Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Jadevon Clowney willing to wait Wed May 27, 08:53 PM
Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is in no rush to sign with a team at this point, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.Link to story
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NFL | Josh Johnson waiting on NFL to call Tue May 26, 07:13 PM
Free-agent QB Josh Johnson (XFL) wants to return to the NFL for the 2020 season and is patiently waiting for his chance. 'I think about it every day,' said Johnson. 'I'm waiting for the opportunity call from the NFL. ... One thing I've learned in the NFL, trying to stick around (requires) patience. You never know when an opportunity is going to come. So I just have to stay ready, and don't let nothing bring it down because I might get the call at Week 1 or I might get the call at Week 16.' Johnson played for 13 NFL teams across 12 seasons before joining the LA Wildcats of the now-bankrupt XFL.
|Footballguys view: Johnson has played for around half the teams in the league. They've seen what he can do and certainly have his number. He could latch on with a new team sometime around training camp or the start of the regular season.|
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NFL | Devonta Freeman plans to play Mon May 25, 06:23 PM
Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) said he does not plan to retire and believes he can play 10 more seasons.
|Footballguys view: Oof, 10 more seasons is...unrealistic. We give credit to the veteran for not wanting to walk away, but he's also not going to get the price tag he wants. We'll see if he is willing to accept a lower price tag and a clear reserve role to play in 2020.|
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NFL | Retirement an option for Devonta Freeman? Mon May 25, 03:37 PM
Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) may consider retirement if he does not receive a contract offer he likes, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Freeman is probably more likely to accept the best offer he receives at some point.
|Footballguys view: Freeman wanted a certain level of pay, rumblings said more than $4 million a year, and he's not getting much interest. We'll see if he finds a new team to take a chance on him at this advanced part of his career. Freeman is no longer the player he used to be but he is a veteran who provides ability as a runner or receiver on a part-time basis.|
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NFL | Everson Griffen waiting to sign Sat May 23, 06:11 PM
Free-agent DE Everson Griffen (Vikings) has not signed with a team at this point in part because he has not been able to visit with any teams, according to the The Athletic's Chad Graff.Link to story
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NFL | Logan Ryan overrated? Fri May 22, 11:56 PM
Free-agent CB Logan Ryan (Titans) allowed a career-high seven touchdowns in 2019. He was also flagged 11 times, and opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 95.3 when targeting Ryan.Link to story
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NFL | Devonta Freeman willing to sit out? Fri May 22, 07:10 PM
Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) is believed to be willing to sit out the 2020 season if he does not receive the salary he is looking for this offseason.Link to story
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NFL | Jason Peters receiving interest Fri May 22, 05:17 PM
Free-agent OT Jason Peters (Eagles) is receiving from multiple teams but is waiting for the right opportunity.Link to story
NFL | Third-down plans for Devonta Freeman? Fri May 22, 02:27 PM
Free agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons) would likely fill a third-down role if he winds up accepting a reported one-year contract offer from the Seattle Seahawks, in the opinion of a Seahawks beat reporter.
|Footballguys view: Freeman can be utilized effectively as a receiver out of the backfield if healthy. He's not the player he used to be but could fill a role for a team like Seattle. They need him as Rashaad Penny (knee) is unlikely to be ready for the start of the regular season. Chris Carson is the starter but Freeman could be a change-of-pace back if he signs.|
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NFL | Josh Gordon looking for reinstatement Thu May 21, 03:57 PM
Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Seahawks) plans to apply for reinstatement in the near future, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Gordon is not the same player he used to be but there should be some team interested in bringing him in as a backup receiver. Last year in five games with the Seahawks, Gordon snared seven passes for 139 yards. He also played six games for the Patriots in 2019, catching 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown.|
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NFL | Cam Newton throws, works out online Thu May 21, 02:22 PM
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) posted a series of videos this week on Instagram that show his surgically repaired foot is healthy, and his injured shoulder also is up to par.
