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The New York Daily News believes the Jets could have interest in trading for Texans CB Johnathan Joseph.

The Jets are desperate for corner depth with Dee Milliner (ankle) sidelined, leaving Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen to start in base sets. Joseph missed the entire preseason recovering from toe surgery, but is expected to be ready for Week 1. His $11.25 million cap number makes a trade unlikely.
Aug 30 - 10:04 PM

Cardinals RB coach Stump Mitchell believes Andre Ellington will be an every-down back this season.

"He can do it all," Mitchell said. "He's a great route runner. Excellent in terms of vision and the ability to catch and cut. Very serviceable as a pass blocker. He can stay in and be an every-down back, which a lot of teams don't do nowadays." Despite the Cardinals using Ellington in a three-down role throughout the preseason, there's been concern about his ability to handle a full workload. Jonathan Dwyer remains a candidate to spell him on inside runs, but isn't a threat to have a major role. Ellington offers RB1 upside at his early third-round ADP.
Aug 30 - 9:31 PM

The Jets may start Darrin Walls and Antonio Allen at cornerback in Week 1.

Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) seems doubtful to be ready to face the Raiders, while Kyle Wilson is a slot corner. Walls is a former undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame. Allen is a converted safety. The Jets should be hoping the Raiders start Matt Schaub, rather than impressive rookie Derek Carr.
Source: nyjets.com
Aug 30 - 9:31 PM

Coach Tom Coughlin indicated Saturday that the Giants don't anticipate Odell Beckham (hamstring) being ready for Week 1.

Coughlin said the Giants specifically kept Preston Parker on the 53-man roster to return punts, "because Odell Beckham was going to be the punt returner." When Beckham finally heals up, he'll slide in on punt returns while pushing for snaps in three- and four-receiver sets. For the foreseeable future, the 12th overall pick in May's draft is off the re-draft fantasy radar.
Aug 30 - 9:12 PM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (chest) confirmed he expects to play in Week 1.

Smith was held out of Baltimore's final two preseason games, but returned to practice Saturday. He should be cleared for full team drills next week. The Ravens also expect to have Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) available for the regular-season opener.
Aug 30 - 9:09 PM

The Chicago Tribune suggests rookie RB Ka'Deem Carey may not be active on game days to open the season.

Carey was beaten out by Shaun Draughn for Chicago's primary backup tailback job, and No. 4 back Senorise Perry has more special teams value. Carey was one of the most disappointing rookies in the NFL during the 2014 preseason.
Aug 30 - 8:56 PM

Free agent CB Champ Bailey plans to continue playing following his Saturday release from the Saints.

"Definitely and he is fully healthy now," were the words of Bailey's agent. "He had a plantar (foot) problem which is resolved. He just missed too much time for the coach's evaluation to be complete." Although Bailey's agent is projecting optimism, it's ominous that Bailey was dealing with a foot issue after his foot limited him to five games for the Broncos in 2013. Now 36, Bailey will have to prove he's 100 percent before another team takes a shot on him.
Aug 30 - 8:35 PM

Chiefs placed WR Kyle Williams (shoulder) on injured reserve.

Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the Chiefs' preseason finale. He was competing for one of the final receiver spots before going down. Williams could be released with a settlement when healthy.
Aug 30 - 8:33 PM

Wes Welker (concussion) remains in the concussion protocol for now.

Welker was cleared for flying and exercise last week, but not contact. He'll increase his activity on Monday, with the hopes of participating in the non-contact part of practice. The next step would be full clearance for contact and the Week 1 game against the Colts. Welker remains on track to clear these benchmarks.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 8:32 PM

Chiefs placed QB Tyler Bray on injured reserve, ending his season.

It's a means of "stashing" Bray for all of 2014 while entering the season with Chase Daniel and rookie Aaron Murray behind Alex Smith. A big-armed but erratic prospect, 22-year-old Bray should get one more camp with Kansas City.
Aug 30 - 8:27 PM

With an average age of 27.0, the Raiders are the oldest team in the NFL following Saturday's cuts.

With an average age of 25.09, the Rams are the youngest. Yes, the Raiders — who have averaged five wins over the past 11 seasons — are somehow older than the two teams still starting quarterbacks drafted when Bill Clinton was president. It's a testament to the desperation that's gone into constructing Oakland's 2014 roster, and frankly, ridiculous. A team that should be stockpiling upside has instead populated itself with aging veterans other teams declined to pluck off the scrap heap. It's why time is likely running out on the Reggie McKenzie era, and why the Raiders are poised to remain one of the league's worst teams. Only a Rookie of the Year-caliber season from second-rounder Derek Carr at quarterback could make this team appear on the up and up.
Aug 30 - 8:12 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports new Bills QB Kyle Orton will make $5 million this season.

As ex-Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling points out, that's as much as Josh McCown is making for the Bucs. The Bills have clearly lost faith in E.J. Manuel, and appear ready to turn to Orton at a moment's notice. Manuel will keep his job to begin the season as Orton gets up to speed on the playbook, but has no room for error. With the Bills hoping to field one of the league's run-heaviest offenses, Orton will be a bottom-barrel QB2 if/when he gets the call to replace Manuel.
Aug 30 - 7:27 PM

Vikings waived or released S Chris Crocker, S Kurt Coleman, DT Chase Baker, DT Isame Faciane, TE Chase Ford, TE Allen Reisner, RB Joe Banyard, RB Dominique Williams, WR Kain Colter, WR Donte Foster, OL Mike Remmers, OL Jeff Baca, OL Zach Kerin, DE Justin Trattou, LB Mike Zimmer, LB Justin Jackson, CB Julian Posey and CB Kendall James.

No major surprises here, except for Christian Ponder sticking as the third quarterback. UDFA OT Tiny Richardson (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve. Jerome Simpson doesn't count against the 53-man roster as he serves his three-game suspension.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM

Raiders waived/released RB Jeremy Stewart, RB George Atkinson III, DE Denico Autry, CB Chance Casey, OT Jack Cornell, LB Carlos Fields, LB Bojay Filimoeatu, LB Spencer Hadley, OT Dan Kistler, OT Erie Ladson, DT Ricky Lumpkin, OG Lamar Mady, TE Jake Murphy, WR Seth Roberts, DE Ryan Robinson, S Brandian Ross, OG Jarrod Shaw, K Giorgio Tavecchio and FB Karl Williams.

It's an uneventful list of players for a team that's still hurting for depth. Stewart has made 17 appearances over the past two seasons, though 25 of his 27 carries came in 2012.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM

Cardinals released OT Nate Potter (shoulder) with an injury settlement.

Potter struggled in pass protection this preseason, losing out to Bradley Sowell for Arizona's swing tackle job. He's now free to sign with any team.
Aug 30 - 7:23 PM



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