Kerry Hyder, two others sign exclusive rights tenders with Lions

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The Lions have their leader in sacks from last season back under contract.

There was never much doubt that defensive end Kerry Hyder would be back with the team as he was an exclusive rights free agent and the Lions’ decision to tender him meant he couldn’t sign with another club. He remained unsigned until signing his tender to join the team at the start of offseason workouts on Monday, however.

Hyder had eight sacks last season, although it wasn’t the most balanced campaign as five of them came in the first four weeks. The additions of Cornelius Washington and Akeem Spence will shake up the rotation in Detroit, but Hyder produced enough to remain in the mix this year.

Defensive end Brandon Copeland will also be vying for a spot in the rotation after signing his tender on Monday. Wide receiver T.J. Jones rounded out the group of exclusive rights free agents returning to the team.

Lions tender Kerry Hyder, two other exclusive rights free agents

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The Lions won’t be letting their leading sacker from the 2016 season leave for another club.

The team announced on Tuesday that they have tendered defensive end Kerry Hyder as an exclusive rights free agent. The tender blocks Hyder from negotiating with other clubs and all but assures he’ll be back in Detroit next year as he won’t be able to play anywhere else.

Hyder closed the preseason with three sacks in the final exhibition contest and then had eight sacks for the Lions during the regular season to help them on their way to the playoffs. The team would likely prefer to see Ziggy Ansah back on the top of that metric in 2017, but Hyder’s production and the league-minimum price tag made bringing him back as easy a choice as a team could make this offseason.

The Lions also tendered defensive end Brandon Copeland and wide receiver T.J. Jones in the same category as they set up their roster heading into the new league year.

PFT Live heads to Houston next week

Houston, hello.

Next week, PFT Live heads to Texas for the first time since two inches of ice coated all of Dallas and beyond six years ago. We’ll be broadcasting every day from the media center at Super Bowl LI, and the guest list already is extensive and impressive.

In no particular order, we’ll tentatively be joined by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Cardinals running back David Johnson, Washington cornerback Josh Norman, Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David, Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Lions defensive end Kerry Hyder, Saints defensive end Cam Jordan, Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, Giants guard Justin Pugh, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo, Raiders defensive back DJ Hayden, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson, former NFL fullback and FOX broadcaster Moose Johnston, and four Hall of Famers and counting: Marcus Allen, Dan Marino, John Randle, and Aeneas Williams.

Last but hardly least, the Pardon My Take guys, Barstool Big Cat and my Internet son, PFT Commenter, will be on set for what should be a rollicking (and hopefully no more profane than Tom Curran) segment.

If you or one or more of your clients would like to join the extravaganza, let us know. We’ll be on live every day from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET and taping segments through the day.

UPDATE 2:50 p.m. ET: And Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowki, Chargers DE Joey Bosa, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

UPDATE 7:17 p.m. ET: And Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, and Dolphins executive V.P. of football operations Mike Tannebaum.

Lions claim Corey Lemonier off waivers

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Corey Lemonier is going from 0-13 to first place.

Lemonier was waived by the Browns on Wednesday and is now a member of the NFC North-leading Lions after they made a successful waiver claim on Thursday. Cornerback Adairius Barnes was waived to make room on the roster.

Lemonier had nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in eight games with the Browns this season. He previously played in 42 games over three seasons with the 49ers, who drafted him in the third round of the 2013 draft.

Lemonier played as an outside linebacker in 3-4 defenses for each of those teams, but the Lions called him a defensive end in their release about his arrival. He’ll join Ziggy Ansah, Kerry Hyder, Devin Taylor, Brandon Copeland and Anthony Zettel at that spot in Detroit.

Leading defensive end in sacks isn’t on Pro Bowl ballot


The NFL’s Pro Bowl ballot lists 54 defensive ends, of whom fans can vote for six. But it doesn’t list the player who leads all defensive ends in sacks.

That player, Detroit’s Kerry Hyder, has burst onto the scene this season and recorded five sacks, an NFL high for defensive ends so far this year. But he said he’s OK with not being listed on the Pro Bowl ballot because he doesn’t think fans would vote for him.

“I’m sure people don’t know who I am, anyway,” Hyder said, via the Detroit Free Press.

