Eagles first-round OLB Marcus Smith has been getting reps at inside linebacker at practice this week.
The expectation is that he'll get hit first defensive snaps of his career at the spot vacated by ILB Mychal Kendricks (calf). Kendricks isn't going to play against the Redskins, and backups Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho can't cover backs or tight ends. Smith can, and he's expected to see some run in sub-packages.
A.J. Green (toe) said he "feels good" and plans to play Sunday against the Titans.
After returning to practice Thursday, Green said Friday morning that there's no soreness in his toe, and if he feels like this on Sunday, he's going to be out there. We still need to keep a close eye on Green up through Sunday morning. For now, he can be penciled into lineups as a low-end WR1. There's a heightened chance for aggravation. Green's not a recommended FanDuel play.
Giants OC Ben McAdoo said whatever they get from Odell Beckham (hamstring) this season "will be a good bonus."
Not exactly what most teams, especially bad ones like the Giants, expect from No. 12 overall picks. Beckham hasn't practiced fully in nearly three months, as he's been painfully slow to recover from a pulled hamstring. When Beckham does return, he's going to have some serious depth chart climbing to do.
Packers coaches are anxious to see Brandon Bostick get back on the field on offense.
Bostick fractured his fibula in the preseason and made his debut last week against the Jets. He didn't play any offensive snaps, but TEs coach Jerry Fontenot said "he's on his way. We're getting there." Andrew Quarless and rookie Richard Rodgers have been handling tight end duties, but have brought nothing to the table as pass catchers. Bostick is the best athlete of the group. Once he gets his legs back under him, expect Bostick to become a major part of the offense.
Sam Young will be the Jaguars' starting right tackle this week against the Colts.
Young replaces since-released RT Cameron Bradfield. He started four games at right tackle for the Bills in 2012, surrendering one sack, three hurries, and four QB hits. He's played just 27 offensive snaps since. Luckily for Young, the Colts don't have much of a pass rush off the edge. He'll see a lot of Erik Walden.
Coach Chip Kelly said the team isn't concerned about rookie Jordan Matthews' dropped passes.
"Some of it is just concentration, fingertips, eyes to the catch, make sure you're tucking it away," Kelly said. "Little fundamental things." The Eagles credited Matthews with two, possibly even three, drops against the Colts last week when he secured just 1-of-4 targets. It's not Matthews' first bout with drops as a pro; he dropped two or three balls in the preseason opener. Matthews, who's playing the slot for the Eagles, is more focused on his run blocking.
Coach Ron Rivera admits Cam Newton is dealing with "constant nagging soreness" in both his ankle and ribs, and he'll do so for the remainder of the season.
Newton's current routine is to get treatment every Monday and Tuesday in an effort to get everything calmed down before practice on Wednesday. It's a reminder that Newton is still banged up, and will be until February. He rushed just four times in his Week 2 debut and was sacked five times. Expect Carolina to lean more on Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tobert near the goal line.
Free agent CB Derek Cox worked out for the Bears.
Once upon a time, Cox was viewed as an above-average starter. Since leaving Jacksonville in the 2013 offseason, his career has gone off the tracks with stints in San Diego, Minnesota, and Baltimore. The Bears may be in the market for a corner with Charles Tillman (triceps) landing on season-ending I.R. this week.