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2012 Draft Prep: Rookie and dynasty rankings

Senior Fantasy Writer

Fantasy owners fell in love with rookies in 2011, and rightfully so. They were some of the best Fantasy options in all leagues last year.

Cam Newton was a Top 5 quarterback, DeMarco Murray and Roy Helu were productive running backs and A.J. Green and Julio Jones were elite receivers. We also had positive moments from Andy Dalton, Torrey Smith, Titus Young, Mark Ingram, Kendall Hunter and Christian Ponder.

This year's rookies could be even better. The 2012 draft class had a full offseason of work, and there is plenty of talent from these first-year players.

Dynasty Rankings
The following is a cheat sheet for owners in a dynasty league. Some of these rookies won't make much of an impact in 2012 but could be valuable to Fantasy owners in 2013 and beyond.
1. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins
4. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
6. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans
7. Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams
8. David Wilson, RB, Giants
9. Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos
10. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
11. Brian Quick, WR, Rams
12. Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins
13. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears
14. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals
15. Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
16. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
17. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks
18. Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns
19. Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks
20. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals
21. Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
22. Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions
23. Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
24. LaMichael James, RB, 49ers
25. Nick Toon, WR, Saints
26. A.J. Jenkins, WR, 49ers
27. Vick Ballard, RB, Colts
28. Chris Rainey, RB, Steelers
29. Bernard Pierce, RB, Ravens
30. Chris Givens, WR, Rams
31. DeVier Posey, WR, Texans
32. Juron Criner, WR, Raiders
33. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts
34. Evan Rodriguez, TE, Bears
35. T.J. Graham, WR, Bills
36. Marvin Jones, WR, Bengals
37. Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts
38. Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles
39. Michael Egnew, TE, Dolphins
40. Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos
41. Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers
42. Travis Benjamin, WR, Browns
43. Danny Coale, WR, Cowboys
44. Brandon Bolden, RB, Patriots
45. Tommy Streeter, WR, Ravens

We're going to preview the Top 20 rookies for this season with the focus on 2012 and also provide a list of players for owners in dynasty leagues. For example, you'd rather draft Ronnie Hillman over Isaiah Pead this year, but Pead has more long-term value as the potential heir apparent to Steven Jackson in St. Louis.

Top 20 rookies of note for 2012

Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: Richardson is considered the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson in 2007, and he has amazing potential. He ran for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2011 at Alabama with 29 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns are going to lean on him, and Fantasy owners should as well. He is expected to be a featured running back in a league full of tandems, and he could average 20 touches a game, which is rare. Richardson is worth drafting toward the end of Round 1 and should be considered a steal in Round 2, assuming he heals quickly from a recent knee procedure.
My projection: 277 carries, 1,344 yards, 11 TDs; 46 catches, 355 yards, three TDs
Early-August ADP: 13th overall
I'd take him: 12th overall

Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers: Martin has to beat out LeGarrette Blount for the starting job, but he has elite-level talent. He has a skill set similar to Ray Rice, who new head coach Greg Schiano coached at Rutgers. We can see both running backs sharing carries, but Martin has a ton of upside. He projects as a No. 2 Fantasy running back in standard leagues with his value slightly higher in PPR formats. We could see Martin reaching 1,200 total yards, and the key will be how many touchdowns he can score, especially with Blount as a potential vulture. Martin had at least 1,350 total yards and 14 touchdowns each of the past two seasons at Boise State.
My projection: 244 carries, 1,176 yards, five TDs; 58 catches, 422 yards, three TDs
Early-August ADP: 41st overall
I'd take him: 42nd overall

Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins: Griffin was the Heisman Trophy winner in 2011, but his entire body of work at Baylor was impressive. He set or tied 54 school records while passing for 10,071 yards, 77 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also added 32 rushing scores. Griffin is not going to play like Newton last year, but he does have the potential to be a Top 12 Fantasy quarterback. He has a solid receiving corps with Fred Davis, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson, and his rushing ability should set him apart from most quarterbacks. The Redskins also have done a decent job throwing the ball under Mike Shanahan, ranking No. 9 in passing yards the past two years with 8,270, and that was with the likes of Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman. Griffin is worth drafting as a low-end starting option or a top-end backup.
My projection: 3,787 passing yards, 23 TDs, 13 INTs; 574 rushing yards, five TDs
Early-August ADP: 82nd overall
I'd take him: 91st overall

