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  • Settlement Talks Ongoing In Deshaun Watson Case

    The NFL and NFL Players Association have been involved in active settlement negotiations over the past few days in the disciplinary matter for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. It's unknown if a compromise will be reached before NFL designee Peter C. Harvey issues a ruling on the league's appeal of Watson's six-game suspension levied by NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson. Sources have expressed optimism that a deal will get worked out, likely because a potentially significant discipline is expected to be handed down by Harvey. "Harvey could drop the hammer on Watson," a source said. "That's why a settlement is a better outcome, even if it's more than six games and includes a multi-million dollar fine." Watson will be facing at least a six-game suspension and likely more, dropping his fantasy value significantly entering the 2022 season. Stay tuned for more.

    Aug 17 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Cam Akers' Injury Not Considered Serious

    Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers' soft-tissue injury isn't considered serious, according to a source. The Rams are taking a cautious approach by holding Akers out of training camp practices, but that's the extent of it. Darrell Henderson Jr. is also dealing with a soft-tissue injury at camp, and there is no timetable for either player's return to practice. Barring any setbacks, both Akers and Henderson should be fine for the start of the regular season, but fantasy managers should continue to monitor their progress. Akers, who returned from a torn Achilles late last season, will operate as LA's primary back when healthy in 2022, giving him RB2 appeal for fantasy managers. Until Akers and Henderson return, rookie Kyren Williams and Jake Funk will receive more repetitions in training camp.

    Aug 16 · Source via Rams Cam Akers
  • Drew Lock Tests Positive For COVID, To Miss Thursday's Game

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock has tested positive for COVID-19. That being said, Lock will sit out Thursday's preseason matchup against the Chicago Bears. This is bad timing considering Lock was named the starting quarterback for that game earlier in the day. Now, Geno Smith is expected to make the start and has a chance to distance himself in the quarterback competition. Regardless of who wins this battle, it's tough to imagine either quarterback having weekly fantasy value.

    Aug 16 · Source via Seahawks Drew Lock
  • Demarcus Robinson Released By Raiders

    Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been released by the organization. The 27-year-old spent his first six seasons in the league with the Kansas City Chiefs. He joined the Raiders this offseason and was reportedly in the mix for the WR3 job. Now, it sounds like the Raiders have decided to move in another direction without Robinson. There should be some potential suitors out there for Robinson. He did fairly well in limited playing time with the Chiefs. Despite that, it's unlikely he'll find a landing spot where he has weekly fantasy value.

    Aug 16 · Source via Raiders Demarcus Robinson
  • Drew Lock To Start On Thursday

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Drew Lock is scheduled to make the start under center for Thursday's preseason game. Geno Smith started the first contest, so this appears to be a legitimate competition. Head coach Pete Carroll mentioned this was the plan all along for the two quarterbacks to compete during training camp. Lock has been lackluster during his first three seasons in the league. It's hard to imagine either quarterback having more value than a low-end QB2 most weeks. Seahawks.com's John Boyle reported that Lock started out with the No. 1 offense to open the team portion of practice on Tuesday, so he might be starting to overtake Smith in the QB competition this summer.

    Aug 16 · Source via Seahawks Drew Lock
  • Rashaad Penny Returns To Practice

    Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (groin) returned to the practice field on Tuesday. He missed the first preseason game and a few practices due to a minor groin issue, There's a chance that the 26-year-old does not suit up at all during the preseason. Despite that, Penny should still be safe to draft with him likely starting in Week 1. Although, Kenneth Walker III should see plenty of carries as well. These two should form a committee in the Seattle backfield, which could make their fantasy value difficult to analyze right away.

    Aug 16 · Source via Seahawks Rashaad Penny
  • Lonnie Johnson Jr. Claimed Off Waivers By Titans

    The Tennessee Titans claimed defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. off waivers from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, according to a source. The Chiefs waived Johnson on Monday, but he'll quickly latch on with the Titans. Kansas City acquired the 26-year-old cornerback from the Houston Texans in May for a 2024 conditional seventh-round pick. The 26-year-old former second-round pick in 2019 had 55 tackles (38 solo), three interceptions and six passes defensed in 14 games (seven starts) in 2021 in his third year in Houston. Johnson will provide Tennessee with defensive back depth heading into the 2022 regular season.

    Aug 16 · Source via Titans Lonnie Johnson Jr.
  • 49ers Release Robert Nkemdiche

    The San Francisco 49ers released defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche on Tuesday. Nkemdiche was only with the team for three weeks before being shown the door at training camp. The 27-year-old will try to latch on with another organization before the start of the regular season. Nkemdiche was originally a first-round selection by the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 out of the University of Mississippi. He played in nine games for the Seattle Seahawks last year, recording 15 tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed. In his five-year NFL career, Nkemdiche has racked up 59 tackles (33 solo), 10 tackles for loss, 11 QB hits, 4.5 sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 38 games (six starts).

    Aug 16 · Source via 49ers Robert Nkemdiche
  • Zach Wilson's Surgery Deemed A Success

    New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson's arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday was deemed a success, according to a source. There were no surprises from the original diagnosis. The Jets won't put Wilson back on the field until he's 100 percent healthy. There was a chance that the 23-year-old needed a full meniscus repair, which could have kept him out for the entire season, but instead he only needed a meniscus trim. He could be back on the field in two to four weeks and be ready for the regular season, but fantasy managers shouldn't get their hopes up. San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo remains available in a trade, but the Jets don't appear intent on making a move. They have confidence that veteran Joe Flacco can fill in under center until Wilson is ready to return.

    Aug 16 · Source via Jets Zach Wilson
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster Dealing With Sore Knee

    Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) missed training camp practice on Tuesday due to a sore knee. It's not great to see Smith-Schuster injured after he missed most of his final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers due to injury, but it's likely that the Chiefs are just being cautious with him. The 25-year-old will be a starter in his first year in KC and should see a lot of work out of the slot, giving him a lot of fantasy upside as a WR3 with quarterback Patrick Mahomes now throwing him the pigskin. The former second-rounder was a Pro Bowler in 2018 when he had his only 1,000-yard season. The Chiefs are expected to spread the ball around more in 2022, but if healthy, Smith-Schuster will be a big part of their passing attack.

    Aug 16 · Source via Chiefs JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Saints Say Michael Thomas Will Be Ready

    New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen believes that wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. "When the ball kicks off for real, Mike Thomas is going to be ready to go, and we're excited about that," Allen said. Thomas missed all of the 2021 season due to an ankle injury, but he's been practicing at training camp and is on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. The 29-year-old was the best pass-catcher in the league before injuries struck in 2020, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect him to return to that level in 2022. He could become quarterback Jameis Winston's top target, but the offense also includes first-rounder Chris Olave and veteran slot man Jarvis Landry. Thomas' stock is on the rise as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 with upside.

    Aug 16 · Source via Saints Michael Thomas
  • Jaylen Waddle Misses Practice Tuesday

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle was present on Tuesday but didn't take part in training camp practice for undisclosed reasons. Even if Waddle is dealing with an injury, it's likely to be a minor one that won't keep him off the field for long. The 23-year-old second-year wideout didn't play in the team's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Saturday. In his rookie campaign, Waddle impressed with 104 catches on 140 targets for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games played. The addition of All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill will take valuable targets away from Waddle and lower his fantasy ceiling, but the former sixth overall pick is still a plenty attractive WR2 for fantasy managers in a Dolphins offense that's expected to take a big step forward.

