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Marcus Harris (shoulder) to miss 3-4 weks 08-23-2014
Marcus Harris WR NYG
Marcus Harris (shoulder) is expected to miss 3-4 weeks.

Newark Star-Ledger
Harris is dealing with an issue in his AC joint. He was in the mix for the No. 5 receiver job prior to going down. The Giants will likely need to cut Preston Parker, Julian Talley, and KR Trindon Holliday to keep a roster spot for Harris, who was having a strong camp. Harris had nine catches for 93 yards in four preseason games.
Geoff Schwartz headed to foot specialist 08-23-2014
Geoff Schwartz G NYG
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Giants LG Geoff Schwartz is consulting with a foot specialist following an MRI on his dislocated toe.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Rapoport said, "It does not sound good." Depending on the where the toe is dislocated, Schwartz could miss anywhere from a few weeks to the entire season. Rapoport's comments indicate it is closer to the latter. The injury is a huge blow to the Giants' already shaky offensive line. Rookie Weston Richburg should slot in at left guard with Schwartz sidelined.
Von Miller expected to make debut Saturday 08-23-2014
Von Miller LB DEN
Broncos SLB Von Miller (knee) is expected to make his preseason debut against the Texans Saturday.

Denver Post
Miller has been sidelined since tearing his ACL on December 22. He avoided the PUP list at the start of camp, and has been practicing full speed for the last week. He should be good to go Week 1.
Montee Ball to play in third preseason game? 08-23-2014
Montee Ball RB DEN
The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports Montee Ball (appendectomy) will make his preseason debut against the Houston Texans Saturday.

Denver Post
Ball was cleared for full participation in practice Monday, and returned to 11-on-11 drills during Thursday's practice. He was not expected to make his debut until the fourth preseason game at the earliest, however. Even if Ball does not play tonight, there is no doubt about his Week 1 status.
Damonte Moore records two sacks against Jets 08-23-2014
Damontre Moore DE NYG
Giants DE Damontre Moore recorded two sacks, a tackle for loss, and a fumble recover in the Giants' fourth preseason game against the Jets Friday night.

ESPN New York
Moore now has four sacks this preseason. He is stuck behind veterans Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka, but Moore has shown enough this preseason to earn a role as a sub-package rusher. Moore is fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.
Clausen works as third-stringer Friday night 08-23-2014
Jimmy Clausen QB CHI
Jimmy Clausen operated as the Bears' No. 3 quarterback in Friday night's preseason game, completing 6-of-9 throws for 36 yards. He was the only Bears quarterback to lead scoring drives in the 34-6 drubbing, resulting in a pair of late Robbie Gould field goals against Seahawks backups. (Of course, Seattle's backups would start on a team like the Raiders.) Expect Clausen to get a ton of snaps in the exhibition finale as the Bears continue to let him battle Jordan Palmer to back up Jay Cutler. In August, Clausen is a combined 24-of-37 (64.9%) passing for 280 yards (7.6 YPA), two touchdowns and a pick.
Spencer Ware having slow preseason 08-23-2014
Spencer Ware RB SEA
Seahawks RB Spencer Ware has nine carries for 28 yards through three preseason games. He's added two catches for 13 yards. Most troubling for his roster chances, Ware worked behind someone named Demitrius Bronson in Friday night's third preseason game, as well as Marshawn Lynch, Christine Michael, and Robert Turbin. A 2013 sixth-rounder out of LSU, Ware's odds of making the 53 seem bleak.
Paul Richardson having quiet preseason 08-23-2014
Paul Richardson WR SEA
Seahawks rookie WR Paul Richardson has five catches for 49 yards on nine targets through three preseason games. The second-round burner is primarily running with Seattle's second- and third-team offenses, behind Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, and Jermaine Kearse. The Seahawks' first-team three-wide set is locked in, but Richardson brings a lid-lifting element the others don't. Expect his role to grow over the course of 2014.
Chris Polk back at practice Saturday 08-23-2014
Chris Polk RB PHI
Eagles RB Chris Polk (hamstring) returned to practice Saturday.

Zach Berman on Twitter
Polk has been sidelined since the second day of camp with a partial tear of his hamstring. In his absence, UDFAs Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey have put in solid performances, pushing Polk squarely onto the roster bubble. A good showing in the fourth preseason game would go a long way in securing Polk's roster status.
Mark Sanchez will not play against Jets 08-23-2014
Mark Sanchez QB PHI
Eagles QB Mark Sanchez will not play in the Eagles' fourth preseason game against the Jets.

