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PFT’s Week One Power Rankings

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field before the preseaon NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Broncos 38-17 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

[Editor’s note: Every Tuesday during the season, PFT posts a top-to-bottom list of all teams in the league. This week’s opening effort comes a day early, with yet another money-back guarantee. To all of the fans of the teams in the second half of the rankings, keep two things in mind: (1) someone had to be there; and (2) this list and a dollar will buy you a newspaper, if they actually still sell newspapers.]

1. Broncos (0-0): The defending champion gets two things: A regular-season home opener on Thursday night (unless the local baseball team is in town) and the top spot in the initial PFT power rankings until they lose. Which could happen very, very soon.

2. Panthers (0-0): Three straight division titles, a 15-1 regular season in 2015, the reigning league MVP, and a general sense that the team isn’t getting nearly enough respect.

3. Patriots (0-0): Even without Tom Brady for four weeks and the Broncos clutching the latest Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC.

4. Seahawks (0-0): They got better last year after Marshawn Lynch was injured. Now that he’s gone for good, they may be as good as they were in 2013.

5. Cardinals (0-0): “All or Nothing” ultimately ended up in “nothing” last year. Whether they get the “all” in 2016 depends on whether they get “anything” out of Carson Palmer when it counts.

6. Steelers (0-0): The defense quietly has improved to the point where not having Martavis Bryant for a year or Le’Veon Bell for three weeks doesn’t really matter.

7. Packers (0-0): Yes, they would have been higher if they hadn’t dumped Josh Sitton on Saturday.

8. Bengals (0-0): If Andy Dalton runs his ass to the sideline, the Bengals may be riding to their first playoff win since the week before they destroyed Bo Jackson’s hip.

9. Washington (0-0): Coach Jay Gruden used his team’s placement on this list at No. 32 last year as motivation. This year, he’ll have to find motivation somewhere else.

10. Chiefs (0-0): With all the talk about the Broncos fading and the Raiders rising, the Chiefs get lost in the shuffle. They won’t once the games begin.

11. Vikings (0-0): Whether the Sam Bradford trade becomes Herschel Walker Part II or the Second Coming of Randall Cunningham remains to be seen. The rest of the roster is good enough to keep the team on the fringes of the top 10, for now.

12. Raiders (0-0): Expectations for 2016 may be a bit high, but the Raiders are on the verge of bringing a much-needed Darth Vader vibe back to the NFL, allowing the league office to perhaps stop being the primary villain in the nation’s ultimate reality show.

13. Texans (0-0): The division is tightening up; as long as Brock Osweiler doesn’t, they should win the division.

14. Cowboys (0-0): Dak Prescott will soon learn the difference between preseason and regular-season games.

15. Colts (0-0): Andrew Luck currently is closer to Archie than Peyton on the Manning scale, and Luck can thank the organization for that.

16. Ravens (0-0): If they can stay healthy, they can get back to the playoffs and give the Patriots all they can handle, again.

17. Jets (0-0): The Jets surely hope that, when it’s time for Ryan Fitzpatrick to perform in the clutch, he’ll perform better than their offseason contract offers to him suggest.

18. Jaguars (0-0): How will the franchise respond to the sudden weight of outside expectations and not-so-subtle internal mandates? We’re about to find out when the Packers roll into town.

19. Dolphins (0-0): The Dolphins are on the right track. The question is how long it will take to get to the destination.

20. Buccaneers (0-0): Few teams in the 20s ever have a realistic chance to get all the way to the Super Bowl. This one does.

21. Rams (0-0): The Climb to 7-9 begins, with the latest evidence of the same-old outcome coming from the failure of the No. 1 overall pick to be higher than No. 3 on the depth chart.

22. Saints (0-0): The Saints love being off the radar this year. They definitely are, at least for now. It may not last long.

23. Lions (0-0): If Calvin Johnson truly is a Hall of Famer (he’s not), not having him will be anything but a good thing for the Lions.

24. Falcons (0-0): Someone has to be in the fourth spot in the most wide-open division in football. And the Falcons could still find a way to win the thing.

25. Bears (0-0): The defense will be better in Year Two of the John Fox regime, but it’s hard to think the offense will be as good with Adam Gase and Matt Forte gone.

26. Titans (0-0): To get respect, a team has to earn it. Lately, the Titans haven’t. They have a great chance to starting doing it with the Vikings coming to town to start the season.

27. Giants (0-0): Am I convinced that firing Tom Coughlin, keeping everyone else, and promoting Ben McAdoo will make the team better? The placement of the team says it all.

28. 49ers (0-0): The Colin Kaepernick situation has become a nice distraction from the rest-of-the-roster situation.

29. Bills (0-0): It’s always better to easily overcome a low bar set by someone else that to run under a high bar set by yourself.

30. Chargers (0-0): If you climb out of this hole by November and more people vote for the hotel tax, you can thank us.

31. Eagles (0-0): Fly, Eagles, fly. Right into a window, given the decision to start the season with a former FBS quarterback who already has bad ribs.

32. Browns (0-0): Someone has to be in this spot, even when everyone is 0-0. Some think the Browns secretly hope to be in this spot when the season ends, so that they can land DeShaun Watson.

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President Obama’s full statement on Colin Kaepernick

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10:  Guests chat with Colin Kaepernick during a Hublot SF Celebration With Colin Kaepernick At Kokkari on November 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Haute Living) Getty Images

During a press conference on his visit to China, President Obama was asked about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem. This was his full answer:

“In terms of Mr. Kaepernick, I’ve got to confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here and I haven’t been following this closely, but my understanding, at least, is that he’s exercising his Constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it. As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the national anthem, and the meaning it holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are. But I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

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2016 NFL draft picks who didn’t make the cut

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 18:  Running back Zac Brooks #30 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on August 18, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

The vast majority of drafted players make their teams’ 53-man rosters, and most of those who don’t end up on injured reserve. Only a select few are disappointing enough in training camp and the preseason to get cut.

Here’s a look at the few, the not proud, the players who were drafted but didn’t make the team:

Round 4, Pick 121: Vikings G Willie Beavers (Western Michigan)

Round 5, Pick 141: Panthers CB Zack Sanchez (Oklahoma)

Round 5, Pick 152: Washington DT Matt Ioannidis (Temple)

Round 5, Pick 162: Chiefs QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford)

Round 6, Pick 180: Vikings WR Moritz Böhringer (Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns)

Round 6, Pick 181: Jaguars DE Tyrone Holmes (Montana)

Round 6, Pick 182: Ravens RB Keenan Reynolds (Navy)

Round 6, Pick 191: Lions QB Jake Rudock (Michigan)

Round 6, Pick 196: Eagles DB Blake Countess (Auburn)

Round 6, Pick 197: Buccaneers TE Dan Vitale (Northwestern)

Round 6, Pick 207: 49ers QB Jeff Driskel (Louisiana Tech)

Round 6, Pick 208: Patriots S Kamu Grugier-Hill (Eastern Illinois)

Round 6, Pick 211: 49ers RB Kelvin Taylor (Florida)

Round 6, Pick 217: Cowboys TE Rico Gathers (Baylor–basketball only)

Round 6, Pick 220: Steelers OLB Travis Feeney (Washington)

Round 7, Pick 225: Patriots WR Devin Lucien (Arizona State)

Round 7, Pick 227: Vikings OLB Stephen Weatherly (Vanderbilt)

Round 7, Pick 229: Steelers WR DeMarcus Ayers (Houston)

Round 7, Pick 230: Bears WR Daniel Braverman (Western Michigan)

Round 7, Pick 247: Seahawks RB Zac Brooks (Clemson)

Round 7, Pick 252: Panthers TE Beau Sandland (Montana State)

Round 7, Pick 253: Titans DB Kalan Reed (Southern Miss)

We’ll keep this list updated as more cuts come in.

