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Taylor Mays facing 8 games of suspensions 07-25-2016
Taylor Mays SS CIN
The Bengals released S Taylor Mays over the weekend after they discovered he is facing an additional four-game suspension.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
It's "additional" because Mays was already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He's now suspended for eight games. Mays' bans all stem from violations of the league's substance abuse policy. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have not ruled out re-signing Mays once the bans are up.
Josh Gordon still 'on thin ice' with Browns 07-25-2016
Josh Gordon WR CLE
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports suspended WR Josh Gordon remains "on thin ice" with the Browns' coaching staff despite Monday's conditional reinstatement scheduled for Week 5.

Bleacher Report
Coach Hue Jackson has said Gordon will be given "no latitude" as he attempts to show that he's all-in on resuming his career, while Cole notes that other members of the organization have grown "weary" of Gordon's past decision making. The new Browns regime did invest five draft picks into pass catchers -- including four wide receivers -- and will presumably want to give them a long look. Gordon has more ability than all five, of course. He also resurfaced in a video with Johnny Manziel on TMZ earlier Monday. Gordon and Manziel were hanging out with puppies and playing video games.
Keith Marshall no threat to Matt Jones? 07-25-2016
Keith Marshall RB WAS
ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim does not view seventh-round pick Keith Marshall as a threat to Matt Jones' workload this season.

Mike Clay on Twitter
A size-speed specimen who spent most of his college career injured, Marshall went back on the shelf this spring after running behind someone named "Mack Brown" at rookie camp. Marshall is talented enough to make up ground quickly in August, but he hasn't given anyone reason to believe in him as an NFL player just yet.
Beat writer predicts big year for Jeremy Hill 07-25-2016
Jeremy Hill RB CIN
The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects a "huge year" for Jeremy Hill in 2016.

Paul Dehner on Twitter
Dehner reports Hill "looked really good" in the Bengals' offseason program. Although many have forecasted a bigger role for Giovani Bernard following Cincinnati's pass-catcher losses, it should be noted that the Bengals have historically leaned more heavily on Hill when Tyler Eifert in particular has missed time. Gio managed receiving lines of 1-9-0, 4-18-0, and 4-29-0 on target counts of 1, 4, and 5 in Eifert's three missed games last season. Hill's touch totals were 22, 19, and 21 in those contests.
Redskins waive Kyshoen Jarrett 07-25-2016
Kyshoen Jarrett FS WAS
Redskins waived/failed physical DB Kyshoen Jarrett. Unless he is released with an injury settlement later, Jarrett will likely spend 2016 on the Redskins' injured reserve list. A sixth-round steal out of Virginia Tech last year, Jarrett shined as a hybrid safety-slot corner before suffering from nerve damage in his shoulder and neck. He was reported to have lost 30 pounds in April. There is fear Jarrett's career is in danger.
Texans place Duane Brown on active/PUP 07-25-2016
Duane Brown OT HOU
Texans placed LT Duane Brown (quad surgery) on the active/PUP list. Coach Bill O'Brien said in mid-June he expected Brown to be ready for the start of training camp, but that isn't the case. Brown underwent surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon all the way back in January. It's a mild surprise he's not fully recovered six months later, but there have been no reports of a setback. Brown was PFF's No. 18-rated tackle among 76 qualifiers last season.
Texans place Watt on active/PUP list 07-25-2016
J.J. Watt DE HOU
Texans placed DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) on the active/PUP list. After his July 20 back surgery, Watt isn't going to participate at all in training camp or preseason. A setback could send him to reserve/PUP, though we're nowhere near that point yet. Multiple reports have indicated Watt is in danger of missing the start of the season. He also had groin surgery earlier in the offseason.
Junior Galette suffers another Achilles' tear 07-25-2016
Junior Galette OLB WAS
NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports Redskins OLB Junior Galette has suffered another torn Achilles' tendon, and is done for the season.

