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2014 Draft Prep: 10-team mock draft

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The preseason is underway and the whole world is getting a whiff of that sweet, sweet football scent floating in the air. Oh yeah, you can smell it. It smells like meat burning on the grill and fresh-cut grass. And touchdowns ... bunches of touchdowns.

If your senses are on overload then it must be time to start really gearing up for Fantasy drafts.

For some, a simple 10-team league with standard-scoring is what's in store. It's the perfect type of league to get your feet wet if you're new to Fantasy, or the right system to play if you're involving others who are new to this fun little game of ours. There's no reason to complicate it with multiple quarterbacks or crazy scoring or head coaches and salary caps. That's just ... well, that stuff is awesome but it's not for everyone.

The best part of 10-team leagues is that everyone will have a superstar lineup. The fewer owners picking, the more talent that lasts on Draft Day. It's hard to mess up a 10-team draft.

For instance, in our mock, we saw running backs defy their average draft positions and fall to inconceivable spots. Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch into Round 3? Ray Rice and Frank Gore into Round 6? Maurice Jones-Drew into Round 9? And if you think those are nutty, wait until you see where most of the quarterbacks went!

But that's par for the course in 10-team leagues, which makes them more fun. The bigger challenge on Draft Day isn't to field a capable lineup, but rather to collect as many difference-makers as you can. Because everyone in the league will have all-star starting squads, it'll be the owner who has the most consistent stat producers who pulls ahead.

Speaking of all-stars, for this 10-team mock we enlisted in the help of two experts who know a thing or two about drafts: Rob Rang and Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com's NFL Draft analysts. For 10 months a year their specialty is watching college football and evaluating talent to the pro game. Everyone that's in the NFL has been checked out by these guys already, including this year's rookie class. Best of all, Rang and Brugler play in Fantasy leagues of their own, so they know what they're doing.

