Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Johnny Manziel booked, posts bond Wed May 4, 06:32 PM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) was booked and posted bond for his domestic violence case Wednesday, May 4, just one day before his first court hearing. Manziel was indicted last month after allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her in January. He faces a Class A misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail with a $4,000 fine.
|Footballguys view: The legal process will take its course, then Manziel will have to deal with punishment from the league. We hope he gets the help he needs. It's not about football right now...and maybe won't be ever again. The kid needs a new direction as his life has spiraled down for quite some time.|
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NFL | Several Florida State UDFAs find landing spots Mon May 2, 01:31 AM
Several Florida State undrafted free-agents have found homes. DT Nile Lawrence-Stample signed with the Cleveland Browns, S Lamarcus Brutus signed with the Tennessee Titans, LB Reggie Northrup signed with the Washington Redskins and DB Javien Elliott will be in the rookie minicamp of the Pittsburgh Steelers on a tryout basis.Link to story
NFL | Amobi Okoye continues to work out Fri Apr 29, 09:32 PM
Free-agent DT Amobi Okoye (Cowboys) is continuing to work out, hoping for one more chance at an NFL comeback.Link to story
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NFL | Early second-round picks popular Fri Apr 29, 05:03 PM
Cleveland Browns director of football operations Sashi Brown, Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson and Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones have the first three picks in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft and are receiving interest from teams looking to acquire the picks.
|Footballguys view: There are tons of defensive players worth a look and so a lot of teams want to move up, especially with guys like Myles Jack still on the board.|
NFL | Myles Jack doesn't need surgery Fri Apr 29, 02:53 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) was told by Dr. James Andrews in December that he does not need to have microfracture surgery on his knee.
|Footballguys view: The key phrase you aren't hearing but is there would be "at this time." Right now he's fine. Three years from now? We don't know. That's why he dropped, but we can't imagine he will drop much further.|
NFL | Myles Jack has insurance policy Fri Apr 29, 10:45 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) has an insurance policy that activates if he's not selected by pick No. 45. He'll receive $60,000 per pick after that worth up to $5 million.
|Footballguys view: Something we have seen more and more the last few years. If you think you might make big money and you are worried you could get hurt, protect your investment - yourself.|
NFL | Myles Jack bigger risk than Jaylon Smith? Fri Apr 29, 10:14 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack's (knee) is more troubling in some ways than Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's (knee) injury, according to an NFL medical source. Smith's knee is expected to heal in time, but Jack's is expected to deteriorate.
|Footballguys view: The question is, how long will that take? If a team thinks they can get five years from him, they will pull the trigger. If not, Jack will continue to fall. Footballguys Andrew Garda and Cecil Lammey are covering the draft in Chicago and other thing reportedly weighing on the minds of GM was his almost casual acceptance to the idea of dropping. You want a player to fight, not accept the inevitable.|
NFL | Myles Jack falls out of first round Fri Apr 29, 09:01 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) was not selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: If Laremy Tunsil was the potential steal with a lot of risk in the first round, Jack fills that roll in the second. Someone is going to see the risk/reward even out and take a chance with one of the best linebackers in the NFL Draft.|
NFL | Video hurting Laremy Tunsil's stock? Thu Apr 28, 09:22 PM
Mississippi OT Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account posted a video shortly before the start of the NFL draft that showed someone wearing some type of mask and smoking a pipe. Tunsil's agent, Jimmy Sexton, said the account was hackedLink to story
NFL | Two teams looking to trade back Thu Apr 28, 07:42 PM
The Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns have both inquired about trading back into the back part of the first round of the NFL draft, according to sources, possibly for Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.
|Footballguys view: There will be a lot of activity in the second half of the first round if Lynch drops and you can include the Chiefs and Broncos among their number.|
NFL | Myles Jack could fall outside top 10 Thu Apr 28, 07:22 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack is likely to fall outside of the top 10 picks in the NFL draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He does have potential landing spots in the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders soon after, though. The New Orleans Saints, who have the 12th pick, have also shown a good deal of interest in Jack.
