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The Steelers came away from Wednesday's visit with Phil Taylor "not interested" in signing the free agent nose tackle.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Taylor's knee "needs (to be) fixed" and would take "too long to heal" for the Steelers to wait out Taylor's recovery. Taylor had his knee scoped in the offseason, but there were rumors he might need a microfracture procedure. At very least, he needs another surgery.
Sep 2 - 10:40 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes sixth-round TE Nick O'Leary "would likely have been released by now" if he wasn't a draft pick.

Per Buscaglia, O'Leary "could be confused with any of the undrafted free agents on the roster" at Bills camp. He's currently behind Charles Clay, MarQuies Gray, Matthew Mulligan, and Chris Gragg on the depth chart. Small, short armed, and slow, O'Leary might not even make it onto Buffalo's practice squad.
Sep 2 - 9:51 PM

Titans NT Sammie Lee Hill is undergoing MCL surgery and will miss at least the first three games of the season.

The Titans hope their starting nose tackle will return following their Week 4 bye. Hill was an ineffective run stuffer a year ago, but his loss hurts Tennessee's depth and will force utilityman Al Woods into a full-time role. The Titans' run defense will likely be among the league's worst again in 2015.
Sep 2 - 9:22 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones called running back "a position of interest" for Dallas once NFL teams turn in their final cuts.

Joseph Randle's grip on Dallas' lead-back job appears to be fading, while the Cowboys should be fully aware of Darren McFadden's lengthy injury history. No. 3 back Lance Dunbar has spent three years in the NFL and never totaled more than 30 rushing attempts. The Cowboys missed out on running backs in the draft and could turn to the NFL waiver wire for increased depth.
Sep 2 - 9:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Chuck Pagano is entering a "make-or-break year" as the Colts' head coach.

There have been whispers of a schism between GM Ryan Grigson and Pagano, which were initially relayed by CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and the Indy Star's Bob Kravitz. FOX Sports' Mike Garofolo reported that one of the reasons for tension is Grigson's belief that Donte Moncrief should have played over a clearly-washed-up Reggie Wayne last season. Pagano has been tight with Wayne since they were both at the University of Miami (FL). Pagano has reportedly rejected a "couple of one-year extension" offers from the Colts. Pagano also attempted to emphasize a "run-first" approach with Trent Richardson in 2013, even when Andrew Luck was the Colts' best means of moving the ball. If Pagano doesn't earn a new contract this year, Grigson could conceivably turn to the college ranks for a more innovative coach, or promote impressive third-year OC Pep Hamilton.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 2 - 9:10 PM

The Indianapolis Star tabbed rookie Henry Anderson as a player who could help contribute on the Colts defensive line after losing DT Arthur Jones to an ankle injury.

The Colts D/ST will be looking for numerous players to step up in Jones' absence, and this blow certainly hurts the chances of the Indianapolis D/ST being fantasy-relevant. The weakened Colts defensive line will be tested out of the gates as they travel to Buffalo to take on Rex Ryan's run-focused offense in Week 1.
Sep 2 - 8:46 PM

The New Orleans Times-Picayune expects Delvin Breaux to start alongside Brandon Browner at cornerback with Keenan Lewis out 4-6 weeks.

The news of hip surgery for Lewis hurts the New Orleans D/ST unit that was 25th in the NFL against the pass last season, allowing 251.2 yards through the air each week. Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals passing game should be able to move the ball with relative ease against New Orleans in Week 1, making the Saints D/ST a group to avoid when the regular season begins.
Sep 2 - 8:35 PM

The wife of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan -- Jessica McCloughan -- admitted Wednesday that she recently sent a disparaging tweet to an ESPN reporter accusing the reporter of performing sexual favors on Scot in exchange for news scoops.

Redskins PR director Tony Wyllie -- a known liar -- initially claimed that Jessica McCloughan's tweet came from a fake Twitter account, but she's since admitted it was hers and apologized. In a statement, Jessica wrote that her accusation was "unfounded and inappropriate" and stated she has "the utmost respect" for the reporter and ESPN. The Redskins have been a circus throughout Dan Snyder's ownership. That circus has continued into the tenure of respected talent evaluator Scot McCloughan, who took over as Redskins GM eight months ago.
Sep 2 - 8:28 PM

Jermaine Gresham (hamstring) won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale.

Gresham will miss the entire preseason recovering from back surgery and a hamstring issue. With Troy Niklas also sidelined, Darren Fells is locked in as Arizona’s Week 1 starter.
Sep 2 - 7:25 PM

The Titans want to use Dorial Green-Beckham as a red-zone threat.

"It’s something you try to simulate, but a lot of times you can’t guarantee the coverage you’re going to get," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "So all we can do is try to prepare him in practice. When you get to the season, it’s about matchups." Green-Beckham was held out of last week's dress rehearsal with an ankle injury. He hasn't played with the first team during the preseason, but remains a high-upside late-round flyer. Green-Beckham will open the season behind Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, and Hakeem Nicks.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 7:01 PM

Joseph Randle was an unexpected absence from the Cowboys' kickoff luncheon on Wednesday because he had to be in Kansas "for a court appearance."

Per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Randle's trip to Wichita "was not related" to a February incident where his ex-girlfriend alleged domestic violence, and was "likely" due to "either a family law case, or a misdemeanor charge." The Cowboys told reporters Randle's absence Wednesday was "for personal reasons."
Sep 2 - 6:46 PM

The Chicago Tribune doesn’t consider Ka’Deem Carey a lock for the 53-man roster.

Carey has been playing behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Jeremy Langford throughout the preseason. He isn’t guaranteed a spot as the No. 4 running back. Carey’s lack of special teams value is working against him.
Sep 2 - 6:38 PM

Packers second-year WR Jeff Janis is behind rookie Ty Montgomery because Janis "hasn't fully won over his quarterback yet."

Trust is critical between pass catchers and their quarterbacks. Aaron Rodgers apparently doesn't yet trust Janis enough for him to have a significant role in Green Bay's offense. "Jeff will have some great days and some days where mentally he's making too many mistakes," Rodgers said. "The talent and athleticism is there. We just need to see from all those guys battling for those two spots just some more consistency." Janis has a higher ceiling than Montgomery, but needs to start climbing the depth chart to make any 2015 fantasy noise.
Sep 2 - 6:37 PM

Third-round pick Ty Montgomery is still considered to have the "upper hand" for Green Bay's No. 3 receiver job.

Playing outside at Z receiver, Montgomery is coming off a third preseason game where he posted a 2-71 receiving line working in three-wide sets alongside Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Montgomery is very clearly ahead of Jeff Janis, who "hasn't fully won over" Aaron Rodgers. Montgomery is a worthy late-round flyer in re-draft leagues, with an up arrow on his Dynasty value.
Sep 2 - 6:33 PM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco attributes Blake Bortles’s strong preseason to improved mechanics.

Bortles had major accuracy and pocket-presence issues as a rookie, throwing 17 INTs and taking a league-high 55 sacks. His improved footwork has led to a 65 percent completion rate and only two sacks in three preseason games. A second-year leap from Bortles would be an upgrade for Allen Robinson and T.J. Yeldon.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 2 - 6:29 PM



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