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Trestman All In On Jay Cutler (7/21 12:03 PT)

The Facts: The biggest question facing the Chicago Bears last summer was whether new HC Marc Trestman would come out of the season believing in Cutler as his franchise QB. We got our answer when the team signed the passer to a seven-year, $126-million deal while allowing Josh McCown to flee to Tampa Bay in free agency. Trestman says the decision to hitch his wagon to Cutler was a no-brainer. "Jay has been emotionally and selflessly invested in ways that he wouldn't talk about," Trestman told the Chicago Tribune. "But he really cares about this organization and every day he's a very, very observant person and he's a very proactive person in terms of inserting himself in all areas of this building to help this organization get better. It has been very, very impressive to watch how he has worked intelligently and selflessly to do that." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Trestman also pointed to the analytics study GM Phil Emory compiled on Cutler's play, while touting his QB's ability to grasp offensive concepts from the neck up. "I have great respect for Jay's football intelligence and his skillset. When we came in here, we knew he had the skillset," Trestman said. "The issue was, 'Could we work together on a daily basis?' because we both love football and we want to help our football team. And the answer to that question was a clear yes." As NFL.com notes, Cutler's arm strength and athleticism have never been questioned. Injuries and on-field mistakes have been the issue. But now, in his second season under Trestman, with a new high-end contract and an outstanding supporting cast, this might be the season fantasy football owners get what they expect out of Cutler.

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Cam Newton's Mobility Still A Bit Limited (7/20 12:27 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Charlotte Observer notes that Newton was throwing to receivers last week in Greensboro, North Carolina, but he was limited in his mobility. That is to be expected less than four months removed from major surgery, but it's a reminder that this was a major surgery.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com suggests, Newton's ankle surgery has surprisingly received relatively little attention this offseason. Perhaps that's because he was able to participate in some of the team's 7-on-7 drills in mid-June. Or because there's been so much attention on the changes in Carolina at wide receiver and on the offensive line. Maybe it's because Newton looks like Superman, and we all assume he can discard surgeries like arm tackles. The Panthers are asking Newton to handle more responsibility than ever this year. He needs to carry an otherwise flawed offense. That will be a lot easier if he maintains his explosiveness as a runner, which means fantasy football owners will watching his ankle closely in August.

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Patriots Sign FA TE Nate Byham (7/20 12:17 PT)

The Facts: The New England Patriots and Byham have agreed to terms on a contract, according to a league source. Byham will fill the 90th and final spot on the roster, pending a physical. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: More of a blocking tight end, the 6-4, 264-pound Byham played the last two seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under coach Greg Schiano, who is a close friend of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Byham totaled six receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown in 15 games with the Buccaneers. Byham adds depth at tight end for the Patriots, where top player Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a torn ACL. Five-year veteran Michael Hoomanawanui is next on the depth chart, followed by D.J. Williams (fourth year) and undrafted rookies Justin Jones and Asa Watson. Like Gronkowski, Byham is recovering from a torn ACL after being placed on season-ending injured reserve last Oct. 1. He had worked out for the Patriots on May 21.

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Fox: Peyton Manning Can Get Better (7/20 12:25 PT)

The Facts: Manning mastered the quarterback position during the regular season in 2013, putting up passing records that could stand for decades. The question now becomes: How do you follow that up? HC John Fox was asked Friday if Manning can get better in the season after throwing for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns on his way to a fifth MVP award. "I think so, we talk about that every day," Fox said.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Fox added: "He has worked very hard, he is in the best shape he has ever been in, all his numbers in our weight and conditioning program are all up from a year ago, even before that. There are areas he can improve in and he knows it and he will. ..." But will that lead to an increase in production? That's a huge reach. But as NFL.com suggests, Manning could throw 20 fewer touchdowns in 2014 and conceivably still lead the league in that category. So fantasy football owners should assume regression is coming. But they shouldn't panic.

