Victor Cruz WR NYG 24 Hrs
Victor Cruz said the new Giants offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we've had in the past."
Packers product Ben McAdoo has installed an up-tempo, spread, quick-hitting West Coast scheme that Cruz fits like a glove. "It enhances my skills," he said. "Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it's beneficial." Cruz will be playing the Randall Cobb slot role and has set 100 catches as a goal. Cobb had 80 receptions while playing 15 games as a 22-year-old NFL sophomore in 2012.
Levine Toilolo TE ATL 24 Hrs
The Falcons plan to fill the tight end position by committee.
Jamaal Charles RB KC 1 Day4 Comments
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jamaal Charles will not report to Chiefs camp Wednesday barring a breakthrough in contract talks.
Vick Ballard RB IND 1 Day1 Comment
Vick Ballard (ACL) said he's been cleared.
Ballard tore his ACL during a practice ahead of Week 2 last season, so he's had significantly more rehab time than someone like Rob Gronkowski. Ballard expects to be on the field from Day 1 of training camp as he fights with Ahmad Bradshaw for reps behind Trent Richardson.
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 1 Day
Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.
Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing his knee out, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means that 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.
Miles Austin WR CLE 1 Day
Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."
Although Austin needed offseason reps as the de facto No. 1 receiver in Cleveland, he sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. It certainly looked Austin was done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.
Doug Martin RB TB 1 Day2 Comments
The Tampa Tribune says Doug Martin will see fewer touches under Lovie Smith than he saw while playing for Greg Schiano.
Andrew Quarless TE GB 1 Day
An NFC North personnel man said he sees Andrew Quarless as a "No. 2."
Quarless rested during the offseason program, allowing third-round rookie Richard Rodgers to shine. Now Quarless has a battle on his hands, and he doesn't have the skill set to blow anyone out of the water in a competition. "He's not a good in-line blocker," the personnel man said. "He's better in space. His overall effort can be up and down. I don't think he's the most physically tough guy or the strongest guy at the point of attack." It's a battle to monitor in camp.
Marqise Lee WR JAC 1 Day
Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (ankle) said he's "pretty much cleared."
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.
Julio Jones WR ATL 1 Day
Coach Mike Smith confirmed Julio Jones' reps will be limited as camp gets underway.
Jones has had two surgeries involving a screw in his left foot and his fifth metatarsal bone in three years. "Our number one goal is to make sure that we've got everybody as healthy as we possibly can be, but we know that we have to get these guys some work together and reps," Smith said. "Julio will be out there participating in practice right from the start." We should get an up-close look at Jones' progress during Hard Knocks.