Redskins Fantasy News

Jordan Reed in pads at practice

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:26pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

After missing the past three games with a hamstring pull, Redskins TE Jordan Reed appears to be progressing toward a return to the lineup.

The tight end wore pads and a helmet during Tuesday’s practice—the team’s first session since Thursday’s lopsided loss to the Giants—and participated in individual drills. In previous weeks, Reed had worked off to the side with the Redskins’ other rehabbing players.

Fantasy Impact:

Reed’s official status for the practice—out, limited or full—might not be known until later today, the story said, though the team does not have to disclose that information until Thursday's practice. Reporters, meantime, were only allowed to view the opening 30 minutes of Tuesday’s session. Another news item from CSN Washignton said the team had two empty roster spots and didn't fill one with a TE, indicating that either Niles Paul or Reed could be a go Week 5. Paul is recovering from a concussion from a nasty hit, and wasn't in pads today the story said. It's looking like Reed could be back in what is actually a decent matchup against the Seahawks who have given up points to TEs.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 12:21pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins beat writers Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler answered questions about the Redskins TEs, specifically how Niles Paul is progressing through protocol after suffering a concussion.

We should get a status update Tuesday from Coach Jay Gruden and possibly Niles Paul himself. But if you read between the lines, roster moves provided us with a hint. The Redskins had two vacant roster spots. They signed a cornerback and a safety. If there was serious doubt about Paul, they probably would have signed a tight end. Because if Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Paul are both sidelined against the Seahawks, that would leave them with Logan Paulsen as their only healthy tight end.

Fantasy Impact:

Reed was back at practice Tuesday and wearing pads while Paul was not, CSN Washington reported in another item. Paul took a nasty hit against the Giants, and it's hard to imagine he would be back on the field as quick as this week. Looks like Reed may be porgressing enough to play Week 5.

Monday, September 29, 2014, 8:34am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Jets beat writer Rich Cimini sees TE Jace Amaro as someone's stock who is rising:

The rookie finished with a team-high five catches for 58 yards, including four catches in the second half.

What took so long? They should've featured Amaro from the outset, especially against the Lions' suspect safeties, but he was targeted only once in the first half.

Fantasy Impact:

Early on, Jeff Cumberland got most of the reps on passing downs. Amaro needs to be a bigger part of the offense, the story said, and his ability to run after the catch is a much-needed dimension. If you're hurting at the position, Amaro may be a guy to grab off the wire, perhaps especially for those who have done the Jordan Reed and Niles Paul dance so far this season.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 11:26am

Washington Post - [Full Article]

In Thursday night’s debacle against the New York Giants, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins reverted to the turnover-prone form that he displayed in limited action during the first two seasons of his career.

Cousins posted a career-worst five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble lost) while throwing for just one touchdown. In 11 game appearances since his rookie year in 2012 – six of them starts – Cousins has recorded 15 interceptions and three lost fumbles to go with 14 touchdown passes. He has thrown multiple interceptions in four of those games.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden called Cousins’ penchant for turning the ball over worrisome, but said the young quarterback was hardly the sole problem in Thursday’s game.

“It’s worrisome, [but] you have to take the game for what it is. We lost the game, he didn’t play very well, he threw four picks, we understand that, and a fumble, but he didn’t have a lot of help, either,” Gruden said. “There weren’t a lot of people – the defense didn’t help him out, the offensive line didn’t help him out, the receivers didn’t help him out. There’s a lot of other factors that we could have had better game, a better outing, if other people were helping more. It’s not just Kirk. Kirk, his mistakes are magnified obviously, but there are other guys who had mistakes that were equally important and devastating to the football game. We just have to continue to work to get better, and we will, but we’re not going to hold Kirk’s head under the water right now. We’re going to keep him composed and getting better, and he’s going to be fine next week.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins lit up the Eagles defense but coming into a short week had completely different results against an equally bad Giants defense. Things don't get much easier in terms of matchups outside of the Cowboys in Week 8 - the Skins will face four top-half defenses in terms of allowing fantasy points to QBs: Seahawks Week 5, Cardinals Week 6, Titans Week 7 and Vikings Week 9 leading up to the Week 10 bye.

Redskins TE Niles Paul knocked out of game with apparent concussion

Friday, September 26, 2014, 1:10am

NBC Sports - [Full Article]

Late in the first half of Thursday night’s game, Washington tight end Niles Paul caught a pass and then was crunched between a pair of Giants defenders. A helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Will Demps drew a flag — and also knocked Paul out of the game.

