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Gase: Bell won't make Jets debut until regular season

Sun Aug 18 10:48pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Sam Darnold

In this July 25, 2019, file photo, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell participates during practice at the NFL football team's training camp in Florham Park, N.J. Bell's debut with the New York Jets will not come until the regular season after Adam Gase announced the star running back will be held out of the final two preseason games. Gase says Sunday, Aug. 18, he was leaning toward that decision, but a season-ending knee injury to linebacker Avery Williamson in the Jets' preseason loss at Atlanta on Thursday night sealed it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Le'Veon Bell will have to wait a little longer for his debut with the New York Jets.

Coach Adam Gase announced Sunday night that the star running back will be held out of the team's final two preseason games.

''I was about 99% sure heading into the preseason,'' Gase said after the Jets' practice at MetLife Stadium. ''It was all based off of how he practiced, conditioning and all those types of things.''

Gase and Bell spoke about the plan when training camp started, and Bell's snaps increased in practiced last week.

Bell has been practicing fully and looked good in training camp after sitting out all last season in a contract dispute with Pittsburgh. Gase and the Jets don't want to take any unnecessary risks with Bell.

''We'll just get him as game ready as possible,'' Gase said. ''He's not really going to know until we get into a real game, but I feel like he's in great shape and he's been contacting about as good as anybody on the practice field.

''So, I feel confident he'll be ready to go (in) Week 1.''

That would be the regular-season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 8. It will mark the first time Bell will play in a game since the Steelers' playoff loss to Jacksonville on Jan. 14, 2018 - a span of nearly 20 months.

''I'll see y'all in September,'' Bell wrote on Twitter about an hour after Gase's announcement.

Gase acknowledged that a season-ending knee injury to linebacker Avery Williamson in the Jets' preseason loss at Atlanta on Thursday night sealed his decision to sit Bell until the regular season.

''Like I said, I was about 99.9% sure what we were going to do,'' Gase said. ''That probably made it 100.''

Williamson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee with 3:52 left in the first half with mostly backups playing. Cornerback Tevaughn Campbell dived to defend a pass in the end zone and hit into the linebacker's knee.

An MRI on Friday revealed the severity of the injury, and Williamson was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Gase took the blame for leaving Williamson in the game as late as he did, and said he regretted doing so.

Williamson was playing a new position with the starters at weakside linebacker this season instead of middle linebacker with the arrival of C.J. Mosley. Williamson remained in the game with the second-team defense because backup Neville Hewitt is also playing a new spot, and Hewitt would benefit from the veteran's presence on the field.

''Just looking back on it and hindsight's 20/20, but I wish would've gotten him out of there a series earlier,'' Gase said. ''But, I've talked with him, and it's on me.''

CENTER OF ATTENTION

Recently unretired center Ryan Kalil practiced in team drills for the first time since signing with the Jets nearly three weeks ago.

The 34-year-old Kalil had retired after last season, his 12th with the Carolina Panthers. He has been working to get into football shape, and took the snaps with the first-team offense Sunday night.

''I'm feeling good,'' Kalil said. ''It was exciting. Obviously, I'm a little rusty - not rusty, but just playing slow, you know?''

Kalil said he is still getting used to quarterback Sam Darnold's cadence, which led to a couple of bad snaps, and doesn't quite have the offensive playbook down yet.

''They don't have a Rosetta Stone for this, so it's like learning a new language,'' Kalil said.

Gase said he's hoping to play Kalil in a series in the Jets' next preseason game Saturday night against New Orleans.

''I love football, I just do,'' he said. ''We all do. It took me walking away to know that it was done, that I really wanted it to not be done just quite yet. I'm so fired up.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

S Marcus Maye (shoulder) has shed the red no-contact pinnie and is a full participant at practice. ... LB Jamey Mosley (knee) didn't practice. ... LB Harvey Langi (knee) is set to return this week. ... RT Brandon Shell sat out the game at Atlanta after injuring a knee in practice, but should be OK. ''It was probably more of a scare than anything,'' Gase said.

Player Notes
Sterling Shepard Sep 18 12:00pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard continues to work his way back from a concussion he suffered in Week 1. He was on the field at practice Wednesday but was in a non-contact jersey, which suggests he has still not reached the final step in the league's concussion policy. His presence would be a boost to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, but we need to see him practice in full before even thinking about putting him into any fantasy lineups.

