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An NFC North personnel man said he sees Andrew Quarless as a "No. 2."

Quarless rested during the offseason program, allowing third-round rookie Richard Rodgers to shine. Now Quarless has a battle on his hands, and he doesn't have the skill set to blow anyone out of the water in a competition. "He's not a good in-line blocker," the personnel man said. "He's better in space. His overall effort can be up and down. I don't think he's the most physically tough guy or the strongest guy at the point of attack." It's a battle to monitor in camp.
Jul 23 - 8:28 AM

Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) said he's "pretty much cleared."

Lee missed the final chunk of the offseason program due to a sprain. He'll take it slow for a few days, but is expected to be unleashed when the pads go on for the first time Sunday. Lee is penciled in as the starter opposite Cecil Shorts.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 23 - 8:22 AM

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has given up control of the team as he battles Alzheimer's disease.

The 70-year-old Bowlen has owned the Broncos for 30 years, establishing himself as one of the game's iconic executives while going to the Super Bowl six times and winning twice. "It's a really, really sad day," said team president Joe Ellis, who is assuming control of the Broncos. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 8:13 AM

Coach Mike Smith confirmed Julio Jones' reps will be limited as camp gets underway.

Jones has had two foot surgeries involving a screw in his left fifth metatarsal bone in three years. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps," Smith said. "Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." We should get an up-close look at Jones' progress during Hard Knocks.
Jul 23 - 8:07 AM

Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.

The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
Jul 23 - 12:13 AM

49ers CB Chris Culliver (ACL) has been medically cleared for training camp.

Culliver tore his left ACL last August. The fourth-year corner is penciled in as the 49ers' starter opposite Tramaine Brock, with Jimmie Ward at nickel back.
Jul 23 - 12:00 AM

Eli Manning had the highest average pass distance among NFL quarterbacks in 2013, at 9.49 yards from the line of scrimmage.

Combine ex-OC Kevin Gilbride's vertical scheme with the Giants' injury-ravaged, swinging-gate offensive line, and the result was Eli's career-worst season, with career highs in picks (27) and sacks taken (39). New OC Ben McAdoo is installing a shortened, quicker-hitting attack in an effort to rejuvenate Eli. The Giants likely hope Manning can have a Riversian bounce-back year.
Jul 22 - 11:52 PM

Saints UDFA Je'Ron Hamm reportedly "stood out" during pre-training camp practices for his "athleticism and pass-catching skills."

Hamm, who just turned 22, goes 6'3/236 with 4.65 speed and a 37-inch vertical. He played college ball at Louisiana-Monroe, catching 62 passes for 915 yards (14.8 YPR) and six TDs as a 20-year-old junior before an injury-plagued senior season. Hamm could be a practice squad candidate in New Orleans.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 11:33 PM

Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) is expected to be cleared for the beginning of camp.

According to reporter David Moore, the Cowboys aren't expecting any "red flags" with Melton's Wednesday physical. That was expected all along, but is still much-needed news for the Cowboys' undermanned defensive line. Melton is now 10 months removed from tearing his left ACL.
Jul 22 - 10:55 PM

Chargers first-round CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) isn't expected to practice before August.

The Union-Tribune San Diego's Tom Krasovic predicted earlier this month that Verrett would be ready for camp, but August was always his timeline. Verrett underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in March. He needs to return before the third preseason game, or he could be looking awfully green come Week 1.
Jul 22 - 10:35 PM

Bills third-round pick Preston Brown opened camp as the second-team middle linebacker behind Brandon Spikes.

A pre-camp report stated Brown would be in the hunt to replace WLB Kiko Alonso (ACL), but Mike 'backer is his natural position. He figures to take over there in 2015, when Spikes hit free agency. Nigel Bradham is getting the first crack at Alonso's weak-side job, with Keith Rivers stationed on the strong side.
Jul 22 - 10:08 PM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes walk-year RB Ryan Mathews could be headed into his final season in San Diego.

This is quite possible, but Williams' reasoning is based on the fact that the Chargers now have Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locked up long term. While both are useful players, neither has the early-down talent Mathews' possesses. If Mathews can stay healthy for the second-consecutive year, there's a good chance he'll be back with the Bolts in 2015. Mathews turns 27 in October.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 10:00 PM

Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown believes walk-year QB Andy Dalton will be the team's quarterback for the "immediate future."

Brown also endorsed a Colin Kaepernick-style "pay as you go" type contract for Dalton's deal, and admitted the franchise tag is a possibility for 2015. All in all, it's not a very strong endorsement, definitely not the kind you'd hear from an owner talking about someone he considered a franchise quarterback.
Source: bengals.com
Jul 22 - 8:50 PM

ESPN's Bill Williamson reports Marcus Lattimore (knees, NFI) is "fine," and could practice "very soon."

In Williamson's estimation, the 49ers are simply being careful with their second-year back, who hasn't played since his second devastating knee injury in as many years ended his college career in 2012. Lattimore won't be hidden away on the reserve/NFI list for the second-consecutive year, but there have been strong indications he's nowhere near the player he was before his injuries.
Jul 22 - 8:24 PM

Andre Johnson's player rep has remained in contact with the Texans.

Johnson's agent declined comment on reports that Johnson had shown up at team facilities on Monday, but suggested tensions have cooled. For now, most signs point toward Johnson reporting for the Texans' first workout on Saturday.
Source: FOX Houston
Jul 22 - 8:09 PM


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