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Bears signed FB Tony Fiammetta.

Fiammetta spent 2012 on the Patriots' reserve/left squad list after his 2011 was derailed by a suspected concussion. Fiammetta was a difference-making lead blocker for the Cowboys in 2011 before going down. He's replacing TE/FB Evan Rodriguez, who was waived Monday morning.
Mon, Jun 10, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Terrance West managed 13 yards on six carries, lost a fumble, and was not targeted in the passing game in Cleveland's preseason finale.

Ben Tate started and rushed three times for eight yards with a touchdown. Tate is locked in as Cleveland's starter entering the year, after clearly outplaying West this preseason. West finishes the exhibition season with 31 carries for 83 yards (2.68 YPC). He's no more than a handcuff for Tate at this stage, albeit a relatively attractive one based on Tate's injury history.
Aug 28 - 10:09 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 20 times for 90 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 70 yards in the Bengals' preseason finale Thursday night.

Starter Gio Bernard rested. Hill was utilized as a true every-down back, while being occasionally spelled by UDFA James Wilder. Hill exited at one point with an elbow injury, but returned to the game. He also blew a blitz pickup, getting Jason Campbell sacked. Core players don't typically get the kind of usage Hill did in exhibition finales, so it's hard to say with any certainty what this means for his Week 1 role. Bernard will be a quality RB2 play against the Ravens. Hill will be a dicey flex option until we get some clarity.
Aug 28 - 9:56 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night.

The 32nd overall pick in May's draft wraps up the exhibition season 30-of-49 passing for 283 yards and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio. His passer rating was 111.2. Matt Cassel remains entrenched as Minnesota's Week 1 starter, and should have a somewhat long leash to open the season. But once he starts stumbling -- and that'll most likely happen at some point -- the calls for Teddy will begin.
Aug 28 - 9:39 PM

E.J. Manuel completed 3-of-7 passes for 56 yards in the Bills' preseason finale Friday night.

Clearly worried about their sophomore quarterback, Manuel was allowed to handle three drives in the exhibition finale. He didn't deliver, while losing Sammy Watkins to a rib aggravation. Manuel wraps the preseason 50-of-82 passing (60.2 percent) for 517 yards (6.30 YPA), one touchdown, three turnovers, and six sacks taken. We'll be streaming fantasy defenses against the Bills this year.
Aug 28 - 7:54 PM

Sammy Watkins was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a rib injury.

Watkins is technically questionable, but obviously won't return. Watkins got hurt trying to corral a slant that was "a good yard and a half ahead of him." E.J. Manuel "stared him down the whole way." Watkins then headed to the locker room. It's unclear if Watkins aggravated his previous rib issue, or suffered a new injury. It's ominous all around. Watkins hasn't shown outside of practice this summer, while Manuel has looked like one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL.
Aug 28 - 7:39 PM

Chris Polk (hamstring) is inactive for the Eagles' preseason finale.

Polk returned to practice last Saturday, but still isn't healthy enough to perform in a game setting. It's a potentially ominous sign for Polk's roster chances. He's going to end up missing the entire preseason. The Philly Inquirer recently forecasted Polk to make the final 53, but that's certainly become a question mark with Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker playing well. LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are locks, and Kenjon Barner may be, too.
Aug 28 - 7:09 PM

Blake Bortles started Thursday's preseason finale against the Falcons, completing 4-of-6 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.

Bortles' score was a 57-yard strike to fellow rookie Marqise Lee. Bortles looked ahead of schedule all preseason, and finishes 32-of-51 for 521 yards (10.2 YPA), two touchdowns and zero interceptions. It's looking less and less likely that the Jags will be able to follow through on their plan to "redshirt" Bortles this season. Starter Chad Henne simply isn't good enough.
Aug 28 - 6:57 PM

The NFL has stiffened its penalties for domestic violence, instituting a six-game suspension for a first-time offense and "lifetime ban" for a second.

It's a direct response to the blistering criticism the league received after banning Ray Rice for only two games earlier this summer. Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted he "didn't get it right" in the Rice case. Now, a first time domestic-violence offense is no longer viewed as less serious than smoking marijuana. For a "lifetime" ban, an offender can "petition for reinstatement after one year."
Aug 28 - 2:31 PM

Cowboys waived CB B.W. Webb.

It's an admission of failure from owner/GM Jerry Jones, who made Webb the No. 114 overall pick of last year's draft. The move is in spite of the Cowboys' depth issues at cornerback. Webb was routinely roasted on his 185 defensive snaps as a rookie, and hadn't looked improved in the spring or preseason. His age (24) and draft pedigree should get him another look in relatively short order, however.
Aug 28 - 1:43 PM

ESPN reports Adrian Peterson called Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in June to tell him he was interested in playing for Dallas "at the end of his tenure with the Vikings."

"Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones reportedly told AD. "I'd like that, too ... Well, I love your story. I love your daddy's story. I've always respected what you've been about. I've always been a fan of yours." Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is two hours southeast of Dallas. It's unclear if the call constituted tampering, but Jones believes it does not. Now 29, Peterson is signed with the Vikings through 2017, but is unlikely to make it to the end of his deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 1:13 PM

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.
Aug 28 - 12:18 PM




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