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T.J. Jones Sep 18 12:00pm ET

After being re-signed just before last week's game, New York Giants wide receiver T.J. Jones found himself thrust into the lineup and hauling in a touchdown pass. With Cody Latimer (concussion) not practicing and Sterling Shepard (concussion) still not cleared to play, Jones could have sneaky fantasy value in Week 3. He had established a good rapport with new starting quarterback Daniel Jones in the preseason and has the big-play ability to take advantage of the Bucs defense. Keep an eye on Shepard's status, but if he's unable to go, Jones could be a good option in deep leagues and a great low-cost play in DFS lineups.

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New York Giants Sep 18 12:00pm ET

The New York Giants Defense will get a good matchup when they face Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Bucs on Sunday. Winston's turnover issues have been well-documented, but the Giants secondary has played so poorly that they can't be trusted to really take advantage of them right now. However, the Giants were able to sack Josh Allen a few times last week, and the Bucs offensive line has been struggling so far this season, so there is a chance that they could put pressure on Winston and create sacks and turnovers. They shouldn't be started in season-long leagues, but if you wanted to punt defense in DFS, they could be an interesting option. You'll just have to hold your breath.

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Saquon Barkley Sep 18 11:50am ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley finds himself even more solidified as the face of the Giants franchise after the team's decision to bench quarterback Eli Manning. Although the offense already revolved around Barkley, he will be leaned on even more as a safety blanket for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. However, the Bucs defense is no longer an easy target. Under new coordinator Todd Bowles, they've allowed only 3.9 yards per carry and just held Christian McCaffrey to 37 yards on 16 carries. Hopefully Jones will include Barkley more in the passing game than Manning had been this year, which would give the second-year back more upside since you still need to run him out there as an RB1 in season-long leagues. But in another tough test for the Giants runner, it would be wise to look elsewhere in DFS.

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Daniel Jones Sep 18 11:50am ET

The New York Giants will turn to Daniel Jones as their starting quarterback in Week 3. His first test will be against a Tampa Bay Bucs defense that just allowed 333 yards through the air to a banged-up and inaccurate Cam Newton. The Bucs defense has certainly improved this year, but there were many big-play opportunities for Newton and the Panthers last week, which could provide Jones with similar chances at splash plays. Still, with the Giants likely to be run-heavy on Sunday, the team's wide receiver corps banged up and this being Jones' first test not against a backup defense in the preseason, the rookie signal-caller is best left to two-quarterback leagues and ignored in DFS for the time being.

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Evan Engram Sep 18 11:50am ET

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is one of the few Giants whose value is not impacted by the change to a rookie quarterback. Engram is a matchup nightmare for most defenses and remains the Giants top receiving option. In Week 3, he'll get to face a Tampa Bay Bucs defense that just allowed Greg Olsen to put up 110 yards on six catches. Despite the fact that Engram will likely be a central focus for the defense, he can still be fired up as a locked-and-loaded TE1 in season-long leagues and an underrated pivot for DFS lineups.

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Jordan Howard Sep 18 11:50am ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard is not a recommended fantasy option in a Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Howard picked up just 18 yards on the ground in Week 2 and will only put up a decent fantasy score if he scores a touchdown. A running back that is so touchdown-dependent without any passing game upside is only worth considering in the deepest of formats. Howard could suddenly have some legitimate value if other members of the Eagles backfield were to get injured, but for now, he's little more than a bench stash just in case.

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Carson Wentz Sep 18 11:40am ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz likely won't be quite as strong a fantasy option as usual against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Wentz watched both of his top wide receivers, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, leave the game in Week 2 with injuries. Both are officially questionable for Week 3, but most beat writers are expecting the two wide receivers to miss at least one game. Wentz will still have tight end Zach Ertz to throw to, but his top wide receiver will be drop-machine Nelson Agholor. Wentz is still a QB1 for Week 3, but he's on the lower 10-12 range instead of his usual 4-6.

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Miles Sanders Sep 18 11:40am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders was one of the few Eagles offensive starters to escape Week 2 without an injury, but he's still not a very exciting fantasy choice for Week 3. Taking on a decent Detroit Lions run defense, Sanders is currently ranked on the RB2/3 turn. He could make for a decent FLEX play, but shouldn't be trusted as a starting running back in most lineups. Sanders has had some decent flashes and is being used in a way that could ultimately end up making him a fantasy starter, but for now he looks like he's still somewhat acclimating to the NFL game and might need some time before he becomes a set-and-forget fantasy starter.

