Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:34pm
Cowboys OC Scott Linehan is not concerned that QB Tony Romo will likely miss Sunday’s Blue-White Scrimmage. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been held out of three of the eight training camp practices and is expected to play in only two of the team’s four preseason games.
“He’s been great,” Linehan said. “I think the plan for managing his reps is a great one. We’re getting a lot done when he does go. I’ve been really happy with the way things are going.”
At least the Cowboys seem like they have a plan with Romo, something many questioned recently when there was miscommunication as to whether Romo would take part in an afternoon practice. Romo is 100-percent according to owner Jerry Jones, so it appears the team is taking their time easing him back into things.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 5:18pm
First-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford understands now why head coach Lovie Smith raved about his hand-picked franchise quarterback -- former Chicago Bears backup Josh McCown.
"Josh really is like another coach," the former University of California coach told USA TODAY Sports. "I can't say how impressed I am by everything Josh does, the time and energy he puts in to be the best. It's an understatement what Lovie said about him.
McCown was pretty impressive at times last year filling in for Jay Cutler in Chicago. So much so, some felt the team should have stuck with him. Now McCown is in Tampa throwing to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. McCown is ranked just 27th on our list and will likely end up on the free agent wire in typical leagues.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:59pm
San Diego first-team receivers won the day, whether it was Malcom Floyd hauling in a deep pass in the two-minute offense or fellow starters Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal snagging short and medium passes. Royal praised Chargers defensive backs for “feisty” play.
Perhaps most encouraging here is the that Floyd had a nice day. He's coming back after a terrible injury early last season. Allen is still the guy to own, but Floyd looks like he can be the WR2 the Chargers didn't really have last year.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:17pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:15pm
In terms of the Cincinnati depth chart in the backfield, BenJarvus Green-Ellis retains his status as the No. 2 rusher, while rookie Jeremy Hill is the No. 3 back behind Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. The order behind the three then goes: Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead and James Wilder Jr.
Perhaps this is a bit of a surprise considering many had Law Firm even getting released at some point before the season in favor of rookie Hill. This could just be because of NFL experience.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:01pm
The team isn't saying why but beat reporters are assuming nagging hamstring issues for both players... It marks the fourth-straight missed practice for Foster.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:58pm
That's been the general feeling thus far out of Texans camp. Hopkins was #50 WR last year in his rookie season and should improve on that this season.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:48pm
This is certainly good news for Hilton owners, or potential owners, as he looks to be running as the team's WR1 with Reggie Wayne as the WR2. After Wayne got injured last season, Hilton put up low-end WR1 numbers. While he comes in ranked 24th on our WR list, his ADP is the sixth round which is about a round higher than guys like Mike Wallace and Marques Colston who are ranked nearby. It looks like you may have to reach a little for Hilton, but this news should make you feel better about doing it.
Browns QB Johnny Manziel continued to work exclusively with the second-team offense, and veteran Brian Hoyer took all of the snaps with the first unit. Coach Mike Pettine said the staff would meet Sunday to discuss when it’ll give Manziel his first reps with the starters. On Thursday, Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan suggested it would happen soon.
So is the battle for the starting quarterback job closer than it was when camp opened July 26?
“I wouldn’t say that [it’s closer]. When camp began, Brian was the ones because we had to put somebody out there with the ones,” Pettine said. “But they were truly competing against each other, and at some point we will mix the units. I think that it’s all part of our evaluation process.”
According to the story, the bottom line is Manziel appears to have narrowed the gap between himself and Hoyer with his performance in the scrimmage. Manziel is still struggling to learn the playbook. however. the story added. The real news seems to be he's at least going to start getting a shot with the first team.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 9:07am
Bonani went 3-for-5 on Saturday night during a practice at LP Field. He hit from 33, 39 and 47 yards but was way left on an attempt from 43 yards and also missed from 42.
Travis Coons was 4-of-5, hitting from 41, 39, 42 and 47 yards while missing from 49.
Though Tate was limited in spring practice because of a shoulder injury, he’s now at 100 percent and is looking to have a big year in an offensive skill group that looks to have higher expectations than at any time during Johnson’s career.
After the first week of training camp, Lions coach Jim Caldwell is happy to see the progression that Tate is making, coming off those injuries.
“He’s been good. He was out for a little bit during the spring,” Caldwell said. “Since he’s been back this fall, when we had the rookies and the injured vets, he was slow just a little bit, but since that time, he’s been doing an outstanding job.
“You can see he has the quickness, the speed and competitiveness. He’s going to help us.”
Tate, in his fifth season out, is coming off a year where he put up career bests with 64 catches and 898 yards with Seattle last season and is looking to have another breakout year in his first with the Lions. The potential is certainly there to do that with Johnson drawing a lot of attention on the other side, as well as RB Reggie Bush a threat out of the backfield. We rank Tate 33rd at the moment but he's a guy who could end up as a decent WR2 option, perhaps especially in 12 team leagues.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:59am
"I really looked in the mirror at myself," Rivera said Saturday after the Raiders completed a controlled scrimmage. "I knew I could do a lot better than I did last year, even though people were surprised at what I did. I have high expectations of myself."
In his second year out of Tennessee, Rivera has his sights on a won-loss record far better than 4-12, and significantly better statistics than 38 catches for 407 yards and four touchdowns.
One of the highlights Saturday was the sight of Rivera splitting a seam between veteran cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers and hauling in a pass inside the 5-yard line from second-string quarterback Derek Carr.
Rivera later caught a pass from Matt Schaub in the end zone.
Rivera is ranked just 35th on our list, we we think there are much better options in drafts, even in deeper leagues.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:55am
The Vikings have two interception-prone quarterbacks with two different viewpoints.
Matt Cassel, in line to be the starter, is following the lead of Alfred E. Neuman, the Mad magazine cover boy known for saying, "What, me worry?'' Cassel shrugged after throwing two interceptions Saturday night, giving him three in the past two days of practice.
"Not at all,'' Cassel said about whether he's concerned.
As for the other guy who has been throwing balls to guys wearing different-colored jerseys, he feels the opposite. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater has been picked off four times in the past three days of practice, the one he had Saturday being an ugly misfire to linebacker Chad Greenway in a goal-line drill.
"It's a huge concern,'' Bridgewater said. "Playing quarterback, you always want to take care of the football, and that's the way that you have success playing quarterback, and the guys believe in you when you're taking care of the football.''
Obviously Cassel is a veteran while Bridgewater is in his first NFL camp. Signs point to Cassel coming away with the job, but the Vikings indicated they really wanted Bridgewater to win the battle. If the Vikes struggle to put up victories at any point this season, we wouldn't be shocked to see Bridgewater. We think Bridgewater can put up low-end QB2 numbers this year, but his struggles early on could indicate he has a way to go...
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:48am
Decker did not sound overly concerned about his hamstring. He was limited in practice on Friday, too.
“I had a little bit of a hamstring thing,” Decker said. “I just wanted to make sure I was smart and got good reps in. I’m looking forward to Thursday night [when the Jets face the Colts in the preseason].”