It's strange that Hoyer didn't sign with a team that's more QB-needy than the Bears, but clearly he didn't have much of a market for his services if he's willing to sign a one-year deal worth "only" $2 million.
The recoveries from season-ending injuries for Seahawks players Thomas Rawls and Jimmy Graham have gone as planned but it remains too early to establish a set timeline for their return, coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday.
“Everything’s going well, yeah,” Carroll said during the team’s annual pre-draft press conference. “Everything’s really in good shape. It’s just when they push to get back we are going to have to see what the timeline is, you know, so we can tell. It’s going good.”
Rawls suffered a broken ankle during a win at Baltimore on Dec. 13 while Graham suffered a torn patellar tendon in the win over Pittsburgh on Nov. 29.
While Carroll was vague about a timeline Tuesday, the team general feeling is that each could be ready for the beginning of the season — particularly Rawls, whose injury has a shorter timeframe for recovery — but that each might not participate much in the pre-season.
Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, is fairly confident about Rawls being ready at some point in training camp, but predicts that Graham will be limited (at best) in Week 1 since it takes a while to recover from a torn patellar tendon. The tight end position is deep this year, so there is no reason to reach for Graham when there are plenty of good options available.
Graham caught 49 passes for 545 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games playing for HC Gary Kubiak in 2013. That works out to 10.3 PPG (in PPR formats), which equates to low-end TE1 numbers. He'll compete with Virgil Green for targets.
A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the NFL Players Association.
"We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a 2-1 decision in New York.
The NFLPA and Brady can petition for a re-hearing in front of the same panel then the entire 2nd Circuit Court or take their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They would have to request a stay of Brady's suspension during the appeal.
The NFL has the option to implement the full suspension or attempt to reach a settlement and avoid further appeals.
The Angry Tom Strategy lives! Barring a successful appeal (unlikely), Brady will have to serve the four-game suspension in 2016. His ADP is currently in the 8th round, but is likely to take a hit as early drafters learn the news. Savvy owners can scoop up Brady in the 10th or 11th round, draft a backup in the later rounds (Tyrod Taylor?) and then enjoy Brady's production from Week 5 on.
Cruz is on board with his boss's optimism, telling NJ Advance Media he feels he is back to full strength as he continues to rehab the rare calf injury that cost him the entire 2015 season.
"I'm feeling great. Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and better," Cruz said on Friday afternoon while making an appearance during a free children's health screening seminar here in his hometown at the Boys and Girls Club.
"I'm excited to continue to train, continue that pattern, and see where it takes me. ... I'm 100 percent. I feel good. No injuries, no ailments, nothing hurts, no pain."
Cruz has not played in a game since October of 2014, when he suffered a right patellar tear. And his comeback attempt never materialized last year, as a series of false starts with a nagging calf injury eventually led to season-ending surgery without the former Paterson Catholic star playing a down.
All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and the Washington Redskins have agreed to a five-year deal that could be worth as much as $75 million, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Friday.
The contract will include a guaranteed $50 million, according to the NFL Network, the most ever paid to a cornerback.
Norman's agent, Michael George, confirmed the deal with The Associated Press without providing parameters of the signing.
The Redskins owned the #13 fantasy defense last year and the addition of Norman should improve a pass defense that yielded the 8th-most passing yards in 2015.
New HC Adam Gase has a history of utilizing his tight ends. Julius Thomas averaged 4.0 catches for 47 yards and 0.89 touchdowns in 27 games under Gase from 2013-14. Martellus Bennett and Zach Miller combined to produce 87 catches for 878 yards and eight touchdowns last season while Gase was the OC for the Bears. Cameron is turning 28 in August and is two seasons removed from his 80-917-7 breakout season in Cleveland. It's possible that he recaptures that magic in a larger role with Gase calling the shots.
The idea had already crossed Walker's mind.
“I am pretty sure,’’ Walker said. “When you have a threat like that, and you have a tight end threat, if I am on the field at all times blocking and running routes, I think that gives us a mismatch on the field. Defenses won’t know what is going on, and that just gives you another opportunity to put points on the board.”
The Titans were 13th in pass % (percentage of pass attempts of total called plays), and that number is likely to fall with the addition of DeMarco Murray. Tennessee was 27th in total plays, so there is plenty of room for improvement. The team will have to run more plays if Walker hopes to see the same workload.
Panthers announced Wednesday that the team has rescinded the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback Josh Norman.
We don't cover a lot of IDP news, but this is a major story and will certainly affect at least two fantasy defenses in 2016. Norman is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the game and wherever he lands there will be fantasy implications, especially for opposing receivers.
The workout session was closed to the media, but the Ravens released video and photos that showed Perriman in full stride running alongside safety Terrence Brooks, cornerback Sheldon Price and safety Matt Elam.
Perriman, Baltimore's first-round pick a year ago, is the Ravens player who has the most to prove this offseason. He didn't play a snap in the regular season because of a sprained posterior cruciate ligament.
Due to the opportunity in the Ravens' receiving corps, Perriman looked like a nice sleeper prior to his injury. Since then, the Ravens signed Mike Wallace, while Steve L Smith is back and Kamar Aiken emerged as a viable WR2, so Perriman is not guaranteed starter's snaps even though he brings speed and size to the receiving corps.
Donte Moncrief (foot) might take a little time, but not a long term concern.
Moncrief is still working his way back from a late-season foot injury, but should be fine for training camp. He finished his second season with 64 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns, but his numbers were a bit depressed due to the midseason loss of Andrew Luck. In seven games with Luck, Moncrief averaged 4.6 catches 50 yards and 0.71 TD (on 7.7 targets per game), which extrapolates to a 73-802-11 season. Fantasy-wise, that’s about what Michael Crabtree scored as the #19 receiver in standard formats. With Andre Johnson out of the way, Moncrief’s playing time and targets should increase a bit. He’s a serious threat to break out in his third season.
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Richardson flew to Baltimore Sunday night and was signed after working out for team officials Monday morning, according to the source.
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