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Bradley: Toby Gerhart Faster Than Jags Realized (7/20 12:14 PT)

The Facts: In an Q&A with the Florida Times-Union published Saturday night, HC Gus Bradley indicated Gerhart was ready to be the team’s featured back. “His work ethic, his knowledge of the game, his ability to fit in with our team, his competitiveness — he checks all those boxes,” Bradley said. “The one thing we saw during the OTAs was that his speed -- he’s even faster than we gave him credit for.” Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The team's belief that Gerhart is ready to be their feature back has been obvious since they signed him. Gerhart showed some playmaking ability in limited action a season ago, racking up 283 yards on 36 carries -- an average of 7.9 yards. Four of his carries went for 20 yards or more. By contrast, in his previous three seasons, he averaged one rush of 20-plus yards for every 48 attempts (5-of-240). ... Now, of course, we'll all get to see what Gerhart might be capable with a larger sample size.

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Rob Gronkowski Planning On Playing Entire Season (7/19 11:30 PT)

The Facts: Gronkowski, who underwent surgery for a torn right ACL on Jan. 9, is optimistic enough about his progress to the point that playing in the regular-season opener is on his radar. "I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," Gronkowski said Friday. Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: The Patriots open the season Sept. 7 at the Miami Dolphins. "I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is," he said. "I just want to play football. I love playing the game. ..." Gronkowski played all 16 games in each of his first two NFL seasons. But he was limited to seven games last season, first playing in Week 7 once his previously broken forearm was medically cleared before tearing his ACL on a hit by safety T.J. Ward in a Dec. 8 game against the Cleveland Browns. In 2012, Gronkowski played 11 games. While Gronkowski is hopeful to be ready for the 2014 season opener, he is less certain about his status for the start of training camp on July 24. He would seemingly be most likely to start camp on the active/physically unable to perform list. Whatever the case, fantasy football owners hoping to secure his services will need to plan on drafting Gronk as the second TE off the board (based on current ADP).

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Cam Newton Gets In Some Time With His Receivers (7/19 12:14 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Newton, two other quarterbacks, nine receivers and one tight end assembled this week at Proehlific Park, owned and operated by Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl, to build chemistry. “This is like a brotherhood, and you need everybody in this group to go,” Panthers rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin said. “Just a like a car, we need every part of this to keep it going.” Reported by the Charlotte Observer

Diehards Line: The Panthers will hold their first training camp practice on July 25, so this week's sessions (which ran Wednesday through Friday), give the group some time to get a feel for each other. Of the 13 players there, no one other than Newton threw or caught a pass for the Panthers in the 2013 regular season. Newton, close to but still not 100 percent on his surgically repaired ankle, has missed nearly all of the offseason workouts while rehabbing and has not been able to throw as much as he would like with his brand-new receiving corps. Fantasy football owners will get a chance to see how much progress might have been made next week. We'll be following up.

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Alex Smith Still Waiting For New Contract (7/19 12:09 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... HC Andy Reid said in May that he was "sure" the team would sign Smith to a long-term contract. Two months later: crickets. So what gives? "Who knows," Smith said on Thursday's NFL Total Access. "Certainly there's been a lot of continued, open conversation between both sides. For me, come camp, that's all gonna get forgotten about, for me it's all about football. If it gets done, it gets done, but until then I'm just focused on that first game, really." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Entering his contract year, Smith told The Kansas City Star this week: "I'd love to have it done." But that obviously doesn't mean it will be. Smith's camp wants to be paid close to Jay Cutler's $18 million annual average. Not unlike Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, though, determining an asking price for the 30-year-old Smith hasn't been easy. If talks fail to produce an agreeable deal, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in May that Kansas City is indeed willing to slap the franchise tag on the steady-but-unspectacular QB.

