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Footballguys #164 - 10/2 - Gronkowski Misses Practice, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #164 -- Tuesday Night, October 2nd, 2018

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Good Wednesday to you. We've got the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J


1. NE - TE Rob Gronkowski misses practice

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was not able to practice Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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Gronkowski's ankle injury was thought to be minor...but we'd like to see something positive on him Wednesday. The Patriots play the Colts on Thursday night, and Gronkowski's status is up in the air. If he's your guy, make sure to stay on it Thursday to see his status.

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2. CLE - RB Nick Chubb to play more

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will be on the field more going forward, according to head coach Hue Jackson. Jackson lauded the rookie's Week 4 performance, noting his impressive touchdown runs. 'Unbelievable. He has to get some [more playing time],' Jackson said. '[Carlos] Hyde is playing well, but this guy is scoring touchdowns from long ways away. I was impressed.'

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Chubb has done a fantastic job with limited touches this year. In Week 4 against the Raiders, the rookie from Georgia logged three carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He's naturally gifted and instinctive as a runner. We'll see if Chubb can earn some more snaps going forward and cut into the workload of the Browns starter Carlos Hyde.

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3. CLE - WR Antonio Callaway could play less

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway might have his playing time dialed back after an off game in Week 4, according to head coach Hue Jackson. 'Some of this inconsistency comes with young players. We're going to have to depend on Antonio,' Jackson said. 'He's going to have to make plays for us as we go. We're not going to shy away from that.

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Bad news for Fantasy GMs who added Callaway as an exciting option to perhaps go from the waiver wire to the flex position. He's a big time playmaker with speed and quickness to burn...but it takes more than that to succeed at the NFL level. We're excited about Callaway from a dynasty perspective, but we'll have to see if he can get more consistent and earn more opportunity before we get overboard with his redraft value.

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4. LAR - PK Cairo Santos signs with Rams

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Updating a previous report, free-agent PK Cairo Santos (Jets) signed an undisclosed deal with the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, Oct. 2, according to a source.

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If you're looking for a short-term kicker on a high powered offense, Santos could be your guy.

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5. PIT - Le'Veon Bell open to trade

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is planning to end his holdout and return to the team during the Week 7 bye, has to sign his franchise tender in order to be traded and thus could veto any offer he didn't approve of. Bell, though, told ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 2, he is willing to work with the Steelers and other possible interested trade partners. 'I would have to know everything,' Bell said. 'It depends on what team it is and whether they want to do a long-term deal after the tag. If they really wanted to do a long-term deal, they could get me traded.'

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Bell is returning in the near future but that doesn't mean he'll be back with the Steelers. They could use him as their offense doesn't look the same without him. Bell is unlikely to return to the Steelers in 2019 if they can trade him before the trade deadline later this month.

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6. PIT - Le'Veon Bell not concerned over workload

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, who is planning to end his holdout and return to the team later this month, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, that he is in good physical shape and is not concerned about resuming his usual heavy workload if it's in the Steelers' plans. 'My intentions (when this started, were), I'm going to save myself for when you want to make a long-term deal,' Bell told ESPN. Bell then added that, once on the field, 'I'll be fully committed and give you everything I have.'

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Fantasy GMs have been waiting patiently for this day. There are still rumblings that Bell could be traded, so we'll have to see there. There is still unclarity on how much he'd be used in his first game back though. The Steelers offense just doesn't look the same without him and the hope is he should have a sizable workload from day one. But clearly, nothing is definitive here.

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7. NE - WR Julian Edelman may be eased back in

Source: NBC Sports Boston - Phil Perry

New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman is now eligible to play after serving a four-game PED suspension. However, Edelman's workout partner and former teammate Rob Ninkovich said the Patriots should take it easy in working Edelman back in after the slot receiver missed the 2017 season with an ACL tear. 'I just hope that he doesn't have too much,' Ninkovich said on this week's Ex-Pats Podcast. 'Everyone's like, 'Julian's back! Feed him the ball!' Yeah, Julian's back. Give him the football. But let's not over-run him into the ground and overdo it when he does have an ACL last year . . . Yeah, it's been a year, but it's still an ACL just like everyone else who has an ACL. It's not easy to come back and just take a guy flying at your knees, your legs, take these hits. When you're coming off an ACL, you didn't really play that much, you didn't really play last year because you had an ACL, and now they're going to give you 15 balls a game? And now you're going to take all those hits and run every route?'

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They could ease him back in but Tom Brady is suggesting something different. Brady said he hopes there's a smooth transition for Edelman coming off his four-game suspension. The Patriots play on Thursday night against the Colts and upon his return we feel Edelman is a strong flex option -- with upside -- in Week 5.

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8. SEA - TE Will Dissly placed on IR

Source: Seahawks.com - John Boyle

Seattle Seahawks TE Will Dissly (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Oct. 2. He will have surgery this week.

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Bad news for the 2018 fourth-round pick of the Seahawks. Dissly was making some plays here and there for Seattle and now he's got to be considered questionable for the start of the 2019 season. Nick Vannett gets a larger workload with Dissly out.

