Panthers defense to surprise Winston
Panthers Def/Spec Team | CAR
(October 3, 2015 2:47 PM EDT)
The Charlotte Observer believes the Carolina defense will use "coverage disguises" in their secondary in an attempt to confuse QB Jameis Winston.
"When the Panthers face a young quarterback, defensive coordinator Sean McDermott’s scheme typically includes coverage disguises in the secondary (see Week 1 vs. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles)," said Joseph Person of the Observer. Carolina held Bortles to 183 yards through the air and two interceptions in Week 1 and are hoping for more of the same from Winston on Sunday. A top-five fantasy defense so far, the Carolina D/ST will be a recommended start this week at Tampa Bay.
Charlotte Observer
Steelers cut Scobee after Week 4 loss
Josh Scobee | FA
(October 3, 2015 2:29 PM EDT)
Steelers released K Josh Scobee.
The Steelers were forced to cut Scobee after missing two fourth-quarter field goals in Thursday night's loss to the Ravens. Scobee has struggled all season, converting only 60 percent of his attempts. Pittsburgh has one of the worst kicker situations in the league. Chris Boswell was signed as Scobee's replacement.
Pettine: Crowell 'missed runs' last week
Isaiah Crowell | CLE
(October 3, 2015 2:25 PM EDT)
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Isaiah Crowell "missed some runs" in last week’s loss to the Raiders.
Crowell has been a big part of Cleveland’s run game problems, with defenses holding him under 40 yards in two of the three games. The Cleveland Plain Dealer believes his starting job is "wide open for someone to claim." Crowell is averaging 3.1 YPC and has two touchdowns in eight games since last season. Duke Johnson outsnapped Crowell last week and remains the top pass-down option. Robert Turbin (ankle) could overtake Crowell on early downs if his struggles continue.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Browns OLB Kruger playing on the strong side
Paul Kruger | CLE
(October 3, 2015 1:25 PM EDT)
Browns OLB Paul Kruger is playing on the strong side in base sets this season.
Kruger racked up 11 sacks as the rush linebacker last season, but he is being asked to drop into coverage more on the strong side. "We only really moved him in base defense," DC Jim O’Neil said. "Is it probably costing him five to 10 more opportunities to rush the passer? Yeah. But is it better for us defensively right now?" Kruger has managed just a half-sack through three games.
Akron Beacon-Journal
Report: Marshawn Lynch '60-40' to sit out MNF
Marshawn Lynch | SEA
(October 3, 2015 1:06 PM EDT)
PFT's Mike Florio reports Marshawn Lynch is "60-40" to not play Monday night against the Lions.
Impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls would see the majority of the carries if Lynch can't go, with Fred Jackson playing a secondary role. Unless Rawls is available as a late swap, it will be too risky to place Lynch in starting lineups on Sunday morning. We'd ideally like more clarity before trusting Rawls in DFS lineups.
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Steelers bring in K Chris Boswell
Chris Boswell | PIT
(October 3, 2015 12:59 PM EDT)
Steelers signed K Chris Boswell.
Pittsburgh also brought in Randy Bullock and Kai Forbath for workouts on Saturday. Adding Boswell likely marks the end of the road for Josh Scobee, who was acquired from the Jaguars in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick in August. Scobee missed two key field goals in Thursday night's loss to the Ravens.
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Steelers working out three kickers Saturday
Randy Bullock | FA
(October 3, 2015 12:54 PM EDT)
Steelers will work out free agent Ks Randy Bullock, Kai Forbath and Chris Boswell on Saturday.
The writing was on the wall for current Steelers K Josh Scobee when coach Mike Tomlin decided to go for it on fourth down twice in overtime instead of attempting a field goal. The confidence in Scobee appears gone, and it would be surprising if one of this trio is not handling the kicking duties the next time Pittsburgh takes the field. Bullock and Forbath were cut by the Texans and Redskins respectively earlier this season. Boswell spent time with the Giants in camp.
CBS Sports
Drew Brees says he can make all the throws
Drew Brees | NO
(October 3, 2015 12:38 PM EDT)
Drew Brees (shoulder) believes his passing arm is healthy and he can make every throw this week against the Cowboys.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported the inflammation in Brees' shoulder subsided on Tuesday, allowing the strength in the shoulder to return to normal. Brees is fully expected to start against the Cowboys. He is Rotoworld's No. 15 quarterback for Week 4.
Ed Werder on Twitter
Wallace believes deep catches will come
Mike Wallace | MIN
(October 3, 2015 12:29 PM EDT)
Mike Wallace believes the Vikings' deep passing game will get going soon.
"When you have a guy like (running back Adrian Peterson) who's playing the way he's playing, (defenders) are going to come up," Wallace said "You're always going to get opportunities. We just have to make the most of it when we do take them." Wallace's longest reception of the season is 22 yards and he has been targeted more than 20-yards downfield just three times. The Vikings have been able to ride the running game to back-to-back wins, but they will likely have to open up the passing offense this week against the Broncos. With Charles Johnson (ribs) out and Jarius Wright (questionable, hand) likely to join him on the sidelines, Wallace could be a solid GPP play this week.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Charles Leno expected to start at left tackle
Charles Leno | CHI
(October 3, 2015 12:12 PM EDT)
Charles Leno is expected to be the Bears' left tackle with Jermon Bushrod (concussion) sidelined.
Bushrod was ruled out on Friday. Leno struggled at right tackle this preseason, prompting the Bears to shift former guard Kyle Long out to tackle. The possibility of Leno "protecting" a hobbled Jay Cutler's (hamstring) blindside could prompt Chicago to sit Cutler for another week.
Bears' Official Site