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07/24 Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to hold out on training camp
Star running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks told ex-teammate Michael Robinson that he plans to hold out until a new deal is had. Lynch is 28 years old and must have saw the new deal Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles recently recieved for holding out of training camp, that allowed him to become the second highest paid RB in the league behind Adrian Peterson. If there isn't a deal do... [Read More]
07/24 Falcons WR Roddy White gets contract extension
White and the Falcons have agreed to a three-year extension that will tie the veteran wideout to the team through the 2017 season. Reports had emerged previously that White wanted a new deal before the start of training camp, and now that has been accomplished. White caught 63 balls for 711 yards and three touchdowns last year, his lowest totals since 2006. White will look to improve on those num... [Read More]
07/24 Ravens RB Ray Rice to receive two-game suspension
ProFootballTalk reports that Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Rice was caught on tape striking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator on February 15. He originally faced a felony assault charge, but enrolled in a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid jail time. Rice will miss the first t... [Read More]
07/24 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon arrested for possession
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested Wednesday night after police found marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop, according to Newson6.com. Last October, Blackmon was served a one-year suspension without pay by the Jaguars for his substance abuse problems. He has now missed 14 games in his two NFL seasons due to drug-related suspensions, and it looks as though ... [Read More]
07/23 Jets RB Chris Johnson cleared for training camp, flew threw conditioning run
Jets running back Chris Johnson has received medical clearance following offseason knee surgery, and according to head coach Rex Ryan, he looked every part of 100 percent on Wednesday. Ryan said Johnson was "flying" through his mandatory conditioning run earlier in the day. The Jets will hold their first full-team practice Thursday. Johnson had his knee scoped in January to fix a torn meniscus he... [Read More]
07/23 Browns RB Ben Tate 'penciled in' as starter
Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich says he has Tate 'penciled in' as the starting RB in Cleveland, despite competition for the spot. Rookie Browns RB Terrance West is also vying for the top roster position. For his part, Tate doesn't believe there's much competition to be had. "There's no one that can touch me or that's close to what I do," Tate said, when asked about the possiblity of losing carries ... [Read More]
07/23 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson to return kicks
Casual NFL fans really began to know the name Cordarrelle Patterson last year by watching him return kicks. He finished second in the league in kick return yards (1,393) and brought two kicks back for scores. This year, the Vikings are pushing him to be their No. 1 wide receiver. But just because Patterson will have a much larger role in the offense doesn't mean the Vikings will abandon what has w... [Read More]
07/23 Browns QB Brian Hoyer to enter camp as starter
ESPN's Pat McManamon reports that the Browns will enter training camp with Hoyer slotted in as the team's starter. Browns head coach Mike Pettine has high praise for Hoyer's dedication to his job, pointing out that he only took five days off over the entire offseason. Pettine left the door open for Browns QB Johnny Manziel to overtake Hoyer for the starting job, but said of Hoyer, "We're confiden... [Read More]
07/23 Detroit Lions place WR Golden Tate on PUP list
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is saying newly acquired Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate will begin training camp on the active/PUP list. This is due to a shoulder injury suffered in OTAs which caused him to miss the rest of offseason minicamps. While Tate is considered day-to-day, it doesn't present much concern as he's expected to be healthy by the start of the season. He will be the Lions WR2 opposite Calv... [Read More]
07/23 UPDATE: Browns RB Terrance West put on non-football injury list, will practice Friday
Update: Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says via a source that West will be practice Friday despite today's placement on the NFI. The Browns' first full-squad practice is Saturday. This looks to be much ado about nothing. ---------------------------------------------------------- Browns rookies are scheduled to arrive at training camp today, but third-round running back Terrance Wes... [Read More]
07/23 Giants WR Odell Beckham's hamstring injury is 'concerning'
Giants GM Jerry Reese is worried about his rookie WR's continuing hamstring problems. "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and then he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," Reese said, referencing Beckham's absence at OTA's due to the injury. The Giants first-round pick participated in stretching and warmups on Wednesday, but did not take part in organized drills.... [Read More]
07/23 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles agrees to new contract
Just hours after a holdout was announced Tuesday night, the Chiefs have agreed to a new deal with Charles, ESPN's Adam Schefter says via Twitter. The 28 year-old back was scheduled to make $3.65 million during the 2014 season, a figure that is now much higher. The contract is reportedly worth $18 million through 2017. Charles is currently en route to training camp.... [Read More]
07/23 Bengals place TE Jermaine Gresham on PUP list
The Bengals have placed tight end Jermaine Gresham on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The fifth-year vet is still recovering from hernia surgery. His absence is expected after he didn't participate in OTAs or minicamp, but he should return prior to Week 1. ... [Read More]