|Footballguys view: Newton is still out there on the open market, but he'll latch on with a team before training camp. There is debate about whether or not he'd be comfortable with a backup role. However, most of the spots where he could at least compete for the starting job (Chicago, Jacksonville) are already filled.|
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NFL | Adam Gotsis resumes running Sat May 16, 09:04 PM
Free-agent DE Adam Gotsis (knee) has resumed running following December knee surgery.Link to story
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NFL | Mike Daniels receiving some interest Wed May 13, 03:14 PM
Free-agent DT Mike Daniels (Lions) said he has received some interest but has not been able to meet with teams because of the shutdown.Link to story
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NFL | Jason Peters playing several more years? Tue May 12, 03:05 PM
Free-agent OT Jason Peters, 38, recently told friends he feels he can play into his 40s.Link to story
NFL | Carlos Hyde asked to plow straight ahead in 2019 Mon May 11, 10:28 PM
Free-agent RB Carlos Hyde ran in between left and right guard an NFL-high 137 times last season.
|Footballguys view: Hyde was a 1,000-yard rusher last year for the Texans but has yet to latch on with a team for the 2020 season. The Eagles are interested where they could use him as a two-down banger in a RBBC with Miles Sanders. We'll see if they end up offering him a contract. No matter who signs him, Hyde has a formula for success and the advanced data shows you that's right between the tackles.|
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NFL | Logan Ryan looking for $10 million Mon May 11, 03:13 PM
Free-agent CB Logan Ryan (Titans) is believed to be looking for around $10 million per season in his next contract.Link to story
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NFL | Larry Warford looking for lucrative deal Mon May 11, 03:04 PM
Free-agent OG Larry Warford (Saints) is believed to be looking for around $7 million per season in his next contract.Link to story
NFL | Stephen Gostkowski expects to find a team Sun May 10, 01:11 PM
Free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski (Patriots) said he expects to sign with a team around training camp since no team is allowed to practice at this point.Link to story
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NFL | Jason Peters keeping in shape Fri May 8, 03:29 PM
Updating previous reports, free-agent OT Jason Peters (Eagles) has been working out and created a video to showcase his conditioning. He has remained in contact with the Philadelphia Eagles, and Peters, 38, is open to other options.Link to story
NFL | Joe Flacco recovering from surgery Thu May 7, 03:38 PM
Free-agent QB Joe Flacco (neck) has not signed with a team at this point because he is recovering from neck surgery he had in April. He is expected to be cleared by late August or early September.
|Footballguys view: Flacco is not the same player he used to be, and we saw that last year when he was an ineffective starter for the Broncos. If cleared by August or September that means Flacco will have to wait until that time for a new opportunity. If another team signs him it will only be as a veteran backup.|
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NFL | Cam Newton open to backup role? Thu May 7, 02:05 PM
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) wants to start in the NFL, but he is open to accepting a reserve role in the right situation, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Newton is still out there for a team to sign and with other former starters landing backup gigs (Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton) it would seem like Newton is next. A team might want to bring him in for veteran depth or for a chance to push for a starting job. Perhaps some team like Jacksonville could see Newton as that sort of player.|
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NFL | Two teams may be interested in Jadeveon Clowney Wed May 6, 05:43 PM
Free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (Seahawks) is believed to be receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles, according to sources.Link to story
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NFL | Travel bans hurting Cam Newton? Tue May 5, 03:47 PM
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) remains unsigned, in part, because he was released after travel restrictions were put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to former teammate TE Greg Olsen Tuesday, May 5. Olsen thinks it's hurting Newton that he can't answer questions interested teams may have about his health.
