MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Bill O'Brien unhappy with running game
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien expressed disappointment in the team's running game.

    Advice: "I think our running game, at times, has been decent, but it’s too inconsistent," O'Brien said. " I think there have been times where we see glimpses of what it can be, but we’ve got to be a lot more consistent." Alfred Blue has averaged 4.8 yards per carry this preseason, but that average is inflated by a long run in the first game. Blue has averaged 2.75 yards per carry the last two games, and every other Texans back is under 3.5 yards per carry. Blue should handle the early-down work as long as Foster is sidelined, but he is not a inspiring fantasy option. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.90 (63rd)
     
  • Jace Amaro (shoulder) surprisingly sent to IR
    Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: The 23-year-old tight end has a torn labrum. He suffered the injury in the Jets' preseason opener. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what needed to be a big season for a player who underwhelmed as a rookie. Now Amaro will enter his third camp next summer on the hot seat after being the No. 49 overall pick of last year's draft. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis are the next men up on the depth chart. It's a sorry group. Amaro is an end-of-bench type in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com 49 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.73 (163rd)
     
  • Panthers continue cutdown process
    Panthers waived S Robert Lester, WR/CB De'Andre Presley, DE Kenny Horsley and DT Micanor Regis.

    Advice: Lester appeared in 12 games for the Panthers in 2013, making four starts. He's only 27, but it bodes poorly he couldn't survive until final cuts. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:08 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.24 (1499th)
     
  • Arthur Jones getting second opinion on ankle
    Colts DT Arthur Jones is getting a second opinion on his injured ankle.

    Advice: Jones was injured in the third preseason game. X-rays came back negative, but it is not a great sign Jones is seeking a second opinion. At this point, it does not appear Jones will be ready for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.59 (1007th)
     
  • Jaguars will keep using two tight ends
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the team will keep using two tight ends despite the hand injury to Julius Thomas.

    Advice: Even with Thomas out this preseason, the Jaguars have continued to use two tight ends in their base formation. This is good news for Clay Harbor, who should slot into Thomas' spot while he is out the first three weeks of the season. Harbor averaged 3.5 catches a game while Marcedes Lewis was sidelined last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.37 (2544th)
     
  • Jimmy Graham being heavily used as blocker
    According to Pro Football Focus, Jimmy Graham has been used as a run blocker on 36.5 percent of his 52 preseason snaps.

    Advice: Graham was used as a run blocker on 27.1 percent of his snaps in New Orleans last season. Seattle threw the ball 200 fewer times than the Saints last season, meaning Graham is almost certain to see fewer than the 138 targets he has averaged the last four seasons. He has the touchdown upside to make up for the lost volume, but he is being over-drafted in the third round. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:43 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (72nd)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) able to practice Tuesday
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) practiced on Tuesday.

    Advice: There was some concern after Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in practice Monday, but he appears to be fine. Funchess could play in the fourth preseason game. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Ravens officially put TE Dennis Pitta on PUP
    Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: This means Pitta will definitely miss the first six games, but it would be surprising if he played this season. Baltimore also waived G/T De'Ondre Wesley and T Darryl Baldwin to reach the 75-man roster limit. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1889th)
     
  • Matt Barkley will start fourth preseason game
    Eagles QB Matt Barkley will start the team's fourth preseason game.

    Advice: This suggests Barkley is ahead of Tim Tebow in the battle for the third quarterback spot, but coach Chip Kelly may think Tebow's versatility makes him more valuable. Barkley could help his trade value with a good showing. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
     
  • Timmy Jernigan sidelined by knee injury
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh said DT Timmy Jernigan's knee injury is not "overly serious."

    Advice: Jernigan went down early in the Ravens' third preseason game. While the injury will not require surgery, it makes him at best questionable for Week 1. Baltimore is relying on Jernigan to replace Haloti Ngata. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:28 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.31 (302nd)
     
  • Vikings waive/injure QB Mike Kafka
    Vikings waived/injured QB Mike Kafka.

    Advice: He will revert to injured reserve once he passes through waivers. Depending on the severity of the injury, Kafka could be released with an injury settlement. This transaction gets the Vikings down to 75 players. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2495th)
     
  • Browns place Shaw on IR, make five moves
    Browns placed QB Connor Shaw (thumb) on injured reserve.

    Advice: Shaw broke the thumb on his throwing hand in the first preseason game and underwent surgery in mid-August. He should be 100 percent for the offseason program. Cleveland also placed OT Michael Bowie (shoulder) on injured reserve. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee), TE Randall Telfer (foot) and RB Glenn Winston (knee) were placed on the reserve/NFI list. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:42 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2465th)
     
  • Panthers cut ties with CB Melvin White
    Panthers released CB Melvin White.

