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Packers Beat: TE RIchard Rodgers to become 'a bigger player' down the stretch

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:20pm

Packers.com - [Full Article]

Vic Ketchman of Packers.com believes that TE Richard Rodgers has upside in his rookie season: He can block and catch. That’s becoming a rare combination in tight ends. It means he can be an inline blocker and a deep-seam receiver. That’s a special combination and I think he’s going to become a bigger player in this offense in the second half of the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers saw more than two targets for the first time in Week 8 against the Saints, posting four catches for 58 yards. His Snap % has been over 50% in the last two weeks after being in the 20%-48% range for most of the season.

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Pack's medical staff 'very confident' in Aaron Rodgers' status

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers wasn't the same after tweaking his hamstring during Sunday night's 44-23 loss to the Saints, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the injury won't be an issue going forward.

"So far, so good I would say is how we're looking at it," McCarthy told reporters on Monday, per the Green Bay Press Gazette.

The coach didn't speak with Rodgers on Monday, but said Green Bay's medical staff feels "very confident" with their All-Pro quarterback's status, especially with a bye in Week 9. The Packers next play at home in Week 10 on Sunday Night Football against the Bears.

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers ripped off a season-high 418 passing yards and ran for a 14-yard score late in the loss to New Orleans. He wasn't hobbled, but offensive coordinator Tom Clements acknowledged the team "stayed away from designed quarterback movement plays," although "he still moved around fairly well," the story pointed out. A bye in Week 9 comes at a great time for Rodgers who looks like he'll be ready to go Week 10, a Sunday night matchup at home against the Bears.

Jimmy Graham has to prep for short week

Monday, October 27, 2014, 11:41am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jimmy Graham is clearly on the road to recovery after finally busting loose in the third quarter of the New Orleans Saints' 44-23 victory against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

But Graham will have to fight through at least one more tough week with his ailing shoulder as he and the Saints have to quickly turn around and travel to the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.

"(Monday’s) gonna be pretty rough for me, I already know. But I’ll take the next 48 hours, that’s really what’s most important, trying to get the swelling and what-not down and try to get ready on Thursday," Graham said after Sunday's game. "I’ll pretty much live in the treatment room, and I’ll be hooked up to all kinds of stuff while I sleep."

After not catching a pass in the first half, stretching his shutout streak to six quarters, Graham busted out with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the third quarter.

Graham played 42 snaps in the game -- up from 30 a week earlier at Detroit. And coach Sean Payton described him as "full" after saying he was limited to certain packages the week before.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s unclear when Graham will be back to "100 percent" with the unspecified shoulder injury he suffered three weeks ago, the story said. But on Sunday night he showed he can still produce in a big way even if he’s not 100 percent. He didn't have a catch in the first half, doing all his damage in the second half. He played 42 snaps, up from 30 at Detroit. We'll continue to monitor him but he should be a go for Thursday night.

Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) says he won't miss time

Monday, October 27, 2014, 8:43am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers clearly wasn’t himself in the second half of last night’s loss to the Saints. But the Packers quarterback wasn’t making any excuses for himself either.

Some degree of hamstring issue left Rodgers limping slightly but noticeably after the 44-23 loss, but he insisted it wasn’t an issue.

“I’m not going to miss any time,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “If I felt it, then I had to back off a little bit. We had to do a little more in the shotgun but it wasn’t a big deal, ultimately.”

Apparently it was. His passer rating before the whatever-it-was was 133.1. After, it was 45.8, with a pair of interceptions which weren’t entirely the fault of his legs. And any element of him moving, the way he did when he scrambled for a first down, was gone.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that Rodgers didnt't even want to call the issue a hamstring injury. Whatever it was, the good news is the Packers are on a bye Week 9, and while we can't always trust players when it comes to comments on injuries, it seems like the time off will have Rodgers ready to go in Week 10 - a Sunday night matchup at home against the Bears.

Jimmy Graham active for Saints

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:17pm

Saints Inactives
Jonathan Goodwin C
Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB
Kyle Knox LB
Joe Morgan WR
Khiry Robinson RB
Pierre Thomas RB
Nick Toon WR

Fantasy Impact:

Jimmy Graham is active for the Saints. Last week, Graham played 41% of the snaps, or 30 plays in total. He's likely to be somewhat limited again in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers.

With Robinson and Thomas out, Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet will share the backfield with Ingram likely to be featured and Cadet working in on passing downs.

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:15pm

Packers Inactives
Carl Bradford OLB
Morgan Burnett SS
Garth Gerhart C
Jeff Janis WR
Datone Jones DE
Sam Shields CB
Scott Tolzien QB

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Mark Ingram gets a big bump as he'll carry the load for the Saints against a not-so-good Packers rush defense. Consider him a top 10 play this week. Travaris Cadet is also a viable start in PPR formats as he's likely to see 4-6 catches in the pass-catching role in the Saints backfield.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Packers RB James Starks (ankle, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 8. Starks will play, but teams generally have a tough time running the ball in New Orleans.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Last week, Graham played 41% of the snaps, or 30 plays in total. He’s likely to be somewhat limited again in Week 8 in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers. We would recommend benching him for other elite-to-great TE options until he shows he’s ready to produce. He’s currently our #7 ranked tight end for Week 8 based on his reputation and the favorable matchup.

Saints rule out both Pierre Thomas (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm)

Friday, October 24, 2014, 4:59pm

nola.com - [Full Article]

Both Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson left last week's game at Detroit and did not return. Thomas, who is listed as having a "rib/shoulder" injury, hasn't been seen much this week, but Robinson maintained his normal jovial presence around the locker room and assured reporters that he would be fine.

Instead, the forearm injury will keep him out for at least one game.

Fantasy Impact:

Mark Ingram gets a big bump as he'll carry the load for the Saints against a not-so-good Packers rush defense. Consider him a top 10 play this week. Travaris Cadet is also a viable start in PPR formats as he's likely to see 4-6 catches in the pass-catching role in the Saints backfield.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) missed practice again Thursday. Robinson downplayed the forearm injury, but two consecutive missed practices are a bit worrisome. We’re still expecting him to play against the Packers. He should see a few extra touches with Pierre Thomas out. If he can’t play, Mark Ingram will be a very solid RB2 and Travaris Cadet will be a worthwhile RB3/flex, especially in PPR formats.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Packers RB James Starks (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. It looks like Starks is on track to play.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Graham escaped Week 7 without a setback. He played 41% of the snaps, or 30 plays in total. He’s likely to be limited again in Week 8 in what should be a high-scoring game against the Packers. We would recommend benching him for other good TE options until he shows he’s ready to produce. He’s currently our #8 ranked tight end.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Saints RB Khiry Robinson (forearm) did not practice Wednesday. Robinson downplayed the forearm injury, so we’re expecting him to play against the Packers. He should see a few extra touches with Pierre Thomas out.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Packers RB James Starks (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. We’ll monitor his progress this week. If Starks can’t play, Eddie Lacy would be a safer start, while DuJuan Harris would serve as his primary backup.