|Footballguys view: The travel restrictions certainly aren't helping the situation but how much it's hurting Newton's case is up for debate. Reports seem to indicate that Newton is going to be patient in waiting for the right opportunity. The travel restrictions have not hurt other QBs like Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton this offseason. Newton may wait for someone to get hurt before he signs with the chance to start.|
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NFL | Cam Newton willing to wait? Sun May 3, 09:44 PM
Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) has no plans to sign with any team to be a backup and will wait until a starter suffers an injury if need be, according to Joe Person of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Newton still has the capability to start in this league and he's not going to rush any decision. Other former starters like Andy Dalton (Cowboys) or Jameis Winston (Saints) have taken clear backup roles to latch on with a new team. That's not the case with Newton who may have to wait for an injury in training camp before a team offers him a deal he likes.|
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NFL | Andy Dalton's options limited Sat May 2, 12:26 PM
Free agent QB Andy Dalton (Bengals) said the fact that other teams knew Cincinnati was drafting QB Joe Burrow with the No. 1-overall pick limited his trade and other options. 'There were several different factors,' Dalton said, via the team's website. 'This year there were a good amount of quarterbacks that were available. I think it would have worked out differently if I had been a free agent when the new league year started. I was still under contact and that hurt me. I'm sure teams knew they were going to take a quarterback No. 1 and they would release me and there was no reason to rush into anything.'
|Footballguys view: It's all about what Dalton wants at this point in his career. Does he want to be a clear backup? Then he's got plenty of options. Does he want to have a chance to compete for a starting job? Then Dalton has only a few teams that would fit that bill. He asked for his release and it was granted, so one would imagine that he wants a chance to push someone for a starting job. That wasn't going to happen with Burrow as the No.1 overall pick and clear franchise QB for the Bengals.|
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NFL | Dion Sims announces retirement Fri May 1, 02:03 PM
Free agent TE Dion Sims (Bears) on Friday, May 1, announced his retirement from the NFL.Link to story
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NFL | Adam Vinatieri would like to still play Wed Apr 29, 02:49 PM
Free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri (Colts) said he would like to continue his NFL career, but the quarantine has slowed his rehab from knee surgery. At this point, it isn't clear Vinatieri, 47, will be healthy enough by the start of the season.Link to story
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NFL | Jason Peters a starter/mentor? Sat Apr 25, 12:36 PM
Free agent OT Jason Peters (Eagles) has had discussions with teams in recent weeks about serving as a starter while also mentoring a young prospect at the position. One such ideal situation would be in Miami where the Dolphins just drafted Austin Jackson in the first round.Link to story
NFL | Handful of teams eyeing Jaylon Johnson Wed Apr 22, 11:52 PM
Utah CB Jaylon Johnson is reportedly drawing significant interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings, according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | Jabari Zuniga getting some attention Wed Apr 22, 10:56 PM
Florida DE/LB Jabari Zuniga has reportedly received the most interest from the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | Multiple teams intrigued by Alex Highsmith Wed Apr 22, 10:46 PM
Charlotte DE/LB Alex Highsmith has drawn 'a lot of interest' from the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | CJ Henderson had his way with the SEC Wed Apr 22, 10:26 PM
Florida CB CJ Henderson didn't allow more than 20 receptions or more than 390 yards receiving in his coverage in any of his three college seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.Link to story
NFL | Isaiah Simmons flaunts versatility Wed Apr 22, 04:49 PM
Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons has scouts split on whether he'll play linebacker or safety in the NFL, but speaking Wednesday, April 22, on NFL Network, he said his versatility is a good thing. 'You only get 53 (players) on a roster. I feel like if you draft me, you get 56,' Simmons said.
|Footballguys view: Simmons is forecast to go in the top 10 or very soon thereafter. He could fall into the laps of a team like the Jets or Raiders if teams in the top 10 prefer to go offense or take Derrick Brown, or just aren't sure how they want to use him.|
NFL | Jordan Elliott well-rounded Wed Apr 22, 04:34 PM
University of Missouri DT Jordan Elliott is the only Power-5 DT in the 2020 NFL Draft class to receiving a grade of 90 or higher from Pro Football Focus in both pass-rush and run defense.Link to story
NFL | CJ Henderson consistently elite Wed Apr 22, 04:31 PM
Florida CB CJ Henderson didn't allow more than 20 receptions or more than 390 yards across three straight seasons in college.
