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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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Player News
Texans' O'Brien: WR DeAndre Hopkins can 'be one of the best'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Texans head coach Bill O'Brien is very encouraged by the performance of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins last season, per ESPN. O'Brien went as far as to say that Hopkins can be one of the best.

"He had a really productive year," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "The thing that we really like about Hop and that we want him to continue to do is his work ethic. He’s a hungry player. He works every single day. He came into the spring a year ago and he was learning the offense and thinking out there, then all of a sudden you could see all the work he put in and learning, he just took off."

Due to the departure of wide receiver Andre Johnson, the progression of Hopkins will be under the microscope as he is now the focal point of the passing offense.

"We just want to see him continue and progress," O'Brien said. "We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts."

In two years with the Texans, Hopkins has reeled in 128 receptions for 2012 yards and eight touchdowns.


Giants won't rush WR Victor Cruz back to the field
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hopeful that wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready by training camp, the team will not rush him back, reports ESPN.

"I shouldn't say this, because medically I really don't have a definite answer, but by training camp hopefully, even if it's just to bring him," Coughlin said. "We're not going to just throw him to the wind. He'll work his way through. But I hope that would be the target."

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year. Coughlin is hopeful that he'll return to be the player that he was before the injury.

"I think he'll be the player that he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said of Cruz. "But as far as when, I would be careful of what I would say there. Hopefully it's the first game. But if it isn't, you know we've done that one before. We just went through it. But I'm hoping it would be."

The former undrafted free agent has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Lions QB Matthew Stafford to take more chances through the air
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi's system for the first time last season. The team plans on taking more chances down the field in Stafford's second season in the new offense, Lombardi said, according to the team's official website.

“In his second year (in the offense) he’s going to be that much more comfortable,” Lombardi said.

“We’ll be able to tailor the offense a little bit more to what he likes and what he’s good at. I thought he played smart football and sometimes to a fault. We’ll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football.”

Although Stafford didn't take many shots down the field, he did throw a career-low 12 interceptions in 2014. 

The former first overall draft pick has thrown for 21,714 yards with 131 touchdowns and 85 interceptions during his six-year career.


Colts OLB Robert Mathis plans to be ready for training camp
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis is not ready to run yet, he told Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL. Mathis added that he plans to be ready for the start of training camp.

“It’s not going as fast as I would like to, but we are getting well and we should be clicking in camp,” Mathis told Sirius.

Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.

During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.


Lions TE Eric Ebron has been working out with Matthew Stafford
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that tight end Eric Ebron has been working out with quarterback Matthew Stafford in Atlanta this offseason, reports the Detroit News. Lombardi also said that the plan is to have Ebron be the No. 3 weapon in the passing game this year.

Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown. 


Cowboys' Tony Romo: DeMarco Murray asked me to take a pay cut
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Eagles running back DeMarco Murray was really hoping to remain with the Cowboys this offseason. So much so, he asked quarterback Tony Romo to take a pay cut to remain with the team, Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."


Giants QB Eli Manning wants to take offense 'to another level'
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is entering the second year in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system. Manning is ready to take the next step now that he is familiar with the system, reports the NY Daily News.

““This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it.

“But there is still room to grow and that is why I try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. Looking at old game-plan sheets and calling plays in my head – throwing routes with receivers trying to call out plays to myself, so you don’t let it slip away. It was new last year and it wasn’t something I have been doing for 10 years, so you want to keep it fresh and go through your reminders and all your checks. So when we come back I haven’t taken a step backwards and have to re-learn things. It is still all there. There will be new stuff and we will be taking it to another level.”

Manning has started all 16 games in each season since 2005, throwing for 39,755 yards with 259 touchdowns and 185 interceptions.


Saints TE Josh Hill wants to grow into new role
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) After trading trading Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, tight end Josh Hill is ready to step into his new role with the Saints, according to the team's offical website.

“I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do,” Hill said when asked about the trade of Graham to the Seahawks.

Hill recognized that Graham helped him transition from college to the professional level.

“It’s a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him.”

Head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to step up.

“Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He’s not on anyone’s fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he’s a real good tight end. He’s versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player.”

Hill, heading into his third year in the NFL, has recorded 20 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns. 


Cowboys QB Tony Romo excited about this offseason
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is excited about what the offseason holds for him, according to ESPN.

“This is the first offseason where I’ve been able to kind of get after it this early and be able to kind of improve in a lot of different areas that I think you aren’t able to until you get healthy enough to attack it,” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “I’m just excited about that, really.”

Romo, 34, is encouraged by the fact that he is able to do a lot of different things during the offseason process while working out.

“Now I’m able to do that while actually doing functional strength training through different versions of squats,” Romo said. “I’m not putting anything on my back and doing stuff like that but you are doing a lot of single-leg stuff and different things that I started getting into during the season that helped a lot. Now it’s nice to be able to do that in the offseason.”

Romo has thrown for 33,270 yards with 242 touchdowns and 110 interceptions in his 12-year career. 


WR Dwayne Bowe looks to revitalize himself with Browns
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe is looking to revitalize his career now that he has joined the Browns, reports ESPN. Bowe was cut by the Chiefs in the middle of March.

"I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe, 30, told ESPN.com via telephone Tuesday. "Just sit back and watch."

Browns general manager Ray Farmer has familiarity with Bowe from their time with the Chiefs. The two sat down and watched tape from the 2010 season when he racked up 15 touchdown receptions.

"Him knowing what I can do, seeing me in practice, making crazy plays, splitting the safeties, he knows I still can do that," Bowe said. "I couldn't showcase that last year. He was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that.' Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays."

The 30-year-old wideout appreciated his time with the Chiefs and he has no regrets.

"It's been up and down, but it's been fun," Bowe said. "I don't regret nothing. People can talk about the NFL and playing wide receiver -- I feel I still have a good four more years in me."

Over his eight-year career, he has totaled 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns.


 
 
 
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