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  • Johnny Manziel struggling with the playbook
    Johnny Manziel is struggling -- and continues to struggle -- with the Browns' playbook.

    Advice: We all got a glimpse of it when Manziel was asked by Jon Gruden in a sit-down interview during Monday night's telecast to spit out a play from OC Kyle Shanahan's playbook. He stumbled over his words before eventually getting it out. It's to be expected from a rookie like Manziel, who is coming from a spread offense with simple, one-, two-, or three-word plays. Receiver Andrew Hawkins admitted the players in the huddle "are still helping him a little bit." Manziel can focus on the playbook as Brian Hoyer's backup. It's going to take time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Geno Smith has starting job locked up
    ESPN New York confirms Geno Smith will be the Jets' Week 1 starter.

    Advice: The Jets haven't made an official announcement yet, but it's only a matter of time. Geno has soaked up the vast majority of first-team reps in practice, started the first two preseason games and will start on Friday night. "When the coaches say, 'First-group offense,' we know who's walking in the huddle," WR David Nelson said Tuesday. "It's not something that needs to be said. He's the guy and we're moving forward." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:17 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Blake Bortles gets 7 or 8 first-team reps
    Blake Bortles received 7-8 first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: That was up from the three first-team reps Bortles took on Monday. The Jags are slowly bringing the No. 3 overall pick along while quietly avoiding the quarterback competition that went down in Cleveland. Through two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 for 277 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, good for a 96.9 passer rating. We'd be a little surprised if he's not starting games for the Jags by Halloween. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:56 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Johnny Manziel will open season as backup
    Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

    Advice: Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:33 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Hoyer beats Johnny Manziel for starting job
    The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

    Advice: "He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:18 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Kaep admits foot injury limited him in 2013
    Colin Kaepernick admits he was limited by his early-season foot injury in 2013.

    Advice: Kaep suffered a "chipped bone on his forefoot," and "ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot" in Week 2. "It was something that was always there," he said. "Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you're a football player, you play through pain." Kaep averaged less than 16 rushing yards over his next four starts before slowly rounding back into form. It's another point in favor of Kaep as a 2014 bounce-back candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    17.87 (16th)
  • Browns waiting on quarterback decision
    Coach Mike Pettine is willing to wait until after the Browns' third preseason game to name a starting quarterback.

    Advice: The team had been targeting Tuesday to make an announcement, but gained little clarity after both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer struggled against the Redskins on Monday. Pettine did say he "(doesn't) sense a lot of division" amongst the coaching staff about who to name. That suggests it will be journeyman Hoyer over rookie Manziel. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Pettine still undecided about starting QB
    Coach Mike Pettine said he's still undecided about who the Browns' starting quarterback will be Week 1.

    Advice: Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel didn't make things easy for Pettine with their ugly performances Monday. "Neither guy really distinguished himself, and we'll have to go back and study the tape and figure out who to go with," Pettine said. Signs point toward Hoyer being the slight favorite, but his leash will be short if he indeed is named the starter. Pettine had originally planned to name the winner of the competition on Tuesday. He may wait another week. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • RGIII bruises thigh on MNF, working on slides
    Robert Griffin III came out of Monday night's preseason game with a bruised thigh and admitted he needs to work on avoiding unnecessary hits.

    Advice: The bruised thigh isn't a concern, but RGIII's inability to protect himself is. He played wildly out of control against the Browns and took several hits at the end of runs. If he keeps it up, Griffin won't last a full season. The times he did slide, they were so awkward that he almost ended up hurting himself. Following the game, coach Jay Gruden stressed that RGIII "needs to protect himself." It's a habit RGIII needs to shake to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.48 (11th)
  • Manziel gives Redskins bench middle finger
    Johnny Manziel was caught on camera giving the Redskins' bench the middle finger during Monday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Following a third-quarter incompletion, Manziel flipped the bird and it immediately spread all over Twitter. Manziel said he had "words exchanged" with the Redskins all night, and CB Joe Haden defended his rookie quarterback, saying he took a lot of abuse from Washington's players and fanss Per Redskins FS Ryan Clark, what set off Manziel was Washington players telling him "this isn't college anymore, we're faster than you." Still, Manziel needs to keep his composure. It didn't sit well with coach Mike Pettine, and certainly won't win Manziel any points in the quarterback derby. "You have to be able to maintain your poise," Pettine said. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Hoyer unimpressive Monday vs. Redskins
    Brian Hoyer completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

    Advice: Hoyer got the start and rotated every two series throughout the first half with Johnny Manziel. Hoyer was bad, missing a wide-open Andrew Hawkins in the end zone for a would-be touchdown and throwing at his receiver's feet on his first throw of the night. Luckily for Hoyer, Manziel was equally bad. Through two preseason games, Hoyer is 8-of-20 passing for 108 yards. If we were to guess, Hoyer is still in the lead to be the Browns' starter come Week 1. He'll likely get the start in the Browns' third preseason game later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:54 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Manziel, Hoyer both struggle badly on MNF
    Johnny Manziel completed 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one touchdown in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday night.

