addition Mon May 2, 05:12 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris said he does not regret signing with the Cowboys this offseason even though the team selected RB Ezekiel Elliott in the first round of the draft.
|Footballguys view: Elliott was by far the best RB in this draft class. Nothing is official, but he's got to be the starter at the beginning of the season since the Cowboys took him so high. Head coach Jason Garrett has not talked with Morris about his role on offense, but Morris is excited to compete for a job.|
Alfred Morris player page
Broncos | Mark Sanchez staying focused Mon May 2, 04:57 PM
Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez still views himself as a starting quarterback and believes Denver drafting QB Paxton Lynch was affirmation of his starting status. 'Absolutely, that's the message I've received,' Sanchez said. 'I'm thrilled with the opportunity.' Sanchez hasn't let Lynch or any potential trades change his focus. 'I just kind of learned with time, who knows what's going to happen and who cares? What are you supposed to do? Meet your teammates, develop a relationship with them, learn the playbook, get involved in the community, that's it, those three things.'
|Footballguys view: Lynch is a project, and he may not be ready to start by the beginning of the regular season. We think Sanchez has a good chance to start the year for the Broncos at the top of the depth chart.|
Mark Sanchez player page
Eagles | Freddie Martino released Mon May 2, 04:38 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Freddie Martino was released Monday, May 2.Link to story
Redskins | LaRon Byrd released Mon May 2, 04:16 PM
Washington Redskins WR LaRon Byrd was released Monday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: The big WR has bounced around the league. He may latch on with another team as a camp body.|
LaRon Byrd player page
Dolphins | Two more cuts Mon May 2, 04:09 PM
Miami Dolphins RB Jahwan Edwards and WR Christion Jones were released Monday, May 2.Link to story
Cowboys | Dallas not worried about Dak Prescott Mon May 2, 03:56 PM
Dallas Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott's said his DUI charge in March is something of the past and won't happen again. 'It was a mistake, but it's going to make me a better person and it already has,' Prescott said. Owner Jerry Jones said Prescott's character and judgment will help him mitigate his past mistakes. 'It's certainly something you should look at with the quarterback spot,' Jones said, 'but when you really look at it, what is impressive is that from everybody around him, the recommendations he got from everybody and the time spent with him, we don't think there's character issues here.'
|Footballguys view: Many people in the scouting community insist that Prescott's DUI was not an indicator of the type of person he is. Prescott will get a chance to develop behind Tony Romo as the team's QB of the future. We like his rushing ability and see some flashes of Donovan McNabb to his game.|
Bears | Sign Derek Keaton Mon May 2, 03:26 PM
Free-agent WR Derek Keaton (Georgia Southern) signed an undisclosed contract with the Chicago Bears Monday, May 2. The contract does include a $3,000 signing bonus.Link to story
Buccaneers | Connor Barth released Mon May 2, 03:03 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Connor Barth was released Monday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs moved up in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft to select kicker Roberto Aguayo. A bold move that pretty much insured that Barth was going to get his walking papers.|
Connor Barth player page
Panthers | Seth Lobato invited to minicamp Mon May 2, 02:52 PM
Free-agent QB Seth Lobato (Buccaneers) was invited to the Carolina Panthers' minicamp.
|Footballguys view: Lobata is one of those early cards you get for your Madden Ultimate Team, so you know he's just a camp arm. He is an athletic quarterback, but the chances of him making the Panthers final roster are slim.|
Rams | Tavon Austin's option exercised Mon May 2, 02:28 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin's fifth-year option was picked up Monday, May 2, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Last season, Austin had 52 receptions for 473 yards and five TDs--all career highs for the supercharged WR. In standard leagues, he was fantasy football's 21st-ranked wideout and that's about where he should finish once again this year.|
Tavon Austin player page
Chargers | Matt Weiser added Mon May 2, 02:17 PM
Free-agent TE Matt Weiser (Buffalo) signed an undisclosed deal with the San Diego Chargers Monday, May 2.Link to story
Chargers | Karnorris Benson will try out Mon May 2, 02:09 PM
Free-agent WR Karnorris Benson (Western Carolina) was invited for a tryout at the San Diego Chargers' minicamp.Link to story
Colts | Four waived Monday Mon May 2, 02:08 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Cameron Clear, LS Forrest Hill, OG Khaled Holmes and OT Mitchell Van Dyk were waived Monday, May 2.Link to story
Redskins | Kirk Cousins fine with contract status Mon May 2, 01:41 PM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins said he is comfortable with playing under the one-year franchise tag if the team wants to see him play in more games before they give him a long-term deal. 'I think that people make great decisions when they have a lot of information at their disposal, and if the Redskins would like more information from this next season to be able to make a decision on me long-term, I totally understand that and understand where they're coming from,' Cousins said.