    Advice: White started games for the Panthers as recently as last season, but he was benched last year and was well behind Charles Tillman on the depth chart. With White gone, Teddy Williams will likely make the final 53. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.50 (1666th)
     
  • T.Y. Hilton expected to be cleared Thursday
    ESPN's Britt McHenry reports T.Y. Hilton (concussion) is expected to be cleared on Thursday.

    Advice: Hilton and the rest of the Colts' starters are unlikely to play in the final preseason game, but being cleared this week puts Hilton on track for the season opener. Hilton is a borderline WR1. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:25 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (71st)
     
  • Trae Waynes still not in the starting mix
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Vikings rookie CB Trae Waynes is not in the starting mix right now.

    Advice: DC George Edwards said last week he was "aiming for" Waynes to a be a Week 1 starter, but coach Mike Zimmer said that comment was misinterpreted. Xavier Rhodes and Terrance Newman should open the season as the starters outside with Captain Munnerlyn serving as the slot corner. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.50 (1716th)
     
  • T.Y. Hilton suffered concussion Saturday
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano said WR T.Y. Hilton is in the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: Hilton likely suffered the injury during the third preseason game, but he was not diagnosed until after the game. His status for Week 1 is unclear. The Colts open the season against the Bills in 13 days. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (71st)
     
  • Funchess aggravates hamstring in practice
    Panthers rookie WR Devin Funchess aggravated his hamstring injury in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Funchess was able to finish the session, but he was spotted with the trainer after practice. Expected to serve as the "X" receiver with Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) done for the year, Funchess needs to get and stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Alfred Blue posts 4-12-1 rushing line
    Alfred Blue rushed four times for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' third preseason game.

    Advice: Blue continued to operate as Houston's lead back and dove into the end zone from a yard out to cap the Texans' opening drive. The Texans gave Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk work with the Brian Hoyer group also, however, which may hint they are planning on using something of a backfield rotation. Blue remains the favorite for early-down and goal-line work until Arian Foster returns. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.90 (63rd)
     
  • Devin Funchess returns to practice
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to Panthers practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Funchess resumed practicing last week, but sat out Carolina's third preseason as a precaution by a team that already lost Kelvin Benjamin to I.R. The Panthers are counting on more than expected from Funchess and can't risk a pre-season injury aggravation. It'll be interesting to see whether the Panthers let Funchess play in their preseason finale. That game is Thursday night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:33 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • X-rays negative on Arthur Jones' sprained ankle
    X-rays on Arthur Jones' sprained ankle came back negative.

    Advice: Jones hurt himself in Saturday's dress rehearsal against the Rams. He'll undergo further testing Sunday to determine how bad the sprain is. It's unclear if the six-year veteran will be available for the season opener against Buffalo on September 13. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.59 (1007th)
     
  • Arthur Jones spotted in walking boot
    Colts DE Arthur Jones was spotted with a walking boot on his left foot following Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: It's not good news for a player who was slowed by ankle issues for the majority of 2014. Jones has yet to come close to earning the $33 million contract he signed last March. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.59 (1007th)
     
  • Graham not on some page with Wilson Saturday
    Jimmy Graham secured two of his five targets for 24 yards in Saturday’s preseason game against the Chargers.

    Advice: There was no touchdown dunk in this one as the Seahawks struggled to move the chains on offense. Russell Wilson was uncharacteristically shaky, missing Graham high on one pass and underthrowing him on another. Graham’s workload isn’t going to be the same as it was in New Orleans but he’s still a matchup nightmare inside the red zone. His current ADP is in the early third round. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.93 (72nd)
     
  • T.Y. Hilton notches three catches vs. Rams
    T.Y. Hilton caught 3-of-6 targets for 44 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

    Advice: Hilton was finding holes in the defense like it was the regular season. The Colts' shifty No. 1 receiver finishes the preseason with five grabs for 96 yards. Although the receiver corps has gotten considerably more crowded in Indy, Hilton remains a WR1. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    10.62 (71st)
     
  • Timmy Jernigan exits with knee injury
    Ravens DT Timmy Jernigan exited the team's third preseason game with a knee injury.

    Advice: Redskins RT Morgan Moses dove at Jernigan's knees early in the first quarter. Jernigan stayed down on the field for a couple minutes before walking gingerly to the sidelines. Baltimore is relying on Jernigan to replace Haloti Ngata. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:52 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.31 (302nd)
     
  • Funchess held out of third preseason game
    Devin Funchess (hamstring) won't play in the Panthers third preseason game.

