LeSean McCoy admitted that Chris Polk is taking over as the Eagles' primary goal-line back.
Polk played three snaps in Week 15, turning two of them into short touchdowns. A third goal-line carry went to Darren Sproles. "Polk's obviously a little bit more powerful back, so they've been giving him some of the runs in short-yardage in a couple games, especially last game. ... "There's just some plays on 3rd-and-1 type of situations where I probably wouldn't have gotten it, where I see him kind of hit a guy, drag a guy and get in there," McCoy candidly conceded. It's not out of the question that Shady gets some goal-line chances in the flow of the Eagles' hurry-up scheme, but Polk is a drain on touchdown projections. We already know McCoy was struggling to churn up yards and has lost significant pass-game work to Sproles.
Harry Douglas (foot) returned to practice Thursday.
Douglas has routinely been sitting out Wednesdays this season. It has not affected him on Sundays, as evidenced by the 10-131-0 line he put on the Steelers in Week 15. Douglas will be a WR2 against the Saints this week if Julio Jones (hip) sits.
Roddy White (knee) returned to practice Thursday.
White was just taking a maintenance day Wednesday. The knee doesn't appear to be a real issue, but the 33-year-old's upside is capped by a lack of juice in his legs.
Julio Jones (hip) was not spotted at the beginning of Falcons' practice Thursday.
Jones is not expected to practice at all this week as he careens toward another game-time call. All owners can do is roster Harry Douglas or another backup plan and wait for more information. Note that Roddy White (knee) did return to practice Thursday.
Travis Kelce has played on 80.4 percent of the snaps the last two weeks.
Kelce's usage has quietly spiked recently even though Anthony Fasano has been healthy. Kelce ran a season-high 46 routes in Week 14 and backed that up by running 30 in Week 15 -- his third-highest mark of the season. Over the last month, Kelce is fantasy's No. 4 tight end and faces a Steelers defense burnable in every facet this week. He's clearly in play as a TE1 for both season-long and daily players.
Ravens signed LS Patrick Scales.
Scales replaces Kevin McDermott, who lands on IR due to an elbow injury. McDermott also blew a snap that cost the Ravens a field goal against the Jags in Week 15.
Jimmy Graham played on 65.2 percent of the snaps against the Bears in Week 15.
It's down from the 77.4 percent he played in Week 14. It was also extremely frustrating to see Graham not even on the field when No. 3 TE Josh Hill was the primary read on two goal-line plays and converted both for scores. Still, the shoulder clearly isn't an issue for Graham and he's run 78 pass routes the last two weeks. Fire him up as the no. 2 tight end play in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Broncos re-signed TE Dominique Jones.
We don't think this has anything to do with the status of Julius Thomas' ankle. It's likely a special teams move as the Broncos have been hit by injuries at linebacker this week.