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. 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. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
2. Michael Hurcomb, Editor
3. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Dane Brugler, NFL Draft Analyst
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Will Brinson, NFL Writer
7. Rob Rang, NFL Draft Analyst
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Polito Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2 Hurcomb LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
3 Richard Matt Forte, RB, CHI
4 Brugler Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5 Eisenberg Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
6 Brinson Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
7 Rang Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
8 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
9 Towers Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
10 Tobin Montee Ball, RB, DEN
Round 2
Pick Team Player
11 Tobin Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
12 Towers DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
13 Aizer Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
14 Rang Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
15 Brinson A.J. Green, WR, CIN
16 Eisenberg Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
17 Brugler Drew Brees, QB, NO
18 Richard Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
19 Hurcomb Julio Jones, WR, ATL
20 Polito Zac Stacy, RB, STL
Round 3
Pick Team Player
21 Polito Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
22 Hurcomb Arian Foster, RB, HOU
23 Richard Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
24 Brugler Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
25 Eisenberg Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
26 Brinson Doug Martin, RB, TB
27 Rang Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
28 Aizer Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
29 Towers Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
30 Tobin Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
Round 4
Pick Team Player
31 Tobin Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
32 Towers Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
33 Aizer C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
34 Rang Shane Vereen, RB, NE
35 Brinson Reggie Bush, RB, DET
36 Eisenberg Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
37 Brugler Randall Cobb, WR, GB
38 Richard Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
39 Hurcomb Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
40 Polito Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
Round 5
Pick Team Player
41 Polito Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
42 Hurcomb Tom Brady, QB, NE
43 Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
44 Brugler Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
45 Eisenberg Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
46 Brinson Joique Bell, RB, DET
47 Rang Keenan Allen, WR, SD
48 Aizer Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
49 Towers Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
50 Tobin Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
Round 6
Pick Team Player
51 Tobin Frank Gore, RB, SF
52 Towers Vernon Davis, TE, SF
53 Aizer Trent Richardson, RB, IND
54 Rang Roddy White, WR, ATL
55 Brinson Ray Rice, RB, BAL
56 Eisenberg Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
57 Brugler Wes Welker, WR, DEN
58 Richard Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
59 Hurcomb DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
60 Polito Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
Round 7
Pick Team Player
61 Polito Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
62 Hurcomb Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
63 Richard Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
64 Brugler Ben Tate, RB, CLE
65 Eisenberg Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
66 Brinson Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
67 Rang Terrance West, RB, CLE
68 Aizer Golden Tate, WR, DET
69 Towers Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
70 Tobin Jason Witten, TE, DAL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
71 Tobin Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
72 Towers Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
73 Aizer Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
74 Rang Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
75 Brinson Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
76 Eisenberg Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
77 Brugler Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
78 Richard Andre Williams, RB, NYG
79 Hurcomb Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
80 Polito Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
Round 9
Pick Team Player
81 Polito T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
82 Hurcomb Julian Edelman, WR, NE
83 Richard Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
84 Brugler Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
85 Eisenberg Christine Michael, RB, SEA
86 Brinson Cam Newton, QB, CAR
87 Rang Marques Colston, WR, NO
88 Aizer Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
89 Towers Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
90 Tobin Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
Round 10
Pick Team Player
91 Tobin Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
92 Towers Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
93 Aizer Andrew Luck, QB, IND
94 Rang Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
95 Brinson Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
96 Eisenberg Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
97 Brugler Mike Evans, WR, TB
98 Richard Nick Foles, QB, PHI
99 Hurcomb Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
100 Polito Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
Round 11
Pick Team Player
101 Polito Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
102 Hurcomb Seahawks DST
103 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
104 Brugler Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
105 Eisenberg Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
106 Brinson Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
107 Rang James White, RB, NE
108 Aizer Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
109 Towers Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
110 Tobin Tre Mason, RB, STL
Round 12
Pick Team Player
111 Tobin Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
112 Towers Philip Rivers, QB, SD
113 Aizer Kenny Stills, WR, NO
114 Rang Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
115 Brinson DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
116 Eisenberg Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
117 Brugler Eric Ebron, TE, DET
118 Richard Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
119 Hurcomb Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
120 Polito Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
Round 13
Pick Team Player
121 Polito Knile Davis, RB, KC
122 Hurcomb Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
123 Richard Charles Sims, RB, TB
124 Brugler 49ers DST
125 Eisenberg Ladarius Green, TE, SD
126 Brinson Cardinals DST
127 Rang Rams DST
128 Aizer LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
129 Towers Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
