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Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.

"I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board.
Aug 20 - 9:21 AM

Kenjon Barner was reportedly "overmatched by nearly every linebacker and defensive back he lined up against" during Panthers camp.

Barner added 15 pounds during the offseason, but still couldn't become adequate as a pass blocker. If he sticks with the Eagles, it will be largely due to his ability to contribute in the return game. Barner fell behind Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina and was going to get cut. Note that the Eagles won't even have to give up that seventh-round pick to the Panthers unless Barner is on the 46-man active roster for at least four games this season.
Aug 20 - 9:10 AM

Blake Bortles received 7-8 first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice.

That was up from the three first-team reps Bortles took on Monday. The Jags are slowly bringing the No. 3 overall pick along while quietly avoiding the quarterback competition that went down in Cleveland. Through two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 for 277 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, good for a 96.9 passer rating. We'd be a little surprised if he's not starting games for the Jags by Halloween.
Aug 20 - 8:56 AM

Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.

Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempts in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A change at the quarterback spot could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL.
Aug 20 - 8:33 AM

Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as the Browns have to face Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before their Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games.
Aug 20 - 8:18 AM

Coach Chip Kelly downplayed LeSean McCoy's "small version" for turf toe Tuesday.

McCoy practiced in full on Monday, a surefire sign that this ailment is nothing to be worried about. If the Eagles' medical staff had any concern at all, they would have held him out as the regular season opener is more than two weeks away. "He's fine," coach Chip Kelly said. "It's not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be. ... There’s a lot of questions about a toe in August that I think is way overblown." Owners looking for protection can snag Chris Polk, although he has to get over his nagging hamstring injury soon to secure the backup job.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 20 - 8:12 AM

There's concern that Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is in danger of missing Week 1.

Mills is listed as day to day, but he hasn't played in a preseason game yet and has been spotted with a walking boot sporadically throughout camp. He underwent left foot surgery in January. When asked if his starting right tackle's is in doubt for the opener, coach Marc Trestman said, "I'm hopeful that it's not. I'm not trying to get you to insinuate anything. I'm just hopeful it's not." Mills was the weakest member of the Bears' improved line last season.
Aug 20 - 8:06 AM

FS Jairus Byrd (back) went through full-contact drills for the first time as a Saint Tuesday.

Byrd, who was signed to a $54 million deal on the first day of free agency, is coming off minor surgery to repair a disc issue. He's on track to be 100 percent for Week 1, as expected. Rob Ryan's Saints defense is loaded with talent and will also benefit from a relatively soft schedule. Their first five games are against Atlanta, Cleveland, Minnesota, Dallas and Tampa Bay.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 8:01 AM
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