Rand Getlin on Twitter
Cayleb Jones could push for roster spot 07-25-2016
Cayleb Jones WR PHI
The Philadelphia Inquirer believes UDFA WR Cayleb Jones could push for a spot on the 53-man roster.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Jones was "clearly the most polished" of the Eagles' first-year wideouts during the offseason program. Not that he had much competition. Jones has a big frame (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) and long arms, but his athleticism underwhelmed at the Combine. He had trouble separating in the Big 12. If he makes the team, he'll be a special teamer.
Eagles want Carson Wentz to be starter ready 07-25-2016
Carson Wentz QB PHI
Eagles coach Doug Pederson wants Carson Wentz to be "starter ready" by Week 1.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"You want (Wentz) to be in a position where if there's an injury or somebody goes down, you plug him in and you don't have any worries," coach Doug Pederson said. "You're fully confident in his ability to take over. Because backup quarterbacks need to be ready to go in an instant." In theory, it's just coachspeak, but it's also an admission the Eagles believe Wentz could be "starter ready" by the opener. Sam Bradford needs to have the season of his life to hold off the No. 2 overall pick for 16 games.
Eagles continue to insist Bradford will start 07-25-2016
Sam Bradford QB PHI
The Eagles continue to insist Sam Bradford will be their starting quarterback.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"I've said all along that Sam's the guy," coach Doug Pederson said Monday. Barring a preseason injury, Bradford should be under center in Week 1, but that will simply start the Carson Wentz clock. Bradford needs to have a career year to hold onto his job.
ILB Washington's suspension still indefinite 07-25-2016
Daryl Washington MLB ARZ
Suspended Cardinals ILB Daryl Washington remains banned indefinitely.

Darren Urban on Twitter
Unlike Josh Gordon, Washington doesn't seem terribly interested in gaining reinstatement. His last down of football was in Dec. 2013. Washington turns 30 in October.
Bombshell: Josh Gordon can return Week 5 07-25-2016
Josh Gordon WR CLE
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon will be reinstated after serving a four-game suspension to begin the season.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
It's somewhat shocking news. Gordon's career appeared to be on the brink at times this offseason, but he's kept his head down since being unfortunately linked to Johnny Manziel. Per Rapsheet, Gordon's reinstatement is conditional, but he will be allowed to participate in training camp. That means he should be in near peak shape when he returns in Week 5. It's important to remember that Gordon has played in just five NFL games over the past two years, but he's still only 25 years old. He's a mid-round pick who will be an immediate WR3 upon his return, and perhaps a WR1 by the time it's all said and done.
McCarthy: Rodgers in best shape of career 07-25-2016
Aaron Rodgers QB GB
Packers coach Mike McCarthy believes Aaron Rodgers is in the best shape of his career.

ESPN.com
"Aaron's vibe, and really his offseason participation and performance, looks to line up for a great year," McCarthy said. "I would say this is the best shape I've seen him in." Rodgers had arthroscopic knee surgery in January, but has appeared in all 16 games three of the past four years. His health and conditioning aren't concerns as he looks to rebound from his worst season as a starter.
Aldon Smith: That's not me in 'fire up' video 07-25-2016
Aldon Smith OLB OAK
Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith claims it's not him in the "fire up session" video

Aldon Smith on Twitter
The man who says his name is Aldon Smith in the video certainly sounds like him, but there's no definitive visual evidence. If it ends up being proven to be Smith in the video, it would be a catastrophic blunder from a player currently serving a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith can apply for reinstatement in November.
Antonio Cromartie: I have no plans to retire 07-25-2016
Antonio Cromartie CB NYJ
Free agent Antonio Cromartie has no plans to retire, and insists his hip wasn't an issue in 2015.

Manish Mehta on Twitter
"Hell, no," Cro told the New York Daily News. "I'm not done. My hip wasn't the problem last year." Cro's comments come a few hours after NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported he was considering hanging up his cleats over "lingering hip concerns." Hip or no hip, Cro is 32 and coming off multiple mediocre seasons. The league could be making his decision for him.
'Retired' Anthony Davis seeks reinstatement 07-25-2016
Anthony Davis T SF
Retired 49ers RT Anthony Davis says he has officially applied for reinstatement.

