We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
The saga of Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury is finally getting some clarity. The Colts have been less than transparent about the situation. With Luck officially removed from the PuP list to begin the season, it means that the team expects their star passer back in the next six weeks. Luck underwent surgery for a torn labrum in January and has been slow to recover. Sure, there could be more to the injury than what we know. But, at this time, we expect Luck to be back in the lineup later this month. If we see anything to the contrary, he will show up again in this column. To address the lack of talent and depth at the position, Indianapolis traded wider receiver Phillip Dorsett to New England for third-stringer Jacoby Brissett. While Scott Tolzien may start the opener, the acquisition of Brissett should indicate that Tolzien does not have a strong hold on the backup role behind Luck once he is healthy. Indianapolis, keep an eye on Chester Rogers emerging as the third receiver behind Hilton and Moncrief. For New England, this means two things: The Patriots did not have faith in Brissett long-term and the team is placing a priority in retaining Jimmy Garoppolo to be the successor to Tom Brady. Dorsett will compete for snaps and is far from certain to be a starter in a talented receiving corps.
The Denver Broncos were hoping that second-year pro, Paxton Lynch, would step up into the starting role this offseason, but he did not play well. When re-watching the Broncos preseason games, Lynch looked far from comfortable in the pocket and was not consistent throwing the football. He injured his shoulder and now will miss the first few games of the season. The job is firmly in the hands of Trevor Siemian. He will be backed up by Brock Osweiler. Osweiler became available after the Browns released him. With Lynch and rookie Chad Kelly out of action, the Broncos had few other options. On Osweiler, it was far from a surprise to see Cleveland release him. No one in the NFL or watching at home believed the Browns when the news was dispersed that Osweiler was the leader to be the week-one starter. We have all seen the tall, inaccurate passer in action. But, the trade was still a good one for Cleveland. The team received a second-round pick in next year’s draft to take on the $16-million salary. The Browns will go into the season with rookie DeShone Kizer starting and Cody Kessler holding the clipboard on the sideline.