Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 25, 2013 @ 07:28:57 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill struggled during practice Tuesday, July 23, but he threw much better and was sharper at practice Wednesday, July 24.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (shoulder) enters his third season as a pro, and the spotlight will be bright on him. He completed just 56.4 percent of his passes last season while throwing only 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games. However, despite having shoulder surgery in January, Locker appears more prepared for this season than previous ones. "It is his team now and he knows it," OT Michael Roos said.

QB | Ricky Stanzi | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Ricky Stanzi is the only quarterback on the team's roster not acquired by new head coach Andy Reid and new general manager John Dorsey, and he finds himself fighting for a roster spot. QB Alex Smith is the unquestioned starter, and QB Chase Daniel is the top backup. That leaves Stanzi and QB Tyler Bray fighting for the No. 3 job. "We're splitting reps. I'm just really worried about the reps I got. It's been nice to be out here a couple of days early just to refresh with the playbook and kind of get up to speed with the guys, especially with the receivers."

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said the team will not agree to contract extensions for any players, including QB Jay Cutler, until after the 2013 season. "I guess if you're saying an enormous amount of leverage (for Cutler) that means we've had a great season," Emery said. "That's a problem I look forward to."

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) said he does not expect to play in the preseason unless the coaches tell him otherwise. Griffin said he believes he would be ready for the regular season if he did not play in preseason games.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said QB Geno Smith needs to work on some things but believes he is close to being game ready. "I think Geno's close," Mornhinweg said. "I don't think he's there yet. But he's close to being able to get into a game and function at a high level. So our whole challenge - and his challenge - is that first preseason game. Now let's get to a point where you can function at a high level." Mornhinweg said Smith is farther along than most rookie quarterbacks and can get away with some mechanical flaws because of his athleticism. Mornhinweg would not comment on if the team would use Smith in some way if he does not win the starting job.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder must show improvement, and that he is growing as a quarterback. If he struggles this season, the team is not likely to hesitate to go to QB Matt Cassel as its starter. Plenty of people in the league still believe Cassel is underrated, and he could fare well in Minnesota. However, it is Ponder's starting job to lose.

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner said Wednesday, July 24, that he anticipates all three quarterbacks, QBs Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer, will be on the roster this season, but the club will always look for ways to improve the team.

QB | Sean Renfree | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons signed QB Sean Renfree to his four-year rookie contract.


Running Back

RB | Pierre Thomas | New Orleans Saints | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RBs Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas are expected to evenly split carries in base packages this season with RB Darren Sproles resuming is role as a multi-purpose running back.

RB | Jackie Battle | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans have signed RB Jackie Battle (Chargers) and TE DeMarco Cosby (Packers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived RB Alvester Alexander and QB Nathan Enderle.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Injury, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said team does not know how much RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle) will be able to practice until he undergoes an extensive physical Thursday, July 25.


Fullback

FB | Brock Bolen | Cleveland Browns | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent FB Brock Bolen (Jaguars). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived WR Keenan Davis and OL Dominic Alford.


Wide Receiver

WR | Laurent Robinson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Laurent Robinson (Jaguars) left his visit with the Detroit Lions without a deal.

WR | Kevin Walter | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans placed FS Robert Johnson (foot), TE Delanie Walker (knee) and WR Kevin Walter (back) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, July 24.

WR | Braylon Edwards | New York Jets | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (Jets) Wednesday, July 24.

WR | Mike Wallace | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins plan to use WR Mike Wallace in more ways than his previous team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, did. "I will be inside a little more," Wallace said Wednesday, July 24. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman "wants to switch us around a lot more where people can't key on you." Through four days of camp, most of his receptions have come on out patterns and slants.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (hip) expects to have a full workload during training camp, which begins Friday, July 26. WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), who missed organized team activities in June with a pulled hamstring, is also expected to be fully healthy. "No limitations," Marshall said, "but we're gonna be smart. I'm going on my eighth year, (have) had a few hip surgeries, nothing major. But at the same time, we start playing games in September. So that's what I'm preparing for. It's important to get out there with your teammates, build that chemistry, learn the offense, get reps. But at the same time, if I'm not healthy, all that doesn't matter. So I'm going to listen to my body, and go as it tells me."

WR | B.J. Cunningham | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles WR B.J. Cunningham (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, July 24, because of a minor ankle injury. He is not expected to practice until Friday, July 26.

WR | Justin Hunter | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said WR Justin Hunter (hamstring) should not be limited during training camp even though he missed some offseason workouts because of a hamstring injury.

