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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team standard draft

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Every draft features difficult decisions for Fantasy owners to make. When do you draft a quarterback? Is this the right time to take a tight end? Did I get the right food for my draft party?

Our recent 12-team standard mock draft featured many tough decisions -- although none involved food. It started in Round 1 with the No. 6 overall pick. Five running backs were drafted in a row with Arian Foster, Ray Rice, LeSean McCoy, Ryan Mathews and Chris Johnson.

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Nathan Zegura decided to stop that run there, taking the first quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. He also passed on the No. 1 receiver in Calvin Johnson, but he was looking for the most consistent option, which in his view is Rodgers.

Two other quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Drew Brees) went in the first round, and Johnson wasn't drafted until No. 10 overall by Adam Aizer. He decided to go the unconventional route of drafting receiver-receiver with his first two picks, taking Larry Fitzgerald in Round 2.

Aizer didn't draft his first running back until Round 4 because for some reason, Cam Newton dropped into the third round, as did Matthew Stafford. You can't fault Aizer for his first three picks even if his running back corps started out a little thin with Doug Martin and Willis McGahee. He did say following the draft if he had to do it again, he might have taken Matt Forte ahead of Fitzgerald.

Dave Richard and I did something you might see a lot this year, going running back-running back with our first two picks at the end of the first round. Richard ended up with Darren McFadden and Michael Turner, and I took Trent Richardson and DeMarco Murray with the swing picks. I was extremely happy with those two selections based on their potential coming into the season.

Some other interesting decisions included Nando Di Fino drafting Michael Vick over Stafford and Newton to start Round 3. Di Fino said he likes Vick's upside based on his rushing ability, the return of a "happy" DeSean Jackson and he doesn't believe Newton will repeat his 2011 prowess.

Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham also fell to Round 3, which isn't crazy in a standard draft. What was interesting was Peter Madden drafting Gronkowski and then taking Jermichael Finley as his flex player in Round 8. There's no way Finley should have been on the board that late, and drafting two elite tight ends when you can use one as a flex -- in standard or PPR leagues -- is underrated, especially when they produce like standout receivers. Madden also took advantage of other great value picks by drafting Hakeem Nicks in Round 4 and Mike Wallace in Round 5. There's obvious risk involved if Nicks (foot) and Wallace (holdout) are out for an extended period of time, but if they are active and ready for Week 1 then his team should be tough to beat.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page.