    Advice: Brian Hoyer got the start and wasn't any better. He and Manziel both struggled throughout the first half, as they rotated every two series. The two combined to go 4-of-13 for 45 yards in the first half, and each had a QB rating under 45. Manziel played a couple series in the second half against the Redskins' backups, leading a 16-play touchdown drive that was finished off by a Dion Lewis eight-yard catch-and-run score. Manziel misfired on a number of passes in the first half. Coach Mike Pettine may want to get another look at these two before naming his starter. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:50 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • RGIII shaky in Redskins 2nd preseason game
    Robert Griffin III completed 6-of-9 passes for 112 yards and one interception in Washington's second preseason game against Cleveland on Monday night.

    Advice: He added 24 yards rushing on four carries. The numbers look better than Griffin actually played. His footwork was poor, and he took several unnecessary hits as a runner, instead of getting out of bounds. On RGIII's pick, Joe Haden jumped a comeback route to DeSean Jackson for the easy INT. Griffin's lone highlight of the night was a beautiful 49-yard bomb to Andre Roberts. Through two preseason games, RGIII is 8-of-13 passing for 121 yards and the pick. He remains a risky middle-round QB1 fantasy target. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:06 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.48 (11th)
  • Blake Bortles gets 3 first-team reps Monday
    Blake Bortles received three first-team 11-on-11 reps during Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's notable because these are the first reps with the starters Bortles has taken since camp opened. The No. 3 overall pick has certainly earned them after going 11-of-17 for 160 yards against the Bears last week. Bortles is expected play in the first half of this week's preseason game, but will come off the bench behind Chad Henne. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:00 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Carr (concussion) already back at practice
    Derek Carr (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing.

    Advice: It's suspiciously quick clearance after Carr was concussed in Saturday's preseason game, but so it goes. Carr was practicing with extra padding on his injured ribs. Despite the ailments, Carr is now on track to suit up for Friday's regular-season dress rehearsal against the Packers. Carr could put more heat on Matt Schaub with a strong showing in Green Bay. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:05 pm
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.83 (2647th)
  • Charlie Whitehurst (finger) is 'fine'
    Titans No. 2 QB Charlie Whitehurst (finger) is "fine."

    Advice: Checkdown Charlie will be fine to back up Jake Locker for Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:52 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.10 (2643rd)
  • Cassel will start 3rd straight preseason game
    Matt Cassel will start Saturday's third preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: It's Cassel's third straight start, proving he's firmly ahead of Teddy Bridgewater for the Week 1 starting gig. Only a total faceplant Saturday would muddle things. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 for 210 yards with one touchdown and no picks, showing excellent command of the new Norv Turner scheme. Bridgewater is 22-of-33 for 259 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. He also led a game-winning drive in an impressive second preseason game, albeit against the Cardinals' third-string defense. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:59 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.55 (58th)
  • Chip Kelly: No calls yet on Mark Sanchez
    Coach Chip Kelly hinted that he'd be open to trading Mark Sanchez.

    Advice: Through two preseason games, Sanchez has gone 18-of-22 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. On Sunday, Kelly was asked what would happen if another team showed interest in the ex-Jet. "What are you giving me?" Kelly replied. The coach went on to say that no one has called about Sanchez, who settled for a meager one-year, $2.25 million contract in March. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.32 (2653rd)
  • Cam leads 2 TD drives in 2014 preseason debut
    Cam Newton (ankle) started Carolina's second preseason game Sunday night, completing 4-of-9 passes for 65 yards.

