The Times-Picayune has named Nick Toon one of the most impressive players at Saints camp so far.
Toon has "consistently come up with catches on nearly every pass pattern." It sounds like rapid improvement from last season, when he played on just 205 snaps and was active for just eight games, looking overmatched when asked to fill in for Lance Moore.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes sophomore DE Margus Hunt has made a "huge, huge, huge leap" in his second training camp.
"He’s one of the guys I’m excited to see play next Thursday night in Kansas City," said Lewis, referring to Cincinnati's preseason opener. A workout freak in last year's draft, Hunt played just over 150 snaps as a rookie, struggling mightily. He'll have a chance at more playing time with Michael Johnson gone.
Jordy Nelson's four-year, $39 million extension is really only a two-year commitment by the Packers.
Nelson is safe through 2015 due to the proration of his $11.5 million signing bonus, but that is the only guaranteed portion of the deal. Nelson's salary cap number jumps from $4.6 million in 2015 to $8.8 million in 2016, at which point he will be entering his age-31 season with a non-guaranteed salary of $5.5 million. Because Nelson was already under contract with the Packers for 2014, the overall max value of the deal is $43 million across five seasons.
Tony Romo (back) expects to see action in the preseason.
Romo has declared himself 100 percent, but the Cowboys still have him on a maintenance schedule during camp. It's merely precautionary. We're not expecting Romo's back to be an issue as he tries to mask the defense's impending misery.
Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness case has been dropped by prosecutors.
Taliaferro didn't even have to attend his court hearing Thursday. The fourth-round rookie is competing with Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood for time behind Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice.
A source tells NJ.com that David Wilson (neck) "needs a miracle" to return to the field.
Wilson sustained a burner during Tuesday's practice, just a few months after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. His NFL career is now in serious jeopardy. The Giants are not expecting Wilson to get good news when he meets with his surgeon on Monday, leaving them with Andre Williams, Peyton Hillis and Michael Cox behind starter Rashad Jennings.
Ravens fourth-round DE Brent Urban has suffered a long-term injury to his right knee.
Details are not yet available. Urban, a classic five-technique prospect out of UVA, was expected to provide depth behind Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty.
Former Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff ripped CB Dee Milliner Wednesday.
Milliner grabbed some headlines on Saturday by declaring himself the best corner in the game. "I'm not sure he's the best cornerback up here in Cortland," Westhoff said. "And I might include the University." With Milliner and Dimitri Patterson (a slot corner) penned in as starters along with some questions at safety, the Jets' secondary projects to be leaky again.