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Rosenhaus Confirms Josh Gordon's Appeal Hearing Coming Soon (7/18 11:31 PT)

The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that Gordon's appeal hearing will arrive "in the near future," echoing a report indicating session would take place at the end of July.  Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Gordon already faced a potentially lengthy suspension for a positive drug test before his arrest earlier this month on suspicion of DWI. Rosenhaus plans to huddle with the Browns next week to discuss the future of his troubled All-Pro client. "I'm sure I'll get together with the Browns at some point before training camp to talk to them some more about all of our clients," Rosenhaus told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Thursday. "I'm sure we'll talk about Josh some more and continue to work together and do the best job we can for him collectively." As NFL.com notes, the receiver's appeal could be nixed if the NFL and NFL Players Association strike a deal on a reduced suspension for Gordon, who was the NFL's leading receiver in 2013. The expectation, though, is that Gordon could miss the entire season, something fantasy owners drafting early should take into account. ... We'll continue to follow up.

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Don't Look For LeSean McCoy's Touches To Tail Off (7/18 12:07 PT)

The Facts: The pressing question: Will Chip Kelly lighten McCoy’s workload? The answer, as I see it, is no. McCoy often mentions how his running style lends itself to fewer big hits, and the numbers suggest there could be something to that. In the Eagles' final four regular season games, he piled up 519 yards and averaged 6.3 YPC. In the fourth quarters of games, he led the NFL with 441 yards and averaged 6.0 YPC, according to STATS, Inc. In other words, there were no signs that his production took a hit because of the heavy workload. Reported by Philly.com

Diehards Line: So wrote PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia, who went on to remind readers that on his way to setting the franchise record for rushing yards, McCoy led the NFL in carries (314) and touches (366) last season. Only Chicago's Matt Forte played more snaps. The Eagles added Darren Sproles in the offseason. But that doesn't mean they're looking to lighten McCoy's workload. McCoy is only 26 years old and the focal point of the Eagles' offense. Given that, Kapadia believes matching last year's number of touches would be no surprise. "Assuming (good) health," Kapadia wrote, "he's as close to a lock as there is to finish as one of the top three rushers in the NFL." And fantasy football owners will have to draft him as such.

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Brian Hoyer Says He's Fully Cleared For Training Camp (7/18 12:04 PT)

The Facts: Despite suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last October after he led the Browns to back-to-back wins, Hoyer said he has been cleared to practice without limitations when training camp begins July 26. “[I’ll be] practicing full go, so it’s exciting for me,” Hoyer said.  Reported by the Akron Beacon Journal

Diehards Line: Hoyer participated in spring practices but sat out 11-on-11 drills -- except for simulated, toned-down versions -- so teammates wouldn’t accidentally run into his surgically repaired knee. Now, Hoyer is on the verge of ditching the restrictions as his competition intensifies with rookie Johnny Manziel for the starting quarterback job. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Hoyer would enter training camp as the starter, adding that the veteran is “securely ahead” of Manziel — but the lead is not “insurmountable.” Which obviously leaves the door open. But if Hoyer picks up where he left of before he was hurt last season, Manziel will have his hands full.

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Green Expects Andy Dalton To Get A New Contract Before The Season Starts (7/17 5:38 PT)

The Facts: A.J. Green told NFL Network last week that he doesn't want anyone but Dalton throwing him the ball in Cincinnati. Green is in favor of the team re-signing their young quarterback, and he expects that money to come soon. "I know they know he's the guy," Green told the team's official site. "... I feel like they're going to get something done before the season starts." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Three of Dalton's 10 lowest single-game QBR scores were produced in Cincy's trio of playoff losses, but Green went out of his way to defend his passer's January troubles. "A lot of people give him crap about not winning a playoff game, but we've made the playoffs the last three seasons," Green said. "We've won 10 or more games (twice). Playoff games. ... We're still young. I feel like we're going to win them, it just takes time." The Bengals repeatedly have come to the defense of their young quarterback, but as NFL.com points out, team owner Mike Brown is on record saying that he preferred Colin Kaepernick over Dalton in the 2011 Draft. Given that, assuming that Dalton's deal is going to be easily consummated might be a reach.

