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Falcons CB Robert Alford struggled with committing penalties last season.

"The only thing that was holding me down last year was the penalties, in my eyes," said Alford. The 26-year-old received four pass interference flags and was called for defensive holding three times in only 10 games. To combat the problem, the Falcons have been using game officials at practice. Expect the Falcons to rely heavily on man coverage in coach Dan Quinn's new Cover 3 scheme.
Aug 2 - 10:35 AM

Colts RB Vick Ballard (Achilles') avoided active/PUP to open camp.

So he's no longer a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP. Ballard will be on the roster bubble, competing for a spot with Zurlon Tipton and sixth-round pick Josh Robinson behind Frank Gore and Dan Herron.
Aug 2 - 10:34 AM

According to the Charlotte Observer, Panthers WR Stephen Hill is believed to have torn his right ACL in Saturday's training camp practice.

The Panthers signed new WR Paul Browning on Sunday morning, indicating a need for depth at wide receiver and also requiring the team to clear a roster spot. Hill figures to be waived/injured soon. The 43rd pick in the 2012 draft, Hill has been an injury-plagued bust but was having a nice offseason in Carolina.
Aug 2 - 10:27 AM

Titans rookie RB David Cobb suffered a broken finger in Saturday's training camp practice.

He returned to practice on Sunday. A fifth-round draft pick, Cobb has been working behind Bishop Sankey and Antonio Andrews at Titans camp. One beat writer noted Saturday that Cobb has seen very few practice reps thus far.
Aug 2 - 10:22 AM

Breshad Perriman's bruised knee may keep him out longer than expected though the Ravens don't consider it a long-term injury.

Perriman suffered the injury on the first day of training camp. The first-round pick struggled with drops at minicamp but should be a productive fantasy contributor when he finally gets healthy. He's filling Torrey Smith's old role as Joe Flacco's primary deep threat alongside veteran Steve Smith Sr.
Aug 2 - 10:12 AM

The Steelers are "concerned" about second-round CB Senquez Golson's shoulder injury and "not sure when he will return."

Their concern led to Saturday's trade for Brandon Boykin, a similarly smallish slot corner type. Some Steelers backers were pushing Golson as a potential solution to the team's cornerback woes, but he is incredibly small (5'9/176) and now injured. Golson opened training camp on the active/NFI list.
Aug 2 - 10:00 AM

Marcus Mariota has reportedly played "mistake-free football" through the first two days of Titans camp.

Dating back to the spring, we've yet to see an explicitly negative practice report on Mariota since the Titans drafted him. This latest report comes via the Titans' website, where new team writer Jim Wyatt states he's been impressed with Mariota's "poise, decision making, and accuracy." The true test for quarterbacks comes in live settings versus pass rush, but by every account Mariota is off to an overwhelmingly positive start.
Aug 2 - 9:55 AM

Only two players in football deflected more passes at the line of scrimmage than Steelers RE Cameron Heyward last season.

Those players were DPOY J.J. Watt and Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks. At 6'5 and 288 pounds, Heyward is a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. The Patriots have been preparing for their Week 1 matchup with Heyward by having coaches wave paddles in front of quarterbacks to disrupt the passing lanes.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 2 - 9:50 AM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak said Matt Simms is "not an option" to start at quarterback.

He's been Buffalo's worst quarterback at camp, a remarkable feat considering how poorly Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor have played in the early going. A career backup, Simms faces long odds of cracking the 53-man roster.
Aug 2 - 9:28 AM

Colts placed OLB Robert Mathis on the active/PUP list.

Mathis has repeatedly vowed to be ready for Week 1, previously even making training camp a goal. The Colts will smartly play it safe with their 34-year-old pass rusher, who tore his Achilles' last September and was rumored to have suffered a setback in the meantime. Considering his age and injury, anything the Colts get from Mathis this season should be considered a bonus.
Aug 2 - 9:17 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said the starting right cornerback spot is still a "question mark."

Logan Ryan has the early edge but will face competition from Bradley Fletcher and Tarell Brown. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler appears to be locked in as the starting left corner. Whoever starts at cornerback will have huge shoes to fill following the departures of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 2 - 9:13 AM

Chiefs placed NT Dontari Poe on the active/PUP list.

It makes Poe a candidate for reserve/PUP. The Chiefs are holding out hope Poe will be ready to play within the first month of the year, but Poe's late-July surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back can require a lengthy recovery. Kansas City will be a team to target for plus run-defense matchups in 2015.
Aug 2 - 9:12 AM

Ravens S Matt Elam is headed for an MRI on his injured biceps.

The Ravens are afraid he may have torn it. A full tear would likely require season-ending surgery though a partial tear might only keep him out 3-to-6 weeks. Elam had been competing with Will Hill for the starting strong safety position. The 23-year-old worked hard to get in shape this offseason, cutting his body fat to eight percent while weighing in at a career-low 202 pounds.
Aug 2 - 9:03 AM

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey ended his holdout and reported to training camp on Sunday morning.

The Dallas Morning News said the holdout isn't officially over yet, though Mincey's appearance at camp would suggest otherwise. Mincey tried to send the Cowboys a message by skipping the first few days of camp but predictably gave in when faced with $30,000 a day fines. Mincey will earn $1.5 million this season before hitting free agency in 2016.
Aug 2 - 8:23 AM

Seahawks signed MLB Bobby Wagner to a four-year, $43 million extension through 2019.

With so much money now committed to players at the top of their roster, GM John Schneider is going to have to stay hot in upcoming drafts. Wagner was entering a contract year, and might have been a franchise-tag candidate in 2016. The 25-year-old is a three-down Mike 'backer with 100-plus tackles in three straight seasons. Despite missing five games in which he was unable to compile plus grades, Wagner earned a top-five rating from Pro Football Focus among inside linebackers. He also has nine career sacks and five interceptions.
Aug 2 - 12:18 AM

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