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CJ?K cleared, 'flying' in conditioning run 07-23-2014
Chris Johnson RB NYJ
Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.

ESPN New York
Coach Rex Ryan described CJ?K as "flying" during his Wednesday conditioning run, which isn't surprising because Johnson has always possessed blazing straight-line speed. Johnson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus this past January, but it was never expected to threaten his training camp status. He's expected to be 1A to Chris Ivory's 1B in the Jets' 2014 backfield.
Free agent Kyle Orton wants to keep playing 07-23-2014
Kyle Orton QB DAL
Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

Clarence Hill on Twitter
Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.
Report: Terrance West (NFI) to practice Fri. 07-23-2014
Terrance West RB CLE
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Terrance West (NFI) will practice on Friday.

Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter
This appears to be a true non-story. West says he passed his conditioning test. If he does indeed practice Friday with the other Cleveland first-year players, he'll miss zero meaningful time. The Browns' full-squad workouts don't begin until Saturday. West and Ben Tate is one of the biggest competitions of summer.
Panthers sign G/C Kevin Matthews 07-23-2014
Kevin Matthews G CAR
Panthers signed G/C Kevin Matthews.

Jim Wyatt on Twitter
Matthews is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and the brother of Falcons rookie OT Jake Matthews. However, he's not quite as talented. Kevin has appeared in 17 career games, making three starts. He'll compete for a roster spot.
Browns RB Terrance West opens camp on NFI 07-23-2014
Terrance West RB CLE
Browns placed RB Terrance West (undisclosed) on the active/NFI list.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
There's been no indication that West is dealing with anything serious, and we'll consider him day-to-day unless we hear otherwise. Ben Tate's stock gets a bit of a boost with this news, as he projects to open camp with the first-team offense. But West will be back to give Tate a run for his money. Coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday that the running back competition will be the "best" one in camp.
Lions place WR Tate, DE Ansah on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Golden Tate WR DET
Lions placed WR Golden Tate (undisclosed) and RE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) on the active/PUP list.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
We're not quite sure what is ailing Tate, but there's been no indication his absence will be long. Ansah is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and was fully expected to open camp on PUP. He'll be ready for Week 1.
Redskins place WR Hankerson on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Leonard Hankerson WR WAS
Redskins placed WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) on the active/PUP list. Hankerson tore his ACL and LCL in Week 11 and is questionable for the start of the season. He's squarely on the roster bubble. Joining him on the PUP list is OL Maurice Hurt, who reported out of shape for the second year in a row.
Report: Chiefs, Charles agree to new contract 07-23-2014
Jamaal Charles RB KC
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs and RB Jamaal Charles have agreed to a new contract.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
So much for that holdout. The Chiefs reported to camp on Wednesday, and Charles is now making his way to the facilities a couple hours after his teammates. First practice is Thursday afternoon. On his previous deal, Charles was scheduled to make $3.65 million in salary and bonuses this season. There's a good chance he doubled that on his new contract. And it's well deserved after Charles put the Chiefs' offense on his back and carried them to the playoffs in 2013. Charles is entering his age-28 season. He's a locked-in top-three fantasy back.
Giants 'concerned' with Beckham's hamstring 07-23-2014
Odell Beckham Jr. WR NYG
Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted the team is concerned about first-round rookie WR Odell Beckham's "tweaked" hamstring.

Newark Star-Ledger
"He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," Reese said. Beckham first injured the hammy in the spring, and then re-tweaked it on his first route on the opening day of training camp Tuesday. Coach Tom Coughlin said after Wednesday's practice that he has no idea when Beckham will be back on the field. Rookie receivers tend to struggle in year one anyway, so any missed practice time for Beckham is a concern. Jerrell Jernigan ran with the starters in three-wide sets on Wednesday.
Bengals TE Gresham (back) opens camp on PUP 07-23-2014
Jermaine Gresham TE CIN
Bengals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

Paul Dehner on Twitter
Gresham underwent hernia surgery in the spring and missed OTAs and minicamp. He's not quite ready, but should be considered day-to-day or week-to-week. Gresham is way off the fantasy radar with Tyler Eifert in the fold.
Justin Smith underwent shoulder surgery 07-23-2014
Justin Smith DE SF
49ers RE Justin Smith revealed he had offseason shoulder surgery.

CSN Bay Area
Smith says he suffered shoulder damage in last year's training camp, but played through it and had it repaired over winter. Entering his 14th season, Smith said he's now taking his career one year at a time. He's missed just three games.
Panthers sign C Fernando Velasco 07-23-2014
Fernando Velasco C CAR
Panthers signed C Fernando Velasco.

