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|Burner Turner fined, sentenced to probation||06-13-2013|
|Michael Turner RB N/A|
Free agent Michael Turner was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 12 months probation as a result of his September DUI.
|Turner was arrested and charged with DUI after a Gwinnett County officer clocked him driving 97 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. The 31-year-old had the DUI charge dropped, and he pleaded guilty to reckless driving. Turner says that he plans to play in 2013, but he has generated zero interest since his release.|
|Quinton Patton made strides at minicamp||06-13-2013|
|Quinton Patton WR SF|
Coach Jim Harbaugh says fourth-round WR Quinton Patton really "elevated himself" at minicamp.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
|"There's quite a jump with Patton from where he came in," Harbaugh said. "He elevated himself." Back in rookie minicamp, 49ers beat writers said the rookie was "nowhere close to being ready to contribute." Harbs also praised second-year wideout A.J. Jenkins, saying "they understand what's at stake, what the team needs from them and they are rising to the occasion." Both players are vying for a starting job after Michael Crabtree's torn Achilles'.|
|Stephen Hill, Kerley don't shine at minicamp||06-13-2013|
|Stephen Hill WR CAR|
Stephen Hill and Jeremy Kerley were two of ESPN New York's Rich Cimini's three "duds" of minicamp.
ESPN New York
|Coach Rex Ryan has expressed his discontent with the Jets' receiving corps multiple times throughout OTAs and minicamp, and on Thursday he simply said that "it has to get better." The Jets need to add a veteran receiver to their group of youngsters, especially with all of the uncertainty surrounding Santonio Holmes, but the free-agent market is awfully barren. S Antonio Allen was Cimini's other "dud," while OLB Ricky Sapp, TE Hayden Smith, RB John Griffin, and CB Aaron Berry were the "studs."|
|49ers WR Carswell suffers torn ACL Wednesday||06-13-2013|
|Brandon Carswell WR SF|
49ers WR Brandon Carswell tore his ACL on Wednesday.
Matt Maiocco on Twitter
|Carswell, a 2012 undrafted free agent out of USC, spent last summer with the Raiders, catching three passes for 36 yards in four preseason games.|
|Seahawks reunite with QB Tarvaris Jackson||06-13-2013|
|Tarvaris Jackson QB SEA|
Seahawks signed QB Tarvaris Jackson, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year contract.
John Clayton on Twitter
|Raiders ink third-round LB Sio Moore||06-13-2013|
|Sio Moore MLB IND|
|Raiders signed third-round OLB Sio Moore to a four-year contract.||Moore, the No. 66 overall pick, has been the talk of Raiders OTAs and minicamp. He can play all three linebacker spots, but Moore has been lining up at both the weak-side and strong-side spots. He'll be a Week 1 starter as a rookie.|
|Coach Joe Philbin talks up Lamar Miller||06-13-2013|
|Lamar Miller RB HOU|
Coach Joe Philbin says Lamar Miller has "really progressed" over the course of OTAs and minicamp.
|"He is very smart," Philbin said. "I think he has really progressed from a mental standpoint as a professional in his second season. He has very good hands. We like a lot of the things he is doing in pass protection. Again, we have to temper our enthusiasm based on how he does in pads, but I think his understanding of how he fits in the protection scheme is very good. We use that term, `closing the distance.' He has done an excellent job in that regard in the spring, so we'll have to see how that carries over to the fall." Miller is the favorite for lead-back duties in the Miami backfield. We have him as a mid-to-low RB2.|
|Cowboys looking into Sean Lee's contract||06-13-2013|
|Sean Lee LB DAL|
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirms the team will look into a contract extension for MLB Sean Lee.
