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396-PAGE PRE-SEASON DRAFT GUIDE VERSION II RELEASED!

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-- 2014 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED! --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Super Bowl, Drafter's Edge, and Executive Draft Master premium package subscribers take note. With the release on our UPDATED 2014 Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets to include IDPs, we add the 4th of many UPDATES of the Enhanced 2014 Executive Draft Master! This Excel App takes drafting to the next level with Customizable Cheatsheets and Updated Projections from the Definitive Fantasy Football Information Service, as well as Auction Values that adjust ON THE FLY as you draft! This year's software includes an overall STANDINGS SHEET for all teams that drafted along with a TOP PLAYERS LIST regardless of position! In addition, it includes Decimal Options (applicable for Auction Drafts) - 0, 1 or 2 decimals for those of you who play in leagues that require auction values less than $1. Patrons can ORDER our Enhanced 2014 Executive Draft Master for just $12.95. Best of all, it comes FREE with a Super Bowl Package purchase!


-- Andre Johnson Reports on Time for Training Camp --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Houston Chronicle reports Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to training camp on time this morning. With Johnson reporting and participating in start of two-a-days Saturday, missing the offseason program is no big deal. He'll learn fast. Sources say owner Bob McNair played a key role in getting Johnson to end his holdout and report to the Texans today. Sources say last Friday Johnson met with McNair, new HC Bill O'Brien and GM Rick Smith.


-- Free 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview UPDATED! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Pre-Season Draft Guide Version II Released! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Premium Subscribers Take Note. Version II of our 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide has been released! This version of the guide is 396 pages and is jam-packed with fantasy articles (6 new ones), drafting strategies, and fantasy analysis for both new fantasy players and hardcore fantasy football veterans. This year's guide is FFMastermind.com's 18th annual LIVING document. It will not only grow to more than 500 pages, but it will also morph into the ultimate fantasy player's draft guide. We're excited about this release, and so should you! NOW is the time to ORDER it! With fantasy magazines outdated printed in May, our 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide is that much more valuable for fantasy players SERIOUS about winning their league championship!


-- 2014 Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets Updated! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Marshawn Lynch Will Hold Out --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will hold out of training camp until he receives a new contract.


-- Keep Coming Back! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Jack Fields gets to the point why he Keeps Coming Back to be a premium subscriber after trying out other services. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Jack has to say!


-- Sources: Ray Rice Suspended Two Games --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice for the first two games this season, according to sources. The suspension is expected to be announced today.


-- Source: Jamaal Charles Gets New Deal; Heading to Training Camp Now --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports RB Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a new contract, a source says. He’s heading to training camp now. ESPN's Adam Schefter adds the Chiefs are giving Charles a two-year extension that makes him the second-highest paid tailback in league and ties him to the Chiefs for four seasons. NFL.com adds there is $18 million in new money, a source says, including an extra $5 million over the next two years.


-- Sidney Rice Retires --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NBC Sports report Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has chosen to retire from the NFL at age 27 today, but he said he wants to make sure Seattle knows he’s not going anywhere. “After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,” Rice said in a statement released by the team. “I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl. I’ll be joining the 12s in support of the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the challenge to repeat. I appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and look forward to establishing myself as a businessman. I will always be a Seahawk!” Rice has invested his money back into his market, as he opened the first of five chicken-wing restaurants in June.


-- 2014 Fantasy First Thoughts: AFC/NFC South --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek returns this week with his fantasy football First Thoughts on the AFC/NFC South. This is the third article in a series of four offering his First Thoughts. Which teams improved and where did they improve? More importantly, which teams took a step back and where should fantasy owners think twice about drafting later this summer? Tune in to find out!


-- PASS Debuts & Teams with FFMastermind.com! --
Thu Feb 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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396-PAGE PRE-SEASON DRAFT GUIDE VERSION II RELEASED!

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-- Gronk Won't Change --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

-- Eric Pinkins OUT 4-6 Weeks --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Everett Herald reports Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said rookie DB Eric Pinkins has a Lisfranc injury, and is OUT 4-6 weeks.

-- Seahawks Not Inclined to Give Marshawn Lynch a New Deal --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports Seahawks GM John Schneider, in an appearance on ESPN 710 Seattle radio this morning said RB Marshawn Lynch has “made a decision not to be here” as training camp starts today. And while he said he would not talk specifics about Lynch’s issues with his contract, Schneider’s comments seemed to confirm what has been reported here and elsewhere, that the team isn’t real interested in giving Lynch a new deal. Schneider noted that the team has had a financial plan in place “for several years” and that it was “just two years ago Marshawn was one of our first guys we were able to reward in terms of this plan going forward.” Schneider further noted that the team has to make “tough decisions” every year and referred to many of the players the team had to let go during the off-season to create the cap space to reward others. “There is a specific plan in place here and it’s my responsibility to (owner Paul Allen) and the fans to try to provide a consistent championship-caliber football team, one that the fans feel we have a shot every year,” Schneider said.

-- Vikings Make Player Moves --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed WR Andy Cruse and WR Ty Walker. The team also waived OT Matt Hall and WR Josh Cooper.

-- Shonn Greene Cleared to Practice --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tennessee Titans RB Shonn Greene (knee scope) has been cleared to practice in training camp.

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Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Ballard Injured; T-Rich Sits; Bradshaw Gets First Unit Reps --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Star reports Colts RB Vick Ballard is down with a left ankle sprain. After spraining it, he wasn't able to put any weight on it. Meanwhile, RB Trent Richardson (knee) is being held out as a precaution, so RB Ahmad Bradshaw is getting first unit reps in practice on Friday.

-- Chris Johnson Shows Off Speed; Jets Moving Him All Over the Field --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Post report the Jets offense looked a whole lot faster Thursday as speedy RB Chris Johnson practiced fully with the team for the first time. Johnson had been sidelined this spring after undergoing surgery on his right knee following last season. The Jets signed Johnson in April to a two-year, $8 million contract, hoping he could give their offense a new dimension. The 28-year-old looked to be at full strength Thursday and he practiced without any restrictions. “I felt good,” Johnson said. “I felt no pain or anything like that.” The most interesting part of Johnson’s day was how the Jets utilized him. They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide receiver quite a few times, perhaps showing one of their plans for him. “Having that kind of game-breaker out of the backfield certainly will get your attention,” HC Rex Ryan said. “The kid at Buffalo, [C.J.] Spiller, is one of those guys that has that kind of speed. Chris, obviously, your antenna is up every time he comes out of that backfield. If he motions out, the DBs know, like wait a second, here’s a 4.2. You’ll approach him differently than you would most halfbacks.”

