Asked how he felt, Foster said, “Wonderful, physically.
“I’m excited about that (Sunday’s regular-season opener against Washington). I can’t wait to play football.”
Foster said he has something to prove to himself after missing half of last season.
“I’ve been like that since I’ve been in the NFL,” he said. “I’ve had to prove to myself I could play in this league. That’s part of the reason you keep that chip on your shoulder because you remember the days when you had your doubts.”
Foster comes with a lot of risk, but seems to be doing fine leading up to the opener. He starts off the season ranked seventh on our list for Week 1 backs. It's a juicy matchup against the Redskins defense that ranked 29th last year in giving up fantasy points to RBs.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 11:04am
Their competition lasted all preseason, with the rookie shining initially, hitting a pair of field goals and making a special-teams tackle during the opener against New England, while Forbath was short on his lone attempt from 46 yards.
But Saturday morning, roughly eight hours before the NFL’s deadline for final roster cuts, it was Hocker who was released.
It all came down to Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa Bay, in which Hocker missed his lone field-goal attempt, from 39 yards, wide right. Forbath delivered from 45 yards to open the scoring. Forbath usually struggles to make our top kicker list, but if Washington's offense can find its way Forbath could be a spot starter if needed.
According to multiple media sources the Redskins have released three of their four running backs who were widely considered to be on the roster bubble. Evan Royster, Chris Thompson, and Lache Seastrunk have all confirmed via text messages that they have been released. Most figured that at least two of those three would end up on the roster. Silas Redd survived the cuts.
Seastrunk was the biggest surprise the story said, but Thompson is also a big of a surprise. However, he was battling injuries all through camp that seemed to frustrate the team. Both could be added to the practice squad. The moves mean that undrafted rookie Silas Redd will be the third tailback behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:32am
It's not uncommon for rookie sixth-rounders to fall short of the 53-man roster but Seastrunk's release is interesting because he gave the Redskins' offense something it was lacking last season: game-breaking speed out of the backfield.
The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz.
And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
"You knew when you watched him in college that he had the chance to be something special," Eagles tight ends coach Ted Williams said. "He's one of the best route-runners I've ever seen. He takes a lot of pride in that. He has a lot of confidence. He's hard to defeat, because he doesn't take defeat very well. He feels, 'You can't cover me.' "
Ertz was eased into the offense as a rookie last season by coach Chip Kelly. He played 36 percent of the offensive snaps in the Eagles' first eight games and 45 percent in the final eight. Finished with 36 catches - 25 for first downs - for 469 yards and four touchdowns. All four of those scoring catches came in the second half of the season. He also had a touchdown reception in the Eagles' playoff loss to New Orleans.
Domowitch is one of the Eagles better beat writers, so there's something to what he's saying. He points out that without Jackson the Eagles' passing game is expected to undergo a slight transformation this season. In preseason Week 3, the Birds had four TDs of nine plays or more - five fewer than they had all season. Domo said to look for fewer deep balls and more bubble screens and slants by the wide receivers and more screens and wheel routes by running backs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. The only thing holding back Ertz this season is teammate Brent Celek possibly taking away some targets, but Ertz still figures to be a low-end TE1 and should be drafted ahead of Celek. The writer believes both Celek and Ertz are in for increased workloads.
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, 5:48pm
Washington RB Chris Thompson sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and was not at full speed until Monday. Before the injury he was working behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now, he must show that he’s more worthy than Evan Royster, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk.
But Thompson also knows his injury history: a back injury in 2011; torn ACL in 2012; torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.
“I just have to show them I can make it through some games and I will show them,” he said. “I’ve been hurt a lot. I can deal with pain. I’ll make sure I finish this game out.”
Washington HC Jay Gruden said today that he sees the Redskins relying on the ground game.
“Our identity needs to be found,” he said. “What are we going to be? We’re going to be a running team, I guess.”
Like any coach, Gruden would prefer to have a varied attack.
“Our identity needs to be diversity,” he said. “We have to be able to be good at both. We have to be able to run the ball, we have to be able to do some play actions off the run and there are going to be some times that we have to do some drop back.”
Gruden doesn't seemed thrilled about the label, though. Many assumed the Skins would pass more under Gruden, especially after bringing in WRs DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. But Robert Griffin III is struggling and seemingly starting a QB controversy at the same time, while the running game, led by Alfred Morris, excels. This, perhaps, gives Morris a bit of a bump in fantasy value. Eventually the Skins will need the threat of a pass game or team's will stack the box. Morris is a rock-solid, high-end RB2 in just about any format, however.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 4:11pm
Coach Jay Gruden said that Reed could have practiced but that he might have had some issues catching the ball. Gruden said that Reed should be ready for the September 7th season opener.
