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Waiver Wire: Week 1 (Rotoworld)
Adam Levitan has notes on 31 players to consider adding to your squad, including Packers WR Jarrett Boykin.
Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB (The Associated Press)
Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. ''We've seen signs of Derek Carr's development from the day he stepped on campus here to where he is at right now,'' Allen said. ''It's not an indictment on Matt Schaub at all,'' Allen said.
Right guard Boone passes physical, rejoins 49ers (The Associated Press)
San Francisco 49ers right guard Alex Boone has passed his physical and rejoined the team for its Week 1 preparation ahead of Sunday's opener at Dallas. The 27-year-old Boone reached agreement on a restructured $6 million, two-year contract Sunday. The 49ers requested a roster exemption and Boone must be added to the 53-man roster before he can play. Boone is a key member of a veteran offensive line and the unit struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason.
Derek Carr, not Matt Schaub, to start Week 1 for Oakland Raiders (Shutdown Corner)
The Oakland Raiders reportedly have switched gears at quarterback for Week 1 against the New York Jets. Second-round draft pick Derek Carr will start, per Fox's Jay Glazer, confirming what many had suspected when Matt Schaub suffered elbow tendonitis and Carr lit it up in the Raiders' preseason finale. Breaking: Raiders players have been informed that the team is making the switch at QB and starting Derek Carr over Matt Schaub — Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) September 1, 2014 [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Carr had a terrific training camp and start to the preseason but was set back in the second exhibition game when he suffered a rib injury and was tested for a concussion. The Raiders held Carr out of the third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, a contest in which Schaub and the offense struggled. Schaub came out of that game with elbow pain, and when Carr was cleared to play against the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason finale, he made the most of it. Carr was exceptional in leading four touchdown drives in his four posssessions — including two with the Seahawks' starters in the game — with three touchdown passes. Head coach Dennis Allen pulled Carr in the first half, as if he'd seen enough to know that Carr could start if needed. Schaub's elbow was tested Monday, and it's believed that he wasn't healthy enough to go Sunday against the Jets. Schaub's health might not have mattered too much. Carr was the better performer in the preseason, and the Raiders need not delay the future if Schaub or No. 3 QB Matt McGloin can't get it done. The Jets likely will be shorthanded in the secondary, with top corner Dee Milliner (high ankle sprain) in serious doubt for the opener. It's likely that the Jets will have to have Antonio Allen, a converted safety, and Darrin Walls as their starting corners outside, with Kyle Wilson in the slot. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raiders ink CB Dowling, 9 others to practice squad (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have signed former New England cornerback Ras-I Dowling to their practice squad.
NFL Preview Week: 12 second-year players ready to break out (Shutdown Corner)
Coaches often say that the biggest growth in an NFL player occurs between the first and second season. Rookie confusion can lead to second-year clarity and a sense of being unencumbered. In this rush-to-judgment league, it's easy to forget last year's draft class. But here are some of the second-year players who might be ready to remind everyone just how good they still are: Cleveland Browns pass rusher Barkevious Mingo — When you listen to him talk this preseason, the words "comfortable" and "confident" are used a lot. That's because Mingo, who was always seen as a work in progress entering the league, now has his body and mind properly shaped to be an impact player. The Browns will have a strong top three edge rushers with Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard and Mingo and can rotate them and keep them fresh. Mingo likely will be an open-side rusher (the offense's left side) and will be his best to use quickness and length to distract and disrupt quarterbacks. He had three of his five sacks in his first three NFL games but wore down. Now, in Year 2, Mingo should have the stamina to put up double digits in that category. [Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ]
Dolphins add 2 players, tweaking 53-man roster (The Associated Press)
Going with undrafted players is clearly not too risky for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have added two more players who never got drafted, making moves Sunday to sign safety Brandian Ross and cornerback Sammy Seamster off waivers. He spent 2011 on Green Bay's practice squad as an undrafted free agent from Youngstown State. Seamster, an undrafted rookie out of Middle Tennessee State, was waived Saturday by Baltimore.
Seattle hopes offensive roll will continue (The Associated Press)
Throughout the preseason, quarterback Russell Wilson and the starting offense of the Seattle Seahawks were never really stopped. Wilson was on the field for 13 possessions in the four preseason games. He directed Seattle to touchdowns on nine possessions, two field goals and just one punt in those 13 opportunities. During one stretch in the second and third preseason games, Seattle scored on nine consecutive possessions with Wilson under center and the streak was only broken when a lengthy field goal attempt hit an upright.
Raiders claim DE Mayowa off waivers (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have claimed defensive end Benson Mayowa off waivers from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Three-Down Linebackers (Rotoworld)
Jeff Ratcliffe gives you a heads up on which linebackers play three downs for all 32 teams.
Raiders cut Little, Ross to get to 53 (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders cut receiver Greg Little, safety Brandian Ross and 20 other players Saturday to reduce their roster to the 53-man limit.