    Aug 16 · Source via Dolphins Jaylen Waddle
  • Roquan Smith Will Travel For Second Preseason Game

    Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus said that linebacker Roquan Smith, who is still seeking a new contract and has asked to be traded, will travel with the team to Seattle to face the Seahawks in their second preseason game. Smith won't play on Thursday, but Eberflus described him as "engaged." The 25-year-old All-Pro's future with the team remains in doubt, but when on the field, he's the No. 1 target at the linebacker position in IDP leagues. The former first-rounder has had 100-plus combined tackles in all four of his NFL seasons, and he finished 2021 with a career-high 163 tackles (95 solo), three sacks, 12 tackles for loss, four QB hits, an interception returned for a touchdown and three passes defensed in 17 games.

    Aug 16 · Source via Bears Roquan Smith
  • Washington Wants Antonio Gibson To Be More Decisive

    The Washington Commanders still like running back Antonio Gibson a lot and he can provide big plays, but the team wants him to be more consistent in the way he runs and to be more "one-cut and go." Gibson gets himself in trouble when he becomes indecisive about when or where to cut, which leads to the ball swinging away from his body and causes fumbles. If Gibson continues to have fumbling issues, the Commanders can turn to rookie Brian Robinson and pass-catching back J.D. McKissic. Gibson had a poor first preseason showing and also fumbled, so Robinson could become just as intriguing, if not more, in fantasy football drafts to begin the 2022 season.

    Aug 16 · Source via Commanders Antonio Gibson
  • Robert Woods To See Plenty Of Targets

    ESPN's Turron Davenport believes Tennessee Titans wide receiver Robert Woods should be a higher fantasy priority than rookie Treylon Burks because he'll get plenty of targets as the team's No. 1 wideout. Before his injury last year with the Los Angeles Rams, Woods averaged 132 targets per season. The Titans won't throw the ball as much as the Rams did, but Woods' 1.3 percent drop rate over the last five years (tied for sixth-lowest among receivers with at least 200 targets) and precise route-running will make him one of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's top targets. The 30-year-old veteran is on track to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, and although he's coming off a major knee injury, his fantasy stock should continue to rise as a WR3/4 as the regular season approaches.

    Aug 16 · Source via Titans Robert Woods
  • 49ers Won't Ask Too Much Of Trey Lance

    The San Francisco 49ers have made it clear that they aren't going to ask too much of quarterback Trey Lance in his first full season as the starter. They have a strong defense, plenty of talent at the skilled offensive positions and a good running game. Lance has been inconsistent in training camp, which will likely carry over to the early portion of the regular season, but his upside is hard to deny, especially because he brings a running element that can offset whatever accuracy issues he has. ESPN's Nick Wagoner said expectations for Lance should be kept in check, but he's certainly not a bad QB2 stash in fantasy football for later in the season. The Niners expect the 22-year-old to get better as the season progresses.

    Aug 16 · Source via 49ers Trey Lance
  • Brandon Aiyuk Could Lead Team In Catches And Yards

    ESPN's Nick Wagoner doesn't believe it's outrageous to think that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk could lead the team in receptions and yards in 2022, barring another injury. He has been the team's most consistent offensive performer in training camp, and the rapport he built with quarterback Trey Lance in the offseason is a real thing. Aiyuk looked good last summer before tapering off at the start of the regular season when he suffered a hamstring injury late in the preseason. The 24-year-old finished with 56 catches (84 targets) for 826 yards and five touchdowns in 17 regular season games in his second NFL season. With Deebo Samuel and George Kittle still around, Aiyuk should be considered a WR3 with upside in fantasy football drafts.

    Aug 16 · Source via 49ers Brandon Aiyuk
  • George Pickens Likely To Be Significant Factor On Offense

    No matter who wins the starting quarterback job for the Pittsburgh Steelers, rookie wide receiver George Pickens is likely to be a significant factor on offense this year. The Steelers also have Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool, but Pickens has carved out a role with his impressive footwork and contested-catch abilities. He's been a favorite target of both Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph, which makes him a stash candidate in single-year fantasy football drafts, at the very least. With the Steelers likely to push the ball down the field more often than in recent years, the 21-year-old has plenty of upside in his rookie season. ESPN's Brooke Pryor thinks it's a possibility that Pickens has nine or more receiving touchdowns.

    Aug 16 · Source via Steelers George Pickens
  • Saquon Barkley Expected To Have Huge Workload

    New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is expected to have a huge workload this year without much depth behind him, as long as he can stay healthy. Barkley has become an injury risk, but he has looked the best he has in years in training camp this summer. Quarterback Daniel Jones and head coach Brian Daboll have described Barkley as "explosive" to describe what they've seen. The strength of the Giants offensive line looks to be its run-blocking, and Barkley should be more involved in the passing game in 2022. The 25-year-old former second overall pick didn't look like himself last year while returning from injury, but he appears to be fully healthy now and is rising on draft boards as a low-end RB1.

    Aug 16 · Source via Giants Saquon Barkley
  • Jonathan Taylor To See Smaller Workload?

    ESPN.com's Stephen Holder still thinks Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor is a good pick at No. 1 overall in fantasy football drafts, even with the Colts planning to reduce his workload in Year 3. Holder expects Taylor's touches to be lower than in 2021, but his propensity for big plays still makes him the best fantasy option. He had explosive plays (10-plus yards) on 15.1 percent of his carries last year. Among 1,000-yard rushers, only Nick Chubb had a higher rate at 18 percent. Taylor was also 12th among RBs with nine yards per catch, so he can also do damage in the passing attack. Quarterback Matt Ryan should make the Colts offense more efficient as well. Despite the possibility of a smaller workload in 2022, fantasy managers should still be plenty happy taking Taylor with the first overall selection.

    Aug 16 · Source via Colts Jonathan Taylor
  • Dameon Pierce Could Become Starter In First Month

    According to ESPN.com's DJ Bien-Aime, Houston Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce could take over the starting job by the first month of the regular season. Former Indianapolis Colt Marlon Mack has the most production of the group, which also features Rex Burkhead, but Pierce is the most explosive. It's only a matter of time until offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton makes Pierce the lead guy in this backfield. Pierce looked good in the team's first preseason game on Saturday against the New Orleans Saints, too, carried five times for 49 yards. The 22-year-old fourth-rounder might not have a huge role early on, but he clearly has the most fantasy upside of any RB in Houston and is worth a late-round flier in single-year leagues as an RB3/4.

    Aug 16 · Source via Texans Dameon Pierce
  • Antonio Gibson Working With Punt Team

    Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson is playing the slot on the punt-block team in training camp practice, which appears to be a new development. Special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor likes running backs in the slot because the role is similar to pass protection. In the past, it's been rookie Brian Robinson in that spot. Robinson fumbled in the team's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers and carried the ball two times for only four yards. Robinson looked much better in the first preseason action and could already be taking over as the team's primary running back. Gibson has produced 1,832 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in his first two NFL seasons, but J.D. McKissic will also steal touches away in 2022, making Gibson a shaky RB2 commodity entering the regular season.

    Aug 16 · Source via Commanders Antonio Gibson
  • Chris Godwin Ramping Up His Activity

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (knee) has ramped up from individual drills to seven-on-seven work in the last two days of training camp practice. He's making slow and careful progress as he returns from surgery to fix a torn ACL in his right knee. Tampa isn't going to rush Godwin back this summer, but he still has a shot to be ready for the Week 1 regular season opener. The 26-year-old pass-catcher is surely a more risky fantasy selection this year coming off a major knee injury, but when healthy, he's one of quarterback Tom Brady's favorite targets, and he produced his second 1,000-yard season in 2021 in just 14 games played. Godwin is a WR3 target with upside in fantasy drafts this year.

