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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."

Tandon Doss to benefit from Ace Sanders' absence
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:06 pm ET) With Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders suspended four games and taking a leave of absence to deal with "personal issues," receiver Tandon Doss will step in as the No. 4 wideout and punt returner, reports the Florida Times-Union. The Jags' top three wideouts are Cecil Shorts and rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

Tony Romo set up for huge season
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:01 pm ET) Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has the chance for a monster season in 2014. His back is healthy, the receiving corps is exceptional, the defense is bad and the playcalling should be in his favor.

Most Fantasy owners are leery of Romo because of his back and a track record of letting people down. Forget about that. The Cowboys will have trouble stopping people on defense, and the addition of new playcaller Scott Linehan will help Romo shine.

I love Romo as a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback, and he is a breakout candidate even at this stage of his career. For more on why, check out my column here.


Vernon Davis reports to training camp
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:58 am ET) 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, a potential holdout due to his unhappiness with his contract, reported to training camp, teammate C.J. Spillman tweeted. Davis skipped a mandatory minicamp in June and earlier voluntary workouts in a bid to get his contract reworked.

Andrew Luck headed for career season
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11:56 am ET) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been good for Fantasy owners the past two years. This year, he has the chance to be great.

Luck is a breakout candidate for a career season in 2014 because of his upgraded receiving corps with an improved T.Y. Hilton, the addition of Hakeem Nicks and the return to health of Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen.

For more on Luck's potential and how to approach drafting him, check out my breakout column here.


 
 
 
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