Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets | Christian Hackenberg iffy for third game Fri Aug 26, 08:57 AM
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg is healthy, but he'll only play in the third preseason game if head coach Todd Bowles can 'fit him in,' according to a source.Link to story
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Seahawks | Christine Michael runs well again Fri Aug 26, 12:52 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael had seven carries for 58 yards against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Aug. 25, and he has 24 carries for 157 yards in the preseason.Link to story
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Cowboys | Impressive debut for Ezekiel Elliott Fri Aug 26, 12:37 AM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott made his preseason debut against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, gaining 48 yards on seven carries.Link to story
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Dolphins | Jordan Cameron battling drops Fri Aug 26, 12:08 AM
Miami Dolphins TE Jordan Cameron has struggled with drops this preseason, and he dropped two passes in a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25. At one point, QB Ryan Tannehill opted not to throw to an open Cameron.Link to story
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Dolphins | Kenny Stills playing well Thu Aug 25, 11:51 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Kenny Stills caught four passes for a team-high 46 yards in a 17-6 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, Aug. 25.Link to story
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Falcons | Five grabs for Austin Hooper Thu Aug 25, 11:43 PM
Atlanta Falcons TE Austin Hooper caught five passes for 50 yards in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.Link to story
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Falcons | Red zone interception for Matt Ryan Thu Aug 25, 11:31 PM
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan completed 12 of his 22 passes for 129 yards and threw an interception in the red zone in a 17-6 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25.Link to story
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Redskins | DeSean Jackson looking sharp Thu Aug 25, 11:18 PM
Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has displayed a greater focus this offseason, according to wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard, and CB DeAngelo Hall said Jackson has never looked better.Link to story
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Cowboys | Tony Romo out for game Thu Aug 25, 10:59 PM
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will not return against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, due to a coach's decision. He left after three plays with a tight back.Link to story
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Falcons | Brandon Wilds exits with knee injury Thu Aug 25, 10:53 PM
Atlanta Falcons RB Brandon Wilds (knee) is questionable to return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after injuring his knee.Link to story
Ravens | Michael Campanaro could return punts Thu Aug 25, 10:47 PM
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro is the current frontrunner to return punts, according to beat writer Dan Markus.Link to story
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Broncos | Trevor Siemian expected to start? Thu Aug 25, 10:27 PM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has already locked up the starting quarterback job, in the opinion of beat writer Jeff Legwold.
|Footballguys view: We'll see but it did indeed seem like Mark Sanchez fumbled away his chance at a starting job. At the end of the day the Broncos mostly need someone to run the offense without turning the ball over. Siemian seems to be that guy right now. Don't be surprised if rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch takes over at some point this season.|
Trevor Siemian player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo tweaks back Thu Aug 25, 10:21 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) exited against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, Aug. 25, and was holding his back. He tried to return to the field, but he was called back by coaches.
|Footballguys view: Reset the "days since a Romo incident" clock back to zero and reach for the Pepto Bismol. It's going to be a long season. This sort of thing is just one of the reasons we see him as no more than a QB2.|
Tony Romo player page
Falcons | Justin Hardy out for the game Thu Aug 25, 10:15 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Justin Hardy (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after suffering an ankle injury.
|Footballguys view: Hardy has looked more settled this summer, but he's still the third wheel behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and not worth a roster spot.|
Justin Hardy player page
Falcons | Julio Jones' ankle injury not serious Thu Aug 25, 10:06 PM
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will not return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, but head coach Dan Quinn said Jones could have returned if needed.
|Footballguys view: Nothing to see here, move along. Jones will be fine by Week 1 and we expect him to put up solid WR1 numbers this season.|
Julio Jones player page
Cowboys | Concerns about Ezekiel Elliott? Thu Aug 25, 09:50 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott caused some concern when he reported to training camp at 231 pounds, and one scout who evaluated him believes Elliott could have trouble dealing with the spotlight of playing in the NFL.
