- The Falcons worked out free agent safeties M.D. Jennings and Chris Clemons, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com (on Twitter). McClure reported last night that the Falcons were looking into veteran safeties in the wake of William Moore‘s injury. Unfortunately for Jennings, who is only 26, the Falcons informed him that they wanted to go a little younger (link). One has to assume that doesn’t bode well for Clemons either.
- NFLPA president Eric Winston was among the offensive linemen working out for the Falcons today, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Atlanta inked guard Harland Gunn and tackle Cameron Bradfield earlier today, so he probably isn’t a fit right now.
- The Dolphins checked out linebacker Desmond Bishop, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Meanwhile, the Lions hosted running backs Alex Green and Tashard Choice and wide receivers Ramses Barden and Damian Williams.
- Free agent defensive linemen Nate Collins and Jermelle Cudjo worked out for the Bears this week, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com (on Twitter).
MONDAY, 9:08am: The Jaguars have also waived/injured CB Deion Belue, per O’Halloran (on Twitter). Jacksonville’s roster count now sits at 78.
SUNDAY, 3:21PM: In anticipation of roster cutdowns, the Jaguars waived 11 players, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union:
- Josh Hull, LB
- David Carter, DT (injured)
- Charley Hughlett, LS
- Patrick Lewis, C
- Antoine Caldwell, C
- Mike Harris, CB
- Kenny Shaw, WR
- Ramses Barden, WR
- Joe Young, S
- Harvey Unga, FB
- Allen Bradford, LB
Harris, a former seventh-rounder, started seven games over the past two years. As O’Halloran writes, just five of former general manager Gene Smith’s 26 draft picks still remain on the roster after this most recent purge. Jacksonville still needs to make four more cuts before Tuesday’s deadline.
Former third-round pick Ramses Barden will get another chance to catch on with the NFL team, having reached an agreement to sign with the Jaguars, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The Jags will also add receiver Chad Hall, per Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union (Twitter link). Mark Long of The Associated Press tweeted earlier today that Jacksonville was auditioning Barden and Hall.
Barden, 28, was selected 85th overall by the Giants in the 2009 draft, but only managed to record 29 receptions for the team over the course of five seasons. The 6’6″ wideout inked a futures deal with the Bills in January, but lost his roster spot this offseason when Buffalo decided to cut him. Hall, meanwhile, has spent time with the Eagles and Chiefs, catching 16 career passes in parts of three NFL seasons.
For the Jaguars, whose receiving corps has been depleted by injuries and absences this summer, Barden and Hall will likely just provide some camp and preseason depth, but perhaps they’ll also have the opportunity to compete for roster spots if they impress this month.
As O’Halloran notes, to make room for the incoming players, the Jags have cut safety Jerome Junior and waived-injured wideout Nathan Slaughter, who suffered a foot injury.
The Bills have done some roster shuffling early in training camp, announcing today that they’ve signed defensive tackle Landon Cohen and wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. To make room on the roster for the new additions, the club has cut wideout Ramses Barden and linebacker Nathan Williams.
Of the four players, Cohen is perhaps the most notable, having been active for 14 contests in 2013 — 12 for Chicago and two more for the Cowboys. According to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required), Cohen posted a grade of -16.4, though most of that was a result of poor run defense — he rated as a slightly above average pass rusher, with nine total quarterback pressures. He figures to compete for a roster spot this summer.
Roosevelt, meanwhile, was waived by the Lions last week and returns to Buffalo, where he played his college ball and where he played with the Bills in 2010 and 2011. He’ll replace Barden, a longtime New York Giant, who didn’t play last season after grabbing 14 receptions in 2012.