Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 30, 2013 @ 09:50:00 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Kevin Kolb | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QBs Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson are splitting reps with the first team in OTAs, and QB EJ Manuel is working as the third-stringer.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker said QB Peyton Manning has more "zip" on his passes this year. "I think (the ball) coming to you quicker can be his reads and comfort level with the receivers, too," Decker said. "But I think some of those throws that he fits in the holes, you feel a little more zip on it and he is getting it to you quicker."

QB | Matt Flynn | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Matt Flynn has the support of Raiders FS Charles Woodson. Both players spent time together with the Green Bay Packers.

"Flynn had a chance to work around a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers and be able to sit behind him and emulate some of the things Aaron does, without trying to be like Aaron. So he'll bring some experience even though he hasn't had a chance to lead a team," Woodson said. "So I know that the coaches are excited to have him in here and give him that opportunity to lead this team. I just look forward to seeing him grow. He'll have the opportunity to be the guy. At that point, it's what you do with it. Hopefully he'll succeed."

QB | Alex Carder | Free Agent | Transaction
The Detroit Lions have released QB Alex Carder.

QB | Shaun Hill | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions QB Shaun Hill (foot) is no longer wearing a walking boot on his surgically repaired foot and is participating in organized team activities.

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger met with offensive coordinator Todd Haley several times this offseason and had a lot of input into what worked and what did not last season. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said Haley is giving Roethlisberger more control at the line of scrimmage in terms of check downs and hot reads.

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton said he lost 12 pounds in the offseason, bringing him down from 255 pounds to 243. "It was just a personal goal that I set for myself. I'm not going to go into what it really meant because looking at my body from afar you really couldn't tell," Newton said. "Being that I lost the weight, nobody really could tell, either."

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin said he already feels comfortable in the offense after participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 28. Boldin said he's run many of the same routes and plays in the team's complicated version of the West Coast offense, and he's just working on the terminology now. QB Colin Kaepernick has already enjoyed throwing to Boldin and has made him his first read often. "I guess I'm looked at as being able to step in right now and make plays," Boldin said. "And that's what I want to bring. I want Kaep to be comfortable. I want the other quarterbacks to be comfortable enough to, even if it doesn't look like I'm open, just give me a chance. I'll make a play for you."

QB | JaMarcus Russell | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell has dropped 50 pounds down to 265 pounds, the weight he carried when he made noise at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine. There's reportedly "significant interest" in the failed prospect by more than one team, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Russell wants to sign somewhere where he can sit on the bench and learn from a respected QB. If he can't find a home in the next 30 to 45 days, he'd be open to signing with a team from the Canadian Football League, from where he's also received some inquiries.


Running Back

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) has a strained muscle in his shin, according to team officials, and hasn't been practicing. He worked on conditioning but didn't participate in OTAs. Head coach Rob Chudzinski said Richardson could miss their upcoming mini-camp, as well. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, though..

RB | Steven Jackson | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith called RB Steven Jackson a "big strong running back that catches the ball extremely well. ... He's a guy who had close to 100 catches in a season, so he's a guy that we can use in the passing game."

RB | Knile Davis | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis said the fumble problems he displayed in his final season at Arkansas have been fixed. "I think I'll never fumble again," the 2013 third-round pick said. "I had two bad games last year where I fumbled a lot. It was just me not focusing on it."

RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) participated in individual drills Wednesday, May 29.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate worked with the first-team offense during organized team activities (OTAs) with RB Arian Foster (calf) away from the team due to injury. Tate gets six total practices to shine in the top spot. "He steps up today and works as the starter, but Ben's been working good either way," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's had a really good offseason; he's been here every day, and it's an opportunity for him this next six practices to be the bell cow, so to speak, and that'll be good for him in the long run." Tate is entering the final year of his contract.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
More details on whether Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew will be charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident that occurred Sunday, May 26, will come forth next week.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Green Bay Packers signed RB Eddie Lacy to an undisclosed four-year deal Wednesday, May 29.

RB | C.J. Spiller | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said the team will not take RB C.J. Spiller out of the game on short-yardage, third-down or red zone situations this season because of his size or skill set.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hernia) said he is close to 100 percent after recovering from surgery to fix a sports hernia this offseason. He resumed lifting weights just over a month after his procedure in February. "It was a cakewalk compared to recovering from the ACL and what I had to go through to bounce back from that," he said.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said he does not think RB Mikel Leshoure (hamstring) is dealing with a long-term injury. Schwartz said the team is taking a cautious approach with Leshoure because they do not want him to rush him back.

RB | Latavius Murray | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen praised the work of rookie RB Latavius Murray, saying he's "picked up everything offensively from a schematic standpoint, assignment-wise. ... He's done a nice job in pass protection. That's one of the things you see with young backs that they struggle with at times."

