Bills WR John Brown missed Wednesday's practice with a foot injury, according to Bills reporter Sal Capaccio. That comes after Brown played 93% of the snaps in the win over the Jets. We'll track his status throughout the week, with a Sunday trip to Miami looming.
Raiders LB Nick Kwiatkoski left Sunday's game against the Panthers with a pectoral injury and has been ruled out for the rest of the day. If the injury turns out to be a tear, Kwiatkoski's season would likely be over. We'll watch for updates on his status.
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs left Sunday's game against the Panthers with a knee issue. He is questionable to return.
Update: Ruggs returned to start the 2nd half.
Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake isn't listed on the Week 1 injury report. The foot issue that had him in a walking boot at the end of August obviously isn't a concern now. Drake is safe to get into Week 1 fantasy lineups.
The Raiders are placing QB Marcus Mariota on IR with a pectoral strain. Because of this year's COVID-altered rules, that could knock Mariota out for just 3 weeks. Of course, his availability won't matter that much unless starting QB Derek Carr goes down. Nathan Peterman will back up Car until Mariota returns.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury said RB Kenyan Drake (foot) and WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring) are "close" to returning to full practices. "We talked about all along we want to get them into game week and make sure they are comfortable with the game plan and then let them loose," Kingsbury said. "We know what we've got in them." We'll continue to keep an eye on both guys, but neither has moved down the rankings due to his injury.
The Vikings are trading a pair of draft picks to the Jaguars for DE Yannick Ngakoue, according to multiple reports. Jacksonville gets a 2021 second-rounder and a conditional 5th-round pick in 2022. According to Adam Schefter, that pick becomes a 4th if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl this season; a 3rd if Ngakoue makes the Pro Bowl and the Vikings win the Super Bowl. Ngakoue has delivered 8+ sacks and 14+ QB hits in each of his 4 seasons. He should quickly take over the right DE job from Ifeadi Odenigbo, who has been replacing the departed Everson Griffen. The Jaguars, meanwhile, now have more edge snaps available for 1st-round pick K'Lavon Chaisson. He has reportedly impressed HC Doug Marrone since returning from an early-camp hamstring injury.
Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake was out of his walking boot and jogging during Friday's practice, according to Kyle Odegard of the team's official site. We still don't have any details on Drake's injury. But HC Kliff Kingsbury hasn't sounded concerned, and Drake is obviously trending in the right direction. There's still elevated risk here -- but Drake's upside makes him worth the risk in the late 1st round or anywhere in the 2nd round of fantasy drafts. His ADP has sunk to 16th overall in best-ball drafts over the past few days.
Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury didn't seem concerned about RB Kenyan Drake and his walking boot when asked on Monday. "It's just some normal nicks and bruises, normal camp stuff," Kingsbury said. "It's just kind of precautionary with him, knowing what he'll be able to do." Drake himself tweeted, "no worries I'm good." So it doesn't sound like this is something to worry too much about, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. Drake is in line to handle a feature workload for the 1st time since at least high school. He didn't top 170 carries in any of his 4 seasons at Alabama or first 4 NFL campaigns.
Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake was sporting a walking boot at Monday's practice. Before you freak out, HC Kliff Kingsbury says it's a precautionary move due to "general training camp soreness." We'll certainly keep a close eye on Drake going forward, but we're not moving him in the RB rankings right now.
The Raiders signed RB Theo Riddick. The 29-year-old missed all of 2019 with a fractured shoulder but racked up 247 catches for the Lions over the previous 4 seasons. Riddick is a long shot to be a 2020 fantasy factor but could be a thorn in Josh Jacobs' side. The Raiders continue talking up Jacobs' role in the passing game -- but continue adding competition for backfield targets.
Raiders HC Jon Gruden says he wants to "get more out of [RB Josh Jacobs] in the passing game, more on the field on third down." Vegas' actions this offseason -- re-signing Jalen Richard and drafting Lynn Bowden -- might suggest otherwise. But Jacobs was considered a plus pass-catcher coming out of Alabama last year. He's said his goal is to catch 60 balls this season. That's lofty, but we are projecting an increase in pass-catching production. We'll continue to look for clues about how the Raiders will deploy Jacobs. His role in the passing game figures to determine whether he's an inconsistent, borderline RB1 or a bonafide fantasy stud.
Raiders WR Bryan Edwards has been 1 of the buzziest players in the league through the first 10 days of August. The Athletic's Vic Tafur says the rookie has been "impressing teammates and coaches alike with his playmaking ability." And QB Derek Carr recently compared Edwards to Davante Adams (who Carr played with at Fresno State.) “Bryan is a very violent route runner,” Carr said. “He’s very violent and aggressive in his cuts, in and out of his cuts. … He reminds me of, when the ball is in the air, of Davante (Adams). Great ball skills.” Edwards has a good shot to win a top 3 WR job this season and is worth considering as a late-round flier in your fantasy draft.
