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07/29 Colts RB Chris Rainey released
It has been announced running back Chris Rainey has been released from the Colts. Coach Chuck Pagano stated that, "It's an in-house deal," giving us no indication of why the running back was released. Rainey did not record a single run in the 2013 season and was not a contributing player on special teams. In 2013 he was released by the Steelers after allegedly slapping a woman in the face. ... [Read More]
07/29 Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential
Terrance West, a third-round draft pick out of Towson University, has been lighting it up at training camp. He's shown great receiving skills out of the backfield, outmaneuvering linebackers in the passing game. Wilbert Montgomery, the running backs coach of the Browns spoke on West, "Terrance West has some shades of Brian Westbrook. He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down ... [Read More]
07/29 Jets RB Chris Ivory favorite for goal-line back
The running back coach for the New York Jets organization, Anthony Lynn, has said, "If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line." The Jets have one of the most crowded backfields in the NFL with the likes of Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Alex Green and Daryl Richardson. Ivory is one of the largest backs on the depth chart weighing in at 222 pounds and six feet ta... [Read More]
07/29 Bills WR T.J. Graham may not make final cut
ESPN Buffalo is reporting WR T.J Graham is having a rough camp and may not make the final 53-man roster. Mike Rodak is reporting Graham "hasn't shown to be a more reliable pass-catcher, one of his bigger problems in his first two seasons in Buffalo. He had two more drops Monday on well-targeted passes." Rookie Sammy Watkins and veteran Mike Williams were brought in during the offseason causing Gr... [Read More]
07/29 Raiders RB/FB Marcel Reece has lost weight, in shape for camp
ESPN Oakland beat writer Paul Gutierrez reports "Marcel Reece's physical transformation is very noticeable" noting that Reece was up to 255 pounds in the offseason and is now down to 238 pounds in camp. Gutierrez also says he should be more involved in the pass game now that he is a lighter and fitter. Reece had 46 attempts, rushing for 218 yards and 2TD's last year and is expected to take on mor... [Read More]
07/29 Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster nursing hamstring injuries
Here's something to really pay attention to: The Texans have been in camp for three days, and wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are already hurt. Specifically, both have hamstring injuries. Johnson injured his right hamstring while diving for a pass during Monday's practice. Foster hasn't practiced since leaving Sunday's session early. Johnson said his hamstring is just "... [Read More]
07/28 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin healthy, says he feels 'immensely good'
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin said Friday that's it's been a while since he has been fully healthy. He certainly wasn't at this time last year. In July 2013, Harvin was days away from undergoing hip surgery that would cost him nearly all season. This year, Harvin is feeling "immensely good," and you get the sense that he is almost giddy about the upcoming season. "I don't know if any footb... [Read More]
07/28 Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is having a 'monster camp'
With Marvin Jones on the PUP list with a hamstring injury, Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has taken full advantage of more snaps with the first-team offense. According to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, Sanu is "catching everything" and having a "monster camp." Hobson indicates that the coaches are using Sanu everywhere on the field and often. Sanu is "going to do everything but ... [Read More]
07/28 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders motivated
On the first day of camp Emmanuel Sanders dropped a single pass. Sanders responded to the drop with, "My Grandma could have caught that pass." This moment motivated Sanders to go into the lab and closely watch the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and former Bronco receiver Eric Decker. Since the drop, Sanders has shown improvement and has caught tightly defended passes and had an amazing one-... [Read More]
07/28 Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs
Pat Kirwan met with a few Patriots players post-practice and they had a few interesting things to say. The most interesting comment was from veteran Tom Brady in which he said he wants the team to perform like the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Brady simply wants everyone to perform and deliver when it's their turn. Monday's practice exuded a quiet confidence among the players said Kirwan. He als... [Read More]
07/28 Giants WR Odell Beckham to miss at least another week due to hamstring injury
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is already irked that rookie wide receiver Odell Bekcham hasn't been able to practice since Tuesday because of a balky hamstring. In that case, no one should tell him this: Beckham won't practice for at least another week. Beckham underwent some tests on his hamstring Monday. The good news is the tests came back negative, but according to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr... [Read More]
07/28 Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar lining up at wideout
Gavin Escobar is a second year tight end that has been turning some heads at Cowboys' practice. As a 6'6" tight end, he's been lining up as a wideout. In an attempt to get the sophomore tight end more involved in the offense, the Cowboys are doing everything possible. In 2013 Escobar only had nine receptions, but totaled 134 yards and two touchdowns. Escobar is still behind veteran Jason Witten, b... [Read More]
