Receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) was among the players not on the practice field during the portion of practice option to the media on Tuesday.
James Jones had a big year in Green Bay in 2015, But Jones could not recreate his summer magic in San Diego, and struggled to pick up the playbook, according to reports.
Jones very well may have something left in the tank. But there is not a huge market for 32-year-old No. 3/No. 4 wide receivers who lack elite speed and don't play special teams.
The story said Jones may need to sit home for a few weeks and wait for an injury to hit somewhere before he gets another chance. As for the Bolts, it could mean good news for Tyrell Williams or Dontrelle Inman. Previous reports said Keenan Allen could play the slot which would put Williams on the outside, while Inman is more of a slot receiver which could keep Allen on the outside.
Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams have all made their marks with the Ravens. They all can be the No. 1 tight end, and they would likely split snaps and targets if they can avoid issues that have sidelined them in the past.
This obviously isn't a great fantasy situation. Right now, Gillmore has had the most practice time and would probably have the edge at least to start the season. Pitta and Williams have just returned, but Pitta hasn't played a game since Week 3 of 2014. Williams was the top TE drafted in 2015 but just needs to stay healthy to get a chance. Pitta has been a top red zone target for QB Joe Flacco and that may be a place where he stands out. This is looking like a wait-and-see fantasy situation and perhaps one to avoid until we learn more.
"I told him the old 190-[pound Cobb] wouldn't have made it in," Nelson joked. "But whatever he is now got in."
It's not the only reason Cobb decided to put on some weight this offseason but if it means breaking a few more tackles, then that's fine with him. Cobb looked both quick (when he side-stepped cornerback Chris Davis) and strong (when he bulldozed cornerback Keith Reaser) on his catch-and-run score in the second quarter against the 49ers.
Last year's shoulder injury played a big role for Cobb adding weight. While he played every game, he lost a lot of strength by the end of the season and is looking to stay injury free with a consistent weight of 195 or 196 compared to the 184 pound he sunk to at one point last year, the story said.
In just his third NFL season, Hopkins caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns from four different starting quarterbacks.
During the offseason, the Texans gave Hopkins some help, signing quarterback Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract in March and drafting two receivers, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, who should give him some help in the passing game.
Osweiler got to work right away to get to know the Texans' star receiver. Osweiler started the process of building a relationship with Hopkins and other Texans receivers when he invited them to work out in Arizona before the start of the offseason conditioning program, the story said. In June, Osweiler told reporters that he and Hopkins have a "tremendous relationship" and that he respects the receiver's work ethic. Offensive coordinator George Godsey said he has seen the bond and the chemistry grow between Osweiler and Hopkins this offseason, and that it is something both players have worked at. It's obviously good news for Hopkins, who also seems to have some help talent-wise with an emerging Fuller who continues to get positive press in camp.
That is, an offensive look with five pass-catchers going out into routes and no running backs in the backfield. It's a concept that Wilson had success with in college and one that the Seahawks used to destroy defenses in 2015.
"I think we've done a great job of that, really for a while now of being in empty," Wilson said. "Kind of reviewing at the halfway point last year, especially. We were like, 'That's something that we do really well and we want to be in that, it's a good thing for us.' Then obviously when Marshawn [Lynch] and [Thomas] Rawls went down, OK, let's capitalize on that even more and got the playmakers out in the flanks that can make those plays.
Wilson averaged 10.3 passing yards per attempt when the Seahawks were in empty last year. That was the top mark in the NFL. He completed 74.7 percent of his passes, which was fourth. The story added the Seahawks like to use motion or shifts to empty, and showed an example in this story of Fred Jackson in the backfield shifting out wide. Of course this year, that's likely to be Christine Michael or C.J. Prosise, who was drafted to be a third down back. The Seahawks used empty 11-percent of the time last year, fifth most in the league, and the story said it could be a bigger part of the offense this year.
All summer long, coach Browns Hue Jackson's mantra has been: to play good football you have to practice it.
In keeping with that theme, he'll depart from the norm and play his starters Thursday in the fourth preseason game against the Bears at FirstEnergy Stadium.
"We're going to play our guys,'' Jackson said. "I feel comfortable that we need to play our starters on both sides of the ball."
Jackson said how much the starters play is up in the air. Perhaps a good drive or two and they will exit, but Jackson added that they "need to play" to "get better as a football team."
The biggest unknown is Cards wide receiver John Brown, who suffered a concussion on July 31. He returned to practice last week but is still suffering from recurring headaches.
“This is my first concussion, my first time dealing with it,” Brown said. “The coaches and the trainers are doing a great job taking their time with it. We’ll just wait and see what the outcome will be.”
