Player Notes

  • Russ Wilson dominates, but loses left tackle
    Russell Wilson completed 13-of-18 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

    Advice: And he did almost all of it against the Vikings' first-team defense. The unfortunate news was Wilson losing LT George Fant to a potentially serious leg injury. Wilson was as sharp as ever, hooking up with Kasen Williams and Doug Baldwin for big gains and showing complete command of the offense as both a rusher and passer. Wilson has fantasy overall QB1 upside in his sixth NFL season. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
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  • Report: Jaguars quarterback job 'wide open'
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero confirms Jacksonville's starting quarterback job is "wide open."

    Advice: It's "not a forgone conclusion" Blake Bortles has lost his job despite a shaky preseason. Coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Bortles following Thursday's game, but the Jaguars haven't given up on him as their starter. Jacksonville isn't expected to pursue any outside options, leaving Bortles and Chad Henne to compete for the Week 1 job. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
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  • Cam Newton (shoulder) throwing more each day
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Cam Newton (shoulder) is "throwing more each day and feels fine."

    Advice: Newton has been ruled out for Saturday, but is on track to play in Carolina's third preseason game. Derek Anderson will continue to start in his place. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
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  • Tom Brady expected to play Saturday
    Tom Brady will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Brady was rested in the preseason opener. The Patriots plan to play the majority of their starters against the Texans, but will continue to hold out Rob Gronkowski. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
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  • Nathan Peterman may see some first-team reps
    Bills rookie QB Nathan Peterman could see some first-team practice reps this week.

    Advice: Coach Sean McDermott praised Peterman for being decisive in Buffalo's second preseason game. The Bills have made it clear they expect Tyrod Taylor to be their Opening Day quarterback, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Peterman get some work with the starters. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
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  • McDermott 'envisions' Tyrod as Week 1 starter
    Bills coach Sean McDermott confirmed he expects Tyrod Taylor to be the Week 1 starter.

    Advice: "I have all the confidence in the world in Tyrod," said McDermott. It's a turnaround from the Bills after they were noncommittal on Taylor following Thursday's preseason game. It's possible Nathan Peterman could get some first-team reps this week, but Taylor remains the favorite to open the year as the starter. Yesterday, 2:04 pm
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  • Beat writer believes Henne will start Week 1
    The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes Chad Henne will be the Jaguars' Week 1 starter against the Texans.

    Advice: Jaguars beat writers are having a field day following Blake Bortles' disastrous Thursday night performance. Coach Doug Marrone has been hinting at this for a week, first giving Bortles a day off at practice because of a "tired arm" and then saying before Thursday's exhibition that Henne would work with the first-team offense. Henne moved the offense and should have had a touchdown, but both Keelan Cole and Allen Robinson dropped surefire scores. Bortles' confidence is in the gutter. Henne gives the Jaguars a slightly better chance to win. Yesterday, 7:53 am
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  • Flacco (back) not going to practice next week
    The Ravens have already said Joe Flacco (back) will remain sidelined through next week.

    Advice: Initially, Flacco wrote the back issue off as a day-to-day thing, but he's been sidelined for a month with no return in sight. All the Ravens have said is that Flacco won't play this preseason and is expected to be ready for the opener. Ryan Mallett has been beyond dreadful through two preseason starts, no matter what lies coach John Harbaugh tries to tell everyone. The Ravens need to stop messing around and find a real backup quarterback. Yesterday, 6:51 am
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  • Mallett goes completely off rails vs. 'Fins
    Ryan Mallett completed 13-of-22 passes for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Ravens' second preseason game.

    Advice: Mallett played the entire first half. He was actually worse than his abysmal numbers, showing truly disastrous ball placement as he tried to check the ball down to running backs. He could have thrown at least 1-2 more interceptions. Mallett, who plays with zero feel or creativity, simply doesn't have "it." He's now 22-of-40 (55 percent) for 171 yards (4.28 YPA), one touchdown and two picks this summer. No team can afford to lose its starting quarterback, but the Ravens' season will be over if Joe Flacco does down at any point in 2017. They need an upgrade at their No. 2 spot. Thursday, 7:09 pm
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  • Carson Wentz with a solid outing
    Carson Wentz completed 6-of-9 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: After struggling on the first two drives, he proceeded to lead a 65-yard drive in a no-huddle offense which ended in a LeGarrette Blount fumble. Wentz calmed down after the first two drives, looking comfortable moving around the pocket and making plays in the face of pressure. Thursday, 5:08 pm
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  • Jay Cutler plays two drives in Dolphins debut
    Jay Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: The numbers don't tell the whole story, as Cutler had a 31-yard completion to DeVante Parker called back by penalty. The Dolphins also got trapped into a 3rd-and-27 thanks to a pair of holding calls. Cutler came out assertive, aggressively throwing the ball down the field and locking onto Parker like he was an Alshon Jeffery clone. It was two drives in a mid-August exhibition game, but it was promising. The Dolphins will remain run heavy, but their passing attack is going to look much different under aggressive Cutler than timid Ryan Tannehill. Thursday, 4:37 pm
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  • Smith changing style because of Mahomes?
    The Kansas City Star reports "some in (the Chiefs') organization" believe Patrick Mahomes' presence has "helped push Alex Smith to be more aggressive."

