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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

When Detroit WR Golden Tate says he believes he can better his 64 receptions and 898 yards from last season, it is a plausible thought even though he moved from being the No. 1 receiver in Seattle to the No. 2 receiver in Detroit.

"I think my numbers can be way better in this offense naturally how it's set up," Tate said. "I was coming from, you gotta think I was in the toughest division with the 49ers, Rams and Cardinals, defensively, with a run-heavy offense and now I'm going to a pass-happy offense where I'm on the same team as the best player in the league, one of the best players in the league who is going to draw a lot of attention, a lot of double coverage, which is going to leave me with a lot of single coverage with a lot of No. 2 and No. 3 cornerbacks.

"So mentally I think I should be able to excel and do very well here."

Fantasy Impact:
All of Tate's reasons are likely exactly what fantasy owners are planning when they take Tate - that teammate Calvin Johnson is likely to draw most of the attention leaving Tate in single coverage against lesser cornerbacks. We have Tate ranked 32nd on our list which puts him as a low-end WR3.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Washington RB Chris Thompson sprained his ankle in the first preseason game and was not at full speed until Monday. Before the injury he was working behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Now, he must show that he’s more worthy than Evan Royster, Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk.

But Thompson also knows his injury history: a back injury in 2011; torn ACL in 2012; torn labrum in his shoulder in 2013.

“I just have to show them I can make it through some games and I will show them,” he said. “I’ve been hurt a lot. I can deal with pain. I’ll make sure I finish this game out.”

Eagles: Darren Sproles next in line behind LeSean McCoy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:04pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

In the event that McCoy misses time when the games start to count – if someone else is pressed into carrying the ball – the Eagles have indicated that Darren Sproles will be the next guy in line.

That runs counter to the popular narrative that emerged when the Eagles acquired the shifty running back from the Saints for a fifth-round pick during the offseason. In his eight-year career, Sproles has been mostly known as a receiving threat out of the backfield. During five years in San Diego and three more in New Orleans, Sproles never carried the ball more than 93 times in a single season. His highest rushing total was 603 yards with the Saints in 2011.

In fairness, he was mostly a backup with the Chargers, and he was employed primarily as a pass catcher with the Saints. Since 2009, Sproles has had at least 45 receptions each year. His receiving numbers spiked with New Orleans, where he hauled in 188 passes over the last three years.

While the Eagles expect him to be a good receiver in the offense, Chip Kelly insisted that Sproles is a running back first and capable of carrying the ball when needed. Pat Shurmur echoed that sentiment this week before practice at the NovaCareComplex

“We’ve said it all along. Darren can play running back on first, second and third down,” the offensive coordinator said. “We always try to use our players in a way where we maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses, no matter what the situation.”

Fantasy Impact:
If there’s a concern about Sproles carrying the ball, it’s what kind of impact the increased workload might have on his body, the story said. He’s been a pretty durable player in his career, missing a total of just six games in eight years. This very well may have everything to do with Chris Polk struggling to get on the field and still not being 100-percent. It would make much more sense to keep Sproles in his receiving role and use another back like Polk - ideally - on early downs should McCoy ever miss time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:41pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

When the Cardinals released veteran kicker Jay Feely Monday, you knew he’d draw the attention of a number of teams with uncertain situations.

And it hasn’t taken long, as he’s headed to work out for the Titans, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

If he signs there, he’d reunite with his old Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, but he’d also lend some legitimacy to a perhaps the league’s most anonymous competition.

The Titans cut longtime kicker Rob Bironas this offseason, allowing the law firm of Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons to duke it out for the job.

Bucs improve line by acquiring G Logan Mankins

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:38pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Patriots have agreed to the parameters of a trade that would send Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick and tight end Tim Wright. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer first reported the news.

"We were looking at all options," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman. "It's something we've been talking about since first week of camp. We feel very fortunate. Logan is a very good player. I'm a first-hand witness to what he means to the locker room."

Licht worked in the Pats' front office from 2009-11, and director of player personnel Jon Robinson was with the Pats from 2002-13.

Mankins, the Patriots' 2005 first-round pick has started at least 15 games in seven of his nine NFL seasons, and he fills an obvious need on a Buccaneers' offensive line that has looked overmatched for much of the preseason. On Monday, the Bucs visited with former Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, but he left without signing a contract.

Fantasy Impact:
The raises the stock of Bucs RB Doug Martin a bit as the Tampa has been looking to improve their struggling line and this will help. As the story points out, the Pats have a history of knowing when to get rid of an aging player and still get value. Mankins is a Pro Bowler and considered a top-20 guard.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

ESPN consider's RB Knowshon Moreno's stock to be up.

Moreno had an impressive debut in last week’s 25-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Moreno rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries (6.4 yard average). He showed good vision, patience and strength to finish runs.

Moreno has officially put his name in the conversation to be Miami’s starting running back in Week 1 against the New England Patriots despite missing much of training camp and the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:
It falls right in line with a news item also posted today from the Sun-Sentinel where a beat writer feels eventually this could be Moreno's job. It's a fantasy situation to probably just stay away from, but if you can land Moreno on the cheap that certainly seems like the direction to go.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:06pm

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Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron was back at practice after a one-day excused absence. The Browns did not reveal the reason for the absence, but coach Mike Pettine said it was not serious.

