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Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:24pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions have filled their backup quarterback vacancy by signing veteran Dan Orlovsky.

Yes, that Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions originally selected the quarterback out of Connecticut in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four years here, and started seven games, all of which came during the club's winless 2008 season.

Fantasy Impact:

He went on to play for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13). He started five games for the Colts - then coached by Jim Caldwell - but has attempted just seven passes since, and none in the past two years.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:20pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

Next shoe to drop in NFL: Impending release of Titans RB Chris Johnson. Should happen at the end of this week or beginning of next week.

Fantasy Impact:

It seems to be pretty common knowledge that Johnson will be on another team next year. As we learned from DeSean Jackson, it's not always the most obvious team that gets the deal done. The Jets have been linked since this rumor started.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 2:03pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone is signing with the Miami Dolphins.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:58pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Fantasy Impact:

A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN's Matt Williamson talked about Chargers WR Keenan Allen:

"As much as I like Allen, to ask him to improve dramatically in one season may be asking too much. He's a really good receiver, but he does not have the athletic ability of an A.J. Green or a Julio Jones. He could be close to his ceiling already.

Fantasy Impact:

Williamson added that Allen is an advanced route runner and has good hands, just lacks speed. He pointed out that teams will have another year to study him, too. Still, Allen was really the only WR threat on the Bolts last year, but put up nice numbers despite getting the full attention of defenses. He should fall in the WR2 or 3 zone with potential to exceed that in certain matchups.

Packers look for balanced attack
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:20pm

Green Bay Press Gazette - [Full Article]

The prospect of using QB Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy in tandem for a full season is tantalizing to Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.

“I’m definitely excited to play with a healthy Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy,” McCarthy said at last week’s NFL owners meeting.

For the first time since 2009, Rodgers will have a bona fide 1,000-yard rusher for a full season to help take some pressure off the passing game. Defensive coordinators no longer will be able to let their safeties sit back in coverage and show little or no regard for the Packers’ run game.

Fantasy Impact:

Even a little more running than in the past could help keep Rogers and WR Randall Cobb on the field more, as both missed significant time last season. It also will give the Packers an opportunity to ease in Jarrett Boykin and Myles White, who will likely be the WR3 and WR4 to start the season. Lacy is ranked sixth on our early season RB list and looks like a potential late first round or early second round pick.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:11pm

Union-Tribune San Diego - [Full Article]

Chargers beat writer Kevin Acee was asked about new RB Donald Brown.

"Filling in this year for 5-10 touches per game, plus insurance for if/when Ryan Mathews gets injured. He played 16 games for the first time in 2013, and he was not healthy in the postseason."

Fantasy Impact:

Last year's RB3, Ronnie Brown, rarely saw 5-10 touches so those are going to have to come from somewhere. Ryan Mathews began to get hot and get over 20 carries a game in the second half last year, but like Acee points out, Mathews wasn't healthy in the playoffs, perhaps as a result of that. Brown's fantasy value likely will be a handcuff to Mathews, but it looks like he's going to be used to prevent wear and tear on Mathews too. Danny Woodhead may also lose a carry or two, but will still be a factor in the passing game.

Redskins sign DeSean Jackson
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:03am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins made their biggest move yet of the offseason Tuesday night, agreeing to terms with three-time Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson less than a week after the dynamic playmaker was released by the rival Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Redskins saw twice a year what Jackson can do in the NFL and never let him leave town. Jackson will join Pierre Garcon and Andre Roberts to give QB Robert Griffin III a very formidable group at WR in Jay Gruden's more pass-happy offense - which will also includes TE Jordan Reed. From a fantasy perspective, until last year, Jackson was never really a consistent point-producer, but Eagles HC Chip Kelly found ways to utilize him. The argument can be made that the Skins will have more legit targets this year than the Eagles had last season, so another 82/1,300/9 season likely isn't in store for DeSean. But, DJax is a huge deep threat with great speed who is going to produce big plays at times. Perhaps more important, he will draw eyes on defense that could open things up for the rest of the Washington offense. In Kelly's offense, Jackson was a big reason why Riley Cooper emerged last year, and guys like Garcon and Reed could similarly benefit in 2014.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Free agent TE Jermichael Finley reportedly couldn't pass a physical with Seattle when he visited the team. That's not a huge surprise, but there's no guarantee with his neck injury that he will be cleared over the summer. If he's healthy, it sounds like a matter of time until the Seahawks sign him.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:48pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Free agent WRs Santonio Holmes and Miles Austin are getting hurt by a deep wide receiver draft class. We've entered the phase of free agency where these guys are worth the risk at a bargain rate.

Fantasy Impact:

Sidney Rice is also available but may need to get medically cleared. There are certainly teams with needs at the position but it looks like going the route of the draft is going to be their first option.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Guys like Curtis Painter, Charlie Whitehurst, Luke McCown and Derek Anderson found work, while free agent Josh Freeman is wondering what happened to his once-promising career.

The Oakland Raiders were Freeman's best bet before free agency, but they preferred Matt Schaub. Freeman might have to wait until after the draft to find a team.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:38pm

Albert Breer on Twitter - [Full Article]

My guess is if Texas A&M WR Mike Evans lands in Buffalo, current WR Stevie Johnson could be moved.

Fantasy Impact:

Buffalo is also said to be interested in DeSean Jackson however, it looks like a deal with Washington is more likely. Either way, it seems like the Bills are trying to change their WRs for QB E.J. Manuel.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have signed free agent receiver-kick returner Jacoby Ford.

Ford saw limited action last season for Oakland, catching only 13 passes. He was used more on punt and kickoff returns, and figures to handle those chores for the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Ford could be used more out of the slot with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley likely to start on the outside. Ford, of course, has had injury issues most of his career. He has just three TDs in four seasons and likely won't be targeted in a lot of fantasy drafts.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:06am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Despite the fact the Dolphins just signed Knowshon Moreno, despite the fact they like Lamar Miller, I'm told the personnel department would still like to add one more running back -- likely somewhere between the fourth-fifth rounds -- to add juice and get more talent in the backfield.

Fantasy Impact:

The draft is considered deep with RB talent. As the story points out, and as we speculated after the Moreno signing, this likely means the end for Daniel Thomas in Miami.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints beat writer Mike Triplett wouldn't be surprised to see the Saints draft a tight end since veteran backup Benjamin Watson is getting older. But they are high on the potential of second-year pro Josh Hill.