Fantasy Football News & Views
Bears | Jeremy Langford still absent (Tue Aug 23, 03:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Teams calling about Josh Gordon (Tue Aug 23, 08:52 AM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Ryan Tannehill making progress (Tue Aug 23, 12:45 AM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Matt Jones out for preseason (Mon Aug 22, 04:06 PM) [jump to this story]
Giants | New York to try out Randy Bullock Mon Aug 22, 02:36 PM
Free-agent PK Randy Bullock (Jets) is scheduled to work out for the New York Giants, according to a source.Link to story
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Bengals | Jake Fisher close to ready Mon Aug 22, 02:25 PM
Cincinnati Bengals OT Jake Fisher (ankle) looked good walking around the locker room Monday, Aug. 22, and hopes to be ready for Week 1.Link to story
49ers | Shaun Draughn is the backup Mon Aug 22, 02:11 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn is the No. 2 running back, according to head coach Chip Kelly. RBs DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis are competing for the No. 3 position.
|Footballguys view: Draughn was injured (ribs) during the joint practices with the Broncos last week and missed the team's second preseason game. He'll be the backup to Carlos Hyde, but Draughn may see a large enough role as a receiver to warrant taking him as a last-round flier in deeper PPR leagues.|
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Colts | Vontae Davis week to week Mon Aug 22, 12:40 PM
Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis (ankle) is week to week with his ankle injury.Link to story
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Packers | Jordy Nelson to do drills Mon Aug 22, 12:35 PM
Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) will do individual drills Monday, Aug. 22.
|Footballguys view: A good sign for the veteran receiver. Nelson was activated off the PUP list just last week, but don't expect to see him in a preseason game. We feel without setbacks, Nelson will be close to full strength by the start of the regular season.|
Jordy Nelson player page
Bengals | Tyler Eifert to begin jogging Mon Aug 22, 12:34 PM
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) said he'll try to jog for the first time Monday, Aug. 22. Eifert said he has been running on a treadmill in the pool, and his ankle feels good. He has been lifting and receiving multiple treatments per day without setbacks.
|Footballguys view: Good signs for the talented TE, but his eventual return to the field is unknown. We don't think Eifert is going to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. There's a chance he could be ready after missing a few games to start 2016. When he returns, Eifert will be a welcome addition to a Bengals passing game that needs weapons outside of WR A.J. Green. Eifert should be able to return to his TE1 production when at full strength. He has a current ADP of TE7 (7.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Ravens | Dennis Pitta has broken finger Mon Aug 22, 12:20 PM
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (finger) is sidelined due to a broken finger, and there is concern that he could need a screw inserted if he returns before it heals.
|Footballguys view: Another injury for Pitta. He's trying to come back from major hip problems, and now this finger issue will set him back a bit. The Ravens have a cluster of talented TEs with Ben Watson and second-year pro Maxx Williams leading the depth chart. Even if Pitta is healthy, we don't feel the veteran will make a fantasy impact in 2016.|
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Ravens | Breshad Perriman activated Mon Aug 22, 12:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 22.
|Footballguys view: Perriman missed all of his rookie season last year, and he suffered a partially-torn ACL back in June and has not been able to participate in training camp because of it. He's not yet cleared to fully participate in practice, and it seems like Perriman is no lock to contribute early in the season. We hope he gets healthy and we can see him flash towards the midway point of the year.|
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Ravens | Matt Elam needs surgery Mon Aug 22, 11:55 AM
Baltimore Ravens FS Matt Elam (knee) requires surgery to clean out his knee, which he injured in the second preseason game. The surgery will not be a season-ending operation.Link to story
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Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche could return this week Mon Aug 22, 11:54 AM
Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche (ankle) has a good chance to play in the third preseason game this week, according to general manager Steve Keim.