RB | Andre Brown | New York Giants | Fantasy
The New York Giants are expected to use RB Andre Brown as their goal line specialist.


Fullback

FB | Mike Cox | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants brought in free-agent FBs Mike Cox (Falcons) and Tony Fiammetta (Patriots) for workouts Wednesday, May 29.


Wide Receiver

WR | DeMarco Sampson | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent WR DeMarco Sampson (Eagles) and cut DB Vernon Kearney.

WR | Ben Obomanu | New York Jets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Jets signed free-agent WR Ben Obomanu (Seahawks).

WR | Steve E. Smith | Retired | Transaction
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Steve E. Smith has announced his retirement from professional football.

WR | Greg Herd | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent WR Greg Herd (Cowboys). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also released WR Matt Austin.

WR | Ryan Broyles | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said WR Ryan Broyles (knee) is making progress in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but there is no timetable for his return. "There is really no such thing as a target (to return), but he's making good progress. He's working through, almost in the same position he was last year with the exception of he knows the offense and he had a little bit of experience last year. It's just a matter of getting healthy."

WR | Darrius Heyward-Bey | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, May 29, because of a sore hamstring. The injury is believed to be minor.

WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (ankle) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 29, because of an ankle injury. Head coach Leslie Frazier said the injury is not serious.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (leg) left organized team activities early Wednesday, May 29, because of a leg cramp. The injury is not believed to be serious.

WR | Markus Wheaton | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton, the team's third-round draft pick, might be the logical choice to replace WR Mike Wallace as the team's deep receiving threat this year. Wheaton ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash before the draft, but he won't be able to work out with the team until he graduates from Oregon State. Fellow rookie WR Justin Brown will compete with Wheaton for playing time this year.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has been working on improving his route running this season and wants to use the same footwork on every snap. He wants to use the same intensity pace and footwork on every snap so he can have an advantage over the defender. "He's improved so much. You can tell," CB Brandon Carr said. "He's working on all the little things in practice. He's focused on the details and he's getting better and better. I'm glad I don't have to cover him in games this season." Bryant has also altered his route running on deep passes in hopes of running past a defender.

WR | Anquan Boldin | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin said he already feels comfortable in the offense after participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 28. Boldin said he's run many of the same routes and plays in the team's complicated version of the West Coast offense, and he's just working on the terminology now. QB Colin Kaepernick has already enjoyed throwing to Boldin and has made him his first read often. "I guess I'm looked at as being able to step in right now and make plays," Boldin said. "And that's what I want to bring. I want Kaep to be comfortable. I want the other quarterbacks to be comfortable enough to, even if it doesn't look like I'm open, just give me a chance. I'll make a play for you."

WR | Louis Murphy | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Louis Murphy has stood out in OTAs so far. He was given plenty of deep routes in a recent workout. Head coach Tom Coughlin said he'll have a better impression of Rueben Randle after several more practice days.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Louis Murphy has stood out in OTAs so far. He was given plenty of deep routes in a recent workout. Head coach Tom Coughlin said he'll have a better impression of Rueben Randle after several more practice days.

WR | Jerome Simpson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson says his new Tempurpedic mattress has helped stabilize his back and keep him in good posture. Simpson suffered a lower-back ailment, which turned out to be a nerve issue, that squashed his production for two months. "It was more my push-off," he said. "I didn't really have my burst to be able to get away from my defenders when I needed to." Simpson says he's back at 100 percent.

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive players have raved about their first impression of OC Norv Turner's scheme. "Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we're running downfield,"WR Josh Gordon said. WR Greg Little said Turner "calls more post and go routes than I've ever run before."ESPN Stats and Information cites that the Browns threw the ball 10 yards or fewer downfield on 73.3 percent of their 2012 passes, and 20 yards or more on only 9 percent.

QB Brandon Weeden, not the confirmed starter but the presumed leader, is more comfortable out of the shotgun, not the timing-based, three-step-drop setup run by Pat Shurmur last year.


Tight End

TE | Coby Fleener | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener caught a pair of deep balls from QB Andrew Luck in practice Wednesday, May 29. Fleener said he's remembering more and more of the traits from new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who ran the West Coast offense Fleener ran with Luck at the Stanford helm. Hamilton is expected to involve the position more often than his predecessor, Bruce Arians, did. "What did he have 20-, 30-some catches last year? That should double," head coach Chuck Pagano said.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's (back) injury is not related to the one that he dealt with in 2009. He had a herniated disc that required surgery in college.

TE | Chase Clement | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Giants signed undrafted free-agent TE Chase Clement Wednesday, May 29.

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has looked sharp during organized team activities and hasn't been limited after having major knee surgery around 16 months ago. Ballard has shown nice hands and will be a nice blocking asset for the team this year. "I'm doing my best I can to be 100 percent, and I'm doing as much as I can, as much as they're allowing me to do out here," Ballard said. "When I'm out here I feel like I'm putting in good work and getting better."