    Advice: Dealing with rust in his 2014 debut, Newton went three-and-out on each of the Panthers' first three possessions. He displayed plenty of movement ability on his surgically repaired ankle, but was inaccurate early, missing Jerricho Cotchery badly on a sideline route and overthrowing an open Kelvin Benjamin on a vertical shot. Cam settled down on his fourth and fifth drives, which were both capped by Jonathan Stewart goal-line TDs. Newton hit Kelvin Benjamin on a crosser for 24 yards and Jason Avant for 25 deep down the middle. So far, the early returns on Carolina's oft-ripped offensive line and receiver corps are promising. It's worth noting Greg Olsen (calf) did not play Sunday night. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:39 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.02 (14th)
  • Gabbert could lose primary backup job?
    Coach Jim Harbaugh hinted after Sunday's second preseason game that Blaine Gabbert is in danger of losing the 49ers' backup QB job.

    Advice: "Whoever doesn't turn the ball over will be the backup quarterback," Harbaugh said. Gabbert, of course, has been turning the ball over. He's 11-of-25 passing for 60 yards and two interceptions through two exhibition contests. Third-stringer Josh Johnson did lose a fumble in Sunday's tilt with the Broncos. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:32 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.08 (2669th)
  • Drew Brees resumes practicing in full
    Drew Brees (oblique) has resumed practicing fully at Saints camp.

    Advice: The Saints got a number of key contributors back at Sunday's practice, including Brees and Kenny Stills (quad). With an absolutely loaded pass-catching corps and strong O-Line, Brees is a candidate to be this year's No. 1 fantasy QB. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:43 pm
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.76 (2nd)
  • Tom Savage remains Texans No. 3 QB
    Despite playing second behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in Friday's preseason game, coach Bill O'Brien confirmed rookie Tom Savage remains third string on the Texans' quarterback depth chart.

    Advice: O'Brien said Savage had no idea he'd be thrown in with the second team, and he "wanted to see how Savage handled it." It's a classic Belichickian move, one that Bill used to pull with Matt Cassel and Brian Hoyer in New England. Through two preseason appearances, fourth-round rookie Savage has completed 6-of-8 passes for 22 yards with two sacks absorbed, and no TDs or INTs. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:57 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.08 (2670th)
  • Jags to give Bortles first-team practice reps
    The Jaguars plan to give Blake Bortles first-team reps at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He's also slated for first-team snaps in Jacksonville's third preseason game. "I think he'll get some reps with the ones tomorrow," coach Gus Bradley said Sunday. "I know the plan was sometime during this week." The plan remains to start Chad Henne in Week 1, but Bortles may be able to change minds this week. The Jaguars face the Lions for their third exhibition game next Friday night. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:42 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Thad Lewis in danger of not making roster
    Bills backup QB Thad Lewis is believed to be on the roster bubble.

    Advice: Lewis was a lock for the 53-man roster a month ago, but has struggled this preseason. He's completed just 17-of-33 passes for 168 yards and two interceptions. The Bills were said to be "very high" on Lewis as their backup to E.J. Manuel in the spring. Jeff Tuel has outperformed Lewis this summer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.13 (2642nd)
  • Cassel shines again in 2nd preseason game
    Matt Cassel completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Cardinals on Saturday.

    Advice: Cassel has just about locked up the starting job, and could be named the Week 1 starter as soon as early next week. Through two preseason games, Cassel is 17-of-22 passing for 210 yards and the one touchdown. He showed a good rapport with Kyle Rudolph versus Arizona, hitting his tight end four times for 89 yards and a 51-yard score. Cassel looks like a natural in Norv Turner's offense. Don't get too excited though, Vikings fans. We are talking about Matt Cassel. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:42 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.55 (58th)
  • Geno Smith has solid game vs Bengals
    Geno Smith completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards and an interception in the Jets' second preseason game Saturday night, adding four carries for 20 yards and a touchdown.

    Advice: Smith led the Jets to three scoring drives, with both of the touchdowns coming against the Bengals' backups. He scored his touchdown on a read-option fake from one-yard out. Smith threw a bad pick on his third series on what appeared to be a mix-up with David Nelson, but it was an otherwise solid performance. Through two preseason games, Smith has completed 14-of-19 passes for 131 yards (9.4 YPA) with no touchdowns and an interception. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:10 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Derek Carr suffers concussion against Lions
    Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr left the team's second preseason game with a concussion.

    Advice: Originally thought to be a rib injury, coach Dennis Allen confirmed the rookie was concussed. He will have to pass the league's concussion protocol before returning to the field. Carr has completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards with one touchdown and one interception this preseason. After originally inserting Carr with the first-team offense -- following an abysmal outing by Matt Schaub -- Carr was concussed behind Oakland's second-team offensive line. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:05 am
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.83 (2647th)
  • Derek Carr exits late with rib injury
    Derek Carr completed 9-of-16 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game before being removed in the fourth quarter with a rib injury.

