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Unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) spoke to Giants GM Jerry Reese Sunday.

It's the first contact the Giants have had with Pierre-Paul since the July 4th fireworks accident that cost him a finger. Reese would only say they had a "personal" conversation and added that the Giants are "not pissed off or mad about it." This sounds like the first step toward JPP signing his $14.8 million franchise tag tender and letting the Giants medical staff examine him.
Aug 3 - 9:18 AM

Browns CB Justin Gilbert continues to run behind Pierre Desir at camp.

Gilbert was the No. 8 overall pick in 2014 out of Oklahoma State while Desir went 127th overall out of D-II Lindenwood. That hasn't stopped Desir from earning the No. 3 job on the depth chart, behind starters Joe Haden and Tramon Williams. Gilbert might be the biggest disappointment in the 2014 draft if it wasn't for Johnny Manziel, who the Browns took 22nd overall that year.
Aug 3 - 9:01 AM

Beat writer Jordan Raanan says Victor Cruz (knee) looks "solid" so far at camp.

Cruz doesn't look "quite as shifty and explosive," but that's to be expected as he's just 10 months removed from a nasty patellar tendon tear. His ability to go to the ground on his knee, make catches and pop back up is encouraging. For now, Cruz appears to be on track for Week 1.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 3 - 8:55 AM

Lance Louis is running as the first-team left guard right now.

The Colts are rolling LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Louis, C Khaled Holmes, RG Todd Herremans and RT Jack Mewhort. Hugh Thornton could also push for reps. This unit can't be much worse than last year, when Andrew Luck was under pressure 36.2 percent of the time -- 8th most in the league.
Aug 3 - 8:46 AM

Colts fourth-round SS Clayton Geathers is spending the individual portion of practices with the linebackers.

Geathers, a true "box safety," had 19 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles during his Central Florida career. He's going to play in the box in sub-packages, giving the Colts a more versatile option than pass-game liability D'Qwell Jackson.
Aug 3 - 8:39 AM

The Cowboys continue to insist they will use a committee in the backfield.

Beat writer Todd Archer recently suggested Joe Randle could handle 15 carries a game, Darren McFadden ten, and Lance Dunbar five. "Slim. Probably slim. Slim," RBs coach Gary Brown replied when asked if a DeMarco Murray-type feature back will emerge. "We’re going to try to spread that out and keep guys fresh." Owner Jerry Jones suggested the Cowboys will be able to almost manufacture Murray by using Randle and McFadden together: "To some degree, that’s the kind of back — if you add those two together — that we had in Murray."
Aug 3 - 8:33 AM

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Michael Crabtree has been the "star" of the Raiders' first three training camp practices.

If your eyes rolled after reading this one, you're not alone. Crabtree looked every bit a declining player in 2014 with San Francisco, relegated to rotational snaps and dropping passes at a career-worst clip. Crabtree is still only 27 years old, however, and it's conceivable his diminished on-field ineffectiveness was symptomatic of the 49ers' franchise dysfunction. From a fantasy standpoint, Crabtree certainly doesn't lack target opportunity in Oakland.
Aug 3 - 8:26 AM

DeAndre Hopkins (wrist surgery) is participating at Texans camp.

Hopkins sat out OTAs after February surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. He posted 76-1,210-6 last year with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Ryan Mallett at quarterback. Now Andre Johnson is gone, opening up even more targets for Hopkins. "I'm in a role where I should catch more balls. ... I'm going to demand the ball and make them think I'm the guy."
Aug 3 - 8:05 AM

Odell Beckham (hamstring) is participating on a "pitch count" as Giants camp opens.

Beckham is getting a few reps off in team work, but is starting and finishing practices. The hamstring he mildly tweaked during OTAs is not an issue. Per NJ.com, Beckham was "the best and most explosive player on the field" during the first session last week.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 3 - 8:00 AM

The Union-Tribune singled out Stevie Johnson as a player building rapport with Philip Rivers early in camp.

Johnson's herky-jerky route running can be an issue for some quarterbacks, but shouldn't be a problem for the savvy Rivers. With Eddie Royal gone, Antonio Gates suspended and Malcom Floyd on the verge of retirement, there's plenty of opportunity here. Johnson's current ADP is around the 12th round.
Aug 3 - 7:52 AM

Philip Rivers and the Chargers aren't expected to negotiate once the preseason starts on Aug. 13.

If a deal isn't done by that preseason opener against the Cowboys, extension talks will be tabled until after the season. It's an artificial deadline, but one that was effective in getting the Russell Wilson deal done in Seattle. Rivers, 33, is heading into the final year of the $98 million contract he signed in August of 2009.
Aug 3 - 7:50 AM

A league source confirmed to PFT that RE Michael Johnson suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Sunday's training camp practice.

"He's expected to be back in four weeks," PFT's Mike Florio wrote. If Johnson is indeed back in one month -- and not the long side of his 4-6 week timetable -- he should get in a week or two of practice before the season opener.
Aug 3 - 12:19 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio confirmed Trent Richardson is on the active/NFI list and not practicing because he reported overweight.

Or, at least over the weight threshold the Raiders set for T-Rich before training camp. "Trent is here," Del Rio said. "He came back very close to the weight, which was a pretty ambitious goal to get to. He’s down in the low 220s. That’s what we asked of him. That’s where he was." Richardson has missed the first three days of camp. He's seen as 50-50 to make the roster.
Source: Raider Beat
Aug 2 - 11:36 PM

Bengals DT Geno Atkins has reportedly been the best player on the field so far in training camp.

Even back at OTAs, DL coach Jay Hayes described Atkins as "scary" on the practice field. The Bengals badly need Atkins to regain form after he lagged to three-sack season coming off a torn ACL in 2014. Put simply, Atkins is the key to the Bengals' defense. He's a game-changing three technique when healthy.
Source: bengals.com
Aug 2 - 11:10 PM

The Eagles are giving sixth-round pick JaCorey Shepherd the first crack at replacing outgoing CB Brandon Boykin.

Although he is size (5'11/199) and speed (4.65) deficient, Shepherd was one of the NCAA's top cornerbacks last season, earning the lowest "burn rate" (32.9 percent) among draft-eligible corners. "We're really, really impressed," coach Chip Kelly said. Shepherd isn't in the mix to start, but he is squarely in the hunt to cover slot receivers in the Eagles' nickel and dime defenses.
Aug 2 - 10:50 PM


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