Justin Gilbert DB CLE 10 Hrs1 Comment
Browns signed No. 8 overall pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.
Cleveland and Gilbert were in a stalemate over offset language in his contract. The deal contains a fifth-year club option for 2018. Gilbert gets his contract done just in time for training camp. He's expected to open the season as the starter opposite Joe Haden. With Haden rounding into a shutdown corner, Gilbert is likely to be targeted heavily as a rookie. Buster Skrine will man the slot.
Willie Colon NYJ 10 Hrs
Jets placed RG Willie Colon (knee, biceps) on the active/PUP list.
OLB Antwan Barnes (knee0 joins him, as he's recovering from a torn ACL. Colon tore his biceps in the season finale before undergoing a knee scope during the spring. He's not expected to miss much time during camp, but the injuries have been racking up for Colon during his career. He'll be ready come Week 1.
Stephen Bowen DL WAS 10 Hrs
DE Stephen Bowen (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.
It's not a surprise as Bowen is 30 years old and less than eight months removed from microfracture surgery. The Redskins appear optimistic though, as they've kept him on the roster despite a $7 million cap charge.
Jason Hatcher DL WAS 10 Hrs
RE Jason Hatcher (knee) will open camp on active/PUP.
Hatcher is roughly five weeks into a 4-6 week rehab timetable he was slapped with following a knee scope. The Redskins won't press their $27 million man as they desperately need him pressuring the quarterback if they have any hope of improving last year's brutal defense.
Alex Boone SF 11 Hrs
RG Alex Boone will not report to 49ers training camp, as expected.
Boone isn't going to cave like Vernon Davis. As the 38th-highest paid guard in the league, he has a far better case for raise and appears set to dig in for a long holdout. It's a sticky situation for the 49ers, who have been adamant that they won't tear up existing deals for players with multiple years left on their contract, like Davis and Michael Crabtree. Boone is a valuable lynchpin of their dominant offensive line.
David Wilson RB NYG 11 Hrs
David Wilson opened Giants camp as the second-team tailback.
He was quickly installed directly behind Rashad Jennings, and ahead of Peyton Hills and rookie Andre Williams. Per the Giants' website, Wilson "looked dynamic as ever" in practice, "making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field." Only 23, Wilson has mouth-watering god-given gifts but football-playing deficiencies have removed him from the equation to start. He'll likely be a change-of-pace back this season.
Mike Pouncey MIA 11 Hrs
A source tells the Miami Herald that C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) is now expected to be out until late October.
Tre Mason RB STL 11 Hrs3 Comments
Rams coach Jeff Fisher labeled rookie Tre Mason as a "change-of-pace back" following May's draft.
Mason could earn complementary carries off the bench this season, but rumors of him threatening bellcow Zac Stacy's starting job are unfounded. "Tre is a change-of-pace back," said Fisher. "Good zone runner, obviously the numbers speak for themselves. He was a guy we just couldn't pass up at that point." Pre-draft reports claimed Mason would need wrist surgery, but the Rams disagreed. "He may have to do something after the season but it was not a concern of ours, nor was it a concern of the doctors," Fisher said of the wrist.
Tavon Austin WR STL 11 Hrs
Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.
It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.
Vernon Davis TE SF 11 Hrs
Vernon Davis has reported to 49ers training camp.