Alan Bonner WR HOU 9 Hrs
Texans waived/injured WR Alan Bonner and OG Cody White.
A 2013 sixth-round pick, Bonner spent his entire rookie year on I.R. with a hamstring injury. He wasn't a compelling NFL prospect from the get-go.
Mark Barron DB TB 9 Hrs
Bucs SS Mark Barron revealed he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January, and still isn't 100 percent.
The procedure was done to repair knee cartilage. Barron should've been fully healthy months ago if it were indeed a routine scope. His Week 1 status is not believed to be in jeopardy, but the Bucs did sign insurance by bringing in Major Wright from Chicago. Barron was a liability in coverage last year.
Julio Jones WR ATL 9 Hrs
According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, Julio Jones is "showing no ill effects" from last year's foot fracture in training camp.
Julio's reps are being limited, but he's dominating whenever on the field. Per McClure, "every part of Julio Jones' day has looked explosive" during Sunday's session, and he's "stopping on a dime." In a pass-first Falcons offense that lost Tony Gonzalez, Julio offers No. 1 overall fantasy wideout upside. We have him ranked No. 4 at receiver based on his recurring foot problems.
Mark Ingram RB NO 10 Hrs3 Comments
Mark Ingram opened Saints training camp as the first-team running back.
Coach Sean Payton referred to Ingram as "one of our starters," while Pierre Thomas ran with the twos. "He's a guy that we felt played very well in the last half of the season," Payton said of Ingram. "It's a position where we obviously carry depth, because it's a position that gets nicked up." Including playoffs, Ingram rushed 55 times for 374 yards (6.8 YPC) and two touchdowns in the four games he received at least ten carries last season. The Saints are likely to continue utilizing a three-man backfield, however.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis RB CIN 10 Hrs
Profootballtalk.com suggests a trade market could emerge for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
We're skeptical because Green-Ellis is a 29-year-old two-down running back with a $2.3 million base salary, but perhaps the Bengals would try to trade him before cutting him. The 49ers, Colts, and Panthers have all already lost tailbacks to year-ending injuries, while Seattle is shorthanded due to Marshawn Lynch's holdout. Green-Ellis shouldn't cost more than a seventh-round pick.
Markus Wheaton WR PIT 11 Hrs
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports second-year WR Markus Wheaton is "having another strong start to camp," and "his role will increase greatly."
La Canfora cites "several Steelers people." Wheaton flashed big-play ability last preseason, as well, but his in-season snaps were limited by injuries and solid performances from Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders. Both Cotchery and Sanders are gone, setting up Wheaton to start at X receiver opposite Z Antonio Brown. Wheaton is worth a look as a WR5 pick in non-PPR fantasy drafts.
Terrance West RB CLE 11 Hrs
Browns coach Mike Pettine said rookie Terrance West "shocked" him with his pass-catching ability, and "isn't far behind" Ben Tate.
"I think Ben is probably going to be a little bit ahead of him just naturally in the protection part of it, but Terrance isn't far behind," were Pettine's words. West made noise during Sunday's practice in pass-catching periods. He caught 36 passes as a college senior, so it's not surprising West is showing well in that phase of the game early. Tate remains the slight favorite to start Week 1.
Charles Johnson WR CLE 11 Hrs
Browns coach Mike Pettine revealed that he went on YouTube to watch highlights of second-year WR Charles Johnson.
Johnson is a fantasy sleeper because he has the best combination of size and athleticism on Cleveland's post-Gordon wideout depth chart. "I went on YouTube and watched his Grand Valley (State) highlights. They were impressive," said Pettine. "... It's worth taking a peek at. He's explosive. He's a guy that is deceptively fast. He doesn't look like he's covering a lot of ground but he is. I think his catch radius is bigger than most. He's got long arms and he's got (big) hands. He's a guy that we hope can emerge from this as a guy that can help us."
Cyrus Kouandjio BUF 11 Hrs
According to WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia, rookie OT Cyrus Kouandjio "has not been the player the team was expecting when they selected him in the second round" of May's draft.
Buscaglia reports Kouandjio has been outplayed by both incumbent RT Erik Pears and seventh-round pick Seantrel Henderson. Kouandjio seemed to be penciled in to Buffalo's starting right tackle job when he was drafted, but Pears appears to be comfortably ahead of him on the depth chart. Kouandjio could also fall behind Henderson when LT Cordy Glenn (illness) gets cleared.
Odell Beckham WR NYG 12 Hrs
Giants coach Tom Coughlin referred to first-round pick Odell Beckham's (hamstring) continued training camp absences as "more than a little disappointing."
Hamstring injuries have a frustrating tendency to linger, and Beckham has been battling his since OTAs. He's been shut down at training camp, only fielding punts. Beckham's absence has given Jerrel Jernigan more opportunity.