Tom Brady may face discipline over DeflateGate
Tom Brady | NE
(May 6, 2015 2:15 PM EDT)
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is considering discipline for Tom Brady as a result of "DeflateGate."
The Ted Wells Report paints an ugly picture for Brady and equipment personnel Jim McNally and John Jastremski, who are also facing discipline from the league. Meanwhile, it appears coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft will skate free. It's possible Brady will be watching Week 1 on his couch with LeGarrette Blount, who was suspended for one game earlier this offseason.
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Bears get second-round NT Goldman's deal done
Eddie Goldman | CHI
(May 6, 2015 1:31 PM EDT)
Bears signed No. 39 overall pick NT Eddie Goldman to a four-year contract.
Goldman figures to man the nose tackle spot in DC Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense from day one. He'll likely be a two-down player, as he doesn't bring much to the table in terms of pass-rush push. At 6'4/336, Goldman will eat up space up front.
Bears get No. 7 pick WR Kevin White signed
Kevin White | CHI
(May 6, 2015 1:28 PM EDT)
Bears signed No. 7 overall pick WR Kevin White to a four-year contract.
As is the case with all first-rounders, the deal comes with a fifth-year team option. White will replace Brandon Marshall in the starting lineup opposite Alshon Jeffery, keeping the "Twin Towers" effect in place for Jay Cutler. Eddie Royal will man the slot, with Marquess Wilson holding on as the No. 4 receiver. White can work at all three levels of the field and has immediate 1,000-yard upside.
Wells Report: Pats 'probably' tampered w/ balls
Tom Brady | NE
(May 6, 2015 1:23 PM EDT)
Ted Wells released his "DeflateGate" report Wednesday and found it's "more probable than not" that the Patriots manipulated the footballs in the AFC Championship game.
"It is more probable than not that Patriots personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules," Wells concluded. "In particular, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that Jim McNally [the Officials Locker Room attendant for the Patriots] and John Jastremski [an equipment assistant for the Patriots] participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee. Based on the evidence, it also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities." Brady doesn't come out well in the 243-page report, but Patriots higher-ups like coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft may have been unaware of the wrongdoings. It's now up to the NFL to hand out discipline.
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Kikaha competing at two linebacker positions
Hau'oli Kikaha | NO
(May 6, 2015 12:55 PM EDT)
Saints coach Sean Payton said second-round pick Hau'oli Kikaha could compete for time at both the Jack and Sam linebacker positions.
With Junior Galette coming off a 10-sack year, Kikaha's best chance to start would be on the left side where he'd compete with Parys Haralson for snaps. Fifth-round pick Davis Tull could also be in the mix at Sam. A prodigious college pass rusher, the Saints are eager to get Kikaha involved as soon as possible.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Crowder will compete with Roberts in the slot
Jamison Crowder | WAS
(May 6, 2015 11:49 AM EDT)
Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said Jamison Crowder will challenge Andre Roberts for snaps at slot receiver this season.
Head coach Jay Gruden also sees Crowder as a game-changer on special teams. A strong training camp could put Crowder ahead of Roberts, who finished last season 86th out of 110 qualified receivers in PFF's rankings. Washington's passing game still runs through DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, so don't expect much fantasy value from Crowder in his first season.
Washington Post
Cliett could help Texans in sub-packages
Reshard Cliett | HOU
(May 6, 2015 11:30 AM EDT)
The Texans' website projects sixth-round pick Reshard Cliett as a sub-package pass rusher.
The Texans used sub-packages more than 50 percent of the time last season, forcing safeties Eddie Pleasant and D.J. Swearinger to play out of position at linebacker. They're now searching for "sub-rushers" to affect the passer in nickel and dime alignments. They hope Cliett offers a rare combination of speed and coverage expertise while still being a strong run defender.
Family commitment forces Greene to miss OTAs
Shonn Greene | TEN
(May 6, 2015 10:58 AM EDT)
Shonn Greene is missing OTAs to be with his family in Miami.
He's helping take care of his three-week old son. Greene should be a go for the team's mandatory mini-camp that lasts from June 16-18. There's an excellent chance Greene won't make the Titans' final 53-man roster. In the off-chance that Greene does stick, he'll earn a $3.25 million base salary before hitting free agency in 2016.
Manziel moves to avoid Cleveland nightlife
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(May 6, 2015 10:48 AM EDT)
Johnny Manziel has moved out of his downtown apartment.
He's now living in a suburb west of the city. Manziel is trying to avoid the nightlife that derailed his rookie season and eventually landed him in rehab. The Browns failed to upgrade at quarterback during the draft, leaving Manziel as the clear No. 2 behind Josh McCown. Manziel's commitment to improving himself is encouraging but he still has a long way to go as a football player.
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Randle expected to be Giants No. 2 receiver
Rueben Randle | NYG
(May 6, 2015 10:47 AM EDT) projects Rueben Randle as the Giants' No. 2 receiver this season, ahead of rehabbing Victor Cruz.
Although his efficiency was lacking and his TD total (3) disappointed in 2014, Randle posted career highs in catches (71) and yards (938) and finished strong with Weeks 16-17 stat lines of 6-132-1 and 6-158. Still only 24 years old, Randle remains an ascending player and could end up as a late-round value pick in 2015 fantasy drafts if Cruz experiences any setbacks.