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Steelers | Le'Veon Bell unlikely to win appeal (Sat Jul 23, 02:27 PM)     [jump to this story]

Saints | No talks between Saints, Drew Brees (Sat Jul 23, 11:46 AM)     [jump to this story]

Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott denies claims (Fri Jul 22, 12:37 PM)     [jump to this story]

Texans | J.J. Watt underwent back surgery (Thu Jul 21, 09:26 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick receives offers    Mon Jul 25, 11:33 AM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has received multiple offers to choose between from the New York Jets. The Jets have offered a three-year, $24 million deal with $15 million guaranteed and at least one other offer.

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  NFL | Peyton Manning cleared by NFL    Mon Jul 25, 11:26 AM

Former Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was cleared Monday, July 25, following a seven-month investigation that found no credible evidence he used human growth hormone or violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, according to sources.

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  NFL | Greg Jennings retires    Mon Jul 25, 09:59 AM

Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Dolphins) announced his retirement Monday, July 25.

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  Bills | Stephon Gilmore will attend camp    Mon Jul 25, 09:55 AM

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore said Monday, July 25, that he plans to attend training camp. Gillmore was seeking a long-term deal in the offseason.

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  Bills | Sammy Watkins running full speed    Mon Jul 25, 09:45 AM

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) said he is sprinting at 100%, and he's doing cuts, but certain things aren't at full speed. Watkins said that he's not mentally comfortable making speed cuts to the left off of his surgically repaired foot, but he expects that to be the final hurdle in his rehab. Watkins isn't sure exactly what he'll be allowed to do after he reports to camp, but he's anticipating a limited workload.

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  Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott on tap for 375 carries?    Mon Jul 25, 09:21 AM

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott should be prepared to carry the ball around 375 times, according to SI.com's Peter King.

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  Seahawks | Michael Bennett to meet with team    Mon Jul 25, 09:08 AM

Seattle Seahawks DE Michael Bennett is expected to meet with the team early this week amid his contract dispute, according to sources.

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  Giants | Ryan Nassib unlikely to be dealt    Mon Jul 25, 08:41 AM

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib isn't likely to be traded as the window to do so has likely closed. The Giants may let him test the free-agent waters next offseason and attempt to re-sign him if he isn't offered a starting job.

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  Giants | Andre Williams on the hot seat    Mon Jul 25, 08:41 AM

New York Giants RB Andre Williams likely needs a stellar training camp to avoid being cut, in the opinion of SNY's John Fennelly.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt to retire    Mon Jul 25, 08:29 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt is expected to retire Monday, July 25, pending a meeting with team officials.

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  Lions | Detroit working out Jimmy Clausen    Mon Jul 25, 07:40 AM

The Detroit Lions will work out free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (Ravens) on Monday, July 25.

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  Seahawks | John Schneider extended by Seattle    Mon Jul 25, 02:07 AM

Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider agreed to a contract extension Sunday, July 24, on a five-year deal to make him one of the highest-paid general managers in the league. The deal is expected to approach $3.75 million per season.

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  Lions | Jay Lee stood out in OTAs    Sun Jul 24, 11:50 PM

Detroit Lions WR Jay Lee's size and physicality stood out during offseason workouts, and beat writer Kyle Meinke believes Lee's blocking ability will be a good complement for Detroit's short passing game and rushing attack.

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  Lions | Corey Fuller could be cut    Sun Jul 24, 11:36 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller's (foot) roster prospects are bleak, according to beat writer Kyle Meinke, because of his offseason foot surgery and the emergence WR T.J. Jones.

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  Raiders | Relaxed attitude helping Amari Cooper     Sun Jul 24, 11:16 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.

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  Raiders | Amari Cooper earning Derek Carr's trust    Sun Jul 24, 09:03 PM

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell to dominate carries?    Sun Jul 24, 08:54 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could reach 1,000 rushing yards this year, according to beat writer Mary Kay Cabot, and Cabot believes Crowell is going to receive a 'bulk' of the carries this season.

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  Bengals | Vincent Rey trimming down    Sun Jul 24, 08:39 PM

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vincent Rey has dropped almost 20 pounds this offseason using a food journal and sticking to 'The Caveman Diet,' consisting of meat, vegetables and fruit.

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  Patriots | Kyler Kerbyson signed by NE    Sun Jul 24, 06:29 PM

The New England Patriots have signed OL Kyler Kerbyson (Tennessee) as an undrafted free agent.

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  Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri signed by NE    Sun Jul 24, 06:23 PM

Free-agent DB Vinnie Sunseri (Saints) was signed by the New England Patriots on Sunday, July 24.

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  Eagles | Sam Bradford likely gone after 2016    Sun Jul 24, 04:05 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford is 'extremely unlikely' to be with the team after the 2016 season has drawn to a close, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.

Footballguys view: We could see Chase Daniel at some point this year if Bradford fails. Having a lame duck quarterback is not good for a team's competitiveness, so this should be considered a rebuilding year for the Eagles. The quarterback position is unlikely to provide very much fantasy value in Philadelphia this year.

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  Eagles | Carson Wentz set for heavy preseason load    Sun Jul 24, 04:01 PM

Philadelphia Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz is expected to see 'a ton' of work in the preseason, according to PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski.

Footballguys view: Wentz should get a lot of work because he will be exposed to a much faster level of play than he saw at North Dakota State. It will be the best indicator of how ready he is for NFL regular season that the Eagles will get before Week 1. If the Eagles have their way, Wentz will sit all season.

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  NFL | Darnell Dockett calls it a career    Sun Jul 24, 03:40 PM

Free-agent DL Darnell Dockett (49ers) is expected to sign a one-day contract with the Arizona Cardinals before announcing his retirement from football on Monday, July 25, according to a source. The 35-year-old three-time Pro Bowler accumulated 40.5 sacks over 10 seasons as a Cardinal - seventh in team history - and tied a Super Bowl record with three in Super Bowl XLIII.

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  Lions | Ameer Abdullah avoids preseason PUP list    Sun Jul 24, 03:18 PM

Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah (shoulder) did not appear on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list, suggesting he will be a full-go for training camp following offseason shoulder surgery.

Footballguys view: This is a good sign for Abdullah, who should have the opportunity to take the lead in the backfield and level off as a boom/bust RB2 in PPR leagues. In any scenario, he'll share with Theo Riddick and a back who is more proficient between the tackles.

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  Bengals | Tyler Eifert's rehab on schedule    Sun Jul 24, 03:17 PM

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) is reportedly progressing as planned following right ankle surgery on May 27, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: As planned could easily include missing or being limited for the first two or three games of the season. Eifert's fantasy outlook isn't that different than 3rd-4th pick Jordan Reed - when healthy - but Eifert's recovery timeline has always put being 100% on Week 1 on the edge of the range of possibilities.

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  Lions | Corey Robinson also goes to IR    Sun Jul 24, 01:50 PM

Detroit Lions OT Corey Robinson (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 24.

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  Lions | Two Lions placed on PUP list    Sun Jul 24, 01:48 PM

Detroit Lions WR Corey Fuller (foot) and TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 24.

Footballguys view: Fuller has the best deep speed in the Lions wide receiver corps, but his foot injury could endanger his roster spot with T.J. Jones coming on and Jeremy Kerley added as a slot receiver/returner. Bubba Caldwell and Andre Roberts were also added in the offseason, so Fuller needs to get back on the field soon to compete with a deep group that has a lot of experience.

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  Chargers | Casey Hayward comfortable outside    Sun Jul 24, 01:43 PM

San Diego Chargers CB Casey Hayward said he feels more comfortable on the perimeter as opposed to the slot. Hayward and CB Brandon Flowers will battle for the second starting cornerback position opposite CB Jason Verrett during training camp.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph will be ready    Sun Jul 24, 01:21 PM

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph (knee) will be ready to participate in training camp, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Joseph is expected to start opposite FS Reggie Nelson.

Footballguys view: The Raiders already have one of the best rising defensive stars in the NFL in Khalil Mack. The addition of Nelson and Bob Sanders-esque talent Joseph in the back of the defense should help them create more interceptions when Mack and company get after the quarterback.

