Report: Jamaal Charles planning to hold out
Jamaal Charles | KC
(July 22, 2014 7:09 PM EDT)
CBS Kansas City reports Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp as he seeks a new contract.
The T.V. station reports Charles is "prepared to hold out as long as it takes." CBS Kansas City is not a typical Rotoworld source, but the report certainly has a basis in reality. However, the Kansas City Star reports Charles is planning to report "regardless of whether an extension is in place." Coming off an MVP-caliber season, Charles is dramatically underpaid at $3.65 million between salary and bonuses, and is signed through only 2015. Running-back money has plunged in recent years, but Charles would earn considerably more on the open market. Chiefs camp begins Thursday. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports the sides have had talks.
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Ace Sanders facing four-game ban to start '14
Ace Sanders | JAC
(July 22, 2014 6:51 PM EDT)
NFL suspended Jaguars WR Ace Sanders four games.
Sanders won't appeal the suspension, but expects to miss the majority of training camp as he tends to "personal issues." Without coming out and saying it, Sanders made multiple allusions to substance-abuse issues. "I’ve decided to go seek that help and get that attention," Sanders said. "Counseling, anybody that can give me insight." Already no higher than No. 4 on the depth chart, Sanders has greatly jeopardized his role in the Jaguars' offense. Coming off an uninspiring rookie campaign, Sanders may not have a role when he comes off his ban.
Bolts' Donald Brown ticketed for 'grunt work'
Donald Brown | SD
(July 22, 2014 6:46 PM EDT)
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Donald Brown is ticketed for "grunt work" in San Diego.
The word comes straight from GM Tom Telesco. That is not to say Brown will receive zero touches, but Ryan Mathews will remain the Bolts' primary grinder, with Danny Woodhead monopolizing passing-down looks. Brown will be tasked with picking up blitzes and other dirty work. We wouldn't expect more than 5-6 touches per game.
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Danny Woodhead signs extension through 2016
Danny Woodhead | SD
(July 22, 2014 6:31 PM EDT)
Chargers signed RB Danny Woodhead to a two-year contract extension through 2016.
Financial terms are not yet available, though Woodhead is currently scheduled to make $1.75 million this season. That figures to be bumped up. Heading into his age-29 campaign, Woodhead set new career highs with 76 catches and 106 carries in 2013. He'll remain the Bolts' primary passing-down back this season. Woodhead is an RB2/3 in PPR leagues.
Browns have 'no plans' to release Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon | CLE
(July 22, 2014 6:25 PM EDT)
The Browns have "no plans" to release Josh Gordon, and expect him to participate in training camp while his suspension appeal is heard.
"We're expecting him to report on Friday and be on the field,'' were the words of coach Mike Pettine on Monday. "We have no plans to cut him. I know there's been a lot of debate over that, but I don't see us having that debate." Gordon's appeal is expected to be heard before the end of the month. He's fully expected to earn a 16-game ban.
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Julio Jones (foot) limited for start of camp
Julio Jones | ATL
(July 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT)
Julio Jones will be "limited" for the start of training camp, but has avoided the active/PUP list.
We'd obviously prefer to see Jones at 100 percent from Day 1, but the fact that he's avoided the PUP list is a strong sign the Falcons aren't worried about his health. Jones' preseason reps figure to be strictly managed, but he'll be ready to rock as a top-five receiver for Week 1.
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Falcons DT Peters beginning camp on PUP list
Corey Peters | ATL
(July 22, 2014 6:10 PM EDT)
Falcons placed DT Corey Peters (Achilles') on the active/PUP list.
He'll be joined there by second-year S Zeke Motta (neck). Peters went down last Week 16, so it's far from a guarantee that he'll be ready for the regular season. He's a candidate to sit out training camp and revert to reserve/PUP, which would cost him the first six games.
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Bucs release presumptive slot CB D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore | FA
(July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT)
Bucs released CB D.J. Moore.
It's a surprise in that Moore entered camp as the presumptive starter in the slot, but not a surprise in that Moore spent the majority of 2013 on the street. Danny Gorrer and third-year pro Leonard Johnson will now duke it out at nickel back. Moore is only 27, but it's a poor sign for his NFL future that he's been cut loose by coach Lovie Smith, whom he played for in Chicago from 2010-12.
Rolando McClain missing camp time for trial
Rolando McClain | DAL
(July 22, 2014 6:00 PM EDT)
Cowboys LB Rolando McClain's trial for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct will begin Friday in Decatur, Ala.
McClain's attorney had attempted to have the proceedings delayed so McClain wouldn't have to miss time in training camp, but the judge refused. The case has already been delayed three times. Even with the Cowboys' defense in utter disarray, McClain is a long shot to crack the 53-man roster.
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DeSean Jackson's 2013 was an outlier?
DeSean Jackson | WAS
(July 22, 2014 5:52 PM EDT)
DeSean Jackson averaged 3.85 catches for 67.3 yards and 0.32 touchdowns per game on a 52.2 percent catch rate in five years under Andy Reid.
In one year with Chip Kelly (last season), Jackson's numbers surged to 5.12 catches for 83.2 yards and 0.56 touchdowns on a 65.0 catch rate. He also stayed completely healthy for the first time since 2008. Now out of the Kelly offense again and sharing No. 1 wideout duties with Pierre Garcon, there's reason to think that career-best season was an outlier. Read more in Adam Levitan's ADP Overvalued column, linked below.
ADP First Look: Overvalued