In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

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We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Kevin Leonard -- a randomly-selected reader -- was chosen on Twitter to mock with us. This is something we plan to do going forward, so be on the lookout for your chance to draft with us.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
3. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
4. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
5. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
6. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
8. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
9. Kevin Leonard, Twitter follower
10. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
11. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Di Fino Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Darst Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Kopf LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Tobin Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
5 Passonno Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
6 Zegura Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
7 Madden Tom Brady, QB, NE
8 Brinson Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
9 Leonard Drew Brees, QB, NO
10 Aizer Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
11 Richard Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
12 Eisenberg Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Eisenberg DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
14 Richard Michael Turner, RB, ATL
15 Aizer Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
16 Leonard Matt Forte, RB, CHI
17 Brinson Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
18 Madden Steven Jackson, RB, STL
19 Zegura Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
20 Passonno Roddy White, WR, ATL
21 Tobin Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
22 Kopf Greg Jennings, WR, GB
23 Darst Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
24 Di Fino Michael Vick, QB, PHI
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Di Fino Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
26 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
27 Kopf Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
28 Tobin Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
29 Passonno A.J. Green, WR, CIN
30 Zegura Julio Jones, WR, ATL
31 Madden Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
32 Brinson Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
33 Leonard Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
34 Aizer Cam Newton, QB, CAR
35 Richard Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
36 Eisenberg Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Eisenberg Steve Smith, WR, CAR
38 Richard Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
39 Aizer Doug Martin, RB, TB
40 Leonard Darren Sproles, RB, NO
41 Brinson Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
42 Madden Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
43 Zegura Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
44 Passonno Miles Austin, WR, DAL
45 Tobin Tony Romo, QB, DAL
46 Kopf Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
47 Darst Frank Gore, RB, SF
48 Di Fino Marques Colston, WR, NO
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Di Fino Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
50 Darst Eli Manning, QB, NYG
51 Kopf Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
52 Tobin Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
53 Passonno BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
54 Zegura Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
55 Madden Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
56 Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
57 Leonard Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
58 Aizer Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
59 Richard Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
60 Eisenberg Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Eisenberg Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
62 Richard Antonio Gates, TE, SD
63 Aizer Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
64 Leonard Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
65 Brinson Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
66 Madden Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
67 Zegura DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
68 Passonno Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
69 Tobin Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
70 Kopf Roy Helu, RB, WAS
71 Darst Donald Brown, RB, IND
72 Di Fino Eric Decker, WR, DEN
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Di Fino DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
74 Darst Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
75 Kopf Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
76 Tobin Jason Witten, TE, DAL
77 Passonno Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
78 Zegura James Starks, RB, GB
79 Madden Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
80 Brinson Vernon Davis, TE, SF
81 Leonard Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
82 Aizer Robert Meachem, WR, SD
83 Richard Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
84 Eisenberg Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Eisenberg Titus Young, WR, DET
86 Richard Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
87 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
88 Leonard Ben Tate, RB, HOU
89 Brinson Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
90 Madden Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
91 Zegura Fred Davis, TE, WAS
92 Passonno Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
93 Tobin Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
94 Kopf Michael Bush, RB, CHI
95 Darst Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
96 Di Fino Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Di Fino LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
98 Darst Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
99 Kopf Brent Celek, TE, PHI
100 Tobin Mark Ingram, RB, NO
101 Passonno Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
102 Zegura David Wilson, RB, NYG
103 Madden Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
104 Brinson Nate Washington, WR, TEN
105 Leonard Lance Moore, WR, NO
106 Aizer Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
107 Richard Randy Moss, WR, SF
108 Eisenberg Greg Little, WR, CLE
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Eisenberg Kevin Smith, RB, DET
110 Richard Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
111 Aizer Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
112 Leonard 49ers DST
113 Brinson Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
114 Madden Jahvid Best, RB, DET
115 Zegura Evan Royster, RB, WAS
116 Passonno Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
117 Tobin Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
118 Kopf Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
119 Darst Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
120 Di Fino Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Di Fino Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
122 Darst Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
123 Kopf Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
124 Tobin Mike Williams, WR, TB
125 Passonno Felix Jones, RB, DAL
126 Zegura Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
127 Madden Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
128 Brinson Randall Cobb, WR, GB
129 Leonard Shane Vereen, RB, NE
130 Aizer Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
131 Richard Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
132 Eisenberg Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Eisenberg Josh Freeman, QB, TB
134 Richard Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
135 Aizer Andrew Luck, QB, IND
136 Leonard Coby Fleener, TE, IND
137 Brinson Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
138 Madden Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
139 Zegura Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
140 Passonno Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
141 Tobin Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
142 Kopf Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
143 Darst Delone Carter, RB, IND
144 Di Fino Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Di Fino Ravens DST
146 Darst Giants DST
147 Kopf Eagles DST
148 Tobin Patriots DST
149 Passonno Packers DST
150 Zegura Steelers DST
151 Madden Texans DST
152 Brinson Seahawks DST
153 Leonard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
154 Aizer Bears DST
155 Richard David Akers, K, SF
156 Eisenberg Jets DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Eisenberg Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
158 Richard Bills DST
159 Aizer Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160 Leonard Mason Crosby, K, GB
161 Brinson Dan Bailey, K, DAL
162 Madden Alex Henery, K, PHI
163 Zegura Garrett Hartley, K, NO
164 Passonno Jason Hanson, K, DET
165 Tobin Robbie Gould, K, CHI
166 Kopf Rob Bironas, K, TEN
167 Darst Nate Kaeding, K, SD
168 Di Fino Matt Bryant, K, ATL
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.3 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
3.10 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
4.3 Doug Martin, RB, TB
5.10 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
6.3 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.10 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
8.3 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
9.10 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.3 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
11.10 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
12.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
13.10 Bears DST
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
3.3 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
4.10 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
5.3 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
6.10 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
7.3 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8.10 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
9.3 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
10.10 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
11.3 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
12.10 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
13.3 Eagles DST
14.10 Rob Bironas, K, TEN
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.8 Roddy White, WR, ATL
3.5 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.8 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
5.5 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
6.8 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
7.5 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
8.8 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
9.5 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
10.8 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
11.5 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.8 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
13.5 Packers DST
14.8 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.2 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
3.11 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.2 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5.11 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
6.2 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.11 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
8.2 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
9.11 Randy Moss, WR, SF
10.2 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
11.11 Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
12.2 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
13.11 David Akers, K, SF
14.2 Bills DST
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
3.2 Wes Welker, WR, NE
4.11 Frank Gore, RB, SF
5.2 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
6.11 Donald Brown, RB, IND
7.2 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
8.11 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
9.2 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
10.11 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
11.2 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
12.11 Delone Carter, RB, IND
13.2 Giants DST
14.11 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
2.1 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.12 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
4.1 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.12 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
6.1 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
7.12 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
8.1 Titus Young, WR, DET
9.12 Greg Little, WR, CLE
10.1 Kevin Smith, RB, DET
11.12 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.1 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
13.12 Jets DST
14.1 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.9 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
3.4 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.9 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
5.4 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
6.9 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.4 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.9 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
9.4 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
10.9 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
11.4 Mike Williams, WR, TB
12.9 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.4 Patriots DST
14.9 Robbie Gould, K, CHI
Kevin Leonard
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Drew Brees, QB, NO
2.4 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.9 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
4.4 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
5.9 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
6.4 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
7.9 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
8.4 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
9.9 Lance Moore, WR, NO
10.4 49ers DST
11.9 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
12.4 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
13.9 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
14.4 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
3.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
4.12 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.1 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
6.12 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.1 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
8.12 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
9.1 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.12 Brandon Jacobs, RB, SF
11.1 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
12.12 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
13.1 Ravens DST
14.12 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.7 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
3.6 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
4.7 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.6 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
6.7 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
7.6 James Starks, RB, GB
8.7 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
9.6 David Wilson, RB, NYG
10.7 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
11.6 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
12.7 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
13.6 Steelers DST
14.7 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Tom Brady, QB, NE
2.6 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
3.7 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.6 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.7 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
6.6 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
7.7 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.6 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
9.7 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
10.6 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
11.7 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.6 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
13.7 Texans DST
14.6 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.5 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
3.8 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.5 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
5.8 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
6.5 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
7.8 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
8.5 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.8 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
10.5 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
11.8 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
12.5 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
13.8 Seahawks DST
14.5 Dan Bailey, K, DAL

