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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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Jaguars' Thomas won't try to measure up to Broncos' numbers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:11 am ET) New Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas told SI.com he has already begun working with quarterback Blake Bortles.

"It’s exciting, that first time you get to work out with your new quarterback," he said. "We’ve got a couple thousand more reps to go, but I’m really looking forward to that chemistry and growing with that entire offense."

The expectations will be elevated for Thomas, who is coming off two great seasons with the Broncos. However, Thomas isn't out to prove he can have the same production without Peyton Manning throwing him passes.

"I think I’ve got to be a little bit cautious on trying to prove so much," he said. "I think I’ve just got to go out there and work my hardest, and do everything I can to win every route, and see what happens. I don’t want to set a goal of 'I gotta have these numbers.' I’m just going to work my hardest every day, do everything I can to become a better player, and do everything I can to help out my team and this offense."

Thomas is also confident he will be able to coexist on offense with veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis, who has been with the team since 2006.

"I don’t think we’ll have any problem playing together," he said. "I was actually talking to him this weekend. I ran into him; we both live in L.A. He’s a really good guy. I’ve met him a couple times before. We both have the same marketing company, so we know the same people, and people that I respect speak very highly of him. I think we complement each other very well. There are going to be things that he can teach me, and I can learn from him."


Former Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin: I still believe in Chip Kelly
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:59 am ET) Former Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin apparently has no ill-will toward Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly. Although the Eagles could not match the Chiefs' five-year, $55 million contract offer, which Maclin signed in mid-March, Maclin is still a fan of Kelly, who has overhauled the Eagles' roster this offseason.

"I still believe in Chip," Maclin said, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think Chip's going to do great things here. I have the utmost respect for him. Unfortunately, we couldn't get something worked out. But at the end of the day I'm very excited about playing for Kansas City and playing for Big Red."

As well as Maclin not being brought back, the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy and quarterback Nick Foles. They also released defensive end Trent Cole and offensive lineman Todd Herremans.

Maclin missed the 2013 season -- Kelly's first in the NFL -- due to a torn ACL. However, he returned in 2014 to post career highs in targets (143), catches (85) and receiving yards (1,318), while tying a career high with 10 touchdowns.


Lions' Caldwell: Don't expect Stafford's numbers to change much
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:36 am ET) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is just one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards. However, since he accomplished the feat in 2011, his passing yards have declined each season.

Stafford passed for 4,257 yards and attempted 602 passes in 2014 -- his first year under coach Jim Caldwell. While at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix this week, Caldwell said it's probably safe not to expect Stafford's numbers to change much in 2015.

"Here's the thing I want to make certain you guys understand, and see what I see just in terms of my vision," Caldwell said, per MLive.com. "When I tell you we're not going to throw the ball anymore than we threw it, that's a fact. We're probably not going to throw it (more).

"If we do throw it more, that means we're struggling, we're not winning, we're not a very good football team. OK? Plain and simple. Maybe that ball's got to be distributed a little bit differently, but I don't anticipate those numbers changing, overall, a significant amount."


Nick Foles' acquisition won't change Rams' plans to draft QB
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:26 am ET) Rams coach Jeff Fisher said the team is still looking to draft a quarterback this year, despite the acquisition of quarterback Nick Foles, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“It’s our intention to draft one,” Fisher said. “The Nick (Foles) trade has no bearing over what we do in the draft.”

The Rams have the 10th pick in the first round. It's unlikely Jamies Winston or Marcus Mariota fall that far, so unless St. Louis trades up, then they are likely looking to draft from the second-tier of quarterbacks, which includes Bryce Petty, Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion and Garrett Grayson.

“There’s some outstanding players once you get beyond (Winston and Mariota),” Fisher said. “We’re just starting the process. My understanding based on our first-wave draft meetings is that there’s some young quarterbacks that can play.”

Petty, who played at Baylor, said in a radio interview earlier in March he intends to visit with the Rams before the draft.

