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NFL notebook: Redskins sign RB Adrian Peterson

September 7, 2018

A slimmed-down Rob Kelly is likely to remain the Redskins’ top running back even though Adrian Peterson is joining the team to bolster its decimated backfield.

Amid four injuries in their backfield, the Redskins signed the 33-year-old four-time All-Pro running back Monday. But Kelley, the former “Fat Rob” who lost weight and added speed to his repertoire, should still be considered the front-runner to start Week 1 at the Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re not looking for a starter right now,” coach Jay Gruden. “We’ve got Rob in-house, obviously Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs has done a good job, Samaje (Perine), I don’t think is going to be (out with a lower-leg injury) very long at all. So we’ve got four backs right there.”

The team announced the deal after meeting with Peterson. Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa also visited the Redskins the past two days, with the team opting to sign Peterson and De’Veon Smith.

Peterson, 33, joins his fourth team as he enters what would be his 12th NFL season. The 2012 MVP is 12th all-time in rushing with 12,276 yards and needs 37 to pass Jim Brown.

No 1st-team snaps for Mayfield on horizon

The Browns have had a plan at quarterback all offseason, and they’re not about to change it late in the preseason.

Coach Hue Jackson sent the message loud and clear after the 17th practice of training camp, which will break Tuesday with two preseason games remaining, Thursday’s “dress rehearsal” at home against the Philadelphia Eagles and Aug. 30′s exhibition finale on the road against the Detroit Lions.

Although Tyrod Taylor has taken all of the first-team snaps throughout camp, Jackson was asked whether he will give rookie No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield any first-team repetitions in camp.

Jackson didn’t just say no. He said no five times.

“No, no, no, no, no,” Jackson replied. “Everybody’s asked me that a ton of times. Why? I’m going to tell you the reason why. We are learning a new system, and I think Tyrod needs every rep that he can get with the ones. I think Baker’s doing outstanding with the twos. If something happens and we need to put him there, we will. Right now, that hasn’t happened.”

Bills rookie QB to start

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen moved one step closer to becoming the Bills’ starter.

Coach Sean McDermott is providing the strong-armed, first-round draft pick his opportunity to win the job by naming him the starter in Buffalo’s preseason game against the Bengals on Sunday.

Allen’s chance comes after he showed continued improvement working with the second- and third-stringers in Buffalo’s first two preseason games.

He went 9 of 19 for 116 yards and a touchdown in overseeing the third-string offense in a preseason-opening 28-23 loss to Carolina two weeks ago.

On Friday, he went 9 of 13 for 60 yards and a touchdown in leading the second-string offense on scoring drives on each of his three series in a 19-17 win at Cleveland.

McDermott took what he’s called a calculated approach in gradually developing Allen during an offseason-long quarterback competition rounded out by returning backup Nathan Peterman of Pitt and offseason veteran free-agent addition AJ McCarron. McCarron’s status is uncertain after he hurt his right throwing shoulder in the first quarter against Cleveland.

Vikings settle on rookie K

The Vikings released kicker Kai Forbath, completing their plan to turn over the job to rookie Daniel Carlson.

Forbath was let go after one of his two field-goal attempts in Minnesota’s exhibition game Saturday missed by hitting the right upright. Since the Vikings drafted Carlson in the fifth round out of Auburn, Forbath’s time with the team was bound to be limited.

The 30-year-old Forbath has kicked for three NFL teams. Carlson ended his college career as the SEC’s all-time scoring leader.

Seahawks cut longtime punter

The Seahawks released punter Jon Ryan, who had been the longest-tenured member of the team.

Ryan was among the most popular Seahawks players for his skill as a punter and his personality off the field.

He played for three head coaches in Seattle, starting with Mike Holmgren in 2008, Jim Mora in 2009 and the past eight seasons under Pete Carroll.

Ryan is also responsible for one of the most important touchdowns in franchise history, throwing a TD pass on a trick play in the 2014 NFC Championship game that helped Seattle reach its second straight Super Bowl.

Ryan’s time in Seattle appeared to be up when Michael Dickson was selected in the fifth round of this year’s draft.

Extra points

Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein agreed to terms of a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. ... Bears cornerback Deiondre’ Hall was suspended for the season opener at Green Bay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. ... The Bears are uncertain whether outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and tight end Adam Shaheen will be available to start the regular season after suffering injuries in a 24-23 preseason win at Denver. ... Mike Tirico is taking over as studio host for NBC’s “Football Night In America,” replacing Dan Patrick.

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