    Advice: Carr outperformed Matt Schaub, who threw his first interception of the preseason. He played deep into the second half, but was removed after getting shaken up on a hit by Larry Webster. Carr has completed 19-of-32 passes for 183 yards (9.6 YPA) through his first two preseason appearances. With Schaub struggling, Carr could make starts early in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:15 pm
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.83 (2647th)
  • Mark Sanchez continues hot preseason
    Mark Sanchez completed 11-of-12 passes for 117 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the Eagles' second preseason game.

    Advice: He carved up the Patriots' second string after doing the same to the Bears' backups a week ago. Through two exhibition affairs, Sanchez is 18-of-22 passing for 196 yards, the two scores, and one pick. It's fair to wonder if Sanchez would become a fantasy QB1 in Chip Kelly's offense if Nick Foles went down. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:35 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.32 (2653rd)
  • Charlie Whitehurst exits with hand injury
    Charlie Whitehurst suffered a right hand injury in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Whitehurst was forced from the game after taking a sack from Kenny Vaccaro on his third snap. He finished without any pass attempts. Rookie Zach Mettenberger replaced Whitehurst and will get an extended look with the second team. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:01 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.10 (2643rd)
  • Drew Brees sits out second preseason game
    Drew Brees (oblique) is inactive for Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Brees will miss his second straight preseason game. There's no concern over his Week 1 status. Marques Colston and Kenny Stills (quad) are also resting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:33 pm
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.76 (2nd)
  • Browns plan to name starting QB on Tuesday
    Browns coach Mike Pettine says Tuesday is the target date to name Cleveland's Week 1 starting quarterback.

    Advice: The Browns play the Steelers in Week 1. Pettine said a group consisting of OC Kyle Shanahan, QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and GM Ray Farmer will have say in naming the starter. PFT's Mike Florio also expects owner Jimmy Haslam to have some say, which could work in rookie Johnny Manziel's favor. The Week 1 starter will likely hinge on the performances of Brian Hoyer and Manziel in Monday's second preseason game. Cleveland visits Washington on MNF. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:54 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Pettine: QB decision won't be permanent
    Coach Mike Pettine conceded Friday the Browns' Week 1 starting quarterback won't necessarily be permanent.

    Advice: "I don't know if you can make a permanent commitment," Pettine said. "So much can change over the course of an NFL season." Brian Hoyer-Johnny Manziel still seems 50:50, but there are indications that the Browns have begun leaning back in Hoyer's direction, after Manziel showed up late to an early-week team meeting. It would make much more sense for the Browns to start Hoyer in Week 1 if they don't anticipate him being a permanent starter. Teams try to avoid benching rookies. Hoyer is a 28-year-old journeyman. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:06 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Bortles to get 1st-tm run in 3rd preseason gm
    Coach Gus Bradley revealed Friday the team plans to let Blake Bortles spend a full quarter with the first-team offense in Jacksonville's third preseason game next week.

    Advice: The Jags may be reevaluating their stance on "redshirting" Bortles after back-to-back impressive preseason performances. He's only worked with the twos to this point; the Jaguars will now test Bortles with the ones. Chad Henne has performed just fine on his own, but should be feeling the heat. If the Jags see that Bortles is truly ready to start in the NFL, we think they will play him. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Vikes players 'certain' Cassel starts Week 1
    Matt Cassel is viewed as the heavy favorite to start Week 1 against the Rams, and some of the players are already "certain" he'll get the nod.

    Advice: If Cassel plays as well as he did in the preseason opener again this week and Teddy Bridgewater can't get the offensive into drive, then it will be an easy call for coach Mike Zimmer. But Zimmer has already hinted he's made up his mind. Zimmer praised Cassel's ability to "make the calls and getting things out in the right way," while he said he "loves" Bridgewater but doesn't know "when" he'll be ready. At this point, it would be an upset if Cassel doesn't start Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:45 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.55 (58th)
  • QB Battle? Bortles shines in relief of Henne
    Blake Bortles shined in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, completing 11-of-17 passes for 160 yards.

    Advice: Originally expected to enter the game after halftime, Bortles checked in with 3:35 left in the first half, leading the Jags on a 45-yard field goal drive. With the obvious disclaimer that he faced second and third teamers, Bortles looked better than any rookie quarterback has this preseason, making stick throws on the run while dropping dimes in traffic. Unlike the Jags' last rookie quarterback, Bortles was calm in the pocket, and scrambled to extend plays, not avoid hits. Chad Henne has played perfectly fine this preseason, but Bortles has looked every bit his draft pedigree. The Jags have insisted Bortles will redshirt all season, but sooner rather than later, there's going to be a controversy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:47 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Browns: QB decision could come next week
    The Browns could name their starting quarterback as early as Tuesday.

