We hope you all had a great holiday weekend, but we are ready to get back at it here at the Fantasy Guru Global Headquarters in what has become an increasingly warm Southern New Jersey. Today we’ll update you on an old QB riding into the sunset (no not him), the rehab of some important receivers, and a couple of young QBs holding workouts.
Country music star? Stetson Man? Guy who stares off into the distance? Just a few options for Kerry Collins' post-NFL life.
Collins may not return to Titans … as many, including us, expected he would. Titan OG Jake Scott was on Sirius/XM NFL Radio last week and said he didn’t think Collins would return to “be a nursemaid to a young kid” referring to rookie QB and major developmental project Jake Locker. Scott said money is not an issue for Collins, whom he believes could “ride off into the sunset.” With Vince Young not returning, the Titans are very thin at the QB position and don’t have anyone on the roster with significant playing experience. Rusty Smith and Brett Ratliff are the team’s top options right now, so if Collins doesn’t return, they’ll have to find a [...]
Hey! We have a holiday weekend edition of the Guru Daily here, and the big news surrounds a guy who apparently does not want to take a holiday. We think you already might have a guess about who it is…
Favre is throwing again… Should this be a surprise to anyone? Remember, we delivered this exclusive conversation between Brett Favre and rookie Cam Newton just a few weeks ago, and now the reports have already started that Favre is throwing. Well, OK, it is baseballs. But still, nothing like some Favre news to spice up a Friday morning! Right? Right?
This is not Brett Favre, but this is what he would look like as a Milwaukee Brewer relief pitcher.
Kolb working out with Eagles… Perhaps there’s been no player more adversely affected by the lockout than Eagle QB Kevin Kolb, who is simply assumed to be traded as soon as a deal is struck or the lockout is lifted. In a normal offseason, Kolb might have found a new home nearly three months ago, but he’s still wallowing in limbo right now, so he has no choice but to get into shape throwing to the likes of Jeremy Maclin and [...]
Welcome to another lockout-free edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily, where we forget about the agonizing labor dispute and instead focus on what we all want to focus on: football.
Surgery for Ward… At least the injury didn’t happen on “Dancing with the Stars.” We here at the Fantasy Guru Daily have done our best to avoid discussing the appearance of Steeler WR Hines Ward on the hit ABC show, and now that it’s over and he apparently won, we can focus on his football. Well, he will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his left thumb, and he’s apparently been dealing with the injury since the end of the 2010 season. It was a disappointing year for Ward, as he saw his involvement in the offense take a big hit, and he didn’t have much value for fantasy in most weeks. He had four 100-yard games but was ineffective in many other games in a passing offense that lacked rhythm all season. Instead, the focus was on the running game and taking shots with Mike Wallace downfield. After putting up 95/1167/6 in 2009, Ward’s numbers plummeted to 59/755/5 with an average of 6.6 FPG. As for the injury, he [...]
We will be focusing on actual football stories until there is some legitimate news to talk about when it comes to the labor situation. Today we have injury updates on some major fantasy players and interesting news regarding two young QBs.
Peyton has neck surgery … and will be out six to eight weeks, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay. The procedure, Manning’s second on his neck since February of last year, was to remove park of a bulging disk. Manning had the surgery on Monday and was already home recovering on Tuesday. According to Manning, the discomfort started just recently and that this procedure was not related to the previous one. Manning anticipates a quick recovery, noting he began working out within two weeks of his first procedure last year. Irsay reiterated his hope to sign Manning to a long-term deal as soon as possible with the latest surgery having no effect on any possible contract. However, he did say Manning might have his throws limited in training camp with the team’s backups getting more work.
Did Peyton catch the injury bug from Tiger? We sure hope not.
Antonio Gates is healthy … according to Charger HC [...]
Blah blah lockout blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah appeal blah blah court. That should cover the big happenings, so now we can go ahead and give you another Fantasy Guru Daily.
NFL cancels Rookie Symposium… The first event casualty of the lockout isn’t going to get fans too upset, maybe because most of them don’t even know what it is. And honestly, it probably won’t get the rookies too upset either. The annual symposium, at which the rookies are taught about the history of the game and warned about the risks of being a wealthy young male and celebrity, has been axed thanks to the lockout. The symposium was scheduled to kick off June 26 in Canton, and it would have been required attendance for any rookie. Now, those rookies are left without this guidance, but more importantly still have not been taught about their new jobs from their coaches. That being said, as NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt commented on Twitter, the symposium is “well-intentioned” but it’s hard to imagine any player getting truly bent out of shape about losing a glorified lecture retreat to the lockout. As we’ve said for a while now, once actual games and [...]
Another weekend has come and gone, and unfortunately, the lockout did not get raptured. We are still here, and so is the lockout, but we are getting closer to the June 3 day in court in St. Louis.
[Insert clichés about competition here] … You’ve got to play them one day at a time. I’m just happy to be here; hope I can help the ball club. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.
Perhaps Jaguar QB David Garrard is the new Crash Davis, as he brought out the clichés – and acknowledged it – when discussing his upcoming quarterback battle with rookie 1st-round pick Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh …. or, uh, Blaine Gabbert.
Said Garrard, according to The Florida Times-Union: “My thing is the best man will play. The cream will rise to the top. All those different sayings. That’s true, you want the best person out there on the field to give the team the best chance. That’s what I believe. If it’s not me, then it’s just not me. If Blaine comes in and he is above and beyond just better than me, then best of luck to him. [...]
This may be surprising, but there is not really much to talk about today when it comes to news from around the league. I blame the rain. Oh, and the lockout. Last Friday, we took a look at the player-led workouts from around the league, so today we’ll update you on some of those teams.
Baltimore Ravens – Next week, at a workout organized by WR Derrick Mason, at least 20 Ravens will be together at Towson University from May 24-26. Mason said the focus was going to be on conditioning, and that there wouldn’t be any contact.
Buffalo Bills – About 30 Bill players will meet on Monday for what is expected to be a week-long set of workouts in Buffalo. The workouts were set up by veterans such as LB Andra Davis and S George Wilson with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick expected to attend. Fitzpatrick held a small passing camp near his home in Arizona last month.
Chicago Bears – After backup QB Caleb Hanie recently said there were no plans for player-led workouts, starter Jay Cutler said he’s been talking with WRs and RBs to organize a passing camp.
Denver Broncos – QB Tim Tebow, who had [...]
The relationship between Jim Harbaugh and 49er QB Alex Smith is an interesting one. First and foremost, Smith is not even really a 49er. In a normal year, he’d be a free agent right now. But thanks to the lockout, Smith is operating as if he’s the 49er starter – and he might be come Week One, even though the Niners drafted Colin Kaepernick.
Alex Smith hosting 49er camps… This has been a strange off-season, and the relationship of Smith and new coach Jim Harbaugh is probably one of the strangest. Clearly, if Harbaugh had his druthers, as a former NFL QB he’d have handpicked the 49ers starting QB in 2011 by now. He did indeed draft rookie Colin Kaepernick, but Kaepernick is raw and is unlikely to be ready without the benefit of OTAs. So Smith, who does not have a contract with the 49ers, is actually running 49er off-season camps himself. He still has his playbook from Harbaugh and he has openly said he wants to return, and he’s putting himself in a good position to be the guy when the 49ers open the season. Once the lockout ends, Harbaugh will have a choice of Smith, Kaepernick, or another [...]
Mediation is over once again, so we go back into a period of downtime in Lockout Watch: 2011. We can now spend the next month debating what delicious food was consumed at the important people lunch summit in Minneapolis.
Who picked up the check? … SOMEONE GET THEM SOME WATER. The two sides worked long and hard, with grueling, endless mediation sessions dragging through weeks upon weeks. Oh. Wait. Judge Arthur Boylan ended mediation after two days. Two. Days. So here we are again, left waiting and waiting, likely until the June 3 8th Circuit Court of Appeals hearing, which will probably result in an appeal win by the NFL after two of three judges ruled for the permanent stay on Monday. Well, we could get a ruling from Judge David Doty on damages awarded to the players in the TV case, but that’ll end up back in the 8th Circuit Court anyway.
After two days of mediation in Minneapolis, we have almost no idea about how much progress was made. We know that the league complied with Boylan’s request and came up with an “offer” – an offer that consisted of a couple pages of bulleted points. Retired player and plaintiff [...]
Although we would much rather be talking about OTAs and minicamps, most of these blogs have centered on the labor situation, and unfortunately that will be the case yet again today. However, we will also update you on player-led workouts from around the league, as some have taken place since Friday’s blog, which detailed what each team has or hasn’t done so far.
Only Newman could bring fair and swift justice to this mess known as "Courtroom Football"
Courts grants motion for full stay of lockout … which gives the league the right to continue to keep the doors closed until their appeal, which will be heard on June 3, is ruled on sometime in the 30-45 days after. However, with this being an expedited process, we could an answer sooner. The motion was granted on the same day the two sides returned to mediation in Minnesota. The league presented a proposal to the players, but it wasn’t considered detailed, instead just providing key points for a jumping off point. NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said, “We obviously hoped that the circuit would not grant the stay and that football would come back for our fans and our [...]