Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 24, 2013 @ 08:00:57 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick said he added four pounds of pure muscle this offseason as he attempts to win the starting quarterback job. "I've been doing a lot of curls, a lot of bench press this offseason," Vick explained. "Just trying to put my body in the best position possible to withstand the hits. Everybody says I'm injury prone, so I'm trying to fight that."

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley reiterated Tuesday, July 23, that the quarterback competition between QBs Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne is "open", and he would not reveal a timetable on when he will name a starter or who will even start the first preseason game.

QB | Matt Brown | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers waived QB Matt Brown Tuesday, July 23.

QB | Tyler Wilson | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders signed QB Tyler Wilson Tuesday, July 23. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

QB | Tom Brady | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he wants to play into his 40s, after previous talking about retiring when he turned 40. The way I feel now, it's beyond 40," Brady said. "I have a lot of goals, and I am in this for the long haul. I don't see any light at the end of the tunnel. Whether the team wants me, or whether something [like an injury] happens tomorrow to stop me from playing, that remains to be seen. But my training, my nutrition, the bodywork I do - I can't see not playing at any time in the near future. There's nothing I love to do more. Whether the New England Patriots want me, or anyone wants me, I know I want to play for quite a while."

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
While Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp, but sources familiar with head coach Mike Shanahan's thinking expressed pessimism Griffin would return during preseason games. One anonymous front office member said the team will not want to subject Griffin to any hits this summer.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler likely needs to show more consistency from start to finish, and work well with the new coaching staff and within the new parameters of the new offense to receive a new contract from the team. Cutler feels he is worthy of being paid like one of the best quarterbacks in the game.


Running Back

RB | Cameron Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins RB Cameron Marshall (hamstring) pulled up lame during a kick return and clutched his hamstring Wednesday, July 24.

RB | Marcus Lattimore | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) said Tuesday, July 23, that his knee is feeling better every day as he continues to rehab at the team's practice facility. "Honestly, I feel the improvement every day just in technique-wise. You get the running down, then you start agility, then it translates to football after that. I honestly feel better every day," Lattimore said.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tuesday, July 23, that he is hopeful RB Trent Richardson will have upwards of 300 carries when the regular season concludes. "I would hope Trent would have that many carries," Turner said. "That means he's playing healthy and playing at a pretty high level if we gave him the ball that much."

RB | Chris Ogbonnaya | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner used RB Chris Ogbonnaya as a fullback in two-back sets during offseason workouts, but said the team is likely to keep a traditional fullback in the offense. When asked if Ogbonnaya, a tailback, can fill that role, Turner said, "He can do some of it." It appears FBs Owen Marecic and Brad Smelley will be fighting for one roster spot.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) would not reveal his current weight Tuesday, July 23, but said he would like to start the regular season between 212 and 215 pounds. He was cleared to participate in practice earlier in the day, and said he felt 100 percent when running on hills in Miami earlier in the month with a group of running backs that included San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) on the Physically Unable to Perform list for training camp Tuesday, July 23.

RB | Peyton Hillis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed RB Peyton Hillis to a one-year veteran minimum contract Tuesday, July 23.

RB | Robert Turbin | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is expected to take over the third-down back job for the departed RB Leon Washington (Patriots). Turbin reportedly was impressive during offseason workouts.

RB | Shaun Draughn | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Monday, July 22, that WR Donnie Avery (ankle) and RB Shaun Draughn (hernia) are at the team's training camp facility, and they have passed a physical and are ready to participate in practice.


Fullback

FB | Owen Marecic | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner used RB Chris Ogbonnaya as a fullback in two-back sets during offseason workouts, but said the team is likely to keep a traditional fullback in the offense. When asked if Ogbonnaya, a tailback, can fill that role, Turner said, "He can do some of it." It appears FBs Owen Marecic and Brad Smelley will be fighting for one roster spot.

FB | Vonta Leach | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent FB Vonta Leach (Ravens) is nearing a decision on where he will sign, and a decision might be made as early as Tuesday, July 23.

FB | James Casey | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek is considered a blocking tight end in the new offensive system installed by head coach Chip Kelly, while FB/TE James Casey and TE Zach Ertz are considered primarily receivers.

FB | Michael Robinson | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit
Seattle Seahawks FB Michael Robinson enters training camp as the starting fullback, but he will be pushed by rookie FB Spencer Ware during training camp and the preseason. Ware is a versatile player who can play tailback and fullback, and Robinson is set to make $2.5 million in base salary in 2013.


Wide Receiver

WR | Mike Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed WR Mike Williams to a five-year, $40.25 million extension that will run through the 2018 season.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Jets placed WR Santonio Holmes (foot) on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list Tuesday, July 23. He is still recovering from his Lisfranc injury. "I don't have a target date," Holmes said over the weekend. "I don't want to do anything to jeopardize myself being ready for the season."

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) is entering a contract year, so he is expected to be cautious during training camp and the preseason.

WR | Jacoby Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, July 23, that he isn't too concerned about WR Jacoby Jones and his inability to pass the conditioning test, although he wasn't making excuses for the veteran either. "He should pass it, but he's battling. We'll see - it's up to him. It's his job to do. That's the facts. Facts are stubborn things," Harbaugh said. Jones was placed on the non-football injury list Monday, July 22.

