Trevor Siemian looked confident and comfortable running the offense. And the Broncos will like the touchdown drive Siemian led, as well as the drive for a field goal just before halftime that featured a 43-yard completion to Demaryius Thomas. They won't be as thrilled with his near interception -- it was dropped by Rams’ safety Christian Bryant and was a far worse decision than his actual interception -- when Siemian tried to jam a pass into tight quarters to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
Overall, Siemian looked like the guy who believes he can -- and will -- be the team's starter.
Paxton Lynch's entry into the game came at halftime.
All this means Mark Sanchez's roster spot could be tenuous. Sanchez did not play on Saturday. On the business side, he would count $4.5 million against the salary cap and the Broncos don't have to surrender a conditional draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles if Sanchez is not on the roster to open the season. The story added the team wants to name a starting QB this week.
Monday, August 29, 2016, 8:26am
The man who can change that is veteran back-up Matt Moore, who has been out since sustaining a concussion Aug. 19 at Dallas. Moore has not been cleared to return to practice yet, but is progressing. Miami believes he’ll be back in time for the season opener.
“He looks like everything’s on track,” coach Adam Gase said. “I know he’s itching to start getting back out there and doing things, but obviously we have the procedure that we follow, which for us makes everything nice and clean. We know where we’re at on that procedure.
“I think I just came down on it, banged knees, but I’m fine. It sucks because I wanted to play a little bit longer,” Green told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya at halftime of last night’s broadcast.
Monday, August 29, 2016, 7:40am
At least one of the Bengals’ injuries last night is severe, and could end a season.
Athletic trainers immediately put an air cast on Peerman on the field, which is usually a sign something has gone terribly wrong.
Peerman has been the Bengals special team captain, and went to the Pro Bowl last season.
After a brief acclamation period, Jordy Nelson appears to be on the verge of taking another major step in his return to the field.
While it’s unlikely the Packers’ Pro Bowl receiver will play in Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City, Nelson told reporters Sunday that he’s expecting to participate in 11-on-11 team periods during practice this week.
It would be the first time Nelson has stepped on the field for full-speed work since he injured his left knee last August in Pittsburgh. Nelson, activated from the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, only worked individual drills last week, along with running routes in pregame warmups before the Oakland and San Francisco preseason games, the story said.
Baltimore Ravens rookie running back Kenneth Dixon is expected to miss four weeks with a medial collateral ligament tear in his left knee that will not require surgery, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Dixon, a fourth-round pick, was the Ravens' best runner this preseason, leading the team with 107 yards rushing and a 4.9-yard average. He was injured in Saturday night's preseason game against the Detroit Lions late in the second quarter, when defensive tackle Haloti Ngata fell on Dixon's left leg on a goal-line run.
The news that Dixon could miss the first couple of weeks of the regular season confirms what coach John Harbaugh said after Saturday's game. “Does not look like an overly serious injury," Harbaugh said.
Dixon had just moved up the depth chart, getting some reps with the first team Saturday night and becoming the second running back to get into the game behind starter Justin Forsett. With Dixon sidelined, Terrance West could get additional carries. West started camp on fire but has since cooled off with Dixon moving past him. This is Dixon's third injury since being the 134th player drafted this year.
Five targets. Five receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Indianapolis, more proof that tight end Trey Burton is going to have a featured role in the Eagles' offense this season.
Once an undrafted rookie trying to make the transition from a Do-Everything player at the University of Florida, Burton has accepted coaching from Justin Peelle, has learned from the veterans around him and has become a tight end - whom the Eagles plan to do a lot with - with a lot of upside in the NFL.
"He does so many things well," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "I remember early in the spring I was watching tape of a practice and I saw Trey line up at wide receiver and run a route and he looked so smooth and precise. He was very natural. I couldn't tell at first if it was a wide receiver or a tight end running the route. That's how impressive he was. You can do a lot of things with a player like that."
We had a news story on Burton earlier this summer that stated he would have a role, and based on Saturday night's game against the Colts it appears to be true. Burton, who along with Brent Celek and Zach Ertz give the Eagles the kind of versatile, move-them-anywhere tight ends to use liberally. There will be many times when the Eagles have two tights on the field together this season and there will even be times when all three are in at the same time, forcing defenses to make decisions.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 7:27pm
The New York Jets cut 11 players Sunday and placed wide receiver Devin Smith on reserve/physically-unable-to-perform, which trims their roster to 78. They need to be at 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Here's a closer look at the first cuts:
Placing Smith on the PUP list means he isn't eligible to play until Week 7. This was hardly a surprise. The 2015 second-round pick underwent major knee surgery in December and still has a ways to go before he's ready to begin practicing. This might turn out to be a medical redshirt year for Smith, whose game is predicated on speed and explosiveness.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 7:25pm
It's too early to know for sure if rookie quarterback Carson Wentz will play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the New York Jets, but he's certainly made a lot of progress recovering from a hairline fracture in his ribs.
