Cruz planted his right leg to go up for a potential TD catch and never got up. He was carted off and is presumably done for the season. Rueben Randle,
Odell Beckham, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will have to make up for the loss of Cruz. From a fantasy perspective, it could really raise the value of Beckham going forward, who should see a lot more targets. Parker could get a big bump in playing time.
Sunday, October 12, 2014, 8:59pm
Rookie RB Andre Williams will see a heavy load with Jennings out.
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano: Last week's zero-catch game (for TE Larry Donnell) was not game plan-related, Giants people assure me. With all of their receiving weapons healthy, the Giants are content to take what defenses give them. Donnell is still in the plans as one of several preferred targets, especially in the red zone, where his height gives him an advantage over smaller options such as Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz.
Donnell followed up a three-TD game with a goose egg, so owners are understandably confused. After 7.8 targets in the first four games, he was targeted once against the Falcons. Odell Beckham returned to the lineup and saw five targets come his way, so his presence may have a negative impact on Donnell's weekly upside. He's still a good option in the redzone and the targets should even out as defenses have to account for all of the Giants' receiving options.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 6. Andre Williams has out-touched Peyton Hillis 37-to-10 in the last two weeks with Jennings missing time in both games. We’re expecting a big game out of Williams, who should run well against a shaky Eagles rush defense.
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm
Washington HC Jay Gruden made clear Tuesday that Robert Griffin III, who has been sidelined since Week 2 by a dislocated left ankle, won’t be taking the field as Washington’s starting quarterback in the near future.
“I don’t envision that any time soon,” Gruden told reporters during a conference call, asked about the timetable for Griffin’s return.
Griffin wasn’t wearing a protective boot. And he looked in great shape, sporting a skin-tight compression shirt and customary sleeve on his left arm he threw easy passes to one of his favorite targets. But he didn’t plant firmly on the throws, so it was impossible to gauge his readiness.
Gruden also dismissed a suggestion that Griffin might join the 1-4 team for practice in the near term, saying that the next step would likely be to increase his work load on a treadmill under the team trainer’s supervision.
“Maybe we’ll get him out here when the time is right,” Gruden said, declining even a cursory stab at a timetable.
In terms of fantasy points allowed to QBs, the Skins schedule now eases a bit. The Cardinals are ranked 20th, the Titans 17th and the Cowboys 14th. Those are the next three games for Kirk Cousins who has had two tough matchups following after lighting up the Eagles. He struggled against the Giants, but posted good fantasy numbers against the Seahawks.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 3:03pm
Giants HC Tom Coughlin said that rookie Odell Beckham Jr., who played for the first time all year on Sunday, came out of the game fine, with no recurring issues in the hamstring that limited him for most of the summer and early season.
"He seemed to be fine today, there wasn't an issue," Coughlin said. "We will push him along even further now."
Beckham made an obvious impact on offense, catching the game-winning TD from Manning, but he fielded a late-game punt as well, and he could eventually see more time in that role. Coughlin called Beckham's punt return cameo a "check-with-me kind of thing," the story added. Beckham makes for a good add if you need help at the position. It's a great matchup this week against the Eagles, but may be another case of wait-and-see before putting him in your lineup,especially in typical 10-team leagues. He seems on his way to making an impact in this offense but did miss a lot of time between offseason and so far early in the season.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9:43am
The Panthers are not interested in the former LSU football and track star, according to a league source. Holliday joined the Giants during the offseason but was placed on IR with a hamstring injury in August.
The Panthers have indicated they will stick with Brown. The undrafted free agent from Ohio State is responsible for two touchdowns as a punt returner -- one for Pittsburgh and one for his own team when he alertly picked up a loose ball against Chicago and jetted 79 yards for the game's first score.
Brown is a smart player with a high ceiling and plenty of confidence. And while he's managed to make even a couple of fair catches interesting, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday his biggest issue was getting Brown some help with better blocking.
