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The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans have "agreed in principle" on a long-term extension with LE J.J. Watt.

Financial details should be leaked in the morning, but the sides have been working on this deal "for several weeks." There's a good chance it will make Watt the highest paid defender in league history. Watt spoke publicly about his desire for a long-term commitment from the Texans in mid-August, which may have sparked discussions. Watt, 25, has 36.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles across his first three NFL seasons to go with an incredible 27 pass breakups, earning him the nickname "J.J. Swatt." Pro Football has graded Watt as its No. 1 overall 3-4 defensive end in back-to-back years.
Sep 2 - 1:06 AM

Cardinals ILB Kevin Minter has been practicing since August 25 after missing much of camp with a strained pectoral muscle.

He played in Arizona's preseason finale, grading out well per Pro Football Focus across 28 snaps. Minter is tentatively expected to open the season as a two-down player next to ex-Steeler Larry Foote. With one career NFL defensive snap to his name, Minter is a total wild card. He's not worthy of IDP investment, yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 11:37 PM

The Raiders have benched RT Menelik Watson.

They're turning back to 32-year-old Khalif Barnes after GM Reggie McKenzie's 2013 second-round pick, Watson, couldn't hold off the veteran journeyman. McKenzie's top-two picks in last year's draft were Watson and CB D.J. Hayden, the latter of whom entered the NFL with major injury concerns, and has stayed injured in the NFL. In 2013, Barnes graded out as PFF's No. 59 tackle among 76 qualifiers. This is a huge disappointment for the Raiders.
Sep 1 - 10:27 PM

Matt Schaub has been benched.

This was an easy prediction a half-year ago. Schaub went Full-Delhomme over his final 16 games with Houston, posting a 13:19 TD-to-INT ratio with a mind-blowing five pick-sixes. Apparently, the only people on the planet who didn't realize he was finished work in the Raiders' front office -- which also traded for Matt Flynn last offseason. Oakland will move forward with second-round pick Derek Carr as its starter. All of Schaub's $8 million base salary for 2014 is guaranteed, so he remains a roster lock.
Sep 1 - 10:20 PM

Chris Conte is expected to be the Bears' starting free safety.

Conte suffered a concussion nine days ago and still needs to be cleared. But he's going to get the first crack at the job after rookie Brock Vereen failed to overtake him. Ryan Mundy is the strong safety, while Danny McCray will concentrate on special teams. Chicago's safety spots remain question marks.
Sep 1 - 8:21 PM

Brandon McManus will be the Broncos' kicker during Matt Prater's four-game suspension.

GM John Elway expressed confidence in McManus after he missed 2-of-4 field goals in the Broncos' preseason finale. He was acquired from the Giants for a seventh-rounder. With McManus kicking for Denver's high-octane offense, he's at or near the top of the fantasy kicking group. McManus has a booming leg.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 1 - 8:04 PM

Jets released CB Ellis Lankster.

Lankster played just 30 snaps on defense last season, but made 13 tackles on special teams and was a productive member of the kick coverage units. The Jets re-signed ILB A.J. Edds to take Lankster's roster spot.
Sep 1 - 7:57 PM

David Ausberry (knee) returned to practice Monday.

Ausberry missed a month after undergoing a scope on his left knee. He and Mychal Rivera will handle tight end duties for the Silver and Black.
Sep 1 - 7:00 PM

The Montreal Alouettes own free agent DE Michael Sam's CFL rights.

The Alouettes have contacted Sam about taking his talents north of the border. To this point, Sam isn't interested in playing in the CFL. He remains committed to finding a job either on an NFL 53-man roster or practice squad.
Sep 1 - 6:46 PM

Patriots claimed S Don Jones off waivers from the Dolphins.

Jones, a 2013 seventh-rounder, doesn't play much defense, but is a special teams contributor. The Patriots now have six safeties on their 53-man roster.
Sep 1 - 6:22 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Raiders will start Derek Carr in Week 1 against the Jets, and have sent Matt Schaub to the bench.

The coaches informed the players on Monday. It's the right call after Schaub had a dumpster fire of a preseason, and Carr sizzled with a 105.2 passer rating on 45 throws. With Schaub nursing a sore elbow in the preseason finale, Carr carved up the Seahawks for 143 yards and three scores on 13 passes. The current regime in Oakland needs to win football games now, and Carr gives the Raiders their best chance at that. It's a tough first test for Carr on the road against a ferocious defensive line. But he should find windows to throw into against what is arguably the worst cornerback group in the league.
Sep 1 - 6:13 PM

Jets waived ILB Jeremiah George.

George was the 154th pick in May's draft. The highly athletic Iowa State product loses his roster spot to WR Walter Powell, who was claimed off waivers.
Sep 1 - 6:10 PM

Jets DB Antonio Allen (concussion) is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Allen has resumed practicing after suffering a concussion in New York's third preseason game. A converted safety, Allen may start at cornerback against the Raiders with Dee Milliner still nursing a high ankle sprain.
Sep 1 - 5:26 PM

Browns signed WR Charles Johnson to their practice squad.

He obviously passed through waivers unclaimed -- no other NFL teams wanted him -- but the Browns still see potential here. If LaRon Byrd or Taylor Gabriel fails to impress this regular season, Johnson could get an in-season callup.
Sep 1 - 5:20 PM

Lions DT Nick Fairley has shed ten pounds since mid-August and is now down to 305.

The Lions have ostensibly asked Fairley to play at a number of different weights over the course of the offseason, and now leading up to Week 1. Regardless of his girth, Fairley's turned in back-to-back dominant preseason games and had a sack in Detroit's exhibition finale. He's all set for Week 1 against the Giants.
Sep 1 - 5:15 PM


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