Fantasy Football News & Views
Redskins | Jamaal Charles visiting Washington Sun Aug 19, 10:24 AM
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Broncos) is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins Sunday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Charles didn't look washed up last year, but he didn't resemble the back we saw with the Chiefs. He would likely be a non-factor if he is signed, but he could hurt Rob Kelley's speculative value.|
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Chiefs | Orlando Scandrick signed Sun Aug 19, 10:19 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent CB Orlando Scandrick (Redskins) to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs moved on from Marcus Peters in the offseason, so they can use veteran help in the secondary. Scandrick could play a role in the defense despite the late start with the team. The Chiefs open with Philip Rivers and the deep Chargers wide receiver group.|
Orlando Scandrick player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas sidelined with wrist injury Sun Aug 19, 10:07 AM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (wrist) did not play in the team's preseason game against the Chicago Bears Saturday, Aug. 18, because of a sore wrist suffered in practice, according to head coach Vance Joseph.
|Footballguys view: There's no reason to think this is serious or will affect Thomas's play or availability for Week 1, but it would be comforting to see him play next week and look like his usual self. Second-round pick Courtland Sutton has gotten rave reviews this summer and if he starts at any point for Thomas, he could be an instant impact player.|
Demaryius Thomas player page
Raiders | Eddie Pineiro dealing with groin injury Sun Aug 19, 09:47 AM
Oakland Raiders PK Eddie Pineiro (groin) did not play versus the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 18, due to a tweaked groin, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
|Footballguys view: Mike Nugent made a 31-yard kick in Pineiro's stead. The UDFA was considered the leader to kick Week 1 for the Raiders, if he isn't healthy, the team could choose Nugent, or carry both kickers on the roster to open the season.|
Saints | Marcus Davenport to resume practicing Sun Aug 19, 09:44 AM
New Orleans Saints DE Marcus Davenport (thumb) is expected to practice this week and make his preseason debut versus the Los Angeles Chargers Saturday, Aug. 25, according to head coach Sean Payton.
|Footballguys view: The Saints gave up two firsts for Davenport, but he was raw coming out of UT-San Antonio and he could have used the reps and coaching time. His impact could be light early in the season and he's probably not worth a pick in redraft IDP leagues.|
Marcus Davenport player page
Cowboys | Xavier Woods to undergo MRI exam Sun Aug 19, 09:27 AM
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys S Xavier Woods (hamstring) is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to determine the severity of his hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Woods is the starting free safety. He had problems with that hamstring last summer. This could increase the Cowboys urgency to trade for Earl Thomas if it is serious.|
Xavier Woods player page
Bears | Leonard Floyd to undergo tests Sun Aug 19, 09:12 AM
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy does not believe LB Leonard Floyd (hand) sustained a fractured hand in the preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 18, but he will undergo tests Sunday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Floyd has been tabbed as a breakout candidate in the Bears defense, so this would be a blow to the team. Floyd might be able to play with a club, but hands are important to pass rushers, and he has also showed the ability to drop into coverage, so interceptions would be nearly impossible. Hopefully the team gets good news, as they face Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay under the lights to open the season.|
Leonard Floyd player page
Bears | Adam Shaheen to undergo tests Sun Aug 19, 08:57 AM
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy does not believe TE Adam Shaheen (ankle) sustained a fractured ankle in the preseason game against the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 18, but he will undergo tests Sunday, Aug. 19.
|Footballguys view: Shaheen' injury still looked severe enough to keep him out for Week 1 and probably beyond. He's not draftable at this point and Trey Burton will likely see more targets until Shaheen is back.|
Adam Shaheen player page
Cowboys | Tavon Austin sits out Sun Aug 19, 02:26 AM
Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) did not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
|Footballguys view: There are no indications that this is an injury that will affect Austin's availability for Week 1. The Cowboys seem intent on giving him a decent-sized role in the offense.|
Tavon Austin player page
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise makes preseason debut Sun Aug 19, 01:50 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hip) was able to make his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 18, against the Los Angeles Chargers. He finished with 12 rushing yards on three carries while posting six receptions for 35 yards on his six targets.
