Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 11, 2012 @ 09:50:54 PDT



QB | David Garrard | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB David Garrard was working with the first-team offense during organized team activities Monday, June 11.

QB | Colt McCoy | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy has not been a distraction during workouts, and he continues to do his work in meetings and everything else which is expected of him in practice. McCoy wants to start, but it appears the team is leaning toward using QB Brandon Weeden.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman said he would not be opposed to having a run-first offense this season because it would allow him to throw against defenses that would be concentrating on stopping the run. Freeman said he also does not care what kind of offense the team uses as long as the team is winning games.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick has spent a lot of time at the team's facility this offseason because he wants to be in top physical shape after a disappointing 2011 season. He is also working on the mental aspect of the game since he turned the ball over 18 times in 13 games last season.

QB | Matt Flynn | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin said Saturday, June 9, that right now it is hard to tell the distance between offseason acquisition QB Matt Flynn and last season's starter QB Tarvaris Jackson.

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub (foot) will be 100 percent when training camp begins in late July. Schaub is healthy after Lisfranc surgery on his right foot last November.

Running Back

RB | Fred Jackson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson is expected to be the featured back for the team on first and second downs this upcoming season, while RB C.J. Spiller can mix in on special packages and on passing downs. He can also line up in the backfield with Jackson on certain packages and try to catch defenses off guard with his speed.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Although Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson will remain a key element of the team's offense, offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is more inclined to spread the field with receivers and throw the ball more. Johnson will unlikely receive 25 touches per game in 2012. "To say you're going to get a guy 25 touches a game is pushing it," Palmer said. "That's 400 touches over the course of a season. He's certainly capable of that, but what does it mean for the team? Does it help us win?" Palmer added, "We can't allow people to come up and jam the box and make it difficult to run. In an ideal situation, you'd like to be 45 percent pass, 55 percent run. But depending on whom we're playing, it may switch to 60 percent pass, 40 percent run. Or it can be a higher percentage of passing depending on the score."

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas said knee and hamstring injuries affected his play last season and took some of his burst away. Thomas also said his lack of leg drive was the reason he averaged only 1.9 yards on average after contact.

RB | Alex Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers RB Alex Green (knee) could receive a sizeable role this season if he earns the No. 2 running back job this season. Green appears to have the edge over RB Brandon Saine for the job at this point.

RB | Derrick Ward | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans could consider re-signing free-agent RB Derrick Ward later this offseason if he is not able to find another team to join.

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman said he believes he will be able to handle the majority of the carries this season while RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) is out. Redman said he believes he learning the playbook faster than the other running backs and is trying to help the others learn it.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler said there shouldn't be a concern about franchise free-agent RB Matt Forte missing offseason workouts. He saw Forte three weeks ago and noticed he was in great shape. "He was huge, all ripped up," Cutler said. "I was like, 'What do you do?' (He said,) 'All I do is go to the weight room. I've got nothing else to do.' I think he misses being there, misses the camaraderie. He's got to do what he's got to do, and we'll get him when we get him."

RB | Chris Taylor | Free Agent | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have released RB Chris Taylor.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team would like to sign QB Joe Flacco and franchise free-agent RB Ray Rice to long-term contracts before the start of the regular season.

RB | Ronnie Brown | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms with free-agent RB Ronnie Brown (Eagles) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins RBs Roy Helu (hamstring) and Evan Royster (groin) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 7, because of injuries.

Wide Receiver

WR | Danny Coale | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys signed rookie draft picks WR Danny Coale, TE James Hanna and LB Caleb McSurdy to four-year contracts. They will receive base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.

WR | Mohamed Sanu | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have signed third-round draft pick WR Mohamed Sanu, according to his agent. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers could reduce the tender of restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace by $2 million if he remains unsigned as of Friday, June 15.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Chad Ochocinco's (Patriots) camp is optimistic that there's genuine interest from the Miami Dolphins, who will work out the veteran wideout. The Dolphins have signed some of the players they worked out this offseason but passed on several others.

WR | Derrick Mason | Retired | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Derrick Mason (Texans) will officially retire as a member of the Baltimore Ravens Monday, June 11.

WR | Stephen Burton | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings receivers coach George Stewart has compared WR Stephen Burton to former NFL star WR Terrell Owens. Burton has turned heads during workouts, and he was working with the first team as the "Z" receiver, or flanker, Wednesday, June 6, when WR Percy Harvin was sidelined.

WR | Adrian Arrington | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WRs Adrian Arrington, Joseph Morgan and Nick Toon are battling for the fourth receiver job, and it is a battle that is likely to continue all the way until the regular season opener.

WR | Joshua Cooper | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Joshua Cooper has been more impressive than WR Carlton Mitchell during workouts, and the team likes Cooper's hands. Cooper caught 139 passes over the past two seasons at Oklahoma State pairing with QB Brandon Weeden.

WR | Brandon Stokley | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Brandon Stokley worked as the top slot receiver during organized team activities this offseason.

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans may consider signing free-agent WR Mike Sims-Walker (Jaguars) this offseason if they want to add an experienced wide receiver.

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns believe WR Greg Little will take a step forward in his play and production this season. The team thinks his drops last season were due to concentration issues and not that he has bad hands. Their expectations are part of the reason they did not add a wide receiver this offseason.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Jets could consider signing free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (49ers) this offseason because they do not have a lot of experience at wide receiver behind WR Santonio Holmes.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Fantasy
The New England Patriots' signing of TE Rob Gronkowski is not expected to affect long-term contract talks with WR Wes Welker because the salary cap hits in the early years in Gronkowski's contract are low enough to fit Welker under the cap.

