|Austin Seferian-Jenkins tossed from practice|
Tampa Bay Times
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2016, 1:40 pm
|Bucs tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins walked off the field in the middle of Thursday's voluntary OTA practice, sent off by first-year head coach Dirk Koetter.
"I did send him off," Koetter said. "That's between me and him. ... You guys are making more of it than you need to."
Koetter was asked about the play immediately before Seferian-Jenkins was sent off, and he said that the third-year tight end "didn't know what he was doing."
(Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: It sounds like this was a teaching moment for the young tight end and shouldn't be viewed as anything more until we here otherwise. ASJ is boom or bust fantasy TE with low-end TE1 upside.
| Ameer Abdullah expected to be ready for camp|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 6 2016, 11:49 am
|Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, Brandon Pettigrew (knee) will not. (Dave Birkett on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Abdullah had shoulder surgery back in January but GM Quinn believes the second-year back will ready for camp in July. The Lions had 354 rushing attempts last season, tied for the 31st in the league. Only Miami (344) had fewer attempts and that philosophy isn't expected to change anytime soon keeping Abdullah's ceiling at a RB2 level.
| Jared Cook has "very minor" foot surgery|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Doug Orth | Jun 3 2016, 6:53 pm
|If this were October, Jared Cook would be on the field Sunday, playing in a game. This is not the middle of October; it’s the first week of June. So Cook, the Packers lone free-agent acquisition this offseason, had a “very minor” foot surgery this week, a source confirmed to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The procedure was considered a preventative operation. The Packers wanted to be cautious. Cook is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, a source said. (Green Bay Press Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like Cook won't be able to build any on-field chemistry with Rodgers until training camp. Not an ideal situation for the pass-catching specialist at tight end but not something that will knock his fantasy value down unless the rehab lingers into mid-August.
|Bradford remains No.1 QB in Philadelphia|
Pederson: "I think he's done an outstanding job"
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 3 2016, 5:30 pm
|Doug Pederson said the Eagles' quarterback depth chart remains unchanged. Sam Bradford is the No. 1 quarterback and will be the starter when the season begins. Chase Daniel is No. 2, and rookie Carson Wentz is the No. 3 quarterback.
"I've said that from day one," Pederson said.
FFToday's Take: Despite recent discussion of "open competition" the job is Bradford's to lose and unless he shows terribly during the pre-season he will be the starter Week 1. Given the new system and Bradford's limited ability, he's nothing more than a QB2 in redraft leagues.
|Hurns signs extension with Jaguars|
$20 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2016, 6:30 pm
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up Allen Hurns with a long-term deal. The wideout signed a four-year extension the team announced. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $40 million and includes $20 million in guarantees. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns scored 10 touchdowns as the Jaguars turned into a pass-happy team in 2015. He's being overdrafted currently as the No.25 receiver off the board in standard redraft leagues as his touchdown number is likely to decline. He's more of a WR3 than a WR2.
| Browns TE Gary Barnidge has hernia surgery|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 2 2016, 10:21 am
|Amid an offseason where the Browns have added five rookie wide receivers, one of their best pass catching options will miss time due to a sports hernia surgery. Tight end Gary Barnidge will miss the rest of the team's offseason program but should return for the start of training camp, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Thursday. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: With one of the weakest and youngest receiving corps in the league, Barnidge may be the team's most reliable weapon in the passing game this season. Assuming he doesn't have any setbacks he should be fine for training camp and Week 1. Barnidge is mid-level TE1 in redraft leagues.
|Jets, Fitzpatrick no closer to deal|
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2016, 6:27 am
|Despite chatter over past week, Jets and Ryan Fitzpatrick are not any closer to a deal. Salary stalemate continues. And could for a while. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzpatrick is reportedly upses with the amount of money being offered. With no other viable alternatives on the market, its likely the Jets and Fitz will agree on a deal. Until then, his fantasy value along with the values of Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker remain on hold.
| Benjamin limited to individual drills during OTAs|
Rehabbing ACL injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 31 2016, 5:00 pm
|Kelvin Benjamin did mostly individual work Tuesday, running routes “on air” - as Panthers coach Ron Rivera called it - rather than against actual defensive backs. That will come. The training staff is not going to rush back the team’s No. 1 wide receiver nine months after surgery. “You take it slow and then you build up,” Benjamin said. “So you’re basically coming out and you walk some routes. Then you start jogging. Then you’re full speed eventually. So it’s just trusting it and getting that confidence.” (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: It appears Benjamin will begin seriously testing his knee during training camp at the end of July. “I’m not where I want to be, but I’m still getting there,” Benjamin said. “It’s just getting that football wind back.” Benjamin is being drafted in the middle of the third round, WR15 in early redraft leagues. He's on the radar for WR2 value.
| Foster: "I probably need another month"|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2016, 7:00 am
|Arian Foster is at a crossroads in his career. Arian says he is at peace as he works his way back from the Achilles tear that cut his last season with the Texans 12 games short. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Arian said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl lever I can be at."
