Related players: Rhett Ellison
While things could have been worse, one would have to assume Engram could possibly miss this week. We also reported yesterday Ellison is more of a blocking TE so may not be a quick option to fill in behind Engram on your fantasy team for those in a bind.
Sunday, Dallas Goedert played 55 snaps, most inline as a tight end, some out of the slot and even three split out wide. He was targeted early and often, and finished by catching all seven of his targets for 73 yards and that one touchdown. The Eagles often used three tight ends, even at the same time, with Goedert, Joshua Perkins and star Zach Ertz.
Goedert only played 17 snaps in each of the first two weeks. In Week 2, he wasn't even targeted. This despite a nice preseason and camp where he was a top target in that time. With all the injuries on offense for the Birds, the team needs Goedert to emerge. The story feels Goedert should continue to play a vital role even with the return of WR Alshon Jeffery.
“Yeah, it happened,” Gronkowski said.
Gronk said he only wants to play for QB Tom Brady. Although he’s only 29 years old, Gronkowski has indicated that he won’t play in the NFL much longer. And he apparently won’t play at all without Brady. So he has effectively blocked the Patriots from trading him by saying that if he does get traded, he won’t show up to the team that acquires him.
The Broncos are three games into the season, and it's clear that opposing quarterbacks now think they can do what would have been considered unthinkable two seasons ago. They feel that the best way to win against the Broncos' defense is to throw early and throw often.
The story went on to say only seven days after Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr set a league completion-percentage record with a 29-of-32 passing performance against the Broncos, Joe Flacco threw for 224 yards and a touchdown in the first half Sunday, as the Broncos did little to unsettle the veteran. Flacco finished the game 25-of-40 for 277 yards and the score. Flacco was quoted in the story as saying the Ravens could have throw the ball 55 times in their victory this week over Denver.
For the Jets to surround quarterback Sam Darnold with quality wide receivers next season and beyond, they probably will have to buy them in free agency. General manager Mike Maccagnan tried to build a pipeline at the position, but it all but dried up when they released former draft picks ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen in a span of 18 days. Stewart is back on the practice squad after clearing waivers, but his stock has taken a precipitous fall.
Quincy Enunwa, Jermaine Kearse, Terrelle Pryor and Andre Roberts will be unrestricted free agents after the season, meaning the Jets have the 2019 rights to only two of the six receivers on the 53-man roster: Robby Anderson (restricted free agent) and Charone Peake (special-teamer).
As the story said, in a perfect world, Stewart and Hansen -- third- and fourth-round picks in 2017, respectively -- would be ready to step into starting roles next season. That's how winning organizations operate. When they lose good players in free agency, they replace them with up-and-comers from previous drafts. It's the most cost-effective way to build a team under the salary cap. While the story doesn't expect that to happen, the good news is the Jets are expected to be about $90 million under the cap in 2019.
Philip Rivers isn't picky -- he just throws to the guy who's open.
But more often this season that guy is second-year pro Mike Williams, who continued his bounce-back year by finishing with four catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the Los Angeles Chargers' 35-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
With speedster Travis Benjamin missing his second straight game due to a foot injury, Williams was targeted a team-high seven times, as Rivers looked to get the ball to his big-bodied target in the middle of the field.
According to NFL Next Gen stats, all three of Williams' scores this season have been on tight window throws (a yard or less of separation). A.J. Green (2) is the only other player with multiple tight window receiving touchdowns.
Rivers commented in the story he feels Williams is going to continue to trend up. "He's going to continue to be more of a factor for us," Rivers was quoted as saying.
Bradford was pulled in the fourth quarter after throwing two INTs and losing one of two fumbles. He did throw two TD passes. Rosen didn't exactly come in and light the world on fire. He was 4-for-7 for 36 yards and also threw an interception. The Cards should make a decision early this week leading up to their Week 4 game, at home against Seattle.
Green described the play as coming down on his hip and his bones hit against one another. He said he didn't feel anything pop and should be fine and expects to play. It's all good news, but as we've learned in the past, we can't always take what players say as fact. We'll have to monitor Green this week.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed after today’s loss to the Chiefs that the team fears Garoppolo tore his ACL.
Related players: C.J. Beathard
If true, that would be a season-ending injury to the quarterback the 49ers traded a second-round draft pick to acquire and gave one of the biggest contracts to in NFL history. It's a big hit to the 49ers offense, which also lost Jerick McKinnon at RB before the season. Beathard likely takes over but is a downgrade over Garoppolo.
Related players: Marvin Jones
Jones (ankle) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week. Normally that is worrisome, but Jones is a go on SNF.
Related Cole Beasley
Beasley is good to go despite an ankle injury.
Related players: Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday but is good to go this week.
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