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Bengals agreed to terms with No. 53 overall pick DE Margus Hunt.

One of the draft's most unique prospects, Hunt is a native of Estonia going on 26 years of age. The SMU product didn't light up the stat-sheet in college, but tore up the Combine, running a 4.60 40-yard dash and 1.62 ten-yard split. A mountainous 6-foot-8, 277 pounds, Hunt managed an eye-popping 38 bench-press reps. Bengals.com believes Hunt could be a frequent inactive as he learns the NFL game as a rookie, but his upside is definitely off the charts. It's just a matter of harnessing it, which is never easy.
Wed, May 22, 2013 02:58:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports DeMarco Murray is "going to play" Sunday with a wrap on his surgically repaired hand, but the Cowboys are "nervous" about using him in pass protection.

RapSheet writes to not be surprised if Murray and other Cowboys rest next week if Dallas locks up a playoff spot today. On Sunday, we expect to see Lance Dunbar handle a few more snaps than usual in pass-pro situations. The Cowboys may also give Joseph Randle a heavier dose of change-up work. Murray is still a top-ten RB1 play against the Colts' leaky defense.
Dec 21 - 9:31 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) will try to play Week 16 against the Cowboys but is a "longshot."

Look for Hilton to test out his gimpy hammy in warmups, but we're not expecting Hilton to suit up for the 4:25 ET kickoff -- especially with the Colts having little to play for. Owners need to have other plans in place. "If he's not 100 percent, can't open it up and be TY, then there's no sense putting him out there," coach Chuck Pagano said. If Hilton ultimately doesn't play, Donte Moncrief will see an expanded role in two- and three-wide sets next to Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. Moncrief is the preferred plug-n-play as he has the freshest legs and has out-snapped Nicks badly the last few weeks.
Dec 21 - 9:22 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Falcons plan to fire coach Mike Smith after the season.

La Canfora adds that "it would take a shocking playoff run to alter that scenario." This doesn't come as a surprise. Smith has been on the job for seven seasons now, but the team has taken a few steps back the past couple years. The Falcons are said to be looking at Broncos OC Adam Gase, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, and Stanford coach David Shaw, among others, as replacements.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 21 - 9:07 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports the Falcons are "optimistic" Julio Jones (hip) will play Week 16 against the Saints.

Although he didn't practice at all this week, Jones ran off to the side each day and participated in Saturday's walkthrough. His final hurdle will be a pregame workout ahead of the 1 PM ET kickoff. This is the most important game of the season for the Falcons. There's plenty of risk that Julio could only be used as a decoy, but he'd be extremely tough to sit if he's active. We'll know soon.
Dec 21 - 8:54 AM

Julio Jones (questionable, hip) participated in the Falcons' Saturday walkthrough.

Beat writer Vaughn McClure takes this as a "positive sign" Julio will play Sunday at New Orleans. Although Jones' status won't be decided until just before game time, most signs point toward the Falcons counting on Julio to play. Sunday's Falcons-Saints game has a 1PM ET start, so we'll know his availability early. It's hard to imagine sitting Julio in fantasy leagues if he's active.
Dec 20 - 11:19 PM

The Patriots have ruled out Julian Edelman (concussion) and LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) for Week 16 at the Jets.

Neither made the trip to New York. Edelman figures to be replaced by Danny Amendola, who could be a slightly intriguing "punt" play in DFS this week, although the majority of Tom Brady's targets figure to go to Rob Gronkowski, Brandon LaFell, and Shane Vereen. With Blount on the shelf, Jonas Gray will operate as New England's primary power runner between the tackles.
Dec 20 - 11:15 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Frank Gore (concussion) will play in Saturday night's game against the Chargers.

Gore practiced on a limited basis and has cleared his concussion protocols. With Carlos Hyde (ankle, back) ruled out, he should see an increased workload. Gore is a top-25 running back play for Week 16.
Dec 20 - 3:51 PM

Emmanuel Sanders missed Broncos' practice on Saturday with flu-like symptoms.

Sanders was reportedly feeling under the weather on Friday and will be given Saturday off to rest. The Denver Post's Troy Renck said there is "no reason to think he won't play." With Peyton Manning struggling, Sanders has seen his production tail off in the last two games. Under the weather and against a solid Bengals secondary, Sanders will be a risky WR2 for the fantasy championships.
Dec 20 - 1:11 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports several unnamed NFL executives believe the Bears may have to give up a draft pick in order to trade Jay Cutler.

Still owed a guaranteed $25.5 million on the seven-year deal signed last offseason, Cutler's contract appears to be trade prohibitive. Schefter's sources believe the Bears could offset the big guarantees by offering Cutler AND a draft pick to prospective trade partners. NFL rules dictate the Bears would have to receive some compensation in return, but Chicago could get around the rule by accepted a late-round pick in exchange for Cutler and a better pick. It would be a high price to pay to offload a talented quarterback, but with coach Marc Trestman likely finished after the season, Chicago may simply press the reset button.
Dec 20 - 11:21 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Roger Goodell told the Chargers, Raiders and Rams this week there will not be a team moving to Los Angeles in 2015.

This helps to explain why the Chargers announced on Tuesday they would be staying in San Diego for at least one more season. The Rams and Raiders could still file a relocation application after January 1, but those applications would not have the league's support and almost certainly would fail. The safe money is still on at least one team moving to Los Angeles in the near future, perhaps even as soon as 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 20 - 10:53 AM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects Julio Jones (hip) to play in Sunday's game at New Orleans.

Jones remains a game-time call after not practicing at all the last two weeks. But the Falcons are in a must-win spot and obviously need their most talented offensive weapon. Here's the full report from McClure: "From all the information I've gathered, Jones definitely will play against the Saints. And it's not as if the Falcons will have him on the field just as a decoy. They need Jones in this desperation game, so I suspect he will get plenty of opportunities." We'll have more information by Sunday morning at the absolute latest.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 19 - 11:07 PM




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