Kubiak names C.J. Anderson starter for OTAs
C.J. Anderson | DEN
(March 29, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson will open OTAs as the Broncos' starting tailback.
Kubiak said Anderson wasn't assured of Denver's running back job at the Combine, but sounded more committed to him at the NFL owners' meetings. "I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him," Kubiak said. "We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things. ... He's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."
Alan Ball no longer plagued by torn biceps
Alan Ball | CHI
(March 29, 2015 12:15 PM EDT)
Bears CB Alan Ball (torn biceps) said he's "ready to roll."
He tore his biceps in October but according to Ball, that's no longer an issue. In Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings, Ball graded out better against the run than he did versus the pass. In Chicago, he'll be used as a reserve behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller.
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'Spirited debate' over Koa Misi
Koa Misi | MIA
(March 29, 2015 12:07 PM EDT)
Dolphins DC Kevin Coyle and coach Joe Philbin both reportedly want to keep Koa Misi at middle linebacker.
Per the Miami Herald, there's a "spirited debate" inside the Dolphins about where Misi fits best. His lackluster 2014 performance in the middle suggests moving back out to the strong side might be in the team's best interest. Miami's new personnel department led by Mike Tannenbaum reportedly wants Misi at outside linebacker, and for Kelvin Sheppard to get a shot at the Mike.
Miami Herald
Buccaneers bringing Mariota in for a visit
Marcus Mariota | CLG
(March 29, 2015 11:52 AM EDT)
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will visit the Buccaneers on Tuesday.
The Buccaneers are still expected to take Jameis Winston with the first pick, but they're at least giving Mariota a fair shake. Statistically, Mariota was far superior to Winston in 2014, leading all of college football with a monstrous 181.7 passer rating. However, teams seem to favor Winston because of his arm strength and experience in a pro-style offense. The Titans, Redskins, Chargers and Jets have also been linked to Mariota.
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Chandler Jones coming off surgery
Chandler Jones | NE
(March 29, 2015 11:45 AM EDT)
Patriots RE/OLB Chandler Jones is recovering from an undisclosed surgery.
Jones is currently rehabbing at Gillette Stadium and getting around with the aid of crutches. The Patriots do not publicly disclose injury details, but Jones did miss six games with a hip injury last season. ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss doesn't "get the sense from those close to Jones that there is any significant long-range concern about his health and availability."
ESPN Boston
Packers want to be smart about Lacy's touches
Eddie Lacy | GB
(March 29, 2015 11:34 AM EDT)
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wants to keep Eddie Lacy fresh by limiting his touches.
It's not a big red flag for fantasy owners, just a reminder that Green Bay is never going to use Lacy the way Dallas ran DeMarco Murray into the ground last season. Including the postseason, Lacy logged 286 carries in 2014. That's 19 fewer than he posted as a rookie. Lacy's rushing attempt total dropped a bit, but his workload as a receiver increased last season (42 catches for 427 yards). Any way you slice it, he's still a top-five fantasy running back.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Brian Dixon arrested in Miami Beach
Brian Dixon | NO
(March 29, 2015 11:08 AM EDT)
Saints CB Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence.
Dixon played 166 snaps last season as an undrafted rookie out of Northwest Missouri State. Teams have been cracking down on off-field misbehavior in the wake of last season's highly publicized Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals. Fringe players like Dixon can't afford missteps like this. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Saints cut him.
Jermaine Gresham still an option for Cincy
Jermaine Gresham | FA
(March 29, 2015 10:35 AM EDT)
The Bengals haven't closed the door on re-signing free agent TE Jermaine Gresham.
Coach Marvin Lewis recently said Gresham is a man of "many moods," which doesn't suggest the Bengals are eager to have him back in the locker room. But if the team can't find a blocking tight end to pair with Tyler Eifert in the draft, bringing Gresham back at a reduced salary could be an option. He was close to signing with Oakland but that deal fell apart when the Raiders found out Gresham needed back surgery.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Lewis expects bigger role for Shawn Williams
Shawn Williams | CIN
(March 29, 2015 10:23 AM EDT)
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes Shawn Williams is ready for more playing time.
His path to playing time at safety has been blocked by veterans George Iloka and Reggie Nelson. That figures to change in 2015. The 31-year-old Nelson is in the final year of his contract and the Bengals need to see if Williams is the team's long-term solution at strong safety. Williams has seen just 39 combined snaps on defense since entering the league in 2013.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Jets next up for free agent Erin Henderson
Erin Henderson | FA
(March 29, 2015 9:51 AM EDT)
Free agent LB Erin Henderson will visit the Jets.
He left San Francisco without signing a contract. The Niners have since shifted their attention to Lance Briggs, who is visiting the team on Monday. Demario Davis and David Harris aren't in danger of losing their jobs, so adding Henderson would merely be a depth signing for the Jets. Teams have been hesitant to reach out to Henderson because of his two drunk driving arrests.
Sacramento Bee