Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Chris Canty plans to play in 2015 Fri Feb 27, 12:10 PM
Free-agent DE Chris Canty (Ravens) said he plans to play in 2015, even though he had been contemplating retirement since the end of last season. 'I am going to continue to prepare to play again and will explore other possibilities to play the game I love,' Canty said. '[The Ravens] helped me re-discover and continue my passion for football, a game I respect and love.'
|Footballguys view: We could see Canty returning to Baltimore in 2015. We'll see how the market responds to a player who is contemplating retirement.|
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NFL | Kevin Dorsey has other teams interested Fri Feb 27, 07:08 AM
Free-agent WR Kevin Dorsey (Packers) has interest from at least three other teams than the New England Patriots. The teams looking at Dorsey were not specified.
|Footballguys view: Dorsey was a seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL draft. He's an explosive player with only one career catch. If added (by any team), Dorsey would be considered a long shot to make the final roster.|
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NFL | Steven Jackson plans to keep playing Fri Feb 27, 12:38 AM
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) plans to continue playing, according to statement posted on his website.
|Footballguys view: Jackson should be able to get a shot somewhere with a team looking for solid veteran depth. He's clearly not the same he used to be, and his time with the Falcons was fairly disappointing.|
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NFL | League to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling Thu Feb 26, 03:31 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension being vacated by a judge is expected to be appealed by the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Of course it will, but this whole thing seems inevitable. After all, they weren't supposed to retroactively use the new rules they set, and yet it certainly seems like they did. If you didn't dump Peterson previously, you might as well hold onto him as his stock will go up - how high depends on where he plays. If you want Peterson at a cheap rate, this is likely your last chance.|
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NFL | Michael Roos retires Thu Feb 26, 11:59 AM
Free-agent OT Michael Roos (Titans) has announced his retirement from professional football.Link to story
NFL | Josh McCown to decide by next week Thu Feb 26, 07:38 AM
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is expected to decide on a new team by early next week. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are considered strong suitors.
|Footballguys view: Neither team is getting him a Super Bowl ring in 2015. We'd pick Buffalo ourselves since they have things like wide receivers. Crazy notion, we know. However, McCown would be a decent holdover in either situation as neither Cleveland nor Buffalo is settled under center.|
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NFL | Ali Marpet performs well at combine Wed Feb 25, 02:42 PM
Hobart OT Ali Marpet posted fastest 40-yard dash among offensive lineman at the NFL scouting combine, running it in 4.98 seconds. He finished in the top five among offensive linemen in the bench press (30 repetitions), the three-cone drill (7.33 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.47 seconds).
|Footballguys view: Marpet is a small-school prospect who has drawn the attention of scouts. This isn't a great center or guard class, but Marpet could be one of the best. He's a Division III standout with good lateral agility and the ability to be a "sticky blocker" at the second level of the defense.|
NFL | J.J. Nelson posts fastest 40 time Wed Feb 25, 12:38 PM
Alabama-Birmingham WR J.J. Nelson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds at the NFL scouting combine, which was the fastest time among all of the prospects.
|Footballguys view: Awesome. It would be even better if he didn't weight 150 pounds. Teams are concerned about players in the 170s....so Nelson might get a camp invite, but we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves for such a small (yet explosive) player.|
NFL | Edgar Jones retires Wed Feb 25, 07:45 AM
Free-agent LB Edgar Jones (Browns) has announced his retirement after seven seasons in the NFL.Link to story
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NFL | Jameis Winston a risk first overall? Tue Feb 24, 04:09 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston impressed scouts at the NFL scouting combine over the weekend, but NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock is unsure if he is worth the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. 'I don't know yet,' Mayock said. 'I take (Winston) No. 1 from a talent perspective. I'm all over it from a talent perspective, but I would have to do more homework off the field because, right now, he scares me. He was the face of Florida State football, and he continued to make bad decisions off the field.' Winston's pro day is March 31.
