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ESPN New York confirms Geno Smith will be the Jets' Week 1 starter.

The Jets haven't made an official announcement yet, but it's only a matter of time. Geno has soaked up the vast majority of first-team reps in practice, started the first two preseason games and will start on Friday night. "When the coaches say, 'First-group offense,' we know who's walking in the huddle," WR David Nelson said Tuesday. "It's not something that needs to be said. He's the guy and we're moving forward."
Aug 20 - 12:17 PM

Bucs released WR/KR Lavelle Hawkins.

Hawkins' college connection to Bucs OC Jeff Tedford could only get him so far. The return man hasn't caught a pass in a game since 2012 while with the Titans.
Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

Chris Thompson (ankle) will practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

The oft-injured Thompson is nearing a return from his mild ankle sprain. He's well behind Roy Helu for third-down duties and is firmly on the roster bubble.
Aug 20 - 11:50 AM

Torrey Smith is anticipating a more versatile role this season.

The hiring of Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator will be a boon to Smith's box scores. Used too often as a one-trick deep threat through his first three NFL seasons, the speedster's new role "incorporates his ability to run deep routes as well as short to intermediate patterns." Much like the Shanahan & Son offense, the Gary Kubiak scheme is ridiculously friendly to X receivers -- as we saw with Andre Johnson in Houston. Smith is playing that spot now, is in a contract year and is one of our favorite mid-round wideout targets.
Aug 20 - 11:30 AM

Eagles waived RB David Fluellen.

Fluellen was a priority UDFA pickup immediately after the draft, having rushed for 3,336 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career at Toledo. But he's missed a bunch of camp time due to a calf injury, and now loses his roster spot to Chip Kelly's Oregon connection -- Kenjon Barner.
Aug 20 - 11:24 AM

No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson will start at left guard in Saturday's third preseason game and then kick to left tackle once Jake Long departs.

Robinson has been pulling double duty all camp, working as the starting left guard and also getting time at his eventual position -- left tackle. He hasn't been good in the first two preseason games, giving up one sack, one quarterback hit and one quarterback hurry on just 66 snaps.
Aug 20 - 11:16 AM

Steelers waived NT Al Lapuaho.

Lapuaho is a former undrafted free agent out of Utah State that spent most of last season on the Dolphins' practice squad. He loses his roster spot to veteran Brett Keisel, who was re-signed to a two-year contract.
Aug 20 - 11:04 AM

Stephen Hill remains behind David Nelson for No. 2 outside wideout duties.

Hill's troublesome knees haven't been an issue in camp, but production has. He's played 70 snaps and run 37 routes through two preseason games, yet has just one catch for 17 yards. Hill is unlikely to be a factor behind Eric Decker and slot man Jeremy Kerley even if he can catch up to Nelson before Week 1.
Aug 20 - 10:54 AM
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