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Apr
24

49ers RB Carlos Hyde has shed some weight and is down in the “mid-220 pound range'

According to 49ers GM Trent Baalke Carlos Hyde has lost some weight and is now down in the 'mid-220 pound range'. He was listed as 230 pounds last season and is now down to the weight of his early college days. Baalke also went on to see that Hyde looks 'extremely good.Hyde is expected to be the feature back in San Francisco this season. The shed pounds could help add some more speed and quickness to his powerful style of running. Expect his ADP to rise more and more as we get closer to the season. He's a very talented back and was considered by many to be the best RB in last year's draft, despite not being the first back off the board.
Apr
24

49ers GM Trent Baalke says LB Aldon Smith is doing “exceptionally well”

49ers GM Trent Baalke expects Aldon Smith back with a vengeance in 2015. Baalke said he just looks 'hungry' when asked about his mindset. Baalke went on to talk about how he looks on the field saying, 'He's got a great look in his eye. He's doing well. … For anybody that's been in a situation like Aldon's been in, every day is a process. But he's doing exceptionally well and he's probably in as good a shape as he's been in a long time.'If Aldon Smith can get back on track he's as good a pass rusher as there is in the league. Last year was a major disappointment. After a nine-game suspension he did not play up to par. Alcohol problems have haunted him, but he appears to be getting past it. In 2012, 19.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a pick. If that guy is back in San Fran, we will have an IDP star on our hands.
Apr
24

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson says that the Rangers want him to play for them

Last week Russell Wilson suggested that he had not given up on his dream of playing Major League Baseball. Most took a 'that's cute' approach but didn't think much of it. However, it continues to come up. In an interview with HBO's Bryant Gumbel, Gumbel brought up the point that Wilson only batted .227 while playing with the Rangers in the preseason. Wilson responded by saying, 'I wouldn't be worried about the statistics of it. I know I can play in the big leagues. With the work ethic and all that, I think I definitely could for sure. And that's why the Texas Rangers got my rights. And they want me to play. Jon Daniels, the G.M., wants me to play. We were talking about it the other day.'Regardless of what Wilson says, I still wouldn't think much of it. You can't be an NFL quarterback and play another sport as well. Now it today's game. He is a Super Bowl winning QB and is about to make a whole lot of money. It is very possible if not probable that his contract will stipulate that
Apr
25

Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald blames his lack of production on his role

Larry Fitzgerald insists he can still play at an elite level but it's the Cardinals' system that is holding him back. He was recently asked if it was possible for him to produce significant numbers. 'No, it's not possible,' Fitzgerald said. 'And it's only that reason, because of the role that I play. It's a different role. I just don't have the opportunities down the field. I'm more inside, I move the chains a lot more. So in terms of putting up the big numbers, it will be difficult. But in terms of my effectiveness, of providing first downs, being able to make tough catches for my team, I'm still going to be able to do that.'I guess we shouldn't expect a huge bounce back year from Fitz if even he doesn't believe that it's a possibility in the Cardinals scheme. Apparently he has just become what he is. The once great Fitzgerald has been reduced to a WR3 and should be drafted as so. His 2014 63-784-2 line has become the norm for the aging superstar.
Apr
25

Cardinals HC Bruce Arians says RB Andre Ellington is about '95 percent healed'

Andre Ellington was a breakout star last season with a ton of PPR value. That is until a nagging foot injury finally became too much for the pint-sized RB to deal with and it landed him on the IR. Now his head coach Bruce Arians says his 'foot injury is 95 percent healed' and there has not been a 'reoccurrence' or setback.This is clearly great news for Ellington owners. The bigger question still remains whether Ellington can handle a heavy workload at his size. The 5-foot-9 inch 199-pounder may just be too small to slam between tackles. However, the injury seemed to be more a freak accident that happened in practice initially.
Apr
25

Cardinals WR John Brown bulking up this offseason

Last season John Brown weighed in at 173 pounds. He admitted that the season really took a toll on his frail body. He has added about 10 pounds so far this offseason and is up to 183 pounds. His goal is to keep the weight on and continue to pack on the muscle in order to increase his stamina and durability. 'At the end of the season my body started going down, I started losing weight,' Brown said. 'This year I'm trying to focus on being able to keep this weight on as the season goes on.' This is good news for Brown owners. He played well as a rookie but 173 pounds is just too small to survive in the NFL. Even 183 is light, but it's a huge difference. Assuming he's adding muscle and not just eating Funions and Twinkies, this should only improve his fantasy value.
Apr
26

Rams RB Isaiah Pead expected to be ready for camp

After tearing his ACL last season, Isaiah Pead is expected to be ready for training camp. He has potential, however, he's been nothing short of a disappointment to this point. There is a decent possibility the Rams cut ties with Pead this offseason. It really could go either way.Even if Pead is healthy, Tre Mason is going to be the feature back in St. Louis. Pead will merely add depth at RB and contribute on special teams. He is not even worth a look unless injuries really start to pile up.
Apr
27

49ers GM Trent Baalke on WR Quinton Patton: 'Now’s his opportunity'

49ers general manager Trent Baalke has said his team will not be pressured into drafting a wide receiver early in the draft. He also alluded to the possible emergence of former preseason star Quinton Patton.
"Quinton, in my estimation, is a young player that hasn't gotten an opportunity," Baalke said recently. "Now's his opportunity. Let's see what he can do."