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PFT’s 2016 NFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Najee Goode #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates with teammates after recovering a blocked punt and scoring touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the weekend, as we’ll update throughout.]

Dallas

The Cowboys placed running back Darren McFadden on the reserve/non-football injury list, placed defensive end Demarcus Lawrence on the reserve/suspended list and waived-injured defensive end Mike McAdoo.

The Cowboys also parted ways with three former draft pick: Defensive end Ryan Russell, wide receiver Devin Street and tight end Rico Gathers, this year’s sixth-rounder. Gathers, a college basketball player, figures to end up on the practice squad.

Also released were linebacker Derek Akunne, center Jake Brendel, defensive tackle Rodney Coe, cornerback Isaiah Frey, linebacker Brandon Hepburn, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, wide receiver Andy Jones, linebacker Deon King, offensive tackle Ryan Mack, wide receiver Vince Mayle, cornerback Deji Olatoye, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, guard Boston Stiverson, tight end Austin Traylor, kicker Matt Wile and offensive tackle Bryan Witzmann.

New York Giants

The team’s last two moves were cutting running back Andre Williams and placing veteran tight end Will Johnson on injured reserve.

The Giants cut veteran offensive lineman Adam Gettis and defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, and waived the following 15 players: Quarterback Logan Thomas; wide receivers Geremy Davis, Darius Powe and Anthony Dable; offensive linemen Dillon Farrell and Ryan Seymour; defensive tackle Louis Nix;, defensive end Stansly Maponga; linebackers Brad Bars and Ishaq Williams; cornerbacks Leon McFadden, Michael Hunter and Donte Deayon; and safeties Justin Currie and Andrew Adams. They also waived-injured offensive linemen Emmett Cleary and Jake Rodgers, and have accounted for another roster spot with kicker Josh Brown’s one-game suspension.

Philadelphia

The Eagles traded quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings.

Waived later Saturday were sixth-round safety Blake Countess, linebacker Najee Goode, safety Ed Reynolds, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, kicker Cody Parkey, linebacker Don Cherry, guard Darrell Greene, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Quentin Gause, wide receiver Marcus Johnson, offensive lineman Barrett Jones, wide receiver Cayleb Jones, running back Byron Marshall, tight end M.J. McFarland, defensive end Jake Metz, running back Cedric O’Neal, linebacker Myke Tavarres, tight end Chris Pantale, defensive tackle Aziz Shittu and wide receiver David Watford.

Washington

Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson has been activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Fifth-round pick Matt Ioannidis, a defensive end, was waived. The Redskins also released offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus, a 2012 third-round pick, and nose tackle Jerrell Powe. They waived cornerbacks Lloyd Carrington and Mariel Cooper; tackles Takoby Cofield and Isaiah Williams; linebackers Carlos Fields, Lynden Trail and Mike Wakefield; wide receivers Maurice Harris, Kendal Thompson and T.J. Thorpe; running back Mack Brown; defensive end Corey Crawford; tight end Marcel Jensen; guard Nila Kasitati; fullback Joe Kerridge and safety Geno Matias-Smith.

Per multiple reports, the Redskins released veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and tight end Logan Paulsen. Jenkins had signed with the team earlier in the week. Offensive lineman Vinston Painter was also released, PFT has learned.

Chicago

The Bears waived quarterback David Fales, wide receiver Daniel Braverman, nose tackle Terry Williams, cornerback De’Vaunte Bausby, tight end Ben Braunecker, cornerback Taveze Calhoun, wide receiver B.J. Daniels, center Khaled Holmes, cornerback Kevin Peterson, long snapper Patrick Scales, linebacker John Timu and offensive tackle Jason Weaver.

Released were tight end Rob Housler, wide receiver Marc Mariani, tight end Tony Moeaki, running back Jacquizz Rodgers, guard Shelley Smith and tackle Garry Williams.

Linebacker Pernell McPhee and wide receiver were placed on reserve/physically unable to perform. Defensive end Ego Ferguson and linebacker Danny Mason were waived-injured.

Detroit

The Lions waived sixth-round quarterback Jake Rudock and three young wide receivers: Jace Billingsley, T.J. Jones and Jay Lee.

The Lions also waived cornerback Alex Carter, wide receiver Quinshad Davis, linebacker Jayson DiManche, tight end Adam Fuehne, linebacker Zaviar Gooden, linebacker Khaseem Greene, center Gabe Ikard, safety Isaiah Johnson, tackle Luke Marquardt, tackle Michael Ola, defensive tackle Caraun Reid, offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, defensive back Charles Washington, running back George Winn and defensive tackle Gabe Wright. Two vested veterans, center Lemuel Jeanpierre and cornerback Darrin Walls, were released.

Tight end Andrew Quarless was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Green Bay

The Packers released veteran guard Josh Sitton Saturday.

Quarterback Marquise Williams was among the cuts, as were veteran linebackers Sam Barrington and Carl Bradford and long snapper Rick Lovato. They were joined by wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Herb Waters; linebackers Beniquez Brown and Reggie Gilbert; cornerbacks Robertson Daniel and Warren Gatewood; running backs Brandon Ross and Alstevis Squirewell; defensive tackle Brian Price; guard Lucas Patrick; tight end Casey Pierce; and safety Jermaine Whitehead.

Defensive tackle Tyler Kuder and center Kyle Steuck are headed to injured reserve and cornerback Demetri Goodson and defensive tackle Mike Pennell will serve supensions to start the year. Center Corey Linsley was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list due to a hamstring injury.

Minnesota

The Vikings acquired quarterback Sam Bradford in a trade with the Eagles.

The Vikings cut three 2016 draft picks: Fourth-round offensive tackle Willie Beavers, sixth-round German Moritz Bohringer and seventh-round defensive end Stephen Weatherly.

Veteran defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis was released. The team also waived tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Kyle Carter, guard Isame Faciane, wide receiver Isaac Fruechte, linebacker Jake Ganus, running back C.J. Ham, defensive tackle Toby Johnson, defensive end Zach Moore, defensive end Denzell Perine, running back Jhurell Pressley, defensive tackle Travis Raciti, fullback Blake Renaud, cornerback Tre Roberson, quarterback Brad Sorensen, quarterback Joel Stave and linebacker Brandon Watts.

Veteran safety Michael Griffin and cornerback Jabari Price were placed on injured reserve, and quarterback Taylor Heinicke was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

The Vikings waived quarterback Brad Sorensen again Friday.

Atlanta

The Falcons finalized their 53-man roster Saturday with a series of moves. The Falcons waived/injured 2014 seventh-round linebacker Tyler Starr and waived defensive tackle Joey Mbu, wide receiver J.D. McKissic, safety Sharrod Neasman, quarterback Matt Simms and tight end D.J. Tialavea.

