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Welcome to Labor Day Weekend. College Football kicks off in full swing and it's the last big Weekend of Summer. Which means Fall is almost here and we can't wait. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. KC - RB Jamaal Charles' status uncertain
2. ATL - WR Julio Jones on track for Week 1
3. WAS - Rob Kelley impresses head coach
4. WAS - 60-40 split for Redskins RBs?
5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick likely will make roster
6. TEN - WR Andre Johnson makes Titans roster
7. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty has shoulder bruise
8. KC - S Eric Berry 'should be ready' for opener
9. HOU - DE J.J. Watt has 'decent' shot of playing opener
10. NYJ - QB Geno Smith solidified as No. 2 QB
11. TEN - RB Dexter McCluster let go
12. NE - DE Rob Ninkovich suspended
13. DAL - RB Darren McFadden ready to return
14. TEN - WR Justin Hunter cut by Tennessee
15. TEN - Tennessee cuts RB Bishop Sankey
16. BUF - Glenn Gronkowski makes team
17. BAL - WR Devin Hester works out for Ravens
18. GB - WR Jordy Nelson declares himself ready
19. CHI - WR Kevin White flashes potential
20. NYG - WR Victor Cruz making progress
21. LA - QB Jared Goff finishes up rough preseason
22. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman makes debut
23. MIN - Joel Stave evaluated for concussion

1. KC - RB Jamaal Charles' status uncertain

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' (knee) availability for Week 1 is uncertain at this point, according to head coach Andy Reid. Charles has not been ruled out, but Reid said Charles could sit out.

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The fact that Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West were getting a lot of carries in practice was already a concern and in fairness, Reid has been saying this for some time. He also has said Charles could play but only in a limited capacity. With the talented backfield they have, an RBBC was always a threat but it looks like it's likely here and soon. Charles' ADP is 16 overall and RB8 right now—that's starting to feel a bit rich.

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2. ATL - WR Julio Jones on track for Week 1

Source: ESPN.com - Vaughn McClure

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) will be 'close' to practicing fully Monday, Sept. 5, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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The Falcons have no need to rush Jones back. We may see him eased into practice this upcoming week as the team prepares for Week 1. As of now, expect Jones to play at his normal WR1 level.

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3. WAS - Rob Kelley impresses head coach

Source: Redskins.com - Stephen Czarda

Washington Redskins RB Rob Kelley impressed head coach Jay Gruden in the preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Aug. 31.

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Kelley was undrafted out of Tulane, but he's had an impressive preseason. In fact, the rookie may have forced his way into the team's RBBC behind starter Matt Jones. Reports indicate we could see a 60/40 split of the team's touches at RB with Jones being the lead guy. Kelley would get the next cut and Chris Thompson may see the field as a change-of-pace back.

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4. WAS - 60-40 split for Redskins RBs?

Source: CSNMidAtlantic.com - Rich Tandler

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones could receive 60% of the carries in the committee approach, and RBs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson would account for the other 40%, in the opinion of beat writer Rich Tandler.

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Fantasy owners need to be dialed into this situation. Jones is 'progressing nicely' coming back from his shoulder injury according to Washington coach Jay Gruden. The second-year back should be ready for Week 1, but the team may give him a smaller workload to ease him onto the field. The 60/40 split makes Jones more of a low-end RB2 from a fantasy perspective.

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5. SF - QB Colin Kaepernick likely will make roster

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick likely will make the 53-man roster, according to sources. Head coach Chip Kelly has said Kaepernick is one of the top two quarterbacks on the roster.

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Well that's not a high bar. We still think Kaepernick could be a great fit in Kelly's offense while Blaine Gabbert is, well, BLAINE GABBERT. Could this be an attempt to drive up trade price? Given off the field issues and the fact that the front office hasn't been a fan of Kaepernick's in some time, maybe. Still, we do think Kaepernick has something left in the tank. That's not to say we'd take him as more than a low-end QB3—which we can't do as he hasn't even won the job. Man, this is a mess. Stay far away.

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6. TEN - WR Andre Johnson makes Titans roster

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Tennessee Titans WR Andre Johnson has made the Titans' 53-man roster.

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We don't expect Johnson to have much production and he certainly should not be on your fantasy roster.

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7. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty has shoulder bruise

Source: New York Daily News

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty (shoulder) has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder after an MRI showed no structural damage. Head coach Todd Bowles said it is too early to say if Petty will be placed on Reserve/Injured list.

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Will the Jets try to keep all four quarterbacks by stashing on on the Reserve/Injured list? Petty showed a lot of improvement this summer, so it's unlikely the team would cut him. They just invested in Christian Hackenberg and Geno Smith is the only backup with game experience. It will be interesting to see who ends up on the roster, though if Ryan Fitzpatrick gets hurt, non are real fantasy options.

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8. KC - S Eric Berry 'should be ready' for opener

Source: Chiefs.com

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry 'should be ready to go' for the team's season opener, according to head coach Andy Reid.

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The Chiefs meet San Diego in that first game and while the Chargers are shaky from top to bottom, Philip Rivers have throw the ball, so having Berry in the game will help.

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9. HOU - DE J.J. Watt has 'decent' shot of playing opener

Source: Twitter

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) is 'headed in the right direction' and 'it looks decent for him to be able to play in the first game,' according to head coach Bill O'Brien.

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Houston would love to see him back in the lineup but this team should handle the Chicago Bears without him. The Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots (even without Tom Brady) are more problematic and by then, Watt should be back in the saddle.

