Jenkins traded for Baldwin: In a swap of underperforming wideouts, the 49ers dealt former first round pick A.J. Jenkins to the Chiefs for former first round pick Jon Baldwin. The trade is best described as a change of scenery for a pair of players who haven’t come close to fulfilling their promise. But both players land in situations that could present opportunity. The Niners are searching for someone to line up opposite Anquan Boldin, especially now that Mario Manningham is on the PUP list. Meanwhile, the Chiefs would like to add a player that can make plays down the field. Considering the track records of both Jenkins and Baldwin, it’s not worth fantasy owners making a play for either before the very latest rounds of drafts — if at all. Yet with both players officially running out of chances to be playmakers in the league, it’s worth watching to see if either of them turns a corner.
Martin ‘feels fine’ after injury: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin left last weekend’s game with a head injury, but avoid being concussed. Now the second-year rusher says he “feels fine” and should be ready to go for the Bucs’ third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. At a time when so many other front line running backs are being shut down for the preseason (Jamaal Charles) or have yet to even see the field (Arian Foster), it’s reassuring to see a sure-fire first round pick actually on the field and getting reps.
Fleener, Allen back to work: For a time, it looked like the Indianapolis Colts wouldn’t have either of their young tight ends in practice. Now it appears they could have both back by the end of the week. Coby Fleener, who suffered a knee sprain Sunday could be back on the field Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, Dwayne Allen, who has been out for more than a week with a foot injury, could be good to go as soon as Wednesday. We all saw what the Colts offense could do last season — with everyone healthy and playing well, there is plenty of fantasy value to be cherry-picked from this roster.
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