He laid on the ground for several minutes before being walked slowly to the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

Paul was on his way to a nice game, posting 3-60 on four targets before the hit. He'll have to navigate his way through the NFL's concussion protocol, but the benefit of playing in the Thursday night game is that he'll have a few extra days to do so. Jordan Reed is considered questionable for Week 5, so Logan Paulsen is currently holding down the fort at the tight end position.

DeSean Jackson active for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:22pm

Washington Inactives
Robert Griffin QB
Akeem Jordan ILB
Shawn Lauvao G
Santana Moss WR
Jordan Reed TE
Robert Thomas NT

Fantasy Impact:

WR DeSean Jackson is active. TE Niles Paul will continue to fill in for Jordan Reed.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle, out) was ruled out for Week 4. Kirk Cousins will once again be a Sneaky Start in a good matchup against the Giants.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins RB Alfred Morris (knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. No worries here. Morris should once again be a safe start in Week 4.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson should play on Thursday night, but it’s a short week. Andre Roberts would be a Sneaky Start if D-Jax can’t play.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring, out) did not practice Wednesday. Niles Paul has been great in Reed’s place and is a safe start this week against the Giants.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Redskins K Kai Forbath (right groin, probable) practiced fully Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:48pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Last week after saying that Robert Griffin III would miss a significant amount of time with a dislocated ankle, Jay Gruden said that Griffin’s starting quarterback job wasn’t necessarily going to be waiting for him when he was ready to play.

“We’ll cross that bridge when that comes,” he said.

On Tuesday, after backup QB Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 48 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns in his first start of the season against the Eagles, Gruden had not changed his tune.

During a conference call with the New York media, Gruden was asked if he could see Cousins taking over as the starter on a permanent basis.

"Crazy things have happened in NFL," Jay Gruden said via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. "I'm not going to discount anything.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cousins will have a few weeks to earn the job and is off to a good start. The Skins have some tougher defenses coming up, though, so this stretch could go a long way in determining Cousins' status if/when RGIII returns.

Jordan Reed OUT for Week 4

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 2:49pm

Mike Jones on Twitter - [Full Article]

Redskins TE Jordan Reed said he still doesn't know when he'll play. Won't be Week 4, a Thursday night game vs. Giants, and sounded sketchy on Week 5, a Monday night game vs. Seattle.

Fantasy Impact:

The Skins were concerned about Reed right after the injury, so it's no surprise he hasn't been back by now. It looks like owners will have to wait until at least Week 6 for Reed to get back into fantasy lineups and that's not even a sure thing. Niles Paul will continue to fill in and see a bulk of the targets at the position. All Paul's done is average six catches for 84 yards in three games this year... The Giants and Seahawks are actually very friendly matchups in terms of TE production allowed, so Paul looks like a good play.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:57pm - [Full Article]

Current offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was the quarterback coach for the Eagles back when Andy Reid was head coach.

That was a time when, as former running back Dorsey Levens once put it, the Eagles ran the ball "just give the wide receivers a rest.''

After stops in St. Louis, as offensive coordinator, and Cleveland, as head coach, Shurmur is back with the Eagles as Chip Kelly's offensive coordinator where the running game has become a staple of the offense.

Even when it's not working.

"We believe in the running game,'' Shurmur said before Tuesday's practice. "We're going to run the football.''

Fantasy Impact:

LeSean McCoy has struggled this year, but especially last week where he averaged 1.1 yard a carry against the Redskins. Even the Eagles passing attack isn't opening up holes. The line is really banged up, too, with Lane Johnson suspended and Evan Mathis and now Jason Kelce expected to miss several weeks.

Monday, September 22, 2014, 4:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The 49ers are hopeful tight end Vernon Davis‘ absence will span just one game.

According to the club’s Twitter feed, head coach John Harbaugh said he was “optimistic” Davis would be able to suit up for Sunday’s matchup against 3-0 Philadelphia.

Davis exited the Week Two loss to Chicago with knee and ankle injuries. He was inactive for Sunday’s defeat at Arizona, as was second-string tight end Vance McDonald (knee).

Fantasy Impact:

He will make for a great play against an Eagles defense that gave up 500-plus yards to the Redskins in Week 3. The Birds will also likely be without LB Mychal Kendricks.