Player Notes

  • Raiders' flyer on T-Rich 'not going so well'
    The San Francisco Chronicle passes along "whispers" that the Raiders' reclamation flyer on Trent Richardson is "not going so well."

    Advice: Beat writer Vic Tafur doesn't elaborate beyond that. OL coach Mike Rice stated T-Rich shed weight this offseason in early July, helping some of his old quickness to return. Observers of Raiders practice must not have seen much from Richardson in the way of positives. Owed only $600,000 in guaranteed money on his two-year, $3.85 million deal, Richardson would be pretty easy to cut. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
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  • Jerry Rice compares Amari Cooper to Tim Brown
    Jerry Rice compared Raiders first-round pick Amari Cooper to Tim Brown.

    Advice: Rice played with Brown late in his career, and watched Cooper practice during spring workouts. "Very much like Tim Brown," is how Rice described Cooper. "Very explosive, got speed to burn." It's high praise from the G.O.A.T., who still has a good handle on the game. Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame early next month. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
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  • Cordarrelle Patterson working with the 2s
    Cordarrelle Patterson opened Vikings training camp working with the second-team offense.

    Advice: Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he's seen "improvement" from Patterson, though Zimmer stated less than a week ago that Patterson's practice-in, practice-out consistency has remained frustrating. Patterson will likely settle in as the Vikings' kickoff returner and fourth receiver on offense this season. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
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  • Chargers high on Ladarius Green
    Chargers OC Frank Reich says he would be "shocked" if TE Ladarius Green "didn't have his most productive year."

    Advice: Green will get every opportunity to earn an increased role in training camp and the first four games of the season, when Antonio Gates will be serving a month-long suspension. It's worth noting Reich made this statement before Gates' ban was announced. Still only 25 years old, Green should be on the TE1 radar in the first four games. His role thereafter is up in the air. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
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  • Chargers sky-high on Melvin Gordon
    Chargers OC Frank Reich says his early impressions of first-round pick Melvin Gordon are "incredibly, incredibly positive."

    Advice: "You can see he has great vision. You can see he has great patience," Reich observed. "And he's just got great physical ability. ... I don't want to say too much because he's got to do it. But I'm just very excited about him, like off-the-charts excited." The 15th pick in the draft, Gordon offers double-digit TD upside as the lead runner in a proficient offense and is priced reasonably at a third-round ADP. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
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  • Joique Bell still seen as DET likely starter
    Despite Joique Bell's (Achilles'/knee) continued absence from the practice field, the Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett expects Bell to open the season as the "Lions' primary starting running back."

    Advice: Even amid a host of red flags, Lions beat writers maintain Joique is likely to open the season as Detroit's lead runner. Birkett does acknowledge Bell "and (Ameer) Abdullah will share the workload, though." Bell, who has undergone two knee scopes and one Achilles' surgery over the past two offseasons, missed all of OTAs and minicamp and opened training camp on the active/PUP list. Yesterday, 5:11 pm
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  • Dolphins have had contract talks with Lamar Miller
    The Dolphins have had preliminary extension talks with Lamar Miller.

    Advice: With one of the worst 2016 cap situations, Miami "can’t say for sure" if they’ll be able to keep Miller. The Dolphins reportedly view Jay Ajayi as a three-down back, but his balky knee makes Ajayi an unlikely long-term solution. Miller is making just $660K in the final year of his rookie deal. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
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  • LeGarrette Blount placed on active/NFI
    Patriots placed RB LeGarrette Blount on the active/NFI list.

    Advice: Blount was a full participant in offseason workouts, but must have suffered an injury after minicamp. It's possible he's dealing with a day-to-day situation. Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray will see more reps while Blount is sidelined. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
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  • Roddy White needing repeated knee draining
    Roddy White had his knee drained prior to June minicamp and expects the knee to be drained again during the 2015 season.

    Advice: Knee drainings are generally routine, non-surgical procedures, but may be concerning for White coming off back-to-back injury-plagued seasons. White actually hinted doctors told him to have surgery, but he is going to play through the knee "irritation" instead. "It's not a concern to me because it's just like a little irritation," said White. "My cartilage in my knee is not smooth. It's kind of rippled. You can elect to have surgery, but I just decided not to because I'm not a surgery guy. I just don't want to do it." White turns 34 this November. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
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  • Jordan Reed (knee) full-go for Redskins camp
    Jordan Reed (knee) has been fully cleared for the start of training camp.

    Advice: The Redskins held Reed out of OTAs and minicamp following a clean-up on his knee. Coming off a zero-touchdown season, it will be interesting to see whether the Redskins make Reed fight to keep his first-string job. They re-signed Niles Paul to a three-year, $6 million contract in the offseason. The current front office and coaching staff did not bring Reed to Washington. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
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  • Jermaine Gresham opens camp on active/PUP
    Cardinals placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active/PUP list.

