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Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:24am
Kaepernick said during Super Bowl week that he’s open to striking a balance between what he wants and what’s best for the team salary structure, and from what I’ve heard, nothing said over the weekend contradicted that.
Of course, the parameters of “balance” could mean different things to both sides–does that mean Kaepernick will ask for $20M per instead of $22M? Or does it mean he’ll talk about $16M-17M per with steps to get him up to $20M?
Either way, it sounds like $15M to $16M is the floor for an average salary here.
Mike Pettine has 'always admired' Brian Hoyer
Monday, February 24, 2014, 1:37pm
New coach Mike Pettine provided an interesting answer when asked an open-ended question about how he likes the quarterbacks on his roster.
“Brian Hoyer,” were the first words out of his mouth. “We’re looking forward to getting him back to where at least he’ll do some limited work in the spring. I’ve always admired Brian from afar. He’s proven he can be successful in the NFL, but at the same time, you’re always looking to make the team better and that’s the most important position.”
Most around the league expect the Browns to use their No. 4 pick on a quarterback, but Hoyer, coming off ACL surgery, still potentially could open the season as a starter.
Monday, February 24, 2014, 1:28pm
"I like what I've seen out of him off the tape," Whisenhunt said.
Greene is an uninspiring option, but may be fantasy relevant in 2014 if Johnson departs and the team doesn't bring in talent at the running back position.
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:08pm
Peter King on the Ray Rice situation...
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said something telling about the alleged altercation between running back Ray Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, at an Atlantic City casino last weekend. “Right now, I feel very good about his side of the story.” If so, then Rice must have given team officials a version that involves either self-defense or overt provocation by Palmer. Not that either one of those explanations would justify domestic abuse, if there was abuse. And regardless of the circumstances, if Rice did lay a hand on Palmer, he’ll be branded an abuser and likely face league or team discipline because of it. And rightfully so. What’s disappointing for the Ravens, and for Rice, is that he’d become to some the face of the franchise, a leading spokesman in the fight against bullying and an unselfish person in the community. Rice and Palmer were both charged with simple assault-domestic violence after the incident, and a court date has not been set. Rice already had one 2014 challenge on his hands—making sure his 660-yard season was a fluke. This problem will dwarf that one.
Rice owners are bracing for the worst. He will likely face league discipline if he struck his fiance.
Arians: Michael Floyd is 'starting to reach his potential'
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:03pm
Cardinals WR Michael Floyd is coming off his first 1,000-yard season. But it wasn’t the yards or catches that impressed Arians the most, it was the injuries Floyd played through – most notably the shoulder problem that the wideout had when he went off for a career-high 193 yards in Jacksonville.
“I think Michael is starting to reach his potential,” Arians said. “He still needs to be more consistent each week. He played through injuries for the first time which is a huge step for a young player to play through injuries. A lot of times they just sit themselves down. He wanted to win, he wanted to help us win. I thought he made great strides. This year, can he do it again?”
Floyd broke out in his second season with a 66 catches for 1,054 yards and five TDs, gaining at least 90 yards and/or finding the endzone in seven of his last 11 games. He should continue to progress as he enters his third year in the league.
Monday, February 24, 2014, 12:02pm
Cardinals HC Bruce Arians changed the role of wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald last season, having him play inside and moving him around. Arians said Fitzgerald got more comfortable with it during the season and it helped to play inside where his size could be an advantage. Arians had done it previously in Pittsburgh with Hines Ward and in Indianapolis with Reggie Wayne.
A major factor in making the shift for Fitzgerald, Arians said, was the receiver’s age. Fitzgerald turned 30 in August.
“Guys lose a step at age 30,” Arians said. “It’s just natural. As hard as they train and everything, at 30 it’s just a different ballgame. They accept it, they want to become better players, they say help me become a better player than when I was 26. This is how you do it.”
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:20am
Packers prepared to let James Jones walk
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:19am
A source said Jones hasn't been offered a new contract and, in all likelihood, won't be.
"I don't think Ted Thompson wants him," Frank Bauer, Jones' only agent since being drafted by Green Bay in the third round in 2007, said at the NFL scouting combine.
Although Bauer said Jones was admired by many inside the Packers' personnel department, the team is set to let him depart when unrestricted free agency begins March 11.
"I'm as high on Boykin as anybody in our building," coach Mike McCarthy said Friday. "He had a heck of a year, and I still think he has another jump in him."
McCarthy indicated that Boykin, 24, was a capable No. 3 wide receiver and, with continued improvement, might even become a No. 2.
The Packers may let Jones walk, but they could also bring him back on a one- or two-year deal if he doesn't get what he wants in the open market. Boykin is an up and coming wideout, but if the Packers' 2013 season proved anything, it's that it's good to have depth everywhere, including receiver.
Reggie Wayne should be ready for training camp
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 11:12am
It appears that most, if not all, of the Colts players who missed extensive playing time last season should be back for the start of training camp.
WR Reggie Wayne (knee), tight end Dwayne Allen (groin), running back Vick Ballard (knee), offensive guard Donald Thomas (quad) and cornerback Greg Toler (foot) are expected back and would be good to go.
“From all the reports that I’ve been getting from our trainers and from the doctors in the meetings we’ve had, everyone’s going in the right direction. We’re optimistic about everyone,” Grigson said.
Wayne was the #19 WR in standard formats and the #17 WR in PPR through the first seven weeks prior to tearing his ACL. He's 35 and coming off of a major knee injury. He may be able to play, but it's hard to envision him returning to his usual form in time for the 2014 season.
Giants believe Rueben Randle will make 'significant jump'
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:32pm
The team's brass is confident that Rueben Randle will make a "significant jump" in his third season, which would seem to suggest Nicks won't be back. Reese also said Jerrel Jernigan finally looked like the player he selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Hakeem Nicks is likely to leave via free agency, so Randle (and Jerrel Jernigan) should see a big bump in snaps. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks). The Giants passing game is likely to bounce back, and if Randle is getting starter’s snaps, he’s a good bet to produce. Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span.
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:29pm
Pierce could be in for a big role in 2014 if Ray Rice's off-field issues continue to spiral downward.
Zac Stacy may see increased workload in 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:37pm
Packers optimistic about Jermichael Finley's return
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:35pm
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism Friday that unrestricted free-agent tight end Jermichael Finley will be able to resume his NFL career and hope that the team would be able to re-sign the tight end.
The 26-year-old Finley, who suffered a bruised spinal cord in an Oct. 20 game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field and underwent single fusion cervical spine surgery in November, is set to become a free agent on March 11. He has not yet been cleared by the doctor who performed the surgery, Pittsburgh Steelers doctor Joseph Maroon, but McCarthy indicated in an interview Friday that the Packers’ team doctor, Patrick McKenzie, is encouraged by Finley’s prognosis.
Widely expected to land elsewhere, it sounds as if the Packers are open to the possibility of re-signing Finley. His fantasy value would be maximized in Green Bay's offense.
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:31pm
"He's working hard, he's in the building, he's in the training room consistently," Smith said. "The reports I'm getting from Geoff [Kaplan, head trainer] indicate he's going to be fine."
Foster struggled with several injuries last season, starting with a calf strain during organized team activities then a back injury that healed in time for him to start the regular season. Foster also dealt with a hamstring injury and then finally a back injury which knocked him out for the rest of the season when he decided to have surgery.
Foster's back injury required microscopic lumbar disectomy surgery, which was performed by Robert Watkins in California in November.