Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on April 27, 2012 @ 10:53:15 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns rookie QB Brandon Weeden said he plans to come in and compete for playing time. "That's just my nature. I want to come in and give it all I have to be the best player I can," Weeden said. General manager Tom Heckert said he expects players taken in the first round to play as rookies. Weeden will have to unseat QB Colt McCoy from the starting lineup. "Eventually he's gonna be a starter for us. That's why we drafted him," Heckert said.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said Thursday, April 26, that it is uncertain if QB Ryan Tannehill will step in and start immediately. "We're not going to make any predictions about if he'll start (in 2012) - but he's a competitor," Ireland said. The team already has veteran QBs David Garrard and Matt Moore on the roster.

QB | Byron Leftwich | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Byron Leftwich (Steelers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Running Back

RB | David Wilson | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants RB David Wilson is expected to be given the chance to compete for the No. 2 running back job during training camp. Wilson could also be used as a kick returner this season.

RB | Deji Karim | Free Agent | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived RB Deji Karim, LBs JoJo Dickson, Stephen Franklin and Jammie Kirlew, CB Trumaine McBride and PK Sam Swank.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Draft
The St. Louis Rams were interested in RB Trent Richardson and WR Justin Blackmon during the first round of the NFL Draft, but both players went before them. Head coach Jeff Fisher said the team was a little surprised the Cleveland Browns worked out a pre-draft trade to move up one spot and land Richardson. The Jacksonville Jaguars then traded ahead of the Rams to land Blackmon. WR Michael Floyd also made sense for the Rams at No. 14 after they traded back, but the Arizona Cardinals moved up and drafted him before the Rams. "Remember it's a seven-round draft. We do have a plan for wide receiver and multiple other positions. We were comfortable in what happened, I can tell you that," general manager Les Snead said on missing out on several top options.

RB | Doug Martin | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Doug Martin, one of the team's first-round selections, is likely to be the team's feature running back in his first season. Martin is an all-around back with two 1,000-yard seasons under his belt. He also caught 28 passes each of the past two seasons.

Running backs are rarely taken in the first round to ride the pine, so Martin is likely to immediately leap past RB LeGarrette Blount on the team's depth chart. Bucs head coach Greg Schiano has sent out hints that the team wants to run the ball and has implied Blount's pass protection and fumbles could be liabilities for the team.

Tampa Bay gave up second- and fourth-round selections to trade back into the first round to acquire Martin at 31st overall.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday, April 26, that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) joined teammates for wind sprints this week at voluntary offseason workouts, and he beat them four times. He is just four months removed from surgery.


Wide Receiver

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt (knee) is expected back in time for the start of the 2012 NFL season. A month ago, he said he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in September. Britt, however, probably won't be 100 percent in Week 1 and may take some time to work his way up to 70 plays per game.

WR | Kendall Wright | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The addition of Tennessee Titans rookie WR Kendall Wright, who was selected in the first round, created a bunch of questions about WR Kenny Britt's (knee) health and which wide receiver may now be the odd man out. Wright has a chance to boost the receiving corps quickly and the team will likely need him to make an impact early.

WRs Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins will likely be hurt by Wright's addition. Both improved last year and proved they deserved more playing time, which will be tough to come by with Wright, who is an explosive player who excels on screens, in the mix.

WR | Nate Washington | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans WR Nate Washington will continue to see his playing time in 2012. He is coming off his first 1,000-yard season, has three years remaining on his contract, and has turned into a team leader.

WR | A.J. Jenkins | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers rookie WR A.J. Jenkins, the team's first-round selection, joins what is now a rather deep receiving corps in San Francisco. He joins WR Michael Crabtree and newcomers WRs Randy Moss and Mario Manningham on the team. Jenkins said he is going to learn a lot from the team's veteran receivers, but he feels he can help the team during his rookie year.

"I think I could do great, like going downfield. I could play the slot, the outside, I could do the option routes. I mean I could do it all," Jenkins said. General manager Trent Baalke said Jenkins is a sure-handed receiver and very good with the ball in his hands. "If there's an area that A.J.'s got to get better, it's probably the weight room, and he will," Baalke said.

WR | Chris Givens | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The St. Louis Rams currently hold three second-round draft choices, picks No. 33, 39 and 45 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. After not landing a wide receiver in the first round, the Rams are almost a lock to take one early in the second round. Options for the team appear to be WRs Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Rueben Randle (Louisiana State) and Chris Givens (Wake Forest). The team is likely to use one of their other second-round selections on a linebacker and adding a guard is also a possibility.

WR | Rueben Randle | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The St. Louis Rams currently hold three second-round draft choices, picks No. 33, 39 and 45 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. After not landing a wide receiver in the first round, the Rams are almost a lock to take one early in the second round. Options for the team appear to be WRs Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Rueben Randle (Louisiana State) and Chris Givens (Wake Forest). The team is likely to use one of their other second-round selections on a linebacker and adding a guard is also a possibility.

WR | Brian Quick | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The St. Louis Rams currently hold three second-round draft choices, picks No. 33, 39 and 45 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. After not landing a wide receiver in the first round, the Rams are almost a lock to take one early in the second round. Options for the team appear to be WRs Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Rueben Randle (Louisiana State) and Chris Givens (Wake Forest). The team is likely to use one of their other second-round selections on a linebacker and adding a guard is also a possibility.

WR | Andre Roberts | Arizona Cardinals | Draft, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Andre Roberts wasn't sour about the selection of WR Michael Floyd in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 26. Roberts called the selection a "great pick", citing that the NFL is a "passing league."

WR | Jerrel Jernigan | New York Giants | Draft
New York Giants RB David Wilson becomes the first player in franchise history born in the 1990s. CB Prince Amukamara, DL Marvin Austin, WR Jerrel Jernigan and DL Jason Pierre-Paul were all born in 1989. The Giants have won just two Super Bowls in Wilson's lifetime.

WR | Dominique Curry | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent WR Dominique Curry and DL Jermelle Cudjo. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Riley Reiff | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions rookie OT Riley Reiff, the team's first-round draft pick, should be a cornerstone on the offensive line for years to come. He will be given every opportunity to succeed in his rookie season and is expected to come in to compete immediately. He may not, however, replace LT Jeff Backus right away. The selection of Reiff wasn't a knock against Backus, but the reality is their veteran tackle is getting older and they need to protect QB Matthew Stafford long term.

OT | Matt Kalil | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday, April 26, that he expects OT Matt Kalil to start from Day 1.

OT | Charlie Johnson | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Minnesota Vikings are expected to move OT Charlie Johnson from tackle to left guard following the addition of Southern California OT Matt Kalil with the No. 4 pick overall in the NFL Draft.

OT | Jermey Parnell | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent OT Jermey Parnell to a three-year deal worth more than $4 million. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus.


Guard

OG | David DeCastro | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie G David DeCastro, the team's first-round draft pick, should immediately challenge for a starting job. Head coach Mike Tomlin said DeCastro is a right guard, but the team is going to put their best players on the field. Gs Doug Legursky and Ramon Foster are the incumbents at left and right guard, respectively.

OG | Kevin Zeitler | Cincinnati Bengals | Draft
Cincinnati Bengals OG Kevin Zeitler started 37 games at the University of Wisconsin, and he is the only player with at least two years as a starter in the Big Ten to no allow any quarterback sacks during his career.


Offensive Line

OL | Cordy Glenn | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Georgia OL Cordy Glenn could be on the list of players the Dallas Cowboys are considering with their first-round draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft.


Defensive Line

DL | Albert Haynesworth | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants showed interest in free-agent DT Albert Haynesworth (Buccaneers) earlier this offseason.

DL | Shaun Rogers | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Giants have signed free-agent DT Shaun Rogers (Saints). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Michael Brockers | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said rookie DT Michael Brockers, the team's first-round selection, is explosive and instinctive. Fisher said it was important for the team to add a player like Brockers in their division, which features some downhill runners. "One person I know that's smiling right now is (LB) James Laurinaitis," Fisher said.

