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  Cowboys | Gavin Escobar has career day    Sun Oct 19, 10:38 PM

Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar had career-highs with three receptions, 65 yard and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the New York Giants. It was his first multi-touchdown game.

Footballguys view: Escobar has come a long way under the tutelage of new TE coach Mike Pope. He's worth a look against Washington on Monday night this week if you like to stream tight ends.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis active for SNF    Sun Oct 19, 07:31 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) is active for the Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos. He had been probable due to a back injury.

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  Cardinals | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 03:17 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have declared RB Marion Grice, LB Desmond Bishop, LB Thomas Keiser, LB Glenn Carson, DT Bruce Gaston, TE Troy Niklas, DE Calais Campbell inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: There was some talk of Grice getting first team reps in practice, but he is not the Cardinals backfield plans yet.

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Calais Campbell player page
Thomas Keiser player page
Troy Niklas player page


  Redskins | Niles Paul hauls in long pass    Sun Oct 19, 01:04 PM

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul caught a 50-yard pass in the first quarter of the team's Week 7 game.

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  Bengals | Jermaine Gresham may be available    Sun Oct 19, 12:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham could be available in a trade before the trade deadline.

Footballguys view: Gresham could help a team like the Lions or Seahawks that are having trouble at tight end with injuries, but if the Bengals, who are missing Tyler Eifert, are willing to deal Gresham, you have to wonder how much he could help.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron inactive for Week 7    Sun Oct 19, 11:50 AM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is inactive for the game Sunday, Oct. 19.

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  Lions | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:48 AM

The Detroit Lions have declared WR Calvin Johnson, TE Eric Ebron, OG Garrett Reynolds, TE Joseph Fauria, QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, RB Theo Riddick inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: Brandon Pettigrew and Jordan Thompson will handle the tight end duties, which should result in a few more targets for Golden Tate or the running backs today.

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Kellen Moore player page
Joseph Fauria player page
Theo Riddick player page
Eric Ebron player page


  Dolphins | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:47 AM

The Miami Dolphins have declared DL Anthony Johnson, OT Billy Turner, WR Brandon Gibson, TE Gator Hoskins, OT Jason Fox, S Jimmy Wilson, OG Shelley Smith inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: Jarvis Landry should get a lot of run with the Dolphins offense for the second straight week without Gibson in the lineup.

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Jimmy Wilson player page


  Vikings | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:46 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared OT Austin Wentworth, LB Brandon Watts, DL Corey Wootton, OG David Yankey, LB Gerald Hodges, TE Kyle Rudolph, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 7.

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Kyle Rudolph player page
Gerald Hodges player page


  Ravens | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:38 AM

The Baltimore Ravens have declared LB Arthur Brown, DL Chris Canty, CB Chykie Brown, OT Eugene Monroe, OG Kelechi Osemele, WR Marlon Brown, TE Ryan Taylor inactive for Week 7.

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Ryan Taylor player page
Arthur Brown player page
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  Seahawks | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:36 AM

The Seattle Seahawks have declared OT Andrew McDonald, LB Bobby Wagner, CB Byron Maxwell, DL Jordan Hill, TE Luke Willson, C Max Unger, TE Zach Miller inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: Cooper Heflet will get more looks as the third string TE to begin the season will get the start today. Christine Michael is also active for the first time this year.

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Bobby Wagner player page
Jordan Hill player page
Luke Willson player page


  Titans | Week 7 Inactives    Sun Oct 19, 11:34 AM

The Tennessee Titans have declared LB Akeem Ayers, CB Coty Sensabaugh, QB Jake Locker, DL Ropati Pitoitua, RB Shonn Greene, TE Taylor Thompson, OT Will Svitek inactive for Week 7.

Footballguys view: Charlie Whitehurst gets another start, and the matchup against Washington gives him a reasonably high ceiling. Bishop Sankey should get a lot of work again today with Greene out.

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Shonn Greene player page
Jake Locker player page
Akeem Ayers player page
Taylor Thompson player page
Coty Sensabaugh player page


  Saints | Jimmy Graham active today    Sun Oct 19, 11:33 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is active for the Week 7 game Sunday, Oct. 19.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham limited to red zone today    Sun Oct 19, 11:15 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play strictly in red zone situations Sunday, Oct. 19.

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  Saints | Jimmy Graham will play    Sun Oct 19, 09:20 AM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) will play Sunday, Oct. 19, but is not expected to start in Week 7.

