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Deshaun Watson (knee) expects to be "full go" for Texans training camp next week.

"I feel great," Watson said on NFL Network. "I’m getting ready for next week when we report to The Greenbrier; I’m going to be full-go." Long billed as "ahead of schedule," Watson was spotted without a brace in minicamp. The Texans are not going to take any risks with their franchise player, but it is looking like he will see preseason reps.
Jul 19 - 9:54 PM

In a joint Thursday statement, the NFL and NFLPA said they have come to a "standstill agreement" on the league's national anthem policy, and hope to "(find) a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation."

"No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing," the statement said. The unilateral, team-centric policy the league announced in May has been put on ice. After the disastrous disclosure of the Dolphins' extremely punitive anthem policy on Thursday, the league is in damage control mode. The NFLPA is going along as both sides try to somehow put the issue in the rear-view mirror.
Jul 19 - 9:49 PM

Jets TEs coach Jimmie Johnson has praised fourth-round rookie Chris Herndon's in-line blocking.

"One of the best tight ends coming out in the draft in terms of in-line blocking," were Johnson's exact words. "So, we were excited about that. He has a lot of work to do but you like the potential and you like the upside." Translation, second-year pro Jordan Leggett should be in the lead for targets, at least in the early going. Herndon isn't worth a TE2 flier in re-draft leagues.
Jul 19 - 6:01 PM

Jets TEs coach Jimmie Johnson says second-year TE Jordan Leggett is over the knee issue that cost him his entire rookie season.

"He doesn’t worry about his knee," Johnson said. "He has those issues behind him now. So now, we can move forward and get back to playing football." Although fourth-rounder Chris Herndon is in the fold, Herndon is coming off a knee injury of his own. Johnson's comments have also made it sound like the Jets will be counting on Herndon more as a blocker in the early going. Leggett is in the lead when it comes to soaking up Austin Seferian-Jenkins' lost targets.
Jul 19 - 5:48 PM

Jets WRs coach Karl Dorrell expects Robby Anderson to "explode and become a more complete player" this season.

"There are some different roles on our team, doing secondary jobs to help other people out and I think that is something he will learn and grow with," Dorrell said. "He’ll be better at that now that he knows the scope of it. I think Robby is really going to explode and become a more complete player because of it." 59 yards shy of 1,000 last season, Anderson escaped a host of off-the-field issues with minimal punishment from the law, but he could still be facing a short league-mandated suspension.
Jul 19 - 5:43 PM

In their new "Proper Anthem Conduct" policy, the Dolphins reserve the right to suspend players who protest on the field up to four games.

Dolphins Kenny Stills and Jordan Phillips both knelt during the national anthem last season. Per the team's new policy — which has not been released publicly — the Dolphins "could" fine or suspend any player who protests. "Could" leaves a lot of wiggle room, of course. The league and its teams seem to be doing whatever it takes to keep this story in the news. It is a baffling approach.
Jul 19 - 5:12 PM

The Advocate considers Brandon Coleman on the Saints' 53-man roster bubble.

A restricted free agent, Coleman was not tendered an offer. He re-signed for the league minimum in April. Coleman ran ahead of Willie Snead in 2017 but has proven to be "just a guy." If Cameron Meredith is back to full health, he will make Coleman expendable.
Jul 19 - 4:10 PM

Vikings signed No. 30 overall pick CB Mike Hughes to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-rounders, Hughes' deal includes a fifth-year team option for 2022. A college journeyman, Hughes averaged 31.9 yards per kickoff return and 16.6 yards on punts, all told scoring three return TDs. Hughes also intercepted five passes at corner and allowed an anemic 43.9 passer rating when targeted (PFF). A 73rd-percentile SPARQ athlete who specializes in press coverage, Hughes’ biggest drawback is his size (5'10). He should begin his Vikings career in the slot while contributing on punt returns.
Jul 19 - 3:26 PM

Ravens RG Marshal Yanda (active/PUP) is recovering from shoulder surgery.

When Yanda was first placed on the active/PUP list it was thought to be because of the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season in Week 2. Instead, it's related to a January shoulder operation. Yanda's ankle is apparently "fine." "We’re going to be cautious with him," coach John Harbaugh said, while also emphasizing that Yanda will be ready for Week 1. He's week to week.
Jul 19 - 2:29 PM

Speaking Thursday, contract-year Ravens ILB C.J. Mosley said there are "no updates" on his extension talks.

Extending Mosley should be a priority in Baltimore, though there have been precious few updates on talks. Headed into his age-26 season, Mosley has missed only two games in four years. An every-down player, Mosley notched 132 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2017.
Jul 19 - 1:56 PM

Allen Robinson (knee) is full-go for the start of Bears' training camp.

Robinson avoided the active/PUP list, meaning he is practicing without restriction. It's still possible the Bears hold their new No. 1 receiver out of some preseason action, but he should see some snaps on the exhibition field. Robinson will be exactly one year removed from his injury in Week 1.
Jul 19 - 1:44 PM

Bears first-round ILB Roquan Smith remained absent from training camp on Thursday.

Smith missed Monday's rookie reporting day and remained absent when veterans showed up on Thursday. GM Ryan Pace said he was optimistic Smith would report "soon." With rookie salaries strictly structured, holdouts are usually related to offset language.
Jul 19 - 1:09 PM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he expects the team to use 2-3 "main" backs.

This quote actually came from last month's minicamp, but it's worth revisiting with training camp a week away. Rather than anoint a true workhorse, it sounds like the Broncos will divvy up the running back chores among third-round rookie Royce Freeman and third-year back Devontae Booker. This will be a difficult backfield for fantasy owners to navigate, though perhaps training camp will bring some clarity to the situation.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 19 - 1:03 PM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (Achilles) practiced on Thursday.

The Ravens held their first training camp practice on Thursday. Smith was in uniform but will be "brought along slowly," according to ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley. He's about seven months removed from a torn Achilles. The 29-year-old (he turns 30 next week) earned PFF's No. 18 coverage grade out of 121 qualifiers at cornerback last season.
Jul 19 - 12:40 PM

Giants signed CB Sam Beal to a four-year, $4.08 million contract.

The deal includes a $1,048,940 signing bonus. Beal was selected in the third round of last week's Supplemental Draft following a a standout junior year at Western Michigan that saw him earn second-team All-MAC honors. An elite athlete with 4.47 wheels, Beal will begin his career as a backup to Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple.
Jul 19 - 10:53 AM


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