Vance Joseph: “Chad Kelly is our backup now.” Said things can always change, but Kelly is No. 2 now.
This updates a story we had earlier today that Kelly was trying to move up the depth chart...looks like it's official now. Kelly threw two TDs and an interception, outplaying Lynch, who again seemed to struggle.
Brown finished individual work on his injured quad and was sidelined for the rest of practice. He was walking around with no limp and no trainers around him both during the practice session and as the team broke for the day.
Barkley suffered what Giants coach Pat Shurmur called a mild hamstring strain during Monday's practice, when he hauled in a long pass from quarterback Kyle Lauletta after getting steps behind cornerback Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Alec Ogletree of the first-team defense.
Barkley did not return to action and had his leg wrapped on the sideline. He walked off with teammates (not trainers) and without the wrap.
Shurmur was quoted in the story as saying "We'll be smart with him as we move along here." That could mean Barkley won't see much, if any, action in joint practices against the Lions and may not play in the Week 2 preseason game.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown limped off the practice field after doing some early individual work.
Brown had just returned to practice on Saturday, taking part in team drills.
Rosen finished his first preseason game 6-of-13 for 41 yards with zero touchdowns and zero interceptions, but he got no help from the Cardinals’ second-team offensive line. Backup center Daniel Munyer‘s shotgun snaps to Rosen were low, including one that that rolled to him. Munyer estimated he had “five or six bad ones,” the story said.
“I was tired, I was exhausted,” Luck told reporters on Monday, according to the team. “I think emotionally I was worn out, and honestly it was probably the redeye home after the game. You know it makes you feel things a little extra, turns the volume up, but I felt physically OK, just energy-wise very low.”
Luck added that he’s comfortable again with short and intermediate routes, and that he’ll now work on improving his accuracy and effectiveness with deeper throws. We had a story earlier this offseason that said Luck expected to be tired, but obviously the key is having no pain in his arm.
Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ first-round pick didn’t take part in the final team session, and with Chris Carson getting the day off as well and C.J. Prosise out, that left all the carries for Mike Davis, J.D. McKissic and recently-signed Gerald Holmes.
It was unclear if anything was wrong with Penny.
Coach Pete Carroll didn’t speak to the media afterward but offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did. Asked if Penny was okay, Schottenheimer said “I think so’’ without elaborating.
The story went on to say Carson was on the sidelines and in pads and did some conditioning work. It’s unclear if there was anything wrong with him or if he was just getting a day off. Prosise was also on the sidelines but was not in pads. As noted, the Seahawks are off until Wednesday so any official word on if anything is up with Penny may not come for a few days.
Bears second-round pick Anthony Miller is forging his place as the first-string slot receiver. He has been everything he was advertised to be coming out of Memphis: A quality route runner, strong hands catching the ball, competitive at the catch point, and, yes, overflowing with flair and confidence.
The story said Bear coaches continue to push him to master the many details of playing receiver in the scheme, including option routes and pre-snap alignments.
The story said the Bears have Cohen lining up everywhere to maximize his speed, agility and explosiveness with the ball in his hands. Cohen has welcomed the challenge of learning multiple positions and has done well retaining the details required of each. He’s the Bears’ most dynamic player, the story said.
The ball at Chiefs training camp has gone more to one starting wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, than the other, Sammy Watkins. In the preseason opener last week, Hill caught two passes and Watkins none, even though Watkins was in the game for nine snaps, compared to eight for Hill. But offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said these weren’t necessarily signs that Hill would catch more passes than Watkins during the regular season. It’s more an indication, he said, that QB Patrick Mahomes and Watkins are still getting comfortable with one another.
OC Eric Bieniemy said Watkins is doing a good job in camp—and camp is all about finding rhythm. But for now, it looks like Mahomes is more comfortable throwing to Hill. But there are plenty of mouths to feed in the Chiefs' offense.
It's still too early in the preseason to declare a starter at some positions, but Bucs coach Dirk Koetter took a step in that that direction Monday at running back.
After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position.
"Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more."
As the story said, most NFL teams use a committee approach to the running back position and the Bucs will be no exception. In addition to Barber and Jones, they also have Rogers, Sims and Wilson fighting for the role of third-down back. Keep in mind, we think Jones ends up the better fantasy back and have him ranked as our No. 34 RB.
As a result of that development and Matt Breida‘s shoulder injury, the Niners have decided to bring in some outside help. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday that the team plans to sign Alfred Morris pending a physical.
Morris played for Shanahan in Washington during his first two NFL seasons and ran 611 times for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns over those years.
Due to the timing of his shoulder surgery following Super Bowl LII, Alshon Jeffery is no lock to be ready for the NFL Kickoff Game versus the Falcons on Sept. 6, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
In fact, there's a chance that Jeffery will remain on the physically unable to perform list to start the season, Rapoport added. In which case, the seventh-year veteran would miss at least the first six weeks of 2018.
As the story nicely pointed out, should Jeffery miss the start of the season, the Eagles' wide-receiver depth will be tested beyond deep threat Wallace and slot weapon Agholor. QB Carson Wentz would likely lean heavily on his tight-end tandem of Zach Ertz and promising second-round rookie Dallas Goedert. Jeffery played through a shoulder injury all of last season after suffering it in camp in 2017.
Pryor could be a valuable, big-bodied red zone target for the Jets. But he has worked his way back slowly from offseason ankle surgery. He didn't play in the preseason opener against the Falcons, though he has received action in team periods at practice.
Pryor said Monday—after the Jets' second of three training camp practices with Washington, his former team— that he won't play Thursday at Washington, the second preseason game.
According to the story, Pryor also said he broke his ankle during spring workouts—before organized team activities—and that's why he needed surgery early in his time with the Jets. He didn't practice in the spring at all.
Barkley reeled in a long Kyle Lauletta pass down the sideline with his fingertips before going to get checked out by members of the team’s medical staff. Barkley had a wrap and ice pack put on his left leg for a short time, but it was off by the time he and the rest of the team walked off the field.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said he didn’t see what happened to Barkley, but that he thinks all is well, according to the story.
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