When New Orleans coach Sean Payton alluded to a bigger role coming up for Adrian Peterson, do you think he knew it would be with the Arizona Cardinals? AP was on the practice field in Arizona Wednesday and will play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals cut Chris Johnson, eliminating any question who their primary running back will be.
Peterson told reporters the trade from New Orleans was the answer to a prayer and said he still has plenty left in his tank. Sean Payton agreed and said he told Arizona as much. Arizona has a history of making old running backs relevant for a few more years. Unfortunately, Peterson will have to run behind an injured and sub-par offensive line in Arizona. We’ll see if he is the answer to Cardinal fans’ prayers soon.
Kevin Hogan to start in Cleveland
Head coach Hue Jackson wants DeShone Kizer to sit for a while, watch some games, and get his head together before giving him another shot at quarterbacking the Cleveland Browns. Kevin Hogan made that decision easier by completing 16 of 19 passes and throwing two touchdowns in the second half of last weekend’s game against the Jets.
Jaguars’ defense has identity crisis
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a name for their defense and possibly for their defensive secondary. The Teal Curtain, Sacksonville, and Teal Team Six are among suggestions pouring in on their Twitter account. Feel free to tweet the team with any suggestions you might think of.
Is the Steelers’ pass defense
really that good?
Pittsburgh is boasting the second-best NFL fantasy defense against quarterbacks this season, but before you do anything silly, like sitting Alex Smith this week, consider this: through Week 5, the Steelers defense has faced DeShone Kizer, Case Keenum, Mike Glennon, Joe Flacco, and Blake Bortles. How is it possible they are not the top defense against quarterbacks? (Don’t bench Smith!)
Giants new receivers are set
New York promoted Travis Rudolph and Kevin Eagan from their practice squad and re-signed Tavarres King to fill their receiver ranks. King was released in Week 1 after injuring an ankle. All three were in training camp and played in preseason games. Rudolph was the leading receiver in the preseason. Eli Manning says all three are familiar with the playbook, so nothing will need to be simplified. He says they will be ready to run their normal offense in Denver, which somehow does not make the Broncos the least bit nervous.
Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota back?
Oakland coach Jack Del Rio says he expects Derek Carr to be under center on Sunday. Carr is seeing limited practice so far. Meanwhile, Marcus Mariota increased his workload and looks like he is gearing up to start for Tennessee Monday. Both are officially questionable and game-time decisions for now.
Tom Brady tougher than Gronkowski?
Rob Gronkowski sat out practice Wednesday to rest his injured thigh. The Patriots believe he will be ready to play Sunday. Meanwhile, the team announced that Tom Brady has a shoulder capsule strain in his non-throwing arm after getting hit last week. Brady, however, was at practice and says the injury is won’t be a bother.
Tyler Eifert out for season
Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert has opted to have another surgery on his back which will cost him the season. The Bengals said he would need 4-6 months to recover. This has led to speculation that Eifert may have played his last game for Cincinnati. The tight end has missed significant playing time over the years and wound up on season-ending injured reserve last season for the same back issue. Tyler Kroft has been filling in nicely in his absence.
Travis Kelce did not practice
Travis Kelce was not on the field for practice Wednesday. Players progressing well through concussion protocol are often allowed to practice with a non-contact jersey on. That Kelce did not even show up makes his status for Sunday uncertain. Demetrius Harris would get the start, with Ross Travis seeing some time if Kelce can’t play.
Stefon Diggs grounded
Minnesota held Stefon Diggs out of practice with his groin injury. He is day-to-day. His status for Sunday won’t be clear until later in the week.
Willie Snead back?
New Orleans wide receiver Willie Snead was limited in practice Wednesday, but is expected to make his 2017 debut against Detroit on Sunday. Last season, Snead took 16% of passing targets, even with Brandin Cooks on the team. Without Cooks and with Darius Slay working on Michael Thomas, Snead could be in line for a big fantasy day already.
Rob Kelly ankle injury
Earlier in the week, I reported that Joe Kelly “felt great” and could be in line for a great day Sunday against the 49ers. Today, coach Jay Gruden said it was a longshot that Kelly would play as he is nursing a bad ankle. Samaje Perine would get the start, with Chris Thompson maintaining his third-down role.
Matthew Stafford unlimited
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford ended last week’s game with heavy tape shoring up his ankle and foot, as well as his thigh. Wednesday, he was on the practice field with the first team. Other than an occasional skip in his stride, there were no obvious signs of injuries.
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