Cornerback Akeem King, a 2015 seventh-round pick, was placed on injured reserve, as was former Raiders corner Demarcus Van Dyke. The team reached injury settlements with running back Brandon Wilds and fullback Will Ratelle and placed safety Jalen Collins on the reserve-suspended list.

The Falcons did half of their work Friday, cutting kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Bryce Harris and waiving defensive end Nordly Capi, tackle Laurence Gibson, defensive end Malliciah Goodman, defensive tackle Cory Johnson, cornerback Devonte Johnson, safety Damian Parms, offensive lineman Collin Rahrig, wide receiver Corey Washington, and linebacker Matt Wells.

Carolina

Guard Chris Scott was placed on the reserve-suspended list as he begins a four-game suspension.

The Panthers parted ways with veteran safety Stevie Brown Friday. In a bit of a surprise, they waived rookie cornerback Zack Sanchez, this year’s fifth-round pick.

Also cut were seventh-round tight end Beau Sandland, defensive tackle Kyle Love, safety Marcus Ball, linebacker Brian Blechen, defensive tackle Eric Crume, safety Travell Dixon, wide receiver Keyarris Garrett, defensive end Arthur Miley, running back Jalen Simmons, defensive tackle Robert Thomas, tight end Eric Wallace, defensive end Larry Webster, running back Brandon Wegher, guard David Yankey and cornerback Lou Young.

Placed on injured reserve were wide receiver Kevin Norwood, linebacker Ben Jacobs and tackle Jordan Rigsbee.

New Orleans

The Saints terminated the contracts of veteran offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, kicker Connor Barth, running back Travaris Cadet, tackle Tony Hills and defensive ends Darryl Tapp and C.J. Wilson.

They placed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui on injured reserve and waived the following players: Center Jack Allen, guard Joseph Cheek, defensive back Brian Dixon, defensive back Trae Elston, guard John Fullington, tight end Garrett Griffin, center Marcus Henry, running back Austin Johnson, wide receiver Jake Lampman, defensive end Chris McCain, defensive end Bobby Richardson, linebacker Jeff Schoettmer (injured), tackle Tyrus Thompson (injured), defensive end Davis Tull and wide receiver Jordan Williams.

Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers did their business Friday, cutting running backs Peyton Barber and Russell Hansbrough, wide receivers Bernard Reedy, Kenny Bell, Freddie Martino and Jonathan Krause, tight end Danny Vitale, offensive linemen Josh Allen, Ben Gottschalk, Kelvin Palmer and Kyler Kerbyson, defensive end Kourtnei Brown, defensive tackles Cliff Matthews and A.J. Francis, linebackers Luke Rhodes, Josh Keyes, Jeremiah George and Micah Awe and defensive backs Javien Elliott and Isaiah Johnson. Wide receiver Louis Murphy and guard J.R. Sweezy remain on the physically unable to perform list.

Arizona

The Cardinals cut quarterback Matt Barkley, defensive tackle Red Bryant and safety Chris Clemons.

Waived were center Taylor Boggs, cornerback Cariel Brooks, wide receiver Marquis Bundy, linebacker Donald Butler, tackle Rob Crisp, safety Matthias Farley, wide receiver Brittan Golden, cornerback Trevon Hartfield, wide receiver Chris Hubert, guard Antoine McClain, cornerback Harlan Miller, tight end Ifeanyi Momah, running back Elijhaa Penny, tackle Given Price, linebacker Shaq Riddick, wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, tight end Hakeem Valles, running back Kerwynn Williams and cornerback Ronald Zamort. They also waived-injured linebacker Tristan Okpalaugo.

The Cardinals began Friday with the cuts of veteran safety Chris Clemons and linebacker Donald Butler, along with waiving running back Kerwynn Williams, offensive lineman Taylor Boggs, defensive back Cariel Brooks, wide receiver Marquis Bundy, tackle Rob Crisp and guard Antoine McClain

Los Angeles

Two veterans, linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive tackle Cam Thomas, were released.

The other players waived by the Rams were defensive end Ian Seau, offensive tackle Isaiah Battle, safety Christian Bryant, linebacker Brandon Chubb, tight end Justice Cunningham, defensive end Morgan Fox, safety Rohan Gaines, running back Aaron Green, wide receiver Austin Hill, cornerback Michael Jordan, safety Jordan Kovacs, center Eric Kush, linebacker Cameron Lynch, running back Terrence Magee, wide receiver Paul McRoberts, cornerback Marcus Roberson, cornerback Jabriel Washington and wide receiver Duke Williams.

The Rams also put offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds and offensive lineman Darrell Williams on injured reserve.

San Francisco

The 49ers made two trades: They sent an undisclosed draft pick to the Chiefs for veteran Rod Streater, who joins Jeremy Kerley as recent trade acquisitions at the position. They also sent safety L.J. McCray to the Seahawks for an undisclosed pick.

The rest of the players dropped from the roster are wide receivers Dres Anderson, Devon Cajuste, Ryan Whalen and DeAndre White; offensive linemen Alex Balducci, Fahn Cooper, Colin Kelly and Norman Price; defensive linemen Demetrius Cherry, B.J. McBryde and Garrison Smith; tight end Je’Ron Hamm; running backs DuJuan Harris and 2016 sixth-round pick Kelvin Taylor; cornerback Prince Charles Iworah; and linebackers Corey Lemonier and Shayne Skov.

In addition, wide receiver DeAndre Smelter was waived/injured and linebacker Aaron Lynch was placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Seattle

The contracts of guard Jahri Evans and fullback Will Tukuafu were terminated. Waived were quarterback Jake Heaps, defensive tackle Brandin Bryant, tight end Clayton Echard, linebacker Steve Longo, running back Troymaine Pope, defensive tackle Jordan Hill (injured), linebacker Eric Pinkins (injured), tackle Terry Poole (injured), offensive lineman Will Pericak, defensive end Tylor Harris, cornerback Marcus Burley, safety Keenan Lambert, defensive end Ryan Robinson, cornerback Tye Smith, defensive tackle Tani Tupuo, tight end Joe Sommers (injured), linebacker Kache Palacio and wide receivers Kenny Lawler, Uzoma Nwachukwu, Douglas McNeil III, Kasen Williams and Antwan Goodley.

The team also acquired safeties L.J. McCray (from the 49ers) and Dewey McDonald (from the Raiders) in separate trades.

The Seahawks also cut four players from injured reserve with settlements: Running back George Farmer, defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, wide receiver Kevin Smith and defensive back Trovon Reed.

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PFT’s 2016 AFC 53-man roster cuts tracker

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 15:  Outside linebacker Ramik Wilson #53 of the Kansas City Chiefs intercepts a pass during the third quarter of the pre-season NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Chiefs defeated the Cardinals 34-19.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

[Editor’s note: We’re keeping track of the moves as teams make them this weekend, as they have to get to their 53-man roster limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Check back throughout the weekend, as we’ll update throughout.]