07/28 Raiders WR Rod Streater out due to concussion
The Raiders' receiving corps is quite shorthanded right now. The most notable absence is Rod Streater, who suffered a concussion during Sunday's practice. Wideouts Greg Little and Juron Criner are being bothered by hamstring injuries as well.... [Read More]
07/28 Giants list TE Larry Donnell as starter
This Sunday night the Bills and Giants will be facing each other in a head-to-head matchup. Both teams are required to release a roster and this raises some interesting questions at the tight end position for the Giants. Larry Donnell, the second year tight end out of Grambling state, only caught three balls last year. The sophomore tight end is unproven in the NFL and came onto the team as an und... [Read More]
07/28 Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp
The New York Post, a publication that never passes up an opportunity for a cheeky headline, put it perfectly: "CJ-WR?" That was atop Brian Costello's article about Johnson's first camp practice as a Jet on Thursday. Costello wrote that the most interesting aspect of Johnson's day was how often the Jets positioned him as a wide receiver. "They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide recei... [Read More]
07/28 Redskins HC: Designed runs for QB Robert Griffin III might be 'few and far between'
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first. Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks dow... [Read More]
07/28 Bills RB Bryce Brown listed as fourth option
Earlier today the Buffalo Bills released their first official depth chart of training camp and Bryce Brown is set as the fourth string running back. This depth chart is of course not final, but it gives us a preview of what is to come. The Bills traded for the third year running back in the offseason. As an Eagle, Bryce Brown filled in for LeSean McCoy and set an Eagles rookie record with 178 rush... [Read More]
07/28 Saints QB Drew Brees expresses more praise of rookie WR Brandin Cooks
It seems like everyone is falling in love with wide receiver Brandin Cooks at Saints camp. Especially and perhaps most importantly quarterback Drew Brees, who hasn't been shy in setting the expectations high for Cooks in his first season. Brees said this about Cooks on Friday: "Here's a guy who's obviously extremely talented," Brees said. "But more so than that, very intelligent. You get this fee... [Read More]
07/28 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III feels the team is improving
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts wit... [Read More]
07/28 Bengals QB Andy Dalton is improving on his decision making
Andy Dalton, the fourth year quarterback for the Bengals has always struggled with decision making. In the 2013 season, Dalton threw 20 interceptions, a career high. During the Bengals Monday afternoon practice, he brought joy to his offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson. On a goal-line exercise, Dalton rolled out of the pocket to the right and threw the football deep out of the right corner of the e... [Read More]
07/28 LeSean McCoy, other Eagles RBs are 'dominating in the passing game'
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski had the 411 from Eagles camp on Sunday: "Eagles running backs are dominating in the passing game in camp so far. Nobody can cover them, and they're racking up an absurd number of receptions. The question then becomes, are they dominating because they're just really good, or because the Eagles' linebackers don't have the ability to stick with them? It's probably a combin... [Read More]
07/28 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: My arm is stronger than ever
Heavily used arms don't usually get stronger when they are attached to bodies for 30 years or more. If that was the case, you would see all MLB pitchers throwing harder than they did in their 20s. Some of them have, but the reason behind it is ... well, don't worry about that. The point is that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 32 years old, but his arm is not feeling his age. "My arm is... [Read More]
07/28 RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
Certainly, Adrian Peterson has no problem with carrying the rock whenever his name is called. He's done it about 300 times for seven years, even when defenses knew full well what was coming. However, with playmakers such as Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the outside and with aggressive play-caller Norv Turner designing things, Peterson thinks the 2014 Vikings will be very difficult to ... [Read More]
07/28 Patriots rookie RB James White 'becoming one of camp's top phenoms'
Zuri Berry of Boston.com wrote Monday that running back James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie." White received the most touches of any back during Sunday's 11-on-11 drills, finishing one ahead of Stevan Ridley. Berry added that White has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran." The team is giving him "an abundance o... [Read More]
07/28 Giants want QB Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes
The Giants aren't expecting a just bounce-back year from quarterback Eli Manning. They are setting a goal for him that most NFL quarterbacks, including his brother, have never achieved: They want Manning's completion percentage to hit 70. "It hasn't been done very often, so that's the ultimate goal," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday. "I think it's been done eight or nine times, mayb... [Read More]
07/28 Lions WR Golden Tate taken off PUP list
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but as expected, he didn't stay there long. The Lions activated Tate, and he took part in his first practice with his new team Monday. Tate landed on the list after landing on his shoulder awkwardly during OTAs in May.... [Read More]
