Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 29, 2012 @ 10:38:25 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ryan Tannehill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Cleveland Browns are considering Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Several sources said the Browns are monitoring Tannehill closely and have favorable scouting reports on him thus far.

QB | Robert Griffin III | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Donovan McNabb (Vikings) said he does not believe Baylor QB Robert Griffin III will be successful if he lands with the Washington Redskins. "No. I say that because a lot of the time ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington," McNabb said. "Here's a guy that's coming out who is very talented -mobile, strong arm. We've already heard he's intelligent, a football mind. Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he's able to do or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him and have him kind of be embedded in that?" McNabb added, "When you talk about RG3, you talk about his ability, you talk about how smart he is, his arm strength - what type of offense do you run with it? Is the the spread offense that you have him continue to flourish in. Or, are you just going to have him in a fox hole with a makeshift offensive line? You keep bringing in receivers. You have a solid tight end in Fred Davis that you need to feature. What are we going to see? I don't think it's a great fit."

QB | Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (ankle) has fully recovered from his ankle injury, even though the injury lingered during the offseason. "Sam finished his rehab probably about a month ago," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "The ankle lingered a little bit in the offseason. He's in good shape now."

QB | Andrew Luck | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday, March 28, he will be open-minded about the possibility that the quarterback the team will select in the NFL Draft, either Baylor QB Robert Griffin III or Stanford QB Andrew Luck, will be the club's starter at the outset of his rookie season. However, that's not a given, according to Shanahan, who said the issue of whether the prized rookie starts immediately will depend on the young quarterback's progress during the offseason and training camp. "You put him in there when you feel like he's ready to go," Shanahan said.

QB | David Garrard | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, March 28, that QBs Matt Moore, David Garrard and Pat Devlin will get a lot of repetitions in the voluntary minicamp, and the reps will be divided up from there. "It's an open competition," Philbin said.

QB | Matt Moore | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, March 28, that QBs Matt Moore, David Garrard and Pat Devlin will get a lot of repetitions in the voluntary minicamp, and the reps will be divided up from there. "It's an open competition," Philbin said.

QB | Matt Flynn | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agents
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said the team made an aggressive push to sign Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn while he was a free agent. "I think we made an aggressive push. We got him in here relatively quickly," Philbin said. "Again, we had a great meeting. Matt (Flynn) and I had some conversations, a number of conversations prior to his arrival to Miami. We had some subsequent ones after. He'd probably be able to give you better answer as to why he chose to go elsewhere. All I know is when we were together the visit was excellent. I thought he got along very well with our offensive staff."


Running Back

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles') could be ready for training camp. "I never put timetables on (injuries), but I would be surprised if he wasn't ready before (training camp)," Schwartz said.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, March 28, that RB Daniel Thomas was "in great shape" when the two met a couple of weeks ago. "He had a couple of nagging injuries from what I understand anyway," Philbin said. "Those have been rectified at this point in time and I'm excited about him. He's a big, different size player, big player."

RB | Steve Slaton | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, March 28, that RB Steve Slaton is a good fit for the team's system. "I think (Steve) had some very good production in the league. He's a guy we think fits our system of running the football very, very well," Philbin said.

RB | Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin indicated Wednesday, March 28, that RB Reggie Bush will line up in several different areas in the offense in 2012, including as a wide receiver in three-receiver sets. "He just (does) a lot of different things," Philbin said. "We're excited about the flexibility it gives an offense."

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said Wednesday, March 28, that he expects RB Ryan Mathews to be a "guy who has that breakout, big-time year."

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said franchise free-agent RB Matt Forte is not bigger than the team, despite his talent. Smith does not appear concerned with Forte's bitterness toward the team at this stage. "Right now, Matt Forte the football player has a problem with our organization. It's not about one person," Smith said Wednesday. March 28.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said RB Darren McFadden (foot) is expected to be ready for the team's offseason workout program. "He's still kind of going through the rehabilitation process. He's been back in Oakland working out. We expect him to fully be able to go through the offseason program and ready to roll," Allen said.


Fullback

FB | Jacob Hester | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have extended a contract offer to free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers), who would return to a reserve role and as a special teamer.

FB | Jermaine Robertson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arkansas State FB Jermaine Robertson measured 5-foot-11, 235 at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yards dash in 4.64 seconds and measured a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump. He completed 31 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Wide Receiver

WR | Clyde Gates | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin hopes WR Clyde Gates can step up as the third receiver, so the team can take advantage of his speed. "Well, (Clyde) Gates obviously has some great speed. You're always looking for a vertical presence in the passing game, so you hope that those are the things that are going to be present when we get going here in April and start practicing," Philbin said.

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline is expected to always play outside, according to head coach Joe Philbin. "(Brian) Hartline is always going to play outside," Philbin said. "I think you want to create a little bit more work for the defense in terms of, ok how we're going to match this up."