Jeff McLane on Twitter
Matt Barkley will start and play most of the game, confirming Sanchez is the No. 2 quarterback in Philly. Originally billed as a camp battle, Sanchez has easily bested Barkley for the backup job. Sanchez has completed 25-of-31 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception this preseason.
Ravens without top three corners Saturday 08-23-2014
Lardarius Webb CB BAL
CBs Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb and Asa Jackson are all expected to miss the Ravens' third preseason game Saturday.

Baltimore Sun
Smith is recovering from the chest contusion he suffered in the second preseason game. Webb has been out since late-July with back spasms. Asa Jackson has a sprained ankle. All three are expected back for Week 1.
Alejandro Villanueva one of four Eagles' cuts 08-23-2014
Alejandro Villanueva DE PHI
Eagles cut DE Alejandro Villanueva, K Carey Spear, DE Francis Mays and CB Davon Morgan.

Reuben Frank on Twitter
A former Army Ranger, Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan after graduating from West Point. He recorded six tackles and one sack this preseason. Nicknamed Murderleg, Spear was competing with Alex Henery for the place kicking duties.
Packers fear torn bicep for B.J. Raji 08-23-2014
B.J. Raji DT GB
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers believe NT B.J. Raji suffered a torn bicep in the team's third preseason game Friday night.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Raji is undergoing tests to determine if the bicep is fully or partially torn. There had been some optimism that Raji's injury was minor, but either scenario would force him to miss significant time. The Patriots should update his status following the tests.
Cowboys unlikely to keep Ryan Williams? 08-23-2014
Ryan Williams RB DAL
ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer does not believe RB Ryan Williams will make the final roster.
Williams has been impressive this preseason, but he has been outplayed by second-year back Joseph Randle. Unless the Cowboys decide to keep four running backs, Williams will likely be cut. Finally healthy, Williams will have no shortage of suitors if he hits the open market.
Nate Allen favorite to start at strong safety 08-23-2014
Nate Allen S PHI
Nate Allen has earned the start at strong safety in all three of the Eagles' preseason games.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Coach Chip Kelly would not commit to Allen, but said he has had an "outstanding camp." It would be surprising if Allen does not open the season as the starter opposite Malcolm Jenkins. Earl Wolff should serve as the third safety.
Earl Thomas the favorite to return punts 08-23-2014
Earl Thomas S SEA
FS Earl Thomas is the favorite to return punts for the Seahawks this season.
Thomas almost broke a 59-yard return for a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night. It seems unwise to risk an All-Pro safety that was just given a huge contract extension on punt returns, but Thomas is a dynamic player with the ball in his hands.
B.J. Cunningham cut by the Eagles 08-23-2014
B.J. Cunningham WR PHI
Eagles cut WR B.J. Cunningham.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
A sixth-round pick in 2012, Cunningham has zero career catches in two regular season appearances. He may latch on somewhere else, but his chances of making any meaningful impact are slim and none.
Underwood not targeted against the Patriots 08-23-2014
Tiquan Underwood WR CAR
Panthers WR Tiquan Underwood did not see a target against the Patriots Friday night. Underwood has fallen behind rookie Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant on the depth chart, and may have already been passed by Tavarres King and Brenton Bersin as well. The Panthers have reportedly "not yet given up" on Underwood, but that may be changing. He is squarely on the roster bubble.
Moore has neck strain, flys home with team 08-23-2014
Sio Moore LB OAK
Raiders LB Sio Moore reportedly suffered a neck strain in the Raiders' third preseason game Friday night.

CSN Bay Area
It was the best possible outcome after Moore had to be carted off the field during the second quarter. X-Rays were negative, and Moore was allowed to fly home with his teammates. His status for Week 1 is uncertain.
Kory Sheets injures Achilles, out for season 08-23-2014
Kory Sheets RB OAK
Kory Sheets tweeted he is out for the season after injuring his Achilles in the Raiders' third preseason game Friday night.

CSN Bay Area
A 2009 UDFA out of Purdue, Sheets spent the last two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. Sheets will likely be stashed on injured reserve or released with an injury settlement. Already 29, this could be the end of the road for Sheets.
Cam Newton will play in fourth preseason game 08-23-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton will play in the Panthers' fourth preseason game.