FFToday's Take: Foster has received interest from a couple teams during free agency including Miami but will wait to sign until he's closer to 100 percent healthy. Foster struggled rushing the ball in his four games last season (2.6 ypc) but made his fantasy success in the receiving department with 227 yds and 2 TDs.
|Browns to lean on running game in 2016|
Hue Jackson is a run-first head coach
By: Mike Krueger | May 26 2016, 6:00 am
|"We are going to be a run-oriented football team, everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs. As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Jackson's offenses his last two seasons in Cincinnati and during the 2010 and 2011 seasons in Oakland were all in the top ten in rushing attempts per game. Jackson broke into the league as a running backs coach in 2001 with Washington. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: It's a no-brainer for the Browns who have limited and inexperienced talent at quarterback and receiver. Fantasy owners wanting to take a chance on Browns players should focus on TE Gary Barnidge and running backs Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson and avoid the receiver position.
| Ladarius Green sitting out OTAs|
Recovering from ankle surgery
By: Mike Krueger | May 25 2016, 10:00 pm
|The former San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has been limited to mental reps at the start of organized team activities because of offseason ankle surgery he had before signing with the Steelers in March. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The expectation is that Green will be ready for the start of training camp but it's a situation to monitor. Green is expected to be the primary pass-catching tight end for a high-powered Steelers offense. Jesse James will see increased reps in Green's absence.
| Tyler Eifert to have ankle surgery|
Could miss three months
By: Mike Krueger | May 24 2016, 1:51 pm
|When Tyler Eifert left the Pro Bowl in a walking boot following an injury to his left ankle the initial diagnosis and estimates for his recover were promising. The Enquirer has learned from multiple league sources that the 25-year-old tight end will undergo what was deemed a "minimal procedure" on that ankle soon. A three month recovery is anticipated. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: This procedure puts Eifert's Week 1 status in doubt. The Bengals have lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency and are now struggling to field viable weapons for Andy Dalton. A.J. Green and Eifert are expected to be the top two options in the passing game. Assuming Eifert can return by Week 1 he'll come at a nice discount in redraft leagues.
|Browns cut WR Brian Hartline|
Browns roster overhaul continues
By: Mike Krueger | May 23 2016, 1:23 pm
|After selecting four receivers in the 2016 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns cut ties with a veteran.
The Browns released wideout Brian Hartline on Monday, according to the team. Hartline compiled 523 yards on 46 receptions, with two touchdowns in 12 games last season, his only year in Cleveland.
FFToday's Take: Fantasy owners will be avoiding Browns receivers due to lack of name recognition and while one may emerge as fantasy worthy it will be difficult to predict who may emerge. First-round pick Corey Coleman will likely have the highest ADP during the Summer drafting season. Hartline will likely catch-on with a team needing a No.3 or No.4 receiver
|Charles Clay likely to be more involved in 2016|
OC pleased with TE's ability as a receiver and blocker last year
By: Doug Orth | May 23 2016, 12:10 am
|In weekly film analysis during the season, Buffalo coaches saw numerous instances where Charles Clay was open or in single coverage and Tyrod Taylor didn't look in his direction, even though Clay had a higher rate of receptions on his routes (15.4, per ESPN) than fellow tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Tyler Eifert. That's something OC Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee are setting out to change through offseason workouts and training camp. Clay also needs to be healthier than he was in 2015, when he had a knee and calf issues on top of the back injury that ended his season prematurely. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Roman has gone on record to say Clay will be more productive in 2016 than he was last year (51 catches, 528 yards and three touchdowns), and that could especially be the case if Sammy Watkins has any kind of setback with his foot injury. For now, treat Clay as a low-end TE1 with considerable upside, likely to be limited mostly by the run-heavy nature of the Bills' offense.
|Devontae Booker eyeing starting job in Denver|
"I'm not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job.”
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2016, 12:55 am
|Devontae Booker is now one of 41 rookies at the NFL Players Association in Los Angeles.
