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LeSean McCoy said he thinks "[the Eagles] have to do a better job of monitoring the reps" in the backfield.

McCoy saw 32 total touches in Monday night's Week 1 win over the Redskins. "I think we can do a better job rotating because it’s a long season," McCoy said. "I don’t think I need to have the ball 31, 32 times in a game for us to be a successful offense. We have too many different weapons. I think the running backs we have here can definitely play." Bryce Brown saw just nine touches in the opener. It's safe to say McCoy will not be carrying the ball 30-plus times every week. However, he is going to have a monster workload in Chip Kelly's offense.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 09:00:00 AM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys and walk-year WR Dez Bryant have had "several" contract discussions, but are "not close" to a long-term agreement.

According to reporter Tim MacMahon, Bryant believes he's "earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league," but understands he'll likely have to wait. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of," Bryant said Thursday. Making $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract, Bryant is one of the biggest bargains in the league. The Cowboys' salary-cap disaster will surely make any long-term talks complex.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 24 - 11:02 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team will consider using Johnny Manziel as a package player during his rookie year.

Unless Pettine is bluffing, he's serious about Brian Hoyer as Cleveland's Week 1 starter. "That’s how Colin Kaepernick got his start in the NFL, as a package quarterback," Pettine noted. "On the other side of the ball, I’ve seen that give defenses some trouble." Kaepernick gashed Pettine's Jets defense for 50 yards and a touchdown on five runs as a backup during the 2012 season.
Jul 24 - 8:29 PM

Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks training camp as he seeks a new contract.

Bizarrely, the news was broken by ex-teammate Michael Robinson on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live. Lynch has made noise about his contract all offseason, but it's still a surprise after he reported to June minicamp. Perhaps emboldened by Jamaal Charles' successful "holdout," Lynch is going to find the Seahawks much less likely to cave than the Chiefs. He has his age and the presence of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin behind him to thank. Now 28, Lynch is due a reasonable $5 million this season, with another $500,000 available through per-game roster bonuses. At least for the moment, Lynch's mid-second round ADP is no longer looking like a potential bargain.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 24 - 7:05 PM

Titans LG Andy Levitre underwent an appendectomy on Thursday, and will be sidelined two weeks.

In a vacuum, it's a minor issue, but it sets Levitre further behind after he missed the Titans' entire offseason program as he recovered from hip surgery. He'll be up against it to get in shape for Week 1. That being said, Levitre has yet to miss a game since being the No. 51 overall pick of the 2009 draft. He should be ready for the opener.
Jul 24 - 6:06 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Lions are "not optimistic" about agreeing to an extension with Ndamukong Suh before the season.

That's bad news, as Suh's $22.412 million cap number means he'd cost $26.7 million to franchise tag next offseason. One of the league's most dominant players, Suh holds all the cards in long-term talks.
Jul 24 - 4:13 PM

Raiders placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There is no timetable for his return. The Raiders initially claimed Hayden was recovering from an ankle injury when he was first spotted in a walking boot in early June, but it was actually a stress fracture. It's unclear when he went under the knife. It's a humongous blow for a player who was trying to move past an injury-ruined rookie campaign, and further grays the Raiders' defense. Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are now the presumptive starters at corner. Hayden is only 24, but his NFL career is off to as poor a start as possible.
Jul 24 - 3:57 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports walk-year WR Jordy Nelson is seeking "at least" $10 million per season in long-term talks.

Nelson has no intention of handing out another discount. Nelson has been one of the league's most underpaid players since signing his four-year, $13.989 million deal in the fall of 2011. The $10 million demand shouldn't surprise the Packers, who have roughly $13 million in cap space. A deal could be worked out before Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 24 - 2:17 PM

Speaking Thursday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Matt Cassel is the team's No. 1 quarterback heading into camp.

That's been the expectation all along. No. 32 pick Teddy Bridgewater should give Cassel a run for his money, but the Vikes appear content to go into Week 1 with the veteran under center. However, we fully expect Bridgewater to make starts this season, likely early.
Jul 24 - 1:45 PM

Browns activated RB Terrance West from the active/non-football injury list.

The rumor was that West failed his conditioning test, but he denied that. It doesn't matter now. He's on the active roster, working out with the team and will be ready to battle Ben Tate for the starting running back job when full-squad work begins Saturday. West's brief stint on active/NFI will have no impact on his progress.
Jul 24 - 12:57 PM

Jonathan Stewart pulled his hamstring prior to training camp and will miss the first 1-2 weeks.

Coach Ron Rivera says the pull isn't as serious as some hamstring injuries, and added Stewart will remain on the active roster. Still, it's no way to start a season for a player that's missed so much practice time due to nagging injuries the past few years. DeAngelo Williams will soak up first-team reps as he surges to the front of this committee attack.
Jul 24 - 12:32 PM

Coach Chuck Pagano said he'd like to have a "bell cow" at running back this season.

In the same breath, Pagano said he isn't against employing a running back by committee. The message is clear. Ideally, Trent Richardson will find the form that made him the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, and become a 260-carry workhorse this season. But he'll be on a short leash, with Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard both ready to fill roles if Richardson faceplants again. For now, we've placed T-Rich 26th among running backs in our Draft Guide -- a ranking that will rise if he separates in camp.
Jul 24 - 11:29 AM




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