On Sunday, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. let fantasy owners know that he’s back. Nine grabs, two touchdowns, smooth route running and the ridiculous ball skills to finish plays. But what should we make of Isaiah Crowell’s subpar production? And who is jumping on the Chris Thompson train with me? Let’s get into that along with a look at Christian McCaffrey, the Eagles’ running backs and Stefon Diggs’ monster day against the Bucs. Here are my Week 3 fantasy takeaways.
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John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals, quadriceps: After missing last week due to a nagging quad injury, Brown will sit again. A nonparticipant in practice throughout the week, Brown has not tested the leg enough to inspire confidence that he could play at competition level without a setback. Earlier in the week, coach Bruce Arians said it would have to be “miraculous” for Brown to suit up Monday night. Unfortunately, no miracles this week.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, right shoulder/ankle, (Q): Despite the questionable tag, Newton is expected to play. The bigger question, perhaps, is just how effective he will be, not so much with his throwing arm but with his running legs. Newton is expected to get rest each week for his shoulder after undergoing offseason surgery. He has not had any setbacks with his shoulder since the season began. In Week 2, however, Newton’s previously reconstructed ankle became an issue again. At one point, Newton was down on the field for a period of time after the ankle injury, ultimately walking off under his own power, accompanied by the medical staff. While the injury doesn’t appear serious, it may result in Newton’s being even less inclined to scramble.
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Brady was handily outplayed by Alex Smith in the Patriots’ season opener, completing less than 50 percent of his passes and failing to find the end zone. That could be a function of the Chiefs’ smothering pass defense, or just the natural progression of time finally catching up to the 40-year-old quarterback.
He’ll have the opportunity for a major rebound in Week 2 against a Saints secondary that allowed Sam Bradford to throw for 346 yards on Monday night. Brady’s dodged prolonged slumps throughout his career, but a poor performance in New Orleans could leave him wandering through a valley he’s rarely had to visit.
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“I continue to hear that it’s possible that Sam Darnold is going to stay in school, and I continue to hear that it’s possible that Josh Rosen is going to stay in school,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan Show on Friday.
There’s a very real possibility that Jackson will end up being a candidate — if not the favorite — to be the No. 1 overall selection for whatever NFL team is “lucky” enough to be that bad.
Even if you’re tuning in with your super serious scouting clipboard to take notes on Jackson’s NFL aptitude, it’s pretty easy to appreciate why he’s so fun to watch in the first place.
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The Miami Dolphins have suspended Lawrence Timmons indefinitely after missing the team’s season opener against the Chargers, the team announced on Tuesday.
The Dolphins filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this past weekend for Timmons, per TMZ. Timmons was reportedly not in his hotel room the night before the game at bed check, before being found by police at LAX.
The indefinite suspension perhaps shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Head coach Adam Gase declined to comment on the situation on Monday. But when asked about his tolerance for a violation of those rules, he said via ESPN, “What do you think?” he said. “I’ve got two rules. It’s not hard.”
And that’s not all. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio says that the team knew Cravens was planning to report, and it’s possible Cravens will still show up at Washington’s facility on Tuesday.
The team initially put Cravens on the exempt/left squad list to give him time to decide what he wanted to do about his future, and he was expected to miss about a month of playing time. Placing him on the reserve/left squad list does free up a roster spot for Washington, but it still retains the rights to Cravens.
Deshazor Everett has taken over Cravens’ spot on the depth chart. Everett has 10 tackles over Washington’s first two games.
Cravens cannot return to the team or participate in any team activities for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old safety has been rehabbing a knee that required minor offseason surgery to clean up some meniscus damage, but he had been medically cleared to play in Week 1.
Injuries also held him back in his rookie season. Cravens suffered a concussion and a torn bicep, and he reportedly began to consider retirement at that time.
Cravens was drafted by Washington in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He started three games in his rookie season, contributing 34 tackles, one sack, and one pick.
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The study, published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Translational Psychiatry, suggests that children exposed to tackle football before the age of 12 are two times more likely to develop behavioral and emotional impairments later in life than those who start playing after that age. It also indicates that kids who start playing tackle before 12 are three times more likely to develop symptoms of depression later in life than kids who begin playing at 12 or older.
Stern acknowledged that the research released Tuesday has limitations and that the science has a long way to go. He noted that the subjects in the study were not random but instead had volunteered to participate. As well, the research was conducted through phone and online surveys, making it less robust than had the examinations been performed in person.
Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer received his unofficial AFC North introduction in the second quarter Sunday. He shuffled into the middle of the field before launching into a slide a few yards later. That’s when Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier planted his helmet in Kizer’s shoulder and drove it into the ground.
The hit drew an unnecessary roughness penalty, but it was an informal salute. Kizer can expect more in Week 2 at Baltimore. He’s going to get hit, but Cleveland can’t let him get hit this much.
RC: The answer has to be DeShone Kizer. The rookie from Notre Dame had a wonderful preseason (and it was clear Brock Osweiler was not the answer at quarterback for the Browns). Kizer was named the Week 1 starter and, barring injury or extremely poor play, he should start all 16 games.
Kizer’s main competition will be Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky, who should supplant Mike Glennon as the Bears’ starter by the end of the season.
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NM: Trubisky is the likely answer. The Bears have some talent on both sides of the ball, particularly at running back and on the defensive line, but they are likely to be hamstrung by the investment they made in Mike Glennon at quarterback. Glennon has been terrible this preseason and there is little history to suggest he will improve in the regular season. Coach John Fox’s job is on the line going into the campaign and, once the Bears lose a few games, expect Fox to turn to the player on whom Chicago spent the No. 2 overall pick.
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Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation across the southern parts of Texas, including Houston.
