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  Cowboys | Not close to extension with Dez Bryant    Thu Jul 24, 11:32 PM

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's agent has talked with the team several times about a possible extension for Bryant, but the two sides are not close to a deal at this point.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon attends rehab facility    Thu Jul 24, 10:57 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon spent two weeks in a rehab facility in California after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding earlier this month, according to a source.

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  Ravens | Torrey Smith not worried about contract    Thu Jul 24, 10:28 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith said he is not worried about his contract even though he is entering the final year of his contract. 'I don't think about the contract at all,' Smith said. 'Every year is important. You want to win. That stuff all kind of takes care of itself.'

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  Jets | Two work at kick returners    Thu Jul 24, 09:43 PM

New York Jets WRs Jalen Saunders and Jacoby Ford worked as kick returners during practice Thursday, July 24. It is too early to tell if either player has an advantage for the job.

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  Seahawks | David Gilreath signed    Thu Jul 24, 09:27 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent WR David Gilreath (Raiders) to a one-year deal, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Packers | Jordy Nelson looking for big bucks    Thu Jul 24, 08:14 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson reportedly is seeking $10 million per year in a potential contract extension. He is entering the final year of his current deal and took notice to the four-year, $30 million extension Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White received. Nelson signed a three-year, $12.6 million extension in 2011.

Footballguys view: Nelson is currently underpaid, and at his production level a raise to $10 million annually is not outlandish. We'll see if the Packers can work something out before the start of the regular season.

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  Bengals | Leon Hall, three others activated from PUP    Thu Jul 24, 07:11 PM

Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles'), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring) and OG Clint Boling (knee) all passed their physicals and were activated from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list Thursday, July 24.

Footballguys view: Having Hall available will be a huge boost for the defense. The team will bring Hall along slowly as he comes back from this Achilles' injury. The plan is to have him ready by the start of the regular season.

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  Saints | Joe Morgan ready to practice    Thu Jul 24, 06:57 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan (knee) is good to go for practice, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Saints and Morgan here. He has talent and can be a valuable deep threat for the team when healthy. The problem for Morgan is staying healthy. He suffered a partially torn ACL as well as a torn meniscus in August a year ago and missed the entire season. The team decided not to tender Morgan in March, but he later signed a one-year deal for $495,000 to return to the Saints. He's buried on the depth chart at this time, but he could rise quickly if he finally plays up to his potential.

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  NFL | Nine players go unclaimed    Thu Jul 24, 06:20 PM

WR Kelsey Pope (Cardinals), CB Royce Adams (Browns), OG Jarrod Pughsley (Cowboys), LB Shaun Lewis (Packers), RB Beau Blankenship (Jaguars), DE Spencer Nealy (Vikings), WR Tyler McDonald (Patriots), DB Lowell Rose (Jets) and LB Jonas Mouton (Chargers) all cleared waivers Thursday, July 24, and are free to sign with any team.

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  Seahawks | Morrell Presley signed    Thu Jul 24, 06:13 PM

The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent WR Morrell Presley to an undisclosed contract Thursday, July 24.

  Bengals | Sign Jeremy Johnson    Thu Jul 24, 06:12 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals signed free-agent WR Jeremy Johnson (Patriots). Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

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  Bengals | Claim Conner Vernon    Thu Jul 24, 05:50 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals claimed free-agent WR Conner Vernon (Browns) off waivers. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Vernon is just a camp body with little chance of even landing on the practice squad. He's a decent route-runner, but Vernon is not overly fast, big or physical.

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  Giants | Coach getting frustrated with Odell Beckham Jr. injury    Thu Jul 24, 03:43 PM

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is getting frustrated with WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) not being on the practice field due to a hamstring injury. "We need to get the guy back out here and get him back on the field," Coughlin said.

Footballguys view: The rookie does not want to draw the ire of Grandpa Coughlin. Beckham will work hard to get back on the field, but hamstring injuries are tricky. There's only so much the team can do. It sometimes takes a long time to get back from hamstring injuries.

