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Sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter that Tom Brady and the NFL were still discussing a settlement as of Tuesday morning.

Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 11:39 AM

Cowboys signed RB Gus Johnson.

Johnson went undrafted out of Stephen F. Austin, where he was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year. He ran a disappointing 4.70 at the Combine, but posted solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10') jump numbers, and then improved his forty to the mid-4.5s at his Pro Day. Johnson will start off as the No. 4 or 5 RB in Dallas, but is a name to monitor. The players in front (Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar) aren't exactly world-beaters.
Jul 28 - 11:20 AM

Cowboys released RB Ryan Williams.

The oft-injured Williams couldn't stay out of the training room again, undergoing a knee procedure after he experienced swelling in June. The Cowboys added Stephen F. Austin UDFA Gus Johnson to take his place on the 90-man roster. Unless Chris Johnson or another veteran comes aboard, it looks like the Cowboys will roll with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar as their top-three running backs.
Jul 28 - 11:12 AM

The NFL and Le'Veon Bell are negotiating a settlement that could reduce his three-game suspension to one or two games.

Bell's suspension stems from an August 2014 incident in which he was pulled over with marijuana in his car, and got charged with both possession and a DUI. Bell's camp is arguing that he's being punished twice for the same offense. As a player with no known history of breaking the law, he appears to have a legit shot at a reduction. Bell, already in the conversation at No. 1 overall in fantasy, would surely be the top pick if he only will sit 1-2 games.
Jul 28 - 11:07 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly showed far better command of the offense this offseason.

Garoppolo was still trying to get his head around the offense as a second-round rookie a year ago. He still looked good in the preseason, going 46-of-72 (58.2%) for 618 yards (7.82 YPA) with five TDs, one INT and a 99.0 passer rating. With Tom Brady's suspension looming, Garoppolo got a bunch of first-team reps in the spring. We expect him to hit the ground running if Brady misses any time.
Jul 28 - 10:55 AM

Dolphins re-signed QB Josh Freeman.

It's an odd transaction as Freeman was just cut by the Dolphins on Friday. Regardless, he'll be a camp arm behind Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
Jul 28 - 10:20 AM

Appearing on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said the NFL will announce Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld within the next 24-48 hours.

Stephen A. is not the kind of media personality we like to cite for breaking news. But Adam Schefter also opined similarly Tuesday morning, saying the NFL doesn't feel "inclined to budge much" and adding he expects the suspension to stay at four games. Making an announcement before the Patriots open training camp Thursday is only fair. Brady and the NFLPA won't go down without a fight though, as they'll likely sue the NFL in court and try to get Brady on the field Week 1. Roger Goodell knew that, giving him zero incentive to look weak and reduce the ban.
Jul 28 - 10:08 AM

Giants CB Prince Amukamara raved about Victor Cruz (knee) after the duo worked out together recently.

"I'm telling you, this guy looked fab... I'm telling you. Remember that I said this. This guy looks faster now than he did before," Amukamara said. "I was just looking at him and was like, 'Man, how is this possible?'" Of course, Amukamara is Cruz's teammate and friend, and he's also a very optimistic guy. We're still passing on Cruz in fantasy drafts as he comes off a devastating patellar tear.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 28 - 9:50 AM

The 49ers lost an NFL-high 37 percent of their player snaps from 2014.

Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Bubba Ventrone and Anthony Davis all retired. They also lost Mike Iupati, Frank Gore and Chris Culliver among others in free agency. Furthermore, the Niners have just seven of the 22 starters remaining from the team that got beat by the Ravens in the Super Bowl three seasons ago. Their 2015 win total has sunk as low as 6.5 at some offshore sportsbooks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:10 AM

The Vikings can cut Mike Wallace after this season at no cost.

In other words, Wallace is essentially in a contract year even though he signed a "five-year" pact in 2013 free agency. If he doesn't get cut, he'll make base salaries of $11.5M in both 2016 and 2017. So Wallace has tons of motivation this year to both perform on the field and not be a cancer off it (as he was in Miami). There's intrigue at an eighth-round ADP here even though he'll be playing the lower volume "Z" role in Norv Turner's offense.
Jul 28 - 8:57 AM

Jets signed WR Austin Hill.

Hill was thought to be a priority UDFA following May's draft, getting scooped by the Seahawks. But he failed his physical, a bad sign for a player who missed his entire junior year at Arizona with a severe knee injury. Hill subsequently got picked up and dropped by the Raiders. He'll be a poor bet to stick on the Jets final roster.
Jul 28 - 8:34 AM

Terrance West appeared to surrender reps to Duke Johnson and Shaun Draughn during OTAs and minicamp.

The Browns have said they want to ride the hot hand at running back this season. It's going to be very difficult for West to get that hot hand if he's fourth in line behind Isaiah Crowell, Johnson and Draughn. West had a rocky rookie year, often looking average on the field and getting in the coaches' doghouse off it. The Browns used a third-round pick on Johnson in May.
Jul 28 - 8:16 AM

LeSean McCoy gave his take on how the Eagles will divvy up the backfield reps this season.

"Chip (Kelly) doesn't value the running backs in a certain way," McCoy said back in April. "DeMarco's going to do all the running. Sproles is going to do all the routes. Mathews is just in case of emergency because Murray gets hurt a lot. That's how it's going to go." Shady isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he does have intimate knowledge of how the Eagles coaches think. We suspect 270-290 carries for Murray and 80-100 for Mathews is a fair projection.

Jaguars fifth-round WR Rashad Greene is a favorite for punt return duties.

Last year's returner, Ace Sanders, was dumped two weeks ago. Greene's ability to fill a slot role and help a dormant punt return game makes him a great bet to stick on the final roster. He'll compete again Tandon Doss and Bryan Walters at camp.
Jul 28 - 7:53 AM

Antonio Brown is riding a 33-game streak with at least five catches and 50 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of this record streak, as we've seen him force-feed Brown the ball late in games if there's any doubt. It means the unstoppable Brown has a 5-50-0 weekly floor, making him one of the safest players in both season-long and DFS leagues. Brown has 239 catches for 3,197 yards with 21 receiving touchdowns since Mike Wallace left Pittsburgh following the 2012 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:31 AM



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