NFL Recent Player News
|8/29/2015||Stephon Gilmore, Buf, CB|
|Gilmore exited Saturday's preseason game against Pittsburgh after hurting his right shoulder.
Analysis: Gilmore, Buffalo's top cornerback, sustained the injury while making a tackle in the first quarter. The Bills announced afterward that he passed tests for a concussion.
|8/29/2015||Trent Williams, Was, T|
|Williams agreed to terms Saturday on a new five-year contract that comes with $32 million in guaranteed money.
Analysis: Williams' agent, Vincent Taylor, said Williams will receive an $8.5 million signing bonus. The sixth-year veteran will receive an average salary of $13.2 million, and the $66 million deal provides for an additional $11.25 million in guaranteed money if he gets injured. Taylor said the contract is the largest in NFL history for an offensive tackle. Williams did not play in Washington's second preseason game with an injured right foot.
|8/29/2015||Rashad Greene, Jax, WR|
|Greene is the favorite to be the Jaguars' primary punt returner.
Analysis: The former Florida State star has averaged 10.0 yards on five returns in the preseason. Greene could see time as Jacksonville's No. 3 receiver as well with Marqise Lee hobbled by a hamstring injury.
|8/29/2015||Tandon Doss, Jax, WR|
|Doss was waived by the Jaguars Saturday.
Analysis: Doss led the NFL by averaging 15.6 yards per punt return with the Ravens in 2013 but spent last season on the Jags' IR list with an ankle injury. Rookie Rashad Greene is expected to take over punt return duties.
|8/29/2015||Golden Tate, Det, WR|
|Tate caught three passes for 91 yards and a score Friday.
Analysis: The Pro Bowl wideout forms a lethal combination with Calvin 'Megatron' Johnson.
|8/29/2015||Zach Zenner, Det, RB|
|Zenner ran eight times for 85 yards and a score Friday.
Analysis: Zenner is an unknown fantasy commodity.
|8/29/2015||Marcedes Lewis, Jax, TE|
|Lewis caught three passes for 51 yards Friday.
Analysis: Lewis is a quality option with Blake Bortles showing plenty of fantasy potential.
|8/29/2015||Rashean Mathis, Det, CB|
|Mathis, a Jacksonville native who spent his first 10 seasons with the Jaguars, had an up-and-down homecoming Friday.
Analysis: Mathis called the coin toss correctly for Detroit, but then got beaten by Allen Hurns for a touchdown on Jacksonville's opening possession. He later got flagged for pass interference in the end zone, giving the Jaguars first-and-goal at the 1.
|8/29/2015||T.J. Yeldon, Jax, RB|
|Yeldon made his NFL debut as a starter Friday.
Analysis: Yeldon ran eight times for 10 yards, including a 1-yard scoring plunge. Yeldon jumped and got met in midair by Travis Lewis and Stephen Tulloch. Yeldon fumbled on the play. But one official ruled Yeldon crossed the goal line for a touchdown. The call was upheld upon replay.
|8/29/2015||Blake Bortles, Jax, QB|
|Bortles was the story again for Jacksonville on Friday.
Analysis: Bortles completed 20 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 38 yards, including two third-down scrambles that kept scoring drives alive. "I think Blake is playing with a lot of good poise right now," coach Gus Bradley said.
|8/29/2015||Calvin Johnson, Det, WR|
|Johnson sat out Friday.
Analysis: Johnson sat out his third consecutive game as a precaution.
|8/29/2015||Matthew Stafford, Det, QB|
|Stafford played well Friday.
Analysis: Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Lions beat the Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. "He's been pretty sharp for us," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said.
|8/29/2015||Travis Kelce, KC, TE|
|Kelce had two catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against Tennessee.
Analysis: The third-year pro looks to take another step forward after putting together a solid 67-862-5 line in 2014.
|8/29/2015||Jeremy Maclin, KC, WR|
|Maclin recorded seven catches totaling 65 yards with a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against Tennessee.
Analysis: Maclin has caught a touchdown pass in each of the last two preseason games and is Kansas City's clear-cut No. 1 receiver, though it'll be tough to duplicate his outstanding 2014 numbers with his new team.
|8/29/2015||Kendall Wright, Ten, WR|
|Wright had three catches for 60 yards in Friday's preseason game against Kansas City.
Analysis: Tennessee's No. 1 receiver is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign. Wright finished last season with 57 catches for 715 yards after setting career highs of 94 receptions and 1,079 yards in 2013.
|8/29/2015||David Cobb, Ten, RB|
|Cobb missed Friday's preseason game against Kansas City with a calf injury.
Analysis: The injury could put the rookie behind both Bishop Sankey and Antonio Andrews in the backfield pecking order to begin the season. Cobb had rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries through the first two preseason games.
|8/29/2015||Marcus Mariota, Ten, QB|
|Mariota hit on 7 of 11 passes for 99 yards in Friday's preseason game against Kansas City.
Analysis: The reigning Heisman Trophy winner added 22 yards on three rushes. Though Mariota has yet to throw a touchdown pass this preseason, he's completed 70.4 percent of his throws preparing for his Week 1 debut.
|8/29/2015||Alex Smith, KC, QB|
|Smith completed 16 of 18 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's preseason game against Tennessee.
Analysis: Smith proved he's ready for the Sept. 13 season opener with a razor-sharp performance in Friday's dress rehearsal. He had thrown an interception in each of the two previous preseason games.
|8/29/2015||Chris Conley, KC, WR|
|Conley had three catches for 30 yards in Friday's preseason game against Tennessee.
Analysis: The rookie third-round pick is competing with Albert Wilson, who exited Friday's game with a sprained shoulder, to be the No. 2 receiver alongside Jeremy Maclin.
|8/29/2015||Andre Branch, Jax, DE|
|Branch will miss the start of the season after suffering an MCL sprain in his left knee in Friday's preseason game against Detroit.
Analysis: Branch had been working as a starter at the LEO position. The Jaguars have been hit hard by injuries across the defensive line, with 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler out for the season with a torn ACL and starting tackle Sen'Derrick Marks uncertain for the opener due to a knee injury.
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