NFL Players in the News

by KFFL Staff on June 29, 2006 @ 16:00:00 PDT



QB | Jay Fiedler | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Free Agency News reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent QB Jay Fiedler (Jets). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

QB | Kerry Collins | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent QB Kerry Collins (Raiders) has decided he still wants to play in the NFL. Those who know Collins said he is interested in signing with another team this coming season, and the most likely candidate is the Tennessee Titans, who need another veteran quarterback to complement QB Billy Volek. Talks between the Titans and Collins are expected to heat up just before training camp. There's still a chance Collins could balk at the Titans offer if it's not enough, but the way it sounded this week was that he will be on a roster when training camp opens.

QB | Brett Favre | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Bob Wolfley, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre told the NFL Network observers will not notice much difference between the team's new offense and their old offense. Favre added, "The transition has gone OK. But it has been difficult. I mean, 15 years with the same offense. I think what makes it so difficult is, I think, when people watch us this upcoming year, for the most part, the plays will be recognizable. But the way we call them, the terminology, is totally different."

QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Kevin Gorman, of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reports Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is preparing to rebuild his public image. "I don't think that this (motorcycle accident) will have any negative effect on Ben's marketability," said his agent, Ryan Tollner. "Ben is still the same person, the same guy that has been so widely coveted by corporations. He still has the same good, wholesome American values. He's articulate, he's got the looks, plays for the right team and he wins games. Throughout this process, Ben and his family realized who genuinely cares about him and not just see dollar signs."

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow believes QB Vince Young has made monumental strides over the team's May and June minicamps. Chow said, "He is every bit the athlete you thought he was, but he has some good quarterback skills as well. The thing about Vince is he's not an athlete playing quarterback. He is a quarterback who is a good athlete. There is a big difference."

QB | J.P. Losman | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Chris Brown, of, reports Buffalo Bills QB J.P. Losman is busy looking forward to the 2006 season. "I was looking forward to coming in here in my third year in the same offense," said Losman. "I was getting excited to do it all over again." Things suddenly changed for Losman when the team brought in head coach Dick Jauron. "Just learning the new language has been different, but it's the same reads," Losman said. "You're seeing the same blitzes. It's just football. At this level I just feel a lot more comfortable now than I did a year ago." Losman maintains that there was some hard fought competition between him and QB Kelly Holcomb last season, despite the fact that he was appointed the starter. Losman appeared more decisive with the ball over the last two weeks of OTAs and the final minicamp. He orchestrated some effective two-minute drills and regained some of his confidence when it comes to his ability to put a ball in a tight spot.

QB | Joey Harrington | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Jason Cole, writing for the Sporting News, reports Miami Dolphins QB Joey Harrington has looked somewhat inconsistent during his first few weeks with the Dolphins, keeping up the track record he established during his four years in Detroit. However, the Dolphins are going to be patient with Harrington because he just joined the team. Some of the coaches are troubled by Harrington's tendency to get flustered when plays break down.

QB | Patrick Ramsey | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
ESPN's John Clayton reports New York Jets QB Patrick Ramsey is currently running as the team's No. 1 quarterback.

QB | Chris Simms | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden said Thursday, June 22, he was very happy with QB Chris Simms' performance in the team's offseason program.

Running Back

RB | Rudi Johnson | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Geoff Hobson, of, reports Cincinnati Bengals RB Rudi Johnson has been doing extra workout sessions during the offseason and appears sleeker and slimmer at 218 pounds. He added that he hopes to keep his strength up and have more endurance.

RB | LenDale White | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jeff Miller, of the Orange County Register, reports Tennessee Titans RB LenDale White is down to 235 pounds and his hamstring has healed. He has a chip on shoulder to prove the other 31 teams who passed on him in the draft made a mistake. "I don't know if it's a chip or not, but I do feel anxious," White said.