Dallas Morning News
|"Historically, we look at guys going into the last years of their contracts," Jones said. "Sean is going into the last year of his contract, so that's probably something we'll look at." Lee has one year left on his rookie deal at $630,000. He's been a full participant in offseason practices.|
|Edwards most improved receiver at minicamp||06-13-2013|
|Armanti Edwards WR CHI|
Coach Ron Rivera says Armanti Edwards has been the "most improved" receiver after OTAs and minicamp.
|"Probably the guy who's really improved the most during these OTAs and minicamp has been Armanti," Rivera said. "He made a couple really nice plays. His development has been really key for us as well." Edwards will have to keep it up during training camp and preseason, but it sounds like he'll keep his job.|
|Victor Butler to have ACL surgery on Tuesday||06-13-2013|
|Victor Butler LB NYG|
Saints OLB Victor Butler will undergo ACL reconstructive surgery on Tuesday.
Larry Holder on Twitter
|Butler tore his ACL in practice on Wednesday in a collision with Mark Ingram. He'll almost certainly be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Martez Wilson is in the driver's seat for the starting SAM linebacker spot opposite Junior Galette. Butler's injury may force the Saints to keep Will Smith.|
|Chargers S Taylor (torn ACL) sprinting||06-13-2013|
|Brandon Taylor S SD|
Chargers SS Brandon Taylor (ACL surgery) has been sprinting at minicamp.
Union-Tribune San Diego
|Taylor is about six months removed from his knee reconstruction. Last year's third-round pick, Taylor hasn't been taking part in team drills but hopes to at some point during training camp. He's in the mix to start next to Eric Weddle.|
|Ravens RB Berry arrested on failure to appear||06-13-2013|
|Damien Berry RB BAL|
Ravens RB Damien Berry was arrested Tuesday night for failure to appear warrant stemming from traffic citations.
|Berry was pulled over in January, and he was charged with speeding and driving on a suspended license. He was released on Wednesday on his own recognizance, and Berry now has a court date set for October 10. It's not a major charge, but any bad news for a bottom-of-the-roster player isn't good.|
|Meachem still buried on Chargers depth chart||06-13-2013|
|Robert Meachem WR NO|
The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms that Robert Meachem "still seems buried on the depth chart."
Kevin Acee on Twitter
|Meachem is getting more opportunities in practice under a new coaching staff, but he still can't leap Danario Alexander, Vincent Brown, or Malcom Floyd. Meachem's $5 million base salary is fully guaranteed, so he likely isn't going to get cut. The Chargers may look to showcase him for a possible trade in the preseason. For now, Meachem is well off the fantasy radar.|
|James Carpenter to be ready for training camp||06-13-2013|
|James Carpenter OG NYJ|
Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks expect LG James Carpenter (knee surgery) to be ready for the start of training camp.
Curtis Crabtree on Twitter
|Carpenter underwent a "minor, cleanup surgery" in April, and he hasn't been on the field this spring. The former first-round pick is expected to open the season as the starting left guard, a year after playing just seven games.|
|Giants OC: Randle is going to play a lot||06-13-2013|
|Rueben Randle WR PHI|
|Giants OC Kevin Gilbride says second-year WR Rueben Randle is "gonna play a lot."||"Oh, he's gonna play. He's gonna play a lot," Gilbride said. "He'll play first, second down, he'll be an outside receiver for us -- whether he's at the X or the Z, he's gonna play. He's looking like he deserves to be out there for significant time." Randle is easily ahead of Louis Murphy and Ramses Barden for No. 3 receiver duties, and he'll see plenty of action in three-wide sets. We have Randle as our No. 59 receiver, but he has a ton of upside.|
|Rams sign fifth-round CB McGee||06-13-2013|
|Brandon McGee CB DAL|
