Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on August 1, 2013 @ 06:07:56 PDT



QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets QB Geno Smith showed well during practice, displaying accuracy and zip on his passes. However, when it came to running gassers at the end of practice, one analyst said it looked like Smith "had done no conditioning. It was actually embarrassing to see how far behind (QB Mark Sanchez) and (QB Matt Simms) and everybody else that's there."

QB | Kevin Kolb | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, July 31, that while QB Kevin Kolb needs to make better decisions, but so far the team is pleased with his performance in training camp. "We are very happy with Kevin. He's done a nice job, it's the execution where he wants to go. Does a good job," Marrone said.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi said he has been happy with QB Brandon Weeden's work during offseason workouts and training camp. "I think everybody that practices football has really good days and they have some bad days and I think everything's a learning experience and I think he clearly has proven in the offseason that he's gotten better at everything they've asked him to do," Lombardi said. "So every day is about getting better and I think that's what a lot of players are doing."

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel has been showing more consistency with his intermediate throws and out patterns over the past few days. "As far as consistency, you're seeing that, you're seeing what we've talked about before with, we're starting to throw more stuff at him," head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, July 31. "We're seeing some good things, and obviously, we're seeing some things that we need to improve on. So he's really coming along nicely."

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (ankle) was limited to individual drills during practice Wednesday, July 31. Gabbert said he expects to fully practice Thursday, Aug. 1.

QB | Luke McCown | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QBs Luke McCown and Seneca Wallace are getting equal reps with the second-team offense, as they battle for the primary backup job behind starting QB Drew Brees.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker ran the pistol offense late in practice Tuesday, July 30. Locker reportedly had his best practice of the year thus far and ran the pistol formation well.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton has thrown for 47 touchdown passes in 32 career games, with only Hall of Famer QB Dan Marino (68) and Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (52) throwing for more in their first two NFL seasons. Still, he is 0-2 in the playoffs, and there are doubts whether Dalton can take the team to the next level.

Running Back

RB | Giovani Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (hamstring) dressed for practice Wednesday, July 31, but he did not participate due to a hamstring injury.

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman started training camp as the No. 1 running back on the team's depth chart, and he knows if he wants to keep that spot, pass protection will be key. "I've made it a priority, and I think I'm making strides at it and it's paying off," Hillman said. "I'm trying to get better every week at it so it becomes second nature."

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (knee) is currently listed as the third running back on the depth chart, but the battle for the top spot in training camp and the preseason is just beginning. Moreno knows he will get his fair share of reps, regardless of his position on the depth chart, and he also knows he has to do more to set himself apart. "We all got here by running the ball in college," Moreno said. "Everyone here can run the ball. It's those little things, what can you do besides run the ball. Pass protection. Catch the ball out of the backfield."

RB | Montee Ball | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball talked about what it takes to get onto the field in the NFL Wednesday, July 31. "Honestly, it's 60 percent pass protection, 40 percent running the ball," Ball said. "In the NFL, it's no secret: it's a passing league. And on this team, when you have a great quarterback like we have, you've got to protect him."

RB | Jeremiah Johnson | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Jeremiah Johnson is having a fantasy training camp, but he is competing at a very tough position, with the likes of RBs Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, FB Jacob Hester, Lance Ball and even C.J. Anderson ahead of him in the pecking order.

RB | Chris Ivory | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) was able to participate in individual drills Wednesday, July 31, but he did not practice with the team.

RB | Lance Dunbar | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is making a favorable impression with his coaches and teammates during the early part of training camp. "I think the nice surprise really was Dunbar coming onto the scene last year a little bit," QB Tony Romo said Wednesday, July 31. "He's had a great offseason. I'm excited about just having the ability to move (the ball with him)."

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell was the star of training camp practice Wednesday, July 31, and he broke off a long run.

RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy appears to be a little heavy during training camp, and RB Johnathan Franklin appears to be have a chance to win the starting running back job.

RB | Bilal Powell | New York Jets | Fantasy
The New York Jets could use a running-back-by-committee approach this season with RB Chris Ivory being the lead runner. The team is hoping Ivory will be able to handle 15 carries a game. RB Bilal Powell is expected to be the No. 2 running back and is the leading candidate for the third-down back role.

RB | Tashard Choice | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, July 31, that RBs Zachary Brown (ankle) and Tashard Choice (ankle) were shaken up in practice. Brown will be examined by team doctors.

RB | Kenjon Barner | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers RB Kenjon Barner finds himself in a crowded backfield, but he might find a role in the return game due to his explosive quickness.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden hinted before training camp that there might be an equal distribution of carries between RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard, but that is unlikely to happen. The team has been impressed by Bernard, but they're not ready to reduce Green-Ellis' role.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has been a favorite target of QB Alex Smith in the passing game. He has also lined up as a wide receiver at times.

Wide Receiver

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars have sped up WR Justin Blackmon's (groin) rehab, and he could be practicing soon.

WR | Quinton Patton | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers WR Quinton Patton (finger) is practicing despite a broken finger on his left hand.

WR | A.J. Jenkins | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WRs A.J. Jenkins (muscle strain), Kassim Osgood (muscle strain) and Kyle Williams (muscle strain) each missed practice Wednesday, July 31, for a second straight day due to undisclosed muscle strains suffered last week.

