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  • Eric Ebron (ankle) not practicing Thursday
    Eric Ebron (ankle) did not practice Thursday.

    Advice: Ebron was in uniform for Tuesday's session but ultimately did not do much work. He was held out completely both Wednesday and Thursday. He is not going to play this week, but he still appears to be on track for Week 1. Rotoworld.com 37 minutes ago
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.97 (125th)
     
  • Lions release veteran RB Stevan Ridley
    Lions released RB Stevan Ridley.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall after Ridley played behind Zach Zenner, George Winn, and rookie Dwayne Washington this preseason. By releasing him now, the Lions have at least given Ridley a shot to latch on somewhere else -- and perhaps offset some of the $250,000 guaranteed they owe him -- but he has not proven to be an effective back since shredding his knee in 2014. The 27-year-old could be nearing the end. With Ridley gone, Zenner is now locked in as the big-back complement to Ameer Abdullah. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.57 (2434th)
     
  • Jace Amaro still struggling with blocking
    Jets TE coach Jimmie Johnson said Jace Amaro is still a "work in progress" as a blocker.

    Advice: "He has done a better job sustaining his blocks and trying to stay engaged," Johnson said. "All of that is promising." Amaro has also continued his struggle with drops this preseason, missing two sure catches when an injury to Quincy Enunwa afforded him extra snaps in the second preseason game. With plenty of questions left to answer, it appears unlikely Amaro grabs an early-season role. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.62 (202nd)
     
  • DeAndre Smelter to miss 3rd preseason game
    49ers WR DeAndre Smelter (hamstring) will miss the third preseason game.

    Advice: Last year's fourth-round redshirt simply can't get healthy. Multiple 49ers beat writers have suggested Smelter will spend another year on injured reserve. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:21 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (2545th)
     
  • LaFell and Boyd still competing for No. 2 duties
    ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell suggests the Bengals are still uncertain who will start at receiver opposite A.J. Green.

    Advice: Brandon LaFell opened camp as the favorite for No. 2 duties but Terrell believes his hand injury has made the situation "a little more muddled." Meanwhile rookie Tyler Boyd has had a productive preseason while drawing praise from WRs coach James Urban. "He's a natural football player," said Urban. "He has great football instincts." LaFell and Boyd aren't projected to be major fantasy assets, though both players should be more involved during Tyler Eifert's absence. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.09 (242nd)
     
  • Jags release Jonas Gray with injury settlement
    Jaguars released RB Jonas Gray with an injury settlement.

    Advice: That takes him off the Jaguars' injured reserve list. Gray hurt his quad early on in training camp and it's unclear when he might return. He managed just 54 yards on 14 carries in his two games for Jacksonville last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:19 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2340th)
     
  • Mularkey: We will get Derrick Henry on field
    Coach Mike Mularkey promised Wednesday that the Titans will "find ways" to get Derrick Henry on the field this season.

    Advice: Mularkey confirmed DeMarco Murray is the "starter," but the Titans are likely to use a two-back offense that could expand to three if Dexter McCluster is incorporated as the passing-down specialist. Henry has looked genuinely special this August. The Titans would be foolish to not give him 10-14 touches per game. With that said, Murray has dominated the first-team preseason snaps so far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.02 (155th)
     
  • Kendall Wright (hammy) still not practicing
    Kendall Wright (hamstring) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Wright hasn't practiced in three weeks and missed pretty much all of training camp and the first two preseason games. He's also going to now miss the all-important third exhibition. Coach Mike Mularkey has already expressed his frustration with Wright's injury issues over the past two years. Wright should still have the slot role when he gets back, but his leash will be tight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (231st)
     
  • Green-Beckham to work with starters Saturday
    Coach Doug Pederson said Dorial Green-Beckham will work with the first-team offense in Saturday's third preseason game.

    Advice: Green-Beckham got some run in the first half of last Thursday's preseason game just 48 hours after being acquired from the Titans. Now that he's had some practices under his belt, DGB is feeling more comfortable in the system and will be given an opportunity to climb a painfully-weak depth chart. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.54 (2432nd)
     
  • Kenyan Drake could open season on I.R.?
    The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson believes third-round RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) could open the season on injured reserve.

    Advice: New I.R. rules implemented this season allow teams to stash players on the injured list and then later make a call which one they want to activate off "designated for return." Jackson thinks it could be Drake in an effort to get all four of Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, and Damien Williams on the opening day, 53-man roster. Drake has missed a ton of practice time with a pulled hammy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:32 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2579th)
     
  • Packers rookie WR Davis had 'uneventful' camp
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Pete Dougherty reports Packers fifth-round WR Trevor Davis had an "uneventful" training camp.