    Aug 16 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Kyle Pitts Should Be Worth His Draft Price

    ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein thinks Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts should be in consideration for the 33rd overall pick (where he went in ESPN's latest mock draft) heading into his second NFL season. Quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Desmond Ridder will likely scramble plenty, which in theory could help Pitts if it sucks in a defender while he's on a short or intermediate route. The talent level at the other skill positions on offense shouldn't be an issue either. Rookie receiver Drake London will command attention, as will running back Cordarrelle Patterson, who can line up anywhere. Pitts, who caught 68 passes for 1,026 yards and a touchdown in his rookie campaign, should be viewed as a top-five fantasy tight end.

    Aug 16 · Source via Falcons Kyle Pitts
  • Najee Harris Back At Practice

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (foot) returned to practice at training camp on Monday after he sat out of the team's preseason opener last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. Harris was a full participant at practice for the first time in two weeks after working his way back from a foot injury. Harris' injury was never serious, but the Steelers chose to play it safe with their star running back and limit him early in camp. While the 24-year-old's workload should shrink a bit in his second NFL season after he led the league in touches in 2021, Harris will still be Pittsburgh's workhorse running back and is a no-doubt RB1 in fantasy football.

    Aug 16 · Source via Steelers Najee Harris
  • Bill Belichick Praises Rhamondre Stevenson

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been impressed with how running back Rhamondre Stevenson has improved in the passing game this summer. "Rhamondre has done a real good job improving his pass-game skills," Belichick said. The head coach also emphasized that he likes what he's seen from Stevenson as a pass-protector heading into his second NFL season. With James White retired, Stevenson is competing with Ty Montgomery and rookie Pierre Strong Jr. for pass-catching duties on third downs behind lead back Damien Harris. The 24-year-old caught 14 of his 18 targets for 123 yards in 12 games (two starts) in 2021, but he should have a bigger role in Year 2. Stevenson is a fine RB3/flex target in fantasy drafts, especially in PPR leagues.

    Aug 16 · Source via Patriots Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Joejuan Williams To Miss Entire Season

    New England Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury that will keep him out for the entire 2022 season, according to a source. The former second-round pick had been a depth piece for the Patriots secondary. Williams had 21 tackles (15 solo) and five passes defensed in 12 games (one start) for New England last year, and he's recorded 44 tackles (31 solo) and eight passes defensed in 36 games (one start) in his three seasons with the Patriots. The 24-year-old's season-ending injury is definitely a blow to the team's defensive back depth entering the season.

    Aug 16 · Source via Patriots Joejuan Williams
  • Miles Sanders Dealing With Hamstring Injury

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) isn't practicing on Tuesday at training camp due to a hamstring injury. Sanders also missed Sunday's practice with what was being called leg soreness at the time. The 25-year-old caught both of his targets for 20 yards in the team's preseason opener against the New York Jets last Friday. It doesn't sound like his injury is very severe, so he should be considered day-to-day for now. Sanders is still Philly's lead back, but his fantasy stock is down after he failed to find the end zone in 2021 while averaging only 11.4 carries and 2.8 targets per game as the starter. Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott should continue to steal valuable touches away, making Sanders more of a high-end RB3/flex in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 16 · Source via Eagles Miles Sanders
  • Adam Shaheen Placed On Injured Reserve

    The Miami Dolphins placed tight end Adam Shaheen (undisclosed), who didn't pass his physical to complete a trade to the Houston Texans last week, on Injured Reserve on Tuesday. Shaheen will miss the entire 2022 season and is scheduled to become a free agent next March. The 27-year-old former second-rounder caught 12 passes for 110 yards and no touchdowns on 16 targets in 12 games (seven starts) in 2021 in his second season in Miami. Mike Gesicki will be the team's top pass-catching tight end, with Durham Smythe, Hunter Long and Cethan Carter providing depth behind him. Shaheen wasn't really on the fantasy radar to begin with entering the 2022 season.

    Aug 16 · Source via Dolphins Adam Shaheen
  • J.K. Dobbins Practices Monday

    Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (knee) returned to the practice field at training camp on Monday and looked more comfortable running and going through drills than he did for practices last week after he was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list. "He looked good," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He's kind of back on track, and I thought he looked a little better than he did before. So, he continues to improve, and we'll see where it goes." The Ravens are hopeful that Dobbins will be ready in time for the Sept. 11 regular season opener, but there are no guarantees. The 23-year-old isn't likely to play in the preseason, but the important thing is he still has a chance to be ready for Week 1. When healthy, Dobbins should be the leader of this backfield, although he's a risky RB2 given his current status.

    Aug 16 · Source via Ravens J.K. Dobbins
  • Titans LB Dupree pleads guilty, gets probation

    Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge in Nashville on Monday and was sentenced to six months of probation.

    Aug 16 · ESPN Titans Bud Dupree
  • Dawson Deaton Suffers Torn ACL

    An MRI exam confirmed that Cleveland Browns center Dawson Deaton (knee) suffered a torn ACL in training camp practice on Monday, according to sources. It's a tough break for the Browns at an important position after starter Nick Harris (knee) went down the other day with a likely season-ending injury. Ethan Pocic, Brock Hoffman and Hjalte Froholdt are the remaining players at the position for Cleveland, with Pocic likely to be the starter heading into the 2022 regular season. Deaton, a rookie out of Texas Tech, will miss all of this year. It's more bad news for a Browns offense that continues to wait on a potential season-long suspension for quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    Aug 15 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Ronald Jones Could Be Cut Candidate

    Kansas City Chiefs running back Ronald Jones could fall off the 53-man roster, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. The former second round pick was expected to compete for a backup role during training camp. Jones managed only one rushing yard on four attempts during their preseason opener. It sounds like the 25-year-old is struggling and could fall off the depth chart completely. Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon should be on the rise after the first preseason matchup. Neither player is a great option, but are better late-round choices than Jones right now.

    Aug 15 · Source via Chiefs Ronald Jones
  • Jimmie Ward Uncertain For Week 1

    San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (hamstring) is currently questionable to suit up for Week 1. Head coach Kyle Shanahan mentioned it was a bad hamstring injury, so the team will wait and see how Ward progresses over the next few weeks. The former first round pick has been a reliable option for the 49ers over the last three seasons. He struggled with injuries earlier in his career, but has been fantastic lately. The loss of Ward would be a significant hit to the 49ers defense. George Odum and Tarvarius Moore would likely be in line for more playing time, assuming Ward does miss time.

    Aug 15 · Source via 49ers Tarvarius Moore George Odum Jimmie Ward
  • Carl Nassib Returns To Buccaneers

    Free-agent defensive end Carl Nassib has decided to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former third round pick has signed a one-year deal with the organization. The 29-year-old has spent each of the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders. Although, his best seasons of his career were the two years he was in Tampa Bay. He recorded 63 tackles and 12.5 sacks through 29 games in two seasons with the Bucs. It's uncertain if Nassib can offer that same type of play, but it's worth the risk on a short term deal. This is a nice addition to the Bucs pass rushing group.

    Aug 15 · Source via Buccaneers Carl Nassib
  • Jaylen Warren Sees First-Team Repetitions

    Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Jaylen Warren saw some first-team repetitions at training camp practice on Monday with Benny Snell Jr. (knee) still out of action. Warren has flashed this summer and had six carries for 34 yards while catching four of his five targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The undrafted 23-year-old led Pittsburgh in touches and is on track to make the roster heading into the regular season behind Najee Harris, Snell and Anthony McFarland Jr. Warren can be ignored in single-season fantasy formats, but he might be worth a late-round flier in deep dynasty/keeper leagues.

