Player Notes

  • Vikes offering Nick Foles a chance to start?
    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Patrick Reusse is "hearing" free agent Nick Foles has been promised a chance to compete for the starting job if he signs with the Vikings.

    Advice: Yeah, no. Even if that's something that's being whispered to Foles' agent behind the scenes, it has no practical bearing on reality. Teddy Bridgewater isn't exactly an upper-echelon starter, but he's well established as being better than Nick Foles. Few things generate more fanciful scenarios than backup-quality quarterbacks. Today, 5:03 pm
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  • Drew Brees won't talk contract after Week 1
    Contract-year QB Drew Brees maintains he'll cut off extension negotiations once the season begins.

    Advice: Brees is headed into the final year of his five-year, $100 million contract, which was reached under extremely acrimonious conditions. Things don't seem to be going much better this time around. Brees is the best player in Saints history, and coming off another dominant season, but headed into his age-37 campaign. He's a tough contract case, especially since he doesn't concede dollars like Tom Brady. Today, 4:35 pm
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  • Browns will name QB by 1st preseason game
    Coach Hue Jackson expects to name his starting quarterback before the first preseason game.

    Advice: Spoiler Alert: It will be Robert Griffin III, who is expected to get the vast majority of first-team reps despite reportedly being outplayed by Josh McCown during the offseason program. With Griffin seemingly locked in as the starter, the Browns could look to trade McCown during camp. Today, 9:28 am
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  • Tyrod, Bills could reach deal before season
    The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports walk-year QB Tyrod Taylor and the Bills reaching a long-term agreement before the season "is a possibility."

    Advice: Carucci reports the two sides are talking "relatively frequently" and have "open lines of communication." This is a surprising development after Taylor appeared resigned to playing out the season without an extension earlier this month. Taylor is set to earn $3 million in the final year of his deal. Today, 6:29 am
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  • Smith, Petty on the bubble with Fitz back
    Jets could decide to move on from Geno Smith or 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty after re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Advice: Even with Fitz back in the fold, the Jets have questions at quarterback. Second-round pick Christian Hackenberg is guaranteed a roster spot, but he is unlikely to be ready for a backup role this year. Smith could serve as the backup, but keeping him would require New York to either cut Petty after just one season or retain four quarterbacks, which would hurt the depth at another position. Ultimately, we expect Petty to be the odd man out. Today, 5:48 am
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  • McCown outplayed RG3 this spring
    According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh McCown "at times ... looked more ready in spring practices than (Robert) Griffin to start and win a game."

    Advice: McCown was quietly a top-20 quarterback last season -- he finished 14th in passer rating, in fact -- but the rebuilding Browns have no motivation to start him as a 37-year-old with only a few seasons left. The Plain Dealer confirms "all signs" continue to point to Griffin getting the Week 1 starting nod. If a team loses a quarterback in camp, McCown should be one of the first players they target. McCown would be a big upgrade on what's going on in Denver. Yesterday, 6:58 pm
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  • Prescott found not guilty of DUI
    Cowboys fourth-round QB Dak Prescott was found not guilty of DUI and speeding charges on Wednesday.

    Advice: The arrest was in March. The Cowboys were apparently unconcerned, making Prescott the No. 135 overall pick in May. Reports on Prescott's spring were mixed at best, with some saying he was outplayed by Jameill Showers. Prescott should get a lot of run this preseason with Tony Romo unlikely to play much. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
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  • Kubiak: Lynch struggled in spring practices
    Broncos coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged first-round pick Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at spring practices.

    Advice: Kubiak did say he's been "pleased" with Lynch early in camp, insisting he's shown "improvement." Kubiak later stated Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian would share first-team reps, with Lynch mainly quarterbacking the third team. Barring a big step forward in preseason games, Lynch appears likely to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch a la Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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  • Sanchez will get first reps at Broncos camp
    Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Mark Sanchez will handle the first quarterback reps at Broncos camp.

    Advice: Kubiak did call the quarterback battle a "tricky situation," and said Trevor Siemian will share first-team reps with Sanchez. Paxton Lynch fell behind in the spring and no longer appears to be a serious candidate to start in Week 1. The fact that Sanchez could not separate himself from Siemian is a bad sign for the player once nicknamed "Sanchize." Siemian posted a 27:24 TD-to-INT ratio in his Northwestern career, completing under 60 percent of his throws. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
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  • Sanchez/Siemian to split reps at Broncos camp
    Broncos GM John Elway reiterated that the team's quarterback position is "going to be wide open."

