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Chris Polk

UNS -RB

19 hours ago

Eagles set Polk free

The Eagles on Friday rescinded their restricted free-agent offer to RB Chris Polk. That makes the 25-year-old an unrestricted free agent and takes 1 player out of the crowded Philly backfield. The Eagles could still draft an RB in a later round next week, but DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews will clearly lead the rushing attack, with Darren Sproles reprising his primarily pass-catching role. Polk could make for a decent committee piece in the right situation. He has averaged 4.7 yards per carry through 3 pro seasons.

Le'Veon Bell

PIT -RB

2 days ago

Bell's knee "getting back close to 100%"

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says the knee he injured in last year's season finale is "getting back close to 100%."  The injury was only reported as a hyperextension, but the fact that Bell still isn't at full strength 4 months later means there might have been more to it.  Still, there's no reason to expect the knee to be an issue in 2015 -- especially since Bell is suspended for the first 3 games of the season.

Greg Hardy

DAL -DL

2 days ago

NFL suspends Hardy 10 games

The NFL on Wednesday announced a 10-game suspension for Cowboys DE Greg Hardy for "conduct detrimental to the league." The move comes under a disciplinary code that wasn't in place when Hardy allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend last summer. That could make his appeal interesting. If he does miss the 1st 10 games, it's going to be tough to draft the top-shelf pass rusher in most IDP leagues. That would also keep DE among Dallas' top needs heading into next week's NFL Draft. We'll see where this situation goes.

Alex Smith

KC -QB

2 days ago

Chiefs want Smith to be more aggressive

The Chiefs want QB Alex Smith to be "more of a risk-taker" this season, according to insider Adam Teicher.  Smith has long been known as a game-manager, dink-and-dunk type of passer.  That was certainly the case last year.  Per Pro Football Focus, Smith attempted just 27 passes 20+ yards downfield in 2014.  That ranked 37th league-wide.  (There are only 32 teams in the NFL.)  In WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City has a couple of guys that can stretch the field.  More aggressive play from Smith might mean more a lower completion rate and more INTs.  But it would also likely help his passing and TD totals.  It'd be a net gain for his fantasy football value.

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI -WR

2 days ago

Fitzgerald doesn't expect big numbers

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald says "it's not possible" for him to put up big numbers in his role in HC Bruce Arians' offense. "I just don’t have the opportunities down the field. I’m more inside, I move the chains a lot more. So in terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult."  Fitz has averaged 11.6 and 12.4 yards per catch, respectively, in his 2 seasons under Arians.  Those are his 3rd and 4th lowest marks of his 11-year career.  We're sure Arians' system has played a part in that, but the 31-year-old Fitzgerald has also lost a step or 2.  Consider him no more than a low-upside WR3 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Greg Jennings

MIA -WR

3 days ago

Jennings signs with Dolphins

The Dolphins have inked WR Greg Jennings to a 2-year, $8 million deal.  He reunites with HC Joe Philbin, who was with Jennings in Green Bay for 6 years.  The 31-year-old is past his prime, averaging just 12.2 yards per catch with the Vikings over the past 2 seasons.  But Jennings also totaled 127 grabs across those campaigns.  He's still a reliable receiver and is a nice addition to a young Dolphins WR corps.  Jennings figures to slot in as the #3 WR behind Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills, though, limiting his fantasy appeal.

Blake Bortles

JAC -QB

3 days ago

Bortles working on mechanics

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles spent part of the offseason working with QB mechanics guru Tom House, whose other clients include Tom Brady and Drew Brees.  “Tightening mechanics,” Bortles said the pair worked on. “Throwing with not just all arm, using the whole body and figuring out how to do that. Having a checklist and being able to say it was a bad throw and this is what went wrong and this is how you fix it.”  It's an encouraging sign from a guy who completed just 58.9% of his passes with 11 TDs and 17 INTs as a rookie.  Greg Cosell opined earlier this offseason that Bortles "lost his technique" last year and needs to go "back to basics."  It appears he's doing that.  Bortles still has big strides to make before we can consider him a reliable fantasy asset.  But he has the athleticism and supporting cast to become at least a strong matchup play this year.

Antonio Brown

PIT -WR

5 days ago

Brown "mulling" a holdout

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is not present for the start of the team's offseason workout program and is "mulling" a training camp holdout, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.  Brown inked a 6-year, $43 million deal back in 2012 but is now just the 13th highest-paid WR in terms of annual salary.  He ranks 2nd and 3rd, respectively, in catches and yards over the past 3 seasons.  We'll keep an eye on the contract squabble, but it won't impact Brown's fantasy outlook unless it extends into training camp.  He's spent 5 years with QB Ben Roethlisberger and 3 in OC Todd Haley's offense.

Tim Tebow

PHI -QB

6 days ago

Tebow headed to Philly

FOX's Jay Glazer reports that the Eagles will sign QB Tim Tebow on Monday. Philly worked the "QB" out on March 16 and were said to be trying to trade QB Matt Barkley. That has yet to happen. Perhaps Chip Kelly has some plan for how to use Tebow, because rostering him as a 3rd or 4th QB doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The former Bronco and Jet has proved that he's not very good at NFL quarterbacking. There's no fantasy intrigue to this move right now, but it'll be an interesting situation for the summer ... although not nearly as interesting as ESPN will treat it.

Denard Robinson

JAC -RB

6 days ago

Robinson was cleared in February

Jaguars RB Denard Robinson received full medical clearance from last year's foot sprain in February.  The Week 14 injury ended his 2014 campaign but shouldn't be an issue this season.  Robinson flashed during a 4-game stretch from Weeks 7-10 last year, tallying 389 yards and 4 TDs on 72 carries (5.4 YPC).  He faded over the next 3 weeks, though, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry.  Jacksonville made a run at DeMarco Murray in free agency and will likely add a RB in the draft.  How early they do so will tell us how confident the Jags are in Robinson going forward.

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