Austin Seferian-Jenkins will play with the first team in Friday’s preseason game.
The Bucs have given Cameron Brate most of the starter reps to this point, but ASJ has earned the promotion with his recent play. He’s reportedly improved the mental aspect of his game since his shaky start to training camp. Seferian-Jenkins is shaping up as a high-upside TE2.
Jaguars DE Dante Fowler is expected to split first-team reps with third-round DE Yannick Ngakoue in Sunday's preseason game.
Fowler has come back to Earth a bit after getting off to a blazing start this summer. He's yet to record a tackle in 24 defensive snaps this preseason and has now fallen into a timeshare with Ngakoue. "I learned there’s a big difference in being ready to play a game physically and being mentally ready for your opponent," said Fowler of his recent struggles. "It’s time to lock in." Fowler is obviously going through an adjustment period after missing all of last season with a torn ACL, but he's still the heavy favorite to start opposite Jared Odrick at defensive end.
The Colts are hosting free agent RB Stevan Ridley for a visit.
The Colts are desperate for running back depth, where career JAG Bob Turbin is currently the favorite for No. 2 duties behind Frank Gore. Josh Ferguson has fallen onto the roster bubble, while Jordan Todman never seems to be able to nail down an NFL home. Ridley, 27, probably isn't the answer. He has looked washed up in stints with the Jets and Lions since a 2014 ACL tear.
Tyler Eifert (ankle) is targeting Weeks 4-6 for his return, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The Cincinnati Enquirer hinted Friday that Eifert was still holding out hope for Week 1, but Rapsheet's report seems to eliminate that possibility. Eifert only recently resumed jogging after undergoing ankle surgery three months ago. If Rapoport's timetable holds, the earliest we'd see Eifert back on the field would be September 29 against Miami. Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd figure to be more involved in the passing game while Eifert is sidelined.
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the NFL "seems content" with Jerry Jones' "rebuke" of Ezekiel Elliott for visiting a marijuana store in Seattle.
A league source did tell Werder, however, that there remains a "pattern of behavior concern" with Elliott, who is also being investigated for domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. There have been no developments in the domestic violence case. Elliott is in the clear at the moment, but he needs to start walking a finer line. The NFL is certainly keeping a close watch.
The Palm Beach Post believes Arian Foster "may end up with more touches this season than starter Jay Ajayi."
Ajayi has started each of Miami's first three preseason games and may get the nominal start in Week 1 at Seattle, but Foster has looked like the better, more versatile back. The Palm Peach Post's Joe Schad believes Foster "should be a central figure in the Dolphins' offense." Foster is an injury risk, but he is also drafted as such. He remains well worthy of a middle-round stab.
Free agent S William Moore told ESPN's Vaughn McClure that he'd "absolutely" be interested in re-signing with the Falcons.
Moore hasn't attracted much interest since getting cut by Atlanta in February, though he did work out for the Patriots a few months back. With rookie SS Keanu Neal (knee scope) on the shelf, the Falcons may consider a reunion with Moore. It's unclear how much the 31-year-old has left in the tank after missing 14 games due to injury over the past two seasons.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants could keep five running backs on their 53-man roster.
Those five running backs would be Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa. The first four are locks while Darkwa and fullback Nikita Whitlock seem to be battling for one spot. Darkwa has only played nine snaps on offense this preseason but has played a pivotal role on special teams. If Darkwa makes the team over Whitlock, the Giants would likely use one of their tight ends at the fullback position.