“My message to Broncos fans is I want to be one of the best running backs to come out of Denver," Booker told NFL Twitter. “I’m not there to carry pads, I’m there to take someone’s job.”
Booker might want to participate in a practice drill before he talks again. Last year's torn meniscus has kept him from participating this offseason except walkthroughs and will take him out of the first set of the OTAs that begin next week. (9 News Denver)|
FFToday's Take: Booker needed two surgeries to correct the knee injury that caused him to miss his final three games at Utah last season. The rookie shouldn't have much problem working his way into the No. 2 role in Denver in front of Ronnie Hillman, but he'll be hard-pressed to beat out C.J. Anderson after the Broncos matched the Dolphins' offer sheet (four years, $18 million) this offseason. Booker will have a role, but it will probably be as a breather back - at least in the early going.
|HC: Bears will go with "hot hand" at RB|
Jeremy Langford, Jordan Howard, Kadeem Carey in the running
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2016, 12:25 am
|After Matt Forte spent the last eight seasons as the offense's heartbeat, coach John Fox seeks to keep it pumping with a committee approach. Replacing Forte's production, dependability and steadying presence is one of the team's greatest challenges entering Fox's second season.
"Who they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are," Fox said. "Then situationally, it can be…whoever has a hot hand." (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: No coach seems to love using RBBC more than Fox, and his history of doing so is the chief reason why owners should not be counting on RB1 numbers from Jeremy Langford. The Bears want to see more physical running from the second-year back (his 1.13 yards after contact ranked 46th out of 47 RBs with at least 100 carries) and drafted Jordan Howard to provide it if Langford cannot. Langford should be considered the favorite, but he's probably best viewed as a high-upside RB2 for now.
|Ajayi distancing himself from the RB pack|
Gase: Second-year back is "clubhouse leader"
By: Doug Orth | May 21 2016, 12:05 am
|Dolphins HC Adam Gase said Thursday that second-year tailback Jay Ajayi is the clubhouse leader when it comes to the vacant starting spot.
Gase said Ajayi -- a former Boise State standout whom the Dolphins selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft -- has put some distance between himself and Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas, Isaiah Pead, Jahwan Edwards, and Kenyan Drake, the 2016 third-round pick, who hasn't practiced with the team yet. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: This is all owners could ask for at this point of the offseason for Ajayi, who appears to be taking advantage of his opportunity after Miami added only a complementary back (Drake) in the draft after losing Lamar Miller in free agency. The second-year back slipped in the 2015 draft due to long-term concerns about his knee, but he is easily the most likely Dolphin to handle 15-18 touches per week this season.
|Stefon Diggs looking to build off rookie season|
Minnesota passing attack trending up
By: Jake Gordon | May 18 2016, 7:00 pm
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — It was just over a year ago that Stefon Diggs was waiting for his named to be called during the 2015 NFL Draft. Now that Diggs is a year older and a year wiser, he said the frantic pace of practice has slowed down a bit. “You get more comfortable so you can play even faster,” he added. “I feel a lot better.” Diggs was one of a handful of wide receivers that met up with Teddy Bridgewater in Florida this offseason. “He definitely knows me (better),” Diggs said. “The more time we spend together, the more comfortable we’ll get with each other as far as thinking alike.”
FFToday's Take: Stefon Diggs won't anchor your receiving corps but he should lead the Vikings up and coming passing game. After catching nearly 62 percent of his targets as a rookie, Diggs is primed to see his targets climb over the century mark with an improved catch rate in Norv Turner's vertical passing attack. The addition of rookie Laquon Treadwell gives Minnesota their most talented receiving duo since Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin racked up a combined 2,102 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009.
|Cowboys ink RB Ezekiel Elliott|
Four-year deal for fourth overall pick
By: Doug Orth | May 18 2016, 4:33 pm
|IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Ezekiel Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick. (AP Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Elliott enters a backfield featuring Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden atop the depth chart so he may not see the field right away in 2016. Nevertheless, he arguably has more upside than anyone else the Cowboys have at the position and may only need a great preseason or an injury to put him in the mix for carries this year. Elliott's pedigree, draft position and firm grip on the "running back of the future" label in Dallas make him more attractive in dynasty formats where he could be among the top 15 at the position as soon as 2017.
|Is TE Virgil Green about to break out? |
Opportunity is now for veteran tight end
By: Jake Gordon | May 18 2016, 10:19 am
|Tight ends play a critical role in Gary Kubiak's offense. From blocking in the run game, to pass catching on the bootleg, to being primary receivers in the red area, the Denver Broncos offense will rely on tight ends producing regularly.
