Josh Doctson needs more snaps. The Redskins’ second-year wide receiver has served a limited role through five games, including during Sunday’s 26-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, in which he participated in just 19 of Washington’s 74 snaps on offense.
That means Doctson, the team’s 2016 first-round draft pick, was on the field for just more than 25 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. And during Monday’s news conference, Redskins Coach Jay Gruden addressed the deficiency, saying the coaching staff will look at getting Doctson more playing time moving forward.
“We are going to actively expand [his role], without a doubt,” Gruden said. “He didn’t get as many reps as I would like at the end of the day when you look at the numbers, but it’s our job. We have got to get him in there more and expand it.”
Doctson, 24, once again flashed his potential in a reserve role Sunday. He scored his second career touchdown during the opening drive on an 11-yard reception, his only catch in the game. Two of Doctson’s four catches this season have resulted in touchdowns. If you're looking to stash a player, Doctson might be worth it. However he won't be a safe play until the snap count rises.
The team will make a decision to determine if QB Jameis Winston can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. HC Dirk Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.
Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick
The story said there is no danger to further damage the shoulder so it's all about the pain. It added Winston would have struggled to push the ball down field which is why Fitzpatrick remained in the game. He'll throw later in the week, but he's not ruled out as of yet, which the team thinks is good news.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is cutting kicker Jason Myers. Myers missed two field goals against the Rams, including a 54-yarder late in the game that would have cut the Jags’ deficit to one score with time for an onside kick.
The team is signing Josh Lambo.
The Dolphins provided a heavy dose of Jay Ajayi on Sunday and it paid major dividends in a 20-17 upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The Pro Bowl tailback rushed for a season-high 130 yards on 26 carries. Ajayi also averaged a season-high 5.0 yards per carry and took the pressure off Miami's often-criticized passing game.
Miami’s coaching staff provided a clear blueprint of running the ball to keep the Falcons’ explosive offense off the field. Even when the Dolphins trailed 17-0 at halftime, Miami stuck with its running game. That wore down Atlanta (3-2) and spurred a surprising comeback -- 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins.
The story backed this up with impressive numbers as well: Miami is 6-0 overall -- including 2-0 this season -- when Ajayi rushes for more than 100 yards. Ajayi had just 48 rushes for 139 yards the first three games. The story added the ankle injury to DeVante Parker simplified the game plan as the team ran more power sets.
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Related players: Marcus Mariota
Mariota likely isn't 100-percent with the hamstring injury, which could affect his running statistics and ability to buy time and move around, but he's got a nice home matchup against the Colts.
"No,'' Dan Quinn said when asked if he's satisfied with how much Julio Jones is getting the ball. "No I'm not.''
Quinn mentioned that more offensive plays will help that situation, with Jones being such a dynamic player, the piece said. It's a good matchup against the Pats this week. The good news is teams have been lighting up the Pats D through the air, but the bad news is NE is known for taking away a team's top player. Jones is without a TD this year.
The tweet added that the team will work out kickers this week, according to HC Jay Gruden. It's a significant K injury as Hopkins was our top-rated kicker for Week 6.
Siemian returned to the game after injuring his shoulder and giving way to Osweiler late in the second half.
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John Ross, last seen when he fumbled his first NFL touch back on Sept. 14, returned to practice Monday as the Bengals began preparations for Sunday’s game (4:25 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) in Pittsburgh and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready for the Steelers.
But this is what he does know after he practiced in limited fashion for the first time in more than a month:
He feels good, he’s satisfied there’s nothing significantly wrong with the knee he injured in the Aug. 31 pre-season finale, and he’s been told it’s not related to the ACL he tore in the same knee during college.
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Related players: Brett Hundley
The Packers will not sign a veteran QB, according to the story. Hundley should have some fantasy value with all the talent around him, and once the team adjusts the game plan to Hundley's strengths. The team could also use a more balanced attack. Also, nothing changes with Rodgers' timeline. He'll be out for the remainder of the season and miss a "significant amount of time," according to McCarthy.
DeShone Kizer's step back to the sidelines probably won't last long.
Coach Hue Jackson said he'll name his starter for Sunday's game against the Titans by Wednesday, and he sounded again like he'll go back to Kizer over Kevin Hogan, who threw three first-half interceptions during Sunday's 33-17 loss to the Texans.
Jackson re-iterated that Kizer is 'huge part of the future here'' and that will be a big part of his thinking process. If the Browns are going to have a young quarterback out there struggling with a sub-par supporting cast, it might as well be their possible quarterback of the future, the story pointed out.
"I'm good," Bryant said.
The NFL Network reported Sunday night that Bryant's unhappiness with his role in Pittsburgh's offense resulted in a trade request. ESPN's Dan Graziano confirmed the report.
Sources say early indications are the Steelers do not intend to trade Bryant, who is third on the team in targets (34) behind Le'Veon Bell (39) and Antonio Brown (74). Asked whether the Steelers have given him any indication about a possible trade, Bryant said he doesn't know and his agent handles those dealings, the story said.
Willie Snead played just 21 of 71 offensive snaps (30 percent) and finished the game with one catch for 11 yards on three targets.
Now, there's no reason to think this will be the norm for Snead. Coaches wanted to see Sunday how he handled his workload after missing three games due to suspension and then a fourth with a lingering hamstring injury.
The Saints didn't commit to Snead immediately returning to his feature role the story said. We felt it was best to take a wait and see approach with Snead before putting him in lineups. At this point, owners may want to continue to wait until the snaps number increase. The Saints were also focused on running the ball.
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