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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team draft

Senior Fantasy Writer
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Training camp is beautiful, isn't it? Football players report back to their teams and begin practicing. Coaches begin figuring out just who will play where and for how long. Fans start to foam at the mouth over every move their team makes. And Fantasy owners, both die-hard and chilled out, think forward about what to do in their drafts.

Of course, we've been mock drafting here and there for months, but this 12-team standard-scoring league is the first of four we'll do every single week. We'll pool our analysts together for a live video show and you can watch and listen to us think out loud as we go round by round and pick by pick.

Finally, some commentary joins our mocks instead of just the results being displayed. It's what we do this time every year.

So let's get to it. Here's the lineup:

1. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
2. Peter Madden,
Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
3. Dave Richard,
Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Michael Hurcomb, Editor,
Fantasy Sports
5. Jeff Tobin,
Associate Managing Editor
6. Scott White,
Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Chris Towers,
Fantasy Writer
8. Igor Mello,
Fantasy Writer
9. Will Brinson,
CBSSports.com Eye on Football Blogger
10. Larry Hartstein,
Fantasy Writer
11. Jamey Eisenberg,
Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Brian Westbrook,
Fantasy Football Today analyst

We went 15 rounds in this standard-scoring draft. That is to say, all touchdowns are worth six points with a point for every 10 yards rushing/receiving and a point for every 25 yards passing.

We'll start one QB, two RBs, two WRs, a TE, a FLEX (RB/WR/TE), a kicker and a DST. Every team will have six bench spots.

Remember, you can sound off on who did well and who whiffed in our draft by either writing us on Twitter (@CBSFantasyFB), posting on our Facebook page, posting on the message board underneath the draft results or opening up your window and yelling as loud as you can.

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

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Player News
Titans' Massaquoi rehabbing shoulder, to miss OTA's
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(4:34 pm ET) Outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi will not participate in the Titans' first organized team activities, per ESPN.com.

Massaquoi, who was claimed off waivers from the Falcons earlier this year, is recovering from shoulder surgery. He had a bone spur removed from the area, but the procedure was categorized as a minor cleanup.

Massaquoi recorded 22 tackles in 15 games with Atlanta last season.


Entering third season, 49ers' Lawrence Okoye eyeing roster spot
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(4:04 pm ET) This might finally be the year Lawrence Okoye can crack a spot on the 49ers' roster, per the Bay Area News Group.

Okoye, a former British Olympics discus thrower and rugby player, is feeling confident about his improvements and feels like his potential is worth a roster spot.

“It’s very different from the first time I came here. I’m feeling very good about things,” Okoye said Thursday while sitting at his locker. “I’m just happy I was given the opportunity to stay here so long, so I could catch up. I have a good opportunity to show what I can do.”

Okoye has worked under new head coach Jim Tomsula for two years and with Justin Smith's retirement, his emergence might be rewarded.

“You’re going to get lots of people telling you things. But the main thing is to just keep yourself motivated, despite what people say about you," Okoye said. "People will write you off. People will say this or that. Just keep yourself motivated, keep going every day and you’ll be good.”

 


Bengals' Terrelle Pryor still dreams about winning it all
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(3:45 pm ET) Terrelle Pryor's chances of taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl and winning it are slim, but that won’t stop him from dreaming.

Pryor -- in his fourth year in the league -- dreams about winning the Super Bowl with quite some frequency, he just isn't sure what team he's doing it with.

“I don’t know the team. It’s always in black uniforms,” Pryor said. “I didn’t see any orange. No, it’s not the Raiders. But I believe it can happen because I can visualize it like that. I’m into visualization.”

Pryor hasn't played a down since the 2013 regular season, when he passed for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games.


Flowers' college position coach thinks he can fill in for injured Beatty
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(3:18 pm ET) Things are moving really fast for Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. The eighth overall pick in the draft, because of an injury to Will Beatty, might have inherited a huge workload this season, per nj.com.

Art Kehoe, Flowers' offensive line coach at the University of Miami, thinks Flowers will be up to the task of protecting quarterback Eli Manning.

"I'm sure he raised his level up a notch or two, but I think he plays every week, I think he plays hard in practice," Kehoe said. "He's an unproven commodity at the next level, and he's a high draft pick, [the Giants] drafted him to be a fixer, so I'm sure he's going in there to do what he did in Miami — scrap his ass off every day in practice, and if you're supposed to be a badass the next weekend [against] your opponent, he's gonna be there and he's gonna bring everything he's got. That's what he does. He wants to know that there's a dude, and he has to take care of him, and he'll be up to the challenge.

Giants' 2013 first-round pick, Justin Pugh is also a top candidate to fill in for the injured Beatty.


Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.


Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Mike Zimmer has expressed optimism that underachieving Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson is gaining a better understanding of route-running and the nuances of playing the position in the NFL, which would allow his talent to result in greater productivity.

Patterson took a step back in 2014 after a mediocre rookie year. He played in every game, but managed just 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown. He has since stated that 2015 is his make-or-break year and is apparently acting like it in the offseason.

"He's done real well," Zimmer told Fox Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed."


GM: Dolphins LT Branden Albert should be fine for Week 1
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:22 pm ET) Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

"It's been a long rehab and he's really attacked it every day," Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a "reasonable explanation" that he would be ready for Week 1. "We really like his progress. He's out there with his team working out. We're really encouraged by what we're seeing with him."

Ja'Wuan Williams was forced to move to left tackle following the Albert injury in 2014. But he struggled at that position and is expected to move to his more familiar right tackle spot this year.


Report: Bills still want to extend Marcell Dareus
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:15 pm ET) The Bills still want to extend the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Despite the one-game suspension levied by the league against Dareus on Thursday, the team still hopes to have an extension wrapped up before the start of training camp. 

2015 is scheduled to be the last season of Dareus' current contract. He'll make $8.06 million.


Shanahan: Struggles of Robert Griffin III unrelated to injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:13 pm ET) Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not believe injuries have prevented quarterback Robert Griffin III from maximizing his potential in the NFL. Rather, he feels it was the team not creating an offensive system that best fits his talents and his own belief that he could play a traditional role at that position.

Griffin sustained a serious knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He then struggled in 2013 in an offense designed to transform him into a drop-back quarterback rather than one that took advantage of his mobility. He suffered another knee injury last year and did not perform well in the offense of new coach Jay Gruden.

"I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it," Shanahan told 106.7 The Fan. "In college he didn't have a route tree, didn't have a playbook. That does take some time. ... If you take a quarterback like that you must run the kind of system that allows him to be successful. ... I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop-back quarterback. He hasn't done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out."

Some have wondered why the Redskins went so hard after Griffin if they weren't willing to create an offense that maximizes his skill set.


Sheldon Richardson not at Jets' OTAs because 'I have a life'
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:05 pm ET) Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson is skipping the team's OTAs this week, a decision that earned him criticism from fans and media. 

Richardson's explanation isn't likely to win anyone over. 

Richardson went on Twitter and told fans he missed the workouts because, "I have a life outside of football."

"I chose to enjoy my family a little longer," he continued. "So to (you) fans that know everything, please worry 'bout yourself."

Richardson pointed out in another tweet that he "jus' wasn't at practice," but that he was still "putting in work tho'"


 
 
 
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