-- Johnny Manziel's Antics Alarmed Browns --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports the Browns have been 'alarmed' by some of QB Johnny Manziel's antics since the draft -- especially a photo of him rolling up a $20 bill in the bathroom of a bar, and some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp, sources have said. After the suspicious photo of Manziel tightly rolling up the bill surfaced on July 7, Browns HC Mike Pettine called Manziel from his vacation in Hawaii and addressed it, he told cleveland.com on Monday. The conversation was 'positive' but he also planned to talk to Manziel face-to-face when he arrived for the rookie portion of camp on Wednesday. Tightly-rolled bills are typically used to snort cocaine, and the Browns wanted some answers.

-- Rolando McClain Found Guilty, But... --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain was found guilty Friday of two misdemeanor charges from a 2013 incident in his hometown, and was sentenced to 18 days in jail. McClain’s lawyer’s filed an immediate appeal to get to a jury trial, which will allow McClain to return to Cowboys training camp. The charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest came after he allegedly yelled “F— the police” in a crowded park in Decatur. There was apparently tape of that being said, but whether it was clearly McClain is in some dispute, according to his lawyer. Police video did show McClain telling officers: “You can’t expect to be arrested 3 times in 3 years and play in NFL.”

-- Chris Ivory Returns to Practice Friday --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Post reports Jets RB Chris Ivory (hamstring) returned to practice on Friday after missing some time with a hamstring injury yesterday.

-- Vikings Place Three on PUP List --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have placed TE Chase Ford, CB Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring), and S Andrew Sendejo on the active PUP list.

-- Bishop Sankey's Role Undetermined --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tennessee Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt said the team is still in the process of determining the role of rookie RB Bishop Sankey in their offense.

-- Falcons Release Darius Johnson --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons have waived WR Darius Johnson.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Barry P. shares his thoughts on why our premium services are a real Magic Act. Patrons eyeing a subscription should check out what Barry has to say!

-- Keelan Johnson Excused --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Philadelphia Eagles have excused S Keelan Johnson “for an undetermined amount of time as he tends to matters related to his arrest in Arizona last weekend.” Johnson met with HC Chip Kelly, and is still on the roster, and the team’s not saying anything else.

-- Derrick Shelby Limited Friday --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports Dolphins DE Derrick Shelby underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason. He's fine, although he was limited on Friday.

-- Greg Orton Injured --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Globe reports Patriots WR Greg Orton suffered what appears to be a significant leg injury on a non-contact play on Friday. He was carted off the field.

-- Cecil Shorts Tweaks Hamstring --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts has been pulled from practice on Friday because of hamstring tightness.

-- Ravens IR Aaron Ross --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have placed CB Aaron Ross on Injured Reserve after tearing his Achilles. He is lost for the season.

-- Kenny Stills Pulls Up Lame --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints WR Kenny Stills pulled up on deep route and clutched at the back of one of his legs in practice this morning. He is leaving the field with a trainer.

-- Ravens Sign Will Hill --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have signed free-agent S Will Hill. Hill was suspended six games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, after previously being suspended for both the PED and substance abuse policies.

-- Big Ben Contract Watch --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II said that he spoke with QB Ben Roethlisberger before the team announced the extension for C Maurkice Pouncey to be sure that the quarterback knew where the team stood in regard to continuing a relationship that has netted the team a pair of Super Bowl victories. “And so I talked to Ben, and then we talked with his agent Ryan Tollner about where we are and the fact we intend on addressing Ben’s contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014,” Rooney said, via the team’s website. “I think Ben understands that’s our intention and the way we’d like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation.”

-- 2014 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED! --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Super Bowl, Drafter's Edge, and Executive Draft Master premium package subscribers take note. With the release on our UPDATED 2014 Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets to include IDPs, we add the 4th of many UPDATES of the Enhanced 2014 Executive Draft Master! This Excel App takes drafting to the next level with Customizable Cheatsheets and Updated Projections from the Definitive Fantasy Football Information Service, as well as Auction Values that adjust ON THE FLY as you draft! This year's software includes an overall STANDINGS SHEET for all teams that drafted along with a TOP PLAYERS LIST regardless of position! In addition, it includes Decimal Options (applicable for Auction Drafts) - 0, 1 or 2 decimals for those of you who play in leagues that require auction values less than $1. Patrons can ORDER our Enhanced 2014 Executive Draft Master for just $12.95. Best of all, it comes FREE with a Super Bowl Package purchase!

-- Andre Johnson Told of Team Plan, Which Includes Him --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson received an “understanding of where the Texans are going and of his own future and security,” a source says of his meeting with team brass. The hint is that he’ll be there in 2015.

-- RGIII Shaking Off the Rust --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is throwing better in practice on Friday. He missed some throws, but he's not missing the way he was on Thursday.

-- Jimmy Graham in Fantastic Shape --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New Orleans Saints HC Sean Payton said TE Jimmy Graham had the “low time” in the team’s pre-camp conditioning test. “That was significant. I told him to stay in Miami every offseason,” Payton said, via ESPN.com. “I mean, it was outstanding.”

-- Cowboys Will Run More in 2014 --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys plan to run more in 2014. “We will be running the ball more,” Cowboys VP and COO Stephen Jones said Thursday, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think our offensive line is better than it was last year and I think we ran the ball pretty well last year. I think we’ll run it better this year and I think there will be a bigger commitment to running it.”

-- Sam Bradford is a Full-Go --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford (torn ACL) is coming off a torn ACL, but HC Jeff Fisher said Thursday that there wouldn’t be any limits on the quarterback during practice. “Sam is in great shape,” Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He’s ready to go. We don’t have [reservations] — right now as we speak, as camp starts — he’s full-go. If we need to back him down here and there, we’ll back him down.”

-- Kroy Biermann to be Limited --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Atlanta Falcons DE/LB Kroy Biermann (Achilles) will be limited at the start of training camp.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Frank Kendelson shares his thoughts on why Working Doubletime was a key factor for his fantasy title in 2011. Patrons considering a subscription should check out Frank's comments!

-- Andre Johnson Reports on Time for Training Camp --
Fri Jul 25, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Houston Chronicle reports Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to training camp on time this morning. With Johnson reporting and participating in start of two-a-days Saturday, missing the offseason program is no big deal. He'll learn fast. Sources say owner Bob McNair played a key role in getting Johnson to end his holdout and report to the Texans today. Sources say last Friday Johnson met with McNair, new HC Bill O'Brien and GM Rick Smith.

-- Cowboys Not Close to Extending Dez Bryant --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for WR Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp. Bryant believes he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season. "It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant said after the Cowboys' first practice of camp Thursday. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."

