The Jaguars released Tanner Lee.
The 2018 sixth-round pick out of Nebraska should find a new team pretty soon, and this leaves Jacksonville with 2018 seventh-round pick Alex McGough and rookie sixth-round pick Gardner Minshew behind starter Nick Foles.
Josh McCown is coming out of retirement and signing a one-year deal with the Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McCown was hired by ESPN after retiring earlier this year, but injuries to Nate Sudfeld (wrist) and Cody Kessler (concussion) led to the perfect situation for a return, so he will push back his television duties for what will be his final season in 2019. The Eagles know they need a reliable backup behind Carson Wentz, and in McCown, they get a starting-caliber quarterback that won’t have any trouble learning the offense. Ideally, McCown won’t see the field this season, but this signing could mean that Sudfeld is placed on IR to free up a roster spot.
The NFL has reinstated Josh Gordon, according to ESPN.
This was fully expected to happen at some point, but it’s still a gamechanger from both a real-life and fantasy perspective. Gordon has gotten so many chances that it’s a bit ridiculous at this point, so there’s a chance he has another slip-up (potentially for the last time if the NFL doesn’t let him back in the league), but his talent level is off the charts and gives New England’s offense an obvious boost. After spending time with the Patriots last season, Gordon has an understanding of the offense and could be ready to step right into a large role as a starter—he can officially report to the team on Sunday, but he cannot play in the team’s third preseason game. The former All-Pro will likely go in the middle rounds, perhaps in the fifth-to-sixth-round range, in 2019 fantasy drafts, though he’ll carry higher risk than most players because of his past. For dynasty leagues, while there’s a chance the policy doesn’t change, keep in mind that Gordon would be in good shape long-term if the league lightens up on its marijuana ban.
Amari Cooper is dealing with a heel strain.
Cooper has been dealing with multiple injuries this summer, but they all appear to be minor. This could be a case of Cooper wanting to take it easy as he looks to secure a new long-term contract soon. You probably don’t need to downgrade Cooper on your fantasy draft board because of the injuries he’s dealt with in recent weeks. It seems unlikely we see Cooper in the preseason, though.
Cody Kessler is officially in concussion protocol.
Kessler left very early in tonight’s preseason game against the Jaguars, and the Eagles have been down to Clayton Thorson as their lone healthy quarterback. Hopefully Kessler is feeling better soon as he looks to return to the field and compete for the backup quarterback role to open the season while Nate Sudfeld recovers from a left wrist injury.
Russell Gage leaves preseason game with apparent hip injury.
Gage attempted to pull in a back-shoulder pass deep down the field and unfortunately came down wrong and appears to have been injured pretty badly. After staying on the ground for a few minutes, Gage needed a lot of help to get over to the sideline and then on a cart and into the locker room. This doesn’t look good, but hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks and Gage doesn’t miss much time with this injury.
Alfred Blue (ankle) is out for the rest of tonight’s preseason game.
Blue was initially called questionable to return, but he’s now been ruled out, which was fully expected during a preseason game. Now we just have to hope Blue’s injury doesn’t keep him out much longer than tonight. Thomas Rawls and rookie Ryquell Armstead will get more reps during Blue’s absence.
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