The Vikings have placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, "which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved."
The team was under pressure from political and business leaders to suspend Peterson after its decision to activate him for Week 3. It looks like he will be away from the team until his legal issues are resolved. We don't expect him to play again for the Vikings this season. Matt Asiata is the clear RB1, though the team may try to get Jerick McKinnon more involved as the season progresses. Asiata out-touched McKinnon 18 to 4 in Week 2. We were expecting more rushes from Cordarrelle Patterson in Week 2, but that didn't transpire. Asiata is the player to target on waivers if he is still available. In deeper leagues, McKinnon is worth a stash as he is the more explosive player.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:33pm
As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Miller will likely carry the bulk of the Dolphins' tailback workload despite the re-signing of Daniel Thomas on Monday. But coach Joe Philbin actually hinted that rookie tailback Damien Williams might have his role on offensive expanded during the four weeks Knowshon Moreno is sidelined his dislocated left elbow.
"[Damien] didn't have a lot of carries in the game Sunday, but we thought the runs that he did have, he didn't look out of place," Philbin said. "So we'll see how it shakes out during the practice week."
This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. There's been a lot of backlash, including from the governor of the Minnesota, about the Vikings activating Peterson and potentially allowing him to play in Week 3. Reports say Peterson's case is under review by the league. At this point, owners are better off preparing to be without Peterson this week and letting things play out.
The team announced Tuesday that wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a dreaded mid-foot sprain. He will wear a protective boot and rehab the foot.
Jernigan looked like a huge sleeper candidate in 2014 until the team drafted Beckham. Then Jernigan was back in the picture with Beckham unable to get on the field much of camp. But now, it's another blow to the Giants offense. Although Jernigan closed out the 2013 season in impressive fashion with 237 yards over the final three games, he managed just 40 yards on nine targets as Eli Manning's No. 3 receiver this month. A free agent in 2015, he's a good bet to seek greener pastures, the story said. Corey Washington could get more action if Beckham can't go this week.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:08pm
Last month, Denver coach John Fox suggested K Matt Prater hadn't worn out his welcome in Denver, saying, "He's part of our family."
Then, a contrite Prater apologized and pledged to stay out of clubs to avoid the temptation to drink again, which could result in a yearlong ban. His suspension is costing Prater $750,000 of his $3 million base salary. There's the rub.
The Broncos are paying big bucks for their specialists — Prater will count $3.812 million against this year's cap and punter/holder Britton Colquitt another $3.25 million.
Current K Brandon McManus signed a deal that would pay him $420,000 this year and $510,000 in 2015, when Prater's base salary jumps to $3.25 million.
McManus wants to stay here with them. He sees Denver not as a stopover but as his destination.
So far he's turning this into a decision for the Broncos, but the life of a kicker can change with one missed kick. Prater has two more games to serve and the Broncos take on Seattle and Arizona, both teams with good defense that could keep those contest close - meaning McManus could have a chance to play a big role.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:14pm
If there's a downside to the fact that WR Jordy Nelson has an NFL-leading 18 catches for 292 yards through two games -- and there may not be one -- it could be that the Green Bay Packers have become too reliant one player.
At this point, the man throwing Nelson the ball does not see that as a concern.
"If teams are going to start rolling some coverage to Jordy, then we need our other guys to step up and we need to be able to run the ball more effectively," Rodgers said on his show.
Many considered Nelson in that tier of fantasy WRs after guys like Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Julio Jones, etc. But Nelson is starting to make a claim that he should be considered in the top tier. The story said that in Sunday's comeback win over the Jets, Rodgers targeted Nelson 16 times. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Rodgers had never before thrown that many passes toward a single receiver in one game. The previous week, Rodgers went to Nelson 14 times. It's not terrible news for Randall Cobb owners either, as the WR caught two TD passes although didn't have the yardage that Nelson put up.
Not waiting to leave the field with your teammates when time expires is considered poor sportsmanship by many people, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made it clear that thought is wrong in this case.
“No, he went off with the doctors,’’ Carroll said. “His back had tightened up, or something like that, so I wasn’t worried about that.”
“It’s an ongoing issue for him for years,” Carroll added. “It’s something we’re always monitoring.”
Lynch has suffered from back spasms in the past, the story said. It was also 118 degrees on the field Sunday. The story also said Lynch could be limited in practice this week so it's something to monitor. But the piece also pointed out that’s typical for in-season practice sessions for Lynch, making sure he’s 100 percent on Sunday.
After getting 38 offensive snaps (44 percent) in Week 1, Rob Gronkowski’s playing time went down last weekend in Minnesota. The tight end played only 28 snaps, or 42 percent of the offensive plays, against the Vikings in Week 2.
It's not completely unlike the way the Patriots used Gronkowski last year, when he rejoined the team after spending the first six weeks recovering from forearm and back injuries.
When he returned to the Patriots in Week 7, he played 48 snaps (64 percent). The next weekend, he played only 33 snaps (50 percent).
His playing time this season reflects the severity of the knee injury he suffered late in 2013.
“I think Rob’s making strides each week in terms of what he’s been able to do for us, in practice and on the field and during the games,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “I think a little bit of it last week was situational based. We used Cameron Fleming a little bit more in last week’s game in some different situations, and we kind of did that because we wanted to add a little size. That dictated the different personnel groupings on the field.
“I think Rob’s done a good job. He’s really working hard. These are his first two opportunities to get out there in a game this year, and I think every opportunity we have is just a better day.”
