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Around the NFL - Training Camp begins (non-Jets news)

Posted: 7/24/2014 2:49 PM

Around the NFL - Training Camp begins (non-Jets news) 


I figured I'd start a thread to collect all non-jets news as teams open camps across the league.

we can start with off-field news, with Ray Rice being suspended 2 games following his arrest for domestic violence this off-season

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11257692/ray-ric e-baltimore-ravens-suspended-2-games
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Posted: 7/24/2014 3:15 PM

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Former OSU Football Star Justin Blackmon Arrested In ...

J
ustin Blackmon WR / Jags who is already suspended from the NFL for one year, got busted for pot again. He may never see the field again.banghead


Go Jets...Cyborg
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Posted: 7/24/2014 3:48 PM

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The #Titans have agreed to terms with first round OL Taylor Lewan. That’s all the draft picks. Tune in next year for… similarly no drama

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Posted: 7/24/2014 3:49 PM

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guess this replaces the anything but QB thread...
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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:00 PM

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Jetman55 wrote: guess this replaces the anything but QB thread...


yeah, that was dated, and initially started to discuss non-QB jets items.

since we had a new jets training camp news and notes thread, i thought it made sense to have a new non-jets version
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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:04 PM

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cysporsche wrote: Former OSU Football Star Justin Blackmon Arrested In ...

J
ustin Blackmon WR / Jags who is already suspended from the NFL for one year, got busted for pot again. He may never see the field again.banghead


Go Jets...Cyborg

Jaguars owner says they won’t cut Justin Blackmon

Posted by Darin Gantt on July 24, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
Shad Khan

The Jaguars have every pragmatic reason to distance themselves from Justin Blackmon.

But owner Shad Khan said he’s not about to release his former first round pick, who has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL andwas arrested for marijuana possession last night.

We want him to get help he needs,” Khan said, via John Oehser of the team’s official website.

That sentiment seems to be consistent through the organization, as linebacker Paul Posluszny said: “This is no longer a football issue…We want the best for him. He’s a good kid at heart.”

It’s good to hear the Jaguars embrace a kid (it’s hard to call him a player, since he’s barely played for them since his rookie year) who obviously has some problems.

He showed flashes of talent in 2012, when his play might have justified their investment in him. If he had torn an ACL, they’d have gone to great lengths to get him well, so they could benefit from his labor in the future.

But Blackmon’s problem now is not a physical one, and we hope the Jaguars are sincere in getting him the help he needs, even if he never plays another down for them.

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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:09 PM

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Jetman55 Prediction: Panthers, Chiefs, and Chargers all come back to Earth in 2014/2015.  Chiefs stay in the play-off hunt all year but far off their 11 win pace from last year (7- 9) and Chargers and Panthers struggle to get to .500.  Panthers most overrated team in the NFL...and I said that last year.  But losing 3 olinemen, having no WRs, Hardy's suspension, and expecting Cam to be Brady is a mistake.  Defense weaker this year and offense worse leads to 7-9 or 8-8 for Panthers.  Chargers are as good as last year (secondary is better than last year by far) but they have the hardest schedule in the NFL and will take a step back.  

Jonathan Stewart out a couple of weeks, Edmund Kugbila out for year

Posted by Josh Alper on July 24, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT
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The Panthers dealt with injuries to running back Jonathan Stewart and members of their offensive line throughout last season and they aren’t wasting much time picking up where they left off.

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman said on Thursday that Stewart injured his hamstring recently and will miss a week or two of camp while he recovers. The team doesn’t feel it is an overly serious injury, so Stewart will remain on the active roster as opposed to being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Whether or not this specific injury is serious, it is part of a pattern that doesn’t bode well for Stewart earning a big role in a backfield that also features DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. He’s played just 15 games over the last two years and has averaged under four yards a carry both seasons while dealing with a variety of aches and pains.

Gettleman also announced that guard Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery in August and miss the entire season. The 2013 fourth-round pick missed his rookie season because of a knee injury and his absence exposes a few more ribs on an already thin offensive line.

