Fantasy Football News & Views
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.Link to story
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
Colin Kaepernick player page
Quinton Patton player page
NFL | Kelvin Benjamin skips on workout Thu Apr 10, 04:34 PM
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin recently blew off a workout with an NFL coach who was on a special trip to see the prospect. Benjamin's excuse was that he was too tired.
|Footballguys view: Well, that's no excuse if true. We've seen prospects do things like this, but if he was "too tired" this particular move was extraordinarily dumb. Unless he was desperate to not be drafted by this team, though you would imagine that he wouldn't have set up the meeting to begin with. This is baffling and won't go over well if true.|
NFL | Chris Johnson not working out for teams Wed Apr 9, 10:20 PM
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) will not be engaging in private tryouts for anyone, according to a league source. The thinking is that he has generated six years of game film, and he's a proven commodity.
|Footballguys view: Everyone knows what Johnson's game is all about. Speed, speed, and more speed. He's a speed back who is not ready to play a backup role in the NFL. Now that he's on the open market, we should see a few teams interested.|
Chris Johnson player page
NFL | Odell Beckham shines in drills Wed Apr 9, 09:13 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to strengthen his draft prospects at his school's pro day Wednesday, April 9. He shined in passing drills, and did not need to run the 40-yard dash again, electing to stand on his time of 4.43 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.Link to story
NFL | Jarvis Landry improves on dash time Wed Apr 9, 09:12 PM
Louisiana State WR Jarvis Landry posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds at his pro day Wednesday, April 9, in Baton Rouge. He ran a surprisingly slow time of 4.77 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Landry is still not a burner. Think of a smaller version of Eric Decker (Jets) and you have Landry's game summed up.|
NFL | Zach Mettenberger sharp at pro day Wed Apr 9, 09:11 PM
Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger (knee) impressed NFL coaches, general managers and scouts by going through a full pro day workout Wednesday, April 9. He had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament just 13 weeks ago. 'It says a lot about him. And his doctor,' New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said. 'It's pretty impressive. You know, 10 years ago you couldn't do that. I thought he did a real good job.'Link to story
NFL | J.C. Copeland making visits Wed Apr 9, 05:16 PM
Louisiana State FB J.C. Copeland has met with six unnamed teams in the past few days. Copeland ran a 4.94 second 40-yard dash at his pro day Wednesday, April 9.Link to story
NFL | Odell Beckham wows at pro day Wed Apr 9, 05:16 PM
Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham wowed NFL personnel at his pro day Wednesday, April 9.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Beckham can run crisp routes, win contested catches and he has the speed to be a threat vertically. He also has a knack for making difficult catches seem routine. Beckham's natural skill set and ability to make an immediate impact in the NFL will make him a first-round pick in May.|
NFL | Erin Henderson went through rehab Tue Apr 8, 11:24 PM
Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) revealed Tuesday, April 8, that he checked into an inpatient rehab facility Jan. 2, hours after getting out of jail following a single-car crash and a second arrest on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession. Doctors recommended rehab in the past, but the second arrest was 'the extra kick in the butt I needed.'Link to story
Erin Henderson player page
NFL | Pat Angerer still far from workouts Tue Apr 8, 11:23 PM
Free-agent LB Pat Angerer (knee) said Tuesday, April 8, he is still a few months away from being able to conduct an NFL workout as a free agent. He is recovering from microfracture knee surgery.Link to story
Pat Angerer player page
NFL | Santonio Holmes ready to wait Tue Apr 8, 08:01 PM
Free-agent WR Santonio Holmes (Jets) is likely to wait until after the NFL Draft to select his next team, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Holmes isn't the same player he used to be. Injuries have certainly set him back in recent years. If healthy, Holmes could contribute as at least a WR3 team for a needy team out there.|
Santonio Holmes player page
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.|
Jermichael Finley player page
NFL | No visit for Chris Johnson today Tue Apr 8, 04:37 PM
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Titans) does not have any visits scheduled for Tuesday, April 8.Link to story
Chris Johnson player page
NFL | Allen Robinson draft stock on the rise Tue Apr 8, 03:46 PM
Penn State WR Allen Robinson had a strong showing at his pro day, and his stock will be up after today according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Robinson is still going to struggle to get into the first round in this WR-deep draft. He has a higher physical ceiling than some of the other top 10 WR prospects, but he hasn't shown as much ability to hit it in the pros.|
NFL | Brandon Thomas tears ACL Tue Apr 8, 10:48 AM
Clemson OT Brandon Thomas (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a recent workout with the New Orleans Saints.
|Footballguys view: Thomas will miss his rookie season because of this injury. He can play both tackle and guard at the pro level. This injury makes him an incredible value pick for any team in the 2014 NFL draft.|
NFL | Jordan Love turns heads Mon Apr 7, 11:41 PM
Towson CB Jordan Love turned heads at his school's pro day Monday, April 7, under the watchful eye of scouts and coaches from at least 22 organizations. Scouts from many teams were reportedly scurrying to watch more tape of Love and perhaps set up some private workouts. One scout clocked Love at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and another had him at 4.48 seconds.Link to story
NFL | Plenty present for Terrance West's pro day Mon Apr 7, 11:29 PM
Towson RB Terrance West performed at his school's pro day Monday, April 7, with scouts and coaches from at least 22 organizations present. West decided to stand on his NFL Scouting Combine performances, including his time of 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash. However, he did perform running back drills outside despite slick conditions on a rainy and chilly day in Maryland.
|Footballguys view: Those in the media are a little behind scouts here. West is a highly regarded prospect from the FCS level after rushing for over 2,500 yards and 41 touchdowns last year. He averaged an amazing 6.1 yards per carry on 413 totes in 2013.|
NFL | Zach Mettenberger to meet with several teams Mon Apr 7, 02:39 PM
Louisiana State QB Zach Mettenberger is scheduled to meet with the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions before the 2014 NFL Draft, and at least three other teams would like to talk with him.
|Footballguys view: Mettenberger is going to be an option for QB-needy teams who pass on a passer in the first round. At the top of the second round (maybe even late in the first), Mettenberger will be a hot prospect.|