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Vikings | Never asked Jared Allen to restructure
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen said Wednesday, May 22, that the team never asked him to restructure his current deal. He is in a contract year, and he is due to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number over $17 million. "You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota," Allen said.
Giants | Justin Tuck not thinking about future
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck, a free agent at season's end, said Wednesday, May 22, that he wasn't thinking about his future with the team, or how he might fit under the salary cap in 2014. "Do I think about that?" Tuck asked. "Why would I? I just go out and do my job. I'm old enough to know better. You can't control it and if you try, it just gets worse."
Giants | Increased reps for other WRs
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.
Giants | Hakeem Nicks unhappy with contract
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks did not show up to practice Wednesday, May 22, because he is unhappy with his contract situation, a source indicated. Nicks did not violate any rules, since organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was expecting him.
Giants | Ramses Barden to take physical
Cowboys | Two battling for No. 3 WR job
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the front-runner for the No. 3 wide receiver job behind WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and it is believed WR Terrance Williams will need a strong training camp to supplant him.
Cowboys | Sean Lee looks healthy
Cowboys | Kevin Kowalski trying to work into mix
Dallas Cowboys C Kevin Kowalski has yet to line up at center during organized team activities (OTAs). He has worked the majority of the reps at right guard, as he tries to work his way back into the mix.
Cowboys | Robert Callaway might be sleeper on defense
49ers | Randy Moss not an option
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team isn't considering re-signing WR Randy Moss after learning that WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') tore his Achilles' Wednesday, May 22. Harbaugh said the team is intrigued with the depth of young receivers they have on roster, and they are looking forward to them stepping up to the task. WR A.J. Jenkins, the team's 2012 first-round pick, will have a chance to make an impact in his second year. Jenkins has spent the offseason adding muscle and working with QB Colin Kaepernick.
FANTASY TIP: Look out for Jenkins as a late-round pick this summer. With Crabtree out, it's possible he could become the team's No. 2 receiver behind Anquan Boldin if he beats out Mario Manningham. Kaepernick proved last year that he can make the receiving unit in San Fran valuable.
Raiders | Charles Woodson expects to play safety
Cowboys | Head coach praises Dez Bryant
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant is "really, really a joy to coach." "He has such passion for the game," Garrett added. "He loves it. He loves his teammates. He loves to play."
FANTASY TIP: Bryant's physical gifts have never been in question during his short NFL career, but his off-the-field issues have dragged him down from becoming a legitimate elite NFL-caliber receiver. He appears to have full confidence heading into the the season, and after a very productive 2012 season, Bryant could become an elite WR1 for fantasy footballers.
Royals | Mike Moustakas simplifies approach
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with an RBI single Tuesday, May 21. Even though Moustakas is hitting .180 through 39 games, manager Ned Yost sees growth in the youngster. "Last year, when he struggled," Yost said, "I mean, he was a mess. There were times when you'd have to sit him for a 'mental day.' This year, he's been in a great frame of mind." Moustakas' latest struggles made him realize that he needs to simplify his approach. He had been trying to work on mechanical adjustments too much instead of trusting in his abilities.
FANTASY TIP: Benching Moustakas on your fantasy squad is probably the smartest thing to do right now if you're in a league too deep to resort to dropping him. The good news is that Yost remains fully committed to Moose, so sending him down to the minors isn't an option just yet.
Padres | Carlos Quentin has injection
San Diego Padres OF Carlos Quentin (knee) received an injection in his left knee after an awkward slide Tuesday, May 21, and he is out Wednesday, May 22. However, he should return this weekend in Arizona.
FANTASY TIP: Quentin's knees have been a chronic problem throughout his career. Along with a putrid batting average and long periods of no production the injuries don't help one bit. Quentin can provide you with nice power numbers if he's playing consistently, but at what cost? Those in very deep mixed leagues can consider it if they can take on that kind of baggage.
Royals | Chris Getz getting shot at leadoff spot
Kansas City Royals 2B Chris Getz is getting a shot at the leadoff spot since he's started to swing the bat better recently. He's gone 2-for-5 with a walk in his last two starts after previously going 4-for-46. SS Alcides Escobar (three games), OF Jarrod Dyson (three games), OF Lorenzo Cain (three games) and OF David Lough (three games) were all tried in the top spot.
FANTASY TIP: Maybe this keeps Getz going after he picked it up in the last couple of games. If he can peform well in the top spot, it'll help his chances of convincing Ned Yost that he belongs in the lineup on a daily basis, along with the fact that Yost has had trouble finding suitable leadoff hitters. Getz is mainly middle infield insurance in cavernous mixed leagues.
Red Sox | No timetable for Shane Victorino
Updating a previous report, Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) has no timetable for his return, but the team is still hoping he can avoid a trip to the disabled list. "Today was a big day as far as his status and improvement that he's showing," manager John Farrell said. "Our plan was to kind of re-evaluate where he's at tomorrow and then go from there."
FANTASY TIP: If you own Victorino, a trip to the DL is entirely possible and could be likely at this point. He's been dogged by nagging injuries this year, and it would give him a chance to rest and get right. Daniel Nava's PT should increase the most in the interim if Victorino misses much more time.
Padres | Cameron Maybin, Logan Forsythe to play in games
FANTASY TIP: Forsythe probably won't get much playing time in San Diego when he's healthy since he's blocked at third base and second base. Maybin, on the other hand, should return to starting duties in center field, pushing Chris Denorfia back to a platoon in right field. Maybin, although he's disappointed with the bat since moving to San Diego, will remain a decent source of steals in deep mixed leagues.
Marlins | Jake Marisnick promotion not close
FANTASY TIP: Marisnick is off to a rather slow start at Double-A Jacksonville, and with Christian Yelich heating up, it seems as though Yelich is much closer to a call-up to Miami. Temper your expectations in keeper leagues.
Eagles | Michael Vick will have to change in new offense
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, who held onto the ball for an average of 3.07 seconds last year, will likely have to change in order to be successful in head coach Chip Kelly's new offense. Kelly, while at Oregon, preached that his quarterbacks were urged to get the ball out of their hands in 1.5 seconds. "I think there is a lot more to Michael," Kelly said back in February. "I think quarterbacks are a byproduct of their experience. But to sit here and say I understood the system that Michael's been in whether he's with the Falcons under Coach (Dan) Reeves or here, that depends on the system that you run. Some of the systems that they run they don't ask him to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he's got an unbelievable release. It's up and out and it's quick." Vick has had success in his career in waiting for plays to develop down the field, but the new offense will be a stark contrast to that. To help him become ready for the new season, Vick spent time simulating running an up-tempo offense consisting of read options and even added some muscle to his frame. Vick also did some boxing training to learn how to avoid taking big hits. The early reports out of practice have been positive for Vick.
FANTASY TIP: Vick will have some competition in training camp from Nick Foles, but we all expect this to be Vick's job to lose. He gives the Eagles and Kelly the most athleticism in this offense, if he can adapt to his new role. The work that Vick has already put in lends optimism to the chances that he can do this and become successful. How successful this offense can be against opponents is another story altogether, though. For now, consider Vick an intriguing late-round selection that has the potential to be a very good backup QB.
Astros | Joshua Fields to make rehab outing