Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 31, 2013 @ 10:21:59 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been working with RB Montee Ball after organized team activities and said Ball has been learning the playbook. Manning said the team will be counting on Ball a lot this season. "We're just kind of going through plays, going through games, getting him comfortable hearing audibles at the line of scrimmage. Because we are going to count on him in a big way this year," Manning said. "He's a rookie, but [head coach John Fox] isn't going to bring him along slowly."

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said he believes QB Philip Rivers can get back to his Pro Bowl form this season. Whisenhunt said he believes Rivers can make all of the throws and is impressed with Rivers' ability to read defenses.

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez said the notion of him not starting Week 1 hasn't crossed his mind. His confidence appeared to be improved one week after Sanchez threw three interceptions during an organized team activity practice and was chided by head coach Rex Ryan. Sanchez, who went 8-for-12 on passing attempts in team drills Thursday, May 30, said his accuracy is "where [he wants] it to be," echoing offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's comments from last week. Ryan said Sanchez's confidence is returning. QB Geno Smith, meanwhile, said he wouldn't be disappointed if he began the season on the bench, though a source close to him claims he'd be crushed if he wasn't the opening-week starter.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) has begun throwing, planting his feet, and taking seven-step drops. Griffin threw to WR Pierre Garcon, TE Fred Davis and RB Roy Helu. "Those are guys we'll lean heavily on in the season," Griffin said. "I'll build chemistry with them and get a feel for how Jordan and Chris play and continue to work with Fred and get back with Pierre. He's the guy… I want to make sure me and him are on the same page. He's a big-play receiver who can do a lot of things. It's good to see him back healthy and doing a lot of stuff."

QB | Matt Simms | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Jets QB Matt Simms got reps ahead of QB Greg McElroy during organized team activities Thursday, May 30. It is the same order the Jets used during practice last week.


Running Back

RB | Montee Ball | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been working with RB Montee Ball after organized team activities and said Ball has been learning the playbook. Manning said the team will be counting on Ball a lot this season. "We're just kind of going through plays, going through games, getting him comfortable hearing audibles at the line of scrimmage. Because we are going to count on him in a big way this year," Manning said. "He's a rookie, but [head coach John Fox] isn't going to bring him along slowly."

RB | Jamie Harper | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RB Jamie Harper (Titans) worked out for the New England Patriots and New York Giants this week.

RB | Alfred Morris | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said RB Alfred Morris has impressed him with his mindset following his stellar rookie season. Morris gained 10 pounds but has already lost five and has kept up good shape so far.

RB | Mike Goodson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson looked good while participating in organized team activities Thursday, May 30, catching passes and showing quick feet to beat defenders. "You see the speed that he has," head coach Rex Ryan said. "That's what jumps out at me anyway. He had the ball in the open field a couple times, and you see the acceleration that he has. That's been impressive."

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
The lawyer of a security guard that is accusing Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew of punching him in the head said Thursday, May 30, that he has video evidence that Jones-Drew attacked his client. "Conch House security video captures Mr. Jones-Drew rapidly approaching Mr. Howard from the back-left side and sucker punching him in the jaw," Anderson wrote in the statement. "As a result of this attack, Mr. Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries. He was hospitalized, later released and is recovering at home."

RB | Montell Owens | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions signed RB Montell Owens (Jaguars) Thursday, May 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller has a leg up on the competition to start at running back in 2013 although Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin considers the competition wide open, and Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, Jonas Gray and Marcus Thigpen also are all competing for the starting job.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) said his shin injury is not a big deal. "Ain't no biggie," he said. "Ain't nothing to worry about. I could be out there, but they want to be cautious about it and just make sure I'm healthy when it's time to be right, and be right for (training) camp."

RB | Willis McGahee | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee (leg, knee) still hasn't shown up to the team's voluntary OTAs.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Willis McGahee (leg, knee) still hasn't shown up to the team's voluntary OTAs.


Fullback

FB | Patrick DiMarco | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons signed FB Patrick DiMarco (Chiefs) Thursday, May 30. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Gibson | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson has been working as a slot receiver during organized team activities. Gibson believes he can play the position because he can run all of the routes and get separation.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is not participating in organized team activities Friday, May 31.

WR | Derek Hagan | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Derek Hagan (Raiders) said he did not work out for the Oakland Raiders even though it was reported that he did.

WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (ankle) said he has been building chemistry with QB Christian Ponder even though he has not been able to participate in organized team activities by talking with Ponder about the things he sees during plays. "With a guy like Christian, he's very smart," Jennings said. "You pick each other's brains, and once you're on the field, that chemistry starts to form itself."

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Rueben Randle said he knows how important the extra reps he is getting during organized team activities are because it gives him more time to work with QB Eli Manning and show the coaches what he can do. "I'm a lot more confident in what I do," he said. "Going out there and making more plays, understanding the offense and more on the same page with Eli. And also, getting more trust from the coaches, and going out there and getting more reps so I can show my ability more."

WR | Pierre Garcon | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon (shoulder, foot) said recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is going well and does not expect it to be a problem during the regular season. He said his recovery from a foot injury is going well but will continue to monitor the injury. Garcon decided on to get surgery on his foot because he was told by doctors that they are not sure a procedure would solve the problem.

WR | Titus Young | Free Agent | Free Agents
The NFL reached out to free-agent WR Titus Young (Rams) around 18 months ago to help with his mental issues, but he declined their help. Troy Vincent, NFL's director of player engagement, said the league is still interested in helping Young but can't force him to take the help.

WR | Reggie Williams | CFL | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent WR Reggie Williams (Jaguars) signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. He was the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick in 2004.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings plan on easing rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson into action behind Greg Jennings and Jerome Simpson, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. Along with a trial in kick returning, Patterson will get looks that "utilize his strengths."

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith said he wants to play 15 or 16 seasons. The 33-year-old and 13-year veteran wants to emulate former Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, who just retired. "Physically, I feel great right now," Smith said. He battled knee injuries for much of last year but reportedly has looked limber and has his motor back.

WR | Clyde Gates | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Clyde Gates (hamstring) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 30, because of a hamstring injury.

WR | Stephen Hill | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill (knee) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Thursday, May 30. He was limited during team drills because of the injury.

WR | Dexter McCluster | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster (hamstring) was able to participate in some reps during organized team activities Wednesday, May 30.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (leg) participated in organized team activities Wednesday, May 30.

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (illness), OT Branden Albert (illness) and CB Brandon Flowers (illness) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 30, because of illnesses.

WR | Leonard Hankerson | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said WR Leonard Hankerson is fully healthy for the first time in his career. The team is expecting Hankerson to develop more this year.

WR | Chris Summers | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings WR Chris Summers (hamstring) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 30, because of a strained hamstring.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (ankle) is expected to be a major focal point on offense this season. He was building a strong chemistry with QB Philip Rivers before his injury, and the two are expected to work on their chemistry during training camp.

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders likely will give WR Jacoby Ford (foot) a chance to contribute on offense this season if his foot injury has healed. The team could consider releasing him if he continues to struggle with the foot injury.

WR | Aldrick Robinson | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Aldrick Robinson has had "one heck of a camp," head coach Mike Shanahan said.


Tight End

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes said he is been happy with what he has seen from TE Tyler Eifert during organized team activities. "After working him out and spending time with him before the draft, he is on target and about where I thought he would be," Hayes said. "He has been great mentally and keeps an even keel. It is hard to tell from him whether things are going good or bad. He would be a great poker player that way."

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) has not fully participated during the two organized team activities that the media has watched this offseason but has shown good hands during offensive drills. He also has been running with a noticeable limp.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
Baltimore Ravens restricted free-agent TE Ed Dickson has signed his one-year tender offer. Financial terms were not disclosed.

TE | Jordan Reed | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (knee, quadriceps) said he expects to receive medical clearance to practice in around three weeks and should be ready for the start of training camp.

TE | John Carlson | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings TE John Carlson said he is recovered from the concussion he suffered during the 2012 season and has been enjoying participating in offseason workouts. Head coach Leslie Frazier said the team hopes Carlson can develop into a down-the-field receiving threat if he is able to stay healthy this season.

TE | Joel Dreessen | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos TE Joel Dreessen (knee) underwent offseason arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the team's offseason workouts, including the mandatory minicamp in June. TE Julius Thomas will see increased repetitions in the absence of Dreessen.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (groin) returned to practice Thursday, May 30.


Place Kicker

PK | David Akers | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions PK David Akers admitted that he's still not 100 percent following the aggravation that brought on lingering effects of his double hernia surgery last offseason. He hasn't been doing much kicking in organized team activities so far. He's taking it slow so he can be ready to go by training camp.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Michael Bowie | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
The Seattle Seahawks have signed fifth-round draft choice CB Tharold Simon and seventh-round draft choice OT Michael Bowie to multi-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (illness), OT Branden Albert (illness) and CB Brandon Flowers (illness) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 30, because of illnesses.


