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Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Rich Cimini offered the following on the Jets-Ryan Fitzpatrick situation:

If a trade happens between Denver and San Francisco for QB Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick would lose a potential suitor, perhaps the last one -- other than the Jets, of course.

Ideally, the Jets would like to resolve the contract stalemate by April 18, the start of the offseason program. Unless another team emerges from the weeds, Fitzpatrick's only options are to take the Jets' low-ball offer (about $7 million) or not play.

I don't think Fitzpatrick's pride would allow him to cave quickly; he could try to slow-play the Jets. They could try to pressure him by flirting with Brian Hoyer or Josh McCown, but they'd better be careful. If New York ends up with one of them and loses Fitzpatrick, it's a loss for the Jets, even if they save a few million bucks. They need him, he needs them. Get it done.

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:57pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Lions haven’t drafted a quarterback since they took Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, but their new General Manager hinted at the end of that streak recently.

Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.

Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.

“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story mentioned the Lions would look in the mid-to-late rounds for a possible QB selection.

Flacco: Mike Wallace will have 'huge impact'

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:54pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Ravens QB Joe Flacco will start working with wide receiver Mike Wallace once he’s back on the field and says that he expects the partnership to be a fruitful one for the Ravens in 2016.

“I plan on him having a huge impact,” Flacco said, via the team’s website. “I think he’s a talented guy. He can run, he can catch, he can do a lot of things. I’m planning on him coming in here and having a big impact on our football team and helping us win a lot of games.”

Fantasy Impact:

When Wallace signed with the Ravens, he cited Flacco as the biggest reason why he wanted to come to Baltimore after being released by the Vikings. The Ravens lacked a deep threat after Torrey Smith moved on and rookie Breshad Perriman couldn't get on the field last year.

Joe Flacco's rehab going well

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:49pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The last time we saw Joe Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback was limping off the field after tearing his ACL in Week 11 against the Rams.

The Ravens went on to finish 5-11, their first sub-.500 record since they made Flacco their starter as a rookie back in 2008, and Flacco got started on a rehab process that he hopes will have him ready to start training camp on time.

Saturday, he offered an update on his progress after taking a few leisurely jump shots at teammate Torrey Smith’s charity basketball game, according to the Ravens’ website:

“I can’t complain,” Flacco said. “I’m getting better and better each week. “To be honest with you, I believe [I’m on track for training camp], but it’s not like I’ve been told a timeline or anything like that. I can’t really say one way or another.

“I can tell each week that by the end of the week I’m feeling sore and I’m hurting, and by the next Monday I’m feeling better than I did last Monday.”

Surgery may end Scott Chandler's career

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:07pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Scott Chandler, the tight end for the Bills for several years who spent 2015 in New England, could be done with football after undergoing knee surgery earlier this week.

Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2007 draft. He spent 2007 and 2008 with San Diego (though he was on IR for the '08 season) before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2009, spending two seasons bouncing back and forth between the practice squads and active rosters of the Cowboys and Giants before ultimately landing with the Buffalo Bills late in the 2010 season.

He wound up spending four more years with the Bills, ultimately catching 181 passes for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns during that stint. He then landed with the New England Patriots for the 2015 season, playing No. 2 to Rob Gronkowski for most of the year and filling in for Gronk as the No. 1 tight end when he missed time. He caught 23 passes for 259 yards and four scores.

Fantasy Impact:

Chandler wound up needing knee surgery at the end of the season, though, and according to this Twitter post from his wife, Alissa, that surgery may end his career.

Colin Kaepernick, Broncos meet

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:04pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Broncos continue to explore a potential trade for quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who met with general manger John Elway at Elway's Denver home on Thursday, an NFL source confirmed.

The meeting was held on the day Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary for next season became guaranteed, which eliminated the possibility that the 49ers would release him; he carries a $15.9 million cap hit for next season with about $19.3 million in dead money. But the team has given Kaepernick's agents permission to seek a trade, meaning other teams are allowed to speak with him directly.

Fantasy Impact:

Right now the Broncos have just Mark Sanchez as a possible starting QB candidate. We're a long way from Week 1, and with a very good defense to build around, one would think the Broncos would look to upgrade over Sanchez, who can be a serviceable backup.

Lions sign Stevan Ridley

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:33pm

Newsday - [Full Article]

Stevan Ridley wrote a heartfelt goodbye message to the Jets and let the football world know his next destination: Detroit.

“New York, I hate that I couldn’t do more for you this past year, but the opportunity ya’ll gave me after my injury to do what I love the most … I can never put a price on,” the free-agent running back posted on social media Friday.

A former third-round pick of the Patriots in 2011, Ridley’s promising career in New England was derailed by ball security issues and a torn ACL he suffered during the 2014 season.

Fantasy Impact:

One would think Ridley would have a chance to take over the role left by Joique Bell as a between-the-tackles rusher on the Lions. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick remain from last year, but are similar in playing style - pass catching backs with outside speed.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:26pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Brandon Weeden has earned another shot in Houston after leading the Texans to a pair of key victories in the AFC South race last December.

The Texans re-signed Weeden, the team announced on Friday. The new deal is for $4 million over two years, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported, via a source with direct knowledge of the contract.

Claimed off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys in mid-November, Weeden relieved an injured T.J. Yates in Week 15, tossing a touchdown to rookie Jaelen Strong to push the Texans past the Colts in a crucial battle for control of the division. A week later, he accounted for three touchdowns in a 34-6 rout over the Titans.

Giants play wait-and-see with Victor Cruz

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:24pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz is a Giant enigma and a wild card all wrapped into one. And there won't be any clarity until he steps on the field and proves (in a real game) he can play at an NFL level.

