The Detroit Lions felt it best to release Mikel Leshoure after three seasons with the team. He hardly got to see the field last season, getting only two attempts. With Joique Bell and Reggie Bush it was a difficult place for Leshoure to be in. He doesn't play special teams, and Bell, Bush, and Theo Riddick get all the carries. In three seasons, he has 217 carries for 807 yards (3.71 YPC) with nine touchdowns and 34 catches for 214 yards.
Leshoure’s rocky tenure in Detroit also included two arrests in the spring of 2012 for marijuana possession and a two-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
Pyro's take: Mikel Leshoure should land somewhere. He has solid talent and could be a multi-purpose back for a team needing assistance in the passing game. Leshoure just unfortunately got caught in they grey area, therefore watch where he lands, and decide if he will have the opportunity to produce, before making him part of your fantasy roster.
Stephen Hill was released by the New York Jets. The Jets tried to trade Hill, but had no takers, and at the end, they felt it was best just to send him on his own way. Hill has the size (6-4) and athletic ability to be a top producer, but he struggled holding on to the ball. The second-round pick in 2012 had a lot heaped onto his shoulders early in his career and never panned out. He was demoted down the stretch in 2013 before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Hill had shown no signs of improving his game, and even though the Jets are slim at wide receiver depth, they found it not worthwhile to keep Hill. But on the flip side, Stephen Hill's camp saw it differently. "I'm disappointed in (general manager John) Idzik and Rex (Ryan) with the way the whole thing went down there," Hill's agent, Alan Herman, told USA TODAY Sports. "Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening. "He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. ... His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno."
Pyro's take: Stephen Hill has the youth, and talent, but can he remain healthy? This will be what general managers will be asking themselves before making the decision on bringing Hill in for a look. The Cleveland Browns may take a shot at him, after releasing Nate Burleson.
If you own him, hang on, I am pretty confident he will land somewhere. If not, keep an eye out for him on the waiver wire depending on where he lands.
Nate Burleson has been battling injuries all off-season, and the fact that he is 33 didnt make it easier for him to bounce back. He spent the last four seasons as a Detroit Lion and always maintained a strong presence in the locker room.
Burleson has not been very active over the last two seasons, as he has only played in 15 games. This cut by the Browns when they need wide receiver help badly, most likely puts a damper on Nate Burleson career.
Pyro's take: Nate Burleson is an eleven year veteran who is a talented and strong leader. Injuries just got the best of him, and if Cleveland would rather dig through the waste of other teams to fill that spot, it sounds very strongly that he should retire.
Daniel Thomas found himself on the chopping block, after three unsatisfying years as a Miami Dolphin. This season being his fourth, saw him get outplayed by both Lamar Miller and Knowshon Moreno.
Thomas amassed 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns with a career average of 3.6 yards per pop over three seasons.
Pyro's take: Thomas has been a question mark all preseason if he was going to make the team, and by the end of the preseason, Miami felt his time was done. He is still young so he may get a shot with another team, until that happens, keep him away from your roster.
The Buffalo Bills have signed Kyle Orton to a one year contract. Orton was released by the Cowboys this summmer, which had one year left on his three-year, $10.5 million contract before his release. His last game in Dallas saw him throw 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league. Kyle Orton has been a mix bag of starter and back-up material, and has played in at least one game since 2005.
Pyro's take: Many have wondered if this move is to quietly say that the Bills need someone else other than EJ Manuel calling the plays. Manuel has continued to struggle throughout the preseason, and just does not look like he has the talent to be a full-time starting quarterback. I would ignore both quarterbacks in any draft at this moment.
Zach Ertz is showing how his talent and skills can fit in nicely with a Chip Kelly offense. At the tail-end of last season, his rookie year, he was used all over the field, causing mismatches with his size and stature. Last season, he struggled with his blocking and the Philadelphia weather caused him to have limited production, but in 2014 all looks changed, and he should see more targets and snaps.
"Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said this week, per the Philadelphia Daily News. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that.
"He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.'"
Pyro's take: Chip Kelly has come out and told reporters that Zach Ertz role is going to expand. Ertz will win the space battle, but is not born with game breaking speed, he is strong at the point of attack, and has sure hands. He has garnered the trust of quarterbacks as 25 of his 36 catches last season triggered first downs, while his size makes him a great red zone target.
Ertz will be drafted in your league, so keep an eye on your tiers and rankings. At this moment his ADP is 107 overall, and climbing.