Patriots trade for TE Tim Wright

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:03pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

Bucs have agreed to a trade with the New England Patriots, in which they'll receive offensive guard Logan Mankins. In return, the Patriots will receive tight end Tim Wright and a 4th round pick.

A year ago, Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the Buccaneers. But Wright became expendable after the Buccaneers drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins this past May.

Fantasy Impact:
All offseason we've heard about the Patriots not having much depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and could figure to use another receiving option at the position. Despite falling out of favor in TB, Wright could be just what the Pats need. This shouldn't have as much to do with Gronkowski's status to start the season as it does about depth and having a second TE option. Wright now has some fantasy potential depending on how many two TE sets the Pats go back to. He's no Aaron Hernandez (as a player), but as a converted WR he can do some of the same things at the "move" TE position. For the Bucs, the trade gives the team a good guard to shore up an offensive line that has been struggling in the preseason. This should bode well for Doug Martin.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 1:06pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Josh Gordon's DWI hearing has been pushed back to November 18, his attorney Trey Fitzhugh told the Associated Press today. The hearing was originally scheduled for today in Raleigh, N.C., but Gordon was granted a waiver.

Still awaiting word on the appeal of his indefinite drug ban, Gordon was on the practice field Tuesday and participating in individual drills during the 20 minutes or so open to the media.

He was dressed for Saturday night's 33-14 loss to the Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium, but didn't play, in part because of an abdominal strain and in part because the Browns know they're going to have to be without him for awhile.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:32pm

Chris Perkins on Twitter - [Full Article]

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller with the starting offense. Think Miller, Moreno alternate early, then Moreno becomes starter, Miller backup.

Fantasy Impact:
This could be a situation to stay clear from right now. But with the way Moreno stood out a bit in the last preseason game, he seems to be gaining a lot of momentum in a run game that's struggled so far. Add the fact that he was targeted in the offseason and it could a factor in deciding the eventual starter. If you can get Moreno cheaper, that's probably the best option as Miller's potential is starting to look sketchy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to the practice field Tuesday after sitting out Monday’s workout to rest his surgically repaired back.

Romo went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Romo will not play Thursday against the Denver Broncos, and the Cowboys won't have a full practice again until Saturday as they up their preparation for the Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:11pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are the clear WR starters and appear headed for great things with the Bucs. Who comes into the game when the Bucs want to go to a three-receiver set, however, is far less clear.

Head Coach Lovie Smith has said on several occasions that this slot receiver is usually a smaller player, one with quickness and shifty moves. That would seem to describe rookie Robert Herron, and indeed Smith mentioned that as a possible role for Herron when he was drafted out of Wyoming in the sixth round in May.

Chris Owusu began the preseason listed as a starter opposite Jackson, which would seem to indicate that he had separated from the pack a little bit in the early part of training camp. He has just two catches for 15 yards through three games, however. After Jackson and Evans, it's veteran Louis Murphy who has the highest receiving totals in the preseason, with five catches for 66 yards. In truth, there hasn't been too much evidence in the three warm-up games to suggest any one candidate has seized control of the slot job.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:05pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writers Zach Berman and Jeff McLane believe RBs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey won't make the team.

Both could both land on the practice squad if they don’t last past final cuts, but there could be other teams willing to snatch them for their 53-man rosters. Josey has rushed 12 times for 104 yards in the preseason. He had a 70-yard, one-shoe TD jaunt brought back by a penalty. He’s swift and can also catch the ball out of the backfield (three catches for 39 yards and a TD). Both Tucker and Josey have looked willing and capable as blockers.

Fantasy Impact:
Both have LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Chris Polk and Kenjon Berner making the team. The biggest question right now is whether they are accurate about Polk, who has missed much of camp with a hamstring injury.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:35am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Bills released QB Thad Lewis. Lewis was competing for the top reserve role behind starting quarterback E.J. Manuel.

The Bills have not been happy with the play of their backup passers. On Monday, they added ex-Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer and released Dennis Dixon.

Manuel, Palmer and Jeff Tuel are now the Buffalo’s quarterbacks.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:32am

TitansOnline.com - [Full Article]

Titans WR Nate Washington didn’t look like a 30-year old when he outran the Falcons’ secondary Saturday night, scoring on a 63-yard bomb from Jake Locker.

His tank looked plenty full during his acrobatic sideline catch when he out-muscled an Atlanta corner to complete the grab.

Players like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have received most of the offseason headlines among Titans receivers – and deservedly so. Wright is an emerging star who led the Titans in receptions in 2013 with 94. Hunter has been widely regarded as a breakout candidate in 2014.

But don’t sleep on Nate Washington. He might not be a guy who wants the limelight, but he still has plenty to offer entering his 10th NFL season.

Fantasy Impact:
Wright seems pretty safe as the team's WR1, but Justin Hunter could compete a little with Washington for playing time and snaps. Last year Hunter played just 36% of the snaps while Washington saw 82%. But with OC Ken Whisenhunt now running things, there's a chance both Hunter and Washington are involved. We consider Washington the teams WR3 in terms of fantasy and rank him lower than both Wright and Hunter.