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Chris Johnson says knee impacted 2013 production
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 12:34pm
Titans RB Chris Johnson said he’s closer to 100 percent after the first surgery of his career. The procedure repaired a torn meniscus, but doctors have not yet cleared him to run. The next phase of rehab will be in a swimming pool, strengthening the muscles around his left knee.
Johnson was injured in the Week 3 win against the Chargers but said he never considered having surgery during the season. He’s rarely missed a practice in six seasons as a pro.
“I have never been a guy to sit out when something was hurt. The only way I would sit out is if there was no way possible I could play. If I can work through it, I want to play. I want to be out there to help my team win, and that’s the way it’s always been,” he said.
“I am not going to make excuses, but you can talk to anybody who’s had a torn meniscus and they know how it affects you. I’m not going to sit here and tell you if I wouldn’t have had a torn meniscus I would have had 1,600-1,700 rushing yards last year, but my teammates know what I was going through.”
Johnson is a bounce back candidate if he lands in a good environment. He obviously blames the knee (at least partially) for his struggles in 2013, but it's not like Shonn Greene (3.8 YPC) was any better. The Titans struggled in run blocking and that hurt Johnson as well. The issue now is his salary, and he has already said he's not going to take a pay cut.
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Giants say 'the jury is still out' on Rueben Randle
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:46am
The 6-2 Rueben Randle, who led the Giants with six receiving TDs in 2013, seems Nicks’ heir, but he has a history of miscommunicating with Manning. GM Jerry Reese gave Randle a lukewarm endorsement last month, saying that “the jury is still out” on him.
The story refers to Randle's inability (at times) to get on the same page with his QB, mainly on the option routes in the Giants' offense. Randle still projects to start, so his early ADP is in the late 6th round.
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:41am
Rice and Janay Palmer were both arrested for simple assault at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15. The two remain engaged to be married, according to Harbaugh.
"I've talked to Ray a lot, and really nothing to add other than what's been said already: The facts will determine the consequences, and we'll see where it goes," Harbaugh said at a news conference to announce the five-year, $32 million deal signed by tight end Dennis Pitta. "I haven't seen anything different, just like you haven't seen anything different. Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we've seen so far is very consistent with what he said."
A suspension could be forthcoming, but that will depend on the facts of the case, and those aren't entirely clear at this point. The Ravens seem satisfied with Rice's truthfulness.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 10:45pm
The clearance has not yet come. Per a league source, it could be coming very soon.
Finley’s primary doctor and his neurosurgeon currently are out of the country, but they will return on Friday. The goal is to get Finley cleared by Tuesday, so that he can participate in free agency when it opens.
Bucs sign Bobby Rainey to a two-year deal
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:08pm
The Buccaneers weren’t at any risk of losing running back Bobby Rainey because he was set to be an exclusive rights free agent, but the team decided they wanted to enter into a longer relationship with a player who flashed some ability late last season.
The Bucs announced that they have signed Rainey to a two-year deal designed to keep him in Tampa through 2015.
From Week 10 to Week 17, Rainey was the #11 RB in standard formats, gaining 559 total yards to go along with six TDs (5 rush, 1 rec) in eight games. He'll likely serve as the primary backup to Doug Martin and is a good handcuff for Martin owners.
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He still has a ways to go in his recovery from the surgery he had shortly after suffering the Lisfranc injury in a Nov. 10 game against the Jaguars.
Locker’s right leg was placed in a cast after surgery. He discarded his crutches in January and his foot was placed in a walking boot, which he must wear for a few more weeks. He still can’t put any weight on the foot.
Later this month, he’ll have a procedure to remove the hardware that was inserted during surgery. He hopes to start running shortly thereafter and take part in organized team activities in June. Doctors have been “encouraged” with his recovery, Locker said.
Beat: Broncos want Montee Ball to start at RB
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:29am
The Broncos want to give Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014.
If Ball does indeed take over the starting job in Denver, his stock is going to shoot into the 2nd or 3rd round by the time draft season is in full swing. Moreno was a top 5 back in 2013, and there's no reason that Ball can't post similar numbers. The RB depth chart was fluid early in the season, and Ball has had a tendency to put the ball on the ground since entering the NFL (though he cleaned that up down the stretch).
Beat: Gio Bernard to push 300 touches
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:30pm
Bernard saw 226 touches in 2013 and finished as the #16 RB in standard formats. If he produces fantasy points at the same rate, 280 touches would put him in Eddie Lacy territory (and in the top 10). We're skeptical that the diminutive Bernard will see 300-plus touches, but 260-280 seems reasonable.
Vikings release John Carlson
Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6:02pm
Victor Cruz says his knee is fully healthy
Monday, March 3, 2014, 5:50pm
Giants WR Victor Cruz, who had season-ending knee surgery in December, said that his knee is fully healthy now, and he started lifting in the gym a week-and-a-half ago. He’s focused on weight training now, he said, but he’s hoping to hit the field and run routes by the end of March.
If he can get (and stay) healthy, Cruz should have a bounce back season under new OC Ben McAdoo. In the article, Cruz compared himself to Randall Cobb, who has been very productive in the slot since entering the league.
49ers sign Anquan Boldin to two-year deal
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:11pm
Boldin announced via Twitter that he is officially back with the team. The deal is a two-year extension, a source told CSNBayArea.com, and is worth $12 million, according to multiple reports.
This is a smart move for the 49ers. Early in the season, Boldin carried the passing game at times but he actually increased his production upon Michael Crabtree’s return. Boldin averaged 4.7-66-.45 without Crabtree and 5.7-83-.43 with Crabtree, so the potential is there for another top 20 season. Boldin finished #15 in both standard and PPR formats. Removing Week 1 (his huge game against the Packers), he was #19 and #20 in standard and PPR, respectively. The signing is probably bad news for Vernon Davis, whose targets dropped from 6.1 per game pre-Crabtree to 4.9 T/G after Crabtree's return.
Peyton Manning (neck) cleared for 2014 season
Monday, March 3, 2014, 12:30pm
There is a provision in the five-year, $96 million contract Manning signed with the Broncos in March 2012 that requires his surgically repaired neck to pass medical inspection each year before the team guarantees his salary.
This isn't a surprise, but it's still good news for 2013's #1 QB. He'll enter the season as a top 3 pick at his position.
Raiders 'anxious' to see Latavius Murray
Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:14am
Raiders RB Latavius Murray appeared in one preseason game, the exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and finished with 29 yards on eight carries. It was his only action as the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was placed on Injured Reserve on Aug. 27 with an ankle injury. “He was never fully healthy,” coach Dennis Allen said at the recent NFL combine. “And every time he got healthy, the ankle reared its ugly head again and he was back down. There were a couple of plays in there ... the Dallas game, maybe, where he got a run over on the sideline and was able to lower his shoulder and really finish a run off really well. So there are plays in there I can think of that are exciting and encouraging to me. But, again, he’s got very limited experience and limited exposure.”
Big things are expected out of a healty Murray, especially with Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. “I think Latavius is one of those guys that we’re anxious to see be healthy and get out there and play,” Allen said. “He’s a big back that’s got excellent speed and excellent size. He runs tough ... we’ll find out a lot more about Latavius Murray as we go through the offseason program and into training camp.”
While the Raiders are expected to re-sign Rashad Jennings (who was excellent as a starter), McFadden is expected to walk in free agency. Murray could become Jennings' primary backup or even become the starter if Jennings signs elsewhere. The versatile Marcel Reece will have a role as well.