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Hope you're having a great Wednesday. Training Camps are spinning up around the League and we've got New Content plus the News and Notes you need so let's get to it.

J

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A. Coaching Carousel 2016: Los Angeles Rams Offense
Our Jason Wood checks in with a review of the Los Angeles Rams coaching situation and our expectations for how it will affect their offense.

B. Player Spotlight: Eddie Lacy
Our Andrew Garda takes a closer look at Eddie Lacy's fantasy prospects for 2016.

C. Player Spotlight: LeSean McCoy
Can LeSean McCoy bounce back from his disappointing 2015 campaign? Our Chris Feery investigates.

D. Player Spotlight: Lamar Miller
Will Lamar Miller's new team provide him with the steady workload he's looking for? Our Steve Holloway weighs in.

E. Player Spotlight: Michael Crabtree
Our Jason Wood provides an in-depth analysis of Michael Crabtree's 2016 fantasy prospects.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - DE Randy Gregory faces longer suspension
2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson on PUP
3. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert goes to PUP list
4. CLE - TE Gary Barnidge may be limited
5. CLE - WR Josh Gordon to start camp on NFI list
6. KC - RB Jamaal Charles won't be limited
7. TEN - WR Andre Johnson at Titans' facility
8. CIN - No preseason for OLB Vontaze Burfict
9. ATL - WR Devin Hester released
10. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson set to walk?
11. NFL - WR Roddy White talking to teams
12. MIA - No news on DE Dion Jordan
13. IND - RB Tyler Varga retired
14. KC - OLB Justin Houston may miss games
15. NFL - WR Devin Hester not retiring
16. WAS - DE Greg Hardy not an option for Redskins

1. DAL - DE Randy Gregory faces longer suspension

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory recently committed another violation of the NFL's Substance Abuse Policy. He is now facing a 10-game suspension as opposed to his original four-game punishment, according to sources. Some involved with the Cowboys are concerned Gregory may not play again.

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Gregory had plenty of baggage coming out of Nebraska, and now he's in trouble again. A second-round pick in 2015, Gregory gets an additional six games of suspension with this latest infraction. We may not see the second-year player on the field much if at all this season.

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2. GB - WR Jordy Nelson on PUP

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. Head coach Mike McCarthy said there are no long-term concerns with Nelson, and he's likely to be activated at some point in training camp.

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No hurries, no worries with Nelson. The team is wise to take it easy on Nelson as he returns from this knee injury. Getting him back and healthy should be a huge boost for the Packers passing game. We've got Nelson as a WR1 in 2016. He should be one of the first 10 WRs off the board in your fantasy draft.

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3. CIN - TE Tyler Eifert goes to PUP list

Source: Bengals.com

Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (ankle) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. Eifert underwent right ankle surgery in late May.

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Eifert originally injured his ankle in the Pro Bowl. He was advised that surgery was not needed until it was determined necessary in late May. His status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. We don't think he'll go on the PUP list to begin the year, but Eifert could miss the first month of the season due to this injury.

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4. CLE - TE Gary Barnidge may be limited

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (hernia) could be limited for the start of training camp after undergoing hernia surgery in June. He did pass his physical, however.

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Barnidge exploded onto the scene last year, and it will be interesting to see in this new offense how productive he can be. In 2015, Barnidge finished the year as the 3rd-best fantasy TE. This year, he's getting drafted a bit lower than that as fantasy owners are weary of the Browns offense (and QB situation). Barnidge has a current ADP of TE8 (8.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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5. CLE - WR Josh Gordon to start camp on NFI list

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (quadriceps) will begin training camp on the Non-Football Injury list. He is working out on his own and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

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He was injured working out on his own, and the team should take it easy on him when he returns. Fantasy owners are looking at Gordon as a WR3 with WR1 upside provided that he stays healthy and out of trouble. Getting him back in Week 5 will provide a much-needed boost to the Browns passing attack.

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6. KC - RB Jamaal Charles won't be limited

Source: ESPN.com - Adam Teicher

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' (knee) workload won't be limited if he's healthy and returns to the player he was before his knee injury, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.

