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Coach Bill O'Brien said "right now" Nate Washington is the No. 2 receiver opposite DeAndre Hopkins.

Rookie Jaelen Strong and veteran Cecil Shorts are Washington's competition for the gig. 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 will have to outplay the veterans to earn a year-one role, even if he has the most upside.
Aug 4 - 12:49 AM

The Lions' website anticipates second-round pick Ameer Abdullah playing "a similar role as Reggie Bush did" in OC Joe Lombardi's offense.

Bush averaged 10.5 touches per game in 2014, though his effectiveness and availability were limited by a recurring ankle injury. We'd consider 10.5 touches a game to be Abdullah's rookie-year floor. In Monday's practice, beat writer Tim Twentyman says Abdullah "showed vision and burst" and described Abdullah as a back that "gets to full speed quick and is shifty in the open field."
Aug 3 - 7:47 PM

Redskins CB David Amerson suffered a sprained AC joint in his shoulder at Monday's training camp practice and is expected to miss a "few days."

One of fantasy football's favorite whipping boys last season, Amerson allowed quarterbacks to have an astronomically-high 140.2 passer rating when throwing at him. The Redskins signed CB Chris Culliver in the offseason and with DeAngelo Hall returning from injury, Amerson should be forced into sub-package duties as Washington's No. 4 corner behind Bashaud Breeland.
Aug 3 - 7:38 PM

Breshad Perriman (knee) has missed four straight Ravens practices.

Perriman is nursing a bruise on his knee. The first-round pick remains the favorite to open the season as Baltimore's starting X receiver opposite Steve Smith Sr., but still needs to secure that role on the practice field and in preseason games. Kamar Aiken and Marlon Brown are also vying for snaps.
Aug 3 - 7:35 PM

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

The Cincinnati Enquirer confirms Gio Bernard "won't have near as many touches" as Jeremy Hill this season.

Hill is a bellcow back with three-down tools and the best pass blocker on the Bengals. Bernard could mix in more during games where the Bengals fall behind on the scoreboard, but this is a relatively high-powered offense and the defense is likely to be much improved in DC Paul Guenther's second year. We don't anticipate the Bengals playing from behind often. In all likelihood, Gio will have a difficult time living up to his fourth-/fifth-round ADP.
Aug 3 - 7:12 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

First-year 49ers OC Geep Chryst says he does not want "tightly defined roles" in San Francisco's backfield this season.

Chryst also said he has "no idea" how the depth chart will shake out. "That's what we need camp to find out." Carlos Hyde remains the front-runner for early-down work, while Reggie Bush should be the top option in passing situations. Kendall Hunter and rookie Mike Davis are also vying for tailback snaps.
Aug 3 - 6:38 PM

Updating a previous item, Panthers DT Star Lotulelei suffered a "stress reaction" in his surgically-repaired right foot and will be re-evaluated in "a few weeks."

Lotulelei broke his foot in the playoffs and had surgery in January. It's a big concern for the Panthers, as the "few weeks" timetable puts Lotulelei's Week 1 status in jeopardy. Carolina will have to rely on Kawann Short, Dwan Edwards, and Colin Cole on the inside while Lotulelei is sidelined. He was PFF's No. 16 defensive tackle in 2014, receiving top marks in run defense.
Aug 3 - 6:32 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Raiders believe Michael Crabtree "is going to be playing himself into a big contract when the year is over."

Widely overlooked in free agency, Crabtree settled for a one-year, $3 million deal with Oakland; a classic prove-it arrangement. Crabtree will hope his prove-it season goes better than Hakeem Nicks' in Indianapolis last year. By all accounts, Crabtree has been shining in early-camp practices, showing sure hands. Not yet 28 years old, Crabtree certainly won't lack for "motivation" this season.
Aug 3 - 5:59 PM

NFL suspended free agent WR Ace Sanders ten games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Small, slow, and suspended is no way to last in the NFL.
Aug 3 - 5:48 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked up second-year RB James White following Monday's training camp practice.

White is getting the first crack at New England's "Vereen Role," ahead of oddly-ballyhooed Travaris Cadet. "A guy who can really play on all three downs," is how Belichick described 2014 fourth-round pick White. "Quality guy, smart, team oriented." Whereas Cadet has scant NFL pass-protection experience, White was one of the best pass-blocking backs in last year's draft.
Aug 3 - 5:45 PM

Eagles OLB Travis Long is out for the season with a torn left ACL.

It's Long's second left-ACL tear in the last year. He'll be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Long is a former UDFA out of Washington State.
Aug 3 - 5:41 PM

After observing the beginning of Bears camp, NFL reporter Dan Pompei said he'll be "very surprised" if Eddie Royal "doesn't have a big year."

Quietly, Royal was a top-35 fantasy receiver in San Diego each of the past two years despite playing a limited, slot-only role. With Kevin White (shin, conditioning) out indefinitely, Royal is in prime position to open the season as the Bears' starting Z receiver, moving inside in sub-packages. Royal could be a cheap source of 70-plus catches near the end of fantasy drafts.
Aug 3 - 5:37 PM

Browns signed RB Tim Flanders, formerly of the Saints.

Flanders spent 2014 out of football after going undrafted out of Sam Houston State. A Zac Stacy-like, bowling-ball runner, Flanders was a favorite super-deep sleeper of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman last offseason.
Aug 3 - 5:03 PM

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