Jarvis Jones practicing with Steelers
Jarvis Jones | PIT
(November 24, 2014 11:44 AM EST)
Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones (wrist surgery) is practicing Monday.
Jones remains on injured reserve with a designation for return. Assuming all goes smoothly, he'll likely be activated sometime in the next two weeks. This Steelers defense desperately needs Jones, Troy Polamalu, Ryan Shazier and even Ike Taylor back as soon as possible.
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Marquess Wilson sees snap count dive
Marquess Wilson | CHI
(November 24, 2014 11:34 AM EST)
Marquess Wilson played on 29-of-59 snaps (49.1 percent) in Sunday's win over the Bucs.
It was a major downgrade from Week 11, when Wilson was in on 74.3 percent of the snaps. Regardless, he's seen just seven targets over the last two weeks and produced 3-21-0. Wilson is only a Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery handcuff in redraft, but a strong hold in Dynasty.
Navorro Bowman still not back at practice
Navorro Bowman | SF
(November 24, 2014 11:20 AM EST)
49ers ILB Navorro Bowman (knee, PUP) has still not resumed practicing.
Bowman has not had any setbacks as he comes off ACL and MCL surgery sustained last January. But he's still not feeling right and it's unclear when he'll return to action. The 49ers have until Dec. 9 to decide whether to put Bowman on their active roster or keep him on PUP for the rest of the season.
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Clear that Reggie Wayne has lost steps
Reggie Wayne | IND
(November 24, 2014 10:52 AM EST)
The Indianapolis Star says "it's becoming more and more apparent that (Reggie Wayne) has lost a step."
Wayne was not good against the Jags on Sunday, catching 3-of-9 targets for 10 yards and failing to separate. It's what we'd expect out of a 36-year-old wideout one year removed from blowing out his knee. Wayne isn't going anywhere as a solid possession receiver and security blanket for Andrew Luck, but he's capped at the WR3 level. He's averaging just 4.0 catches for 44.2 yards with one touchdown over the last five weeks.
Indianapolis Star
Kyle Rudolph gets up to 60 snaps
Kyle Rudolph | MIN
(November 24, 2014 10:47 AM EST)
Kyle Rudolph played on 61-of-69 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
In his first game off sports hernia surgery in Week 11, Rudolph played on just 14 snaps and had no catches. The chains were taken off Sunday, as he went 3-50-0 on five targets and got back to a near every-down role. Given the thin state of the tight end position and Rudolph's red-zone chops, he's a TE1 candidate against the Panthers in Week 13.
WR Charles Johnson played on 67-of-69 snaps
Charles Johnson | MIN
(November 24, 2014 10:32 AM EST)
Vikings WR Charles Johnson played on 67-of-69 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Packers.
Even with Greg Jennings (ribs) and Jarius Wright (hamstring) active, Johnson was a full-time player. It's an exciting revelation for a player we've long been tracking because he goes 6'2/217 and runs a 4.38. Over the last two weeks, Johnson has totaled 9-139-1 on a team-high 18 targets, emerging as the No. 1 receiver for Teddy Bridgewater. Johnson makes for an intriguing deeper-league streamer in a home game against the Panthers' weak corner corps in Week 13. Jennings is done, Patterson is far too raw and Wright is a sub-average player that's been passed on the depth chart.
Vikings tried to take away Jordy, Cobb
Jordy Nelson | GB
(November 24, 2014 10:24 AM EST)
Aaron Rodgers said the Vikings made a concerted effort to slow down Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb Sunday.
The Vikings split their safeties to cloud the Packers' wideouts, a move that limited Nelson and Cobb to a combined 12-126-0. "What we have done best is get the ball to Jordy and Randall," Rodgers said. "They have had big statistical seasons so they tried to take them out of the game." Of course, that allowed Eddie Lacy to run through soft boxes for 25-125-1. Nelson and Cobb will see more 1-on-1 coverage in Week 13, but it will be against Darrelle Revis and the Patriots.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Mike Evans ties record with another touchdown
Mike Evans | TB
(November 24, 2014 10:15 AM EST)
Mike Evans has tied a franchise record with a touchdown in four straight games.
The 6-foot-5 Evans beat 5-foot-11 Bears corner Kyle Fuller for his latest score, his eighth of the season and sixth in the last four weeks. With Josh McCown showing the utmost confidence in his rookie, Evans is bordering on WR1 status weekly now. He's also the top Dynasty wideout in perhaps the greatest rookie wideout class the NFL has ever seen.
Tampa Tribune
Panthers will keep feeding Benjamin
Kelvin Benjamin | CAR
(November 24, 2014 9:49 AM EST)
WRs coach Ricky Proehl said the Panthers have to "make sure we get" Kelvin Benjamin involved weekly.
Benjamin has been far from perfect this year, catching just 52-of-98 targets while battling some drops and poor routes. But the Panthers have wisely stuck with him through the mistakes and have been rewarded with eight touchdowns. "You’ve got to get him touches, because he gets going," Proehl said. "Just like any great receiver, when you feed him he gets into the game." Clearly a focal point of the offense, Benjamin is an every-week fantasy starter heading into a Week 13 game at Minnesota.
Jason Witten in nice spot on Thanksgiving
Jason Witten | DAL
(November 24, 2014 9:37 AM EST)
The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles will have trouble covering Jason Witten in Thursday's game against the Cowboys.
Witten does not typically create mismatches at this point in his career. But the Eagles, already without DeMeco Ryans (Achilles), lost Emmanuel Acho (groin) Sunday. Now they'll have to ride with incompetent Casey Matthews as a primary inside linebacker, with rookie Marcus Smith mixing in. Smith is a pass-rusher that was drafted as an outside linebacker. Witten's upside is capped by his limited athletic ability, but he has TE1 appeal Thursday.
Philadelphia Inquirer