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Brandon Marshall departed Thursday's practice with a "tight back," but the "hope" is that he'll be fine.

ESPN Chicago reports Marshall is expected to be limited on Friday, but the consensus among the local media is that the injury isn't a real threat to Marshall's Week 3 status. We're not worrying for now, but that could obviously change. Marshall's status will be updated no later than Friday afternoon.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 03:12:00 PM

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 right now 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.
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

The Kansas City Star considers NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) a candidate for the reserve/PUP list.

Poe went under the knife early last month, and is staring at a three-month timeline. That means even in a best-case scenario, he's unlikely to return before October. The Chiefs don't have to make a decision on Poe's status until next month. Arian Foster is going to run wild on Kansas City in Week 1.
Aug 3 - 1:47 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports unsigned Giants franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul (fingers) won't report to training camp until he can pass his physical.

Pierre-Paul finally talked to GM Jerry Reese on Sunday, but he's avoiding all Giants activities — including signing his one-year tender — until he can be medically cleared. It's a bizarre strategy, but one the G-Men may be more at peace with following Sunday's meeting. It's completely unknown when JPP might finally be ready.
Aug 3 - 1:19 PM




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