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  • Clive Walford still on shelf
    Rookie TE Clive Walford (hamstring) still isn't practicing at Raiders camp.

    Advice: We noted on August 21 that Walford had missed 12 of Oakland's 14 training camp practices to that point. He's missed everything in between, putting him at nearly three lost weeks. At this rate, Walford isn't going to be opening the season as a starter. He can be ruled out for the Raiders' third preseason game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.49 (252nd)
     
  • Eagles TE Ertz's Week 1 status up in the air
    Eagles OC Pat Shurmur declined to say if TE Zach Ertz (groin surgery) will be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: "I don't know," Shurmur said when asked if the opener was still a realistic target. "I'm assuming so. Behind the scenes he's taking care of his obligations. It'll be a matter of him getting back out there practicing." Ertz hasn’t practiced since August 14. He has 19 days to get cleared, putting his status in doubt. Brent Celek projects to open the season as the Eagles starting tight end. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:48 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.58 (88th)
     
  • Browns TE Bibbs forcing missed tackles
    Browns TE E.J. Bibbs has forced six missed tackles this preseason.

    Advice: Bibbs has been playing an H-back role with rookie Malcolm Johnson sidelined. He has five catches for 43 yards through two preseason games. Browns OC John DeFilippo said Bibbs "has gotten a lot better in cutting down his mental mistakes." Bibbs has a chance to make move TE Rob Housler expendable. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2565th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1890th)
     
  • Brandon Williams practicing fully again
    Panthers TE Brandon Williams (groin surgery) has resumed practicing fully.

    Advice: Williams has been activated from the active/PUP list after undergoing a "minor" groin operation in June. With Kelvin Benjamin out for the year, the Panthers are expected to incorporate more two-tight end sets. 27-year-old Williams is a player to watch to see if he can put any heat on Ed Dickson for snaps. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.16 (2562nd)
     
  • Nick O'Leary isn't guaranteed roster spot
    Bills coach Rex Ryan admits sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary isn't guaranteed a roster spot.

    Advice: O'Leary was a star catching passes from Jameis Winston in college, but is no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart. O'Leary has severe athletic limitations, and isn't much of a run blocker. He could be a better fit for the practice squad than 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (2564th)
     
  • Jordan Reed says he's back to 100 percent
    Jordan Reed (hamstring) says he's 100 percent.

    Advice: Reed was back at practice Tuesday, and hopes to play in this weekend's preseason game. "I took my time getting back so I'll be all good for the season," Reed said. Reed's ever-shaky health has taken on much greater importance after Niles Paul (ankle) was lost for the season. Reed has top-10 upside, but should be drafted as an injury-prone TE2. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:00 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.12 (140th)
     
  • Derek Carrier listed as No. 2 tight end
    The Redskins listed Derek Carrier as their No. 2 tight end on their unofficial depth chart.

    Advice: Acquired from San Francisco just four days ago, Carrier's placement on the depth chart could be a testament to how highly the Redskins view the 25-year-old tight end. If he can pick up the offensive system quickly, it is not out of the question Carrier pushes Jordan Reed (hamstring) for snaps. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.41 (2376th)
     
  • Charles Clay dealing with nagging knee injury
    New Bills TE Charles Clay is dealing with a "nagging" right knee injury.

    Advice: Clay insists the injury isn't serious, and that he'll play in this weekend's preseason game. Still, it's a concern for a player who was slowed by a nagging right knee issue for most of 2014. Dealing with one of the league's worst quarterback situations, Clay will be a middling TE2 even at full health. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:29 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.19 (136th)
     
  • Jordan Reed (hamstring) back at practice
    Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Reed was in pads, but he will likely be limited. With Niles Paul done for the year, the Redskins need Reed to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:19 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.12 (140th)
     
  • Chase Ford on wrong side of roster bubble
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes it is unlikely TE Chase Ford makes the final roster.

    Advice: Ford's only chance would be if the Vikings keep four tight ends, which the Star-Tribune calls "unlikely." Ford showed well last year in a reserve role, and there are plenty of tight-end needy teams the Vikings could contact in search of a trade. If he is cut, Ford is unlikely to be without a home for long. 25-year-old Ford caught 23 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown last season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.17 (2560th)
     
  • 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
    4.35 (164th)
     
  • Greg Olsen focal point of passing offense
    Greg Olsen caught three passes for 27 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game.

    Advice: Olsen secured three of Cam Newton's four completions. With Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) out for the year, Olsen projects as the focal point of the Panthers' passing offense. He will be hard pressed to surpass the 123 targets he saw last season, but he will once again be among the top-targeted tight ends in the league. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:07 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.88 (85th)
     
  • Tim Wright not likely to make final roster
    ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas said TE Tim Wright will struggle to make the final roster.

    Advice: Wright always faced an uphill battle with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker ahead of him on the depth chart, but he has not helped himself by struggling to make plays in camp. Wright will find plenty of takers if he ends up getting cut, but his breakout rookie campaign is feeling like a distant memory. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.17 (2559th)
     
  • Richard Rodgers hauls in touchdown
    Richard Rodgers caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' second preseason game.

