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History working against Delanie Walker 07-20-2013
Delanie Walker TE TEN
If new Titans TE Delanie Walker catches 40-plus passes in 2013, he will become the first tight end in NFL history to post his first 40-plus-catch season in the eighth year of his career.

Total Titans
Walker has stated he's aiming for 70 catches in Tennessee. History is working against him. Walker's current career high for receptions is 29, and in 2012 he dropped nine of his 37 targets, "good" for a league-worst drop rate of 24.3 percent. Walker had two more drops in the playoffs, giving him 11 on the season. His strength is blocking. Don't bother drafting Walker in fantasy leagues.
Report: Rams wanted 7th-rounder for Jackson 07-20-2013
Steven Jackson RB NE
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Rams offered Steven Jackson to the Packers last year in exchange for a seventh-round pick.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
We'd have a harder time buying this if the Journal-Sentinel wasn't the most reputable, reliable NFL newspaper in the nation. Per the report, Green Bay GM Ted Thompson turned down St. Louis' offer because he "didn't want to assume (Jackson's) contract." Instead, the Packers closed out the season with DuJuan Harris in the lead running back role and were bounced by San Francisco in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Never seriously pursued by the Rams, Jackson signed a three-year, $12 million deal with Atlanta in free agency.
Personnel man: Packers may shop Alex Green 07-20-2013
Alex Green RB NYJ
One NFL personnel boss believes the Packers may shop Alex Green toward the end of training camp.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
They won't be able to expect much for the 2011 third-round pick, who through two NFL seasons has suffered a torn ACL and averaged a paltry 3.44 yards per carry. GM Ted Thompson would have to be willing to accept a late-round pick for Green. "They have trade material," said the personnel chief. "Green, not (James) Starks." Starks is more likely to be released outright.
Brennan Williams had knee scoped 07-20-2013
Brennan Williams T JAX
Texans third-round OT Brennan Williams required arthroscopic surgery on the knee he "tweaked" at rookie minicamp.

Houston Chronicle
An initial MRI indicated Williams didn't need surgery, but he later had the scope. The injury will likely knock Williams out of consideration for the right tackle job. Manned by Derek Newton in 2012, it's Houston's biggest weakness.
'Nobody has any clue' when Ed Reed will play 07-20-2013
Ed Reed S NYJ
According to the Houston Chronicle, "nobody has any clue" when new Texans FS Ed Reed (hip surgery) will be healthy and ready to play.

Houston Chronicle
Despite optimism from Houston's front office, pretty much all signs point toward Reed being damaged goods. It appears the Texans were #Ozzied. Reed himself has been wholly noncommittal on his return timetable. Turning 35 in September, there's a legitimate chance Reed is the Texans' next version of Ahman Green.
Matt Schaub played hurt down stretch of 2012? 07-20-2013
Matt Schaub QB ATL
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain believes Matt Schaub was playing hurt down the stretch last season.

Houston Chronicle
McClain doesn't know the specific injury, but Pro Football Weekly passed along a similar rumor way back in February. Healthy now, Schaub is entering a possible make-or-break season in Houston. Schaub turned 32 years old in June, and he is owed $11 million in combined 2014 base salary and bonuses.
James Casey cleared for training camp 07-20-2013
James Casey RB DEN
Eagles TE/H-back James Casey has been cleared for training camp after undergoing a right knee scope in late May.

CSN Philly
The injury kept Casey out of mandatory minicamp, but he'll be a full-go for contact work. Eagles beat writers didn't have much of a chance to see how Casey will be employed under rookie coach Chip Kelly. Kelly's offense is decidedly run-based, but Casey will be a TE2 prospect to monitor this preseason.
DeSean Jackson to handle more punt returns 07-20-2013
DeSean Jackson WR WAS
CSN Philly confirms DeSean Jackson is expected to see an increased role on punt returns this season.

CSN Philly
Jackson and Chip Kelly both hinted at this early in the offseason. It's a nice supplement to Jackson's fantasy value, particularly in return-yardage leagues. A game-breaking punt return threat, D-Jax has scored four touchdowns on 117 NFL chances. Andy Reid only allowed Jackson to return one punt in 2012.
Eagles agree to terms with RT Lane Johnson 07-20-2013
Lane Johnson OT PHI
Eagles signed No. 4 overall pick Lane Johnson to a four-year contract.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Disgruntled DT Starks reports to camp 07-20-2013
Randy Starks DT CLE
Dolphins DT Randy Starks has reported for the start of training camp.