07/28 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin day to day with bone bruise
Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin knocked knees with a teammate during practice Sunday and underwent an MRI. It revealed a bone bruise that isn't expected to keep him out for a long while. Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Benjamin's knee is stable but has some swelling.... [Read More]
07/28 Buccaneers rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is 'behind a lot'
It should come as no surprise that a rookie who missed every spring workout and practice is lagging behind the rest of his teammates in training camp. That's the position in which Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins finds himself. The second-rounder couldn't take part in OTAs and minicamp due to an NFL rule that prohibits rookies for joining their team until their college classes let out ... [Read More]
07/28 Bengals RB coach on Giovani Bernard: 'We'll find a way to get the ball to him'
People are so concerned with how many touches running back Giovani Bernard is going to get this season. Some say 300. Others think he will stay near last season's total of 226 because of rookie Jeremy Hill. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey doesn't feel like there needs to be a certain number in mind. He just knows the Bengals need Bernard to get the ball a lot. "I don't know if it's the workload t... [Read More]
07/28 Cardinals rookie WR John Brown can't be covered
A string of praise for Cardinals wide receiver John Brown that seemingly started as soon as he was drafted as a third-rounder in May continued Monday. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confessed that so far, Arizona's defense hasn't been able to cover the speedy Brown in camp. This comes after Brown was lauded for his performance in rookie mini-camp, and a tweet from Gil Brandt in which he sai... [Read More]
07/28 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 49ers RB Frank Gore unlikely to play in preseason
What does a team gain by exposing a veteran workhorse running back to punishing contact in exhibition games? If you're the VIkings or 49ers, it appears the answer is nothing. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday that he has "nothing to see" from Adrian Peterson in preseason games. He said Peterson may get a carry or two if he really wants them, but the team may jus... [Read More]
07/28 Falcons RB Steven Jackson looks 'rejuvenated'
Jackson appears to have some of his explosiveness back early in training camp, according to ESPN's Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. Jackson suffered from nagging injury concerns, but according to McClure, Jackson "still has a good year in him if he remains healthy. The 31-year old Jackson will compete with Falcons RB Devonta Freeman for touches in 2014, as he endeavors to improve on his 3.45 yards... [Read More]
07/28 Browns WR Charles Johnson turning heads at camp
Johnson has impressed members of the Browns organization with his size, speed, and knowledge of the team's offense, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi. Johnson was signed by the Browns last October from the Packers practice squad. The team later learned that Johnson had suffered a torn ACL. Now rehabilitated, Johnson will seek to join a Cleveland WR corps spread thin by the suspension of B... [Read More]
07/28 Jets TE Zach Sudfeld impresses at training camp
Sudfeld has been the best TE at Jets training camp thus far, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Sudfeld is seekeing to unseat Jets TE Jeff Cumberland, who reported late to camp and has not stood out among the rest of the tight ends. Sudfeld moved from the Patriots to the Jets roster after just three games last season, and ultimately recorded just five catches for 63 yards on the year.... [Read More]
07/27 Vikings ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension
The Vikings' quarterback of the future may become their quarterback of the present. If he does, one should expect a lot of connections between Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph this year and over the next five years. The Vikings signed the 24-year-old tight end on Sunday to a five-year contract extension through 2019. The extension is worth $36.5 million. Rudolph was limited to eight games last ... [Read More]
07/27 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta fully healthy after 2013 hip injury
One year ago today, Dennis Pitta's season was considered over. He fractured and dislocated his right hip during a camp practice and required surgery. The Ravens' tight end returned from surgery in time to play in the season's final four games but admitted that he was still gaining strength, trust, and flexibility in his hip. Today, Pitta is ready for the 2014 season. "I feel good," Pitta said. "... [Read More]
07/27 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
Teddy Bridgewater is making a quick ascent up the pecking order of quarterbacks in Minnesota. According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the rookie is already splitting first-team reps in practice with Matt Cassel, and there is "hugeeee optimism" for his future. "May not be Week 1 starter but he's definitely been more impressive than [coaches] expected," Glazer tweeted about Bridgewater on Sunday... [Read More]
07/27 Jets QB Geno Smith says he will be a top-5 quarterback by 2015 or 2016
Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Geno Smith? Smith was asked Saturday for his opinion about a recent ESPN survey that ranked him as the worst QB in the NFL, No. 32. He isn't worried about it and expects a much more desired ranking after this season. "The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith said. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect t... [Read More]
