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Like many teams that only kept two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, the Saints have added a quarterback to the practice squad. New Orleans, which went with only Luke McCown behind Drew Brees on the regular-season depth chart, announced that Ryan Griff…Upvote Share Tweet
Terrelle Pryor can be electrifying, but can he win games? He may be the best option the Raiders have.Upvote Share TweetBaltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco says Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is "quickly becoming" his favorite college player.Upvote Share Tweet
Basketball player Demetrius Harris makes Chiefs’ practice squadIn May I noted that Demetrius Harris, a former college basketball player, was impressing the coaches at Chiefs camp and could be a candidate for their practice squad. As it turns out, that’s what happened: The Chiefs announced today that Harris is on th…Upvote Share Tweet
Packers grab ex-49ers QB Scott Tolzien just in time for Week 1As the Packers assemble their practice squad, one name stands out as a player who could be particularly valuable for their Week One practices: Scott Tolzien. Tolzien, the quarterback who was cut by the 49ers last week after spending the last two years i…Upvote Share TweetThe Jets added running back Alex Green, offensive tackle Ben Ijalana and linebacker Scott Solomon to the roster.Upvote Share Tweet
Peter King previews the New York Giants from training campThe Giants have a retooled offensive line and a rehabbing star. Can they succeed in a tough division?Upvote Share Tweet
Travis Bond, Everett Dawkins join Vikings’ practice squadSeventh-round picks Travis Bond and Everett Dawkins are among seven members of the Vikings’ practice squad, the club said Sunday. Bond is a guard from North Carolina, while Dawkins, a defensive tackle, is a Florida State product. All nine members of the…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens add ex-Falcons linebacker Robert JamesIn a move that bolsters their special-teams coverage ranks, the Ravens were awarded ex-Falcons linebacker Robert James on waivers on Sunday, according to the NFL’s transaction log. James, 28, notched 10 special-teams tackles for Atlanta in 2012. A fourt…Upvote Share Tweet
Jacquizz Rodgers’ brother returns to Falcons’ practice squadFalcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers will once again have his brother as a teammate this season. At least at practice. The Falcons have named their eight-member practice squad, and one of the members is James Rodgers, the big brother of Jacquizz Rodger…Upvote Share Tweet
Raiders add Brian Sanford, Antoine McClainThe Raiders, who are third in the waiver order, were awarded ex-Browns defensive end Brian Sanford and ex-Ravens offensive guard Antoine McClain on Sunday. Sanford, 25, appeared in six games as a reserve for the Browns from 2010 through 2012. The Browns…Upvote Share TweetThe Patriots were active on the waiver wire Sunday, claiming four players cut by other teams and adding them to their 53-man roster. Offensive linemen Chris Barker and Braxston Cave and defensive lineman A.J. Francis were reported earlier in the day, le…Upvote Share TweetThe Bills got quarterback E.J. Manuel back at practice on Sunday and he didn’t hesitate when asked if he would name himself the starter for Week One. “Most definitely,” Manuel said, via the team. Coach Doug Marrone isn’t ready to make that call at this …Upvote Share TweetThe Buccaneers have been awarded ex-Texans defensive tackle Chris Jones and ex-Eagles wide receiver Russell Shepard on waivers, the club said Sunday. The 23-year-old Jones was a sixth-round pick of Houston in April. He had three tackles and a half-sack …Upvote Share TweetThe Browns were one of the busiest teams in the league on Sunday, claiming six players off of waivers, but they still lack a key piece for their special teams. Cleveland remains without a kicker on their 53-man roster, so they’ll have at least one more …Upvote Share TweetThe Lions added a safety via waivers on Sunday when they claimed safety DeJon Gomes. Gomes was a member of the Redskins until Saturday, when he was cut as the team got down to 53 players. The 2011 fifth-round pick played 30 games, starting eight times, …Upvote Share TweetThe Giants travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys next Sunday, but a player who was with the team until Saturday’s cuts will beat them there by a week. The Cowboys announced that they have claimed linebacker Kyle Bosworth off of waivers from the Giants. B…Upvote Share TweetPats' Gronkowski practices for first time since opUpvote Share TweetThe Jets announced Sunday afternoon that they claimed three players off of waivers, including the previously reported addition of running back Alex Green. The other two new members of the squad are linebacker Scott Solomon and tackle Ben Ijalana. The Je…Upvote Share TweetThe Cardinals have added some young depth along both lines one week before the regular season begins. The club announced Sunday it had been awarded ex-Colts offensive tackle Bradley Sowell and ex-Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu on waivers. The 23-ye…Upvote Share TweetTim Tebow’s NFL career may be over, as every team had a chance to claim him today, and every team passed. Tebow, who was waived by the Patriots on Saturday, officially cleared waivers on Sunday. That means all 31 other teams could have taken his minimum…Upvote Share Tweet