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  Giants | No reps for Odell Beckham Jr.    Thu Jul 24, 03:32 PM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not take any reps in practice Thursday July 24, as he continues to rehab from a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: The team has to watch this situation closely. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not treated properly. Beckham is a fantastic talent, and he could start on the outside opposite Victor Cruz this year.

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  49ers | Bruce Ellington rolls ankle    Thu Jul 24, 02:57 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington (ankle) rolled his ankle in football training, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh said he should be back soon.

Footballguys view: Ellington is a talented rookie trying to catch on as a reserve receiver with the team. The 49ers have a stacked depth chart at wide receiver. At this time, Ellington is about fifth on the depth chart.

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  Jaguars | No plans to cut Justin Blackmon    Thu Jul 24, 02:03 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon will not be cut by the team after his most recent arrest, according to owner Shad Khan. 'We want him to get help he needs,' Khan said.

Footballguys view: Blackmon still needs help. Football isn't even important right now. He needs to get his life back on track, get clean and then perhaps worry about playing football again.

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  Jets | Quincy Enunwa does not practice    Thu Jul 24, 01:36 PM

New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (hip) did not participate in practice Thursday, July 24.

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  Browns | Waive Kenny Shaw    Thu Jul 24, 01:03 PM

The Cleveland Browns waived WR Kenny Shaw Thursday, July 24.

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  Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrest details    Thu Jul 24, 11:19 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was pulled over at 6:22 p.m. local time Wednesday, July 23, leading up to his arrest for possession of marijuana. Police said Blackmon 'openly admitted to smoking a blunt while driving.'

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  Jaguars | Justin Blackmon arrested    Thu Jul 24, 10:45 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday, July 23, in Oklahoma.

Footballguys view: The latest news about Blackmon (or lack thereof) was ominous because it indicated that he was out of touch from him teammates and otherwise his condition was unknown. His problems in the past were alcohol-based, but this is still a terrible sign. Blackmon isn't worth a redraft pick due to the very tiny chance he gets reinstated this year, and soon he might not even be worth a dynasty roster spot.

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  Broncos | Demaryius Thomas to miss four days    Thu Jul 24, 10:09 AM

Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will miss the first four days of training camp to attend the funeral services of his grandmother that helped raise him as a child. Our condolences to family and friends.

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  Falcons | More on Roddy White    Thu Jul 24, 09:44 AM

Updating earlier reports, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White's extension guarantees him $10 million.

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  Falcons | Roddy White terms    Thu Jul 24, 09:10 AM

Updating an earlier report, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White can earn up to $30 million in his four-year extension with $18 million coming in the first two seasons, according to a source.

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  Falcons | Roddy White signs extension    Thu Jul 24, 08:24 AM

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White signed a four-year extension with the team that will keep him under team control for the next five years, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This should be a sign to you that White has plenty left in the gas tank. He is falling to the fourth round drafts, which means that you can get your WR1 much later than usual this year if White is there. He was a beast once he was healthy last year, and getting Julio Jones back on the other side should only help White face more single coverage.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon to appeal Aug. 1    Thu Jul 24, 08:20 AM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will have his appeal hearing for his one-year suspension Aug. 1.

Footballguys view: Somehow it is still theoretically possible that Gordon is not suspended for the entire season, but his latest arrest makes it seem very unlikely. The probable best case scenario here is that Gordon gets back on the field in 2015.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson to remain on kickoffs    Wed Jul 23, 11:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will remain on kickoff returns despite an expanded role in the offense this season. 'We want our best players to get their hands on the ball as much as possible. We're not going to keep him from returning kicks because he is such a dangerous weapon there,' head coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday, July 23. 'He's been a very hard worker, he has improved his route running since we've been here and things are going to change for these guys in training camp when we are able to start playing bump-and-run.'

Footballguys view: Patterson is a big-play weapon when the ball is in his hands. He could have a breakout season as a receiver if the Vikings QBs don't let him down.

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  Browns | Three waived    Wed Jul 23, 06:16 PM

The Cleveland Browns placed CB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon on the no recall waivers list Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Vernon was at the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl earlier this year, but he was not that impressive. It's not a good sign with the WR-needy Browns decide to let him go.

