Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 1, 2013 @ 09:35:58 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has worked with former QB Chad Pennington, who worked as a quarterback consultant at some offseason practices. Pennington said Tannehill also visited him in Kentucky. "I gave him a few handouts that I found in my notes concerning leadership, favorite quotes, etc. that I thought might be useful," Pennington said.

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is trying to find balance in his workout routine to help stay fit before training camp after head coach Jim Harbaugh said he was concerned about his quarterback working too hard in the weight room. "That's the balance I'm trying to find," Kaepernick said. "Can I get big, can I get strong and still remain flexible enough to go out and throw the ball well?"

QB | Alex Smith | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles labeled QB Alex Smith as a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. "I think he is. He's got a great arm," Charles said. "He's been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is content with the offseason is going and said things are back to normal now that head coach Sean Payton is back at the helm. "It's all about football, and that's the way we like it," Brees said. "This is really the first normal offseason we've had in four years. Going from that offseason after Super Bowl, which was a crazy offseason, and right into the lockout the next offseason, and last year with the bounty and the contract and with everything else."


Running Back

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
Updating an earlier report, San Diego Police Sgt. Robin Rose said San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was not arrested Sunday, June 30. There was an incident at a downtown bar, but it's not certain Mathews was even there.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks led the NFL in rushing attempts in 2012, and RB Marshawn Lynch piled up a career-high 1,590 rushing yards. Head coach Pete Carroll insists that his team will continue to lean on a run-first approach.

RB | Bryce Brown | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB Bryce Brown had his dogs seized last week, in a suspected dog fighting operation, but they have since been returned to him. Brown insists he is a victim in the case, and defended himself on his official Twitter account over the weekend.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson has told people he could rush for 2,000 yards in a season again because he believes OGs Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack will play much better than the team's guards did last season.

RB | Marcus Lattimore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said RB Frank Gore reached out to him when he was injured at the University of South Carolina, and now the two are teammates. Lattimore said Friday, June 28, that he is unlikely to be ready for training camp, although he has been doing sprints and working with the training staff. Lattimore indicated a midseason return could be possible.

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu could serve as the third down, short yardage back behind RB in 2013. Helu is familiar with the pistol offense, running it regularly when he played at Nebraska.

RB | Knile Davis | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit
Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Eric Bieniemy has been working with RB Knile Davis to help perfect his running technique. "We've had conversations about stuff on and off-the-field; he's really been like that father-figure to me, helping me and showing me different things, letting me know what I'm about to face," Davis said. "On the field, he's very hard on me; he's my biggest critic. He's a perfectionist, who is on me about the littlest details, but I know it's going to make me better and that's what he's here for; he's definitely doing his job."

RB | Isaac Redman | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Isaac Redman said he believes the team will be able to effectively use him, RB Le'Veon Bell and RB Jonathan Dwyer this season because they want to establish the running game.


Fullback

FB | Vonta Leach | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent FB Vonta Leach's (Ravens) agent said Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi called to check in about Leach's availability but never set up a visit.

FB | James Develin | New England Patriots | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New England Patriots TEs James Develin and Brandon Ford are likely to get more attention during training camp following the release of TE Aaron Hernandez, but they still have several veterans ahead of them on the depth chart even if TE Rob Gronkowski (back) is not ready for the start of the season.


Wide Receiver

WR | Brandon Gibson | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin likes having bigger receivers in the slot, so 6-foot-0 WR Brandon Gibson and 6-foot-3 WR Armon Binns might be considered the favorites there. "Sometimes, it's easier when you have a bigger body at times cruising through the middle," Philbin said. "I don't want to jinx him - I'm using the kiss of death - but (Binns) is playing faster."

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots may not be interested in re-signing free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd because he was not a good fit in the locker room last season, which is something the team likely will be looking for this season.

WR | Michael Jenkins | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Michael Jenkins showed a good chemistry with QB Tom Brady during offseason workouts.

WR | Danny Coale | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys WR Danny Coale (knee) will need to stay healthy during training camp if he wants a chance to make the final roster.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said WR Wes Welker has been fitting in well and believes things will get better with increased repetitions. "He really has an ability to read coverages and I think he takes it as seriously as a quarterback does," Manning said. "That really has worked well for him, and as a quarterback, you sort of appreciate that. But hopefully we can still keep going. There's some things that we need to improve on, which repetitions are the best way to improve that."

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman could have a big role with the team in 2013 because he is the most familiar wide receiver with QB Tom Brady, and because of the subtraction of WRs Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Donte' Stallworth, Deion Branch and TE Aaron Hernandez, and the injury situation with TE Rob Gronkowski.


Tight End

TE | Jared Cook | St. Louis Rams | Fantasy
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said the team will move TE Jared Cook around this season. "He's going to play all over the place," Fisher said. "We've even got him in the backfield, so we've got some good things for him." Fisher said Cook and QB Sam Bradford have spent a lot of time together this offseason in order to build chemistry.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots have voided the rest of free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez's guarantees in his contract. Hernandez was guaranteed $2.5 million in base salary, $3.25 million from his signing bonus and some workout bonuses.

TE | Daniel Fells | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Daniel Fells, who started 15 games for the Denver Broncos in 2011, is often the forgotten man in the mix at tight end because he is quiet and he rarely speaks with the media.

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, and he reportedly looking "rigid" during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

TE | Zach Sudfeld | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld, an undrafted free agent from Nevada, reportedly showed impressive pass-catching skills and dependable hands during offseason workouts. He might be ready ot compete for a spot on the 53-man roster given the upheaval at the tight end position in Foxboro during the offseason.

TE | Michael Hoomanawanui | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui could be in line for a bigger role following the release of TE Aaron Hernandez. Hoomanawanui is similar to Hernandez in that he can be used in the "F" or move tight end position. He was often aligned out of the backfield last season.