|Footballguys view: Henderson is the top cornerback on some boards and could go in the top 10. He has been connected to the Jacksonville Jaguars at 9 to replace Jalen Ramsey.|
NFL | Devin Asiasi has multiple suitors Wed Apr 22, 04:20 PM
UCLA TE Devin Asiasi has had recent video calls with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, and is an option to go on Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Asiasi is a late bloomer and has as high a ceiling as any tight end in this draft. He could easily end up being the best fantasy tight end of the class.|
NFL | Henry Ruggs talks about interested teams Wed Apr 22, 01:36 PM
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday, April 20, he has heard the most from the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and Las Vegas Raiders.Link to story
NFL | Percy Harvin wants to return Wed Apr 22, 08:48 AM
Former WR Percy Harvin (Bills) said he's ready to return to the NFL after he retired in 2016 due to severe migraines. He said he has been training with a former Olympian and is better mentally. He weighs 185 pounds.
|Footballguys view: Harvin will turn 32 next month, so he's still in the viable window of playing age for wide receivers. He should get at least a tryout and chance to make a 90 man roster, with upside to make a 53 if he gets his foot in the door.|
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NFL | Michael Pittman Jr. has sure hands Tue Apr 21, 09:27 PM
USC WR Michael Pittman Jr. was credited with only five drops on 176 catchable targets in his college career, according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Pittman isn't the most athletically gifted of the second tier of draft wide receivers, but he's very skilled and has #1 receiver upside for whatever team drafts him. He could go anywhere from the late first to the early third round.|
NFL | Willie Gay a popular name among teams Tue Apr 21, 09:12 PM
Mississippi State LB Willie Gay has participated in video conferences and/or telephone calls with the Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
|Footballguys view: Gay is a seek and destroy linebacker who plays with great energy but might need to hone his instincts to stick as a starter in the NFL. He's a name to remember in IDP dynasty leagues.|
NFL | Tua Tagovailoa not at risk of re-injury? Tue Apr 21, 03:14 PM
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) isn't a concern for further injury, according to Dr. Chip Routt, who performed surgery on his dislocated and fractured right hip. 'No, he is not susceptible to injury,' Routt said. 'We have a nice repair that should lower the chances of arthritic damage as he gets to be an old man. His injury had a pattern that allowed us to put the pieces back where they came from.'
|Footballguys view: The injury concerns about Tagovailoa are there, but it may not cause him to drop in the 2020 NFL draft. We think the Dolphins are set to take him No.5 overall.|
NFL | Pro coordinators talk Jalen Reagor Tue Apr 21, 02:36 PM
TCU WR Jalen Reagor could be a first-round draft choice, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'He's a really good player,' an NFC coordinator told Pelissero. 'He played with possibly one of the worst college football quarterbacks I've ever seen in my life. That makes his film pretty bad.' Another coordinator expressed similar sentiments, stating, 'The Reagor kid is interesting because his quarterback play was so atrocious. It's hard to put that on him. But he wasn't consistent, either. He's got return ability, too, so that's where he separates himself a little bit.'
