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The Chiefs have ruled out CB Charvarius Ward (thumb) for Sunday's game against the Chargers. They'll also be without DE Alex Okafor (hamstring).

Steelers WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) aren’t listed on the final Week 2 injury report. They took Wednesday off but put in full practices on Thursday and Friday. Both guys are safe to get into fantasy lineups in a nice matchup vs. Denver on Sunday.

Steelers WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) each returned to full practice participation Thursday. Each wideout missed Wednesday's practice, but that came just 2 days after the Monday night win at the Giants. Both should be ready for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster missed Wednesday's practice and was listed with a knee injury. We'll keep an eye on his status but aren't betting on this being anything significant. Pittsburgh also held WR Diontae Johnson, QB Ben Roethlisberger and most of the starting offensive line -- among others -- out of practice just 2 days after the team's win in New Jersey.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Ronald Jones is still "our guy," despite the addition of RB Leonard Fournette. "It's his job," Arians added. "Nothing has changed for him. It's his job, he's got it, he's got to screw it up to lose it and I don't see that happening." Arians has spent all summer talking up Jones. But the Bucs have also added Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and now Fournette to the backfield. If nothing else, Jones is on a short leash. We'd only draft him as a RB3/4 now.

The Seahawks have re-signed WR Josh Gordon. The 29-year-old played 5 games for Seattle last year, tallying just 7 catches on 11 targets for 139 yards. He didn't catch more than 2 balls in any of those 5 outings. Gordon is still waiting to hear back from the league on his application for reinstatement, so it's unclear when he'll actually be available. We'll also need to see how the back of the Seahawks' WR depth chart shakes out between Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and Paul Richardson -- but none will be a viable fantasy option without an injury to Tyler Lockett or D.K. Metcalf.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones was back on the practice field on Sunday, just 2 days after injuring his foot. We'll keep an eye on him, but it seems safe to continue drafting Jones as you were. He's had a strong camp and is line to open the season as Tampa's lead back.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones injured his left foot in Friday's scrimmage. HC Bruce Arians said afterward that he doesn't think it's serious but added, "we'll have to see." Stay tuned for updates. We're not moving Jones in the RB rankings right now, but he does come with elevated risk until we know more about this injury.

We've heard nothing but praise for Chiefs rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire's performance in training camp so far. The latest buzz comes from Chiefs GM Brett Veach, who told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that CEH is "on pace to have a big year, to be our primary ballcarrier." King, meanwhile, raved about Edwards-Helaire after watching a couple of practices. "He appears a confident and sure runner who can make people miss, a better runner between the tackles than a 5-foot-8, 209-pound guy should be, and a smooth and assured receive," King writes. A perfect fit in the explosive Chiefs offense, Edwards-Helaire is worth a pick anywhere in the back half of Round 1.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians has been impressed by RB Ronald Jones' work in pass protection in camp so far. That's been our biggest worry with Jones heading into 2020. Last year, he ranked 40th in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking grades among 43 qualifiers. That skill set is even more important this year with Tom Brady under center. But, as Bucs insider Jon Ledyard notes, Jones will be "the all-around feature back in 2020" if he proves reliable in pass pro.

The Chiefs and TE Travis Kelce have agreed to a 4-year extension -- just hours after TE George Kittle got a new deal from the 49ers. Kelce is reportedly getting about $14 million per year, which trails the $15 million Kittle received. That makes sense considering Kittle is 26 while Kelce is 30. Of course, Kelce has still led all TEs in fantasy points in 4 straight seasons. He's now tied to the Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes through the 2025 campaign.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is "progressing very well given what they have been able to do up to this point," according to ESPN's Louis Riddick. Riddick isn't a usual Shark Bite source, but he's definitely well-connected as a former director of pro personnel for both Washington and Philadelphia. And we'll need to lean on more reports like this in this unusual offseason. Edwards-Helaire has a golden opportunity in front of him after Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season. If the rookie can prove reliable over the next month, he should open the season as Kansas City's lead back. Edwards-Helaire is worth considering in the back half of the 1st round of fantasy drafts.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians called Ronald Jones the "main guy" in his backfield. "He’ll carry the load," Arians added. He went on to say that Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and Dare Ogunbowale are "fighting for roles." After flopping as a rookie, Jones turned in a much better sophomore season. And we've heard nothing but positivity surrounding him this offseason. Even if he can capture two-thirds of this backfield work, he'll boast exciting fantasy upside in what should be a high-scoring Bucs offense. Jones continues to climb our RB rankings.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones added another 7 pounds this offseason, according to trainer Luke Neal. He's now tipping the scales at 225 pounds -- up from 218 last year and 206 when he entered the league as a rookie. "If you can believe this, he's more explosive right now than he was last year," Neal said. Jones handled the added weight well last season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry, 10.0 yards per catch and ranking 16th among 45 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating. He's a breakout candidate in 2020 if he can hold off rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn for the starting job in Tom Brady's Bucs offense.

