Cowboys WR Brice Butler said he is "more confident" in the offense this season.
The Cowboys traded for Butler after Dez Bryant broke his foot in the season opener last year. Butler did not do much while Bryant was out the first time, but he did manage eight catches for 134 yards over the final two weeks of the season. With Bryant likely to miss time again with a hairline fracture in his knee, Butler should get his chance in the starting lineup. He is an interesting sleeper against the 49ers.
Tom Coughlin's agent denied a report that his client met with Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula.
The NFL, who Coughlin currently works for, denied the meeting as well. Rex Ryan probably bought himself more time with a surprising win over the Cardinals, but his seat is as hot as any. These reports should pop up all season.
Cam Newton said Kelvin Benjamin will not be held catch-less again after seeing just one fruitless target Week 3.
"That can’t happen. That can’t happen," Newton said. "And if I’m speaking for it, that won’t happen again. He’s too good of a player." OC Mike Shula has blamed himself for Benjamin's goose-egg and said the team has to "find a way to get him the ball more." With both the coordinator and quarterback set on getting him targets, Benjamin should see plenty of passes thrown his way against the Falcons.
Jets re-signed WR/KR Jeremy Ross.
With Jalin Marshall likely to miss some time with a shoulder injury, Ross will help out on kick returns. He also adds depth to a banged up receiver corps.
Ben Roethlisberger hinted that Le'Veon Bell could be used more often in the slot this season.
"We’re not going to take RB off the front of his name and put WR," Roethlisberger said, "but I definitely think he is one of our best receivers." Roethlisberger added the Steelers will use packages which get both Bell and DeAngelo Williams on the field together. We heard similar things last year, but Bell easily out-touched Williams 125-to-14 in his five healthy games. Bell is going to be the focal point of the offense as long as he is on the field, and some snaps at receiver will do nothing but help his value.
Brandon Marshall (knee, foot) got in a full practice Wednesday.
Marshall only managed 27 yards in a horrendous day for the passing game Sunday, but he did not look any worse for wear. This full practice confirms he escaped the game without suffering any setbacks. He will play this week, and with Eric Decker looking likely to miss, Marshall should see a ton of targets. Even in a tough matchup with the Seahawks, he will remain a solid WR2.
Jets CB Darrelle Revis injured his ankle in practice Wednesday.
He was listed as DNP. Coach Todd Bowles said the injury is not a concern, and Revis was walking without a limp in the locker room after practice, although his right ankle was taped up. At this point, he should be expected to play.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it is a "long-shot" Dez Bryant (knee) plays this week.
Rapoport reports the Cowboys hope Bryant can play this week, but they are "aware" he could be looking at a "three-week injury." It would be surprising at this point if Bryant suited up against the 49ers, and he is questionable at best for Week 5 against the Bengals. Cole Beasley should see a ton of targets with Bryant sidelined, and Brice Butler is an interesting sleeper as well.