Jaguars sign Caraun Reid, visit with Tramaine Brock

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The Jaguars had players opt out of the 2020 season on their defensive line and in the secondary this week and they’re moving to find some experienced replacements for them on the roster.

Agent Mike McCartney announced that his client Caraun Reid has signed with the team. He had four tackles in three starts for the Cardinals last season and has also seen time for the Cowboys, Lions and Chargers since entering the league in 2014.

Defensive tackle Al Woods opted out of playing and the Jaguars announced on Sunday that defensive tackles Brian Price and Dontavius Russell have been placed on injured reserve.

The Jags also saw cornerback Rashaan Melvin opt out and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports veteran Tramaine Brock visited with the team Sunday. Brock played 10 games for the Cardinals last season before going on waivers and being claimed by the Titans. He played the final four games of the regular season and all three playoff outings for Tennessee.

Eagles put Jatavis Brown on the reserve/retired list

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The deadline for NFL players to opt out of playing while receiving either a salary advance or stipend passed on Thursday, but there are other options for players who decide they don’t want to continue playing this year.

Linebacker Jatavis Brown used one of them on Sunday. The Eagles announced that Brown has been placed on the reserve/retired list.

The 2016 fifth-round pick played his first four seasons with the Chargers before signing in Philly this offseason. The Eagles will retain his rights in the event Brown decides to resume his career.

Brown had 265 tackles, three forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks in 56 games for the Chargers.

Patriots acquire Michael Jackson in trade with Lions

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Lions General Manager Bob Quinn used to work for the Patriots and he hooked up with his former employers for a trade on Sunday.

The Lions announced on Sunday morning that they were cutting cornerback Michael Jackson, but Quinn was able to moonwalk that back and swing a trade with the Patriots instead. The Lions will receive an undisclosed 2022 draft pick in exchange for Jackson.

Jackson was a Cowboys fifth-round pick last season, but failed to make the team out of camp. He returned to the Dallas practice squad, but signed to the Lions active roster later in the season and appeared in one game with the team.

Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, J.C. Jackson, Joejuan Williams and Justin Bethel are also on hand at cornerback in New England.

Falcons place S Chris Cooper on COVID-19 list

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The Falcons added a player to their reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday.

The team announced safety Chris Cooper has been placed on the list, which is for players who have either tested positive for the coronavirus or are quarantined because of close contact with an infected party.

Cooper spent time on the Falcons practice squad last season and has had stints with the Colts and Bengals without seeing any regular season action.

Safety Jamal Carter and fullback Keith Smith are also on the team’s COVID-19 list. With Carter and Cooper sidelined, the Falcons signed veteran J.J. Wilcox to fill out their safety group on Sunday.

Logan Thomas activated from Washington’s COVID-19 list

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Washington has tight end Logan Thomas back on their active roster at training camp.

Thomas was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list more than a week ago and the team announced that he was activated on Sunday. The team also activated linebacker Reuben Foster from the physically unable to perform list on Sunday.

Thomas signed with the team as a free agent this offseason. He appeared in every game for the Lions last season and caught 16 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.

Washington also has Jeremy Sprinkle, Richard Rodgers, Thaddeus Moss, Marcus Baugh and Hale Hentges vying for time at tight end this summer.

Cowboys activate Jon’Vea Johnson, Saivion Smith, cut Kendrick Rodgers

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The Cowboys activated receiver Jon'Vea Johnson and cornerback Saivion Smith from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Sunday.

Johnson and Smith are the Cowboys’ only players to spend time on the COVID-19 list thus far, though fullback Jamize Olawale, cornerback Maurice Canady and rookie receiver Stephen Guidry opted out of the 2020 season.

Johnson was on his way to finding a spot with the team a year ago before injuring his arm. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

His return led the team to waive undrafted rookie receiver Kendrick Rogers.

Smith, a first-year player from Alabama, spent training camp with the Jaguars in 2019. Jacksonville cut him out of the preseason.

Smith was not with a team last season but had a brief stint with the XFL before signing with the Cowboys in April.

