Daily Chatter 08-26

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The Twins finished 2-8 at home in August, allowing an average of 7.9 runs per game.

Victor Martinez is batting .410 with six home runs in 21 games since coming off the disabled list

Jake Odorizzi improved to 6-0 in eight starts since the All-Star break.

Drew Pomeranz is 2-3 since being traded from San Diego to Boston.

Alcides Escobar is hitting .388 with four doubles, a triple, and a home run in his last 13 games.

The Royals Bullpen set a franchise record for a scoreless streak of 38 2/3 innings – the best in the majors since 2002-03

Giancarlo Stanton is hopeful he can return to the team at some point during the regular season to help the Marlins’ after sustaining the injury on Aug. 13

Ian Kennedy has pitched at least six innings, allowing one-or-fewer runs in five straight, matching Larry Gura for the longest such streak in franchise history.

Kennedy is 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA during the stretch.

David Phelps is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA over his last four starts since moving into the rotation.

J.A. Happ suffered his first lost since June 10

Jered Weaver has allowed 31 home runs this season, tied with James Shields for second-most in baseball. Josh Tomlin has given up 32.

Tomlin lost his fifth consecutive start in August and has a 10.80 ERA in those games.

Cole Hamels improved to 21-5 in his 38 starts since the Rangers acquired him last season

The Rangers are an MLB-best 52-26 against teams above .500, but are 23-27 against sub-.500 teams.

Corey Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his last eight starts.

Martin Perez is 7-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 13 home starts this season.

Andrew McCutchen has 44 RBIs in 56 career games at Miller Park, his highest total at any opposing park.

Braden Shipley has allowed 13 earned runs over his last two starts, 10 1-3 innings

Joe Panik has taken nine walks and has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games

James Paxton walked only six batters in his last seven starts — a massive improvement from last year

Chad Kuhl owns a 3.50 ERA over his first eight starts, including five quality outings. He doesn’t strike many batters out though, as noted by 27 K’s over 43.2 innings

Stephen Piscotty has 15 hits over the last 12 games, including three homers in the last four games.

08-14

Titans – Matt Schaub played most of the first half and solidified his status as Matt Ryan‘s top backup

Eagles –  Carson Wentz was plagued by receivers’ drops, and took a hard hit late in the game. He appeared shaken up, but remained in for one more play. Wentz (ribs) doesn’t have a timeline for a return, but the Eagles are hopeful that he’ll play “before the end of the preseason”.

Dolphins –  Brandon Doughty, the seventh-round pick from Western Kentucky, finished up and looked good, hitting 7 of 9 for 66 yards.

Rams – Jared Goff didn’t return in the second half after his non-throwing shoulder became stiff. Neither Goff nor Fisher believed the injury was serious.

Case Keenum will get the starting nod Saturday against the Cowboys over rookie Jared Goff. Keenum, who many consider just a placeholder until Goff is ready, has other ideas.

Blaine Gabbert has been more accurate on short passes, but not as potent as rival QB Colin Kaepernick on deep balls through the first eight training camp practices. The competition to be the club’s starting quarterback remains, according to coaches, even.

08-13

The Denver Broncos don’t know who their starting quarterback will be for the regular-season opener, Mark Sanchez was QB in preseason opener.

08-21

Rookie RB Devontae Booker, competing with Ronnie Hillman to be the primary backup to starter C.J. Anderson, ran nine times for 36 yards and also provided solid pass protection when asked to stay in and block on passing plays. Recent reports suggest Booker has supplanted Hillman as C.J. Anderson’s top backup, and Saturday’s usage supports the theory.

The Houston attack is operating behind a makeshift offensive line, so we’re not drawing too many conclusions from Miller’s 2.7 yards per carry Saturday.

08-14

Broncos – Devontae Booker showed flashes of the back that Denver has hyped following the draft. The rookie was decisive, slipped off tacklers and got involved in the passing game. His five touches exceeded co-second-stringer Ronnie Hillman by two

GiantsAndre Williams has reportedly lost 15 pounds since the end of the 2015 campaign in an effort to improve on the meager 257 yards he generated on the ground.

