NFL Gamecocks Roundup: Brinkley In Danger?

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-Almost out of nowhere, the local media in Dallas has linebacker Jasper Brinkley pegged as one of the veterans who'll be cut from the Cowboys before the season starts. His biggest competition comes in the form of Keith Smith, who played for the Cowboys last year as an undrafted rookie. One of Smith's biggest strengths is on special teams, having a younger and quicker body to charge downfield as compared to the 30 year-old Brinkley. Still, Brinkley has put up numbers this preseason, with eight tackles and a sack to his name. Even if Brinkley does get cut, a veteran linebacker always has a place in the league, not to mention he's guaranteed $2 million regardless. Not a bad unemployment check.

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-While Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley confirmed that guard A.J. Cann wouldn't be competing for a starting spot, he had plenty of praise for the young lineman.

"'A.J. has done a good job,' Bradley said. 'We’ve seen signs of him being really physical. That was a situation we were looking at with him and Zane [Beadles] and how are we going to do this. I think it’s really helped them both. I think Zane has stepped up and I’m really excited for what he’s accomplished. A.J. has shown flashes. If something would happen and A.J. goes in, I don’t think we would blink. … We’re very pleased with him. It’s just that Zane is playing pretty well right now.'”

It's safe to say that Cann is going to get plenty of reps in the Jags' preseason finale, likely starting to boot.

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-With San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter still suffering from lingering health issues, the door has opened for Mike Davis to get significant playing time in the Niners' preseason finale. Davis has impressed this preseason, accruing 80 yards on 19 carries, with one catch for seven yards. Oddly enough, his biggest competition comes from Bruce Ellington's main competition for the returner job: Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne. Hayne recently received tons of praise from Brian Mitchell, the NFL's all-time leader in punt- and kickoff-return yards, but Ellington made it clear to coaches he's not interested in giving up his spot, and is prepared to fight for it.

“'We can all make plays,' Ellington said. 'It’s a great competition and I love competition. I’m going to go out here this week and prove to the coaches that they can trust me and I can be out there making plays.'”

Player Team Pos. #
Rory Anderson San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley Dallas Cowboys LB 54
Damiere Byrd Carolina Panthers WR 18
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham St. Louis Rams TE 48
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers Pittsburgh Steelers DE 96
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jimmy Legree Arizona Cardinals S 46
Cliff Matthews Atlanta Falcons DE 98
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Ronald Patrick Dallas Cowboys C 78
Kelcy Quarles Indianapolis Colts DT 73
Travian Robertson Washington Redskins DT 79
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw* Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson San Francisco 49ers QB 13

RECENT TRANSACTIONS (as of 9 a.m., Sept. 3, 2015)

  • Connor Shaw - Placed on injured reserve by Browns, Sept. 1
  • Spencer Lanning - Waived by Broncos, Aug. 31
  • Lemuel Jeanpierre - Released by Seahawks, Aug. 31
  • Chaz Sutton - Waived by Titans, Aug. 30
  • Antonio Allen - Waived/injured by Jets