Alper: Adam Vinatieri to Roberto Aguayo: Call me anytime you want - ProFootballTalk - Ken's Note: Here's one from the "aren't you glad we choose Cody Whitehair instead of this dude in the second round?" department... The Buccaneers face the Browns at home on Friday night in a nationally televised game, which means there will be plenty of eyes on Buccaneers rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo whenever he takes the field.
Alper: Kam Chancellor "a little surprised" by Ezekiel Elliott’s physical play - ProFootballTalk - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might not like that running back Ezekiel Elliott was photographed at a legal marijuana dispensary in Seattle, but he probably likes that there wasn't any sign of a mellow Elliott in his first game action of the preseason. Ken's Translation: Kam didn't enjoy getting run over by the rook multiple times and being made to look like a rag doll.
Rosenthal: NFC position battles - QBs under pressure in West - NFL.com - While one QB battle (Eagles) fell short of the all the hype, two others (Rams and 49ers) still linger as the season approaches. Gregg Rosenthal provides updates on the NFC's top 20 position battles.
Goodbread: Texas Tech using fake social-media accounts to monitor players - NFL.com - The Texas Tech staff is using fake accounts to help them monitor players' behavior on social media, according to coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Yahoo Shutdown Corner says Belacher Reports says unnamed source says rest of NFL 'laughing at' Chargers over Bosa holdout - Yahoo - Let’s be clear: Both sides are to blame for the Joey Bosa holdout. Bosa hasn’t signed because of offset language and the timing of his signing bonus, and the Chargers turned it into a public battle this week by making details of negotiations public.
Patra: Browns wanted second-round pick for Josh Gordon - NFL.com - Sashi Brown, executive vice president of the Browns, reiterated that the team is not looking to trade receiver Josh Gordon. The wideout is expected to make his preseason debut Friday in Tampa.
Sessler: Carroll gushes over Michael's 'beautiful turnaround' - NFL.com - Thursday night marked another step forward for Christine Michael, the revived Seahawks running back who earned praise from coach Pete Carroll for this summer's "beautiful turnaround."
Rosenthal: Tony Romo exits early after hit from behind - NFL.com - Cowboys nation is collectively holding its breath. Tony Romo was down in pain after Cliff Avril hit him from behind, and grabbed his back. How much should Dallas be concerned about the veteran signal-caller? Ken's Note: Romo has lasted surprisingly long in this league for a man made entirely out of cut crystal glass.
Meyer: Injuries to keep track of - NFL.com - Arian Foster's first preseason catch wound up going for 16 yards thanks to a nasty stiff-arm. Keanu Neal was the recipient of the veteran's move, and more than his psyche was hurt after the play.
Florio: Andy Reid says Alex Smith "gets it," and his arm is strong enough to win a championship - ProFootballTalk - After Andy Reid became the head coach in Kansas City, the first order of business was to find a quarterback. Coincidentally, the 49ers were looking to lose a quarterback. Win. Win.
Patra: Eric Berry to return to Kansas City Chiefs next week - NFL.com - Eric Berry will return to the Kansas City Chiefs next week. The safety has sat out training camp after failing to reach a long-term deal last month. Berry should be ready for Week 1.
CHICAGO DEEP DISH & A PINT
Hoge’s 10 Bears Things: Offensive Line Continues To Churn With Kyle Long’s Injury - WGN Radio - 720 AM - Here are 10 things you should know as the Bears get ready for Saturday’s third preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field.
PFF: 5 winners (including the Bears OL that they have been so consistently bashing) & 5 lowers from preseason week 2 - Ken's Note: OK, I got NUTTIN on this one... the same site that bashes the Bears OL constantly even though the OL is up among the top of the league in keeping their QB from getting hit praises the OL because, you guessed it, they kept their QB from getting hit...
Weaver: Do the Chicago Bears have an injury problem? - Cover32 - The Chicago Bears are only a couple weeks removed from their regular season debut against the Houston Texans.
Dickerson: Chicago Bears rookie DL Jonathan Bullard adjusts to NFL life - ESPN - Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard is learning how to take his explosiveness a step further as he pushes to become a starter.
Hub Arkush: Chicago Bears' third preseason game important for O-line, secondary - Pro Football Weekly - Chiefs' pass rush will offer big test to Bears' O-line without Kyle Long
Mayer's Four players to watch: Bears-Chiefs - ChicagoBears.com - Senior writer Larry Mayer identifies four players who should have an excellent chance in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs to prove they deserve a role with the Bears.
Emma's What To Watch For: Bears-Chiefs - CBS Chicago - Starters will play into the third quarter in Saturday's dress rehearsal preseason game.
Cox: Cornelius Edison earned Bears starting center opportunity with strong preseason performances - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears center Cornelius Edison has had a strong preseason, giving him the opportunity now to work as the starting center.
Perez: Several Chicago Bears need to have a big night on offense versus Chiefs - Bears Wire - A look at four Chicago Bears who need to have a big night on offense against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 of the NFL preseason
Cox: Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson competing head-to-head for roster spot - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears defensive linemen Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton are competing against each other for their jobs and running out of time.
LeGere: Bears' Fox: No adjustments to Cutler's playing time - ChicagoBears.com - Chicago Bears coach John Fox doesn't intend to adjust quarterback Jay Cutler's playing time in Saturday's third preseason game because injuries have disrupted several positions, including those on the offensive line.
Biggs: Bears' backup QBs under heightened scrutiny with injuries to offensive line - Chicago Tribune - Though Jay Cutler has proven durability, Brian Hoyer and other Bears backup quarterbacks have yet to inspire confidence they can step in if needed.
Campbell: Bears' backs still in the running for playing time - Chicago Tribune - Time running short for Jeremy Langford, Ka'Deem Carey, Jordan Howard and Jacquizz Rodgers to show Bears what they can do.
Campbell: Kevin White, Bears pass rush on the spot in last tuneup for starters - Chicago Tribune - Saturday's third exhibition game should at least provide a framework for what to expect when the Bears take the field for real Sept. 11 in Houston.
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