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|9/4/2015||Brad Wing, NYG, P|
|The New York Giants acquired Wing from Pittsburgh on Friday.
Analysis: The move came after New York cut Steve Weatherford, who was set to earn $3.075 million. Wing, a former LSU teammate of Odell Beckham Jr., will make $510,000.
|9/4/2015||Steve Weatherford, NYG, P|
|The Giants have released Weatherford and acquired Brad Wing from Pittsburgh. The moves came days after coach Tom Coughlin suggested neither Weatherford nor free agent Robert Malone would be his punter this season.
Analysis: Weatherford, a member of the Giants' Super Bowl-winning team in February 2012, was released hours after Thursday's preseason finale against New England. Weatherford was slated to make $3.075 million, while Wing, a former LSU teammate of Odell Beckham Jr., will get $510,000. Money wasn't the only issue. Coughlin reportedly wanted Weatherford's punts to land between the numbers and the sideline, and that wasn't happening often enough.
|9/4/2015||Andy Levitre, Atl, G|
|The Atlanta Falcons acquired Levitre from Tennessee on Friday for a a sixth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick to be determined.
Analysis: Levitre started all 96 games in his six seasons but was benched in place of Byron Bell for the past three preseason contests. The veteran guard was signed to a six-year, $46.8 million deal in March 2013 and was set to make $6.5 million this season, the second-most on the Titans roster.
|9/4/2015||IK Enemkpali, Buf, LB|
|Two people familiar with the decision have told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills have released Enemkpali three weeks after acquiring the linebacker who broke the jaw of New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the Bills have not released a list of players they have cut. NFL.com first reported the move.
Analysis: The Bills claimed Enemkpali off waivers on Aug. 13, a day after he was cut by the Jets for punching Smith during a locker room altercation. Bills coach Rex Ryan lobbied to add Enemkpali after coaching the player during his rookie year with the Jets last season. Enemkpali appeared in three preseason games with Buffalo. His playing status was uncertain because the NFL could still discipline Enemkpali for punching Smith.
|9/4/2015||Raheem Mostert, Phi, RB|
|Mostert had 69 yards on 15 carries and caught eight passes for 93 yards Thursday.
Analysis: Mostert is an undrafted free agent out of Purdue who may have impressed demanding coach Chip Kelly.
|9/4/2015||Josh Johnson, NYJ, QB|
|The Jets backup quarterback competition heated up Thursday night.
Analysis: Matt Flynn played the first half and finished 10 of 14 for 136 yards with two TDs and an interception, while Johnson was 7 of 12 for 82 yards and had 76 yards rushing on seven carries.
|9/4/2015||Matt Flynn, NYJ, QB|
|The Jets backup quarterback competition heated up Thursday night.
Analysis: Flynn played the first half and finished 10 of 14 for 136 yards with two TDs and an interception, while Josh Johnson was 7 of 12 for 82 yards and had 76 yards rushing on seven carries.
|9/4/2015||Paul Janus, Det, C|
|Janus had a touchdown catch Thursday.
Analysis: He's among the young players vying to help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to top wideout Jordy Nelson.
|9/4/2015||Cody Parkey, Phi, K|
|Parkey was in uniform, but is dealing with a groin injury and didn't play Thursday.
Analysis: Continue to monitor Parkey's situation because he's a solid fantasy option.
|9/4/2015||TJ Jones, Det, WR|
|Jones boosted his chances of staying in Detroit, turning a short pass into a 64-yard touchdown to help the Lions beat the Buffalo Bills 17-10 Thursday night.
Analysis: Jones - who missed all of his rookie season last year because of a shoulder injury - played extensively in part because after another wide receiver was injured.
|9/4/2015||Thaddeus Lewis, Cle, QB|
|Lewis had a difficult night filling in at QB for Josh McCown and the injured Johnny Manziel on Thursday at Chicago.
Analysis: He got sacked six times and had an interception returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Chicago's Sherrod Martin in the third quarter.
|9/4/2015||Montee Ball, Den, RB|
|Ball ran 16 times for just 27 yards Thursday.
Analysis: Ball slid down the depth chart this summer and was trying to convince coach Gary Kubiak he should keep four running backs. His poor performance might not matter, though.
|9/4/2015||Tyler Lockett, Sea, WR|
|Lockett scored his third touchdown of the preseason on a 63-yard reception from Russell Wilson on Thursday.
Analysis: Lockett was drafted by Seattle for his ability as a returner on special teams, but will likely be in the wide receiver rotation when the season begins.
|9/4/2015||Jarryd Hayne, SF, RB|
|On Thursday, Hayne carried 10 times for 58 yards, caught a pair of passes for 17 yards, and returned three punts for 43 yards.
Analysis: The former Australian rugby league star once again made his case for a spot on the 53-man roster. Coach Jim Tomsula said Sunday on the heels of a loss at Denver that he had seen everything he needed to evaluate Hayne, who emerged through a strong training camp as a contender to make the 53-man roster, which will be announced Saturday.
|9/3/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Brady is not in uniform for the New England Patriots' final preseason game, against the New York Giants.
Analysis: Hours after a federal judge's decision to overturn Brady's four-game suspension handed down by the NFL in the "Deflategate" scandal, Brady is not on the sideline for the game. Several fans chanted "BRADY, BRADY," when the team came out of the locker room into the bowl of the stadium, but the quarterback was nowhere to be seen.
|9/3/2015||Jamison Crowder, Was, WR|
|The NFL says it has concluded its investigation into Crowder in connection to a domestic violence episode, and he will not face discipline from the league.
Analysis: Crowder was a fourth-round draft pick out of Duke. In June, Crowder's Instagram feed briefly included photographs of a woman who said she was abused, and the Redskins and NFL said then that they were looking into the matter.
|9/3/2015||DeVante Parker, Mia, WR|
|Parker made his exhibition season debut after recovering from foot surgery. He played briefly, was targeted three times and caught one pass for 11 yards for Miami (1-3).
Analysis: The receiver from Louisville took part in practice Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his left foot in June, and it had been uncertain whether he would be available for the season opener next week.
|9/3/2015||Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE|
|It has been confirmed that the embattled Pierre-Paul will re-join the Giants next week by owner John Mara.
Analysis: Pierre-Paul foolishly hurt his right index finger during some July 4 fireworks tomfoolery. He has yet to meet with the club, though Mara said before the Giants' win over the Super Bowl champion Patriots on Thursday that the star defensive end will report to the Giants next week.
|9/3/2015||Trindon Holliday, Oak, WR|
|Holliday was cut by Oakland.
Analysis: Holliday was signed by the Raiders in June.
|9/3/2015||T.J. Ward, Den, S|
|Ward has been suspended for the first game of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Analysis: The Broncos say that Ward's suspension stems from misdemeanor charges dating back to an incident from May 2014. Those charges were later dropped.
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