Buffalo

The Bills announced their moves Friday, topped by cutting veteran linebacker Manny Lawson. They also released: Tight end Blake Annen, linebacker Kroy Biermann, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, cornerback Mario Butler, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick, defensive end LaVar Edwards, fullback Jerome Felton, running back Boom Herron, linebacker Randell Johnson, Lawson, wide receiver Dez Lewis, tackle Marquis Lucas, tackle Chris Martin, cornerback Sterling Moore, guard Cyril Richardson, cornerback Sammy Seamster, defensive end Max Valles, center Fernando Velasco, defensive tackle Casey Walker and running back James Wilder Jr.

Miami

Cornerback Chris Culliver will remain on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to recover from a knee injury. He can be activated after six weeks of the regular season.

Offensive linemen Jamil Douglas; 2016 seventh-round tight end Thomas Duarte; linebackers James Burgess and Tyler Gray; defensive linemen Deandre Coleman, Chris Jones, Cleyon Laing, Cedric Reed and Jordan Williams; quarterback Zac Dysert; defensive backs Shamiel Gary, A.J. Hendy, Rashaan Melvin and Lafayette Pitts; tackle Ulrick John; and wide receiver Rashawn Scott were all waived

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, linebacker James-Michael Johnson, tight end Dominique Jones, running back Daniel Thomas and tackle Sam Young were released.

New England

The Patriots dropped a bunch of wide receivers: Aaron Dobson, DeAndre Carter, Keshawn Martin, Chris Harper and 2016 seventh-round pick Devin Lucien. Also cut were 2016 sixth-round linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, 2015 third-round defensive lineman Geneo Grissom and 2015 seventh-round defensive back Darryl Roberts.

The Patriots also parted ways with running back Tyler Gaffney, defensive lineman Markus Kuhn, offensive lineman Chris Barker, linebacker Rufus Johnson, defensive back Vinnie Sunseri, defensive lineman Joe Vellano, offensive lineman Jon Halapio, running back Joey Iosefa, linebacker Kevin Snyder, defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, cornerback Cre’von LeBlanc and tight end Bryce Williams.

New York Jets

Cornerback Dee Milliner, a former first-round pick, was released. So was former second-round pick Jace Amaro.

The Jets also released tight ends Zach Sudfeld and Wes Saxton, wide receiver/kick returner Jeremy Ross and running back Antone Smith and waived/injured linebacker Trevor Reilly, a 2014 seventh-round pick. They waived wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, 2013 seventh-round fullback Tommy Bohanon, defensive lineman Tarow Barney, linebacker Freddie Bishop, linebacker Taiwan Jones, cornerback Bryson Keeton, guard Mike Liedtke, safety Doug Middleton, cornerback Darryl Morris, defensive lineman Claude Pelon, cornerback Kevin Short, guard Craig Watts and wide receiver Chandler Worthy.

Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson was placed on the reserved/suspended list. He’ll be activated following the team’s season opener. Right tackle Breno Giacomini was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Baltimore

In one of the most surprising moves of the day, the Ravens released running back Justin Forsett.

The Ravens placed wideouts Michael Campanaro and Chris Matthews on injured reserve. Tackle De’Ondre Wesley was also placed on injured reserve while cornerback Carrington Byndom was waived/injured.

Guard Vladimir Ducasse and quarterback Josh Johnson were released. Linebacker Arthur Brown, a 2013 second-round pick, and safety Terrence Brooks, a 2014 third-round pick, were waived along with wide receivers Jeremy Butler and Keenan Reynolds, linebacker Brennen Beyer, tight end Daniel Brown, tackle Blaine Clausell, defensive tackle Kapron Lewis-Moore, running back Stephen Houston, linebacker Victor Ochi, linebacker Patrick Onwausor, center Matt Skura and defensive back Julian Wilson.

Cincinnati

The Bengals got to 53 Saturday by waiving fullback Andrew Bonnet, defensive end Ryan Brown; quarterback Keith Wenning; running backs Bronson Hill and Tra Carson; wide receivers Jake Kumerow, Rashon Simonise and Alonzo Russell; center Alex Cooper; defensive tackle David Dean; guards Trey Hopkins, Alex Redmond and Trip Thurman; tackles John Weidenaar and Aaron Epps, tight end Matt Lengel and cornerbacks Darius Hillary and Tony McRae.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was placed on the reserve-suspended list. He’s suspended the first three games for repeated violations of on-field rules. The Bengals also waived wide receiver Mario Alford from injured reserve with an injury settlement, cut cornerback Chykie Brown and placed defensive end Marcus Hardison on inured reserve.

The Bengals released safety Jimmy Wilson Friday.

Cleveland

The Browns agreed to a one-year deal with punter Britton Colquitt, a move that foreshadowed the release of punters Kasey Redfern and Michael Palady later in the day.

Waived were defensive linemen Kenton Adeyemi and Chigbo Anunoby; defensive backs Pierre Desir, Mikell Everette, Charles Gaines and Eric Patterson; running back Jahwan Edwards; offensive linemen Dan France, Garth Gerhart, Kaleb Johnson and Mike Matthews; tight ends Connor Hamlett and J.P. Holtz; wide receiver Darius Jennings; linebackers Jason Neill and Justin Tuggle; and punter Kasey Redfern.

Wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Marlon Moore were also cut. Wide receiver Josh Gordon and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant were placed on the reserve/suspended list. Both are suspended for the first four games of the season. Cornerback Justin Gilbert was traded to the Steelers.

The Browns began Friday by cutting defensive backs Pierre Desir and Charles Gaines.

Pittsburgh

The Steelers acquired former first-round cornerback in a trade with the Browns. That led to the release of cornerback Doran Grant, a fourth-round pick in 2015.

The Steelers also waived a member of this year’s draft class, seventh-round wide receiver DeMarcus Ayers. Their other cuts were linebackers Travis Feeney, Steven Johnson and Jermauria Rasco; quarterback Bryn Renner; safety Ray Vinopal; cornerbacks Montell Garner, Al-Hajj Shabazz and Donald Washington; offensive linemen Shahbaz Ahmed, Antoine Everett, Matt Feiler and Wade Hansen; defensive linemen Lavon Hooks, Caushaud Lyons and Johnny Maxey; wide receivers Cobi Hamilton and Marcus Tucker and running backs Brandon Brown-Dukes and Cameron Stingily.

Running back Le’Veon Bell is headed to the reserve/suspended list and tight end Paul Lang was waived/injured.

Houston

Offensive tackle Duane Brown and defensive lineman J.J. Watt were activated from PUP.

Most notably, the Texans released veteran wide receiver Cecil Shorts, safety Antonio Allen and running back Akeem Hunt.
They also waived tackle Jeff Adams, guard Karim Barton, wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, inside linebacker Reshard Cliett, tight end Anthony Denham, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, running back Kenny Hilliard, defensive end Ufomba Kamalu, outside linebacker Eric Lee, tackle Andrew McDonald, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, cornerback Robert Nelson, defensive end Dan Pettinato, inside linebacker Shakeel Rashad, guard Chad Slade, tight end Eric Tomlinson and wide receiver Wendall Williams.

They also waived-injured center Dalton Freeman and outside linebacker Tony Washington Jr.

Indianapolis

The Colts will release veteran running back Stevan Ridley, NFL Network reported.

Waived were defensive end Sterling Bailey, inside linebacker Trevor Bates, safety Alden Darby, cornerback Tay Glover-Wright, safety Lee Hightower, safety Stefan McClure, wide receiver MeKale McKay, cornerback Christopher Milton, guard Kitt O’Brien, outside linebacker Earl Okine, defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, guard Adam Redmond, wide receiver Tevaun Smith, tackle Mitchell Van Dyk and tackle Jeremy Vujnovich.

