Player Notes

  • Jets admit Hackenberg has flawed mechanics
    The Jets' coaching staff acknowledged that second-round QB Christian Hackenberg has flaws in his mechanics.

    Advice: Despite these flaws, the Jets have been careful not to overwhelm Hackenberg while he's still learning the playbook. "It's like a golfer," said QBs coach Kevin Patullo. "You don't want to change his swing midseason." Obviously the Jets are in no rush to get Hackenberg on the field. Right now he's a distant fourth on the depth chart. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
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  • Geno Smith still ahead of Bryce Petty
    Geno Smith will function as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

    Advice: Smith has faced competition from Bryce Petty throughout camp but it appears he's still in the driver's seat for backup duties behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. It would probably make life easier for the Jets if Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there's a real chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Teddy Bridgewater resumes throwing
    Teddy Bridgewater (shoulder) has resumed throwing.

    Advice: Bridgewater missed last Thursday's preseason game, and was held out of practice over the weekend. He was limited to throws of roughly 15 yards in distance on Tuesday. The Vikings never even formally acknowledged that Bridgewater is/was hurt. It's not a concern for his Week 1 status, though he could miss this weekend's important third preseason game. Tuesday, 1:32 pm
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  • Joe Flacco (knee) to see preseason action
    Joe Flacco (knee) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Lions.

    Advice: In the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, Flacco sat out Baltimore's first two exhibition tilts. "You need to get back out there (and) you need to get your mind used to getting ready for a game," Flacco said. "And then, yeah, I need to get over that last hurdle, which is going out there and being a live target for guys to hit and see how I react to it." It's important for the entire offense, as the third preseason game serves as a team's "regular season dress rehearsal," so to speak. Flacco has said his knee still isn't 100 percent, but he hasn't missed a rep this summer. Tuesday, 12:40 pm
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  • Brady says he could have played through cut
    Tom Brady said he could have played through the cut on his thumb.

    Advice: "I wanted to go and Coach said it’s probably best, for what I was going to do, to just take it easy," Brady said. A picture taken during the press conference appeared to show the equivalent of a nick on Brady's right thumb. The future Hall of Famer returned to practice Tuesday. Tuesday, 9:39 am
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  • Broncos will not owe pick if Sanchez is cut
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the draft pick Denver traded for Mark Sanchez was a conditional pick.

    Advice: That means the Broncos will not owe the Eagles anything if they decide to release Sanchez at final cuts. After losing out to Trevor Siemian for the starting job, Sanchez now appears to be competing with rookie Paxton Lynch for his roster spot. The Broncos could also save $3.5 million by releasing Sanchez. Tuesday, 9:26 am
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  • Aaron Rodgers expected to play Friday
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy suggested Aaron Rodgers will play this week against the 49ers.

    Advice: "The goal is to play Aaron and play our guys," McCarthy said. "But we'll evaluate our guys after today's practice." Considering he controls who plays, Rodgers suiting up is a very achievable goal. Rodgers has yet to see any snaps this preseason. Tuesday, 8:42 am
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  • Kaepernick says his arm is 'back to normal'
    After returning to a full practice on Monday, Colin Kaepernick declared his previously "dead" arm "back to normal."

    Advice: The Sacramento Bee confirms Kaepernick is "on track" to get some playing time in this weekend's third exhibition game. Blaine Gabbert remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Kap could turn it into a competition if he turns it on late in the preseason. Gabbert has struggled in both practices and games. The 49ers' offense would have much more explosive potential with Kaepernick quarterbacking. It would be good news for Carlos Hyde and Torrey Smith. Monday, 1:09 pm
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  • Trevor Siemian starting third preseason game
    Trevor Siemian will start Saturday's preseason game against the Rams.

    Advice: It puts Siemian squarely in the lead for starting duties, as the third preseason game is a team's regular season dress rehearsal. Siemian hasn't quite sewn up the job in camp and exhibition action, but coach Gary Kubiak is giving him a golden opportunity to change that. The Rams' defense has been ripped through its first two exhibition contests, so Siemian could put the necessary reps on film. Monday, 12:22 pm
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  • Mariota and company expected to play half
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey expects his starters to play one half in Saturday's preseason game against the Raiders.

    Advice: Marcus Mariota will try to put a bow on a preseason where he's thus far completed 14-of-15 passes for 149 yards. Khalil Mack and company will be a strong test in the dress rehearsal. Monday, 11:20 am
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  • Carson Wentz sore after throwing over weekend
    Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Carson Wentz (ribs) is sore after throwing over the weekend.

