Aaron Rodgers Fantasy News

Packers to sign TE Jared Cook

Monday, March 28, 2016, 10:15am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tight end Jared Cook will sign a deal to join the Green Bay Packers, sources told ESPN.

Cook is in Green Bay taking a physical before the deal will be official, a source told ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky.

The Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears also had interest in the 28-year-old, sources told ESPN, but he opted to join Green Bay and its offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Fantasy Impact:

Cook finished #28 in 2015 (PPR), but in the four prior seasons, he posted an average ranking of 16.3. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2009 and while he's probably lost a step along the way, he can still threaten the seam better than Richard Rodgers. It's not inconceivable that he turns into a fantasy starter, but the position is deep this year and unless he vastly outplays Rodgers, he's more likely to form a committee with the third-year tight end.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers underwent 'minor scope' on knee

Saturday, January 30, 2016, 10:22am

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a legitimate reason for pulling out of the Pro Bowl.

Rodgers underwent knee surgery within days of the team's Jan. 17 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals, he confirmed to ESPN on Friday night.

One source described the surgery as a minor scope and a "cleanup of an old injury."

Rodgers told ESPN that he is "doing well" and "recovering on schedule."

Fantasy Impact:

This shouldn't affect his availability for offseason activities or his overall health heading into the 2016 season.

Monday, December 21, 2015, 5:02pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have found a new favorite target in wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. After targeting him three times in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, Rodgers wants Abbrederis to see the field more often.

Rodgers cited Abbrederis' route-running ability when lobbying for an increase in his playing time: He (Abbrederis) can get open. He’s a good route runner. He needs to be on the field more.

Fantasy Impact:

Abbrederis didn't play on offense until the second half of Sunday's game, when the Packers employed a four-receiver set. He caught all three of his targets, though, for a total of 33 yards. The former fifth-round draft pick hasn't been very active this season with only eight catches all year.

Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:01pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Confidence is everything for a professional athlete, and it certainly sounds like Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams is suffering in that department after a string of forgettable games.

Despite receiving 35 targets over the last three games, Adams has produced just 129 yards and zero touchdowns for the struggling Packers passing offense. He hit rock bottom against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night, as he dropped a would-be touchdown, caused an interception with an unfinished route and failed to grab Aaron Rodgers’ last ditch effort on the game’s final fourth down.

Fantasy Impact:

Now the team is trying to build him back up, the story said. Adams entered 2015 with sky-high expectations. He exploded for a handful of huge games as a rookie, including a 121-yard breakout against the New England Patriots and a 117-yard effort during Green Bay’s Divisional Round win over the Dallas Cowboys. The 2014 second-round pick looked like another one of general manager Ted Thompson’s receiving gems, especially after he blew up the offseason program and then assumed a bigger role when star Jordy Nelson went down, the story said.

Monday, November 23, 2015, 7:09pm

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Aaron Rodgers’ stay on the Green Bay Packers’ injury report lasted only one week.

The Packers quarterback was not listed on Monday, when the team released its first report in advance of Thursday’s Thanksgiving night game against the Chicago Bears. Although neither team practiced on Monday, the NFL required an injury report with estimations on practice participation.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers was listed on the injury report last week because of an issue with his throwing shoulder. He was limited in practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full participant on Thursday.

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (right shoulder, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 11. HC Mike McCarthy says that there is “no concern” that Rodgers will miss Week 11.

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (right shoulder) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. HC Mike McCarthy says that there is “no concern” that Rodgers will miss Week 11.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is Rodgers’ first appearance on the injury report this season. Mike McCarthy said that Rodgers was banged up, so it doesn’t appear to be serious.

Packers hoping to have Davante Adams Week 8

Monday, October 26, 2015, 2:36pm

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Aaron Rodgers might finally be able to throw deep again, as the Green Bay Packers' quarterback likely will have receiver Davante Adams back for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he expects Adams to play in the matchup of 6-0 teams. Adams missed the last three games because of a recurring sprained ankle that dates to Week 2 and includes the bye week.

When asked if Adams would play Sunday, McCarthy said, "I would think so."

Fantasy Impact:

That could be a significant addition to the Packers' offense, which has struggled to make plays down the field. Rodgers ranks just 18th in passing yards in part because the offense lacks a deep threat. Rodgers has completed just three passes that traveled more than 30 yards in the air this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the story said. Adams may put a dent in James Jones' production and would certainly seem to bump back Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis.

Rapoport: Davante Adams (ankle) may 'miss some time'

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:14pm

Sporting News - [Full Article]

Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, who was limited all week after leaving last week's win over the Seahawks with a left ankle sprain, tweaked the same ankle Monday night after being targeted on each of Aaron Rodgers' first two pass attempts.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Adams aggravated the sprain and will "miss some time."

Adams tried to make an adjustment on a sideline pass, which was Green Bay's third play from scrimmage against the Chiefs, and came up lame. He limped to the Packers' sideline, where he remained for the team's second series with an ice pack around his ankle.

Fantasy Impact:

Ty Montgomery and James Jones should benefit the most with Adams out of action. Jones had a huge game on Monday night with seven catches for 139 yards and a TD. Montgomery also had a TD but hauled in just two catches for 14 yards. Jeff Janis could also see some snaps in four receiver sets.