    Advice: The Browns play the Redskins on Monday evening. "I'm sure we'll sit down at some point next week, maybe more than likely later in the day on Tuesday and get our heads together and see what we come up with," coach Mike Pettine said. The earlier the Browns name their starting quarterback, the more likely it is to be Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The fact that Pettine is already talking about potentially reaching a decision next week doesn't bode well for Johnny Football. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:58 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Report: Manziel was late to team meeting Mon.
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Johnny Manziel was late to a team meeting on Monday.

    Advice: Mort is under the impression Manziel and a few other Browns rookies simply "misread the schedule," but it's believed Johnny Football was fined. Adam Schefter reported Thursday night that there "seems to be a feeling within the organization that Brian Hoyer wins" the Browns' starting job "in the event of a tie." Schefter believes Cleveland's second preseason game will essentially decide the battle, because all along the plan has been to pick a starter before the third exhibition game. There are no indications that Manziel's tardiness will play a role in coach Mike Pettine's quarterback decision. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Cam Newton will 'at least' 1 quarter vs. K.C.
    Cam Newton (ankle) will play "at least" a quarter in Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs.

    Advice: The Panthers must want Newton to find his sea legs after sitting out the opener. The reps will be far-more important for Newton's supporting cast than Newton, particularly rookie No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Newton's health is not a concern for Week 1. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:43 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.02 (14th)
  • Brian Hoyer to start second preseason game
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in their second preseason game against the Redskins on Monday.

    Advice: The Browns have since confirmed. NFL Network originally reported that Johnny Manziel would get the start. It's somewhat irrelevant, as coach Mike Pettine has insisted both quarterbacks will get run with the first-team offense. Manziel was limited to time with the 2s and 3s in Cleveland's preseason opener. The Browns are making Johnny Football jump through every hoop in his quest to earn the starting job, but he's been on point thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:51 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Cassel on track to be Vikings Week 1 starter
    Live from Vikings camp, ESPN's Britt McHenry reported Thursday "it appears right now" Matt Cassel will be the Vikings' "starter to open the season."

    Advice: Teddy Bridgewater is reportedly taking rookie lumps, throwing five interceptions in practice this week. While Bridgewater remains the future in Minnesota, it would make more sense to open the year with Cassel under center and bench him at some point for Teddy, rather than the other way around. Cassel also outplayed Bridgewater by a wide margin in the Vikings' preseason opener. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:15 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.55 (58th)
  • Brian Hoyer not on trade block for Browns
    Coach Mike Pettine insists the signing of Rex Grossman does not mean the Browns are shopping Brian Hoyer.

    Advice: There's been a rumor going around that the Texans and Browns have talked a Hoyer trade. It's easy to connect the dots; Texans coach Bill O'Brien and Hoyer spent time together in New England. The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports the Texans "won't be trading for Hoyer." Grossman is a No. 3 quarterback, at best, anyway. Hoyer is still in the mix to start for Cleveland. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:37 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Geno Smith to start versus Bengals Saturday
    Geno Smith will start the Jets' second preseason game against the Bengals on Saturday.

    Advice: There had been noise that Michael Vick may be gaining ground in what was thought to be a "competition" in name only, but that doesn't appear to be the case. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini still expects Smith to be named the starter, barring "injury or an epic meltdown." Cimini believes official word could come within the week. The Jets are all in on Smith for Week 1, but he won't have much room for error. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:49 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Bradley: Bortles will get first-team reps
    Speaking Tuesday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley confirmed Blake Bortles will get first-team reps "at some point" this summer.

    Advice: "For me to say he's not going to would probably be inaccurate," Bradley said in classic coachspeak. However, Bradley again intimated the Jags plan to stick with Chad Henne all season, claiming the team has "really rallied around" him. We'd like to take Bradley at face value, but Henne is not a starting-caliber talent, while Bortles has shown well thus far. At some point, there's going to be a controversy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:34 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.09 (2665th)
  • Manziel, Hoyer will both work with starters
    Coach Mike Pettine said Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer will both work with the starters in Cleveland's second preseason game against the Redskins.