Charles Johnson on Instagram
Velasco, 29, started 11 games for the Steelers last season before going on injured reserve with an Achilles' injury. He's made 30 career starts across five seasons and will compete for a backup job behind Ryan Kalil.
Chargers place RG Clary (hip) on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Jeromey Clary T SD
Chargers placed RG Jeromey Clary (hip) on the active/PUP list.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
Clary underwent offseason hip and shoulder surgeries and was still on crutches last month. There have been rumblings he may not be ready for the opener and could open the season on reserve/PUP, which would keep him sidelined the first six weeks. Rookie Chris Watt will handle starter's reps in Clary's place.
Chargers cut former 2nd-round ILB Mouton 07-23-2014
Jonas Mouton LB SD
Chargers waived ILB Jonas Mouton.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter
After releasing their 2009 first-round pick OLB Larry English on Tuesday, the Bolts let go of their 2011 second-rounder in Mouton. They cut him with the failed physical designation. Mouton is coming off a torn ACL and spent two of his three seasons in San Diego on I.R. He should be nearing 100 percent. Mouton doesn't play special teams and can't stay healthy, a recipe for career failure.
Sidney Rice hangs up cleats at 27 years old 07-23-2014
Sidney Rice WR SEA
Sidney Rice has retired from the NFL after 7 seasons.

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
Rice is just 27 years old, and theoretically should be in the prime of his career. But Rice has missed a total of 31 games in his seven seasons. He's reportedly retiring because of a history of concussions. Rice was knocked out a number of times in his playing career and also was trying to return from a torn ACL. What once looked like a promising career after an 83-catch, 1,312-yard, 8-touchdown 2009 season with the Vikings has ended in sad fashion. Rice caught a total of 243 passes for 3,592 yards and 30 scores. He went to one Pro Bowl.
Cardinals place Tyrann Mathieu on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Tyrann Mathieu CB ARZ
Cardinals placed FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) on the active/PUP list. Joining him there is DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee). Mathieu said earlier in the month that he's running at about 60-70 percent coming off ACL and LCL reconstruction. He's about eight months removed from the injury, and could be back for the opener. Coach Bruce Arians conservatively put Mathieu's return at October 1.
49ers send ILB Navorro Bowman to active/PUP 07-23-2014
NaVorro Bowman LB SF
49ers placed ILB Navorro Bowman (knee) on the active/PUP list. As expected. Bowman is going to be sidelined throughout camp and the entire preseason. He's unlikely to return until Week 9, following San Francisco's Week 8 bye. Michael Wilhoite is the favorite to open the season in Bowman's starting spot next to Patrick Willis. Bowman shredded his ACL and MCL in the playoffs.
Bears FS Conte (shoulder) opens camp on PUP 07-23-2014
Chris Conte S CHI
Bears placed FS Chris Conte (shoulder) on the active/PUP list. Conte had shoulder surgery in April and is now behind the eight ball after a horrific 2013 season. Rookie Brock Vereen will take the first-team reps while Conte is sidelined. Ryan Mundy and Adrian Wilson will handle strong safety.
Bears RG Kyle Long day-to-day with infection 07-23-2014
Kyle Long G CHI
Bears RG Kyle Long will be sidelined at the beginning of training camp with a viral infection.

Brad Biggs on Twitter
He'll be reevaluated next week. Long started all 16 games as a rookie last season and went to the Pro Bowl. He and RT Jordan Mills are both entering their sophomore campaigns and really helped solidify an offensive line that had been a major problem area for years in Chicago. Long's arrow is pointing straight up.
Von Miller (knee) cleared for limited action 07-23-2014
Von Miller LB DEN
Broncos SLB Von Miller (knee) has been cleared for limited work, and will avoid opening camp on the active/PUP list.

Mike Klis on Twitter
The Broncos will ease Miller back in after he tore his right ACL in Week 16. The Broncos will keep him away from contact until the third preseason game, at the earliest. Barring setbacks, Miller will be on the field for the opener. He slimmed down in the offseason and is fully committed to a bounce-back season. With DeMarcus Ware opposite him, Miller should easily post double-digit sacks.
Broncos place CB Chris Harris on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Chris Harris CB DEN
Broncos placed CB Chris Harris (knee) on the active/PUP list. Harris is about six months removed from partially tearing his ACL, and estimated he was at 80-85 percent health two weeks ago. He's scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews in the near future. Harris is expected to return at some point during camp and be ready to roll for Week 1. Harris will man the slot.
Bears work out FAs TE Beckum, G Austin 07-23-2014
Travis Beckum TE SEA
Free agent TE Travis Beckum worked out for the Bears on Wednesday.

Chicago Tribune
Chicago also had free agent G Thomas Austin in for the tryout. Beckum, the 100th overall pick in the 2009 draft, spent three months on the Seahawks' roster over winter, but was cut before OTAs. He hasn't been the same since tearing his ACL when the Giants won their last Super Bowl. Beckum is nearing the end of the road.
Chiefs sign veteran RT Ryan Harris 07-23-2014
Ryan Harris OT HOU
Chiefs signed RT Ryan Harris.

Ryan Harris on Twitter
Harris, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Broncos. He's appeared in 78 career games, making 39 starts mostly as a right tackle. In K.C., he'll push Donald Stephenson for the starting job opposite Eric Fisher and compete with J'Marcus Webb for swing-tackle duties. Harris made three starts for Houston in 2013.
FA TE Fred Davis wanted for domestic violence 07-23-2014
Fred Davis TE WAS
Washington D.C. Police have asked for the public's help in locating free agent TE Fred Davis, who is wanted for domestic violence.

WUSA 9
Daniel Fells working as Giants' starting TE 07-23-2014
Daniel Fells TE NYG
Daniel Fells has been operating as the Giants' starting tight end through the first two days of training camp.

Jordan Raanan on Twitter
Fells is the most experience tight end in camp, as he's made 30 starts in 71 career appearances. However, he was out of the league last season and will turn 31 in September. The Giants may just be giving him the nod early on due to his experience, but it's something worth monitoring. Adrien Robinson has been tabbed the favorite to start at tight end all offseason. He ballooned up close to 290 pounds and reported to camp at 276. Whoever ends up manning tight end -- our money is still on Robinson -- won't be a recommended fantasy option.
Texans sign RT Tyson Clabo to 2-year deal 07-23-2014
Tyson Clabo G MIA
Texans signed RT Tyson Clabo to a two-year contract.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
Clabo, 33 in October, will push incumbent RT Derek Newton for the starting job after second-year OT Brennan Williams was released this week. Newton surrendered six sacks and 37 quarterback hurries as a 16-game starter last season, while also taking a league-worst 13 penalties and grading out as a bottom-five tackle at PFF. Clabo wasn't much better as a 15-game starter for the Dolphins. He gave up 11 sacks and 31 hurries. We'll give Newton the slight edge.
Marrone confirms RG job is a competition 07-23-2014
Kraig Urbik T BUF
Coach Doug Marrone confirmed the Bills' starting right guard job is up for grabs.

WGR 550 Buffalo
Kraig Urbik is the incumbent, while Chris Hairston is his main competition. Hairston can play any position on the line besides center and is returning after missing all of last season with an undisclosed illness. Urbik is scheduled to count $3.375 million against the cap. He graded out as a top-20 guard at PFF in 2013, receiving positive marks both in the run and pass games. If LT Cordy Glenn is sidelined into the season, Hairston is more likely to fill in there.
Bucs RB Bobby Rainey on roster bubble 07-23-2014
Bobby Rainey RB TB
The Tampa Bay Times mentions Bucs RB Bobby Rainey as a player entering camp on the roster bubble.

Tampa Bay Times
Rainey rushed for 566 yards and five touchdowns after Doug Martin and Mike James went down with season-ending injuries last season. Both Martin and James are back in the fold, and the Bucs also used a top-70 pick on Charles Sims. Rainey and James are likely competing for one roster spot in a crowded backfield.
Browns get No. 8 pick CB Gilbert's deal done 07-23-2014
Justin Gilbert CB CLE
Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract. Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language in his contract. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
Jets place G Colon, OLB Barnes on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Willie Colon G NYJ
Jets placed RG Willie Colon (knee, biceps) on the active/PUP list. OLB Antwan Barnes (knee0 joins him, as he's recovering from a torn ACL. Colon tore his biceps in the season finale before undergoing a knee scope during the spring. He's not expected to miss much time during camp, but the injuries have been racking up for Colon during his career. He'll be ready come Week 1.
Stephen Bowen to open camp on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Stephen Bowen DE WAS
DE Stephen Bowen (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.

CSN Washington
It's not a surprise as Bowen is 30 years old and less than eight months removed from microfracture surgery. The Redskins appear optimistic though, as they've kept him on the roster despite a $7 million cap charge.
Jason Hatcher will start camp on active/PUP 07-23-2014
Jason Hatcher DE WAS
RE Jason Hatcher (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.

