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  • Leonard Hankerson cleared to resume running
    Leonard Hankerson (knee, active/PUP) has been cleared for a running program.

    Advice: Hankerson missed Washington's offseason program and doesn't have a set timetable to return. It remains possible that he opens 2014 on reserve/PUP. Hankerson is eight months removed from November ACL surgery.
    Yesterday, 4:48 pm
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  • Bruce Ellington activated from NFI list
    49ers activated WR Bruce Ellington from the NFI list.

    Advice: Ellington missed the start of camp with a minor ankle injury. Now that he's cleared, he'll compete for snaps in four-wide sets behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Steve Johnson. Third-round C Marcus Martin is also expected to return soon.
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
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  • Patriots waive TE Byham
    Patriots waived TE Nate Byham.

    Advice: He lasted four days on the 90-man roster.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
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  • Marqise Lee could see snaps at slot WR
    Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell stated rookie Marqise Lee could play snaps at slot receiver with Ace Sanders on suspension.

    Advice: Sanders is out four games. The Jags appear to envision Lee as a Roddy White-like movement receiver with the ability to play both Z and slot. Lee is a candidate to lead Jacksonville in receptions as a rookie. He's a WR4/5 flier.
    Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • Lynch's holdout seems unlikely to last
    ESPN's John Clayton predicted on NFL Live that Marshawn Lynch's holdout will last "five to six days at most."

    Advice: Clayton went as far as to say the Seahawks tentatively expect Lynch to report to training camp next week. Clayton also predicted the team will not satisfy Lynch's contract demands. Lynch is well compensated -- he's owed $5.5 million in salary and bonuses -- and he's a 28-year-old running back. The Seahawks aren't going to pay him with Christine Michael and Robert Turbin in reserve.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
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  • Gronkowski won't change playing style
    Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

    Advice: Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.
    Yesterday, 12:31 pm
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  • Seahawks not surprised by Lynch holdout
    ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on NFL Insiders the Seahawks are not surprised by Marshawn Lynch's training-camp holdout.

    Advice: Seattle just gave mammoth deals to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, and is trying to build a dynasty that doesn't involve paying big bucks to 28-year-old running backs. We don't see the team budging from its stance, but Lynch could very well cave once he begins racking up fines. "He'll be there at some point, I think," stated Mort. "The Seahawks are not surprised this is an issue."
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
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  • Shonn Greene cleared for training camp
    Shonn Greene has been cleared for training camp following his May knee scope.

    Advice: Greene has twice undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in less than a year, but he recovered quickly and is poised to vie for carries with rookie Bishop Sankey. As is, the Titans appear to be tentatively planning on a three-man backfield with Greene as the short-yardage and early-down pounder, Sankey as the all-purpose lead back, and Dexter McCluster in the passing-back role.
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
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  • Report: Browns 'alarmed' by Manziel behavior
    Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns have been "alarmed" by the off-field actions of Johnny Manziel since trading up to select him with the 22nd overall pick in May's draft.

    Advice: The Plain Dealer reports the team was particularly bothered by a picture that surfaced of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bar bathroom, suggestive of someone preparing to use snort cocaine. "Some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp," adds beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. Manziel reportedly "regressed in practice" this spring, and team brass believes it resulted from "not enough dedication to the playbook." Sources also told Cabot the Browns "have been stunned by his non-stop antics" off the field. All signs continue to point to Brian Hoyer starting Week 1 against the Steelers.
    Yesterday, 11:05 am
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  • Chris Johnson gets some action at WR
    According to the New York Post, the Jets put Chris Johnson "in motion" and "flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times" during his first practice of training camp Thursday.

    Advice: Johnson played some receiver at East Carolina. Playing wideout and slot could give the Jets increased flexibility on offense, perhaps with CJ?K and Chris Ivory on the field together in some formations. "Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention," coach Rex Ryan said. "The kid at Buffalo, Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here's a 4.2. You'll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks." Johnson remains a dicey RB2/flex in re-draft leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:36 am
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  • Bernard Pierce reports to camp at 217
    Updating a previous item, Bernard Pierce reported to Ravens training camp at 217 pounds.

    Advice: Pierce played in the 230 range last season, which he came to regret en route to a plodding 2.86 YPC. His 2012 Combine weigh-in was 6-foot, 218. "I'm very confident in Bernard. I've always liked Bernard," coach John Harbaugh insisted. "He's a heck of a player. He's worked very hard, he's 217 pounds, [and] he's in the best shape of his life. He looked good out here the last couple of days."
    Yesterday, 10:25 am
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  • Chris Ivory returns to Jets practice
    Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to Jets practice Friday.

    Advice: We found Ivory's hamstring tweak noteworthy on Thursday because he dealt with hamstring troubles for much of 2013 training camp, but we don't typically post in-practice injuries in July and August unless they are pretty clearly serious. Ivory is fine. He's an interesting late RB3/flex pick this year.
    Yesterday, 10:21 am
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  • Report: Browns expected to start Hoyer Week 1
    According to ESPN's Bob Holtzman, the "feeling in the locker room" is the Browns will start Brian Hoyer in Week 1.

    Advice: Holtzman expects coach Mike Pettine to make the announcement "well before" the third preseason game, which is when camp battles are usually decided. In other words, the Browns may have already internally chosen Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. "We're all expecting Hoyer to start," one player told Holtzman. There were murmurs after the draft that the coaching staff didn't want Manziel, and that he was essentially handpicked by owner Jimmy Haslam. Pettine suggested in an ESPN Cleveland interview earlier this week that Manziel could spend his rookie season as a "package quarterback," similar to how Colin Kaepernick opened his career in San Francisco, and how Donovan McNabb did in Philadelphia.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Falcons waive WR Darius Johnson
    Falcons waived WR Darius Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson caught 22 passes for Atlanta in 2013, but managed under 10.0 yards per reception and is a small, speed-deficient prospect at 23 years old. UDFA Bernard Reedy now has improved odds to make the Falcons' 53.
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
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  • Whiz: Titans still determining Sankey's role
    Coach Ken Whisenhunt said Friday the Titans are still in the process of determining rookie Bishop Sankey's role.

    Advice: Whiz called Sankey a player "we've got to find out about" in terms of his ability to contribute and workload. Sankey's college track record suggests he can indeed handle lots of carries and be a contributor in the pass game, although that doesn't always result in high-volume NFL success. May pro evaluators viewed Sankey as a change-of-pace type coming out of Washington. In Tennessee, he'll try to separate himself from Dexter McCluster and banged-up Shonn Greene.
    Yesterday, 9:55 am
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  • Cecil Shorts (hammy) can't finish practice
    Cecil Shorts (hamstring) had to leave Friday's training camp practice early with hamstring tightness.

    Advice: We normally don't post injuries like this, but it's becoming a concern after he missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a balky hamstring. The injuries have been piling up for Shorts the past season-and-a-half or so. It's something to monitor this summer. Shorts is expected to play in the slot more in 2014.
    Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Baby Hawk 'distinguishing' himself at camp
    According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Andrew Hawkins is the only receiver to "distinguish himself" in Browns camp, so far.

    Advice: Similar to what we read in the spring. Baby Hawk is going to see snaps all over the Josh Gordon-less Browns offense this season as a jitterbug playmaker. Brian Hoyer compared Hawkins' work ethic in the spring to Wes Welker's. Hawkins has more value in PPR as a volume pass-catcher. He's currently going in the late 13th round in fantasy drafts. Hawkins has some deep sleeper appeal.
    Yesterday, 8:36 am
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  • Patriots WR Greg Orton carted off Friday
    Patriots WR Greg Orton was carted off the practice field Friday with what appeared to be a "significant leg injury."

    Advice: Orton went down with a non-contact injury, suggesting a possible torn knee ligament. The 27-year-old was re-signed to the 90-man roster this week. If the injury is as severe as initially thought, Orton's career may be in doubt.
    Yesterday, 8:32 am
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  • Leshoure 'won't have any role' on offense's Justin Rogers doesn't envision Mikel Leshoure "having any role" in the Lions' offense "unless there's an injury."

