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Following the release of wide receiver Bryan Walters, Earl Thomas will likely open the season as Seattle's primary punt returner, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Impact

Thomas has never returned a punt or kick during the regular season, but he did rip off a 59-yard punt return against the Bears in Seattle's third game this preseason. He has the athleticism to succeed in the role, and he might be able to tack on a touchdown or two through special teams. However, there's also the added risk of injury, which led fellow Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor to call it a bad idea, ESPN.com reports. Of course, Chancellor doesn't have much say in the matter, and it's far more telling that the Seahawks were willing to let Thomas return punts in the preseason.

Bryan Walters was released by the Seahawks on Saturday, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

Impact

It's surprising Walters didn't make the team because the Seahawks kept seven WR, instead of the usual six. Phil Bates, who grabbed the last spot, had a good camp too, but Walters offers more on special teams as a punt returner. Without Walters, the Seahawks are expected to use Earl Thomas as punt returner. Walters likely will go to the practice squad.

Though he didn't play in the preseason, Chris Harris (torn ACL) expects to play in Week 1, the Broncos' official website reports.

Impact

Harris will be eight months removed from a partial ACL tear, and while he's established as a solid cornerback, his role is rather uncertain. The Broncos had an active offseason at the position, adding Aqib Talib and first-round draft pick Bradley Roby to a group that already includes Harris and Kayvon Webster. With Talib seemingly locked in as an every-down player, it's unclear how the remaining playing time will be divided between Harris, Webster and Roby.

Marlon Moore has been suspended for the first game of the season, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Impact

Brown wasn't listed on the 53-man roster, but that's apparently because he's suspended, which means he actually made the team. While likely fifth or sixth on the depth chart, Moore at least finds himself on a team with minimal talent at wide receiver. He caught six passes for the Dolphins in each of three seasons (2010, 2012 and 2013), and his skill set is nothing to get excited about. A former undrafted free agent, Moore is a bit undersized with solid but unspectacular speed.

James Wright beat out Cobi Hamilton for the fifth and final wide receiver spot on the Bengals' roster, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. reports.

Impact

The report notes that Wright could still be released, as the Bengals may prefer their pick of other teams' unwanted players over their in-house fifth receiver. With Marvin Jones (foot) expected to return at some point before mid-season, Wright could eventually land on the practice squad, even if he sticks on the roster for the next few weeks. His role on offense will likely be minimal to non-existent, but he could contribute on special teams.

Cobi Hamilton has been released by the Bengals, The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner Jr. reports.

Impact

Despite a strong showing in the final preseason game, Hamilton lost out to James Wright for the right to serve as Cincy's No. 5 wide receiver. Hamilton probably won't find a better chance to make a roster than the one he had with a Bengals team lacking depth at wide receiver.

Kayvon Webster was hospitalized due to an illness following Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys, the Denver Post reports.

Impact

Webster and RB Ronnie Hillman fell ill, and while Webster seems to have gotten the wost of it, both players should be fine for next Sunday's opener against the Colts. It's still a bit unclear how the Broncos' cornerback group will shape up behind Aqib Talib, as Webster, Chris Harris (knee) and first-round draft pick Bradley Roby all look like viable candidates to start

Ronnie Hillman was hospitalized due to an illness following Thursday's preseason game against the Cowboys, the Denver Post reports.

Impact

Hillman and cornerback Kayvon Webster both left the stadium to go to a Dallas-area hospital, but only Webster stayed overnight. Expected to rejoin the team soon, Hillman will likely be fine for next Sunday's opener against the Colts. Should Hillman suffer any kind of setback, some combination of C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson will fill in as Montee Ball's top backup.

Brandon Lloyd made the 49ers' final roster, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Impact

The report notes that Lloyd won't necessarily be active for games, adding that he could be released and then re-acquired later in the season. At best, he'll head into Week 1 as the No. 4 wideout on a team that doesn't figure to use many four-wide sets. That said, it's somewhat telling that the 49ers opted to keep Lloyd over special-teams ace Kassim Osgood, as the team is seemingly more concerned with its wideout depth than it was in past seasons.

