Fantasy Football News & Views
Steelers | No hope for Ladarius Green? Wed Apr 26, 09:05 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers do not appear to have much faith in TE Ladarius Green producing for them, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.Link to story
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49ers | Several miss 49ers practice Wed Apr 26, 06:18 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (undisclosed), C Jeremy Zuttah (undisclosed), TE Je'Ron Hamm (leg), RB Raheem Mostert (undisclosed), LB Eli Harold (toe) and TE Blake Bell (head) did not participate in practice Wednesday, April 26.Link to story
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Eli Harold player page
Raheem Mostert player page
Blake Bell player page
NFL | O.J. Howard receives clean report Wed Apr 26, 11:50 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard received an A-plus medical report.Link to story
NFL | Evan Engram more like a receiver Sun Apr 23, 09:05 PM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram is viewed by personnel executives as more of a big wide receiver than a tight end. Engram has 'outstanding receiving potential' but will never be a 'point-of-attack guy,' according to one NFC executive.
|Footballguys view: Engram does play like a super sized wide receiver, and that makes him a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. Good ole "anonymous scout" usually gets pretty salty this time of year. Sounds like he's up to it again with Engram...one of the more exciting TEs in this draft class.|
NFL | Jake Butt has all-around game Sun Apr 23, 08:46 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt was compared to retired TE Heath Miller by an AFC personnel man because of his 'all-around' game.
|Footballguys view: That's an apt comparison, and his skill set is the reason why he could get drafted in the second or third round even though he's recovering from a knee injury suffered in Michigan's bowl game.|
Heath Miller player page
NFL | Adam Shaheen the next Jason Witten? Sun Apr 23, 12:47 AM
Ashland TE Adam Shaheen has a chance to develop into a player like Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, according to an AFC scout, and the scout believes Shaheen will be selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: People compare Shaheen to Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) because he's huge (6'6" 280 pounds) and physical. He may be more like Witten as he's never faced great competition as a D2 prospect. Shaheen should be a second-round pick, and he's a rookie TE to keep an eye on...especially in TE-premium leagues.|
Jason Witten player page
NFL | O.J. Howard a rare talent Sun Apr 23, 12:39 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard was compared to Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis by an AFC personnel executive, and the executive said Howard is a 'difference-maker' who can catch and block and is impressive physically.
|Footballguys view: Howard is a rare athlete for the position, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Vernon Davis (Washington). This is arguably the greatest TE draft class in history, and Howard should be the first tight end off the board.|
Vernon Davis player page
Dolphins | Julius Thomas feeling good Sat Apr 22, 01:55 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas told the Florida Times-Union recently this spring 'is probably the best I've ever felt' and that head coach Adam Gase's offense 'feels a lot like home'.
|Footballguys view: Thomas is a weapon, and he can certainly be a TD hog for the Dolphins in 2017. He's never played a full 16-game season in the pros, so we'll be shocked if this is his first. Thomas is a TE1 for fantasy owners, but he comes with injury risk.|
Julius Thomas player page
Eagles | Philadelphia talking with Tyler Scalzi Fri Apr 21, 11:18 PM
Texas Tech TE Tyler Scalzi has been in contact with the Philadelphia Eagles.Link to story
Colts | Mo Alie-Cox officially signs Fri Apr 21, 02:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Virginia Commonwealth TE Mo Alie-Cox signed an undisclosed contract with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, April 21.Link to story
NFL | Brandon Bostick suspended four games Fri Apr 21, 01:08 PM
Free-agent TE Brandon Bostick (Jets) has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, according to Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com. The reason for the suspension is unknown at this time.Link to story
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Lions | No decision made on Eric Ebron's option Fri Apr 21, 12:09 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron remains a candidate to have his fifth-year option worth more than $8 million picked up by the May 2 deadline, but general manager Bob Quinn has yet to make that decision.
|Footballguys view: There's been some buzz about the Lions moving on from Ebron and taking a tight end with a premium pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Ebron has improved his game, but with only seven TDs in three years the team may be looking for more. If they picked up his option, Ebron would make $8 million in 2018. It's likely better to extend him at a lower price if at all possible.|
Eric Ebron player page
Colts | Mo Alie-Cox signing with Colts Thu Apr 20, 02:52 PM
Former VCU forward Mo Alie-Cox is signing an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, April 20.Link to story
49ers | San Francisco hosts four prospects Wed Apr 19, 09:05 PM
Updating a previous report, LSU RB Leonard Fournette joined Iowa TE George Kittle, Michigan S Jabrill Peppers and Florida CB Teez Tabor as draft prospects who visited the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, April 19.Link to story
49ers | Three prospects meet with 49ers Wed Apr 19, 08:30 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers, Iowa TE George Kittle and Florida CB Teez Tabor met with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, April 19.Link to story
Patriots | Matt Lengel re-signs with Pats Tue Apr 18, 07:40 PM
New England Patriots TE Matt Lengel signed his exclusive rights tender Tuesday, April 18.