130 Tobin DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
Round 14
Pick Team Player
131 Tobin Broncos DST
132 Towers Chiefs DST
133 Aizer Panthers DST
134 Rang Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
135 Brinson Tavon Austin, WR, STL
136 Eisenberg Bengals DST
137 Brugler Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
138 Richard Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
139 Hurcomb Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
140 Polito Patriots DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
141 Polito Phil Dawson, K, SF
142 Hurcomb Matt Prater, K, DEN
143 Richard Steelers DST
144 Brugler Justin Tucker, K, BAL
145 Eisenberg Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
146 Brinson Matt Bryant, K, ATL
147 Rang Mason Crosby, K, GB
148 Aizer Shayne Graham, K, NO
149 Towers Adam Vinatieri, K, IND
150 Tobin Nick Novak, K, SD
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk
1.8 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
2.3 Le'Veon Bell, RB, PIT
3.8 Julius Thomas, TE, DEN
4.3 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
5.8 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, MIN
6.3 Trent Richardson, RB, IND
7.8 Golden Tate, WR, DET
8.3 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
9.8 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, OAK
10.3 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
11.8 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
12.3 Kenny Stills, WR, NO
13.8 LeGarrette Blount, RB, PIT
14.3 Panthers DST
15.8 Shayne Graham, K, NO
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk
1.6 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.5 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
4.5 Reggie Bush, RB, DET
5.6 Joique Bell, RB, DET
6.5 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
7.6 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
8.5 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
9.6 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
10.5 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
11.6 Marvin Jones, WR, CIN
12.5 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
13.6 Cardinals DST
14.5 Tavon Austin, WR, STL
15.6 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dane Brugler
Rd.Pk
1.4 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.7 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.4 Toby Gerhart, RB, JAC
4.7 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
5.4 Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
6.7 Wes Welker, WR, DEN
7.4 Ben Tate, RB, CLE
8.7 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
9.4 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
10.7 Mike Evans, WR, TB
11.4 Darren Sproles, RB, PHI
12.7 Eric Ebron, TE, DET
13.4 49ers DST
14.7 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
15.4 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk
1.5 Eddie Lacy, RB, GB
2.6 Giovani Bernard, RB, CIN
3.5 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.6 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
5.5 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
6.6 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
7.5 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
8.6 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
9.5 Christine Michael, RB, SEA
10.6 Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN
11.5 Carlos Hyde, RB, SF
12.6 Jarrett Boykin, WR, GB
13.5 Ladarius Green, TE, SD
14.6 Bengals DST
15.5 Steven Hauschka, K, SEA
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk
1.2 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.9 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
4.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
5.2 Tom Brady, QB, NE
6.9 DeSean Jackson, WR, WAS
7.2 Rashad Jennings, RB, NYG
8.9 Jordan Reed, TE, WAS
9.2 Julian Edelman, WR, NE
10.9 Brandin Cooks, WR, NO
11.2 Seahawks DST
12.9 Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
13.2 Dexter McCluster, RB, TEN
14.9 Jordan Matthews, WR, PHI
15.2 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Joe Polito
Rd.Pk
1.1 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.10 Zac Stacy, RB, STL
3.1 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
4.10 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
5.1 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
6.10 Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ
7.1 Percy Harvin, WR, SEA
8.10 Devonta Freeman, RB, ATL
9.1 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
10.10 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
11.1 Eric Decker, WR, NYJ
12.10 Kelvin Benjamin, WR, CAR
13.1 Knile Davis, RB, KC
14.10 Patriots DST
15.1 Phil Dawson, K, SF
Rob Rang
Rd.Pk
1.7 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
2.4 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
3.7 Andre Ellington, RB, ARI
4.4 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
5.7 Keenan Allen, WR, SD
6.4 Roddy White, WR, ATL
7.7 Terrance West, RB, CLE
8.4 Steven Jackson, RB, ATL
9.7 Marques Colston, WR, NO
10.4 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
11.7 James White, RB, NE
12.4 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
13.7 Rams DST
14.4 Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
15.7 Mason Crosby, K, GB
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk
1.3 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
2.8 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.3 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
4.8 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
5.3 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
6.8 Emmanuel Sanders, WR, DEN
7.3 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
8.8 Andre Williams, RB, NYG
9.3 Zach Ertz, TE, PHI
10.8 Nick Foles, QB, PHI
11.3 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
12.8 Justin Hunter, WR, TEN
13.3 Charles Sims, RB, TB
14.8 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.3 Steelers DST
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk
1.10 Montee Ball, RB, DEN
2.1 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.10 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.1 Bishop Sankey, RB, TEN
5.10 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
6.1 Frank Gore, RB, SF
7.10 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
8.1 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
9.10 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
10.1 Khiry Robinson, RB, NO
11.10 Tre Mason, RB, STL
12.1 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
13.10 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, HOU
14.1 Broncos DST
15.10 Nick Novak, K, SD
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk
1.9 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
2.2 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.9 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
4.2 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
5.9 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
6.2 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.9 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
8.2 Mike Wallace, WR, MIA
9.9 Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF
10.2 Terrance Williams, WR, DAL
11.9 Stepfan Taylor, RB, ARI
12.2 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
13.9 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND
14.2 Chiefs DST
15.9 Adam Vinatieri, K, IND