|Rams signed fifth-round CB Brandon McGee to a four-year contract.||McGee, the No. 149 overall pick, started 25 games at Miami, and he really boosted his draft stock with a 4.40 forty at the Combine. Expect him to see plenty of action on special teams as a rookie.|
|Rams get S T.J. McDonald under contract||06-13-2013|
|T.J. McDonald SS LA|
|Rams signed third-round S T.J. McDonald to a four-year contract.|
|Rams sign fifth-round RB Zac Stacy||06-13-2013|
|Zac Stacy RB NYJ|
|Rams signed fifth-round RB Zac Stacy to a four-year contract.||Stacy (5-foot-8 3/8, 216) rushed for 2,334 yards and 24 touchdowns on 408 carries over his last two seasons at Vanderbilt. We like his ability to beat initial contact and his decisiveness as a runner, but he lack explosion and top-end speed. Stacy will compete with Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson for lead-back duties. All three backs could have a substantial role in the Rams' offense.|
|Rams lock up fourth-round G/C Barrett Jones||06-13-2013|
|Barrett Jones C PHI|
|Rams signed fourth-round G/C Barrett Jones to a four-year contract.||Jones, a Rimington Award winner as college's top center, enjoyed a storied career at Alabama, but he doesn't project as much more than a sixth offensive lineman who can play any position on the line. The Rams are holding a competition for the starting left guard spot, but Jones isn't expected to win it.|
|Stedman Bailey signs his rookie contract||06-13-2013|
|Stedman Bailey WR LA|
|Rams signed third-round WR Stedman Bailey to a four-year contract.||Bailey (5-foot-10 1/4, 193) caught 186 passes for 2,901 yards and 37 touchdowns over his final two seasons at West Virginia as Geno Smith's go-to receiver. He plays bigger than his measurables indicate, but slow-ish forty times of 4.50 and 4.57 at the Combine likely kept him on the board until No. 92 overall.|
|Rams get OLB Alec Ogletree under contract||06-13-2013|
|Alec Ogletree MLB LA|
|Rams signed No. 30 overall pick LOLB Alec Ogletree to a four-year contract.||Ogletree is a highly athletic former safety, but he's a trainwreck character-wise off the field. Coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead love him, and Fisher even compared Ogletree to former Titans LB Keith Bulluck. Ogletree is expected to man the left outside 'backer spot, while Jo-Lonn Dunbar handles the right side.|
|Rams get No. 8 overall pick Austin signed||06-13-2013|
|Tavon Austin WR LA|
|Rams signed No. 8 overall pick WR Tavon Austin to a four-year contract.||It's not often that we see the team's first-round pick become the first member of his team's draft class to sign. Austin, Jared Cook, and Brian Quick have been the talk of Rams OTAs. We fully expect the 5-foot-8 jitterbug to line up all over the formation in St. Louis, and it would be a shock if he didn't lead the team in targets. Austin is Rotoworld's No. 40 receiver at the moment.|
|Prince Amukamara's 'skill set much improved'||06-13-2013|
|Prince Amukamara CB JAX|
Giants DC Perry Fewell says third-year CB Prince Amukamara's "skill set is much improved."
ESPN New York
|It's the first time in Amukamara's career that he has been a full participant in OTAs and minicamp. He missed his first offseason due to the lockout, and he then battled an array of injuries last spring. Amukamara now has lofty goals for himself. "I really want to be the No. 1 corner on this team," he said. "As soon as I establish myself as the No. 1 corner [on the team], then hopefully just become the No. 1 corner in the whole league." Amukamara is locked into the starting right corner spot opposite Corey Webster.|
|Broncos sign third-round CB Webster||06-13-2013|
|Kayvon Webster CB DEN|
|Broncos signed third-round CB Kayvon Webster to a four-year contract.||Webster (5-foot-10 1/2, 195) started 32 games at South Florida, notching three interceptions and four forced fumbles. He's classified as a good "character guy," and he'll likely see most of his rookie-year action on special teams.|
|Broncos ink second-round RB Montee Ball||06-13-2013|
|Montee Ball RB DEN|
