The Colts were without one key player in practice on Wednesday.
Coming off a huge performance in Week 3, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton missed practice due to a knee injury.
Hilton’s performance in the final minutes of Sunday’s game against the Chargers resulted in the Colts’ victory. He earned the top spot on the NFL’s clutch performers for Week 3.
He converted a fourth-and-7 pass from Andrew Luck and broke multiple ankles on his way to 63-yard game-winning touchdown. The Colts won 26-22 and Hilton finished with eight catches for 174 yards and the TD.
Don’t worry too much fantasy owners, Wednesday was most likely just a maintenance day for Hilton to get some rest before the team’s trip to London.
Last week, he missed Friday’s practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday, but then had his best performance of the season.
Let’s hope it is just a rest day. Colts fans and fantasy owners would love to see him on the field against the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey this Sunday.
With the uncertainty of Marshall Newhouse’s availability, the Giants need to look at potential alternatives.
Newhouse left Sunday’s game with a right calf sprain and was seen after the game wearing a walking boot.
Head coach Ben McAdoo said that the team does not know the extent of the right tackle’s injury yet, or how long he will be out.
If Newhouse is not available for next week’s game, the Giants need to have a backup plan.
They will decide between Bobby Hart and Will Beatty to fill Newhouse’s role. Hart replaced Newhouse in Sunday’s game. Beatty hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2014 after he suffered a season-ending injury and was then released by the Giants.
Beatty was reportedly still getting into game shape before Week 2, but McAdoo said he will be in the mix to play.
“He’ll compete to be up this week,” McAdoo said. “I’ve seen a guy who’s getting his football legs underneath him, he’s working well with his pads.”
It would be great to see either Beatty or Hart get the starting spot if Newhouse cannot, but whoever gets the final call will have a tough matchup against the Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan.
The Chiefs have been in need of another weapon at wide receiver and they may have just found what they were looking for.
Chris Conley impressed the coaching staff during the preseason and he passed Albert Wilson on the depth chart, making a strong case to clinch the second receiver position.
Conley really showed what he had to offer during the Chiefs’ preseason game against the Rams, delivering plays on both of their touchdown drives along with three catches for a team-high 66 yards.
Something that has helped him grow so far was working out with Wilson and Jeremy Maclin in the offseason. Conley missed much of training camp last season, but didn’t miss a day of practice this time around.
The Chiefs have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, specifically at the WR position. With the high expectations the Chiefs have this season, these players have the potential to deliver.
The Rams are preparing for their first season opener in L.A. since 1994.
The squad returned with high expectations, especially after earning the first overall pick in the 2016 draft and spending it on promising quarterback Jared Goff.
However, things didn’t quite develop as anticipated with the quarterback situation, and after an offseason of considerations, they’ve chosen to be down their star player for Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Goff was drafted first overall by the Rams this year, but he will likely be the team’s third QB behind Case Keenum and Sean Mannion, which is flat-out shocking.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told NFL.com that Mannion will be Keenum’s backup for Week 1, and punter Johnny Hekker will be the emergency backup. He said that Mannion and Goff could “flip” for Week 2, but the embarrassment might already be too much at that point.
For a first overall pick, Goff hasn’t impressed much in the preseason. He went 22-of-49 passing for 232 yards, sporting a 44 percent completion, as well as two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Fisher reiterated his confidence that Goff will one day be a starting QB. However, this doesn’t help much of anything.
A lot of teams are in need of help at the quarterback position, but one won’t be hitting the trade market.
Despite rumors of a possible trade, the Browns are wisely expected to hold on to veteran QB Josh McCown.
Teams such as Dallas and Minnesota are running thin at the quarterback position after their respective starters Tony Romo and Teddy Bridgewater went down with injuries. Romo is expected to miss upwards of 10 weeks while Bridgewater is out for the season.
McCown is a hot commodity at the moment, but the Browns should understand that it would be in the team’s best interest to keep him.
Their other quarterbacks are Austin Davis and Cody Kessler, but Davis has only a couple of seasons under his belt and Kessler is a rookie.
McCown is a strong backup and safety net for starting QB Robert Griffin III, in case Griffin struggles like he has in the past, or worse, gets injured.
The Browns are smart to keep McCown. He may wind up being the most important player on the team in case of emergency.
Has Rueben Randle proven anything to his new team?
Since joining the Eagles this offseason, Randle has been trying to earn a starting role. He still has a lot to prove, and and he’s well aware of that fact.
After leaving the Giants last season, the wide receiver signed with Philadelphia in free agency. He thinks that he wasn’t given a better chance by other teams due to critiques in his work ethic and consistency.
“I feel like I get read wrong because I do a lot of things naturally and it doesn’t seem like I’m giving much effort,” Randle said to ESPN.
“If I go out there and make a one-handed catch and make it look effortless, I get praised for it, but if I do all these other things effortlessly, it’s like I’m not giving much effort.”
Jordan Matthews, who led the Eagles’ receivers in every category last season, has been out with a bone bruise. Randle is among a group of receivers that are competing for a starting spot on the roster. He has three catches so far in two quick preseason appearances. Last season in New York, he totaled eight touchdown passes.
The Eagles expect Matthews to be back for the season opener, so the other receivers have a couple weeks to make an impression.
“If I didn’t [feel confident], I shouldn’t be here,” Randle said. “We all should feel confident in where we are. We just have to go out and prove ourselves.”
Randle should get a chance to do just that in Philadelphia.