|Footballguys view: Nkemdiche is an explosive player who checks in around 300 pounds. He can be a force to be dealt with in the middle of the line. Nkemdiche can be moved around the defensive line to attack an opponent from multiple spots. We're excited to see if the rookie can give them an Aaron Donald-like prospect up front. The potential has always been there with Nkemdiche, but he's yet fully played up to that during his football career.|
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Dolphins | Kenyan Drake out another week Mon Aug 22, 11:34 AM
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) will miss this week's practices and preseason game as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Drake has incredible straight-line speed, so this hamstring injury is especially bothersome. The rookie could be in the mix later as a change-of-pace back for the Dolphins.|
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Eagles | Carson Wentz day to day Mon Aug 22, 10:43 AM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz (ribs) remains day to day and will not throw Monday, Aug. 22. He threw Saturday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: Rib injuries are known to be painful, and the recovery time varies from player to player. Wentz is clearly the future of this team at the QB position, but the rookie should sit all year behind Sam Bradford.|
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Bills | Seantrel Henderson activated Mon Aug 22, 10:13 AM
Buffalo Bills OT Seantrel Henderson (illness) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 22, and will practice.Link to story
Chiefs | Jamaal Charles unlikely this week Mon Aug 22, 10:08 AM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is unlikely to play in the third preseason game, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles should practice more this week, however.
|Footballguys view: We don't see the need to run Charles out there for any preseason game. The Chiefs have a deep and talented backfield with Charles, Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. We think Charles should be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, and he should put up low-end RB1 numbers in 2016.|
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Browns | Josh Gordon runs with starters Mon Aug 22, 09:53 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is running with the first-team offense in practice Monday, Aug. 22.
|Footballguys view: The team is planning on Gordon playing in their preseason game on Friday, so it makes sense he's working with the first-team offense. He'll miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but Gordon is a clear starter when he returns in Week 5. Fantasy owners could get him at a value as a WR3 with WR1 upside.|
Josh Gordon player page
Ravens | Elvis Dumervil returns Mon Aug 22, 09:38 AM
Baltimore Ravens LB Elvis Dumervil (foot) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 22, and returned to practice.
|Footballguys view: Foot surgery from earlier this offseason has kept Dumervil from practicing to this point. We don't think the Ravens need to rush the veteran pass-rusher out there at any time during the rest of the preseason. However, we should see Dumervil ready for Week 1 of the regular season.|
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Colts | Andrew Luck throwing underneath more Mon Aug 22, 08:46 AM
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck is throwing more underneath passes to get the ball out quicker and allow his receivers to use their speed after the catch. 'They've worked really hard on that clock in (Luck's) head,' coach Chuck Pagano said. 'You can sit and wait and wait and wait and hold that thing too long. I think our guys up front, that starting unit and the couple guys that came in did a really nice job of giving him some time. He is not turning down a profit so if things aren't there down the field, then go ahead and hit your check-down. We've got some guys that can make some plays if we can get them the ball in space.'
|Footballguys view: The Colts want to keep Luck healthy all season as he's the key to their Super Bowl window. Having him get rid of the ball makes a ton of sense for many reasons. He'll get out of the way of the pass rush by utilizing quick/short passes. The Colts also have a trio of fine WRs who can all use their assets to make plays after the catch. We're not expecting a lot from their rushing attack, so using as much of Luck and those WRs makes the most sense.|
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Browns | Josh Gordon likely to play this week Mon Aug 22, 08:24 AM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) is likely to play his first preseason game Friday, Aug. 26. 'He still looks the exact same and it's just crazy,'' CB Joe Haden said. 'He looks a little bigger. I don't know how that happened, but he's still out there running around, looking the same, running his routes, floating. It still looks effortless.''
|Footballguys view: We haven't seen Gordon on the field since Week 16 of the 2014 season. Fantasy owners know that he can be a star player regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Gordon should be considered a WR3 with WR1 upside. He's suspended the first four games of the year, but Gordon should be able to step in and shine after that. His current ADP is WR30 (6.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Giants | Garrett Hartley visiting Giants Mon Aug 22, 08:24 AM
Free-agent PK Garrett Hartley (Steelers) is working out for the New York Giants Monday, Aug. 22.Link to story
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Rams | Case Keenum likely to open as starter Mon Aug 22, 08:16 AM
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Rams QB Case Keenum is likely to start Week 1 for the team over QB Jared Goff. Keenum has delivered three touchdowns in four drives this preseason.
|Footballguys view: That's not a shock based on Keenum's (and Goff's) play. Goff is the future, but he clearly needs more time to develop. Keenum is a seasoned pro who can be capable as a starter while Goff gets up to speed. The Rams are built on a solid defense and superstar RB Todd Gurley. Keenum needs only to play it safe and not turn the ball over to help this team consistently win in 2016.|
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Patriots | Sebastian Vollmer to IR Mon Aug 22, 08:16 AM
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (hip, shoulder) is headed to the Reserve/Injured list due to recovery from shoulder surgery and a nagging hip injury.
