We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
Cam Newton spent last week in a walking boot and missed the game against the Arizona Cardinals. It is uncertain the exact nature of the foot injury or the duration of his absence. Kyle Allen is locked in until Newton returns. Allen is physically gifted and put up decent numbers Sunday, leading the Panthers to victory. Throwing four touchdowns in a road victory should give all confidence in Allen’s ability. Allen played better in the game than Newton the first two contests. On interesting item from the Cardinals game is both starting quarterbacks were on the same Texas A&M. Speaking last week coach Ron Rivera discussed the decision to start Allen over rookie Will Grier, "I think Kyle's more than ready … I think he's got a really good arm, makes good decisions. He just needs to speed himself up a bit … Just needs to speed himself up a bit". Grier made this decision easy for Rivera with his awful preseason play. The Panthers invested a third-round pick in him and hope for development, but it is Allen until Newton is healthy.
Coming off the drubbing against division-rival New England, the 0-3 New York Jets are anxious for the return of Sam Darnold under center. He has now missed two games with mononucleosis and is not expected to miss another game due to an early bye, returning Week 5. Luke Falk played after Trevor Siemian endured the gruesome injury against Cleveland last week. Starting Falk in a lopsided contest was just not fair but the youngster played admirably. Back to Darnold. He talked to reporters regarding his Week 5 return, "I'm not going to promise anything because I don't know exactly where this mono thing is going, but that's the goal that the doctors and I have set." Starting the season in a hold, there is little chance of a playoff run. The team will likely be winless for several more weeks with games against the Eagles, Cowboys, and Patriots next up on the schedule before heading to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in Week 8. The team should be 0-6 by then and may struggle to win half of the remaining 10 games.
Last week, the Indianapolis Colts waived quarterback Chad Kelly, and he passed through waivers unclaimed. Kelly has ample support in the fantasy community. The youngster played well in preseason and will get another chance as long as he stays out of trouble. He is expected to land on a practice squad and continue to develop. Kelly’s ability to make the Colts was inhibited by the big contract given starter Jacoby Brissett and the unusually large deal given Brian Hoyer. The Andrew Luck retirement pushed the franchise into investing in Brissett and locking him down for a few years.