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Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:24pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans still are looking for their new kicker with a competition so wide open and yet so close that both Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons will play against the Minnesota Vikings.

Then the Titans will sit down and try to pick a winner. Or go looking through the waiver wire for someone else.

"At some point, you've got to base it off what you've seen them do," coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. "And if you don't feel like they can do it, you have to look for other avenues to address it."

The Titans decided to go young at kicker in March when they cut veteran Rob Bironas, the fourth-most accurate kicker all-time in the NFL. They already had Bonani on the roster after having the former South Florida kicker in training camp last year, and they added undrafted rookie Coons out of Washington after the draft in May.

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Monday, August 25, 2014, 4:11pm

CSN Washington - [Full Article]

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed sat out the team's practice on Monday with a sprained thumb.

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.

Steven Jackson returns to practice

Monday, August 25, 2014, 3:58pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons running back Steven Jackson, who increased his rehabilitation and conditioning work with team trainers last week, appeared set to return to practice on Monday during the open portion.

Jackson, the projected starter, had his helmet, a sign that he was practicing. He has been out since suffering a right hamstring injury during practice on July 29.

Smith said he wouldn’t rule out playing Jackson in the exhibition finale on Aug. 28 at Jacksonville, though Smith’s usual practice is to sit his starters for that game.

Fantasy Impact:
The team has said all along that Jackson would play Week 1. With a recent injury history, he makes for a risky pick but should be available in the middle rounds of drafts if you want to take a shot. Jacquizz Rodgers has started all three exhibition games but never really took over the RB1 role with Jackson out last year. Rookie Devonta Freeman has been a popular pick as a handcuff to Jackson. Either way, owners should either draft Jackson as depth or have a backup plan...

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:27pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is taking some time off from practice to deal with a personal matter.

Olsen's son, T.J., was scheduled to undergo open heart surgery on Monday for the third time after being born in 2012 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Olsen was scheduled to be away from the team "until things kind of settle down'' to be with his family.

Fantasy Impact:
Olsen tweeted that he would be back to work as soon as possible.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:24pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

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."

Fantasy Impact:
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.

Bills WR Sammy Watkins full-go at practice

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:18pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Bills coach Doug Marrone doesn’t want receiver Sammy Watkins talking about his health. On Monday, Marrone had no qualms about declaring Watkins to be healthy.

Marrone told reporters that Watkins returned to practice without limitations on Monday. The development comes nine days after Watkins, the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, suffered bruised ribs in a preseason game against the Steelers.

Fantasy Impact:
Watkins will get a chance to play without limitations in three days. Marrone said he plans to play his starters in the preseason finale on Thursday night, the story said.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:15pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was absent from practice Monday afternoon, and coach Mike Pettine said that Cameron is "dealing with an issue" but would not elaborate on whether that issue is medical.

Pettine said he anticipated that Cameron would be back at practice Tuesday.

Cameron suffered a sprained AC shoulder joint in the Family Day scrimmage at the University of Akron on Aug. 2 and sat out through the Lions game Aug. 9.

He returned to practice the week after and played in the Monday night game in Washington Aug. 18, but had a poor outing. He failed to get his head around on the first pass and failed to corral a few catchable balls.

Fantasy Impact:
Doesn't seem like anything serious but we'll certainly stay on top of it...

Giants starters to play in final preseason game

Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:13pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The travails of the Giants first team offense have been a consistent storyline throughout preseason and they will have another chance to work out the kinks on Thursday against the Patriots.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, that the team’s starters would play 15-18 snaps during the preseason finale.

There were some signs of life during that game, but it was still an uneven performance at best for Eli Manning and company. Complicating matters was the loss of left guard Geoff Schwartz to a dislocated toe, which will force the Giants to shuffle rookie Weston Richburg into the lineup. Right guard Brandon Mosley didn’t practice on Monday after his back tightened up on Sunday, an injury that could force the team to dig even deeper into the depth chart just before the start of the season.

