Thu Aug 15 4:21pm ET
By The Associated Press
Players: Frank Gore, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Eli Manning, Cam Newton, LeSean McCoy, Golden Tate, Cole Beasley, John Brown, Trey Burton, Jameis Winston, Devin Funchess, Mitch Trubisky, Curtis Samuel, Kaare Vedvik, Josh Allen, Preston Williams, D.J. Moore, Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold, Eddy Pineiro, Devin Singletary
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton jokes with a player during an NFL football training camp with the Buffalo Bills in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy encourages his team during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passes against the Buffalo Bills during an NFL football training camp in Spartanburg, S.C., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Chicago Bears congratulate kicker Elliott Fry (8) after he made a field goal during the first half of the team's NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Black )
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton passes during an NFL football training camp with the Buffalo Bills in Spartanburg, S.C., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Cam Newton is expected to see his first game action since Dec. 17 when the Carolina Panthers host the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.
Newton, the league MVP in 2015, missed the final two games of last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in January. He and Carolina's other starters did not play in the first preseason game against the Bears.
Wide receiver Curtis Samuel was the star of training camp for the Panthers. His speed, quickness and ability to create separation are quickly turning him into Newton's favorite offensive option. Samuel will step into a starting role in his third NFL season and play alongside D.J. Moore after the Panthers let Devin Funchess leave in free agency.
Panthers rookie first-round draft pick Brian Burns had two sacks against the Bears and has looked dominant in Carolina's 3-4 defense. However, Burns tweaked his ankle Tuesday in a joint practice with the Bills. He tried to practice Wednesday, but couldn't. Burns said he plans to play against Buffalo, but it's possible coach Ron Rivera will err on the side of caution and keep Burns out.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen gets an opportunity to carry over what was an encouraging performance during two days of practices with the Panthers.
Aside from continuing to develop rapport with new receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown, Allen took time to get advice from Panthers star linebacker Luke Kuechly on how he defended against certain plays.
Running back LeSean McCoy is expected to make his preseason debut after fellow veteran Frank Gore started in Buffalo's preseason-opening win over Indianapolis. And there will also be focus placed on rookie running back Devin Singletary to see if he can build on the production - 27 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving - he had against the Colts.
BEARS AT GIANTS
Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones gets another chance to impress in the teams' first preseason matchup since 2012.
Jones was 5 for 5 for 67 yards and a TD pass in last week's preseason opener against the Jets.
Jones and Eli Manning and both played one series. Both should see more action against Chicago in the Giants' first game since the suspension of wide receiver Golden Tate was announced Tuesday.
The Giants' defense struggled as Sam Darnold drove the Jets right down the field on the opening possession.
Bears coach Matt Nagy continues to keep quiet on how much the starters will play, but all indications are little or not at all even if they're obviously tired of hitting each other and want to hit someone else.
They went through a two-hour-plus mock game Wednesday night, complete with pumped-in stadium noise, light hitting, a clock and starters facing backups. Kyle Long got into a fight, removed the helmet of rookie defensive lineman Jalen Dalton and began swinging it at defenders before being sent to the bench for the night. It was their third straight practice with a fight of some sort.
Starting tight end Trey Burton returned to play in the simulated game after a week and a half away while recovering from hernia surgery, but left guard Cody Whitehair injured a finger and left the practice. So, seeing any starters after a practice so long and intense would seem unlikely.
Mitchell Trubisky and the starting offense played only three snaps and handed off three times in last week's preseason opener, a 23-13 loss to Carolina.
The kicking competition between Eddy Pineiro and Elliott Fry continues after the Bears reportedly failed in a bid to trade with Baltimore for Kaare Vedvik, who was dealt to Minnesota.
DOLPHINS AT BUCCANEERS
Ryan Fitzpatrick, battling with Rosen for the Dolphins' starting quarterback job, will face the team for which he played the last two seasons.
Fitzpatrick is expected to start, but Rosen may also get some snaps with the first team. First-year coach Brian Flores this week declined to say who is leading the competition.
Flores will likely take another long look at undrafted rookie receiver Preston Williams, who had a breakout performance in the first exhibition game with four catches for 97 yards.
Also expected to see significant action are rookie guards Michael Deiter and Shaq Calhoun, both competing for starting jobs, and rookie defensive ends Jonathan Ledbetter and Dewayne Hendrix, who both won praise for their play in the first game.
The Buccaneers' regulars, including quarterback Jameis Winston, played one series in last week's preseason opener at Pittsburgh.
They probably won't play as much as they might normally in a second preseason game because the Bucs and Dolphins held a pair of joint practices this week.