Anthony Davis on Twitter
Davis first started talking about returning in February, but delayed for months, conveniently missing the entire offseason program. It's unclear if the 49ers plan to welcome him back or relinquish his rights. Davis is still only 27 (in October), but his play was on a bit of a downward trajectory before injuries limited him to seven games in 2014. The Niners do have an opening at Davis' old right tackle position, however. He should be welcomed back if the team thinks he's serious about playing at a high level.
Danny Woodhead says he feels 'great' 07-25-2016
Danny Woodhead RB SD
Danny Woodhead (ankle) said he is back to 100 percent.

Union-Tribune San Diego
Woodhead suffered a scare when he sprained his ankle during minicamp, but he is fully healthy heading into camp. "It took a couple weeks, but now I'm as healthy as I've been in a long time," he said. "I feel great going into the season." A factor in both the passing game and red zone, Woodhead is a solid RB2 in PPR formats.
Tye has edge over Donnell entering camp? 07-25-2016
Will Tye TE NYG
NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan believes Will Tye has the edge over Larry Donnell for the starting tight end job entering camp.

Newark Star-Ledger
Donnell was disappointing last season even before a neck injury ended his season, and Tye showed superior playmaking ability after taking over the starting job. Both players should be involved, but Tye is shaping up as the much better fantasy bet. He is a good late-round flier.
Riddick unlikely to see a lot more carries 07-25-2016
Theo Riddick RB DET
MLive's Justin Rogers believes it is "unreasonable" to expect a lot more carries for Theo Riddick.

MLive.com
Riddick made his fantasy bones in the passing game last season, recording 80 receptions for 697 yards and three scores, but he was only given 43 touches in the running game. Even with significant questions at running back, it does not sound like the Lions will give him a ton more work on the ground this year. Riddick is still in the FLEX mix in PPR formats because of his involvement in the passing game.
Hip problems could end Cromartie's career 07-25-2016
Antonio Cromartie CB NYJ
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "lingering hip concerns" could force free agent CB Antonio Cromartie to retire.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
A former First Team All-Pro, the 32-year-old has had an exceptional career, but he looked to be out of gas with the Jets last season. These hip issues could help explain why. Cromartie has not received much interest since being released by New York in February.
Bruce Irvin expected to rush the passer more 07-25-2016
Bruce Irvin OLB OAK
Newly-signed OLB Bruce Irvin is expected to rush the passer more in Oakland.

Bay Area News Group
The Raiders do not plan to drop Irvin into coverage as much as he did with the Seahawks, which will give him a lot more freedom to get after the quarterback. With Khalil Mack eating up double teams on the other side, Irvin could top his career-high in sacks (8) this season.
Dion Jordan owed bonus on 5th day of camp 07-25-2016
Dion Jordan DE MIA
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports suspended DE Dion Jordan is owed a $1.69 million roster bonus on the fifth day of camp.

Miami Herald
Jordan would need to get reinstated for this bonus to become an issue, but if he does the Dolphins will have a difficult decision. The former No. 3 overall pick has not been effective even when on the field, and it is not a given he will stay out of trouble even if he is reinstated. Giving Jordan that big of a bonus would certainly ensure him a spot on the final roster whether he earned it in camp or not. This situation should come to a head within the next week.
Pederson will speak privately with Agholor 07-25-2016
Nelson Agholor WR PHI
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he will speak privately with Nelson Agholor.

Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
Agholor was accused of sexual assault earlier this summer, but the Philadelphia D.A.'s office determined there was not sufficient evidence to warrant charges. "We all make mistakes," Pederson said of the incident. It does not appear as if Agholor will face any public discipline from the team. He is the favorite to open the season as the starter opposite Jordan Matthews.
Eric Rowe struggled with technique in spring 07-25-2016
Eric Rowe CB PHI
Eagles coach Doug Pederson said sophomore CB Eric Rowe struggled with his technique this spring.