RB | Jamal Lewis | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Matt Palmer, of the Baltimore Examiner, reports Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis believes his injury problems are behind him and is ready for a fresh start. "Oh yeah, I feel like it's a new beginning," Lewis said. "I'm starting off with a new contract and starting off free and clear. I think I'm in a good situation. I'm happy right now and I have everything behind me with my future to look forward to. I'm trying to make the best of it."

RB | Adrian Peterson | Chicago Bears | Transaction
Larry Mayer, of, reports the Chicago Bears have agreed to terms with RB Adrian Peterson on a three-year contract extension through the 2009 season. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

RB | Joseph Addai | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Indianapolis Colts defenders were surprised to see the burst and acceleration of RB Joseph Addai. They were also surprised to see he was bigger and faster than expected.

RB | Vernand Morency | Houston Texans | Injury News
Nick Schenck, of, reports Houston Texans RB Vernand Morency (foot) missed time over the offseason with plantar fasciitis.

RB | Marion Barber III | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Nick Eatman, of, reports Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber III appears to becoming a favorite of head coach Bill Parcells with his ability to block, catch out of the backfield and pick up yards inside. Barber could push RB Julius Jones for playing time.

RB | Dee Brown | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Sports Xchange reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Dee Brown emerged from spring drills as the backup to starting RB Larry Johnson. However, head coach Herm Edwards also made it clear that he still thinks Johnson's backup may be a more established player, RB Priest Holmes. "I'm still anticipating Priest coming back," Edwards said again this week. "If he does, then we've got two starting running backs, and not many teams have that luxury. If Priest isn't the guy, then Dee Brown gets the first shot. If he can't do the job, we look some place else."

RB | Chester Taylor | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Sports Xchange reports the Minnesota Vikings are not thrilled with RB Chester Taylor's work ethic. Taylor is not in the best of shape at this point in the offseason.

RB | Marshall Faulk | St. Louis Rams | Injury News, Fantasy
Bernie Miklasz, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports a source in the St. Louis Rams front office told him Rams' RB Marshall Faulk (knee) may be facing another round of knee surgery in the near future. Faulk has told Michael Silver of, a close confidant, "I'm playing." If Faulk has the surgery, the Rams would most likely place him on Injured Reserve for the 2006 season, meaning that he'd sit out the year, with full pay. Faulk's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, has lined up a television job for Faulk. Faulk would be reunited with his former head coach, Dick Vermeil, as an analyst for the NFL Network. So if Faulk has the surgery and goes on IR, he'd benefit in three ways: He'll receive his full salary from the Rams; he'd be free to work in television; and he'd have the option for returning to the field in 2007. After taking a year off to let the knees rest and heal, perhaps Faulk will feel like giving football another try.

RB | Justin Fargas | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Steve Corkran, writing for the Sporting News, reports Oakland Raiders RB Justin Fargas may be facing his final chance to impress the team in 2006. New head coach Art Shell says that Fargas has looked good so far and is in line to get a chance at receiving more playing time than he has in any of his previous seasons. The Raiders envision Fargas as a nice complement to lead RB LaMont Jordan, someone who can give Jordan enough of a break each game so that Jordan is fresher and stronger in the fourth quarter.

RB | Domanick Davis | Houston Texans | Injury News, Fantasy
Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans RB Domanick Davis (knee) is still stuggling with his return from knee surgery. Davis has spent the offseason focusing only on rehab. He was expected to participate in the team's minicamps, but after only one walk through, Davis' knee swelled up again. There is some thought this could be an ongoing issue for Davis.

RB | Eric Shelton | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Pat Yasinskas, writing for the Sporting News, reports Carolina Panthers RB Eric Shelton is on the hot seat because RBs DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams are ahead of him on the team's depth chart. He still has a shot at earning some playing time with a solid training camp. Shelton (6-1, 246) is the team's biggest runner and could emerge as a short-yardage and goal-line runner because Foster and Williams are too small to be successful in those situations.