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David Njoku Sep 18 11:00am ET

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (concussion) will not practice on Wednesday. Njoku was knocked out of the team's win over the Jets on Monday night during the first quarter when he was upended while trying to make a leaping catch. It doesn't come as a surprise that Njoku is still in the league's concussion protocol just two days after suffering the head injury. Njoku's fantasy owners will want to make alternate plans at the tight end position as he will have a tough time getting cleared on a short week. The Browns take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night in Week 3.

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David Fales Sep 18 8:43am ET

Free-agent QB David Fales (Lions) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, Sept. 18.

From TheHuddle

Sep 18 2:33am ET

Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Larkin and TE Carson Meier were released from the practice squad on Tuesday, Sept. 17. To fill their spots, free agents P Matt Wile (Vikings) and Nate Wozniak (Vikings) were signed. In a separate move, DT Ra'Shede Hageman (undisclosed) cleared waivers and was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Darius Jackson Sep 18 2:23am ET

Dallas Cowboys RB Darius X. Jackson was released from the practice squad Monday, Sept. 16; in a corresponding move, RB Jordan Chunn was re-signed.

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New England Patriots Sep 18 12:20am ET

The New England Patriots Defense have allowed only three points all season and now will go up against third-string quarterback Luke Falk and the Jets in Week 3. The Patriots have been suffocating through the first two games and picked up two defensive pick-6 touchdowns against the Dolphins. With the offense humming and perhaps their most talented defensive secondary in the Bill Belichick era, the Patriots are to a great start. The defense suddenly is a must-own in all fantasy formats and will be a top play against the Jets in Week 3.

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Antonio Brown Sep 18 12:10am ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown's first game with the Patriots was a rousing success, catching four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in Week 2. Brown sat out the first offensive play but then immediately got in on the action and his quick chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady was evident. This week the Patriots will take on a banged up Jets team and Brown's snaps should increase. The All-Pro receiver still is learning the offense but has the kind of elite talent that can shine in any system. He may not be fully up to speed but Brown should still deliver solid fantasy numbers in Week 3.

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Josh Gordon Sep 17 11:20pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon will try and rebound after catching only two passes for 19 yards in Week 2. Gordon has plenty of talent but the acquisition of Antonio Brown certainly is cutting into his chances. He will go up against a Jets Defense that was gashed by Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns last Monday. The Patriots offense is so explosive that keeping everyone happy will be tough. Gordon may be the one to suffer for now and will be no higher than a WR3/4 heading into Week 3.

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Minnesota Vikings Sep 17 11:20pm ET

The Minnesota Vikings Defense got off to a rough start, allowing Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to jump out to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter. They righted the ship after that, though, holding the Packers scoreless for the rest of the contest. They also notched two sacks, recovered two fumbles, and allowed just 191 passing yards in what was an impressive bounce-back effort. Though this wasn't a productive day from a fantasy standpoint, it wasn't exactly expected to be - on the road against the Packers is not the greatest spot to be in. Slot the Vikings defense in as a top-10 play at home against the bottom-tier Oakland Raiders offense.

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Rex Burkhead Sep 17 11:10pm ET

New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead has been a fantastic role player for an explosive offense through the first two games of the season. Burkhead has carried the ball 13 times for 5.0 yards per carry and has added seven catches for 88 yards. He clearly is the backup behind teammate Sony Michel but has outplayed veteran James White in the first month of the season. Burkhead is not worth a start in most fantasy formats but has produced when called upon in the Patriots offense. Barring injury, however, Burkhead carries little fantasy value heading into Week 3.

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Adam Thielen Sep 17 11:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen had a decent fantasy outing in Week 2, catching five of eight targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Though quarterbackKirk Cousins attempted 32 passes, he only completed 14 of them and had an awful day finding his receivers downfield. The inconsistency from Cousins is impacting Thielen's production, but the team's willingness to completely abandon the pass is of even more concern. Head coach Mike Zimmer will undoubtedly look to again feature the run in Week 3's contest against the Oakland Raiders, though Thielen still has to be started as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 thanks to the juicy matchup.

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Julian Edelman Sep 17 11:10pm ET

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will face a Jets Defense in Week 3 that has allowed the 12th most fantasy points to receivers through two games. Edelman has been a rock for a dynamic Patriots offense, picking up first down after first down. The veteran is still looking for his first touchdown of the season but heads into Week 3's action with 10 catches for 134 yards. The Jets come into the contest undermanned on both sides of the football and the Patriots are expected to dominate. Edelman carries WR3 value, perhaps even higher in PPR leagues, heading into this Sunday.

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