|Footballguys view: Vollmer would be eligible to return after Week 6. The Patriots would have a three-week window to determine whether or not to activate Vollmer or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve. Marcus Cannon is the next man up at right tackle.|
Patriots | Cedric Thompson released Mon Aug 22, 08:10 AM
New England Patriots SS Cedric Thompson was released Sunday, Aug. 21, according to his agency.Link to story
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Broncos | Billy Winn could make roster Mon Aug 22, 03:13 AM
Denver Broncos DL Billy Winn may be on the team's opening roster due to injuries up front on defense.
|Footballguys view: Winn has length and strength to get after the QB from multiple positions. When DE Vance Walker was lost for the year, it opened the door for guys like Winn behind him.|
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Giants | Tom Obarski misses opportunity Mon Aug 22, 03:03 AM
New York Giants PK Tom Obarski missed a 28-yard field goal during his team's exhibition game against the Buffalo Bills, potentially putting his status as the Week 1 kicker in jeopardy. Regular PK Josh Brown is suspended for the first week for violation of the NFL's domestic violence policy.Link to story
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Jets | NYJ may keep four QBs on roster Mon Aug 22, 02:51 AM
The New York Jets are leaning toward keeping four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, with QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg making the cut.
|Footballguys view: Fitzpatrick is the starter for now, but his future with the team after this season is not a given. Who knows what the future holds for Smith, but he's likely in his final season with the Jets. Petty is a work-in-progress as a pro passer -- and that's putting in nicely. Hackenberg was added to be the future starter, but it's been some time since he's looked consistently good on the football field. Good luck Jets fans, it will be interesting to see how this develops.|
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Vikings | Two vying for SS spot Mon Aug 22, 02:42 AM
Minnesota Vikings SS Andrew Sendejo and SS Michael Griffin appear locked in a battle for a starting strong safety spot. Sendejo started the first preseason game, and Griffin appeared in the second.Link to story
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Redskins | Josh Doctson not a lock to be ready Mon Aug 22, 01:00 AM
Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') could open the season on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list, which would cost him at least the first six games.
|Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't something to take lightly. Washington should be as cautious as possible when bringing the rookie back from this injury. Doctson is a smooth route-runner who was used to being the centerpiece of the passing game at TCU. In the future, Doctson could be a reliable starter for Washington. For now, Jamison Crowder has the no.3 role all to himself.|
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Texans | Braxton Miller could start in slot Mon Aug 22, 12:37 AM
Houston Texans WR Braxton Miller has been the starting slot receiver in the first two preseason games, and offensive coordinator Bob Godsey said he has been impressed with Miller's commitment to developing relationships with his quarterbacks and coaches.
|Footballguys view: Miller has only been playing WR for a year, and he's got incredible upside if he continues to develop. A converted QB, Miller has incredible athleticism and can easily make defenders miss in the open field. He's a strong runner who plays with intensity and physicality as a receiver. The Texans passing game is all about WR DeAndre Hopkins, but we could see Miller contributing as a rookie. Consider him a WR7 in deep leagues.|
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Texans | Surgery possible for Nick Martin Mon Aug 22, 12:11 AM
Houston Texans C Nick Martin's (ankle) high-ankle sprain is more serious than initially expected, and head coach Bill O'Brien acknowledged surgery is a possibility.
|Footballguys view: Bad news for the Texans here. Martin is unlikely to play in Week 1 if he's getting ankle surgery in the near future. With Martin out, the team would turn to Tony Bergstrom or Greg Mancz next.|
49ers | Vance McDonald emerging as weapon Mon Aug 22, 12:01 AM
San Francisco 49ers TE Vance McDonald has caught five passes for 92 yards from QB Blaine Gabbert through two preseason games.
|Footballguys view: An important note for fantasy owners looking to wait on TE. The Chip Kelly offense regularly features the TE as the first read after the belly option with the RB. A QB like Blaine Gabbert should use McDonald early and often as a security blanket when looking to move the chains through the air. Catching 75 passes and finishing as a top-10 fantasy TE is not out of the question for McDonald.|
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Broncos | Zaire Anderson pushing for time Sun Aug 21, 11:40 PM
Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis is the favorite to replace LB Danny Trevathan as the other starter at inside linebacker next to LB Brandon M. Marshall, but LB Zaire Anderson is making a case for playing time with a strong preseason.
