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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.

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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.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:25am

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Heading into the most critical season of his young NFL career, Titans QB Jake Locker finds himself with both more freedom and more responsibility than ever before.

The increased freedom comes in the form of coach Ken Whisenhunt’s new system, which allows the Titans quarterback unprecedented ability to make changes in pass protection — and to a lesser extent plays — when he steps to the line of scrimmage.

The increased responsibility? He better be right when he makes those changes.

“I feel really comfortable and I really feel like I understand what we’re doing offensively and I have ownership of it,” Locker said. “So I thank (this coaching staff) for challenging me early. At this point, I really feel like I understand what’s going on in this offense better than I have in the past.”

Fantasy Impact:
Locker isn't getting a lot of love on draft day, but could potentially be a low-end QB2 or a committee QB. He was beginning to gain some momentum as a fantasy starter last year but then got hurt.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:17am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Packer RB DuJuan Harris made a bold statement Friday night against the Oakland Raiders, performing so well as a runner, receiver and blocker that it's anyone guess if he or James Starks is the No. 2 back behind Eddie Lacy.

"That's a question that has yet to be determined," said Sam Gash, the first-year running backs coach. "We're still going through the process. The head coach has an idea what he's going to do, but I'll kind of leave that on him."

The club's depth chart, marked as unofficial, lists Starks as No. 2 and Harris as No. 3.

From a practical standpoint, the hard-hitting Starks, who comes off probably his finest season, and the irrepressible Harris both could factor from scrimmage depending on the play call and situation.

"Obviously, Eddie's our top runner," offensive coordinator Tom Clements said. "After that, we're going to mix guys in there and see where it goes."

Fantasy Impact:
Perhaps the one bad part about being a Lacy owner is not knowing his handcuff. But it looks like if Lacy were to ever miss time this season, it very well could be a split with Starks and Harris, as both have looked good.

Pats beat: Tom Brady more comfortable this year

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:12am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

Watching Patriots QB Tom Brady and his receivers operate against the Panthers on Friday night, they had a flow and a feel that wasn’t always there last year, a sense of comfort and security.

When Brady dropped back to throw, he seemed much more at ease, much more confident in what his players were going to do and where they were going to be. Last year, it was a bit of a mystery wondering if the proper routes were going to be run.

That was one of the biggest issues, as rookies Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, as well as veteran Danny Amendola, learned the system and tried to get in sync with the quarterback.

A year later, there doesn’t seem to be as much angst with every pass play. Brady doesn’t have that disgusted quarterback look. There’s now a comfort level and trust across the board between him and his primary targets that wasn’t there at any time during the 2013 season. Even the drops don’t have the same impact on No. 12.

Fantasy Impact:
The rookies, in particular, didn’t always get the routes down right or get to the exact spots Brady desired. It was the same deal with newcomer Amendola, who on occasion wasn’t certain where he was supposed to be. While there still are mistakes this year, the article noted that Brady doesn't write off anyone and continues to go back to them as targets. Brady comes in ranked 8th among our QBs, and while it seems weird to call him a sleeper, he certainly has the potential to finish a little higher than his ranking - like the days of old. With an ADP of the 9th round, he makes for a nice target at that point in drafts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:04am

Texans.com - [Full Article]

Before Texans QB Tom Savage is a Pro Bowler, he'll have to beat out Case Keenum.

A day after the rookie quarterback helped engineer a game-winning touchdown drive at Denver, his head coach offered up praise, with caution.

"Let's be real clear here now: he's got a long way to go," Bill O'Brien said. "We're not headed for Hawaii and the Pro Bowl now. We're talking about battling for the number two job."

With Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starter, Keenum has taken to bulk of the reps this preseason as the backup. But O'Brien said Sunday that Savage has "closed the gap" and made the competition much closer.

"I would say that Keenum's still two, but it's a good tight race between two really competitive guys," O'Brien said.

Eddy Lacy trained 'as a three-down back'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:02am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

The Packers have groomed RB Eddie Lacy to play in every situation this season. Largely because of pass-protection and overuse issues, Lacy was removed in some passing and two-minute situations.

"That's coach's call," Gash said, referring to how Mike McCarthy intends to use Lacy. "But I have trained him as a three-down back. He will be ready to go."

