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Free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson requested a public defender in his domestic assault case because he said he has no money.

A public defender is normally free of charge, but can cost up to $100. Jackson has earned over $12 million in his 10-year playing career. He says all of it is gone except for his car that's valued around $100K. NFL players blowing their money and being forced to hang around for a paycheck is far too common.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jul 1 - 10:34 AM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' website expects Ryan Russell to open the season as Dallas' starting left end.

Broaddus admits it's a "gut" feeling right now, but the Cowboys are going to have to patch something together with both starting DEs Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory suspended the first four weeks of the season. Russell played in just one game last season as a fifth-round rookie. Benson Mayowa is expected to start at right end, with rookie Charles Tapper also in the mix.
Jul 1 - 10:05 AM

Ravens OC Marc Trestman said he wants to run the ball more this season.

"We're always looking at ourselves as a team that should be able to run the ball first," Trestman said. Only the Lions passed the ball more than the Ravens last season, and Trestman's offenses in Chicago from 2013-2014 were also bottom-10 in rushing play percentage. Trestman may say he wants to run the ball, but history suggests his 2016 Ravens offense will again be pass-happy.
Jul 1 - 9:58 AM

Updating a previous item, ex-NBA player Nate Robinson is actually trying to make it to the NFL as a receiver.

It's at the advice of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Robinson participated in Seattle's minicamp last month on a tryout basis as a defensive back, but apparently wasn't hacking it as a defensive player. Robinson is working with WRs coach Dwayne Frampton, who has coached up Odell Beckahm and DeSean Jackson in past offseasons. Robinson (5'9/180) is waiting for his next opportunity.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 9:29 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "remain hopeful" OL Jermon Bushrod will "become a factor" at right guard.

Billy Turner gobbled up the first-team reps during the offseason, but the Dolphins want converted-tackle Bushrod to win the job in camp. Bushrod was held out of spring practices as he recovered from shoulder surgery. Barring an August face-plant, Bushrod should beat out Turner, who was a major liability in 2015.
Jun 30 - 10:13 PM

Ex-Cowboys and 49ers special teamer C.J. Spillman has been convicted of sexual assault.

Spillman spent six years in the league before being charged last summer. He faces 2-20 years in prison. His NFL career is over.
Jun 30 - 7:39 PM

Ravens.com admits the team's crowded tight end corps will "limit the number of times (Maxx Williams) sees the ball come his way."

One of the youngest players in the league last season, Williams struggled through an uneven year. Williams remains a high-upside stash in Dynasty leagues, but the presence of Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and perhaps even Dennis Pitta makes him an unlikely 2016 re-draft contributor.
Jun 30 - 6:57 PM

Danny Woodhead suffered an ankle injury in minicamp, but will be ready for training camp.

It's only notable because Woodhead missed the majority of 2014 with a severe ankle/foot issue. It's unclear if the injury is to the same leg. Provided he stays healthy, Woodhead will be an RB2 in PPR leagues.
Jun 30 - 5:47 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler expects Darrius Heyward-Bey to remain "fairly high" on the depth chart this season.

Heyward-Bey's clear-out speed — he reportedly clocked 25 miles per hour this spring — has made him a surprising Steelers mainstay, though he has only 24 catches over his past 32 games. Even if DHB gets some routes, he's well behind Antonio Brown, Le'Veon Bell, Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Ladarius Green on the targets totem pole.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 4:41 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports suspended free agent Johnny Manziel is unlikely to attempt a comeback before 2017.

The reasons are obvious. Manziel is suspended for a minimum of four games, and isn't close to being in football shape. That's not to mention his continued commitment to partying. The odds of Manziel being on someone's roster this season are zero. They're only slightly better for 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 4:28 PM

The NFL has upheld Cowboys LE Demarcus Lawrence's four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The Cowboys were hopeful Lawrence's ban would he halved, but he evidently had an extremely weak appeal case. Dallas will now officially be without each of its starting defensive ends for the first four games of the season, not to mention OLB Rolando McClain. It will be duct tape and glue until Lawrence and Randy Gregory return. We wouldn't be surprised if owner Jerry Jones' subordinates were having to physically restrain him from calling troubled free agent Greg Hardy.
Jun 30 - 3:20 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys OLB Rolando McClain 10 games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

McClain's tumultuous offseason gets worse. The Cowboys were steamed when the embattled linebacker skipped "voluntary" OTAs to spend time with his family in Alabama. McClain has been highly effective when on the field for the Cowboys the past two seasons, but also had his fair share of injuries, and the usual off-the-field drama. The Cowboys could decide they're over it, but considering their usual depth issues at linebacker, McClain will almost certainly keep his roster spot.
Jun 30 - 3:15 PM

Seahawks UDFA QB Trevone Boykin has avoided jail time in his assault case.

As part of a plea deal, Boykin pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He's been fined $1,500, and sentenced to one year probation. The Seahawks have insisted Boykin is a legitimate candidate to back up Russell Wilson. Right now, his only "competition" is 2015 UDFA Jake Heaps. It's possible, if not likely, a veteran is either signed or acquired.
Jun 30 - 2:52 PM

Browns waived QB Connor Shaw.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Shaw had more name recognition than he probably should have because of the Browns' sorry quarterback situation. He spent all of 2015 on injured reserve with a thumb injury. Shaw was an extremely tough player at the University of South Carolina, but lacks the tools to extend his NFL career much further.
Jun 30 - 2:49 PM

Melvin Gordon (microfracture surgery) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for training camp.

For as serious as his operation was, Gordon's recovery appears to have gone as smoothly as possible. Speaking earlier this month, coach Mike McCoy said "you would have never known he was injured." Gordon struggled mightily as a rookie, but the Chargers will give him every opportunity to rebound.
Jun 30 - 2:13 PM



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