Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 19, 2013 @ 09:35:58 PDT



QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons and QB Matt Ryan both would like to extend the quarterback's contract, but an agreement has not yet been reached. However, casual talks are ongoing, with the expectation that things will heat up after the July 4 holiday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

QB | Johnny Manziel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel could end up being a marginal NFL player because of unimpressive physical dimensions and an unrefined game as a pocket passer.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is enjoying his team flying under the radar heading into the 2013 season. "I love it. I love being under the radar," Rodgers said. "For sure, we're a contender. For sure. I mean, we're going to put ourselves in position to win a lot of games. Our goal is to win our division and get to the playoffs. And anything can happen. And then hopefully we can take care of business like we did in 2010 when we get back there."


FB | Vonta Leach | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs have shown interested in signing free-agent FB Vonta Leach (Ravens).

Wide Receiver

WR | Tim Toone | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons WR Tim Toone (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 18.

WR | Kevin Walter | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans WR Kevin Walter (soreness) will not practice again until training camp begins, according to head coach Mike Munchak.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Transaction
It is believed the New York Giants and WR Victor Cruz are separated by $3 million in guaranteed money. The Giants are believed to be offering $12-15 million in guaranteed money and Cruz is seeking $15-18 million in guaranteed money.

WR | Brandon Carswell | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers waived/injured WR Brandon Carswell (knee) Tuesday, June 18. If Carswell clears waivers, he will be placed on the team's injured reserve list.

WR | Terrance Williams | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys and WR Terrance Williams agreed to terms Thursday, June 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | Chad Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Chad Johnson (Dolphins) was released from jail after serving seven days of a 30-day sentence for violating probation of his domestic violence conviction. Johnson expressed that he learned his lesson.

"I think that Judge McHugh was able to get me do something many people have tried to get me to do for a long time: slow down, just at life in general," Johnson said. "She was able to get me to do that, maybe not in the best circumstances for those on the outside but I see being able to sit down and think about life and where I'm going from this point was probably on one of the best things that could happen to me right now. You have to understand, I haven't had any chances because I've never been in any trouble before. I've done nothing wrong ever," Johnson added. "This is my first time being in trouble with the legal system. My trouble in the past has been having fun entertaining fans when it came to playing the game of football so this is all new to me."

Tight End

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez has not been ruled out as a suspect in the homicide case, and he is not cooperating, according to a law enforcement source.

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis practiced exclusively with the wide receivers in the most recent minicamp.

TE | Ben Hartsock | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers TE Ben Hartsock spent most of his first nine seasons in the NFL clearing space for running backs and protecting quarterbacks, rarely getting any balls thrown his way. However, during minicamp, QB Cam Newton targeted Hartsock on a number of underneath routes and Hartsock did not have any noticeable drops.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), who underwent surgery to fix a spinal issue in his back Tuesday, June 18, has hopes of returning to action late in August, during the preseason. However, Gronkowski isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. He's likely to begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list but will be eligible to come off at any point before Week 1.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Levi J. Brown | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday, June 18, that OT Levi J. Brown (triceps) was "very rusty" during minicamp, but he added that Brown's "skills are still there." Brown is making his way back from a torn triceps muscle, which forced him to miss the entire 2012 season.

OT | Nate Potter | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and the team's coaching staff is reportedly high on OT Nate Potter after organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp workouts.

Defensive Line

DL | Star Lotulelei | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers DT Star Lotulelei showed up to offseason workouts in good shape. The team also drafted pass-rusher DT Kawann Short, so it was thought Lotulelei might come out in certain passing situations. However, Lotulelei was on the field a lot during minicamp, and head coach Ron Rivera said Lotulelei has "come a long way" as far as using his hands to shed blockers.

DL | Randy Starks | Miami Dolphins |
The Miami Dolphins and DT Randy Starks are not close on a long-term contract extension. It is expected that Starks will play out the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2013 season.

DL | Anthony Spencer | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys could reach a contract extension by the end of next month with LB Anthony Spencer. The sides are not close now, but there has been enough momentum that it could get done before the deadline to sign franchised players to extensions.


LB | Lorenzo Alexander | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals LB Lorenzo Alexander is expected to get his chance to start at right outside linebacker, as he tries to unseat LB O'Brien Schofield. LB Jasper Brinkley is viewed as the starting strong inside linebacker, but he'll be challenged by LB Kevin Minter. LB Karlos Dansby is penciled in as a starter for now, but LB Daryl Washington is suspended for the first four games, and it is uncertain where he'll fit in. LB Sam Acho is likely to start at left outside linebacker, but he likely needs to increase his production to remain as the starter.

LB | Sean Weatherspoon | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) and Stephen Nicholas (hernia) both participated in minicamp practice Thursday, June 18.

LB | Desmond Bishop | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars could show interest in free-agent LB Desmond Bishop (Packers).


CB | Michael Adams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent CB Michael Adams (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal.

CB | Josh Norman | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says both cornerback spots are wide open, but CBs Josh Norman and Josh Thomas spent a lot of time working with the first-team defense during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. Secondary coach Steve Wilks said Norman came back for his second NFL season more disciplined and focused after being benched toward the end of last season due to inconsistent play and freelancing in coverage.

CB | Jerraud Powers | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals CB Jerraud Powers has an injury history, but he also has a connection to head coach Bruce Arians from their days together with the Indianapolis Colts. Powers is expected to push CB Antoine Cason for the starting cornerback job opposite CB Patrick Peterson.

Strong Safety

SS | Jonathan Cyprien | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed SS Jonathan Cyprien and CB Dwayne Gratz to undisclosed contracts.

Free Safety

FS | Jamoris Slaughter | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns FS Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles') was cleared for all football activities. "I'm cleared at this point to do everything, so I've been feeling really good," said Slaughter. "I've been working out hard with the team, just waiting to get back for training camp."

FS | Markelle Martin | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans FS Markelle Martin (groin) will miss all of the team's minicamp. Head coach Mike Munchak said he hopes Martin will be back for training camp.

Offensive Coordinator

OC | Mike Tice | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent NFL coach Mike Tice (Bears) hopes to coach again. Tice is taking the year off but has his eyes on coaching in 2014.

"There were a few things that came up but those jobs got filled up by other coaches, most notably younger coaches. I joined the Y. I'm trying to look young. I'm not sure they can help with my hair loss," Tice joked.

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