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Aaron Dobson has foot surgery, out 2-3 months
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:06am
Aaron Dobson had surgery today to repair the stress fracture in his foot, per source. Early recovery timetable estimated at 2-3 months.
Dobson is an intriguing player given the opportunity available in the Patriots' offense, but it's never a good thing for a young receiver to miss out on OTAs and other offseason development.
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Darrelle Revis to be released if no trade
Monday, March 10, 2014, 9:51pm
Short of a trade in the next two days, the Buccaneers are expected to release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, per league sources.
This is pretty surprising given how well Revis played even though he wasn't 100 percent for most of the season. He was PFF's #1-rated cornerback.
Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:59pm
"It's like it never happened," Daniels said. "I feel good in that respect. I'm looking forward to coming in fresh and healthy."
Daniels said he completed his rehab by mid-January, and is looking forward to getting back on the field.
Daniels should be a decent baseline candidate but not playing in Gary Kubiak's TE-friendly offense may have a negative impact on his production.
Panthers attempting to trade Steve Smith
Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:46pm
If they can't trade him, it's likely he'll be cut. It's going to be strange to see Smith wearing another uniform. With Smith likely gone, there is going to be a ton of opportunity in the Carolina passing game.
Jets release Santonio Holmes
Monday, March 10, 2014, 4:03pm
In a long-anticipated move, Holmes was released Monday after a second straight injury-plagued season. His lack of production, coupled with a $10.75 million salary-cap charge in 2014, were the primary reasons behind the Jets' decision.
If he's healthy and in a good system, Holmes has the talent to be a starting-caliber (top 36) fantasy receiver, but those are two pretty big "ifs" at this point in his career. He's 30 years old and has missed 17 of his last 32 games.
Mark Ingram preparing for bigger role in 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:09pm
Whether Pierre Thomas remains with the team or not, Mark Ingram and second-year tailback Khiry Robinson appear to be the future at running back for the Saints after successful outings in two postseason games last season.
Ingram began to shine late in the 2013 season with a bruising performance in Week 16 against Carolina with 83 rushing yards on 13 carries. He carried that forward for 97 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown in the Saints' wild-card playoff win in Philadelphia.
The Saints have apparently recognized Ingram's progression late in the season, even though Ingram's second-quarter fumble overshadowed his average of 4.9 yards per carry in the NFC divisional loss in Seattle.
If Thomas remains, the Saints will still likely use a rotation at RB as they have in recent years. If Thomas is released, Ingram and Robinson would certainly see a bump in value.
'No setbacks' for Tony Romo after back surgery
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:06pm
“It’s going good,” Romo said. “We’re getting close now. Usually it takes three months, it’s just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we’re right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind. [My surgery] was just a normal small version of it, so I should be good to go here shortly.”
Much has been written about how Romo will thrive under new “Passing Game Coordinator” Scott Linehan. Under Linehan, the Lions threw the ball 62.2% of the time in the last two seasons. Over the same span, the Cowboys threw it 64.3% of the time, so the Cowboys may not be that much more "pass happy" under Linehan, though the number of plays they run could increase, helping the offense as a whole. The Lions have averaged 1,105 plays in the last two seasons, while the Cowboys averaged just 968 plays, so Detroit ran 14% more plays than Dallas over that span. This bodes well for Romo and Co.
Rashard Mendenhall retires at 26
Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:03pm
Mendenhall's retirement is somewhat surprising. If the Cardinals do not sign or draft another legitimate running back, then Andre Ellington's stock may be out of control by the time 2014 fantasy drafts are in full swing. Ellington is probably in the same boat as Giovani Bernard — considered “too small” to be an every-down workhorse. He was the #25 RB in 2013 on 10.4 touches per game, but averaged 12.4 touches in his last 11 games. In that span, he averaged 9.3 FP, which are low-end RB2 numbers. It's a good sign that GM Steve Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect around 15 touches per game, though a bigger workload is possible.
