Fantasy Football News & Views
Packers | Aaron Rodgers in for long haul? Sat Aug 8, 03:20 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers isn't going anywhere else any time soon, head coach Matt LaFleur said recently. 'Right now, most importantly, Aaron's our quarterback and I see him here for a really long time,' LaFleur said. 'And however long that is, I don't think anybody knows. Nothing's guaranteed in this league but I feel so lucky to be able to work with him on a daily basis. I don't see that changing for a really long time.'Link to story
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Jets | Joe Flacco out minimal time Sat Aug 8, 01:00 PM
New York Jets QB Joe Flacco (neck) is expected to just miss one or two games this season. He has his final checkup in September.Link to story
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Ravens | Trace McSorley has good chance to make team Fri Aug 7, 03:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Trace McSorley likely will make the final roster since John Harbaugh said the team plans to keep three quarterbacks on the active roster.
|Footballguys view: McSorley is part of the "Taysom Hill" wave of third quarterbacks with top-end athleticism and ability to be used in multiple ways, but in the Ravens offense he could actually be a viable backup if Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III both go down.|
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Patriots | Cam Newton proclaims self healthy Fri Aug 7, 12:35 PM
New England Patriots QB Cam Newton on Friday, Aug. 7, declared himself fully ready for training camp. 'At this particular time, I'm full go,' Newton said in a video conference call.Link to story
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Patriots | Jarrett Stidham eager for competition Fri Aug 7, 12:20 PM
New England Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham on Friday, Aug. 7, said it's 'been a wild ride this offseason ... I'm happy to get rolling.' He also added that he's looking forward to the 'competition' with QBs Cam Newton and Brian Hoyer.
|Footballguys view: Stidham has the advantage of having a year experience in Josh McDaniels' system over Cam Newton, but a healthy Newton should have no trouble pulling away from him. Newton's ADP is still a little depressed with the uncertainty of a quarterback battle, but that should be resolved once padded practices start.|
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Browns | Austin Hooper put in work with Baker Mayfield Wed Aug 5, 04:20 PM
Cleveland Browns TE Austin Hooper lived part of the summer with QB Baker Mayfield while the two worked out together.
|Footballguys view: Hooper was the big free agent tight end this year and the Browns were able to secure his services. The Browns spent a lot of resources this offseason to improve their offense and hopefully that leads to better numbers from Mayfield as he suffered through a sophomore slump in 2019.|
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Browns | Garrtt Gilbert ready to return Wed Aug 5, 01:36 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Garrett Gilbert was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.Link to story
Falcons | Three off COVID list Wed Aug 5, 12:13 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Danny Etling, LB Foyesade Oluokun and S Jaylinn Hawkins were activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aug. 5.Link to story
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49ers | Jimmy Garoppolo says knee is much better Tue Aug 4, 04:14 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo provided an update on his knee Tuesday, Aug. 4, saying the difference has been night-and-day from last season and 'it's able to do whatever it needs to do.'
|Footballguys view: Garoppolo led the team to the Super Bowl last year and was solid along the way. We'll see if the 49ers can make another championship run in 2020. Having a healthy Garoppolo will certainly help...now if the 49ers can figure out that WR corps.|
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Lions | Matthew Stafford removed from COVID-19 list Tue Aug 4, 04:08 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was removed from the COVID-19 list and placed back onto the active roster Tuesday, Aug. 4. His positive test for COVID-19 was determined to be a false-positive.
|Footballguys view: Like Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew, Stafford wasn't on the COVID-19 list for that long. Stafford was in line to have perhaps career-best numbers in 2019 and is looking to pick up where he left off before his injury.|
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger details injury Tue Aug 4, 11:53 AM
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said he tore three flexor tendons off the bone, and he's attempting to come back from a surgery he believes no quarterback has ever come back from. It wasn't Tommy John surgery, but it was somewhat similar and equally serious.
|Footballguys view: It's a serious injury that Roethlisberger is coming back from...at age 38. Who knows what Roethlisberger has left in the tank but after most of 2019 off (only 2 games played) he could look better than some expect. Roethlisberger will be on a rep count in training camp to help keep him fresh for the regular season.|
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Football Team | Alex Smith could compete Tue Aug 4, 11:52 AM
Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith (leg) pleasantly surprised head coach Ron Rivera with his recovery from the catastrophic leg injury, and he could join the competition for starting quarterback sometime in training camp.
