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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Mike James fractured his left ankle in Monday night's game against the Dolphins and is "out indefinitely."

James gashed the Dolphins for 41 yards on five carries on the opening drive, getting the offense down to the one-yard line before he was carted off the field following a tackle where Dannell Ellerbe landed on James' ankle and trapped it between the turf and Ellerbe. James is still undergoing tests, but initial X-rays revealed a fracture. The severity isn't yet known. Brian Leonard has been getting much of the work in James' absence, though Bobby Rainey has been sprinkled in and has scored a touchdown. James' rookie season may be over.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 11:04:00 PM

The new Bucs coaching staff has reportedly changed their opinion on Doug Martin as a pass-catcher.

The Lovie Smith regime came to Tampa thinking they needed to find a passing back, which led to the selection of Charles Sims at No. 69 overall. But that opinion "changed in a big way after Martin used training camp and the preseason to show his versatility." Now Sims (ankle) is out until at least Week 10, Martin is shaping up as a three-down back and the Bucs have added a nasty run-blocker in Logan Mankins. The Muscle Hamster's arrow is pointing up.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 10:09 AM

Coaches have told ESPN's Dan Graziano that Andre Williams is "still a bit too raw for them to count on him extensively, at least at the beginning of the season."

Rashad Jennings is shaping up as both the passing back and the primary ball carrier for the Giants. Williams will sprinkle in little for short-yardage, change-of-pace and goal-line work. We're not blown away by Jennings' raw talent, but there aren't many three-down workhorse backs left in the league. His current ADP is in the late-third or early-fourth round.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 9:45 AM

Chiefs agreed to terms with QB Alex Smith on a four-year, $68 million extension through 2018.

Because Smith was owed $8 million in 2014, the deal is actually $76 million over five seasons -- a $15.2 million annual average -- with $45 million guaranteed. If you treat Andy Dalton's Bengals deal similarly, Smith is collecting roughly $1.3 million more per year, but is still well south of Jay Cutler ($18.1 million annually) and Joe Flacco ($20.1 million) money. Even with Smith's passing limitations considered, this seems like a fair deal for both sides. The Chiefs will continue to lean heavily on running back Jamaal Charles and a talented defensive front seven to carry them in games. Smith seemed to grow as a quarterback over the course of his first season under Andy Reid, posting career highs in passing touchdowns (23) and rushing (76-431-1). He became more willing to pull the trigger on tough throws as the year progressed. Smith, 30, is a low-ceiling QB2 in fantasy leagues and will probably remain that way for the rest of his career.
Aug 31 - 6:35 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said Sunday he's "comfortable" leaving Ben Tate in on third downs.

Tate has obviously secured Cleveland's early-down rushing job, and it appears he'll open the season as a true every-down back. Rookie Terrance West faded as soon as the preseason began, getting exposed as not NFL-ready. The Browns' No. 3 tailback is UDFA Isaiah Crowell. Considering how poorly West played in August, it's possible Tate does not have a clear handcuff. West and Crowell might share the workload in the event of an injury to Tate.
Aug 31 - 6:16 PM

Former Jets WR Stephen Hill went unclaimed on waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

The NFL clearly does not think highly of Hill, who is still only 23 years old and blessed with sub-4.4 speed at 6-foot-4, 215. It's worth noting Hill has practice squad eligibility per new NFL rules. Hill is still a hold in Dynasty leagues. You certainly won't find more upside on a Dynasty waiver wire.
Aug 31 - 5:45 PM

Texans released FS Chris Clemons.

The move is a big surprise after Houston gave Clemons $450,000 guaranteed in March. As Reshad Jones will open the season on suspension for the Dolphins, Miami might want to look into bringing Clemons back. The Texans' free safety job will likely now go to Kendrick Lewis, a longtime Romeo Crennel favorite.
Aug 31 - 4:21 PM

Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo has won the Patriots' backup quarterback job.

Garoppolo was detested in draftnik circles, but played exceptionally well this preseason, completing 46-of-79 passes for 618 yards (7.8 YPA), five touchdowns, and one interception. He did take something of a step back in New England's preseason finale, but ultimately was the better option over Ryan Mallett. In the Patriots' high-octane offense, Garoppolo would be worth grabbing in fantasy leagues if something happened to Tom Brady. Garoppolo deserves to be bumped up Dynasty league rankings.
Aug 31 - 2:26 PM

Texans waived QB Case Keenum.

The move clears a roster spot for Ryan Mallett. A third-year undrafted free agent out of Houston, Keenum actually sparked the Texans' offense after first taking over for Matt Schaub last season, but came unraveled due to his inability to identify the blitz. He was effective off play action, however, and showed surprising athleticism. He should have multiple years left in the league as a backup.
Aug 31 - 2:07 PM

Texans acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2016.

The "compensation" is as close to nothing as the Texans could have sent. Seemingly on the block since the day he arrived in New England in 2011, Mallett has been heavily connected to the Texans since they named former Pats OC Bill O'Brien head coach. Mallett adds more depth to the Texans' uninspiring trio of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage, but isn't an obvious upgrade. His acquisition should mean Keenum is sent packing. Despite his inexplicable name recognition, we wouldn't count on Mallett starting any games. He's attempted only four regular-season passes, and has never stood out in exhibition action.
Aug 31 - 1:31 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, 49ers RG Alex Boone is expected to report within the next 24 hours with a reworked two-year deal.

Boone's months-long holdout is finally over and he's emerged with a victory. His total compensation increases from $3.7 million over the next two years to a max of $8 million, he got all fines and bonus forfeitures stemming from the holdout waived and he will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016. The 49ers will not be able to use the franchise tag on him. It's clear the 49ers, perhaps scared by a shaky preseason, caved off their stance of not negotiating with holdouts.
Aug 31 - 12:19 PM

Rams seventh-round pick Michael Sam went unclaimed on waivers.

Sam lost a camp battle to the more versatile UDFA DL Ethan Westbrooks. 31 other teams had a chance to claim his rights, but declined. Now he's free to sign with any team he chooses, which should benefit him in the long term. Sam, bidding to become the NFL's first openly gay player to appear in a regular season game, needs to land with a 4-3 club that has a specific need for a situational pass rusher. The Giants are one spot that makes sense.
Aug 31 - 12:11 PM




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