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.
Mike James rushed four times for four yards in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
James caught a pass, but lost five yards. James briefly spelled Bobby Rainey after Rainey's first of two lost fumbles, but the Bucs quickly thought better of it. A distant third behind Rainey and Doug Martin, James is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Brandon Myers caught 5-of-5 targets for 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
We suppose Myers was a highlight on a night where the Bucs suffered one of the worst losses in team history. The barely-there TE2 now has 13 catches for 107 yards through three games. You can make better use of a roster spot in 12-team leagues.
Levine Toilolo caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards in Atlanta's Week 3 win over the Bucs, also losing a fumble.
Toilolo nearly killed the Falcons' second drive by letting the ball get punched out from behind, but the Falcons got it back after Devin Hester forced a fumble of his own on Mark Barron's return. Toilolo wasn't targeted in the red zone this evening even though Atlanta scored 56 points. Toilolo is Joseph Fauria 2.0 for fantasy purposes.
Jacquizz Rodgers rushed five times for six yards in Atlanta's Week 3 romp over the Bucs, adding a three-yard reception.
On a night where the Falcons scored 56 points, Quizz managed all of nine yards. Rodgers received a carry from the Bucs' five-yard line in the first quarter, but got stuffed for a three-yard loss. Rodgers has proven time and again that he's a replacement-level back, at best, but remains a firm No. 2 in the Falcons' four-man committee. He has no value in 12-14 team leagues.
Antone Smith rushed four times for 50 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 3 win over the Bucs, also losing a fumble.
Smith's score was one of his patented big plays, as he rushed 38 yards through a tired and miserable Bucs defense to put the Falcons up 56-0 in the fourth quarter. He found the hole, then the edge and was off to the races. Smith's fumble came at the Bucs' one-yard line the end of a shifty 10-yard scamper in the second quarter. Smith has proven time and again he's worthy of more work as a change-of-pace back, but the Falcons don't appear ready to give it to him. That keeps him off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.