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Marcus Lattimore Will Open Camp On Non-Football Injury List (7/17 5:35 PT)

The Facts: Lattimore was placed on the club’s non-football injury list on Thursday, according to the NFL’s official transactions.  Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: Lattimore missed the 2013 season after suffering multiple torn knee ligaments in October 2012, including his ACL. He participated in workouts this spring for San Francisco. HC Jim Harbaugh expressed hope over the runner's rehab, but Lattimore will continue to watch from afar as rookie back Carlos Hyde challenges veteran Frank Gore for snaps in San Francisco's run-heavy attack.... The 49ers’ rookies reported to camp on Wednesday. Veterans report on July 23.

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Mara Adds To Positive Vibe Surrounding David Wilson's Availability (7/17 12:45 PT)

The Facts: The optimism surrounding Wilson's recovery from neck surgery continues to mount as we gallop toward training camp. Echoing general manager Jerry Reese's comments last month, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said on Thursday that the team plans for Wilson to be ready to play. "We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday's Tom Rock. Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com notes, Wilson still has tests pending before he can fully take on contact, but the Giants are confident in his readiness. New arrival Rashad Jennings is expected to start camp as the workhorse back with Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and rookie Andre Williams as sledgehammer options. Wilson could play a role as the change-of-pace back the Giants lack -- if he can stay healthy. ... Stay tuned.

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The Cowboys Sign FA TE Dallas Walker (7/17 12:43 PT)

The Facts: The Cowboys have added a player to fill Kyle Orton’s roster spot, but it’s not a quarterback. According to the club’s website, the team has signed Walker, who had a stint with the Chargers last season. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: The 26-year-old Walker spent the bulk of his collegiate career at Western Michigan, catching 16 passes for 102 yards and four TDs in 32 games (2009-2011). The Cowboys have five tight ends: Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna, Jordan Najvar and Walker. Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden and Dustin Vaughan are the club’s three quarterbacks.

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Packers Want Eddie Lacy On The Field More (7/17 9:29 PT)

The Facts: Lacy set the Packers' record for rushing yards by a rookie (1,178) on the way to winning offensive rookie of the year honors and in the process became one of the most promising running backs in the NFL. But with a year's worth of film on Lacy, teams will be better prepared for the Packers' running game this time around. How does Lacy counter that? For starters, the Packers would like to keep him on the field longer. "We haven't sat down and figured out 'X' number of carries for Eddie," OC Tom Clements said. "We want to get him touches, trying to get him more involved in all aspects of the game, but Eddie was a workhorse for us last year." Reported by ESPN.com

Diehards Line: As previously noted, HC Mike McCarthy wants Lacy to be able to stay on the field for all three downs in order to prevent substitutions from slowing down the offense. That means Lacy will have to perfect his pass blocking skills. It also could mean more opportunities to catch the ball coming out of the backfield. So while James Starks and DuJuan Harris will figure into the mix, make no mistake about it: Lacy is going to get every opportunity to provide fantasy football owners with elite-level production -- as our current Staff Rankings suggest.

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Elway: Julius Thomas Not In Line For Graham-Like Money (7/17 12:41 PT)

The Facts: Thomas was glad the Saints came to an agreement with tight end Jimmy Graham, perhaps because Thomas thinks having Graham’s deal in place will put him in better position to get a new contract worked out with the Broncos. But Broncos boss John Elway wants to make one thing clear: Thomas won’t be getting a Jimmy Graham type contract. “Even though Julius had a tremendous year for us, he’s only [played] 23 games. We want Julius to be a Bronco for a long time and we think he has tremendous upside, but he’s not at that level,” Elway told USA Today. Reported by Profootballtalk.com

Diehards Line: As PFT's Michael David Smith suggests, Elway is right: Although Thomas had a breakout year last year, catching 65 passes for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns, he’s a long way from earning a contract like the deal the Saints gave Graham, which will pay $21 million over the next two seasons. Elway plans to work on contract negotiations with both Thomas and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas during training camp, but he doesn’t want to see those negotiations extend into the regular season. “Nothing is going to get done before camp, but we’ll keep talking to them in camp,” Elway said. “After the second week of the preseason, we’ll want to have had something done, one way or another.” Either way, Thomas won't be getting Graham money.