    Aug 15 · Source via Steelers Jaylen Warren
  • Melvin Gordon III Returns To Practice Monday

    Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (foot) returned to Monday's training camp practice and was wearing pads. Gordon had been dealing with a minor foot injury that kept him out since last week, but it looks like he's good to go. It remains to be seen if he'll suit up for the team's second preseason game this Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. The 29-year-old veteran was in a near-even timeshare with Javonte Williams in 2021, and although the new Denver coaching staff is expected to divvy up the backfield playing time again in 2022, Gordon should be viewed as more of the 1B to Williams' 1A this time around. Still, Gordon is worth a late-round pick as a handcuff for Williams or as an RB3/flex in deeper leagues.

    Aug 15 · Source via Broncos Melvin Gordon
  • Rhamondre Stevenson Works In Two-Minute Drill

    New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson was repping in James White's role with the starters at training camp practice on Monday during two-minute drills. White announced his retirement last week, but New England's backfield is still crowded with Damien Harris, Stevenson, rookie Pierre Strong Jr. and Ty Montgomery vying for playing time. Stevenson was impressive as a rookie, though, with 133 carries for 606 yards and five touchdowns, adding 14 receptions for 123 yards on 18 targets in 12 games (two starts). The 24-year-old should have a bigger role with White now out of the picture, and as things stand now, he's the best fantasy bet as an RB3/flex type behind Harris.

    Aug 15 · Source via Patriots Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Texans Release Jordan Jenkins

    After sitting on the Texans PUP to start training camp, Jordan Jenkins will now have a chance to catch on with another squad. The defensive end/linebacker was cut by Houston today, according to Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com (via Twitter). Jenkins had been dealing with a strained calf that landed him on the physically unable to […]

    Aug 15 · Pro Football Rumors Texans Jordan Jenkins
  • Buccaneers Sign Patrick Laird

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Patrick Laird to a one-year deal. The 26-year-old has spent each of the last three seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Laird hasn't done much each of the last two seasons, but did make an impact in 2019. On paper, Laird is a capable pass catcher who can also contribute in the running game as well. However, the Bucs have a fairly decent amount of depth right now. It's tough to imagine Laird making an impact unless a few injuries happen. At the moment, fantasy managers can avoid Laird in fantasy leagues.

    Aug 15 · Source via Buccaneers Patrick Laird
  • Jon Bostic Signs With Saints

    The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement with free-agent linebacker Jon Bostic. The former second round pick has bounced around over his eight years in the NFL. Most recently, Bostic played in four games with the Washington Commanders last season. He has a few 100-tackle seasons under his belt, so this is a decent addition for New Orleans. The Saints could use some extra depth at linebacker, so Bostic does have a legitimate shot at making the final roster.

    Aug 15 · Source via Saints Jon Bostic
  • Corey Clement Released By Ravens

    Baltimore Ravens running back Corey Clement has been released by the organization. This doesn't come as a huge surprise considering the amount of depth that the Ravens have at running back. The 27-year-old rushed for 140 yards on 33 attempts through 17 games with the Dallas Cowboys last season. He'll look to catch on as a depth option elsewhere, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect Clement to be relevant anywhere else. The departure of Clement means more reps for players such as Justice Hill, Mike Davis, and Tyler Badie.

    Aug 15 · Source via Ravens Corey Clement
  • James Robinson To Get Involved In Team Drills

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (Achilles) is expected to see some team reps and do individual drills this week. However, the organization is continuing to play it safe in regards to Robinson taking contact in these drills. The 24-year-old is working his way back from an Achilles injury he suffered in December. The expectation is that Robinson will split up the reps with Travis Etienne. The second-year back missed all of last season due to a foot injury. At the moment, Robinson sounds like an interesting option for late in drafts.

    Aug 15 · Source via Jaguars James Robinson
  • Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson Jr. Dealing With Minor Injuries

    Los Angeles Rams running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson Jr. are both dealing with soft-tissue injuries, according to head coach Sean McVay. Both backs are currently being held out of practice. Normally, these types of injuries don't sideline a player for long periods of time. However, both Akers and Henderson might drop a bit on draft boards because of these injuries, but probably only if they linger. The organization hasn't given a timetable for them to return, but there is still plenty of time before the regular season begins. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too concerned, but keep an eye out for more updates on them going forward.

    Aug 15 · Source via Rams Darrell Henderson Cam Akers
  • Kenyan Drake Actively Involved In Second Preseason Game

    Las Vegas Raiders running back Kenyan Drake finished with four carries for 15 yards and two catches for 17 yards in a 26-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the team's second preseason game. The veteran split snaps with rookie Zamir White in the first half. Drake saw plenty of work with both Josh Jacobs and Ameer Abdullah inactive for this one. He continues to be trusted in the passing game, coming in for multiple third-down situations. This specific usage gives him more value in PPR formats, but he is still only a deep-league target in a crowded backfield. Both Drake and White will look to carve out a role behind Jacobs this season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Raiders Kenyan Drake
  • Zamir White Sees Seven Touches In Win Over Vikings

    Las Vegas Raiders rookie running back Zamir White finished with five carries for 13 yards and two catches for four yards in the team's second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. The first-team offense did not play in this one, and the run game wasn't particularly effective. White drew the start, receiving a handful of touches on the opening drive while showing involvement in the passing game. After flashing in the Hall of Fame game, White did not show the same efficiency in his second NFL game, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. The rookie will continue to compete for a backfield role behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake. He remains an intriguing late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

    Aug 15 · Source via Raiders Zamir White
  • Seahawks Acquire J.J. Arcega-Whiteside From Eagles

    The Seattle Seahawks are acquiring wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside from the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday in exchange for defensive back Ugo Amadi, according to a source. Arcega-Whiteside will get a fresh start in Seattle after catching only 16 passes on 35 targets for 290 yards and one touchdown in his three seasons in Philadelphia after he was a second-round selection in 2019. Amadi will give the Philadelphia secondary some experience after playing in 47 games (12 starts) over three seasons in Seattle. Arcega-Whiteside has been attempting to transition from receiver to tight end, but it remains to be seen if the Seahawks view him as more of a tight end or wide receiver. Either way, fantasy managers can continue to ignore him.

    Aug 15 · Source via Eagles J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
  • Mackensie Alexander Signs With Dolphins

    The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent cornerback Mackensie Alexander to an undisclosed deal on Monday, according to his agent, David Canter. Alexander was originally a second-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 out of the University of Clemson. The 28-year-old spent his first four NFL seasons in Minnesota before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2020. He returned to the Vikings last year and had 51 tackles (33 solo) and five passes defensed in 16 games (five starts). Alexander will provide veteran cornerback depth for the Dolphins entering the 2022 regular season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Dolphins MacKensie Alexander
  • 49ers Release Darqueze Dennard

    The San Francisco 49ers released cornerback Darqueze Dennard on Monday. Dennard played in just two games last year, one with the New York Giants and one with San Francisco. Dennard was originally the 24th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014 out of Michigan State, and he spent six solid seasons with the Bengals before playing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. The 30-year-old hasn't played in double-digit games in a season since his second-to-last season in Cincinnati in 2018. Dennard will be hoping to latch on with another cornerback-needy team before the start of the 2022 regular season.

    Aug 15 · Source via 49ers Darqueze Dennard
  • Marcus Peters Activated Off The PUP List

    The Baltimore Ravens activated cornerback Marcus Peters (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday less than a year after he tore his ACL in 2021. Peters is back on the practice field at training camp, but he's expected to be eased into action this summer. Peters missed all of the 2021 season as a result of his knee injury, but his return in 2022 will be a gigantic boost to a Ravens secondary that was absolutely decimated by injuries last year. The 29-year-old defensive back has made the Pro Bowl five times and is a four-time All-Pro in his six NFL seasons. Peters, a former first-round selection in 2015 by the Kansas City Chiefs out of the University of Washington, isn't on the fantasy radar in IDP leagues, but he's an extremely important piece of Baltimore's secondary.

