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Allen Robinson caught 4-of-8 targets for 34 yards in the Jaguars' second preseason game.

Blake Bortles targeted Robinson deep down the left sideline on the Jaguars’ first drive, but the predictably errant pass was uncatchable. Robinson did come down with a wild Bortles pass into heavy traffic for an 11-yard gain and showed his RAC ability on a ten-yard bubble screen, but Bortles missed Robinson twice more on underthrows, bringing out the Jaguars’ boo birds. The good news is Bortles targeted Robinson relentlessly, sending 7-of-13 pass attempts in his direction. Nevertheless, it's a reminder that Robinson's fantasy value is at the mercy of a shot-confidence quarterback.
Aug 17 - 9:37 PM

Blake Bortles completed 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards in the Jaguars' second preseason game.

Bortles didn't commit any turnovers, but he came awfully close on several occasions. He also flat-out missed Allen Robinson on three and arguably four big-play chances, incessantly under- and over-throwing the Jaguars' top receiver when Robinson had created separation down the sidelines and over the middle. Bortles was booed repeatedly by the Jaguars' home crowd. Dealing with shot confidence, we'd bet against Bortles starting 16 games this season.
Aug 17 - 9:19 PM

Browns NT Danny Shelton will be sidelined 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.

Shelton was injured in Wednesday's practice. It doesn't appear that he's undergoing surgery. The 2015 first-rounder was a monster against the run last season after a rough rookie year. He's a critical part of the Browns' interior defense. Right now, he should be considered questionable for Week 1.
Aug 17 - 8:42 PM

TMZ Sports reports Raiders CB Sean Smith was arrested and charged with felony assault on Thursday.

The incident allegedly occurred over the July 4 holiday. Officials are saying Smith attacked hi sister's boyfriend, beating and stomping on the victim's head. Smith is officially being charged with "felony assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury." He could face up to seven years in prison. NFL Network reported earlier Thursday that Smith has been benched and lost his starting job to T.J. Carrie.
Source: TMZ Sports
Aug 17 - 8:41 PM

Tyrod Taylor completed 8-of-18 passes for 53 yards and two interceptions in Thursday's second preseason game.

Taylor's first interception came from a deflection on a blitz. His second was an underthrow on a broken play. Beyond the two interceptions, Taylor was under pressure on a large portion of his throws. This was not an encouraging outing from the Bills' first-team offense. Taylor's first game without Sammy Watkins was a disaster. It's going to be a trying year in Buffalo.
Aug 17 - 8:40 PM

Alshon Jeffery caught 2-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Eagles' second preseason game.

This was Jeffery's first time playing in a preseason game with the Eagles. His first two targets and only incompletions were bad overthrows by Wentz. Being targeted on nearly half of Wentz's pass attempts is a great sign for a player who has previously thrived off volume.
Aug 17 - 8:31 PM

Carson Wentz completed 6-of-9 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

After struggling on the first two drives, he proceeded to lead a 65-yard drive in a no-huddle offense which ended in a LeGarrette Blount fumble. Wentz calmed down after the first two drives, looking comfortable moving around the pocket and making plays in the face of pressure.
Aug 17 - 8:08 PM

DeVante Parker caught 1-of-4 targets for 16 yards in the Dolphins' second preseason game.

Parker drew four targets from Jay Cutler in only two drives. The stats don't pop on paper, but one of the duo's missed connections was a 31-yard completion called back by holding. Parker also muffed a screen on 3rd-and-forever. Frankly, Cutler looked to be playing pitch and catch with Parker like he did Alshon Jeffery in Chicago. The Dolphins have spent the entire offseason talking Parker up. They walked the walk on Thursday.
Aug 17 - 8:05 PM

Jay Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

The numbers don't tell the whole story, as Cutler had a 31-yard completion to DeVante Parker called back by penalty. The Dolphins also got trapped into a 3rd-and-27 thanks to a pair of holding calls. Cutler came out assertive, aggressively throwing the ball down the field and locking onto Parker like he was an Alshon Jeffery clone. It was two drives in a mid-August exhibition game, but it was promising. The Dolphins will remain run heavy, but their passing attack is going to look much different under aggressive Cutler than timid Ryan Tannehill.
Aug 17 - 7:37 PM

The Steelers hope to extend contract-year LE Stephon Tuitt before Week 1.

Owner Art Rooney II said so himself on Thursday. Coming off something of a breakout campaign, Tuitt is 24 years old heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He would be a strong candidate for the franchise tag next offseason if the Steelers can't get him locked up.
Aug 17 - 6:58 PM

Steelers second-round WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is day to day with a bone bruise in his knee.

It's not a major concern for the rookie wideout, but comes mere days after he returned from a concussion. The more practice time Smith-Schuster misses, the harder it will be to lock down No. 4 duties.
Aug 17 - 6:44 PM

Jay Ajayi (concussion) will start Thursday's preseason game.

In case you needed any more proof Ajayi is over his concussion. Kenyan Drake, however, is not, and will be sidelined.
Aug 17 - 5:39 PM

The Washington Post reports Jamison Crowder has "looked good" in practice, and considers him the No. 2 option behind Jordan Reed.

Per reporter Mike Jones, Crowder has been "winning matchups" with Josh Norman in practice. It's been a quiet summer for Crowder after he battled a hamstring injury, but there's no questioning his connection with Kirk Cousins. Terrelle Pryor has been producing practice highlights, but it's Crowder who will begin the year with the benefit of the doubt. He's an upside WR3 after finishing as the WR29 a season ago.
Aug 17 - 4:56 PM

Speaking about seventh-round RB Matt Dayes, Browns coach Hue Jackson said "he's flashed," and is "establishing himself as an every-down back."

Dayes was the second-to-last pick of April's draft. He rushed three times for nine yards and a touchdown in the Browns' preseason opener, and added three receptions for eight additional yards. Dayes was a true three-down back at NC State, but doesn't stand out in any one area. His NFL ceiling is probably that of a role player.
Aug 17 - 4:28 PM

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa will undergo surgery for the bulging disk in his neck next week.

As many former players can tell you, neck surgery is no laughing matter for an NFLer. The Jets pegged Enunwa's initial timeline at 6-9 months. It's unclear if that included surgery or not, but it likely did. Enunwa turns 26 next May, when he should be near the end of his recovery.
Aug 17 - 4:17 PM



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