Articles by Kevin Payne

Kevin has worked for Rotowire just under a decade and has covered basketball, baseball and football. A glutton for punishment, he roots for his hometown Bills, Sabres and the New York Yankees. He hosts the RotoWire SiriusXM show every Wednesday and Friday and you can follow him on Twitter @KCPayne26.

Training Camp Notes: Matt Barkley Changes Birds; Tebow’s Roster Spot Safe?

– Matt Barkley was dealt to the Cardinals for a conditional seventh round pick suggesting that Tim Tebow won’t be on ESPN doing college football analysis this fall. It appears Tebow will be kept on the roster and used a few plays per game in Chip Kelly’s offense. The takeaway here is that Sam Bradford/DeMarco Murray may lose out on a few scoring chances this season. It’ll also be interesting to see how Kelly plays extra points (possibly affecting Cody Parkey’s value) with the new rule in effect. It’s possible Chip could go for two more than the average coach and utilize Tebow in that role. It’s worth noting that Tebow went 11-for-17 for 189 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Thursday, possibly leading to Friday’s trade.

– Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch became reunited (never felt so good) in Seattle. Jackson signed a one-year deal indicating the team might not have a ton of confidence in Christine Michael (who is reportedly being shopped by Seattle). Jackson is a known as a great leader and locker room guy who may have been signed not only for what he can do on the field but off the field. In related news, Pete Carroll refused to give a timetable for Robert Turbin’s (ankle) return indicating that he may be out for multiple weeks.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Alex Smith Threw A TD To A Wide Receiver

– It seems like too much has been made of the drought Alex Smith had throwing a TD pass to a wide receiver and it’s bound to carry into the season. That being said, don’t forget about Jeremy Maclin this season. He’s being downgraded too much with his move from Philadelphia to Kansas City and the person to blame here could be Dwayne Bowe and not Smith. At a minimum Maclin should be seen as a flex option in most leagues with the likely ability to have nice WR No.2 stats.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Love Ertz

Here’s a look at the notes from Friday’s camps and games:

– Everyone’s trendy tight end sleeper pick, Zach Ertz, had surgery to repair a core muscle and will miss the entire preseason. The Eagles are hopeful that he’ll be ready for Week 1 but that isn’t a given at this point. The team has also stated this is not a sports hernia which is good news. Brent Celek would benefit the most should Ertz miss any time and Trey Burton would be thrust into more action as Chip Kelly loves to use two-tight end sets.

Friday’s Training Camp Notes: Hamstring Injuries Everywhere

Here’s a look at the happenings in the NFL from Friday:

– Most of use woke up to or learned mid-morning that Aldon Smith had been arrested…again. This time there is a trifecta of charges: DUI, hit and run and vandalism. This was Smith’s FIFTH time he has been arrested. While it is a sad situation, I have no sympathy for a millionaire who has been given multiple chances to right the ship and still hasn’t. Apparently the 49ers feel the same was as they wasted no time and released him hours later in the afternoon. The fantasy takeaway from all of this is that the San Francisco defense has gone from a defense to fear to one you’ll be able to pick on week in and week out.

Friday Training Camp Notes: Russell Wilson’s Wallet Is Fatter

Here’s a look at training camps from Friday:

– Russell Wilson got paid. Wilson signed a four-year, $87.6 million extension with $60 million guaranteed. The deal isn’t a surprise to anyone and with Wilson happy with the new contract he should be primed for another big season. The addition of Jimmy Graham gives him the best receiving weapon he’s ever had and Wilson will still get plenty of valuable rushing yards for fantasy owners. Look for him to finish as a top-5 player at the position.

Best College Hoops Team For Players In The NBA

In the spirit of March Madness I thought I’d let you know how your favorite team’s players rank up against the best after they graduate and go onto bigger and better things. For most of them, that would mean going to the NBA and not a car rental company, insurance agency, etc. And by going up against the best, I mean Kentucky. There isn’t a more successful collegiate school right now that can boast their players in the NBA. Here’s a current list of active NBA players who played at Kentucky: