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Cardinals GM Steve Keim estimated in a Thursday radio interview that Andre Ellington "appeared to add 8-10 pounds" in the offseason.

Ellington's 2013 Combine weigh-in was 5'9/199, so he presumably now stands in at 5-foot-9 and 207-209 pounds. The hope is that Ellington's weight gain doesn't sap burst, as it appeared to do with fellow smaller backs Felix Jones, Steve Slaton, and Ray Rice in recent years. Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mathews, Trent Richardson, and Bernard Pierce are other running backs who gained weight in recent offseasons, and later regretted it. Ellington bulked up in anticipation of a large workload spike. His current ADP is the mid-third round.
Jul 25 - 11:40 AM

According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Andrew Hawkins is the only receiver to "distinguish himself" in Browns camp, so far.

Similar to what we read in the spring. Baby Hawk is going to see snaps all over the Josh Gordon-less Browns offense this season as a jitterbug playmaker. Brian Hoyer compared Hawkins' work ethic in the spring to Wes Welker's. Hawkins has more value in PPR as a volume pass-catcher. He's currently going in the late 13th round in fantasy drafts. Hawkins has some deep sleeper appeal.
Jul 25 - 11:36 AM

Patriots WR Greg Orton was carted off the practice field Friday with what appeared to be a "significant leg injury."

Orton went down with a non-contact injury, suggesting a possible torn knee ligament. The 27-year-old was re-signed to the 90-man roster this week. If the injury is as severe as initially thought, Orton's career may be at the end of the line.
Jul 25 - 11:32 AM

Dolphins third-year DE Derrick Shelby underwent an offseason knee scope.

It's no longer an issue, but it's noteworthy. Shelby is a coaching-staff favorite and will handle third-end duties behind Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake. He registered 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 446 snaps last season.
Jul 25 - 11:20 AM

MLive.com's Justin Rogers doesn't envision Mikel Leshoure "having any role" in the Lions' offense "unless there's an injury."

Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Reddick are leaps and bounds ahead of Leshoure on the depth chart. The Lions claim Leshoure isn't being viewed as an afterthought, but we're not taking the bait. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and will likely ride the bench for much of it before entering free agency next spring. Leshoure just turned 24 in March.
Jul 25 - 11:03 AM

Ex-Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he wants to be a head coach again in the NFL.

"If I get back into coaching, it would have to be a situation where there was a realistic opportunity to win a Super Bowl," Shanahan said. "It would have to be with the right ownership." Shanahan isn't interested in taking over a rebuild like he did in D.C., or working for an owner like Dan Snyder again. But coming off a 24-40 stint with the Redskins and a power struggle with the franchise quarterback and Snyder, it might be hard for Shanny to find an owner willing to give him the keys to the Ferrari. Shanahan recently turned down a job with FOX.
Source: USA Today
Jul 25 - 10:43 AM

Ravens signed suspended S Will Hill, formerly of the Giants.

GM Ozzie Newsome may be getting a steal here. Hill, 24, was one of the better safeties in the league last season, racking up 77 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles as a ten-game starter. However, he was slapped with a six-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. It's his third suspension since entering the league. Hill will be eligible to return in Week 7. He should then push Darian Stewart for the starting free safety job.
Jul 25 - 10:25 AM

Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams "have left the door open" for free agent RG Harvey Dahl to return.

Dahl, 33, was cut in March in a cap move. He underwent ankle and hip surgeries following the season, with the hip rehab being the most extensive. It sounds like Dahl still may not be recovered. He'd be a backup if re-signed.
Jul 25 - 10:09 AM

Rams DE William Hayes underwent three offseason surgeries.

Coach Jeff Fisher didn't reveal details. They were all likely of the clean-up variety. Hayes sprained his MCL last September, but appeared in 14 games. Over the past two seasons, he's racked up 12 sacks as the third end behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Hayes, 29, will fill the same role again in 2014.
Jul 25 - 10:03 AM

Coach Jeff Fisher said Sam Bradford (knee) is full-go for the start of training camp.

"Sam is in great shape," Fisher said. "He’s ready to go. We don’t have (reservations) — right now as we speak, as camp starts — he’s full-go. If we need to back him down here and there, we’ll back him down." Bradford tore his ACL in Week 7 and participated in spring practices. Fisher added the Rams may hold him out of the preseason opener as a precaution, but he will get some exhibition work. He's entering the summer as a back-end QB2.
Jul 25 - 9:51 AM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley observed that OLB Courtney Upshaw looked even bigger than he did in the spring when he reported to the team overweight.

Reporting to camp overweight is becoming an annual thing for Upshaw. His normal playing weight is in the 270-275 pound range, and he's likely knocking on the door of 300 at the moment. Upshaw is entering his third season and will be counted on to set the edge as a run defender on early downs.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 9:32 AM

The Dolphins are expected to implement read-option plays into their offense this season.

With old Chip Kelly OC Bill Lazor now running the show, the Dolphins want to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Cement-footed Nick Foles quietly had three rushing TDs and 221 rushing yards in only ten starts under Kelly and Lazor last season. Tannehill, a college wide receiver, has managed 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding a run element to his repertoire would be a boost. He's a solid two-QB-league target.
Jul 25 - 9:15 AM

Andre Johnson reported to training camp on Friday.

We can all breathe. Johnson was in Houston talking with Texans brass earlier this week, leading many to believe he would report to camp in time for Saturday's first practice. He did just that. Johnson's not going anywhere this year, and will be suiting up for the Texans and catching passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick. He should still dominate targets, but Johnson's YPR average may take a blow. Even at 33, Johnson is still one of the premier receivers in football.
Jul 25 - 8:54 AM

Falcons DE/OLB Kroy Biermann (Achilles') will be limited at the beginning of training camp.

Biermann tore his Achilles' in Week 2. He'll have every third practice day off and won't play in at least the first preseason game. Coach Mike Smith fully expects Biermann to be 100 percent for the opener. The Falcons need Biermann to return to form, as he's one of their few experienced edge players.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 8:49 AM

Tyler Eifert (shoulder) is "fully healed."

That was the expectation all along. For now, Eifert will have first-team reps all to himself as Jermaine Gresham nurses a back injury on the PUP list. Eifert has the talent to take a sophomore leap, but the presence of Gresham and OC Hue Jackson's run-heavy system are conspiring to put a lid on his fantasy upside. He can't be trusted as a TE1. Gresham will be a free agent in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 12:01 AM



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