|Footballguys view: Prosise is healthy enough to play, which means he'll figure into the Seahawks backfield. He could actually be as valuable as Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny in PPR leagues. If this is a three-headed backfield, it probably means avoid in drafts.|
C.J. Prosise player page
Seahawks | Russell Wilson in midseason form Sun Aug 19, 01:45 AM
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 193 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18, against the Los Angeles Chargers.
|Footballguys view: Wilson completed deep balls to David Moore and Jaron Brown and generally looked to throw downfield. If the Seahawks have more high-scoring games because of a rebuilt defense, Wilson should have lots of high ceiling fantasy games.|
Russell Wilson player page
Chargers | Mike Williams makes nice TD grab Sun Aug 19, 01:44 AM
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams posted a 25-yard touchdown in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: Williams made the kind of contested catch score the Chargers were envisioning when they took him at #7 last year. He has 8-10 touchdown potential with Hunter Henry sidelined and is worth considering in the second half of your draft.|
Mike Williams player page
Broncos | Denver RB competition ongoing Sun Aug 19, 12:55 AM
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman and RB Devontae Booker are still in a competition, head coach Vance Joseph said Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Joseph is saying the right things, but Freeman is decisively better and if the coaching staff is rational and Freeman stays healthy, he'll lead the team in running back touches this year by a good margin.|
Devontae Booker player page
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Broncos | Chad Kelly the backup Sun Aug 19, 12:42 AM
Denver Broncos QB Chad Kelly has 'earned' the right to be the No. 2 quarterback, head coach Vance Joseph said Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Kelly has vastly outplayed Paxton Lynch and might even get himself in the conversation to start before his rookie contract is over if his development takes off. Deep dynasty league players should monitor his development. If Case Keenum goes down, we'll get a good look at where Kelly is in his development.|
Chad Kelly player page
Bears | Three grabs for Anthony Miller Sun Aug 19, 12:32 AM
Chicago Bears WR Anthony Miller caught three passes on four targets for 33 yards in a 24-23 preseason win over the Denver Broncos Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Miller is going to be a big part of the offense to open the season, and might even lead the team in wide receiver targets operating out of the slot. He should be in your second half of the draft plans.|
Bears | Trey Burton impresses Sun Aug 19, 12:23 AM
Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton caught four passes on five targets for 45 yards and touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: And Adam Shaheen hurt his ankle. Burton's outlook got a lot brighter Saturday night. He looks like one of Mitchell Trubisky's top targets and now could have opportunity to crack the Top 5-6 tight ends.|
Trey Burton player page
Broncos | Royce Freeman scores Sun Aug 19, 12:12 AM
Denver Broncos RB Royce Freeman rushed six times for 20 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for six yards against the Chicago Bears in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Freeman isn't ceremonially starting, but he's definitely the Broncos best back. He has a real chance to be the second most valuable rookie back this year after Saquon Barkley and offers plenty upside at a modest price.|
Royce Freeman player page
Buccaneers | Coach not worried about Ronald Jones Sun Aug 19, 12:04 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for two yards in a 30-14 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 18, but head coach Dirk Koetter said the performance had nothing to do with Jones' effort. 'We just haven't been able to spring him loose,' Koetter said.