Footballguys view: Graham has multi-TD upside, but he could also be a zero. The fact that the Saints are playing the #1 defense in the league doesn't help matters, but the Lions have given up three of their five passing touchdowns to tight ends

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  Seahawks | RaShaun Allen activated from PS    Sun Oct 19, 02:39 AM

Seattle Seahawks TE Rashaun Allen was activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 18.

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  Lions | Jordan Thompson could have major role    Sat Oct 18, 08:35 PM

Detroit Lions TE Jordan Thompson was added to the active roster from the practice squad for the team's Week 7 game, and head coach Jim Caldwell indicated that he could serve as the pass-catching tight end with TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) and TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) expected to miss the game. 'Obviously in the role he'd play, he'd end up serving in the capacity where Joe and Ebron both would have played,' Caldwell said. 'And if that happens, he'll be ready for it.'

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Eric Ebron player page


  Saints | Jimmy Graham open to restrictions    Sat Oct 18, 05:34 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'd be open to being limited only to red zone situations in Week 7, when asked by a reporter.

Footballguys view: That does hurt his value and there is no way you'll know if it is going to happen before the game. He's a TE1 (if he plays) but this certainly raises some concerns.

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  Saints | Two moves made    Sat Oct 18, 05:26 PM

The New Orleans Saints signed ILB Todd Davis to the 53-man roster and released TE Tom Crabtree Saturday, Oct. 18.

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  Titans | Brett Brackett joining active roster    Sat Oct 18, 11:57 AM

The Tennessee Titans will sign practice squad TE Brett Brackett to their active roster. The team will also place TE Craig Stevens (quadriceps) on Reserve/Injured list.

Footballguys view: If you're going to have a Tennessee tight end on your roster, it should be Delanie Walker, who we have down as a borderline TE1 this week. Anyone else is just blocking.

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Craig Stevens player page
Brett Brackett player page


  Seahawks | Luke Willson a game-time decision    Sat Oct 18, 11:21 AM

Seattle Seahawks TE Luke Willson (groin) will be a game-time decision for Week 7 after missing practice Thursday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 17, according to head coach Pete Carroll.

Footballguys view: The Seahawks are a little thin at tight end since Zach Miller is already out. Wilson isn't really fantasy relevant anyway--the Seahawks use their tight ends as glorified tackles--so whether Wilson plays or not won't impact your lineup.

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Luke Willson player page


  Cardinals | John Carlson back to 100 percent    Fri Oct 17, 11:40 PM

Arizona Cardinals TE John Carlson (knee) is almost back to 100 percent after suffering a knee injury in the Week 6 game. Head coach Bruce Arians said Friday, Oct. 17, that Carlson practiced better than Thursday, Oct. 16, when he returned to the field after missing time Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Footballguys view: Carlson being back to 100 percent would have more fantasy relevance if the Cardinals actually used their tight ends in the passing game.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski nearly goes distance    Fri Oct 17, 07:57 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski played 53 of his team's 57 offensive snaps in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 18. It was the first time all season he has played over 90 percent of the snaps in a game.

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  49ers | Vernon Davis probable for Week 7    Fri Oct 17, 06:18 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7 against the Denver Broncos.

Footballguys view: Davis has an excellent matchup against a Broncos defense without Danny Trevathan, and he's as healthy as he has been in a while. He's back to being a boom/bust TE1.

Vernon Davis player page


  Cardinals | Friday injury report    Fri Oct 17, 05:55 PM

Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas (ankle) and DE Calais Campbell (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 7. TE John Carlson (knee), LB Glenn Carson (ankle), DE Frostee Rucker (calf) and DT Alameda Ta'amu (illness) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) and CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) fully participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and are listed as probable.

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Calais Campbell player page
John Carlson player page
Patrick Peterson player page
Alameda Taamu player page
Troy Niklas player page


  Titans | Friday injury report for Week 7    Fri Oct 17, 05:17 PM

Tennessee Titans CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee) and TE Taylor Thompson (knee) both did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and are doubtful for Week 7. DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand) did not practice and is questionable. S George Wilson (calf) fully practiced and is probable.

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Taylor Thompson player page
Coty Sensabaugh player page


  Dolphins | Probable status for Charles Clay    Fri Oct 17, 05:17 PM

Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 17, but is probable for Week 7 against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Clay was a help for fantasy teams last year, but a better running game and the emergence of Jarvis Landry have combined with an early knee issue to keep Clay grounded this year.

