Tuesday NFL preview: What's next for Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants?

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NFL Nation reporters look ahead to what Tuesday has in store for each team.


Buffalo Bills: Veteran Dan Carpenter has been the NFL's fifth-most-accurate field goal kicker since the start of the 2013 season, but he finds himself on the hot seat after missing three field goals and one extra point this preseason. The Bills worked out veteran Billy Cundiff on Monday, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, after coach Rex Ryan said Friday he wouldn't "turn a blind eye" to Carpenter's preseason struggles. The Bills will return to practice Tuesday, and it's not clear who will be kicking when the team opens the season Sunday against the Colts. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins continue their preparation for the season opener. Key players such as left tackle Branden Albert (knee), cornerback Jamar Taylor (quad) and receiver DeVante Parker (foot) are practicing and continue to progress in hope of being ready for Sunday's game against Washington. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: With starting center Bryan Stork missing practice Sunday and Monday because of a concussion, it puts his availability for Thursday's season opener in question. Will Stork be cleared for practice? And if not, how do the pieces fall into place on the offensive line? -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson played only 26 snaps in the preseason (all in the third game) because of a hamstring injury, so his stamina figures to be a concern in Week 1. Line coach Pepper Johnson, for one, isn't worried, saying, "I don't think it really matters. That guy is going to be ready Sunday. He's one of those guys, he's an exception to that." -- Rich Cimini


Baltimore Ravens: In his final NFL season, wide receiver Steve Smith will look to continue his streak of strong starts. Since 2009, Smith has produced 549 yards receiving in season openers, an average of 91.5 yards in Week 1 games. That's the third-most in the league over that time. He also has scored five touchdowns in openers. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: After turning heads in Cincinnati all throughout the preseason, the Bengals' cornerbacks will be tested right out of the gate in Sunday's opener at Oakland. Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick will be matching up against Raiders rookie Amari Cooper, who caught eight passes for 124 yards in the preseason. Said Kirkpatrick : "He doesn't look like a rookie. He looks like he's been here before." -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: The Browns have the day off heading into the season opener against the Jets. The team was rocked Monday by the indefinite suspension of offensive line coach Andy Moeller, which comes on top of the four-game suspension of general manager Ray Farmer and the season-long suspension of standout receiver Josh Gordon. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Look for trusty tight end Heath Miller to help bridge the gap while Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant sit out. Miller's best attribute -- hands -- travels. He's solid home or away. Expect Ben Roethlisberger to target Miller fairly often Thursday against New England. -- Jeremy Fowler


Houston Texans: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins' goals for this season don't involve yards or touchdowns caught. They're simpler than that: no drops. The Texans are expecting a big year out of Hopkins. "This is my second year in the offense so I feel like I'm only improving," he said. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Robert Mathis aren't saying if Sunday will be the first game for the linebacker since their AFC divisional playoff loss to New England in January 2014. "Stay tuned," Mathis said. Mathis missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, and there was talk originally it could be as late as November before he played in a regular-season game. But Pagano gave an indication last week that Mathis could play against Buffalo this weekend. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Despite the fact the players had Friday-Sunday off, they will have Tuesday off as well as the team segues into a normal game-week schedule. One thing the coaches will be working on Tuesday will be trying to determine how to spread out the snaps at the leo (pass-rushing defensive end) spot for Sunday's game against Carolina. Chris Smith likely will be the starter and play on first and second down but after that is the question. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: Brian Orakpo said he has been a part of defenses in the past that may have thought a rookie quarterback would struggle. Seeing some of those rookies have success make him much more wary then he once was. The Titans believe they'll have to play great defense to beat Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. -- Paul Kuharsky


Denver Broncos: With safety T.J. Ward set to serve a one-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, David Bruton Jr. is in line to get most of those snaps against the Baltimore Ravens. The Broncos use Bruton in similar fashion to Ward in the defense, including lining him up as a weak-side linebacker in specialty packages as the Broncos do with Ward. The Broncos have also tinkered with the idea of playing cornerback Bradley Roby as a safety at times against some personnel groupings. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have named a starting offensive line, but there's still plenty of work to do in practice this week. From left to right, the Chiefs will go with Donald Stephenson, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Eric Fisher. Morse and Duvernay-Tardif will be playing in their first regular-season games on Sunday in Houston. Fisher hasn't played right tackle since he was a rookie in 2013. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: This is an important week for Oakland Raiders rookie tight end Clive Walford. He practiced Sunday for the first time since reaggravating his hamstring injury. It was just his third practice since the start of training camp. The Raiders have big plans for the third-rounder. But he had a lot of catching up to do before he's ready. It's his first full week of practice as Oakland tries to get him back up to speed. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: Undrafted rookie Josh Lambo said he was working out at the team's weight room facility when special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer notified him he made the 53-man roster, successfully making the transition from MLS goalkeeper to NFL kicker. Now he has to go out on the field and prove head coach Mike McCoy made the right decision, starting on Sunday against the Detroit Lions. "This is hopefully the beginning of a long and successful career here with the Chargers," Lambo said. -- Eric D. Williams


