The pressure is on Matt Schaub to produce quickly. He hasn't looked good in the preseason and may be replaced early in the season if he can't get it together.
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:38pm
Yet with starting quarterback Matt Schaub sitting out Thursday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks at O.co Coliseum with a sore right elbow, the Raiders quarterback of the future can speed up that process in front of a home fan base that is embracing his candidacy through social media.
Carr could get extended work and a chance to make another good impression if Schaub continues to struggle or not be able to play due to his elbow. Carr, a second-round draft pick out of Fresno State, appears firmly entrenched as the backup even though second-year player Matt McGloin has put up the best numbers, albeit against mostly third-team competition.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 5:24pm
Michael's injury is the reason the Seahawks re-signed rookie running back Demitrius Bronson, who was released earlier this week. The team waived guard Greg Van Roten to make room for Bronson to return. The Seahawks also released linebacker Marcus Dowtin and signed center Patrick Lewis off waivers from Jacksonville.
"He pulled up a little bit [Tuesday] in practice," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Michael, "so we're ensuring we have enough guys to run the football [adding Bronson]. He did a really nice job while he was here, but the numbers caught him and we're glad to have him back.”
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, 6:35pm
Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed a second straight day of practice on Monday because of a sore elbow, but coach Dennis Allen insists that the team is not planning a reprise of last year when Matt Flynn’s elbow trouble led to Terrelle Pryor making a late leap up the depth chart.
“I don’t look at those two situations as the same,” Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, when asked about the similarity to the way things played out at quarterback last season.
Allen also said that Schaub remains on pace to start the season opener against the Jets despite his elbow injury, which Allen said is not a major concern for him, and absence from practices that it appears he needs based on his preseason performances.
Rookie Derek Carr looks like he would get the start if Schaub can't play, as the situation seems eerily similar to last year. Schaub won't be ranked among our top QBs especially in a tough matchup against the Jets.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:11am
Presumptive Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub sat out practice Sunday with a sore elbow, a scene eerily similar to a situation a year ago that led to the ascension of Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback at the expense of Matt Flynn.
“He came in yesterday afternoon with a little soreness in his elbow,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow and kind of take that day by day.’’
All the work in practice went to rookie Derek Carr, second-year player Matt McGloin and veteran Trent Edwards, with Carr getting first-team reps, according to Allen.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice. He has been dealing with a quad injury, and the club wanted him back to get more snaps with Peyton Manning. As did Manning. Sanders hasn't caught a pass in the preseason. His snaps were limited against the Seahawks and he sat out the 49ers game.
The likelihood Sanders will start Saturday increased with Thursday's workout. A Friday evaluation will be the determining factor.
"I didn't have any problem with that so I am extremely happy about that. It's looking good right now," Sanders said. "(Manning) has been talking to me about (playing this week) because the starters usually don't play in the fourth preseason game. This is important. We don't want to go into the regular season with me not having caught a pass from him in the game. So this game is extremely pivotal."
Sanders was the #35 WR in 2013, when he saw WR2 targets (112) for the Steelers. Eric Decker (138) and Wes Welker (111) saw a combined 249 targets as Denver's WR2 and WR3. With Decker gone, Welker (and TE Julius Thomas) could see a bit more work, but Sanders should be stepping into a big role. As OC Adam Gase said, Sanders is a good fit for his system and is versatile to play both inside and outside. He is very quick and is adept at making people miss, so he should thrive in Denver’s screen game.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:25pm
The Union-Tribune considered Chargers WR Malcom Floyd the training camp MVP in a runaway. Newcomer and Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers said Floyd, soon to be 33, moved like he's just three years into the NFL.
There wasn't a cornerback who faced him that Floyd failed to roast once.
Floyd took another step Friday in his comeback from the scary neck injury that ended his 2014 season. Against Seahawks starters and second-stringers, he caught one Philip Rivers pass in traffic and another over the middle.
Floyd said the contest's speed and contact, which included crack blocks against safeties, was vital to scrape barnacles off his game. He pronounced himself "pleased and confident" after facing the Super Bowl champs.