|Footballguys view: There are plenty of people who are not worried about Elliott this year and you can count the Footballguys staff among them. We see him as a very nice RB1 play all year behind a tremendous offensive line.|
Ezekiel Elliott player page
Colts | Robert Turbin to spell Frank Gore? Thu Aug 25, 09:33 PM
Indianapolis Colts RB Robert Turbin will likely serve as the backup to RB Frank Gore, according to beat writer Stephen Holder.
|Footballguys view: The only value Turbin has is to Frank Gore owners worried the ageless wonder will suddenly have the wheels come off. Gore is a nice RB3 play most weeks and we don't trust that Turbin can even hit that mark if Gore goes down.|
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Falcons | Julio Jones injures ankle Thu Aug 25, 09:05 PM
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) is questionable to return against the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 25, after injuring his ankle.
|Footballguys view: They won't take any chances with Jones, even if it is the third preseason game. It's not as if they are unsure what he is capable of. Jones remains a WR1 for fantasy purposes and this ankle injury should amount to nothing.|
Julio Jones player page
Dolphins | Griff Whalen on roster bubble Thu Aug 25, 08:44 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Griff Whalen has not done anything to cement the need for the team to carry a sixth wide receiver, especially if they have to go into the regular season with three quarterbacks and three centers.
|Footballguys view: With Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills ahead of him, Whalen would have had a hard time generating any production.|
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Browns | Browns not trying to trade Josh Gordon Thu Aug 25, 08:37 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon said he wants to stay put, while the team has said there are no plans to trade the 25-year-old wideout. 'Listening (to trade offers) is probably a mischaracterization,' said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. 'We've said all we needed to say about it. We're not looking to trade Josh.'
|Footballguys view: It makes sense. If Gordon can stay clean, he's a huge building block for the offense and given his off-field issues, the Browns can probably get him at a decent bargain when his contract is up. Missing four games keeps his value down, as does the general offensive outlook, so we have him at WR4.|
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Bengals | A.J. Green could miss early-season game Thu Aug 25, 07:29 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said there is 'no way' he is missing the birth of his first child, and he would miss a regular season game if it comes to that. His first child is due in about a month.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners need to keep this in mind when Green's child is born. He may not miss any time, but who knows when the stork is going to deliver that new bundle of joy.|
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Lions | Dwayne Washington to make team? Thu Aug 25, 07:14 PM
Detroit Lions RB Dwayne Washington is 'trending' towards making the team as the No. 4 running back after RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, August 25. 'I've been impressed with some of the things he's done,' said offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. 'When the guy gets the ball, he does impressive things. That's a good trait to have.'
|Footballguys view: We like Washington's ability. He's large and swift with the ball in his hands. We could see him contribute as a power back for the Lions. Zach Zenner is their primary power back at this point with Ameer Abdullah as the starter and Theo Riddick as the receiving back.|
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Steelers | Slow rehab for Ladarius Green Thu Aug 25, 06:17 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (ankle) still hopes to be ready for Week 1, but acknowledged that the rehabilitation process is 'very slow.'
|Footballguys view: Green has to be labeled as an injury prone player. He's always been banged up...or at least it seems like it. Fantasy owners who considered him a sleeper after he signed with the Steelers earlier this year are now looking for 'lottery ticket' TEs elsewhere.|
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson to sit rest of preseason Thu Aug 25, 05:46 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the final two preseason games. Peterson made the decision himself and said it's in his best interest to rest until Week 1 of the regular season against the Tennessee Titans.
|Footballguys view: Peterson usually doesn't play in the preseason, so it's no big deal. Expect him to get around 300 carries this year as the centerpiece of the Vikings offense.|
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Jets | No Quincy Enunwa Saturday Thu Aug 25, 04:46 PM
New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (concussion) will not play versus the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 27, according to head coach Todd Bowles.