Dallas Cowboys: In getting ready for the New York Giants, Tony Romo will see a familiar face in their defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo. He ran the Giants' defense from 2007-08, and Romo has played six times against a Spagnuolo defense with a 4-2 record. Romo, however, has had three four-touchdown pass games in these contests with 17 touchdowns and three interceptions overall. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: It was an eventful Monday for the Giants. The morning began with a report that Jason Pierre-Paul would finally take a physical and meet with the team after keeping his distance following his July fireworks accident. Then the Giants took to the field for a short practice. Middle linebacker Jon Beason (knee) was on the field and appears to be on track to practice all week and play Sunday. Noticeably absent, however, was Victor Cruz, whose left calf injury continues to be an issue. Cruz's goal is to practice this week and play Sunday night, but as of now he has only been doing non-weight-bearing running in a pool, according to coach Tom Coughlin. The Giants are off Tuesday before starting preparation for the Cowboys on Wednesday. Will Cruz be back on the field by then? And will JPP be signed and with the team? Stay tuned. -- Ohm Youngmisuk

Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have meetings Tuesday. The big day is Wednesday when the team finally begins to practice for Monday night's season-opening game -- and Sam Bradford's debut -- in Atlanta. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: One concern entering the season for Washington remains its secondary. The Redskins have three new starters, but there are questions all over: Can Duke Ihenacho be a quality strong safety? What does Dashon Goldson have left at free safety? Can DeAngelo Hall still play at a solid level? The Redskins' pass rush won't be as strong, thanks to Junior Galette's Achilles injury. That means the secondary will be under more pressure. If the questions aren't answered affirmatively, it will be a tough season for this group. -- John Keim


Chicago Bears: Chronic health problems forced the Bears to keep six wide receivers. The most intriguing reserve wideout is 6-foot-3 undrafted rookie Cameron Meredith out of Illinois State. The health of Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson will dictate if Meredith is active on Sunday, but the native of Westchester, Illinois, is relishing the moment. "It means the world," Meredith said. "Just getting an opportunity and then making the team, I feel ecstatic." The Bears have Tuesday off before returning to practice Wednesday. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: High ankle sprains suffered in the second preseason game have kept defensive tackle Caraun Reid and guard Larry Warford out of practice, according to the Lions' website. There is still no indication whether either player will be available for the opener in San Diego. -- ESPN.com staff

Green Bay Packers: Tuesdays in the regular season usually meant one thing to Packers' fans: Aaron Rodgers' radio show on ESPN Milwaukee. But the show's four-year run ended after last season, and now the next chance to hear from the Packers quarterback will be during his weekly session with reporters on Wednesday in the locker room. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: The watch for center John Sullivan continues as the Vikings try to get the 30-year-old recovered from back spasms in time for Monday night's game in San Francisco. Sullivan, whose last practice was Aug. 18, could do some light work on Tuesday, coach Mike Zimmer said. -- Ben Goessling


Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons continued to reshape their roster by claiming center Gino Gradkowski off waivers from the Broncos and releasing starting center Joe Hawley, who had been dealing with right knee soreness following major surgery. James Stone now finds himself back in a starting role at center with Mike Person and Gradkowski competing. The Falcons have less than a week to get the line in unison for the Monday opener against the Eagles. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei took the first step Monday in returning from a stress reaction on his right foot when he worked on the sideline with head trainer Ryan Vermillion. Step 2 comes Tuesday when Vermillion will look for any soreness in the foot. If there is, Lotulelei's chances of playing in the opener are greatly reduced. Coach Ron Rivera said it's not worth risking a long-term setback. If there isn't soreness, the workload on Lotulelei will be increased. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: The most compelling matchup in Sunday's Week 1 game between the Saints and Arizona Cardinals will be between dynamic athletes Brandin Cooks and Patrick Peterson. Cooks, the Saints' second-year receiver, is poised to become New Orleans' top playmaker this year. His speed makes him dangerous on both deep balls and short throws designed to get him into the open field. Peterson, the Cardinals' four-time Pro Bowl cornerback, is reportedly poised for a peak season after getting his diabetes under control and losing weight. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: When the Buccaneers return to practice Wednesday, Gosder Cherilus will be working with the first team at right tackle. The veteran was signed after Demar Dotson suffered a knee injury that will keep him out for roughly half of the regular season. Cherilus had worked with the second team in recent weeks, while Reid Fragel ran with the first team. But Fragel has been waived, and it's time for Cherilus to step into a starting role. -- Pat Yasinskas


Arizona Cardinals: After a long weekend, the Cardinals will get back to work Tuesday in preparation of their 2015 regular-season opener against the New Orleans Saints. It'll also be the first practice for quarterback Matt Barkley and the first time coach Bruce Arians speaks since cuts were made. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams are taking a different approach to the practice schedule this week -- they'll prepare for Seattle on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. It could help them find clarity for their running back situation. Todd Gurley won't play this week, and Tre Mason's status is up in the air because of a hamstring injury. Having Thursday off can give the Rams two days to see where Mason is early in the week, while using Benny Cunningham, and then evaluate again Friday before making a decision on whether Mason will play and, if he does, what his role will be. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: By virtue of opening the season on Monday Night Football, the Niners get an extra day of work, and that is welcomed in Santa Clara. Especially since outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks must be worked back into the lineup after missing most of the previous two weeks facing misdemeanor sexual battery charges. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: The players officially have the day off, but the offensive line would be well-served to continue its preparation for Week 1. The Rams boast arguably the most talented defensive line in the league with Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers and Nick Fairley. It'll be a huge test for a Seahawks unit that is counting on two players -- center Drew Nowak and right tackle Garry Gilliam -- who have never made an NFL start. -- Sheil Kapadia