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    • Wed, Jul 27, 11:11pm

      Evans, who is trying to come back from what he describes as a "down year" in 2015, engaged in specific training this offseason to help reduce the chances of soft tissue injuries, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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      Analysis: The third-year wideout led the NFL in drops in 2015, and comes in to the new season determined to be much more consistent in his role as the Bucs' clear-cut No. 1 wideout. In his opening training camp press conference, Evans also emphasized that part of his training regimen this offseason included early morning hamstring workouts designed to prevent the soft-tissue injuries that so often plague receivers. The Texas A & M product knows the feeling first-hand, suffering a hamstring pull against the Bengals in Tampa's second preseason game last year that kept him out of action until Week 2 of the regular season.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 10:40pm

      Martin is looking forward to 2016 but seeks to reduce his career-high five fumbles from last season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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      Analysis: The Pro Bowl running back expressed considerable optimism regarding the coming season as training camp opened Wednesday, remarking that he's "very anxious to get going, to see what this team can do, see how we're going to improve." At the same time, Martin, armed with a new five-year, $35.7 million contract, knows the onus is on him to not only live up to his new deal, but improve on his surprising ball security problems from last season. After only losing three fumbles over his first three NFL campaigns, the 27-year-old coughed up the ball on five occasions in 2015, with three of those occurring in the final five weeks of the campaign. Martin confirms he's worked on specific technique this offseason designed to address the issue. "I watched all those fumbles after last season," Martin said. "It was more of me fighting for extra yards, not having my other arm on the ball, other hand on the ball. That will all be corrected. I don't look to be fumbling that much this year."

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 10:18pm

      Winston reported several hours early for training camp and joined the rookies for on-field work Wednesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

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      Analysis: The sophomore quarterback, whose productive offseason has included a 20-pound weight loss, was apparently chomping at the bit to get training camp started, reporting several hours earlier than required for veterans and joining the rookies on the field during a morning session. Winston's gesture is yet another sign of his stated intent to become a true team leader in 2016, an approach that has not gone unnoticed by some of his most prominent teammates. "I know Jameis wants to get better," running back Doug Martin said, "and he's getting better. You see that he's going to be better and that's what bring optimism in this organization."

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 8:33pm

      Geathers injured his foot while working out in the offseason, ESPN reports. "Unfortunately, he has a foot injury. He's doing well. He's three weeks into that. He'll be week to week," head coach Chuck Pagano said.

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      Analysis: It doesn't sound like a long-term injury, but his return date isn't clear. T.J. Green is the leading candidate to start opposite Mike Adams at safety if Geathers isn't ready for the start of the regular season.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 7:04pm

      Bryant (suspension) pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug charges Wednesday and could have his four-game suspension prolonged, Scott Petra of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

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      Analysis: Bryant was indicted in February on felony drug charges and originally pleaded not guilty, but changed his stance Wednesday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges. As a result, the outside linebacker will receive 68 days probation which will expire on Oct. 3, the same day he is scheduled to return from his original four-game suspension. However, now that Bryant has changed his plea, his case will yet again be reviewed under the league's policies, potentially leading to a lengthier suspension. Bryant recorded 5.5 sacks in 14 games in 2015.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 6:04pm

      Williams will retire on Thursday.

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      Analysis: Williams, who has logged more starts (171 games) at defensive tackle for the Vikings than any other player, signed a one-day deal to retire in Minnesota. The 35-year-old Williams was the ninth overall selection by the Vikings in 2003 and registered 63 sacks, 529 tackles, nine forced fumbles and five interceptions in his 13-year career spent with the Vikings (11 seasons), Seahawks, and Saints (1 season each). At his peak, Williams was one of, if not, the best defensive tackle in league, selected to six Pro Bowls and named a First-team All-Pro five times.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 5:48pm

      Johnson began training camp on the active/non-football injury list with an Achilles injury.

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      Analysis: Johnson suffered the injury last season when he was with the Patriots, but did not undergo surgery until this offseason. The cornerback can be removed from the list at any point and rejoin the team on the field. There will be plenty of reps for young Panthers' defensive backs to begin camp with Johnson and fellow corner Bene Benwikere (ankle) both on the sidelines.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 5:34pm

      Rodgers reported to training camp sporting a slimmer look, down roughly 15 pounds from last season, Peter Dougherty of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

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      Analysis: Rodgers let his conditioning get away from him the past few offseasons, but stepped up this year, appearing slimmer from head to toe in training camp on Wednesday. Part of the 24-year-old's motivation may stem from the Packers' signing of Jared Cook, who many expect to take over the starting duties this season. However, Cook heads into camp on the PUP list, giving the new-look Rodgers an early chance to impress coaches during first-team reps.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 5:04pm

      Boykin signed a contract with the Bears on Wednesday.

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      Analysis: Boykin has become somewhat of an NFL journeyman, playing last season with the Steelers before being signed and released by the Panthers earlier in the offseason. It seems highly unlikely that Boykin will uproot current starters Tracy Porter and Kyle Fuller, but he could earn a role as main backup and contribute in specific defensive packages.

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    • Wed, Jul 27, 4:17pm

      Fitzpatrick has signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: Fitzpatrick and the Jets have been in contract talks for months, with the quarterback stating a willingness to retire before he accepted an offer below his market value. Now that the deal is done, Fitzpatrick will surely be the Jets' starting quarterback for the second year in a row. In his lone season with the Jets in 2015, Fitzpatrick threw for 3,905 yards, 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing 59.6 percent of his passes in what was arguably the best season of his career.

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