    Advice: Manziel will start after Hoyer started the first preseason game. Pettine wants to "balance the reps" out between the two. It's uncertain whether Manziel and Hoyer will each play a quarter in the first half or if they'll simply rotate every other series or two. Pettine and QBs coach Dowell Loggains continue to insist there is no "leader" in the competition. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:57 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Drew Brees (oblique) still sidelined
    Drew Brees (oblique) remains sidelined, and is considered unlikely to return for Friday's preseason game against the Titans.

    Advice: The Saints are calling Brees day to day, but he's proving week to week after going down nine days ago. It's of zero concern for Brees' Week 1 status, but means players like first-round WR Brandin Cooks are missing out on valuable practice reps with their quarterback. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 2:35 pm
     
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    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    21.76 (2nd)
  • Hoyer still ahead of Manziel on depth chart
    Brian Hoyer opened with the first-stringers at Monday's practice.

    Advice: Johnny Manziel hasn't passed Hoyer yet, as coach Mike Pettine confirmed the depth chart is unchanged. Expect the pair to rotate with the first-stringers this week before a starter for the second preseason game is named. All we know for sure right now is that Johnny Football has narrowed the gap considerably. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 8:35 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • King: Manziel has closed gap significantly
    SI's Peter King confirms Johnny Manziel has closed the gap on Brian Hoyer "significantly."

    Advice: King was reporting from Detroit, where both Manziel and Hoyer played reasonably well in the Browns' preseason opener. The tentative expectation is that Manziel will start the second preseason game and Mike Pettine will name his Week 1 starter before the third preseason game. "It's close," said Browns safety Donte Whitner. "I'd say [the locker room] is split about 50-50. We know they both can play." Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 6:51 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    16.32 (31st)
  • Matt Cassel will start second preseason game
    Matt Cassel will start the Vikings' second preseason game Saturday.

    Advice: Round 1 of the QB battle went to Cassel as he led the Vikings to a touchdown drive on his only series in the preseason opener. Teddy Bridgewater went 6-of-13 for 49 yards, fumbled and was sacked twice. So Cassel gets the nod again, a strong sign that he's the favorite to start Week 1. Regardless, we're expecting Bridgewater to make several starts this season as long as he progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 11, 5:13 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    14.55 (58th)
  • Cam Newton fully cleared from ankle injury
    The Panthers have cleared Cam Newton (ankle) for read-option plays in camp, and will start him in their second preseason game.

    Advice: He'd only been doing handoffs and passing to this point. "Cam is on track to do the things we need him to do now," coach Ron Rivera said. "We've mapped out a lot of things. We're now getting to the point where the workload is going to increase." Per Rivera, there will be "no limits" on Newton moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 3:53 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.02 (14th)
  • Browns deny Hoyer has been overtaken
    Coach Mike Pettine called an ESPN report that Johnny Manziel has "moved ahead" of Brian Hoyer in the Browns' QB derby "untrue."

    Advice: It's classic coachspeak. Pettine also left the door open for Manziel to start Cleveland's second preseason game, saying he hasn't decided who will get the nod yet. Pettine still hopes to name a Week 1 starter before the team's third exhibition. Hoyer is a solid game manager, fine spot starter, and ultimately a strong NFL backup. Manziel adds many dimensions to the offense. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 3:03 pm
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.38 (2650th)
  • Geno Smith aiming to be Aaron Rodgers 2.0
    Geno Smith said he expects to be a top-five NFL quarterback in a year or two, and believes his style of play most closely resembles Aaron Rodgers.

    Advice: Set the bar high, young fella. "I liken myself to him," Smith said. "He throws a great ball and he's very accurate in the pocket, but he's also skilled enough to run around. I want to be one of those guys that can play from the pocket." Smith can make any throw on the field; decision-making was the issue in year one. He completed 4-of-6 passes for 33 yards in the preseason opener. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 9:05 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.23 (45th)
  • Report: Cousins outplaying RG3 in practices
    After watching the Patriots-Redskins joint practices this past week, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss came away thinking Robert Griffin III "didn't look like the best quarterback on his own team."

    Advice: Reiss is a wholly unbiased observer, so this definitely caught our eye. He thought Kirk Cousins "was better" than RG3, running Jay Gruden's offense more efficiently. Reiss says he spoke to members of the Patriots to double-check his observations of Griffin, "and then heard the same sentiment echoed by some others in the Patriots organization." Griffin remains a boom-or-bust 2014 fantasy prospect, learning a new offense where his running usage will be scaled back. Gruden wants to make RG3 more of a pocket passer. It may take time. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 10, 8:11 am
     
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    18.48 (11th)
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