WR | Donnie Avery | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts are hoping that WR Donnie Avery can live up to the promise which made him the first wide receiver taken in the 2008 NFL Draft. They need a speed guy who can stretch the defense, similar to the departed WR Pierre Garcon. "That's the idea," general manager Ryan Grigson said Wednesday, March 28. "He had considerable production early on in his career, and of course he was well as he hope he gets back to that level."

WR | Devin Thomas | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with free-agent WR Devin Thomas (Giants) Wednesday, March 28, on a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed. Thomas has 43 career receptions, and is expected to mostly contribute on special teams.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (knee) said he feels ahead of schedule in his rehab but is not sure because he can't compare his injury to other player's injury. He thinks he will play better when he comes back than he did before suffering the injury.

WR | Lee Evans | Free Agent | Free Agents
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said the team remains in contact with free-agent WR Lee Evans (Ravens) and could sign him at some point.

WR | T.Y. Hilton | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers have met with Ohio State OT Mike X. Adams, Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton and University of Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe for pre-draft visits.

WR | Torry Holt | Free Agent | Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams are expected to sign free-agent WR Torry Holt (Patriots) to a one-year deal so he can retire as a member of the Rams organization.

WR | Alshon Jeffery | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery may now be considered a late first-round pick in the NFL Draft after an impressive Pro Day performance Wednesday, March 28. Jeffery ran in the 4.50-second range in the 40-yard dash.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said the team is not interested in free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Jets) at this point.

WR | Justin Blackmon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he would not doubt if a team were to move up in the NFL Draft to select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. "I could see somebody doing that," Fisher said. The Rams have interest in Blackmon.


Tight End

TE | Dallas Clark | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent TE Dallas Clark's (Colts) career may very well be over, according to a scout.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Mike X. Adams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers have met with Ohio State OT Mike X. Adams, Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton and University of Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe for pre-draft visits.


Guard

OG | Deuce Lutui | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers worked out free-agent OG Deuce Lutui (Cardinals) Monday, March 26.


Defensive Line

DL | Anthony Hargrove | Green Bay Packers | Free Agents
Free-agent DL Anthony Hargrove (Seahawks) has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers. Hargrove confirmed the agreement in a phone interview Thursday, March 29. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Derek Wolfe | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Pittsburgh Steelers have met with Ohio State OT Mike X. Adams, Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton and University of Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe for pre-draft visits.

DL | Dave Tollefson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DL Dave Tollefson (Giants) will visit with the Green Bay Packers Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, according to a league source.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Josh Chapman | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama DL Josh Chapman is scheduled to visit with the Oakland Raiders prior to the NFL Draft.


Defensive End

DE | Courtney Upshaw | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw posted times in the 4.73-4.76 range in the 40-yard dash and had an average Pro Day workout Thursday, March 29.


Linebacker

LB | Philip Wheeler | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Philip Wheeler (Colts) is scheduled to visit the Oakland Raiders.

LB | Dont'a Hightower | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Dallas Cowboys will likely select Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, LB Courtney Upshaw, S Mark Barron or LB Dont'a Hightower with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Head coach Jason Garrett's presence at the school's Pro Day - the only one he plans to attend - is a pretty good sign that one of those guys will be selected by the team.

LB | Manny Lawson | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed free-agent LB Manny Lawson. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

LB | Tim Shaw | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are still interested in free-agent LB Tim Shaw (Titans) and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (Redskins). The Lions met with both players earlier in the free-agent period.

LB | London Fletcher | Free Agent | Free Agents
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said the team wants to bring free-agent LB London Fletcher back and continue to negotiate a new contract with him.


Cornerback

CB | Asante Samuel | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction, Draft
The Philadelphia Eagles could select a cornerback prospect early in the NFL Draft if CB Asante Samuel is traded to the Tennessee Titans, as expected.

CB | Dre Kirkpatrick | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Dallas Cowboys will likely select Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick, LB Courtney Upshaw, S Mark Barron or LB Dont'a Hightower with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft. Head coach Jason Garrett's presence at the school's Pro Day - the only one he plans to attend - is a pretty good sign that one of those guys will be selected by the team.

CB | Terence Newman | Free Agent | Free Agents
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the team has an interest in free-agent CB Terence Newman (Cowboys) and hopes to work something out with him soon. "We would still love to add Terence to our team," Lewis said. "He said the best years of his career are with Mike Zimmer (defensive coordinator) and hopefully we can get something done very soon. We would love to have him on our team."


Strong Safety

SS | Mark Barron | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury
Alabama SS Mark Barron (hernia) said he was at about "80 percent," but worked out to show scouts during the school's Pro Day Thursday, March 29, where he was in his recovery from hernia surgery. Barron ran 40 times in the 4.53-4.57 range and looked good in drills.

SS | Oshiomogho Atogwe | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are still interested in free-agent LB Tim Shaw (Titans) and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (Redskins). The Lions met with both players earlier in the free-agent period.

SS | Kelcie McCray | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arkansas State SS Kelcie McCray is scheduled to meet with the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers. The Baltimore Ravens have also shown interest in him.

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