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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hoyer maintains soft spot for Steelers

BEREA, Ohio -- It was the longest nine weeks of Brian Hoyer's life. This time two years ago, he was among the final cuts the New England Patriots made. For three years he had been Tom Brady's backup and then -- Bam! -- he was kicked to the curb. So Hoyer waited. And waited. Living at his in-law's house in suburban Cleveland and working out at his old high school, St. Ignatius, Hoyer waited for the phone to ring and for some other team to give him a job.



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Rodgers, Linsley have to deal with noise

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In the simplest terms, here's what the Green Bay Packers face Thursday at Seattle: Aaron Rodgers will try to run the no-huddle offense in the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL with a center who has never snapped to him in a game. And he will have to do so against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who had the NFL's best defense in 2013. There are many facets to the 2014 NFL opener, but perhaps none is more important than how the Packers' offense operates at CenturyLink Field.



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Browns signed QB Connor Shaw to their practice squad (ESPN)

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QB Alex Smith's extension with Chiefs keeps him under contract with team through 2018 (ESPN)

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Commitment to Smith is the right move

One of the reasons the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years is their failure to commit to the right quarterback for the long term. If they don’t win one in the next five years, at least a lack of commitment to a quarterback won’t be the problem. The Chiefs made a bold move with Alex Smith, agreeing with him on a four-year contract that various media reports put at about $68 million. From the Chiefs’ standpoint, this is a step they had to take.



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Jets roster analysis: The current 53

Breaking down the New York Jets' 53-man roster, as of Sunday afternoon: QUARTERBACK (2) Geno Smith Michael Vick Analysis: For the first time in the Rex Ryan era, the Jets have a proven backup that can win games if called upon. The bigger question is the starter: Is Smith ready to take the next step? Re-signing Matt Simms to the practice squad was a smart move. RUNNING BACK (4) Chris Johnson Chris Ivory Bilal Powell Tommy Bohanon (FB) Analysis: Diverse, deep and talented.



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Garland still dreams big for Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- See a need, volunteer to fill it. It seemed like a pretty simple equation for Denver Broncos offensive lineman Ben Garland. "Initially when I went back on practice squad [last season], I was back in the defensive line," Garland said. "But there were some injuries and I said 'hey, I'll jump in on offense' as just a guy to help out while we had some guys down, get some additional reps." That is a snapshot in a storybook album of how a guy went from two years of active duty in the Air Force, to two years on the Broncos' practice squad, to a back-and-forth move from defense back to offense back to defense, and finally to a spot on the Broncos' 53-man roster as a backup left guard.



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QB Alex Smith, Chiefs agree on 4-year contract extension worth $17M per year ($45M guaranteed) - KC Star (ESPN)

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Eagles sign RB Matthew Tucker to their practice squad (ESPN)

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Cowboys sign RB Ryan Williams to their practice squad (ESPN)

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Jaguars sign former Eagles RB Henry Josey to their practice squad (ESPN)

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Former Jets WR Stephen Hill goes unclaimed on waivers, making him an unrestricted free agent (ESPN)

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QB Matt Simms re-signed to practice squad after clearing waivers - source (ESPN)

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Veteran QB Rex Grossman released by Browns (ESPN)

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Analysis: Digesting the Ryan Mallett trade

Here are a few points to consider when it comes to the New England Patriots trading quarterback Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans for a late-round draft choice: Only a late-rounder? That seemed to be the most prevalent Patriots-based question among those immediately digesting the deal. Mallett was drafted in the third round in 2011, so four seasons later, how could he only be worth a late-rounder? The market spoke. This is what we wrote April 6: "There was a time when the Patriots might have felt Mallett could develop into a tradable commodity, but I don’t think it ever generated the momentum the club hoped.



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Jets claim CB Leon McFadden off waivers from Browns, league source tells ESPN (ESPN)

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49ers DE Ray McDonald posts bail, released from jail following arrest on felony domestic violence charge (ESPN)

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