Player News - Skill (offense)'s

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According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are concerned enough about Kellen Moore's play for it to be a "subject of conversation" at upcoming personnel meetings.

The Cowboys continue to publicly back Moore as their No. 2 quarterback, though they haven't shown the same confidence in him behind closed doors. Moore has completed just 18-of-38 passes for 200 yards over his last two preseason games. With undrafted rookie Cooper Rush equally unprepared for backup duty, the Cowboys would be wise to scour the market for another arm. Colin Kaepernick remains the best quarterback available, though teams have been hesitant to sign him following his highly publicized national anthem protest last season.
Aug 20 - 11:30 AM

The Jaguars passed on signing free agent K Dan Carpenter after his workout on Friday.

It means Jason Myers, who made just one-of-four field goals in Jacksonville's first two preseason games, will remains the team's kicker. "I think he’s well aware of the situation he’s in," said coach Doug Marrone. "He has to go out there and perform well and earn the trust of his coaches as well as his teammates." While Myers' job is safe for the time being, he can't afford any more slip-ups.
Aug 20 - 10:32 AM

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star suggests the Chiefs could keep up to four running backs on their 53-man roster.

Spencer Ware and Kareem Hunt are locks while Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller are battling for the No. 3 spot on KC's running back depth chart. Spiller has been a standout at camp, looking like his "old, blazing-fast self," while West is coming off a strong showing against the Bengals (113 yards on seven carries) and remains a locker-room favorite. Of course, keeping four running backs would likely come at the expense of KC's receiving corps, which is already relatively thin following the loss of Jeremy Maclin. Even if Spiller makes the team, it's unlikely he'd see enough snaps to warrant fantasy consideration.
Aug 20 - 10:21 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles blamed Christian Hackenberg's poor showing in Saturday's preseason loss to the Lions on poor blocking by the offensive line.

Hackenberg was predictably awful, completing just 2-of-6 passes for 14 yards before bowing out at halftime. The Penn State alum has made shockingly little progress since arriving as a second-round pick last season, though Bowles said Saturday's clunker wasn't his fault. "They really didn’t give him a chance," he said. "I don’t think anybody can have a chance when we’re blocking like that." Adding to the dysfunction, likely Week 1 starter Josh McCown was instructed not to speak with reporters after Saturday's game. The Jets are a hot mess in all facets.
Aug 20 - 10:14 AM

According to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, "it wouldn't be surprising" if LeGarrette Blount is among the Eagles' cuts.

Lombardo also wonders if Wendell Smallwood's roster spot is in jeopardy, hypothesizing that Smallwood may need to beat out undrafted rookie Corey Clement to keep his job. Blount has started both preseason games for Philadelphia but has come out flat by rushing for just 17 yards on nine carries. It's an admittedly small sample size, though Blount hasn't shown much in camp and seems to be showing signs of fatigue after logging a career-high 299 carries with New England last season. He's also not a great fit in Doug Pederson's offense, where backs are expected to play an active role in the passing game. Blount may still have some value as a goal-line vulture if the Eagles keep him, but his fantasy arrow is pointing in the wrong direction.
Aug 20 - 9:37 AM

Jaguars signed RB DuJuan Harris, formerly of the 49ers.

It's the first we've heard of Harris since the Niners let him go shortly after the draft. Harris should see reps at Jaguars camp with Leonard Fournette (foot) and T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) both banged up, though it's unlikely he'll factor into the team's regular season plans. The 28-year-old contributed 253 yards on 46 touches with one touchdown over 10 games for San Francisco last season.
Aug 20 - 9:10 AM

Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh belives Alshon Jeffery is "behind" mentally after missing time early in camp.

Groh came to this conclusion after Jeffery ran an incorrect route in Thursday's preseason win over the Bills. The play was one the Eagles have run two different ways in practice and Jeffery seemed to be confused by it. "Anytime you miss the amount of time that he did, he's a little bit behind," said Groh. "Fortunately, we have time for him to catch up." Jeffery obviously isn't grasping the team's playbook as quickly as Groh had hoped, but he still has three weeks to cram before Week 1 against the Redskins. At least Jeffery's shoulder, which had been bothering him at the start of camp, is no longer an issue.
Aug 20 - 9:06 AM

Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer worked almost exclusively out of the shotgun in the team's preseason opener against the Saints.