The defensive ends on the ballot include plenty who are obviously much less deserving than Hyder. That list starts with his injured teammate, Ezekiel Ansah, who has played in just two games and recorded just one tackle this season. Others on the ballot include Texans defensive end Antonio Smith, a backup who also has just one tackle in two games. And there’s Packers rookie Dean Lowry, a backup who has played just 32 snaps so far this season.

To include those players on the ballot but not include Hyder is a foolish oversight by the NFL. Hyder is right that fans probably wouldn’t vote for him anyway, but smart fans who know how good Hyder is should at least have the opportunity.

Report: Ziggy Ansah getting second opinion on ankle injury


The Lions placed running back Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve this week after he went for a second opinion on his injured foot and now they reportedly have another one of their key players going for a second look at his injury.

Defensive end Ziggy Ansah missed a second straight day of practice Thursday because of the high ankle sprain he suffered in last Sunday’s loss to the Titans. That’s the kind of injury that often keeps players out of the lineup and fears that will be the case for Ansah won’t be assuaged by Adam Caplan of ESPN’s report that Ansah is headed for a second opinion on how to deal with the issue.

Any extended absence for Ansah would be a blow for the Lions defense, although Kerry Hyder, who saw more playing time after Ansah got hurt last Sunday, has three sacks through the first two weeks of the season.

The Lions also added defensive end Devin Taylor to Thursday’s practice report as a non-participant because of an ankle injury. Linebacker DeAndre Levy, who didn’t play last week, continues to sit out with a quad injury.

Tuesday morning one-liners

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Bills WR Sammy Watkins’ health will be watched closely again this week.

The Dolphins would like to get their running game on track.

Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis thinks QB Jacoby Brissett will do just fine.

When he was an NFL player, Jets coach Todd Bowles enjoyed dining under the golden arches.

The Ravens defense settled down for the final three quarters against the Browns.

The Bengals think they can get their ground game churning in the coming weeks.

Rookie WR Corey Coleman looks like a bit of good news for the Browns.

Steelers WR Markus Wheaton says he feels healthy, but needs to knock rust off.

Bill Belichick sees similarities between Texans DE J.J. Watt and Lawrence Taylor.

A call for patience about the Colts.

How hot will the seat get for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley if the team goes 0-4?

Titans G Chance Warmack is dealing with a hand injury.

The Broncos are banged up this week.

Coach Andy Reid didn’t like the penalty call that wiped out a Chiefs kickoff return for a touchdown.

Changes are coming to the Raiders defense.

Chargers G Orlando Franklin was unhurt in a car accident last week.

The Cowboys haven’t gotten much return on recent second-round picks.

A lot of eyes will be on Giants WR Odell Beckham this week.

The Eagles defense has played a leading role in their 2-0 start.

Starting 0-2 with two home losses has worked out OK for the Redskins in the past.

Eddie Royal’s punt return touchdown was a rare Bears highlight on Monday.

Kerry Hyder continues to get playing time on the Lions defensive line.

WR Ty Montgomery thinks Packers fans should chill out.

Vikings P Jeff Locke thinks he had a good game on Sunday night.

The Falcons pass rush remains a work in progress.

Panthers LB Luke Kuechly isn’t making much of the possible absence of Adrian Peterson this week.

Coach Sean Payton isn’t talking about why LB Stephone Anthony isn’t seeing much time on the Saints defense.

The Buccaneers are trying to regroup ahead of their first home game of the year.

The trade for CB Marcus Cooper paid off for the Cardinals against the Buccaneers.

Diagnosing what’s wrong with the Rams offense.

49ers rookie Joshua Garnett is getting practice time at both guard spots.

The Seahawks continue to wait for G Germain Ifedi’s return from an ankle injury.

Wednesday morning one-liners

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Bills coach Rex Ryan’s defense has a good track record against Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Jets need CB Darrelle Revis to have a big game against Bills WR Sammy Watkins.

The Dolphins hope DT Earl Mitchell will return from injured reserve.

Suspended Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich had played 102 consecutive games before he missed the opener.

The Ravens’ priority this week is improving their pass protection.

The Bengals need to get ready to stop Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams.

Will the Browns draft a quarterback in 2017?

The Steelers will wear Color Rush uniforms on Christmas.

The Texans will have their hands full against Chiefs TE Travis Kelce.

Colts owner Jim Irsay plans a big donation to the YMCA.

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles likes his tight end options in Julius Thomas and Marcedes Lewis.

The Titans need to get more out of their running game on Sunday against the Lions.

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall met with Denver’s police chief.

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford is getting better.

Raiders CB Sean Smith is trying to move forward after getting benched on Sunday.

After losing Keenan Allen, the Chargers have worked out a couple receivers.

The Cowboys head to Washington in a game that will put the loser in a bad spot in the NFC East.

The Giants need their defense to play better against the Saints on Sunday than it did in last year’s 52-49 loss.

The Eagles got a good first game from the offensive line.

Washington coach Jay Gruden says Kirk Cousins is “still growing” as a quarterback.

Bears coach John Fox acknowledges he should have challenged the spot after a key Texans first down on Sunday.

Lions DE Kerry Hyder has gone from practice squad guy to NFC sack leader after Week One.

Based on ticket resale data, the Packers appear to be the NFL’s hottest road team.

The Vikings have tried and failed to find a superstar receiver.

The Falcons may need to blitz more.

With Kelvin Benjamin back, the Panthers may now have more receivers than they can throw to.

The Saints have to improve their pass rush.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has one jersey in his office, and it’s of a player he never coached, Pat Tillman.

The Cardinals may be second-guessing their decision not to play starters more in the preseason.

The Rams can’t dwell on their Monday night loss for long.

The 49ers may need QB Blaine Gabbert to be more aggressive.

After catching just one pass for 11 yards on Sunday, Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham told coach Pete Carroll that he wants to play more.

Friday morning one-liners


Which Bills helped themselves on Thursday?

Hard Rock Stadium had a more impressive night than the Dolphins.

A forced fumble was nullified by a penalty, but it was still a good Patriots debut for LB Barkevious Mingo.

WR Robby Anderson has made a strong bid for a Jets roster spot.

WR Breshad Perriman made his long-awaited Ravens debut on Thursday night.

Looking at some contract extension candidates with the Bengals.

Young Browns defenders had some good moments against the Bears.

Health isn’t a problem for Steelers S Mike Mitchell this year.

Texans RB Akeem Hunt closed out the preseason on a high note.

Where did the Colts defense show potential in the preseason?

LB Myles Jack played well in his first game on the weakside of the Jaguars defense.

Said Titans QB Marcus Mariota, “We’ve had some ups and downs, but at the same time I think we’ve had a lot more ups than we’ve had downs. It’s good to build off of. Having success sustaining drives, I think we’ve built a solid resume up to this point for the regular season.”

DT Henry Melton hurt his knee, but returned in the second half for the Broncos.

Will RB Knile Davis make the Chiefs’ 53-man roster?

Raiders RB George Atkinson hit highs and lows on Thursday.

Navy Reservist and Chargers RB Chris Swain had a good game on Military Night.

The Cowboys have a crowded backfield, but Darren McFadden isn’t worrying about trade rumors.

Giants WR Odell Beckham exchanged signed jerseys with Tom Brady after Thursday’s game.

A 71-yard punt return for a touchdown was part of WR Paul Turner’s final argument for an Eagles roster spot.

Five of the biggest decisions the Redskins have to make during roster cuts.

Bears WR Kevin White had a good game to close out the preseason.

DE Kerry Hyder had three sacks for the Lions on Thursday night.

Packers rookie WR Trevor Davis’ shoulder injury could make for easier decisions on the way to 53 players.

WR Jarius Wright got back on the field for the Vikings.

S Dashon Goldson showed he can still hit in his first appearance for the Falcons.

RB Cameron Artis-Payne appears to have nailed down a backup job with the Panthers.

Saints WR Brandon Coleman looked better on Thursday night than he had over the course of the summer.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter still sees too many self-inflicted wounds from his team.

Cardinals K Chandler Catanzaro showed a lot of leg on a 59-yard field goal.

The Rams saw WR Brian Quick drop another pass on Thursday.

Thursday wasn’t a good night for 49ers QB Jeff Driskel.

Former Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch may be opening a Beast Mode store near his former team’s stadium.

NFL hands out $18,231 fines for roughing the passer in preseason


The NFL starts handing out real fines before the players are receiving real paychecks.

The league office has confirmed to PFT two players who have already received $18,231 fines for roughing the passer in the preseason: Kerry Hyder of the Lions and John Simon of the Texans.

Players are paid their base salaries in 17 installments during the regular season, so it’s not until Week One that the money will be taken out of their paychecks.

