Tony Romo set up for huge season
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has the chance for a monster season in 2014. His back is healthy, the receiving corps is exceptional, the defense is bad and the playcalling should be in his favor.

Most Fantasy owners are leery of Romo because of his back and a track record of letting people down. Forget about that. The Cowboys will have trouble stopping people on defense, and the addition of new playcaller Scott Linehan will help Romo shine.

I love Romo as a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, and he is a breakout candidate even at this stage of his career. For more on why, check out my column here.

Andrew Luck headed for career season
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/23/2014) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been good for Fantasy owners the past two years. This year, he has the chance to be great.

Luck is a breakout candidate for a career season in 2014 because of his upgraded receiving corps with an improved T.Y. Hilton, the addition of Hakeem Nicks and the return to health of Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen.

For more on Luck's potential and how to approach drafting him, check out my breakout column here.

Jeff Tuel pushing Thad Lewis for No. 2 QB job
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/22/2014) Quarterback Thad Lewis is not guaranteed to be EJ Manuel's backup. Lewis and Jeff Tuel split time with the second team Tuesday.

"We have a battle for the second-team quarterback," coach Doug Marrone said. "We're trying to find out who it is. Jeff did a nice job in OTAs and he's earned himself some more reps."

Browns to name starting QB before third preseason game
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/22/2014) Browns coach Mike Pettine said he'll name a starting quarterback -- either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel -- before the third preseason game Aug. 23 against the Rams, reports the Akron Beacon Journal

"It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss," Pettine said. "It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date. I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game."

Eli Manning declares his ankle is 100 percent
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/21/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery April 10 but says his ankle already feels 100 percent, reports Newsday. "I feel good, I feel strong, I feel ready to go full speed," Manning said.

The Giants will hold their first practice Tuesday.

Norv Turner: Teddy Bridgewater should have gone Top 10
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/21/2014) Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner sounded impressed with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater after Monday's workout, saying Bridgewater "should have gone in the first 10 picks." Minnesota selected Bridgewater with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.

He'll try to beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job.

Geno Atkins, Leon Hall highlight sidelined Bengals
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) As the Bengals prepare to open training camp this week, they placed nine players on the Physically Unable to Perform list and another three on the Non-Football Injury list. All 12 players can come off both lists at any time. 

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (knee), cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles), guard Clint Boling (knee), linebacker Marquis Flowers (hamstring), punter Kevin Huber (neck), receiver Colin Lockett (hamstring), defensive tackle Zach Minter (back), defensive tackle Devon Still (back) and receiver Ryan Whalen (hamstring) all were placed on PUP. 

In addition to receiver Marvin Jones (ankle), who might not be seriously hurt, the Bengals placed cornerback Onterio McCalebb (ankle) and quarterback AJ McCarron (shoulder) on their NFI list. 

Titans to decide on No. 3 quarterback job
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) The Titans will open the season with Jake Locker as the starting quarterback and Charlie Whitehurst as the backup, but there is a battle for the No. 3 job, reports the Tennessean.

Zach Mettenberger vs. Tyler Wilson is the competition. Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick this year, is the favorite to be the No. 3. He has a strong arm and a ton of potential. Wilson is no slouch, but he has a lot to prove after the team drafted Mettenberger.

Jake Locker an offseason star
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Titans quarterback Jake Locker was considered an offseason star, reports the Tennessean.

The report says there were questions about Locker's future following another significant injury, this time to his foot. And many questions linger in what has been described as a make or break year in the final season of his contract.

He looked rusty as he limped through workouts in May, but in June he looked significantly better, moving and throwing well. The Titans hope he picks up in July where he left off in June.

Marc Trestman impressed with Jay Cutler
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Bears coach Marc Trestman sees growth in quarterback Jay Cutler heading into this season, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"The number one thing from my standpoint is the way that he has invested in the Chicago Bears," Trestman said. "Jay has been emotionally and selflessly invested in ways that he wouldn't talk about. But he really cares about this organization and every day he's a very, very observant person and he's a very proactive person in terms of inserting himself in all areas of this building to help this organization get better. ... It has been very, very impressive to watch how he has worked intelligently and selflessly to do that."

Trestman also pointed to the analytics study general manager Phil Emory compiled on Cutler's play, while touting his quarterback's ability to grasp offensive concepts from the neck up.

"I have great respect for Jay's football intelligence and his skillset. When we came in here, we knew he had the skillset," Trestman said. "The issue was, 'Could we work together on a daily basis?' because we both love football and we want to help our football team. And the answer to that question was a clear yes."

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