-- Tyler Eifert Healthy --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert's shoulder injury was fully healed.

-- Gronk Watch --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) participated in individual drills, but not in any of the 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. Gronkowski had a brace over the knee, and is still wearing a protective cover over his previously injured left forearm. He didn't seem reluctant running, cutting and planting, and at the end of practice spent some extra time on the field catching passes from quarterback Tom Brady. At the same time, it's clear that this is going to be a gradual process in bringing Gronkowski along.

-- Steelers Make Player Moves --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed undrafted rookie CB Lew Toler and waived veteran LB Kion Wilson.

-- Marshawn Lynch & Seahawks Talking Deal for Months, But... --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports RB Marshawn Lynch wants a new deal from the Seattle Seahawks. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s a “zero percent chance” he’ll show up for the start of training camp without a contract that replaces the final two seasons of his four-year, $30 million contract. Talks have been occurring on and off, according to the source, for four months. The Seahawks have resisted due to concerns that giving a player a new contract with two years left on his current agreement would set a bad precedent.

-- Seahawks Sign Two --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent WR David Gilreath to a one-year contract. The team also signed OG C.J. Davis.

-- Free 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide Preview UPDATED! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Johnny Manziel a Package Player? --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Cleveland Browns HC Mike Pettine said he will consider using rookie QB Johnny Manziel as a package player in 2014.

-- Pre-Season Draft Guide Version II Released! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football Premium Subscribers Take Note. Version II of our 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide has been released! This version of the guide is 396 pages and is jam-packed with fantasy articles (6 new ones), drafting strategies, and fantasy analysis for both new fantasy players and hardcore fantasy football veterans. This year's guide is FFMastermind.com's 18th annual LIVING document. It will not only grow to more than 500 pages, but it will also morph into the ultimate fantasy player's draft guide. We're excited about this release, and so should you! NOW is the time to ORDER it! With fantasy magazines outdated printed in May, our 2014 Pre-Season Draft Guide is that much more valuable for fantasy players SERIOUS about winning their league championship!

-- 2014 Masters List Customizeable Cheatsheets Updated! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Joe Morgan a Go for Training Camp --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Advocate reports Saints HC Sean Payton said WR Joe Morgan (torn ACL) is "a go" for training camp.

-- Josh Gordon Checks into Rehab --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab following his recent DUI arrest. He is still expected to report to training camp tomorrow.

-- Andy Levitre OUT Two Weeks After Appendectomy --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tennessee Titans OG Andy Levitre underwent an appendectomy on Thursday, and will be out of action for two weeks.

-- Marshawn Lynch Will Hold Out --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will hold out of training camp until he receives a new contract.

-- Antonio Gates Loses Sister to Lupus --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates missed much of the team’s offseason program while dealing with a family situation that unfortunately had a sad ending. Gates’ sister Pamela died at the age of 22 on Wednesday after a long battle with lupus. Gates also flew home after games last season to spend time with his sister, but was with the Chargers at practice on Thursday. Gates explained that he enjoyed being back on the field with his teammates while dealing with what he called the toughest thing he’s faced in his life. “It puts me at ease, with all the things I’ve had to deal with from my family’s standpoint and a personal standpoint,” Gates said, via ESPN.com. “This is where I’m comfortable at — competing and doing the things I’m accustomed to doing playing football. And it takes a lot off of your mind.”

-- Bengals Make Player Moves --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Bengals have claimed WR Connor Vernon off waivers from the Browns. The team also waived P T.J. Conley.

-- Bills Activate Two --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills have activated DT Marcell Dareus from the active PUP list. The team also activated DT Alan Branch from the active NFI list.

-- Dolphins Place Two on the PUP List --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Miami Dolphins have placed RB Knowshon Moreno (knee scope) and C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) on the active PUP list.

-- Play to Win $300,000 in the 2014 FFPC Main Event! --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Lions Not Optimistic About Extending Ndamukong Suh --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the Detroit Lions are not optimistic about re-signing DT Ndamukong Suh to a new contract. He enters training camp counting $22,412,500 against the salary cap.

-- Jamaal Charles Gets No Guarantee Beyond 2014 --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports according to a league source, only the first year of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' deal is guaranteed, which it would have been as of week #1 of the regular season anyway. The total amount is $8.3 million, a dramatic increase in the $3.9 million Charles was due to earn in 2014. Nothing beyond 2014 is guaranteed. So if the Chiefs were to cut Charles after this season, he’d hit the market with $8.3 million in his pocket from the upcoming season.

-- Raiders Release Kevin Burnett; Place D.J. Hayden on PUP List --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Oakland Raiders have released veteran LB Kevin Burnett. In addition, they placed CB D.J. Hayden (foot surgery) on the active PUP list.

-- JPP Says He's 110% --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is entering the final year of his contract and what was once assumed to be a big extension is less certain after Pierre-Paul’s poor 2013. The defensive end says he’s “110 percent” now, though, and expects to remain with the team. “I’m not gonna lie,” Pierre-Paul said, via the New York Post. “Seeing Tuck gone, it’s on my mind a little bit. I think I’m going to be here next year. Honest. Because I know how I play and I know what kind of game I bring.”

-- Browns Sign Edgar Jones --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent DE Edgar Jones.

-- Jordy Nelson Wants $10M+ Per Season in a New Deal --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports a source familiar with the negotiations said WR Jordy Nelson wants a deal worth at least $10 million per season from the Green Bay Packers. That would be a major increase from his current contract, which averages $4.2 million per season and ranks 34th among all NFL receivers. WR Roddy White was due to make $5 million this season. Nelson's 2014 pay is scheduled to be $3.5 million as part of the three-year, $12.6 million contract extension he signed on Sept. 29, 2011. That contract turned out to be a bargain for the Packers, but Nelson ended up leaving money on the table. "When I signed it, I don't think I did," Nelson said earlier this offseason. "I think everyone, when I signed, thought it was a good deal. No one would have known I'd have 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns [in 2011]. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20 but, again, I'm not worried about that at all. I've been comfortable with my decision."

-- Chase Ford to Miss All of Training Camp After... --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings TE Chase Ford recently underwent surgery on his left foot. He will miss all of training camp.

-- Matt Cassel is Current Vikings Starter --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said today that QB Matt Cassel is the team's starting quarterback heading into training camp.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Titans Sign First-Rounder Taylor Lewan --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Tennessee Titans have signed first-round draft pick OL Taylor Lewan to a four-year deal worth roughly $11.5 million. The contract, which is fully guaranteed, includes a signing bonus of roughly $6.7 million. That means all rookies have been signed.