    Advice: Once the pads came on, Davis' play slipped. He has blazing speed (4.42 forty) at 6'1/188, but Davis seems destined for either the practice squad or the weekly gameday inactive list as the No. 6 receiver. Davis is a developmental prospect whose ceiling may be a deep threat and special teams ace. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.30 (2640th)
     
  • Jared Abbrederis to be Packers 'breakout' WR?
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky predicts third-year WR Jared Abbrederis will be Green Bay's "breakout" player this season.

    Advice: Abbrederis is listed as Randall Cobb's direct backup on the Packers' latest unofficial depth chart, suggesting he's no deeper than the No. 4 receiver. According to Demovsky, Abbrederis has enjoyed a "strong showing" at training camp and "continues to move up the depth chart." With Jeff Janis' abysmal camp and broken hand, Abbrederis is competing with Davante Adams for No. 3 duties. Abbrederis is a smooth route runner who can play both inside and outside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.21 (2572nd)
     
  • Eagles to 'feature' Sproles in the pass game
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman expects the Eagles to "feature" Darren Sproles in the passing game this season.

    Advice: According to Berman, new OC Frank Reich said that every week during meetings, the coaching staff would ask, "How can we get this guy the football?" regarding Sproles. The 33-year-old caught 55 passes last season, but could jump back up into the 65-75 range similar to his New Orleans days. Ryan Mathews isn't going to play on third downs, leaving all of that work to Sproles. Reich was the Chargers' OC last season when Danny Woodhead caught 80 balls. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.18 (153rd)
     
  • Veteran WR Nate Washington axed by Patriots
    Patriots released WR Nate Washington.

    Advice: Washington was buried on the depth chart in New England and didn't even make it to final cuts. The 33-year-old (on Sunday) had some big games for the Texans last season on his way to a 48-661-4 line, but wasn't brought back and settled for a minimum deal with the Patriots. He should be able to land another look-see at some point this season once injuries hit other teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2211th)
     
  • Eli Rogers expected to be Steelers No. 3 WR
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Eli Rogers to open the season as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver.

    Advice: Bouchette calls Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey "backups" behind Rogers, Markus Wheaton, and Antonio Brown. It's possible Bouchette's mind could change after Pittsburgh's third preseason game, where Ben Roethlisberger will see his first action this August. At this moment, however, Rogers is in the driver's seat to start in the slot in Week 1, with Wheaton moving outside. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:29 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2031st)
     
  • Eric Ebron gets in a light practice Tuesday
    Eric Ebron (ankle) dressed for practice Tuesday, but was held out of individual and team drills.

    Advice: In other words, Ebron was in uniform, but limited to side work. Either way, it's a sign that he's progressing on schedule. Ebron will probably miss the Lions' final two preseason games, but barring a setback, will be ready to roll for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:36 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.97 (125th)
     
  • RB Drake won't play in third preseason game
    Despite returning to practice, Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) will sit out this week's regular season dress rehearsal.

    Advice: Drake "hopes" to see some action in the finale, and insists he'll be ready for Week 1. The oft-injured rookie has fallen behind Isaiah Pead on the depth chart. That's quite an inglorious way to begin an NFL career. Drake is off the re-draft radar. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2579th)
     
  • Kenyan Drake back at practice Tuesday
    Dolphins rookie RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday.

    Advice: The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reported Monday Drake was not expected back this week, so this is something of a surprise. In Salguero's defense, the rookie will likely reinjure the hamstring before the week is through. Drake is at best third on the depth chart in Miami. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2579th)
     
  • Report: Ebron (ankle) expected to play Week 1
    ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Eric Ebron (ankle) is expected to play Week 1.

    Advice: Ebron has been sidelined since August 6 with what Caplan called a "pretty decent ankle sprain." Despite the severity of the injury, Caplan reports Ebron has a shot to play in the fourth preseason game, but it seems unlikely the Lions risk him in a throwaway contest. Even with the missed time, Ebron remains one of the most interesting upside-TE2 picks in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.97 (125th)
     
  • Kendall Wright won't play this weekend
    Coach Mike Mularkey called Kendall Wright (hamstring) doubtful for the Titans' regular season dress rehearsal.

