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1Osi Umenyiora, ATL, DE2
2Sean Lee, DAL, MLB1
3Chris Ivory, NYJ, RB1
4Rob Ninkovich, NE, DE1
5Terrance Williams, DAL, WR1
6Tyrann Mathieu, ARI, FS1
7Erin Henderson, MIN, LB1
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9Alex Henery, PHI, K1
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2Devin McCourty, NE, FS-3
3Donte Whitner, CLE, SS-3
4James Anderson, NE, LB-3
5Jared Allen, CHI, DE-2
6Cameron Jordan, NO, DE-2
7A.J. Hawk, GB, ILB-2
8Cameron Wake, MIA, DE-2
9Major Wright, TB, SS-2
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Chiefs to keep feeding Jamaal Charles
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:43 pm ET) The Chiefs don't plan to lighten the workload for running back Jamaal Charles this season, reports ESPN.

"I think he's got a lot in the tank," coach Andy Reid said. “We're going to keep using him. He's a good football player and he enjoys playing the game, so we'll keep getting him the football." 


Jeremy Maclin headed for big year
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:40 pm ET) Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is coming back from last year's torn ACL, is expected to be the No. 1 option in the passing game with DeSean Jackson now gone, reports Comcast Sports Net.

And if that's the case, Maclin could post the best stats of his career. His best season to date was 70 catches for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010.

"As far as numbers and everything, I've never really got into numbers," Maclin said. "But if they plan on me being a big part of this offense like I think they are, I think the numbers will come. I'm not going to get wrapped up in all that. That’s how I'm going to approach the season."


Rob Gronkowski not yet 100 percent
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:19 pm ET) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Friday he plans to make a fearless return to the field this season and put a string of injuries behind him, reports WEEI in Boston. Gronkowski is coming back from a torn ACL in 2013.

As for being at full strength, Gronkowski cautioned that there is still plenty of work remaining before that hurdle is cleared.

"If it were 100 percent, I'd be doing every single thing so no, I'm not 100 percent right now, obviously not," Gronkowski said. "I'm working my way to get to that and I'm working every single day to get to that and improving every single day. I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now for the first regular game. I can't really say anything from here on out because it's far away. Every single day, I'm just giving it everything I've got in the rehab room and out here on the field. I'm preparing myself and listening to my trainers, what they have for me so that I'm ready to go when it comes down to it. Hopefully, I am.

"No timetable at all. Just keep improving every single day and we'll see what the trainers want me to do. They've been through plenty of knee injuries throughout their years here."


Handful of Colts sit out practice
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:52 pm ET) In addition to Trent Richardson missing practice on Friday, the Colts have safety LaRon Landry, cornerback Vontae Davis and rookie guard Jack Mewhort all sitting out according to the Indianapolis Star. Landry and Davis' situations have been deemed precautionary. 

Trent Richardson not practicing Friday
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:49 pm ET) Colts running back Trent Richardson is not practicing Friday, their second full day of training camp, according to the Indianapolis Star. Richardson had trainers working on his left leg on Thursday but he was able to finish practice.

Richardson is coming back from a chipped collarbone and a separated AC joint in his shoulder he played with last season. 


Vick Ballard leaves practice with injury
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:46 pm ET) Colts running back Vick Ballard went down during practice Friday and had to be carted off the field, reports the Indianapolis Star.

It is believed to be a left ankle injury, and he wasn't putting any weight on the ankle before leaving. Ballard is coming back from last year's torn ACL.


Mikel Leshoure still part of team's plans
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:25 pm ET) Lions running back Mikel Leshoure appears to be No. 4 on the depth chart to open the season behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick, but the team has other plans, reports mlive.com.

"I think Mikel has a chance to be a big part of what we do," running backs coach Curtis Modkins said. "As a matter of fact, I'm anticipating him being a big part of what we do and a big role in our success."

While it would seem tough for Leshoure to get consistent work this year, the new offensive system in Detroit could help. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi developed his scheme while in New Orleans the past seven years, and New Orleans is known for using a fleet of tailbacks.

Four had at least 53 carries last year, compared to just two for Detroit. Given that context, Modkins' prediction doesn't seem so far-fetched.

Still, since he is behind Bush, Bell and Riddick, don't count on Leshoure to do much in 2014.


Browns ink Jamaal Westerman
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:14 pm ET) The Browns have signed linebacker Jamaal Westerman to a contract. He spent time working with Browns head coach Mike Pettine in New York while with the Jets and last year with the Bills. He has 35 tackles and six sacks in 58 games with three starts. 

Bengals move seven players to active list
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2:12 pm ET) The Bengals have moved seven players -- defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, guard Clint Boling, punter Kevin Huber, receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, guard Mike Pollak and cornerback Leon Hall to the active roster. They had all previously been on the PUP or NFI lists. 

As camp opens, Vikings make moves
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:59 pm ET) On Friday the Vikings made a flurry of moves as they kicked their training camp season into high gear. They signed receivers Andy Cruse and Ty Walker and waived receiver Josh Cooper and offensive tackle Matt Hall. They also placed tight end Chase Ford, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Andrew Sendejo on the PUP list. 

 
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