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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports DE Cameron Jordan has been "flashing more" than any other player in New Orleans' camp.

Snubbed from the Pro Bowl and Top 100 list last season, Jordan promised that a "sleeping giant" has been awoken. RT Zach Strief agrees, saying this is the "best camp" Jordan has "ever had." Jordan is a true every-down player who can play both end and rush from the interior. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 3-rated 4-3 end last season, playing well against the run and pass.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:26 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports first-round CB Tre'Davious White has had a "sensational" training camp.

In Carucci's eyes, White was performing better than Ronald Darby, who was traded to the Eagles for Jordan Matthews. White's strong practices likely allowed the Bills to make that move. He'll be starting at one corner spot, with newcomer E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson, and Kevon Seymour behind him.
Aug 16 - 9:14 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports Logan Thomas "showed the most athleticism and best hands" among all Bills tight ends at training camp.

Carucci admits Thomas' "blocking wasn't great," but it sounds like he's been exceptional at everything else, including "precise route running." Thomas has all but locked up a spot on the roster for the developmental Bills. It's not out of the question that Thomas plays meaningful snaps in 2017.
Aug 16 - 9:11 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci singled out second-year DE Eddie Yarbrough as one of the stars of training camp.

The UDFA out of Wyoming spent last summer with the Broncos but was cut in September. He's been working with the Bills' first-team defense with Shaq Lawson hurt, and Carucci believes Yarbrough has not only secured a spot on the roster, but also a place in the rotation opposite Jerry Hughes.
Aug 16 - 9:06 AM

Cowboys second-year LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will make his professional debut in Saturday's second preseason game.

The No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Smith missed all of last year as he recovered from a gruesome knee injury suffered in his final year at Notre Dame. The Cowboys still took a chance on him, even though there was doubt he'd ever step back on a football field as a player. Smith has gone through a grueling rehab and would be a big boost if he can get close to pre-injury form.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 10:29 PM

Free agent Ryan Mathews (neck) plans to continue his playing career.

A late season neck injury had Mathews' career in question initially, but he was able to pass a physical on Tuesday before the Eagles released him. Turning 30 in October, Mathews' career is already winding down fast. He'll likely get one more shot. Mathews hasn't been on a field since late 2016.
Aug 15 - 10:25 PM

Speaking Tuesday, John Brown (quad) made it clear he's not 100 percent and has no plans to "rush back."

Coach Bruce Arians intimated earlier in the day that Brown was ready to practice in full, but Brown isn't yet capable. "My body is different than others'," Brown said. "They expect me to come back fast, but I can’t. I’m all right, but I’m not where I want to be at." Brown remains more day-to-day than the week-to-week he has been for the past 2.5 weeks, but he's doubtful to play in the second preseason game. It's just another reminder how fragile and slow to recover Brown has been dating back to last year at this time. He's more of a high-ceiling, low-floor WR4.
Aug 15 - 8:10 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports "there remains a gap" between fourth-round RB Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley.

This is nothing coach Jay Gruden hasn't already told us, but Keim reports Perine is struggling in pass protection. The coaching staff also apparently believes he's "still thinking too much when running the ball, and learning when to juke a guy vs. just run over him." Perine could eventually unseat Kelley, but it sounds like sophomore Kelley is going to have more rope than expected as starter.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 7:21 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette doesn't consider Sammie Coates (knee scope, PUP) a lock to make the 53-man roster.

Neither does Coates, but it's still unlikely he's sent packing. The bigger question is if Coates will maintain No. 4 receiver duties. Sidelined since the beginning of camp, Coates could apparently resume practicing this week.
Aug 15 - 7:15 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that LeGarrette Blount "hasn't exactly stood out" in Eagles camp.

Reporter Jeff McLane makes the smart observation that Blount's power game will never be particularly eye-catching in a practice setting, but couldn't help but notice the degree to which he hasn't stood out. For their part, the Eagles weren't alarmed enough to keep Ryan Mathews around. Blount is an RB2 as the Eagles' short-yardage back, but already a hit-or-miss player, he's going to be even more inconsistent outside of the Patriots' elite offense.
Aug 15 - 6:53 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter forecasts Ezekiel Elliott's appeal hearing to take place Aug. 29.

It's good to have clarity on the date, but this being the NFL, we'll likely get an appeal to the appeal. With the situation so uncertain, fantasy owners should abide by the facts on the ground. The facts on the ground are that Elliott is suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season.
Aug 15 - 6:17 PM

Colts second-year S T.J. Green is getting snaps at cornerback.

A towering 6-foot-3, Green has the speed and athleticism to man corner, but is a converted receiver, not converted corner. It's a new position for him, a difficult thing to learn at the NFL level. The No. 57 overall pick of last year's draft, Green was a rookie disaster at safety.
Aug 15 - 6:14 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports there's "nothing imminent" on the Greg Olsen extension front.

Thomas Davis received his long-awaited (one-year) extension on Tuesday, but talks haven't progressed as quickly with Olsen. Whereas Davis was a 34 year old looking for one more year to be tacked onto his contract, Olsen is "only" 32 and remains in his prime. He's not looking for a one-year pillow. Olsen is currently signed through 2018.
Aug 15 - 6:11 PM

Reuben Foster has officially been named the 49ers' starting weak-side linebacker.

This was always the expectation, but Foster needed barely two weeks of camp to lock it down. The No. 31 overall pick of the draft, Foster hasn't been bothered by his troublesome shoulder this summer. Foster should have the role to rack up some huge numbers in IDP leagues.
Source: 49ers.com
Aug 15 - 6:08 PM

Ezekiel Elliott has officially appealed his six-game suspension.

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, a hearing must be scheduled within the next 10 days. Recent history — hello Tom Brady — suggests this will become a drawn out saga that allows Elliott to play in 2017, but the truth is, there's no real way of knowing how things might unfold. There's a chance Elliott ends up playing all 16 games this season, but we simply don't know. For now, it would be unwise to factor out Elliott's looming ban in fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 5:01 PM


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