NFL Notes: Jaguars, Jets, Lions, Packers & Redskins



  • Mike DiRocco of ESPN could see HC Gus Bradley being fired mid-season if the team got off to a disastrous start to the season.
  • TE Julius Thomas is on track to return from a broken hand injury in time for the regular season opener.
  • DiRocco has not heard of the team pursuing any free agent veteran receivers, given that the Jaguars appear to be set with their top four receivers. If they do look to sign a veteran, it should be a player that could contribute on special teams.
  • DiRocco expects converted CB Nick Marshall to make the 53-man active roster.


  • Jets HC Todd Bowles appears to prefer WR Quincy Enunwa over WR Jeremy Kerley as the team’s No. 3 receiver, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.
  • Cimini believes that there is some level of concern within the Jets about QB Matt Flynn‘s recovery time from a hamstring injury.
  • Cimini could see recently signed QB Josh Johnson taking rookie QB Jake Heaps’ roster spot.
  • Cimini does not think the Jets would trade for a player like QB Zach Mettenberger at this point in time because there is still some level of commitment to Geno Smith.
  • G Oday Aboushi is in “serious” jeopardy of getting released, while fifth-round rookie G Jarvis Harrison has not appeared to be one of the team’s top reserves.
  • Even so, Harrison should still make the roster, due to his rookie status.


  • Jason La Canfora could see the Lions making rookie K Kyle Brindza available for trade after his performance during the preseason.
  • La Canfora expects there to be at least some interest in him.


  • Rob Demovsky of ESPN does not see any current free agent receiver that could make any sort of impact on the Packers’ roster.
  • WR Jared Abbrederis, who has still yet to pass the league’s concussion protocol, “wants to keep playing.” Demovsky said that the people he has talked to “insist” that his pre-draft concussion report was “inaccurate.”


  • An NFL source who knows Redskins HC Scot McCloughan tells Ed Werder that he’s determined to change the culture of the team.
  • Werder’s source believes that Washington will need to move on from QB Robert Griffin III to do so.
  • Jason Fitzgerald points out that RGIII‘s $3.3M salary for this year is guaranteed with no offsets, which means it’s unlikely that the team would cut him.
  • Instead, they would likely need to trade him in order to move on this year. However, Fitzgerald adds that teams may have concerns about RGIII’s fifth-year option, which is injury protected in a trade.
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