Volume 19, #95 -- Wednesday Night, July 26th, 2017
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported on his Twitter feed: "Ravens QB Joe Flacco is preparing to miss 3-6 wks with a disc issue in his back. Out at least a week or 2, sources tell me & @TomPelissero." ESPN's Adam Schefter had a much more optimistic report on his Twitter feed: "Joe Flacco injured his back lifting. Took an MRI. Team believes a week of rest will calm injury and not expected to miss significant time."
Stay tuned for more clarity on how long Flacco will miss. We don't like this for Flacco and newly acquired WR Jeremy Maclin. As well as Breshad Perriman who we've been excited about. Stay tuned for more details there but clearly this is concerning.
Fantasy owners know that Reed is a top-3 fantasy tight end if healthy...but it's the staying healthy part that is a problem for the veteran. He will be evaluated further before he is cleared to practice because the team wants to avoid any possible long-term injury.
Charles is salty since the Chiefs released him. He's basically missed the last two years due to knee problems. If healthy, Charles is going to push C.J. Anderson for playing time. Anderson himself has to stay healthy and keep second-year pro Devontae Booker at bay in addition to Charles.
They made the move to add Glennon in free agency so he's the starter....for now. The Bears moved up in the first round for Mitchell Trubisky and he's clearly the quarterback of the future. Trubisky should take over for Glennon later this year but will need to prove that he's ready for prime time.
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will receive the first snaps with the first-team offense during practice Thursday, July 27, but head coach Vance Joseph said that Siemian and QB Paxton Lynch will share snaps with the starters during the early part of training camp. Joseph said he would like to decide on a starting quarterback before the third preseason game but that is not a deadline for the decision.
That's to be expected as Siemian was the starter for 14 games last year. He'll compete with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the starting job in 2017. So long as Lynch doesn't fall flat, we expect him to win the top spot in training camp.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (knee) has growing concerns in the locker room that his knee issue is more than tendonitis. However, there is talk elsewhere in the building that he could have practiced more in the spring, and the issue is his contract.
He's in the final year of his rookie deal, and the team hasn't approached him about an extension. Head coach Doug Pederson hinted that Matthews would be limited when full-squad workouts begin Thursday, July 27.
Team owner Arthur Blank has constantly expressed confidence an extension with Freeman would get done. He's likely to get the extension, and perhaps it could come as early as Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned.
Denver Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman is entering his third season with the Broncos, although he sat out 2015 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. General manager John Elway believes 2017 is the year Heuerman needs to break out. 'This would be the year,' Elway said, 'We're waiting for Jeff to make the big step.'
The team is patient with their draft picks, but Heuerman is running out of time. Injuries and inconsistencies have kept Heuerman from playing up to his potential. We're expecting A.J. Derby to be the lead tight end in a Mike McCoy (TE friendly) offense.
Whitehead was released by the Cowboys after he was falsely accused of a crime. He's found a new team where he'll have a chance to win a spot on the 53-man roster. In addition to contributing as a wideout, Whitehead could work as a return man too.
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten will not participate in practice Wednesday, July 26. Head coach Jason Garrett said he wants the veteran players to have a regular schedule during training camp that will not wear them out.
The Lions are going to find more looks for guys like Riddick in the red zone with Anquan Boldin no longer with the team. Some looks/targets will be for Riddick and some should go towards TE Eric Ebron...and maybe even a few for rookie TE Mike Roberts.
In two years, Agholor has less than 60 catches and three touchdowns in his pro career. That's not good enough for a first-round pick, and 2017 seems like a make-or-break season for Agholor. We're not expecting him to do much for the Eagles with free agent additions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.
Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot
Cleveland Browns QB Cody Kessler will compete with rookie DeShone Kizer, Brock Osweiler and Kevin Hogan for the starting job in camp. While head coach Hue Jackson did not give a timetable to name a starter, he acknowledged Kessler 'deserves the chance to walk out there first.'
DeShone Kizer may be the future of the team at the quarterback position but they won't just hand him the job. Kessler is an average starting option but he's going to be accurate on underneath/short routes. Kizer has the big arm and athleticism but he needs to make quicker and better decisions as a passer if he wants to have success as a starter.
This goes against some of the other reports that said Ross might be ready for camp. The Bengals will take it easy with their first-round pick. Ross has crazy speed and will fly down the field in the blink of an eye. If QB Andy Dalton has time to throw, Ross will make for a great deep target.
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