Player News - Skill (offense)'s

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Coach Doug Pederson said Nick Foles (shoulder) will play "about a half" during Thursday's preseason game versus the Browns.

Foles exited last week's game early with a strained shoulder but will suit up with the starters Thursday for an entire half. LT Jason Peters and RB Darren Sproles have officially been ruled out. With Jay Ajayi nursing a lower body injury, Wendell Smallwood and Matt Jones are expected to be the only active running backs against the Browns. Either way, this is terrific news for Foles as he appears ready to go for Week 1 if Carson Wentz (knee) is held out.
Aug 21 - 11:27 AM

Saints released RB Terrance West.

West signed with the Saints in June but fell behind others in the backfield during camp competition. He totaled seven carries for 36 yards (5.1 YPC) during his preseason stint. His release propels Jonathan Williams into likely goal line work during Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. Trey Edmunds could also compete for carries behind Alvin Kamara, with Boston Scott and Shane Vereen filling in on passing downs.
Aug 21 - 10:51 AM

Victor Cruz announced his retirement through a video for Uninterrupted Tuesday.

"As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN," Cruz said. "I'm excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL." Cruz joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010, producing two consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2011 - 2012. He also hauled in four catches for 25 yards and one score in the team's Super Bowl XLVI victory over the Patriots. New York and Chicago released him after injuries derailed the final years of his career, but he still showed interest in playing as early as May. Instead, he'll be doing the salsa in an announcer's booth.
Aug 21 - 10:21 AM

Titans signed WR Rishard Matthews to a one-year, $7.75 million contract extension through 2019.

This keeps him in Tennessee through his age-30 season. Matthews had been sidelined throughout camp for undisclosed reasons held from the media, but it now appears that "minor injury" was merely a holdout. He eclipsed 50 yards just once over the Titans' final six games after returning from a hamstring injury last season, but remains only one year removed from posting a 65-945-9 receiving line with Marcus Mariota. If there is no injury concern moving forward, he should immediately jump back on the radar as a confident selection in the mid-rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 21 - 9:06 AM

Nyheim Hines rushed five times for 12 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for nine yards in the Colts' second preseason game Monday night.

Hines' biggest error was a lost fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half; he's now fumbled four times through two preseason games, which is a large concern for the rookie. He's never going to see the field if he can't hang onto the ball, and Hines was working behind all three of Christine Michael, Jordan Wilkins, and Josh Ferguson at running back this evening. He's lightyears away from fantasy relevance as a rookie. The coaches simply can't trust him at the moment.
Aug 20 - 11:27 PM

Andrew Luck completed just 6-of-13 passes for 50 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception in the Colts' second preseason game against the Ravens on Monday.

It was big step back for Luck after he was 6-of-9 for 64 yards in his preseason debut last week. Luck threw a brutal red-zone interception on the Colts' first series this evening on a third-down pass he tried to force to Jack Doyle. He later gathered himself, completing a pair of third-down throws, but that drive fizzled out before Adam Vinatieri came on for a 57-yard field goal. Luck is now 12-of-22 for 114 yards, no touchdowns, and one pick this exhibition season.
Aug 20 - 9:17 PM

Joe Flacco completed 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards and one touchdown in the Ravens' third preseason game against the Colts on Monday.

By all accounts, Flacco has been having the best summer of his career, and the Ravens using a first-rounder on Lamar Jackson has lit a fire under 33-year-old Flacco. Through two preseason games, he's 12-of-16 for 143 yards and two scores with no picks. On Monday against the Colts, Flacco hit Michael Crabtree in a tight window down the sideline for a 29-yard pickup before finishing off the drive with a seven-yard touchdown to John Brown. Flacco's rekindled fire along with the Ravens' much improved pass-game weaponry may make Flacco a useful QB2 at times.
Aug 20 - 9:11 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Jets want a "significant" return if they're going to trade Teddy Bridgewater.

Per Rapsheet, no team is viewing Bridgewater as a starter in trade talks at the moment. There just haven't been any significant injuries at the position around the league to open up one of the 32 jobs for Bridgewater. With demand low, the Jets may be wise to sit on Bridgewater into the regular season.
Aug 20 - 8:00 PM

Isaiah Crowell has cleared the league's concussion protocol and practiced Monday.

He missed the Jets' second preseason game with the injury. Crowell should be in the lineup for the third preseason tilt where the Jets will attempt to solidify a Week 1 plan for their backfield. Crowell is attempting to win the lead job.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 7:54 PM

Updating a previous report, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports A.J. McCarron did not suffer a broken collarbone in the Bills' second preseason and will return to practice "soon."

Okay then. It was reported Friday night that McCarron suffered the broken collarbone earlier that evening after getting hit from behind and driven into the ground by Myles Garrett. But tests were inconclusive, according to coach Sean McDermott, and it sounds like McCarron will not miss nearly the 2-3 months a broken collarbone would have cost him. We still doubt McCarron plays in the Bills' third preseason game, and it has already been announced Josh Allen will start that one.
Aug 20 - 6:36 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports first-rounder Josh Allen will start the Bills' third preseason game against the Bengals.

So, Allen gets the nod in the Bills' dress rehearsal, signaling he's firmly in charge atop the depth chart following the shoulder injury suffered by A.J. McCarron over the weekend. Allen has had a mostly-solid preseason thus far, completing better than 56% of his passes at a 5.5 YPA clip with two touchdowns. Allen is the heavy favorite to start Week 1 on the road against the Ravens. Nathan Peterman would be the No. 2. The Ravens' D/ST will be a top streaming option.
Aug 20 - 6:16 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is hopeful seventh-round RB Bo Scarbrough (hip) will be able to do "something" at Monday's practice.

The Alabama alum exited Saturday's preseason game with a hip injury, though it was never thought to be serious. It would probably take an injury to Ezekiel Elliott for Scarbrough to get on the fantasy radar.
Aug 20 - 5:55 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett expects Cole Beasley (groin) to resume practicing "some time" this week.

Garrett also expects to see Tavon Austin (hamstring) back at practice this week. A groin injury cost Beasley the Cowboys' first two preseason games, though he's hoping to see work in Sunday's dress rehearsal against the Cardinals. Even with little competition for targets in Dallas, Beasley is unlikely to emerge as a fantasy factor this year.
Aug 20 - 5:53 PM

According to Mike Kaye of the First Coast News, Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole have received the "majority" of starter reps throughout training camp.

Dede Westbrook and second-round rookie D.J. Chark have also been "standouts" while free-agent signing Donte Moncrief has struggled with inconsistency. Lee, who returned to the Jags on a four-year deal this offseason, led the team in both targets (96) and catches (56) last season, though Cole excelled down the stretch, totaling 475 yards with three touchdowns over his final five regular season games. In a crowded Jaguars receiving corps, Lee and Cole would seem to be the best bets for fantasy success.
Aug 20 - 5:28 PM

Raiders UDFA K Eddy Pineiro is out with a groin injury.

The injury kept him out of Saturday's preseason game against the Rams. Pineiro and Mike Nugent are competing for kicking responsibilities in Oakland.
Aug 20 - 5:08 PM



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