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NFL Weekly Transaction Tracker

Matt Pearce

By Staff Writer Matt Pearce:

Last week saw hundreds of moves as all teams had to get their rosters down to 53 players. This week features less moves–by a large margin–and most of these moves are teams reacting to what they saw from their players in week one.

Pittsburgh Steelers sign RB Jonathan Dwyer, K Shayne Graham, and C Fernando Velasco

Hit hard by injuries in week one, the Steelers have signed three players to be injury replacements.

In a surprise move on cutdown day, the Steelers released Dwyer, but due to LaRod Stephens-Howling’s torn ACL and the lack of a quality run game, he is now back in a Steelers uniform.

Drafted by the Steelers in the sixth round in 2010, Dwyer has played in 21 games over three seasons. In these games, he has 181 rushes for 623 yards and two touchdowns. Most of these stats come from last season where he got his most extensive playing time. Dwyer will compete with Isaac Redman and Felix Jones for carries before Le’Veon Bell returns from injury in a few weeks.

The signing of Graham comes as incumbent kicker Shaun Suisham injured his hamstring last week and is expected to be out for a few weeks. Graham will provide the Steelers with a veteran kicker in Suisham’s absence. Graham was with the Cleveland Browns this offseason but was cut before the season started. His last regular season action came last year where he went 31-of-38 on field goals for the Houston Texans.

Last, and probably the most important, of the moves, is the signing of Velasco. Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers center and best offensive linemen, tore his ACL and MCL in their game and is out for the season. Already one of the worse lines in the NFL, the Steelers couldn’t afford to lose a player like Pouncey.

Velasco started all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans last season at center and in a surprising move, the Titans released him before the season started. His competition for the center job is Kelvin Beachum who finished the game off for the Steelers at center. Expect Velasco to be the starting center for the Steelers for the rest of the season.

New York Giants sign RB Brandon Jacobs

This move is a surprise, yet at the same time, it isn’t. While the Giants were expected to sign a running back this week, nobody guessed it would be Jacobs.

Second-year running back David Wilson was expected to step up and have a big season for the Giants. However, in week one, Wilson carried the ball seven times for 19 yards and fumbled on two of these carries and both fumbles were lost. He still can have a breakout season but his performance week one isn’t a good way to start off.

Brandon Jacobs

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Enter Jacobs, a 31-year old who played with the Giants from 2005-2011. A physical, bruising back, Jacobs was drafted out of Southern Illinois by the Giants in the forth round of the 2005 draft. With the retirement of Tiki Barber, Jacobs became the starting running back for the 2007 season.

In 2007, Jacobs recorded the first of his two 1,000-yard seasons by gaining 1,009 yards on 202 carries and had four touchdowns. The Giants went on to upset the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. In this game, Jacobs ran the ball 13 times for 42 yards. His second 1,000-yard season came the following season as he rushed for 1,089 yards on 219 yards with 15 touchdowns. This was Jacobs’ best season in his career so far as he set career highs in rushing yards and touchdowns. The other Super Bowl that Jacobs participated in was Super Bowl XLVI, the 2011 season, where the Giants beat the Patriots again. He ran the ball nine times for 37 yards.

After winning their second Super Bowl over the Patriots, the Giants released Jacobs. Later that month, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers but only played in two games, carrying the ball five times for seven yards. Eventually the 49ers released him in December.

Now Jacobs is back with the team that started his career off. As of right now, it is unknown how much he will contribute but, he is needed. Wilson is currently in head coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse and main backup Andre Brown is out for half the season with a broken leg. The work that Jacobs gets will depend on how good he looks running the ball and if WIlson can work his way out of Coughlin’s doghouse, which is what the Giants really need.

Other Moves:

The Baltimore Ravens sign WR Tandon Doss.
The Baltimore Ravens cut LB Robert James.
The Baltimore Ravens sign RB Shaun Draughn.
The Buffalo Bills release DT Jay Ross.
The Carolina Panthers sign DT Sione Fua.
The Chicago Bears sign OT Jonathan Scott.
The Chicago Bears waive TE Kyle Adams.
The Cleveland Browns waive RB Dennis Johnson.
The Dallas Cowboys sign DT Jerome Long.
The Denver Broncos sign C Manny Ramirez to a two-year contract extension.
The Miami Dolphins sign LB Koa Misi to a four-year contract extension.
The New England Patriots sign RB Leon Washington.
The New England Patriots cut DL A.J. Francis.
The New England Patriots sign TE Matthew Mulligan.
The New England Patriots waive OL Josh Kline.
The New Orleans Saints sign DE Jay Richardson.
The New Orleans Saints cut WR Andy Tanner.
The New York Giants waive DE Adewale Ojomo.
The New York Jets release QB Brady Quinn.
The New York Jets sign QB Brady Quinn.
The New York Jets release LB Danny Lansanah.
The New York Jets sign WR Ben Obomanu.
The New York Jets cut LB Scott Solomon.
The Philadelphia Eagles cut CB Brandon Hughes.
The Philadelphia Eagles sign CB Brandon Hughes.
The San Francisco 49ers cut DT Will Tukuafu.
The San Francisco 49ers sign WR Kassim Osgood.
The Seattle Seahawks sign DT D’Anthony Smith.
The Seattle Seahawks sign TE Kellen Davis.
The Seattle Seahawks waive LB Allen Bradford.
Former St. Louis Rams S O.J. Atogwe has announced his retirement.
The St. Louis Rams waive LB Jonathan Stewart.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign FB Spencer Larsen.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut DT Chris Jones.

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