Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 27, 2013 @ 10:21:59 PDT



QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said QB Mark Sanchez's accuracy is sky high right now.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said he could envision himself starting the team's regular season opener in September even if he is unable to play in any of his team's preseason games. "I've thought about that and yeah, I would be comfortable with that," Griffin said over the weekend. "That's all I can say. I have no control over whether I play in the preseason or not. I would be comfortable running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field with the smoke and everything."

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
The St. Louis Rams offense is likely to be more high octane after adding plenty of weapons via free agency and the draft by QB Sam Bradford. However, it was holdover WR Chris Givens which Bradford was working with on the long ball during organized team activities (OTAs).

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and multiple public statements made by head coach Greg Schiano have raised questions whether he sees Freeman as the team's long-term starter. The club drafted QB Mike Glennon in the third-round of the 2013 NFL Draft, so there will be competition during training camp and the preseason.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said he does not expect a big change in play from the offensive line this season even though there will be three new starters. OT Riley Reiff is expected to start at left tackle, OG Larry Warford is expected to start at right guard, and either OT Jason Fox or OT Corey Hilliard is expected to start at right tackle.

QB | Zac Dysert | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos QB Ryan Katz is expected to compete with QB Zac Dysert for the No. 3 quarterback job and could win the job if he has an impressive training camp. Katz could also be added to the practice squad if he does not make the final roster.

QB | Carson Palmer | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer praised head coach Bruce Arians after organized team activities. "I love the head coach," Palmer said. "I mean, I love the head coach. He keeps it real. He already has this team wrapped around his finger. And we have some talented players in this locker room."

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson said QB Mark Sanchez does not have an edge over QB Geno Smith for the starting quarterback job this season.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco said he feels good about having four of the five offensive linemen returning from the super bowl team in 2013. "Yeah, it does," Flacco said when asked if he feels good about the pass blocking with McKinnie back. "I think every year we've been here, we've juggled the offensive line around a pretty good amount. And at some point or another during the middle of the season or come playoff time or all through preseason and at the beginning of the season, we've switched something or just made our starting line. "So, I think the fact that we have a pretty good feel about who is going to be up there is definitely good for me, and the fact that they played so well together last year at the end of the season is definitely a big confidence booster."

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick said he's still the fastest quarterback in the league, despite the presence of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. "These guys are young and they're fast and they're quick, the thing I do have is a very quick get-up," Vick said. "I really don't feel like there's a quarterback in the league who can beat me in a 40-yard dash. If somebody wants to set something up, I'll be more than glad to accept the challenge."

Running Back

RB | Mike James | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Mike James is expected to have the edge over RBs Brian Leonard and Michael Smith for the No. 2 running back job during training camp.

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RBs Isaiah Pead, Daryl Richardson, Terrance Ganaway and Zac Stacy will all be competing for playing time during offseason workouts and training camp.

RB | Bobby Rainey | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent RB Bobby Rainey and FS Omar Brown have signed their tender offers. Both will receive a one-year deal worth $480,000.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush said he is willing to be a punt returner if the team asks him to handle the role. "You know, for me, I've done it before and I don't mind it," Bush said. "I feel I can still do it if I need to, and if they want me to do it, I'll definitely go out there and return punts."

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles', toe) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 23. Helu did get some work in on the side as he rehabs from a toe injury.

RB | Jonathan Dwyer | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. is installing an outside zone, one-cut blocking scheme in organized team activities in favor of their old power and inside blocking scheme. The Steelers are changing their approach to take advantage of their big and nimble offensive line personnel. Pittsburgh got poor production from their running backs last year, and RB Jonathan Dwyer led the team in rushing with only 623 yards, the lowest total by a rusher in team history since Merrill Hoge ran for 810 in 1991. Bicknell had success with the blocking scheme with the Kansas City Chiefs last year. "We are going to be dedicated to the zone," RB Isaac Redman said. "We are still going to be a power team, but we are going to have this zone scheme in so we can keep the defense on its heels and keep them running."

Wide Receiver

WR | Brian Quick | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick admitted he had trouble learning the playbook last season.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (back, finger) continues to get treatment for a back injury he suffered at the end of last season, but he said that injury and his finger surgery won't be issues this season. Bryant has been participating in organized team activities (OTAs). He continues to try to build his endurance. "I hear coach talk about it all the time, and that's one of my main goals," Bryant said. "Staying on the Stairmaster, trying to increase my endurance as much as I can, just not thinking about tapping out, just being able to go every play 100 miles per hour."