Redskins want to use Jordan Reed on deep routes
Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:58am
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's no sure thing.
Bucs want to 'upgrade the tight end position'
Sunday, March 9, 2014, 5:21pm
Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith plans to run the ball, and running back is one of the few positions the team has depth with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey. But to open holes, Smith says he needs a run-blocking tight end. Tim Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. But he's limited as a blocker.
"If we talk about being a running football team, we need a traditional (tight end) that can block and be a pass catcher also," Smith said. "Injuries have hurt the position. But right now, we need to upgrade the tight end position also."
It doesn't sound as if the team is counting on Wright to be their full time tight end.
Ben Tate says he's an 'elite running back'
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:10pm
Free agent Ben Tate said he will have a message for those teams who are interested in his services.
"I think I can bring you an elite running back," Tate said. "I've learned a lot being behind Arian. Definitely, when I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself, and guys will be able to see that I am a guy who is a top-five running back in this league, which I believe once I get out there and get to show that on a consistent basis.
We'll have to wait and see where Tate lands before we can assess his value heading into 2014, but he's definitely a threat to move into the first three or four rounds if he gets a starting gig. Injuries have been a concern.
Dennis Pitta getting his explosiveness back
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 2:08pm
During four games in December after being activated, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta proved that his surgically repaired hip was structurally sound. He knocked off the rust quickly, catching 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown.
However, what Pitta didn't have was his trademark elusiveness after the catch, and he wasn't quite as quick or fast as in the past, which was understandable given the severity of the injury and his accelerated rehabilitation timetable.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I was 100 percent with my explosion and strength,” Pitta acknowledged during a news conference earlier this week to announce his five-year, $32 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed and an $11 million signing bonus. “I didn’t have any pain and I felt good playing, but kind of that quickness and that explosion wasn’t all the way back, which was expected.”
Now, Pitta says he's getting closer to regaining his old form.
Pitta missed most of 2013 due to a hip injury and he was sorely missed in the Ravens’ passing game. Upon his return, he saw 33 targets in four games, putting him on pace to finish with the 3rd-most targets in the league. It’s not a solid sample size, but it’s still an indicator of what may come. (He finished with the 12th-most targets in 2012.) The big plus for Pitta heading into 2014 is the arrival of new OC Gary Kubiak who has been very TE-friendly throughout his career, specifically with the development of both Shannon Sharpe in Denver and Owen Daniels in Houston.
Jets to re-sign TE Jeff Cumberland
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:51am
The Jets kicked off what promises to be a flurry of moves to improve its offense by securing one of its valued skill position players in the run-up to free agency. The Daily News first reported Friday night that the Jets agreed to terms on a three-year deal with tight end Jeff Cumberland.
The organization is bullish on Cumberland’s ability to take that next step after flashes in his first four seasons. Cumberland, who will turn 27 this summer, had 26 receptions for 398 yards and a team-high four receiving touchdowns last season. He played second fiddle to veteran Kellen Winslow early in the season.
Cumberland posted the #5 FP/target among TEs in 2013, catching 26 passes for 398 yards and four TDs.
Khiry Robinson to assume larger role in Saints backfield
Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:46am
This is an overstatement, what with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram still on the roster. There are rumors that Thomas will be cut, but the team may hold onto him after releasing Darren Sproles. We like what Robinson brings to the table, but he was playing behind Thomas and Ingram in 2013 and that's not likely to change in 2014 if both players are still around. Travaris Cadet could also assume Sproles's old role.
Report: Vikings sign Matt Cassel to a two-year deal
Friday, March 7, 2014, 11:03pm
Cordarrelle Patterson is justifiably a popular breakout candidate, but this signing is good news for Greg Jennings, who averaged 5.9-70-.57 (fantasy WR2 numbers) in seven games where Cassel played heavy snaps. Cassel will be a sleeper/QBBC type if he's the starter under new OC Norv Turner.