|Footballguys view: They're going to play it safe with Enunwa, whose flexibility to play receiver as well as tight end could be critical to the offense. He's not worth more than a flier as a WR7 or so, but is worth keeping one eye on as the season progresses.|
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Ravens | Two Baltimore receivers won't play Thu Aug 25, 04:29 PM
Baltimore Ravens WRs Steve Smith (Achilles') and Breshad Perriman (knee) are not expected to play Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Detroit Lions. They did not practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: No sense in rushing either one back before Week 1. We see Smith as a solid WR5, as it is unlikely he gets back into the groove he was in before his injury last season. Having missed a whole season, Perriman is a bit behind and so we see him as no more than a WR7, if that.|
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Bears | Jeremy Langford wants to be featured Thu Aug 25, 04:11 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) believes he's improving at being a complete running back and would like to be a three-down back for the Bears this season. Langford cited improvements in playing through contact, catching the football and his pass-blocking ability as factors in him becoming a better player. Additionally, Langford said his recent foot injury feels good and is getting better.
|Footballguys view: We're still hoping this ends up as exactly what we suspect it is--Langford taking over the full-time gig. Along with the 537 yards and six touchdowns on 148 carries his rookie season, Langford also caught 22 of 42 targets for another 279 yards and a touchdown. He has the potential to put up some nice numbers. The biggest worry might be the offense, which could slide backwards without Adam Gase. That's why we have Langford as a borderline RB2/RB3 instead of a solid RB2.|
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Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald's status uncertain Thu Aug 25, 03:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25, and head coach Bruce Arians said he is not sure if Fitzgerald will be able to play in the preseason game against the Houston Texans Sunday, Aug. 28.
|Footballguys view: They might as well rest him. It's not like they don't know what he can do. We know it too, and see him as a solid WR3 this season, right where his current ADP is as WR26, No. 56 player overall.|
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Cardinals | John Brown practicing Thu Aug 25, 02:25 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) is participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: We're not sold we'll see him against the Houston Texans on Sunday but he should be OK for Week 1. We see Brown as a WR4 behind Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald, with occasional production but not enough consistency if everyone else is healthy.|
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Bears | Jeremy Langford fully practices Thu Aug 25, 02:23 PM
Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: At one point we were worried about a time share with Ka'Deem Carey, but since Carey was been out with a concussion it appears as if Langford has the inside track to a full load of carries. That makes him a low-end RB2, in part because the threat of split carries is still there, but we feel pretty confident in his overall chances based on what we've seen.|
Jeremy Langford player page
Giants | Victor Cruz has good chance to play Thu Aug 25, 01:51 PM
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said he is very optimistic about WR Victor Cruz's (groin) availability for the preseason game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 27.
|Footballguys view: We aren't optimistic about Cruz's fantasy impact though. His ADP is brutal, as he stands as WR68 and we can't blame early drafters for avoiding him. You should take your cue from them.|
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Lions | Eric Ebron not on the field Thu Aug 25, 01:28 PM
Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: That high ankle sprain is a concern. Given that the offensive temp is supposed to be faster than a speeding bullet, that's going to hurt Ebron and it will be much tougher to just play through. We'll keep watching this for the Week 1 impact. Ebron has been tracking with an ADP of TE18, 149th pick overall in drafts.|
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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell will play Friday Thu Aug 25, 12:42 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) will play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Friday, Aug. 26, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
|Footballguys view: Bell saw his suspension cut down to three games, but that's still three you have to get past without him. We think DeAngelo Williams will be a fine replacement and he should put up RB1 numbers while Bell is out. Even with the suspension, Bell's ADP is still RB6 and No. 13 off the board overall.|
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NFL | Five interested in Karlos Williams Thu Aug 25, 12:18 PM
Free-agent RB Karlos Williams (Bills) is receiving interest from five teams, according to sources. Williams has already met with the New York Jets.
|Footballguys view: Teams (and Fantasy GMs) have to keep in mind that he is suspended for the first portion of the season. He'll miss four games to start the year, and that suspension will certainly cool the market for his services. Williams has the talent to be a good starter, but it appears he lacks self control. If Williams can change that, he could be an effective back in the NFL.|
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Lions | Zach Zenner in a good spot Thu Aug 25, 09:13 AM
Detroit Lions RB Zach Zenner has consistently played behind RB Theo Riddick in the rotation this preseason, and he's on solid ground to make the team.