Three players were placed on injured reserve: Cornerback Tevin Mitchel, outside linebacker Ron Thompson and guard Hugh Thornton, who might have been a starter if he’d been healthy. Linebacker Nate Irving was released.

On Friday, the Colts waived-injured 2015 third-rounder D’Joun Smith.

Jacksonville

Among the Jaguars cuts were linebacker Ryan Davis, offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau, wide receiver Arrelious Benn and offensive lineman Jacques McClendon. The team also waived safety Josh Evans, defensive end Tyrone Holmes, linebacker Thurston Armbrister, defensive lineman Richard Ash, defensive lineman T.J. Barnes, cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, tight end Braedon Bowman, offensive lineman Kadeem Edwards, wide receiver Shaq Evans, offensive lineman Rashod Hill, wide receiver Rashad Lawrence, cornerback Nick Marshall, linebacker Sean Porter, offensive lineman Pearce Slater, linebacker Jordan Tripp and wide receiver Shane Wynn.

Defensive tackle Michael Bennett was placed on injured reserve. Cornerback Aaron Colvin was placed on reserve/suspended.

Pass-rusher Ryan Davis was among the Jaguars’ first wave of cuts Friday, along with defensive end Tyrone Holmes and tackle Rashod Hill.

Tennessee

The Titans finished their cuts Friday, releasing: Running back Bishop Sankey, wide receiver Justin Hunter, running back Dexter McCluster, fullback Sam Bergen, offensive lineman Jeremiah Poutasi, offensive lineman Will Poehls, wide receiver Andrew Turzilli, linebacker J.R. Tavai, linebacker Curtis Grant, cornerback B.W. Webb, defensive back Marqueston Huff, kicker Aldrick Rosas, running back David Fluellen, offensive lineman Tyler Marz, offensive lineman Ronald Patrick, wide receiver Ben Roberts, tight end Jerome Cunningham, tight end Alex Ellis, linebacker Justin Staples, nose tackle Antwaun Woods, cornerback Kalan Reed and defensive back Curtis Riley.

Denver

Quarterback Mark Sanchez was released. Later in the day, journeyman quarterback Austin Davis was signed.

In getting to 53 the Broncos cut running back Ronnie Hillman, center Dillon Day, outside linebacker Vontarrius Dora, wide receiver Mose Frazier, tackle Lars Hanson, defensive end Lars Koht, inside linebacker Kyle Kragen, tight end Henry Krieger-Coble, defensive back B.J. Lowery, safety Ryan Murphy, tackle Justin Murray, guard Robert Myers Jr., offensive lineman Aaron Neary, cornerback Taurean Nixon, inside linebacker Dwayne Norman, wide receiver Kalif Raymond, outside linebacker Sadat Sulleyman, cornerback John Tidwell and outside linebacker Eddie Yarbrough.

Safety Shiloh Keo was placed on the reserve/suspended list for the next two weeks.

The Broncos cut veteran defensive tackle Henry Melton Friday, along with running back Juwan Thompson.

Kansas City

The Chiefs released rookie quarterback Kevin Hogan Saturday and traded wide receiver Rod Streater to the 49ers for an undisclosed pick.

Also cut Saturday were linebacker Tyrell Adams, wide receiver Da’Ron Brown, cornerback Deveron Carr, defensive back Jamell Fleming, offensive lineman Reid Fragel, wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr., defensive lineman David King, linebacker Andy Mulumba, center Daniel Munyer, tight end Brian Parker, offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley, safety Shak Randolph, running back Darrin Reaves, linebacker Terrance Smith, defensive lineman Jimmy Staten, tackle Zach Sterup and defensive back Brock Vereen.

The Chiefs parted ways with quarterback Aaron Murray and cut veteran safety Jeron Johnson Friday, and traded cornerback Marcus Cooper to the Cardinals.

Oakland

The Raiders waived running back George Atkinson, lineacker Neiron Ball, guard Mitchell Bell, wide recevier K.J. Brent, defensive end James Cowser, defensive back Kenneth Durden, wide receiver Marvin Hall, defensive end Drew Iddings, defensive end Branden Jackson, guard Denver Kirkland, nose tackle Derrick Lott, linebacker John Lotulelei, tight end Jake McGee, wide receiver Jayden Mickens, tight end Ryan O’Malley, guard Oni Omoile, defensive back Neiko Thorpe, linebacker Korey Toomer, defensive Greg Townsend Jr. and linebacker Kyrie Wilson.

The Raiders also traded defensive back Dewey McDonald to Seattle for a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick. Running back Marcel Reece was moved to the reserve/suspended list, where he will remain for the first three games of the season.

San Diego

The Chargers got a roster exemption for recently signed rookie defensive tackle Joey Bosa and placed defensive tackle Damion Square on the reserve-suspended list.

The players released by the Chargers included wide receiver Rasheed Bailey (injured), quarterback Mike Bercovici, tackle Brett Boyko, cornerback Richard Crawford, outside linebacker Ben Gardner, running back Gus Johnson, defensive tackle Kamal Johnson, guard Marcel Jones, safety Adrian McDonald, defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue, inside linebacker Shaq Petteway (injured), wide receiver DeAndre Reaves, inside linebacker James Ross, cornerback Larry Scott, tight end Tim Semisch, fullback Chris Swain, guard Vi Teofilo, outside linebacker James Vaughters, tight end Matt Weiser, wide reciever Dom Williams and cornerback Trevor Williams.

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Cuts provide “Hard Knocks” some much-needed juice, drama

OXNARD, CA - MAY 06:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams takes to the field during a Los Angeles Rams rookie camp on May 06, 2016 in Oxnard, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

In a “Hard Knocks” series that’s provided little in the way of drama or must-see characters, it was almost like the show needed the always compelling and sometimes numbing roster cut scene that closed Tuesday’s fourth episode.

Spice things up by showing guys get their dreams crushed? Hey, whatever it takes.

If you’ve been watching — this year or in prior, more entertaining years — you could see it coming at the beginning of the fourth episode when the show’s producers introduced Rams strength coach Rock Gullickson, who serves as the team’s turk.

When cut day comes, Gullickson is the guy who tracks down the players and takes them for a walk to see head coach Jeff Fisher. The show’s narrator even pointed out that in 2016, “cuts are high tech” as Gullickson checked his phone for a text message informing him which players he needed to escort out of the weight room.

Across the league, teams had to cut their preseason rosters from 90 to 75 by Tuesday afternoon. By Saturday, every team has to be down to 53 players. “Hard Knocks” showed Fisher cutting a handful of players, and the producers also caught candid shots of journeyman wide receiver Austin Hill believing that Gullickson was coming for him.

“Hard Knocks” promises full access and raw stuff fans normally don’t see, and the cut scenes provide both. Fisher told the cameras he’s personally released every player his team has cut since he’s been a head coach in the NFL, and in his conversation with recently released tight end Benson Browne he told the story of a player trying to get the team to pay for his flight to Hawaii.

“But he wasn’t from Hawaii,” Fisher said.

