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LSU's Zach Mettenberger is ESPN QBs guru Ron Jaworski's No. 2-rated quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft.

"When you watch him on tape, this guy has an NFL skill set," said Jaws of Mettenberger, who has a big arm but limited mobility and is coming off a torn ACL and MCL. Jaworski observed that Mettenberger has "very similar traits" to Joe Flacco, perhaps ironic because ex-Ravens OC Cam Cameron was LSU's offensive coordinator last season. Mettenberger is expected to be a second-day pick. Jaworski's top-rated quarterback remains UCF's Blake Bortles.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Panthers DT Star Lotulelei was carted off the field in Monday's practice, and spotted with his surgically-repaired right foot in a walking boot.

"They didn't tell me much," was Lotulelei's response when asked what he was told by the medical staff. It's a major concern for a player who underwent surgery in mid-January. Lotulelei broke his foot in Carolina's Wild Card win over the Cardinals. The No. 14 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Lotulelei has established himself as one of the most effective defensive tackles in football.
Aug 3 - 1:08 PM

Bears first-round WR Kevin White (shin) has now been sidelined for more than six weeks.

White continues to make progress, but remains on active/PUP. The Bears have declined to give any kind of timetable or reveal the exact nature of his injury. "I hope sooner rather than later, but that's just a hope," coach John Fox said. Once cleared, White will have a lot of ground to make up under notorious rookie hater Fox. Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte and Eddie Royal are all competent targets for Jay Cutler.
Aug 3 - 12:24 PM

Sources tell the Baltimore Sun S Matt Elam will need surgery to repair his torn biceps.

Elam sustained the injury while trying to make a tackle during Saturday's practice. The No. 32 overall pick in 2013 has scuffled in his career and lost the strong safety job to Will Hill, but the Ravens were counting on him to provide quality depth this year. Instead, he'll be placed on IR shortly and rehab ahead of 2016, the final year of his rookie contract.
Aug 3 - 10:59 AM

Geno Smith has thrown zero interceptions through the the first four days of training camp.

Considering Geno has been picked off 34 times in 30 NFL games, this qualifies as news. He's taken the vast majority of first-team reps and been "solid." Armed with a Chan Gailey scheme that suits his skill set and legit NFL-caliber weapons for the first time, we're expecting Geno to take a significant step forward toward two-QB league relevance.
Aug 3 - 10:50 AM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert continues to run behind Pierre Desir at camp.

Gilbert was the No. 8 overall pick in 2014 out of Oklahoma State while Desir went 127th overall out of D-II Lindenwood. That hasn't stopped Desir from earning the No. 3 job on the depth chart, behind starters Joe Haden and Tramon Williams. Gilbert might be the biggest disappointment in the 2014 draft if it wasn't for Johnny Manziel, who the Browns took 22nd overall that year.
Aug 3 - 9:01 AM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Crabtree has been the "star" of the Raiders' first three training camp practices.

If your eyes rolled after reading this one, you're not alone. Crabtree looked every bit a declining player in 2014 with San Francisco, relegated to rotational snaps and dropping passes at a career-worst clip. Crabtree is still only 27 years old, however, and it's conceivable his diminished on-field ineffectiveness was symptomatic of the 49ers' franchise dysfunction. From a fantasy standpoint, Crabtree certainly doesn't lack target opportunity in Oakland.
Aug 3 - 8:26 AM

Bills suspended OL coach Aaron Kromer six games for conduct detrimental to the team.

He's been suspended without pay. Although charges were ultimately dropped against Kromer for allegedly assaulting a kid over the placement of beach chairs, the Bills determined that Kromer's involvement in the incident was enough for relatively harsh discipline. Kromer will return on October 19.
Aug 2 - 10:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport was told Trent Richardson has a "50 percent" chance of making the Raiders' 53-man roster.

T-Rich opened training camp on the active/NFI list, suggesting he failed his conditioning test. Latavius Murray and Roy Helu are locks for the 53, while FB Marcel Reece can handle the load in a pinch. Richardson may be competing directly with UDFA Michael Dyer for a roster spot. Until T-Rich gets back on the practice field, his odds are going to appear even less than 50:50.
Aug 2 - 5:48 PM

The Buffalo News considers Matt Cassel the "leader in the clubhouse right now" in the Bills' quarterback derby.

Cassel hasn't been particularly sharp in early-camp practices, but he's been more consistent than E.J. Manuel, who has reportedly appeared overwhelmed. Tyrod Taylor would give the Bills' offense a potentially-exciting read-option element, but his passing leaves much to be desired. Regardless of which player "wins" the quarterback battle, his job will be strictly avoiding turnovers in 2015.
Aug 2 - 3:29 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Sunday he envisions Andre Ellington handling 20 touches per game this season.

Arians emphasized that Ellington's touches will involve receptions, and not just carries. Ellington handled over 22 touches per game last season, but averaged an anemic 3.3 yards per carry and broke down physically, ending the year on injured reserve. The Cardinals are miscasting Ellington as a true feature back. Rookie David Johnson will make his case for a backfield role in preseason games. Johnson is essentially a bigger, more athletic version of Ellington with arguably even more-dynamic pass-catching ability.
Aug 2 - 2:48 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer suggests Joseph Randle could handle 15 carries per game this season, with Darren McFadden taking ten and Lance Dunbar getting five.

Archer expects Randle to fare "fine" as the Cowboys' replacement for DeMarco Murray, and concedes the weekly touch distribution "is subject to change based on the hot-hand theory." If Randle handled 15 carries per game and stayed healthy, he would finish at 240 for the season. McFadden is a better pass blocker than Randle, while Dunbar is arguably Dallas' best receiving back.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 2 - 2:37 PM




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