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First-round pick Michael Floyd will likely enter training camp fourth on the wide receiver depth chart, according to Pro Football Weekly.

The coaching staff is reportedly thrilled with Floyd's work ethic after he initially balked at cutting back offseason practice time due to a strained quad. PFW hears that Floyd will be allowed to "develop at his own pace," which suggests he could push Andre Roberts and Early Doucet with a strong camp. The Arizona Republic believes it "wouldn't be surprising," however, if Floyd opened the season as the No. 3 or 4 receiver.
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 01:33:00 PM

Dolphins waived RB Daniel Thomas and RB/KR Marcus Thigpen.

The Fins finally admit their mistake on Thomas, whom ex-GM Jeff Ireland traded up to select in the second round of the 2011 draft. Thomas almost single-handedly held Miami's running game hostage for the past three seasons. The team will now move forward with Lamar Miller, Knowshon Moreno, and UDFA Damien Williams, although we wouldn't rule out the Dolphins putting in a waiver claim on a tailback toward the end of final cuts.
Aug 30 - 11:28 AM

Free agent OLB James Harrison has retired from the NFL after 12 seasons.

Harrison's play really fell off the past couple years, but he was one of the most feared pass rushers of the past decade. A former UDFA out of Kent State, Harrison registered 66 career sacks and 29 forced fumbles. He was the heart and soul of the Steelers defenses of the late 2000s. Harrison, 36, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro. Harrison will likely ink a one-day contract with the Steelers after spending the first 11 years of his career in Pittsburgh before joining Cincinnati in 2013. He'll likely fall short of the Hall of Fame, but should land in the Steelers' Ring of Honor.
Aug 30 - 11:13 AM

Undrafted rookie WR Corey Washington has made the Giants' 53-man roster.

We wouldn't be surprised to see Washington play in three- or four-wide sets to open the year. The 22-year-old from tiny Newberry college finished the exhibition season with 10 catches for 155 yards and four touchdowns. A favorite of small-school receiver guru Matthew Freedman, Washington has 4.50 speed and a 10-foot-5 broad jump at 6-foot-4, 214. He's worth a serious look in Dynasty leagues.
Aug 30 - 10:51 AM

Lions waived RB Mikel Leshoure.

Leshoure, a 2011 second-round pick who lost his power-back gig to Joique Bell last year, simply didn't have a role. He doesn't play on special teams and Reggie Bush, Bell and Theo Riddick will hog all the carries in Detroit. GM Martin Mayhew almost certainly regrets not trading Leshoure to the Colts last year when he had the chance. In three seasons, he has 217 carries for 807 yards (3.71 YPC) with nine touchdowns and 34 catches for 214 yards. Leshoure, still just 24, should land on his feet despite a rough preseason that saw him average 3.69 YPC and lose a fumble.
Aug 30 - 10:37 AM

Browns released RB Chris Ogbonnaya.

The Browns didn't want to expose five-star talent Isaiah Crowell to waivers, so they make a surprising cut of a versatile player who can lead block, catch and run in a pinch. Now they only have raw rookies Terrance West and Crowell behind starter Ben Tate. It's good news for the projected catch total of Tate and West, as Ogbonnaya was thought to be headed for a third-down role. Dion Lewis was also cut Saturday.
Aug 30 - 10:22 AM

Browns released WR Nate Burleson.

Burleson, 33, was bothered by a hamstring injury all camp, rendering him unable to compete against the likes of Charles Johnson and Travis Benjamin. Still, it's a terrible sign for Burleson that the league's most WR-needy team didn't feel the need to keep him. Having appeared in just 15 games over the last two years, Burleson will find very little interest on the open market.
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Redskins waived or released RB Lache Seastrunk, RB Chris Thompson and RB Evan Royster.

All three lost out to UDFA Silas Redd for the No. 3 running back job behind Alfred Morris and Roy Helu. Seastrunk has practice squad eligibility, and will likely be stashed there if he clears waivers. Thompson has an intriguing enough skill set that he might get a look if healthy.
Aug 30 - 8:55 AM

Bills signed QB Kyle Orton to a one-year contract.

Orton, 31, made one start for the Cowboys last season in an NFC East win-or-go-home tilt with the Eagles. He scattered check down after check down amongst 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league, but it's fair to wonder if he eventually becomes a better option than E.J. Manuel. For now, Orton will push Jeff Tuel for the backup job.
Aug 29 - 10:22 PM

Seahawks waived QB Terrelle Pryor.

He lost out to Tarvaris Jackson for the backup job. Despite his limitations as a passer, Pryor's unique physical traits should ensure he is not on the street for long. Pryor completed 21-of-39 passes for 281 yards (7.2 YPA), a touchdown and two interceptions this preseason. He added 97 yards and a TD on the ground.
Aug 29 - 9:18 PM

Raiders coach Dennis Allen is waiting for an update on Matt Schaub's elbow injury before naming his Week 1 quarterback.

Schaub's minor elbow issue appears to have given Allen the opening he needed to name Derek Carr the starter, but the Raiders will go through a few formalities first. Carr lit up the Seahawks' 2s and 3s in Thursday night's preseason finale, and has run circles around Schaub all preseason. We expect Carr to get the call against the Jets next weekend. Schaub will be away from the team this weekend as he deals with a "personal issue."
Aug 29 - 7:26 PM

NFL suspended 49ers OLB Aldon Smith nine games for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies.

The 49ers have a Week 8 bye, so Smith won't be available until Week 11. As San Francisco has already lost ILB Navorro Bowman (ACL, MCL) and NT Glenn Dorsey (torn biceps), it's fair to wonder if the team will be forced to play more aggressive offense in Colin Kaepernick's second year as a starter. Smith's ban turned out to be even longer than expected, but it's a fair punishment regardless following Smith's array of off-field transgressions. The 49ers will turn to special teams type Dan Skuta and sophomore Corey Lemonier opposite Ahmad Brooks. It's an enormous downgrade in pass-rush ability.
Aug 29 - 4:00 PM




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