''With as much (practice against Miami) as our 1s are getting ... I don't think it's necessary probably to play them much in the ballgame, maybe a few more plays than last week,'' coach Bruce Arians said. ''If things go as well as they did early offensively, it'll probably be the same. Defensively, the same, just because of the work we're getting this week. If we weren't working together this week, we'd probably play 20 or 25 plays.''
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had an up-and-down game on Sunday night against the Eagles. Despite throwing for 320 yards and three touchdowns, the veteran also tossed three picks that nearly led to Atlantas second loss of the season. Nonetheless, Ryan was able to shine when it counted most and connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. With five touchdowns and five interceptions on the year, Ryan will look to get on track against the Colts in Week 3. Keep him starting.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown pulled in seven of his eight targets for 72 yards in the win over the Giants. For the second week in a row, Brown led the team in looks from quarterback Josh Allen. He should be on the radar in all fantasy leagues, regardless of format, as Brown and No. 2 wideout Cole Beasley will likely continue to gobble up most of the teams receptions. Look for him to keep it going against the Bengals in Week 3.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley hauled in all four of his targets for 83 yards during the win over the Giants on Sunday. It was another relatively productive outing for Beasley, who has served as quarterback Josh Allens No. 2 receiving option behind John Brown by compiling nine receptions (13 targets) over the first two games of the season. With Robert Foster being a non-factor so far in 2019, look for the former Cowboy to continue to get his looks in the weeks ahead.
Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore was the teams leading rusher during the Week 2 win over the Giants. While Devin Singletary got some touches, finishing with six runs for 57 yards and a touchdown, the 36-year-old also left a favorable impression by logging 19 carries for 68 yards and a score of his own. With Singletary injuring his hamstring in the fourth quarter, Gores fantasy stock could rise in the weeks ahead if the rookie isnt able to suit up. Keep an eye on this situation as Gore, along with T.J. Yeldon, could get some extra work in Week 3 against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was productive during the Week 2 win over the Giants. Allen was efficient across the board on Sunday, throwing for 253 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 21 yards and a score on seven attempts. The sophomore has been impactful during his tenure in Buffalo and became the first Bill since Jim Kelly to throw for at least 200 yards in seven straight games. If Allen is available in your league, the upside is there, especially if you are in need of a signal-caller in deep, two-quarterback formats.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf kept the good times rolling in Week 2 as he juggled and grasped his first NFL touchdown. With a beautiful pass dropped right in on his hands as he faded towards the back corner of the end zone, Metcalf made it exciting by bobbling the ball twice before securing it and getting both feet in-bounds. Metcalf has been a bit of a revelation earlier after everyone was positive he was just a workout warrior who wouldn't be able to cut it as a receiver in the league. It's certainly still early, but it looks like he might have the goods to be a solid No. 2.
Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers officially missed his first field goal attempt of the season on Sunday, but it was a 58-yarder, so no one's too upset. Myers did knock down a 46-yard kick in the second quarter, but it was negated by a penalty on Pittsburgh and later turned into a touchdown a couple plays later. Myers remained perfect on extra points, and he looks like he's still in fine form. Myers should be get plenty of field goal opportunities as the season rolls along, but for the team certainly won't be upset if he gets to pound through extra points at a nice clip too.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly had a big day on Sunday as he brought down a pair of touchdowns against the Steelers. The second-year player generated some excitement last season before he went down with an injury, and he's already been on a couple injury reports this year but this is his potential. Dissly's catches were both on easy straight shots right up the middle of the field, and they looked a whole lot like the types of plays fans always thought would head to Jimmy Graham when he was wearing a Seahawks jersey. If Dissly can establish himself as a solid red zone option, he could see a lot of action for Seattle. He'll need to stay healthy first though.
The Seattle Seahawks were sitting pretty with a nine-point lead and less than six minutes left in the game when running back Chris Carson dropped the ball. Literally. With everyone in the stadium knowing that Seattle was just going to run out the clock, Carson simply missed grabbing the ball on a straight handoff when it was placed right in his gut. To make matters worse, the drop happened on the team's six yard-line. Pittsburgh recovered, scored on the next play, and Seattle fans chewed their nails as the team barely hung on to the win. This was Carson's second lost fumble of the game (though it was credited to Wilson, it was completely Carson's fault), and it's his third of the year. This is not a good trend.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett got a bit of attention last week after he was only targeted twice in the squeaked out win against the Bengals, but this should clear up that concern. Unfortunately, Lockett wasn't able to reach the end zone on any of the catches, but 10 catches on 12 targets should certainly remind everyone that Lockett's still one of Wilson's most dependable and favorite targets. The addition of D.K. Metcalf has obviously gone well so far, but Lockett is still the team's safety blanket when they really need that critical first down. He should still see plenty of chances and scores this year.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 300 yards on Sunday, hitting the number for just the second time in the last two years. Wilson completed a whopping 82% of his passes, spread the ball around to eight different receivers, tacked on 22 yards rushing including a couple critical runs in the fourth quarter, and even acted as the lead blocker on a touchdown. Wilson continues to be dependable and deadly accurate, like his drop in the bucket on D.K. Metcalf's touchdown catch, and he's well on his way to another strong season. Seattle's offense is always an adventure, but Wilson looks as solid as ever at the helm.
