Originally posted: October 25, 2017
Steelers bench WR Martavis Bryant for Week 8
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4:52pm
Martavis Bryant said Steelers HC Mike Tomlin told him he won’t play Sunday.
Related players: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Justin Hunter, Darrius Heyward-Bey
Smith-Schuster should be the primary beneficiary. He has 2 touchdowns and 176 receiving yards in his last four games, and has a pretty good matchup against Detroit’s slot corner, Quandre Diggs.
Bears trade for WR Dontrelle Inman
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:13pm
Chargers traded WR Dontrelle Inman to the Bears for a seventh-round pick, per sources.
Severely lacking in receiver talent, it’s not a bad move for the Bears. Inman caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns last season and is probably neck-and-neck with Kendall Wright as the most talented receiver on the team.
Jaguars could make RB T.J. Yeldon active on game day
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 3:10pm
Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon couldn’t even make it onto the game day roster the first six games of the season. Now he may be in line to replace Chris Ivory as the backup to Leonard Fournette.
That’s what running for 122 yards and a touchdown will do for you. It’ll make your coaches rethink your role, which is what Jaguars coach Doug Marrone appears to be doing with Yeldon.
“I think it makes you look at things and say where are we with the running backs, what’s the situation, where are we on special teams?’’ Marrone said earlier this week.
“I’ve always tried to get T.J. up, but it’s a matter of that game-day roster number (because that) really limits you because you have to have X-amount of positions on (special) teams. That’s always been the struggle.’’
This is a situation to monitor since Fournette is currently sidelined with an ankle injury. He’s expected back in Week 9, but has dealt with foot problems in the past so it’s not out of the question that he misses another game.
Browns QB DeShone Kizer will start Week 8
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:53am
The Browns announced this morning that DeShone Kizer will start on Sunday against the Vikings in London.
Kizer was benched two weeks ago in favor of Kevin Hogan, who started and did not play well. Then he was re-installed as the starter last week, only to be benched again, this time in favor of Cody Kessler, during the game.
The 0-7 Browns can’t find a solution at quarterback, and although head coach Hue Jackson says publicly that he’s confident in Kizer, his actions over the last two weeks haven’t shown it. If Kizer struggles on Sunday against the Vikings, he may get benched again.
Kizer is a player to avoid this week. Not only does he have a tough matchup against the Vikings, he could be benched at any time.
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