|Footballguys view: The New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears are strong possibilities as well.|
NFL | Reggie Ragland has heart condition Thu Apr 28, 01:38 PM
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland (heart) was diagnosed with an enlarged aorta in his heart, which isn't expected to alter his football career. It's an issue that he must watch closely, according to seven teams, and he could fall in the 2016 NFL Draft because of it.
|Footballguys view: It shouldn't matter much, as many teams know that monitoring it is all that really needs to be done. Ragland is a very good player who won't drop far if he does at all.|
NFL | Teams shying away from Myles Jack Thu Apr 28, 01:26 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) has 'buyer beware' stamped on him going into the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 28. Scouts and executives are starting to shy away from him because of the uncertainty surrounding the degenerative meniscus issues in his right knee. He's expected to be available Day 1 as a rookie, but his knee likely will require microfracture surgery eventually. Teams are likely to be reluctant to use a first-round pick on him.
|Footballguys view: Whether this is smoke or not, we were surprised that Jack was so candid about the injury. That said, Footballguys Cecil Lammey and Andrew Garda are in Chicago covering the draft and both have heard he won't fall out of the first, although mid-round is no longer out of the question.|
NFL | Paxton Lynch may fall out of first round Thu Apr 28, 09:46 AM
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch could fall out of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft unless the Dallas Cowboys trade back into the round to draft him, in the opinion of ESPN's Adam Schefter.
|Footballguys view: This isn't happening, in our opinion. You always take an extra minute to consider when a guy like Schefter posits something like this, but we don't think he gets past Jets-Chiefs-Broncos.|
NFL | Myles Jack might need injury waiver Wed Apr 27, 10:54 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) might need to sign an injury waiver before certain NFL teams will consider selecting him in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Teams have known about this already, so it's questionable how much this impacts his draft stock. Plenty of media pundits have him going in the top ten, with a few dropping him into the 11-16 range. His talent is undeniable. The question is, how many years do you get before he needs microfracture surgery? If the formula works out to where you can get at least his rookie contract length from him (four years with a fifth year option), then you grab him.|
NFL | Three more visits for Daniel Lasco Wed Apr 27, 07:25 PM
California RB Daniel Lasco recently worked out privately for the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Lasco was a sensation in 2014, but a hip injury slowed him down in 2015. He had one of the two highest SPARQ scores in this years class and is loved by measureables analytics. Consider him a high upside sleeper for the second or third round of rookie drafts.|
NFL | Brian Hoyer will wait Wed Apr 27, 07:15 PM
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) will wait to see what happens with the NFL Draft this week before deciding where to sign, according to a source.Link to story
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NFL| Germain Ifedi had several visits Wed Apr 27, 06:30 PM
Texas A and M OT Germain Ifedi has visited the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts. He has also worked out privately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: Ifedi could be moved inside to guard, but he has a high ceiling if he can tighten up his game in the pros. He might sneak into the late first, but is more likely a second rounder.|
NFL | Two favorites for Reggie Ragland? Wed Apr 27, 06:20 PM
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland has been linked mostly to the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.
|Footballguys view: Ragland is a thumper who would be a tone setter in any defense. He should one of the first IDPs off the board in dynasty rookie drafts.|
NFL | Michael Thomas undervalued? Wed Apr 27, 04:27 PM
Ohio State WR Michael Thomas appears to be undervalued and will make for a better NFL wide receiver than college wide receiver, according to several teams. Thomas has been in contact with the San Diego Chargers recently and is also highly thought of by the Cincinnati Bengals.
|Footballguys view: Thomas has a big frame and underrated athleticism, and he was underused in the Ohio State offense. He has a chance to be selected in the first round tomorrow, but has stiff competition to get into the first day and could instead be an early second day pick.|
NFL | Stock rising for two defensive linemen Wed Apr 27, 04:04 PM
The draft stock of Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins and Mississippi State DT Chris D. Jones continues to rise a day before the NFL Draft. Rankins and Jones are viewed by many teams to be the best interior pass-rushers in this year's draft.
|Footballguys view: Rankins could go in the top 12 and Jones could go in the first round, as players like Aaron Donald have shown the immense value of interior pass rush.|
NFL | Leonard Floyd's stock rising Wed Apr 27, 03:30 PM
Georgia LB Leonard Floyd is rising up draft boards and could be taken inside the top 10.