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Player News
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart looking to build off strong finish
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Over the last five weeks of the regular season, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart rushed for 486 yards, second only to Dallas' DeMarco Murray. Stewart followed that up with 123 yards and a touchdown in the playoff win over Arizona.

"I'm really excited for next year," Stewart told the team's website. "You have to find your zone throughout the offseason. It starts now."

Stewart got the chance to be a workhorse when DeAngelo Williams fractured his hand Week 13. ESPN.com reports there's a "strong possibility" the Panthers will release the 31-year-old Williams this offseason, leaving Stewart, 27, as the unquestioned starter.

"It's just part of the journey," Stewart said of the individual success he had toward season's end. "The moment you start focusing on that, you miss out on other things along the journey."


Report: Patriots hoping to sign Darrelle Revis to long-term extension
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Patriots are reportedly looking to sign cornerback Darrelle Revis to a long-term extension, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

However, New England has not ruled out paying Revis the $20 million team option in 2015, Rapoport reports. The decision needs to be made by April 1, when a $12 million roster bonus kicks in for Revis.

Revis totaled 47 tackles in 16 games for the Patriots, grabbing two interceptions and forcing one fumble.


C.J. Spiller expecting 'March Madness' style free agency
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Bills running back C.J. Spiller is getting healthy again. Spiller, who has fully recovered from a shoulder injury, just ended the final season of his contract and is looking at his options for next season.

"Physically, I’m back to 100 percent, back to doing normal activities," Spiller told The Post and Courier on Friday. "As far as football, free agency will start in March, and I’ll get with my people next week and get a game plan together."

Spiller has played five seasons for the Bills, only playing two full years. He ran for 1,244 yards in 2012 with six touchdowns.

"I guess you could say it’ll be March Madness," Spiller said with a smile. "It’ll be a fun March."


Report: Rams among teams interested in trade for Eagles' Foles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Teams are beginning to show interest in Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, as reports are surfacing Philadelphia is unsure of what to do with the third-year quarterback, per NJ.com. A source said the Rams have interest in Foles should the Eagles choose to trade him this offseason. 

The Titans and Texans have also been mentioned as teams that would have interest in Foles, if he hits the trade market.

It's still unclear if the Eagles would be willing to move Foles. NJ.com reported last week the Eagles, who have the 20th pick in the NFL Draft, are considering making a run at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the draft. 

"From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy,'' a source said. "It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.

"Can it happen? I don't know. But they're going to try."

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly recruited Mariota to Oregon and coached him for two years.

"Obviously, [with] my relationship with coach Kelly, it'd be a lot of fun to be a part of that offense and be a part of that team," Mariota said when asked about a potential reunion with Kelly.

Foles is 15-9 as a starter in the NFL, but he has yet to play a full season. He has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 6,753 yards, 46 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.


Colts' Luck on new contract: 'There's nothing there right now'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) An ESPN report surfaced last week stating the Colts were working on making quarterback Andrew Luck the highest-paid player in the NFL. When asked about the subject at the Pro Bowl, Luck seemed surprise when he heard the news.

"There's nothing there right now," Luck said, per The Indianapolis Star. "I didn't think about it all during the season and it's only been a few days since it ended. I haven't thought about it. I will have conversations with my agent just because you have to prepare, but I'm not sure where that report came from."

Luck has two years remaining on the $22 million deal he signed as a rookie in 2012. It includes a team option for 2016, which must be exercised later this year.

