Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) said Wednesday that he has "full confidence" that he'll be back for Week 5 against the Eagles. That'd be on the short end of the original timetable for his return. "I'm not going to promise anything because I don't know exactly where this mono thing is going," Darnold admitted. "But that's the goal that the doctors have set, and that's the goal that I have set the game to be back for."
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Jets QB Sam Darnold (mono) is expected to be sidelined 3-7 weeks. Rapoport adds that it's "overly optimistic" to expect Darnold back immediately after New York's Week 4 bye. So it's going to be the Trevor Siemian show for a while. Darnold isn't worth stashing outside of 2-QB leagues.
Jets HC Adam Gase announced Thursday that QB Sam Darnold will miss "multiple games" with mono. So consider him out at least for Monday night's game vs. the Browns and Week 3 against the Patriots. The Jets have a Week 4 bye. That leaves QB Trevor Siemian as New York's starter. The 27-year-old completed just 59.3% of his passes with 6.8 yards per attempt in Denver across 2016 and 2017. He spent last year backing up Kirk Cousins in Minnesota. Siemian completed 78% of his passes this preseason but averaged a pathetic 4.9 yards per attempt. This is obviously a major downgrade for the Jets passing game. We'd try to avoid WRs Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder in Week 2 fantasy lineups.
Cardinals LB Haason Reddick is active for today's game against the Lions. He entered questionable with the knee that required arthroscopic surgery during camp. We'll see how many snaps Reddick plays, but the active status bodes well for his longer-term IDP outlook.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) is active for today’ game against the Bills. He was limited in practice all week, so don’t expect him to be at 100%. That, plus a matchup with CB Tre'Davious White, makes Anderson a shaky WR3 option.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) is "trending toward playing" against the Bills today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Anderson was limited in practice all week, and it still doesn't sound like he's at 100% He's a risky WR3 in a tough matchup vs. Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills. HC Adam Gase has said that Anderson will play, but it doesn't look like he'll be at 100%. That, plus a matchup with stud CB Tre'Davious White, makes Anderson a shaky WR3 option.
Cardinals ILB Haason Reddick is questionable for Sunday's opener against the Lions. Reddick suffered a knee injury at the beginning of training camp that required arthroscopic surgery. He returned to practice only this week for limited workouts. So even if Reddick is active Sunday, he doesn't seem a good bet for full playing time. Try to wait for another week for him.
Jets WR Robby Anderson (calf) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice. HC Adam Gase said Thursday, though, that Anderson "looks good" and is "ready to roll" for this weekend's opener against the Bills. We'll see if Anderson progresses to full participation on Thursday or Friday.
Jets HC Adam Gase said WR Robby Anderson (calf) is "trending toward playing on Sunday" against the Bills. Anderson suffered a calf injury in late August, but it never seemed serious. We'll track his practice participation this week, but expect him to be out there for a tough matchup with Bills CB Tre'Davious White.
HC Adam Gase's Dolphins were the slowest-paced offense in the NFL from 2016-2018, running a play once every 29.8 seconds of game clock, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But Gase wants to get back to more of the uptempo attack he ran in Denver, when his Broncos snapped it every 25.3 seconds -- 3rd fastest. We've noticed the Jets playing faster this preseason and discussed it on the latest podcast. QB Sam Darnold is a fan. "That got me excited because I've been in an offense where last year was more slow-paced," he said. "In high school and college, I was in those fast-paced, no-huddle offenses. I just kind of felt more comfortable doing that kind of stuff. It's going to be a lot of fun this year." A faster pace means more plays. And more plays mean more fantasy points. The Jets offense -- and the passing game in particular -- looks set to exceed expectations this season.