Andrew Quarless (knee) out 4-6 weeks

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 7:07pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers will be without another target for at least a month.

Tight end Andrew Quarless has an MCL sprain in his left knee, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, per a source. Quarless, who was injured on Monday night in the second quarter against the Chiefs, is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

The second-string tight end is the latest Packer to get hit by the injury bug. Green Bay is already without the services of top wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season, Eddie Lacy has been slowed down by an ankle injury and Davante Adams aggravated his high-ankle sprain on the first series versus Kansas City on Monday night.

Eddie Lacy (ankle) may be ready for Week 3

Monday, September 21, 2015, 5:20pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Packers don't plan to go without Eddie Lacy for long.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Green Bay's hard-charging running back, who sprained his ankle Sunday against the Seahawks, is a candidate to play Sept. 28 at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rapoport was told that Lacy's injury is minor, even if it kept him from finishing off a 27-17 win over Seattle. In his absence, reliable backup James Starks plowed for 95 yards inside a scheme that also saw superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw for 249 yards against the holdout-riddled Legion of Boom.

Lacy's injury was never thought to be serious, but his importance to this top-flight offense cannot be understated.

Fantasy Impact:

Lacy was carted off and had his ankle retaped but apparently couldn't put pressure on it. The Week 3 game is Monday night so owners will need a backup plan. Backing up Lacy with Starks would be a real nice solution, but it's good news that Lacy's status already looks positive.

Eddie Lacy carted off after ankle injury

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 9:56pm

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Even after trainers re-taped Eddie Lacy's right ankle, the Green Bay Packers running back was taken to the locker room for further evaluation late in the first quarter of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Packers said his return was questionable.

Lacy was taken to the locker room on a cart. Initially, it appeared Lacy was going to return to the game after Dr. Pat McKenzie examined him on the sideline.

Lacy did not return to the game after picking up one yard on a toss play to convert a third-and-1 on the game's opening drive. Two plays later, Aaron Rodgers hit James Jones for a 29-yard touchdown for the game's first score.

Fantasy Impact:

Other reports said Lacy was unable to put pressure on the ankle even after getting it taped again. James Starks replaced Lacy. With rookie Alonzo Harris inactive, the Packers brought only two halfbacks into the game. If Lacy misses time, Starks could prove to be a valuable pickup.

James Jones signs with Packers

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 7:15pm

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James Jones is probably right: It shouldn't take long for him to revive his connection with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

And if he could catch 73 passes last year with the Oakland Raiders and their collection of quarterbacks then there's no reason to think that one season away from Green Bay will do much to change what had been a strong bond with Rodgers.

Given how much has happened since Jones left the Packers in free agency in March 2014, it may seem like a long time ago that Rodgers and Jones last hooked up. But as Jones put it when he landed in Green Bay on Sunday to re-sign with the Packers, he's only one year removed from the offense he played in during his first seven NFL seasons.

The Packers never asked Jones to be their No. 1 receiver even in his prime, and they won't do it now at age 31. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams likely will remain as the Packers' top-two receivers.

Jones can't make up for the loss of Jordy Nelson, but there wasn't an available receiver who could. As long as Jones is the dependable player he has been throughout his career, he's the perfect fit. He has played in every game in five of the last six seasons and has missed only eight games (two in 2013 and six in 2008) in his entire eight-year career. Raiders quarterbacks targeted him 110 times last season, and he dropped only two of them, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

That connection with Rodgers is perhaps the most important aspect of this deal. Of Jones' 383 career regular-season receptions, 216 of them came from Rodgers. All but 10 of his 43 career regular-season touchdowns came from Rodgers, as well.

"It's a crazy business," Jones said Sunday. "But I'm just happy to have the opportunity to continue to keep playing."

Fantasy Impact:

Jones could move into the No. 3 role -- a responsibility that without him would have fallen to either Ty Montgomery or Jeff Janis. Montgomery is a rookie, and Janis caught just two passes as a rookie last season. In their three-receiver sets, which the Packers used on nearly 72 percent of their snaps last season, they can now comfortably move Cobb into the slot, where he's best, and have Jones and Adams on the outside, the story said. In his first seven seasons with the Packers, Jones caught 278 of his 310 on the outside. This move seems to hurt the fantasy value of Montgomery and Janis the most, but Adams should be safe as a top-two WR who will play on the outside, for now. We don't see much fantasy value in James Jones at the moment.

Report: James Jones to visit with Packers

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 3:59pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

James Jones left the Packers as a free agent before the 2014 season, but he may be back in Green Bay in time to start the 2015 season.

Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports that Jones’s agent Frank Bauer says his client is on his way to visit with the Packers. Given Jones’s experience playing in coach Mike McCarthy’s offense with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the visit could turn into a signing pretty quickly.

While the Packers have expressed confidence in the ability of Randall Cobb, Davante Adams and the rest of the receiving corps to handle things with Jordy Nelson out for the season, the addition of Jones would give them a bit of insurance who wouldn’t need much time to get up to speed on the team’s offensive scheme.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not a big surprise as this had been rumored even when Jones was still property of the Giants. Should he sign with Green Bay, it could change the depth chart at WR for the Packers.

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