Fantasy Impact:
Great news for potential and current Lacy owners. He looks to be a real steal the later he slips after the top-three of Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy come off the board. If you really want to take a RB in the middle of the first round, Lacy could be your guy...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:52am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Coming out of last season, RB Chris Polk seemed to be a lock to make the Eagles' team this year. The third-year running back averaged 9.8 yards per carry last season, and had three touchdowns despite carrying the ball just 11 times.

Then, less than a week into training camp, Polk pulled his hamstring -- and now it sounds like Eagles' coaches hardly know their could-soon-be-former backup.

"Well, we do know him, but we sure would like to know him better," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said on Monday. "I think he's probably had one of the most lingering of injuries. So, yeah, it's important for him to get out and play."

Fantasy Impact:
The story added that Polk has been unable to play for the majority of the last three weeks, but returned to practice this past Sunday despite not feeling 100-percent. Polk has been on the field the past two days, which is a good sign of how his injured hamstring is holding up. However, it also means he could re-aggravate at just about any time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:46am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice after dealing with injuries.

Charles has been out the past two preseason games after hurting his foot while moving out of the dorms at the Chiefs' training camp headquarters at Missouri Western.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:45am

Columbus Dispatch - [Full Article]

One of the most encouraging developments has been the Bengals offense’s performance. The Bengals have gone to a more up-tempo approach under new coordinator Hue Jackson and have looked smooth in the no-huddle offense.

QB Andy Dalton has completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 372 yards with one touchdown, no sacks and no interceptions, for a passer rating of 116.3. Against the Cardinals, he was 13 of 21 for 157 yards while playing the first half.

“I’m very confident in what we have,” Dalton said. “The guys that we have on this team, the way that we’ve been playing, I think we’re ready to go for the opener.”

Broncos taking it easy with Wes Welker

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:40am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Broncos HC John Fox was careful not to describe WR Wes Welker’s concussion as “mild.”

“I can’t give a level. It’s just a concussion,” Fox said. “I don’t think there’s part concussion, half concussion. Either you’re concussed or you’re not, the way I understand it.”

While it might seem like a small distinction, it’s actually quite important (even as John Harbaugh was describing Bernard Pierce as having a mild concussion). Getting coaches to accept the seriousness of head injuries is a huge step, as for too long, there was a “rub some dirt on it,” element to the business.

Fantasy Impact:
But since this is Welker’s third concussion in 10 months, the Broncos have no choice but to take it seriously. Fox added that Welker was in good spirits and didn't sense Welker was hinting about retiring. However, just the fact it was even a topic of conversation is a pretty scary thing - fantasy football aside. From a fantasy perspective, owners should make sure they back themselves up with an extra WR in case Welker misses time. We think Cody Latimer has a better upside than Andre Caldwell going forward, but both could contribute in various packages. Emmanuel Sanders could end up moving to the slot.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:33am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Even if Giants WR Odell Beckham is back practicing early next week, is it realistic to envision him being a significant contributor a week later in the opener? Probably not.

Beckham hasn't been a full participant in a Giants practice since early June. He's going to need time to get up to speed and into playing shape. So, best-case scenario at this point appears to be Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. More likely at this point appears to be even later in his rookie season.

It's reached the point where coach Tom Coughlin would settle for a single, solitary practice from his prized rookie.

"Have you seen him practice?” a seemingly perturbed Coughlin said. "How about practicing before you play?"

Fantasy Impact:
The Giants are hoping for Beckham to turn into Keenan Allen, who didn't see a preseason snap a year ago and then after a slow start really came on.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:29am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Brandon McManus and his big leg couldn't beat out the reliability of veteran kicker Josh Brown for the Giants top spot.

McManus has been informed that Brown has won the Giants kicking job, a league source told NJ.com. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the move wasn't officially announced.

Saints kicker competition still ongoing

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints still haven't decided on their kicker, according to coach Sean Payton, who said both Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke will get work in Thursday's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

Payton stressed, however, that the fact the battle is still ongoing shouldn't be taken as a sign of any lack of confidence in the candidates.

When asked if New Orleans might look at kickers being released elsewhere, Payton said, "I think we feel pretty good about the two we have here."

Fantasy Impact:
There has been no clear leader based on the preseason games. The only miss so far has been an extra point attempt by Graham in the preseason opener, when the league was experimenting with 33-yard extra points. Graham is 4-for-4 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 39 yards this past Saturday night at Indianapolis. Dimke is 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards this past Saturday. This is something to pay attention for those who have already taken a chance on Graham in drafts.