Torrey Smith WR BAL 3 Hrs
Contract talks are not heating up between Torrey Smith and the Ravens.
Smith's value may be difficult to figure out as he's been more of a play-making deep-threat than true No. 1 receiver, and has yet to go to a Pro Bowl. But he's clearly ascending at 25 years old, hasn't missed a game in three seasons and is set to be new OC Gary Kubiak's Andre Johnson this season. We're expecting Smith to set career-highs in both catches and yards, so agent Drew Rosenhaus could make a savvy gamble by putting off negotiations as long as possible.
Charles Johnson WR CLE 3 Hrs
Charles Johnson has reportedly been a "revelation" in the first days of Browns camp.
Johnson is on our radar because he's 6'2/215 with 4.38 jets and the Browns are desperate at the wideout spot. ESPN Cleveland says he's "surprisingly up to speed on the Kyle Shanahan offense" and "could be the receiver that comes out of nowhere to lessen the impact of - if not offset" the Josh Gordon suspension.
Ray Rice RB BAL 4 Hrs
Ray Rice did not appeal his two-game suspension.
Rice is clearly in no position to try to get his ban shortened after the NFL let him off with a slap on the wrist. He'll miss Week 1 against the Steelers and Week 2 against the Bengals before getting back with the team on the Monday of Week 3. Bernard Pierce will handle feature back duties in the meantime.
Marcel Reece RB OAK 4 Hrs
Marcel Reece now weighs 238 pounds, his lightest since college.
It's clearly a move by the versatile fullback to improve his quickness in the passing game, but we wouldn't expect a big role change for Reece this season. The Raiders have two pass-catching backs in Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, and the team has annually only used Reece as an offensive weapon when absolutely forced. He had just 46 carries and 32 catches in 16 games last season.
James White RB NE 4 Hrs
According to Boston.com, fourth-round RB James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie."
White is getting plenty of first-team reps in both the Stevan Ridley power role and the Shane Vereen passing back spot. It's reportedly "clear" that he has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran" as he runs ahead of Brandon Bolden. White is on our flier radar.
Ryan Mallett QB NE 4 Hrs
Ryan Mallett has the edge over Jimmy Garoppolo for the backup job.
Garoppolo, a second-round rookie, has had trouble with both the center exchange and interceptions so far in camp. He's a developmental prospect as Mallett enters the final year of his rookie season.
Chris Rainey RB IND 4 Hrs
Colts waived RB/KR Chris Rainey.
It's not a good sign for Rainey that he's been dumped by a RB-needy team less than a week into camp. The undersized sparkplug appeared in two games for the Colts last season, only getting touches in the return game.
Henry Melton DL DAL 4 Hrs
Cowboys DT Henry Melton (ACL) avoided the active/PUP list.
Melton is more than 10 months removed from his tear. His ability to participate at the outset of camp -- even in a limited capacity -- is a fantastic sign that he'll be able to contribute to a desperate Cowboys defensive front in Week 1. Melton has some deep IDP sleeper appeal as he transitions into the old Jason Hatcher 3-technique role, a spot that produced 11 sacks last year.
Allen Robinson WR JAC 4 Hrs
Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are running as the starters in two-wide sets.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 5 Hrs
Tony Romo said that if he were getting married this year, Dez Bryant would be a groomsman.
Romo and Bryant are now in their fifth year together. "He's like a little brother to me," the quarterback said. Over the last two seasons, Bryant has racked up 185 catches, 2,615 yards and 25 touchdowns -- and now he has Scott Linehan on his side. Linehan has proven to be an expert at getting alpha receivers open, as evidenced by Randy Moss in Minnesota, Torry Holt in St. Louis and most recently Calvin Johnson.