|Broncos signed second-round RB Montee Ball to a four-year contract.||Ball, the No. 58 overall pick, scored an NCAA record 83 all-purpose touchdowns at Wisconsin. He has a lot of miles on his tires, but coach John Fox insists that the team isn't concerned about that one bit. Following the release of Willis McGahee on Thursday, Ball is in the driver's seat for lead-back duties. He's a perfect for for the Broncos' scheme and has RB1 upside.|
|Titans sign second-round WR Justin Hunter||06-13-2013|
|Justin Hunter WR TEN|
|Titans signed second-round WR Justin Hunter to a four-year contract.||Hunter, the No. 34 overall pick, has missed all of OTAs with a hamstring issue, and he's not expected back on the field anytime before training camp. The rookie should immediately step in as the Titans' starting "Z" receiver opposite Kenny Britt at the "X" spot. Nate Washington isn't expected to stick around.|
|Eagles get QB Matt Barkley under contract||06-13-2013|
|Matt Barkley QB ARZ|
|Eagles signed fourth-round QB Matt Barkley to a four-year contract.||Barkley has reportedly been impressive in his month-and-a-half with the Eagles. He's displayed "fantastic accuracy," but NFL.com's Albert Breer also noted that there's a "sizable gap" in arm strength between Barkley and Michael Vick. Coach Chip Kelly has stressed that accuracy is the main thing he's looking for in a quarterback. Barkley seems to have a legitimate shot at earning the starting job, but we'll find out a lot more in training camp and preseason action.|
|Brisiel running as Raiders' top right guard||06-13-2013|
|Michael Brisiel G OAK|
Raiders RG Mike Brisiel has been getting most of the first-team reps in OTAs.
Steve Corkran on Twitter
|Brisiel signed a five-year deal last year, but he was a big-time bust in his first season with the Silver and Black. At just 300 pounds, he's also an extremely poor fit for the Raiders' new power-blocking scheme. Beat writer Steve Corkran opines that the left guard spot is the only one up for competition on Oakland's offensive line. We wouldn't be surprised if Lucas Nix upstaged Brisiel at some point.|
|Lions C Raiola added 20 pounds of muscle||06-13-2013|
|Dominic Raiola C DET|
Lions C Dominic Raiola put on nearly 20 pounds in the offseason.
|Raiola typically plays around 290, but he's up to 310 after eating healthy and spending extra time in the weight room over the winter. The 34-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, and the added weight should help him against the solid collection of defensive tackles in the NFC North.|
|Steelers get QB Landry Jones under contract||06-13-2013|
|Landry Jones QB PIT|
Steelers signed fourth-round QB Landry Jones to a four-year contract.
Mark Kaboly on Twitter
|The maddeningly inconsistent Jones looked like a future first-round pick at times in college, but he sees ghosts in the pocket and crumbles under pressure. He'll be the No. 3 behind Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkoswki as a rookie, but some think the Steelers will try to groom Jones as Big Ben's successor.|
|Jaguars sign CB Lionel Smith||06-13-2013|
|Lionel Smith CB JAX|
Jaguars signed CB Lionel Smith, formerly of the Lions.
John Oehser on Twitter
|Smith was cut by the Lions last week. He spent all of 2012 on the practice squad, but he does possess solid athleticism -- 38-inch vertical and 4.41 forty.|
|Rams working out pair of free agent safeties||06-13-2013|
|Matt Giordano S LA|
The Rams hosted free agent safeties Matt Giordano and Abram Elam for visits this week.
Jim Thomas on Twitter
|Free agent Sherrod Martin was also in town, as we previously noted. The Rams are thin on experience at safety with rookie T.J. McDonald and injury-prone Darian Stewart. Giordano started 13 games for the Raiders last season, but he was victimized on a regular basis. Elam started seven games with the Chiefs.|
|Rams hosting free agent LB Will Witherspoon||06-13-2013|
|Will Witherspoon LB LA|
Free agent LB Will Witherspoon is visiting the Rams on Thursday.
