Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Kareem Martin to visit three teams Wed Apr 23, 02:24 AM
North Carolina DE Kareem Martin will visit the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers in the days prior to the NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Nic Jacobs to visit two teams Wed Apr 23, 02:13 AM
McNeese State TE Nic Jacobs will visit the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers before the NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Dee Ford has worked out with several teams Tue Apr 22, 07:14 PM
Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford has conducted private workouts for the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
NFL | Brock Vereen met with multiple teams Tue Apr 22, 07:06 PM
According to a league source, Minnesota FS Brock Vereen has met with the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
NFL | Russell Allen suffered stroke Tue Apr 22, 12:13 PM
Free-agnet LB Russell Allen (concussion)(Jaguars) suffered a stroke in the Jacksonville Jaguars Week 15 game. Allen had double vision during that game. Allen has a "dead spot" on the back of his cerebellum.Link to story
Russell Allen player page
NFL | Dustin Keller ready to participate Mon Apr 21, 05:36 PM
Eugene Parker, agent for free-agent TE Dustin Keller (knee), said Keller is ready to participate in offseason workouts when he signs with a team.Link to story
Dustin Keller player page
NFL | Warrant against Loucheiz Purifoy canceled Mon Apr 21, 05:15 PM
An arrest warrant against Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy for drug charges has been canceled when his attorney agreed to have Purifoy cooperate as an informant for the Gainesville Alachua County Drug Task Force.
|Footballguys view: While this helps Purifoy from a character concern standpoint, it is still far from ideal. His draft stock has been sliding.|
NFL | Kyle Fuller receiving interest Mon Apr 21, 04:45 PM
Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller is scheduled to visit or work out for the New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams this week.Link to story
NFL | Jeff Budzien receiving interest Sun Apr 20, 09:23 PM
Northwestern PK Jeff Budzien has received interest from the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
NFL | Trevor Reilly meet with two teams Sun Apr 20, 09:17 PM
Utah LB Trevor Reilly has met with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers this offseason.Link to story
NFL | Tom Savage declines invitation Sat Apr 19, 11:59 PM
University of Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage was invited to the 2014 NFL Draft in New York, but he has declined the invite. Savage is one of the draft's fastest rising prospects.
|Footballguys view: That's probably for the best. Some think Savage could actually sneak his way into the end of the first round or early second round. We would not advise that, but we also won't be shocked if that happens. Savage is a project who couldn't hang onto the starting job at Rutgers. He transferred to Arizone, but Savage soon left after Rich Rodriguez was hired as head coach. Savage wound up at PITT and passed for 2,958 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.|
NFL | Dominique Easley to visit two teams Sat Apr 19, 12:41 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley is scheduled to meet with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys in the near future.Link to story
NFL | Keith Wenning generating significant interest Sat Apr 19, 02:44 AM
Ball State QB Keith Wenning is generating significant interest from NFL teams, as he has had eight visits and eight additional workouts.
|Footballguys view: Wenning is a pure passer who can make quick decisions after the snap. He throws accurately deep even though he doesn't have the strongest arm. Wenning is not that athletic, but he does a good job of staying mechanically sound when throwing on the run. He'll be picked on the final day of the draft as a developmental prospect.|
NFL | Brian Clarke visiting two teams Sat Apr 19, 02:36 AM
Bloomsburg G Brian Clarke is visiting the San Diego Chargers and also has a private workout lined up with the New York Giants prior to the NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Jimmy Clausen expects to be ready for workouts Fri Apr 18, 08:19 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) said his arm is about 95 percent at this time and believes he would be ready for the start of offseason workouts if he signs with a team.Link to story
Jimmy Clausen player page
NFL | Derek Carr thinks he has chance to go in first round Fri Apr 18, 07:22 PM
Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he believes there is a good chance that he will be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft based on what coaches and general managers have told him.
