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The Jaguars used advanced metrics from the website Pro Football Focus to help determine their draft pick of Luke Joeckel at No. 2 overall.

A study done by PFF's Steve Palazzolo argues that right tackles have become just as important as left tackles in terms of pass protection. Jaguars VP of Football Technology and Analytics Tony Khan -- owner Shahid's son -- expanded PFF's study to show Blaine Gabbert was the NFL's 13th-highest rated passer among 38 qualifiers in 2012 when given 2.6 seconds or more to throw. When Gabbert had 2.5 seconds or less, he was 35th in QB rating and 34th in completion rate. The Joeckel pick remains unlikely to turn Gabbert's career around, but it could lead to more competitive quarterback play in 2013 and be of particular assistance to Jacksonville's next QB in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, May 3, 2013 06:42:00 PM

Joe Flacco avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

Just as expected. Flacco tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 last year, but his recovery progressed ahead of schedule and he resumed throwing without restrictions after OTAs. "He looks 100 percent to me," Kamar Aiken observed earlier this month. "Looks the exact same." Flacco isn't a sexy fantasy pick, but he has a favorable early-season schedule and last year's Ravens led the NFL in pass attempts. Flacco is a sneaky bet to finish this year as a low-end QB1.
Jul 23 - 6:06 PM

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants are optimistic Victor Cruz "can return to his old form."

Vacchiano warned to buy into that optimism "at your own risk" before adding anything the Giants get from Cruz this season "would be a bonus." Cruz has not played a snap since October of 2014 and barely got in any work during the offseason program. Even if he is able to stay healthy, he will be at best the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Odell Beckham and rookie Sterling Shepard. Cruz is a low-upside fantasy gamble.
Jul 23 - 1:53 PM

The Kansas City Star's Terez Paylor reports Spencer Ware "caught lots of passes in OTAs."

This is potentially bad news for Charcandrick West, who seemed more likely than Ware to handle passing-down work when Jamaal Charles needs a breather. ESPN's Adam Teicher already labeled Ware the No. 2 behind Charles, and it looks like that could be the case in the passing game as well. Ware is a much better late-round flier than West.
Jul 23 - 12:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell's potential four-game suspension is the result of "several" missed drug tests.

Rapoport added the Steelers have known about the potential suspension "for some time." Bell is planning to appeal, but his chances for success seem slim if it is true he missed multiple tests. DeAngelo Williams will be a sure-fire RB1 as long as Bell is sidelined.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 12:04 PM

Walk-year QB Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not seriously discussed a contract extension since March.

Brees is set to count $30 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. With free agency all but wrapped up, the Saints do not have much incentive to lower his cap charge with an extension, and it does not appear they are terribly concerned about Brees bolting next spring. Brees has said he will not discuss a new deal during the season, giving the two sides around a month and a half to work something out. It would still be surprising if Brees entered the season without a new deal, but it is clearly not out of the question.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 11:33 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reports Browns coach Hue Jackson "has drawn up plays" for WR Terrelle Pryor.

Pluto says the plays are designed to get the ball in Pryor's hands and "let him run." With a receiver corps devoid of playmaking ability outside of rookie Corey Coleman, Jackson is making the right call by attempting to use Pryor's game-breaking traits to full effect. Now the former quarterback just needs to show well enough in camp to earn the role. In addition to Pryor, the Browns should be looking to utilize sophomore RB Duke Johnson's talents in the passing game.
Jul 23 - 10:01 AM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms Eddie Lacy reported to Packers training camp weighing 260 pounds last July.

That's 29 pounds above Lacy's Combine weigh-in. Per the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn, "estimates in June" were that Lacy had dropped 15-20 pounds, bringing his weight into the 240-245 range. One NFC personnel director noted post-college weight gains aren't out of the norm for ex-Alabama running backs. "Trent Richardson was like 20 pounds heavier when he reported (to the Colts) than when he came out of there," said the executive. "He lost all his quickness. Lacy's got a little bit of a knucklehead in him, too."
Jul 22 - 11:29 PM

Blaine Gabbert "has a good grasp" of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Gabbert is the favorite to start after getting most of the first-team reps this offseason. "Many in the organization" see him as a better fit than Colin Kaepernick, who missed OTAs and was limited at minicamp. Even with Kaepernick ready for training camp, it sounds like the starting job is Gabbert’s to lose. The 49ers can potentially save $2 million in roster bonuses from benching Kaepernick.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports suspended WR Josh Gordon can be reinstated after August 1.

Gordon met with Roger Goodell in New York on Monday. The meeting was initiated by Goodell, potentially a sign that Goodell is at least considering reinstating Gordon before Week 1. Gordon can formally submit for reinstatement on August 1. Gordon's initial reinstatement application was denied on April 12, and "he was told to come back and try again on August 1." Gordon hasn't played in an NFL football game since December of the 2014 season.
Jul 22 - 7:22 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will still require the players implicated in the Al Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drugs to participate in an interview on the first day of training camp.

James Harrison made headlines by submitting a sworn affidavit denying the allegations last week, but it appears every implicated player submitted their own written statements as well. The league has rejected the NFLPA's contention that the statements constitute reasonable cooperation, and they assert the players are required to submit to in-person interviews. It is likely Harrison has a different opinion on the matter. Free agent OLB Mike Neal is the first player scheduled to be interviewed.
Jul 22 - 4:49 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden (elbow) "hopes" to return during the preseason.

McFadden will have scans on his broken elbow Monday. Given a two-month timetable after undergoing surgery in mid-June, McFadden could theoretically be ready by the Cowboys' third preseason game on August 25. With Ezekiel Elliott's immediate future in question following assault allegations -- although early indications suggest the allegations are unfounded -- McFadden's health has suddenly taken on increased importance.
Jul 22 - 4:27 PM




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