07/23 Seahawks WR Sidney Rice to retire
Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire, a source has told Pro Football Talk. The source adds that Rice's history of concussion is the foremost reason why he will call it a career at 27. Rice was a fantasy star with Brett Favre and the Vikings in 2009. He caught 83 passes for 1,312 and eight touchdowns. But he missed 25 games over the following four seasons, and he suffered a con... [Read More]
07/23 Rams WR Tavon Austin: Playbook was like foreign language to me last season
Last season, Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin went from being the eighth overall pick in the draft, presumed to be the shot in the arm that St. Louis' offense desperately needed, to a sparsely used player who was lucky to see more than 20 snaps in some weeks. There's a good explanation for that. "I didn't really know what was going on. Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me,... [Read More]
07/23 Packers RB Eddie Lacy to be team workhorse
Packers running backs coach Sam Gash tells the Green Bay Press-Gazette he has no concerns at all about overusing Lacy. "If he gets 40 (carries a game), I'm ok with that," Gash said. "He has huge upside." Last year Lacy touched the ball an average of 21 times per game, and it sounds as though that number is set to increase this sesason. Gash also dispelled the notion that the Packers will try to pr... [Read More]
07/23 49ers TE Vernon Davis reports to training camp
49ers training camp opened its doors to all veterans on Wednesday, and as expected by some, tight end Vernon Davis was in the building. His presence was confirmed through an Instagram video by safety C.J. Spillman. A source has told Pro Football Talk that Davis still wants a new contract, but he came to the conclusion that getting what he wants wasn't worth a $30,000 fine for each day of camp mis... [Read More]
07/23 Giants WR Victor Cruz: new offense is 'pass happy'
Cruz says that Giant's offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than what we've had in the past." McAdoo is in the midst of installing an up-temp, West Coast offense, one in which Cruz says he believes he can catch 100 balls. "If I get 100, hopefully I can get around 1,500 yards," Cruz said. The last time Cruz approached those numbers was his rook... [Read More]
07/23 Colts WR Reggie Wayne cleared for camp
Wayne has passed a physical and been cleared for camp, according to Colts reporter Kevin Bowen. Wayne has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered against the Broncos last year. The 35-year old WR will rejoin a Colts passing attack that includes WR T.Y. Hilton and newly acquired WR Hakeem Nicks. Before his injury last year, Wayne caught 38 balls for 503 yards and three touchdowns in just seven ga... [Read More]
07/23 Colts RB Vick Ballard medically cleared
ESPN's Colts reporter Mike Wells says RB Vick Ballard has been medically cleared to play football and should be ready to go for training camp. This comes after Ballard tore his ACL last season and has been rehabbing ever since. He is expected to compete with RB Ahmad Bradshaw for backup duties to struggling Trent Richardson.... [Read More]
07/23 Jaguars rookie WR Marqise Lee will be ready to go for camp
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie WR Marqise Lee said ""I'm pretty much cleared." when he spoke about a lingering ankle injury he has been battling. The mild ankle sprain has kept him out of some OTA practices but he said "I should be OK" when speaking of the Jaguars starting training camp this Sunday. Lee was selected 39th overall in the 2014 draft and will battle with fellow rookie Allen Robinson for ... [Read More]
07/23 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski avoids PUP list
Gronkowski will be ready for the start of camp, and will not be placed on the PUP list, acccording to ProFootballTalk.com. Gronkowski has been recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season. Previously there had been some concern that the Patriots would hold their top TE out of early camp activities, but that will not be the case. Gronkowski said recently he expects to play all 16 games this yea... [Read More]
07/23 Falcons WR Julio Jones to see limited reps in camp
Falcons head coach Mike Smith says that Jones will be limited in early camp work, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He'll be limited in terms of his snaps," Smith said. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be." Jones is recovering from surgery after breaking a bone in his foot last October, an injury which held him out most of the ye... [Read More]
07/23 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will get fewer touches
Martin will see fewer touches under new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, the Tampa Tribune reports. Martin averaged 23 touches per game over the last two seasons under former head coach Greg Schiano, but that will not be the case going forward. However, Smith has said that Martin will remain the starter. RB Mike James, RB Bobby Rainey and rookie RB Charles Sims will battle for the number two RB spot.... [Read More]
07/23 RB Theo Riddick to be used as 'Sproles-like' in Lions offense
Lions beat writer Kyle Meinke predicts RB Theo Riddick will have chances to play a 'Sproles-like' role in the Lions offense writing "If the Riddick hype is for real -- and at this point, there's no reason to suspect otherwise -- then Riddick could fill a kind of Darren Sproles-like role in the offense." Riddick only had 13 carries last season but has seen praise from teammates and coaches during t... [Read More]
07/23 Patriots QB Tom Brady can be effective managing the game
Patriots.com writer John Rooke suggests Tom Brady doesn't have to be an offensive playmaking leader, but that to be effective he just has to manage the game writing, "It is over-simplifying things, but literally all Brady needs to do...to still be terrific...is get the ball in the hands of the playmakers at the right time. Should the offensive line regain some similar form from a few seasons ago ... [Read More]
07/23 Could this be the last season in San Diego for Chargers RB Ryan Mathews?
