Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

Offseason Extra: Draft impacts and rookie rankings

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

Johnny Manziel got most of the headlines from the NFL Draft, and Jadeveon Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick. But the name Fantasy owners need to know is Bishop Sankey.

The running back from Washington was the first player taken at his position by the Titans at No. 54 overall in the second round, and he should be the first rookie drafted in all leagues barring injury. That's re-draft leagues and dynasty formats.

There are a lot of rookies to love following this draft -- Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron and Brandin Cooks are some of my favorites -- but Sankey has the best opportunity to be a significant factor from Week 1. He plays a need position for all owners at running back, and he should be the starter for the Titans this season.

Rookie quarterbacks rarely make an impact for Fantasy owners, and rookie receivers and tight ends usually take at least a year to develop, if not longer. But running backs can be Fantasy starters right away – see Eddie Lacy, Zac Stacy and Le'Veon Bell from 2013 for examples -- and Sankey landed in the right spot, which is why he's ahead of Carlos Hyde, Tre Mason, Terrance West and Jeremy Hill, among others.

All of those running backs have the chance to be contributors this season, but in 2015 they could be stars. Sankey's timetable is a little more accelerated, which makes him No. 1 on both of these rookie lists for dynasty owners and everyone drafting now.

Now that the NFL Draft is over, we'll look at some winners and losers for the rookies and veterans. We finally have a clear picture of how most rosters will look for the 2014 season, and that means Fantasy Football is almost back. Hopefully, you're as excited as we are.

Winners

Quarterbacks who are smiling: Drew Brees (Cooks), Matthew Stafford (Ebron), Colin Kaepernick (Steve Johnson and Bruce Ellington), Nick Foles (Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff), Ben Roethlisberger (Martavis Bryant and Dri Archer), Eli Manning (Odell Beckham), Josh McCown (Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins) and EJ Manuel (Watkins). All of these quarterbacks got at least one significant upgrade at receiver, which will help their Fantasy value in 2014.

Stafford now has a dominant receiving corps with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, Ebron, Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. And Foles needed the receiver upgrade with DeSean Jackson gone.

Running backs not worried about competition: Montee Ball, Andre Ellington and Trent Richardson. There was a chance Ball, Ellington and Richardson could have gotten competition for carries, but their respective teams didn't add anyone in the draft.

Ball is now locked into the starting job for the Broncos, which makes him worth drafting toward the end of Round 1 or beginning of Round 2. Ellington is worth drafting in Round 3. And Richardson is a mid-round pick with bounce-back potential since his only competition for carries is Ahmad Bradshaw, who is coming off neck surgery.

The best rookie running back this season will be: Sankey has the best chance for playing time right away with Shonn Greene his main competition for touches, and Greene recently had surgery on his right knee, which will keep him out until training camp.

Rookie Rankings for 2014
Player, Pos., Team
1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
2. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
3. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
4. Mike Evans, WR, Bucs
5. Terrance West, RB, Browns
6. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
7. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
8. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
9. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
10. Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
11. Tre Mason, RB, Rams
12. Andre Williams, RB, Giants
13. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
14. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
15. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
16. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
17. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
18. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
19. Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos
20. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings

The Titans have a good offensive line, and new coach Ken Whisenhunt was the offensive coordinator for the Chargers last season, helping Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead both finish as Top 20 Fantasy running backs in a standard league. Plan on drafting Sankey toward the end of Round 3 or beginning of Round 4.

The rookie running back you'll love in 2015: Hyde could be the starter for the 49ers next season since Gore is 31 and in the final year of his contract, and Marcus Lattimore (knee) might never fully recover from his devastating injury in college.

Hyde could be a factor this season, especially if he beats out Kendall Hunter and Lattimore for the No. 2 job behind Gore. But the backfield is crowded this season. Next year, Hyde could be a Top 30 overall pick in all leagues.

The best rookie receiver this season will be: Cooks landed in the right spot with the Saints, who have a need at receiver with Marques Colston declining and Jimmy Graham a potential holdout. Kenny Stills will be a factor this year, but the Saints lost Darren Sproles and Lance Moore, which should help Cooks as a rookie.

Watkins, Evans and Beckham should all have their moments among the rookie receivers, but Cooks has the best quarterback with Brees. His speed should also be enhanced at the Superdome, and he's worth drafting with a mid- to late-round pick in re-draft leagues.

The rookie receiver you'll love in 2015: Cody Latimer could start for the Broncos next season with Wes Welker likely gone as a free agent. When the Broncos lost Eric Decker this offseason, they signed Emmanuel Sanders, who can play outside and in the slot. What will likely happen in 2015 is Demaryius Thomas and Latimer will play outside, and Sanders will move into the slot to replace Welker.

