Player Notes

  • Austin Hooper has five-catch night
    Austin Hooper caught 5-of-5 targets for 50 yards in Thursday's preseason game, also losing a fumble.

    Advice: Hooper caught a 23-yard pass down the seam, but let the ball get chopped out as he was coming to the ground. It was the sort of rookie mistake that drives coaches crazy. Hooper got a little run with the first-team tonight, but was clearly behind Jacob Tamme. He played until the final whistle blew. If Hooper is done for the preseason, he'll go into Week 1 with six catches for 57 yards. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
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  • Witten catches 17-yard TD vs. Seahawks
    Jason Witten caught his lone target for a 17-yard touchdown in the Cowboys' third preseason game.

    Advice: Witten played the first quarter before calling it a night. His touchdown grab was an impressive grab over the top of K.J. Wright in the end zone. Witten usually doesn't make plays on balls in the air at 34 years old, as he's more of a catches-it-when-he's-open-over-the-middle type. But when the ball hits his hands, he usually reels it in. Witten is probably more of a high-end TE2 at this stage. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
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  • Tamme remains Falcons pass-catching TE
    Jacob Tamme secured 2-of-2 targets for 16 yards in the Falcons' third preseason game.

    Advice: Tamme continued to run as Atlanta's first-team receiving tight end, ahead of rookie Austin Hooper. Hooper did get action with the ones, but lost a fumble following a reception up the seam and isn't posing a noticeable threat to Tamme yet. Tamme finished 2015 with a 59-657-1 receiving line across 15 games. His 2016 projection should be in the same range, or perhaps slightly lower. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
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  • Jordan Cameron drops pair of targets vs. ATL
    Jordan Cameron caught 1-of-4 targets for six yards in the Dolphins' third preseason game against the Falcons on Thursday.

    Advice: Cameron dropped two of the four passes that came his way. Coach Adam Gase even tried to scheme him a touchdown from inside the five-yard line by lining Cameron up by himself on the right side and sending four receivers to the left. Tannehill's pass ended up hitting Cameron in the face mask. According to Dolphins beat reporters, Cameron's summer has been brutal and filled with dropped passes at practice. Dion Sims deserves a longer look. Cameron is legitimately stealing money in Miami, collecting $6 million this season. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
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  • Ladarius Green 'holding out hope' for Week 1
    Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle, headaches) is "holding out hope" he'll be ready for Week 1, but acknowledges his rehab has gone "very slow."

    Advice: It's still unclear what Green is even "rehabbing." He's adopted the team's party line that he's not dealing with headaches, but his own agent has said it's not his ankle. It's a ridiculously-muddled situation, one that makes Green a no-go as anything other than a risk/reward TE2. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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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. Yesterday, 9:16 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 5:51 am
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  • Heuerman to miss 3rd preseason game
    Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring) will miss the third preseason game.

    Advice: Another case of a second-year "redshirt" who can't get healthy, Heuerman has fallen well behind Virgil Green in their competition to replace Owen Daniels. A 2015 third-round draft pick, Heuerman's roster spot should still be secure. Wednesday, 5:25 pm
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  • Gronkowski back at practice after 9 days away
    Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) returned to practice Wednesday after missing the previous nine days.

    Advice: Gronkowski "pulled up lame" on August 15, and that's all the media was able to glean from the "injury," though NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the issue, whatever it was, was minor. The Patriots have no reason to push Gronk through summer practices. He'll be fine for the Week 1 opener. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
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  • Koetter praises Seferian-Jenkins' work ethic
    Coach Dirk Koetter praised Austin Seferian-Jenkins' work ethic over the past couple weeks.

    Advice: After opening camp as the clear No. 2 to Cameron Brate, ASJ has gained the ground back and is splitting first-team reps with Brate. "Austin's worked his way right back in there," Koetter said. "And when he got moved down the depth chart all you can ask a player when he gets moved down is that he competes and does better and tries to get back up there and he's done that." It was a motivational tactic by Koetter, and it's paid off. ASJ is a high-upside late-round flier. Wednesday, 6:27 am
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  • Jared Cook has 'rapport' with Aaron Rodgers
    According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official website, Jared Cook has "developed a rapport" with Aaron Rodgers the past two weeks.

