Bishop Sankey - RB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey was on the field for a season-high 27 snaps in Week 3, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sankey's play will dictate his future snap totals. 'He's got good vision, and he looks to have good movement skills,' Whisenhunt said. 'What I didn't like is attention to detail with him. If he can get the attention to detail better, his reps will increase.'
Huddle Up: Sankey and starter Shonn Greene each got 10 carries in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was the rookie who had the better numbers, finishing with 61 rushing yards to Greene's 33, even though the veteran got the short rushing TD. Definitely expect more from Sankey going forward as he picks up the nuances of the pro game.
Rob Gronkowski - TE - New England Patriots
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) played a season-high 42 snaps in Week 3, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said a further increase in playing time is coming. 'Rob has done the things we have asked him to do,' McDaniels said. 'He has been fine in terms of his assignments and his conditioning. But we just have to try to add to it as we go throughout the course of the year.'
Huddle Up: Although his targets dipped from 11 in Week 1 to 6 in each of the past 2 games, definitely expect more looks for the big TE going forward, especially given the struggles Tom Brady has had connecting with other pass-catchers not named Gronk or Julian Edelman.
Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper leads all wide receivers in routes run, according to Cecil Lammey of ESPN Denver, but has totaled just nine catches for 71 yards.
Huddle Up: More alarming for Cooper owners is the Sunday performance of rookie Jordan Matthews who nearly matched Cooper's season totals in one game, catching 8 passes for 59 yards, including a pair of TDs. Cooper remains the starter in two-WR sets, but any more games like Matthews had on Sunday might result in a reversal of roles.
Geno Smith - QB - New York Jets
New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Rex Ryan. 'Everybody is behind Geno. He's our quarterback and our football team believes in him,' Ryan said.
Huddle Up: More than any other stat, turnovers are the key with the second-year QB after giving the ball away 26 times last year. Smith already has lost 5 (4 picks & a fumble), and needs to clean things up or Michael Vick's name will start figuring prominently in Big Apple tabloid headlines.
Andrew Hawkins - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins is tied for fifth among wide receivers in targets (32) through three weeks.
Huddle Up: Hawkins has caught 21 of those 32 targets for 244 yards -- making him a definite starter in PPR leagues -- and all that's missing are the TD catches -- something that's eluded him since Week 14 of the 2012 season.
Chris Ivory - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Chris Ivory may get more playing time, according to head coach Rex Ryan. Ivory and Chris Johnson both had 10 carries against the Chicago Bears in Week 3, but Ivory saw more action in the passing game.
Huddle Up: Ivory has most definitely been the more productive back, rushing for 66 more yards (189-123) and 2 more TDs (2-0) than Johnson on 2 fewer carries and posting 32 more reception yards (55-23) despite one fewer catch. The concern, though -- especially with an increased workload -- is Ivory's health as he's played in only 42 out of a possible 67 games in his four-plus-year pro career.
Jake Locker - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker has a wrist strain, according to an MRI. The quarterback's status for Week 4 is still uncertain.
Huddle Up: Locker's star has faded fast since his 266-yard, 2-TD outing in Week 1 and now health is once again a question for the QB who's missed a combined 14 games over the previous 2 seasons. See what practice holds this week.
Vincent Jackson - WR - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson wasn't limited in practice Monday, Sept. 22, after sustaining a slight wrist fracture in Week 3. He had his wrist wrapped Monday.
Huddle Up: Jackson, with 10 receptions on 25 targets for 102 yards and a TD, is off to a slow start like almost every other member of the Bucs. See if the wrist is a problem during practice later this week, but for now plan on starting him if you need him.
Vernon Davis - TE - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) said his ankle is doing much better and he is reportedly looking better with no sign of a limp.
Huddle Up: Davis missed the Niners' Week 3 debacle in the desert, but early signs are pointing toward a return Sunday vs. the Eagles. If so, Davis should be able to get in some practice reps this week.
Ryan Tannehill - QB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is scheduled to start this weekend in London against the Oakland Raiders, despite head coach Joe Philbin repeatedly not committing to Tannehill as the starter. 'At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London,' Philbin said Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Huddle Up: With two interceptions, Tannehill isn't making killer mistakes. Rather it's the plays he isn't making --missing open receivers, converting in key situations -- that are frustrating the Dolphins and fantasy owners. It's netted only 624 passing yards, 18 rushing yards and 49 fantasy points, and continued struggles against the winless Raiders could certainly lead to a change in the team's QB thinking during the following bye week.