Bills activate Duke Williams off COVID list, cut Akeem King

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The Bills activated Duke Williams off the reserve/COVID-19 list on Sunday. The team also announced it has cut cornerback Akeem King.

Williams, 27, was the lone player left on the Bills’ COVID-19 list.

Williams appeared in four games for the Bills last season, catching 12 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. He joined the team after leading the CFL in receiving yards (1,579) in 2018 with Edmonton.

Buffalo signed King a week ago after E.J. Gaines opted out of playing the 2020 season.

King made 38 tackles while appearing in 29 games for the Seahawks the past two seasons. He opened his career as a 2015 seventh-round pick in Atlanta and played five games during his time with the Falcons.

The Bills have Tre'Davious White, Josh Norman, Taron Johnson and Levi Wallace at the position.

Washington Football Team stumbles in attempt to create official hashtag

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The Washington Football Team is experiencing some setbacks in its rebranding attempt. The latest such setback was trying and failing to create an official team hashtag.

On Sunday morning, the Team announced on Twitter, “PSA: our new hashtag will be #1932 Thank you.” One problem: Twitter requires a hashtag to have at least one letter in it. So a number like 1932 (the year the franchise was founded) can’t be a hashtag.

It would have been wise for the Team to figure that out before declaring 1932 its new official hashtag, but then again it also would have been wise for the Team to recognize long ago that its old name was unsustainable and to put a plan in place for transitioning to its new name. And a new name necessitates a new hashtag, as its old hashtag, #HTTR, no longer works because the team no longer uses the R-word. The hashtag #HTTFT for Hail To The Football Team just doesn’t look right.

Longtime Washington fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. has the right idea: Let the fan base come up with a hashtag on its own, and the hashtag that the fans adopt can be the one the team starts to use as well. Washington is trying too hard to force it.

Eagles activate Nathan Gerry from COVID-19 list

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The Eagles got one of their early entrants to the reserve/COVID-19 list back on Sunday.

The team announced that linebacker Nathan Gerry has been activated.

He was placed on the list on July 29, the same day tackles Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata were placed on the list. Those two are the last remaining Eagles on the list, though coach Doug Pederson’s tested positive for the virus as well.

Gerry has been with the Eagles since 2017, and started 12 games for them last year.

Buccaneers activate Ke’Shawn Vaughn from COVID-19 list

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After an early run of running backs on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Bucs are now back to strength.

The team announced Sunday that rookie running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn had been activated from the list, as well as the previously reported re-signing of wide receiver Jaydon Mickens.

Vaughn was placed on the list on July 27, and was the first of three running backs to hit the list. Running backs Aca'Cedric Ware and Raymond Calais were activated Thursday.

The list is for players who either test positive or are quarantining after coming in contact with someone who has, and team’s aren’t allowed to specify which. Vaughn’s activation clears the list for the Bucs.

Their third-round pick from Vanderbilt, Vaughn will be competing for a role behind starter Ronald Jones alongside veteran LeSean McCoy.

Washington activates Reuben Foster from PUP list

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The Washington Football Team has officially added another Washington Football Player to the group preparing for Week One: Former first-round linebacker Reuben Foster has been activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Foster, claimed on waivers after the 49ers cut him during the 2018 season, tore an ACL in May 2019. Foster is now recovered and cleared and good to go for 2020.

If healthy, he has the potential to boost a sneakily stout defense, especially with the arrival of Chase Young with the second overall pick this year. Indeed, the 49er boasted after getting Foster near the bottom of round one three years ago that, if the Bears had taken defensive lineman Solomon Thomas after a two-for-three flip-flop at the top of the first round that year, they would have taken Foster then and there.

The 49ers eventually cut Foster loose after multiple off-field incidents. In Washington, everyone currently seems to be operating on a zero-tolerance policy as the franchise undergoes a dramatic culture change. If Foster can do what coach Ron Rivera expects, Foster could become a major piece of the puzzle for a Washington team with a work-in-progress offense but quite possibly a suffocating defense.

The franchise could get another major boost if/when quarterback Alex Smith follows Foster in moving from the PUP list to the active roster.

