Ponder’s time as starter winding down?

Cassel closer to starting?: Lezlie Frazier recently said he hopes Christian Ponder plays on Sunday against the Steelers, but I don’t know how broken up the coaching staff would be if they were forced to go with Matt Cassel. Ponder has more INTs (5) this year than TD passes (2), and he has yet to crack 240 passing yards in a game. In other words, he’s been operating at about a C- level all year long.  If Ponder plays well in London, he’ll be given a moratorium. If not, Cassel will likely start after the bye. Jim Brown endorses Richardson trade: The Browns made a huge trade splash by recently sending Trent Richardson to the Colts, and former NFL great […]

Put Redskins opponents on auto-start

Redskins set infamous record: The Lions beat the Redskins yesterday, which was incredibly their first win in Washington since about the time World War II was getting underway. Those of us who thought the Lions stood a chance of winning probably guessed it would be a 45-38 shootout type of final score. It really wasn’t. Detroit won 27-20, and the sad part is that was Washington’s best outing of the season. The Redskins have conceded an astounding 1,464 yards to date this season, which sets an NFL record for worst performance in the history of the league in the first three weeks of the season. Good thing Washington has a few first-round picks they can use to help address the holes […]

Can Hoyer lead Browns offense?

Browns to start third-string QB: Jason Campbell is second on Cleveland’s depth chart, but head coach Rob Chudzinski has decided to start Brian Hoyer when the Browns take a trip to Minnesota for Week 3. Browns GM Mike Lombardi seems enamored with Hoyer, but even the most incurable optimists will have a difficult time making a case that Hoyer will be a productive fantasy QB this week. The Vikings don’t even have to stuff the box and dare Hoyer to beat them in the air, because Cleveland’s running game hasn’t been productive either. The Browns have one offensive touchdown heading into Week 3. As poorly as Minnesota’s defense has played, that number may not change much after this week.   […]

Reason for concern about RGIII?

RGIII not playing confidently: The script has gone similarly for the Redskins in their first two games of the year — fall behind big early on, then spend the second half playing catch-up against prevent defenses. RGIII has looked great going against them and amassing garbage points in the process. But there are some reports which indicate the coaching staff may be beginning to worry about their franchise QB’s early inability to produce when games are still undecided. RGIII’s sketchy play is probably the result of two factors: 1. RGIII is still getting up to game speed from having had zero preseason time on the field, and… 2.  Players who suffer severe injuries usually are a little bit hesitant to […]

Jacobs epitomizes RB vulture role

Bird watching in NY: The Giants revealed how they plan to use the rumbling Brandon Jacobs, and you can probably guess what that is: goal-line and short-yardage passing situations. In other words, he’s going the become the league’s most infamous vulture you’ve ever seen. He might post a classic Jerome Bettis type of line late in his career: Five carries, eight yards, 1 TD. and that’s good enough for some of you in leagues where total scores, not yardage, dictates who wins. Timeshare: Arian Foster and Ben Tate will split time for … well, as long as Gary Kubiak feels its necessary. For those of you who believe preseason should be eliminated altogether, here’s exhibit A for why players need […]

Good things in store for Cam?

Let’s open it up: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was too conservative with his playcalling in a 12-7 loss to the Seahawks. Carolina led for a good portion of the game, but they were done in by a late fourth-quarter Seahawks touchdown. Newton had 125 yards and one touchdown, and while he was going against a tough defense, his owners undoubtedly expected more from him. It will certainly be good news if Carolina wants to open up the passing game, although a number of questions exist about which of their WRs would be capable of stepping up. The Panthers travel to Buffalo next week, which may present a decent opportunity for them to rediscover their passing attack. DeAngelo […]

Gronk practices again, White should be healthy

Gronkowski has second straight limited practice: It may not sound like a big deal at first, but it is considering Gronk seems to be a tad ahead of schedule in his estimated return. I remember reading some articles which wondered whether Gronk’s entire 2013 season was in jeopardy. Now, it appears as if he’ll be back before the calendar turns to October. If you drafted him and stashed him on your bench while living with whatever fill-in you could find, chances are you’ll be rewarded for your patience. Holmes misses Thursday practice: Santonio Holmes took a scheduled day off from practice on Thursday, and the team said it’s because they’re trying to limit his reps. Scheduled or not, no one […]

Jets go with Geno … for now …

Jets show lukewarm commitment to Smith: By now, you’ve surely heard that Geno Smith will be starting under center for the Jets against the Buccaneers in Week 1. Rex Ryan said the team isn’t committed to Smith beyond the opener. Well, that’s certainly reassuring. Whether the reason behind this decision is because Mark Sanchez’s shoulder is still healing really isn’t relevant. What is relevant is you shouldn’t have either Smith or Sanchez anywhere near your fantasy roster. The Jets offense is a mess from top to bottom, and it’s not easy to envision where their point production will come from. Maybe Smith’s game will evolve and develop after he gains some real in-game experience, but for now, he belongs on […]

Brady leaves practice after injuring knee

The Patriots were practicing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in preparation for their upcoming preseason meeting, and Tom Brady limped off the field after suffering an injury to his knee. It is the same knee in which a torn ACL cost him the entire 2008 season. Albert Breer is reporting the following: Tests showed he had no structural damage, and that the previous reconstruction wasn’t compromised in any way. The Clean MRI = No significant ligament damage. He’ll have more scans tonight, and be reevaluated tomorrow as well, per sources.

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