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.
Terrance West RB CLE 2 Days
Coach Mike Pettine indicated the Ben Tate-Terrance West running back battle "might ... be the best competition" of Browns training camp.
The Browns see Tate-West as a battle to start; not a situation where veteran Tate is being handed the job. "The best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy Terrance West from Towson, who I really like," were Pettine's words. With Browns camp under a week away, Tate's fantasy ADP stands at the mid to late fifth round, while West is often available early in round eight. With an up-in-the-air depth chart, we'd prefer to gamble on the cheaper of the two Cleveland backs.
Chris Culliver DB SF 2 Days
49ers CB Chris Culliver (ACL) has been medically cleared for training camp.
Culliver tore his left ACL last August. The fourth-year corner is penciled in as the 49ers' starter opposite Tramaine Brock, with Jimmie Ward at nickel.
Eli Manning QB NYG 2 Days
Eli Manning had the highest average pass distance among NFL quarterbacks in 2013, at 9.49 yards from the line of scrimmage.
Combine ex-OC Kevin Gilbride's vertical scheme with the Giants' injury-ravaged, swinging-gate offensive line, and the result was Eli's career-worst season, with career highs in picks (27) and sacks taken (39). New OC Ben McAdoo is installing a shortened, quicker-hitting attack in an effort to rejuvenate Eli. The Giants likely hope Manning can have a Riversian bounce-back year.
Je'Ron Hamm WR NO 2 Days
Saints UDFA Je'Ron Hamm reportedly "stood out" during pre-training camp practices for his "athleticism and pass-catching skills."
Hamm, who just turned 22, goes 6'3/236 with 4.65 speed and a 37-inch vertical. He played college ball at Louisiana-Monroe, catching 62 passes for 915 yards (14.8 YPR) and six TDs as a 20-year-old junior before an injury-plagued senior season. Hamm could be a practice squad candidate in New Orleans.
Henry Melton DL DAL 2 Days
Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL surgery) is expected to be cleared for the beginning of camp.
According to reporter David Moore, the Cowboys aren't expecting any "red flags" with Melton's Wednesday physical. That was expected all along, but is still much-needed news for the Cowboys' undermanned defensive line. Melton is now 10 months removed from tearing his left ACL.
Jason Verrett DB SD 2 Days
Chargers first-round CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) isn't expected to practice before August.
The Union-Tribune San Diego's Tom Krasovic predicted earlier this month that Verrett would be ready for camp, but August was always his timeline. Verrett underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in March. He needs to return before the Chargers' third preseason game, or he could be looking awfully green come Week 1.