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Chiefs signed franchise player LT Brandon Albert to a one-year, $9.828 million contract.

It's a smart move by Albert, whose $9.8 million is now fully guaranteed for the 2013 season. The move could also expedite a trade out of Kansas City, although we tentatively anticipate Albert staying with the Chiefs. The team could still entertain trade inquiries closer to the draft, especially if GM John Dorsey has already decided on selecting a left tackle at No. 1 overall.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey's fractured left fibula/ankle is expected to sideline him until Week 12.

He'll miss the first eight games on I.R./return, then is expected to miss two more weeks rehabbing and conditioning. The Steelers' bye falls in Week 11, and the early expectation is Pouncey will be available in Week 12. Pittsburgh remains strong at guard and tackle, but will ask a lot of Cody Wallace to replace Pouncey at the pivot. 26-year-old Wallace has made six spot starts the past two seasons, earning positive PFF grades in 2013 but floundering mightily last year.
Aug 28 - 1:51 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests Brandon LaFell (foot) could open the season on the reserve/PUP list.

WEEI Boston's Chris Price suggested the same thing earlier this week. The Patriots provide no details on injuries, and LaFell's has been a mystery since he showed up at spring practices with a walking boot on his foot. If LaFell isn't ready to play in Week 1, Jimmy Garoppolo's three-wide set would presumably consist of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Reggie Wayne. Not ideal.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 28 - 1:01 PM

Titans rookie RB David Cobb suffered a calf injury and didn't travel with the team for Friday's third preseason game.

Cobb is missing a big opportunity in the Titans' regular-season dress rehearsal against the Chiefs. After Bishop Sankey's big game against the Rams last week, he appears to have taken a couple steps ahead of Cobb on the depth chart. If he can tie another solid effort onto it tonight, Sankey will have a clear path to the starting job for Week 1. Cobb has become a mere late-round flier.
Aug 28 - 10:45 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Chris Ivory is "primed for a career year."

Cimini says 27-year-old Ivory has had his best camp in three years with the Jets and has clearly worked on his pass-game chops. Ivory is the crystal-clear lead dog in the Jets' backfield and could see "about 20 touches per week" with 3-4 looks in the passing game. Not only is Ivory the favorite for early-down duties between the 20s, he also has a stranglehold on goal-line work. Deservedly, Ivory's ADP has soared three full rounds into the fifth since the start of August.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 9:38 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 9:02 AM

Ryan Mallett missed Thursday's practice because he overslept.

It's hard to fathom for a 27-year-old man who was in pursuit of the Texans' starting job as recently as three days ago. The Texans gave Mallett a chance to make something of his career after three years in the Patriots backup wilderness, and he's responded in remarkably limp fashion. The Browns have a strong case, as well, but you could argue Houston has the worst quarterback situation in the NFL.
Aug 27 - 7:53 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci believes there's been "nothing at camp that indicates" E.J. Manuel is a serious contender for the Bills' starting job.

This has been the consensus all summer long, making it all the more baffling that coach Rex Ryan has decided Manuel will start this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal over Tyrod Taylor and Matt Cassel. The most sensible theory is that Ryan is trying to throw the Colts off before Week 1, but Ryan has to know presumptive starter Taylor needs all the preseason reps with the 1s he can get. Perhaps the Bills believe Manuel could generate trade interest with a decent showing. Whatever the reasoning, it's hard to understand.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Martavis Bryant's four-game suspension is for "multiple failed marijuana tests."

Per Rapsheet, Bryant's appeal is in "the latter stages." Bryant now has all the makings of a boom-or-bust WR3, especially since Markus Wheaton has supposedly looked ready to break out as the Steelers' No. 2 receiver. Bryant's touchdown upside makes him worth a later-round draft pick and stash in re-draft leagues, but it can't be assumed he'll simply pick up where he left off in his impressive rookie campaign.
Aug 27 - 7:06 PM

The Packers are expected to rest their starters in Saturday's preseason game against the Eagles.

It means we probably won't get a look at new starting receiver Davante Adams. The Pack are packing it in after last Sunday's game from hell, where Jordy Nelson (ACL) was lost for the season. Several linemen are at less than 100 percent, which would have exposed Aaron Rodgers to unnecessary risk. If Adams indeed isn't playing, he finishes his preseason with three catches for 17 yards. That presupposes he sits out the finale, of course.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 5:34 PM

Ravens signed SS Will Hill to a one-year extension through 2016.

It's a sign the Ravens genuinely believe Hill has turned his life around. Hill went undrafted over character concerns in 2012, and proceeded to draw a suspension in each of his first three NFL campaigns. Hill has been popped for both substance abuse and PEDs. He is still only 25, however, and has proven to be one of the league's more effective safeties when on the field. Now the Ravens will keep their fingers crossed he stays there.
Aug 27 - 2:16 PM

Speaking Thursday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there's "no timetable" for Breshad Perriman's (sprained PCL) return, and that his recovery gone slower than expected.

Perriman should miss the entire preseason, and is looking mighty questionable for Week 1. It's a disaster for a team with no receiver depth to speak of. It should ensure Marlon Brown's roster spot. If you're drafting this weekend, Perriman should be treated as a boom-or-bust WR4.
Aug 27 - 1:51 PM




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