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Teddy Bridgewater NO QB
Saints' Teddy Bridgewater: Could be subject of quick hook2h ago
Although Bridgewater will have the first opportunity to replace Drew Brees (thumb) during his absence, coach Sean Payton could be quick to replace him with Taysom Hill if Bridgewater struggles early, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Bridgewater had Payton's full support Monday after a so-so performance in emergency duty versus the Rams on Sunday following Brees' first-quarter exit. The 26-year-old signal caller completed 17 of 30 passes for 165 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, a serviceable but uninspired line that ultimately failed to give the Saints a realistic chance of keeping pace with Los Angeles. While Payton named the team's poor offensive line play and 11 penalties as primary culprits for the offensive struggles, he may not be as tolerant should the Saints find themselves at 1-3 following their next pair of contests. Hill outperformed Bridgewater in preseason and also is more of a dual threat than the current starter, making him a natural candidate for a crack at the top job should the offense be in need of a spark a couple of games into Brees' projected 6-to-8-week absence.
Russell Gage ATL WR
Falcons' Russell Gage: No offensive impact against Eagles2h ago
Gage was targeted once, but did not record a reception during Sunday's 24-20 win against Philadelphia.
Gage was active for a key Week 2 showdown against the Eagles, but only played 14 percent of the offensive snaps after suffering a concussion during the season opener against Minnesota. He'll continue to serve as Atlanta's No. 4 or 5 option at wideout in a Week 3 road trip to Indianapolis, as the Falcons take on a Colts defense that held Marcus Mariota to 154 passing yards in its last time out after getting lit up by Philip Rivers for 333 yards and three touchdowns the game prior.
Ty Montgomery NYJ RB
Jets' Ty Montgomery: Six touches versus Browns in Week 22h ago
Montgomery rushed three times for a total of 25 yards, while catching all three of his targets for 15 receiving yards during Monday's 23-3 loss to Cleveland.
Montgomery has established himself as the Jets' No. 2 running back in the early going of 2019, but from a workload perspective, that is not saying much. Le'Veon Bell has dominated the running back touches as would be expected, fielding 88.4 percent of the carries and 86.4 percent of the targets among the position group. Upcoming in Week 3, Montgomery is in line to once again serve as the change-of-pace option, as the Jets face a Patriots defense that has yet to give up a rushing score -- or a touchdown of any kind for that matter -- through its first two games of 2019.
Luke Falk NYJ QB
Jets' Luke Falk: Proficient in relief of Siemian3h ago
Falk completed 20 of 25 attempts for 198 yards during Monday's 23-3 loss to Cleveland.
The results certainly were not reflected on the scoreboard, but Falk's baptism-by-fire NFL debut was far from disastrous, as the 2018 sixth-round pick completed 80 percent of his passes and led New York into scoring position twice over the course of nine offensive drives at the helm. The situation at quarterback for Week 3 is yet to be fully sorted out, but if Trevor Siemian (ankle) proves incapable of suiting up against the Patriots, Falk is in line to get his first career starting nod against a New England defense that has surrendered three points on 24 possessions thus far this season.
Alshon Jeffery PHI WR
Eagles' Alshon Jeffery: Multiple missed games on tap?3h ago
Jeffery, who exited Sunday night's loss to the Falcons with a calf injury, could miss up to two games, in part due to the Eagles playing their Week 3 and 4 contests over the next 10 days, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
The veteran receiver would likely be hard-pressed to be ready for the Week 3 tilt against the Lions as is, and the Thursday night, Sept. 26 matchup against the Packers presents quite the challenge as well due to the quick turnaround. The Eagles' receiver corps is further depleted by the uncertain status of DeSean Jackson (quadriceps), so Rosenblatt also speculates that an addition such as free agent Jordan Matthews or preseason stalwart and current practice squad member Greg Ward could be called on as reinforcements this week.
D'Ernest Johnson CLE RB
Browns' D'Ernest Johnson: Thus far adequate as Chubb's backup3h ago
Johnson ran for just eight yards on three carries, but added 42 receiving yards on three catches during Monday's 23-3 win against the Jets.
The 23-year-old back has made the most of limited opportunities, flashing with a 13-yard scamper on his lone Week 1 carry against the Titans, and collecting a 27-yard reception on Monday Night Football against the Jets. Johnson will continue to serve in a complementary role in Week 3 when Cleveland plays host to the Rams, and a defense that has thus far ranked in the better half of the league against the run, but has given up the ninth-most receiving yards to opposing backs.
