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Tue, Apr 21st 12:42am EDT
By Matt Muller
Antonio Brown has decided to skip voluntary team workouts because he wants a new contract, according to NFL.com (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: The workouts are just voluntary, and Brown is currently under a 6 year contract, so it's a bit early to draw any conclusions from this. While it could indicate that a future holdout is possible, for now it's simply a situation to monitor as the regular season draws closer.
Baltimore Ravens sign wide receiver Kamar Aiken to his exclusive rights tender, which amounts to $585,000 according to an article by Garrett Downing on Baltimoreravens.com. He reported Monday for the start of voluntary offseason conditioning. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )
Fantasy Impact: Aiken will be entering his third season this year and will likely take on more responsibility after Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones left in free agency. He played all games last season, recording 24 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn State safety Adrian Amos will attend the Baltimore Ravens local prospect day at the Under Armour training facility on April 21, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. This safety has been projected to be called between the third and fifth round of the draft. (Source: Baltimore Sun)
Fantasy Impact: Amos had a noticeable increase in speed in the 40-yard dash, from 4.56 at the NFL combine to 4.39 at his pro day. At Penn state, he ran good zone coverage. He has experience as cornerback and safety and tied for fourth among all safety prospects in college.
Mon, Apr 20th 6:31pm EDT
By Brian Ruiz
Tannehill has a very different receiving group after losing four of his pass catchers from last year. Apparently Tannehill has been attempting to combat this by working with his receivers twice a week for the past month. (Source: Andrew Abramson via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tannehill struggled to create timing with former receiver Mike Wallace, hopefully working with a rebuilt corps will help avoid a similar situation. Tannehill will likely be a low end QB1 that could up being a viable late round starter.
Mon, Apr 20th 2:05pm EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks
According to CSN Washington reporters Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler, Chris Thompson may not actually get the third-down back job, despite head coach Jay Gruden promising that Thompson would open the season in that role. (Source: CSN Washington)
Fantasy Impact: If the Redskins draft a running back who is well-versed in pass blocking, you'd have to believe that general manager Scot McCloughan will want the guy he handpicked to get the first crack at the job. A veteran free agent like Pierre Thomas has the experience that would give him an edge over Chris Thompson. Plus, Gruden was frustrated by all the injuries that put Thompson in and out of training camp last year. If Silas Redd is Thompson's only competition, then Thompson should have the gig, but the Redskins will definitely get one or two more backs, so Thompson may very well be the odd man out.
The Eagles intend to sign Tim Tebow on Monday as they begin their offseason, reports Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Tebow will be one of four quarterbacks on the roster. (Source: Fox Sports)
Fantasy Impact: Tebow has always been a bit of an enigma, both as an NFL quarterback and as a fantasy football asset. In theory, Tebow's skill set might be an excellent match for Chip Kelly's system, but his fantasy value is low-to-nonexistent right now. To have any impact, he would have to beat out a roster of veterans that includes Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, and the Eagles may try to draft Marcus Mariota as well.
Sat, Apr 18th 12:37pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko
49ers' FB Bruce Miller is not participating in the 49ers' off-season workout program, as he is currently dealing with the fallout of his March arrest for suspicion of domestic abuse. (Source: Matt Maiocco)
Fantasy Impact: Miller isn't fantasy relevant, but this one one of the blows the 49ers have taken since the Super Bowl. Miller is a superb blocker and occasionally gets the ball via deception and defenses plain forgetting to defend him. His run blocking is excellent and his absence could cause problems for sophomore Carlos Hyde. The 49ers set both the precedent of cutting ties and sticking by their player with Ray McDonald, so it is unknown how their brass will play this one out. It is of note that the 49ers drafted Trey Millard, another fullback, last year.
Supernaw is part of the diluted Ravens TE squad. He joined the Ravens last year during the offseason, after a short stint with the Houston Texans. Supernaw first signed with the Texans after starting for four years at Ouachita Baptist University. (Source: Aaron Wilson - Baltimore Sun)
Fantasy Impact: The Ravens need solid TE play if they plan to keep Kubiak's offensive playbook. Supernaw has not had much of a chance to prove himself, but the Ravens apparently seem comfortable with him and Gilmore. If the Ravens don't add more TE talent in the draft Supernaw has fantasy sleeper potential.
As Gary Kubiak's DC, Wade Phillips is installing his 3-4 defensive scheme in Denver. Von Miller, who recorded 14 sacks and graded out as one of the top two 4-3 OLBs in 2014, is very excited to move to a 3-4 edge rushing LB. (Source: Andrew Mason - Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Just turning 26 years old, Miller is one of the most talented defensive players in the NFL and is entering the prime of his career. With Demarcus Ware rushing opposite him, it will be a tall task for opposing offensive lines to double team he and Ware on a consistent basis. Miller is slated for a for another stellar year as a highly disruptive OLB in the new 3-4 scheme.
Fri, Apr 17th 9:57am EDT
By Patrick Johnson
Peyton invited Latimer to attend his annual QB/WR camp at Duke University (where Peyton's college OC David Cutcliffe is now Head Coach) this offseason. Peyton's offseason retreat to Duke has become a tradition in recent years since joining the Broncos. (Source: Troy Renck - Denver Post)
Fantasy Impact: Cody Latimer's fantasy stock is already on the rise because he'll likely contribute to filling the void left by Julius Thomas and Wes Welker. As the defacto Broncos' No.3 WR, Latimer seemingly becomes a fantasy factor in 2015. However, questions regarding HC Kubiak's offense scheme could limit the amount of three WR sets and ultimately burst Latimer's fantasy bubble.
