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Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:05pm
Titans tight end Delanie Walker did not finish practice after taking a big hit with a sore shoulder.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 8:04pm
RB Shonn Greene has had two surgeries on his right knee in the past year, so the Tennessee Titans are trying to make sure he stays healthy in training camp.
Greene took part in a walk-through Tuesday before practice, then spent the session on the side rehabilitating his knee with trainers swinging ropes and lifting kettlebells. Left guard Andy Levitre, recovering from an appendectomy last week, also rode a bicycle and lifted some weights.
"We're just trying to be smart with it," Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He's gotten good work on it for a couple days. Knowing we've got tomorrow off, hit it hard today from the rehab perspective and be back on whatever day it is we practice again."
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:38pm
Steven Jackson suffered a hamstring injury and was held out of practice today, Falcons HC Mike Smith says. He expects him back for Week 1.
Smith doesn't think the injury is serious, and it's not the same hammy as last year, according to other Darlington Tweets. Jacquizz Rodgers and rookie Devonta Freeman now have to step up. Freeman has shown flashes during offseason, according to Darlington.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:12pm
One common theory regarding Eagles WR Riley Cooper is that much of his success in 2013 was made possible because of the attention DeSean Jackson received on the other side. Some are skeptical whether Cooper will be able to post similar numbers this season now that Jackson resides in D.C.
What can't be denied is that Cooper -- who ended with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns last year -- found himself in a whole bunch of one-on-one situations, which certainly helped his cause. According to second-year tight end Zach Ertz, that's unlikely to change this year even without Jackson on the team. That's because the man truly responsible for the single coverage is still on the roster.
"I think the culprit, why a lot of guys see single coverage on this team, is LeSean [McCoy]," said Ertz. "He's the key cog in this offense... Defenses have to stop LeSean first to try and stop this offense."
The players aren't buying into the notion Jackson opened things up for Cooper, going as far as saying that's not now the league works. HC Chip Kelly added that he thought most teams played the Eagles in single high coverage and man across the board on anybody, and no one was getting any help. Either way, there are a lot of questions about Cooper duplicating his success from last season. Perhaps more noteworthy is Cooper's success with Nick Foles at QB compared to Mike Vick. With so many targets on the Eagles, we still only rank Cooper 50th on our WR list.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:29pm
Falcons running back Steven Jackson was excused from practice by the team on Tuesday.
Coach Mike Smith will update his status.
Jackson’s streak of eight consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons came to an end in 2014.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:23pm
Tuesday, Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle didn’t take part in practice because of a hamstring issue of his own.
“He was sore in the hamstring, so we held him," Coughlin said, via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.
Graziano reports that it didn’t sound like something the Giants think is a serious problem, but they need only look to Beckham for an example of how a seemingly minor hamstring injury can turn into something more if it doesn’t get the proper time to heal.
It hasn't been a good week for the Giants. WR Odell Beckham is already going to miss a week with a hamstring issue and RB David Wilson suffered another burner. The good news on Randle is the team doesn't feel it's serious.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:13pm
Under the previous coaching staff, Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright was given unique freedom to run routes the way he saw fit, as long as he ended up at the right place at the right time.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick described it — in complimentary fashion — as "streetballer-ish" and "freewheeling," while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains just called it creative.
Whatever the term, it worked pretty well, as Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards in 2013. But with a new coaching staff come new roles and responsibilities.
Wright will be expected to adapt not only to a more disciplined approach to route-running, but also to a more disciplined approach at the buffet table, where coaches hope to trim his weight to increase his speed.
Wright is ranked highest of the Titan WRs on our list and we project him for over 1,000 yards and 88 catches while projecting as a WR3 on your fantasy team. The good news is, according to the story, Wright doesn't seemed too phased about losing some freedom on his routes.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:05pm
There’s still plenty of work to be done, but Patriots WR Brandon LaFell looked more comfortable on Tuesday.
During 7-on-7 drills, the receiver made one of the best catches in camp. While being double covered, LaFell laid out to catch a deep ball. After practice he said he feels more comfortable every day.
“Every night is study night for me, something I’m not used to because in Carolina we ran the same offense for three years so I knew it,” LaFell said. “It’s a ton of work every night and the more and more I get reps, the more comfortable I’ll feel. I started feeling good in the OTAs, minicamp, then we took a long break, and now I’m trying to get back in the swing of things.”