Fantasy Impact:
Seems like a pretty serious situation, but the offense seems to need the work even if it's against second stringers. Coughlin had threatened the starters with such a scenario if their play didn’t improve in last Friday’s game against the Jets, the story said. Rookie WR Odell Beckham will not play in the game.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 1:16pm

Detroit News - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions released K Giorgio Tavecchio.

Tavecchio had been competing with Nate Freese for the place-kicking duties to replace David Akers, who struggled last season.

But Freese, a seventh-round draft pick, apparently has won the job.

Fantasy Impact:
Freese should climb your rankings a bit especially if you're one to wait at the position. The Lions should be able to move the ball again this year and with their home games in a dome, Freese should produce decent numbers at the position to make him a low-end starter.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:57pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was not on the practice field Monday as the team went through a workout without pads in preparation for Thursday's final preseason game against the Broncos.

Romo and the starters had five possessions in the first half of Saturday’s game, a 25-20 loss to the Dolphins. They gained 110 yards, punted three times and came away with two long field goals from Dan Bailey to take a 6-3 lead into the locker room against a team not considered a defensive juggernaut. Romo was 10 of 18 for 87 yards.

Romo is not expected to play in Thursday's game in AT&T Stadium. As the final of the Cowboys' four preseason matchups, the tuneup against the Broncos isn't expected to feature veteran starters in the lineup.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:33pm

Giants.com - [Full Article]

Giants running back Peyton Hills practiced today for the first time since injuring his foot and ankle on Aug. 6. And how did that make him feel?

“Oh my goodness, it was nice,” Hillis said. “It was good to be out there with the guys again, just fun. I’m looking forward to hopefully playing this week (in the preseason finale vs. New England).”

Hillis missed the last three games and wasn’t certain when he would return to the field.

Cardinals cut kicker Jay Feely

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:32pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Veteran kicker Jay Feely has lost the competition in Arizona. The Cardinals have decided to release Feely, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

“It’s been an honor to play for the Arizona Cardinals,” Feely wrote on Twitter. “Michael Bidwill, thank you for your leadership and friendship. AZ will still be home!”

Chandler Catanzaro, a rookie out of Clemson, has been competing with Feely through training camp and the preseason. Catanzaro has made all of his field goals in the preseason, while Feely missed a field goal in Sunday’s preseason game.

Fantasy Impact:
Feeley could end up landing in Denver where Matt Prater is suspended the first four games, or perhaps Philadelphia where the Eagles may have lost confidence in Alex Henery.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:29pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels, the Ravens' No. 2 tight end, has missed the past two preseason games with leg fatigue and is consider a Raven with falling stock.

The Ravens insist that Daniels isn't injured, but this raises a red flag especially after he broke his leg last year.

Fantasy Impact:
The article adds that fullback Kyle Juszczyk is emerging as a weapon in the passing game. He plays like a tight end in many ways and can lessen the blow if Daniels can't be counted upon.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:26pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 31-of-44 passes for 417 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks while Charlie Whitehurst has been out of the lineup with an injury to his throwing hand.

That isn’t enough to push him ahead of Whitehurst on the depth chart, however. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said that Whitehurst remains the No. 2 behind Jake Locker to start the season.

“Charlie’s had a very good preseason, too, and a very good camp,” Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “I’ve said Charlie was the two coming in, and I don’t think that is going to change.”

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:24pm

Patriots.com - [Full Article]

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley’s fumbles are a major concern, but given the lack of options it would be a surprise to see him go at least until the league-wide cuts are made and other options present themselves.

The Patriots will be scouring the waiver wire come Labor Day Weekend looking for a workhorse-type back – perhaps even BenJarvus Green-Ellis if he’s jettisoned by Cincinnati. But until then, Ridley would appear to be a needed commodity.

Fantasy Impact:
The piece comes off the heals of ESPN's Mike Reiss predicting the Pats cut Ridley. Reiss was on the record before camp as not listing Ridley a lock for the final roster, which of course was before the most recent fumbling issues resurfaced. As this article mentions, the Pats don't have a workhorse back so they very well could be waiting for final cuts from other team as far as their decision on Ridley goes. Ridley would likely land somewhere else, but probably not in the potential role he would have with New England so owners need to stay abreast of this situation.