Pettine denies there's a rift in organization
Mike Pettine | CLE
(July 27, 2015 9:37 PM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine denies there's a "seeping rift" between he and GM Ray Farmer.
ESPN Cleveland reported last week that there was growing dysfunction in the organization. As the Browns embark on training camp, Pettine said he and Farmer are actually "singing from the same hymnal" after working through their differences in the offseason. Vegas has the Browns' win total at 6.5 this season. We'd bet one or both of Pettine and Farmer will be fired if they don't go at least 8-8.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cards make Jen Welter first female NFL coach
Bruce Arians | ARZ
(July 27, 2015 8:27 PM EDT)
The Cardinals have brought in Dr. Jen Welter as a training camp/preseason inside linebackers coaching intern.
Welter is the first ever female coach in the NFL. Just about four months after the NFL hired its first woman official in Sarah Thomas, coach Bruce Arians is giving Welter a chance to impress as a coach. Welter is a Doctor of Sports Psychology and had been working as a coach for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League. Arians openly supported woman coaches at the owners meetings.
Rams et OT Battle under contract
Isaiah Battle | STL
(July 27, 2015 8:04 PM EDT)
Rams signed supplemental draft pick OT Isaiah Battle to a four-year contract.
Battle was the only player chosen in the Supplemental Draft earlier this month. By selecting him in the fifth round, the Rams forfeited their 2016 fifth-round pick. Battle's rookie year is expected to be more of a learning process. The Rams would be in big-time trouble if Battle were needed for meaningful snaps. Long-term, most have Battle topping out as a swing-tackle type.
Cooley admits he may have to wait til season
Chris Cooley | FA
(July 27, 2015 7:24 PM EDT)
Ex-Redskins TE Chris Cooley admits he may have to wait until after Week 1 to make his comeback.
It makes sense. Cooley hasn't played since 2012 and veterans who are on rosters for Week 1 get their salary guaranteed. The 33-year-old has drawn known interest from the Cardinals and is willing to come in as a team's No. 3 tight end.
Sio Moore starts Raiders camp on active/PUP
Sio Moore | OAK
(July 27, 2015 6:25 PM EDT)
Raiders placed WLB Sio Moore (hip) on active/PUP.
Moore underwent "major" hip surgery in the offseason and needs more time. He was initially expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Moore provided some pass-rush juice opposite Khalil Mack last season, but was bottom-five among 4-3 outside linebackers in missed tackles. The Raiders signed LB Malcolm Smith as insurance and competition for Moore this summer.
Zimmer: C. Patterson still lacks consistency
Cordarrelle Patterson | MIN
(July 27, 2015 6:20 PM EDT)
Coach Mike Zimmer said Monday that Cordarrelle Patterson's consistency has remained an issue on the practice field.
"He'll have really good days, and then he'll have some not-so-good days," Zimmer said. "Really, I think what he needs to do is just the consistency every single day and the consistency in studying, the consistency in getting extra help that he needs if he needs it, running the routes the same all the time." Behind Charles Johnson, Mike Wallace, and Jarius Wright on the depth chart, Patterson is unlikely to contribute in fantasy this year. Added Zimmer, "To me, the biggest thing with him is that: Does he want to be 'Flash' or does he want to be a great receiver? I'm not trying to dog him or anything, but that's really what it is."
USA Today
Zimmer: Peterson can expect 'heavy workload'
Adrian Peterson | MIN
(July 27, 2015 6:17 PM EDT)
Asked Monday about Adrian Peterson's workload, coach Mike Zimmer replied "He'll get as much as he can take."
"Adrian's going to get the heavy workload," said Zimmer, a defensive-minded coach. "As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him." Peterson's age (30) and lost 2014 season may be concerns for his 2015 outlook. His projected workload in an ascending offense is a major plus.
USA Today
Le'Veon Bell drops weight below 220
DeAngelo Williams | PIT
(July 27, 2015 6:13 PM EDT)
DeAngelo Williams has dropped his weight below 220 pounds.
Williams says he's close to his listed weight of 215 after playing above 220 in Carolina. Coach Mike Tomlin reportedly "challenged" Williams to shed the extra pounds, and Williams successfully did. "I actually look better than minicamp and OTAs," said Williams, who turned 32 this past April. Williams will open the season as Pittsburgh's starter with Le'Veon Bell on suspension.
Le'Veon Bell (knee) healthy for Steelers camp
Le'Veon Bell | PIT
(July 27, 2015 6:10 PM EDT)
Suspended RB Le'Veon Bell was a full participant for the start of Steelers camp on Monday.
Bell missed last January's playoff loss to Baltimore with a hyperextended knee, and recently said he wasn't 100-percent healthy. Per beat writer Jeremy Fowler, however, Le'Veon looked "noticeably explosive" on the first day of camp. Fowler added that Le'Veon "says he's in the best shape of his life, and he's not lying," showing quick feet and straight-line speed in practice.
Martavis Bryant becoming a star?
Martavis Bryant | PIT
(July 27, 2015 5:31 PM EDT)
After attending the start of Steelers camp, Yahoo's Charles Robinson predicts Martavis Bryant "is going to be a star this year."
Per Robinson, Bryant looks "amazing" in his second NFL training camp, and has "absolutely made big strides this offseason." Other observers have said similar things. Bryant is a massive target at 6-foot-4, 211, and runs like the wind. He is an intriguing upside pick at his current fifth-/sixth-round ADP, but we could envision Bryant's ADP rising fast by late next month.
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