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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports the Bills, Vikings, and Cowboys are free agent Nick Foles' three likeliest destinations.

Cole also reports the Jets showed interest in Foles, which may have played a role in Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signing with New York. Dallas would make a lot of sense as a Foles landing spot. Kellen Moore was out of his depth as a 2015 spot starter, and fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott isn't ready to play in the NFL.
Jul 28 - 12:57 AM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Josh McCown "at times ... looked more ready in spring practices than (Robert) Griffin to start and win a game."

McCown was quietly a top-20 quarterback last season -- he finished 14th in passer rating, in fact -- but the rebuilding Browns have no motivation to start him as a 37-year-old with only a few seasons left. The Plain Dealer confirms "all signs" continue to point to Griffin getting the Week 1 starting nod. If a team loses a quarterback in camp, McCown should be one of the first players they target. McCown would be a big upgrade on what's going on in Denver.
Jul 27 - 9:58 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs unsigned franchise player Eric Berry is expected to skip most of the preseason.

Because Berry has yet to sign his one-year, $10.8 million tender, he could theoretically skip all of camp and the preseason, sign the tag right before Week 1, and collect his full 2016 salary. The Chiefs were never even close to signing Berry long term ahead of the July 15 deadline. The Chiefs are also expected to open the season without franchise pass rusher Justin Houston (ACL).
Jul 27 - 8:43 PM

Suspended Browns OLB Armonty Bryant is likely facing additional NFL discipline after being convicted on misdemeanor drug charges.

Already banned Weeks 1-4 for PEDs, Bryant could miss several more games after being convicted of "attempted drug possession" following a guilty plea on Wednesday. In other words, Bryant didn't even get the drugs. As Bryant was arrested and charged for DUI shortly after the 2014 draft, he was already in the NFL's substance abuse program. We probably won't see him play much this year.
Jul 27 - 8:26 PM

Justin Forsett expects to get the majority of carries this season.

The Ravens project as a committee this year, with Buck Allen spelling Forsett on pass downs. Forsett is entering his age-31 season and coming off an injury-shortened 2015, but says he still thinks he can be a 200 carry, 1,000-yard rusher. Baltimore's running back situation is a training camp storyline worth monitoring.
Jul 27 - 8:09 PM

Citing "information gathered," Profootballtalk.com reports there's a "strong sense" in league circles that Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to win the appeal of his four-game suspension.

The popular theory as to Bell's defense is that he changed his cellphone number and therefore was not contacted by the NFL prior to a drug test. Bell thus missed the test and was hit with a four-game ban. That defense isn't going to fly because Bell needed to inform the NFL of the cellphone change, assuming there ever was one. There also have been reports Bell missed multiple drug tests, not just one. Fantasy owners should approach Bell as if he won't be available until Week 5. DeAngelo Williams should be Pittsburgh's workhorse back in Weeks 1-4.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

Bears signed CB Brandon Boykin.

Boykin has bounced around since a hot start to his career in Philadelphia, making the rounds in Pittsburgh and Carolina. He has had shaky medicals, but was apparently passed by the Bears. Slot corner was a trouble spot in Chicago last season. If healthy, Boykin could emerge as a significant factor.
Jul 27 - 8:01 PM

Cowboys fourth-round QB Dak Prescott was found not guilty of DUI and speeding charges on Wednesday.

The arrest was in March. The Cowboys were apparently unconcerned, making Prescott the No. 135 overall pick in May. Reports on Prescott's spring were mixed at best, with some saying he was outplayed by Jameill Showers. Prescott should get a lot of run this preseason with Tony Romo unlikely to play much.
Jul 27 - 7:55 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged first-round pick Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at spring practices.

Kubiak did say he's been "pleased" with Lynch early in camp, insisting he's shown "improvement." Kubiak later stated Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian would share first-team reps, with Lynch mainly quarterbacking the third team. Barring a big step forward in preseason games, Lynch appears likely to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch a la Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
Jul 27 - 7:49 PM

Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Mark Sanchez will handle the first quarterback reps at Broncos camp.

Kubiak did call the quarterback battle a "tricky situation," and said Trevor Siemian will share first-team reps with Sanchez. Paxton Lynch fell behind in the spring and no longer appears to be a serious candidate to start in Week 1. The fact that Sanchez could not separate himself from Siemian is a bad sign for the player once nicknamed "Sanchize." Siemian posted a 27:24 TD-to-INT ratio in his Northwestern career, completing under 60 percent of his throws.
Jul 27 - 7:46 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

He missed OTAs and minicamp, but his status was never in doubt. Solder has a $10.32 million cap number this season.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Broncos GM John Elway reiterated that the team's quarterback position is "going to be wide open."

Elway agreed with coach Gary Kubiak that none of the Broncos' quarterbacks did enough in the spring to separate from the pack. Kubiak later said he is "interested" to see how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian "look" in team drills, and revealed that they will "split" first-team reps at the beginning of camp. Kubiak conceded rookie Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at OTAs and minicamp. It's looking more and more likely that the Broncos' quarterback battle will come down to Sanchez and Siemian.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Updating a previous item, free agent OT Jake Long's deal with the Ravens is at least temporarily off due to a problematic physical.

It shouldn't come as a surprise for Long, whose career has been derailed and may now be threatened by injuries. "He's going to see Dr. James Andrews to evaluate his knee," the Ravens announced on Twitter. Long was going to go to Ravens camp to compete for a roster spot behind Ronnie Stanley and Rick Wagner.
Jul 27 - 7:36 PM

Colts placed DE Henry Anderson (knee) on the active/PUP list.

It’s an expected move. The Colts are taking a conservative approach with Anderson’s rehab. He’s questionable for Week 1.
Jul 27 - 7:32 PM

Jets signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed. Fitzpatrick can make another $3 million in incentives "based on team performance." The Jets and Fitzpatrick played hardball all offseason before ultimately agreeing to a deal on the first day of camp. The Jets were always Fitzpatrick's only realistic destination. His return locks in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as high-floor fantasy picks, whereas they may have been more volatile with Geno Smith under center. Fitzpatrick's salary puts him at the low end of NFL starters, but he'll have a chance for an extension if he repeats his 2015 success. Fitzpatrick is best viewed as a QB2 in fantasy leagues who should be useful to stream against weak defenses.
Jul 27 - 7:11 PM


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