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-- The Auction Draft Guide for 2019 Update with Target Values --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

FFMastermind.com Auction Specialist Whitney Sorrell returns this month with an UPDATE to his Auction Draft Guide for 2019 with Target Values Spanning Three Recent Real Auction Drafts. He discusses two specific draft strategies and how to get the most bang for your auction buck! Premium Draft Guide subscribers can check it out [HERE].

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-- 2019 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED with IDPs! --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

Super Bowl, Drafter's Edge, and Executive Draft Master premium package subscribers take note. With the release on our UPDATED 2019 Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets, we add the 8th of many UPDATES of the Enhanced 2019 Executive Draft Master! This Excel App takes drafting to the next level with Customizable Cheatsheets and Updated Projections from the Definitive Fantasy Football Information Service, as well as Auction Values that adjust ON THE FLY as you draft! This year's software includes an overall STANDINGS SHEET for all teams that drafted along with a TOP PLAYERS LIST regardless of position! In addition, it includes Decimal Options (applicable for Auction Drafts) - 0, 1 or 2 decimals for those of you who play in leagues that require auction values less than $1. Patrons can ORDER our Enhanced 2019 Executive Draft Master for just $14.95. Best of all, it comes FREE with a Super Bowl Package purchase!


-- 2019 NFL Depth Charts Updated in Pre-Season Draft Guide! --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

Looking for an accurate early summer 2019 NFL Depth Chart? No problem. FFMastermind.com has updated our 2019 NFL Depth Charts in our Pre-Season Draft Guide! These special depth charts go three teams deep for all 32 NFL teams and can be viewed with a premium Pre-Season Draft Guide, Pro Bowl, or Super Bowl package purchase. They will be updated often as we march towards the start of the 2019 NFL season! Log into your premium account to check out the latest cut!


-- The Perfect Drafts Continue: 12-Team Non-PPR --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

Looking for the Perfect Draft? FFMastermind.com's John Cooney continues with his series of Perfect Drafts for premium subscribers to analyze. Today, he offers the Perfect Draft for 12-team Non-PPR leagues. Log into your account and check it out... [Analyze Full Perfect Draft].

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-- NFL Reinstates Josh Gordon --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has reinstated New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon. Gordon may attend, but may not play in the Patriots' Thursday, August 22nd preseason game. That said, he should br ready to go for the regular season.

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-- Free 2019 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview UPDATED! --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

Our patrons always ask for us to release a preview of our annual summer fantasy football blockbuster Pre-Season Draft Guide. Well, YOU asked for it, YOU got it! Click HERE to check out the goods. Oh, this is just a small portion of what makes FFMastermind.com tick. Do you want to not simply win your fantasy football league, but want to DOMINATE it? Applying the strategies found within our 2019 Pre-Season Draft Guide is the ONLY way to go!


-- FFMastermind.com Wins Another Experts League Title! --
Tue Dec 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

Team FFMastermind.com led by Michael Nazarek & Steve Yerger took down the prestigious 2018 HAFAX (Fantasy Experts) League Title, making it back-to-back titles and 3rd title in the last five years! HAFAX is a Dynasty 16-Team IDP Auction Experts League. Overall, FFMastermind.con has won at least one Experts league title in 14 of the past 15 years!


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-- Eagles Release Paul Worrilow --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles have released LB Paul Worrilow.

-- Patriots Place Josh Gordon on NFI List --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports WR Josh Gordon's addition to the New England Patriots roster has come with his placement on the non-football injury list. He counts toward the 90-man roster, but he has not yet passed a physical and can’t practice.

-- FFMastermind Wins More Than $22,000 in Recent FFPC High Stakes Fantasy Football Events! --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

Team FFMastermind.com, led by Michael Nazarek and Dr. Gil Brovar, won $4,000 in the 2016 FFPC High Stakes Main Event, including a league championship. In 2017, Nazarek won a $250 satellite league, earning him a free 2018 FFPC main event team (a $1,800 value). The winner of the prestigious main event wins $250,000! Nazarek and Brovar have teamed to win more than $22,000 in this event over the past five seasons!