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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:11 PM

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The NFL finally will hear Josh Gordon's appeal of what's expected to be a year-long suspension next Friday. 
"Browns WR Josh Gordon is scheduled to meet in NYC with NFL officials regarding 1-year suspension he faces on Fri, Aug. 1, per league source,"  ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter  Thursday morning.  Gordon and the rest of the  Cleveland Browns  are slated to report for training camp this Friday, which leaves a week-long gap before his hearing and presumably an even longer wait before a suspension is formally handed down. So what will they do with Gordon in the meantime during camp?  "You don't want to say 'hey let's not put him in there' and all of a sudden the league comes back and it's not what you expected it to be, so I don't think you can go that way,"  Pettine told Cleveland.com Monday .  "Since we're going to be receiver-by-committee for at least part of the year, I think rolling those guys in all different groups is going to be good anyway, because it also helps you with the quarterback situation. It's yet to be determined, but he'll get reps."  Time will tell exactly how much work Gordon sees in practices, but ESPN Browns reporter Pat McManamon notes that it's a complicated situation for an offense learning a new system:  Pat McManamon Camp competition: WRs need cohesion "It leads to some thorny questions for a coaching staff. Do the Browns give Gordon the usual time with the starters in the expectation he might play? Or do they rotate in others more because he might not play? If they give Gordon the usual time, that affects timing with new receivers working with a new quarterback. If he winds up suspended, every receiver is behind. If the Browns hold back on Gordon’s reps and he avoids a ban then his timing is affected -- though it’s tempered some by the reality he played with  Brian Hoyer  last season. ... The problem is that as camp opens it’s a jumbled position with Gordon, and without him it becomes even more jumbled."
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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:13 PM

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By Tom Carpenter | ESPN.com
The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of veteran depth in their WR corps but little in the way of sure-fire playmakers. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldintop the depth chart, but Crabtree will have to stay healthy and Boldin is aging. And if offseason additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are unable to secure the No. 3 role, they may not even make the final cut. 
"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,"  wrote Matt Maiocco  of CSNBayArea.com.  "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."  Quinton Patton ,  Bruce Ellington ,  Devon Wylie ,  Kassim Osgood ,  Jon Baldwin ,  Chuck Jacobs and  David Reed  are the other wide receivers who will be competing during training camp.  If Johnson or any of the other wideouts step up and make an impact, Boldin's fantasy production could take another hit this season:  Matt Williamson Five fantasy players on the decline "In his first season in San Francisco, Boldin was a solid fantasy asset and Jim Harbaugh's favorite receiver due to his reliability, toughness, blocking in the run game and ability to grab contested passes. But while the 49ers' passing percentage might increase going forward as Colin Kaepernick  comes into his own, Boldin will now have Michael Crabtree (back from injury) and Steve Johnson competing for targets. And while Boldin is a master of making the contested catch, he will really have to excel this season at making tough catches since he greatly struggles to get consistent separation. Boldin's role in this offense, and especially his number of targets, is bound to diminish."






By  Tom Carpenter  | ESPN.com 0 0 COMMENTS 0 EMAIL PRINT The massive potential seen in  Sammy Watkins  is why the  Buffalo Bills  traded up five spots to take the wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft. The long-term upside is obvious, but what can we expect from him as a rook?  Well, he wasted no time turning heads during the Bills' first couple of training-camp practices.  "There has been a throng of national media watching Bills camp through two days and they've seen Sammy Watkins put on a show,"  noted ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak . "After catching every pass thrown his way in Sunday night's practice, Watkins continued to impress on Monday.  "He strode past  Leodis McKelvin  for a would-be touchdown grab early in practice and made a catch over three defenders look effortless later on. It's not just the deep game, either: he used his long arms to snag a pass on a crossing pattern, through traffic at one point as well."  Fantasy owners will find it difficult to not get giddy about Watkins, especially when someone like Rodak says the young wideout's "height, long arms, and make-it-look-easy strides remind me of Randy Moss," who caught 69 passes for 1,313 and 17 TDs as a rookie. Of course, Moss had 13-year veteran Randall Cunningham throwing him balls, while Watkins has unproven second-year QB  EJ Manuel  at the helm. Watkins' ability to explode statistically in Year 1 largely will be in Manuel's  hands  arm:  Mel Kiper Jr. Top fantasy rookies (plus sleepers) "No. 3: Can EJ Manuel deliver the ball down the field? I have my questions about that, but that actually matters less with Watkins around. The Clemson star made his hay after the catch, and I expect the Bills to funnel him the ball at the line of scrimmage or close to it. He should pile up catches, if not big yardage. But touches will equal big plays if he gets enough chances." Matt Williamson Top 100 players for dynasty leagues "No. 14: I am smitten with Watkins. I think he is just a tad shy of being on the  Dez Bryant / Julio Jones  level of talent, which makes him a nearly-elite wide receiver prospect and difference-maker. However, I am not as fond of Watkins' situation and, more specifically, his quarterback situation. Doug Marrone does a good job getting his weapons into space, and Watkins is great with the ball in his hands as an elusive and powerful runner, but EJ Manuel still frightens me, considering what Watkins costs to obtain."

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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:25 PM

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Not on my Watch    
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Posted: 7/24/2014 4:31 PM

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Lions are not optimistic about signing Ndamukong Suh to a new contract. He enters camp counting 22,412,500 against sal cap.




