NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on July 11, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Patrick Ramsey | New York Jets | Fantasy
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets extended the contract of QB Patrick Ramsey. He received a one-year, $2.1 million extension through 2007. In exchange for postponing his free-agent year, Ramsey got a small guarantee from the Jets, receiving $250,000 of his nonguaranteed base salary for this season ($1.7 million) in the form of a roster bonus that was paid June 30.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Terry McCormick, of the Nashville City Paper, reports the Tennessee Titans will have to spend around $50 million to sign Tennessee Titans rookie QB Vince Young. Approximately 40 to 50 percent of that amount guaranteed is probably what it will take to get Young under contract. "I don't anticipate any problems in getting a deal done. They've treated us great the whole time, because Vince was the guy they wanted all along," Young's agent Major Adams said.

QB | Rex Grossman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson discussed QB Rex Grossman's strengths. Wilson said, "The thing that impresses me first and foremost is his instincts. He can feel the rush without seeing it and reads the secondary very well. He has an exceptionally strong and quick arm, but I'd probably rank his instincts No. 1 as far as his greatest strength." When asked what Grossman needed to improve on, Wilson said, "Sometimes he may get a little overaggressive. But it's hard because that's what makes him great as well. He's able to make the big play because he is aggressive. We just have to make sure that he goes through his progressions and just try not to force things to happen." Wilson added that he believes Grossman has the potential to become a top NFL quarterback and that the only thing he lacks is game experience.

QB | Drew Bledsoe | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of, reports Dallas Cowboys QB Drew Bledsoe is ready for the challenge and opportunity of having WR Terrell Owens as a teammate. The addition of Terrell Owens should make Bledsoe's life easier, at least between the whistles. Owens is still one of the NFL's most electrifying players, and when he's atop his game, he can make just about any quarterback look good. However, Owens has also had his share of problems with quarterbacks. Bledsoe said he understands that wide receivers want the ball, and added he prefers it that way over the contrary. "To me, I want my receivers to want the football on every play," Bledsoe said this summer. "That's the mentality of the great wide receivers. They want the ball all the time because they think they're going to make the best play. In his (Owens') case, he is one of the best players in the game. It's going to be my job to get him the football. It's something I look forward to."

QB | Jay Cutler | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Andrew Mason, of, reports Denver Broncos QB Jay Cutler struggled during the first day of the team's last camp. Cutler said, "I couldn't call the plays the very first day of the last camp; I didn't have a clue what was going on; I got the playbook the day before." During this minicamp, Cutler feels more confident and he added, "I think going into the seven-on-seven and the team periods, I was a little uneasy about the snap count, getting the snap and what was going on, but at this camp, I feel a lot more confident under center." Head coach Mike Shanahan said, "He's done a good job (but) there's a big learning curve."

QB | Jon Kitna | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Tom Kowalski, writing for the Sporting News, reports Detroit Lions QB Jon Kitna isn't likely to lose his job during training camp, but if he struggles he might be on a short leash early in the regular season. He must show he has a handle on new offensive coordinator Mike Martz's offense.

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Roy Cummings, writing for the Sporting News, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Chris Simms will work on running more often when a play breaks down. Head coach Jon Gruden would like a quarterback who can make plays with his legs. While that is not Simms' strength, his increased knowledge of the team's offensive system will allow him to know when he should make a play on his own.

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Kent Somers, writing for the Sporting News, reports Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green is genuine when he raves about QB John Navarre, a seventh-round pick in 2004. It's not a given that rookie QB Matt Leinart will back up QB Kurt Warner when the 2006 season gets underway.

QB | Steve McNair | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Michael Wallace, of the Clarion-Ledger, reports Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair intends to play beyond his five-year contract with the Ravens and wants to play until he is 40. The 33-year-old quarterback said, "I still have a lot to accomplish and a lot left to give. I feel better than I've felt in a long time and I still have a lot of football in me."