Black and Blue Review
Starters are usually rested in the fourth contest, but Newton and the Panthers' offense have struggled to move the ball this preseason. "It was very evident that we've got to get him out there," coach Ron Rivera said. "We've got to get our quarterback out on the field, and he's got to get some timing with those guys." Newton suffered a bruised back in the Panthers' third preseason game, but appears to be fine.
Bucs want to use more no huddle in 2013 08-23-2014
Josh McCown QB TB
The Buccaneers would like to use a "no-huddle, up-tempo" attack this season.

Tampa Bay Times
"It's a little like in basketball," coach Lovie Smith said. "Do you want that slow-down approach? Or do you want up-tempo, running up and down? We want to be a fast team - period." An up-tempo attack can put pressure on the opposing defense, but it could lead to several quick turnarounds for the Bucs' defense if the offense is not being successful. No matter how fast the offense plays, Tampa Bay's offensive success hinges on their offensive line play.
O'Brien Schofield's roster spot looks secure 08-23-2014
O'Brien Schofield LB SEA
Seahawks DE/OLB O'Brian Schofield's roster spot is "written in permanent ink."

950 KJR
Schofield recorded his second sack of the preseason and hit the quarterback three time in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night. He has outplayed Benson Mayowa this preseason, and has likely carved out a role as a rotational lineman.
Marcedes Lewis posts 45 yards on two targets 08-23-2014
Marcedes Lewis TE JAX
Marcedes Lewis had two catches for 45 yards in Friday night's preseason game. He was targeted twice in the passing game. Lewis is a critical part of the Jaguars' offense as a blocker, and should provide Chad Henne with a red-zone option as long as he stays healthy. He has a six catches for 100 yards in three preseason games. Lewis should go undrafted in re-draft leagues.
Zach Miller manages 1 catch against Bears 08-23-2014
Zach Miller TE SEA
Zach Miller caught one pass for seven yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Bears. He secured his lone target. Primarily a blocker in Seattle's offense, Miller has two receptions this preseason and is nowhere near the fantasy radar.
Shaun Draughn struggles against SEA backups 08-23-2014
Shaun Draughn RB CHI
Bears RB Shaun Draughn rushed four times for four yards in Friday night's third preseason game at Seattle. Draughn operated as Chicago's No. 2 back in each of the first two exhibition weeks, but the Bears gave rookie Ka'Deem Carey the backup nod in this one. It's abundantly obvious Chicago wants Carey to grab the reigns there, and Draughn did nothing to help himself against the Seahawks' backup defenders. On the preseason, Draughn has eight carries for 39 yards, and three catches for 22 yards.
Eric Ebron rotates in with first team 08-23-2014
Eric Ebron TE DET
First-round TE Eric Ebron had two catches for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game. Ebron rotated first-team reps with Brandon Pettigrew and played in two tight-end packages. His longest play was a 15-yard catch-and-run on a swing pass out of the backfield. More importantly, Ebron made a critical block to spring Reggie Bush on his 86-yard touchdown run, which should help get him on the field more. Ebron has five catches for 65 yards through three preseason games.
Cecil Shorts held without catch in debut 08-23-2014
Cecil Shorts WR JAX
Cecil Shorts was held without a catch in his preseason debut. Shorts rotated with Allen Hurns in two-wide sets and didn't appear fully healthy. He finished with two targets in the passing game. Shorts has potential WR3 value, but comes with red flag injury risks. He's currently going in the eleventh round in fantasy drafts.
