Johnnie Troutman winning right guard battle
Johnnie Troutman | SD
(August 20, 2014 10:05 AM EDT)
Johnnie Troutman is leading the battle to be the Chargers starting right guard.
Last year's starter Jeromey Clary, remains on PUP as he comes off hip and shoulder surgeries. It appears the Chargers are leaning toward experience with Troutman over third-round rookie Chris Watt. Troutman started nine games last season, showing well as a run-blocker.
Moreno's conditioning is 'getting there'
Knowshon Moreno | MIA
(August 20, 2014 9:54 AM EDT)
Coach Joe Philbin said he thinks Knowshon Moreno's conditioning is "getting there."
Still coming off his lingering right knee injury, Moreno isn't in tip-top shape yet. It's put him in a very poor position to mount a challenge to Lamar Miller for the starting gig. We're expecting Moreno to be a change-of-pace back and pass-protection specialist in Week 1.
Miami Herald
Jerry Jones: Randle has been outstanding
Joseph Randle | DAL
(August 20, 2014 9:32 AM EDT)
Jerry Jones said Joe Randle is "really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration."
Through two preseason games, Randle has rushed 20 times for 91 yards (4.55 YPC). He's ahead of Ryan Williams in their battle to stick as the third running back behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar.
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Adrian Peterson not expected to play Saturday
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(August 20, 2014 9:21 AM EDT)
Adrian Peterson is not expected to play in Saturday's third preseason game.
"I really don't see the need," coach Mike Zimmer said. Peterson didn't get any preseason carries last year either before rumbling for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games. He's the No. 3 overall player on our board.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Kenjon Barner was getting abused in pass pro
Kenjon Barner | PHI
(August 20, 2014 9:10 AM EDT)
Kenjon Barner was reportedly "overmatched by nearly every linebacker and defensive back he lined up against" during Panthers camp.
Barner added 15 pounds during the offseason, but still couldn't become adequate as a pass blocker. If he sticks with the Eagles, it will be largely due to his ability to contribute in the return game. Barner fell behind Fozzy Whittaker in Carolina and was going to get cut. Note that the Eagles won't even have to give up that seventh-round pick to the Panthers unless Barner is on the 46-man active roster for at least four games this season.
Charlotte Observer
Blake Bortles gets 7 or 8 first-team reps
Blake Bortles | JAC
(August 20, 2014 8:56 AM EDT)
Blake Bortles received 7-8 first-team snaps during Tuesday's practice.
That was up from the three first-team reps Bortles took on Monday. The Jags are slowly bringing the No. 3 overall pick along while quietly avoiding the quarterback competition that went down in Cleveland. Through two preseason games, Bortles is 18-of-28 for 277 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, good for a 96.9 passer rating. We'd be a little surprised if he's not starting games for the Jags by Halloween.
Florida Times Union
Johnny Manziel will open season as backup
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(August 20, 2014 8:33 AM EDT)
Browns first-round QB Johnny Manziel will open the season as a backup to Brian Hoyer.
Unlike fellow rookie Blake Bortles, Manziel was given a fair shot to win the starting gig. He didn't seize it, showing immaturity on and off the field while averaging just 4.74 yards per attempt in two preseason games. "We're confident that Johnny is going to have a great future, but felt that Brian still had a decided edge on him," coach Mike Pettine said. While it's somewhat disappointing Manziel couldn't beat out a 29-year-old (in October) journeyman coming off an ACL tear, the future will likely come sooner than later. A QB change could come immediately following the Week 4 bye, especially if the Browns start 0-3. Their first three games are at PIT, vs. NO and vs. BAL.
Hoyer beats Johnny Manziel for starting job
Brian Hoyer | CLE
(August 20, 2014 8:18 AM EDT)
The Browns named Brian Hoyer their Week 1 starter.
"He was the clear leader from the beginning. We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player," explained coach Mike Pettine. Johnny Manziel was unable to close the gap, starting with off-field distractions during OTA season and culminating with a pair of uninspiring preseason performances. Hoyer, who will turn 29 in October and is coming off an ACL tear, will now serve as a bridge starter until the Browns deem Manziel ready. We suspect that will come as soon Week 5, as Cleveland faces Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Baltimore before its Week 4 bye. Hoyer will be a decided underdog in each of those games.
Chip on LeSean McCoy's turf toe: He's fine
LeSean McCoy | PHI
(August 20, 2014 8:12 AM EDT)
Coach Chip Kelly downplayed LeSean McCoy's "small version" of turf toe Tuesday.
McCoy practiced in full Monday, a surefire sign that this ailment is nothing to worry about. If the Eagles' medical staff had any concern at all, they would have held him out as the regular season opener is more than two weeks away. "He's fine," Kelly said. "It's not as big of an issue as I think anybody has made it out to be. ... There’s a lot of questions about a toe in August that I think is way overblown." Owners looking for protection can snag Chris Polk, although he has to get over his nagging hamstring injury soon to secure the backup job.
CSN Philly
Jordan Mills' Week 1 status is in doubt?
Jordan Mills | CHI
(August 20, 2014 8:06 AM EDT)
There's concern that Bears RT Jordan Mills (foot) is in danger of missing Week 1.
Mills is listed as day to day, but he hasn't played in a preseason game yet and has been spotted with a walking boot sporadically throughout camp. He underwent left foot surgery in January. When asked if his starting right tackle is in doubt for the opener, coach Marc Trestman said, "I'm hopeful that it's not. I'm not trying to get you to insinuate anything. I'm just hopeful it's not." Mills was the weakest member of the Bears' improved line last season.
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