NFL Player News

  • Brandon Tate WR | BUF

    Bills' Brandon Tate: Kickoff returns lacking

    Tate finished the 2017 campaign with a 19.6-yard average on 28 kickoff returns and a 9.7-yard average on 20 punt returns. He also caught six passes for 81 yards and a touchdown while occasionally chipping in on offense.

    The punt return average put Tate sixth in the NFL, but the kickoff return work was lacking and his worst per-return average in his lengthy NFL career. The latter ranked him last among the 12 NFL players with enough attempts to qualify on the league's special teams leaderboard. Tate, who's been in the league since 2009, is now an unrestricted free agent and there's talk the Bills will let him go and look for something a little more youthful with more upside in the return game. The receiver-needy Bills could also use someone that fills the spot as a return specialist while also offering a better potential than Tate for offensive duty.

  • Robby Anderson WR | NYJ

    Jets' Robby Anderson: Reportedly arrested early Friday morning

    Anderson reportedly faces nine charges, including two felonies, stemming from an incident in South Florida early Friday morning, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

    Per the report, this marks Anderson's second arrest in the last eight months. With the NFL slated to review the matter, the wideout is potentially subject to discipline under the league's personal-conduct policy. Meanwhile, the Jets released a statement, noting that the team is "aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment."

  • Eli Rogers WR | PIT

    Steelers' Eli Rogers: Suffers torn ACL

    Rogers was diagnosed with a torn ACL, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Rogers went down with a previously undisclosed right leg injury on the final drive of last Sunday's divisional-round loss to the Jaguars. Since ACL injuries usually command a nine-to-12 month recovery, the 25-year-old receiver will likely miss all of OTAs and training camp recovering and isn't guaranteed to be ready in time for the 2018 season opener.

  • Jarvis Landry WR | MIA

    Dolphins' Jarvis Landry: Not open to hometown discount

    Landry's agent said the receiver is not willing to take a hometown discount to stay in Miami, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

    Landry's agent, Damarious Bilbo, also went on record to defend recent criticisms against the receiver by saying Landry is an emotional and high-energy player who serves as a valuable sparkplug for the offense. Regardless, Landry will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year and, considering he's approaching his age-26 season in 2018, his next contract could be his last opportunity to break the bank. The LSU product is likely looking for a long-term contract in a similar price range as fellow 2014 second-rounder Davante Adams, who recently inked a four-year, $58.75 million extension with the Packers. If Landry and the Dolphins are unable to strike a deal, it's possible Miami could slap him with either the franchise or transition tags, which would pay Landry about $16.5 million or $14.2 million, respectively.

  • Adam Thielen WR | MIN

    Vikings' Adam Thielen: Listed as questionable

    Thielen (lower back) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC championship game against the Eagles.

    Thielen returned to practice in a limited fashion Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session, and given the magnitude of Sunday's contest, we'd expect him to suit up this weekend barring any setbacks. Thielen was on the field for 77 of a possible 81 snaps on offense in last Sunday's divisional-round win over the Saints, en route to hauling in six of nine targets for 74 yards. Assuming he plays against the Eagles, Thielen would be in line to start at wideout for the Vikings opposite Stefon Diggs, whose TD catch on the final play of last week's game allowed Minnesota to move one game away from a Super Bowl berth.

  • Saints' Tommylee Lewis: Finishes second season with whimper

    Lewis played only one offensive snap in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. He finished the 2017 regular season with 10 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown and two carries for 14 yards in 15 games. He also averaged 23.6 yards on 13 kickoff returns and 8.2 yards on 14 punt returns.

    Lewis never topped 16 offensive snaps in any game this season but saw some playing time as a slot receiver early in the season. During the second half of the year, however, Lewis was almost exclusively limited to special-teams work. With both Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman restricted free agents this offseason, there's an outside chance that Lewis could see his role grow next season if neither returns. At 5-foot-7, however, it seems more likely that Lewis will remain a gadget player in the Saints' offense, giving him limited fantasy appeal except in leagues that award points for return yardage.

  • Saints' Brandon Coleman: Restricted free agent this offseason

    Coleman, who did not play in the Saints' 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings due to a neck injury, finished the 2017 regular season with 23 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns.

    Coleman appeared in all 16 games for New Orleans and the three touchdowns tied a career high. An excellent run blocker, Coleman saw substantial playing time as the Saints' No. 3 receiver but the Rutgers product was generally an afterthought in the passing game. Coleman is only 24 years old and will be a restricted free agent this offseason. At 6-foot-6, another team could sign him with the hope of turning him into a dangerous red-zone target. However, if Coleman returns to New Orleans next season he will probably need an injury to one of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart (Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn) in order to make a significant fantasy impact.

  • Adam Thielen WR | MIN

    Vikings' Adam Thielen: Returns to practice Thursday

    Thielen (lower back) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.

    The listing follows Thielen's return to drills, signaling he's taking the necessary steps to ensure he's available for the NFC championship game. Ultimately, Friday's injury report will have the final say on his potential to suit up Sunday, when the Vikings will be facing the Eagles' 17th-ranked pass defense.

  • Colts' DeAndre Smelter: Latches on with Colts

    Smelter signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Wednesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News reports.

    Smelter spent the 2017 season on the 49ers' practice squad after being waived by the team at roster cutdowns in September, and will have an opportunity with the Colts in training camp.

  • Patriots' Bernard Reedy: Signs with Patriots

    Reedy signed a contract with the Patriots on Wednesday.

    Reedy played in two regular-season games for the Patriots in December, seeing action primarily on special teams. He was released from the team's practice squad earlier this month, but the placement of Jonathan Jones (undisclosed) on injured reserve opened up a spot for him. He may see some slight special teams duties but is unlikely to have much of a role on offense.