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Coach Rob Chudzinski said he wants Trent Richardson to "play as much as possible."

Richardson confirmed he is part of all third-down and two-minute drill packages. A year after getting 318 touches, it's realistic to project 350+ this year. His only backups are Bobby Rainey, Chris Ogbonnaya and Dennis Johnson. Perhaps more importantly, Richardson's per-play effectiveness will be greater as he's 100 percent healthy, Brandon Weeden is improved and the scheme is improved. We won't argue with anyone taking Richardson in the top-four of their fantasy draft.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 10:30:00 AM

Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.

Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language in his contract. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
Jul 23 - 1:37 PM

A source tells the Miami Herald that C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) is now expected to be out until late October.

Pouncey's labrum repair was always expected to cost him the first 3-4 weeks of the season, but now it sounds like he won't be back until Week 8 or so. He's starting camp on the active/PUP list, which puts the reserve/PUP list in play for the regular season. It's a major concern for an already shaky offensive line, as Nate Garner will likely have to fill in at the pivot.
Jul 23 - 12:17 PM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher labeled rookie Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace back" following May's draft.

Mason could earn complementary carries off the bench this season, but rumors of him threatening bellcow Zac Stacy's starting job are unfounded. "Tre is a change-of-pace back," said Fisher. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves. He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point." Pre-draft reports claimed Mason would need wrist surgery, but the Rams disagreed. "He may have to do something after the season but it was not a concern of ours, nor was it a concern of the doctors," Fisher said of the wrist.
Jul 23 - 12:11 PM

Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.

It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.
Jul 23 - 12:06 PM

Vernon Davis has reported to 49ers training camp.

Davis skipped the entire offseason program due to dissatisfaction with his $4.7 million salary, therefore forfeiting nearly $270,000 in bonuses. But with the chips down and the 49ers showing no signs of budging, he gives in and will avoid the $30,000 per day fines that come with missing camp. Now lacking leverage, Davis appears unlikely to get the raise he desires before Week 1 -- especially in light of the team-friendly deal Jimmy Graham was recently forced to accept.
Jul 23 - 12:00 PM

Jets signed DL Jason Babin to a two-year deal.

The second year of the contract is a team option. Financial details were not immediately available, but we'd expect little guaranteed money for a 34-year-old player that was cut by the Jaguars a month ago. It's still a nice flier for the Jets, as Rex Ryan has squeezed plenty out of defensive players with far less ability. Babin led the Jags with 7.5 sacks and 19 quarterback pressures a year ago, and earned a top-nine pass-rushing grade among defensive ends in PFF's rankings. He profiles as depth off the edge and a situational pass-rusher in New York.
Jul 23 - 11:32 AM

Reggie Wayne (ACL) said he's passed a physical and been cleared for camp.

Wayne is nine months removed from his tear and was reportedly ahead of schedule throughout his rehab process. He'll be gradually eased into camp work with an eye toward functioning as Andrew Luck's security blanket and possession receiver come Week 1. At 35 years old and playing in Pep Hamilton's stubbornly run-heavy scheme, there's not much upside here on Wayne's seventh-round ADP.
Jul 23 - 10:45 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

Charles believes he's outplayed his current contract, and he's absolutely right after carrying the Chiefs' entire offense on his back during last year's run to the playoffs. He's set to make just $3.9M this season, 15th-most among running backs in the league. Now is the perfect time for Charles to dig his heels in and capitalize on the leverage he's earned on the field. The Chiefs are going to have to find a way to satisfy him, and talks are underway already.
Jul 23 - 9:37 AM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.

Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing out his knee, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.
Jul 23 - 8:58 AM

The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.

Martin is the clear-cut starter, but he's not expected to get near the 23.0 touches per game he saw over the last two seasons. The Lovie regime used a top-70 pick on passing back Charles Sims, Mike James returns from his ankle injury and new OC Jeff Tedford has stated his desire to use a committee. Look for Martin to get most of the carries (but not all) and lose some receptions, leaving him with around 16-18 touches per game. He's still in the back-end RB1 mix.
Jul 23 - 8:43 AM

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

The 70-year-old Bowlen has owned the Broncos for 30 years, establishing himself as one of the game's iconic executives while going to the Super Bowl six times and winning twice. "It's a really, really sad day," said team president Joe Ellis, who is assuming control of the Broncos. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 8:13 AM




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