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Bengals guard Clint Boling retires after 8 seasons

Mon Jul 15 1:38pm ET
By The Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals left guard Clint Boling retired Monday after eight seasons in the NFL, citing medical concerns. The club posted that he has been dealing with a blood clot.

Boling was the Bengals' most dependable offensive lineman, playing every snap last season. He started all 16 games five times during his career, including each of the last two. Boling was a fourth-round pick in 2011.

His retirement is another setback to a line in flux. The Bengals drafted left tackle Jonah Williams with the 11th overall pick, but he suffered a shoulder injury during a workout, requiring surgery that will sideline him for the season. The Bengals signed guard John Miller from Buffalo in the offseason and drafted guard Michael Jordan from Ohio State.

Player Notes
Bruce Arians Aug 24 2:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was scrambling for his life most of the night in the preseason game against the Browns on Friday, but he managed to continue building chemistry with wide receiver Chris Godwin, hooking up with him four times for 52 yards. Winston finished 9-for-19 for 88 yards and a 60.9 passer rating. He scrambled well and didn't make bad decisions or risky throws, which is what he needs to cut out of his game in a contract year. Winston has all the things in place to have his best season to date in head coach Bruce Arians' offense, making him a low-end QB1/high-end backup for fantasy owners. Godwin should see heavy targets as well, making him a popular breakout candidate in 2019.

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Blaine Gabbert Aug 24 2:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the preseason game on Friday night against the Browns, according to head coach Bruce Arians. It's unknown if Gabbert will need surgery. The quarterback was 4-for-5 for 33 yards before leaving the game. Ryan Griffin stepped in for Gabbert and will likely be Jameis Winston's backup as we head into the regular season. Rookie quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Jarrad Davis Aug 24 2:10pm ET

Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter of Friday's preseason game against the Bills. He was carried off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room. He'll undergo an MRI exam on Saturday. Center Frank Ragnow (leg) was also taken to the locker room in the second quarter after suffering a right leg injury. Davis, 24, would be a big loss for Detroit's interior defense, as he's had over 90 tackles each of his first two seasons, including six sacks in 16 games in 2018. Ragnow's injury could make life more difficult for the Lions offensive line heading into the regular season.

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Derek Carr Aug 24 2:00pm ET

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is possibly in the best situation of his career heading into the 2019 regular season. With an improved offensive line, a brand new pass-catching corps which includes Antonio Brown, and a first-round rookie running back to hand the ball off to, Carr has the recipe to break out this season. The 28-year-old is also making strides in his second year under head coach Jon Gruden and his system. He's looked much more comfortable in year two, and has shown more assertiveness in his throws with the playmakers around him who can help aid his fantasy ceiling. Carr is a solid late-round QB2 to target in two-quarterback leagues and may find value in certain matchups in single-quarterback leagues throughout the season.

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Jack Doyle Aug 24 1:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (hip) spent the offseason recovering from a hip injury that cut his 2018 season short. He's played with the starters sparingly thus far, as he's registered just 13 snaps, and those may be the last preseason snaps that we see of him. He has looked good when he was out there, and his focus is now on maintaining his health for the regular season. Currently going in the 13th round, Doyle remains a sneaky option as a backup tight end to give you good production throughout the year.

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Hunter Renfrow Aug 24 1:40pm ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is poised for an impactful rookie season with the Silver and Black in 2019. As the starting slot receiver, Renfrow will provide another set of reliable hands for short yardage passes while the defense focuses their attention primarily on Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. The Clemson product was renowned for his catching prowess at the college level and has carried it over to the NFL so far through his first preseason. Quarterback Derek Carr and head coach Jon Gruden have both praised Renfrow for his sneaky ability to get open and haul in anything thrown his way. Until we see how significant his role will actually be in this offense he remains a dynasty stash, but could find value in PPR redraft leagues as the season progresses.

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Frank Reich Aug 24 1:40pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is likely out until the start of the season. Head coach Frank Reich stated that it would be unlikely to see any starters during the team's Week 3 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Hilton has not played any snaps during the team's first two preseason games, and he doesn't appear slated to play any this week. The strategy of keeping your best player's healthy when you can is usually the right decision. As he's not battling any injuries, this isn't an issue to be worried about as he will play when the games count.

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Jacoby Brissett Aug 24 1:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is slated to start during the regular season if quarterback Andrew Luck (ankle) is unable to go. With that in mind, head coach Frank Reich stated that Brissett would not be playing during the team's Week 3 preseason matchup vs the Chicago Bears. Brissett is the team's starter until Luck is able to return, and they want to keep him healthy as much as they can.

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Deon Yelder Aug 24 12:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Deon Yelder (ankle) is likely going to be sidelined for the rest of the preseason. He suffered an ankle injury, so the Chiefs are likely going to be cautious here. He was expected to be the No. 2 tight end behind Travis Kelce, but his status for Week 1 is up in the air. Yelder had four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown in two preseason games. Blake Bell is going to be the second tight end in Kansas City with Yelder sidelined. Both players are having solid camps, so it's tough to pick between them. Neither will have great fantasy value behind Kelce.

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Josh Jacobs Aug 24 10:10am ET

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs hasn't stolen many headlines this preseason, but he's proving he belongs on an NFL field. The first-round rookie had a flashy showing on one Week 2 drive, showing great vision and explosion through the line as he picked up 21 yards on four carries. The Raiders drafted Jacobs in hopes of him becoming an every-down back, and he's shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with prowess as well as a good blocking ability during camp. How his role will play out during the season remains to be seen as Jalen Richard and his 68 catches from a year ago are still on the squad to take on the third down role. Jacobs may gradually work his way into the passing game more as the season progresses, but as of now, he remains a correctly priced RB2 in fantasy drafts.

