Marcus Mariota is ready to execute whatever the Tennessee Titans’ gameplan is in their preseason finale Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Whether that means the rookie quarterback is just an engaged spectator, or he’s the starter. Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday he might not make a decision on Mariota until he wakes up on game day.
Piece by piece, limb by limb, the Browns are healing and getting back to full strength. After being hit by injuries over the past few weeks, the Browns welcomed several players, including linebacker Barkevious Mingo, back to practice on Monday. Mingo had been out since undergoing right knee surgery on Aug. 6.
Jameis Winston has a sprained ankle that the rookie quarterback and Tampa Bay Buccaneers say is not a major concern. Winston twisted his right ankle during the Bucs’ second preseason game on August 24. The injury has not kept the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft off the field.
Monday was a busy day in the NFL for trades, even if none of them involved major players. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Tim Wright to the Detroit Lions to give them another pass-catching tight end. But isn’t that what Eric Ebron, the 10th overall pick of the 2014 draft, was supposed to provide? [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Wright got off to a nice start early last season with the New England Patriots after coming over in the Logan Mankins deal but was an afterthought down the title stretch. He was waived and claimed by the Bucs, who originally signed Wright after he went undrafted in 2013. Ebron isn’t in any trouble for a roster spot, but there is growing concern that he might never fulfill his massive potential — even a little more than a year into his tenure there. But Ebron seems rather unaffected by the news of the Wright deal or his status on the team. Lol.. People So Concerned About Me — Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) August 31, 2015 The Denver Broncos shipped offensive tackle Chris Clark to the Houston Texans for a seventh-round pick in 2016. Clark will provide the Texans with depth behind starters Duane Brown and Derek Newton after Clark was deemed a poor fit in Gary Kubiak’s offense in Denver. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] And the Pittsburgh Steelers now are on their third kicker of the year. The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Josh Scobee, who has been with the team since being a fifth-round pick in 2004, to the Steelers after the injury Garrett Hartley suffered was found to be more serious than expected. Hartley was signed during training camp after Shaun Suisham suffered a season-ending injury. As NFL teams start whittling their rosters down from 90 to 75 players on or before Tuesday, there might be a few more minor deals that happen. – – – – – – – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Chris Owusu is certainly not short of options. The New York Jets wide receiver has a degree from Stanford, after all. He’s from a family of high achievers with a brother at Stanford, another at Harvard and a sister at Columbia. But Owusu realizes that his NFL career might go at any moment because of his history of concussions. He was an undrafted free agent signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, bypassed by all 32 teams despite his strong college career and a good showing at the NFL combine. One possible reason was a history of concussions, and it was something that happened to him again just a couple weeks ago. Owusu has had a total of four concussions since he started playing college football, three while at Stanford including two his senior year and then one this August in training camp. At 25 years old, he should be entering the prime of his NFL career, especially after a camp where he was the best wide receiver on the Jets’ roster after Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] “Football is a very, very fun sport,” Owusu told Shutdown Corner. “It can be rewarding, but it is also going to take a lot of sacrifice.” And for Owusu, he has to hope it doesn’t take his mind away prematurely. He has a history of head injuries and has yet to play more than nine games in an NFL season. But this season, with the Jets’ wide-open roster, Owusu has a chance to make the team and be a contributor on special teams and offense. This past Monday after suffering the first concussion of his NFL career early in training camp, Owusu returned to the practice field. He played Saturday night against the New York Giants and opened the game with a 41-yard kickoff return then had a 32-yard kickoff return in the second quarter. [ Yahoo Daily Fantasy Football: Enter our $1 Million Week 1 contest ] But there was a monkey wrench thrown into those plans as his latest concussion now makes it three in five years he has suffered. “It’s tough because I haven’t been put in this situation for three years,” Owusu said. “My symptoms didn’t get worse. It was like, hey, I had another concussion. Obviously you think about long-term risk. I do a lot of things to prepare my head: I read books, I take fish oils. In many ways, I think I’m ahead of people who don’t take care of their heads. I’m not thinking too far down the line, I’m just competing. “My mom, she’s a mom. She’s told me — it’s been a couple [times] now — to be careful. ‘We support you, but maybe go down more.'” He chuckles before turning serious. “My parents talked to me about options. It wasn’t what to do, it was what to think about moving forward,” Owusu said. “And I respect my family so much that I listen, I consider it. I will listen.” Their advice, he says is “to consider going out there and using my Stanford degree.” It’s something Owusu might have to consider doing if football doesn’t work out.