In the case of Hyder, whose salary this year is $450,000, the fine would represent almost 70 percent of his per-game salary. However, the NFL has an appeals process that allows players to cap any fine at 25 percent of weekly salary. So if Hyder makes the Lions’ roster, his actual fine will be $6,617, which is 25 percent of his weekly salary.

Simon’s base salary is $1.67 million, so he’ll be on the hook for the full fine.

Preseason star Zach Zenner makes it as Lions get down to 53


The Lions have kept Zach Zenner on their 53-man roster.

Zenner, an undrafted rookie from South Dakota State, looked like an extreme long shot when he was first signed in May. The Lions had good depth at running back, and Zenner seemed more like a training camp body than a player with a real shot of making the team.

But Zenner led all NFL players in rushing yards this preseason, and as a result the Lions have decided to keep him.

The Lions’ cuts included defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo, defensive end Larry Webster, defensive tackle Kerry Hyder, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, linebacker Julian Stanford, defensive back Isaiah Johnson, defensive back Brian Suite, defensive back Nate Ness, quarterback Kellen Moore, running back George Winn, running back Emil Igwenagu, receiver Jeremy Ross, tight end Joseph Fauria, tight end Casey Pierce, center Braxston Cave, guard Torrian Wilson, tackle Xavier Proctor, center Al Bond and center Joe Madsen.

The Lions also placed defensive lineman Corey Wootton and receiver Greg Salas on injured reserve.

2015 NFL reserve/future signings tracker


The following players have been signed to or have agreed to reserve/future contracts since the end of the regular season:

Arizona Cardinals

CB Roc Carmichael, OG Antoine McClain, OT Cameron Bradford, RB Zach Bauman, TE Ted Bolser, OG John Fullington, WR Travis Harvey, DT Jimmy Legree, OT Kevin Palmer, OT Tavon Rooks, WR Ryan Spadola, DB Ross Weaver, DB Darren Woodard.

Atlanta Falcons

OT Reid Fragel, TE Mickey Shuler, DB Brandan Bishop, NT Ricky Heimuli, DB Jordan Mabin, WR Freddie Martino, TE Kyle Miller, WR Bernard Reedy, OG Adam Replogle, LB Jacques Smith, RB Ronnie Wingo.

Baltimore Ravens

DB Victor Hampton, OT Marcel Jones, DB Quinton Pointer, TE Allen Reisner, TE Konrad Reuland, WR Aldrick Robinson, RB Kiero Small, DE Zach Thompson.

Buffalo Bills

DB Deon Broomfield, OG William Campbell, LB Jimmy Gaines, DB Jonte Green, WR Caleb Holley, DE Bryan Johnson, OG Darryl Johnson, RB Corey Knox, OG Alex Kupper, TE Chris Manhertz, OG D.J. Morrell, WR Tobais Palmer, DB Rod Sweeting, DT Jeremy Towns, QB Jeff Tuel.

Carolina Panthers

WR Mike Brown, OG Derek Dennis, OG Tyronne Green, TE Kevin Greene, WR Stephen Hill, WR Marcus Lucas, DB Kimario McFadden, TE Mike McNeill, LB Horace Miller, RB Darrin Reaves, DT Micanor Regis, OT Martin Walllace, DB Lou Young.

Chicago Bears

OG Conor Boffeli, LB Jonathan Brown, WR John Chiles, WR Rashad Lawrence, TE Jacob Maxwell, DE Jamil Merrell, OT Jason Weaver.

Cincinnati Bengals

LB L.J. Fort, OT Dan France, DT Kwame Geathers, S Shiloh Keo, DB Onterio McCalebb, DE Sam Montgomery, TE Jake Murphy, WR Tevin Reese, WR Eric Ward, RB James Wilder.

Cleveland Browns

K Travis Coons, K Carey Spear, DT Calvin Barnett, OG Karim Barton, WR Kevin Cone, DB Kendall James, DT Jacobbi McDaniel, DB Micah Pellerin, LB Keith Pough, DT Christian Tupou.

Dallas Cowboys

LB Mister Alexander, WR Chris Boyd, LB Troy Davis, OT R.J. Dill, WR Reggie Dunn, DE Lavar Edwards, DB Keelan Johnson, OT Ryan Miller, LB Will Smith, DB Robert Steeples, OT John Wetzel, RB Ryan Williams.

