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The Bengals released S Taylor Mays over the weekend after they discovered he is facing an additional four-game suspension.

It's "additional" because Mays was already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He's now suspended for eight games. Mays' bans all stem from violations of the league's substance abuse policy. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have not ruled out re-signing Mays once the bans are up.
Jul 25 - 4:45 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports suspended WR Josh Gordon remains "on thin ice" with the Browns' coaching staff despite Monday's conditional reinstatement scheduled for Week 5.

Coach Hue Jackson has said Gordon will be given "no latitude" as he attempts to show that he's all-in on resuming his career, while Cole notes that other members of the organization have grown "weary" of Gordon's past decision making. The new Browns regime did invest five draft picks into pass catchers -- including four wide receivers -- and will presumably want to give them a long look. Gordon has more ability than all five, of course. He also resurfaced in a video with Johnny Manziel on TMZ earlier Monday. Gordon and Manziel were hanging out with puppies and playing video games.
Jul 25 - 4:41 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim does not view seventh-round pick Keith Marshall as a threat to Matt Jones' workload this season.

A size-speed specimen who spent most of his college career injured, Marshall went back on the shelf this spring after running behind someone named "Mack Brown" at rookie camp. Marshall is talented enough to make up ground quickly in August, but he hasn't given anyone reason to believe in him as an NFL player just yet.
Jul 25 - 4:25 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a "huge year" for Jeremy Hill in 2016.

Dehner reports Hill "looked really good" in the Bengals' offseason program. Although many have forecasted a bigger role for Giovani Bernard following Cincinnati's pass-catcher losses, it should be noted that the Bengals have historically leaned more heavily on Hill when Tyler Eifert in particular has missed time. Gio managed receiving lines of 1-9-0, 4-18-0, and 4-29-0 on target counts of 1, 4, and 5 in Eifert's three missed games last season. Hill's touch totals were 22, 19, and 21 in those contests.
Jul 25 - 4:21 PM

Redskins waived/failed physical DB Kyshoen Jarrett.

Unless he is released with an injury settlement later, Jarrett will likely spend 2016 on the Redskins' injured reserve list. A sixth-round steal out of Virginia Tech last year, Jarrett shined as a hybrid safety-slot corner before suffering from nerve damage in his shoulder and neck. He was reported to have lost 30 pounds in April. There is fear Jarrett's career is in danger.
Jul 25 - 4:10 PM

Texans placed LT Duane Brown (quad surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Coach Bill O'Brien said in mid-June he expected Brown to be ready for the start of training camp, but that isn't the case. Brown underwent surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon all the way back in January. It's a mild surprise he's not fully recovered six months later, but there have been no reports of a setback. Brown was PFF's No. 18-rated tackle among 76 qualifiers last season.
Jul 25 - 4:04 PM

Texans placed DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) on the active/PUP list.

After his July 20 back surgery, Watt isn't going to participate at all in training camp or preseason. A setback could send him to reserve/PUP, though we're nowhere near that point yet. Multiple reports have indicated Watt is in danger of missing the start of the season. He also had groin surgery earlier in the offseason.
Jul 25 - 3:58 PM

Redskins OLB Junior Galette has suffered another torn Achilles' tendon, and is done for the season.

Galette's second year as a Redskin will end the same as his first: With zero snaps. Per PFT, Galette tore his right Achilles'. It was Galette's left Achilles' that cost him all of 2015. Headed into what would have been his age-28 season, Galette's career is now in serious doubt. It's an on-paper blow for the Redskins' thin pass rush, but realistically DC Joe Barry should never have been counting heavily on Galette considering his off-field and injury histories.
Jul 25 - 3:24 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer believes UDFA WR Cayleb Jones could push for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Jones was "clearly the most polished" of the Eagles' first-year wideouts during the offseason program. Not that he had much competition. Jones has a big frame (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and long arms, but his athleticism underwhelmed at the Combine. He had trouble separating in the Pac 12. If he makes the team, it will probably be as a special teamer.
Jul 25 - 3:15 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson wants Carson Wentz to be "starter ready" by Week 1.

"You want (Wentz) to be in a position where if there’s an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don’t have any worries," coach Doug Pederson said. "You’re fully confident in his ability to take over. Because backup quarterbacks need to be ready to go in an instant." In theory, it's just coachspeak, but it's also an admission the Eagles believe Wentz could be "starter ready" by the opener. Sam Bradford needs to have the season of his life to hold off the No. 2 overall pick for 16 games.
Jul 25 - 3:10 PM

The Eagles continue to insist Sam Bradford will be their starting quarterback.

"I’ve said all along that Sam’s the guy," coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Barring a preseason injury, Bradford should be under center in Week 1, but that will simply start the Carson Wentz clock. Bradford needs to have a career year to hold onto his job for 16 games.
Jul 25 - 2:40 PM

Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington remains banned indefinitely.

Unlike Josh Gordon, Washington doesn't seem terribly interested in gaining reinstatement. His last down of football was in Dec. 2013. Washington turns 30 in October.
Jul 25 - 2:32 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon will be reinstated after serving a four-game suspension to begin the season.

It's somewhat shocking news. Gordon's career appeared to be on the brink at times this offseason, but he's kept his head down since an unfortunate spring. Gordon's reinstatement is conditional, but he will be allowed to participate in training camp. That's a perk few banned players get. It means Gordon should be in near peak shape when he returns in Week 5. It's important to remember that Gordon has played in just five NFL games over the past two years, but he's still only 25 years old. He's a mid-round pick who will be an immediate WR3 upon his return, and perhaps a WR1 by the time it's all said and done.
Jul 25 - 2:00 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his career.

"Aaron's vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great year," McCarthy said. "I would say this is the best shape I've seen him in." Rodgers had arthroscopic knee surgery in January, but has appeared in all 16 games three of the past four years. His health and conditioning aren't concerns as he looks to rebound from his worst season as a starter.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:26 PM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith claims it's not him in the "fire up session" video posted on Periscope.

The man who says his name is Aldon Smith in the video certainly sounds like him, but there's no definitive visual evidence. If it ends up being proven to be Smith in the video, it would be a catastrophic blunder from a player currently serving a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith can apply for reinstatement in November.
Jul 25 - 1:17 PM



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