Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 23, 2013 @ 08:57:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) has been dropping back and throwing for about 20 minutes in workouts Thursday, May 23.

QB | Matt Flynn | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders restructured QB Matt Flynn's contract and converted much of his $3.25 million base salary into a signing bonus. The move saved the team about $1 million against the salary cap.

QB | Thaddeus Lewis | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent WR Tori Gurley (Ravens) and waived QB Thaddeus Lewis.

QB | Ryan Nassib | New York Giants | Transaction, Draft, Fantasy
New York Giants OT Justin Pugh, the team's first-round selection, and QB Ryan Nassib, the team's fourth-round selection, are the only two remaining unsigned draft picks.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, who held onto the ball for an average of 3.07 seconds last year, will likely have to change in order to be successful in head coach Chip Kelly's new offense. Kelly, while at Oregon, preached that his quarterbacks were urged to get the ball out of their hands in 1.5 seconds. "I think there is a lot more to Michael," Kelly said back in February. "I think quarterbacks are a byproduct of their experience. But to sit here and say I understood the system that Michael's been in whether he's with the Falcons under Coach (Dan) Reeves or here, that depends on the system that you run. Some of the systems that they run they don't ask him to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he's got an unbelievable release. It's up and out and it's quick."

Vick has had success in his career in waiting for plays to develop down the field, but the new offense will be a stark contrast to that. To help him become ready for the new season, Vick spent time simulating running an up-tempo offense consisting of read options and even added some muscle to his frame. Vick also did some boxing training to learn how to avoid taking big hits. The early reports out of practice have been positive for Vick.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he was disappointed with QB Mark Sanchez after he threw three interceptions during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. "Yeah, it is. Absolutely. It's a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I'd rather him not turn the ball over once," Ryan said. "He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that's what gets you beat. And so we got to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers."

QB | Tim Tebow | Free Agent | Free Agents
Ron Jaworski, part owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, said he is serious about his interest in signing free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Jets) to his team. Jaworski said he reached out to Tebow the day after he was released but has not heard from Tebow at this time. Jaworski thinks arena football would help Tebow because he would have to get rid of the football quickly and process information quickly.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith both struggled during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, with Sanchez completing only six of his 11 passes, including three interceptions. Sanchez worked with the first-team unit, although he and Smith received basically the same number of snaps. Smith completed only three of 10 passes with an interception.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has voiced his happiness over the direction of the team's new offense this offseason. "There've been some changes this offseason in some of the offensive philosophies, playbook and some things that I think are good," Roethlisberger said. "It's some compromise from all the different position coaches, the running back coaches, the line and quarterback coaches. I think we've taken a little bit of everything and made it a lot better."

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) will be ready to throw without limitations during organized team activities that start next week. He underwent surgery around 20 weeks ago to fix his non-throwing shoulder that popped out of join multiple times last year. The team will be installing a run-first offense this year under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. "He plays sometimes with a linebacker mentality, and I know it's sometimes for the effect. He wants his teammates to see how tough he is, but he needs to learn to take care of himself. You know his speed and the ability to run and throw on the run is something we want to take advantage of," Loggains said.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has, during organized team activities, been focusing on improving the trajectory and accuracy of his throws while working with quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese. Dalton also is practicing a quicker dropback in the pocket. The club is hoping first-round TE Tyler Eifert will help stretch the offense so defensive attention doesn't squarely target WR A.J. Green.


Running Back

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (leg) is not practicing Thursday, May 23, due to a pulled muscle near his shin.

RB | Giovani Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals signed second-round pick RB Giovani Bernard to a four-year deal.

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams admitted he was scared to run the ball last season on his surgically repaired right knee.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's hearing to suppress evidence stemming from charges of driving under the influence filed against him has been delayed to July 5.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush was used as a punt returner during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. WR Terrence Austin, WR Patrick Edwards, RB Steven Miller, WR Mike Thomas and WR Cody Wilson also took turns returning punts.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (undisclosed) was limited to individual drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, because of an undisclosed injury.

RB | Brandon Bolden | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) wasn't on the practice field Tuesday, May 21, because he's still rehabbing from an unrevealed ailment. He's taking part in their offseason program, though.


Fullback

FB | James Casey | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles TE James Casey (knee) will have arthroscopic surgery on his knee and should be ready for training camp.

