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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
Sam Darnold Sep 18 5:20pm ET

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Dante Pettis Sep 18 5:00pm ET

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J.J. Nelson Sep 18 5:00pm ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver J.J. Nelson got in a limited session at Wednesday's practice as he still recovers from an ankle injury. His ailment dates back to Week 2 of the preseason, which limited him to eight snaps in Week 1 and him not even dressing up for last week's game. Nelson has a shot to suit up for the team's matchup versus the Vikings this weekend, but he'll carry no fantasy value whatsoever. He'll be fourth in line for targets as Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams will remain dominating opportunities while Hunter Renfrow's role continues to grow as the slot man. Nelson has big-play ability but can't be relied upon even when he returns to full health.

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Tom Brady Sep 18 4:50pm ET

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (calf) was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. Brady is often listed on the team's injury report but always winds up playing. He'll be fine for another great spot in Week 3 at home against the reeling Jets. The ageless wonder will keep a high ceiling as a QB1 as long as Antonio Brown remains on the team, and he could be facing a Jets Defense without top linebacker C.J. Mosley and rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams. Fire Brady up as a top-five fantasy quarterback this weekend.

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Matt Breida Sep 18 4:50pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida is a safe RB2 in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The third-year back raced for 121 yards in Week 2 on just 12 carries and should again operate in a near-even split with Raheem Mostert. Behind one of the best offensive lines through two weeks, both Breida and Mostert rank top-15 in rushing DVOA and success rate. While the Niners will deploy bigger back Jeffery Wilson at the red-zone, Breida should have enough opportunities between the 20s to solidify his floor. Against unproven Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, a lopsided time of possession in favor of San Francisco should benefit the entire Niners backfield.

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Josh Jacobs Sep 18 4:50pm ET

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs got in a limited practice Wednesday after dealing with a groin issue following Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The fact that the rookie participated early in the week is a good sign, and owners should be confident that he suits up for Week 3 barring any setbacks. Jacobs has dominated the Raiders backfield in carries through two weeks making him a solid RB2 for fantasy, but he's only seen one pass target which caps his upside. In a game where the team will likely be playing from behind against a stout Vikings Defense, Jacobs should be treated as a low-end RB2 for this week.

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Jameis Winston Sep 18 4:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (foot) practiced in full on Wednesday and will start in Week 3 against the Giants. Winston looked a little better last Thursday than he did in Week 1, but fantasy owners were still expecting more from him in Bruce Arians' offense. Against New York's porous defense this weekend, Winston should be able to have his best game yet, making him a low-end QB1/high-end QB2. He's not a bad streamer if you just lost Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) or Drew Brees (thumb).

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David Moore Sep 18 4:40pm ET

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said that wide receiver David Moore (shoulder) has a "really good chance" to play in Week 3 against the Saints. If Moore makes his debut in Week 3, he'll likely be limited in three-wide sets with Tyler Lockett and rookie D.K. Metcalf, although Moore will likely be the third receiving option, at best. He's one to watch in deeper leagues, but he shouldn't be in any starting lineups if he gets cleared for Sunday's game. Jaron Brown, who hasn't caught a single pass in the first two games, will rightfully fall down the depth chart with Moore returning.

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Darius Leonard Sep 18 4:30pm ET

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (concussion) did not practice on Monday after being placed in the concussion protocol following the Week 2 game. Leonard had a team-high 10 tackles and a sack against the Titans, but he'll have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he's allowed to play in Week 3 against the Falcons. The second-year player had a huge rookie season and is a top IDP linebacker when he's healthy, but you'll need to have other options ready in case he's not cleared by Sunday. Indy's defense/special teams is off the radar this week against Atlanta's high-octane offense.

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Raheem Mostert Sep 18 4:30pm ET

Given an opportunity in Week 2, San Francisco running back Raheem Mostert broke out with 151 scrimmage yards and a touchdown. The fourth-year special teams veteran played well in limited opportunities last season (34 carries, 7.7 YPC) and should continue co-chairing the backfield with Matt Breida in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While the Steelers rush defense is no slouch, the Niners offensive line grades as fifth best in the run game through two contests. Both Mostert and Breida rank top-15 in rushing DVOA and success rate. Mosterts also showed his receiving chops with 10 grabs on 12 targets. Slated for a near-even split with Breida and clocking as one of footballs fastest players, Mostert is an upside RB3/flex with a steady floor.

