Player Notes

  • Whaley: Our quarterbacks are on equal footing
    During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

    Advice: That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.
    Yesterday, 5:49 am
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  • A.J. McCarron recovered from shoulder issue
    A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

    Advice: McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
    Saturday, 2:32 pm
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  • Bills giving Tyrod Taylor legit shot to start
    Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed QB Tyrod Taylor will get first-team reps during offseason practices.

    Advice: "The way they’re structuring practices everyone is getting a run with the ones," said GM Doug Whaley. "So it’s a fair shake. In this system that we’re trying to figure out who is going to be the number one. It’s all about competition. That’s why everybody involved is excited about it." Matt Cassel is the favorite to win the starting job with E.J. Manuel his most likely competition, but it is telling Buffalo is giving reps to a career backup like Taylor. With the quarterback position in disarray, the Bills should lean heavily on LeSean McCoy and the running game.
    Saturday, 6:47 am
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  • Goodell will preside over Brady's appeal
    The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

    Advice: The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
    Friday, 1:10 pm
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  • Report: Carr not considering hand surgery
    A league source tells CSN Bay Area that Derek Carr isn't considering hand surgery.

    Advice: Carr's agent had already publicly decreed he wouldn't be going under the knife, and it's apparently the same story behind the scenes. Per beat writer Scott Bair, Carr is expected to resume throwing "well before training camp," but isn't guaranteed to be ready for next month's minicamp.
    Thursday, 6:12 pm
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  • Report: SD now 'optimistic' about Rivers deal
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers are "optimistic" about signing contract-year QB Philip Rivers to an extension.

    Advice: In March, Rivers said "nothing" could change his mind about not signing an extension, but his tone has softened dramatically in recent weeks. Perhaps Rivers has come around on the idea of playing in Los Angeles, or believes the Bolts won't bolt San Diego. Rivers' attitude adjustment has coincided with the de facto end of trade season. Where he once appeared intent on playing hardball, Rivers now seems likely to sign an extension with the only team he's ever known.
    Thursday, 4:10 pm
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  • Carson two months away from full clearance
    Carson Palmer (ACL) is roughly two months away from full clearance.

    Advice: Palmer is approaching seven months removed from his latest ACL tear. He's been participating in individual drills and 7-on-7s at minicamp, putting him on track for full 11-on-11 work in August. Palmer's 16-game pace last year was 4,336 passing yards, 29.3 touchdowns and eight interceptions -- top-10 fantasy quarterback numbers. But it's worth noting he faced some of the league's worst defenses in his six outings (SD, WAS, OAK, PHL, DAL, STL).
    Thursday, 5:15 am
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  • Jets OC: Geno Smith will 'probably' start Wk 1
    Jets OC Chan Gailey said there will be no quarterback competition heading into training camp, and Geno Smith will "probably" be the starter Week 1.

    Advice: This comes as a big surprise. Gailey all but locked in Smith as his starter, basically saying Geno won't lose the job in training camp. Gailey went on to say Smith can "make every throw in the book." Smith's talent hasn't been his problem; turnovers in bunches have been the issue his first two seasons. It appears Ryan Fitzpatrick will open the summer as the clear No. 2.
    Wednesday, 11:55 am
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  • Arians: No. 3 quarterback job 'wide open'
    Coach Bruce Arians says the competition for the Cardinals' No. 3 quarterback job is "wide open."

    Advice: It doesn't speak well to 2014 fourth-rounder Logan Thomas' development. His "wide-open" competition is with journeyman Chandler Harnish and undrafted rookie Phillip Sims. The Cardinals needed Thomas to step up in the worst way last season, but he completely bombed in practice. If he doesn't run away with No. 3 duties this summer, his future will be looking grim.
    Tuesday, 10:42 am
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  • Drew Brees unfazed by selection of Grayson
    Drew Brees said he's unfazed by the selection of QB Garrett Grayson in the third round.

    Advice: Grayson isn't coming for Brees' job this year or next, but it's still been a rough offseason for the veteran's stock. The Saints traded away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills, invested heavily in the defense and run game, and have been talking up a less voluminous pass attack. Then they used a top-75 pick on a quarterback. Brees, now 36 years old, regressed to fantasy's No. 6 quarterback last season and is a threat to fall even further back to the pack this year. He has weakened weaponry, declining efficiency and we can't pen him in for his usual 650 attempts.
    Tuesday, 5:22 am
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  • Tannehill's guarantee really only $21.5M
    Ryan Tannehill's new contract only fully guaranteed him $21.5 million at signing.

