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Rams | Tavon Austin discusses learning the game

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:48:21 -0700

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin admitted that he was lost as a rookie in 2013, struggling to pick up the playbook. The No. 8 overall pick said it was like a foreign language to him but added that now he has a much better grasp of the system. "I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything," Austin said. "I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me."

FANTASY TIP: The coaching staff is working in creative ways to get Austin the ball in space, but they also know he is not an every-down player and won't use him that way. He is a high-risk, high-reward WR3 in PPR leagues.

Giants | Tom Coughlin not happy with team's conditioning

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:44:01 -0700

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not happy that several players were forced to leave practice with dehydration issues Tuesday, July 22. "It pisses me off," Coughlin said. "After all this [meaning the long off-season program]. Then all of a sudden we're going to have guys that can't stay on the field for more than an hour and a half?"

49ers | Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd not locks to make roster

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:21:05 -0700

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR job, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, but he added that neither Johnson nor WR Brandon Lloyd is a lock to make the roster. Maiocco believes that Johnson's salary and the fact that Lloyd doesn't contribute on special teams would make them expendable if a younger receiver proves capable of filling the No. 3 WR role.

Reds | Zack Cozart gets good news

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:08:08 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (hand) was hit on the right hand by a pitch and forced to leave the game Tuesday, July 22, against the Milwaukee Brewers. X-rays were negative on the first two fingers of his right hand. He is listed as day to day.

Reds | Have interest in Marlon Byrd

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:33 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds are interested in Philadelphia Phillies OF Marlon Byrd, and continue to have trade talks regarding the outfielder, according to sources.

Phillies | Continue to discuss Marlon Byrd deal

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:46 -0700

The Cincinnati Reds continue to have trade talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about OF Marlon Byrd, according to sources.

Orioles | Manny Machado scratched

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:05:33 -0700

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (back) was scratched from the lineup Tuesday, July 22, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim due to a tight lower back. 2B Ryan Flaherty made the start at third base in Machado's absence.

FANTASY TIP: The injury comes the night after his career-high 19-game on-base streak came to an end. Tough week for Machado's fantasy owners. He is likely considered day to day.

Mariners | Michael Saunders ahead of schedule

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:05:08 -0700

Seattle Mariners OF Michael Saunders (oblique) might be slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a strained oblique, according to manager Lloyd McClendon Tuesday, July 22. Still, it appears mid-August or later will be the return timetable for Saunders. "He's feeling better," McClendon said. "He's getting better. He may be a little ahead of schedule, but that's going to be a while."

Mariners | Roenis Elias expected to be fine

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:04:01 -0700

Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday, July 22, that SP Roenis Elias (forearm) "checked out fine" when trainers looked at his left forearm. He was lifted after 90 pitches Monday, July 21, due to cramping.

Eagles | Darren Sproles could be matchup problem for defenses

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:03:39 -0700

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles' ability to win one-on-one matchups in space is what head coach Chip Kelly plans to exploit this season. Kelly said opposing defenses played a lot of man-to-man coverage against his offense last year, and his goal was to find a way to exploit the coverage this year.

FANTASY TIP: Sproles has done his best work in the passing game the last couple seasons, and that shouldn't change this year. Consider him a low-end RB3 in PPR leagues.

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Bills | Thaddeus Lewis not on same page with Tori Gurley

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:52:30 -0700

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Tori Gurley had miscommunications on three occasions Tuesday, July 22, resulting in two incomplete passes and an interception. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes that if Lewis doesn't show better command of the offense that QB Jeff Tuel will land the backup QB job.

Bills | Open competition for No. 2 QB job

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:45:11 -0700

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and QB Jeff Tuel are in an open competition for the backup quarterback job, head coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday, July 22.

Cowboys | Henry Melton cleared in time for training camp

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:34 -0700

Dallas Cowboys DT Henry Melton (knee) has been cleared for the first practice of training camp, as long as he passes a physical Wednesday, July 23, according to sources.

Bills | Brian Moorman makes case for punter job

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:38:02 -0700

Buffalo Bills P Brian Moorman was more effective than P Jake Dombrowski on punts in terms of both average hang time and average distance Tuesday, July 22.

Buccaneers | Mark Barron healthy, ready for camp

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:37:49 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is healthy and ready for training camp to open.

Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson expected to report to camp

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:34:55 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is expected to participate in training camp, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

Giants | Ryan Nassib impresses in drills

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:59 -0700

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib showed good command of the second-team offense Tuesday, July 22. He has stood out in camp as one of the team's most improved players, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Buccaneers | Carl Nicks cleared to play

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:30:33 -0700

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice.

Giants | David Wilson looks sharp

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:28 -0700

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) was making quick cuts and looked like one of the most athletic players on the field Tuesday, July 22, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

FANTASY TIP: Wilson's injury history and the depth chart are working against him, but he could still be worth a late-round flier in fantasy leagues thanks to his big-play speed.

Giants | Weston Richburg sees time at guard

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:16:36 -0700

New York Giants C Weston Richburg saw time at right guard Tuesday, July 22, after OT Brandon Mosley (illness) left practice early.