-- Jonathan Williams Breaks Rib --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Indianapolis Colts RB Jonathan Williams (rib) suffered a broken rib that ended his Saturday night early, a source said. It's not a long-term ailment.

-- Patriots Release Dontrelle Inman --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots have released veteran WR Dontrelle Inman, per his request.

-- Case Keenum Tracking to Start Week #1 --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Washington Redskins HC Jay Gruden says regarding how soon QB Colt McCoy (leg) might return from a broken leg that ended his 2018 season: "Oh man, it might not be the end of camp, it might be two or three weeks into the season. We don't know yet." QB Case Keenum is now tracking to be Washington's opening-day starting QB.

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-- Trayveon Williams Unlikely to Play Again this Preseason --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cincinnati Bengals rookie RB Trayveon Williams (foot) is likely out for the rest of the preseason.

-- Bears Release Elliott Fry --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Chicago Bears have waived PK Elliott Fry, leaving PK Eddie Pineiro as the apparent winner of the kicking job.

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-- Redskins WR Injury Update --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins WR Trey Quinn (thumb) was back in uniform on Sunday. Meanwhile, WR Paul Richardson (quad) is not. He is still dealing with a quad issue.

-- Cowboys 14, Rams 10 --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports QB Dak Prescott appears ready for the regular season, with or without RB Ezekiel Elliott. The Dallas quarterback completed all five of his pass attempts in his only series, and the Cowboys came away with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night. Prescott dropped back to pass seven times, completed passes to five different receivers, had one short completion negated by an ineligible lineman downfield penalty and was sacked once. Prescott's only drive covered 97 yards in 12 plays, took more than six minutes and culminated with rookie RB Tony Pollard's 14-yard touchdown run. With starting QB Jared Goff among the large number of Rams starters that did not make the trip to Hawaii, QB Blake Bortles got the start and finished 7 of 11 for 62 yards. His 7-yard scoring pass to WR JoJo Natson capped Los Angeles' second drive, which was extended by a fumbled punt return by Dallas return man Reggie Davis and recovered by rookie Jake Gervase. Los Angeles (0-2) took its only lead on PK Greg Zuerlein's 29-yard field goal in the second quarter. Zuerlein attempted a 56-yard field goal just before halftime, but missed wide left. Dallas (1-1) pulled back ahead late in the third quarter, when third-string QB Cooper Rush found Devin Smith for an 8-yard touchdown. Pollard, who started in place of Elliott, finished with five rushes for 42 yards. Elliott, a two-time league rushing champion, missed his second preseason game while he continues his holdout. RB Alfred Morris, who signed with the team during training camp, saw his first action of the preseason and carried three times for 6 yards, all before halftime. Veteran TE Jason Witten made his preseason debut after coming out of retirement last year. Witten was targeted just once on a third-down pass from Prescott on the first Dallas possession. Witten's 10-yard reception moved the chains and set up Pollard's 14-yard TD run for the game's first points.

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-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Michael Valders gets to the point real quick concerning his 17 Fantasy Football Titles. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Michael has to say!

-- Jeff Heath Misses Game with Minor Injury --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys S Jeff Heath missed Saturday's game against the Rams with a very minor neck stinger.

-- Cedric Benson Passes Away --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports former Chicago Bears RB Cedric Benson passed away in a motorcycle accident in Austin, Texas.

-- Tyrann Mathieu Suffers Minor Shoulder Injury --
Sun Aug 18, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Kansas City Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu left Saturday's game against the Steelers with a minor shoulder injury. HC Andy Reid expects him to be ready to play next week.

