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Jaguars see some changes -- and success -- in backfield in Week 3


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:20 pm ET) Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart has fallen flat on his face in his first three games as a feature back, and he started ceding playing time in Week 3 against the Colts.

Gerhart played 66 and 70 percent of the team's snaps in the first two games of the season, respectively, but that number dipped all the way to 50 percent Sunday. And, while Jordan Todman has served as the team's primary backup (21.1 percent of the snaps, first two games) it was converted college quarterback Denard Robinson who saw a step up in playing time in Week 3.

Robinson played 33 percent of the team's offensive snaps, after playing in just 11.4 percent in the first two games. And, though he did not have a high bar to clear, Robinson established new career-highs in carries (eight) and rushing yards (33) in the game.

The Jaguars gave Gerhart a three-year contract this offseason, but the early returns have not been promising; just ask any of Gerhart's Fantasy owners. Gerhart was drafted 41st overall on average this season, but might just be droppable at this point. Keep an eye on the team's playing time distribution, because Robinson might be an interesting sleeper if the team makes a change. 


Denard Robinson has earned more reps on offense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:14 pm ET) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Monday running back Denard Robinson has earned the opportunity for more reps on offense. Robinson led Jacksonville in rushing during a 44-17 loss Week 3 against the Colts with 33 yards on eight carries.

Report: Vincent Jackson to remain active despite wrist injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:10 pm ET) Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered a small fracture in his wrist during Thursday's game against the Falcons, multiple sources told FOXSports.com. However, the injury isn't expected to cost Jackson any playing time, as he plans to play Week 4 against the Steelers.

Jackson likely sustained the injury on the first play of Tampa Bay's second offensive series after he fell on his wrist following a hit from safety Dwight Lowery. Jackson continued to play without getting treatment.


Four Falcons players sit out practice Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:07 pm ET) Falcons wide receiver Roddy White (hamstring), wide receiver Harry Douglas (foot), running back Antone Smith and wide receiver Devin Hester sat out practice Monday. Smith has a right hamstring injury, according to ESPN, but it is uncertain why Hester was held out.

Who was Teddy Bridgewater throwing to?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2:01 pm ET) Teddy Bridgewater did not elicit as much excitement coming out of college as his fellow draft peers, and his NFL debut Sunday against the Saints reflected that. While Blake Bortles was tossing two touchdowns -- and two interceptions -- and Johnny Manziel was being used as a wide receiver on trick plays, Bridgewater came in did a solid, unspectacular job for the Vikings after Matt Cassel's injury Sunday.

Bridgewater put together a professional performance, though he didn't give the team enough to mount a comeback in the 20-9 loss. He completed 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and added 27 on six carries, without recording a touchdown or turnover.

Bridgewater was not asked to do much, but he has plenty of weapons in this Minnesota offense, so that should change moving forward as he gets more comfortable. He targeted six players Sunday, and a breakdown of that could give Fantasy owners an idea of how he might spread the ball around moving forward:

Greg Jennings: six targets, four receptions

Cordarrelle Patterson: three targets, three receptions

Jerick McKinnon: five targets, two receptions

Matt Asiata: four targets, two receptions

Kyle Rudolph: one target, one reception

Rhett Ellison: one target, no receptions


Who was Blake Bortles throwing to?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) The Jaguars made the inevitable move to put Blake Bortles in Sunday, and he should remain the team's starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. What does that mean for the team's skill position players?

Bortles took over at halftime and led the team on three scoring drives in his first six times out. He showed a proclivity for big plays -- two touchdowns -- and big mistakes -- two interceptions -- and made full use of the team's weapons. He targeted eight players in the game, and it broke down like this:

Cecil Shorts: eight targets, five receptions, one touchdown (7 yards)

Allen Hurns: three targets, one reception, one touchdown (63 yards); one interception

Allen Robinson: eight targets, five receptions; one interception

Jordan Todman: one target                                               

Mickey Shuler: one target

Will Ta'ufo'ou: one target, one reception

Denard Robinson: one target

Toby Gerhart: one target, one reception


Marqise Lee not expected to play Week 4


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:46 pm ET) Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee, who sat out Week 3 due to a hamstring injury, will be evaluated throughout the week. However, he is not expected to play Week 4 at San Diego.

Report: Bears optimistic injured WRs play Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:46 am ET) The Bears remain optimistic wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and Brandon Marshall (ankle) will play Monday against the Jets, barring any surprise setbacks, according to The Chicago Tribune. Both players are listed as questionable for Week 3.