WR | Steve Breaston | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Steve Breaston (Chiefs) said the offseason has allowed his knee to heal and believes he will be able to play for some team this season.

WR | Chaz Schilens | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions have signed free-agent WR Chaz Schilens (Jets) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant views himself as a blossoming leader for his team after his breakout 2012 campaign. He has managed to keep his nose clean, and owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett continue to heap praise upon him for his newfound maturity. "I think there's no backwards for me," Bryant said. He acknowledges his career took off when he found peace in his personal life.

WR | Rueben Randle | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle turned heads during the offseason program, and he is ready for a bigger role in the offense behind WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. However, Randle is not locked into the third receiver job yet, as he needs to hold off WRs Ramses Barden, Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy, among others.

WR | Josh Gordon | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, who will start the season with a two-game suspension for codeine usage, will be on a short leash, according to CEO Joe Banner. "He's talked to (head coach Rob Chudzinski) a lot," Banner said Wednesday, July 24. "He knows he has work to do. He gets that the rope that's left isn't long. He needs to be accountable."

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke declined to rule out re-signing free-agent WR Randy Moss (49ers), but he declined to say if the veteran had inquired about coming back. "I can't say whether he has or hasn't. Once again, nobody's off limits. Nobody," Baalke said.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester and Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson each took turns racing a cheetah for a cable TV show which will air in November. Hester said the idea to race the cheetah was an "unusual proposition."


Tight End

TE | Travis Kelce | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is QB Alex Smith's favorite target thus far in camp.

TE | Delanie Walker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans placed FS Robert Johnson (foot), TE Delanie Walker (knee) and WR Kevin Walter (back) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, July 24.

TE | Luke Stocker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed TE Luke Stocker (calf) on the Physically Unable to Perform list because of a calf injury.

TE | Aaron Hernandez | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez's (Patriots) probable cause court date for Wednesday, July 24, has been pushed back to Aug. 22 because the prosecution has asked for more time to present their evidence.

TE | Vance McDonald | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald said blocking has been a big emphasis the past two days in practice, and he is trying to mimic the strides of his predecessor, TE Delanie Walker (Titans).


Place Kicker

PK | Caleb Sturgis | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins PK Caleb Sturgis has fallen behind PK Dan Carpenter, and the team continues to say the best player will win the job. Sturgis is due to make just $405,000 in the first year of his rookie contract, and Carpenter will make $2.68 million if he makes the team. The team could save more than $2 million and valuable cap room if Sturgis can win the job.

PK | Connor Barth | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury, Transaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed RB Jeff Demps on the Did Not Report list, PK Connor Barth (Achilles') on the Non-Football Injury list and DE Markus White (undisclosed) on the Physically Unable to Perform list.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Eric Winston | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent OT Eric Winston (Chiefs) to a one-year deal.

OT | Menelik Watson | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Draft
The Oakland Raiders signed OT Menelik Watson Wednesday, July 24. He was the final second-round pick from the 2013 NFL Draft to sign a contract. Watson has a chance to start at right tackle at some point as a rookie.

OT | Jonathan Martin | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday, July 24, that OT Jonathan Martin has good technique, but "he needs to work on his punch a little bit better." Martin is filling big shoes, taking over as the left tackle for the departed OT Jake Long (Rams).

OT | Dallas Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins OT Dallas Thomas has been working on the left side at both guard and tackle, but the team used him at right tackle during practice Wednesday, July 24. That type of versatility can't hurt his chances.

OT | Nate Potter | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Arizona Cardinals OT Nate Potter added 10 to 12 pounds during the offseason. He is competing for the starting right tackle job with OT Levi J. Brown.

OT | John Greco | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The five-year deal signed by Cleveland Browns OT John Greco is worth about $13 million if he is a starter, and just under $3 million in guaranteed money, according to a league source. Without incentives for starting, the deal is worth about $6 million. In the event Greco makes Pro Bowls, the max value of his contract would increase to $14 million.

OT | Andre Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals placed WR Tyrone Goard (finger), FB Chris Pressley (knee), QB Zac Robinson (elbow), RB Bernard Scott (knee) and WR Brandon Tate (hamstring) on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 24. RB Cedric Peerman (ankle) and OT Andre Smith (calf) were put on the Non-Football Injury list. TE Bryce Davis (illness) was placed on the Non-Football Illness list.

OT | Ryan Clady | Denver Broncos | Injury
The Denver Broncos plan to hold OT Ryan Clady (shoulder) out of practice for the first two or three weeks of training camp so he can continue his recovery from shoulder surgery. OT Chris Clark will start at left tackle in the first preseason game and may also start the second preseason game.

OT | Jermey Parnell | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys OT Jermey Parnell (hamstring) underwent an MRI which revealed a mild hamstring strain. Parnell is considered day-to-day at this time.

OT | Michael Roos | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans OT Michael Roos (back) said his back is feeling good and that he is ready to participate in training camp.

OT | Brennan Williams | Houston Texans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams (knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start training camp, and OT Derek Newton (knee) is also recovering from a knee surgery. The team has OTs Andrew Gardner, Ryan Harris and David Quessenberry as options if Newton or Williams are not ready in Week 1.

OT | J'Marcus Webb | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Bears OT J'Marcus Webb, who is entering the final year of his original rookie contract, is working on the right side. He will compete with OT Jonathan Scott for the starting right tackle job during training camp and the preseason.


Guard

OG | Brandon Moore | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OG Brandon Moore (Jets) is expected to retire.

OG | Chris Williams | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams OGs Shelley Smith and Chris Williams remain leading candidates to start at left guard following the release of OG Rokevious Watkins.

OG | Chris Kuper | Denver Broncos | Injury
Updating a previous report, the Denver Broncos placed C J.D. Walton (ankle) and OG Chris Kuper (ankle) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, July 24.

OG | Travelle Wharton | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OT Travelle Wharton (Bengals) has cancelled his scheduled visit with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, July 24.

OG | John Jerry | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins OGs John Jerry and Lance Louis (knee) are expected to battle for the starting right guard job in training camp and the preseason, but there is no competition as long as Louis (knee) is sidelined. He is still recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in November while with the Chicago Bears.

OG | Rokevious Watkins | Free Agent | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams have waived OG Rokevious Watkins.

OG | Matt Slauson | Chicago Bears | Depth Chart Tidbit
Chicago Bears OG Matt Slauson is expected to start at left guard, leaving OT James Brown and OG Kyle Long to battle for the right guard spot.


Defensive Line

DL | Adam Carriker | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt (knee), DT Adam Carriker (quadriceps) and CB Josh Wilson (pectoral) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

DL | Sheldon Richardson | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets agreed to terms with DL Sheldon Richardson on a four-year contract Wednesday, July 24, and he will report to training camp Thursday, July 25.

DL | Datone Jones | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with DL Datone Jones, their first-round pick, on a four-year contract Wednesday, July 24. Jones will receive about $7.7 million over the four years, and the guaranteed portion is in the range of $6.3 million. He will receive a signing bonus of just less than $4 million.

DL | Jeremy Mincey | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey said Wednesday, July 24, he is willing to do anything the team needs. The team will still use a 4-3 defensive scheme, but it will have some 3-4 elements mixed in, which appears to leave Mincey in some limbo. However, he isn't worried, and neither is general manager David Caldwell. "We have a role for Mince, and we'll use him in a variety of different fashions. He has some inside pass-rush skills and he has some outside pass-rush skills. There are going to be different packages where he's going to be valuable for us," Caldwell said.

DL | Randy Starks | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins DL Randy Starks worked with the second-team defense at the defensive tackle position during practice Wednesday, July 24.

DL | John Abraham | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Arizona Cardinals have an offer on the table to free-agent DE John Abraham (Falcons), who paid a visit to the team Wednesday, July 24.

DL | Dion Jordan | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan (shoulder) said he believes he will be ready for the start of the regular season and that he will be one of the starting defensive ends.

DL | Leger Douzable | New York Jets | Transaction
The New York Jets signed free-agent DE Leger Douzable (Titans) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, July 24.

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said DT Jay Ratliff (hamstring) is not expected to practice until next week at the earliest.

DL | Jerry Hughes | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills LBs Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson are competing for one of the starting outside linebacker jobs during training camp. Both could also be used as defensive ends when the team lines up in a 4-3 defensive alignment.

DL | Amobi Okoye | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have expressed an interested in free-agent DL Amobi Okoye (Bears), according to a source. It is unclear if that is in addition to their expected signing of free-agent DL George Selvie (Buccaneers).

DL | Mark Anderson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders are in need of a pass rusher, and might show an interest in free-agent DL Mark Anderson (Bills). He was recently cut by the Buffalo Bills.