If Lions can't get Suh signed, his franchise tender would be $26.7 million in 2015 - or he becomes a unrestricted free agent in his prime




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Posted: 7/24/2014 7:29 PM

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Bengals P Kevin Huber (broken jaw, cracked vertebrae) has been cleared for training camp.

Huber is over the massive hit from Steelers LB Terence Garvin that ended his 2013. Huber has been the Bengals' punter since 2009, and was eighth in net-punting average last season (40.5 yards).
Jul 24 - 6:01 PM

Bengals waived P T.J. Conley.

With Kevin Huber (jaw, vertebrae) healthy, Conley was no longer needed. Conley hasn't punted in a regular-season game since 2011.


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Posted: 7/24/2014 7:47 PM

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Browns signed OLB Jamaal Westerman.

He'll be an experienced piece of camp depth, one with an outside shot at cracking the 53-man roster. Westerman has made 59 career appearances, 12 of which came with the Bills last season.
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Posted: 7/25/2014 9:11 AM

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Jetman55 wrote: Jetman55 Prediction: Panthers, Chiefs, and Chargers all come back to Earth in 2014/2015.  Chiefs stay in the play-off hunt all year but far off their 11 win pace from last year (7- 9) and Chargers and Panthers struggle to get to .500.  Panthers most overrated team in the NFL...and I said that last year.  But losing 3 olinemen, having no WRs, Hardy's suspension, and expecting Cam to be Brady is a mistake.  Defense weaker this year and offense worse leads to 7-9 or 8-8 for Panthers.  Chargers are as good as last year (secondary is better than last year by far) but they have the hardest schedule in the NFL and will take a step back.  

Jonathan Stewart out a couple of weeks, Edmund Kugbila out for year

Posted by Josh Alper on July 24, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT
Jonathan Stewart, Lavonte DavidAP

The Panthers dealt with injuries to running back Jonathan Stewart and members of their offensive line throughout last season and they aren’t wasting much time picking up where they left off.

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman said on Thursday that Stewart injured his hamstring recently and will miss a week or two of camp while he recovers. The team doesn’t feel it is an overly serious injury, so Stewart will remain on the active roster as opposed to being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Whether or not this specific injury is serious, it is part of a pattern that doesn’t bode well for Stewart earning a big role in a backfield that also features DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert. He’s played just 15 games over the last two years and has averaged under four yards a carry both seasons while dealing with a variety of aches and pains.

Gettleman also announced that guard Edmund Kugbila will have back surgery in August and miss the entire season. The 2013 fourth-round pick missed his rookie season because of a knee injury and his absence exposes a few more ribs on an already thin offensive line.

Q: What team do you think could take a step back this year?
A: The Panthers. [Coach] Ron Rivera did a hell of a job and so did [general manager] Dave Gettleman, but they’re still recovering from the [salary] cap.

They did a good job signing one-year type free agents for not a lot of money. They tried to do that with receiver, like [Jerricho] Cotchery.

They’re veteran guys, but they’re not hard to defend…New Orleans made the playoffs last year, Atlanta will be better, and Tampa Bay is on the rise. It will be a tougher division.

http://nypost.com/2014/07/24/f...arley-casserly/

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Posted: 7/25/2014 11:12 AM

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Dolphins replacing Pouncey with a guy who’s never snapped

Posted by Darin Gantt on July 25, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT
shelleysmith

With Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey likely out an extended part of the regular season and the fallout of last year’s bullying scandal, the Dolphins figure to start a brand new offensive line this year.

So why not go build around a guy who has never done his particular job?

According to Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post, the Dolphins are going with free agent pickup Shelley Smith as their starting center.

But Smith said he’s never played center at any level.

He’s started eight games in the NFL, all at guard.

At a certain level, it’s not that big of a change for a competent lineman. But springing it on him just before training camp almost makes it appear it wasn’t a fully developed plan.

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Posted: 7/25/2014 11:15 AM

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Panthers hoping to find a left tackle among in-house guys

Posted by Darin Gantt on July 25, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT
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The Panthers clean slate at wide receiver has gotten more attention, but the bigger issue this year will be who ends up starting at tackle, and whether that person can keep Cam Newtonupright.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera is confident he’s going to find an answer among what is on hand.

Via the Charlotte Observer, Rivera said he expects to find a left tackle among existing options Byron BellNate Chandler andGarry Williams.

 

“We think those three guys give us an opportunity to find a starter out of that group,” Rivera said. “But it most certainly is going to be a competitive position. It will be one we will watch for obvious reasons.”

Bell has started at right tackle the last three years, but wasn’t particularly good at it. Chandler is a converted defensive tackle, who they signed to a cheap contract extension betting on his upside. Williams keeps getting hurt every time they give him a chance to win the job.

