Adam Gase: Dolphins getting ready for game until told not to

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Tuesday he’s awaiting a decision from the NFL as to whether his team’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be moved to another city or a day earlier this week because of Hurricane Irma.

Our final tier, quite simply, comprises those teams that have the best shot at winning with top-10 units on both sides of the ball. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it includes the two Super Bowl favorites and six of the nine teams with the best Super Bowl odds.

This file will be updated regularly from now through the start of the season, so you’ll have the latest info and analysis no matter when you draft — and we’ll keep adding new Insider content as it becomes available. (Most recent update: Sept. 1)

The Seahawks were Nike’s marquee team when the company took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012 (though the seemingly radical makeover the team received at the time feels rather tame by today’s standards), so it’s no surprise that Seattle has upgraded to Nike’s new template. In addition to swatting the Flywire, the new look allows the two side stripes to extend farther toward the center of the jersey.

One final Rams note: Newly acquired wideout Sammy Watkins has been wearing No. 2 during preseason games. That’s kosher in August, when the NFL relaxes its numbering requirements because of the large roster sizes, but Watkins will have to switch to something in the standard wide receiver numeral ranges — 10 through 19 and 80 through 89 — once the regular season starts.angels_024

Aaron Donald still a no-show at practice; Rams won’t rule him out

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s prolonged holdout spilled into Wednesday, while the Los Angeles Rams prepared their game plan for Sunday’s season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Cam Newton has been a full participant in practice the past week as the Panthers began installing the game plan for San Francisco. AP Photo/John Raoux
Game Mens Breno Giacomini Jersey Newton had surgery on March 30 to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The 2015 NFL MVP was limited in throwing much of the first four weeks of training camp and played only one series — a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive — during the four preseason games.

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The staff was so confident with where Newton is medically that third-string quarterback Joe Webb was released on Saturday. Carolina still will carry three quarterbacks after claiming former University of Miami star Brad Kaaya following his release by Detroit.

But Kaaya was brought in to be developed for the future with backup Derek Anderson, 34, in the last year of his contract. Webb, 30, hadn’t taken an in-season snap at quarterback since he was at Minnesota in 2013.

General manager Marty Hurney said releasing Webb was tough because of his versatility and locker room presence. But he echoed Rivera’s sentiments on where Newton is.

We have been on a plan since training camp,” Hurney said. I think we feel very confident. We do feel very confident. Every day he takes more and more. He’s looked good. He’s felt good. We have a lot of confidence in him.”

Wife of Browns tight end Seth DeValve says he’s not a ‘white savior’

Until Browns tight end Seth DeValve knelt in prayer with several Browns teammates during the national anthem before Monday’s preseason game, no other white NFL player had taken part in a national anthem protest.

But Jenkins also was one of the first players last season to join Kaepernick’s protest, by standing and raising his first during the anthem. He has continued to do it in preseason games this year 鈥?including Thursday’s home game, during which teammate Chris Long, a vocal supporter of the protests, stood next to him with his arm around his shoulder.
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I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be there for people that are fighting for equality, Long told reporters. Long joined the Jets’ McCown as white NFL players who have publicly supported the cause of Jenkins and others.

Smith, who recently became an Eagles teammate of Jenkins (and has been a teammate of both Boldin and Kaepernick), has spoken often with the congressional representative from his former NFL home in Baltimore. He has been active in each community in which he’s played, and he has been the nominee for the Walter Payton award by the Ravens and 49ers.

There’s no reason to forget it now, with Kaepernick officially opting out of his contract. Delete all the personal feelings one way or the other about the protest, and what bubbles back up is how toxic things were between him and the team dating back to Jim Harbaugh’s last season as coach.
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This has been building for a while. Kneeling distracted everybody from it 鈥?in fact, it distracted everybody just months after the 49ers had shopped him around trying to satisfy his trade request.

we’re going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston

These dollars will be put to go use in the relief and recovery efforts, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday, via NFL.com. We also hope our actions will encourage others to do whatever they can to help their neighbors in need right now. You know football, obviously, is important, but I think the most important thing right now is doing everything we can for our city.

I can tell you right now, we’re going to dedicate this season to the city of Houston, to the people of Houston. There are no guarantees in football — that’s not what I’m here to say. But I will guarantee this team will go out every Sunday, Monday, Thursday — whenever they ask us to play — and we’ll play our asses off for the city of Houston, I promise you that.

Washington is expected to lose Kirk Cousins in free agency next year. The team speaks highly of Colt McCoy, but he’s not its future. Coach Jay Gruden might be enamored by Allen’s upside.
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Miami has invested in cornerback recently, with Xavien Howard in the second and Cordrea Tankersley in the third in recent years. But Ward can be the feature corner the Dolphins thought Byron Maxwell would be, and he can keep their secondary a strength.
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But it was there with the 49ers, during one of the very worst seasons in their storied history, with another coach being forced to walk the plank … and, thanks to an odd chain of events, with Kaepernick proving he was neither washed up as a player nor locker room poison.

All things considered in a depth-poor NFL quarterback landscape, that’s going to get Kaepernick some interest, and he’s much easier to acquire now than he was a year ago.