Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:27am
Richardson flew to Baltimore Sunday night and was signed after working out for team officials Monday morning, according to the source.
The day has arrived when Keenan Allen rejoins teammates for the start of the Chargers’ voluntary workout program. Phase one of a nine-week regimen features two weeks of strength and conditioning. Allen will be a full participant Monday, the injury that ended a banner season mid-breath well behind him.
He lacerated his kidney Nov. 1 on that touchdown in Baltimore.
The ailment ended his season but not before eight games from which he can build.
“Just try to dominate,” Allen said, “knowing that I can dominate the league like I did last year for those eight games. Hopefully, I can come back and do that for a full 16. … I feel 100 percent. I have no aches, no pains. The kidney healed up really well. I’ve just been working. Ready.”
Allen racked up 67 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns in eight games, so he was on pace for a 134-1550-8 season prior to lacerating his kidney. At the halfway mark, he was the #7 receiver in standard formats and #4 in PPR. He garnered 11.1 targets per game, but that number could decline a bit since Antonio Gates sat out four of those games. However, Allen saw 30 targets in three games with Gates, and in the third game (five targets), he only played 60% of the snaps due to the injured kidney. Given his usage, the fourth-year receiver a threat to finish as a WR1 in 2016.
Last month, Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said that former West Virginia receiver Kevin White, the 2015 seventh overall pick who missed all of his rookie season after having a titanium rod inserted in his tibia, needed only the “mental confidence to go full speed.” White apparently has found it, and then some.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune tells a story that starts with White recently supervising two of his younger brothers in receiver drills and that ends with White challenging best friend Devon Blake to a footrace.
White, who had been cleared to run and who once upon a time routinely lost to Blake, blazed to a win so easy that he turned to Blake to taunt him halfway through the run.
White, who spent the entire year on the shelf with a severe case of shin splints and/or some sort of leg injury, should have a big role in 2016. He was starting to practice before the end of the season but landed on injured reserve since he wasn’t in game shape and there was no really point in rushing him back in what became a lost season for the Bears. He was the #7 overall pick in the 2015 Draft and the bottom line is that the Bears need him.
Tony Romo on rehab: "I can throw fully. I've been throwing fully here for a good week and a half, two weeks. It's been good."
In his last 34 non-injury games, Romo has averaged 253 yards, 2.2 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions, which equates to 17.8 points per game. That would extrapolate to the #12 QB last year, so if he stays healthy and maintains that production, he should return good value given his early ADP (QB18).
Pennsylvania Solicitor General Bruce Castor said the attorney general's office will take another look into Bills running back LeSean McCoy's alleged involvement in a bar fight with two off-duty police officers in February.
“I think it’s completely accurate to say LeSean McCoy and anyone else allegedly involved in this incident are not totally cleared,” Castor said to CBS Philly.
The Philadelphia district attorney declined to prosecute, but the state attorney general will take another look at the case. McCoy is not completely out of the woods at this point.
The Bills were holding out some hope that Harvin would return in 2016, but it looks like the soon-to-be 28-year-old has other plans.
Tennessee will send the top selection along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.
With the trade, the Rams now have the ability to draft the quarterback of their choice and make a splash as they settle into Los Angeles after leaving St. Louis this year.
The Titans now own nine selections in the 2016 draft, including six of the top 76 picks in the draft.
Appearing on Tuesday's edition of NFL Network's NFL HQ, NFL Media's Albert Breer added context to the recent photographic evidence that Lacy has succeeded in slimming down via workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton in Los Angeles.
Breer described Lacy's transformation as a "remarkable" redistribution of weight from his midsection to his shoulders and arms.
Teammate Datone Jones also stopped by NFL HQ on Tuesday, joking that he's "kind of jealous" of Lacy's results over the past two months.
In his first two seasons, Lacy posted back-to-back top 8 finishes in both standard and PPR formats. In 2015, he finished 25th and 32nd, respectively, struggling both with his health and staying out of Mike McCarthy’s doghouse. His playing weight was a major topic of conversation all year, and it appears that both he and the Packers are serious about a significant weight loss program as he heads into a contract season. McCarthy confirmed at the Combine that Lacy was working out with P90X creator Tony Horton. If this plan works -- and it sounds as if it has -- the talented runner has a good chance to return to the top 10 at his position.