Linebacker

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason restructured his contract Wednesday, July 24. He was supposed to make $5.25 million this year.

LB | Colin McCarthy | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Tennessee Titans LB Colin McCarthy (ankle, concussion) was limited for much of the recent organized team activities (OTAs), but he is now ready to go for training camp. "He's healthy. He looks good," head coach Mike Munchak said Wednesday, July 24. McCarthy is expected to battle LB Moise Fokou for the bulk of the playing time at middle linebacker. Fokou spent a majority of the OTAs with the first-team defense while McCarthy was out recovering from ankle surgery and a concussion.

LB | D.J. Smith | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers LB D.J. Smith (knee), who was claimed in April, has not participated in workouts since joining the team. That's because he has been rehabbing a torn anterior cruciate ligament. However, it appears he will be ready to practice in some capacity during training camp.

LB | Melvin Ingram | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction
The San Diego Chargers placed LB Melvin Ingram (knee) and SS Brandon Taylor (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, July 24. Ingram suffered his torn anterior cruciate ligament in May, and likely will begin the regular season on PUP, making him ineligible to return for at least the first six weeks. Taylor tore his ACL in December, and had surgery in January. He has a chance to return to practice during training camp, and potentially see action in the preseason.

LB | Travis Goethel | Free Agent | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders cut LB Travis Goethel Tuesday, July 23. Goethel was once considered a promising prospect, but injuries derailed his career.

LB | Jonathan Willard | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tennessee Titans LB Jonathan Willard was on his way from South Carolina to Nashville Tuesday, July 23, when he saw a vehicle with smoke coming from under its hood. Willard signaled the driver to pull over, and the vehicle quickly became engulfed in flames on the side of the road. Willard said he and another passerby pulled a mother, her three children and their dog from the burning vehicle. "She just kept thanking me," Willard said. "That car was just one. It went up quick."

LB | Von Miller | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller is expected to have his appeal hearing for his four-game suspension in mid-August. A resolution is expected before the regular season starts.


Cornerback

CB | Josh Wilson | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins OT Maurice Hurt (knee), DT Adam Carriker (quadriceps) and CB Josh Wilson (pectoral) will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis is fielding punts in camp Thursday, July 25.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Terrell Thomas (knee) is trying to make his third comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he can help at either cornerback, in the slot and even perhaps as a third safety when healthy. The return of Thomas to his pre-injury form might make the difference between a solid secondary and a good one.

CB | Corey Webster | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants CB Corey Webster (hand) is still considered the team's top cornerback, but the team needs a big-time bounce back season. He allowed eight touchdown receptions last season, tied for second-most among cornerbacks, according to ProFootballFocus.com.

CB | Marcus Gilchrist | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers CB Marcus Gilchrist will continue to see first-team reps at strong safety as long as SS Brandon Taylor (knee) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

CB | Desmond Trufant | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons CB Desmond Trufant agreed to a four-year, $8.16 million deal Wednesday, July 24, with $3.4 million guaranteed. Trufant will compete with CBs Dominique Franks and Robert Alford for the starting right cornerback spot opposite CB Asante Samuel.

CB | D.J. Hayden | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (heart) remains unsigned, and the first-round pick's situation is unique because of health reasons. Hayden had surgery in the spring to repair issues stemming from a life-threatening heart surgery he had last November. The team said they expect Hayden to be ready for training camp, which starts Friday, July 26. If Hayden requires more recovery time, it could stall contract talks.

CB | Coye Francies | Free Agent | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders cut CB Coye Francies Tuesday, July 23. He was let go after failing to disclose a physical condition.

CB | Eric Wright | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Tuesday, July 23, that the team was "absolutely" aware of the recent drunken-driving arrest of CB Eric Wright, and the reason the trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was rescinded was only because of health. "The Bucs were very forthcoming with the information, and we definitely knew what his status was," Baalke said. "Our medical staff wasn't convinced he was ready to be put on the field, so we didn't pass him."


Strong Safety

SS | Brandon Taylor | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Transaction
The San Diego Chargers placed LB Melvin Ingram (knee) and SS Brandon Taylor (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list Wednesday, July 24. Ingram suffered his torn anterior cruciate ligament in May, and likely will begin the regular season on PUP, making him ineligible to return for at least the first six weeks. Taylor tore his ACL in December, and had surgery in January. He has a chance to return to practice during training camp, and potentially see action in the preseason.


Free Safety

FS | Ray Polk | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed FS Ray Polk off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

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