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Darren Waller Aug 24 10:00am ET

Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller hasn't stopped receiving praise from the coaching staff since OTA's in June as he continues to impress in the preseason. The rest of the football world also took notice in the latest episode of "Hard Knocks" which highlighted some of the 27-year-olds grabs as well as a surge of compliments from players and staff. As a former receiver in college, Waller has the potential to shine as a pass-catcher this season, filling in the void left by Jared Cook this offseason. The 6'6" 255 pounder won't see the immense volume left behind by Cook, but could turn into a valuable weapon as one of the team's top red zone threats and a reliable set of hands to throw to on third down. Waller's stock is only going up, but his stock remains in the late-rounds of drafts as a flier at fantasy's thinnest position.

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Tyrell Williams Aug 24 9:40am ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams is flying under the radar not only on fantasy draft boards, but on his own team. Among the new players on the offense this season, Williams hasn't received as much praise from the coaching staff as other route-runners (i.e. Hunter Renfrow, Darren Waller), which is excellent news for his draft-day cost. The 27-year-old has still shown his knack for making big plays during training camp and made a spectacular catch in his only glimpse of action in preseason Week 2. Lining up on the opposite side of the field as Antonio Brown will also pay dividends with the defensive attention focused on number 84. Williams has averaged over 813 yards and five touchdowns per year over the last three season with the Chargers and could eclipse these marks in 2019 being the bona fide number two option in the passing game. He could become a steal at his current price tag in the early double-digit rounds.

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Cole Beasley Aug 24 8:10am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley had a game to forget on Friday. He only had one catch in the game, a 14-yard reception that resulted in a lost fumble. He was targeted just one other time in the game. Beasley figures to get a good amount of targets this season from quarterback Josh Allen as the two have reportedly developed a strong connection this offseason. However, the Bills' offense is still very much a work in progress. In PPR leagues, he's a fine late-round target, but in non-PPR formats, he can be left undrafted.

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Zay Jones Aug 24 8:00am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones had his strongest outing of the preseason on Friday, catching three of four targets for 46 yards. He was second on the team in receiving yards behind running back T.J. Yeldon and tied for the team lead in receptions. Jones should get a good deal of work this year as the team's #2 outside receiver next to John Brown. However, the Bills don't figure to have too formidable of an offense and slot receiver Cole Beasley is likely to take a good chunk of targets away from Jones as well. Jones can remain undrafted in all standard fantasy leagues.

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John Brown Aug 24 7:50am ET

Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown had two nice long gains in Friday's preseason game, an 18-yard catch and a 17-yard catch. He was only targeted three times in the game, finishing with two catches for 35 yards. He was the team's third-leading receiver behind T.J. Yeldon and Zay Jones. Brown has had a strong first offseason with the Bills and has cemented his place as the team's top receiver. He's a fantastic late-round target in fantasy drafts as top receivers are hard to come by once the first 40-or-so receivers are off the board.

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Frank Gore Aug 24 7:50am ET

Veteran Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore put on a bit of a show Friday, carrying the ball eight times for 57 yards, highlighted by a 27-yard gain in the second quarter. He was the Bills' top rusher in the game, slightly outperforming fellow veteran LeSean McCoy, who had six carries for 37 yards. Gore looks to be the clear #2 running back in Buffalo behind McCoy and ahead of Devin Singletary right now, but he's not the most enticing fantasy target given the crowded backfield and the fact that the Bills likely won't carry too many fantasy assets this year.

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Josh Allen Aug 24 7:40am ET

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the entire first half of Friday's preseason game against the Lions and completed three of six passes for 49 yards and also added 17 rushing yards on two attempts. The Bills went with a run-heavy attack in the first half, but opened things up a bit more in the second half when Matt Barkley threw for 142 yards. This was Allen's lowest passing output of the preseason so far, but there's not much to make of it. Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy got their most extended work so far so it's likely that head coach Greg McDermott just wanted to prioritize other things during the game. Allen remains a solid late-round sleeper to target in fantasy drafts, especially enticing in two-quarterback leagues.

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LeSean McCoy Aug 24 7:30am ET

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a strong game in the team's third preseason game on Friday, rushing the ball six times for 37 yards, good for 6.2 yards per carry. McCoy sat out the Bills' first preseason game and only rushed for six yards in the team's second preseason game, so it was nice to see an effective outing from him this week. However, he was somewhat upstaged by fellow veteran Frank Gore, who rushed eight times for 57 yards in the game. McCoy is a fine running back to target after the first twenty-or-so running backs are off the board, but he's in a crowded backfield with Gore and promising rookie Devin Singletary and of course father time is working against the 31-year-old as well.

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Devin Singletary Aug 24 7:30am ET

Buffalo Bills rookie running back Devin Singletary only had one touch in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, but he made the most of it. Singletary scored a nine-yard rushing touchdown to help the Bills defeat the Lions 24-20. Frank Gore, LeSean McCoy and Marcus Murphy got the bulk of the carries in the game, with 21 combined. Murphy of course doesn't pose much of a playing time threat to Singletary, but seeing Gore and McCoy get eight and six carries, respectively, isn't too promising for Singletary's early season outlook. Singletary is a great late-round sleeper, but this game may have been a reminder that it's going to take a few weeks before he's able to break through and earn the playing time needed to deliver on his potential.

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Saquon Barkley Aug 24 5:50am ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (rest) did not play during the team's Week 3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. With Barkley held out, the team got a chance to see running backs Wayne Gallman, who finished with 31 yards on eight carries, in addition to Jonathan Hilliman and Rod Smith, who each had a touchdown. The sophomore back will likely sit for the remainder of the preseason but is expected to continue to be selected within the first two picks in fantasy drafts regardless if he suits up next Thursday against the Pats in the team's last matchup before the regular season.

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