|Footballguys view: Carr certainly has a chance to be a late first- or early second-round pick. He'll interest teams that pass on a quarterback in the top 10. Carr has a strong arm and is athletic enough to make plays with his feet.|
NFL | Jimmy Clausen looking for another opportunity Fri Apr 18, 05:34 PM
Free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) (Panthers) wants to compete for an NFL backup job. Clausen had right shoulder surgery Sept. 11, 2013 and spent the entire season on injured reserve.
|Footballguys view: We're not certain there will be much if any interest in Clausen. He was a bust as a starter with the Panthers, and he may not even be able to stick around in the league as a backup.|
Jimmy Clausen player page
NFL | Nate Menkin heads to Canada Fri Apr 18, 03:12 AM
OL Nate Menkin, who played with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles, has signed a contract with the Ottawa RedBlacks, an expansion franchise in the Canadian Football League.Link to story
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.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Seferian-Jenkins here. This tight end class is not full of talent. Seferian-Jenkins is one of the few standout players at the position in the 2014 NFL draft. If he's healed, then Seferian-Jenkins should be a second-round pick.|
NFL | Some interested in Stanley Jean-Baptiste as safety Thu Apr 17, 09:28 PM
Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste said some of the teams that have shown interest in him talked about the possibility of him moving to safety but that they would give him a chance at cornerback first.
|Footballguys view: When a corner doesn't quite fit the size or skill requirements coming into the NFL, teams consider what he could do at safety. Clearly some teams have doubts as to Jean-Baptiste's ability at corner and want to know that a position switch wouldn't be met with grousing.|
NFL | Aaron Murray receiving interest Thu Apr 17, 09:15 PM
Georgia QB Aaron Murray has met with the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.
|Footballguys view: Murray is a solid quarterback prospect and one we think some teams would do well to wait for in the third round. His quick setup, tight spiral, good accuracy and experience with pro-style offense are all things teams should focus on rather than his recent ACL injury.|
NFL | Kiero Small receiving interest Thu Apr 17, 08:01 PM
Arkansas FB Kiero Small participated in the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day Thursday, April 17, and recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.Link to story
NFL | Dominique Easley have several visits lined up Thu Apr 17, 07:11 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) is scheduled to meet with five teams next week.
|Footballguys view: Despite his multiple ACL tears, teams see the upside his talent brings to the table. There will be a concern over his long term durability, but some team will roll the dice.|
NFL | Dominique Easley expects to be ready for workouts Thu Apr 17, 07:06 PM
Florida DT Dominique Easley (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is around 80 percent at this point and expects to be ready for the start of offseason workouts.
|Footballguys view: Easley has torn two ACLs already. While he should be healthy and with today's medical procedures his knees should be fine, but there will always be a concern. Considered by many to be a second round pick despite his injury issues, Easley has the ability to be even more effective, but his value has taken a hit due to his ACL injuries.|
NFL | Tom Savage invited to draft Thu Apr 17, 07:05 PM
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage has been invited to attend the 2014 NFL Draft, but he has not decided if he will accept the invitation.
|Footballguys view: Interesting. The divide between what the draftnicks think of Savage and what the media-and perhaps the NFL-think of him seems to be pretty wide. Savage has a huge arm but stares his targets down, lacks touch on is throw and ran from competition twice (from Rutgers and Arizona). Savage isn't sure about it himself it seems as he is unsure whether to attend the draft.|
NFL | Donovan McNabb arrested Thu Apr 17, 04:53 PM
Former NFL QB Donovan McNabb's mugshot from a January arrest was released Thursday, April 17. He was arrested for an unspecified traffic citation Jan. 6 and has a court date set for May 16.Link to story
Donovan McNabb player page
NFL | Chad Johnson signs with CFL Thu Apr 17, 02:15 PM
Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Patriots) signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Chad Johnson player page
NFL | No limitations for Aaron Murray Wed Apr 16, 07:10 PM
Georgia QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he didn't have any limitations with his surgically repaired knee during his pro day Wednesday, April 16, despite wearing a brace on his left knee. His workout Wednesday included 54 passes to several receivers. 'We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy,' he said. 'That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that.'
