Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:03pm
Eagles rookie WR Josh Huff looks like a running back because he not only has the build to play the position at 5-foot-11 inches, 211 pounds, but he actually lined up in the backfield in high school, as well as under center.
It's that experience that has made Huff's transition not only to the NFL but to wide receiver one that he believes he's equipped to play at a high level at in the Pros.
With Jordan Matthews, the fellow rookie WR, standing out almost every day at camp, Huff is battling for a WR4 role on the Eagles. The article pointed out that Huff really doesn't have an advantage coming from Oregon and playing for HC Chip Kelly because there are already so many different wrinkles in Kelly's game plans.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:59pm
The Bills made a bold statement during the draft – dealing away next year's first-round pick – to move up and select the best receiver in the crop, Clemson's Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick overall. Watkins is a dynamic playmaker who has had an impressive rookie camp. They also swung a deal with the Buccaneers to obtain Mike Williams, looking to rebound from a torn hamstring.
"He is the essential cog," Jackson, the eighth-year vet, told USA TODAY Sports. "We know that. He knows that. We can only go as far as he takes us."
Manuel sounds like he could face some pressure to make the playoffs this season, but after missing much of last year he's really still just a rookie in terms of games played. He does have some nice weapons to work with in the passing game but the Bills could end up being a run-first team with C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson and newly acquired Bryce Brown in the backfield.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:53pm
While most of the Eaagles running backs worked separately from one on ones Sunday, Darren Sproles worked with the receivers.
Chris Polk is shaping up to get carries if something were to happen to LeSean McCoy, so Sproles looks like he's going to play a big role in the passing game. The question is how many balls will there be to go around. The Eagles run enough plays that in deeper PPR leagues, Sproles could have a role.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:49pm
Last year, it was DeSean Jackson that sizzled. McCoy looks like he may be in the best shape of his career. One of the things missed most about Lehigh was how close the reporters were permitted to get to the action. Reporters could get fairly close at the Linc and during one McCoy run you could hear him saying to defenders as he went past them, “Bye, so long, woooooooo …”
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:45pm
It probably would make more sense to replace Smith with Vick, letting him run the read-option. Obviously, Smith is capable of running the read-option -- he did it a lot last season -- but he's not in Vick's league as a ballcarrier.
The case for this is Vick is too good of a weapon to be on the bench, but the downsides seem far more numerous. It could disrupt Smith's rhythm, for one, and perhaps mess with his confidence, knowing he has to share time with Vick. It also exposes Vick to injury.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:41pm
Marlon Brown, the second-year WR who set a Ravens franchise rookie record in touchdown receptions last season, had his best practice of training camp Sunday, making a series of contested catches. It was another positive step forward for a player who struggled to hang onto the ball in the various offseason minicamps but now appears to be hitting his stride.
Brown is starting to come on but will still be behind Torrey Smith, Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones. We predict him for 38 catches and just under 400 yards this season.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:38pm
Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews simply continues to make catch after catch after catch after catch after catch... (Yawn)... after catch after catch after... sorry, but that's just what is happening out here every day.
The Eagles likely won't have one stand-out receiver like DeSean Jackson was a year ago, but Matthews sure seems like he's going to be a contributor in his first year. Right now, it looks like the Birds vision him in the slot, so his time may be limited depending on formation.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:34pm
Cowboys OC Scott Linehan is not concerned that QB Tony Romo will likely miss Sunday’s Blue-White Scrimmage. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been held out of three of the eight training camp practices and is expected to play in only two of the team’s four preseason games.
“He’s been great,” Linehan said. “I think the plan for managing his reps is a great one. We’re getting a lot done when he does go. I’ve been really happy with the way things are going.”
At least the Cowboys seem like they have a plan with Romo, something many questioned recently when there was miscommunication as to whether Romo would take part in an afternoon practice. Romo is 100-percent according to owner Jerry Jones, so it appears the team is taking their time easing him back into things.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 5:18pm
First-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford understands now why head coach Lovie Smith raved about his hand-picked franchise quarterback -- former Chicago Bears backup Josh McCown.
"Josh really is like another coach," the former University of California coach told USA TODAY Sports. "I can't say how impressed I am by everything Josh does, the time and energy he puts in to be the best. It's an understatement what Lovie said about him.
McCown was pretty impressive at times last year filling in for Jay Cutler in Chicago. So much so, some felt the team should have stuck with him. Now McCown is in Tampa throwing to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. McCown is ranked just 27th on our list and will likely end up on the free agent wire in typical leagues.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:59pm
San Diego 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. Royal praised Chargers defensive backs for “feisty” play.
Perhaps most encouraging here is the that Floyd had a nice day. He's coming back after a terrible injury early last season. Allen is still the guy to own, but Floyd looks like he can be the WR2 the Chargers didn't really have last year.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:17pm
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 4:15pm
In terms of the Cincinnati depth chart in the backfield, BenJarvus Green-Ellis retains his status as the No. 2 rusher, while rookie Jeremy Hill is the No. 3 back behind Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. The order behind the three then goes: Cedric Peerman, Rex Burkhead and James Wilder Jr.
Perhaps this is a bit of a surprise considering many had Law Firm even getting released at some point before the season in favor of rookie Hill. This could just be because of NFL experience.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 3:01pm
The team isn't saying why but beat reporters are assuming nagging hamstring issues for both players... It marks the fourth-straight missed practice for Foster.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2:58pm
That's been the general feeling thus far out of Texans camp. Hopkins was #50 WR last year in his rookie season and should improve on that this season.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:48pm