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  Seahawks | Friday injury report    Fri Oct 17, 04:51 PM

Seattle Seahawks DT Jordan Hill (ankle), DE Cassius Marsh (foot), CB Byron Maxwell (calf), TE Zach Miller (ankle), C Max Unger (foot) and LB Bobby Wagner (toe) have been ruled out for Week 7. TE Luke Willson (groin) is listed as questionable, while OT Alvin Bailey (oblique), DE Michael Bennett (non-injury), DT Brandon Mebane (non-injury) and CB Tharold Simon (knee) are listed as probable. Bailey, Mebane and Simon fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, while the other players did not participate in practice.

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Zach Miller player page
Michael Bennett player page
Bobby Wagner player page
Jordan Hill player page
Luke Willson player page


  Saints | Jimmy Graham to be game-time decision    Fri Oct 17, 04:16 PM

Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he won't know until just before kickoff Sunday, Oct. 19, if he'll play in Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. "I think (coach) Sean (Payton) might try to see how I'm doing on Sunday and maybe work me before the game to see where I'm at," Graham, who was limited and listed as questionable for Sunday, said. "As of right now I don't know." Head coach Sean Payton would not discuss whether Graham could be limited if he plays Sunday. TEs Benjamin Watson and Josh Hill will likely see an increase in snaps if Graham doesn't play.

Footballguys view: Graham is a low-end boom/bust TE1 if he goes on Sunday, but lineups should be set without him. Drew Brees is a borderline QB1 without Graham, so if you're considering him and another solid option, Graham's status matters a lot there, too. Marques Colston has been identified as the candidate to pick up the most slack in the passing game if Graham is out.

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Jimmy Graham player page
Josh Hill player page


  Lions | Friday practice report for Week 7    Fri Oct 17, 04:12 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) and LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps) both did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for the team's Week 7 game. RB Theo Riddick did not practice and is doubtful. DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) was limited in practice and is probable. WR Jeremy Ross (ankle) fully practiced and is probable.

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Travis Lewis player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Joseph Fauria player page
Theo Riddick player page


  Lions | Eric Ebron doubtful for Sunday    Fri Oct 17, 04:04 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints.

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  Jaguars | Friday injury report    Fri Oct 17, 03:04 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Clay Harbor (knee), DE Andre Branch (groin) and CB Alan Ball (ankle) are listed as probable for Week 7. Harbor was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 17, while Branch and Ball fully participated in practice.

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Clay Harbor player page
Andre Branch player page


  Browns | Jordan Cameron probable    Fri Oct 17, 03:01 PM

Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron fully practiced Friday, Oct. 17, and is probable for Week 7.

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  Ravens | Owen Daniels expected to play    Fri Oct 17, 02:24 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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  Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 7    Fri Oct 17, 02:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring) and DE Corey Wootton (back) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have been ruled out for the team's Week 7 game. DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow, ankle) was limited in practice and is questionable. LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) fully practiced and is questionable. CB Jabari Price (hamstring), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), TE Chase Ford (foot), S Harrison Smith (ankle) and LB Michael Mauti (illness) all fully participated in practice and are probable.

Footballguys view: Hodges was filling in for Greenway, so the Vikings need their stud linebacker in the lineup to avoid going one step lower on the depth chart against the Bills.

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Harrison Smith player page
Linval Joseph player page
Corey Wootton player page
Kyle Rudolph player page
Chase Ford player page
Michael Mauti player page
Gerald Hodges player page


  Panthers | Greg Olsen should play    Fri Oct 17, 02:16 PM

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron out again Friday    Fri Oct 17, 12:19 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) missed his second straight day of practice Friday, Oct. 17, after tweaking his hamstring in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. 'He's had a similar issue before,' head coach Jim Caldwell said of Ebron. 'It's just a matter of how quickly he's going to be able to rebound. So the doctors are still working with him and it's going to be day-to-day. He hasn't practiced since Wednesday. So hopefully he'll get back soon.' If Ebron doesn't play, the team may call up TE Jordan Thompson from the practice squad. TE Brandon Pettigrew is the team's only healthy tight end currently on roster.

Footballguys view: Pettigrew is still only a desperation play as a barely adequate receiving tight end at this point in his career.

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Brandon Pettigrew player page
Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Work out tight ends    Fri Oct 17, 07:02 AM

The Detroit Lions brought in free-agent TE Kellen Davis (Seahawks) and TE Richard Gordon (Chiefs) for workouts.

Footballguys view: Brandon Pettigrew is the only healthy tight end on the roster right now, so the Lions need some help just to run two tight end sets against the Saints this week.

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Kellen Davis player page
Richard Gordon player page


  Broncos | Julius Thomas works with Tony Gonzalez    Thu Oct 16, 10:38 PM

Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas received several tips from Tony Gonzalez this offseason. 'I wasn't going to rest on what I did last year,' Thomas said. 'I was really determined to come in and keep working and try to find every way I could to get better.'

