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Steven Jackson is out indefinitely with a left hamstring injury, but is expected to be ready for Week 1.

Coach Mike Smith claimed Tuesday the injury isn't serious, but was vague on Jackson's timeline, only saying he's expected to be ready for Week 1. It's not the same hamstring that cost S-Jax four games in 2013, but it's up for debate whether that's good or bad news. No matter how serious, it's a big blow for a player who had reportedly looked "rejuvenated." It's a reminder that Jackson's advancing age (31) and recent health woes make him a dicey RB2. Rookie Devonta Freeman is worth a draft flier in all formats.
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Free agent WR Miles Austin is scheduled to visit the Eagles this week.

The Eagles are certainly in need of wideout help with ineffective Riley Cooper and unproven Josh Huff currently penciled as bookends to slot man Jordan Matthews. But Austin, who hasn't garnered even a whiff of interest in free agency, would be an underwhelming addition. He turns 31 in June, has missed 15 games over the last four years and hasn't been a difference-maker since 2010. At best, Austin is a No. 4 wideout at this point in his career.
Mar 30 - 10:11 AM

Free agent WR Hakeem Nicks is visiting the 49ers.

It took nearly three weeks, but Nicks is finally getting a sniff on the free agent market. The 49ers, in search of inexpensive depth behind starters Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith, will likely be disappointed in what they find. Lower-leg injuries have completely zapped Nicks' once-promising career, as his last three seasons have been nothing short of poor. No other team has even poked around at Nicks in the wake of his 38-405-4 "prove it" 2014 season with the Colts.
Mar 30 - 8:52 AM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford contemplated quitting football after his 2014 ACL tear.

Fellow former Oklahoma QB Josh Huepel reportedly had to talk Bradford out of it. This isn't exactly breaking news, as Bradford previously admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he "didn't want to come back" following his latest injury. Still, the mere fact that Bradford contemplated retirement so recently sends up a red flag, particularly to teams interested in Bradford if the Eagles try to flip him in a draft-day trade up for Marcus Mariota. Since his college days, 27-year-old Bradford has undergone right shoulder surgery and two left ACL reconstructions.
Mar 30 - 1:15 AM

Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed C.J. Anderson will open OTAs as the Broncos' starting tailback.

Kubiak said Anderson wasn't assured the job at the Combine, but sounded more committed to him at the NFL owners' meetings. "I think he's shown he has all the ability to be an excellent starter in this league, so we're really looking forward to working with him," Kubiak said. "We'll give them all a chance and see how it pans out, but C.J. obviously has a good head start on things. ... He's proven that running zone schemes and doing those types of things seem to fit him very well."
Mar 29 - 12:38 PM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley will visit with teams this week.

Coming off a torn ACL and MCL, Ridley is expected to be cleared in roughly six weeks. A reunion with New England seems unlikely given Ridley's similarities to LeGarrette Blount. The Cowboys showed interest in Ridley before they signed Darren McFadden. A light-footed power runner, Ridley is a bit one-dimensional but could help a team as an early-down chain mover if healthy.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 29 - 8:20 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said at the NFL owners' meetings that the Panthers would like to limit Jonathan Stewart to around 15 carries a game in 2015.

It makes sense based on Stewart's injury history. Rivera insisted Carolina wants to maintain a two-back system with Stewart handling 15 runs a game and the No. 2 runner handling 8-10. "Running back has definitely been proven that you’ve got to have a good two-back tandem," said Rivera. "And that’s what we’re looking for. We’re looking for that complement to Jonathan." The Panthers have been linked to Todd Gurley and Tevin Coleman during the pre-draft phrase.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 9:19 AM

Panthers claimed OT Jonathan Martin off waivers from the 49ers.

The 42nd overall pick in the 2012 draft, Martin's name has long been bigger than his game. He's struggled mightily in stints with the Dolphins and 49ers, and generated negative publicity for "outing" Richie Incognito as a "bully" during the 2013 BullyGate Scandal in Miami. The Panthers are searching at tackle, claiming Martin and signing Michael Oher to a cheap two-year deal. They'll continue to add talent in the draft.
Mar 27 - 4:22 PM

Panthers signed WR Jarrett Boykin to a one-year contract.

Boykin, 25, lost the third receiver role to Davante Adams in Green Bay last season after posting a 49-681-3 receiving line in 2013. Boykin stands 6-foot-2, 217 with 4.74 speed, so he's essentially a younger version of Jerricho Cotchery at this point. Boykin is viable offseason depth, but Carolina needs to keep searching for a No. 2 wideout upgrade opposite Kelvin Benjamin.
Mar 27 - 1:52 PM

Vikings signed CB Terence Newman, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Coming off a solid three-year stint with the Bengals, Newman is reuniting with coach Mike Zimmer, whom he played for in both Dallas and Cincy. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Newman has remained durable and effective, but his play did slip a little in 2014. He also missed three games with a knee issue, and briefly considered retirement. He'll likely enter the season as an outside starter opposite Xavier Rhodes, but might be best limited to the 400-500 snap range. The Vikings remain likely to address cornerback in the draft.
Mar 26 - 7:23 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport calls the Falcons a team to "keep an eye on" for Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory.

Per Rapsheet, the Falcons are "open to edgier players" under new assistant GM Scott Pioli. GM Thomas Dimitroff famously tried to build a roster of choir boys, but his personnel role has been revoked. Pioli will be calling the shots on draft weekend. The Falcons know they have to take chances as they try to restock one of the league's most talent-barren rosters. Gregory failed a drug test at February's Combine, but has No. 1 overall type of talent.
Mar 26 - 6:20 PM

49ers waived OT Jonathan Martin.

The "Bullygate" victim lasted only one season in San Francisco. Reunited with his college coach Jim Harbaugh, Martin played 661 snaps across 15 appearances (nine starts), but was among the least-effective tackles in the league. With his mentor in Harbaugh now gone, the 49ers apparently didn't see the point in keeping Martin around. Martin is still only 26 (in August), but has never been an effective NFLer.
Mar 26 - 4:38 PM




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