Bengals | Tyler Eifert unsure of readiness for camp Mon Apr 17, 10:04 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that while his back 'feels great' after offseason surgery, he doesn't know if he'll be ready in time for training camp. 'I don't know,' Eifert stated. 'I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there. I've still lost a lot of strength with the nerve issues and all of that stuff. Just working through some of that. Once I get my strength back I'll be fine.'
|Footballguys view: The Bengals are going to be careful with Eifert. So long as he's ready for Week 1 of the regular season, that should be the target date for the big tight end. When healthy, he's one of the best in the league.|
Tyler Eifert player page
Saints | Several Saints healthy for OTAs Mon Apr 17, 05:11 PM
New Orleans Saints CB P.J. Williams (concussion) is good to go after being on the Reserve/Injured list last season with a concussion. TE Josh Hill (fibula) is a limited participant in OTAs as he continues to recover from a broken fibula. TE Michael Hoomanawanui (ankle) is fully recovered from a high-ankle ailment last season, while S Erik Harris (knee) is expected to be a full participant in training camp after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last year.Link to story
Michael Hoomanawanui player page
Josh Hill player page
P.J. Williams player page
Chiefs | Travis Kelce not fully ready for camp Mon Apr 17, 03:29 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is not expected to be completely healthy before the start of training camp, although he may participate in some light activities, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Kelce was first listed with a shoulder injury back in Week 13, but he played and produced the rest of the way. The Chiefs are taking it easy on him with the idea that he'll be ready to go at full strength sometime during the preseason.|
Travis Kelce player page
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate signs tender Mon Apr 17, 10:17 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent TE Cameron Brate signed his tender Monday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: As an ERFA, Brate didn't really have much of a choice. He had a breakout season with 57 catches, 660 yards and eight receiving touchdowns. Jameis Winston loves to target the tight end early and often, and posting similar numbers in 2017 is well within reason for Brate. The addition of deep threat DeSean Jackson this offseason will change the target structure, but Brate should still be quite involved.|
Cameron Brate player page
Colts | Two Colts sign tenders Mon Apr 17, 09:01 AM
Indianapolis Colts exclusive rights free-agent WR Quan Bray and TE Erik Swoope signed their tenders Monday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: Swoope is the player to watch here. With Dwayne Allen deal away to the Patriots, Swoope will have a larger opportunity for snaps and he could be the Colts starting tight end. The former basketball star in college at Miami never played a down of college football. He was a project when the Colts picked him up as an undrafted free agent in 2014, and now he may be ready for a large role.|
Erik Swoope player page
Quan Bray player page
Jets | NYJ to host David Njoku Sun Apr 16, 10:07 PM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku is scheduled to visit the New York Jets Monday, April 17, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Jets have the 6th pick in the first round, and that is too high for Njoku. He's a talented player who reminds some in the scouting community of Greg Olsen (Panthers). Njoku should be a first-round pick, but it should happen later in the round. Perhaps the Jets would trade back into the late first...or perhaps they want to take a chance to see if he's there near the top o the second round.|
Giants | David Njoku's visit with NYG canceled Sun Apr 16, 09:58 PM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku's scheduled visit with the New York Giants for Monday, April 17, has been canceled, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: There's no word as to why the visit was cancelled. Njoku should be a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and he'd be a great fit for the Giants with their pick at 23rd overall.|
Giants | David Njoku meeting with Giants on Monday Sun Apr 16, 12:45 PM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku is set to visit the New York Giants on Monday, April 17.
|Footballguys view: The Giants could use a shot in the arm at the tight end position. Njoku reminds many in the scouting community of Greg Olsen (Panthers) because of his size and ability to create mismatches in the red zone. The Giants have the 23rd pick in the first round, and Njoku may be the best option there.|
Texans | Jacob Hollister visits Houston Sun Apr 16, 09:10 AM
Wyoming TE Jacob Hollister visited the Houston Texans last week, according to sources not authorized to speak publicly.
