Jones-Drew ready for his first action: Eight months removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is finally ready to go for real. He will suit up and see some snaps in the team’s preseason finale on Thursday against St. Louis. Jones-Drew told The Florida Times Union he plans to “take a couple of hits, get tackled hopefully and get ready for Week 1.” Generally, the fourth preseason game isn’t of much interest to fantasy owners since it’s the last chance for borderline players to prove they belong on a roster, but it will be a good idea to keep an eye on Jones-Drew to get a feel for his burst coming off such a long layoff. And with the status of backup Rashad Jennings uncertain — he left last week’s game in the first quarter with a knee injury — fantasy owners should hope that “Pocket Hercules” has gotten his strength back.
Cooley plans to play opener: On Monday, Redskins tight end Chris Cooley pronounced himself ready to go for Washington’s season opener against the New York Giants despite having been limited throughout the preseason because of a sore left knee. The veteran tight end told The Washington Post that he’s “been making dramatic progress”, but admitted that the knee will need ongoing treatment during the year to reduce inflammation and limit pain. Despite missing nine games with a broken foot in 2009, Cooley has been pretty durable throughout his career. He currently slots as a No. 2 tight end in most leagues, but if he isn’t able to stay healthy, backup Fred Davis could start to steal some of his targets.
Texans add Bryant Johnson: Looking to add depth at wide receiver, the Houston Texans added journeyman wideout Bryant Johnson on Monday. The former Arizona Cardinals’ top pick is expected to compete for the fourth receiver spot behind Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones. The newly signed Johnson will probably only make an impact in deep leagues, but with Houston’s tendency to spread the field with multiple wide receivers, he could see a number of targets from Matt Schaub.