Jags RB Toby Gerhart has an ankle sprain and will be limited early in the week.
But it looks like he'll have a shot to play Week 2 against the Redskins in what should be a decent matchup. Gerhart looked OK at times and even came back after the injury, but the Jags offense didn't do a whole lot in the second half as Philadelphia mounted its comeback. The good news is Gerhart still seems like a three-down threat at RB, the Jags are just going to have to play more consistently on offense.
Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:51am
The question now becomes: Did Houston provide a blueprint for others, or copied ones that have worked in the past, in holding down the Redskins offense?
Whatever the case, teams will force Washington to drive the ball down the field, taking away the big play and forcing a team that makes mistakes to endure long trips. Clamp down in the red zone, where Griffin and the passing game have struggled since the start of last season. It's a strategy one expect others to follow; the Redskins have proven big-play wideouts, so don't give up impact plays and make them prove themselves inside the 20. If they do, strategies then change.
The potential loss of TE Jordan Reed to a hamstring injury won't help the Skins short or long passing game if Reed misses considerable time. Of course it's only one week, but the Washington offense, from a fantasy angle, appears to be one owners will at least have to give some time.
Jordan Reed said he has to get an MRI on his hamstring. No word yet on how long he'll be sidelined.
It doesn't appear to be good news for Reed owners. HC Jay Gruden said after the game Reed's hamstring injury is a legit concern. Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul are next up on the depth chart, but neither really provide the fantasy potential that Reed would. Owners need to get a backup plan together for at least Week 2.
Friday, September 5, 2014, 5:45pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (thumb, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 1. Reed is good to go for the Texans. He has a history of concussions, but the thumb injury doesn't appear to be an issue at this point.
Arian Foster missed eight games in 2013 and sat out the entire preseason slate, but Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien said he plans to ride the veteran running back in his first game back on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
"Arian's going to play a lot," O'Brien said, per the Houston Chronicle. "After that, we'll see how it goes."
"I believe at some point you'll see all three of those other backs: Jonathan Grimes, Alfred Blue and Ronnie Brown in different situations. But Arian will get the bulk of the playing time," O'Brien said.
Foster says he's healthy and he should see a ton of work as long as he's upright. Grimes is his handcuff for now, but rookie Alfred Blue is waiting in the wings.
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 6:23pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (thumb) took full practice reps again Thursday. Reed is good to go for the Texans. He has a history of concussions, but the thumb injury doesn't appear to be an issue at this point.
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 1:04pm
Clowney said it took him a week to get through the concussion protocol, and he reiterated he is healthy now.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 7:02pm
Reed is good to go for the Texans. He has a history of concussions, but the thumb injury doesn't appear to be an issue at this point.
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.