|Footballguys view: Shocking...err, not so much. Winston is most certainly a risk because of the off-field issues that plagued him at Florida State. We like what he shows on film, but teams are going to have to figure out if he's worth the headache. At this time, the Buccaneers might have locked in on Winston as the top pick.|
NFL | Jameis Winston a lock for top pick? Mon Feb 23, 11:52 PM
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston impressed coaches and talent evaluators with his arm and his intelligence at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'The kid is great on the board, and he can sling the hell out the ball,' said one general manager who has drafted a quarterback first overall. 'I don't see how they cannot take him.'Link to story
NFL | Melvin Gordon in rare company at combine Mon Feb 23, 09:58 PM
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ranked second among running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.07 seconds, and his 60-yard shuttle time of 11.00 seconds was the best by a running back in the past decade.Link to story
NFL | Jameis Winston historically rated Mon Feb 23, 04:44 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will be the second-highest rated quarterback prospect in the last 10 years (Andrew Luck being first) by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay.
|Footballguys view: Let's not get crazy here. Winston reminds us of Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) on film, but he still has to play up to that potential as a pro. This is far from a historic QB class, and Winston is a good prospect....not a historically good prospect like Luck was when he came out of Stanford.|
NFL | Byron Jones posts outstanding broad jump Mon Feb 23, 02:18 PM
Connecticut CB Byron Jones recorded a 12-foot-3 broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine, which is believed to be the combine record. Jones also recorded a 44 1/2-inch vertical jump.Link to story
NFL | Marcus Mariota solid at combine Mon Feb 23, 01:25 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota showed an easy throwing motion during the NFL Scouting Combine and also showed good deep-ball accuracy. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump.
|Footballguys view: Mariota should be able to develop into a good starter at the pro level. He's going to have to get used to throwing into tighter coverage, working from under snap and actually calling plays. At Oregon, he used a signal-based offense, threw to wide open guys and was always in the shotgun.|
NFL | Jameis Winston throws well at combine Mon Feb 23, 01:10 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston showed an easy throwing motion during the NFL Scouting Combine and also showed good deep-ball accuracy. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds and 4.99 seconds and recorded a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-7 broad jump.
|Footballguys view: There are few questions about Winston on the football field. He's a big quarterback who can sluff off defenders while keeping plays alive with his feet. He has a strong arm, and Winston is not afraid to throw into coverage to challenge a defense.|
NFL | Devin Smith's dash time surprises Sun Feb 22, 08:00 PM
Ohio State WR Devin Smith failed to break into the 4.3's at the NFL Combine Saturday, Feb. 21, surprising many. However, his representation said the problem was all in the initial 10 yards. Throughout the combine he has been checking in a 1.45 seconds in the first 10 yards, but for some reason he was at 1.55 in Saturday's workout.
|Footballguys view: Smith will be able to get his time back where he wants at the Ohio State pro day. Most see Smith as a second-round pick.|
NFL | Shane Ray not cleared to run Sun Feb 22, 11:06 AM
Missouri DE Shane Ray (foot) was not cleared to run at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a foot injury.
|Footballguys view: Shane Ray is likely to be a top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL draft. The foot injury should clear up in time for him to workout for scouts at Mizzou's pro day. Ray plays explosively and with a violent nature. He's a disruptive pass-rusher who arrives at the ball-carrier with a thud. It's hard to find many flaws to his game.|
NFL | Randy Gregory posts solid 40 times Sun Feb 22, 10:18 AM
Nebraska LB Randy Gregory posted unofficial times of 4.64 seconds and 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Gregory could be a top-5 pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He has a long frame, and this helps his as both a pass-rusher and as a run-defender. Gregory can bat down passes at the line of scrimmage if he doesn't get to the quarterback in time for a sack. He does need to add more muscle to his frame as tackles who get a lock on him can usher him right out of the way.|
NFL | Vic Beasley runs at combine Sun Feb 22, 10:13 AM
Clemson LB Vic Beasley posted unofficial times of 4.65 seconds and 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.Link to story
NFL | Dante Fowler posts fast times at combine Sun Feb 22, 10:12 AM
Florida LB Dante Fowler posted unofficial times of 4.61 seconds and 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.Link to story
NFL | Todd Gurley ahead of schedule Sun Feb 22, 09:50 AM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) is about six weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to Dr. James Andrews. Andrews said he talked with several of the team doctors at the combine, and they were happy with that they saw from Gurley. Andrews said Gurley probably should not have his knee examined by 32 teams only three and a half months after surgery.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the talented runner here. Gurley is our favorite running back in this draft class. He's powerful, fast, instinctive and can take over a game. Even with this knee injury, Gurley could be a top-20 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
NFL | Nelson Agholor performs well at combine Sun Feb 22, 12:04 AM
University of Southern California WR Nelson Agholor clocked an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 21.
