NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bills rookie RB Jonathan Williams is "fine" after suffering a rib injury in the third preseason game Friday night.
Williams had to leave the game after being body slammed at the end of a play, but the injury should not cost him much time. Even with LeSean McCoy sitting out, Williams worked behind Reggie Bush on Friday. He will open the season as at best the No. 3 back, and he is likely still behind Mike Gillislee as well.
Anthony Davis started at right guard in the 49ers' third preseason game Friday night.
Davis was not able to jump Trent Brown at right tackle, but he is too talented and the line is too shaky to keep him on the bench. Davis should have some growing pains at guard, a position he has not played since his freshman year in college, but he will still be an upgrade on Andrew Tiller.
According to the Sacramento Bee, "all signs" point to Blaine Gabbert getting the Week 1 start versus Los Angeles.
It's going to be a tough road for Blaine Train, who starts off versus the Rams, at the Panthers, and at the Seahawks. The 49ers then host the Cowboys and Cardinals in Weeks 4-5. Gabbert has done nothing to win the starting quarterback job this preseason, but no superior alternatives have stepped forward. Gabbert starting could be good news for the fantasy value of safety valve TE Vance McDonald.
Carlos Hyde suffered a concussion in the first half of the 49ers' preseason game Friday night.
Hyde didn't get to play much with Colin Kaepernick because he left early with the brain injury. Hyde will now be placed into the NFL's concussion protocol. He has 15 days to receive clearance in time for Week 1 against the Rams.
Asked Friday night if the 49ers have considered releasing Colin Kaepernick, coach Chip Kelly replied, "There's never been a conversation about cutting Colin Kaepernick."
Kaepernick was downright dreadful in Friday night's preseason game, looking entirely uncomfortable in new coach Chip Kelly's offense. If the 49ers aren't going to start Kaepernick, they have three options -- trade him, pay him $12 million not to play, or grant Kaepernick his release. If the 49ers opt to keep Kap around, that $12 million figure will be an awfully large bullet to bite.
Rookie WR Trevor Davis caught 1-of-4 targets for nine yards in Friday night's third preseason game.
The fifth-round pick out of Cal saw a handful of snaps with the first-team offense, but was behind Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, and Jared Abbrederis. Davis did play ahead of 2015 third-round pick Ty Montgomery. Davis' lowlight occurred when he dropped a pass for a would-be long gain delivered by Joe Callahan.
Ty Montgomery was held catch-less in the Packers' third preseason game.
He was targeted once. Per PFF, Montgomery played only 3-of-26 snaps with Aaron Rodgers, signifying Montgomery is low on the wideout depth chart. Based on playing time, Montgomery looks to be behind Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Trevor Davis in addition to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
Packers WR Jared Abbrederis caught 3-of-3 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.
Abbrederis played behind Davante Adams, but Adams dropped a deep ball from Joe Callahan while Abbrederis made the most of his opportunities. The drawback with Abbrederis is that he is more of an inside-the-numbers receiver while Adams is theoretically a perimeter presence. The Packers' offense will be more limited if Abbrederis is the No. 3 receiver. It may still be the best option, however, because Abbrederis is more reliable and efficient.