Miami Herald
Starks signed his one-year, $8.5 million franchise tender in March, but didn't attend any of the voluntary workouts this offseason and is still seeking a long-term deal. Entering his age-30 season, his future with the Dolphins remains uncertain beyond 2013.
Dolphins SS Reshad Jones reports to camp 07-20-2013
Reshad Jones FS MIA
Dolphins SS Reshad Jones has reported to training camp.

Miami Herald
Jones threatened to skip the Dolphins' offseason program while holding out for a new contract, but is now resigned to playing out the final year of his rookie deal. After spending over $200 million in free agency, GM Jeff Ireland has still yet to even approach him about an extension. Jones started all 16 games in 2012 and finished fourth on the team with 95 tackles.
Slaughter (Achilles) says he's ready for camp 07-20-2013
Jamoris Slaughter S CLE
Browns sixth-round FS Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Slaughter is 10 months removed from a torn Achilles' tendon and will likely be limited early in camp. If healthy, he should compete for playing time at free safety with Johnson Bademosi and Tashaun Gipson.
Mark Sanchez enters camp atop depth chart 07-20-2013
Mark Sanchez QB DAL
SI's Don Banks agrees that Mark Sanchez's grip on the Jets' starting job entering training camp is "firm," and Sanchez "seems" to have the support of his teammates, as well.
Per Banks, Geno Smith "didn't wow anyone" in the Jets' organization during spring practices, turning in "uneven" performances and failing to look "pro ready." The rookie struggled with "basic skills" like snap count and huddle presence. The Jets would internally love for Smith to beat out Sanchez, but OTAs and minicamp provided little hope that'll happen this August.
Will Smith DE NE considers OLB Will Smith on the roster bubble.
Smith took a $6 million pay cut this offseason, but is still due a $3 million base salary in 2013 and will be asked to convert to outside linebacker in DC Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme. He remains a strong candidate for release if one of Junior Galette or Martez Wilson can overtake him for a starting job in training camp.
Davis to reemerge as 49ers top receiver? 07-20-2013
Vernon Davis TE WAS
CSN Bay Area suggests Vernon Davis "might" reemerge as the 49ers' leading receiver in 2013.

CSN Bay Area
In all likelihood, it'll be either Davis or Anquan Boldin. And Davis is the better bet with younger legs and a far less limited skill set. Boldin is essentially a box-out receiver. Davis was San Francisco's leading pass catcher in both 2009 and 2010, finishing as the No. 1 and 3 overall fantasy tight end in those seasons, respectively. He caught 78 balls and scored 13 TDs in 2009.
Asomugha on roster bubble with 49ers 07-20-2013
Nnamdi Asomugha CB SF
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio confirmed CB Nnamdi Asomugha will be on the roster bubble in training camp.

CSN Bay Area
Eric Wright's addition certainly didn't help Asomugha's chances; they are both right cornerbacks. "It remains to be seen how well he can cover," Fangio said of the ex-All Pro. None of Asomugha's $1.325 million contract is guaranteed.
49ers place Kendall Hunter on active/PUP 07-20-2013
Kendall Hunter RB NO
49ers placed RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.

CSN Bay Area
He's eligible to be activated at any time during camp. Hunter was able to make cuts on his surgically repaired Achilles' at OTAs, which suggests his stay on active/PUP will be short. Hunter only suffered a partial tear of the tendon, but it remains to be seen how long he'll need to recover his full explosion.
Armstead likely to start at left tackle 07-20-2013
Terron Armstead OT NO
Third-round pick Terron Armstead is the considered the favorite for the Saints' left tackle job.
Armstead worked the first-team offense throughout OTAs and will enter training camp as the leading candidate to protect Drew Brees' blindside. He should face little in the way competition from injury-prone Charles Brown and Jason Smith.
Quinton Coples not really moving to OLB? 07-20-2013
Quinton Coples DE LA
The New York Daily News calls Quinton Coples' transition from left end to outside linebacker "greatly exaggerated."

