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    • Fri, Jul 21, 8:10pm

      Rams DB Lamarcus Joyner will switch to free safety in 2017.

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      Analysis: Though plenty effective at nickel corner -- considering Joyner has tallied 178 tackles and 13 pass deflections in 40 games at that spot -- the Rams signed Nickell Robey-Coleman in the offseason, who's pretty good at defending the slot as well. Furthermore, the team parted ways with safety T.J. McDonald in the offseason, and since he will be replaced by Mo Alexander, someone is needed to fill in at free safety. Joyner is the best option available, so naturally he will be given the first crack to secure the gig. This shuffling around should allow the Rams to get their best players on the field at the same time in 2017, which bodes well for their chances of success in Wade Phillips' first season as defensive coordinator.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 8:01pm

      Chiefs S Eric Berry is dealing with a sore heel in advance of training camp.

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      Analysis: Fortunately, even though Berry missed a few practices in June, this issue doesn't appear to be very serious in the big picture. However, the exact nature of the injury isn't clear and it's possible it could linger into the summer. If it does, expect the Chiefs to bring out the bubble wrap and prevent the highest-paid safety in the NFL from taking any unnecessary risks ahead of the regular-season opener. The goal is to have him healthy for an entire 16-game slate, as backup Daniel Sorenson doesn't instill much fear in opposing gameplanners.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 7:44pm

      Jaguars DBs Jalen Ramsey, Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson and Aaron Colvin are all tending to injuries entering training camp.

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      Analysis: It's never good when a team has this many injuries at one position group, but at this stage in the year, it isn't a huge concern given that none of these players are dealing with a particularly serious injury. But then again, we're talking about three starters in Ramsey, Church and Gipson. As the Jaguars D/ST seems to be a trendy sleeper pick in fantasy drafts this season, the health of these players is worth monitoring through training camp, which opens July 29.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 7:24pm

      Colts S Clayton Geathers underwent offseason surgery to repair his neck and his return date is unknown.

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      Analysis: While making the game-saving tackle on fourth-and-one against the Titans in Week 11, Geathers injured his neck and was placed on injured reserve the day after. A hard-hitting safety who can hold his own in coverage, Geathers would normally be hard to replace -- if he's unable to return to form, that is -- but the Colts have 2017 first-round rookie Malik Hooker and 2016 second-rounder T.J. Green behind him, so they seem set at free safety even if Geathers takes a while to return. The bigger concern for the Colts seems to be at the corner spot opposite Vontae Davis, where Rashaan Melvin and 2017 second-rounder Quincy Wilson are set to duke it out for the starting gig. We'll see who ultimately wins out, but the bottom line is this: The Colts need to significantly shore up their pass coverage in order to become a fantasy unit worth consideration. Last season, they surrendered 7.6 yards per attempt, 26th-worst in the league, and only picked off eight passes, which ranked 31st.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 6:58pm

      Texans ILB Brian Cushing underwent offseason shoulder surgery and may not be ready for the start of training camp.

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      Analysis: Cushing -- who's played a full, 16-game slate only one time in the past five years -- is not a stranger to the injury report. While he's expected to return at some point in training camp, it's paramount the USC product avoids any and all setbacks prior to the regular season. Not typically known as a good defender in coverage, Cushing only allowed one reception every 22.7 snaps in 2016, which was the best mark among all linebackers in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. Coupled with his prowess against the run, Cushing's potential absence at any point in 2017 would represent a knock against the Texans D/ST. Thankfully, Houston added a great insurance policy this offseason in the form of second-round ILB Zach Cunningham, but even he's a relative downgrade.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 6:40pm

      The Cardinals placed Jones (quad) on the non-football injury list Friday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

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      Analysis: After injuring his quadriceps during a test run Friday, Jones will focus on rehab rather than practice for the foreseeable future. Once he gets the all-clear, he'll resume serving as depth to starting outside linebackers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (foot).

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 6:33pm

      The Packers' pass rush is arguably their biggest question mark entering training camp.

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      Analysis: The Packers did little to replace Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Datone Jones (Vikings) in free agency, only spending a fourth-round pick on former Wisconsin OLB Vince Biegel while ignoring the free-agent market. Unfortunately, Biegel underwent foot surgery in May and his timeline for a return remains a mystery. So, at present time, Green Bay must rely on a combo of Nick Perry and Clay Matthews to spearhead its pass rush in 2017. While Perry and Matthews are a pretty lethal combo, the only depth the Packers have behind them is 2016 third-rounder Kyler Fackrell and undrafted fourth-year linebacker Jayrone Elliott. However, if Green Bay management doesn't appear very concerned about the matter, fantasy owners probably shouldn't either. After all, this unit has finished in the top ten in sacks league-wide in each of the past five seasons.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 6:12pm

      The Lions have an open competition at nickel corner in training camp.

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      Analysis: The Lions' pass coverage was near awful in 2016, considering they allowed quarterbacks to complete a preposterous 72.7 percent of their passes en route to a league-worst 106.5 passer rating against. The problem wasn't so much on the outside, where Darius Slay and Nevin Lawson actually teamed up to form a respectable combo, but on the inside where opponents completed 34 of 38 passes when targeting incumbent starter Quandre Diggs. Detroit management signed 2013 first-rounder D.J. Hayden and drafted Jamal Agnew in the third round of this year's draft to bring competition to the position, but neither is guaranteed to represent an upgrade over Diggs. If the team isn't convinced any of them are the solution to their problem, the Lions could opt to drop their outside linebackers in coverage more often, which would effectively limit the opportunities they'd have to rush the passer and, in turn, rack up the sacks.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 6:01pm

      Broncos LB Brandon Marshall is dealing with a sore Achilles ahead of training camp.

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      Analysis: Marshall missed some practice time this offseason due to the sore Achilles. While it isn't clear if it will limit him in training camp, which opens July 26, Achilles injuries are a very serious matter and one would expect the Broncos to take every precaution with their starting inside linebacker if the soreness persists. Fortunately, Marshall hasn't shown any signs of the hamstring injury that cost him the final four games of 2016.

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    • Fri, Jul 21, 5:54pm

      Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith continues to progress in his recovery from nerve damage in his left knee.

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      Analysis: Smith -- who's on the mend from a devastating knee injury he suffered in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl while at Notre Dame -- reached a significant milestone in April by showing heightened muscle control in the injured knee, and by June he was able to "pull his little toe up and down". However, there's one issue about his potential return to the field that hasn't garnered much publicity: Due to the nature of the nerve damage, Smith will likely fatigue quicker than usual because other parts of the leg and body will be forced to overcompensate. This isn't an immediate concern as he still has several more hurdles to clear in order to suit up for the Cowboys' regular-season opener against the Giants on Sept. 10, but it could impact his playing time down the road. For now, look for the Cowboys to continue to take a restrictive approach with their 2016 second-rounder when training camp rolls around at the end of the month. They'll likely prevent Smith from going full speed on back-to-back days, just

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