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Raiders QB Derek Carr shows deep ball ability

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Working on accuracy down low and on short and intermediate passes is one thing. But to put the ball in the absolute perfect spot on a deep throw?

"Reps," Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. "Rep after rep."

As a kid, Carr said his father would have him fling the ball from 38 yards away, then from 40, 42, and 45 yards as he grew older and stronger.

"He wouldn't let me leave until I threw three perfect ones," Carr said.

Two perfect strikes followed by one off the mark?

"Do it again," was the remark.

Fantasy Impact:

In Saturday night's 27-14 exhibition loss to the Titans, Carr had two perfectly placed balls on long throws that elicited wonderment. The first one was a 41-yard strike down the right sideline to Michael Crabtree on 3rd-and-3 from the Raiders' 49-yard line. Three plays later, Carr hit rookie running back DeAndre Washington for a 6-yard touchdown on a slant pass, the story said. Carr is shaping up to be a nice, later-round QB option in fantasy drafts. The Raiders offense has another year together and is poised to put up fantasy numbers. Carr is 15th on our QB list, but is getting taken a few rounds before guys like Mathew Stafford, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota who are all rated around him.

Broncos WR Cody Latimer has hyperextended knee

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:21am - [Full Article]

A win in Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams was gravy, but one of the other major successes was leaving Sports Authority Field at Mile High without any significant injuries. Three Broncos were treated for injuries during the game, but the most notable was a knee injury to wide receiver Cody Latimer.

Latimer said in the locker room after the game that he has a hyperextended knee, and added, "It should be all right, though. I feel good."

Like Latimer, Head Coach Gary Kubiak also was not too concerned about it, adding, "We do not think it's serious."

Fantasy Impact:

Running back C.J. Anderson and fullback Andy Janovich also suffered injuries during Saturday's game, but neither kept them out of the game. Anderson had a cut on his ear and Janovich has a banged-up shoulder

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman makes case for roster spot

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:19am - [Full Article]

The night belonged to five-year veteran Ronnie Hillman. The Broncos running back entered the game feeling the pressure to make a good impression, and he responded.

Hillman was the only back to score a touchdown Saturday night, as his seven-yard rush in the middle of the third quarter gave the Broncos comfortable separation that would last through the final whistle. He was the “Flash” to Anderson’s “Thunder” and finished the game with 45 yards on just five carries, including an electric 21-yard dash in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

Many feel Hillman will be the odd man out and not make the team, but Hillman outperformed Kapri Bibbs and Devontae Booker on Saturday night, two guys he seems to be battling for a roster spot. Starter C.J. Anderson did perform well with 50 yards on 11 carries.

Broncos Beat: QB Trevor Siemian responds well

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:14am - [Full Article]

Saturday night, it was for the offense, led by Trevor Siemian. And after a deep attempt up the right sideline for Cody Latimer was ruled an interception, it was absolutely necessary to extract some momentum from what will be the starters' final work of the preseason.

"I thought it was huge. I thought it was really huge," said running back C.J. Anderson, who galloped through some wide holes for 35 yards on three consecutive carries that pushed the Broncos to the 1-yard line, setting up Siemian's 1-yard play-action touchdown pass to Virgil Green en route to a 17-9 win.

Fantasy Impact:

What set up the series was Siemian's unruffled demeanor. He didn't mope. He didn't panic. He simply stepped into the huddle and oozed confidence. The offense responded from there, the story said. Keep in mind this is a story from the team's official web site, but HC Gary Kubiak was quoted as saying Siemian was calm and had control of the huddle. There hasn't been an official announcement yet, but some feel Siemian has a leg up in this battle for starting QB.

Giants WR Victor Cruz emerges healthy

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 9:10am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Highlights were hard to find for the Giants offense against the Jets on Saturday night, but one came on a four-yard gain in the third quarter.

That was Victor Cruz’s first catch since tearing his patellar tendon early in the 2014 season and even a modest gain represents a big step forward for a player who went on to miss all of last season with a calf injury. Cruz then missed the first two games of this summer with a groin injury before finally connecting with Eli Manning for the first time in a long time.

“It felt like old times,” Cruz said, via the New York Post. “I caught the ball in the flat and tried to make something happen, but I got to feel a little bit of contact, which was a great feeling. Just to come out here healthy and be in the position to make some plays and catch the football and just come out and feel healthy and feel good about myself.”

