Player Notes

  • 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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  • Cooper Kupp goes 6/70/1 versus Raiders
    Rams third-round WR Cooper Kupp caught 6-of-7 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Even with Sammy Watkins in the fold this week, Kupp was Jared Goff's go-to receiver. His score was a 23-yard pantsing of the Raiders on play action. Kupp now has eight grabs for 105 yards and a score through two summer games. It's the preseason, but he's proven quite adept at creating space and getting open. He could be a rookie problem with coach Sean McVay scheming him the ball. Yesterday, 8:47 pm
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  • Zach Miller works with first-team offense
    Zach Miller hauled in both of his targets for 17 yards in the Bears' second preseason game.

    Advice: Miller made a tough grab during the two-minute drill to help set up a touchdown, but the real story is he worked with the first-team offense. Second-rounder Adam Shaheen should push for his job, but Miller remains the Bears' main pass-catching option at the position for now. Yesterday, 8:36 pm
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  • Bruce Ellington explodes in preseason game
    Texans WR Bruce Ellington caught 4-of-5 targets for 93 yards in Saturday night's preseason game.

    Advice: Ellington was signed off the street eight days ago. The former 49ers fourth-round pick got the surprise start against the Patriots and ripped off repeated big plays, most notably a 37-yard deep ball from Tom Savage and a 33-yard catch-and-run from Deshaun Watson. Ellington is a fringe NFL player at this point, but the Texans do have some complementary receiver opportunity with Will Fuller (collarbone) in danger of missing half of the season. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
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  • Ameer Abdullah totals 21 yards versus Jets
    Ameer Abdullah rushed four times for 16 yards in the Lions' second preseason game, adding a five-yard reception.

    Advice: Abdullah spent most of his short evening getting gang tackled, though he did manage to bust off an eight-yard run. He now has five carries for 18 yards through two exhibition tilts. Hardly inspiring, but Abdullah is locked into RB2 workloads to begin the year. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
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  • Kareem Hunt 'fine' after ankle tweak
    Kareem Hunt "tweaked" his ankle in Saturday's preseason game, but coach Andy Reid said he's "fine."

    Advice: Hunt was seen getting taped up after his final touch, but it didn't have the looks of a serious issue. Reid's words confirm as much. It's possible Hunt doesn't even miss any practice time. He was the star of the show against the Bengals, getting the ball eight times for 61 yards in just the figure quarter. He finished with eight rushes for 40 yards and three catches for 23. He's putting heat on Spencer Ware for the starting job. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
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  • Watson goes 3-for-10, but scores rushing TD
    Deshaun Watson completed 3-of-10 passes for 102 yards and rushed four times for ten yards and a touchdown in the Texans' second preseason game.

    Advice: Watson struggled as a passer, but Bruce Ellington and D'Onta Foreman spiked his yards-per-attempt average with big run-after-catch plays, and Watson rushed for a score for the second straight week. Tom Savage is more advanced as a pocket passer, but Watson's playmaking ability is going to be needed by the Texans sooner rather than later. Savage remains the favorite to start Week 1. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
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  • Joe Mixon rotates with Jeremy Hill again
    Joe Mixon rushed six times for 16 yards in the Bengals' second preseason game.

    Advice: Jeremy Hill once again got the start, but Mixon was in on the Bengals' opening drive. Hill was more effective, turning his six carries into 28 yards. For the the summer, Mixon has taken the rock 12 times for 47 yards (3.91 YPC). Hill is proving more stubborn than expected, but Mixon is still the early-season touch favorite in the Bengals' backfield. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
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  • D'Onta Foreman peels off 63-yard catch & run
    D'Onta Foreman rushed seven times for 17 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 66 yards in the Texans' second preseason game.

    Advice: Foreman didn't do much passing-game work at the University of Texas, but he turned a reception into a big play on Saturday night, getting all the way down the Patriots' four-yard line before Deshaun Watson's rushing score. Foreman played behind Lamar Miller, Tyler Ervin, and Alfred Blue, however, and only with the backup group. He's still in the process of climbing the depth chart. Yesterday, 7:24 pm
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  • Rob Kelley runs into brick walls Saturday
    Rob Kelley rushed nine times for nine yards and caught one pass for five yards in the Redskins' second preseason game.