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents, Fantasy
Jordan Woy, agent for Pittsburgh Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders, said the Steelers will have make Sanders a very good contract offer to prevent him from testing the free-agent market next offseason.

WR | Josh Gordon | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he likes the offense head coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner are bringing to the team because of the passing attack. "Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we're running down field," Gordon said. "I've never ran this much as a wide receiver ever in my life, and that's a good thing. And not just me, everyone from the slot guys to running backs, everyone's got passing plays in the system."

WR | Joshua Morgan | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Joshua Morgan (ankle, hand) said he is feeling very good after undergoing surgery on his ankle and hands this offseason. "I feel better than I thought I was going to feel," Morgan said. "I thought it was going to be little stuff here and there, but I feel a lot better. Everybody says I'm running real good. All the coaches can see me getting in and out of my cuts a lot better." Morgan did look to have his burst and agility back during offseason workouts last week. He also said he did not have any problems catching passes despite the surgeries on his hands.

WR | Tavon Austin | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin took some handoffs during organized team activities Friday, May 24. Austin rushed for 643 yards and three touchdowns on 72 carries last season at West Virginia. He likely will not receive many carries this season but it is something opponents would have to account for during games.

WR | DeVier Posey | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans WR DeVier Posey (Achilles') could begin the 2013 regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list if his recovery from an Achilles' tendon injury goes slowly.

WR | Lestar Jean | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey said WRs Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean are ahead of WR DeAndre Hopkins at this point and will have opportunities to compete with Hopkins for a starting job.

WR | Titus Young | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Titus Young (Rams), who has been jailed since May 11, learned in court Friday, May 24, that he would be charged with three new counts, bringing his total to 11. The exact nature of the counts was not available immediately, because they had not been filed yet.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt has gotten serious this offseason, training in California, and showing up for the start of the offseason program in good shape, impressing coaches and teammates. Britt had multiple knee surgeries last offseason, but he has not had any operations this season, and that could be a springboard to a big season.

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (groin) did not participate in any of the organized team activities this week because of a groin injury.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright said he wants to make bigger plays on offense this season and believes a full offseason with the team will help him. He averaged only 9.8 yards per catch last season.

WR | Devery Henderson | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers could show interest in free-agent WR Devery Henderson (Saints).

WR | Mario Manningham | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Mario Manningham (knee) said he has been able to run and cut during his recovery process. Manningham said he is taking a cautious approach to his rehab and does not have an exact timetable for his return at this point.

WR | A.J. Jenkins | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said WRs A.J. Jenkins, Quinton Patton and Ricardo Lockette will compete for the vacant starting wide receiver job during offseason workouts.

WR | Josh Boyce | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots signed WR Josh Boyce to a four-year contract worth $2.637 million with a bonus of $477,000 Friday, May 24.

WR | Tandon Doss | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco praised his young wide receiving core of Tandon Doss, Deonte Thompson and David Reed. "I haven't heard too much about all that, but I'm excited about who we have," Flacco said. "I like the idea of having guys that we've had, we've drafted here or we've picked up here, and grooming them and getting those guys to become great wide receivers. They definitely have the talent to do it. I think we just need to get them some reps. And when I say reps, I mean game time reps, so their confidence can take off."

Tight End

TE | Tom Crabtree | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Tom Crabtree is expected to push TE Luke Stocker for the starting tight end job and could become the team's primary pass-catching tight end this season.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season at this point.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns are taking a cautious approach with TE Jordan Cameron (groin) while he deals with a groin injury because they see him as their starting tight end this season.

TE | Jared Cook | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford appeared to have good chemistry with TE Jared Cook during organized team activities Friday, May 24.

TE | Tony Moeaki | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he believes TE Tony Moeaki (knee) will be ready for the start of training camp but it is not a guarantee.

TE | Anthony Fasano | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano said he believes the offense under head coach Andy Reid will be very tight end friendly this season. "You can tell they're becoming a very valuable position in this offense. We ultimately determine (how many passes they catch) by how we play, if we make plays, exploit mismatches. The tight ends have a good opportunity in this offense," Fasano said. The team has used a lot of two-tight end sets since organized team activities began.

TE | Lance Kendricks | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said TE Lance Kendricks (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and will continue his rehab. Kendricks was not able to participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 23.