The Raiders Have Already Cut Their 2013 Fourth-Round PickAs the deadline for 53-man rosters came to a close, the Oakland Raiders made unique decisions while cutting players. In this case, "unique" doesn't necessarily mean "good."Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Jerrod Johnson, six others to join Bears’ practice dquadThe Bears, who have just two quarterbacks on their roster, will add a passer to their practice squad. Former Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who spent time with the Seahawks this offseason, was among seven players the Bears agreed to practice-…Upvote Share TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars have released defensive tackle Kyle Love, whom they claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots on May. 17.Upvote Share TweetThe Oakland Raiders on Sunday cut quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was selected by the team in the fourth-round of April's draft, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's John Clayton.Upvote Share TweetThe Miami Dolphins have cut fullback Evan Rodriguez just one day after he made the 53-man roster.Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Sep 1, 2013Mark Sanchez had free run of the place for the last four years, had the job security of a two-time Super Bowl champion, but now finally, mercifully, the Sanchez Era is about to end. He really blew it. He never got better. He got worse.Upvote Share TweetThe Chargers sent a pretty clear message about the defensive players that made their initial 53-man roster with a flurry of roster moves on Sunday: They weren’t good enough. The team announced all of those moves on Sunday afternoon, including the additi…Upvote Share TweetThe Steelers have signed sixth-round pick Justin Brown to their practice squad, the club said Sunday. A wide receiver from Oklahoma, Brown was waived Saturday by Pittsburgh. He caught six passes for 44 yards in the preseason. Also added to the practice …Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Candidates for breakout and broke down teams of 2013The NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing everything to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individual awards and the Super Bowl winner on Thursday before the Ravens an…Upvote Share TweetThe Bengals haven’t made any moves involving their 53-man roster since setting it on Saturday, but they have announced seven additions to their practice squad. Three of them are members of the 2012 draft class, which means that the Bengals still retain …Upvote Share TweetTexans defensive end Antonio Smith continues to take shots at Dolphins guard Richie Incognito. Fortunately, the latest comes without the swinging of any helmets. Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Smith said he forgives Incognito “for instigatin…Upvote Share TweetThe Chiefs currently have priority on claiming any player they choose on waivers. They have made use of that privilege. For starters, they were awarded former Seahawks defensive lineman Jaye Howard on waivers, as PFT reported Sunday. Also, according to …Upvote Share TweetLike many teams, the Colts are still doing some firing and hiring. They’ve announced the addition of tight end Jack Doyle off waivers from the Titans. To balance that out, the Colts waived running back Kerwynn Williams, a seventh-round pick in the 2013 …Upvote Share TweetA pair of players cut by the Dolphins on their way to 53 players won’t be leaving the AFC East. Defensive tackle A.J. Francis tweeted that he was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Sunday. Francis was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Dolp…Upvote Share TweetThe Ravens cut a bunch of guys on Saturday, and they’ve brought some of them back on Sunday. The team has announced the addition of seven players to the practice squad. The maximum number per team is eight. Joining the squad are safety Omar Brown, lineb…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns bid farewell to Brandon JacksonThe Browns keep tinkering with the roster that got to 53 players less than 24 hours ago. Gone is running back Brandon Jackson, per a league source. Jackson appeared in two games last year for the Browns. He previously spent four years with the Packers, …Upvote Share TweetAnd another guy who made the 53-man roster is now off the 53-man roster. Running back Jacob Hester has been released by the Broncos. The team announced the move earlier this afternoon. Hester signed with the Broncos last November, appearing in three reg…Upvote Share TweetThe Dallas Cowboys have made their second trade in two days by sending defensive tackle Sean Lissemore to the San Diego Chargers for a seventh-round pick in 2015, according to sources.Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles have made a change to their depth chart at cornerback. The club said Sunday it had added Shaun Prater on waivers from Cincinnati. To make room for Prater, cornerback Curtis Marsh was waived/injured. An Iowa product, Prater (5-10, 190) was a f…Upvote Share TweetThe Minnesota Vikings took to the waiver wire to add depth to their offensive line on Sunday afternoon, claiming former Chicago Bears tackle J'Marcus Webb.Upvote Share TweetThere aren’t many benefits to finishing 2-14, but one of them is prime position when it comes to waiver claims and the Jaguars are using theirs to pluck players trashed by other teams in hopes of finding treasures for themselves. The Jags have claimed f…Upvote Share TweetThe Browns have made some additions to their running back ranks. According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Cleveland has been awarded Bobby Rainey on waivers from Baltimore. Also, the Browns have added rookie Dennis Johnson, according to Jason La …Upvote Share Tweet
NFL Preview Week: Ranking the NFL’s toughest divisionsClick through the slideshow above to see how the divisions stack up.The NFL officially returns on Thursday, and Shutdown Corner is rolling out the red carpet, previewing everything to come for the 2013 season. We’ll finish it off by picking our individu…Upvote Share Tweet
Chiefs parting ways with Zac DilesAfter paring their roster to 53 players on Saturday, the Chiefs traded linebacker Edgar Jones to Dallas. Now, Kansas City has made another roster move. The Chiefs are cutting inside linebacker Zac Diles, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported on Sunday. Diles, 28…Upvote Share TweetLong snapper Brian Jennings isn't a household name, but 49ers fans likely know him. He was with them for 13 years, so long that he was drafted by the late, great Bill Walsh. Nothing lasts forever, and Jennings was released Saturday. He had his job taken…Upvote Share TweetChargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt coached the Cardinals for the last six years, giving him insight into the abilities of any veteran members of the team that were cut loose as Arizona went to 53 players. It stands to reason, then, that Whise…Upvote Share Tweet
When The Treadmill Makes You Hate What You Once LovedI discovered something this week on the treadmill. God, the treadmill is just the worst. The absolute worst. That's not the discovery. Calling that a discovery is like saying Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. What I'm saying is: the Vikings …Upvote Share TweetYes, the Bills have only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. But they’ll have a third quarterback on the team, via the practice squad. Per a league source, Thad Lewis will join the Bills’ eight-man crew of players who aren’t officially on the team bu…Upvote Share TweetAsked on a conference call about a banner featuring his picture hanging at the Denver Broncos' stadium, Joe Flacco said Sunday he completely understood Denver fans' ire.Upvote Share Tweet
Mediation between NFL, retired players unfolded in the usual wayWith ESPN bowing out of a joint venture with PBS regarding concussions after reportedly being pressured to do so by the NFL, everything ESPN now reports regarding concussions will receive extra scrutiny. The latest report from Outside the Lines is a tam…Upvote Share Tweet
The distance on 4th-and-1 may be short, but the memories are longCrticial 4th-and-1 situations can swing seasons. They can also alter legacies. A deep look into the make-or-break play.Upvote Share TweetVikings running back Adrian Peterson did some quick calculations this summer and came up with the tail end of the 2017 season as his bet for the time when he passes Emmitt Smith to become the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. Peterson will be 32 at that po…Upvote Share Tweet
