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Falcons Trade TE Eric Saubert To Patriots

The Patriots have yet another tight end. On Monday, the Falcons shipped Eric Saubert to the Pats in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick, as Mike Reiss of ESPN.com tweets. 

Saubert, a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft, has just five catches to his credit over the last two seasons. However, he’s known for his blocking ability and has been a special teams regular for the Falcons. Last year, Saubert appeared in 66% of the club’s special teams plays, and he could fill a similar role with New England.

It’s also possible that bigger things could be in store for Saubert as he joins the Rob Gronkowski-less Patriots. The Pats will be without Ben Watson, their would-be Gronk replacement, for the first four weeks of the season, so there’s a clear opportunity for Saubert to make the cut and see the field.

For the Pats, it’s an extremely low-cost opportunity to bolster a weakened position. Sitting dead last in waiver priority, they might not have landed the third-year pro out of Drake if they waited for him to be released.

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4 hours ago, Choke said:

This could be sneaky good. 

it's interesting, if nothing else. Saubert was more of a receiving TE than blocker. it's weird to hear him trumpeted as a blocker. he's got good athleticism for sure. hard for me to think he's a solution in NE with the players ahead of him in Watson, LaCosse, Anderson, and whoever else. Conditional pick in the late round means he could be nothing more than a placeholder until Watson returns. 

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Zach Hicks @ZachHicks2

Current view WR depth chart as:

1. TY Hilton

2. Devin Funchess

3. Parris Campbell

4. Chester Rogers

5. Deon Cain

6. Daurice Fountain

It would be painful to cut Pascal but I’d hope guys like Tell, Willis, and Odum can pick up that void on special teams. Opinion can change tho

 

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This Ben Watson suspension and Saubert signing from ATL makes me think James White is even MORE of a draft target high end RB2 for 2019 ( PPR ) they're going to lean on him in a BIG way especially weeks 1-4 if not the whole season.His Gronk-less stats are pretty impressive ( games without Gronk in the lineup)

 

 

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Bears waived rookie WR Emanuel Hall.

Hall simply couldn't get on the field due to injuries. That has been the story for Hall for much of his football career. He missed a lot of games at Missouri, often due to a hamstring injury, and he'll need to prove that he can stay healthy to crack an active roster. When healthy, Hall offers big-play potential as a deep threat with 99th-percentile SPARQ athleticism. Hall should receive second and third chances because of his talent.

SOURCE: Bears PR on Twitter

Aug 13, 2019, 1:06 PM ET

 

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On 8/4/2019 at 6:42 AM, The Man With No Name said:

Faust for President!

 

No, Wait . Hold it. Forget that. Would take him away from his FBG posts. 

Or would it?

His role here trumps his becoming President.

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Jamison Hensley @jamisonhensley

Ravens camp, practice 15

📽️Hayden Hurst produced highlight reel in practice

️Hollywood Brown bolts past defense after making catch on slant route  

💡Light has certainly come on for rookie Jaylon Ferguson

️Lamar Jackson puts exclamation point on camp, completing 19 of 25 passes

 

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Luke Jones @BaltimoreLuke

Marquise Brown: "I felt pretty good. I got me a good day off to get some rest. Today, I opened up more and got some shots and was able to make some plays." #Ravens

 

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Zach Kruse @zachkruse2

Aaron Rodgers was highly complimentary of TE Robert Tonyan today in an interview with @SiriusXMNFL. 

"The guy is super talented. Has incredible hands. I think he has a very bright future in this league."

 "Great teammate. Great pro."

"He does everything the right way."

 

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Zachary Jacobson @ZachAJacobson

Rodgers piling on the Tonyan praise. From earlier this month: "He's also a very good route-runner; he's got fantastic hands. I moved to my left about five days ago and threw a ball that he basically one-hand tipped to himself for an easy catch. He does that stuff all the time."

 

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From Fausts links today...

New tight end Eric Saubert caught a touchdown pass from Tom Brady during a red-zone 11-on-11 session. He caught a handful of passes.

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Omar Kelly @OmarKelly

So we’ve got first team walk through sand Josh Rosen and Preston Williams are lining up with the ones.

