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Rob Gronkowski (back) participated in some 11-on-11 work Monday.

A day after practicing in full pads, Gronkowski was back out on the field. He participated in 11-on-11 work, lining up with Zach Sudfeld in two-tight end formations. It's yet another sign of tangible progress as Gronk's rehab picks up. The Boston Herald has heard "whispers" that he could play as soon as Week 2, a Thursday night home opener against the Jets. We suspect a Week 3 or 4 debut is more likely.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Charles Clay has yet to be targeted in the passing game through four Bills training camp practices.

Clay is making Gronk-Jimmy Graham money on his new five-year, $38 million deal, but has been concerningly uninvolved in the Bills' early-camp passing game. Clay did say he spends time before and after practice catching balls from Buffalo's motley quarterback crew. Clay's role in new OC Greg Roman's offense remains to be seen. We hope to gain clarity at some point in August.
Aug 4 - 11:34 AM

ESPN Cleveland "keep(s) hearing" Terrance West is on "thin ice because of maturity issues."

West's poor practice habits and inconsistent ball security led him into the coaches' doghouse repeatedly as a rookie. Then the team went out and spent a third-round pick on Duke Johnson while also talking up Isaiah Crowell. ESPN Cleveland added that West looks "chunky" early on in training camp.
Aug 4 - 10:05 AM

NJ.com says Rashad Jennings looks "big, strong, fast and quick" early on at training camp.

Jennings, fully recovered from last year's knee and ankle woes, is turning heads early in camp even though he's 30 years old. Remember this is a versatile player who Ben McAdoo gave 19.2 carries per game to in the first eight weeks of last season. He's a far better option than backup big back Andre Williams and is wildly undervalued at a seventh- or eighth-round ADP right now.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 4 - 9:26 AM

The Miami Herald calls rookie RB Jay Ajayi "a bit of a disappointment so far."

The physical Ajayi should look better once the serious hitting gets going at camp. It's also possible his head is simply swimming as he goes through his first real NFL practices. But for now, it sounds like the Dolphins are seeing why Ajayi was still available in the fifth round of the draft. Meanwhile, the coaching staff is talking up an increased workload for Lamar Miller. Ajayi needs to unseat Damien Williams just to win the No. 2 back job. Dolphins GM Mike Tannenbaum recently stated that if Ajayi "doesn't pass protect, he will never be active (on game days)."
Aug 4 - 9:20 AM

DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is still roughly 3-4 weeks away from being able to practice.

This assumes Parker has no setbacks as he continues his rehab. So in a best-case scenario, the No. 14 overall pick will partake in his first NFL training camp practice roughly two weeks before Week 1. It's hard to see him making a big impact right out of the gate, leaving him as a bench stash in fantasy formats.
Aug 4 - 9:15 AM

Sources tell ESPN's Ed Werder the Eagles are discussing a short-term contract extension with Sam Bradford.

It's a tricky time to do a new deal as Bradford hasn't been healthy since 2012 yet has massive upside in Chip Kelly's offense. If he stays upright this year, he'll have a great shot at (another) huge contract in the spring. Of course, the Eagles want to keep their starting quarterback under club control beyond this season -- when his $78 million rookie contract will finally expire. Per Werder, Bradford has "made a strong early impression" on the team.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 4 - 8:26 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien said "right now" Nate Washington is the No. 2 receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

Rookie Jaelen Strong and Cecil Shorts are Washington's competition. While Hopkins will remain on the field at all times and gobble up targets, O'Brien figures to mix and match his Nos. 2 and 3 receivers with Washington operating as a deep threat and Shorts seeing action in the slot. Strong has the most long-range upside, but will have to outplay the veterans to earn a year-one role.
Aug 4 - 12:49 AM

Coach Lovie Smith confirmed Doug Martin will be the Bucs' "lead" back this season.

"We talked about being able to establish the run," said Smith. "Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it's very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing." On a Bucs team with a 6.5-game Vegas Win Total, Martin is expected to be a two-down back only, ceding passing-down snaps to Charles Sims. Still, Martin has value-pick potential at his seventh-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 7:26 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Colts are "working diligently" toward an extension with contract-year WR T.Y. Hilton.

Getlin does acknowledge there is "no definitive timeline" for a deal to be finalized. Although many assumed Hilton was as good as gone after the Colts used a first-round draft pick on Phillip Dorsett, both local and national media have reported Indianapolis remains intent on locking up Hilton long term. Hilton's Dynasty owners, in particular, should hope for a deal.
Aug 3 - 6:44 PM

According to the Falcons' website, Leonard Hankerson has been "the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch so far."

It should be noted that Roddy White is taking it slow on his balky knee. Still, Hankerson appears to have parlayed his big spring into a productive early summer. "I think it’s the length, he’s got such a big catching radius," coach Dan Quinn said. "You’ve probably seen some of the sideline plays, he’s got such a knack for keeping it in bounds and going to stretch for the ball, so that’s probably one of the biggest things that stand out for me with Hankerson." Hankerson has the inside track on the Falcons' third receiver job.
Aug 3 - 4:05 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky expects the team to employ a committee at running back this season.

"I know people want an RB1, but likely it's (going to be a) running back by committee," were Kuharsky's words as he broke down the Titans' backfield from a fantasy perspective. Noting fifth-rounder David Cobb figured to feature prominently inside, Kuharsky also said Cobb has been "lit into frequently" for his failures in pass protection early in camp. Cobb remains behind both Bishop Sankey and Antonio Andrews on the Titans' depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 3 - 3:04 PM




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