-- Carl Nicks Excused --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith said OG Carl Nicks was excused for the day because of personal reasons. “It’s part of life. Things come up,” Smith said.

-- Browns Activate Terrance West --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Browns have activated rookie RB Terrance West from the non-football injury list.

-- Chris Ivory Dinged --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets RB Chris Ivory has "a little bit of a hamstring, but he's fine," according to HC Rex Ryan. He did not participate in team drills on Thursday.

-- Panthers Injury Update - Cam Newton Fully Cleared; Jonathan Stewart OUT 1-2 Weeks with a Pulled Hamstring --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) has been fully cleared for training camp. Meanwhile, RB Jonathan Stewart pulled a hamstring a week and a half ago, but will remain on the active roster. Stewart should be back 1-2 weeks. OG Edmund Kugbila will undergo back surgery on August 8th and is out for the season.

-- Gronk Limited Thursday --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Boston Globe reports Patriots Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) is doing individual drills, but is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills on Thursday.

-- Aaron Ross Lost for Season After Achilles Tear --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports Ravens CB Aaron Ross tore his Achilles' tendon during a conditioning test. He is lost for the season.

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-- Justin Houston Reports to Training Camp on Time --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs LB Justin Houston, whom wants a new contract, has reported to training camp on time.

-- Cowboys Place Two on PUP List; One on NFI List --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have placed OG Ron Leary and DE Anthony Spencer on the active physically unable to perform list to start training camp. The team also placed DT Amobi Okoye (illness) on the active NFI list.

-- Tony Romo to Practice Fully --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back surgery) is expected to be a full participant in practice as training camp starts.

-- Lions Place Three on PUP List --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports the Lions have placed WR Golden Tate, WR T.J Jones, and DE Ziggy Ansah on the active PP list.

-- Evan Mathis Reports to Training Camp on Time --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis, whom wants a new contract, has reported to training camp on time.

-- Gruden: RGIII Designed Runs Few & Far Between, But... --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Washington Redskins HC Jay Gruden says QB Robert Griffin III's designed runs might be "few and far between" this season. The new 'Skins coach made it clear, however, that RGIII will have the green light to scramble as often as the situation dictates. "As far as him running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden explained. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs, obviously it would be stupid not to. I feel good where he's at. He made some serious strides just in the spring working in the pocket and delivering throws and pulling it down and running when he had to run. That comes naturally but also comes with a lot of reps and playing the position."

-- Demaryius Thomas Excused from First Four Days of Training Camp --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas will be absent from the first four days of training camp so he can attend to the funeral services of the grandmother who helped raise him in Georgia. Thomas attended the Broncos’ camp-opening team meeting Wednesday evening.

-- Josh McCown Begins Training Camp as Starter --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports Buccaneers QB Josh McCown enters training camp entrenched as the team's starting quarterback.

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Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Antonio Gates Reports on Time to Training Camp --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Chargers TE Antonio Gates reported to training camp Wednesday. Excused from spring workouts in light of family circumstances, he'll have the chance to discuss the situation to whatever degree he is comfortable — including, of course, not at all, on Thursday at the team's first practice of training camp. Gates will continue to be heavily involved in the offense this year. In 2013, he and TE Ladarius Green increasingly shared a field as the season progressed. Those multiple-tight end formations are expected to continue in what will be Green's third NFL year.

-- Justin Blackmon Arrested on Pot Charge --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports suspended indefinitely Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested for possession of marijuana Wednesday night in Edmond, Oklahoma.

-- Sources: Ray Rice Suspended Two Games --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice for the first two games this season, according to sources. The suspension is expected to be announced today.

-- Falcons Extend Roddy White --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports with training camp about to begin, the Atlanta Falcons are giving WR Roddy White a four-year extension that ties him to Atlanta for the next five seasons. White's new four-year deal with Atlanta is worth up to $30 million, including $18 million the next two seasons, according to a source.

-- Josh Gordon's Suspension Appeal Hearing Set for August 1st --
Thu Jul 24, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is scheduled to meet in New York City with NFL officials regarding the one-year suspension he faces on Friday, August 1st, according to league source.

-- Jamaal Charles Contract Details --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles signed a new contract that will pay him, per a league source, $28 million over four years. “Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League,” Chiefs GM John Dorsey said in announcing the deal. “It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term.” Multiple reports have characterized Charles as moving to No. 2 on the running back compensation list, behind only Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. The truth, according to one source, is that Charles has finagled the second highest new-money average, with the two extra years adding another $18.1 million to the existing two-year deal. That’s a new-money average of $9.05 million.

-- Browns List Six on NFI List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Browns have placed rookie RB Terrance West, DE Billy Winn, LB Tank Carder, OT Chris Faulk, DT Jacobbi McDaniel and OG Jeremiah Warren on the non-football injury list. West, a third-round pick, took to Twitter to shoot down the notion he is injured. “I’m healthy, ready to go,” West tweeted. “(NO WORRIES) #dawgpound.”

-- Browns Make Player Moves --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Browns have claimed undrafted rookie OT Abasi Salimu off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. They also waived DB Royce Adams, LB Brandon Magee and WR Conner Vernon.

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-- Vikings Make Player Moves --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have waived DE Spencer Nealy and signed TE Michael Higgins.

-- Kyle Orton Not Retiring --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones said that QB Kyle Orton doesn't want to retire and wants to play this year. Orton was going to report to camp, forcing the Cowboys' hand, which led to his release. Jones said the Cowboys also released Orton to save cap room and use that money on other players. Orton was scheduled to make $3 million.

-- Chris Johnson Medically Cleared --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) has been medically cleared for the start of training camp.

-- Panthers Sign One --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers have signed free-agent C Fernando Velasco.

-- Bengals Place Jermaine Gresham on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals have placed TE Jermaine Gresham (back) on the active PUP list.

-- Chargers Release Jonas Mouton. --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have waived LB Jonas Mouton.

-- Chargers Place Jeromey Clary on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have placed OL Jeromey Clary (shoulder/hip surgery) on the active PUP list.

-- Source: Jamaal Charles Gets New Deal; Heading to Training Camp Now --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bears Place Chris Conte on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have placed FS Chris Conte (shoulder) on the active PUP list.

-- 49ers Place Navorro Bowman on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have placed LB Navorro Bowman (knee) on the active PUP list.