    Aug 15 · Source via Ravens Marcus Peters
  • Nick Harris Likely Done For The Year

    Cleveland Browns starting center Nick Harris (knee) will likely need season-ending surgery on his right knee for an injury that he suffered in Friday's preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Harris was replaced in Friday's game by Ethan Pocic, who signed a one-year, $1.187 million deal in March. Brock Hoffman, an undrafted rookie from Virginia Tech, is the only other center on the team's training camp roster. It remains to be seen if the Browns will look to re-sign JC Tretter, their starter the last five seasons, after they released him in a cost-cutting move in March. Pocic was a second-round pick in 2017 by the Seattle Seahawks, and he started 40 of his 57 games played in Seattle. It's bad news for the Browns offense, especially with quarterback Deshaun Watson's potential season-long suspension looming.

    Aug 15 · Source via Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns Activate Denzel Ward Off PUP List

    The Cleveland Browns activated cornerback Denzel Ward (foot) off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, clearing him to begin practicing with the team at training camp. Ward wasn't able to practice with the team to begin camp this summer, but the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season in Week 1. The two-time Pro Bowler finished his fourth NFL season in 2021 with 43 tackles (34 solo), three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 10 passes defensed and half a sack in 15 starts. While Ward isn't really on the radar in IDP fantasy leagues, he's a very important piece of Cleveland's secondary.

    Aug 15 · Source via Browns Denzel Ward
  • Randy Gregory Coming Off PUP List

    The Denver Broncos activated pass-rusher Randy Gregory (shoulder) off the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, according to a source. Gregory had offseason shoulder surgery and was one of the team's big free-agent signings of the offseason. The expectation is that he'll be ready for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. The 29-year-old is likely to be eased into training camp practices and preseason games, but barring a setback with his shoulder, he should be ready for the start of the regular season. Gregory is very injury-prone and hasn't played a full season since being taken in the second round of the 2015 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, but he also had 15.5 sacks over the last three years and could be on the IDP radar if he can stay healthy all year.

    Aug 15 · Source via Broncos Randy Gregory
  • Mike Strachan Activated From PUP List

    The Indianapolis Colts activated wide receiver Mike Strachan (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday. Strachan began training camp on the PUP list after having offseason knee surgery, but the Colts will now start working him into practices. In his rookie season, the seventh-round pick caught only two of his three targets for 26 yards in six games for Indy, but he'll be looking for a bigger role as a depth option for the Colts, behind the likes of Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell and rookie Alec Pierce. Strachan will be competing with Dezmon Patmon and Ashton Dulin for the fourth receiver spot in Indy to begin the 2022 season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Colts Mike Strachan
  • Broncos Sign Joe Schobert

    The Denver Broncos signed veteran free-agent linebacker Joe Schobert to an undisclosed deal on Monday, according to a source. Schobert starred for the Cleveland Browns and was most recently with the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, when he recorded 112 tackles (70 solo), one interception, six passes defensed and one forced fumble in 16 games. He will help fill the void created by an injury to Jonas Griffith (elbow), who will miss at least a month of action. The 28-year-old Schobert is expected to compete for a backup spot with Justin Strnad in Denver. Schobert brings plenty of experience to an already strong Broncos defense, and he's recorded 100-plus tackles in five of his six NFL seasons.

    Aug 15 · Source via Broncos Jonas Griffith Joe Schobert Justin Strnad
  • Chiefs Waive CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

    Lonnie Johnson Jr. had a brief tenure with the Texans, and his stint with the Chiefs has now ended before his first regular season contest in Kansas City. Per a team announcement, the corner is among the players being waived by the Chiefs as rosters are cut to 85.  Johnson, 26, was a second-round pick of […]

    Aug 15 · Pro Football Rumors Chiefs Lonnie Johnson Jr.
  • Greg Joseph Perfect In Preseason Opener

    Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph made both of his field-goal and extra-point attempts in the team's preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders, connecting on 20-yard and 23-yard attempts. The 28-year-old made 33 of 38 field-goal attempts and 70 of 78 extra-point attempts during the 2021 season, so he should be a reliable option for fantasy managers in 2022. After finishing as the sixth-best kicker in fantasy a season ago, Joseph seems like a safe weekly starting option, as the Vikings offense should have no trouble putting him in a position to score points this season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Vikings Greg Joseph
  • Albert Wilson Catches Two Touchdowns

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Albert Wilson caught two passes for 22 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders. Wilson saw just two targets in this one as he clearly made the most of his opportunity. The former Miami Dolphin will look to carve out a role in the offense as the preseason continues, but it is hard to envision him earning a role that will make him fantasy relevant. Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn are locked in as the top-three wide receivers, so Wilson will need to fend off Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Bisi Johnson for WR4 duties in the high-powered Minnesota offense. Wilson can be left off the fantasy radar for now.

    Aug 15 · Source via Vikings Albert Wilson
  • Kene Nwangwu Totals 59 Yards In Loss

    Minnesota Vikings running back Kene Nwangwu carried the ball seven times for 41 yards and caught two passes for an additional 18 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The second-year back out of Iowa State will look to earn a role in the Minnesota offense this season, as he carried the ball just 13 times for 61 yards in his rookie year. Nwangwu was mostly used in the return game, showcasing his game-breaking speed on multiple occasions. As of now, he seems like a safe bet to be the RB3 behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, so his fantasy value could increase significantly if anyone ahead of him on the depth chart misses time this season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Vikings Kene Nwangwu
  • Ty Chandler Leads Vikings With 50 Rushing Yards

    Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler carried the ball five times for 50 yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The fifth-round pick out of North Carolina will need to continue to impress if he wants a role in the Minnesota offense, as Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Kene Nwangwu currently sit atop the depth chart. Head coach Kevin O'Connell praised the rookie after his strong performance, saying "he's pretty decisive in the run game, putting his foot down, getting north and south." Still, it is hard to envision Chandler having any fantasy value given that he is likely the fourth option in the backfield. The 24-year-old would need a lot to go his way to be considered for fantasy rosters this season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Vikings Ty Chandler
  • Kellen Mond Throws Two Touchdowns In Preseason Opener

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond completed 9-of-14 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in the team's preseason opener against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday. The Texas A&M collegiate product will look to gain the edge over Sean Mannion for QB2 duties throughout the rest of the preseason, as there have been reports that the 23-year-old has struggled in training camp. However, he outperformed his competition in this one, as Mannion completed 8-of-12 passes for just 79 yards. Mond won't have any fantasy value for the time being, but if he wins the backup job and Kirk Cousins misses time this season, he could be an interesting option with the Vikings' loaded supporting cast.

    Aug 15 · Source via Vikings Kellen Mond
  • Latest On Browns' Center Competition, J.C. Tretter

    After cutting veteran J.C. Tretter, the Browns were prepared to move on to Nick Harris as their starting center in 2022. The latter suffered what is expected to be a season-ending knee injury during the team’s first preseason game, however, leaving the position in question once again. For now, the Browns are turning to Ethan Pocic. The 27-year-old signed […]

    Aug 15 · Pro Football Rumors Browns
  • Jonathan Taylor To Miss Entire Preseason

    Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor will miss the entire preseason, according to head coach Frank Reich. The star running back was rested during the preseason opener. Now, the organization has decided to have Taylor sit out the rest of the preseason. The Colts aren't expected to use any of their starters next week because of a joint practice with the Detroit Lions. The lack of reps for Taylor shouldn't be much of a concern for fantasy managers heading into the regular season.

