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Charissa Thompson to host Amazon Prime Video TNF coverage

Tue Jun 28 2:46pm ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) Prime Video is turning to an experienced host for its coverage of ''Thursday Night Football''.

Amazon announced Tuesday that Charissa Thompson will host the pregame, halftime and postgame coverage for its first season as the exclusive home of the primetime package.

Thompson will also continue to host Sunday's Fox ''NFL Kickoff,'' which she has done for the past three seasons.

''Charissa's infectious enthusiasm, quick wit, and strong NFL credentials make her perfectly suited for this role. We look forward to seeing her elevate conversations and connecting with viewers every Thursday night,'' said Jared Stacy, Prime Video's director of Global Live Sports Production.

Thompson worked with Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez the past three years at Fox. Prime Video has also hired recently retired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman as studio analysts. Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will be the game announcers.

Prime Video will carry a preseason game when San Francisco faces Houston on Aug. 25. Its first Thursday night regular-season game comes on Sept. 15 when Kansas City hosts the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Kyle Trask Aug 14 1:20pm ET
Kyle Trask

Buccaneers' second-year quarterback Kyle Trask looked solid in Saturday's 26-24 preseason loss to the Dolphins. He completed 25 of his 33 passes for 258 yards, adding one touchdown and one interception. Trask even led the Bucs on a potential game-winning drive that unfortunately ended in a missed field goal. With Tom Brady returning for yet another season, Trask will not be an option in 2022 redraft leagues, but he is worth a stash in dynasty formats as the prospective future starter in Tampa Bay.

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Rachaad White Aug 14 1:10pm ET
Rachaad White

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White turned seven carries into 32 yards and added two receptions for 13 yards during the preseason bout against Miami. He was also involved on special teams, returning two kicks for 43 yards. Although he ran behind Giovani Bernard and Ke'Shawn Vaughn, he was the most efficient of the three. The rookie profiles as a skilled receiving back and has been a standout in training camp, where he has been getting some reps with the first-team offense. He could see the field in 2022 if he continues to impress and may be worth a late-round flier in redraft fantasy leagues.

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Ke'Shawn Vaughn Aug 14 1:10pm ET
Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn handled 10 carries for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason loss to the Dolphins. He also added two receptions for 22 yards. Vaughn led the team in carries but failed to make an impact on the ground outside of the one-yard score. Leonard Fournette should continue to be a three-down back this season, but the Bucs also added Rachaad White in the third round of the 2022 draft, and pass-catching specialist Giovani Bernard is still on the roster. In this crowded backfield, it's hard to imagine Vaughn becoming fantasy-relevant at any point this season.

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Blaine Gabbert Aug 14 1:10pm ET
Blaine Gabbert

Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert got the start in the team's preseason opener against the Dolphins. He completed all five of his passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Gabbert and second-year player Kyle Trask will continue to compete for the QB2 job behind Tom Brady. Trask shined on Saturday as well, but it's plausible that the Bucs rely on Gabbert's 11 years of experience if Brady were to miss any time this season. Brady has not missed a single game due to injury since 2008, however, so neither Gabbert nor Trask is expected to make a fantasy impact this season.

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Daniel Jones Aug 14 1:00pm ET
Daniel Jones

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had a rough go finding success during Sunday's practice, per observers. The signal caller is reported to have gone 6-for-20 through the air, including tossing an interception. While Kadarius Toney (leg, knee) was unavailable, Jones still struggled to get the ball out to his playmakers. The 25-year-old kicked off his preseason with a 6-for-10 passing performance in a win over New England, having thrown for 69 yards, while incurring a sack. The upcoming year is likely an inflection point for Jones and the Giants, after the first-round pick threw for just 10 passing touchdowns across 11 games last season. He is likely on the outside-looking of being a QB1 in the vast majority of fantasy formats.