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Foster Wants Andre Johnson To Return, But... (7/17 12:01 PT)

The Facts: Johnson's future with the Houston Texans remains unknown as we barrel toward training camp. The disgruntled wide receiver wants out of Houston and the Texans have no intention (or need) to fulfill a trade request. Speaking to KPRC-TV on Tuesday, Texans teammate Arian Foster said he's texted with the receiver and wants Johnson to know how vital he is not only to the team, but to the city as well. "He is Houston," Foster said. "I remember when I had my little run where I had back-to-back like great seasons and I felt like this city loves me, they love me here. Everywhere I go this is still Dre's city. I don't care if James Harden is walking around or Dwight Howard or whatever. This is Andre's city." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: As NFL.com notes, it appears Johnson will have two choices: show up and play for the franchise he's been the face of for 11 seasons or walk away from football. Veterans report to Texans training camp on July 25. The team could fine Johnson $30,000 a day if he holds out. "I would love to have him here, but ultimately that's one of my friends outside of the field. I want him to do what's best for him," Foster said. "If he doesn't feel like playing anymore and wants to hang them up, I'm going to support him 100 percent. If he wants to come back and help us win, I'm all for that as well. ..." Stay tuned.; We'll continue to watch this one closely.

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DeMarco Murray Says He's Ready To Handle A 300-Carry Season (7/16 5:45 PT)

The Facts: Murray isn't a numbers guy. But there's no doubt in his mind that can be a running back who can withstand the pounding of an entire season. "If they decide to do that with me, of course," Murray told FOXSports.com, when asked if he could handle a 300-carry-a-season workload. "Whatever they decide to do with me, I think I can handle it." Reported by FOXSports.com

Diehards Line: Murray has had trouble staying on the field during the first three years of his NFL career, as he missed six games with a sprained foot in 2012 and another pair of games last season with a sprained MCL. He finished 2013 with 217 carries, the most of his career, but was tied for 17th in the league. Whether Murray actually gets close to that 300-carry mark will be largely up to Scott Linehan, the man brought in by the Cowboys to "run" the offense. Linehan is known around the league as a pass-happy kind of play-caller. In fact, as the offensive coordinator with the Lions from 2009-13, Detroit was consistently among the league leaders in pass attempts. But Linehan has said his thinking has changed since arriving in Dallas. "Things that were done last year in the running game with DeMarco, the running style that was created here is really a good fit," Linehan said in May on a Dallas radio station. "That's going to be our strength, being able to lean on that running game a little bit more than they have in the past. ..." If that's indeed the case, Murray is going to make good on the optimism of fantasy football owners, who are currently selecting him as the RB9 on average.

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McCoy Likes Darren Sproles’ Quick Feet, Leadership Skills (7/16 5:44 PT)

The Facts: Sproles' role in Chip Kelly's offense will be one of the intriguing plot lines as we encroach upon training camp. In an interview this week with NFL Media's Rich Eisen, teammate LeSean McCoy crowed about playing with the diminutive back. "Sproles has the quickest feet I've ever seen out of any player," McCoy said. "He'll help us out tremendously. I think the best thing about him, what he brings to this team is not only leadership and experience, but also just another big playmaker on the team. You talk about losing DeSean (Jackson), but I think Howie (Roseman) and Chip did a great job of bringing another playmaker to our team." Reported by NFL.com

Diehards Line: Sproles is expected to play roles in the running game, special teams and passing game -- just don't make the mistake of calling him a receiver. As NFL.com suggests, the slippery duo of McCoy and Sproles dancing in the Eagles' backfield will stress opponents with their versatility. "With me and him in the backfield together it will definitely cause an issue with the defense," McCoy said. ... The question is how much work Sproles will get? We'll start to gain a better understanding of that when the Eagles open camp on July 25.

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