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

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

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

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


Titans' Massaquoi rehabbing shoulder, to miss OTA's
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Outside linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi will not participate in the Titans' first organized team activities, per ESPN.com.

Massaquoi, who was claimed off waivers from the Falcons earlier this year, is recovering from shoulder surgery. He had a bone spur removed from the area, but the procedure was categorized as a minor cleanup.

Massaquoi recorded 22 tackles in 15 games with Atlanta last season.


Entering third season, 49ers' Lawrence Okoye eyeing roster spot
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) This might finally be the year Lawrence Okoye can crack a spot on the 49ers' roster, per the Bay Area News Group.

Okoye, a former British Olympics discus thrower and rugby player, is feeling confident about his improvements and feels like his potential is worth a roster spot.

“It’s very different from the first time I came here. I’m feeling very good about things,” Okoye said Thursday while sitting at his locker. “I’m just happy I was given the opportunity to stay here so long, so I could catch up. I have a good opportunity to show what I can do.”

Okoye has worked under new head coach Jim Tomsula for two years and with Justin Smith's retirement, his emergence might be rewarded.

“You’re going to get lots of people telling you things. But the main thing is to just keep yourself motivated, despite what people say about you," Okoye said. "People will write you off. People will say this or that. Just keep yourself motivated, keep going every day and you’ll be good.”

 


Bengals' Terrelle Pryor still dreams about winning it all
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Terrelle Pryor's chances of taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl and winning it are slim, but that won’t stop him from dreaming.

Pryor -- in his fourth year in the league -- dreams about winning the Super Bowl with quite some frequency, he just isn't sure what team he's doing it with.

“I don’t know the team. It’s always in black uniforms,” Pryor said. “I didn’t see any orange. No, it’s not the Raiders. But I believe it can happen because I can visualize it like that. I’m into visualization.”

Pryor hasn't played a down since the 2013 regular season, when he passed for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games.


Flowers' college position coach thinks he can fill in for injured Beatty
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Things are moving really fast for Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. The eighth overall pick in the draft, because of an injury to Will Beatty, might have inherited a huge workload this season, per nj.com.

Art Kehoe, Flowers' offensive line coach at the University of Miami, thinks Flowers will be up to the task of protecting quarterback Eli Manning.

"I'm sure he raised his level up a notch or two, but I think he plays every week, I think he plays hard in practice," Kehoe said. "He's an unproven commodity at the next level, and he's a high draft pick, [the Giants] drafted him to be a fixer, so I'm sure he's going in there to do what he did in Miami — scrap his ass off every day in practice, and if you're supposed to be a badass the next weekend [against] your opponent, he's gonna be there and he's gonna bring everything he's got. That's what he does. He wants to know that there's a dude, and he has to take care of him, and he'll be up to the challenge.

Giants' 2013 first-round pick, Justin Pugh is also a top candidate to fill in for the injured Beatty.


Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.


Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Mike Zimmer has expressed optimism that underachieving Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson is gaining a better understanding of route-running and the nuances of playing the position in the NFL, which would allow his talent to result in greater productivity.

Patterson took a step back in 2014 after a mediocre rookie year. He played in every game, but managed just 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown. He has since stated that 2015 is his make-or-break year and is apparently acting like it in the offseason.

"He's done real well," Zimmer told Fox Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed."


GM: Dolphins LT Branden Albert should be fine for Week 1
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

"It's been a long rehab and he's really attacked it every day," Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a "reasonable explanation" that he would be ready for Week 1. "We really like his progress. He's out there with his team working out. We're really encouraged by what we're seeing with him."

Ja'Wuan Williams was forced to move to left tackle following the Albert injury in 2014. But he struggled at that position and is expected to move to his more familiar right tackle spot this year.


Report: Bills still want to extend Marcell Dareus
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Bills still want to extend the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Despite the one-game suspension levied by the league against Dareus on Thursday, the team still hopes to have an extension wrapped up before the start of training camp. 

2015 is scheduled to be the last season of Dareus' current contract. He'll make $8.06 million.


Shanahan: Struggles of Robert Griffin III unrelated to injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not believe injuries have prevented quarterback Robert Griffin III from maximizing his potential in the NFL. Rather, he feels it was the team not creating an offensive system that best fits his talents and his own belief that he could play a traditional role at that position.

Griffin sustained a serious knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He then struggled in 2013 in an offense designed to transform him into a drop-back quarterback rather than one that took advantage of his mobility. He suffered another knee injury last year and did not perform well in the offense of new coach Jay Gruden.

"I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it," Shanahan told 106.7 The Fan. "In college he didn't have a route tree, didn't have a playbook. That does take some time. ... If you take a quarterback like that you must run the kind of system that allows him to be successful. ... I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop-back quarterback. He hasn't done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out."

Some have wondered why the Redskins went so hard after Griffin if they weren't willing to create an offense that maximizes his skill set.


 
 
 
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