Head coach Doug Pederson said that Wentz had a "full go" throwing session on Friday before the team left for Indianapolis and that Wentz's pain was described as a "dull pain." Wentz followed up with an impressive throwing performance prior to Saturday night's game and Pederson said after the 33-23 Eagles win that Wentz might be ready to go against the Jets.
“You know he worked out tonight and went through a full workout,” Pederson said. "He’s in a position to possibly play next week. He’s still a little bit sore so we’ll monitor that. We’ll make sure he’s rested here the next couple of days and I don’t want to jeopardize him by any stretch of the imagination there, but at the same time if he’s ready to go he’ll play next Thursday.”
Wentz was injured in the preseason opener against Tampa Bay when he took a shot to the ribs as he fired off a pass from the pocket. Two days later, the extent of the injury was diagnosed and Wentz missed the preseason wins in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
Randle caught eight touchdowns for the Giants in 2015 but was up and down during his time in New York, and did not generate a ton of demand in free agency. He ended up signing a one-year deal worth just over $1 million to join the Eagles in the hopes of proving that concerns about his approach to the game were based largely on misunderstandings.
We had the Givens news a bit ago, but that piece thought Randle may be safe - wasn't the case. Randel didn't show a lot of enthusiasm during preseason games and those who follow the team said he never really stood out at practice. Paul Turner was having a real nice camp and stood out in preseason games and likely played a big part in the Eagles decisions. Dorial Green-Beckham caught a red zone TD on Saturday and it looks like he's going to have a role quicker than most thought. Josh Huff also displayed some playmaking skills Saturday and should make the team.
The Wisconsin product created his second explosive play of the preseason, a 39-yard touchdown run set up by a great audible by quarterback Philip Rivers in a 23-10 loss on the road to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
“I liked the big touchdown run from Mel,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “That was great for him, and a great check by Philip against the pressure there.”
Gordon finished with four carries for 51 rushing yards on the day. He also scored on a 44-yard touchdown reception from Rivers in the first exhibition game, and continued to play with more confidence on the field. The Bolts reportedly lost RB Branden Oliver for the season with a torn Achilles in Sunday's game, so the team will need Gordon even more now. With really only Danny Woodhead the other threat at RB, San Diego may need to add at the position.
The cuts have started -- and this one is fairly surprising.
Givens had just one catch in three preseason games for 19 yards.
The Eagles have yet to confirm or announce the release. The team signed Givens to a one-year deal for $840,000 with $180,000 guaranteed.
What the Eagles do at receiver when it comes to final cuts will be interesting. Likely locks are Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff and Dorial Green-Beckham, with Randle and Turner's chances now increased. In fact, it may have been Turner's play to this point that cost Givens.
It appears Jordy Nelson will go into the regular season without any preseason action.
The Green Bay Packers receiver said Sunday that he doesn't expect to play in Thursday's preseason finale at Kansas City. If that's the case, he will head into the regular-season opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11 without a single game rep since he tore the ACL in his right knee more than a year ago.
Nelson, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Aug. 17, went through pregame warm-ups before each of the last two preseason games but then watched from the sidelines in street clothes.
"I think if everything would've gone smooth coming into camp, we would've been in a different situation," said Nelson, who had a setback with his left knee shortly before training camp. "But it's the situation we're in, and I think we've handled it well. We're where we need to be. We have two weeks of what most likely for me will be normal practices going into Jacksonville, and I think we'll be ready to go."
The intensity should ramp up this week. Nelson said he expected to do some team (11-on-11) drills in practice on Monday and Tuesday even if it's just running scout-team reps with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the starters who aren't expected to play, the story said.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4:52pm
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said rookie wide receiver Devin Fuller could need surgery to repair a shoulder injury.
Quinn said Fuller was to get a second opinion on the injury Monday. Fuller suffered the injury during the exhibition game against the Dolphins Thursday in Orlando.’
The Falcons selected Fuller in the seventh round of the draft out of LSU with the hope he might provide value as a kick returner. But fellow rookie wide receiver J.D. McKissic has been the star kick returner in exhibition games. That development, plus the depth at wide receiver, makes Fuller a long shot to make the final roster.
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 4:51pm