|Footballguys view: There's a reason why Cousins signed his franchise tender so quickly. If he proves it (again) this year that he can play at a high level, then he could make even more money on the free agent market. Cousins also said he would be fine if the team wanted to give him a long-term deal before next season.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson's option declined Mon May 2, 01:32 PM
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson's fifth-year option was declined by the Vikings Monday, May 2, according to a league source. Patterson caught only two passes in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Patterson has been a huge disappointment as a pro. He can make some plays on special teams, but he's not developed as a WR the way the Vikings had hoped.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
Redskins | Kirk Cousins optimistic for deal Mon May 2, 11:07 AM
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is optimistic about signing a long-term deal before the season starts. 'I think there's a chance,' Cousins said. 'The ball's in the court of the Redskins.'
|Footballguys view: Cousins has already signed his franchise tender, and he's ready to prove that last year was no fluke. The ball is in Washington's court. With the current (crazy) market for QBs, the team might not want to chance Cousins hitting the market next offseason.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Falcons | Devin Hester awaiting clearance Mon May 2, 10:54 AM
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester (toe) hasn't been cleared to run yet after offseason toe surgery. He expects to return kicks for the Falcons in 2016.Link to story
Devin Hester player page
Giants | Bryce Williams signs with Giants Mon May 2, 09:40 AM
Undrafted free-agent TE Bryce Williams (East Carolina) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Monday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: He's raw as a route-runner, but Williams has an intriguing size/speed combination. Williams does a good job working his way back to the quarterback, and he could find himself on the team's practice squad with a good showing in camp.|
Chiefs | Four sign with Chiefs Mon May 2, 09:03 AM
Undrafted free-agents OG Jake Bernstein (Vanderbilt), CB Tre Jones (Mount Union), WR Mitch Matthews (BYU) and S Shakiel Randolph (Southern Methodist) signed undisclosed deals with the Kansas City Chiefs.Link to story
49ers | Niners add several UDFAs Mon May 2, 02:42 AM
Undrafted free-agents LB Kevin X. Anderson (Stanford), LB Alex Balducci (Oregon), S Jered Bell (Colorado), DT Demetrius Cherry (Arizona), LB Lenny Jones (Nevada), DT Darren Lake (Alabama), OG Blake Muir (Baylor) and WR Bryce Treggs (California) agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Dolphins | Trio of UDFAs land in South Florida Mon May 2, 02:25 AM
Undrafted free-agents TE Gabe Hughes (Dolphins), PK Marshall Koehn (Iowa) and CB Lafayette Pitts (Pittsburgh) agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland inks several UDFAs Mon May 2, 02:15 AM
Undrafted free-agents LB Dominique Alexander (Oklahoma), CB Kenya Dennis (Missouri), TE J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh), RB Paul James (Rutgers) and DT Kyle Rose (West Virginia) agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Chargers | San Diego signs more UDFAs Mon May 2, 01:57 AM
The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents CB Terrell Chestnut (West Virginia), OL Sebastian Johansson (Marshall), LB Chris Landrum (Jacksonville State), OG Mike McQueen (Ohio), S Adrian McDonald (Houston), LB Tyler Marcordes (Georgia Tech), C Spencer Pulley (Vanderbilt), LB Shaq Petteway (West Virginia), OT Zeth Ramsay (Colorado Mesa), WR Deandre Reaves (Marshall), CB Larry Scott (Oregon State), RB Chris Swain (Navy) and DE Carlos Wray (Duke) Sunday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Swain is a big power back who should transition to fullback at the pro level. If he makes the team, he could help blast open holes for Melvin Gordon.|
Jaguars | Jacksonville adds several UDFAs Mon May 2, 01:40 AM
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed undrafted free-agents CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (Minnesota), TE Braedon Bowman (South Alabama), OT Rashod Hill (Southern Mississippi), CB Mike Hilton (Mississippi), PK Jaden Oberkrom (Texas Christian), WR Jamal Robinson (Louisiana-Lafayette), OT Pearce Slater (San Diego State) and S Jarrod Wilson (Michigan) Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Ravens | Baltimore stocks up with UDFAs Mon May 2, 12:40 AM
Undrafted free-agents OG Jarell Broxton (Baylor), OG Anthony Fabiano (Harvard), WR Donovan Harden (Georgia State), LB Cavellis Luckett (Middle Tennessee), PK Will Lutz (Georgia State), DT O.J. Mau (Gardner Webb), OT Stephane Nembot (Colorado), DL Victor Ochi (Stony Brook), LB Marco Ojemudia (Michigan), SS Patrick Onwuasor (Portland State), FB Trevor Pendleton (Michigan State), DT Michael Pierce (Samford) and C Matt Skura (Duke) agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Saints | Several UDFAs added by New Orleans Mon May 2, 12:16 AM