Jimmy Kempski on Twitter
Rowe is trying to learn a new style under DC Jim Schwartz, and early returns have not been promising. ESPN's Phil Sheridan projected Rowe as the starter opposite Leodis McKelvin, but he will need to show extremely well in camp to earn that spot. Nolan Carroll and Ron Brooks should be his main competition.
NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations 07-25-2016
Peyton Manning QB DEN
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL has determined Peyton Manning did not use HGH or any other performance-enhancing drug.

ESPN
Manning was implicated along with several other players in an Al Jazeera America report from December. The NFL determined there was "no credible evidence" the allegations were true after seven months of investigation. This development should be great news for James Harrison, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, and the other players implicated in the report, who have all submitted written statements declaring their innocence to the league office. The NFL still wants to interview each player.
Caldwell confirms Jags not signing Greg Hardy 07-25-2016
Greg Hardy DE DAL
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell confirmed there are "no imminent plans" to sign free agent DE Greg Hardy.

Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville made some waves by working out Hardy last week, but it appears as if they were just updating their emergency list. "It was an opportunity for us," Caldwell said. "Here was a guy who was a franchise defensive end that was on the street and we tried to find out the facts of where he's at, the truth behind him and everything that surrounds him and just do our homework." It sounds like Hardy could be an option for the Jags down the road, but for now his wait goes on.
Jets have given Fitzpatrick 'multiple offers' 07-25-2016
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB NYJ
The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have given free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick "multiple offers."

The New York Daily News
A three-year, $24-million deal appears to be the main offer, but Mehta reports the Jets have "presented at least one other option." The details of the second offer are not known, but it is clear Fitzpatrick is not interested in either option. Fitzpatrick has said he will accept a one-year contract for the same $12 million he would earn in 2016 under the three-year offer, but the Jets have been unwilling to make that deal to this point. Even with camp opening this week, this saga does not appear close to an end.
Kelvin Beachum expected to avoid active/PUP 07-25-2016
Kelvin Beachum OT JAX
The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars LT Kelvin Beachum (ACL) is expected to avoid the active/PUP list to start camp.

Florida Times Union
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Beachum had a "very" good chance to be ready for camp, and it looks like he will be proven right. Beachum will likely be eased in, but he should be 100 percent well before Week 1. Beachum is fully expected to supplant Luke Joeckel as the starting left tackle.
Rookie Blake Martinez likely to have big role 07-25-2016
Blake Martinez LB GB
ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports fourth-round ILB Blake Martinez is likely to play a "significant role."

ESPN
Martinez has been working with the first-team defense since the beginning of the offseason program, and the Packers reportedly like his coverage ability so much he could serve as the lone linebacker in the dime package. Green Bay has been desperate for help at inside linebacker for several seasons, and it appears they might have finally found it in Martinez. The rookie's emergence should allow Clay Matthews to switch back outside.
Treadwell says he's finally feeling healthy 07-25-2016
Laquon Treadwell WR MIN
Laquon Treadwell says he finally feels "back to full strength" following the gruesome left tibia fracture and ankle dislocation he suffered in November of 2014.

St. Paul Pioneer Press
Treadwell admits he was "tentative" and played through persistent pain in his final college season. "I wasn't 100 percent in anything I did from the beginning of spring ball (in 2015) to Pro Day (March 28, 2016). I was playing on one leg my whole junior season. It felt like I had a fire in my foot." Treadwell's pre-draft workout metrics disappointed, but they should be taken with a heaping grain of salt. Despite the devastating sophomore-year injury and only playing college ball for three seasons, Treadwell left Ole Miss as the school's all-time leader in receptions.
Report: Clive Walford will be 'eased in' 07-25-2016
Clive Walford TE OAK
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Raiders TE Clive Walford (lacerated knee) will be "eased in" to camp.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Walford suffered a "big gash" on his knee in an ATV accident this offseason. He was able to run on Sunday, but the Raiders will take it slow with their starting tight end. There appears to be zero concern about his availability for the regular season. On an offense poised to explode, Walford is a great upside target late in drafts.
Ex-Packers WR Greg Jennings hangs 'em up 07-25-2016
Greg Jennings WR MIA
Greg Jennings announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

YouTube
Jennings made the announcement via a YouTube video linked below. Even though he played the final three years of his career in Minnesota and Miami, Jennings will forever be remembered as a Packer. He caught 425 passes for 6,537 yards and 53 touchdowns in his seven seasons with Green Bay, playing a key role in the Packers' Super-Bowl run in 2010. He is not Hall-Of-Fame bound, but he should earn some recognition from Green Bay down the road.
NFL looking into Aldon Smith's Periscope post 07-25-2016
Aldon Smith OLB OAK
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the NFL is investigating a Periscope video which allegedly shows Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith smoking an unidentified substance.

