Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Carson Wentz the next Cam Newton? Thu Feb 11, 05:22 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz has emerged as an elite quarterback prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft, and he could be used in the NFL similarly to how the Carolina Panthers use QB Cam Newton. 'Designed quarterback runs, powers, draw plays, some of the zone-read things, that lead me to believe a creative offensive coordinator could implement some of those things for him to take advantage of his unique athleticism for a guy his size,' NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks said.Link to story
NFL | Rashard Robinson drawing interest Thu Feb 11, 01:32 AM
Former Louisiana State CB Rashard Robinson has been drawing a lot of interest and intrigue from NFL executives. He is expected to be measured over 6-feet-2 inches and run at the 40-yard dash in the 4.3-4.4 range at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has also been invited to participate in LSU's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Robinson's issues include him having to leave LSU once and getting suspended indefinitely in 2014 at Texas A&M. If a team is going to roll the dice on him, they will need to know he can handle the work off the field as well as on it.|
NFL | Trevone Boykin invited to combine Thu Feb 11, 01:31 AM
Texas Christian QB Trevone Boykin has received an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine and he will be working out with the quarterbacks. According to sources, Boykin has also been doing receiver work during his combine preparation, but there are no current plans for him to run routes or catch passes at the combine or his pro day at TCU.
|Footballguys view: Boykin is another guy whose off-field issues are a problem (he was arrested for a bar brawl and suspended for his team's Alamo Bowl appearance) but the trickier aspect is his game. Is he a receiver or can he make it as a quarterback? Teams might be leaning towards him as merely a signal caller, since there are no plans for him to run routes, but there are a lot of miles yet to go in this process.|
NFL | Myles Jack likely to go early Thu Feb 11, 01:29 AM
UCLA LB Myles Jack is expected to be taken early in the first round of the NFL Draft. He is labeled as a rare athlete with good athleticism, intensity and versatility with the ability to play all three downs.
|Footballguys view: Jack is an exciting player who also played some offense as a Bruin. He's going to focus on defense at the next level though, and could be a terror at the WILL position for the right team.|
NFL | Braxton Miller receiving help Tue Feb 9, 06:05 PM
Ohio State WR Braxton Miller indicated Tuesday, Feb. 9, that Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter is helping Miller prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine.
|Footballguys view: Miller showed incredible athleticism during the week of practice for the Senior Bowl earlier this year. However, he showed that his route-running needs a ton of work. Miller could pay off as a second- or third-round pick if he continues the transition from college QB to pro WR. He's only played wideout for one year.|
NFL | Paxton Lynch will throw at combine Fri Feb 5, 07:48 PM
Memphis QB Paxton Lynch said Friday, Feb. 5, that he will take part in the passing drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. Lynch is among the top quarterback prospects available in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: It's always good news to hear that a top quarterback prospect is going through the paces at the combine. Lynch is battling Jared Goff and Carson Wentz to be QB1 off of the board.|
NFL | Carson Wentz a risky prospect? Fri Feb 5, 04:06 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz impressed many at Senior Bowl practices last week, but some NFL personnel executives are hesitant to label him a top quarterback prospect entering the 2016 NFL Draft. 'One said 'Boy, that North Dakota State kid is way overrated.' And the other one texted me and said 'After watching him for a full week, there is no way I would draft Carson Wentz in the first round,'' NFL media analyst Lance Zierlein said on.
|Footballguys view: Wentz's small school pedigree could keep him from being classified as a first-round worthy "franchise QB" pick, but Joe Flacco overcame the same label to go in the first round and go on to win a Super Bowl. Wentz shouldn't last past the early second round in any event. His meetings with teams and combine performance could give him an extra nudge up the board. Quarterbacks are hard to gauge in the first round because of the supply and demand issue, and both of Zierlein's sources could easily be teams that don't need a quarterback, or a team in the back half of the first that hopes he'll fall to them.|
NFL | Jared Goff to be active at combine Wed Feb 3, 05:24 PM
California QB Jared Goff said he will participate in all the drills, passing and otherwise, at the NFL combine.
|Footballguys view: Goff could be the first QB off the board in the 2016 NFL draft, and there's a good chance he'll be a top-10 pick. We love that he's not afraid of competition, and Goff should be able to put on a show at the Scouting Combine. Goff has a fast processor and a smooth passing motion. He's got the makings of a franchise quarterback.|
NFL | Joseph Randle arrested for speeding Mon Feb 1, 12:33 PM
Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) was arrested Monday, Feb. 1, on a speeding charge in Irving, Texas. He was arrested near the home of his ex-girlfriend on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Randle was taken into custody, and his bail was set at $359.Link to story
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NFL | Carson Wentz delivers at Senior Bowl Sat Jan 30, 11:53 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz showed a 'big arm,' accuracy and decisiveness during the Senior Bowl Saturday, Jan. 30, according to Mike Mayock of NFL Media.
|Footballguys view: Wentz entered the week with arguably more pressure on him than any other player because of the hype around him and the stakes at hand. The young quarterback certainly did impress during the week of practice against the best competition he's ever played again. The North Dakota State prospect is likely to be a first-round pick, and he may go off the board at no.2 overall as the Cleveland Browns reportedly have interest.|
NFL | Carson Wentz has met with four teams Fri Jan 29, 06:58 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz has met with the Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles.
|Footballguys view: This just in; all teams at the Senior Bowl will show interest in Wentz. A potential top-5 pick, Wentz showed well during this first stop in the pre-draft process. A team like the Cowboys may be willing to move up to no.1 overall in order to secure Wentz in the draft. The Titans currently hold the first pick, but they've already proclaimed that pick is up for grabs if the price is right.|
NFL | Braxton Miller meets with seven teams Fri Jan 29, 06:54 PM
Ohio State WR Braxton Miller has met with the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams and New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: All teams meet with the top prospects at the Senior Bowl. Scouts go up to players after practice each day, but there are scheduled meetings at the team hotel where most inquiries are done. Miller showed well against off coverage this week at the Senior Bowl. However, he needs to learn how to better play against press coverage and he needs to play with better composure when covered closely.|
NFL | Braxton Miller displayed moves Fri Jan 29, 12:49 PM
Ohio State WR Braxton Miller (calf) helped his draft stock at the Senior Bowl before a calf cramp ended his practice early Thursday, Jan. 28. Miller showed quick moves and juked opposing cornerbacks often. He gained separation on nearly every route he ran and showed great hands.
|Footballguys view: Miller has looked good as a route-runner, but he needs to learn how to play better against tight coverage. He also should play with a bit more composure. Twice in Thursday's practice, Miller got a little hyper with the corner who was covering him and the two had to be split up.|
NFL | Carson Wentz rising up draft boards Fri Jan 29, 12:44 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz impressed NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl and could surpass California QB Jared Goff as the first quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: We wouldn't be shocked to see Wentz go off the board with a top-5 pick. He's big, athletic and has a strong arm. Wentz has had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl, and he's making a positive impression during interviews as well.|
NFL | Connor Cook unpopular with teammates Fri Jan 29, 12:41 PM
Michigan State QB Connor Cook was disliked by his college teammates, and NFL teams will examine his attitude in pre-draft interviews. Cook, who had first-round merit, may fall to the second round in the 2016 NFL Draft. He wasn't named a team captain his senior year, and pulling out of the Senior Bowl didn't help his cause.
|Footballguys view: Cook likely hurt his draft stock by not attending the Senior Bowl this week. There are four QBs who may be first-round picks this year, and Cook is one of them. Cook's teammates may not have liked him as he was never voted a team captain during his time at Michigan State. There are also rumors swirling around off-field problems for Cook which could give teams further pause when considering him in the draft.|
NFL | Braxton Miller shows well at Senior Bowl Thu Jan 28, 12:43 AM
Ohio State WR Braxton Miller was impressive in his Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 26, catching the ball well. He has picked up the nuances of the wide receiver position well, and his stock is improving heading into the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Miller has been playing receiver for a year, and he's done a good job of showing well as a route-runner down at the Senior Bowl. However, Miller is frustrated easily when it comes to press coverage. Against off coverage, Miller has the athleticism and strength to get open and catch contested passes. Against a more physical style of play, Miller does not yet know how to work his way open and will become vocal while letting his frustration show. Miller is an interesting developmental prospect.|
NFL | Leonte Carroo shows good hands Thu Jan 28, 12:43 AM
Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo finished the day Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Senior Bowl practice showing his route running is better than expected. He also displayed soft, strong hands while using his big frame to block out defenders for the reception.
