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ESPN 1500 Twin Cities' Patrick Reusse is "hearing" free agent Nick Foles has been promised a chance to compete for the starting job if he signs with the Vikings.

Yeah, no. Even if that's something that's being whispered to Foles' agent behind the scenes, it has no practical bearing on reality. Teddy Bridgewater isn't exactly an upper-echelon starter, but he's well established as being better than Nick Foles. Few things generate more fanciful scenarios than backup-quality quarterbacks.
Jul 28 - 8:03 PM

Contract-year QB Drew Brees maintains he'll cut off extension negotiations once the season begins.

Brees is headed into the final year of his five-year, $100 million contract, which was reached under extremely acrimonious conditions. Things don't seem to be going much better this time around. Brees is the best player in Saints history, and coming off another dominant season, but headed into his age-37 campaign. He's a tough contract case, especially since he doesn't concede dollars like Tom Brady.
Jul 28 - 7:35 PM

Rookies James Bradberry and Daryl Worley were the Panthers' starting cornerbacks on the opening day of camp.

Bene Benwikere will be a starter, but is returning for injury. That leaves second-rounder Bradberry and third-rounder Worley to battle it out. Robert McClain is also in the mix. Bradberry and McClain are better bets than Worley.
Jul 28 - 7:10 PM

Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

That's the lone bit of good news as Bell awaits the appeal of his four-game suspension. Bell's ban is expected to stick. Each of Bell's past two seasons have been ended by serious knee issues, while he had foot problems as a rookie. He's emerged as a two-front risk in Dynasty leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:05 PM

The Indianapolis Star calls is "unmistakably clear" that the Colts' "go-to lineup will feature three wide receivers."

The Colts have been two-tight end heavy for the majority of the Andrew Luck era, but with Coby Fleener departed for New Orleans and Phillip Dorsett waiting in the wings, going three-wide is a no-brainer. Dorsett figures to be boom or bust behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, but WR4 value is a real possibility.
Jul 28 - 6:52 PM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden calls OLB Preston Smith "bigger, stronger and faster this year."

"I think he’s going to be a heck of a pass rusher for us here for a long time, but out here it’s going to be real important for him to get even better," Gruden said. Smith's development has become even more critical following Junior Galette's Achilles' tear. Smith has 10-sack upside as a sophomore after closing out 2015 with five sacks in his final three games.
Jul 28 - 6:32 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he intends to determine his backfield touches "game to game."

"That'll go game to game," Arians claimed when asked how often David Johnson would be getting the ball. "If he's hot, he's staying in there. But there's no script right now." They're alarming comments on their face, but almost certainly just coachspeak. The Cardinals' website considers Johnson a shoo-in bell cow. Perhaps a "hot" Chris Johnson or Andre Ellington could occasionally steal a series, but we're confident in David's ability to dominate touches to the degree that he'll be an elite RB1.
Jul 28 - 5:57 PM

Broncos signed TE John Phillips.

The Broncos don't have much depth at tight end, so Phillips might actually make the team. A blocker, Phillips has made at least 15 appearances each of the past five seasons.
Jul 28 - 5:52 PM

Jets RT Breno Giacomini is week to week with a back injury.

Giacomini was viewed as a release/bench candidate, but Gang Green didn't add any legitimate competition. The Jets have extremely little tackle depth following the retirement of LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson.
Jul 28 - 5:49 PM

The Lions' official website expects Eric Ebron to "see a huge uptick in the number of balls thrown his way this year."

Its noteworthy as longtime in-house reporter Tim Twentyman is still saying so following the addition of Anquan Boldin. Ebron was targeted a modest 69 times last season. He needs a jump into the 90-100 range to be a legitimate TE1.
Jul 28 - 5:39 PM

The Cardinals may use John Brown on punt returns this season.

It's most notable from a "please don't get hurt" standpoint. Brown was an electric returner at small-school Pittsburg State, and could undoubtedly make a difference in the big leagues. This would add to his value in return-yardage leagues.
Jul 28 - 5:35 PM

Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) is already running routes off to the side at Patriots camp.

The Pats are being predictably vague with their No. 1 receiver's status, but he certainly appears on track for Week 1. Edelman might sit out the entire preseason, but can be targeted as an upside WR2 in fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 5:32 PM

Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot surgery) has suffered a setback.

Coach Bruce Arians said Bethel's return will be based on "pain tolerance." He seems primed to miss multiple weeks, which is very bad news for someone who already sat out the entire offseason program. GM Steve Keim has said Bethel isn't a lock to keep his starting job despite the Cardinals' poor alternatives.
Jul 28 - 5:14 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Le'Veon Bell's suspension appeal to take place in "mid-August."

Bell's odds of getting his four-game ban overturned are considered poor. He's gone from the No. 1 overall running back to troubled player we'd be hesitant to draft in the top two rounds.
Jul 28 - 5:10 PM

Steelers placed TE Ladarius Green (ankle surgery) on the active/PUP list.

There isn't a lot known about Green's status. He underwent an operation in January, the severity of which is unclear, and missed all of the offseason program. We'd expect he will be cleared soon, but that's just a guess until we get more information. Green will be a high-TD-upside TE1 if his health cooperates.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM



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