    Aug 15 · Source via Colts Jonathan Taylor
  • Greg Newsome II Won't Miss Significant Time

    Cleveland Browns defensive back Greg Newsome II (hamstring) won't be sidelined for long, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. The 22-year-old hasn't practiced since Tuesday and sat out the preseason opener. Despite that, the Browns don't expect Newsome to miss Week 1 of the regular season. The former first round pick battled multiple injuries last season. Although, he still had success with 37 tackles and nine passes defended through 13 games. Fantasy managers who have the Browns defense rostered shouldn't be worried about Newsome missing significant time from this injury.

    Aug 15 · Source via Browns Greg Newsome
  • Garrett Griffin Released By Lions

    Detroit Lions tight end Garrett Griffin has been released by the organization. The 28-year-old was reunited with head coach Dan Campbell earlier this offseason. They overlapped with each other during their time in New Orleans. Regardless, it doesn't sound like Griffin made the first round of cuts. That is not a good sign for the veteran blocking tight end. He played in a career-high 13 games last season with the Saints. Although, he couldn't make the Lions roster who lacks serious depth at tight end. Griffin is unlikely to be fantasy relevant on any roster. Fantasy managers should expect T.J. Hockenson to be the focal point at tight end in Detroit.

    Aug 15 · Source via Lions Garrett Griffin
  • Alvin Kamara Unlikely To Be Suspended

    New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara is unlikely to face a suspension, according to Adam Schefter. It seems increasingly more likely that Kamara won't be suspended before the regular season begins. That being said, it could happen down the road or even during the 2023 campaign. The 27-year-old is facing felony battery charges resulting in substantial bodily harm. The hearing is supposed to happen on September 29th, but it has also been postponed three times already. Kamara should be a fine RB2 after getting a career-high in touches last season. Although, the threat of a suspension is always looming, which does somewhat hurt his value.

    Aug 15 · Source via Saints Alvin Kamara
  • Seattle 7th-Round WRs Grinding For Roster Spots

    The Seahawks used the final round of the 2022 NFL Draft to bring in some potential depth at wide receiver, drafting Bo Melton out of Rutgers and Dareke Young out of Lenoir-Rhyne. While Melton and Young still face a bit of an uphill battle to make the final 53-man roster, they’ll get a true look […]

    Aug 14 · Pro Football Rumors Seahawks Bo Melton Dareke Young
  • Chris Olave Gets First Work Of NFL Season

    New Orleans rookie wide receiver Chris Olave turned his lone target into four yards in Saturday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Houston Texans. Only logging 15 snaps (eight routes run) during his time on the field, he will look to make a more significant impact in the next preseason matchup against the Green Bay Packers. The lack of targets should not be a concern for fantasy managers; look for that to increase when starting quarterback Jameis Winston (foot) returns to action. While we still wait to see what Michael Thomas looks like post-injury and where Jarvis Landry fits into the lineup, Olave still looks to be a great value as a later-round wide receiver with a high upside in what should be a pass-happy offense.

    Aug 14 · Source via Saints Chris Olave
  • Charlie Woerner Removed From PUP List

    San Francisco 49ers tight end Charlie Woerner (core muscle) was removed from the PUP list on Sunday. The 2020 sixth-round selection out of Georgia had surgery during the offseason. However, he's buried deep on the depth chart, with a big chunk of his workload reserved for the special teams unit. Still, if George Kittle or Tyler Kroft miss time this season, there's a chance Woerner could receive more snaps. But even then, his fantasy expectations will remain low.

    Aug 14 · Source via 49ers Charlie Woerner
  • Christian Watson Practices On Sunday

    Green Bay Packers wide receiver Christian Watson (knee) came off the Physically Unable to Perform list, per head coach Matt LaFleur. The rookie had an offseason procedure and hasn't been active throughout training camp thus far. He will be eased back into action, performing individual drills. However, his status for Week 1 remains up in the air. Nevertheless, while Watson figures to see plenty of attention from Aaron Rodgers this season, he will probably need some time to work out any rust caused by his lengthy absence. As a result, he may not be a starting fantasy option early in the season, although he could pick things up as the year progresses.

    Aug 14 · Source via Packers Christian Watson
  • Robert Tonyan Activated From PUP List

    Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) came off the PUP list on Sunday to start drilling individually, according to head coach Matt LaFleur. The 28-year-old tore his ACL in Week 8 last season during a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals and wasn't available for the remainder of the year. While it's still not certain if he'll be in uniform for Week 1, he's at least moving in the right direction. Nevertheless, his workload may be limited even if he's good for the season opener. However, Tonyan is a familiar face for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so he could progressively get more targets and snaps throughout the 2022-23 campaign.

    Aug 14 · Source via Packers Robert Tonyan Jr.
  • Trill Williams To Miss Season With ACL Injury

    Miami Dolphins cornerback Trill Williams (knee) suffered a torn left ACL during Saturday's preseason matchup against the Buccaneers. He will miss the 2022-23 season. The 22-year-old was forecasted to backup Xavier Howard and Byron Jones (leg). However, Williams had a chance to see more action, at least for a game or two, if Jones wasn't recovered enough from leg surgery to be ready for Week 1. Still, even if the Syracuse alum had remained healthy, he wasn't expected to see any interest from most IDP managers.

    Aug 14 · Source via Dolphins Byron Jones Trill Williams
  • Robert Tonyan To Come Off PUP List Monday

    Green Bay Packers tight end Robert Tonyan (knee) will come off the PUP list on Monday and start drilling individually, according to head coach Matt LaFleur. The 28-year-old tore his ACL in Week 8 last season during a matchup against the Arizona Cardinals and wasn't available for the remainder of the year. While it's still not certain if he'll be in uniform for Week 1, he's at least moving in the right direction. Nevertheless, his workload may be limited even if he's good for the season opener. However, Tonyan is a familiar face for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, so he could progressively get more targets and snaps throughout the 2022-23 campaign.

    Aug 14 · Source via Packers Robert Tonyan Jr.
  • Drake London "Injury Not A Long-Term Concern"

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith isn't overly concerned about Drake London (knee) missing a substantial amount of time. The rookie didn't practice on Sunday after injuring his knee during Friday's preseason matchup against the Detroit Lions. Fortunately, the injury isn't considered serious. While Smith hasn't specified how long London is expected to be out, there's a chance he could be ready for Week 1. Still, until there is a definitive update, fantasy managers can consider playing it safe by looking for another fantasy wideout in drafts heading into the start of the regular season.

    Aug 14 · Source via Falcons Drake London
  • Curtis Samuel Catches Both Targets in Preseason Opener

    Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel saw two targets in Washington's loss to the Carolina Panthers. The former Buckeye was the recipient of Carson Wentz's first pass of the game, racking up six yards before converting on third down off an eight-yard reception. His 14 total yards weren't much, but it was encouraging to see the 26-year-old back on the field after an injury-riddled 2021. With Samuel also getting work with the first team, he could be a nice speculative pick late in drafts heading into the season.

    Aug 14 · Source via Commanders Curtis Samuel
  • Antonio Gibson Works With Backups in Preseason Opener

    Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson carried the ball four times for two yards along with one reception for two yards in Saturday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. The 24-year-old had a rough start as his second carry resulted in a fumble, leading to him being quickly replaced by Brian Robinson. Gibson's ball security is still an issue, and the coaching staff seems to feel comfortable with what they have in Robinson. There's still time for the third-year back to regain trust, but he may be on his way to losing touches in this backfield. Be cautious when considering him during drafts.

