Kroy Biermann LB ATL 2 Hrs
Falcons DE/OLB Kroy Biermann (Achilles') will be limited at the beginning of training camp.
Biermann tore his Achilles' in Week 2. He'll have every third practice day off and won't play in at least the first preseason game. Coach Mike Smith fully expects Biermann to be 100 percent for the opener. The Falcons need Biermann to return to form, as he's one of their most experienced edge players.
Tyler Eifert TE CIN 11 Hrs4 Comments
Tyler Eifert (shoulder) is "fully healed."
That was the expectation all along. For now, Eifert will have first-team reps all to himself as Jermaine Gresham nurses a back injury on the PUP list. Eifert has the talent to take a major sophomore leap, but the presence of Gresham and OC Hue Jackson's run-heavy system are conspiring to put a lid on his fantasy upside. He can't be trusted as a TE1.
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 11 Hrs
Profootballtalk reports there's a "zero percent chance" Marshawn Lynch reports for the start of Seahawks camp without a new deal, and that the sides have been talking off and on for four months.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 12 Hrs
ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys and walk-year WR Dez Bryant have had "several" contract discussions, but are "not close" to a long-term agreement.
According to reporter Tim MacMahon, Bryant believes he's "earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league," but understands he'll likely have to wait. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of," Bryant said Thursday. Making $1.78 million in the final year of his rookie contract, Bryant is one of the biggest bargains in the league. The Cowboys' salary-cap disaster will surely make any long-term talks complex.
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 12 Hrs
Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.
Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.
James White RB NE 13 Hrs
Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears praised fourth-rounder James White on Thursday.
"I like his running style," Fears said. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy (5-foot-10, 195 pounds). He plays big. ... Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him." Fears' lavish praise comes one week after ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicted White would be on the field for more than 20 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps this season. He's a name to keep an eye on behind fumbler Stevan Ridley, and injury-prone Shane Vereen.
Eli Manning QB NYG 13 Hrs
The Giants' offense "wants to go fast" this season.
Receiver Jerrel Jernigan says the G-Men are "pushing for 70 or more plays per game." That's a number only two teams, the Broncos and Patriots, reached last season. The Giants averaged just 61.75, good for sixth-to-last in the league. "I'm still waiting for them to call up a huddle in practice," DE Mathias Kiwanuka said Thursday. "The intention of this offense is to cause chaos." The more plays, the better for Eli Manning and his intriguing receiver corps in fantasy.
David Gilreath WR OAK 13 Hrs
Seahawks signed WR David Gilreath to a one-year contract.
The ex-Steeler was briefly on the Raiders earlier this offseason. The move doesn't move the needle. Gilreath isn't going to make the team.
Blake Bortles QB JAC 14 Hrs
The Jaguars are hoping to fix No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles' lower-body mechanics during his redshirt rookie year.
Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Jags believe Bortles was too much of an "arm thrower" at UCF, which aligns with the draftnik community's belief that his arm strength was not particularly impressive. He'll generate better torque if Jaguars coaches can get Bortles to improve his lower-body technique. Stopgap Chad Henne will open the season on a comfortably long leash.
C. J. Davis DEN 14 Hrs
Seahawks signed OG C.J. Davis.
He'll be a camp body for the Super Bowl champs. Davis was waived by the Broncos at final cuts last season, and spent the year out of the league. He appeared in seven games for Denver in 2012, and seven for the Panthers in 2010.