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Titans signed TE Orson Charles to the practice squad.

Charles, the 116th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Bengals, is still just 23 years old. He never found a role in Cincinnati, as the coaching staff couldn't decide whether to use Charles at tight end, fullback, or H-back. In Tennessee, he can develop under two former NFL tight ends in coach Ken Whisenhunt and TEs coach Mike Mularkey. Charles was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2011.
Sep 3 - 12:33 AM

Coach Dennis Allen said he saw a "different demeanor" out of Denarius Moore this summer, and believes Moore is "beginning to take that next step."

"D-Mo has really kind of gotten back to where he was maybe a couple of years ago when we first got here," Allen said. "He’s been a lot more consistent." Moore is penciled in as the Raiders' No. 3 receiver behind James Jones and Rod Streater. He'll serve as the deep threat, and is a good fit for rookie QB Derek Carr's cannon of an arm. Moore can run with the best of them, while Carr can chuck it deep. Moore has sneaky upside and is worth watching early on. The Raiders are going to be throwing the ball and playing catch-up a ton this season.
Sep 2 - 11:35 PM

Updating a previous item, Wes Welker's four-game suspension will start this week.

There was some chatter that Welker may be able to play Week 1, and have his suspension pushed back a week because the league didn't announce the ban early enough. That rumor lasted an hour. Welker will miss the opener against the Colts in addition to Denver's next three games. He'll be back Week 6. Andre Caldwell and/or Cody Latimer will see additional snaps in three-wide sets.
Sep 2 - 10:13 PM

Free agent RB Spencer Ware was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of DUI.

Ware was booked into jail in Kent, Washington at 3:21 AM. No other details are available. It's Ware's second DUI arrest in nine months; he was busted in January but had the charges dropped in July. Ware was part of Seattle's final cuts over the weekend. The 2013 sixth-rounder tried to make the switch from fullback.
Sep 2 - 9:43 PM

Free agent LB James Anderson worked out for the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Joining Anderson for the workout were free agent LBs Zac Diles, Moise Fokou, and Yawin Smallwood. Anderson, 31, was released by the Pats two weekends ago. He led the Bears in tackles in 2013 and is best in coverage, though he's really not great at anything. Arizona was likely just updating its emergency list.
Sep 2 - 9:25 PM

The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports the Broncos believe suspended WR Wes Welker will play Week 1 against the Colts.

Per Klis, the Broncos think they'll have Welker this week because "suspensions are never announced this late in week" with the "game plan" already "in place." Okay. It's only Tuesday. We're not sure what to make of this, as we've never seen a suspended player allowed to play because the suspension was announced on a certain day of the week. It would obviously be an immediate boost for fantasy owners, but Welker is still getting a four-game ban. He's simply either going to be back Week 6 or 7. We'll update when details are available.
Sep 2 - 9:09 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Giants are "working to sign" free agent OG Adam Snyder.

Snyder was released by the 49ers on Saturday. The 32-year-old has made 87 career starts, but has generally been bad for the past half-decade. With LG Geoff Schwartz (toe) sidelined, the Giants are looking for quality depth. Snyder would be nothing more than that as a versatile interior lineman.
Sep 2 - 8:37 PM

Mike Wallace expects to see a lot of Darrelle Revis in Sunday's Week 1 opener against the Patriots.

It remains to be seen whether the Patriots will task Revis with shadowing Wallace, but we'd imagine they will, especially with Brandon Browner suspended the first four games. They'll let Logan Ryan or Alfonzo Dennard handle Brian Hartline. While we like Wallace to bounce back this season in a far more creative offense under OC Bill Lazor, he's more WR3/4 than WR2/3 this week.
Sep 2 - 8:17 PM

49ers DE Ray McDonald's status for Sunday's opener "remains to be seen."

"(There's) due process," GM Trent Baalke said Tuesday. "We're still in fact-finding mode trying to get as much information as we can. We'll have more knowledge today and certainly more knowledge the next day, moving forward. Nothing's been determined at this point." Baalke also claimed the team would handle McDonald's discipline, not the NFL. The CBA dictates that the league handles discipline in cases like McDonald's. Much like they did with Aldon Smith last season, it sounds like the 49ers are going to let McDonald play Sunday.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 7:54 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter said Devin Hester will "definitely have a role in our offense."

Here we go again. The Bears tried off and on for eight years to square peg Hester into a round hole on offense, and he never managed more than four scores. Hester has two 500-yard seasons to his name. Perhaps he'll catch 20 balls as a situational deep threat. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 2 - 7:47 PM

Benny Cunningham is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and No. 2 running back on the Rams' updated depth chart.

The new depth chart was released Tuesday. Zac Stacy remains atop the tailback pecking order, while Cunningham will work in as a breather back and focus on special teams. Cunningham and Chris Givens will line up deep on kickoffs.
Sep 2 - 7:33 PM

Profootballtalk reports Wes Welker's positive test for amphetamines was the result of MDMA ("Molly") that had been "cut with amphetamines."

It's the same explanation Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick used for his positive PED test in August. "Molly" could be surpassing "Adderall" as the excuse du jour for those who run afoul of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. Currently recovering from a concussion, Welker can't return until Week 6, as Denver is on bye in Week 4. Emmanuel Sanders is now the clear No. 2 opposite Demaryius Thomas, with Cody Latimer and Andre Caldwell fighting for snaps as the No. 3.
Sep 2 - 7:17 PM

NFL suspended Broncos WR Wes Welker four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Welker's positive test was the result of amphetamines. That's different than the typical PED excuse, "Adderall." Welker won't be reinstated until Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4. It means Emmanuel Sanders is now locked in as the Broncos' No. 2 receiver opposite Demaryius Thomas, and that second-rounder Cody Latimer has bench-stash appeal as a WR5. Sanders should see significant time in the slot, with Latimer getting some run outside. It's worth noting that Latimer was behind veteran Andre Caldwell on the depth chart this preseason.

No. 2 overall pick G/T Greg Robinson will come off the bench to begin the season.

Robinson was beaten out for right-guard duties by May signee Davin Joseph. Robinson is listed as the top backup to both LT Jake Long and LG Rodger Saffold. His bench status is rather embarrassing for a team that had many other needs, but decided to go with the "best player available" at No. 2 overall. Robinson should make starts at some point in 2014.
Sep 2 - 6:49 PM

Reserve Cardinals OG Earl Watford has "dabbled" at right tackle.

Like fellow 2013 draftee Jonathan Cooper, Watford couldn't win a job along the interior in camp. Ted Larsen and Paul Fanaika are the Cardinals' starting guards. "It gives me more flexibility on the O-line, and it’s always good the more you know," Watford said of his reps at tackle. He's a deep reserve right now.
Sep 2 - 6:45 PM



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