Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 2, 2013 @ 13:22:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tim Tebow | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Tim Tebow would like to go to a place where he could sit behind a great starting quarterback and good coach and learn.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said he is not concerned with what fans are thinking about him. "There's not enough hours in the day to worry about what fans are saying, what the media is saying, if this is my last chance," Sanchez said.

QB | Tyler Bray | Kansas City Chiefs | Draft
The father of Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray, Jeff Bray, said the Pittsburgh Steelers told his son they would select him in the NFL Draft. The Steelers, however, would eventually select QB Landry Jones.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Draft
New York Jets QB Geno Smith reportedly fell in the NFL Draft because teams are concerned he does not listen to coaches and does not take constructive criticism well. "His biggest problem is that he doesn't know what he doesn't know," said a league executive, who spent extensive time assessing Smith before the draft. "I'm not sure he knows how to take instruction because he pretty much wouldn't listen or talk to our coaches … he's talented. He can sling it, he can fit it into tight spots, he can do a lot of things and I think he wants to be good. But you can't tell him anything right now. He's tuned out because he thinks he's got it all down." Two sources also indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone, texting friends or reading Twitter. "All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself," one of the sources said. "That's not what you want out of your quarterback."

QB | Joe Webb | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Webb has been catching passes in anticipation for the team to ask him to switch to wide receiver. "They're still figuring it out," Webb said. "But it looks like, if I am going to receiver, I'm doing a lot more work at it so I can work on my craft at receiver since I haven't been there since, what, 2010 when I first got drafted?"

QB | Tyler Wilson | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie likes the ability of QB Tyler Wilson to "move around the pocket and toughness to hang in there and see the field." Wilson isn't expected to initially compete for the starting job, or even the primary backup job to either QBs Matt Flynn or Terrelle Pryor, but he could eventually start at some point down the round. "I want him to learn the playbook first," McKenzie said, "make sure he gets behind the center and not the guard."

QB | Nate Montana | NFL Draft Prospect | Transaction
West Virginia Wesleyan QB Nate Montana, better known as the son of Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, has accepted an invitation from the San Francisco 49ers to attend their rookie minicamp from May 10-12.

QB | Vince Young | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders are no longer interested in free-agent QB Vince Young (Eagles) after drafting QB Tyler Wilson.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler is happy to see the team's management made protecting their quarterback a priority after adding to the offensive line through free agency and with two draft picks. The team added OT Jermon Bushrod and OG Matt Slauson via free agency, and then picked OG Kyle Long with the 20th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft before selecting OT Jordan Mills in the fifth round. "(The coaching staff is) going to make sure everyone knows their assignments and we are protected," Cutler said in a radio interview.

QB | John Laub | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, undrafted free-agent QB John Laub (Richmond) will participate in the Detroit Lions' upcoming rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. An earlier report stated the Lions signed Laub but they have not.


Running Back

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers could save $3.4 million in cap space if they designated RB DeAngelo Williams a post-June 1 cut. That would also add a significant amount of dead money on the 2014 salary cap.

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Denver Broncos are working with RB Ronnie Hillman to try to keep his weight up during the season. Hillman dropped to under 180 pounds at the end of the 2012 season.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy (toe) said he is ready to go and will be 100 percent entering camp. Teams shied away from drafting him early in the draft due to a toe fusion surgery.

RB | Latavius Murray | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray will battle for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason, and he is viewed as one to watch since the team had injuries problems at the position a season ago. He said he thinks he runs like teammate RB Darren McFadden, as well as Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, and he uses his power and strength with an upright running style. Murray likes to embarrass defenders with his stiff-arm, or 'The Tave' arm, as his UCF teammates called it.

RB | Onterio McCalebb | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Cincinnati Bengals could use CB Onterio McCalebb at wide receiver during offseason workouts because they are looking for a position to use him. The team thinks he is too small to play running back, which is where he played in college.


Fullback

FB | Patrick DiMarco | Free Agent | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs will release FB Patrick DiMarco.


