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Good Monday to you. I hope you had a great weekend. And even better, this was the LAST weekend without football until next February. Seriously stoked here.

We're ready to get the first full week of Training Camp started. We've got tons of the News and Notes you need today plus new Content to tell you about so let's get to it.

J

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins returning
2. PIT - WR Sammie Coates wows in practice
3. MIA - RB Arian Foster activated from PUP list
4. DAL - WR Dez Bryant sloppy in first practice
5. SF - San Francisco QBs will split reps
6. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins passes conditioning test
7. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman tweaks back
8. SD - Stevie Johnson injures knee
9. BAL - Slow transition for Keenan Reynolds
10. GB - WR Jared Abbrederis making plays in camp
11. SEA - RB Christine Michael emerging as leader
12. HOU - DE J.J. Watt uncertain about return date
13. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong in great condition
14. IND - WR Donte Moncrief almost at full health
15. NYG - Odell Beckham suffers minor injury
16. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews timeline update
17. BUF - OLB Jerry Hughes making move to left side
18. HOU - Derek Newton carted off
19. CAR - RB Cameron Artis-Payne impressing
20. OAK - TE Clive Walford not being restricted
21. MIN - Eric Kendricks settling in
22. CAR - DE Kony Ealy may have concussion
23. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake running with second offense
24. MIA - Isaiah Pead working with first-team offense
25. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty eyeing backup role
26. LA - WR Tavon Austin carted off
27. CHI - Kyle Long improving
28. NE - WR Nate Washington a 'longshot' for roster spot
29. MIA - DE Dion Jordan recovering from surgery
30. ATL - CB Jalen Collins impressing early in camp
31. SF - Mike Purcell the favorite to start at NT

1. HOU - WR DeAndre Hopkins returning

Source: ESPN.com - Tania Ganguli

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins will end his holdout and return to the Texans Sunday, July 31, the first day of training camp. Hopkins expressed his disappointment in Houston's lack of contract negotiations, but he also stated his desire to help the Texans win a Super Bowl.

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As expected, this won't affect Hopkins' ADP. He is criminally underpaid, but such is the life of NFL players until they are no longer playing under their rookie contracts.

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2. PIT - WR Sammie Coates wows in practice

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Mark Kaboly

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates made several spectacular catches in practice Saturday, July 30, including a 40-yard touchdown and a one-handed grab.

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Coates is trying to win the outside receiver spot opposite Antonio Brown. He has a high ceiling if he can win the role as a deep ball and potential red zone specialist in the hole left by Martavis Bryant. This is as good a start as you could have hoped if you're targeting Coates in the second half of your draft.

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3. MIA - RB Arian Foster activated from PUP list

Source: NationalFootballPost.com - Aaron Wilson

Miami Dolphins RB Arian Foster (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Sunday, July 31.

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This is a good development if you are targeting Foster. It shows that he is recovered from his achilles tear. If he can stay healthy through training camp, he could get the majority of the work in the backfield. Look for his ADP to rise and possibly surpass Jay Ajayi.

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4. DAL - WR Dez Bryant sloppy in first practice

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram - Drew Davison

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant dropped multiple passes in individual drills during his first practice Saturday, July 30.

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Nothing to worry about yet, and Bryant being on the field is a good sign that his foot issue is not a problem heading into camp. Still, Bryant did not look like himself last year, and he himself has said the problem was partly mental. Seeing Bryant make a vintage Bryant play in the preseason would go a long way towards giving us a sense of security when we take him in the first round.

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5. SF - San Francisco QBs will split reps

Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Barrows

San Francisco 49ers QBs Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert will split first-team repetitions 'right down the middle,' according to head coach Chip Kelly.

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This doesn't reflect Gabbert being in the lead as we expected after the spring, but he still has a lead in learning the Chip Kelly offense. Kaepernick's running ability might be hard for the 49ers to ignore, but Gabbert should be considered the favorite unless Kaepernick builds some momentum.

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6. BUF - WR Sammy Watkins passes conditioning test

Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (foot) has passed the mandatory conditioning tests but remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list as a precautionary measure. However, he has been running for several weeks.

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Watkins should be ready for Week 1 on his current schedule, but the more important immediate issue is Watkins getting through reconditioning without any soft tissue injuries. He's still worth a third-round pick as long as he's ready for Week 1 at Baltimore.

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7. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman tweaks back

Source: The Associated Press - Arnie Stapleton

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (back) left practice and jogged to the locker room Sunday, July 31, after taking a hard hit to his back.

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Hillman is fighting just to stay on the roster at this point. Kapri Bibbs could push him for that spot and Hillman can't make the club in the tub.

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8. SD - Stevie Johnson injures knee

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) was carried off the practice field Sunday, July 31, after injuring his right knee during a passing drill.

