Player Notes

  • LB Beasley sparking pass rush
    Atlanta LB Vic Beasley has racked up 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles through seven weeks.

    Advice: "He's been getting off on the ball, getting the ball out, looking like a Pro Bowl player," said Falcons CB Desmond Trufant. Beasley has helped spark the Atlanta pass rush that had major issues last season. The Falcons have 15 sacks in seven games compared to just 19 in all of 2015, and have dropped opposing quarterbacks 11 times in the last three weeks. Despite an improved pass rush, Atlanta has allowed 28.4 points per game this season, making the Falcons D/ST an undesirable fantasy option against Green Bay in Week 8. Just now
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  • Ravens want Perriman to progress quicker
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants Breshad Perriman to begin advancing more quickly.

    Advice: "I told him, 'I just am impatient. You have all this talent, and there is a lot to learn, but I just want to speed the curve up,'" Harbaugh said after Perriman had a rough game Sunday. "Obviously, he said that he could not agree more. We just have to keep chasing it. It is going to happen, and let's try to make it happen sooner rather than later." Playing about 40 weekly snaps, Perriman hasn't shown much after missing his entire rookie season, catching no more than three passes in a game and failing to find the end zone. He'll go further in the tank once Steve Smith Sr. returns from his ankle injury. Today, 3:33 pm
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  • Nate Washington works out for the Buccaneers
    Free agent WR Nate Washington worked out for the Bucs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Bucs are absurdly low on receivers behind Mike Evans. Now 33, Washington caught 47 passes in 14 games for the Texans last season, averaging 14 yards per grab. He couldn't make the Patriots this summer, but might have a little something left in the tank. Today, 3:26 pm
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  • Broncos plan to continue backfield timeshare
    Broncos coach Gary Kubiak expects to continue using a 1-2 punch at running back going forward.

    Advice: Devontae Booker out-snapped C.J. Anderson 35-29 on Monday, and out-touched him 18-16. Anderson narrowly out-gained him 107-87. "I sure hope so," Kubiak said of keeping both backs involved. "Hopefully we can have that many touches in a course of a game, but I saw two guys competing. I saw fresh guys on the field and I think that was good for us, but we were also getting more room to run. Those things go hand-in-hand." Although Anderson had his best game of the season on Monday, the situation renders him a volatile RB2, and locks Booker in as a high-end RB3. Today, 2:47 pm
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  • Allen Hurns upgraded to 'full' on Tuesday
    Allen Hurns (neck, shoulder) was upgraded to "full" in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Hurns was listed as "limited" on Monday, but the Jags didn't actually practice. He'll be ready to go as a low-end WR3 against the Titans. Today, 2:39 pm
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  • Julius Thomas downgraded to 'DNP' Tuesday
    Julius Thomas (ankle) was held out of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Listed with his ankle last week, Thomas played 56-of-68 snaps against the Raiders. We'd guess the Jaguars are just managing his reps on a short week, but downgrades are always worthy of attention. Thomas' Wednesday status will be critical. Today, 2:36 pm
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  • Falcons ink Stevan Ridley with Coleman ailing
    Falcons signed RB Stevan Ridley.

    Advice: RB Terron Ward has also been promoted from the practice squad. It means Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is going to miss Sunday's game against the Packers. Ridley couldn't crack the Colts' wafer-thin running back corps this summer, and is unlikely to see a touch behind Devonta Freeman this weekend. Today, 1:34 pm
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  • Texans consider Miller (shoulder) day to day
    The Texans consider Lamar Miller (shoulder) day to day.

    Advice: Coach Bill O'Brien said Miller was "doing better" on Tuesday after shuttling in and out of Monday's loss. Miller will undoubtedly miss some practice time this week, but there's little reason to believe he's in danger of missing, or even being limited, against the Lions. Houston's first practice report comes out on Wednesday. Today, 12:50 pm
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  • Cook (ankle) still not ready for practice
    Jared Cook (ankle) will not resume practicing this week.

    Advice: Cook has been sidelined since Week 3. The Packers will continue going with Richard Rodgers, who is nothing but a big body as a pass catcher. Today, 12:33 pm
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  • Cole: Jared Goff still 'a long way' from playing
    According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, Jared Goff is still "a long way from playing."

    Advice: The report comes from a source within the Rams' organization. Goff will get increased practice reps during the bye week but the Rams are still concerned with his ability to switch plays at the line of scrimmage. Even with Case Keenum coming off a disastrous four-interception game in Week 7, the Rams remain hesitant to throw their No. 1 pick into the fire. Despite his limited progress, we're guessing Goff will see his first game action in the near future, particularly if the Rams continue losing under Keenum. Today, 9:46 am
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  • David Cobb joins Bears' practice squad
    Bears signed RB David Cobb to their practice squad.

    Advice: TE Marcel Jensen was cut from the practice squad to make room for him. Cobb was cut from the Steelers' practice squad a few weeks ago. He'd need an injury to Jordan Howard or Ka'Deem Carey to see the field this year. Today, 9:35 am
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  • Kevin Hogan listed atop Browns' QB depth chart
    Kevin Hogan is listed as the Browns' No. 1 quarterback on the team's latest depth chart.