|Footballguys view: Good news for Murray here. He's a mid- to late-round quarterback with some upside. Murray is 6' tall and has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees or Russell Wilson because of his accuracy within the pocket. He's not as athletic as those two, and his accuracy suffers when throwing off platform.|
NFL | Marcus Smith receiving interest Wed Apr 16, 04:06 PM
Louisville DE Marcus Smith said he has met with the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts this offseason. He is also scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: The converted quarterback became an outstanding pass-rusher in 2013. He has the flexibility to bend around the edge, and the closing burst to get to the quarterback in a hurry. The upside with Smith is huge, and he'll make for a nice third-round pick.|
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.|
NFL | Deone Bucannon to meet with several teams Wed Apr 16, 12:22 PM
Washington State S Deone Bucannon has been meeting with the Indianapolis Colts and is scheduled to begin a visit with the New England Patriots Wednesday, April 16. Bucannon also has meetings scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and New York Giants.Link to story
NFL | Michael Sam receiving interest Wed Apr 16, 12:10 PM
The Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have shown the most interest in Missouri DE Michael Sam leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Sam should be a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He broke out as a senior at Missouri with 11 sacks, largely in part due to his hustle and motor. Sam is not an elite athlete, and he looks to be more of a part-time player at the pro level.|
NFL | Eric Thomas receiving plenty of interest Tue Apr 15, 08:05 PM
Troy WR Eric Thomas is receiving interest from the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.Link to story
NFL | Derek Carr says he's best QB available Tue Apr 15, 01:32 PM
Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he's 'absolutely' the best quarterback available in this year's draft class. He is seen as a potential first-round pick next month.
|Footballguys view: We respectfully disagree, but we do appreciate the confidence that Carr has shown with this statement. Every QB should feel like he's the best, but Carr has flaws to his game that might hold him back early as a pro. He has a strong arm and can fit passes into tight windows. Carr is athletic enough to keep plays alive with his feet if necessary. However, Carr's game falls apart under pressure. Even when he's not in danger, Carr will feel pressure and react negatively. We'll see if his NFL team can help him overcome "seeing ghosts" on the football field.|
NFL | Billy Turner receiving interest Mon Apr 14, 05:36 PM
North Dakota State OT Billy Turner met with the Dallas Cowboys Monday, April 14, and worked out for the Cowboys last week. Turner is also scheduled to meet with the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings.Link to story
NFL | Sidney Rice cleared for activities Mon Apr 14, 02:47 PM
Free-agent WR Sidney Rice (knee) has been cleared to participate in football activities by Dr. James Andrews, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers are believed to have some interest in Rice. The Panthers should be the frontrunners for his services as they have hardly any talent at the wide receiver position.|
Sidney Rice player page
NFL | Tom Savage receiving significant interest Mon Apr 14, 02:36 PM
Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage will have either worked out for or met with 24 or 25 teams by the time the deadline passes for teams to meet with prospects. Neil Schwartz, agent for Savage, has told two teams interested in meeting with Savage that there are no days free for Savage to visit.
|Footballguys view: There are some who think Savage will be a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He's a big pocket passer who can fire passes all over the field. The problem is, he couldn't hang onto the job at Rutgers and had to transfer to two different schools before finding a home at PITT. Savage has a big arm, but he lacks the ability to extend plays and his accuracy struggles when he has to move.|
NFL | Dexter McDougle receiving interest Mon Apr 14, 02:23 PM
Maryland CB Dexter McDougle worked out during the Baltimore Ravens' local prospects day Monday, April 14. McDougle is also scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, New York Giants and Detroit Lions.Link to story
NFL | James Wilder arrested Mon Apr 14, 02:08 PM
Florida State RB James Wilder Jr. was arrested Sunday, April 13, on an outstanding warrant related to a charge of driving with a suspended license.
