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Saints CB Kyle Wilson is "on the outside looking in" for a roster spot.

Wilson was outplayed by Delvin Breaux throughout OTAs. The Saints aren’t expected to give up on Stanley Jean-Baptiste after one season, and don’t want to risk stashing fifth-round CB Damian Swann on the practice squad. Signed for the veteran minimum, Wilson needs to win slot duties to avoid getting cut.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 8:38 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune confirms CB Josh Robinson (pectoral) is a candidate for reserve/PUP.

Robinson would miss at least the first six weeks on PUP. The Vikings don’t consider his injury season-ending. Xavier Rhodes, Terence Newman, and Captain Munnerlyn are penciled in as Minnesota’s top three corners.
Jul 4 - 6:08 PM

Andre Williams is expected to be the Giants goal-line back.

Williams mostly struggled in his jump from the ACC last year, but was effective in the red-zone with seven touchdowns. After a nondescript OTAs, he’s projected to open training camp behind Rashad Jennings. The Giants want to use a three-man committee of Jennings, Williams, and passing-back Shane Vereen. An annual health risk, Jennings is coming off knee/ankle injuries and entering his age-30 season. Williams averaged 20 carries over the final month of 2014.
Source: giants.com
Jul 4 - 5:41 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "taking a wait-and-see approach" with suspended WR Josh Gordon.

The Browns have Gordon under team control if he gets reinstated next year, but are open to trading him after consecutive suspensions and a team-imposed ban. Gordon dealt with conditioning and playbook issues in five appearances last season, averaging 60 YPG. Cleveland’s front-office/coaching staff aren't counting on Gordon returning to his 2013 form.
Jul 4 - 4:39 PM

ESPN's John Keim expects second-round OLB Preston Smith to eventually be the starter opposite Ryan Kerrigan.

Trent Murphy is ahead of Smith for the Week 1 strong-side job, but isn't a full-time starter. The Redskins expect Smith to be a regular part of their nickel packages. Smith has the talent to play his way into base sets.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 3:27 PM

Vikings CB Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral before minicamp.

Robinson is expected to be sidelined for training camp and could be a candidate for reserve/PUP. It gives rookie Trae Waynes a clearer path to playing time behind Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn. Robinson is scheduled to make $1.55 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 2:45 PM

Marcus Mariota drew raves for his accuracy in offseason workouts.

"Unbelievable accuracy," WR Harry Douglas said. "Marcus has done everything he needs to get the ball to his receivers." The Titans are expecting Mariota to improve their short passing game, where they ranked 24th in yards after the catch last year. Mariota's accuracy should be a big upgrade for slot WR Kendall Wright.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 2:39 PM

Seahawks.com's John Boyle believes it will be a "tough challenge" for WR Chris Matthews to climb the depth chart.

Despite his Super Bowl heroics, Matthews is still clearly behind Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin on the target totem pole, and he could find himself behind rookie Tyler Lockett as well. At 6-foot-5, Matthews could be a good fit for the outside receiver role occupied by Kearse, but he will need a very strong training camp to earn a significant role early in the season.
Jul 4 - 1:59 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Amini Silatolu could win the starting left guard job in camp.

Andrew Norwell played well down the stretch last season after taking over for an injured Silatolu, but Silatolu brings more experience. Before Silatolu can unseat Norwell, he will have to prove his health. He has played just 10 games total the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 1:05 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes J'Marcus Webb is the favorite to start at right guard heading into camp.

Webb is trying to beat out journeyman Khalif Barnes and rookie Jon Feliciano for the starting gig. A failed left tackle in Chicago, Webb did not play an offensive snap for the Vikings last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 4 - 12:05 PM

Packers TE Andrew Quarless was arrested in Miami Saturday morning after allegedly firing a gun twice during an altercation.

Quarless tried to flee the scene and hide the gun in a plant, but he was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public, a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail in Florida. No matter what happens in the legal system, Quarless is likely to face a significant suspension from the NFL. Nothing more than a mediocre talent, Quarless' days with the Packers could be finished.
Jul 4 - 11:34 AM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson saw snaps at right end during the offseason program.

Johnson has played almost exclusively on the left side the last three seasons, but with Kony Ealy, Wes Horton and Frank Alexander question marks on the right side, the Panthers could look to move Johnson around more this year. No matter where he lines up, Carolina's pass rush will likely go as Johnson goes this season.
Jul 4 - 11:09 AM

Broncos DC Wade Phillips said Sylvester Williams has "taken over" the nose tackle position.

"Sly has been exceptional," Phillips said. "I'm really pleased with where he is." A first-round pick in 2013, Williams struggled to find a role in the Broncos' old 4-3 scheme and was eventually benched in favor Malik Jackson last season. Though Williams is not the prototypical 3-4 nose tackle at just 6'2/313, he is a nice fit in Phillips' less traditional one-gap scheme. Williams could be ready for a breakout season.
Jul 4 - 10:33 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater does not expect Jets RE Muhammad Wilkerson to hold out during training camp.

With LE Sheldon Richardson suspended the first four games of the season, Wilkerson suddenly has a lot more leverage in his ongoing contract dispute. Holding out into training camp would cost him $30,000 a day in fines, however, and likely would not get Wilkerson any closer to the long-term extension he seeks. Wilkerson's best bet is to play out 2015 on his current contract before breaking the bank in free agency next offseason.
Jul 4 - 10:03 AM

CBS Dallas-Fort Worth's Mike Fisher reports the Cowboys could announce a long-term deal with Dez Bryant as early as Monday.

"The two sides having moved to such a negotiating comfort level," Fisher said, "that there is discussion about announcing a done deal following the July 4 weekend." Rumors of an imminent deal between Bryant and the Cowboys have been swirling for days, but we have yet to hear anything official from either camp. The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a long-term deal.
Source: CBSDFW.com
Jul 4 - 9:46 AM



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