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The Boston Herald reports LT Matt Light is considering retirement, and that the "expectation" is he won't be back with the Patriots in 2012.

Light hasn't commented on his future since the Patriots' Super Bowl loss, and as far as we know, he never publicly broached the idea of retirement during the 2011 season. Including the playoffs, he allowed just 2.5 sacks in 18 starts last season. Were Light to retire, Nate Solder would be his logical replacement on the blindside.
Tue, Feb 21, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Roddy White (hamstring) expects to play in Week 4.

Speaking after Thursday's blowout win, coach Mike Smith implied White would have played had the Falcons not been on a short week. He now has 10 days to get ready for Atlanta's Week 4 trip to Minnesota. A former iron man, White hasn't been anyone's idea of durable over the past two seasons, but is a cinch WR2 whenever he's healthy and playing opposite all-world beast Julio Jones.
Sep 19 - 12:07 AM

Steven Jackson rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 56-14, Week 3 bombardment of the Buccaneers.

S-Jax's two-yard score in the third quarter — where he stood up four Bucs defenders to put the Falcons up 49-0 — was his first of the season. Jackson could have had two first-quarter scores, but was gassed by the time the Falcons reached the red zone on each of their first two drives. Jackson is running with extremely little lateral agility these days, but still has more than enough power to churn out yardage up the middle. The leader of the Falcons' four-man committee, Jackson is also by far the best touchdown bet. He's a safe RB3.
Sep 18 - 11:43 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 10 times for just 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons, catching seven passes for 64 yards while also losing two fumbles.

The 97 yards from scrimmage were actually a best-case scenario for a player who was briefly benched following his first fumble in the first quarter, and could have been sent to the pine for good after coughing it up on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Thankfully, coach Lovie Smith showed mercy on a night where his entire team stunk. Rainey's long-term role remains up in the air with Doug Martin (knee) likely back for Week 4, but he's going to keep getting work. Rainey should remain owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

Julio Jones caught 9-of-11 targets for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 3 humiliation of the Bucs.

Spending most of the game lining up opposite RCB Johnthan Banks, Jones found every inch of space in the Bucs' zone coverage, racking up the second most yards of his regular-season career in just two and a half quarters. The Falcons pulled their starters up 49-0 midway through the third quarter. Jones' second touchdown, a 40-yarder, was perhaps the best catch by any player this season. Reeling in an over-the-shoulder pass, Jones showed ridiculous body control and awareness as he caught the ball going to the ground in the end zone. One of the very best players in the NFL, Jones heads into the Falcons' Week 4 trip to Minnesota with 23 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He has at least seven grabs in all three games.
Sep 18 - 11:25 PM

Devin Hester caught just one pass for 25 yards in Atlanta's Week 3 demolition of the Bucs, but added a 20-yard rushing touchdown and punt-return score.

Hester took a second-quarter punt 62 yards to the house, giving him 20 combined career kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns to break Deion Sanders' record. Overall, Hester totaled 68 yards on three punts as his former coach Lovie Smith bafflingly kept kicking it to him. Hester's rushing score — which put the Falcons up 28-0 15 minutes into the game — was the first of his career. Although Hester was everywhere tonight, he drew just one target in the passing game, even with Roddy White sitting out. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 18 - 11:17 PM

With the Falcons winning 49-0, Matt Ryan departed Atlanta's Week 3 game against the Bucs midway through the third quarter after completing 21-of-24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

Ryan simply did whatever he wanted against a defense that looked like it had no clue what was going on, ripping apart zone cushions from the opening whistle. Ryan found superstar Julio Jones for nine catches, 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan has now bookended his terrible Week 2 road start with two dominating efforts at home. He heads on the road again in Week 4, with the Falcons traveling to Minnesota. Ryan is locked in as a high-end QB1.
Sep 18 - 10:57 PM

Harry Douglas was forced from the Falcons' Week 3 game against the Bucs with a left foot injury.

Douglas is technically questionable to return, but it did not look good when he went down. He tried to make it to the sideline before collapsing on the field. He could barely put any weight on his left foot as he headed to the locker room. Even if the injury isn't serious, he won't be returning to a blowout. Douglas was having a nice night in Roddy White's absence before going down, catching 2-of-2 targets for 14 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 18 - 9:51 PM

Josh McCown was forced from the Bucs' Week 3 game against the Falcons with a right (throwing) thumb injury, and will not return.

Mike Glennon is now in the game at quarterback. McCown smashed his hand on CB Robert McClain's facemask on a follow through, but initially stayed in the game. He departed in the waning minutes of the second quarter, however. McCown was abysmal before heading to the locker room, completing just 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception. His pick came on a pass that took an eternity to develop, and should have never been thrown. McCown may have gotten benched even if he hadn't gotten hurt. Depending on how Glennon looks in relief, the Bucs could already have a controversy on their hands. McCown boasts a 2:4 TD:INT ratio through two and a half games.
Sep 18 - 9:49 PM

Andre Ellington (foot) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Barring a setback, Ellington will start Sunday's game against the 49ers. With Jonathan Dwyer now out of the picture, Ellington could even get some goal-line looks, but Stepfan Taylor will be first in line. Sporting a 5.1 YPC to go along with his 181 yards from scrimmage, Ellington is a strong RB2.
Sep 18 - 7:35 PM

Doug Martin (knee) is inactive for Week 3 against the Falcons.

The Bucs had been hinting all week that Martin would suit up, but that changed Thursday afternoon. His absence leaves Bobby Rainey as a high-upside RB2 against a Falcons defense that's gotten smoked by the run the past two weeks. Rainey will be spelled by Mike James. Martin is week to week, with a strong chance at returning in Week 4. It could be as a backup if Rainey has another big game, however. Also inactive for the Bucs are DT Gerald McCoy, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, LB Mason Foster, OT Kevin Pamphile, OG Kadeem Edwards and OG Rishaw Johnson.
Sep 18 - 6:58 PM

Vikings released WR Jerome Simpson.

Simpson's three-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy was set to end on Monday, but it was revealed Thursday that he was busted on marijuana and alcohol charges in July. Simply stunning immaturity from a 28-year-old receiver who's dealt with various legal issues throughout his NFL career. Simpson is a competent deep threat, but has had trouble staying on the field thanks to his bans. Considering the current climate for NFL troublemakers, he's unlikely to find a new home any time soon.
Sep 18 - 6:48 PM




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