|Wed Jul 30||23:21||Rod Streater cleared for contact||Rod Streater||WR||Raiders||Free Agent|
Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) has been cleared for contact.
Streater was concussed over the weekend. He missed a few practices, but returned on a limited basis Wednesday and will reenter live drills on Thursday. Streater is competing for the starting wideout job opposite James Jones.
|Source: Oakland Tribune|
|Wed Jul 30||23:14||Brad Jones practicing in dime package||Brad Jones||LB||Packers||Free Agent|
Brad Jones is practicing as the lone inside linebacker in dime packages at Packers training camp.
Jones is a true every-down linebacker, involved in Green Bay's base 3-4, as well as the nickel and dime. Although he is coming off a poor season performance wise, 28-year-old Jones is set up to nicely to post IDP statistics in 2014.
|Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel|
|Wed Jul 30||22:54||Rams 'very encouraged' by WR Brian Quick||Brian Quick||WR||Rams||Free Agent|
The Rams have been "very encouraged" by the play of third-year WR Brian Quick through the opening week of training camp.
Phil Savage, the Senior Bowl director and former Browns GM, visited Rams camp Tuesday and came away impressed with Quick. Rams coaches believe the production is finally matching Quick's raw speed-size combo. Quick has been getting a ton of reps with the first-team offense, along with Kenny Britt, and appears to be putting his game together. Quick (6'3/218) has 4.50 wheels and was drawing Terrell Owens comps when the Rams took him 33rd overall in 2012.
|Source: Phil Savage on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||21:40||Joique (knee) cutting, accelerating with ease||Joique Bell||RB||Lions||Free Agent|
Joique Bell (knee) is cutting and accelerating "with ease" at Lions camp.
Bell rested his sore left knee by sitting out OTAs and minicamp, but it was never a real concern. He's been back to 100 percent since early July, and has not been limited at camp. Bell, who was just handed a three-year contract by the Lions, has a realistic shot at leading the team in carries this season. There's some value in his current fifth-round ADP.
|Wed Jul 30||21:35||Rob Gronkowski going 1-on-1 with Revis||Rob Gronkowski||TE||Patriots||The Papageorgios|
Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been doing 1-on-1 red-zone drills vs. Darrelle Revis over the last two days.
Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Revis have been gathering at one end of the field to do battle while Bill Belichick watches "closely." During this time, the rest of the team is doing special teams work. It's an excellent test for Gronk, who continues to make progress off his knee reconstruction. It certainly looks like he'll be ready for Week 1.
|Source: ESPN Boston|
|Wed Jul 30||20:14||Dalton confident he will receive a new deal||Andy Dalton||QB||Bengals||The Porn Pirates|
Walk-year QB Andy Dalton is "confident" he and the Bengals will work out a new deal.
"Both sides are working on it," Dalton said. "We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does." The Bengals have not seen enough from Dalton to warrant a big-money extension, and are not risky much by not signing him to a long-term deal, since they could simply slap the franchise tag on Dalton if he performs well this season. Without much leverage, Dalton may have to accept a "pay as you go" contract similar to the one Colin Kaepernick signed earlier this offseason in order to get anything done.
|Wed Jul 30||20:07||Brent released from rehab, intends to play||Josh Brent||DT||Cowboys||Free Agent|
Former Cowboys DT Josh Brent was released from his residential substance abuse treatment program Tuesday.
Brent hopes to continue his career, and will meet with Roger Goodell in the next two weeks to discuss reinstatement. Even if he is reinstated, Brent could still face league discipline. The Cowboys are Brent's most likely landing spot if he reenters the league. Dallas needs D-Line help, and Jerry Jones has already said he would consider giving Brent an opportunity. Brent is only 26.
|Source: Dallas Morning News|
|Wed Jul 30||19:25||David Wilson tweets he is 'fine'||David Wilson||RB||Giants||Free Agent|
Giants RB David Wilson (neck) tweeted he passed all his physical examinations and was "fine."
Wilson left practice Tuesday after suffering a neck "burner." He will sit out the rest of the week before being reevaluated on August 4. Despite the clean bill of health, it is clear Wilson's neck will be a concern for the rest of his career. He is not worth a redraft pick.
|Source: David Wilson on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||19:13||Vikings unlikely to use Greenway at MLB||Chad Greenway||LB||Vikings||Free Agent|
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel reports the Vikings' are unlikely to use Chad Greenway at middle linebacker.
Vensel guesses Greenway could be a fall-back option in the middle, but he will stick to the weak side for now. Jasper Brinkley saw most of the first-team reps at MIKE on Wednesday and will compete with Audie Cole for the starting job.
|Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune|
|Wed Jul 30||18:41||Cowboys have 'plenty of space' for Dez Bryant||Dez Bryant||WR||Cowboys||The Papageorgios|
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill says the Cowboys have "plenty of space" under the salary cap to extend Dez Bryant.
