Player Notes

  • 'Good chance' Celek leads tight ends in snaps
    The Philadelphia Daily News said there is a "good chance" Brent Celek leads the Eagles' tight ends in snaps this year.

    Advice: Just as he has every year since 2009. Chip Kelly reportedly loves Celek, and he offers the Eagles more in the running game than Zach Ertz. Recovering from groin surgery, Ertz may not even suit up early in the season, and when he finally gets back on the field it will again be in a backup role to Celek. Ertz is nothing more than a TE2 flier at this point. Today, 8:21 am
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  • 'Probably one spot' for Fauria and Tim Wright
    The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett said TEs Joseph Fauria and Tim Wright are competing for "probably only one spot."

    Advice: Wright would seem to have the edge as the Lions traded for him just three days ago, but all Wright cost was a kicker who was unlikely to make the final roster anyway. Wright has floundered in both New England and Tampa Bay following a breakout rookie campaign, and Fauria offers the Lions a red-zone threat they are missing at the back end of their receiver corps. This competition could go down the wire, and both tight ends may end up on the final roster. Today, 5:49 am
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  • Maxx Williams has no shot to start Week 1
    ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley said rookie TE Maxx Williams has no chance to start Week 1.

    Advice: He should get some snaps, but he is well behind Crockett Gillmore on the depth chart. Rookie tight ends always struggle to make a fantasy impact, especially rookie tight ends who are on the bench. Williams could grow into a role as the season wears on, but for now he is not useful in fantasy. Today, 5:23 am
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  • Nick O'Leary doesn't look like he belongs
    WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary "would likely have been released by now" if he wasn't a draft pick.

    Advice: Per Buscaglia, O'Leary "could be confused with any of the undrafted free agents on the roster" at Bills camp. He's currently behind Charles Clay, MarQuies Gray, Matthew Mulligan, and Chris Gragg on the depth chart. Small, short armed, and slow, O'Leary might not even make it onto Buffalo's practice squad. Yesterday, 6:51 pm
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  • Gresham ruled out for preseason finale
    Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

    Advice: Gresham will miss the entire preseason recovering from back surgery and a hamstring issue. With Troy Niklas also sidelined, Darren Fells is locked in as Arizona’s Week 1 starter. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
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  • Dolphins coach high on TE Dion Sims
    Coach Joe Philbin views Dion Sims as a starting-caliber tight end.

    Advice: "He can do a lot of different jobs; is coming along nicely," Philbin said. Jordan Cameron remains the No. 1 tight end, but could lose work to Sims on run downs. Coming off his disappointing 2014, Cameron has done nothing this preseason, catching two passes for six yards. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • NFLPA files grievance on Thompson's behalf
    The NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of free agent TE Taylor Thompson.

    Advice: Thompson was cut by the Titans back in June, but he claimed he was hurt and the Titans failed to release him with an injury settlement, as they believed he was healthy. Thompson now needs knee surgery, and the NFLPA is backing him. Thompson suspected back in June that he needed microfracture knee surgery. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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  • Bears acquire rookie TE Lee from Texans
    Bears acquired TE Khari Lee from the Texans in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round pick.

    Advice: Lee was an All-American at D-2 Bowie State and signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He didn't impress at his Pro Day, however, displaying subpar athleticism with a 5.05 forty and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Lee caught 5-of-6 preseason targets for 71 scoreless yards. The Bears like him as an inline blocker. Yesterday, 8:44 am
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  • Chiefs TE Kelce has 'slightly' sprained ankle
    Travis Kelce dropped out of Monday's practice with a "slight" ankle sprain.

    Advice: Kelce missed Tuesday's session. We don't usually post such minor injury situations on Rotoworld, but have seen people freaking out about Kelce on Twitter. Coach Andy Reid stated after Tuesday's practice that Kelce has a "slightly" sprained ankle, and it is not of the high variety. Reid added that Kelce would be able to play if the Chiefs had a regular season game this week. Tuesday, 2:12 pm
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  • Julius Thomas undergoing surgery on Wednesday
    Julius Thomas will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday.

    Advice:'s Ian Rapoport reports Thomas could be sidelined a month. That's in line with what GM David Caldwell said on Monday. Caldwell essentially ruled Thomas out for Weeks 1-3, calling Week 4 "realistic." Thomas is a tough sell as anything more than a TE2. Tuesday, 2:11 pm
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  • Cowboys waive seven players
    Cowboys waived TE Brandon Barden, WR David Porter, WR Antwan Goodley, LB Jonathan Brown, DE Kenneth Boatright, OT R.J Dill and RB Michael Hill.

