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Raiders agreed to terms with LT Rodger Saffold, formerly of the Rams, on a five-year, $42.5 million contract.

Saffold gets $21 million guaranteed, an astronomical amount for a player who hasn't played a full 16-game season since his 2010 rookie year. The Raiders had to overpay to get Saffold to come to Oakland where he's going to play left tackle. Second-year OT Menelik Watson will try and fill in at right tackle.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Torrey Smith was not targeted in the 49ers' third preseason game.

Smith is a part of the 49ers' starting offense, but you wouldn't know it if you based your takes solely on preseason games. He's seen exactly one target through three exhibition affairs, and has a goose egg to show for it. Smith revealed this week that his 2015 effort sagged because he felt like Colin Kaepernick "wasn't looking for him." Blaine Gabbert isn't looking at Smith, either.
Aug 27 - 1:20 AM

Jared Cook caught 4-of-5 targets for 54 yards in the Packers' third preseason game Friday night.

Cook was a terrifying weapon for the 49ers' defense, shredding them down the seam between the twenties. Most importantly, Cook dominated first-team snaps, seeing 19-of-26 reps compared to just two for Richard Rodgers with the Aaron Rodgers group. Cook has always possessed a tantalizing size-speed combination, and has long been an inconsistent producer with technical flaws. He's late-round flyer material in hopes the light flipping on with Rodgers is real.
Aug 27 - 12:48 AM

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




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