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny may not get a ton of playing time, but he's certainly got his teammates on his side. Penny changed direction on a run and bounced it all the way to the other side of the line halfway through the third quarter. None other than Russell Wilson himself happened to be the only possible blocker hanging on that end of the line, so Wilson laid the wood as Penny scampered through the secondary and scored from 37 yards out. Penny tallied 25 more rushing yards on nine more carries, which wasn't terribly impressive, but he'll at least show up on highlight shows for being the lucky recipient of an elite QB clearing a path for him.
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward was able to land his first interception of the season on Sunday as he snatched a deep pass to end Detroit's first offensive possession of the second half. The good news was that the defense held the Lions to just 13 points, but there were some serious struggles. Detroit was without their starting left tackle, but LA recorded just one QB knockdown all game and was held without a sack. They also lost safety Adrian Phillips to what is believed to be a broken forearm, adding another injury to the ever-growing pile. The Chargers will need to seriously improve their pressure if they expect to beat teams with better offenses than the Lions.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers still threw for nearly 300 yards, but it was far from a strong performance. Rivers didn't throw for any touchdowns, and he got picked off on the team's final offensive play of the game, when he tried to force a pass into double coverage from 28 yards out. Rivers only completed 58% of his throws on the day, but fantasy owners shouldn't be terribly concerned just yet. He still has a host of weapons, he still puts up 300-yard days on the regular, and he's known to throw a few clunkers like this throughout a year. Don't be surprised if he tosses three TDs next week.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams was a last-minute start due to a knee issue, but he played like it was no big deal. Williams hauled in three passes for 83 yards, and he told reporters after the game that he felt the injury was minor, would improve throughout the season, and wouldn't have to be managed. Williams is one of those No. 2 receivers that could be a solid No. 1 if given the shot, but the connection between Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen is untouchable. Williams will likely see some chances in the red zone throughout the season, but with the Chargers' bevy of offensive weapons, he's always going to be hit-or-miss from game to game.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen was a living embodiment of the team's close loss to the Lions on Sunday as he came oh-so-close to putting up big numbers for fantasy owners but fell just short. Allen finished the day with eight catches for 98 yards, including a grab on the team's first drive that left them on the two-yard line, a missed catch due to pass interference in the end zone in the third quarter, and a missed catch that was intercepted in the end zone at the end of the game. Allen is still clearly the man on the outside, and he's going to put up some huge numbers this year. Frustrating ones like this will happen though.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson liked his performance so much in Week 1 that he decided to make a carbon copy of it in Week 2. Jackson rushed for 57 yards on six carries last week, and against the Lions on Sunday, he ran for 59 yards on seven carries. He also caught one pass for five yards after catching one pass for four yards in Week 1. Jackson has taken a clear back seat to Austin Ekeler, who has been one of the top performers in the entire league in the first two weeks, but Jackson has also recorded a run of 24 yards in Week 1 and 40 yards in Week 2. Anybody who can break off chunks like that is going to have a few go to the house.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk hauled in six grabs for 114 yards in the Week 2 loss against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday. He was targeted eight times in the game with his longest reception coming in at 34 yards. He'll have a tough draw next week against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are one of the better teams at defending the position and have yielded just one touchdown to receivers. Kirk will still be worth the WR3 start as quarterback Kyler Murray continues to impress.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was 25-for-40 for 349 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The 62.5 percent completion percentage was a step forward after completing just 53.7 percent of his passes in his first game. He rushed just three times for four yards, and he has just 17 yards rushing on the season. That aspect of his game has not developed yet, but he has thrown for more than 300 yards in both of his first two games. Murray has a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. The Panthers are one of the best at defending the quarterback in fantasy. Murray is still worth a look if you're covering an injury, but he's best as a QB2 for now.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had five catches for 104 yards in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. More than half of that came on a 54-yard reception, though. He was targeted 11 times, which was the most of any Cardinals receiver. He might not have as much upside against the tough Carolina Panthers next week. However, he's still a decent WR3 in point-per-reception leagues.