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Mitchell Trubisky knows he still has "a lot of work to do."

Trubisky was the talk of the first preseason week after completing 18-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, but he is not getting too far ahead. "I was pleased with how I played," the rookie said, "but plenty more mistakes are going on during practice for me that I need to work on and continue to improve in my game." The Bears have been adamant about Mike Glennon starting all season, but their resolve will be tested if Trubisky continues to show well in the preseason.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 9:51 AM

Redskins ILB Zach Brown has been working with the first-team defense.

Will Compton and Mason Foster opened camp with the first-team and started the preseason opener, but Brown replaced Compton in the starting lineup during practice this week. The pecking order could certainly change again before Week 1 rolls around, but Brown offers more athleticism than the other two options, which could help him earn a starting role.
Aug 17 - 9:44 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reports LT Ereck Flowers had a rough practice on Monday.

Raanan writes Flowers had "five or six awful reps" which "several ex-NFL offensive linemen and some independent offensive line coaches" agreed were "brutal." One of those experts said the session was the, "Worst I’ve seen, period." The practice is not an aberration, either, as Flowers has consistently struggled throughout camp. The Giants bet on Flowers improving this offseason, but it looks like left tackle will once again be a huge area of concern.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 9:39 AM

Rams GM Les Snead said Tavon Austin (hamstring) will be "used very similarly" by the new coaching staff.

Austin was somewhat ridiculously pegged as a deep threat when new coach Sean McVay first came to town, but he has not been healthy long enough this offseason to really carve out a role. "We haven’t figured out how much he evolves as a receiver in this offense because he hasn’t had a chance to play," Snead said. "He threatens the opposing team in many different ways. We’ve just got to get him healthy." With Sammy Watkins now in the fold, Austin's chance at a meaningful role now looks even slimmer. He can be avoided in fantasy drafts.
Aug 17 - 9:30 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski does not expect Eagles CB Patrick Robinson to make the final roster.

Robinson opened the offseason program as a starter, but he has unsurprisingly struggled in camp. After the Eagles traded for Ronald Darby, Robinson is at best competing for a backup job if not his spot on the roster. Jalen Mills is likely to start opposite Darby.
Aug 17 - 9:15 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes Eagles WR Marcus Johnson is a "near-lock" for the roster.

Johnson's path to the roster became easier when the Eagles traded away Jordan Matthews, but he was likely ticketed for a spot either way after a solid offseason and start to camp. With injury risks and question marks ahead of them on the depth chart, Johnson and fourth-rounder Mack Hollins could find their way into some targets this season.
Aug 17 - 9:11 AM

Deshaun Watson said he feels in "control" of the offense.

"Honestly, in the spring I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming," Watson said. "But whenever I step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what they ask me to do and make good decisions, fast." After saying Watson was further ahead than any rookie quarterback he has been around, coach Bill O'Brien probably would not take much offense to the rookie's self-evaluation. Tom Savage remains the starter, but Watson looks like he will make a strong push for the job before Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 9:03 AM

Colts first-round FS Malik Hooker has missed the last week of practice with a shoulder injury.

Hooker has spent more time injured than healthy since being drafted by the Colts, recovering from shoulder and sports hernia surgeries during the offseason program and opening camp on the PUP with a hamstring issue. It is unclear if this shoulder injury has anything to do with the offseason surgery. The Colts need Hooker to contribute right away, but that will be tough after all this missed time.
Aug 17 - 8:56 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians questioned John Brown's place on the team if he is not able to overcome his sickle-cell issues.

Arians said he does not "have any choice" but to wait on Brown to fully recover from his quad injury, but even then the coach is not sure Brown will be able to contribute. "If he can’t run long enough (after he returns)," Arians said, "you’ve got to replace him." The coach has never been one to mince words, but this is a particularly harsh comment considering the illness with which Brown is battling. Still, Arians is clearly at his wit's end with his receiver group, and it would not be surprising if changes are on the horizon. Brown is a risky pick in the ninth round.
Aug 17 - 8:50 AM

Josh Doctson (hamstring) returned to Redskins practice on Wednesday.

"I'm good," he said. "It feels good." Doctson participated in individual drills, but he did not take part in full-squad work or one-on-ones, and he seems likely to miss another preseason game. Doctson needs to get his legs healthy and beneath him to win the Redskins' third receiver job over coaches pet Ryan Grant.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 8:38 PM

Both John Brown and coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Brown's sickle-cell trait is still an issue for Brown's health.

Brown has battled continued soft-tissue ailments, and says his sickle-cell trait slows the healing and recovery process. "That’s a fact," confirmed Arians. In such a violent sport where elite athletes are moving full speed in an open field, the ability to recover from injuries is absolutely critical for football-playing availability. Fantasy leaguers need to tread cautiously with Brown in drafts.
Aug 16 - 8:27 PM

Third-round pick Kenny Golladay worked primarily with the first-team offense for the first time in training camp Wednesday.

To this point, Golladay had practiced primarily with Jake Rudock and the second team. Golladay has outplayed second-team status, and is now getting a long look with the Matthew Stafford group. Beat writer Dave Birkett expects Golden Tate to move to slot receiver if Golladay wins a starting outside job across from Marvin Jones. Golladay remains a better Dynasty than re-draft investment, but it's past time we took him seriously as a 2017 fantasy factor.
Aug 16 - 8:20 PM

Paxton Lynch is "getting more first-team reps" this week.

This was expected with Lynch slated to start Denver's second preseason game. Reports from Broncos-49ers joint practices are that Lynch has looked terrible in full-squad sessions. We expect Trevor Siemian to be Denver's Week 1 starter.
Aug 16 - 7:25 PM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman (concussion) could return soon.

Freeman was placed in the concussion protocol early this week. He'll be evaluated over "the next couple days" before returning to practice. Freeman is out for the second preseason game, but his Week 1 status isn't in doubt.
Aug 16 - 7:20 PM

Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) has been cleared for team drills.

Verrett has been moved slowly after opening training camp on PUP. He sat out the preseason opener and isn't going to get many live reps. Coach Anthony Lynn expects Verrett to be ready for Week 1.
Aug 16 - 6:49 PM



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