Josh McCown goes again for Jets with Darnold still sidelined
Josh McCown is starting his third straight game for the New York Jets against the Tennessee Titans with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold out again because of an injured foot.
Darnold returned to practice this week. But the rookie was limited, and the Jets are giving him another week to heal up.
Seattle will be without starting defensive tackle Shamar Stephen against San Francisco. Stephen was listed as questionable with a foot injury. Seattle also is without defensive end Rasheem Green.
Seahawks Preview Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
New faces: RB Rashaad Penny, OL D.J. Fluker, WR Jaron Brown, WR Brandon Marshall, TE Ed Dickson, TE Will Dissly, DT Tom Johnson, DT Shamar Stephen, LB Barkevious Mingo, LB Shaquem Griffin, DE Rasheem Green, QB Brett Hundley, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., offensive line coach Mike Solari.
Key losses: TE Jimmy Graham, WR Paul Richardson, RB Eddie Lacy, DE Michael Bennett, DE Cliff Avril, SS Kam Chancellor, CB Richard Sherman.
USC’s Marshall, Smith focus on growth after passing up NFL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After passing on the chance to enter the NFL early, cornerback Iman Marshall and linebacker Cameron Smith are determined to make the most of their senior seasons at No. 15 Southern California.
Seahawks Training Camp Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks continued to lock up their 2018 draft class by signing linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Tre Flowers to rookie contracts Thursday.
Third-round pick Rasheem Green is now Seattle's lone unsigned draft pick. Griffin and Flowers were both selected in the fifth round.
USC DL Rasheem Green is 4th Trojan to declare for NFL draft
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California defensive lineman Rasheem Green will skip his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Green announced his decision Saturday night.
Green led the Trojans in sacks in each of the past two seasons, and he earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last month. The 6-foot-4 Los Angeles-area player had 117 tackles and 16 1/2 sacks in his three USC seasons.
Dear Mr. Football: How fortunate was Arizona to tap into SoCal’s Serra High School football recruiting vein?
Over the last decade, Serra High, located in Gardena 11 miles from USC’s campus, has become the most fertile college football recruiting site in California. It ranks with the top high schools in Florida and Texas.
The Trojans have eight Serra grads on this year’s team, including NFL prospects such as defensive linemen John Houston and Rasheem Green, receivers Jalen Greene and Deontay Burnett and future stars like linebacker Wole Betike.
OLB Nwosu returns to practice for No. 5 USC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The absences for No. 5 Southern California were offset by one big return Wednesday.
Outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu was back at practice, and coach Clay Helton was optimistic about the senior's chances of playing against unbeaten California on Saturday. Nwosu could provide a big lift for the Trojans, especially considering outside linebacker Porter Gustin (toe/biceps), defensive end Rasheem Green (ankle) and slot cornerback Ajene Harris (knee) were held out again.
USC ready to face area prep star Khalil Tate
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California didn't have to go far to find a scouting report on Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, the freshman who could make his first career start Saturday.
Freshman defensive end Oluwole Betiku played with Tate in high school. As one of nine current Trojans who attended Serra in Gardena, the prep powerhouse that produced cornerback Adoree Jackson and other recent USC stars, Betiku wanted to prepare the defense for the mix of size and speed Tate had as a runner.
USC has not published a depth chart since December but if the Trojans played a game today, it might be hard for some fans to recognize the team based on some of the players getting snaps with the first team.
This can be a mixed blessing. It might mean someone is doing better than expected. Or it might mean more-publicized players are not producing.
Either way, here's a look at some positions that might surprise observers when the first depth chart comes out later this month.