TE | Vance McDonald | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers have signed second-round draft choices DE Cornellius Carradine and TE Vance McDonald to four-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TE | Randy McMichael | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts worked out TEs Randy McMichael (Chargers) and Cornelius Ingram (Broncos) Thursday, May 23.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Transaction
The Washington Redskins have signed third-round draft choice TE Jordan Reed. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

TE | Dante Rosario | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts tried out free-agent TE Dante Rosario (Chargers) Thursday, May 23.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
The New England Patriots are not sure how serious TE Rob Gronkowski's (back, forearm) back injury is at this point. Gronkowski may not be ready for the start of training camp because of the offseason surgeries.

TE | Fred Davis | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Fred Davis (Achilles') said he hopes to be able to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp in June. He said he definitely will be ready for training camp if he does not take part in the minicamp. Davis has been taking part in individual drills as well as running routes and catching passes on a side field during organized team activities.

TE | Anthony McCoy | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' during organized team activities earlier this week, and he has undergone surgery to fix it. He'll be out six to nine months. McCoy had 18 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns last year.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Jason Fox | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions OT Jason Fox is expected to beat out OT Corey Hilliard for the starting right tackle job this season.

OT | Marcus Gilbert | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Marcus Gilbert worked at left tackle during organized team activities this week while OT Mike X. Adams worked at right tackle. The two players could switch positions in the future so the team can see them at both positions.

OT | Tanner Hawkinson | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cincinnati Bengals OT Tanner Hawkinson worked at left tackle and left guard during organized team activities this week. Hawkinson only played offensive tackle during his career at Kansas.

OT | Gabe Carimi | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Chicago Bears do not want to cut OL Gabe Carimi. The team wants Carimi in organized team activities, and there is no financial gain for the team in cutting Carmini.


OG | Brandon Brooks | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OG Brandon Brooks weighed 355 pounds in April 2012, and was 346 pounds for minicamps in June. This season, Brooks tipped the scales at organized team activities (OTAs) this past week at just 325 pounds. Brooks appears to be in great shape, and he appears to be taking this offseason very seriously.

OG | Chance Warmack | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Tennessee Titans have a new-look offensive line, and there are some position battles to watch during training camp and the preseason. One key battle will be C Fernando Velasco against draft pick C Brian Schwenke. OG Chance Warmack is expected to win the right guard job next to OT David Stewart, and newcomer OG Andy Levitre and OT Michael Roos are expected to comprise the left side of the line.

OG | Garrett Gilkey | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns have signed seventh-round draft choice OG Garrett Gilkey to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Offensive Line

OL | Derek Newton | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans OT Derek Newton (knee) arrived last season at 318 pounds, but his weight has increased to 330 pounds this offseason. Newton is making his way back from knee surgery, so it is likely cardio hasn't been a big part of his training regimen.

Defensive Line

DL | Ezekiel Ansah | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
The Detroit Lions are cramming as much football knowledge as they can into first-round pick DL Ezekiel Ansah. "It's all new to him," coach Jim Schwartz said. "We did talk about how Ziggy was an inexperienced player, but he was very instinctive playing things like screens and reverses and some trap blocks and draws and things like that that you would think an inexperienced player would struggle on. He did well on all those things."

DL | Michael Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals and DL Michael Johnson have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term contract or Johnson will play on the one-year franchise tag, worth $11.175 million. The Bengals have not signed a player to an extension in the season they have tagged him since former RB Rudi Johnson's deal back in 2005.

DL | Jake Bequette | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots DE Jake Bequette could receive the chance to earn some playing time at defensive end during offseason workouts and training camp.

DL | Ra'shon Harris | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans DL Ra'shon Harris played at 300 pounds last season, but his weight was at 312 pounds for the start of organized team activities (OTAs). It is not believed Harris was asked to add weight, and he reportedly looked sluggish and out of shape during workouts.

DL | Jared Crick | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans DL Jared Crick arrived to camp last season at 287 pounds, and checked in at organized team activities (OTAs) weighing 295 pounds. The added weight did not appear to affect his quickness, and he looked to be in good shape during workouts.

DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt checked in at organized team activities (OTAs) this past week at 288 pounds, down seven pounds from his weight of 295 last year.

DL | Braylon Broughton | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The Detroit Lions have released DE Braylon Broughton (undisclosed) because he failed a physical. It is not known what contributed to the failed physical.

DL | Richard Seymour | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Atlanta Falcons expressed interest in free-agent DT Richard Seymour (Raiders) in the past, but the two sides have not had serious contract talks.


