Training Camp Moves – Week 3

This post is a compilation of additions NFL teams made during the third full week of camps. The timetable for this post opens on August 7 and continues through August 14. You can read a summary of the first week of training camp moves here and the second week moves here. Because moves will be coming fast and furious throughout training camp, we’re going to use quick analysis of moves each week during this time instead of creating a massive Football Relativity comparison.

Additions

Eagles (add QB Michael Vick) – Lots of thoughts on Vick and the Eagles in this post.

Lions (add DT Shaun Smith and WR Billy McMullen) – Smith, who was cut by the Browns earlier in the week, was overpaid as a starting defensive lineman in Cleveland. But he is good enough to contribute to a rotation at defensive tackle in Detroit. At the least, he provides competition to the incumbents there. McMullen, who was cut by Seattle earlier in the week, is a big but slow receiver who fits in a West Coast scheme. While he has a little NFL pedigree, he still is unlikely to make the Lions’ final roster.

Browns (add OT Fred Weary) – Weary didn’t play in the league last year, but he has 43 career starts at right guard. He is an insurance policy against the training-camp injury that starting guard Rex Hadnot suffered. If Hadnot can’t go into the regular season, a healthy Weary would be an acceptable stopgap. Weary will have to prove he’s healthy, but he could be a nice August find for Cleveland if he is.

Titans (add LB Rocky Boiman) – Boiman, a seven-year veteran who started his career in Tennessee, returns to the Titans after spending time with the Chiefs and Colts. He’s a marginal starter inside who can make some tackles, but he is dependable. He’ll have to find a spot on special teams to have a legitimate shot of contributing to the Titans his year.

Steelers (add C Alex Stepanovich) – The Steelers signed Stepanovich after OG Darnell Stapleton got hurt in camp. Stepanovich has bounced around this offseason, and he’s probably little more than a backup center and guard at this point, but he’s a veteran who can probably fill a reserve role acceptably on short notice. That’s what Pittsburgh is looking for from him.

Packers (add LB Stryker Sulak) – Sulak was a sixth-round pick of the Raiders, but Oakland released him before training camp, and before he even signed a contract. He was drafted as a defensive end in Oakland, but the Packers want to try him as a 3-4 outside linebacker. For a team changing defenses like Green Bay, the more options you have, the better, and so Sulak is worth a training-camp look.

Buccaneers (add P Dirk Johnson) – With Josh Bidwell hurting, the Bucs needed a camp leg. Johnson’s a veteran who has bounced around recently, and he’s not a long-term solution, but he can fill in until Bidwell heals.

Subtractions

Broncos (cut RB Ryan Torain) – Torain showed potential in his rookie season in Denver, but his consistent injury problems finally tried the Broncos’ patience. Torain has a knee injury, which could keep teams from taking a look, but he could be a guy who resurfaces later in the season when some team has injuries. Torain has talent, but he’s just too dinged up at this point to be counted on as a significant factor.

Bengals (cut RB Kenny Watson) – Watson showed some promise in Cincinnati, especially in 2007, but he has been in the NFL since 2001 and been with the Bengals since 2003. He even knocked former first-round pick Chris Perry out of Cincinnati with his play. But with the emergence of Cedric Benson and the addition of Brian Leonard in the offseason, Watson’s spot was taken away. He still might find another home, because he has shown he can catch the ball out of the backfield, but 31-year-old running backs are always nearing the end.

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