Jordan Matthews WR PHI 23 Hrs
Second-round pick Jordan Matthews is still running with the second-team offense at Eagles camp.
Brad Smith is working as Philly's first-team slot receiver, presumably out of veteran deference. Matthews figures to pass Smith in short order. Per beat writer Jeff McLane, Matthews "has made all the catches so far" in camp, and particularly "shined" on Wednesday. Matthews' ADP is the late-11th round.
Brian Quick WR STL 24 Hrs
The Rams have been "very encouraged" by the play of third-year WR Brian Quick through the opening week of training camp.
Phil Savage, the Senior Bowl director and former Browns GM, visited Rams camp Tuesday and came away impressed with Quick. Rams coaches believe the production is finally matching Quick's raw speed-size combo. Quick has been getting a ton of reps with the first-team offense, along with Kenny Britt, and appears to be putting his game together. Quick (6'3/218) has 4.50 wheels and was drawing Terrell Owens comps when the Rams took him 33rd overall in 2012.
Teddy Bridgewater QB MIN 24 Hrs
NFL Network's Albert Breer's "sense is" Teddy Bridgewater has "closed the gap" on Matt Cassel.
This is certainly the way the wind is blowing. One report even indicated Bridgewater handled more first-team throws than Cassel at Wednesday's practice, by a 13 to 11 count. Christian Ponder opened camp sprinkled in with the ones, but his reps have gone to Teddy. Of all this year's rookie quarterbacks, Bridgewater has emerged as the likeliest to start his team's season opener.
Zac Stacy RB STL 1 Day
Zac Stacy is getting most of the first-team reps at training camp, as expected.
There was some offseason coachspeak coming out of St. Louis suggesting Stacy would have to fight for his starting gig at camp. We never bought it. Rookie Tre Mason has almost no experience in pass protection and Benny Cunningham only earned 47 carries in 14 games last year. Stacy remains the centerpiece of a Rams team built to pound the football and has borderline RB1 appeal thanks to projected volume.
Joique Bell RB DET 1 Day
Joique Bell (knee) is cutting and accelerating "with ease" at Lions camp.
Bell rested his sore left knee by sitting out OTAs and minicamp, but it was never a real concern. He's been back to 100 percent since early July, and has not been limited at camp. Bell, who was just handed a three-year contract by the Lions, has a realistic shot at leading the team in carries this season. There's some value in his current fifth-round ADP.
Rob Gronkowski TE NE 1 Day1 Comment
Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been doing 1-on-1 red-zone drills vs. Darrelle Revis over the last two days.
Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Revis have been gathering at one end of the field to do battle while Bill Belichick watches "closely." During this time, the rest of the team is doing special teams work. It's an excellent test for Gronk, who continues to make progress off his knee reconstruction. It certainly looks like he'll be ready for Week 1.
Spencer Ware RB SEA 1 Day
According to the Seattle Times, Spencer Ware "appears basically just a tailback now" after working at fullback last offseason.
A second-year hammerhead power back out of LSU, Ware's reps have increased with Marshawn Lynch holding out. His running style is more similar to Lynch's than Christine Michael or Robert Turbin. Expected to make the Seahawks' 53-man roster, 22-year-old Ware is worth a stash in deeper Dynasty leagues.
Marqise Lee WR JAC 1 Day
Second-round pick Marqise Lee is lining up "all over the field" at Jaguars camp, and OC Jedd Fisch is "finding ways to feed him the ball."
"Marqise has that speed factor," coach Gus Bradley Bradley observed. "He has a chance to break one and is extremely quick. He's freakish in his skill set in some of the things he does." With Allen Robinson at X receiver and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) on the shelf, Lee is working as the Jags' movement Z wideout and getting reps in the slot. He's got a shot to lead the team in 2014 targets.
Andy Dalton QB CIN 1 Day
Walk-year QB Andy Dalton is "confident" he and the Bengals will work out a new deal.
"Both sides are working on it," Dalton said. "We haven't given a deadline, we haven't talked about a deadline. We don't expect it to get to that point, but if it does, it does." The Bengals have not seen enough from Dalton to warrant a big-money extension, and are not risky much by not signing him to a long-term deal, since they could simply slap the franchise tag on Dalton if he performs well this season. Without much leverage, Dalton may have to accept a "pay as you go" contract similar to the one Colin Kaepernick signed earlier this offseason in order to get anything done.
Jerick McKinnon RB MIN 1 Day
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "it seems like every day" rookie RB Jerick McKinnon Jerick McKinnon grabs your attention with his athleticism."
The top-100 pick reportedly made a sweet juke on a swing pass in Wednesday's practice to elude CB Kendall James before planting his foot in the ground and "shooting into the secondary." McKinnon is an interesting Dynasty prospect with 4.41 jets, a highly explosive 11-foot broad jump, and a 40 1/2-inch vertical at 5-foot-9, 209. There's a chance he's Adrian Peterson's heir apparent.