Entering 2016, the top of the TE depth chart has been overhauled. Owen Daniels has been released and Vernon Davis signed in Washington. The Broncos are now counting on Virgil Green, Jeff Heuerman and Garrett Graham to be first in line to produce.
With Kubiak's preference of playing two tight ends, there will be plenty of chances for the trio to prove they can provide more punch to the offense than the previous placeholders.
"With O.D. (Owen Daniels) being gone, there is a better chance," Green said of his opportunity as a pass-catcher, via the Denver Post. "I really want to, in training camp, show that I can be not just the pass guy, but just the every-down tight end guy."
FFToday's Take: The TE position is up for grabs in Denver and Virgil Green will compete with sophomore Jeff Heuerman and Garret Graham for the lion's share of the workload in a tight-end heavy system. All three have struggled to become NFL regulars but Green and Heuerman possess the most offensive upside of the trio and are worth watching throughout the pre-season. One or both of them could provide sneaky value to the bargain fantasy shopper.
|San Diego claims QB Mettenberger|
Titans had placed him on waivers a day earlier
By: Jake Gordon | May 17 2016, 5:43 pm
|The San Diego Chargers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers on Tuesday, bringing the 6-5, 224-pound former Tennessee Titan into the fold. To make room, the team waived QB Bryn Renner. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers' current coaching staff features two of Zach Mettenberger's former coaches while he was in Nashville in Ken Whisenhunt and John McNulty. The familiarity should provide Mettenberger a solid shot to be Phillip Rivers' backup heading into the 2016 season as he battles incumbent Kellen Clemens. Mettenberger became more expendable in Tennessee after the team chose a more experienced quarterback, Matt Cassel, to serve as the primary backup to starter Marcus Mariota.
| Sammy Watkins has broken bone in foot|
With a screw inserted, he should be ready by training camp
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 4:38 pm
|WR Sammy Watkins suffered a broken small bone in his foot & had a screw inserted, source said. Should be ready for training camp. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sammy Watkins' elite talent and lack of competition still provide plenty of fantasy upside as he enters his third year in the league. However, lower body ailments of the calf, hip and now foot should cast enough injury concern to make him a risky choice as your team's top receiver in 2016.
| Broncos' Sanchez has thumb surgery|
Only expected to be be out a week
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 4:00 pm
|ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Mark Sanchez will miss the first few days of OTAs next week after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left, non-throwing hand.
The Denver Broncos' new quarterback injured his left thumb in a weight room mishap on Thursday while participating in team-wide strength and conditioning work.
He underwent surgery Saturday in Vail, Colorado.
FFToday's Take: Not much to read into here as the team expects Mark Sanchez back in about a week. He will miss the start of OTAs but remains the favorite to open the season as the starter in Denver.
|Redskins and Cousins still talking long term deal|
QB accepted franchise tag in March
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 3:00 pm
|General manager Scot McCloughan has remained confident that the team will be able to work out a deal before then, but even if they don’t, he is optimistic it will happen eventually.
“We’re still talking,” McCloughan said on Monday at Ryan Kerrigan’s Leukemia Golf Classic. “Saw him this morning, still talking. It’s a positive situation. As you guys are well aware, we want him back, he wants to be here, we just got to work out a deal.
“It’s a big contract. It’s a position that’s very important to us and he wants to be in an organization he feels very passionate about. If it’s not July 15, don’t worry, we’ll figure it out.”
FFToday's Take: For anyone who didn't notice, Kirk Cousins threw for over 4100 yards in 2015 and had a combined 34 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions. He achieved those marks by notching a completion percentage just a tick under 70-percent. The real question for fantasy owners and GM Scot McCloughan is whether Cousins can sustain or even build off his excellent 2015 campaign or will he regress to being a league average signal caller.
| Amendola recovering from off-season surgeries|
Wide receiver's recovery timeline isn't yet clear
By: Jake Gordon | May 16 2016, 1:00 pm
|Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that may impact the start of his 2016 season. Amendola underwent surgery to repair the left knee that gave him considerable trouble late last season, and he also had to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries occurred early this offseason. The timeline is still a concern because it’s far too early to know when Amendola will return at full strength, and the Patriots will not rush him back to the field until he is ready.
