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Eli Manning said he's "reenergized" in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Manning regressed in ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride's offense last year, leaving the front office concerned over whether he's in his decline stage. The Giants will be more of a quick-hitting passing attack under McAdoo, which should play to his strengths. An improved offensive line and the presence of rookie Odell Beckham also give Manning a better supporting cast. Manning is signed through 2015, but will be in line for an extension next offseason if he bounces back.
Jul 12 - 10:54 PM

Brian Hoyer confirmed he's ready for training camp.

"No doubt," Hoyer said. "I'm ready to go, can't wait for Day 1." Hoyer was limited in OTAs, but will open camp as the Browns' tentative starter. Johnny Manziel will also see first-team reps and is the favorite to start in Week 1.
Jul 12 - 9:34 PM

Vikings NT Linval Joseph (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Joseph underwent shoulder surgery in March and was held out of minicamp for precautionary reasons. He remains on track to be cleared for the start of camp. Joseph will start at nose tackle in Mike Zimmer's 4-3, with Sharrif Floyd getting the majority of snaps at the three-technique spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 9:11 PM

Kyle Wilson is expected to remain the Jets' nickel corner this season.

Wilson has been mentioned as a possible release candidate, but enters training camp as the favorite to return in the slot. The Newark Star-Ledger projects Dimitri Patterson to start opposite Dee Milliner, with rookie Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls, and Ras-I Dowling competing for roles in sub packages. 27-year-old Wilson is entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Jul 12 - 8:36 PM

Bills RE Jerry Hughes was "borderline unblockable" during spring practices.

There's been concern over Hughes moving to defensive end this season. He's in a rotation with Manny Lawson and has struggled in 4-3 schemes, but none of the media covering the Bills expect his sack totals to go down under Jim Schwartz. Entering a contract year, Hughes is set to make just $1.1 million. Hughes will draw heavy free-agent interest next offseason if he can put together another double-digit sack campaign.
Jul 12 - 7:48 PM

A source with knowledge of the situation tells Profootballtalk's Mike Florio that the "current thinking" is Vernon Davis will not report to training camp.

Davis skipped the 49ers' offseason program, but recently suggested he plans to attend camp later this month. Davis is now expected to be leaning toward holding out, though Florio allows that it could still go either way. The 49ers have refused to negotiate with Davis or Alex Boone until they report back to the team. Davis can be fined $30,000 per day for missing training camp.
Jul 12 - 7:02 PM

Redskins FB Darrel Young believes there will be a role for him in new coach Jay Gruden's offense.

Gruden’s offense in Cincinnati rarely featured a fullback, instead relying heavily on two tight-end sets. Young was one of the better lead blockers in the league in Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking system last season, but faces an uncertain future under Gruden. Young has two years remaining on his three-year, $3.97 million contract. The Redskins can save $693,229 in 2014 cap space by cutting him.
Jul 12 - 6:47 PM

ESPN's John Keim expects Colt McCoy to make the Redskins' 53-man roster.

With Robert Griffin's durability issues, the Redskins are expected to keep three quarterbacks. McCoy hasn't started a game since 2011, but should provide veteran insurance behind backup Kirk Cousins.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 6:19 PM

Redskins CB Richard Crawford (knee) is a candidate for the active/PUP list.

Crawford missed the 2013 season to ACL surgery and has yet to be medically cleared. His status for the start of training camp remains questionable. When healthy, Crawford will compete with Chase Minnifield and E.J. Biggers for Washington's No. 5 cornerback spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 5:55 PM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim "wouldn't be surprised" if DE Stephen Bowen (knee) opens training camp on the PUP list.

Bowen is recovering from December microfracture surgery. He was held out of all spring practices and could miss extended time in camp. Currently penciled in as the Redskins' No. 4 end, Bowen needs to prove he's healthy to secure his roster spot. Washington can save $1.98 million by cutting Bowen, but would leave $5.04 million in dead money.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 5:47 PM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim expects Jason Hatcher (knee) to open training camp on the PUP list.

Hatcher is three weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery. He was originally given a 4-6 week timetable and is going to be in a race to get cleared for the start of camp. The Redskins are counting on Hatcher to start at right end in their new 3-4 defense. Hatcher will rush from the interior in sub packages.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 5:39 PM

Joe Hawley remains the favorite for the Falcons' starting center job.

Hawley is competing with Peter Konz, but is fully expected to be the Week 1 starter. He was given a two-year extension in March and is set to make $2 million in base salary. Hawley finished as a top-20 run blocking center by Pro Football Focus last year, but struggled in pass protection.
Jul 12 - 5:09 PM

Steelers C/G Cody Wallace "appears to be entrenched" as Maurkice Pouncey's primary backup.

Wallace made five spot starts filling in for Pouncey last year and graded out positively in run blocking. He only needs to hold off David Snow to keep the No. 2 center job. A career journeyman, 29-year-old Wallace re-signed to a three-year, $3.48 million deal with the Steelers this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:47 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Scott Brown believes sixth-round NT Daniel McCullers could be ticketed for the practice squad.

The Steelers don't have any proven options behind Steve McLendon, but McCullers is a long shot to open the season as the No. 2 nose tackle. At 6'7/352, he could eventually be a two-down run-stuffer in Pittsburgh's 3-4. McCullers played just two seasons at Tennessee and is going to be a project. Brown believes anything the Steelers get from McCullers in 2014 will be a bonus.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:28 PM

Steelers NT Al Lapuaho "really stood out" during offseason practices.

Lapuaho, 22, spent the majority of last season on the Dolphins’ practice squad. He signed with the Steelers in January and is in the mix for the backup job behind Steve McLendon. Lapuaho is competing with sixth-round NT Daniel McCullers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 4:14 PM



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