|Footballguys view: That's a good time for a wideout with Agholor's skill set. He gains speed as he goes through a route, and Agholor can move well after the catch. Agholor does have to show better route-running technique as he can get a little sloppy when making a break at the stem. He's likely a second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
NFL | David Cobb hurt at Combine Sat Feb 21, 05:42 PM
University of Minnesota RB David Cobb (leg) appeared to injure his quadriceps while running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 21. He's projected to be a third-round pick by some outlets.
|Footballguys view: Cobb ran a 4.81 with the injury. He's not a blazer, so nobody should have been expecting a 4.3 40-yard dash. Cobb is likely to run at the Gophers' pro day if healthy. We like him as a third-round pick.|
NFL | Duke Johnson impresses with 40 times Sat Feb 21, 03:44 PM
University of Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson posted unofficial times of 4.55 seconds and 4.60 seconds in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: That good for Johnson's draft stock. Johnson is an ultra-fast back who can get to top speed in a hurry and change directions without the need to throttle down. He'll have to overcome the medical problems that plagued him in 2014 (various) and 2013 (broken ankle). Johnson also has to prove he can hang onto the rock after six fumbles over the last two seasons.|
NFL | Melvin Gordon impresses with speed Sat Feb 21, 03:17 PM
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon posted unofficial times of 4.52 seconds and 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Gordon is a player that reminds some of Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) on film. He works well in space and doesn't need to 'throttle down' when changing direction. He should be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. This 40-yard dash time is not as impressive as people were expecting.|
NFL | Marcus Mariota talked with Chip Kelly Sat Feb 21, 02:59 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has spoken with Philadelphia Eagles head coach, and Mariota's former coach at Oregon, Chip Kelly.
|Footballguys view: The Eagles are likely to do whatever they can to move into the top 10 so they can draft Mariota. Kelly did not indicate that the Eagles had their eyes on Mariota in this year's draft, but we know that he should. The Eagles offense has not been able to be run true to scheme because of QBs that don't fit. Mariota would allow us to see what Kelly's offense really looks like at the pro level.|
NFL | Jaelen Strong runs at combine Sat Feb 21, 01:42 PM
Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong posted unofficial times of 4.51 seconds and 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Strong is a former basketball star who naturally boxes out smaller defenders. He has great 'my ball' mentality and can win at the point of the catch regularly. Strong isn't a blazer, and he needs work on his route-running.|
NFL | Devin Smith posts solid times at combine Sat Feb 21, 01:40 PM
Ohio State WR Devin X. Smith posted unofficial times of 4.47 seconds and 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Smith can get to top speed in a hurry. This helps him off the line of scrimmage, but it also benefits him when making a break in his route. We'd like to see him show better hands as too many times on film Smith would double-clutch or body-catch passes.|
NFL | DeVante Parker runs at combine Sat Feb 21, 01:25 PM
Louisville WR DeVante Parker posted unofficial times of 4.45 seconds and 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Parker is not as fast as other receivers in this draft class, but he wins on film. His immense wingspan (80 inches) helps him play above the rim and gives him a huge catch radius. Parker can catch poorly thrown passes, and he has no problem laying out for a catch.|
NFL | Jameis Winston runs at combine Sat Feb 21, 01:23 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston posted unofficial times of 4.97 seconds and 4.99 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: He's not fast ladies and gentlemen. Winston reminds us of Ben Roethlisberger on the field, but even Roethlisberger ran a 4.7 40-yard dash at the combine when he came out of Miami (Ohio). He'll keep plays alive with his feet, but Winston isn't really a rushing threat.|
NFL | Kevin White shows off speed Sat Feb 21, 01:22 PM
West Virginia WR Kevin White posted unofficial times of 4.35 seconds and 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: White could be the top receiver off the board in the 2015 NFL draft. He had problems with drops in 2013, but he did a fantastic job of catching most everything thrown his way in 2014. White finished 2014 with 109 catches, 1,447 receiving yards and 10 receiving touchdowns. There's no doubt he's a big play waiting to happen.|
NFL | Phillip Dorsett runs fast at combine Sat Feb 21, 12:09 PM
Miami (Fla.) WR Phillip Dorsett posted unofficial times of 4.35 seconds and 4.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: There's no doubt that Dorsett can flat out fly. He's averaged over 25 yards per catch since 2012. Dorsett reminds some in the scouting community of John Brown (Cardinals) because of his deep speed and ability to track passes over his shoulder.|
NFL | Marcus Mariota posts good 40 times Sat Feb 21, 11:48 AM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota posted unofficial times of 4.52 seconds and 4.56 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Mariota can get up and move if he needs to. While not the greatest passer, we see Mariota as a guy who needs to prove he can throw accurately into coverage. At Oregon, many of his targets were wide open in that offense. Mariota rarely had to read multiple levels of coverage or throw into tight windows.|
NFL | Breshad Perriman will not work out Sat Feb 21, 11:47 AM
Central Florida WR Breshad Perriman (hamstring) has not been cleared to participate in the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a pulled hamstring.
