Allen praises Denarius Moore's consistency
Denarius Moore | OAK
(September 2, 2014 11:35 PM EDT)
Coach Dennis Allen said he saw a "different demeanor" out of Denarius Moore this summer, and believes Moore is "beginning to take that next step."
"D-Mo has really kind of gotten back to where he was maybe a couple of years ago when we first got here," Allen said. "He’s been a lot more consistent." Moore is penciled in as the Raiders' No. 3 receiver behind James Jones and Rod Streater. He'll serve as the deep threat, and is a good fit for rookie QB Derek Carr's cannon of an arm. Moore can run with the best of them, while Carr can chuck it deep. Moore has sneaky upside and is worth watching early on. The Raiders are going to be throwing the ball and playing catch-up a ton this season.
San Francisco Chronicle
Update: Wes Welker suspension starts Week 1
Wes Welker | DEN
(September 2, 2014 10:13 PM EDT)
Updating a previous item, Wes Welker's four-game suspension will start this week.
There was some chatter that Welker may be able to play Week 1, and have his suspension pushed back a week because the league didn't announce the ban early enough. That rumor lasted an hour. Welker will miss the opener against the Colts in addition to Denver's next three games. He'll be back Week 6. Andre Caldwell and/or Cody Latimer will see additional snaps in three-wide sets.
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Free agent RB Spencer Ware busted for DUI
Spencer Ware | FA
(September 2, 2014 9:43 PM EDT)
Free agent RB Spencer Ware was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of DUI.
Ware was booked into jail in Kent, Washington at 3:21 AM. No other details are available. It's Ware's second DUI arrest in nine months; he was busted in January but had the charges dropped in July. Ware was part of Seattle's final cuts over the weekend. The 2013 sixth-rounder tried to make the switch from fullback.
Associated Press
Cardinals work out free agent LB Anderson
James Anderson | FA
(September 2, 2014 9:25 PM EDT)
Free agent LB James Anderson worked out for the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Joining Anderson for the workout were free agent LBs Zac Diles, Moise Fokou, and Yawin Smallwood. Anderson, 31, was released by the Pats two weekends ago. He led the Bears in tackles in 2013 and is best in coverage, though he's really not great at anything. Arizona was likely just updating its emergency list.
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Report: Broncos believe Welker plays Week 1
Wes Welker | DEN
(September 2, 2014 9:09 PM EDT)
The Denver Post's Mike Klis reports the Broncos believe suspended WR Wes Welker will play Week 1 against the Colts.
Per Klis, the Broncos think they'll have Welker this week because "suspensions are never announced this late in week" with the "game plan" already "in place." Okay. It's only Tuesday. We're not sure what to make of this, as we've never seen a suspended player allowed to play because the suspension was announced on a certain day of the week. It would obviously be an immediate boost for fantasy owners, but Welker is still getting a four-game ban. He's simply either going to be back Week 6 or 7. We'll update when details are available.
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Giants working to sign OG Adam Snyder
Adam Snyder | FA
(September 2, 2014 8:37 PM EDT)
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Giants are "working to sign" free agent OG Adam Snyder.
Snyder was released by the 49ers on Saturday. The 32-year-old has made 87 career starts, but has generally been bad for the past half-decade. With LG Geoff Schwartz (toe) sidelined, the Giants are looking for quality depth. Snyder would be nothing more than that as a versatile interior lineman.
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Mike Wallace expects to see a lot of Revis
Mike Wallace | MIA
(September 2, 2014 8:17 PM EDT)
Mike Wallace expects to see a lot of Darrelle Revis in Sunday's Week 1 opener against the Patriots.
It remains to be seen whether the Patriots will task Revis with shadowing Wallace, but we'd imagine they will, especially with Brandon Browner suspended the first four games. They'll let Logan Ryan or Alfonzo Dennard handle Brian Hartline. While we like Wallace to bounce back this season in a far more creative offense under OC Bill Lazor, he's more WR3/4 than WR2/3 this week.
Miami Herald
Ray McDonald's Week 1 status up in the air
Ray McDonald | SF
(September 2, 2014 7:54 PM EDT)
49ers DE Ray McDonald's status for Sunday's opener "remains to be seen."
"(There's) due process," GM Trent Baalke said Tuesday. "We're still in fact-finding mode trying to get as much information as we can. We'll have more knowledge today and certainly more knowledge the next day, moving forward. Nothing's been determined at this point." Baalke also claimed the team would handle McDonald's discipline, not the NFL. The CBA dictates that the league handle discipline in cases like McDonald's. Much like they did with Aldon Smith last season, it sounds like the 49ers are going to let McDonald play Sunday.
Hester will 'definitely' have role on offense
Devin Hester | ATL
(September 2, 2014 7:47 PM EDT)
Speaking Tuesday, Falcons OC Dirk Koetter said Devin Hester will "definitely have a role in our offense."
Here we go again. The Bears tried off and on for eight years to square peg Hester into a round hole on offense, and he never managed more than four scores. Hester has two 500-yard seasons to his name. Perhaps he'll catch 20 balls as a situational deep threat. He remains off the fantasy radar.
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Benny Cunningham listed as KR & No. 2 RB
Benny Cunningham | STL
(September 2, 2014 7:33 PM EDT)
Benny Cunningham is listed as the No. 1 kickoff returner and No. 2 running back on the Rams' updated depth chart.
The new depth chart was released Tuesday. Zac Stacy remains atop the tailback pecking order, while Cunningham will work in as a breather back and focus on special teams. Cunningham and Chris Givens will line up deep on kickoffs.
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