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The Packers are counting on 2013 first-round pick Datone Jones to start at end in their base 3-4, and tackle in the nickel defense.

The coaching staff wants Jones to be an every-down player after a disappointing, ankle-injury-marred rookie year. A ballyhooed prospect coming out of UCLA last season, 24-year-old Jones will start opposite Mike Daniels with B.J. Raji at nose tackle. With Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Brad Jones, and A.J. Hawk at linebacker, Green Bay's front seven has potential on paper.
Aug 1 - 12:58 AM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk.com there's a "slight chance" Josh Gordon could reach a settlement with the NFL where his one-year suspension is reduced.

Per PFT's Mike Florio, "Any deal presumably would entail a suspension for Gordon that lasts less than a year." This would be much better news for Gordon than the original notion of an "all or nothing" situation in Friday's appeal sitdown with hearing officer Harold Henderson, whereby either the one-year suspension would stand in full, or be erased. (The suspension isn't getting erased, by all accounts.) Florio reports "a ruling is expected fairly soon."
Jul 31 - 11:16 PM

Coach Lovie Smith reiterated the Buccaneers plan to "play more than one" running back this season.

New OC Jeff Tedford had an extensive RBBC history in college. "We’ve made it known that we’re going to play more than one. You need a lot," explained Smith. "In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least about four that we feel like if we went into a game with them, we could have a good running game." Doug Martin will be the lead back, but his handcuff situation lacks clarity.
Jul 31 - 10:46 PM

The Bucs are trying to transition fourth-year DL Da'Quan Bowers into an end-tackle hybrid.

"He's big enough to rush inside on third downs and a good anchor outside on first down," said Lovie of Bowers (6'4/288). "It gives us some flexibility." Smith suggested Bowers is fighting to become the Buccaneers' No. 7 defensive lineman. Gerald McCoy, Michael Johnson, Adrian Clayborn, Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence, and William Gholston would presumably be the top six.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 10:35 PM

Kenny Stills (quad) remains sidelined at Saints camp.

Stills went down last Friday, so he's missed almost a week. His absence has led to more opportunities for overwhelmingly impressive rookie Brandin Cooks, and third-year WR Nick Toon, whom coach Sean Payton claims has been "terrific." Stills is fighting for Drew Brees' looks, so he needs to get back on there.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 10:30 PM

Josh McCown says Bucs WR Tommy Streeter is having "one of the better camps I've been around for a receiver."

35-year-old McCown has been around awhile, of course, and practiced with some great receivers (Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, etc.). "He's just got so many dang catches," said McCown. "And he's just doing his job. He's just a humble, hard-working guy that comes out here every day and gets after it." Streeter is big and fast, and he's still only 24 years old. It appears he's got a decent chance to make the Buccaneers' 53.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 10:22 PM

The 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh have tabled extension talks until after the season.

The sides haven't been terribly close, and Harbaugh is already signed through 2015, so tabling talks is a good decision with the season little more than a month away. The 49ers have thus far played hardball with their prodigy coach, a strategy that could eventually come back to bite them.
Jul 31 - 9:57 PM

Rams LT Jake Long (ACL) took a "few repetitions" in team drills on Thursday.

Long did not participate in one-on-one pass-rush drills, but it's an important step in what's been a smooth recovery to this point in time. Barring a setback, Long is fully expected to man Sam Bradford's blindside come Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 9:49 PM

Falcons third-round S Dezmen Southward is sidelined with an undisclosed knee injury.

Southward will supposedly only be sidelined a week, but he should be considered week to week. He's going to miss the Falcons' preseason opener next Friday. Southward has been running as FS Dwight Lowery's backup.
Jul 31 - 8:34 PM

Donald Trump has advanced to the second round of bidding on the Bills.

It is believed the same is true of Sabres owner Terry Pegula, as well as the Toronto-based group fronted by '80s rocker Jon Bon Jovi. According to the Associated Press, the next step is for the finalists to "obtain the Bills' financial information before submitting a formal bid." A sale could be completed within the calendar year.
Jul 31 - 8:28 PM

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan expects to use "receivers by committee" this season.

Shanahan did the same in D.C. in 2012 with Pierre Garcon hobbled; Josh Morgan was the Redskins' leading receiver, Santana Moss somehow scored eight TDs, and Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson played lots of snaps. Shanahan first named Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins when discussing his receivers. He didn't address super-sleeper Charles Johnson specifically.
Jul 31 - 8:26 PM

Julio Jones will wear a custom-made shoe to protect his surgically-repaired foot this season.

"They made it wider," Jones said of his shoe company. "There’s a steel shank (at) the bottom, as well. They made a great cleat for me." Although it's doubtful a shoe could make that much of a difference with Jones' twice-broken foot, it likely couldn't hurt, either. Alternating practice days, Jones has been lighting up Falcons camp. He's Rotoworld's No. 4 overall receiver.
Jul 31 - 8:18 PM

Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with Ronnie Hillman's camp.

"From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman. "He's a completely different guy in the best possible way and I'm just excited about what he's doing." Studesville's praise comes two days after DenverBroncos.com reported that Hillman, and not C.J. Anderson, has been running as the No. 2 behind Montee Ball. It will be a battle to monitor closely in the preseason, but Hillman's draft pedigree should give him a leg up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 8:08 PM

Former NFL WR Donte' Stallworth is serving as a coaching intern at Ravens training camp.

This appears to be it for Stallworth, who failed to make the Redskins last fall and is now 33 years old. Infamously dubbed "The Human Hamstring Pull" for his litany of hammy injuries, Stallworth finished his ten-year career with a 15.1 YPR average on 321 receptions and 35 touchdowns. His best season (70/945/7) came in 2005 with Jim Haslett's Saints, when Stallworth finished as the No. 21 fantasy wideout. Sean Payton traded him away the following offseason.
Jul 31 - 8:07 PM

Geno Smith has looked "steady, for the most part" through roughly one week of Jets training camp.

Handling 79 percent of the first-team reps thus far, Smith has drawn praise from OC Marty Mornhinweg for improved ball security -- read: decision making -- and should feel far more comfortable in his second season of the same offense. If Smith takes a sophomore step forward, even if it isn't a huge leap, Eric Decker could prove quite the value pick at his current middle-eighth-round ADP.
Jul 31 - 7:58 PM



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