Fantasy Football News & Views
Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders may see dip in stats Thu May 28, 01:17 AM
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders indicated he may not be able to put up the same numbers in 2015 than he did in 2014 because of the offense head coach Gary Kubiak is bringing to the team. 'It's definitely different,' Sanders said. 'You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different.' Sanders said his goal is to have 1,000 receiving yards on the season.Link to story
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Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick practices Wed May 27, 10:35 PM
New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) participated in team drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. Fitzpatrick worked with the second-team offense during practice.
|Footballguys view: Geno Smith is the starter for the Jets this year. Fitzpatrick gives the team valuable veteran depth. If Smith struggles, we could see the Jets turn to Fitzpatrick at some point during the year.|
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Eagles | Sam Bradford sitting out some drills Wed May 27, 10:28 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) has not been participating in team drills during organized team activities this week, according to sources. Bradford has been limited throughout the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Better to be safe than to be sorry. Bradford has struggled to stay healthy during his pro career, and the Eagles are wise to be cautious with him as he comes back from yet another knee injury.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants guaranteed money Wed May 27, 10:15 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would like guaranteed money in 2016 from the Vikings. Peterson is not participating in organized team activities but is not looking for a trade.
|Footballguys view: Okay, we get a little more clarity in this situation. The Vikings don't have to do anything as they hold all the cards with Peterson. They could give him some guaranteed money as a good-faith move, but we're not expecting to see Peterson until training camp.|
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Titans | Bishop Sankey asked to add weight Wed May 27, 09:59 PM
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has been asked by the team to add some weight this offseason, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. The team would like him to be around 215 to 220 pounds. Whisenhunt said he would also like Sankey to have a full grasp of the offense.
|Footballguys view: Sankey had a poor rookie season, and the Titans have drafted a new backfield this year. With fullback Jalston Fowler and running back David Cobb, the Titans could just roll with a power game that doesn't include Sankey. We'll see if Sankey can perform better in training camp and keep Cobb at bay for the starting job.|
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Bills | LeSean McCoy limited Wednesday Wed May 27, 09:48 PM
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (neck) was limited during organized team activities Wednesday, May 27, because of a neck injury. Head coach Rex Ryan said McCoy's injury is not serious.
|Footballguys view: McCoy is going to get plenty of work during the regular season. He's the centerpiece of the Bills offense, so it's wise for them to take it easy on him if he's a little banged up during OTAs.|
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Broncos | Peyton Manning to work under center Wed May 27, 09:47 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning will see most of his snaps under center during organized team activities this week, according to head coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak said Manning already has plenty of experience in the shotgun since the team used it 70% of the time in 2014.
|Footballguys view: Manning is going to get plenty of work under center in Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the offseason program. We'll see a lot of play-action passing from Manning this season.|
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Bears | Matt Forte reports for workouts Wed May 27, 09:35 PM
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte was present for the start of organized team activities Wednesday, May 27.
|Footballguys view: John Fox is going to use Forte early and often this year. Fantasy owners will be happy to add him in the first round of every fantasy draft.|
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Bears | Martellus Bennett skipping OTAs Wed May 27, 09:34 PM
Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett is not participating in organized team activities since he is looking for a new contract.
|Footballguys view: Bennett is looking for a new contract, and there's a chance he may want to be traded. This won't get serious until Bennett starts to miss practices in training camp.|
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Cowboys | Dallas splitting reps at RB Wed May 27, 09:26 PM
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle have been splitting reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities this week.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to be dialed in here. Any running back with a decent skill set could look like a star behind the Cowboys incredible offensive line. McFadden has a lot of talent, but injuries have always held him back as a pro. Randle has a good burst with the ball in his hands, but he's yet to truly flash his potential with the Cowboys. Keep an eye on this battle as it rages through training camp.|
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Chargers | Keenan Allen embracing leadership Wed May 27, 08:17 PM
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen is the second longest tenured wide receiver on the team, other than WR Malcom Floyd. "Hopefully I can take on a leader role along with Malcom. Hopefully I can help the new guys build a connection with Philip (Rivers) and understand the playbook. I'm helping them with the new terminology, and picking up on the words and the lingo. Even though they may have been in similar systems, I'm helping them with the splits and where Phil wants it to be. I've grown a lot since I first came here. I don't press as much as I used to. I am under control. It is only two years, but I've definitely grown a lot."