ESPN's San Diego reporter made the statement "Ryan Mathews could be playing his final season in San Diego" after word came out that Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a contract extension through 2016. This statement would makes sense with the Chargers also bringing in Donald Brown this offseason and signing him to a 3 year/$10.5 million dollar contract. Ryan Mathews has been benched for fumbli... [Read More]
07/23 Browns rookie RB Terrance West will have chance to start
"And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like'' were the words of Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaking about the teams running back competition. The Browns signed RB Ben Tate in the offseason from the Houston Texans, and then also drafted RB West in Round 3 and immediately signed undrafted free agent RB Isaiah Crowell. It was initially thou... [Read More]
07/22 Bengals QB Andy Dalton on team for the 'immediate future'
Bengals president Mike Brown said Tuesday that Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future." While Brown indicated that he'd like to get a long-term deal done with Dalton, he also said that the team would be willing to place a franchise tag on him in 2015. Dalton is currently in the final year of a four-year, $5.2 million contract.... [Read More]
07/22 Giants WR Odell Beckham bothered by hamstring injury
Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham took part in the team's first practice of training camp Tuesday, but he's not 100 percent. Beckham said prior to the practice that a hamstring injury he suffered during the spring is "feeling a lot better" but it may not be fully healed. Then Beckham appeared to pull up slightly while going out on a deep route during the practice.... [Read More]
07/22 49ers TE Vernon Davis not reporting to training camp Wednesday would be 'big surprise'
49ers tight end Vernon Davis skipped all offseason workouts and has openly hinted at holding out of training camp to get a new contract. Well, tomorrow is the day we find out how committed he is to his cause as 49ers veterans are scheduled to report. And ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson is expecting Davis to be with his teammates. "it wouldn't be shock if Davis reports because that 30 [thousan... [Read More]
07/22 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore to practice 'very soon'
ESPN's Bill Williamson says via Twitter that RB Lattimore is "fine" and will be back on the practice field in short order. Williamson says that the 49ers are "being careful" with Lattimore, but his tweet suggests that the second-year back is ready to play football again soon. Lattimore suffered two major knee injuries during his college career at the University of South Carolina, and has spent th... [Read More]
07/22 Giants might use 3-man rotation in backfield, including rookie RB Andre Williams
Rashad Jennings is the Giants' lead running back. That is known. David Wilson, now that he has been medically cleared, should be the change-of-pace backup. That is pretty much a lock as long as he stays healthy. But there could be room for a third consistent contributor to this running game. That is if you believe Art Stapleton, Giants reporter for the Bergen Record. He tweeted Tuesday that he "c... [Read More]
07/22 Chargers, RB Danny Woodhead agree to 2-year extension
Danny Woodhead had a career year in his first season with San Diego, and the two sides agreed to keep it going for at least a couple more seasons Tuesday. Woodhead has signed a two-year extension that will get him with the Chargers through 2016. Financial details weren't made available immediately. Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards and six touchdowns last season. He also took on 106 carries... [Read More]
07/22 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will hold out
In search of a new contract, Charles will not report to training camp on Wednesday, reports KCTV. The Kansas City CBS affiliate says that Charles "wants more money, and is willing to hold out as long as it takes." He's scheduled to make $2.65 million this year, less than other comarable running backs. Charles and the Chiefs management have had discussions about a new contract.... [Read More]
07/22 Jaguars WR Ace Sanders facing 4-game suspension, taking leave of absence
Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders told reporters Tuesday that he is taking a leave of absence from football to handle some "personal issues." He also said he is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I've decided to go seek help and get that attention," Sanders said. "I should be fine. ... I've made some mistakes that I could have handled a little differ... [Read More]
07/22 Ravens notes: QB Joe Flacco gaining comfort; hope RB Ray Rice's suspension comes soon
A couple of notes from ESPN's Ravens reporter, Jamison Hensley, today: Quarterback Joe Flacco told Hensley that he is "gaining a comfort level" with Gary Kubiak's offense, but knows that what he's done so far is peanuts compared to what lies ahead in training camp. "This is where it counts," Flacco said. Meanwhile, the team is still awaiting word on Ray Rice and his looming suspension. There ha... [Read More]
07/22 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce cleared for camp
Pierce has been cleared to participate fully in training camp, according to Ravens reporter Aaron Wilson. Pierce underwent rotator cuff surgery this offseason, but his recovery apparently will not be an issue going forward. Entering his third year with the Ravens, Pierce is stil behind RB Ray Rice on the depth chart. In 2013, Pierce carried the ball 152 times for 436 yards, averaging 2.9 yards pe... [Read More]
07/22 Charles Johnson is 'most intriguing prospect' among Browns WRs
Everyone should agree that there is a lot of room for opportunity inside the Browns' receiving corps. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are expected to open the season atop the depth chart, but injuries have been a huge part of their NFL story in recent seasons. No. 3 wideout, Nate Burleson, will turn 33 next month. Beyond tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns' passing offense is one big question ma... [Read More]
07/22 Giants WR Victor Cruz not yet totally comfortable with offense
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that his feel for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system is "not to where I want it to be." The same could be said for his top wideout. Victor Cruz told Paul Dottino of WFAN radio on Tuesday that his comfort level with the offense is currently at an eight out of 10.... [Read More]
07/22 Jets QB Geno Smith 'can be special'
David Lee, the quarterback coach of the New York Jets states, "We're not playing yet -- we're not in the stadium yet, people aren't in the stands -- but Geno is a strongly improved player at this point." The sophomore QB is coming off a less-than-stellar rookie rookie campaign where he threw for 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. With the Jets signing of Michael Vick in the offseason, Smith has a... [Read More]
07/22 UPDATE: Texans WR Andre Johnson expected to be at training camp on time
The Houston Texans will arrive at training camp on Friday, and the face of the franchise is expected to join them. After holding out of spring practices and then reportedly demanding a trade, wide receiver Andre Johnson will likely be back with the Texans this week, according to Houston Chronicle columnist Jerome Solomon. Johnson visited the team's facility on Monday. ----------------------------... [Read More]
07/22 49ers WR Stevie Johnson on roster bubble
CSN Bay Area reports that Johnson, while the current favorite to win the 49ers WR3 spot, will need to "clearly win" the position in order to make the roster, due to his scheduled $3.925 million salary this year. Also competing for the third wideout spot will be WRs Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington, and Brandon Lloyd. The winner of the roster battle will lineup alongside WRs Anquan Boldin and Michae... [Read More]
07/22 Giants QB Eli Manning 'a little nervous' in new offense
The Giants will open the 2014 season with a new offense and new coordinator, Ben McAdoo. Manning expressed his feelings about the changes recently in the New York Post. "You come in to the season a little nervous - you just don't have [the same comfort]," Manning said. "We've still got a lot of work to do and a lot to improve on to get comfortable." Manning, who had ankle surgery in April, says he... [Read More]
07/22 Bills QB E.J. Manuel: WR Sammy Watkins 'is special'
The Buffalo Bills opened training camp yesterday, and already first-rounder Sammy Watkins is impressing fans and teammates with his ability, including second-year QB E.J. Manuel. "I don't know if you saw him out there, on a slant, stop on a dime," Manuel said after the workout. "The kid is special. I have thought that way since 2010." Watkins was widely considered the top receiving prospect in the... [Read More]
