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Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (quad) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Campanaro has been sidelined with a torn quad since the start of OTAs. He’ll enter camp no higher than the No. 5 receiver. Campanaro is the favorite to replace Jacoby Jones on punt returns.
Jul 3 - 8:14 PM

Clemson LT Isaiah Battle will have his Pro Day on July 7.

Battle is the only player expected to be taken in next Thursday’s Supplemental Draft, with some teams reportedly giving him a mid-round grade. The Falcons have expressed the most interest in Battle.
Jul 3 - 6:35 PM

The Bills are expected to approach Mario Williams about restructuring his contract.

Williams has three years and $55-plus million remaining on his deal. Buffalo wants to lower his cap number to free up money for a Marcell Dareus extension. The Bills have the third-lowest cap space for 2016, behind only Miami and New Orleans.
Jul 3 - 5:29 PM

The Saints expect Brandin Cooks to play faster this season.

"He’s in his second year with a lot more knowledge of what we’re doing," Coach Sean Payton said. "That allows [him] to play faster. He’s progressed well." The Saints are expected to throw less as they move to a run-balanced offense, but Cooks projects for high-volume targets as Drew Brees’s top option. Cooks is the No. 16 wideout in our early 2015 rankings.
Jul 3 - 4:57 PM

SI's Peter King mentioned that 2015 could be coach Sean Payton's last season with the Saints.

We doubt King has been told anything about Payton's seat being hot; it's simply common sense. The Saints are coming off their second 7-9 finish in three seasons, which sandwiched an 11-5 campaign that saw them lose in the Divisional Round. GM Mickey Loomis made sweeping changes to the roster and the team's identity this offseason, suggesting the Saints want to become tougher. Payton might need playoff success to secure his job for 2016, but it's hard to see the Saints actually firing the coach that pulled the franchise out of the gutter.
Jul 3 - 12:43 PM

Packers NT Letroy Guion is facing a civil suit over a 2013 altercation in which no criminal charges were filed.

The suit in Bradford County, Fla. has been filed by the boyfriend of the mother of Guion's child. It claims Guion struck the boyfriend in the head causing "physical pain, suffering and mental and emotional anguish" and that Guion allegedly sent threats of physical violence. This sounds like a classic case of someone coming after Guion's money. His agent vehemently denies the allegations.
Jul 3 - 10:59 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Cowboys believe unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant is bluffing about holding out and missing games.

The two sides met Friday, and Cole reports "no progress" was made. Cole went as far as to say the Cowboys believe Bryant is having money problems and wouldn't be able to afford missing paychecks. Dallas isn't budging off the long-term offer it already made to Bryant and will either tell him to sign the deal or play out the season on the one-year, $12.82 million franchise tender.
Jul 3 - 9:06 AM

Ladarius Green will replace suspended Antonio Gates for the first four games of the season.

It took a PEDs suspension, but Green has finally been freed. Despite seeing just 53 targets and playing on roughly a third of the offensive snaps over the last two seasons, he's produced 36 catches for 602 yards and three touchdowns. Ladarius' 2.67 yards per route run in 2013 ranked second in the NFL (behind only Rob Gronkowski) and his 1.85 in 2014 ranked seventh. An imposing athlete at 6'6/240 with 4.44 speed, Green is a mismatch at all levels. He'll be worth starting in fantasy leagues for the first four weeks before fading back behind Gates. Stevie Johnson also gets a nice boost.
Jul 3 - 7:44 AM

Russell Wilson said he'd "definitely consider" resuming his baseball career were he traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Wilson's MLB rights are currently owned by the Texas Rangers. It's the second time in four months that Wilson has refused to close the door on his baseball career, but it's almost certainly just a negotiating ploy as he angles to become the NFL's highest-paid player. Going on 27, Wilson was good enough to play in the minor leagues, but has never been considered a high-end prospect. He's not going to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.
Jul 3 - 1:33 AM

The Miami Herald reports some Dolphins players believe WR Rishard Matthews would "thrive if he had a larger role."

Matthews tried to force a trade earlier this offseason, but it doesn't appear to have hurt his standing amongst his teammates. Matthews has always offered promise in the slot, but is a redundant talent on a team with Jarvis Landry and Greg Jennings. Coming off a 12-catch season, Matthews will be no higher than No. 5 on the depth chart if DeVante Parker (foot surgery) is ready for Week 1.
Jul 3 - 1:27 AM

The Miami Herald reports there's "definitely concern" about the Dolphins' situation at guard.

Reporter Barry Jackson is citing "(feedback) from Dolphins players." Neither of coach Joe Philbin's guard spots are settled, though Jackson does pass along that fourth-rounder Jamil Douglas has "had some good moments" this offseason. Douglas should get every opportunity to unseat Dallas Thomas.
Jul 3 - 1:23 AM

Profootballtalk confirms offset language is the hold up with Marcus Mariota's rookie contract.

This week's absurd "surfing clause" rumors have been put to rest. The Titans want to prevent Mariota from "double dipping" in the event he is released before the conclusion of his rookie contract, while Mariota is wisely avoiding caving. No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston agreed to offset language, but this should be a fight Mariota wins if he sticks to his guns. The Titans can't afford to let Mariota miss any time in camp. No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler's deal does not include offset language.
Jul 2 - 10:43 PM

Jaguars GM David Caldwell says Blake Bortles suffered from "dead arm" as a rookie.

Bortles spent time late in the season on the injury report with a shoulder issue, and Caldwell says it gave way to a "dead arm" phase, a la a pitcher in baseball. It's not something you typically hear about in football, but we suppose it could happen to a rookie. By nearly every account — including Caldwell's — Bortles has improved his mechanics this offseason. A dual-threat who even the Jags admitted needed a "redshirt" year before taking over for an ineffective Chad Henne, Bortles has the ability to take a big step forward in 2015.
Source: USA Today
Jul 2 - 6:27 PM

Texans waived DT Brandon Ivory.

An undrafted rookie out of Alabama, Ivory is facing first-degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This is likely the end of his brief NFL career.
Jul 2 - 4:24 PM

NFL suspended Chargers TE Antonio Gates four games for violating the league's PED policy.

This one is a shocker. Headed into his 13th NFL campaign, Gates has always been a model NFL citizen, both on- and off-the-field. In a statement, Gates said he never "knowingly" ingested a banned substance. While possibly true, it's the oldest PED excuse in the book. Now 35, Gates has been thus far ageless as Philip Rivers' go-to target, but his absence will free up a massive amount of looks for Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson, and give Ladarius Green the opportunity he's deserved for some time now. Missing such a huge chunk of the fantasy season right off the bat, it's hard to sell Gates as a TE1.
Jul 2 - 3:58 PM

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