New York Daily News
The Jets run a 3-4 in alignment, but their concepts are more 4-3 in nature with a one-gap playing style. The outside linebackers are used like defensive ends more often than not. Beat reporter Manish Mehta expects Coples to rush from the interior "his fair share of time." The goal is improved versatility.
Brian Winters 'legitimate' candidate to start 07-20-2013
Brian Winters OG NYJ
Jets third-round pick Brian Winters has a "legitimate chance" to start at right guard.

New York Daily News
A left tackle at Kent State, Winters will compete with veterans Stephen Peterman and Vlad Ducasse in training camp. The New York Daily News confirms Willie Colon is locked into the Jets' left guard job.
Dee Milliner on track for training camp 07-20-2013
Dee Milliner CB NYJ
Jets first-round pick CB Dee Milliner (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

New York Daily News
Milliner missed the entire offseason program due to shoulder surgery, but is on track to be cleared for the start of camp. The Jets don't think Milliner will require a "big learning curve" so he'll likely be thrust into a starting role as a rookie. Milliner played through multiple injuries in college and has long-term durability concerns.
Browns expect to sign OLB Mingo before camp 07-20-2013
Barkevious Mingo LB NE
The Browns expect to have No. 6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo under contract before training camp starts on Thursday.

National Football Post
Mingo has yet to sign his rookie contract due to the Browns' insistence on offset language, but the sides are reportedly still in talks and hope to reach a deal prior to July 25. Third-round pick Leon McFadden and seventh-round DE Armonty Bryant officially agreed to terms on Friday.
Jets 'unlikely' to start Geno Smith in Week 1 07-20-2013
Geno Smith QB NYJ
The NY Daily News agrees with ESPN New York that second-round pick Geno Smith is "unlikely" to be ready to start Week 1.

New York Daily News
Smith is still "working to improve his dropbacks" after playing in West Virginia's shotgun spread. In New York, Smith is learning Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast offense, which requires precise fundamentals in order to play consistently. Even in the college shotgun offense, Smith's footwork was a major concern and frequently led to accuracy issues. We tentatively expect Sanchez to open the season as the Jets' starter, but he'll have a short leash.
Barkevious Mingo LB NE
The Browns expect to have No. 6 overall pick Barkevious Mingo under contract before training camp starts on Thursday.

National Football Post
Mingo has yet to sign his rookie contract due to the Browns' insistence on offset language, but the sides are reportedly still in talks and hope to reach a deal prior to July 25. Third-round CB Leon McFadden and seventh-round pick Armonty Bryant officially agreed to terms on Friday.
Rams not likely to re-sign S Mikell 07-20-2013
Quintin Mikell S CAR
The Rams are now considered "not likely" to re-sign free agent SS Quintin Mikell.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Rams left Mikell's nameplate above his locker-room stall for much of the spring, but decided to move forward with journeyman Matt Giordano. The Panthers have since jumped into the mix. Mikell would make a lot of sense in Carolina, reuniting with former Eagles defensive backs coach Sean McDermott.
Cameron Heyward's 2012 outlook uncertain 07-20-2013
Cameron Heyward DE PIT
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review calls Steelers 2011 first-round pick Cameron Heyward's 2013 outlook "a cloud of uncertainty."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The 31st overall pick two years ago, Heyward hasn't so much as earned a Rotoworld blurb since signing his rookie contract in July of 2011. Pro Football Focus did give Heyward solid marks as a run stopper in 2012, but he played under 300 snaps. He won't push Ziggy Hood or Brett Keisel for a starting job.
Cowboys keeping Frederick at center for now 07-20-2013
Travis Frederick C DAL
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed that first-round pick Travis Frederick will open training camp at center.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter
Frederick could still be moved to guard, but will stay at center for now after working there with the first-team offense during OTAs. The Cowboys could ultimately be forced to demote middling RG Mackenzy Bernadeau from the starting lineup, who missed all of minicamp due to offseason shoulder surgery.
Lions RT Jason Fox has 'slight edge' to start 07-20-2013
Jeff Fox QB MIA
The Lions' website gives Jason Fox the "slight edge" to win the starting right tackle job.
A fourth-round pick in 2010, Fox has appeared in just five career games and dealt with injuries in each of his first three seasons. Now that he's finally healthy, he'll compete for playing time with Corey Hilliard in training camp. Despite his limited experience, Fox is considered the favorite to start.
Report: Giants have standing offer for Leach 07-20-2013
Vonta Leach RB BAL
The New York Post reports free agent FB Vonta Leach has a standing contract offer from the Giants.

