DeAngelo Hall DB WAS 2 hours ago
Hall (Achilles) may be ready for the start of training camp on July 30, CSN Washington reports. "I hope I'm ready to go the first day," he said Tuesday. "When I say wean me back in, I know they are going to monitor me. I know they are not going to just throw me out there and [have me] take all the reps with the [first team]. I'm just going to get out there and see how the body feels."
Hall ruptured his Achilles twice last fall, ending his 11th professional season after three games with 16 tackles (12 solo), one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery on the ledger. While he was held out of all offseason practices, he recently increased the intensity of his workouts with the aim of participation at the start of training camp. As intimated by the cornerback, though, the coaching and training staffs are apt to take a cautious approach with the 31-year-old.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 3 hours ago4 Comments
Pierre-Paul, who injured his hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, is a candidate to start the season on the active/NFI (non-football injury/illness) list, according to NJ.com.
There's already been speculation that Pierre-Paul could miss training camp and perhaps the start of the regular season, and in the event that he does land on the NFI list, the Giants' star DE would miss the first six games of the coming campaign. At this stage, there is still not a great degree of clarity with regard to Pierre-Paul's injury, though obviously if he is forced to miss time once the 2015 regular season starts, it would be a major blow to the Giants' pass rush. The 26-year-old -- who has yet to sign his franchise tender with the team -- finished the 2014 season with 76 tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 16 games.
Victor Cruz WR NYG 6 hours ago
Cruz (knee) said Tuesday that he doesn't think the Physically Unable to Perform list is an option for him, Sirius XM NFL Radio reports.
Cruz hopes to be ready for the start of training camp, despite missing OTAS and June minicamp after suffering a torn patellar tendon in October. His optimism is a good sign that the knee is healing faster than expected, but there's still a very real chance he opens training camp on the PUP list. There wouldn't be much for the Giants to lose, as Cruz can still be activated from the list before Week 1.
Breshad Perriman WR BAL 6 hours ago2 Comments
Perriman hopes to earn the starting job across from Steve Smith, NFL.com reports.
As a rookie first-round draft pick, Perriman will likely get the benefit of the doubt if the competition for snaps is tight. Kamar Aiken worked with the first-team offense for much of the offseason, plus Marlon Brown and Michael Campanaro (quad) are also competing for significant roles. Perriman is easily the most talented of the bunch, but there's some concern that he's far from a finished product, due in part to his struggles with drops during his final college season. It's still quite unclear how the targets will be spread around in Baltimore this season.
Silas Redd RB WAS 6 hours ago1 Comment
Redd (ankle) wants to prove he can handle a larger role, the Redskins' official website reports.
Redd spent 2014 as the Redskins' No. 3 running back after making the team out of training camp as an undrafted rookie. He only had 16 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, adding eight catches for another 107 yards. Although the departure of Roy Helu leaves the third-down role vacant, the Redskins drafted Matt Jones in the third round to compete with Redd for snaps. Jones is the favorite to emerge as Alfred Morris' top backup.
Chris Thompson RB WAS 6 hours ago
Thompson is hoping to earn a role in the Washington backfield, the Redskins' official website reports.
Alfred Morris is still the lead back, and third-round draft pick Matt Jones is the top candidate to serve as the primary backup. A third-down role would seem to offer Thompson his best shot to contribute, but he'll have to compete with Jones and and Silas Redd for that job. Just staying on the roster may be Thompson's real battle.
Richard Rodgers TE GB 7 hours ago
Rodgers remains in line to compete with Andrew Quarless for the Packers' starting tight end job, NFL.com reports.
The report also relays that the Packers have no plans to release Quarless, after he was charged with misdemeanor discharging a firearm in public on July 4. In any case, whether Quarless ends up facing NFL discipline or not, Rodgers is a candidate to see an uptick in production in 2015, following the 20/225/2 stat line that he recorded as a rookie last season. As prolific as Green Bay's passing game is, the presence of talented wideouts Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams limits Rodgers' target volume and upside to a degree, but it remains plausible that the second-year tight end could emerge on the fantasy radar this coming season with a break or two in his favor.
Andrew Quarless TE GB 8 hours ago2 Comments
The Packers have no plans to release Quarless, who was charged with a misdemeanor for discharging a firearm in public on July 4, ESPN.com reports.
Following the incident, a Packers spokesperson noted that the team was "aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless" and "in the process of gathering more information." Per the report, Quarless could be subject to discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy down the road. In the meantime, the tight end, who is in the second year of a two-year, $3 million contract with Green Bay, is line to compete this summer with Richard Rodgers for a starting assignment. Quarless is coming off a campaign in which he caught 29 passes for 323 yards and three TDs in 16 games, numbers that resulted in modest fantasy utility for the 26-year-old in 2014.
Nick Toon WR NO 8 hours ago
Toon, who spent his first three years at the X receiver spot, has moved to the Z receiver position in the Saints' base offense, reports The New Orleans Advocate.
In the final six weeks of the 2014 season, Toon caught 17 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, prompting optimism that he could develop into a regular this season. "Certainly we've seen [Toon's] progression," said head coach Sean Payton. "He understands the system and he's working hard. I think the key is just getting snaps, but I think we'll see his snaps go way up." Toon's ability to line up in multiple receiver positions, along with being an above-average run blocker, could give him an additional leg up in the competition for the Saints' No. 3 receiver gig.
Jason Pierre-Paul DL NYG 1 day ago
ESPN's Adam Schefter indicates that there are concerns that Pierre-Paul (hand) could miss training camp and perhaps the start of the coming season.
Per the report, the Giants are still awaiting more medical information pertaining to the hand injury Pierre-Paul sustained as a result of a fireworks incident this past weekend. In any case, until more is known about the level of damage Pierre-Paul's hand sustained, the defensive end's status will be worth monitoring closely by those in leagues that utilize IDPs.