|Wed Jul 1||11:52||Williams (knee) could be facing uphill battle to secure roster s...||Ryan Williams||RB||Cardinals||Free Agent|
Williams (knee) could be facing an uphill battle to secure a roster spot with the Cowboys, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Of course things could change if injuries hit other members of the team's backfield as the summer progresses, but in the wake of DeMarco Murray's free agent departure, Joseph Randle appears to have an edge at securing the job as the team's lead back, with Darren McFadden also in the mix on that front and Lance Dunbar a candidate to see work on passing downs.
|Tue Jun 30||13:30||Kendricks strong candidate to be traded||Mychal Kendricks||LB||Eagles||Free Agent|
Kendricks is a strong candidate to be traded, according to Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia.
The Eagles have a glut of talent at inside linebacker, with Kendricks joined by DeMeco Ryans and offseason acquisition Kiko Alonso. Both Kendricks and Alonso have strong three-down skillsets, whereas Ryans is more of a run-stuffer at this stage in his career. The team might find it useful to keep all three, but if a strong offer for Kendricks comes up, Alonso and Ryans would be a perfectly capable duo.
|Tue Jun 30||13:18||Abraham wanted by police in Brookhaven||John Abraham||DE||Falcons||Free Agent|
Abraham is wanted by police in Brookhaven, Georgia for a charge of misdemeanor battery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Between his struggles with concussion symptoms and off-the-field issues, Abraham faces an uncertain professional future. He said this weekend that he's 50-50 on returning for a 15th season, but there haven't been any further updates, and a return to the NFL might now require dealing with league discipline.
|Tue Jun 30||12:57||Posluszny still viewed as three-down player by Jaguars||Paul Posluszny||LB||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Posluszny, who is slated to reclaim his starting spot at middle linebacker, is still viewed as a three-down player by the Jaguars, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Posluszny returns for the 2015 season after a torn chest muscle ended his 2014 campaign during Week 7's contest against the Browns. Prior to his injury, he accumulated 69 tackles and two sacks in seven games. Posluszny signed a contract extension in April, keeping him in Jacksonville through the 2017 season. The 30-year-old linebacker finished second in the league in tackles during the 2013 season with 162 stops in 15 games.
|Tue Jun 30||12:55||Thurmond expected to start next to Malcolm Jenkins at safety||Walter Thurmond III||CB||Seahawks||Free Agent|
Thurmond is expected to start next to Malcolm Jenkins at safety, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
The Eagles moved Thurmond to safety this offseason, and while he was initially expected to compete for a starting job, it now seems he may essentially be handed one. Second-round rookie Eric Rowe will compete for a starting spot at cornerback, and the Eagles' other options to play safety are underwhelming. Thurmond's role probably won't be conducive to piling up tackles, given that he's on the smaller (and faster) side of the safety spectrum.
|Tue Jun 30||12:52||Carroll and Eric Rowe are competing for starting job||Nolan Carroll II||CB||Dolphins||Free Agent|
Carroll and Eric Rowe are competing for a starting job, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Carroll has 27 career starts through five seasons, but Rowe is a second-round rookie with an ideal blend of size and speed. The Eagles obviously hope Rowe will prove worthy of the starting job, but the rookie's versatility (he also can play safety) might work in Carroll's favor if it's a close call. Rowe is the more promising IDP prospect, as Carroll has never topped 43 tackles in a season.
|Tue Jun 30||12:41||Cooper will likely stick around with Eagles for one more season||Riley Cooper||WR||Eagles||Free Agent|
Cooper will likely stick around with the Eagles for one more season, according to CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher.
Cooper signed a five-year, $22.5 million contract last offseason, then caught just 55-of-95 targets for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. He'll have a shot to compete for a starting job during training camp, but he's unlikely to be anything more than the fourth or fifth option in Philadelphia's passing game. Given the size of his contract and the likelihood that he'll have a small role, Cooper will likely be released after 2015.
|Tue Jun 30||12:13||McFadden said his hamstring doing great||Darren McFadden||RB||Raiders||ClayCounty|
McFadden said his hamstring is doing great, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.
