Player Notes

  • Tyrod Taylor throws two interceptions
    Tyrod Taylor completed 8-of-18 passes for 53 yards and 2 interceptions.

    Advice: Taylor's first interception came from a deflection on a blitz. His second interception came from an underthrow on a broken play. Beyond the two interceptions, Taylor was under pressure on a large portion of his throws. This was not an encouraging outing from the Bills starting offense as they struggled to get much of anything going. 45 minutes ago
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  • Carson Wentz with a solid outing
    Carson Wentz completed 6-of-9 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: After struggling on the first two drives, he proceeded to lead a 65-yard drive in a no-huddle offense which ended in a LeGarrette Blount fumble. Wentz calmed down after the first two drives, looking comfortable moving around the pocket and making plays in the face of pressure. Today, 5:08 pm
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  • Jay Cutler plays two drives in Dolphins debut
    Jay Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

    Advice: The numbers don't tell the whole story, as Cutler had a 31-yard completion to DeVante Parker called back by penalty. The Dolphins also got trapped into a 3rd-and-27 thanks to a pair of holding calls. Cutler came out assertive, aggressively throwing the ball down the field and locking onto Parker like he was an Alshon Jeffery clone. It was two drives in a mid-August exhibition game, but it was promising. The Dolphins will remain run heavy, but their passing attack is going to look much different under aggressive Cutler than timid Ryan Tannehill. Today, 4:37 pm
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  • Smith changing style because of Mahomes?
    The Kansas City Star reports "some in (the Chiefs') organization" believe Patrick Mahomes' presence has "helped push Alex Smith to be more aggressive."

    Advice: Per reporter Terez Paylor, Smith has "never been more decisive or aggressive in camp." This is something we've heard before, but it's been a common refrain all Chiefs camp. Smith sees the writing on the wall. He must adapt or die. Even now, the change is almost certainly coming too late. Smith will have to have a career year to ensure Mahomes doesn't see the field as a rookie. Today, 1:11 pm
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  • Patrick Mahomes 'always looking downfield'
    The Kansas City Star reports Patrick Mahomes is "always looking to throw downfield."

    Advice: Reporter Terez A. Paylor correctly points out that's becoming a bit of a lost art in a league increasingly focused on pass efficiency. Paylor also praises Mahomes' "creativity" and elusiveness. Mahomes should get extensive run against the Bengals on Saturday. Today, 1:03 pm
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  • Ryan Tannehill going under the knife Thursday
    Ryan Tannehill's ACL operation will take place on Thursday.

    Advice: Tannehill will require 10-12 months of rehab. Now 29 and coming off two ACL injuries in eight months, Tannehill is due a guaranteed $17.47 million in 2018. Today, 10:26 am
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  • Colts rely more on short passes with Tolzien
    Colts OC Rob Chudzinski said the team will have to alter the playbook if Scott Tolzien is forced to start.

    Advice: "We'll make those adjustments if that's the case down the road," Chudzinski said. "Every week we tailor it some to the opponent, some to who may be playing, skill-wise, O-line-wise, quarterback-wise and all those type of things all go into it." In Tolzien's one start last season, the Colts focused much more on the short passing game, with 16 of his 22 completions going for 10 yards or less. T.Y. Hilton managed just three catches for 54 yards in that game and has seen his averages go down across the board when playing without Andrew Luck. It looks like Luck will miss at most a couple games if any, but it is still a short-term concern for Indy's pass catchers. Today, 8:29 am
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  • Trubisky knows he has 'a lot of work to do'
    Mitchell Trubisky knows he still has "a lot of work to do."

    Advice: Trubisky was the talk of the first preseason week after completing 18-of-25 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, but he is not getting too far ahead. "I was pleased with how I played," the rookie said, "but plenty more mistakes are going on during practice for me that I need to work on and continue to improve in my game." The Bears have been adamant about Mike Glennon starting all season, but their resolve will be tested if Trubisky continues to show well in the preseason. Today, 6:51 am
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  • Deshaun Watson feels in 'control' of offense
    Deshaun Watson said he feels in "control" of the offense.

    Advice: "In the spring I knew what I was doing, but at the same time my head was swimming," Watson said. "But whenever I step on the field today, I can go out there and control the offense and do what they ask me to do and make good decisions, fast." After saying Watson was further ahead than any rookie quarterback he has been around, coach Bill O'Brien probably would not take much offense to the rookie's self-evaluation. Tom Savage remains the starter, but Watson looks like he will make a strong push for the job before Week 1. Today, 6:03 am
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  • Paxton Lynch getting more first-team reps
    Paxton Lynch is "getting more first-team reps" this week.

    Advice: This was expected with Lynch slated to start Denver's second preseason game. Reports from Broncos-49ers joint practices are that Lynch has looked terrible in full-squad sessions. We expect Trevor Siemian to be Denver's Week 1 starter. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
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  • Brock Osweiler to make second preseason start
    Brock Osweiler will start the Browns' second preseason game.