Marcus Semien OAK SS
Athletics' Marcus Semien: Big game against Royals2h ago
Semien went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs and two RBI in the Athletics' 6-5 loss to the Royals on Monday.
Semien continues to swing a hot bat, with this latest multi-hit effort extending his current hitting streak to seven games. He cranked his 31st long ball of the season in this contest, touching up Glenn Sparkman with a second-inning two-run shot. The 28-year-old continues to enjoy a career year at the dish, with this bringing his slash line up to a healthy .284/.365/.519 in 151 games.
Ian Kennedy KC RP
Royals' Ian Kennedy: Bags 30th save2h ago
Kennedy picked up the save against the Athletics on Monday, working around one hit to toss a scoreless ninth inning and close out the Royals' 6-5 victory. He struck out twoand walked none.
Kennedy managed to close the door after his teammates made a two-run comeback to take a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning, needing 21 pitches to record his 30th save of the season. The veteran has performed respectably in the closer role for the Royals this season, only blowing four saves and posting a 3.28 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 70:17 K:BB across 60.1 innings.
Glenn Sparkman KC SP
Royals' Glenn Sparkman: Struggles in no-decision2h ago
Sparkman threw 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Athletics on Monday, giving up four earned runs on six hits, striking out one and walking three in the Royals' 6-5 victory.
Oakland jumped on Sparkman for all four of his earned runs in the first two innings, dampening any chance he had of salvaging his final stat line. The right-hander has struggled this season, posting a 6.02 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, thanks in large part to his propensity for giving up the long ball, with 29 homers to his name over 127 innings.
Liam Hendriks OAK RP
Athletics' Liam Hendriks: Blows save in loss2h ago
Hendriks (4-3) was hit with the loss and blown save against the Royals on Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits in one inning in a 6-5 defeat for the Athletics. He struck out one and walked none.
Tasked with protecting a 5-4 lead, Hendriks wound up getting hit with the blown save after yielding two runs in the ninth inning, with one of them being unearned due to an error by outfielder Ramon Laureano. The All-Star right-hander has now blown six saves on the season in 28 opportunities, but his overall numbers remain spectacular, with a 1.68 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 116:21 K:BB across 80.1 innings.
Tanner Roark OAK SP
Athletics' Tanner Roark: No-decision against Royals2h ago
Roark didn't factor into the decision against the Royals on Monday, giving up four earned runs on seven hits over 4.2 innings, striking out eight and walking one as the Athletics fell 6-5.
He fanned eight batters, but it was an otherwise unspectacular effort for Roark, who fell one out short of the five-inning threshold and wound up getting chased from the contest after yielding four earned and laboring for 110 pitches. The outing gives the veteran a 4.12 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 152:48 K:BB across 157.1 innings on the season.
Eduardo Escobar ARI 3B
Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar: Blasts 35th homer2h ago
Escobar went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk to help the Diamondbacks to a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Monday.
Escobar had gone hitless in his last seven at-bats coming into the contest, but he snapped out of it with this sixth-inning solo blast off Pablo Lopez. The 30-year-old's productive campaign at the dish continues, as he's up to 35 homers and 114 RBI on the season, both of which are easily career-best marks. He's also slashing .271/.322/.528 in 148 games.
Markelle Fultz ORL PG
Magic's Markelle Fultz: Option picked up14h ago
The Magic exercised Fultz's (shoulder) 2020-21 team option Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
While the move doesn't mean much for the immediate future, it's a show of support for Fultz's long-term future with the franchise. Considering the situation, and the fact that Fultz has yet to play a single game in a Magic uniform, it's a bit of a risky move, especially considering Fultz's cap figure for 2020-21 is north of $12 million. With that said, the Magic don't have another appealing option at point guard, and the hope is that the 21-year-old is able to move past the mysterious issues that have thus far marred his NBA career after the Sixers took him first overall in 2017.
J.J. Barea DAL PG
Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Medically cleared for camp16h ago
Barea (Achilles) said he's been medically cleared for the start of training camp, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The veteran tore his Achilles roughly nine months ago, but he's made a speedy recovery and has even been playing five-on-five in recent weeks. He should be good to go when camp opens, though Barea will likely move into a reduced role as he heads into his age-35 season.
Kristaps Porzingis DAL PF
Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis: Scrimmaging at full speed16h ago
Porzingis (knee) has been scrimmaging at full strength with teammates, the Dallas Morning News reports.
