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Titans released QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

We knew this one was coming, but it's still a head scratcher. Fitzpatrick is not quite a starting-caliber quarterback, but is a high-end backup, one capable of winning games. That's important for a team with one of the league's most brittle starters, but instead the Titans are going with an embarrassingly bad Charlie Whitehurst. Fitzpatrick was due just $2.75 million in 2014, so it's not about money. The Titans like Checkdown Charlie's experience in coach Ken Whisenhunt's system, but they're not going to like the chance he gives them to win if he's forced to play. Fitz vaults to the top of a weak quarterback class.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 03:27:00 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says his running back usage will be game-plan specific.

Whiz doesn't like his running back corps, so he's trying to become an amateur Bill Belichick. Bishop Sankey will presumably be the lead back when the Titans try to go uptempo, and David Cobb when Whiz decides he needs to ground-and-pound. Dexter McCluster and Antonio Andrews will mix in at miscellaneous intervals. We (slightly) prefer Cobb to Sankey in fantasy, but neither is more than an RB3.
Sep 4 - 4:12 PM

Cardinals acquired QB Matt Barkley from the Eagles in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.

The "condition" is Philadelphia gets a seventh-round pick if Barkley is on Arizona's roster for six games this year. The Cardinals' interest in Barkley has been rumored since he came out of USC, but Arizona brass didn't deem Barkley worthy of a day-two draft pick at that time. He went 98th overall to Philadelphia in 2013 and has since disappointed in preseason games. Barkley was probably going to get cut by the Eagles, perhaps in favor of Tim Tebow. In Arizona, weak-armed and barely-mobile Barkley will likely open the season on the third string behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Barkley trade bodes poorly for Logan Thomas' chances of making the Cardinals' 53.
Sep 4 - 3:56 PM

Duke Johnson remains in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Coach Mike Pettine said Friday that Johnson would "absolutely" play in Week 1 if he's cleared by then, but there was no real update with Johnson having yet to pass all his tests. Isaiah Crowell will be the Browns' Week 1 starter. The Browns would likely mix in Johnson sparingly if he's active against the Jets.
Sep 4 - 3:30 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien is unsure if Jadeveon Clowney (knee) will be on a snap count in the opener.

The implication being, not only will Clowney be active, he could be full steam. It's the best-case scenario for Clowney after he was held out of practice until August 20. Ultimately, a snap count is likely, but Clowney's recovery appears to be exceeding the Texans' expectations. If Clowney can simply resemble the form that made him the top pick of last year's draft, the Texans are going to have one of the league's most terrifying pass rushing duos.
Sep 4 - 3:11 PM

Bucs placed WR Kenny Bell on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

It's a bitter disappointment for a day-three pick who entered the league on a wave of momentum. Nebraska's all-time leading receiver, Bell tore up the Combine, and had an inside track on No. 3 duties. He missed the Bucs' final two preseason games, however, and wasn't shining in practice. Now set to "redshirt" his rookie year, Bell won't be guaranteed a roster spot in 2016.
Sep 4 - 2:53 PM

LeSean McCoy (hamstring) returned to individual drills at Bills practice on Friday.

While he hasn't yet progressed to team drills, this is a positive sign for McCoy's Week 1 availability. We'll monitor his participation throughout next week. Karlos Williams (abdomen) also returned to individual drills on Friday and would be in the mix for carries if McCoy couldn't play against the Colts.
Sep 4 - 2:42 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan remains cautiously optimistic that LeSean McCoy (ankle) will be ready for next Sunday's opener.

"I'm hoping that he’ll be available to us," Ryan said. The ol' ball coach also shot down reports that Shady is dealing with a tear. "Apparently, that person knows more than I do." McCoy's status is far from clear, but the tea leaves suggest he'll be ready to go against Indy. If not, Week 2 would be realistic.
Sep 4 - 2:07 PM

Texans waived NT Louis Nix.

Nix was the 83rd overall pick in last year's draft. He never played a down for the Texans after missing his entire rookie season with a wrist injury. The Texans then signed Vince Wilfork this offseason and drafted NT Christian Covington.
Sep 4 - 12:58 PM

Cardinals waived RB Robert Hughes.

Hughes is an interesting cut by the Cardinals because he was constantly talked up as being "locked in" as the short-yardage back. Far from a special talent, Hughes averaged just 1.9 YPC on 13 totes this preseason after chugging along to 11 yards on seven carries last season. Andre Ellington, rookie David Johnson, and Chris Johnson will handle backfield duties for the Cardinals.
Sep 4 - 12:37 PM

Falcons acquired LG Andy Levitre from the Titans in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick and 2017 conditional pick.

Good job by Titans GM Ruston Webster to find someone to take on Levitre's contract AND get something in return. Levitre was signed to a six-year, $46.8 million contract in 2013 but wasn't a fit in coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense. He was replaced at left guard by fellow veteran Byron Bell. Levitre is still just 29 and had a ton of success in Buffalo before Tennessee. Going back to a zone-blocking scheme like Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan's should help a lot. Levitre should step right into the lineup ahead of Mike Person. The rest of the Falcons' line: LT Jake Matthews, C Joe Hawley, RG Chris Chester, RT Ryan Schraeder.
Sep 4 - 12:22 PM

49ers released DT Darnell Dockett.

This is our first surprise cut of the weekend. Dockett was signed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract that included $2 million guaranteed in April. He was supposed to help replace retired DE Justin Smith. Dockett had been operating as a sub-package pass rusher in camp and preseason, but apparently wasn't showing much coming off his 2014 torn ACL. Dockett turned 34 earlier this year.
Sep 4 - 11:01 AM




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