Kizer worked out of the shotgun on around 95 percent of his snaps at Notre Dame and has seen similar usage since arriving in Cleveland. "To be in the shotgun is definitely back to where I’ve always been, and that’s being able to see the defense from five yards further back," he said. Kizer took 16 of his 18 snaps from the shotgun formation in last week's preseason opener, which actually worked against the Browns because New Orleans knew he would hand off whenever he was under center. While we'd still expect Kizer to see most of his work in shotgun, he'll at least need to be comfortable under center so as not to be predictable.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 8:57 AM

According to Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC, players on the Broncos consider Trevor Siemian the "clear frontrunner" for the starting quarterback job.

Renck said he consulted "multiple players" for their opinion on the team's quarterback competition after Saturday's preseason win over San Francisco. The consensus was that Siemian is well ahead of 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch and that it isn't much of a competition at all. In the grand scheme of things that probably doesn't mean much, though it might behoove first-year head coach Vance Joseph to gauge his team's temperature and select a quarterback who has truly earned the job. Siding with the overmatched Lynch probably wouldn't sit well in the locker room.
Aug 20 - 8:49 AM

Mitchell Trubisky completed 6-of-8 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' second preseason game.

Trubisky did not enter the game until late in the third quarter, with Mark Sanchez getting in one series between starter Mike Glennon and the rookie. Coming off a rampaging performance in his NFL debut, Trubisky had a nondescript night on Saturday. Half of his yardage came on a screen pass and an easy dump-off on a bootleg, and Benny Cunningham was wide open on his short touchdown pass. He also forced a throw to the sideline which probably should have been intercepted. Even with Glennon struggling, playing Trubisky so late suggests the Bears are not serious about evaluating the No. 2 overall pick as a potential starter.
Aug 20 - 1:11 AM

Fourth-rounder Tarik Cohen rushed 11 times for 77 yards in the Bears' second preseason game.

With Jordan Howard sidelined, Cohen got the start, coming out of the gate extremely hot. He gained 16 yards on his first carry, added another 16-yard run on the next series, and went for 25 the drive after that. His most impressive run may have been a nine-yard gain in which he pressed inside before turning on the jets and beating everyone to the corner. Cohen looks like a real talent, and he should provide a great change-of-pace option behind Howard.
Aug 20 - 12:04 AM

Mike Glennon completed 13-of-18 passes for 89 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Bears' second preseason game.

Glennon missed a few early throws, but he appeared to get things going on the third drive of the game. That series ended with a bad interception near the goal line in which Glennon stared down Kendall Wright, however, and he probably should have been picked again on the next drive. He saved his day somewhat by leading a short touchdown march to close out the half, hitting Wright on the same route which was picked earlier in the game. It was not an inspiring performance, especially considering how well the running game worked while Glennon was in there, but it was not bad enough for him to lose his job.
Aug 20 - 12:02 AM

Todd Gurley rushed eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders.

He added a 12-yard reception. It was a much better performance than Gurley turned in against the Cowboys last week. There was a noticeable spring/explosion in his step. The Rams' offensive line — and Gurley's palpable frustration behind it — remains a major concern, of course. Gurley seemed to get into his own head in 2016, running with impatience and heedless anger.
Aug 19 - 11:51 PM

Rams third-round WR Cooper Kupp caught 6-of-7 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

Even with Sammy Watkins in the fold this week, Kupp was Jared Goff's go-to receiver. His score was a 23-yard pantsing of the Raiders on play action. Kupp now has eight grabs for 105 yards and a score through two summer games. It's the preseason, but he's proven quite adept at creating space and getting open. He could be a rookie problem with coach Sean McVay scheming him the ball.
Aug 19 - 11:47 PM

Kendall Wright hauled in two-of-three targets for nine yards and a touchdown in the Bears' second preseason game.

Wright was the target on Mike Glennon's red-zone interception, but he got open on the same route at the end of the half for a seven-yard touchdown. More importantly, he worked as the first-team slot receiver ahead of Victor Cruz. That role likely will not result in much fantasy value while everyone is healthy, but Wright does have the talent to be a factor if given the chance.
Aug 19 - 11:42 PM



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