Falcons announce J.J. Wilcox signing

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Word this week was that the Falcons would sign safety J.J. Wilcox as long as all went well with his physical and COVID-19 testing.

It appears everything checked out on both fronts. The Falcons announced the Wilcox signing on Sunday morning.

Wilcox was set to play for the Falcons last season, but tore his ACL in the opening workout of training camp. He has 233 tackles and six interceptions over the course of a career that has seen him spend time with the Cowboys, Steelers, Colts and Jets.

Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are slated to start at safety in Atlanta. Wilcox provides experienced depth behind them as the team prepares for the regular season.

Dolphins sign Chester Rogers

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The Dolphins had a couple of wideouts opt out of playing this season ahead of last Thursday’s deadline and they’ve added two receivers to the roster this weekend.

The team signed Ricardo Louis on Saturday and they announced the signing of Chester Rogers on Sunday.

Rogers spent the last four seasons with the Colts and has 111 catches for 1,221 yards and five touchdowns over the course of his career. He ended last season on injured reserve due to a fracture in his knee.

Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns were the wideouts who opted out, which leaves Rogers and Louis to play with DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant, Preston Williams, Isaiah Ford, Gary Jennings, Mack Hollins and Malcolm Perry.

Teams have until 4:00 p.m. ET today to claim Derrius Guice on waivers

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Washington abruptly waived running back Derrius Guice on Friday, after word emerged of his arrest on multiple charges relating to three alleged domestic-violence incidents dating back to February. The move became official on Saturday, with a deadline for making waiver claims on the balance of Guice’s contract arriving at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The nature of the charges, including a felony count of strangulation, makes it very unlikely that anyone would embrace Guice, especially since he’d quite possibly land on the Commissioner Exempt list. But the possibility can’t be completely eliminated that a team has performed an expedited investigation and determined that Guice could eventually be cleared. (We’re not saying he will be or should be; we’re saying that there’s a chance some team has looked into the situation and come to that conclusion.) That’s precisely what Washington did with linebacker Reuben Foster in 2018, welcoming the former first-round pick after the 49ers cut him following his latest alleged incident of domestic violence.

Foster was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list, but he eventually was cleared by authorities, and fined (not suspended) by the league.

Washington’s effort to embrace a new culture likely resulted in a hair-trigger decision to dump Guice, possibly without knowing anything about the specifics of the charges or whether they have real merit (and they definitely may). At this point, no one knows whether they do or they don’t; however, we know from experience (most recently, former Washington now Seattle cornerback Quinton Dunbar) that allegations don’t always lead to actual criminal jeopardy or consequences.

If Guice were a bottom-of-the-barrel slappy, it wouldn’t even be a question. He’d be radioactive. Given that he was one of the top running backs in the 2018 draft and has flashed glimpses of high-end potential (injuries have been an issue), it’s impossible to rule out anything at this point.

There’s always a coach who thinks he can fix a problem player. There’s always a team that can or will welcome a P.R. complication in the name of enhancing the chances of winning games. There’s always a possibility that someone will learn something that will prompt them to call dibs on Guice.

Whether they should is one question. Whether they will is a different matter entirely.

Of course, it’s also possible that teams who may have looked into the situation have quickly learned that Guice is likely guilty, and that will not even consider adding him until the situation is resolved. The point is that, until 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, we won’t know whether a team has decided to roll the dice on Guice, or whether all 31 other franchises will avoid him at all costs.

Ex-49ers first-round pick Josh Garnett among Lions’ cuts

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Former 49ers first-round draft pick Josh Garnett was among the players released for the Lions to get down to 80 players on the roster.

The 49ers traded up to select Garnett with the 28th overall pick in the 2016 first round. Although he was given a starting job as a rookie, he barely played and never started the next two years and was cut before the 2019 season. After spending last season out of football, the Lions picked him up in February, but now they’ve cut him as well.

The 2015 Outland Trophy winner as the best lineman in college football, Garnett may have just lost his last chance to make it in the NFL.

The Lions also released defensive back Michael Jackson, linebacker Christian Sam, defensive end Jonathan Wynn and wide receivers Travis Fulgham and Chris Lacy.