    Advice: It's an expected decision despite Osweiler's poor showing in his preseason debut. DeShone Kizer will be the second quarterback through the rotation and remains in the mix for Cleveland's Week 1 job. Whoever starts the third preseason game will open the year as the starter. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
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  • Glennon 'strong favorite' to start the opener
    According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, Mike Glennon remains the "strong favorite" to start the Bears' Week 1 opener against the Falcons.

    Advice: However, Biggs admits he "wouldn't rule out the possibility" that Trubisky is the one under center. Glennon was brutal in the preseason opener, throwing a pick-six and completing 2-of-8 passes total. Trubisky then came on and lit it up against the Broncos' backups with one of the best showings of the first week of the preseason. If it happens again, the pressure will continue to mount. Yesterday, 6:49 am
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  • OC: Christian Hackenberg 'basically a rookie'
    Jets OC John Morton has called Christian Hackenberg "basically a rookie."

    Advice: That's because the Jets were scared to even give Hackenberg reps in practice during his actual rookie season. Morton went on to say it's "too early to tell" when Hackenberg might be ready to start a regular season game. The Jets did their best to hide Hackenberg behind easy throws in last week's preseason opener, but the offense failed to produce any points across his eight drives. Hackenberg hasn't been good since his freshman year at Penn State in 2013. That seems unlikely to change this season. Tuesday, 12:08 pm
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  • Cousins: I only want to play for one team
    Kirk Cousins claims he wants to spend his entire career with the Redskins.

    Advice: "When you look at the best of the best, those quarterbacks played with one team," Cousins said. "So my desire is to stay with one team my entire career, and that would be Washington." It's the "right thing" to say, but franchise player Cousins and the Redskins were extremely far apart in long-term talks before the deadline this summer. The Redskins have disrespected Cousins at every step of the way. There's a strong chance he moves on in free agency next year. Tuesday, 11:03 am
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  • Nathan Peterman will work with 2nd team Thurs
    Bills fifth-round QB Nathan Peterman will work with the second-team offense in the second preseason game.

    Advice: It is not a surprise considering Peterman has practiced with the second unit, but it does confirm he has jumped T.J. Yates on the depth chart. "He's done a good job," coach Sean McDermott said of Peterman. "Has handled additional reps well." Likely facing a lost season and with no long-term commitments to Tyrod Taylor, it is not crazy to think Peterman takes regular-season snaps this year. Tuesday, 6:05 am
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  • QBs coach: DeShone Kizer not ready to start
    Browns QB coach David Lee said second-round QB DeShone Kizer has improved but is not yet ready to start.

    Advice: "He’s a lot better than he was in the spring, but he’s still not there," Lee said. "I’m looking forward to watching his progression in all these areas we’re talking about in these next two games, and we’ll see where he is then." Even if Kizer is not ready now, it does sound like the Browns are open to the possibility he will be when the season opens in four weeks. Brock Osweiler started the first preseason game, but coach Hue Jackson will not decide on his starter for the second until Wednesday or Thursday. Monday, 6:58 am
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  • Thad Lewis signs w/Ravens, and all that means
    Ravens signed QB Thad Lewis.

    Advice: Dustin Vaughan was waived in a corresponding move. The Ravens are just shuffling camp arms with Joe Flacco (back) expected to miss the entire preseason, but another quarterback not named Colin Kaepernick signing with the team will certainly raise the ire of many. Monday, 5:53 am
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  • Cardale Jones shows glimpses of brilliance
    Cardale Jones completed just two of his nine pass attempts for 50 yards in Sunday's preseason game against the Seahawks while adding a team-best 18 rushing yards.

    Advice: It's been a whirlwind summer for Jones, who had to get used to a new coach and system in Buffalo before he was dealt to the Bolts in late July, learning yet another new system and town. He has some familiarity with Anthony Lynn, his offensive coordinator in Buffalo, so that will help. Jones did some good things in this one, especially with his feet, and it likely won't take much to unseat Kellen Clemens as the primary backup before too long. Sunday, 8:25 pm
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  • Irsay: Luck back 'around' start of season
    Colts owner Jim Irsay acknowledged Sunday that Andrew Luck's (shoulder) Week 1 availability is in question.

    Advice: Irsay still sounded optimistic overall, acknowledging he couldn't "unequivocally say" Luck will be ready for Week 1 but promising Luck will be back "around" the start of the season. Colts beat writers have hinted that even if Luck misses Week 1 against the Rams, he could return for Week 2 against the Cardinals. The Colts may view the Rams as beatable with Scott Tolzien under center. Irsay also confirmed Sunday that Luck has indeed resumed throwing. Sunday, 2:05 pm
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  • Rudock connects on two touchdowns Sunday
    Jake Rudock completed 13-of-21 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns while adding two rushes for 24 yards Sunday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Colts.

    Advice: He was sacked once for a loss of nine yards. Rudock relieved Matthew Stafford after one series and ended up playing most of the first half. He enjoyed strong chemistry with Kenny Golladay, connecting with the rookie three times for 53 yards and two touchdowns. The first of Golladay’s touchdowns was slightly underthrown, though his second was a beauty that Golladay caught on a nifty back-shoulder grab. Rudock also flashed impressive mobility on his two runs, eating up gains of 13 and 11 yards. He’ll work as Stafford’s backup in 2017. Sunday, 1:49 pm
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