Ronnie Hillman, RB, Broncos: The Broncos are going with Willis McGahee as their starter, and coach John Fox remains loyal to his veterans. But with Peyton Manning now in town, he will likely have a prominent say in the personnel around him. While McGahee should dominate the carries, we could see Hillman play an important role in the passing game. And McGahee battled through injuries last year and will turn 31 this year. Hillman is easily a No. 3 Fantasy running back in PPR leagues, and he should be a key reserve coming into the year in all formats. But don't be surprised if by the middle of the season, especially after McGahee takes a pounding as the featured back, that Hillman takes over as the starter on all downs. If he proves he can pass protect for Manning then his playing time will continue to rise dramatically.
My projection: 144 carries, 703 yards, four TDs; 48 catches, 333 yards, one TD
Early-August ADP: 139th overall
I'd take him: 100th overall

David Wilson, RB, Giants: Wilson doesn't have to be a direct replacement for Brandon Jacobs. After all, he's about five inches shorter and 60 pounds lighter. What Wilson wants from Jacobs is his workload as the complementary rusher to Ahmad Bradshaw. Jacobs averaged 174 carries the past three seasons, coming away with 743 yards and seven touchdowns. If Wilson could reach those totals he would end up as a No. 3 Fantasy running back. And with Bradshaw's injury history, especially with his feet, Wilson could end up with a couple of starts for the Giants. Since they invested heavily in Wilson with a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, we could see Wilson doing a lot this year. He ran for 1,627 yards last year at Virginia Tech with 10 total touchdowns.
My projection: 124 carries, 568 yards, three TDs; 34 catches, 288 yards, three TDs
Early-August ADP: 127th overall
I'd take him: 107th overall

Kendall Wright, WR, Titans: The Titans drafted Wright out of Baylor in the first round of the NFL Draft, and he is expected to earn playing time right away. He could see significant action if Kenny Britt (knee) is slow in his recovery or has a lengthy suspension. Wright was a star at Baylor, where he teamed with Griffin on 108 catches for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. His career total of 4,004 yards receiving is 1,300 yards more than anyone who preceded him. Speed is the name of his game, but he doesn't have great size (5-foot-10), which is why he could see plenty of time in the slot with Britt and Nate Washington outside. Still, Wright has a ton of upside, and he could be the No. 1 rookie receiver in 2012.
My projection: 46 catches, 777 yards, seven TDs
Early-August ADP: 160th overall
I'd take him: 123rd overall

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Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars: The Jaguars drafted Blackmon in the first round of the NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State, and he is expected to make an impact right away for Fantasy owners. Jacksonville needs playmakers, and he has the makings of a star. The 6-foot-1, 207-pound dynamo scored 38 touchdowns in his final 25 games and caught 244 passes for 3,378 yards in his collegiate career (35 games). Catching darts from Brandon Weeden, Blackmon set an NCAA record with at least 100 yards and one touchdown in all 12 games in a season in 2010 and won two consecutive Fred Biletnikoff awards as the top college wide receiver. If Blaine Gabbert can consistently get Blackmon the ball then his Fantasy value will rise, but that's the one thing that could hold Blackmon back. We're not expecting a Green-type rookie year for Blackmon, but he could end up as a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver.
My projection: 58 catches, 973 yards, four TDs
Early-August ADP: 115th overall
I'd take him: 124th overall

Andrew Luck, QB, Colts: It wouldn't be a surprise if Luck is better than Griffin this year, but most likely Griffin will be the better Fantasy quarterback. Still, Luck is no slouch, and he might have more value long-term. He finished his collegiate career at Stanford with 80 passing touchdowns and seven rushing scores in 37 games, completing 66 percent of his passes with an 8.8 yards per attempt average (9,083 yards). He also averaged 26 rush yards per game. He has decent weapons in Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener and Austin Collie, and he should be throwing a lot with the Colts trailing in games. He projects as a top-end No. 2 Fantasy passer this year.
My projection: 4,021 passing yards, 31 TDs, 20 INTs; 121 rushing yards, one TD
Early-August ADP: 136th overall
I'd take him: 164th overall

Coby Fleener, TE, Colts: Rarely does a rookie quarterback get his No. 1 receiver from college on the same team in their first year, but that's what the Colts have with Andrew Luck and Fleener. The Colts took Fleener in the second round of the NFL Draft out of Stanford, and he should shine with Luck much in the same way Dallas Clark did with Manning. Fleener is a tight end with a similar skill set to Clark in that both are standout receivers. In 2011, Fleener averaged 19.6 yards per reception with 10 touchdowns, which followed up an eight-touchdown campaign in 2010. It might be hard for Fleener to become a No. 1 Fantasy option right away, but he's worth a late-round pick in most standard leagues based on potential alone.
My projection: 48 catches, 577 yards, six TDs
Early-August ADP: 152nd overall
I'd take him: 127th overall

