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Tre Boston ready to practice
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:01 am ET) The Panthers activated rookie safety Tre Boston (sports hernia) from the PUP list. A fourth-round pick, Boston made 94 tackles and five interceptions last year with North Carolina.

Cowboys to put Dez Bryant in the slot more often
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:58 am ET) Dez Bryant made 11 of his 93 receptions out of the slot last season. The Cowboys plan to use him there more often this year, reports ESPN.com. 

"He's grown as an inside receiver," coach Jason Garrett said. "The trait and the qualities are different. I've been around a lot of outside receivers who looked like a fish out of water when they moved inside.

"If you picture an X receiver in right formation, there's no one outside of you. You're typically working against a corner by yourself or there's a safety rotating over the top. When you're inside, you have people inside of you and outside of you. You have a linebacker walked out, you have a safety coming down, and you have to have a feel for how to run the routes because there's a lot going on.

"It has a lot to do with your feel as an athlete -- your vision, your instincts and your experience. You have to get in there and do it."


Todd Haley compares Dri Archer to Jamaal Charles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:51 am ET) Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley said rookie Dri Archer's running style reminds him of Chiefs star Jamaal Charles, minus 20 pounds, reports NFL.com. Archer is listed at 5-8, 173 pounds. Charles goes 5-11, 199 pounds.

Chiefs still negotiating with Alex Smith
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:42 am ET) The Chiefs continue to talk with quarterback Alex Smith's reps about a contract extension, although the sides remain far apart, reports the Kansas City Star. Smith is set to make $7.5 million this season, the final year of his deal.

"They’re working through it so we’ll see what happens," coach Andy Reid said. "These things take (time). You know how the game goes. Alex isn’t worried about it and I’m not not worried about it. We just go play."


Chris Ivory looks like Jets' goal-line back
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:26 am ET) Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn said the team is leaning toward Chris Ivory as its goal-line and short-yardage back, reports the New York Daily News.

"If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously," Lynn said. "Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on."

Ivory (6-foot, 222 pounds) is the "best power runner in the game," Lynn added. Ivory ran for three touchdowns last year.


Odell Beckham's hamstring tests come back negative
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:58 am ET) Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham underwent tests on his sore hamstring but they came back negative, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Beckham is expected to be sidelined for another week as he recovers.

"It's more than that," Coughlin said of being disappointed in Beckham. "Sure it is. You're trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring. ... It would be nice to get him back practicing. He actually looks pretty good out there. He's moving around, catching the ball, he doesn't favor anything. I'm just hoping it's a real short amount of time."

Jairus Byrd back at Saints practice
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:44 am ET) The Saints welcomed safety Jairus Byrd back at practice Tuesday, his first as a member of the team. Byrd had been on the PUP list recovering from offseason back surgery. 

Chris Thompson has 'emerged' at Redskins camp
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:32 am ET) Redskins second-year running back Chris Thompson has "emerged" at training camp so far according to ESPN. A year removed from a torn ACL suffered in college, Thompson looks faster and more comfortable, has caught the ball well and has even done some good work in pass protection drills. Durability is an issue for him but if he stays upright he should make the team and could contend for a little playing time. 

Gruden admits Redskins 'need another back' on third downs
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:30 am ET) Alfred Morris can't do it all -- that's the message sent by new Redskins coach Jay Gruden when he said "[w]e need another back to emerge as that third-down back."

ESPN took a look at the candidates to work as that third-down guy and concluded that Roy Helu is the best option. Helu not only has the size and experience to work as a third-down back but is "more than just a third-down guy" because he can handle every-down work if need be. Working in a third-down type of role last season, Helu had 62 carries for 274 yards and four touchdowns with 31 grabs for 251 yards -- an 8.1 yard average. 


Lardarius Webb to undergo further tests on back
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb is undergoing further testing on his injured back, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Webb has been out of practice since Saturday while dealing with the back issue, which could be worse than initially thought. He played all 16 games last season after missing 10 games the previous year.


 
 
 
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