Steelers' Landry Jones: Practices Wednesday
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(8/16/2017) Jones (abdomen) practiced Wednesday, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Jones has been plagued with the abdomen issue for little over two weeks now. It seems like he's closing in on a return to full health, but we should garner a better understanding of his progress by how he holds up in practice over the next week or so. Jones is expected to be Pittsburgh's backup quarterback for the season opener.


Browns' Brock Osweiler: Will start second preseason tilt
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(8/16/2017) Osweiler will start at quarterback during Monday's preseason game against the Giants.

Osweiler draws the start for the second consecutive preseason contest, but DeShone Kizer remains a threat to overtake Osweiler as the Browns' starting quarterback by the time Week 1 rolls around. Osweiler has experience on his side, which could force coach Hue Jackson to deploy him right out of the gate as Kizer continues to learn an NFL offense for the first time.


Dolphins' Jay Cutler: Set for preseason start
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(8/16/2017) Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday that Cutler will start Thursday's preseason game against Baltimore, ESPN.com's James Walker reports.

Cutler already has a year of experience in Gase's system and has been getting most of the first-team work at practice since he joined the Dolphins last Monday. He'll likely garner significant playing time in the next two exhibition contests, giving him a chance to build chemistry with an impressive collection of receiving weapons led by wideouts Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills. It's unclear if Jay Ajayi and Julius Thomas (back) will play in Thursday's game.


Chiefs' Tyler Bray: Will play fourth quarter Saturday
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(8/16/2017) Bray will quarterback during the fourth quarter of Saturday's preseason game against the Bengals, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

Bray completed five of eight passes for 63 yards and an interception during the Chiefs' preseason opener against the 49ers, while Patrick Mahomes outplayed him with seven completions on nine pass attempts for 49 yards and a score. Alex Smith and the first team will play the first half Saturday, with Mahomes stepping in for the third quarter. This may indicate the rookie having surpassed Bray in the battle for the backup job behind Smith.


Bills' T.J. Yates: Demoted to No. 3?
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(8/16/2017) Rookie Nathan Peterman will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Thursday against the Eagles, and for now it looks like he's passed Yates for the top backup job behind Tyrod Taylor, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Yates doesn't offer much upside as a veteran who's never really shined in his two previous NFL stops, while Peterman is a rookie picked by the new regime and one that's starting to make a nice impression. The fact the Bills have a good amount of rebuilding to do seems to favor Peterman as well, though at least Yates still has time -- and three preseason games -- to reclaim his status.


Chiefs' Alex Smith: Schedule for full half
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(8/16/2017) Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Smith will play the entire first half in Saturday's preseason game against Cincinnati, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

This would mark a bit of a departure from last preseason when Smith was removed midway through the second quarter in the Chiefs' second preseason game. The same could happen if he looks sharp early on, but Reid apparently intends to play most of his starters throughout the first half. Smith was sharp in the preseason opener, leading KC to a touchdown while completing four of six passes for 48 yards on his lone drive.


Bills' Nathan Peterman: May have moved up depth chart
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(8/16/2017) Peterman will serve as the No. 2 quarterback Thursday against the Eagles, and for now it looks like he's passed T.J. Yates for the top backup job behind Tyrod Taylor, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

Peterman, a rookie out of Pitt, has done a complete about-face after struggling throughout the early part of training camp, as he looked great during his preseason debut and has continued to shine in his opportunities with the twos during recent practices. Yates still has time to get his spot back, while for now the Bills seem quite happy with the progress of their fifth-round selection.


Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes: Will play third quarter Saturday
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(8/16/2017) Mahomes will play the third quarter during the Chiefs' second preseason game Saturday against the Bengals, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Mahomes will be at the helm for one quarter of Saturday's preseason contest as he looks to beat out Tyler Bray for the backup job at quarterback behind Alex Smith. The first-rounder out of Texas Tech completed seven of nine passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the opener against San Francisco, while Bray's interception helps Mahomes' case for the No. 2 spot. Smith and the first team will play the entire first half Saturday.


Jaguars' Blake Bortles: Downplays arm fatigue
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(8/16/2017) Bortles said Tuesday there is no issue with arm, though he did acknowledge that he's thrown far more passes than he's accustomed to at training camp, ESPN.com's Michael DiRocco reports. "I've taken more reps in this camp than probably the last three years all combined," Bortles said. "That was something in talking with Coach Marrone and Coach [Nathaniel] Hackett that I knew they had done that in the past. They had their reasons and philosophies on why they do it. I totally agree with it."

Marrone limited Bortles' workload over the weekend and said afterward that the quarterback's arm looked tired. It seems player and coach are on the same page, with both hinting at general fatigue rather than an injury. A heavy practice workload is part of the plan for getting Bortles' career (and the Jacksonville offense) back on track, but it seems a greater reliance on the running game is the more significant aspect of the plan.


Texans' Tom Savage: Works on quicker release
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(8/15/2017) Savage believes he needs to get the ball out of hands quicker, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "I think that's the No. 1 thing. We have a great line. They're going to do their best to protect. It's my job to get the ball out there," said Savage.

Savage acknowledged being deliberate in the pocket, taking too long to make a decision, which can lead to sacks or unnecessary punishment. The Texans can help Savage with that tendency by operating a short-to-medium range passing game and relying heavily on their running backs. The fourth-year quarterback remains the likely starter and will continue to be, barring injury, poor play or rookie Deshaun Watson forcing the issue.


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