Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 27, 2012 @ 09:16:16 PDT



QB | Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel said the team has high expectations entering the upcoming season. "With every season, there's a lot of changes," Cassel said. "But I feel like as long as we go out there and execute and play good football my expectations are very high for this team." Cassel added he is fine again after missing the last seven weeks of the season with a hand injury. "I feel great, I'm ready to roll," Cassel said. "I feel like our team will come out stronger. We suffered through a lot of injuries last year to some key people but they should be coming back stronger and the coaches are very optimistic."

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Draft
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III acknowledged the possibility he would have been selected by the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Draft had the St. Louis Rams accepted Cleveland's trade offer in the weeks preceding the the draft. "The first thing Phillip Daniels (the Redskins' player development director) said: 'You could have been playing here.'" Griffin said. "It could have been a possibility, but it turned out a different way ... Once I declared for the draft, Cleveland was a place I thought I would be just because they had the most firepower when it came to draft picks and tradeability." Griffin is in Cleveland for the NFL Rookie Symposium.

QB | Sage Rosenfels | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier indicated on the final day of minicamp that the starting job belongs to QB Christian Ponder, leaving QBs Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb to fight for the primary backup spot.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier made it clear on the final day of minicamp that QB Christian Ponder will arrive at training camp as the team's starting quarterback, and that there will be no open competition for the job.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
The NFLPA recently submitted a letter to commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the contract impasse between the New Orleans Saints and QB Drew Brees. The players' association asked the league to launch a probe into whether the Saints were acting in good faith in negotiations with Brees. Some within the NFLPA feel that Brees' work on behalf of the union last year might be working against him. He was one of the name plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the league during the lockout. The NFL declined comment on the story.

Running Back

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders are set at running back when RB Darren McFadden (foot) is healthy, but they have RBs Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones competing to be his backup. Goodson is viewed as rather unproven, and Jones is seen mostly as a change-of-pace back.

RB | Dion Lewis | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy is the unquestioned start up top, but it remains to be seen if RB Dion Lewis could step up and fill his role should McCoy miss any time due to injury. If that scenario occurred, the team might be hesitant to lean on Lewis, and they might use more of a committee approach. Lewis saw just 42 offensive snaps during his rookie season last year.

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is the unquestioned starting tailback, but it gets murky after that on the depth chart. RB Ronnie Brown is viewed as being at the tail end of his career. Brown will try to hold off RB Curtis Brinkley for the primary backup role behind Mathews. RB Edwin Baker and FB Le'Ron McClain will also be in the mix for carries.

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman will get a chance in training camp and the preseason to show what he can do, and it is possible he can emerge as the primary backup to RB Willis McGahee if RB Knowshon Moreno is cut. Hillman is also viewed as a better fit in the stretch running game with QB Peyton Manning at the helm, so the thinking is that Hillman could conceivably take over as a starter at some point.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew thinks he can catch former RB Emmitt Smith for the NFL's all-time rushing record. "Once again, Emmitt Smith was in a different situation than a lot of us, though," Jones-Drew said. "I mean, he had a Hall of Fame receiver, Hall of Fame quarterback, Hall of Fame offensive line, Hall of Fame fullback. Whoever put that team together did a heck of a job, and it just showed.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) didn't do any football-related activities during minicamp this month, and the team is being very cautious not to bring him back too soon. "He looks good," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "He's moving around without any hitch, he's doing a lot of good things. What you don't know is how he's going to be when you put pads on and someone comes and they dive at his ankle or they look as if they're going to grab his knee. That you can't predict." It's looking as though they plan to open training camp with Peterson on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Wide Receiver

WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has reportedly looked outstanding in offseason workouts, and the team is expecting a huge year of production.

WR | Michael Floyd | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd might enter training camp listed as the fourth wide receiver on the team's depth chart. However, it sounds as if the team is happy with his work ethic, and they simply want to bring him along slowly and have him develop at his own pace. WR Larry Fitzgerald is the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, and then WRs Early Doucet and Andre Roberts would battle for the second and third receivers if Floyd is No. 4.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings are confident WR Percy Harvin will attend training camp next month after a recent report that he was threatening to hold out and request a trade. Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal and will make $915,000 in base salary this season. The Vikings are concerned about Harvin's reckless style of play, which leaves him prone to injuries. "His snaps may go up, but his touches, I don't know about that," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We do want to keep him on the field more (because) people defend us different when he's not on the field. So we'd like to keep him on the field more. But his style, he is a reckless guy, he doesn't hold anything back and it's always 100 miles an hour. So you have to be careful of not overusing him and you have to be mindful of that."


OG | Nate Livings | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OG Nate Livings appears to have the left guard starting job secured heading into training camp.

Offensive Line

OL | Ronald Leary | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OG Ronald Leary (knee) was graded as a third-round talent during his time at the University of Memphis, but he went undrafted due to concerns over a knee injury he suffered in 2010. Leary saw some reps with the first-team offense during some drills near the end of organized team activities (OTAs), although he will be competing with OG David Arkin and OG Mackenzy Bernadeau (hip), when the latter is healthy.

Defensive Line

DL | Darryl Tapp | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
Philadelphia Eagles DL Darryl Tapp played roughly 29.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, and he could be traded before the regular season starts with plenty of depth along the defensive line.

DL | Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles DL Brandon Graham looked noticeably lighter during the team's mandatory minicamp. Last season he showed up to training camp out of shape. Graham will be trying to hold off charges from DLs Vinny Curry and Phillip Hunt for a prominent role.

DL | Phil Taylor | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns DL Phil Taylor (pectoral) mentioned DL Scott Paxson as a possible replacement, playing next to DL Ahtyba Rubin at defensive tackle. Taylor is expected to miss a chunk of the season after surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. DLs John Hughes and Billy Winn are also in the mix, and they are all expected to compete for the job in training camp and the preseason.

DL | Muhammad Wilkerson | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson (forearm) needed stitches in his forearm after his car accident Saturday, June 23, but he'll be ready to participate in training camp next month. Wilkerson earned praise during organized team activities and is expected to play a big role this year.


LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) said he is confident he will be ready for the start of training camp. When asked Tuesday, June 26, if he would participate in the first day of camp July 26, Urlacher answered, "for sure." Urlacher was sidelined for voluntary offseason workouts and held out of the team's mandatory minicamp. His offseason rehab consisted of extensive work in the weight room and sprints. "I could have participated in minicamp, but there was no reason to," Urlacher said. "It was three days of stuff that I'm going to be doing at training camp, so there was no real reason to push it."

LB | DeMeco Ryans | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') did not appear to be limited during mandatory minicamp. He suffered the Achilles' injury a few seasons ago. Ryans was basically a two-down defender last season, playing in roughly 58 percent of the defensive snaps for the Houston Texans last season.


CB | Joselio Hanson | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles CBs Brandon Boykin and Joselio Hanson are expected to battle for the slot role on defense. Hanson is viewed as solid inside, but it remains to be seen if he could play outside with any consistency if CBs Nnamdi Asomugha or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie goes down to injury.

CB | Brandon Hughes | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
It is too early in the game to figure out the roles of Philadelphia Eagles CBs Brandon Hughes, Trevard Lindley and Curtis Marsh. It will take until training camp and the preseason to figure out their defined roles, but someone will need to step up as the third cornerback with CB Asante Samuel gone.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Philadelphia Eagles might use more press coverage, as CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are considered better used in press position when they can take advantage of their size. Most teams do not have starting corners over 6-feet, while both Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie are above that height.

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