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Josh Freeman the clear starter in Tampa
Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:02pm
HC Greg Schiano on QB Mike Glennon: “Competition and quality depth across our roster is critical for us to be a championship team. I think that applies to every position. I’m looking forward to it; I think that’s going to make us a better football team.
“He fits the things we’re trying to do – run the football, play-action pass, throw the ball down the field like we did this past season. You always want to be able to do that. God forbid something were to happen to Josh, you want to be able to continue with your offensive philosophy if you can. You can’t always do that.”
The key phrase is "God forbid something were to happen to [Josh Freeman]" so it doesn't sound like Freeman's job is in any jeopardy.
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Denard Robinson likely to play RB for Jaguars
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:59pm
The quote isn't definitive, but it comes from the team's official website, so we have to assume that the writer knows what he's talking about.
Patriots acquire LeGarrette Blount
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 12:21pm
Saturday, the Bucs got Demps in a swap of running backs, sending LeGarrette Blount to Foxborough in exchange for Demps and a seventh-round draft pick.
Jets acquire Chris Ivory
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:55pm
Like Michael Turner, Lamont Jordan and Chester Taylor before him, the 25-year-old Ivory is one of those RBs that the fantasy community has been hoping would get an opportunity to start, and now he'll get his chance. He was limited to 27 games in four college seasons due to injury, and was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has averaged 5.1 YPC in his career, though he has struggled with injuries in the NFL as well. In his rookie season, due to injuries to Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas, Ivory got a few starts and had some success. In 13 career games where he has received at least 10 touches, he's averaged 78 total yards, 0.38 TD and an impressive 5.2 YPC. That production equates to #16 RB-type numbers. New Orleans has not thrown the ball his way very often -- he has just three catches in his career -- but he did score on a 76-yard swing pass in preseason of his rookie year so he has some pass-catching ability. Mike Goodson is pretty good in the passing game, so we're expecting Ivory to be a two-down back in New York, which will limit his upside. If he continues to make big plays running the ball, the team may try to get him the ball more often in the passing game as well. Consider him a low-end RB2 until we know who is going to be the third-down back in 2013. Ivory's arrival kills most of Goodson's sleeper potential.
Packers sign Aaron Rodgers to an extension
Friday, April 26, 2013, 4:59pm
The Green Bay Packers have signed QB Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension. The signing was announced Friday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.
“Aaron is a true professional and a special player,” Thompson said. “He works hard, is humble, and is focused on his actions, on and off the field. He is an excellent teammate and pushes himself and others to be the very best. We are happy to reach an agreement to extend his career with the Packers.”
No word yet on its value, but is rumored to be the richest in league history.
Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:20am
Gruden: Jermaine Gresham "is our starting tight end"
Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:19am
Bengals OC Jay Gruden on TEs Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert: “I don’t think Jermaine has a lot to worry about; Jermaine’s our starting tight end. And Tyler’s going to come in here and add another element with the two tight end package or three tight end package. You know, everyone should be pushing themselves anyway. Jermaine should be working to get better whether we drafted Eifert or some slappy from New Haven. Jermaine should be pushing himself, and that’s the way our offense has been run and that’s the way our guys work in the room.”
Despite Gruden's comments, the pick of Eifert will have an impact on Gresham's snaps and targets if the rookie is ready to contribute in 2013.
Arians targeting 100 receptions, 10-15 TDs for Larry Ftzgerald
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:34pm
“It was a down year, and it’s nice to see him on a mission right now to get back to where he was, and rightfully so. He’s a premier player and we need to have him back up over 100 catches and 10-15 touchdowns.”
Under Arians, Colts WR Reggie Wayne finished 2012 with 106-1355-5, but Wayne was also helped by the arrival of QB Andrew Luck. Fitzgerald should also see an improvement in QB with Carson Palmer under center. Palmer is no savior, but he should provide at least mediocre play at QB which will be a big improvement from the three-headed monster of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and Ryan Lindley. We're expecting a bounce-back season for Fitzy, who still is among the most-talented WRs in the NFL.
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:23pm
The Browns completed the anticipated trade with the Miami Dolphins for Davone Bess and rewarded him with a three-year extension. In exchange for Bess, the Browns moved down seven spots in the fourth round (104 to 111) and swapped their fifth-round pick (164) for a seventh-rounder (217).
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:15pm
Redskins RB Roy Helu suffered a setback in his recovery from turf toe, but coach Mike Shanahan said he’s nearly 100 percent. Helu played in only three games last season because of the injury on his left foot.
Helu could be the third-down back in Washington if he could get healthy, which would put a dent in the upside of Alfred Morris, who did not show much in the way of pass-catching in 2012.
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:12pm
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Marshall figures to be one of the top 5 fantasy WRs in 2013, provided he's healthy.
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:08pm
The Steelers need a running back to contribute, a lot. While Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman had their moments last season, the coaches have decided they serve better as complementary backs than ones who can lead the way. Tomlin became frustrated with his back-by-committee approach last season and would like to find someone he could run, as he once said about Willie Parker, "until the wheels fall off.''
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:05pm
RB Steven Jackson moved on to the Falcons and a wide open running back room awaits with Isaiah Pead in position to seize the day. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Pead can easily live up to his draft-pick status. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter even pegged Pead as his 2013 NFC breakout player during a recent interview session with Sports Illustrated's Peter King. Despite all that's gone wrong for Pead, the future remains ripe with opportunity.
"He just didn't get a chance because of the other two," Fisher said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, referring to Jackson and Daryl Richardson. "But he'll get his opportunity this year. ... He's got a chance to make a lot of big plays for us."
"I'm not going to sit and linger on something, but I am one to not forget about a situation," Pead said. "I am moving on from last year, last year is last year, but I have not forgot about last year. I wouldn't call it revenge, but the chip that I put on my shoulder is just a little bigger."
The Rams RB job is a camp battle worth watching this August. Richardson figures to have the advantage due to his experience last season, but Pead supporters point to the fact that he missed OTAs due to his late graduation from college and was never able to recover. He certainly was more highly regarded than Richardson coming out of college.