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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had a locker set up for RB Kenjon Barner today, as Barner is back in town after agreeing to re-join the team. With Rex Burkhead leaving Sunday night's game with a neck injury, some more depth needed.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills acquired a conditional late-round pick in 2021 from the Panthers for OL Marshall Newhouse, a source told ESPN's David Newton. Buffalo on Tuesday also signed veteran offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles, who could take over the swing tackle role from Newhouse instead of Conor McDermott.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton — "The Dogfather"

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter will not divulge who will be the starting quarterback this week. He met with both Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick today and said both are aware of the plan.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have placed starting safety Chris Conte on injured reserve with a knee injury

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick on the team's mindset this week: "Great. No panic. No panic. Joe (Mixon) was out. A.J. (Green) didn't play in the second half. Preston (Brown) ain't out there. (Vontaze Burfict) is coming back after this week. I ain't panicking, we're 2-1. We let one slip this week. I ain't seen a team go undefeated since '72. I don't even think any of us were born. I love the feeling that everybody has right now, everybody's down and we expect more from each other. We expected to win that game, we felt like we could have won that game.I still feel like we were better than that team, but when you've got Pro Bowl caliber players out of the game that's tough. I commend the guys that stepped up in those guys' position and played their tails off and kept us in the game and kept us in position to win the game."

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans have placed WR Bruce Ellington and ILB Dylan Cole on injured reserve. WRs Keke Coutee and Sammie Coates were inactive against the Giants and the Texans don't have a lot of depth at the position.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety D.J. Swearinger said the Redskins can't take it easy even during the bye week. They're off the rest of the week -teams get a mandated four consecutive days off during the bye. They can stay sharp on their own.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers have added depth to their injury-;plagued offensive line, acquiring Buffalo tackle Marshall Newhouse in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, a league source confirmed. Adam Caplan first reported the deal.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Tuesday traded backup OT Marshall Newhouse to the Panthers, a source told ESPN's David Newton, confirming a report by Adam Caplan. Newhouse played 11 snaps, according to ESPN Stats & Information, as a sixth offensive lineman for Buffalo through three games. He was called for two penalties. Newhouse signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal in March. Conor McDermott will likely take his place as the Bills' third offensive tackle.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

With Evan Engram likely to miss time with a knee injury, the Giants signed Garrett Dickerson from their practice squad. They released WR/KR Kaelin Clay with a waived/injured designation. Dickerson is an undrafted rookie out of Northwestern. Likely will be used as extra blocker.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks are tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions after getting two more from Earl Thomas Sunday. He has three while fellow defensive backs Bradley McDougald and Shaquill Griffin have two apiece. The Seahawks' eight takeaways (tied for second-most) put them on pace to top the league-high 39 they had during their Super Bowl season in 2013. That may not be sustainable, but it is an indication of how competent their defense has been despite so many key personnel losses and new pieces, especially in the secondary. Pete Carroll gave some credit to the pass-rush and more aggressive play-calling from defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. "Our guys are coming through in a big way, making their picks," he said. "I think we're being little bit more aggressive and it's just paying off for us in terms of getting the ball. There's nothing better. There's nothing better than taking football off your opponents."

