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Coach Bruce Arians conceded after minicamp the Cardinals never anticipated sixth-round pick Ryan Swope's concussion issues to linger throughout OTAs.

Swope didn't take a single practice rep in the spring. "We were very, very, very surprised about it," Arians said. "I'm not sure what he can do, I'm not sure what the doctors are going to do at this point. I hope ... because the kid is a great talent, and it would be a shame. But having Austin Collie last year, go through this same thing, it's scary." Arians acknowledged that he is genuinely "worried" about Swope's medical situation. Swope may have to redshirt his first year.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said LeGarrette Blount will be "a big part of our offense."

"The guy's a beast of a runner," the coach added. Despite preseason struggles, reported "weight issues," and rumblings about his roster spot, it looks like the coach plans to enter the season with Blount as his starter and short-yardage back. Perhaps that changes if Wendell Smallwood shows well coming off an injury this week, but Blount remains the best fantasy bet for now.
Aug 22 - 12:26 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Tom Savage "is our starter."

"He's had a good camp," O'Brien added. It is not a surprise after Savage looked good in the second preseason game, but Deshaun Watson brings playmaking ability the offense sorely needs. The rookie is going to make starts at some point this season.
Aug 22 - 12:12 PM

ESPN's Mike Reiss does not think the Patriots have a real running back depth chart.

"Any running back could be featured at any given time," Reiss writes, "as it's a deep, talented group." Mike Gillislee was the early fantasy favorite because of his expected role at the goal line, but he has been sidelined the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Rex Burkhead has been impressive in his place while James White and Dion Lewis should get their touches as well. Burkhead and White are worth a shot in the 12th round, but ultimately this may be a backfield to avoid in fantasy.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:35 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Cam Newton (shoulder) is on track to play Thursday night against the Jaguars.

Newton has been throwing in team drills this week, and he has apparently looked comfortable enough to send him out for the "dress rehearsal." It would not be surprising if he played fewer snaps than the rest of the starters, however. There was not really any doubt before, but Newton will obviously be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:25 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects sophomore Tyler Boyd to be the Bengals' second most productive wide receiver.

With No. 9 overall pick John Ross in a limited role to start the season, Dehner thinks Brandon LaFell will get the official No. 2 designation, but he expects Boyd to be more productive. Ross' role is expected to grow as the season goes on, however, and A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert should dominate targets as long as they are healthy. Despite the positive news, Boyd is not a fantasy option in standard-sized leagues.
Aug 22 - 11:04 AM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. expects No. 9 overall pick John Ross to have a limited role early in the season.

Dehner expects the team to "create packages" for the speedster early while expanding his role as the season goes along. It is not surprising considering Ross sat out the entire offseason program and the first two-plus weeks of training camp. With Ross limited, Dehner expects sophomore Tyler Boyd to be the second most productive receiver behind A.J. Green.
Aug 22 - 11:00 AM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Jordan Matthews (chest) is expected to be ready Week 1.

After getting in limited work on Sunday, Matthews also expressed confidence he will be ready. Considering he was hurt during his first practice with the team, there is reason to worry about how integrated Matthews will be in the offense come Week 1, but Anquan Boldin's retirement means he should have the slot role all to himself. Despite the injury, Matthews is a value pick at his current 10th-round ADP.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 10:42 AM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said LT Cordy Glenn (foot) is on track for Week 1.

McDermott had expressed some concern about the lingering foot injury, but the Bills never took any real action to bolster the left tackle spot, suggesting they always expected Glenn to be on the field Week 1. Glenn will participate on a limited basis during Tuesday's practice.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 10:41 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will announce his starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles wants to watch the tape of the third preseason game before making a final decision, but the competition is all but wrapped up after Christian Hackenberg laid an egg on Saturday night. At this point, it would be a shock if Josh McCown was not named the starter for Week 1. That said, McCown's injury history suggests Hackenberg and perhaps even Bryce Petty will get a chance at some point.
Aug 22 - 10:12 AM

Steelers.com's Bob Labriola believes TE Jesse James is the locked-in starter.

According to Labriola, James has not faced a "serious challenge" to his spot atop the depth chart. It is disappointing after Xavier Grimble earned some buzz this offseason, but he apparently has struggled with consistency. James is not going to threaten any yardage records, but he could score a few touchdowns for owners in deeper leagues or two-TE formats.
Aug 22 - 10:06 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes Buck Allen "has been the Ravens’ most effective back."

Early in camp, Zrebiec reported Allen was showing well, and he has continued that into the preseason, gaining 61 yards on 18 carries and catching six passes for 27 yards for an offense which has struggled to get anything going. Allen even got run with the first-team in the second preseason game. He looks locked into a roster spot, and he could push Danny Woodhead and Terrance West for touches.
Aug 22 - 9:58 AM




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