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz was targeted one other time on a pass that was nearly intercepted by Jets safety Marcus Gilchrist. Overall, the Giants offense struggle again in this preseason game, but having Cruz take some contact is a big step forward.

Jets WR Brandon Marshall surprise scratch; RB Matt Forte debuts

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

So much for Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick using the third preseason game to recapture their old chemistry.

Marshall was a surprise scratch on Saturday night for the New York Jets' annual preseason game against the New York Giants. The Jets provided no information on why Marshall was declared inactive.

Marshall was spotted on the field during the pre-game warm-ups. He appeared to be in good spirits, smiling and chatting with team personnel. He declined to say why he wouldn't be playing.

As expected, running back Matt Forte is active and will make his Jets debut. He missed the first two games with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Coach Todd Bowles has closely monitored the reps of his older players throughout the preseason, but resting Marshall, 32, in the most important game would be unusual. He played only 23 snaps in the first two games, recording only two receptions for eight yards. It's possible that Marshall suffered a minor injury in practice. Practices are now closed to the media and Bowles doesn't volunteer any injury information, the story said.

Ravens TE Ben Watson (Achilles) out for the year

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:52pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

The Ravens have lost their first projected starter to a season-ending injury. Tight end Ben Watson suffered a torn right Achilles tendon on the first play of Saturday night’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

The 13-year pro, who was signed as an unrestricted free agent after catching 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns for the New Orleans Saints, appeared to suffer the non-contact injury while running a route. He needed assistance from a pair of trainers to limp off the field and was taken straight to the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

Once a position of depth, the Ravens have been hammered with injuries at TE. Dennis Pitta was battling back from a second major hip surgery when he suffered broken finger in a skirmish with a teammate. Maxx Williams (unspecified) was unavailable in the game. Watson was replaced by Crockett Gilmore. Gilmore and Williams look like they are next in line for the most action with Watson lost. Pitta hasn't played since Week 3 of 2014, so even if he recovers from the finger injury, it's hard to imagine him making an immediate impact.

Rams extend WR Tavon Austin

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:07pm - [Full Article]

After a career year in 2015, Rams wideout and former first-round pick Tavon Austin has earned himself an extension.

Austin has signed a four-year extension to stay in Los Angeles, the team announced Saturday. The new deal is worth $42 million with $30 million in guarantees, a source with knowledge of the deal told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The extension keeps the wide receiver under contract through the 2021 season.

The 25-year-old speedster will be invaluable over the coming seasons, adding another layer to a Rams offense that is desperate for playmakers.

Fantasy Impact:

In 2015, Austin caught 52 passes for 473 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 434 yards with four more scores. His 907 yards from scrimmage nearly doubled his previous best -- 569 during his rookie season. He was #23 in standard formats and a #28 finish in PPR leagues. Given his 8.35 YPC, the Rams don’t have any reason to stop giving him regular touches in the running game, and HC Jeff Fisher said that he could “double the catches over what he had last year,” indicating that Fisher thinks Austin could catch 100 balls. While we’re not projecting him to anywhere close to that number of catches, if rookie QB Jared Goff can raise the team’s wholly inefficient passing offense to a respectable level, Austin should benefit. He’s a post-hype sleeper in the 8th round.

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 5:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bears third-string quarterback Connor Shaw suffered what appeared to be a serious left leg injury late in the fourth quarter of the team's 23-7 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Shaw crumpled to the ground in pain after the lower portion of his left leg bent awkwardly while he moved to his right in the pocket.

Shaw's leg was immediately placed in an air cast, and he was lifted onto a cart and driven back to the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

Bears coach John Fox called the injury "very serious" in his postgame remarks, and said Shaw was taken to the hospital.

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 5:20pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Jimmy Garoppolo was a rookie in 2014, the New England Patriots coaching staff announced early in the week that he would be the starter for the final preseason game, in part because they wanted him to experience what it was like to be the No. 1 option in the days leading up to the game, which included media responsibilities.

Might they do the same this year with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, or at least give him more time earlier in the Sept. 1 preseason finale at the New York Giants?

