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  • Kam Chancellor DB - sea
    • Wed, Jul 19, 5:38pm

      Chancellor (ankle) is expected to be "a full-go" in training camp, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Chancellor, who needed surgery on both of his ankles this offseason to address nagging bone spurs, was able to do a lot in spring practices, but that's not surprising as his procedures were never considered very serious. However, durability is starting to become a concern for the veteran safety, who's missed at least two contests in each of the past three seasons while missing 11 total games across that span. In 12 outings last season, Chancellor racked up 86 tackles, eight PBUs, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

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    • Wed, Jul 19, 5:24pm

      "All indications" have Vinatieri wanting to play at least two more seasons, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Vinatieri, now 44 years old, hasn't taken his foot off gas pedal during the twilight of his career considering he's converted at least 93 percent of his field goals in two of the past three years and has only missed seven kicks across that entire span. If he plays at least two more seasons, he should pass both Morten Anderson and Gary Anderson for the all-time marks in career points scored and career field goals made.

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  • T.J. Jones WR - det
    • Wed, Jul 19, 4:43pm

      Jones, along with Jared Abbrederis, is a frontrunner for the Lions' remaining roster spots at wide receiver due to his superior route running, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

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      Analysis: Jones is on thin ice with the Lions after logging three underwhelming and injury-marred seasons since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. The good thing is that he's currently healthy and none of the receivers he's competing with this offseason have been more productive in their respective careers. Since Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all seem guaranteed to make the final roster, it's likely that only one or two roster spots at the position remain. Outside of Abbrederis, the likes of Jace Billingsley, Ryan Spadola and Keshawn Martin are the primary contenders that stand in Jones' way, but they'd probably need to be particularly impressive on special teams in order to pose as serious competition. Still, Jones will need to continue his level of play when the pads come on in training camp in order to maintain his standing.

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    • Wed, Jul 19, 3:21pm

      Perriman has added polish to his route tree this offseason but enters training camp as Baltimore's No. 3 target at receiver, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Jeremy Maclin's arrival in Baltimore puts an interesting wrinkle on what can be expected from Perriman, who many have pointed to as a breakout candidate entering his third season. In one respect, Maclin's presence will command the attention of opposing defenses, which takes some of the pressure off of Perriman. In another sense, Perriman is almost assured to see fewer targets than initially expected now that Maclin's in the fold. Still, a full and healthy offseason has allowed Perriman to develop his route-running acumen and improve his chemistry with Joe Flacco. While he may not have the target volume necessary for a true breakout season, Perriman stands to benefit from his offseason work and Maclin's presence.

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  • Danny Woodhead RB - bal
    • Wed, Jul 19, 3:06pm

      Woodhead's route running and ability to get open impressed quarterback Joe Flacco during team activities this offseason, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Hensley points to the fact that Flacco's primary short-yardage passing options from 2016, Dennis Pitta (hip) and Kyle Juszczyk, are both gone, which leaves a hefty amount of targets up for grabs in the Baltimore offense. Woodhead, who has had a speedy recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2, has gotten on the same page with Flacco in terms of pace and timing on routes, and Flacco lauds Woodhead's ability to find soft spots in coverage. Flacco tends to operate more smoothly when there's an underneath threat keeping the defense honest, which is exactly what Woodhead figures to do in the offense. Look for Woodhead to see a high-volume role out of the backfield even if his workload in terms of carries is minimal.

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  • Mark Nzeocha LB - dal
    • Wed, Jul 19, 3:00pm

      Nzeocha (knee) could open training camp on the physically unable to perform list as he continues to rehab his knee injury, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

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      Analysis: Nzeocha underwent a minor cleanup procedure in early June and was originally expected to be back in time for training camp, but it sounds as if that timetable may have been a little optimistic. Although it didn't help that the Cowboys are one of the first teams to open training camp July 22, Nzeocha should still be back in action sooner rather than later.

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    • Wed, Jul 19, 12:21pm

      Barnidge will work out with the Jaguars on Tuesday, July 25, Mike Kaye of First Coast News reports.

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      Analysis: After sending Julius Thomas to the Dolphins in the offseason, Jacksonville's front office didn't do much to fill the void in the tight end ranks, bringing free agent Mychal Rivera into the fray. Rivera will join Marcedes Lewis (calf), Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling (concussion), among others, so it's logical for the Jaguars to kick the tires on another veteran TE. Barnidge parlayed a breakout 2015 campaign (79 catches, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns) into a three-year extension from the Browns. However, he managed just 55 receptions for 612 yards and two TDs last season, spurring his former employer to move on. If he lands another contract, expect Barnidge to compete with Lewis and Rivera for top billing at the position during the preseason.

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  • Armonty Bryant LB - det
    • Tue, Jul 18, 1:43pm

      Bryant has been suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

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      Analysis: Bryant is no stranger to this discipline, having served a three-game suspension in 2016 as the result of a 2015 violation. The defensive end's off-field issues won't bode well for his chances at making the Lions' final roster, while he's appeared in just 36 games through four years in the league.

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  • Jeremy Langford RB - chi
    • Tue, Jul 18, 9:00am

      Langford has been slow to recover from offseason ankle surgery, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: The procedure was to address a high-ankle sprain in Langford's right leg that he suffered in Week 3 of last season and never fully recovered from. Since his availability for the preseason appears to be in question, it's fair to assume Langford won't be ready for the start of training camp, which starts July 27.

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  • Jordan Howard RB - chi
    • Tue, Jul 18, 8:49am

      Howard spent parts of his offseason working on his acceleration, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: During a scintillating rookie season in which Howard finished with the second-most rushing yards across the entire league, the 2016 fifth-rounder tallied seven runs of 25 yards or longer. However, his longest rushing score only came from nine yards out. The Bears are hoping his increased explosiveness will help turn more of those big runs into touchdowns, which is a notion that could take Howard's fantasy stock to another level if it ever becomes reality.

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