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Coach Chip Kelly said Jordan Matthews will remain in the slot-role only, leaving Riley Cooper as the outside receiver opposite Jeremy Maclin.

Kelly said Cooper is playing well, though he's dropped a few passes and is averaging less than four catches and 31 yards per week with no scores. Matthews will continue to play between Maclin and Cooper because Kelly "wants that big, physical" slot presence. The rookie will see his 6-7 targets per game and remains a high-upside WR4. Owners will have to deal with inconsistency.
Oct 1 - 11:02 AM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Bishop Sankey will likely get more reps than he has all season against the Browns this week.

"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week." Sankey has actually led the Titans' running backs in snaps the past two weeks with 22 and 29, respectively, but they've been coming in the second half when the Titans have been getting plastered on the scoreboard. Whisenhunt is finally realizing Shonn Greene and Dexter McCluster aren't good. Sankey has managed 127 yards and one touchdown on 19 touches the past two weeks. Cleveland has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Sankey has RB2 upside.
Oct 1 - 10:49 AM

Tony Romo (back) will not practice Wednesday.

Why mess with what's working? Romo has sat out the last two Wednesdays, and he's posted passer ratings of 116.8 and 137.4 the past two weeks with the Cowboys 2-0. He'll be back on the field Thursday. Romo is a low-end QB1.
Oct 1 - 10:43 AM

Packers TEs coach Jerry Fontenot confirmed Brandon Bostick doesn't have a full grasp of the offense, which is why he isn't playing on Sundays.

"I need to feel more comfortable with the things we're doing in practice," Fontenot said. "I need to see that he's making split-second decisions, the right decisions. We're still getting there." Fontenot said if Bostick could run all of his snaps out of the slot as a pass-catcher, then he'd be playing. But the offense calls for tight ends to do more, like block, play in-line, line up at fullback and out wide. Bostick doesn't have it down. He remains a Dynasty hold, but nothing else.
Oct 1 - 10:33 AM

Coach Ron Rivera is hopeful Jonathan Stewart (knee) can play Week 5 against the Bears.

Stewart practiced on a limited basis last Friday before missing Sunday's loss to the Ravens. With DeAngelo Williams' ankle in a cast and out this week, the Panthers will hope Stewart can give it a go, even at less than 100 percent. If Stewart can play, it's a plus matchup, though we wouldn't expect him to carry a full load. Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya round out the depth chart.
Oct 1 - 10:08 AM

Texans released RB Ronnie Brown.

Brown, 32, appeared in two games for the Texans, rushing six times for four yards and catching one pass for five yards. Houston will move forward with Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes behind Arian Foster. Former No. 2 overall pick Brown's career is very likely over. He's just a veteran presence at this stage.
Oct 1 - 9:21 AM

DeAngelo Williams' ankle is in a hard cast.

This after he had the injured ankle in a walking boot earlier this week. It suggests Williams will certainly miss an extended period of time after he revealed to fans on Monday that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya are expected to handle backfield duties Week 5.
Oct 1 - 9:17 AM

Free agent S Chris Clemons worked out for the Falcons.

After losing SS William Moore (shoulder) to short-term I.R. this week, the Falcons are in dire need of safety help. For now, 2013 seventh-rounder Kemal Ishmael is expected to start next to FS Dwight Lowery. Clemons is probably the best safety on the street. He started 32-of-32 games for Miami from 2012-2013.
Oct 1 - 9:10 AM

After testing his injured thumb on Monday, Josh McCown plans to avoid surgery.

McCown says he's feeling better, but it may not really matter at this point. Mike Glennon led the Bucs to a comeback win over the Steelers last Sunday and may remain the team's starter, even though coach Lovie Smith is refusing to commit to him past Week 5. McCown remains week-to-week.
Oct 1 - 8:56 AM

Seahawks TE Luke Willson will start while Zach Miller (ankle) is sidelined.

Willson, a 2013 fifth-rounder, is a toolsy pass-catching prospect who goes 6'5/251 with 4.51 speed. He can certainly stretch the seam Monday night against a Redskins defense getting shredded by tight ends, but volume in this spread-the-wealth passing attack will be a concern. Willson's snaps also project to be limited by his deficiencies as a blocker. We'd rather take a shot on Austin Seferian-Jenkins as a TE1 streamer.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 30 - 11:36 PM

The Lions worked out free agent RBs Tashard Choice and Alex Green.

With Montell Owens (hamstring) placed on I.R., the Lions are updating their emergency list. In addition to hosting both running backs, the Lions also had WRs Damian Williams and Ramses Barden in for tryouts. Choice is 29.
Sep 30 - 8:53 PM

Lane Johnson was the Eagles' first-team right tackle in Tuesday's practice.

It's confirmation Johnson won't spend any time "getting up to speed" on the bench after he was suspended for the season's first four games. Johnson's return allows Todd Herremans to move back to right guard, greatly fortifying the Eagles' struggling line in the process. C Jason Kelce and LG Evan Mathis' absences will continue to loom large, however.
Sep 30 - 7:28 PM

Jerick McKinnon (ankle) remained limited on Tuesday.

There's been zero concern surrounding McKinnon's status on a short week. The Vikings are just managing his reps after he touched the ball 19 times in Sunday's win over the Falcons. McKinnon is an upside FLEX play for Week 5.
Sep 30 - 7:23 PM

Raiders owner Mark Davis admits he may contact ESPN's Jon Gruden about the team's coaching vacancy.

Davis also optimistically added that Gruden might contact him. Davis insisted the team's opening is an attractive one, bragging about salary-cap space and "some players." When quizzed about Reggie McKenzie's performance as general manager, Davis was a little more coy. "We'll find out," Davis told reporter Tim Kawakami. "Gotta win." Finally, Davis said he expects to have more involvement in the team's coaching search than when it hired Dennis Allen. It's going to be an interesting few months in Oakland.
Sep 30 - 6:38 PM

Giants released WR Mario Manningham with an injury settlement.

Manningham was on injured reserve with a calf issue. Not the same since tearing his ACL in 2012, Manningham will likely struggle to find a new home. Now 28, he caught 51 passes in 18 combined games for the 49ers in 2012-13.
Sep 30 - 6:27 PM



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