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NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/12/13

NFL Updates: Luck's first preseason performance, Smith's return and more

August 12, 2013

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Now that every team in the NFL has a preseason game under their belts, it’s a good time to take a look around the league. Let’s examine some of the noteworthy players out there who are making headlines right now and try to get a feel for where their seasons are headed. Here’s the latest.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills: Well, he didn’t quite “throw up,” but Spiller did pretty well with the carries he got in yesterday’s preseason opener. He averaged nine yards on four carries, although there was the blemish of a botched handoff from rookie QB E.J. Manuel.
Spiller figures to be the Bills’ workhorse this year, and he should be up to the challenge. He’s coming off a 1244-rush-yard, eight-total-TD season in 2012. Look for new Buffalo offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to come up with some creative ways to get him involved.

NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/12/13

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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts: Overall, it was a solid performance from Luck yesterday against the Bills. He finished 4-of-6 in his inaugural preseason game of 2013, totaling 51 yards. Luck would have had the chance to post more stats, had it not been for TE Coby Fleener’s ill-timed fumble at the Buffalo 20.
Luck spread the ball around to three targets in his four completions, which is a good early indication of overall contribution. Look for Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Fleener and Dwayne Allen to all be big parts of the offense this season.

Redskins Backfield: The Redskins have a lot to be happy about when it comes to their rushing game. Even with starting RB Alfred Morris out, backups Evan Royster and Roy Helu were able to combine for 119 yards on 27 carries. Sure, it’s just one preseason game, but it bodes well for their potential depth at the position.
As for Morris, he’s the undisputed starter on the depth chart, and he’s looking to continue the success of his rookie season. Last year, he totaled 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets: Jets fans everywhere breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday when rookie second-round pick Geno Smith stepped back on the practice field. He turned his ankle during Friday’s first preseason game against the Lions, but apparently was healthy enough to get back to work yesterday.
On a related note, Jets coach Rex Ryan reported that he still wasn’t sure who would be starting at QB for the team’s next game Saturday against the Jaguars. Smith has been locked in a heated competition with incumbent starter Mark Sanchez all season, but neither player has really separated himself. We’re betting Sanchez starts Week 1, if for no other reason than familiarity (and money).

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