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Game Day Scouting Report – NFL Week 1

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As we enter the big day of the 2017 NFL season Week 1 extravaganza there are often quite a few (sometimes last moment) tidbits of information that can have big time game day consequences that are critical for NFL fans to know, regular or fantasy fans alike. It’s easy to figure out the impact when a guy blows out his knee and is gone for the year. But did you know ……

Washington Redskins starting tight end Jordan Reed will be having to deal with a narly big toe injury (fracture) for the beginning of the season at a minimum. Stop. Get up from the desk, go to an open space, now push off in various directions paying special attention to how much pressure your big toe is receiving. Now imagine it fractured. Numb it up and now you’ve got a dead ball of dumb on the end of your foot that gives you a weird swing in your gait. Pain tolerance is the key here and I’m certain NO DB covering him will accidentally step on his foot. Riiiiight. If Reed is your fantasy team’s TE, look for a waiver wire pickup or trade. Soon.

If you nabbed the New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. in your fantasy draft your’re feeling pretty good about yourself. Just not so much in the first week as it will be a game-time decision as to his playing status this Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. At a minimum the GMen are keeping the ‘Boys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli guessing. However in truth if there is any way possible for Beckham Jr. to be on the field, he will be. Be advised however, he WILL NOT be anywhere near full speed. Of course O.J. at 70% is still better than 80% of the rest of the league.

The Chicago Bears are going with QB Mike Glennon as their signal caller and with OG Kyle Long “not being where he want’s to be” Glennon may have a long day in the pocket. Don’t forget the impact on the running game for RB Jordan Howard as well. Long is  plus blocker in the run game when healthy.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is primed to have a HUGE year. He’s focused, some would say “re-focused” and has new toys on offense. Life is GREAT …. hold up … time to tap the brakes. According to Ian Rapoport Bears right tackle Bryan Bulaga (ankle) is a “longshot” to play and when you’re facing the Seahawks vaunted defense that’s not a good thing. Rodgers is an elite QB and will get his plays. So will the Seahawks defense and if you’re in an IDP league hit the wire and grab Seahawks DE Michael Bennett now.

Why are you still reading? Go get him!

Sebastian Janikowski will have a solid  year kicking the ball. It’s what he does. He won’t be doing it the first part of the season however as he was put on Injured Reserve after taking a one-million samolians pay cut. Oakland knows how valuable the strong legged kicker can be and are willing to wait to get him back for the playoff push.

Washington Redskins WR Jamison Crowder is going to play as head coach Jay Gruden stated the team would look at the injured him during a Saturday workout and from reports (Adam Schefter, ESPN) after the workout, Crowder will suit up this Sunday versus the Eagles.

Dinged up RB’s alert! BOTH Seattle Seahawks Thomas Rawls (ankle) and Jacksonville Jaguars T.J. Yeldon (hamstring) are going to be game time decisions even though they practiced this week. Seahawks have ample talent behind Rawls in Eddie Lacy. The Jags will be trotting out rookie Leonard Fournette with Yeldon being missed primarily on third downs.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton is still not 100%. He will play. So will backfield rookie WR Curtis Samuel who has been nursing an ankle injury.

The Denver Broncos have added two more defensive linemen to their injury report as they have listed both Jared Crick (back) and Zach Kerr (knee) as “out” for this weekends contest. As good as the Denver defense is, they still need bodies and are down to minimal options along the defensive line.

And  yes, the Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will play versus the New York Giants this Sunday night. Big news to be certain however the player I am MOST excited to see is red-shirt rookie MLB Jaylon Smith who will be playing in his first NFL regular season game after his horrific Fiesta Bowl game injury just before the 2016 NFL Draft .

The Cowboys have patiently waited and after MLB Anthony Hitchens (senseless) preseason injury the last play before the half versus Oakland Jaylon will start at MLB. This is very exciting and speaks volumes about where Smith is in his very long road back.

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