    Advice: The Titans want to get Wright back in practice this week, but he will likely finish August having played no preseason snaps. Wright has been out since early in the month. Tennessee's two-receiver set to open the season is expected to have rookie Tajae Sharp bookending free agent pickup Rishard Matthews. Wright will play the slot when the Titans go to three-receiver packages. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:50 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (231st)
     
  • Kenyan Drake still not ready to practice
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Dolphins rookie RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) will not practice this week.

    Advice: Drake has been sidelined since August 5 with a hamstring injury. He will not be ready for the third preseason game on Thursday, and it is reasonable to question if he will be ready to go for the regular season. Injury-prone in college, Drake has already missed time with two injuries in his short NFL career. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:05 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.12 (2579th)
     
  • Ebron (ankle) expected to be ready for Week 1
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press gets the "sense" that Eric Ebron (ankle) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Ebron still isn't practicing, but he was spotted jogging before catching passes from a JUGS machine on Sunday. Birkett says that was the first time he's seen Ebron run since the ankle injury on August 6. Ebron's ADP has fallen nearly two full rounds since he went down. He's a high-end TE2 pick in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.97 (125th)
     
  • Brandon LaFell practicing on Sunday
    Brandon LaFell (hand) is participating in Bengals practice Sunday.

    Advice: LaFell is dealing with a torn ligament in his hand, but intends to play through it. For an already drop-prone player, it will be interesting to see whether LaFell can consistently catch the ball playing with this injury. At present, LaFell seems to be likely to play in Week 1. His effectiveness is in doubt, however. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.09 (242nd)
     
  • Titans hope Wright returns this week
    The Titans are hopeful Kendall Wright (hamstring) will resume practicing this week.

    Advice: Their target date for return is Wednesday, which is probably too late for Wright to play in the Titans' regular season dress rehearsal. Tennessee's slot receiver, Wright will open the season playing in three-wide sets between Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. Wright is a low-ceiling, late-round flyer at best. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:59 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.32 (231st)
     
  • Derrick Henry works with second team Saturday
    Derrick Henry rushed five times for 31 yards against the Panthers Saturday.

    Advice: Henry saw some snaps with the first-team offense, but the vast majority of his work came after Marcus Mariota left the field. Henry once again looked strong against backup defenders, gaining 25 yards on his first three carries of the second half and consistently gaining yards after contact. It is going to be difficult for the Titans to keep the talented rookie on the sidelines this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.02 (155th)
     
  • Rogers making bid for Steelers No. 3 WR job
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says second-year WR Eli Rogers has "narrowed the gap" in the Steelers' No. 3 receiver race.

    Advice: Sammie Coates has "managed to lose ground" during an up-and-down August, "partly because of a lack of focus that caused drop balls and fumbles." The Tribune-Review notes that Markus Wheaton has "openly lobbied" to play more outside snaps, freeing up opportunity in the slot. Rogers is a slot receiver, while Coates plays outside. The Steelers' wideout distribution will be worth tracking closely in next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2031st)
     
  • Jace Amaro catches two, drops two more
    Jace Amaro hauled in 2-of-4 targets for 11 yards Friday night against the Redskins.

    Advice: Both of the failed targets were drops, a problem Amaro has dealt with throughout his career. The first was a particularly egregious drop along the sideline in the second quarter. Amaro saw more run with Quincy Enunwa sidelined with a concussion, but he certainly did not make the most of the work. It is looking less and less likely he earns a significant role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:11 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.62 (202nd)
     
  • Dorial Green-Beckham catch-less in PHI debut
    New Eagles WR Dorial Green-Beckham caught 0-of-2 targets in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: Green-Beckham entered in the second quarter and was immediately targeted on a red zone jump ball. It was a shaky pass from Chase Daniel. DGB also got some run after the break. Even in one of the league's thinnest receiver corps, DGB is buried down the depth chart for the time being, but unlike in Tennessee, we'd guess the Eagles will contrive to move him up in relatively short order. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:18 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.54 (2432nd)
     
  • Steelers slot WR Eli Rogers posts 4-39 line
    Steelers second-year WR Eli Rogers caught 4-of-4 targets for 39 yards in Thursday's second preseason game against the Eagles.

    Advice: With Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton inactive, Rogers ran with the "first-team" offense guided by backup QB Landry Jones. Jones tossed four interceptions, but Rogers made the most of his targets. The 5'10/187 slot man has drawn rave reviews from OC Todd Haley, and Ben Roethlisberger reportedly "loves" Rogers. If Sammie Coates continues to struggle this preseason, Rogers could slide right into some three-wide snaps between Brown and Wheaton. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:05 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2031st)
     
  • Jaguars waive/injure Jonas Gray
    Jaguars waived/injured RB Jonas Gray.

