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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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Player News
Nick Foles: 'I plan on being in Philly' in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) There has been a lot of talk about quarterback Nick Foles' future with the Eagles, especially since Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly's former pupil at Oregon -- Marcus Mariota -- will be part of this year's draft class.

On Thursday, Foles addressed the rumors and stated he is expecting to be back on the Eagles' roster in 2015.

"Yeah you hear about it," Foles said in between doing paid appearances at Super Bowl XLIX, per NJ.com. "You are going to hear about it every single year. That's just part of it. The main word is 'rumor.' You can't put too much into it....I plan on being in Philly.

"I only listen to (head coach) Chip Kelly. That's what is most important. He is the one that will make the decision. Right now all I am going to do is work because I plan on being back in Philadelphia and playing with my team. That's all I ever thought. So that is what I plan on doing and I'm not looking at it any other way."

Foles added he hasn't talked with Kelly since the end of the season.

"We haven't talked a lot. He has a lot going on," Foles said. "This time of year you really just get away from everything. He is busy looking at the draft, doing all that. I saw he is more of the decision maker. Haven't really talked to him too much, but I'm sure I'll hear from him soon."


Dwyer pleads guilty, receives probation in domestic violence case
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:38 pm ET) Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer pleaded guilty Thursday in Maricopa County (Ariz.) Superior Court to a single count of disorderly conduct pertaining to his domestic violence case, according to The Arizona Republic.

Dwyer was sentenced to 18 months of probation and community service following the plea, according to a court spokesman.

The 25-year-old Dwyer was arrested Sept. 17 for a July 21 incident in which he allegedly headbutted his wife in the face and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances and bit his lip, according to reports taken at the time.

Dwyer's wife told police she reported the incident in September because she feared for their child's safety after seeing reports of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's arrest on child-abuse charges.

The Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football injury list after his September arrest. He did not play again during the 2014 season.


Tom Brady on Peyton Manning: 'I certainly hope he comes back'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:21 pm ET) While the football world anxiously awaits official word from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning about his playing status for the 2015 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- and longtime Manning rival -- said Thursday he hopes the five-time NFL MVP will continue his career.

"What a great player he's been for this league," Brady said Thursday, per NFL.com. "He's a great competitor, and I've been fortunate to play against him a bunch of times. I certainly hope he comes back, 'cause the league will miss him if he doesn't. But those decisions are up to him. I'm sure it's up to whether he's mentally and physically -- that's what he wants to do. But I certainly hope he's back."

Archie Manning, Peyton's father, told NFL Network on Thursday that his son hasn't made a decision yet.

"Well, Peyton evaluates things; he's pretty good at that," he said. "I can't tell him what to do, and he hasn't told me what he's going to do. But I do know that he's really giving a lot of things a lot of thought. He's thinking about where he is physically, he wants to see how he can do this some more, trying to get over an injury."

Archie added starting over with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak will not be an issue for Peyton, if he decides to return next season.

"Yeah, but he loves Gary. He likes Gary," Archie Manning said. "He liked John Fox. He liked Adam Gase. All those things, I think, are considered with. But my deal is he's always made good decisions; he's pretty thorough. He's going to evaluate a lot of things, and I think he'll make a good decision."


RG3: 'I could've sat out the rest of last year' after hurting ankle
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:04 pm ET) During a radio interview Wednesday night, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III indicated the dislocated ankle he suffered in Week 2 against the Jaguars hindered him the rest of the season. He missed six games due to the injury.

“I had never suffered an ankle injury of that severity before, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Griffin said, per The Washington Times. “It just became more and more tough the more games that we lost, because you know how hard your guys work, and you want to get out there and help them win games.

“I could’ve sat out the rest of last year, with how bad the ankle was, but I felt like I could play, and I wanted to get out there and play with my guys and help them win games. And that didn’t happen when I got back out there. Then coach made a decision [to bench me]. That was an unfortunate decision, and something we all had to go with because that was coach’s choice.”

Griffin will be entering the final guaranteed year of his contract in 2015. The Redskins have until May 3 to decide if they want to exercise the fifth-year option on his contract for 2016. 

Griffin added his focus this offseason will simply be on getting healthy.

