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Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:34am
New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow shouldn't face any discipline for his November arrest for alleged possession of medical marijuana, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told reporters in a news conference on Thursday.
Winslow was arrested in East Hanover for possession of synthetic marijuana, a substance that is illegal in New Jersey and many other states but is not among drugs banned under NFL drug policy.
"Our drug policy is one that has strict and well-defined drugs that are banned," Smith said. "If they are not on the list, they can't serve as the basis for discipline."
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:25am
Just talked to QB Michael Vick. As expected, his career will continue elsewhere. Very badly wants chance to start in 2014.
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:24am
“There’s a lot of chance for injury -- a lot of chances that you could lose your starting quarterback," Kaepernick said. "So it’s something our offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) talked to me a lot about. A lot of our coaches have to me talked to me, as far as, ‘Make sure you protect yourself and when we give you those opportunities to run, if you can get out of bounds, get out of bounds. If not, get down.’”
“When you get to the postseason, it’s one-and-done, if you’re not winning,” Kaepernick said. “So we’re going to do everything we can to try to win those games.”
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:21am
Mike Williams fined regularly after injury
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 11:10am
Fresh off signing a six-year, $40.25-million contract extension in the summer of 2013, wide receiver Mike Williams was placed on injured reserve in Week 9 with a torn hamstring. Since his injury, Williams has documented his partying and his new career as a rapper – complete with original recorded songs – for all the public to see on his Instagram account.
Players can party all they want to – as long as it doesn’t get them in trouble with the law or interfere with their job. But the team grew so concerned with Williams’ behavior over the last two months of the season that it was deemed immature and unprofessional as he accumulated several fines totaling more than $200,000 for either being late to mandatory team meetings or missing those meetings and scheduled rehab days for his torn hamstring during the 2013 season.
This is a situation to monitor this summer. Williams has a relatively low cap number (~$1.8 million) and may be let go if his work ethic doesn't get better in 2014.
Bernard Pierce out 4-5 months after shoulder surgery
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 11:01am
Pierce is expected to require four to five months of rehabilitation and is expected to make a full recovery.
People are writing off Ray Rice after his dreadful 3.1 YPC, but Pierce was actually worse (2.9 YPC) which makes us wonder if the line/scheme deserves a good amount of blame for the team's rushing woes. Regardless, the Ravens have said they may move to more of a RBBC in 2014. Pierce should be ready to play by training camp.
Rams hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator
Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:55am
The Rams fired DC Tim Walton and hired Gregg Williams.
Redskins OC Sean McVay 'loves' Jordan Reed
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:21pm
"He’ll be a force at this position if he stays healthy. Reed had just started to become more of a downfield threat before he was hurt. The bulk of his passes before the Bears game in Week 7 were underneath routes, but he hurt Chicago on a couple downfield throws, burning the Bears secondary on some post-corners. That will increase in 2014. The Redskins averaged 37 fewer yards through the air with Reed absent the final six games. I don’t know what Jay Gruden’s plans are for him, but I do know that new offensive coordinator Sean McVay loves Reed and it’s not hard for anyone to see the talent he has just by flipping on the film."
Reed was on pace for 80-887-5.3 (#7 TE-type numbers) prior to his injury, but didn't even crack the 50% snaps played mark until Week 6. In the five games where he played at least 50% of his team's snaps, he averaged 6.2-76-.40 or #3 TE-type numbers. The main concern with Reed is his injury history, specifically with concussions. According to NBC Washington, Reed suffered two concussions while at Florida. If he can stay healthy, he's a likely top 5 fantasy TE, but that's a pretty big 'if' at this point. (As for McVay, he should love Reed as he was the TE coach for the Redskins prior to becoming OC.)