Browns OC Kyle Shanahan expects to use "receivers by committee" this season.
Shanahan did the same in Washington in 2012 with Pierre Garcon hobbled; Josh Morgan was the Redskins' leading receiver, Santana Moss somehow scored eight TDs, and Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson played lots of snaps. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins were the first names mentioned when Shanahan discussed his receivers. He didn't address super-sleeper Charles Johnson specifically.
Julio Jones will wear a custom-made shoe to protect his surgically-repaired foot this season.
"They made it wider," Jones said of his shoe company. "There’s a steel shank (at) the bottom, as well. They made a great cleat for me." Although it's doubtful a shoe could make that much of a difference with Jones' twice-broken foot, it likely couldn't hurt, either. Alternating practice days, Jones has been lighting up Falcons camp. He's Rotoworld's No. 4 overall receiver.
Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville has been impressed with Ronnie Hillman's camp.
"From when we started this spring in April forward, he has been unbelievable," Studesville said of Hillman. "He's a completely different guy in the best possible way and I'm just excited about what he's doing." Studesville's praise comes two days after DenverBroncos.com reported that Hillman, and not C.J. Anderson, has been running as the No. 2 behind Montee Ball. It will be a battle to monitor closely in the preseason, but Hillman's draft pedigree should give him a leg up.
Former NFL WR Donte' Stallworth is serving as a coaching intern at Ravens training camp.
This appears to be it for Stallworth, who failed to make the Redskins last fall and is now 33 years old. Infamously dubbed "The Human Hamstring Pull" for his litany of hammy injuries, Stallworth finished his ten-year career with a 15.1 YPR average on 321 receptions and 35 touchdowns. His best season (70/945/7) came in 2005 with Jim Haslett's Saints, when Stallworth finished as the No. 21 fantasy wideout. Sean Payton traded him the next offseason.
Geno Smith has looked "steady, for the most part" through roughly one week of Jets training camp.
Handling 79 percent of the first-team reps thus far, Smith has drawn praise from OC Marty Mornhinweg for improved ball security -- read: decision making -- and should feel far more comfortable in his second season of the same offense. If Smith takes a sophomore step forward, even if it isn't a huge leap, Eric Decker could prove quite the value pick at his current middle-eighth-round ADP.
Profootballtalk reports Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a $1.5 million raise for 2014.
Lynch won his holdout, after all. His salary will increase from $5 million to $6 million, while he's getting a $500,000 "signing bonus." He's now up to $6.5 million guaranteed for 2014. In addition, the Seahawks will not collect Lynch's $495,000 in fines. The Seahawks freed up $1 million by guaranteeing Lynch's per-game roster bonuses. The signing bonus money is coming out of his 2015 salary. It's a nice increase, but also perhaps a nod to the fact that Lynch won't be back at his scheduled $5.5 million salary next year. The fact that Seattle was willing to give Beast Mode a $1.5 million raise to end a seven-day holdout is a fairly strong indication that his workload won't be scaled back much this season.
Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) has yet to practice at Dolphins camp.
We haven't had a Moreno update in six days, while Lamar Miller has dominated first-team reps at Fins camp. On Thursday, Moreno "continued rehab work on the side with the strength and conditioning staff." Moreno is a shaky handcuff for Miller at this point. He doesn't seem to have a timetable to return.
The Newark Star-Ledger expects the Giants to employ a running-back-by-committee approach this season, despite David Wilson's career-threatening neck injury.
The Giants' offseason certainly suggests they want to use more than one back. They signed Rashad Jennings, re-signed Peyton Hillis, drafted Andre Williams, and return sophomore Michael Cox. "I think we have some talented guys at that spot," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Rashad has done well. I think the young kid (Williams) has come along the more we have given him to do. Michael Cox has had his spots." Jennings' fantasy Average Draft Position currently sits at the end of round four. Frank Gore, deservedly, recently leapfrogged Jennings in ADP.