Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Benjamin Watson rethinking retirement plans? Sat Apr 20, 07:38 PM
Free-agent TE Benjamin Watson (Saints) is considering a return in 2019, according to sources, after previously stating 2018 would be his last year. Watson, whose wife is due to deliver twins next week, could return for his 16th NFL season 'under the right situation.'
|Footballguys view: The right situation is probably not with the Saints as they added Jared Cook this offseason. Perhaps a team like the Patriots would be willing to take a look at Watson (again). Watson was a first-round pick of the Patriots back in the 2004 NFL draft.|
Ben Watson player page
Lions | T.J. Hockenson may be first-round option Fri Apr 19, 06:04 PM
Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson likely will be an option for the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, in the opinion of the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett.
|Footballguys view: Hockenson has drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski in the pre-draft process. He may not be Gronk (who is?) but Hockenson can play at a high level. Hockenson is aggressive as a blocker, nuanced as a route runner and has strong hands. We should be talking about him plenty on Sundays.|
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate's recovery going well Fri Apr 19, 01:45 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) says he is back running and catching passes without pain after undergoing surgery to repair a torn hip labrum earlier this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Brate said the injury originally occurred in 2017, but he decided to play though the pain in the 2018 season instead of cutting his campaign short to have surgery.|
Cameron Brate player page
Colts | Eric Ebron topped TEs in red zone Fri Apr 19, 12:17 PM
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron was the league's highest-graded tight end in the red zone in the 2018 season with a Pro Football Focus grade of 85.7.
|Footballguys view: Ebron had a whopping 13 touchdowns in 2018 and that's why he finished as a top-5 fantasy tight end. We'll see if he can duplicate that success moving forward in 2019 as a favorite target in the red zone for QB Andrew Luck.|
Eric Ebron player page
Broncos | No timetable for Jake Butt Thu Apr 18, 10:11 PM
Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) still doesn't have a timetable for when he may be able to return, according to head coach Vic Fangio.
|Footballguys view: Butt might not be ready to start the regular season. He's talented as a 'Y' tight end and can be featured as a blocker or receiver. Butt has now injured his knees three times in his football career...it's the reason he fell to the fifth round of the draft a couple of years ago. Don't be surprised if the Broncos take a tight end in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.|
Jake Butt player page
Falcons | Austin Hooper excited for 2019 Thu Apr 18, 09:53 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper said he likes the passing attack for 2019 and is excited to work with tight ends coach Mike Mularkey.
|Footballguys view: Hooper came through for Fantasy GMs last year, finishing as the no.7 fantasy tight end in standard scoring leagues. We'll see if he can stay on that production level...and perhaps add some more touchdowns in 2019.|
Austin Hooper player page
NFL | Jace Sternberger met with 14 teams Thu Apr 18, 02:26 PM
Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger visited with nine teams - Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs - and worked out with five others - Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans - since the NFL Combine, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: Sternberger is an interesting mid-round tight end in the 2019 NFL draft. He's not a blocker, even though he is willing to get his nose dirty. Sternberger instead plays like a super-sized wide receiver with good speed and ball skills.|
Chiefs | KC hosts Jace Sternberger Thu Apr 18, 02:15 AM
Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger had a visit with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, April 17, according to KSHB's Nick Jacobs.Link to story
49ers | George Kittle fought through injury in 2018 Wed Apr 17, 09:32 PM
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle said Wednesday, April 17 that he suffered 'fractured cartilage' early in the Week 9 game in 2018 against the Oakland Raiders, meaning 793 of his 1,377 yards came while injured.
|Footballguys view: Kittle has been a little bit banged up with knee problems during his pro career but he's played and produced at a high level. He's a highly coveted TE1 for Fantasy GMs in 2019.|
George Kittle player page
49ers | Three prospects meet with 49ers Wed Apr 17, 01:31 PM
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd, Wyoming TE Tyree Mayfield and New Mexico State LB Terrill Hanks met with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, April 17.Link to story
Steelers | Xavier Grimble finalizes one-year deal Tue Apr 16, 05:55 PM
Restricted free-agent TE Xavier Grimble signed a one-year contract worth $2.025 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, April 16.Link to story
Xavier Grimble player page
NFL | Zach Miller hangs up the cleats Tue Apr 16, 03:59 PM
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, April 16.Link to story
Zach Miller player page
Broncos | Jake Butt taking part in minicamp Tue Apr 16, 03:21 PM
Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) is participating in minicamp, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Butt has had three knee injuries during his college and pro career. He could be the lead tight end for the Broncos if healthy. Butt has a good all-around skill set but has durability question marks. We'll see if he can even be ready for the start of the regular season, let alone the start of training camp. Butt was stretching with the team but did not participate in individual drills on Tuesday.|
Jake Butt player page
Chiefs | No practice yet for Travis Kelce Mon Apr 15, 02:21 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle), who underwent ankle surgery at the end of last season, has yet to be cleared to return to practice and has no timetable for when he may be able to return to the field. However, he is out of his walking boot and working out along with getting rehab and treatment.