    Advice: Cook was activated from the PUP list two weeks ago from today, and in his first practice with the team, he and Rodgers hooked up for numerous touchdowns in team drills. Hodkiewicz also reports Cook has "caught everything" in practice. Cook has a good chance to set or come close to career-best marks in Green Bay, especially with touchdowns. His current career-high is five. Tuesday, 5:53 pm
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  • Craig Stevens retires after eight seasons
    Titans TE Craig Stevens is retiring after eight years in the league.

    Advice: The No. 85 overall pick of the 2008 draft, Stevens is forfeiting $2 million by hanging it up. Of course, it's quite possible the decision comes after the Titans told him he wasn't going to make the team. A blocking specialist, Stevens spent his entire eight-year career in Tennessee, catching 60 passes and scoring six touchdowns. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
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  • Vikings activate TE Rhett Ellison
    Vikings activated TE Rhett Ellison (knee) off the active/PUP list.

    Advice: It is a miraculous recovery for Ellison, who tore his patellar tendon in January. He might not be ready for Week 1, but removing him from the PUP suggests the Vikings expect him back early in the season. With sixth-round rookie David Morgan playing well behind Kyle Rudolph and MyCole Pruitt, the Vikings could end up keeping four tight ends. Tuesday, 8:59 am
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  • Payton: Coby Fleener still 'work in progress'
    Saints coach Sean Payton said Coby Fleener is still a "work in progress."

    Advice: "I'd say it's an ongoing progression," Payton said. "There's some plays that are real good, and then there's some plays where we've got to be a little bit more detailed and that's something that I know he's got to work on." Despite Fourth-Team Gate last week, Fleener is still clearly the No. 1 tight end in New Orleans, but Payton wants him to both improve as a blocker and clean up some of his routes. Fleener agreed he has work to do, echoing his coach's sentiments by saying his understanding of the new offense is a "work in progress." While there appears to still be some rough edges, Fleener should shine with Drew Brees this season. Tuesday, 6:13 am
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  • Greg Olsen (back) returns to practice
    Greg Olsen (back) has resumed practicing.

    Advice: Perhaps Olsen will miss this week's regular season dress rehearsal out of an abundance of caution, but his back won't be a concern for Week 1. Monday, 11:26 am
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  • Jake Fisher expects to be back by Week 1
    Bengals OT Jake Fisher (ankle) expects to be ready for Week 1.

    Advice: Fisher had to be carted off the field during last week's preseason game, but it looks like he has avoided a serious injury. Fisher is expected to serve as a swing tackle this season. Monday, 10:15 am
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  • Eifert (ankle) will attempt to jog on Monday
    Tyler Eifert said he will attempt to jog Monday for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery in May.

    Advice: This is a step in the right direction, but it is a reminder of how far he still has to go. On the bright side, Eifert said his ankle "feels pretty good," and he has not suffered any setbacks. Likely to miss at least the first couple games of the season, Eifert is being over-drafted in the seventh round. Monday, 9:16 am
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  • Dennis Pitta dealing with broken finger
    Dennis Pitta is sidelined with a broken finger.

    Advice: He has not practiced since August 1. It was originally thought Pitta had just a sprain, but an MRI revealed a break. The Ravens are holding him out because they are concerned he could do further damage. Pitta ridiculously suffered the injury during a training-camp fight. Monday, 8:41 am
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  • Nick Vannett battling high ankle sprain
    Seahawks rookie TE Nick Vannett is dealing with a high ankle sprain.

    Advice: Coach Pete Carroll said Vannett has "responded well" since going down in Thursday's preseason game, but there is no timetable for his return. A third-round pick out of Ohio State, Vannett is behind Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson on the depth chart. Vannett is a low-upside commodity in Dynasty leagues. Sunday, 2:02 pm
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  • Jeff Cumberland suffers torn Achilles'
    Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles' in the second preseason game Friday night.

    Advice: This was always the most likely outcome after Cumberland pulled up without contact trying to catch a ball in the end zone. The veteran will spend the season on injured reserve. Cumberland also suffered a torn Achilles' in 2011. Saturday, 1:46 pm
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