A New King of Closers?

A New King of Closers?
Brad Johnson covers the latest closer and stolen base news as the calendar inches towards the stretch run.
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Cardinals team reporter Darren Urban says the starting cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson is "far from settled."

It will likely come down to either Brandon Williams or Justin Bethel, though coach Bruce Arians has called Mike Jenkins a "sleeper." Urban conceded that if the season started today, Williams would likely get the nod over Bethel, who has spent most of camp recovering from a foot injury. Whoever earns the starting job will be targeted frequently this year as teams tend to avoid throwing in Peterson's direction.
Aug 24 - 5:19 PM

Suspended WR Justin Blackmon received a one-year suspended sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to an April DUI charge.

He's also been put on probation. Blackmon will avoid jail time as long as he complies with the conditions set by an Oklahoma judge. An immense talent coming out of Oklahoma State, the former top-five pick has sabotaged his career with repeated substance abuse and other off-field issues. The odds of him ever playing another NFL snap are slim to none.
Aug 24 - 5:06 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports newly acquired Redskins C Bryan Stork is "weighing retirement."

Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley sent the Internet into a frenzy on Wednesday when he tweeted "Actually Stork is retiring. Huh? This just got interesting." A number of beat writers chimed in including Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who confirmed from a source that Stork was "possibly" calling it quits. If Stork does decide to hang it up, it would be a dramatic turn of events after opening Patriots' camp as a projected starter. It might take a while for this situation to resolve itself.
Aug 24 - 4:51 PM

Geno Smith will function as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

Smith has faced competition from Bryce Petty throughout camp but it appears he's still in the driver's seat for backup duties behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. It would probably make life easier for the Jets if Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there's a real chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
Aug 24 - 4:44 PM

Chargers holdout No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa has been "working out like a madman" at Tony Villani's XPE Sports Academy in Florida, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

At least Bosa's conditioning won't be an issue if he ever decides to end his holdout. The Chargers were hoping Bosa would return this week so he could get a couple practices under his belt before Week 1 but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Even if Bosa caves in the next few days (he won't), it's unlikely he'd be ready for the team's opener against Kansas City on September 11.
Aug 24 - 4:33 PM

Jaguars released RB Jonas Gray with an injury settlement.

That takes him off the Jaguars' injured reserve list. Gray hurt his quad early on in training camp and it's unclear when he might return. He managed just 54 yards on 14 carries in his two games for Jacksonville last season.
Aug 24 - 4:19 PM

NFL suspended Chargers DT Damion Square four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

He'll be eligible to return against the Raiders in Week 5. Square missed a drug test, which has the same effect as if he had tested positive. The third-year defensive lineman appeared in six games for the Chargers after being claimed off waivers from Philadelphia in November.
Aug 24 - 4:12 PM

Titans C/G Andy Gallik underwent a knee scope and will miss "at least" the remainder of the preseason.

Last year's sixth-rounder, Gallik is competing for a backup job along the interior.
Aug 24 - 3:55 PM
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