|Footballguys view: Jones is the #2 back in Tampa, but his ADP doesn't reflect that yet. If that doesn't change, it might be best to let someone else draft him.|
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Buccaneers | Peyton Barber leads backfield Sat Aug 18, 11:47 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed six times for a team-high 32 yards and caught one pass for three yards in a 30-14 preseason win over the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Barber has basically cemented his role as the lead back, clearly outperforming second-round pick Ronald Jones. He might get a huge workload at New Orleans Week 1, but Barber is very cheap for a starting running back and fits especially well in draft plans that include Mark Ingram.|
Titans | Big night for Taywan Taylor Sat Aug 18, 11:25 PM
Tennessee Titans WR Taywan Taylor caught four passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-14 preseason loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Taylor's speed was impressive on his screen pass that he took to the house. With Rishard Matthews still a huge question mark, Taylor is in line to start in a great matchup against the Dolphins #2 corner in Week 1.|
Taywan Taylor player page
Buccaneers | Chris Godwin scores Sat Aug 18, 11:20 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin caught two passes for 11 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Godwin is going to be a starter, but the Bucs have six viable targets in the passing game. He has the talent to break out this year, but he might not have the opportunity.|
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Buccaneers | Justin Watson finds the end zone Sat Aug 18, 11:13 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Justin Watson caught four passes on five targets for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Watson is on track to make the team, and if they move on from DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries next year, be as high as the #3 receiver on the depth chart. Deep dynasty league players should already have him on their radar.|
Justin Watson player page
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston tosses two scores Sat Aug 18, 11:08 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 13 of his 18 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Winston looked great and more importantly hit DeSean Jackson on the deep ball, which was a problem last year. We won't see Winston until Week 4, but his performance raised some questions as to whether he is indeed worth a draft pick despite having to wait for his services in fantasy leagues.|
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Texans | Bruce Ellington logs 50 yards, TD Sat Aug 18, 10:58 PM
Houston Texans WR Bruce Ellington caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Keke Coutee is still out with a hamstring injury and Braxton Miller hasn't created momentum, so Ellington has an inside track to a roster spot and maybe even starting slot receiver role, which could be very productive against the Patriots in Week 1.|
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49ers | Marquise Goodwin stretches field Sat Aug 18, 10:55 PM
San Francisco 49ers WR Marquise Goodwin caught three passes, including a 40-yard reception, and finished with 61 yards against the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: The camp reports have been unanimous in identifying Goodwin as the #1 receiver and the preseason play has backed that up. Goodwin is a value and even if ADP catches up to the reality, he could still greatly outperform a 5th or 6th round pick if he matches the history of #1 receivers in Kyle Shanahan offenses.|
Marquise Goodwin player page
49ers | Solid line for Jimmy Garoppolo Sat Aug 18, 10:48 PM
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 10 of his 12 passes for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception against the Houston Texans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Garoppolo was sharp and appears to be ready for his Week 1 test against the Vikings. Marquise Goodwin continues to be his #1 receiver.|
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Cowboys | MRI coming for Zack Martin Sat Aug 18, 10:27 PM
Updating an ongoing story, Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin (knee) is scheduled to undergo an MRI Sunday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It was difficult to figure out the nature of his injury from the tape. Hopefully it is minor, but it could still affect his early season availability in any event, including the season opener against Kawann Short and the Panthers.|
Texans | Sammie Coates suffers concussion Sat Aug 18, 10:24 PM
Houston Texans WR Sammie Coates (concussion) suffered a concussion against the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: This could open the door for a UDFA like Vyncint Smith or Jester Weah to make the team as the fifth receiver and #3 outside receiver.|
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Cowboys | Rico Gathers with a pair of catches Sat Aug 18, 10:17 PM
Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers caught two of his three targets for a team-high 32 yards in a 21-13 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Gathers still appears to be on the outside looking in for the Cowboys. He might get interest from a team like the Chargers if Dallas releases him. Gathers has lots of natural pass catching talent, but Dallas asked him to bulk up to improve as a blocker this offseason.|
Rico Gathers player page
Buccaneers | M.J. Stewart exits with foot issue Sat Aug 18, 10:11 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB M.J. Stewart (foot) suffered a foot injury against the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18, and is questionable to return.
|Footballguys view: Stewart was pushing for playing time as the slot corner even though he is a rookie. The Bucs face the Saints Week 1, where they may have to deal with Cameron Meredith in the slot.|
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Cowboys | Dak Prescott efficient Saturday Sat Aug 18, 09:36 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed 10 of his 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Prescott looked better, but it's still clear that the Cowboys are going to have one of the less productive passing games in the league this year. We're also awaiting information on an injury to arguably the team's best offensive lineman - Zack Martin.|
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Raiders | Chris Warren runs wild Sat Aug 18, 09:18 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Chris Warren III rushed 18 times for 110 yards and a touchdown in a 19-15 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Warren ruled the Raiders running game as both teams rested starters so to not reveal anything for their season opener in three weeks. Warren has been hard-charging all preseason and might have earned a spot as the Raiders #4 back. If the Raiders don't keep him, he might get picked up immediately by a team that needs a back.|
Buccaneers | Charles Sims injures knee Sat Aug 18, 09:15 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (knee) exited the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans Saturday, Aug. 18, with a knee injury and will not return.
|Footballguys view: UDFA Shaun Wilson was already pushing Sims for a roster spot and job, this could cinch that trend. Deep dynasty league players should remember Wilson's name.|
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Cowboys | Bo Scarbrough to the locker room Sat Aug 18, 09:09 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) exited the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday, Aug. 18, and went to the locker room with trainers.
|Footballguys view: Scarbrough hurt his hip and was outperformed by Darius Jackson. The Cowboys could keep Jackson as the #3 back and stash Scarbrough on injured reserve in the wake of this development.|
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Texans | Injury bug bites Kevin Johnson Sat Aug 18, 08:30 PM
Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson (concussion) sustained a concussion in Week 2 of the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18. He will not return.
|Footballguys view: Johnson had to go to the hospital after suffering the injury, although he'll have three weeks to recover before the season opener with the Patriots.|
Kevin Johnson player page
Cowboys | Byron Jones hurts shoulder Sat Aug 18, 08:12 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones (shoulder) injured his right shoulder in Week 2 of the preseason Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: There's no report from the team that they are worried about this injury, but Jones moving to corner is a centerpiece of their secondary changes this offseason. Carolina's wide receivers would get a boost if this affects his Week 1 availability.|
Byron Jones player page
Titans | Delanie Walker not playing Sat Aug 18, 07:48 PM
Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (undisclosed) will not be active for Week 2 of the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Walker suffered an injury practice, some speculated that it was a toe injury. We'll be monitoring for more information here, although there haven't been any signs that we should be worried about his Week 1 availability.|
Delanie Walker player page
Redskins | Orleans Darkwa to try out for Redskins Sat Aug 18, 07:24 PM
Free-agent RB Orleans Darkwa (Giants) will work out for the Washington Redskins Sunday, Aug. 19, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Darkwa was cleared for football activities back in late June and there have been a few teams looking into his services. After losing rookie Derrius Guice (knee) for the year, Washington is looking for help in the backfield. Darkwa had 751 rushing yards last year.|
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Browns | Dez Bryant unlikely to join Browns now Sat Aug 18, 05:45 PM
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is no longer on the front burner for the Cleveland Browns, and the two sides are not expected to reach an agreement anytime soon, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Reporters speculate one thing and the head coach says another. Head coach Hue Jackson has said the team is still open to signing Bryant even though WR Josh Gordon returning. Who knows what happens, but the urgency to get Bryant had to take a hit with Gordon's return.|
Dez Bryant player page
Vikings | Latavius Murray struggles Sat Aug 18, 05:00 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray rushed for 12 yards on six carries during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 18. He also fumbled the ball twice during the game.
|Footballguys view: The fumbles aren't a good look for Murray. The veteran is in line to be the primary backup behind Dalvin Cook in 2018.|
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Redskins | Jordan Reed misses practice Sat Aug 18, 04:07 PM
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (illness) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, because of an illness.
|Footballguys view: Not to sound too cheeky, but Reed is used to missing time. Fantasy GMs who take a chance on Reed already know they need to have a good backup or other starting option at the position. Reed has a current ADP of TE9 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Jordan Reed player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton nursing shoulder sprain Sat Aug 18, 04:03 PM
Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) suffered a sprained shoulder in practice Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Hilton has been looking like his old self with QB Andrew Luck back and healthy. Fantasy GMs need to monitor this injury situation with Hilton to see how soon he can get back in action.|
T.Y. Hilton player page
Browns | Dez Bryant still an option for CLE Sat Aug 18, 04:01 PM
Free-agent WR Dez Bryant (Cowboys) is still an option for the Cleveland Browns even though WR Josh Gordon has rejoined the team, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Some felt Gordon's return to the team immediately meant Bryant was not going to be an option for the Browns anymore. That may not be the case according to Jackson, so Fantasy GMs need to take a wait-and-see approach with this situation.|
Dez Bryant player page
Steelers | Ben Roethlisberger on the field Saturday Sat Aug 18, 03:09 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (head) is a full participant during practice Saturday, Aug. 18.
|Footballguys view: Roethlisberger is trending to be ready for the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka week three of the preseason. He was cleared from the concussion protocol only a couple of days ago.|
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Jets | Quincy Enunwa practicing Sat Aug 18, 03:02 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) is participating in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, and is taking part in team drills.
|Footballguys view: Enunwa missed all of last year due to a neck injury. This thumb injury was suffered earlier this month and it required a couple of weeks to get right. Enunwa should go back to manning the slot WR position for the Jets.|
Quincy Enunwa player page
Jets | Isaiah Crowell returns to practice Sat Aug 18, 02:47 PM
New York Jets RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) returned to the practice field Saturday, Aug. 18, and was able to participate in individuals drills.
|Footballguys view: Crowell is coming back from this concussion and should be cleared for team activities provided there are no setbacks. He should begin the season as the starting running back for the Jets. Bilal Powell remains as a big part of the backfield in 2018 too.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Colts | T.Y. Hilton nicks up shoulder Sat Aug 18, 02:37 PM
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (shoulder) banged up his left shoulder in practice Saturday, Aug. 18, and he was being iced down by trainers.
|Footballguys view: Hilton has looked like his old self with QB Andrew Luck healthy. Fantasy GMs are once again excited about this connection and are taking Hilton off the board at WR10 (3.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. This shoulder issue could be minor, but stay tuned for updates on his condition.|
T.Y. Hilton player page
Browns | Josh Gordon moving to NFI list Sat Aug 18, 02:20 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be moved from the Reserve/Did Not Report list to the Active/Non-Football Illness list.
|Footballguys view: Gordon is back for the Browns and should be in line to play in the regular season opener. He's missed camp to this point due to health concerns and the Browns have supported him fully. Fantasy GMs are taking a chance on the talented receiver, currently taking him off the board at WR24 (5.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Josh Gordon player page
Browns | Josh Gordon not allowed to practice yet Sat Aug 18, 01:38 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is still in the substance abuse program and will not be allowed to participate in practice until certain conditions are met, according to NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy.
|Footballguys view: Throughout this entire process we've seen the Browns fully support Gordon. It sounds like they'll take it easy on him as they ramp up to the regular season opener. Stay tuned.|
Josh Gordon player page
Bills | Two RBs may compete for one spot Sat Aug 18, 12:47 PM
Buffalo Bills RBs Taiwan Jones and Travaris Cadet may be competing for one spot on the roster because RB Marcus Murphy appears to be a near lock for the 53-man roster, in the opinion of WKBW.com's Joe Buscaglia.
|Footballguys view: Jones has bounced around from cornerback to running back during his pro career. He's certainly got quickness and moves to make defenders miss. Cadet is a swift runner who can be relied on as a receiver out of the backfield if need be.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Travaris Cadet player page