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Patriots 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson is in danger of losing his roster spot.

A huge surprise at the 48th pick three drafts ago, Wilson's snap percentage was slashed from 42.5 as a rookie to 1.6 last year. Wilson does have special teams value, which could eventually secure his spot on the 53. On defense, he's behind Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, with rookie Jemea Thomas applying heat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 13 - 3:04 PM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Rob Housler is "sitting at No. 4 right now" on Arizona's tight end depth chart, behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard, and rookie Troy Niklas.

"He's just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," Weinfuss writes. The Cardinals' website seems to agree, also projecting Carlson and Ballard ahead of Housler. Once Niklas (hand surgery) gets healthy, it will be interesting to see if Housler goes on the trade block. The Patriots, Giants, Packers, and Falcons could also use an athletic, catch-first tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 2:59 PM

Towson (MD) police allege Ravens CB Jimmy Smith was attending to a woman who had overdosed on cocaine before his Saturday night arrest.

Smith was "trying to help" the woman, who ODed at a Towson bar. He "disobeyed orders" when medics arrived. After numerous expletives, Smith "played the 'I'm Jimmy Smith. I play for the Ravens' card," and told police "You're only doing this so you can get on the news," according to Baltimore reporter Paul Gessler. Smith has only been charged with a misdemeanor peace disturbance.
Jul 13 - 2:46 PM

The Kansas City Star claims Dwayne Bowe "looked great" during offseason workouts.

Bowe hired a nutritionist and personal trainer for the first time in his career, and is participating in Larry Fitzgerald's camp in Minnesota. NFL Films' Greg Cosell recently noted that he thought Bowe looked slower than ever on tape last season. "I remember Ron Jaworski and I talking about that you know Week 7, Week 8," Cosell said on John Hansen's podcast. "We really thought Dwayne Bowe lost something. You know he was never a burner as you said, but he wasn't slow either. He wasn't a plodder. There were times last year I thought he kinda looked that way. So this is a very interesting year for Dwayne Bowe."
Jul 13 - 2:40 PM

The Kansas City Star confirms the Chiefs "expect more" from second-year RB Knile Davis.

It is difficult to take Jamaal Charles off the field in any situation, but he could use more breathers after finishing 2013 as the only NFL running back to lead his team in rushing, targets, receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns. Although Charles is an exception to many rules, it shouldn't be forgotten that he's 5-foot-11, 200. Davis has a chance to earn more change-of-pace work this season, and is one of fantasy football's most valuable handcuffs.
Jul 13 - 2:35 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 13 - 1:48 PM

Patriots CB Logan Ryan is the favorite to start opposite Darrelle Revis in Week 1.

Brandon Browner will serve a four-game suspension to open the season, so one of Ryan or Alfonzo Dennard will have to start. Ryan led the Patriots with five interceptions as a rookie last season and has terrific ball skills. He has good size at 5'11/195 and has the ability to play outside. Ryan can also play the run.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 13 - 12:17 PM

Jaguars WRs coach Jerry Sullivan is high on UDFA Allen Hurns.

"I like the kid," Sullivan said. "I think he has some natural instincts. He has a chance to help us." Hurns drew praise this spring and has a chance to stick at the bottom of the Jags' depth chart. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Hurns ran a 4.54 forty at February's Combine. He's unlikely to contribute much on offense.
Jul 13 - 11:56 AM

Brandon Mosley is expected to compete for the Giants' starting right guard job.

Mosley took most of the first-team reps in the spring while Chris Snee recovered from offseason surgery. Mosley was the 131st pick in the 2012 draft and is a plus athlete after playing defensive end and tight end at JUCO before transferring to Auburn. Mosley handled himself well across 59 snaps last season.
Jul 13 - 11:26 AM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith was arrested for disorderly conduct Saturday night.

Police responded to a call about an unconscious woman in a bathroom at a bar, and Smith was cited for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer. Smith was reportedly trying to assist the woman but wouldn't move away from her after police repeatedly asked him to do so. Smith was released from custody at 11:15 PM Saturday night and faces a misdemeanor charge. He's the fifth Raven to be arrested since last season ended. Off-field issues led to Smith falling to the 27th pick in the 2011 draft. Smith will celebrate his 26th birthday later this month.
Jul 13 - 10:10 AM

Eli Manning said he's "reenergized" in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Manning regressed in ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride's offense last year, leaving the front office concerned over whether he's in his decline stage. The Giants will be more of a quick-hitting passing attack under McAdoo, which should play to his strengths. An improved offensive line and the presence of rookie Odell Beckham also give Manning a better supporting cast. Manning is signed through 2015, but will be in line for an extension next offseason if he bounces back.
Jul 12 - 10:54 PM

Brian Hoyer (knee) confirmed he's ready for training camp.

"No doubt," Hoyer said. "I'm ready to go, can't wait for Day 1." Hoyer was limited in OTAs, but will open camp as the Browns' tentative starter. Johnny Manziel will also see first-team reps as the two do battle to start in Week 1.
Jul 12 - 9:34 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Joseph underwent shoulder surgery in March and was held out of minicamp for precautionary reasons. He remains on track to be cleared for the start of camp. Joseph will start at nose tackle in Mike Zimmer's 4-3, with Sharrif Floyd getting the majority of snaps at the three-technique spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 9:11 PM

Kyle Wilson is expected to remain the Jets' nickel corner this season.

Wilson has been mentioned as a possible release candidate, but enters training camp as the favorite to return in the slot. The Newark Star-Ledger projects Dimitri Patterson to start opposite Dee Milliner, with rookie Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls, and Ras-I Dowling competing for roles in sub packages. 27-year-old Wilson is entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Jul 12 - 8:36 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes was "borderline unblockable" during spring practices.

There's been concern over Hughes moving to defensive end this season. He's in a rotation with Manny Lawson and has struggled in 4-3 schemes, but none of the media covering the Bills expect his sack totals to go down under Jim Schwartz. Entering a contract year, Hughes is set to make just $1.1 million. Hughes will draw heavy free-agent interest next offseason if he can put together another double-digit sack campaign.
Jul 12 - 7:48 PM



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