Undrafted free-agents C Jack Allen (Michigan State), S Michael Caputo (Wisconsin), OG Joseph Cheek (Texas A&M), CB Ken Crawley (Colorado), FS Trae Elston (Mississippi), CB De'Vante Harris (Texas A&M), C Marcus Henry (Boise State), FB Sione Houma (Michigan), LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), WR Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois), DE Mitchell Loewen (Arkansas), OL Ryker Mathews (Brigham Young), DL D.J. Pettway (Alabama), LB Jeff Schoettmer (North Carolina), LB Dominique Tovell (Louisiana-Lafayette), OG Landon Turner (North Carolina), WR Jordan Williams (Ball State) and OT Avery Young (Auburn) agreed to terms Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Falcons | Atlanta agrees with several UDFAs Mon May 2, 12:01 AM
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Brandon Wilds, PK Nick Rose, LB Will Ratelle, RB De'Andre Mann, CB Brian Poole, LB Ivan McLennan, DT Chris Mayes, TE Joshua Perkins, DE Brandon Q. Williams, OL Jordan Walsh, FB Adam Cox, OL William McGehee, WR David Richards, CB Trevor X. Williams, WR Daje Johnson, DE Josh Dawson, DL Owen Williams, DB Tarris Batiste and WR J.D. McKissic.Link to story
Bears | Chicago adds more UDFAs Sun May 1, 11:25 PM
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents TE Joe Sommers, LB Roy Robertson-Harris, OG Dan Buchholz, CB Kevin Peterson, OT John Kling, S Mark Sewall and DB Taveze Calhoun Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Falcons | Devin Fuller could return kicks Sun May 1, 11:15 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Fuller could replace WR Devin Hester (toe) as the team's primary kick returner if Hester is slow to recover from toe surgery.
|Footballguys view: Fuller is a "twitchy" player with the speed to take it the distance. He may not do much as a receiver, but he could be a fine asset as a return man if he makes the final roster.|
Devin Hester player page
Bills | Buffalo adds UDFAs Sun May 1, 10:04 PM
The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents DE Bryson Albright (Miami), WR Davonte Allen (Marshall), WR Gary Chambers (Arizona State), C Robert Kulger (Purdue), OL Jamison Lalk (Iowa State), QB Joe Licata (Buffalo), PK Marshall Morgan (Georgia), LB Eric Striker (Oklahoma), CB Julian Whigham (Syracuse) and DL Justin Zimmer (Ferris State) Sunday, May 1.Link to story
Broncos | Devontae Booker to play early? Sun May 1, 09:56 PM
Denver Broncos RB Devontae Booker should push for playing time as a rookie, according to beat writer Jeff Legwold.
|Footballguys view: This will be something fantasy owners need to watch for in 2016. C.J. Anderson signed a big money deal with the Broncos this offseason, and he's clearly the lead back. Booker plays a lot like Anderson and at least gives them a quality backup. He's good enough at everything to work his way onto the field when Anderson needs a breather. Anderson also has failed to stay healthy for a full season, so Booker will certainly be an important handcuff.|
Bears | Matt Slauson released Sun May 1, 09:13 PM
The Chicago Bears released OG Matt Slauson Sunday, May 1.Link to story
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Steelers | Pittsburgh re-signing Bruce Gradkowski Sun May 1, 07:19 PM
Free-agent QB Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers) will re-sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday, May 2, and compete with QB Landry Jones for the backup job.
|Footballguys view: That's a good move for the Steelers. Jones hasn't shown the development needed to get excited about his future in the pros, and Gradkowski is a solid reserve QB who won't cause you to lose sleep if he's a spot starter.|
Bruce Gradkowski player page
Landry Jones player page
Titans | DeMarco Murray still the lead back Sun May 1, 07:16 PM
Tennessee Titans RB DeMarco Murray will still carry the load despite the addition of RB Derrick Henry, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and Mularkey said he called Murray after the Henry selection to assure him that his role wasn't going to change.
|Footballguys view: His intended role for this year may not change (we shall see), but his dynasty value certainly takes a hit with Henry in the fold. We like Henry, but he's a new version of former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs. Henry is big, swift and powerful but he's a two-down player who needs room to operate. We're excited to see how he'll make the transition from Alabama to the pros.|
DeMarco Murray player page
Rams | Tavon Austin may have option picked up Sun May 1, 05:06 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin is expected to have his fifth-year option exercised, but the team hopes to sign him to a long-term extension.