    Advice: Gresham just signed last week, but is still recovering from offseason back surgery. He projects to start at Y-tight end when healthy. The Cardinals also placed TE Troy Niklas on active/NFI. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
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  • Kevin White (shin) opens Bears camp on PUP
    Bears placed WR Kevin White (shin) on active/PUP.

    Advice: White has been battling the shin issue for a while now, as he also sat out all of minicamp. It doesn't sound overly serious, but White is missing important time with the offense. The Bears want him to get his conditioning up before sending him in to compete with Marquess Wilson and Eddie Royal for snaps. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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  • Cotchery to lose roster spot in Carolina?
    The Charlotte Observer believes Jerricho Cotchery is entering training camp on the roster bubble.

    Advice: If second-round pick Devin Funchess seizes a starting job and Corey "Philly" Brown earns a role as a situational deep threat in three-receiver sets, Cotchery could be the odd man out. The Panthers also have Ted Ginn to dress on game days for his special teams value after signing him to a two-year, $4.2 million deal. Cotchery, 33, is owed $1.5 million in salary and bonuses. Yesterday, 10:37 am
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  • DeVante Parker opening Dolphins camp on PUP
    Dolphins placed WR DeVante Parker (foot) on active/PUP.

    Advice: As expected. Parker underwent surgery last month to have a screw replaced in his previously-operated foot. The No. 14 overall pick is expected to avoid the reserve/PUP list to open the season, which would cost him the first six games, but he's questionable for Week 1 and not expected to get much work in camp. Yesterday, 10:30 am
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  • Andrew Quarless reports to camp on time
    Packers TE Andrew Quarless reported to training camp on time following his early-July arrest for allegedly firing a gun twice in Miami.

    Advice: Coach Mike McCarthy had a "long conversation" with Quarless, and admitted both sides were "disappointed" in Quarless' actions. Still, the Packers appear to have no intention of cutting Quarless, who remains on track to start at in-line tight end while Richard Rodgers operates as the lightly-used flex player. Yesterday, 9:54 am
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  • Ravens UDFA WR Worthy waived/injured
    Ravens waived/injured WR Cam Worthy.

    Advice: Worthy sought out a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and may need foot surgery. The UDFA out of East Carolina has had stress fractures in his foot. Yesterday, 9:11 am
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  • Chiefs dump RB Cyrus Gray
    Chiefs waived RB Cyrus Gray.

    Advice: The Chiefs used a 2012 sixth-round pick on Gray. He appeared in 35 games the past three seasons, mainly on special teams. He's rushed for 99 career yards and one touchdown on 24 carries as the No. 3 back. Gray suffered a torn ACL in November and is now healthy enough where the Chiefs could cut him. Yesterday, 8:51 am
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  • Stephen Hill busted with drug paraphernalia
    WSOCTV Charlotte reports Panthers WR Stephen Hill was cited for a drug paraphernalia charge after a routine traffic stop.

    Advice: The drug paraphernalia charge isn't extreme by any means, but Hill is a guy who can't afford any off-field problems after he's been an extreme disappointment on it. The former second-round pick of the Jets had reportedly been a revelation in Panthers spring practices. Hill doesn't have a history of trouble with the law. Yesterday, 7:52 am
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  • Bengals OC: We're going to open it up this year
    Bengals OC Hue Jackson said, "We're going to open it up a little bit more this year and be who I think we can be."

    Advice: "We're going to open Pandora's box more," Jackson said. "We tickled it a little bit last year. ... It's a chess match, and whoever is not afraid to pull the trigger, pull the trigger. And I'm not afraid, so let's go." The potential for this offense is through the roof and vastly undervalued in fantasy because of the perception of Andy Dalton. But Dalton was playing with a short deck last season where Mohamed Sanu was his No. 1 receiver in a number of games. With A.J. Green, Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert healthy and Jeremy Hill entering year two, Cincinnati is going to put up points. Dalton, whose 33-TD season in 2013 has seemingly been forgotten, will have his fair share of top-10 fantasy weeks this year. Yesterday, 7:03 am
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  • Travis Benjamin may be odd man out for Browns
    The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak considers Travis Benjamin the early odd man out in the Browns receiving corps.

    Advice: Benjamin is a seldom-used deep threat who must show he can return kicks to make the team. Last season, Benjamin disappointed as a return man, averaging just 21 yards on kick returns and 2.4 yards per punt return while grading out as PFF's worst returner. Benjamin is pint-sized at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds. Yesterday, 6:20 am
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