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Dolphins rookie G Jamil Douglas got some work in at right guard on Tuesday.

Douglas has been competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting left guard position. Billy Turner is slotted at right guard, though OL coach John Benton said the team will "put the best two guys on the field" regardless of their position. Evan Mathis is still available if the Dolphins are unsatisfied with their in-house options at guard.
Aug 4 - 10:44 PM

Lions rookie G Laken Tomlinson played with the first team on Tuesday.

Lions beat reporter Dave Birkett was impressed by Tomlinson's positioning and noticed he can really "move a pile." Birkett's praise should be taken with a grain of salt as the Lions haven't practiced in pads yet. Tomlinson has a good chance to open the year as Detroit's starting left guard even though he didn't get many first-team reps at minicamp and OTAs.
Aug 4 - 10:20 PM

The Texans have internally discussed free agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

Head coach Bill O'Brien crossed paths with Green-Ellis in New England where he coached from 2007 to 2011. The Law Firm turned 30 last month and hasn't played in the NFL since 2013. Even in his prime, Green-Ellis was nothing more than a plodding short yardage specialist. The Texans would probably be better off with Pierre Thomas or one of their in-house options like Alfred Blue.
Aug 4 - 9:45 PM

If all goes well at Wednesday's tryout, the Texans are hoping to have Pierre Thomas participate in Thursday's joint practice in Richmond, Virginia.

The Texans are slated to practice with the Redskins Thursday through Saturday. It would be a quick turnaround for Thomas, who is traveling to Houston on Tuesday night. Thomas hasn't rushed for more than 600 yards since 2009 but he's made up for it by averaging 418 receiving yards over his last four seasons. Arian Foster is expected to miss at least the first eight games of the regular season while recovering from groin surgery.
Aug 4 - 9:26 PM

Broncos UDFA WR Jordan Taylor's hot spring has carried over into the early part of training camp.

Taylor can ball; watch his Rice tape. "You see him running past everybody," said OC Rick Dennison. "Jordan has such great length. If you throw it in his zip code he seems to be able to come down with it." At 6-foot-4, 209 with long blonde hair, Taylor has earned the nickname "Sunshine" from teammates and coaches. He's an especially deep sleeper in especially deep Dynasty leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 4 - 9:24 PM

Browns CB Pierre Desir worked with the first team on Tuesday.

Joe Haden was getting a rest. It's surprising that Desir got the call instead of last year's first-round pick Justin Gilbert. Desir's teammates have been impressed by his work ethic. "He's a guy that's been here every day in the offseason working as hard as he possibly can," said Donte Whitner. "He's a guy that doesn't really say too much, but you can always see him working hard." Desir played 120 snaps as a rookie last season with 77 coming in Week 16 against Carolina.
Aug 4 - 9:11 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says he's been "pleased" with fifth-round pick David Cobb despite the rookie's early struggles in pass protection.

Cobb infamously got chewed out for blitz-pickup errors in one of his first practices of camp. "I see good patience as a runner," Whisenhunt said. "You can see he’s got good vision. I think we’re going to be very pleased with him with his ability to break tackles and extend the run. He’s got good feet, he’s really got a good feel. He’s got some work to do on protection, not so much from a mental standpoint but from a technical standpoint. But I’ve been pleased."
Aug 4 - 8:59 PM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday he fully expects Brian Quick to play in preseason games.

Fisher made it clear Quick isn't quite 100-percent recovered from his major shoulder operation, but he will be there soon. Quick is participating in team drills at training camp. "We’re protecting him," said Fisher. "But I would expect him to play in preseason games and go out and be productive. It’s really good to have him back. He was off to a great start last year."
Aug 4 - 8:53 PM

Free agent RB Joe McKnight will try out for the Texans.

The Texans are scrambling now that Arian Foster needs groin surgery. McKnight, Ben Malena and Pierre Thomas are all being brought in for tryouts, though John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes the Texans want Thomas to win the job. McKnight missed most of 2014 with a ruptured Achilles and has never logged more than 200 yards in a season.
Aug 4 - 8:51 PM

Todd Gurley (ACL) has remained limited to individual-drill and walkthrough reps, and coach Jeff Fisher made it clear Tuesday that Rams are taking a "long-term" approach to Gurley's recovery.

"This is going to be a process," Fisher emphasized. "It’s not going to be a day to day thing. We are looking at this long term process right now. By that when I say long term, I’m talking about let’s just go week to week and go through the preseason and we’ll see where we are when the season starts." Fisher was noncommittal on whether Gurley will play in the preseason. Fisher described Gurley as "a ways away" in terms of full availability.
Aug 4 - 8:48 PM

Dez Bryant returned punts at Tuesday's practice.

Bryant hasn't returned a punt since 2012. It's entirely possible nothing will come of this, but it's still interesting the Cowboys would consider putting their star receiver in harm's way on special teams. Dwayne Harris was the Cowboys' primary return man in 2014 but he signed with the Giants this offseason. Lance Dunbar also has experience returning kicks.
Aug 4 - 8:38 PM

Colts coach Chuck Pagano hinted he is open to using Vontae Davis to shadow opposing No. 1 receivers this season.

Davis has strictly played RCB through two years in Pagano's defense, emerging as arguably a top-three NFL corner behind Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis. "We’ve got to be able to do whatever we want to do with him," Pagano said. "If that means putting him on somebody’s best wide receiver instead of just playing one side of the (field), then maybe that’s the next progression. We’ll see." This is something to keep in mind for DFS purposes.
Aug 4 - 8:24 PM

The Titans have moved Avery Williamson to strong side linebacker.

He filled in at weak side backer last year after Zach Brown suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the season opener. Williamson exceeded expectations during his rookie year, finishing with PFF's 18th-highest inside linebacker grade out of 60 qualifiers. Just as he did during the second half of last season, Williamson will serve as the Titans' defensive play caller.
Aug 4 - 8:23 PM

Browns fourth-round WR Vince Mayle has been "plagued" by drops thus far in camp.

It's not a surprise. Mayle was a drop machine in the Pac 12, and only recently resumed catching passes after recovering from a broken pinkie. A pedestrian athlete, Mayle would probably benefit from a year on the practice squad, but his fourth-round status all but assures he'll crack the 53-man roster.
Aug 4 - 7:48 PM

Free agent Pierre Thomas will work out for the Texans on Wednesday.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Texans hope to sign Thomas if "all is well." It's the first domino to fall following Tuesday's news that Arian Foster requires groin surgery. Thomas would be a passing-down back in a committee backfield for coach Bill O'Brien. Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and perhaps Jonathan Grimes would battle it out on early downs. Grimes is also an option in the passing game. In theory, Ray Rice's every-down skill-set would make him a better flier than Thomas, but perhaps he lost another step in 2014 following his down 2013. Rice would also come with a public relations hit.
Aug 4 - 6:47 PM



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