It wasn’t a good night for Giants receivers during Monday’s exhibition in Cleveland, as both Odell Beckham (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (shoulder) exited with injuries. While it initially doesn’t sound as if either is dealing with any sort of long-term problem, nothing is for certain, so we’ll need to monitor their statuses throughout the week to determine whether they’ll suit up for the all-important third preseason game Saturday against the Jets. If they ultimately don’t play, Sterling Shepard will likely be the apple of Eli Manning’s eye and could make for an intriguing DFS play against a suspect Jets secondary. Rookie tight end Evan Engram could see a lot of work, too.
- Browns tight end David Njoku can’t catch a break. The rookie, who missed the preseason opener with a back injury, left Monday’s preseason game with an ankle injury of his own. Head coach Hue Jackson said “We’ll know more about that tomorrow,” so check back in on Njoku’s health then.
- Trevor Siemian was named the Broncos’ starting quarterback Monday, which isn’t much of a surprise if you watched any of Denver’s first two preseason games. That means he should get the majority of the work in Saturday’s matchup with the Packers. Working with a similar group of receivers, Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 3 of the preseason last year.
- DeAndre Hopkins still isn’t practicing due to a hand injury. If he isn’t able to go Saturday against the Saints, I’m looking for Dres Anderson to again step into the starting lineup. However, for DFS purposes, I’m probably going to be rolling with the newly acquired Bruce Ellington instead, as the former Niner displayed nice chemistry with QB Tom Savage this past Saturday against the Patriots and ultimately finished the day with four receptions for 93 yards.
- Over in Seattle, C.J. Prosise (groin) is back running on the field. While this current injury doesn’t appear to be very serious all things considered, Prosise’s durability is starting to become a legitimate concern. Remember, wrist and shoulder injuries limited him to six games as a rookie. Optimistically, head coach Pete Carroll is hoping the tailback will be able to play in Friday’s preseason matchup with the Chiefs, but I wouldn’t expect Prosise to see many snaps even if he does suit up. After all, it’s still the preseason, so there’s no reason to rush him back.
- Titans WR Tajae Sharpe, who’d been sidelined with a fractured foot to this point, was removed from the PUP list Monday. However, the Maryland product likely won’t be tearing up the preseason in the same fashion he did as a rookie last season, since this time around Eric Decker, Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor are in the fold.