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No elixir for Tom Brady's woes
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:38 am ET) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady realizes there's no quick fix to the team's offensive problems. New England's offensive line is in disarray, the team lacks explosive receivers, and Brady is making a surprising number of poor decisions.

"There’s no magic play, there’s no magic scheme," he told WEEI. "It’s us as players playing a lot better than we’re playing. This hasn’t been an isolated incident. I don’t think offensively we’ve played well all year. I don’t think we’ve played well for a long time. We’ve got to figure out the reasons why we’re not playing as well as we’re capable and try to improve them."

Brady is averaging under 200 passing yards per game and has accounted for more turnovers (5) than touchdowns (4).


LB Jon Beason a no-go for Giants on Wednesday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:37 am ET) A nagging foot/toe injury has Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason on the pre-practice injury report for Wednesday, the New York Daily News has reported.

Beason has been inactive for the last two games. He was scratched after being deemed doubtful for the Week 4 game at Washington.


Ready to trust in Rueben Randle?
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:28 am ET) Coming off what was far and away his best game of the season, Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle may seem like a sneaky play Week 5 against Atlanta. The Falcons are terrible on defense, having just allowed 558 yards to the Vikings, of all teams, and rank 30th against the pass, allowing 276.3 yards per game.

But the matchup might almost be too good for a player in Randle's situation. He's not the Giants' top weapon -- not even close. I'd bet on running back Rashad Jennings, wide receiver Victor Cruz and tight end Larry Donnell having big games before I bet on Randle. And after the way rookie running back Andre Williams performed in relief of Jennings last week, the Giants might involve him more, too.

Favorable matchup or not, not all of those players can have big games, and because the Falcons aren't strong enough anywhere on defense to neutralize one of those threats, Randle may take a back seat.

I'm not saying he can't have a big game. I'm just saying I'd have to be convinced he has a better spot in the pecking order to put any money on it. I probably wouldn't resort to him except in leagues that require the use of three wide receivers.


Panthers hope RB Jonathan Stewart gets green light Sunday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10:22 am ET) The loss of DeAngelo Williams for at least Week 5 to injury has Ron Rivera hoping that fellow running back Jonathan Stewart will return from a knee injury to play Sunday against visiting Chicago.

Stewart sat out Week 4. If he returns against the Bears, he will do so with just 88 yards on 28 carries for the season.


Patriots' offensive line in flux
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:09 am ET) The Patriots started two rookies on the offensive line Monday for the first time since 2005. Cameron Fleming started at right guard and Bryan Stork started at center; both were fourth-round picks.

Dan Connolly started the first three games at center before starting at left guard against the Chiefs. The shuffling continued throughout the blowout loss as New England sought to find a combination that could protect Tom Brady. Left tackle Nate Solder was beaten badly on Tamba Hali's strip-sack in the third quarter, then got benched for Marcus Cannon.


Demetrius McCray poised to get second start
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:54 am ET) Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray will start against the Steelers if starter Dwayne Gratz sits as expected, reports the Florida Times-Union. Gratz suffered a concussion in the Week 4 loss to the Chargers.

A seventh-round pick in 2013, McCray started one game last season. He has played in every game since entering the league, recording 17 tackles and two passes defended.


DeAngelo Williams wearing hard cast on his ankle
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:37 am ET) Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is wearing a hard cast on his ankle, reports the Charlotte Observer. Williams said he suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 4 loss to the Ravens. He's expected to miss a few weeks.

Texans cut Ronnie Brown, sign Jumal Rolle
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:30 am ET) The Texans released running back Ronnie Brown and signed cornerback Jumal Rolle off the Packers' practice squad, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Eagles add Jake Knott to practice squad
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:28 am ET) The Eagles signed linebacker Jake Knott to their practice squad. He played in 12 games for the team last season, then was suspended for the first four games this year for violating the league's PED policy.

No surgery planned for Josh McCown
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9:10 am ET) As of now, Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown is not planning to have surgery on his injured thumb, reports the Tampa Bay Times. McCown's thumb is improving but he's not expected to play this week, the report said.

Tampa Bay likely will go with Mike Glennon against the Saints.


 
 
 
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