Albert Wilson having 'mostly quiet' summer
Albert Wilson | KC
(August 27, 2015 11:11 PM EDT)
ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports WR Albert Wilson has been "mostly quiet in training camp and the preseason."
Wilson generated some buzz with a nice finish to 2014, but has only two catches for 15 yards through two preseason games. He's been the subject of relatively few "puff pieces" from Chiefs practice since the beginning of OTAs. Wilson isn't a bad WR5 flier in 14-team leagues, but his upside is limited with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce set to dominate targets in the Chiefs' passing game.
Miles Austin 'hasn't stood out' in camp
Miles Austin | PHI
(August 27, 2015 10:47 PM EDT)
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Miles Austin "hasn't stood out enough" in Eagles camp.
The 10th-year veteran is no higher than fourth on the depth chart, and could begin the year as low as fifth or sixth. Austin could be an early-season inactive if coach Chip Kelly doesn't see a role for him on special teams. Austin still has fine hands, but has lost a step or three since his prime. He should remain well off the re-draft radar this season. Austin's $2.5 million salary ($1 million guaranteed) will probably ensure his place on the 53-man roster.
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Rashad Greene could open year as No. 3 WR
Rashad Greene | JAC
(August 27, 2015 10:36 PM EDT)
Fifth-rounder Rashad Greene could begin the season as the Jaguars' No. 3 receiver.
Marqise Lee remains week to week with a hamstring injury, and Greene has come on after a slow start to camp. "(He's) making strides," said WRs coach Jerry Sullivan. "He has a lot of tools and we like what we see." Greene missed the Jags' first preseason game before catching two passes for 14 yards in the second. Regardless of Greene's Week 1 title, his biggest rookie contributions should come on special teams.
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Odell Beckham dominating 'every practice'
Odell Beckham | NYG
(August 27, 2015 10:35 PM EDT) reports Odell Beckham has been dominating "every practice."
It shouldn't come as a surprise, but Beckham isn't resting on his laurels after his freak-of-nature rookie season. Some regression is inevitable, but Beckham is an elite WR1, and a legitimate threat to finish as the No. 1 overall receiver.
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Ryan Mallett overslept Thursday's practice
Ryan Mallett | HOU
(August 27, 2015 7:53 PM EDT)
Ryan Mallett missed Thursday's practice because he overslept.
It's hard to fathom for a 27-year-old man who was in pursuit of the Texans' starting job as recently as three days ago. The Texans gave Mallett a chance to make something of his career after three years in the Patriots backup wilderness, and he's responded in remarkably limp fashion. The Browns have a strong case, as well, but you could argue Houston has the worst quarterback situation in the NFL.
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'Nothing' indicates Manuel in starting mix
E.J. Manuel | BUF
(August 27, 2015 7:49 PM EDT)
The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes there's been "nothing at camp that indicates" E.J. Manuel is a serious contender for the Bills' starting job.
This has been the consensus all summer long, making it all the more baffling that coach Rex Ryan has decided Manuel will start this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. The most sensible theory is that Ryan is trying to throw the Colts off before Week 1, but Ryan has to know presumptive starter Taylor needs all the preseason reps with the 1s he can get. Perhaps the Bills believe Manuel could generate trade interest with a decent showing. Whatever the reasoning, it's hard to understand.
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Jets take flier on veteran QB Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson | NYJ
(August 27, 2015 7:38 PM EDT)
Jets signed QB Josh Johnson.
The veteran retread will be a live body for the Jets' final two preseason games.
Martavis failed 'multiple' marijuana tests
Martavis Bryant | PIT
(August 27, 2015 7:06 PM EDT)'s Ian Rapoport reports Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension is for "multiple failed marijuana tests."
Per Rapsheet, Bryant's appeal is in "the latter stages." Bryant now has all the makings of a boom-or-bust WR3, especially since Markus Wheaton has supposedly looked ready to break out as the Steelers' No. 2 receiver. Bryant's touchdown upside makes him worth a later-round draft pick and stash in re-draft leagues, but it can't be assumed he'll simply pick up where he left off in his impressive rookie campaign.
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Griffin III (concussion) officially cleared
Robert Griffin III | WAS
(August 27, 2015 6:43 PM EDT)
Robert Griffin III (concussion) has been officially cleared for Saturday's preseason game.
The embattled starter could see upwards of a half of action against the Ravens. Griffin remains Washington's No. 1, but his grip will grow extremely tenuous if Saturday goes as poorly as last week's game did.
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Giants S Nat Berhe (calf) needs surgery
Nat Berhe | NYG
(August 27, 2015 6:15 PM EDT)
Giants S Nat Berhe will undergo calf surgery on Friday, and is out indefinitely. reports Berhe will either be sent to I.R., or I.R./return. Berhe had a bead on a starting job opposite Landon Collins before his calf started acting up in OTAs. The Giants are left with Brandon Meriweather, Jeromy Miles, and Cooper Taylor behind rookie box safety Collins. It's a sorry unit.