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    • Fri, Jul 20, 7:00am

      Mixon is down to 218 pounds, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website reports.

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      Analysis: Mixon weighed 226 pounds at last year's combine, but he reported to rookie minicamp at 238 and played most of his rookie season around 230. A report from April had him around 225, and he apparently wants to take it a step further, even if that means sacrificing some power. In addition to the obvious benefits in terms of speed and acceleration, the second-year back may find that a slimmer physique helps him gain separation running routes. Perhaps more important than his own development, Mixon stands to benefit if the Bengals' offseason moves to upgrade their woeful offensive line end up being successful. In addition to trading for left tackle Cordy Glenn and drafting center Billy Price in the first round, Cincinnati hired offensive line coach Frank Pollack, who spent the last three seasons in Dallas. Giovani Bernard will still be involved in some capacity, but the Bengals seem intent on having Mixon handle the lead role.

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    • Fri, Jul 20, 6:40am

      Edelman will not appeal his four-game suspension in federal court, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

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      Analysis: Edelman's appeal to the NFL was denied in early July, and it sounds like he wouldn't have any real chance for success suing the league in court. Coming back from a torn ACL suffered last August, the 32-year-old wide receiver is allowed to participate in training camp and preseason. He took part in some team drills during OTAs and June minicamp, potentially setting him up for full participation Thursday at the outset of training camp. Edelman can make his regular-season debut Oct. 4 against the Colts.

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  • Logan Paulsen TE - ATL
    • Thu, Jul 19, 6:50pm

      Paulsen is expected to fill in for the recently departed Levine Toilolo as a blocking tight end for the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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      Analysis: Paulsen is an overwhelming favorite to be the team's No. 2 option at tight end this season, with extensive experience in Kyle Shanahan-directed offenses. Although there are some new wrinkles to the offense with Steve Sarkisian now at the helm, the unit's overall approach has not been drastically altered from the Shanahan era of two years ago. Paulsen played under Shanahan in Washington between 2010 and 2013, and again reunited with the offensive guru last season in San Francisco. The seven-year veteran is a non-threat through the air, with 82 receptions in 105 games and fewer than 850 receiving yards for his career, but what he does offer is solid run blocking -- Paulsen has helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers over his past five healthy seasons with the Redskins, Bears and 49ers (the only exception being Carlos Hyde's 2017 campaign, in which he compiled 938 yards on the ground).

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    • Thu, Jul 19, 1:05pm

      Rogers (knee) suggested Wednesday on his personal Twitter account that he's nearly recovered from a torn ACL and that he expects to sign with a team in the near future.

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      Analysis: Rogers tore the ACL in his right knee during Pittsburgh's playoff loss to the Jaguars in January and underwent surgery immediately afterward. Though he's only six months removed from the procedure, it sounds as though he expects to receive full medical clearance from doctors in the coming days. Due to the severe nature of his injury and his underwhelming production with the Steelers in 2017 (18 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown in 14 regular-season contests), Rogers will likely have to settle for a one-year, prove-it deal with little guaranteed money no matter where he ultimately lands.

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  • Allen Robinson WR - CHI
    • Thu, Jul 19, 10:24am

      Coach Matt Nagy indicated Thursday that Robinson (ACL) will be fully healthy for the start of Chicago's training camp, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Robinson was a limited participant during OTAs as he continued to recover from a torn ACL suffered Week 1 last season. The additional recovery time appears to have been spent well, maximizing his opportunity to develop a rapport with second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Assuming he returns to form, Robinson should provide Trubisky with his best asset as a pass catcher since he took over under center last season, posting 2,283 receiving yards over 2015 and 2016 with a combined 20 touchdown grabs in the two campaigns.

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  • Jimmy Smith DB - BAL
    • Thu, Jul 19, 9:38am

      Smith (Achilles) was in uniform for the first day of training camp Thursday but is expected to be brought along slowly, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Smith was able to avoid the Ravens' Physically Unable to Perform list despite being just seven months past a significant Achilles injury. While he's expected to be eased back into the swing of things, it sounds like Smith is making significant progress in his recovery, which bodes well for his availability for the start of the regular season.

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    • Thu, Jul 19, 8:02am

      The Ravens intend to pick up Perriman's $649,485 roster bonus for 2018 on Saturday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: The Ravens declined Perriman's fifth-year option for 2019 in the spring, but they will at least give the 2015 first-round pick a chance to fight for a roster spot in training camp during the upcoming campaign. After the 24-year-old battled injuries and struggled mightily to produce when on the field through his first three NFL seasons, it was far from guaranteed that the Ravens would extend Perriman another opportunity to prove his worth. With Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead locked in as the top three wideouts on the depth chart heading into training camp, Perriman will be competing with a number of receivers for two or three spots.

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  • Randy Gregory LB - DAL SUS
    • Thu, Jul 19, 7:36am

      Gregory's reinstatement from his suspension is conditional, and while he will be able to take part in team meetings and conditioning work when training camp begins, he's not yet eligible to participate in practices or play in games, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: Full reinstatement will occur once the league is satisfied he has the resources in place to avoid further disciplinary issues, and of course assuming he doesn't fail any future drug tests. Gregory has only played two games in the last two seasons, but the 2015 second-round pick could still contribute in the Cowboys' pass-rush rotation as he tries to get his career back on track.

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    • Thu, Jul 19, 7:21am

      The Falcons informed Jones that they have no plans to rework his contract, but remain hopeful the wideout will report to training camp next week, Jeff Schultz of The Athletic Atlanta reports.

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      Analysis: Jones inked a five-year, $71.26 million extension with the Falcons in August 2015, placing him eighth in the league among receivers in terms of average annual value. After turning in his fourth consecutive season of 1,400-plus receiving yards and 80-plus receptions in the first year of the deal, Jones believes he's worthy of a pay raise. The 29-year-old skipped the Falcons' offseason program and could consider holding out of camp if the Falcons aren't willing to indulge his request.

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  • Brent Urban DL - BAL
    • Wed, Jul 18, 10:01pm

      Urban (foot) will not start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: It was originally reported that Urban would start camp on the PUP list due to a foot injury, however the defensive end passed his physical and has been cleared to take the field. Five Ravens remain on the PUP list to open up camp next week.

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