NFL Notes: Dolphins Claim Justin Hunter Off Waivers

DAVIE, Fla. -- Receiver Justin Hunter has been claimed by the Miami Dolphins, who waived receiver Griff Whalen.

Hunter was a second-round draft pick in 2013 by the Tennessee Titans, and they waived him Friday. He started five games last year and had 22 receptions for 264 yards and one score.

With the roster moves Sunday by the Dolphins, they reunite Hunter with receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, who previously was an assistant coach at Tennessee. Hunter is one of six receivers on the Miami roster.

Giants: Defensive tackle claimed from Panthers
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have been awarded defensive tackle Robert Thomas on waivers from Carolina.

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The Giants announced the move on Sunday, saying they waived defensive tackle Montori Hughes to make room on the 53-man roster.

Thomas played in all four of Carolina's preseason games and had seven tackles, including two for losses. The Panthers had gotten him on waivers from Miami. He played one game for the Dolphins last year.

A four-year veteran, Hughes played in seven games for the Giants last season. He had 25 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Giants filled their practice squad with players who were in training camp. They signed quarterback Logan Thomas; receivers Geremy Davis and Darius Powe; offensive linemen Adam Gettis and Shane McDermott; defensive ends Stansly Maponga and Ishaq Williams; cornerbacks Donte Deayon and Michael Hunter; and safety Andrew Adams.

Cowboys: Sanchez signed as backup to Dak Prescott
FRISCO, Texas -- The Cowboys have signed Mark Sanchez and waived Jameill Showers in a swap of backup quarterbacks behind rookie starter Dak Prescott.

Dallas had to make room on the 53-man roster for Sanchez on Sunday after signing the six-year veteran to a one-year contract. Tony Romo remained on the active roster amid uncertainly on how long he will be out with a broken bone in his back sustained in a preseason game.

Prescott had a strong start to the preseason after Kellen Moore broke his right ankle in practice at training camp, and the Cowboys ultimately decided to give their fourth-round pick the backup job.

After holding off on adding a veteran following Moore's injury, the Cowboys knew they would have to add one once Romo got hurt.

Bengals: Jeff Driskel brought in as third-string quarterback
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals claimed rookie Jeff Driskel off waivers from San Francisco on Sunday, giving them a No. 3 quarterback.

Driskel, from Louisiana Tech, played in four preseason games for the 49ers and went 15 of 31 for 132 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He started 13 games at Louisiana Tech last season, throwing for 4,033 yards with 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The move came a day after the Bengals waived Keith Wenning, who was their third-string quarterback last season behind Andy Dalton and AJ McCarron.

Cincinnati also waived linebacker P.J. Dawson, who played in 11 games as a rookie last season.

Panthers: DE Lavar Edwards heading to Carolina
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers claimed defensive end Lavar Edwards off waivers from the Buffalo Bills and released defensive end Wes Horton on Sunday.

Edwards has had stints with Chicago, Dallas, Tennessee and Buffalo since coming into the league in 2013. He has played in 12 games with no sacks.

Horton had spent the last three seasons with the Panthers, playing in 41 games with 17 starts. He had 41 tackles and six sacks during that span.

The Panthers also named their 10-man practice squad on Sunday: running back Jalen Simmons, wide receiver Keyarris Garrett, tight end Beau Sandland, guard David Yankey, defensive end Larry Webster, defensive tackle Eric Crume, linebacker Brian Blechen, cornerback Zack Sanchez and safeties Marcus Ball and Travell Dixon.

Seahawks: Defensive tackle claimed from San Francisco
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks have claimed defensive tackle Garrison Smith off waivers.

Seattle made the move on Sunday, according to the NFL transaction report. The team did not announce a corresponding move to get Smith on to the 53-man roster.

Smith spent the preseason with San Francisco and played well for the 49ers with 15 tackles and four sacks. He was on the 49ers' practice squad but has not appeared in a regular-season game in his two years in the league.

Seattle's initial 53-man roster Saturday listed four defensive tackles.

The Seahawks also had four players clear waivers and revert to injured reserve: defensive tackle Jordan Hill, linebacker Eric Pinkins, offensive lineman Terry Poole and tight end Joe Sommers.

Bills: Fullback added off waiver wire
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills claimed fullback Dan Vitale off waivers on Sunday.

Vitale was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. He entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick this spring.

Vitale can line up as both a tight end and a fullback. As a senior, he led Northwestern in receiving with 33 catches for 355 yards and had four touchdowns.

To make room for Vitale, the Bills released reserve linebacker Jamari Lattimore.

The Bills also announced that wide receiver Dez Lewis and kicker Jordan Gay have been signed to the practice squad. Lewis made a push in the spring up the depth chart but struggled in the preseason. Gay was the team's kickoff specialist in 2014 and 2015.

Jaguars: Two defensive players claimed from waiver wire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed linebacker Arthur Brown off waivers from Baltimore and safety Marqueston Huff off waivers from Tennessee.

The Jaguars released running back Joe Banyard on Sunday to make room for Brown on the roster. Huff, suspended one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, will begin the season on the suspended list and won't count against the 53-man limit.

Brown had 17 tackles in three seasons with the Ravens. A second-round draft pick from Kansas State in 2013, Brown played in 16 games last season and had two tackles.

Huff played two seasons with the Titans, totaling 33 tackles, four passes defensed and one interception. A fourth-round selection from Wyoming, Huff played collegiately alongside Jaguars starting safety Tashaun Gipson for two seasons.

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