|Footballguys view: Smith has fought hard to get back to this spot. This leg injury was incredibly serious and almost cost Smith his limb. Smith has a ton of experience and if ready to go he could be their best option. Dwayne Haskins, their first-round pick in 2019, is seen as the leader in the room but he's far from a sure thing when it comes to being named the starter. Stay tuned.|
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Steelers | Big Ben encouraged Tue Aug 4, 11:47 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) said his arm feels really good Tuesday, Aug. 4, after throwing the previous day. He said he has been throwing more than usual this offseason, but he'll still be on a pitch count in training camp.
|Footballguys view: Steelers fans and Fantasy GMs should be encouraged too. A healthy Roethlisberger means good things for the passing game and assets like WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. He's a QB2 with QB1 upside in 2020 with a current ADP of QB16 (11.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Jaguars | Gardner Minshew activated Tue Aug 4, 09:02 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Aug. 4.
|Footballguys view: That didn't take long. Minshew was put on the list upon reporting to camp. He's cleared now and ready to see what he can do as the team's unquestioned starter in 2020.|
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Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger takes part in practice Mon Aug 3, 07:35 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) threw passes during practice Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
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Giants | Alex Tanney off NFI list Mon Aug 3, 06:59 PM
New York Giants QB Alex Tanney (undisclosed) passed his physical Monday, Aug. 3, and was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list.Link to story
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Packers | Green Bay removes two from roster Mon Aug 3, 04:39 PM
Green Bay Packers QB Jalen Morton and FB Elijah Wellman were released Monday, Aug. 3.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland makes a flurry of moves Mon Aug 3, 03:49 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Garrett Gilbert was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aug. 3. P Jamie Gillan was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list. S Karl Joseph (foot) was also placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list and RB Brian Herrien was waived.Link to story
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Jaguars | Gardner Minshew on COVID list Sun Aug 2, 04:09 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Aug. 2.
|Footballguys view: Minshew is the second starting quarterback (Matthew Stafford) to be put on the COVID/Reserve list. The COVID-19 list is designated for players who test positive for the virus or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. Minshew will quarantine for a couple of weeks and have to pass a test before he can practice. Josh Dobbs and Mike Glennon are the two QBs vying for the backup job in 2020.|
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Giants | Eight players removed from roster Sun Aug 2, 02:54 PM
New York Giants RB Jon Hilliman, LB Chris Peace, S Rashaan Gaulden and CB Shakial Taylor were released Sunday, Aug. 2. The team also waived QB Case Cookus, FB George Aston, LB Oluwole Betiku Jr. and LB Dana Levine.Link to story
Steelers | Eight players waived Sun Aug 2, 01:32 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB J.T. Barrett, RB Ralph Webb, WR Quadree Henderson, C Christian Montano, LB Christian Kuntz, LB Dewayne Hendrix, S Tyree Kinnel and DE Josiah Coatney were waived Sunday, Aug. 2.Link to story
Lions | Matthew Stafford on COVID list Sat Aug 1, 04:48 PM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Aug. 1.
|Footballguys view: Stafford becomes the first quarterback in the NFL to land on this list. The COVID-19/Reserve list is designated for players who test positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has the virus. We'll now see Stafford quarantined for a couple of weeks and then re-tested before he can get to practice with the team.|
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Dolphins | Ryan Fitzpatrick: I'm a placeholder Sat Aug 1, 02:42 PM
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick says he fully realizes his time as the team's starter is limited with first-round draft pick Tua Tagovailoa getting a green light for workouts. 'I don't know how much time it will be before Tua will be in the lineup. I know that I am the placeholder,' Fitzpatrick said in a recent interview with ESPN. 'We've already had that conversation. I've told him, 'I'm going to do the best I can to lead this team and win football games when I'm out there.' Whenever it is that Tua gets his chance whether it's early or late or whenever, I'm going to be his biggest cheerleader.'
