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Footballguys #140 - 9/8 - Welcome To Game Day - News And Notes From Around The League

Volume 20, #140 -- Saturday Night, September 8th, 2018

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Howdy Folks,

Welcome to Gameday. Sit back, get comfortable and enjoy the games. I hope all the bounces go your way.

J


1. CAR - TE Greg Olsen should play

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play despite being listed as questionable, according to a source.

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He's a late add to the injury report, and that's something to monitor. Even with this popping up late in the week, we see Olsen as a low-end TE1 for Fantasy GMs in Week 1.

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2. NO - New Orleans makes roster moves

Source: The Times-Picayune - Josh Katzenstein

The New Orleans Saints released OL Jermon Bushrod on Saturday, Sept. 8 to make room for RB Jonathan Williams on the roster. They also re-signed QB J.T. Barrett to the practice squad.

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Williams has been with them for about a year. He was a talented runner in college at Arkansas (with his college teammate Alex Collins) but has yet to latch on with three teams (Bills, Broncos, Saints) in the pros. We'll continue to monitor his progress in deep dynasty leagues.

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3. NYJ - WR Terrelle Pryor off the injury report

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) practiced in full on Saturday, Sept. 8 and he has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 1 game with the Detroit Lions.

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Pryor is trying to have a bounce-back season after a down 2017 in Washington. We'll see him work as the no.3 wide receiver for the Jets behind Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa.

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4. NYJ - WR Quincy Enunwa ready for the opener

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (thumb) practiced in full for the third consecutive day Friday, Sept. 8 and he was removed from the practice report ahead of the Week 1 game with the Detroit Lions.

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Good news for the Jets passing game, especially with Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) doubtful for the season opener. Enunwa will work for targets opposite Robby Anderson on Sunday.

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5. NYJ - WR Jermaine Kearse doubtful for Week 1

Source: NewYorkJets.com

New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse (abdomen) was listed as a limited participant in practice Saturday, Sept. 8 and he is considered doubtful for the Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions.

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He was limited in practice this week, so we're not shocked with this news. It does seem like Kearse should be on track to play in Week 2.

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6. OAK - RB DeAndre Washington out for Week 1

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington (knee) did not practice for a third straight day on Saturday, Sept. 8 and he has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Washington is buried on the Raiders depth chart. Doug Martin is the primary backup to Marshawn Lynch in 2018 and Jalen Richard is behind him. The Raiders go up against the Rams on Monday night and we expect Lynch to put up RB2/flex numbers in Week 1.

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7. OAK - RB Marshawn Lynch ready for Week 1

Source: Raiders.com

Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) was limited in practice Saturday, Sept. 8, but he has been removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 1 game with the Los Angeles Rams.

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A good sign for the veteran back. His removal from the injury report makes Lynch a nice RB2 or flex play for Fantasy GMs in Week 1. They play the Rams on Monday night and the Raiders should use Lynch early and often...so long as they don't get blown out.

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8. CIN - WR Alex Erickson receives extension

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals WR Alex Erickson signed a two-year contract extension with the Bengals Saturday, Sept. 8. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2016, Erickson makes play on special teams. As a receiver, Erickson hasn't done much to this point in his pro career with only 18 receptions over the last two seasons.

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9. LAC - New injury for DE Joey Bosa

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa (foot) recovered from his initial foot injury but suffered a new injury to the same foot during practice Wednesday, Sept. 5, and is now week-to-week.

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This injury is to the same foot and Bosa was seen in a walking boot on Friday. Without Bosa on the field, the Chiefs offense should be able to breathe a little easier (especially quarterback Pat Mahomes). Bosa may not be ready for Week 2 and we'll have to monitor his status each week as he recovers from this new injury.

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10. NYG - OLB Olivier Vernon week-to-week

Source: New York Post - Paul Schwartz

New York Giants LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) is making good progress in his recovery but is still considered week-to-week, according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

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It's a high ankle sprain and those injuries can stick around if not given enough time to heal. The Giants are without Vernon for Week 1 against the Jaguars, meaning they'll need to get more from guys like Connor Barwin and Kareem Martin when it comes to getting after Blake Bortles on Sunday.

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11. PIT - RB Stevan Ridley ready if needed

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Chris Adamski

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Stevan Ridley said he doesn't know what his exact role will be against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, but he said he is ready to contribute on any down or on special downs if called upon.

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Ridley is a seasoned veteran who might just have a bit more left in the tank than most think. With James Conner set to start for the Steelers on Sunday, Ridley might get a few snaps here and there.

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12. NYG - TE Evan Engram has Jackonsville's attention

Source: The Florida Times-Union - Phillip Heilman

New York Giants TE Evan Engram is a 'matchup nightmare,' according to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, and Marrone said Engram will need to be accounted for at all times in their Week 1 matchup.

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Marrone is correct, Engram is a 'matchup nightmare' due to his athleticism and speed. Engram is a tight end but he basically plays like a super-sized receiver. Even in this game against a tough Jaguars defense, Engram should produce TE1 numbers for Fantasy GMs.

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13. CLE - Best yet to come for QB Tyrod Taylor?

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Dan Labbe

Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor has been 'all in' since joining the team, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and Haley said he believes the best version of Taylor is still to come.

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Taylor has been a good starting quarterback, but we can't imagine him playing so well that he keeps the starting job for the whole season. He might..and likely will...get replaced by 2018 no.1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at some point this season. Even if Taylor is playing well but the team is losing, we all know Mayfield is the future and he'll be taking over eventually.

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That'll do it for today, Folks, Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Peace,

J