LB | Delano Johnson | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans LB Delano Johnson is expected to compete for time at defensive end, and his weight has increased from 266 pounds (in 2013) to 290 this offseason.

LB | Bryan Braman | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans LB Bryan Braman arrived at organized team activities (OTAs) at 242 pounds, much leaner than his weight of 251 pounds last season.

LB | Whitney Mercilus | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus checked in at 252 pounds for organized team activities (OTAs), down from 257 pounds of a season ago.

LB | Nick Perry | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Nick Perry (wrist) received medical clearance in April to fully participate in offseason workouts and other football activities.

LB | Ashlee Palmer | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions LBs Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead are splitting reps with the first-team defense at outside linebacker during organized team activities.

LB | Arthur Brown | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens signed LB Arthur Brown to a four-year, $3.554 million contract.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) hasn't had any setback in his rehab this offseason. "He's had no setback at all. He's been going full speed over the last four weeks. He looks as good as ever. Hopefully he can keep that up… He was hurt last year. You could see that soreness in there. Right now, you can tell it's completely healed and we'll keep our fingers crossed that there's no setback," head coach Mike Shanahan said.

LB | London Fletcher | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins FSs Reed Doughty and Jordan Pugh were working as first-team safeties in organized team activities Thursday, May 23, and LB Roddrick Muckelroy was working at LB London Fletcher's inside linebacker spot.


CB | Marcus Trufant | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars CBs Michael Harris and Marcus Trufant are expected to compete for the nickel back job during offseason workouts and training camp.

CB | Eric Wright | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Eric Wright is currently considered one of the team's starting cornerbacks but could be moved to nickel back depending on CB Johnthan Banks' development during offseason workouts and training camp.

CB | Johnson Bademosi | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Cleveland Browns are allowing S Johnson Bademosi to compete with FS Tashaun Gipson for the starting free safety this offseason.

CB | Alfonzo Dennard | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots CBs Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington are expected to compete for a starting cornerback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

CB | Kareem Jackson | Houston Texans |
Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson added weight this offseason, going from a listed 192 pounds last season, to 208 pounds during organized team activities (OTAs).

CB | Brandon Boykin | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Philadelphia Eagles likely will use CB Brandon Boykin as their nickel back this season because he has had success at the position in the past.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee) said he is open to moving to safety because he knew that he would be moving to the position at some point because of his body type. He said he does not think it would be a hard transition for him because it is like some positions he has played in the past.

Strong Safety

SS | Roman Harper | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints saved $3.44 million against this year's salary cap with the restructured deal agreed upon by SS Roman Harper Friday, May 24. In 2014, Harper's salary will reduce from $6 million in his previous deal to $2.35 million, with another $800,000 in bonuses. As such, his cap number reduces then, too, from $7.9 million to $5.87 million. His restructured deal also includes an extension into 2015, with his salary set to be $2.7 million, with another $800,000 in bonuses, and a cap figure of $4.47 million.

SS | Eddie Pleasant | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans SS Eddie Pleasant arrived at organized team activities (OTAs) weighing 202 pounds, down from 213 pounds from last season. It is uncertain if the team asked him to shed the weight, but he looked quicker during workouts. Pleasant is expected to battle SS Shiloh Keo for the fourth safety spot.

SS | Shawn Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cincinnati Bengals SS Shawn Williams is expected to compete with SS Taylor Mays and SS Jeromy Miles for one of the starting safety jobs during offseason workouts and training camp.

SS | Barry Church | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys SS Barry Church (Achilles') said he believes he is a leading candidate for one of the starting safety jobs this season. Church received medical clearance last week to fully participate in organized team activities.

Free Safety

FS | Tyrann Mathieu | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu took nearly $400,000 less in guaranteed money with his deal. He will have to earn the rest of his money by being on the roster and not being suspended.

FS | Ryan Clark | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers FS Ryan Clark said he hopes to retire as a member of the organization but does not know what will happen when he becomes a free agent next offseason. He said his body feels good and wants to play past this season even if it is not with the Steelers.

FS | Chris Prosinski | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars FS Chris Prosinski is expected to compete with FS Josh Evans for playing time during training camp. Prosinski worked at free safety last season but has been working at strong safety during organized team activities.

FS | Kerry Rhodes | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns likely will not pursue free-agent FS Kerry Rhodes (Cardinals) because they have not tried to sign him since free agency began.

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