CSN Washington
Hatcher is roughly five weeks into a 4-6 week rehab timetable he was slapped with following a knee scope. The Redskins won't press their $27 million man as they desperately need him pressuring the quarterback if they have any hope of improving last year's brutal defense.
Alex Boone not taking the Vernon Davis route 07-23-2014
Alex Boone T SF
RG Alex Boone will not report to 49ers training camp, as expected.

Mike Garafolo on Twitter
Boone isn't going to cave like Vernon Davis. As the 38th-highest paid guard in the league, he has a far better case for raise and appears set to dig in for a long holdout. It's a sticky situation for the 49ers, who have been adamant that they won't tear up existing deals for players with multiple years left on their contract, like Davis and Michael Crabtree. Boone is a valuable lynchpin of their dominant offensive line.
David Wilson opens camp as 2nd-team RB 07-23-2014
David Wilson RB NYG
David Wilson opened Giants camp as the second-team tailback.

giants.com
He was quickly installed directly behind Rashad Jennings, and ahead of Peyton Hills and rookie Andre Williams. Per the Giants' website, Wilson "looked dynamic as ever" in practice, "making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field." Only 23, Wilson has mouth-watering god-given gifts but football-playing deficiencies have removed him from the equation to start. He'll likely be a change-of-pace back this season.
Mike Pouncey could miss first half of season 07-23-2014
Mike Pouncey C MIA
A source tells the Miami Herald that C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) is now expected to be out until late October.

Miami Herald
Fisher: Tre Mason is a 'change of pace back' 07-23-2014
Tre Mason RB STL
Rams coach Jeff Fisher labeled rookie Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace back" following May's draft.

Montgomery Advertiser
Mason could earn complementary carries off the bench this season, but rumors of him threatening bellcow Zac Stacy's starting job are unfounded. "Tre is a change-of-pace back," said Fisher. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves. He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point." Pre-draft reports claimed Mason would need wrist surgery, but the Rams disagreed. "He may have to do something after the season but it was not a concern of ours, nor was it a concern of the doctors," Fisher said of the wrist.
Tavon Austin didn't know playbook as rookie 07-23-2014
Tavon Austin WR STL
Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.

Associated Press
It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.
Vernon Davis reports to Niners camp on time 07-23-2014
Vernon Davis TE SF
Vernon Davis has reported to 49ers training camp.

Matt Maiocco on Twitter
Packers RB coach won't coddle Eddie Lacy 07-23-2014
Eddie Lacy RB GB
Packers RB coach Sam Gash said he's not worried about preserving Eddie Lacy's health.

Green Bay Press-Gazette
Gash has a 230-pound beast and is ready to use him. "This is the NFL, you're not going to play this game until you're 45 or 50," he said. "A lot of people, especially the media, try to make it out, 'He's got to last.' He'll last as long as he's meant to last." Lacy averaged 21.2 touches per game as a rookie, a number that could very well rise as he stays on the field for more third downs. Gash said he's seen no deficiencies at all in Lacy's pass protection.
Jets add veteran pass-rusher Jason Babin 07-23-2014
Jason Babin DE NYJ
Jets signed DL Jason Babin to a two-year deal.

Kimberly Jones on Twitter
The second year of the contract is a team option. Financial details were not immediately available, but we'd expect very little guaranteed money for a 34-year-old player that was cut by the Jaguars a month ago. It's still a nice flier for the Jets, as Rex Ryan has squeezed plenty out of defensive players with far less ability. Babin led the Jags with 7.5 sacks and 19 quarterback pressures a year ago. He profiles as a situational pass-rusher in New York.
Matt Forte among most durable RBs in NFL 07-23-2014
Matt Forte RB CHI
Matt Forte has played all 16 games in four of his six NFL seasons.

Silva's July Rankings
Forte will turn 29 in December, but durability while taking on massive workloads is part of what makes him a "safe" top-five fantasy pick. A three-down back who excels in Marc Trestman's efficient offense, Forte piled up 74 catches and 289 carries last season while leading all running backs in snaps played. There's little reason to think anything will change this year. Our Evan Silva ranked Forte fourth overall in his July rankings, available at the link below.
Nick McDonald recovering from broken wrist 07-23-2014
Nick McDonald T CLE
New Browns G/C Nick McDonald is recovering from a broken wrist.

Adam Caplan on Twitter
The Browns knew about McDonald's 4-6 week recovery timetable when they claimed him off waivers from the Chargers. His status for Week 1 is unclear.
Alan Branch failed his conditioning test, too 07-23-2014
Alan Branch DE BUF
Bills DT Alan Branch failed his conditioning test and is on the NFI list.

