Chargers say Keenan Allen has more speed
Keenan Allen | SD
(August 1, 2014 11:11 PM EDT)
Several Chargers teammates have noticed increased speed from Keenan Allen in 2014 training camp.
After battling a college knee injury all last offseason, Allen made all but two of his 71 rookie-year receptions within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Allen has since worked on add a deep-threat element. "He always was a great route runner," Philip Rivers said. "There just seems to be a little more juice. I think that's fair. If he can maintain that, it's only going to broaden what he can do." Still only 22 years old, Allen is a legitimate WR1 in Dynasty leagues.
Union-Tribune San Diego
Josh Gordon hearing to continue next Monday
Josh Gordon | CLE
(August 1, 2014 11:05 PM EDT)
Suspended WR Josh Gordon's appeal meeting with hearing officer Harold Henderson lasted almost ten hours Friday and will resume Monday in New York.
Henderson "shut it down" for the night after the sides met from 9:30AM until 7PM Friday. Henderson could theoretically reduce Gordon's one-year suspension, but such reductions are rare because "it's an appeal and it's meant to be rejected or confirmed." Currently trying the same "second-hand smoke" defense Gordon is now employing, Ravens S Will Hill lost his appeal of a six-game ban for violating the substance abuse policy earlier this offseason. Still, the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes the fact that Friday's hearing lasted so long, and will continue Monday "would seem to indicate that Gordon has at least a chance for something other than the minimum one-year ban."
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cowboys waive WR L'Damian Washington
L'Damian Washington | FA
(August 1, 2014 10:40 PM EDT)
Cowboys waived WR L'Damian Washington.
A ballyhooed UDFA out of Missouri, Washington fell behind when he suffered a shoulder injury in early June, and didn't even last to first cuts in Dallas. The Cowboys gave him a relatively pricey $7K signing bonus after the draft.
Juwan Thompson works as Broncos No. 4 RB
Juwan Thompson | DEN
(August 1, 2014 10:18 PM EDT)
Undrafted rookie Juwan Thompson has moved to No. 4 on the Broncos' tailback depth chart.
He's running ahead of fellow UDFAs Kapri Bibbs and Brennan Clay, and behind Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, and C.J. Anderson. At a sturdy 5-foot-11, 226, Thompson ran a respectable 4.57 forty at Duke's Pro Day with a 9-foot-11 broad jump after playing in Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe' pro-style offense. He knows how to pass protect and is someone to monitor in extra-deep leagues.
Denver Post
Knowshon Moreno could miss entire preseason
Knowshon Moreno | MIA
(August 1, 2014 9:29 PM EDT)
Knowshon Moreno (knee) could miss the entire preseason.
Moreno's initial timetable was 4-5 weeks. Now six weeks removed from his June knee scope, Moreno "still labors to walk, let alone run," per the Miami Herald, and "is still unsure when he'll return." Lamar Miller will continue to handle first-team carries and remains the heavy favorite to start Week 1. Before Friday's practice, Moreno was sporting ice packs on both knees "and he had an awkward gait" as he made his way to work with trainers. "I don’t know. I don’t know," Moreno said when asked if he'll play in an exhibition game. "I really don’t even know." At this point, we wouldn't advise drafting Moreno save for in the deepest of leagues.
Miami Herald
Yang disqualified; signed incorrect scorecard
Y.E. Yang | PGA
(August 1, 2014 9:25 PM EDT)
Y.E. Yang was disqualified from the Barracuda Championship following his second round when he signed an incorrect scorecard.
Yang is listed for carding a 3-over-par 36-39=75 worth minus-1 point. He completed 36 holes with 5 points and wasn't going to make the cut anyway. We don't have the details, but given that the Modified Stableford scoring system is in play this week and that this marked Yang's debut in the format, at least at this tournament, it's fair to wonder why this doesn't happen more often. That aside, the timing of another lost opportunity couldn't be worse for the 2009 PGA champion. He entered the week having missed nine consecutive cuts and sitting 166th on the FedExCup points list. His exemption for his win at Hazeltine expires in two weeks at the Wyndham Championship.
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Giants rookie Bennett Jackson injures ankle
Bennett Jackson | NYG
(August 1, 2014 8:58 PM EDT)
Giants rookie CB Bennett Jackson has a "significant ankle sprain."
There's no structural damage, but Jackson will likely miss extended time. A sixth-round pick, Jackson is a candidate for the practice squad.
Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter
Marquise Goodwin suffers hamstring injury
Marquise Goodwin | BUF
(August 1, 2014 8:31 PM EDT)
Marquise Goodwin suffered a hamstring injury during Friday's practice.
The extent is unknown, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to linger. Goodwin should be considered questionable for Buffalo's preseason opener on Sunday.
Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
Cyril Richardson in mix for right guard job
Cyril Richardson | BUF
(August 1, 2014 8:25 PM EDT)
Bills rookie Cyril Richardson has been getting some first-team reps at right guard.
Richardson struggled with protection schemes in OTAs and was listed as the backup left guard on the Bills' first depth chart. He now appears to be in the mix at right guard along with Chris Hairston and incumbent Kraig Urbik. At 6'5/329, Richardson is a strong fit in Buffalo's power-run scheme. Even if he doesn't win the Week 1 job, Richardson could push for starts at some point this season.
Joe Buscaglia on Twitter
Josh Wise improved on flat tracks
Josh Wise | 98
(August 1, 2014 8:13 PM EDT)
Josh Wise has improved his performance on flat tracks this year. After finishing in the mid to high 30s at Martinsville, Richmond, and Pocono, he scored back-to-back 29th-place finishes at New Hampshire and Indy.
Those results will not get him on many rosters this week, but the team is heading in the right direction. If he shows slight improvement, he should continue to be watched when the series returns to another flat track.