|Footballguys view: Carroo does a good job of using his hands to separate at the line of scrimmage. He's got the concentration to catch off-target passes consistently, and Carroo is a willing run-blocker. He's shown the capability of running multiple routes, and this versatility will help his draft stock.|
NFL | Carson Wentz displays arm strength Thu Jan 28, 12:42 AM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz performed well at Senior Bowl practice Tuesday, Jan. 26, despite poor weather conditions. He displayed the best arm strength while throwing with great velocity, and he was not affected by sloppy conditions or wind.
|Footballguys view: Wentz is one of our favorite QBs in this draft class. There's a good chance the Cleveland Browns strongly consider him at no2 overall in the 2016 NFL draft. Went is big, athletic, can throw accurately on the run and he's got the arm strength to make all the throws in the NFL.|
NFL | Carson Wentz receiving interest Mon Jan 25, 06:13 PM
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz said he has met with nearly half of the NFL teams at the Senior Bowl.
|Footballguys view: Good. Wentz may be the best quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft. He's a tall quarterback, but he's athletic and has a quick release to get rid of the football. Wentz should be a first-round pick this year, and he may be the first QB taken off the board if he impresses during the pre-draft process.|
NFL | Paxton Lynch compared to Blake Bortles Sat Jan 23, 11:55 PM
Former University of Memphis QB Paxton Lynch is being trained by former Univeristy of Central Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Taaffe, and Taaffe said Lynch has a stronger arm than Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, who played for Central Florida when Taaffe was the coordinator.
|Footballguys view: We could see that comparison. Lynch is big, strong and has the arm to make all the throws in the NFL. However, he needs to prove that he can make complicated reads after working in a simplistic Memphis offense in college that relied a lot on wide receiver screens and shorter routes. Lynch is likely a first-round pick, and there's a chance he's the first QB off the board.|
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NFL | Ray Rice still wants to return Wed Jan 20, 01:39 AM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) continues to train and remains hopeful of landing a spot to resume his NFL playing career in 2016. 'Honestly, I'm never going to give up. You don't want to give up something you started. You want to finish the right way,' Rice said Tuesday, Jan. 19.
|Footballguys view: Nothing would surprise us, but it just doesn't seem like Rice is going to play in the NFL ever again.|
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NFL | Reggie Wayne retires Sat Jan 16, 05:41 PM
Free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (Patriots) announced his retirement Friday, Jan. 15. 'Yeah, I'm done,' Wayne said. 'It was fun, but it's time. It's just time. Whenever you can admit that you're done, you know you're done.'
|Footballguys view: When Wayne was at the top of his game, he was one of the best receivers in the game. He retires ranking seventh all time in receptions (1,070) and eighth in receiving yards (14,345). He may not be an automatic addition to the Hall of Fame, but we wouldn't be shocked to see him wind up in Canton, OH some day.|
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NFL | Tom Coughlin still wants to coach Thu Jan 14, 05:32 PM
Former New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is still open to coaching but wants the job to be perfect. He's also open to a consulting job with the Giants.
|Footballguys view: There's no reason for him to settle for less than an ideal situation, though we've no idea what that would look like. The Giants would be smart to lock him up as a consultant, though you have to wonder if that would undermine the remaining staff and Ben McAdoo. Nobody likes their old boss hovering around.|
NFL | Derrick Henry to enter draft Thu Jan 14, 03:39 PM
Alabama RB Derrick Henry, who won the Heisman Trophy, will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to sources. Henry racked up 2,219 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns this year.Link to story
NFL | Russell Wilson has Cam Newton's number Wed Jan 13, 06:06 PM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has a career record of 4-1 against Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, including the playoffs. Newton and the Panthers beat Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 6 of this season, however. That was the first time Newton beat a Wilson-led Seattle squad. In those five games, Wilson has thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions compared to Newton's four touchdowns and five interceptions.
|Footballguys view: It's the playoffs....throw out the records. The last time out, Newton beat Wilson in Seattle. This should be a great game, and this contest may be too close to call.|
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NFL | Jaylon Smith declares for draft Mon Jan 11, 12:52 PM
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) intends to enter the 2016 NFL Draft despite suffering a knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl that required reconstructive surgery.