“Last year, I wasn’t healthy, and it sucked,” Griffin told ESPN 980. “There’s no other way to say it other than that. When you dislocate your ankle in the second week of the season, when you and your team had big things in mind. So I guess it’s just getting healthy, getting a mental break, getting a chance to spend time with family, and then formulate my plan going forward from this year so we can go out there and win games.”


DeMarco on free agency: 'At end of day it's about winning a Super Bowl'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday talking about his thought process heading into free agency. Murray obviously said all the right things about wanting to return to Dallas, and hoping the team can sign him and Dez Bryant, who will also be a free agent, to long-term contracts.

However, Murray was also very forthcoming about the notion of playing for another NFL team.

“Yeah. I understand the business aspect of it,” he said, per The Dallas Morning News. “There’s no hard feelings if we can’t reach a deal together. But hopefully we can and we’ll see what happens.”

Murray, who rushed for a career-best 1,845 yards in 2014, will likely sign the most-lucrative contract of his career this offseason. But he added money won't be the only factor in who he signs with.

“I don’t think about [the one big contract], I’m thinking about winning a Super Bowl,” Murray said. “What’s best for me to win a Super Bowl and win one now. At the end of the day, the money is irrelevant to some degree. But you definitely want to get what you’re worth and things like that.

“At the end of the day it’s about winning a Super Bowl.”


Patriots QB Tom Brady expects to be 100 percent by Super Bowl
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:32 am ET) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has been dealing with a cold for about a week, said Thursday he is feeling "pretty good." Brady is still expecting to be OK for the Super Bowl.

"I've been through it plenty of times," Brady said of having a cold, per NFL Network. "But I'm glad it happened early in the week. I expect to be 100 percent by Sunday."

Brady is 3-2 in five Super Bowl appearances. He has completed 127 of 197 passes for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has a 93.8 quarterback rating and hasn't had lower than a 86.2 quarterback rating in five Super Bowl starts.

As of Thursday, the Patriots remain 1-point favorites for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.


Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell on injury: 'The knee is close to 100 percent'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell missed Pittsburgh's playoff game against the Ravens and the Pro Bowl because he suffered a hyperextended knee in the regular-season finale against the Bengals in late December.

It's been about a month since Bell suffered the injury, but he said he has been able to work out on the injured knee.

"The knee is close to 100 percent," Bell told NFL Network on Wednesday night. "I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little."

Bell had a monster year in 2014, rushing for a career-best 1,361 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He also had 83 catches for 854 yards and finished with 11 total touchdowns (eight rushing).


RG3 on Deflategate: 'I didn't know the ball had to be a certain weight'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:55 am ET)
As Deflategate pushes into Day 11 on Thursday, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is the latest in the long list of current or former professional football players to weigh in on underinflated footballs being used in the AFC Champhionship Game. Although, his take on the issue might be a first.

“I didn't even know that the ball had to be a certain weight,” Griffin told Chris Russell in an interview on ESPN 980 on Wednesday night, per CSNWashington.com. “I know they pump up the balls and they get inspected before every game. But I wasn't aware that the ball had to be at a certain limit, or higher, which is interesting. I think it’s very interesting.”

While Griffin said he was unaware of the rules, he added he does pay attention to how he can grip the football before each game. If the football doesn't meet Griffin's standards, he said he tosses it aside.

“I think it could be something that we look at going into the future about how much we pump up the ball,” Griffin said. “But at the same time, for me, going this far in my career, all we worry about is, can we grip the ball? Not how much air is in it.

“I just think it's really funny,” Griffin added with a chuckle, “especially when you don't specify that you're talking about footballs. …I think I said balls seven times already.”


Pats QB Tom Brady fighting a cold
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who's been battling a cold for nearly a week, said he expects to be fine for Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. Brady sniffled often during his news conference Wednesday.

The Patriots are 1-point favorites over Seattle after opening as 2.5-point underdogs.


Raiders not expected to re-sign RB Darren McFadden
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) With expectations sky-high for Latavius Murray in 2015, the Raiders aren't expected to re-sign impending free agent running back Darren McFadden, reports CSNBayArea.com. McFadden, 27, averaged 3.4 yards per carry this season and has not had a good year since 2011.

Oakland also is expected to part ways with 29-year-oold running back Maurice Jones-Drew, saving the team $2.5 million.

Murray, 25, averaged 5.2 yards on his 82 carries and will enter next season as the starter.


 
 
 
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