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1Osi Umenyiora, ATL, DE2
2Sean Lee, DAL, MLB1
3Chris Ivory, NYJ, RB1
4Rob Ninkovich, NE, DE1
5Tyrann Mathieu, ARI, FS1
6Erin Henderson, MIN, LB1
7Zach Brown, TEN, OLB1
8Alex Henery, PHI, K1
9Harrison Smith, MIN, FS1
10Dannell Ellerbe, MIA, MLB1
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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
10Daryl Washington, ARI, ILB-2
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Sam Bradford 'full-go' for start of training camp
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:33 am ET) Rams coach Jeff Fisher said quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) will be "full-go" for the start of training camp, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"Sam is in great shape," Fisher said. "He's ready to go. We don't have (reservations) — right now as we speak, as camp starts — he's full-go. If we need to back him down here and there, we'll back him down."

Fisher indicated Bradford may not play in the preseason opener against New Orleans. But if Bradford doesn't play vs. the Saints, Fisher said it won't be injury-related.


Patriots already liking rookie James White
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:31 am ET) Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears didn't hold back on talking about their rookie rusher James White

"I like his running style," Fears said per the Boston Herald. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy. He plays big. He's a great person. He works hard. He works hard off the field, to study, to learn, to do the things we need him to do. We'll see what he's like when the pads come on. Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him."

Originally assumed to be the backup for Shane Vereen, White could also handle backup duty behind Stevan Ridley if needed. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 


Leon Hall back at practice
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:22 am ET) Bengals cornerback Leon Hall was back at practice on Thursday, ESPN reported. Hall tore his Achilles last season. 

"Mentally, it's easier the second time," Hall said about coming back from an injury again. "Not even close. I mean, the first time going into my goal was to come back for training camp, and I felt I could achieve that goal, but obviously I was going into it blind. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what to do as opposed to this second time."


Andy Dalton looks improved on Day 1
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:16 am ET) As Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson cautioned, it's only Day 1, but Andy Dalton looks much improved following an offseason of tweaking his mechanics with quarterback guru Tom House. ESPN reports Dalton was on the money not just on small and mid-range throws but he also hit the deep ball perfectly a couple of times to none other than A.J. Green. 

Tyler Eifert off to a good start
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:11 am ET) With Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham sidelined with a back injury, second-year player Tyler Eifert had a few "attention-grabbing receptions" during practice on Thursday, ESPN reported. Eifert said his spring shoulder injury is fully healed

Kroy Biermann's snaps will be limited
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:06 am ET) Falcons coach Mike Smith told 92.9 The Game in Atlanta that pass rusher Kroy Biermann will practice but have limited snaps. He'll also take a day off of practice every two days. Biermann is coming off of an Achilles injury. 

Marshawn Lynch is holding out. Now what?!
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:52 am ET) Fantasy owners should be nervous about drafting Marshawn Lynch -- and that's even if he weren't holding out! Now that Lynch has reportedly decided to stay away from Seahawks camp until he gets an improved contract, Fantasy owners have to weigh the risk involved with a back with many red flags like Lynch. 

I'll still draft Lynch as a borderline No. 1/No. 2 Fantasy running back until Aug. 16. If he's not back in camp by then, I'm not touching him. But either way, I'm aiming for Christine Michael, his backup, to be on my roster with a pick beginning in Round 8. Here's more on what to do with Lynch in Fantasy this summer. 


Andre Johnson does not hold out from Texans camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:08 am ET) Wide receiver Andre Johnson has reported to Texans camp on-time according to the Houston Chronicle and appears willing to be part of the team this season. Johnson missed the entire offseason program in protest over being a part of a rebuilding Texans roster, threatened to hold out and even had teams inquire about his availability via trade. But it looks like he'll continue his career with the Texans. 

Ex-teammate: Marshawn Lynch to hold out of training camp
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who's reportedly unhappy with his contract, is expected to hold out of training camp, former teammate Michael Robinson told NFL Network Total Access on Thursday.

"Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked. He said he will be holding out from training camp," Robinson said on the show.

Lynch attended the team's mandatory minicamp and is subject to fines if he holds out of training camp. He totaled over 1,500 yards of offense with 14 total touchdowns last year but had over 400 total touches between the regular season and postseason.


Chris Johnson looks 'light on his feet, and fast'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Jets running back Chris Johnson, who had offseason knee surgery, "looked light on his feet, and fast" at practice Thursday, reports ESPN.com. "I haven't really [gone] 100 percent with the team since I have been here so being able to go out there and run and do all the team periods felt good," Johnson said.

The Jets used him on rushing plays and also lined him up wide as a receiver. Johnson fumbled on a running play but overall "seemed right at home," the website said. "I felt good," Johnson said. "I felt no pain or anything like that."

His main competition for carries, Chris Ivory, sat out with a hamstring problem.


 
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