    Advice: Boatright, Dill and Hill were waived/injured, and will revert to injured reserve once they clear waivers. Barden's lone three regular season appearances came in 2012. Tuesday, 12:28 pm
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  • Jace Amaro (shoulder) surprisingly sent to IR
    Jets placed TE Jace Amaro (shoulder surgery) on injured reserve, ending his season.

    Advice: The 23-year-old tight end has a torn labrum. He suffered the injury in the Jets' preseason opener. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what needed to be a big season for a player who underwhelmed as a rookie. Now Amaro will enter his third camp next summer on the hot seat after being the No. 49 overall pick of last year's draft. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis are the next men up on the depth chart. It's a sorry group. Amaro is an end-of-bench type in Dynasty leagues. Tuesday, 10:26 am
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  • Jaguars will keep using two tight ends
    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said the team will keep using two tight ends despite the hand injury to Julius Thomas.

    Advice: Even with Thomas out this preseason, the Jaguars have continued to use two tight ends in their base formation. This is good news for Clay Harbor, who should slot into Thomas' spot while he is out the first three weeks of the season. Harbor averaged 3.5 catches a game while Marcedes Lewis was sidelined last season. Tuesday, 9:49 am
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  • Jimmy Graham being heavily used as blocker
    According to Pro Football Focus, Jimmy Graham has been used as a run blocker on 36.5 percent of his 52 preseason snaps.

    Advice: Graham was used as a run blocker on 27.1 percent of his snaps in New Orleans last season. Seattle threw the ball 200 fewer times than the Saints last season, meaning Graham is almost certain to see fewer than the 138 targets he has averaged the last four seasons. He has the touchdown upside to make up for the lost volume, but he is being over-drafted in the third round. Tuesday, 9:43 am
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  • Ravens officially put TE Dennis Pitta on PUP
    Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta on the reserve/PUP list.

    Advice: This means Pitta will definitely miss the first six games, but it would be surprising if he played this season. Baltimore also waived G/T De'Ondre Wesley and T Darryl Baldwin to reach the 75-man roster limit. Tuesday, 8:37 am
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  • Titans get roster down to 75 players
    Titans waived/released TE Tevin Westbrook, DT Toby Johnson and S Josh Aubrey.

    Advice: Tennessee also placed WR Andrew Turzilli (ankle) and LB Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (hamstring) on injured reserve. These moves put the Titans' at the 75-man roster limit. Tuesday, 8:17 am
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  • Wright trade has nothing to do with Ebron?'s Tim Twentyman said the acquisition of TE Tim Wright had "nothing to do" with Eric Ebron.

    Advice: Several Lions' beat writers have expressed the same sentiment following the trade with most speculating Wright's acquisition has more to do with the organization's feelings towards Joseph Fauria. Detroit could decide to keep four tight ends, but with Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew locks, Wright and Fauria could be competing for one roster spot. Monday, 8:06 am
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  • John Phillips could see more passes
    ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams expects TE John Phillips to get more looks in the passing game with Antonio Gates suspended.

    Advice: Williams said Phillips could be a threat "particularly near the red zone." A guy with 35 career receptions in six seasons is not going to become a fantasy asset, but this news could suggest the Chargers are not completely sold on Ladarius Green solely taking over Gates' role. Green has been quiet this preseason. Monday, 6:49 am
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  • Bucs ship TE Tim Wright to Detroit for kicker
    Lions acquired TE Tim Wright from the Buccaneers in exchange for K Kyle Brindza.

    Advice: Wright's odyssey continues. After a breakout rookie campaign in Tampa Bay, Wright was acquired by the Patriots in a similarly timed trade last offseason. He struggled to make a consistent impact in New England and was waived in June. The Bucs claimed Wright off waivers but have now traded him for the second time in as many years. In Detroit, Wright will compete with Joseph Fauria for snaps behind Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew. Monday, 6:15 am
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  • Owen Daniels catches one pass Saturday
    Owen Daniels caught one pass for three yards in the Broncos' third preseason game.

    Advice: Daniels started and played ahead of Virgil Green, but he did not make an offensive impact. He now has five receptions for 28 yards this preseason. Daniels struggled to find weekly relevance with 78 targets last year, and it is not a given he gets that many opportunities this season. He is a TE2 at best. Saturday, 9:13 pm
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