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Titans placed TE Delanie Walker (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Walker sustained his knee injury during an early-June OTA. He brushed it off as minor and resumed practicing a week later, but apparently felt discomfort later on. The former 49er underwent a knee scope in "recent weeks." Walker is expected to miss a few weeks of camp, putting him well off the TE2 radar. If the Titans couldn't get a healthy Jared Cook the ball, it's doubtful they'll be able to get a less-than-100 percent Walker going.
Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Zach Zenner rushed eight times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game.

The highly impressive undrafted rookie dominated in this one, playing extensively with the first-team offense in the Joique Bell role, while Ameer Abdullah mixed in. Zenner ripped off eight yards on his first carry, and six on the next before breaking off scampers of 41 and 21 yards, flashing his long-run ability. Zenner also made a tackle in punt coverage, and has locked up a 53-man roster spot as arguably the star player of the Lions' preseason. Through three exhibition contests, Zenner has 162 yards on 25 carries (6.48 YPC) and tonight's three-yard touchdown, plus a 6-60-1 receiving line.
Aug 28 - 10:51 PM

Golden Tate caught three balls for 91 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' third preseason game.

He's up to 169 yards and two TDs on the preseason. Tate operated as Detroit's No. 1 wideout with Calvin Johnson resting, and secured a 62-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to kick off the scoring against Jacksonville. Tate torched Jags second-year slot CB Aaron Colvin on the play. Tate lacks WR1 upside so long as Megatron is healthy, but is a high-floor fantasy WR2.
Aug 28 - 10:19 PM

T.J. Yeldon rushed eight times for ten yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 12 yards in the Jaguars' third preseason game.

Making his preseason debut after a finger injury cost him the first two exhibition games, Yeldon got the start over Denard Robinson. Yeldon also stayed in on all third-down plays, operating as Jacksonville's every-down back and also getting back-to-back goal-line carries in the first quarter. Even when Robinson handled a first-half drive, Yeldon was inserted at the goal line and scored from two yards out. Yeldon's highlight play came on a third-down reception that moved the sticks, gaining 12 yards. This was precisely the kind of usage we were hoping to see from Jacksonville's versatile second-round pick. Yeldon is worth targeting as a top-25 back in fantasy drafts.
Aug 28 - 10:17 PM

Greg Olsen caught six balls for 51 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.

Cam Newton targeted Olsen relentlessly and even to a fault in this one, which may be a preview of what we'll see this regular season. Olsen saw a whopping eight first-half targets. Olsen was a chain mover in this game, though he did have an uncharacteristic drop on the Panthers' fourth drive. Olsen had a huge second-quarter gain negated by a penalty on an offensive lineman. Even with Devin Funchess (hamstring) back, Olsen has a chance to dominate targets in Carolina's passing attack with so little out wide.
Aug 28 - 10:15 PM

Reggie Wayne was held without a catch in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Wayne played extensively with the Tom Brady group, appearing on four of the first six snaps of the game and 20 snaps in all. Wayne dropped his lone target against the Panthers, but appears ticketed for an early-season role just three days after signing with New England. While we're skeptical of what Wayne has left going on age 37 after back-to-back year-ending injuries, any Patriots skill-position player is at very least worth monitoring in fantasy leagues.
Aug 28 - 10:13 PM

Jeremy Maclin caught seven balls for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' third preseason game.

He caught all seven of his first-half targets. The Chiefs got on the board quickly with a 29-yard dart into good coverage complete to Maclin from a surprisingly-aggressive Alex Smith. For the second straight game, Maclin was fed the football creatively and showed outstanding chemistry with his quarterback on a variety of routes. If the Chiefs keep manufacturing ways for Maclin to get the football, he'll be a value pick in the sixth and seventh round of drafts.
Aug 28 - 10:02 PM

Brandon Bolden gained 12 yards on five carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

More than the pedestrian stats, it was notable that Bolden worked as the primary passing-down back with the Tom Brady group. Bolden and Jonas Gray shared the backfield with Brady under center, as Gray handled inside runs and Bolden worked in the old Vereen Role. Bolden has emerged as the favorite for those duties, ahead of Travaris Cadet, James White, and Dion Lewis.
Aug 28 - 9:55 PM

Jonas Gray managed 11 yards on five carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Gray got the start over LeGarrette Blount, who is healthy and played in New England's last preseason game. Blount didn't enter tonight until Jimmy Garoppolo came in to start the second half. Although he got no help from New England's offensive line, Gray was stacked up on his carries aside from one run that gained nine yards. The takeaway is that Gray appears to be very much in the mix for carries in New England's backfield. Gray should be the Pats' lead back in Week 1 against the Steelers.
Aug 28 - 9:49 PM

Robert Griffin III (concussion) will not be cleared for Saturday's preseason game.

Griffin hasn't been cleared by an independent doctor and remains in the concussion protocol. The Redskins originally expected him to play, but will hold him out at least one more week. Griffin missing Washington's third preseason game is a concern after last week's disastrous performance. The Redskins are starting Kirk Cousins in Griffin's place.
Aug 28 - 7:12 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey's fractured left fibula/ankle is expected to sideline him until Week 12.

He'll miss the first eight games on I.R./return, then is expected to miss two more weeks rehabbing and conditioning. The Steelers' bye falls in Week 11, and the early expectation is Pouncey will be available in Week 12. Pittsburgh remains strong at guard and tackle, but will ask a lot of Cody Wallace to replace Pouncey at the pivot. 26-year-old Wallace has made six spot starts the past two seasons, earning positive PFF grades in 2013 but floundering mightily last year.
Aug 28 - 1:51 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests Brandon LaFell (foot) could open the season on the reserve/PUP list.

WEEI Boston's Chris Price suggested the same thing earlier this week. The Patriots provide no details on injuries, and LaFell's has been a mystery since he showed up at spring practices with a walking boot on his foot. If LaFell isn't ready to play in Week 1, Jimmy Garoppolo's three-wide set would presumably consist of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Reggie Wayne. Not ideal.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 28 - 1:01 PM




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