FB | Henry Hynoski | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants FB Henry Hynoski (knee) will undergo surgery to repair his medial collateral ligament in his knee and a chip fracture. He hopes to return by Week 1.


Wide Receiver

WR | Markus Wheaton | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed third-round pick WR Markus Wheaton and fifth-round pick CB Terry Hawthorne to four-year deals.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle is listed as the No. 3 receiver on the depth chart over WR Louis Murphy.

WR | Nate Burleson | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (leg) showed quickness during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has also lost weight, dropping from 198 to 192 pounds to add speed.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.

WR | Ramses Barden | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Ramses Barden (Giants) will be in the New York area Thursday, May 23, and he will take a physical for team doctors of the New York Giants.

WR | Dwayne Harris | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the front-runner for the No. 3 wide receiver job behind WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and it is believed WR Terrance Williams will need a strong training camp to supplant him.

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team isn't considering re-signing WR Randy Moss after learning that WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') tore his Achilles' Wednesday, May 22. Harbaugh said the team is intrigued with the depth of young receivers they have on roster, and they are looking forward to them stepping up to the task. WR A.J. Jenkins, the team's 2012 first-round pick, will have a chance to make an impact in his second year. Jenkins has spent the offseason adding muscle and working with QB Colin Kaepernick.

WR | Alex Gillett | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers signed undrafted free-agent WR Alex Gillett (Eastern Michigan) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 22.

WR | Ricardo Lockette | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has high hopes for WR Ricardo Lockette this season.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he does not think WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') will miss the entire 2013 regular season.

WR | Brandon Gibson | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson lined up as the slot receiver when the team used three-receiver sets during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he does not believe that WR Santonio Holmes (foot) will be able to participate in the team's minicamp in June.

WR | Jeremy Ebert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent WR Jeremy Ebert (Patriots). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived DT Jeris Pendleton.

WR | Stephen Hill | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said WR Stephen Hill (knee) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, because of swelling in his knee.

WR | Quinton Patton | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed fourth-round draft choice WR Quinton Patton. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | Anquan Boldin | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Breaking, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21, and will undergo what could be season-ending surgery.


Tight End

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (groin) is not practicing Thursday, May 23, due to a groin injury.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent TE Ed Dickson has not signed his tender offer even though he did participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 22.

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Heath Miller (knee) said he is happy with the progress he has made in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament but is not sure when he will be able to return. He said he has started to run as part of his rehab. He believes there is a chance he can be ready for the start of the regular season but will know more when training camp begins.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Nate Chandler | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers DT Nate Chandler has been moved to offensive tackle.

OT | Jason Fox | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions OT Jason Fox served as the first-team right tackle, and OT Riley Reiff worked as the first-team left tackle, Wednesday, May 22, during organized team activities (OTAs).

OT | Kevin Haslam | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots have claimed OT Kevin Haslam off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. The team has also waived OT R.J. Mattes.

OT | Rokevious Watkins | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
St. Louis Rams OG Rokevious Watkins has been suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.

OT | Jah Reid | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens OG Jah Reid (toe) fully participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. Reid finished the 2012 season on Injured Reserve because of a toe injury.


Guard

OG | Leroy Harris | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent OG Leroy Harris (Titans) worked out for the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 22. He's not quite 100 percent following a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

OG | Larry Warford | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions C Dylan Gandy saw first-team reps during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has a chance to replace the departed OL Stephen Peterman (Jets), but he'll need to hold off draft pick OG Larry Warford during preseason and training camp.

OG | Chris Snee | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants C David Baas (undisclosed), OG Chris Snee (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not take part in team drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. They are still rehabbing, and participated only in individual drills.

OG | Eric Herman | New York Giants | Transaction
The New York Giants have signed seventh-round draft choice OG Eric Herman. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Johnny Jolly | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly is expected to return to the team next week and begin participating in OTAs after completing a court-ordered drug treatment program.

DL | Jared Allen | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen said Wednesday, May 22, that the team never asked him to restructure his current deal. He is in a contract year, and he is due to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number over $17 million. "You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota," Allen said.

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck, a free agent at season's end, said Wednesday, May 22, that he wasn't thinking about his future with the team, or how he might fit under the salary cap in 2014. "Do I think about that?" Tuck asked. "Why would I? I just go out and do my job. I'm old enough to know better. You can't control it and if you try, it just gets worse."

DL | Robert Callaway | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys DT Robert Callaway looks to be in much better physical condition during organized team activities (OTAs), and he has played with much better power at the point.