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Zach Wilson Aug 14 1:00pm ET
Zach Wilson

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) is set to have surgery on his partially torn meniscus Tuesday, per Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Wilson sustained the injury -- along with a bone bruise -- during the team's preseason opener against the Eagles. The expectation within New York is that the signal caller avoided a serious long-term injury. While Wilson has initially received a two-to-four week recovery diagnosis, it's always possible that could change coming out of surgery. For now, the Jets appear content to move forward with Joe Flacco as their starting quarterback, which would set up a Week 1 rematch with the organization that the veteran took to the Super Bowl a decade ago. Wilson was likely already facing a muddled path to fantasy consideration in most fantasy formats, but managers will want to check back post-surgery to get a clearer picture of his anticipated return.

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Tyler Johnson Aug 14 1:00pm ET
Tyler Johnson

Third-year receiver Tyler Johnson put on a show in Tampa Bay's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins, turning seven targets into six receptions for 73 yards. Johnson made a few excellent catches, and this performance validates the positive reports on him out of training camp. The wide receiver room in Tampa Bay is undeniably loaded, but injuries loom over the team's projected top three targets. Chris Godwin's (knee) timetable is still uncertain following an ACL tear, Mike Evans (hamstring) is nursing a minor hamstring injury, and Russell Gage (leg) suffered an injury of his own recently. The Buccaneers brought in a healthy Julio Jones, but a hamstring injury has plagued him in each of his past two seasons. Johnson, who has previously flashed in limited opportunities, is not currently worth a look in 2022 fantasy drafts. However, he could be a name to monitor if any of the Bucs' receivers miss time to start the season.

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Joe Burrow Aug 14 12:50pm ET
Joe Burrow

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (appendectomy) is back in action at practice Sunday for the first time since undergoing an appendectomy in July. Despite continuously not having a timetable for his return, it appears the Bengals will have their signal caller back with ample time to ramp up before Week 1 of the regular season against Pittsburgh. Presumed backup Brandon Allen went 3-for-3 during Cincinnati's preseason opener vs. the Cardinals, with Jake Browning and Drew Plitt garnering significant snaps in Burrow's absence as well. On the heels of a breakout 2021 campaign that saw the 25-year-old Burrow both lead the league in completion percentage (70.4%) and take his team to the Super Bowl, the offensive weapons that the Bengals have assembled figure to make the young quarterback a popular choice among top fantasy targets.

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Miles Sanders Aug 14 12:20pm ET
Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles running backs Miles Sanders (leg) and Boston Scott (concussion) were held out of practice Sunday due to respective ailments. The move seems precautionary in Sanders' case, as the team's expected lead back hauled in two receptions for 20 yards during Friday's preseason opener against the Jets. Scott has been dealing with a concussion for over a week. Kenneth Gainwell likely would step into a larger role if both players are sidelined for any period of time, although Jason Huntley led Philly with 16 carries in Week 1 of the preseason. Sanders amassed 754 yards on the ground last season, but he did not manage to find the end zone. Scott, conversely, was the red zone bell cow, racking up seven rushing scores despite receiving just 87 rushing attempts all year.

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Royce Freeman Aug 14 10:40am ET
Royce Freeman

It's not usually a good sign for a player's regular season value if they're playing a lot in the first preseason game. Houston Texans running back Royce Freeman is the latest example of that, as he touched the football 15 times in Sunday's win over the Saints. He finished with 25 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards. Seeing Freeman on the field as much as he was suggests that he's the No. 4 running back at best for the Texans and therefore shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar at this point.

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Davis Mills Aug 14 10:40am ET
Davis Mills

Houston Texans starting quarterback Davis Mills led two drives for the Texans in Saturday's preseason opener against the Saints. Both drives were three-and-outs. Mills completed all three of his pass attempts, but only for 14 yards. It wasn't a particularly encouraging first showing of the season for Mills, but he's still set to be Houston's starter this year and shouldn't face any pressure from Jeff Driskel, who threw three interceptions on Saturday. As far as fantasy goes, Mills projects to be a low-end QB2 at best based on the makeup of this offense.

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Dameon Pierce Aug 14 10:30am ET
Dameon Pierce

Houston Texans rookie running back Dameon Pierce ran the ball five times in the team's preseason win over the Saints, finishing with 49 yards. Preseason is obviously tough to judge, but seeing Pierce average 9.8 yards per carry while Marlon Mack averaged just 2.0 seems like a good sign for Pierce in the race to be Houston's No. 1 running back. While running backs on teams like the Texans tend to be fairly boom-or-bust because of how often the team is playing from behind, Pierce is looking like an intriguing fantasy sleeper right now.

