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September 2 NFL Notes: Cardinals' Jalen Thompson signs extension, Texans sign OJ Howard and more

Arizona Cardinals sign safety Jalen Thompson to contract extension

  • It’s a three-year contract extension worth just under $40 million with $24.5 million in total guarantees.
  • The Cardinals picked up Thompson in the 2019 supplemental draft when they selected him in the fifth round.
  • He’s coming off his best professional season, playing in every game and logging over 1,000 snaps (regular season plus postseason). He posted a career-high 121 tackles in addition to three interceptions and four pass breakups. He earned a 68.2 PFF grade along with a 72.9 coverage grade and a 74.1 tackling grade.
  • Thompson is the third Cardinals player in recent weeks to sign an extension, joining QB Kyler Murray and LT DJ Humphries.

Philadelphia Eagles OT Andre Dillard fractures arm in practice

  • The Eagles currently do not believe it is a season-ending injury, but the former first-round pick will undergo further testing to determine a timetable.
  • 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 season 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.

Houston Texans sign veteran TE O.J. Howard

  • Howard was released by the Buffalo Bills earlier this week when they trimmed their roster down to 53 players.
  • A Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick in 2017, Howard recorded just 14 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown last season in his first year back from a torn Achilles. He earned a career-low 49.0 PFF grade.
  • He signed with the Bills this offseason but was cut after losing the backup job to Quintin Morris and Tommy Sweeney.
  • In Houston, Howard will join Pharaoh Brown and Brevin Jordan as tight ends on the active roster.
  • In a corresponding move, the Texans released veteran receiver Chris Conley.

Chicago Bears expect Teven Jenkins to start at right guard 

  • The Bears, under then-GM Ryan Pace, traded up to select Jenkins in the second round of last year’s draft to be their future left or right tackle.
  • He missed a large portion of his rookie season after undergoing back surgery but returned to start a couple of games late in the year. Overall, he earned a subpar 47.5 overall grade.
  • With a new GM and HC, Jenkins found himself in some trade discussions over the last several weeks, but no deal came to fruition.
  • Chicago moved him inside to right guard for the final two preseason games, and he earned a 72.0 pass blocking grade and 54.9 overall.
  • GM Ryan Poles came away impressed and it sounds like he’s won that job for the start of the regular season:  “I had a good conversation with him, and I told him how proud I was of him. Again, I think it's about building the best five. I think we have a good five with him at guard.”
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