Mike Rodak on Twitter
Marcell Dareus' failed test grabbed the headlines, but Branch also couldn't complete the task. Both defensive tackles are expected to retake the test Thursday or Friday.
Josh Mauga signs with Chiefs 07-23-2014
Josh Mauga LB NYJ
Chiefs signed LB Josh Mauga.
Jason Babin visits with Rex's Jets 07-23-2014
Jason Babin DE NYJ
Free agent DE Jason Babin visited the Jets Monday.

Kimberly Jones on Twitter
Babin is 34 and a bit of a headcase, but did lead the Jags with 7.5 sacks and 19 quarterback pressures last season. He'd be a low-cost situational toy for Rex Ryan to kick the tires on at camp.
Reggie Wayne (ACL) says he's cleared for camp 07-23-2014
Reggie Wayne WR IND
Reggie Wayne (ACL) said he has been cleared for camp.

Kevin Bowen on Twitter
Bernard Pierce likes the Kubiak zone scheme 07-23-2014
Bernard Pierce RB BAL
Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

Baltimore Sun
Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries that included problems with his shoulder, hamstring, knee and toe. Now he's fully healthy, back near his ideal playing weight and Ray Rice is facing a suspension. Pierce's extremely impressive rookie tape has us willing to take a shot on a bounce-back campaign.
Cruz: New NYG offense is more pass happy 07-23-2014
Victor Cruz WR NYG
Victor Cruz said the new Giants offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we've had in the past."

New York Daily News
Packers product Ben McAdoo has installed an up-tempo, spread, quick-hitting West Coast scheme that Cruz fits like a glove. "It enhances my skills," he said. "Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it's beneficial." Cruz will be playing the Randall Cobb slot role and has set 100 catches as a goal. Cobb had 80 receptions while playing 15 games as a 22-year-old NFL sophomore in 2012.
Falcons to fill TE job by a commitee 07-23-2014
Levine Toilolo TE ATL
The Falcons plan to fill the tight end position by committee.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jamaal Charles will begin holdout Wednesday 07-23-2014
Jamaal Charles RB KC
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Vick Ballard (ACL) says he's been cleared 07-23-2014
Vick Ballard RB IND
Vick Ballard (ACL) said he's been cleared.

Mike Wells on Twitter
Ballard tore his ACL during a practice ahead of Week 2 last season, so he's had significantly more rehab time than someone like Rob Gronkowski. Ballard expects to be on the field from Day 1 of training camp as he fights with Ahmad Bradshaw for reps behind Trent Richardson.
Rob Gronkowski cleared to play, avoids PUP 07-23-2014
Rob Gronkowski TE NE
Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP. Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing his knee out, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means that Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.
Browns happy with Miles Austin's health 07-23-2014
Miles Austin WR CLE
Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Although Austin needed offseason reps as the de facto No. 1 receiver in Cleveland, he sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. It certainly looked Austin was done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.
Doug Martin to see fewer touches under Lovie 07-23-2014
Doug Martin RB TB
The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.

Tampa Tribune
Exec: Andrew Quarless is a 'No. 2' 07-23-2014
Andrew Quarless TE GB
An NFC North personnel man said he sees Andrew Quarless as a "No. 2."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Quarless rested during the offseason program, allowing third-round rookie Richard Rodgers to shine. Now Quarless has a battle on his hands, and he doesn't have the skill set to blow anyone out of the water in a competition. "He's not a good in-line blocker," the personnel man said. "He's better in space. His overall effort can be up and down. I don't think he's the most physically tough guy or the strongest guy at the point of attack." It's a battle to monitor in camp.
Marqise Lee is 'pretty much cleared' 07-23-2014
Marqise Lee WR JAX
Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) said he's "pretty much cleared."

jaguars.com
Lee missed the final chunk of the offseason program due to a sprain. He'll take it slow for a few days, but is expected to be unleashed when the pads go on for the first time Sunday. Lee is penciled in as the starter opposite Cecil Shorts.
Smith confirms Julio's reps will be limited 07-23-2014
Julio Jones WR ATL
Coach Mike Smith confirmed Julio Jones' reps will be limited as camp gets underway.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jones has had two surgeries involving a screw in his left foot and his fifth metatarsal bone in three years. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps," Smith said. "Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." We should get an up-close look at Jones' progress during Hard Knocks.
Pettine talks up West-Tate camp battle 07-23-2014
Terrance West RB CLE
Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
Chris Culliver gets medical clearance 07-23-2014
Chris Culliver CB SF
49ers CB Chris Culliver (ACL) has been medically cleared for training camp.

CSN Bay Area
Culliver tore his left ACL last August. The fourth-year corner is penciled in as the 49ers' starter opposite Tramaine Brock, with Jimmie Ward at nickel back.