As millions of dollars have poured in for relief, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he hopes the team’s home opener Sept. 10 against the Jaguars in Week 1 will help boost the city’s morale.
We feel like people can get to the game, so we feel strongly about playing the game in our stadium, O’Brien said on ESPN’s Mike & Mike. Obviously that will be in conjunction with the mayor, city council and all that. But I do feel strongly about playing there.
The Texans and Cowboys were scheduled to play Thursday for their final preseason game, but it was scrapped so both teams could be with their families. The game originally was supposed to be played in Houston, but the Cowboys offered their facilities as Harvey made landfall and the Texans have been in Dallas-Fort Worth since the weekend.
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In the end, the NFL decided the game wasn’t worth it.
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It became much more about family than football. … As far as playing a game, it was time to get home and that’s what we decided to do.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been instrumental in raising funds for hurricane relief. His fundraiser had collected more than $10 million as of Thursday, and the number is expected to grow.
If you didn’t know who Scott Tolzien was prior to Sunday, it’s understandable. He was the Colts backup QB, for some reason, who became their starter since the team botched the handling of Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury … in 2015.
Anyway, Tolzien flirted with a dubious historical distinction this week against the Rams, the record for pick-sixes in one game.
Rich Gannon threw three of them in Super Bowl 37. And the last time anyone did it was 2007 when Eli Manning threw three against the Vikings.
He started his holdout at the beginning of camp, with reports suggesting that Donald was ready to miss regular-season games. That was always a long shot, given that it’s an extreme negotiating tactic, but his late arrival to the Rams means it’s unlikely he plays Sunday.
Donald has been an instant star from the moment the Rams selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Through three seasons, he has 28 sacks and four forced fumbles, emerging as one of the league’s best interior pass rushers.
It might be a bit of a transition for Donald, who missed a month of practice and is moving to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ preferred 3-4 scheme. Still, he has the talent to seamlessly ease into the system and continue being one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in football.
Adrian Peterson may have received all of the attention before facing his former team on Monday night, but Stefon Diggs stole the show in Minnesota.
The veteran running back managed just 14 yards in the first half, while Diggs had six receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.
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This year marks Peterson’s first season with the Saints, after he played his entire career with the Vikings.
No, he told reporters after the game. Listen, I’d tell you if we were in a heated exchange, so why don’t you ask him? He was into it, we were all into it, there was none that I can recall. And I’m being honest.
While Wentz turned the ball over twice, he’s not entirely at blame for the giveaways. The pick-six he threw to Ryan Kerrigan was tipped slightly by Stacy McGee at the line of scrimmage, and the lost fumble was a backward swing pass that Agholor couldn’t hold on to.
Smith was at fault there, but Wentz might have cost Smith one of the biggest games of his career. Multiple times, Smith got open for what might have been a long touchdown, but Wentz missed on his pass. Wentz’s first throw of the game was a play-action pass with a seven-step drop and a bomb to Smith, who ran by Josh Norman, but Wentz underthrew the pass and Norman nearly picked it off:
Later, in the fourth quarter, coach Doug Pederson went back to the well and got Smith matched up against Norman, who never really shadowed Alshon Jeffery across the field despite the pregame hype. Smith ran by Norman for what should have been a long touchdown, but this time, Wentz overthrew his new wideout by 2 yards.
His experience ranges from tutoring Hines Ward at the University of Georgia to current Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. Both Ward (Pittsburgh Steelers 1998-2011) and Fitzgerald are two of the best-ever NFL blocking receivers.
In a nation, in an NFL today where racial and social strife are interlocking in rampant ways, Khan has a story to tell about his experience. His hope.
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Every international flight I was on for a few years after that, I was the one pulled off the plane for further screening. My wife and I began to joke about it. As agents would enter, we’d say to the other passengers, ‘They’re coming for us. Let’s get this over with so we can go.’ But there was an incident in Detroit in 2005 that was a watershed moment for me.
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Matthew Stafford just became the most highly paid player in league history, which means Kaaya’s path to playing time in Detroit now hinges on the 29-year-old getting injured. The former Miami Hurricane has been useful in the preseason, but will need plenty of polish to prove himself an NFL starter. He’s currently behind Stafford and Jake Rudock on the Lions’ depth chart.
Kelly wasn’t even a part of Denver’s quarterback competition thanks to an extended recovery from ACL and wrist injuries. While the team will likely hold him on the injured list while he convalesces, his spot on the active roster is no certainty. Kyle Sloter, an undrafted free agent who played wide receiver at Southern Mississippi before handling QB duties at FCS Northern Colorado, has looked capable enough this preseason to be the Broncos’ third quarterback, behind starter Trevor Siemian and 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch.
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Do not read much into Andrew Luck being present at the last two Colts’ practices, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com wrote in an email update, via Pro Football Talk. Chuck Pagano threw up the red flag on if Luck’s recent practice attendance means his return to participate is definitely coming soon. The Colts enter Week Two of Training Camp with Luck still on the PUP list. Until Saturday’s practice, Luck had been isolated from the media for the bulk of camp.
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Both teams’ coaching staffs were diligent about limiting on-field scuffles and potential injuries during these joint practices.
We kind of just made sure nobody was getting any cheap shots taken on them if the guy wasn’t looking, just making sure we weren’t blowing anybody up, Gase said, via The Phinsider.
Philadelphia hasn’t had quite the same issues with injuries. Carson Wentz is still standing strong in the pocket and the trio of rushers (Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, and LeGarrette Blount) avoiding the same fate as Ryan Mathews, who has had injury problems and was recently released. They have faced a couple of scares, though. Brandon Graham and Jordan Hicks both left practice earlier this week, and Paul Turner could miss more time than expected.