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  Broncos | Adam Gotsis could start right away     Sun Jul 24, 12:43 PM

Denver Broncos rookie DT Adam Gotsis (knee) is expected to be good to go for the start of the regular season. It shouldn't take long for him to become part of the starting rotation either, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold.

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  Broncos | Third-down role for Devontae Booker?    Sun Jul 24, 12:34 PM

Denver Broncos rookie RB Devontae Booker could be put in a third-down role right away thanks to his pass-catching prowess.

Footballguys view: Booker is an excellent target in the second half of drafts, with upside to be a three-down starter in a run-heavy offense, and the potential to have flex value weekly if the Broncos treat Anderson more like they did in the 2015 regular season, when he topped out at 15 carries as a season high in a game.

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  Broncos | Ronnie Hillman may not make team    Sun Jul 24, 12:27 PM

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman could be in jeopardy of not making the final roster if he can't contribute more on special teams during training camp.

Footballguys view: Fourth-round pick Devontae Booker looks like the backup to CJ Anderson already, which is great news for those targeting him late in drafts. Anderson has yet to prove that he can make it through a full season as a starter, so Booker could be the back to own by the fantasy playoffs. Anderson and Booker is one of the better handcuff combinations in drafts this year.

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  Eagles | McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signs    Sun Jul 24, 12:12 PM

Philadelphia Eagles QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson re-signed to an undisclosed deal Sunday, July 24, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Several Falcons competing for return job    Sun Jul 24, 10:51 AM

Atlanta Falcons WRs Devin Fuller, Aldrick Robinson and Eric Weems and RBs Tevin Coleman and Terron Ward are all under consideration to serve as the team's primary returner on kickoffs and punts if WR Devin Hester (toe) is unable to return to form in 2016.

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  Patriots | Tom Brady can't work with teammates    Sun Jul 24, 10:23 AM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will be prohibited from engaging in any football-related activities or discussions during the course of his four-game suspension, even if he is away from the team facility, according to NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy. The ban also prohibits Brady from attending games and practices as a spectator and receiving game and practice film from club personnel.

Footballguys view: This would be more worrisome if Brady was suspended for substance abuse issues or otherwise needed to be with the team to foster unity and buy-in. He's still being drafted as a low QB1 who will produce more like an elite QB once he's back in Week 5. If rosters are big enough to accommodate another quarterback without losing too much early season waiver wire flexibility, Brady is a value pick.

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  Ravens | Dennis Pitta cleared to practice    Sun Jul 24, 10:11 AM

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) has been cleared to participate in the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Pitta is attempting an unlikely comeback from two hip fractures, but the Ravens would be happy to welcome back his services on a team with injury issues at wide receiver. If he is good enough to make the team, then Pitta could cost size/speed wide receiver to tight end convert Darren Waller a spot on the 53.

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  Lions | Taylor Decker works exclusively on left    Sun Jul 24, 01:51 AM

Detroit Lions OT Taylor Decker worked exclusively at left tackle in spring practices, pushing OT Riley Reiff to the right side. The team will get a better sense of what Decker can do when the team is in pads and he is working against DE Ziggy Ansah at full speed in training camp.

Footballguys view: Decker will start either way and probably represent an upgrade for the offensive line in the running game. The passing game will emphasis more quick hitters to players like Golden Tate and Theo Riddick, so Decker hopefully won't have to be on an island for many seven-step drop deep passing plays.

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  Lions | Is Jake Rudock future in Detroit?    Sun Jul 24, 01:50 AM

Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he might be the future backup to QB Matthew Stafford with veteran QB Dan Orlovsky only signed through 2016. If Rudock sees second-team reps in training camp and the preseason, it might signal the team would prefer to keep Rudock and cut Orlovsky.

Footballguys view: The Patriots went into the season with an undrafted rookie as their backup passer the year after Tom Brady tore his ACL, so it's not unprecedented that a team would trust an unheralded rookie to man the shop if the starter goes down.

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  Lions | Last year for Dan Orlovsky?    Sun Jul 24, 01:49 AM

Detroit Lions QB Dan Orlovsky remains the backup seeing second-team reps in the spring, but he is only signed through 2016 and does not have a future in Detroit. The team drafted QB Jake Rudock in the sixth round and he looked competent in minicamp.

