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NFL Notes: Dolphins, Jets & Packers

Dolphins

  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins will likely keep four running backs come roster cuts.
  • Jackson mentions that an “easy solution” to the crowded backfield of five is to place rookie RB Kenyan Drake on short-term I.R. allowing the team to hold off on making a decision on cutting a back until Drake would be eligible to return after Week 8.
  • This would allow the team to see how Arian Foster and Jay Ajayi hold up during the season, as well as whether or not Isaiah Pead and Damien Williams are capable backups.

Jets

An NFL scout tells Mike Freeman of B/R that Geno Smith has been “thoroughly outplayed” by Bryce Petty this summer.

“What’s clear is that he’s being thoroughly outplayed by Bryce Petty,” the scout said. “Bryce is better, and that says more about Geno than Bryce. I think it’s time to say that Geno is a bust. I hope I’m wrong, but I know other personnel people feel the same. Again, it’s obvious.”

Packers

Packers C Corey Linsley acknowledged the possibility that he could open the season on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season, after he suffered a setback regarding his hamstring injury.

That’s obviously [the team’s] call. We’ll talk to the doctors,” Linsley said, via Jason Wilde of ESPN. “It’s just a matter of letting it heal. It’s not going to get better any faster. I can’t make it heal faster – trust me. I’ve been trying everything.

“I’m not giving up on [the season]. I’m not out for the year. But it’s a matter of, when the hell this thing is going to heal, you know? So it’s frustrating from that aspect. But you’ve just got to deal with it.

Linsley first tore his hamstring during a workout shortly after the team’s offseason program began in April and re-tore it in July shortly after reporting for training camp.