DL | Star Lotulelei | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice DT Star Lotulelei. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DL | Pernell McPhee | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DE Pernell McPhee (groin) fully participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. McPhee underwent groin surgery this offseason.

DL | Kawann Short | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers have signed second-round draft choice DT Kawann Short to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Margus Hunt | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have signed second-round draft choice DE Margus Hunt. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

DL | Calais Campbell | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals DEs Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett have expressed optimism over their potential in Todd Bowles' defense. Though the coordinator said there isn't a dramatic difference in the new 3-4, which replaces Ray Horton's from last year, they're changing from two-gap DE attacks to one-gap, opening them up for more outside attacks on offensive linemen instead of merely taking up space.

DL | Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will probably play three downs next year and has looked comfortable in practices so far. Trent Cole, however, doesn't look like a cozy fit in the team's new 3-4 defense. He won't be asked to drop back much but must learn to consistently set the edge, and the transition may be difficult. Brandon Graham is also a pass-rushing specialist, but Bill Davis' hybrid scheme probably fits him a little better for sack production.

DL | Braylon Broughton | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions claimed DE Braylon Broughton (Saints) off waivers.


Linebacker

LB | Keith Rivers | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants LBs Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers were the starting linebackers during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22, with LBs Dan Connor, Aaron Curry and Etienne Sabino lining up with the second unit.

LB | Sean Lee | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (toe) has reportedly been moving well during organized team activities (OTAs), as he comes off a serious toe injury.

LB | Adrian Hamilton | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent LB Adrian Hamilton and SS Anthony Levine have signed their tender offers. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

LB | Arthur Brown | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens LB Arthur Brown (hernia), who is expected to be ready for training camp in July, is projected to be one of the team's two starting inside linebackers this year. Brown's surgery to fix a sports hernia shouldn't change that.

LB | Jarvis Jones | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (hamstring), the team's first-round draft pick, was limited during practice Wednesday, May 22, due to lingering hamstring issues that he suffered while trying to prep for the NFL Draft. His injury isn't serious.

LB | Ryan Rau | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers have claimed LB Ryan Rau off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.

LB | Jameel McClain | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Jameel McClain (spine) and CB Lardarius Webb (knee) were limited to individual drills during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22.

LB | Brandon Spikes | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New England Patriots could part ways with MLB Brandon Spikes after the 2013 season. The impending free agent has expressed displeasure with the Pats' expectations on how he must prepare for the regular season. He wasn't present for the start of OTAs and hasn't participated in their offseason conditioning workouts. The Patriots might prioritize team chemistry and avoid dealing with ongoing and potential headaches Spikes may cause.

LB | Connor Barwin | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles OLB Connor Barwin will probably play three downs next year and has looked comfortable in practices so far. Trent Cole, however, doesn't look like a cozy fit in the team's new 3-4 defense. He won't be asked to drop back much but must learn to consistently set the edge, and the transition may be difficult. Brandon Graham is also a pass-rushing specialist, but Bill Davis' hybrid scheme probably fits him a little better for sack production.


Cornerback

CB | Captain Munnerlyn | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn (abdominal) is sidelined with an abdominal strain.

CB | Chris Greenwood | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions CB Chris Greenwood (abdominal) was able to practice Wednesday, May 22, during organized team activities (OTAs). He missed last season due to an abdominal injury.

CB | Charles Woodson | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders CB Charles Woodson (collarbone) said he expects to play the same safety role he moved to with the Green Bay Packers late in his career. Also, he said his collarbone injury is "great."

CB | Demetrius McCray | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed seventh-round draft choice CB Demetrius McCray. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Strong Safety

SS | Corey Lynch | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs worked out free-agent S Corey Lynch (Chargers) Wednesday, May 22.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu (calf) said he believes the calf injury that forced him to miss more than half of the 2012 season could have been avoided. "There are times when people fall on my knee, and those type of freak accidents that can't be avoided. Last year was the first injury of my career that could've been avoided," Polamalu said. He has been dealing with calf issues since 2009, but found a physical therapist to break up the scar tissue in the calf.

SS | Quintin Demps | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent SS Quintin Demps (Texans) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 22, and released FS Justin Glenn and CB James Rogers in corresponding moves.


Free Safety

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Louis Delmas (knee) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, because he likely is rehabbing in Miami. He is expected to be with the team next week.

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