WR | Tavarres King | Denver Broncos | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Tavarres King (thigh) has carried over his momentum from offseason workouts into training camp. He was troubled by a thigh injury for most of offseason workouts, but he is healthy now and turning heads. "He's done a good job. We didn't get to see a ton of him during (offseason workouts)," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. "But he's made some big plays down the field. He is catching the ball fairly consistently, and he's done a good job of not being the guy we are calling out to fix things. He studied his book, obviously, this summer and made sure he wasn't going to be the guy making mistakes."

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin shed weight during the offseason in an attempt to fit in better with head coach Andy Reid's up-tempo West Coast offense. "In this offense, you're getting a lot of reps," Baldwin said. "It's a way faster pace than it has been in the past, so you have to be in tip-top shape to do all the things and get all the reps you're going to be getting in training camp."

WR | Clyde Gates | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Clyde Gates (hand) was slow to get up after a hard hit in practice Wednesday, July 31, and he had his hand checked by trainers. WR Titus Ryan (undisclosed) also had an undisclosed injury examined by trainers, and he did not return to practice.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | Indianapolis Colts | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is battling WR Darrius Heyward-Bey for the No. 2 receiver spot in training camp. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has used Hilton all over the field, lining up outside on the left and right, and also in the slot. Hilton is also expected to serve as the team's primary punt returner.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton has developed quite the rapport with QB Andrew Luck. The duo spent last month working with WR Reggie Wayne in South Florida, as they each look to improve upon their rookie season performances.

WR | David Gettis | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR David Gettis has struggled with injuries in his career, and he appears to be slower than previous seasons so far during training camp. He is behind starting WRs Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell on the depth chart, and newcomers WRs Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon appear to be ahead of him as well.

WR | Jermaine Kearse | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse (eye) had offseason Lasik eye surgery, improving his vision in a procedure that took less than five minutes. He had worn contacts since his sophomore season in college. "I don't have to deal with the hassle of contacts," Kearse said. "I've got astigmatism, so sometimes they move around and one eye may be blurry. It's nice not to have to worry about that." Kearse has shined on special teams, and appears headed for a roster spot.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (knee) is in Switzerland for what head coach Pete Carroll says is a non-surgical procedure on his knee. "When he comes back, he'll go right back on the field," Carroll said Tuesday, July 30. "So he didn't get hurt."

WR | Mohamed Sanu | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu (foot) appears to be over a foot injury which required season-ending surgery last November. WR Marvin Jones has also impressed, showing good separation and speed in training camp.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (hip) will go on the Physically Unable to Perform list and can return to practice between Week 6 and Week 11. He'd have to be activated by Week 14 or go on Injured Reserve. The team is shooting for a Week 13 return.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip) returned to practice Wednesday, July 31.

Tight End

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) said Wednesday, July 31, that he hopes to start cutting in practice sometime next week, and he is hopeful of coming off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list sometime after that.

TE | Jacob Tamme | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said Wednesday, July 31, that TE Jacob Tamme (quadriceps) missed practice because he is nursing a right quadriceps injury.

TE | Jeff Cumberland | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets TE Jeff Cumberland is expected to serve as the team's starting tight end, and head coach Rex Ryan praised him Wednesday, July 31. "I see Cumberland kind of gaining his speed back. I don't know if that's true or not, but it looked faster to me. When he came into the league, there's a guy that ran a 4.4," Ryan said.

TE | Chris Gragg | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Chris Gragg has impressed head coach Doug Marrone during the early days of training camp. "I really like him. He's done a really good job. I like to see how he progresses as the physicality starts to step up as we work through this camp," Marrone said Wednesday, July 31.

TE | Brandon Pettigrew | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew said he changed his diet and worked out this offseason to lose some weight and get a more refined technique. "Brandon looks as good as I've ever seen him physically," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He's very accountable. Like all our players, they work hard to identify their weaknesses and try to work to correct those." Pettigrew has also been focusing on keeping his eyes on the ball and looking it all the way in order to cut down on his drops.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler (knee) continues to be held out of team drills, as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Head coach Doug Marrone said the team has built in rest days for Chandler, who had surgery in January.

Defensive Line

DL | Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone said Wednesday, July 31, that he isn't too concerned with DE Mario Williams (knee) missing time right now during training camp, as far as falling behind because of what he has done in the past.

DL | Marcell Dareus | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus has impressed head coach Doug Marrone with his hard work so far during training camp. He indicated his first impression is that Dareus is "excited and he's doing a nice job and coming along well." Marrone said the personal issues with Dareus last season is in the past.


LB | Akeem Ayers | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans LB Akeem Ayers is working on the strong side, and he will also see time at defensive end this season. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has big expectations. "I think this will be his year," Gray said. Ayers said he is aiming for at least 10 sacks.

LB | D.J. Williams | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears LB D.J. Williams (undisclosed) was carted off the field Wednesday, July 31, with an undisclosed injury.


CB | Xavier Rhodes | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes has been the standout on defense in the first week of camp. He can be physical in press coverage, he has recovery speed in case a receiver gets past him and he reads and reacts well in the run game and in space while dropping into a zone.

Strong Safety

SS | Shawn Williams | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals SS Shawn Williams has looked impressive in camp and is the front runner to win the starting strong safety job.

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