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9. JAX - Pair of RBs work out for Jags

Source: Sirius XM NFL Radio - Adam Caplan

Free-agent RBs Orleans Darkwa (Giants) and Matt Dayes (Browns) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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It's interesting that Darkwa hasn't found a new spot yet. He had 751 yards rushing for the Giants just last year. The Jaguars may need some help at the position with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) banged up.

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10. NE - WR Josh Gordon has limited practice

Source: Patriots.com

New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited in practice Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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Gordon is going to be a boom/bust play for Fantasy GMs each week. First, he's banged up. Second, he's still learning the Patriots system. Don't get too excited about him until we see a breakout game with New England.

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11. IND - RB Marlon Mack still limited

Source: Colts.com - Andrew Walker

Updating a previous report, Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) was limited in the Colts' walk-through Tuesday, Oct. 2. Mack's status is an estimation of his practice participation.

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Mack may return this week for the Colts. He's only played in one game this year but the Colts backfield could use his help. The team plays on Thursday night against the Patriots. Let's see what Mack can do in Wednesday's practice.

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12. IND - Jonathan Williams joins Colts

Source: Colts.com

Free-agent RB Jonathan Williams (Saints) was signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 2. RB Jeremy McNichols was waived in a corresponding move.

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Williams has been around the block in the NFL. He's a big and powerful back with the speed to make him an intriguing prospect. For whatever reason, Williams has not been able to stick with teams like the Bills, Broncos or Saints. We'll see if he can make a better impression with the Colts.

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13. DET - Detroit works out running backs

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Free-agent RBs Charles Sims, Terrance West and Fitzgerald Toussaint worked out for the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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The Lions are just updating their emergency list here. Rookie Kerryon Johnson should continue as their lead back and hopefully he gets more work than he did in Week 4 (only nine carries in a loss to the Cowboys).

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14. DEN - TE Temarrick Hemingway signs with Denver

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Free-agent TE Temarrick Hemingway (Rams) was signed to the Denver Broncos' practice squad Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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A sixth-round pick (South Carolina State) of the Rams back in 2016, Hemingway has been developing behind the scenes. He missed all of the 2017 due to a broken leg and was released this season at final cuts. Hemingway is an 'F' tight end, meaning that he should be strictly used as a receiving threat. He's built (6'5" 244 pounds) like a super-sized wide receiver. With Brian Parker moved up from the practice squad last week (because Jake Butt is out for the year), the Broncos wanted another body at the tight end position.

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15. IND - WR T.Y. Hilton still absent

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring) remained out of practice Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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It doesn't look like Hilton is going to be available to play on Thursday night against the Patriots. This means the Colts could be relying on guys like Ryan Grant, Chester Rogers and Zach Pascal at the WR position. None of those options are terribly exciting for Fantasy GMs in Week 5.

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16. IND - RB Marlon Mack participates in walkthrough

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack (hamstring) participated in the team's walkthrough practice Tuesday, Oct. 2.

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Mack could play on Thursday night against the Patriots. He hasn't played since Week 2 but if he plays the all-purpose back could post numbers that make him a decent flex play in Week 5.

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17. NO - RB Mark Ingram reconfigures balance

Source: The Times-Picayune - Luke Johnson

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram is back after serving a four-game suspension to open the season. 'We'll have to figure out the balance (between Ingram and RB Alvin Kamara,' Payton said Tuesday, Oct. 2. 'It'll be good for us offensively to have (Ingram) back.'

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The Saints can support two RB1s for Fantasy GMs. They did that last year and should be able to pick up where they left off. Ingram will serve as a backup to Alvin Kamara but the veteran power back should get plenty of touches. In his first week back, we like Ingram as a RB2 or flex play just to see if he's eased back into action.

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18. PIT - Mike Tomlin: No Le'Veon Bell update

Source: NFL.com - Nick Shook

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, Oct. 2, that he has nothing to add to the previous day's ESPN report that RB Le'Veon Bell will end his holdout and report to the team later this month between Weeks 7 and 8. 'I have not talked to Le'Veon, and I really have no Le'Veon update,' Tomlin said at his Tuesday news conference. 'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. Nothing has changed from my perspective in that regard.'

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Tomlin is in character here. An NFL coach isn't going to say much different than what Tomlin is telling the world here.

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19. ATL - RB Devonta Freeman could return in Week 5

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

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman (knee) could return in Week 5, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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This seemed to be the plan with Freeman all along. The target date of Week 5 was speculated and here we are with Freeman suffering no known setbacks during his recovery. When he returns, Freeman will be the lead back and a low-end RB1 for Fantasy GMs. Freeman's return also signifies fewer touches for guys like Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith.

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20. DAL - RB Ezekiel Elliott expected to play

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (ankle, knee) is expected to play in Week 5, according to owner Jerry Jones.

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Elliott is dealing with a couple of nagging issues but he's still showing up big on gameday. Fantasy GMs in deeper leagues can go ahead and add Rod Smith to the mix just in case these minor ailments become more of a concern.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J