Colts pull the plug on RB Tion Green
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:44 AMcolts.com
Colts waived RB Tion Green.
Analysis: The move opens up a roster spot for WR Cobi Hamilton. Green's tenure in Indy lasted less than a week. By waiving him, the Colts seem to be signaling that Marlon Mack's hamstring injury isn't a major concern. Green will look to latch on elsewhere as backup/change-of-pace option.
Colts take a flyer on WR Cobi Hamilton
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:43 AMcolts.com
Colts signed WR Cobi Hamilton.
Analysis: To make room for Hamilton, the Colts cut backup running back Tion Green. Hamilton suited up three times for Houston last year, managing a single catch for eight yards on six targets. The 2013 sixth-rounder is just a depth option for Indy.
Cam Robinson struggling at Jaguars camp
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:33 AMHays Carlyon on Twitter
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said LT Cam Robinson would be "the first to tell you he's got to do better."
Analysis: Robinson was a disaster last season, earning PFF's second-lowest tackle grade out of 83 qualifiers. He was manhandled during Saturday's second preseason game against the Vikings and has obviously failed to meet Marrone's expectations. The 2017 second-rounder has had a rough start to his career but is still just 22.
Ben Watson turning heads at Saints camp
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 10:04 AMNew Orleans Advocate
Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate said Saints TE Ben Watson looks like he's still in the "prime of his career."
Analysis: According to Erickson, Watson has made "eye-popping, contested catches a normal occurrence" this summer while looking "nothing like a 37-year-old." Teammate Mark Ingram joked that Watson's impressive physique make him looks like an "Under Armour mannequin." The veteran tight end said he considered retirement before agreeing to join the Saints on a one-year deal back in March. Watson carries mild TE2/streaming appeal as he heads into his 15th NFL season.
Andrew Norwell (calf) resumes practicing
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 9:59 AMJohn Oehser on Twitter
Jaguars LG Andrew Norwell (calf) returned to practice on Monday.
Analysis: A minor calf injury kept him out for about a week. The Jags' big free-agent signing earned PFF's top pass-blocking grade among guards with Carolina last season.
Matt Kalil (knee) remains sidelined Monday
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 9:27 AMJoe Person on Twitter
Panthers LT Matt Kalil (knee) remained sidelined at Monday's practice.
Analysis: Kalil sat out Sunday's session as well. Coach Ron Rivera shrugged that absence off as a "veteran's day," though now we're getting wind that the 29-year-old is actually dealing with a knee issue. Kalil still has almost three weeks to get ready for the start of the regular season, though obviously it's something to monitor as we move into the final stretch of camp.
Lions using Golladay over Tate in 2-wide sets
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 9:19 AMmlive.com
Kenny Golladay played over Golden Tate in two-wide sets during Friday night's preseason game against the Giants.
Analysis: The Lions ran seven two-wide sets with the starters on Friday (eight if you include a false start penalty by tight end Michael Roberts) with Golladay lined up opposite Marvin Jones on every snap. Coach Matt Patricia downplayed the significance of Golladay playing over Tate after the game. "We're just trying to get the play counts out there and we're going in and out of different personal groups, so we have it kind of sketched out that way." The Lions used two-wide personnel on less than 20 percent of their snaps last year, so even if Golladay starts outside, Tate will still get plenty of slot reps. Regardless, all signs point to a second-year breakout for Golladay, who was limited to 11 games as a rookie in 2017.
Eagles activate Brandon Graham off PUP list
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:51 AMIan Rapoport on Twitter
Eagles activated DE Brandon Graham from the active/PUP list.
Analysis: Graham had offseason surgery to address a high-ankle sprain he suffered late last season. The 30-year-old will resume practicing on Monday in hopes of being ready for Week 1 against the Falcons, which is just over two weeks away. His strip sack of Tom Brady in last year's Super Bowl clinched the Eagles' first title.
Barber distancing himself from Jones in Tampa
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:45 AMTampa Bay Times
When asked if Peyton Barber has played like a starter this summer, Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said yes.
Analysis: Most expected second-round rookie Ronald Jones to emerge as Tampa Bay's starter but instead Barber has run circles around Jones through the first month of camp. "He's doing everything he should be doing right now and I think if we went out there and gave it to Peyton 20 times, we'd like what he does," said Koetter. Barber believes he can be an "every-down back," though he was also complimentary of Jones and his development. "I think I can see us as that one-two punch, just how the Saints do it with Alvin [Kamara] and Mark ([Ingram]." Barring injury, Barber should be the lead back when the Bucs travel to New Orleans for Week 1.
Zack Martin (knee) expected back for opener
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:26 AMCalvin Watkins on Twitter
According to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, Cowboys RG Zack Martin (knee) is expected to be ready for Week 1 against the Panthers.
Analysis: Martin injured himself during Saturday's preseason action but escaped with just a bone bruise and a hyperextended left knee. It's doubtful we'll see Martin appear in any more preseason games, though the All-Pro guard looks to be on track for Week 1 at Carolina. That's good news for Ezekiel Elliott.
