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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - QB Kellen Moore suffers broken ankle
2. CLE - TE Gary Barnidge on track for Week 1
3. MIA - RB Arian Foster works with top unit
4. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi still not practicing
5. SD - San Diego adds WR James Jones
6. NYJ - RB Matt Forte returns to practice
7. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski had a pectoral injury
8. DAL - QB Tony Romo has stiff back
9. CIN - TE Tyler Kroft hurts knee
10. PIT - WR Sammie Coates making strides
11. OAK - RB Roy Helu released from IR
12. ATL - Atlanta to sign OLB Dwight Freeney
13. BAL - RB Trent Richardson waived
14. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu agrees to extension
15. NYG - RB Rashad Jennings the lead back
16. ATL - QB Matt Schaub impressing coaches
17. TEN - WR Kendall Wright tweaks hamstring
18. CIN - William Jackson tears pectoral
19. BAL - RB Terrance West explosive
20. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez has erratic day
21. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd making big strides

1. DAL - QB Kellen Moore suffers broken ankle

Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Dallas Cowboys backup QB Kellen Moore (ankle) suffered a broken ankle Tuesday, Aug. 2, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones confirmed.

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Mr. Jones, Nick Foles on line one... As Ed Werder reported, Free-agent QB Nick Foles might be of interest to the Cowboys after losing Moore. He is represented by the same agents as head coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and Moore.

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2. CLE - TE Gary Barnidge on track for Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Pat McManamon

Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (hernia) is on track to play in Week 1 at the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Browns tight ends coach Greg Seamon. Barnidge's work ethic was praised by Seamon, who noted Cleveland has a plan to get the tight end ready for opening day.

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We'll see how Barnidge meshes with likely starting QB Robert Griffin III. If they establish strong chemistry, we could see Barnidge working out as a low-end TE1 in 2016. Currently, Barnidge is coming off the board at TE9 (9.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. MIA - RB Arian Foster works with top unit

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster worked with the first unit again in practice Monday, Aug. 1, with RB Jay Ajayi (knee) sidelined. Head coach Adam Gase said '(Foster) is going to be working with the ones the whole training camp. His resume speaks for itself. I don't think there's any question why we brought him in here. He's playing this year. Whether he's the guy that will be the first snap of the game, time will tell. He is going to be rolling with the ones.'

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Foster should begin the season as the more valuable back in PPR leagues, and maybe in all formats. Recent history shows to bet the under on his games played, and expect that Ajayi will be the more valuable back by year's end.

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4. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi still not practicing

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) did not practice again Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Ajayi was in line to be the Dolphins starter this year (at least to begin the season) with Lamar Miller moving on to the Texans in free agency. His knee is considered day-to-day and could open the door for Arian Foster to take over as the starter. Currently in camp, Isaiah Pead is splitting time with Foster on the first-team offense.

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5. SD - San Diego adds WR James Jones

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, Aug. 2, according to a source.

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The Chargers had to do something with Stevie Johnson undergoing knee surgery in the near future. Jones has a strong game near the red zone, and that could be how the Chargers envision using him. Keenan Allen should be a WR2 for fantasy owners in 2016, and we like Tyrell Williams as a dynasty sleeper at the position. The addition of Jones will prevent the offense from having any early hiccups with the loss of Johnson, but we don't see a ton of fantasy value from the veteran with his new team.

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6. NYJ - RB Matt Forte returns to practice

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 2. He missed the first four practices of training camp with a hamstring ailment.

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Forte is going to share the workload with the Jets this year. However, he should still provide enough fantasy punch to perform like a RB2 with RB1 upside. His current ADP is RB13 (3.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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7. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski had a pectoral injury

Source: ESPN - Dianna Marie Russini

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (pectoral) had a pectoral injury this offseason.

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The Patriots are never the most forthcoming about injuries. As long there's no sign of this lingering or affecting his play, we can still draft Gronk as an elite fantasy commodity worthy of a top 15-18 pick.

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8. DAL - QB Tony Romo has stiff back

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) has been experiencing back stiffness, according to quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.

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Romo's back has been a problem for a while, but as long as he doesn't have to play on a short week and miss his shot to make the problem manageable. This is also another reason the team is likely to lean heavily on Ezekiel Elliott and the running game.

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9. CIN - TE Tyler Kroft hurts knee

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Zac Jackson

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Kroft (knee) was carted off the practice field Tuesday, Aug. 2, with a knee injury. Kroft was holding his knee while talking with trainers before leaving the field. Head coach Marvin Lewis did not provide an update.

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Keep an eye on this situation as Kroft was expected to be the lead TE for the Bengals while Tyler Eifert (ankle) misses time. Getting the cart out is never a good sign, but we'll wait for more information before hitting the panic button.

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10. PIT - WR Sammie Coates making strides

Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates earned praise from Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, Tuesday, Aug. 2, being called a 'night and day' player from a year ago to now.

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Coates has fantastic natural talent, and he could be in line to win the no.3 job on the Steelers roster with Martavis Bryant suspended for the year. While he can get open deep, Coates has a difficult time hauling in passes consistently. We know he has intriguing upside, but Coates needs better concentration to ever play up to his potential as a pro.

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11. OAK - RB Roy Helu released from IR

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) was released from the Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Helu is now free to sign with any team, but we can't imagine anyone lined up for his services. He's a decent receiving back when healthy, but his body seems to be broken down. Perhaps we've seen the end of Helu in the NFL.

