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12:10pm ET: Things I'm watching for today...
-- Is this the Rex Burkhead as Edelman event that I've dreamed about for two years? I can't believe it...just from a jinx standpoint.
-- Tarik Cohen major event week -- he is either has another huge target game and becomes untouchable, or he has a mild game and non-FFMers start thinking they got Darren Sproles 2.0.
-- I don't love the Terrelle Pryor v. Trumaine Johnson matchup. If Pryor breaks through that it could be a major year for Pryor.
-- If the Pats D bounces back this week -- you're going to wish you had them the rest of 2017. Watson-Cam-Jameis-McCown-Ryan-Rivers-BYE-Siemian-Carr-Cutler-Tyrod-Cutler the next 12 weeks. We'll know more about how secretly good (or not) this Pats D is based on how well they deal with Brees at home this week.
-- The rookie RB flood is coming...Marlon Mack, D'Onta Foreman, Alvin Kamara, Joe Mixon could all wake up and be major things in another Week or two...which may wake Jay Gruden up to Samaje Perine. Tarik Cohen is better than all of them for fantasy 2017 most likely.
11:45am: Under the radar inactives...
Deone Bucannon...the Cards are getting killed with injuries + two starting O-Lineman.
11:36am: I'm told nothing to worry about with Jordan Howard. He's playing.
11:14am: Bradford out -- down goes Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph and D. Cook. Thielen would be the one I'd hold out some hope in with Case Keenum.
10:52am: After more conversation -- I don't believe Bradford is playing. I'd say 85% likely he sits if for no other reason than a week off to rest/get more info. The Steelers D is not one to be messed with. You just take the loss at PIT that was likely coming anyway and get to next week hoping Bradford improves in his knee.
10:38am: After this week, the Jags face Flacco-NYJ-Big Ben-Goff-Brissett-BYE-Dalton-Rivers-Kizer-C.Palmer-Brissett?-R.Wilson-Watson-Hoyer.
Besides Big Ben/Bell Week 5...and that's not amazing...you might can use the Jags DST the rest of the season besides BYE week.
10:31am: I'm hopeful/excited for Kerwynn Williams this week, but the news of the mounting ARI O-Line injuries keeps weighing on getting fully excited.
10:27am: Things could get real interesting for the LA Rams if they win this week. Next week at SF. They could be off to a 3-0 start, and then an @DAL-SEA-@JAC gauntlet but many favorable matchups after that. If LAR starts out 3-0, we would project them to go 9-7 this season. If they beat Seattle in Week 5...they might be on their way to an NFC West title run.
10:23am: I am hearing Bradford is more 50-50...that things are getting serious. Potentially, just to take this week off for extra rest an evaluation. We'll downgrade everything Vikings if that happens.
10:15am: Only weather issue on the table is Seattle...potential drizzle and 11 MPH winds.
9:55am: I half-watched the USC-Texas 2nd half last night. I still don't get the Sam Darnold as the greatest narrative. He's a heady QB, but a weak arm with erratic throws. One play Darnold chases from the pocket and makes a nice throw in broken coverage and then the next he sits in the pocket and throws the ball 20 fewer over the receiver's head...like he did to cause Texas to be able to tie the game late.
-- I considered a late change to my Blazing Five pick to add Miami plus points over the Chargers with Jason Verrett out. For fantasy – it's good news for DeVante Parker.
-- FYI, Kyle Sloter is on an active NFL roster…brought up due to the Sam Bradford issues, which means there should be some concern about Bradford. Can you imagine Sloter playing in Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season?
-- Is it me or is there no angst about Aaron Donald holding out and then just walking back in to start right away? I mean, as compared to the sky falling down every day Le'Veon Bell held out? Just me? OK.
-- So, Jay Gruden is still worried that Samaje Perine fumbled in Week 2 of the preseason. Great. Keep running Rob Kelley to nowhere, but at least he didn’t fumble recently…so that's good. Funny, Jay Gruden should probably worry less about a Perine fumble in Week 2 of the preseason and maybe ask why Kirk Cousins threw the stupidest interception in Week 1, to blow the game, essentially. Why isn’t he calling out Cousins for turnovers that cost them the game?
Old school trained coaches hate fumbles more than life itself. They'd rather lose every game but never lose a fumble.