Fantasy Football News & Views
Buccaneers | Mike Evans in elite class (Fri Apr 16, 01:18 PM) [jump to this story]
Texans | GM mum on Deshaun Watson (Fri Apr 16, 12:35 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Rashod Bateman can play all over (Thu Apr 15, 10:56 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Ankle no longer a problem for Najee Harris Wed Apr 14, 03:16 PM
Alabama RB Najee Harris (ankle) 'checked out well' after getting it examined at a medical recheck in Indianapolis recently.Link to story
NFL | No injury issues for DeVonta Smith Wed Apr 14, 03:12 PM
Alabama WR DeVonta Smith (finger) is 'healing fine' from the finger dislocation he suffered in the BCS title game, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.Link to story
NFL | Jaylen Waddle recovering nicely Wed Apr 14, 03:06 PM
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle (ankle) is 'healing properly' from the ankle dislocation that cost him roughly half of his final college season, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.Link to story
Steelers | Vince Williams staying put Wed Apr 14, 03:00 PM
Free-agent LB Vince Williams signed an undisclosed contract to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
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Giants | Ryan Lewis gets the boot Wed Apr 14, 02:20 PM
New York Giants CB Ryan Lewis was waived Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
Falcons | Cordarrelle Patterson nearing deal with Atlanta Wed Apr 14, 02:05 PM
Free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Bears) is visiting with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, April 14, and the expectation is both sides will agree on a contract soon, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
|Footballguys view: Patterson would give the Falcons another veteran presence in the locker room at the wide receiver position. Most of his value would come on special teams and as a gadget player on offense.|
Cordarrelle Patterson player page
Browns | Stephen Carlson inks deal with Browns Wed Apr 14, 01:37 PM
Exclusive rights free-agent TE Stephen Carlson (Browns) signed an undisclosed contract with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
Browns | Sheldon Day returning to Cleveland Wed Apr 14, 01:31 PM
Free-agent DT Sheldon Day (Browns) signed an undisclosed contract with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
Sheldon Day player page
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay brings back Steve McLendon Wed Apr 14, 01:24 PM
Free-agent DL Steve McLendon (Buccaneers) signed a one-year contract to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, April 14. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Steve McLendon player page
Seahawks | Aldon Smith taking a trip to Seattle Wed Apr 14, 01:10 PM
Free-agent DE Aldon Smith (Cowboys) is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
Steelers | Joshua Dobbs back with Pittsburgh Wed Apr 14, 01:07 PM
Free-agent QB Joshua Dobbs (Steelers) agreed to terms on a one-year contract to remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Wednesday, April 14. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Dobbs sticks with the Steelers to compete for the backup job behind Ben Roethlisberger. Mason Rudolph is considered the primary backup and some even believe he can be the starter of the future. Expect the Steelers to add a quarterback in the draft at some point.|
Browns | Jadeveon Clowney agrees with Browns Wed Apr 14, 12:38 PM
Free-agent LB Jadeveon Clowney (Titans) agreed to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, April 14, that could be worth around $10 million after incentives.Link to story
Jadeveon Clowney player page
NFL | Jaylen Waddle good to go Wed Apr 14, 11:18 AM
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle (ankle) is healing properly from a dislocated ankle, and he'll still be a top pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Waddle is one of the best receivers in this class and should be a top-10 pick. With the quarterback fever in the first three (four?) picks, perhaps he falls just a bit but not that far.|
NFL | Najee Harris' ankle all good Wed Apr 14, 09:56 AM
Alabama RB Najee Harris (ankle) checked out well, and his ankle drew no red flags that should affect his draft stock.
|Footballguys view: Harris is a powerful and versatile back who can lead a backfield in the NFL. He caught 80 passes during his college career and can play on all three downs. Harris is not a big-play threat but does a good job of grinding down an opponent as the game goes on. We should see Harris go in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.|
NFL | DeVonta Smith healing up Wed Apr 14, 09:54 AM
Alabama WR DeVonta Smith (finger) is healing well from the dislocated finger and torn ligaments with no issues ahead.
