The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson believes third-round RB Kenyan Drake (hamstring) could open the season on injured reserve.
New I.R. rules implemented this season allow teams to stash players on the injured list and then later make a call which one they want to activate off "designated for return." Jackson thinks it could be Drake in an effort to get all four of Arian Foster, Jay Ajayi, Isaiah Pead, and Damien Williams on the opening day, 53-man roster. Drake has missed a ton of practice time with a pulled hammy.
The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson doesn't expect 2015 fourth-round OG Jamil Douglas to make the Dolphins' 53-man roster.
Douglas played 529 snaps as a rookie, making six starts at right guard and center, but he was absolutely obliterated as a blocker, receiving incredibly poor marks from Pro Football Focus. With a new coaching staff in Miami, Douglas is off scholarship and looks to be on his way out of town.
Packers C Corey Linsley tore his hamstring twice this offseason, once in April and a second time in July, and is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.
Linsley suffered the first tear while working out on his own after the Packers' first set of OTAs. He thought the injury had healed and began working out again in July, only to tear it again. Linsley is currently on active/PUP, but figures to open the year there and miss the first six weeks of the season. The 2014 fifth-rounder has started 33 games through two seasons and received really strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run and pass blocking. J.C. Tretter will take over.
Panthers S Trenton Robinson suffered a torn pectoral in the second preseason game and is expected to miss the entire season.
Robinson is undergoing surgery on Wednesday. He was signed to provide depth and be a special teams force. Robinson will be a free agent next March.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Pete Dougherty reports Packers fifth-round WR Trevor Davis had an "uneventful" training camp.
Once the pads came on, Davis' play slipped. He has blazing speed (4.42 forty) at 6'1/188, but Davis seems destined for either the practice squad or the weekly gameday inactive list as the No. 6 receiver. Davis is a developmental prospect whose ceiling may be a deep threat and special teams ace.
ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes second-year OLB Markus Golden "has the tools to become a star" in 2016.
Coach Bruce Arians hinted at this a little bit back in March after the team acquired Chandler Jones, suggesting Jones' addition will free up Golden for more one-on-one situations. Golden was in on 651 snaps as a rookie, and was credited with eight sacks and 49 combined hits and hurries by Pro Football Focus, while also receiving an elite pass-rush productivity score.
The Chicago Tribune reports RG Kyle Long has missed the Bears' last three practices with a "labrum issue" in his shoulder.
One source the Tribune spoke to was "not optimistic about the situation," while another source (presumably Long's agent) "was confident Long would return for Week 1. The Bears already lost starting C Hroniss Grasu to a year-ending ACL tear. Coach John Fox was predictably vague when asked about Long's timetable for return. "It doesn't really matter what I think," Fox said. "There are medical people involved and when he's cleared, he'll play."
ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky predicts third-year WR Jared Abbrederis will be Green Bay's "breakout" player this season.
Abbrederis is listed as Randall Cobb's direct backup on the Packers' latest unofficial depth chart, suggesting he's no deeper than the No. 4 receiver. According to Demovsky, Abbrederis has enjoyed a "strong showing" at training camp and "continues to move up the depth chart." With Jeff Janis' abysmal camp and broken hand, Abbrederis is competing with Davante Adams for No. 3 duties. Abbrederis is a smooth route runner who can play both inside and outside.