Browns dump Kellen DavisYes, tight end Kellen Davis made it onto the Browns’ initial 53-man roster. Less than 18 hours later, he’s gone. Per a league source, Davis has been cut by the Browns. Davis, dumped earlier this year by the Bears, appeared in 16 games for each of the la…Upvote Share TweetFormer Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis thinks someone killed the lights after halftime at the Super Bowl because his team was running away with the game. 49ers owner Jed York has responded, essentially saying to Lewis and anyone else who would suspect foul …Upvote Share TweetDuring a Giants-Colts preseason game on Aug. 18, Fox lightheartedly showed a clip of sideline reporter Pam Oliver getting hit in the face with an errant football pass in warm-ups. Oliver smiled and laughed and joked about it, and it seemed like she was …Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Coughlin isn't always a ruddy-faced sideline troll: This profile shows the other side of the GiaTom Coughlin isn't always a ruddy-faced sideline troll: This profile shows the other side of the Giants head coach, when he's not the angry old man of the NFL.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
For plenty of players, retiring now has an extra potential benefitQuarterback Seneca Wallace disputes the notion that he’s retiring. After taking a careful look at the terms of the proposed concussion settlement, he may decide that retirement is his best option. The moment Judge Anita Brody gives preliminary approval …Upvote Share TweetThe Eagles gave up on 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins on Saturday, ending the guard’s disappointing tenure with the team after 23 games and 18 starts that featured few moments when it was clear why Watkins went so high in the draft after leaving Bay…Upvote Share Tweet
Jonathan Vilma could be ready for openerThe Saints kept nine players listed as linebackers when they cut their roster down to 53 players on Saturday and one that has been out of action for the last few weeks could make his return to the field in time to play in the season opener against the F…Upvote Share TweetWhich Bills cuts are eligible for the practice squad? The Dolphins could be in the market for another wide receiver. DL Tommy Kelly hopes to make Patriots coach Bill Belichick happy this season. Said Jets QB Matt Simms, “[Offensive coordinator] Marty [M…Upvote Share Tweet
The roster carnage has ended, sort ofOn Saturday, all teams had to finish the process of dropping from 75 players to 53. Only four days earlier, all teams were permitted to have up to 90 on the roster. Here are the final AFC cuts. And here are the final NFC moves. That’s 2,880 to 2,400 to …Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks acquire some defensive tackle help, from JacksonvilleWhen an assistant coach leaves one team to become the head coach of another, players from the first team sometimes join the new coach of the second team. For the Seahawks and Jaguars, the pipeline operated on Saturday in reverse. The Jaguars, now coache…Upvote Share TweetLawrence Tynes will miss the entire 2013 season with an MRSA infection that he believes he contracted at the Buccaneers’ team facility. And he says the Bucs aren’t doing enough to take responsibility for the situation. Tynes told FOXSports.com that by p…Upvote Share Tweet
As NY Jets struggle with quarterbacks, NY Giants lucky to have Eli Manningnydailynews.com Sep 1, 2013We are reminded again, as the Jets still haven’t decided who they want as their starting quarterback this season, how lucky the Giants are to have Eli.Upvote Share Tweet
Manuel Returns To PracticeSep 1ESPN's Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak breaks down EJ Manuel's return to practice two weeks after undergoing a minor procedure on his left knee.
Week 1 preview: Green Bay Packers Packers vs. San Francisco 49ersSep 1"NFL Total Access" analysts Terrell Davis and Brian Baldinger talk about the San Francisco 49ers' read-option offense and whether the Green Bay Packers' defense will be ready for it come Week 1.
Buffalo Bills RB C.J. Spiller thankful for support during family tragedySep 1Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller spoke to the media Sunday thanking the city of Buffalo and the Bills organization for all the support during his recent family tragedy.
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel healing well, could start Week 1Sep 1Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel and head coach Doug Marrone spoke Sunday on Manuel's healing process, and both believe that the first-round draft pick could start Week 1.
NFL mailbag -- Roster cuts target middle classSep 1Mailbag: The recent roster cuts targeted the middle class as teams went younger and cheaper, writes John Clayton.
Oakland Raiders cut QB Tyler Wilson; Chris Kluwe too?Sep 1The Oakland Raiders on Sunday cut quarterback Tyler Wilson, who was selected by the team in the fourth-round of April's draft, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's John Clayton.