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The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel confirms Eddie Lacy reported to Packers training camp weighing 260 pounds last July.

That's 29 pounds above Lacy's Combine weigh-in. Per the Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn, "estimates in June" were that Lacy had dropped 15-20 pounds, bringing his weight into the 240-245 range. One NFC personnel director noted post-college weight gains aren't out of the norm for ex-Alabama running backs. "Trent Richardson was like 20 pounds heavier when he reported (to the Colts) than when he came out of there," said the executive. "He lost all his quickness. Lacy's got a little bit of a knucklehead in him, too."
Jul 22 - 11:29 PM

49ers RT Erik Pears isn't a lock to keep his starting job.

Pears repped with the first team at OTAs, but his role is far from secure despite starting all 16 games last year. Trent Brown will push Pears in training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:40 PM

Blaine Gabbert "has a good grasp" of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Gabbert is the favorite to start after getting most of the first-team reps this offseason. "Many in the organization" see him as a better fit than Colin Kaepernick, who missed OTAs and was limited at minicamp. Even with Kaepernick ready for training camp, it sounds like the starting job is Gabbert’s to lose. The 49ers can potentially save $2 million in roster bonuses from benching Kaepernick.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports suspended WR Josh Gordon can be reinstated after August 1.

Gordon met with Roger Goodell in New York on Monday. The meeting was initiated by Goodell, potentially a sign that Goodell is at least considering reinstating Gordon before Week 1. Gordon can formally submit for reinstatement on August 1. Gordon's initial reinstatement application was denied on April 12, and "he was told to come back and try again on August 1." Gordon hasn't played in an NFL football game since December of the 2014 season.
Jul 22 - 7:22 PM

Redskins TE Derek Carrier (knee) could open the season on reserve/PUP.

Carrier is seven months removed from tearing his ACL. He isn't going to be rushed back with Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen returning. Carrier will compete for a backup role when healthy.
Jul 22 - 7:15 PM

Browns signed DT Nick Hayden.

30-year-old Hayden adds depth following the loss of Desmond Bryant. He was a starter for Dallas the last three seasons, but played a major role in their run defense struggles. Hayden's 53-man spot isn't guaranteed.
Jul 22 - 6:04 PM

ESPN’s Phil Sheridan projects Eric Rowe to start opposite Leodis McKelvin.

This conflicts with reports the coaching staff is down on Rowe. Despite coming off an ineffective rookie year, Rowe only needs to beat out Nolan Carroll to start opposite McKelvin. Ron Brooks is locked in as Philly’s slot corner.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 5:31 PM

Ravens first-round pick Ronnie Stanley will open training camp at left tackle.

It’s expected after Stanley worked there all offseason. Baltimore plans to plug in Stanley as Eugene Monroe’s replacement on Joe Flacco’s blind side. Rick Wagner will remain at right tackle.
Source: ESPN
Jul 22 - 5:22 PM

Free agent FB John Kuhn said he is still "waiting for the phone to ring."

Kuhn added he hopes it is the Packers on the other side of the line, but all indications are they are moving on with Aaron Ripkowski. One of the better fullbacks in the league last season, it is surprising Kuhn is still available, but his age (34 in September) is likely working against him. Still, it would be surprising if he does not find a home during training camp.
Jul 22 - 4:56 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL will still require the players implicated in the Al Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drugs to participate in an interview on the first day of training camp.

James Harrison made headlines by submitting a sworn affidavit denying the allegations last week, but it appears every implicated player submitted their own written statements as well. The league has rejected the NFLPA's contention that the statements constitute reasonable cooperation, and they assert the players are required to submit to in-person interviews. It is likely Harrison has a different opinion on the matter. Free agent OLB Mike Neal is the first player scheduled to be interviewed.
Jul 22 - 4:49 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Darren McFadden (elbow) "hopes" to return during the preseason.

McFadden will have scans on his broken elbow Monday. Given a two-month timetable after undergoing surgery in mid-June, McFadden could theoretically be ready by the Cowboys' third preseason game on August 25. With Ezekiel Elliott's immediate future in question following assault allegations -- although early indications suggest the allegations are unfounded -- McFadden's health has suddenly taken on increased importance.
Jul 22 - 4:27 PM

Bears released S Omar Bolden.

A writer for the Bears' official site suggests Bolden was cut to make room for Charles Tillman's one-day contract. If true, that is utterly ridiculous. It sounds like Bolden should be back with Chicago before training camp.
Jul 22 - 4:17 PM

NFL suspended Colts DL Arthur Jones four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

It is yet another setback for Jones in what has been an extremely disappointing three years in Indianapolis. Jones was limited to nine games after signing a five-year, $33-million deal in 2014, and he missed all of last season after tearing ligaments in his ankle in the preseason. With Henry Anderson (ACL) still questionable for Week 1, the Colts are extremely thin along the defensive line. That lack of depth matched with the pay cut he accepted in March should ensure Jones keeps his roster spot, but it would not be surprising if this is his last season in Indianapolis.
Jul 22 - 3:57 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Clifton Brown reports Kamar Aiken is the Ravens' No. 2 receiver heading into camp.

In a show of how confusing the receiver situation is in Baltimore, ESPN's Jamison Hensley listed Mike Wallace as the No. 2 receiver on Thursday. Steve Smith Sr. is the consensus No. 1, but that assumes he is healthy coming off an Achilles' tear at age 37. It is likely someone in the Ravens' receiving corps returns solid fantasy value this season, but it is basically impossible to pick who that will be at this point.
Jul 22 - 2:39 PM

Dan Durkin of the Chicago Athletic agrees with the notion that the Bears will use a committee at running back this season.

One of the better football analysts in Chicago, Durkin notes that a John Fox team has only once had a running back log 60 percent of the carries, and fifth-round power back Jordan Howard "closely resembles the physical profile Fox looks for at the position." Durkin anticipates Jeremy Langford opening the season atop the depth chart, but foresees the Bears "(riding) the hot hand on game day."
Jul 22 - 2:26 PM



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