Denver Broncos

RB Kapri Bibbs, DB Tevrin Brandon, WR Isaiah Burse, QB Zac Dysert, WR Bennie Fowler, OG Jon Halapio, WR Jeremy Kelly, DB Ross Madison, CB Curtis Marsh, LB Danny Mason, WR Nathan Palmer, C Matt Paradis, DE Gerald Rivers, WR Kerry Taylor, DE Chase Vaughn, WR Kyle Williams.

Detroit Lions

C Taylor Boggs, DB Crezdon Butler, C Braxston Cave, DT Jermelle Cudjo, WR Skye Dawson, LB Jerrell Harris, DT Kerry Hyder, RB Emil Igwenagu, DB Nate Ness, WR Andrew Peacock, DT Roy Philon, DT Xavier Proctor, TE Jordan Thompson, OT Michael Williams.

Green Bay Packers

DB Jean Fanor, FB Tay Glover-Wright, LB Adrian Hubbard, P Cody Mandell, C Joe Madsen, RB Rajion Neal, LB Joe Thomas, OT Jeremy Vujnovich, OG Josh Walker, WR Myles White.

Houston Texans

DE Tevita Finau, LB Kourtnei Brown, WR Jace Davis, TE Matt Feiler, C James Ferentz, DB Charles James, WR Travis Labhart, RB Ben Malena, WR Uzoma Nwachukwu, DB Terrance Parks.

Indianapolis Colts

WR Kadron Boone, DE Gannon Conway, RB Jeff Demps, LB Carlos Fields, DB Winston Guy, OT Tyler Hoover, WR Ryan Lankford, WR Josh Lenz, DT Kelcy Quarles, TE Erik Swoope.

Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Arrelious Benn, DB Cody Booth, DB Jeremy Derring, PK Derek Dimke, DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun, RB Marcel Jensen, FB Greg Jones, P Kasey Redfern, WR Peyton Thompson, DB Tony Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs

TE Brandon Barden, WR Armon Binns, LS Brandon Hartson, DB Aaron Hester, LB JoJo Dickson, DT Hebron Fangupo, OT Curtis Feigt, OG Ricky Henry, LS Jorgen Hus, WR Corbin Louks, DB Deji Olatoye, QB Terrelle Pryor, OG Jarrod Pughsley, WR Da’Rick Rogers, TE Adam Schlitz, OT Derek Sherrod, RB Spencer Ware, WR Fred Williams, DL Jerel Worthy.

Miami Dolphins

OT Mark Asper, QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, DE Emmanuel Dieke, DB Shamiel Gary, PK Zach Hocker, LB Jake Knott, WR Tyler McDonald, WR Michael Preston, DB Lowell Rose, TE Jake Stoneburner.

Minnesota Vikings

DT Chigbo Anunoby, DB Jalil Carter, WR Kain Colter, LB Justin Anderson, QB Pat Devlin, DT Isame Faciane, WR Donte Foster, C Zac Kerin, DE Leon Mackey, OG Jordan McCray, TE Ryan Otten, DB DeMarcus Van Dyke, RB Dominique Williams.

New England Patriots

DT Antonio Johnson, LB Rufus Johnson, RB Dion Lewis.

New Orleans Saints

RB Edwin Baker, DB Delvin Breaux, OL Michael Brewster, TE Orson Charles, RB Tim Hightower, K Dustin Hopkins, OG Andrew Miller, RB Toben Opurum, S Kenny Phillips, WR Willie Snead.

New York Giants

OT Michael Bamiro, PK Chris Boswell, LB Victor Butler, OT Emmett Cleary, WR Juron Criner, DB Thomas Gordon, WR Chris Harper, DB Bennett Jackson, P Robert Malone, DE Jordan Stanton, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Julian Talley, LB Uani’ Unga, DB Josh Victorian, DB Trevin Wade, RB Nikita Whitlock.

New York Jets

K Andrew Furney, OT Sean Hooey, RB Daryl Richardson, P Jacob Schum, LB Mario Harvey, DB Keith Lewis, DB Dashaun Phillips, OT Brett Qvale, LB Chris Young.

Oakland Raiders

RB Terrance Cobb, WR Jeremy Gallon, LB Justin Jackson, DB Vernon Kearney, OT Danny Kistler, OG Lamar Mady, WR Seth Roberts, DT Kona Schwenke, DB Jansen Watson.