Offensive Tackle

OT | James Carpenter | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Seattle Seahawks have big plans for OT James Carpenter (knee) in 2013, assuming he can stay healthy. He is making his way back from a left knee injury suffered Dec. 2 of last season. He had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee during the offseason, and did not take part in organized team activities (OTAs) or minicamp. If healthy, he is slated to start at left guard, replacing OL Paul McQuistan.

OT | Ryan Clady | Denver Broncos | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos resumed contract talks with franchise free-agent OT Ryan Clady earlier this month but are not close to an agreement at this point. Clady's representatives are working on a counter offer to present to the Broncos.

OT | Justin Pugh | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants OT Justin Pugh could win the starting right tackle or left guard job if he performs well during training camp and preseason games.

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants OT David Diehl is expected to enter training camp as the frontrunner for the starting right tackle job but will have to compete with OT Justin Pugh.

OT | Corey Hilliard | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
The competition between Detroit Lions OTs Jason Fox and Corey Hilliard for the starting right tackle job go on until the final preseason game.

OT | Doug Free | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free is expected to enter training camp as the favorite for the starting right tackle job but will have to compete with OT Jermey Parnell for the job.


Guard

OG | John Moffitt | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit
Seattle Seahawks OGs John Moffitt and J.R. Sweezy are expected to compete for the starting right guard job during training camp and the preseason. The two split first-team reps during the offseason program.

OG | Andy Levitre | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans OG Andy Levitre (knee) is making good progress in his rehab from offseason knee surgery.


Offensive Line

OL | Paul McQuistan | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Seattle Seahawks OL Paul McQuistan is set to make $3 million in base salary in the final year of a two-year contract. If he is unable to land a starting spot, he has a hefty salary for a backup. However, he is versatile, with the ability to play left tackle, left guard, right guard and right tackle, and he has a history with offensive line coach To, Cable. The team might also ask him to restructure rather than cutting him.

OL | Ronald Leary | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary is expected to have the chance to compete with OGs Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau for one of the starting guard job during training camp.


Defensive Line

DL | Da'Quan Bowers | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have failed to reach 30 sacks as a team in each of the past five seasons, and no Buccaneers player has recorded double-digit sacks since former DE Simeon Rice had 14 sacks in 2005. DE Michael Bennett had nine sacks last season to lead the team, and he left via free agency for the Seattle Seahawks. DE Da'Quan Bowers has added significant upper-body strength while getting into better shape, and he is one player the team needs to step up.

DL | Adrian Clayborn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) has spent the offseason working on increasing his upper body strength, in addition to rehabbing his injured right knee. "He was out with an injury that kept him from playing football and he took it as an opportunity to improve his entire body, not just the rehab," head coach Greg Schiano said. "So when I look at Adrian, that's a different looking guy right now than it was six, eight months ago. I think that is really going to pay benefits when he gets back to going. I think you're going to see a guy who is really able to do well." Clayborn has been cleared for all activities and is expected to enter training camp without limitations.

DL | Pernell McPhee | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Baltimore Ravens are moving DE Pernell McPhee to outside linebacker.


Linebacker

LB | Jarvis Jones | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones has a decent chance to beat LB Jason Worilds for one of the starting outside linebacker jobs because he will have less of a learning curve. Jones played linebacker in college unlike most of the outside linebackers the team has added in the past.

LB | Ashlee Palmer | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions LB Ashlee Palmer is expected to enter training camp as the favorite for one of the outside linebacker jobs. He will compete with LBs Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis for the job.

LB | Bryan Kehl | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Washington Redskins LBs Bryan Kehl, Roddrick Muckelroy, Marvin Burdette and Jeremy Kimbrough are expected to compete for the No. 4 inside linebacker job during training camp. Kehl could be considered the favorite because of his versatility and ability on special teams.


Cornerback

CB | Chykie Brown | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens CBs Chykie Brown and Chris X. Johnson are the favorites for the cornerback jobs in the dime defense. Brown made big strides in 2012, but the team likes Johnson's experience.

CB | Corey Graham | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens CBs Corey Graham and Jimmy Smith are battling for the starting job opposite CB Lardarius Webb (knee) in training camp and the preseason. If Webb is unable to go in Week 1, Graham and Smith are expected to start. If Webb is ready, both Graham and Smith are still expected to see significant time regardless of who starts.

CB | Lardarius Webb | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Webb reportedly showed quickness and good change of direction while working in individual drills during minicamp.

CB | Shareece Wright | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers CB Shareece Wright took first-team reps throughout offseason workouts, and he is expected to serve as the starting right cornerback opposite CB Derek Cox. "I feel like this is the right time," Wright said. "I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity at this point."


Strong Safety

SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron played well early last season, and then hit a wall around Week 12. He struggled in coverage, and played a bit out of position at times. However, with CB Ronde Barber retired, and the team adding FS Dashon Goldson in the offseason, Barron should have a bigger impact in 2013 playing down in the box on run support, which is viewed as his strength.


Free Safety

FS | Antrel Rolle | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants FS Antrel Rolle said that while he prefers playing safety to cornerback, he is willing to play wherever he is needed. "Honestly, at this point in time it really doesn't matter to me," Rolle said. "As long as I get the credit from myself, as long as I get the credit from my team, as long as the credit from my coaches, that's all that really matters to me. I really don't care what outsiders say."

FS | Louis Delmas | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions FS Louis Delmas (knee) said his knee injury will not affect the way he plays. "My coaches and a lot of people that know me have been trying to ask if the knee will change my style of play," Delmas said. "But I've been playing this game since I was 8 years old and the only way I know how to play is full speed."

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