One player told Fisher he didn’t know his next move. Another asked for a candid opinion from Fisher on whether he should continue to pursue football. Fisher told center Brian Folkerts that the good news was that a lot of teams are looking for interior linemen right now.

“Anytime you release any player, it’s not easy,” Fisher said. “Some will come to the realization that their childhood goal is over and I need to go on with my life.”

Said Gullickson: “You do feel it deep inside that these kids have dreamed about this since they were small kids and all of a sudden it may be over.”

Overall, Hard Knocks is limping to the finish. But Austin Hill is still around — “he survives another week,” cameras caught Fisher saying at the end of this episode — and so are the HBO cameras.

At least for a few more days.

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John Mara’s arguments confirm the NFL has returned to the pre-Ray Rice mindset

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 photo, New York Giants co-owner John Mara walks across the field before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A visibly shaken Giants owner John Mara said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 he was fine with the NFL's suspension of placekicker Josh Brown for one game, despite allegations Brown abused his ex-wife as many as 20 times prior to the Giants signing Brown to a two-year extension last spring. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) AP

After the Ray Rice video rocked the NFL to its foundation and nearly toppled a Commissioner, the NFL reacted to immense public pressure by making big changes. And now that the PSI has reduced (yeah, I went there), the NFL has retreated to it pre-Ray Rice reality.

That’s exactly what happened in the Josh Brown case. Arrested in May 2015 for a domestic violence incident that the NFL saw fit to discipline with a one-game suspension, the NFL still has provided no explanation as to why the league deviated from the six-game baseline that was adopted in an effort to put out the post-Ray Rice firestorm.

Mitigating factors are required to reduce the six-game suspension. So what were they?

The NFL has made no effort to identify the mitigating factors or to even say that there were any. The only real explanation provided in support of the action taken came from the inability of the NFL’s investigators to fully investigate the case, blaming their failure to get to the truth (under the low standard of “more probable than not”) by pointing out that Brown’s former wife refused to cooperate and that law enforcement officials likewise wouldn’t talk, outcomes that scream out “red flag” more than they say “dead end.”

Good investigators figure out ways to get people to tell the truth. Good investigators don’t shrug and say “oh well” and create a blueprint for all other players who are accused of domestic violence: If you can convince the witnesses not to talk, the league will have no choice but to go easy on you.

The bigger problem in this case is that the Giants also went easy on Brown. Although it wouldn’t be right for the team to look the other way if a key player on offense or defense were involved in a similar situation, at least it would make sense. Why are the Giants opening themselves up to criticism and scrutiny for a kicker? As one G.M. told me earlier this year, there are three great kickers, three bad kickers, and the other 26 are all the same. Brown is one of the other 26, and the Giants easily could have found another one of those 26.

“These are not easy decisions,” Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday, finally breaking the organization’s silence on the subject. “Very easy to say, ‘Guy’s been accused, get rid of him. Terminate him.’ But when you’re sitting at the top of an organization and you’re responsible for a lot of people, you’d better make more informed decisions than that.”

That’s fine, but in this case the Giants didn’t have to fire Brown. His contract had expired, they knew about the allegations, and instead of finding another kicker they hired Brown again.

Some may say that the Giants were being merciful or giving the player a second chance or whatever, but it’s impossible to reconcile the Giants’ actions with these words from Mara, uttered at a time when the league was under heavy siege: “Everyone in our league, players, coaches, front-office people, need to understand there is no excuse for domestic violence ever and there is going to be severe consequences.”

The fact that the NFL imposed a one-game suspension on Brown shows that some degree of domestic violence occurred. His ex-wife claimed, before clamming up, that there had been up to 20 prior incidents of violence.

“There is no excuse for domestic violence,” Mara said in 2014. In 2016, Mara sounds like a guy making multiple excuses for Brown.

“There’s a big difference between allegations and convictions or indictments,” Mara said Wednesday. “And a lot of times there’s a tendency to try to make these cases black and white. They’re very rarely black and white. You very rarely have a Ray Rice video.”

Those are all excuses for Brown’s domestic violence, for which the consequences were minimal — and which the Giants decided to ignore when re-hiring a player with whom the organization technically had no employment relationship.

The inescapable message is this: With the Ray Rice incident nearly two years old, the NFL and its teams have assumed the pre-Ray Rice posture. Unless, of course, there’s any chance a video exists that TMZ may eventually buy.

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Statement from Joey Bosa’s representatives

San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa trains during an NFL football rookie training camp Friday, May 13, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) AP

[Editor’s note: CAA, the firm that represents Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, issued a statement on Wednesday night in response to a statement issued and comments made by the team on Wednesday.]

It is unfortunate the San Diego Chargers have decided to manipulate facts and negotiate in the media.  The team surely is not strengthening its relationship with Joey Bosa by taking this stance and making their position public.

We have decided that we will not engage in public negotiations or discuss numbers and/or terms in this negotiation.

We will say, that it is ironic that the team now takes issue with the timing of Joey’s arrival, since the Chargers unilaterally decided to remain silent for the first 14 days of training camp instead of replying in a timely fashion to the proposal we made on the eve of training camp on July 28th.

At this point, all we can do is continue to fight for a fair contract on behalf of our client, as we do for all of our clients.  The Chargers can focus on trying to sway public opinion, but our focus will remain on our client and securing a contract for him that is fair and consistent with his draft position.

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Chargers statement on Joey Bosa

[Editor’s note: The Chargers have issued a statement regarding the stalled contract talks with defensive end Joey Bosa. The full text of it appears below.]

The San Diego Chargers issued the following statement regarding the contract negotiations with 2016 first-round selection Joey Bosa:

Our contract discussions and offers to the representatives of Joey Bosa have been both fair and structurally consistent with the contracts of every other Chargers player.

Our offer included:

1. An initial signing bonus payment that is larger than any player in the League has received in the last two drafts.

2. More money in this calendar year than every player in this year’s draft except one (QB Carson Wentz).

3. The largest payment and the highest percentage of signing bonus received in the first calendar year of any Chargers’ first-round selection since the inception of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (2011).

We gave Joey’s representatives our best offer last night, which was rejected today.  The offer that we extended was for Joey to contribute during all 16 games and beyond.  Joey’s ability to contribute for an entire rookie season has now been jeopardized by the valuable time he has missed with his coaches and his teammates. Since Joey will not report at this time, his ability to produce not just early in the season, but throughout the entire season, has been negatively impacted.

As a result, we will restructure our offer since Joey will be unable to contribute for the full 16 game season without the adequate time on the practice field, in the classroom, and in preseason games.

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Familiar stories, not much sizzle in “Hard Knocks”

OXNARD, CA - MAY 06:  Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams takes to the field during a Los Angeles Rams rookie camp on May 06, 2016 in Oxnard, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

Three weeks in, the most memorable line of this year’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series on the Rams remains coach Jeff Fisher telling his players he’d cut Deon Long for participating in “some 7-9 b——t” and that Fisher would not be putting up with 7-9 b——t.

The show is still good. The cast is just very, um, 7-9.

The unfiltered access is great. The F-bombs thrown around by Fisher and defensive line coach Mike Waufle have been great. But the stories are just OK.

The Rams can’t have Todd Gurley get hurt. Case Keenum is the quarterback until Jared Goff is ready. A bunch of guys are chasing dreams. Being in LA means getting to go to Disneyland on an off day.

