Texans rookie WR Mumphery's role to expand
Keith Mumphery | HOU
(October 7, 2015 9:22 AM EDT)
Texans fifth-round WR Keith Mumphery is expected to play an expanded role in Thursday night's Week 5 game against the Colts.
With Cecil Shorts (shoulder) out and Nate Washington (hamstring) also not practicing this week, Mumphery could get the start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. With the Texans falling behind so much, Ryan Mallett has been forced to throw the ball a ton. That could mean somewhere around 8-10 targets for Mumphery.
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Phins bring in Al Saunders to help OC Lazor
Bill Lazor | MIA
(October 7, 2015 9:15 AM EDT)
The Dolphins have hired ex-Raiders OC Al Saunders as an offensive consultant.
Instead of firing more coaches, the Dolphins are shaking up the offensive staff. Bill Lazor will remain the Dolphins' OC, and he and Saunders are said to be close. Saunders, 68, has worked for a number of teams, including the Greatest Show on Turf Rams, and was last with the Raiders in 2014. In additional changes, the Dolphins have re-assigned WRs coach Ken O'Keefe to a new role.
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Giants promote WR Myles White from P.S.
Myles White | NYG
(October 7, 2015 8:55 AM EDT)
Giants signed WR Myles White off their practice squad.
White led the Packers in receiving in the preseason with 16 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He could eventually push for snaps if Victor Cruz (calf) remains sidelined. TE Daniel Fells was I.R.'ed in a corresponding move.
Charles Sims excelling in pass protection
Charles Sims | TB
(October 6, 2015 9:49 PM EDT)
Charles Sims has been the sixth-most efficient pass blocker among NFL running backs, according to PFF.
Sims has made the most of his 128 snaps. He ranks second on the team in receptions (10) and is third in receiving yards (108). The 25-year-old is only averaging 3.4 yards per carry, but he's done the little things well and is sharing snaps evenly with Doug Martin. Martin did buy himself some breathing room in Week 4 by totaling 143 yards and scoring his first TD of the season.
Butler (hamstring) hoping to return Week 7
Brice Butler | DAL
(October 6, 2015 9:06 PM EDT)
Brice Butler (hamstring) hopes to return after the Cowboys' bye week.
That would put him on track to return October 25 against the Giants. Butler has been targeted once on 81 snaps this season. He's not a fantasy option.
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Arians expects Ellington (PCL) to play Sunday
Andre Ellington | ARZ
(October 6, 2015 8:47 PM EDT)
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects Andre Ellington (PCL) to return Sunday against the Lions.
Arians said Ellington could have played Sunday against the Rams but the team gave him an extra week to be safe. Ellington was Arizona's lead back before the injury but now it appears Chris Johnson is safely ahead of him. Even with four teams on bye this week, Ellington is merely a flex option.
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Saints bring in OT Tony Hills
Tony Hills | NO
(October 6, 2015 8:28 PM EDT)
Saints signed OT Tony Hills.
Jahri Evans just underwent a knee scope and ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett suspects Terron Armstead might be banged up as well, necessitating the need for offensive line depth. Hills was cut from the Ravens' practice squad a few weeks ago.
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Cowboys aren't planning to sign new back
Christine Michael | DAL
(October 6, 2015 7:19 PM EDT)
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Cowboys are not planning to sign another running back despite losing Lance Dunbar (knee) for the season.
It means Christine Michael is locked in as Jason Garrett's No. 3 running back, and will be getting touches on Sundays. Long a favorite of the fantasy community, Michael has notched just 54 touches in 2.5 seasons. He's a freak athlete, but hasn't shown much feel for the game. Nevertheless, his upside remains tangible. There are worse players to use your final roster spot on in 12-team leagues.
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Ogletree will miss 'at least' eight weeks
Alec Ogletree | STL
(October 6, 2015 7:14 PM EDT)
Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirms WLB Alec Ogletree has a fractured fibula, and expects him to be sidelined "at least" eight weeks.
Ogletree underwent surgery on his leg Tuesday. The third-year pro is almost certainly headed to injured reserve/designated to return. We won't see him before December.
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NFL discussing reducing preseason to 3 games
Roger Goodell | FA
(October 6, 2015 7:08 PM EDT)
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the league is discussing the idea of reducing the preseason from four games to three.
It's unclear how far along the idea/proposal is. Cutting a preseason game would hurt fringe roster types, but would likely be favored by coaches and most veterans. The fourth preseason game is mostly just a glorified exercise in trying to avoid injury. At this point, it exists almost solely for financial reasons.
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