|Footballguys view: Zenner is a second year player who will still mostly contribute on special teams barring several injuries. That said, he is a solid all-around player who can run the ball, catch it and pass block, so he's worth keeping an eye on behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick.|
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Lions | Detroit going no-huddle often Thu Aug 25, 09:12 AM
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford and the other Lions quarterbacks have run a no-huddle offense 62% of the time this preseason. The Lions ran a no-huddle offense just 7% of the time last season. According to ProFootballFocus, Stafford has completed all six of his passes for 108 yards when targeting WRs Golden Tate and Marvin Jones out of the no-huddle. He's 6-for-11 passing for 63 yards on the rest of his throws combined. Overall, Stafford has completed 70.6% of his passes this preseason.
|Footballguys view: We like the sound of this as it keeps Stafford moving and avoids letting him sit in the pocket too long while he waits for a downfield option to get open. Of course, you have to execute or your defense gets back on the field too quickly and can't rest. Stafford is a rock-solid QB2 but you can add in a dash of upside this year if the high-tempo offense works.|
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Lions | Stevan Ridley released Thu Aug 25, 08:58 AM
Detroit Lions RB Stevan Ridley was released Thursday, Aug. 25.
|Footballguys view: Zach Zenner's ascendancy got Ridley cut. He never has really recovered from his last injury but should find a home somewhere as a depth back as the season comes closer.|
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Eagles | Hunter Sharp waived Thu Aug 25, 03:01 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles waived WR Hunter Sharp on Wednesday, Aug. 24.Link to story
Titans | HC vows to get Derrick Henry on field Thu Aug 25, 12:54 AM
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry will get onto the field, as head coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday, Aug. 24, that he will find ways to use Henry even though RB DeMarco Murray is the starter.
|Footballguys view: That could be tough if Demarco Murray plays as well as it sounds like he will. That said, reports indicate that Murray has been a solid mentor to Henry so down the road Henry could see some burn. Murray remains the workhorse here, though, and is a solid RB2 while Henry is relegated to an RB4 status barring injury.|
Derrick Henry player page
Titans | Kendall Wright remains sidelined Thu Aug 25, 12:52 AM
Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (hamstring) continues to miss practice due to a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Wright's time with the team could be short. Free agent acquisition Rishard Matthews and rookie Tajae Sharpe are both playing well, and there is some veteran depth the team has brought in with Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright has to get healthy, and soon, or he will have no impact this season. As it is, we see him as no more than a WR6.|
Kendall Wright player page
Bengals | Brandon LaFell yet to lock up job Thu Aug 25, 12:27 AM
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell (hand) has yet to play in a preseason game due to a hand injury. He and rookie WR Tyler Boyd are considered the top two candidates to start opposite WR A.J. Green. LaFell is likely to play in the preseason game Sunday, Aug. 28, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
|Footballguys view: It looks very much like Boyd will win this job since LaFell is stuck on the trainer's table. Boyd's ADP is currently sitting at 165 overall and WR58, while LaFell has fallen completely off the map. That means you can get him cheap and late, but we're feeling it isn't worth it or at least that the payoff might never come.|
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Jets | Christian Hackenberg has flaws in mechanics Wed Aug 24, 11:10 PM
New York Jets QB Christian Hackenberg needs to tinker with his throwing mechanics, according to the team. The club would not get into specifics, but people who have studied the rookie believe he tends to over stride, causing his passes to sail. Hackenberg is currently fourth on the four-man depth chart.
|Footballguys view: We have yet to see the rookie in the preseason, and last year's draft pick Bryce Petty hasn't been looking too bad as the third man with the Jets. Hackenberg was drafted to be the QB of the future (remember, the Jets passed on Paxton Lynch) but this is not a good way to start things off. We'll see if he can develop, but we've never had too much dynasty love for Hackenberg.|
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49ers | SF trio expected to miss Friday's game Wed Aug 24, 11:09 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Nick Bellore (knee), WR DeAndre Smelter (hamstring) and WR Bryce Treggs (knee) are not expected to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 26, against the Green Bay Packers.Link to story
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Chiefs | Charcandrick West works in practice Wed Aug 24, 10:25 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (elbow) was back at practice Wednesday, Aug. 24. He has been dealing with an elbow injury.