Dennis Pitta - TE - Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens placed TE Dennis Pitta (hip) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 23, officially ending the tight end's season.
Huddle Up: Rugged turn of events for Pitta, who went down on a non-contact play Sunday. Look for Owen Daniels, who was with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak in Houston, to assume most of the TE workload. Daniels had a big Week 2 with a pair of TD grabs but has only 5 receptions for 42 yards in the Ravens' other 2 contests.
Shaun Draughn - RB - Free Agent
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent RB Shaun Draughn (Bears) to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, Sept. 23, according to Draughn's agent.
Huddle Up: With starter Ryan Mathews likely out for another month, look for Draughn and rookie Darren Oliver to spell starter Donald Brown, who 's not going to be able to shoulder the 36 touches he had Sunday in Buffalo each week.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) was held to just one catch for six yards in the team's Week 3 win over the New York Jets on Monday, Sept. 22. Marshall was limited with a sore ankle.
Huddle Up: Marshall's 3-TD performance in Week 2 no doubt masked the severity of the ankle issue, and it certainly didn't help matters when the ankle was kicked Monday night on a second-quarter running play. See what Marshall is able to do in practice this week before making any hard and fast lineup decisions.
Kirk Cousins - QB - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden did not rule out QB Kirk Cousins permanently replacing QB Robert Griffin III at quarterback. 'Crazy things have happened in NFL,' Gruden said. 'I'm not going to discount anything'
Huddle Up: Some wins and more than a one-game sample will be needed, but 30-of-48, 427 yards and three TDs wasn't too shabby of a starting point.
Eric Berry - S - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is dealing with a high ankle sprain, according to a league source. Berry suffered the injury in Week 2 and sat out in Week 3. Head coach Andy Reid said Berry 'most likely' will return to practice Thursday, Sept. 25. Reid doesn't think the injury is related to Berry's heel tendonitis that caused him to miss preseason games.
Huddle Up: It's been a tough go for the Pro Bowl safety and his IDP owners, but see if the extra day of rest -- the Chiefs don't play until Monday night -- will work to Berry's benefit in Week 4.
Mike Tolbert - RB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers FB Mike Tolbert (leg) was placed on Active/Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 23. He will not need surgery to fix the hairline fracture in his left leg.
Huddle Up: This news combined with yet another injury for Jonathan Stewart, opens the door to a significant workload for DeAngelo Williams if he can return from his own 2-game injury absence this week.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WR - New York Giants
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is targeting the team's Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons to return from a hamstring injury and make his debut.
Huddle Up: We'll believe it when we see the first-round pick actually is on the field in full uniform for a live snap in a live game. Stay tuned ...
Jordan Reed - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) has been ruled out for the team's Week 4 game. Reed is not sure when he will play again, and his status is not known for the team's Week 5 game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: This will make 3 straight missed games for Reed, and it's starting to seem like his rookie season all over again when he missed 6 contests. He's totally expendable in 10-team leagues if you haven't already pulled the plug.
Arian Foster - RB - Houston Texans
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster (hamstring), who is day-to-day with a hamstring injury, is unsure if he'll be able to return in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills. RB Alfred Blue replaced Foster in Week 3 and ran for 78 yards on 13 carries in the loss. Foster has 55 carries for 241 yards in two games this year.
Huddle Up: Foster owners are going to need some patience as this, in all likelihood, means another game-time decision Sunday morning.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
Updating previous reports, New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) said he didn't re-injure his hamstring Monday, Sept. 22, but it just wouldn't loosen up. He said he pulled himself from the game instead of risking further injury. '(I ran) a few plays and decided it was best to step aside and pull myself out. I gradually tightened up,' Decker said. 'It was to the point where it wasn't loosening up, and instead of doing something stupid and really hurting something down the road I decided to pull myself and give myself a chance.'
Huddle Up: Sounds like a prudent preventative measure, but Decker now has short week to try to get ready for the Week 4 tilt against the Lions. See if things improve in practice over the next few days.
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