07/22 More details emerge about Browns WR Josh Gordon's DWI charges
ESPN has more details about Browns receiver Josh Gordon's pending DWI charges. Apparently he blew a .09 when he was pulled over in North Carolina, which is .01 over the state's legal limit. Browns coach Mike Pettine also said he knows a hearing date has been scheduled but does not know exactly when. The league is currently waiting on a ruling from that hearing in order to determine what additional... [Read More]
07/22 Falcons WR Julio Jones expected to be limited during training camp
Falcons beat writer D.Orlando Ledbetter says of Julio "While his training-camp practice schedule will be limited, Jones plans to be in the starting lineup when the Falcons open the regular season against the New Orleans Saints". There is some concern here as Jones is still recovering from his second surgery on the same foot. Ledbetter mentions both both Jones and WR Roddy White will be well docume... [Read More]
07/22 Giants WR Mario Manningham will be limited for start of training camp
Giants Daily News columnist Ralph Vacchiano tweeted thursday that LT Will Beatty, WR Mario Manningham and OL John Jerry will be limited at the start of training camp. This news isn't all that shocking as Manningham missed all of OTAs with a knee injury that has been setting him back since 2012 when he tore his ACL. In 2013 he played only 6 games for the 49ers again having issues with the surgical... [Read More]
07/21 NFL executive says Packers backfield 'best it's ever looked'
When asked to assess this year's Packers running game compared to those of the past 10 years, one NFL executive told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's the best it's ever looked. They're good to go. As long as Eddie Lacy's healthy, I think they're as comfortable as they've ever been." Running back coach Sam Gash agreed. "I'm lucky," Gash said. "From top to bottom, the guys we have, I'm happy ... [Read More]
07/21 Browns will name starting QB before August 23
Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Monday that he doesn't know exactly when he will officially tab either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel as Cleveland's starting quarterback, but he has a firmly established deadline: before the team's third preseason game on August 23. A decision hasn't been made on how the first-team reps will be split between the two quarterbacks in training camp, but Pettine th... [Read More]
07/21 Browns WR Josh Gordon unlikely to be cut
Browns HC Mike Pettine says that the Browns do not plan to cut Gordon after his failed drug test and arrest this offseason, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "We're expecting him to report Friday and be on the field," Pettine said. Gordon faces a potential year-long suspension from the NFL for his violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He was the top fantasy WR in 2013, taking 87 rece... [Read More]
07/21 Eagles QB Nick Foles knows he may not top last year's stats; he's OK with that
Last season, Nick Foles posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio by a quarterback who ever threw at least 250 passes in a season. 27:2. Not bad for a quarterback who entered the season as a backup and started just 10 games. Foles doesn't need to worry about a competition this season; he is entrenched as the Eagles' starter. Now the pressure ratchets up for him to prove that 2013 was fluke... [Read More]
07/21 Bengals WR Marvin Jones placed on non-football injury list
The Bengals have placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on the active/non-football injury list prior to when their veterans report to training camp Wednesday. A source has told Pro Football Talk that Jones tweaked his ankle while working out with quarterback Andy Dalton following OTAs. Jones is listed with an ankle injury and joined by running back Onterio McCalebb (knee) and quarterback A.J. McCarron ... [Read More]
07/21 Bills WR Sammy Watkins: I won't try to be Superman
Bills rookie wide receiver isn't faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. And he won't try to be; he's just going to do his job. "With our offense, we've got a lot of explosive guys, so for me it's just about coming in right away and trying to make plays," Watkins said over the weekend. "Don't try and be Superman, but play my role and everything will work out."... [Read More]
07/21 Titans beat writer makes his fantasy predictions for WR Kendall Wright, RB Bishop Sankey, etc.