Brian Quick, WR, Rams: We've heard good things out of Rams' training camp about nearly all of their receivers, including Danny Amendola, Greg Salas, Chris Givens and Steve Smith. That's all well and good, and hopefully one or more of those guys emerge because St. Louis has a miserable receiving corps. But look for Quick to be their best Fantasy receiver this year and a go-to target for quarterback Sam Bradford. He's a big target at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, and Bradford should look for him in all scenarios. The Rams will likely be trailing in a lot of their games, and Quick should rack up plenty of production. He's not an elite talent, but he does have an exceptional opportunity given the lack of talent around him. Don't be surprised if Quick ends up as the best rookie receiver this season, and he could emerge as a No. 3 Fantasy option this year.
My projection: 54 catches, 811 yards, six TDs
Early-August ADP: 168th overall
I'd take him: 132nd overall

Robert Turbin, RB, Seahawks: Depending on when you draft, Turbin can either be a good handcuff option or a late-round steal. Marshawn Lynch, the starter in Seattle, is facing a possible suspension following a DUI arrest in July. If that happens then Turbin could end up as the No. 1 option in the Seahawks backfield. But even if Lynch plays all 16 games we could still see Turbin play a significant role. He is a big back at 5-foot-10, 222 pounds, and he ran for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns at Utah State last year. But Lynch's status will determine just how good Turbin will be this season.
My projection: 115 carries, 522 yards, four TDs; 16 catches, 87 yards; two TDs
Early-August ADP: 165th overall
I'd take him: 145th overall

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Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams: Pead might not have a huge rookie season, but he does have the potential to be a solid Fantasy option starting in 2013. Jackson, if he stays healthy, should dominate the carries for the Rams this season. But Jackson's near the end of his run as a featured running back, and Pead could be the starter as early as 2013, especially if he shows promise this year. He had a good collegiate career at Cincinnati with 545 carries for 3,288 yards and 27 touchdowns and 87 catches for 721 yards. He can work on all downs and has been compared to LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles. Those are lofty expectations, but Pead has more value in dynasty formats than he does this year.
My projection: 98 carries, 454 yards, four TDs; 21 catches, 156 yards, two TDs
Early-August ADP: 189th overall
I'd take him: 148th overall

Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins: Miller is like Pead where his impact might not be felt as a rookie and more in his second year. The Dolphins have a crowded backfield with Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas, but Miller will still get his touches. The new coaches in Miami drafted Miller, and Bush and Thomas are leftover from the previous staff. Still, it will likely take an injury to Bush for Miller to be more than just a complementary player. Miller comes from a great line of running backs for the Hurricanes with Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis and Frank Gore, and he ran for 1,272 yards and nine touchdowns last year. Hopefully he can become as good as James, Portis or Gore once he gets a shot at extended playing time.
My projection: 97 carries, 444 yards, three TDs; 28 catches, 212 yards, two TDs
Early-August ADP: Not being drafted
I'd take him: 149th overall

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears: The Bears plan to start Devin Hester opposite Brandon Marshall, but we expect Jeffery to be the No. 2 receiver for the Bears. Jeffery has plenty of upside thanks to his size, hands and opportunity. With the Bears likely to lean on Marshall, Jeffery should have a lot of single coverage. The 6-foot-3, 220 pound former standout at South Carolina totaled 179 career receptions for 2,894 yards (16.2 yards per catch) and 22 touchdowns in college. He'll probably take a while to be that productive in the pros, but expectations are growing for him. He could end up as a No. 4 receiver for Fantasy owners this year.
My projection: 46 catches, 611 yards, seven TDs
Early-August ADP: 195th overall
I'd take him: 175th overall

Rueben Randle, WR, Giants: Randle has a great opportunity in front of him this year. For starters, he could see increased playing time if Hakeem Nicks (foot) is out or limited to open the season. Along with that, the Giants have a need for a third receiver behind Nicks and Victor Cruz with Mario Manningham gone. Randle might open the season as the No. 4 receiver behind Domenik Hixon, but Randle will definitely see plenty of targets. He did well at LSU last year with 53 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns, and if he can play at a high level then Eli Manning will keep him involved.
My projection: 42 catches, 633 yards, six TDs
Early-August ADP: 197th overall
I'd take him: 191st overall

Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals: Floyd's NFL career did not get off to a great start as he opened training camp as the No. 4 receiver behind Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Early Doucet. Floyd was expected to start opposite Fitzgerald, and hopefully he can beat out Roberts for that spot by the time we get to Week 1. As good as Floyd could be -- and he was a star at Notre Dame last year with 100 catches for 1,147 yards and nine touchdowns -- he will be hampered by his quarterback situation. Whether Kevin Kolb or John Skelton starts, Floyd might not perform at a high level. It's tough enough for Fitzgerald, who is a stud. Floyd should only be drafted with a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
My projection: 44 catches, 655 yards, five TDs
Early-August ADP: 167th overall
I'd take him: 198th overall

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: The Bengals are in the market for a starting receiver after Jerome Simpson left as a free agent for Minnesota. Sanu will compete with fellow rookie Marvin Jones to start opposite Green, but we expect Sanu to win the job. He is a productive receiver who had 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns last season with Rutgers. Green raved about Sanu that he's a more polished receiver than he was as a rookie, and he could be a great red-zone target at 6-foot-2, 211 pounds. If he does win the starting job then he could be worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues.
My projection: 43 catches, 644 yards, five TDs
Early-August ADP: Not being drafted
I'd take him: 205th overall

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Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns: Weeden doesn't have a lot of long-term value because he's an older rookie at 28 (he'll be 29 in October). But Weeden could emerge as a decent option, especially in two-quarterback leagues. The Browns need to improve their receiving corps, but since they will likely be trailing in games we could see Weeden throwing a lot. The Browns attempted 570 passes in 2011 (by comparison, the Packers attempted 552), so Weeden could have the chance to shine. For seasonal leagues, he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper formats. He was great at Oklahoma State last year with 4,727 passing yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and he was exceptionally accurate by completing more than 72 percent of his passes. Hopefully those skills will carry over into the NFL.
My projection: 3,712 passing yards, 20 TDs, 18 INTS; 76 rushing yards, one TD
Early-August ADP: Not being drafted
I'd take him: 225th overall

Stephen Hill, WR, Jets: The Jets might have the worst receiving corps in the NFL, and that's including a decent option in Santonio Holmes. Hill should start opposite Holmes by default, but it's no wonder the team plans to be run heavy. Hill is used to playing in a run-oriented offense at Georgia Tech, and he had just 49 catches for 1,248 yards and nine touchdowns in three years. He should be more involved in the NFL, but he might not see consistent targets each week. Hill is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues, but if he does anything early in the year he could be added off the waiver wire in deeper formats.
My projection: 42 catches, 641 yards, five TDs
Early-August ADP: Not being drafted
I'd take him: 207th overall

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns: Speaking of bad receiving corps, the Browns had to spend a second-round pick in the supplemental draft on Gordon, who was kicked off Baylor's team for testing positive for marijuana. He has plenty of talent, and he is expected to start opposite Greg Little. We might not see Gordon play at a high level until 2013, but he is someone to monitor. He had 42 catches for 714 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010, and if Weeden can find him on a consistent basis then maybe he can post quality stats. But we're not in the business of drafting on maybes, and Gordon still has a lot to prove.
My projection: 47 catches, 707 yards, three TDs
Early-August ADP: Not being drafted
I'd take him: 209th overall

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Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik |
(1/29/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will begin his probation on Wednesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson will begin community service, and will undergo counseling to determine whether he has a drug problem. Peterson will report to a probation officer once a month in order to take a drug test. The strict drug testing stems from an Oct. 8 pre-trail urinalysis. Peterson admitted to "smoking a little weed," though the results from the test were never disclosed. 

Probation officials will also determine whether Peterson needs to attend parenting classes. 

Per his plea agreement, Peterson was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He's required to perform at least 16 hours per month, which would allow him to complete to program prior to training camp.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million. The team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension. 

Austin Collie signs with CFL's BC Lions
by R.J. White |
(1/29/2015) Free-agent receiver Austin Collie has signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Thursday.

"I’m excited to be joining the Lions and very much look forward to playing in the CFL," said Collie. "The wide-open play of the Canadian game and the passion of fans across the league is going to be a lot of fun to experience."

Collie played four seasons with the Colts and one with the Patriots. In his last NFL action, he caught four passes for 57 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.

Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: 'I don't want to take less money'
by R.J. White |
(1/29/2015) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reiterated Thursday that while he'd be willing to restructure his contract if asked, he would not accept a pay cut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."

McCoy, who is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, turned in his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years in 2014, finishing with 1,319 rushing yards on 312 carries and 155 receiving yards on a career-low 28 receptions. All five of his touchdowns came on the ground.

Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB
by Sean d'Oliveira |
(1/29/2015) When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015, Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team would look at every available option, reports The Buffalo News.

"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."