Brockers will likely start inside next to free-agent additional Kendall Langford. Fisher said Brockers is "NFL ready" and not a project for the team.


Defensive End

DE | Shea McClellin | Chicago Bears | Draft
The Chicago Bears selected Boise State LB Shea McClellin with the 19th overall selection in the NFL Draft.


Linebacker

LB | Bruce Irvin | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll went the unconventional route once again with the selection of DE Bruce Irvin in the first round. Irvin was considered a second-day pick and the Seahawks passed on the likes of Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram and Chandler Jones, who were all available when they took Irvin, a situational pass rusher. Carroll said Irvin is the type of player who puts fear in offensive tackles. He is expected to solely be a pass rush option to begin with, but Carroll and general manager John Schneider believe he can eventually develop into an every-down end.

LB | Shaun Phillips | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers rookie OLB Melvin Ingram will play outside linebacker for the team. He is expected to improve their pass rush and their third-down defense. Ingram recorded 19 sacks and 26 tackles for a loss in the last two seasons at South Carolina. "He's a playmaker and he's going to bring the heat, which is what we're looking for," general manager A.J. Smiths said. Head coach Norv Turner said Ingram is the most versatile, complete linebacker in the draft.

The team plans to have OLBs Shaun Phillips and Jarret Johnson start at outside backer, but don't view Ingram and Antwan Barnes as backups at the position. The team also has OLBs Travis LaBoy and Larry English on roster. Smith said the team's goal is to have four or five outside linebackers that can rotate in and rush the passer. "Our goal is to try and get four of them creating havoc so that we can make it a little bit easier on the guys at the back end," Smith said.

LB | Nick Perry | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Green Bay Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said Thursday, April 26, that LB Nick Perry will immediately be thrust into the competition for a starting job at right outside linebacker, a position which the team saw a committee last season. "I think you always hope that through competition that that guy will surface," Greene said. "Nick will come right in and we'll throw him right into the competition of things and give him a chance to go out and show us what he can do."

LB | Whitney Mercilus | Houston Texans | Injury, Draft
Houston Texas DL Whitney Mercilus, drafted 26th overall in the NFL Draft Thursday, April 26, is missing the tip of the index finger on his left hand. Mercilus suffered the injury in a weightlifting accident at the University of Illinois in 2011.


Cornerback

CB | Morris Claiborne | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he does not think CB Morris Claiborne (wrist) will practice much this offseason but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Clairborne is recovering from wrist surgery and is expected to be in a cast until some point in May then will wear a brace on the wrist for four more weeks. Garrett is not worried about Claiborne falling behind because he will be around the team.

CB | Stephon Gilmore | Buffalo Bills | Draft
The Detroit Lions were interested in trading up during the first round of the NFL Draft; they reportedly had CB Stephon Gilmore in their sights. The team, however, opted against it when they saw the high amount of picks being sacrificed to move up.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles') is expected to start opposite CB Nate Clements, as long as his rehab from an Achilles' injury continues to progress.

CB | Dre Kirkpatrick | Cincinnati Bengals | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Cincinnati Bengals have plenty of depth at the cornerback position, six former first-round players at the position. However, four corners have contracts that expire at the end of the season, so CB Dre Kirkpatrick is expected to play, and might start sooner rather than later.

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was asked Thursday, April 26, about the future of CB Mike Jenkins following the drafting of CB Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft. Jones was specifically asked if he could guarantee Jenkins would be on the team's training camp roster in July. "As long as just because I said it doesn't make it so," Jones said. "But I'll say it for you." Jenkins is entering the final year of his contract, and was hoping for an extension.


Strong Safety

SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft
The 2012 NFL Draft marks the first time since 2005 that three defensive backs have been selected in the Top 10. Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (No. 6), Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (No. 7) and Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore (No. 10) are this year's class.


Free Safety

FS | Harrison Smith | Minnesota Vikings | Draft
Notre Dame had two players selected in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 26, for the first time since 1994 when the Arizona Cardinals tabbed WR Michael Floyd at No. 13, and DB Harrison Smith picked by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 29.

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