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Brandon McManus Aug 14 9:00am ET
Brandon McManus

Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus went 2-for-2 on extra points during Saturday's preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He also converted his lone field goal attempt. The 31-year-old has been one of the NFL's more reliable kickers, so it comes as no surprise that the Broncos did not entertain any competition for McManus this offseason. He finished as the K17 last year, connecting on 26 of 31 field goals and 33 of 34 extra points. He is generally reliable and plays half his games in the high altitude of Denver, so he's worth rostering in most leagues.

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Carson Wentz Aug 14 8:50am ET
Carson Wentz

Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz completed 10-of-13 passes for 74 yards with no turnovers in Saturday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. The newly acquired quarterback kept most passes close to the line of scrimmage while spreading targets around to multiple receivers. Before his substitution, Wentz led a 14-play, 82-yard drive to give the Commanders their first touchdown. While decision-making has been an issue for the former No.2 overall pick as of late, this performance provides some hope for what he has to offer in his seventh NFL season. Wentz is a borderline QB2 and is mainly an option in superflex league formats.

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Kendall Hinton Aug 14 8:50am ET
Kendall Hinton

Denver Broncos wide receiver Kendall Hinton hauled in three of four targets for 53 yards during Saturday's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. His best play was a gorgeous 24-yard touchdown reception in which Josh Johnson placed the football perfectly and Hinton tracked it well before catching it in the end zone. The 25-year-old Wake Forest product is expected to make the roster in 2022, filling a special teams role while offering depth at wide receiver in the wake of Tim Patrick's ACL tear. Last year, he hauled in 15 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown.

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Seth Williams Aug 14 8:50am ET
Seth Williams

Denver Broncos wide receiver Seth Williams turned four targets into four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Williams spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad, though he did appear in two games, hauling in his lone target for a 34-yard catch. He is competing for a roster spot as training camp continues and hopes to offer depth to a unit that recently lost Tim Patrick (ACL).

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Bryce Perkins Aug 14 8:40am ET
Bryce Perkins

Los Angeles Rams quarterbackBryce Perkinscompleted 10-of-17 passes for 133 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Rams' 29-22 preseason win over the Los Angeles Chargers. He added 39 yards on the ground on eight rush attempts for one touchdown. Perkins, who is third on the depth chart behind John Wolford and Matthew Stafford, started and played the whole game. In 2021, Perkins also played the entirety of the final two preseason games. The Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2020 after setting the career University of Virginia record for total offense. While he spent most of 2020 and 2021 on the practice squad, Perkins will suit up as the backup if Stafford's shoulder injury causes him to miss games.

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Josh Johnson Aug 14 8:40am ET
Josh Johnson

Denver Broncos quarterback Josh Johnson completed 16 of 23 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns during Saturday's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. He also rushed for three yards. Johnson is competing to be the Broncos' backup quarterback and has now played for 15 NFL teams in 13 years, not to mention his time in the UFL, AAF, and XFL. The 36-year-old appeared in four games for the Ravens last season, completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 639 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. Even if he wins a roster spot, he has no fantasy relevance.

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Brett Rypien Aug 14 8:40am ET
Brett Rypien

Denver Broncos quarterback Brett Rypien completed just eight of 18 pass attempts for 113 yards during Saturday's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Josh Johnson played the first half while Rypien handled the second half. The 26-year-old hasn't seen meaningful snaps since 2020, when he completed 27 of 40 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions.

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Jake Funk Aug 14 8:30am ET
Jake Funk

Los Angeles Rams running backJake Funkrushed for 16 yards on six carries in Saturday's 29-22 preseason victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. He also caught one pass for ten yards on two targets. Funk, who is third on the depth chart, was the starter at running back and left the game after two drives. He finished with fewer carries and yards than fellow running backsRaymond Calaisand A.J. Rose but more thanTrey Ragas. With Rams head coach Sean McVay typically keeping his starters off the field during preseason, Funk will have more opportunities in the next two preseason games against the Texans and Bengals.

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