Marqise Lee held to 10 yards on three catches 08-23-2014
Marqise Lee WR JAX
Marqise Lee had three catches for 10 yards in the Friday night's preseason game. Lee started and got the majority of work in two-wide sets. It was a step back after he secured all four of his targets and found the end-zone last week. Lee was manhandled on his blocking assignments and took a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the second quarter. He has a 7/37/1 line in two preseason starts. Lee has a chance to lead the Jaguars in receiving this year, but is going to struggle with consistency. He's a WR4/5 flier.
Santonio Holmes goes 1-7 against Seahawks 08-23-2014
Santonio Holmes WR CHI
Santonio Holmes caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night at Seattle. Josh Morgan opened the game as Chicago's No. 3 receiver, but Holmes mixed in with the first-team offense in the second quarter. He primarily ran with the twos, however, and made his first catch in a Bears uniform on a third-quarter slant for a gain of seven. Holmes is unlikely to make much fantasy noise in Chicago, but he definitely has a chance to help the Bears on the field.
Ka'Deem Carey continues August struggles 08-23-2014
Ka'Deem Carey RB CHI
Bears rookie RB Ka'Deem Carey rushed four times for 15 yards and caught four passes for 27 yards in Friday night's preseason game at Seattle. After playing behind both Matt Forte and Shaun Draughn in Chicago's first two preseason games, Carey was the No. 2 back on Friday night, behind only Forte. The Bears clearly want Carey to win their primary backup job, although he has struggled throughout August, managing 74 yards on 27 carries (2.74 YPC) two three exhibition affairs. Carey has not impressed us from a Dynasty perspective.
Butler earns start in third preseason game 08-23-2014
Malcolm Butler CB NE
Undrafted rookie CB Malcolm Butler started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night. Butler struggled, getting beaten twice by fellow rookie Kelvin Benjamin. He has played well this preseason, though, and should earn a roster spot with Brandon Browner suspended the first four games of the season.
Josh Morgan goes 3-48 against Seattle 08-23-2014
Josh Morgan WR CHI
Josh Morgan caught 3-of-5 targets for 48 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night in Seattle. Morgan worked as the Bears' No. 3 receiver, ahead of Santonio Holmes, although that could be a temporary assignment for the ex-Redskin and 49er. Holmes should eventually prove the more dynamic option in three-wideout sets.
Chris Conte concussed against Seahawks 08-23-2014
Chris Conte S CHI
Bears S Chris Conte suffered a concussion in Friday night's preseason game. It's a bad break for Conte, whose roster chances may be slipping way. He just recently returned to practice after major offseason shoulder surgery.
Robert Turbin remains Seahawks No. 2 RB 08-23-2014
Robert Turbin RB SEA
Robert Turbin rushed six times for 26 yards and caught a four-yard pass in Seattle's third preseason game Friday night against the Bears. He has 112 yards on 22 carries in the preseason. Turbin rotated with Christine Michael against Chicago after Marshawn Lynch handled Seattle's first drive. Michael was the primary back in the red zone and showed well in blitz pickup. As C-Mike is Seattle's most talented runner, Turbin should be feeling the heat. We suspect Turbin and Michael would form something of a timeshare in the event of a Lynch injury, making the Seahawks' starter fairly difficult to handcuff. Turbin may be the more complete back, but Michael would be the higher-ceiling option.
Greg Hardy plays through bruised shoulder 08-23-2014
Greg Hardy DE CAR
Panthers DE Greg Hardy reinjured his bruised shoulder against the Patriots Friday night.

