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2013 Draft Prep: 12-team, PPR draft

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We've gotten off to a bad start this season when it comes to injuries for some prominent pass-catchers. Hopefully this isn't a sign of things to come.

So far in training camp we've lost Danario Alexander (ACL), Jeremy Maclin (ACL) and Dennis Pitta (hip) for the season. Percy Harvin (hip) joins Michael Crabtree (Achilles) as being out until at least November. Jordy Nelson (knee) might miss the start of the year, and we're still waiting on a return date for Rob Gronkowski (back) and Heath Miller (ACL).

There are some other receiving options dealing with minor aches and pains as well, which hurt the depth we had coming into the year at receiver and tight end. This is just another challenge for Fantasy owners, especially in point per reception leagues.

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In standard formats, the preference is to use running backs at the flex position. But in PPR formats, especially three-receiver leagues, you can rely on a receiver or even a tight end as a flex. Obviously, you want as many talented options as possible.

There are still plenty of elite players to go around, and the injuries have opened opportunities for other players -- Vincent Brown in San Diego, for example, gets a boost – to step in as sleepers. We're here to give you an example of where some of those players, as well as the injured guys expected to return, should go in this 12-team, PPR mock draft.

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 and one point for every 25 yards passing. There also is one point per 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 six reserve spots for a 15-round draft.

Our draft order is as follows:

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1. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
2. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator, Fantasy Sports
3. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Editor
4. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
5. Al Melchior, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
8. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
9. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
10. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
12. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer

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

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by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is approaching the one-year mark for his suspension though his NFL status is still in limbo. 

But according to a report from FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix, Washington is unsure about his status with the league. He was suspended a year ago on May 30, 2014 for being a multiple offender of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

However, he was expected to apply for reinstatement a month ago but did not do so. 

Assuming Washington is reinstated to the NFL at some point he will likely be subjected to punishment under the NFL's domestic violence policy. On March 24, 2014, he pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend. 


Titans' Massaquoi rehabbing shoulder, to miss OTA's
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
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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.


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by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
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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.”

 


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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.”

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Flowers' college position coach thinks he can fill in for injured Beatty
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(5/22/2015) 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.

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Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
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(5/22/2015) 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.

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Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) 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
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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."

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(5/22/2015) 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.


 
 
 
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