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Defensive lineman Chris Baker said in July that he was confident about having
a rebound season with the Bengals after a rough 2017 season with the Buccaneers
resulted in Tampa cutting him one year into a three-year deal.

If Baker is going to bounce back Ryan
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Bengals announced on Friday that they have terminated Baker’s contract and sent
him back to free agency.

Baker got a $300,000 signing bonus and he earned a workout bonus of $150,000.
He was set to make a base salary of $1.5 million had he made the team.

Baker played in each of the Bengals’ preseason games and recorded a tackle in
each contest. Geno Atkins, Andrew Billings, 2017 fourth-round pick Ryan Glasgow
and 2018 fifth-round pick Andrew Brown remain at defensive tackle in

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chad Kelly has a tenuous hold on the No. 2
quarterback job in Denver, and not because Paxton Lynch is making a push to
regain the gig he lost to him this summer.

Kelly gets one more shot at showing he’s a worthy backup to starter Case
Keenum when he starts the Broncos‘ final preseason game Thursday night at

Although he’s won over Broncos fans with a stellar summer, Kelly still has to
convince general manager John Elway that it’s not necessary to scour the waiver
wire for a more seasoned backup QB.

With Saturday’s cut-down deadline looming John Miller
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—Is Kelly, who spent his rookie season on IR last year, ready to step in if
needed after getting precious few snaps with the starters?

—And is it finally time to give up on the underachieving Lynch?

Elway moved up to grab Lynch with the 26th overall pick in the first round of
the 2016 NFL draft. But the former Memphis QB was leapfrogged by Kelly this
summer after failing to beat out another seventh-rounder, Trevor Siemian, for
the starting job each of the last two summers.

Lynch is 1-3 in his NFL career and has regressed this summer. Last week at
Washington, he was 3-of-7 for 39 yards against the Redskins’

The Broncos solved one quarterback conundrum by signing Keenum in free
agency, but they’re facing another as the preseason winds down.

“I would say right now Chad’s our 2 and he’s earned it. Right now, Paxton’s
our 3 Paul Hornung
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game to play on Thursday night. We’ll see after that how it shakes. But as we
sit here now, Chad’s the 2 and Paxton’s the 3 and Case is the 1.”

Joseph, however, declined to speculate about the possibility of Lynch getting
cut if that order remains in place.

“Those decisions are made over the weekend,” Joseph said. “We’re going to
play this game on Thursday and have our staff and personnel meetings on Friday
and Saturday and determine what’s best for the Broncos. That’s all I can tell
you about that.”

Kelly insisted he wasn’t worried about his standing, saying he’s just excited
about starting his first game since lining up one last time for Ole Miss in

“I’m looking at it to get better. I get to go out there the first series of
the whole game and prove myself,” Kelly said. “… This is the last interview you
have before the regular season starts and they break it down to 53 men.”

Lynch said he wasn’t fretting over his football future Womens Mike
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“I’m not worried about anything past the next day, which is tomorrow, we come
out here and have our practice and then travel to Arizona and then have our
meetings there. That’s what I’m focused on. I’m focused on going out and playing
well on Thursday,” he said.

Lynch reiterated his hope of sticking with the Broncos, however.

“Absolutely, I love it here,” he said. “I’ve said that since Day 1, I wanted
to be The Guy here. I’ve gone through some things. I’ve struggled. I haven’t
played well at times. And at times I have played well and I’ve just got to find
that consistency of constantly playing well and I know I can get there.”

Lynch said he can absolutely find that consistency on the scout team.

“If you get a chance to get reps out there Ryan
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against our defense,” Lynch said. “You know those guys are going to challenge
you every day, so you can always work your craft.”

Lynch created a bit of stir last weekend when he posted a photo on social
media of a “For Sale” sign, leading to speculation he was already preparing to
leave Denver.

Turns out his girlfriend is a real estate agent.

“On my day off I was with my girlfriend and we were down in the Cherry Creek
area and that’s where she has some houses listed and I just took a picture of
it,” Lynch said. “I was proud of her. I’d never seen her name on a sign like
that, so I just took a picture of it and it kind of got blown up a little

Notes: ILB Jerrol Garcia-Williams was carted off the field after sustaining a
knee injury during 1-on-1 drills.

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