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Ravens make a pair of roster moves Tuesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) The Ravens announced Tuesday they signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson, who was waived Saturday. To clear a roster sport, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint was waived.

Can Blake Bortles find success in Week 4?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:11 pm ET) The Chargers made a point of improving their pass defense this offseason, after allowing the fourth-most passing yards in the league a year ago. Through three games, they have allowed the ninth-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, so… mission accomplished?

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has the pleasure of making his first NFL start against the Chargers defense, which should work out well for him. The Chargers are allowing an average of 20.3 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, including 17 last week to lowly Bills passer E.J. Manuel.

The Chargers have yet to intercept a pass, which is good news for Bortles, because accuracy and decision-making might be issues for him at this point. Bortles was intercepted twice during his relief action against the Colts last week, both on plain-old poor throws. Against an opportunistic defense, Bortles might be in line for trouble, but the Chargers have had trouble take advantage of quarterbacks' mistakes so far.

Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard have Bortles just inside the top-20 in their initial rankings for Week 4, a good spot if you have him as a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback. Mistakes will be made, but Bortles has a chance to be productive in his first start. 


Jags sign Jeremiah George
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) The Jaguars signed rookie linebacker Jeremiah George off the Jets' practice squad, reports The Star-Ledger. He was a fifth-round pick out of Iowa State.

Jordan Reed won't play Thursday
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:00 pm ET) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) said he won't play Thursday against the Giants and even "sounded sketchy" about returning Week 5 against the Seahawks, reports the Washington Post.

Allen Robinson improving, defining his role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:56 pm ET) Allen Robinson has stepped into a larger role in the Jaguars' offense over the last two weeks, and showed that he has developed a quick rapport with new starting quarterback Blake Bortles in Week 3. Should Fantasy owners be expecting that to continue?

Robinson did not see a single snap in the preseason, as he watched undrafted rookie Allen Hurns surpass him on the depth chart while getting extensive playing time with Bortles. That did not seem to hinder Robinson's development much, as he was Bortles' favorite target Sunday. Bortles threw eight of his 24 passes to Robinson, completing six of them for 73 yards. Though he didn't haul in either of Bortles' touchdowns, the duo was on the same page immediately, which should bode well for Robinson moving forward.

Robinson is going to struggle with inconsistency, as all rookies do, but he has already established himself as a solid option in Jacksonville. Robinson still played just 70 percent of the team's snaps Sunday, but his strong relationship with Bortles could help him in that regard. At the very least, at just nine-percent ownership, Robinson makes for a nice long-term flier moving forward.   


Tyrann Mathieu coming along slowly
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:52 pm ET) Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu has played a total of 20 snaps in the past two games as he works his way back from ACL surgery. "I'm still a few weeks away from being the guy I want to be," he told the Arizona Republic.

"That confidence is going to come, just with more playing time."

Mathieu hopes to return stronger after the team's Week 4 bye.


Joe McKnight not worth your waiver-wire love
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Alright, Chiefs backup running back Joe McKnight scored twice in Week 3, and that was a nice scene for him. Unfortunately, nobody owned him in Fantasy then, as he really came out of nowhere following Jamaal Charles' injury. Is McKnight someone Fantasy owners should be targeting moving forward following his breakout?

McKnight was a non-factor in the running game, but Alex Smith leaned on him heavily as a receiver out of the backfield. He led the team with six receptions on seven targets for 64 yards against the Dolphins, and made his biggest impact with a pair of receiving touchdowns in the red zone.

McKnight did his work while seeing the field in just 21 percent of the Chief's offensive plays; he touched the ball on 46.7 percent of his snaps. That is a pretty unsustainable number for anyone, let alone a little-used return specialist. With Charles' return looming and Knile Davis entrenched as the change-of-pace back, there is little reason to add McKnight, despite last week's success. 


Cardinals cut Drew Butler
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:33 pm ET) The Cardinals released punter Drew Butler to make room for newly-signed running back Marion Grice.

Update: Odell Beckham practices
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:32 pm ET) Contrary to previous reports indicating he wouldn't practice this week, Giants rookie Odell Beckham participated in some receiver drills at the start of practice Tuesday, reports ESPN.com. Beckham ran routes and caught passes, a positive sign as he tries to come back from a lingering hamstring injury.

Miles Burris in a protective boot
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:28 pm ET) Raiders middle linebacker Miles Burris wore a protective boot at a community event in London on Tuesday. Burris has played every snap this season and has 20 tackles for the Raiders, who face Miami at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The Raiders have not updated Burris' status.


 
 
 
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