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Norv Turner plans to get Cordarrelle Patterson more involved
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:48pm
Vikings GM Rick Spielman: First thing Norv Turner did was put in 10 plays for Cordarelle Patterson.
Spielman may be joking about the specific number of plays for Patterson, but the sentiment is clear: Turner wants to get Patterson more involved. Things are looking bright for the second-year receiver. He was the #10 WR from Week 10 to Week 17 in his rookie season. He scored seven touchdowns in that span (three rush, four receiving) while racking up 29 catches for 323 yards to go along with 10 carries for 156 rushing yards. With Josh Gordon coming off of a breakout season under new Turner, Patterson should be a fantasy starter sooner rather than later. His TD rate will be difficult to maintain, but he should see a jump in touches in 2014. Patterson is very raw as a route runner and needs to develop quickly in that facet of the game if he's to have the type of season that many are predicting.
Andre Ellington to get more work, but won't be 'featured'
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:08pm
Ellington should see a bump in touches if the Cardinals don’t re-sign Rashard Mendenhall or bring in another established RB via free agency. 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 Keim confirmed that Ellington will get more work in 2014 -- expect 12-15 touches per game.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:58am
The Jets' brain trust is skeptical of Stephen Hill’s ability to become a reliable piece to the puzzle in 2014 and beyond, so it’ll be incumbent upon GM John Idzik to help fortify the offense with at least one big-bodied pass catcher in the draft.
Fred Davis suspended again
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 4:19pm
NFL announces that Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the substance abuse policy.
Davis is a free agent but it doesn't look like he has much of a future in the NFL.
Danario Alexander having 'extensive' problems with knee
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:08pm
Alexander has required "multiple" surgeries on his right knee because of infection after undergoing a second reconstruction of his anterior cruciate ligament in January, a source told FOX Sports 1.
This setback has cast doubt upon whether Alexander -- a pending unrestricted free agent -- will be able to play in 2014.
At this point, we're not expecting much from Alexander in 2014. Hopefully, he can get the issues with his knee straightened out and eventually return to football.
Andre Johnson not retiring anytime soon
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:24am
While the Texans were the worst team in the NFL last season and the 32-year-old Johnson’s entering his 12th season, the seven-time Pro Bowler hasn’t given any thought to ending his career anytime soon.
“I know I’m not a second-, third-, or fourth-year guy. Everything comes to an end at some point,” said Johnson, who started all 16 games in 2013, recording 109 receptions for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns. “But right now I don’t know when it might end. I’m feeling fine. I’m feeling healthy. So I’m going to continue to play as long as I can.
“Everybody knows that day when it’s over. When that day comes, I’ll have no problem stepping away. But right now I feel fine. I feel like I still have a few more years left in me.”
Johnson finished the season as the #12 WR but failed to find the endzone in the final seven weeks after scoring all five of his touchdowns in Week 9 (9-229-3) and Week 10 (5-37-2) against the Colts and Cardinals, respectively. With the #1 overall pick in their pocket, the Texans should get an upgrade at QB, though a rookie passer is always a bit of a risk. Johnson will turn 33 in July and is starting to show signs of slowing down. But he should continue to be a quality fantasy starter for at least another year or two.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:16am
Geno Smith prepared for the NFL scouting combine by working out with quarterback guru Chris Weinke at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. A year later, Smith is taking the same approach to his offseason.
The New York Jets' quarterback was seen Monday at IMG, working in a private session with Weinke, IMG's director of football operations. You probably remember Weinke as the former Heisman Trophy winner from Florida State. Smith has been working with Weinke in recent days, trying to stay sharp and fine-tuning his throwing mechanics. Weinke also is tutoring Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, one of the top prospects in the upcoming draft.
Smith finished as the #20 QB in his rookie season, but his per game production (12.5 PPG) left something to be desired. He got off to a good start, posting #14 QB numbers through the first five games, but he was just the #24 QB the rest of the way. He showed a better-than-expected ability to run around the goal line, resulting in six rushing TDs. Smith's prospects would improve if the Jets are able to upgrade a woeful receiving corps.
Jordan Reed fully recovered from concussion symptoms
Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 10:07am
Redskins TE Jordan Reed has recovered from the concussion symptoms that ended his rookie season prematurely, and he is back to training in preparation for his second NFL season. He very well could take over as the starting tight end, although Logan Paulsen also is no slouch. While Reed is a versatile pass catcher, Paulsen is more complete as a blocker, and also has the ability to line up at fullback. We can probably expect to see a number of formations that feature both of them on the field at the same time, just as we did last season. Remember, former tight ends coach Sean McVay is now the offensive coordinator, so if anyone knows how to maximize Reed and Paulsen’s talents, it’s him. Jay Gruden obviously will be heavily involved in the running of the offense, but his schemes in the passing game had a lot of similarities to Washington’s under Kyle Shanahan. Gruden’s playbook did play well to the strengths of tight end Jermaine Gresham, who last season recorded 46 catches for 461 yards (fourth on the Bengals’ roster) and four touchdowns.
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.
Fisher: Sam Bradford is our quarterback
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:56am
Two questions facing the Rams this offseason are whether Sam Bradford is the right man to be the franchise quarterback, and whether the Rams and Bradford will agree to a new contract. Rams coach Jeff Fisher says he doesn’t know the answer to the latter question, but the answer to the former is an emphatic yes.
Fisher said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that Bradford is making good progress in recovery from the torn ACL that cut short his 2013 season, and will be the starting quarterback for the Rams when the season starts.
“Sam’s doing great with the rehab,” Fisher said. “He’s really excited. He took on a leadership role last year and he’s maintained that and he’s our quarterback, and we’ve said that.”
In seven games, Bradford averaged 16.9 FP, which was the 15th-highest average among QBs. Fantasy-wise, he may have turned a corner, but he's going to have to put together a full, productive season to get a sizable extension from the Rams.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 10:26am
All "move" TEs line up in the slot or outside quite a bit, that's just part of the job these days in the NFL. Meanwhile, very few WRs spend time lined up inside, so it's not clear why a TE like Graham (or Dennis Pitta, who may also file a grievance) feel they have solid ground on which to stand.
Ray Rice arrested after domestic dispute in Atlantic City
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:09am
Casino security called officers to the Revel Casino at about 2:50 a.m. Saturday after a domestic dispute between Rice and Janay Palmer that was recorded by video surveillance, according to a statement from police. Footage appeared to show both parties involved in a physical altercation.
“The complaint summons indicates that both Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands,” the statement said.
Both refused medical attention and did not report any injuries. Rice, 27, and Palmer, 26, were charged with simple assault-domestic violence and were released on a summons to appear in court.
Rice's attorney, Andrew Alperstein, described the allegations as a “very minor physical altercation” with Palmer.
This incident probably won't impact his 2014 status, but it's not the way that Rice wants to start the offseason after a disappointing 2013.
49ers, Anquan Boldin working on multi-year extension
Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:02am
The 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens and paid him a $6 million salary. Now, the sides are negotiating a multi-year extension that could prevent Boldin from being available when free agents can begin negotiating with other teams on March 8.