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    George Pickens has been the talk of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, as he has turned heads with his big-play ability through three weeks of workouts at St. Vincent College. The promising rookie receiver was just as impressive in his professional debut, helping the offense to three first-half scoring drives during Pittsburgh’s preseason-opening win against Seattle on Saturday.

      Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters has returned to practice. Peters missed all of last season with a knee injury, and coach John Harbaugh says he’s in a good place after doing individual work. Baltimore plays its second preseason game at Arizona on Sunday. The Ravens also announced Monday they released running back Corey Clement and cornerback Robert Jackson. Peters and running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards all missed last season because of knee injuries. Dobbins returned to practice recently. Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether quarterback Lamar Jackson would play against the Cardinals after being held out of the preseason opener against Tennessee.

        The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade defensive back Ugo Amadi to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. The deal involves two players who have not yet completely met the expectations their teams had when they drafted them. Amadi has played mostly as a nickel cornerback and backup safety for the Seahawks. Arcega-Whiteside has struggled to get involved offensively for the Eagles and was switched to tight end this offseason. Seattle is likely to keep Arcega-Whiteside as a wide receiver due to the Seahawks' depth at tight end.

          Green Bay Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers has wasted no time showing he’s capable of delivering the big plays missing during his disappointing rookie season. Rodgers had a 22-yard touchdown catch and a 50-yard kickoff return Friday in a 28-21 preseason loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers caught a pass around the line of scrimmage and raced down the sideline before diving into the end zone on his touchdown. That follows a rookie season in which he had no touchdowns and didn’t have a gain from scrimmage of more than 19 yards or a return of more than 27 yards.

            Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an altercation in a Nashville drugstore. Dupree was sentenced to 6 months of supervised probation. The altercation happened on Jan. 2. Police said Dupree grabbed a Walgreens employee and the man's phone after the employee had argued with some shoppers. Dupree signed a five-year deal worth $82.5 million with the Titans last offseason.

              There are moments when Joe Flacco knows his teammates are laughing at him. It's not for anything he’s doing on the field. But the New York Jets quarterback is 37 years old and he's on a roster loaded with 20-somethings. Flacco insists he doesn't think of himself as old even if he's the butt of his teammates' old-man jokes. Flacco is the Jets’ starting quarterback while New York awaits the results of Zach Wilson’s arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles. Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his right knee, but it could be more if doctors discover additional damage.

                The Denver Broncos have signed veteran inside linebacker Joe Schobert who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers last year. The team also activated prized offseason acquisition Randy Gregory and right tackle Billy Turner from the physically unable to perform list. Schobert's signing comes two days after linebacker Jonas Griffith dislocated an elbow in the Broncos' exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys. Griffith is expected to miss up to six weeks. He had been penciled in to start alongside Josey Jewell.

                Julian Love had a busy offseason, and the New York Giants safety will probably have an even busier football season. Instead of picking out flowers, cakes, honeymoon sites for his wedding to his high school sweetheart and now wife, Julia, Love is getting ready to be the wild card in Wink Martindale’s attack-from-all-angles defense. In addition to being a safety, the fourth-year veteran has played in the box, in the slot, blitzed and done many things meant to confuse the opposition. Love played in 17 games last season and has moved into the starting lineup with the release of Logan Ryan.

                San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward pulled his hamstring and might not be ready to return for the season opener on Sept. 11 in Chicago. Coach Kyle Shanahan says Ward got injured in practice on Sunday and will likely be out at least a few weeks. The absence of Ward would be significant for the Niners after he has emerged in recent seasons as the anchor in the secondary at free safety.

                Joe Burrow is fully participating in training camp three weeks after having an appendectomy. He had surgery on July 26. Burrow has an eye on getting ready for the regular-season opener next month. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback threw crisp passes in seven-on-seven drills. Coach Zac Taylor says he’s satisfied with the practice schedule moving forward with his franchise quarterback, who hasn’t talked to reporters since his surgery.

                The Patriots enter their most competitive period of training camp to date when they open two days of joint practices with the Carolina Panthers. With the second preseason game fast approaching and its regular-season opener a month away, New England’s offense is still evolving and doesn’t have a clear play-caller. Top candidates Joe Judge and Matt Patricia say that’s just fine and they don’t view it as a competition.