Jim Thomas on Twitter
|Blast from the past. Witherspoon starred with the Rams from 2006-09, but the tank is running on "E" at 33 years of age. The 12-year veteran started all 16 games under coach Jeff Fisher in 2010 with the Titans. He recorded 47 tackles as a backup in 2012. His visit to St. Louis is his first known trip of free agency.|
|Redskins DE Carriker to begin camp on PUP||06-13-2013|
|Adam Carriker DE WAS|
Redskins DE Adam Carriker (quadriceps) will begin training camp on the active/PUP list.
|Geno Smith has work to do before playing||06-13-2013|
|Geno Smith QB NYJ|
Coach Rex Ryan and QBs coach David Lee acknowledged that Geno Smith has had some difficulty adjusting to the West Coast offense.
|"His system at West Virginia, there's no similarities there whatsoever," Lee said. Ryan agreed with Lee and said that Smith wouldn't be able to play in an NFL game if one was tomorrow. "He came from a system that this is not a surprise," Ryan said. "He came from a system that primarily was in a shotgun system. His steps -- dropbacks -- his mechanics footwork wise weren't dialed in the way they'll have to be at this level. I think some of that is your five and seven step drops, it's all new to him. ... I think when we get out to training camp and we have that time we'll see if he's ready or not ready."|
|Redskins waive FB Dorson Boyce||06-13-2013|
|Dorson Boyce RB WAS|
|Redskins waived FB Dorson Boyce.||Boyce missed all of 2012 with a torn labrum in his shoulder.|
|Jags GM: Kafka has legitimate shot to start||06-13-2013|
|Mike Kafka QB MIN|
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Mike Kafka has "just as good an opportunity" to earn the starting job as Chad Henne, Blaine Gabbert, and Matt Scott.
|We'll chalk this up as GM speak. Kafka is a bottom-of-the-roster talent, and he simply doesn't have an NFL arm. Kafka was claimed off waivers from the Patriots on Tuesday. Caldwell said he considered signing the soon-to-be 26-year-old earlier in the offseason, but he had already committed to New England.|
|Rams working out free agent LB Gocong||06-13-2013|
|Chris Gocong LB CLE|
Free agent OLB Chris Gocong worked out for the Rams on Thursday.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
|Gocong, 29, missed all of last season with a torn Achilles'. He was released by the Browns at the beginning of April, and he later participated in Eagles rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. The Rams are looking for depth at outside linebacker behind starters Alec Ogletree and Jo-Lonn Dunbar.|
|49ers working out free agent Austin Collie||06-13-2013|
|Austin Collie WR NE|
Free agent Austin Collie worked out for the 49ers on Thursday.
Mike Garafolo on Twitter
|Collie, 27, recently received full medical clearance for both his knee and head, so he's starting to work out for teams. The Niners are his second known visit; he worked out for the Patriots earlier in the month. Collie would be a nice bottom-of-the-receiver-corps addition with some upside.|
|Stevie Johnson's back injury was a fracture||06-13-2013|
|Stevie Johnson WR SD|
Stevie Johnson says the back injury that limited him in OTAs was a slight fracture to his L-5 vertebra.
|"It got to the point where, 'It's got to be something more than a strain or something' because every time I sit down it's hurting," Johnson said. "Every time I stand up it's hurting. I lay down, it's hurting. I went through rehab and it wasn't helping. So I got the MRI, and it was a slight fracture." A cortisone shot and an epidural were part of his recovery. Johnson suffered the injury while shooting a workout video for the Bills' official website. He's back on the field at minicamp, and he hasn't missed a game since 2009. Johnson is a borderline WR2/3 in fantasy.|
|Knee tendinitis no longer an issue for Miller||06-13-2013|
|Roy Miller DT JAX|
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell says NT Roy Miller's knee tendinitis is no longer an issue.
Mark Long on Twitter
|Miller was still being held back in this week's minicamp, but Caldwell says the 310-pounder would suit up if he needed to play in a game this weekend. He'll be part of the rotation on the interior of Jags' defensive line.|
|Rashard Mendenhall still lined up as No. 1 RB||06-13-2013|
|Rashard Mendenhall RB ARZ|
Rashard Mendenhall has "clearly" been the No. 1 running back at Cardinals OTAs and minicamp.