Footballguys view: The work Thomas did this offseason is certainly helping him dominate this season. He's the top tight end in fantasy football, and Thomas is leading the league with nine touchdown receptions so far. With the way that he's catching touchdowns on such a frequent basis, he could surpass the single-season record (17) for touchdowns by tight ends in a season (Rob Gronkowski, 2011).

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Julius Thomas player page


  Cardinals | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 16, 08:49 PM

Arizona Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amu (illness), DE Calais Campbell (knee) and TE Troy Niklas (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. LB Glenn Carson (ankle) was a limited participant in practice, and TE John Carlson (knee), WR John Brown (hamstring) and LB Alex Okafor (quadriceps) were full participants.

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John Carlson player page
Alameda Taamu player page
Troy Niklas player page
John Brown player page


  49ers | Vernon Davis a full participant     Thu Oct 16, 08:41 PM

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (back) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Footballguys view: Davis could have a nice game against the Broncos on Sunday night. The Broncos historically struggle covering move tight ends, and they will be playing without weak-side linebacker Danny Trevathan.

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Vernon Davis player page


  Dolphins | Charles Clay limited in practice    Thu Oct 16, 06:29 PM

Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee) was limited for the second straight day in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

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  Titans | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 16, 05:58 PM

Tennessee Titans DE Ropati Pitoitua (hand), CB Coty Sensabaugh (knee) and TE Taylor Thompson (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. S George Wilson (calf) was limited, while DT Jurrell Casey (non-injury) practiced in full.

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Jurrell Casey player page
Taylor Thompson player page
Coty Sensabaugh player page


  Vikings | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 16, 05:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), DE Corey Wootton (back), DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow, ankle) and LB Michael Mauti (illness) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. CB Jabari Price (hamstring) and DT Linval Joseph (ankle) were limited, while LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), TE Chase Ford (foot) and S Harrison Smith (ankle) practiced in full.

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Linval Joseph player page
Corey Wootton player page
Kyle Rudolph player page
Chase Ford player page
Michael Mauti player page
Gerald Hodges player page


  Ravens | Owen Daniels doesn't practice    Thu Oct 16, 04:55 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Owen Daniels (non-injury related) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Footballguys view: Daniels hasn't done much even with Dennis Pitta out and is no more than a TE2 most weeks.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron sitting out    Thu Oct 16, 04:33 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16, after being limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. Ebron saw a career high in snaps in the team's Week 6 victory. The team is already without TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), so if Ebron can't play in Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, TE Brandon Pettigrew would be the only active tight end on roster.

Footballguys view: If Pettigrew is the last man standing, he's still not a good start, as he plays at a TE3 level. Ebron is only a little better as a TE2 if healthy. Keep an eye on this but you're better off heading in another direction.

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Joseph Fauria player page
Eric Ebron player page


  Lions | Thursday practice report    Thu Oct 16, 04:28 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (quadriceps) and RB Theo Riddick (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. DE Ziggy Ansah (toe) was limited, while WR Jeremy Ross (ankle) practiced in full.

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Travis Lewis player page
Ezekiel Ansah player page
Joseph Fauria player page
Theo Riddick player page


  Saints | Jimmy Graham limited in practice    Thu Oct 16, 04:27 PM

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 16. Head coach Sean Payton said he's optimistic about Graham playing this week.

Footballguys view: Payton may be, we are not. If he does play it's hard to not start him, but make sure you have another option in case he is a late deactivation.

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  Jets | Jace Amaro doubled playing time in Week 6    Thu Oct 16, 02:29 PM

New York Jets TE Jace Amaro played 36 snaps in the team's Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos after being stuck between 20 and 25 snaps in every game this year before that. He also doubled his season high in catches and scored a touchdown against the Broncos. Amaro could be emerging into QB Geno Smith's No. 2 target behind WR Eric Decker in the passing game.

Footballguys view: In a PPR league, Amaro was gold against the Broncos as he caught 10 catches. The yards weren't great considering all the targets (just 68)but he was targeted more than any other receiver in the red zone last week and that is a positive sign. We have him as a borderline TE1 this week despite Geno Smith being Geno Smith.

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  Lions | Joseph Fauria making progress    Thu Oct 16, 02:14 PM

Detroit Lions TE Joseph Fauria (ankle) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and is waiting to be cleared to run with full-body weight. Fauria has not ruled out the possibility of playing in Week 8, but the team may hold him out since they have a bye week after the game.

Footballguys view: This leaves Eric Ebron as the top tight end in Detroit, but it doesn't help his value which sits at TE3 right now.

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