Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Joseph Fauria eyeing comeback Sun May 28, 01:57 PM
Free-agent TE Joseph Fauria (Lions) is attempting an NFL comeback after sitting out last season, according to the Sporting News' Alex Marvez.
|Footballguys view: He was out of the league in 2016, and Fauria bounced between the Cardinals and Patriots practice squads in 2015. The last time he played a down in the regular season was 2014, and he's a longshot to even earn a spot in camp with a team.|
Joseph Fauria player page
NFL | Justin Gilbert facing ban Thu May 25, 10:04 PM
Free-agent CB Justin Gilbert (Steelers) will be suspended for the first four weeks of the 2017 season, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Gilbert was released by the Steelers in February, and he hasn't gotten a sniff on the open market. This suspension isn't going to help that matter. A first-round pick in 2014 (Browns), Gilbert has been a colossal bust.|
Justin Gilbert player page
NFL | Cecil Shorts will not play in 2017 Mon May 22, 06:18 PM
Free-agent WR Cecil Shorts (knee) said he still needs to undergo another surgery on his knee and will not be able to play in 2017. He said he hopes to be able to play in 2018.
|Footballguys view: It would be one helluva comeback if Shorts could pull it off. Turning 30 in December, he tore his ACL, MCL, PCL and dislocated his knee during Week 13 last year.|
Cecil Shorts player page
NFL | Reggie Bush still wants to play Mon May 22, 04:29 PM
Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (Bills) believes he has a lot left to prove in the NFL and wants to continue his playing career. Bush added that he's still working out, staying in shape and looking forward to playing football 'this season.'
|Footballguys view: Last year was a bad season for the veteran back. He only carried the ball 12 times for minus-3 yards with the Bills. His last 1,000 yard season was in 2013, and Bush simply isn't the player he used to be. Bush has spoken to a few prospective teams, but he's going to be patient and make sure he makes the right decision.|
Reggie Bush player page
NFL | Gary Barnidge has talked to multiple teams Mon May 22, 04:01 PM
Free-agent TE Gary Barnidge (Browns) has been contacted by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: Good ole "big play" Barnidge is still looking for a new team, but he doesn't need to be in any hurry. Barnidge had a career year in 2015 with the Browns, collection 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. Last year his numbers weren't the same (55-612-2) but the offense was atrocious and the QB play left a lot to be desired. With the right team, Barnidge could be an effective starter and certainly a fantasy relevant player.|
Gary Barnidge player page
NFL | Darrelle Revis won't face discipline Mon May 22, 10:22 AM
Free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Jets) won't face league discipline after felony assault charges were dismissed in March by a Pittsburgh judge, according to a league spokesman.
|Footballguys view: Charges were dropped in March, but the league wanted to conduct their own investigation with no wrongdoing found. He's not going to get suspended, but Revis is drawing zero interest on the open market. Teams may be questioning his commitment to the game after he seemed to mail it in last year for the Jets.|
Darrelle Revis player page
NFL | Andrew Hawkins receiving offers Sun May 21, 04:15 PM
Free-agent WR Andrew Hawkins (Browns) said he has received contract offers from four teams this offseason and is looking to sign with a contending team.
|Footballguys view: A recent graduate at Columbia University (4.0 GPA), Hawkins should be able to find a team...and a contender...before training camp. His quickness and route-running ability from the slot could work well for a team in need of a veteran reserve at the position.|
Andrew Hawkins player page
NFL | Kedric Golston cleared Sat May 20, 12:58 PM
Free-agent DT Kedric Golston (hamstring) received medical clearance a little over two weeks ago after he finished the 2016 season on the Reserve/Injured list because of hamstring injury. He worked out for the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week.
|Footballguys view: Golston has been with Washington since he was a sixth-round pick out of Georgia in 2006. He only played in two games last year as injuries knocked him out for most of the season. He worked out for the 49ers this week and could latch on with some team for a minimum deal to work as a two-down run stuffer.|
Kedric Golston player page
NFL | Ladarius Green hopes to play Fri May 19, 05:49 PM
Free-agent TE Ladarius Green (Steelers) hopes to find a new team and play in 2017 after he was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to a player that has talked with Green.