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10. NYJ - QB Geno Smith solidified as No. 2 QB

Source: ESPNNewYork.com - Rich Cimini

New York Jets QB Geno Smith is solidified as the club's No. 2 quarterback, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

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As expected, although we're not sure if we've reached endgame here with the Jets. Are they holding him to force a team to trade for him? Are they keeping four quarterbacks? Is Bryce Petty going to manage to end up on Injured Reserve for a bruised shoulder so they can save a roster spot? The Jets need to figure it out before tomorrow afternoon.

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11. TEN - RB Dexter McCluster let go

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Tennessee Titans RB Dexter McCluster was waived Friday, Sept. 2, according to a source.

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Head coach Mike Mularky was all in on McCluster this summer, but the diminutive back still fell off the roster. McCluster was never as explosive as we hoped and it would have been very tough to find a role behind DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, though, so his fantasy value was null anyway. He'll land somewhere, but as a special teams guy, nothing more.

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12. NE - DE Rob Ninkovich suspended

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich said he has been suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season for testing positive for a banned substance.

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Well, as he is already out for the first month due to an injury, this is more damaging to his pride and reputation than anything else. And the Patriots already needed to fill his role short-term, so this is really a minimal impact.

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13. DAL - RB Darren McFadden ready to return

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Brandon George

Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (elbow) said he is 'definitely' ready to return to practice Thursday, Sept. 1. McFadden will miss the first six games of the season if he is not activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list before the final roster cuts Saturday, Sept. 3.

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We'll wait and see if McFadden is activated before we get too excited about his availability. It sounds like he should come off that list, then we'll see how he fits in as a backup behind Ezekiel Elliott.

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14. TEN - WR Justin Hunter cut by Tennessee

Source: The Tennessean - Jason Wolf and John Glennon

Tennessee Titans WR Justin Hunter was released Friday, Sept. 2.

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Zero surprise here. Hunter has tremendous natural talent, but injuries and inconsistencies have always prevented him from playing up to that potential.

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15. TEN - Tennessee cuts RB Bishop Sankey

Source: The Tennessean - Jason Wolf and John Glennon

Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey was released Friday, Sept. 2.

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Sankey was the first RB taken off the board in the 2014 NFL draft. It's no surprise the team has moved on already as Sankey just never had the game to make it as a starter in the NFL. Sankey looks lost at times with the ball in his hands, and he lacks the creativity and vision to excel. There may be a market for him somewhere else, but we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to add him.

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16. BUF - Glenn Gronkowski makes team

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Buffalo Bills FB Glenn Gronkowski has made the team.

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There will be two Gronkowski's in the NFL this year. You already know the best one -- that guy named Rob on the Madden cover. Glenn is not the same player. He's a fullback/H-back who can line up in the slot if needed. Don't expect Gronkowski to do more than block for LeSean McCoy and company in 2016.

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17. BAL - WR Devin Hester works out for Ravens

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jeff Zrebiec

Free-agent WR Devin Hester (Falcons) worked out for the Baltimore Ravens Friday, Sept. 2.

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Hester has recovered from a toe injury and is ready to latch on with another team. The Falcons released him last month, but he's still got something left to prove. If added -- by the Ravens or any other team -- Hester would primarily contribute as a return man.

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18. GB - WR Jordy Nelson declares himself ready

Source: ESPN.com - Rob Demovsky

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) said he is 'ready to go' for Week 1 during an interview Thursday, Sept. 1.

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You can hear the sighs of relief from Wisconsin (and across the world from his Fantasy GMs). The hope is that Nelson returns to form and puts up WR1 numbers this season. The Packers offense is on its way back to normal.

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19. CHI - WR Kevin White flashes potential

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Kevin White had four catches for 57 yards in the preseason finale against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Sept. 1.

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White will have the opportunity to light things up with Alshon Jeffery across from him, drawing attention from the secondary. We're not sold on the offense though, and White is still adjusting to the offense. Draft him as a WR4 with upside, but don't overspend.

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20. NYG - WR Victor Cruz making progress

Source: The Bergen Record - Art Stapleton

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz failed to record a catch in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots Thursday, Sept. 1, but he said he is 'slowly but surely' regaining his quickness and ability to create separation.

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Cruz isn't fantasy relevant right now and may never be again. It's amazing he's on the field, but he shouldn't be on your roster. Odell Beckham Jr is your best bet and a WR1 for sure. Rookie Sterling Shepard is tracking with an ADP of WR39 and a nice bet to put up some WR4 production.

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21. LA - QB Jared Goff finishes up rough preseason

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Tom Pelissero

Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff completed 22 of his 49 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions during the preseason.

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Right now, the coaching staff says he is the third quarterback. Somewhat unexpected given the Rams moved heaven and earth to get him, but perhaps the right move if he needs development. No Rams quarterback is worth rostering unless he's on your dynasty team. This remains a Todd Gurley driven offense.

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22. BAL - WR Breshad Perriman makes debut

Source: ESPN.com - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman (knee) made his preseason debut against the New Orleans Saints Thursday, Sept. 1, finishing with two catches on four targets for 25 yards.

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He's still healing and well down the depth chart. While he is certainly worth watching because he is a deep threat with a quarterback who can use that, he's not worth rostering because of his injury.

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23. MIN - Joel Stave evaluated for concussion

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Matt Vensel

Minnesota Vikings QB Joel Stave (concussion) exited the preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, Sept. 1, and is being evaluated for a concussion.

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The Vikings did not need another injury. While Stave wasn't in danger of finding his way into the lineup save by accident, injury or the acquisition of mutant powers, he was at least depth. Now the team has none behind Shaun Hill so you can expect them to make a move via trade or free agency to start bringing bodies in.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great weekend. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J