-- Texans 30, Lions 23 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Deshaun Watson took advantage of one series in his preseason debut looking sharp in directing a 75-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to WR DeAndre Hopkins to help the Houston Texans to a 30-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. Watson, who sat out in a loss to Green Bay last week, was 5 of 7 for 60 yards and scrambled once for 7 yards. After being sacked an NFL-high 62 times last season, the third-year player had plenty of time to throw while facing a Lions defense which opened the game with the bulk of its starters. Hopkins, also making his preseason debut, had two receptions for 17 yards and shook off a defender to get open and make the TD catch that put Houston up 7-0. Hopkins, who had a career-high 1,572 yards receiving last season, was the only one of Houston's top receivers to play. WR Will Fuller, who is healthy after tearing a knee ligament last season, sat out and the Texans were without WR Keke Coutee, who injured his ankle last week. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford didn't play for the second straight week, with the Lions instead starting QB Josh Johnson. Johnson was signed a week ago after backup QB Tom Savage suffered a head injury in the team's preseason opener against the Patriots. Johnson was 9 of 18 for 85 yards with an interception. The Lions had a chance to tie it on the last play of the game, but a pass by QB David Fales was knocked down in the end zone. TE T.J. Hockenson, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, had one reception for 22 yards, but also received a penalty for a crackback block. RB Kerryon Johnson started and had three carries for 16 yards in a little more than a quarter of work. Veteran backup QB Joe Webb came in after the series by Watson and was 14 of 25 for 186 yards with a touchdown and an interception after throwing for 286 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions last week. Webb connected with WR Vyncint Smith on a 31-yard touchdown pass just before halftime to put Houston on top 17-10.

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-- Steelers 17, Chiefs 7 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half touchdown drive to perhaps nudge ahead of QB Josh Dobbs in the race to be the backup behind QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-7 on Saturday night. Rudolph finished 10 of 15 for 77 yards while Dobbs completed 6 of 11 for 95 yards with a red-zone interception on a night the Steelers (2-0) opted to keep several key starters on the sideline, from Roethlisberger to rookie LB Devin Bush. Meanwhile, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed just 2 of 5 passes for 11 yards. Mahomes' best play during his cameo may have been his decision to slide during an 8-yard scramble, something he didn't do a week ago when he lowered his shoulder against Cincinnati rather than step out of bounds. QB Chad Henne found WR Mecole Hardman for a 17-yard touchdown late in the first half for Kansas City (1-1), which managed a lone touchdown a week after putting up 38 against the Bengals. Hardman, a second-round pick, has two touchdowns in two weeks and his rapid emergence could give Reid another option to play with in what could be the NFL's most potent offense. Pittsburgh chose to give the 37-year-old Roethlisberger the night off. Rudolph, a third-round pick a year ago who is hoping to supplant Dobbs as the top backup, was given the start instead. Playing with a group that included Pro Bowl RB James Conner and star WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Rudolph struggled early to gain some momentum. It wasn't until Rudolph found himself playing with the reserves that he started to get going. He directed a 14-play, 89-yard drive in the second quarter, a series that ended with a 14-yard sprint to the end zone by RB Jaylen Samuels.

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-- Patriots 22, Titans 17 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Jarrett Stidham threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to WR Damoun Patterson with 4:12 left, rallying the New England Patriots to a 22-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. The rookie was 14 of 19 for 193 yards helping the Patriots (2-0) come back from a 17-8 halftime deficit. Two days of practices against the Titans was enough for Patriots HC Bill Belichick to let QB Tom Brady watch a second straight exhibition with New England's options at wide receiver thin because of injuries. QB Marcus Mariota started for the Titans (1-1) and shook off a pair of three-and-outs before his best drive this preseason. He capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive with an 11-yard TD pass to his favorite target, three-time Pro Bowl TE Delanie Walker, who broke his right ankle in the 2018 season opener. With PK Ryan Succop on the physically unable to perform list, HC Mike Vrabel let Mariota go for 2 against his old team. Mariota looked to throw, then ran to the end zone before going into the air and flipping over Patriots DB Duron Harmon for an 8-0 lead. Mariota was 6 of 9 for 63 yards passing. QB Brian Hoyer's first offensive series ended quickly. CB Logan Ryan, the former Patriots cornerback, stepped in front of WR Braxton Berrios for an interception. Hoyer was 6 of 8 for 55 yards. Stidham took over in the second quarter. RB Brandon Bolden and RB Nick Brossette each ran for a TD for the Patriots. QB Ryan Tannehill, added in a trade from Miami in March to upgrade the Titans' backup quarterback, was 7 of 11 for 84 yards with a TD pass and a sack. QB Logan Woodside took over just before halftime and finished the game.