This conflicts with a report from Ian Rapoport, who said Tyron Smith's $98 million extension would make a new contract for Bryant "nearly impossible." Hill disagrees, saying the Cowboys still have "a little less that $10 million" in cap space. Regardless of the logistics, it does not appear Dallas and Dez are close to an agreement.
|Source: Clarence Hill on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||18:30||Shelley Smith still struggling at center||Shelley Smith||G||Texans||Free Agent|
ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker said the team's center position "is starting to become a major concern."
Converted-guard Shelley Smith has struggled with errant snaps as he tries to transition to center, and was benched in favor of Nate Garner after two more fumbled snaps Wednesday. If Smith's struggles continue, the Dolphins could turn to Garner or free agent Samson Satele. The Dolphins' offensive line remains a mess.
|Wed Jul 30||18:10||Browns bring in veteran S Jim Leonhard||Jim Leonhard||S||Jets||Free Agent|
Browns signed S Jim Leonhard.
Leonhard and Browns coach Mike Pettine go way back. The duo has worked together with the Ravens, Jets, and most recently the Bills last season, where Leonhard recorded a career-high four interceptions in seven starts. Leonhard should push Tashaun Gipson for snaps opposite locked-in starter Donte Whitner. Turning 32 in October, Leonhard has already said this season will be his last.
|Wed Jul 30||17:32||McCray gets a look with first-team defense||Danny McCray||S||Cowboys||Free Agent|
Bears S Danny McCray worked exclusively with the first-team defense on Wednesday.
Rookie Brock Vereen was relegated to the second team after working with the first unit throughout the entire offseason program. McCray has primarily been a special teamer in his four-year career, but did start 10 games for the Cowboys in 2012. This change is likely temporary. Vereen is simply a superior player, and it would be surprising if he does not start opposite Ryan Mundy Week 1. McCray will compete for Chris Conte (shoulder) and Adrian Wilson for the No. 3 safety job.
|Source: ESPN Chicago|
|Wed Jul 30||17:04||Colts G Donald Thomas re-injures quad||Donald Thomas||G||Patriots||Free Agent|
A source tells the Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder Colts LG Donald Thomas re-injured his quad during practice Wednesday.
Thomas missed the final 14 games of 2013 with tears to both his quad and bicep. He is headed for an MRI. Rookie Jack Mewhort stepped in at left guard after Thomas went down, and would likely man the position if Thomas is force to miss any time.
|Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||16:54||Smith won't let contract become a distraction||Alex Smith||QB||49ers||Free Agent|
Walk-year QB Alex Smith said he will table his contract discussions with the Chiefs if they become a distraction.
"You're getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction," Smith said. "You're finally gonna cross a line where it's like, it's just football from here on out." Smith has already said he wants to stay in Kansas City, but "significant differences" still exist between the two sides. It appears unlikely a deal will be struck before the season.
|Source: Kansas City Star|
|Wed Jul 30||16:30||Jah Reid down twenty pounds since last year||Jah Reid||OT||Ravens||Free Agent|
Ravens OT Jah Reid says he is down 20 pounds since last season.
"I'm a little lighter than I've been in the past, so I feel good," Reid said. "I feel faster." Reid shed the weight in an effort to become a better fit in new OC Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. Reid is competing with Rick Wagner to be the starting right tackle.
|Wed Jul 30||16:12||Fred Jackson signs one-year extension||Fred Jackson||RB||Bills||HPO|
Bills signed RB Fred Jackson to one-year, $2.6 million extension.
The extension comes as somewhat of a surprise. Already the oldest running back in the NFL at 33, Jackson is now under contract through 2015. The arrival of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon may prevent Jackson from getting the 252 touches he saw last season, but this contract suggests he will remain a big part of a run-first offense. He is worth a flier in the ninth round.
|Wed Jul 30||15:30||Smith misses practice to close out LAX issue||Aldon Smith||LB||49ers||Free Agent|
49ers OLB Aldon Smith traveled to Los Angeles on Wednesday for a hearing regarding his arrest for allegedly making a bomb threat at LAX airport.
Smith will not face charges for the allegations, and the hearing is simply to close out the case. Smith has also faced felony gun charges and been arrested for DUI over the past year. He figures to be suspended for at least the first four games of 2014.
|Source: Bill Williamson on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||15:16||LaMichael James expected back for opener||LaMichael James||RB||49ers||Free Agent|
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said RB LaMichael James (elbow) is expected to be ready Week 1.
James is expected to miss a month after dislocating his elbow for the third time in his career. With Kendall Hunter also on the shelf, rookie Carlos Hyde has stepped in as the No. 2 back in San Francisco. James will serve as a return man and change of pace option when healthy.
|Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter|
|Wed Jul 30||15:12||Dez Bryant extension now impossible?||Dez Bryant||WR||Cowboys||The Papageorgios|
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Cowboys LT Tyron Smith's new contract makes an extension for Dez Bryant "nearly impossible."
Rapoport added there had been "little progress anyway," and that Dez "may benefit from playing it out." Dez wants to be paid like one of the top receivers in the league, but the Cowboys have reservations about handing a big-money extension to a player with the injury and the off-the-field history of Bryant. Dallas' train wreck of a salary-cap also does not help the situation. Bryant is set to make $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
|Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter|