Golden Tate has lost an appeal of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performing-enhancing substances.
Tate wasn’t expected to win his appeal, but this news officially keeps him out for the first four games of the regular season. No. 1 receiver Sterling Shepard (thumb) should be cleared for the opener, but Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley should have a bigger role in the passing game to start the year. Tate probably doesn’t need to be drafted in redraft formats because of how many options there are at the position.
Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer wants Chris Carson to get about 50 targets this season.
There’s been a lot of talk about Carson having exceptional hands and the Seahawks wanting to use him more in the passing game, but this is relatively modest compared to other workhorse running backs (12 running backs had over 75 targets in 2018). However, Carson had just 24 targets last season, so getting into the 50-range could easily lead to double the receptions he had last year (20). Overall, Carson has obvious 300-touch potential this season, and he’s currently a major value in terms of average draft position.
Keith Smith (knee) passes his physical.
Smith had meniscus surgery and missed a couple of weeks of training camp, but he’s back and ready to practice for the Raiders. The fullback is obviously a better real-life asset for the Raiders than he is a fantasy factor.
Albert Wilson (hip) is uncertain for Week 1.
The Dolphins say they have a plan to keep increasing Wilson’s workload in practice, but it looks like it’ll be a close call for the start of the regular season. For now, Wilson doesn’t need to be drafted, but hopefully there’s a more reliable timeline on his return to full strength before most people draft after the third or fourth week of the preseason.
The Patriots waived Danny Etling.
Etling was getting time at wide receiver this summer as he looked to make the team in New England, but the Patriots are going in another direction. It hurt Etling when the Pats drafted Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Etling’s athleticism could lead to teams being interested in him at multiple positions, and it won’t be surprised if multiple teams put in waivers claims on him.
The Bears have waived Emanuel Hall.
The undrafted rookie will now hit waivers, and he shouldn’t have much trouble signing with a new team if he goes unclaimed. The Missouri product has the speed to stretch the field and take the top off defenses.
Colts owner Jim Irsay says Andrew Luck is dealing with a bone issue in his calf.
Irsay was on SiriusXM NFL Radio says Luck is dealing with a “small little bone” issue that has nothing to do with his Achilles, adding: “But I really feel very confident that he’s going to find his way through this thing.” It truly sounds like Luck’s injury isn’t thought to be something that will affect his Achilles, but the mystery around the situation remains a concern. Luck has been dealing with the calf issue since the spring, and there doesn’t seem to be a timetable for his return—just hope from both the player and the team that he’s ready for the start of the season. Perhaps Irsay’s comments will lead to more questions and us getting more answers regarding the exact injury Luck is thought to be dealing with.
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