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Marlon Mack Sep 18 4:20pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (calf) wasn't seen at practice on Wednesday. It doesn't mean that Mack won't play in Week 3 at home against the Falcons, but it's certainly something to monitor as the week progresses. Indy is tied for second in the NFL in rushing with 185 yards per game after two weeks, so Mack would be a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 if he plays. Atlanta ranks in the middle of the pack against the run (110.5 rushing yards allowed per game). If Mack is unable to suit up, Jordan Wilkins would see a big value boost on early downs, while third-down back Nyheim Hines would become more attractive in PPR leagues.

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Jameis Winston Sep 18 4:03pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (foot) appeared as a full participant on the injury report Wednesday, Sept. 18, but will start in Week 3 against the New York Giants.

Fantasy Spin: Winston would be a high-end QB2 under standard circumstances with a nice matchup in Week 3, but he could be the best available option for fantasy managers who've already lost a quarterback early in the season.

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Greg Zuerlein Sep 18 4:00pm ET

Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was perfect during the teams 29-7 Week 2 victory over the New Orleans Saints with two field goals and three extra points. Zuerlein was able to show his range in Week 1 with a 56-yard kick against the Carolina Panthers, quieting any health concerns after the veteran had suffered a leg injury during the latter half of last year. Lock in Zuerlein as a top option in all leagues thanks to the explosiveness of the Rams offense.

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T Y Hilton Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton (quad) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Fantasy Spin: Hilton played 90% of snaps and caught four of six targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. There isn't yet any concern this early in the week, and he should stay locked in as a WR1.

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Jacoby Brissett Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett (knee) was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Fantasy Spin: Brissett has been held below 200 yards passing in each of the first two games of the season. He has thrown five touchdowns against one interception. He's a low-end QB2.

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Bruce Irvin Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Carolina Panthers S Rashaan Gaulden (groin), OT Brandon Greene (neck), LB Bruce Irvin (hamstring) and DT Kawann Short (shoulder) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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Jonathan Williams Sep 18 3:53pm ET

Indianapolis Colts LB Darius Leonard (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Sept. 18. CB Pierre Desir (knee), DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (shoulder), DE Jabaal Sheard (knee), DE Kemoko Turay (neck) and RB Jonathan Williams (rib) were all limited.

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Cooper Kupp Sep 18 3:50pm ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp appears to be the WR1 in Los Angeles two weeks into the season thanks to his rapport with quarterback Jared Goff. Kupp enters Week 3 leading the team in receptions, yards and targets, an impressive feat considering he had torn his ACL just one year ago. In Week 3, Kupp will be matched up against the Cleveland Browns, a team with a young but talented defense that could apply heavy pressure on the Rams offensive line. If the O-line collapses, expect Goff to continue to look Kupps way when under pressure, as the wide receivers average depth of target has been just 5.9 yards (84th in the NFL). Lock Kupp in as a high-end WR2, as his chemistry with Goff will keep his floor stable and his ceiling sky-high.

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Robert Woods Sep 18 3:50pm ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods struggled in the teams Week 2 29-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints. After all, he only had two receptions on two targets for 33 yards. However, fantasy owners should treat Week 2 as an anomaly; Woods had multiple plays called back due to holding penalties and the game script aligned with a run-focused offensive scheme with the Rams leading for the majority of the contest. With a Week 3 matchup against the Cleveland Browns on the horizon, he should see a larger target share in what could end up being a high-scoring, offensive duel thanks to a potent Browns offense. Woods remains a mid-tier WR2 across all formats.

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Brandin Cooks Sep 18 3:50pm ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks rebounded in the teams Week 2 29-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints with three receptions on four targets for 74 yards and a TD. However, his five receptions through two games remains extremely concerning and indicates that the veteran could very well be the WR3 on the Rams depth chart. Still, Cooks should be a WR2, as he is the teams best deep threat and faces a Browns secondary that gave up chunk-yardage plays during Week 1 to rookie wideout A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans. Be wary, though, that Cooks could be behind both teammates Cooper Kupp and Robert Woodsin target share.

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