|Footballguys view: Davis is a fine player, but he's a two-down player and will come off the field in nickel situations. The Broncos used their nickel defense last year around 65 percent of the time. Anderson is a violent player with an attitude. He spent last year on the team's practice squad, but it's looking more and more like he's going to make the 53-man roster this year.|
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Colts | Growing pains for Josh Ferguson Sun Aug 21, 11:32 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Josh Ferguson is averaging 0.69 yards per carry on 13 rushes this preseason, and he has struggled in pass protection.
|Footballguys view: Ferguson has been tossed around as a sleeper in some fantasy circles -- and for good reason. The rookie has a real opportunity to begin the season as the primary backup behind Frank Gore. He's more quick than fast, but Ferguson is elusive in the open field and can be utilized well in a fast-break offense. However, the kid is going to have to protect the QB or he simply won't see the field. We like him as a 'lottery ticket' pick in the last round of the draft, but we'd like to see more from him in the preseason.|
Josh Ferguson player page
Rams | Pharoh Cooper locked into starting role? Sun Aug 21, 11:24 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Pharoh Cooper, WR Kenny Britt and WR Tavon Austin are currently the top three receivers, head coach Jeff Fisher said.
|Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick by the Rams this year, Cooper gets off the line quickly and can change direction on a dime without losing much speed. When the play breaks down, Cooper does a good job of finding the soft spot in a defense and works his way back to the QB. The rookie does need to show better 'my ball' mentality when trying to make a contested catch. He can take some big hits, but he rarely holds onto the ball in such a situation. Monitor him in dynasty leagues only.|
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Rams | Brian Quick not in the mix? Sun Aug 21, 11:09 PM
Los Angeles Rams WR Brian Quick was not mentioned by head coach Jeff Fisher when Fisher discussed the wide receiver competition.
|Footballguys view: Quick hasn't done many things of note during Hard Knocks -- except for wrecking a go cart with fellow WR Kenny Britt. He's certainly no lock to make the 53-man roster.|
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Lions | Jake Rudock pushing for backup job Sun Aug 21, 10:56 PM
Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock and QB Dan Orlovsky will be judged on their total body of work, and 'the best player' will win the backup quarterback job, head coach Jim Caldwell said.
|Footballguys view: This isn't a great backup situation. Rudock is tough and played with a ton of moxie in college at Michigan (and Iowa), but we don't know of any fantasy leagues that give points for moxie. From a talent standpoint, the rookie QB doesn't have a strong arm and needs better anticipation when going through his reads. However, he is accurate on short-to-intermediate throws and what scouts call a 'rhythm' passer. We'll be monitoring his progress -- but only in the deepest dynasty leagues.|
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Bears | Kevin White impressing Alshon Jeffery Sun Aug 21, 10:37 PM
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery said WR Kevin White is making strides and making plays. 'He missed the whole year last year, so this year he's progressing right where we need him to be,' Jeffery said.
|Footballguys view: White has been impressing beat writers in attendance for training camp, and apparently his teammates like what they see too. The second-year pro is an intriguing prospect to watch -- especially since we didn't get to see him as a rookie due to injury. He's not a refined route-runner, but White has the speed to take the top off the defense. We consider White to be a high-upside WR4 for your fantasy team. His current ADP is WR39 (8.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Buccaneers | Cameron Brate drops a couple Sun Aug 21, 10:22 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate dropped a pass that led to an interception and dropped another pass that would have been a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 20.