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Good news for the Chiefs here. Charles will be the lead back for the Chiefs once again this year, but expect the team to use backup Charcandrick West as some sort of change-of-pace back. We like Charles as a top-10 fantasy RB this year, and West could perform like a RB4/flex option so long as Charles is healthy.

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7. TEN - WR Andre Johnson at Titans' facility

Source: Houston Chronicle - John McClain

Free-agent WR Andre Johnson (Colts) was spotted at the Tennessee Titans' team facility Tuesday, July 26. He has not officially signed, however.

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Both sides were feeling each other out here, and no signing is imminent. Johnson is not what he used to be, but perhaps a team like the Titans would be interested in the veteran WR. We can't see him having much--if any--fantasy value were he to sign with the Titans.

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8. CIN - No preseason for OLB Vontaze Burfict

Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer - Paul Dehner Jr.

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) will not play in the preseason, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Burfict will serve a three-game suspension to start the 2016 regular season.

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The Bengals are only trying to keep Burfict healthy through camp and the preseason. He's been able to be a tackling machine for the Bengals during his pro career, but Burfict does have a problem of getting banged up too often. Limiting his workload in August is a good call.

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9. ATL - WR Devin Hester released

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester was released Tuesday, July 26.

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Hester has been recovering from surgery early this year to repair his toe. If healthy, there might be a team willing to take a chance on the return man. He might have to wait until injuries hit in training camp before another team shows interest.

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10. MIN - RB Adrian Peterson set to walk?

Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press - Charley Walters

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely in his final year with the Vikings as his salary hikes to $18 million in 2017, and QB Teddy Bridgewater is due for a large salary increase, according to beat writer Charley Walters.

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We could see this as Peterson's final year with the Vikings, but he's still got plenty left in the tank. The Vikings should ride the veteran back as much as possible in 2016, but they could transition to more of a Bridgewater/passing heavy offense for the future. Peterson may not get 327 carries like he did last year, but getting around 300 sounds about right. He's still a top-5 fantasy RB in 2016.

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11. NFL - WR Roddy White talking to teams

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Roddy White (Falcons) wants to play this season and is in contact with a few teams, according to a source.

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There can't be that many teams interested in White at this point of his career. He's nowhere near the player he used to be, but there might be a squad interested in adding veteran depth.

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12. MIA - No news on DE Dion Jordan

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan has no update on the status of his potential reinstatement, head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday, July 26.

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No news yet, and that's a bit surprising with training camp right around the corner. The Dolphins owe Jordan a $1.6 million roster bonus on the fifth day of camp, so we should see a decision soon enough. The former first-round pick is in a make-or-break season in 2016.

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13. IND - RB Tyler Varga retired

Source: ESPN - Adam Caplan

Updating a previous item, Indianapolis Colts RB Tyler Varga was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Tuesday, July 26.

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No word as to why Varga retired, but it might have something to do with a concussion suffered last year. The Colts are especially thin at RB after this announcement. We imagine they'll be watching the waiver wire to see if other teams drop some decent talent at the RB position.

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14. KC - OLB Justin Houston may miss games

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee) is expected to miss some time at the start of the regular season.

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Zero surprise here. Houston will not participate in training camp as he is still recovering from offseason knee surgery. While he may not begin the regular season on the PUP list, we could see Houston shut down for at least a couple of games to start the year. We'll know more about his progress as we get through the preseason.

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15. NFL - WR Devin Hester not retiring

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Free-agent WR Devin Hester (Falcons) does not plan to retire from the NFL after being released by the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, July 26.

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We can't imagine the phone lines burning up to get in touch with Hester. At this point in his career, Hester will only contribute as a return man. The new rules for kickoffs have almost completely negated a player like him.

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16. WAS - DE Greg Hardy not an option for Redskins

Source: The Washington Post - Mike Jones

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) is not being considered by the Washington Redskins to replace LB Junior Galette (Achilles'), according to a source. Galette is out for the season with a torn Achilles' tendon.

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Hardy has gotten little interest on the open market as teams don't want to deal with his off-field baggage. Washington's pass rush was negatively impacted by the loss (again) of Galette, but even they aren't desperate enough to add Hardy.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J