|Footballguys view: Smith's game is all about speed, speed and more speed. He's a vertical threat to say the least, and he does a good job of tracking passes over his shoulder. He's a speedy receiver who also has an insane nose for the end zone (46 career touchdown receptions). Think of DeSean Jackson (the younger version) when you think of what Smith could be at the pro level. He'll be amongst the first wide receivers off the board in the draft.|
Seahawks | Aldon Smith visiting Seahawks Wed Apr 14, 08:57 AM
Free-agent DE/LB Aldon Smith (Cowboys) is visiting the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, April 14.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
NFL | Divine Deablo flying under the radar Wed Apr 14, 12:21 AM
Virginia Tech S/LB Divine Deablo is a player whose 'best football is ahead of him' and a 'hot name among defensive coaches around the league,' according to Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy. Per Nagy, Deablo offers 'hybrid matchup ability and upside' at 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds with 4.42 speed.Link to story
NFL | Pat Freiermuth had sticky hands inside 20 Tue Apr 13, 10:38 PM
Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth was not charged with a drop on 30 red zone targets over his three-year college career, according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Freiermuth has earned the nickname "Baby Gronk" for a reason. He's big, athletic and knows how to use his frame to shield defenders away from the ball. Add in his elite concentration in the red zone and you can see why he's one of the top tight ends in this draft class. There's a chance he goes off the board late first, or early second round.|
Vikings | Robert Steeples joins Minnesota coaching staff Tue Apr 13, 09:57 PM
Former NFL CB Robert Steeples was named as the Minnesota Vikings' new assistant special teams coach Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Cardinals | Updated James Conner contract numbers Tue Apr 13, 09:50 PM
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner signed a one-year contract Tuesday, April 13, that is worth a total of $1.75 million - a base of $1.25 million fully guaranteed and a $500,000 signing bonus.Link to story
James Conner player page
Buccaneers | Ross Cockrell contract update Tue Apr 13, 09:44 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent CB Ross Cockrell (Buccaneers) signed a two-year contract worth $2.11 million to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Ross Cockrell player page
Falcons | Kyle Pitts destined for Atlanta? Tue Apr 13, 09:12 PM
Florida TE Kyle Pitts is gaining traction to be the first non-quarterback drafted April 29, as 'many around the league anticipate' the Atlanta Falcons will select him at No. 4 overall, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
|Footballguys view: If the Falcons keep the no.4 pick, Pitts would be a great addition. He's one of the best tight ends to come into the NFL from the college ranks and that's why he may be drafted higher than any tight end in NFL history. The game has changed, and teams want big-bodied receivers like Pitts at tight end. Think of Darren Waller (Raiders) when you think about the impact Pitts could have in the NFL.|
Cardinals | James Conner financials Tue Apr 13, 08:46 PM
Arizona Cardinals RB James Conner will earn $1.25 million fully guaranteed on his one-year contract, according to a source Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
James Conner player page
Panthers | Carolina to look at Justin Fields Tue Apr 13, 08:29 PM
Ohio State QB Justin Fields will have representatives of the Carolina Panthers watching his pro day Wednesday, April 14, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Just because they traded for Sam Darnold it doesn't mean the Panthers won't still look at these rookie quarterbacks. At least, that's what they want other teams to think in case someone slides to them at the no.8 overall pick.|
Seahawks | Tyler Lockett moving around in new scheme Tue Apr 13, 07:04 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett said Tuesday, April 13, he's 'getting the chance to move around' in new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron's system.Link to story
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49ers | Daniel Brunskill signs tender Tue Apr 13, 06:44 PM
