Jets WRs Robby Anderson (ankle) and Quincy Enunwa (ankle) are listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Dolphins. Both guys only got in limited practices on Friday. We’ll get their official statuses by noon ET on Sunday, but neither would be more than a risky, low-end WR3 if active.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. That's not a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game against Miami. WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) also remained sidelined on Wednesday.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Bears. New York is down to Jermaine Kearse, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake and the newly signed Rishard Matthews atop the WR depth chart.
The Cardinals have ruled S Tre Boston out for the 2nd straight game. He's dealing with shoulder and rib injuries and didn't practice at all the past 2 weeks. We'll see how Boston's doing after the Week 9 bye.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) didn't practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bears. With WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) also out, the Jets are down to Jermaine Kearse, Andre Roberts, Charone Peake and the newly signed Rishard Matthews. Kearse is the "best" fantasy bet, but try to avoid the situation.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. HC Todd Bowles said that Anderson’s sprained ankle is “in between” a high ankle sprain and low ankle sprain. Either way, his status for this weekend's game against the Bears is now in doubt. We'll get another update tomorrow.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) returned to a full practice on Thursday, putting him on track to play against the Vikings this weekend. Anderson figures to see a bunch of shutdown CB Xavier Rhodes in that one.
Jets WRs Robby Anderson (hamstring) and Terrelle Pryor (groin) missed practice on Wednesday. That's in addition to WR Quincy Enunwa, who will be sidelined multiple weeks with his high-ankle sprain. We'll see if Anderson and/or Pryor are able to get back on the field tomorrow. Jermaine Kearse is the only healthy guy among New York's top 4 WRs right now.
The Cardinals have ruled S Tre Boston out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. Boston is dealing with shoulder and rib injuries and hasn't practiced this week. We'll see if Boston can make it back for a Week 8 meeting with the 49ers. If it's close at all, a Week 9 bye might factor into that decision.
The Panthers on Thursday signed former 49ers S Eric Reid. The move makes obvious sense for a team that moved on from Kurt Coleman in the offseason and then lost replacement Da'Norris Searcy to injury. We'd bet on Reid making his way to the starting lineup soon after Carolina's Week 4 bye and entering the weekly IDP radar. We'll see how quickly the Panthers want that to happen.
Jets HC Todd Bowles officially named QB Sam Darnold his Week 1 starter on Monday. It's been clear this would be the case for a while now, especially after the Jets traded away QB Teddy Bridgewater. Darnold turned in a promising preseason, completing 29 of 45 passes (64.4%) for 244 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. He's just a low-end QB2 for now but could help this 2018 Jets offense exceed expectations.
For the 2nd straight preseason game, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey saw feature-back usage on Friday night. He handled 10 of the 13 RB opportunities (carries + targets) with QB Cam Newton and the 1st-team offense. The other 3 went to C.J. Anderson. McCaffrey finished with 92 yards on 5 carries -- highlighted by this 71-yard TD -- and 28 more yards on 4 catches. He's now played 28 of 35 first-team snaps (80%) through 2 preseason games. This all follows both HC Ron Rivera and OC Norv Turner talking up McCaffrey's workload this year. While we're not expecting him to be a 300-carry guy, it looks like he's set for a big increase over last year's 117 attempts. We just moved McCaffrey up the RB rankings.
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta believes it'd be an "upset" if QB Sam Darnold isn't the Jets' Week 1 starter. "Darnold flashed some of the skills in the preseason opener that have the Jets privately giddy about him," Mehta writes. "The brain trust is happier with this kid with each passing day." Darnold completed 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a TD in last week's exhibition and is expected to start tonight's preseason game against the Redskins. This could change if he bombs tonight or in the 3rd preseason game. But, for now, he's the favorite to be under center against the Lions on Monday Night Football Week 1. We just moved Darnold up the rankings -- although he's still only an option in 2-QB leagues.
