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Put Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown passes against the Ravens aside for just a moment. Julius Thomas was the original trending topic as the 2013 NFL season kicked off last Thursday. OK, that whole banner issue was still on the wind, but that died down once the ball went up in the air. Thomas and Jordan [...]

Each year, I make several long treks along our nation’s highways to take in the glorious sounds of crashing helmets, popping pads and air horns. Yes, I said air horns. It’s a Pavlovian experience. You might not understand. There is a magic in the air that surrounds training camps. You’re not watching NFL players under [...]

Rank Player Team Targets Receptions Opponent 1. Antonio Gates SD 13 8 MIN 1. Brandon Marshall MIA 13 7 NE 1. Roddy White ATL 13 8 CHI 4. DeSean Jackson PHI 12 6 STL 4. Wes Welker NE 12 8 MIA 6. Andre Johnson HOU 11 7 IND 6. Brandon Lloyd DEN 11 6 OAK [...]

Harmon runs down the top tight end options for Week 1 of the NFL season. Jermichael Finley and Jimmy Graham have been extracted from the listing. ** Chris Cooley has also been removed from the listing. He was limited in practice all week and may be held out. Fred Davis takes a lofty No. 13 [...]

1 Antonio Gates, SD 2 Dallas Clark, IND 3 Vernon Davis, SF 4 Jermichael Finley, GB 5 Jason Witten, DAL 6 Brandon Pettigrew, DET 7 Tony Gonzalez, ATL 8 Jimmy Graham, NO 9 Marcedes Lewis, JAC 10 Zach Miller, SEA 11 Jermaine Gresham, CIN 12 Rob Gronkowski, NE 13 Greg Olsen, CAR 14 Dustin Keller, [...]

We already know that Antonio Gates isn’t going to be cleared for the final two weeks and may not be available during the playoffs. Troy Polamalu will not be available for Thursday against Carolina, and he may not return until the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers and Adrian Peterson are back at practice. MJD missed Thursday’s workout, [...]

We know that the weekly injury report reads like the Encyclopedia Britannica by the end of Week 6. The number of injuries affecting top-tier receiving targets grew by at least three on Sunday. We’ll receive complete information later this week once the test results come back. For now, add Gates, Cooley and Jackson to the [...]

It’s true that the Tight End position has changed dramatically in recent years. Fantasy owners have the luxury of waiting until later in the draft and still being able to find a quality option after stocking their running back and wide receiver slots. Of course, you’ll still need to move early if you want one [...]