|Footballguys view: That's cool, but he's got to be cleared from the concussion protocol first. The Steelers released him with a 'failed physical' designation and we can't see teams lining up for the tight end tease now that he's available. Perhaps something will open up for him around training camp.|
Ladarius Green player page
NFL | Cody Wallace receiving interest Fri May 19, 04:29 PM
Free-agent C Cody Wallace (knee) is receiving interest from the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. Wallace said he is still recovering from the knee injury he suffered during the 2016 season.Link to story
NFL | Vince Wilfork still undecided Wed May 17, 09:45 AM
Free-agent DT Vince Wilfork (Texans) said Wednesday, May 17, he still hasn't made a firm decision on retirement.
|Footballguys view: Wilfork wasn't his old self with the Texans, and he really doesn't have much left to offer a pro team. It's not a firm decision, but he's probably just going to stay retired or get retired or whatever. Wilfork was a force in the middle for years with the Patriots, but his best days are behind him.|
Vince Wilfork player page
NFL | Eddie Royal not fully healthy Fri May 12, 04:14 PM
Free-agent WR Eddie Royal (toe) is still recovering from turf toe injury he suffered during the 2016 season. He is making solid progress but is not 100 percent at this point.Link to story
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NFL | Colin Kaepernick still has interest Thu May 11, 04:44 PM
Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) has drawn interest from three teams since the start of free agency, according to Kaepernick's adviser.
|Footballguys view: We are pretty sure Kaepernick will get a job somewhere, and while his kneeling may have turned off some teams, the fact that Jay Cutler couldn't find a job either might lessen some of the drama about Kaepernick's unemployment. Other issues are his shaky tendencies on the football field, and the very specific set of skills and fit in scheme.|
Colin Kaepernick player page
NFL | Teams still talking to LeGarrette Blount Thu May 11, 10:21 AM
Free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) has interested teams continue to talk to him, and they're trying to work around the compensation the New England Patriots attached to him.
|Footballguys view: That's the rub, and it's also clear the Patriots aren't all that hot to bring him back to the fold since they've signed or visited every running back in the league not named Blount. Maybe Blount could get a job with them if he put on a mustache, fake nose and glasses while telling them his name is MeLarrette Lount. The May 9th tender the team put on Blount complicates things for anybody interested in signing him. Blount can negotiate with other teams up to the start of training camp.|
LeGarrette Blount player page
NFL | Nick Mangold not retiring yet Mon May 8, 04:35 PM
Free-agent C Nick Mangold (Jets) is rehabilitating from his nagging ankle injury and still wants to play in 2017. He has not completely ruled out retirement, saying, 'We're still trying to see what the options are.'
|Footballguys view: Mangold has gotten interest from the Ravens earlier this year, and we think he could get some looks from the Saints due to this Max Unger foot surgery. At 33 years old, Mangold could still have a bit more left in the tank.|
NFL | Tre Boston meeting with teams Sat May 6, 02:18 PM
Free-agent SS Tre Boston (Panthers) has met with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is scheduled to meet with the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers. Boston said his meeting with the Steelers went very well.Link to story
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NFL | Jay Cutler says decision is permanent Fri May 5, 05:59 PM
Updating a previous report, retired QB Jay Cutler said his decision to retire and become a broadcaster will be permanent.
|Footballguys view: Cutler could be good as a broadcaster with his "long hair, don't care" attitude. If he starts really talking how he feels, then it could actually turn into must-see TV for football fans.|
Jay Cutler player page
NFL | Jay Cutler hired as broadcaster Fri May 5, 09:08 AM
Free-agent QB Jay Cutler (Bears) has been hired for a broadcasting job with FOX Friday, May 5.Link to story
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NFL | Jay Cutler moving to broadcasting? Thu May 4, 11:31 AM
Free-agent QB Jay Cutler (Bears) has auditioned for a broadcasting career, which could signal his retirement is imminent.