In short, they’re going to miss the retired Jordan Gross, regardless who ends up starting there. The top tackles were gone long before they picked in the first round. They inquired about free agent Anthony Collins before he signed with the Buccaneers, but they were otherwise limited in what they could do to fix the line.

Now they’ll go to camp, and wait, and hope.


ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley observed that OLB Courtney Upshaw looked even bigger than he did in the spring when he reported to the team overweight.

Reporting to camp overweight is becoming an annual thing for Upshaw. His normal playing weight is in the 270-275 pound range, and he's likely knocking on the door of 300 at the moment. Upshaw is entering his third season and will be counted on to set the edge as a run defender on early downs.

    The Dolphins are expected to implement for read-option into their offense this season.

    With OC Bill Lazor, a Chip Kelly disciple, now running the show in Miami, he's expected to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Tannehill, as a former college receiver, has piled up just 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding that dynamic to his game would be a boost, but not one big enough to make him anything more than a middling QB2.
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    Posted: 7/25/2014 11:37 AM

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    Jetman55 wrote:

    Ryan Tannehill - QB - Dolphins

    The Dolphins are expected to implement for read-option into their offense this season.

    With OC Bill Lazor, a Chip Kelly disciple, now running the show in Miami, he's expected to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Tannehill, as a former college receiver, has piled up just 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding that dynamic to his game would be a boost, but not one big enough to make him anything more than a middling QB2.


    given the mess that is their offensive line (especially with pouncey out half the year), i think tannehill will be running a lot...for his life that is
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    Posted: 7/25/2014 11:51 AM

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    hobson54 wrote:
    Jetman55 wrote:

    Ryan Tannehill - QB - Dolphins

    The Dolphins are expected to implement for read-option into their offense this season.

    With OC Bill Lazor, a Chip Kelly disciple, now running the show in Miami, he's expected to take advantage of Ryan Tannehill's athleticism. Tannehill, as a former college receiver, has piled up just 449 yards rushing and three touchdowns through his first two seasons. Adding that dynamic to his game would be a boost, but not one big enough to make him anything more than a middling QB2.


    given the mess that is their offensive line (especially with pouncey out half the year), i think tannehill will be running a lot...for his life that is
    I hope Winston will be taking his talents to South Beach in 2015.  crazy
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    Posted: 7/25/2014 3:34 PM

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    So, with all the arrests the Ravens have had this offseason, they make this move..............



    The #Ravens sign talented and suspended safety Will Hill. He’ll sit out the first 6 games. But seems like he found a good landing spot






    and of course, there's no criticism.

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    Posted: 7/25/2014 5:04 PM

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    Pounceys sued by three people after alleged incident at nightclub

    Posted by Mike Florio on July 25, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT
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    Somehow, the Pouncey twins’ birthday party featuring the “Free Hernandez” hats ended up being less eventful than this year’s self-celebration of survival for another 365 days.

    Andy Slater of 940 WINZ in Miami has obtained a copy of the civil complaint filed by Riquan James, Brantley Williams, and Niya Pickett against Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Dolphins center Mike Pouncey over an incident that allegedly occurred at their 2014 birthday party at the Cameo nightclub in Miami.

    James alleges in the lawsuit filed Friday in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County Florida that the Pounceys and their security detail addressed him with “derogatory and homophobic remarks and anti-gay slurs,” and that the Pounceys “began to push and shove” James. When James asked them to stop, Maurkice allegedly “struck James in the face several times” before the Pounceys and their security detail began “to punch, hit and kick James while he was laying in a fetal position.”

    Pickett allegedly tried to intervene, but Maurkice “punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious.” (Two-game suspension, anyone?)  Williams was a bystander into whom James and/or Pickett were thrown.

    The alleged injuries to James and Pickett include “blunt force trauma to the head, neck, chest and back” and “multiple contusions and bruises over a great extent of their bodies.” Pickett allegedly suffered an eye injury, and James allegedly suffered broken teeth. Williams allegedly suffered “contusions and bruises over the great extent of her body and a laceration to her right leg, which required several stitches.”

    The Pounceys have been sued for their own alleged conduct and for the alleged misconduct of their security personnel. The nightclub has been added to the suit, based on the claim that management failed to protect patrons from foreseeable criminal activity.

    The Pounceys’ lawyer previously has claimed that there was no altercation with James on the evening in question, and that “[i]f the accuser continues to perpetuate these lies, we will bring an action against him.”

    Presumably, surveillance video will go a long way toward confirming or debunking the allegations. Regardless, the presence of two additional plaintiffs means that there will be testimony corroborating James’ version of the events.

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