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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Tuesday, September 6

Pittsburgh Steelers name Mitchell Trubisky starter, Kenny Pickett backup

  • Trubisky was also named a team captain and will officially start Sunday’s season-opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Trubisky, signed to a two-year contract this offseason, impressed in three preseason games, completing 24-of-34 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns. He earned an 83.1 PFF grade.
  • Pickett being named the backup is notable as that means he’ll dress on game days. Mason Rudolph, listed as QB3, will be inactive.

Los Angeles Rams WR Van Jefferson still not practicing

  • Jefferson underwent knee surgery that was described as minor in early August, but the possibility of him missing Week 1 was always a possibility. He has now missed both days of practice this week, and his status for Thursday night is looking bleak.
  • The third-year receiver took a step forward statistically in 2021, totaling 50 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns last season compared to 19 receptions for 220 yards and one touchdown as a rookie in 2020. He earned a 61.6 receiving grade.
  • The Rams made some moves with their wide receiver room this offseason, trading away Robert Woods and signing Allen Robinson II. They still have interest in bringing back Odell Beckham Jr., who is recovering from a torn ACL.

Philadelphia Eagles place OT Andre Dillard on IR

  • Dillard will be out a minimum of four weeks after he suffered a fractured arm in practice last week.
  • Dillard has been serving as Philadelphia’s backup left tackle and has been in some trade talks over the last couple of years after Jordan Mailata’s emergence.
  • Last season was his best as a professional, earning a career-best 69.6 PFF grade along with a 71.7 pass-blocking grade and a 65.4 run-blocking grade in 340 snaps played.
  • Philadelphia declined his fifth-year option this offseason, meaning he’ll be a free agent after this season.

Indianapolis Colts sign RB Phillip Lindsay to practice squad

  • The Colts released Lindsay last week, primarily because he doesn’t contribute on special teams.
  • The former Pro Bowler rushed for 55 yards with a touchdown and caught three passes for 14 yards during the preseason, earning a 56.6 PFF grade.
  • He spent last season with the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins, totaling 294 yards in 14 games. He rushed for 1,000-plus yards in each of his first two seasons.
  • The Colts enter the season with Jonathan Taylor, Nyheim Hines and Deon Jackson as the three running backs on the active roster.

New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard expected to play in Week 1

  • Shepard suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 15 of last season, but his recovery went by smoothly. “Yep, ready to go,” he told ESPN.
  • Shepard is entering his seventh season with the Giants and is the longest-tenured player on the team. He recorded 36 catches for 366 yards with one touchdown in seven games last season, earning a career-low 64.6 PFF grade.
  • The Giants brought Shepard back this offseason after he agreed to take a pay cut. In return, the team voided the final year of his previous four-year extension, meaning he’ll be a free agent after this season.
  • Along with Shepard, the Giants receiver room includes Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, rookie Wan'Dale Robinson, David Sills and Richie James. Darius Slayton is still on the roster as well, but he’s been in some trade talks as of late and was excused from practice on Tuesday.
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