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Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (eye) will not start in Saturday's preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals. What It Means: Howard suffered a minor eye abrasion in practice on Saturday and will not travel with the team to Arizona. The injury won't affect his long term outlook as the second-year running back is expected to return to practice next week. Our models project Howar ...

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne will be the team's Week 1 starter against the Houston Texans, believes Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union. What It Means: "By opening up the quarterback competition between Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is essentially closing it … and giving it to Henne," O'Halloran writes. While working with th ...

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell will be active for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, according to NewYorkJets.com's Ethan Greenberg. What It Means: In dealing with some form of neck injury, Powell missed the Jets' first preseason game, but he has since returned to practice and will play Saturday in Detroit. With Matt Forte (hamstring) out, expect Powell to ...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in Saturday's preseason game, according to ESPN's Diana Russini. What It Means: Newton is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and hasn't been a full-go in practice as a result. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he won't suit up for the team's second preseason game against the Tennessee Titans. Derek ...

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook totaled six catches and 131 yards on seven targets in Thursday's 12-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What It Means: Westbrook's big night came opposite third- and fourth-string corners, however, the rookie managed to put a stamp on his second straight preseason game. And while he's set to be the Jaguars' fourth wideout, the f ...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones hauled in three of six targets for 42 yards in Thursday's 20-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. What It Means: Outside of the stat line itself, Bills insider Chris Brown also notes that Jones nearly had a touchdown grab but couldn't keep his second foot in as he tip-toed the sideline on a Nathan Peterman fade attempt. With Sammy Watkins now with the ...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers suspended running back Doug Martin rushed 5 times for 30 yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 11 yards in Thursday's second preseason contest. What It Means: Martin was the Buccaneers' starter for a second straight week on Thursday night, catching two check-downs on the opening drive and then beating the Jaguars' defense around the corner at the g ...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett completed 13-of-22 pass attempts for 113 yards, one touchdown and two picks in his second preseason start. What It Means: As the Ravens prepare for what could be a Week 1 without Joe Flacco (back), they let Mallett take the first team reps for the entirety of the first half Thursday night. In disappointing fashion, Mallett didn't do much with the oppo ...

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (back) will continue to sit out of practice next week. What It Means: The original timeline given on the injury was "day-to-day", but it has now been a month on the sidelines for Flacco. The team has already announced that he won't play in the preseason at all, but that he is expected to be ready for Week 1. Ryan Mallett has put together a pai ...

Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount rushed for eight yards and lost a fumble on five carries in Thursday night's preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills. What It Means: For Blount, it's two straight poor performances to start his tenure with the Eagles. Last time out, he totaled nine yards on four carries versus the Green Bay Packers. Averaging 1.9 yards per carry, not to ...

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett is set to get more work with the starters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman. What It Means: On Friday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said that the team is impressed with Barnett and that they want to see what he can do against better tackles moving forward. He touched on Barnett's quickness and relentless drive to get ...

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson caught 4-of-8 targets for 34 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Thursday's second preseason game. What It Means: It could have been a much bigger night for Robinson, who repeatedly created separation from Tampa Bay's defensive backs, but Blake Bortles was unable to provide catchable passes, flat-out missing his top receiver on mult ...

New England Patriots defensive end Derek Rivers is likely out for the season with a serious knee injury, according to ESPN's Field Yates. What It Means: Rivers was a third-round pick in this year's draft, but that made him the Patriots' top pick after they opted out of the first and second rounds. He was expected to get some playing time on a thin defensive line, so Kony Ealy and ot ...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. What It Means: The box score could have been bigger, as a 31-yard completion to DeVante Parker was called back by penalty, and a couple of holding calls forced Cutler into a 3rd-and-27 situation. Still, the 34-year-old un-retired quarterback came out aggressive ...

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron has missed all of practice this week, according to MLive's Kyle Meinke. What It Means: After making a brief appearance in practice on Friday, Ebron has been sidelined as the result of a hamstring injury suffered on the very first day of practice. He has yet to play in the preseason and there hasn't been any word on an expected return date. If this probl ...

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to quarterback Blake Bortles as his starter and said he's competing with Chad Henne for the job. What It Means: "It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense," Marrone began. "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it. ... (Bortles has) got to go earn it. ...

The Buffalo Bills have clarified that quarterback Tyrod Taylor's starting job is safe, per WKBW's Joe Buscaglia. What It Means: After a rough preseason performance from Taylor, head coach Sean McDermott seemed noncommittal on Taylor as the team's starter. But, though Taylor may be on the hot seat, McDermott later clarified his vague comments by telling WKBW that he is not considerin ...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler said that wide receiver DeVante Parker is a "faster Alshon", according to the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley. What It Means: After targeting Parker four times in just two drives together, Cutler spoke highly of the second-year wideout, in comparing him to his former teammate, Alshon Jeffery. The combination of targets and praise could lead to a bre ...

Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (hamstring) is not active for Thursday's preseason game. What It Means: Smallwood's roster prospects have fluctuated all offseason, but he was in the middle of trending upward prior to this injury. Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski said last week Smallwood has run "like a man possessed in padded practices" at camp. Tonight, und ...

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts. What It Means: When asked if he would play in the game, Bryant responded, "Come on, man. I'm on that field this week, baby. I can't wait." Bryant has stayed healthy all offseason despite missing 10 games over the last two season. We can't wait to see him back ...

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is day-to-day with a bone bruise in his leg, head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters following Thursday's practice. What It Means: Smith-Schuster was hit during team drills on Wednesday and sustained the injury. He was on the field for warmups on Thursday, but did not participate in practice. Tomlin stated that the injury was "day-to-da ...

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews (chest) will not play in the team's second preseason game on Thursday night. What It Means: Matthews is dealing with a painful "chip fracture" in his sternum, which has sidelined him for the last few days. He'll have to wait to get into real action for his new team until yet another day. He'll hope to make it back in time to lear ...

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi (concussion) will start on Thursday versus the Baltimore Ravens. What It Means: Ajayi has been sidled since suffering a concussion in practice on July 31. No longer in the league's concussion protocol, the third-year running back has been cleared to resume playing and will see his first action of 2017 Thursday versus the Ravens. Our models project Ajayi f ...

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay was working with the second-team offense on Thursday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. What It Means: Golladay had been promoted to action with the starters yesterday after dazzling in the preseason opener, but was passed over in favor of T.J. Jones working with the 1's today. It's entirely possible that this offense will rem ...

Cleveland Browns rookie running back Matt Dayes has "flashed," and is "establishing himself as an every-down back," head coach Hue Jackson believes. What It Means: Dayes was the second-to-last pick of April's draft. In the Browns' preseason opener, he He rushed three times for nine yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for eight additional yards. Dayes was a tru ...

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