Heinicke declined to talk about his injury after practice, reportedly saying it was time to go lift weights. If those were indeed his plans, his foot may be further along than anticipated. However, Shaun Hill has done nothing to relinquish his role as the backup to starter Teddy Bridgewater, and the Vikings project to carry only two quarterbacks on their active roster entering the regular season. Ultimately, Heinicke appears destined for either the practice squad or injured reserve list in 2016.
Calvin Johnson's retirement signaled the end of an era in Motown, and the Detroit front office presumably understood the team can't employ the same offensive game plan anymore. Hence, the Lions installed a "newfangled, whiz-bang, up-tempo, no-huddle offense" this spring. Fundamentally, the idea is to tire the defense as well as limit the other team's ability to both substitute players and call plays to counter the offense. However, the scheme's watchword is communication, as Cooter devised a way to allow Stafford to realign the offensive formation and call plays with a system of simple commands. In the past, simplicity has benefitted Stafford, most recently when Cooter took control of the offense in the midst of the 2015 campaign. Here, Stafford did not experience an increase in attempted passes, but rather an increase in per-clip efficiency. Case in point, Stafford's final eight games in 2015 extrapolate to a highly-efficient 4,358-yard, 38-touchdown, four-interception stat line across 16 games while his first-half numbers project an underwhelming line of 4,166 yards, 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. Those two sets of numbers could very well represent Stafford's ceiling and floor entering the 2016 campaign. Regardless, Stafford appears poised to continue on his current trajectory and resume his late-2015 efficiency come the start of the regular season against the Colts' injury-marred secondary.
A sore shoulder has limited Siemian's activity level of late and even forced the quarterback to nix throwing from his workload Tuesday. Just one day later, though, he was easing into tosses, backing up his "day-to-day" status. With that knowledge, he'll start Saturday's preseason game versus the Rams, assuming any lingering discomfort has subsided.
Wentz suffered a hairline rib fracture in the preseason opener and hasn't taken the field since. His final chance to return will be on Sept. 1 in the final preseason game against the Jets. With Wentz out, Sam Bradford has cemented his role as the Eagles' starting quarterback this preseason and should see a majority of the reps on Saturday night.
Bridgewater was held out of Minnesota's second preseason game and didn't throw during pracice Saturday and Sunday. However, his return to practice Tuesday without any limitations should alleviate any concerns about his status for the start of the regular season even if he doesn't play in the preseason again.
Entering training camp as the co-No. 1 quarterbacks, Gabbert and Kaepernick were expected to split reps with the first-team offense in both practices and games, but the latter's bout with "dead arm" has forced Kelly to shelve his decision for the time being. With Kaepernick logging full practices both Monday and Tuesday, he declared an expectation that he'll play in Friday's exhibition against the Packers, which should reopen the battle for the top QB job in San Francisco. In six total drives this preseason, Gabbert has produced 14 points, while completing 10 of 19 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.
Kaepernick tended to what head coach Chip Kelly termed "dead arm" for more than a week, but his return to full practices both Monday and Tuesday has seemingly paved the way for his first appearance of the preseason. So far, Kelly has delayed naming the 49ers' starting quarterback due to Kaepernick's lack of game action. Backing up that sentiment, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said, "It's a competition, and Kap hasn't had a chance to perform yet. So, when that happens and when coach [Kelly] feels like it's time, we'll do that. But right now it's not time." Two exhibitions remain for Kaepernick to make a play for the gig, but Blaine Gabbert has handled the first-team reps to this stage of the preseason.
Although Joe Haden did manage to pick him off once and head coach Dirk Koetter expressed frustration with the offense's performance overall, Winston actually shined on several completions against the Browns' first-team unit. In addition to the close-quarters connection with Jackson, the former No.1 overall pick also found Mike Evans on a rollout on the left sideline and completed a deep pass to his towering wideout in double coverage later in the session. Winston will try to bounce back on Friday against Cleveland in what will serve as the Bucs' dress-rehearsal for the regular season after completing just 30 percent of his 10 attempts against the Jaguars last Saturday.
Bray had a small chip fracture in his cervical spine, but it wasn't deemed a serious threat to his playing ability, thus allowing him to return to the practice field Tuesday. He was immediately inserted as the team's third-string quarterback, ahead of both Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan. However, both Alex Smith and Nick Foles rank ahead of him on the depth chart currently, so if the Chiefs ultimately roster just two quarterbacks for the upcoming season, Bray could find himself as a practice squad candidate.
Per the report, Siemian led the Broncos' first-team during the running portion of Tuesday's practice, but coach Gary Kubiak noted that the QB is "day-to-day" in terms of throwing. That said, Siemian remains in line for the start Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, which indicates that he currently holds the lead in the team's QB competition as Week 1 of the regular season quickly approaches.