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|9/4/2015||Rex Grossman, Atl, QB|
|Grossman was cut by the Falcons.
Analysis: Grossman never failed to reach the heights he did when he helped the Bears reach the Super Bowl nearly a decade ago.
|9/4/2015||Sean Renfree, Atl, QB|
|The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterbacks Rex Grossman and T.J. Yates, leaving Renfree as the backup to Matt Ryan.
Analysis: Renfree, a seventh-round pick in 2013, went 26 of 36 for 237 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in three preseason games.
|9/4/2015||Jordan Berry, Pit, P|
|Berry will serve as Pittsburgh's punter after Brad Wing was traded to the New York Giants on Friday.
Analysis: A seemingly tight competition apparently turned into a bit of a blowout in the final days of training camp. Berry punted five times in Thursday night's preseason finale against Carolina while Wing had just one chance to convince the coaching staff to keep him around. Berry averaged a full yard better than Wing (49.8 to 48.8) and put six of his 19 kicks inside the opponent's 20.
|9/4/2015||Tim Tebow, Phi, QB|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have traded quarterback Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals, clearing a roster spot for Tebow.
Analysis: With the deal, Tebow appears to have locked up the No. 3 job behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Tebow, who signed with the Eagles in March, last played in the regular season in 2012 with the New York Jets.
|9/4/2015||Matt Barkley, Ari, QB|
|The Philadelphia Eagles traded Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick, clearing a roster spot for Tim Tebow.
Analysis: Barkley, a fourth-round pick in 2013, could serve as the No. 3 quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.
|9/4/2015||Darnell Dockett, SF, DT|
|The San Francisco 49ers have released Dockett.
Analysis: Dockett was one of the more prominent free agents added by San Francisco this offseason but he was unable to do enough to make the team. Dockett missed all of last season in Arizona with a knee injury and sat out Thursday's exhibition finale with injured ribs. The 34-year-old Dockett has 40 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons.
|9/4/2015||Brad Wing, NYG, P|
|The New York Giants acquired Wing from Pittsburgh on Friday.
Analysis: The move came after New York cut Steve Weatherford, who was set to earn $3.075 million. Wing, a former LSU teammate of Odell Beckham Jr., will make $510,000.
|9/4/2015||Steve Weatherford, NYG, P|
|The Giants have released Weatherford and acquired Brad Wing from Pittsburgh. The moves came days after coach Tom Coughlin suggested neither Weatherford nor free agent Robert Malone would be his punter this season.
Analysis: Weatherford, a member of the Giants' Super Bowl-winning team in February 2012, was released hours after Thursday's preseason finale against New England. Weatherford was slated to make $3.075 million, while Wing, a former LSU teammate of Odell Beckham Jr., will get $510,000. Money wasn't the only issue. Coughlin reportedly wanted Weatherford's punts to land between the numbers and the sideline, and that wasn't happening often enough.
|9/4/2015||Andy Levitre, Atl, G|
|The Atlanta Falcons acquired Levitre from Tennessee on Friday for a a sixth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional pick to be determined.
Analysis: Levitre started all 96 games in his six seasons but was benched in place of Byron Bell for the past three preseason contests. The veteran guard was signed to a six-year, $46.8 million deal in March 2013 and was set to make $6.5 million this season, the second-most on the Titans roster.
|9/4/2015||IK Enemkpali, Buf, LB|
|Enemkpali failed to make the cut in a second chance in Buffalo after breaking the New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith's jaw with a punch.
Analysis: Enemkpali was claimed off waivers on Aug. 13, a day after he was cut by the Jets for punching Smith during a locker room altercation. He had extensive time appearing in three preseason games with Buffalo. One concern the Bills had was Enemkpali's status was already uncertain because the NFL could still discipline him for punching Smith.
|9/4/2015||Raheem Mostert, Phi, RB|
|Mostert had 69 yards on 15 carries and caught eight passes for 93 yards Thursday.
Analysis: Mostert is an undrafted free agent out of Purdue who may have impressed demanding coach Chip Kelly.
|9/4/2015||Josh Johnson, NYJ, QB|
|The Jets backup quarterback competition heated up Thursday night.
Analysis: Matt Flynn played the first half and finished 10 of 14 for 136 yards with two TDs and an interception, while Johnson was 7 of 12 for 82 yards and had 76 yards rushing on seven carries.
|9/4/2015||Matt Flynn, NYJ, QB|
|The Jets backup quarterback competition heated up Thursday night.
Analysis: Flynn played the first half and finished 10 of 14 for 136 yards with two TDs and an interception, while Josh Johnson was 7 of 12 for 82 yards and had 76 yards rushing on seven carries.
|9/4/2015||Paul Janus, Det, C|
|Janus had a touchdown catch Thursday.
Analysis: He's among the young players vying to help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to top wideout Jordy Nelson.
|9/4/2015||Cody Parkey, Phi, K|
|Parkey was in uniform, but is dealing with a groin injury and didn't play Thursday.
Analysis: Continue to monitor Parkey's situation because he's a solid fantasy option.
|9/4/2015||TJ Jones, Det, WR|
|Jones boosted his chances of staying in Detroit, turning a short pass into a 64-yard touchdown to help the Lions beat the Buffalo Bills 17-10 Thursday night.
Analysis: Jones - who missed all of his rookie season last year because of a shoulder injury - played extensively in part because after another wide receiver was injured.
|9/4/2015||Thaddeus Lewis, Cle, QB|
|Lewis had a difficult night filling in at QB for Josh McCown and the injured Johnny Manziel on Thursday at Chicago.
Analysis: He got sacked six times and had an interception returned 25 yards for a touchdown by Chicago's Sherrod Martin in the third quarter.
|9/4/2015||Montee Ball, Den, RB|
|Ball ran 16 times for just 27 yards Thursday.
Analysis: Ball slid down the depth chart this summer and was trying to convince coach Gary Kubiak he should keep four running backs. His poor performance might not matter, though.
|9/4/2015||Tyler Lockett, Sea, WR|
|Lockett scored his third touchdown of the preseason on a 63-yard reception from Russell Wilson on Thursday.
Analysis: Lockett was drafted by Seattle for his ability as a returner on special teams, but will likely be in the wide receiver rotation when the season begins.
|9/4/2015||Jarryd Hayne, SF, RB|
|On Thursday, Hayne carried 10 times for 58 yards, caught a pair of passes for 17 yards, and returned three punts for 43 yards.
Analysis: The former Australian rugby league star once again made his case for a spot on the 53-man roster. Coach Jim Tomsula said Sunday on the heels of a loss at Denver that he had seen everything he needed to evaluate Hayne, who emerged through a strong training camp as a contender to make the 53-man roster, which will be announced Saturday.
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