|Footballguys view: Floyd has a similar combination of tools to Jamie Collins, which makes him very rare, but he is more projection than player. That won't stop a team from taking him very high in a league thirsting for more edge rushers.|
NFL | Jalen Ramsey prefers cornerback Wed Apr 27, 03:15 PM
Florida State CB Jalen Ramsey said 'corner' when asked what position he hopes to play in the NFL. Some evaluators think Ramsey will move to safety in the NFL while also playing cornerback in certain coverages. 'I will play anywhere a team wants me to play, just like I did in college it doesn't matter to me. I want to play ball,' Ramsey admitted.
|Footballguys view: Ramsey should provide an excellent IDP profile for a corner with his ability to play some safety snaps. Even if he lines up at safety, he is such a dynamic athlete that he will be a consideration in the third round of IDP league rookie drafts.|
NFL | Jalen Ramsey tops draft poll Wed Apr 27, 02:19 PM
Florida State CB/S Jalen Ramsey was voted the 2016 NFL Draft's top player in a poll of 19 'national-oriented personnel men' earlier this month.Link to story
NFL | Noah Spence sends drug tests to teams Wed Apr 27, 12:51 PM
Eastern Kentucky LB Noah Spence sent all 32 teams the past 20 drug tests he has taken since May, according to league sources. Eastern Kentucky gave Spence five drug tests from May through December and an independent drug-testing company conducted 15 more each week from January until this week. Spence is expected to be a first-round selection despite his checkered past.
|Footballguys view: Spence might be the best pure edge rushing prospect in the draft. He is going above and beyond to prove his commitment to staying clean and could still go in the top 10, even as high as Tampa Bay at 9.|
NFL | Jaylon Smith likely gone by Round 4 Wed Apr 27, 09:35 AM
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) is expected to be selected by the end of the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: A nerve in Smith's knee has to regrow to him full function in the leg before he can play football again. That could happen in the near future, but it is a huge risk for the team taking him. Smith has top 10 pick game, but won't go until the second day or maybe even third because of this injury. If he can get back to his old form in 2017 (Smith reportedly will not play in 2016 in any scenario), he will be one of the steals of the draft.|
NFL | Ezekiel Elliott compared to NFL great Tue Apr 26, 07:45 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott can be an Adrian Peterson-type running back if he stays healthy, according to an anonymous scout. 'He can catch it, he can pass protect, he's got NFL size and he can run,' the scout said. Elliott has been compared to Peterson before by another anonymous scout.
|Footballguys view: We don't think he's quite to Peterson's level, but Elliott could be close. Elliott has good burst, is a fine receiver out of the backfield plus he's intent when running between the tackles. He's clearly the best RB in this draft class, and he could be a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.|
NFL | Chuckie Keeton has more interest Tue Apr 26, 04:51 PM
Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton has also drawn interest from the Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals.Link to story
NFL | Two favorites for Ezekiel Elliott? Tue Apr 26, 02:46 PM
Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott believes the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears are heavily interested in him. Both teams have already been linked to the running back, but securing him may mean trading up in the draft, perhaps ahead of the Dallas Cowboys, who have also been linked to Elliott.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys may pass on Elliott in order to take a pass-rusher like Ohio State DE Joey Bosa. If they do, then expect the Dolphins to try and leapfrog the Bears to get back into the top 10 to pick up the talented RB. The Dolphins have been trying with every possible angle to add RB talent. They want someone other than Jay Ajayi as their lead back.|
NFL | Johnny Manziel pleading not guilty Tue Apr 26, 12:59 PM
Free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) will plead not guilty after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury Tuesday, April 26, on an assault charge after his ex-girlfriend accused Manziel of domestic violence. The Class A misdemeanor carries up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
|Footballguys view: The legal process will run its course, but then Manziel will have to deal with the NFL. The league is much more serious about domestic violence issues than they used to be. Expect Manziel to at least get fined if not suspended for this.|
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NFL | Myles Jack may need microfracture repair Tue Apr 26, 12:45 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) may eventually require microfracture surgery on his knee, which has an osteochondral defect, where bone and cartilage are beginning to separate. If or when the bone and cartilage fully separate, microfracture surgery will enter the possibilities. 'Is he a four-year player or a 10-year player? But technology is better now. So we really don't know,' a top talent evaluator said.