|Footballguys view: Perriman's dad Brett was a productive receiver in the NFL for years, and Breshad could be a good one as well. It's unfortunate to see him miss out on the combine, but he should be able to participate at his pro day in March.|
NFL | Dorial Green-Beckham runs at combine Sat Feb 21, 11:16 AM
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham posted unofficial times of 4.50 seconds and 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Green-Beckham is a special talent on the field. He has top-10 talent, but off-field problems will cause his draft stock to fall. Green-Beckham could be a late first-round pick as some team like Seattle might be willing to take a chance on him.|
NFL | Amari Cooper posts solid 40 times Sat Feb 21, 11:05 AM
Alabama WR Amari Cooper posted unofficial times of 4.43 seconds and 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Cooper is arguably the best WR in this draft class. These times show up on film as well. We like his ability to create separation and fly down the field. Cooper should be a top-10 pick in the draft.|
NFL | Maxx Williams checks in at Combine Fri Feb 20, 06:22 PM
Minnesota TE Maxx Williams, who weighed in at 6-3 7/8, 249 pounds, ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash Friday, Feb. 20, at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'He is the only tight end I have in the first two rounds,' NFL media analyst Mike Mayock said. He said Williams is athletic -- albeit not explosive -- and has 'really good hands.' Williams also had a 4.37-second 20-yard shuttle and a 34.5-inch vertical jump Friday.
|Footballguys view: Williams is a 'move' tight end who makes some big plays. He performed as well as we expected him to and could see a lot of interest. While not great as an all-around tight end who can block as well as catch, Williams cuts into the mold of successful tight ends like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and more recently, Julius Thomas.|
NFL | Jameis Winston's shoulder strong Fri Feb 20, 04:14 PM
Updating an ongoing story, Florida State QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) has every intention of throwing at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. The weakness in Winston's nerve in his shoulder is a common ailment for pitchers, according to Dr. James Andrews, and Winston played two seasons of baseball in college. His quarterback coach, George Whitfield, said that Winston has been getting stronger in recent workouts, and the injury was news to him. Winston went through measurements Thursday, Feb. 19, and opted to skip testing on the bench press Friday, Feb. 20.
|Footballguys view: It sounds like all the concern was nothing but hot air. Winston should perform well at the Combine, but that is to be expected. He has the pocket passing skills to step right into an offense. It's the character concerns which sink his value right now.|
NFL | Jameis Winston expected to throw Fri Feb 20, 02:53 PM
Updating a previous report, Florida State University QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is still expected to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. Winston has a "back-shoulder nerve issue" that is not a problem. Tests showed no weakness.
