Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 19, 2012 @ 10:16:46 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he will miss WR Vincent Jackson, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason; however, he is excited about the receivers on the roster. "You miss Vincent Jackson, I wish we never had to lose any of the big free agents that we lost," Rivers said. "But at the same time, I'm excited about who we gained in return. And getting Eddie Royal, getting Robert Meachem, those are guys that can make plays and do some different things."


Running Back

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews said he is going to have a breakout season in 2012 as he is in better shape this offseason. "Expectations are real high," Mathews said. "I'm in way better shape this time than I was last year and I just feel good about myself. I really do. I feel real confident and like I said my trainer Jeff has been helping me on the little things with ball security and working my way through tight spaces and explosion and stuff, so it's going to be a good deal and it's going to be real fun."

RB | Justin Forsett | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Justin Forsett, an offseason addition in May, will compete with RBs Jonathan Grimes and Davin Meggett for the third running back job in training camp and the preseason. All three players have special teams ability, a prerequisite for the Texans this year for their No. 3 RB.

RB | Ben Tate | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Ben Tate (ankle) racked up four 100-yard games last season after missing his entire rookie year due to an ankle injury. He became the 11th played in NFL history to run for more than 100 yards in both of the first two games of his career. "If Ben stays healthy, has a good offseason, camp, here's a player who can break out and become a top player in this league, also," head coach Gary Kubiak said.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster leads the NFL with 4,061 yards from scrimmage, 30 touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. He ranks second with 2,840 rushing yards. He is one of five players in NFL history with back-to-back seasons of more than 1,000 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards.

RB | Derrick Coleman | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Derrick Coleman is considered a long shot to make the team's roster out of training camp and the preseason.

RB | Matt Asiata | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata catches the ball well enough to draw the attention of coaches, and he might get a chance to carry the ball in his second camp with the team. He has a chance to win a job, but there is plenty of competition at the position.

RB | Lex Hilliard | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Lex Hilliard likely needs to make a big impact on the return and coverage units on special teams if he is to win a roster spot in training camp and the preseason.

RB | Jordan Todman | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Jordan Todman might have the inside track for the No. 3 running back job, especially if the team wants a change-of-pace back.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is likely to spend at least a couple of weeks on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list, perhaps returning after the team's first preseason game Aug. 10 against the San Francisco 49ers.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been officially charged with driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from his arrest Saturday, July 14.


Fullback

FB | Moran Norris | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans FBs Moran Norris and Derrell Smith are also in the mix at the fullback position, but it's uncertain if the team will keep two fullbacks on the final roster.

FB | Jerome Felton | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings FB Jerome Felton took starter's reps at fullback through the offseason, and he is expected to start at the position due to his diverse skillset.


Wide Receiver

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he will miss WR Vincent Jackson, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason; however, he is excited about the receivers on the roster. "You miss Vincent Jackson, I wish we never had to lose any of the big free agents that we lost," Rivers said. "But at the same time, I'm excited about who we gained in return. And getting Eddie Royal, getting Robert Meachem, those are guys that can make plays and do some different things."

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
The Jacksonville Jaguars may not be able to sign first-round draft choice WR Justin Blackmon before the start of training camp because of possible offset language in the contract.


Tight End

TE | Chris Cooley | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins TE Chris Cooley (knee) admitted two months ago that he couldn't run as fast as he used to. Speed might be a major factor in determining his place on this year's team. In addition, he costs $6.23 million against this season's salary cap, which ranks third on the team. The team is already exploring other options, including TE Niles Paul, who is converting from wide receiver.

TE | Visanthe Shiancoe | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Vikings) is scheduled to visit with the New England Patriots Thursday, July 19.


Guard

OG | Josh LeRibeus | Washington Redskins | Transaction
The Washington Redskins have signed third-round draft choice OG Josh LeRibeus. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Shirley | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts announced Thursday, July 19, that they have signed free-agent DL Jason Shirley (Panthers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
Detroit Lions franchise free-agent DL Cliff Avril said he is likely to skip the start of training camp. "Probably won't be there the first day, that's for sure," Avril said. "I have to sit down with my agent and figure out when's a good time, if we're even gonna show up." Believing he lacks long-term financial security, Avril added he fears injury and skipping some or all of camp would be a business decision. "This is probably one of the only times in your career that you'll ever get a chance to, you know, opt out (and say) I'm not going to camp or whatnot," Avril said. "But it also goes into with injuries and stuff like that. You know, you don't want to get hurt."

DL | Andre Neblett | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Carolina Panthers DL Andre Neblett was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2012 season Wednesday, July 18, for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. He can still participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.


Linebacker

LB | Donovan Richard | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed free-agent LB Donovan Richard. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Adrian Moten | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Adrian Moten (Colts) worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, July 18, according to a league source.

LB | Ryan D'Imperio | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings LB Ryan D'Imperio could make the final roster out of training camp as the team's second fullback. He was on all the No. 1 return and coverage units during the offseason, which works in his favor.

LB | Joey Porter | Arizona Cardinals | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Joey Porter (Cardinals) said he will sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers so he can retire as a member of the team.

LB | Dont'a Hightower | New England Patriots | Transaction
The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice LB Dont'a Hightower on a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Cornerback

CB | Janoris Jenkins | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams and CB Janoris Jenkins still have one major hurdle to clear before reaching contract terms. The team is asking for safeguards during contract negotiations. According to two sources close to the situation, the Rams have proposed a deal to the agent for Jenkins which features the signing bonus being split into four equal parts over the course of the contract - protection against Jenkins not panning out with the club. The agent for Jenkins is considered how he will be viewed by other potential clients, and how he'll be criticized by other agents, for taking such a deal, according to sources.


Strong Safety

SS | Mark Barron | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could soon sign first-round draft pick SS Mark Barron. Barron, the seventh overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, can earn as much as $2.63 million this season and $19.1 million over the length of his deal.

SS | Jim Leonhard | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent SS Jim Leonhard (Jets) (knee) won't be re-signed by the team, according to league sources. Leonhard is recovering from major knee surgery, but he is still hopeful of playing in 2012.

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