    Advice: Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Reddick are leaps and bounds ahead of Leshoure on the depth chart. The Lions claim Leshoure isn't being viewed as an afterthought, but we're not taking the bait. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and will likely ride the bench for much of it before entering free agency next spring. Leshoure just turned 24 in March.
    Yesterday, 8:03 am
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  • Sam Bradford (knee) full-go for start of camp
    Coach Jeff Fisher said Sam Bradford (knee) is full-go for the start of training camp.

    Advice: "Sam is in great shape," Fisher said. "He's ready to go. We don't have (reservations) - right now as we speak, as camp starts - he's full-go. If we need to back him down here and there, we'll back him down." Bradford tore his ACL in Week 7 and participated in spring practices. Fisher added the Rams may hold him out of the preseason opener as a precaution, but he will get some exhibition work. He's entering the summer as a back-end QB2.
    Yesterday, 6:51 am
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  • Ryan Tannehill expected to run more in 2014
    The Dolphins are expected to implement read-option plays into their offense this season.

    Advice: With old Chip Kelly OC Bill Lazor now running the show, the Dolphins want to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Cement-footed Nick Foles quietly had three rushing TDs and 221 rushing yards in only ten starts under Kelly and Lazor last season. Tannehill, a college wide receiver, has managed 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding a run element to his repertoire would be a boost. He's a solid two-QB-league target.
    Yesterday, 6:15 am
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  • Report: 'Zero percent chance' Lynch reports
    Profootballtalk reports there's a "zero percent chance" Marshawn Lynch reports for the start of Seahawks camp without a new deal, and that the sides have been talking off and on for four months.

    Advice: Per reporter Mike Florio, the Seahawks have resisted over concerns that they'd set a bad precedent by tearing up a player's contract with two years left. They're right, of course, but we doubt that's their only concern. Now 28, Lynch has racked up a ton of mileage, and has the uber-talented Christine Michael behind him on the depth chart. None of that is to mention that Lynch is already quite fairly compensated for 2014-15.
    Thursday, 8:51 pm
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  • Gronk sporting all sorts of protective gear
    Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.

    Advice: Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self-evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.
    Thursday, 7:29 pm
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  • Pettine suggests Manziel could be package QB
    Browns coach Mike Pettine said the team will consider using Johnny Manziel as a package player during his rookie year.

    Advice: Unless Pettine is bluffing, he's serious about Brian Hoyer as Cleveland's Week 1 starter. "That's how Colin Kaepernick got his start in the NFL, as a package quarterback," Pettine noted. "On the other side of the ball, I've seen that give defenses some trouble." Kaepernick gashed Pettine's Jets defense for 50 yards and a touchdown on five runs as a backup during the 2012 season.
    Thursday, 5:29 pm
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  • Report: 'Hawks have no plans to pay Lynch's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks "still don't plan on" paying holdout RB Marshawn Lynch.

    Advice: Lynch has griped all offseason, but his contract complaints have fallen on deaf ears. His $5.5 million salary is more than fair for a 28-year-old running back, while the Seahawks have Christine Michael and Robert Turbin waiting in the wings. Lynch has more to lose than gain by holding out, as he's extremely unlikely to get paid, while Michael could shine in his absence.
    Thursday, 4:42 pm
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  • Marshawn Lynch to hold out of training camp
    Marshawn Lynch will hold out of Seahawks training camp as he seeks a new contract.

    Advice: Bizarrely, the news was broken by former teammate Michael Robinson on NFL Network's Inside Training Camp Live. Lynch has been making noise about his contract all offseason, but it's still a surprise after he reported to June's mandatory minicamp. Perhaps emboldened by Jamaal Charles' successful "holdout," Lynch is going to find the Seahawks much less likely to cave than the Chiefs. He has his age and the presence of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin behind him to thank. Now 28, Lynch is due a reasonable $5 million this season, with another $500,000 available through per-game roster bonuses. At least for the moment, Lynch's mid-second round ADP is no longer looking like a potential bargain.
    Thursday, 4:05 pm
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  • 49ers' Ellington day to day w/ 'rolled ankle'
    49ers rookie WR Bruce Ellington (NFI) is dealing with a "rolled ankle," and "should be back soon."

