The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap

The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap
Raymond Summerlin dives into the numbers to see if tight ends really have an elevated chance of breaking out their second season.
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Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann said the team "can utilize (Martavis Bryant's) talents in the red zone."

The departures of Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery left a 16-touchdown void in the Steelers' wide receiver corps that is unlikely to be filled by the additions of Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. In a group populated by smurfs, the 6-foot-4 Bryant stands out as the only real red zone threat, and that size advantage should allow him to contribute in real football early in his career. He is still a long-shot to make any fantasy noise this season.
Jul 12 - 1:47 PM

In a radio interview, Browns WR Andrew Hawkins said Johnny Manziel is "all business" on the football field.

"I can't speak for all the other stuff because all I know is the Johnny I see in his playbook all day, trying to learn the plays and pick up an NFL offense," said Hawkins. "He worked his butt off, and I think that is all you can ask of him." Manziel has faced criticism all offseason about his off-field activities, but all will be forgotten if he performs on the football field come September.
Jul 12 - 1:11 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer said the Cowboys would likely keep Lance Dunbar in a third-down role if DeMarco Murray was injured, and would use Ryan Williams or Joseph Randle as the early-down back.

Williams and Randle are likely competing for one roster spot, so whoever wins the competition would be the early-down replacement for Murray. Williams is the clear favorite to win the competition, which means he is the clear favorite to be the primary backup to a player who has missed 11 games due to injury in his three-year career. Williams will have no value without an injury, but he is an interesting flier in deeper redraft leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 12 - 12:52 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar will see an expanded role this season.

Archer is just the latest in a long line predicting a bigger role for Escobar. Standing 6-6, 249, Escobar is a big target with the athleticism to makes plays down the field, as evidenced by his head-over-heels flip into the endzone Week 17 last season. On a team devoid of pass-catching talent aside from Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, Escobar has the opportunity to carve out a decent role. He is a TE3 with upside for a lot more.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 12 - 12:43 PM

DT Corbin Bryant and DT Stefan Charles are competing for the Bills' No. 4 defensive tackle job.

Normally this would be a non-story, but the possible suspension of Marcell Dareus mean either Bryant or Charles could see significant snaps over the first several weeks of the season. The Bills see Charles as a player with upside, so he would seem to have the early edge in the competition.
Jul 12 - 12:18 PM

Broncos CB Chris Harris will see Dr. James Andrews at the end of July to assess his progress in recovering from a partial ACL tear.

Harris says he is about 80 or 85 percent healthy right now. He will likely begin training camp on the PUP list, but he is on track to participate in some camp activities and should be good to go by Week 1.
Jul 12 - 11:52 AM

A man claims he was assaulted by Dolphins C Mike Pouncey and Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey at the twins' birthday party at Cameo Nightclub in Miami Beach Friday night.

The alleged victim Ricky Vasquez took to Twitter, claiming he was "jumped by 4 bouncers and the Pouncey Twins." Vasquez added he was attacked because of his sexual orientation, claiming the assailants used homophobic slurs and saying, "I feel like I just got gay bashed." The Miami Beach PD released a statement saying, "There was an incident that occurred at Cameo last night at 4:20 a.m., where an alleged assault took place. We have not confirmed it's the Pouncey brothers that are the subjects, but we are going to have detectives contacting the victims to investigate further." This is not the first time the brothers' birthday party has made the news. The two got into hot water at last year's event for wearing "Free Hernandez" hats in support of former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez. This incident is obviously more serious, and if founded, could lead to legal action as well as suspensions for each player.
Jul 12 - 11:16 AM

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco said there is "no way" 49ers RG Alex Boone reports to training camp on time without a new contract.

This echoes a report from ESPN's Bill Williamson earlier in the summer. A holdout would put the 49ers in a difficult position. On the one hand, the team has been adamant they will not tear up existing deals and give out raises. If they acquiesce to Boone, they would have to deal with other players like Vernon Davis who are also after new contracts. On the other hand, Boone is a lynchpin of one of the most dominant lines in the league, and San Francisco does not have anyone else they could plug in that would come even close to his level of play. When principles confront reality, reality usually wins out, and the reality is the 49ers need Boone to keep their offense ticking.
Jul 12 - 10:38 AM
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