The Bills have former first-round pick EJ Manuel on their roster, but Ryan said he would not commit to Manuel as his starting quarterback at this time.

"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.

Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson said he hasn't had the opportunity to meet with new coach Rex Ryan, but that didn't stop him from expressing his excitement about the new coaching regime in Buffalo.

"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."

The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.

"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that. 

"Players, the way we found out is we got a generic text from him, saying that he was moving on and he had chosen to opt out of his contract." 

Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) If defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lions, then he will become a free agent March 10 and there will be plenty of teams interested in the Pro Bowl lineman. 

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck indicated if Suh wanted to sign with Oakland, then he would be welcomed in Raider Nation.

"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders."

It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.

"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."

Nick Foles: 'I plan on being in Philly' in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) There has been a lot of talk about quarterback Nick Foles' future with the Eagles, especially since Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly's former pupil at Oregon -- Marcus Mariota -- will be part of this year's draft class.

On Thursday, Foles addressed the rumors and stated he is expecting to be back on the Eagles' roster in 2015.

"Yeah you hear about it," Foles said in between doing paid appearances at Super Bowl XLIX, per "You are going to hear about it every single year. That's just part of it. The main word is 'rumor.' You can't put too much into it....I plan on being in Philly.

"I only listen to (head coach) Chip Kelly. That's what is most important. He is the one that will make the decision. Right now all I am going to do is work because I plan on being back in Philadelphia and playing with my team. That's all I ever thought. So that is what I plan on doing and I'm not looking at it any other way."

Foles added he hasn't talked with Kelly since the end of the season.

"We haven't talked a lot. He has a lot going on," Foles said. "This time of year you really just get away from everything. He is busy looking at the draft, doing all that. I saw he is more of the decision maker. Haven't really talked to him too much, but I'm sure I'll hear from him soon."

Dwyer pleads guilty in domestic violence case, gets probation
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded guilty Thursday in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court to a single count of disorderly conduct pertaining to his domestic violence case, according to The Arizona Republic.

Dwyer was sentenced to 18 months of probation and community service following the plea, according to a court spokesman.

The 25-year-old Dwyer was arrested Sept. 17 for a July 21 incident in which he allegedly head-butted his wife in the face and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances and bit his lip, according to reports taken at the time.

Dwyer's wife told police she reported the incident in September because she feared for their child's safety after seeing reports of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's arrest on child-abuse charges.

The Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football injury list after his September arrest. He did not play again during the 2014 season.

Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: 'I certainly hope he comes back'
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) While the football world anxiously awaits official word from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his playing status for the 2015 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and longtime Manning rival -- said Thursday he hopes the five-time NFL MVP will continue his career.

"What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said Thursday, per "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

Archie Manning, Peyton's father, told NFL Network on Thursday that his son hasn't made a decision yet.

"Well, Peyton evaluates things; he's pretty good at that," he said. "I can't tell him what to do, and he hasn't told me what he's going to do. But I do know that he's really giving a lot of things a lot of thought. He's thinking about where he is physically, he wants to see how he can do this some more, trying to get over an injury."

Archie added starting over with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will not be an issue for Peyton, if he decides to return next season.

"Yeah, but he loves Gary. He likes Gary," Archie Manning said. "He liked John Fox. He liked Adam Gase. All those things, I think, are considered with. But my deal is he's always made good decisions; he's pretty thorough. He's going to evaluate a lot of things, and I think he'll make a good decision."

RG3: 'I could've sat out the rest of last year' after hurting ankle
by Michael Hurcomb |
(1/29/2015) During a radio interview Wednesday night, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III indicated the dislocated ankle he suffered in Week 2 against the Jaguars hindered him the rest of the season. He missed six games due to the injury.

“I had never suffered an ankle injury of that severity before, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Griffin said, per The Washington Times. “It just became more and more tough the more games that we lost, because you know how hard your guys work, and you want to get out there and help them win games.

“I could’ve sat out the rest of last year, with how bad the ankle was, but I felt like I could play, and I wanted to get out there and play with my guys and help them win games. And that didn’t happen when I got back out there. Then coach made a decision [to bench me]. That was an unfortunate decision, and something we all had to go with because that was coach’s choice.”

Griffin will be entering the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2015. The Redskins have until May 3 to decide if they want to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract for 2016. 

Griffin added his focus this offseason will simply be on getting healthy.

“Last year, I wasn’t healthy, and it sucked,” Griffin told ESPN 980. “There’s no other way to say it other than that. When you dislocate your ankle in the second week of the season, when you and your team had big things in mind. So I guess it’s just getting healthy, getting a mental break, getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward from this year so we can go out there and win games.”