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Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:22pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton overthrows a pass off the outreached fingertips of wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. Newton throws a pass high and wide to tight end Greg Olsen. Newton throws high again. Yes, the franchise quarterback struggled early on this rainy Thursday morning. It had nothing to do with his left ankle, on which he underwent surgery in March. Asked if the weather had anything to do with it, coach Ron Rivera emphatically and sternly said, "No.'' But the struggles were noticeable, enough that the Panthers ran a couple of segments again. "He was perfect," Rivera said of Newton the second time around. "Once he got into his rhythm, he practiced very well down the stretch." Newton was especially impressive on his final two-minute drills -- or 1:30, as the Panthers like to go with -- finishing a drive with a touchdown pass over the middle to Cotchery. Newton also was more active in talking to his wide receivers and tight ends about what they were doing as it related to him.

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Marshawn Lynch ends holdout, reports to camp

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:18pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has apparently decided that his holdout is over. The Seahawks running back reported to training camp on Thursday. Lynch reported to Seattle despite the fact that he won't be getting a new contract from the team. However, the Seahawks will "add some financial concessions to the contract," according to ESPN.com.

Fantasy Impact:
Crisis averted. Lynch is back in our top 10 in both standard and PPR formats. He may be pressed by Christine Michael, but the Seahawks are likely to lean on him as much as possible in what may be his final year with the team. He's under contract 2015, but has been rumored to be a potential cap casualty heading into next season.

Patriots RB James White getting 'notable' reps, including goal line work

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Patriots rookie running back James White (fourth round, Wisconsin) continues to get notable repetitions, including on the goal line. Tom Brady was complimentary of White, saying, "He's got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college. He's made a lot of really great plays out here."

Fantasy Impact:
It's very possible that White could usurp Brandon Bolden for RB3 duties and eventually fill in for Stevan Ridley if his fumblitis rears its ugly head yet again. At this point, White is the logical handcuff for Shane Vereen.

Titans WR Kendall Wright has lost weight, gained discipline

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:33pm

Total Titans - [Full Article]

Tom Gower of Total Titans discusses WR Kendall Wright: There are a couple specific areas of Wright’s game to pay attention to in 2014. First, can Jake Locker find him downfield? As I noted in the comments section of Rivers’ column, Locker has gone just 4-for-23 when targeting Wright more than 10 yards downfield. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Hasselbeck have had more success finding Wright down the field, though even so he hasn’t been the vertical seam threat we saw at Baylor and expected him to be in the NFL. The second thing to watch for Wright is his continued work on reshaping his body. He dropped 14 pounds last offseason to get to 187, which seemed to lead to better movement on the field. He noted earlier this week (video link) the new coaching staff had asked him to drop a little additional weight to improve his speed and his endurance and ability to stay on the field. He noted he’s now at 184 pounds and his belly is gone. The other thing to come from that interview, beyond his weight, is his role in the offense is likely to change. He noted he’s learning every wide receiver position, which is something Dowell Loggains talked about about every receiver doing last season. More importantly, though, he noted the new coaching staff (though position coach Shawn Jefferson is a holdover) is asking him to be more disciplined in his routes instead of giving him the opportunity to freelance and adjust his route like he had from the old regime last year. It’s interesting to get confirmation of that, which I wondered about at times watching them, and will be interesting to see if Wright can be as productive in a more disciplined system. I’m confident that unless he gets hurt Wright will play a lot and catch a lot of balls in 2014. I don’t know if that will end up meaning 70 catches (the low end) or over 100 (the higher end). My guess is that however many catches he ends up with he’s more likely to be closer to 12.0 yards per catch than the 15.4 in Jim Wyatt’s projections.

Fantasy Impact:
Wright's downfield numbers with Locker are worrisome, but with Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, we have confidence that the unit will be improved and that he'll put Locker and Wright in the best position to make plays. As for Wright's lack of involvement in the red zone, don't be surprised if Whisenhunt dials up WR screens around the 10-yard line with regularity -- he coaxed eight touchdowns out of slot receiver Eddie Royal last season.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:13pm

Mary Kay Cabot, Twitter - [Full Article]

Confirmed Harold Henderson will hear Browns WR Josh Gordon's appeal tomorrow. Been told second-hand smoke won't fly with him.