    Advice: Elway agreed with coach Gary Kubiak that none of the Broncos' quarterbacks did enough in the spring to separate from the pack. Kubiak later said he is "interested" to see how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian "look" in team drills, and revealed that they will "split" first-team reps at the beginning of camp. Kubiak conceded rookie Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at OTAs and minicamp. It's looking more and more likely that the Broncos' quarterback battle will come down to Sanchez and Siemian. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
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  • Jets re-sign Fitzpatrick to 1-year, $12M deal
    Jets signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million contract.

    Advice: The deal is fully guaranteed. Fitzpatrick can make another $3 million in incentives "based on team performance." The Jets and Fitzpatrick played hardball all offseason before ultimately agreeing to a deal on the first day of camp. The Jets were always Fitzpatrick's only realistic destination. His return locks in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as high-floor fantasy picks, whereas they may have been more volatile with Geno Smith under center. Fitzpatrick's salary puts him at the low end of NFL starters, but he'll have a chance for an extension if he repeats his 2015 success. Fitzpatrick is best viewed as a QB2 in fantasy leagues who should be useful to stream against weak defenses. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Joe Flacco (knee) could sit out preseason
    Joe Flacco (knee) suggested he could sit out the entire preseason.

    Advice: Flacco is cleared for training camp, but the Ravens may not want to risk him to any setbacks. It's a minor concern in terms of him getting his timing down with receivers. Flacco should be fully healthy for Week 1. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Andrew Luck wants to get rid of ball faster
    Andrew Luck wants to get rid of the ball quicker in an effort to limit the hits he takes.

    Advice: "Situational awareness and getting rid of the ball quicker," Luck said. "That falls under understanding the playbook." Luck isn't wrong. By Pro Football Focus' count, just five quarterbacks held onto the ball longer in 2015, though two of them were Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Luck had survived an unreal amount of punishment through the first three years of his career before finally paying a price in 2015. Tuesday, 4:32 pm
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  • Report: Kaepernick cleared for training camp
    The Sacramento Bee reports Colin Kaepernick (shoulder surgery) has been cleared for training camp.

    Advice: Kap underwent shoulder, knee and thumb operations, but it was his shoulder that needed final clearance. Kap could still begin camp on active/PUP as he gets his conditioning in order, but he'll be ready to battle Blaine Gabbert for the starting job. Amazingly, Gabbert seems to have a leg up. It's a crazy world out there. Tuesday, 3:53 pm
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  • Jags scored 35 first-quarter points last year
    The Jaguars scored just 35 first-quarter points in 2015.

    Advice: The mark was the second worst in the league. Despite the struggles early, the Jaguars managed to finish 14th in total scoring on the back of 26 second-half offensive touchdowns. 23 of those touchdowns came through the air, which represented almost two-thirds of Blake Bortles' scoring output last season. An improved defense should help Jacksonville stay in games, but they need to start faster on offense. An improved running game could help in that endeavor. Tuesday, 6:39 am
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  • Eagles want Carson Wentz to be starter ready
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson wants Carson Wentz to be "starter ready" by Week 1.

    Advice: "You want (Wentz) to be in a position where if there’s an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don’t have any worries," coach Doug Pederson said. "You’re fully confident in his ability to take over. Because backup quarterbacks need to be ready to go in an instant." In theory, it's just coachspeak, but it's also an admission the Eagles believe Wentz could be "starter ready" by the opener. Sam Bradford needs to have the season of his life to hold off the No. 2 overall pick for 16 games. Monday, 12:10 pm
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  • Eagles continue to insist Bradford will start
    The Eagles continue to insist Sam Bradford will be their starting quarterback.

    Advice: "I’ve said all along that Sam’s the guy," coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Barring a preseason injury, Bradford should be under center in Week 1, but that will simply start the Carson Wentz clock. Bradford needs to have a career year to hold onto his job for 16 games. Monday, 11:40 am
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  • McCarthy: Rodgers in best shape of career
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his career.

    Advice: "Aaron's vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great year," McCarthy said. "I would say this is the best shape I've seen him in." Rodgers had arthroscopic knee surgery in January, but has appeared in all 16 games three of the past four years. His health and conditioning aren't concerns as he looks to rebound from his worst season as a starter. Monday, 10:26 am
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  • Lions to work out Jimmy Clausen
    The Lions will work out free agent Jimmy Clausen on Monday.

    Advice: Clausen has been making the rounds, also receiving interest from the Redskins last week. He'd fill a camp-arm role in Detroit behind Matthew Stafford and Dan Orlovsky. Sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock is also on the 90-man roster. Sunday, 5:59 pm
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  • Eagles re-sign McLeod Bethel-Thompson
    Eagles re-signed QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

    Advice: Bethel-Thompson didn't generate any interest after his release earlier this offseason. He'll provide a camp arm behind Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, and Carson Wentz. Sunday, 8:36 am
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