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Ravens signed C Jeremy Zuttah to a two-year contract.

Zuttah was traded by Baltimore to San Francisco early in the offseason, but Zuttah didn't fit in out west and was released last week. He lands back with the Ravens after making the Pro Bowl last year and grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 14 center out of 37 qualifiers. Zuttah will slide right back in there and help prop up a line that just lost LG Alex Lewis for the season.
Aug 18 - 12:30 PM

Jaguars rookie WR Dede Westbrook caught 6-of-7 targets for 131 yards in Thursday night's second preseason game.

Westbrook played against a bunch of Bucs backups, but he's now had back-to-back strong performances to open the preseason after catching a 42-yard touchdown in the first exhibition. All seven of his catches this summer have gone for at least 20 yards. Westbrook appears to be positioning himself to serve as a deep threat in the No. 4 receiver role as a rookie.
Aug 18 - 12:17 PM

Free agent LB Zachary Orr announced he will remain retired.

Orr said he spoke to 17 teams over the last few months, but none of them would give him clearance to play due to a degenerative neck condition that forced him to hang up his cleats in the first place earlier this offseason. Orr figures to get into coaching. He worked with the Ravens earlier in the year.
Aug 18 - 11:19 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes "it would make perfect sense" for the Jaguars to cut Blake Bortles this summer.

1010 XL Jacksonville's Hays Carlyon had a similar suggestion Friday morning. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, Bortles has melted down this summer, first experiencing a "tired arm" last weekend -- perhaps an excuse by coach Doug Marrone to see more of Chad Henne or not -- and then a rock-bottom preseason effort Thursday night. Bortles missed wide-open big plays, and even his completions were a chore. Bortles' 2017 salary is guaranteed, but the Jaguars can't let Bortles on the field and expose him to injury, which would guarantee his $19 million salary for 2018. Henne is the favorite to start.
Aug 18 - 11:10 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran believes Chad Henne will be the Jaguars' Week 1 starter against the Texans.

Jaguars beat writers are having a field day following Blake Bortles' disastrous Thursday night performance. Coach Doug Marrone has been hinting at this for a week, first giving Bortles a day off at practice because of a "tired arm" and then saying before Thursday's exhibition that Henne would work with the first-team offense. Henne moved the offense and should have had a touchdown, but both Keelan Cole and Allen Robinson dropped surefire scores. Bortles' confidence is in the gutter. Henne gives the Jaguars a slightly better chance to win.
Aug 18 - 10:53 AM

LeGarrette Blount rushed five times for eight yards in the Eagles' second preseason game Thursday night.

He also lost a fumble on one of his two catches. Blount's tenure with the Eagles has gotten off to a rough start. He's missed a number of practices for different reasons and hasn't performed when on the field. Through two preseason games, Blount has rushed nine times for 17 yards (1.89 YPC) with the lost fumble. He also hasn't stood out in practices. While Blount may seem like a value pick in mid-to-late rounds of drafts, it's critical to remember he's no longer in New England's offense, which is the only place he's had success. He's also in a timeshare.
Aug 18 - 10:09 AM

The Ravens have already said Joe Flacco (back) will remain sidelined through next week.

Initially, Flacco wrote the back issue off as a day-to-day thing, but he's been sidelined for a month with no return in sight. All the Ravens have said is that Flacco won't play this preseason and is expected to be ready for the opener. Ryan Mallett has been beyond dreadful through two preseason starts, no matter what lies coach John Harbaugh tries to tell everyone. The Ravens need to stop messing around and find a real backup quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 9:51 AM

Patriots third-round DE Derek Rivers suffered a torn ACL and sprained LCL and will miss the season.

Rivers was the Patriots' top pick in this year's draft after they traded out of the first and second rounds. A favorite of the draft community, Rivers had been making big strides in camp and was pushing for playing time in a thinned-out defensive end spot following Rob Ninkovich's retirement. Trey Flowers tops the depth chart while Kony Ealy has been a big disappointment.
Aug 18 - 9:39 AM

Eric Ebron (hamstring) has missed every practice this week.

Ebron briefly returned to practice last Friday ahead of the Lions' preseason opener in which he didn't play. It was expected Ebron would build on that this week, but he's again been a spectator. Ebron hurt his hamstring on the first day of camp and has missed all but one practice since. If the breakout is going to happen, Ebron needs to get his health straight after an injury-riddled 2016.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 18 - 9:26 AM

Cornelius Washington is expected to be the Lions' starting left end.

He's taking the spot vacated by Kerry Hyder, who tore his Achilles' last week. Washington has long been an intriguing pass-rushing prospect after being a 2013 sixth-rounder of the Bears. He signed a two-year deal with the Lions in March after posting two sacks in limited snaps with Chicago last year. Washington absolutely tore up his Combine workout coming out of Georgia.
Aug 18 - 9:15 AM

Second-year LB Antwione Williams is expected to be the Lions' starting strong-side linebacker.

He was competing with Brandon Copeland for the gig, but Copeland suffered a torn pec in the preseason opener. Williams was the subject of some spring fluff, with coach Jim Caldwell saying the "arrow is pointing up" on last year's fifth-rounder. As the SAM, Williams won't be an every-down player.
Aug 18 - 9:13 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan called second-year CB Michael Hunter one of the "stars" of training camp.

Hunter stood out "almost on a daily basis," according to Raanan. Coach Ben McAdoo also took notice, saying Hunter is "making gains." Shuttled between the practice squad and active roster last year as an undrafted rookie, Hunter played 17 snaps. He's now got the No. 4 corner gig locked up.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 18 - 9:06 AM

Coach Doug Pederson said first-round DE Derek Barnett will start getting more work with the starters after back-to-back impressive preseason performances.

"You could see how quick he is off the ball," Pederson said. "You could see how well he bends. There's just a relentless finish." Barnett has been one of the best players on both sides of the ball so far this exhibition season. According to Pro Football Focus, he has three sacks, a QB hit, and four hurries through two games. The Eagles have an ultra-deep defensive line.
Aug 18 - 9:01 AM

After making vague comments in Thursday's presser, Bills coach Sean McDermott clarified that Tyrod Taylor's starting job is safe.

"Well, we're always going to evaluate everything," were McDermott's initial words. Anyone who has ever followed football knows what that means. Afterward, however, McDermott told both ABC Buffalo and the Buffalo News that he wasn't considering a change at quarterback. All we really know is, Taylor will be under center Week 1, but he's going to be on the hot seat.
Aug 17 - 11:44 PM

Speaking after Thursday's preseason game, Jaguars coach Doug Marrone refused to commit to Blake Bortles at quarterback, and said he's competing with Chad Henne.

"It's this simple: I'm looking for the best person to lead this offense," Marrone began. "It's right up there for grabs, and either person can take it. ... (Bortles has) got to go earn it." Marrone refused to even shut the door on third-stringer Brandon Allen. They're the comments of a desperate man following a fiasco of a performance from Bortles on Thursday. Bortles seems to have regressed instead of progressed on his dismal 2016, showing stunningly awful ball placement while looking like a quarterback lacking for confidence. Henne was scarcely better, but Marrone could probably convince himself Henne is more manageable than Bortles' unwieldy motion.
Aug 17 - 11:30 PM


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