RB | Travis Henry | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher was asked what RB Travis Henry needed to do and he responded, "Travis is in better shape right now then he has been since he has been a Titan. That was because he was coming off an ankle injury last year and the difficulty he had during the season. He has worked especially hard and we just need to see him carry it over in the ballgames."

RB | Carnell Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden said Thursday, June 22, RB Carnell Williams has looked good during offseason workouts.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Fantasy
Michael Eisen, of, reports New York Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram was asked if he was comfortable with RB Brandon Jacobs backing up RB Tiki Barber and he replied: "Definitely. Tiki feels a little bit better about him and you know it's been a burden on Tiki's shoulders for him to come off the field and feel that you still have a playmaker out there on the field. And that's the real reason why Tiki doesn't come of the field. It isn't so much, yeah he's a great competitor, he wants to be the guy making plays. (It's because) he wants to feel good that the next guy to come on the field is in the same position that he's in. Tiki is a mirror image of me, he's my coach on the side, he helps coach those guys along the way. He wants to win, he evaluates, he sees things, he's always talking to them. We're on the same page and that's all he wants, the best for everybody to make sure we win. If you're in that position, you've got to step up in that position and know it inside and out, just don't be one-dimensional. That was his goal a year ago, to just say I'm going to do this little small segment and be one-dimensional. No, you can't do that in the NFL. The more you do, the better we're going to be."

Wide Receiver

WR | Drew Bennett | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Jim Wyatt, of the Tennessean, reports Tennessee Titans WR Drew Bennett is excited to be playing opposite WR David Givens. He is also healthy for the start of training camp and doesn't expect injuries to be a factor this year. "It was all very frustrating, personally, and with the team last season,'' Bennett said. "Everything is magnified when you are 4-12 your injuries, your statistics, your role on the team and all that stuff. It is questioned and magnified. But right now I think I'm like everyone else in that no one cares about anything else but winning. I am excited about getting last year behind me. I was beat up all year and we didn't win. I am ready to move past that. And I'm excited about what we can do.''

WR | Reche Caldwell | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Tom Casale, of Patriots Football Weekly, reports New England Patriots WR Reche Caldwell built solid chemistry with QB Tom Brady during offseason workouts, and has been catching many deep balls from Brady. Caldwell will likely be the team's No. 2 receiver, but he could be challenged by WR Chad Jackson at some point during the season.

WR | Michael Clayton | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
David Dorsey, of Florida Today, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Michael Clayton is determined to erase his 2005 performance and return to his rookie form from 2004 for the 2006 season. Clayton appeared to be running his pass routes just fine this past week at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, where the Bucs held a three-day, mandatory minicamp. Immediately after his rookie season in 2004, Clayton had left knee surgery. The recovery stretched into the 2005 season, during which his production plummeted. Other injuries, including turf toe, contributed to the dropoff. The Bucs want Clayton, the team's first-round draft pick, No. 15 overall in 2004, to return to his rookie form and Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said he's counting on it. "We were 11-5 last year with him hurt," RB Earnest Graham said. "With him coming on strong this year, we're going to be dangerous."

WR | Braylon Edwards | Cleveland Browns | Injury News, Fantasy
Tony Grossi, of the Plain Dealer, reports Cleveland Browns WR Braylon Edwards (knee) may not return until after the team's BYE week. That would put his return at Sunday, Oct. 22, which is Week 7.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Dennis Victory, of the Birmingham News, reports Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White is exited about the 2006 season after working with QB Michael Vick throughout much of the summer. White said, "I got in a groove at the end of last year and I want to carry that over this year. Mike and I spent the summer getting to know each other and I'm very excited about this year." White was bothered by an ankle injury during the preseason of 2005 and was not placed on the roster until Week 2. Regarding last season, White said, "It was very frustrating. They told me I had a good chance to start and I had high expectations coming in. I wanted to show what I could do."

