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Jay Cutler confirmed he's more advanced in second-year coach Marc Trestman's offense this season.

"This is only the second or third time I've been in an offense multiple years," Cutler said. "Talent-wise and being in the system, all that adds up. Hopefully we stay healthy and see where this goes." Cutler expects to play faster now that he's acclimated and will have more flexibility at the line of scrimmage. He was on pace for a career-high 31 touchdowns last year, but missed five games to injury. Signed to a seven-year, $126 million extension in January, Cutler is owed $54 million guaranteed over the next three seasons.
Jul 11 - 8:18 PM

Jaguars RT Austin Pasztor (shoulder) expects to be ready for training camp.

Pasztor missed the majority of OTAs and minicamp recovering from shoulder surgery. He was a starter from Week 5 on last season and will bookend LT Luke Joeckel. Third-round rookie Brandon Linder is the favorite for snaps next to Pasztor at right guard.
Jul 11 - 7:34 PM
Tajh Boyd - QB - Jets

Sixth-round QB Tajh Boyd admitted that he's struggled to pick up the Jets' offense.

"I've got a lot of work to do as far as me understanding," Boyd said. "The type of offense is totally different. You're running a true West Coast." Boyd didn't take any snaps under center in Clemon's pistol, read-option and is going to need time to adjust to a pro-style offense. He's competing with Matt Simms for the Jets' No. 3 quarterback job.
Jul 11 - 6:58 PM

Ravens DL DeAngelo Tyson "could step into a elevated role" in 2014.

Tyson is competing for playing time with rookie Timmy Jernigan and Chris Canty, but can fill multiple spots on the defensive line. He had 10 tackles, two sacks, and an interception over 153 snaps last year. 25-year-old Tyson will see a bigger role as a rotational lineman this season.
Jul 11 - 6:19 PM

Titans second-year CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson is competing to start opposite Jason McCourty.

Wreh-Wilson split first-team reps with Coty Sensabaugh during OTAs. He played just 93 snaps as a rookie, but is the favorite to replace Alterraun Verner. At 6'1/195, Wreh-Wilson will likely be limited to playing outside in DC Ray Horton's scheme. Tommie Campbell should open the season as the No. 4 corner.
Jul 11 - 5:49 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo reports "there isn't much clarification" on if DT Marcell Dareus will be suspended for the start of the season.

Dareus was arrested for possession of synthetic marijuana in May and is also dealing with misdemeanor charges stemming from a drag-racing incident. The NFL is expected to wait for the cases to play out before making a decision on whether to take disciplinary action. Dareus' Week 1 availability has potential to impact the roster spots of DTs Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. The Bills could keep five defensive tackles even if Dareus isn't suspended.
Jul 11 - 5:27 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia suggests Fred Jackson could lose snaps this season to Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon.

We see Dixon more as a special teamer, but the Bills gave up significant compensation for Brown (a conditional fourth-round pick that could improve to a third-rounder), and will probably want to carve out a role for him. While Jackson should remain heavily involved due to his pass-protection prowess, his touches are a virtual lock to sink. Jackson will be 33 1/2 years old in Week 1.
Jul 11 - 4:19 PM

NFL suspended Vikings DE Spencer Nealy four games for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs.

A second-year UDFA out of Texas A&M, Nealy finished last season on the Vikings' practice squad, and was preparing to compete for a roster spot in training camp. If the Vikings really like him, they could "stash" Nealy on the reserve/suspended list for the season's first month. Most likely, they'll cut him.
Jul 11 - 3:54 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes Jarrett Boykin will be "hard to dislodge" from his No. 3 receiver role on the Packers.

Assuming he holds off second-round pick Davante Adams -- who struggled with drops during OTAs -- Boykin's outlook is particularly intriguing due to Green Bay's lack of an established pass-catching tight end. He could easily be Aaron Rodgers' No. 3 pass option this year, behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Boykin has a chance to be a re-draft-league steal. His ADP is the late-11th round.
Jul 11 - 3:29 PM

Aaron Rodgers emerged from spring practices impressed by third-round TE Richard Rodgers.

"When we made the pick, some of the so-called experts on the draft channel said he was a late sixth-round pick ... which is pretty laughable when you watch the talent he's got and the ability," said Green Bay's All-Pro quarterback. "You have to be excited about his body type and the hands. He's made some incredible catches, makes it look easy. I think he's going to push for some playing time if he can transfer what he's done in the spring now to the fall and have the potential to be an impact player." Although rookie tight ends tend to struggle in fantasy, Rodgers is in a good enough landing spot to buck that trend, and has a chance to start in Green Bay. He's someone to monitor closely this summer.
Jul 11 - 3:25 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells believes Trent Richardson will not be given a long leash by the team if he doesn't produce quickly this season.

Wells calls it "unlikely" the Colts would "wait for him to get going" if Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard show well early, either in training camp, the preseason, or regular season games. With two weeks before camp opens, T-Rich's fantasy Average Draft Position has settled into the middle of round five. He's going ahead of Ben Tate, Joique Bell, Stevan Ridley, and Steven Jackson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 3:20 PM

Colts waived WR LaVon Brazill.

A sixth-round pick in the 2012 draft, Brazill flashed on the field during two seasons with the Colts, but was suspended twice, including a full-year ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy in early July. He won't be eligible to play this season, even in the unlikely event he's claimed on waivers. Brazill, 25, has 23 catches for 347 yards (15.1 YPR) and three touchdowns through 25 NFL appearances. He scored two TDs in Indy's January playoff loss to the Patriots.
Jul 11 - 2:58 PM

The deadline for Jimmy Graham to appeal independent arbitrator Stephen Burbank's franchise tag decision is believed to be Monday, July 14.

It's surprising the NFLPA has taken this long to formally file the appeal. Meanwhile, the deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign long-term extensions is Tuesday, July 15. PFT's Mike Florio, an attorney, expects either a long-term deal between the Saints and Graham before July 14 at 4PM, or the appeal to be filed by the NFLPA. Both sides would likely prefer a long-term pact.
Jul 11 - 2:39 PM

Jaguars WRs Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown are participating in Larry Fitzgerald's summer camp in Minnesota.

The "Fitzgerald Camp" is a two-week workout session that has served as a prelude to breakout wide receiver years in the past, although both Shorts and Brown attended last year's Fitz Camp as well. Per Brown, "about 30" players are participating this year, including Dwayne Bowe, Andre Roberts, Kyle Rudolph, Ryan Mallett, and Chiefs CB Sean Smith. Shorts appears to have recovered from his June hamstring injury, which cost him most of OTAs and all of minicamp.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 11 - 2:25 PM

After speaking to four NFL executives regarding potential trade compensation for Andre Johnson, the Sideline View's Lance Zierlein received answers ranging from a second- to fifth-round pick.

Although the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has been adamant the Texans will not trade Johnson, it's worth remembering McClain was adamant for most of the pre-draft process that the Texans would not select Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall. (They did.) We suspect GM Rick Smith would seriously consider dealing Johnson if a win-now team offered a 2015 second-round pick. If the offer were a fourth- or fifth-rounder, the Texans should comfortably pass.
Jul 11 - 1:51 PM


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