While first-round pick Todd Gurley has thus far avoided the PUP list, don’t expect to see him in a preseason game this month. “We are going to take our time,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told the NFL Network. “I don’t have to see him in a preseason game to play him in a regular game.” Fisher added that even when Gurley does reach full health the St. Louis backfield will be a committee affair. “Even if Todd is 100 percent, I still want to have the rotation with Tre (Mason), because Tre is special. I think that one-two combination is going to be great.”
Josh Hill continues to miss practice for the Saints. The one-time heir to Jimmy Graham’s looks in New Orleans now stands in danger of falling into a backup role behind Benjamin Watson—enough to suck the fantasy wind right out of Hill’s sails.
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Rex Ryan, doing Rex Ryan things. The Bills coach told ESPN that he might not unveil his starting quarterback unti Week 1 against the Colts. At present the Bills still have three quarterbacks vying for the gig, with Matt Cassel the expected winner in a game manager role for the run-first, defense-laden Bills. But Tyrod Taylor has had his moments in camp and Buffalo isn’t that far removed from sinking a first-round pick into E.J. Manuel. How can Rex choose from that dazzling array?
Bills veteran Fred Jackson, running second on the Buffalo depth chart behind LeSean McCoy, will miss a couple weeks with a hamstring injury. With Boobie Dixon also sidelined with a calf injury, Bryce Brown and rookie Karlos Williams will step in for Jackson in his absence; if either (or both) perform well they could threaten not just Jackson’s role but his roster spot.
An intriguing development in Giants camp has Rashad Jennings, last season’s primary ball-carrier, spending most of his time with the second unit and working on special teams as well. Meanwhile Shane Vereen continues to see first-team reps along with sophomore Andre Williams. It’s a developing committee situation with a bright red, flashing “AVOID” sign for fantasy owners.
The Bengals are tiring of waiting around for Marvin Jones to get healthy. “Marvin’s got to get to practice if Marvin wants to get to play,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “He hasn’t played football for us in a year, basically. He had two or three practices or whatever he had last year in the fall. Marvin’s got to get prepared to play NFL football.” In Jones’ absence Mohamed Sanu is the leading candidate to start opposite A.J. Green, though tight end Tyler Eifert might emerge Greg Olsen style as the team’s true secondary target.
Finally… FOOTBALL IS BACK! Sunday’s Hall of Fame preseason tilt marks the first of 27 consecutive weekends with NFL action. Let the games begin!