There just hasn’t been a whole lot in the way of new or dramatic.

Tuesday night’s third episode — the halfway point, essentially — did provide some unscripted and gut-wrenching television when undrafted rookie wide receiver Paul McRoberts sat in Fisher’s office not long after learning his stepbrother, with whom he’d grown up, had been murdered.

“My teammates and my coaches let me know it’s OK to cry,” McRoberts said in probably the most powerful moment of the series to date.

The highlight of the third episode, or at least the most colorful moment, came when Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was talking with trainers during last weekend’s preseason game. Westbrooks had been hit low and high by Chiefs blockers, and though a chop block penalty was called, the Rams were not pleased.

Cameras caught Fisher on the field staring in the direction of the Chiefs bench and caught Waufle yelling at Chiefs tackle Jah Reid, who had hit Westbrooks somewhere near the knee.

“What the f— is that No. 75? You f—–g a—–e,” Waufle screamed. “You shouldn’t be in the league.”

Westbrooks limped off and said he wanted to go back into the game, which was at least a bit of good news.

This edition of “Hard Knocks” has become more about those moments and stories of players dealing with dreams that could soon be over than it’s been about colorful characters or stars. Even Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, played a bit part in the third episode.

He’s the future. That much is clear. But for the next two weeks, he’s still a backup — and the show will probably continue to focus on guys who might not be in the team’s plans.

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Goff, “Hard Knocks” both coming along slowly

OXNARD, CA - MAY 06:  Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams runs a drill during a Los Angeles Rams rookie camp on May 06, 2016 in Oxnard, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

This year’s “Hard Knocks” featuring the Los Angeles Rams is understandably going to feature quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and the other recognizable Rams.

Like Todd Gurley. And Aaron Donald. And…

Yeah.

Considering that Goff isn’t yet the team’s starter and that his preseason debut last weekend was cut short after he took a big hit, the “Hard Knocks” producers had their work cut out for them in the season’s second episode, which aired Tuesday.

We got the standard montages of Goff hamming it up for the cameras, of teammates and coaches being asked about Goff, and even 30 or so seconds of Goff throwing lasers followed by the obligatory soundbites.

“We’re seeing the competitiveness,” Rams quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke said of Goff. “He wants to be great. His physical skills, they flash every day.”

After one pass, cameras caught Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams say, “that was a f—–g NFL throw right there. He hummed that one.”

The cameras caught Rams coach Jeff Fisher twice muttering to himself, “Get up Jared, get up Jared,” when Goff was hit during last Saturday’s game vs. the Cowboys. Fisher took Goff out of that game as a precaution, and he should be fine.

The show is going to be fine, too, despite a lack of real stars or known characters. Defensive Line Coach Mike Waufle can string F-bombs and other obscenities together with the best of them, defensive end William Hayes seems pretty hellbent on convincing his teammates that dinosaurs never existed, and Fisher’s son, defensive backs coach Brandon Fisher, introduced an interesting acronym, NAF. Or, non-athletic f—.

Yep.

For the second straight week the cameras and producers struck a little TV gold when they first caught Fisher telling his players to be careful with their bikes, golf carts and other vehicles on the UC-Irvine campus, then caught wide receivers Kenny Britt and Brian Quick driving fast before turning over and falling out of something that looked like a dune buggy.

Fisher later called them “Dumb and Dumber” in front of the team, drawing laughs.

Expect more chuckles — and a bunch more Goff — in the three episodes to come.

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August 15 letter from NFL to NFLPA over Al Jazeera PED allegations

[Editor’s note: On August 15, the NFL sent a letter to the NFLPA regarding the pending PED investigation regarding Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Packers linebacker Julius Peppers, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and free-agent defensive lineman Mike Neal. PFT has obtained a copy of the letter. The full text appears below.]

As you know, the league has been investigating a nationally televised report concerning potential violations of the collectively bargained Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.  There can be no question that the league has a good faith basis for conducting this investigation; moreover, the league and NFLPA have a shared interest in ensuring that our jointly developed policy is not being violated.

Nevertheless, since the initiation of our investigation in January the league has made at least seven attempts to arrange interviews of Messrs. Harrison, Matthews, Neal and Peppers.  On each occasion, the NFLPA has communicated the players’ refusal to participate.  Most recently, the NFLPA has attempted to prevent the interviews by submitting for each player a half-page statement, which you advised should be treated as a sworn statement given in a legal proceeding, and which you contend should fulfill the players’ acknowledged obligation to cooperate with the investigation.  The statements, however, are wholly devoid of any detail, and we were quickly able to determine that Mr. Neal’s statement includes an assertion that is demonstrably false.  Rather than eliminate the need for interviews, the players’ plainly deficient statements simply underscore the importance of obtaining their full cooperation.

You were so advised on July 29, when we again wrote to offer the players another opportunity to participate in an interview, beginning with Mr. Neal.  In that letter, you were expressly notified that continued noncooperation could result in discipline up to and including a suspension.  In response, you provided a revised statement and letter which acknowledged Mr. Neal’s prior steroid policy violation and that his previous “sworn statement” is in fact untrue.  Most important, you advised that Mr. Neal had again refused to cooperate with our investigation by participating in an interview.

There is no dispute that players are obligated to cooperate with the league’s investigation, as you have repeatedly acknowledged.  This obligation includes not only the responsibility to submit to an interview but also the duty to provide meaningful responses to the questions posed.  Nor is there a dispute that a failure to cooperate or an attempt to obstruct the investigation may result in discipline, including suspension from play, for conduct detrimental under Article 46 of the CBA and the NFL Player Contract.

We cannot accept your unilateral assertion that the cursory, untested statements you have submitted satisfy the players’ obligation.  Accordingly, the Commissioner has directed that Messrs. Harrison, Matthews, Neal and Peppers be given until Thursday, August 25 to provide interviews.  For those players whose interviews do not take place on or before that date, or who fail meaningfully to participate in or otherwise obstruct the interview, their actions will constitute conduct detrimental and they will be suspended, separate and apart from any possible future determination that they violated the steroid policy.  The suspension for each such player will begin on Friday, August 26 and will continue until he has fully participated in an interview with league investigators, after which the Commissioner will determine whether and when the suspension should be lifted.

To avoid this outcome, please promptly contact my office to make arrangements for the interviews.  As previously stated, we will make every effort to accommodate the NFLPA’s availability, within the outlined time period.

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Window closes on potential trade of Joey Bosa in 2016

Ohio State’s Joey Bosa poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the third pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP

It’s official. In 2016, defensive end Joey Bosa will play for the Chargers or for no one.

As first explained last week by PFT, the window for trading Bosa closed at 4:00 p.m. ET today, 30 days before the start of the regular season. He can’t be traded until the 2017 league year opens, at the earliest.

The Chargers had shown no inclination to trade Bosa, in large part because no other team had the rookie pool space to absorb his contract. Without that, a trade couldn’t have happened.

As first explained here last week (but co-opted without credit by a certain four-letter network on Sunday), the two sides haven’t spoken since July 28. Indeed, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, as of this posting, the two sides still haven’t spoken in 12 days, and counting.

The ball, as previously explained, remains in the team’s court. The latest offer from the Chargers came on the morning of July 28, Bosa’s camp responded within 90 minutes, and the team has still not countered.