Josh Allen working with the first team Monday
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:22 AMMike Rodak on Twitter
Bills first-round QB Josh Allen will work with the starters at Monday's practice.
Analysis: Nathan Peterman will practice with the 2s. With free-agent signing A.J. McCarron nursing a collarbone injury, this could be the opening Allen needs to cement his status as the Bills' Week 1 starter. The Wyoming product has fared reasonably well during the preseason, completing 18-of-32 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns over two contests. He's the heavy favorite to start Buffalo's season opener at Baltimore in two weeks.
Kirk has left an 'impression' on Wilks
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:16 AMazcardinals.com
According to Darren Urban of azcardinals.com, Cardinals second-round WR Christian Kirk has "left an impression" on coach Steve Wilks.
Analysis: He's been a standout this summer and impressed with a team-leading 49 receiving yards in Friday's preseason action against the Saints. Kirk was always expected to contribute on special teams-he's flashed as a return specialist this summer-but now the 21-year-old is putting himself in the mix for a starting job at wide receiver. It's worth noting that all of Kirk's catches Friday night came from the slot, a position usually occupied by veteran Larry Fitzgerald. Regardless, the Texas A&M alum offers plenty of appeal as a late-round sleeper in fantasy.
Kenny Britt playing catch-up at Pats camp
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 8:07 AMProvidence Journal
Kenny Britt feels like he's "behind" where he should be.
Analysis: Britt has finally resumed practicing after missing time with a lingering hamstring injury, though only on a limited basis. The veteran has been frustrated by his lack of progress this summer and is hoping to use the final weeks of camp to improve his chemistry with Tom Brady and the team's other QBs. "I definitely feel like I'm behind," he said. "I'm not out there with the guys getting the chemistry that I need with the quarterbacks and just with everybody on the same page with what we do." Britt certainly has an opportunity with Julian Edelman beginning the year on suspension, though he needs to get healthy in order to cement his spot on the 53-man roster.
LeSean McCoy (groin) not practicing Monday
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 7:53 AMSal Capaccio on Twitter
LeSean McCoy (groin) won't practice on Monday.
Analysis: McCoy is nursing a sore groin. The injury isn't a major concern, though obviously it's something for fantasy owners to monitor with drafts coming up. Shady went for 10 yards on five total touches Friday in his preseason debut at Cleveland.
E.J. Gaines diagnosed with sprained knee
Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 7:20 AMAdam Schefter on Twitter
Browns CB E.J. Gaines will miss about three weeks with a sprained right knee.
Mike Williams scores in second preseason game
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 11:44 PM
Mike Williams caught a 25-yard touchdown in the Chargers' second preseason game.
Analysis: Williams high-pointed a third-quarter fade for his touchdown. He started the Chargers' first preseason game, but played deep into the second half this week. Williams' target share is a concern behind Keenan Allen, but there's potential for him to make a red-zone impact.
Trey Burton dominates Bears 3rd preseason gm
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 11:06 PM
Trey Burton caught 4-of-5 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' third preseason game Saturday night.
Analysis: Burton got all of his production in barely over a quarter. Built more like a wide receiver than tight end, Burton projects to play a major role in Chicago's revamped passing game, where Mitchell Trubisky excelled targeting the middle of the field as a rookie. Burton will run roughly half of his routes in the slot. He looked like Trubisky's go-to guy in Saturday night's exhibition.
49ers RB Joe Williams may go on inj. reserve
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 8:14 PMJoe Fann on Twitter
49ers RB Joe Williams is out until at least Week 1 with a fractured rib.
Analysis: He suffered the injury in San Francisco's second preseason game. On Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan left open the possibility Williams would go on injured reserve, where he also spent his entire rookie year. Before the injury, Williams was getting outplayed by Raheem Mostert and Jeremy McNichols, among others. We suspect the ship has already sailed on Williams succeeding for the Niners.
Cowboys S Xavier Woods may miss Week 1
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 4:32 PMTodd Archer on Twitter
Cowboys SS Xavier Woods is in danger of missing Week 1 with a hamstring injury.
Analysis: It sounds like a severe strain. Woods was one of Dallas' bright spots in the secondary last season, earning significant snaps at safety and sometimes slot corner. He was a sixth-round pick out of Louisiana Tech in the 2017 draft.
Adam Shaheen escapes with low ankle sprain
Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 4:20 PMIan Rapoport on Twitter
Bears TE Adam Shaheen is believed to have escaped Saturday night's injury with a low ankle sprain.
Analysis: If so, it would give Shaheen an outside shot to play in Week 1. Shaheen's injury looked gruesome on the field and he had to be carted off. With Dion Sims out lately due to a concussion, Shaheen has been working as the Bears' first-team "Y" tight end with Trey Burton in the catch-first "F" tight end role.