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-- Antonio Brown Watch --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Oakland Raiders HC Jon Gruden says WR Antonio Brown (feet) "took all the reps today in our walkthrough."

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Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Browns 21, Colts 18 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Garrett Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the first half and QB David Blough added another TD pass in the second half Saturday, leading the Cleveland Browns past Indianapolis 21-18. Cleveland (2-0) has won nine of its past 10 preseason games -- this one with its top two quarterbacks sitting out and RB Kareem Hunt returned to the field for the first time in nearly nine months. It's the first time the Browns have beaten the Colts in the preseason since 1979 when the franchise was still located in Baltimore. QB Chad Kelly did everything he could to keep the Colts' winning streak intact. After Blough gave Cleveland a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter with a 4-yard TD pass to Derrick Willies, Kelly tried to rally the Colts. He took advantage of one roughing the passer call to get the Colts into scoring position then threw a 24-yard TD strike to WR Ross Travis, who drew a lowering the helmet penalty on the play. Kelly's 1-yard conversion pass to Hale Hentges made it 21-18. And Kelly led the Colts to the Browns 9-yard line in the final minute before Will Harvey swatted away Kelly's final throw on fourth-and-1. Gilbert played the entire first half and was 13 of 19 with 151 yards. Blough played the entire second half and was 7 of 12 with 74 yards. Kelly wound up 12 of 17 with 115 yards for Indy (0-2). Hunt made his first start with the Browns and got his first carry since Nov. 19 but didn't stick around long. He had two carries for 6 yards while playing the first two series.

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-- Jets IR Avery Williamson; Sign Albert McClellan --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the New York Jets have placed LB Avery Williamson (torn ACL) on injured reserve, ending his season. The team also signed veteran free-agent LB Albert McClellan.

-- Andrew Luck Warms Up Before Game Today --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a video posted shows Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck (calf) warming up before today's game, moving laterally to his left while shuffling his feet, stopping and then turning to throw a pass down the field. It's a short video, but it appears Luck isn't in as bad a shape as some may think.

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-- No Charges for Ezekiel Elliott --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the security guard who was knocked over by Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott filed a police report and asked that Elliott be charged with battery, but that won't happen. Las Vegas authorities have decided not to charge Elliott.

-- Aaron Rodgers Set to Return to Practice --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (back) is expected to practice when the team returns to the field Sunday after being a late scratch Thursday with back tightness. "That's the plan, but a lot will be predicated on how he feels," HC Matt LaFleur said. "I think he feels better, but we'll see Sunday." Rodgers may play this week against the Raiders, but the game is in Winnipeg in a non-NFL stadium. "We'll evaluate the surface before we play the game," LaFleur said.

-- Jaguars Activate Marqise Lee --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have activated WR Marqise Lee (torn ACL) from the active PUP list.

-- Belichick Speaks on Josh Gordon --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Herald reports WR Josh Gordon has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL, but the receiver's impact on the Patriots offense remains to be seen. Patriots HC Bill Belichick issued a statement on Saturday morning regarding Gordon's return to the team. "For the past eight months, Josh's situation has been entirely a league matter," Belichick said. "When Josh returns to our program, we will evaluate the entire situation and do what we feel is best for Josh and the team." Gordon can officially rejoin the Patriots on Sunday. He'll have three weeks to prepare for the regular season opener against the Steelers.