WR | Drew Carter | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Sports Xchange reports Carolina Panthers WR Drew Carter, a candidate to be the team's No. 3 wide receiver, bulked up during the offseason. "He has. He's strong in his upper body," said receivers coach Richard Williamson. "(Strength coach) Jerry Simmons works 'em pretty good - and he was good in his tests on the upper-body strength. That helps you get away from the press and people putting their hands on you and things like that. It also helps you help go up and get balls, having that strength."

WR | Brandon Jones | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Tennessean reports Tennessee Titans WR Brandon Jones (knee) was a spectator during May and June minicamps, but did some work on a side field as part of his rehabilitation. Head coach Jeff Fisher said, "He is ahead of schedule right now. He will participate in training camp, and our hope is that he will be able to take some snaps this is premature by maybe the third or fourth preseason game."

WR | Ronald Curry | Oakland Raiders | Injury News
Jason Jones, of the Sacramento Bee, reports Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (Achilles' tendon) recently participated in the team's charity basketball game against the San Francisco 49ers. Curry has suffered injuries in the team's last two seasons. A healthy Curry could help an offense in which RB LaMont Jordan caught more passes (70) than every wide receiver except WR Jerry Porter (76).

WR | Javon Walker | Denver Broncos | Injury News, Fantasy
Lee Rasizer, writing for the Sporting News, reports Denver Broncos WR Javon Walker (knee) has had two surgical procedures since last October to get his torn right ACL fixed. Walker was running straight-ahead routes during the warm-up period at recent team sessions, but he's taking his time before making hard plants and cuts. Walker wants to do some individual drills during the team's July 6-8 minicamp but the Broncos aren't willing to take any risks and will ease him into action for training camp. Walker has said he already has full range of motion in the knee and that he doesn't believe he'll have difficulty getting his wind back for the team's training camp sessions.

WR | Dante' Hall | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News, Fantasy
Bob Gretz, of, reports Kansas City Chiefs WR/KR/PR Dante' Hall (thumb) recently tore ligaments in his left thumb. Had the injury occurred during the regular season, he would have missed four to six games. The team expects Hall back for the start of training camp.

WR | Mark Clayton | Baltimore Ravens | Injury News, Fantasy
Matt Palmer, of the Examiner, reports Baltimore Ravens WR Mark Clayton (hamstring) recently spent time working on his short routes and catching skills following a team workout. He was kept out of the workouts last week because of a nagging hamstring injury, so he stayed 20 minutes afterward, determined to find a way to improve on his rookie season. Clayton realized much of his promise as a 2005 first-round pick out of Oklahoma. "For me, it's just kind of being more consistent, just catching more balls," Clayton said. "The only way to improve catching the ball is through catching the ball. So I sit out here and just catch balls in all different kinds of ways, over the shoulder, under the legs, however, just to feel the ball." Head coach Brian Billick said the team needs Clayton. "It's just that pesky hamstring," Billick said. "We're going to make him start renting his uniform if he's not out here more. We need to be real prudent with it." Clayton knows 2006 is his opportunity to shine, now that the team has added QB Steve McNair.

Tight End

TE | Benjamin Watson | New England Patriots | Fantasy
The Sports Xchange reports New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson was QB Tom Brady's favorite target throughout the team's three-day June minicamp. Brady has already said he expects a breakout season from his ultra-athletic tight end, and if the recent camp action is any indication the duo is already building a very strong relationship heading into the new season. "It's one of those things where you have to spend time with him," Watson said of his ever improving relationship with Brady. "He has to have confidence in you that you are going to be where he wants you to be. Tom knows where everybody is supposed to be at all times. If he expects you to be somewhere you better be there if you want the ball. So I'm just getting used to doing those things."

TE | Vernon Davis | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner answered a question regarding the team's situation at tight end by responding: "We are going to use multiple personnel groups and one of the groups we use is two tight ends with a single back in the game and two wide receivers is something we've been working on a lot lately. There is a place for Vernon Davis and Eric Johnson to be on the field at the same time."