|Footballguys view: West could get on the field as a change-of-pace back this year. The Chiefs have a trio of fine RBs with starter Jamaal Charles and backups Spencer Ware and West. Stash West if you've got enough room on your bench.|
Charcandrick West player page
Chiefs | KC parts with Mike Williams Wed Aug 24, 10:23 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs released WR Mike Williams Wednesday, Aug. 24, the team confirmed.
|Footballguys view: And that's a wrap (likely) for Williams' career in the NFL. He was trying to get things back on track with the Chiefs but didn't impress in camp or the preseason. We don't think many -- if any -- teams will be interested now that he's on the open market...again.|
Mike Williams player page
Broncos | Bennie Fowler shooting for Week 1 Wed Aug 24, 10:12 PM
Denver Broncos WR Bennie Fowler (elbow) showed up at practice Wednesday, Aug. 24, without a brace on his right elbow for the first time since fracturing it in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears two weeks ago. He was able to do some running before practice. He and the team are shooting for a return for the regular season opener Thursday, Sept. 8, against the Carolina Panthers.
|Footballguys view: Fowler was competing with Cody Latimer to be the team's no.3 WR before this elbow injury. He's a big-bodied receiver who isn't afraid of catching passes over the middle. Fowler is not as dynamic as Latimer, but he's more reliable. Fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues should be monitoring him.|
Bennie Fowler player page
Broncos | Three TEs in mix for roster spot Wed Aug 24, 10:11 PM
Denver Broncos TEs Manasseh Garner, Henry Krieger-Coble and John Phillips are competing for a roster spot behind TEs Virgil Green and oft-injured Jeff Heuerman (hamstring).
|Footballguys view: Green has really been featured in Broncos camp this year. He may be in line to catch 40 or more passes as the no.1 TE in a Gary Kubiak (TE friendly) offense. Heuerman can't stay healthy and has not been impressive when on the field. We think Phillips makes the team as a blocker and Krieger-Coble is put on the practice squad where he can add some weight.|
John Phillips player page
Broncos | Jeff Heuerman unlikely for Saturday Wed Aug 24, 10:10 PM
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (hamstring) has missed most of the past week of practice due to a hamstring injury and he is unlikely to play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams. 'I'm concerned because we're counting on him a great deal, but more so his ability to stay healthy and stay on the field,' head coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday, Aug. 24. 'Last year he went through the issues; he's had hamstring issues throughout OTAs. He was on a pretty good roll there, and here we go again.'
|Footballguys view: Heuerman is a player the team really likes...for whatever reason. He hasn't looked good on film since 2013 at Ohio State. He wasn't used much by the Buckeyes in 2014 and Heuerman missed all of his rookie season with the Broncos in 2015 due to a knee injury. He's been bothered by this hamstring problem since rookie minicamp and OTAs. When briefly healthy, Heuerman just hasn't looked like he belongs on an NFL field.|
Jeff Heuerman player page
Eagles | Jordan Matthews promises to play Week 1 Wed Aug 24, 08:15 PM
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) promised he'd be ready for Week 1. The wideout hasn't played yet this preseason.
|Footballguys view: The Eagles have been working towards this all along. Matthews should be able to get some practice time in before the start of the regular season. Fantasy owners need to consider him a potential value pick where he's going off boards right now. He's WR29 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues, but there's a chance he could finish as a mid-range WR2 as the primary target in the Eagles passing game in 2016.|
Jordan Matthews player page
Broncos | Trevor Siemian returns to practice Wed Aug 24, 07:50 PM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) returned to practice Wednesday, August 24, and took about 80% of his typical workload. He's expected to start his second straight preseason game Saturday, August 27.
|Footballguys view: Siemian missed Tuesday's practice with a sore shoulder. He's back but he was still limited. The Broncos are expecting him to start against the Rams on Saturday night. If he doesn't throw another interception, then Siemian should have the inside track to be named the starting QB for the Broncos. However, expect rookie Paxton Lynch to start within the first month of the season if (when?) Siemian struggles.|
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