Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:18pm
Instead, safety Earl Thomas will drop a little deeper than usual and wait to catch the ball. Then run with it.
Coach Pete Carroll made the disclosure to reporters on Monday, with a simple, one-word answer to the question of whether Thomas will return punts.
“Yeah,” Carroll said.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:17pm
Seahawks running back Christine Michael was among five players who did not practice Monday for the Seahawks. Michael strained a hamstring at practice last week and did not play in the final preseason game at Oakland Thursday night.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 8:16pm
The word "unofficial" is right there at the top of the page that contains the depth chart in the Green Bay Packers' weekly press release.
So why believe it when starting receiver Randall Cobb is listed as the No. 1 punt returner? Because special teams coach Shawn Slocum says so.
"He's been there all along," Slocum said Monday.
Slocum said both Cobb and safety Micah Hyde, who finished last season as the primary return man, will handle punt returns to start this season. Running back DuJuan Harris is expected to return kickoffs with Hyde and rookie receiver Jeff Janis as possibilities.
It's a nice, added bonus for Cobb owners if you get special team TD returns added to your fantasy points. Whether Cobb goes back for every punt is another story, he could very well just be used in certain punt situations, like if the Pack has an opponent pinned deep in their own zone. Head coach Mike McCarthy was quoted as saying he wanted to get away from the thinking of not using star players on kick or punt returns.
Schaub missed three days of practice leading up to the preseason finale against Seattle. Carr completed 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns as the Raiders had touchdowns in all four of his possessions. Schaub was away from the facility Friday because of a “personal issue.” Carr out-played Schaub who really struggled at times in the preseason. As a result, the Raiders say this isn't a week-to-week situation with Carr, he's going to be the starter for the long haul. Carr has much more upside, but is likely going to make his share of mistakes. It's not a great first matchup against the Jets, however they ranked just 25th in allowing fantasy points to QBs last season. Look for the Raiders to try to get the running game going early to take pressure off Carr, however the Jets are expected to again be good against the run.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 6:10pm
It's like Robinson won't see a ton of snaps between all the time he's missed and that he's a little buried on the depth chart. He's very risky for fantasy lineups, but we'll have to keep an eye on his role in Week 1.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 6:01pm
Andrew Luck and A.Q. Shipley started getting reacquainted at Monday's practice.
The cram sessions could take all week.
While this isn't how the Colts envisioned opening the season Sunday at Denver, plugging in yet another potential new starter at center, injuries have left them with no choice.
"Going through today, taking every snap with the first group out there, he was pretty much flawless," coach Chuck Pagano said. "It's not easy, but we can help him on our end."
The Colts are banged up on the O-line so protecting Luck is going to be key this year. It also could affect the running game with so many new pieces coming and going. Just another thing to keep an eye on if you're a Luck owner.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 5:56pm
In Keenum, the Rams are getting a third-year player with some actual game experience, something current backup Austin Davis lacks. The Rams will have to make a corresponding roster move but it seems unlikely Davis would leave so Keenum could arrive. Having Davis allows the Rams to have a backup who knows coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's offense. It would also allow for Keenum to take his time getting acclimated in St. Louis.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo hasn’t practiced more than two consecutive days since training camp began.
That’s about to change. Romo practiced Monday. The players are off Tuesday. But head coach Jason Garrett said he anticipates the quarterback will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the Cowboys prepare for their regular season opener with San Francisco.
“We anticipate a full week of practice,’’ Garrett said. “But again, we’ll monitor how he does with the work we give him.’’
Garrett reiterated that he believes Romo has looked more like himself over the last two weeks as he puts more distance between himself and offseason back surgery. Romo ranks 13th on our QB list and also has a tough fantasy matchup against the 49ers. If you have a better play it may be best to go that direction.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:38pm
With the receiver expected to miss the next month, the Bears can free up a spot on the active roster Tuesday at 3 p.m. by placing Wilson on the injured reserve with a designation to return.
