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Most Added Players
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1Harrison Smith, MIN, FS2
2D'Qwell Jackson, IND, ILB1
3Osi Umenyiora, ATL, DE1
4Graham Gano, CAR, K1
5Paul Worrilow, ATL, OLB1
6Zach Brown, TEN, OLB1
7Jason Hatcher, WAS, DE1
8Lardarius Webb, BAL, CB1
9Craig Robertson, CLE, ILB1
10Cortland Finnegan, MIA, CB1
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1A.J. Hawk, GB, ILB-2
2Reshad Jones, MIA, FS-2
3John Abraham, ARI, OLB-2
4Donte Whitner, CLE, SS-2
5James Anderson, NE, LB-2
6Eric Berry, KC, SS-1
7C.J. Spiller, BUF, RB-1
8James Jones, OAK, WR-1
9Jared Allen, CHI, DE-1
10Martellus Bennett, CHI, TE-1
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Browns agree to terms with top pick Justin Gilbert
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:49 pm ET) The Browns reached a contract agreement with No. 8 overall pick Justin Gilbert, the cornerback out of Oklahoma State. He could start right away opposite shutdown corner Joe Haden.

Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen to go on PUP list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:10 pm ET) Redskins defensive ends Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen will open training camp on the PUP list, reports ESPN. Both are coming off knee surgery, but could be activated at any time. Hatcher could return in the next couple weeks.

Richard Crawford ready for camp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:06 pm ET) Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford, who's coming back from knee surgery, has been cleared for training camp, reports CSNWashington.com.

Odell Beckham tweaks hamstring again
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:54 pm ET) Giants general manager Jerry Reese said rookie receiver Odell Beckham tweaked his hamstring when he pulled up short on a deep route Tuesday, reports the New York Daily News. Beckham missed a lot of offseason workouts due to a hamstring injury, but thought the problem was behind him.

It's unclear when he'll return to practice.


Vernon Davis still seeking new contract
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:48 pm ET) Although he reported for training camp, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is "definitely" not O.K. with his current contract, reports Pro Football Talk. The website suggests Davis might have reported after getting the team to waive fines he incurred for skipping minicamp.

The 49ers reportedly won't negotiate with players who hold out -- another possible reason Davis showed up, the report said.


Alex Boone following through on holdout
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:43 pm ET) As expected, 49ers guard Alex Boone will not report for training camp, reports Fox Sports. Boone is unhappy with his contract, which has two years remaining.

Mike Pouncey now expected to miss half the season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:34 pm ET) Initial reports suggested Dolphins center Mike Pouncey might return from the torn labrum in his hip in late September. The Miami Herald reports that's unrealistic. A source tells the paper Pouncey likely will miss the season's first eight weeks, which covers seven games and a bye.

It's bad news for quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the entire offense.


Jeff Fisher calls Tre Mason a 'change-of-pace back'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) Rams coach Jeff Fisher referred to third-round pick Tre Mason as "a change-of-pace back," reports the Montgomery Advertiser. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves," Fisher said. "He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point."

Mason will serve as a complement to lead runner Zac Stacy.


Tavon Austin: Playbook was 'like Spanish to me' last year
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Rams receiver Tavon Austin admitted to the Associated Press that he didn't grasp the playbook as a rookie, especially early in the season. "I didn't really know what was going on," Austin said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me."

The No. 8 overall pick from 2013 said he's comfortable with the system now.

"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."


Packers preparing Eddie Lacy for massive workload
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Although running back Eddie Lacy had some short-term injuries at Alabama, the Packers don't seem concerned at all about giving him a massive workload, reports PackersNews.com. Lacy, 24, carried 284 times in 15 games as a rookie while averaging 21.2 touches.

"This is the NFL, you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," said running backs coach Sam Gash, a former Pro Bowl fullback. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last.

"If he gets 40 (carries in a game), I'm OK with that. If he gets 10 carries, 20 carries, as long as we're productive and winning, I don't really care. I tell all the guys, be ready for 50 carries, that's the way you should train in the offseason, as if you're getting 50 carries a game. You're going to beat your body down and beat yourself up, so it's going to harden you mentally and physically. You're not going to wear yourself down. God made a machine, he's not going to let you down when you need him the most."

 
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