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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.


Bills make roster moves
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Bills claimed center Jared Wheeler off waivers from the Panthers and waived/injured cornerback Brandon Smith.

Giants working extensively on no-huddle
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The Giants ran 59 no-huddle plays all of last season. That represented 4.7 percent of their total plays. In contrast, the Eagles ran a league-high 705 no-huddle plays (51.1 percent) and the Broncos ran 537 (35.4 percent).

It appears the Giants plan to have Eli Manning operating out of the no-huddle more often. Their first three practices featured frequent use of the no-huddle.

"It keeps defenses on their toes," running back Rashad Jennings said. "[Offensive coordinator Ben] McAdoo has a way to keep the defense on their toes, put pressure on them, get the long shots, get the grinding yards. It’s a lot of different ways to attack a defense. Also, it puts a lot of ownership on the players to learn the playbook. It puts the capability in the quarterback’s hands to make decisions."

Jennings said the team can run its entire offense out of the no-huddle. Wideout Rueben Randle also loves it.

"It gives us time to get set and see what the defense is going to do, to keep them out of position," he said. "Switching in our personnel to take advantage of the personnel they have out there. Hopefully, they’re in regular [defense] and we’re in three-wide, so we can spread the ball out a little bit and use our speed to make a few plays."


Steve Smith 'puts on a show'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) New Ravens receiver Steve Smith "put on a show" in the team's first training camp practice, reports ESPN.com. Smith faked out starting corner Lardarius Webb on an out route, then beat Webb and projected No. 3 corner Chykie Brown on deep passes, the report said.

The website also credited Smith with raising the intensity level at practice.


 
 
 
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