Luke Willson opening eyes in Seattle
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:10 am ET) Second-year tight end Luke Willson has been "putting on a show" at Seahawks training camp so far this summer, ESPN says. Willson has been consistently getting separation on his pass routes and has displayed great hands. The site says to "expect big things" from Willson catching passes from Russell Wilson. 

As a rookie, Willson caught 20 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown (13.6 yards per catch) in the regular season.

Kyle Rudolph signs five-year extension
by Igor Mello |
(7/27/2014) Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph won't have to worry about entering the final season of his contract without an extension any longer. He signed a five-year extension on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. The deal is worth $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Rudolph has lost about 15 pounds and is expecting a bigger role this upcoming season. His 2013 season was cut short because of a broken left foot. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in eight games last season.

Jake Ballard given a day off due to thigh bruise
by Igor Mello |
(7/27/2014) Cardinals tight end Jake Ballard was unable to practice Sunday because of a thigh bruise, ESPN reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for too long, as he is expected to return on Monday, head coach Bruce Arians told reporters.

Scott Chandler suffers groin injury in practice
by Igor Mello |
(7/27/2014) Bills tight end Scott Chandler was removed in the first hour of Sunday's practice with a groin injury and was unable to return at any point, WGR 550 Sports Radio AM reports.

The Bills are already without Tony Moeaki (hamstring) and Chris Gragg (heat cramps) due to injury. No timetable has been set for Chandler moving forward.

The team will start the preseason Sunday against the Giants in Canton.

Zach Ertz 'could be the X-factor' in Eagles' offense
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/27/2014) Following Sunday's practice, the Philadelphia Inquirer praised the development of Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and said he "could be the X-factor" in the offense this year. The paper noted linebacker DeMeco Ryans "had zero chance keeping up with the second-year player when he ran a zig route up the numbers on one play."

Ertz made several catches during the practice, but dropped a short throw in individual drills, the paper said. He had 36 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.

Jace Amaro has knee tendinitis
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/27/2014) Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro is dealing with knee tendinitis but is expected to be on the field when the team resumes practice Tuesday, reports Amaro was unable to finish practice Sunday.

Jace Amaro suffers apparent knee injury
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/27/2014) Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro suffered an apparent knee injury at Sunday's practice. According to, Amaro was struggling to put weight on his right knee and trainers put a heavy ice wrap on it.

The New York Daily News said the injury doesn't appear to be too serious.

Rob Gronkowski participates in team drills, but not at full speed
by Larry Hartstein |
(7/27/2014) Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is steadly increasing his workload at training camp. Coming back from a torn ACL, Gronk initially stuck to individual drills and wasn't on the field for 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work.

That changed Sunday. According to, Gronkowski took part in team drills at half to 3/4 speed. All signs point to Gronk playing Week 1 when New England visits Miami, the website said.

Tony Moeaki may miss extended time with hamstring injury
by R.J. White |
(7/26/2014) Bills coach Doug Marrone said Saturday that tight end Tony Moeaki "could be out a while" while dealing with a hamstring injuy, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Moeaki has played in just 16 games over the last three seasons while dealing with a variety of injuries. He logged one game with the Bills last season but didn't tally any receptions.

Dominique Jones in, Mark Asper out for Buffalo
by Marty Gitlin |
(7/26/2014) The Bills have signed tight end Dominique Jones, who was waived by Kansas City in March. They have also waived offensive lineman Mark Asper.

Jones has played in 12 total NFL games for three different teams and has just three catches in his career.

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