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Leonard Fournette (foot) expects to be ready for Week 1.

This is good news for their workhorse back. Foot and ankle injuries clearly hindered Fournette's rushing ability in his last season at LSU making this injury something to keep an eye on.
Aug 19 - 12:53 PM

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) says he expects to be ready for Week 1.

This is a great sign for Lee, who was previously thought to have a high-ankle sprain. He is already out of a walking boot and no longer needs crutches. Lee was by far the most efficient player for the Jaguars on short passes last season and an important part of their offense.
Aug 19 - 12:15 PM

Maxx Williams caught 2-of-3 targets for 48 yards in Thursday's second preseason game.

Williams looked explosive on his 40-yard catch and run on a play-action bootleg. The former second-round pick has struggled to contribute early, but he recently received the support of coach John Harbaugh, who called him "a sneaky athlete." It is unclear if he is also a gritty gamer with a high football IQ. With not much at the position besides 36-year-old Ben Watson, Williams will have the opportunity to be the starting tight end if he continues to make big plays.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 12:05 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott said the team is not moving second-round pick Dion Dawkins to left tackle.

Considering Seantrel Henderson is suspended the first five games of the season, that suggests the Bills are confident Cordy Glenn (foot) will be back before Week 1. Glenn received an injection in his foot last week, and McDermott is "optimistic" he will be back on the field soon. Dawkins is competing with Jordan Mills at right tackle.
Aug 19 - 11:40 AM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports E.J. Manuel has "taken a lead over Connor Cook" in the Raiders' backup quarterback competition.

Coach Jack Del Rio points to Manuel "doing a little more" to deserve the backup role, but he went on to say the "race remains open though." Winning the backup job would be a step in the right direction for the former first-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:18 AM

Redskins coaches like how Samaje Perine responded following a disappointing preseason opener.

Perine fumbled, dropped a pass, and struggled in pass protection in his first NFL game, but he apparently bounced back with a strong week of practice. Still, the coaching staff wants to see how he reacts in another game situation Saturday night. Perine remains well behind Rob Kelley, but he still has time to close the gap.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:17 AM

Vikings third-round pick Pat Elflein will likely open the season as the starting center.

He had been battling with Nick Easton for the job, but Elflein got the nod in the second preseason game with Easton filling in for Alex Boone at left guard. Even with Boone out, the Vikings' line looked much better than a season ago against a tough Seahawks front. If that improvement continues into the regular season, it could mean big things for Dalvin Cook, who also stood out on Friday night.
Aug 19 - 11:09 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein believes Ameer Abdullah will top 1,000 yards rushing this season if he stays healthy.

The if he stays healthy sounds like a big qualifier after last season, but Abdullah played all 16 games as a rookie despite suffering a shoulder injury late in the year and did not have injury issues in college. Rothstein admits touchdowns could be a concern and Theo Riddick will steal work in the passing game, but 1,000 yards would still be an accomplishment after just 12 backs managed the feat last season. Abdullah does not have the upside of people like Doug Martin or Mark Ingram, but he is still a fine pick in the fifth round.
Source: ESPN
Aug 19 - 11:01 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes Bills second-year LB Reggie Ragland may be a trade candidate.

This wouldn't be surprising as Ragland has been demoted to the third team and isn't a good fit in Buffalo's 4-3 defense. It has been a disappointing start to Ragland's career thus far.
Aug 19 - 10:51 AM

T.J. Yeldon exited the second preseason game with a hamstring injury.

The severity of the injury is not known, but it is another setback for a player who has struggled with injuries throughout his short career and sat out the entire offseason program with an ankle issue. Yeldon's spot as the third-down back is likely secure, but that could change if he is not able to get and stay healthy.
Aug 19 - 10:48 AM

Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo suggested MLB B.J. Goodson will be a true three-down middle linebacker.

NJ Advance Media's James Kratch got the impression Goodson "may not leave the field much." Goodson established himself as a leader on defense this offseason, being "vocal and physical" and "taking command." Goodson will have a chance to make a big impact on an elite defense.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 19 - 10:20 AM

Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Friday night that LT George Fant (ACL) is done for the season.

Carroll called it a "significant" ACL injury, and suggested there may have been more ligament damage. The injury indeed looked brutal on the field. The Seahawks turned to sometimes guard Rees Odhiambo as their first-team left tackle in Fant's absence. They could also look at LG Luke Joeckel as a left guard alternative, or give un-retired free agent Branden Albert a phone call.
Aug 19 - 1:51 AM

Seahawks seventh-round RB Chris Carson turned six carries into 27 yards and one catch into 17 yards in Friday night's preseason game.

While Eddie Lacy plodded his way to 23 yards on seven touches, Carson exploded for 44 yards on his seven opportunities and looked clearly to be the more determined downhill back. Carson essentially earned an RBBC with Lacy, playing 9-of-22 snaps with the Russell Wilson first-team offense compared to Lacy's 13 first-team plays. Carson has played himself onto the radar in re-draft leagues.
Aug 19 - 12:25 AM

Kasen Williams caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards and one touchdown in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

Building on his 4-119 line from last week, Williams ran exclusively with the Russell Wilson group, playing 11 of the first 15 snaps while making a 27-yard one-handed catch in Xavier Rhodes' coverage before then nabbing a one-yard touchdown on a fade. Williams could (should) have had another touchdown but dropped a 45-yarder that hit him in the belly. Williams is passing Jermaine Kearse for No. 4 receiver duties behind Doug Baldwin, Paul Richardson, and Tyler Lockett, and both Richardson and Lockett have big durability concerns.
Aug 19 - 12:17 AM

Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-5 targets for 65 yards in the Vikings' second preseason game against the Seahawks.

Minnesota's starters played the bulk of the first half. Diggs' big gain was a 39-yard catch-and-run where he got behind Earl Thomas, beating zone coverage. Diggs has had a quiet summer, sort of lurking in the tall grass, but he has massive upside, especially in PPR leagues as long as his health cooperates. Diggs is a legit talent who has 90-plus catches upside this season.
Aug 19 - 12:06 AM



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