|Footballguys view: Allen just needs to stay healthy to perform like a high-upside WR2. He played in 14 games last year and had five games where he had three receptions or less. He's currently going off the board at WR25 (5.09) in 12-team PPR leagues. Allen expects to work out of the slot a lot more in 2015.|
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Jaguars | T.J. Yeldon signs Wed May 27, 07:18 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon signed his rookie contract Wednesday, May 27.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars want to run the ball more this season. Yeldon is likely to be the lead back in a RBBC with Denard Robinson. The rookie is a big back, but he's not the power back that some think. He's actually got better athleticism than other backs his size and he does run with build-up (not instant) power. His current ADP is RB33 (7.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Broncos | Peyton Manning arrives at OTAs Wed May 27, 07:17 PM
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 27. It marked the official beginning of Manning's 18th NFL season.
|Footballguys view: Our very own Cecil Lammey was out at Dove Valley for the practice today. He reports that Manning's arm looked good and the veteran quarterback was throwing with proper velocity. Manning does need to get used to working from under center as he will do so often under new head coach Gary Kubiak. The nature of the offense will be balanced, and that is going to limit the numbers we see from Manning this year. He's still a QB1 for fantasy owners, but more towards the lower end of that tier.|
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Ravens | Michael Campanaro injured Wed May 27, 06:16 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quadriceps) injured his quadriceps during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: At this time, the injury's severity is not known. Campanaro is in line to be used as a return man for the Ravens, plus he's going to work as a reserve receiver in 2015.|
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Cowboys | Chris Boyd placed on IR Wed May 27, 05:34 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Chris Boyd (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list from the Waived/Injured list Wednesday, May 27, after being unclaimed on waivers.Link to story
Raiders | Sign Milton Williams Wed May 27, 05:05 PM
Free-agent WR Milton Williams was re-signed by the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 27.
|Footballguys view: Williams was with the Raiders earlier this year for about four days before getting cut. The undrafted rookie out of Delaware State is good over the middle because of his large frame and fearlessness. We'll see if he can impress enough to stay with the team longer this time around.|
Jets | Jeremy Kerley not present at OTAs Wed May 27, 04:42 PM
New York Jets WR Jeremy Kerley (personal) missed organized team activities Wednesday, May 27.
|Footballguys view: Kerley is going to compete with rookie Devin Smith to be the team's third wide receiver behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker this year. He should be able to find open spaces over the middle where his run-after-the-catch ability can be highlighted. The Jets are going to be as run-heavy as they possibly can be this season, and that makes Kerley a player fantasy owners should pass on.|
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Jets | Chris Ivory absent from OTAs Wed May 27, 04:37 PM
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (personal) was not present at organized team activities Wednesday, May 27.
|Footballguys view: The Jets are looking to find their lead back, and Ivory will have to prove himself worthy of the starting job in training camp. He'll compete with Stevan Ridley and Zac Stacy for the top spot with the Jets. Ivory has a good all-purpose skill set, and there's a dash of Marshawn Lynch to his game. We'll see if he can come out on top in this competition. Right now, fantasy owners are taking Ivory off the board at RB36 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Jets | Brandon Marshall at his peak? Wed May 27, 04:31 PM
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall said he feels like he's better now than he's ever been. 'I feel great, and now I'm starting to see the game differently, being older and having a lot of experience,' Marshall said. 'So having all of that working for me, and going against those guys every single day, I'm excited about doing my job this year.'
|Footballguys view: Marshall gets another fresh start in 2015, this time he's looking to produce for the Jets. With Geno Smith already announced as the starting quarterback, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey will craft an offense that best fits what Smith can do. Part of the plan should be to get Marshall as involved as possible. Marshall is going off the board at WR22 (5.01) in 12-team PPR leagues that are drafting right now.|
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Dolphins | DeVante Parker impressing Wed May 27, 04:19 PM
Miami Dolphins rookie WR DeVante Parker has already gained the attention of QB Ryan Tannehill. 'He's a good player. You can see his athleticism, his natural ability, already,' Tannehill said. 'He made a bunch of good catches [Tuesday] -- catches where he's using his body, keeping the defender off of him. He catches the ball with his hands.'