|Footballguys view: Reagor could end up going to a team like the Saints near the end of the first round. He's an explosive athlete who can make defenders look silly when catching passes. Reagor is also a good option as a return man at the pro level.|
NFL | Robert Hunt a contender for Round 1? Tue Apr 21, 02:30 PM
Louisiana OL Robert Hunt could emerge as a contender for being chosen in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'He's interesting, because he's a big, massive kid,' an AFC coordinator told Pelissero. 'He's probably a guard and probably going to be a good guard. The hard part is he missed (seven) games with a groin. That's where you're a little concerned about, can he hold up? 'Cause he's physically not developed enough. He is a good player. He's a mean, nasty dude, too.' Hunt started 45 games at three positions (left guard, left tackle and right tackle) over four collegiate seasons. 'Good player. Probably more of a right tackle/guard combo guy,' an AFC scout said. 'I would see [him as] more of a Day 2 guy -- but tackles go.'Link to story
NFL | Julian Okwara a clear first-round pick? Tue Apr 21, 01:21 PM
Notre Dame DE/OLB Julian Okwara (leg) could be chosen in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 'I already counted him to be a clear 1,' an NFC personnel director told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'He's a bright kid and he's got other interests. But I think, athletically, he can run and bend like no one else coming off the corner.' A different NFC executive said, 'You just question his wiring. I would say he's a lesser version of (Penn State edge Yetur) Gross-Matos in that they're both athletes and neither one of them play through people. Work the edges, finesse, use their length. How much dog do either one of them have in them?'Link to story
NFL | Cole Kmet drawing praise as draft nears Tue Apr 21, 01:12 PM
Notre Dame TE Cole Kmet (hamstring) could be a late first-round pick or an early second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to one AFC coach. 'Big dude, can catch, knows how to use his body. He's probably one of the top inline Y's in the last couple years. Super smart. High character in every way,' the unnamed coach told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. 'He's not dynamic as a receiver. But he's a really big man that plays a physical style of football,' an unnamed NFC executive said. 'He wins contested catches. He's strong after the catch. He's not elusive, and neither really was Gronk. I'm not saying they're the same player, but the physicality with which Cole plays -- and granted, he hasn't played a lot of football, it's really this year and a little bit of last year -- I could see his play style being really intriguing to guys.'
|Footballguys view: Kmet is arguably the best tight end in th is draft class. It's not a great class and Kmet is likely to be a second-round pick. He's an all-purpose 'Y' tight end who doesn't have any one part of his game that is eye popping. Kmet is instead solid and consistent as a prospect.|
NFL | Detroit fascinated with Derrick Brown? Mon Apr 20, 11:22 PM
Auburn DT Derrick Brown is a strong candidate to be selected inside the top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft, and SI.com's Albert Breer has 'heard rumblings' that the Detroit Lions have 'taken a real liking' to Brown.
|Footballguys view: That's cool but the Lions should be taking Ohio State CB Jeffrey Okudah at No.3 overall in the first round. Brown is one of the best players in this draft and should be a top-10 pick.|
NFL | Geno Stone stingy on the back end Mon Apr 20, 11:09 PM
Iowa S Geno Stone was credited with a coverage grade of 91.3 over his final two seasons in college - the best mark among Power Five conference safeties in the 2020 NFL Draft per Pro Football Focus.Link to story
NFL | Terrell Lewis likely to fall in draft Mon Apr 20, 10:29 PM
Alabama LB Terrell Lewis has been medically flagged by 'a number of teams' due to multiple injuries throughout his college career. Lewis tore a ligament in his elbow during the first game of his sophomore season in 2017 and suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee the following summer, which sidelined him for all of 2018.Link to story
NFL | Four teams have legit interest in Matt Hennessy Sun Apr 19, 06:55 PM
Updating a previous report, Temple C Matt Hennessy is receiving 'significant interest' from the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers. Of that group, only the Steelers are projecting him as a guard, according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline.Link to story
NFL | James Morgan generating a ton of interest Sun Apr 19, 06:50 PM
Florida international QB James Morgan has taken part in videoconferences with 'almost half of the league's teams, including multiple calls with teams where he chatted with head coaches and offensive coordinators,' according to Pro Football Network's Tony Pauline. Morgan told Pauline after the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine that the New York Jets and New England Patriots showed the most interest, while Pauline added the Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 'also in the mix.'
|Footballguys view: Morgan is a late-round pick with intriguing upside due to his intelligence and physical skill set. He's got a big arm and enough athleticism to keep a play alive. However, Morgan has 'say it don't spray it' accuracy and his decision making leaves a lot to be desired. He'll have to work as a backup to become more nuanced as a passer at the pro level.|