“I think I could better answer that after Wednesday’s practice, and it’s simply because there’s a lot of technical CBA rules involved in this thing,” Trestman said. “I think that to bring clarity to it, I’d rather give you that answer as we move through the week.”
If the Bears decide to place Wilson on the injured reserve with a designation to return, he won’t be able to participate in practice until Week 7 and won’t be eligible to play until Nov. 9, when the team travels to Green Bay coming off its bye week.
If Wilson remains on the active roster, he’ll continue to occupy a spot the team could use to bolster another position. But the positive side of that is Wilson could return to action as soon as he recovers instead of waiting until Week 7 just to be eligible to practice.
Even if Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is the player introduced with the starters -- which he might not be -- it is clear Knowshon Moreno is Miami's lead running back. Miller, who was the starter and unchallenged all preseason, has lost his job as Miami's lead back.
"I've seen lots on the practice field that tells me where we're headed with Lamar and I feel very good about his ability to be productive," OC Bill Lazor said, "but if you're talking about the preseason games his production needs to improve."
Miller has to be more decisive when he has the football in his hands, Armando Salguero, the author, added. And, in order to get that better, faster decision-making out of Miller, the Dolphins are giving him a package of plays especially for him. A package of plays suggests change of pace back, according to Salguero. We saw indications of this after the preseason Week 3 game in which Moreno ignited a running game that hadn't shown much with Miller. If he can stay healthy, Moreno is looking more and more like the back to own in this offense.
Newton said last Wednesday he had no doubt he would start in Sunday's opener at Tampa Bay, and nothing he did early in practice would dispute that.
The first pick of the 2011 draft, who hasn't missed a start at Carolina, showed no limitation in his throwing motion. He ran between drills, something he didn't do all of last week, and had a full range of motion during stretching.
Newton was wearing a larger flak jacket than the one he was wearing when New England linebacker Jamie Collins stepped on the back of Carolina's franchise quarterback at the end of a 7-yard run to cause the fracture.
Newton is ranked 14th on our QB list heading into Week 1 in a good matchup against the Bucs. The big question will be how much Newton runs with his rib and ankle injuries, but so far it's a good sign he's showing full range of motion in terms of throwing. It's looking more and more like he's going to play Week 1 for those who need to start him.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:36pm
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports former New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill is working out for Carolina on Monday, per a source informed of the plans. ESPN's Adam Caplan had the first report.
Hill was released by the Jets on Saturday after a disappointing two-year stint at the Meadowlands. Hill passed through waivers without being claimed, a somewhat surprising development for a 23-year-old former second-round pick with size (6-foot-4) and speed (4.36 40-yard dash time in the 2012 combine).
Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:35pm
Watkins took part in routes-versus-air while reporters were present. He dropped his first pass and immediately did push-ups. It's unclear his participation in the remainder of practice, as reporters are allowed only a brief window to watch regular-season practices.
Watkins re-injured his ribs in the Bills' preseason finale last week.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 12:47pm
Running back Ronnie Hillman was limited in the early portion of practice Monday, four days after not accompanying the team on its charter from Dallas because of an undisclosed medical issue.
Hillman paired off with his position groups, but did not participate in the drills. He didn't played last Thursday in the final preseason game. Hillman became ill at some point Thursday.
Hillman was taken to a Dallas-area hospital for treatment and returned to Denver on Sunday, a day later than expected, because he didn’t have proper ID to travel. John Elway said tersely, “It’s a medical issue.”
It doesn’t look like they’ll find themselves in the same predicament this time around. Gronkowski said Monday that he’s been given the green light to play against the Dolphins in the opening weekend of the regular season.
“Super excited. Super pumped,” Gronkowski said, via Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com. “I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure.”
Gronkowski added that he won’t be playing every snap, saying that he hopes to get his “feet wet” against Miami before taking on a bigger role in the coming weeks, the story said. It's great news for owners and Gronk is still worth starting Week 1 despite likely not seeing a full workload. His time on the field should come in red zone and scoring situations. The Dolphins ranked 29th last year in terms of giving up points to TEs.
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