Wide Receiver

WR | Stephen Hill | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill (knee) said he is fully recovered from the knee surgery he had in December.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne said he is motivated by the thought of recording a 1,000-yard campaign as a 35-year-old in 2013. The 1,000-yard mark has been reached only 16 times by 12 players 35 years or older. Wayne will turn 35 in November. "That's what fuels me, motivates me. Not everybody can do that," Wayne said.

WR | Brice Butler | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler was coached at the University of Southern California by receivers coach Ted Gilmore. Butler, who ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, will be competing for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason.

WR | Kyle Williams | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Kyle Williams (knee), who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November, is likely to be ready for the start of training camp. Williams was the team's slot receiver until sustaining the injury.

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) is not expected to be ready for training camp. He continues to recover after suffering tears to the anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee in a late-season game against the Seattle Seahawks.

WR | Quinton Patton | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton, selected in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, is in the mix for the No. 3 wide receiver job, and he has already stood out to head coach Jim Harbaugh. "The way he competes for the football, I would say stands out to me in my mind. The way he competes throughout the entire route. And then when the ball's up in the air, he goes up with the mindset that he's competing for the ball and that's his ball."

WR | Anquan Boldin | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WRs Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are considered the unquestioned starters, but after that the depth chart battles are wide open. WR Mario Manningham (knee) will be trying to hold off challenges from WR A.J. Jenkins, rookie WR Quinton Patton and WR Kyle Williams (knee). WRs Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall, Joseph Hastings, Marlon Moore, Chuck Jacobs and B.J. Daniels are also in the mix for roster spots, as the team is rather deep at the position.

WR | Dominique Curry | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Detroit Lions will be moving WR Dominique Curry to tight end.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders said the team was not on the same page offensively, and that it was obvious, even though it was was not because of the running game. "I like Jonathan Dwyer. We had a new offensive coordinator. At times, we weren't on the same page. And that's obvious," Sanders said.

WR | Lavelle Hawkins | Free Agent | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans have informed WR Lavelle Hawkins that he will be released.


Tight End

TE | Nick Kasa | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders rookie TEs Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera have a chance to make an impact right away, as the team lost TE Brandon Myers (Giants) during the offseason, and have just TEs David Ausberry and Richard Gordon have experience at the position.

TE | Mychal Rivera | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders rookie TEs Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera have a chance to make an impact right away, as the team lost TE Brandon Myers (Giants) during the offseason, and have just TEs David Ausberry and Richard Gordon have experience at the position.

TE | Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman indicated Wednesday, May 1, that the team would sign at least one more tight end to complement TEs Greg Olsen and Ben Hartsock, who is primarily a blocker.

TE | Mike McNeill | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agents
St. Louis Rams exclusive rights free-agent TE Mike McNeill has signed his tender offer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Draft
Carolina Panthers general manager David Gettleman said the team considered taking Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft before deciding to select DT Star Lotulelei.


Place Kicker

PK | Nate Kaeding | Retired | Injury, Transaction
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Nate Kaeding (groin) has decided to retire from professional football after suffering a groin injury a few days ago. "It's not like I can switch the way I kick, or change this way, or use a different muscle," Kaeding said. "Especially for me, and the way I kick, that's the main lever in the kicking motion. It's impossible to avoid it and I've got these chronic issues."

PK | Eddy Carmona | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent PK Eddy Carmona (Raiders) Wednesday, May 1. He will simply lighten the load of PK Sebastian Janikowski during training camp and the preseason.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Justin Pugh | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants OTs David Diehl, James Brewer and Justin Pugh are expected to compete for the starting right tackle job during offseason workouts and training camp. The two linemen that lose the job could have an impact as a guard.

OT | Jonathan Martin | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Miami Dolphins believe OT Jonathan Martin is more comfortable playing left tackle because he started 37 games at the position during college.

OT | Tyson Clabo | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys may not be able to sign free-agent OT Tyson Clabo (Falcons) because he may be too expensive for the team.

