Eagles Fantasy News

Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 11:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Lions RB Reggie Bush is expecting a reduced workload in 2014.

“We had a pretty good rotation going last (season), so, you know, we did some pretty special things with that,” Bush said. “It can only go up from there, even if the workload is less for both of us, that’s only going to help us toward the end of the season, help us to stay healthy and probably play a little bit stronger and better toward the end of the season.”

Last season, both Bush and Joique Bell topped 500 yards in rushing and receiving -- the first time two running backs on the same team accomplished that in the same season. Considering the way the New Orleans offense is run, it could happen again in 2014.

Some of that speculation comes from the New Orleans Saints history. Under Sean Payton -- and this is the offense Lombardi said his attack will be based on -- the Saints used more running backs in varying rushing and route-running situations than the Lions did last season, when the team primarily used Bush and Bell with small doses of then-rookie Theo Riddick.

Last season, no New Orleans running back had more than 150 carries, although four had at least 60. Two, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles, had more than 70 catches. That type of breakdown has been typical of a Saints' offense in recent years.

Fantasy Impact:

Bush may be overdrafted this year based on last year's numbers. The team re-signed Bell to a long-term deal and intend to use him. Bell may end up being the better value on draft day.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson won't work out with his new team until next week, a team source said. He told coaches before signing that he had a vacation scheduled for this week based on Eagles players not needing to report until April 21.

Fantasy Impact:

Wide receivers changing teams usually take a hit in production and that's likely with Jackson given his outstanding season in 2013 and his new role in Washington. We'd like to see him in town building a rapport with Robert Griffin III and new HC Jay Gruden, but it's still early in the offseason.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:58pm

Jeff Skversky, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Eagles receiver Jason Avant signs a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Fantasy Impact:

Avant has good hands but is merely a possession receiver who will serve as a third or fourth receiver, assuming the Panthers draft 1-2 WRs this offseason.

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:03am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, agreeing to terms with three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins saw twice a year what Jackson can do in the NFL and never let him leave town. Jackson will join Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts to give QB Robert Griffin III a very formidable group at WR in Jay Gruden's more pass-happy offense - which will also includes TE Jordan Reed. From a fantasy perspective, until last year, Jackson was never really a consistent point-producer, but Eagles HC Chip Kelly found ways to utilize him. The argument can be made that the Skins will have more legit targets this year than the Eagles had last season, so another 82/1,300/9 season likely isn't in store for DeSean. But, DJax is a huge deep threat with great speed who is going to produce big plays at times. Perhaps more important, he will draw eyes on defense that could open things up for the rest of the Washington offense. In Kelly's offense, Jackson was a big reason why Riley Cooper emerged last year, and guys like Garcon and Reed could similarly benefit in 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:38pm

Albert Breer on Twitter - [Full Article]

My guess is if Texas A&M WR Mike Evans lands in Buffalo, current WR Stevie Johnson could be moved.

Fantasy Impact:

Buffalo is also said to be interested in DeSean Jackson however, it looks like a deal with Washington is more likely. Either way, it seems like the Bills are trying to change their WRs for QB E.J. Manuel.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:53pm

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

Unless they pull a 180, the Jets won't be a factor in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes -- a smart move. He's not a fit for them.

They held internal discussions on Jackson, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg giving his blessing. Mornhinweg, who coached him with the Philadelphia Eagles, told people in the organization that Jackson -- known for his bad-boy reputation -- wouldn't be a problem in the locker room. That apparently wasn't enough to sway Idzik, who reportedly hadn't reached out to Jackson's agent as of Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is scheduled to visit Monday with the Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders might be interested as well. It's also been reported Sunday that the Bills are looking into Jackson. In another update, the Chiefs are reportedly out of the sweepstakes. Interesting that those with perhaps the closest ties to Jackson, like the Chiefs with Andy Reid and Jets with Michael Vick and Mornhinweg, seem to have distanced themselves from the WR...

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:28pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR DeSean Jackson has a business decision. Curious to see if his heart makes it. Pre-release he put word out to Raiders of his interest in them.