-- Cardinals Make Player Moves --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Arizona Cardinals aren’t sure whether or not S Tyrann Mathieu (torn ACL) will be healed from torn ligaments in his knee in time to play in the team’s first regular season game, so it comes as little surprise to learn that he won’t be practicing with the team early in training camp. Mathieu was one of two Cardinals placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on Thursday, which means he’ll be held out of the team’s practices until the medical team feels he’s ready to take on a bigger workload. The procedural move can be undone at any point during camp, but Mathieu’s questionable status for Week One could lead the team to leave him on the list for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. Mathieu will be joined on the PUP list by DT Alameda Ta’amu. Ta’amu is also recovering from a torn ACL that was suffered in Week 17 last season and said in the spring that he hopes to return to action before the end of camp. The Cardinals also waived WR Kelsey Pope as they set their roster for the start of camp.

-- Sidney Rice Retires --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NBC Sports report Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice has chosen to retire from the NFL at age 27 today, but he said he wants to make sure Seattle knows he’s not going anywhere. “After careful consideration and seven wonderful years playing in the National Football League, including the last three for the Seattle Seahawks, I have decided to retire from playing in the National Football League,” Rice said in a statement released by the team. “I have enjoyed my experiences with all of my coaches, teammates and passionate Seahawks fans. I take great pride in knowing I was one of the players signed to help build the foundation of the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl. I’ll be joining the 12s in support of the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the challenge to repeat. I appreciate all of the wonderful opportunities and look forward to establishing myself as a businessman. I will always be a Seahawk!” Rice has invested his money back into his market, as he opened the first of five chicken-wing restaurants in June.

-- Broncos Place Chris Harris on PUP List; Von Miller to be Limited --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos have placed CB Chris Harris (knee) on the active PUP list. Meanwhile, LB Von Miller (knee) has been cleared for limited work in training camp.

-- Chiefs Sign Ryan Harris --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent OT Ryan Harris.

-- Bears Work Out Two --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Chicago Tribune reports free-agents TE Travis Beckum and OG Thomas Austin worked out for the Bears on Wednesday.

-- Lane Johnson Officially Suspended Four Games --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson has been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Johnson blamed the suspension, which had previously been reported but only today officially announced, on a medication that he says he took without realizing it was on the list of banned substances. He did not name the medication. “In April while training, I mistakenly and foolishly put a prescribed medication in my body to help with a medical issue. I mistakenly failed to clear it with Eagles trainers and check the NFL list of banned substances. I am extremely sorry for this mistake and I will learn from it and be smarter in the future,” Johnson said. “This will be very hard on me to not be battling with my teammates for four games – but I will be ready and better than ever when I return.”

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-- Fred Davis a Wanted Man by Police --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington D.C. police are seeking free-agent TE Fred Davis in connection with a domestic violence allegation. According to a statement from police obtained by PFT, the alleged simple assault occurred early on the morning of June 2 in Washington. Police released a statement on the allegation Wednesday in the hopes of locating Davis, who has a residence in Leesburg, Virginia, according to authorities.

-- Daniel Fells Getting Work as a Starter --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Giants official website reports TE Daniel Fells has been working as the Giants' starting tight end through the first two days of training camp.

-- Texans Sign Tyson Clabo --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have signed free-agent OT Tyson Clabo to a two-year contract.

-- Alex Boone Will Hold Out --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone will hold out and not report for training camp today. He is looking for a raise on a deal that he has outplayed, which still has two years remaining on it.

-- Odell Beckham Tweaks Hamstring Tuesday --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Giants GM Jerry Reese said today that rookie WR Odell Beckham "tweaked" his hamstring during yesterday's practice.

-- Jets List Two on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Jets have placed OG Willie Colon (knee/biceps) and LB Antwan Barnes (torn ACL) on the active PUP list.

-- Redskins Place Two on PUP List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNWashington.com reports the Redskins have placed DE Jason Hatcher (knee) and DE Stephen Bowen (knee) on the active PP list.

-- Browns Sign First-Rounder Justin Gilbert --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have signed first-round draft pick CB Justin Gilbert to a four-year contract.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- David Wilson Looks Great Taking Second Unit Reps --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Giants official website reports Giants RB David Wilson (neck surgery), who was cleared on Monday for full participation in camp after undergoing a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck in January, took reps with the second-team offense. He was making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field.

-- Mike Pouncey Likely to Miss First Half of Season --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports when Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip surgery) went in for surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip, the best-case scenario for getting him back on the field was three months. In other words, he was likely to miss all the games in September. Well, a source familiar with the center's surgery and recovery says it's more likely he will miss four months (from the time of surgery June 23). That would carry the rehab process through September and into late October. "Eight weeks is probably what we're looking at," the source said today. The Dolphins have a bye the weekend of October 4-5 so the regular-seasons' first eight weeks will cover seven games.

-- Vernon Davis Reports on Time to Training Camp --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports TE Vernon Davis has reported to San Francisco 49ers training camp on time.

-- Jets to Sign Jason Babin --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports free-agent DE Jason Babin has agreed to a two-year deal with the New York Jets.

-- Bernard Pierce Cleared to Practice --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Baltimore Ravens RB Bernard Pierce (shoulder) has been cleared by doctors. He will not being placed on the active PUP list.

-- Two Jaguars Rookies Relatively Healthy --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee suffered an ankle injury and WR Allen Robinson hurt his hamstring, which led to both rookies being limited participants during the team’s offseason work. Robinson said that he’s been cleared to practice when training camp gets underway on Friday and Lee says he’s healthy as well, although it doesn’t sound like he’ll be going full speed right away. “Everything’s good,” Lee said, via the team’s website. “I’m pretty much cleared. They still want me to take it slow as far as right now. During camp, that’s when I pick it up. We’ve got a while before we actually put on pads, so by that time pads come on, I should be OK.”

-- Chiefs Sign Josh Mauga --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent LB Josh Mauga.

-- Jets Host Jason Babin --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent DE Jason Babin visited with the New York Jets on Monday.

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Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bills Place Alan Branch on NFI List --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills DT Alan Branch failed his conditioning test and has been placed on the NFI list.

-- Reggie Wayne Passes Physical --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Colts official website reports Colts WR Reggie Wayne (torn ACL) has reported to training camp and says he passed his physical.

-- Jamaal Charles Won't Report Today Unless... --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports barring a contract breakthrough, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report for training camp today. He believes he’s outplayed his current deal.

-- Vick Ballard Passes Physical --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard (torn ACL) just reported to training camp and says he passed his physical.

-- Gronk Cleared to Practice --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors. He will not being placed on the active PUP list.