WR | Laurent Robinson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Laurent Robinson (Jaguars) left his visit with the New England Patriots Tuesday, July 23, without a deal. However, he will be back in touch after his workout Wednesday, July 24, with the Detroit Lions.

WR | Tim Toone | Free Agent | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons released WR Tim Toone Tuesday, July 23.

WR | Naaman Roosevelt | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent WR Naaman Roosevelt (Bills) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, July 23.

WR | Danny Coale | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys WR Danny Coale (knee) has swelling in his left knee that kept him out of practice Monday, July 22. Coale said the swelling was not unexpected after having knee surgery last season. "Did I want it to happen? Obviously not," Coale said. "It's just part of coming back from an ACL," he said. "It's a little swollen. Just have to be cautious with it. It'll go down. I'll be out there soon."

WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings compared his new team to his old team, the Green Bay Packers, and said he's comfortable with his new surroundings and new structure. "It's not a free-for-all. There's structure," Jennings said. "But there's liberty. You can breathe. It's like, 'OK, I can do my thing.' You know what you need to do, you get it done. Whereas (in Green Bay), everything was more cookie-cutter. … It's just different. In a good way. And not knocking what we did there. Because obviously it was successful. But here, no one's walking on egg shells."

WR | Chastin West | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Chastin West (Jaguars) visited with the St. Louis Rams Tuesday, July 23. West also took a physical during the visit.

WR | Michael Crabtree | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') is looking great in his recovery from surgery on his right Achilles', according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. The team isn't ruling out a return for Crabtree this season. "I wouldn't categorize it as 'ahead of schedule' because he is just starting to move on it," Harbaugh said. "It's just been healing but it looks great. That's from the words of the doctors, so, again, optimistic there."

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon (groin) has been placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list to start training camp.

WR | Jarrett Boykin | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WRs Jarrett Boykin, Jeremy Ross, Myles White and Charles X. Johnson will head into training camp battling for the fourth and fifth receiver jobs behind mainstays Randall Cobb, James Jones and Jordy Nelson.

WR | Donnie Avery | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Monday, July 22, that WR Donnie Avery (ankle) and RB Shaun Draughn (hernia) are at the team's training camp facility, and they have passed a physical and are ready to participate in practice.


Tight End

TE | Bear Pascoe | New York Giants | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants TE Bear Pascoe is expected to fill in at fullback until the injured FB Henry Hynoski (knee) is ready to return from offseason knee surgery.

TE | Ed Dickson | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens TE Ed Dickson (groin) suffered a mild groin strain at the end of the team's mandatory minicamp in mid-June, but he was able to take part in practice Tuesday, July 23, without any issues.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner said Tuesday, July 23, that TE Jordan Cameron will get a shot to be the team's primary tight end. "We're going to give Jordan an opportunity to be that guy. Now let's put it in his hands," Turner said. "Is he capable of being that guy? That's why you go to camp. That's why you play the games."

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) and FS Kanorris Davis (undisclosed) both passed their physicals and have been taken off the physically unable to perform list.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady talked about losing free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez and what it means for the team in 2013. "I've seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what's in the best interest of the team matters most," Brady said. "My job is to play quarterback, and I'm going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I'm focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games. The only thing I care about is winning. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that goal. I'm just excited to report to camp and see what we can accomplish as a team. The fate of our season will be determined by the players in our locker room - nothing else."

TE | Michael Palmer | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks signed TE Michael Palmer (Giants) Tuesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the Seahawks released FS Ray Polk.

TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek is considered a blocking tight end in the new offensive system installed by head coach Chip Kelly, while FB/TE James Casey and TE Zach Ertz are considered primarily receivers.

TE | Zach Miller | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks TE Zach Miller is the only tight end on the roster with a reception during a regular season game, so the team is a bit thin after the loss of TE Anthony McCoy (Achilles') during organized team activities (OTAs). TE Sean McGrath finished 2012 on the active roster, and is believed to be the favorite to take over McCoy's role as the No. 2 behind Miller. He is viewed as a polished route runner with reliable hands. TE Luke Willson is also in the mix, but his run blocking reportedly needs work.

TE | Tony Moeaki | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Monday, July 22, that TE Tony Moeaki (knee) has reported to training camp. Reid confirmed that Moeaki has passed his physical and is available to practice.

TE | Fendi Onobun | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
The Chicago Bears coaching staff is excited to see what TE Fendi Onobun can do in training camp and the preseason after a strong offseason performance.


Place Kicker

PK | Dan Carpenter | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins PK Dan Carpenter has pulled ahead in the competition for the kicker job. PK Caleb Sturgis has missed two field goals early on in camp.

PK | Billy Cundiff | New York Jets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Jets signed PK Billy Cundiff (49ers) Tuesday, July 23. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived PK Brett Maher.


Offensive Tackle

OT | David Diehl | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants OT David Diehl enters training camp as the favorite for the right tackle job, but he will have challenges from OTs Justin Pugh and James Brewer in the preseason. The team's coaching staff reportedly values Diehl's experience and versatility.