Jets WR Robby Anderson is sidelined with a calf injury. "I don't know if it's a concern, but any time you have a soft-tissue injury, it's an unknown," HC Adam Gase said. "That's why it's day-to-day. Hopefully we'll get him back for the practices and give him a full week and he feels good and we'll be ready to roll." This will be a situation to monitor leading up to the Jets' opener against the Bills next weekend.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said WR David Moore will be out "a while" with a shoulder injury suffered in Thursday's practice. Carroll added that Moore won't be ready for Week 1 but gave no timetable beyond that. With WR D.K. Metcalf recovering from knee surgery, Jaron Brown is in line to open the season as Seattle's #2 WR. WR Tyler Lockett figures to dominate targets early on.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Panthers have agreed with S Tre Boston to a 1-year deal worth $3 million. Boston took a while to find a new home after solid play in Arizona last year. But he lands in a Carolina defense that's replacing S Mike Adams in the starting lineup. The early front-runner has been Rashaan Gaulden, a 3rd-round pick last year who played CB in college and spent just 143 snaps on the field as a rookie. Boston likely arrives as at least insurance and a potential rotational player. The Panthers have reportedly worked Gaulden at nickel corner some, in addition to safety. This will be a situation to watch for IDP upside -- especially after Carolina let longtime LB Thomas Davis walk in free agency.
The Panthers will shift to a primarily 3-4 front on defense in 2019, ESPN's David Newton reports. The change follows Carolina's lowest sack total since HC Ron Rivera's 1st season in 2012. It also returns Rivera's scheme to the version he ran with the 2010 Chargers. The change means Kawann Short will move primarily from 4-3 DT to 3-4 DE. It also means that edge players Mario Addison, Bruce Irvin, Brian Burns and Marquis Haynes could find themselves classified as OLBs rather than DEs. The position designations for 2019 might depend on which commissioner site your league uses. Keep an eye out for potential changes as we get into IDP draft season.
The Panthers nabbed West Virginia QB Will Grier with the 100th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Grier was a 2-year starter for West Virginia after transferring from Florida. He completed 65.7% of his passes and averaged 9.4 yards per attempt in his 2 seasons in Morgantown. Grier earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best passing grade in 2018 (behind Kyler Murray) and ranked 6th in this draft class in adjusted completion rate. He wasn’t a rushing threat at West Virginia but did post a 58th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Grier should be considered the favorite to win the backup job behind Cam Newton in 2019 and has some long-term starter potential.
The Panthers spent their 1st-round pick on DE Brian Burns in the NFL Draft. Burns tallied 9.5, 13.5 and 15.5 tackles for loss in 3 seasons at Florida State, including 8.5, 4.5 and 10 sacks. Burns might need to add weight beyond the 249 he logged at the Combine before he's ready for regular NFL duty. But he should at least be a rotational factor soon in a Carolina D desperately in need of new edge talent. The DE designation will help his IDP outlook.
The Raiders have traded G Kelechi Osemele and a 6th-round pick to the Jets for a 5th-rounder. It's a cost-cutting move for Oakland, who is about to hand WR Antonio Brown a big contract. Osemele is coming off a down 2018 that saw him miss 5 games and finish 61st among 77 Gs in Pro Football Focus' grades. But he'll turn just 30 in June and was 1 of PFF's top-graded Gs in each of the previous 4 seasons. He should be a big upgrade for the interior of New York's O-line.
Saints WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) is inactive for today's NFC Championship game against the Rams. He played 69% of the offensive snaps last week -- 2nd most among New Orleans WRs. So his absence should mean more playing time for Ted Ginn and especially Tre'Quan Smith. Ginn remains the better fantasy bet, but Smith is an intriguing DFS flier.
Adam Gase has been hired as the Jets' HC. A hot name on the coaching market just 3 years ago, Gase underwhelmed in Miami, compiling a 23-25 record. The former OC's Dolphins offenses never ranked better than 24th in yards or 17th in points. In his defense, Gase was working with 1 of the weaker rosters in the league. The Jets aren't exactly loaded right now, but they do have a promising, young QB in Sam Darnold.
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