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Maikon Bonani is favorite for kicker job
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:32 am ET) The Titans will have a battle for the starting kicker job in training camp between Maikon Bonani and undrafted rookie Travis Coons

Bonani, according to the Tennessean, is the favorite to win the job.


Chris Johnson 'flying' in return to action
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:27 am ET) Jets running back Chris Johnson (knee) was medically cleared recently by Dr. James Andrews to participate in training camp, reports ESPN. And he was back on the field Wednesday.

Coach Rex Ryan said Johnson was "flying" in the mandatory conditioning run. The Jets practice Thursday for the first time.

Johnson had surgery this offseason to repair a torn meniscus. As a precaution, the Jets kept him on the sideline in the spring. 

"I'm pretty good," he said of his knee. "I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do."


Cordarrelle Patterson to stay involved in return game
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:24 am ET) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the team wants receiver Cordarrelle Patterson to touch the ball as often as possible, which includes continuing to return kicks, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"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," Zimmer said. "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. For him to take the next step, we're going to have to see how he gets off a jam and the things that people will try to do to take him away."


Justin Blackmon arrested Wednesday
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:19 am ET) Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for the possession of marijuana Wednesday night in Edmond, OK, reports KWTV, a CBS affiliate in Oklahoma.

According to the police report, Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation. Officers said they could smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.

After a search, police said they found marijuana and Blackmon was taken into custody. Blackmon was also issued a citation for the traffic violation. Edmond police did not say how much marijuana was discovered in the vehicle.

Blackmon is currently suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.


Giants see Adrien Robinson as a breakout player
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:15 am ET) The Newark Star-Ledger believes Giants general manager Jerry Reese insinuated that tight end Adrien Robinson would be a breakout candidate for the team this season. Reese didn't name Robinson specifically but did talk about him as part of the group of tight ends they're hoping to get some good production from this fall. 

"We still have some guys that have to prove some things. We have some young players with some dynamic skill sets that can get out there and do it," Reese said. "Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, and couple of young tight ends that we like. Those guys have to do out there and do it. I always refer to other people's roster. Julius Thomas only had one catch going into the season. Hopefully we could have a guy that can step out of the shadows and do that for us. They just have to get out there and do it."

Robinson has yet to catch a pass in his NFL career. He's played in just three games. 


Chad Greenway could start at middle linebacker
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:12 am ET) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Chad Greenway is a realistic option to start at middle linebacker, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

" It's a possibility. We keep working him in there," Zimmer said. "We're just trying to find the best 11 players we can and then figure out where the rest of the guys are going to fit. It’s not out of the question, but time will tell a little bit more on that."

Zimmer was a strong-side linebacker last season for the Vikings.


Demaryius Thomas to miss start of camp for personal reasons
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:53 am ET) Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas has been excused from the first four days of training camp as he tends to a personal matter, the Denver Post reported. 

Report: Ray Rice's suspension will be two games
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:50 am ET) After Yahoo Sports reported Ray Rice would be suspended for two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the two-game ban would be announced on Thursday

Rice struck his fiancée unconscious in February in an Atlantic City casino. He has since undergone counseling and had charges against him postponed. Bernard Pierce figures to start in Rice's place for the Ravens for however many games he's forced to sit out. 


Josh Gordon will appeal his one-year ban
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:34 am ET) Josh Gordon plans to appeal a one-year suspension with NFL officials on August 1, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Gordon faces a year-long ban due to a failed drug test earlier this offseason. It's the third failed drug test he's had since entering the league in 2012.

Gordon was also arrested and charged with suspicion of DWI in North Carolina earlier this month. 

The Browns troubled receiver broke out in a major way in 2013, posting 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite playing with a merry-go-round of mediocre quarterbacks. 


Gruden: Robert Griffin III won't run as much
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:26 am ET) Redskins coach Jay Gruden told NFL Network Thursday morning that quarterback Robert Griffin III won't have as many designed runs as he had in his first two years in the league, but that he does have the green light to scramble when necessary. 

"As far as him running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden explained. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs, obviously it would be stupid not to."

Gruden did add that RG3 has made "some serious strides" this spring in knowing when to throw and when to bail out of a pass play and run. 


 
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