New York Post
With Henry Hynoski (knee) a candidate to open the season on the PUP list, the Giants remain interested in Leach and are believed to be offering a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Leach, 32, has also been linked to the Texans and "hasn't ruled out" re-signing with the Ravens.
Hampton, Dixon to compete for one spot 07-20-2013
Jewel Hampton RB SF
Jewel Hampton and Anthony Dixon are expected to compete for one roster spot in 49ers camp.

CSN Bay Area
The Niners "really like" 2012 UDFA Hampton, who redshirted as a rookie. The job is expected to come down to special teams, where Dixon excelled last season. Dixon and Hampton are vying for the No. 4 running back job. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, and LaMichael James are locked in as the top three backs.
Kamar Aiken a roster long shot for Patriots 07-20-2013
Kamar Aiken WR BAL
ESPN Boston gives WR Kamar Aiken a "20 percent" chance to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

ESPN Boston
It's the same news source that said it would be a "mistake to overlook" Aiken's "potential to be a factor" in the Patriots' receiver competition last month. It's going to be awfully tough for Aiken to leapfrog the likes of Michael Jenkins, Lavelle Hawkins, Josh Boyce, and Aaron Dobson, barring injury.
Packers waive WR Sinkfield 07-20-2013
Terrell Sinkfield WR MIN
Packers waived WR Terrell Sinkfield. Sinkfield generated buzz by reportedly running a 4.19 forty-yard dash during the pre-draft process. He's already been dumped by Miami and Green Bay.
Cowboys intend to lean on run more in 2013 07-20-2013
DeMarco Murray RB TEN
Coach Jason Garrett stated at this pre-training camp press conference Saturday that the Cowboys plan to run the football more in 2013.

Calvin Watkins on Twitter
In Garrett's two seasons as head coach, the Cowboys have ranked 24th and 31st in the NFL in rushing attempts. While Dallas is likely to remain a pass-oriented team, a more balanced attack would likely increase the efficiency of Tony Romo. For long stretches in 2012, the Cowboys' offense became maddeningly one-dimensional. While we still don't trust him to last 16 games, DeMarco Murray is coming off his healthiest offseason as a pro. His current Average Draft Position is at the top of the third round.
Speedster Smith to be Bucs No. 2 tailback? 07-20-2013
Michael Smith RB NYJ
The Tampa Bay Times projects Michael Smith as the Bucs' No. 2 tailback to open the season.

Tampa Bay Times
Previous projections had the Bucs going with rookie Mike James as Doug Martin's backup. Smith would be a more interesting fantasy choice, as he runs 4.33 and was one of Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris' favorite sleepers coming out of Utah State two Aprils ago. For Martin handcuff purposes, the James-Smith-Brian Leonard battle will be one to monitor in camp and preseason games.
49ers were much worse with Justin Smith hurt 07-20-2013
Justin Smith DE SF
After RE Justin Smith's 2012 triceps tear, the 49ers allowed 300 passing yards per game and a 102.1 rating to opposing quarterbacks.

CSN Bay Area
Those stats include Smith's playoff performances at less than full strength, and are in comparison to a 183-yard average and 74.6 QB rating in Smith's 13 1/2 healthy games. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to identify Smith as a critical cog and difference maker. Esteemed beat reporter Matt Maiocco suggests Smith is the "most important player" in Vic Fangio's defense.
Cowboys to limit Romo's throws in camp 07-20-2013
Tony Romo QB DAL
The Cowboys plan to limit the number of throws Tony Romo makes in training camp.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There won't be a "pitch count," but coach Jason Garrett said there's going to be a lot of "communication" and suggested they'll "monitor his throwing." Romo is coming off minor back surgery, but he's also 33. He has nothing to prove in training camp, and the 'Boys have three other quarterbacks on the roster.
Pair of Cowboys guards dealing with injuries 07-20-2013
Nate Livings G DAL
Cowboys LG Nate Livings (foot) and backup OG Ronald Leary (calf) will be limited the first couple days of training camp.