 

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Jimmy Garoppolo throws 5 consecutive INTs in practice

Jimmy Garoppolo enjoyed a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the office on Wednesday afternoon.

During one stretch of practice, the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback threw five consecutive interceptions to Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jaquiski Tartt and Tarvarius Moore (twice), per NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Jimmy G broke the spell with a touchdown pass to rookie Jalen Hurd, but the damage was done, acknowledged by the onlooking press and Garoppolo's head coach.

"He threw it to the wrong team five plays in a row," Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said bluntly. "I was a defensive coach today, so I was pumped. But no, the defense did great today and obviously he struggled.

"You hope to never have a day like that, but I don't think it's never not happened to anyone. When you do that, you hope you can practice long enough and give him a chance to play out of it and use it as an opportunity that hopefully you can do in a game. Hopefully you don't have five in the game, but you can play yourself out of two in a row or something like that."

Wednesday was San Francisco's last practice before traveling to Denver to take part in joint practices with the Broncos on Friday and Saturday. The 49ers will play Denver on Monday night, when Garoppolo is expected to make his preseason debut, his first on-field appearance since tearing his ACL in September.

Shanahan said he was unsure whether Garoppolo would play longer than one or two series, saying, "That depends on how the practices go this week."

If Jimmy G continues to throw to the wrong team (the Broncos) in the coming days, he might not be long for game action on Monday evening.

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Bucs claimed rookie WR Emanuel Hall off waivers.

Hall didn't even make it through an entire preseason camp with the Bears, so Hall faces really long odds of materializing. But this player to scheme fit is very ideal. Hall, who has 99th-percentile SPARQ athleticism, is a Bruce Arians-type deep threat when healthy. That is the problem though. Hall hasn't been able to stay on the field and that goes back to his college days.

SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter

Aug 14, 2019, 5:06 PM ET

 

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Zach Hicks @ZachHicks2

Deon Cain has been running mostly with the ones over Zach Pascal today

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Kareem Copeland @kareemcopeland

Derrius Guice still hasn’t been cleared to play in games. Gruden says he’s right at the line. But probably won’t be cleared before tomorrow evening.

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Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Colt McCoy will miss his second preseason game. Case Keenum continues to be be the smart bet to start Week 1, barring Dwayne Haskins suddenly lighting it up.

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Kenyan Drake Likely Done For Preseason

Dolphins top running back Kenyan Drake is likely to miss the remainder of the team’s preseason slate, and his availability for Week 1 is in question as well, as Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald writes. Drake suffered a foot injury in Tuesday’s practice.

Of course, Miami is in the early stages of a complete rebuild, so losing Drake for any regular season action won’t exactly impact the club’s postseason chances. But Drake is eligible for free agency in 2020, so he doesn’t want his platform year to be marred by injury, and the Dolphins would like to see what the talented 25-year-old can do when given a full workload.

The Alabama product has averaged a terrific 4.7 yards per carry across 286 career totes in his three professional seasons, and he’s also been a significant contributor in the passing game. Advanced metrics are high on his ability, and he could earn a nice payday in 2020, either from the Dolphins or another RB-needy team.

Luckily, Drake’s injury does not seem to be overly serious. Head coach Brian Flores said, “[t]he opener is down the road. He’s got a little injury. He’s just going to take it day to day. He’s got a great attitude about it. I think he’ll be OK.”

In Drake’s absence, Kalen Ballage and Mark Walton will see more action. Miami also has several seventh-round rookies on the roster.

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David J. Chao @ProFootballDoc

With many unanswered question, there is one I can answer.