Andrew Hawkins nearing a breakout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11:33 am ET) Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is still unowned in 45 percent of CBSSports.com Fantasy leagues heading into Week 4, and that number needs to shrink.

Fantasy production is all about opportunities, and few receivers have had as many as Hawkins this season. He is currently in a three-way tie for third place in the NFL with 33 targets, and Hawkins has hauled in 63.6 percent of the passes thrown his way thus far. He has yet to find the end zone, but that should come with time -- he scored once every 20 targets in 2012, the only season he received anything like a full workload. He has already been pulled down five times in the red zone this season. 

The Browns have a decidedly vanilla offense, but Hawkins has earned the trust of quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has thrown 34.7 percent of his passes Hawkins' way. His massive workload should pay dividends soon enough, and you will want to be there when Hawkins starts finding the end zone. 


Cecil Shorts plays every snap in return from injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:06 am ET) Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts played all 60 snaps Sunday against the Colts after missing the first two games due to a hamstring injury. He was targeted 10 times, hauling in five catches for 35 yards and a touchdown.

"I felt good," Shorts said, per ESPN. "I tell you what, our training staff and our strength staff does a great job. They got me back real fast. It felt good to be back out there with the guys." 


Report: Marcus Easley to miss 4-6 weeks due to knee injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:59 am ET) Bills wide receiver Marcus Easley is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to an MCL sprain, a league source told ESPN. Easley primarily plays on special teams and has no catches through three games.

Could Bortles time make Allen Hurns more effective?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:25 am ET) Generally speaking, rookies are tough to rely on in Fantasy. They tend to produce inconsistent numbers while learning the game, making them incredibly tough to rely on from a week-to-week perspective. That has certainly been the case for Jaguars rookie Allen Hurns, who has sandwiched two double-digit Fantasy efforts around a near no-show in Week 2. Now that he has a rookie in Blake Bortles throwing it to him, why should we expect Hurns to be any more reliable moving forward?

Hurns has shown an impressive ability, thus far, to get open down the field. Even during his 2-catch, 13-yard stinker against Washington, he was open downfield and dropped a sure-fire long touchdown. Chad Henne might have lost faith in Hurns after that, as he failed to target him once in Week 3, but newly appointed starter Bortles looked Hurns way three times in the second half of Sunday's game, with the duo eventually hooking up for a 63-yard score.

The long touchdown is starting to become Hurns' signature play, and he will have real home-run potential for Fantasy. He will also likely certainly be wildly inconsistent, as both he and Bortles feel their way through their first weeks together in the NFL. Still, he has a chance to be one of the top rookie wideouts in the league this season, and is worth taking a chance on in waivers this week -- he is owned in just 41 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.  


Randall Cobb frustrated with play after three weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:21 am ET) Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was not happy following his team's 19-7 loss Sunday against the Lions. Cobb totaled only three catches for 29 yards, and the entire offense struggled against a Lions defense that was decimated by injury.

"Our defense played their butts off tonight," Cobb said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We did nothing for them. It was kind of embarrassing as an offense, embarrassing myself the way I played."

Although Cobb had two touchdowns Week 2 and three on the season, he has just 14 catches for 126 yards through three games. He also has just one catch of 20-plus yards.

"I have to do more, I have to give this team more," he said. "I have to look in the mirror first and see where it is that I can do more to help this team out."


John Brown unlikely to be a reliable source of scores


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10:15 am ET) Arizona rookie wide receiver John Brown is sure to be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire ahead of Week 4, but Fantasy owners might be searching for fool's gold if they are looking to bolster their receiving corps with the young Cardinals wide out.

Through the first three weeks of his career, Brown looks like a bonafide red-zone monster, having hauled in three touchdowns, including two in Sunday's win over the 49ers. However, he also had just 52 receiving yards in the game, with almost all of his value coming from those two scores. Unfortunately, an early proclivity for scoring doesn't necessarily mean a player has a nose for the end zone.

Over the past five seasons, 14 rookies have caught two touchdowns in a game while failing to top 55 yards in that same game, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com's play index. And though some of them -- Jimmy Graham, Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski -- went on to stardom, the collective isn't particularly impressive as a whole. Over their next two games played, the 14 players accounted for 10 total touchdowns but just 149 Fantasy points overall, an average of just 5.3 points per game.

Brown has been the best Fantasy option in the Cardinals' receiving corps so far, but he won't be much use if -- when -- the touchdowns run dry. He is just third on the team in targets and could be a big-time disappointment moving forward. 


Panthers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:49 am ET) The Panthers got some minor contributions in their Week 3 loss to the Steelers. Wideout Brenton Bersin made a 29-yard catch, and receiver Jason Avant caught two of six targets for 12 yards.

Philly Brown up and down in first start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:44 am ET) With Carolina hurting at receiver, Panthers rookie Philly Brown got his first start Week 3 and had some strong moments, catching seven passes for 66 yards. But Brown made a huge mistake that virtually killed his team's comeback chances.

Early in the fourth quarter, he fumbled a punt return and the Steelers receovered for a touchdown.

An Onio State product, Brown drew nine targets, second-most on the team. The catches were the first of his career. He'll look to improve Week 4 at Baltimore.


Kelvin Benjamin posts first 100-yard game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:37 am ET) Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin stayed on the fast track to stardom Sunday night with his first 100-yard game. He caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Steelers.

Benjamin made a slew of contested catches, including a 35-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter from Derek Anderson. Benjamin drew a game-high 11 targets and is now averaging nine targets per game.

While he again dropped a couple passes, Benjamin has clearly emerged as Carolina's No. 1 receiver. He has 253 receiving yards and two scores entering Week 4 at Baltimore.


Steelers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) A number of Steelers contributed to the Week 3 win in Carolina. Among them, receiver Justin Brown caught two of four passes for 10 yards. Fullback Will Johnson was targeted once without a catch.

Markus Wheaton makes four grabs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:16 am ET) Steelers second-year wideout Markus Wheaton caught four passes for 35 yards in the blowout win of the Panthers. Wheaton was targeted five times, tied for second on the team behind Antonio Brown's 10.

Wheaton plays the Buccaneers in Week 4.


Antonio Brown unstoppable on Sunday night


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:12 am ET) Steelers receiver Antonio Brown tormented the Panthers on Sunday Night Football, catching all 10 of his targets for 90 yards and two touchdowns and drawing a 19-yard pass interference flag too.

Brown stretched out for a 30-yard grab on a second-quarter go route. He dragged his feet to secure his first touchdown, a 7-yarder in the back corner of the end zone early in the third quarter. Brown capped that quarter with another 7-yard scoring catch.

This was the 19th straight game in which Brown has caught at least five passes. Brown will look to keep rolling Week 4 against the Buccaneers.


Seahawks get contributions from several role players Week 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) The Seahawks received contributions from several role players in a Week 3 overtime win over the Broncos.

Robert Turbin was limited to only two carries for one yard. He caught his only target for a 4-yard gain. Bryan Walters had two catches for 22 yards, while Zach Miller caught two passes for 12 yards. Derrick Coleman and Paul Richardson were each limited to one grab. Coleman had 12 receiving yards, while Richardson finished with seven.


Doug Baldwin leads the way with 56 receiving yards Week 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin had his best game of the season but was still held under 60 yards in Week 3 against the Broncos.

Baldwin came down with a pair of catches for 14 yards in the second quarter. He also came down with 16-yard and a 12-yard reception before halftime and was held without a grab the rest of the way. He finished with four catches for a team-high 56 yards, averaging 14.0 yards per grab in a 26-20 overtime win.

Seattle is on a bye before returning to action in Week 5 at Washington.


Percy Harvin has seven grabs in overtime win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin enjoyed a productive performance but was held out of the end zone in Week 3 against the Broncos.

Harvin, who was limited to one grab in Week 2 against San Diego, got back on track and established himself as the primary receiving option in the passing game. He was targeted nine times and finished with a team-high seven receptions for 42 yards in a 26-20 overtime win. 

Through three games, Harvin has 15 catches for 106 yards. The Seahawks has a Week 4 bye, so he'll look to get back in the end zone in Week 5 at Washington.


Ricardo Lockette scores second touchdown of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette scored his second touchdown of the season in a Week 3 overtime win over the Broncos on Sunday.

Lockette came down with a 39-yard grab in the end zone in the second quarter for his only catch and target of the day. It was the longest scoring play for the Seahawks this season. Lockette has three catches for 77 yards this season.


Jermaine Kearse shows off his arm in Week 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse showed off his arm in Week 3 against the Broncos.

Kearse took a reverse and tossed a 17-yard pass back to Russell Wilson, who got stopped just shy of the end zone in the first quarter. However, he wasn't much of a factor on Sunday, catching all two of his targets after halftime. He finished the game with 22 yards on two receptions in a 26-20 overtime win.


 
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