Chargers – Melvin Gordon looked excellent running with the first team offense, putting to bed many concerns about a knee that required microfracture surgery on Jan. 5

Titans – It’ll be tough for the Titans to keep Derrick Henry off the field, especially if he starts to translate surprisingly decent hands into catches out of the backfield.

Seahawks – Thomas Rawls could share carries this season with Christine Michael, who had an impressive game in Seattle’s preseason opener Saturday  “When Thomas gets back out there, those guys give you a little 1-2 punch that we are kind of excited about,” coach Pete Carroll said.

Panthers – Cameron Artis-Payne, Fozzy Whittaker and Brandon Wegher did little to separate themselves in the battle for the backup running back spot.

Artis-Payne gained 10 yards on five carries, Wegher rushed for 13 yards on 10 attempts and Whittaker had no yardage on three carries.

Jaguars – have been focusing on starting faster this season after scoring just 35 points in the first quarter last season, 31st in the NFL.

C.J. Prosise is still sidelined due to a hamstring issue sustained on the first day of training camp. Carroll all but ruled Prosise for the team’s preseason opener Saturday against Kansas City. Coach Pete Carroll said all hamstring injuries have been getting 7-10 days off as a precaution.

 

 

08-13

Melvin Gordon continues to look good in the camp and he’s even been given a look at returning punts. Coach Mike McCoy said he’s far from naming a returner as he experiments with different groups.

Charcandrick West continues to get the majority of snaps at running back with the Chiefs No. 1 offense, as Jamaal Charles remains unavailable on the PUP list. West’s skills are more comparable to Charles than any other backs on the roster. He’s also more comfortable in handling the offense after being able to step in last season

Devontae Booker was listed as number two running back, along with Ronnie Hillman on the depth chart. Booker has had a solid camp so far and has improved in pass protection and as a receiver out of the backfield.

08-09

The Cowboys have discussed trading for Cleveland Browns running back Josh McCown.

Rashad Jennings made it through his first 16-game season as a pro last year, and the team plans to continue to ride that train.

 

08-02

The Bills signed Reggie Bush on Monday to back up LeSean McCoy and to compete to become punt returner

Arian Foster is emerging as the most complete and best all-around back on the Miami Dolphins’ roster.

Jay Ajayi, who missed the start of last season with a rib injury, is currently sidelined with a bone bruise to his left knee. He remains a mystery to coach Adam Gase

Dion Lewis (knee) has not been on the field for any

Matt Forte is going to miss the Jets’ first preseason game. Is the first regular season game also in danger?practices this summer.

08-21

Tajae Sharpe strengthened his bid for a starting spot, as the fifth-round pick had six catches for 68 yards Saturday

Will Fuller was a frequent target of both starter Brock Osweiler and backup Tom Savage. Fuller was targeted eight times in the first half, catching four passes for 73 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown.

The Rams loaded up on rookie wide receivers hoping to find complements to Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt, but are still waiting for someone to break through.

Pharoh Cooper scored on his only reception, while Paul McRoberts added one catch for 6 yards

Braxton Miller received playing time with the first-team offense for the second straight week. The Texans intend to give the versatile playmaker touches in whatever way possible. Both Miller and fellow rookie Will Fuller were active targets for QB Brock Osweiler.

Chris Conley worked as the No. 2 wideout on the first-team offense. The job probably won’t come with a lot of targets, but Conley could emerge as a major threat in the red zone.

Quarterback

Colin Kaepernick resumed throwing in practice Thursday after missing the first exhibition game with a sore right shoulder. He is expected to begin fully participating in workouts next week in hopes of playing Friday against Green Bay.

The Broncos are still in search of a quarterback..Paxton Lynch, the Broncos’ first-round draft pick, was the most productive among the three contenders, though he has primarily gotten third-team reps in training camp.

08-14

Saints – Michael Thomas was targeted five times in the first half. He caught four for 67 yards, including a long of 28.

Falcons – Aldrick Robinson was the standout with three catches for 118 yards.