Charlotte Observer
Hardy played most of the second quarter with the injury, indicating he should be ready for the regular season opener. Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female and communicating threats, but is appealing the decision. He is unlikely to be suspended this season.
Allen Hurns continues dominant preseason 08-23-2014
Allen Hurns WR JAX
UDFA Allen Hurns had seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' third preseason game Friday night. Hurns saw regular snaps with the first team, playing opposite Marqise Lee in two-wide sets. He has experience in OC Jedd Fisch's system from their days in Miami and has shown good chemistry with Chad Henne and Blake Bortles. Hurns' touchdown came against second-stringers on an 11-yard pass from Bortles in the third quarter. He's now up to 13 receptions for 230 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. Hurns is a candidate to start Week 1 over Lee or Cecil Shorts. He's worth a look as a late-round flier.
C-Mike has nice night against the Bears 08-23-2014
Christine Michael RB SEA
Christine Michael rushed eight times for 28 yards and caught 3-of-3 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game. He was the third Seahawks back to enter, behind Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Michael and Turbin both got first-team run after Lynch departed, however, with C-Mike handling deep red-zone carries toward the end of Seattle's second drive. Perhaps most promisingly, Michael executed on a first-quarter blitz pickup of Lance Briggs. There are no questions about Michael's running ability, but he still needs to polish the finer points of his game. He fumbled in each of the Seahawks' first two preseason affairs, but displayed ball security on Friday night and was very active in the passing game, which has historically been a weakness for C-Mike. He's a high-upside Dynasty stash, albeit with injury-dependent re-draft value.
Doug Baldwin posts 2-23 line against Bears 08-23-2014
Doug Baldwin WR SEA
Doug Baldwin secured 2-of-2 targets for 23 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night against the Bears. Baldwin played in three-wide formations with Jermaine Kearse and Percy Harvin, but just so happened to be the quietest member of the trio in this game. Playing Golden Tate's old role at "X" receiver, Baldwin will run lower-percentage routes than Percy Harvin, and score fewer touchdowns than jump-ball specialist Jermaine Kearse. We see Baldwin as a low-ceiling fantasy flier. Baldwin has four catches for 43 yards through three exhibition affairs.
Gray rushes for 20 yards on nine carries 08-23-2014
Jonas Gray RB NE
Jonas Gray rushed for 20 yards on nine carries in the Patriots' third preseason game. Gray saw some work with the first-team offense on Friday night. A big (5-foot-10, 225), powerful back, Gray could function as the power runner in New England's offense if Stevan Ridley falters. Gray has 30 carries for 130 yards this preseason.
Percy Harvin goes 3-61 against Bears 08-23-2014
Percy Harvin WR SEA
Percy Harvin caught 3-of-3 targets for 61 yards in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night. Harvin returned the opening kickoff 46 yards, and found an opening in Chicago's defense for a 25-yard gain on Seattle's opening drive. He added a 23-yarder on a curl route out of the slot early in the second quarter, whipping Bears CB Tim Jennings. Harvin has a combined 7-92 receiving line this preseason. Although his explosiveness clearly remains intact, we wouldn't be surprised if Harvin becomes a better real-life than fantasy player in Seattle.
Amendola hauls in both targets Friday night 08-23-2014
Danny Amendola WR NE
Danny Amendola hauled in both of his targets for 13 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game. Amendola earned the start on Friday night and saw snaps in three-wide sets. With Rob Gronkowski healthy, Amendola may struggle to find targets in the Patriots' suddenly stocked pass catching corps. Amendola now has three catches for 22 yards this preseason.
Jermaine Kearse goes 4-63-1 vs. Bears 08-23-2014
Jermaine Kearse WR SEA
Jermaine Kearse secured 4-of-5 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night versus Chicago. Kearse was targeted in the red zone in the first quarter, but couldn't secure Russell Wilson's throw. He rebounded for a 12-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. As Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin are limited from a size standpoint, 6-foot-1, 207-pound Kearse is a solid bet to lead the Seahawks' wideout corps in TD catches this year. Kearse has five catches for 74 yards and the touchdown through three preseason games. He's in the WR5 hunt.
Russell Wilson caps red-hot August with 3 TDs 08-23-2014
Russell Wilson QB SEA
Russell Wilson completed 15-of-20 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed four times for 23 yards and a third score in the Seahawks' third preseason game Friday night against the Bears. After engineering a touchdown drive capped by Marshawn Lynch's seven-yard score to open the game, Wilson did the same on each of the Seahawks' next three possessions, executing on a seven-yard keeper, tossing a 12-yard score to Jermaine Kearse, and finding Christine Michael for a seven-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Wilson has been terrific this preseason, completing an incredibly efficient 30-of-39 throws for 360 yards, two TDs, no turnovers, and adding three rushing scores. Wilson has finished as a top-11 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two NFL seasons. He's still only 25.
Ryan Broyles continues strong preseason 08-23-2014
Ryan Broyles WR DET
