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Minor NFL Transactions: 9/17/19

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Detroit Lions

Los Angeles Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

NFL Workout Updates: 9/17/19

Here are Tuesday’s updates from the workout circuit, all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter unless otherwise noted.

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

  • T Gerhard deBeer, Christian DiLauro, Brandon Hitner, C James Murray (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins

Lions Cut C.J. Anderson, Claim Paul Perkins

The Lions will have a rearranged backfield come Week 3. They released offseason addition C.J. Anderson and claimed Paul Perkins off waivers from the Giants.

Anderson signed a one-year, $1.5MM contract to join the Lions, his fourth team in the past year. The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl starter rushed for 43 yards on 16 carries over Detroit’s first two games.

Perkins will join sixth-round rookie Ty Johnson and fellow waiver claim J.D. McKissic behind starter Kerryon Johnson. As a result of Anderson’s departure, the Lions will boast a much less experienced backfield. Perkins will arrive after having not played in a regular-season game since 2017. The former Jerry Reese-era Giants pick was buried on this season’s New York depth chart, prompting the now-Dave Gettleman-led club to waive him last week.

The 24-year-old UCLA alum averaged just 2.2 yards per carry in 2017 but posted a more respectable 4.1 per-tote mark as a rookie. He has yet to score a touchdown. This move will send the 28-year-old Anderson back to free agency. He caught on with the Panthers, Raiders and Rams last season and enjoyed great success for the NFC champions. But Los Angeles moved in a different direction, leading Anderson to Detroit.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

NFL Workout Updates: 9/16/19

We’ve got another batch of workout updates from the past few days, all via veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer on Twitter (unless otherwise noted):

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lions Worked Out QB Jeff Driskel

Quarterback Jeff Driskel had his first workout. ESPN’s Field Yates reports (via Twitter) that the 26-year-old auditioned for the Lions.

The 2016 sixth-round pick had spend that majority of his career with the Bengals, playing behind Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron during his rookie and sophomore campaigns. He finally got a shot to play in 2018, and despite going 1-4 as a starter, he managed to put up solid numbers. Driskel ultimately appeared in nine total games last year, completing 59.7-percent of his passes for 1,003 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also added 130 rushing yards and two scores (along with four fumbles) on 25 carries.

Driskel was beat out by fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley during the preseason, leading to the veteran being released from the IR with an injury settlement.

With Matthew Stafford earning big bucks as the starter, the Lions are still rostering a worthy backup in Josh Johnson. Driskel could potentially earn a role on the practice squad, or the team could move on from third-stringer David Blough.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/12/19

Today’s minor moves:

Chicago Bears

  • Claimed off waivers: TE J.P. Holtz
  • Waived: DL Abdullah Anderson

Detroit Lions

Minnesota Vikings

  • Promoted from practice squad: CB Nate Meadors
  • Released from injured reserve: DE Ade Aruna

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/11/19

Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:

Chicago Bears

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: TE Dax Raymond

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: OL Kyle Kalis

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

  • Promoted from practice squad: S Rolan Milligan
  • Released from IR via injury settlement: LB Ahmad Thomas

New York Giants

  • Released from IR via injury settlement: WR Alex Wesley

Philadelphia Eagles

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Workout Updates: 9/10/19

We’ve got another busy day of workouts, with many teams across the league hosting players.

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

NFL Cap Space By Team For 2019

With hours to go before the start of the 2019 NFL season, here’s a rundown of how much cap room each NFL team has (via ESPN.com’s Field Yates, on Twitter):

  1. Indianapolis Colts – $42.1MM
  2. Cleveland Browns – $32.7MM
  3. Miami Dolphins – $31.9MM
  4. Houston Texans – $29.5MM
  5. Buffalo Bills – $24.8MM
  6. Tennessee Titans – $24.1MM
  7. Dallas Cowboys – $22.3MM
  8. Detroit Lions – $19.2MM
  9. San Francisco 49ers – $18.7MM
  10. Chicago Bears – $17.3MM
  11. Carolina Panthers – $16.6MM
  12. Washington Redskins – $15.9MM
  13. Philadelphia Eagles – $14.8MM
  14. Cincinnati Bengals – $13.3MM
  15. Kansas City Chiefs – $12.4MM
  16. Oakland Raiders – $12MM
  17. Denver Broncos – $11.2MM
  18. Green Bay Packers – $10.8MM
  19. Los Angeles Chargers – $10.2MM
  20. Jacksonville Jaguars – $9.5MM
  21. New York Jets – $9.3MM
  22. Seattle Seahawks – $8.6MM
  23. Baltimore Ravens – $8.2MM
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers – $6.3MM
  25. New England Patriots – $4.9MM
  26. Arizona Cardinals – $2.7MM
  27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – $1.2MM
  28. Minnesota Vikings – $1.2MM
  29. Los Angeles Rams – $852K
  30. New Orleans Saints – $604K
  31. Atlanta Falcons – $493K
  32. New York Giants – $457K

Lions Work Out Nate Orchard

Earlier this week, the Dolphins released Nate Orchard. Hopefully, he picked up a winter coat sometime after. The defensive end tried out for the Lions on Thursday, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter).

Orchard, selected by the Browns in the second round of the 2015 draft, posted four sacks for the Fins this preseason. Many believed that last year’s “Hard Knocks” standout would be in line to start for the Dolphins. Instead, he’s looking for work with just days to go before the season opener.

The Lions’ DE depth chart is headlined by A’Shawn Robinson and Trey Flowers with UDFA Kevin Strong Jr. and Da’Shawn Hand on hand for support.