According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Jets QB Sam Darnold saw the majority of QB reps in Sunday's practice for the 1st time since joining the team for training camp. That change came in a joint practice with Washington, and Cimini called it "an indication he might start Thursday night" in the 2nd exhibition game. HC Todd Bowles said he hadn't made a final at QB for the game yet, but Cimini reports that the Jets have planned all along to let Darnold start at least once in the preseason. This change in practice reps also follows a debut performance that earned Darnold a fair amount of praise. We'll see what it means for his quest to start the regular-season opener.
Panthers HC Ron Rivera told ESPN's David Newton that he "wouldn't be surprised" if RB Christian McCaffrey reached 200 carries this season. McCaffrey toted it just 117 times as a rookie last year but still ranked 9th among RBs in PPR points thanks to his 80 receptions. If McCaffrey gets anywhere close to 200 carries this season, he'll be a shoo-in for another top 10 finish. He put on about 5 pounds this offseason to get to 210 in preparation for a bigger workload. Remember that McCaffrey carried 590 times over his final 2 college seasons, so he's proven capable of handling big rushing volume.
The Panthers selected Indiana TE Ian Thomas with the 1st pick of the 4th round. Thomas didn’t put up big numbers in a mediocre Hoosiers passing game, but he did average 15.0 yards per catch and score on 5 of his 25 grabs this past season. Thomas also tested as a 91st percentile athlete. We see a little Charles Clay in his game. In Carolina, Thomas will sit behind Greg Olsen in the short term. Olsen just signed a 2-year extension but is 33 years old now. Thomas has a shot to be his successor and is worth a look late in dynasty rookie drafts.
The Panthers made Maryland’s D.J. Moore the 1st WR off the board, selecting him with the 24th overall pick. Moore checked in as the #1 WR in our pre-draft rankings. His college numbers don’t jump off the page, but consider that Maryland never ranked better than 102nd in passing yards or 92nd in passing TDs in Moore’s 3 seasons there. He finished top 2 on the team in catches, yards and TDs all 3 years. And in 2017, he accounted for a whopping 45.7% of the team’s catches, 52.3% of the yards and 53.3% of the TDs. Moore is silky smooth on tape with solid route running and after-the-catch ability. He tested as a 97th percentile athlete at the Combine. While he doesn’t have prototypical size at 6’0 and 210 pounds, Moore checks every other box. He joins a Panthers WR corps that includes Devin Funchess, Curtis Samuel, Torrey Smith and Jarius Wright. Moore should immediately challenge for a starting spot and could even challenge Funchess for the #1 WR title this year.
The Jets selected USC QB Sam Darnold with the 3rd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Turning 21 in June, Darnold is the youngest QB ever drafted. After redshirting in 2015 and serving as backup for the first 3 games of 2016, Darnold completed a sterling 67.4% of his passes with 29 TDs vs. 8 INTs over the final 10 contests. His numbers took a step back this past year, due in part to the loss of WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and a lingering ankle injury. But a 63.1% completion rate, 8.6 yards per attempt, 26 TDs and 13 INTs ain’t shabby. (Just ask Josh Allen.) Ball-security is the biggest knock against Darnold. On top of his 22 INTs over the past 2 years, he also lost 14 fumbles. Darnold has plenty of arm talent, though. And, while he won’t do a ton of damage on the ground, he’s mobile enough. In New York, he joins a QB room with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Consider Darnold the favorite to be under center come Week 1.
The Raiders have signed LB Tahir Whitehead. The former Lion could play the middle or weak side in an Oakland defense that should sport a 4-3 base. Whitehead delivered solid tackle numbers over the past 2 years in Detroit. He figures to make sense as an LB3 in IDP drafts, but we'll see how the rest of the Raiders LB corps shapes up.
Jets WR Robby Anderson was arrested in Florida early Friday morning, according to insider Andy Slater. Anderson is reportedly facing several charges, including harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. He was also arrested last May at a music fest and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Anderson might be looking at a 2018 suspension.
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