Fantasy Impact:

As many as 6-7 teams are reportedly interested in Jackson, and we can make direct links to at least three of them - Jets, Chiefs and Raiders. Whichever team gets him lands a WR coming off a 1,300-yard season with 9 TDs and great speed, but it's the off-field issues that obviously got him to this point.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 8:32pm

Jason LaCanfora on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans very likely to release RB Chris Johnson next week after failed trade attempts. Would draw strong interest as FA as DeSean Jackson did.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson was linked to the Falcons by some Titans beat writers. Shonn Greene and Jackie Battle are next up on the Titans depth chart.

Eagles release DeSean Jackson
Friday, March 28, 2014, 1:15pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles dropped a bombshell Friday afternoon when they released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he caught 82 passes for 1332 yards and 9 TDs. The Eagles reportedly explored compensation from other teams around the league via trade, but Jackson’s outright release comes as a surprise.

"After careful consideration over this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to part ways with DeSean Jackson. The team informed him of his release today," the team said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This move has been rumored for quite some time now, but still comes as a bit of a surprise. It's unlike the Eagles to not get anything in return for a player who is just 27 and coming off perhaps his best season, which means there was not a lot of interest from teams to deal for him and his large contract. News also came out today about Jackson's ties to a gang in Los Angeles. Obviously, way too many red flags eventually forced the Eagles decision here. Jackson had been tied to several teams via trade, like the 49ers and Patriots, and the Jets came out and said they were interested in Jackson, but wouldn't give up a pick. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper now emerge as the team's top receivers. It also means the Birds will likely address the WR position early in the draft next month.

Mark Sanchez signs with Eagles
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:52pm

CBS sports - [Full Article]

Former Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has agreed to terms with the Eagles on a new deal and will officially sign with them today, according to a source.

Fantasy Impact:

He will back up Nick Foles this season and provide a more veteran presence than Matt Barkley. The Eagles have had success over the years turning project QBs into value, and that could end up being the case here with Sanchez as he gets to work with HC Chip Kelly. Sanchez is coming off a right shoulder injury that kept him out last season.

Fisher: Zac Stacy 'probably that 70-percent guy'
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 1:59pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams coach Jeff Fisher, on RB Zac Stacy's evolving role with Rams: "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent of the carries guy."

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams rushed 426 times last year, which means Stacy would get 298 of those carries if the numbers are similar next season. That would have put him third in the league in 2013 behind just LeSean McCoy and Marshawn Lynch, and just ahead of Matt Forte, Ryan Mathews and Eddie Lacy ... so the company is pretty good.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints HC Sean Payton suggested that third-year pro RB Travaris Cadet could take on "a little more of that role" that runner/receiver Darren Sproles has played in the Saints' offense over the past three years.

Fantasy Impact:

It may be a little misleading to associate Cadet with Sproles, because the Saints have a pretty crowded backfield with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson. But, it's a situation to keep an eye on...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 9:24am

Rich Cimini on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets coach Rex Ryan on QBs Geno Smith and Michael Vick: "It's going to be interesting to see the competition, but Geno is going to be hard to beat out."

Fantasy Impact:

Ryan doesn't want to just hand the job to Vick at this point, but it would be hard to imagine Vick not being the favorite to win the competition. We like Vick as a possible QB2.

Mark Sanchez expected to sign with the Eagles
Monday, March 24, 2014, 5:13pm

Chris Mortensen, Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Mark Sanchez is expected to sign with the Eagles, pending a physical.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanchez will likely serve as Nick Foles' primary backup. He will have a chance to revive his career under HC Chip Kelly.

Jets sign release Mark Sanchez, sign Mike Vick
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:33pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets gave former Eagles QB Michael Vick a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

Brian Costello reported that Mark Sanchez has been released.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets seem to be in "win-now" mode and it looks like Vick may have the inside track to start over sophomore Geno Smith. Vick will have the newly acquired Eric Decker to throw to. If he's starting, he'll be a QB2 in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.