Player Notes

  • Mularkey: Corey Davis should play preseason
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday that Corey Davis (hamstring) remains on track to play in a preseason game.

    Advice: He's missed the Titans' first two preseason games with a hamstring injury after recovering from ankle surgery all spring. Nevertheless, Mularkey said Davis' recovery is "ahead of schedule." If Davis can shake the injury bug, he will offer the highest fantasy football ceiling in Tennessee's receiver corps. 49 minutes ago
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  • Brandon Allen could enter starting QB mix?
    The Florida Times Union wonders whether Brandon Allen could enter the mix for the Jaguars' starting quarterback job.

    Advice: A second-year sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, Allen has moved the Jaguars' offense better than Blake Bortles and Chad Henne this preseason, albeit against second- and third-team defenses. While beat writer Ryan O'Halloran considers Allen starting "unlikely because this regime is all about winning Week 1," O'Halloran does acknowledge "stranger things have happened." Allen should play almost the entire game in the Jags' preseason finale. Today, 12:22 pm
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  • Flacco to practice before Week 1?
    Mike Wallace sounded optimistic and confident Joe Flacco (back) will be able to practice before Week 1.

    Advice: Flacco has already been ruled out for practice all of next week. "Joe is a vet. He has been 10 years in the game," Wallace said. "He has won Super Bowls, he has been in every situation. He might need to knock a little rust off, but hopefully we can knock that out in those days of practice before Week 1. ... He will be fine." Flacco remains a better than 50:50 bet to be ready for Week 1, but there's no telling what effects his back injury will have on his performance and/or going-forward durability. Today, 11:31 am
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  • J-Matt (chest) returns to individual drills
    Jordan Matthews (chest) caught passes during individual drills at Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He had a helmet on but wasn't wearing pads. Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum at his first Bills practice last Sunday but is already on the mend. The Bills are going to take things slow with Matthews but it looks like the slot receiver will be ready for Week 1. Today, 9:48 am
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  • Surgery a possibility for Rod Streater?
    When asked if Rod Streater (leg) will require surgery, Bills coach Sean McDermott said "we're weighing our options."

    Advice: The Bills have been mum on Streater's status since he went down with a leg/foot injury in Thursday's preseason loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo did waive WR/TE Jason Croom over the weekend, which could be a sign that Streater's injury won't be a long-term issue. Streater had been showing well at Bills camp before his injury, but is probably no better than fourth on the team's wide receiver depth chart. Today, 9:02 am
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  • Jaguars decline to release depth chart
    The Jaguars did not release an unofficial depth chart in their game notes this week.

    Advice: Instead, they listed question marks at quarterback and kicker. The Jags have lost confidence in Blake Bortles, who delivered an embarrassing performance Thursday night. There's incentive for Jacksonville to sit Bortles as his $19 million option for next year (which the Jaguars foolishly exercised) is only guaranteed for injury. With Chad Henne and Bortles battling it out at QB and Leonard Fournette (foot) injured, Jacksonville's offense looks to be in dire straits. Today, 8:54 am
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  • Elliott could make preseason debut next week
    Owner Jerry Jones suggested Ezekiel Elliott could play "a few snaps" in the Cowboys' third preseason game.

    Advice: It would be his first action of the preseason and probably his last chance to see the field before his six-game suspension. Elliott will have his appeal heard by Harold Henderson on August 29. For now, Darren McFadden is the feature back in Dallas. Today, 8:45 am
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  • Cowboys losing confidence in Kellen Moore?
    According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are concerned enough about Kellen Moore's play for it to be a "subject of conversation" at upcoming personnel meetings.

    Advice: The Cowboys continue to publicly back Moore as their No. 2 quarterback, though they haven't shown the same confidence in him behind closed doors. Moore has completed just 18-of-38 passes for 200 yards over his last two preseason games. With undrafted rookie Cooper Rush equally unprepared for backup duty, the Cowboys would be wise to scour the market for another arm. Colin Kaepernick remains the best quarterback available, though teams have been hesitant to sign him following his highly publicized national anthem protest last season. Today, 8:30 am
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  • Jaguars sticking with Jason Myers at kicker
    The Jaguars passed on signing free agent K Dan Carpenter after his workout on Friday.

    Advice: Jason Myers has missed 3-of-4 field goals this preseason. "I think he’s well aware of the situation he’s in," said coach Doug Marrone. "He has to go out there and perform well and earn the trust of his coaches as well as his teammates." While Myers' job is safe for the time being, he can't afford any more slip-ups. Today, 7:32 am
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  • Chiefs could keep four running backs
    The Kansas City Star suggests the Chiefs could keep up to four running backs on their 53-man roster.

    Advice: Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt are locks while Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller are battling for No. 3. Spiller has been a standout at camp, looking like his "old, blazing-fast self," while West turned seven carries into 113 yards on Saturday night and remains a locker-room favorite. Even if Spiller makes the team, it's unlikely he'd see enough snaps to warrant fantasy consideration. Today, 7:21 am
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  • Bowles blames Hack's outing on poor OL play
    Jets coach Todd Bowles blamed Christian Hackenberg's poor showing in Saturday's preseason loss to the Lions on poor blocking by the offensive line.

    Advice: Hackenberg was predictably awful, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards before bowing out at halftime. The Penn State alum has made shockingly little progress since arriving as a second-round pick last season, though Bowles said Saturday's clunker wasn't his fault. "They really didn’t give him a chance," he said. "I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that." Adding to the dysfunction, likely Week 1 starter Josh McCown was instructed not to speak with reporters after Saturday's game. The Jets are a hot mess in all facets. Today, 7:14 am
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  • Blount, Smallwood not roster locks in Philly?
    According to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, "it wouldn't be surprising" if LeGarrette Blount is among the Eagles' cuts.