LaFell had some drops in the first week of camp, but Tuesday was a positive sign for the receiver. He could end up making the position pretty crowded for the Pats, giving them some decisions to make. A few weeks ago, we had a news piece that listed Aaron Dobson and Julian Edelman as the only locks to make the roster at WR, with Danny Amendola a close lock.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:57pm
Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy, who is battling for the backup job this season, injured his Achilles tendon during Tuesday’s practice, according to coach Pete Carroll.
McCoy missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, but Carroll said the “early indications” are that McCoy injured his other Achilles. He was carted off the field during practice after staying down on the field for a few minutes.
“If it is what they think it is, it’s just a real heartbreaker,” Carroll said. “He worked so hard to get back.”
The Cowboys have held five practices since training camp got underway.
Tony Romo has missed two of them. The quarterback had a brief conversation with owner Jerry Jones Tuesday afternoon while the rest of his teammates were on the field.
Is Jones concerned with Romo’s latest absence?
“No, not at all,’’ Jones said. “We feel really good. We’re really pleased with the way he’s practicing and the work he’s getting done and what he’s doing both on and off the field.
“There is nothing that in any way would concern you about his back.
“He’s 100 percent. He’s just being real smart and sensitive about coming off the back surgery."
The confusion started when the team said Romo would practice Tuesday afternoon, then later HC Jason Garrett announced he wouldn't. The Cowboys are coming across as not being on the same page here. Romo is ranked 14th among our QBs, and with an ADP of the 11th round, he certainly has the potential to be a huge value pick at that point in the draft. Of course, health will be a concern with him.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 4:30pm
The Colts signed RB Phillip Tanner, 5-10, 208 pounds, who spent the last three seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (2011-13), where he recorded 56 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine receptions for 93 yards.
He also made 21 special teams tackles. In 2013, he tied a career-high with nine special teams stops, while adding nine rushing attempts for 12 yards and a touchdown. Tanner was originally signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent on July 28, 2011. He finished his collegiate career at Middle Tennessee State University with 430 carries for 2,024 yards (4.7 avg.) and 33 touchdowns.
Giants running back David Wilson left practice Tuesday with a "burner" according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
The location of the issue is a major source of concern for the Giants and for their former first-round pick. Wilson suffered a "burner" last season against Philadelphia that forced him on injured reserve and onto an operating table for spinal fusion surgery.
"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."
Wilson went through a lengthy clearance process this spring and summer in order to get back on the field. He was finally given the green light by the medical staff the day training camp began, and went through four padded practices. This is obviously a pretty scary issue for the young back. From a fantasy perspective, Wilson was fighting for time with free agent Rashad Jennings, and the speedy back was hoping to at least get a third down role. He was ranked just 74th on our list, but was getting a late round flier in drafts according to ADPs. This is an injury obviously worth monitoring because we could be dealing with the threat of his career if serious enough.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:54pm
Bill Lazor, the former Eagles QB coach, seems intent on making a faster pace to the offense happen as the new OC in Miami. Lazor, in his first job as an offensive coordinator, is tasked with taking an offense that was No. 26 in scoring last season (19.8 ppg) and turning it into a weapon.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is his main instrument. Lazor, who made Eagles quarterback Nick Foles one of the league’s most productive passers last seasons, knows what he wants to see from the position.
“At the quarterback spot it’s a couple of things – No. 1, it’s accuracy, No. 2 it’s decision-making, and then I think after that you’ve got to have a certain level of toughness.”
Lazor likely learned a hot from Eagles HC Chip Kelly and will put his own flavor on the Dolphins offense, too. But one thing the Eagles were know for last season was faster play calling and running a lot of plays and that's something Lazor wants to see. Tannehill is ranked 20th among our QBs, which makes him low-end QB2 in just about any format. Tannehill was actually #12 QB through the first 15 weeks last season before he began to struggle. If Lazor can keep Tannehill going, he has the potential to be a borderline QB1.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:47pm
Texans running back Arian Foster missed practice Tuesday, which marks two-and-a half consecutive morning practices he's missed. Foster missed the final hour of Sunday's morning training camp practice and then missed Monday's altogether.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien has termed Foster's injury minor. Foster dealt with three different injuries last season, but the team isn't concerned about him falling behind right now. However, fantasy owners may not like the fact that Foster is already missing time...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 1:42pm
While saying he wasn't worried about it, Texans WR Andrew Johnson said on Monday the most important thing for him going forward was to take care of the hamstring that tightened up when he made a diving catch during practice.
Tuesday, that meant one more day without Johnson on the field.
Head coach Bill O'Brien said he considers the injury minor. Johnson was away from football in the spring working out on his own.
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