Running Back

RB | Thomas Jones | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer said he feels RB Thomas Jones will be in shape and ready to go for training camp, despite missing organized team activities. "Thomas came in here for the minicamp and he didn't miss a beat," said Spencer. "There are some things we might need to tweak, but I'd venture to say that he'll be in shape and he'll be ready to go and he won't miss a beat."

RB | Cedric Benson | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer said RB Cedric Benson benefited from RB Thomas Jones' absence from organized team activities. "Repetition can help anybody and it certainly has helped him because he hasn't had as many reps as some of the other guys who have been here for a while," Spencer said of Benson. "He was able to get in there and see a lot of things that he hadn't seen before and he has certainly improved since last year."

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News
Bernie Miklasz, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports the St. Louis Rams will be placing RB Marshall Faulk (knee) on the Injured Reserve, likely the end of Faulk's career.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Jamison Hensley, writing for CBS, reports Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis is nearly 15 pounds heavier than his playing weight, but still reported to June's minicamp a little lighter than last year. Lewis has shaken all the distractions that bothered him during the 2005 season. He no longer has to worry about his federal drug plea agreement after he recently finished his community service. His contract issue that preoccupied him last year is taken care of and he is not slowed down by a surgically repaired ankle that took away his burst last year. Lewis said, "I feel like this is a new beginning. Everything is behind me right now. I'm happy right now. The fewer things you have on your mind, the better off you are as a football player because this is a mental game."

RB | Fred Taylor | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vic Ketchman, of, reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Fred Taylor reported to Jacksonville Monday, July 10, to participate in a local football camp. Taylor said he feels that he's in the best shape he's ever been. "I can honestly say this has been my best offseason ever," said Taylor, who employed a personal trainer during the offseason. "I was 221 (pounds). I was quick, felt good, but I never wanted to be that light. I'm going to be playing at 226, 227 (pounds), as opposed to 234 in past years. I felt like I could run into people, but the burst wasn't always there." Taylor said he weighed in at 227 pounds during his Monday check-in and added that his knee feels fine and is no longer an issue.

RB | Willis McGahee | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of, reports Buffalo Bills RB Willis McGahee feels confident that he will be utilized more in the red zone under offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild. "I'm not worried about (my opportunities)," said McGahee. Hopefully I won't come off the field. Right now I'm just ready and waiting."

RB | Ron Dayne | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Bill Wilson, of the Daily Times-Call, reports Denver Broncos RB Cedric Cobbs wants a shot at the team's starting running back job and he just may get that chance. With training camp three weeks away, Cobbs has progressed to the point where he has an underdog's chance to earn carries for the Broncos. The starting job is far from stable, with RBs Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell holding the top tailback spots at the moment. If nothing else, Cobbs has caught head coach Mike Shanahan's attention. "He's competing for the starting job. He hasn't missed a workout and was working out extremely hard," said Shanahan, who thought highly of Cobbs in college and likes his running style. "Hopefully he can make some strides once we put the pads on." For now, Cobbs is happy only to have a chance. There's plenty of past history to prove there are opportunities for an underdog to become a star in Denver.

RB | Priest Holmes | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Mike Finger, of the San Antonio Express-News, reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Priest Holmes (neck) said Saturday, July 8, "everything is on hold" until doctors decide if his neck can withstand the rigors of a 10th NFL season. Although he appeared to be in good physical shape, he said he hasn't been able to work out and lift weights like he has in previous offseasons. Holmes, who made three Pro Bowls with the Chiefs, is facing the possibility of retirement. From most players, such an admission would spell the all-but-certain end of a career. But from Holmes, the man who battled back from three knee injuries and a gruesome hip displacement, it was just an acknowledgement that he once again has some work to do. Holmes still doesn't see his neck injury as a reason to quit. "I know it sounds funny to say it, but I've had the luxury of being injured before," Holmes said. "Most people don't see that as a luxury. But at least I know what to expect." Holmes said he wants to play another two or three years, but he said the decision on his future ultimately belongs to California spinal Robert Watkins. If the doctor determines taking the field is too big of a risk, Holmes said he won't fight to play.