Reed played 23 snaps on against the Ravens on Saturday, about the same number as the rest of the offensive starters. He appeared to be healthy following the game and he was not mentioned when coach Jay Gruden discussed injuries after the game.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:24pm
New Washington head coach Jay Gruden and his new offense haven't returned Robert Griffin III to his rookie-season form. Despite the struggles -- or the calls for backup Kirk Cousins -- Gruden is sticking with Griffin, the 2012 first-round pick.
“I feel good about the starters we have," he said, via the Washington Post, adding that RG3 "is further along that it appears he is, I think."
The Cousins bandwagon is starting to gain a lot of momentum lately. It's hard to imagine the team benching RGIII unless they struggle out of the gate. Either way, RGIII's stock is falling a bit. The ideal situation is to draft him as a backup or at least part of a committee as long as you have another starter you're comfortable with.
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce made an early exit from Saturday night’s game against the Redskins after taking a blow to the head from Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to be out of the lineup for a long time.
Pierce tweeted on Sunday that he’s “fine” after undergoing evaluation for a concussion after the hit. It’s not clear whether or not Pierce was officially diagnosed with a concussion, which would mean he has to progress through the league’s protocol before returning to action, but he has two weeks before the start of the regular season to get cleared if that was the doctor’s finding.
He's been diagnosed with a mild concussion. If Pierce were to miss time, and with Ray Rice suspended, the Ravens would have to turn to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro at running back. We'll have to see if Pierce is officially diagnosed with a concussion in terms of him having to follow protocol.
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:06pm
The veteran wideout looked more like a rookie trying to earn his spot rather than of a 14-year veteran with a standout resume. Smith put his intensity on display for his best performance of the preseason in the Ravens' 23-17 victory over Washington.
"That's kind of vintage Steve Smith," Head Coach John Harbaugh said. "It was great to see that."
Smith was arguably the best player on the field. He caught a game-high six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown grab was a 24-yard diving catch in the back of the end zone near the end of the first half, which gave the Ravens a lead they would build on for the victory.
"I think this was a big step with him," quarterback Joe Flacco said. "There's a reason he's been in the league as long as he has and it's because he goes out there and fights every day."
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:15am
“Let’s stop beating around the bush,” Theismann said in the fourth quarter, via the Washington Post. “Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.
“It’s going to be a decision that Jay Gruden is going to have to make. Right now, Robert Griffin III is his quarterback. Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense]. Now Kirk, like I said, is basically a drop-back quarterback. I see Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, I see Kirk Cousins that way. …”
It's a topic no one seems to want to bring up around Washington, after all, RGIII is firmly planted as the team's starting QB. But if Washington struggles to start the season, or Griffin takes a hit and has to miss time, it will be interesting to see how it plays out should Cousins get to play under center. We're probably a long way off from that situation, but from a fantasy perspective, Cousins would have a lot of weapons to make him an interesting grab off the wire and play in your lineup...
Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:42am
After Rice was held out of Saturday's 23-17 preseason win over the Washington Redskins, coach John Harbaugh wouldn't say whether the team's starting running back will see the field again in the preseason.
"That was our plan this week," Harbaugh said when asked about Rice not playing after being suited up for the game. "So, next week, we'll let you know. You'll see it when you see it."
The story points out it would be surprising if Rice played in the Thursday preseason finale at the New Orleans Saints. The Ravens gave him plenty of reps with the first-team offense during training camp, and they probably don't want to risk running him behind a second-team offensive line in the final preseason game.
Eagles WRs Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin started on the outside. Cooper had three grabs for 25 yards. Maclin had six catches for 43 yards. Scary moment in the second. Maclin planted awkwardly and crumbled to the ground, grabbing his right knee. But he ended up only missing one play before returning. Cooper, meanwhile, was called for offensive pass interference on one play. He dropped a touchdown in the end zone on another play.
Maclin was the #13 WR in 2010, #31 in 2011 and #27 in 2012 before tearing his ACL last summer. The Eagles don't throw as much under Kelly as they did under Andy Reid, but Maclin has the talent and opportunity -- DeSean Jackson is gone -- to be a fantasy starter in 2014, provided his knee is good to go.