Rob Gronkowski TE NE 7 Hrs
According to the Boston Globe, Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."
Giovani Bernard RB CIN 7 Hrs
OC Hue Jackson said Giovani Bernard has had an "outstanding camp" so far.
Bernard's first training camp as the unquestioned starter is going well. "He's so explosive, he can catch the ball, he's a tough son of a gun. He protects. He blocks," Jackson said. With Jackson installing a run-based offense, we could easily see 400 total carries for Bernard and power complement Jeremy Hill. Gio is also going to be a huge factor as a receiver.
Khiry Robinson RB NO 7 Hrs
Khiry Robinson's blitz pickup skills have been "impressive" at Saints camp so far.
Improving in pass protection is crucial if Robinson wants to steal some snaps from Pierre Thomas. He's a far better receiver than ex-Saint Chris Ivory, even though he hasn't gotten to show it yet. If Robinson can take a nibble out of Thomas' passing-game work and a nibble out of Mark Ingram's power-game reps, he'll have a decent role. There's flier appeal here in deeper formats.
Nick Toon WR NO 7 Hrs
The Times-Picayune has named Nick Toon one of the most impressive players at Saints camp so far.
Toon has "consistently come up with catches on nearly every pass pattern." It sounds like rapid improvement from last season, when he played on just 205 snaps and was active for just eight games, looking overmatched when asked to fill in for Lance Moore.
Margus Hunt DL CIN 7 Hrs
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis believes sophomore DE Margus Hunt has made a "huge, huge, huge leap" in his second training camp.
"He's one of the guys I'm excited to see play next Thursday night in Kansas City," said Lewis, referring to Cincinnati's preseason opener. A workout freak in last year's draft, Hunt played just over 150 snaps as a rookie, struggling mightily. He'll have a chance at more playing time with Michael Johnson gone.
Jordy Nelson WR GB 7 Hrs2 Comments
Jordy Nelson's four-year, $39 million extension is really only a two-year commitment by the Packers.
Nelson is safe through 2015 due to the proration of his $11.5 million signing bonus, but that is the only guaranteed portion of the deal. Nelson's salary cap number jumps from $4.6 million in 2015 to $8.8 million in 2016, at which point he will be entering his age-31 season with a non-guaranteed salary of $5.5 million. Because Nelson was already under contract with the Packers for 2014, the overall max value of the deal is $43 million across five seasons.
Tony Romo QB DAL 7 Hrs
Tony Romo (back) expects to see action in the preseason.
Romo has declared himself 100 percent, but the Cowboys still have him on a maintenance schedule during camp. It's merely precautionary. We're not expecting Romo's back to be an issue as he tries to mask the defense's impending misery.
Lorenzo Taliaferro RB BAL 7 Hrs
Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and public drunkenness case has been dropped by prosecutors.
Taliaferro didn't even have to attend his court hearing Thursday. The fourth-round rookie is competing with Justin Forsett and Cierre Wood for time behind Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice.
David Wilson RB NYG 8 Hrs4 Comments
A source tells NJ.com that David Wilson (neck) "needs a miracle" to return to the field.
Brent Urban DL BAL 8 Hrs
Ravens fourth-round DE Brent Urban has suffered a long-term injury to his right knee.
Details on the injury are not yet available. Urban, a classic five-technique prospect out of UVA, was expected to provide some depth behind Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty.