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Jamaal Charles' ankle 'doing OK'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:12 pm ET) Chiefs coach Andy Reid said running back Jamaal Charles' ankle was sore following Monday's win over the Patriots, but "he's doing OK," reports the Kansas City Star. Charles ran 18 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 16 yards and a pair of scores after missing Week 3 with the injury.

Charles is fully expected to start Sunday at San Francisco.


Eli Manning getting rid of the ball very fast
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:08 pm ET) Giants quarterback Eli Manning is averaging 2.27 seconds from the snap to his release, a substantial drop from last year's average of 2.73 seconds, reports The Star-Ledger. In fact, only his brother, Denver's Peyton Manning, is releasing the ball quicker (2.12 seconds) this season.

Manning averaged 1.7 seconds from snap to release on his four touchdown passes last Thursday against the Redskins.

"I thought we did a good job of getting the ball out fast," Manning told the paper. "I thought we had a plan, I thought I had a good plan for most of the plays and where I wanted to go with the ball, getting through my progressions.

"There's still some improvement, still some things to get better on, some things with footwork and whatnot, but definitely made strides and have to keep trying to get better each and every week," he added.


Teddy Bridgewater up in the air for Thursday night
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is doing better Tuesday and might get some practice reps, but his status for Thursday night's game at Green Bay remains unclear, coach Mike Zimmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Bridgewater wouldn't put a percentage on his chances of playing.

Colts add Jalil Brown among roster moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:47 pm ET) The Colts signed cornerback Jalil Brown to the active roster and added receiver Chandler Jones and linebacker Rob Ruggiero to the practice squad.

Jordan Reed says he's 50-50 for Monday Night Football
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) said he has a 50-50 chance of playing Monday night against the Seahawks, reports CSNWashington.com. Reed participated in individual drills Tuesday.

Lions promote George Winn
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:30 pm ET) The Lions promoted running back George Winn from the practice squad to the active roster, reports the National Football Post.

Colts give Robert Mathis a one-year extension
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) The Colts extended the contract of outside linebacker Robert Mathis through 2016. He's on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.

Jerick McKinnon shows more upside than Matt Asiata Sunday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) If you just look at the raw snap counts for Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Week 4 against the Falcons, you might come away thinking Asiata was the workhorse and McKinnon is a change of pace back. After all, Asiata was on the field for 58 percent of the team's offensive plays, while McKinnon played the understudy role, with 42 percent of the work.

However, the numbers are a bit skewed by the first two drives, when Asiata played 13 consecutive snaps to open the game. It seemed like Asiata was in line for a huge workload Sunday, but McKinnon appears to have forced a change in the game plan. McKinnon opened the third drive with a 55-yard run, and the workload changed from that point on.

The Vikings played 63 offensive snaps from the start of the third drive, and McKinnon played 32 of them, with Asiata taking on 31. McKinnon touched the ball on 59.4 percent of his snaps as well, while Asiata touched the ball on just 48.4 percent of his snaps from that point on -- after getting eight touches on his first 13 plays.

Asiata seems likely to continue working as the primary ball carrier for the Vikings, but he just has not been particularly impressive, even accounting for his three-touchdown showing Sunday. McKinnon is less of a sure thing in this backfield given his workload, but he seems to have a much higher upside; even if you remove his 55-yard scamper, he averaged 4.7 yards per carry to Asiata's 3.9.

If you have to own one player in Minnesota, it should be Asiata. He is the starter, and it seems like the team is going to keep going back to him. However, McKinnon is the lottery ticket here. The Georgia Southern product has the higher upside in this backfield, and he might keep forcing the Vikings to change their plans moving forward. 

At the Fantasy Football Today blog, I snagged video from the game Sunday to compare how McKinnon and Asiata played. 


Saints DST looking to get back on track
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:15 pm ET) The Saints continued to struggle defensively Week 4 at Dallas, allowing 38 points on 445 yards. They recorded one sack but didn't force any turnovers and haven't had one since a fumble recovery Week 1 at Atlanta.

The Saints DST was at least respectable against the Vikings in Week 3, giving it some hope of rebounding against Tampa Bay in Week 5. The Buccaneers have had similar ups and downs to the Vikings this year, ranking 30th in total offense.

Jamey Eisenberg actually goes as far as to call the Saints DST an advisable start in Week 5, ranking it 11th at the position. I'm not as willing to stick my neck out for it given the way it performed in three of its first four games, but in leagues with 16 teams or more, I could see taking a shot on the struggling DST.


Jeremy Maclin not practicing
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin is not practicing Tuesday, reports CSNPhilly.com. No reason has been announced.

Philly is preparing to host the Rams on Sunday.


 
 
 
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