ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play against the Bucs tonight. Olsen is listed as questionable but put in a full practice on Wednesday. HC Ron Rivera told Werder that he has "no concern" about Olsen. Although he posted just a 4-36 line in the opener, Olsen played 94% of the offensive snaps and saw 9 targets. He's a fine, low-end TE1 in Week 2 fantasy lineups.
Seahawks TE Will Dissly (knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday. So it looks like he's fine after exiting in the 2nd half of the opener. Dissly remains just a fantasy flier.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett did not practice on Wednesday and is listed on the injury report with a back. It's the 1st we've heard of the issue. It's possible that this was more of a rest day for Lockett, but we'll need to monitor the situation. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. He didn't practice at all this week but said Tuesday that he "plans" to play. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Thursday. If Olsen can't go, TE Ian Thomas will be an intriguing spot starter. He racked up 27 targets, 20 catches, 200 yards and 2 TDs over last season's final 4 games, with Olsen sidelined.
Update: Olsen was listed as a full participant on Wednesday, so expect him to play.
Panthers TE Greg Olsen has missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a back injury. He told reporters that he "plans to play" against the Bucs on Thursday night but seemed to stop short of guaranteeing it. We'll get another update on Olsen tomorrow.
Seahawks TE Will Dissly injured his right knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's opener against the Bengals. That's the same knee in which Dissly tore the patellar tendon last September. It's unclear if this is related, but we should learn more over the next 24 hours.
Seahawks DE Ezekiel Ansah is out for today's game against the Bengals. Ansah was listed on the injury report with the shoulder that had offseason surgery. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says he has been dealing with a groin issue lately, though. Ansah probably shouldn't be in IDP lineups until we see him for at least 1 game.
Seahawks DE Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's opener against the Bengals. Ansah put in limited practices all week and should be ready to play. For how many snaps coming off his shoulder surgery? We'll see. Ansah is a risk-reward option for sack-heavy IDP formats. Rookie DE L.J. Collier is not yet ready to return from his summer ankle injury. He put in limited practices all week, but Seattle has ruled him out agains the Bengals.
Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. The rookie has a shot to quickly emerge as Seattle’s #2 WR. But consider him just a DFS tournament option for the opener after he underwent knee surgery a few weeks ago.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said that WR D.K. Metcalf "looked great" while putting in a full practice Monday and has made a "fantastic recovery" from his August knee surgery, according to Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. Bell adds that "all signs" point to Metcalf playing in Sunday's regular-season opener against the Bengals. We'll see exactly what role the 2nd-round rookie is in for after missing nearly 2 weeks. Seattle also brought back veteran WR Jaron Brown on Monday after cutting him over the weekend. Don't plan to use Metcalf in your Week 1 fantasy football lineups unless you play in an especially deep league.
The Seahawks have re-signed WR Jaron Brown. He was expected to open the season as the team's #2 WR before unexpectedly getting cut over the weekend. Brown should step back into the role -- at least until rookie D.K. Metcalf is ready to return from his knee issue.
Multiple outlets report that the Seahawks have agreed to a deal with Houston that will send Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle for a 3rd-round pick and a couple of lower-level players. Ian Rapoport reports that Clowney is said to be in the best shape he has been for years and should be ready to jump into the Seattle lineup right away. Moving to the Seahawks’ 4-3 base defense should mean DL eligibility for Clowney across IDP leagues — if you’re league hosting site makes adjustments this late in the year
The Seahawks are planning to release WR Jaron Brown, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's reportedly a cap-related move after the acquisition of DE Jadeveon Clowney. It still comes as a surprise, though, because Brown was slated to open the season as Seattle's #2 WR. Assuming D.K. Metcalf (knee) isn't ready, the Seahawks will be down to Malik Turner, John Ursua and Gary Jennings behind Tyler Lockett.
Patriots WR Josh Gordon played over a quarter in Thursday night's preseason finale, catching 2 of 6 targets from QB Jarrett Stidham for 30 yards. He also drew a pass-interference penalty. Gordon appeared to be in excellent shape, just 2 weeks after being reinstated. It's still possible that he's on a snap count early in the season, but Gordon doesn't need many snaps to do damage. His recent 12-team ADP is sitting at 6.04.
Patriots WR Josh Gordon has passed his physical and been activated from the NFI list, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Gordon was in full pads for Sunday's practice. We'll be looking for reports on what kind of shape he's in, but he's seemingly on track to be out there come Week 1. Gordon's ADP is sitting in the mid-7th-round in best balls on DRAFT over the past week.
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.
Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf was inactive for Sunday night's game against the Vikings with what GM John Schneider called a "sore leg" during a radio interview. After the game, however, HC Pete Carroll said the rookie needs knee surgery, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. "Don't think he'll be out long," Pelissero added. We'll see about further details on this issue. But even if it's a quick turnaround, it hurts Metcalf's chances of cracking the starting lineup early in the regular season.
Former QB and current ESPN Seattle analyst Brock Huard believes Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett is in for a busy and productive season. “I’ve never seen a guy so dominant in his execution in the movement within an offense as I did with Tyler this offseason,” Huard said. “He’s in the slot, he’s at X, he’s at Z, he’s on jet sweeps, he’s everywhere. In the last about 11 years of doing this job and watching thousands of Seahawk practices, if you add them all up over all of the years, I’ve never seen the Seahawks most highlight one player the way they did Tyler Lockett this offseason.” Strong words. Lockett has been super efficient throughout his first 4 NFL seasons, posting a 70.3% catch rate and 14.3 yards per catch. While Seattle's run-focused offense caps his upside a bit, there are 73 targets up for grabs with Doug Baldwin's retirement. That's enough to make Lockett a nice WR2 target in fantasy drafts.
The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots WR Josh Gordon, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. He can rejoin the team on Sunday for meetings, conditioning work and individual drills, according to the statement released by the league. The statement doesn’t say whether Gordon is eligible to play in games yet — but Schefter confirms that he’s “ready to go for the regular season.” Of course, fantasy drafters need to be wary of the potential for relapse. Gordon performed like a WR2 after joining the Pats during last season, though, and remains a high-upside fantasy prospect. His return crushes the sleeper prospects of guys like N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers and Maurice Harris. QB Tom Brady obviously gets a boost. Check out our updated projections for all of the Patriots.
Seahawks OC Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday that he's looking to get RB Chris Carson more targets this year. "We need to get him more involved in the passing game," Schotty said. "He’s got unbelievable hands, and he’s a problem for people coming out of the backfield." Carson saw just 24 targets last season but caught 20 of them for 162 yards (8.2 YPC). He ranked 19th in Pro Football Focus' receiving grades among 62 RBs with 20+ targets. Carson has reportedly been splitting out wide in camp -- something he rarely did last year. Increased passing-game usage would obviously be a boon to Carson's season-long upside and week-to-week reliability. He remains a nice value at his mid-5th-round ADP.
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