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Chargers tight end Antonio Gates suspended 4 games (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:28:31 PDT)
Antonio Gates' squeaky-clean image took a big hit Thursday when the San Diego Chargers' star tight end was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The NFL said in a statement that Gates can participate in training camp and exhibition games. One of the NFL's top tight ends for more than a decade, Gates has had a Hall of Fame-caliber career after joining the Chargers as an undrafted rookie in 2003 following a college basketball career.

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended for substance abuse (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:24:14 PDT)


Fantasy Preview: Schedule (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:01:00 PDT)
Evan Silva breaks down every NFL team from a fantasy perspective heading into the 2015 season. Check out the weekly schedule.

Running Back Target Rankings (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:10:00 PDT)
Evan Silva takes a look at which teams targeted their running backs most last season, and how we might apply that to 2015.

Tom Pleads His Case (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:46:00 PDT)
In this week's Bump and Run, Jesse Pantuosco looks at Tom Brady's appeal hearing and Terrelle Pryor's switch to wide receiver.

NFC Team-by-Team OTA Notes (Rotoworld)
(Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:52:00 PDT)
Adam Levitan sifts through the news that came out during offseason practices to uncover useful fantasy nuggets. Doug Martin was a winner.

NFL-National Football League roundup
(Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:04:31 PDT)
Tom Benson, the 87-year-old owner of the NFL New Orleans Saints and NBA Pelicans, was ruled to be mentally competent on Thursday and will maintain control of his teams and $1.7 billion fortune. An eight-day trial concluded last week, and the ruling was issued Thursday by Orleans Civil District Judge Kern Reese. Reese ruled that Benson "is able to make reasoned decisions as to his person and his property and therefore this court will not order an interdiction of any kind in these proceedings." Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and grandchildren Rita and Ryan LeBlanc had filed a lawsuit in January after Benson cut ties with them and announced he would leave ownership of the teams to his wife of 10 years, Gayle.

Russell Wilson remains silent on contract talks with Seattle (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:03:31 PDT)
Russell Wilson wouldn't budge much Thursday when asked about his ongoing contract negotiations after the Seattle Seahawks finished up minicamp. Wilson is set to enter the final year of his rookie deal, which is worth $1.5 million in 2015. ''As you guys know, I'm not going to go into great detail about that at all,'' Wilson said.

Beasley ready to show Falcons they made right decision (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:35:47 PDT)
Now that Vic Beasley has signed a four-year rookie contract and finished his first mini-camp, the rookie defensive end is eager for the next phase of his development with the Atlanta Falcons. Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick, must wait until the start of training late next month to show his new coaches and teammates what he can do in pads. Until then, Beasley plans to spend time with his family in Adairsville, Ga., and settle into his new life after receiving an $8.8 million signing bonus as part of a $14.5 million contract he signed last week.

Bill Callahan brings passion to Redskins (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:57:57 PDT)
Bill Callahan coached the Oakland Raiders to the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Last season as Dallas won the NFC East for the first time in five years, Callahan was the coordinator and line coach for the NFL's second-ranked run offense.

Falcons' Jones focused on new offense, not contract talks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:35:53 PDT)
Julio Jones is learning there are more ways to go about his job in the Atlanta Falcons' new offense. Jones said Wednesday that he will not hold out like fellow NFL wideouts Dez Bryant and DeMaryius Thomas.

Matt Ryan reports progress in learning new Falcons offense (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:34:28 PDT)
Now in his third month working with new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterback Matt Ryan believes the Atlanta Falcons have a chance to be special this year. Ryan is getting a good feel for how Shanahan wants to attack even though several parts of the offense are still unsettled. ''Especially when you have a new set of eyes coming in with (quarterbacks coach) Matt LeFleur and Kyle Shanahan, that's one of the things I talked about right away,'' Ryan said Tuesday.

