According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "early indications are" Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury is "not career threatening."
Schefter reports doctors are still in the process of determining the full extent of JPP's injuries sustained in Saturday's fourth-of-July fireworks accident. But the "early indications" are not as bleak as Twitter-based rumors, which indeed hinted Pierre-Paul's career could be in doubt. Various unconfirmed rumors have had Pierre-Paul missing fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Andy Slater of WINZ in Florida reports Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a "severe" hand injury during a fireworks accident on the fourth of July.
JPP is from Florida and played college ball at USF. He has not signed his franchise tender and therefore is currently not under contract. If the hand injury is severe enough, the Giants could rescind Pierre-Paul's tender and be off the hook for his $14.813 million salary, sending JPP into unrestricted free agency. We'll wait for the rumors to be confirmed to pass along anything definitive, but there are whispers that JPP may have lost fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the Lions envision second-round pick Ameer Abdullah as an eventual feature back.
Abdullah's detractors see him as a Gio Bernard- or Shane Vereen-type scatback. Birkett believes the Lions feel Abdullah can handle a heavier workload, saying the Nebraska alum "has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back." Birkett envisions Joique Bell opening the season as Detroit's lead runner, "at least early on," but states that "the job will be Abdullah’s before long."
The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.
Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson.
The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.
1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts.
According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.
We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.
The Panthers' secondary recorded just two sacks last season.
That's down from 11 the year before. Carolina DC Sean McDermott didn't call for many safety blitzes in 2014 but that may have been because he didn't have the right personnel. The Panthers lost blitz specialists Quintin Mikell, Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn last offseason and the unit never seemed to recover. Roman Harper has the most sacks by a defensive back since 2006 but only one of those came last season. Even with versatile rookie Shaq Thompson in the mix, the Panthers are going to have a tough time generating pressure in 2015.
ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount believes Christine Michael is on the roster bubble.
Blount suggests Michael could lose his roster spot to impressive UDFA Thomas Rawls, a physical runner who caught the coaching staff's attention at spring practices. The 62nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, Michael has special physical attributes and a 4.88 career YPC average, but has earned just 52 carries through two seasons and has never seemed to earn the coaches' trust. Still only 24 years old, Michael would certainly generate interest on waivers. The Seahawks might be able to get a late-round pick for him if he's made available for trade.