Saturday, November 22, 2014, 8:07pm
Stewart is a third-year pro from Cal who appeared in 17 games during his first two NFL seasons in Oakland. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad Oct. 8. Stewart has one career TD run on 27 carries for 103 yards and 10 catches for 68 yards. He also plays special teams and owns a 17.3-yard average on eight kickoff returns. He'll likely be behind starter C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson. It's possibly Hillman returns for Week 13.
Bush practiced all week on a limited basis, fueling optimism that he’ll help pump up an offense that mustered only six points against the Cardinals. Officially questionable for Sunday, it’s looking like he won’t be ready to go until Thursday.
If Bush does in fact miss Week 12, it looks like Joique Bell will carry the load again with Theo Riddick chipping in, perhaps especially in the passing game. It makes sense the team holds Bush out since it's going to be a short turnaround for a Thursday game. It's a decent enough matchup for Bell and Riddick owners as the Pats are 18th in allowing fantasy points to RBs.
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:58pm
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan won’t radically change his scheme or philosophy because of Gordon’s return. His offense will continue to be predicated on a running game fueled by zone blocking and a passing attack largely dependent on play-action fakes.
But Gordon, who led the NFL last season with 1,646 receiving yards despite playing only 14 games, gives Shanahan opportunities to ambush defenses in different ways.
“I don’t know how much [the offense] changes,” Shanahan said. “I think it makes things easier. It gives you some different options. Sometimes it can change what coverages you see, and when you see different coverages, then you do have to change schematically with what you’re attacking. You try to get guys who are good players the ball, but also when coverages take them away, it helps other guys get the ball.”
The story went on to say that Shanahan’s plays have been able to get receivers open all season, so the possibilities should be endless with Gordon. One positive note to consider, as the story pointed out, when Gordon returned from a two-game suspension last year, Hoyer targeted him 19 times. The All-Pro receiver responded with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 road win over the Minnesota Vikings.
TE Owen Daniels (not injury related), RB Kyle Juszczyk (foot), DT Haloti Ngata (not injury related), LB Daryl Smith (not injury related), LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)
WR Robert Meachem (ankle)
Thomas is now listed as probable and looks good for Week 12 against the Ravens. We had a news item earlier Saturday that was of the opinion Thomas wouldn't cut into Mark Ingram's workload too much, instead Thomas would likely affect Cadet's receptions and snaps. Thomas' value, at least this week, comes in PPR leagues while Ingram should remain a good option in all formats and get a bulk of the carries.
(New York conducted a walk-through on Saturday)
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR T.J. Graham (neck), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Ivory (shoulder), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (calf), RB Chris Johnson (knee), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder), CB Darrin Walls (calf)
DE Jarius Wynn (knee)
CB Ron Brooks (groin), RB Fred Jackson (groin)
K Dan Carpenter (right groin), WR Marquise Goodwin (ankle), WR Chris Hogan (hip), DE Manny Lawson (ankle), QB Kyle Orton (toe), RB Frank Summers (neck), G Kraig Urbik (shoulder), WR Sammy Watkins (groin)
Bills RB Fred Jackson is questionable. He's indicated he's going to play, but with the game now Monday night he becomes a bit more risky. It's not a great matchup against the Jets rush defense, but either way owners will need to be prepared just in case Jackson doesn't go. Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown would at least be serviceable backups if needed. Also for the Bills, Watkins and Orton are probable.
"Am I the same player? That's for you to figure out," McCoy said before leaving the podium. "That's crazy. Am I the same player? Yeah, I'm the same player.''
That assessment isn't showing up in the box score, but it was backed up by center Jason Kelce on Friday.
"I think LeSean is the same running back as he was last year," Kelce said on 94WIP. "I don’t think he’s changed one bit."
As to why McCoy's average per carry has dropped from 5.1 to 3.7, Kelce said the blame falls on the offensive line.
“Every running back is going to miss a few [holes],” Kelce said. “LeSean isn’t missing anymore [holes] than he did last year...I think the biggest thing is that we haven’t given him the amount of opportunities and the holes that he was given last year."
McCoy has been hounded by local media as to whether or not he's lost a step after a down season from 2013. He's also none-to-pleased to answer the question. Those who follow the team, for the most part, don't think McCoy has lost anything. The general feeling teams are trying to take away McCoy and make the Eagles beat them with the pass, something Nick Foles has struggled to do this season and Mark Sanchez wasn't great last week against Green Bay. Owners keep waiting for McCoy to bust out but that may not happen if defenses continue to play McCoy the way they apparently have.
Very, very low chance Arian Foster plays Week 12.
Ganguli also tweeted she'd expect another heavy workload for Alfred Blue. We didn't think Foster had much of a chance either after not practicing all week. It's a potentially very good matchup for Blue as the Bengals rank just 31st in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Texans also play an early afternoon game so you'll have time to adjust your lineup if Foster doesn't play.
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:28am
Herron’s drive of five carries for 37 yards ended in a field goal for the Colts and offered another glimpse of what the team’s third running back could provide the offense.
Now, with Ahmad Bradshaw placed on injured reserve, those mop-up carries could become much more meaningful.
“It’s time for Boom Herron to step up, which everybody on the team has full confidence in,” Reggie Waynesays.
The longest extended look Colts fans have gotten of Herron was at this year’s Training Camp in Anderson. With Bradshaw and Trent Richardson dealing with injuries, Herron got plenty of first team work throughout camp and the preseason.
“He’s done it in practice. He did it in the preseason. When he’s gotten his chances in the games this year, he’s done a heck of a job,” Andrew Luck says of his “110 percent” confidence in Herron.
In the preseason, Herron was the team’s leading rusher (22 carries for 112 yards) and leading receiver (11 catches for 55 yards). The hope his Herron slides right in as a result of learning the offense during the preseason and camp with all the injuries. Richardson hasn't been all that impressive, so it seems possible Herron has a decent chance to put up fantasy numbers, perhaps especially in the passing game. He's certainly worth grabbing, at least in a little deeper PPR leagues.
Talking about the next few weeks in general, Mark Ingram will continue to get the lion's share of the rushes and goal-line touches. So maybe something like 4-5 carries per game for Thomas, plus a healthy dose of receptions? Thomas will likely cut even more into Travaris Cadet 's workload.
The bigger question is what will happen if/when Khiry Robinson comes back from his arm injury. That's tougher to predict since Robinson plays a similar role as Ingram and because Robinson was also thriving when he was in the lineup. We still don't have a good timetable on Robinson's recovery, though he must have either suffered a setback or opted for surgery, since he seemed closer to returning a few weeks ago.
Ingram's success has been a bit of an eye-opener for coach Sean Payton, who can't ignore the fact that Ingram has gotten into such a nice rhythm with his high volume of carries. So I'd expect Ingram to still be the clear leader in the backfield, getting 15-plus touches. But Robinson's too good to keep on the bench if he's fully healthy. That's why they call it a "good problem to have."
Thomas is no lock to play on Monday night, but Triplett believes even if he does, Ingram will get a bulk of the carries based on his recent success. Thomas' return likely means less of a workload for Cadet. Robinson (arm injury) remains the wild card here, but there doesn't seem to be a timetable for his return, so Ingram seems like a pretty solid play at least until Robinson comes back. And even when he does, it at least seems Ingram would still lead the way - perhaps much like the beginning of the season before Ingram got hurt.
“I just got here; I don’t even know if I’ve been here for six hours yet,” new Vikings RB Ben Tate said after practice when asked about his new teammates. “You’re asking me questions I really can’t answer.”
Tate practiced for the first time since the Vikings claimed him off waivers Wednesday from the Browns, which came as a surprise to him. He’ll have only three days to get acclimated to a new scheme before his first game in purple against the Packers on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.
“It was tough,” said Tate, describing the past two days. “After being claimed, I’ve got a girl and a little boy so it’s definitely tough trying to get situated with that. Just traveling, not much sleep and not much eating. I’m starving.”
The 26-year-old might be relied on because of injuries to running backs Matt Asiata, who missed his second consecutive practice going through the league’s concussion protocol, and Jerick McKinnon, who was limited because of a lower back injury.
Tate has never played in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system, and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he’s not sure if Tate will be active Sunday.
“He practiced some today,” Zimmer said. “He got some reps and was in the blitz pickup. He was in everything, so we’ll see how fast he gets. It was a quick day for him.”
Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the team's bell cow in August, and Martin's photograph stares out from billboards near Raymond James Stadium. Martin, who hasn't addressed reporters this week, got many of the reps with the first team during drills.
Smith said Martin's role will be to get "back into the mix." Martin's health will help determine how many offensive touches he gets and whether he can step into the role Smith envisioned for him months ago.
"Yes, we would like to see one of our running backs rush for 200 yards and he becomes the bell-cow role," Smith said. "But Doug is back this week, and that's a good thing. He's looked pretty good in practice, and we feel real good about that group, whatever three or four we go with."
It's shaping up to be an ugly three-headed committee in Week 12, but we believe the team wants to see what they have in Charles Sims. Unfortunately, he's questionable with an ankle injury after sitting out most of the season (with an ankle injury), so that certainly limits his upside.
"Like any young player there is a progress you've got to see before you feel like you're going to put him out there in those situations," Sparano said. "I've had to see that in practice, and little by little I've seen it and this has kind of been where it has gone."
Sparano strikes us as old school, so he's not going to hand the job over to Murray. Darren McFadden may continue to start, but we'd be surprised if Murray isn't the best fantasy producer in the Oakland backfield down the stretch.
“I just feel like he’s ready to break out. I really do. You use the old olive jar analogy. The olives are packed in there real tight and you open up the lid and you can’t get any to come out. You can even dump it upside down and it doesn’t come out. But if you get that one to come out, then they just want to all come out and plop out. So, I think that’s the case and I think it’s going to happen soon. Hopefully this weekend. Get that one big one and then they start coming out.”
Harbaugh has been asked repeatedly this week about Davis's lack of production, so he may be focused on getting his talented tight end going (or at least cognizant that he hasn't been producing). The matchup with the Redskins is favorable. Owners in need of a dart throw could do worse than Davis, who is one of the most talented tight ends in the league.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:49pm
"I've been thinking too much, want to make too many plays. When you start doing stuff like that, you start messing up," he said. "I've messed up a lot this year. This week I'm going to just try not to think -- have fun and enjoy, just try to get a touchdown."
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Jaguars QB Blake Bortles (left wrist, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Bortles is expected to face the Colts, and could see a lot of garbage time if Jacksonville falls behind early. Bortles made his NFL debut in the second half of the Jaguars’ previous meeting with the Colts, and he threw for 223 yards and two scores in two quarters of play.
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