07/27 Texans WR Andre Johnson looking forward to moving around formation
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is trying to make up for lost time after skipping OTAs and minicamp. He has about six weeks to grasp new head coach Bill O'Brien's offense and all that it will ask of him. Johnson does have a lot to learn, and that excites him. "I think it's just gonna be fun for me, me picking up the things I need to pick up, [O'Brien] telling me that he's gonna move me around ... [Read More]
07/27 Browns 'shocked' by RB Terrance West's receiving skills
Although Browns running back Terrance West touched the ball 838 times in three season at Towson University, only 36 of those touches arrived through the air. It sounds like West has put a lot of work into shoring up that area of weakness. According to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com, West "made a pair of dazzling one-handed catches" on Saturday that drew some audible surprise from the fans in attendanc... [Read More]
07/27 Dolphins envision RB Lamar Miller as their version of LeSean McCoy
Bill Lazor, the Eagles' quarterbacks coach last season, left Philadelphia for Miami in January to become the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. He obviously couldn't bring LeSean McCoy with him, but the Dolphins think they have a player able to mimic what "Shady" has done. Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald wrote Sunday "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can be the McCoy in Lazor'... [Read More]
07/27 UPDATE: 49ers RB LaMichael James has dislocated left elbow
The 49ers backfield has not caught any breaks lately. It has been reported that LaMichael James was carted off the practice field earlier today with an apparent arm injury. The injury was later to be confirmed as a dislocated elbow. It is expected that the 49ers running back will miss at least a month. ... [Read More]
07/27 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson nursing foot injury
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a foot injury that has kept him from practicing with the team during the first few days of camp so far. However, he isn't expected to be out much longer, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "He's improving every day," Zimmer said of Patterson on Friday. Patterson injured his foot last week, but the chatty wideout offered up no comment when asked h... [Read More]
07/27 Seahawks RB Christine Michael leaves practice with shoulder injury
Michael left Seahawks practice with an injured shoulder on Sunday, according to ProFootballTalk. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll downplayed the severity of the injury, telling reporters "[Michael] just banged his shoulder a little bit," and saying he believes Michael will return to practice on Tuesday. With Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holding out over a contract dispute, Michael has been taking r... [Read More]
07/27 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in full-team practice
On Sunday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski continued to make progress in his rehab from major knee surgery. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that Gronkowski took part in an 11-on-11 practice for the first time during training camp. Breer added that the drills were run at about three-quarters speed. Gronkowski tore his right ACL and MCL in December.... [Read More]
07/27 Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter
The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Mark Ingram one more shot. The former first-round pick is entering a contract season. He has never surpassed more than 700 yards from scrimmage or five touchdowns in a season, but right now, he is on top of the team's running back depth chart. Ingram ran with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice while Pierre Thomas worked with the second... [Read More]
07/27 49ers RB LaMichael James injured
James was carted off the field during the 49ers practice Sunday, with an apparent left arm injury, according to CSNBayArea.com. James is in line with 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore and 49ers RB Carlos Hyde to serve as Frank Gore's backup and potential successor. The injury is being evaluated further, and details will be forthcoming.... [Read More]
07/27 Jason La Canfora: Bills could trade RB C.J. Spiller before season
Most training camps are only a few days old, and a couple of backup running backs are already down for the count. Teams such as the Colts and 49ers are looking to replace their losses and will probably come calling to teams with some running back depth. The Bills are one such team, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks Buffalo might listen to offers for C.J. Spiller. "Buffalo has more backs tha... [Read More]
07/27 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role
According to CBS Sports, "several Steelers people" say that Wheaton is having a "strong start to camp" and that "his role will increase greatly" in the coming year. The Steelers drafted Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he didn't see the field much in his rookie year. The depth chart at WR has thinned out in 2014, however, and Wheaton is set to see a starting role alongside Steeler... [Read More]
07/27 Falcons WR Julio Jones looks 'explosive'
Jones is showing no lingering issues with his surgically repaired foot, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Jones is moving well, accelerating and stopping with ease. While the Falcons are limiting his reps in camp, that is reportedly a cautionary measure, and not because of any setbacks in Jones' recovery. Jones missed 11 games in 2013 with a broken foot.... [Read More]