“Good combine,” Fisher said. “Got a very strong arm. Good athlete. You don’t see him do things that we’re gonna ask him to do, so I think you have to see him actually work out, private workout, things like that.”


Cowboys' Garrett: DL Nick Hayden an 'important signing'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made it a point of emphasis to mention to reporters at the NFL Meetings that re-signing defensive lineman Nick Hayden was important, reports the Dallas Morning News.

“Well, we’re always trying to get better and we have to get better,’’ Garrett said. “We have to bring some impact players into our defense. But Nick has been such a good player for us as a leader of that defensive line and he’s a really productive player. There’s a lot of the dirty work but he’s one of those guys who makes a lot of hits on the ball, is around the football a lot and simply makes a lot of plays.

"That was an important signing for us.’’

Hayden has started all 16 games with the Cowboys for two consecutive seasons. Over his seven-year career, he has 135 total tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.


Giants' Coughlin: WR Victor Cruz looks 'really good'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is encouraged that wide receiver Victor Cruz can return to form, according to the NY Daily News. Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon that forced him to miss 10 games last season.

“I think he will be back to the player that he was and hopefully better. Victor looks really good, he’s starting to run, I was in the field house watching him rehab, he’s coming along well.” … As for when Cruz will be back at practice, full-time, Coughlin added, “I don’t know. I shouldn’t say this, because medically I really do not have a definite answer, but by training camp, hopefully. He will work his way through.”

Through his five years in the NFL, Cruz has 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower to miss at least six months
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower is going to miss between six and seven months, according to the Boston Globe.

Hightower had surgery this February to repair a torn right labrum. The team is concerned that he might not be able to be ready for the start of the reguar season. He played through the injury for a good portion of the 2014 season prior to surgery.

The 25-year-old started all 12 games he played, collecting 89 total tackles, six sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.


Packers to use pistol formation more often this season
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) After implementing the pistol formation into the offense to help take stress off of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' leg in 2014, the Packers are considering to use it more often this season, according to the Journal Sentinel.

"I like the pistol," head coach Mike McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. "I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense."

Although McCarthy has no intention of turning Rodgers into an option quarterback, the system provides unpredictability for opposing offenses.

"I would say this is about the third year it's been part of our pace and installation," McCarthy said. "Really, when we moved to it exclusively there at the end of the year it really wasn't a change for us.

"I liked it from a self-scout standpoint. It gives you another self-scout variable when you're in the gun, but you also have the tailback behind you. (There are a) lot of benefits to it."


Report: Vikings sign CB Terence Newman
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Vikings have signed cornerback Terence Newman to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with $750,000 in guarantees on Thursday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. 

Newman spent the last three seasons with the Bengals after playing nine years for the Cowboys. The 36-year-old has had at least one interception in each year of his 13-year career. The cornerback has recorded 741 total tackles, two sacks, 147 passes defensed, 37 interceptions, and eight forced fumbles. 


Kubiak wants Peyton Manning comfortable with playbook
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wants to make sure that all of his players are comfortable with the new offensive playbook, including quarterback Peyton Manning, reports ESPN.

“I think you prepare to help him call that game throughout the course of the week," Kubiak said. “A lot of people put emphasis on him calling plays at the line, but you’ve also prepared to do that throughout the course of the week, so you, as a coach, 'Here’s what I think is best in that situation.' In a lot of ways you’re still working together. You’re just going about it a different way."

“You never want to put a player in a position where he’s doing something he’s uncomfortable with," Kubiak said. “One of things about having a veteran, especially like Peyton, he’s going to let you know, 'This is what I do best and this is what I feel comfortable with.' That’s what you need to go do as a coach. You might tweak things here or there that you think may help, but you’re never going to take him out of his comfort zone and what he feels like he does best.”

Manning, 39, recently took a pay cut of $4 million to help clear salary cap space for the team.


 
 
 
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