|Footballguys view: Fitzpatrick knows what's up. The veteran is there to steer the ship until rookie first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa is ready. The Dolphins are going to have a competition for the starting job in training camp and Tagovailoa has already been cleared for full participation. We could see the rookie win the job in camp and begin the regular season as the starter.|
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Bengals | Brandon Allen, Tristan Vizcaino sign Sat Aug 1, 01:24 PM
Free agent QB Brandon Allen (Broncos) and PK Tristan Vizcaino (Cowboys) agreed to terms Saturday, Aug. 1, with the Cincinnati Bengals..
|Footballguys view: Allen was in for the Broncos last year as a starter for a couple of games but really struggled. He's most likely going to be a camp arm for the Bengals and try to latch on as a reserve behind 2020 no.1 overall pick Joe Burrow.|
Bengals | Joe Burrow officially signs Fri Jul 31, 05:52 PM
Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft choice QB Joe Burrow officially signed a four-year contract with the Bengals Friday, July 31. Official financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Burrow could be the Bengals franchise quarterback they've been searching for. He's incredibly accurate as a passer and his pass placement is among the best of anyone who throws a football. Burrow does a great job of putting the ball in place where his receivers can make the most after the catch. He's got some talented pass-catchers around him at the wide receiver position and RB Joe Mixon is there to soften up defenses. Burrow is a QB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2020.|
Falcons | Two players placed on COVID list Fri Jul 31, 04:48 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Danny Etling and DT Tyeler Davison were placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, July 31.Link to story
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Bears | Mitchell Trubisky believes he has improved Fri Jul 31, 03:26 PM
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky said he worked with a quarterbacks coach this offseason and worked on improving his footwork and mechanics.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky needs to prove it on the field. While other first-round QBs from his class (Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes) are superstars in this league, Trubisky is looking more and more like a bust. The Bears have brought in competition this offseason as veteran Nick Foles will push Trubisky for the starting job. If he's improved, Trubisky needs to show it in practice and win the job outright. Then, he needs to play better in games...oh yeah, and win.|
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Texans | Deshaun Watson, GM talking extension Fri Jul 31, 01:57 PM
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson and his representatives are talking with general manager Bill O'Brien and the team on a contract extension. 'We're working hard,' O'Brien said Friday, July 31. 'We want him here a long time.'
|Footballguys view: Watson and the Texans brass have been talking since April. They didn't get a deal done before Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reset the market, and it will be interesting to see how all quarterback deals are impacted by that contract. Watson is under the team's control through the 2021 season as they picked up his fifth-year option.|
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Eagles | Carson Wentz bulks up Fri Jul 31, 11:15 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz has visibly bulked up in the offseason, according to beat writer Paul Domowitch, who wrote that Wentz's biceps and chest were bigger. 'This offseason, I was really able to get after it and work out a little harder in my gym and all those things,' Wentz said. 'I haven't gained anything insane weight-wise. But I have definitely gained some weight. I feel really good with where I'm at.'
|Footballguys view: Wentz is adding more body armor so he can be more durable as the season goes on. Eagles GM Howie Roseman has previously stated that he wants a more vertical passing attack in 2020. That means Wentz is going to have to stand tall in the pocket as those vertical routes develop. Having more muscle on his frame, so long as he's not too bulky, is a good thing for the young quarterback.|
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Jets | Joe Flacco to PUP list Thu Jul 30, 06:15 PM
New York Jets QB Joe Flacco (neck) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 30.
|Footballguys view: This was expected when the Jets signed Flacco. His status for the start of the regular season is unknown as he continues to recover from his neck surgery. If need be, Flacco could be placed on the PUP at the start of the regular season which would cause him to be out for the first six weeks.|
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Patriots | Brian Lewerke officially back in tow Thu Jul 30, 05:45 PM
Updating a previous story, free-agent QB Brian Lewerke (Patriots) officially re-signed with the New England Patriots Thursday, July 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: Lewerke is a camp arm for the Patriots. He put up a lot of yards at Michigan State but does not seem like he's bound for NFL success based on his skill set. We'll see if he can impress enough behind Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham to perhaps earn a spot on the practice squad.|
Packers | John Lovett awarded to Green Bay Thu Jul 30, 05:31 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB John Lovett was awarded to the Green Bay Packers off of waivers Thursday, July 30.