    Advice: Per reporter Terez Paylor, Smith has "never been more decisive or aggressive in camp." This is something we've heard before, but it's been a common refrain all Chiefs camp. Smith sees the writing on the wall. He must adapt or die. Even now, the change is almost certainly coming too late. Smith will have to have a career year to ensure Mahomes doesn't see the field as a rookie. Thursday, 1:11 pm
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  • Patrick Mahomes 'always looking downfield'
    The Kansas City Star reports Patrick Mahomes is "always looking to throw downfield."

    Advice: Reporter Terez A. Paylor correctly points out that's becoming a bit of a lost art in a league increasingly focused on pass efficiency. Paylor also praises Mahomes' "creativity" and elusiveness. Mahomes should get extensive run against the Bengals on Saturday. Thursday, 1:03 pm
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  • Ryan Tannehill going under the knife Thursday
    Ryan Tannehill's ACL operation will take place on Thursday.

    Advice: Tannehill will require 10-12 months of rehab. Now 29 and coming off two ACL injuries in eight months, Tannehill is due a guaranteed $17.47 million in 2018. Thursday, 10:26 am
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  • Colts rely more on short passes with Tolzien
    Colts OC Rob Chudzinski said the team will have to alter the playbook if Scott Tolzien is forced to start.

    Advice: "We'll make those adjustments if that's the case down the road," Chudzinski said. "Every week we tailor it some to the opponent, some to who may be playing, skill-wise, O-line-wise, quarterback-wise and all those type of things all go into it." In Tolzien's one start last season, the Colts focused much more on the short passing game, with 16 of his 22 completions going for 10 yards or less. T.Y. Hilton managed just three catches for 54 yards in that game and has seen his averages go down across the board when playing without Andrew Luck. It looks like Luck will miss at most a couple games if any, but it is still a short-term concern for Indy's pass catchers. Thursday, 8:29 am
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  • Trubisky knows he has 'a lot of work to do'
    Mitchell Trubisky knows he still has "a lot of work to do."

    Advice: Trubisky was the talk of the first preseason week after completing 18-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, but he is not getting too far ahead. "I was pleased with how I played," the rookie said, "but plenty more mistakes are going on during practice for me that I need to work on and continue to improve in my game." The Bears have been adamant about Mike Glennon starting all season, but their resolve will be tested if Trubisky continues to show well in the preseason. Thursday, 6:51 am
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  • Deshaun Watson feels in 'control' of offense
    Deshaun Watson said he feels in "control" of the offense.

    Advice: "In the spring I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming," Watson said. "But whenever I step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what they ask me to do and make good decisions, fast." After saying Watson was further ahead than any rookie quarterback he has been around, coach Bill O'Brien probably would not take much offense to the rookie's self-evaluation. Tom Savage remains the starter, but Watson looks like he will make a strong push for the job before Week 1. Thursday, 6:03 am
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  • Paxton Lynch getting more first-team reps
    Paxton Lynch is "getting more first-team reps" this week.

    Advice: This was expected with Lynch slated to start Denver's second preseason game. Reports from Broncos-49ers joint practices are that Lynch has looked terrible in full-squad sessions. We expect Trevor Siemian to be Denver's Week 1 starter. Wednesday, 4:25 pm
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  • Brock Osweiler to make second preseason start
    Brock Osweiler will start the Browns' second preseason game.

    Advice: It's an expected decision despite Osweiler's poor showing in his preseason debut. DeShone Kizer will be the second quarterback through the rotation and remains in the mix for Cleveland's Week 1 job. Whoever starts the third preseason game will open the year as the starter. Wednesday, 1:46 pm
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  • Glennon 'strong favorite' to start the opener
    According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Mike Glennon remains the "strong favorite" to start the Bears' Week 1 opener against the Falcons.

    Advice: However, Biggs admits he "wouldn't rule out the possibility" that Trubisky is the one under center. Glennon was brutal in the preseason opener, throwing a pick-six and completing 2-of-8 passes total. Trubisky then came on and lit it up against the Broncos' backups with one of the best showings of the first week of the preseason. If it happens again, the pressure will continue to mount. Wednesday, 6:49 am
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