The Giants can use Cruz at full strength, but have no idea what to expect from him this season, if anything at all. Cruz has devolved from a Pro Bowl wide receiver to a complete unknown on a roster short on proven wideouts. If he returns at anywhere near his old form, the cries for a No. 2 receiver are overblown. If he doesn't, you have to wonder what the Giants are doing this offseason having not addressed the position.

The Giants offense would be greatly improved with Cruz playing aside Odell Beckham Jr., except his return is not so simple. Cruz has missed most of the past two seasons, first with a torn patellar tendon and then a calf muscle that needed to be cemented back down. Even the Giants aren't sure what to make of him at this point.

"I think you have to wait and see where he's going to be at honestly," offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said on Friday when the Giants assistants met with the media 10 days before the start of their offseason workout program. "He's coming off a situation with the other issue with the calf. Until we know exactly what he's physically capable of doing, we really are going to be hard pressed to say exactly, 'Hey this is the role he will fill.'"

Fantasy Impact:

The results to this point with Cruz are promising, the story said. He's been rehabbing and making progress while working hard in New Jersey. There is optimism within the Giants building that he can return, in some capacity for this season. The Giants lost Rueben Randle to the Eagles in free agency.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:18pm

Eagles.com - [Full Article]

New Eagles WR Rueben Randle passed up multi-year deals from other teams because he felt Philadelphia provided the best chance for success.

"I felt like it was a better opportunity for me here to showcase my talents on a one-year deal to go out there and prove myself," Randle said. "It's a new start for everyone, new coaching staff, new start for me as well."

Even though the 6-2, 208-pound Randle is only 24 years old, he along with another new addition in Chris Givens are the most experienced receivers on the team.
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"I can come out here and help those guys be better players. It's not all about me," Randle said. "I'm willing to help my teammates out and get those guys better as well so with my veteran presence I can lead the group a little bit and maybe get some things started here in the receiving corps."

Fantasy Impact:

Randle started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2015. He expects to do so again now with the Eagles. Jordan Matthews is expected to remain a slot receiver so Randle will compete with Givens and Nelson Agholor for spots on the outside.

Arians: David Johnson earned right to be 'bell cow'

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has a challenge most coaches would only wish for. He has three starting running backs in his backfield. On the other hand, he has the unenviable task of dividing one football multiple ways.

“It’s my job to get them the ball enough because they can all do different things,” Arians said.

With Chris Johnson re-signing with the Cardinals in March, the backfield tandem of David Johnson, who’s entering his second season, and Andre Ellington became a trio. All three have started for the Cardinals. All three have rushed for at least 581 yards in a season.

But with David Johnson's emergence in the final five games last year after Chris went down with a fractured tibia, he’s established himself as the Cardinals’ feature back.

“David’s earned the right now to be the bell cow,” Arians said. “Everybody’s got to take it from him. But Chris ran for 800 (yards) and probably would have had 1,200 had he stayed healthy. Andre can break the game open.”

Fantasy Impact:

David Johnson finished with 581 yards in his rookie season, 442 of which came in the final five games -- the third most in the NFL during that span. Chris Johnson had 814 yards, fourth most in the league at the time he went down. David Johnson is poised to be one of the top fantasy backs in drafts this summer, but will likely lose some work to Chris Johnson and even Ellington on third down. However, Ellington has struggled to stay healthy over the last few years.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 1:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

It's been almost a month since Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was subdued with a taser and arrested near his home in Hollywood, Florida. Mason was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

At the time, the Rams issued a statement expressing disappointment in Mason and that that were still working to obtain information on what happened. At last week's NFL owners meetings, Rams coach Jeff Fisher was asked if there was any update on Mason's standing.

Fisher offered at least a small update.

"I can’t really comment on the specifics until we get all the stuff, and we’re working with the league on that," Fisher said. "I’m expecting Tre to be present for the offseason program. I know he was extremely embarrassed as to the incident, but we don’t have the facts yet. We’re still waiting on that. To me, it was a little uncharacteristic of him. And if in fact what was reported is true, then [we’d] be really disappointed in him. But we don’t have the information."

April Fool: Le'Veon Bell is not retiring

Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:57pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh Steelers fans might not like LeVeon Bell's sense of humor.

The running back tweeted he was "moving on" from football on Friday morning, a statement that smelled like an April Fools' Day prank from the beginning. But Bell let the tweet stew for nearly two hours before confirming the prank.

Fantasy Impact:

Bell left the line hanging so long some checked with a Bell rep to ensure the joke was nothing more. Shortly after 11, Bell tweeted, 'LOL!!! some fell for it, some didn't ... but anyways, APRIL FOOLS!'

Friday, April 1, 2016, 12:52pm

BuffaloBills.com - [Full Article]

Not since the 2007 season have the Bills had a player make the switch from one side of the ball to the other. In 2016 however, Aaron Williams will be doing just that. After much discussion with the coaching staff and the front office, the free safety will be transitioning to the wide receiver position this fall for the Bills.

“The coaches and I talked about this idea late last season after I took reps at receiver on scout team,” Williams told Buffalobills.com. “After some thought I really think I can help us win as a wideout. At the end of the day that’s what it’s all about.”

Raiders 'very high' on TE Clive Walford, 'want to expand his role'

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 2:44pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Raiders are very high on TE Clive Walford, want to expand his role going forward.

Fantasy Impact:

Walford got more playing time as the season wore on, and he looked to have a pretty good rapport with Derek Carr down the stretch. He'll be third in line for targets after Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Consider him a TE2 in most formats.

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