Browns coach Mike Pettine hinted at disappointment with rookie RB Terrance West.
"Some guys kind of say, 'OK, I made it. I'm on the roster,' but to me, they need to accelerate, not decelerate," said Pettine. Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, West has been "slow adjusting" to OC Kyle Shanahan's zone-run game, allowing Ben Tate to run away with the every-down back job. West will open the year as no more than Tate's handcuff. He only has late-round value in fantasy.
The Rams will not sign free agent DE Michael Sam to their practice squad.
Sam cleared waivers Sunday. St. Louis will announce its ten-man practice squad on Monday, and Sam won't be on it. The 249th overall pick in May's draft played well enough in preseason games to earn a look elsewhere, but to this point Sam has generated no known interest since being waived by the Rams.
The Titans are expected to sign free agent K Ryan Succop "as early as Monday."
Succop would replace Travis Coons, who temporarily won a training camp battle over Maikon Bonani. The Titans are scraping the bottom of the kicker pile after Succop finished 2013 22-of-28 on field goal tries with Kansas City.
Chargers RG Jeromey Clary underwent an additional hip surgery "about a week ago," and may miss the entire 2014 season.
He's now had two hip operations in a three-month span. Clary will open the season on reserve/PUP, and likely stay there for all of 2014. Johnnie Troutman is now San Diego's starting right guard after beating out rookie Chris Watt. Pro Football Focus gave Troutman plus run-blocking grades -- and Clary miserable ones -- so this could actually be an upgrade for Ryan Mathews.
Browns signed QB Connor Shaw to their practice squad.
He cleared waivers unclaimed, which means no one else wanted him. Shaw only played 28 snaps in the preseason, as Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel hogged reps. Long term, 22-year-old Shaw's ceiling is in the Jeff Garcia range.
Chiefs agreed to terms with QB Alex Smith on a four-year, $68 million extension through 2018.
Because Smith was owed $8 million in 2014, the deal is actually $76 million over five seasons -- a $15.2 million annual average -- with $45 million guaranteed. If you treat Andy Dalton's Bengals deal similarly, Smith is collecting roughly $1.3 million more per year, but is still well south of Jay Cutler ($18.1 million annually) and Joe Flacco ($20.1 million) money. Even with Smith's passing limitations considered, this seems like a fair deal for both sides. The Chiefs will continue to lean heavily on running back Jamaal Charles and a talented defensive front seven to carry them in games. Smith seemed to grow as a quarterback over the course of his first season under Andy Reid, posting career highs in passing touchdowns (23) and rushing (76-431-1). He became more willing to pull the trigger on tough throws as the year progressed. Smith, 30, is a low-ceiling QB2 in fantasy leagues and will probably remain that way for the rest of his career.
Coach Mike Pettine said Sunday he's "comfortable" leaving Ben Tate in on third downs.
Tate has obviously secured Cleveland's early-down rushing job, and it appears he'll open the season as a true every-down back. Rookie Terrance West faded as soon as the preseason began, getting exposed as not NFL-ready. The Browns' No. 3 tailback is UDFA Isaiah Crowell. Considering how poorly West played in August, it's possible Tate does not have a clear handcuff. West and Crowell might share the workload in the event of an injury to Tate.
Jets signed RB Daryl Richardson to their practice squad.
He'll function as New York's No. 4 tailback for now, behind Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell. Richardson opened last season as the Rams' starter, but struggled mightily before suffering a debilitating toe injury.