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Giants CB Prince Amukamara raved about Victor Cruz (knee) after the duo worked out together recently.

"I'm telling you, this guy looked fab... I'm telling you. Remember that I said this. This guy looks faster now than he did before," Amukamara said. "I was just looking at him and was like, 'Man, how is this possible?'" Of course, Amukamara is Cruz's teammate and friend, and he's also a very optimistic guy. We're still passing on Cruz in fantasy drafts as he comes off a devastating patellar tear.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 28 - 9:50 AM

The 49ers lost an NFL-high 37 percent of their player snaps from 2014.

Patrick Willis, Chris Borland, Justin Smith, Bubba Ventrone and Anthony Davis all retired. They also lost Mike Iupati, Frank Gore and Chris Culliver among others in free agency. Furthermore, the Niners have just seven of the 22 starters remaining from the team that got beat by the Ravens in the Super Bowl three seasons ago. Their 2015 win total has sunk as low as 6.5 at some offshore sportsbooks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:10 AM

The Vikings can cut Mike Wallace after this season at no cost.

In other words, Wallace is essentially in a contract year even though he signed a "five-year" pact in 2013 free agency. If he doesn't get cut, he'll make base salaries of $11.5M in both 2016 and 2017. So Wallace has tons of motivation this year to both perform on the field and not be a cancer off it (as he was in Miami). There's intrigue at an eighth-round ADP here even though he'll be playing the lower volume "Z" role in Norv Turner's offense.
Jul 28 - 8:57 AM

Jets signed WR Austin Hill.

Hill was thought to be a priority UDFA following May's draft, getting scooped by the Seahawks. But he failed his physical, a bad sign for a player who missed his entire junior year at Arizona with a severe knee injury. Hill subsequently got picked up and dropped by the Raiders. He'll be a poor bet to stick on the Jets final roster.
Jul 28 - 8:34 AM

Terrance West appeared to surrender reps to Duke Johnson and Shaun Draughn during OTAs and minicamp.

The Browns have said they want to ride the hot hand at running back this season. It's going to be very difficult for West to get that hot hand if he's fourth in line behind Isaiah Crowell, Johnson and Draughn. West had a rocky rookie year, often looking average on the field and getting in the coaches' doghouse off it. The Browns used a third-round pick on Johnson in May.
Jul 28 - 8:16 AM

LeSean McCoy gave his take on how the Eagles will divvy up the backfield reps this season.

"Chip (Kelly) doesn't value the running backs in a certain way," McCoy said back in April. "DeMarco's going to do all the running. Sproles is going to do all the routes. Mathews is just in case of emergency because Murray gets hurt a lot. That's how it's going to go." Shady isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he does have intimate knowledge of how the Eagles coaches think. We suspect 270-290 carries for Murray and 80-100 for Mathews is a fair projection.

Jaguars fifth-round WR Rashad Greene is a favorite for punt return duties.

Last year's returner, Ace Sanders, was dumped two weeks ago. Greene's ability to fill a slot role and help a dormant punt return game makes him a great bet to stick on the final roster. He'll compete again Tandon Doss and Bryan Walters at camp.
Jul 28 - 7:53 AM

Antonio Brown is riding a 33-game streak with at least five catches and 50 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger is well aware of this record streak, as we've seen him force-feed Brown the ball late in games if there's any doubt. It means the unstoppable Brown has a 5-50-0 weekly floor, making him one of the safest players in both season-long and DFS leagues. Brown has 239 catches for 3,197 yards with 21 receiving touchdowns since Mike Wallace left Pittsburgh following the 2012 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 7:31 AM

Coach Mike Pettine denies there's a "seeping rift" between he and GM Ray Farmer.

ESPN Cleveland reported last week that there was growing dysfunction in the organization. As the Browns embark on training camp, Pettine said he and Farmer are actually "singing from the same hymnal" after working through their differences in the offseason. Vegas has the Browns' win total at 6.5 this season. We'd bet one or both of Pettine and Farmer will be fired if they don't go at least 8-8.
Jul 27 - 9:37 PM

The Cardinals have brought in Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason inside linebackers coaching intern.

Welter is the first ever female coach in the NFL. Just about four months after the NFL hired its first woman official in Sarah Thomas, coach Bruce Arians is giving Welter a chance to impress as a coach. Welter is a Doctor of Sports Psychology and had been working as a coach for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. Arians openly supported woman coaches at the owners meetings.
Jul 27 - 8:27 PM

Rams signed supplemental draft pick OT Isaiah Battle to a four-year contract.

Battle was the only player chosen in the Supplemental Draft earlier this month. By selecting him in the fifth round, the Rams forfeited their 2016 fifth-round pick. Battle's rookie year is expected to be more of a learning process. The Rams would be in big-time trouble if Battle were needed for meaningful snaps. Long-term, most have Battle topping out as a swing-tackle type.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

Ex-Redskins TE Chris Cooley admits he may have to wait until after Week 1 to make his comeback.

It makes sense. Cooley hasn't played since 2012 and veterans who are on rosters for Week 1 get their salary guaranteed. The 33-year-old has drawn known interest from the Cardinals and is willing to come in as a team's No. 3 tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 7:24 PM

Raiders placed WLB Sio Moore (hip) on active/PUP.

Moore underwent "major" hip surgery in the offseason and needs more time. He was initially expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Moore provided some pass-rush juice opposite Khalil Mack last season, but was bottom-five among 4-3 outside linebackers in missed tackles. The Raiders signed LB Malcolm Smith as insurance and competition for Moore this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 6:25 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson's consistency has remained an issue on the practice field.

"He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days," Zimmer said. "Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time." Behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright on the depth chart, Patterson is unlikely to contribute in fantasy this year. Added Zimmer, "To me, the biggest thing with him is that: Does he want to be 'Flash' or does he want to be a great receiver? I'm not trying to dog him or anything, but that's really what it is."
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:20 PM

Asked Monday about Adrian Peterson's workload, coach Mike Zimmer replied "He'll get as much as he can take."

"Adrian's going to get the heavy workload," said Zimmer, a defensive-minded coach. "As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him." Peterson's age (30) and lost 2014 season may be concerns for his 2015 outlook. His projected workload in an ascending offense is a major plus.
Source: USA Today
Jul 27 - 6:17 PM



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