Latimer could be the No. 4 receiver for the Broncos this year, which gives him value with a late-round flier. But in 2015, when he could be the starter -- we hope Peyton Manning will be there as well -- he could be a breakout star.

The best rookie quarterback this season will be: Teddy Bridgewater could start in Week 1 for the Vikings, and he's going to a great offense with Norv Turner as the coordinator. I don't trust Manziel as a Fantasy option, especially if Josh Gordon is suspended, and Blake Bortles likely won't be a factor until 2015. Bridgewater has to beat out Matt Cassel, and both are learning a new offense under Turner this year. If Bridgewater does start he gets quality weapons in Cordarrelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph to go along with an excellent running game with Adrian Peterson.

You're not drafting any of these quarterbacks to be starters in re-draft leagues, but in two-quarterback formats or as a potential bye-week replacement, I would target Bridgewater with a late-round pick if he's the starter for the Vikings in Week 1.

The rookie quarterback you'll love in 2015: We'll find out how long Bortles will sit behind Chad Henne this season, but the Jaguars are building an offense around him. They added two rookie receivers in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the draft, and they signed running back Toby Gerhart and offensive lineman Zane Beadles earlier this offseason.

If Bortles is the real deal after being selected at No. 3 overall, he could be ready to step in and play at a high level in 2015. And that would make him a late-round pick next season with the chance to contribute in two-quarterback leagues and maybe more.

The Eric Ebron factor: Ebron is easily the No. 1 rookie tight end, although there's potential for Seferian-Jenkins and Jace Amaro. But is Ebron a No. 1 Fantasy tight end right away?

Once you get past the Top 10 tight ends in my rankings -- Graham, Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Vernon Davis, Dennis Pitta, Jason Witten, Jordan Reed, Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph and Jordan Cameron -- then Ebron has the chance to come off the board. He has the same upside, and the same risk, as guys like Zach Ertz, Martellus Bennett, Heath Miller and Ladarius Green.

I would draft Ebron with a late-round pick in seasonal leagues and then pair him with someone like Ertz, Bennett, Miller or Green. If he struggles early on then cut him, but hopefully he can be dominant playing with Stafford and for offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, who was with the Saints and Graham last year.

Rookie sleepers for this year: Terrance West, Devonta Freeman, Andre Williams, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews and Davante Adams. These are all guys to keep an eye on during the preseason since they could emerge as potential starting options this year.

Of this group, I like the running backs in West, Freeman and Williams the most. West, along with undrafted rookie free agent Isaiah Crowell, could challenge Ben Tate for touches. Freeman should replace Jacquizz Rodgers as the No. 2 running back for the Falcons, and Steven Jackson is near the end of his run as a feature back. And Williams could help the Giants as a power rusher if Rashad Jennings struggles or David Wilson (neck) doesn't return at 100 percent.

Losers

Josh Gordon ruined the Browns: The worst news from the NFL Draft was that Gordon could be suspended for the season after a failed drug test. He was a Top 3 Fantasy receiver coming into the year and a potential first-round pick in all leagues, but now we might not have him at all.

The length of his suspension isn't finalized yet, so keep your fingers crossed. But if Gordon is out that kills any chance of Manziel having a significant Fantasy impact as a rookie and also hurts the value for Tate and Cameron.

The Bills traded for a running back: The addition of Bryce Brown from the Eagles for a 2015 fourth-round pick might be nothing when it comes to C.J. Spiller's value this year. But it's clear the Bills are trying to improve their backfield for the future.

Fred Jackson, 33, is in the final year of his contract. And Spiller, who struggled last year, can opt out of his rookie deal next offseason. We hope Brown's addition doesn't hurt Spiller in 2014, but this feels like another hindrance for him after last year's debacle. You should only draft Spiller in Round 4 at this point.

Dynasty Rankings for 2014
Player, Pos., Team
1. Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans
2. Sammy Watkins, WR, Bills
3. Eric Ebron, TE, Lions
4. Mike Evans, WR, Bucs
5. Carlos Hyde, RB, 49ers
6. Terrance West, RB, Browns
7. Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints
8. Odell Beckham, WR, Giants
9. Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
10. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Panthers
11. Jeremy Hill, RB, Bengals
12. Tre Mason, RB, Rams
13. Cody Latimer, WR, Broncos
14. Andre Williams, RB, Giants
15. Jordan Matthews, WR, Eagles
16. Jace Amaro, TE, Jets
17. Allen Robinson, WR, Jaguars
18. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars
19. Johnny Manziel, QB, Browns
20. Davante Adams, WR, Packers
21. Donte Moncrief, WR, Colts
22. Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars
23. Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Vikings
24. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Bucs
25. Isaiah Crowell, RB, Browns
26. Martavis Bryant, WR, Steelers
27. Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
28. Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
29. James White, RB, Patriots
30. Storm Johnson, RB, Jaguars
31. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Bears
32. Lache Seastrunk, RB, Redskins
33. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
34. Charles Sims, RB, Buccaneers
35. Jalen Saunders, WR, Jets
36. Paul Richardson, WR, Seahawks
37. Shaq Evans, WR, Jets
38. Josh Huff, WR, Eagles
39. Dri Archer, RB, Steelers
40. Bruce Ellington, WR, 49ers
41. Zach Mettenberger, QB, Titans
42. Tyler Gaffney, RB, Panthers
43. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Texans
44. John Brown, WR, Cardinals
45. Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Ravens
46. Tom Savage, QB, Texans
47. De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Chiefs
48. Alfred Blue, RB, Texans
49. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Patriots
50. Marion Grice, RB, Chargers

Andre Johnson didn't get a quarterback: The Texans could still add a quarterback this offseason -- maybe a trade for Ryan Mallett? -- but if the season starts today we're looking at Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum vying for the starting job in Week 1. That's not great for Johnson's Fantasy value.

He played well with Keenum last year with all five of his touchdowns and four 100-yard games when Keenum started. But we would have liked the Texans to upgrade at the position instead of just drafting Savage in Round 4. Johnson should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy receiver worth drafting in Round 4 or 5.

Cam Newton didn't get enough weapons: We're glad the Panthers drafted Benjamin in Round 1 because Newton needed a receiver in the worst way after losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason. Benjamin is worth a late-round flier in all re-draft leagues because Newton could depend on him a lot since his only other reliable weapon is Greg Olsen.

But instead of taking defensive end Kony Ealy in Round 2 at No. 60 overall, which isn't a position of need, the Panthers could have added at least one more receiver. The Jaguars took Robinson at No. 61 and several of the receivers after that selection on this list would have been an upgrade. If Newton is your franchise quarterback, why not at least give him a chance to succeed?

Giovani Bernard and Zac Stacy got handcuffed: There's no reason to panic with Bernard and Stacy after the Bengals and Rams, respectively, added running backs on the second day of the NFL Draft. But Hill in Cincinnati and Mason in St. Louis will hurt their upside. Hill should push BenJarvus Green-Ellis to the bench or off the roster, and he could definitely steal touchdowns and short-yardage work from Bernard. I'd still draft Bernard in Round 2, but I'd be more confident about it if he was competing with Green-Ellis compared to Hill.

Stacy also remains a Round 2 selection, but Mason is a significant upgrade over Benny Cunningham, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead. Don't be surprised if Mason makes this more of a 50-50 split for the Rams, and Stacy's upside is capped a little following the NFL Draft as long as Mason's wrist injury isn't a serious concern.

The 49ers ruined some veterans: Gore, Steve Johnson, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton did not fare well following the NFL Draft. Gore now has Hyde, Hunter and potentially Lattimore ready to take away carries, and he's looking more like a flex option than a No. 2 running back. He's worth drafting in Round 5 at the earliest.

The addition of Johnson will help Kaepernick, but Boldin will suffer, as will Patton. Bruce Ellington could also cut into Patton's targets. We wouldn't draft Johnson in the majority of leagues, and Boldin is only worth a late-round pick.

Ray Rice and Stevan Ridley have company: Fantasy owners were leery of Rice and Ridley coming into this season after down years in 2013. The aftermath of the draft didn't help matters much.

While the Patriots allowed LeGarrette Blount to walk as a free agent this offseason, they added James White in Round 4 from Wisconsin. He will likely be waiting in the wings should Ridley start fumbling again. The earliest you should draft Ridley is Round 5, and White is worth a late-round flier.

Rice was miserable in 2013 as he battled hip problems, a bad offensive line and an uncomfortable scheme. Then he had the off-field issues this offseason with his then fiancé, which only complicated matters. He's definitely on notice from the Ravens, who drafted Lorenzo Taliaferro from Coastal Carolina in Round 4.

If Rice looks sluggish again in training camp then Taliaferro could get an extended look. Draft Rice in Round 4 or 5, and Taliaferro is also worth consideration with a late-round pick. Bernard Pierce is coming off shoulder surgery, so Taliaferro could pass him on the depth chart.

