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Jets signed WR Kenbrell Thompkins.

The 29-year-old has been floundering since he left the Patriots. Thompkins spent some time with the Jets the previous two years but has been a non-factor. He'll compete for one of the team's final roster spots.
Aug 16 - 1:34 PM

The NFL has tabbed Harold Henderson to hear the appeal of Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension.

Henderson regularly oversees appeals hearings for the league, and the NFL tried to push him as an objective, non-biased party by having NFL Network reporters tweet that Henderson reduced Greg Hardy's suspension from ten games to four. However, PFT's Mike Florio -- an attorney by trade -- notes that Henderson's presence in the case "significantly" drops the chances of Zeke having the suspension overturned. "At best, he'll get a mild reduction," Florio wrote. Florio also states Henderson's hiring "significantly" increases the chances Elliott eventually files a lawsuit. Elliott's appeal will be heard on August 29.
Aug 16 - 12:15 PM

Seahawks signed CB Tramaine Brock, formerly of the 49ers, to a one-year contract.

Seattle was the only visit Brock made after he was cleared of domestic violence charges last week. It's a great get at this stage of the year at a position of need for the Seahawks. Brock was Pro Football Focus' No. 16 cornerback out of 119 qualifiers last season and was only cut by the Niners because of his arrest. He'll push impressive rookie Shaq Griffin to be Seattle's No. 2 corner.
Aug 16 - 12:14 PM

Panthers rookie WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring) was back in full pads for Wednesday's practice.

Samuel has missed almost all of training camp with a hammy issue that also hampered him in the spring. He's been sidelined for so long that it's hard to envision him having a prominent early-season role. Russell Shepard and Damiere Byrd have emerged behind Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess.
Aug 16 - 11:25 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said Jaron Brown is the Cardinals' No. 2 receiver.

Arians added a "right now," but Brown has taken hold of the job while John Brown (quad) has been nursing a quad strain for the past three weeks. A fifth-year possession-type receiver, Brown hasn't gotten many opportunities, but he was pushing at the No. 2 gig last season when Michael Floyd was scuffling. Brown ended up tearing his ACL in October. He's been all systems go in camp.
Aug 16 - 11:03 AM

Steelers activated WR Sammie Coates (knee) from the active/PUP list.

Coates missed 3-4 weeks following a knee scope. He's behind the eight ball a bit and needs to turn it up over the next couple weeks to secure his roster spot. Justin Hunter has been earning praise from Ben Roethlisberger.
Aug 16 - 10:19 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Mike Glennon remains the "strong favorite" to start the Bears' Week 1 opener against the Falcons.

However, Biggs admits he "wouldn't rule out the possibility" that Trubisky is the one under center. Glennon was brutal in the preseason opener, throwing a pick-six and completing 2-of-8 passes total. Trubisky then came on and lit it up against the Broncos' backups with one of the best showings of the first week of the preseason. If it happens again, the pressure will continue to mount.
Aug 16 - 9:49 AM

Saints CB Delvin Breaux has been diagnosed with a fractured fibula and will miss 4-6 weeks.

The team has fired its orthopedists after misdiagnosing Breaux weeks ago with a simple contusion. It's far more than that, and Breaux could have underwent surgery sooner. He's now likely to miss multiple regular-season games. It was reported earlier this week that the Saints were shopping Breaux, but the missed diagnosis has given Breaux a legit reason for missing practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:35 AM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports DE Cameron Jordan has been "flashing more" than any other player in New Orleans' camp.

Snubbed from the Pro Bowl and Top 100 list last season, Jordan promised that a "sleeping giant" has been awoken. RT Zach Strief agrees, saying this is the "best camp" Jordan has "ever had." Jordan is a true every-down player who can play both end and rush from the interior. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3-rated 4-3 end last season, playing well against the run and pass.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:26 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports first-round CB Tre'Davious White has had a "sensational" training camp.

In Carucci's eyes, White was performing better than Ronald Darby, who was traded to the Eagles for Jordan Matthews. White's strong practices likely allowed the Bills to make that move. He'll be starting at one corner spot, with newcomer E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson, and Kevon Seymour behind him.
Aug 16 - 9:14 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports Logan Thomas "showed the most athleticism and best hands" among all Bills tight ends at training camp.

Carucci admits Thomas' "blocking wasn't great," but it sounds like he's been exceptional at everything else, including "precise route running." Thomas has all but locked up a spot on the roster for the developmental Bills. It's not out of the question that Thomas plays meaningful snaps in 2017.
Aug 16 - 9:11 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci singled out second-year DE Eddie Yarbrough as one of the stars of training camp.

The UDFA out of Wyoming spent last summer with the Broncos but was cut in September. He's been working with the Bills' first-team defense with Shaq Lawson hurt, and Carucci believes Yarbrough has not only secured a spot on the roster, but also a place in the rotation opposite Jerry Hughes.
Aug 16 - 9:06 AM

Cowboys second-year LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will make his professional debut in Saturday's second preseason game.

The No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Smith missed all of last year as he recovered from a gruesome knee injury suffered in his final year at Notre Dame. The Cowboys still took a chance on him, even though there was doubt he'd ever step back on a football field as a player. Smith has gone through a grueling rehab and would be a big boost if he can get close to pre-injury form.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 10:29 PM

Free agent Ryan Mathews (neck) plans to continue his playing career.

A late season neck injury had Mathews' career in question initially, but he was able to pass a physical on Tuesday before the Eagles released him. Turning 30 in October, Mathews' career is already winding down fast. He'll likely get one more shot. Mathews hasn't been on a field since late 2016.
Aug 15 - 10:25 PM

Speaking Tuesday, John Brown (quad) made it clear he's not 100 percent and has no plans to "rush back."

Coach Bruce Arians intimated earlier in the day that Brown was ready to practice in full, but Brown isn't yet capable. "My body is different than others'," Brown said. "They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at." Brown remains more day-to-day than the week-to-week he has been for the past 2.5 weeks, but he's doubtful to play in the second preseason game. It's just another reminder how fragile and slow to recover Brown has been dating back to last year at this time. He's more of a high-ceiling, low-floor WR4.
Aug 15 - 8:10 PM



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