WR | Dwayne Jarrett | Retired | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent WR Dwayne Jarrett (Panthers) announced his retirement from professional football Friday, June 8. Jarrett, released by the Carolina Panthers in 2010 after three seasons, was hopeful of catching on with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers had running backs combine for over 100 receptions last season, but head coach Norv Turner feels WR Eddie Royal will cut into that total. "As much as we push the ball up the field, I'd like to think (Royal) will get a lot of those catches (by running backs) because he becomes an option underneath," Turner said. WR Roscoe Parrish might also give the team a quick, shifty slot presence which has been absent in recent years.

WR | Robert Meachem | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Friday, June 8, that WR Robert Meachem has been more versatile than when he looked at videotape from his play with the New Orleans Saints. "Meachem can get up the field. He's a deep threat, but he's also a more versatile receiver than I thought he'd be when you looked at tape," Turner said. "He can do a lot more things than he did in New Orleans because they didn't need those things from him because they had other guys. But he's an outstanding route (runner), he's a good 'feel' receiver and he does have outstanding hands."

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson said he believes he can improve his play this season and that there will always be something he can improve on each year. "There's always more room for growth," Johnson said. "If you feel you've reached the point where you don't have anything work on ... I'm at a loss for words right now. Just knowing me, just myself, I always feel like there is something I can work on every year."

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys likely will not pursue free-agent WRs Terrell Owens (Bengals) or Chad Ochocinco (Patriots) this offseason. The team has watched tape on both receivers and was not impressed with what they saw.

WR | Leonard Hankerson | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (hip) is expected to be limited during minicamp next week because he is still coming back from offseason hip surgery. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Hankerson's hip if fine but needs to get back into football shape before practicing on a full-time basis.

Tight End

TE | Brad Smelley | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Brad Smelley has impressed on special teams, and as a tight end/fullback. The team's seventh-round pick needs to prove he can play multiple positions, as well as be useful on special teams, if he is to crack the roster.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Transaction, Fantasy
The New England Patriots have not discussed a long-term contract extension with TE Aaron Hernandez. The team signed TE Rob Gronkowski to an extension through 2019, and it is uncertain if the team wants to tie up that much money at one position. Hernandez can be a free agent after the 2013 season.

TE | Jermichael Finley | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley said Saturday, June 9, that he plans on "freestyling" in the upcoming season, letting loose after a disappointing 2011 campaign. Finley said 2011 was "so-so," as he posted 55 receptions for 767 yards and eight touchdowns. Finley also had 13 drops. Finley plans to find chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers. "Having an offseason, having chemistry with your quarterback is a big key to success," Finley said.

TE | Dante Rosario | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers TE Dante Rosario has looked surprisingly good during organized team activities (OTAs).

TE | Owen Daniels | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels and CB Brice McCain collided into each other during organized team activities Thursday, June 7, but neither were injured.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Pat McQuistan | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent OL Pat McQuistan (Saints). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team released OT Taylor Dever.


OG | Bobbie Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to terms with free-agent OG Bobbie Williams (Bengals) on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Offensive Line

OL | Mike Ingersoll | New England Patriots | Transaction, Free Agents
The New England Patriots signed free-agent OL Mike Ingersoll (Buccaneers) Friday, June 8, and TE Brad Herman was released.

OL | Nick Howell | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent OL Nick Howell (Saints). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team has released FB TreShawn Robinson.

Defensive Line

DL | Matt Toeaina | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears DT Matt Toeaina (hand) suffered a broken right hand during organized team activities; however, Toeaina still plans to participate in minicamp, which begins Tuesday, June 12.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
Detroit Lions franchise free-agent LB Cliff Avril said he expects things to work out in his contract talks and hopes to report to training camp on time. He said he is not upset about the lack of a long-term contract because he understands it is a business.


LB | Brian Banks | Free Agent | Free Agents
Street free-agent LB Brian Banks has accepted the offer of Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and will get a formal tryout with the team during its upcoming minicamp. The minicamp starts Tuesday, June 12, but Banks' first day isn't expected to be until Wednesday, June 13.

LB | Chris Gocong | Free Agent | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns LBs Chris Gocong, D'Qwell Jackson and Kaluka Maiava are expected to serve as the starting linebackers when LB Scott Fujita is suspended.

LB | James-Michael Johnson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns LB James-Michael Johnson has been impressive at linebacker, which is important since the National Football League turned down the appeal of a three-game suspension for LB Scott Fujita. Johnson is expected to serve as the top backup at this point.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason (Achilles') has been cleared to participate in team drills during minicamp this week. Beason had been limited to individual drills during organized team activities.

LB | Ben Leber | Retired | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Ben Leber (Rams) has decided to retire after 10 seasons in the NFL. "It's been a great run, lots of fun," Leber said in a text message to a Minneapolis-based radio station. Leber spent five of his 10 NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, finishing with 498 total tackles, 24 sacks and five interceptions in his career.

LB | Thomas Davis | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis (knee) recently met with Dr. James Andrews and received a positive review about the his surgically repaired knee. Davis has been given clearance to increase his workload during the team's upcoming minicamp.

LB | Miles Burris | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round draft choice LB Miles Burris. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team has no intentions of withholding some of LB Terrell Suggs' (Achilles') salary this season because he was injured this offseason. The collective bargaining agreement states the Ravens have the right to withhold money because Suggs did not injure himself at their facility.


CB | Vontae Davis | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Vontae Davis (leg), who has been limited for about a month due to a leg issue, is taking part in organized team activities Monday, June 11.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) is expected to attend minicamp this week but may sit out practices because of a shoulder surgery. Jenkins did not participate in organized team activities because he is seeking a trade.

CB | Justin King | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent CB Justin King (Rams). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

CB | Josh Wilson | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins CB Josh Wilson (thigh) will not participate in minicamp next week because of a thigh injury. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

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