ESPN's Ron Jaworski says Robert Griffin III's mechanics have "regressed" in the "fundamental way of throwing the football."
"His throwing slot, his footwork, his inability to remain consistent in that," Jaws said. He's the latest to pile on RG3 following an injury-hindered 2013 season and poor 2014 preseason. While it's true backup Kirk Cousins has outplayed Griffin this month, it's laughable to suggest a quarterback controversy. The starter has more than enough talent to adjust out of the gimmicky Shanahan scheme and into the pocket passer Jay Gruden needs him to be. Strong weapons and unique running ability will keep Griffin's fantasy floor high in the meantime.
Cowboys S Jakar Hamilton has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Hamilton was attempting to crack the final roster as depth behind starting safeties J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church. The 2013 undrafted rookie out of South Carolina State made three appearances for the Cowboys last season.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that "if Benny Cunningham isn't challenging Zac Stacy for the starting job, he's certainly pushing him for playing time."
Beat man Jim Thomas says Cunningham has been the best Rams running back this preseason, echoing similar statements from ESPN's Nick Wagoner. This comes on the heels of Stacy playing off the bench behind Cunningham in the third preseason game. While we fully expect Stacy to hold the starting job and be the main back, he can't afford to lose too much volume. He averaged just 3.89 yards per carry and 5.42 yards per reception last year. Cunningham is worth a late-round flier until the uncertainty here shakes out.
Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers remains behind Griff Whalen.
It's a bit disconcerting that Rogers' natural talent still hasn't been able to shine through. He's currently the sixth receiver on a team tentatively expected to keep six receivers on their 53. Donte Moncrief is a far better Dynasty stash with Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks on one-year contracts.
Jets CB Dimitri Patterson said his absence from the team last week had nothing to do with his place on the depth chart.
Patterson denies that he went AWOL ahead of the third preseason game, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Even though agent Drew Rosenhaus said his client was dealing with a "personal issue," Patterson was still suspended until September 1. The reserve corner's strange statement released to the media Thursday still doesn't explain why he left the team.
Aaron Dobson (foot) is expected to make his preseason debut in Thursday's game against the Giants.
Dobson's recovery from his left foot surgery finally appears complete. Now he can begin a quest to regain the starting outside receiver job he held last year before these foot woes shut him down. Eventually, we'd expect Dobson to pass up Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, giving him plenty of stash appeal. In the six games Dobson played at least 50 snaps last year, he averaged 4.5 catches for 60.8 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Sources tell ESPN that suspended Josh Gordon is exploring the possibility of playing the rest of the year in the Canadian Football League.
The Browns would have to give Gordon permission to do this, which the Cleveland Plain Dealer says they will not do. Understandably so, as they'd be exposing their most talented player -- one they have under contract very cheaply through 2016 -- to injury without any on-field benefit. Furthermore, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says CFL rules don't allow players under NFL contracts to play in the CFL -- only cut players can go north of the border. It's a nice idea for Gordon to stay in shape and have some structure during his suspension, but this one is not going to happen.
Jarrett Boykin has held strong as the Packers' No. 3 WR through training camp.
Davante Adams, a second-round rookie, was expected to push Boykin for the third receiver job in the Packers' three-wide base. Instead, the incumbent has held serve. "Clearly, Jarrett Boykin has taken the next step," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I just love the way he plays. He's had an excellent camp." In the third preseason game, Adams exclusively played with the backups, confirming he's the No. 4 receiver right now. Boykin's upside is capped by all the mouths to feed in Green Bay, but his ADP is way down in the 11th round. There's value there.