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Brian Quick Appears To Be Good To Go Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 1:30 PT |  Reported by ESPN.com
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The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... The Rams started camp relatively healthy, though they had a few players that were limited by minor issues. Quick (shoulder) is easing his way back into team drills but all looked to be moving around well and ready to go.
Diehards Line: Quick suffered a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder in the Rams’ October loss to the Chiefs. It wasn't just any shoulder injury, it included his "rotator cuff, labrum, biceps tendon, just everything," according to HC Jeff Fisher. The team had privately hoped that Quick would be ready in time for training camp and it appears that will be the case. Quick averaged 15.0 yards on 25 catches in seven games before the injury sidelined him. Assuming he's healthy, Quick could be a dark horse fantasy play as he enters his fourth season as a pro.
LeGarrette Blount Returns To Work Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 1:28 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: Following up on a previous item. ... After the Blount reportedly failed his conditioning test at the start of training camp, landing him on the team's non-football injury list, Blount was seen back at practice on Saturday, per multiple reports.
Diehards Line: As NFL.com suggests, it's not a great sign that Blount needed extra time to pass the test. Still, that's what you get with this player. Suspended for the season opener after violating the league's substance-abuse policy, Blount is currently packed into a Patriots backfield that also includes Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, Travaris Cadet and James White. The team always finds a way to pound the ball, but one NFL position coach told NFL.com this summer that he'd rank their backfield "30 to 25" in the league because of "too many unproven players." While he's been effective enough in New England, we've never really seen Blount carry the load for an entire season since his rookie campaign with the Bucs in 2010. This year, with the one-game suspension, 15 games is the best we can hope for.
Tevin Coleman, Freeman Both Getting Work With First Team Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 1:27 PT |  Reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Facts: One the second day of training camp, rookie running back Tevin Coleman received some reps with the first-team offense. “Early, we actually want to play guys with the first team,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Not just the running backs and the receivers. That’s our chance to evaluate the guys going against (the ones). Can you handle it? It’s really by design how we are putting guys into that mix.”
Diehards Line: The Falcons appear set to pick between Devonta Freeman, a fourth-round pick in 2014 and Coleman, a third-round pick in 2015. According to AJC.com's D. Orlando Ledbetter, Freeman is the front-runner, but Coleman, who became the 18th player in FBS history to rush for more than 2,000 yards last season, is a strong contender. “My expectation is to get the starting job and go from there,” Coleman said. “I’m competing every day. ..." Stay tuned.
James White Generating Buzz... Again Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 1:26 PT |  Reported by CSNNE.com
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The Facts: One rather more interesting sights on Day 2 of Patriots camp was seeing White getting reps with the first team as a third-down back. With Shane Vereen gone, somebody will have to take his place. Could it be
Diehards Line:White, the second year man who generated similar buzz last offseason only to disappear Week 1? "I wasn’t so sure James White would be the answer after Shane Vereen," CSNNE.com's Tom Curran said. "I didn’t think he was strong enough, he went down on first contact too frequently. But the Pats are going to give him first crack it seems." White is competing with Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for that role. We'll be watching for more, but White is a guy we have some hopes for this time around.
Broncos WR Kyle Williams Carted Off Field Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 1:25 PT |  Reported by the Denver Post
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The Facts: While attempting to scoop up the football in punt-return drills, Williams went down awkwardly grasping his leg in the early part of the team's second day of training camp. After being tended to by trainers for several minutes, Williams was carted off the field, crying with his hands covering his face. "I worked too hard for this," said Williams via his Twitter account less than an hour after leaving practice.
Diehards Line: Williams was in the mix for the punt-returner job with Jordan Norwood, Solomon Patton, Isaiah Burse and Emmanuel Sanders. Williams, 5-foot-10, 186 pounds, is a six-year veteran out of Arizona State. He has battled knee injuries in the past.
Carson Palmer Won't Be On A Pitch Count This Summer Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 12:29 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: The Cardinals are ready to pull Palmer out of bubble wrap. Coming off November's ACL tear, Arizona's starting QB has been full-go for training camp and will see his typical share of preseason action, according to the team's official website.