FFToday's Take: After Julian Edelman the list of receivers on the Patriots roster is full of unknowns. Danny Amendola hasn't been able to stay healthy for a full slate of games since 2010 but he has the skill set to be a useful fantasy contributor with New England if he can shed those worries by the time training camp opens and separate himself from lesser known commodities.
| Melvin Gordon still recovering from knee surgery|
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2016, 8:00 am
|The Chargers running back participated in on-field drills Monday. Afterward, he acknowledged he is not yet 100 percent, still working back from a January knee procedure. Sources said that Melvin Gordon underwent microfracture surgery and was given a recovery timetable of four to six months. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The 4-6 month timetable should allow him to compete fully in training camp and with the Chargers not addressing the running back position in free agency or the draft, it's safe to say they are comfortable with Gordon being ready for the regular season. Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver are scheduled to be the top three RBs on the depth chart.
|Justin Hunter could be odd man out|
Projecting the Titans WR group
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2016, 8:45 am
|So if Tajae Sharpe - who caught 111 passes last season for Massachusetts - looks good, it could mean trouble for Justin Hunter. The former second-round pick missed almost half of last year and hasn’t caught as many as 30 passes in three years.
FFToday's Take: The Titans drafted the rookie Sharpe in the 5th round and assuming Rishard Matthews, Kendall Wright, Dorial Green-Beckham and Harry Douglas have roster spots locked up, Hunter could be on the outside looking in. While showing unique athleticism, Hunter has yet to crack 500 receiving yards in any of his three seasons.
|Sam Bradford expected to report today|
OTAs begin next week
By: Mike Krueger | May 9 2016, 8:00 am
|Connor Barwin told 94.1 WIP in Philly he received a text from Bradford saying the quarterback will report for Eagles voluntary workouts today, per Howard Eskin.
"He'll be here today. I talked to him. He'll be here this week -- he'll be here today," Barwin said. "I feel like I'm the Sam Bradford like news -- reporting for Sam. But yeah, he'll be here today."
FFToday's Take: Bradford's "holdout" will end prior to the Eagles OTAs which begin next week. He reportedly demanded a trade when the team traded in up in the draft to select QB Carson Wentz. Perhaps Bradford has come to his senses and realizes that doing the best he can for the Eagles in 2016 is the correct path.
|Redskins, Jordan Reed agree on extension|
5-years, 22 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2016, 9:23 am
|Redskins TE Jordan Reed is signing a 5-year, $50 million extension, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Reed's battled injury concerns during his three-year career but remains a difference maker at the position when healthy. He finished 5th in fantasy points (standard scoring) among tight ends last season despite missing two games. He'll be a high-end TE1 in redraft leagues.
| Murray to still carry the load for Titans|
Head coach calls RB after Derrick Henry pick
By: Mike Krueger | May 2 2016, 8:30 am
|“You know, I talked with DeMarco Murray not long after we made the pick,” Mularkey said, assuring the running back that he remained among the team’s prized offseason acquisitions, and that he’d be heavily involved in the team’s game plan each week. “I told DeMarco, look, nothing has changed since we made the trade for you,” he said. “You’re still the guy that’s going to carry the load for us. When you need to take a break and come off the field there will be no letdown from the next one that comes in, whoever that is. (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans have struggled to find a running game in recent years with Bishop Sankey and David Cobb both failing to make an impact. Taking the coach at his word it sounds like rookie Derrick Henry will be in a clear backup role and Murray is at least playing nice with his comments. Henry should be viewed a handcuff to Murray.
|Eagles not shopping Bradford|
Broncos mulling other options at QB
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 28 2016, 8:35 am
|Denver does not expect Philadelphia to trade Sam Bradford to Broncos or to any team, per sources. Broncos now mulling other QB options. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford's request for a trade from the Eagles seems to be falling on deaf ears... as it should. It appears Bradford will be a bridge to rookie Carson Wentz, assuming Wentz is taken by the Eagles at No.2 in tonight's draft.
| Mulitple teams interested in moving up for Elliott|
Browns fielding offers for No.8 pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2016, 9:50 am
|Trade spot to watch: Browns at No. 8. They've been having discussions with teams behind them who would want to come up for Ezekiel Elliott. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins (pick No.13), Bears (pick No.11) and the Giants (pick No.10) have all been rumored to be interested in the Ohio State running back. Tabbed as a "more explosive Doug Martin" by FFToday's Doug Orth, Elliott is a complete back that should have an immediate fantasy impact in 2016 no matter where he lands on draft day.