|Footballguys view: Parker can be a stud in the NFL. He's got the body control and concentration to work well near the sidelines or in the back of the end zone. Parker's got an outstanding catch radius and understanding of how to use his frame to shield defenders away from the ball. He'll compete with Kenny Stills and Greg Jennings to establish a pecking order behind Jarvis Landry.|
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Bills | Buffalo QBs receiving equal reps at OTAs Wed May 27, 02:37 PM
Buffalo Bills QBs EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel were given equal repetitions during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Manuel and Cassel worked with the starters while Taylor and Tuel worked with the backups. Head coach Rex Ryan said he wants to give everyone a fair chance.
|Footballguys view: Cassel has the most experience, but he's not an exciting option as a starter. Manuel is big, somewhat athletic and has a strong arm but his decision making needs a lot of work. Taylor could be a sleeper here. He's ultra athletic and has a rocket arm. He needs to show better accuracy as a passer if he wants to win the starting job in Buffalo.|
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Colts | Phillip Dorsett signs Wed May 27, 02:24 PM
Indianapolis Colts rookie WR Phillip Dorsett signed his four-year contract Wednesday, May 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Dorsett is a fantastic talent, but finding targets this year could be a problem. He's got the speed to get on top of the defense in a hurry, and Dorsett does a good job of looking passes in over his shoulder. Dorsett will compete for a spot on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson.|
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Ravens | Baltimore's No. 2 RB job up for grabs Wed May 27, 02:17 PM
Baltimore Ravens RBs Lorenzo Taliaferro and rookie Javorius Allen will battle for the Ravens' backup running back position this offseason, playing behind RB Justin Forsett. The role could end up being shared, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.
|Footballguys view: Buck Allen is an interesting rookie to watch in dynasty leagues. At 220 pounds, Allen can make cuts crisply to get to the open field. He's got some elusiveness in the open field, and Allen can make big plays as a receiver out of the backfield. He's not as powerful as Taliaferro, but Allen could be the better backup or spot starter (if needed) for the Ravens.|
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Chargers | Philip Rivers wants to retire a Bolt Wed May 27, 11:58 AM
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said Tuesday, May 26, it would be 'awesome' to stay in San Diego but added there is nothing new on the contract extension front.
|Footballguys view: There were plenty of rumors floating around before the draft about Rivers possibly getting dealt. That didn't happen, and now it looks like Rivers could finish his career with the Chargers. Rivers said he has no expectations as to when a deal could be finalized.|
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Titans | Marcus Mariota impresses with speed Wed May 27, 11:45 AM
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed teammates with his speed in their opening day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Titans LB Zach Brown, who is known for his speed, was particularly impressed. 'One time he took off - I was guarding Delanie (Walker) - and I turned around and I was like, 'Where is he?' He is fast. He impressed me. He is still a rookie and he has to learn, but he is a cool guy. I haven't seen him get frustrated yet,' Brown said.
|Footballguys view: There's no doubt that Mariota is a fantastic athlete. He can pick up yards with his feet quickly if things break down in the pocket. Mariota needs to prove that he can stay in the pocket until the last possible moment looking to make plays as a passer. He's got decent weapons around him in the passing game, but we think the Titans will run the ball as much as possible to keep things simple for the rookie quarterback.|
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Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill likes WR corps Wed May 27, 11:25 AM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill praised his largely rebuilt wide receivers corps Tuesday, May 26, saying this is the most athletic group he has worked with in the NFL. He also praised them for being natural hands-catchers.
|Footballguys view: We agree with Tannehill, as there's a lot to like about the wide receivers in place. The Dolphins traded away Mike Wallace as he was a player who didn't have good chemistry with Tannehill, and they've added better weapons around him. We'll see if Tannehill can cement himself as a top-12 fantasy QB in 2015.|
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Redskins | Alfred Morris the guy, likes the offense Wed May 27, 11:15 AM
Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris has been declared the feature back by Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. Washington added third-round draft pick RB Matt Jones, which fueled speculation about Morris' job security. Gruden said Jones adds depth and that it is important to have several capable running backs.