Ed Werder on Twitter
The video is titled "Fire up session" and shows a lit, hand-rolled cigarette. While Smith's face is not seen on the video in question, his voice is clearly heard, and the post comes from an account which featured Smith on camera several times. A woman astutely warns Smith he should not be posting the video, but Smith says it is fine because "they don't have my name." He then says his name at the end of the video. Already suspended until at least November, this situation is unlikely to earn Smith any more fans in the league office.
Report: Stephon Gilmore will report for camp 07-25-2016
Stephon Gilmore CB BUF
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Bills walk-year CB Stephon Gilmore will report for training camp.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
"I'm planning to go out to training camp," Gilmore said. "I know what I am. It'll happen eventually." What Gilmore "knows" is he is a top-flight corner, and he wants to be paid like one. The Bills have not been willing to meet that asking price to this point, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes Gilmore will play out the final year of his deal. Gilmore is likely looking for something similar to the five-year, $75-million deal Josh Norman landed this offseason. If he is allowed to hit free agency next spring, he will likely get it.
Sammy Watkins (foot) nearing 100 percent 07-25-2016
Sammy Watkins WR BUF
Sammy Watkins (foot) suggested he is nearing 100 percent.

buffalobills.com
"As far as sprinting and stuff I'm moving and doing that 100 percent," said Watkins. "Any explosiveness I'm doing that. I'm doing the cuts, but certain things are full speed and certain things aren't." Watkins said he is still not comfortable with speed cuts, but it is pretty clear he will be ready to go full tilt fairly early in camp. The Bills will likely limit their star playmaker throughout the preseason to avoid any setbacks, but there is little doubt he will be ready Week 1.
King: Zeke 'better be ready' for 375 carries 07-25-2016
Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL
MMQB's Peter King said Ezekiel Elliott "better be ready" for 375 carries.

MMQB
This is likely more of a statement on how much the Cowboys will lean on Elliott than a prediction of his final carry total, but it is not a completely insane number. DeMarco Murray had 392 carries just two seasons ago, and Darren McFadden averaged over 18 carries a game after he took over last year. The Cowboys likely do not want to ride the rookie like they did Murray in 2014, but 300-attempts is well within the realm of possibilities.
Le'Veon Bell: 'I'm gonna win the appeal' 07-25-2016
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
In an Instagram post, Le'Veon Bell declared he is "gonna win the appeal" of his four-game suspension.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The suspension stems from what Ian Rapoport described as "several" missed drug tests. Unless Bell has a legitimate reason for missing those tests, it is highly unlikely he wins the appeal. Still, he seems confident. "When I end up missin no games at all," Bell said, "[people] for sure gonna try to love me again." DeAngelo Williams will handle the vast majority of the running back work if (while) Bell is sidelined.
Report: Seahawks meeting with Bennett's agent 07-25-2016
Michael Bennett DE SEA
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Seahawks will meet with disgruntled DE Michael Bennett's agent this week.

Josina Anderson on Twitter
Report: Loadholt will retire after 7 seasons 07-25-2016
Phil Loadholt OT MIN
Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has decided to retire after seven seasons in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Only 30, Loadholt is the next in an increasingly long line of players who have retired prematurely over the last two seasons. A second-round pick in 2009, Loadholt played his entire career with the Vikings. He missed all of last season with a torn Achilles' tendon, but he was expected to compete with Andre Smith for a starting spot at right tackle. Loadholt was forced to take a significant pay cut in March, so it is possible money plus injury concerns contributed to his decision. With Loadholt out the door, Smith is locked in at right tackle.