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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects Eli Rogers to open the season as the Steelers' No. 3 receiver.

Bouchette calls Sammie Coates and Darrius Heyward-Bey "backups" behind Rogers, Markus Wheaton, and Antonio Brown. It's possible Bouchette's mind could change after Pittsburgh's third preseason game, where Ben Roethlisberger will see his first action this August. At this moment, however, Rogers is in the driver's seat to start in the slot in Week 1, with Wheaton moving outside.
Aug 24 - 12:29 AM

Coach Sean Payton called out second-year KR/RB Marcus Murphy for his fumbling issues.

In June, Murphy said he hoped to earn an offensive role this season, but he's closer to being cut than playing snaps with Drew Brees. Murphy's fumbles have been evident in practice, and he's also put the ball on the ground twice through two preseason games. Murphy will never be an offensive weapon.
Aug 23 - 9:54 PM

According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official website, Jared Cook has "developed a rapport" with Aaron Rodgers the past two weeks.

Cook was activated from the PUP list two weeks ago from today, and in his first practice with the team, he and Rodgers hooked up for numerous touchdowns in team drills. Hodkiewicz also reports Cook has "caught everything" in practice. Cook has a good chance to set or come close to career-best marks in Green Bay, especially with touchdowns. His current career-high is five.
Source: packers.com
Aug 23 - 8:53 PM

Thomas Rawls (ankle) won't play in Thursday's preseason game.

Missing Seattle's regular season dress rehearsal is far from ideal, but also entirely expected. Rawls is still locked in as the Seahawks' primary early-down banger, but is facing serious heat from a resurgent Christine Michael. Rawls needs to be on his game from Week 1, something that will be a challenge after barely practicing this offseason.
Aug 23 - 7:45 PM

Asked about Seth Roberts' training camp, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he's been "OK."

Del Rio hinted he hasn't been thrilled with his No. 3 wideout's effort this summer. "I think he's starting to feel pushed a little bit, which is what we'd like to have," Del Rio said. Roberts' job isn't in danger, as there's no one who could realistically "push" him. Hopefully the third-year UDFA has gotten the message. Roberts scored five touchdowns on 55 targets last season, and drew praise from Derek Carr earlier this summer.
Aug 23 - 7:40 PM

Giants CB Leon Hall has taken "some" snaps at safety since signing earlier this month.

The longtime veteran has never played safety, but it makes sense as the Giants scramble for depth in their thin safety corps. Having Hall play the occasional snap at the back could kill two birds with one stone, as it would create more of a path to playing time for first-round CB Eli Apple.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 7:15 PM

Suspended free agent RB Karlos Williams visited the Jets.

It's Williams' first-known visit since he cleared waivers on Monday. ESPN New York's termed the visit as "due diligence," and says a deal is not imminent. Suspended and overweight, Williams will be signing at the nadir of his value if he finds a new home this week. His best course of action may be getting his body right and building his extremely slim leverage.
Aug 23 - 6:50 PM

Colts DE Henry Anderson (knee) is questionable for Week 1.

Anderson came off the active/PUP list on Monday, but it's just a first step. Coach Chuck Pagano is unsure of his status for the opener. Anderson has 19 days to convince the coaching staff he's ready to return.
Aug 23 - 6:38 PM

Eric Ebron (ankle) dressed for practice Tuesday, but was held out of individual and team drills.

In other words, Ebron was in uniform, but limited to side work. Either way, it's a sign that he's progressing on schedule. Ebron will probably miss the Lions' final two preseason games, but barring a setback, will be ready to roll for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 6:36 PM

The NFL will question James Harrison about Al-Jazeera's steroid report on Thursday morning.

The sides are meeting at the Steelers' team facility. The meeting figures to be perfunctory and rife with lawyers. With Al-Jazeera's star witness having gotten cold feet, the league's inquiry is unlikely to go anywhere.
Aug 23 - 6:31 PM

Ex-Cowboys and Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey has retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.

Going on 33, Mincey spent the past two years in Dallas. He was a 16-game starter in 2014, but was primarily a reserve last season. He underwent minor elbow surgery in February, and made no-known visits in free agency. It was the right time for the 2006 sixth-rounder to hang it up.
Aug 23 - 6:26 PM

Steelers signed ILB Vince Williams to a three-year extension through 2019.

A key reserve and special teamer, Williams played 194 snaps on defense last season. He's primarily a run stopper, but is also comfortable dropping back into coverage. The Steelers could be grooming him as a future starter with Lawrence Timmons near the end of the line. Williams turns 27 in December.
Aug 23 - 6:09 PM

Steelers CB Senquez Golson (Lisfranc) "definitely" expects to play this season.

Golson was given a four-month timetable before going down earlier this month, but believes he could return as early as late October. He guarantees to be back "by the end of November." Golson was expected to man the slot this season, but could be limited to depth duties if he makes it back to the field in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 5:30 PM

CSN Bay Area calls 49ers OL Anthony Davis' move from right tackle to right guard "official."

Davis says he took "nearly all" the first-team reps at right guard this week. "There are a lot of things to iron out, just getting used to the angles," Davis said. "Getting used to the calls at that position. It’ll take some work, but it’s work I’m going to do." Davis says he's reached out to former teammate Mike Iupati for help. It's late in the summer for Davis to make such a dramatic switch — especially after sitting out last season — but we'd imagine he'll be starting on the interior in Week 1.
Aug 23 - 5:16 PM

Titans TE Craig Stevens is retiring after eight years in the league.

The No. 85 overall pick of the 2008 draft, Stevens is forfeiting $2 million by hanging it up. Of course, it's quite possible the decision comes after the Titans told him he wasn't going to make the team. A blocking specialist, Stevens spent his entire eight-year career in Tennessee, catching 60 passes and scoring six touchdowns.
Aug 23 - 5:13 PM



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