RB | Michael Bennett | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
Jason Cole, writing for the Sporting News, reports the Miami Dolphins could take a late run during training camp at New Orleans Saints RB Michael Bennett. The team already has talked to the Saints. The team may realize during training camp they need a better backup to starting RB Ronnie Brown.

RB | Antowain Smith | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis' (knee) knee problems are forcing the Texans to look for another running back. Their only other option is to quickly develop a running back in training camp or veteran RB Antowain Smith.

Wide Receiver

WR | Jeremy Bloom | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction's Len Pasquarelli reports the Philadelphia Eagles have reached a contract agreement with fifth-round draft pick WR Jeremy Bloom. Bloom will sign a four-year, $1.782 million contract. The deal includes a $172,000 signing bonus and minimum base salaries for all four seasons. Bloom will have an opportunity to increase his 2009 base salary, scheduled to be $530,000, through "escalators" that are based on playing time, performance levels and Pro Bowl honors.

WR | David Boston | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Stephen F. Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR David Boston is looking forward to competing for a roster spot in training camp. After largely forgettable, injury-plagued seasons with the Dolphins the past two years, Boston is quickly working himself back into form and figures to spice up the competition in camp if he can recapture his signature speed and power. "I feel good," Boston said recently. "I'm just out there running around. It's great to be able to go out there and run around without any pain so I can compete. I love to compete. I'm getting a chance to show my athletic ability right now." Head coach Jon Gruden and his staff, despite not saying much publicly, have high hopes for Boston. If he can truly work his way back, he has the potential to add a little sizzle to an offense in need of every spark it can get. For now, Boston continues to work diligently to pick up the Bucs' ultra-technical offense.

WR | Ashley Lelie | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos WR Ashley Lelie has been fined $11,641 for missing the team's mandatory minicamp. Lelie will likely be fined $6,000 a day for each training camp day he misses. If he is not dealt and continues to stay away during the regular season, the team is expected to attempt to recover part of Lelie's signing bonus.

WR | Marvin Harrison | Indianapolis Colts | Injury News, Fantasy
Sports Xchange reports Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison (elbow, wrist) appears to be making good progress from a pair of surgical procedures that were performed this past spring. Harrison underwent treatment on both his wrist and elbow. Harrison told head coach Tony Dungy he would get in touch if there was a problem and since he has not called, the assumption is Harrison is fine.

WR | Joe Jurevicius | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Steve Doerschuk, writing for the Sporting News, reports Cleveland Browns WR Joe Jurevicius likely will be the go-to guy at wide receiver while WR Braylon Edwards (knee) is sidelined with a knee injury. Earlier reports say Edwards could be out until October.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
George Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports Atlanta Falcons WRs Roddy White and Michael Jenkins will carry over their offseason work to camp and continue honing their timing with QB Michael Vick. They have already learned what to expect from Vick when they come out of their breaks.

Tight End

TE | Alge Crumpler | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News, Fantasy
The Associated Press reports Atlanta Falcons TE Alge Crumpler (shoulder) could be limited in the preseason as he recovers from shoulder surgery, general manager Rich McKay said Tuesday, July 11. He had the surgery in late February, but the arthroscopic procedure was not made public until Tuesday. McKay did not say why the surgery was kept private for so long. "I don't see there being any problem," McKay told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm sure we'll bring him along at the right pace. We'll watch him, but he'll be OK." Crumpler had the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder repaired.

Place Kicker

PK | Zac Derr | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Steve Wyche, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports it appears the Atlanta Falcons won't be bringing in any veteran field goal kickers until they are well into training camp. Sources say the Falcons feel they can groom either PK Zac Derr or PK Tony Yelk, although neither has ever kicked in an NFL game.

