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  NFL | Austin Seferian-Jenkins says injury healed    Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM

Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) said his fractured foot is completely healed and that he is two weeks ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab.

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  Dolphins | Interested in Erik Swoope    Thu Apr 17, 07:32 PM

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami basketball player Erik Swoope, who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Swoope has the height to be intriguing and many a former basketball player has transitioned to football but Swoope would be starting from scratch at the pro level. If this sounds nuts, blame the Denver Broncos for wanting to set up a workout. Height, explosiveness and a good work ethic are all nice, but it'd be hard to spend a high pick on him or hold a roster spot open while he learns the fundamentals most players got in college at the latest.

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  Steelers | Meet with two prospects    Thu Apr 17, 07:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers met with Rice CB Phillip Gaines and Massachusetts TE Rob Blanchflower Thursday, April 17.

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  Steelers | Will visit with Lawrence Martin    Thu Apr 17, 02:53 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers will visit with South Florida TE Lawrence Martin.

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  Rams | Reggie Jordan to visit    Thu Apr 17, 02:36 PM

Missouri Western TE Reggie Jordan is scheduled to visit the St. Louis Rams next week.

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  Lions | Visit with C.J. Fiedorowicz     Thu Apr 17, 01:32 PM

The Detroit Lions visited with Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Thursday, April 17.

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  Eagles | Blake Annen works out    Thu Apr 17, 10:39 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles worked out Cincinnati TE Blake Annen recently.

Footballguys view: Blake Annen is a late-round flier guy with decent size. If the Eagles do select him, it would take him a while to get up to speed though.

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  Ravens | Eric Ebron still an option    Wed Apr 16, 04:21 PM

The Baltimore Ravens could still consider selecting North Carolina TE Eric Ebron during the 2014 NFL Draft even though they added TE Owen Daniels this offseason.

Footballguys view: Any team should be interested in Ebron. He's a talented move tight end who creates mismatches every time he's on the field. Ebron can attack the deep middle seam of the defense to stretch opponents thin. He's a weapon, our favorite tight end this year, and a top-15 first-round pick.

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  Vikings | Still not extension talks with Kyle Rudolph    Wed Apr 16, 02:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said the team still have not approached him about a possible contract extension. He said he would like to stay with the team but it will be their decision.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the two sides can come together on an agreement before Rudolph hits free agency next year. He's an important part of the offense and a good red-zone threat.

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  Lions | Meet with two prospects    Wed Apr 16, 02:12 PM

The Detroit Lions met with Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Boston College PK Nate Freese Tuesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins would be a nice fit for them on the second day of the draft. The big man knows how to use his frame to box out defenders in the red zone. He's also athletic enough to attack the deep middle seam of the defense.

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  Patriots | C.J. Fiedorowicz to visit    Wed Apr 16, 01:07 PM

The New England Patriots are scheduled to meet with Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: Fiedorowicz is a huge target, measuring in at 6'7" and he knows how to use his big body to keep the ball away from smaller defenders. He's not much of a threat after the catch, but does make for a good red-zone target because of his size. The Patriots are looking for more tight end help opposite Rob Gronkowski. Fiedorowicz is considered a third-round pick.

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  NFL | Erik Swoope to enter draft    Wed Apr 16, 12:59 PM

University of Miami forward Erik Swoope is declaring for the NFL Draft after never playing football in college. He is hoping to land in the NFL as a tight end at 6-foot-5.

Footballguys view: Swoope has already been worked out by the Denver Broncos. They struck gold in 2011 when they added Portland State basketball star Julius Thomas. Swoope is certainly going to be at least a priority free agent, but there may be some team willing to spend a late-round pick on him.

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  Falcons | Two waived    Tue Apr 15, 11:50 PM

The Atlanta Falcons waived CB Saeed Lee and TE Adam Nissley Tuesday, April 15.

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  Vikings | Allen Reisner signs    Tue Apr 15, 03:43 PM

The Minnesota Vikings announced Tuesday, April 15, that they've signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner (Jaguars) to an undisclosed deal.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph update    Tue Apr 15, 10:36 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) said he has been running since mid-February and has experienced no foot problems.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Vikings and Rudolph here. In order for the offense to run on all cylinders, the team needs Rudolph to be healthy and out on the field. He's an effective playmaker who will give the quarterback a security blanket. Rudolph is also a quality target in the red zone.