|Footballguys view: This could be part of the reason that Austin Seferian-Jenkins is back on the first team - splitting snaps with Brate. If this trend continues, Seferian-Jenkins could be starting by Week 1.|
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Lions | Graham Glasgow in a boot Sun Aug 21, 10:06 PM
Detroit Lions C Graham Glasgow (foot) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20, and his left foot was in a protective boot. Head coach Jim Caldwell said it remains to be seen how much time Glasgow will miss.Link to story
Lions | Golden Tate misses practice Sun Aug 21, 10:01 PM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) did not practice Saturday, Aug. 20. He wouldn't mention the specifics of his injury, but he talked about playing in the preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Aug. 27.Link to story
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Eagles | Isaac Seumalo securing starting gig Sun Aug 21, 09:45 PM
Philadelphia Eagles OT Isaac Seumalo is improving with every snap at left guard, according to head coach Doug Pederson, and Pederson said Seumalo 'hasn't done anything to not be the starter.'Link to story
Browns | Josh Gordon starting to drop weight Sun Aug 21, 09:40 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon was about 10 pounds overweight after missing time with a quadriceps injury, but beat writer Mary Kay Cabot said the weight is already coming off now that he is back practicing.
|Footballguys view: It sounds like Gordon is not back even to his 2014 form, but we hope to see him in Week 3 of the preseason. He'll have four weeks off while he is suspended and will take a bit to ramp up, but this is a sign things are going in the right direction.|
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Browns | Terrelle Pryor no fluke Sun Aug 21, 09:26 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor will continue to make big plays and score touchdowns during the regular season, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, who noted Pryor beat Pro Bowl CB Desmond Trufant for a 50-yard against the Atlanta Falcons in the preseason.
|Footballguys view: Pryor deserves a late pick in drafts as the big play threat in the Browns offense while Josh Gordon is suspended. He has been the recipient of two excellent deep balls from Robert Griffin III in the preseason in very limited action.|
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Jets | Bryce Petty has chance to be backup Sun Aug 21, 09:14 PM
New York Jets QB Bryce Petty could push QB Geno Smith for the backup quarterback job, head coach Todd Bowles said Sunday, Aug. 21.Link to story
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Jets | NYJ wants to see Matt Forte in action Sun Aug 21, 08:32 PM
New York Jets RB Matt Forte could 'get a few snaps in' during next week's preseason game against the New York Giants if head coach Todd Bowles gets his wish, according to SNY reporter Ralph Vacchiano.
|Footballguys view: Forte is being given veteran deference by the Jets coaching staff. He has looked good in his return to practice and should be slated to start against Cincinnati in Week 1 whether he plays in the preseason or not.|
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49ers | Shaun Draughn suffered rib injury last week Sun Aug 21, 08:23 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Shaun Draughn (ribs) missed his team's preseason game against the Denver Broncos on Saturday, Aug. 20, due to a rib injury he suffered during the teams' joint practices earlier in the week.Link to story
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Browns | Tramon Williams moving to slot CB Sun Aug 21, 07:56 PM
Cleveland Browns CB Tramon Williams has been moved to slot cornerback, essentially switching roles with CB Jamar Taylor, who will transition to the outside and is considered the frontrunner to start opposite CB Joe Haden.Link to story
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman likely out in Denver Sun Aug 21, 07:47 PM
Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has fallen to No. 3 on the depth chart, and 'it would be a surprise' if they elected to pay the remaining $1.4 million on his contract, according to 9News.com. reporter Mike Klis.
|Footballguys view: Devontae Booker appears to have the inside track for the backup job, but Kapri Bibbs has been building his status with the team and could figure into the mix too. Hillman should easily catch on elsewhere after Week 1 once injuries start to hit other team's backfields.|
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Seahawks | Thomas Rawls on track to start Week 1 Sun Aug 21, 07:38 PM
Updating a previous story, Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) 'looks really good' and the general consensus is that he'll be ready for Week 1.Link to story
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Seahawks | Thomas Rawls to return in two weeks? Sun Aug 21, 06:52 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls (ankle) should return 'in a couple weeks', according to head coach Pete Carroll.
|Footballguys view: It doesn't sound like we'll get to see Rawls in the preseason. If we do it will be in the fourth preseason game, which would be better than nothing. It appears that Christine Michael will get a decent workload in the season opener against Miami and a chance to hold down enough of the work to keep Rawls in RB2 territory instead of the RB1 he was last year once he took over the job.|
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Eagles | Stephen Tulloch inks deal with Philly Sun Aug 21, 06:33 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles signed free-agent LB Stephen Tulloch (Lions) to a one-year deal reportedly worth up to $3 million, including $1.75 million guaranteed, on Sunday, Aug. 21.
|Footballguys view: Tulloch has a history with Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and he can provide depth at multiple linebacker positions.|
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