BJ Kissel of KCChiefs.com noted the creativity of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after Friday’s preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Kissel highlighted a specific play in which "Sutton dialed up a pretty exotic blitz that had defensive lineman Mike Catapano dropping into coverage on third-and-eight." With Sutton likely opening up his defensive toolbox even further when the regular season arrives, the Chiefs could repeat their 2014 top-five finish in sacks among NFL defenses. The KC D/ST is a solid option for the 2015 fantasy season and get a nice matchup against Brian Hoyer and the Arian Foster-less Texans in Week 1.
Chris Johnson (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Sunday's preseason game.
Johnson returned to practice on Friday, but he was very limited. Johnson will test his hamstring with the trainer before the game to determine his status. Arizona could decide to take play it safe with their new running back, but with the first-team unlikely to play much if at all in the fourth preseason game, this might be the last chance to get Johnson run with the starters before the regular season.
The Seattle D/ST currently carries the highest ADP among fantasy defenses.
According to average draft position data from FantasyPros.com, the Seahawks are being selected first among fantasy D/ST units after finishing the 2014 season first in both points and yards allowed per game. Drafting a fantasy defense early is generally an ill-advised move, but new defensive coordinator Kris Richard should easily be able to keep the Seattle defense near the top of the NFL once again.
Dolphins OC Bill Lazor said WR Rishard Matthews is having his most consistent camp.
"He’s made plays in virtually every practice — down the field, physical plays, fast plays," Lazor said. "I’m really proud of him and rooting for him." Matthews tried to force his way out of Miami after the Dolphins added three receivers this offseason, but it appears he has settled into the No. 5 spot on the depth chart. The 25-year-old has flashed when given opportunities in the past and could be an interesting trade chip if Miami feels comfortable with their depth at wide receiver.
ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes Aaron Dobson "might have been playing for a job" on Friday night.
If that is the case, Dobson's night could not have gone much worse. He was out-muscled by Peanut Tillman on a 50-50 ball the defender eventually came down with, and he did not come back to the ball on Tom Brady's second interception of the night. With injuries mounting, it would be surprising if the Patriots gave up on the 2013 second-round pick this season, but it is certainly not outside the realm of possibilities.
The Chicago Sun-Times believes CB Terrance Mitchell has played his way onto the Bears' roster.
A seventh-round pick of the Cowboys last season, Mitchell could not make it through final cuts and spent the first six weeks of the season on the Bears' practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in October but did not see a snap. A playmaker at Oregon, Mitchell has one interception this preseason and has earned positive coverage grades from Pro Football Focus.
Dan Orlovsky is "well ahead" of Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job.
Moore opened camp with the second-team offense, but he has been outplayed by Orlovsky. Through three preseason games, Orlovsky has completed 23-of-38 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jets G/T Oday Aboushi's roster spot is in "serious jeopardy."
Aboushi opened up camp in a competition for the right guard job, but he quickly fell behind Willie Colon and could be falling off the roster. A one-game suspension to start the year certainly does not help his chances. The 2013 fifth-rounder started 10 games at left guard last season.