    Advice: All of Rodgers targets were delivered by backup quarterback Scott Tolzien, but he did play with the first-team offense. Rodgers showed soft hands making a leaping grab on a poor throw by Tolzien on the touchdown and showed some athleticism to get his body turned and dive into the end zone. Coach Mike McCarthy talked up Rodgers' ability in the red zone earlier this week, and with Jordy Nelson (torn ACL) likely done for the year, Rodgers could be in line for more red-zone looks. He will not be consistent enough to be a regular starter, but he could have some streaming value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:55 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.90 (151st)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 7:38 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.35 (164th)
     
  • Ladarius Green catches nine-yard pass vs. SD
    Ladarius Green caught a nine-yard pass in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Cast wise, the Chargers mailed it in on offense tonight, but Green now has only one catch through two preseason games. Green is locked in as San Diego's Weeks 1-4 starter in the absence of Antonio Gates (suspension), but has created very little buzz this summer. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:51 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.12 (107th)
     
  • Maxx Williams has three-catch night vs. PHI
    Maxx Williams caught 3-of-4 targets for 25 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles.

    Advice: Williams spent time with both the first- and second-team offenses. Williams reportedly hasn't been making many plays in practice, but is up to 5/61 through two preseason games. The talented rookie is on the TE2 radar. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:31 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (182nd)
     
  • Jacob Tamme having nondescript camp
    Jacob Tamme "hasn’t done much" in training camp.

    Advice: The Falcons did little to upgrade their tight end situation this offseason, adding Tamme and oft-injured TE Tony Moeaki to compete with Levine Toilolo. Tamme worked with the first team in the second preseason game and remains the favorite to start. None of Atlanta's tight ends are on the TE2 radar. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:30 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.78 (153rd)
     
  • Mike Pettine praises UDFA TE E.J. Bibbs
    Coach Mike Pettine said UDFA TE E.J. Bibbs "has proven he has an NFL skillset."

    Advice: Bibbs is outplaying Rob Housler through two preseason games, catching five passes for 43 yards. He offers more versatility than Housler and could play his way into an early-season H-back role. The Browns would save $1 million in cap space by cutting Housler. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:07 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (2565th)
     
  • Panthers could use more two tight end sets
    The Panthers plan to use more two tight end sets following Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending ACL injury.

    Advice: Ed Dickson worked with the first-team offense and caught several passes in Thursday's practice. With Devin Funchess unproven and Ted Ginn and Corey Brown better suited as deep threats, the Panthers need reliable targets in the middle of the field. Reliable receiver has never described Dickson before, but he is a good athlete who could threaten the seams if given a chance. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:59 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.41 (2377th)
     
  • Seferian-Jenkins struggling with drops
    ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas said TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has struggled with drops in camp.

    Advice: Yasinskas added the Bucs could turn to Brandon Myers as the starter if the drops persist. On a team with not much hope of competing this year, benching a sophomore second-round pick for a journeyman entering his age-30 season would be a bad decision. ASJ should open the season with the first team. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.90 (152nd)
     
  • O'Shaughnessy goes 2-15-1 vs. Seattle
    Chiefs rookie TE James O'Shaughnessy caught two balls for 15 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's second preseason game.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick out of Illinois State, O'Shaughnessy saw extensive action with Kansas City's first-team offense, mixing in behind Travis Kelce. A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman, O'Shaughnessy is an underrated talent with plus athleticism and an impressive all-around game. He could become a streamer option if something happened to Kelce and is worth a bench stash in especially deep Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.08 (2400th)
     
  • Jacob Tamme worked with the first-team
    Jacob Tamme did not catch his only target in the Falcons' second preseason game.

    Advice: The stat line was not impressive, but the real story is Tamme worked with the first team offense. He appears to be ahead of Tony Moeaki and Levine Toilolo on the depth chart. In what could be a high-scoring offense, Tamme could be useful as a streamer at some point this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:54 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    4.78 (153rd)
     
  • Travis Kelce: 1-23 against Seattle
    Travis Kelce caught one pass for 23 yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game.

    Advice: Kelce's big play came on an upfield route down the seam, getting between Seattle's linebackers for the chunk-yardage gain. Kelce was also noticeably effective as a blocker. After frustratingly spending most of last season as Kansas City's No. 2 tight end behind Anthony Fasano, Kelce will be a full-time player this year with James O'Shaughnessy handling Kelce's old reserve role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.33 (72nd)
     
  • Jimmy Graham goes 3-39 against Chiefs
    Jimmy Graham caught three balls for 39 yards in Seattle's second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: Graham was up-and-down as a blocker in the run game, but he showed chemistry as a receiver with Russell Wilson, repeatedly gashing Kansas City's defense down the seams. NFL Network's Michael Robinson noted during a break in the game that Graham has dominated red-zone targets at Seahawks camp. While Graham's reception total is a virtual lock to dip in Seattle's run-first attack, he will remain a solid candidate for double-digit TDs and deserves to be the No. 2 tight end on fantasy cheatsheats behind Rob Gronkowski. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:20 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.45 (71st)
     
  • Clive Walford missing extended time in camp
    Rookie TE Clive Walford (hamstring) has missed 12 of the Raiders' 14 training camp practices.