OT | Brennan Williams | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans OL Brennan Williams (knee) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday, July 22. Williams had his knee scoped during the offseason.

OT | Chris Hairston | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OT Chris Hairston (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

OT | John Greco | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
Cleveland Browns OG John Greco agreed to terms of a five-year contract extension Tuesday, July 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Guard

OG | Kyle Long | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long was drafted to play guard, and the team clearly believes he has more potential at that position than tackle. His arm length is likely the reason for such thinking. Long could see time at tackle sometime down the road, but guard is where he'll spend a majority of his time.


Offensive Line

OL | Brian Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins OG Brian Thomas is working with the second-team offense over OG Lance Louis again Tuesday, July 23.


Defensive Line

DL | George Selvie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to sign free-agent DE George Selvie (Buccaneers) Wednesday, July 24.

DL | Dion Jordan | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins LB Dion Jordan (shoulder) took part in some drills Tuesday, July 23, at practice, but he did not participate in team duties. He said the plan is to be full contract in the next few days.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff (hamstring) remains on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list after straining his hamstring while taking the conditioning test.

DL | Jerry Hughes | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes could start in 2013 after the team released DE Mark Anderson.

DL | Haloti Ngata | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata (knee) and DT Terrence Cody (hip) both participated in a partial-squad practice Tuesday, July 23.

DL | Jason Babin | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said DE Jason Babin (groin) has been cleared to return to practice.

DL | Brandon Graham | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles LB Connor Barwin, DE Brandon Graham and C Jason Kelce (knee) were already at the team's training facility Monday, July 22, even though they are not due to report until Thursday, July 25.


Defensive End

DE | Mathias Kiwanuka | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
The New York Giants need DLs Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck to get after the quarterback and improve the pass rush in 2013. With DL Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) gone, the team will be looking for a fourth pass rusher to emerge. DLs Damontre Moore, Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou will all have opportunities to show what they can do during training camp and the preseason.


Linebacker

LB | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs appears to be lighter, faster and stronger this season. His dedication in the offseason shows he's on a mission. "I've just been watching, listening and reading what people have been saying about us, and I don't feel people respect us for what we accomplished last season and the group we have assembled this year," Suggs said. "I know critics are supposed to have their opinions, but I'm getting pumped to prove them wrong."

LB | Jacquian Williams | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants LB Jacquian Williams might be a three-down linebacker if he can stay healthy.

LB | Jameel McClain | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday, July 23, that LB Jameel McClain (back) has not progressed as far as doctors anticipated by this time. His status is in question for the foreseeable future. "Jameel is a tougher one to predict because he's got the back issue. It's a spinal cord issue," Harbaugh said. "So, that just has to heal. Until that heals and we have proof that it's healed, he's not going to be out there."

LB | Joe Mays | Free Agent | Transaction
The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday, July 23, that LB Joe Mays has been cut.

LB | Connor Barwin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles LB Connor Barwin, DE Brandon Graham and C Jason Kelce (knee) were already at the team's training facility Monday, July 22, even though they are not due to report until Thursday, July 25.

LB | Lance Briggs | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs will handle the play calling on defense with LB Brian Urlacher out of the picture. Briggs reportedly did a good job in his new role during offseason practices.


Cornerback

CB | Jamar Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor (hernia) is out again Wednesday, July 24, due to what is suspected to be lingering hernia issues.

CB | Eric Wright | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday, July 23, it is a "possibility" that the team could bring back free-agent CB Eric Wright (Buccaneers) in the future. "With respect to Eric, there's always a possibility that he becomes a Niner at some point, it's just not now," Baalke said. "Our medical staff wasn't convinced he was ready to be put onto the field, so we didn't pass him."

CB | Lowell Rose | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers re-signed free-agent CB Lowell Rose Tuesday, July 23. He was cut loose last week to make room for CB Eric Wright, who failed his physical and was returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CB | Lardarius Webb | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (knee) was able to take part in practice Tuesday, July 23, on a limited basis. "We will bring him along as we see fit, but you saw him out there today," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He's doing well."

CB | Sanders Commings | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs CB Sanders Commings (collarbone) suffered a fractured left clavicle during practice Tuesday, July 23. X-rays revealed the injury after practice. He is likely to miss anywhere from two to six weeks.

CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis (knee) has been cleared by team doctors for action in training camp. He will be held out of a conditioning test Wednesday, July 24, because he hasn't trained for it. However, he's expected to take part in individual drills but is unlikely to do 7-on-7 work.


Strong Safety

SS | Jonathan Cyprien | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars SS Jonathan Cyprien (hamstring), who was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, could practice with the team next week.


Free Safety

FS | Malcolm Bronson | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs placed CB Malcolm Bronson (knee) on the non-football injury (NFI) list Tuesday, July 23. Head coach Andy Reid said the undrafted free agent suffered a knee injury in college and will continue to work with the team's training staff.

FS | John Boyett | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Transaction
The Indianapolis Colts placed FS John Boyett (undisclosed) on the Non-Football Injury list Tuesday, July 23.

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