ESPN's John Clayton is already on record with his expectations for the Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders. Now we've got more predictions coming in just before training camps open. The latest are from The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, and he covers a handful of Titans. Wyatt has wide receiver Kendall Wright catching 88 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. Wright is the team's best fantasy player, accord... [Read More]
07/21 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson put on PUP list
Aaron Dobson is still suffering from a foot injury suffered last year which required surgery in the offseason. Depending on how much longer it takes for him to heal up, he could miss all of training camp which starts for the Patriots on July 23rd. Being 6'3 with 4.4 speed, Dobson put up a 37/519/4 line his rookie season and was expected to make a sophomore leap. ... [Read More]
07/21 Chiefs TE Travis Kelce ready to go for training camp
Beat writer Randy Covitz at the Kansas City star is reporting Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is "healthy and eager to play." This is great news as Kelce went down with a knee injury his rookie season which required microfracture surgery. After the Chiefs got rid of Tony Moeaki in the offseason, the only real competition at the tight end position is Anthony Fasano, who also suffered an injury in 2013.... [Read More]
07/21 Broncos QB Peyton Manning is in the best shape of his life
Peyton Manning's numbers last season were simply staggering. He racked up almost 5,500 yards and a 55:10 touchdown-to-interception ratio. They are made even more amazing given Manning's advanced age, and that he was just two years removed from a career-saving neck surgery. You might believe those numbers are unrepeatable from a 38-year-old quarterback, but Broncos head coach John Fox disagrees. H... [Read More]
07/21 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant wants to model his game after A.J. Green
In a little Q and A with the Steelers' official website recently, rookie wideout Martavis Bryant pointed to Bengals All-Pro A.J. Green as the player he wants to resemble on the field. "How he is a man of the game, he is a dog in the NFL," Bryant said of Green. "I try to watch his highlights and do the stuff he does." A couple other notable responses from Bryant: Career goals: "I want to accompl... [Read More]
07/21 Vikings QB Matt Cassel is likely starter
Cassel is the "heavy favorite" to start over Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater, USA Today's Tom Pelissero says. The Vikings took Bridgewater in the first round of the 2014 draft, prompting many observers to speculate that he would start for Minnesota this season. For his part, VIkings HC Mike Zimmer has said he won't name either player the starter early in camp. But for now, it seems that Minnes... [Read More]
07/21 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders to catch at least 80 balls
ESPN's John Clayton says that Sanders receptions will be "in the 80s" for the 2014 season. Sanders joined the Broncos this offseason after a career-best year with the Steelers, in which he caught 67 passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns. Clayton says Sanders will do most of his work this season from the outside position, as opposed to the slot, where he lined up in Pittsburgh. Sanders will fill ... [Read More]
07/21 Giants RB David WIlson 'cleared for everything'
Wilson declared via Twitter Monday that he has been "cleared for everything." Wilson underwent neck surgery following a Week 5 injury last year versus the Eagles. It was originally feared that Wilson's career might be over. That has not proved to be the case, however, and Wilson will now be set to join fellow RB Rashad Jennings in the Giants backfield this season.... [Read More]
07/21 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could get short-yardage work
ESPN.com's Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss says he thinks RB Ellington is "capable of being a short-yardage workhorse." This opinion follows Cardinals HC Bruce Arians assertion that he believes Ellington can be a feature back, and wants to get him 20 to 22 touches per game in the upcoming season. In 2013, his rookie season, Ellington never touched the ball more than 17 times in a single game... [Read More]
07/21 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill will 'certainly' break out in 2014
Coley Harvey, Bengals reporter for ESPN.com, says that he expects to "certainly see rookie running back Jeremy Hill break out this year." Hill was taken by the Bengals in the second round of the 2014 draft, and already has been placed ahead of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis during OTAs. He rushed for 1,401 yards in his final season at LSU, averaging 6.9 yards per carry.... [Read More]
07/21 Panthers QB Cam Newton experiencing limited mobility
The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers QB Newton is not 100% after undergoing ankle surgery this offseason. Newton worked out with the Panthers receivers last week, but was unable to give full effort due to concerns about the ankle. The fourth-year quarterback did not miss any games last season due to the injury, but complained of stiffness following the Panthers' playoff game versus the 49... [Read More]
07/21 Jaguars plan on using RB Jordan Todman as a change of pace back
According to the Florida Times Union, Head Coach Jedd Fisch stated very clearly that Jordan Todman would be involved in their offensive scheme but, as a "change of pace" style back.... [Read More]
07/20 Seahawks RB Christine Michael set to have bigger role after impressive spring
Seahawks running back Christine Michael should see more work this season. The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta admits that he doesn't know exactly how much more, but "[Michael's] play in the spring did nothing to quell the idea he will get regular carries this season," Condotta wrote Sunday. Michael was active for all of last season but played in only three games. He carried the ball 18 times for 79 t... [Read More]
07/20 Broncos TE Julius Thomas desires to stay in Denver long-term
In a pre-ESPY's interview last week, Broncos TE Julius Thomas told Larry Brown Sports that he hopes to remain with the Broncos long-term. As he enters the final year of his current contract with Denver, Thomas has made it clear that he likes his current team and the city he plays in. "Absolutely. I love Denver. It's a great city. I really love that franchise, fan base, I would look forward to bei... [Read More]
07/20 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski thinks he will play every game this season
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is probably going to spend part of training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. But once the regular season begins, Gronkowski thinks he will be active from September through December. "I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski said Friday. "... I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play f... [Read More]
07/20 Titans RB Bishop Sankey to be lead back in RBBC
Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt predicts "Sankey will be the busiest back this season in terms of carries and production, even though the Titans plan on using a running back by committee approach." After watching OTAs he notes that offensive weapon Dexter McCluster has been an "offseason star" and while Sankey was absent due to the University of Washington's late graduation, and power running back Sh... [Read More]
07/20 Seahawks WR Sidney Rice on roster bubble?
