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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Total Access that the Dolphins are willing to meet LT Branden Albert's asking price, but the hangup in a Kansas City-to-Miami trade is draft-pick compensation.

"I'm told the Dolphins do not have a problem with that," Rapoport said of Albert's price tag. "I know some people are saying different. I'm told they don't have a problem with it." Per Rapoport, Albert wants "Duane Brown money" -- not Jake Long money. Brown signed a six-year, $53.4 million extension last August, with $22.08 million guaranteed. It sounds like the Chiefs will send Albert to the Dolphins if the sides agree to trade terms. Miami has two second-rounders, but would prefer to part with No. 54 rather than 42.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 07:22:00 PM

Dak Prescott said his "chemistry" with Dez Bryant "has grown" this offseason.

"He's been a guy that his ears are wide open, wanting to know what I'm thinking," Prescott said. "It's just been back and forth of just talking and doing it out there on the field and it's only growing." The connection was on display in the second preseason game, with Dez hauling in two passes for 55 yards and an impressive touchdown. A yearly threat for double-digit scores, Dez is a back-end WR1.
Aug 21 - 10:34 AM

A teammate said practice reps were split "dead even" between Chad Henne and Blake Bortles on Sunday.

It is not a surprise considering both Bortles' terrible showing in the second preseason game and the myriad of reports suggesting Henne would take over the starting job, but it does confirm the Jaguars truly have opened up the competition. With Bortles struggling, that open competition likely will lead to Henne getting the start Week 1. That is a good thing for the Jaguars' skill players based on what we have seen so far this preseason.
Aug 21 - 9:23 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said CB Sean Smith was "defending his sister" when he allegedly attacked her boyfriend over the July 4 holiday.

"I think we’ll let him battle legally what issues he has," Del Rio said. "Obviously, things occurred that were taken issue with, so he’s having to defend himself right now." It looks like the Raiders buy Smith's side of the story and will stand behind him even after he was arrested and charged with felony assault last week. Even without the legal issues, Smith has been struggling on the field and reportedly lost his starting job to T.J. Carrie.
Aug 21 - 8:53 AM

ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports teammates believe Trevor Siemian has won the Broncos' quarterback competition.

As do all outside observers and anyone who watched the team's first two preseason games. Coach Vance Joseph has said he wants the starter set before practices for the third preseason game, often viewed as the "dress rehearsal" for Week 1, so Legwold believes the coach could announce his decision on Monday. The No. 26 overall pick last year, Paxton Lynch is shaping up as a bust.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 8:45 AM

Jordan Matthews (chest) said he is "confident" he will be ready Week 1.

Matthews was able to get in extremely limited work during Sunday's practice, but he said any type of "upper body" movement even as limited as pumping his arms while running results in pain. Still, he expects the injury to clear up before Week 1. "It’s more pain management," Matthews said. "Let’s get the pain down and get all functional movement back and then when it’s just that one spot hurting, let’s protect that spot and go play football." With Anquan Boldin gone, Matthews should be Buffalo's main target from the slot.
Aug 21 - 8:37 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell is expected to report to the Steelers "shortly after" the third preseason game.

Bell's holdout was never expected to last into the regular season, and returning after the "dress rehearsal" game will mean he is able to skip all of the preseason action and still have a couple weeks to settle in for Week 1. Bell remains locked in as one of the first two picks in fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Aug 21 - 8:29 AM

Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal reports the NFL and Roger Goodell are "close" to a five-year extension.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal is maybe not as close as Kaplan indicated, but he still expects the extension to get done. Goodell's current deal runs out in 2019, so this extension will keep him in the job until 2024. It is interesting timing considering Goodell looks headed toward another legal fight over a suspension, likely has less support from one of the league's most influential owners, Jerry Jones, than before, and is almost certainly on the path to a labor dispute in 2021. Despite the public backlash, however, Goodell apparently is doing exactly what the owners want him to do.
Aug 21 - 8:03 AM

Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara rushed five times for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Chargers.

Kamara's first carry of the game was an explosive 50-yard touchdown run. He looked great throughout, running decisively and exploding through the hole. He was also utilized in the passing game, catching a ball in the flat and scampering for a 20-yard gain. Kamara's success seems to have guaranteed him playing time in the regular season, but it's unclear how much.
Aug 20 - 9:24 PM

ESPN's Jim Trotter reports Anquan Boldin has elected to retire.

He lasted 13 days after signing a one-year deal. After the Bills made the unprecedented maneuver to trade both their best wide receiver AND cornerback just weeks before the start of the season, 37-year-old Boldin decided it wasn't worth it staying in Buffalo anymore. He had been running with the first-team offense. The Bills are left with Zay Jones and Jordan Matthews with Andre Holmes and Rod Streater behind them. We wouldn't be surprised if Boldin resurfaced with a team in a few weeks. We would be surprised if the Bills won more than a handful of games this season. The new regime is off to a rocky start.
Aug 20 - 8:14 PM

Martavis Bryant caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in his preseason debut Sunday.

Still "conditionally suspended" but by all accounts on track for a full return, Bryant made his preseason debut with Josh Dobbs at quarterback. Bryant lost three yards on the first drive of the game, but flashed his big-play ability on a 20-yard reception down the sideline. Bryant played into the third quarter and looked good out there. He is a fringe third-/fourth-round target in non-PPR leagues and a fourth-/fifth-rounder in PPR.
Aug 20 - 7:20 PM

Steelers rookie RB James Conner rushed 20 times for 98 yards and caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards on his preseason debut Sunday night.

After a shoulder injury hobbled him for the first two weeks of camp, Conner worked behind Fitzgerald Toussaint on Sunday and has yet to earn the Steelers’ No. 2 back job. He dropped two passes and didn’t get rolling as a runner until Atlanta’s third-string defense came in, blew a chance at a huge run by falling down in the backfield, and failed to stay in bounds on a play where he needed to late in the fourth quarter. A third-round pick out of Pittsburgh, Conner’s job security is shaky. He should be given another long look in the Steelers’ third preseason game as Le’Veon Bell’s holdout continues, perhaps even getting some first-team reps with the Ben Roethlisberger group.
Aug 20 - 7:17 PM




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