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Offseason Extra: 12-team Fantasy mock draft

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Since our last mock draft in February we've seen a lot of player movement. DeSean Jackson left Philadelphia for Washington. Eric Decker left Denver for the Jets. Several running backs changed addresses (Toby Gerhart, Maurice Jones-Drew, Rashad Jennings and Knowshon Moreno). And the Jets (Michael Vick) and Raiders (Matt Schaub) have new quarterbacks.

We wanted to see how free agency impacted Fantasy owners prior to the NFL Draft in May, so we did another 12-team standard draft. And there were plenty of changes when it comes to player value.

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The Redskins move to add Jackson caused some interesting ripple effects. Jackson went from Round 4 in February to Round 5 since he's no longer the No. 1 receiver behind Pierre Garcon. Nick Foles went from Round 6 to Round 11 now that he lost Jackson. And Robert Griffin III jumped from Round 11 to Round 8 with his improved receiving corps.

Decker went from Round 4 in February to Round 7, which is fair since he loses Peyton Manning for either Vick or Geno Smith. His replacement, Emmanuel Sanders, improved from Round 11 to Round 6 going from the Steelers to the Broncos. Golden Tate's value also improved from Round 8 in the previous draft to Round 6 now with his move to the Lions, leaving behind the run-oriented Seahawks.

At the running back spot, Gerhart went from being undrafted in February to Round 5 now that he's penciled in as the starter for the Jaguars. Jones-Drew dropped from Round 4 to Round 6 leaving the Jaguars for the Raiders. Jennings improved from Round 8 to Round 4 as the new starter for the Giants. And Moreno dropped from Round 5 to Round 7 leaving the Broncos for the Dolphins. With Moreno gone, Montee Ball went with the No. 10 overall pick as the new starter in Denver.

More changes will happen between now and August, especially following the NFL Draft, and we'll continue to update our mock drafts. You can read some individual reviews on my team at No. 6 overall, Larry Hartstein at No. 5 overall and Dave Richard at No. 10 overall.

As always, we ask you to share your thoughts on this draft. Take advantage of our Fantasy Football Twitter feed 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. 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. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
2. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
3. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
4. J. Darin Darst, College Football Producer
5. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
6. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
7. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer
8. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
9. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
10. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Michael Hurcomb, Editor

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

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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. 


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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.

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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.

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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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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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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."


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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.

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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.


 
 
 
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