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Martellus: Marc Trestman is 'going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens'

Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:48am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman’s leadership abilities have come under fire in the wake of his two-year stint in Chicago, something that tight end Martellus Bennett didn’t do much to argue against in an appearance on NFL Network on Friday. Bennett did say that he thinks a move to the offensive coordinator role with the Ravens will work out well for coach and team.

“Trestman, I think, first off, the issue that he had, probably, was managing us all, all the different personalities,” Bennett said. “There’s a lot of big personalities. And I think, for a first-time head coach in the NFL, dealing with all the personalities that you have, I think that’s hard when you got guys like me, you know, [Brandon] Marshall … Lance Briggs on defense, (Charles) Tillman … Calling plays, he was excellent. I think he’s going to be an excellent coordinator for the Ravens. Strategically, he was great. But on the field, guys just weren’t executing.”

Fantasy Impact:

We generally agree, though Trestman takes a very pass-heavy approach, and that will impact the strong running game that Gary Kubiak built in 2014.

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Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says that his knee is 'about 85-90 percent'

Thursday, January 29, 2015, 11:49am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Speaking on NFL Network's Super Bowl Live on Wednesday, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell told Marshall Faulk that despite missing the Pro Bowl, he's been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell said. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell was the #2 RB (behind DeMarco Murray) in 2014, and held the #3 PPG in standard formats. He was #1 in both categories in PPR formats. He's a shoo-in to have a first round ADP in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:43pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Canadia Football League wide receiver Duron Carter is close to reaching a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to a league source.

Carter is the son of Cris Carter, the Hall of Fame NFL wide receiver. He played for the Montreal Alouettes last season, catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns.

Bills OC Greg Roman wants a 'commensurate level of balance' in offense

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 12:28pm

Buffalo Bills - [Full Article]

Bills fans have heard offensive coordinators come in the door and pledge a commitment to the run game. New offensive coordinator Greg Roman only points to his recent success to convince those who wonder if he’ll commit to a ground attack.

At the same time Roman is smart enough to realize that you can’t be solely reliant on a run game because if there’s a defense good enough to slow it down you’ll have problems.

“Look at my track record. The greatest predictor of future events is the past. I could stand up here and tell you that we could have been number one in the league in rushing in San Francisco every year if that was my goal. If I wanted to be number one in rushing, I could’ve done that,” Roman said. “But my goal is to win and I think you have to strike a commensurate level of balance to do so in this league."

Fantasy Impact:

Unless the Bills manufacture a serious upgrade at quarterback, they'll likely be a run-heavy team when compared to the rest of the league.

Bills QB E.J. Manuel to get a 'fresh start' with new coaching staff

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 4:14pm

WGR 550 - [Full Article]

E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel are the lone holdovers from the previous coaching staff, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their immediate futures with the team are predetermined. New OC Greg Roman said Manuel, the team's first-round pick in 2013, will get his chance to start fresh with the new coaching staff.

"I'm not going to get into specifics. but I definitely think he's done some very good things and displayed some good traits. We just have to get his level of consistency a little bit greater. Really, he and everybody else, once we get thru this evaluation process, we're going to have a very clean slate, once we get going because what they might have been asked to do or done in the past is really not relevant to what we may or may not ask them to do. So to sit here and pontificate about this that and the other, is a little premature."

Fantasy Impact:

Manuel was the #19 fantasy quarterback when he was benched after Week 4. To that point, he had averaged 6.40 YPA and had thrown five touchdowns versus three interceptions. The team elected to move on to Kyle Orton.

Trent Richardson's suspension voids final year of contract

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 12:02pm

Joel Corry, Twitter - [Full Article]

Joel Corry of the National Football Post: I've confirmed that (Colts RB) Trent Richardson's suspension for conduct detrimental voids the guarantees of his $3,184,062 2015 base salary.

Fantasy Impact:

If his suspension stands, the Colts can cut T-Rich without paying him for the final year of his contract. Look for the team to shore up the RB position this offseason.

Ravens will keep 'some of the same principles' in the running game under OC Marc Trestman

Monday, January 26, 2015, 11:30am

Tom Pelissero, Twitter - [Full Article]

Pending FA Justin Forsett told me he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same principles with the run scheme under new OC Marc Trestman.

Fantasy Impact:

The first order of business will be to re-sign Forsett, who should see his PPR upside increase due to Trestman's tendency to use his running backs in the passing game. Under Trestman, Matt Forte caught 176 passes in the last two seasons, including 102 catches in 2014. Forsett caught 44 passes last season, and could potentially see that number double if he's the RB1 for the Ravens in 2015. Depending on his asking price, re-signing the 29-year-old Forsett isn't a no-brainer for the Ravens, though he's not likely to garner a huge contract in free agency. As the #8 RB in both standard and PPR formats in 2014, he'll likely hold RB2-type draft value if he stays in Baltimore.

