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ESPN's Jim Trotter reports Anquan Boldin has elected to retire.

He lasted 13 days after signing a one-year deal. After the Bills made the unprecedented maneuver to trade both their best wide receiver AND cornerback just weeks before the start of the season, 37-year-old Boldin decided it wasn't worth it staying in Buffalo anymore. He had been running with the first-team offense. The Bills are left with Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews with Andre Holmes and Rod Streater behind them. We wouldn't be surprised if Boldin resurfaced with a team in a few weeks. We would be surprised if the Bills won more than a handful of games this season. The new regime is off to a rocky start.
Aug 20 - 8:14 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in his preseason debut Sunday.

Still "conditionally suspended" but by all accounts on track for a full return, Bryant made his preseason debut with Josh Dobbs at quarterback. Bryant lost three yards on the first drive of the game, but flashed his big-play ability on a 20-yard reception down the sideline. Bryant played into the third quarter and looked good out there. He is a fringe third-/fourth-round target in non-PPR leagues and a fourth-/fifth-rounder in PPR.
Aug 20 - 7:20 PM

Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night.

After a shoulder injury hobbled him for the first two weeks of camp, Conner worked behind Fitzgerald Toussaint on Sunday and has yet to earn the Steelers’ No. 2 back job. He dropped two passes and didn’t get rolling as a runner until Atlanta’s third-string defense came in, blew a chance at a huge run by falling down in the backfield, and failed to stay in bounds on a play where he needed to late in the fourth quarter. A third-round pick out of Pittsburgh, Conner’s job security is shaky. He should be given another long look in the Steelers’ third preseason game as Le’Veon Bell’s holdout continues, perhaps even getting some first-team reps with the Ben Roethlisberger group.
Aug 20 - 7:17 PM

Steelers NT Javon Hargrave suffered a concussion in the team's second preseason game.

A third-round steal out of small-school South Carolina State last year, Hargrave quickly emerged as an impact presence on the interior of Pittsburgh's line. He should be considered week to week, but probable to play in Week 1.
Aug 20 - 5:55 PM

The Denver Post believes Paxton Lynch may have already lost the Broncos' quarterback derby to Trevor Siemian.

The fact of the matter is Siemian has at least shown some ability to move the offense, while Lynch has not. "I saw Paxton make some plays with his legs, which he should. He’s an athlete," coach Vance Joseph said. "And Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions, his ball-placement was on point tonight, he controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor." Siemian has a limited ceiling, but he gives the Broncos their best chance to win.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 20 - 5:47 PM

Redskins activated TE Jordan Reed (toe) off the active/PUP list.

Dealing with a toe sprain, Reed recently tried out new orthotics in his shoe which he seems to believe are working. He is now eligible to resume practicing with the team. The Redskins' next practice isn't until Wednesday. If Reed gets through the week unscathed, we could see him make a cameo appearance in Washington's regular season dress rehearsal next weekend.
Aug 20 - 4:50 PM

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Sunday that Corey Davis (hamstring) remains on track to play in a preseason game.

He's missed the Titans' first two preseason games with a hamstring injury after recovering from ankle surgery all spring. Nevertheless, Mularkey said Davis' recovery is "ahead of schedule." If Davis can shake the injury bug, he will offer the highest fantasy football ceiling in Tennessee's receiver corps.
Aug 20 - 4:07 PM

Bengals released DT Brandon Thompson.

A run stuffer, Thompson has been beset by repeated injuries over the past two seasons, losing his effectiveness. The Bengals also waived WR Karel Hamilton and RB Stanley Williams, neither of whom made any headway in camp.
Aug 20 - 3:36 PM

The Florida Times Union wonders whether Brandon Allen could enter the mix for the Jaguars' starting quarterback job.

A second-year sixth-round pick out of Arkansas, Allen has moved the Jaguars' offense better than Blake Bortles and Chad Henne this preseason, albeit against second- and third-team defenses. While beat writer Ryan O'Halloran considers Allen starting "unlikely because this regime is all about winning Week 1," O'Halloran does acknowledge "stranger things have happened." Allen should play almost the entire game in the Jags' preseason finale.
Aug 20 - 3:22 PM

Mike Wallace sounded optimistic and confident Joe Flacco (back) will be able to practice before Week 1.

Flacco has already been ruled out for practice all of next week. "Joe is a vet. He has been 10 years in the game," Wallace said. "He has won Super Bowls, he has been in every situation. He might need to knock a little rust off, but hopefully we can knock that out in those days of practice before Week 1. ... He will be fine." Flacco remains a better than 50:50 bet to be ready for Week 1, but there's no telling what effects his back injury will have on his performance and/or going-forward durability.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 2:31 PM

Manti Te'o is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker.

Beat writer Nick Underhill anticipates Te'o starting in the Saints' base defense, then leaving the field on passing downs. Saints linebackers always offer theoretical IDP upside due to increased tackle opportunities, but Te'o's two-down role severely curbs his ceiling. He is also likely to be a liability enemy offenses attack with tight ends and running backs on early-down passes.
Aug 20 - 2:22 PM

Jordan Matthews (chest) caught passes during individual drills at Sunday's practice.

He had a helmet on but wasn't wearing pads. Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum at his first Bills practice last Sunday but is already on the mend. The Bills are going to take things slow with Matthews but it looks like the slot receiver will be ready for Week 1.
Aug 20 - 12:48 PM

Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson (groin) expects to return to practice next week.

He must have gotten good news from his MRI. We may not see him in any more preseason games, but Dotson should be ready to roll for Week 1 against Miami.
Aug 20 - 12:18 PM

Patriots LB Elandon Roberts bruised his ribs in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

The injury looked much worse as Roberts had to be carted off. X-rays came back negative, and he escaped with just a bad bruise. Roberts struggled in coverage but earned positive grades as a pass-rusher and run-stopper in PFF's grades last season.
Aug 20 - 12:13 PM

When asked if Rod Streater (leg) will require surgery, Bills coach Sean McDermott said "we're weighing our options."

The Bills have been mum on Streater's status since he went down with a leg/foot injury in Thursday's preseason loss to Philadelphia. Buffalo did waive WR/TE Jason Croom over the weekend, which could be a sign that Streater's injury won't be a long-term issue. Streater had been showing well at Bills camp before his injury, but is probably no better than fourth on the team's wide receiver depth chart.
Aug 20 - 12:02 PM



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