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Demaryius Thomas hauled in eight passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Broncos to a 31-23 victory over the Bucs in Week 13.

Thomas was targeted 10 times, as Peyton Manning looked to exploit man coverage versus rookie CB Leonard Johnson. The Bucs showed plenty of 2-deep looks to prevent vertical strikes, so Manning and Thomas picked them apart on crossing routes. The Broncos have clinched the AFC West with their seventh consecutive victory, marking the first time since 1986-87 that they've taken the division crown in back-to-back seasons. Having scored in three straight games, Thomas is on pace for a 92/1,496/11 stat line heading into Week 14 at a burnable Oakland secondary.
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 07:29:00 PM

A.J. Green said he "banged knees" with Jaguars CB Davon House in Sunday night's preseason game.

"I'm fine now," he added. The injury originally looked like an ankle tweak, but it sounds like Green escaped with a knee bruise. The Bengals are counting on Green as much as ever this season after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) until Week 4 at the soonest.
Aug 28 - 10:01 PM

Brandon LaFell caught his only target for eight yards Sunday night against the Jaguars.

LaFell worked as the starter in two-wide sets before A.J. Green went down with a minor injury. Rookie Tyler Boyd saw time in the slot in three-wide looks. LaFell did curiously see snaps with the second unit, but it was likely just to get him reps after he missed time with a hand injury. Looking likely to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, LaFell has some intriguing target upside.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

Tyler Boyd caught his only target for nine yards in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

Boyd played behind Brandon LaFell, only seeing work in three-wide sets before A.J. Green left with a minor injury. He still has time to jump the veteran before Week 1, but the Bengals' plan throughout the entire offseason was to have LaFell start with the rookie operating from the slot, which is likely the approach they will use early in the season. With an uncertain workload in what could be a run-heavy attack, Boyd is nothing more than a late-round flier.
Aug 28 - 9:53 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game.

While Jeremy Hill (8-21-1) was repeatedly stuffed at the line, Bernard impressed with his patience as a ball carrier and turned a tunnel screen at the edge of the red zone into a 19-yard touchdown. The beginning to the season sets up nicely for Gio, as the Bengals start at the Jets and Steelers before hosting the Broncos in Week 3. Those were three of the best run defenses in football last year. If Hill struggles, Bernard should get increased work.
Aug 28 - 9:29 PM

A.J. Green limped off the field in the first quarter of the Bengals' third preseason game with a knee injury, but the team says the issue is not serious.

Green appeared to suffer the injury when he planted his right leg along the sideline. He did run a route after the injury, but he limped to the sidelines after the play. The training staff reportedly did not find any issues when testing the stability of the knee, and Green walked it off on the sideline. Even though he appears to have escaped without a serious injury, Green's night is done.
Aug 28 - 8:40 PM

Rookie Tyler Ervin was the No. 2 back behind Lamar Miller in the Texans' third preseason game.

It's not the first time Ervin has worked second behind Miller this preseason, though we weren't sure the previous time was notable because Ervin's appearance was brief. He logged the second most playing time with the ones on Saturday night, seeing more work in the Brock Osweiler group than Alfred Blue. It's not inconceivable Ervin would lead the Texans in touches if Miller went down. That possibility makes Ervin worth consideration in deep re-draft leagues. On Sunday, Ervin rushed twice for 13 yards and had a 20-yard reception.
Aug 28 - 7:27 PM

Will Fuller caught 3-of-4 targets for 67 yards and a touchdown in Houston's third preseason game.

Assuming he sits out Thursday's preseason finale, Fuller finishes the summer with eight catches for 144 yards (18.0 YPC) and two touchdowns. His fourth target today was a bad drop on what would have been a long gainer, but it was an otherwise mighty impressive performance from the No. 21 overall pick. Fuller was running right by Cardinals DBs (Patrick Peterson was held out), though he did get away with a bit of a push-off on his touchdown. Fuller's hands are a concern, but his role (starting) and skills (now evident on NFL film) are not. He's a WR5 who could give you some big weeks during byes.
Aug 28 - 6:12 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Colin Kaepernick faces an "uphill battle" to make the 49ers' roster.

Glazer said he would be "shocked" if Kaepernick lasted the entire season on the 49ers' 53, and suggested Kap "may not even be on (the roster) in the next two weeks." All of Kaepernick's $11.9 million salary is guaranteed, but he has created a toxic situation by refusing to stand for pre-game National Anthems, which is Kaepernick's right but is frowned upon to put it mildly by most observers.
Aug 28 - 6:10 PM

Brock Osweiler completed 11-of-13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s regular season dress rehearsal.

Osweiler would have been 12-for-13 if not for an embarrassing drop by Will Fuller. On Houston's opening drive, Osweiler took advantage of excellent field position with back-to-back strikes to rookie Braxton Miller, setting up Lamar Miller's goal-line TD. Later, Osweiler connected on a 35-yard dart to Fuller down the right sideline and found him again for a 26-yard touchdown before passing the baton to Tom Savage. Osweiler did lose 15 yards on a pair of sacks but it was still an impressive showing in his final regular season tune-up. Osweiler isn’t a re-draft consideration but certainly has the weapons to be a streaming option in plus matchups.
Aug 28 - 6:06 PM

Eagles released WR Rueben Randle.

It's surprising in that Randle is a veteran in a weak wideout corps, but entirely unsurprising in light of Randle's summer and career arc. Randle caught only five passes for a pathetic 26 yards in three preseason games, and drew universal bafflement at his effort level. Randle seemed to take making the 53-man roster for granted. Randle is only 25 years old, and started all 16 games for the Giants last season, but both his film and buzz are that of a player who will have a hard time sticking on someone's roster in 2016.
Aug 28 - 5:59 PM

Ravens RB Kenneth Dixon will be sidelined four weeks with a torn MCL, but does not need surgery.

It's good and bad news. The bad being it's going to be a while before Dixon pushes for a role on offense, the good that he isn't out longer and has avoided surgery. Dixon had a strong camp and preseason. He isn't worth stashing in 12-team leagues, but should begin the year on watch lists. Baltimore has a volatile backfield where the pecking order could change multiple times in September. The four-week timetable has Dixon returning somewhere around Week 4 or 5.
Aug 28 - 5:26 PM




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