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  Falcons | Justin Jones visiting    Tue Apr 15, 10:17 AM

The Atlanta Falcons are visiting with East Carolina TE Justin Jones Tuesday, April 15.

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  Patriots | Dustin Keller could be option    Mon Apr 14, 03:36 PM

The New England Patriots could show interest in free-agent TE Dustin Keller (Dolphins) at some point this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Patriots need to find additional tight end help. Keller could be a decent addition if healthy. With his durability concerns we're likely to see Keller signed to a one-year deal that is incentive laden.

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  Dolphins | Could be interested in Jermichael Finley if cleared    Mon Apr 14, 03:23 PM

Updating a previous report, the Miami Dolphins have told the agent of free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) that they could be interested in signing Finley if he is cleared to play again after next surgery.

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Finley is coming back from a scary neck injury, so teams will be cautious when considering him. If healthy, he could give the Dolphins another weapon in the passing game. He has experience working under Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin from their days together when Philbin was the Packers offensive coordinator.

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  Ravens | Meet with Troy Niklas    Mon Apr 14, 03:01 PM

The Baltimore Ravens recently met with Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas.

Footballguys view: The Ravens kept Dennis Pitta around and they added Owen Daniels in free agency, but they could still be interested in a tight end. Niklas is a huge athlete who creates problems for opponents after the catch. He's not going to stretch the deep middle seam, but he can work well on underneath routes and red-zone targets. He's likely to be a second-round pick.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron visiting    Mon Apr 14, 02:07 PM

The Detroit Lions are meeting with North Carolina TE Eric Ebron Monday, April 14.

Footballguys view: The Lions could use a playmaking tight end like Ebron. He's not much of a blocker, but he can work well after the catch and attack the deep middle seam of the defense. Ebron can create mismatches every time he's on the field, and he would be a nice weapon for the Lions' passing game.

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  Dolphins | Have talked to Jermichael Finley    Sun Apr 13, 06:25 PM

The Miami Dolphins have talked to free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers).

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The Dolphins could use some help at the tight end position, and Finley has experience working with head coach Joe Philbin when they were both with the Packers. Finley is going to get X-Rays and an MRI on his neck in the upcoming week. When he's cleared medically, there should be a few teams interested in his services. Because of his durability concerns, Finley may have to accept a one-year, incentive-laden deal.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski meets with doctor    Fri Apr 11, 08:38 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) met with Dr. James Andrews this week to have his to have his surgically repaired knee examined.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Patriots here. Gronkowski was told that his recovery is right on schedule. Gronkowski will be able to start jogging in the near future.

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  Bills | Visit with Austin Seferian-Jenkins     Fri Apr 11, 02:04 PM

The Buffalo Bills are visiting with Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Friday, April 11.

Footballguys view: The Bills are looking for an upgrade at the tight end position. Seferian-Jenkins has arguably the highest upside of any tight end in this draft class. However, injuries and inconsistencies have held him back as a collegian. If healthy and motivated, Seferian-Jenkins could provide nice value as a second-round pick.

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  Panthers | Ed Dickson financials    Thu Apr 10, 04:20 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson will make the veteran minimum of $730,000 as part of his one-year deal with the team. He'll receive a signing bonus of $65,000. Dickson will likely be the No. 2 tight end behind TE Greg Olsen this year. Dickson had only 25 catches for 273 yards last year with the Baltimore Ravens.

Footballguys view: Dickson has a year to prove his worth to the Panthers and the league at large. Dickson is athletic and can split the seams but his hands can be inconsistent. With very few weapons besides himself and Olsen, he should get his chance to prove he can be more consistent.

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  Panthers | Sign Ed Dickson    Thu Apr 10, 02:46 PM

The Carolina Panthers have signed TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) Thursday, April 10.

Footballguys view: Greg Olsen will still be "the man" there but with the dearth of offensive weapons for Cam Newton to throw to, there may be plenty of opportunity for Dickson to make some plays. He flashed a few times for Baltimore but never quite consistently enough. He may get the chance as even if the Panthers grab a receiver with every pick in the draft, they will still need veteran players to step up.

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  Saints | No update on Jimmy Graham talks    Wed Apr 9, 03:11 PM

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said there is no update regarding the team's talks with franchise free-agent TE Jimmy Graham regarding a long-term contract.