-- Pat Bowlen Gives Up Control of Broncos to Fight Alzheimer's Disease --
Wed Jul 23, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Pat Bowlen, one of the most iconic owners in NFL history who helped guide the Broncos to six Super Bowl appearances and two world championships in his 30 years as owner, is relinquishing control of the team as he acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease. Team president Joe Ellis will assume control of the Broncos as Bowlen focuses on his health. "It's a really, really sad day," Ellis said. "It's sad for his family, his wife and his seven children. It's sad for everyone in the organization. And it's sad for all the Bronco fans who know what Pat Bowlen meant to them as an owner. It's a day nobody wanted to see happen." Bowlen, 70, has placed his Broncos' ownership in the Pat Bowlen Trust that is controlled by non-family members. Final-say authority with the team is held by Ellis.

-- Chris Culliver Cleared to Practice --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports 49ers CB Chris Culliver (torn ACL) has been cleared to take part in 49ers practices this week as training camp opens. Culliver reported to camp on Friday when veteran players rehabbing from injuries were allowed to report. The 49ers did not place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list, which indicates he has been cleared for on-field work.

-- Henry Melton Expected to be Cleared --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys DT Henry Melton (torn ACL) is expected to be cleared for the start of training camp.

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-- Andre Johnson's Agent Talking to Texans --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports WR Andre Johnson's agent has been in contact with the Texans in recent days.

-- Source: Jamaal Charles Will Hold Out for More Money --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football KCTV reports Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles won't be showing up Wednesday for training camp in St. Joseph until the team ponies up more money. Charles is the Chiefs top offensive star, but 10 other NFL running backs have a higher base salary. He wants more money and is prepared to hold out as long as it takes, a source tells KCTV5. Charles is nearing the end of a six-year, nearly $28 million contract. He makes about $9 million per season less than Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson who has a seven-year, $96 million deal. Detroit RB Reggie Bush and Baltimore RB Ray Rice also make more than Charles. Charles signed his current deal in 2010. His base salary is this year is $2.65 million. The contract expires after the 2015 season. ESPN reports that the Chiefs have discussed a new contract with Charles. The Chiefs said they expect Charles to show up on Wednesday when veterans report. The first practice is Thursday.

-- Ace Sanders Facing Four-Game Suspension; Taking Leave of Absence --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports Jaguars WR Ace Sanders is taking a leave of absence from football and is also facing a four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL’s substance abuse program. “I’ve decided to go seek help and get that attention,” he said. “I should be fine.” Sanders said, “I’ve made some mistakes that I could have handled a little differently.” Sanders, about to enter this second NFL season, will be eligible to make his debut Oct. 5 against Pittsburgh.

-- Falcons to List Two, But... --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Falcons S Zeke Motta and DT Corey Peters will open training camp on the active PUP list. WR Julio Jones (foot) will open camp on time, but will be limited.

-- Chargers Extend Danny Woodhead --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the San Diego Chargers have announced a two-year contract extension for RB Danny Woodhead. He was entering the final year of his deal in 2014. Thus, the new deal adds 2015 & 2016.

-- Buccaneers Release D.J. Moore --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released CB D.J. Moore.

-- X-Rays Negative on Jameel McClain --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Ledger reports X-Rays taken on Giants LB Jameel McClain's injured foot this afternoon were negative, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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-- Rolando McClain's Trial to Begin Friday --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain's trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct will begin Friday in Decatur, Alabama.

-- Jaguars List Three --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have placed WR Ace Sanders on the non-football injury list, a source says. In addition, CB Alan Ball and LB Dekoda Watson have been placed on the active PUP list.

-- Saints Make Player Moves --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have added two undrafted rookies who had previous short stints with other NFL clubs, signing LB Marcus Thompson (ex-Dolphins) and NT Tyrone Ezell. The team also waived/injured LB Cheta Ozougwu and undrafted rookie NT Moses McCray.

-- Falcons Sign Two --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The National Football Post reports the Atlanta Falcons have signed free-agent LB Pat Angerer and WR Jeremy Ebert.

-- Texans Make Player Moves --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans have waived FB Brad Smelley and DL Tim Jackson. The Texans also signed rookie TE Chris Coyle.

-- Bills Sign One --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills have signed free-agent LB Xavius Boyd.

-- Jameel McClain Carted Off Field --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New York Giants LB Jameel McClain was carted off during practice on Tuesday. His left shoe was off when he was taken back. HC Tom Coughlin said McClain was feeling something "around one of the metatarsals" but is hoping it's "just a matter of a sore foot."

-- Broncos Release Joel Dreesen --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Denver Broncos have released veteran TE Joel Dreesen after a failed physical.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Source: Falcons Work Out Pat Angerer --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports free-agent LB Pat Angerer worked out for the Atlanta Falcons today, according to a source.

-- Bengals Place Mike Pollak on PUP List --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals have placed OL Mike Pollak (knee) on the active PUP list.

-- Chargers Release Larry English; Sign One --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have released LB Larry English and signed C Khalil Wilkes.

-- Andre Johnson Expected to Report to Camp on Time --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football The Houston Chronicle reports unhappy Texans WR Andre Johnson is expected to report to training camp on time.

-- Giants Name David Tyree --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports report the New York Giants have named David Tyree Director of Player Development.

-- T.J. Ward Court Update --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Denver Broncos S T.J. Ward was scheduled for a hearing on assault charges on Tuesday in Denver, but a request from his attorney has led the court to delay the proceedings until August. Ward’s attorney Abraham Hutt asked the court for more time to review evidence he just received and a judge granted the request. Ward is now due back in court on August 4th.

-- D.J. Hayden Heading to PUP List? --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

95.7 FM “The Game” in San Francisco reports Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (leg) continues to recover from a lower leg injury suffered in OTAs and could be placed on the active PUP list to begin training camp.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Carl Nicks Cleared to Play --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Tribune reports Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to play to start training camp.

-- Jo-Lonn Dunbar Claims Self Defense --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar is claiming self-defense in an incident with an NBA player outside a South Beach nightclub. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dunbar was actually only charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and breach of peace, not battery as was mentioned in an earlier report of the incident. According to the police report, Dunbar said he was defending himself, after an altercation with former Sacramento Kings player Donte Greene and Greene’s brother. One of the officers responding to the incident said he was concerned for Dunbar’s safety, and after warning Greene, hit him with a taser for “approximately 6-7 seconds.” That ended the fight, but Greene said Dunbar was assaulting his brother. “I’m sorry, officer, but this guy has been after me for years since I got into the NBA,” Greene said in the report. “He was beating my brother and I had to do what I did.”