|Footballguys view: We'd draft Tony Romo over Jay Cutler in a fantasy broadcaster league, but the train wreck factor of Cutler's "I have no cares to give" personality could be worth the price of admission. We're a bit surprised there's no interest in Cutler. Then again, the teams who need a quarterback are looking for younger talent with more upside and less grouchiness.|
Jay Cutler player page
NFL | Gary Barnidge may talk with JAX, CAR Wed May 3, 08:13 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Gary Barnidge (Browns) may meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers.
|Footballguys view: Barnidge could be an interesting fit for either team, though he might make more hay from a fantasy standpoint in Jacksonville as he would have less competition for touches at tight end. In Carolina he would be firmly behind Greg Olsen.|
Gary Barnidge player page
NFL | Gary Barnidge has more visits set up Wed May 3, 12:23 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent TE Gary Barnidge (Browns) has two more visits planned for next week after visiting Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, May 3.
|Footballguys view: 'Big Play' Barnidge is getting quite a bit of interest since being cut by the Browns...and for good reason. He had a down season in 2016, but that has more to do with the inept nature of the Browns offense. The Bills would be a good fit for him, but he may want to explore all options before committing to a new team in 2017.|
Gary Barnidge player page
NFL | Justin Forsett retires Wed May 3, 10:15 AM
Free-agent RB Justin Forsett (Broncos) announced his retirement Wednesday, May 3.
|Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick of the Seahawks (2008), Forsett did a good job of sticking around in the NFL. His best season was in 2014 with the Baltimore Ravens when he had over 1,200 yards rushing and was the 8th-best fantasy running back that year.|
Justin Forsett player page
NFL | Keionta Davis on the mend Mon May 1, 12:29 PM
Tennessee-Chattanooga DE Keionta Davis (neck) went undrafted largely due to a bulging disc in his neck that his specialist said will heal over time. When it does, he'll pick a team to sign with.Link to story
NFL | Evan Engram's stock rising? Thu Apr 27, 05:47 PM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram has suddenly become a late first-round option, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
|Footballguys view: Well, it's a pretty good tight end class so it's not a surprise to see another good tight end move up the board. This could make three tight ends in the first round which we actually don't expect. One of the storylines that should be fascinating to see play out. Seems like the Giants are looking for the answer at tight end. Could this be it?|
NFL | Jabrill Peppers may drop to second round Thu Apr 27, 05:30 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers' fit in an NFL defense seems to be more of a concern than his diluted urine sample, according to Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports. Peppers is believed to be viewed as a fringe first-round pick, but the likelier outcome is that he will be taken in the second round.
|Footballguys view: Of the two issues, the for is the bigger deal although it's hard to imagine a good coach couldn't find things for him to do. Peppers can go anywhere from late first to anywhere in the second. He's a dynamic player who was done no favors by Michigan's tendency too move him to new positions. Perhaps less than 11 positions might have helped the NFL figure this out.|
NFL | Gareon Conley could go in third round Thu Apr 27, 09:17 AM
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley is predicted to be drafted in the third round of the NFL draft, according to three general managers.
|Footballguys view: The timing of the accusations against him reminds some of the timing of the Laremy Tunsil video last year as well as the La'el Collins situation the year before. The situation is serious of course, but we will point out that in both cases the issues were not the factors people made them out to be. Teams may pass on Conley at their peril, but red flags like this must be taken seriously.|
NFL | Davis Webb has 'Dak-like' intangibles? Wed Apr 26, 01:57 PM
California QB Davis Webb 'has Dak (Prescott)-like intangibles, according to one national scout.Link to story
NFL | O.J. Howard receives clean report Wed Apr 26, 11:50 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard received an A-plus medical report.Link to story
NFL | Eddie Jackson has minor procedure Wed Apr 26, 08:12 AM
Alabama S Eddie Jackson (leg) had a screw removed that was causing discomfort in his surgically repaired leg Tuesday, April 25, at the advice of teams at the NFL Scouting Combine recheck. He's expected to be ready for rookie minicamp.Link to story
NFL | Jay Cutler not done? Tue Apr 25, 01:18 PM
Free-agent QB Jay Cutler's (Bears) agent, Bus Cook, said Cutler isn't retiring and hasn't mentioned retirement to him.