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

The Packers have handful of defensive players in for visits today including cornerbacks Bashaud Breeland and David Amerson, according to sources. Should know by the end of the day if there's going to be any signings.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin opened his Tuesday press conference addressing the 24 penalties in the Steelers-Bucs game (24 combined, 13 on the Steelers) and expressed concern about the game's entertainment value. "I'm an appreciator of the game, somebody that's in this ecosystem that understands the entertainment of the fan makes it all go," Tomlin said. "I just say it from that perspective -- not as a member of the (competition) committee or anybody in a title position in any form or fashion, just somebody who loves football. That probably wasn't a fun game to watch."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyrone Crawford is glad to hear the Competition Committee will discuss the roughing the passer penalties that have been called the first few weeks of the season after he was called for one Sunday at Seattle. “You grow up hitting and hitting like going full speed and you know one way to do it,” Crawford said on a conference call. “I mean when you've been doing something your whole life, it's hard to change, especially now at this point in your career. And then at that (particular) time when you see a sack, you go even harder. Or you see a quarterback, you go harder trying to get there before the ball is thrown and to pull off at literally the last millisecond is kind of hard. I do understand some of the rules they have going for the protection of the players, but I can't lie to myself and say I agree with that one because it's just really hard to do what we've been learning something our whole life. It's definitely against our instincts to pull off.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Great line from new Saints LB Demario Davis, who said back when he arrived in free agency that one of the main reasons he came to New Orleans was "Drew Brees and Sean Payton." When asked if Brees' Sunday performance at Atlanta was what he had in mind, Davis said that special teams coach Mike Westhoff always says, "Be the man to get the ball to Michael Jordan." "That's Michael Jordan," Davis said of Brees. "So we get stops, we get the ball to Michael Jordan."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have placed defensive tackle Datone Jones on injured reserve with a hamstring strain and signed Caraun Reid, who spent the end of training camp with the team. Jones played in just five snaps in the loss to Seattle after being inactive the first two games because of a sprained knee. The Cowboys told Reid to remain ready because they liked what he did for them in the preseason but did not have a spot on the 53-man roster at the cut down day.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Coach Mike Tomlin at his Tuesday press conference: "I'm not talking Le'Veon. I'm just not. There's nothing new to add."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin made clear after the win over the Bucs: Chris Boswell is "our kicker," and defense will continue to rotate cornerbacks opposite Joe Haden until someone (Artie Burns, Coty Sensabaugh, Cam Sutton) emerges as "solid."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the growing unrest from defensive players and how they tackle or hit the quarterback is ‘'tough'' not only on the players but the officials. He said his defenders have tackling drills to work on that.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Sam Darnold and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates are catching some flak for not trying enough deep passes. In fact, Darnold is attempting them at a higher rate than Aaron Rodgers, Kirk Cousins, Jared Goff and Drew Brees, among others, per ESPN Stats & Information. (Below: Darnold's pass plot.) It's not always about distance; there are other ways to be aggressive, such as throwing on first down to keep defenses off balance. That certainly wasn't the case against the Browns.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas the emphasis on protecting the quarterback, specifically a defender landing with his full body weight on the quarterback, has changed the game from its past more than any rule he has seen. “The way I see our future is I see a real serious emphasis on youth football, amateur football. I see it reflected at the high school level. Then a step above that will be the collegiate level and I see a collegiate game that certainly has a lot of finesse in it but is a great game and makes these kinds of adjustments we're talking about,” Jones said. “But when it comes to pro football, to use a boxing term, that's when you put the 6 ounce gloves on. That's when you don't want to fight with those 10 ounce gloves or you don't fight with those head gears. Everybody's being really paid to go out and you're paid a lot of money to go out and incur those type situations that have more risks in them. It's real important that pro football distinguish itself as a very physical game relative to the game at college, relative to the game at high school and amateur. That's very important. Now where to find that balance, that's one thing but when we get to a point in the future in time you'll see pro football where they've put the 6 ounce gloves on and where the men are playing.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones on Sean Lee's hamstring injury to 105.3 The Fan in Dallas: "I hope it will be a short time but I do think he will miss some play time."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

While some wonder if Jason Garrett will be involved more in the play calling with or in place of Scott Linehan, Jerry Jones is not. "No, there have not been any discussions or plans to have (Garrett) become the play caller," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

It sounds like Josh Gordon's hamstring injury is the primary reason he was inactive on Sunday night. Tom Brady to Westwood One radio: "He's working to learn, he's working to understand how we do things, and whenever he's back healthy and out there, that's when we really get to work on seeing what we're all capable of when we're out there."