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  Buccaneers | Three to compete for No. 3 wide receiver job    Wed Jul 23, 05:52 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron, WR Louis Murphy and WR Chris Owusu will all compete for the No. 3 WR job, according to general manager Jason Licht.

Footballguys view: Murphy has the experience edge here, but we can't wait to see rookie Robert Herron. The speedy prospect from Wyoming has multiple moves to get free at the line of scrimmage. Once into his route, Herron can make cuts at speed without losing momentum. He's a dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands.

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  Ravens | Steve Smith impressing    Wed Jul 23, 05:40 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Steve Smith's hands have impressed Ravens QB Joe Flacco. 'Just his natural ability to catch the ball with his hands,' Flacco said. 'He catches everything with his hands, and he does a great job doing it.'

Footballguys view: Smith is not the same player he used to be, but that same chip on his shoulder is still there. We'll see what he can do with his new team as Smith is likely to start on the outside opposite Torrey Smith. His current ADP is WR55 (12.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Lions | Golden Tate placed on PUP list    Wed Jul 23, 05:25 PM

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, according to a league source.

Footballguys view: Tate landed on his shoulder wrong earlier this offseason. He should be ready to go soon, but consider him day-to-day at this point. Tate could be a nice fantasy player this year as the team's WR2 opposite Calvin Johnson.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson cleared     Wed Jul 23, 04:57 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring) passed his physical and has been cleared to practice Thursday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Johnson still has talent, but he's been banged up quite a bit during his pro career. Nothing is guaranteed for Johnson even though the 49ers traded for him earlier this year. He'll have to beat out guys like Brandon Lloyd for a roster spot. Johnson should be the team's WR3 behind Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

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  Patriots | Tyler McDonald gets the axe    Wed Jul 23, 04:39 PM

The New England Patriots released WR Tyler McDonald Wednesday, July 23.

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  Patriots | Greg Orton returning    Wed Jul 23, 04:34 PM

The New England Patriots re-signed free-agent WR Greg Orton to an undisclosed contract Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Orton has experience with the Patriots from last year. Orton is a good camp body, but he's unlikely to make the final roster. An undrafted free agent in 2009, Orton has no practice squad eligibility left.

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  Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. dealing with hamstring injury    Wed Jul 23, 04:22 PM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) tweaked a hamstring in practice Tuesday, July 23, according to general manager Jerry Reese.

Footballguys view: The team will wisely be cautious with the talented rookie here. Beckham is clutch, and he will haul in the big catch when the team needs it the most. He's fearless when running routes over the middle, and Beckham has the speed to be dangerous after the catch. Beckham should eventually win the starting job opposite Victor Cruz.

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  Cardinals | Release Kelsey Pope    Wed Jul 23, 04:08 PM

The Arizona Cardinals released WR Kelsey Pope Wednesday, July 23.

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  Redskins | Leonard Hankerson to start training camp on PUP list     Wed Jul 23, 04:04 PM

Washington Redskins WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 23.

Footballguys view: Back in Week 11, Hankerson tore his ACL and LCL. His availability for the start of the regular season is unknown at this time. Hankerson is squarely on the roster bubble after Washington added guys like DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason.

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  Seahawks | Sidney Rice retires    Wed Jul 23, 03:52 PM

Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has decided to retire, according to a league source. Rice has decided to retire due to a history of concussions.

Footballguys view: Rice has reportedly decide to retire because of a history with concussions. He was also trying to work his way back from a torn ACL suffered last year too. At only 27 years old, Rice has missed a total of 31 games in seven years in the NFL. His best season was 2009, when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns for the Vikings.

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  Bears | Matt Slauson medically cleared    Wed Jul 23, 03:24 PM

Chicago Bears OG Matt Slauson (shoulder) has been medically cleared to start training camp, according to general manager Phil Emery.

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  Giants | Odell Beckham on sidelines     Wed Jul 23, 02:13 PM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is not running routes with the rest of the wide receivers during the early portion of practice July 23.

Footballguys view: This is not the way the rookie wanted to start training camp. However, we'd rather the team be cautious with his hamstring injury. Beckham has star potential, and he will compete with Rueben Randle to be the WR2 for the Giants opposite Victor Cruz.