TE | Anthony McCoy | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Transaction
Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') has cleared waivers and has been placed on Injured Reserve.

TE | Lee Smith | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said TE Lee Smith (undisclosed) should be ready for training camp after suffering an undisclosed injury in the weight room this offseason. Smith did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 29, and was wearing a walking boot.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Max Starks | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers OTs Max Starks and King Dunlap are expected to compete for the starting left tackle job. Dunlap has been working with the first-team offense at left tackle during workouts open to the media.

OT | Menelik Watson | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson could push OT Khalif Barnes for the starting right tackle during training camp.

OT | Dallas Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins OT Dallas Thomas (shoulder) and OG Lance Louis (knee) were limited during organized team activities Wednesday, May 29.

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (illness) and CB Brandon Flowers (illness) were sent home Wednesday, May 29, because they were ill.


Guard

OG | Lucas Nix | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit
Oakland Raiders OG Lucas Nix worked at left guard with the first-team offense during organized team activities Tuesday, May 28.

OG | Lance Louis | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins OT Dallas Thomas (shoulder) and OG Lance Louis (knee) were limited during organized team activities Wednesday, May 29.


Defensive Line

DL | Ndamukong Suh | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh has two years left on his rookie deal, but has a $21 million cap number in 2014. He said he would like to stick around in Detroit and hinted at a desire for a long-term extension.

DL | Ronnell Lewis | Detroit Lions | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions DL Ronnell Lewis is working as the second-team left defensive end behind DL Jason Jones with DL Devin Taylor (hamstring) sidelined during organized team activities (OTAs).

DL | Michael Brooks | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
The Seattle Seahawks have claimed DT Michael Brooks off waivers from the Detroit Lions. In a corresponding move, the team waived OG Jordon Roussos.


Linebacker

LB | Kyle Bosworth | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Giants signed free-agent LB Kyle Bosworth (Jaguars) Wednesday, May 29. Bosworth is the nephew of former NFL LB Brian Bosworth.

LB | Sean Spence | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Sean Spence (knee) said he's expecting to play at some point this year after injuring his left knee in the preseason finale last year. Spence underwent surgery to fix three torn ligaments in his knee. He can run but is sitting out of organized team activities as a precaution. There is no timetable for when Spence will be able to play.


Cornerback

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee) said Wednesday, May 29, that he has already been cleared to return from his third anterior cruciate ligament surgery, but the team is simply taking it slow with him as a precaution.

CB | Quentin Jammer | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Denver Broncos will convert CB Quentin Jammer to safety. He has started 157 games at cornerback in 10 NFL seasons. Jammer signed a one-year deal Wednesday, May 29, close to the veteran minimum of $940,000. He will participate in the team's organized team activities (OTAs) practice Thursday, May 30.

CB | Greg Toler | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts CB Greg Toler (foot) sat out of organized team activities as a precaution with a foot issue Wednesday, May 29.

CB | Jamar Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have signed second-round draft choice CB Jamar Taylor to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CB | D.J. Hayden | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (abdomen) has been released from the hospital after undergoing a procedure to his abdomen.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (thumb) is not participating in organized team activities this week because of a thumb injury but is expected to take part in OTAs next week.

CB | Adam Jones | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Adam Jones (calf) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 29, because he is believed to be dealing with a strained calf.

CB | Brandon Flowers | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs OT Branden Albert (illness) and CB Brandon Flowers (illness) were sent home Wednesday, May 29, because they were ill.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) is not in attendance at organized team activities (OTAs), as he is in Atlanta continue to rehab after minor hip surgery. Reed is expected to join the team before their three-day mandatory minicamp from June 11-13.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Pep Hamilton | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts TE Coby Fleener caught a pair of deep balls from QB Andrew Luck in practice Wednesday, May 29. Fleener said he's remembering more and more of the traits from new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who ran the West Coast offense Fleener ran with Luck at the Stanford helm. Hamilton is expected to involve the position more often than his predecessor, Bruce Arians, did. "What did he have 20-, 30-some catches last year? That should double," head coach Chuck Pagano said.

OC | Norv Turner | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive players have raved about their first impression of OC Norv Turner's scheme. "Defenses will be shocked to say the least with how much we're running downfield,"WR Josh Gordon said. WR Greg Little said Turner "calls more post and go routes than I've ever run before."ESPN Stats and Information cites that the Browns threw the ball 10 yards or fewer downfield on 73.3 percent of their 2012 passes, and 20 yards or more on only 9 percent.

QB Brandon Weeden, not the confirmed starter but the presumed leader, is more comfortable out of the shotgun, not the timing-based, three-step-drop setup run by Pat Shurmur last year.

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