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Bills waived CB Ross Cockrell.

Cockrell was a fourth-round pick put of Duke last year, but ended up playing just 11 snaps as a rookie. Under a new regime, Cockrell was no longer on scholarship. He was a 49-game starter in college and had a nose for the ball as a plus-size (6-foot, 190) playmaker, but was getting beat often in training camp.
Aug 31 - 9:58 PM

Chiefs third-round WR Chris Conley ran with the starting offense at Monday's practice.

With Albert Wilson (shoulder) hurt, Conley is getting his chance to run opposite Jeremy Maclin. Before Wilson even got hurt last week, he was having a really quiet camp and preseason while Conley caught 3-of-5 targets for 30 yards in his first action of the preseason over the weekend. Wilson has speed, but isn't very big. Conley (6'3/205) was a draftnik favorite as a metrics freak with 4.35 wheels, 45-inch vertical, and 11-foot-7 broad jump. He's in the mix for No. 2 duties.
Aug 31 - 8:26 PM

Raiders waived WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

The former Patriots standout undrafted rookie from 2013 caught just 4-of-11 targets this preseason for 27 scoreless yards. He also dropped two passes. The Raiders have a ton of No. 3/4 receivers behind Amari Cooper, and Thompkins is one of the odd ones out. Neither big nor fast, Thompkins is a possession-type.
Aug 31 - 7:17 PM

Updating a previous item, Patriots waived/injured WR Josh Boyce.

It was initially reported that Boyce was flat-out cut. Instead, he'll pass through waivers and head to the Patriots I.R. list, where he'll either miss the entire season or later be released with an injury settlement. It'll probably be the latter.
Aug 31 - 7:15 PM

Raiders waived RB Trent Richardson.

Oakland will eat the $600,000 it guaranteed Richardson back in March. We figured the Colts' release of Richardson would serve as a swift kick in the pants for the former No. 3 overall pick, but he ended up reporting to Raiders camp overweight and didn't impress anyone in the organization this preseason, rushing for 42 scoreless yards on 15 carries (2.8 YPC) and breaking one measly tackle. Richardson is running out of chances, but we expect him to get one more.
Aug 31 - 6:43 PM

Ravens placed S Matt Elam, OLB Steven Means, TE Allen Reisner, and CB Chris Greenwood on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

Elam tore his biceps early in training camp and will miss all of his third NFL season. He was ineffective at both slot corner and safety in 2014.
Aug 31 - 6:26 PM

Rishard Matthews started the Dolphins' third preseason game over Kenny Stills.

Stills battled a calf injury early in camp and missed the first couple weeks of practice in addition to the first preseason game. Across 35 snaps this preseason, Stills has caught 3-of-4 targets for 31 scoreless yards. It's still early, and Stills has gobs of talent, but he needs to stay on the field and start building a rapport with Ryan Tannehill. Jarvis Landry, Greg Jennings, and Matthews started on Saturday, with Stills mixing in behind them. OC Bill Lazor recently praised Matthews.
Aug 31 - 6:19 PM

Fourth-rounder Jamil Douglas has passed Billy Turner in the Dolphins' right-guard competition.

Douglas has slowly started getting more reps with the first-team offense at the expense of Turner over the past couple weeks, and the two players were notified of the switch on Monday. Douglas was initially supposed to push LG Dallas Thomas, but Thomas has played well after a rough first two seasons.
Aug 31 - 6:11 PM

Vikings placed CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) on reserve/PUP.

Robinson tore his pectoral muscle in the spring and has been sidelined since. He'll be eligible to return to the active roster Week 7 against the Lions. Robinson won't have a major role after the additions of Trae Waynes and Terence Newman.
Aug 31 - 6:08 PM

Patriots waived WR Josh Boyce, WR Jonathan Krause, TE Jimmay Mundine, DL Joe Vellano and LB Dekoda Watson.

A 2013 fourth-rounder, it's the second year in a row Boyce hasn't survived through final cuts. Although Boyce ended up making one 2014 appearance, this should be the end of the line for his time with the Patriots. Boyce has serious speed, but has dealt with injuries, and never got in rhythm with Tom Brady.
Aug 31 - 5:50 PM

Rams waived CB Imoan Claiborne, 
OT Steven Baker, OT Travis Bond, 
S Jay Hughes, LS Tyler Ott, K/P Michael Palardy, 
WR Tyler Slavin, TE Brad Smelley, 
LB Korey Toomer and C David Wang.

Veteran WR Damian Williams was released. Claiborne's release came as a "mild surprise" to reporter Nick Wagoner. Getting cut loose now suggests the Rams don't view him as a candidate for the practice squad.
Aug 31 - 5:27 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell called Week 4 a "realistic" return target for Julius Thomas (hand surgery).

Thomas has already been essentially ruled out for the first three games of the season. It sounds like returning in Week 4 against the Colts would be a best case scenario. Expect Allen Robinson to be a target monster in the meantime, and for Allen Hurns to also see a bump in early-season usage.
Aug 31 - 5:20 PM

DeVante Parker (foot) resumed practicing Monday, and the Dolphins are "quietly hopeful" he'll be ready for Week 1.

Parker's limited session on Monday was his first practice of any kind since his June operation. With only 13 days to get in game shape, Parker will undoubtedly will be on a snap count for the opener, but he could be worked into the offense quickly. Parker remains worth stashing as a WR4/5.
Aug 31 - 5:18 PM

Titans CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson has returned from his high ankle sprain.

He resumed practicing Monday after missing the previous two-plus weeks of training camp. With top Titans CB Jason McCourty (groin surgery) unlikely to play before Week 3, Wreh-Wilson projects as a potential starter opposite Perrish Cox to begin the year. DFS players should be praying Wreh-Wilson gets the nod with the ones. Wreh-Wilson is one of the NFL's easiest-to-burn corners.
Aug 31 - 5:12 PM

Cowboys activated MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) from the active/PUP list.

McClain is suspended for Weeks 1-4, but will be ready to rock against the Patriots in Week 5. One of 2014's biggest surprises, McClain will be returning to a starting job.
Aug 31 - 5:08 PM

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