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The Oakland Tribune suggests rookie Derek Carr could "shorten the leash" of struggling starter Matt Schaub by playing well in the Raiders' preseason finale.

Carr will play well into the second half of Thursday's tilt with Seattle. "I've said it from Day 1, the guy's comfortable in the huddle," OC Greg Olson said of Carr. "The game's not too big for him. I still believe he sees the field very well. I don't think the game's too fast for him, which a lot of times is a concern with a rookie quarterback." We fully expect Carr to make starts this year, and probably by October.
Aug 27 - 8:08 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Patriots' acquisition of Tim Wright has nothing to do with Rob Gronkowski's health.

Gronk is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound in-line tight end. Wright is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound college wide receiver. They're completely different players who will play totally different roles. Most signs continue to point to Gronkowski being ready for Week 1, but there are no guarantees. For Gronk drafters, we suggest grabbing Heath Miller or Garrett Graham late as early-season insurance.
Aug 27 - 7:58 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Tim Wright the Patriots' "new [Aaron] Hernandez."

That's how we also see it. Many figured the Patriots' acquisition of Wright on Tuesday was a sign Rob Gronkowski's path back to the field was going to be halted. That couldn't be further from the truth. Wright is a former college receiver, while Gronkowski is a do-it-all in-line tight end. They're completely different players. While we need to tap the brakes on Wright becoming a top-three fantasy tight end like Hernandez, the Patriots clearly like Wright. It'll take him time to learn the offense, but he may be their future at "move" tight end. He's a back-end TE2.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) has been cleared to travel with the Broncos to their preseason finale, but he has yet to be cleared to play.

Welker is making his way through the league's protocol at a rapid pace. He's already exercising, but can't yet take on contact in practice. Welker has 11 days to gain clearance for the Broncos' Week 1 opener two Sundays from now.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 27 - 6:36 PM

Cowboys waived WR Tim Benford.

Benford spent all of 2012 and 2013 on the Cowboys' practice squad. He caught just 4-of-7 targets for 34 yards this preseason. Benford also dropped a pass. He might be in line for another tour on the practice squad.
Aug 27 - 6:02 PM

Titans signed DE Jurrell Casey to a four-year, $36 million extension through 2018.

It includes $20.5 million guaranteed and makes Casey the highest-paid player on the Titans' roster. $9 million annually is a lot of dough to shell out. Casey is now the second-highest-paid 3-4 end in football in terms of annual average behind Calais Campbell's $11 million. Casey had a career year in 2013, racking up 10.5 sacks and 55 tackles. That was as a penetrating one-gap defensive tackle in a 4-3. For the sake of the Titans, we hope new DC Ray Horton will allow Casey to push the pocket instead of playing two-gap.
Aug 27 - 5:32 PM

Free agent K Garrett Hartley worked out for the Titans on Wednesday.

The Titans seem poised to sign a new kicker. Hartley joined experienced veterans Jay Feely and Rian Lindell at the Titans workout.
Aug 27 - 5:22 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli believes S Shiloh Keo's roster spot is in danger.

Keo started 11 games at free safety for the Texans last season, registering 63 tackles and six pass breakups. He's appeared in 42 career games since being a 2011 fifth-round pick. The Texans upgraded their safety position in free agency, signing Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis to team with D.J. Swearinger.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 5:15 PM

Cowboys claimed DB Jemea Thomas off waivers from the Patriots.

Thomas was the 206th overall pick in May's draft. Coach Bill Belichick called Thomas a four-down player when the Patriots drafted him. He was expected to contribute heavily on special teams. Thomas can play safety and corner.
Aug 27 - 4:58 PM

Packers RBs coach Sam Gash believes Eddie Lacy is capable of leading the league in rushing and total yards.

While Lacy might not be the favorite, he's one of a handful of contenders. He's been dominant this preseason across just 21 offensive snaps, rushing for 61 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries while breaking six tackles. Lacy's also caught two balls for 22 yards. In Aaron Rodgers' starts last season, Lacy averaged 99 yards rushing on 23 carries per game. He's an easy top-five pick.
Aug 27 - 4:14 PM

Cardinals signed DT Tommy Kelly.

Kelly, entering his age-34 season, was cut by the Patriots on Sunday. Once a strong interior pass rusher with the Raiders, Kelly is trying to come back from a torn ACL. He'll try and earn a roster spot before final cuts on Saturday.
Aug 27 - 3:13 PM

Christine Michael missed practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury and won't play in the preseason finale.

The Seahawks re-signed RB Demitrius Bronson to carry some of the load Thursday. Michael's preseason ends with 23 carries for 89 yards (3.9 YPC) and one score. He also caught seven balls for 56 yards and another TD. Despite the strong preseason, Michael is still No. 3 on the depth chart.
Aug 27 - 3:07 PM

Daniel Thomas (hamstring) will play in the Dolphins' preseason finale.

He better. Thomas is on the roster bubble. He's missed most of camp and the first three preseason games with a balky hamstring. Thomas is competing with UDFAs Damien Williams and Orleans Darkwa for the No. 3 job. No longer on scholarship under ex-GM Jeff Ireland, Thomas needs to turn heads Thursday.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 2:08 PM

Suspended WR Josh Gordon can apply for reinstatement at the end of the 2014 season.

It's technically just a season-long ban for Gordon, not a calendar-year suspension. It's a glimmer of good news. Gordon will be away from the Browns for roughly 5-6 months, as long as he keeps his nose clean. Gordon took and passed over 70 drug tests, but failed the one that led to this suspension by 0.01 nanograms per milliliter. Gordon's agent needs to surround him with good people while he's away from the game. He has a ton of football ahead of him.
Aug 27 - 1:38 PM

Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix expects Frostee Rucker to fill the starting left end spot vacated by Darnell Dockett.

Rucker is a soon-to-be 31-year-old who has made 36 career starts, with all but one of those coming with the Bengals. He has 12 career sacks and four forced fumbles. Rucker is merely an average player. We'd expect third-rounder Kareem Martin and/or fifth-rounder Ed Stinson to eventually overtake him.
Aug 27 - 1:15 PM



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