07/27 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get contract extension after season
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney spoke about QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract situation saying "we intend on addressing Ben's contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014. I think Ben understands that's our intention and the way we'd like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation." There were talks of ex... [Read More]
07/26 Rams QB Sam Bradford is shaking off the rust
As reported by ESPN's Nick Wagoner, Sam Bradford practiced on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time that Bradford has practiced on consecutive days since his injury in 2013. Bradford was reportedly extremely excited to practice, enough so that Jeff Fisher has to watch the quarterback carefully and throttle down the amount of throws he's taking. Bradford is coming of a 2013 season in which he... [Read More]
07/26 Cowboys QB Tony Romo: You'll see the best of me over next 4-5 years
Playoff failures aside, Tony Romo has been a very productive quarterback over the course of the past seven or eight seasons. But now, at the age of 34 and coming off his second back surgery in as many years, Romo says he has finally become the player he's always wanted to be. Because of that, "I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had t... [Read More]
07/26 Saints QB Drew Brees thinks he can play at 45
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is entering his 14th year in the league. Very few players are physically able to live an NFL life for that long, but Brees' body is in good shape, and he believes that he may have 40 percent of his career still ahead of him. Speaking with NFL.com's Albert Breer on Friday, Brees said there's "no doubt" he could play into his mid-40s. "I'm not getting ahead myself, lik... [Read More]
07/26 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart not concerned about his hamstring
Jonathan Stewart told reporters at Saturday's training camp, "It's definitely frustrating, but it's nothing that I'm really too concerned about considering my past and my history with my ankles." The 27 year old running back hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2011. Stewart says it's frustrating and the only thing he wants to do is contribute. The Panther's running back feels as though recove... [Read More]
07/26 300 carries 'not out of the question' for Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart
If you need any further proof that the Jaguars want running back Toby Gerhart to be the engine of their offense, ESPN's Michael DiRocco is here to give it to you. "The Jaguars also need [Gerhart] to be the workhorse back," DiRocco said Friday. "250 to 300 carries, 1,200 yards I think is not out of the question for Toby Gerhart." DiRocco also said Gerhart is a "first-down menace" who has the hand... [Read More]
07/26 Packers WR Jordy Nelson gets four-year, $39 million extension
Nelso signed an extension with the Packers that will tie him to the team through the 2018 season, and includes $14.2 million in guaranteed money. The 29-year-old Nelson has spent his entire career in Green Bay, and produced some of the highest numbers for WRs in the NFL since he joined the team in 2008. Last season, Nelson caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/26 ESPN's John Clayton predicts Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will report next week
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out of training camp because of money. ESPN's John Clayton said Friday that he expects Lynch's holdout to end rather quickly because of money. Specifically, the money he is bound to lose by staying away from the team. "My prediction is [Lynch] comes in on Tuesday, because starting Tuesday, which will be the sixth day of his holdout, he'll have alrea... [Read More]
07/26 UPDATE: Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts to miss 'several weeks' with hamstring strain
Update: The Jaguars have given a more specific timetable for Shorts. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts will be out for "several weeks" with a hamstring strain, head coach Gus Bradley announced Saturday. Shorts couldn't finish Friday's practice due to what was initially labeled as hamstring... [Read More]
07/26 49ers RB Kendall Hunter has torn ACL
The results are in from Kendall Hunter's MRI, and they show the worst-case scenario. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice and will miss the entire season. Hunter was set to compete in camp to remain the team's direct backup behind Frank Gore.... [Read More]
07/26 Panthers QB Cam Newton still not 100% healthy
ESPN's Panthers beat writer David Newton described QB Cam Newton as 'looking rusty' on the first day of training camp. He also noted a "scary moment came when Newton walked away with a slight limp after stepping into a throw that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery dropped." Newton is recovering from an offseason surgery to repair loose ligaments in his ankle. ... [Read More]
07/26 Raiders QB Matt Schaub named the starter in Oakland
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, in only the first week of training camp, confirmed that veteran QB Matt Schaub will start this season for the Raiders. When asked about who the starting quarterback would be, Allen responded "It's Matt. Matt's our quarterback" and then reiterated the statement again by saying "I'm really excited about Derek Carr, I think he's got a chance to be a top-level... [Read More]
07/25 Bills RB Fred Jackson injured
Jackson suffered a "lower leg injury" during practice Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. He was able to leave the field under his own power, but did not return to drills. Jackson, who is 33 years old, is coming off a 2013 season in which he tallied 1,277 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/25 49ers RB Kendall Hunter injured
