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  • Darell Daniels: Waived by Seahawks

    Daniels was waived by the Seahawks on Tuesday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

    Daniels was traded to Seattle from the Colts prior to the season commencing. However, he was only available as a depth tight end and never saw the field. He could potentially revert to the Seahawks' practice squad assuming he clears waivers.

  • Thomas Duarte TE | LAC

    Thomas Duarte: Let go by Chargers

    Duarte was released from the Chargers' practice squad Tuesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

    The tight end inked a deal with the Chargers' practice squad in early September after spending the 2017 season with the Dolphins. Duarte was a seventh-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and spent some time on Miami's 53-man roster a year ago.

  • Jesse James TE | PIT

    Steelers' Jesse James: One catch in win

    James caught his lone target for seven yards in Monday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.

    Its been feast or famine for James in the early going this season, and fantasy owners who inserted him in their lineup had to be disappointed following his 5-138-1 stat line in Week 2. Further frustrating fantasy owners, they had to watch as Vance McDonald grabbed four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. It remains to be seen how Pittsburgh intends to use these two talented tight ends moving forward, making it difficult to start either unless one emerges.

  • Giants' Garrett Dickerson: Promoted to active roster

    Dickerson was signed to the Giants' active roster Tuesday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

    Dickerson's spot on the 53-man roster was made available due to Evan Engram (knee) being sidelined for the foreseeable future. The undrafted rookie will serve as a depth tight end behind Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson.

  • Greg Olsen TE | CAR

    Panthers' Greg Olsen: Making good progress from broken foot

    Olsen remains without a definitive timetable to return from a fractured right foot, but believes he'll be back on the field sooner than last season, when he missed nine games with the same injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. "I'm way ahead of the curve," Olsen said Monday. "Last year at two weeks I was laying in my bed in a cast. I couldn't do anything. It's just a matter of seeing each week how your foot responds and just try to add a little more, a little more. What that time frame is, we're optimistic."

    The Panthers' decision not to place Olsen on injured reserve after he sustained the injury in Week 1 seemingly supports the notion that the tight end's setback isn't as severe as the one he endured a season ago. Aiding Olsen's case for a return by midseason is the fact that he avoided surgery on the foot, which should help accelerate his return to the field. The Panthers probably won't offer a target date for Olsen's return to action until he's back on the practice field in some capacity, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sept. 16 that the 33-year-old was hopeful to miss only 4-to-5 weeks. If the short end of that timetable proves realistic, Olsen could be ready to play as soon as the Panthers' Week 6 matchup with the Redskins on Oct. 14.

  • Jordan Thomas TE | HOU

    Texans' Jordan Thomas: Could play more

    Coach Bill O'Brien said Thomas "probably needs to be in there more," during a session with reporters Monday.

    Thomas caught two passes for 53 yards in Sunday's loss to the Giants and is averaging 26.7 yards per catch this season. "Yeah, big guy that can run. He used to be a wide receiver, got really good hands, getting better as a blocker, so we have to continue to work with him," said the coach. Thomas has played just 25 percent of the snaps on offense while sharing the position with Ryan Griffin and fellow rookie Jordan Akins.

  • Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Breaks through in Week 3 loss

    Brate brought in three of four targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 30-27 loss to the Steelers on Monday night.

    Brate was able to finally get on the stat sheet in Week 3, after not having been targeted at all in Week 2 against the Eagles and failing to come up with either pass thrown in his direction in the opener against the Saints. The fourth-year pro's first catch of the season turned out to be a touchdown, as he hauled in a four-yard scoring dart from Ryan Fitzpatrick to give Tampa an early lead. Fellow tight end O.J. Howard did double Brate up on targets, however, and it appears the former will continue to have the biggest role in the passing game between the two for the time being. Brate will look to build on Monday's production versus the Bears in a Week 4 matchup.

  • Vance McDonald TE | PIT

    Steelers' Vance McDonald: Career-high 112 yards in win

    McDonald caught four of five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 30-27 win over the Buccaneers.

    McDonald scored Pittsburgh's first touchdown of the game, taking a Ben Roethlisberger pass 75 yards while bowling over Bucs safety Chris Conte in the process. The 112 yards were a career-best, matching McDonald's effort in last season's playoff loss to Jacksonville. The tight end is becoming an integral part of the passing game, with Jesse James catching five passes for 138 yards and a touchdown Week 2, so it will be interesting to see if one emerges over the other. Regardless, they face a tough Baltimore defense Week 4 that has not allowed an opposing tight end to score this season.

  • Mike Gesicki TE | MIA

    Dolphins' Mike Gesicki: Catches three passes

    Gesicki hauled in all three targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 28-20 win over the Raiders.

    Gesicki's longest play was a 19-yard reception from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The rookie benefited from increased looks after A.J. Derby (foot) exited the game and showed chemistry with Tannehill on limited targets. If Derby remains sidelined for a significant amount of time, expect Gesicki's role in the offense to increase.

  • O.J. Howard TE | TB

    Buccaneers' O.J. Howard: Ties career high in catches

    Howard caught six of eight targets for 72 yards in Monday night's 30-27 loss to the Steelers.

    Howard's reception total tied his career high from last season, continuing an impressive start to his second campaign. Like his explosive first couple weeks, Howard managed another catch of 20-plus yards, and also helped Tampa Bay move the sticks on intermediate gains. Now, fellow tight end Cameron Brate did score a four-yard touchdown Monday, but Howard's 222 yards so far evidence him fulfilling his superior, first-round talent, making him an intriguing option regardless of whether Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston starts Week 4 versus the Bears.

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