    Advice: Lombardo also wonders if Wendell Smallwood's job is in jeopardy, hypothesizing that Smallwood may need to beat out UDFA Corey Clement. Blount has started both preseason games but has rushed for just 17 yards on nine carries. It's an admittedly small sample, though Blount hasn't shown much in camp and seems to be showing signs of fatigue after logging a career-high 299 carries last season. He's also not a great fit in Doug Pederson's offense, where backs are expected to play in the passing game. Blount may still have some value as a goal-line vulture if the Eagles keep him, but his fantasy arrow is pointing in the wrong direction. Today, 6:37 am
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  • Jaguars take flyer on ex-Niner DuJuan Harris
    Jaguars signed RB DuJuan Harris, formerly of the 49ers.

    Advice: It's the first we've heard of Harris since the Niners let him go shortly after the draft. Harris should see reps at Jaguars camp with Leonard Fournette (foot) and T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) both banged up, though it's unlikely he'll factor into the team's regular season plans. The 28-year-old contributed 253 yards on 46 touches with one touchdown over 10 games for San Francisco last season. Today, 6:10 am
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  • Alshon Jeffery ran wrong route on Thursday
    Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh belives Alshon Jeffery is "behind" mentally after missing time early in camp.

    Advice: Groh came to this conclusion after Jeffery ran a bad route in Thursday's preseason game. The play was one the Eagles have run two different ways in practice and Jeffery seemed to be confused by it. "Anytime you miss the amount of time that he did, he's a little bit behind," said Groh. "Fortunately, we have time for him to catch up." Jeffery obviously isn't grasping the team's playbook as quickly as Groh had hoped, but he still has three weeks to cram before Week 1. At least Jeffery's shoulder, which had been bothering him at the start of camp, is no longer an issue. Today, 6:06 am
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  • DeShone Kizer mostly working out of shotgun
    Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun in the team's preseason opener against the Saints.

    Advice: Kizer worked out of the gun on around 95 percent of his snaps at Notre Dame and has seen similar usage since arriving in Cleveland. "To be in the shotgun is definitely back to where I’ve always been, and that’s being able to see the defense from five yards further back," he said. It's where he's most comfortable. Today, 5:57 am
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  • Teammates call Siemian clear frontrunner
    According to Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC, players on the Broncos consider Trevor Siemian the "clear frontrunner" for the starting quarterback job.

    Advice: Renck consulted "multiple players" after Saturday's preseason game. The consensus was that Siemian is well ahead of Paxton Lynch and that it isn't close. Siding with the overmatched Lynch probably wouldn't sit well in the locker room. Today, 5:49 am
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  • Mitchell Trubisky works w/3rd-team Saturday
    Mitchell Trubisky completed 6-of-8 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' second preseason game.

    Advice: Trubisky did not enter the game until late in the third quarter, with Mark Sanchez getting in one series between starter Mike Glennon and the rookie. Coming off a rampaging performance in his NFL debut, Trubisky had a nondescript night on Saturday. Half of his yardage came on a screen pass and an easy dump-off on a bootleg, and Benny Cunningham was wide open on his short touchdown pass. He also forced a throw to the sideline which probably should have been intercepted. Even with Glennon struggling, playing Trubisky so late suggests the Bears are not serious about evaluating the No. 2 overall pick as a potential starter. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
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  • Tarik Cohen starts, explodes for 77 yards
    Fourth-rounder Tarik Cohen rushed 11 times for 77 yards in the Bears' second preseason game.

    Advice: With Jordan Howard sidelined, Cohen got the start, coming out of the gate extremely hot. He gained 16 yards on his first carry, added another 16-yard run on the next series, and went for 25 the drive after that. His most impressive run may have been a nine-yard gain in which he pressed inside before turning on the jets and beating everyone to the corner. Cohen looks like a real talent, and he should provide a great change-of-pace option behind Howard. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
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  • Glennon up and down in 2nd preseason game
    Mike Glennon completed 13-of-18 passes for 89 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Bears' second preseason game.

    Advice: Glennon missed a few early throws, but he appeared to get things going on the third drive of the game. That series ended with a bad interception near the goal line in which Glennon stared down Kendall Wright, however, and he probably should have been picked again on the next drive. He saved his day somewhat by leading a short touchdown march to close out the half, hitting Wright on the same route which was picked earlier in the game. It was not an inspiring performance, especially considering how well the running game worked while Glennon was in there, but it was not bad enough for him to lose his job. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Tolzien and Colts’ first-team offense sputter
    Scott Tolzien completed 10-of-14 passes for 70 yards in Saturday’s preseason game.

    Advice: Tolzien’s completion percentage was solid, but his 5.0 yards per pass attempt isn’t going to cut it. The Colts went three and out on all three of their drives against the Dallas starters and scored on just one of six drives while Tolzien was in the game. To be fair to Tolzien, he has largely worked with a skeleton crew at wide receiver this entire offseason, but the Colts’ offense has just eight first downs on nine possessions with their "first-team" offense in the game so far in the preseason. At this juncture, it’s close to a lock that Tolzien starts at minimum Week 1 of the regular season for Indianapolis. Andrew Luck’s absence obviously compromises all the Colts’ skill players for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 6:32 pm
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