He can apply for reinstatement later in the year.
PFT: Per source, Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement August 1.
We'll know more in August, but we wouldn't recommend anyone hold their breath waiting for word that Gordon will play in 2016. It doesn't help that Gordon has reportedly moved in with known partier Johnny Manziel.
Related players: Dion Lewis
Blount will probably be the "2" in a 1-2 punch with Dion Lewis. In the six games in which they both played, Lewis averaged 11.0 touches (5.3 rec) for 84 yards and 0.66 TD, which extrapolates to high-end RB1 numbers both PPR and standard formats. Meanwhile, Blount averaged 16.3 touches for 80 yards and 1.0 TD in the six games that Lewis also played. Blount slipped down the stretch, averaging 13.4 carries for 51 yards and 0.20 TD in his final five games with Lewis sidelined. James White, Donald Brown and Brandon Bolden figure to compete, but this is shaping up to be a Lewis/Blount backfield.
There's a reason why Roger Goodell hasn't reinstated Josh Gordon yet, and it has to do with a recent misstep that has muddled the process for Gordon.
The suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver, who missed the entire 2015 season after testing positive for alcohol, failed an NFL-administered drug test last month, sources have told FOX Sports.
Gordon's sample, which was collected in early March, tested positive for marijuana and dilute, according to a source informed of the results of the test. The source added that both the "A" and "B" samples collected were positive for marijuana and dilute. Though the level of marijuana was below the 35 nanograms per milliliter required for a positive test, the diluted sample is considered a positive test.
This development is a red flag for Gordon but it doesn't necessarily mean he will miss yet another season. He applied for reinstatement in February and, if all went well, could have been reinstated within 60 days. However, the league has said Goodell wasn't required to make a decision within that timeframe and it's clear now the positive test has at least given him and the experts who evaluate Gordon's case pause.
The article leaves open the possibility that Gordon won't be punished for another failed drug test, but it's hard to believe that the league will ignore yet another misstep. Even though the test was below the 35 nanogram threshold, the presence of the dilute is an automatic positive test. Gordon and his fantasy owners wait in limbo.
Related players: Karlos Williams
This is obviously great news for McCoy owners (not so much for Karlos Williams owners), as McCoy should be fully available for the 2016 season. Last year, McCoy finished #17 in standard formats and #19 in PPR, but was a low-end RB1 in both formats on a per game basis since he only played 12 games. He averaged 19.6 touches for 98.9 total yards per game, and should continue to see that type of workload as he enters his age 28 season. He's been going in the early 4th round in recent drafts, but his ADP should climb into the 3rd if he manages to avoid charges and suspension this summer.
The two sides met last week and have agreed to initial terms on a new contract.
Hightower, 29, has had a difficult path in the NFL and was out of football for several years after tearing his ACL in 2011. He was cut twice by the Saints this season before being re-signed in the middle of the year as a late-season replacement for the injured Khiry Robinson.
Filling in for the injured Mark Ingram, Hightower racked up 456 total yards and four touchdowns in the final four games. He'll serve as the handcuff for Ingram in 2016.
Vikings receiver Charles Johnson said on Thursday he broke a rib last September against San Diego, while trying to come back for a ball that San Diego's Steve Williams intercepted. Johnson said it took him until the Vikings' win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 1 – during which the receiver made a critical 34-yard catch – to feel like he could play while managing the injury. "You can't sneeze, you can't move, laughing hurts," Johnson said. "But it's all good now."
This helps to explain his extremely disappointing production after a hot finish to the 2014 season. With Mike Wallace out of the way, Johnson should have a chance to compete for starter's snaps now that he's fully healthy.
General Manager Ozzie Newsome said the team is getting good reports from the training staff, but coach John Harbaugh said that Perriman remains short of full participation at this point.
“He’s running, but to what percentage, I don’t know,” Harbaugh said, via the team’s website.
Perriman is expected to be able to participate in at least some portion of the offseason program and the earlier the better for his chances of being a contributor after a lost rookie year, the story said. The team recently signed Mike Wallace as another potential deep threat, something the team didn't have last year. It's possible that the Wallace signing has more to do with Perriman's potential absence than people realize.