|Footballguys view: Hollister is likely a late-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. He's a receiving tight end who has drawn some comparisons to Julius Thomas (Dolphins). Hollister is not much of a blocker, but he's a weapon who can haul in deep passes regularly.|
Cowboys | Rico Gathers ready for next step Sat Apr 15, 10:49 PM
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers said he has been staying under TE Jason Witten's wing and feels he is ready to make the 53-man roster and start scoring touchdowns.Link to story
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Jets | Mo Alie-Cox meets with NYJ Sat Apr 15, 02:15 PM
Free-agent TE Mo Alie-Cox (Virginia Commonwealth) met with the New York Jets Friday, April 14, according to a source.Link to story
Falcons | O.J. Howard to visit Atlanta Sat Apr 15, 09:46 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard's final pre-draft visit will be with the Atlanta Falcons.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons could use a talent like Howard at the tight end position. They drafted Austin Hooper last year in the third round, but he's not the type of talent that Howard is. Arguably the best tight end in arguably the best tight end draft class in NFL history, Howard has size, speed and the ability to make plays down the seam. He's big, fast and physical...plus Howard was known to shine brightest in the biggest games.|
Steelers | Pittsburgh bringing in prospects Thu Apr 13, 11:04 PM
West Virginia CB Rasul Douglas, Tennessee TE Jason Croom and Western Michigan LB Keion Adams visited the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 12.
|Footballguys view: Croom has good athleticism, concentration and can line up in line or in the slot. It's a super deep TE class, arguably the best in NFL history, so Croom is just a late-round or priority free agent sleeper to keep an eye on. The Steelers need help at the TE position, and we expect them to select at least one during the 2017 NFL draft.|
Dolphins | Mo Alie-Cox on Miami's radar Thu Apr 13, 10:32 PM
Free-agent TE Mo Alie-Cox interviewed privately with the Miami Dolphins following a workout Tuesday, April 11.Link to story
Chiefs | Travis Kelce to be ready for training camp Thu Apr 13, 08:42 PM
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is expected to be '100 percent for training camp,' according to general manager John Dorsey, who added that he is 'ahead' from a rehabilitation standpoint.
|Footballguys view: Kelce is one of the top tight ends in the NFL and will also be one of the top fantasy tight ends as well this coming season.|
Travis Kelce player page
Raiders | Oakland retains Gabe Holmes Thu Apr 13, 05:13 PM
Oakland Raiders restricted free-agent TE Gabe Holmes re-signed Thursday, April 13.
Chargers | Jeff Cumberland returns to LA Wed Apr 12, 05:08 PM
Free-agent TE Jeff Cumberland (Chargers) signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday, April 12. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jeff Cumberland player page
Chargers | Jeff Cumberland expected back with Chargers Wed Apr 12, 03:41 PM
Free-agent TE Jeff Cumberland (Chargers) is expected to re-sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Cumberland is an in-line tight end who excels as a blocker. His season was cut short due to an Achilles' injury in the 2016 preseason.|
Jeff Cumberland player page
Dolphins | David Njoku visits Dolphins Tue Apr 11, 10:54 AM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku met with the Miami Dolphins Monday, April 10.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins traded for Julius Thomas earlier this year, but they could still add a talent like Njoku. The Hurricanes prospect compares closely to Greg Olsen (Panthers) because of his size and ability to make clutch catches. Njoku may be a first- or second-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft.|
Bengals | Tyler Eifert says back feels 'great' Tue Apr 11, 12:46 AM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (back) said that he continues to get better and his back feels great. 'I'll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it's go time,' Eifert stated. 'I'm close.' The 26-year-old added that he doesn't know when he'll be cleared to resume regular workouts, but he did mention he'll be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: We can't imagine the Bengals rushing Eifert back into action. They'll likely take it easy on him as he continues to get better. By the time training camp rolls around, it sounds like Eifert will be ready for 100 percent participation.|
Tyler Eifert player page
NFL | David Njoku just scratching his surface Sun Apr 9, 10:40 PM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku is going to be a 'special' player, and his best football is ahead of him, according to an NFC scout.
|Footballguys view: Njoku has intriguing upside as a pro prospect. Many in the scouting community compare his game to Greg Olsen (Panthers) because of his size and ability to make plays in the middle of the field. This is a talent rich class at tight end, and Njoku has a good chance of being a first-round pick.|
Giants | O.J. Howard near top of Giants' wish list Sun Apr 9, 03:14 PM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are among the prospects the New York Giants hope will fall in their lap with the 23rd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.
|Footballguys view: The Giants could use a weapon like Howard. He's a first-round pick and likely the best tight end in a draft class that might be the best in history at the position. Howard is big, fast and physical on the field..and he shines in the biggest moments.|
Texans | Zach Conque to work out for Houston Sun Apr 9, 08:49 AM
The Houston Texans will hold a private workout for Stephen F. Austin TE Zach Conque Monday, April 10.Link to story
NFL | Evan Engram wows scouts Sun Apr 9, 12:00 AM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram had the best workout by a tight end at his pro day, according to a coach in attendance.