    Advice: It's a missed opportunity for Funchess, who has yet to put anything on tape as Carolina's X receiver. Funchess wasn't cleared after going through pregame warmups. Corey Brown, Ted Ginn, and Jerricho Cotchery will play in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Vikings aiming for CB Waynes to be starter
    Vikings DC George Edwards said he's "aiming for" first-round CB Trae Waynes to be a Week 1 starter.

    Advice: Waynes was torched in the Vikings' first two preseason games, but Edwards has seen improvement each week. The Vikings seem to want to get Captain Munnerlyn off the field after he played the most snaps among Vikings corners last season. With Waynes working into the lineup outside opposite Xavier Rhodes, it's pushed Terence Newman to the slot and Munnerlyn to the bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:03 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.50 (1716th)
     
  • Rivera hints Funchess will replace Benjamin
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera hinted the team is planning on rookie WR Devin Funchess replacing Kelvin Benjamin (ACL).

    Advice: "The thing we’re waiting for is for Devin to be healthy and get him out on the football field," Rivera said. "He runs a lot of the same type of routes. He’s almost as imposing a target as Kelvin and the biggest thing with him is the confidence that he plays with as he develops." OC Mike Shula said the plan is to replace Benjamin with a committee, but it sounds like Funchess will get most of the snaps in Benjamin's old "X" position. The jury is still out on if Funchess can be an effective wide receiver in the NFL, but volume alone could make him a value at his WR38 draft price. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:47 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Panthers to replace Kelvin Benjamin by committee
    Panthers OC Mike Shula said the Panthers will likely replace Kelvin Benjamin "by committee."

    Advice: "Eventually there might be a guy that emerges," Shula added. It suggests the Panthers don’t view Devin Funchess as ready to replace Benjamin, though Funchess remains the favorite to open the year at X receiver. Corey Brown and Ted Ginn played with the first team in Saturday’s preseason game, but are deep threats that struggle at the short/intermediate levels. Greg Olsen projects to lead the Panthers in early-season targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Flacco doesn't know if Pitta will play
    Joe Flacco admits he "does not know" whether Dennis Pitta (hip surgeries) will play this season.

    Advice: Pitta will open 2015 on the reserve/PUP list, and it's unclear whether he'll be cleared to play thereafter. "I really can't answer that question because I just don't know," said Flacco, who is Pitta's best friend on the team. Crockett Gillmore is expected to open the season as the Ravens' starting tight end. Rookies Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle are competing behind him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1889th)
     
  • Funchess (hamstring) gets in limited practice
    Panthers WR Devin Funchess (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was limited to individual drills. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) sidelined for the entire season, Funchess needs as many snaps as he can get with the first-team offense. It would be a boost if he can play in the third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.21 (145th)
     
  • Amaro's recovery a 'really slow process'
    Jets TE Jace Amaro's recovery from a sprained shoulder is going slower than expected.

    Advice: "Every day it’s been getting better. It’s just a really slow process," said Amaro. "It’s just frustrating. I just want to get out there and be able to play." Originally expected back for the regular season opener, it now appears Amaro could miss regular season games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:24 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.73 (163rd)
     
  • Cimini: Jace Amaro on the hot seat for Jets
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said second-year tight end Jace Amaro is "on the hot seat."

    Advice: Cimini added that Amaro has "a lot to prove after a so-so rookie season." Unfortunately there isn't much Amaro can do to improve his stock while he's out with a sprained shoulder. Red flags were raised a few weeks ago when Amaro was listed as the third-string tight end on the Jets' preseason depth chart. Rotoworld.com Aug 23, 7:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.73 (163rd)
     
  • Alfred Blue starts second preseason game
    Alfred Blue started Saturday's preseason game against the Broncos, rushing four times for 10 yards.

    Advice: Blue monopolized first-team work before giving way to Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk. Neither Polk nor Grimes got a touch while starting QB Ryan Mallett was in the game. Blue is a replacement-level talent, but the Texans appear set to roll with him as their early-down back while Arian Foster (groin) is on the mend. Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 7:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.90 (63rd)
     
  • Matt Barkley still on the trade block
    ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reports Eagles No. 3 QB Matt Barkley remains on the trade block.

    Advice: Per Russini, the Eagles will try to "showcase" Barkley in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. Barkley dialed up 192 yards in Philly's exhibition opener, but teams know what he is at this point. We doubt anything he does in preseason games is really going to affect his "trade value." Rotoworld.com Aug 22, 3:33 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2499th)
     
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