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Coach Todd Bowles thinks Geno Smith can be the Jets’ starter.

"I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else," Bowles said. "He’s been in the system a year. We’ll see what he does." It’s not more than coachspeak, but the Jets have thrown support behind Smith all offseason. Despite a standstill in contract talks, Ryan Fitzpatrick remains likely to be the Week 1 starter.
Jul 23 - 9:04 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle adds a veteran quarterback.

The Seahawks like Trevone Boykin as Russell Wilson’s backup, but want to see how he does at training camp. Seattle hasn’t been connected to any quarterbacks since Tarvaris Jackson’s arrest. Outside of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Clausen, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Michael Vick are the top free agents.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 8:05 PM

The Florida Times Union considers TE Nic Jacobs a lock for the 53-man roster.

Jacobs has been shut down since OTAs with a wrist injury. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp. Jacobs is Jacksonville’s top inline blocker behind Marcedes Lewis.
Jul 23 - 7:21 PM

Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) avoided active/PUP to begin training camp.

Smith suffered a Lisfranc fracture in 2014. After struggling throughout 2015, Smith underwent another foot surgery this offseason, and will be ready for training camp. A declining Ravens defense badly needs Smith to recapture his previous shutdown form. A top-20 cover corner per Pro Football Focus' ratings in 2014, Smith slipped all the way to 89th among 118 qualified cornerbacks last season.
Jul 23 - 6:10 PM

The Detroit Free Press believes UDFA TE Cole Wick could push to start.

Wick put on a show at offseason workouts, but this is more of a bold prediction. Eric Ebron has never been a full-time starter, and the Lions have snaps to fill with Brandon Pettigrew sidelined. Wick’s role is worth tracking this preseason.
Jul 23 - 6:07 PM

Joe Flacco avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.

Just as expected. Flacco tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 last year, but his recovery progressed ahead of schedule and he resumed throwing without restrictions after OTAs. "He looks 100 percent to me," Kamar Aiken observed earlier this month. "Looks the exact same." Flacco isn't a sexy fantasy pick, but he has a favorable early-season schedule and last year's Ravens led the NFL in pass attempts. Flacco is a sneaky bet to finish this year as a low-end QB1.
Jul 23 - 6:06 PM

Bengals released S Taylor Mays.

Mays signed with the Bengals early in free agency, but failed to make it to training camp. He's suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays won't count against the Week 1 roster if he lands with another team.
Jul 23 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals DT Red Bryant is on the roster bubble.

Bryant played only 135 snaps in a run-stopping role last year. He needs to hold off Rodney Gunter, Corey Peters, and Xavier Williams to keep his job. Arizona can save $625K from releasing Bryant.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 5:12 PM

Cardinals S Tyvon Branch projects to open the season as a starter.

Branch will start opposite Tony Jefferson if Tyrann Mathieu (ACL) isn’t ready for Week 1. The Cardinals should have a heavy safety rotation this year.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 5:02 PM

Ravens placed RB Trent Richardson (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Richardson is recovering from a June scope. The Ravens could stash him on reserve/PUP to open the season. Richardson is behind Justin Forsett, Buck Allen, Lorenzo Taliaferro, Kenneth Dixon, and Terrance West on the depth chart.
Jul 23 - 4:10 PM

Ravens placed OLB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

It's an expected move. Suggs will likely sit out the entire preseason and is questionable for Week 1. Elvis Dumervil (foot) also opened training camp on PUP.
Jul 23 - 3:54 PM

Ravens placed WR Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

He's eligible to come off this list at any time, but will have to receive medical clearance first, before passing a conditioning test. Smith turned 37 in May and is coming off a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Beat writers seem to believe Smith will be ready for Week 1, but that will not be determined until late August.
Jul 23 - 3:50 PM

Ravens placed WR Breshad Perriman (knee) on the active/PUP list.

Perriman avoided reconstructive surgery, but doesn't have a set timetable to return. The Ravens expect him to be available "at some point" in training camp. Perriman should be considered questionable for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 3:49 PM

Bears placed T/G Nate Chandler on the reserve/retired list.

Beset by injuries, it appears Chandler is hanging up his cleats at age 27. Chandler made 19 starts in his brief NFL career, all with the Panthers.
Jul 23 - 3:47 PM

Raiders RT Austin Howard is expected to start.

The Raiders gave Howard first-team minicamp reps after he missed OTAs. He had solid PFF grades as a 13-game starter last year, but struggled as a run blocker. Howard is competing with Menelik Watson.
Jul 23 - 3:19 PM


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