|Footballguys view: Lovett is an interesting prospect. He's got 'QB' next to his name, but he can also be listed as a FB, H-back, etc. Lovett was actually thought to be the Chiefs version of Taysom Hill. They at least wanted to see if he could be a gadget quarterback like Hill has been for the Saints. Now, we'll see if the Packers want to use him that way.|
Patriots | Brian Lewerke expected to rejoin team Thu Jul 30, 01:55 PM
Free-agent QB Brian Lewerke (Patriots) is expected to re-sign with the New England Patriots, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Lewerke is a camp arm and that's about it. The Patriots signed him as an undrafted free agent after the draft but then released him to get the roster down to 80 spots. At most, Lewerke is aiming for a spot on the practice squad in 2020.|
Steelers | Chase Claypool worked out with QB Thu Jul 30, 01:32 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Chase Claypool said he was able to catch some passes from QB Ben Roethlisberger this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Good news for the rookie here, and Fantasy GMs in dynasty leagues are certainly intrigued by the Notre Dame wideout. Claypool is a size/speed/strength prospect who lacks polish to his game. He does attack the ball in the air and uses his catch radius to snare passes that others couldn't. Claypool will work on special teams and as a reserve receiver for the Steelers in 2020.|
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Bengals | Joe Burrow on track to start Week 1 Wed Jul 29, 07:21 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow is still on track to being the starting quarterback for the Bengals in Week 1 even though he did not practice during the offseason, according to head coach Zac Taylor.Link to story
Chargers | Tyrod Taylor to open camp as starter Wed Jul 29, 07:20 PM
Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor likely will be the No. 1 quarterback when practices start, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.Link to story
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Bengals | Cincinnati expected to add Brandon Allen Wed Jul 29, 04:02 PM
Free-agent QB Brandon Allen (Broncos) is expected to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend, according to a source. He is undergoing a physical and COVID-19 testing with the team.
|Footballguys view: Allen did start a couple of games for the Broncos last year and was not good. He's a veteran with some experience but really a camp arm and that's about it.|
Ravens | Lamar Jackson wants Antonio Brown on team Wed Jul 29, 03:26 PM
Free-agent WR Antonio Brown (Patriots) worked out with Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson this offseason, and Jackson said he still hopes the Ravens sign Brown.
|Footballguys view: Brown is waiting for the league to make a decision on his playing status. He vacillates between wanting to play and retiring seemingly every week or so. We think Brown plays, perhaps for the Ravens (or Seahawks), once the league gives the green light.|
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Dolphins | Tua Tagovailoa cleared Wed Jul 29, 10:56 AM
Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa (hip) has been cleared to practice without limitations, according to head coach Brian Flores.
|Footballguys view: Tagovailoa could be the franchise quarterback the Dolphins have been searching for since the days of Dan Marino. Now cleared for all football activities, Tagovailoa will compete with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job. While Fitzpatrick has a ton of experience, he's no match for the skill level of Tagovailoa. We could see the rookie first-round pick starting for the Dolphins near the start (or right at the start) of the regular season.|
Buccaneers | Tom Brady well ahead of curve Wed Jul 29, 09:33 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 'way ahead of the curve,' according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'He's a very bright guy - the terminology was the big thing,' Arians said. 'As we now get together starting tomorrow, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. So yeah, I think he's in a great spot right now as far as that goes.'
|Footballguys view: The Buccaneers should be able to get off to a hot start with Brady leading the way. Arians has a scheme that gets downfield aggressively and Brady, while lacking a rocket arm, is one of the best deep-ball passers in the league. The combination of Arians/Brady should be fruitful in terms of wins in 2020.|
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Giants | NFI for Alex Tanney Tue Jul 28, 07:00 PM
New York Giants QB Alex Tanney declared a Non-Football Illness Tuesday, July 28.Link to story
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Saints | Four rookies secured Tue Jul 28, 06:18 PM
New Orleans Saints third-round pick LB Zack Baun, first-round pick C Cesar Ruiz, seventh-round pick QB Tommy Stevens and third-round pick TE Adam Trautman all officially signed four-year rookie contract Tuesday, July 28. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
49ers | Niners make series of moves Tue Jul 28, 05:10 PM
San Francisco 49ers DL Ronald Blair III (undisclosed), WR Shawn Poindexter (undisclosed), C Weston Richburg (undisclosed), DL Kentavius Street (undisclosed) and DL Jullian Taylor (undisclosed) were placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 28. DB D.J. Reed Jr. was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list. LB Joey Alfieri, CB Jermaine Kelly, OL Ray Smith and QB Broc Rutter were waived. WR Chris Finke was waived with a Non-Football Injury designation. DL Willie Henry Jr. was waived with a Non-Football Illness designation.Link to story
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Broncos | John Elway lowers expectations for rookie class Tue Jul 28, 03:32 PM
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday, July 28, he's upset about preseason games being canceled this year and has tempered his expectations for younger players.