Raiders OC Greg Olson revealed that the team plans to use WR Henry Ruggs in the slot this season. Olson added that Ruggs can be "very multiple" and move around to "different spots." Very few guys are strictly slot receivers in today's NFL, so expect to see Ruggs kicked outside the numbers on occasion. But we do like his fit in the slot, where he'll avoid press coverage and work shorter routes to take advantage of his after-catch ability. This news also means that WR Hunter Renfrow might find it tough to find the field after playing 71% of his snaps in the slot last season. It also means that rookie WR Bryan Edwards has a good shot to win a top-3 WR job on the outside opposite Tyrell Williams.
Raiders WR Bryan Edwards (foot) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp, according to insider Adam Caplan. It's good news after Edwards fractured his left foot while training for the Combine back in February. The rookie is expected to open camp behind WR Tyrell Williams on the depth chart, per Caplan, but has the size and talent to push for a rookie-year role.
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs is expected to be ready for training camp, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ruggs suffered a cut to his thigh when he got pinned between a car and trailer while helping his friend move in May. He needed stitches but suffered no muscular damage, per Schefter. This should be a non-story going forward.
Raiders WR Henry Ruggs suffered a cut to his thigh while moving things into a trailer recently, his father told AL.com. "He was trying to move a trailer or something -- move furniture or something -- and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something," Ruggs' father said. "He's pretty much OK ... It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision." A Raiders source tells ESPN's Paul Gutierrez that Ruggs "will be fine." But his father revealed that he's using crutches to get around. We probably won't learn much more about the injury until players are cleared to report to their teams.
The Raiders added South Carolina WR Bryan Edwards in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He joins Henry Ruggs in Oakland’s remade WR corps. Edwards’ college production profile is as impressive as any WR in this class. He posted a 44-590-4 line as a 17-year-old true freshman and then led the Gamecocks with 64 catches, 793 yards and 5 scores as a sophomore. Edwards set new career highs with 846 yards and 7 TDs in 2018. And he turned in a 71-816-6 line this past year, despite missing 2 games. He led the SEC with 7.1 catches per game and ranked 4th with 81.6 receiving yards per game. Edwards is a 6’3, 212-pounder who plays to that size. He’s a tackle-breaker after the catch and is comfortable in contested situations. The big concern is Edwards’ injury history. He tore the meniscus in his right knee as a high school senior, strained a hamstring in 2016, hurt his left knee in 2019 and fractured his left foot while training for the Combine in February. Edwards figures to compete with Tyrell Williams for snaps in 2020.
The Raiders selected Alabama WR Henry Ruggs with the 12th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Ahead of CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy. Wow. Ruggs has field-tilting speed. He averaged 17.5 yards per catch over 3 college seasons and blazed a 4.27-second 40 time at the Combine. The 5’11, 188-pounder also crushed the vertical and broad jumps to earn a 99th percentile SPARQ score. Ruggs’ college production is lacking, though. He never topped 46 catches or 746 receiving yards in a season, despite catching passes from QB Tua Tagovailoa for much of that time. Ruggs feasted on weaker competition, averaging 100 yards and 1.2 TDs per game vs. Non-Power 5 schools over the last 2 seasons but just 47 yards and .6 TDs vs. Power 5 opponents. And, despite that elite speed, he made just 4 receptions 20+ yards downfield in 2019. Ruggs also dealt with a rib injury, a lower-body injury and a 3rd undisclosed injury this past season. “He was really a specialist in their offense where they designed certain plays for him,” an anonymous scout told The Athletic’s Bob McGinn. “He is fast, but when people get on him you don’t see the same speed and route running. When he gets the ball, if he has a clear path, he can go. But he’s not a make-you-miss player.” It’ll be a disappointment if Ruggs doesn’t immediately carve out a significant role as a rookie, although we don’t like this fit with the conservative Derek Carr.
The Raiders have reached a 3-year, $36 million deal with LB Cory Littleton. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it will include $22 million guaranteed. That follow's Las Vegas' Monday deal with LB Nick Kwiatkoski to likely fill the team's 2 full-time LB roles for the coming season. Littleton clearly stands as the better player, but we'll see exactly what their roles look like. Littleton became a versatile performer with the Rams, delivering in the pass rush and coverage. He'll remain a stellar bet for fantasy production in the middle of a defense that delivered Tahir Whitehead 108 tackles in 2019. There's room, though, for Kwiatkoski to also reach fantasy-starter territory -- at least in low LB3 range.
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