The Giants pulled off their come from behind victory over the Falcons on Sunday without running back Rashad Jennings and it sounds like they will enter next Sunday night’s game against the Eagles without him as well.
Jennings left the win after his first carry of the second half and did not return because of a knee injury. Jennings said after the game that he didn’t think he’d be out long, but he also said he was having an MRI and the results of that are always more telling.
In this case, they are telling Jennings that he has a sprained MCL.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that Jennings offered no timetable for his return at this point. It’s the type of injury that usually keeps players out for a little while, though, and that will make him questionable, at best, for the Eagles and the Week 7 game against the Cowboys.
It's important to note the Giants have a bye in Week 8, so it's possible they keep Jennings out for a couple of games and then the bye week, although it means missing division games vs. Eagles (Week 6) and Cowboys (Week 7). Andre Williams would get the nod to carry a bulk of Jennings work with Peyton Hillis possibly chipping in. Both games are pretty good matchups. This week's game against the Eagles is the Sunday night game so owners will have some planning to do.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:45am
Whenever he touches the ball these days, Antone Smith is expected to score.
The diminutive Atlanta Falcons running back entered Sunday's game against the Giants with three touchdowns in just 13 touches. His 48-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4 was highlighted on the weekly media guide going into the Giants game.
So what did Smith do? He simply scored his fourth explosive touchdown on a 74-yard, catch-and-run during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-20 loss. Smith's four touchdowns this season -- a 48-yard rush, and 38-yard rush, a 54-yard catch-and-run, and the 74-yarder Sunday --- have averaged 53.5 yards. And he has been battling a right hamstring issue since the start of the season, too.
Smith had four touches total against the Giants.
So far Smith as been getting about 2-4 touches a game. He's worth a stash if you have the room, but until we see more he's going to be a risky play despite his big-play capability.
The Giants are labeling the injury a sprain. Jennings will undergo an MRI on Monday.
"We’ll find out more tomorrow," Jennings said. "We’ll see what the MRI says. But I should be all right, that’s how I feel. Just kind of got ruffled up under the pile a little bit."
Entering the day, Jennings was third in the NFL in rushing yards (341), behind only Dallas' DeMarco Murray and Pittsburgh's Le'Veon Bell (378). He had nine carries for 47 yards in the first half Sunday, and injured his knee on his first carry of the second half, an eight-yard gain. Rookie Andre Williams replaced Jennings and finished the game with 20 carries for 65 yards, including a three-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter. Peyton Hillis also saw limited action, with two carries for seven yards. Williams would stand to see a lot more work if Jennings can't go against the Eagles in a Sunday night game in Week 6. If you own Jennings, and Williams is on your wire, grab him for some protection against the dreaded "game-time decision" in what also is a good matchup.
Robert Griffin III returned to the practice field Saturday for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.
The Washington Redskins quarterback shed the walking boot and wore cleats on both feet as he joined teammates for agility drills and stretching.
According to The Washington Post's Mike Jones, RGIII appeared to jog fairly well before returning to the practice bubble to continue his rehab work.
"He's making progress," coach Jay Gruden said after practice. "He's doing a great job working."
Griffin didn't practice with the team in actual position drills. The Redskins have no timetable his return, but reports say the target is five-to-six weeks after the injury -- which means RGIII could be ready to return before the team's Week 10 bye. After lighting up the Eagles in Week 3, QB Kirk Cousins struggled against the Giants last Thursday night and has a tough matchup with Seattle in Week 5.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 10:51pm
Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams got the same number of carries in the Giants' Week 4 victory in Washington, but Jennings' owners don't need to fear a time share. Jennings had 34 carries vs. the Texans just four days earlier, so the Giants were planning to watch him closely anyway. Also, the Washington game got out of hand so quickly, it allowed them to use Williams in Jennings' place on early downs.
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6:19pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5. Kirk Cousins gets another start after a nightmarish performance against the Giants in Week 4. Unfortunately, he has to face the Seahawks as they come off of their bye.