    Advice: Wentz will not throw on Monday, suggesting the Eagles are scaling back his rehab. Pederson continues to say Wentz is day to day, but the quarterback said throwing is still causing him significant discomfort. It is unlikely he plays in the third preseason game this week, and he could be sidelined the rest of August. Monday, 7:46 am
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  • Roethlisberger expects to play this week
    Ben Roethlisberger said he expects to play this week against the Saints.

    Advice: Roethlisberger has yet to suit up this preseason, but he will finally get in some work during the dress rehearsal. Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will likely suit up as well. Monday, 7:21 am
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  • Rapoport: Rams 'planning' for Keenum to start
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the Rams "are planning" to start Case Keenum Week 1.

    Advice: Keenum started the first two preseason games and has looked reasonably competent. No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, on the other hand, has struggled early in his NFL career. Keenum has already proven he is nothing more than a backup, but he can serve as the placeholder until the Rams are confident Goff is ready. It would not be surprising if the switch came early in the season. Monday, 6:54 am
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  • Bryce Petty looking good for 53-man roster
    NJ Advance Media believes Jets QB Bryce Petty will make the final roster.

    Advice: As does The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, who called Petty a lock. Petty has certainly played well so far in the preseason, and he could be pushing Geno Smith for the backup job. If Petty wins the No. 2 role, that would allow the Jets to trade or release Geno. If he can't, the Jets are looking at keeping four quarterbacks on the roster. Monday, 5:52 am
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  • Colts focusing more on short-passing game?
    Coach Chuck Pagano suggested the Colts are focusing on getting the ball out of Andrew Luck's hands faster this season.

    Advice: "They’ve worked really hard on that clock in his head," Pagano said. "So if things aren’t there down the field, then go ahead and hit your check-down. We’ve got some guys that can make some plays if we can get them the ball in space." Luck looked supremely comfortable in the new system in his first preseason game, moving through his progressions quickly and dumping it off to the check-down when the play was not there. A team with T.Y. Hilton as the No. 1 receiver will certainly still push the ball downfield, but getting the ball out of Luck's hands quickly is a great idea behind a suspect offensive line. Monday, 5:47 am
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  • Kubiak: Paxton Lynch could start in Week 1
    Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said first-round pick Paxton Lynch could start in Week 1.

    Advice: Neither Mark Sanchez nor Trevor Siemian has separated in the quarterback battle. At this point, it makes the most sense for the Broncos to start Lynch in their regular season dress rehearsal next week, and start him in Week 1 if he's at least competent. "He’s always been in the mix," Kubiak said of Lynch. "I just told you guys that he’s behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we’ve been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play." Sanchez has committed three turnovers this preseason. Siemian threw a pick six to 49ers S Eric Reid on Saturday night. Sunday, 11:14 am
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  • Ryan Mallett could lose backup job to Johnson
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested Ryan Mallett could lose the backup quarterback job to Josh Johnson.

    Advice: Harbaugh called the competition "ongoing." Mallett has looked shaky at times this preseason, completing 17-of-23 passes for 138 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. A perennial off-field headache, Mallett will need to really impress over the next couple weeks to stay ahead of journeyman Johnson. Sunday, 5:36 am
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  • Jared Goff plays extended snaps vs. Chiefs
    Jared Goff completed 8-of-12 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: Once again caddying for supposed starter Case Keenum, Goff entered on the Rams' first series of the second quarter and surprisingly finished the game. It was a better effort than Goff's exhibition debut, though he was lucky not to get himself killed on a second quarter hit where he pump faked three times before taking a vicious hit. Goff's awareness has been a work in progress through two games, though he was hurt by a few drops this evening. His touchdown toss was a laser 10-yard strike to RB Malcolm Brown. Through two August appearances, Goff has completed 12-of-21 passes for 120 yards (5.71 YPA), one touchdown and one interception. Sacks and fumbles have been an issue. He has plenty of work to do. Saturday, 9:18 pm
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  • Vikings add QB Brad Sorensen
    Vikings signed QB Brad Sorensen.

    Advice: With Teddy Bridgewater dealing with a sore shoulder, Sorensen will be a camp arm. There is still not much reason to worry about Bridgewater's status. Saturday, 1:00 pm
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  • Zach Mettenberger does get any snaps Friday
    Zach Mettenberger did not play in the Chargers' second preseason game.

    Advice: Mettenberger worked ahead of Mike Bercovici in the first preseason game, but the undrafted rookie got the nod on Friday. Considering Philip Rivers did not play in the game, not seeing any work is an extremely bad sign for Mettenberger's roster chances. Friday, 9:02 pm
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