|Footballguys view: It seems like a few times a week since the draft, we've seen a positive story about Jones. The rookie is a big back with a bruising style, but Morris is still the main man for Washington. The team is going to use a power-running system, which goes away from what Morris performed best in (zone blocking) during the last few years. However, in college at FAU Morris was a standout in the power-blocking system and should have no problem making the adjustment.|
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch not at OTAs Tue May 26, 10:09 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was not present for organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Lynch has skipped offseason workouts in previous years.
|Footballguys view: This is what Lynch does. He'll skip workouts, but he'll show up when training camp starts. Still one of the best feature backs in the NFL, Lynch is going off the board as RB6 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Seahawks | Tyler Lockett signs deal Tue May 26, 09:56 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett signed a four-year deal with the team Tuesday, May 26. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Dynasty owners should be excited about Lockett. He's a playmaker who can help as a receiver or return man. He can make big plays happen each time he touches the ball, and as a rookie the Seahawks would be wise to work him into the gameplan as a receiver. He'll contribute on special teams this year, and he'll have fantasy value in return-yardage leagues.|
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell close to full strength Tue May 26, 09:47 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said his knee is close to 100% healed from the injury he suffered during the 2014 season.
|Footballguys view: Bell is going to be serving a three-game suspension to start the season. He'll certainly be 100 percent healthy by that time. Fantasy owners are not worried about the knee or the suspension as Bell is still going off the board at RB3 (1.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Falcons | Devonta Freeman works with starters Tue May 26, 09:29 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: Freeman is a nice fit in the Kyle Shanahan offense. He's built low to the ground, has a powerful lower body and can change direction without losing much speed. Freeman will compete with rookie Tevin Coleman to be the lead back for the Falcons in 2015. No matter who wins the starting job, the Falcons should use some form of RBBC....stay tuned.|
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Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham sidelined Tue May 26, 09:19 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham (hamstring) had to leave organized team activities early Tuesday, May 26, after he aggravated a hamstring injury. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he does not think the injury is serious, but Green-Beckham could sit out a week.
|Footballguys view: Green-Beckham is a phenomenal athlete with a nice size/speed combination and great leaping ability. The team isn't going to rush him back as hamstring problems are known to linger if not given enough time to properly heal.|
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Dolphins | DeVante Parker impressive at OTAs Tue May 26, 08:19 PM
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker faced CB Brent Grimes during organized team activities Tuesday, May, 26, and made several terrific catches. Parker shared first-team snaps with WR Greg Jennings.
|Footballguys view: Nobody should be surprised by this news. Parker has star upside in the pros, and that's why the Dolphins picked him up in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. He has outstanding body control and can make difficult catches seem routine. He has the size, wingspan and leaping ability to play "above the rim" in the red zone. We love Parker's upside as a pro.|
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Falcons | Julio Jones attending OTAs Tue May 26, 07:16 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones was present for the start of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Jones has one year remaining on his current contract but there have been no talks yet between the team and Jones regarding a new deal. There's going to be a few other big-name wide receivers who might get new contracts before Jones does. The market for these contracts needs to be set by guys like Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. There doesn't seem to be any hurry to get a new deal done with Jones.|
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Jaguars | Jacksonville wants to run more Tue May 26, 06:20 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars RBs T.J. Yeldon, Toby Gerhart and company could see a lot of action this season as head coach Gus Bradley has said the running game will be a point of emphasis in 2015.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Yeldon here. The team has moved Gerhart to fullback, so his role as a ball-carrier could be quite limited. Yeldon is the player to highlight as the rookie has the ability to be a dominant runner in the pros. While big, Yeldon is not a pure power runner. He does have build-up power, but his footwork at the second level belies his large size. Yeldon has subtle moves to create space and he can pick up yards after contact. He'll likely be the lead back for the Jaguars with Denard Robinson complementing him as a change-of-pace back.|
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Eagles | Nelson Agholor could succeed right away Tue May 26, 06:13 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor has the route-running ability, athleticism, work ethic, versatility, speed and technique to be a big weapon for the Eagles in his rookie season, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
|Footballguys view: With Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) moving on in free agency, the Eagles could turn to Agholor as their top wideout. He's a precise route-runner who knows how to set up defenders and get open. Agholor does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder, and he'll quickly snatch a pass out of the air so he can get to running after the catch in a hurry. His current ADP of WR48 (10.07) in 12-team PPR leagues makes him a huge value pick.|
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49ers | Quinton Patton primed for breakout year? Tue May 26, 06:04 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton is feeling much better this offseason than he has in previous seasons, largely because of working out with QB Colin Kaepernick this offseason. 'It's benefitted me knowing we're throwing the ball together and he's telling me what he's seeing and I'm telling him what I'm seeing, and just knowing where to be and when I need to be there,' Patton said.
|Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick in 2013, we've been waiting for Patton to do something of note on the football field. He's got six catches for 78 yards with one fumble lost as a pro. Patton is going to compete with Jerome Simpson and Bruce Ellington for the 49ers WR3 job. Unless Kaepernick takes huge strides as a passer, we can't see Patton having much fantasy value--even if he wins the WR3 spot.|
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Buccaneers | Charles Sims could start for TB? Tue May 26, 05:31 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims has a solid chance of beating out RB Doug Martin for Tampa Bay's starting running back gig, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
|Footballguys view: The more reports we see out of Tampa, the more it seems like Sims could be their top guy. Coming out of college, Sims reminded some in the scouting community of a poor man's version of Matt Forte (Bears) because of his ability as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. If he wins the starting job, Sims could put up good RB2 numbers for fantasy owners. He could easily outperform his current ADP of RB39 (8.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Buccaneers | Charles Sims excited for new season Tue May 26, 05:25 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is anxious to capitalize on his short-lived 2014 campaign when he suffered a torn ankle tendon that caused him to miss the first eight games of the season. 'I was just getting in the groove and then the season was over,' Sims said. 'I'm looking forward to next year and it will be interesting to see what's going to happen.'
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners should be excited about Sims and his RB2 upside. He didn't get going until Week 10 as a rookie and finished the season with 66 carries for 185 yards and one touchdown. Sims also chipped in with 19 catches for 190 yards. His all-purpose ability could thrust him into the starting lineup over Doug Martin. Watch this battle unfold in training camp and the preseason.|
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Raiders | Derek Carr limited at OTAs Tue May 26, 05:14 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand, arm) was limited during organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, and took snaps but did not throw any passes.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are going to ease Carr back as he deals with the finger injury he suffered earlier this month. The injury did not require surgery, so the Raiders will monitor the second-year pro closely and many expect him to be throwing come the start of training camp.|
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Steelers | Antonio Brown not focused on contract Tue May 26, 05:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown did not answer questions on the first day of organized team activities regarding a possible new deal.
|Footballguys view: At this time, Brown doesn't sound like a guy who is going to hold out for a new contract. He's seriously underpaid at his current salary of $9.7 million for 2015. Yes, that number puts him in the top 10 for wide receivers but Brown should easily be making top-5 money. It doesn't look like a holdout is coming for Brown even though he deserves a pay raise.|
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Redskins | Jordan Reed injured again? Tue May 26, 04:55 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee) is experiencing knee soreness after the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
|Footballguys view: Reed is getting checked for knee soreness, and there's no word on the severity at this time. A talented player, Reed's pro career has been set back by injuries over the last two years. His current ADP is TE20 (13.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Cowboys | Dez Bryant not at OTAs Tue May 26, 03:05 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was not present for the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. The workouts are voluntary.
