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Falcons third-round S Dezmen Southward is sidelined with an undisclosed knee injury.

Southward will supposedly only be sidelined a week, but he should be considered week to week. He's going to miss the Falcons' preseason opener next Friday. Southward has been running as FS Dwight Lowery's backup.
Jul 31 - 8:34 PM

Donald Trump has advanced to the second round of bidding on the Bills.

It is believed the same is true of Sabres owner Terry Pegula, as well as the Toronto-based group fronted by '80s rocker Jon Bon Jovi. According to the Associated Press, the next step is for the finalists to "obtain the Bills' financial information before submitting a formal bid." A sale could be completed within the calendar year.
Jul 31 - 8:28 PM

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan expects to use "receivers by committee" this season.

Shanahan did the same in Washington in 2012 with Pierre Garcon hobbled; Josh Morgan was the Redskins' leading receiver, Santana Moss somehow scored eight TDs, and Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson played lots of snaps. Shanahan first named Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins when discussing his receivers. He didn't address super-sleeper Charles Johnson specifically.
Jul 31 - 8:26 PM

Julio Jones will wear a custom-made shoe to protect his surgically-repaired foot this season.

"They made it wider," Jones said of his shoe company. "There’s a steel shank (at) the bottom, as well. They made a great cleat for me." Although it's doubtful a shoe could make that much of a difference with Jones' twice-broken foot, it likely couldn't hurt, either. Alternating practice days, Jones has been lighting up Falcons camp. He's Rotoworld's No. 4 overall receiver.
Jul 31 - 8:18 PM

Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with Ronnie Hillman's camp.

"From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman. "He's a completely different guy in the best possible way and I'm just excited about what he's doing." Studesville's praise comes two days after DenverBroncos.com reported that Hillman, and not C.J. Anderson, has been running as the No. 2 behind Montee Ball. It will be a battle to monitor closely in the preseason, but Hillman's draft pedigree should give him a leg up.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 8:08 PM

Former NFL WR Donte' Stallworth is serving as a coaching intern at Ravens training camp.

This appears to be it for Stallworth, who failed to make the Redskins last fall and is now 33 years old. Infamously dubbed "The Human Hamstring Pull" for his litany of hammy injuries, Stallworth finished his ten-year career with a 15.1 YPR average on 321 receptions and 35 touchdowns. His best season (70/945/7) came in 2005 with Jim Haslett's Saints, when Stallworth finished as the No. 21 fantasy wideout. Sean Payton traded him the next offseason.
Jul 31 - 8:07 PM

Geno Smith has looked "steady, for the most part" through roughly one week of Jets training camp.

Handling 79 percent of the first-team reps thus far, Smith has drawn praise from OC Marty Mornhinweg for improved ball security -- read: decision making -- and should feel far more comfortable in his second season of the same offense. If Smith takes a sophomore step forward, even if it isn't a huge leap, Eric Decker could prove quite the value pick at his current middle-eighth-round ADP.
Jul 31 - 7:58 PM

Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a $1.5 million raise for 2014.

Lynch won his holdout, after all. His salary will increase from $5 million to $6 million, while he's getting a $500,000 "signing bonus." He's now up to $6.5 million guaranteed for 2014. In addition, the Seahawks will not collect Lynch's $495,000 in fines. The Seahawks freed up $1 million by guaranteeing Lynch's per-game roster bonuses. The signing bonus money is coming out of his 2015 salary. It's a nice increase, but also perhaps a nod to the fact that Lynch won't be back at his scheduled $5.5 million salary next year. The fact that Seattle was willing to give Beast Mode a $1.5 million raise to end a seven-day holdout is a fairly strong indication that his workload won't be scaled back much this season.
Jul 31 - 7:36 PM

Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) has yet to practice at Dolphins camp.

We haven't had a Moreno update in six days, while Lamar Miller has dominated first-team reps at Fins camp. On Thursday, Moreno "continued rehab work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff." Moreno is a shaky handcuff for Miller at this point. He doesn't seem to have a timetable to return.
Jul 31 - 7:33 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger expects the Giants to employ a running-back-by-committee approach this season, despite David Wilson's career-threatening neck injury.

The Giants' offseason certainly suggests they want to use more than one back. They signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams, and return sophomore Michael Cox. "I think we have some talented guys at that spot," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Rashad has done well. I think the young kid (Williams) has come along the more we have given him to do. Michael Cox has had his spots." Jennings' fantasy Average Draft Position currently sits at the end of round four. Frank Gore, deservedly, recently leapfrogged Jennings in ADP.
Jul 31 - 7:29 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune "won't be surprised" if Teddy Bridgewater starts Week 1.

Reporter Chip Scoggins has gone from believing Matt Cassel was a "slam dunk" to sensing Bridgewater has a fighting chance. NFL Network's Albert Breer passed along a similar sentiment on Wednesday. The battle will obviously come down to what Bridgewater shows in preseason games. The Vikings already know what Cassel can do (and it's not very much).
Jul 31 - 7:18 PM

Free agent Brady Quinn has been hired by FOX Sports as a college football announcer.

Quinn said just last month that he hoped to continue his playing career, but he apparently didn't like his odds of finding a home. Quinn spent time with the Seahawks, Jets and Rams in 2013, but failed to attempt a single pass before undergoing back surgery in November. One of the bigger draft busts in recent memory, Quinn turns 30 in October. He's almost certainly played his final down.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 31 - 7:04 PM

The Detroit Free Press considers Kevin Ogletree the favorite for the Lions' No. 3 receiver job.

It's just a reminder that the Lions still have serious depth issues at wideout even after signing Golden Tate. They'll be in trouble if Tate or Calvin Johnson gets hurt. Ogletree is competing with Kris Durham, Ryan Broyles and Jeremy Ross. Whomever wins the job won't have any fantasy value.
Jul 31 - 6:57 PM

Vincent Brown has been sidelined for the Chargers' past five practices with a calf injury, and was spotted wearing a protective boot on Thursday.

Here we go again. This is the third time in four years that has Brown has missed serious camp time with a leg injury. Brown appeared in all 16 games last year, but wasn't the same player he was as a rookie in 2011 after missing all of 2012 with a broken ankle. A lengthy absence could imperil Brown's 53-man roster odds.
Jul 31 - 6:52 PM

Redskins CB Richard Crawford (knee) is healthy for training camp.

Crawford missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. He's fighting for a roster spot as a reserve defensive back and special teamer.
Jul 31 - 6:47 PM



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