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QB | Geno Smith | New York Jets | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New York Jets QB Geno Smith told the OchoCinco News Network that there is no problem between QB Mark Sanchez and him. "Me and Mark are cool. There's no hard feelings or anything." Smith said that he has been getting work in and implied that he was scheduled to work out with some teammates, just as Sanchez had been doing. He added that he continues to prepare to be the starter and is looking forward to the competition in training camp.

QB | Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Bears discussed a contract extension with QB Jay Cutler prior to the team hiring Marc Trestman as head coach.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford wants to throw the ball less than the 727 times he threw the ball in 2012. The hope is the team will be able to run the ball more in the late in the game and not be forced to throw because they are behind. "A lot of the time, we were throwing the ball because of circumstance; we were behind in games late in the game and it's tough to justify handing the ball off a lot and trying to get back into it," Stafford said. "That was kind of a thing of circumstance but at the same time we have to find a way to be more explosive in the run game and a little bit more balanced as well."

QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans QB Matt Schaub is in great shape and had a great offseason, according to quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell.

QB | Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team plans to simplify things for QB Philip Rivers. McCoy said Rivers gets in trouble when he tries to do too much, but it's on the entire offense to become more consistent. "We got to get him going back to the basics," McCoy said. "Take what the defense gives you. Don't be afraid to check it down. You don't have to make that big play every play. We are going to do some different things in the passing game with him to raise the completion percentage, get the ball out of his hand a little bit quicker."

Running Back

RB | Daryl Richardson | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams RB Daryl Richardson is listed as a projected starter on the team's initial depth chart heading into training camp and the preseason, followed by RBs Isaiah Pead and Zac Stacy, who are listed as 'key contributors'.

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson (shin) missed the mandatory minicamp in June and the final week of organized team activities (OTAs) due to a muscle strain in his right shin. However, he said Tuesday, July 16, that when training camp opens July 25 that he will be ready to roll. "I'll be full-go right from the get-go and y'all out there will see me flying around," Richardson said. "I can't wait to get out there and I can't wait for the first game. I've been waiting forever this season and I know it's going to be a good one for us." Richardson will report at his prescribed weight of 225, down about seven pounds from last season.

RB | Denard Robinson | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson was praised for progress in the offseason program by running backs coach Terry Richardson. "Denard made a lot of headway and improvement getting the nuances, terminology and the real intricacies of the position down," Richardson said. "He knows how to run the football."

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) may not go at full speed at the start of training camp, according to offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. "We have to make sure he can just not plant off his foot, but be tackled on his foot and be able to bounce right back up and be able to withstand a lot of carries," Fisch said. "When we start seeing those things, we'll have a better feel of what type of guy he can be. "We're not going to overburden him until he feels he's 100 percent."

RB | Roy Helu | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins RB Roy Helu (knee, toe) was making cuts near the end of OTAs. He's expected to be completely healthy entering the season.


FB | Vonta Leach | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to meet with the agent of free agent LB Vonta Leach (Ravens) this week. Leach could still return to the Baltimore Ravens if the Dolphins only offer a one-year deal at league minimum.

Wide Receiver

WR | Chris Givens | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
St. Louis Rams WRs Chris Givens and Austin Pettis are each listed as projected starters on the team's initial depth chart heading into training camp. WRs Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick are listed as 'key contributors'.

WR | Laurent Robinson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Laurent Robinson (Jaguars) said he's symptom-free after his concussion-marred 2012. He has been running and training without issues since last week at Fit Speed in Weston, Fla., the workout facility co-founded by Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall. It was the first time Robinson went through football drills since being concussed on Nov. 18. Some teams are reportedly interested in Robinson, per his agent.

WR | Greg Jennings | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings said QB Christian Ponder has not had enough help around him in previous years, and that will change this year. "He (Ponder) has always been a position where the stress and the pressure was on him, and he really didn't have the help around him to take that load off, outside of 'All Day' (Adrian Peterson). That's it," Jennings said.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Michael Bamiro | Philadelphia Eagles | Draft, Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles OT Michael Bamiro has been guaranteed a portion of his base salaries for his first two seasons in part to offset the fact that he received a low signing bonus, according to a source. He was reportedly rated a fourth- to sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he learned that he had exhausted his eligibility at Stony Brook last season because he began attending the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 as a student only. Stony Brook appealed on his behalf for an additional season of eligibility but was denied. He was also declared ineligible for the supplemental draft, which took place last week. Former Eagles OT Tra Thomas had been training Bamiro and oversaw his workout last week in front of 22 NFL teams, several of which made strong attempts to sign him. He was a right tackle at Stony Brook and could eventually be a threat to OT Jason Peters' playing time.

Defensive Line

DL | Dion Jordan | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins and DE Dion Jordan have not made progress on a new contract, and the holdup is due to offset language the team wants to include in the contract in case Jordan is a bust during the duration of the contract.

DL | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware is ready for the new challenge of playing a different position in 2013. "I think it's another challenge of being effective at a totally different position," Ware said. "They say an outside linebacker is a defensive end just standing up, but it's not the same because you've got different ways the offense wants to sort of attack you. It's a little simpler now. It's more man on man, that brute football. It's not, I'm going to trick the guy and move the guy around to get a matchup. It's my tackle against your defensive end or my linebacker against your running back We know who's blocking who and it's up to who wants it most."

DL | Henry Melton | Chicago Bears | Transaction, Fantasy
Chicago Bears DT Henry Melton expected to play under the one-year franchise tag he signed earlier in the offseason, and said there are decisions to be made after the 2013 season. "There are a lot of decisions to be made, especially after this season,'' Melton noted. "A lot of the defensive guys, their contracts are going to be up after the season. … Guys like Peanut (Tillman) and Major (Wright). There are just a ton of decisions to be made."


CB | Alfonzo Dennard | New England Patriots | Fantasy
Prosecutors in Nebraska are looking to revoke New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard's probation after he was arrested for suspicion of DUI.

Free Safety

FS | Jairus Byrd | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
There's a chance Buffalo Bills FS Jairus Byrd could hold out and miss games in the upcoming season.


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