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Johnny Manziel opened Monday's training camp practice as the starting quarterback.

Manziel has previously been getting first-team reps behind Brian Hoyer, but today was the first time the rookie was the first quarterback on the field. It was planned but notable nonetheless. The Browns are going to give Manziel an opportunity to win the job. The Akron Beacon-Journal reported over the weekend that Manziel was actually "narrowing the gap" on Hoyer, though some believe that report may be "media driven." We still consider Hoyer the favorite to start the opener. Manziel will have to make his move with impressive preseason play.
Aug 4 - 10:54 AM

Pierre Thomas (ribs, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Thomas is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. Travaris Cadet will see an increased role in the passing game. Khiry Robinson (forearm) also missed practice Wednesday, though his injury isn't believed to be serious. Cadet is worth looking at in deeper PPR leagues after producing a 15-129-1 receiving line the past two weeks.
Oct 22 - 4:21 PM

Anthony Dixon said he expects to "kinda do it together, as a combination" with Bryce Brown in the Bills' backfield.

Again, this isn't unexpected. The Bills are going to go into Week 8 against the Jets with an open mind. Dixon will likely get the start in the Fred Jackson role, with Brown coming in as the change-of-pace speed complement, a la C.J. Spiller. From there, the Bills may gradually work to a hot-hand approach. If it comes to that, we'd expect Brown to be the superior option based solely on talent. It may take a week or two for it to get sorted out, but Brown offers the highest upside.
Oct 22 - 2:53 PM

Coach Rex Ryan said it's "unrealistic" to expect Percy Harvin to play 50 offensive snaps in his Jets' debut Week 8 against the Bills.

Harvin will return kickoffs and possibly punts, but he doesn't know OC Marty Mornhinweg's offense. The Jets will have a couple packages for Harvin on offense, but he's unlikely to play more than 25-30 snaps. It may take a few weeks before Harvin becomes usable in fantasy lineups. It'll be Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley gobbling up the bulk of the work and targets at receiver Sunday.
Oct 22 - 2:34 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said "it'll be a week-to-week thing" at running back for the Rams.

"Zac [Stacy] could get 25 carries this week," Fisher continued. "We had some things in early this week. It was working so we decided to stay with [Tre Mason]. It’s nothing that Zac has done or hasn’t done." Fisher clearly hates fantasy football. He's also never been a coach who favors a committee approach in the backfield. Most weeks, it's going to either be Mason or Stacy. And beat writer Nick Wagoner expects Mason to get the first look Week 8 against the Chiefs.
Oct 22 - 2:05 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano said Reggie Wayne (elbow) is day-to-day.

"Nothing of significance there," Pagano added. Wayne sat out practice on Wednesday, as he normally does, so we'll have to wait until Thursday for any real substantial update. It's possible Wayne doesn't even practice much, if at all, this week. At 35 years old, Wayne doesn't need to practice to play on Sundays.
Oct 22 - 1:54 PM

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington reports there's "NO chance" Robert Griffin III (ankle) plays Monday night's Week 8 game against the Cowboys.

RGIII took the first rep at Wednesday's practice, but the Redskins don't start their official practice week until Thursday this week because of Monday night's game. Coach Jay Gruden made Colt McCoy instead of RGIII available to the media, and said he wants to have a starter in place by Thursday afternoon, suggesting it will be McCoy. RGIII will shoot for a Week 9 return at Minnesota.
Oct 22 - 1:49 PM

A.J. Green (toe) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Green is improving, however. He did some light jogging and high-stepping on a side field Wednesday. We'd like to see him get in at least a limited session Thursday or Friday if he's going to play Week 8 against the Ravens. The Bengals' offense went down the tubes last week in Indianapolis minus Green.
Oct 22 - 1:19 PM

Updating a previous item, Calvin Johnson (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Megatron did nothing in the portion of practice open to the media, but apparently did individual drills of some sort when the beat writers left. "I'm getting better; I'll tell you that much," Johnson said. "Moving around a lot more, so I'm feeling good." We still consider Johnson unlikely to play Week 8 vs. Atlanta.
Oct 22 - 12:36 PM

Anthony Dixon was working as the Bills' starting running back at Wednesday's practice.

Dixon ran with Kyle Orton's group, while Bryce Brown worked alongside E.J. Manuel with the No. 2 offense. It's not a huge surprise, as Dixon has been ahead of Brown on the depth chart all season. And we project this backfield to open as a timeshare in Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller's absence. But we still prefer Brown as the add off the waiver wire, though both need to be owned. Brown can hit the home run, while Dixon is merely a plodder who's going to average 3.5-4.0 YPC. Both backs have a tough matchup Week 8 against the Jets, anyway.
Oct 22 - 12:26 PM

49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee, NFI) has been cleared to practice next Monday when the team returns from its bye week.

It'll be the first time he's been cleared to practice since wrecking his knee on October 27, 2012 at South Carolina. "I’m still going through the process. But I feel great," Lattimore said. "It's been a long road." Once Lattimore steps on the practice field, it will start a 21-day clock for him to either be activated or shut down for the remainder of the season. He's determined to play in 2014, but it remains to be seen if it'll happen. Lattimore says he feels better than ever. He'll turn 23 next Wednesday. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter free agents after the season, Carlos Hyde and Lattimore could be the 2015 tandem.
Oct 22 - 11:13 AM

CSN Philly reports Darren Sproles (knee) "appears likely" to play Week 8 against the Cardinals.

After initially fearing a torn ACL, Sproles says he "felt pretty good" at Tuesday's practice. An MRI last week revealed no structural damage and just a mildly sprained MCL. Arizona is yielding the second-fewest PPR points to opposing running backs. At less than 100 percent and seeing just 5.5 touches per game over the past four, there will be better options than Sproles for your FLEX spot.
Source: CSN Philly
Oct 22 - 10:54 AM

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