-- 49ers WR Battle Watch --
Tue Jul 22, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNBayArea.com reports 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is the front-runner for the No. 3 job, but he will have to clearly win the job due to his scheduled $3.925 million pay for the season. WR Brandon Lloyd had a strong minicamp, but he does not play special teams. If he is not among the 49ers’ top-three wide receivers the 49ers might opt to have a younger player in that role. Rookie WR Quinton Patton and WR Bruce Ellington appear to be locks to make the 53-man roster due to their talent, potential, age and contract status. The big decision will be whether the 49ers will keep five or six receivers on the 53-man roster.

-- Jets Work Out Quentin Groves --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent LB Quentin Groves worked out for the New York Jets on Monday.

-- Browns Starting QB Watch --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports Browns HC Mike Pettine said he'll name a starting quarterback in about one month. “Yeah, it’s definitely still up in the air. It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re going to discuss in that meeting. It’ll be before the third preseason game. I just don’t have a date. I don’t know if I’ll set a date and kind of paint ourselves into a date, but it will be sooner than the third preseason game.”

-- Marcell Dareus Agrees to Enter NFL Substance Abuse Program --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

AP reports Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program in a bid to have felony drug charges in Alabama dismissed, his attorney said on Monday. Rod Giddens wrote in an email that Dareus was allowed to enter the program during a hearing at Calhoun County Court in Alabama earlier in the day. Dareus attended the hearing while being excused from training camp in suburban Rochester.

-- Giants Make Player Moves --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New York Giants have signed free-agent OG John Sullen, a first-year pro from Auburn. Sullen will take the roster spot of the 32-year-old OG Chris Snee, who officially was released with a failed physical designation. The 11th-year guard has hip and elbow injuries. In another roster move Monday, the Giants waived WR Kris Adams from the reserve/physically unable to perform list after he failed a physical. Adams suffered a broken leg last year.

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-- Sammy Watkins Poked in Eye --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Buffalo Bills HC Doug Marrone told reporters that rookie WR Sammy Watkins had been poked in the eye today. It’s one of the risks of football practice, especially when a guy is willing to go over the middle. “He shows that,” Marrone said regarding Watkins’ fearlessness. “He’s made a very good career for himself, in college, being able to go over the middle. That’s always a big test when you get to this level to make sure you can come over the middle. He’s a fearless player and, again, at the same time you have to be smart when you do that.”

-- Marvin Jones Day-to-Day --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle - NFI) is day-to-day due to a tweaking of the ankle that happened at the post-OTA passing camp arranged by QB Andy Dalton. Jones had an issue with the ankle in 2013. It’s a minor injury, and Jones currently is expected to practice this week.

-- Browns Don't Intend to Release Josh Gordon --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Cleveland Browns HC Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal the club doesn’t intend to release WR Josh Gordon, who was arrested on a DWI charge in early July. The 23-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver, under contract for two more seasons, was already facing a potential suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy. “Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what’s best for him,” Pettine said. “We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team. So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”

-- Patriots Make Player Moves --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New England Patriots have signed rookie DL Eathyn Manumaleuna and waived rookie DL Seali’i Epenesa.

-- Patriots List Many --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New England Patriots have placed WR Aaron Dobson (foot), CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Matt Slater, WR Jeremy Gallon and DT Tommy Kelly (torn ACL) on the active PUP list. The team also placed RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner, OT Chris Martin, and DL Dominique Easley (knee) on the NFI list.

-- Saints List One --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints have placed NT John Jenkins (pectoral) on the active PUP list.

-- Texans List Three --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have placed LB Brian Cushing (knee, leg), NT Louis Nix (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams on the active PUP list.

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-- Keelan Johnson Arrested --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

KTAR.com reports Philadelphia Eagles S Keelan Johnson was arrested early Friday morning after an acquaintance was involved a bar fight in downtown Tempe, Ariz., police said. Court documents said Johnson was standing in front of Zuma Grill just after 2 a.m. after an acquaintance was involved in a bar fight. Johnson was allegedly shouting over officers, who were detaining the acquaintance. Johnson was told to step back multiple times and was given a "directional contact" to the chest. Johnson then allegedly shoved an officer. A brief scuffle followed, in which Johnson refused to lower his arms for arrest. Johnson waived his Miranda rights and informed police he shoved the officer because he felt the officer didn't have a right to order him around and physically attempt to move him. Johnson appeared to be intoxicated at the time. He was charged with assaulting a police officer, passively resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

-- Redskins Make Player Moves --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Washington Redskins have signed free-agent TE Mike Caussin. The team also waived LS Kyle Nelson.

-- Eric Hagg Retiring --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Broncos S Eric Hagg has notified the team he plans to retire.

-- Giants Place Jon Beason on PUP List --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports LB Jon Beason (foot) is the only Giant who'll begin training camp on the active Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

-- Texans Release One --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have waived OT Brennan Williams due to a failed physical.

-- Cowboys Sign Dezmon Briscoe --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran free-agent WR Dezmon Briscoe.

-- Charges Against Spencer Ware Dismissed --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports DUI charges against Seahawks FB Spencer Ware have been dismissed.

-- Giants Not Looking for OL Help --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New York Giants are not looking for help in the wake of OG Chris Snee's retirement.

-- Bengals List Many on PUP & NFI --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Cincinnati Bengals have placed DT Geno Atkins (knee), OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), CB Leon Hall (Achilles), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back), and WR Ryan Whalen (hamstring) on the active PUP list. The team also placed WR Marvin Jones (ankle), CB Onterio McCalebb (knee), and QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder) on the NFI list. Jones, who participated in the offseason program, apparently injured the ankle during the down time after OTAs. It’s unclear how long any of the 12 players will be unavailable to practice in advance of the 2014 season.

-- 2014 Fantasy First Thoughts: AFC/NFC South --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Chargers Release One --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have waived OL Nick McDonald.

-- Chris Snee Retires --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants OG Chris Snee has announced his retirement from the NFL.

-- Bengals Sign One --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInisider reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed UDFA DT Lakendrick Ross.

-- Bills Make Player Moves --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills have released WR Ramses Barden and LB Nathan Williams. The team also signed WR Naaman Roosevelt and DT Landon Cohen.

-- Chiefs List Two --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Kansas City Chiefs have placed RB Joe McKnight (knee) and CB Demarcus Van Dyke (hamstring) on the active PUP list.

-- Jairus Byrd Rehab Update --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd's (back surgery) recovery from back surgery has gone as expected, according to a league source. It's unknown if he'll be limited to start training camp.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Marcell Dareus Watch --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (NFI list) will not re-take his conditioning test until Thursday, at the earliest, of this week.

