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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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Player News
Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:23 pm ET) 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
(2:42 pm ET) 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
(1:48 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.”


 
 
 
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