Mike Jurecki on Twitter
|OC: Alfred Morris best RB I've been around||06-13-2013|
|Alfred Morris RB DAL|
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Alfred Morris is "as good a back as I've been around."
|The theory that Morris is an unproven back so he's subject to "Shanahanigans" is unfounded. Alf more than proved himself last year by coming off the pace to win the starting job at training camp and ranking second in the NFL in yards and 12th in YPC. Evan Royster, Roy Helu, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison will merely battle for scraps at training camp.|
|LaFell 'locked in' as a starter||06-13-2013|
|Brandon LaFell WR CIN|
The Associated Press considers Brandon LaFell "locked in" as the Panthers No. 2 receiver.
|LaFell flopped in his big opportunity as a starter last year, recording a meager 44/677/4 line and falling behind Greg Olsen on the target totem ole. The Panthers brought in both Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn in free agency, and we wouldn't rule them out from eventually pushing LaFell. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract.|
|Willis McGahee wants to keep playing||06-13-2013|
|Willis McGahee RB CLE|
Free agent Willis McGahee confirmed he intends to play in 2013.
|McGahee didn't seem bothered by his Thursday release from the Broncos, saying he knew it was going to happen. Although he'll be 32 in October, he might be the best running back available. After averaging 4.63 YPC over the last two years, he can at least fill a power back role behind a starter. "There are a lot of places I wouldn't mind playing," he said. "You got Miami, Dallas, Green Bay, San Diego, Oakland. That's not necessarily my order of preference, though."|
|Derek Hagan signs with Bucs||06-13-2013|
|Derek Hagan WR TEN|
Bucs signed WR Derek Hagan.
Bucs on Twitter
|Ryan Mathews admits he's been average||06-13-2013|
|Ryan Mathews RB PHI|
Ryan Mathews admitted that he's been an "average back" through the first three years of his NFL career.
Union-Tribune San Diego
|Mathews sustained a high ankle sprain in 2010 and two broken collarbones in 2012. But even when he's been on the field, he's struggled to sustain difference-making plays. Mathews seems to grasp that he's running out of chances to establish himself as an NFL feature back. He'd have a better shot at doing so if the Chargers' offensive line wasn't among the worst in the football.|
|Sebastian Janikowski wants to stay in OAK||06-13-2013|
|Sebastian Janikowski K OAK|
Sebastian Janikowski said he wants to finish his career with the Raiders.
San Francisco Chronicle
|Janikowski is entering the final year of four-year, $16 million contract. He's 35 now, but believes he can kick for another 7-8 years. Janikowski set a career-high accuracy mark on field goals last season at 91.2 percent. He was 6-of-9 from 50-plus yards out.|
|DeMarco Murray back to full strength||06-13-2013|
|DeMarco Murray RB TEN|
DeMarco Murray said his hamstring is back to full strength.
|Murray missed a few OTAs in May with a minor strain. It became a news story due to his injury history, but it's water under the bridge now. Murray will head into camp at 100 percent.|
|Jonathan Stewart might not be ready for camp||06-13-2013|
|Jonathan Stewart RB CAR|
ESPN's NFC South blogger reiterates that Jonathan Stewart (ankles) might not be ready for training camp.
|Montee Ball now locked in as feature back||06-13-2013|
|Montee Ball RB DEN|
|Montee Ball is locked in as the Broncos' feature back following the release of Willis McGahee.|
|Broncos release veteran RB Willis McGahee||06-13-2013|
|Willis McGahee RB CLE|
Broncos released RB Willis McGahee.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
|McGahee will turn 32 in October, is coming off a broken leg and was owed $2.5 million in base salary. The Broncos have a younger, cheaper and quite possibly better feature back option in second-round rookie Montee Ball. In short, the time to move on was now. Although McGahee averaged 4.63 yards per carry over the last two seasons, he's going to join the likes of Cedric Benson, Brandon Jacobs and Michael Turner as veteran big backs struggling to find work. Ball is officially on the high-end RB2 radar.|
|Chad Henne getting real shot at starting gig||06-13-2013|
|Chad Henne QB JAX|
Chad Henne feels he's getting a more realistic shot at the starting job this year than last.