                Devin Funchess, hoping to play in the NFL for the first time since 2019, made the most of his opportunities in the Detroit Lions’ preseason opener. The former Michigan star had 21 touchdown receptions for the Carolina Panthers over the first four years of his career before it was slowed by injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic. On Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons, Funchess played in just 21 snaps on offense, but he capitalized on the playing time by catching four passes for 19 yards and a touchdown. He converted a key third-and-8 by breaking a tackle on his way to a 9-yard gain. Two plays later, he had a highlight-reel hurdle of Atlanta Falcons defensive back Tre Webb on his way to another first down.

                Former first-round pick Danny Shelton began his latest fresh start with the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, hoping to earn a place in the middle of their defensive line after agreeing last week to a contract for the upcoming season. The 28-year-old Shelton appeared in 13 games for the Giants last season, where he rotated up front primarily as a run-stuffing defensive tackle.  The addition of Shelton came the same day that Kansas City waived offensive lineman Evin Ksiezarczyk, cornerback Lonnie Johnson and wide receivers Omar Bayless and Gary Jennings, who was dealing with a concussion that he sustained when he ran into a door during an indoor practice. Jennings was waived with an injury designation.


                Atlanta Falcons rookie receiver Drake London will likely be held out of practice this week because of a right knee injury, but the No. 8 overall pick isn’t expected to miss significant time. London was injured in the Falcons’ preseason opener at Detroit. He went out on the first series after catching a 24-yard pass. Coach Arthur Smith says London isn't likely to practice this week, including joint workouts with the New York Jets ahead of an Aug. 22 preseason game at the Meadowlands. It’s possible London won’t play against until the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against New Orleans.

                Nick Mullens completed 7 of 9 passes for 94 yards and one touchdown, and the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 in a preseason game. The Raiders moved to 2-0 after a 27-11 win over Jacksonville last week in the Hall of Fame Game. Jarrett Stidham, who started at quarterback for Las Vegas, completed 10 of his 15 passes for 68 yards. He also ran for 16 yards on four carries, including a touchdown. Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards on nine completions, including two touchdowns, in the Vikings’ preseason opener. Sean Mannion finished 8 of 12 for 79 yards.

                Rodger Saffold is eager to focus his attention on taking over the Buffalo Bills starting job at left guard after missing the first two weeks of training camp with rib injuries sustained in a car accident. Saffold called it a traumatic experience in declining to go into much detail regarding the accident, in which he says no one was seriously hurt and occurred in Los Angeles last month. He didn't realize the extent of his injuries until he began working out at the team's facility last month. Saffold is a 13-year NFL veteran, and signed with Buffalo this offseason in having previously played under Bills new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.

                The Green Bay Packers are getting some good news on their collection of players coming back from knee injuries. Packers coach Matt LaFleur says offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, tight end Robert Tonyan and rookie wide receiver Christian Watson are coming off the physically unable to perform list. That will allow each of them to participate in workouts. LaFleur cautioned that “it's just like the next step in the process” and that they wouldn't be doing team drills yet.

                Danny Gray’s big-play touchdown catch from Trey Lance was the highlight from San Francisco’s exhibition opener but it was the performance of another rookie that could prove even more important to the 49ers. Fifth-round cornerback Samuel Womack built on an impressive training camp by flashing in his preseason debut, intercepting both passes thrown his way in a performance that could earn him a longer look in a bid to win the slot cornerback job in San Francisco. Several other rookies also had encouraging performances.

                The booing has begun, and it’s only the preseason. The Cleveland Browns expect it to intensify in the months ahead. Deshaun Watson is a target, and so are his teammates. As they prepare for Watson to be suspended by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy, the Browns know they’re probably going to be subjected to rougher and rowdier treatment from fans during road games this season. Watson was booed throughout his exhibition debut on Friday in Jacksonville, where some in the crowd directed profane chants at the controversial quarterback accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen women during massage therapy appointments. All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio said the team is adopting a ‘Cleveland against the world’ mentality.

                Miami Dolphins cornerback Trill Williams tore his ACL in the team’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel confirmed. During the fourth quarter of the Dolphins’ 26-24 win at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Buccaneers backup quarterback Kyle Trask threw a screen pass to a receiver. Williams made the tackle on the play for a loss, but immediately grabbed his left knee after falling to the ground. McDaniel did not specify how much time Williams is expected to miss. The Dolphins open the season at home against the New England Patriots on Sept. 11.

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