Caleb Sturgis (groin) is healthy, as indicated by the release of fellow kicker Jake Rogers, FOX Sports reports.

Impact

After Sturgis returned to practice Tuesday, and then played in Thursday's preseason game, the release of Jake Rogers provides yet another sign the Dolphins' kicker will be fine for Week 1 against the Patriots. His first matchup is a tough one, but the second-year kicker has a fairly strong leg, and his team's offense should be improved from last season.

Steve Maneri has been released by the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Maneri is a candidate to resurface as a depth tight end, though his fantasy value is limited, given that he earns most of his keep as a blocker.

Jake Rogers has been released by the Dolphins, FOX Sports reports.

Impact

Signed as a preseason injury replacement, Rogers is out of a job now that Caleb Sturgis (hamstring) is healthy.

Josh Huff (shoulder) may be able to play in Week 1 against the Jaguars, lehighvalleylive.com reports.

Impact

A previous report indicated that Huff, who suffered an AC joint sprain during the preseason, could be sidelined for multiple weeks. If healthy, he could open the year as the Eagles' No. 4 wide receiver, with the top three spots going to Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and fellow rookie Jordan Matthews.

Jeremy Gallon has been released by the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the recent NFL draft, the 5-8 Gallon could still wind up on the team's practice squad if he clears waivers.

Silas Redd made the final roster as the Redskins' No. 3 running back, the Washington Post reports.

Impact

While Redd appears to be far behind Roy Helu for the top backup job, the undrafted rookie did well to beat out Chris Thompson, Evan Royster and Lache Seastrunk. Redd isn't particularly fast or powerful, but he's a solid runner with the potential to develop into a decent receiver and pass-blocker.

Roy Helu will serve as the Redskins' top backup and primary third-down back, the Washington Post reports.

Impact

It's the same role Helu held for all of last season, when he recorded 31 receptions for 251 yards, along with 62 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns. While not all that exciting as a runner, Helu is one Alfred Morris injury away from what would possibly be a role as a three-down lead back. The Redskins kept undrafted rookie Silas Redd as their third and final running back.

Bilal Powell made the final roster as the Jets' No. 3 running back, NJ.com reports.

Impact

While clearly behind both Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory in the pecking order for touches, Powell also seemed to be quite a bit ahead of both Daryl Richardson and Alex Green for the No. 3 role. Though he isn't great in any aspect of the game, Powell offers versatility that makes him a strong choice for the No. 3 role. He's probably just one injury away – to either Johnson or Ivory – from having a significant role in the offense.

Stephen Hill, who was competing with David Nelson for the No. 2 outside receiver job, has been released by the Jets, the New York Daily News reports.

Impact

Things have been trending in this direction for the last few weeks, but the 'No. 2 receiver' distinction is a bit misleading. For all intents and purposes, slot man Jeremy Kerley figures to be the Jets' real No. 2 receiver, possibly even handling a good chunk of the work in two-wide sets.

Zach Hocker has been released by the Redskins, The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Selected in the seventh round of May's draft, Hocker lost out to Kai Forbath, who served as the Redskins' kicker the past two seasons. The battle does appear to have been fairly close, which bodes well for Hocker's odds of rejoining the team in the event that Forbath struggles. There are also a few teams still looking for kickers, though most of those squads figure to target veterans.

With Zach Hocker released Saturday, Kai Forbath has won the Redskins' kicking battle, The Washington Post reports.

Impact

Forbath beat out the seventh-round draft choice, but he may be working with a short leash this season. He's never hit a field goal from longer than 50 yards, and while his team's offense has tons of potential, it's one of the more volatile units in the league. In the world of kickers, Forbath is one of the riskier options, with both a low floor and high ceiling.