|Footballguys view: This isn't a big deal until the workouts become mandatory. Even then, we're not really expecting Bryant to show up. He's been slapped with the franchise tag, and the two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract.|
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Patriots | Sign Zach D'Orazio Tue May 26, 02:48 PM
Former Akron WR Zach D'Orazio signed an undisclosed deal with the New England Patriots Tuesday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: The move gives the Patriots 11 wide receivers on the current roster. D'Orazio has good size, measuring in at 6'2" 217 pounds. He caught 119 passes for 1,422 yards and five touchdowns for Akron from 2012 through 2014. Last season, D'Orazio had 62 catches for 658 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.|
Cowboys | Chris Boyd waived/injured Tue May 26, 02:16 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Chris Boyd was waived/injured (undisclosed) Tuesday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys gave Boyd a shot to prove himself this year after he was kicked off Vanderbilt's football program in 2014. He caught 81 passes for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns in two seasons at Vanderbilt and has an intriguing size/speed combination at 6'4" 205 pounds and 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. If healthy, there might be another team out there willing to take a chance on Boyd.|
Cowboys | A.J. Jenkins signs with Dallas Tue May 26, 12:57 PM
Free-agent WR A.J. Jenkins (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, May 26, according to a source. Jenkins was the 30th overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2012, but he didn't catch a pass in three games with them. Dallas wanted to add a veteran receiver with WR Dez Bryant not taking part in the offseason training program. WRs Terrance Williams and Devin Street have worked with the first team in Bryant's absence, with WR Cole Beasley playing the slot.
|Footballguys view: It's still amazing to us that Jenkins was actually a first-round pick. That was then, and this is now as Jenkins tries to stick on his third team in four years. He's no guarantee to make the final roster, and Jenkins has no fantasy value--even in the deepest of leagues.|
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Cowboys | Adrian Peterson not in Dallas' plans Tue May 26, 08:29 AM
Updating an ongoing story, the Dallas Cowboys have moved on from the idea of trading for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, despite persistent rumors, according to The Dallas Morning News' Brandon George. Don't entirely rule out anything when it comes to Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones, George says, but the belief is that the organization is largely content with their current crop of running backs.
|Footballguys view: We think the Cowboys would pick up free agent Ray Rice before they traded for Peterson. The Vikings have all the cards, and they're not just going to give up Peterson for a song. If Peterson is on the trade block (huge IF), the Vikings will likely want a king's ransom for the superstar running back.|
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Bengals | A.J. Green wants extension, not in rush Mon May 25, 10:32 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green would like to sign a contract extension with the Bengals and the team would like to sign him to an extension. Green currently has a fifth-year option worth $10.2 million, which would make him the largest cap hit on this season's team.
|Footballguys view: There's a couple of contract situations to work out before Green gets his extension. Both the Cowboys (Dez Bryant) and the Broncos (Demaryius Thomas) have to decide if they're going to sign their franchise-tagged superstar wide receivers to long-term deals. If that happens before the July 15th deadline, it will help establish a price for guys like Green. With next season's strong class of free-agent wide receivers, whichever one signs first, is likely to be surpassed by the rest.|
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Falcons | Antone Smith hopes to be in RB mix Mon May 25, 06:57 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Antone Smith (leg) is still recovering from a broken leg, but he hopes to be back in the mix by the start of training camp in late July. "The recovery is going pretty good," Smith said. "I'm up and running. I'm almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself," said Smith.
|Footballguys view: Smith is built low to the ground, but he can make big plays in the open field. He does a good job of picking and cutting his way through trash as a runner, and Smith has incredible foot frequency which allows him to change direction without losing much speed. If healthy, finding touches behind rookie (starter?) Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman could be difficult.|
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Panthers | Cam Newton showing confidence Mon May 25, 04:11 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said no one has the size, the speed, the arm strength or the intangibles that he has. 'I'm not saying that to say I'm a one-on-one type of person that this league will never see another... I'm just saying that so much of my talents have not been seen in one person.'
|Footballguys view: We love the confidence, but the Panthers (and fantasy owners) need Newton to play at a higher level in 2015. His 58.5 percent completion rate ranked 29th in the NFL last season. Newton has no fear when sending passes long, and the Panthers have added better weapons around him to help that. His 9.7 air yards per passing attempt was 4th-best in the NFL last year, and Newton put up those numbers under a lot of pressure. Only Joe Flacco (37.3) had a higher blitz-per-dropback percentage than Newton (35.8). We'll see if the Panthers can better protect Newton and if he can become a more accurate passer in 2015.|
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