Patriots – Martellus Bennett, who New England acquired from the Bears in an offseason trade, was Jimmy Garoppolo‘s favorite target early on. He was targeted four times and had three receptions for 33 yards

Steelers – Second-year wide receiver Sammie Coates has impressed during training camp practices, but he fumbled twice against the Lions.

Vikings – First-round pick receiver from Mississippi, Laquon Treadwell, had a team-high four catches for 41 yards.

Broncos –  Cody Latimer, who is challenging Bennie Fowler for the third receiver spot, caught seven passes for 82 yards. Fowler blocked a punt and his Week 1 status is now in jeopardy given the timetable to return from his fractured elbow.

Michael Floyd is in a contract year and without a new deal, he is set to become an unrestricted free agent next season. Floyd, the team’s first-round pick four years ago, said he’s not overly concerned.

“I think if you think about it too much it messes with a lot of things, mentally,” he said. “I try not to worry about it at all. … I’m going out there and making plays. That’s my job, that’s what I’ve got to do, that’s what my teammates expect of me. That’s what I expect of myself. Making plays. The rest will take care of itself

Tavon Austin is geeked up for the Rams’ first preseason game in Los Angeles Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys, which could draw one of the biggest crowds in preseason history.

08-13

Tyrell Williams was the talk of camp even before wide receiver Stevie Johnson sustained a season ending injury. Williams made the team last year as an undrafted rookie and Philip Rivers has been singing his praises at camp.

08-12

Julio Jones said he doesn’t compare himself to Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. Both caught 136 passes last season to tie for the league lead. “I have a lot of respect for him, though. Our games are very different. I’m a bigger guy. He’s a smaller, quicker guy, in and out (of his breaks). I’m a bigger guy, I’m going to be more physical and attack the ball,” Jones says.

08-11

Jordy Nelson remains listed as physically unable to perform because of an injury to his left knee. Nelson isn’t likely to be ready in time for Green Bay’s first preseason game Friday night against the Cleveland Browns.

Laquon Treadwell was drafted in the first round because of his size and physical style of play.

When cornerback Jabari Price gave Treadwell an extra shot he didn’t like, Treadwell returned fire. They went at it until Treadwell slammed Price to the ground and teammates stepped in.

 

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08-09

Chris Givens caught everything thrown to him in the spring, and has a chance to be the Eagles’ No. 3 wideout behind Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor.

Josh Doctson started camp on the PUP list and still has not returned to action.  He is wearing a walking boot on the field, and while the team is hopeful Doctson can return in two or three weeks, that timeline can change day-to-day.

08-21

Listed atop the initial depth chart in SF, Vance McDonald is competing for the starting job against Garrett Celek, who is getting extensive playing time with the first-team offense and caught two passes for 13 yards

08-14

Packers – Jared Cook began training camp on the PUP list as he recovered from foot surgery he underwent in late May. It looks like he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season for the Packers

08-12

ustin Seferian-Jenkins, who is running with the second-team offense, said he benefitted from the “wakeup call,” he received in June when head coach Dirk Koetter tossed him out of a practice during an Organized Team Activity

08-11

Eric Ebron had to be carted off Ford Field when he hurt his right ankle but avoided serious injury. There is no timetable yet for his return, but the Lions are tremendously thin at the position, with Brandon Pettigrew (knee) still on the PUP list and Tim Wright out for the season with a torn ACL. Matthew Mulligan and undrafted free agent Cole Wick are the Lions’ top tight ends for now.

Zach Miller remained sidelined until he can pass NFL protocol concussion tests

08-09

Charles Clay signed a five-year $38 million contract which made him the fourth-highest paid tight end in the NFL. He caught 51 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season – sleeper

08-27

08-13

David Amerson has been a standout throughout camp, with a recent steal of a Matt McGloin pass intended for Clive Walford a highlight

08-12

The Saints have shown signs of improvement in the first two weeks of training camp over the defensive units that finished 31st in total yards allowed the past two seasons

08-09

168 of the Eagles’ 1,102 offensive plays last season resulted in negative yardage. That was the third most in the league, behind only Buffalo (171) and Cleveland (175)

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