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Teddy Bridgewater completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards in Friday night's preseason opener.

Matt Cassel started, but Bridgewater got some work in with the first team. He played into the third quarter and struggled to move the offense, completing 46 percent of his passes and fumbling on a sack that the Vikings recovered. He was sacked twice among 15 dropbacks. Bridgewater showed major issues with his efficiency, so this is a setback to his chances of overtaking Cassel. Bridgewater still has time to close the gap before Week 1.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:12:00 PM

Citing "information gathered," Profootballtalk.com reports there's a "strong sense" in league circles that Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to win the appeal of his four-game suspension.

The popular theory as to Bell's defense is that he changed his cellphone number and therefore was not contacted by the NFL prior to a drug test. Bell thus missed the test and was hit with a four-game ban. That defense isn't going to fly because Bell needed to inform the NFL of the cellphone change, assuming there ever was one. There also have been reports Bell missed multiple drug tests, not just one. Fantasy owners should approach Bell as if he won't be available until Week 5. DeAngelo Williams should be Pittsburgh's workhorse in Weeks 1-4.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged first-round pick Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at spring practices.

Kubiak did say he's been "pleased" with Lynch early in camp, insisting he's shown "improvement." Kubiak later stated Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian would share first-team reps, with Lynch mainly quarterbacking the third team. Barring a big step forward in preseason games, Lynch appears likely to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch a la Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
Jul 27 - 7:49 PM

Broncos GM John Elway reiterated that the team's quarterback position is "going to be wide open."

Elway agreed with coach Gary Kubiak that none of the Broncos' quarterbacks did enough in the spring to separate from the pack. Kubiak later said he is "interested" to see how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian "look" in team drills, and revealed that they will "split" first-team reps at the beginning of camp. Kubiak conceded rookie Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at OTAs and minicamp. It's looking more and more likely that the Broncos' quarterback battle will come down to Sanchez and Siemian.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Jets signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed. Fitzpatrick can make another $3 million in incentives "based on team performance." The Jets and Fitzpatrick played hardball all offseason before ultimately agreeing to a deal on the first day of camp. The Jets were always Fitzpatrick's only realistic destination. His return locks in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as high-floor fantasy picks, whereas they may have been more volatile with Geno Smith under center. Fitzpatrick's salary puts him at the low end of NFL starters, but he'll have a chance for an extension if he repeats his 2015 success. Fitzpatrick is best viewed as a QB2 in fantasy leagues who should be useful to stream against weak defenses.
Jul 27 - 7:11 PM

Saints signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract.

He's taking Vincent Brown's (calf, I.R.) spot on the 90-man roster. Nicks played in six games with the Giants last year, but was a non-factor. Despite only entering his age-28 season, it's a surprise any team was willing to give him a shot. Nicks will compete for the Saints' No. 5 receiver job.
Jul 27 - 5:30 PM

Mike Wallace failed the conditioning test to open Ravens' training camp.

He'll get another chance to pass it on Thursday. But until Wallace does pass, he won't be able to practice and could open camp on the active/NFI list. All in all, it's not a huge deal for a soon-to-be 30-year-old veteran, but hints Wallace may have developed some laziness during the summer break.
Jul 27 - 4:04 PM

Eagles placed RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) on the active/NFI list.

Mathews suffered the ankle injury last week. There's been no reason to believe it's anything serious, but it's another reminder just how fragile Mathews has been throughout his career. Rookie Wendell Smallwood is a strong late-round flier.
Jul 27 - 3:47 PM

Rams released QB Nick Foles.

It's been a move long in the making. After trading Sam Bradford and swapping a few draft picks with the Eagles to acquire Foles last offseason, the Rams then handed Foles a two-year, $24.5 million extension only to see him start 11 games and get benched for Case Keenum. Foles posted a horrific 69.0 passer rating with a 7:10 TD:INT ratio and career-worst 6.1 YPA. Expect him to land on his feet quickly as a backup on a much cheaper contract. The Jets could have interest.
Jul 27 - 3:41 PM

The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes Bruce Ellington is in "excellent position" to be the 49ers' "breakout player" on offense.

As noted by Barrows, coach Chip Kelly has been talking up Ellington ever since Kelly took over in San Francisco. Small, but quick, Ellington has the ability to line up in the backfield and play the slot. He could be that piece Kelly loves to move around and get the ball into his hands. With just 19 career catches through two seasons, it's not out of the question that Ellington leads the team in catches this season with Torrey Smith operating as the big-play threat on the outside.
Jul 27 - 3:36 PM

Cardinals signed ILB Donald Butler, formerly of the Chargers.

Butler was given a seven-year, $51.8 million extension in 2014, but quit on the team after getting paid and was run out of town back in March. Beat writer Kevin Acee went as far to call Butler a "thief" after he "stole from the team." Butler was Pro Football Focus' 51st-ranked inside linebacker out of 60 qualifiers last season. He'll compete for a gig behind Kevin Minter and Deone Bucannon.
Jul 27 - 3:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Jeremy Langford packed on 8-10 pounds in an effort to handle an "increased role" in the backfield.

Langford tipped the scales at 208 at last year's Combine and is listed at 211 by the Bears. Per Caplan, he's now in the 219-220 range. It's conceivable Langford will shed some water weight this summer in the heat, but this could be taken as a red flag. It's hard to get behind running backs putting on this much weight because it's hard for them to keep their speed and quickness. Langford is viewing it as a positive so he can handle a larger workload. We'll see how he looks in the preseason, but Langford already had problems making tacklers miss as a rookie.
Jul 27 - 2:03 PM




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