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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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Player News
Texans' O'Brien: WR DeAndre Hopkins can 'be one of the best'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is very encouraged by the performance of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season, per ESPN. O'Brien went as far as to say that Hopkins can be one of the best.

"He had a really productive year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "The thing that we really like about Hop and that we want him to continue to do is his work ethic. He’s a hungry player. He works every single day. He came into the spring a year ago and he was learning the offense and thinking out there, then all of a sudden you could see all the work he put in and learning, he just took off."

Due to the departure of wide receiver Andre Johnson, the progression of Hopkins will be under the microscope as he is now the focal point of the passing offense.

"We just want to see him continue and progress," O'Brien said. "We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts."

In two years with the Texans, Hopkins has reeled in 128 receptions for 2012 yards and eight touchdowns.


Giants won't rush WR Victor Cruz back to the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hopeful that wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready by training camp, the team will not rush him back, reports ESPN.

"I shouldn't say this, because medically I really don't have a definite answer, but by training camp hopefully, even if it's just to bring him," Coughlin said. "We're not going to just throw him to the wind. He'll work his way through. But I hope that would be the target."

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year. Coughlin is hopeful that he'll return to be the player that he was before the injury.

"I think he'll be the player that he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said of Cruz. "But as far as when, I would be careful of what I would say there. Hopefully it's the first game. But if it isn't, you know we've done that one before. We just went through it. But I'm hoping it would be."

The former undrafted free agent has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford to take more chances through the air
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system for the first time last season. The team plans on taking more chances down the field in Stafford's second season in the new offense, Lombardi said, according to the team's official website.

“In his second year (in the offense) he’s going to be that much more comfortable,” Lombardi said.

“We’ll be able to tailor the offense a little bit more to what he likes and what he’s good at. I thought he played smart football and sometimes to a fault. We’ll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football.”

Although Stafford didn't take many shots down the field, he did throw a career-low 12 interceptions in 2014. 

The former first overall draft pick has thrown for 21,714 yards with 131 touchdowns and 85 interceptions during his six-year career.


Colts OLB Robert Mathis plans to be ready for training camp
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is not ready to run yet, he told Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL. Mathis added that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

“It’s not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp,” Mathis told Sirius.

Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.

During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.


Lions TE Eric Ebron has been working out with Matthew Stafford
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that tight end Eric Ebron has been working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford in Atlanta this offseason, reports the Detroit News. Lombardi also said that the plan is to have Ebron be the No. 3 weapon in the passing game this year.

Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. 


Cowboys' Tony Romo: DeMarco Murray asked me to take a pay cut
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was really hoping to remain with the Cowboys this offseason. So much so, he asked quarterback Tony Romo to take a pay cut to remain with the team, Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."


Giants QB Eli Manning wants to take offense 'to another level'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the second year in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system. Manning is ready to take the next step now that he is familiar with the system, reports the NY Daily News.

““This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it.

“But there is still room to grow and that is why I try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. Looking at old game-plan sheets and calling plays in my head – throwing routes with receivers trying to call out plays to myself, so you don’t let it slip away. It was new last year and it wasn’t something I have been doing for 10 years, so you want to keep it fresh and go through your reminders and all your checks. So when we come back I haven’t taken a step backwards and have to re-learn things. It is still all there. There will be new stuff and we will be taking it to another level.”

Manning has started all 16 games in each season since 2005, throwing for 39,755 yards with 259 touchdowns and 185 interceptions.


Saints TE Josh Hill wants to grow into new role
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) After trading trading Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, tight end Josh Hill is ready to step into his new role with the Saints, according to the team's offical website.

“I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do,” Hill said when asked about the trade of Graham to the Seahawks.

Hill recognized that Graham helped him transition from college to the professional level.

“It’s a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him.”

Head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to step up.

“Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He’s not on anyone’s fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he’s a real good tight end. He’s versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player.”

Hill, heading into his third year in the NFL, has recorded 20 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns. 


Cowboys QB Tony Romo excited about this offseason
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is excited about what the offseason holds for him, according to ESPN.

“This is the first offseason where I’ve been able to kind of get after it this early and be able to kind of improve in a lot of different areas that I think you aren’t able to until you get healthy enough to attack it,” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “I’m just excited about that, really.”

Romo, 34, is encouraged by the fact that he is able to do a lot of different things during the offseason process while working out.

“Now I’m able to do that while actually doing functional strength training through different versions of squats,” Romo said. “I’m not putting anything on my back and doing stuff like that but you are doing a lot of single-leg stuff and different things that I started getting into during the season that helped a lot. Now it’s nice to be able to do that in the offseason.”

Romo has thrown for 33,270 yards with 242 touchdowns and 110 interceptions in his 12-year career. 


WR Dwayne Bowe looks to revitalize himself with Browns
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is looking to revitalize his career now that he has joined the Browns, reports ESPN. Bowe was cut by the Chiefs in the middle of March.

"I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe, 30, told ESPN.com via telephone Tuesday. "Just sit back and watch."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has familiarity with Bowe from their time with the Chiefs. The two sat down and watched tape from the 2010 season when he racked up 15 touchdown receptions.

"Him knowing what I can do, seeing me in practice, making crazy plays, splitting the safeties, he knows I still can do that," Bowe said. "I couldn't showcase that last year. He was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that.' Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays."

The 30-year-old wideout appreciated his time with the Chiefs and he has no regrets.

"It's been up and down, but it's been fun," Bowe said. "I don't regret nothing. People can talk about the NFL and playing wide receiver -- I feel I still have a good four more years in me."

Over his eight-year career, he has totaled 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns.


 
 
 
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