|Footballguys view: Wilder already has character concerns after getting arrested three times in 2013. All the offenses were minor (like this one), but it shows lack of maturity. He may be a late-round pick, and he'll certainly make it to a camp this summer.|
NFL | Anthony Barr has busy weeks ahead Mon Apr 14, 02:06 PM
California-Los Angeles LB Anthony Barr will meet with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, April 15, and with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17. He'll also have visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons next week.
|Footballguys view: That's what happens when you're one of the best pass-rushers in this draft class. Barr is likely to be a top-15 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. His instincts are sharp, and he has multiple ways to get to the quarterback.|
NFL | Jadeveon Clowney done working out Mon Apr 14, 10:15 AM
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is shutting down his pre-draft workouts to avoid risk of injury.
|Footballguys view: Clowney is a rare prospect who should be a top-5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Some question his motivation, but nobody questions his upside. Clowney is certainly an option to be selected number one overall by the Houston Texans.|
NFL | Darqueze Dennard will not attend draft Sat Apr 12, 10:47 PM
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard said he has declined an invitation to attend the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Dennard's draft stock has fallen a bit, but he could still be a late first-round pick. Other cornerbacks like Bradley Roby (Ohio State) are possibly jumping ahead of Dennard in the draft because they are faster. He can effectively re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage, and Dennard is an instinctive player who is always around the ball.|
NFL | Sammy Seamster meets with two teams Sat Apr 12, 11:09 AM
Middle Tennessee State CB Sammy Seamster has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins this offseason.Link to story
NFL | Kevin Smith receiving interest from teams Fri Apr 11, 11:14 PM
Washington WR Kevin Smith has worked out for the New England Patriots and is scheduled to work out for the Seattle Seahawks later this month.Link to story
NFL | Garrett Scott meets with two teams Fri Apr 11, 07:13 PM
Marshall OT Garrett Scott has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.Link to story
NFL | Teddy Bridgewater does poorly on Wonderlic Fri Apr 11, 10:36 AM
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater scored a 20 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine. The average score for a quarterback is 24.
|Footballguys view: We're not worried about this. Bridgewater has arguably the highest football intelligence of any QB in this draft class. The Wonderlic consists of 50 questions fairly generic in nature and must be answered in 12 minutes. For context, some of the highest Wonderlic scores in NFL Combine history came from Ryan Fitzpatrick 48, Alex Smith 40 and Matt Leinart 35. None of those three has become a star in this league.|
NFL | Blake Bortles does well on Wonderlic Fri Apr 11, 10:36 AM
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles scored a 28 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: The Wonderlic consists of 50 questions fairly generic in nature and must be answered in 12 minutes. For context, some of the highest Wonderlic scores in NFL Combine history (for QBs) came from Ryan Fitzpatrick 48, Alex Smith 40 and Matt Leinart 35. A high score is not a bad thing, but it does not indicate that you'll be a star QB in this league.|
NFL | Johnny Manziel does well on Wonderlic Fri Apr 11, 10:34 AM
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel scored a 32 on the Wonderlic test at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: The Wonderlic consists of 50 questions fairly generic in nature and must be answered in 12 minutes. For context, some of the highest Wonderlic scores in NFL Combine history (for QBs) came from Ryan Fitzpatrick 48, Alex Smith 40 and Matt Leinart 35. It's an overblown and quite frankly antiquated way to test a player.|
NFL | Diontae Spencer receiving interest Thu Apr 10, 11:50 PM
McNeese State WR Diontae Spencer has received some interest from the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | No evidence of crime involving three players Thu Apr 10, 07:16 PM
Updating previous reports, Miami Police spokesperson Rene Pimental said there is no evidence of a crime or sexual assault involved in the incident involving San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and WR Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette. Pimental said the woman involved asked for an incident report. None of the players have been questioned, arrested or charged with any crimes.Link to story
Ricardo Lockette player page
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