OT | Bryant McKinnie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have made an inquiry about free-agent OT Bryant McKinnie (Ravens).

OT | Zach Strief | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints OT Zach Strief is likely to be the starting right tackle, and someone would have to unseat him in camp to win the job.

OT | Charles Brown | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints OTs Charles Brown, Jason Smith and Terron Armstead and Marcel Jones will have a chance to win the starting left tackle spot.

OT | Matt Kalil | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil (illness) admitted he suffered from pneumonia late last season and lost 15-20 pounds to 290-295 pounds for the final three games.

OT | Luke Marquardt | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Transaction, Draft, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers signed undrafted free-agent OT Luke Marquardt (foot), a behemoth out of Azusa Pacific. He took part in his pro day against medical advice, as he was recovering from a broken foot about a week before the 2012 season opener. He had a setback when another fracture in the same foot was discovered on a CT scan at the NFL Scouting Combine. He waited until after his pro day to have a second procedure. He has to stay off his foot for about six weeks, and might not be ready for training camp.


Guard

OG | Larry Warford | Detroit Lions | Draft, Fantasy
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expects the teams high draft picks to be on the field quickly because of the needs of the team. "That's a fair statement, but it's also fair to say we had more holes coming into it, or more holes that we knew about, coming into this draft than we did last year," Mayhew said. "We do expect a lot of those guys, especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly." First-round pick DE Ezekiel Ansah was drafted to replace DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Second round pick CB Darius Slay will compete with CB Bill Bentley. Third round pick OG Larry Warford will likely replace OG Stephen Peterman.


Defensive Line

DL | Adam Carriker | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins DEs Jarvis Jenkins and Adam Carriker are expected to compete for the starting left defensive end during offseason workouts and training camp.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Wednesday, May 1, that he expects DT Jay Ratliff to flourish in the team's new 4-3 defensive system. "We think he is very sound physically," Jones said. "He will flourish, I emphasize 'flourish', in this defensive scheme. He is a natural 3-technique. He is always highly-respected because he could play nose as well as he could with his forte being quickness, high agility, high motor. He is an integral part of what we're doing. And I think he's going to have an outstanding year."

DL | Cornelius Washington | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit
Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears DL Cornelius Washington primarily played outside linebacker in college, but he will start out as a pass-rushing defensive end in the NFL. Many draft analysts predicted Washington would go earlier than the sixth round because of his pure athleticism, a trait the Bears value above others.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Kawann Short | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The drafting of Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei and DT Kawann Short will help keep blockers off LB Luke Kuechly, and head coach Ron Rivera emphasized their presence will assist the secondary as well. "They're going to help with the pass rush because the quarterback is not going to be able to step up," Rivera said. "A good front helps the back, and that's part of it."


Defensive End

DE | John Abraham | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DE John Abraham (Falcons) is visiting the Tennessee Titans Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3.

DE | David Bass | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit
Oakland Raiders DE David Bass has a quick first step, but it is believed he needs to improve his strength and technique if he is going to make an impact in his rookie season.

DE | Quinton Dial | San Francisco 49ers | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit
San Francisco 49ers DL Quinton Dial, the team's fifth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, is no lock to make the roster out of training camp. The team has DE Cornellius Carradine, DL Glenn Dorsey, DL Ray McDonald and DL Justin Smith as locks to make the roster, and DL Ian Williams looking good for a backup job since the team gave him a $1 million contract extension. That leaves Dial, DL Demarcus Dobbs and DL Will Tukuafu battling for jobs.

DE | William Gholston | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE William Gholston is expected to be part of a rotation at defensive end and could have an impact as a pass rusher.

DE | Ezekiel Ansah | Detroit Lions | Draft, Fantasy
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expects the teams high draft picks to be on the field quickly because of the needs of the team. "That's a fair statement, but it's also fair to say we had more holes coming into it, or more holes that we knew about, coming into this draft than we did last year," Mayhew said. "We do expect a lot of those guys, especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly." First-round pick DE Ezekiel Ansah was drafted to replace DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Second round pick CB Darius Slay will compete with CB Bill Bentley. Third round pick OG Larry Warford will likely replace OG Stephen Peterman.


