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Eagles waived WR Greg Salas, OLB Chris McCoy, and OLB Travis Long.

Salas is a surprise after a strong preseason. Chip Kelly is keeping former college pal Jeff Maehl over him. The Eagles will only carry three outside linebackers: Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, and Brandon Graham.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 04:08:00 PM

Carlos Hyde rushed four times for 30 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

If the Niners put Hyde on ice for the preseason finale, he'll finish August with 85 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries (5.67 YPC). Hyde ripped off a 27-yard run on Friday night, setting up Quinton Patton's three-yard TD. Hyde managed three yards on his other four runs. Hyde is locked in as San Francisco's bellcow back. We'll be interested to see whether the 49ers' ineptitude cuts into Hyde's fantasy production. He's got plenty of ability in his own right.
Aug 27 - 12:43 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards and rushed four times for 18 yards in the 49ers' third preseason game.

Playing behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick failed to assert himself as a legit contender for the Week 1 starting job. While he made a few innocuous plays with his legs, Kaepernick looked uncomfortable in the pocket and failed to generate a single first down. Kaepernick remains likely to make starts at some point this year, but Gabbert will be the starter on Opening Day.
Aug 27 - 12:15 AM

Steelers RE Cameron Heyward suffered a high ankle sprain in Friday night's third preseason game.

For his part, Heyward promised he would "be there Week 1." High ankle sprains can be 4-6 week injuries, but they also vary in severity. It would be a major blow to Pittsburgh's defense if Heyward were to miss the opener against Washington. Heyward was Pro Football Focus' No. 6-rated 3-4 defensive end among 57 qualifiers last season. The Steelers are thin on the defensive line.
Aug 27 - 12:08 AM

49ers WR/KR Bruce Ellington suffered a strained hamstring in Friday night's preseason game.

He missed the second preseason game with an ankle injury. Ellington's hamstring strain looked serious, as he walked gingerly off the field before being met by trainers on the sideline with a towel over his head. Ellington has mammoth opportunity, but he simply can't stay off the shelf.
Aug 26 - 11:25 PM

Eddie Lacy rushed seven times for 45 yards in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night.

He remained the clear first-team back, with James Starks eventually rotating in. Through three preseason contests, Lacy has amassed 114 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, good for a 5.7 YPC average. Lacy is back in shape in his contract year. He offers double-digit TD potential in the third round.
Aug 26 - 11:14 PM

Devin Funchess hauled in 5-of-10 targets for 49 yards Friday night against the Patriots.

Funchess was heavily involved when on the field, but he continued to play behind both Kelvin Benjamin and Ted Ginn. He also lost some snaps to Brenton Bersin. Even so, Funchess made several nice grabs Friday night and continues to earn praise for his performance in practice. If he keeps playing well, Carolina will have to put him on the field.
Aug 26 - 11:03 PM

Aaron Rodgers completed 6-of-9 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in his first preseason action Friday night against the 49ers.

Rodgers' biggest play was a 19-yard connection deep down the middle to Jared Cook. His touchdown came on a quick screen to Randall Cobb deep in the red zone. Assuming Jordy Nelson (knees) comes back around 90-100 percent, Rodgers will have all the makings of a top-two fantasy passer. He boasts elite weapons in a high-octane offense and a favorable pass-defense schedule.
Aug 26 - 10:59 PM

Steelers TE Jesse James caught 4-of-5 targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's third preseason game.

He played exclusively with the first-team offense with Ben Roethlisberger on the field, seeing three targets from Ben on Pittsburgh's opening drive alone, and capping it with a short touchdown deep in the red zone. A second-year tight end out of Penn State, James stands 6-foot-7, 261 and plays in an undersized pass-catcher corps. He's a sneaky candidate for 6-8 touchdowns with Ladarius Green's (concussions, ankle) availability uncertain.
Aug 26 - 10:39 PM

Markus Wheaton caught 2-of-3 targets for 40 yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

Wheaton has begged the coaching staff to let him play outside more, and he's getting his wish. The Steelers' first-team three-receiver set with Ben Roethlisberger on the field had Wheaton and Antonio Brown on the perimeter with Eli Rogers stationed in the slot. Wheaton is an interesting test case this year because he's flush with opportunity, but has shown average to above-average talent. He's worth a shot in the eighth and ninth rounds of 12-team drafts.
Aug 26 - 10:37 PM

DeAngelo Williams managed 12 yards on four carries and caught 3-of-4 targets for nine yards in the Steelers' third preseason game.

The Steelers used a timeshare involving both Williams and Le'Veon Bell. Bell started the game, but Williams spelled him to the extent that they were on the field roughly equally with the first-team offense, though Bell was clearly the superior all-purpose back. Williams is assured three starts to begin the season, where he'll be a top-ten fantasy running back play in each week. Williams' role will be up in the air once Bell comes off suspension.
Aug 26 - 10:31 PM

Chris Hogan caught 5-of-6 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown Friday night against the Panthers.

Hogan came out on fire, catching two passes for 23 yards on the Patriots' first drive. He did a nice job getting a step on Bene Benwikere a couple times, and Tom Brady hit him with a beautiful pass for a 33-yard touchdown over the corner in the second quarter. He should have had another long catch, but Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew him near the end of the first half. Hogan is up to nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in two preseason games. His role is still unclear, but it looks like he could be a big part of the offense.
Aug 26 - 10:29 PM




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