Footballguys view: The Saints have until mid-July to reach a new agreement with Graham. Owner Tom Benson says he's "confident" the two sides will be able to come to an agreement.

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  Panthers | Ed Dickson expected to sign    Wed Apr 9, 02:14 PM

Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers are expected to sign free-agent TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) during his visit Wednesday, April 9.

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  Panthers | Ed Dickson visiting    Wed Apr 9, 02:04 PM

Free-agent TE Ed Dickson (Ravens) tweeted that he is flying out to visit the Carolina Panthers Wednesday, April 9.

Footballguys view: The Panthers are looking for better weapons in the passing game--and that includes tight ends. They have a poor group of wide receivers, but should add a top target in the draft. If added, Dickson would give them another target underneath to play in two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen.

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  Titans | Craig Stephens reworks deal    Wed Apr 9, 12:49 PM

The Tennessee Titans have restructured the contract of TE Craig Stevens, which has lowered his 2014 salary from $3.4 million to $1.6 million. Stevens is still scheduled to make $3.25 million in 2015.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas out of workouts    Wed Apr 9, 08:47 AM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) is not taking part in workouts with QB Peyton Manning and teammates at Duke University because of the shoulder injury he suffered in the Super Bowl. WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Wes Welker and Andre Caldwell are present with TE Julius Thomas.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. Thomas already has outstanding chemistry with Manning, and he doesn't need to risk further injury. He's in a contract season in 2014, and Thomas could break the bank this upcoming offseason with another monster year.

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  Bears | Matthew Mulligan agrees    Tue Apr 8, 11:21 PM

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Patriots) on a one-year deal Tuesday, April 8.

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  NFL | Jermichael Finley to have X-rays, MRI    Tue Apr 8, 06:47 PM

Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) will have X-rays on his neck Thursday, April 10, and will undergo an MRI exam within two weeks. The scans will then be looked at by Dr. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed the spinal fusion on Finley last year. Finley hopes to share the results with interested teams if they are positive. The Green Bay Packers, Finley's former team, are one of the interested parties, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Footballguys view: Neck injuries are serious business. If Finley is cleared medically, then teams will be interested because of his athleticism and ability to create mismatches. However, even when signed by a team we're not expecting Finley to get anything more than a short-term deal because of this neck injury.

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  Redskins | No setbacks for Jordan Reed    Tue Apr 8, 01:14 PM

Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) said he has not suffered any setbacks and is feeling great after dealing with a concussion in 2013.

Footballguys view: Good news for Washington here. Fantasy owners need to take note of Reed's health status as he could be fantasy relevant as a TE2 with upside in 2014. With Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson on the outside stretching the field, it will open up space for Reed in the middle seam. He's got the speed and athleticism to create mismatches every time he's on the field.

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  Bears | Matthew Mulligan visits    Mon Apr 7, 05:59 PM

The Chicago Bears met with free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Patriots) Monday, April 7.

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  Patriots | Met with Owen Daniels    Mon Apr 7, 05:04 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels said he met with the New England Patriots before he decided to sign with the Ravens.

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  Jets | Will meet with C.J. Fiedorowicz    Mon Apr 7, 02:31 PM

The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz later this week.

Footballguys view: Fiedorowicz is a huge tight end with the ability to snuff out defenders as a blocker. He's not a threat to stretch the deep middle seam, but Fiedorowicz can be a red zone target and reliable receiver on underneath routes. The Jets could use a tight end to give Geno Smith (or Michael Vick) a relief valve receiver.

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  Buccaneers | C.J. Fiedorowicz visits    Mon Apr 7, 02:31 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are meeting with Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Monday, April 7. The team conducted a private workout with Fiedorowicz in the past.

Footballguys view: Fiedorowicz is a huge tight end with the ability to snuff out defenders as a blocker. He's not a threat to stretch the deep middle seam, but Fiedorowicz can be a red zone target and reliable receiver on underneath routes.

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  Cowboys | Tony Romo injury update    Sun Apr 6, 11:32 AM

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said QB Tony Romo (back) is on track to come back better than ever. "Seems like he's excited to get back and get healthy," Witten said. "And I think all of us are eager to get going. I can't speak for him, but I think everything's on track. We're excited for the offseason. We have a lot to prove. We know exactly what we have to do."

