Ginn making progress
DAVIE, Fla. - The Miami Dolphins have discovered another use for Ted Ginn Jr., the speedy rookie drafted to stretch defenses, return kicks and pose a touchdown threat every time he touches the ball.
Ted Ginn Jr.'s newest niche: possession receiver.
Miami's first-round pick had his best preseason game yet Saturday, making short catches to convert third- and fourth-down situations against Tampa Bay's first-team defense.
"They called my number, so I had to get open for my quarterback," Ted Ginn Jr. said. "And that's what I did. It felt good to get into the action."
The former Ohio State star finished with three receptions for 29 yards - modest totals, but a sign of progress.
At the start of training camp, coach Cam Cameron tried to temper expectations for the rookie receiver, saying Ted Ginn Jr. would be used primarily on special teams. Ted Ginn Jr. made only one catch in the first two exhibition games and had little impact on special teams.
PATRIOTS: Cornerback Asante Samuel returned from his holdout that cost him a month of the preseason. Samuel, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last season, took a physical, but did not practice.
STEELERS: Kevan Barlow, a former 49ers and Jets running back who signed with his hometown Steelers earlier this year, was among 10 players released.
VIKINGS: Looking for more experience behind young starter Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota acquired veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 34-year-old Holcomb is entering his 12th season and has 21 career starts, nearly twice as many as the other three quarterbacks on the Vikings' roster combined.
Coach Brad Childress announced Monday that Jackson, a second-round pick out of Alabama State a year ago, will be the opening day starter.
BEARS: Linebacker Lance Briggs was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after crashing his Lamborghini and leaving it alongside an expressway on the city's North Side, state police said Monday. Briggs was released after posting $100 bond.
RAIDERS: Coach Lane Kiffin narrowed his choice for a starting quarterback to Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper. Both will share time in Thursday's preseason finale in Seattle, with McCown starting and Culpepper his backup.
GIANTS: One-time special teams Pro Bowler David Tyree will be sidelined up to six weeks with a broken left wrist.
RAVENS: Baltimore cut quarterback Drew Olson, leaving former Ohio State star Troy Smith alone on the depth chart behind starter Steve McNair and backup Kyle Boller. "What still has to be determined is if we'll carry two or three quarterbacks on the active roster," coach Brian Billick said.
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