Nick Eatman on Twitter
Both players suffered the minor injuries last week, but they're not expected to miss significant time. Livings is coming off a season in which he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 overall guard, and Leary's name is in the mix to start at right guard if he can unseat veteran Mackenzy Bernadeau.
Dolphins get Dion Jordan under contract 07-20-2013
Dion Jordan DE MIA
Dolphins signed No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan to a four-year contract. There was some speculation that Jordan may miss a couple days of training camp as the two sides try and hammer out a deal, but he avoids a holdout. The Dolphins wanted offset language installed in the contract, and they reportedly got it. On the field, Jordan is expected to play right end and outside 'backer.
Giants S Will Hill suspended four games 07-20-2013
Will Hill S BAL
NFL suspended Giants S Will Hill four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Hill was suspended four games last season for violating the league's policy on PEDs, but this one is for substance abuse. He's competing to be the Giants' No. 4 safety and will be eligible to return in Week 5 against the Eagles.
Santonio Holmes unlikely to be ready for camp 07-20-2013
Santonio Holmes WR CHI
Santonio Holmes (foot) still can't do full weight-bearing running and will be placed on the active/PUP list next week.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
Holmes wouldn't even definitively say that he'd be ready for the season opener. He's coming off a Grade 4 -- most severe -- Lisfranc injury and didn't take part in any offseason workouts or spring practices.
49ers place four on NFI list 07-20-2013
Marcus Lattimore RB SF
49ers placed RB Marcus Lattimore (knee surgeries), DE Tank Carradine (knee), DT Quinton Dial (toe), and OT Luke Marquardt (foot) on the active/non-football injury list. Lattimore's knee issues are well-documented, Carradine is on the mend from ACL surgery, Marquardt underwent foot surgery in April, and Dial had toe surgery in January. Lattimore is the only one that may not do much this summer.
49ers place four on active/PUP list 07-20-2013
Mario Manningham WR NYG
49ers placed WRs Mario Manningham (knee) and Kyle Williams (knee), RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles'), and LB Darius Fleming (knee) on the active/PUP list. Manningham is recovering from a torn ACL and PCL, and he's not expected to return to the field until late August. Williams is working his way back from a torn ACL, and Hunter is roughly eight months removed from tearing his Achilles' tendon. Fleming tore his ACL in last year's rookie minicamp. All four players are eligible to practice with the team once they pass a physical.
Jags Josh Evans could push for a starting job 07-20-2013
Josh Evans SS WAS
Jaguars sixth-round S Josh Evans could push Dwight Lowery for the starting free safety job.

Florida Times Union
Lowery has 39 career starts under his belt, but Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell has been high on Evans. Jacksonville reportedly had Evans just below No. 33 pick Johnathan Cyprien on their draft board. At this point, there's no reason to expect Lowery to lose the starting job. Evans figures to be primarily a special teamer as a rookie.
Mark Anderson will play mainly on 3rd downs 07-20-2013
Mark Anderson DE BUF
Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine plans to initially use DE Mark Anderson as a situational pass rusher.
"I think we'll start with third down for Mark and work our way backwards," said Pettine. He went on to call Anderson "a designated pass rusher" who may also see snaps as an edge player on first and second down. Anderson is a strong pass rusher when healthy, but his limited role is something to avoid in IDP leagues.
Saints place Stills & two others on NFI list 07-20-2013
Kenny Stills WR MIA
Saints placed WR Kenny Stills, OLB Rufus Johnson, and OLB Eric Martin on the non-football injury list.

Aaron Wilson on Twitter
Stills is a fifth-rounder who's unlikely to see significant snaps this season, but he does factor into the Saints' longterm plans. Johnson and Martin are both 'tweener 3-4 outside linebackers who figure to see time on special teams if they make the 53-man roster.
Jim Kelly would give the nod to Kevin Kolb 07-20-2013
Kevin Kolb QB BUF
Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly says if he had to pick the Bills starting QB for this year, he'd go with Kevin Kolb.
Kelly weighed in on the quarterback battle between veteran Kolb and first round draft pick EJ Manuel Thursday night, in an appearance on The John Murphy Show. Kelly said he'd give the nod to Kolb because "he's a veteran. He's been through it. He knows what to look at." Kolb is the clubhouse favorite to get the job for Week 1, but we expect to see Manuel to get his share of starts this season.