Ryan Broyles caught three passes for 44 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night Broyles worked exclusively with the second- and third-team offenses, playing behind Kevin Ogletree and Kris Durham. He's now led the Lions in receiving in consecutive weeks and should have the inside track on a roster spot. Ogletree had one catch for 16 yards on one target. Durham finished with two catches for six yards and a touchdown.
Jones sacks Cam Newton twice Friday 08-23-2014
Chandler Jones DE NE
Patriots RE Chandler Jones recorded two sacks against the Panthers Friday night. Jones beat Panthers LT Byron Bell for both sacks, and was impressive in the run game as well. With the Patriots' improved secondary locking down opposing pass catchers, Jones should have plenty of time to get to the quarterback this season. 15-plus sacks are well within reason. Jones is a first-tier DL1 in IDP leagues.
Golden Tate has three catches for 36 yards 08-23-2014
Golden Tate WR DET
Golden Tate had three catches for 36 yards in the Lions' third preseason game Friday night. Tate was featured in the short-passing game and had a team-high four targets. He's locked in as the No. 2 receiver in the Lions' offense and should see regular single coverage opposite Calvin Johnson. Playing in a pass-heavy scheme, Tate has a good chance to improve on his 64/898/5 line from 2013. He currently has an ADP in the seventh round.
Thompkins earns the start Friday night 08-23-2014
Kenbrell Thompkins WR NE
Kenbrell Thompkins started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night, catching 2-of-3 targets for 35 yards. Thompkins worked ahead of Brandon LaFell, though both players saw extensive time with the first-team offense. Thompkins dropped a wide-open look in the middle of the field in the second quarter, but Tom Brady came back to him on the very next play for a 14-yard gain. Brady has recently expressed confidence in the second-year wideout, and it is not inconceivable Thompkins holds onto the "X" receiver job even when (if) Aaron Dobson gets healthy. Thompkins has 6 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Luke Willson passes concussion tests 08-23-2014
Luke Willson TE SEA
Updating a previous item, Seahawks TE Luke Willson passed concussion tests during Friday night's preseason game. He's been medically cleared and will be fine after the concussion scare. Willson has been quiet in August, managing two preseason catches for 27 yards. The seam-stretching sophomore will be an inconsistent fantasy TE2 parked on the depth chart behind Zach Miller. Willson is more attractive in Dynasty leagues.
Brice Butler continues to impress for OAK 08-23-2014
Brice Butler WR OAK
Brice Butler caught three passes for 60 yards with two touchdowns in Friday's preseason game against the Packers. Butler continues to light it up against third-stringers. The 2013 seventh-rounder out of San Diego State now has 11 catches for 178 yards with three touchdowns in three preseason games, surely solidifying his spot on the 53-man roster.
Martellus Bennett goes 1-22 against Seattle 08-23-2014
Martellus Bennett TE CHI
Martellus Bennett secured his lone target for 22 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Friday night at Seattle. Bennett was ruled to have scored a touchdown on a second-quarter wheel route after a pinpoint throw by Jay Cutler, but it was overturned on replay when Marty B's rear end was shown to be down just before the goal line. Suspended for the preseason opener, Bennett now has two catches for 47 yards in two exhibition affairs. He's a low-end, low-ceiling TE1 in fantasy leagues.
Calvin Johnson has two catches in debut 08-23-2014
Calvin Johnson WR DET
Calvin Johnson had two catches for 27 yards in his preseason debut Friday night. He was targeted three times in the passing game. The Lions rested Johnson in their first two preseason games as a precaution, but he looked fully healthy. Johnson is not expected to play in Detroit's preseason finale.
Mychal Rivera catches two balls Friday 08-23-2014
Mychal Rivera TE OAK
Mychal Rivera caught two passes for three yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers. Rivera soaked up all the first-team snaps at tight end with David Ausberry (knee) sidelined. A poor blocker who can't run, there's nothing to see here. Rivera, who has four catches for 29 yards this preseason, will be a rotational player this season.
Storm Johnson rushes five times for 11 yards 08-23-2014
Storm Johnson RB JAX
Storm Johnson rushed five times for 11 yards in Friday night's preseason game against the Lions. Johnson was the No. 3 running back through Jacksonville's rotation. He had more carries than Denard Robinson, but averaged 2.2 yards per attempt. Johnson has 25 carries for just 46 yards through three preseason games.
Marshall goes 4-37 against Seahawks 08-23-2014
Brandon Marshall WR CHI
Brandon Marshall caught four passes for 37 yards in the Bears' third preseason game Thursday night in Seattle. He saw seven targets, while Alshon Jeffery saw eight -- all from Jay Cutler. Moving all around the formation, Marshall played X and Z receiver as well as the slot. His first big catch went for a nine-yard gain in Seahawks slot CB Jeremy Lane's coverage on Chicago's opening drive. Marshall also got by Richard Sherman on a second-quarter double move for a gain of 21. He has 10 grabs for 72 yards on the exhibition season.
Greg Little gets some first-team reps Friday 08-23-2014
Greg Little WR OAK
Greg Little caught one pass for six yards in Friday's preseason game against the Packers. Little was Oakland's No. 4 receiver behind James Jones, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. He got a few first-team reps on Friday, but predictably did very little with them. Through three preseason games, Little has three catches for 54 yards.