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  Colts | Reggie Wayne cleared for practice    Wed Jul 23, 11:09 AM

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (knee) said he has been medically cleared to practice.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Colts here. Wayne will be limited during training camp as the team gets him ready for the start of the regular season. His current ADP is WR33 (7.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Rams | Four cut    Wed Jul 23, 02:46 AM

The St. Louis Rams waived four players Tuesday, July 22, as they cut loose OL Abasi Salimu, WR Diontae Spencer, LB Caleb McSurdy, and LB Tavarius Wilson.

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  Rams | Tavon Austin discusses learning the game    Tue Jul 22, 11:48 PM

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin admitted that he was lost as a rookie in 2013, struggling to pick up the playbook. The No. 8 overall pick said it was like a foreign language to him but added that now he has a much better grasp of the system. 'I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything,' Austin said. 'I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me.'

Footballguys view: Austin is a talented player, but he failed to play up to his potential in 2013 as a rookie. We'll see if he can have a better season now that the game has slowed down for him. It will depend on his development, but it will also depend on whether or not OC Brian Schottenheimer is creative enough to use a talent like Austin correctly.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd not locks to make roster    Tue Jul 22, 11:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR job, according to Matt Maiocco of, but he added that neither Johnson nor WR Brandon Lloyd is a lock to make the roster. Maiocco believes that Johnson's salary and the fact that Lloyd doesn't contribute on special teams would make them expendable if a younger receiver proves capable of filling the No. 3 WR role.

Footballguys view: We imagine that Johnson will make the final roster. However, Lloyd may have to go back to making direct-to-dvd zombie movies.

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  Bills | Thaddeus Lewis not on same page with Tori Gurley    Tue Jul 22, 10:52 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Tori Gurley had miscommunications on three occasions Tuesday, July 22, resulting in two incomplete passes and an interception. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes that if Lewis doesn't show better command of the offense that QB Jeff Tuel will land the backup QB job.

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  Giants | Hamstring still impacting Odell Backham Jr.?    Tue Jul 22, 09:48 PM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), pulled up on the ball while running a deep route Tuesday, July 22, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

Footballguys view: The Giants will be cautious here. Beckham is going to be a big part of the offense this year if he's healthy. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not treated properly.

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  NFL | Police and courts: Titus Young legal update    Tue Jul 22, 09:47 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent WR Titus Young (Lions) was charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury from an alleged July 8 incident inside a Los Angeles-area hospital. The charges stemmed from Young reportedly punching his then-attorney Brian Hurwitz, 34, several times in the face, rendering him unconscious. The police report obtained by the Free Press stated Hurwitz complained of jaw and forehead pain, as well as suffering what he believed to have been a broken nose. According to the report, Young reacted to Hurwitz informing him that he wouldn't be released from the medical facility. The former NFL wide receiver had to be subdued with tranquilizers administered by hospital employees. In total, Young now faces 16 criminal charges in two Southern California counties.

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  Jaguars | Ace Sanders update    Tue Jul 22, 07:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Footballguys view: Let's hope that Sanders gets the help he needs. Sanders will seek counseling and expects to be away from the team for the entirety of training camp.

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  Jaguars | Ace Sanders suspended, will miss camp    Tue Jul 22, 06:52 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders (undisclosed) is facing a four-game suspension. He will miss training camp due to personal issues.

Footballguys view: Now we know why Sanders was put on the NFI list. Speculation indicates that Sanders is seeking help for substance-abuse problems. We'll see what kind of role he has when he comes back from the suspension. Rookie Allen Robinson will be the team's third-string receiver behind Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon to practice    Tue Jul 22, 06:40 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice when training camp starts, according to head coach Mike Pettine, despite his impending suspension.

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  Falcons | Julio Jones ready for camp    Tue Jul 22, 06:11 PM

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be ready for the start of training camp, as expected, but will be limited.

Footballguys view: Getting Jones back will be a huge boost for the Falcons offense. We should see better numbers from Matt Ryan and the passing game this year. Jones has a current ADP of WR6 (2.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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