7/24/2014

Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA

Marshawn Lynch

Ex-teammate: Marshawn Lynch to hold out of training camp

News: 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.

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7/24/2014

Chris Johnson, RB, NYJ

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson looks 'light on his feet, and fast'

News: 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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7/24/2014

Brandon Smith, DB, BUF

Brandon Smith

Bills make roster moves

News: The Bills claimed center Jared Wheeler off waivers from the Panthers and waived/injured cornerback Brandon Smith.
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7/24/2014

Eli Manning, QB, NYG

Eli Manning

Giants working extensively on no-huddle

News: 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."

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7/24/2014

Steve Smith, WR, BAL

Steve Smith

Steve Smith 'puts on a show'

News: 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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7/24/2014

Vince Wilfork, DT, NE

Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork practicing without limitations

News: Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who's coming back from a ruptured Achilles, looked good during the team's first practice and said he's working without restrictions.

"If I had limitations, I wouldn’t be practicing," Wilfork told the Boston Herald. "My job is to help my teammates the best way I can, whatever that may be. The only way for me to help my teammates is to be on the field and be healthy. Right now, I’m on the field and I’m healthy. If anything happens in the future, I can’t predict that. But right now my job is to help this team the best way I can and get better each day and that’s what I’m going to do."

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7/24/2014

Ronald Leary, G, DAL

Ronald Leary

Ronald Leary has strained hamstring

News: Cowboys starting guard Ronald Leary strained his hamstring taking a conditioning test Monday, reports ESPN.com. He's starting camp on the PUP list. It's unclear how long he'll be out.
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7/24/2014

Jamaal Charles, RB, KC

Jamaal Charles

Jamaal Charles gets $8.3 million guaranteed

News: Jamaal Charles' four-year contract extension includes $8.3 million guaranteed but no guaranteed money beyond this season, reports Pro Football Talk. The Chiefs' star running back is now signed through 2017.
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7/24/2014

Marcus Lattimore, RB, SF

Marcus Lattimore

Marcus Lattimore on NFI list with two injuries

News: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said running back Marcus Lattimore is starting camp on the non-football injury list because that's what doctors and trainers recommended, reports the Sacramento Bee.

Asked if the problem was Lattimore's surgically reconstructed knee or the hamstring strain he suffered in the spring, Harbaugh replied, "A combination of the two." Harbaugh declined to elaborate.

Other reports indicate Lattimore is not too far away from being ready. He could be activated at any time.

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7/24/2014

Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA

Knowshon Moreno

'Won't be too long' until Knowshon Moreno returns for Miami

News: Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said he's not worried about Knowshon Moreno coming back in bad shape. The team opens training camp on Thursday and will begin practicing soon thereafter. Moreno had offseason knee surgery after reportedly showing up to camp out of shape. 

"Not full throttle 100 percent reps yet but won't be too long," Philbin said of Moreno via the Miami Herald.

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7/24/2014

Brandon Gibson, WR, MIA

Brandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson expected to be full speed soon

News: Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is not concerned about Brandon Gibson's comeback from a major knee injury and he's confident Gibson will be full speed soon, according to the Miami Herald. Gibson tore his patellar tendon in the middle of last season but reportedly was moving well as of a month ago.

When healthy, Gibson should compete for the No. 3 receiver spot.

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7/24/2014

Ndamukong Suh, DT, DET

Ndamukong Suh

Lions don't think they'll extend Ndamukong Suh

News: The Lions are not optimistic they'll get an extension done with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh before the season starts, ESPN reported. If they can't, his franchise tag will be $26.7 million, a by-product of the lucrative contract they agreed to back when he was a rookie. Suh is slated for free agency after this season. 
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7/24/2014

Edgar Jones, LB, CLE

Edgar Jones

Browns add Edgar Jones

News: The Browns signed linebacker Edgar Jones, a seven-year vet who appeared in seven games with the Cowboys last year.
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7/24/2014

Kevin Burnett, OLB, OAK

Kevin Burnett

Report: Raiders release Kevin Burnett

News: The Raiders released linebacker Kevin Burnett in a move that will save the team $3.375 million against the cap, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Burnett was battling an ankle injury and had not received clearance for training camp.

The 31-year-old made 105 tackles last year while playing in all 16 games.

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7/24/2014

Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, NE

Kenbrell Thompkins

Kenbrell Thompkins off to another fast start

News: Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins is off to a fast start for the second straight training camp, reports the Boston Globe. The second-year pro "caught nearly everything thrown his way" Thursday, the paper said, highlighted by "a pair of beautiful touchdown receptions where he had to climb the ladder to make an overhead catch in the back corner of the end zone on a fade route."

