Travaris Cadet has created positive momentum
Travaris Cadet | NE
(August 3, 2015 2:30 PM EDT)
ESPN Boston believes Patriots RB Travaris Cadet has created "positive momentum" in the early days of camp.
Reporter Mike Reiss does admit that Cadet is "still an unknown" in pass protection. Proving to Bill Belichick that he can pick up the blitz will be all important for Cadet in his quest for third-down duties. He's battling James White and Dion Lewis.
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Aaron Dobson has 'positive momentum'
Aaron Dobson | NE
(August 3, 2015 2:27 PM EDT)
ESPN Boston calls Aaron Dobson a player who's developed "positive momentum" in the early days of training camp.
Dobson has been taking advantage of Brandon LaFell's time on the PUP list, getting "quality repetitions" on the outside. Longtime beat writer Mike Reiss believes it's "as good as (Dobson has) looked since joining the club." Coach Bill Belichick has even weighed in, saying Dobson reported in "great shape." Dobson isn't currently on the re-draft radar, but is a player to monitor for a team that can promote players and change roles without warning.
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Andre Ellington dealing with tight hamstring
Andre Ellington | ARZ
(August 3, 2015 2:16 PM EDT)
Andre Ellington is dealing with a "tight" hamstring.
It's obviously not a major issue, but a reminder of Ellington's fragility, and the absurdity of coach Bruce Arians' claim that Ellington will handle 20 weekly touches this season. Ellington simply isn't durable enough to be a full-time back, and the sooner the Cardinals realize as such, the better. It should be noted that rookie David Johnson is nursing a tight hammy, as well.
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RB Morris working to become better receiver
Alfred Morris | WAS
(August 3, 2015 1:49 PM EDT)
The Washington Post reports Alfred Morris is "working to improve his receiving skills."
Stop us if you've heard this one before. "Just working on running routes and being open," Morris said. "So, yeah, I’m just building my confidence out here in camp and in OTAs and just continue to press forward and see what happens." Morris has averaged a meager 12.3 receptions across three NFL seasons. Rookie Matt Jones is the heavy favorite for third-down duties this year.
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Chiefs NT Poe may be headed to reserve/PUP
Dontari Poe | KC
(August 3, 2015 1:47 PM EDT)
The Kansas City Star considers NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) a candidate for the reserve/PUP list.
Poe went under the knife early last month, and is staring at a three-month timeline. That means even in a best-case scenario, he's unlikely to return before October. The Chiefs don't have to make a decision on Poe's status until next month. Arian Foster is going to run wild on Kansas City in Week 1.
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Troy Niklas comes off the active/NFI list
Troy Niklas | ARZ
(August 3, 2015 1:26 PM EDT)
Cardinals activated TE Troy Niklas (ankle, hamstring) from the active/NFI list.
Niklas was recovering from a June ankle scope. His practice reps should remain limited for the foreseeable future, while he may not be ready for the first preseason game.
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Cardinals activate TE Jermaine Gresham (back)
Jermaine Gresham | ARZ
(August 3, 2015 1:24 PM EDT)
Cardinals activated TE Jermaine Gresham from the active/PUP list.
Despite the activation, Gresham will still be eased into camp. The one-time TE2 will be off the fantasy radar this season.
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JPP won't report until he can pass physical
Jason Pierre-Paul | NYG
(August 3, 2015 1:19 PM EDT)
ESPN's Ed Werder reports unsigned Giants franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul (fingers) won't report to training camp until he can pass his physical.
Pierre-Paul finally talked to GM Jerry Reese on Sunday, but he's avoiding all Giants activities — including signing his one-year tender — until he can be medically cleared. It's a bizarre strategy, but one the G-Men may be more at peace with following Sunday's meeting. It's completely unknown when JPP might finally be ready.
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Lotulelei carted off field, in walking boot
Star Lotulelei | CAR
(August 3, 2015 1:08 PM EDT)
Panthers DT Star Lotulelei was carted off the field in Monday's practice, and spotted with his surgically-repaired right foot in a walking boot.
"They didn't tell me much," was Lotulelei's response when asked what he was told by the medical staff. It's a major concern for a player who underwent surgery in mid-January. Lotulelei broke his foot in Carolina's Wild Card win over the Cardinals. The No. 14 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Lotulelei has established himself as one of the most effective defensive tackles in football.
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Still no timetable for Kevin White's return
Kevin White | CHI
(August 3, 2015 12:24 PM EDT)
Bears first-round WR Kevin White (shin) has now been sidelined for more than six weeks.
White continues to make progress, but remains on active/PUP. The Bears have declined to give any kind of timetable or reveal the exact nature of his injury. "I hope sooner rather than later, but that's just a hope," coach John Fox said. Once cleared, White will have a lot of ground to make up under notorious rookie hater Fox. Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte and Eddie Royal are all competent targets for Jay Cutler.
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