|Dad: Mike Wallace turned down $76M from MIN||06-13-2013|
|Mike Wallace WR BAL|
Mike Wallace's dad says his son turned down a $76 million contract offer from the Vikings in free agency.
|Wallace and his father are trying to craft a narrative that "it's not about the money." The truth is that although the Vikings might have offered a deal worth $76 million in total compensation, it's unlikely they matched the $30 million guaranteed the Dolphins ponied up. Minnesota ended up settling for Greg Jennings on a five-year, $45 million deal that included $17.8 million guaranteed.|
|Michael Jenkins running with the starters||06-13-2013|
|Michael Jenkins WR NE|
Michael Jenkins has usually lined up with the starters during Patriots' OTAs and minicamp.
|Tom Brady can make a lot of players look good, but he'd be pulling a rabbit out of his hat if he can turn Jenkins into a productive "X" receiver. The 30-year-old veteran struggles to separate from coverage and has zero long speed. Molasses Mike is best used as a blocker and we're still not convinced he's a lock to stick on the Patriots' final roster. Rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce figure to get their big chance at training camp.|
|Austen Lane waived by Jaguars||06-13-2013|
|Austen Lane DE CHI|
|Jaguars waived DE Austen Lane and CB Trey Wilson.||A fifth-round pick of the Jags in 2010, Lane managed just three sacks in his three seasons. He was buried on a defensive end depth chart that included Tyson Alualu, Jason Babin, Jeremy Mincey and Andre Branch. Wilson was an undrafted rookie out of Vanderbilt.|
|Malcom Floyd says he feels 100 percent||06-13-2013|
|Malcom Floyd WR SD|
Malcom Floyd (ankle) is practicing in full at Chargers minicamp.
Union-Tribune San Diego
|Floyd missed the final two games of last season due to an ankle sprain. He says he's added five pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-5 frame. "Best I've ever felt," he said. Floyd will have to hold off a charge from Vincent Brown to retain his every-down role opposite Danario Alexander. The two are rotating with the starters at minicamp.|
|Mike Sims-Walker hasn't stood out||06-13-2013|
|Mike Sims-Walker WR JAX|
Jets coach Rex Ryan said free agent WR Mike Sims-Walker hasn't stood out at minicamp.
ESPN New York
|Sims-Walker is attending the Jets' minicamp on a tryout basis. His inability to jump out from a receiving corps currently featuring Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill as it's starters is concerning. Sims-Walker's NFL career is on life support.|
|Charles Woodson running with the starters||06-13-2013|
|Charles Woodson CB OAK|
Charles Woodson has been running as the first-team free safety during Raiders minicamp.
Contra Costa Times
|Raiders are counting on Denarius as No. 1 WR||06-13-2013|
|Denarius Moore WR BUF|
Coach Dennis Allen said he's "counting on" Denarius Moore to be "our No. 1 receiver."
Contra Costa Times
|On paper, Moore looks primed for a big year as he enters his third NFL season. A special catcher of deep balls locked into an every-down role on a team that figures to be trailing a ton is a solid formula for statistics. However, Carson Palmer's inconsistency held Moore to a 51/741/7 line last year and the quarterback play figures to be even worse this year. Matt Flynn isn't a downfield passer, taking away Moore's strength. Consider him a WR3/4.|
|Dez working on his release from the line||06-13-2013|
|Dez Bryant WR DAL|
Dez Bryant said he's focusing on improving his release from the line of scrimmage this offseason.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
|"I am trying to find new ways to come off the ball," Bryant said. "I just want more than one release." It's comforting that we're discussing Dez's on-field work in June instead of some silly off-field issue. He's reportedly been the Cowboys' best player through OTAs/minicamp, and has kept his nose squeaky clean. A case can certainly be made for Dez as fantasy's No. 2 wideout, just behind Calvin Johnson.|
|Bush's role is going to be 'substantial'||06-13-2013|
|Reggie Bush RB SF|
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan reiterated that Reggie Bush's role in Detroit will be "substantial."