|Footballguys view: No worries here. Kelce underwent a cleanup surgery on his ankle last month and has a few months before the start of training camp. He should be good to go when August hits.|
Travis Kelce player page
Titans | Delanie Walker still in limbo with injury Mon Apr 15, 02:09 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (ankle) told The Athletic's John Glennon on Monday, April 15, that he remains without a timetable to return to full health regarding the ankle injury he suffered in Week 1 last season.Link to story
Delanie Walker player page
Raiders | Noah Fant visiting Raiders Mon Apr 15, 10:59 AM
Iowa TE Noah Fant is visiting the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 12.
|Footballguys view: Fant is the most dynamic receiving tight end in this draft class. He's a super sized wide receiver who should go off the board in the first round. The Raiders have three first-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft and may be targeting Fant with one of those selections.|
Ravens | Hayden Hurst wants more in 2019 Sat Apr 13, 10:02 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst said he was 'just average' as a rookie but believes he is capable of more in 2019 now that he has fully recovered from a foot injury.
|Footballguys view: Hurst was a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL draft and he is the starting tight end for the Ravens. He only caught 13 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown as a rookie (in 12 games) and is looking to do much more. We like his athletic profile and upside, but the Ravens are a ground-and-pound team. That means his opportunities may be limited. If he plays up to his potential and stays healthy, Hurst could be a TE2 for Fantasy GMs.|
Hayden Hurst player page
NFL | Two teams meet with Drew Sample Sat Apr 13, 06:43 PM
Washington TE Drew Sample said he has met with the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Sample brings a blue-collar work ethic to the football field and that should endear him to his pro coaches. He's more than a blocking tight end even though his receiving numbers in college at Washington won't blow you away. Expect Sample to go off the board in day three of the 2019 NFL draft.|
NFL | Dawson Knox meeting with teams Sat Apr 13, 06:40 PM
Mississippi TE Dawson Knox said he is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints before the 2019 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Knox was a converted quarterback and certainly has an athletic profile that compares favorably to Kyle Rudolph. What Knox doesn't have is any memories of scoring a touchdown in college because he never made it to the end zone with the Rebels. Knox has talent but he is a project at the tight end position and any team drafting him should know that going in.|
Jets | Noah Fant meets with Jets Sat Apr 13, 01:02 PM
Iowa TE Noah Fant met with the New York Jets Friday, April 13, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Jets have the no.3 overall pick and that might be too high to take Fant. He's a first-round talent and arguably the most talented pass-catching tight end in the 2019 NFL draft. If the Jets were to move back in the draft, that might be a better spot if they really want Fant. He could go off the board between 10-15 in the opening round.|
Eagles | Zach Ertz restructures deal Fri Apr 12, 11:42 PM
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz had $7.195 million of his salary converted into a bonus in order to create $5.756 million of cap space for the 2019 season, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Ertz is under contract through the 2021 season. He'll be the top tight end for the Eagles, although we'd like to see some more Dallas Goedert in 2019. We'd also like to see Carson Wentz stay healthy for a full season, but that's for another 'Footballguys View.'|
Zach Ertz player page
Titans | Jonnu Smith still recovering Fri Apr 12, 09:23 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Jonnu Smith (knee) was unable to participate in offseason throwing sessions with QB Marcus Mariota.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if Smith can get healthy and take over at the tight end position. They still have Delanie Walker but the veteran's skill set is likely on the decline (and he's got his own injuries to worry about). Even with Walker missing most of 2018, Smith only had 20 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns.|
Jonnu Smith player page
Buccaneers | Optimism high for O.J. Howard Fri Apr 12, 03:34 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is primed to make the Pro Bowl this season, based on recent comments made by teammate Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin.'The sky's the limit really, not even the sky - probably the moon, Why limit him there? This guy, he's incredible. ... I know he's going to have a great season and Lord willing, he's going to stay healthy and make it to the Pro Bowl like he was before he got injured,' Winston said.'O.J., he's a freak, man, he's a freak athlete ... He's massive, he's 6-foot-5, 6-foot-6 and 250 and I think he was running a 4.5. A lot of times he was running faster than some of the receivers. ... He's such an explosive guy and a talented dude that he's going to keep growing. ... I can see him being one of the best in the league,' Godwin said.
|Footballguys view: The optimism should be there for Howard because of his natural talent. A Bruce Arians offense usually doesn't feature the tight end position, but the veteran coach might change his mind given Howard's talent. Howard was the no.10 fantasy tight end in 2018 and should finish around the same spot in 2019.|
O.J. Howard player page
Bengals | C.J. Uzomah ready to thrive? Fri Apr 12, 12:47 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah was an offseason re-signing priority for the team as a highly-versatile player, and one beat reporter believe he could 'thrive' under the team's new coaching staff.
