The roles becoming clearer in the Jets' backfield

by KFFL Staff on September 6, 2013 @ 09:55:51 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes against the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, Sept. 5. Manning becomes the sixth player to throw for that many, and the first since Joe Kapp on Sept. 28, 1969. Manning, a four-time MVP, also tied Brett Favre's NFL record with his 23rd career game with at least four TD throws, and Drew Brees' mark with his seventh career five-TD performance.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert (thumb) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is confident that QB Geno Smith has a good grasp of the offense as they head into Week 1 to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "This is his offense now," Ryan said. Ryan also said that Smith is moving around well after rolling his ankle in the team's first preseason game. Ryan downplayed the idea that the team could use more shotgun packages to help Smith in his NFL debut.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.


Running Back

RB | Bilal Powell | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets RBs Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory will split carries in Week 1. Powell is listed as the starter, and the team confirmed Ivory would see the short-yardage and goal line work.

Both backs are low-end RB3s until the situation is more defined. The team's offense is expected to be pretty brutal.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno was the starting running back in the team's Week 1 game.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (calf) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

RB | LaMichael James | San Francisco 49ers | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

James will miss the first few weeks of the season, at least, while recovering from a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. He should only be owned in very deep leagues right now.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

Mendenhall is expected to play against the St. Louis Rams, but the matchup isn't one of the best. Consider Mendenhall as a flex option or weak No. 3 RB this weekend.

RB | Le'Veon Bell | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (foot) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.


Wide Receiver

WR | Reggie Wayne | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (personal) was excused from practice Friday, Sept. 6, for personal reasons.

WR | Victor Cruz | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) is participating in practice Friday, Sept. 6.

WR | Eric Decker | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Eric Decker (shoulder), CB Trindon Holliday and S Omar Bolden (shoulder) were injured during the team's Week 1 game Thursday, Sept. 5.

It's unclear what the extent of these injuries is, but they are unlikely to be very serious. Check back early next week for updates.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is working on keeping his emotions in check through the week. He admits he gets amped up in the days leading up to a game. "I remember last year, sometimes I used to go so hard before the game that I'm in a full sweat," Bryant said. "I know some of the coaches didn't like that. I had to tone it down a little bit."

WR | Jacoby Jones | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Friday, Sept. 6. He was injured when he was barreled into by his own player after signaling for a fair catch on a punt return.

The Ravens offense wasn't able to move the ball after Jones went down. Torrey Smith was covered all night, and the tight ends dropped balls all over Mile High. They may look to bring in some outside help.

WR | Torrey Smith | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (knee) will have an MRI on his right knee Friday, Sept. 6. He was injured when he was barreled into by his own player after signaling for a fair catch on a punt return.

The Ravens offense wasn't able to move the ball after Jones went down. Torrey Smith was covered all night, and the tight ends dropped balls all over Mile High. They may look to bring in some outside help.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (foot) is expected to have a limited role Week 1 if he does not suffer any setbacks. He likely will be on a play count during the game but could be used on third downs.

Holmes did not do much during training camp and is slowly working his way back during practice. Holmes probably should not be in any starting lineups for Week 1 because of his limited playing time.

WR | DeAndre Hopkins | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

WR | Sidney Rice | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 5.

Rice should be considered a very weak WR4 heading into the team's Week 1 matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

WR | Malcom Floyd | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 5.

Floyd should be able to suit up for Week 1 against the Houston Texans unless he has a setback in practice. Houston's D was vulnerable through the air last year, so Floyd could be nice sleeper wideout as a WR4.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

WR | Marques Colston | New Orleans Saints | Injury, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston (foot) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

WR | Roddy White | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

WR | Earl Bennett | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears WR Earl Bennett said he plans to play Week 1 after missing some time in the preseason because of a concussion.

WR | Travis Benjamin | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin said he will be returning kicks and punts, as well as play wide receiver in the teams Week 1 game. Benjamin said he can do all three and is in great shape.

WR | Steve Smith | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith blamed former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for the team's struggles last year on offense. "The prior offensive coordinator [Chudzinski] really was positioning himself to just apply for that head coaching job," Smith said. "I think our offense suffered a little bit because of that." "At times, we got cute," Smith said. "We did things that weren't necessarily us, like the underutilizing of [running back] Mike Tolbert. But we're out of that. The past is the past."

WR | Riley Cooper | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper and CB Cary Williams had to be separated at practice after fighting Thursday, Sept. 5.


Tight End

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

TE | Kellen Winslow | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie (hip), DL Kenrick Ellis (back), TE Kellen Winslow (knee) and DL Leger Douzable (illness) were limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (groin) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 5.

TE | Tyler Eifert | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (forearm) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.


Place Kicker

PK | Dan Carpenter | Buffalo Bills | Transaction, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Even though the Buffalo Bills signed K Dan Carpenter earlier this week, the team plans to pit Carpenter and rookie K Dustin Hopkins against each other in competition for the top spot. "There's a lot of different scenarios that can come up," Bills coach Doug Marrone said. "A lot of it is going to be how Dan performs and how he plays."

PK | Sebastian Janikowski | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski (calf) and LB Sio Moore (foot) were limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.

PK | Matt Bryant | Atlanta Falcons | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant (back) and C Joe Hawley (illness) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 5.

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