|Footballguys view: It took some time, but finally the Rams figured out how to use Austin correctly. Last season, Austin had 52 receptions for 473 yards and five TDs--all career highs for the supercharged WR. In standard leagues, he was fantasy football's 21st-ranked wideout and that's about where he should finish once again this year.|
Tavon Austin player page
Eagles | Sam Bradford not talking with coach Sun May 1, 05:05 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford has not talked with head coach Doug Pederson since asking for a trade, according to Pederson.
|Footballguys view: He's got to stop this ridiculous notion of asking for a trade--especially continuing this after the draft when any QB-needy team (Broncos, Jets) added a rookie passer. Bradford has been handed his spot in the NFL after being the no.1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Now, he's going to have to compete for a job and get pushed by a rookie who didn't even play Division 1 football. We love Carson Wentz, but sitting him for a year may be the team's best idea...provided that Bradford is the starter.|
Sam Bradford player page
Redskins | Kendall Fuller should be ready soon Sun May 1, 04:26 PM
Washington Redskins CB Kendall Fuller (knee) should be ready to participate during training camp and could receive clearance at some point during offseason workouts. He is expected to compete with CBs Will Blackmon, Quinton Dunbar and Deshazor Everett for the nickel back job.
|Footballguys view: The rookie third-round pick has great awareness and that helps him overcome a clear lack of speed. He's a confident player who can make plays when he the ball is in front of him. The team should take it easy on the rookie as he deals with this knee.|
William Blackmon player page
Giants | Signing Marshaun Coprich Sun May 1, 03:28 PM
Free-agent RB Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Coprich was an incredibly productive back in college, racking up over 5,200 yards rushing in four years at ISU. He reminds many in the scouting community of Jacquizz Rodgers (Bears). Like Rodgers, Coprich is a small/compact back who runs with great foot frequency. He'll try to make the Giants roster, but could be a player they want to keep around on the practice squad. In super super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be watching him.|
Redskins | Will try out Vernon Adams Sun May 1, 03:20 PM
Free-agent QB Vernon Adams Jr. (Oregon) will try out for the Washington Redskins following his tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: We'd like to see Adams wind up in Seattle. No, he's not Russell Wilson, but Adams has a big heart and has shown the ability to spread the ball around as a passer. He's short but athletic, and Adams has a try-hard attitude that coaches love.|
Bengals | To sign Tra Carson Sun May 1, 02:56 PM
Free-agent RB Tra Carson (Texas A and M) will sign an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.
|Footballguys view: Carson is a bruising downhill runner, but not much more. He could stick on the Bengals practice squad as a de facto backup to Jeremy Hill in the power running game.|
Steelers | Invite Jacob Huesman for tryout Sun May 1, 02:27 PM
Free-agent QB Jacob Huesman (Tennessee-Chattanooga) has been invited to try out for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
|Footballguys view: Heusman was a three-time Souther Conference Offensive Player of the Year. At 6'2" 220 pounds, Huesman is a fast runner who can gash defenses with his legs while trying to make a play with his arm. The Steelers have him as a camp arm only with Bruce Gradkowski returning and Landry Jones as the third-string guy behind Ben Roethlisberger.|
Jets | Sign Jason Vander Laan Sun May 1, 02:17 PM
Free-agent QB Jason Vander Laan (Ferris State) signed an undisclosed contract with the New York Jets Sunday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Vander Laan is built like a linebacker at 6'3" 243, and he's as athletic as some starting linebackers in the NFL. The Jets pick of Christian Hackenberg got a lot of attention, but Vander Laan's development is also worth watching.|
Jaguars | Agree to deal with Max Wittek Sun May 1, 02:14 PM
Free-agent QB Max Wittek (Hawaii) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Wittek lost out to Browns third-round pick Cody Kessler after backing up Matt Barkley at USC before he ended up at Hawaii. The Jaguars don't have a developmental QB on the roster, so he has a shot to stick.|
Bengals | Trying out Blake Frohnapfel Sun May 1, 02:11 PM
Free-agent QB Blake Frohnapfel (Massachusetts) will try out for the Cincinnati Bengals.
|Footballguys view: Frohnapfel was a productive QB at UMASS, and he did a good job showcasing his skill set at the East-West Shrine Game earlier this year. We don't think he'll beat out Keith Wenning, the Bengals third-string QB behind Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron.|
Bengals | Will try out Matt Johnson Sun May 1, 02:00 PM
Free-agent QB Matt Johnson (Bowling Green) has been invited for a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals.Link to story