    Aug 14 · Source via Commanders Antonio Gibson
  • Brian Robinson Takes Full Advantage in Preseason Debut

    Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson carried the ball six times for 26 yards and one touchdown during Saturday's preseason loss to Carolina. He also added two receptions for 15 yards. The 23-year-old rookie started the day behind Antonio Gibson but quickly saw work due to Gibson's struggles with ball security. Robinson took full advantage of his opportunity by gaining 10 yards on his first carry and then nine yards on his first reception. The former Alabama running back is still expected to be listed behind Gibson on the depth chart, but there may be some consideration for a more prominent role if he continues to perform well throughout the preseason.

    Aug 14 · Source via Commanders Brian Robinson
  • Sam Howell Nearly Completes Comeback in Preseason Debut

    Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell passed for 145 yards while completing nine of his 16 attempts during the preseason loss to Carolina. He also added three carries for 19 yards and two touchdowns. Howell saw no action for the entire first half but took over for most of the second. The fifth-round rookie did his best to make the game close as he led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, resulting in two rushing touchdowns for himself. As a player projected to be a first-round pick at one point, Howell has a shot at taking over the backup quarterback job from Taylor Heinicke before the start of the season. If his impressive play continues, his fantasy stock could be on the rise as an insurance policy for Carson Wentz in deep Superflex leagues.

    Aug 14 · Source via Commanders Taylor Heinicke Sam Howell Carson Wentz
  • Terry McLaurin Catches One of His Two Targets

    Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin had one reception for 17 yards in the preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers. McLaurin's lone reception was the longest completion for Carson Wentz on a day where the signal-caller was pretty efficient. The 26-year-old is entering his fourth season with what most would say is the best quarterback of his career so far. If the two can build a strong connection, new statistical heights may be in the cards for the talented wideout. While McLaurin is currently a high-end WR2, he certainly has WR1 upside.

    Aug 14 · Source via Commanders Terry McLaurin
  • Raiders TE Darren Waller Dealing With Hamstring Injury

    Much has been made this offseason about the most significant addition to the Raiders’ pass-catching corps, and the effect he will have on the team’s WR room. Much of the offense’s success will still depend on the play of tight end Darren Waller, though, which makes his health status one of great importance.  The Pro Bowler […]

    Aug 14 · Pro Football Rumors Raiders Darren Waller
  • Jalen Guyton Catches Only Two Targets

    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton hauled in both his targets for six yards during Saturday's 29-22 preseason loss to Los Angeles Rams. Guyton is battling with teammate Joshua Palmer to earn a starting role in this electrifying offense. Guyton possesses elite speed but will need to do more with his talent to earn consideration from the coaching staff. His skill set pairs well with the big arm of Justin Herbert, which could produce some big plays and spike weeks for fantasy managers if he can become more involved.

    Aug 14 · Source via Chargers Jalen Guyton
  • Kadarius Toney Faces Likely Week-Long Practice Absence

    New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (leg, knee) is unlikely to suit up at practice during the upcoming week, head coach Brian Daboll told reporters Sunday. Toney was held out of the team's preseason opener due to lower-body injuries. The absence of Toney has left quarterback Daniel Jones with limited high-level pass-catching options during practice, as Kenny Golladay has scuffled with inconsistencies. When healthy, Toney showed flashes of explosiveness during his rookie season in New York, as he compiled 39 receptions for 420 receiving yards across 10 games (four starts). There should be ample opportunity for Toney to be a factor on a weekly basis once the regular season gets underway, although his status for Week 2 of the preseason against Cincinnati next Sunday appears murky at best.

    Aug 14 · Source via Giants Kadarius Toney
  • DeVonta Smith Returns To Practice, Has Active Afternoon

    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (groin) returned to the practice field Sunday and immediately rediscovered his rapport with quarterback Jalen Hurts. While Smith being sidelined by a groin ailment was largely precautionary, it's a boon to see him back in action. After a breakout rookie campaign in 2021 (916 receiving yards, five touchdowns), Smith figures to factor significantly into Philly's passing game this season, even with the addition of A.J. Brown taking a slight shine off his upside. The Eagles take the field for the second week of the preseason next Sunday vs. Cleveland, although making sure Smith is healthy for a matchup with the Lions in Week 1 of the regular season remains paramount.

    Aug 14 · Source via Eagles Devonta Smith
  • Joe Flacco Delivers Solid Practice, Continues Preparation

    New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco entered the season one play away from becoming the team's starting signal caller, and earlier this week, that play happened. Flacco now stands to be New York's starting QB for Week 1 if Zach Wilson (knee) -- who will undergo knee surgery Tuesday -- is not cleared in time. Flacco went 16-for-19 with an interception during practice Sunday, per reporters on the scene. The veteran did not suit up for the team's preseason opener, with Mike White and Chris Streveler taking over under center following Wilson's departure. While Flacco would have the motivation of facing his former organization (the Ravens) to begin the season, he is likely off the fantasy radar. Over the past two seasons, the Jets have gone 0-5 in games started by the 37-year-old.

    Aug 14 · Source via Jets Joe Flacco
  • Drake London Absent From Practice Sunday

    Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London (knee) was not spotted during Sunday's practice, an unsurprising development after he departed Friday's preseason opener due to a right knee injury. London hauled in his first professional reception for 24 yards prior to his exit, but the team believes that he avoided any long-term concerns. Taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, London is set to immediately play a significant role in the Falcons' new-look offense. The 6-foot-5 wideout hauled in 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns during his junior season with USC, which earned him Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors. Fantasy managers will want to check back for further updates on his injury status as they become available.

    Aug 14 · Source via Falcons Drake London
  • 49ers OL Daniel Brunskill Suffers Hamstring Injury

    49ers offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill suffered a hamstring injury during the team’s preseason victory over the Packers on Friday, as Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. Head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that the ailment will keep Brunskill on the sidelines for “a few weeks.” It will be interesting to see if this injury […]

    Aug 14 · Pro Football Rumors 49ers
  • Kyle Trask Impresses In Preseason Opener

    Buccaneers' second-year quarterback Kyle Trask looked solid in Saturday's 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins. He completed 25 of his 33 passes for 258 yards, adding one touchdown and one interception. Trask even led the Bucs on a potential game-winning drive that unfortunately ended in a missed field goal. With Tom Brady returning for yet another season, Trask will not be an option in 2022 redraft leagues, but he is worth a stash in dynasty formats as the prospective future starter in Tampa Bay.

    Aug 14 · Source via Buccaneers Kyle Trask
  • Blaine Gabbert Starts, Tosses Touchdown

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert got the start in the team's preseason opener against the Dolphins. He completed all five of his passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Gabbert and second-year player Kyle Trask will continue to compete for the QB2 job behind Tom Brady. Trask shined on Saturday as well, but it's plausible that the Bucs rely on Gabbert's 11 years of experience if Brady were to miss any time this season. Brady has not missed a single game due to injury since 2008, however, so neither Gabbert nor Trask is expected to make a fantasy impact this season.

    Aug 14 · Source via Buccaneers Blaine Gabbert
  • Ke'Shawn Vaughn Scores In Preseason Opener

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn handled 10 carries for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dolphins. He also added two receptions for 22 yards. Vaughn led the team in carries but failed to make an impact on the ground outside of the one-yard score. Leonard Fournette should continue to be a three-down back this season, but the Bucs also added Rachaad White in the third round of the 2022 draft, and pass-catching specialist Giovani Bernard is still on the roster. In this crowded backfield, it's hard to imagine Vaughn becoming fantasy-relevant at any point this season.