|Footballguys view: Uzomah finished the 2018 season with 43 catches, 439 receiving yards and three touchdowns. That was good enough to be the no.19 fantasy tight end in standard-scoring leagues. He'll be a TE2 once again for Fantasy GMs in 2019.|
C.J. Uzomah player page
Bears | Josh Oliver visiting Bears Fri Apr 12, 10:38 AM
San Jose State TE Josh Oliver is visiting the Chicago Bears Friday, April 12.Link to story
NFL | Josh Oliver makes the rounds Fri Apr 12, 10:38 AM
San Jose State TE Josh Oliver has met with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. He has had private workouts with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and others.Link to story
Bears | Adam Shaheen a better blocker Thu Apr 11, 09:11 PM
Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen improved as a blocker last season, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
|Footballguys view: Shaheen is an interesting dynasty prospect we love rostering or at least keeping an eye on. He's behind Trey Burton on the depth chart, but as Shaheen improves his game he should get more of a chance to prove himself.|
Adam Shaheen player page
Patriots | N.E. hosting pass-catching prospects Thu Apr 11, 01:04 PM
2019 NFL Draft prospects WR A.J. Brown (Mississippi), WR Deebo Samuel (South Carolina) and TE Noah Fant (Iowa) are among a group visiting the New England Patriots on Thursday, April 11.
|Footballguys view: All of these prospects are interesting...and they become even more interesting if the Patriots add them. Brown is often overshadowed by college teammate D.K. Metcalf but he shouldn't be as he has strong hands and is a great runner after the catch. Samuel knows how to use his frame to box out smaller defenders down the field. Fant is arguably the best receiving tight end in this class and would make a great weapon for the Patriots.|
NFL | Emanuel Hall cleared Thu Apr 11, 10:51 AM
University of Missouri WR Emanuel Hall (abdomen) had his appointment at NFL Scouting Combine re-checks canceled after his sports hernia healed with rehabilitation.
|Footballguys view: Hall is a speed wide receiver who can take the top off the defense. He averaged 20.5 yards per catch while in college at Missouri and could develop into a deep threat in the pros.|
Broncos | Noah Fant visits Wed Apr 10, 09:35 PM
Iowa TE Noah Fant has met with the Denver Broncos leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Fant is arguably the best receiving tight end in this class. He plays like a super-sized wide receiver and certainly can instantly create matchup problems from the moment he steps onto an NFL field. Fant reminds some in the scouting community if Eric Ebron (Colts) because of his athletic profile. We'll see if the Broncos are seriously considering him with the no.10 overall pick.|
Steelers | Pittsburgh meets with two prospects Wed Apr 10, 07:10 PM
Louisiana State OG Garrett Brumfield and San Jose State TE Josh Oliver met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 10.Link to story
Steelers | Two prospects visit Tuesday Wed Apr 10, 07:09 PM
Louisiana State TE Foster Moreau and Texas DE Charles Omenihu met with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 10.Link to story
Patriots | Austin Seferian-Jenkins joins Patriots Wed Apr 10, 02:11 PM
Free-agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jaguars) was signed to a one-year deal by the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 10, according to a source.Link to story
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Bears | Zach Miller undecided Tue Apr 9, 02:12 PM
Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (knee) has yet to make a decision on his football future, although he did say that decision would come soon.
|Footballguys view: It might be time for Miller to hang up his cleats. Miller suffered a devastating knee injury last season for which he had emergency surgery.|
Zach Miller player page
Packers | Robert Tonyan inks one-year deal Tue Apr 9, 12:51 AM
Exclusive rights free-agent TE Robert Tonyan signed his one-year tender worth $570,000 on Monday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Tonyan has been in the league for two seasons after coming out of Indiana State as a priority free agent for the Lions in 2017. He's a move tight end who appeared in 16 games last season, catching four passes for 77 yards and one touchdown. We'll monitor his progress in crazy deep dynasty formats.|
Patriots | Jace Sternberger visits Mon Apr 8, 09:01 PM
Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger met with the New England Patriots Monday, April 8, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Sternberger has a good athletic profile and gets open with ease. He's got strong hands and a nose for the end zone. Sternberger is a willing blocker but that's not his forte. We should see him go off the board in the mid rounds of the 2019 NFL draft.|
Titans | Keith Towbridge the newest Titan Mon Apr 8, 03:54 PM
Free-agent TE Keith Towbridge (AAF) was signed by the Tennessee Titans Monday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Towbridge was undrafted in 2017 out of Louisville and spent time with the Buffalo Bills. The Titans love tight ends and have a jam-packed group with guys like Delanie Walker, Jonnu Smith, Anthony Firsker, MyCole Pruitt, and Cole Wick. We'll see if Towbridge can work his way through that crowded room.|
Cardinals | More roster moves for Arizona Mon Apr 8, 03:26 PM
Free-agent OL Andrew Lauderdale (AAF) and Jeremiah Poutasi (AAF) were signed by the Arizona Cardinals Monday, April 8. Additionally, exclusive rights free-agents OL Jeremy Vujnovich signed and TE Darrell Daniels signed their tenders.Link to story
Darrell Daniels player page
Panthers | Carolina adds three free agents Mon Apr 8, 01:38 PM
Free-agents DTs T.J. Barnes and Destiny Vaeao and TE Thomas Duarte signed one-year contracts with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, April 8. Barnes and Duarte most recently played with the Atlanta Legends and Arizona hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, respectively, while Vaeao was most recently with the New York Jets in 2018.Link to story
T.J. Barnes player page
Thomas Duarte player page
Lions | Detroit getting to know Noah Fant Mon Apr 8, 12:22 PM
Iowa TE Noah Fant is visiting with the Detroit Lions on Monday, April 8.
