The Titans have elevated rookie Bishop Sankey to No. 2 on their tailback depth chart.
He's still behind Shonn Greene, but passed Dexter McCluster. Per beat writer Paul Kuharsky, "all three will be part of the rotation and game plans and matchups will do a lot to dictate their usage." Greene will open the season as the slight favorite for carries over Sankey, and should get almost all short-yardage and goal-line work. McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role under ex-Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. Although his ascent has been slow, we still expect Sankey to emerge from this pack as the Titans' leader in 2014 touches.
A.Q. Shipley took all of the Colts' first-team reps at center during Monday's practice.
Shipley was claimed off waivers on Sunday, but knows the offense after spending 2012 in Indy. Usual No. 1 center Khaled Holmes is still battling a high-ankle sprain. He's not expected to play Week 1. The Colts have been hit hard by injuries up front this summer. Their Week 1 line projects as LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Jack Mewhort, C Shipley, RG Hugh Thornton, RT Gosder Cherilus.
Chiefs signed S Kurt Coleman.
Coleman was part of the Vikings' final cuts after inking a one-year deal with Minnesota in March. He was drafted by coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia and will be Kansas City's No. 4 safety. Coleman will mainly cover kicks for the Chiefs.
Lamar Miller is listed as the Dolphins' starting running back on the latest depth chart.
It's not a surprise, as the expectation continues to be that Miller will get the "starts" and most of the early-down work while Knowshon Moreno has emerged as the favorite for third-down and passing-game duties. Moreno could chip into Miller's snaps after Miller failed to produce during the preseason. The thing to take away is that Moreno's stock is on the rise, and Miller is treading water.
Coach Mike Pettine continued to praise Ben Tate as a three-down running back, calling Tate the "guy you can trust the most right now."
After the Browns cut Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya, Tate became the clear leader for third-down duties. He already had early-down work sewn up after a strong preseason coupled with Terrance West's disappointing summer. "He’s been solid in protection. I think he does a nice job catching the ball," Pettine said. "Probably the guy you can trust the most right now would be Ben." Look for Tate to carry the ball 15-20 times per game under OC Kyle Shanahan. There's potential for high-end RB1 production. Tate just needs to stay healthy.
Giants MLB Jon Beason (foot) returned to practice Monday and expects to play Week 1 against the Lions.
Whether Beason plays a part-time or full-time role remains to be seen. Monday was his first practice since tearing a ligament and breaking a bone in his toe in June, so there's ground to be made up. The Giants are going to lean on their defense early on while the offense tries to work through its preseason problems. Beason is an integral part of the Giants' run defense at the MIKE spot.
Coach Mike Pettine said he believes undrafted CB Robert Nelson has a chance to be a starter at some point.
Nelson profiles as a slot corner at 5'9/175. The UDFA attended Cleveland's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. The Browns then signed Nelson, and he ended up making the 53-man roster. After spending a few years looking for a complement to Joe Haden, the Browns now have one of the deeper cornerback depth charts in the league. Nelson will likely cover kicks as a rookie.
Ravens re-signed CB Derek Cox.
Cox, 28 later this month, was signed by the Ravens last week. He was then apart of final cuts. Cox had drawn interest from at least one other team, but chose to re-up in Baltimore where the cornerback depth chart is churning behind starters Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Cox will compete for a role in sub-packages, likely as an outside corner when Webb moves to the slot.