McFadden was limited by a hamstring ailment during OTAs, but he made it back on the field for mandatory minicamp in mid-June. He'll enter training camp with a shot to earn a significant role in the offense, competing against Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams for carries. Randle and McFadden are the favorites to win the starting job.
|Tue Jun 30||11:53||Bell expected to return to field in time for start of training c...||Joique Bell||RB||Lions||Free Agent|
Bell, who has spent the offseason resting his knee and Achilles, is expected to return to the field in time for the start of training camp, mlive.com reports.
Moreover, Bell doesn't seem concerned about the ailments that he is recovering from, setting some fantasy-friendly goals in the process. "I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," Bell noted. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed." While we'll take his self-projections with a bit of a grain of salt for now, it is encouraging that Bell is on track to be ready for training camp, at which time he'll resume work atop a Detroit backfield that now also includes second-rounder Ameer Abdullah, a speedy back who should work in a complementary role, at a minimum, as well as returnee Theo Riddick, who is in line to contribute as a pass-catching back.
|Mon Jun 29||15:03||Ryan will likely move out of pocket more often under new offensi...||Matt Ryan||QB||Falcons||DBTS|
Ryan will likely move out of the pocket more often under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, USA Today reports.
Ryan put up consistently strong numbers while working with former offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter the past three years, throwing for 4,500+ yards and 26+ touchdowns each season. The Falcons hope to have a more balanced attack under new OC Kyle Shanahan, whose offenses have typically been quite successful running the ball. Of course, the run-pass ratio is largely a product of game situations, and the Falcons' personnel still points toward a pass-first offense. The team returns the potent wide receiver duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, but there are no shortage of questions along the offensive line and throughout the defense.
|Mon Jun 29||14:47||Rodgers said he hasn't needed treatment on his calf recently and...||Aaron Rodgers||QB||Packers||The Squirts|
Rodgers said he hasn't needed treatment on his calf recently and isn't concerned about it going forward, ESPN.com reports.
Rodgers battled through a calf injury during the playoffs, but it was never expected to be an issue for the upcoming season. He'll enter training camp at full health, playing in an offense that brings back all of its key pieces. There are few quarterbacks, if any, with a comparable combination of skill and team context.
|Mon Jun 29||12:37||Murphy could be challenged by rookie Kenny Bell for Bucs' No||Louis Murphy||WR||Raiders||Free Agent|
Murphy could be challenged by rookie Kenny Bell for the Bucs' No. 3 receiver role, ESPN.com reports.
Of course, as long as both Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans are healthy, it's an assignment that carries modest fantasy utility. In 11 games for the Bucs last season, Murphy caught 31 passes for 380 yards and two TDs. In any case, as long as Murphy is able to hold off Bell, he should be able to carve out a role this season in what could be an ascending passing offense, thanks to the addition of rookie QB Jameis Winston.
|Sun Jun 28||19:20||Inman has good chance to make final roster, according to ESPN's...||Dontrelle Inman||WR||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Inman has a good chance to make the final roster, according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams.
Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson will enter training camp as the top three wide receivers, with Inman, Jacoby Jones and a slew of roster-bubble candidates competing for spots further down the depth chart. Inman finished the 2014 season on a high note, catching 12-of-17 targets for 158 yards over the last two games, accounting for all the receiving production to this point in his career. Allen missed those two games, which explains the sudden jump in Inman's usage.
|Sun Jun 28||16:05||Irving progressing well in his rehab from ACL injury||Nate Irving||LB||Broncos||Free Agent|
Irving is progressing well in his rehab from an ACL injury, the Colts' official site reports. "He's ahead of schedule as far as the rehab goes," coach Chuck Pagano noted of Irving earlier this month.
