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.
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.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Bills WR Sammy Watkins came out of Thursday night's preseason loss to the Lions without a serious injury to his ribs, per a source informed of the team's situation. The feeling from the Bills is that Watkins should be good to go for Sunday's opener against the Bears.
Watkins has looked great in practice, but it hasn't translated to games, thanks to QB E.J. Manuel's shaky play. We still like Watkins as a third or fourth receiver and feel that he'll be a target hog in the Bills' run-heavy offense. If Manuel can progress (at all) Watkins should be a fantasy starter (top 36) as a rookie.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 9:56pm
Bears WR Santonio Holmes proved he still has some juice left when he broke a tackle to score a 32-yard touchdown, followed by a 30-yard punt return. Granted, Holmes accomplished this against Cleveland backups, but he made the most of the opportunities presented to him. Holmes has too much experience to let walk away.
WR Stephen Hill not only doesn't play special teams, he also did not impress very much this summer. Couple those factors with Rex Ryan's lukewarm comments about Hill on Tuesday, and you have a second-round draft pick who isn't going to make it into this third season with the Jets.
The Jets famously took Hill two picks ahead of Alshon Jeffery. Now it looks like Hill may get cut.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:19pm
The Bears' WR3 competition remains in the forefront as the team hopes to take one last look at Josh Morgan and Santonio Holmes, who should now be a little more comfortable with the offense. Morgan caught three of the five balls thrown his way last week against Seattle for 48 yards, while Holmes hauled in one pass for 7 yards. Morgan has shown he’s perfectly capable of handling the No. 3 job while Marquess Wilson continues to heal from a fractured clavicle. Holmes could potentially add a dynamic element in the slot.
Griffin's transition from gimmick offense to pocket passer was fully expected to feature a few bumps in the road. What has had us concerned since the preseason opener, though, is that the bad habits in his footwork and throwing motion seem to have carried over from last season's return from ACL surgery.
Appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd this week, ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski confirmed, after watching hours of preseason film, that Griffin's mechanics have regressed.
"They have regressed in the fundamental way of throwing the football," Jaworski said, via The Washington Post. "His throwing slot, his footwork, his inability to remain consistent in that."
We've been on the low side on Griffin for the entire offseason due to minor concerns about the knee and moderate concerns about the installation of a new offense. He has a very good receiving corps, and may very well work out his preseason issues during the regular season, but it's tough to draft him over (seemingly) more reliable options like Russell Wilson, Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick.
Manziel will replace Brian Hoyer in the second quarter against the Bears Thursday night, and finish out the half. He might even play into the third quarter. And if he can provide the same kind of spark in the preseason finale that he did in the dress rehearsal game at FirstEnergy Stadium, he'll make it tempting for coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to install something for him right away -- especially if the first-team offense continues to struggle.
There are headlines all over the news today that the Browns could use a two-QB system similar to the 49ers with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Hoyer has little fantasy value right now so as it is, the potential loss of WR Josh Gordon coupled with losing time to Manziel certainly isn't going to help. Unless Hoyer is lights-out to start the season, it seems like only a matter of time before Manziel is the starter.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:59pm
A nagging hamstring injury has kept Browns WR Nate Burleson out the entire preseason and off the practice field for nearly three weeks. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team remains optimistic the veteran receiver can suit up and prove himself Thursday against the Bears.
Burleson has been itching to play, and was practically begging for the trainers to let him suit up against the Redskins and the Rams. The veteran has played through injuries for a large portion of his career. Even if Burleson isn’t exactly close to 100 percent, he still thinks he can make plays against Chicago.
Burleson thinks he can light a fire under what's been an unimpressive offense in the preseason that's perhaps caught up in a quarterback controversy. Burleson will have to make the team first which isn't a given with all the time he's missed.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:35am
Manuel, Palmer and Jeff Tuel are now the Buffalo’s quarterbacks.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:05pm
Seahawks WR Percy Harvin has been unhindered in training camp by the hip injury that limited him to just one regular-season game last year. Harvin said he hasn't felt this good since before his college days at the University of Florida and he's found gears he didn't realize he had.
"I definitely feel a lot better," Harvin said. "I've got a lot more motion than I'm used to having. I can do a lot more cuts and just a lot of different motions that I wasn't able to do before."
Considering he was a league MVP candidate before getting hurt with the Minnesota Vikings two seasons ago, that's a scary thought for the rest of the league. Harvin's presence is already being felt this preseason. He's caught seven passes for 92 yards in Seattle's last two preseason games and returned the opening kickoff 46 yards Friday night against the Chicago Bears.
With Harvin in the lineup, the Seahawks' first-team offense scored on nine consecutive possessions over the last two games with seven possessions ending with touchdowns, the story said. Harvin is ranked 20th on our list of WRs and just needs to stay healthy. He along with QB Russell Wilson could prove to be great additions to your fantasy lineups.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:01pm
As it is, he'll play up to a quarter and then give way to Johnny Manziel, who will finish out the half and possibly play into the third quarter. Rex Grossman and Connor Shaw will likely split the second half, coach Mike Pettine said.
But Hoyer said after the 33-14 loss to the Rams Saturday that he welcomes a chance to play. Hoyer and the first-team offense have produced only one touchdown in 14 possessions and Hoyer has earned a 63.7 rating.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 7:36pm
Jordan Palmer’s bid to win the Bears’ back-up quarterback job officially ended Sunday with the team informing him of his release, according to a league source.
Palmer, who spent the final 10 weeks of last season with the Bears, signed a one-year extension with the team before free agency began in March. But he never did enough to earn the team’s all-important No. 2 role.
Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:32pm
Bears coach Marc Trestman said Josh Morgan deserves first shot at the No. 3 job with Marquess Wilson on the shelf because of a fractured clavicle. So Morgan is set to receive all the repetitions at the No. 3 spot with the first-team offense. He’s been one of the team’s most productive targets this preseason, but the Bears signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday. Holmes expects to play sparingly. So he’ll certainly be a player to watch as Chicago continues to look for a competent complement to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Bears plan to make sure to put Holmes into situations he's comfortable with to help him succeed as he learns Chicago's offense.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:27pm
Bears WR Alshon Jeffery’s work ethic was considered a concern when he taken with the 45th overall pick in 2012. That’s a far-fetched worry now. He seems more confident with his blossoming stardom every time he talks.
‘‘He’s done it for one year,’’ coach Marc Trestman said. ‘‘He knows he’s got to prove himself, [that] he’s got to stack years and years together to be a great player, like Brandon has. He’s certainly confident he can do it. He knows he can compete at this level and compete at a high level.’’
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