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Panthers released CB Melvin White.

White started games for the Panthers as recently as last season, but he was benched last year was well behind Charles Tillman on the depth chart. With White gone, Teddy Williams will likely make the final 53.
Sep 1 - 9:31 AM

ESPN's Britt McHenry reports T.Y. Hilton (concussion) is expected to be cleared on Thursday.

Hilton and the rest of the Colts' starters are unlikely to play in the final preseason game, but being cleared this week puts Hilton on track for the season opener. Hilton is a borderline WR1.
Sep 1 - 9:25 AM

Patriots acquired WR/KR Jalen Saunders from the Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

With RB/KR Marcus Murphy set to make the Saints, Saunders spot on the team was in serious question. Patriots undrafted rookie WR Chris Harper had been getting work as a returner this preseason, so this move could be bad news for his roster chances.
Sep 1 - 9:13 AM

Bucs released P Michael Koenen.

This was expected after Koenen struggled badly the last two seasons. Tampa Bay will save $3.3 million by releasing him. Jacob Schum is expected to take over punting duties.
Sep 1 - 9:00 AM

Jets coach Todd Bowles hinted that RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list.

"We have some quality running backs right now, and they’re all playing good," Bowles said, "so Ridley can take his time and get healthy." Ridley opening the season on the PUP should open a roster spot for Zac Stacy.
Sep 1 - 8:54 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent RB Fred Jackson will meet with the Seahawks on Tuesday.

Rapoport said both sides expect a deal to get done. Cut by the Bills on Monday, Jackson would provide a veteran presence behind starter Marshawn Lynch, his former teammate in Buffalo and a player with whom he is reportedly close. Bringing in Jackson could signal the end of the line for Christine Michael.
Sep 1 - 8:43 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Vikings rookie CB Trae Waynes is not in the starting mix right now.

DC George Edwards said last week he was "aiming for" Waynes to a be a Week 1 starter, but coach Mike Zimmer said that comment was misinterpreted. Xavier Rhodes and Terrance Newman should open the season as the starters outside with Captain Munnerlyn serving as the slot corner.
Sep 1 - 8:40 AM

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team is keeping tabs on free agent T Jake Long.

"[Long is] somebody we still have talked about, for sure," Quinn said. "And a guy we have lots of regard for." Jake Matthews is locked in on the left side, but Atlanta could use and upgrade on Ryan Schraeder at right tackle. The Broncos and Giants have also shown interest.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 8:35 AM

Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso said he missed the team's third preseason game because of a "nagging" knee injury.

Alonso missed all of 2014 after tearing the ACL in his left knee. It is unclear which knee is bothering him now, but Coach Chip Kelly said the injury is unrelated to Alonso's ACL tear. Alonso practiced on Monday, but he has not played in a game since December of 2013.
Sep 1 - 8:26 AM

MLive's Kyle Meinke said, "Joique Bell remains the Lions' No. 1 tailback — for now, at least."

The for now is important. Bell struggled at the beginning of last season after an unhealthy offseason, and a similar start could see Bell fall behind Ameer Abdullah in the pecking order. For now, though, he still projects as the Week 1 starter in Detroit. Fantasy favorite Zach Zenner is well down the depth chart.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 1 - 8:19 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Jets WR Jeremy Kerley's roster spot is safe.

Kerley has lost his slot job to Quincy Enunwa, but he still should have a role in four-wide sets and on special teams. Also working is Kerley's favor is his contract. Signed a four-year deal with $3 million guaranteed last year, cutting Kerley would cost the Jets $800,000 on the 2015 salary cap.
Sep 1 - 8:07 AM

WGN Radio's Adam Hoge reports Kyle Long is a "legitimate option at right tackle" for the Bears.

"He’s had plenty of practice at both guard and tackle," coach John Fox said. There was speculation Long would kick outside all summer, but that speculation seemed to die after Long spent most of training camp at right guard. With Jordan Mills and Charles Leno struggling at tackle, perhaps moving Long to tackle and slotting Vladimir Ducasse in a right guard is the Bears' best move. Long has been a Pro Bowler at right guard each of his first two years in the league.
Sep 1 - 8:01 AM

The New York Post said Jets RB Chris Ivory is the "unquestioned starter."

Ivory's preseason usage has told the same story. He has dominated carries with the first-team offense, ceding just third-down work to Bilal Powell. With Steven Ridley (knee) likely headed to the reserve/PUP and Zac Stacy not a real threat, Ivory is a great bet to surpass the 198 carries he saw last season.
Sep 1 - 7:55 AM

Bills waived CB Ross Cockrell.

Cockrell was a fourth-round pick out 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 8:26 PM



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