Will #AndrewLuck be 100% for start of regular season? Answer: NO

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Panthers' camp observations as the Wofford College portion ends: 1. Coach Ron Rivera wouldn't name a camp MVP, so I will. Curtis Samuel. The third-year wide receiver caught a deep pass almost every practice, including Wednesday's joint session against Buffalo; 2. QB Cam Newton only talked to the media once in three weeks, but he had a solid camp on the field. Other than a few days off he had no limitations throwing and began developing solid chemistry with his receivers and line; Looks like he'll be ready for the opener; 3. First-round pick Brian Burns was held out of drills after suffering a minor ankle injury on Tuesday, but the Panthers escaped camp with no major injuries -- always a plus. 4. LB Luke Kuechly had a scare early in camp with what appeared to be a head injury, but he finished strong. He had a PBU early on Wednesday and tipped a pass later; 5. If this truly is the last time the Panthers hold training camp at Wofford College, where they have been for 25 years, the school and city of Spartanburg should be applauded for outstanding support.

David Newton, ESPN Staff Writer

 

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Joe Schad @schadjoe

Kalen Ballage has looked like a monster today, with Kenyan Drake sidelined. Size, speed, power. #miamidolphins

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Nick Mensio @NickMensio

Impossible to find anything negative on Curtis Samuel. Even #Bills beat writers called Samuel's "footwork a treat to watch" in joint practices with BUF this week. Samuel has routinely dusted CBs Tre'Davious White & Levi Wallace over the last couple days

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Andrew Luck’s Week 1 Availability “Really In Question”

Colts head coach Frank Reich prefers to make a decision on his Week 1 starting quarterback following his club’s third preseason game, and it may not be Andrew Luck who’s under center. Unless Luck makes a “miraculous recovery,” backup Jacoby Brissett us likely to start for Indianapolis in its season opener, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (Twitter link).

Additionally, Garafolo reports the Colts “finally” feel as though they have a handle on the exact nature of Luck’s injury. Rather than just a calf or just an ankle issue, it seems as though Luck is dealing with an ailment that’s been caused by “accumulation over time.” What exactly that means for his recovery is unclear, but Indianapolis is now confident it can help its star quarterback heal.

Luck originally underwent an MRI on his calf in March that revealed a strain, but began to experience ankle trouble in May. Another test Monday revealed Luck could be dealing with some sort of high-ankle issue, though it’s not evident if he’s been diagnosed with a dreaded high-ankle sprain. At the moment, it doesn’t appear Luck is experiencing any Achilles trouble.

Luck won’t play during the preseason, and his absence will give Brissett even more time to prepare for the regular season. Brissett, of course, was the Colts’ full-time starter in 2017 when Luck st out the year with a shoulder injury. In 15 starts, Brissett completed 58.8% of his passes for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Among the 29 quarterbacks with at least 300 attempts that season, Brissett finished 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt.

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NFL Beat Writers‏ @BeatWriters

Daurice Fountain with an apparent serious ankle injury. This one hurts. He was really coming on in the past week. #Colts

 

Mike Wells @MikeWellsNFL

Scary scene in Colts practice. WR Reece Fountain went down in pain on the field so bad that he could be heard screaming from the sideline. All the Colts offensive and defensive players immediately took a knee. Medical staff rushed to the field.

 

Ian Rapoport‏Verified account @RapSheet

#Colts WR Reece Fountain, who has recently impressed but was carted off today, suffered a dislocated and fractured ankle, source said. He’ll likely have surgery right away. A bad situation for a good, young player.

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Mary Kay Cabot‏ Verified account @MaryKayCabot

Updated w/ video: Odell Beckham Jr. has a hip injury & will likely sit out 2nd preseason game vs. #Colts; Baker Mayfield says getting on the same page 'will come with time'

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Cecil Lammey‏Verified account @CecilLammey

Noah Fant keeps improving from week to week. Great effort to get passes that are out on front of him. Finishing plays. Big difference as training camp has rolled on. #Broncos @1043TheFan

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5 minutes ago, Penguin said:

Cecil Lammey‏Verified account @CecilLammey

Noah Fant keeps improving from week to week. Great effort to get passes that are out on front of him. Finishing plays. Big difference as training camp has rolled on. #Broncos @1043TheFan

Good. Maybe this will stop Lammey relentlessly talking on pods like he’s a bust or something.

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Adam Schefter‏Verified account @AdamSchefter

Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen suffered an ankle injury at practice this week that is not considered serious, but could knock him out of the Chargers’ remaining three preseason games, per a league source. Allen is expected back for the regular-season opener, per source.

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