Linebacker

LB | Jelani Jenkins | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said LB Jelani Jenkins likely will back up several positions this season and will have a chance to start in the future.

LB | Brandon Magee | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to use LB Brandon Magee at either strongside or weakside linebacker because of his speed and ability to make plays on the ball.

LB | Michael Boley | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Michael Boley (Giants) pleaded guilty to felony child abuse following his arrest back in February. Boley had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was five years old at the time. The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although the allegations were of a physical nature and not sexual abuse, according to sources.

LB | Victor Butler | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints LB Victor Butler has a starting job to lose in training camp.

LB | Jonathan Vilma | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma has been the talk of the weight room and seems to be the front-runner for the second inside spot.

LB | Manti Te'o | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said LB Manti Te'o has one of the highest football IQs he has ever been around. He said Te'o excelled in zones, had great football awareness and an innate sense of where to be. However, Telesco said it remains to be seen whether Te'o is able to excel in third-down situations as a rookie or if it will come in time.

LB | Luke Kuechly | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The drafting of Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei and DT Kawann Short will help keep blockers off LB Luke Kuechly, and head coach Ron Rivera emphasized their presence will assist the secondary as well. "They're going to help with the pass rush because the quarterback is not going to be able to step up," Rivera said. "A good front helps the back, and that's part of it."


Cornerback

CB | Chase Minnifield | Washington Redskins | Draft
Washington Redskins CBs Richard Crawford and Chase Minnifield could compete for one roster spot during training camp. Minnifield will have practice squad eligibility this season while Crawford will not.

CB | Nigel Malone | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have signed undrafted free-agent CB Nigel Malone (Kansas State). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

CB | Brandon McGee | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams fifth-round pick CB Brandon McGee will contribute on special teams right away. "He was a gunner and covered very well," head coach Jeff Fisher said. He's also expected to back up at cornerback.

CB | Xavier Rhodes | Minnesota Vikings | Draft
The Carolina Panthers considered drafting Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes with its first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft before settling on DL Star Lotulelei.

CB | Captain Munnerlyn | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers CBs Captain Munnerlyn and D.J. Moore are projected as the team's top two nickelbacks.

CB | Drayton Florence | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers CB Drayton Florence is considered the favorite for one of the starting cornerback jobs this season.

CB | Darius Slay | Detroit Lions | Draft, Fantasy
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said he expects the teams high draft picks to be on the field quickly because of the needs of the team. "That's a fair statement, but it's also fair to say we had more holes coming into it, or more holes that we knew about, coming into this draft than we did last year," Mayhew said. "We do expect a lot of those guys, especially guys that we took early, to be on the field pretty quickly." First-round pick DE Ezekiel Ansah was drafted to replace DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Second round pick CB Darius Slay will compete with CB Bill Bentley. Third round pick OG Larry Warford will likely replace OG Stephen Peterman.


Safety

S | Kenny Vaccaro | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints first-round pick S Kenny Vaccaro is expected to push for one of the starting safety spots. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team would explore playing FS Malcolm Jenkins at nickel back to get Vaccaro on the field in nickel packages.


Strong Safety

SS | Michael Mitchell | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated SS Michael Mitchell and FS D.J. Campbell will compete for the starting strong safety job during offseason workouts and training camp.


Free Safety

FS | Ronde Barber | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent FS Ronde Barber is likely waiting to see what his role would be with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before making a decision on whether or not to return for another season.

FS | Malcolm Jenkins | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit
New Orleans Saints first-round pick S Kenny Vaccaro is expected to push for one of the starting safety spots. General manager Mickey Loomis said the team would explore playing FS Malcolm Jenkins at nickel back to get Vaccaro on the field in nickel packages.

FS | D.J. Campbell | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera indicated SS Michael Mitchell and FS D.J. Campbell will compete for the starting strong safety job during offseason workouts and training camp.

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