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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.

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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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Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders hoping to reach 1,000 yards
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:44 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders believes the new offensive scheme in Denver will effect his numbers, accoridng to the team's website.

Sanders is working with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison and coach Gary Kubiak to install the team's new offense and noted it's very different from last year's spread attack.

"You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that's huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it. It's different," Sanders said. 

"It's a totally different set up, but I tell you what, the more and more I'm in it," said Sanders. "Because we can get the run game going and just use my vertical speed on cross routes and all these different combinations of routes is based off the play action, then I think the offense will be successful with Peyton Manning at the helm."

Sanders, who totaled 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, doesn't think he'll accomplish the same numbers.

"Of course obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses, well I'm praying that it is, but obviously it's not going to be one of those offenses where you catch it and you're going to have two receivers catching over 100 passes," said Sanders. "Hopefully, my goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games."


Cowboys rookie La'el Collins taking reps at RT in OTAs
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:36 pm ET) Cowboys rookie offensive lineman La'el Collins started offseason team activities on Wednesday taking reps at right tackle, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Collins, who was signed as an undrafted free agent, could also see time at left guard. But the rookie is taking his first reps with the team at right tackle with Darrion Weems while Doug Free recovers from ankle surgery.

"We think he has the physical ability to play a couple of different spots," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was a tackle for most of his career in college but did play guard. We see him as a guy who can maybe do both of those things as he goes.

"The big thing for him is to try to get him acclimated as quickly as we can. So right now he's going to play right tackle for us. He and Darrion Weems are competing at that spot in Doug Free's absence and we'll just see how that unfolds." 


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:22 pm ET) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Report: Falcons' Dezmen Southward undergoes knee surgery
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:47 pm ET) Falcons defensive backs Dezmen Southward underwent a minor-knee operation Wednesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Southward did not attend Tuesday's OTA and it is not known how long he'll be sidelined.


Julius Thomas trying to fit into Jaguars' offense
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8:30 pm ET) Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas said after Wednesday's organized team activity that he intends to make it work with quarterback Blake Bortles, reports The Florida Times-Union.

"There is no 'Here's me coming in, and Blake's going to get on my page.' I'm going to be on Blake's page," Thomas said. "Whatever he expects, that's what I am going to do. He's the quarterback. He's the one in control of that huddle, and I like catching passes so I will make sure I do exactly what he wants."

With Thomas entering his first season with the Jaguars, he said it will take time to develop a rapport with Bortles.

"I think that getting good chemistry with a quarterback probably takes a couple of thousand passes," Thomas said.


Cowboys RB Darren McFadden not concerned with playing time
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:38 pm ET) With the Cowboys just beginning their organized team activities this week, running back Darren McFadden said he just wants to concentrate on becoming familiar with the team, reports the team's official website.

"For me, I'm just going out there grinding," he said. "However the coaches put me out there – whether it's first team or second team. When it comes time for them to make a decision, it's totally up to them. I'm just trying to get that playbook down and take advantage of this opportunity."

McFadden is competing with Joseph Randle to be the first-team running back, and he said he just wants to work hard and not worry about how many repetitions he's receiving with the first team.

"Once you've been in a place so long like Oakland, you can get set in your ways," McFadden said Wednesday, after his second OTA practice with the Cowboys. "Coming out here and being around guys that work so hard, it just brings out the best in you. It's something I look forward to."


Chiefs' Mike Catapano on his health: I feel better than ever
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6:41 pm ET) After missing the entire 2014 season with a gastrointestinal virus, Chiefs defensive end Mike Catapano was able to participate in the team's OTA on Wednesday, reports The Kansas City Star.

"Every time I step on the field now it's with purpose and with extra vigor that I never really had," Catapano said. "It feels great. I feel better than ever."

Catapano played in 15 games during his rookie season in 2013 and he totaled four tackles and one sack. He said he's ready to surpass that in 2015.

"I'm ready to show that I offer a lot to this team. I'm ready to step up in big situations and starting situations," Catapano said. "I just want to keep getting better every day… and play to the best of my abilities."


Broncos' Manning, Sanders keeping up with Thomas during holdout
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:05 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is holding out of offseason workouts while he continues to negotiate a long-term deal with the team, but teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Peyton Manning have been keeping up with the star receiver, the Denver Post reports.

"One thing a lot of people don’t realize is when you’re playing on a one-year deal, there’s a lot of things going through your head," Sanders said. "As much as you guys want to say, ‘Don’t think about it,' of course it’s going to cross your mind because you’re talking about a lot of money at stake. When you’re playing these one-year deals, it’s a lot of stress on you. No matter how much you don’t want it to be, it’s going to happen. We’re all human."

Manning would like to have Thomas in workouts but understands the business aspects of his decision.

"I keep up with Demaryius. He’s my buddy," Manning said. "They got that business side of it to work out, but he’s been a great teammate to me, been a great friend to me since I’ve been here in Denver, so I keep up with him. Obviously want him to get back here as soon as possible, but we want what’s best for him, and he certainly deserves what’s best for him."

Thomas has started 16 games for three straight season, topping 90 receptions, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each.


Raiders sign Horace Miller, Milton Williams
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:30 pm ET) The Raiders have signed linebacker Horace Miller and wide receiver Milton Williams, the team announced on Wednesday.

Miller was waived by the Panthers earlier this offseason after spending one week on the active roster but seeing no playing time. Williams originally signed with the Raiders earlier this month before being waived a few days later.


Titans project DE DaQuan Jones as starter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:23 pm ET) Titans defensive end DaQuan Jones started the final game of his rookie season against the Colts and is on track to open the 2015 season in the same role, The Tennessean reports.

"He's a starter at end, it's what we project," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "In the last game against Indianapolis, Jones played really well."

A fourth-round pick out of Penn State, Jones finished his rookie season with 13 tackles and one sack, with the sack and more than half of his tackles coming in his lone start at the end of the year.


 
 
 
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