Coach: Panthers' Norman on verge of being a top cornerback (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:04:22 PDT)
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman may not be a household name right now. Assistant coach Steve Wilks predicts that's about the change. ''He's on the verge of being one of the top corners in the National Football League,'' said Wilks, who also serves as Carolina's defensive backs coach.

Falcons release veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:38:04 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have released veteran offensive tackle Sam Baker.

Falcons Fantasy Preview (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:20:00 PDT)
Julio Jones is set up for a monster season as Evan Silva previews the 2015 Falcons for fantasy purposes.

Falcons, Beasley agree to terms on 4-year rookie contract (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 12 Jun 2015 16:05:50 PDT)
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have reached terms on a four-year contract with defensive end Vic Beasley, the NFL's No. 8 overall draft pick.

NFL Transactions Tracker (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:31:00 PDT)
Nick Mensio keeps track of every offseason transaction for all 32 teams.

Michael Vick says he can start, but will anyone sign him? (Shutdown Corner)
(Wed, 10 Jun 2015 06:18:51 PDT)
At a charity golf tournament this past weekend, Michael Vick was asked if he can still be a starter in the NFL. ďAbsolutely,Ē he said, according to the Washington Times . ďYeah, I do.Ē The problem is that it's June and nobody has even signed him to be a backup. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Forget the starter talk; it's an uncomfortable question and Vick can answer it only one way. But Vick can't feel too good about still not being with a team with his 35th birthday coming up on June 26. Especially at quarterback, it's not a position that ideally you'd like to plug in a guy you just signed. The position is more complicated than that. So it's fair to wonder if this is it for one of the league's most fascinating players. The Seattle Seahawks seemed to be a possible destination, but then the Seahawks re-signed Tarvaris Jackson this week . And any other team you can name could have signed Vick at any point this offseason, brought him in to learn the offense and got him some work in OTAs, but declined. Vick's mediocre play last season, and the couple seasons before that, can't be helping. Vick spent last season with the New York Jets, after spending the five previous years with the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course he has had one of the most interesting careers in recent NFL history: the amazing plays, the extreme highs and lows with the Atlanta Falcons, the prison time for his involvement in dog fighting, the re-emergence and nearly an MVP award with the Eagles, and then the steady descent into the world of a backup. Vick played in 10 games last year, starting three, and had a rating of just 68.3. Vick said last weekend that in some ways he's probably a better quarterback now than he was during his athletic prime. "Iím probably not as good an athlete as I was back then, but I make up for it mentally," Vick said, according to the Washington Times. "So now, itís the total package. Iím still strong, still fast, still quick. Those are my intangibles, and Iíve got to continue to use them." Vick isn't the same guy he was years ago, when he was one of the game's must-watch players, but it's still a little surprising he's unemployed. A lot of teams have shaky quarterback situations. However, at this point Vick might be waiting on an injury or someone to have a really bad preseason performance to get another NFL job. His name will be thrown out there every time a team has a crisis at quarterback, at least until he's signed. Or maybe that call doesn't come at all. It's hard to imagine one of the NFL's most talked-about careers is going to end this quietly. But for now, Vick sits and waits for a call, without any clear options to play again. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Matthews, Moore, Reed return in limited practice work (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:35:55 PDT)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Offensive tackle Jake Matthews, safety William Moore and linebacker Brooks Reed have returned from injuries and were still limited in practice Tuesday for the Atlanta Falcons.

NFC 16 in need of sophomore season reboots: Lions TE Eric Ebron (and his troublesome drops) leads group (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:41:43 PDT)
Other players include Saints CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Cowboys defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence.

Texans and Redskins to hold joint practices (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:45:58 PDT)
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Houston Texans and Washington Redskins will hold joint practices in Richmond from Aug. 6-8.

Greg Cosell's NFL analysis: Playing to Cam Newton's strengths (Shutdown Corner)
(Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:21:39 PDT)
The Carolina Panthers are an interesting case. They just paid their quarterback Cam Newton a lot of money, yet they run an offense that's as close to a collegiate outfit as you'll see in the NFL. Let's talk about Newton first because he's a fascinating player. Newton is a "wow" player. If you don't watch him snap after snap, then what you probably see are the "wow" plays. He's a power thrower and there's not a toss he can't make. He's not a touch thrower, that's not his game. But he can make big-time throws at anytime. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] Consider a 31-yard completion he made down the seam to Greg Olsen in last season's playoff game at the Seattle Seahawks. It was as good of a throw as youíll see.

Senators push for end to military paying NFL to honor troops (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:33:43 PDT)
The New England Patriots got $675,000 from the Army National Guard for honoring American troops, including a ''True Patriot'' program during a halftime show at home games. ''Hardly a deprived franchise,'' scoffed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Thursday as he and two other lawmakers won Senate approval for a prohibition on lucrative Pentagon contracts with NFL teams for the various ceremonies honoring the military. The Super Bowl champion Patriots weren't the only NFL team to receive taxpayer dollars the past three years for color-guard performances, flag rollouts and other events recognizing members of the military.

New Redskins defensive coordinator making presence felt (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:20:59 PDT)
One of the biggest changes at Washington Redskins practices is the presence of new defensive coordinator Joe Barry. If Barry, who replaced Jim Haslett in January, isn't playing quarterback for linebackers during positional drills, he's exhorting players before and after every snap of 11-on-11 work. ''That's kind of my personality,'' said the 44-year-old Barry, who had been San Diego's linebackers coach the past three seasons after a two-year run as Detroit's coordinator.

Falcons try to move on after Shembo arrested for dog killing (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:08:04 PDT)
New coach Dan Quinn believes the Atlanta Falcons made the right decision to cut ties immediately with Prince Shembo after the linebacker was arrested last week for killing a dog. The team waived Shembo last Friday, the same day he turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on a cruelty to animals charge. Shembo's quick departure shows that the Falcons are still sensitive to animal abuse eight years after star quarterback Michael Vick served an 18-month federal prison sentence for running a dogfighting ring.

Falcons LB Shembo waived after animal cruelty charge (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 29 May 2015 19:15:08 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons waived linebacker Prince Shembo on Friday, shortly after he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Police in suburban Gwinnett County said Shembo was charged after his then-girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma last month. The Falcons moved quickly to cut ties with the player.

Atlanta NFL team waives player after alleged dog killing
(Fri, 29 May 2015 16:14:12 PDT)
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Atlanta Falcons released Prince Shembo on Friday after the football player was charged with aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his girlfriend's dog, the team said. The Yorkie died after Shembo, 23, an outside linebacker drafted by the Falcons in 2014, told the girlfriend he kicked her dog while alone with the pet at his suburban Atlanta apartment on April 15, according to Gwinnett County Police. "We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this," the Falcons said in a statement on Friday after learning of the charges against Shembo.

Falcons drop linebacker after dog killing charge
(Fri, 29 May 2015 15:24:32 PDT)
The Atlanta Falcons, already burned by animal cruelty from a standout player, released linebacker Prince Shembo after he was charged Friday with aggravated animal cruelty in his girlfriend's dog's death. "We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo," the team said in a statement. The Falcons parted ways with star quarterback Michael Vick after it was revealed in 2007 that Vick financed a dogfight ring and took part in brutal killings of dogs who did not perform well.

Falcons LB Prince Shembo accused of killing ex-girlfriend's dog, waived (Update) (Shutdown Corner)
(Fri, 29 May 2015 13:04:38 PDT)


"Hard Knocks" coming to Houston (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 27 May 2015 12:39:07 PDT)
The Houston Texans will be the stars of this season of ''Hard Knocks.'' The popular HBO reality series picks one team each season to follow during training camp. This year, viewers will get an inside look at the team with Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and last year's No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney, who is recovering from microfracture surgery. Texans owner Bob McNair says this will be a great opportunity for fans outside of Houston to get acquainted with his team.

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