The Seahawks will try to re-sign WR Josh Gordon if he's reinstated by the league, according to ESPN's John Clayton. Gordon spent 5 games with Seattle last year, totaling 7 catches for 139 yards. He'd have a good shot to slide in as the #3 WR behind Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf this season -- but would likely struggle for reliable fantasy value in the Seahawks' run-leaning offense. Still, there are worse late-round fliers in best-ball drafts. Gordon filed for reinstatement a month ago and is hoping to get a decision from the league soon.

The Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes have agreed to a 10-year extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That keeps the 24-year-old in Kansas City through the 2031 campaign. Mahomes, of course, is on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory, averaging 304 passing yards and 2.5 TDs per game over the past 2 seasons. He sits #1 in our Dynasty QB Rankings.

Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy called rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire a "piece of the puzzle” when discussing his 2020 backfield. Bieniemy also mentioned Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington as pieces. He went on to call Edwards-Helaire a “special kid … running the ball, having the ability to get outside in the open field, make some plays as a receiver. You can create matchups with him. He’s one of those ideal kids that fit in what we do.” We know the Chiefs are high on CEH after they spent the 32nd overall pick on him last month. And we’re expecting him to lead the backfield in touches and fantasy points this season. The question is just how much of the work he’ll garner. Fantasy drafters are assuming it’ll be a whole bunch. Edwards-Helaire’s ADP is currently sitting in the early 3rd round.

The Chiefs grabbed LB Willie Gay Jr. with the penultimate pick in Round 2 of the NFL Draft. Gay flashed impressive ability despite limited on-field experience at Mississippi State. He lost 8 games last season to an academic-fraud suspension and also punched a teammate, who then missed the Music City Bowl. Gay lands in a nice situation for immediate opportunity, though. Kansas City finished last season with no LB consistently playing full time. We'll see if he's ready to seize that opportunity in 2020. Gay certainly carries long-term intrigue for dynasty leagues.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid reportedly told GM Brett Veach that he thinks 1st-round rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is better than Brian Westbrook. Westbrook, of course, spent 8 seasons playing for Reid in Philadelphia, topping 1,200 total yards 5 times. The 2 backs are definitely similar from a size and athleticism standpoint. Westbrook checked into the Combine at 5'9 and 200 pounds, ran a 4.57-second 40 and posted a 37-inch vertical. Edwards-Helaire: 5'7, 207 pounds with a 4.60-second 40 and 39.5-inch vertical. If CEH truly is better than Westbrook, he's in for big fantasy production. Westbrook turned in 4 career top-10 finishes and 2 more inside the top 20.

The Chiefs selected LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. CEH was a huge part of LSU’s high-powered offense this past season, taking 215 carries for 1,414 yards (6.6 YPC) and 16 TDs. He also ranked 3rd on the team with 55 catches and 5th with 453 receiving yards. The biggest knock on Edwards-Helaire is that he did virtually nothing prior to 2019. He barely got on the field as a true freshman and played behind plodder Nick Brossette in 2018, averaging just 4.5 yards per carry and tallying 11 catches. So you could argue that Edwards-Helaire is mostly a product of LSU’s record-setting 2019 offense. But turn on the tape and it’s tough to not get excited about this guy. He has excellent vision, agility and balance, earning Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best rushing grade in the nation last year. And he’s 1 of, if not the best, pass-catching RB prospects in this year’s rookie class. That makes him an excellent fit in Kansas City. With 1st-round draft capital, Edwards-Helaire should be expected to step right in as the Chiefs’ lead back.

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