Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 12:01pm
Ravens TE Owen Daniels will become the starter with Dennis Pitta out, and he has shown in the past that he can handle the job. He started all but four games he played in during his eight years with Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, and had two Pro Bowl seasons (2008, 2012).
Daniels has proven he can be relied on this season as well. He’s been targeted 12 times and caught 10 of those passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns through three games. Only running back Justin Forsett (15 targets, 13 receptions) has a better reception percentage on the Ravens.
The question with Daniels is how well his body will hold up over the course of a long season. He sat out two weeks of practice and missed three preseason games due to fatigued legs. Now those legs will have to carry a heavier load, the story points out. Crockett Gillmore and fullback Kyle Juszczyk could also see time but Daniels is the most experienced and as long as he can stay healthy should be the fantasy option to target if you're looking for a TE. The hope for owners would be Daniel at least used as the main red zone target among the options available.
Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in the past year, getting hurt without being touched during the second quarter of Sunday's 23-21 win over the Cleveland Browns.
This is a major setback for Pitta, one that probably ends his season and casts doubt on his career outlook.
Pitta will remain in a Cleveland hospital this week, according to sources.
Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during training camp last year and missed all but the final four games of the 2013 regular season. The story points out that when Pitta underwent surgery on his hip last year, doctors told the 2010 fourth-round draft pick that the chance of recurrence was extremely low because of the rarity of the injury and how well the procedure and rehabilitation went. As we said Sunday night, the Ravens will turn toward two-time Pro Bowl tight end Owen Daniels as well as rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore. They could also utilize fullback Kyle Juszczyk, a former H-back and tight end at Harvard.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera revealed Monday, via The Associated Press, that RB Jonathan Stewart will be held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday with a severely sprained knee. He will be reassessed on Friday.
Having already signed tailback Darrin Reaves from the practice squad over the weekend, the Panthers will have to evaluate whether to add more depth this week. DeAngelo Williams is expected to be back and would likely carry a big workload against the Ravens. The team will also be without Mike Tolbert who has a hairline fracture in his right leg. Tolbert's considered week-to-week but will be out for Week 4.
Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:18pm
Both are believed to be knee injuries but both are considered not serious, but it could leave the team thin at RB if either misses time. Fozzy Whittaker was inactive with a quad injury. That left Darrin Reaves, signed from the practice squad, to finish the game. DeAngelo Williams could return in Week 4 against the Ravens.
Pitta dislocated his right hip for the second time in just more than a year, and it’s feared that he may have also sustained a fracture. But an initial diagnosis revealed no fracture, according to sources. If Pitta’s hip is fractured, he would need surgery and likely would be out for the season.
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Pierce’s questionable tag means that he’s no sure thing to play through the thigh injury. Justin Forsett would likely see a big workload, though Lorenzo Taliaferro might start to see some touches in a change-of-pace role.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (thigh) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Midweek downgrades are never a good sign. We’ll monitor his progress this week. Justin Forsett would be a Sneaky Start if Pierce can’t play.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:15pm
According to multiple league sources, Rice will appeal the indefinite suspension on Monday. The appeal will be handled by the NFLPA and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice.
Because the indefinite suspension was imposed under the personal-conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell will have the ultimate authority over the appeal. Don’t be surprised if Rice and the union ask that Goodell designate a hearing officer who has no current connection to the league office, which Goodell ultimately did in the appeal of the players suspended in connection with the Saints bounty case.
Goodell also will be a witness in the appeal process, since one of the key questions is whether Rice lied to the team or the league about what happened in the elevator, the story added. Rice is expected to contend that he told the team and the league the truth. Ultimately, the person who resolves the appeal will have to hear testimony from Rice, Goodell, and other witnesses before deciding whether Rice lied — especially since Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome has said that Rice didn’t lie. In terms of fantasy football, it's hard to believe any team would give Rice a look, at least this season. Many feel he will never play in the league again.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:43pm
With zero carries so far with one pass thrown in his direction for an incompletion against the Cincinnati Bengals, the fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina says he's remaining patient and waiting his turn.
Taliaferro ranks third on the depth chart behind starting running back Bernard Pierce and backup Justin Forsett and has been active for each game, primarily operating on special teams. Pierce rushed for a game-high 96 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Forsett scored a touchdown against the Bengals as he gained 70 yards and had a 41-yard run against the Steelers.
"I don't know what my role is going to be," said Taliaferro who rushed for 243 yards and one touchdown on 65 carries during the preseason. "I just know I'm ready for whatever it is. I can't control any of that. All I can control is what I do when my number is called in that moment."
Taliaferro is a power runner with a fairly upright running style at 6-foot, 226 yards. Taliaferro was the Big South Offensive Player of the Year last season when he rushed for 1,729 yards and 27 touchdowns, the story says. One has to think his time is coming with Ray Rice now out of the picture. Pierce was much improved Thursday night against the Steelers but a lot of questions still remain with this Raven RB group.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9:41am
Six of his 21 carries came against eight-man fronts last week; only the Baltimore Ravens' Bernard Pierce had more carries against an eight-man front in Week 1, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Vikings faked handoffs to Peterson on Cordarrelle Patterson's two jet sweeps last week, and without Peterson on the field, defenses can devote more attention to Patterson and possibly avoid committing an extra defender to the run.
The Vikings have still managed to average 4.57 yards per carry in games Peterson has missed since 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information, but there's little doubt their offense will take on a different configuration Sunday.
RBs Matt Asiata and rookie Jerick McKinnon will get most of the rushes, but Patterson could see more touches in that capacity. The Pats have proven to be very good at taking away a player on offense they deem most dangerous, and that now becomes Patterson. But at the same time, the Vikings could try to get Patterson a few more touches as he's now their most explosive player. Patterson's fantasy value should go up a bit with Peterson out of the picture.
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:13pm
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