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Apr
13

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders says he will see more time in the slot this season

Emmanuel Sanders said Monday that he's been told by the Broncos that he'll see more time in the slot in three-receiver sets this fall. Sanders spent a lot of time in the slot while at Pittsburgh and some time there last season. Sanders will still remain outside in two-WR sets.

Apr
13

Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders expects WR Cody Latimer to make a big jump in 2015

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said earlier today that he's been told by his coaches that he will play more often out of the slot in 2015. But he didn't just speak about himself moving inside. He also praised second-year wide receiver Cody Latimer, who will line up outside.
"On my Twitter, I'm real vocal about Cody, and that's because I believe in Cody," Sanders said. "Cody, he's a special player. He has strong hands. He's a physical tool. I think this is going to be the year that he jumps on to the map -- on to the scene. I think he's going to have a big year. I'm happy he is on my team and in our wide receiver group."

Apr
13

Report: WR Michael Crabtree to sign with the Raiders

Michael Crabtree is expected to sign with the Raiders as soon as tonight, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area.
Crabtree has played his entire six-year career with the 49ers. The former 10th-overall pick has been a disappointment, all things considered. He showed promise early, improving in each of his first four seasons, leading to a career year in 2012. However, a ruptured Achilles in 2013 has derailed his career. Last season, he caught 68 passes in 16 games, compiling fewer than 700 yards.

Apr
14

Broncos re-sign exclusive-rights free agent LB Brandon Marshall

The Broncos re-signed their 2014 breakout linebacker Brandon Marshall on Monday. He was an exclusive-rights free agent. The 25-year-old seemingly came out of nowhere last season. In just 14 games, he tallied 113 tackles, two sacks and one interception. Marshall was thrust in to the starting role due to injuries to Danny Trevathan.

Apr
14

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles admits to playing injured through 2014

Chiefs star RB Jamaal Charles admitted Tuesday to playing through injuries and being frustrated for all of last season. However, he said he feels good now.
"My body has healed up, rested up," he said.
Charles went on to talk about his struggles in 2014 while dealing with knee, foot, back, ankle and hamstring ailments.
"I was frustrated more last season as I've ever been because of all of those injuries," he said. "I was frustrated because I didn't feel my body was right the whole season. But I battled through that time. That's all I could do. I felt like I was in a fight and I had to respond. I had 12 weeks to finish the season, and it felt to me like I had 12 rounds to go."

Apr
15

Broncos LB Von Miller is 'pretty excited' about playing in a 3-4 defense

Von Miller says he's 'pretty excited' about making the move to a 3-4 defense. He says he worked with new Broncos' defensive coordinator at the 2011 Pro-Bowl and is looking forward to the new defensive scheme. Miller racked up 59 tackles and 14 sacks in 2014.The 3-4 defense should allow Miller to be more aggressive and unpredictable this season. He could see a spike in production, particularly on the pass rush. He has had experience in defensive scheme at Texas A&M. It led to him being picked second overall in the NFL Draft. Now it could lead to him being a top fantasy LB.
Apr
16

Chargers TE Antonio Gates wants his snaps reduced in 2015

Chargers' veteran tight end Antonio Gates went into a deep discussion about his final years as an NFL football player with SI.com's Peter King. He spoke on how he did not want to see such a heavy snap count this season. 'With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,' Gates said. 'I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway.' He also talked about how he knows his career is winding down. This could be his final year or he could have a few left in him, which is likely why he wants to see less snaps and touches. Gates stated, 'It could be one year for me, it could be four years, I don't know.' Well this is a serious hit for Gates owners, however, it is very intriguing news for Ladarius Green. Perhaps he could emerge into the breakout star he was expected, by many, to be las
Apr
16

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree will have to produce like a WR1 to reach incentives

As recently reported, Michael Crabtree signed a $3 million deal with the Raiders. However, he can also make more than $2 million in incentivized bonuses. He will get an extra $400,000 if he totals either 70 receptions or 900 yards. Crabtree can get another $1.4 million if he reaches 100 catches or 1,400 yards. Also, he'll tack on another $400,000 if he makes the Pro Bowl. In his best season (2012), Crabtree totaled 85 receptions and 1,105 yards.It's very good that Crabtree will have to produce to get his bonuses. Money can be a great motivator. Nonetheless, it appears Crabtree and his agent have grossly overrated his talents. Even 70 receptions for 900 yards is a longshot. 50-60 catches with 650-750 yards is a realistic projection for the man deemed 'Mediocre!' by Richard Sherman.
Apr
16

Broncos WR Cody Latimer gets a 'headstart' from extra reps with Peyton Manning

The Broncos' sophomore wideout Cody Latimer spent time this offseason taking extra reps with Peyton Manning at Duke University. Latimer was excited for the opportunity and believes it will have a major impact on his 2015 season. "He (Manning) texted me, and I asked if I could go down there. It meant a lot," Latimer said. "It really helped give me a headstart."

Apr
24

Broncos LB Danny Trevathan says he’s back to full strength

Trevathan was an emerging star until knee injuries set him back in 2014. He played only three games and after rushing back prematurely, he dislocated his knee on December 14. It appears he is now feeling much better and he's ready to pick up where he left off in 2013. "I'm 100 percent," Trevathan said. "I've got a new kneecap, and I'm just working as hard as I can, man. It feels good to have a new kneecap."As horrifying as the phrase 'I've got a new kneecap' sounds, this is good for the Broncos likely starting inside linebacker. He should be an IDP star in Wade Phillips' defense. He was great prior to the injuries and if we're taking his word on being '100 percent', he should bounce right back. He is high risk, nevertheless, if he falls, Trevathan could be a steal.