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After making vague comments in Thursday's presser, Bills coach Sean McDermott clarified that Tyrod Taylor's starting job is safe.

"Well, we're always going to evaluate everything," were McDermott's initial words. Anyone who has ever followed football knows what that means. Afterward, however, McDermott told both ABC Buffalo and the Buffalo News that he wasn't considering a change at quarterback. All we really know is, Taylor will be under center Week 1, but he's going to be on the hot seat.
Aug 17 - 11:44 PM

Speaking after Thursday's preseason game, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Blake Bortles at quarterback, and said he's competing with Chad Henne.

"It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense," Marrone began. "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it. ... (Bortles has) got to go earn it." Marrone refused to even shut the door on third-stringer Brandon Allen. They're the comments of a desperate man following a fiasco of a performance from Bortles on Thursday. Bortles seems to have regressed instead of progressed on his dismal 2016, showing stunningly awful ball placement while looking like a quarterback lacking for confidence. Henne was scarcely better, but Marrone could probably convince himself Henne is more manageable than Bortles' unwieldy motion.
Aug 17 - 11:30 PM

Speaking after Thursday night's preseason game, Jay Cutler called DeVante Parker a "faster Alshon."

"Alshon," of course, is Cutler's old battery mate in Chicago, Alshon Jeffery. Cutler certainly targeted Parker like his new version of Jeffery on Thursday night, sending a team-high four attempts in Parker's direction during Cutler's time under center and hitting Parker twice for big plays, one of which was negated by penalty. Parker will indeed take a third-year leap if Cutler is willing to pepper him with targets in tight coverage.
Aug 17 - 11:11 PM

Bills coach Sean McDermott was noncommittal on Tyrod Taylor's starting job following Thursday night's preseason game.

"Well, we're always going to evaluate everything," said McDermott, who praised fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman for being "decisive" in Thursday night's exhibition game against the Eagles. Meanwhile, Taylor threw two interceptions in six possessions. Having traded away Sammy Watkins, the Bills' offense is no longer built to suit Tyrod's strengths. We suspect Taylor will still start in Week 1, but he may enter the season on a short leash.
Aug 17 - 10:58 PM

Chad Henne completed 6-of-10 passes for 44 yards in the Jaguars' second preseason game Thursday night.

Henne didn't do anything on the field to distinguish himself, but it's important to note that the Jaguars left their first-team offensive line and receivers in the game when Henne entered late in the first half, and left them in with Henne fairly deep into the second half. The decision to do so suggests the Jaguars are at least considering the possibility they'll have to turn to Henne as a better option than struggling Blake Bortles.
Aug 17 - 10:42 PM

Terrance West rushed six times for two yards in the Ravens' second preseason game.

West "added" a six-yard reception. They're horrific stats, but it's hard to place too much of the blame on West, whom the Dolphins were ready to swallow up with Ryan Mallett presenting zero downfield threat in the passing game. West, who will be the Ravens' early-down back for at least Weeks 1-4, now has 11 carries for 25 yards this summer. A tackle-breaker, he'll be better once the lights come on, though Baltimore's offensive line is extremely banged up.
Aug 17 - 10:38 PM

Ryan Mallett completed 13-of-22 passes for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Ravens' second preseason game.

Mallett played the entire first half. He was actually worse than his abysmal numbers, showing truly disastrous ball placement as he tried to check the ball down to running backs. He could have thrown at least 1-2 more interceptions. Mallett, who plays with zero feel or creativity, simply doesn't have "it." He's now 22-of-40 (55 percent) for 171 yards (4.28 YPA), one touchdown and two picks this summer. No team can afford to lose its starting quarterback, but the Ravens' season will be over if Joe Flacco does down at any point in 2017. They need an upgrade at their No. 2 spot.
Aug 17 - 10:09 PM

Bills WR Rod Streater was carted off with a left leg injury in Buffalo's second preseason game.

While catching a pass in the fourth quarter Streater twisted his leg and was unable to make it off the field under his own power. He had two catches for 40 yards until that point. Streater was drawing rave reviews early in camp.
Aug 17 - 10:06 PM

Danny Woodhead touched the ball once in Baltimore's second preseason game.

Woodhead rushed once for two years. He was actually targeted three times by Ryan Mallett, but Mallett's ball placement was an utter disaster, even on checkdowns. Woodhead is going to catch a ton of passes from Joe Flacco, but the whole Ravens' offense is going to go in the gutter if Mallett has to play snaps this season.
Aug 17 - 10:06 PM

Suspended RB Doug Martin rushed five times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in the Bucs' second preseason game.

Martin started for the second straight week and caught two checkdowns on Tampa Bay’s first drive. He made a sharp cut in the backfield on his first carry for a six-yard gain, then beat the Jaguars’ defense around the corner on a goal-line score. Martin is suspended for Weeks 1-3, but he shown impressive quickness and cut-back ability in August. He's worthy of a middle-round fantasy pick.
Aug 17 - 9:57 PM

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 his 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



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