Waiver Wire: Week 1

Waiver Wire: Week 1
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Giants MLB Jon Beason (foot) returned to practice Monday and expects to play Week 1 against the Lions.

Sep 2 - 9:42 AM

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. He went undrafted in May and 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.
Sep 2 - 9:37 AM

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.
Sep 2 - 9:19 AM

Bucs OC Jeff Tedford (medical procedure) may miss Week 1 against the Panthers.

52-year-old Tedford underwent a "medical procedure" last week. He's been working part-time from home since then, and may not be ready to return to the coaching box by Sunday. If Tedford can't be in attendance, QBs coach Marcus Arroyo will call the offensive plays. Tampa Bay's offensive line was dominated all preseason. They have a tough test against Carolina's front seven.
Sep 2 - 9:10 AM

The Houston Chronicle doesn't expect Ryan Mallett to challenge for the Texans' starting job anytime soon.

Per beat writer Brian Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick is "locked in" as coach Bill O'Brien's starter. Mallett is being brought to Houston as a quarterback with familiarity of the offense. We don't doubt that Fitzpatrick is the guy for right now, but once he struggles, because he certainly will, the Mallett chants will begin.
Sep 2 - 8:23 AM

Third-round OG Gabe Jackson is the Raiders' starting left guard.

Jackson was competing with veteran Khalif Barnes for the job for most of camp, and ended up getting the nod after Barnes supplanted Menelik Watson at right tackle. Jackson is a strong power blocker at 6'3/336. The Raiders' line reads LT Donald Penn, LG Jackson, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Austin Howard, RT Barnes.
Sep 2 - 8:10 AM

Texans signed LE J.J. Watt to a six-year, $100 million extension, including $51.8 million guaranteed.

The new contract technically makes Watt the highest paid defender in league history, surpassing Bills DE Mario Williams' six-year, $96 million deal. Watt was already under Texans control through 2015 at a severely underpriced $8.88 million across two years, however, and it appears this extension was simply tacked onto the back end of his rookie deal. Watt spoke publicly about his desire for a long-term commitment from Houston in mid-August, which may have sparked discussions. Watt, 25, has 36.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles across his first three NFL seasons to go with an incredible 27 pass breakups, earning him the nickname "J.J. Swatt." Pro Football Focus has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 defensive end in back-to-back years. He's arguably -- or perhaps inarguably -- the best young player in football, regardless of position.
Sep 2 - 1:06 AM

Cardinals ILB Kevin Minter has been practicing since August 25 after missing much of camp with a strained pectoral muscle.

He played in Arizona's preseason finale, grading out well per Pro Football Focus across 28 snaps. Minter is tentatively expected to open the season as a two-down player next to ex-Steeler Larry Foote. With one career NFL defensive snap to his name, Minter is a total wild card. He's not worthy of IDP investment, yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 11:37 PM
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