Diehards Line: Coach Bruce Arians said Palmer's exhibition snaps would be "pretty much no different" than in previous years with the team. The same applies for backup passer Drew Stanton, returning from a knee injury of his own. "I know they can play on Sundays, but they still have to be game-speed ready," said Arians. As NFL.com notes, it's not a surprise after Palmer told reporters last month that he's "not even thinking about my knee." Or his arm, which "is a lot stronger," according to Cardinals wideout Michael Floyd on Friday. ... We still won't see much from Palmer in August. He played only 54 snaps last preseason to Stanton's 72, per Pro Football Focus. Either way, getting a healthy Palmer back in time for September is huge for a team that struggled without him in 2014.
Steven Jackson Lobbies Cowboys Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Time: 12:20 PT |  Reported by Profootballtalk.com
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The Facts: With 11,388 career yards, Jackson is the NFL’s active rushing leader. Or at least he would be, if he were currently on a team. Unfortunately for Jackson, training camps are opening and he doesn’t have a team. In an effort to change that, Jackson is tweeting at the Cowboys. Jackson took to Twitter on Thursday with an image of his number 39 being projected above the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Diehards Line: As PFT suggests, a player who has to ask teams on Twitter if they’re interested probably isn’t drawing much attention, and in Jackson’s case it’s easy to see why. He’s 32 years old and isn’t the same explosive player he was in his best seasons with the Rams. That said, injuries and attrition are the norm in training camp. Somebody could give Jackson a call at some point. But the Cowboys contend they're fine with their currrent stable of backs. ... Stay tuned.
Bills Fullback Felton Setting Lofty Goal For LeSean McCoy Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 6:03 PT |  Reported by the Buffalo News
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The Facts: Three years ago, Jerome Felton was 9 yards from history. That’s how his brain is wired. He lives through his running backs. Inside the Metrodome, in Week 17 of 2012, Adrian Peterson nearly set the NFL rushing record. So now, here with the Buffalo Bills, Felton sees unfinished business. He believes McCoy will make Eric Dickerson sweat. “I want him to break records,” Felton said. “I want him to get 2,000 yards. I want him to lead the league in rushing. Him and Adrian are cut from the same cloth. I would be very disappointed if he’s not the leading rusher in the league next year, that’s for sure.”
Diehards Line: As NFL.com suggested, it's a stretch to compare McCoy and Peterson's running style, but Felton was persistent when pressed about 2,000 yards being a realistic goal -- only seven players in NFL history have reached that mark. "Why not?" Felton said. "He has the ability that it takes. For a runner to get 2,000 yards, you have to be able to score from anywhere on the field. That's my goal for him." And that's nice. It just doesn't seem like a realistic goal -- McCoy's career high is 1,607 in 2013.
NFL, NFLPA Asking For Expedited Resolution For Tom Brady; Judge Pushing It Too Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 5:50 PT |  Reported by NFL.com
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The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... According to paperwork obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the league and players' union have jointly filed paperwork asking a New York judge to rule on Brady's lawsuit by Sept. 4.
Diehards Line: The NFL and NFLPA haven't agreed on much lately, but some joint paperwork filed Friday shows they agree that the Brady saga is better off ending sooner than later. According to NFL.com, the paperwork shows that the two sides do not want this story to stretch into the season. If the judge agrees to the expedited timeline (and he has asked for settlement talks between the two sides by Aug. 12), we'll have clarity on the situation -- and when or if Brady will serve his four-game suspension -- at least six days before New England's season-opening game. ... Stay tuned.
Joique Bell On PUP; No Timetable For His Return Friday, July 31, 2015 | Time: 5:43 PT |  Reported by DetroitLions.com
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The Facts: The Lions are hoping running back Bell’s stay on the PUP list is a short one, but HC Jim Caldwell said Friday no timetable has been set for his return. “I’m not sure how long it’s going to take,” he told beat reporters. “I do know one thing, he is coming along quickly and we’ll see what the doctor says. Can’t put an exact timetable on it right now.”
Diehards Line: Bell, 28, is expected to play a big role in Joe Lombardi's offense after leading the team in rushing attempts (223), yards (860) and rushing touchdowns (7) a season ago. The Lions are hoping he, rookie second-round pick Ameer Abdullah and a revamped offensive line can greatly improve the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack from a season ago. Bell is a veteran player who has a year in the system under his belt, which should limit some of the concern from the Lions' standpoint. There’s no need to rush him back before he’s ready. Bell’s absence during OTAs and the minicamp allowed Abdullah to split first-team reps with Theo Riddick, which should help the rookie hit the ground running when the Lions begin on-the-field workouts Monday. According to DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman, getting Bell healthy and bringing Abdullah along at a steady pace appear to be two main goals for the Lions backfield as they head into training camp.