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2012 Draft Prep: 12-team PPR mock draft

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The biggest difference in PPR leagues from standard formats might be when quarterbacks are drafted. With the additional value given to running backs and receivers, quarterbacks tend to fall on Draft Day.

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That happened in this draft. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees went in Round 1 as expected, but Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton fell to Round 3. Now, that likely won't happen in most leagues, but you shouldn't reach for a quarterback in this format even with six points for passing touchdowns.

In most standard leagues, quarterbacks are the highest-scoring players. Last year, 18 of the Top 30 players in a standard league were quarterbacks based on total Fantasy points. But in a PPR league, that number was reduced to just 14 quarterbacks.

You can afford to wait on quarterbacks in this format, and in this league 15 running backs, seven receivers and two tight ends were drafted before Stafford at No. 28 overall (I took Newton two picks later at No. 30). The next quarterback after that wasn't drafted until No. 59 overall with Matt Ryan and Michael Vick went one pick later.

Another difference is when the better receiving options are drafted. For example, in this league Jimmy Graham went in Round 1 at No. 12 overall. Darren Sproles was drafted at No. 14 overall in Round 2 ahead of Steven Jackson, Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson. And Wes Welker was the No. 3 receiver drafted ahead of Andre Johnson and Julio Jones. Roddy White also went ahead of Jones.

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I like the Graham pick, but Sproles went too soon. Welker is worth the risk there, but I'd still draft him after Johnson and Jones even in this format. There were some other interesting picks, which you can see here.

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, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. 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.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Blogger
2. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
5. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
8. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
11. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer

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

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Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 NJ.com. "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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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 NFL.com. "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 | CBSSports.com
(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.”


 
 
 
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