    Advice: Like most NFL contracts, the original reported number of $45 million guaranteed was a bit misleading. Tannehill received $21.5M guaranteed at signing and will get another $3.5M guaranteed when he's on the roster in March of 2016. But the $14.475M he's scheduled for in 2017 doesn't become guaranteed until March of that year and the same can be said for the $5.525M due in 2018. It's a reasonably team-friendly deal that is essentially "pay as you go" after 2-3 years -- similar to the recent Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick extensions. Tannehill will have to earn that back-end money and if he does, the Dolphins will be happy to pay it.
    Tuesday, 4:58 am
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  • Matt Barkley was a Chip Kelly pick
    Although Howie Roseman oversaw the 2013 draft, Matt Barkley was reportedly a Chip Kelly pick.

    Advice: The Barkley pick was widely laughed at when it was made and nothing has changed since then. Unable to drive the football and lacking athleticism, he's not long for the NFL and a wasted fourth-rounder by Kelly. The Philadelphia Inquirer projects Tim Tebow as the Eagles' No. 3 quarterback this year behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
    May 18, 8:35 am
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  • Ryan Griffin to battle McCown for one spot
    Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown are expected to battle for the Saints' No. 2 quarterback job.

    Advice: Griffin should be considered the favorite after lighting up the preseason last year to the tune of a 62.3 completion percentage, 6.88 YPA, 3:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 90.3 passer rating. Of course, it probably won't matter much as Drew Brees has missed just one game since joining the Saints in 2006. Third-round rookie Garrett Grayson is locked in as the developmental third quarterback.
    May 18, 5:15 am
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  • Mariota, Titans set to begin contract talks
    Sources tell PFT's Mike Florio the Titans will begin contract negotiations with Marcus Mariota on Monday.

    Advice: Of the first seven picks in this year's draft, Mariota is the only one who hasn't signed a contract. It's unclear how Mariota and his agent will approach the issue of offset language. Without offset language, Mariota could get paid twice if the Titans released him and let him sign with another team before his four years are up. Jacksonville's deals with Dante Fowler and Blake Bortles did not include offset language, though most contracts do.
    May 17, 10:12 am
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  • Broncos sign seventh-round QB Trevor Siemian
    Broncos signed No. 250 overall pick QB Trevor Siemian to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Siemian wasn't able to work out during the pre-draft process due to a torn ACL, but the Broncos liked his Northwestern tape enough to invest a late-round flier in him. Five months removed from surgery, Siemian is a candidate to spend his rookie year on injured reserve. He’ll compete for third-string duties when healthy.
    May 16, 5:49 pm
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  • Tebow has 'real shot' to make Eagles' roster
    Philly Mag's Tim McManus believes Tim Tebow has a "real shot" to win the No. 3 quarterback job in camp.

    Advice: With G.J. Kinne transitioning away from quarterback, Tebow's competition for the No. 3 role will be the underwhelming Matt Barkley. Barkley is a better quarterback than Tebow, but Tebow would bring some versatility and short-yardage ability to a roster spot which was wasted last year. Tebow could stick on the roster if he avoids falling on his face during training camp.
    May 16, 7:13 am
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  • Connor Halliday no longer with Redskins
    Undrafted rookie QB Connor Halliday is no longer with the Redskins.

    Advice: Halliday won't attend this weekend's rookie minicamp, and it's believed he may be done with football. A source told ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim that Halliday "had lost his love for football." Halliday put up record-breaking statistics at Washington State, where he played in Mike Leach's shotgun spread.
    May 15, 10:23 am
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  • Report: SEA unwilling to give Wilson $20M-plus
    Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports it's "highly unlikely" the Seahawks will extend contract-year QB Russell Wilson's deal this year.

    Advice: Wilson is said to be seeking in excess of $20 million annually on a five-year extension. Per Cole, the Seahawks "have no desire to get anywhere close to that" and are willing to let him play out the final year of his rookie contract and then use the franchise tag back-to-back years through 2017. That would net Wilson around $45-48 million over the next three years. Recent reports have suggested the two sides are "10s of millions" apart in contract talks. Cole's report seconds that.
    May 15, 9:09 am
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  • Bryce Petty 'looked rough' at rookie camp
    Fourth-round pick Bryce Petty reportedly "looked rough" at Jets rookie camp.

    Advice: This was expected and isn't necessarily a red flag. Big, athletic, and strong armed, Petty is a complete project coming out of Baylor's one-read Pistol Spread offense. He won't be in the mix to start for the Jets in Week 1.
    May 15, 8:31 am
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  • Report: Pettine wanted to 'move on' from JFF
    A league source told Yahoo Sports that Browns coach Mike Pettine "was ready to move on" from Johnny Manziel when Manziel checked himself into rehab following an abysmal rookie season.

    Advice: A separate league source told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that owner Jimmy Haslam, GM Ray Farmer, and new OC John DeFilippo "still believe Manziel can be salvaged." Despite his head coach's skepticism, there is still enough support inside the Browns' building that Manziel will get a long look in his second NFL training camp. His lone real obstacle to be Cleveland's starter is Josh McCown, who turns 36 in July and committed 18 turnovers in 11 starts last year.
    May 15, 8:30 am
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