|Footballguys view: This knee problem is going to ding Jack's draft stock. A top-10 talent if healthy, Jack may now slide to the end of the first round. It will all depend on what teams think of his knee and how long he'll be able to play effectively with this condition.|
NFL | Johnny Manziel to turn himself in Tue Apr 26, 11:51 AM
Updating an ongoing story, free-agent QB Johnny Manziel (Browns) is likely to surrender to authorities Tuesday, April 26, or Wednesday, April 27, after an arrest warrant is issued, according to his attorney. Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on a misdemeanor assault charge.
|Footballguys view: Manziel will now face the justice system for this domestic violence incident. No matter the outcome, expect the NFL to hand down their own discipline on the young quarterback.|
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NFL | T.J. Green rising up draft boards Tue Apr 26, 09:39 AM
Clemson S T.J. Green is a rising prospect that could go late in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Some teams have him highly rated as a cornerback as well.Link to story
NFL | Myles Jack could fall out of top 10 Mon Apr 25, 08:26 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) could fall out of the top 10 in the 2016 NFL Draft because teams are scared of his knee condition.
|Footballguys view: Each team is going to have their own medical opinion on his condition. Our very own Dr. Jene Bramel says this about Jack's injury: A chondral defect suggests a loss of cartilage in the knee. Without knowing exactly where in the knee or how much cartilage is missing, it's impossible to say how serious this is and how soon it'll affect him. It's possible he plays years without difficulty, but it's also possible he'll need microfracture at some point. Draft position will give us a good idea of how many teams flagged him as a substantial risk.|
NFL | Johnny Manziel indicted by grand jury Mon Apr 25, 07:57 AM
Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel has been indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on a misdemeanor assault with bodily injury charge, according to sources in the Dallas County District Attorney office.
|Footballguys view: The legal process must run its course, but Manziel is likely to face discipline from the NFL for this domestic violence incident. Don't expect him back on an NFL field...or more accurately; sideline....anytime soon.|
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NFL | Myles Jack dealing with chondral defect Sun Apr 24, 07:04 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) has a chondral defect in his right knee as a result of the injury he suffered in college, according to sources, but teams differ on how the condition will impact him going forward.
|Footballguys view: Good ole Google describes a Chondral Defect as follows: A chondral knee injury is the result of articular cartilage damage within the knee. Articular cartilage is a specific connective tissue covering joint surfaces. Jack is likely a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, even with this mysterious condition on his knee.|
NFL | Jaylon Smith's prognosis promising? Sat Apr 23, 08:09 PM
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith's (knee) surgeon, Dr. Dan Cooper, said the nerve issues Smith is experiencing are normal at this stage of recovery, and Cooper said there is a 'very good chance' the nerve will regrow completely in the coming months.
|Footballguys view: The reports about Smith's knee are all over the place. He may not have had nerve damage, but at least there was some stretching of the nerve when he suffered a major knee injury in Notre Dame's bowl game. Smith is likely to miss the 2016 season, but he's got star ability if healthy.|
NFL | Le'Raven Clark a busy man Sat Apr 23, 03:59 PM
Texas Tech OT Le'Raven Clark has had 10 visits and 12 private workouts. He will work out this week for teams drafting in the back half of the first round of the NFL Draft as well.Link to story
NFL | Kevin Hogan met with several teams Sat Apr 23, 12:38 PM
Stanford QB Kevin Hogan met with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders leading up to the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Hogan has a ton of toughness, moxie and leadership ability. What he doesn't have is good footwork or arm mechanics as a passer. We see him as a late-round developmental pick.|
NFL | Reggie Ragland receiving interest Fri Apr 22, 04:03 PM
Alabama LB Reggie Ragland said he has met with seven teams over the last two weeks. He said the Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints have shown he most interest in him.Link to story
NFL | Jaylon Smith may slip to middle rounds Fri Apr 22, 02:35 PM
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) could fall to the third or fourth round of the NFL Draft due to the nerve damage in his knee, according to NFL Draft expert Mike Mayock. Smith was a top-five talent before the injury.Link to story
NFL | Ronnie Stanley picking up steam Fri Apr 22, 02:19 PM
Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley has gained momentum and could go in the top 10 of the 2016 NFL Draft, possibly even ahead of Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil.Link to story
NFL | Kenneth Dixon versatile but limited? Fri Apr 22, 12:28 AM
Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon isn't capable of being a workhorse back, according to Senior Bowl president and former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage, but Savage believes Dixon could be either the primary ball carrier or third-down back if paired with another quality back.
