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Johnny Manziel struggled out of the gate as the Browns opened camp Thursday.

Working exclusively with the second-stringers, Manziel's first four dropbacks went like this: Sack, sack, pass nearly intercepted, pass batted down at the line. Rehab may not have been the answer to Johnny Football's on-field woes. We're not going to overreact to one padless practice in July, but the Browns have already said the gap between starter Josh McCown and Manziel is wide.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 9:51 PM

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor was a no-show for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Word spread Wednesday that Chancellor was considering a holdout, and it appears he's followed through. Chancellor is already one of the league's highest-paid safeties, but he must think the time is right to angle for a raise with FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) shaky for Week 1. ESPN's Jim Trotter has reported the 'Hawks have "no intentions" of giving in. Chancellor is risking $30,000 per day in fines.
Jul 30 - 9:47 PM

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports third-rounder WR Sammie Coates has had a quiet camp thus far.

"Haven't noticed much out of Coates," were the words of beat writer Mark Kaboly. His observation comes two days after Yahoo's Charles Robinson reported Coates "has got work to do." It sounds like Coates could have trouble earning No. 4 duties this summer, and begin the year as a weekly inactive.
Jul 30 - 9:24 PM

Duke Ihenacho is getting the "first crack" at the Redskins' strong-safety job.

He's competing with Jeron Johnson. Our money has been on Johnson, but Ihenacho took all the first-team reps on Thursday. "We’re going to go out there and let them play," coach Jay Gruden said. "Duke’s done a good job so far, and those guys are going to line up and see what happens."
Jul 30 - 8:28 PM

Broncos GM John Elway wants the running game to be Peyton Manning's "best friend" in 2015.

"Number one, we're going to have good balance on the offensive side," Elway insisted Thursday. "What I can say, late in my career, that was my best friend, the running game. And I think that running game will be Peyton's best friend also." With Manning's arm dying a slow death, the Broncos are going to ramp up the model they used down the stretch last season under run-oriented coach Gary Kubiak. Manning is still going to sling it, but you can comfortably take the under on the 613 attempts he's averaged the past three seasons. Manning could have a hard time living up to his current ADP of QB3.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 30 - 8:18 PM

The Miami Herald considers Rishard Matthews the "strong front-runner" for the Dolphins' No. 5 receiver duties.

Matthews demanded to be traded or released earlier this offseason, but the Dolphins ignored him. The only way he'll begin the year higher than No. 5 on the depth chart is if DeVante Parker (foot surgery) isn't ready for Week 1. Matthews could still end up cut or dealt.
Jul 30 - 7:54 PM

Newsday reports the Jets "had no knowledge" of Sheldon Richardson's July 14 on resisting arrest and traffic charges before Thursday.

Already suspended for the season's first four games, it was an almost inconceivably-poor decision on Richardson's behalf not to inform the Jets of his arrest. Gang Green's backing of its player could be tepid, to put it mildly, for the foreseeable future. Richardson was "only" charged with resisting arrest and traffic violations, but his car also had a "very strong odor of marijuana" at the time of his arrest. He had a (legal) loaded gun. Richardson's current four-game ban is for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. It's safe to say he's going to miss more than four games this season.
Jul 30 - 7:24 PM

ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects Todd Gurley (knee) to be limited to individual drills at the start of camp.

Although Gurley has surprisingly avoided the active/PUP list, GM Les Snead has said the team will be "cautious" with its first-round back. The Rams' official website believes there's a "possibility" Gurley starts Week 1, but gives the edge to Tre Mason.
Jul 30 - 7:05 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports six other teams besides the Redskins have reached out to free agent OLB Junior Galette.

Galette spent Thursday in Washington. Per the Washington Post's Mike Jones, Galette would "prefer to sign with Washington." Teams clearly aren't all that bothered by Galette's off-the-field issues since he's still above average on it. Galette would be a huge addition for Washington opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Jul 30 - 6:54 PM

FS Eric Weddle believes he's headed into his final year with the Chargers.

Due $7.5 million in the final year of his contract, Weddle is unhappy the Bolts haven't played ball on an extension. A 2007 second-rounder, Weddle turned 30 in January. He's spent his entire career in San Diego, and been a playmaker throughout. He remained one of the league's top safeties in 2014.
Jul 30 - 6:40 PM

Giants signed WR James Jones, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

With Rueben Randle ineffective and Victor Cruz rehabbing, the G-Men are giving themselves veteran insurance behind superstar Odell Beckam. Jones is reuniting with OC Ben McAdoo, whom he played for in Green Bay from 2007-13. Jones appeared withered during his lone year in Oakland last season, but offers a red-zone threat from the slot. Jones averaged a pathetic 9.1 yards per catch last year, but it was partly a function of Oakland's pop-gun offense. Jones boasted a 13.9 mark before 2014. Realistically, he's competing for No. 4 or 5 duties.
Jul 30 - 6:16 PM

The St Louis Post-Dispatch reports Jets DL Sheldon Richardson was arrested in Missouri earlier this month for resisting arrest and "various traffic violations."

Richardson was arrested on July 14 for his role in an "apparent high-speed road race." Driving as fast as 143 miles per hour, Richardson is accused of trying to elude an officer attempting to pull him over. All the while, he had two other men and a "12-year-old child" in the car. It's a concerning, embarrassing incident for a player who earned a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy just 12 days before his arrest. It's unclear if Richardson's latest issue will lead to further league discipline. Richardson is a budding star on the field, but has always been a bit of a knucklehead off of it.
Jul 30 - 6:14 PM

DeVante Parker's (foot surgery) agent would be "shocked" if his client wasn't ready for Week 1.

The comments come five days after coach Joe Philbin said he expected Parker to be ready for Miami's opener. Parker has opened up camp on the active/PUP list, but it doesn't appear anyone expects him to revert to reserve/PUP later this summer.
Jul 30 - 6:05 PM

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (knee) is unsure if he'll be ready for Week 1.

"I told everybody it’s going to be sooner than later," Albert said Thursday. "I’m ahead of schedule. We don’t want to push it too much. This is a good starting point." It's a bit of a surprise, as Albert opened camp on the active roster, while the Dolphins spun sunshine about his status all offseason. All we know for sure is that he's avoiding the reserve/PUP list since he wasn't placed on active/PUP. Albert still has a real shot at being ready for Week 1.
Jul 30 - 6:01 PM

According to ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini, the Falcons believe Devonta Freeman is a the "right" fit in first-year OC Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

Russini suggests Freeman could be headed for a "big year." Russini makes no mention of flashy rookie Tevin Coleman, whom Atlanta drafted in the third round. Russini is a former Washington D.C.-area reporter and may have connections to Shanahan, who formerly coordinated the Redskins' offense. Most signs continue to point to a Coleman-Freeman committee in Atlanta's backfield.
Jul 30 - 5:58 PM



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