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2014 Draft Prep: 12-team standard draft

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There are times in a draft when a player falls in your lap and it's a no-brainer decision to select him. You might not like that player, but value is value so why not gamble?

It happened in this 12-team standard mock draft to a few owners. It's likely going to happen to you as well, so be prepared.

For me, it happened in Round 3. I started my team with Eddie Lacy at No. 5 overall and then Brandon Marshall in Round 2 at No. 20. In Round 3, I was prepared to take Rob Gronkowski or Julius Thomas, Antonio Brown or Randall Cobb or Drew Brees, who were all still on the board when Round 2 ended.

Instead, Arian Foster continued to fall. While I consider Foster a bust candidate this season, and he has plenty of issues with last year's back injury, his retirement talk and his recent hamstring woes, it was an easy selection at No. 29 overall. By comparison, his Average Draft Position on CBSSports.com is No. 21.

Now, clearly Foster is on the decline, and he's not worth drafting in Round 1. But if he plays 10-plus games at anything close to his level prior to the back injury, then this pick is larceny. And I made sure to handcuff him with Jonathan Grimes in Round 11.

Some other owners had similar situations with players they couldn't pass up. Adam Aizer took Drew Brees one spot in front of me in Round 3 at No. 28 overall. We realize quarterbacks fall in our mock drafts, so this was an easy decision, even though he didn't plan on a quarterback in that spot when the draft started. (Aizer made sure to boast about his pick on our podcast saying he's going to win because "I have Drew Brees!").

Dave Richard didn't love the available players in Round 6, but he's a Vernon Davis fan. So he drafted Davis at No. 63 overall, which is 14 spots better than his ADP at No. 49.

Dave also had the reverse scenario happen to him a couple of times when players he was hoping to get went off the board before he picked. In Round 2, it was Giovani Bernard one spot in front of him at No. 14, and he ended up with Julio Jones. In Round 3, he wanted Toby Gerhart, Andre Ellington or Matthew Stafford at No. 34. All three went right before him and he settled for Ryan Mathews.

You have to be prepared. No matter what plan you have for your draft, things will happen to alter your strategy, and in some cases that could lead to a very good roster. Just ask Aizer.

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. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
2. Will Brinson, Senior NFL Writer
3. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
4. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
5. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
6. Joe Polito, Social Media Coordinator
7. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
8. Larry Hartstein, Fantasy Writer
9. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
10. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
11. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
12. Eric Johnston, Senior Designer, Fantasy Sports

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

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Titans' Lewan says QB Mettenberger still views himself as starter
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Even though the Titans drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota with the second-overall pick, tackle Taylor Lewan said that QB Zach Mettenberger, who started six games last season as a rookie, still regards himself as the starter, reports the Tennessean.com.

"That is the mentality that Zach has. He thinks of himself as a starter, and the guys in the locker room do also," Lewan said. "I don't think he is going to give it up easily,"
Lewan was the Titans' first-round pick in last year's draft.

Browns' Pettine: Josh McCown favorite to enter camp as starter
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a radio interview Monday that it's "fair to say" that Josh McCown will enter camp as the team's starting quarterback, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reports.

Pettine had said in April that he wasn't ready to name McCown the likely starter for anything, but after the Browns came out of draft weekend without a new quarterback on the roster, it appears the former Buccaneers starter is in line to open camp atop the depth chart at the position.

McCown started 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, completing 56.3 percent of his passes while throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.


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by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is on target to participate from the start of training camp, Bengals.com reports.

Eifert tore his labrum last offseason and dislocated his elbow in the first quarter of his first regular-season game. Rather than return late in the year, he and the team opted for season-ending shoulder surgery. The tight end said that his elbow has been cleared and he's waiting to receive clearance on his shoulder in a few weeks.

"I tried to play through the year. Once I had elbow surgery and I wasn’t going to come back, then I just got the shoulder done," Eifert said. "That’s why I’m excited now because I’m feeling strong, feeling upbeat. I’m not in any pain. It feels good."


49ers' Justin Smith to announce retirement decision in May
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) 49ers defensive end Justin Smith plans to sit down with team officials in May and decide whether he'll return for one more season, the Sacramento Bee reports.

"You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday.

Smith wouldn't say which way he was leaning. He indicated that the the team's decision to draft a defensive lineman in the first round of the draft did not signal his impending retirement.

"We gave Justin liberty to make his own decision on his time frame," Baalke said after selecting Arik Armstead Thursday. "We went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin’s going to make or not going to make. We just went in to find the best football player, the best system fit that we could."


Texans agree to four-year extension with LB Whitney Mercilus
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The Texans have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Whitney Mercilus, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus will receive $26 million under the terms of the deal, which will keep in Houston until 2019, ESPN reports. He has missed just one game in his first three years with the Texans, racking up 122 total tackles and 18 sacks while forcing four fumbles.


Titans tailoring offense to Marcus Mariota's strengths
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Titans general manager Ruston Webster reiterated Monday that coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff have begun tailoring the offense to fit the strengths of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, NFL.com reports.

"Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."

The Titans believe that Mariota will work fine under center and reading defenses despite not being asked to do so while playing at Oregon.


Cardinals' Carson Palmer (knee) participates in drills Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (knee) worked out Monday, participating with the first-team offense in all drills, NFL.com reports.

Though the action wasn't close to replicating game-like conditions, the quarterback said he received a big mental boost by joining his team after missing the last eight games of the season due to a torn ACL.

"You want all your guys out there," Palmer said. "I know I want my five starting linemen and my two starting receivers. You don’t ever want to see guys on the sidelines. Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to do everything once OTAs start, but I’ll be able to do just about everything. It’s important (to participate) because I enjoy it. I can’t wait for tomorrow and I can’t wait for every day."

Palmer said the injury forces him to "start over from scratch" mechanically, as he works to regain the footwork and balance needed to be successful in the pocket.

“All those little things that still go through my head every couple reps, I’m fighting to get to the point where you just don’t think about that anymore,” Palmer said. “It just becomes natural. Just ingraining all those small mechanical movements is something that takes repetition after repetition.”


49ers GM says LB Aldon Smith developing as leader for team
by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said that linebacker Aldon Smith has started to develop as a leader on the field and that he has a “a great look in his eye,” the team has reported.

"It’s a role I’m comfortable with,” Smith said. “I’m kind of one of the older guys on the team now. I’m one of the guys who has been here for a while, so I’m helping out people who need help with anything, whether that’s knowing where to go down here or football questions.”

Smith served a nine-game suspension during the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse.

49ers place Chris Borland on reserve/retired list
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) The 49ers placed linebacker Chris Borland on the reserve/retired list Monday, CSNBayArea.com reports.

The move is a formality, as Borland announced his decision to retire in mid-March. The move clears $109.359 in immediate cap space. The 49ers didn't address the inside-linebacker position in this year's draft despite the retirements of Borland and Patrick Willis.


49ers waive/injured Chase Thomas
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(5/4/2015) The 49ers have waived/injured linebacker Chase Thomas, the team announced Monday.

Thomas made two special-teams tackles in five games played with the 49ers last season. He tore an ACL while working out earlier in the offseason and will presumably miss the entire 2015 season.


 
 
 
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