ESPN's Seattle writer Terry Blount drew up a likely 53-man roster for the Seahawks in which it left off WR Sidney Rice. The WR corps he mentions as 'locks' are Percy Harvin, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson, with Ricardo Lockette and Kevin Norwood making the two final spots. Rice has missed 25 games since 2010 and missed the remainder of last season after tearing his ACL in week 8. ... [Read More]
07/20 Jaguars HC Gus Bradley talks up RB Toby Gerhart again
It's already known that Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley wants Toby Gerhart to be his bell-cow running back. On Saturday, he presented further reasons why. "His work ethic, his knowledge of the game, his ability to fit in with our team, his competitiveness — he checks all those boxes," Bradley said of Gerhart. "The one thing we saw during the OTAs was that his speed — he's even faster t... [Read More]
07/19 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III says HC Jay Gruden's offense is similar to Mike Shanahan's
Redskins fans and Robert Griffin's fantasy owners from 2013 probably want to forget about everything Mike Shanahan following last year's fiasco. Jay Gruden is in as the new head coach. Sean McVay is in as the new offensive coordinator. But when people watch the Redskins this season, they will see something that should remind them of Shanahan: The offense. Griffin said so. "I think having two yea... [Read More]
07/19 Giants WR Odell Beckham might be a decoy often this year
One reason why the Giants spent a first-round pick on Odell Beckham is his 4.4 speed. The Giants look forward to utilizing that speed this year, and perhaps the most prominent way they will do so is by making the rookie a decoy to help out his teammates. "Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he ... [Read More]
07/19 Titans TE Delanie Walker was an offseason star
The Titans would love to see what tight end Delanie Walker did during May and June carry over to September and beyond. According to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Walker was an offseason star who looked good during practices and really worked hard on his blocking skills so he can stay on the field for more plays. Walker is also healthy after spending last offseason, his first in Tennessee, recoveri... [Read More]
07/19 Falcons WR Julio Jones underwent 'cutting-edge procedure' to lessen chances of another foot injury
Julio Jones will likely be drafted as a top-five wideout in many leagues this year. He's a stud, even though there's a pretty big red flag attached to his fantasy stock. Jones has fractured the same bone in his right foot twice in the past 33 months. The re-break came in October and required season-ending surgery. In that surgery, doctors took steps to lower the odds that Jones' foot fractures wo... [Read More]
07/19 Raiders would prefer QB Matt Schaub starts every game this season
The Raiders hope that their future is rookie quarterback Derek Carr. They also hope they don't need the future to arrive until after 2014. Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area wrote Friday that while Carr has developed so quickly that his play has forced coaches to give him more practice reps, the team would prefer to have Carr sit and learn while Matt Schaub gets 16 starts this season. "Head coach Dennis... [Read More]
07/19 Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph 'should have a big year'
Master Tesfatsion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote Friday that Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph "should have a big year" under offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Rudolph was on his way to setting some career-highs last year before a broken foot took him down for the final eight games. But Rudolph's foot is healthy, he has lost some weight in an effort to make himself quicker, and "all signs poi... [Read More]
07/19 Patriots rookie RB James White predicted to play more than 20 percent of snaps this season
If Stevan Ridley can hold on to the ball, the Patriots have a nice one-two punch in their backfield with him and Shane Vereen. However, the Pats may turn their running game it a three-punch combo. Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston posted a "Bold Predictions" column on Saturday. One of those predictions centered on fourth-round rookie running back James White. Reiss said that White will make an "early imp... [Read More]
07/19 Bills WR Mike Williams' surgically repaired hamstring is fully healed
Bills wide receiver Mike Williams missed some time during OTAs and minicamp because his surgically repaired hamstring was still an issue. No longer, Williams said Saturday. "I'm fully ready to go. I trained this whole offseason. There was really no offseason for me. I kinda had to get my leg better. I had to get back to feeling like Mike again, like my mom always tells me. "At the start of camp,... [Read More]
07/19 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews wants to do more this season
Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had the best season of his four-year career in 2013. Most importantly, he finally played in 16 games. But he is not satisfied because how of last season ended. While Mathews made it through the regular season, a sprained ankle limited him to just 18 carries for 78 yards in two postseason contests. "It was hard, not being able to finish the year out," Mathews sai... [Read More]
07/19 Saints rookie WR Brandin Cooks wowing teammates, NFL media
ESPN.com's Mike Triplett posted a story about Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks on Friday. The quick takeaway: Everybody loves him. "Everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed," tight end Ben Watson said of Cooks. Linebacker Junior Galette said Cooks' speed is "top tier" in the NFL. Former player and current NFL writer Matt Bowen said Cooks is ... [Read More]
07/19 Rams reporter guesses RB Tre Mason will see 8-10 carries per game
Rams reporter Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com has softened on his earlier expectations for rookie running back Tre Mason. In May, he wrote that he wouldn't be surprised if Mason overtook Zac Stacy for the starting job. In a chat on Friday, it was the exact opposite. Wagoner said he would be surprised if such a change occurred. "Mason has a ways to go on things that go beyond simply running the football,... [Read More]
07/19 Colts HC Chuck Pagano on RB Trent Richardson: 'Fully expect him to have a great year'
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano understands the difficult transition running back Trent Richardson had to make last year. Traded from Cleveland prior to Week 3, Richardson was installed as the Colts' lead back even though he was learning the offense on the fly. It played a role in a very disappointing season for Richardson as he averaged just three yards per carry and less than 40 yards per game. He... [Read More]
07/19 Browns RB Ben Tate will enter training camp as 'slight favorite' to start
All eyes of the NFL media will be on Johnny Manziel when the Browns open training camp next week. Fantasy owners should focus their eyes a few yards behind the rookie quarterback and to an important and fairly even running back battle. According to Vic Carucci of the Browns' official website, Ben Tate will enter camp as a "slight favorite" to begin the season as the starter ahead of third-round r... [Read More]
07/18 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski may begin training camp on PUP list
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski, still dealing with knee issues, said he's unsure if he'll be on the active/PUP list when training camp opens. Gronkowski missed the first six weeks of the 2013 season, was super-productive over the next seven, then hung it up during the final three weeks and the playoffs. When he was on the field, Gronkowski was his normal self. He averaged 5.5 receptions and 84.5 ya... [Read More]
07/18 Chiefs QB Alex Smith looking for $18 million/year extension
Speaking to Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he has one year left on his his 2012 deal and is looking for a new contract, "I'd love to have it done," Smith said in a phone interview on Thursday. "I love Kansas City, I love the coaching staff, the players. … But when you're talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right." When asked... [Read More]
07/18 UPDATE: Browns QB Brian Hoyer healed up, ready to go for camp
The following is an update to my colleague Brian Murphy's previous news item. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com had a chance to speak with Browns QB Brian Hoyer about how his knee is healing after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Hoyer said he's been cleared by team trainers and insisted he's ready to go, ""I was begging them to let me practice, they said once training camp comes there ... [Read More]
07/18 Browns WR Josh Gordon suspension appeal coming soon
Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com spoke with Gordon's agent Drew Rosenhaus in which he confirmed the suspension appeal would be coming soon. Gordon is facing a year or more suspension after he failed a another drug test, which was the third time he's run into issues with the League's substance abuse policy. He was also arrested in early July for a DWI.... [Read More]
07/18 Ravens RB Justin Forsett in line for third-down duties
New opportunities have arisen from Ray Rice's likely suspension. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun is predicting Benard Pierce will be the starter this season while backup Justin Forsett will see third-down duties. Forsett will be given a chance in part because of his familiarity with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offensive scheme from their days together with the Texans. He also foresees ro... [Read More]
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