|Footballguys view: Smith is one of the top prospects in this draft regardless of position. It will be interesting to see how this knee injury impacts his draft stock. Smith won the 2015 Butkus Award as the nation's top collegiate LB, but coming back from a torn ACL and MCL suffered about two weeks ago will prove to be challenging.|
NFL | Hue Jackson keeping options open Sat Jan 9, 10:35 PM
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is interviewing for the head coaching positions with the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 10, and Jackson is equally interested in both jobs, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Now that the Bengals season is over, interest in Jackson should ramp up. He's a creative coach who is innovative in the formations and play designs his teams use.|
NFL | Seahawks-Vikings game to be cold Wed Jan 6, 01:03 PM
The wild-card matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Jan. 10 is expecting the temperature in Minneapolis to be a high of 1 degree, not counting the 10-15 mph wind chill factor.
|Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when setting DFS lineups. Both Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater have fared well in cold games in their careers. Wilson is 3-2 with a 66.9 completion percentage while averaging 258.4 passing yards and a 13-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Bridgewater is 6-3 with a 66.5 completion percentage while averaging 191.8 passing yards and a 12-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio.|
Russell Wilson player page
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NFL | High-end prospect Jaylon Smith having surgery Wed Jan 6, 12:30 PM
Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will have surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee Thursday, Jan. 7.
|Footballguys view: NFL Network's Ian Rappoport also added that there is fear of nerve damage as well. Smith was a top-five possibility in the 2016 NFL Draft before the injury, and he's still considering coming out.|
NFL | Two coaches interested in SF job Tue Jan 5, 02:22 PM
Free-agent head coaches Chip Kelly (Eagles) and Mike Shanahan (Redskins) are both interested in the San Francisco 49ers head coaching position. Shanahan last coached in 2013. The 49ers are not giving up hope that QB Colin Kaepernick can be saved, and both coaches have had success with mobile quarterbacks.Link to story
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NFL | Two teams interested in Sean Payton Tue Jan 5, 12:20 PM
The San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles are expected to explore the possibility of adding New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton as their next head coach if the Saints make him available, according to sources. Payton and the Saints met Monday, Jan. 4, to discuss his future and are expected to meet again Tuesday, Jan. 5.Link to story
NFL | Jared Goff entering NFL Draft Thu Dec 31, 08:25 AM
University of California QB Jared Goff will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft in 2016.
|Footballguys view: To the surprise of nobody, Goff enters the draft and should be one of the first quarterbacks taken, if not one of the very first players. Goff has nice accuracy, the arm strength to make throws through tight windows and enough mobility to extend plays.|
NFL | Joseph Randle arrested Wed Nov 25, 10:41 AM
Free-agent RB Joseph Randle (Cowboys) was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 24, in a Kansas casino on charges including felony criminal threats, misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer, interference with a law enforcement officer, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. He's being held on $25,000 bail.Link to story
Joseph Randle player page
NFL | Stephen Hill suspended Mon Nov 23, 05:38 PM
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill (Panthers) has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: This isn't going to help his chances of getting back into the league.|
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NFL | LaRon Landry reinstated by NFL Wed Nov 18, 12:22 AM
Free-agent S LaRon Landry (Colts) has been reinstated by the National Football League Tuesday, Nov. 17, after serving a 10-game suspension for a second violation of the league's PED policy.Link to story
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NFL | Jay Ratliff made threats to coaching staff Fri Oct 30, 12:39 PM
Free-agent DT Jeremiah Ratliff (Bears) returned to the Chicago Bears facilities after being released more than a week ago and made threats to the coaching staff. He told an escort that 'I am the devil' and wished death upon the children of the staff members. Ratliff was also overheard the previous day saying he 'felt like killing everyone in the building.' Police were informed that Ratliff owned 'multiple firearms' and that they were concerned for the safety of everyone in the building.Link to story
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NFL | Brandon Lloyd retires Thu Oct 22, 01:57 PM
Free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd (49ers) announced his retirement.
|Footballguys view: Does this mean we're getting a sequel to the Zombie movie "After Effect?" At the very least can he somehow show up on The Walking Dead? Lloyd has an IMDB page now, which is exciting...until we remember our own Andrew Garda does too and then recall it's really not a big deal (sorry Andrew).|
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NFL | Jermichael Finley announces retirement Mon Oct 19, 04:21 PM
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) has announced his retirement from professional football.Link to story
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NFL | Redskins-Eagles to start on time Fri Oct 2, 04:06 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford and the Eagles will play the Washington Redskins at the regularly scheduled time of 1:00 p.m. EST Sunday, Oct. 4. The NFL was considering moving the game because of potential inclement weather.Link to story
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NFL | Eagles-Redskins could have weather issue Thu Oct 1, 01:11 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins could be affected by Hurricane Joaquin in Week 4 Sunday, Oct. 4. The game could be postponed due to the storm.