Philadelphia Eagles

OG Josh Andrews, RB Kenjon Barner, OT Kevin Graf, LB Brandon Hepburn, DT Wade Keliikipi, QB G.J. Kinne, WR Will Murphy, WR Quron Pratt, DB Ed Reynolds, RB Matthew Tucker.

Pittsburgh Steelers

TE Rob Blanchflower, WR Brelan Chancellor, DE Matt Conrath, FB Jordan Dangerfield, DB Alden Darby, TE Michael Egnew, DB Kevin Fogg, WR C.J. Goodwin, DE Ethan Hemer, LB Howard Jones, P Richie Leone, LB Shawn Lemon, DB Isaiah Lewis, DE Joe Kruger, RB Roosevelt Nix, OT Mitchell Van Dyk, OT Alejandro Villanueva, WR L’Damian Washington, DB Ian Wild.

St. Louis Rams

OT Steven Baker, WR Emory Blake, OG Travis Bond, DB Christian Bryant, LB Marshall McFadden, P Michael Palardy, TE Brad Smelley, WR Damian Williams, DT Doug Worthington, WR Devon Wylie.

San Diego Chargers

DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, DB Richard Crawford, WR Javontee Herndon, TE David Paulson, WR Austin Pettis, DB Adrian Phillips, OT Bryce Quigley, QB Brad Sorensen, LB Colton Underwood, OG Craig Watts.

San Francisco 49ers

RB Kendall Gaskins, TE Xavier Grimble, WR Lance Lewis, OT Chris Martin, DL Lawrence Okoye, LB Shayne Skov, DT Garrison Smith.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

DB Shelton Johnson, S M.D. Jennings, WR Chandler Jones, QB Seth Lobato, DT Matthew Masifilo, OT Matt Patchan, DB Jocquel Skinner, TE Taylor Sloat, P Chase Tenpenny, C Jeremiah Warren.

Tennessee Titans

DB Ri’Shard Anderson, LB Nate Askew, TE Dorin Dickerson, WR Jacoby Ford, WR Clyde Gates, OG Justin McCray, OT William Poehls, RB Lache Seastrunk, LB Yawin Smallwood, LB Chaz Sutton, QB Alex Tanney.


DT Isaako Aaitui, WR Braylon Bell, RB Jordan Campbell, DB Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, OT Edawn Coughman, TE Chase Dixon, LB James Gayle, TE Je’Ron Hamm, DT Kenneth Horsley, WR Colin Lockett, DT Lakendrick Ross, WR Rashad Ross, LB Ricky Sapp, LB Austin Spitler, NT Robert Thomas, DB Thomas Wolfe.

Jets add Matt Simms, six others to practice squad

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The Jets have re-signed one of the quarterbacks they waived Saturday to their practice squad.

Matt Simms, who was among the club’s final cuts, is among the first seven players added to the Jets’ practice roster, the team said Sunday.

Another practice squad addition was ex-Rams tailback Daryl Richardson, whom the Jets also waived Saturday.

The Jets’ other practice squad signees were defensive tackle Tevita Finau, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale and offensive tackle Brett Qvale.

The Jets have three more practice squad spots to be filled.

Among the Jets’ cuts who have yet to be added to a practice squad is rookie quarterback Tajh Boyd, who cleared waivers Sunday.

2014 NFL practice squad tracker


NFL teams started assembling their practice squads on August 31, a day after all rosters were cut down to the 53-man limit. Links to our posts on each team’s practice squad are below.

Arizona Cardinals

Added wide receiver Brittan Golden, defensive tackle Christian Tupou, linebacker Jonathan Brown, tight end Andre Hardy, cornerback Jimmy LeGree, tackle Kelvin Palmer and guard Anthony Steen.

Atlanta Falcons

The team added cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, linebacker Jacques Smith, and running back Jerome Smith.

Baltimore Ravens.

Signed rookie cornerback Tramain Jacobs, second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, rookie defensive tackle Jamie Meder, rookie cornerback Deji Olatoye, rookie defensive tackle A.J. Pataiali’i, second-year outside linebacker John Simon, first-year tight end Phillip Supernaw, rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint and rookie quarterback Keith Wenning.

Buffalo Bills

Guard D.J. Morrell, running back Lonnie Pryor, quarterback Jeff Tuel, defensive back Deon Broomfield, linebacker Jimmy Gaines, wide receiver Caleb Holley, defensive end Ike Igbinosun, defensive end Bryan Johnson and defensive back Kenny Ladler.

