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Steelers signed LT Alejandro Villanueva to a four-year contract.

Villanueva had been an exclusive rights free agent, locked into $615,000. Villanueva reported for minicamp, but his intentions for training camp were unclear. Teams typically hold all the cards with ERFAs, but it was a different story in this case. Going on 29, Villanueva protects Ben Roethlisberger's blindside. The Steelers didn't have a viable back-up plan if Villanueva held out. Villanueva isn't an elite left tackle, but he's been sturdy for a team that had years of line problems.
Jul 27 - 2:57 PM

The Redskins insist Jordan Reed's big toe injury is not serious.

Reed's toe has apparently been bothering him for a "couple" of weeks, but coach Jay Gruden expects him to be sidelined "only a week or so." Toe injuries can be extremely tricky to recover from. It's possible the Redskins exercise the utmost of caution and hold Reed out through the first few preseason games, if not the entire exhibition slate.
Jul 27 - 2:55 PM

Rams GM Les Snead is uncertain if DT Aaron Donald will report to training camp or hold out.

Snead took a conciliatory tone, saying if Donald held out it's something the Rams would "(have) to respect." He added it's a "complicated situation," and that the sides are "working toward finding a solution." Donald is under team control for two more years, but the fifth-year team option is guaranteed for injury only in 2018. One of the league's three best defensive players, Donald isn't going to wait any longer to get paid. Donald turned 26 in May.
Jul 27 - 2:46 PM

Speaking Thursday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said an extension for contract-year WR Jarvis Landry isn't "mandatory."

Ross went on to mention the franchise tag as an option next offseason. It's become increasingly clear the Dolphins have little appetite to extend Landry unless it's on exceedingly team-friendly terms. The franchise tag is also unrealistic for a 5-foot-11 slot receiver. Coach Adam Gase seems to be telling Dolphins brass he doesn't need Landry beyond this season.
Jul 27 - 2:27 PM

Raiders released RB Taiwan Jones.

It's astounding Jones lasted as long as he did in Oakland. Yo-yoing between cornerback and running back, Jones was a core special teamer. He was grossly overpaid for many of his six years in Oakland. The speed demon turned 29 on Wednesday.
Jul 27 - 2:12 PM

Steelers WR Sammie Coates (knee scope) expects to miss at least two weeks of practice.

Coates could end up missing 3-4 weeks, which would put him in danger of missing the entire preseason. It's the last thing Coates needed after a dismal 2016 that saw him deal with injury and extreme ineffectiveness. The Steelers tend to work in young receivers slowly, but Coates' injury provides an opening for second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster.
Jul 27 - 2:04 PM

Bengals DC Paul Guenther said WLB Vontaze Burfict reported to camp in "tremendous shape."

Burfict has been plagued by injury each of the past three years, and was limited in training camp the past two summers. He's finally healthy, and has dropped a considerable amount of weight. Guenther expects him to play in the 240s instead of his usual 260s. Still somehow only 27 (in September), Burfict maintains play-making upside.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 1:56 PM

The Miami Herald reports DeVante Parker "(blew) up" the first day of Dolphins training camp.

"I think he was looking to not ease into camp," coach Adam Gase said afterward. "When I saw him (Wednesday) night, I could tell he was ready to get after it." Parker was an offseason puff piece fixture, perhaps setting a record. Both the Dolphins and media alike have been hyping his improvement since the first pad-less practice. According to Fantasy Football Calculator's ADP, Parker is currently the No. 92 player off the board.
Jul 27 - 1:51 PM

Titans signed OLB Erik Walden to a one-year contract.

Walden is coming off a career-high 11 sacks with the Colts, but struggled to generate interest in free agency. Going on 32, Walden drew poor 2016 marks from Pro Football Focus despite his quarterback takedown total. The Titans tied for sixth in sacks last season with 40. Walden will compete for a spot as a rotational rusher behind Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo.
Jul 27 - 1:45 PM

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell is a full participant in training camp.

The Pats limited Mitchell's reps throughout the offseason program, but he always vowed to be full-go for camp. Mitchell had the looks of an ascendant player last season, but has an extensive injury history and daunting target competition. You should hold tight in Dynasty leagues, but his path to re-draft relevance is fraught.
Jul 27 - 1:40 PM

Bears OLB Pernell McPhee (PUP) is dealing with a right knee issue after his left knee troubled him for most of 2016.

Coach John Fox said an "irregularity" was detected during McPhee's camp physical, and that he didn't even attempt the conditioning test. This being the Bears, they haven't publicly placed a timeline on his return. McPhee has been plagued by knee issues since signing with the Bears in 2015. He played just 273 snaps last season.
Jul 27 - 1:24 PM

Ravens S Tony Jefferson underwent sports hernia surgery last month.

Jefferson is reportedly back to full health, but coach John Harbaugh is taking it slow with his new safety. He should return to full practices in the near future. Signed to a four-year, $34-million deal in March, Jefferson will start opposite Eric Weddle.
Jul 27 - 1:21 PM

Free agent DT Sean Lissemore worked out for the Rams.

Lissemore visited the Falcons in May, but nothing came of it. The former Charger missed all of last season after getting hurt early in training camp.
Jul 27 - 1:19 PM

Rams worked out free agent QBs Sean Renfree and Thad Lewis.

With just Jared Goff and Sean Mannion on the depth chart, the Rams could use a camp arm. Neither player would be a real threat for the final roster.
Jul 27 - 1:17 PM

Saints LB Stephone Anthony will open training camp on the weak side.

A first-round pick in 2015, Anthony logged just 133 defensive snaps last season after starting every game at middle linebacker as a rookie. New LBs coach Mike Nolan has said he is "excited about" working with Anthony, however, so it seems like he will at least get a fair shot, especially after Dannell Ellerbe was put on injured reserve earlier this week.
Jul 27 - 1:13 PM



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