Ware, now 33 years old, feels like he's still in his prime and plans continue playing indefinitely. (Source: Kevin Patra - nfl.com)
Fantasy Impact: Coming off a 10 sack season in 2014, Ware feels that he's much healthier this offseason after fully recovering from elbow surgery between the 2013-2014 seasons. He'll remain on the short list game changing pass rushers in 2015.
Miami re-signs unrestricted free agent, LaRon Byrd, who joins a revamped receiving corp. Byrd was on the Dolphins' practice squad but was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder late last season. Byrd spent his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Sun Sentinel)
Fantasy Impact: Byrd has impressed the team enough to be kept around, but we'll see how he makes out during camp. What is clear is that the Dolphins are making an effort to help out Ryan Tannehill. Drafting a receiver during the draft seems a distinct possibility.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the way that the signing of Restricted FA, George Johnson, played out, but ultimately he was re-signed by the Lions for 3 years at $9 million and then traded to Tampa for a 5th round draft pick. The Lions opted not to offer a 2nd round tender for the DE they signed last year, which led to the Buccaneers submitting an offer sheet which could then be matched by the Lions. However, Detroit formally disputed the offer because they interpreted the offer to be worth $7 million instead of $9 million. An independent arbitrator was assigned to make a ruling, but prior to a decision being reached, the Lions matched the offer at $9 million dollars and subsequently traded Johnson along with a 7th Round pick for a 5th Round pick. (Source: Pride of Detroit | SBNation)
Fantasy Impact: All things considered, this worked out moderately well for the Lions because they unloaded their 4th and 5th round selections in the trade for DT, Haloti Ngata, and were also going to lose Johnson for nothing, as opposed to a 2nd round draft pick. The Lions signed Johnson prior to the 2014 season and he played a relatively high level, hence the interest by the Buccaneers to offer such a large contract. The Lions now have 6 picks in the upcoming draft, but they will need to add yet another defensive lineman to their roster before the start of the season.
The NFL has announced that Adrian Peterson will be reinstated effective Friday. He is allowed to fully participate in all team activities. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: There have been strong indications that Peterson would like to be traded, but he's currently under contract with the Vikings and they haven't hesitated to point that fact out. Regardless of how that situation plays out, Peterson will almost certainly be a starter somewhere as of week 1, which means he's again an elite first round talent. If the dust settles in Minnesota and Peterson remains with the team, he'll be worthy of the first overall pick in many leagues.
Thu, Apr 16th 1:38pm EDT
By Jonathan Ebanks
Kicker Kai Forbath will remain a Redskin after signing a one-year/$1.54 million tender on Wednesday. (Source: Washington Post)
Fantasy Impact: The tender was given to him last month, but Forbath finally caved in and signed the deal. This season will be his fourth in Washington. He beat out rookie Zach Hocker in the preseason and nailed 24 of his 27 field goals (.888) last season.
The contract details for Stevan Ridley were announced on Wednesday, with the running back eligible to earn up to $1.25 million over his one-year deal. However, only $80,000 of that money is fully guaranteed. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The guaranteed money amount that Ridley gets indicates that he isn't certain to even make it onto New York's final 53-man roster, which is another reason not to be crazy about him heading into fantasy football drafts. Unless Chris Ivory goes down with injury at any point, Ridley's fantasy stock looks set to remain low.
Exclusive rights free agent Rashaan Melvin signed a tender offer on Tuesday, according to an article by Garrett Downing of Baltimoreravens.com. Melvin was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going undrafted in 2013. (Source: Baltimore Ravens )
Fantasy Impact: Melvin was on the practice squad for most of 2014 when he was added to the active roster due to the many player injuries on the team. In three games, he recorded 17 tackles and one forced fumble last season (NFL).
Wed, Apr 15th 8:36pm EDT
By Matthew Ishmael
Medical rechecks will be hosted this coming weekend prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. Jaelen Strong will be checked because of a broken bone in his wrist. This injury will most likely require surgery. (Source: Bryan Fischer - NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jaelen Strong is a potential first round pick, but this wrist injury may hinder him in the short term. Strong is a go up and get it receiver with late round fantasy sleeper potential. This injury is something to pay attention to as the draft commences and as the offseason continues.
Category: Injury Updates
After missing out on the combine with a tendon injury, Coleman performed very well at his Pro day. He ran as low as 4.39 in the 40 yard dash and ran routes. Coleman was still somewhat limited with his injury. (Source: Gil Brandt)
Fantasy Impact: Coleman is a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick that could step in and become an immediate threat to make an fantasy impact. In a RB class that is loaded with talented players Coleman will hold his own in his rookie season.
Wed, Apr 15th 5:44pm EDT
By Tom Woods
Rex Ryan responded to New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro's comments about the team's accountability last year, by saying: "He’s full of sh*t, and I’ll remind him of that when we play him. Look, we weren’t perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that’s a f**king BS comment. But, hey, he’s happy that he’s got a different coach in place. We’ll see how happy he is when I play against him." (Source: Pro Football Talk)
Fantasy Impact: Whilst this was a public exchange of words between both Ryan and Amaro, it could end up having an effect on how the tight end plays this season. Expect the sophomore to be extra-motivated when facing the Buffalo Bills this season, so he might be worth a play then.