    Advice: Gray suffered a quad injury early in training camp. He'll revert to I.R. when he clears waivers. Jacksonville claimed DT T.J. Barnes in a corresponding move. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2340th)
     
  • DeAndre Smelter expected to return in 2 weeks
    49ers GM Trent Baalke expects WR DeAndre Smelter to play this preseason.

    Advice: Smelter has been sidelined for most of training camp with a soft-tissue injury. He'll likely miss the next two weeks, but isn't yet a candidate for I.R. Smelter will compete with Quinton Patton for the starting split-end job once he gets cleared. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:35 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (2545th)
     
  • Green-Beckham will not play on Thursday
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Dorial Green-Beckham will not play in the second preseason game.

    Advice: Acquired from the Titans on Tuesday, Green-Beckham will not even get a chance to practice with the team before Thursday night's game. DGB was slow to catch on with the Titans as a rookie, and it is likely he will take some time to acclimate himself in Philadelphia. Still, he has the talent to push for the No. 2 receiver spot early in the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:30 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.54 (2432nd)
     
  • Lewis doesn't expect LaFell to miss Week 1
    Bengals coach Marvin Lewis does not expect Brandon LaFell (hand) to miss Week 1.

    Advice: LaFell reportedly has a torn ligament in his hand which could require surgery. Since an operation would almost certainly knock him out for the opener, Lewis' comments could mean LaFell will avoid surgery. Brandon Tate started opposite A.J. Green with LaFell sidelined during the preseason opener, but rookie Tyler Boyd will likely take most of his reps. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.09 (242nd)
     
  • Report: LaFell has torn ligament in hand
    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports Brandon LaFell has a torn ligament in his hand.

    Advice: LaFell sat out the preseason opener and had not been practicing this week. Now we know why. Garafolo reports it is possible LaFell has surgery to repair the issue, but the injury is not expected to be a season-ender. With LaFell out last week, Brandon Tate started in two-wide sets opposite A.J. Green with Tyler Boyd in the slot. With LaFell now out indefinitely, it is likely the Bengals move Boyd outside. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:45 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.09 (242nd)
     
  • Stunner: Eagles acquire Dorial Green-Beckham
    Eagles acquired WR Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans in exchange for G/T Dennis Kelly.

    Advice: Green-Beckham had clearly fallen out of favor with the Titans' coaching staff, but it is still stunning they decided to trade a 2015 second-round pick for an at best swing lineman. Despite his struggles, Green-Beckham probably has the most natural talent of any receiver on the Eagles' roster and should push for a role behind Jordan Matthews. That said, he struggled to earn snaps in a similarly lackluster receiver corps in Tennessee. While this trade certainly breathes life in DGB's fantasy outlook, he is still nothing more than a flier at this point. Fellow disappointment Nelson Agholor could be on his way out of the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:55 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.54 (2432nd)
     
  • DGB remains second-teamer on depth chart
    Dorial Green-Beckham remains listed as a second-team receiver on the Titans' latest depth chart.

    Advice: During the preseason, teams are required to post depth charts each week. It means very little, but this is still notable, even if it was expected. DGB continues to draw the ire of coach Mike Mularkey, who keeps calling the sophomore receiver "inconsistent." One of fantasy football's favorite pre-summer breakout candidates, DGB is in danger of opening the year as a backup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:40 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.54 (2432nd)
     
  • DeAndre Smelter could spend '16 season on IR
    CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco agrees with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that second-year WR DeAndre Smelter is a candidate for injured reserve.

    Advice: Maiocco suggests Smelter could eventually be activated as the 49ers' injured reserve-designated for return player, but that of course remains to be seen. Smelter is out indefinitely with an "undisclosed condition" after missing his rookie year with a torn ACL suffered in college, then battling a hamstring injury at OTAs. It's nearing time to cut the cord on Smelter in Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (2545th)
     
  • DeAndre Smelter is 'week to week'
    49ers WR DeAndre Smelter is "week to week" with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Smelter was inactive for San Francisco's preseason opener and coach Chip Kelly has already ruled him out for the second exhibition. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently predicted Smelter will spend the 2016 season on injured reserve. Smelter spent all of his rookie campaign on an injured list, as well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.63 (2545th)
     
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