Detroit Free Press
|During minicamp, Bush has lined up at running back, in the slot and gone in motion. The Lions have also implemented a handful of plays designed specifically for their free agent prize. If healthy, Bush is going to push for 80 catches and 200 carries as a featured player in the Lions' pass-happy offense.|
|Vonta Leach's agent: 7 teams are interested||06-13-2013|
|Vonta Leach RB BAL|
The agent for free agent FB Vonta Leach said seven teams have expressed interest in his client.
|Agent Ralph Vitolo named five of the suitors in the Dolphins, Texans, Giants, Chiefs and Browns. It's not a surprise considering Leach has been a first-team All-Pro in three straight seasons and graded out as Pro Football Focus' top-rated lead blocker last year. He reportedly had a visit with Miami on Wednesday.|
|Jon Beason practicing in full||06-13-2013|
|Jon Beason LB NYG|
Panthers SLB Jon Beason (knee, shoulder) is participating in full at minicamp.
|Coach Ron Rivera believes Beason is 100 percent. If that's true, the Panthers have a chance to form one of the league's better linebacking corps with Beason, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis. Beason has appeared in just five games over the last two years.|
|Santonio Holmes still not running or cutting||06-13-2013|
|Santonio Holmes WR CHI|
Santonio Holmes (foot surgery) still hasn't resumed running or cutting.
ESPN New York
|It's been more than eight months since Holmes sustained his Lisfranc injury. The fact that he's still limited to work on a stationary bike is even more concerning than the Jets' quarterback situation. When asked if he expects to be ready for Week 1, Holmes offered a "no comment." He hasn't been a fantasy asset since leaving Pittsburgh in 2009.|
|Holmes: Mark Sanchez is going to be our QB||06-13-2013|
|Mark Sanchez QB DEN|
Santonio Holmes insists that Mark Sanchez will be the Jets' starting quarterback this season.
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|During three years with Sanchez, Holmes has averaged just 3.8 catches for 52.2 yards per game. So it's a little surprising that he doesn't at least want to see what rookie Geno Smith has. "[Sanchez is] going to be our guy," Holmes said Wednesday. "Coaches brought him back and they kept him on this team for a reason. He's a great leader and he's got great potential and he's excited about this season upcoming, and so am I."|
|WR coach: Jacoby is a starter right now||06-13-2013|
|Jacoby Jones WR PIT|
Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler said Wednesday that Jacoby Jones is a starter "right now."
|As an elder statesman, Jones will enter camp as the No. 2 wideout opposite Torrey Smith. We're not convinced he'll hold the job. Tommy Streeter and Tandon Doss are both legit threats to steal snaps. David Reed, Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams and rookie Aaron Mellette will also be given opportunities. "All of those guys are battling for that second, third and fourth spot," Hostler said. "And it's all real close."|
|Steven Jackson expecting tons of catches||06-13-2013|
|Steven Jackson RB NE|
Steven Jackson is expecting his receptions to spike in Atlanta.
|Jackson averaged 42.0 receptions per year over the last three seasons in St. Louis, but once caught 90 balls back in 2006. "As things In St. Louis went downhill, I was an in-between-the-tackles runner. I wasn't working on the things in my toolbox," he said. Atlanta's pass-happy offense will allow Jackson to become a major part of the passing game again while simultaneously reducing the wear on his body. "The offense starts with Matt [Ryan]," S-Jax said. "I will get the bulk of my carries in the second half. In the first half, I would imagine the majority of my touches will be receiving the ball."|
|Brett Brackett out until training camp||06-13-2013|
|Brett Brackett WR TEN|
Jaguars TE Brett Brackett underwent groin surgery Tuesday.
|Brackett has never appeared in an NFL game since going undrafted out of Penn State in 2011. He spent last year on injured reserve due to a knee injury. The pass-catching tight end is expected back to compete for a roster spot at training camp.|
|Mike Williams says new deal is 'very close'||06-13-2013|
|Mike Williams WR KC|
Mike Williams said Wednesday that he's "very close" to signing a contract extension with the Bucs.
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