Fantasy Impact:
It's starting to look like there's only a small chance that Gordon's suspension is overturned.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:02pm

Jaguars.com - [Full Article]

Jaguars writer John Oehser was asked to compare the team's rookie wideouts to Justin Blackmon: "Allen Robinson has performed very well during training camp, though he missed much of OTAs. The same can be said of Marqise Lee. That rookie duo has been very impressive through the first week of camp, but it’s honestly difficult to compare either player to Blackmon. What struck you about Blackmon immediately was the size of his hands, his body control and his ability to catch anything thrown his way. Robinson’s body control and his ability to adjust to the ball in the air are what you notice about him; with Lee, it’s remarkable quickness and the ability to create space and run after the catch. It’s probably not right to say either has quite the natural ability as Blackmon, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be better players."

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:56pm

San Diego Union Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers first-team receivers won the day, whether it was Malcom Floyd hauling in a deep pass in the two-minute offense or fellow starters Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal snagging short and medium passes. Coming off the team’s first off day of camp, Vincent Brown (calf) sat out his fourth practice. “He had a great offseason and is still in all the meetings,” McCoy said.

Fantasy Impact:
From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will likely start as the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. If he’s starting and can stay healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy-relevant once again in 2014.

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring) out 'at least' a week

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:52pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace missed his second consecutive day of practice after tweaking his hamstring. The receiver is out at least until next week, the Miami Herald reported Thursday morning, meaning Wallace will miss Saturday's team scrimmage at Sun Life Stadium. Wallace admitted his hamstring was "tight" earlier this week.

Fantasy Impact:
This doesn't seem like a big deal, but it would obviously be better if Wallace were fully healthy and getting valuable reps in the new offense. He's still an appealing pick in the 6th/7th round.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:49pm

M Live - [Full Article]

WR Kevin Ogletree was singled out by offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi for his play during OTAs, made several nice catches during minicamp and now has opened training camp by running with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate on the first team.

Belichick: RB James White can 'compete on all three downs'

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:39pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Patriots HC Bill Belichick told Sirius XM NFL Radio this month, per ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game." The takeaway here is that White is seen as a weapon who can stay on the field for more than just passing downs.

Fantasy Impact:
At this point, we view White as the logical handcuff for Shane Vereen, though it sounds as if Belichick believes that White could take over for Vereen (and for Stevan Ridley), if necessary. Both Vereen and RIdley are free agents next season.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:22pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property, being drunk in public and public swearing case was dropped by prosecutors Thursday morning, according to a court clerk.

Source: Giants RB David Wilson (neck) 'needs a miracle' to return

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:21pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

According to Conor Orr and Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, multiple sources believe it's a longshot that Giants RB David Wilson returns to the field. One unnamed source with knowledge of the running back's medical condition told NJ.com that Wilson "needs a miracle" to return.

Fantasy Impact:
This is a tough break for Wilson who was recently cleared to play after a scary neck injury. Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams will back up Rashad Jennings.

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 12:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

After starting 17 games over his first two seasons, Bills WR T.J. Graham is squarely on the bubble this training camp. After missing all of OTAs following offseason surgery, Graham's performance in camp has been shaky. He's had more than a handful of drops. The Bills have used Graham mostly as a speed threat -- both in the screen and deep game -- but he'll need to prove himself as more than that to crack the roster.

Gruden: Alfred Morris has 'caught the ball very well'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:56pm

Washington Redskins - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden said he knows what he has in Alfred Morris, and said the Florida Atlantic product has had a great training camp so far, as he’s worked hard to add the passing game to his list of talents. “Alfred is not flying under the radar in our eyes, that’s for sure,” Gruden said. “He’s had a great camp. He’s caught the ball very well too which is a pleasant surprise for us out of the backfield, so Alfred’s going to get his touches.”

Fantasy Impact:
Morris’s stock has taken a bit of a hit after the coaching regime change in Washington, but new HC Jay Gruden intends to keep the same running game (one reason they retained O-line coach Chris Foerster), so Morris’s outlook doesn’t change too much. He still isn’t much of a player in the pass game, though Gruden's comments are encouraging. If he can catch 30+ passes it will really help his value in PPR formats.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The star of the day at Chargers camp was Malcom Floyd. The 6-foot-5 receiver returning from a serious neck injury made several plays in the passing game, including a deep reception during the two-minute drill that set up a score and a touchdown in the red zone on a skinny post against Brandon Flowers toward the end of practice.

Fantasy Impact:
From 2010 to 2012, Floyd finished #36, #32 and #36 as the second or third option in San Diego. He returns from a neck injury at the age of 32 (turning 33 in September) and will likely start as the team’s WR2 opposite Keenan Allen. If he’s starting and can stay healthy (a rather big “if”), he should be fantasy-relevant once again in 2014.