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Footballguys #107 - 8/4 - Texans Shake Up Backfield, DRAFT.com Video, News And Notes And MORE

Volume 21, #107 -- Sunday Night, August 4th, 2019

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1. OAK - WR Antonio Brown day-to-day

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown (foot) is considered day-to-day because of the foot issues which caused him to visit a specialist Saturday, Aug. 3, according to a source.

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That's some relief after the word "specialist" caused alarm, but we'll feel better when he's back on the field developing chemistry with his new quarterback.

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2. HOU - D'Onta Foreman waived

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

The Houston Texans waived RB D'Onta Foreman Sunday, Aug. 4.

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Foreman's work ethic and habits were at the root of this action. He can run the ball well if he gets back everything he had before his achilles tear, but he wasn't big on special teams or as a pass blocker, and meeting punctuality among other things was also an issue. He might land somewhere soon with his size/speed combination. The Texans should be in the market for a #2 back via trade or claiming someone at final cuts. Josh Ferguson is set up to be a passing down back and UDFAs Karan Higdon and Damarea Crockett have an outside shot to make the team, along with Buddy Howell a 2018 UDFA who was claimed from Miami and contributes on special teams.

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3. KC - RB Carlos Hyde making most of reps

Source: NFL.com - Jeremy Bergman

Kansas City Chiefs RB Carlos Hyde has seen increased reps with the first team with RB Damien Williams currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. 'Carlos has done a nice job,' head coach Andy Reid said. 'He's getting a lot of reps and he's taking advantage of them.'

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One Chiefs beat writer and Gregg Rosenthal both raised the possibility of Hyde not making the team, but these positive words from the coach seem to downplay that doomsday scenario. He still deserves to be the second Chiefs back off of the board, but Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams need to stay on our waiver wire watch lists, and maybe even on our late round target lists in deeper leagues.

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4. NE - QB Tom Brady lands 2-year extension

Source: ESPN.com

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady agreed to a two-year contract extension Sunday, Aug. 4, that will run through the 2021 season. Brady will earn $23 million in 2019.

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Brady apparently wanted a shorter extension than the team. For him to get this kind of extension at age 42 is unprecedented. Fourth-round pick Jarrett Stidham could be groomed as a long term replacement and he'll have a lot of time to develop with this contract on the books.

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5. DEN - WR Emmanuel Sanders active in 11-on-11s

Source: The Athletic - Nicki Jhabvala

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) saw 'quite a bit' of playing time during the team's 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 4, at training camp.

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Sanders is coming along well and should be on target to be a starter and top target for Joe Flacco. He and Courtland Sutton should be the only Broncos receivers drafted in redraft leagues with DaeSean Hamilton set back by a hamstring injury.

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6. ARI - WR Kevin White a starter?

Source: AZCardinals.com - Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals WR Kevin White is listed as the No. 3 receiver on Arizona's first depth chart.

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Preliminary depth charts are very unreliable, but White is at least in the range of making the team on this news, and he has air raid experience from his time at West Virginia. If he makes the team and is in line to get snaps, we'll keep him on the waiver wire watch list.

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7. MIA - RB Kalen Ballage returns to the field

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage (undisclosed) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 3, and saw time with the starters.

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Ballage should be a big part of this backfield in any scenario, and he has a chance to start. Getting back on the field quickly after a short absence helps his case.

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8. SEA - Oblique injury for WR D.K. Metcalf

Source: The Seattle Times - Bob Condotta

Seattle Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf (oblique) did not participate in the team's scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 3, because of an oblique injury. Head coach Pete Carroll said Metcalf should return in a few days.

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Metcalf's durability was a problem in college, so while this is a relatively minor injury, it's still frustrating to see. Hopefully he'll return to the practice field soon, but in the meantime Jaron Brown and David Moore will have less competition for first-team reps.

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9. NO - RB Latavius Murray back on field

Source: The New Orleans Advocate - Herbie Teope

New Orleans Saints RB Latavius Murray (undisclosed) participated in practice Saturday, Aug. 3. Murray missed the previous four practice because of an undisclosed reason.

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We can take Murray off of our camp injury watch list now. He's worth a bench pick as the Saints #2 back with some work at the goal line and to finish out wins.

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10. JAX - RB Roc Thomas likely to be signed

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign free-agent RB Roc Thomas (Vikings) Sunday, Aug. 4, according to a source.

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Thomas had a good preseason last year and looks like an NFL back in terms of initial burst and acceleration. He would have to serve a three-game suspension before he plays this year for anyone.

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11. CHI - TE Trey Burton held out of practice

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Jason Lieser

Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton (hernia) was held out of practice by head coach Matt Nagy Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3. He had participated in the first five practices of training camp but was kept out of the two most recent sessions after appearing to struggle near the end of that stretch.

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Adam Shaheen is healthy-ish again after suffering some back problems early in camp and this could be an opening for him if Burton is suffering a setback. Burton's upside is limited this year with two new backs on the roster who can catch the ball and healthier wide receivers.

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12. JAX - DE Yannick Ngakoue ends holdout

Source: NFL.com

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue ended his holdout by reporting to training camp Sunday, Aug. 4, despite not receiving a new deal. He is slated to earn slightly more than $2 million in the final year of his rookie contract. Head coach Doug Marrone said Ngakoue was in 'great shape' and won't need to be eased into the mix after missing time at the beginning of camp.

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The Jaguars are poisoning the well with the core of their defense. Ngakoue is now likely to leave next year unless Jacksonville grossly overpays him, and the same goes for Jalen Ramsey in two years.

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13. JAX - Odds stacked against WR Marqise Lee?

Source: 1010XL AM - Hays Carlyon

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) may have 'quite a battle on his hands to win a significant role (in the offense when he's ready to return from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list)),' in the opinion of 1010XL's Hays Carlyon.

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Lee isn't all the way back and if he does get there, he'll probably be a possession receiver in three-wide sets at most. He's not on redraft radar and can probably be released in shallow dynasty leagues.

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14. TEN - RB Jeremy McNichols earning reps

Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Tennessee Titans RB Jeremy McNichols has received 'extended work' during training camp, according to Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com.

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McNichols is next in line for early down carries after Derrick Henry with Dion Lewis in more of a specialist role now. He could be a name to remember if Henry's calf issue resurfaces during the season.

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15. PHI - RB Miles Sanders returns to practice

Source: Philadelphia Daily News - Les Bowen

Philadelphia Eagles RB Miles Sanders (foot) returned to practice Saturday, Aug. 3.

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Sanders had a great practice and appeared to be unaffected by the injury scare from earlier in the week.

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16. DAL - Bruised heel for WR Amari Cooper

Source: DallasCowboys.com - David Helman

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (heel) exited practice with a heel bruise Saturday, Aug. 3, but David Helman of DallasCowboys.com said the injury didn't look like a 'huge deal.'

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It probably isn't, although the team will be extra cautious with their #1 receiver, so we might not see him practice again for a few days. We will also file this away if Cooper has any heel problems during the season.

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17. PHI - OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill to miss time

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Philadelphia Eagles LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (knee) has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 medial collateral ligament, according to sources. He is expected to miss some regular season games but likely will return relatively early during the season.

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This could have been worse, but it's still a blow as Grugier-Hill has been the best linebacker in Eagles training camp. He falls off of the redraft IDP radar, but will likely be an in-season pickup once he's healthy. New acquisition Zach Brown's transition to his role in the defense becomes even more important now.

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18. TB - OLB Lavonte David not on field

Source: The Athletic - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (undisclosed) is not practicing for the second consecutive day Saturday, Aug. 3. Head coach Bruce Arians said David is dealing with some swelling but did not disclose the specific injury.

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It was later disclosed as knee swelling and chalked up to the turf. We'll watch this as the Bucs are already in the bottom 5-10 in defenses. They can't afford any losses to an already compromised defense.

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19. GB - PK Mason Crosby back to full health

Source: PackersNews.com - Olivia Reiner

Green Bay Packers K Mason Crosby (calf) said he missed practices as a precautionary measure and is no longer bothered by calf tightness.

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Crosby should get back on the field soon as Sam Ficken put on a kicking show at family night at Lambeau Field and would cost a lot less than Crosby.

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20. BUF - LaAdrian Waddle carted off

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills OT LaAdrian Waddle (undisclosed) was carted off the practice field Sunday, Aug. 4, with an unspecified injury suffered during a team drill.

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The Bills have already had Mitch Morse suffer a concussion, Jon Feliciano suffer a shoulder injury, and Spencer Long suffer a knee injury on their still under construction offensive line. This is a tough run for a unit that is trying to turn things around.

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21. SF - DE Dee Ford gets PRP injection

Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Eric Branch

San Francisco 49ers DL Dee Ford (knee) had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee which has tendinitis and will be out at least a week, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Sunday, Aug. 4.

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His Week 1 isn't in danger yet, but this isn't a great sign for the shape his knee is in going into the season. At least Nick Bosa is healthy.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys and for sharing part of your season with us. It's an honor.

Have a great Monday and we'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J