PIT: Steelers Eli Rogers set for role as slot WR
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 6:53pm
Steeler WR Eli Rogers was injured for his entire rookie season, and has since earned his first chance for an expanded role as the slot receiver in the Steelers’ offense. He led the team with 10 receptions for 84 yards in the preseason, the most targeted of any receiver on the team.
It sounds as if Rogers will remain in the slot even with Markus Wheaton ruled out for Week 1. Sammie Coates will take Wheaton’s spot on the outside, but he story said all the Steeler WRs can play both inside and outside.
Week 1 MNF Injury Report – Steelers WR Markus Wheaton OUT; Skins RB Matt Jones QUESTIONABLE
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 5:32pmPITTSBURGH STEELERS vs. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
CB Senquez Golson (foot), RB Roosevelt Nix (back), C Cody Wallace (knee), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder)
WR Josh Doctson (achilles), DT Kedric Golston (back), RB Matt Jones (shoulder), G Spencer Long (ankle), DE Kendall Reyes (groin)
LOS ANGELES RAMS vs. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
WR Pharoh Cooper (shoulder), CB E.J. Gaines (thigh), WR Nelson Spruce (knee)
LB Bryce Hager (concussion), T Rob Havenstein (foot)
CB Chris Davis (hamstring)
DT Arik Armstead (shoulder), LB Nick Bellore (knee), T Anthony Davis (not injury related), DT Quinton Dial (knee), DT Glenn Dorsey (knee), CB Keith Reaser (ankle)
For the Redskins, RB Matt Jones was a full go in practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday and reports indicate he’ll suit up. WR Josh Docston was a full go on Saturday, and while he may play, it’s possible he has a reduced roll due to the time he’s missed.For the Steelers, WR Markus Wheaton is out so Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates will have a bigger role in this game.
For the Rams, WR Pharoh Cooper is out and the 49ers have no significant, offensive fantasy injuries.
MIN: Vikes name Shaun Hill Week 1 starting QB
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2:42pm
Shaun Hill will be the starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans, sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.
Hill has been given the start over Sam Bradford, for whom the Vikings traded a 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2018 fourth-rounder to the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Bradford joined the team after Teddy Bridgewater tore multiple ligaments in his knee Aug. 30.
The team split first-team snaps between Hill and Bradford during practice this week, but it appeared the Vikings were leaning toward Hill, who has been in Minnesota since 2015 and has a more thorough understanding of the offense than Bradford. The story added that Bradford picked up things rather quickly last week and is expected to be the starter in the near future.
PIT: Steelers rule out WR Markus Wheaton for Week 1
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 1:46pm
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without another offensive weapon Monday night against the Washington Redskins.
The team announced Saturday that No. 2 receiver Markus Wheaton will miss Week 1 with a shoulder injury.
Wheaton didn’t participate in practice this week.
With Wheaton out, Sammie Coates will get more time opposite Antonio Brown with Eli Rogers playing in the slot. Darrius Heyward-Bey should also earn more snaps than originally planned. As the story pointed out, it’s a big opportunity for Coates, who flashed during offseason practices, but struggled in the preseason.
JAC: WR Marqise Lee team’s most improved player
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:25am
ESPN – [Full Article]
My pick is WR Marqise Lee as most improved player. He’s finally healthy (he missed less than two weeks of practice since OTAs began in May) and that will allow him to become a bigger part of the offense. He was in and out of the lineup the last two seasons because of hamstring injuries and totaled 52 catches for 613 yards and two touchdowns. He may surpass those numbers this season.
Lee’s speed sets him apart from the rest of the receivers, and offensive coordinator Greg Olson is going to try and take advantage of that, whether it’s a jet sweep, quick screen, or crossing routes. Lee is also versatile enough to play outside and in the slot so he also presents a matchup problem for defenses.
In addition to his health, Lee’s mental approach in his third season is significantly different than it was his first two, the story said. Coach Gus Bradley said Lee’s confidence has grown with every practice and he’s playing with an uncluttered mind for the first time in his career. It sounds like the team wants to find ways to get him the ball but he still appears to be behind Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns in the pecking order. But certainly he’s a name worth watching.
NYJ: RB Matt Forte won’t be every-down workhorse
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 11:15am
ESPN – [Full Article]
Let me put it this way: Matt Forte is the No. 1 back, but he won’t be an every-down workhorse. Then again, how many teams rely on one workhorse? Not many. Based on what we saw in the one preseason game they played together, you’ll see Forte on first and second downs, with Bilal Powell handling the third-down duties. Forte was a three-down back during his career with the Chicago Bears, so he’ll have to adjust to a reduced role.
If you’re looking for numbers, I think the workload will be more balanced than it was last season. Chris Ivory averaged 16 rushes per game, Powell six. This year, you could see something like 14 for Forte, eight for Powell. The Jets have to be cognizant of Forte’s age (30), and it would be foolish to wear out the tread on his tires, although offensive coordinator Chan Gailey noted they won’t have Forte on a snap count early in the year.
The story went on to say the Jets think Powell is a good football player, and the Jets won’t forget about him. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said Powell will be a huge part of our offense. The author said it wouldn’t shock him if the two backs are used at the same time, creating mismatches on the defense. Powell should have some PPR league value based on this amount of workload.
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