Defensive Line

DL | Jonathan Lewis | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction
The Arizona Cardinals announced they have agreed to the terms of a three-year contract with sixth-round draft pick DL Jonathan Lewis. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DL | Ebenezer Ekuban | Denver Broncos | Free Agency News
Sports Xchange reports Denver Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban is the favorite to start in place of departed DE Trevor Pryce. Ekuban played a lot last year in Denver's rotation and is solid against the run and the pass. If free agent acquisition DE Kenard Lang can fill Ekuban's role as the top backup at defensive end, the Broncos don't think the loss of Pryce will hurt much.


LB | Kailee Wong | Houston Texans | Injury News
The Associated Press and report Houston Texans LB Kailee Wong (knee) told the Eugene Register-Guard that he hopes to return for active duty when the NFL training camps begin later this month. Wong is trying to comeback from a serious knee injury and two sugeries. Houston has a new coaching staff, and there are no guarantees for Wong heading into the 2006 season.

LB | Dan Cody | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News
Bob Forrest, of the Ada Evening News, reports Baltimore Ravens LB Dan Cody (knee) is not yet 100 percent healthy eight months after knee surgery to fix a torn ACL in his right knee. Cody said, "For about five weeks I was in limbo and didn't know what was wrong with my knee. After missing six months it takes a long time to get back to where you were. I feel like it's just a matter of time before I'm back to 100 percent." Cody is planning to spend the next two weeks at the team's training complex and hopes to be running when training camp opens.

LB | Junior Seau | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Jeff Graham, writing for the Kitsap Sun, reports free agent LB Junior Seau (Dolphins) said he plans to hold a press conference within the next two weeks announcing his likely retirement. With the end of his career on the field drawing near, Seau sounded eager to continue his efforts in charity. "I'm blessed to be where I am," Seau said. "I've got a great opportunity to do some great things because of the game of football."

LB | David Thornton | Tennessee Titans | Free Agency News
Gabe Whisnant, of the Goldsboro News-Argus, reports Tennessee Titans LB David Thornton is learning quickly with the Titans after he joined them as a free agent from the Indianapolis Colts. Thornton wanted to be an Indianapolis Colt for the rest of his career. "My whole offseason experience was a roller-coaster ride, but I know it all worked out according to God's plan," Thornton said. "I wanted to stay a Colt, but it wasn't the wisest decision for me to make." Thornton is happy he landed in the AFC South. He quickly grasped the mentality and approach of Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and linebackers coach Dave McGinnis. Linebackers blitz in Tennessee's diverse defensive package. With DEs Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney coming off the ends in Indianapolis, he didn't get to do a lot of blitzing. "Once free agency started, the Titans were the team that showed the most interest. They flew me out, and I was very impressed with coach Fisher and coach Schwartz. They showed me how they were going to use me in their defensive system."

LB | Ian Gold | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos LB Ian Gold (chin) suffered a small cut on his chin after having his helmet knocked off by OC Tom Nalen during an interception return by CB Darrent Williams in team drills at practice Friday, July 7.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Buffalo Bills | Injury News
Allen Wilson, writing for the Sporting News, reports Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes (Achilles') is likely to participate during training camp, but the team will be conservative with his workload. He may get just enough action to regain his physical and mental sharpness.


CB | Darrent Williams | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos CB Darrent Williams might not return punts and kicks this season beacause the team is concerned with the potential for injury. They can't afford to lose their starting cornerback. He sat out the last month of the 2005 season because of a right groin strain. Williams would be kind of disappointed to not at least be doing punt returns because he has a passion for that aspect of special teams.

CB | Champ Bailey | Denver Broncos | Injury News
Jeff Legwold, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports Denver Broncos CB Champ Bailey (shoulder) played virtually all of the 2005 season wearing a harness on his injured left shoulder. It appears he will continue to wear the shoulder harness in 2006. "There are things you can do to make it better," Bailey said. "But the more banging I do, the worse it's going to get. It's not going to improve any; it's going to stay the same or get worse. So I'll probably keep wearing it." "I can play with it again. I'll be ready to go," Bailey said.

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