Luck just completed his third season in the NFL. He has been to the Pro Bowl every year he's been in the NFL. He's gone 11-5 in every season as an NFL starter. He threw for a career-best 40 touchdowns in 2014 and led Indianapolis to the AFC title game this season.


Seahawks' Sherman disappointed he won't receive gifts from Pro Bowl
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) In case you missed Sunday's Pro Bowl, Team Irvin knocked off Team Carter, 32-28, thanks to a second-half rally, which included touchdown catches by Emmanuel Sanders and Jimmy Graham.

While many Pro Bowl players that made the original roster were absent from the game due to injuries, Pro Bowl players from the Patriots and Seahawks also did not play due to preparations for next Sunday's Super Bowl.

One player who seemed upset about missing the Pro Bowl was Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. However, it was for a reason you probably wouldn't suspect.

“Only thing I’m disappointed in is they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb,” Sherman said, per The Boston Globe. “The NFL is the only league that punishes the players who actually make the All-Star game by not giving them their gifts. It’s supposed to be watches and some other stuff, but we don’t get them so I couldn’t tell you.”


Patriots' Tom Brady on Deflategate: 'My feelings got hurt'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) If you have been out of the loop for the last week, then you might be unaware the Patriots have been under a lot of scrutiny since the AFC title game due to improperly inflated footballs used against the Colts. The media hoopla has transformed the controversy into what we know as Deflategate.

If you haven't been out of the loop, then you are well aware of the nonstop coverage it has received the last week and despite the Patriots pleas for it to go away, it just won't.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had to deal with the backlash from Deflategate, and he found himself talking about the subject again Monday morning during an interview with WEEI.

“It’s all speculation,” Brady said. “I’ve tried to wrap my head around it, too. I’ve done that and I’m trying to move past that, because I continue to try to rehash things. I personalized a lot of things and thought this was all about me, and my feelings got hurt. Then I moved past it, because it’s not serving me. What’s serving me is try to prepare for the game ahead. I’ll deal with whatever happens later. I’ll have my opportunity to try to figure out what happened and figure out a theory like everyone else is trying to do. But this isn’t the time for that. Honestly, I’m not interested in trying to find out right now, because we have the biggest game of our season ahead.”

One topic Brady didn't have a problem addressing was the speculation coach Bill Belichick threw him under the bus during a press conference on Thursday. But Brady came to the defense of Belichick, who has won three Super Bowls as the Patriots coach.

“I’ve never once felt that we’re not on the same page,” Brady said. “He’s a great coach. He’s the only coach I’ve ever played for; he’s the only coach I’d ever want to play for. There’s a lot of people over the years that have criticized him, but I’d say there’s not one player who’s ever played for him who’s not had an unbelievable amount of respect for him and how he prepares and his diligence and his preparation."


Giants' Odell Beckham says he played with hamstring tears
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham said he played all season with two tears in his hamstrings, according to the New York Daily News.

Beckham took part in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but admitted he's still not fully healed. Beckham said the injuries prevented him from getting to that "last gear that I wanted to have." He added that the injuries really bothered him against the Eagles and Colts. Beckham said he was "stumbling" and falling over during those games. He added that he's not sure whether he'll ever be 100 percent again.

The rookie had a tremendous season, hauling in 91 balls for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. 


Patriots' Tom Brady meeting with NFL after Super Bowl 49
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady doesn't expect to meet with the NFL until after Super Bowl XLIX, according to NFL.com.

The Patriots have been in the headlines all week due to Deflategate, and it appears the situation won't be resolved until after the season. "I believe they're going to do [a meeting] after the season," Brady said. "So we'll deal with it after this game. I think everybody is locked in, ready to go for the Super Bowl." Both Brady and coach Bill Belichick have held separate press conferences during the week to deny the team's involvement in deflating their footballs. 

The Patriots are subject to punishment from the NFL if the league finds any wrongdoing during the investigation. 


Earl Thomas on bad shoulder: 'I'll still play fearless'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, who dislocated his shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, could remain limited in practice this week ahead of the Super Bowl, reports the Seattle Times. But he said he won't be thinking about the injury against the Patriots.

"When I come alive nothing is limited,’’ he said. “I’ll still play fearless, throw my body around, and let whatever happens, happens.’’

Thomas did allow that he might have to rely more on his teammates.

“My mindset is I have an opportunity to really trust my teammates,’’ he said. “This is the first game I’m going to have to trust them because of my injury. So I really, really, really trust my teammates, and that’s what I’m banking on, my teammates doing what they need to do and I need to come through myself.’’

It's unclear if Thomas will need offseason surgery.

The Seahawks are 1-point underdogs after opening as 2.5-point favorites.


 
 
 
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