Decker (hamstring) thinks he can play Week 4
Eric Decker | NYJ
(September 23, 2014 9:43 AM EDT)
Eric Decker (hamstring) said he pulled himself out of Monday night's loss to the Bears because of a "tight feeling that wouldn't loosen up."
Decker says he did not suffer a setback on Monday night. "It was to the point where it wasn't loosening up, and instead of doing something stupid and really hurting something down the road I decided to pull myself and give myself a chance," he said. In other words, Decker's hamstring did not get worse by playing 14 snaps Monday. He'll likely be a game-time decision again for Week 4 against the Lions.
New York Post
Odell Beckham won't practice this week
Odell Beckham | NYG
(September 23, 2014 9:34 AM EDT)
Odell Beckham (hamstring) will not practice this week.
In a best-case scenario, Beckham will get back in practice next week and have a limited role in Week 5. He'll eventually get on the deep-league radar thanks to all the three-wide sets the Giants run.
New York Daily News
Stevie Brown was benched in Week 3
Stevie Brown | NYG
(September 23, 2014 9:29 AM EDT)
Giants FS Stevie Brown was benched in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Week 3 win over the Texans.
Brown allowed Damaris Johnson to get behind him for a 44-yard touchdown and then took a seat on the pine as fifth-round rookie Nat Berhe came on. Brown hasn't been the same since tearing his left ACL in the 2013 preseason.
New York Daily News
Cam Newton still not running
Cam Newton | CAR
(September 23, 2014 9:24 AM EDT)
The Panthers did not call a single zone-read run in Sunday night's loss to the Steelers.
The Panthers are still coddling Cam Newton's ribs and it's killing his fantasy upside. He had a career-low two carries Sunday night one week after running just four times against the Lions. OC Mike Shula says he's going to gradually ease Newton back into the run game, but we'll believe it when we see it.
Charlotte Observer
Josh Gordon allowed in Browns facility
Josh Gordon | CLE
(September 23, 2014 9:18 AM EDT)
WR Josh Gordon is allowed to train at the Browns facility and attend meetings during his suspension.
This gives Gordon a chance to hit the ground running when he's eligible to return Week 12. It will also (hopefully) help him keep his nose clean. Gordon is going to be tough for owners to stash through the bye weeks and injuries, but the payoff at the end of the rainbow figures to be big.
The Chronicle-Telegram
Pettine: Joe Haden needs to play better
Joe Haden | CLE
(September 23, 2014 9:13 AM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine called out CB Joe Haden Monday.
Haden gave up a critical 32-yard gain to Steve Smith late in Sunday's loss to the Ravens. "The great ones are going to make big plays when it's needed, and I think that's one area where Joe will look to improve," said Pettine. Haden is PFF's No. 94 corner among 96 qualifiers through three weeks. Despite a big name and big contract, he's not a corner fantasy owners should be shying away from.
The Chronicle-Telegram
Sherrod Martin signs with Jags
Sherrod Martin | JAC
(September 23, 2014 9:09 AM EDT)
Jaguars signed S Sherrod Martin.
Martin is finally back in the league after tearing his ACL and MCL in December of 2012. He started 31-of-32 games for the Panthers between 2010-11.
National Football Post
Vick starting to breathe down Geno's neck?
Geno Smith | NYJ
(September 23, 2014 8:52 AM EDT)
The New York Daily News suggests Geno Smith needs to perform better Week 4 or the Jets "brain trust" will have to take a long, hard look at the quarterback spot.
Smith's two bad interceptions Monday night killed the Jets, but playing without Eric Decker is brutal. Jeremy Kerley is a slot man stretched badly as a No. 1 WR, and David Nelson/Greg Salas/Jeff Cumberland couldn't beat a drum. Smith has shown more than enough improvement this year to have a longer leash. If Rex Ryan goes to Michael Vick at some point, he'll just be trying to save his own job and not thinking about the long-term health of the organization.
New York Daily News
Arian's hamstring been an issue for 2 months
Arian Foster | HOU
(September 23, 2014 8:29 AM EDT)
Arian Foster's latest hamstring injury is to the same one that bothered him during the preseason.
Foster missed the first two weeks of camp way back in late-July due to this hamstring. After racking up 59 touches in the first two weeks, he had to sit out the Week 3 loss to the Giants. "As soon as I feel 100 percent, I'll be out there," he said. "It's my hamstring's call." Recurring or chronic soft-tissue issues are always scary, even if this latest strain is considered minor. Alfred Blue is shaping up as a must-own for the foreseeable future.
Houston Chronicle
Ravens to go with committee to replace Pitta
Owen Daniels | BAL
(September 23, 2014 8:20 AM EDT)
The Ravens are expected to use a committee to replace Dennis Pitta's production in the lineup.
Losing Pitta for the year is a major blow to a Gary Kubiak offense that features the tight end. He had 16 catches on 21 targets through three weeks. "We're going to play our good players," coach John Harbaugh said. "So, who's on the field is going to depend on who are good players are and how the coaches decide to attack." The new starting tight end will be Owen Daniels, but he can't separate at age 31 and is a poor bet to sustain health. Versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who led the Ravens in catches in the preseason, will also get more involved. And Kubiak may be forced to run more three-wide sets that bring Marlon Brown into play. Consider Daniels, whose best trait is knowing the offense like the back of his hand, a low-ceiling add.