Brown was hurt trying to catch a pass and it looked innocuous enough, but he has yet to return to full speed nearly a month later.
“I’ve been concerned the whole time,” coach Bruce Arians said. “You hate to see them linger this long, because you don’t really know what’s causing them, whether it was the concussion, or if it’s medicine, weather, whatever it is. He’s had two headache-free days, so hopefully we can exercise and have a headache free day.”
Brown did some work in practice on Monday afternoon. In the past, the headaches would arise immediately after sudden movements, the story said. He said that wasn’t the case this time and said he's doing fine and Monday was "a better day."
For the past three weeks, Eric Ebron has watched from the sidelines. The Detroit Lions tight end hasn't practiced. He hasn't played in games. He has been doing some mentoring of younger tight ends, and that's about it.
All the while, he has had one thing in his head as he has watched the Lions play without him.
"I need to get my ass out there on that field," Ebron said Monday in his first comments since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 6. "'Cause I'm not a huge person that's [into] watching. I like action. I like to be in action. It just sucks being on the sideline, man. It's not my lifestyle. I wasn't born for this. I wasn't bred to do this but I got to right now."
Ebron said he and the Lions are taking things slowly as he recovers. That includes likely not playing in the preseason finale Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. He also deflected questions about whether he'll be a go Week 1. Brandon Pettigrew is still on the physically unable to perform list recovering from an ACL injury. Timothy Wright is on injured reserve with an ACL injury.
He's now not likely to take the field Thursday night in Miami in what would have been his lone game action of the preseason.
"It looks like he may have strained it again, a little different area," coach Mike Mularkey said of Wright's left hamstring. "I'd pretty much say with the time frame he probably will not play. We're looking at it."
Wright said he was feeling good and probably overdid it.
"I think I'll be all right, and I think I'll be able to play in the opener [Sept. 11 against the Vikings]," he said. "Same thing, but it really doesn't feel as bad as it did."
The Titans' offense has played well in his absence as rookie receiver Tajae Sharpe has emerged as a prime target for quarterback Marcus Mariota, the story said. Wright said it won't take him long to get back into action. Harry Douglas has played in the slot with Wright out of practice. Tre McBride has also worked there, the story said.
So Daniel, the only cornerback to cover Nelson on a deep route Monday, might not be the best judge when it comes to evaluating how Nelson looked on his first day of team (11-on-11) work since tearing the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
But to Daniel, who spent most of last season the practice squad, he looked good.
“It was a good route,” Daniel said after practice. “It seemed like he was moving pretty good. It was also a pretty good ball. Him and Aaron [Rodgers] have that connection.”
Nelson made one other noticeable play -- a sliding catch during an 11-on-9 period -- during Monday’s hour-and-45-minute practice, the story said. The deep ball over Daniel was the one that stood out. Nelson appeared to make a one-handed catch against solid coverage along the left sideline on a well-placed ball from Rodgers.
Redskins receiver Josh Doctson continues to increase his activity working on a separate field than his teammates. Doctson won’t play in the preseason finale, but Gruden said there’s still a chance he’ll play in the season opener.
Gruden threw to Doctson for the first time, giving him a chance to evaluate him up close. “He looked good coming in and out of breaks,” Gruden said. “Looked very good.”
Doctson likely isn't going to jump right in and make an immediate impact even if he plays Week 1. Owners should expect to stash him for a while until there are signs of progress. Given the injury history of guys like DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon at the position, Doctson has a chance to contribute at some point this year.
Coach Dan Quinn said Jones is unlikely to play in Thursday night's final exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game where the starters typically rest. Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan played one snap in last year's final preseason game against Baltimore.
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A month-long ordeal ended Monday, when San Diego Chargers rookie first-round selection Joey Bosa signed a four-year deal with the team.
Joey Bosa and the Chargers were finally able to agree to a contract, but how will his holdout affect his production? Football Outsiders analyzes the true impact of top talents sitting out camp.
Scheduled to report on July 29, Bosa remained unsigned for 31 days before coming to an agreement.
Bosa is at Chargers Park and will practice on Tuesday, but a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Ohio State product will not play in San Diego's final preseason game on Thursday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Two of the Miami Dolphins' starting receivers suffered injuries during Monday's practice.
The story said Stills' injury is undisclosed. He was involved in a collision during 1-on-1 drills. Stills laid on the turf inside the practice bubble for a couple minutes while a trainer examined his back. He eventually got up on his own. The story speculated Parker might have re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the same 1-on-1 drill. Parker caught a deep touchdown pass over Lafayette Pitts and came up limping. He never returned to practice after limping back to the huddle. It would be especially bad news for Parker who seems unable to stay healthy. We'll continue to monitor.