Floyd isn't getting drafted in typical leagues but he's trending up our WR draft board and may be someone you make your late-round flier if you find you need some depth with your WRs.
Now we know it was really a serious injury. Kaepernick told The Bee that he'd suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and ruptured the capsule in the ball of his foot when he tried to run away from a Seahawks defender along the visiting sideline.
Even with the injury, Kaepernick rushed for 524 rushing yards last season, his first full year as San Francisco's starter. It was also the second-most single-season rushing yards by a 49ers quarterback behind Steve Young's 537 rushing yards in '92. It probably could have been more if he was healthy. He never had surgery and said the injury is not an issue, and it was corrected with rest.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:15pm
Veteran Josh Morgan receives his turn on the No. 3 receiver carousel Friday when the Chicago Bears face the Seattle Seahawks on the road for preseason game No. 3, according to Bears coach Marc Trestman.
"It's still wide open," Trestman said of the club's search for a No. 3 receiver. "In terms of how we're doing it, Josh Morgan will get some work this week. We'll see where the other guys are as we move through the end of the week, but Josh will get the first shot at it as we work into this week's practice and as we work into the game."
Although the club signed Santonio Holmes on Saturday, it's expected he won't receive sufficient repetitions at practice this week to make an impact against the Seahawks. Holmes spent several minutes after practice Monday working with backup quarterback Jordan Palmer and receivers coach Mike Groh in an effort to quickly acclimate himself to Chicago's system.
The Bears WR3 likely won't be a factor in typical fantasy leagues, but in slightly deeper leagues the winner of this battle could have some value. Morgan could have the edge right now due to Holmes not knowing the system.
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin took a turbo-charged step forward. Playing with the first-team offense in the first half, Turbin exploded for 81 yards on 12 carries, highlighted by a 47-yard scamper that might have caused seismic activity, had it been in the regular season.
Christine Michael, on the other hand, fumbled on his first carry, which is the quickest way off the field in Pete Carroll’s offense. Michael recovered the ball, as he did last week against the Broncos, but two fumbles in two games will not sit well. With Turbin doing the bulk of the rushing, the Seattle offense hummed beautifully in the first half, the story said. The RB2 handcuff to Marshawn Lynch may be a spot to think about covering. With a lot of early hype about Michael, things appear to be trending toward Turbin.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was a question mark going into last week’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, and he’s a question mark going into Sunday’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sanders, who had sat out Monday’s practice before participating in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s work, was held out of Friday’s morning practice with a thigh injury.
Sanders was the #35 WR in 2013, when he saw WR2 targets (112) for the Steelers. Eric Decker (138) and Wes Welker (111) saw a combined 249 targets as Denver's WR2 and WR3. With Decker gone, Welker (and TE Julius Thomas) could see a bit more work, but Sanders should be stepping into a big role. As OC Adam Gase said, Sanders is a good fit for his system and is versatile to play both inside and outside. He is very quick and is adept at making people miss, so he should thrive in Denver’s screen game. Quad injuries usually aren't a big deal; we expect he'll get some rest and be ready to go later in camp.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:39am
Seahawks RB Robert Turbin is listed as No. 2 on the depth chart for now, but Christine Michael is the more explosive runner and will win this job if he continues to prove he can do the job as a blocker in pass protection.
Michael is considered by the fantasy community to be Marshawn Lynch's primary backup, but it's not clear if the Seahawks agree.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:41pm
Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who had suffered a concussion in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks, was back on the practice field Thursday morning, a week after leaving the Broncos' 21-16 victory. The Broncos will steadily work him back in, but Anderson did take a smattering of snaps with the starting offense while sporting a new type of helmet, similar to what Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker wears. With Montee Ball still working back from an appendectomy, Ronnie Hillman took most of the work with the starters. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson also got snaps as well. Asked how he felt Thursday, Anderson said he was sluggish. "I mean, I've been off as far as conditioning. Headache and all that, all that's done. I've got a new helmet. It's brand new, so I'm trying to break it in. Kind of tight at times, but I feel fine and you don't miss a beat."
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