    Advice: The same is true for third-round C Marcus Martin. Although any missed practice time is a big deal for Ellington as he competes for No. 4 duties, it's not going to cost him his shot as long as he's ready for the preseason.
    Thursday, 11:56 am
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  • Ivory has 'little bit' of hamstring injury
    Chris Ivory sat out team drills Thursday with a "little bit" of a hamstring injury.

    Advice: We don't normally post minor training camp injuries, but it's notable whenever Ivory's troublesome hamstring flares up. It's just a reminder that even if Ivory runs circles around Chris Johnson in camp, he can't be trusted as anything more than an RB3/4 for fantasy purposes.
    Thursday, 10:28 am
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  • Rob Gronkowski not doing team work yet
    Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.

    Advice: It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.
    Thursday, 8:48 am
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  • Mikel Leshoure enters camp as No. 4 RB
    Mikel Leshoure enters camp "seemingly entrenched" as the Lions' No. 4 tailback, behind Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Riddick.

    Advice: Leshoure is a between-the-tackles grinder, whereas Bush, Bell, and Riddick can theoretically all function on all three downs. Leshoure, 24, could be floated as trade bait as the season draws closer. He's on the roster bubble.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
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  • Browns want Manziel to be more dedicated
    Browns coach Mike Pettine suggested Johnny Manziel will have to improve his "dedication" to be a serious competitor to start.

    Advice: Browns camp hasn't even begun, but all signs point to the coaching staff favoring Brian Hoyer. "I think he knows that in order for him to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than ever," Pettine said of Manziel. Pettine confirmed to ESPN Cleveland that Hoyer will "be with the ones" when full-squad practices begin Saturday. "I think at this point, right now, it's more Johnny versus the playbook than it is (Johnny) versus Brian."
    Wednesday, 5:10 pm
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  • CJ?K cleared, 'flying' in conditioning run
    Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for training camp.

    Advice: 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.
    Wednesday, 4:58 pm
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  • Redskins place WR Hankerson on active/PUP
    Redskins placed WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: 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.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
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  • Bernard Pierce likes the Kubiak zone scheme
    Bernard Pierce said he has a "knack" for new OC Gary Kubiak's kind of offense.

    Advice: Pierce was a disaster last season, slogging through 16 games at a pathetic 2.86 YPC. But he was battling a litany of injuries to 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.
    Wednesday, 7:36 am
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  • Rob Gronkowski cleared to play, avoids PUP
    Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.

    Advice: Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing out his knee, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means 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.
    Wednesday, 5:58 am
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  • Marqise Lee is 'pretty much cleared'
    Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) said he's "pretty much cleared."

    Advice: 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.
    Wednesday, 5:22 am
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  • Ravens RB Pierce cleared for training camp
    Bernard Pierce (shoulder surgery) has been "fully cleared" for training camp.

    Advice: With Ray Rice expected to draw a multi-game suspension, Pierce's clearance paves the way for him to open the season as the Ravens' early-down back. Listed at 230 pounds, Pierce also said he's down to 223. It can only help after a sluggish 2013. Despite last year's struggles, Pierce's role makes him well worth a mid-round flier in fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
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  • Browns will name QB by 3rd preseason game
    Coach Mike Pettine said he'll name his starting quarterback by the third preseason game.

    Advice: "I don't know if I'll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game," Pettine said. The competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer kicks off this week. The Akron Beacon-Journal recently predicted Hoyer will hold off Manziel, but Johnny Football brings the most to the table and should win the job as long as he performs and keeps his head on straight this summer. JFF has QB1 upside.
    Tuesday, 5:52 am
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