-- Marquise Goodwin Watch --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Buffalo Bills WR Marquise Goodwin left the Bills’ first practice early, but said later it was not injury related. “No I was not hurt the first day of camp,” Goodwin wrote on Twitter. “Sickle Cell and athsma beat me today!“

-- David Wilson Cleared for Everything --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) reports via his Twitter page that he’s been "cleared for everything.” NFL.com adds he underwent an MRI today.

-- Eli Manning Contract Watch --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Post reports Giants QB Eli Manning has not had any contract extension talks with the team, according to owner John Mara. “We haven’t even really discussed that yet,” Mara said. “We’ll discuss that at the appropriate time. Obviously it’s our hope that he finish his career as a Giant.”

-- Chiefs Injury Update --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs QB Aaron Murray (torn ACL) will continue to wear a brace on his knee while taking snaps in practice during training camp. Meanwhile, Chiefs HC Andy Reid said RB Joe McKnight had his knee scoped during the monthlong break between organized team activities and training camp, but is on the verge of being healthy enough to practice this week. “He’s made great progress and wants to be out there and he’s pretty close,” Reid said. “So we’ll see how that all works out.” McKnight, a fourth-year pro, is competing with RB Cyrus Gray to be the No. 3 running back. He is also in the race to be the starting kick returner. He missed the final practice of OTAs due to swelling in the knee. Reid also added that rookie CB David Van Dyke, who missed parts of organized team activities with a hamstring injury, is still recovering. Van Dyke is a converted free safety with athleticism who is probably battling for a spot on the practice squad. “He’s coming back from that,” Reid said. “We are just kind of easing him into this thing, so we are seeing where he’s at right now. He might be a bit of a question mark.”

-- Fisch: Toby Gerhart Will Be Jaguars' Workhorse Back --
Mon Jul 21, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports the Jaguars aren’t predicting a single statistic for new starting RB Toby Gerhart, but when discussing him last week, OC Jedd Fisch didn’t mince his analysis. “Toby will be our workhorse,” Fisch said.

-- Bills Begin Training Camp - Injury Update --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WGR550.com reports with OT Cordy Glenn starting training camp on the Active/Non-Football Illness list, Buffalo Bills seventh-round pick and rookie OT Seantrel Henderson had a humongous opportunity in front of him. Glenn's absense to start camp paved the way for Henderson to take the first-team reps at left tackle as the team opened up at St. John Fisher College. That opportunity only lasted under an hour into the team's first practice of summer, however. As the players were going through positional drills the rookie walked gingerly to the back of the end zone near where they were taking reps and the Bills training staff began a series of tests on him. Just a few minutes later, Henderson was sent back to the locker room and missed the remainder of practice. After the session wrapped up the Bills relayed that Henderson had suffered a hip injury in the early stages of practice. His status for Monday's practice and beyond, however, is unknown to this point in time. After he left the field, former fourth-round selection OT Chris Hairston took first-team reps at left tackle. Speedy WR Marquise Goodwin also had to leave the team's first practice prematurely. Fortunately for the Bills, Goodwin simply had something "medical" that the training staff addressed in the locker room. The team expects him to be back at practice on Monday. Second-year TE Chris Gragg was the only other player to be checked on by the training staff on Sunday night. Gragg suffered a cramp near the end of practice and was held out for what little time was remaining. He's expected to return in time for Monday's practice as well.

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Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Source: Chris Snee Set to Retire --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New York Giants OG Chris Snee, who won two Super Bowls as a member of the team's offensive line, plans to announce his retirement Monday, a source said on Sunday night. Snee is having a hard time with his recovery from offseason elbow surgery, and he has not progressed physically to the point that would allow him to play an 11th NFL season.

-- Marcel Dareus Watch --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Buffalo Bills HC Doug Marrone says that DT Marcel Dareus (NFI list) wasn't able to pass all the conditioning tests.

-- Chris Snee in Limbo --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports New York Giants OG Chris Snee is going to meet with team brass tomorrow to discuss his future. He may choose to retire due to recent injuries.

-- Jon Beason Rehab Update --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

New York Newsday reports Giants LB Jon Beason won't run in tomorrow's team conditioning test, but he said if he had to he could. His toe and foot feel great. "We're hitting all those benchmarks in terms of the prognosis. It's getting better and better every day," Beason said. Is Beason still on pace to be back for the opener on September 8th? "Absolutely. That's the goal." “I feel fine right now. But then again I know that I’m not ready to go full speed and change direction and tackle people.”

-- Jo-Lonn Dunbar Arrested --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CBSMiami reports St. Louis Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar was arrested on Sunday outside of a South Florida night club. Dunbar was arrested early Sunday morning outside of Dream Nightclub in South Beach on charges of battery and disorderly conduct after taking place in a physical altercation outside of the nightclub.

-- Mike Tomlin Takes Nothing for Granted --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports HC Mike Tomlin knows the Pittsburgh Steelers have only hired three coaches in the last 45 years. He also knows that the organization hasn't had three straight non-winning seasons since the stretch from 1969 to 1971. After back-to-back 8-8 campaigns, Tomlin doesn't take anything for granted regarding his future. "I don't assume that," Tomlin told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review when asked about his job security.

-- RGIII: Don't Expect Much Change in Redskins Offense --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III says things aren’t completely different for the Redskins offense heading into 2014. “I think having two years’ experience running an offense, a pro-level offense, West Coast type, this is very similar,” Griffin said, via the Washington Post. “So it’s not been as tough as you might think. But all the concepts translate over. They might be called something different. But the reads are similar. It’s just about the philosophy of the coach. Jay has a little bit different philosophy. We’ll find out what that is on Sundays.” Outside of limiting Griffin as a runner, the Redskins aren’t expected to make big changes to the run game as things worked pretty well with RB Alfred Morris even when the offense struggled elsewhere last season. If Griffin can adapt to his new responsibilities as a passer, the chances of a rebound for the Redskins will look pretty good despite last year’s issues.

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-- John Mara: We're Just Looking Forward to Coughlin Coaching the Next Few Seasons --
Sun Jul 20, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Giants HC Tom Coughlin has a contract that runs through the 2015 season and some people have opined that the two-time Super Bowl winner has earned the right to decide when his run as the team’s coach comes to an end. One of the guys who pays Coughlin’s salary is not one of those people. In an interview with the New York Post, Giants co-owner John Mara said that the furthest thing from his mind right now is making a change involving Coughlin and stressed that he wasn’t on the hot seat while also saying that he didn’t think any coach is guaranteed the right to choose their own departure date. “Does anybody ever earn that right? That’s just not the way this business is in this day and age,” Mara said. “Let’s hope that it goes that way, but we haven’t even had that discussion yet. … We’re just looking forward to the next couple of seasons.”


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