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Footballguys #120 - 8/17 - Optimism For Andrew Luck? Plus News And Notes You Need To Know

Volume 21, #120 -- Saturday Night, August 17th, 2019

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1. IND - QB Andrew Luck works out Saturday

Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (ankle) worked out on the field before the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17, and appeared to be moving around well.

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It's a bit of good news for Luck after what has been a disappointing news cycle for the veteran quarterback during training camp. The team is optimistic that Luck will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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2. ARI - QB Kyler Murray to play more in preseason game

Source: ESPN.com - Josh Weinfuss

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray will play at least the first half of the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 24, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

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We want to see how Murray responds after struggling against the Raiders in week two of the preseason. Murray is a quick learner, so he has to take what he learned the last time out and improve. The Raiders confused Murray with some coverage and blitz schemes on Thursday night. Fantasy GMs have been going wild about Murray in drafts, and he's got a current ADP of QB9 (8.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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3. CLE - RB Nick Chubb to sit out

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb will not play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 17.

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The Browns are resting some top players in their second preseason game. Chubb should see time in the dress rehearsal for the regular season aka week three of the preseason.

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4. PHI - QB Josh McCown signed

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

The Philadelphia Eagles signed free-agent QB Josh McCown (Jets) to a one-year contract Saturday, Aug. 17, according to multiple sources.

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McCown had retired following the 2018 season to become a broadcaster for ESPN but will put those plans on hold until after this season. He'll work as the backup to Carson Wentz in 2019. The Eagles needed help at the position with Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion) banged up.

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5. PHI - WR Braxton Miller let go

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Philadelphia Eagles WR Braxton Miller was waived Saturday, Aug. 17.

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Miller, a third-round pick of the Texans in the 2016 NFL draft, has to now find a new team...again. He's always been raw as a receiver as he was a former quarterback at Ohio State, but Miller is physical and athletic with the ball in his hands. The team needed to make room for newly signed QB Josh McCown. We'll see if Miller can latch on with another team.

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6. SF - DE Dee Ford on track for opener

Source: San Jose Mercury News - Cam Inman

San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (knee) is on track to play in Week 1, according to general manager John Lynch.

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About two weeks ago, Ford had a PRP injection to help with his knee tendinitis. The plan was for him to miss some preseason time but be ready for the season opener. Things remain on track for the star pass-rusher. Earlier this year, Ford signed a five-year, $85 million contract after the 49ers sent a 2020 second-round pick to the Chiefs for his services.

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7. JAX - RB Alfred Blue to miss preseason game

Source: The Athletic - Phillip Heilman

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue (ankle) will not play in the third preseason game because of his ankle injury.

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Keep an eye on this situation. Blue is behind the oft-injured Leonard Fournette and Jacksonville has to be ready if (when?) Fournette is banged up again. That could be Blue, but this ankle injury has opened the door for rookie Ryquell Armstead to emerge as a handcuff option in deeper leagues.

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8. JAX - WR Marqise Lee ready to practice

Source: Jaguars.com

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (knee) was activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform Saturday, Aug. 17, and will participate in practice Saturday.

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A good sign for Lee here, but it doesn't mean he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. He may have to miss a couple of games to start the year, and Lee is likely fourth on the depth chart when he does return to the field for the Jaguars.

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9. MIA - QB Ryan Fitzpatrick likely to start next game

Source: The Miami Herald - Adam H. Beasley

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick likely will be the starting quarterback for the third preseason game, according to head coach Brian Flores.

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That's a good sign that Fitzpatrick will begin the regular season as the starter. Nothing is set in stone of course, but the competition between Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen will continue for another week or so.

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10. JAX - Jacksonville adds RB Elijah Hood

Source: Jaguars.com

Free-agent RB Elijah Hood (Panthers) signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday, Aug. 17. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived QB Tanner Lee.

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Hood is a big back who can grind inside. They've got some banged up running backs, specifically Alfred Blue, at this time and needed some depth at the position.

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11. DEN - Kevin Hogan still in the mix for QB2

Source: The Denver Post - Ryan O'Halloran

Denver Broncos QB Kevin Hogan is 'absolutely' still in competition for the backup job with QB Drew Lock, according to offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello; Lock has received the majority of the second-team reps during practice this past week.

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That's what the team has to say at this point but Drew Lock is taking over. We've seen an increase in Lock's snaps with the second-team offense over the last week or so. If Lock continues to progress, he could open the season as the primary backup to Joe Flacco.

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12. CAR - QB Taylor Heinicke to get a look at QB2?

Source: ESPN.com - David Newton

Carolina Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke could be thrust back into the mix for the No. 2 quarterback job after completing 8 of 12 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills on Friday, Aug. 16, in the opinion of ESPN's David Newton.

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The Panthers other backup quarterbacks, Kyle Allen and Will Grier, have had struggles this training camp and preseason. Heinicke is also familiar with offensive coordinator Norv Turner and seems to have a leg up on the competition.

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13. BUF - TE Dawson Knox making progress

Source: The Athletic - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox (hamstring) was a limited participant in practice and spent time running routes with the training staff Friday, Aug. 16.

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The rookie from Ole Miss could be the lead tight end for the Bills this. First, he has to get healthy -- stay healthy -- and produce for the team as a receiver while also being a sound blocker on what should be one of the most run-heavy offenses in the NFL.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J