|Footballguys view: We like Dixon's ability to quickly burst in and out of his breaks. He runs a bit out of control at times, but Dixon is a dangerous player in space who can make big plays. Dixon should be a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and should be used in some form of RBBC.|
NFL | C.J. Prosise wants to play every down Fri Apr 22, 12:08 AM
Notre Dame RB C.J. Prosise referred to himself as a 'three-down guy' and compared himself to New York Jets RB Matt Forte because of his ability to make big plays as a runner and a receiver.
|Footballguys view: A converted wide receiver, Prosise has an interesting skill set. He's got the size to be a full-time back and Prosise wastes little motion as a runner. With five fumbles on only 156 college carries, Prosise needs to prove that he can take care of the rock at the pro level. We'd also like to see a little more urgency when he runs. At times, Prosise will be too patient when waiting for blocks to develop in front of him.|
NFL | Two teams to meet with Cardale Jones Thu Apr 21, 07:58 PM
Ohio State QB Cardale Jones will meet with the San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals next week, according to Cleveland-area high school coach Ted Ginn Sr. Ginn will also meet with the Chargers and Cardinals regarding Jones. Jones played quarterback for Ginn in high school.
|Footballguys view: Jones has the size and the arm, but isn't quite as developed from an accuracy and game management standpoint. He's going to take time. A team like San Diego or Arizona has a starter in place and can work with Jones to develop while being patient.|
NFL | Possible numbers for Josh Norman deal Thu Apr 21, 07:32 PM
Free-agent CB Josh Norman's (Panthers) future deal is expected to be worth between $14 million and $15 million per year, according to sources. Five-year deals are being discussed with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.
|Footballguys view: That's right where he wanted the money to be, so it's a win for him. The difference might be guaranteed money, though his camp has said that isn't a factor.|
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NFL | Four teams contacting DeForest Buckner Thu Apr 21, 06:53 PM
Oregon DE DeForest Buckner said he's been contacted pretty regularly by the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.
|Footballguys view: Widely regarded as the second best defensive end in the class (just behind Joey Bosa), Buckner is an impressive looking player who combines strength, quickness and athleticism to be both a good run defender and pass rusher. All four of those teams could use his talents, and we don't expect to see him slip much beyond Tennessee, if he even drops that far.|
NFL | Myles Jack would love to play for Dallas Thu Apr 21, 02:38 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack said he'd love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, who hold the No. 4 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Dallas would be lucky to have him and given their pass rush issues - and the departure of Greg Hardy and suspension of Randy Gregory - they need to help. We would not be surprised if he became a Cowboy in a week.|
NFL | Myles Jack says knee concerns false Thu Apr 21, 02:36 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) said his knee is fine and thinks the concerns hovering over it is a smokescreen. 'As far as my knee goes, it's absolutely fine. I've been working out for teams,' Jack said. 'I think you guys have seen the videos and stuff, so on my end everything's fine. I don't know if this is a smokescreen or whatever it is, but at the end of the day, whoever wants to take me will take me. I'm not worried about it.'
|Footballguys view: This comes down to one thing - if his knee is an issue (and teams will know), how many years do you get? Because if you have him for the initial 4-5 years of his career and he's productive, and then he breaks down, you got 4-5 years of great production. It wouldn't be surprising if this was a smokescreen to drop him to another team, and we'll take Jack at his word. Adding him to a defense would be a huge help to that squad and we don't think he leaves the top ten.|
NFL | Brian Hoyer taking his time Thu Apr 21, 02:07 PM
Free-agent QB Brian Hoyer (Texans) finished his meeting with the Denver Broncos and took a physical Thursday, April 21, but there is no rush for him to sign with a team.
|Footballguys view: He's a back-up so there's no reason to rush at all, at least as far as the Broncos should be concerned. And for Hoyer, he has options, so why rush? Until OTAs really get under way, he has time.|
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