The team presumably hasn’t countered because there’s nothing to say. The Chargers want offset language to be attached to the guaranteed contract, preventing double-dipping from Bosa if he’s cut during the next four years and signs elsewhere. The Chargers also want to defer a significant chunk of the signing bonus to March of 2017, while Bosa wants the full signing bonus to be paid out this year.

Bosa is willing to concede either point. The Chargers want both offset and deferral language.

The impasse must be resolved, at the latest, by the Tuesday after Week 10. If a deal isn’t reached by then, Bosa can’t play in 2016, and he’ll remain the property of the Chargers until the start of the 2017 draft.

Again, it’s hard to see it getting to that point. It also was hard a few weeks ago to see it getting to this point.

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Michael and Martellus Bennett, unplugged and unhinged

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Defensive end Michael Bennett #72 (L) of the Seattle Seahawks is greeted by his younger brother  Martellus Bennett #83 of the Chicago Bears after the game at CenturyLink Field on September 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Michael Bennett may have some more apologizing to do.

The Seahawks defensive end, who made waves with critical public comments of Cam Newton for which Bennett later apologized privately, gave an extended interview (along with his brother, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett) to Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine. The entire article should be read. Appearing below are some of the comments others most likely to generate laughter, provoke thought, and/or prompt one brother or the other (or both) to issue an apology.

Martellus, on a visit to the house of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: “Once you get rich, you start collecting weird sh-t like silverware.” (Martellus and Michael both said, simultaneously, that they would collect people — for blood transfusions and kidney transplants.)

Martellus, on former teammate and Cowboys TE Jason Witten: “I hated Jason Witten. I appreciated his game, but I always hated him.”

Michael, on his willingness to be blunt: “I’m not gonna go up there and give a Russell Wilson answer.” (Michael’s criticism of Newton implicitly criticized Wilson, since Michael was calling out players who take big dollars but remain silent on social causes.)

Michael, on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler: “Worst quarterback in the NFL.”

Martellus, on Cutler: “I’d be open and he’d throw into double coverage.”

Martellus, on Giants QB Eli Manning: “He’s like a normal white guy you see at the park trying to teach his kids how to play soccer and you know he can’t really play soccer himself.”

Michael, on the lack of prominent players taking leadership of the union: “In the NBA, LeBron James, Chris Paul . . . they’re at the forefront. There’s no Peyton Manning standing up for the rest of the players. He’s a great player, but what has he done for the league?”

Martellus, on Rams coach Jeff Fisher: “If a QB went 7-9, he’d never be able to find a job.”

Michael, on Fisher: “Make sure he’s in the NFC West.”

Michael, on Commissioner Roger Goodell: “A–hole. Nah, I’m just joking — you can’t say that. Overpaid.”

Martellus, on Texans defensive end J.J. Watt: “Corny. Half of the NFL is corny, though.”

Michael, on Watt: “People love J.J. Watt, but they don’t really like J.J. Watt, know what I’m saying?”

And, lastly, when Michael is asked what he grows in the garden at his house in Hawaii, Marcellus leans in and drops the name of a presidential candidate.

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Who’s left? Exploring the remaining free agents

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27:  Linebacker Dwight Freeney #54 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeatred the Packers 38-30.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing golf. Without a contract, he’s not going to training camp this week.

Fitzpatrick hasn’t said much about his situation, and the Jets basically issued a gag order six weeks ago. So, we’ll see what happens with camp starting and teams across the league getting back to work.

PFT has put together a list of other players who are still unsigned as camps open. Most of them are older players who might wait until the regular season begins or end up atop the emergency call list various player personnel departments keep as they shuffle their 90-man camp rosters and deal with various injuries and situations. Past Fitzpatrick, who’s clearly the most intriguing unsigned player, the players are listed in no particular order…

Fitzpatrick – His staredown with the Jets continues. It could get really interesting if Geno Smith has a great start to camp or if some other team that believes it’s a contender loses its quarterback to injury in August.

Dwight Freeney – He’s made a few visits and figures to eventually have some real suitors given how well (eight sacks in 11 games) he played last season for the Cardinals. Waiting last year seemed to work, so Freeney, 36, probably will have no problem being patient as he awaits a call and a chance to play a 15th season.

Greg Hardy – Hardy brings baggage, but lots of teams are looking for pass rushers. He recently visited the Jaguars, but reports say no signing is imminent. A team would have to be convinced that Hardy can still be an impact player before taking him on.

Anquan Boldin – Boldin is 35, but it’s not like he was ever a speed burner. He knows how to get open and how to catch passes in traffic, and he’ll eventually land with a team that wants him to play in the slot and help keep the chains moving.

Omar Bolden – While most players on this list are on the wrong side of 30, Bolden is 27. He signed with the Bears in March but was cut last week. Bolden can help in the return game as well as playing as a backup defensive back, and he probably won’t be unemployed for long.

Brian Hartline – Released by the Browns in the spring, Hartline had a productive 2015 before an injury ended his season. He’s not going to be a starter, but like Boldin he’s probably near the top of the call list for teams who either lose a receiver in camp or are looking to upgrade the slot position.

Antonio Cromartie – He’s 32, but he’s missed very few starts over his 10-year career and has generally been around the ball. He went without an interception in 15 starts last season, so teams might be wondering if he can still keep up.

Michael Vick – After subbing with the Steelers last season, Vick recently has been campaigning for a job and saying he’d like to play one more season. He signed during camp last summer, and it would likely be a similar scenario this time around if he’s going to land with a team.

John Kuhn – The longtime Packers fullback has said he’s confident he’ll get a call soon, even if it’s not from the Packers.

Mike Neal – It’s surprising that Neal, who just turned 29, remains unemployed given that he had four sacks for the Packers last year, has starting experience and can play both defensive end and outside linebacker.

Leon Hall – The former first-rounder and longtime Bengals cornerback has taken some visits but has not yet found a home. If Hall, 31, doesn’t return to the Bengals, look for him to sign with another contender and play as a third or fourth cornerback.

Percy Harvin – Harvin reportedly has chosen retirement and doesn’t plan to play in 2016, but there’s never been much predictable about Harvin.

Joique Bell – If Bell is healthy, he can contribute in some team’s running back rotation. Given his injury history, it might be a while before a team gives him a call.

Donte Whitner – The Browns released Whitner after the start of free agency. He’s 31 and didn’t have a strong 2015 season, but he was good in 2014 for the Browns. He’s likely atop the emergency call list of many teams if a need at strong safety arises.

Randy Starks – Like Whitner, Starks was released by the Browns in the offseason. Starks, 32, had a quiet season on a bad team last year, but his ability to rush the passer and play multiple positions across the defensive line make him an attractive target for a team that decides it wants to boost its depth.

Stephen Tulloch – Finally released by the Lions earlier this month, Tulloch, 31, figures to be on the call list of a few teams if a need at inside linebacker arises — and if Tulloch is healthy.

Roddy White – His breakup with the Falcons came as no surprise. White will turn 35 in November, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a team give him a look in late August or early September.

James Jones – Jones ended up playing a pretty important role for the Packers last season. It’s no surprise that the team is going young at wide receiver, but Jones, 32, will eventually get a call from some team.

Andre Johnson – He’s 35, but remains hopeful some team will give him a shot.

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