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ESPN's Dianna Russini reports talks between the Saints and free agent Jimmy Graham have "stalled."

Per Russini, both sides remain hopeful of getting a deal done. The Packers reportedly maintain interest. Graham should be signing on someone's dotted line by Wednesday evening.
Mar 13 - 2:09 PM

Jerry Jones said Jason Garrett will not take over play-calling duties from OC Scott Linehan.

Dallas' offense has been putrid since the halfway point of last season, and they have shown no signs of improvement so far this year. Even so, Jones said "there have not been any discussions or plans" to make a change at play caller. It looks like Garrett will have to use the power of the clap to get things turned around.
Sep 25 - 10:19 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports Vikings DE Everson Griffen is undergoing an evaluation at a local hospital.

Pelissero reports Griffen has been "battling a serious, mental health-related issue for weeks." That issue apparently manifested itself when Griffen allegedly threatened to shoot someone at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday. The Vikings released a statement on Monday saying they "are currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."
Sep 25 - 9:42 AM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud wrote it "seems unlikely" Jameis Winston starts this week against the Bears.

Winston is eligible to return from his three-game suspension, but it does not appear as if a starting job is waiting for him following Ryan Fitzpatrick's hot start. "Jameis is a member of our team and anxious to get him back," coach Dirk Koetter said after the game on Monday night. "And I know Jameis, whatever role he ends up in, I know Jameis will embrace that role and give it everything he's got." The last line tells the story, and that tale is one in which Fitzpatrick remains the starter for at least another week. It would be a surprise if that is not confirmed on Tuesday.
Sep 25 - 9:35 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) said he is "way ahead of the curve" in his recovery.

Olsen missed nine games after suffering a foot injury last season. He does not know when he will be back this time around, but he expects it to be much sooner than that. "Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn't do anything," Olsen said. "What that time frame is, we're optimistic. Hopefully, it's sooner rather than later." The Panthers are on bye this week before facing the Giants in Week 5.
Source: ESPN
Sep 25 - 9:30 AM

James Conner rushed 15 times for 61 yards and added five catches for 34 yards in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Bucs.

The Steelers had a chance to establish Conner even further with a 30-10 lead heading into the third quarter, but were ultimately forced to try and match the Bucs' second-half onslaught and stick to passing against Tampa Bay's funnel defense. Conner was still involved out of the backfield, hauling in 5-of-6 targets on the day. With no real threat behind him, Conner remains a usage-based RB1 no matter the matchup.
Sep 25 - 12:51 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 9-of-11 targets for 116 yards in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.

It was just another 100-plus yard evening for Smith-Schuster, who's up to 27-356-1 on 38 targets this season. He also helped notched the game on the Steelers' final drive, separating from his defender and getting loose over the middle to bring down Ben Roethlisberger's across-the-body heave and secure Pittsburgh's 30-27 win. JuJu has now scored a touchdown and/or eclipsed the 100-yard mark in seven consecutive games. He's an every-week matchup-proof WR2.
Sep 25 - 12:39 AM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-5 targets for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 3 victory over the Buccaneers.

McDonald ran more routes than teammate Jesse James in Week 2, but it was the latter who still finished with better receiving numbers (5-138-1). That wasn't the case Monday night as Ben Roethlisberger hit McDonald in-stride during the team's third possession and watched him bulldoze (literally) his way through Bucs S Chris Conte and scamper down the sideline for a 75-yard score. Although James is technically considered Pittsburgh's blocking tight end, McDonald quietly graded better than James in run-blocking (per PFF) just last year. McDonald was talked about highly throughout offseason activities and training camp and, barring health, could easily emerge as an every-down tight end.
Sep 25 - 12:23 AM

Antonio Brown hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 50 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.

Backed by a strong "squeaky wheel" narrative, Brown underwhelmed (by his standards) with merely six catches for 50 yards Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger hit him for a 27-yard touchdown prior to the half, which ultimately salvaged his day. Brown should still be considered fantasy's overall WR1, but the emergence of receiving TE Vance McDonald (4-112-1 Monday night) and JuJu Smith-Schuster's constant peppering of targets (11 against the Bucs) are both slightly concerning. Brown still ranks second in the league with 42 targets and is eventually bound to explode, perhaps even as soon as Week 4 when the Steelers host an injury-riddled Ravens defense.
Sep 25 - 12:09 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Week 3 victory over the Buccaneers.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense shook off a quick three-and-out and interception during their first two possessions to eventually take a 30-10 lead into the half. Big Ben's first touchdown was a YAC-filled 75-yard touchdown pass over the middle to emerging starter Vance McDonald, followed by touchdowns to Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer before heading to the locker room. Pittsburgh was shutout in the second half, but Roethlisberger did enough damage early on to finish as the week's QB10. The Steelers have a divisional showdown next Sunday night against a Ravens defense that could be without both CB Jimmy Smith and LB C.J. Mosley.
Sep 24 - 11:57 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in league history to pass for 400 yards in three consecutive games. The night started slow for Fitzmagic and the Bucs' offense, who went into the half trailing 30-10. Tampa Bay rallied and scored the final 17 points of the evening, though, falling just one Ben Roethlisberger scramble-and-heave to JuJu Smith-Schuster away from getting the ball back and potentially pulling off the comeback win. Fitzpatrick has been absurd through three games, totaling 1,230 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and four picks. With Jameis Winston set to return, only time will tell whether the record book's newest member will have a starting gig in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 11:38 PM

ABC 5 reports Vikings DE Everson Griffen threatened to shoot someone at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday.

The Vikings released a cryptic statement about an incident involving Griffen, and it appears as if this is what they were referencing. According to police reports, a person at Hotel Ivy was threatening to shoot someone during the day on Saturday. KSTP reports the person doing the threatening was Griffen. Police did not find a gun when they reported to the scene, and no one was arrested. Even so, this incident could land him in hot water with the league if it is true. Griffen was inactive on Sunday because of a knee injury.
Source: KSTP.com
Sep 24 - 9:44 PM




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