Footballguys view: Orlovsky isn't the worst backup in the league, but he's not exactly inspiring confidence, either. The Lions have a quarterback-centric offense, and they would be in bad shape if Matthew Stafford goes down.

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  Jets | Todd Bowles confident in Geno Smith    Sun Jul 24, 01:48 AM

New York Jets QB Geno Smith remains in line to start with the contract impasse between the organization and free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Head coach Todd Bowles said he is confident in Smith as the starter. 'I think Geno can be a good starter, but he's got to prove it in training camp like everybody else,' Bowles said. 'It's not just about the quarterback position. You got to have a team around that position to play ball, but he's been in the system a year. He has a better grasp of it going into training camp and we'll see what he does.'

Footballguys view: Smith is actually a bold downfield passer, and he could mesh better with the Chan Gailey offense than he has with any of his previous offensive coordinators. If he starts for the Jets this year, it won't be as much of a blow for Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall as some might think.

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  Texans | DeAndre Hopkins drops contract hints    Sat Jul 23, 09:47 PM

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins said he is not looking for a 'certain range' for his next contract but wants to be paid what he is worth. General manager Rick Smith said he is hopeful Hopkins will be around for a long time.

Footballguys view: Hopkins should set the standard for wide receiver pay next year, with Odell Beckham coming up for a new contract in 2018 and likely setting the standard once again. Not that Hopkins needs motivation, but if he looks and produces like he did last year, he'll be the highest paid receiver in the league in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay waives Dominique Robertson     Sat Jul 23, 09:32 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived OT Dominique Robertson with a Non-Football Injury designation Saturday, July 23.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa Bay claims Jonathan Krause    Sat Jul 23, 09:27 PM

Free-agent WR Jonathan Krause (Eagles) was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday, July 23.

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  Chiefs | Spencer Ware active in passing game    Sat Jul 23, 08:50 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware caught lots of passes in OTAs, according to beat writer Terez A. Paylor.

Footballguys view: Ware is going to be part of an RBBC with Charcandrick West if Jamaal Charles goes down this year, and probably the more valuable part of the committee. There's a chance he could get more work in games with Charles than backups to the Hall of Fame level back have gotten in the past, but Ware will only have fantasy relevance this year if Charles misses time.

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  Giants | Optimism around Victor Cruz    Sat Jul 23, 08:42 PM

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has made good progress in his recovery, and there is optimism he can return to his pre-injury form.

Footballguys view: Cruz's upside is still capped as the likely #3 receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and second-round pick Sterling Shepard, but if he looks anything like his old self in the preseason, he could be worth a late pick in deep leagues. It's more likely that we'll play wait and see with the former fantasy stud and hope to add him on the waiver wire if he pops in early regular season games - that is, if he can stay healthy in camp and the preseason.

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  Lions | Cole Wick could start over Eric Ebron?    Sat Jul 23, 06:41 PM

Detroit Lions TE Cole Wick looked 'spectacular' in offseason practices and could be in line to push TE Eric Ebron for a starting job if he can carry over that momentum into training camp, according to Detroit Free Press reporter Carlos Monarrez.

Footballguys view: Ebron has natural athleticism but has never played up to his potential. There is no question that 2016 is a make-or-break year.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati releases Taylor Mays    Sat Jul 23, 06:33 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals released S Taylor Mays on Saturday, July 23.

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  Giants | Andre Williams drawing praise from coach    Sat Jul 23, 05:30 PM

New York Giants RB Andre Williams is poised for a bounce-back year in the opinion of head coach Ben McAdoo.

Footballguys view: We doubt that happens. Williams is a large RB but he lacks the power he should have for a player his size. The Giants RB situation is a mess, but starter Rashad Jennings could perform like a RB3 (at least) for fantasy owners.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco not placed on PUP list    Sat Jul 23, 03:56 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco (knee) was not placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to training camp next week.

Footballguys view: A good sign for Flacco here. Even though he's not on PUP, we think the Ravens take it easy on Flacco in camp and the preseason.

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  Jets | Devin Smith should start on PUP list    Sat Jul 23, 03:50 PM

New York Jets WR Devin Smith (knee) is expected to begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. If he does start on the PUP list, he will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.

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