Saints TE Jimmy Graham should avoid offseason surgery

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:35am

New Orleans Advocate - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham’s two-touchdown performance at the Pro Bowl could ease fears that his shoulder problem would linger and potentially require offseason surgery. Graham also caught a 23-yard pass in his third Pro Bowl.

“It made a big difference, just having some rest,” he said.

When asked whether his performance would rule out surgery, Graham said, “It should, which is really exciting.”

Fantasy Impact:

Graham finished with 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns, but his season was somewhat disappointing, especially down the stretch. He averaged 4.0 catches for 44 yards and 0.2 TD in his final five games, including a weird zero-target goose egg in Week 13 against Pittsburgh. Still, his 14.6 PPR fantasy points was second at his position to Rob Gronkowski, and he's likely to be the second tight end off the board in 2015 fantasy drafts, especially if his shoulder injury is fully behind him.

Giants WR Odell Beckham says he had two hamstring tears that never fully healed

Monday, January 26, 2015, 10:27am

NY Post - [Full Article]

Giants WR Odell Beckham let it out that the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season was actually two tears in the right hamstring that never fully healed.

“They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready,” Beckham said after catching five passes for 89 yards for Michael Irvin’s team in a 32-28 win over Cris Carter’s team at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“I should be good by training camp,” Beckham said. “The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy.”

Fantasy Impact:

If true, then perhaps Beckham has just scratched the surface on his full potential. Once his season started in Week 5, he averaged 17.2 FP (standard) and 24.8 FP (PPR), which was the best in the league in both scoring systems. He's likely to head into the 2015 season as a late 1st round pick/early 2nd round pick in PPR formats. The only (minor) concerns are a potential sophomore slump and the return of Victor Cruz, which could alter the dynamic in the Giants' receiving corps.

Schefter: Browns WR Josh Gordon has flunked another drug test, will miss 2015 season

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:21pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns WR Josh Gordon flunked another drug test and now will be subject to a one-year banishment, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Gordon reportedly flunked the test due to alcohol, not marijuana. Regardless, Gordon's value in dynasty/keeper leagues takes a serious hit. We'll wait for confirmation on the suspension, but it's not looking good.

Jets hire Kacy Rodgers as defensive coordinator

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2:47pm

NY Jets - [Full Article]

Todd Bowles and the Jets have filled their coordinator roster today with the hiring of Kacy Rodgers as Bowles' defensive coordinator and Bobby April Jr. as the new special teams coordinator. They join Chan Gailey, named earlier this week as the Green & White's offensive coordinator.

It's no surprise that Bowles and Rodgers are reuniting on the Jets. They're longtime friends who are now starting their eighth season of coaching together.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers has served as the Dolphins' defensive line coach since 2008. Bowles also coached in Miami from 2008-2011.

Colts RB Trent Richardson was suspended for the last two games

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:56pm

Kevin Bowen, Twitter - [Full Article]

GM Ryan Grigson gets asked about Trent Richardson. Says he was suspended for two games and won’t get into it because of personal reasons.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Richardson's time in Indianapolis is drawing to a close. When asked about T-Rich returning in 2015, Grigson declined to comment. RIchardson is under contract for one more season.

Saints told RB Mark Ingram they want him back

Friday, January 23, 2015, 12:50pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram will hit free agency this season with a chance to test the waters. Ingram said the Saints have told him they want him back.

"They said they want me back, for sure," he said. "I was their draft pick, so they said they definitely want me to come back."

Fantasy Impact:

The market for free agent running backs has dried up considerably in recent years, but Ingram should be able to garner the $3 million per year (or so) that Toby Gerhart and Rashad Jennings received last year. Ingram would hold RB2-type value if he returns to New Orleans since a healthy Khiry Robinson would likely cap Ingram's workload. Robinson's injuries played a big role in Ingram getting the 19.6 touches per game that he saw in 2014.

49ers hire Eric Mangini as defensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10:48pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

49ers gave Eric Mangini a 3-year deal to be their defensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Mangini was the DC for the Patriots in 2005, and they finished 25th in yards and 17th in points allowed. He spent the next five years as the head coach of the Jets and the Browns, and his defenses averaged a rank of 21.8 in yards and 15.4 in points allowed over that span. He spent the last two seasons as the 49ers' tight ends coach.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh says 'we'll see' when asked about TE Dennis Pitta

Thursday, January 22, 2015, 12:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh's tone regarding tight end Dennis Pitta seemingly went from cautiously optimistic to just being cautious.

Pitta, who has suffered serious hip injuries in each of the past two seasons, saw a couple of specialists last week, and Harbaugh said he couldn't give any updates right now.

"I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it," Harbaugh said. "But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

Harbaugh indicated in early December that he expects Pitta to make a full recovery, and he said at the end of the season that he was "cautiously optimistic" about his return in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't sound like Pitta is certain to return in 2015. OC Marc Trestman had success with Martellus Bennett while in Chicago, so if the Ravens have a talented tight end, he'll be on the fantasy radar next season.