Carolina Panthers.

The team announced they had signed linebacker D.J. Smith, safety Robert Lester, cornerback Carrington Byndom, linebacker Adarius Glanton, wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis and defensive tackle Casey Walker.

Chicago Bears.

Signed wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Taylor Boggs, defensive tackle Brandon Dunn, cornerback Isaiah Frey, guard Ryan Groy, linebacker DeDe Lattimore, cornerback Al Louis-Jean, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, defensive tackle Roy Philon and wide receiver Rashad Ross.

Cincinnati Bengals

Signed defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, running back James Wilder Jr., tackle Dan France, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett and cornerback Onterio McCalebb.

Cleveland Browns.

Signed quarterback Connor Shaw, linebacker Justin Staples, linebacker Keith Pough, defensive lineman Jacobi McDaniel, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi, offensive lineman Karim Barton, receiver Charles Johnson and offensive lineman Patrick Lewis.

Dallas Cowboys.

Signed running back Ryan Williams, wide receiver Tim Benford, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, center Ronald Patrick, safety Micah Pellerin and linebackers Keith Smith and Will Smith.

Denver Broncos.

They brought back quarterback Zac Dysert, linebacker Shaquil Barrett, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety John Boyett, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, guard Vinston Painter, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, center Matt Paradis and tight end Gerell Robinson.

Detroit Lions

Signed fullback Emil Igwenagu, tackle Michael Williams, guard Rodney Austin, running back George Winn, wide receiver Andrew Peacock, cornerback Mohammad Seisay, tight end Jordan Thompson, linebacker Julian Stanford, safety Nate Ness and defensive tackle Xavier Proctor.

Green Bay Packers.

Signed safety Chris Banjo, wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, center Garth Gerhart, wide receiver Alex Gillett, running back Michael Hill, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, tight end Justin Perillo, defensive end Luther Robinson, tackle Jeremy Vujnovich and wide receiver Myles White.

Houston Texans

Signed defensive end Keith Browner, linebacker Max Bullough, wide receiver EZ Nwachukwu, tight end Anthony Denham, tackle Matt Feiler, center James Ferentz, guard Alex Kupper, fullback Toben Opurum, wide receiver Travis Labhart and cornerback Marcus Williams

Indianapolis Colts.

Signed defensive lineman Tyler Hoover, linebacker Andrew Jackson, wide receiver Ryan Lankford, wide receiver Josh Lenz, safety Dewey McDonald, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, cornerback Sheldon Price, tight end Erik Swoope and offensive guard Josh Walker. Agreed with quarterback Jeff Mathews.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed tackle Cody Booth, defensive tackle DeAndre Coleman, safety Craig Loston, quarterback Stephen Morris, wide receiver Kerry Taylor, linebacker Marcus Whitfield and wide receiver Tony Washington.

Kansas City Chiefs

Added linebacker Nico Johnson, center Ben Gottschalk, running back Charcandrick West, linebacker Jerry Franklin, guard Ricky Henry, wide receiver Darryl Surgent, wide receiver Fred Williams, fullback Jordan Campbell and defensive end Kona Schwenke.

Miami Dolphins.

Signed center Sam Brenner, offensive tackle Tony Hills, wide receiver Matt Hazel, linebacker David Hinds, quarterback Seth Lobato, tight end Jacob Maxwell, defensive end D’Aundre Reed, cornerback Lowell Rose, defensive tackle Garrison Smith and wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

Minnesota Vikings

Signed running back Joe Banyard, wide receiver Kain Colter, defensive tackle Isame Faciane, tight end Chase Ford, wide receiver Donte Foster, cornerback Kendall James, center Zac Kerin, tackle Mike Remmers and defensive end Justin Trattou on Sunday. Signed cornerback Chris Greenwood on Monday.

New England Patriots

Added quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, long snapper Charley Hughlett, wide receiver Josh Boyce, defensive end Jake Bequette, linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin, defensive lineman Deonate Skinner and defensive back Daxton Swanson.

New Orleans Saints

Signed the following 10 players Monday: wide receiver Brandon Coleman, inside linebacker Todd Davis, cornerback Terrence Frederick, tight end Nic Jacobs, wide receiver Seantavius Jones, offensive guard Antoine McClain, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks, nose tackle Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade and safety Pierre Warren.

