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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterbacks Rex Grossman and T.J. Yates, leaving Sean Renfree as the backup to starter Matt Ryan.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Manziel's recovery is ''on schedule'' and the second-year QB could resume throwing a football as early as Friday. With final decisions being made on the Browns' 53-man roster, Manziel's status has Pettine apprehensive about his quarterback situation.
Graham Barfield checks in on Tom Brady, Zach Ertz, DeVante Parker and more in Friday's Dose.
David Fales made his case to be Chicago's third-string quarterback, throwing two touchdown passes, and the Bears closed out the preseason with a 24-0 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Fales completed 14 of 18 passes for 131 yards with Jay Cutler getting the night off and backup Jimmy Clausen recovering from a concussion. The defense had seven sacks and three takeaways, helping Chicago prevail on a night when both teams held out almost all their top players.
Mike Carey almost looks out of uniform dressed in a suit and tie. Carey has traded in his officiating garb for a spot on the CBS team covering the NFL. ''I try to explain what the officials are thinking, or what is the league asking the officials to do in this or that situation.
Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gets his last and probably best chance in the preseason to prepare to be the opening night starter if Tom Brady's suspension holds. Brady often sits out the entirety of the fourth exhibition game, and there's even more reason for him to hold a clipboard Thursday night. Garoppolo threw only 27 passes last year, most of it in garbage time.
Terrelle Pryor doesn't want a handout. If he's going to make the Browns' roster as a wide receiver, Pryor, the former NFL quarterback with extraordinary physical gifts, intends to earn it. Slowed by a nagging hamstring injury for the past month, Pryor may finally get to showcase his progress in switching to wide receiver on Thursday night as the Browns visit the Chicago Bears in the final exhibition for both teams.
Ryan Clark, the longtime NFL safety and current ESPN analyst, made some waves when he called Trent Richardson the worst running back of all time. He relayed a story of him discussing Richardson with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin before the 2012 draft, when Clark was worried that the division rival Cleveland Browns were going to take Richardson. Tomlin told Clark not to worry, Clark said on ESPN . "He said, 'Because he doesn't dish out punishment, deliver punishment, he just absorbs punishment,'" Clark said. "He's like, 'He won't make it in the league.'" Outrageous opinions are the name of the game on the show Clark was appearing on, so take his "worst of all time" for what it's worth. But with this particular opinion, there's an argument that can be made that Clark is right. And Richardson, who was cut by the Oakland Raiders this week, still has a chance to latch on with another team and improve on what has been a disappointing career. Weirder things have happened. To figure out the answer of which running back is worst of all time, you have to consider just high-volume running backs who actually hurt their teams through inefficiency — I'm sure there is some undrafted free agent running back who played one game before getting cut who is technically the worst, but those type of players don't damage a franchise. Grandstanding: A Yahoo Sports podcast Subscribe via iTunes or via RSS feed Richardson, who was the third overall pick to the Browns, doesn't stack up well when considering his place among running backs. His 3.31-yard average is the most damning stat. Of players with at least 500 attempts in their careers, Richardson has the ninth lowest average according to Pro-Football-Reference.com (and he also added 1 yard and a fumble on four playoff carries). Of the eight players worse than Richardson, four finished their careers before 1950. Two, Brett Favre and Warren Moon, were modern quarterbacks. That leaves Lynn Chandnois, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1950-56, and made up for his 3.26-yard average by being a fine kick returner who made two Pro Bowls, and the player who probably does win the crown of worst ever if going by just stats: Michael Haddix. Haddix, the eighth pick of the 1983 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, somehow lasted eight seasons with the Eagles and Green Bay Packers despite averaging 3.01 yards per carry and having just one season averaging better than 3.2 (that was a still awful 3.5 in 1986). He scored three rushing touchdowns in 120 games, on 543 attempts. He did not score a rushing touchdown in his final six NFL seasons despite more than 400 carries. At least Richardson scored 17 times in three seasons (really, he did). Haddix wasn't the third pick of the draft like Richardson, and he wasn't traded for another first-round pick like the Indianapolis Colts did for Richardson, but he was still a mighty bust. Buddy Ryan once called him out for being overweight, saying he looked like a "reject USFL guard," according to a Philadelphia Daily News story from 1987 . Haddix switched positions and was a fullback for plenty of his career, but he still counts on the list. Leonard Russell probably deserves some mention too, because he ranked dead last in Football Outsiders' defensive-adjusted yards above replacement (DYAR) metric among all running backs from 1991-2012. And he was last by a landslide. The 14th pick of the 1991 draft to the New England Patriots had a total DYAR of minus-416 when nobody else had more than minus-300, and a six-year average of minus-69 when nobody else topped minus-50.
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