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Tyrell Williams, a great athlete (4.43 40, 39.5" vertical, 6.74 3 cone) with size (6'3" 204 at his Western Oregon pro day) could be the next man up if Johnson's injury is serious. Deep dynasty leaguers should keep an eye on Williams, who scored an 80-yard touchdown against the Broncos in Week 17 last year.

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9. BAL - Slow transition for Keenan Reynolds

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Don Markus

Baltimore Ravens WR Keenan Reynolds said he is not where he wants to be as he transitions from playing quarterback in college to receiver in the NFL. He said he is trying to learn from the veteran receivers, and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg said Reynolds will be given opportunities to show what he can do as a returner.

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Reynolds had a great offseason and the Ravens injuries at wide receiver could open up a roster spot at the beginning of the season if Breshad Perriman or Steve Smith are not ready to go for Week 1. Reynolds' ability to contribute as a returner and core special teams player could help his cause.

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10. GB - WR Jared Abbrederis making plays in camp

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Ryan Wood and Tom Silverstein

Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis has impressed in camp while WR Davante Adams and WR Jeff Janis have been quiet in the early going.

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Abbrederis should be Aaron Rodgers' choice to win snaps at the third wide receiver position because of his precise route-running and timing. The Wisconsin product has to stay healthy to fulfill those wishes, but if he can, he'll be on our early season waiver wire watch list.

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11. SEA - RB Christine Michael emerging as leader

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Liz Mathews

Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael is 'kind of the leader in the (running back) group now', according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who added the third-year veteran has 'always been explosive, but he's come a long way (maturity-wise)'.

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Michael has impressed in a vacuum before, and to be clear he's still not assured of a roster spot with three draft picks and Thomas Rawls at the position. If Rawls isn't ready to take his full workload to start the season, Michael is the best candidate to help lighten his load.

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12. HOU - DE J.J. Watt uncertain about return date

Source: NFL.com - Marc Sessler

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) acknowledged Sunday, July 31, he isn't certain when he'll return from back surgery.

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Watt's back surgery is the kind of procedure that tends to take on the long side of the recovery timeline, although Watt played extremely well through a plethora of injuries last year. He's still a good candidate to be the first IDP off of the board, but a lot later than he would be going if he was completely healthy.

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13. HOU - WR Jaelen Strong in great condition

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR Jaelen Strong showed up to training camp in 'optimal condition,' according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. He has lost a lot of weight since last year and looks quicker.

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Strong should be considered the Week 1 favorite to start opposite DeAndre Hopkins. He's on the borderline of draftable as first-round pick Will Fuller surely will steal snaps and threaten Strong's spot on the depth chart if he doesn't continue to play at a very high level.

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14. IND - WR Donte Moncrief almost at full health

Source: The Herald Bulletin - George Bremer

Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief (toe) said his surgically repaired toe is 96% to 97% healthy.

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Moncrief's draft stock shouldn't be affected by this issue unless it slows him in the preseason. We'll watch to make sure Moncrief looks like his old self. He could easily outperform his ADP as long as Andrew Luck returns to form.

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15. NYG - Odell Beckham suffers minor injury

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (foot) was cleated, has a cut or two and will be sore for a couple of days, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.

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So far, so good with the injury scares to wide receivers at the top of our board. If Julio Jones' potential foot issue lingers, Beckham could become a top two wide receiver.

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16. PHI - RB Ryan Mathews timeline update

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Jeff McLane

Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not expected at practice until later this week, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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If he does return later this week, it will be a best case scenario for his ankle injury. It's possible Mathews has an uneventful camp and starts the season as the lead back, with a chance to return value on his fifth-round ADP. His injury history suggests that this will be just the beginning of a string of maladies this year that keeps him from hitting his ceiling. We'll watching this closely, with newly extended Darren Sproles likely playing a large role again too.

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17. BUF - OLB Jerry Hughes making move to left side

Source: WKBW.com - Joe Buscaglia

Buffalo Bills LB Jerry Hughes, who already knew he was moving away from his former defensive end responsibilities this season, will occupy the left outside linebacker spot previously held by Mario Williams in 2016 in an effort to line him up more often against less athletic right tackles.

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Hughes gets a boost in IDP league value playing at the more scarce DE position, but the Bills had a lot of trouble generating pass rush with their front four at times last year.

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18. HOU - Derek Newton carted off

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans OT Derek Newton (undisclosed) was carted off the practice field Sunday, July 31, during the Texans' first day of training camp. Head coach Bill O'Brien did not specify the nature of the injury, but he did downplay its severity and said he thinks Newton will be alright.

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The Texans already have all-world left tackle Duane Brown coming back from a quad tear, which could be tricky. Keeping their right tackle healthy is more important. This sounds like like it won't be a big deal, but we'll still feel better when Newton returns to the practice field.

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19. CAR - RB Cameron Artis-Payne impressing

Source: The Associated Press - Steve Reed

Carolina Panthers RB Cameron Artis-Payne's speed has been impressive early in training camp.