Raiders face decisions at QB heading into opener (The Associated Press)
Coach Dennis Allen says he expects to know who will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders when the team returns to practice Monday. A sore elbow for Matt Schaub and a strong finish to the preseason by rookie Derek Carr have injected some doubt into what had seemed to be a resolved issue as recently as four days ago.
CB Dee Milliner still uncertain for Jets' opener (The Associated Press)
Dee Milliner's status for the New York Jets' regular-season opener is still unclear. The second-year cornerback suffered a high left ankle sprain during training camp on Aug. 10 and hasn't practiced since. Coach Rex Ryan said it's ''still too early to tell'' whether the injury will be healed for the game against the Oakland Raiders next Sunday. I'm not sure yet.'' Heading into training camp, Milliner and veteran Dimitri Patterson appeared on track as the Jets' starting cornerbacks.
Packers rookies Janis, Elliott bolster roster bids (The Associated Press)
The Packers rookies who have made two of the strongest impressions this preseason weren't at the top of the team's draft board. Productive performances by seventh-round pick Jeff Janis and undrafted free agent Jayrone Elliott in Thursday night's 34-14 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders may have cemented their spots in Green Bay. The main story line for the Packers will be whether coach Mike McCarthy decides to keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to back up starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Tolzien has shown enough talent that he would likely be signed by another team if left on the Packers' practice squad.
Steelers eyeing needs after uneven preseason (The Associated Press)
One of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's pet phrases is: ''Your tape is your resume.'' Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is hoping he won't have to polish his up when rosters are trimmed to 53 players on Saturday. The former first-round pick made a compelling argument during training camp, making contributions on special teams and catching a team-high nine passes for 98 yards during Pittsburgh's 1-3 preseason. Heyward-Bey is fighting for a spot behind Pro Bowler Antonio Brown, second-year prospect Markus Wheaton and veteran Lance Moore on the depth chart and seemed to get better as he grew more familiar with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's multi-faceted approach. ''I just went out there with the mindset of getting better each and every day, dealing with the coaching staff and I think that's a good way to go about it,'' Heyward-Bey said.
Dose: Are We There Yet? (Rotoworld)
Jeff Ratcliffe rounds up the biggest news out of NFL training camp and Thursday's preseason games.
Carr's 3 TDs lead Raiders past Seahawks 41-31 (The Associated Press)
With a fabulous finish to the preseason, rookie Derek Carr created a big question for the Oakland Raiders heading into the regular season. Carr threw three touchdown passes to make a case he should be Oakland's starting quarterback as the Raiders beat the Seattle Seahawks 41-31 on Thursday night. Carr was almost perfect in the start in place of Matt Schaub, completing 11 of 13 passes for 143 yards and led Oakland (2-2) to four touchdowns in four drives. ''Let's not burry our head in the sand,'' coach Dennis Allen said.
Preseason Blitz: Michael Vick gets nice ovation in Philadelphia (Shutdown Corner)
Did Derek Carr just force Oakland Raiders' hands at QB for Week 1? (Shutdown Corner)
About that whole no-rookies-starting-Week-1 business ... We might need to revisit that statistic in the next 10 days. The Oakland Raiders have a fading, injured Matt Schaub who suddenly not so certain to start the opener against the New York Jets as he battles a sore elbow and a surging Derek Carr. As Schaub rested, Carr took the reins after sitting out the third preseason game with a rib injury and after being tested for a concussion. I asked his older brother David for 120 Sports earlier Thursday what he thought the start meant for Derek, and David knew bro was ready for the challenge. "I think practice-wise, since he's gotten there, he's shown [the Raiders coaches] exactly what they've wanted to see," David said. "There's a reason they are putting him out there to start the game." We saw that reason pretty quickly Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks, when Carr completed 5-of-7 passes against the starting Seahawks defense (yeah, THAT defense) and led a 12-play touchdown drive. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Next time up, even better. After the Raiders recovered the ensuing kickoff, Carr hit Denarius Moore down the right sideline with a perfect pass on a 36-yard touchdown. Third possession, Carr again made it a one-pass possession. After a long punt return, Carr took over at the Seahawks' 20 and drilled a pill to tight end Mychal Rivera for another score. On his fourth trip on the field, Carr hit Rivera for another 27 yards and then capped his fourth scoring drive (and third TD pass of the night) with a pretty 11-yard back-shoulder throw to Moore, who hasn't looked this good in a couple seasons it seems like. Four possessions, four touchdown drives. Head coach Dennis Allen had seen plenty. He yanked the rookie who hadn't played in almost two weeks, as if he'd seen enough to feel comfortable going with Carr when the games start counting. This almost seemed like a page out of the Al Davis playbook, interestingly, where Al used to yell down "take him off the field!" if a player was looking too good in a workout or in preseason. Always seeking that competitive advantage. On Twitter, #startthecarr is a thing. A very big thing. You do what Carr did — 11-of-13 passing, 143 yards, three touchdowns passing — to the Seahawks' starters, reserves, whatever, and people are going to hum about it pretty loudly. But this isn't a new thing, either. Carr had been lighting up practices, too, and had he been able to finish the second preseason game and play in the third one against the Green Bay Packers, this talk might have started a week or more earlier.  So is this a thing? Could Carr actually start against Rex Ryan's Jets and their possibly shorthanded secondary?  Don't rule it out. It might have a little something to do with Schaub and his elbow, but after Thursday, it has just as much to do with Carr and his exciting arm talent. And who do the Raiders play later in the season? Oh yeah, these same Seahawks. It won't be this easy, no matter who is under center, and the game is in Seattle — little different set of circumstances up there. I originally projected Carr to take over in Week 3 when I looked at when  various quarterback benchings might occur around the league earlier this week. I picked Carr as the first to come off the bench (post Sam Bradford) but not in Week 1. Just thought the Raiders might slow play this one a bit with Carr having been banged up not long ago. I am willing to admit that I might be wrong on that one. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Dose: Gordon's Gone (Rotoworld)
Chet Gresham brings you the latest training camp news, from Josh Gordon to Lamar Miller to Derek Carr.
Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night's exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season's opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant playing time as he fights for a roster spot with the Seahawks. After a promising start to last season, Pryor's struggles eventually led him to lose his starting job in Oakland and then get traded to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in May's draft. He has adjusted to a pro-style offense after running the spread in college the past two seasons and has deep knowledge of the position having watched older brother David's NFL career.
Cardinals sign DT Tommy Kelly (The Associated Press)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have signed Tommy Kelly, two days after he was cut by the New England Patriots.
Mankins traded; Bradford, Raji on IR (The Associated Press)
On the NFL's first preseason cutdown day, a trade and several key players going on injured reserve overshadowed other moves. In an unusual transaction for its timing, New England sent six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a draft choice. The Patriots apparently are satisfied with a young group of blockers, and the Buccaneers were desperate to improve their offensive line. ''He has a history of a certain type of play in the league,'' new Bucs coach Lovie Smith said, adding that the 10th-year pro will bring leadership on and off the field.
Packers seeking 4th straight NFC North title (The Associated Press)
Julius Peppers didn't seem very impressed with his first preseason sack with the Packers. The hope in Green Bay is that it will be the first of many big plays from Peppers once the real games begin. It's early, but coach Mike McCarthy's plan to boost the defense in 2014 looks as if it's working so far. Keep this up and Green Bay will be poised for a deep playoff run given the offense is already in good hands with quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Fitzpatrick ready to lead Texans (The Associated Press)
First-year coach Bill O'Brien would seem to have the star power in place to turn around the Texans in a hurry. Arian Foster and Brian Cushing are healthy again. J.J. Watt now has Jadeveon Clowney to help him rush the passer. The question now is how far quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick can take them.
Giants looking to end 2-year playoff drought (The Associated Press)
After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants aren't one of the morning-line favorites to get back to the postseason. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning are struggling to get the West Coast scheme in place. The O-line is already reeling with the loss of guard Geoff Schwartz to a dislocated big toe for an indefinite period. Speed at the receiver position has been reduced with first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. fighting a hamstring injury since training camp opened.
Women talk about sports on CBS Sports Network (The Associated Press)
The network announced Tuesday that ''We Need to Talk'' will premiere Sept. 30 on CBS Sports Network. The panel will feature a core of CBS Sports announcers: Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce. Other contributors include Andrea Kremer and former athletes Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash and Summer Sanders.
Raiders hope rebuild pays immediate dividends (The Associated Press)
The time for excuses for the Oakland Raiders is over. After spending two years tearing apart a struggling team beset by bad draft picks and out-of-whack contracts, general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen finally got the chance to build the type of team they wanted since coming aboard before the 2012 season. Two years of bargain-basement shopping led to back-to-back four-win seasons that left the fan base and owner Mark Davis frustrated. ''We're all in on that philosophy and that's kind of our attitude.'' The Raiders used most of that money this offseason on short-term contracts for aging players with a history of success in the NFL, guys with questions about whether they would still be able to reach those levels at advanced ages.
Raiders CB DJ Hayden to start season on PUP list (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot. The move is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie's first first-round pick in Oakland. ''We didn't feel like he was going to be ready,'' coach Dennis Allen said. ''We feel like he's still a couple of weeks away from actually being ready to be out there practicing and playing football.'' Hayden has struggled to get on the field because of a variety of ailments.
Raiders QB Matt Schaub out again with sore elbow (The Associated Press)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed his second straight day of practice Monday with a sore throwing elbow that has lingered throughout the preseason. Rookie Derek Carr took first-team snaps for a second straight day with Schaub serving as a spectator. Schaub's status for Thursday night's exhibition finale against Seattle remains up in the air but he and coach Dennis Allen said they are confident he will be healthy enough to start the season opener Sept. 7 against the New York Jets.