San Francisco 49ers OL Daniel Brunskill signed his one-year exclusive rights free-agent tender Tuesday, April 13. The team also released TE Chase Harrell.Link to story
Panthers | Carolina adds Frank Herron, PJ Johnson Tue Apr 13, 06:18 PM
Free-agent DE Frank Herron (Lions) and DT PJ Johnson (Cardinals) signed one-year contracts with the Carolina Panthers Tuesday, April 13. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
Panthers | Carolina adding Mikey Daniel Tue Apr 13, 06:00 PM
Free-agent FB Mikey Daniel (Falcons) is signing an undisclosed contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to a source Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Falcons | Ryan Becker catches on with Atlanta Tue Apr 13, 04:36 PM
Free-agent TE Ryan Becker signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Football Team | Washington scoops up Beau Benzschawel Tue Apr 13, 04:27 PM
Free-agent C Beau Benzschawel (Texans) was claimed off waivers by the Washington Football Team on Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
NFL | Justin Fields set to entertain teams Wednesday Tue Apr 13, 04:00 PM
Ohio State QB Justin Fields will take part in a second pro day Wednesday, April 14, and is expected to perform in front of several teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Fields had a strong pro day the first time around, but only three people from each team were able to attend. He wants as many eyes on him as possible, and that's why the second pro day was scheduled. Some in the scouting community believe that Fields is a prospect similar to Dak Prescott when he came out of Mississippi State a few years ago.|
Buccaneers | Giovani Bernard financials Tue Apr 13, 03:53 PM
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Giovani Bernard (Bengals) signed a one-year contract worth $1.075 million - including a $137,500 signing bonus - with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, April 12.
|Footballguys view: Bernard is a fine signing for the Buccaneers. He'll work into the backfield with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, likely as the primary pass-catching back. His addition is bad news for Ke'Shawn Vaughn.|
Giovani Bernard player page
Buccaneers | Ross Cockrell back with Tampa Tue Apr 13, 03:42 PM
Free-agent CB Ross Cockrell (Buccaneers) signed a two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, April 13. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Ross Cockrell player page
Texans | Houston waiting to hear from Nick Easton Tue Apr 13, 03:35 PM
Free-agent OG Nick Easton (Saints) has recently received a 'reasonable' contract offer from the Houston Texans but is still 'pondering his options,' according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Link to story
NFL | Mac Jones a master of deep play-action throws Tue Apr 13, 02:56 PM
Alabama QB Mac Jones finished 19-of-31 for 866 yards and nine touchdowns with one interception on play-action passing attempts of at least 20 yards in 2020, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
|Footballguys view: Play-action passing is the hallmark of the Shanahan offense. Jones has a skill set that would work in the 49ers system, but he's not as athletic as other passers in this class that could be available at no.3 overall like Justin Fields (Ohio State) and Trey Lance (North Dakota State).|
NFL | Jaylen Waddle dynamic after catch Tue Apr 13, 02:42 PM
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle averaged 9.8 yards after the catch over his college career - the highest mark among all Power Five conference receivers with at least 100 receptions since 2014 - according to Pro Football Focus.
|Footballguys view: Waddle is arguably the best receiver in this draft class. He should be a top-10 pick but the quarterback run expected in the first three (or four) picks could push him down just a bit. Some team is going to get an instant playmaker when adding Waddle in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.|
NFL | Israel Tucker drawing attention from multiple teams Tue Apr 13, 02:01 PM
Louisiana Tech RB Israel Tucker performed well at his pro day on March 18 - including a 40-yard dash time of 4.46 seconds, a vertical jump of 38.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-3 - and is reportedly receiving a lot of interest from the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, according to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network.
