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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team's "expecting a good performance" from second-year CB Darius Slay this season.

Mayhew has put all his eggs in Slay's basket after not drafting a cornerback high in May's draft and releasing "top" CB Chris Houston last month. Slay is atop the depth chart after an up-and-down rookie season. He'll be bookended by soon-to-be 34-year-old Rashean Mathis. The Lions are really going to need a lot out of their pass rush to help mask potential secondary problems.
Jul 29 - 12:27 PM

Mike Leshoure reported to training camp at 242 pounds.

Leshoure played at 227 two seasons ago when he led the Lions in rushing, and was at 233 last year. He's always been a big back, but 242 is awfully heavy. Considering Leshoure was never overly explosive to begin with, the weight gain isn't a positive in our eyes. The Lions don't seem concerned. Coach Jim Caldwell believes Leshoure is in "very good shape." Leshoure's ticketed for No. 4 duties.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 29 - 12:01 PM

Packers undrafted rookie TE Colt Lyerla was relegated to the scout team on the third day of training camp.

Lyerla is at the bottom of the depth chart in a group that includes seven tight ends. The good news for Lyerla is that the tight end spot in Green Bay is the most wide-open position on the team. Lyerla has all the measurables and talent to make a quick climb once the pads come on and preseason games get under way. It's a reminder that Lyerla is a classic boom-or-bust prospect.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 11:29 AM

Bucs MLB Mason Foster has shed seven pounds since the spring in an effort to become better in coverage and quicker laterally.

Foster played at 242 pounds last season. In new coach Lovie Smith's defense, linebackers have to be fast to cover running backs and tight ends. Foster has mostly been a straight-linish attacking linebacker since being the 84th pick in the 2011 draft. Foster will be on the IDP radar as an every-down player.
Jul 29 - 11:14 AM

According to the Baltimore Sun, suspended RB Ray Rice "sure has looked good in training camp."

Per beat writer Mike Preston, Rice had two long runs over the weekend where he "looked like the Rice of old," and "his cuts were excellent." It's hard to get overly bullish about Rice following a miserable 2013 campaign and now entering 2014 on suspension, but he'll be someone to track closely this preseason.
Jul 29 - 11:00 AM

The Dallas Morning News considers RB Ryan Williams a "longshot" to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

It's because Williams "is not a good special teams player." Williams isn't in the mix for Dallas' top-two running back jobs (DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar), and Joseph Randle made a special teams tackle in all four of his special teams appearances last season. If Williams outplays Randle as a running back, however, we still wouldn't rule out the Cowboys keeping four RBs on the roster.
Jul 29 - 10:52 AM

Seahawks signed RT Eric Winston to a one-year contract.

Winston, 30, started all 16 games at right tackle for the Cardinals last season, but struggled both in the run and pass games and graded out as a bottom-eight tackle at Pro Football Focus. In Seattle, the favorite for starting right-tackle duties is Michael Bowie. Second-round rookie Justin Britt is also in the mix to replace the departed Breno Giacomini. Winston will simply compete for a spot.
Jul 29 - 10:32 AM

Robert Woods was listed as the first-team receiver opposite Sammy Watkins on the Bills' first training camp depth chart.

Mike Williams is directly behind Woods, while Marquise Goodwin is backing up Watkins. Woods hasn't generated much fantasy hype, but qualifies as a sleeper to lead Buffalo in receptions this season. Watkins is talented, but a rookie, and Woods will play the "movement" wideout role in Doug Marrone's offense, running high-percentage routes at Z and slot receiver. He's a sleeper for 70 catches.
Jul 29 - 10:30 AM

The Bills' first training camp depth chart listed C.J. Spiller as the starting tailback over Fred Jackson.

Spiller did make ten "starts" to F-Jax's six last season, although Jackson finished with 253 touches compared to an injured Spiller's 235. Look for the pendulum to swing back toward a now-healthy Spiller in 2014. Jackson is still likely to open the season as a usable RB2/flex for as long as he stays upright. Spiller will be a high-ceiling, if volatile RB2 with weekly RB1 scoring upside.
Jul 29 - 10:27 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Rich Campbell is becoming convinced that undrafted rookie LB Christian Jones is going to make the Bears' 53-man roster.

The ex-Florida State linebacker can drop in coverage, and is apparently showing well against the run at camp. LBs coach Reggie Herring recently called Jones raw, but the team is said to be high on him. A failed drug test at the Combine likely was the main reason he didn't hear his name called at the draft. Jones could push converted SLB Shea McClellin for snaps sooner than expected. He'll likely be an immediate contributor on kick coverage units.
Jul 29 - 10:23 AM

Ravens CB Lardarius Webb injured his back in Friday's practice and will have it evaluated in the next few days.

Per the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens' "level of concern" has increased. After tearing his ACL in 2012, Webb started all 16 games last season and was a top-23 corner at Pro Football Focus. He'll line up as the starter opposite Jimmy Smith in the Ravens' base defense and cover the slot in sub-packages.
Jul 29 - 10:09 AM

Browns RBs coach Wilbert Montgomery said rookie Terrance West "has some shades of Brian Westbrook."

"He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down with his left leg," Montgomery continued. "He has that Ricky Watters, Walter Payton, lure-you-to-sleep-on-the-sideline move that I can accelerate or play like I’m going to accelerate and come back inside. Those are traits I haven’t seen in a while." High praise. However, this all came after Montgomery called Ben Tate "the guy" in the Cleveland backfield. The battle between the two is just beginning.
Jul 29 - 9:54 AM

Jets RBs coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Chris Ivory is the favorite to be the Jets' goal-line back this season.

"If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line, obviously," Lynn said. "Sometimes in those situations you have an extra defender that you can’t block, and you need a back that can take him on." Ivory weighs over 220 pounds and will serve as the short-yardage vulture while Chris Johnson operates as the Jets' lead back between the twenties. Ivory may still struggle for weekly start-ability in fantasy leagues barring a CJ?K injury.
Jul 29 - 9:31 AM

Saints removed FS Jairus Byrd (back) from the active/PUP list.

Byrd underwent back surgery in May, shortly after inking a six-year, $54 million deal. Tuesday will be his first practice with the team. Byrd and sophomore Kenny Vaccaro will form one of the most imposing safety duos in the league.
Jul 29 - 9:28 AM

Aaron Dobson had a screw permanently inserted in his foot during his March 10 surgery.

The surgery was actually more significant than initially thought. It explains why Dobson has still yet to begin practicing despite originally receiving a 2-3 month recovery timetable. Dobson didn't even begin running until July. The Patriots are going to be careful with their second-year receiver. The injury red flags are there, and he remains on the active/PUP list. It's now a long-term concern.
Jul 29 - 9:12 AM



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