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Appearing on NFL Insiders Friday, ESPN's Michael DiRocco stated the Jaguars will aim for 20-25 touches per game for Toby Gerhart.

"They want him to be the workhorse back ... get 20-25 touches," DiRocco stated. DiRocco confirmed Gerhart will be involved in both the pass and run games as a true three-down back. Gerhart's ADP is currently in the late third round.
Jul 25 - 3:37 PM

Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.
Jul 25 - 3:31 PM

Shea McClellin opened training camp as the Bears' starting strong-side linebacker.

Jon Bostic practiced with the twos at Mike 'backer, behind D.J. Williams. McClellin is being backed up by impressive UDFA Christian Jones, with Lance Briggs healthy at weak-side linebacker. Expect improvement from Chicago's 2014 defense with its health restored and several impact offseason additions.
Jul 25 - 3:23 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Insiders the Seahawks are not surprised by Marshawn Lynch's training-camp holdout.

Seattle just gave mammoth deals to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and is trying to build a dynasty that doesn't involve paying big bucks to 28-year-old running backs. We don't see the team budging from its stance, but Lynch could very well cave once he begins racking up fines. "He'll be there at some point, I think," stated Mort. "The Seahawks are not surprised this is an issue."
Jul 25 - 3:05 PM

Colts RB Vick Ballard was carted off the field with a left ankle injury during Friday's practice.

Ballard suffered the injury running a pass route, and could put no weight on the joint after getting up. We'll have another update when we know more.
Jul 25 - 2:42 PM

Shonn Greene has been cleared for training camp following his May knee scope.

Greene has twice undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in less than a year, but he recovered quickly and is poised to vie for carries with rookie Bishop Sankey. As is, the Titans appear to be tentatively planning on a three-man backfield with Greene as the short-yardage and early-down pounder, Sankey as the all-purpose lead back, and Dexter McCluster in the passing-back role.
Jul 25 - 2:21 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider offered more praise for sophomore RB Christine Michael in an interview with the team's website.

Schneider was pleased with Michael for taking "a noticeable step forward this offseason with his work ethic, focus, and maturity." Asked about replacing Marshawn Lynch, who has elected to hold out, Schneider responded "it's just like we had players at different positions, like Brandon Browner and [Byron] Maxwell steps up and is ready to go." Michael is the Maxwell to Lynch's Browner.
Jul 25 - 2:09 PM

Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns have been "alarmed" by the off-field actions of Johnny Manziel since trading up to select him with the 22nd overall pick in May's draft.

The Plain Dealer reports the team was particularly bothered by a picture that surfaced of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bar bathroom, suggestive of someone preparing to use snort cocaine. "Some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp," adds beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. Manziel reportedly "regressed in practice" this spring, and team brass believes it resulted from "not enough dedication to the playbook." Sources also told Cabot the Browns "have been stunned by his non-stop antics" off the field. All signs continue to point to Brian Hoyer starting Week 1 against the Steelers.
Jul 25 - 2:05 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht confirmed 2011 second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers is on thin ice in Tampa Bay.

Bowers reported to spring practices out of shape, has been ineffective whenever on the field, and is now off scholarship under a new front office and coaching staff. "I (don’t) mean to sound too harsh, but it’s a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will," Licht said. Bowers is not in the mix for a starting job.
Jul 25 - 1:55 PM

The Cardinals plan to use first-round SS Deone Bucannon as a linebacker in nickel and dime packages.

Taylor Mays and Glover Quin are notable NFL safeties who've excelled in the dime 'backer role. "We have a young man in Deone who is just a natural for it," Arians said. "Sixty percent of the game is nickel (defense), and whether we have two linebackers out there or a safety and a linebacker is yet to be seen." Bucannon is also likely to start at strong safety on early downs.
Jul 25 - 1:52 PM

Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was convicted Friday on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in Decatur (AL).

McClain has been arrested in his hometown of Decatur three times since 2011. The Cowboys traded for him in early July, but he's squarely on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 25 - 1:39 PM

According to the New York Post, the Jets put Chris Johnson "in motion" and "flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times" during his first practice of training camp Thursday.

Johnson played some receiver at East Carolina. Playing wideout and slot could give the Jets increased flexibility on offense, perhaps with CJ?K and Chris Ivory on the field together in some formations. "Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention," coach Rex Ryan said. "The kid at Buffalo, Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here’s a 4.2. You’ll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks." Johnson remains a dicey RB2/flex in re-draft leagues.
Jul 25 - 1:36 PM

Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I’m very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "He's a heck of a player. He’s worked very hard, he’s 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 25 - 1:25 PM

Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to Jets practice Friday.

We found Ivory's hamstring tweak noteworthy on Thursday because he dealt with hamstring troubles for much of 2013 training camp, but we don't typically post in-practice injuries in July and August unless they are pretty clearly serious. Ivory is fine. He's an interesting late RB3/flex pick this year.
Jul 25 - 1:21 PM

The Dolphins have moved RG Shelley Smith to center.

Smith has "never played center at any level," but the Dolphins are prioritizing run blocking on the pivot with incumbent C Mike Pouncey sidelined until midseason. Daryn Colledge is expected to fill the left guard spot, with Nate Garner, Dallas Thomas, and rookie Billy Turner competing opposite him. The Dolphins' starting tackles are Branden Albert and first-round pick Ja'Wuan James.
Jul 25 - 1:15 PM



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