|Footballguys view: Tucker is a late-round prospect that teams may be able to add as a priority free agent after the draft. He's got a compact build and makes moves at full speed without breaking his stride. Tucker can be used as a receiver out of the backfield and does a good job of looking passes into his hands. In super deep dynasty formats we'll keep an eye on him.|
Bills | T.J. Carrie meeting with Buffalo Tue Apr 13, 01:07 PM
Free-agent CB T.J. Carrie (Colts) is visiting with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Travis Carrie player page
Football Team | Sammis Reyes signs with WAS Tue Apr 13, 11:44 AM
Undrafted free-agent TE Sammis Reyes (Tulane) signed an undisclosed deal with the Washington Football Team Tuesday, April 13.Link to story
Cardinals | James Conner lands with Cards Tue Apr 13, 11:40 AM
Free-agent RB James Conner (Steelers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, April 13. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Conner will now work into the mix with Chase Edmonds. When healthy, Conner can be a big-bodied back to do some work inside the tackle. Edmonds should still be the primary back and catch more passes with Conner backing him up and shouldering some of the load.|
James Conner player page
Texans | Jaleel Johnson contract details Tue Apr 13, 01:57 AM
Houston Texans DT Jaleel Johnson signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the club that includes $400,000 guaranteed.Link to story
Jaleel Johnson player page
NFL | Justin Fields lethal on deep play-action throws Mon Apr 12, 11:51 PM
Ohio State QB Justin Fields finished 11-of-14 for 452 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions on play-action passing attempts of at least 20 yards in 2020, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
|Footballguys view: That's why Fields would be such a great fit for the Kyle Shanahan offense with the 49ers. Many think they moved up to no.3 overall for a quarterback, but many are projecting Mac Jones (Alabama) or Trey Lance (North Dakota State) in that spot. Fields could be a fine addition as well.|
NFL | Asante Samuel Jr. a popular interview Mon Apr 12, 11:22 PM
Updating a previous report, Florida State CB Asante Samuel Jr. recently met virtually with the Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers - each for a second time - as well as the Indianapolis Colts. According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, Samuel's recent interviews make it 24 teams he has met with this spring.Link to story
NFL | Potential landing spots for Todd Gurley? Mon Apr 12, 10:48 PM
Free-agent RB Todd Gurley (Falcons) could be of interest to the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers or Kansas City Chiefs, in the opinion of James Fragoza of Pro Football Network.
|Footballguys view: Gurley is not the player he used to be but he's still got value to a team in search of veteran depth at the position. The interest is there but there may not be a rush to sign him.|
Todd Gurley player page
NFL | TDs rare against Patrick Surtain II Mon Apr 12, 09:54 PM
Alabama CB Patrick Surtain II yielded only three touchdowns in 968 coverage snaps over the last two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus.Link to story
NFL | Washington head over heels for Trey Lance? Mon Apr 12, 08:32 PM
North Dakota State QB Trey Lance may be a player the Washington Football Team may be willing to unload all their picks' for, according to Michael Lombardi of The Athletic. 'I think Washington is going to be the next team to unload all their picks to try to get a QB. I think they love Lance. I don't think, I KNOW Washington loves Lance ... I think they're willing to go get him,' Lombardi said.
|Footballguys view: They can love Lance all they want, but they're in no position to draft him. Lance could go as high as no.3 overall to the 49ers. If he gets past San Francisco, then teams like Denver at no.9 overall would likely scoop him up. If Washington LOVES him they'll have to move up from no.19 overall to get him.|
NFL | Julian Edelman announces retirement Mon Apr 12, 05:44 PM
Free-agent WR Julian Edelman (Patriots) announced his retirement from professional football Monday, April 12.
|Footballguys view: A converted quarterback from Kent State, Edelman was a seventh-round pick for the Patriots in the 2009 NFL draft. He played 11 seasons and finished his career with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 touchdowns. He had health issues over the last two seasons and a failed physical designation led to the Patriots releasing him. There wouldn't be much of a market for his services, so Edelman decided to hang up his cleats.|
Julian Edelman player page
Patriots | Michael Barnett let go Mon Apr 12, 05:33 PM
New England Patriots DT Michael Barnett was waived Monday, April 12.Link to story
Texans | Two removed from roster Mon Apr 12, 05:28 PM
Houston Texans WR Stevie Mitchell and OG Beau Benzschawel were waived Monday, April 12.Link to story
NFL | Julian Edelman may retire Mon Apr 12, 04:45 PM
Free-agent WR Julian Edelman (Patriots) has been considering retirement.Link to story
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