With that in mind, the hope remains that Irving is on track to take the field during training camp, though he may not be full-go on that front right away. "The docs and the trainers are optimistic that there's a possibility that by August 1 he might be ready to get back in the fold and do some things, but it's not 100 percent," Pagano cautioned. Once he's up to speed, Irving -- who recorded 46 tackles in eight games for Denver in 2014 -- will have a chance to compete for a starting inside linebacker job for the Colts.
|Sun Jun 28||14:06||Bryant's agents and Cowboys met Friday to discuss possible contr...||Dez Bryant||WR||Cowboys||The Papageorgios|
Bryant's agents and the Cowboys met Friday to discuss a possible contract extension for the wideout, ESPN.com reports.
Bryant, who has yet to sign his $12.823 million franchise tag tender, missed the bulk of the Cowboys' offseason program, but he was present for the final day of the team's mandatory minicamp on June 18, though he did not practice. In any case, while a deal does not appear imminent, there does appear to be mutual interest on both sides to get something done before the July 15 deadline to do so. The 26-year-old wideout is coming off a stellar 2014 campaign in which he caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and a career-high 16 TDs for Dallas.
|Fri Jun 26||11:20||Harvin being groomed as more of pure outside receiver by positio...||Percy Harvin||WR||Vikings||The Carpet Pissers|
Harvin is being groomed as more of a pure outside receiver by position coach Sanjay Lal, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "He's a playmaker and I think Percy now he's just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be. I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position. He's extremely talented."
Harvin will still be used in the backfield and as a return man, but it sounds like the Bills are looking at him to regularly line up across the field from Sammy Watkins, while perhaps Robert Woods and Chris Hogan will work more on the inside. We'll see how it plays out, but this represents a change of role for the speedster, who's often been used as a gadget guy in recent seasons. We're still lukewarm at best about Harvin's fantasy potential, as the Bills have a lot of talented mouths to feed on offense, while the quarterback situation remains unsettled.
|Thu Jun 25||18:59||Moffit will sign one-year contract with Eagles||John Moffitt||G||Seahawks||Free Agent|
Moffit will sign a one-year contract with the Eagles, Ross Jones of Fox Sports reports.
Moffit retired from the NFL two season ago, and it was later revealed that he struggled with a drug addiction, which likely contributed to his early retirement. He has reportedly moved past that issue, and will try to earn a spot with the Eagle's, who recently released a starting guard over a contract issue. Moffit, now 28, was once a starting-caliber lineman, but could be cut if he cannot return to his previous form.
|Thu Jun 25||17:15||Gerhart projects to open season as Jaguars' No||Toby Gerhart||RB||Vikings||Free Agent|
Gerhart projects to open the season as the Jaguars' No. 2 running back, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Gerhart struggled through an injury-plagued first season in Jacksonville, and he'll return in Year 2 as the projected backup to rookie T.J. Yeldon. Nothing is set in stone at this point, of course, but it appears Gerhart is unlikely to see a workload that justifies significant fantasy value.
|Thu Jun 25||12:50||Though Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension concluded Tues...||Tom Brady||QB||Patriots||Diddlee Poo|
Though Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension concluded Tuesday evening, NFL.com suggests that Commissioner Roger Goodell is unlikely to make a ruling on the matter before next weekend.
Brady was suspended last month by the NFL for the first four games of the coming season for his reported role in "Deflategate." Per the Boston Herald, Brady and his legal team appeared confident they had presented a "compelling" case, while acknowledging that it remains unclear as to when the league's ruling will be handed down. While some reduction of Brady's punishment remains a potential outcome, in the meantime, second-year quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is on track to fill in for the Patriots to begin the team's 2015 regular-season slate.
|Thu Jun 25||11:58||UPDATE: Cason||Antoine Cason||CB||Chargers||Free Agent|
UPDATE: Cason, a free agent, will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery on his right foot Tuesday, ESPN.com reports. "Had surgery this morning to fix an ongoing problem," Cason wrote on Instagram.
The 28-year-old started 11 games for the Panthers last year, recording 58 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions before being released after Week 13. He was then picked up by the Ravens and played in two games, failing to record any stats in either contest.