|Footballguys view: If Cutler still wants to play, then teams who miss on a quarterback in the 2017 NFL draft could show more interest. There are a lot of project QBs in this class, so it's possible a team could select a player like DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) and still go after Cutler.|
Jay Cutler player page
NFL | Ahkello Witherspoon receiving interest Mon Apr 24, 08:15 PM
Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon said he has met with the Indianapolis Colts and had private workouts with 10 teams.Link to story
NFL | Jabrill Peppers had dilute sample Mon Apr 24, 02:12 PM
Michigan S Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the NFL combine, according to sources.Link to story
NFL | Jake Long retires Mon Apr 24, 12:39 PM
Free-agent OT Jake Long (Vikings) announced his retirement Monday, April 24.Link to story
NFL | Evan Engram more like a receiver Sun Apr 23, 09:05 PM
Mississippi TE Evan Engram is viewed by personnel executives as more of a big wide receiver than a tight end. Engram has 'outstanding receiving potential' but will never be a 'point-of-attack guy,' according to one NFC executive.
|Footballguys view: Engram does play like a super sized wide receiver, and that makes him a mismatch nightmare for opposing defenses. Good ole "anonymous scout" usually gets pretty salty this time of year. Sounds like he's up to it again with Engram...one of the more exciting TEs in this draft class.|
NFL | Jake Butt has all-around game Sun Apr 23, 08:46 PM
Michigan TE Jake Butt was compared to retired TE Heath Miller by an AFC personnel man because of his 'all-around' game.
|Footballguys view: That's an apt comparison, and his skill set is the reason why he could get drafted in the second or third round even though he's recovering from a knee injury suffered in Michigan's bowl game.|
Heath Miller player page
NFL | DeShone Kizer has most upside, most flaws Sun Apr 23, 08:37 PM
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is a boom-or-bust prospect, according to an AFC scout. 'In terms of arm strength, athleticism, talent, intelligence, he's the highest-end guy,' the scout said. 'At the same time, he's also the one with the most flaws.'
|Footballguys view: There's some Daunte Cullpepper to Kizer's game. He's mobile, has a big arm and can throw on the run. However, he slows his delivery quite a bit when setting up to throw and makes poor decisions during crunch time. Kizer has starter's upside, but he needs time to develop.|
NFL | Myles Garrett the draft's best player? Sun Apr 23, 08:25 PM
Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett was ranked as the best prospect regardless of position in the 2017 NFL Draft by 11 of the 16 NFL personnel executives polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
|Footballguys view: The Browns aren't going to pass on a near-consensus no1 pick are they?|
NFL | Mike Williams looking to improve Sun Apr 23, 05:58 PM
Clemson WR Mike Williams said he is looking to get quicker in and out of his routes and has been working on quick movement and explosion drills.
|Footballguys view: Williams is arguably the top WR in this draft class. He reminds some in the scouting community of former Steelers/Giants WR Plaxico Burress because of his size, wingspan and ability to win above the rim. Williams needs to work on his concentration and he'll suffer from focus drops, and he could learn better separation in the route tree. Even with the work he needs to do, Williams is a first-round pick.|
NFL | Corey Davis not fully healed Sun Apr 23, 05:34 PM
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis (ankle) is not fully recovered from his ankle injury but was able to work out with former NFL wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan Friday, April 21. Sullivan said he thought Davis looked very explosive during the workout and showed really good instincts.
|Footballguys view: Davis has seen his draft stock get a little dinged as the draft draws near. He's still likely to go in the first round, and he's certainly a rookie WR fantasy owners need to monitor. Davis was dominant in college, and he's one of the most productive players -- regardless of position -- in this draft. His game is all about using route leverage to get open.|
NFL | Obi Melifonwu met with three NFC teams Sun Apr 23, 05:25 PM
Connecticut S Obi Melifonwu recently met with the Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source. He has also received steady interest from the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.Link to story
NFL | Several teams interested in Nathan Peterman Sun Apr 23, 09:31 AM
Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman has made recent visits to the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: Peterman may not be this year's Dak Prescott (Cowboys), but he could be Kirk Cousins (Washington). Like those two, Peterman is a mid-round pick who could develop into a quality starter. We think Peterman could go in the third round, but in this quarterback desperate league he could go in the second.|
NFL | KC, SEA among teams interested in Chad Kelly Sun Apr 23, 09:24 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly has met with the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks, in addition to having discussions with several other clubs over the phone.
|Footballguys view: We could see Kelly as a late-round pick, but he may fall undrafted due to health concerns. He made it through a dozen passes at his pro day before injuring his wrist, and now he's had surgery to repair the damage. Couple that with plenty of off field concerns, and Kelly is likely to be a priority free agent or teams after the draft.|
NFL | Adam Shaheen the next Jason Witten? Sun Apr 23, 12:47 AM
Ashland TE Adam Shaheen has a chance to develop into a player like Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, according to an AFC scout, and the scout believes Shaheen will be selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: People compare Shaheen to Rob Gronkowski (Patriots) because he's huge (6'6" 280 pounds) and physical. He may be more like Witten as he's never faced great competition as a D2 prospect. Shaheen should be a second-round pick, and he's a rookie TE to keep an eye on...especially in TE-premium leagues.|
Jason Witten player page
NFL | O.J. Howard a rare talent Sun Apr 23, 12:39 AM
Alabama TE O.J. Howard was compared to Washington Redskins TE Vernon Davis by an AFC personnel executive, and the executive said Howard is a 'difference-maker' who can catch and block and is impressive physically.
|Footballguys view: Howard is a rare athlete for the position, and he reminds some in the scouting community of Vernon Davis (Washington). This is arguably the greatest TE draft class in history, and Howard should be the first tight end off the board.|
Vernon Davis player page
NFL | Two teams eyeing JuJu Smith-Schuster Sat Apr 22, 11:49 PM
Southern California WR JuJu Smith-Schuster said the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams have shown the most interest in him ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story
NFL | Glen Coffee wants to return Sat Apr 22, 05:47 PM
Former San Francisco 49ers RB Glen Coffee has been reinstated from the retirement list and wants to return to pro football.Link to story
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NFL | Five teams interested in Devine Redding Sat Apr 22, 09:37 AM
Indiana RB Devine Redding has worked out privately for the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts and is also drawing interest from the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, according to multiple sources.Link to story
NFL | John Ross off some draft boards? Fri Apr 21, 10:53 PM
Washington WR John Ross has been pushed down or pushed off some draft boards all together because of injury concerns, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Off draft boards would be ridiculous....down draft boards makes more sense, but it's also old information. Everyone knew that Ross had knee injuries on both knees in the past, and they obviously could tell that he was going to need shoulder surgery (which he had) after the combine. Ross is a playmaker and reminds scouts of DeSean Jackson, and we feel he should still be a late-first round pick.|
NFL | Reuben Foster's draft stock intact? Fri Apr 21, 10:21 PM
Alabama LB Reuben Foster's incident that resulted in his dismissal from the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine and his diluted urine sample from the combine are not likely to cause him to slide in the 2017 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock.
|Footballguys view: Foster's medical check is more important that this diluted test. He reportedly may need another shoulder surgery before the start of the season, and that could delay his pro debut. If healthy, Foster is an intimidator and has drawn comparisons to guys like Bobby Wagner or Patrick Willis.|
NFL | Jamal Adams going in the top five? Fri Apr 21, 10:16 PM
Louisiana State S Jamal Adams said the New York Jets told him they don't expect him to be available when they select with the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.Link to story