Sunday was a relatively uneventful day of peace in the injury-filled days of preseason football until news broke that the Browns shipped Corey Coleman to Buffalo for a late-round pick. Let’s add him to the laughable list of Cleveland’s failed draft picks since 2012 that haven’t lasted more than three years with the organization: Trent Richardson (one year), Brandon Weeden (two), Barkevious Mingo (three), Justin Gilbert (two), Johnny Manziel (two), Danny Shelton (three), Cam Erving (two)…
- Baltimore: After missing a week of practice due to some sort of hamstring injury, Kenneth Dixon was back at it Sunday, resuming his bid to earn No. 2 duties behind starting tailback Alex Collins. The fact that none of Baltimore’s other depth options at running back — Gus Edwards, Mark Thompson and De’Lance Turner — were impressive in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Bears was helpful for Dixon’s ability to maintain the No. 3 slot on the depth chart, but he’ll need to stay healthy in order to jump Javorius Allen for the No. 2 role.
- Buffalo: Zay Jones, who underwent knee and shoulder surgeries this offseason, was back on the field upon gaining activation from the NFI list. However, Sunday wasn’t all butterflies and flowers for the 23-year-old considering the Bills gave him competition for snaps in the form of 2016 first-rounder Corey Coleman, who should be square in the mix with Jones for the No. 2 job behind Kelvin Benjamin.
- Cleveland: The departure of Coleman seems to be a sign of Cleveland’s confidence in Josh Gordon, whose awaited return seems to be getting closer. While it’s not ideal for Gordon to be missing opportunities to build a rapport with quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield, we need to keep in mind that Gordon has missed 56 of a possible 96 games largely due to off-the-field issues and him taking care of his off-the-field life is probably the best course of action for Gordon, and our fantasy teams, in the long run.
- Green Bay: That startling sound you heard while making breakfast this morning was a collective sigh of relief from Packers fans around the globe, as starting left tackle David Bakhtiari was revealed to have been diagnosed with a minor ankle sprain as opposed to something more severe, such as the infamous high-ankle sprain. Likely the most irreplaceable player on the roster outside of Aaron Rodgers, Bakhtiari graded out as PFF’s top-graded tackle from a pass-blocking standpoint in 2017 — by a wide margin — en route to finishing as the second-highest-graded player at his position overall. Green Bay will need his services all season in order to keep Rodgers upright and healthy.
- Pittsburgh: There is a non-zero level of concern with JuJu Smith-Schuster at the moment, as he was hampered during the first week of training camp with an undisclosed injury and has now missed a second consecutive practice with a sore left knee. While it doesn’t sound as if the ascending star is dealing with a major injury, his momentary absence serves as a good reminder that third-round rookie James Washington could be an important name to keep in mind this season.
- San Francisco: Trent Taylor, who underwent minor back surgery in June and proceeded to open training camp on the PUP list, participated in team drills for the first time this summer. The diminutive receiver is competing for the No. 3 slot on the depth chart under Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon. In an up-and-coming offense quarterbacked by Jimmy Garoppolo, Taylor could have some fantasy utility in PPR leagues if he can secure slot duties within the first-team offense.