At a time when several veteran players have been signing with a team and then getting cut, running back Justin Forsett may turn that dynamic around.
Multiple reports have emerged calling Forsett’s return to Baltimore possible; PFT has learned that Forsett’s return is likely.
Forsett rushed for 1,266 yards in 2014. He missed much of last season with a broken arm.
Could another team offer more money and persuade Forsett to leave a situation where he’s settled and prepared and ready for a comeback year? It’s possible, but unlikely the story said. For now, the story added, all signs are pointing to Forsett returning to the Ravens, suiting up next Sunday against the Bills, and fulfilling the job that, according to the team’s online depth chart, he still has: first-string tailback.
Tyrell Williams should get plenty of opportunities and targets as San Diego’s No. 3 receiver.
The Chargers ran three-receiver sets 73 percent of the time in 2015 -- No. 7 in the NFL.
With the return of Ken Whisenhunt as the team’s offensive coordinator, San Diego probably won’t be in three-wide that often. However, Williams should also be on the field at times when the Chargers go with just two receivers.
The second-year pro also has developed a good rapport with quarterback Philip Rivers. Williams finished with seven catches for 83 yards during preseason play, so the Chargers were trying to get him the football.
We've been hearing Williams' name a lot in Chargers news this summer, even before Stevie Johnson went down for the year. Williams is a unique player. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Williams has the short-area quickness and explosive burst of a smaller guy, yet can win contested catches and bring down balls in the middle of the field as a bigger target, the story said. It added that he could be a vertical deep threat.
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Devin Hester worked out for the Baltimore Ravens earlier this offseason. Once they announced their 53 man roster on Saturday, people immediately realized the Ravens did not have a returner. That suggested the Ravens were at least close to signing Hester. According to Adam Schefter, the Ravens will sign Hester to a one-year deal.
Hester will return kicks and punts for the Ravens. Last season, the Ravens did not have a good return game. There were other issues that caused the Ravens to have one of their worst seasons since moving to Baltimore, but their return game was one of them. Hester should stabilize their return game.
He didn't play Thursday night in the Falcons' 17-15 win over the Jaguars, but Julio Jones' mere presence on the field during pregame warm-ups was a good sign for the Falcons heading into the regular season.
Jones injured an ankle during last week's third preseason game against Miami in Orlando. He was nowhere to be seen during practice Sunday through Tuesday, so Thursday was his first time back in front of the public eye since the injury.
Jones went through a light workout with the other receivers, fielding passes from Matt Ryan and testing his ability to turn, pivot and accelerate up the field. He did it at half speed, but told Falcons coach Dan Quinn that he was encouraged. The team at least expects Jones to be close to a full go on Monday for practice.
Four’s a crowd at running back for the Chiefs, but keep in mind the Chiefs aren’t confident Jamaal Charles will be ready to play when the regular season begins on Sept. 11 against the San Diego Chargers.
Charcandrick West also didn’t play the final three games because of an injured elbow, though it appears he will be ready to go against the Chargers. Still, the Chiefs might need Knile Davis against the Chargers, and perhaps beyond.
Davis dropped on the depth chart last year when Charles went down paving the way for Spencer Ware, who should see a bulk of the work of Charles can't go. But Davis could have a role especially with West coming back from an injury. Ware still seems to be the back to own if Charles can't go, however.
The Broncos will enter the regular season Thursday with their highest-price contract question still looming. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, whose three-year, $15 million deal ends this season, will start his contract year with his future on the line.
“We wanted to hear something back last Sunday and haven’t heard anything from them,” Broncos general manager John Elway said of Sanders and his agent. “That’s kind of where it is.”
On Thursday, the Los Angeles Rams signed receiver Tavon Austin to a four-year contract with $30 million guaranteed. It suddenly changed the terms on Sanders’ negotiations, raising his market value. In the past two years, Sanders has 177 receptions for 2,539 yards. Austin has 77 catches for 715 yards over the same span. Indirectly, the story said, Austin’s deal with the Rams eventually may price Sanders out of Denver.
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He's not eligible to return this season since he was placed on IR before Week 1. Hoomanawanui was a versatile backup who proved to be a valued resource as a blocker/pass-catcher after being acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots last year. In his place, the Saints kept former basketball player Chris Manhertz as their third tight end.
Danny Amendola was not placed on the reserve/PUP list. He'll begin the year on the active roster.
The Broncos re-signed Hillman this offseason, giving him $600,000 in guaranteed money on his new one-year deal.
The Giants today waived running back Andre Williams, who played in all 32 games for the team the previous two seasons, and placed tight end Will Johnson (burner) on injured reserve to reach the NFL's 53-man roster limit by 4 p.m.
“Andre is a guy that played some good football for us,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “We’re going to miss him. It was another one of those really tough (roster) decisions to make. We feel that with Rashad, Shane, Orleans, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey,we have some versatility there to play all three downs, and on special teams as well.”
The Cowboys felt like they had to do something behind Prescott, who will become just the fourth rookie in franchise history to start a season opener, the story said.
Wide receiver Josh Doctson missed his first training camp and preseason in the NFL, but he’ll be on the active roster for the start of the regular season. The Redskins announced Saturday that Doctson has been activated from the physically unable to perform list.
Doctson has been sidelined with an Achilles injury, but will be eligible to start practicing and playing immediately thanks to the roster move.
Gabbert’s appointment was anticipated, more so from his body of work since the spring rather than any side effect of Kaepernick’s national-anthem protests for racial equality.
“It’s his whole body of work, from April until today,” Kelly said of Gabbert on a media conference call. “(With) his grasp and command of what we’re doing, he’s a good fit for what we want to get accomplished, and I have a lot of confidence in what he could do with us, offensively.”
Related players: Kenneth Dixon
The Ravens beat writers called Forsett the "presumed starter" all summer, so this move comes out of left field, though it does make some sense since the Ravens are not expected to contend for a Super Bowl this season. In the preseason, West rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries (4.0 YPC), while Allen gained a measly 43 yards on 21 totes (2.0 YPC) after averaging 3.8 YPC last year. He's a fine pass-catcher, however, so the duo could form a tandem while Dixon (22 carries, 107 yards, 4.9 YPC) gets healthy.
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Forbath won what was an extremely tight battle with Connor Barth this offseason, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The team has not officially announced the decision, though it will be reflected once roster cuts become official Saturday afternoon.