|Footballguys view: Keep an eye on this and have some alternatives ready as this whole game could be shifted around. We wouldn't touch either quarterback even in sunny weather so they shouldn't be an issue for you.|
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NFL | Mike Williams banned three weeks Wed Sep 9, 08:59 AM
Free-agent WR Mike Williams (Bills) was suspended three games by the NFL.
|Footballguys view: We doubt any team was falling all over themselves to sign Williams...even before this suspension.|
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NFL | Brandon Spikes hit with four games Wed Sep 9, 08:59 AM
Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots) was suspended four games by the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Teams aren't excited about Spikes anymore, and that's why he's stayed out on the open market as long as he has. This suspension--for unknown reasons--doesn't help his case.|
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NFL | Jonathan Dwyer suspended three games Wed Sep 9, 08:59 AM
Free-agent RB Jonathan Dwyer (Cardinals) was suspended three games by the NFL.
|Footballguys view: Dwyer wasn't getting hardly any interest on the open market anyway. This suspension isn't going to help his cause.|
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NFL | Montee Ball unclaimed off waivers Mon Sep 7, 09:34 PM
Free-agent RB Montee Ball (Broncos) was unclaimed off waivers and he is now an unrestricted free agent.
|Footballguys view: A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Ball failed to impress during the preseason. He's one of the most productive runners in FBS history, but college success doesn't always translate into pro stardom. Ball should be drawing interest from at least a few teams now that he's on the open market. Reports indicate that Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Oakland could be interested.|
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NFL | Grievance filed for Taylor Thompson Wed Sep 2, 06:43 PM
Free-agent TE Taylor Thompson (Titans) had an injury grievance filed on his behalf by the NFL Player's Association, according to a source. Thompson was not waived with an injury designation despite needing knee surgery.Link to story
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NFL | BenJarvus Green-Ellis cleared Thu Aug 13, 05:33 PM
Free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (oblique) has been cleared by Dr. Bryan Kelly, the doctor who performed surgery on Green-Ellis last October to reattach his oblique muscle to the bone. Green-Ellis' agent has been in touch with teams, and Green-Ellis is optimistic a team will give him another chance this year. He thinks he's faster now than he was when he last played in 2013.
|Footballguys view: Now that Green-Ellis has been cleared, we could see a few teams have interest in the veteran back. There were earlier rumblings that Houston could be interested in Green-Ellis after Arian Foster went down.|
BenJarvus Green-Ellis player page
NFL | BenJarvus Green-Ellis drawing interest Thu Aug 13, 10:11 AM
Free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis' (Bengals) agent has been in touch with teams, but they were waiting for the right situation to arise. 'Oh, I'm ready,' Green-Ellis said. 'I've been training. I call them my 'Green-Ellis two-a-days.' I'm boxing, running hills, doing all kinds of football drills. For five weeks now, twice a day, working out like crazy. The Green-Ellis two-a-days.'Link to story
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NFL | Evan Mathis may sign deal soon Wed Aug 12, 12:51 PM
Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) appears to be close to signing with a new team, and a deal could happen at any point, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Mathis is still one of the best at his position. Any team that adds him is likely to pay a premium price for his services.|
NFL | Ray Rice wants to retire the right way Tue Aug 4, 08:00 PM
Free-agent RB Ray Rice (Ravens) told ESPN's Jemele Hill in an interview that aired Tuesday, Aug. 4, he wants a chance to retire after playing. 'I have a lot of hope and faith that I'll be able to hang 'em up the right way ... That's what's keeping me going. That's what's keeping me working. My wife and my kid believe in me. They're pushing me harder sometimes than I can push myself. I just want to give it all,' Rice said.
|Footballguys view: Rice has not received any interest on the open market so far. The Cowboys haven't shown interest, but we'll see if the Texans show interest now that Arian Foster (groin) is going to need surgery.|
Ray Rice player page
NFL | Ace Sanders suspended 10 games Mon Aug 3, 06:53 PM
Free-agent WR Ace Sanders (Jaguars) was suspended 10 games by the NFL Monday, Aug. 3, for a second violation of the league's drug policy.
|Footballguys view: A non-story here. Sanders is unlikely to get another chance in the league.|
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