Bill Belichick didn't dismiss the possibility in a Saturday conference call, as Brissett has played only in the second half of the first three preseason games (totaling 77 snaps).

"I think that's a good question, it's a fair question, it's one we really have to give some good consideration to," he said.

"As I've said before, I think whatever we do will benefit whoever does it. We want to get Jimmy [Garoppolo] ready to play for the Arizona game [opening the regular season Sept. 11].

"Tom [Brady] isn't going to be playing for a while, so it's kind of his last chance to play until he comes back after a few weeks.

Tony Romo has broken bone in back, could return by mid-season

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 3:11pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Cowboys announced QB Tony Romo suffered a broken bone in his back. They believe he’ll return this season. Rapoport reports that the best-case scenario is a return mid-season.

In an article, Rapoport was quoted as saying Romo "broke a different bone than last time," when he suffered a fracture in 2014.

Fantasy Impact:

For now, we're assuming Romo will miss the first eight games - several reports are saying he'll be out 6-10 weeks. Dak Prescott has played well in the preseason, so for now we're not significantly downgrading the other Cowboys skill players. For the record, HC Jason Garrett didn't give a timetable and labeled Romo as day-to-day, according to an story. More as this situation develops.

Seahawks Beat: Christine Michael poised to be a contributor

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The numbers look great: 24 carries for 157 yards in three preseason games. But it's the little things that stand out with Michael.

Twice on Thursday night, he identified the right defender and did a good job picking up the blitz. He's carrying out his fakes on play-action and looks comfortable in the passing game as a receiver.

At this time last year, the Seahawks gave up on Michael, trading him to the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick. But he's been the story of camp in 2016 and looks poised to be a dependable contributor on offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Michael continues to look good deep into camp and preseason. It's one of the bigger fantasy questions of the season in how will Michael's presence affect the fantasy value of Thomas Rawls. HC Pete Carroll has called them a one-two punch a few weeks ago, and other reports say the team won't depend on one running back like they have in the past. Yet other beat writers feel the team has been down this road before with Michael and don't quite believe the hype.

Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise looks good in debut

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:56pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise made his preseason debut, carrying four times for 23 yards. He was on the field for 16 snaps.

Prosise looked good on all four carries. The first was a draw on third-and-20, and the second was a 5-yard gain on third-and-10. On Prosise's third carry, he was met by a defender four yards behind the line of scrimmage, but he spun out of a tackle and turned it into just a 1-yard loss. And on his final carry, Prosise broke a tackle and gained eight yards.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said the Seahawks drafted Prosise with the hope that he could be their third-down back, but he suffered a hamstring injury on the first day of training camp. It will be interesting to see if they're comfortable using him right away on third downs or whether Prosise needs some more time to carve out a role.

Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell feels great after first game

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:43pm - [Full Article]

If Friday was any indication, LeVeon Bell will be just fine.

The Steelers running back showed no ill effects from last year's knee surgery, churning out 58 total yards in his first game action in 10 months during a 27-14 win over the Saints.

Saying that he felt "great," per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Bell added: "I can only imagine how I'll feel in a month."

Fantasy Impact:

Bell faces a three-game suspension to open the season, but is slated to return in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Shaking off a fumble he attributed to "rust," Bell hauled down five passes for 37 yards and rushed for another 21 yards on three attempts against New Orleans. We saw flashes of Bell's juking ability on a 13-yard catch on Pittsburgh's first drive, the story added.

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa hoping to get his chance

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 12:38pm - [Full Article]

Orleans Darkwa is used to being patient.

The Giants running back didn't get a carry until Week 7 last season. Darkwa made the most of that opportunity, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in a 27-20 win over the Cowboys.

Darkwa is hoping to again seize his opportunity in the Giants' third preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., CBS).

"Patience has been my life story," Darkwa said. "You're always going to be frustrated at times, but at the same time, it might be a blessing in disguise. You never know."

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are locked into their roles as the lead back and the third-down back, respectively. Fifth-round pick Paul Perkins is all but guaranteed a roster spot. That leaves Darkwa and fellow third-year veteran Andre Williams in a battle for what will likely be the final running back spot, the story said. Williams has got more of a look to this point so this is a Darkwa's big chance. Williams has had 15 carries for 56 yards on 35 snaps.

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