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Packers | Brad Jones works on dime defense

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:46:32 -0700

Green Bay Packers LB Brad Jones has been working ahead of LB A.J. Hawk as the lone linebacker in the dime defense in practice.

Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater closing gap

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:49 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater saw reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, QB Matt Cassel appears to lead the race for the starting quarterback job, but Bridgewater has closed the gap.

FANTASY TIP: The starting QB job in Minneapolis will be a heated battle through training camp and the preseason. The winner of the battle might emerge as a useful QB2 in most fantasy leagues, especially if WR Cordarrelle Patterson is everything as advertised this season.

Vikings | Christian Ponder's reps cut

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:43:27 -0700

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder's reps were cut during practice Wednesday, July 30.

Raiders | Marcel Reece sheds weight

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:58 -0700

Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece shed about 15 pounds during the offseason.

Raiders | Rod Streater cleared for contact

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:29 -0700

Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (concussion) participated in warmups and drills Wednesday, July 30, but he sat out team sessions. Streater suffered a concussion Monday, July 28, and has been cleared for contact Thursday, July 31.

Raiders | Antonio Smith nursing groin injury

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:42:08 -0700

Oakland Raiders DT Antonio Smith (groin) left practice Wednesday, July 30, due to a groin issue possibly related to his offseason sports hernia surgery.

Raiders | Austin Howard leaves practice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:41:37 -0700

Oakland Raiders OG Austin Howard (back) left practice Wednesday, July 30, when his back tightened up. He was replaced by OG Gabe Jackson. Head coach Dennis Allen said he was unsure about the extent of Howard's injury.

Browns | Josh Gordon's suspension all or nothing

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:54 -0700

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is in Stage III of the NFL's substance-abuse program, and a positive test automatically triggers a one-year suspension. For Gordon, only two options exist: full-year suspension or no suspension at all. It is possible the hearing office will, consciously or otherwise, broaden the lens and consider the reaction to a one-year suspension for Gordon versus a mere two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice for his far more heinous conduct.

FANTASY TIP: Gordon's fantasy value will be known shortly once his appeal is heard. The outcry for Rice's suspension of two games might not factor in here, as the situations are apples and oranges. However, it is Gordon's third run-in in just a couple of seasons, and as a repeat offender he could be treated more harshly.

Lions | George Johnson works with top unit

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:22:20 -0700

Detroit Lions DE George Johnson saw some playing time with the first unit at defensive end Wednesday, July 30. Johnson has trimmed down to 263 pounds, and head coach Jim Caldwell wants to get a closer look at the naturally explosive athlete on the edge.

Lions | Kevin Ogletree sees more first-team reps

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:21:43 -0700

Detroit Lions WR Kevin Ogletree was getting extra work with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, July 30, working primarily out of the slot.

FANTASY TIP: Ogletree has reportedly been impressive during the early portion of training camp, and he appears to have a leg up for the No. 3 receiver job at this point. But it's still early in training camp, so don't get crazy and scoot him way up your draft sheet just yet. Still, if he can secure the No. 3 job, he might emerge as a nice WR4 or 'flex' fantasy option in leagues of 12 or more teams.

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Lions | Matthew Stafford shows off leadership

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:20:56 -0700

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford looked sharp at training camp practice Wednesday, July 30. Stafford also pulled TE Eric Ebron aside, clearly providing feedback to the rookie, showing off some leadership.

Lions | Joique Bell appears agile

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:19:21 -0700

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he looked good cutting and accelerating with ease during team portions of practice Wednesday, July 30.

FANTASY TIP: A healthy Bell appears to be slotted behind starter Reggie Bush for the primary job, so he should get his fair share of touches. He is a decent low-end RB2 or flex option, especially in leagues which reward points per reception (PPR). Bell needs to stay healthy to hold off a charge from sleeper Theo Riddick and holdover Mikel Leshoure, among others.

Lions | Rob Sims looking good

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:18:52 -0700

Detroit Lions OG Rob Sims (knee) missed organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp while recovering from a knee injury, but he held his own working against DT Nick Fairley in one-on-one drills. Sims said after practice Wednesday, July 30, that he is surprised with how well his body is responding and feels he can return to the level of play from his 2012 campaign.

Lions | Kyle Van Noy back at practice

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:09:54 -0700

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (thumb) was back on the field for practice Wednesday, July 30, after leaving the field early Tuesday, July 29, due to a thumb injury.

Jaguars | Marqise Lee lining up all over

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:09:15 -0700

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee (and fellow rookie WR Allen Robinson) have seen more reps in training camp with WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and WR Ace Sanders (personal) sidelined. Lee has shown off his versatility, lining up all over the field so far in camp, and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is finding ways to get him the ball. Lee is still not 100 percent from an ankle injury suffered in June, but he is improving. "It's coming along. I'm still getting treatment and rehab, but it's coming back gradually. I've got to keep it strong to go through an entire season," Lee said Wednesday, July 30.

Jaguars | Allen Robinson drawing praise

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:07:55 -0700

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson (and fellow rookie WR Marqise Lee) have seen plenty of opportunity at training camp with WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) and WR Ace Sanders (personal) sidelined. Robinson has been showing off his size, physical nature and good heads, drawing the praise of general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradleye. "What I like about him are his strong hands," head coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday, July 30. "He makes catches away from his body."

FANTASY TIP: Robinson was seeing reps with the first-team offense even before Shorts went down, and he appears to be heading for a much more meaningful role than originally anticipated. Right now, consider Robinson a deep sleeper on a team with a young and inexperienced quarterback. Adding Robinson in the final rounds on draft day is a good move, but don't rely upon him as a starter, or anything close to it, just yet.

49ers | Fou Fonoti to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:20:17 -0700

San Francisco 49ers OT Fou Fonoti (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

Steelers | David Snow to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:17:14 -0700

Pittsburgh Steelers C David Snow (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

Dolphins | Davonte Wallace to IR

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:15:24 -0700

Miami Dolphins OG Davonte Wallace (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list after being waived/injured. He does not count against the 90-man roster limit.

NFL | Six clear waivers

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:05:02 -0700

Free-agent WR Aaron Burks (Colts), QB Brock Jensen (Dolphins), LB Derrell Johnson (Dolphins), QB Kory Faulkner (49ers), CB Chandler Fenner (Seahawks) and OG Bronson Irwin (Seahawks) cleared waivers and have officially become free agents Wednesday, July 30.

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