Defensive Line

DL | Grady Jackson | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Len Pasquarelli, of, reports free agent DL Grady Jackson (Packers) will visit with the Oakland Raiders later in the week. Jackson has received interest from a number of franchises, including the Raiders earlier in the spring. The St. Louis Rams were likely the closest to signing Jackson, but decided to sign DL Jason Fisk instead. Some teams have had questions about Jackson's weight problems. It is not known if Jackson has a physical exam scheduled with the team.

DL | Eric Hicks | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury News
Bob Gretz, of, reports Kansas City Chiefs DE Eric Hicks (shoulder) had offseason shoulder surgery and it has kept him out of the team's offseason workouts. He's been conditioning for several months now and appears to be in very good physical shape. The hope is that he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp, but it's more likely that he'll be limited in the first weeks, maybe even for the whole preseason.


LB | Hunter Hillenmeyer | Chicago Bears | Transaction
Larry Mayer, of, reports Chicago Bears LB Hunter Hillenmeyer has signed a five-year contract extension to remain with the team through 2011. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Dan Morgan | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Brett Borden, of, reports Carolina Panthers LB Dan Morgan is likely to remain at middle linebacker during the 2006 season.

LB | Na'il Diggs | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Updating previous reports, Brett Borden, of, reports Carolina Panthers LB Na'il Diggs is in the running for a starting job at outside linebacker. New to Carolina this summer, Diggs is reportedly picking up the system well.

LB | Pat Thomas | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports Jacksonville Jaguars LB Pat Thomas is currently the leader to win the open spot at outside linebacker. "I think Pat Thomas is probably ahead right now, but it's too early to call," Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "We don't have to make that call [now], but he's returning in our system and he's extremely quick. He's a striker. I would say going into the clubhouse at the turn, he's got an early lead, but there's still a lot of football left." He will compete with Jacksonville Jaguars LB Nick Greisen and LB Clint Ingram in training camp.

LB | James Allen | New Orleans Saints | Injury News reports New Orleans Saints LB James Allen (knee) has been placed on Injured Reserve, officially ending his 2006 season.

LB | Tedy Bruschi | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports New England Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi believes the Patriots will be able to work out the spotty play in minicamp during training camp. "We weren't as clean as we wanted to be in minicamps," Bruschi said. "It's understandable. We're getting the system down again and just getting used to playing football again. I think once training camp starts, everyone will have done their physical work with the offseason program. In training camp, you have to work on becoming a good football team."

LB | Edgerton Hartwell | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
George Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports Atlanta Falcons MLB Edgerton Hartwell (Achilles' tendon) has remained ahead of schedule since he started rehabbing the torn Achilles' tendon that ended his season in Week 5 of the 2005 season. The medical staff exercised caution, however, and kept him from participating in 11-on-11 drills during minicamp and that approach has continued during organized team activities. The coaching staff is comfortable with Hartwell's understanding of the scheme, so there's no need to rush him onto the field.


CB | Will Poole | Miami Dolphins | Injury News
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald reports Miami Dolphins CB Will Poole (knee), not back fully from knee surgery, was behind CB Andre' Goodman for the No. 3 cornerback slot during minicamp.

CB | Ty Law | Free Agent Players | Free Agency News
Michael Felger, of the Boston Herald, reports the New England Patriots remain "hopeful" of coming to terms with free agent CB Ty Law (Jets) on a new contract. However, word from the Law side is that the Pats' initial offerings were lacking financially.

CB | Kevin Mathis | Atlanta Falcons | Injury News
George Henry, writing for the Sporting News, reports Atlanta Falcons CB Kevin Mathis (knee) was not cleared to participate in the team's offseason minicamp and OTAs, but he is certain he will return 100 percent and in time for the season opener at Carolina. The team also helps a healthy Mathis can help give them some needed depth at safety as well.

CB | Michael Waddell | Tennessee Titans | Injury News
The Nashville City Paper reports Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said CB Michael Waddell (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

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