Hunter sustained a right knee injury during practice Friday, according ESPN's Bill Williamson. Hunter was hurt when attempting to catch a swing pass, and was down for several minutes. He was able to walk off the field under his own power without limping, but reportedly looked upset. Hunter previously missed five games in 2012 with a torn Achilles tendon. ... [Read More]
07/25 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant confident he’s still on the rise
Dez Bryant said in a post-practice interview, "Truthfully, to be honest, I feel like, man, I'm still rising." The fifth year wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is entering a contract year and will be working as hard as ever to keep on improving himself. At 25 years old, he is the Cowboy's oldest wide receiver and is seen as role model to the other wideouts. In the 2013 season, Bryant totaled 1,2... [Read More]
07/25 UPDATED: Colts RB Vick Ballard has torn Achilles
Updating an article by my colleague Stephen Englert, it is now confirmed Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard has a torn Achilles and is likely done for the season. This was following reports from earlier in the day that saw Ballard being carted off the field with an ankle injury. He missed 2013 after a torn ACL which required surgery. The Colts only real depth at the position is Ahmad Bradshaw.... [Read More]
07/25 Arizona RB Andre Ellington to be a 'bellcow'
Bruce Arians stated that Andre Ellington is ready to be a 'bellcow' in the Arizona offense, according to Darren Urban, a reporter that has covered the Arizona Cardinals for 15 years. In the offseason, it has been confirmed that Ellington has added an additional 10 pounds to his frame. Ellington became the featured back of the Arizona Cardinals after the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall earlier in ... [Read More]
07/25 New England TE Rob Gronkowski not 100% yet
After the Patriot's second training camp practice on Friday, Rob Gronkowski stated, "If it was 100 percent, I'd be doing ever single little thing." The New England Patriot's tight end has only been participating in individual drills. While the team drills are taking place he has been forced to watch from the sidelines. Gronkowski states that there is no timetable for him to start taking repetition... [Read More]
07/25 Colts RB Vick Ballard injured during camp
Ballard injured his ankle running a route during the Colts practice Friday and was carted off the field. He was unable to put any weight on the injured ankle when attempting to leave the field. Ballard is part of a Colts RB corps that also includes RB Trent Richardson and RB Ahmad Bradshaw. ... [Read More]
07/25 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get long-term deal after 2014
Ben Roethlisberger and his agent, Ryan Tollner, have recently met with the Art Rooney in hopes of signing a new contract. Although there are still two years left to his $102 million dollar contract, Roethlisberger wants to be a Steeler for the rest of his career. Rooney has made no objections to the starting quarterback's wishes and supports his idea of retiring as a Steeler. The Steelers hope to ... [Read More]
07/25 Browns QB Brian Hoyer expected to be Week 1 starter
According to Bob Holtzman, an ESPN reporter, the Cleveland Browns fully expect Brian Hoyer to be the starter for Week 1. A player within the organization revealed to Holtzam, "We're all expecting Hoyer to start." This decision does not come as surprising considering earlier this week Mike Pettine, head coach of the Browns, revealed Johnny Manziel may only be a "package quarterback."... [Read More]
07/25 Colts RB Trent Richardson says he was playing injured last year
Richardson told ESPN's Mike Wells that he played much of last season with a chipped collar bone and a separated AC joint. "Toward the end of the season I felt more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," Richardson said. Richardson struggled to assimilate into the Colts offense after being traded to the team by the Browns after Week 2. In total last season, Richardson took 223 touche... [Read More]
07/25 Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to camp today
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Johnson arrived at the Texans facility and reported to camp on time Friday morning. Johnson and his agent are still in talks with the team about the $1 million roster bonus Johnson forwent by skipping out on team activities this spring, but those talks will apparently continue with Johnson present for training camp. Just a few weeks ago, reports surfaced that Johnso... [Read More]
07/25 Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has 'attention-grabbing receptions' in camp
ESPN Bengals reporter said TE Tyler Eifert had "attention-grabbing receptions" in the first day of training camp. This comes after there were some worries that Eifert wouldn't be ready to go for camp while still healing from a shoulder injury. All systems are a go for the second-year tight end with Jermaine Gresham on the PUP list due to a back injury.... [Read More]
07/24 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 'not close' to new deal with team
ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon says that the Cowboys and Dez Bryant have had several contract discussions, but are 'not close' to a new deal for the receiver as training camp approaches. Bryant, now in the final year of his rookie contract, is scheduled to make $1.78 million this season. That's very low when contrasted against salaries for comparable receivers. When asked whether he was concerned by t... [Read More]
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]
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