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Vikings signed TE Kyle Rudolph to a five-year, $36.5 million extension through 2019.

Tight end guru Norv Turner is signing off on Rudolph, who should be Teddy Bridgewater's safety valve for years to come. Rudolph missed half of last season with a fractured foot, but is 100 percent now and dropped 15 pounds in the offseason with an eye on a high-volume role in an offense that has produced career years out of Jay Novacek, Randy McMichael, Jordan Cameron, and Antonio Gates. Still only 24 years old, Rudolph has 15 touchdowns over his last 30 games. He's a mid-range to lower-end TE1 in Dynasty leagues, albeit with upside for more. We see Rudolph as a value pick at his late-eighth-round ADP in re-draft leagues. He's a candidate to lead Minnesota in catches and TDs.
Jul 27 - 10:20 PM

Second-year TE Zach Sudfeld has reportedly been the most impressive tight end so far at Jets camp.

Jeff Cumberland has been "relatively quiet," while second-round pick Jace Amaro has generally struggled and missed time with knee tendinitis. Positive news on Sudfeld may generate eyerolls in the fantasy community, but he still offers plus athleticism and stands 6'7/253. He probably won't make any fantasy noise in New York this season, but is worth monitoring in deep Dynasty leagues.
Jul 27 - 9:48 PM

Jermaine Kearse has consistently run as a first-team receiver in three-wideout sets at Seahawks camp.

Percy Harvin is playing Z and slot receiver, with Kearse and Doug Baldwin primarily on the perimeter. (Baldwin is playing Golden Tate's old position.) At 6-foot-1, 209 with impressive high-pointing ability, 24-year-old Kearse has a chance to take a step forward this season, and is a sneaky bet to lead Seattle in touchdown receptions. He scored TDs in the NFC title game and Super Bowl 48.
Jul 27 - 9:44 PM

Dennis Pitta said his hip feels 100 percent as training camp opens.

Pitta did return for the final four games of last season, but lacked some agility and explosiveness as he came off a hip dislocation. Now 100 percent and a focal point of Gary Kubiak's tight end-friendly offense, Pitta is a solid candidate to lead the Ravens in receptions. He's expected to play a "versatile role" in which he's "routinely" split out wide.
Jul 27 - 9:08 PM

Benny Cunningham is getting reps with the starters ahead of Tre Mason Sunday.

As a rookie with very little pass protection experience, Mason isn't going to be handed the No. 2 job behind Zac Stacy. Cunningham led the NFL in YPC (5.55) among rushers with at least 45 attempts last season. For now, speculation that Mason could earn 8-10 carries per game appears unfounded.
Jul 27 - 8:56 PM

Kenny Britt and Brian Quick are getting the majority of first-team wideout reps during Sunday's practice.

Chris Givens is spending most of his time with the second unit. It's an interesting development, as we know Britt has the physical tools to be an on-field dominator when his head is on straight. It appears Jeff Fisher is going to give his old friend every opportunity to resurrect his career in this barren receiving corps. Britt's ADP is around the 15th round right now.
Jul 27 - 8:51 PM

49ers RB/KR LaMichael James is expected to miss at least a month with a dislocated left elbow.

The once-deep 49ers may have to sign a running back after losing James for all of camp and Kendall Hunter to an ACL tear. Jewel Hampton now looks like a decent bet to make the 53 behind Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde. When healthy, James will return as San Francisco's primary kickoff and punt returner, and No. 3 tailback. Marcus Lattimore (hamstring, knee) still can't practice.
Jul 27 - 7:43 PM

Patriots waived/injured WR Greg Orton.

Orton tore his Achilles' tendon in Friday's training camp session.
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

Brandon LaFell's "inconsistent hands" have "drawn notice" early at Patriots camp.

LaFell had eight drops on 90 targets last season. As a new player in the Patriots offense, he's going to have to shine in camp to climb the depth chart. LaFell is starting off at least behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and will also eventually be leapfrogged by Aaron Dobson (day to day, foot).
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

Tests revealed that Cecil Shorts sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain in Friday's practice.

In other words, it's more severe than standard early-camp tightness. Shorts will be sidelined at least two weeks, adding more injury concerns to his outlook. He underwent groin surgery in December and sat out almost all offseason workouts with calf and hamstring issues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 7:25 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said fourth-round QB Logan Thomas "still has to learn when to throw the ball extremely hard and when to throw it accurately."

Thomas has a unique skill set and Carson Palmer will turn 35 in December, so Dynasty owners should be monitoring the situation. We know that accuracy and touch are major issues for Thomas right now. "A strong armed, young quarterback has that problem. He gets all jacked up and wants to show it off," Arians said.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 7:18 PM

49ers RB/KR LaMichael James was carted off the field during Sunday's practice with an apparent left arm injury.

The injury appeared to be James' wrist or arm, and the extent is unknown. It's another running back blow after San Francisco lost Kendall Hunter to a torn ACL. Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, and Jewel Hampton are the Niners' only healthy backs. Marcus Lattimore (knee, hamstring) remains on the active/PUP list.
Jul 27 - 7:14 PM

Clay Matthews (thumb) says he's not quite 100 percent yet, but was active for the start of training camp.

Matthews, who broke his right thumb twice in three months and undergone a Tommy John-esque surgery on it, was wearing a splint as practice opened. By the time the real games start in six weeks, he expects to have his full grip back and resume his dominating role in Dom Capers' scheme. Despite the injuries, Matthews has 20.5 sacks in his last 23 games.
Jul 27 - 7:14 PM

Tom Savage opened camp as the third-string quarterback.

Case Keenum is getting the second-team reps behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. On the first day of camp, Savage reportedly "struggled to find any consistency and missed his targets several times." Still, we'd tentatively expect the fourth-round rookie to pass up Keenum before camp is over. Savage was hand-picked by new coach Bill O'Brien.
Source: CSN Houston
Jul 27 - 7:06 PM

According to the Miami Herald, "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller "can play the role of LeSean 'Shady' McCoy" in new OC Bill Lazor's offense.

Lazor spent 2013 on Chip Kelly's staff as Philly led the NFL in rushing and yards per carry (5.1). Miller lacks McCoy's lateral explosiveness, but he is a speed back who's dangerous in space. Earlier in July, Miller met with McCoy to discuss "how to thrive in the system Lazor has brought from Philly to South Florida," and also watched Shady's game tape. Per beat writer Adam Beasley, Miller "has been clearly ahead" of Knowshon Moreno "every step of the way." "He looks good, he looks stronger than he’s ever been," said coach Joe Philbin of Miller, who gained 6-8 pounds of offseason muscle. "I don’t think he’s sacrificed any speed whatsoever." Miller is shaping up as a potential steal at his seventh-round ADP.
Jul 27 - 7:05 PM



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