The veteran inside linebacker signed with the team only eight days ago, but with more performances like the one Saturday night, both Bynes’ visibility and his odds to make the team will increase. “Hell of a game, bro,” said Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati as he walked past Bynes following the team’s 20-10 win over the Raiders. While he hasn’t been around long, Bynes, a former starter with the Lions, has made a quick impression. He finished the game with a team-high six tackles, a forced fumble and a half-sack. “I thought (General Manager) Steve (Keim) pulled one out of his hat. He can run. In the first six years of his career between the Lions and the Ravens, Bynes played in a defense coached by Teryl Austin. I’m looking at the things I can do better at.” The Cardinals have three shoo-ins to make the team at inside linebacker: Haason Reddick, Deone Bucannon and Karlos Dansby. He started 11 games for Detroit in 2016 and finished with 80 tackles and a forced fumble. Coach asks of you certain things, and you just try to do them to the best of your ability.
Jason Witten: Ezekiel Elliott can grow from this. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten admits this situation is awkward for him. As someone who grew up with an abusive father and has advocated for women and children impacted by domestic violence, he likely feels a certain away about the allegations against teammate Ezekiel Elliott which led to a six-game suspension. “I’d say this: there’s no place for a man to put his hand on a woman. He’s talked about it. How many games and all that stuff? He’s a teammate and just need to work through it with him and have this opportunity to grow from it. “Certainly these situations are never easy,” Witten said. “But Zeke’s been a teammate of mine for the last year and I’ve enjoyed having that relationship with him. I’m certain that he’ll work through it and be better and grow from it.
Bears claim Roberto Aguayo. The Bears claimed kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers from the Buccaneers, according to Field Yates of ESPN. The Bears’ claim takes the Buccaneers off the hook for the $428,000 in fully guaranteed salary they owed Aguayo for 2017. It also means Connor Barth could see Aguayo cost him a job twice in two years. The Bucs cut Barth last year after selecting Aguayo in the second round. Of course, Aguayo will have to perform better than he did last season or in his first preseason game. He was the worst kicker in the league last season when he made only 22 of 31 field goals and 32 of 34 extra points. The Bucs cut Aguayo after he missed an extra point and a 47-yard field goal in the preseason opener against the Bengals. They traded up to get Aguayo last year after he was one of the most reliable kickers in college during his career, making 69 of 78 field goals (88.5 percent) and every extra point at Florida State.
Roberto Aguayo Claimed Off Waivers by Bears After Buccaneers Release. The Chicago Bears announced they have claimed kicker Roberto Aguayo off waivers Sunday. ESPN.com's Field Yates first reported the move. He made one of his two field-goal attempts and missed his lone extra-point attempt in the team's 23-12 preseason defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals Friday. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller offered this harsh critique of the 23-year-old: Matt Miller On value and performance, Robert Aquayo might be the worst 2nd round pick ever. He was a three-time All-American at Florida State and won the Lou Groza Award for college football's top placekicker in 2013. Over his three seasons with the Seminoles, he was 69-of-78 on field-goal attempts and hit all 198 of his extra-point attempts. Aguayo has the talent to be a productive NFL kicker; the question is whether he can handle the accompanying mental rigors. In the midst of an underwhelming 2016 preseason, he sought the services of former NFL kicker Ryan Longwell to help him adjust to the league. Leaving Tampa Bay could be the best thing for Aguayo, since he no longer has to deal with the weight of expectation that comes with being a kicker selected in the second round of the draft.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has suspended troubled receiver Antonio Callaway and six other players for the team’s season opener against Michigan. Defensive end Keivonnis Davis, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, linebacker James Houston, linebacker Ventrell Miller, defensive lineman Jordan Smith and offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort also won’t play Sept. 2 against the Wolverines in Arlington, Texas. The players were suspended for misusing school-issued funds, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Sunday because Florida did not release details of the suspensions. “We have a small group of players that have made some choices that are extremely disappointing,” coach Jim McElwain said in a statement. “Action has been taken: They have missed some practice and will miss the Michigan game. We will use this as a learning opportunity and we will have some players step up as we move forward.” Being without Callaway could be big since he’s the team’s top offensive playmaker. Callaway pleaded no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia in May and was suspended for the spring semester in 2016 amid sexual battery allegations. Davis was expected to be a key contributor in Florida’s defensive line rotation. He had 27 tackles, 1 sacks and a forced fumble in 2016.
As Will Reeve Jr. of Chargers Wire reported, Perryman left the field on a cart in the first quarter with what the team is calling an ankle injury. Travis Benjamin Reminded the Chargers Why He's Still on the Team When it comes to the Chargers wide receivers, there's been no shortage of storylines this offseason. Will Mike Williams play at all as a rookie? Thomas Rawls Appears to Be Leading the RB Battle in Seattle...For Now Given that Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy combined to gain all of 15 yards on six carries running the ball for the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it might appear at first glance there's not much to be gleaned from their limited action. I feel like he's got a really good chance to have a good start to the season." Heading into his third NFL season, Hyder told Mike O' Hara of the Lions website that he intended to build on last year's team-leading eight sacks. When I get to camp, I don’t want to begin getting in shape. My goal is coming to camp ready to fly around and really focus on my technique instead of conditioning." Kenny Golladay Shines in Lions Debut It wasn't all bad news for the Lions on Sunday. Golladay was the offensive star for the Lions against the Colts, connecting with backup quarterback Jake Rudock for a pair of touchdown grabs.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were disappointed not to finish off a sweep of the Astros on Sunday, but taking two of three from the team with the best record in the American League was a good step in the right direction for a club harboring Wild Card hopes. Winning two of three from the Astros marked the first time the Rangers have won a series since sweeping three from the Rays on July 21-23 in St. Petersburg. The Rangers are just 3 1/2 games behind the Angels for the second Wild Card spot even though they are now four games under .500. "I know we need to win baseball games, stack them together, win series," manager Jeff Banister said. That's the direction, but it's about winning game by game." Third baseman Adrian Beltre said the Rangers are getting over their non-waiver Trade Deadline disappointment. Beltre said that was not the case in the clubhouse. Even though we traded Lucroy and J.J. and Darvish, we still have a team that can compete. The Rangers haven't won more than three in a row since a five-game winning streak from June 9-13. "We have played better in the last five or six games but we still haven't gotten really hot," Beltre said.
Griffin's Players Weekend name hair-raising. Griffin used to listen to "The Jim Rome Show" a lot, and one of the terms Rome used was "lettuce." That's how he came up with the nickname "Sweet Lettuce" that he will be using during the Players Weekend of Aug. 25-27. I think it's going to be good for the game, actually. "I think I wrote a paragraph," Griffin said. ARLINGTON -- The Rangers were disappointed not to finish off a sweep of the Astros on Sunday, but taking two of three from the team with the best record in the American League was a good step in the right direction for a club harboring Wild Card hopes. "I know we need to win baseball games, stack them together, win series," manager Jeff Banister said. That's the direction, but it's about winning game by game." Even though we traded Lucroy and J.J. and Darvish, we still have a team that can compete. "We have played better in the last five or six games but we still haven't gotten really hot," Beltre said.