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49ers hired former ESPN analyst Eric Mangini as a senior offensive consultant.

It's a loss for football fans who value strong TV analysis during the week. Mangini was hard to love as a head coach for the Jets (2006-2008) and Browns (2009-2010) due to the borderline-paranoid way he handled his teams and all things associated with them, but in just a couple of years had become one of the better NFL analysts around. Still only 42, Mangini may well resurface as a defensive coordinator or head coaching candidate as soon as 2014 or 2015. His primary background has been defense, although Mangini was an offensive assistant in Baltimore under Ozzie Newsome in 1996. He'll work on Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis' side of the ball in San Francisco.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 01:05:00 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said walk-year WR Jordan Matthews is "a big part of what we do."

Entering his contract year, there have been rumors the Eagles are looking to deal Matthews, but Pederson expects him to remain on the roster. "Jordan...and Carson [Wentz] have a great relationship," Pederson said. "He's a dynamic slot guy, he's a little bit bigger guy, he works well in there." Matthews' role is sure to decrease following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but he is still a decent bet for 100 targets. Especially considering Jeffery's injury history, Matthews could end up being undervalued in fantasy drafts.
Mar 30 - 11:49 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson thinks Alshon Jeffery's presence will help the other receivers.

"For us, he brings some leadership into that room, and makes that room better," Pederson said. "The experience is obviously a big factor in what we're doing, and he can lead by example." Jeffery's work ethic was questioned at times in Chicago, but the Eagles clearly think he will be a good influence for the likes of Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. A true No. 1 receiver, he will also take pressure off Torrey Smith and especially Jordan Matthews, who were both out of place as top options. As long as Jeffery can stay on the field, the Eagles should have a much better receiving corps this season.
Mar 30 - 11:41 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said "the offense runs through" Jordan Reed.

Gruden made the comment after being asked about losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Washington did a good job retooling by drafting Josh Doctson last year and signing Terrelle Pryor, but Reed's ability to stay healthy will determine how good the offense can be. Reed caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season, but he has not played more than 14 games in his career. He is a high-upside, high-risk fantasy asset.
Mar 30 - 11:27 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has "an exact vision" of how to use newly-signed WR Ted Ginn.

"I seem him playing at flanker, I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does," Payton said. "He’s still, when he’s playing in each game, the fastest player on the field." Payton added Ginn will "do some of the same things" as departed WR Brandin Cooks, although it is highly unlikely he is as involved in the offense. Despite making the switch from Carolina to New Orleans, Ginn's boom-or-bust WR4 fantasy value remains intact.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 11:12 AM

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens "love" LSU RB Leonard Fournette.

Zrebiec believes the only way the Ravens take a running back in the first round is if Fournette falls to them at pick No. 16. That seems unlikely, but Baltimore looks like the running back's floor. The Panthers at No. 8 appear to be a strong candidate to land Fournette.
Mar 30 - 10:58 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks Ty Montgomery has the "ability" to be a No. 1 running back.

Montgomery is making the full-time switch to running back this offseason, and the Packers have yet to add much competition. That will almost certainly change before training camp, but Montgomery should get a shot at the lead job as long as he stays healthy. "Obviously it’s a very heavy lifting position, so availability will be Ty’s No. 1 statistic," McCarthy said. "This is a big opportunity for him." Montgomery will likely be part of a committee even if he is the "lead back," but he is explosive enough and plays in a good enough offense to remain a fringe RB2 with upside even on limited touches.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:45 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wants Tyreek Hill more involved in the offense this season.

"Growing Tyreek in the offense will be important," Reid said. "He’ll do nothing but get better as long as he keeps the right attitude and the same work ethic he had this past year...I’m expecting good things from him." Hill played just 416 snaps on offense as a rookie, and he topped 40 plays in just one game. That is not enough playing time for a versatile option who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Chiefs need to get Hill on the field more moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:41 AM

Cam Newton is undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder Thursday.

The surgery was announced last week. Newton is expected to resume a limited throwing program 12 weeks after surgery and start throwing with the team in fourth months. That timeline makes him questionable for the start of training camp, and he could sit out the entire preseason. Newton should be ready for Week 1 if his rehab goes as planned.
Mar 30 - 10:28 AM

Adrian Peterson was pictured working out with Jameis Winston.

It is somewhat notable because the Bucs may be in the market for a running back, and coach Dirk Koetter added fuel to the fire when asked about the picture. "I've seen Adrian Peterson many times playing and that guy is one of the best running backs to ever play," Koetter said. "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him how his workouts went." With Doug Martin suspended the first three games and not a lock to stick on the roster, Peterson could be an option for Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 9:49 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said extension talks with walk-year QB Derek Carr will ramp up after the draft.

"He knows what we’re trying to do in free agency," McKenzie said. "The communication has been ongoing, just talking about the philosophy of a contract and the thought process around it. Hopefully when the serious talks start going, then it’s going to be easier." The Raiders also would like to work out extensions with Khalil Mack and RG Gabe Jackson before training camp, but Carr will be first in line. It will be shocking if the two sides do not get it done over the summer.
Mar 30 - 9:45 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team can let the Doug Martin (suspended) situation "play out."

Suspended for the first three games for a PED violation, Martin did a stint in rehab following his positive test. The Bucs have been noncommittal on his future, and Koetter's comments suggest it is a decision they will take deep into the offseason. "I don’t know what’s going to happen as I sit here today," Koetter said, "but right now we’ve got time on our side." Unless the Bucs draft a running back early or bring in someone like Adrian Peterson, Martin will likely be back.
Mar 30 - 9:41 AM




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