Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 5, 2010 @ 09:14:29 PDT



QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck might be in the best shape of his 12-year NFL career, reports Alex Marvez, of Hasselbeck, who turns 35 in September, had a rigorous offseason training program, went on a serious diet and now ices his throwing shoulder after every practice. Hasselbeck said he is a little annoyed everyone is treating him like he is a 40-year-old quarterback. He has missed 11 games in the past two seasons and dealt with a variety of injury problems after being abused behind a poor offensive line. Hasselbeck enters training camp as the team's unquestioned No. 1 quarterback even though the Seahawks put a decent investment into backup QB Charlie Whitehurst, who was brought over from the San Diego Chargers. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said Hasselbeck has not missed a day during the offseason workouts and has really grown with the new offensive scheme, which has a lot more three- and five-step drops. Hasselbeck is also entering the final year of his contract with Seattle.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts team president Bill Polian said negotiations with QB Peyton Manning's agent, Tom Condon, have been going slowly because they are trying to formulate a deal that will make sense regardless of what system is in place, reports Rob Bradford, of Manning is entering the final year of his contract with the Colts.

Running Back

RB | Steve Slaton | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Steve Slaton (neck) said he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to "Thanks everyone for your thoughts but … I'm back," Slaton said, via Twitter. "Thank you Lord for watching over me and helping me heal fast and correctly." Head coach Gary Kubiak said he will not hold Slaton back from contact during camp.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers rookie RB Ryan Mathews said he wants to be at training camp as soon as possible and does not want to miss time because of contract issues, reports Nick Canepa, of The San Diego Union-Tribune. "I've talked to my agent; I need to be there. Too many guys hold out for all the wrong reasons and I'm not going to be one of them," Mathews said. Rookies report to the Chargers July 25.

Wide Receiver

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Derrick Mason said in an interview that he does not expect his role to change much this upcoming season, despite the additions of WRs Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth, according to Aaron Wilson, of the Carroll County Times. "I don't think it will change that much," Mason said. "I'll still be running a lot of the same routes. The one thing that will be different is that with (Anquan) we have someone who can draw that double-team attention. We have so many weapons who can beat single coverage. So maybe I go from seeing 10 balls a game to making the most of the seven or eight I do get."

Tight End

TE | Derek Schouman | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills TE Derek Schouman (knee) is confident he can return to the field at full strength this year, reports Tony Jones, of Schouman suffered a severe knee injury early last season. He feels like he is playing catch up a bit because he missed a lot of on-field work, but said he has had his nose in the playbook. "It's just getting the actual reps, being in the huddle and getting used to everything and that'll come with time," he noted.

TE | Joe Klopfenstein | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills TEs Shawn Nelson, Jonathan Stupar, Michael Matthews, Derek Schouman and Joe Klopfenstein are competing for the team's starting tight end role, reports Tony Jones, of Head coach Chan Gailey appears to want more out of the position than just a dynamic pass receiver.


CB | Ike Taylor | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season, will not be a holdout when training camp opens, according John Harris, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Ike is going to honor his contract," said Herman Francois, Taylor's uncle. "That's the way he's been taught. He's going to come to work."

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