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Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Derwin James OUT 3+ Months --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot) will undergo surgery on his foot following evaluations of the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal, sources say. He's expected to be sidelined at least three months. The surgery will be performed by noted foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

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-- Ezekiel Elliott Flies Home; Optimistic a Deal Gets Done --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

WFAA reports Dallas Cowboys holdout RB Ezekiel Elliott has flown home from Cabo. He's back to DFW now, as the Cowboys return from the Pacific this weekend, after today's game in Hawaii. There is no deal yet, but they remain optimistic it will get done soon. His training team traveled home with him.

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-- Buccaneers 16, Dolphins 14 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Miami HC Brian Flores gave second-year QB Josh Rosen a shot against Tampa Bay's first defensive unit and liked what he saw. Rosen was a surprise starter and went 10 for 18 for 102 yards during the first half in the Dolphins' 16-14 loss to the Buccaneers on Friday night. Rosen, battling with 15-year veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins' starting job, helped Miami to a pair of field goals and a 6-3 halftime lead. He was sacked three times. Fitzpatrick, who spent the previous two seasons with Tampa Bay, entered to start the second half and completed 3 of 9 passes for 20 yards before being replaced by QB Jake Rudock five minutes into the fourth quarter. Fitzpatrick is expected to start next week's game against Jacksonville. Tampa Bay rookie PK Matt Gay had two field goals, including a go-ahead 48-yarder with 6 seconds to play. Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston played one series for the second consecutive week, completing 2 of 4 passes for 24 yards. He is in the final year of his rookie contract at a salary of nearly $21 million. The Dolphins got within 13-12 on an 8-yard strike from Rudock to Patrick Laird with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth period. Rudock then put the Dolphins up 14-13 by hitting Trenton Irwin for the 2-point conversion. Miami PK Jason Sanders made second-period field goals from 45 and 49 yards, the final one coming with 1 second remaining. Gay kicked a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter. PK Cairo Santos tied it at 6 with a 23-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. Dolphins WR Preston Williams was targeted six times but made just one catch for 7 yards. The undrafted player had four receptions for 97 yards in last week's game against Pittsburgh.

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-- Giants 32, Bears 13 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Eli Manning pulled out a page from the QB Daniel Jones' playbook. He was perfect in a game in which the heir apparent faced adversity for the first time. The 38-year-old, two-time Super Bowl MVP threw a touchdown pass in a flawless series and the New York Giants had their way with the Chicago Bears' backups in a 32-13 preseason victory on Friday night. Jones also threw a touchdown pass, but the sixth pick overall in the draft finally looked like a rookie, losing two fumbles. Free agent rookie RB Jon Hilliman scored on a 10-yard run, QB Kyle Lauletta threw a 10-yard TD to Garrett Dickerson, PK Aldrick Rosas kicked a 47-yard field goal and New York (2-0) got a safety on a botched shotgun snap. Chicago HC Matt Nagy rested many key starters in falling to 0-2. PK Eddy Pineiro kicked field goals of 41 and 27 yards for the undermanned Bears. Manning was very solid, leading the Giants on a 10-play, 79-yard drive that was capped with an 8-yard toss to WR Bennie Fowler. He was 4 of 4 for 42 yards.

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-- Bills 27, Panthers 14 --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Josh Allen shook off some first-game jitters and completed 9 of 11 passes for 102 yards and led two scoring drives, Kevin Johnson returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown, and the Buffalo Bills beat the Carolina Panthers 27-14 on Friday night in the second preseason game for both teams. Allen is looking to build confidence after going 5-6 as a rookie starter last season. He took a step forward against the Panthers, leading a 13-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a field goal, and a touchdown drive capped by a 1-yard run by RB LeSean McCoy to put Buffalo (2-0) up 10-0 early before exiting the game. His only regret is getting to play just two possessions. Allen continued to develop his chemistry with recently signed free agent WR Cole Beasley, connecting on five passes for 54 yards. QB Matt Barkley also looked solid in a backup role, completing 8 of 10 passes for 110 yards, including a 9-yard TD pass to Duke Williams. The Panthers (1-1) struggled mightily on offense without QB Cam Newton, who didn't play for the second straight week. HC Ron Rivera said Wednesday all of his regular starters would play, but reversed course before the game and decided to rest Newton, RB Christian McCaffrey, TE Greg Olsen, LB Luke Kuechly, and LB Shaq Thompson. QB Kyle Allen got the start for the Panthers for the second straight game and was ineffective, completing 4 of 11 passes for 32 yards while playing into the second quarter. Rookie QB Will Grier, the team's third-round draft pick, didn't do any better. He threw his second pass into double coverage near the sideline, resulting in an easy pick-6 for Johnson making it 17-0 Buffalo with 7:20 left in the second quarter.

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-- Raheem Mostert Set to Return to Practice --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBCS49ers reports San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (concussion) is back in pads heading out to the practice field today. It looks like he's cleared the concussion protocol.

-- Jaguars Sign One --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed free-agent RB Elijah Hood.

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Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Eagles Sign Josh McCown --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles have signed retired QB Josh McCown to a $2 million one-year contract that is fully guaranteed. That's a strong indication he's back for the season and their backup to QB Carson Wentz. The deal could be worth up to $5.4 million, per source.

-- Buccaneers Extend GM Jason Licht --
Sat Aug 17, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports the Buccaneers have signed GM Jason Licht to a three-year contract extension.

-- Ryan Fitzpatrick Seems Likely to Start Week #1 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Athletic reports QB Josh Rosen is doing all he can to give Miami HC Brian Flores a tough decision on his starting quarterback. The question is whether Rosen did enough in Friday's 16-14 loss to Tampa Bay to give Flores a tough decision on who to start in Week 1. It seems unlikely. It seems QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, the wily 36-year-old who fired up his teammates by lowering his shoulder and running over Buccaneers S M.J. Stewart, is Miami's starting quarterback. Flores initially said "no" when asked whether he's seen enough to make a final decision on his opening day starting quarterback. But without further thought he quickly added about Fitzpatrick, "We'll probably start him next week." Take that to mean Fitzpatrick is Miami's Week #1 starter in Flores' mind. The third preseason game is the one that most mirrors the regular-season opener. Flores, about a week ago, specifically said he wants it that way.

-- Christian Westerman Retires --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Cincinnati Bengals OG Christian Westerman has retired from the NFL after three seasons.

-- Bobby Wagner Practices Friday --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner (lower body) returned to practice on Friday.

-- Ziggy Ansah Injures Groin --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports Seahawks HC Pete Carroll says DE Ziggy Ansah (groin) recently suffered a groin injury in workouts earlier this week. He says it's not a major issue, but will take a little time to get back.

-- A Great Product Consistently --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Anthony Nelson Injury Update --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Athletic reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie LB Anthony Nelson (knee), who hasn't practiced since August 5th, has an MCL sprain in his right knee, normally a 4-to-6-week injury, so it's reasonable to think he won't play in the preseason.

-- Mike Person Injures Foot --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports Bay Area reports San Francisco 49ers OG Mike Person (foot) was seen on crutches after Friday's practice.

-- Avery Williamson Lost for the Season --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New York Jets LB Avery Williamson (torn ACL) suffered a torn ACL, a source said. He had his MRI today and is lost for the season.

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-- Derwin James OUT Indefinitely --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot) suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. He'll continue to be evaluated, but he's likely to msis at least six weeks, if not more.

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-- Raiders 33, Cardinals 26 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports while the Arizona Cardinals and No. 1 overall pick QB Kyler Murray acquitted themselves just fine in their preseason opener, Thursday night's encore did not go so well. The Cards got precisely nothing going on any of their four drives -- three of which ended in a punt and the last of which ended in a safety. Murray completed just 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards, taking his lone carry for a four-yard gain. He was running for his life more often than not, getting sacked twice and narrowly escaping several other takedowns. And if the overall performance wasn't bad enough (it was), the Cardinals continually undermined themselves with repeated penalties, committing three on their first drive, two on their second, and one more on the third. Naturally, QB Brett Hundley came in and immediately led the second-team offense on a 55-yard touchdown drive, hitting WR Trent Sherfield with a deep ball down the left sideline for a score. Coming out of UMass, WR Andy Isabella wasn't the most heralded wideout in the 2019 draft class. Still, the Cardinals saw his potential, and selected him in the second round with the No. 62 overall pick. He didn't record a catch in the preseason opener against the Chargers, but this week was a different story. Late in the fourth quarter, QB Chad Kanoff unloaded a deep ball to Isabella, who beat CB Joshua Holsey, and reeled in a 59-yard touchdown. That one play made Isabella the game's leading receiver, and someone who could provide a viable target for Murray in the future. While Murray struggled tonight, his fellow quarterbacks did not. QB Brett Hundley completed 10 of 15 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, while Kanoff also went for 100-plus yards and two touchdowns.

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-- Ravens 26, Packers 13 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports given the opportunity to run, QB Lamar Jackson couldn't resist. Jackson juked and hopped during an impressive highlight-reel touchdown, and though it was wiped out by a penalty, the second-year quarterback sparked Baltimore to a 26-13 victory Thursday night. The Green Bay Packers played without QB Aaron Rodgers, who developed back stiffness and was a late scratch . After being held out of Green Bay's first preseason game against Houston, the seven-time Pro Bowl star was slated to start for the first time under rookie HC Matt LaFleur. Until he didn't. Meanwhile, Jackson started and played three series last week in a 29-0 rout of Jacksonville. This time, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner stuck around for two possessions, both of which ended with field goals. He completed 6 of 10 passes for 58 yards and ran twice for 14 yards. Green Bay (1-1) got its lone touchdown in the third quarter on a 7-yard pass from QB Tim Boyle to rookie WR Darrius Shepherd.

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-- Bengals 23, Redskins 13 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Dwayne Haskins threw a touchdown pass and lost a fumble in the Washington Redskins' 23-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night. The first-round pick made strong throws and his share of mistakes, while fellow rookie QB Ryan Finley continued to make his case to be Cincinnati's backup quarterback with yet another impressive outing. Haskins threw a 55-yard TD pass to camp standout WR Robert Davis and was 7 of 14 for 114 yards with a sack fumble. The 15th overall pick showed poise under pressure and made progress from his Redskins debut. Haskins was far from perfect but looked more effective than veteran QB Case Keenum, who played the first three drives and was 3 of 7 for 52 yards. Keenum, who Washington acquired from Denver, said he was left wanting more, but feels the first-team offense is improving with an eye on Week 1 at Philadelphia. After already passing QB Jeff Driskell on Cincinnati's depth chart, Finley again showed why he's now the favorite to back up QB Andy Dalton. The fourth-round pick out of N.C. State completed his first nine passes and was 20 of 26 for 150 yards with two TD passes. Dalton was 5 of 9 for 36 yards and an interception in three series before giving way to Finley. Redskins DL Daron Payne tipped Dalton's third-down pass in the red zone, and S Montae Nicholson picked it off and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown.

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-- Jets 22, Falcons 10 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Matt Ryan and QB Sam Darnold both appear ready for the regular season. Ryan looked sharp in his preseason debut for the Atlanta Falcons, completing nine straight passes, and Darnold led New York on another scoring drive in the Jets' 22-10 victory Thursday night. After sitting out the first two exhibition games, Ryan played most of the first half. He completed 10 of 14 passes for 118 yards, a performance that was even more impressive considering WR Brian Hill and WR Justin Hardy dropped back-to-back passes in the back of the end zone that should have been touchdowns, sparking boos from the meager crowd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Jets (1-1) are certainly pleased with Darnold, who followed up a marvelous drive in the preseason opener by completing 5 of 7 passes for 46 yards. He guided New York on a 66-yard touchdown drive to start the game, capped by Ty Montgomery's 1-yard scoring run. "It looks right," HC Adam Gase said of Darnold's performance. "He doesn't seem to have any complications." RB LeVeon Bell sat out again for the Jets. He could make his New York debut next week. Atlanta's backup quarterback, QB Matt Schaub, took over for Ryan and led the Falcons (0-3) on their lone touchdown drive to close out the first half. Running the two-minute offense to perfection, Schaub went 8 of 10 for 76 yards to set up Ito Smith's 4-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining. New York PK Taylor Bertolet, who was signed last weekend after PK Chandler Catanzaro missed two extra points in the preseason opener and surprisingly retired, botched a pair of PATs to raise more concerns. Bertolet did connect on a 49-yard field goal in the third quarter. PK Giorgio Tavecchio, taking over in Atlanta after the release of longtime PK Matt Bryant, missed a pair of 52-yard field goal attempts. One appeared to be deflected at the line, the other sailed wide left. Despite another shaky kicking performance, Gase said the Jets are sticking with Bertolet.

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-- Eagles 24, Jaguars 10 --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports QB Cody Kessler's return to Jacksonville lasted seven plays and ended with a slow walk to the visitors' locker room. Philadelphia's third-string quarterback was knocked out of the team's 24-10 preseason victory against the Jaguars on the opening drive Thursday night. DE Datone Jones came unblocked off the edge and walloped Kessler in the back. Kessler was escorted to the sideline, evaluated for a head injury in the locker room and then placed in the concussion protocol. Rookie QB Clayton Thorson, the only other quarterback on the roster, played three-plus quarters and completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to former college quarterback and Alliance of American Football receiver Greg Ward on fourth down in the second quarter. Thorson beat the blitz by lofting a deep ball toward the left sideline. Ward was a couple of steps behind S C.J. Reavis, made an acrobatic catch and then outran two defenders to the end zone. It was another big play in the past three weeks for the 5-foot-11 wideout who threw for 8,704 yards and accounted for 91 touchdowns in four years at Houston. Ward finished with two receptions for 42 yards. He also attempted a pass on an end-around play. Thorson completed 16 of 26 passes for 175 yards, with a touchdown and an interception that led to a late score. Neither team played many starters. The Eagles (1-1) rested TE Zach Ertz, RB Darren Sproles, WR DeSean Jackson and WR Nelson Agholor and others. The Jaguars (0-2) sat 31 guys, including QB Nick Foles, RB Leonard Fournette, DE Yannick Ngakoue, and DE Calais Campbell.

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-- Alfred Blue Sprains Ankle --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Jacksonville Jaguars RB Alfred Blue (ankle) has just a sprained ankle, per source.

-- Damontae Kazee Day-to-Day --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Atlanta Falcons S Damontae Kazee (rib) has a rib injury that is considered day-to-day, a source said.

-- Philip Rivers Will Wait for Extension --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Los Angeles Chargers and QB Philip Rivers expect contract discussions to be handled following the season. He'll likely play out his deal ending after this season, sources say.

-- Derwin James in a Walking Boot --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James (foot/ankle) has a walking boot on his right leg and is not practicing on Friday.

-- 49ers Sign One --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the San Francisco 49ers have signed CB Quinten Rollins.

-- A Millennial Who Won! --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Eagles to Sign One --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports former Army OT Brett Toth was given a military waiver today and now will sign a three-year deal to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.

-- Robert Alford Fractures Tibia --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Arizona Cardinals CB Robert Alford (leg) suffered a tibia fracture, a source said. Based on an early time table, he could come off of the IR in the second half of 2019.

-- David Njoku Sits Thursday --
Fri Aug 16, 2019 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee) did not practice on Thursday.


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