New York Giants

Signed running back Michael Cox, cornerback Bennett Jackson, cornerback Chandler Fenner, linebacker Dan Fox, defensive end Jordan Stanton, tackle Nick Becton and wide receiver Julian Talley.

New York Jets

Signed defensive tackle Tevita Finau, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, safety Rontez Miles, tight end Chris Pantale, offensive tackle Brett Qvale, tailback Daryl Richardson and quarterback Matt Simms.

Oakland Raiders.

Signed tailback George Atkinson III, defensive end Denico Autry, linebacker Bojay Filimoeatu, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, linebacker Spencer Hadley, offensive tackle Dan Kistler, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, offensive guard Lamar Mady, wide receiver Seth Roberts and tight end Scott Simonson.

Philadelphia Eagles

Signed safety Ed Reynolds, quarterback G.J. Kinne, linebacker Emmanuel Acho, guard/center Josh Andrews, tackle/guard Kevin Graf, defensive lineman Wade Kelilikipi, wide receiver Will Murphy, running back Matthew Tucker and wide receiver Quron Pratt.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh added Alejandro Villanueva, cornerback Shaquille Richardson, tight end Rob Blanchflower, Howard Jones, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, wide receiver Derek Moye, defensive back Ross Ventrone, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, defensive lineman Nick Williams and running back Josh Harris.

San Diego Chargers

Added quarterback Ryan Lindley, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, outside linebacker Cordarro Law, guard/tackle Jeremiah Sirles, wide receiver Torrence Allen, guard Craig Watts, defensive end Chas Alecxih, cornerback Greg Ducre and safety Adrian Phillips.

San Francisco 49ers.

Signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, tight end Asante Cleveland, wide receiver Lance Lewis, defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye, nose tackle Mike Purcell, linebacker Shayne Skov and linebacker Chase Thomas.

Seattle Seahawks.

Signed safety Josh Aubrey and rookie defensive end Julius Warmsley on Monday. Signed quarterback B.J. Daniels, tailback Demitrius Bronson, tight end RaShaun Allen, offensive lineman Nate Isles, wide receiver Chris Matthews, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, safety Terrance Parks and safety Steven Terrell on Sunday.

St. Louis Rams.

Signed linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety Christian Bryant, defensive tackle Matt Conrath, safety Matt Daniels, quarterback Garrett Gilbert, tackle Sean Hooey, linebacker Kevin Reddick, wide receiver Justin Veltung and guard Brandon Washington.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signed running back Jeff Demps, tight end Cameron Brate, quarterback Mike Kafka, linebacker Brandon Magee, defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo and kick returner Solomon Patton.

Tennessee Titans

Brought offensive lineman Justin McCray, tackle Will Poehls, defensive lineman Chigbo Anunoby, linebacker Brandon Copeland, running back Antonio Andrews and wide receiver Rico Richardson back after the cut to 53 players.

Washington Redskins

Signed cornerback Richard Crawford, safety Akeem Davis, safety Phillip Thomas, linebacker Chaz Sutton, cornerback Chase Minnifield, tight end Ted Bolser, running back Chris Thompson, offensive lineman Tevita Stevens, defensive lineman Robert Thomas and wide receiver Nick Williams.

Jets cut Matt Simms, leaving Smith and Vick as only quarterbacks


The Jets waived sixth-round pick Tajh Boyd on Saturday, but that wasn’t the only quarterback shuffled off the roster.

The team announced that they have also waived Matt Simms, who spent last season as Geno Smith’s backup and relieved him during one poor performance. That leaves Michael Vick as the only other quarterback on the roster, although either Boyd or Simms could be back with the team on the practice squad.

The Jets placed third-round corner Dexter McDougle on injured reserve earlier and kept nine of their 11 other draft picks on Saturday. Boyd and sixth-round corner Brandon Dixon were the only draft picks waived by the team.

In addition to the previously announced cuts of Boyd, wide receiver Stephen Hill, cornerback Dimitri Patterson and others that can be found on our roster tracker, the Jets also waived guard Will Campbell, linebacker Troy Davis, defensive tackle Tevita Finau, wide receiver Clyde Gates, defensive lineman Kerry Hyder, linebacker Garrett McIntyre, safety Rontez Miles, tackle Brent Qvale, cornerback Jeremy Reeves and offensive lineman Caleb Schlauderaff. The Jets also moved linebacker Antwan Barnes to the regular season PUP list.