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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's Pilot Flying J company has reached an agreement with federal investigators and will be not prosecuted.

Pilot Flying J will pay a $92 million penalty over the next two years as part of the plea deal. It also must cooperate with the terms of the agreement. The CEO of Pilot Flying J, Haslam stood accused by the IRS and FBI of engaging in a fraud scheme to keep millions of dollars owed to customers on gas rebates. It was once feared that Haslam's ownership of the Browns might be tenuous.
Jul 14 - 1:24 PM

According to the Bills' official website, C.J. Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times per game "if the offense is operating at peak efficiency."

The site calls Spiller the "bell cow" in a quartet also involving Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon. It's an optimistic projection, and one hard to take too seriously after the Bills claimed Spiller would be fed "till he pukes" last season. He ended up averaging just 15.6 touches per game, playing through a sprained ankle and being used between the tackles far too often. A healthy Spiller is exciting and he'll bring plenty of upside, but it's unlikely the coaches see him as a workhorse. We're thinking something around 15-18 touches per game.
Jul 14 - 11:00 AM

Jeremy Maclin (ACL surgery) says that in some ways, he now feels faster.

Maclin participated fully in the entire offseason program, making a strong return from his July 2013 tear. "In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong," he said. "I just think you put so much hard work into your rehab process that that's kind of what happens. You get that leg back. You build that leg back stronger." With DeSean Jackson now a Redskin, Maclin is Nick Foles' "Z" receiver and No. 1 wideout. He's playing on a one-year "prove it" deal.
Jul 14 - 10:46 AM

The Packers' goal is to run 75 offensive plays per game this season.

The Broncos led the league at 72.1 plays per game last season; the Pack were 11th at 66.8. Getting 75 offensive snaps off weekly isn't very realistic, but speaks to the tempo at which coach Mike McCarthy wants his team to play. The goal is to prevent defensive substitutions, keeping opponents in base formations. "We play pretty fast, but you always want to play faster," McCarthy said. More plays mean more box score production across the board, especially with Aaron Rodgers at the controls. Target Packers in 2014 fantasy football drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 10:30 AM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is not expected to face discipline from the NFL following his Saturday night arrest.

Smith reportedly refused to back away from a woman who was overdosing at a bar and was charged with a misdemeanor peace disturbance. It may not even count as an offense against the personal conduct policy. Smith will line up across from Lardarius Webb when the Ravens host the Bengals Week 1.
Jul 14 - 10:06 AM

Aldrick Robinson is on the roster bubble heading into training camp.

Robinson has stuck with the Redskins since 2011 because of his ability to stretch defenses, but he's failed to develop into anything more than a streak runner. Now that DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts have been added to the corps, his job is in jeopardy. Showing well as a gunner on special teams in camp will be a necessity.
Jul 14 - 9:44 AM

The Jaguars' No. 4 receiver job is considered Ace Sanders' to lose.

Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are locked in as the top-three wideouts. Sanders shouldn't have much trouble beating out Mike Brown and Tandon Doss, but don't expect anything near last year's 51-484-1 line. The Jags won't be going four-wide very often as they try to ride Toby Gerhart and an improving defense to wins.
Jul 14 - 9:23 AM

ESPN's John Clayton believes free agent Santonio Holmes will have to wait for an injury in training camp to get signed.

Holmes is just 30 years old and says he's healthy, but has garnered zero known interest since the Jets released him in early March. It speaks volumes about both his on-field decline and detrimental attitude in the locker room. During four seasons with the Jets, Holmes totaled 2,128 yards.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 9:07 AM

ESPN New York expects the Jets to take a backfield-by-committee approach.

The only one surprised by this take is Chris Johnson, who still seems to be under the assumption he's an every-down workhorse. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn has already stated that Johnson's load will be monitored, an effort to keep a 29-year-old (in September) with 2,014 career touches fresh. Chris Ivory and possibly Bilal Powell will have chances to seize a hot hand, leaving CJ?K with far less volume than he saw in Tennessee.
Jul 14 - 8:42 AM

Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann said Antonio Brown looks "smoother" this season.

It doesn't sound like Brown has gotten complacent as he comes off a sparkling 110-1,499-8 season. "He doesn't really look like the same guy. He's made a transition," Mann said. "He's very confident. He's matured. He understands the concepts." Brown is going to be featured heavily once again this season, especially with Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery gone. Another 100 catches is well within reach.
Jul 14 - 8:11 AM

PFT's Mike Florio says a multi-game suspension for Ray Rice "should be the assumption."

Rice has already visited the league office to discuss the assault charges stemming from an incident with his fiancee turned wife. He has no previous violations of the personal conduct policy, but it's possible Roger Goodell has seen surveillance video of Rice striking Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino. Projections for Rice's ban have ranged from two to six games. Josh Gordon is facing a year-long ban for repeated marijuana violations.
Jul 14 - 8:00 AM

Percy Harvin is penciled in as the Seahawks kickoff returner.

Harvin won't be a volume receiver in the Seahawks' run-first scheme and committee-style passing attack. So unleashing his unique running skills as a returner (28.1 yard average, five touchdowns on 115 career kickoff returns) makes plenty of sense for Pete Carroll. The problem for fantasy owners in standard leagues is that Harvin will be exposing his fragile body to hits on plays we won't even be getting points for.
Jul 14 - 7:51 AM

Bruce Irvin said his surgically repaired hip feels "100 times better."

Irvin didn't say anything about his status for training camp, but at least we know he's had no setbacks. If the 2012 first-rounder can get back on the field sometime in August, he'll compete for snaps at strongside linebacker with K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith and O'Brien Schofield.
Jul 14 - 7:47 AM

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 whether Housler goes on the trade block. The Patriots, Giants, Packers, and Falcons could all use an athletic, catch-first tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 2:59 PM



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