Guard

OG | Doug Legursky | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OG Doug Legursky (Steelers) is receiving interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants and Denver Broncos.

OG | David DeCastro | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro said he is not feeling any pain from the knee he injured last season during organized team activities.

OG | Willie Colon | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Jets OG Willie Colon rotated reps with OG Brian Winters at starting left guard during organized team activities Thursday, May 30. Colon is expected to have the advantage for the starting job because of his experience.


Offensive Line

OL | Brian Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins signed OG Brian Thomas and cut OT Patrick Ward Thursday, May 30. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

OL | Maurice Hurt | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt (knee) is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.


Defensive Line

DL | Karl Klug | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Tennessee Titans plan to use DT Karl Klug at defensive end more often during offseason workouts because of the defensive tackles they have added this offseason. Klug will still be used at defensive tackle in pass rush situations. He could make the final roster if he can show he can play both positions.

DL | Adam Carriker | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said DE Adam Carriker's (quadriceps) surgically repaired right quadriceps tendon is inflamed. He is not expected to participate until training camp.

DL | Spencer Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots hosted free-agent DL Spencer Johnson for a tryout Thursday, May 30.

DL | Jarvis Jenkins | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins DE Jarvis Jenkins (knee) has made "tremendous strides" in his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his knee. Head coach Mike Shanahan is expecting Jenkins to make a "big difference" this season. DE Adam Carriker (quadriceps) is without a timetable to return to practice after having surgery to fix a torn quadriceps last September.

DL | Desmond Bryant | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns DE Desmond Bryant (personal) returned to practice after missing a practice last week for a legal matter.


Linebacker

LB | Josh Bynes | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens LB Josh Bynes has been working with the first-team defense at inside linebacker during organized team activities this week and hopes to compete for a starting job during training camp. He has been getting a lot of reps at inside linebacker because LBs Arthur Brown (hernia) and Jameel McClain (spine) are not able to practice.

LB | Bryan Hall | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens LB Bryan Hall dropped from 290 pounds to 265 pounds in preparation for his transition from defensive tackle to inside linebacker.

LB | Tommy Smith | Cleveland Browns | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns have signed undrafted free-agent LB Tommy Smith (Boise State). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived WR Perez Ashford.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) said he feels fresh, and is fully healthy. "I feel fresh," Orakpo said after the sixth out of nine organized team activity sessions. "I feel great. I'm 100 percent. They're not holding me back. I'm out here doing my thing. It (stinks) to miss a year, but when you miss a year, you get to rejuvenate your body, let everything else that was nagging you heal up (too). It's kind of a gift and curse."


Cornerback

CB | Richard Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins CB Richard Marshall (back) said he is not completely recovered from the back injury he suffered last season but has been working with the first-team defense during organized team activities this offseason. Marshall is expected to compete with CB Dimitri Patterson for a starting cornerback job with CBs Jamar Taylor and Will Davis also possible candidates for the job.

CB | Captain Munnerlyn | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn (abdomen) said he could be out until training camp because of a partial tear in his abdomen. He said he suffered the injury while exercising last week.

CB | Tharold Simon | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
The Seattle Seahawks have signed fifth-round draft choice CB Tharold Simon and seventh-round draft choice OT Michael Bowie to multi-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

CB | Dee Milliner | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan doesn't expect CB Dee Milliner (shoulder) to be ready for the team's minicamp in June. However, he is confident he'll be ready for training camp in July.


Strong Safety

SS | Kenny Phillips | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles SS Kenny Phillips (knee) is expected to participate in the team's minicamp next week. Phillips has been sitting out organized team activities to rest his left knee.


Free Safety

FS | Jordan Pugh | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said FS Jordan Pugh (ear) was not able to participate in organized team activities this week because of an inner ear infection.

FS | Malcolm Jenkins | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints S Malcolm Jenkins (hamstring) is planning on fully participating in organized team activities next week after dealing with a hamstring issue. "I'm just being smart with it," Jenkins said. "It's doing pretty good. I was able to do some running today, and do some drills without it bothering me. So I definitely plan to go next week."

FS | Josh Bush | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets FS Josh Bush (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason and was wearing a no contact jersey during organized team activities Thursday, May 30.

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