Through two games, Gronkowski has been targeted 17 times, catching eight passes for 72 yards. It’s not unusual to see players return looking somewhat slower after returning from ACL injuries, the story said. Gronkowski has been adamant that he’s getting more comfortable with his knee and out on the field. The good news is he seems to be on a similar path as last year so it should only be a matter of time before they increase his workload.
That will keep Lewis out for at least eight weeks, though he can begin practicing after six. That fits the time frame coach Gus Bradley announced earlier this week for Lewis, who suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday’s loss to Washington.
Some portions of the new drug policy will be retroactive. Some won’t.
Browns receiver Josh Gordon has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired. Under the new drug policy, a first offense will trigger a two-game suspension. Under the old drug policy, a first offense results in no suspension and a maximum fine of $50,000.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon pleaded guilty now to ensure that he will not receive a two-game suspension for the DUI charges.
The guilty plea was submitted by Gordon’s lawyer; he was not required to appear personally in court. In exchange for the plea, Gordon received a 60-day suspended sentence. He also must pay a $100 fine. His driver’s license has been suspended.
Gordon is still expected to be suspended a total of 10 games under the new substance-abuse policy, which after two weeks is now down to 8 more games. Reports over the weekend say he was already informed of the suspension. Previously, he had been suspended for the entire 2014 season. However keep in mind, the new policy is not yet official and some speculate it could be Gordon's case that's holding it up.
Vernon Davis left Sunday night’s game on crutches, but he could be back on his feet soon.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Davis avoided a serious ankle injury and could be back as soon as Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
An MRI yesterday revealed a deep bruise, but no structural damage.
Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster.
Davis wasn’t able to return to the game after being rolled by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. That left them thin, with backup tight end Vance McDonald suffering a knee injury and Derek Carrier is the only healthy tight end on the roster. Keep an eye on his progress this week. Davis has a potentially good matchup against the Cards who struggle to defend the TE. Since it's a late afternoon game, owners will still need a backup plan in place in case Davis can't go.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:28pm
Through two games, the Eagles are ranked No. 1 in the league in both points (64) and yards (878). That is impressive, especially considering that not everything on the offense is clicking just yet.
QB Nick Foles hasn’t been quite himself through two games. (Or, at least, the 2013 version of himself.) The choppiness that we saw during the preseason has carried over. Like last week against the Jaguars, a bulk of the misfires came in the first half. His third down pass intended for Jeremy Maclin near the goal line on the opening possession was off the mark, as were a pair of swing passes and a longer toss to Maclin in the corner of the end zone in the second quarter. He ended the half 13-of-21 for 187 yards with an interception.
"I missed some throws. I missed some throws that could have really helped us out and if I hit those throws, it will shorten the chains," said Foles. "I need to be a little more accurate, give my guys the opportunity to catch the ball and run with it."
His receivers weren't helping. There were six drops, including one by Riley Cooper on a perfectly-placed ball by Foles in the left corner of the end zone in the first quarter. Cooper had one catch for eight yards. He has five catches for 37 yards on 11 targets through two games. Rookie Jordan Matthews had a couple drops. And on the interception, Maclin could have arguably made a better effort fighting for a ball that Greg Toler came away with.
Foles missed Ertz on a throw in the red zone that was behind him and also never saw a wide open Cooper streaking across the field on a key third down play, both in the second half as the Eagles were trying to come back. The Eagles play calling in the red zone was rather odd as Chip Kelly opted for plays many would define as "cute." Foles could be a little on edge behind an offensive line that's banged up right now. The good news is RBs LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles have been helping pad his fantasy stats. The team has another favorable matchup on Sunday against Washington.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 11:31am
ESPN Dolphin beat writer James Walker feels WR Mike Wallace's stock is on the rise:
Miami’s No. 1 receiver caught his second touchdown in two games. Sunday’s back-shoulder, one-handed grab was one of the most impressive catches of Week 2 throughout the entire NFL. Wallace finished with five receptions for 56 yards. But he’s finding the end zone more this season, which is important. Wallace also leads the Dolphins with 12 receptions.
We had heard in the offseason that the Dolphins wanted to make it a point to get the ball to Wallace. There were also issues with he and QB Ryan Tannehill connecting in the past but it looks like that's no longer a problem. With the loss of RB Knowshon Moreno, things may fall on Tannehill a bit more and it looks like Wallace could be a reliable target going forward.
Cowboys TE Jason Witten has six catches for 46 yards through two games.
The author believe his numbers will be down this season with the Cowboys emphasizing the run game more and with offensive play-caller Scott Linehan using more screens.
In 2012, Witten had a career-high 110 catches for 1,039 yards. Last year, he finished with 73 catches for 851 yards. I'm thinking his overall totals will drop again from his 2013 production.
It's the same beat writer we posted a similar story about before the season where he predicted Witten's numbers would take a hit this year. It seems to be turning out true. Owners may want to think about cutting bait on Witten for another option. But on the optimistic side, the Cowboys haven't thrown a whole lot thanks to RB DeMarco Murray and QB Tony Romo coming back slowly from back surgery. Witten's on pace for 42 catches for 782 yards after just two games.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 10:21am
There continues to be no splitting of carries at RB for the Steelers. It's the second-straight week Bell has dominated snaps. At this point, consider Blount just a handcuff who will steal an in-close TD from time to time.
The Steelers also used mostly 3 WR sets in the game, trailing most of it: Markus Wheaton (58), Justin Brown (55) and Antonio Brown (52). Antonio Brown missed some time while getting checked for a concussion but did return. Justin Brown finished with just one catch for six yards while Wheaton's line was 5-38-0.
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