    Advice: Josh McCown (collarbone) and Cody Kessler (concussion) are both listed in brackets with recent waiver claim Joe Callahan serving as Hogan's backup. We're guessing Kessler would get the nod if healthy but right now it's anyone's guess if he'll be cleared for Week 8. Hogan surprised the Bengals by running the read-option in Week 7 but the gimmick wore off quickly. He completed just 12-of-24 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions, though he did have success on the ground with 104 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. If Hogan does end up starting against the Jets, he won't be a recommended streamer. Today, 8:59 am
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  • Chargers may try to lighten Gordon's workload
    Chargers RBs coach Ollie Wilson said the team could try to lighten Melvin Gordon's workload.

    Advice: "We’ve got to do that for no other reason than down the road when you look at his carries, you say ‘Hey maybe that’s going to be too much,’" Wilson said. Gordon is going to remain the clear lead back, but he is on pace for 361 touches. The Chargers might knock a few touches a game off to keep him fresh, but Gordon's touchdown upside is going to keep him a high-end RB1 all season.Daily Slant: Gordon is still going to be a fine target in most match-ups - this week's is not one of them. The Chargers are nearly touchdown underdogs on the road in Denver and they have one of the lowest team totals of the week. Gordon will be their best method of moving the ball, but SD has had trouble running the ball with consistency. SD is 23rd in rush yards per game and Gordon leads the league in Stuff% (number of times the defense denies a run play before or at the line of scrimmage). Today, 7:43 am
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  • Report: 49ers not shopping Torrey Smith
    CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports the 49ers are not shopping Torrey Smith.

    Advice: They are, but it makes sense for the 49ers to leak they are not attempting to trade their No. 1 receiver to both drive up the price and keep from burning bridges if a deal does not go through. The Eagles have been the only team linked with Smith, but a team like the Bengals or the Steelers could have interest as well. Today, 7:16 am
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  • Dorsett 'trending in the right direction'
    Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is "trending in the right direction."

    Advice: "We might get (Dorsett) back out there Wednesday," Pagano added. Dorsett has not been a viable fantasy player even with Donte Moncrief (shoulder) sidelined, and Moncrief is expected back on the practice field Wednesday. Even so, his return would be a boost for Andrew Luck. Today, 6:55 am
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  • Donte Moncrief expected to practice Wednesday
    Donte Moncrief (shoulder) is expected to practice Wednesday.

    Advice: "Moncrief has a good chance to get back into the swing of things," coach Chuck Pagano said. "I think he will get on the field on Wednesday in a limited capacity." Even a limited practice that early in the week would give him a decent shot to play, and the Colts do not have the luxury of taking it slow with Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) and Dwayne Allen (ankle) nursing injuries, although Pagano did say Dorsett is "trending in the right direction." If he plays, Moncrief will be an upside WR3 against Kansas City. Today, 6:38 am
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  • Ladarius Green will begin practicing Tuesday
    Ladarius Green (ankle, PUP) will begin practicing on Tuesday.

    Advice: The practice, Green's first as a Steeler, will start a 21-day window for him to be activated. The fact the Steelers decided to start that clock during the bye week suggests they hope to have the tight end back in Week 9. Coming off an extended absence for a new team, Green will be difficult to trust in a tough matchup against the Ravens even if he is active. Today, 6:35 am
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  • Fisher has not changed mind on starting QB
    Jeff Fisher reiterated he will stick with Case Keenum as the starting quarterback through the bye week.

    Advice: "I’ve not changed my mindset whatsoever with respect to Case and Jared [Goff]," Fisher said. "Jared’s going to be our starter, but we’re just going to continue with Case." Fisher does plan to give Goff some reps with the first-team offense over the bye week, but he is sticking with Keenum, for now. Goff should find himself under center sometime in the next month. Today, 5:44 am
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  • Virgil Green not targeted in Week 7 win
    Virgil Green wasn't targeted in the Broncos' Week 7 win over the Texans.

    Advice: Green played roughly half the snaps, but did most of his work as a blocker. He's yet to see more than four targets in a game this season and isn't on the streaming radar at tight end ahead of a Week 8 date with the Chargers. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
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  • Hopkins goes 5-36 on 12 targets vs. Broncos
    DeAndre Hopkins caught 5-of-12 targets for 36 yards in the Texans' Week 7 loss to the Broncos.

    Advice: Just a nightmare performance from Brock Osweiler. The quarterback play has been the single thing holding Hopkins back this season. This was also a horrible matchup for Hopkins against the Broncos' league-best secondary, but Osweiler didn't give him a chance on a couple deeper shots. Hopkins has seen at least eight targets in all but one game this season, but he's catching just 55.4 percent of them and is well off his pace of 198 targets from last year. Hopkins gets a plus draw with the Lions at home in Week 8, but he needs Osweiler to play much better. It's hard to trust in that. Consider Hopkins more of a WR2/3 moving forward. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
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