Thompkins burst onto the scene as an undrafted free agent last year, then failed to live up to the expectations he generated. He finished with 32 catches for 466 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games.

According to the paper, Thompkins is battling second-year wideout Josh Boyce, rookie Jeremy Gallon and several undrafted rookies for one or two roster spots.

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7/24/2014

Trent Richardson, RB, IND

Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson had chipped collarbone, separated AC joint

News: Colts running back Trent Richardson revealed Thursday that he played last season with a chipped collarbone and a separated AC joint, reports ESPN.com. The AC joint is where the collarbone meets the shoulder.

"Toward the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," said Richardson, who had offseason shoulder surgery.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Richardson not only is healthier, but has a much better grasp of the playbook this year.

"He’s a lot more comfortable," Pagano said. "Basically it was survival for him at first, memorization. Now he has a better understanding scheme-wise, why we’re doing things, why we’re calling certain things, how we run plays. He has a better feel for guys he’s playing with, the line, guy in front of him, the fullback. He’s obviously in a much better place."

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7/24/2014

Jordy Nelson, WR, GB

Jordy Nelson

Report: Jordy Nelson seeking at least $10 million annually

News: Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who's entering the last year of his deal, wants at least $10 million annually in a new contract, reports ESPN.com. Nelson will earn $3.5 million this season.

Nelson will be looking for more than Atlanta's Roddy White, who signed a four-year extension Thursday that is reportedly worth up to $30 million with $18 million guaranteed.

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7/24/2014

Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC

Justin Blackmon

Jags won't cut Justin Blackmon

News: Jaguars owner Shad Kahn said the team won't cut suspended receiver Justin Blackmon, who was charged with marijuana possession Wednesday in Oklahoma, reports the Florida Times-Union.

"We want to keep him as a player," Khan said. "He's not a part of the team now, obviously, but it's very important for him to get the help. It's the most important thing."

Blackmon is suspended indefinitely and is banned from being around the team or the Jaguars' facility. "We want him to get help and really beat this," Kahn said.

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7/24/2014

Chase Ford, TE, MIN

Chase Ford

Chase Ford out for the preseason

News: A broken left foot has sidelined Vikings tight end Chase Ford for the preseason, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Ford showed up to camp on crutches with his foot in a cast. He said he had a screw put in his foot last week for a stress fracture. 
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7/24/2014

Jurrell Casey, DT, TEN

Jurrell Casey

Titans optimistic about Jurrell Casey talks

News: Titans general manager Ruston Webster said he continues to talk with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey's reps and expects the sides will agree on a contract extension. Casey had 10.5 sacks last year and is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
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7/24/2014

Matt Cassel, QB, MIN

Matt Cassel

Matt Cassel opens camp as No. 1 quarterback

News: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said veteran Matt Cassel is the No. 1 quarterback entering training camp, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater has drawn lots of praise from coaches and will push Cassel for the job.
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7/24/2014

Quincy Enunwa, WR, NYJ

Quincy Enunwa

Quincy Enunwa dealing with hamstring injury

News: Jets rookie wideout Quincy Enunwa did not finish practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury, coach Rex Ryan told reporters. A sixth-round pick out of Nebraska, Enunwa caught 51 passes for 753 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.
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7/24/2014

Taylor Lewan, T, TEN

Taylor Lewan

Titans finally reach deal with first-rounder Taylor Lewan

News: The Titans signed first-round pick Taylor Lewan, an offensive tackle out of Michigan, to a four-year deal, reports the Tennessean. Selected 11th overall, Lewan will try to unseat free agent acquisition Michael Oher at right tackle.
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7/24/2014

Chris Ivory, RB, NYJ

Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory has 'a little bit of a hamstring' issue

News: Jets coach Rex Ryan said running back Chris Ivory has "a little bit of a hamstring, but he's fine," reports ESPN.com. Ivory sat out team drills on the first day of practice.

Ivory has a history of hamstring injuries but was able to play 15 games last year.

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7/24/2014

Ray Rice, RB, BAL

Ray Rice

Ray Rice: 'I failed in many ways'

News: Ravens running back Ray Rice issued a contrite statement after receiving his two-game suspension from the league. Rice struck his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City casino in February.

"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault," Rice said. "As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident."

Added general manager Ozzie Newsome: "That night was not the typical Ray Rice we know and expect."

Rice was fined an additional game check, meaning he'll lose a total of $705,882 the first three weeks.

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