    Advice: Along with the rest of the offense, Kelley could not get anything going against the Packers, although the offensive line did not do him any favors. On the bright side, fourth-rounder Samaje Perine did not get any run in the first half, meaning Kelley is way out in front in the running back battle. Unfortunately, Perine will likely earn a role at some point, and Kelley struggled to consistently produce even as the clear lead back late last season. There are better picks in the seventh round. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
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  • Jamison Crowder hauls in short touchdown
    Jamison Crowder caught 2-of-5 targets for eight yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' second preseason game.

    Advice: Crowder should have had a better game, but Kirk Cousins missed him on what would have been a big gain. He saved his day on his final play, however, getting open for a four-yard touchdown in the closing moments of the first half. Crowder missed time with a hamstring injury early in camp, but he is fully healthy now and locked in as one of Cousins' top options. He should push for WR2 value in PPR leagues. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
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  • Tom Savage solid in 2nd preseason start
    Tom Savage completed 8-of-9 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' second preseason game.

    Advice: Facing a vanilla, no-blitz Patriots defense, Savage picked it apart with Bruce Ellington -- the duo hooked up three times for 60 yards -- and Jaelen Strong, who scored a two-yard touchdown. Savage played less than a quarter and continues to hold a lead on rookie Deshaun Watson in this position battle. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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  • Mike Gillislee out for Saturday's game
    Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Gillislee wasn't expected to play after not practicing the last two weeks. The missed time continues to be a concern for his early-season role. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Rex Burkhead to pick up Gillislee's snaps. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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  • Report: Phillip Dorsett available for trade
    Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi reported Colts WR Phillip Dorsett is available for trade.

    Advice: "He's available in trade," Lombardi said. "You can have him if you want him." The Colts would likely be willing to part with Dorsett for a late-round pick. Teams that gave Dorsett high draft grades in 2015 may come calling closer to final cuts. Dorsett was one of ex-GM Ryan Grigson's most egregious draft picks. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
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  • Maxx Williams has a 40-yard catch Thursday
    Maxx Williams caught 2-of-3 targets for 48 yards in Thursday's second preseason game.

    Advice: Williams looked explosive on his 40-yard catch and run on a play-action bootleg. The former second-round pick has struggled to contribute early, but he recently received the support of coach John Harbaugh, who called him "a sneaky athlete." It is unclear if he is also a gritty gamer with a high football IQ. With not much at the position besides 36-year-old Ben Watson, Williams will have the opportunity to be the starting tight end if he continues to make big plays. Yesterday, 9:05 am
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  • T.J. Yeldon dealing with hamstring injury
    T.J. Yeldon exited the second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not known, but it is another setback for a player who has struggled with injuries throughout his short career and sat out the entire offseason program with an ankle issue. Yeldon's spot as the third-down back is likely secure, but that could change if he is not able to get and stay healthy. Yesterday, 7:48 am
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  • Chris Carson earns 1st-team preseason snaps
    Seahawks seventh-round RB Chris Carson turned six carries into 27 yards and one catch into 17 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

    Advice: While Eddie Lacy plodded his way to 23 yards on seven touches, Carson exploded for 44 yards on his seven opportunities and looked clearly to be the more determined downhill back. Carson essentially earned an RBBC with Lacy, playing 9-of-22 snaps with the Russell Wilson first-team offense compared to Lacy's 13 first-team plays. Carson has played himself onto the radar in re-draft leagues. Friday, 9:25 pm
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  • Stefon Diggs has big first half vs. Seahawks
    Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Seahawks.

    Advice: Minnesota's starters played the bulk of the first half. Diggs' big gain was a 39-yard catch-and-run where he got behind Earl Thomas, beating zone coverage. Diggs has had a quiet summer, sort of lurking in the tall grass, but he has massive upside, especially in PPR leagues as long as his health cooperates. Diggs is a legit talent who has 90-plus catches upside this season. Friday, 9:06 pm
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