Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 20, 2013 @ 09:00:58 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said QB Sam Bradford is "a thousand years" ahead of where he was in 2012.

QB | Matt Cassel | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder didn't look good during practice Wednesday, June 19. "Watching Christian Ponder out there, the footwork didn't look great," Judd Zulgad, of 1500ESPN.com, said. "The passes didn't look all that sharp."

QB | Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers did not run many zone-read OTAs. The option package will be de-emphasized under new offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker hasn't missed a practice so far during his ahead-of-schedule recovery from January surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He's keeping up with the new playbook from offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and has cut down on his mistakes in drills.


Running Back

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (hernia) sat out during the minicamp practice Wednesday, June 19, but it was part of his regularly scheduled rest, and not related to his offseason sports hernia surgery.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego said RB Reggie Bush will have a role as a punt returner but likely will be used as a situational returner.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said on NFL AM that "there's no doubt" RB Rashard Mendenhall would be the featured back if the season started Wednesday, June 19. Arians is shying away from the notion that this is a time share. Mendenhall is also ready to go after fighting Achilles' tendonitis last year following early-2012 knee surgery.


Wide Receiver

WR | Nate Washington | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said WR Kendall Wright has lost 15 pounds and looks like he's going to break a lot of runs this year. Munchak also said WR Nate Washington has had his best camp with the team.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said WR Kendall Wright has lost 15 pounds and looks like he's going to break a lot of runs this year. Munchak also said WR Nate Washington has had his best camp with the team.

WR | Steve Breaston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers are no longer interested in free-agent WR Steve Breaston (Chiefs).

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson continued to see the first rep on kick returns, ahead of WR Joe Webb and CBs A.J. Jefferson, Josh Robinson and Marcus Sherels. "I think (Patterson is) more comfortable catching kickoffs right now than punts, like a lot of young guys," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said Wednesday, June 19. "But we're making progress in both phases." Priefer said if the season were starting right now, Sherels would be the team's punt returner.

WR | Greg Childs | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Childs (knees) did not take part in any portion of the minicamp practice Wednesday, June 19. He participated in drills Tuesday, June 18, but the team is taking it slow as he makes his way back from bilateral patellar tendon tears.

WR | Stephen Burton | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Stephen Burton has been impressed by the progress of the intermediate-to-deep passing game so far during spring workouts. "It's coming along well," Burton said Wednesday, June 19. "We're improving every day. (QB Christian Ponder) is improving, continually doing his thing."

WR | Justin Hunter | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter (hamstring) participated in individual drills Wednesday, June 19, the final day of the club's OTAs.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks said he skipped organized team activities because he was worried about possible injuries and not because of an unhappiness with his contract situation. He said he apologized to head coach Tom Coughlin for skipping the workouts after telling Coughlin he would attend them.

WR | Anquan Boldin | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin worked mostly in the slot during team drills when the team had their minicamp last week.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals coaches were impressed with how WR Michael Floyd performed during offseason workouts. Floyd could be the starter opposite WR Larry Fitzgerald Week 1.

WR | Julio Jones | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones has cut beef and pork out of his diet over the past year and feels "much better. Especially playing football, I feel that stuff sits on you." He also now prefers organic over regular food while also taking advice from the team nutritionist.


Tight End

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Updating an ongoing story, a law enforcement official said New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez will be arrested in connection with the North Attleborough, Mass., murder.

TE | Rob Housler | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians likes the pass-catching ability of TE Rob Housler, and his time on the field is likely to be dictated on how much his pass-blocking has improved. TEs Jeff King, Jim Dray and D.C. Jefferson are behind him on the depth chart.

TE | Rhett Ellison | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (calf) and FS Mistral Raymond (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 19.

TE | Tony Gonzalez | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez said he decided to return because his son told him he owed it to himself to take another shot at winning a championship. "But really it came down to what my little 12-year-old boy said. He said, 'You know what, Dad, you got a great football team, you guys got a chance to go get a Super Bowl,' and he knows that's the only reason I'm playing at this point. So he said go back and try it one more time. So that's why I'm here, that's why I'm going to be coming back," he said. Gonzalez said he was leaning toward retirement because he wanted to spend more time with his family.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) will begin the preseason on the Physically Unable to Perform list.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Bobby Massie | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals OT Bobby Massie was working as the backup left tackle in the last week of minicamp, with OT Nate Potter taking first-team reps at right tackle. Head coach Bruce Arians has said he will move guys around to have them learn as many positions as possible, so the starting right tackle job is still up for grabs. If Potter loses out in the battle, he can also work as a guard.

OT | Barry Richardson | Tennessee Titans | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent OT Barry Richardson (Rams). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Guard

OG | Jonathan Cooper | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper has yet to sign, and it is likely his deal comes close to the start of training camp with the front office mostly on vacation. Cooper is expected to serve as the team's starting left guard.

OG | Daryn Colledge | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals OG Daryn Colledge is believed to be the starting right offensive guard, and he is viewed as a good fit until rookie OG Earl Watford is considered ready.


Defensive Line

DL | Jared Allen | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen (knee, shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (knee), CB Jacob Lacey (thumb), CB Greg McCoy (hamstring) and LB Nathan Williams (ankle) were absent from minicamp practice Wednesday, June 19, due to injury.

DL | Sharrif Floyd | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings DL Sharrif Floyd saw reps with the first-team nickel defense during minicamp practice Wednesday, June 19. He was working next to NT Letroy Guion.

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith (triceps) has been bench-pressing more than 400 pounds.


Linebacker

LB | Chad Greenway | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen (knee, shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (knee), CB Jacob Lacey (thumb), CB Greg McCoy (hamstring) and LB Nathan Williams (ankle) were absent from minicamp practice Wednesday, June 19, due to injury.

LB | Desmond Bishop | Free Agent | Free Agents
Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams said free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (Packers) had a good workout with the team Wednesday, June 19, but did not know if the team will sign Bishop.

LB | Erin Henderson | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Minnesota Vikings LB Erin Henderson said he expects to start at middle linebacker this season and that the team has not approached him about the possibility of bringing someone else in to take the job.


Cornerback

CB | Asante Samuel | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons CB Asante Samuel (ankle) appeared to suffer an ankle injury during practice Wednesday, June 19. Trainer Marty Lauzon was looking at Samuel's right ankle after the incident occurred.

CB | Blidi Wreh-Wilson | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with third-round draft choice CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson on a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Free Safety

FS | Mistral Raymond | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (calf) and FS Mistral Raymond (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 19.

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills have not made much progress in contract talks with franchise free-agent FS Jairus Byrd.

FS | J.J. Wilcox | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys have signed third-round draft choice FS J.J. Wilcox. Terms of contract were not disclosed.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Greg Roman | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed offensive coordinator Greg Roman to a two-year contract extension.

OC | Mike Shula | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers did not run many zone-read OTAs. The option package will be de-emphasized under new offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

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