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Raiders | Counting on Menelik Watson

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:33:28 -0700

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson is slated to start at right tackle. The coaching staff has confidence in his ability after what was largely viewed as a disappointing 2013 season. Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said, "You don't see men of his size with the kind of feet that he has. We've seen growth from him. We'll know more when we get into live situations, but we've got high expectations, and he has high expectations, as well." Watson said he has learned a lot about conditioning his body and understanding how to prepare from watching veterans, since he began playing football in 2011.

Bears | Jimmy Clausen has strong practice

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:17:38 -0700

Chicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen was accurate with his throws during practice Monday, July 28, and he led a touchdown drive during a two-minute drill. Larry Mayer of ChicagoBears.com believes Clausen is "very much" in the mix for the backup QB job.

Panthers | Cam Newton taking it easy in practice

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:09:25 -0700

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.

FANTASY TIP: Newton should be off and running again when the regular season rolls around, and while running the ball increases the chances he will be injured, his fantasy value is tied directly to his ability to make plays with his legs. Newton has QB1 upside, but given the injury risk, it is safer to draft him as a QB2.

Yankees | Interested in Justin Ruggiano

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:03 -0700

The New York Yankees have shown an interest in Chicago Cubs OF Justin Ruggiano, but they were rebuffed.

Cubs | Emilio Bonifacio drawing interest

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:14 -0700

Chicago Cubs 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio is drawing interest from other clubs leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Cubs | James Russell, Wesley Wright might be dealt

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:51:22 -0700

The Chicago Cubs might still trade RPs James Russell or Wesley Wright before the trade deadline. Both pitchers are free agents after the 2015 season.

Cubs | Might look to deal Nate Schierholtz

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:50:47 -0700

The Chicago Cubs might look to trade OF Nate Schierholtz. However, he has had an off year and the deal might wait until he clears waivers in August.

Cubs | Likely to keep Chris Coghlan

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:50:03 -0700

The Chicago Cubs are expected to keep OF Chris Coghlan, rather than dealing him at the trade deadline, as it is believed they need outfielders next year who can hit more than a second-tier prospect.

Packers | T.J. Lang nursing shoulder injury

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:48:19 -0700

Green Bay Packers OG T.J. Lang (shoulder) has had to take it easy in training camp as he deals with a sore shoulder. Lang was limited to individual drills Monday, July 28.

Steelers | Injury notes

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:41:37 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt (groin) left practice early Monday, July 28, and WR C.J. Goodwin (shoulder) was held out of drills during practice.

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Lions | Corey Hilliard starts at RT

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:34:24 -0700

Detroit Lions OT Corey Hilliard took snaps at right tackle ahead of OT LaAdrian Waddle during 11-on-11 drills Monday, July 28.

Raiders | Juron Criner nursing injury

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:31:21 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Juron Criner (hamstring) has been sidelined from practice due to a hamstring injury, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.

Raiders | Rod Streater dealing with concussion

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30:53 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) is dealing with a concussion, head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Monday, July 28.

Giants | Jerrel Jernigan in mix to start

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30:10 -0700

New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan is expected to compete with rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) for a starting spot.

FANTASY TIP: Jernigan has a chance to get a leg up in the competition with Beckham sidelined for at least another week due to a hamstring injury. Even if Jernigan can win a starting job, he shouldn't be viewed as much more than a WR4 or flex fantasy play in leagues of 12 or more teams.

Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. out for a week

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:28:17 -0700

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined at least another week due to his hamstring injury. Beckham was originally injured during organized team activities (OTAs), and then he aggravated the hamstring during the first training camp practice. He hasn't practiced since Tuesday, July 22.

FANTASY TIP: Beckham is expected to battle Jerrel Jernigan for a starting job opposite Victor Cruz, but he needs to stay healthy if he is going to compete. If he wins the job, he has some upside as a WR3/4 or flex fantasy option.

49ers | Marcus Lattimore not yet cleared

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:52 -0700

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) has not been cleared to practice yet due to lingering concerns about his surgically repaired right knee. However, he appears close to joining his teammates.

Ravens | Chris Canty, others miss practice

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:26:58 -0700

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty (family issue) missed practice Monday, July 28. OG Will Rackley (head) and OT Parker Graham (groin) also missed practice.

49ers | Alfonso Smith joining team

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:26:26 -0700

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to announce the signing of free-agent RB Alfonso Smith (Cardinals) Tuesday, July 29. The team needs healthy reinforcements with RBs Kendall Hunter (knee) likely out for the season, and RB LaMichael James (elbow) out at least a month.

Cowboys | Gavin Escobar lining up as a WR

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:17:28 -0700

Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has often lined up out wide during training camp, and offensive play-caller Scott Linehan is experimenting with different ways to get him involved in the offense.

FANTASY TIP: Escobar has the size and pass-catching ability to make some noise in the red zone, and he has the overall physical tools to cause some matchup issues for opposing defenses. Keep an eye on him early in the season to see how involved he becomes in the offense.

Rockies | Josh Rutledge scratched

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:53 -0700

Colorado Rockies SS Josh Rutledge (illness) was scratched from the lineup Monday, July 28, against the Chicago Cubs due to illness.