Kory Faulkner QB SF 2 Days
49ers waived QB Kory Faulkner.
Faulker drew praise from OC Greg Roman in the spring, but the front office obviously didn't see enough long-term potential in him. A UDFA out of Southern Illinois, Faulker earned a $3,000 signing bonus for his 49ers stint.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE 2 Days1 Comment
Multiple team sources told NFL Network's Charley Casserly that Johnny Manziel has brought a "first-in, last-out mentality" to Browns training camp despite his offseason partying.
Casserly was also told by club sources Manziel is "doing fine" with the playbook after coach Mike Pettine described it as a pre-camp obstacle for the rookie. After attending Browns practice, Casserly came away believing Brian Hoyer offers "no outstanding physical traits." We still tentatively expect Hoyer to start Week 1, and Manziel to replace him by no later than Cleveland's Week 4 bye.
Taylor Price WR SEA 2 Days
Seahawks waived/injured WR Taylor Price.
The former Patriots third-round pick was a long shot for a roster spot before going down in training camp. Price's NFL outlook is as bleak as it gets.
Trent Richardson RB IND 2 Days6 Comments
Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) is back practicing.
The injury was minor, but the Colts are being cautious after losing 17 players to season-ending injuries in 2013 and already losing RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles injury this season. Richardson has the talent and opportunity to outplay his fifth-round ADP, but his poor play in 2013 and injury history make him a risky fantasy bet.
Josh Gordon WR CLE 2 Days15 Comments
No player has ever won a case against the NFL on the grounds he failed a drug test due to "second-hand smoke."
This is Josh Gordon's claim, and the NFL is pushing back. "A cornerstone of both of our drug testing programs has always been that you are responsible for what is in your body," stated NFL VP of communications Greg Aiello. "It is stated that way in the policies." Aiello also confirmed the NFL has suspended several players in the past for "not being responsible for what is in your body." Gordon remains at serious risk of a lengthy suspension.
Anthony McCoy TE SEA 2 Days
Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy has a torn left Achilles' tendon.
McCoy missed all of last season with a torn right Achilles'. His 2014 season is obviously over, and his career is in question. A catch-first tight end, McCoy's loss locks Luke Willson into that role for Seattle this year.
Tyron Smith DAL 2 Days1 Comment
Cowboys signed LT Tyron Smith to an eight-year, $98 million extension.
Smith is now set to make $109 million over the next ten years, making him the second highest paid tackle in the league. Still only 23, Smith has already established himself as one of the preeminent tackles, and will anchor a Dallas offensive line that could be the best in the NFL this season. The Cowboys will now turn their attention to locking up Dez Bryant, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Nigel Bradham LB BUF 2 Days
NFL suspended Bills LB Nigel Bradham one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Just a knuckleheaded decision. After WLB Kiko Alonso went down with a torn ACL earlier this month, Bradham was viewed as the favorite to open the season as the starter. Some viewed Bradham as being on the roster bubble entering spring. We don't see him getting cut with the Bills thin at linebacker, but this isn't going to please the coaching staff. Bradham will be back in Week 2.
Kyle Long CHI 2 Days
Bears RG Kyle Long (infection) has been cleared to participate in training camp.
Long sat out the first week with a viral infection. He'll slide back in with the ones between C Roberto Garza and RT Jordan Mills. LT Jermon Bushrod and LG Matt Slauson form the left side of a strong Chicago offensive line.
Zach Sudfeld TE NYJ 2 Days
Second-year TE Zach Sudfeld has been getting some first-team reps in Jets camp.
Sudfeld was overly hyped last summer. But he's a plus athlete at 6'7/253. "He's studying like nobody's business," said coach Rex Ryan. Sudfeld has a relatively clear path to playing time if he takes the next step in his development. Jeff Cumberland is a lumbering big-bodied tight end, while rookie Jace Amaro's first-year camp reviews have been anything but positive. Sudfeld deserves some attention in deep Dynasty leagues and could emerge on the re-draft map.