|Footballguys view: Engram is a super-sized wide receiver and not much of a blocker. However, he is an incredible weapon with the athleticism to rip the seam and attack deep.|
NFL | Jake Butt eyeing training camp Sat Apr 8, 11:01 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt (knee) told scouts at his pro day that he plans to be at full strength for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: Butt has first-round talent, but a knee injury in Michigan's bowl game will cause his draft stock to fall to the second or third round. To fully recover in eight months (or so) would be quite remarkable. Instead, any team that drafts Butt should have a plan in case he must begin the regular season on the PUP list.|
Chiefs | Gavin Escobar contract details Sat Apr 8, 10:30 AM
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs TE Gavin Escobar's one-year deal is worth $855,000. He will receive a base salary of $775,000 and a signing bonus of $80,000.Link to story
Gavin Escobar player page
Lions | Darren Fells to have bigger role? Sat Apr 8, 12:13 AM
Detroit Lions TE Darren Fells will have his role expanded, according to general manager Bob Quinn. 'He's a big, primarily blocking tight end, but we think we can utilize him in other areas as well because he's a really athletic guy for being so big,' Quinn said.
|Footballguys view: We'd be shocked to see Fells catch more than 15 or so passes in 2017. Eric Ebron is their primary receiving tight end, and Fells will continue to work mostly as a blocker. Even if his role is expanded, Fells won't do enough to be fantasy relevant.|
Darren Fells player page
Browns | David Njoku visits with Browns Fri Apr 7, 08:36 PM
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku recently met with the Cleveland Browns.
|Footballguys view: Njoku is one of the best tight ends in this rich draft class. His game is similar to that of Greg Olsen (Panthers) because of his size, strong hands and ability to beat defenders in the middle of the field. The Browns have the 1st and the 12th picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. Njoku may be in their plans for the second round or if they trade back from the 12 spot.|
Jets | Brian Parker joins Jets Thu Apr 6, 05:58 PM
Free-agent TE Brian Parker (Chiefs) was signed by the New York Jets Thursday, April 6.Link to story
Jaguars | Four more to visit Jaguars Wed Apr 5, 10:28 AM
Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Alabama DL Jonathan Allen will visit the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, April 6. Louisiana State S Jamal Adams and Alabama TE O.J. Howard will visit the Jaguars Friday, April 7.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars have assembled quite the defense through the draft and free agency. Adding a playmaker like Adams or a cornerstone like Allen would just make them stronger on that side of the ball. The interest in Watson here is intriguing because of what we feel is a make-or-break season for QB Blake Bortles.|
NFL | Mo Alie-Cox looking to sign Wed Apr 5, 10:06 AM
Free-agent TE Mo Alie-Cox (Virginia Commonwealth) is transitioning from basketball to football and is free to sign with any NFL team. He was eligible for the 2016 NFL draft and remained a free agent, which makes him ineligible to be drafted in the 2017 NFL draft. The 6-foot-6 Alie-Cox was a forward for the VCU basketball team.
|Footballguys view: Alie-Cox is trying to follow in the footsteps of other basketball-to-football converts like Jimmy Graham, Antonio Gates or Julius Thomas. He'll work out on April 11th, and his agent has informed teams that Alie-Cox will work out at other positions than tight end if need be. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be monitoring Alie-Cox if he's added as a free agent by any team.|
Dolphins | Julius Thomas expected to make difference Mon Apr 3, 10:54 PM
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said TE Julius Thomas is 'going to make a little bit of a difference for us.' Gase also said he has a 'good idea' of what the club wants to do on offense with him.
|Footballguys view: Thomas was sluggish last year and failed to make a consistent impact on offense for the Jaguars. He'll have a chance to be the primary receiving tight end in Miami, but the offense is run-first with three good wide receivers, so he is unlikely to be more than a bye/injury fill-in for 2017 fantasy leagues.|
Julius Thomas player page
Eagles | Trey Burton signs tender Mon Apr 3, 05:10 PM
Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent TE Trey Burton signed his one-year tender Monday, April 3.
|Footballguys view: It's a smart move for the Eagles to keep Burton around, even though he's a reserve tight end who will likely see his targets dry up in 2017. He's a move tight end that creates mismatches on the field, but the additions of Alshon Jerfery and Torrey Smith will take targets away from him. Burton is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.|
Trey Burton player page
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski ready for workouts Mon Apr 3, 10:36 AM
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back) said he'll be ready for offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Gronkowski is currently four months into his recovery from another back surgery, the third that we know of. He was healthy enough to participate in Wrestlemania, and the signs point to him being ready for the start of training camp. The Pats will likely take it easy on Gronk through the spring.|
Rob Gronkowski player page