And while we will not get an injury report and are restricted on what we can report today, we can pass along that receiver Percy Harvin was back full go.
Harvin was absent from two days of practice last week, as well as the preseason finale against the Raiders, for what the team said was personal business. Harvin is ranked 19th among our WRs heading into Week 1.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 6:51pm
Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns with the Detroit Lions last season.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 3:40pm
The Browns will roll with just two quarterbacks after all.
The team cut veteran third-string quarterback Rex Grossman as part of the trimming necessary to make room for waiver claims, a league source confirmed Sunday for the Beacon Journal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Browns have yet to announce the move. ProFootballTalk.com reported the news Sunday after USA Today reported the move was expected.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm
One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.
A 2012 third-round pick out of N.C. State, the 25-year-old Graham was a 17-game starter for Buffalo in his two seasons with the club, hauling in 23 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He will provide depth behind Nate Washington and Kendall Wright and could contribute immediately in three- and four-WR sets.
Mallet, a 2011 third round draft pick by the Patriots, was the subject of trade rumors for the past two seasons. Those rumors only intensified after the team drafted Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason in the second round.
Mallett, in his fourth year out of Arkansas, was in the final year of his rookie contract.
There were definitely signs that the Pats were looking to trade Mallett and they found a partner in the Texans. Texan coach Bill O'Brien is familiar with Mallett from 2011 before moving on to coach at Penn State, so this makes a lot of sense. Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely still start the regular season but Mallett could be a guy they turn to if the team struggles at any point this season. While he's been well hyped, Mallet has only attempted four passes in the NFL.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins suffered bruised ribs in the Bills third preseason game (Week Two of the preseason), and he re-injured the ribs on a fairly innocuous hit in the preseason finale. Now, the question becomes whether he’ll recover in time to play on Sunday at Chicago, and to prepare for the game via a full week of practice.
“Re-injuring his ribs will make it difficult for Watkins to get his usual practice reps, conditioning and strengthening work for the next few weeks,” former NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan said. Ryan, a contributor to NBC’s NFL coverage this season and NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk, spent more than 20 years helping NFL players get and stay healthy.
The story goes on to say that when it comes to the ribcage, a complex stew of bone and muscle and cartilage protecting fairly important organs, it could be a few weeks until Watkins returns to 100 percent. Especially if he once again comes back too soon and aggravates the condition. If the Bills decide to use Watkins before he’s fully healed, Watkins will have to play through significant discomfort. Watkins ranks just 44th on our WR list for Week 1. Even if he plays it may be best to go with another option.
Falcons WR Julio Jones didn’t want to rush his recovery and looked at little things as milestones. Like the day the Falcons moved practice indoors from the rain. Jones was happy to get a chance to test the foot on turf.
“The Georgia Dome has turf and that just gave me more reps on turf to make me feel more comfortable when game time comes around,” Jones said.
While Jones appears fine, he’s perhaps his toughest critic.
“I can get up to speed good,” Jones said. “I can’t hold it as long as I want to hold it like over a course of game. Right now, I probably could give you 65 plays or so, I mean that’s a whole game, but the way that I play in the running game and everything, I want to be at full speed for the whole game. I don’t feel like I’m there yet.”
Jones has looked 100-percent so far in camp and preseason but wants to make sure he's a full-go for the regular season. He's already shown flashes in the preseason, like 52-yard TD in preseason Week 3. Jones has been going in the lower half of first rounds and sometimes even slipping into the early second round. Jones is already ranked as our third-best WR play in Week 1 against the Saints.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 8:58am
Ingram received 50 percent of the 1,364 votes. Following Ingram, TE Jimmy Graham (10%) and WR Joe Morgan (9%) rounded out the top three.
Ingram finished the preseason with a team-best 156 rushing yards on 22 carries (7.1 average) and a 22-yard touchdown. The fourth-year running back also caught two balls for 27 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and a 23-yard touchdown. While the award doesn't mean a whole lot, it is perhaps an indication that the Saints plan to stick with Ingram a bit. However Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas will likely figure in the offense as well. We've heard a lot about Ingram's pass catching ability and Thomas listed as third on the depth chart is interesting, however we still have Thomas a few notches ahead of Ingram on our Week 1 rankings.
The Giants will likely open their season with their first-round draft pick where he has been throughout the preseason: on the sideline.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin indicated on Saturday that rookie receiver Odell Beckham, who is nursing a hamstring injury, isn’t expected to play in the Monday night opener against the Lions. Coughlin said one of the reasons wide receiver Preston Parker made the 53-man roster is that he’ll be playing some of the roles the Giants had hoped Beckham could play.
It will be interesting to see if Corey Washington gets a chance after an outstanding preseason. Look for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to be the mainstays Week 1. But the Giants offense has struggled, particularly QB Eli Manning and Randle's communication. Outside of RB Rashad Jennings and possibly Cruz, seems best to stay away from the Giants, if possible.
Succop made 81 percent of his field goals over five years but got beat out by rookie Cairo Santos, despite a strong preseason performance. Succop's large cap numbers - $2.7 million this year, $3.5 million next year and $3.2 million in 2016 - could have also played a role, as Santos will only make a fraction of that.
By cutting Succop, the Chiefs stand to gain roughly $2 million in cap space this year, $2.5 million next year and $3 million in 2016.
Succop was a decent fantasy option last year but the job now belongs to Santos. Santos is already ranked as K1 heading into Week 1 as he's 10th on our list.
RB Stevan Ridley made the Pat's final roster.
Many thought Ridley was in trouble after a fumble in preseason Week 3. Adding to the speculation was the release of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis by the Bengals, but it looks like the team is sticking with Ridley for now. He has the potential to put up decent fantasy numbers week-to-week as the Pats best inside runner, but we all know about the fumbling issue. Owners risk that he's one fumble away from another trip to the bench.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 4:54pm
The Jets announced that they have waived QB Matt Simms, who spent last season as Geno Smith’s backup and relieved him during one poor performance. That leaves Michael Vick as the only other quarterback on the roster, although Simms could be back with the team on the practice squad.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 4:52pm
For now, the Bills only have Manuel and Orton on their 53-man roster at quarterback.
The Bills began training camp with Manuel, Tuel, Thad Lewis, and Dennis Dixon on their roster at quarterback. They waived Lewis and Dixon earlier this week, while the team also signed and released quarterback Jordan Palmer this week.
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 4:13pm
Start with the fact that the Jaguars offensive line has been in a state of flux throughout training camp. Add in the fact that Toby Gerhart, the starting running back, had just 16 carries in the preseason.
The result has been a Jaguars running game that hasn’t been in sync and needs to jell quickly with the regular season starting a week from Sunday in Philadelphia.
Ideally, the Jags will need to run the ball and take time off the clock to keep the Eagles offense off the field. The Birds defense is improved, but can the Jags keep this game, and others, close so that Gerhart gets his touches - and fantasy points. Week 1 will be a good test and Gerhart ranks 16th on our RB list to open the season.