    Advice: Walford hasn’t practiced since Oakland’s first preseason game. Coach Jack Del Rio isn't concerned over his injury, but the missed time reduces Walford’s chances of unseating Mychal Rivera before Week 1. Walford has Dynasty potential, but isn’t yet on the redraft radar. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:34 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.49 (252nd)
     
  • Redskins trade fifth-rounder for TE Derek Carrier
    Redskins acquired TE Derek Carrier from the 49ers for a conditional 2017 fifth-round pick.

    Advice: The "conditions" are related to playing time and stats. Carrier just turned 25 years old and has absurd measurables, running 4.49 with a 40-inch vertical at 6-foot-3, 240 coming out of Beloit College in 2012. He probably should've played over both Vance McDonald and Vernon Davis last year, but wound up handling under 200 snaps. Carrier is a converted wide receiver who earned positive run and pass blocking grades from PFF in 2014. He gives Washington a No. 2 tight end following Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen's year-ending injuries. We wouldn't totally rule out the possibility of Carrier pushing always-injured Jordan Reed once he picks up Jay Gruden's system. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:12 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.41 (2376th)
     
  • Nick Boyle outplaying Maxx Williams
    Ravens fifth-round TE Nick Boyle has made "far more plays" at training camp than second-rounder Maxx Williams.

    Advice: Boyle also appeared to play ahead of Williams in Baltimore's preseason opener. The college-to-pro transition for tight ends is as difficult as any position, and all signs point to Williams coming along slowly. He remains a worthwhile Dynasty hold, but we can't expect a year-one impact from Williams at this stage. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:31 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.70 (182nd)
     
  • Gavin Escobar returns to practice Friday
    Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar (concussion) returned to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He only missed a few days. The 47th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Escobar has just 18 receptions through two seasons, though he did grab five balls for 47 yards in Dallas' preseason opener. He'll keep backing up Jason Witten. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.51 (249th)
     
  • Trey Burton locked in as Eagles No. 3 TE
    Trey Burton is locked in as the Eagles' No. 3 tight end.

    Advice: Burton isn't facing any competition and is expected to fill the same role James Casey filled last season as a core special teams player while seeing occasional snaps on offense. The second-year UDFA out of Florida is a QB-turned-WR-turned-TE. The Eagles like Burton long-term as the No. 2 behind Zach Ertz. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:37 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (2555th)
     
  • Gary Barnidge leaves with possible concussion
    Browns TE Gary Barnidge exited Thursday night's preseason game with a possible concussion.

    Advice: He's officially being "evaluated" for the brain injury. Barnidge is the Browns' starting tight end, ahead of Jim Dray, Rob Housler, and E.J. Bibbs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.82 (2507th)
     
  • Jordan Reed ruled out for 2nd preseason game
    Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for Thursday's preseason game against the Lions.

    Advice: Reed has been "day to day" for a week. Coach Jay Gruden says Reed's Thursday absence isn't merely a precaution, and that he wouldn't be ready to go were it the regular season. It's troubling news for a player whose career has continually been derailed by hamstring issues. The next test for Reed will be Washington's regular season dress rehearsal in 11 days. The pressure on Reed to stay healthy has amped up considerably after Niles Paul landed on injured reserve. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:16 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    5.12 (140th)
     
  • Gavin Escobar sidelined with concussion
    Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has been diagnosed with a concussion.

    Advice: It's a bummer for a player coming off a nice preseason opener. Escobar could be in for a bigger role behind an aging Jason Witten this season, but he's not a realistic TE2 for September. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:32 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    2.51 (249th)
     
  • D. Pitta to begin season on reserve/PUP list
    Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games.

    Advice: It's not a surprise for a player whose career remains in doubt. The earliest Pitta can return is Week 7, but that's not realistic. In a best-case scenario, he could be ready following Baltimore's Week 9 bye. The odds seem stacked against Pitta playing this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:49 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1890th)
     
  • 49ers fielding trade call for tight ends
    CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco is "hearing" the 49ers are getting calls from teams interested in acquiring a tight end.

    Advice: Derek Carrier and Asante Cleveland are the names Maiocco heard, but the 49ers could likely be convinced to part with Vance McDonald as well. With eight tight ends on the roster, San Francisco would probably like to move a couple before cutdowns begin. Though Maiocco does not mention any teams specifically, it is easy to project the Redskins as one of the interested parties. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.41 (2376th)
     
  • TE Gary Barnidge has emerged as the starter
    Gary Barnidge is the early favorite to start for the Browns at tight end.

    Advice: Barnidge is a solid veteran who can help out as a blocker, but he has 44 receptions in 92 career games. Cleveland brought in Rob Housler to be its receiving option, but he has struggled in camp and is firmly on the roster bubble. With serious questions at wide receiver, the Browns need to find a passing-game weapon at tight end. Rotoworld.com Aug 17, 7:13 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.82 (2507th)
     
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