|Footballguys view: Fant might be an option for the Lions in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. He's athletic and a receiving threat who plays like a super-sized wide receiver. Fant and his college teammate T.J. Hockenson will be among the first tight ends off the board.|
NFL | Donald Parham has three visits lined up Mon Apr 8, 01:50 AM
Stetson TE Donald Parham weighed in at 240 pounds in his pro day last week, three pounds lighter than his weight at the Senior Bowl. He also touched 38.5 inches in the vertical jump with 17 reps in the bench press. Parham also was clocked as low as 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has official-30 visits lined up with the Indianapolis Colts, New York giants and Oakland Raiders, and the Colts and Raiders requested additional time with him.Link to story
Titans | Tennessee talks with Kaden Smith Sun Apr 7, 05:01 PM
Stanford TE Kaden Smith talked with the Tennessee Titans at his Pro Day earlier this week.Link to story
Lions | Detroit meets with three prospects Sat Apr 6, 02:05 PM
Washington S Taylor Rapp, Hawaii WR John Ursua and Washington TE Drew Sample were among the draft prospects that met with the Detroit Lions this week.Link to story
NFL | Visits coming for Dawson Knox Fri Apr 5, 11:16 PM
Mississippi TE Dawson Knox said he has some upcoming visits scheduled with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals.Link to story
NFL | Workouts coming for Dawson Knox Fri Apr 5, 11:14 PM
Mississippi TE Dawson Knox said he has workouts scheduled with the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints.
|Footballguys view: Knox is a work-in-progress as a prospect but the tools are there for him to develop into a dangerous weapon in the pros. He's got the required size/speed combination to be an effective 'F' tight end. Knox can move but he never scored a touchdown in college. We'll see if some team in the mid rounds takes a chance on that athletic profile.|
Falcons | Isaac Nauta visits Atlanta ahead of draft Fri Apr 5, 10:34 PM
Georgia TE Isaac Nauta visited with the Atlanta Falcons Friday, April 5.
|Footballguys view: Nauta is your classic 'move' tight end who can threaten a defense because of his athleticism. He's not the biggest, strongest or most athletic tight end so don't expect a three-down player. Nauta should be a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft for some team in need of a receiving threat at the tight end position.|
Cowboys | Jace Sternberger works out for Cowboys Fri Apr 5, 05:37 PM
Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger worked out for the Dallas Cowboys Friday, April 5.
|Footballguys view: Sternberger plays like a super-sized wide receiver. He has willingness as a blocker but that's not his forte Sternberger is a good route runner with the ability to make tough catches. He should be a mid-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.|
Giants | Evan Engram set for big year? Thu Apr 4, 10:13 PM
New York Giants TE Evan Engram caught 38 passes for 413 yards in the 11 games he played with Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr., and he has 71 catches for 886 yards in the 15 games he has played without Beckham.
|Footballguys view: Engram is one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the league. He's a TE1 for Fantasy GMs once again in 2019.|
Evan Engram player page
Packers | G.B. hosting TE Andrew Beck Thu Apr 4, 12:37 PM
Former University of Texas TE and 2019 NFL Draft prospect Andrew Beck is visiting with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, April 4.
|Footballguys view: Dane Brugler, NFL Draft expert from The Athletic, reports that Beck is generating quite a bit of interest around the NFL. He's big and athletic, plus Beck can play tight end, H-back or fullback. Beck is likely a late-round pick or priority free agent in the 2019 NFL draft class.|
Cowboys | Dallas works out Jerome Washington Wed Apr 3, 07:05 PM
Rutgers TE Jerome Washington worked out for the Dallas Cowboys last week, according to a source.Link to story