The Athletic's Connor Hughes expects Jets WR Jamison Crowder to be a "reception animal" this season and believes he could "creep near or past 100 catches." We'll comfortably bet the under there -- but the takeaway is that Crowder is in line for big volume. "He and [QB Sam] Darnold found chemistry the moment they stepped on the field together," Hughes writes. "They see plays the exact same way, which helps the two connect when things break down." In the Jets' preseason opener, Darnold targeted Crowder on 2 of his 5 passes, completing both for 31 yards and a score. Crowder looks like a big value at his recent 14th-round ADP.
Cardinals TE Charles Clay (knee) has been activated from the PUP list. Despite missing the first couple of weeks of camp, he was listed as the starting TE on Arizona's initial depth chart. That makes him the best fantasy bet of the bunch for now, but he's not an exciting pick with the Cardinals expected to feature their WRs and RB David Johnson in the passing game.
HC Matt Nagy said Sunday that WR Anthony Miller sprained his right ankle in Saturday's practice, the team announced. Nagy said he doesn't expect the injury to challenge Miller's Week 1 availability. We'll see how soon the 2nd-year wideout returns to the field.
Broncos RB Theo Riddick suffered a "slight" shoulder fracture in the team's preseason opener, insider Mike Klis reports. Riddick is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks with the injury. That puts him back on the field in late September or early October, so Riddick figures to miss the first 2-4 games of the season. Of course, the missed time is an even bigger problem considering he just joined the team a week ago. Riddick isn't worth a pick in fantasy drafts.
Jets K Chandler Catanzaro announced his retirement on Sunday. The 28-year-old had reportedly been struggling in training camp and missed 2 XPs in the preseason opener. The Jets have signed K Taylor Bertolet to replace Catanzaro. Bertolet spent last summer with the Jets, connecting on all 4 of his FG attempts and 3 of 4 XPs in preseason action before getting cut prior to Week 1. Bertolet has yet to attempt a regular-season kick as a pro.
49ers WR Trent Taylor underwent surgery to repair a broken foot, GM John Lynch said in an interview during Saturday night's preseason opener. Lynch didn't give a timetable for Taylor's return, only saying he hopes to get him back "early" in the season. We'll keep an eye on his rehab, but Taylor isn't worth rostering in redraft leagues. San Francisco's WR depth chart remains seemingly fluid at this point, with Dante Pettis, Deebo Samuel, Marquise Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne, Richie James, Jordan Matthews and Jalen Hurd battling for playing time.
Jaguars HC Doug Marrone admitted Saturday that WR Marqise Lee might miss the start of the season. He remains on the PUP list after suffering a significant knee injury last August. Lee isn't worth a pick in fantasy drafts. Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark and Chris Conley are expected to open the season as Jacksonville's top 3 WRs.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins has been sidelined the past couple of days with a foot injury. “Ongoing evaluation on him,” HC Frank Reich said Saturday. “Trying to determine the best course of action on his foot.” Wilkins' absence will gives RBs D'Onta Foreman and Jonathan Williams a chance to make up some ground on the depth chart. Those 3 guys could be fighting for just 1 roster spot behind Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines.
Ravens WR Marquise Brown (foot) participated in 7-on-7 drills on Saturday for the 1st time. "He went real fast," WR coach David Culley said afterward. "He didn’t feel fast. But I told him that I didn’t see anything that would say he’s been injured. He’s not quite where he was before, but I like where he’s at." The Ravens haven't yet decided whether Brown will play in the 2nd preseason game, but he seems to be on track for Week 1. The rookie is worth late-round consideration in fantasy drafts.
The Lions have activated DE Trey Flowers from the PUP list. NFL.com's Jelani Scott reports that the free-agent addition joined his team for practice Saturday. Flowers opened camp on the PUP as he worked back from offseason shoulder surgery, a known issue at his signing. We'll watch his progress, but Flowers should be fine to draft as planned in IDP leagues.
The Eagles announced Saturday that TE Dallas Goedert will miss the rest of the preseason after he sustained a calf injury in Thursday night's preseason opener. The injury isn't considered serious, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Goedert's expected to be ready for the regular season. The team has deemed him "week to week" for now. RT Lane Johnson sits in the same category with a knee issue. His status will be worth watching as well, as Week 1 draws closer.
ProFootballTalk reports that the NFL is expected to decide this week whether Raiders WR Antonio Brown can wear his discontinued helmet model this season. Brown filed a grievance to get the helmet approved and has threatened to quit if he can't wear his chosen headgear. It would be nice if fantasy football owners -- not to mention the Raiders -- can get this situation sorted out before we get to heavy draft season.
Bears WR Anthony Miller left practice Saturday with an apparent injury to his right ankle or foot, according to ESPN's Jeff Dickerson. Miller reportedly landed awkwardly after a jump ball in a 1-on-1 drill. We'll keep an eye out for a specific diagnosis. If you're drafting today, perhaps wait an extra round on Miller. He's going late enough to be relatively low-risk either way, though.
Texans HC Bill O'Brien gave an update on WR Keke Coutee's ankle injury Saturday, and he didn't sound positive. Seemingly answering a question about whether Coutee or QB A.J. McCarron would be back soon, the coach said he didn't "expect either one of them to be back soon relative to what soon means," according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. O'Brien added: "Like tomorrow? No. A week from now? Probably not. We'll just keep playing it by ear." We'll see if Coutee's injury lingers beyond that rough timeline projection.
Packers RB Aaron Jones returned to the field Saturday, according to beat writer Jason Wilde. Jones missed about a week with hamstring trouble, but the fact that he's back at this still early stage in the preseason leaves us unworried. We'll see if Jones can avoid recurrences of an issue that also cost him time last summer. He jumped right back in with the 1st team upon his return.
Raiders WR Antonio Brown is threatening to walk away from football unless he can wear his preferred helmet, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Yeah, seriously. Brown claims the new helmet makes it harder to catch the ball. He tried to convince league officials to let him wear his old helmet during a 2-hour conference call on Friday. According to Schefter, “a decision could come as early as next week.” It’s a jaw-dropping turn of events, especially with Brown still dealing with a foot ailment. Draft AB at your own risk.
Patriots WR N'Keal Harry suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday night's preseason opener. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game, which usually means the injury isn't serious. The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy hears, though, that Harry will "likely" miss some practice time. The rookie is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he was already seemingly behind Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers on the depth chart (in addition to Julian Edelman). Harry remains a high-end prospect but won't be an early-season fantasy option.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken hears that Raiders WR Antonio Brown is expected to re-join the team "in the near future." He's been away getting treatment on his frostbitten (?) feet. Gehlken adds that the ailment is "largely considered a non-issue moving forward." We haven't yet moved Brown down the WR rankings, but he needs to get on the field to build some chemistry with QB Derek Carr in a new offense.
The Colts are “confident” and “optimistic” that QB Andrew Luck (calf) will be ready for the start of the season, according to insider George Bremer. That's something short of an outright guarantee, although it certainly sounds like Luck is more likely than not to be out there for Week 1. His calf injury has lingered since the spring, and he's now been sidelined for the past week-and-a-half. HC Frank Reich said Friday that Luck isn't expected to practice the next 3 days, adding that Luck is still is experiencing pain in that calf. We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one.
Browns WR Antonio Callaway has been suspended 4 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Callaway has already unsuccessfully tried to appeal the ban. The 22-year-old entered the league last year with major character concerns, so this shouldn't come as a major surprise. The news also explains why Callaway has been running behind WR Rashard Higgins in training camp. Higgins will open the season as Cleveland's #3 WR. Callaway isn't worth rostering redraft leagues.
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