    Aug 14 · Source via Buccaneers Ke'Shawn Vaughn
  • Rachaad White Effective In Preseason Debut

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White turned seven carries into 32 yards and added two receptions for 13 yards during the preseason bout against Miami. He was also involved on special teams, returning two kicks for 43 yards. Although he ran behind Giovani Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn, he was the most efficient of the three. The rookie profiles as a skilled receiving back and has been a standout in training camp, where he has been getting some reps with the first-team offense. He could see the field in 2022 if he continues to impress and may be worth a late-round flier in redraft fantasy leagues.

    Aug 14 · Source via Buccaneers Rachaad White
  • Tyler Johnson Leads Bucs' Receivers On Saturday

    Third-year receiver Tyler Johnson put on a show in Tampa Bay's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins, turning seven targets into six receptions for 73 yards. Johnson made a few excellent catches, and this performance validates the positive reports on him out of training camp. The wide receiver room in Tampa Bay is undeniably loaded, but injuries loom over the team's projected top three targets. Chris Godwin's (knee) timetable is still uncertain following an ACL tear, Mike Evans (hamstring) is nursing a minor hamstring injury, and Russell Gage (leg) suffered an injury of his own recently. The Buccaneers brought in a healthy Julio Jones, but a hamstring injury has plagued him in each of his past two seasons. Johnson, who has previously flashed in limited opportunities, is not currently worth a look in 2022 fantasy drafts. However, he could be a name to monitor if any of the Bucs' receivers miss time to start the season.

    Aug 14 · Source via Buccaneers Tyler Johnson
  • Zach Wilson Will Undergo Knee Surgery Tuesday

    New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) is set to have surgery on his partially torn meniscus Tuesday, per Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Wilson sustained the injury -- along with a bone bruise -- during the team's preseason opener against the Eagles. The expectation within New York is that the signal caller avoided a serious long-term injury. While Wilson has initially received a two-to-four week recovery diagnosis, it's always possible that could change coming out of surgery. For now, the Jets appear content to move forward with Joe Flacco as their starting quarterback, which would set up a Week 1 rematch with the organization that the veteran took to the Super Bowl a decade ago. Wilson was likely already facing a muddled path to fantasy consideration in most fantasy formats, but managers will want to check back post-surgery to get a clearer picture of his anticipated return.

    Aug 14 · Source via Jets Zach Wilson
  • Daniel Jones Scuffles During Sunday's Practice

    New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had a rough go finding success during Sunday's practice, per observers. The signal caller is reported to have gone 6-for-20 through the air, including tossing an interception. While Kadarius Toney (leg, knee) was unavailable, Jones still struggled to get the ball out to his playmakers. The 25-year-old kicked off his preseason with a 6-for-10 passing performance in a win over New England, having thrown for 69 yards, while incurring a sack. The upcoming year is likely an inflection point for Jones and the Giants, after the first-round pick threw for just 10 passing touchdowns across 11 games last season. He is likely on the outside-looking of being a QB1 in the vast majority of fantasy formats.

    Aug 14 · Source via Giants Daniel Jones
  • Joe Burrow Returns To Practice Field

    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (appendectomy) is back in action at practice Sunday for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy in July. Despite continuously not having a timetable for his return, it appears the Bengals will have their signal caller back with ample time to ramp up before Week 1 of the regular season against Pittsburgh. Presumed backup Brandon Allen went 3-for-3 during Cincinnati's preseason opener vs. the Cardinals, with Jake Browning and Drew Plitt garnering significant snaps in Burrow's absence as well. On the heels of a breakout 2021 campaign that saw the 25-year-old Burrow both lead the league in completion percentage (70.4%) and take his team to the Super Bowl, the offensive weapons that the Bengals have assembled figure to make the young quarterback a popular choice among top fantasy targets.

    Aug 14 · Source via Bengals Joe Burrow
  • Giants Activate LB Azeez Ojulari

    Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari has been activated off the club’s NFI list, per Michael Eisen of the team’s official website. Ojulari practiced with the team on Sunday, the first time he has done so since camp opened late last month. The 2021 second-rounder had been dealing with a hamstring injury, so his return to the […]

    Aug 14 · Pro Football Rumors Giants Azeez Ojulari
  • Andre Miller Sustains Broken Arm, In Cast At Camp

    New York Giants tight end Andre Miller broke his right forearm during the early portion of training camp, an ailment that will almost assuredly land him on the IL. As of Sunday, Miller was still at Giants practice, this time on the sidelines with a cast on his arm. A highly sought-after undrafted free agent from the University of Maine, Miller was attempting to crack into New York's tight end rotation. While Ricky Seals-Jones (undisclosed) was brought aboard to attempt to fill the gap of Evan Engram's departure, the veteran is currently sidelined, paving the way for Daniel Bellinger to step into an elevated role. The Giants seem to be leaving the door open for Miller to return at some point in 2022.

    Aug 14 · Source via Giants
  • Miles Sanders, Boston Scott Out For Sunday's Practice

    Philadelphia Eagles running backs Miles Sanders (leg) and Boston Scott (concussion) were held out of practice Sunday due to respective ailments. The move seems precautionary in Sanders' case, as the team's expected lead back hauled in two receptions for 20 yards during Friday's preseason opener against the Jets. Scott has been dealing with a concussion for over a week. Kenneth Gainwell likely would step into a larger role if both players are sidelined for any period of time, although Jason Huntley led Philly with 16 carries in Week 1 of the preseason. Sanders amassed 754 yards on the ground last season, but he did not manage to find the end zone. Scott, conversely, was the red zone bell cow, racking up seven rushing scores despite receiving just 87 rushing attempts all year.

    Aug 14 · Source via Eagles Boston Scott Miles Sanders
  • Joshua Kelley Productive In Limited Action

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley carried the ball three times for 16 yards, adding another three receptions for 28 yards through the air during Saturday's 29-22 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Kelley began the game as the lead back and played only about a quarter of action before Larry Rountree III and Isaiah Spiller took over. Kelley entered last season with ambitions to be the backup behind Austin Ekeler. However, he failed to secure that role, prompting the team to draft the rookie Spiller 123rd overall. Kelley will have an opportunity to hold off Spiller, but he will need to continue to impress and outperform him during the preseason.

    Aug 14 · Source via Chargers Joshua Kelley
  • Isaiah Spiller Logs 10 Carries On Saturday

    Los Angeles Chargers rookie running back Isaiah Spiller rushed the ball 10 times for 34 yards while adding one reception for 10 yards during Saturday's 29-22 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Spiller dropped to 123rd overall in the draft, largely because of his poor performance at the combine, but he could flourish in this high-octane offense if he can cede work from Austin Ekeler. However, before this becomes a possibility, he'll need to fend off Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree III. It was promising to see Spiller receive a target, but his inefficiency on the ground will need to improve to make an impact for fantasy managers this year.

    Aug 14 · Source via Chargers Isaiah Spiller
  • Chase Daniel Tosses Two Touchdowns Against Rams

    Los Angeles Chargers backup quarterback Chase Daniel completed 11 of his 17 pass attempts for 117 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions during Saturday's 29-22 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Daniel was in command of an offense that was missing most of its starters. His touchdown throws included an accurate 41-yard strike to wide receiver Joe Reed and a short three-yard dump-off that receiver Michael Bandy took the remaining thirteen yards to the house. While he doesn't figure to see any regular season action, barring injury, it's beneficial to know that he could sustain the fantasy value of the Chargers' superstars, at least temporarily, should anything happen to Justin Herbert.

    Aug 14 · Source via Chargers Chase Daniel
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