|Footballguys view: That's sad considering who Denver added in the 2020 NFL draft. In the first two rounds, the Broncos selected WRs Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler. Both could have big roles in the passing game as soon as this season. Later, the team added TE Albert Okwuegbunam -- a former college teammate of QB Drew Lock. We'll see if these rookies can help more than Elway thinks, but the class will be behind due to the pandemic taking away minicamp and OTAs.|
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Bengals | Joe Burrow agrees to rookie contract Tue Jul 28, 02:06 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow agreed to terms Tuesday, July 28, on a four-year, $36 million rookie contract. The deal is fully guaranteed, and he'll receive $23.9 million in signing bonus money. Cincinnati has a team option for a fifth year, per NFL rules.
|Footballguys view: The Bengals hope they finally found a true franchise quarterback in Burrow. His skill set is outstanding, as Burrow plays with high intelligence and uncanny pass placement. He's smart, accurate and more athletic than some would think. They've got a solid group of weapons around him in the passing game and RB Joe Mixon is there to soften up defenses. Fantasy GMs will likely be streaming Burrow this year as a matchup-based quarterback.|
Texans | Five players no longer on roster Mon Jul 27, 06:35 PM
Houston Texans LS Anthony Kukwa, S Shalom Luani, QB Nick Tiano and OG Elex Woodworth were waived Monday, July 27. The team also waived DE Ira Lewis (undisclosed) with a non-football injury designation.Link to story
Broncos | Eight players let go Mon Jul 27, 05:30 PM
Denver Broncos S Kahani Smith, QB Riley Neal, LB Tre' Crawford, WR Kelvin McKnight, RB Khalfani Muhammad, CB Shakial Taylor and C Nico Falah were waived Monday, July 27. The team also released DE Joel Heath.
|Footballguys view: Muhammad's days on the roster with the Broncos were numbered when they picked up LeVante Bellamy after the draft. The rookie from Western Michigan has a skill set like that of Phillip Lindsay and could end up on the team's practice squad.|
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Football Team | Alex Smith to PUP Mon Jul 27, 10:43 AM
Updating previous reports, Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith (leg) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27. He'll also undergo a physical Monday, and the team will see where he is.
|Footballguys view: Placing Smith on the PUP list now means the team can place him on the PUP list at the start of the regular season if need be. Now 36-years old, Smith is trying to come back from one of the most gruesome injuries ever in league history. We're cheering for him, even if Smith only returns as a veteran backup. The team will have a better idea about his status during the month of August.|
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Cardinals | Arizona releases nine players Sun Jul 26, 03:29 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Drew Anderson, DE T.J. Carter, OT Jackson Dennis, OG Drew Dickinson, LB Vontarrius Dora, WR Shane Leatherbury, WR Devin Phelps, CB Jarren Williams and CB Bejour Wilson were released Sunday, July 26.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals can work together as one team instead of a split squad after getting down to 80 players. Dora has been on and off of the Cardinals roster over the last few years, but they decided there wasn't enough there to make him worth carrying into camp.|
Patriots | New England releases nine players Sun Jul 26, 02:45 PM
New England Patriots QB J'Mar Smith, QB Brian Lewerke, WR Isaiah Zuber, WR Sean Riley, WR Will Hastings, LB Kyahva Tezino, DT Courtney Wallace, S Adarius Pickett and S Malik Gant were released Sunday, July 26, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Hastings was Jarrett Stidham's slot receiver at Auburn. Lewerke could still end up on a practice squad somewhere but the Patriots didn't feel the need to carry another quarterback into camp after signing Cam Newton. They got down to 80 so they can avoid split squad work.|