Bad dream for potential sleepers in Markus Wheaton, Rueben Randle and Kenny Stills: Wheaton, Randle and Stills could still start for their respective teams, but the NFL Draft limited their upside. Wheaton faces competition from Bryant, and he's only worth a late-round flier in the majority of leagues.

Randle gets limited by Beckham even though the Giants will use plenty of three-receiver sets. But he drops from a mid-round selection to a late-round pick now that Beckham is in New York. And Stills should still start opposite Colston, but Cooks might have more upside and is likely the better PPR selection. I'd draft Cooks over Stills as of now in re-draft leagues.

Ben Tate and Steven Jackson's days are numbered: The Browns and Falcons came out of the NFL Draft with running backs of the future, which could impact Tate and Jackson right away.

Tate is signed through 2015, but he might not be featured in the Cleveland backfield the next two seasons after the Browns drafted West in Round 3 from Towson and signed Crowell, who was once a prized recruit at Georgia but transferred to Alabama State following off-field issues. Tate went from a potential No. 2 Fantasy running back to a flex option now, and the loss of Gordon also hurts his value for this season.

Jackson should still start ahead of Freeman, who was drafted in Round 4 from Florida State. But Jackson was terrible in his first season with the Falcons in 2013 after missing four games and not rushing for more than 85 yards in any game. He did close the season with double digits in Fantasy points in four of his final six outings, but Freeman has the chance to steal touches if he plays up to his potential.

Sammy Watkins didn't land in an ideal spot: Watkins wasn't going to fall far in the first round based on his upside, but we don't love his outlook as a rookie going to the Bills. Manuel is going to have to improve dramatically as a sophomore for Watkins to become a weekly Fantasy starter.

The Bills best receiver last season was Robert Woods, who was No. 55 in Fantasy points. Johnson missed four games in 2013, but he also had his worst year since 2009. We hope Watkins can shine right away, but he'll be just a No. 4 Fantasy receiver in re-draft leagues worth a mid-round pick at best.

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Jamey at @JameyEisenberg .

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will begin his probation on Wednesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson will begin community service, and will undergo counseling to determine whether he has a drug problem. Peterson will report to a probation officer once a month in order to take a drug test. The strict drug testing stems from an Oct. 8 pre-trail urinalysis. Peterson admitted to "smoking a little weed," though the results from the test were never disclosed. 

Probation officials will also determine whether Peterson needs to attend parenting classes. 

Per his plea agreement, Peterson was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He's required to perform at least 16 hours per month, which would allow him to complete to program prior to training camp.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million. The team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension. 


Austin Collie signs with CFL's BC Lions
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Free-agent receiver Austin Collie has signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League, the team announced Thursday.

"I’m excited to be joining the Lions and very much look forward to playing in the CFL," said Collie. "The wide-open play of the Canadian game and the passion of fans across the league is going to be a lot of fun to experience."

Collie played four seasons with the Colts and one with the Patriots. In his last NFL action, he caught four passes for 57 yards in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.


Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: 'I don't want to take less money'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Eagles running back LeSean McCoy reiterated Thursday that while he'd be willing to restructure his contract if asked, he would not accept a pay cut, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."

McCoy, who is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, turned in his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years in 2014, finishing with 1,319 rushing yards on 312 carries and 155 receiving yards on a career-low 28 receptions. All five of his touchdowns came on the ground.


Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015, Bills coach Rex Ryan said the team would look at every available option, reports The Buffalo News.

"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."

The Bills have former first-round pick EJ Manuel on their roster, but Ryan said he would not commit to Manuel as his starting quarterback at this time.

"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.


Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson said he hasn't had the opportunity to meet with new coach Rex Ryan, but that didn't stop him from expressing his excitement about the new coaching regime in Buffalo.

"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."

The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.

"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that. 

"Players, the way we found out is we got a generic text from him, saying that he was moving on and he had chosen to opt out of his contract." 


Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) If defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh doesn't sign a long-term deal with the Lions, then he will become a free agent March 10 and there will be plenty of teams interested in the Pro Bowl lineman. 

Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck indicated if Suh wanted to sign with Oakland, then he would be welcomed in Raider Nation.

"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the Oakland Raiders."

It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.

"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."


Nick Foles: 'I plan on being in Philly' in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) 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 in domestic violence case, gets probation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) 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 head-butted 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
(1/29/2015) 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
(1/29/2015) 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.”


 
 
 
Rankings