Footballguys view: Romo has plenty of time off to help his back heal. He'll once again be a QB1 fantasy owners can plug and play most weeks.

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  Chiefs | Travis Kelce to be top receiving TE    Sat Apr 5, 11:39 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs have TE Anthony Fasano as the starter at tight end, but TE Travis Kelce will be the top pass-receiver at the position, and he is an important piece of the passing game

Footballguys view: Kelce is an interesting name to remember in dynasty leagues. He has the size/speed combination to create mismatches before and after the catch.

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  Ravens | Owen Daniels to have prominent role    Sat Apr 5, 11:34 AM

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said TE Owen Daniels will have a big role in the offense this upcoming season. 'Just couldn't be more happy, more excited. ... I guarantee his role will be plenty big,' Harbaugh said. 'He's going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we've got a lot of big plans for him.'

Footballguys view: Daniels is going to be an option when the team lines up in two-tight end sets. New OC Gary Kubiak knows how to use Daniels from their days together with the Texans. We still like Dennis Pitta as the most fantasy-relevant tight end in Baltimore.

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  Packers | Andrew Quarless top TE for now    Fri Apr 4, 09:32 PM

Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless is considered the leading candidate to be the starting tight end in 2014 but could be beaten out by another player for the job.

Footballguys view: Quarless is has straight-line athleticism, but he's yet to do much as a pro. We could see the Packers add more talent at the tight end position in the 2014 NFL draft.

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  Giants | Eric Ebron still an option    Fri Apr 4, 08:50 PM

The New York Giants could still consider selecting North Carolina TE Eric Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft even though they added TE Kellen Davis.

Footballguys view: Of course he is! Davis is merely a big-bodied tight end who can work as a run-blocker. Ebron is not much of a blocker, but he creates mismatches in the middle of the field with his speed, hands and concentration.

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  Bills | Eric Ebron expected to be option    Fri Apr 4, 07:41 PM

The Buffalo Bills are expected to consider North Carolina TE Eric Ebron in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: The Bills traded for WR Mike Williams, but adding another weapon in the passing game makes sense. They currently have the 9th overall pick, and Ebron would be a good fit there. He's the best TE in this draft class, and he has the speed to stretch the deep middle seam of a defense.

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  Bills | Eric Ebron visits    Fri Apr 4, 02:13 PM

The Buffalo Bills hosted North Carolina TE Eric Ebron for a visit Friday, April 4.

Footballguys view: Now that the Bills have traded for WR Mike Williams, they are unlikely to select that position in the first round of the draft. A tight end might be on their radar with an early pick. Ebron is considered the best tight end in this draft class. He's a mismatch every time he lines up on the field because of his speed and run-after-the-catch ability.

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  Giants | Sign Kellen Davis    Fri Apr 4, 01:06 PM

The New York Giants signed TE Kellen Davis (Seahawks) to a one-year contract Friday, April 4. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Giants will continue to look for tight end help in the draft. Davis is a huge tight end, but he's mostly a run-blocker and occasional red-zone threat.

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  Ravens | Owen Daniels not expected to be No. 1 TE    Fri Apr 4, 11:48 AM

The Baltimore Ravens don't expect TE Owen Daniels to serve as their No. 1 tight end this season, as they already have TE Dennis Pitta on roster.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is likely to implement two-tight end sets into the system. Daniels will work as a complementary player behind/alongside Pitta.

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  Vikings | No talks with Kyle Rudolph    Fri Apr 4, 12:08 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have not had any contract extension talks with TE Kyle Rudolph this offseason even though Rudolph would like to sign an extension. Rudolph will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

Footballguys view: As we get closer to the season, the two sides should begin working towards an extension. Rudolph is a talented player who can be a relief valve receiver for any Vikings QB.

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  Lions | C.J. Fiedorowicz to visit    Thu Apr 3, 11:56 PM

Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz said he is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Fiedorowicz is a huge tight end, measuring in at 6'6" 260 pounds. He's an in-line player who can work well as a blocker and red-zone threat.

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  Cardinals | Asante Cleveland to visit    Thu Apr 3, 08:00 PM

The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to meet with Miami TE Asante Cleveland before the 2014 NFL Draft.

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  Eagles | Meet with Asante Cleveland     Thu Apr 3, 07:59 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles met with Miami TE Asante Cleveland Wednesday, April 2.

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