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Kyle Long opened Bears training camp at his customary right guard position.

There was spring speculation that Long might kick outside. The Bears consider Long the strength of their offensive line, however, and don't want to fix something that ain't broke. From left to right, the Bears' line projects as LT Jermon Bushrod, LG Matt Slauson, C Will Montgomery/Hroniss Grasu, RG Long, and RT Jordan Mills. It can be an above-average line if the players stay healthy.
Jul 29 - 9:12 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson opened Vikings training camp working with the second-team offense.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he's seen "improvement" from Patterson, though Zimmer stated less than a week ago that Patterson's practice-in, practice-out consistency has remained frustrating. Patterson will likely settle in as the Vikings' kickoff returner and fourth receiver on offense this season.
Jul 29 - 9:06 PM

Chargers OC Frank Reich says he would be "shocked" if TE Ladarius Green "didn't have his most productive year."

Green will get every opportunity to earn an increased role in training camp and the first four games of the season, when Antonio Gates will be serving a month-long suspension. It's worth noting Reich made this statement before Gates' ban was announced. Still only 25 years old, Green should be on the TE1 radar in the first four games. His role thereafter is up in the air.
Jul 29 - 8:58 PM

Chargers OC Frank Reich says his early impressions of first-round pick Melvin Gordon are "incredibly, incredibly positive."

"You can see he has great vision. You can see he has great patience," Reich observed. "And he's just got great physical ability. ... I don't want to say too much because he's got to do it. But I'm just very excited about him, like off-the-charts excited." The 15th pick in the draft, Gordon offers double-digit TD upside as the lead runner in a proficient offense and is priced reasonably at a third-round ADP.
Jul 29 - 8:55 PM

Jahleel Addae and Jimmy Wilson are competing for the Chargers' starting strong safety job.

Addae is a big hitter who made five starts last season, piling up 48 tackles, an interception, and two forced fumbles. Ex-Dolphin Wilson has experience at slot corner as well as safety, and figures to settle into a versatile role if he can't beat out Addae. Addae is seen as having the "apparent edge."
Jul 29 - 8:53 PM

Despite Joique Bell's (Achilles'/knee) continued absence from the practice field, the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett expects Bell to open the season as the "Lions' primary starting running back."

Even amid a host of red flags, Lions beat writers maintain Joique is likely to open the season as Detroit's lead runner. Birkett does acknowledge Bell "and (Ameer) Abdullah will share the workload, though." Bell, who has undergone two knee scopes and one Achilles' surgery over the past two offseasons, missed all of OTAs and minicamp and opened training camp on the active/PUP list.
Jul 29 - 8:11 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said it’s "highly unlikely" rookie CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (knee) will play this season.

Recovering from December ACL surgery, Ekpre-Olomu is expected to redshirt. He’ll open the year on reserve/NFI. Ekpre-Olomu will push for a slot role when healthy. The former Oregon Duck could also end up at free safety.
Jul 29 - 7:35 PM

The Dolphins have had preliminary extension talks with Lamar Miller.

With one of the worst 2016 cap situations, Miami "can’t say for sure" if they’ll be able to keep Miller. The Dolphins reportedly view Jay Ajayi as a three-down back, but his balky knee makes Ajayi an unlikely long-term solution. Miller is making just $660K in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jul 29 - 7:07 PM

Lions placed RT LaAdrian Waddle (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Waddle missed the entire offseason program with a torn ACL. His Week 1 status remains questionable. The Lions have interest in free agent RT Gosder Cherilus as insurance for Waddle.
Jul 29 - 6:43 PM

Third-round rookie DE Danielle Hunter mixed in with the starters on the first day of Vikings training camp.

With Brian Robison (pectoral) limited, Hunter and Scott Crichton saw time with the starters. The Vikings are expected to have more of a rotation opposite RE Everson Griffen this year. Coming off a down season, Robison projects for a dropoff from the 932 snaps he played in 2014.
Jul 29 - 6:35 PM

Teddy Bridgewater added five pounds of muscle this offseason.

Bridgewater weighed 215-pounds at the 2014 Combine and played at 196 last year. Durability was one of Bridgewater’s concerns coming out of Louisville. The added strength should help keep him healthy. Bridgewater took 39 sacks and was hit on 11 percent of his dropbacks last year, missing one game to injury.
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Jets CB Dee Milliner (Achilles') has been cleared for training camp.

Milliner tore his Achilles' last October. A forgotten man after the additions of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine, Milliner faces an uphill climb to earn playing time in Todd Bowles' back end. Milliner was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft. He's missed 16 games through two years.
Jul 29 - 6:20 PM

Lions MLB Stephen Tulloch (ACL surgery) avoided the active/PUP list to open camp.

He's all systems go after tearing his ACL in Week 3 of last season. Tulloch, 30, seems primed for a bounce-back season as the signal caller in Detroit's defense. He posted 110-plus tackles in five straight years before 2014.
Jul 29 - 6:16 PM

Carlos Hyde (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

Hyde spent one day on the active/NFI list. He won't miss any training camp time. Hyde remains the favorite for early down work in a committee with Reggie Bush.
Jul 29 - 6:15 PM

Jordy Nelson (hip) avoided the active/PUP list to open Packers camp.

It's great news for Jordy, who underwent offseason hip surgery. Nelson participated in the Packers' annual spring softball game in June, and should be a full participant in training camp practices within the next few weeks.
Jul 29 - 6:14 PM

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