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Artis-Payne is trying to hold off Brandon Wegher to back up Jonathan Stewart, a role that could see multiple starts if Stewart's injury history is any indicator. Artis-Payne wasn't overly impressive in his late season opportunity last year, but he still managed two double-digit PPR point games in the three weeks Stewart missed (Weeks 15-17).

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20. OAK - TE Clive Walford not being restricted

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Gutierrez

Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) has been a full participant in training camp following an offseason all-terrain vehicle accident.

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Walford isn't a TE1 for fantasy yet, but he had some plays showing surprising downfield speed last year, and with a strong wide receiver group, he could face some of the better matchups each week in the middle of the field. He's worth a late pick if you wait at tight end, and he is certainly on our breakout TE candidate list.

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21. MIN - Eric Kendricks settling in

Source: Vikings.com - Craig Peters

Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks looks more comfortable early in training camp, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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Kendricks will be the starting middle linebacker and with Chad Greenway fading, he could take a big leap forward in IDP leagues.

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22. CAR - DE Kony Ealy may have concussion

Source: The Charlotte Observer - Jonathan Jones

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy (head) is currently going through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Ron Rivera. He observed a helmet-to-helmet hit during practice Saturday, July 30.

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Ealy came on strong last year and he is needed to lead the edge rush this year. The concussion shouldn't keep him out of camp for long, but if it does, or if he suffers another concussion in season, it will be a blow to a defense that lost Josh Norman this offseason.

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23. MIA - RB Kenyan Drake running with second offense

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake ran with the second-team offense Sunday, July 31. He did not appear to have a firm grasp of the offense, in the opinion of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly.

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Drake was a very raw runner at Alabama, but he has great size and speed. The Dolphins could make use of Drake on plays designed to get him the ball in space, but he is unlikely to play a large role in the backfield unless multiple injuries strike on the depth chart ahead of him.

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24. MIA - Isaiah Pead working with first-team offense

Source: Sun-Sentinel - Omar Kelly

Miami Dolphins RB Isaiah Pead received plenty of repetitions with the first-team offense Sunday, July 31.

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Pead was a bust of a second-round pick for the Rams, at least in part because his rookie year sapped his love of football. Damien Williams' conditioning issue has given Pead an opening to make the team as the #4 running back.

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25. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty eyeing backup role

Source: NJ Advance Media - Connor Hughes

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty said the game is starting to make sense, and he has 'no doubt' he can be the No. 2 quarterback in 2016.

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Petty took some flak this offseason when he said he had turned a corner reading defenses on Madden. If he really is making progress, he could free up the Jets to trade or release Geno Smith.

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26. LA - WR Tavon Austin carted off

Source: USA TODAY Sports - Lorenzo Reyes

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin (leg) was carted off the practice field with an apparent leg injury Sunday, July 31.

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Jeff Fisher updated the media and clarified that the problem was cramps and that Austin didn't eat lunch, so this shouldn't be anything to worry about going forward.

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27. CHI - Kyle Long improving

Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Patrick Finley

Chicago Bears OG Kyle Long (calf) did not practice Saturday, July 30, but he was not wearing a walking boot and has shown 'encouraging' progress in his recovery, general manager Ryan Pace said.

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Long is the best offensive lineman on this team, so having this absence end sooner than later is important for this whole offense.

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28. NE - WR Nate Washington a 'longshot' for roster spot

Source: Boston Herald - Jeff Howe

New England Patriots WR Nate Washington (undisclosed) will need to be 'lights out when he gets healthy' and will probably require an injury to a receiver ahead of him on the depth chart in order to secure a roster spot this summer, according to beat reporter Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

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Keshawn Martin's inside/outside versatility has him in the lead for the #5 wide receiver job. Washington is already behind, so Howe's assessment is likely correct.

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29. MIA - DE Dion Jordan recovering from surgery

Source: NFL.com - Austin Knoblauch

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan (knee) is expected to miss the first few weeks of training camp as he recovers from minor arthroscopic knee surgery. The injury was suffered during a private workout, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and it will prevent him from passing a physical for several weeks.

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The Dolphins will need Jordan for the Week 1 matchup at Seattle to help corral Russell Wilson. Of course, Jordan being able to contribute at all right away is still up in the air after not playing since 2014.

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30. ATL - CB Jalen Collins impressing early in camp

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins has impressed early in training camp battling for balls, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

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Collins will be suspended for the first four games, but once he returns, he should upgrade the Falcons secondary.

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31. SF - Mike Purcell the favorite to start at NT

Source: 49ers.com - Taylor Price

San Francisco 49ers DL Mike Purcell is working with the first team as the team attempts to fill the void left behind by NT Ian Williams (ankle), who was ruled out for the season Saturday, July 31.

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The 49ers run defense has already suffered a big blow, and this is a team that will likely have to defend the run a lot in the second half of games. Todd Gurley gets the benefit of this great matchup in Week 1.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. It's an honor for us that you give us a few minutes each day. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J