| No timeline for Rawls, Jimmy Graham return|
Seahawks key players rehabbing significant injuries
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2016, 8:00 pm
|The recoveries from season-ending injuries for Seahawks players Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham have gone as planned but it remains too early to establish a set timeline for their return, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “Everything’s going well, yeah,” Carroll said during the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Everything’s really in good shape. It’s just when they push to get back we are going to have to see what the timeline is, you know, so we can tell. It’s going good.” (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls is coming off a broken ankle in mid-December while Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in late November. Rawls is more likely to be ready for Week 1 as his injury requires a shorter rehab time. Expect both players to be limited in OTAs, minicamp and training camp.
|Brady's 4-game suspension reinstated by court|
Federal appeals court overturns ruling
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2016, 11:46 am
|A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The appeals ruling follows a September decision by Manhattan Judge Richard Berman that went against the league, letting Brady skip the suspension. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots first four games are against Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo. Expect Jimmy Garoppolo to get the start in those four games and for Brady to return to action Week 5 against the Browns.
|Sam Bradford wants out of Philadelphia|
Won't show up for off-season program
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2016, 11:15 am
|Eagles have been informed Sam Bradford wants to be traded and he will not be showing up for their off-season program any longer, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bradford just received a two-year deal for $24 million guaranteed ($36 potential) but now feels threatened by a rookie quarterback and wants to be traded. Geez. The Eagles have stated publically that Bradford will remain the starter in 2016 as they give Wentz a year to acclimate himself to the league.
| Bears, Dolphins, Cowboys interested in Elliott|
Bears, Dolphins kicked the tires on free agent RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2016, 9:10 pm
|Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, the best running back in the draft, could be there at No. 11 for Chicago. Elliott is squarely on the Bears’ radar. He visited Halas Hall earlier this week and has said in several interviews that he’d love to play for the Bears because of running backs coach Stan Drayton, who recruited him to Ohio State and coached him. (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: Other reports suggest the Dolphins and Cowboys also have interest in the projected No.1 running back in this year's draft class and it wouldn't be a shock to see the Dolphins trade up from pick No.13 ahead of the Bears to take him if the Cowboys decide to go in a different direction with the fourth pick. Elliott is a three-down back and should have an immediate fantasy impact in 2016.
|Redskins land CB Josh Norman|
$50 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2016, 9:00 pm
|All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $75 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.
The contract will include a guaranteed $50 million, according to the NFL Network, the most ever paid to a cornerback. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Norman's agent confirmed the deal without giving specific contract details. The surprise release of Norman by the Panthers on Wednesday caused quite the stir across the league. The Panthers cited an inability to come to terms on a long-term deal as the reason for the release. Norman fills a glaring need for a team that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2015.
| Eagles grab No.2 pick from Browns|
Will quarterbacks go 1-2 in this year's draft?
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2016, 1:44 pm
|Eagles have agreed to a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Eagles get: 2016 1st RD (#2), 2017 4th RD.
Browns get: 2016 1st RD (#8), 2016 3rd RD (#77), 2016 4th RD (#100), 2017 1st RD, 2018 2nd RD. (Eagles on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's a big haul for the Browns and a steep price to pay for the Eagles who presumably will take QB Carson Wentz, assuming the Rams take Jared Goff at No.1. The Eagles signed Chase Daniel this off-season and re-signed Sam Bradford giving him $26 million guaranteed over two years.
|Broncos re-sign Ronnie Hillman|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 5:00 pm
|Unable to generate much interest in the free-agent market, Ronnie Hillman returned to the Broncos after reaching a 1-year agreement on Monday.
Hillman was a 12-game starter and the Broncos’ leading rusher last season. He was the Broncos’ 1A running back while C.J. Anderson was 1B. (9 News in Denver)|
FFToday's Take: Even though Hillman "got the start" in numerous games last season the Broncos used a two-man committee approach with C.J. Anderson splitting time with Hillman in the backfield. It appears Anderson is now the flavor of the month in the Broncos backfield as he received a four-year deal while Hillman's one-year deal is worth significantly less money. Fantasy owners should favor Anderson at this point in time.
|Cowboys interested in Hoyer?|
At the right price
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2016, 4:20 pm
|The Cowboys have only two backup quarterbacks on their roster, and Kellen Moore and Jameill Showers have a combined three games of experience.
They could have interest in Brian Hoyer “at the right price,” according to a source.
(Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: With Tony Romo battling shoulder injuries the last few seasons its wise for the Cowboys to have a veteran backup. However, Hoyer, who was released by Texans over the weekend, might opt for a team were he'd have a chance to compete for a starting job. The Jets are rumored to be interested in Hoyer also as they have yet to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick.