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UDFA RB Isaiah Crowell rushed 13 times for 102 yards with a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

With Ben Tate and Dion Lewis playing sparingly, Crowell finally got an extensive chance in the preseason. The former five-star recruit made the most of it, thoroughly outplaying a disappointing Terrance West (six carries, 13 yards). The Browns may have shot themselves in the foot now though, as Crowell will be almost impossible to sneak onto the practice squad. They have some hard decisions to make at the running back spot before Saturday.
Aug 29 - 12:03 AM

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant sustained a right AC shoulder sprain during Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers.

The severity of Bryant's sprain is unknown. The fourth-round rookie finishes the preseason with six catches for 68 yards with one touchdown. Perhaps the Steelers will stash him on IR/recall as he was unlikely to crack the active roster on Sundays anyway.
Aug 28 - 11:48 PM

The rib injury Sammy Watkins suffered Thursday night is in the same area as the one he suffered on August 17.

Watkins was led too far on a slant by E.J. Manuel, allowing the rookie to take a forearm to the ribs from Lions LB Ashlee Palmer. Watkins was escorted to the locker room for tests, the results of which are unknown. With this recurring injury and Manuel looking like one of the worst quarterbacks in the league, Watkins is a prime candidate to be overdrafted.
Aug 28 - 11:33 PM

Eagles K Cody Parkey went 3-of-3 on field goals in Thursday night's preseason finale, including two from 50-plus.

This should be the end of the Alex Henery era in Philadelphia. The shaky Henery has never made a single field goal longer than 51 yards in his career, and Parkey goes out and makes one from 53 and another from 54. We'll know for certain on Saturday, but it's looking like kicker streamers can turn to Parkey.
Aug 28 - 11:26 PM

Working as the starter, Derek Carr completed 11-of-13 passes for 143 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Thursday's preseason finale against the Seahawks.

Carr stood tall in the pocket, threw darts all over the field and led the Raiders on four straight touchdown drives against the defending Super Bowl champs. In other words, he was the anti-Matt Schaub (elbow, day to day). In three preseason outings, Carr is 30-of-45 (66.6%) for 326 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. To steal a quote from Joe Theismann, if this were a competition, there wouldn't be a competition. The Raiders must realize that Carr, not Schaub, gives them the best chance to win football games.
Aug 28 - 11:12 PM

New Patriots TE Tim Wright caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Giants.

Wright operated as New England's "move" tight end with the Jimmy Garoppolo group. The Pats' starters didn't play. Wright has enough talent to earn more playing time as the season progresses, but for now he's no more than a coin-flip fantasy TE2. His ceiling is capped by a deep pass-catching corps in Foxboro.
Aug 28 - 10:51 PM

Aaron Dobson caught 3-of-9 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' preseason finale Thursday night.

The efficiency wasn't there, but Dobson's playmaking ability flashed, highlighted by a 33-yard touchdown catch delivered by rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Behind Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen, Dobson is arguably the highest ceiling skill-position player on New England's roster. We suspect he'll open the season sharing time with Kenbrell Thompkins at "X" receiver, before overtaking Thompkins eventually, assuming Dobson can sustain health.
Aug 28 - 10:49 PM

Terrance West managed 13 yards on six carries, lost a fumble, and was not targeted in the passing game in Cleveland's preseason finale.

Ben Tate started and rushed three times for eight yards with a touchdown. Tate is locked in as Cleveland's starter entering the year, after clearly outplaying West this preseason. West finishes the exhibition season with 31 carries for 83 yards (2.68 YPC). He's no more than a handcuff for Tate at this stage, albeit a relatively attractive one based on Tate's injury history.
Aug 28 - 10:09 PM

Johnny Manziel completed 6-of-17 passes for 83 yards with a touchdown and ran four times for 55 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bears.

Brian Hoyer started and led the team down the field on an 85-yard touchdown drive. He then gave way to Manziel for five possessions. Manziel wasn't particularly accurate once again, but made up for it with his trademark improvisational ability and legs. Through four preseason games, Manziel is 30-of-58 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed 12 times for 88 yards with another score. It's going to be very difficult for the Browns to keep Johnny Football on the bench for long -- especially if Hoyer struggles during the first three games (at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL).
Aug 28 - 10:06 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed 20 times for 90 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 70 yards in the Bengals' preseason finale Thursday night.

Starter Gio Bernard rested. Hill was utilized as a true every-down back, while being occasionally spelled by UDFA James Wilder. Hill exited at one point with an elbow injury, but returned to the game. He also blew a blitz pickup, getting Jason Campbell sacked. Core players don't typically get the kind of usage Hill did in exhibition finales, so it's hard to say with any certainty what this means for his Week 1 role. Bernard will be a quality RB2 play against the Ravens. Hill will be a dicey flex option until we get some clarity.
Aug 28 - 9:56 PM

Teddy Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night.

The 32nd overall pick in May's draft wraps up the exhibition season 30-of-49 passing for 283 yards and a 5:0 TD-to-INT ratio. His passer rating was 111.2. Matt Cassel remains entrenched as Minnesota's Week 1 starter, and should have a somewhat long leash to open the season. But once he starts stumbling -- and that'll most likely happen at some point -- the calls for Teddy will begin.
Aug 28 - 9:39 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) was spotted warming up on the field before Thursday's preseason finale at Dallas.

Obviously, it's a fantastic sign that Welker was cleared to be on the team flight and get some on-field work in prior to the game. He still has a series of tests to pass before full clearance, but he's on the right track. The Broncos open up against the Colts on Sunday Night Football Sept. 7.
Aug 28 - 9:09 PM

Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins suffered a concussion in Thursday night's preseason finale.

Jenkins has had a very quiet training camp, battling injuries and failing to so much as earn a Rotoworld blurb since June. If he's on the roster bubble, suffering a concussion right before final cuts can only hurt him.
Aug 28 - 8:57 PM

Eli Manning completed 1-of-4 passes for zero yards in the Giants' preseason finale Thursday night.

That is, indeed, a real stat line. Eli finishes the preseason 20-of-41 (48.8 percent) passing for 188 yards (4.59 YPA), one touchdown, three fumbles (one lost), and five sacks absorbed. An offseason report from ESPN stated the Giants were concerned Eli had reached his decline phase. He's done nothing to diminish those worries in August. We can't even condone drafting him in two-QB leagues.
Aug 28 - 8:13 PM

Colts G/T Joe Reitz was forced from Thursday's preseason finale with a high-ankle sprain.

The injury is to his left ankle. Reitz is one of the top reserves along the Colts' entire line, so it's a big blow. He's unlikely to return before October.
Aug 28 - 8:05 PM



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