|Footballguys view: Teams will like to hear and see this. One of the things scouts and GMs said after the last combine was that they liked quarterbacks and players who were eager to compete at the Combine. Not throwing isn't a deal-breaker, but it helps. Even if a player performs poorly, they still have Pro Day and team visits to turn things around. The alternative is Teddy Bridgewater, who didn't throw at the Combine, looked average at his Pro Day and saw his stick dip.|
NFL | Todd Gurley declines knee exams Fri Feb 20, 02:29 PM
Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) did not allow team doctors to examine his surgically repaired knee during the NFL Scouting Combine. Gurley said he has been on a six- to nine-month timetable in terms of his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in November. He likely will need to have his knee examined closer to the 2015 NFL Draft. It is believed that Gurley has been impressive during the combine.
|Footballguys view: While he may have been impressive in interviews, it is a bit odd that he won't allow doctors to take a look at his leg at the Combine. That's kind of the point of it. You can't help but wonder if it will make teams suspicious. That said, if healthy, Gurley is one of the top two backs in the upcoming draft and could go in round 1.|
NFL | Jameis Winston threw Tuesday Fri Feb 20, 01:37 PM
Updating a previous report, Florida State University QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) threw the football for 90 minutes Tuesday, Feb. 17. Winston had between 120-150 throws, and has shown no sign of weakness according to private quarterbacks coach George Whitfield.
|Footballguys view: That's a good sign considering reports of weakness in his shoulder. We'll wait to hear what the tests he is undergoing show, since it's not like his private coach has anything to gain by being totally honest if there is a problem. But we (and the top five teams in the draft) have our fingers crossed.|
NFL | Jameis Winston undergoes testing Fri Feb 20, 01:36 PM
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) has had further testing to determine why he is experiencing weakness in his throwing shoulder.
|Footballguys view: Many teams from the top end of the draft will be keeping a very close eye on this news, as the 'why' of it will tell them if it's something which can be fixed, how long it will take or if it's a long term degenerative condition. It could certainly bump Marcus Mariota ahead of Winston if the prognosis is bad.|
NFL | Nelson Agholor studying Antonio Brown Thu Feb 19, 09:50 PM
University of Southern California WR Nelson Agholor said he has been studying Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent WR Reggie Wayne in order to emulate both players in the NFL.Link to story
NFL | Duke Johnson the next LeSean McCoy? Thu Feb 19, 09:36 PM
University of Miami (Fla.) RB Duke Johnson said he models his game after Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and hopes to have a similar breakaway ability in the NFL.Link to story
NFL | Sammie Coates talks about dropped passes Thu Feb 19, 09:25 PM
Auburn University WR Sammie Coates dropped five passes on 39 targets last year, and when asked about the drops, he said they were a result of 'a lack of focus.'Link to story
NFL | Marcus Mariota talks weakness Thu Feb 19, 08:12 PM
Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota said at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine that he needs to work on calling plays in a huddle. The Ducks didn't huddle during his time with the team, and he hasn't done so since high school. Mariota would call out signals after the coaching staff held up signs on the sideline.Link to story
NFL | Todd Gurley wants to be like AP Thu Feb 19, 07:41 PM
Former Georgia RB Todd Gurley (knee) wants to have a comeback similar to that of Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Gurley said Peterson is a 'freak of nature' and wants to be a freak of nature himself. 'My goal is to try to get back as fast as possible. But I'm not going to rush anything.'Link to story
NFL | Dorial Green-Beckham says he has matured Thu Feb 19, 02:15 PM
Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he has matured since he had several off-field incidents at Missouri. Green-Beckham said he believes he will fall in the 2015 NFL Draft because of his off-field problems.
|Footballguys view: He may have to do some more convincing. Green-Beckham has enormous talent but he spent too much time messing up in college, including a domestic abuse charge. He eventually was kicked off Missouri's team. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops vouched for him but while he was technically on the team he never played for them so how influential Stoops' word should be is up for debate.|
NFL | Jameis Winston not sure on throwing Thu Feb 19, 12:47 PM
Updating a previous report, Florida State QB Jameis Winston remains unsure if he'll throw at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend. He'll likely make his decision Thursday, Feb. 19.
|Footballguys view: That would be a disappointment and at this moment, could look worse for having said he was going to as it might cause teams and scouts to second-guess Winston's reasoning for either decision. He'll still be there of course and interview with many teams but it adds one more question to a guy who has some off-the-field concerns. At the end of the day, tape is all of course, but we've heard more than one team say they prefer to see guys who 'want to compete.'|