While we're yet to see extensive video of Porzingis working out, several members of the Mavericks recently convened in Miami for workouts, and the play of the 7-3 Latvian drew rave reviews. "He's very good," Dwight Powell said. "He's very, very good, I'm excited, very excited." Powell added: "He's 7-foot-3 and he shoots it from anywhere, with ease. It's kind of hard to affect that shot. He's moving well, he's at full-strength." Given that it's been more than a year-and-a-half since Porzingis has played in an NBA game, he's been at full strength for some time now, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear the rave reviews from teammates. All indications are that Porzingis will be ready to hit the ground running for the new-look Mavs when the season opens next month.
Tacko Fall BOS C
Celtics' Tacko Fall: Suffers mild knee sprain4d ago
Fall suffered a minor knee sprain during workouts and is expected to be out for a week, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
The injury occurred while Fall collided with another player on a block attempt. He should be healthy in time for training camp.
Christian Wood DET PF
Pistons' Christian Wood: Roster spot in jeopardy5d ago
Wood's roster spot is in jeopardy after the Pistons agreed to a one-year contract with Joe Johnson, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Unless the team opens up a spot via trade, it's possible Wood loses out to the veteran Johnson. Wood has shown plenty of flashes throughout his time in the NBA, notably averaging 18.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and a combined 2.4 blocks/steals across the final seven games of last season.
Troy Caupain POR PG
Trail Blazers' Troy Caupain: Inks camp deal with Blazers5d ago
Caupain agreed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Trail Blazers on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Undrafted out of Cincinnati in 2017, Caupain has played in just four NBA games. He spent essentially all of last season with the Lakeland Magic of the G League, where he averaged 16.4 points on 12.7 shots, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 33.7 minutes. Portland will give him a training camp tryout, and it's possible Caupain will land a roster spot and be able to provide the team with additional backcourt depth.
Tom Kuhnhackl NYI RW
Islanders' Tom Kuhnhackl: Back on the ice4h ago
Kuhnhackl (lower body) skated with several other Islanders who weren't going to play Monday versus the Flyers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Kuhnhackl is also unlikely to play Tuesday on Long Island when the Islanders finish off their home and home exhibition series versus the Flyers. The injury was never considered to be serious and Kuhnhackl should be good to go when the Islanders return to practice Wednesday.
Carter Hart PHI G
Flyers' Carter Hart: Stationed between pipes Tuesday7h ago
Hart will draw the start in Tuesday's preseason tilt against the Islanders, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Hart is coming off a strong rookie campaign, posting a 2.83 GAA and .917 save percentage. The 21-year-old was regarded as one of the league's best goalie prospects and will enter the 2019-20 campaign as the Flyers' workhorse between the pipes.
Brock Boeser VAN RW
Canucks' Brock Boeser: Inks three-year deal8h ago
Boeser signed a three-year contract worth $5.875 million annually with the Canucks on Monday.
Boeser had been missing from training camp while he settled his contract negotiations with the team so he should be ready to go now with the new deal. The 22-year-old notched 26 goals and 56 points in 69 games last season. Should he stay healthy, Boeser has a good shot at reaching the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
Ville Husso STL G
Blues' Ville Husso: Guarding crease Monday9h ago
Husso will draw the start for Monday's preseason contest against Dallas, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Husso signed a two-way deal to stay with the Blues' organization this offseason but he'll likely spend another season with AHL San Antonio with Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen taking care of the NHL duties. The 24-year-old took a big step back in the minors during the 2018-19 campaign, posting a .871 save percentage and 3.67 GAA.
Ben Bishop DAL G
Stars' Ben Bishop: Facing Blues Monday9h ago
Bishop will start Monday's preseason contest against St. Louis, Matthew DeFranks of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Coming off a runner-up Vezina Trophy finish, Bishop will be the Stars' primary goaltender again this season. He'll get warmed up Monday against the Blues in a rematch of last season's Western Conference semifinals.
Casey DeSmith PIT G
Penguins' Casey DeSmith: Starting first preseason contest11h ago
DeSmith will patrol the crease in Monday's preseason tilt against Buffalo, Josh Getzoff of PensTV reports.
DeSmith will battle with Tristan Jarry to decide the Penguins' No. 2 netminder behind Matt Murray prior to the start of the regular season. The 28-year-old was the team's main backup option last season, recording a .916 save percentage and 2.75 GAA in 36 appearances.