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 without their No. 1 cornerback.Trumaine Johnson was ruled out for Sunday's game because of a strained quadriceps. He was hurt during practice Thursday and sat out Friday."He'll be out this week Youth Case Keenum Jersey ," coach Todd Bowles said. "So we're just going to monitor it after that and see how he's feeling."Bowles would not give any details but did not think it was a season-ending injury."Not at this time, no it's not," Bowles said.Johnson was the Jets' top free-agent signing in March, giving him a five-year, $72.5 million deal. He has had a mostly inconsistent first four games with New York after spending his first six seasons with the Rams."Any time you lose a starter, it's a big deal, but we have guys that have played over the past couple of years," Bowles said.Morris Claiborne will likely move into Johnson's spot, with Bowles using a mix of Buster Skrine, Darryl Roberts, Juston Burris and rookie Parry Nickerson on the other side against the likes of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders."We'll toy around a little bit and reveal it on Sunday," Bowles said.Skrine is the Jets' primary nickel corner and his strength is playing inside in the slot, although he has plenty of experience playing on the outside. So does Roberts, who started four games last season and two in 2016."Coach is always preaching that it's the next man up," said Roberts, who has an interception this season. "So, if I do get to go on Sunday, then I'll be ready for my opportunity to play."Roberts was a full participant at practice after being limited by a hamstring issue at practice Thursday."He's tough, he's a good tackler," Bowles said. "We know he's a good corner, he plays man, he plays zone well and he competes Womens Courtland Sutton Jersey , so you like that about him."Burris was a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2016 but has been inactive the last three games. Nickerson, a sixth-rounder this year, has played as a backup in all four games.Cornerback Rashard Robinson returned this week from a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but Bowles said Robinson won't be added to the active roster before the game. The Jets have an exemption for Robinson, meaning he can continue to practice with the team, but New York has until Monday to add him to the active roster or release him.In other injuries, also ruled out by the Jets were wide receiver Charone Peake (hamstring) and tight end Neal Sterling (concussion).Safety Marcus Maye, who made his season debut last week at Jacksonville, is questionable after being limited in practice all week with ankle and foot ailments.Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa was a full participant after being limited Thursday with a hip issue.HT: Matchups to watch tonight vs Redskins The first two preseason games were all about individual evaluation, with the score being a secondary matter. Now as the Broncos travel to visit a familiar face in Washington, the focus shifts more toward team performance for the game that’s traditionally a dress rehearsal of the regular season.The Broncos’ starters are expected to play “at least” as much as they did last weekend, which probably translates to a full half of the 1st teamers and the 2s opening up the second half. With a bit more gameplanning & such happening, if still not to full scale, we’ll hopefully start to get a real idea of what to expect from the Broncos this season based on actual performance.Case Keenum vs the Redskins SecondaryKeenum had some hiccups to begin the game again last week, so the top item on my to-watch list tonight is how he performs in the opening drives. Some preseason jitters are okay, especially when you’re the starting QB for the first time and suited up for a team you rooted for growing up. But it’s time for Keenum to settle down & start showing the steadiness, decisiveness, and accuracy that defined him last season with the Vikings.The Redskins do have Josh Norman at corner, but outside of him the most notable guy in their secondary is DJ Swearinger... and he’s only memorable because he pissed Peyton Manning off enough that the Sheriff cussed him out to his face after burning him for a touchdown in preseason action 4 years ago. As a whole, this unit can’t stand up to Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Courtland Sutton Youth Bradley Roby Jersey , DaeSean Hamilton, and... you get the idea. There’ll be opportunities. Keenum needs to do a better job of exploiting them early this week.Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsChad Kelly vs the Phantom QuarterbackI think that if you asked the fans to make the call, Chad Kelly would already officially be the Broncos’ backup quarterback for 2018. But the team itself has so far refused to commit to that course of action- which is understandable. There’s not much reason for them to commit to one backup over another before they really have to.Kelly’s play last week vs the Bears silenced any fears that he might not be able to handle the increased level of competition with the 2s. Now, in order to secure his role as the backup for this season, he’s got to prove that he can perform consistently from game to game by tearing up the opposing secondary for a third straight week. If he does that, there’s no reason to think his future in Denver is anything but secure. If he can’t do that, he opens the door labeled “Sign a veteran backup” and possibly delays his own development. The stakes are high for Kelly, but he seems like a guy who does his best work in the spotlight.Broncos Secondary vs Alex SmithSmith is a familiar foe for the Broncos’ secondary, and one who’s coming off of a career year and an MVP-caliber season. Is the Broncos’ secondary as vulnerable as it has, at times, seemed? Can Smith continue the standard of play he set for himself in his last season in Kansas City? And can he do it in spite of the significantly reduced talent the Redskins have surrounded him with compared to what he enjoyed in 2017?It’s a legit sample size of action against an established NFL QB. The results should prove interesting.Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsRoyce Freeman vs Devontae BookerSo far, Devontae Booker is still nominally the Broncos’ starting running back. But the general consensus in Broncos Country & around the league is that Freeman will be the #1 guy when the Seahawks come to town in a few weeks to open up the regular season. Freeman’s had a pretty nice preseason, and this is his opportunity to seize control of the starting role. It’s also likely Booker’s last, best chance to try and defend it. Can he be more than the guy who fell short when asked to take on the bellcow role after C.J. Anderson went down in 2016?Broncos interior pass rush vs Redskins Offensive LineIf the 2017 Broncos defense had an achilles heel (other than that nagging issue with covering tight ends & running backs), it was a stark lack of interior pressure. QBs were able to consistently step up in the pocket and minimize the impact of guys like Von Miller & Shaquil Barrett. So far this preseason, the Broncos’ front 7 looks to be doing better on that front. DeMarcus Walker, Adam Gotsis, and a healthy Derek Wolfe will look to limit QBs’ evasion options this season. And if they’re successful, Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will snack on tackles and feast on QBs.Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsBilly Turner vs Cyrus KouandjioTurner tends to get a lot more press, but that doesn’t mean the battle for the swing tackle job is over by any stretch of the imagination. Turner struggled last week, allowing a critical sack that knocked the Broncos’ 3rd team offense out of field goal range, and being saved from allowing another by Chad Kelly zipping the ball out quickly on what became the 16 yard touchdown pass to Courtland Sutton.He has serious competition from Kouandjio Womens Bradley Chubb Jersey , who joined the Broncos last November and started the Week 17 game at right tackle in place of Watson & Stephenson. Kouandjio’s a former 2nd round pick who had a rough start to his career, but has played pretty decently when he’s on the field. And he held his own as the 2nd string left tackle last week vs the Bears.For what it’s worth, my money is Kouandjio.Paxton Lynch vs IrrelevanceLast week, I wrote this about Paxton: “If he doesn’t dominate at this lowest level of NFL competition, though? Yikes.”Well, folks.... Yikes.Lynch ended well vs the Bears, nearly leading a field goal drive to win the game. It’s certainly not his fault that Isaiah McKenzie fumbled away Lynch’s opportunity or that the Bears played a 10 year veteran backup QB vs the Broncos’ 3rd & 4th stringers. But it is very much his fault that he led the 3rd team to zero points at any time prior to that drive and played a big part in opening the door for the Bears’ comeback. It’s his fault that he didn’t dominate the lowest level of NFL competition.Now, Vance Joseph won’t even commit to playing Lynch in the 3rd preseason game. If that happens & Lynch doesn’t see the field tonight, then stick a fork in him. He’ll be officially done in Denver. That said, expect to see him in the 4th quarter for a meaningless drive or two. If he didn’t get that much, the Broncos would be torpedoing any trade value he still has themselves rather than taking the bad gamble that he won’t lower it too much more during those couple of drives.Horse TracksNFL preseason 2018: Highlights and results from Week 3 - SBNation.comGet caught up with all the action from the preseason’s penultimate week.NFL preseason 2018: 7 storylines to watch in dress rehearsal Week 3 - SBNation.comWeek 3 of the preseason is when teams actually give their starters meaningful minutes.NFL breakout players 2018: Predicting the next big thing for all 32 teams - SBNation.comRetired NFL defensive end Stephen White has been grinding tape all summer to figure out which players are poised for a big leap forward in 2018.NFL free agents 2018: 5 players who need to be signed before Week 1 - SBNation.comNFL teams will continue making moves as the season approaches, and while most of those moves will be cuts, there are still a few players we’re hoping to see signed before the regular season begins.Hard Knocks: Hue Jackson tells Dez Bryant the Browns will make the ‘biggest turnaround in sports history’ - SBNation.comThe latest episode of HBO’s "Hard Knocks" features excerpts from the meeting between free agent Dez Bryant and Browns coach Hue Jackson.Browns OL coach Bob Wylie is weird, wonderful and he’s our new dad - SBNation.comBob Wylie is our new emperor.What we learned from Browns' victory over Eagles - NFL.comPreseason games are rarely exquisite exhibitions of football elegance, but Thursday's Week 3 kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns was a rather uglier than normal August affair.That said, "Shutout victory" is a phrase so alien for the Browns that you can't help but take notice.Denzel Ward suffers back injury during Browns' win - NFL.comCleveland Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward left for the locker room after suffering an undisclosed injury during the first quarter of Thursday's preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles.Steelers erect tarp to prevent against 'drones' - NFL.comWhen asked Thursday by reporters about the construction of a tarp hanging at the end of one of the end zones at the team's facility, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin offered an enigmatic explanation.Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt named HOF contributor finalists - NFL.comDenver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Cowboys executive Gil Brandt have been selected by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Contributors Committee as the two contributor finalists for the Class of 2019.Raiders waive 2017 second-rounder Obi Melifonwu - NFL.comOakland waived/injured 2017 second-round selection Obi Melifonwu on Thursday while simultaneously confirming the signing of veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.Ranking the five most and least enviable QB situations in the NFL - NFL.comGil Brandt identifies the five most and least enviable QB situations in the NFL. Just how lucky are the Eagles to have both Carson Wentz and Nick Foles on their roster?(Fair warning, this one’s included mostly for the interesting topic. The post itself & several of the selections made in it are hilariously terrible.)

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