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Offseason Extra: Post Super Bowl mock draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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It doesn't matter that quarterback play is as good as ever or passing games continue to thrive in the NFL. Running backs still dominate Fantasy Football. And 2013 might see a return to a running back-running back draft philosophy.

We recently held a 12-team standard mock draft following Super Bowl XLVII, and running backs went flying off the board early. There were 16 running backs drafted in the first 24 picks. By comparison, there were 12 running backs selected in the first two rounds in 2012 based on CBSSports.com Draft Averages.

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The reason? Getting a good corps of running backs is difficult, and the talent pool dries up rather quickly -- at least before we get to free agency and the draft when hopefully things improve. As you'll notice with the results below, backup running backs like Knowshon Moreno and Bernard Pierce were being drafted as early as Round 7. Even guys without a job like impending free agent Rashard Mendenhall went before two owners drafted a quarterback. It's worth it to grab as many quality running backs as you can.

Receiver and quarterback are the two positions with the most depth, so you'll be able to wait on drafting either spot. Only Calvin Johnson was drafted in Round 1, as expected, and the Top 3 quarterbacks weren't taken until Round 2. That's a departure from last year when five quarterbacks -- Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford and Cam Newton -- were drafted in Round 1 on average.

Aside from running back, you should try drafting one of the Top 2 tight ends early in Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. That happened in this draft, albeit a little too late with Gronkowski at No. 20 and Graham at No. 22. I would suggest drafting both tight ends in the first 20 overall picks because they dominate the position and give you a significant edge on your competition.

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.

All touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving and one point for every 25 yards passing. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

1. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
4. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
7. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
12. Michael Hurcomb, Editor

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

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Texans DT Brandon Ivory arrested on burglary charge
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7:27 pm ET) Texans defensive tackle Brandon Ivory was arrested Wednesday morning in Alabama and charged with first-degree burglary, according to a Tuscaloosa Police Department report obtained by SportingNews.com.

Ivory and another man were allegedly involved in a home burglary when the two entered the residence by kicking open the back door and then demanding money from the residents. The two stole money and two Ipads from the residence. Ivory and the other suspect were arrested at their apartment shortly after the incident with the stolen money and property.


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by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:35 pm ET) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.


Report: LB Kyle Knox gets four-game suspension from NFL
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(6/29/2015) Free agent linebacker Kyle Knox will get a four-game suspension from the league, NFL beat writer Howard Balzer reported. 

Knox as released by New Orleans in the offseason. Dallas signed him in June and released him three days later. 

Knox has played in 16 games for New Orleans and Jacksonville over the last two seasons.


Eagles sign John Moffitt, release Cole Manhart
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) As expected, the Eagles signed center John Moffitt to a one-year contract on Monday, per Philly.com.

Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season. 

He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped. 

To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart


Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin off to best start ever with Alex Smith
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) New Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has hit it off with quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. 

Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition. 

“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”


Redskins' David Amerson looks to win back starting job
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(6/29/2015) After a sub-par 2014 season, Redskins cornerback David Amerson is no longer expected to be a starter. Bashaud Breeland and free agent pickup Chris Culliver have knocked Amerson down to a nickelback role. 

Amerson lost the job after a season in which he indecisive and lacked aggression, he admitted to the Washington Post. Amerson didn't record an interception and had just seven pass breakups. 

“At the end of the day, that’s all it comes down to: just making plays. That’s the thing I felt like I was missing last year: being that big play-maker, game-changer,” Amerson said. “I basically had been that all my life, but it was different for me last year. It was unusual for me. So I need to get back into my groove and just find my swag. … Like I said, I’ve been that all my life, and always had that – I wouldn’t call it a gambling type of mentality – but knowing when to go and make that play, when to step up. It’s something I think a lot of people naturally have in them, and knowing when to bring it out. I just have to have that mindset.”


 
 
 
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