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12. ATL - Atlanta to sign OLB Dwight Freeney

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) is scheduled to fly to Atlanta Thursday, Aug. 4, to sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source.

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The Falcons have been looking for help on defense, and Freeney proved last year that he still has some ability left in the tank. In a limited role for the Cardinals in 2015, Freeney played 245 snaps in 11 games and finished with 8.0 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Falcons should use him in a similar role, and snaring 5-7 sacks isn't out of the question.

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13. BAL - RB Trent Richardson waived

Source: BaltimoreRavens.com

Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson was waived Tuesday, Aug. 2. Free-agent WR Chuck Jacobs was subsequently signed.

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We can't see Richardson landing with another team. When he wasn't overweight, he wasn't trying...or he was hurt. Richardson's pro career seemed on track after a near 1,000-yard rushing season with the Browns as a rookie in 2012. Then he was traded to the Colts, and it's been all downhill since then. His time in the NFL is likely over, and Richardson will go down as one of the biggest draft busts at the RB position in NFL history.

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14. ARI - S Tyrann Mathieu agrees to extension

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million contract extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, according to sources.

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That's quite the number for a player who has seemingly battled injuries from day one in the NFL. With two ACL injuries over the last three years, Mathieu has yet to play a full 16-game schedule in the regular season. When healthy, we're talking about one of the most disruptive playmakers in the game today. Mathieu (knee) may not be ready for the start of the regular season, but reports indicate he could be cleared to practice in three weeks or so.

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15. NYG - RB Rashad Jennings the lead back

Source: New York Daily News - Ralph Vacchiano

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is the No. 1 running back this year, according to running backs coach Craig Johnson. Johnson dispelled any notion that the Giants would implement a four-running back committee again this season.

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That's good news for fantasy players, and Jennings current ADP (RB37) may rise a bit with this report. Jennings can do it all as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. His fantasy stock is cool because of his injury history and because the Giants could use Shane Vereen and/or rookie Paul Perkins as a change-of-pace back. If healthy, Jennings could easily perform like a low-end RB2.

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16. ATL - QB Matt Schaub impressing coaches

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Schaub has impressed Falcons head coach Dan Quinn with his coolness under pressure. 'He's also got a real coolness about him,” Quinn said. 'When the pressure's on, he kind of looks at it and smiles and says alright here's what we're going to do, and that's ensuring feeling know that that's an important job for us. We couldn't be more thrilled that Matt's here with us.'

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Schaub is a seasoned veteran, and this isn't his first rodeo...or training camp with the Falcons. He spent three years with Atlanta after they made him a third-round pick in the 2004 NFL draft. Schaub gives them veteran insurance behind Matt Ryan, but if Ryan goes down we're not going to recommend you rush out to get him.

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17. TEN - WR Kendall Wright tweaks hamstring

Source: NFL.com

Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright tweaked his hamstring in practice Tuesday, Aug. 2. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said the injury isn't serious.

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Harry Douglas, whose roster spot was put in the crosshairs when Andre Johnson was signed, is getting snaps in Wright's place. This takes a little luster off of Wright as a late-round pick in PPR leagues. The Titans are likely to use 4-5 wide receivers a game, keeping any from being a truly relevant fantasy commodity.

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18. CIN - William Jackson tears pectoral

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Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III (chest) tore a pectoral muscle and is expected to miss most, if not all of, his rookie season, according to sources.

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The Bengals are deep enough at corner that they didn't need Jackson to make a big contribution this year, but it's still a blow to a team that has invested three first round picks at corner in the last five years.

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19. BAL - RB Terrance West explosive

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Baltimore Ravens RB Terrance West has been the team's most explosive player thus far in camp, according to beat writer Jeff Zrebiec. West is finding holes and breaking long runs in camp.

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West isn't much of a pass catcher, so in Marc Trestman's offense, he would be a committee back at best, but this is still something to watch to see if he can threaten Justin Forsett's workload. If West keeps it up, Kenneth Dixon and/or Javorius Allen would be looking at an RBBC if Forsett goes down, making the Balitmore backup running back situation difficult to decipher.

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20. DEN - QB Mark Sanchez has erratic day

Source: DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason

Denver Broncos QB Mark Sanchez had an up-and-down day in practice Monday, Aug. 1. He completed six consecutive passes working with the first unit in seven-on-seven drills, but he also misfired on four straight during the session and he was picked off in the red zone. 'Mark threw a pick in the red zone; we can't do that,' head coach Gary Kubiak said.

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Sanchez is doing nothing to instill confidence during camp. This team won a Super Bowl with one foot in the grave Peyton Manning, but Sanchez doesn't command the respect and leadership Manning did. This quarterback situation is far from settled.

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21. CIN - WR Tyler Boyd making big strides

Source: SiriusXM NFL Radio

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd has improved dramatically from spring practices to training camp, according to his quarterback. 'He's taken a huge jump from OTAs to camp, he's made some tough catches and has been impressive,' QB Andy Dalton said Monday, Aug. 1.

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Boyd should play in the slot for the Bengals and he could get a lot of targets early while Tyler Eifert is out, but he's not going to be a big play or red zone factor. He might make an impact on the level of Jamison Crowder's in Washington in 2015.

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That'll do it for today, Folks.

Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of the Footballguys Team. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

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