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  • 9/1, 1:57 pm
    • The All-Pro tight end told reporters...

      The All-Pro tight end told reporters on Monday that he will be on the field when the New England Patriots open the regular season on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. "I'm ready to go," Gronkowski said, according to the Boston Herald. "I'll be playing."

      Analysis: Although Gronkowski has stated that he wouldn't be playing "every single snap" against Miami, owners would only need a few redzone looks from him in order for him to put up sufficient fantasy numbers on a weekly basis. He's Tom Brady's favorite target when the Patriots are close to the end zone and he has scored 15 touchdowns in his last 18 games played.

  • 9/1, 1:40 pm
    • Simon has been signed to the...

      Simon has been signed to the Ravens' practice squad, the team's official website reports.

      Analysis: Released just one year after being selected in the fourth round, Simon cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad. His failure to make the team may be more about the Ravens' excellent depth at outside linebacker than anything else.

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  • 9/1, 1:37 pm
    • Wenning has been signed to the...

      Wenning has been signed to the Ravens' practice squad, the team's official website reports.

      Analysis: Wenning never really put up a challenge to Tyrod Taylor for the right to serve as Joe Flacco's top backup, but Taylor's rookie contract is up at the end of this season. If the Ravens are in the market for a new No. 2 QB, Wenning will likely be part of the conversation.

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  • 9/1, 1:37 pm
    • Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor hasn't clarified...

      Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor hasn't clarified whether Miller or Knowshon Moreno will emerge as the Dolphins' No. 1 running back, the Palm Beach Post reports.

      Analysis: Miller combined for 48 yards on 14 carries, for a 3.4 yards per carry average in his preseason action, while Moreno gained 64 yards on 10 carries in his only exhibition work, back on August 23. Lazor indicated that he's seen some flashes of promise from Miller during practice, while also hinting that the running back needs to continue to work on his decisiveness from the backfield. Meanwhile, coach Joe Philbin suggests that based on the flow of games, the Dolphins may roll with the option who has the hot hand. In any case, until a top option is identified by the coaching staff, we'll operate under the assumption that some form of time-share will be in effect to start the season. For his part, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald believes that the balance has tilted in Moreno's favor, but until a more predictable distribution of the team's carries emerges, it's a notion that remains speculative.

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  • 9/1, 1:30 pm
    • Cody (hip) has been placed on...

      Cody (hip) has been placed on the reserve/PUP list, ruling him out for the first six weeks of the season, the Ravens' official website reports.

      Analysis: A former second-round draft pick, Cody did little of note during his rookie contract, and then re-signed with the Ravens for the veteran's minimum. The team seems to at least view him as a suitable backup, but even if he gets healthy, Cody is unlikely to play more than a few snaps per game.

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