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Our Sigmund Bloom runs down injuries, position battles, and offensive changes to watch for the NFC East and gives his view on the direction each team is headed.

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Our Justin Howe digs into Frank Gore's role in the refactored Indianapolis offense and his fantasy prospects for 2016

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Kevin White hasn't played since becoming a top-10 pick in the 2015 draft, but now he's healthy and ready to play. How will he fare in the Chicago offense? Our Cian Fahey investigates.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. BUF - RB Reggie Bush joining Buffalo
2. NO - WR Michael Thomas making good impression
3. SD - Stevie Johnson to receive second option
4. SD - Stevie Johnson tears cartilage
5. PHI - TE Zach Ertz to be featured in red zone
6. GB - WR Davante Adams struggling
7. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy making good impression
8. NO - TE Coby Fleener building chemistry with QB
9. NYJ - RB Matt Forte being cautious with hamstring
10. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi out of practice Monday
11. TB - WR Kenny Bell part of tight competition
12. SF - San Francisco not looking at QB Nick Foles
13. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman sits out Monday
14. CHI - TE Zach Miller has concussion
15. BAL - WR Mike Wallace works with starters
16. TB - WR Adam Humphries the third receiver
17. TB - Jonathan Krause shining in camp
18. NYG - DE Jason Pierre-Paul impressing
19. MIA - Isaiah Pead nicked up
20. BUF - Optimism in QB Tyrod Taylor talks
21. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise to miss time
22. ARI - WR John Brown in concussion protocol
23. CHI - WR Eddie Royal suffers concussion
24. CHI - WR Eddie Royal exits practice
25. NE - RB James Develin healthy
26. SD - DE Joey Bosa talks quiet
27. NE - CB Logan Ryan not quite there yet
28. CAR - QB Cam Newton altering cadence
29. HOU - Derek Newton out a few weeks

1. BUF - RB Reggie Bush joining Buffalo

Source: The Associated Press - John Wawrow

Free-agent RB Reggie Bush (49ers) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills Monday, Aug. 1, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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At 31-years old, Bush is expected to compete with veteran Mike Gillislee and rookie Jonathan Williams for a backup role behind LeSean McCoy in training camp. Even if he's not the true backup behind McCoy, Bush could give them a change-of-pace look if needed.

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2. NO - WR Michael Thomas making good impression

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has made one-handed catches in training camp Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, and he has been better than advertised, according to beat writer Larry Holder.

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With Anquan Boldin signing in Detroit, the main threat to Thomas's fantasy value in his rookie year has passed. He was already developing great trust with Drew Brees in the spring, now he is generating buzz with downfield plays. He could easily be Marques Colston plus, and Colston had over 1000 yards and eight scores as a seventh-round rookie.

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3. SD - Stevie Johnson to receive second option

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) will receive a second option on his torn meniscus before he undergoes surgery.

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Johnson's timetable will be known after the surgery. He's not going to be ready for the start of the regular season, and we'll have to see what the second opinion says about surgery. After that, we'll know about his recovery time.

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4. SD - Stevie Johnson tears cartilage

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Updating a previous story, San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson (knee) suffered a torn meniscus Sunday, July 31, and will undergo surgery soon, according to a source. Johnson's season may be in jeopardy.

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Johnson should be off of our boards with this news. Ultra-athletic 2015 UDFA Tyrell Williams and Dontrelle Inman, who has made contributions after wide receiver injuries in San Diego each of the last two years, will be the next men up.

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5. PHI - TE Zach Ertz to be featured in red zone

Source: PhillyMag.com - Josh Paunil

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz will be featured in the red zone, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

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Ertz has not been a prolific touchdown scorer earlier in his career, and not because the Eagles had a clear dominant red zone option. This could be the Eagles' intention, but it's not a reason to move Ertz up the board because he hasn't shown the skillset yet to convert more opportunities into scores. Ertz is a low TE1 on default target volume, but if he hits this year, it will be on reception numbers spiking, not touchdowns.

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6. GB - WR Davante Adams struggling

Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Ryan Wood

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams dropped passes in the two-minute drill and in the end zone during practice Sunday, July 31.

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Adams is losing his grip on the #3 spot, if he ever had it going into this offseason. Jared Abbrederis has had the most positive open to camp, but Ty Montgomery is still on the PUP. The most likely outcome here is that the #3 wide receiver spot in Green Bay doesn't provide consistent fantasy value. It could help the case of Richard Rodgers or Jared Cook if one of them can dominate tight end targets.

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7. BUF - RB LeSean McCoy making good impression

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy impressed the coaching staff with how hard he worked during the offseason, and they expect him to have a very productive season in 2016.

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We could see McCoy getting a larger workload and producing like a low-end RB1 for fantasy owners this year. The Bills are going to be a run-heavy offense, and they'll use Mccoy as much as they possibly can. He has a current ADP of RB11 (3.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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8. NO - TE Coby Fleener building chemistry with QB

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Larry Holder

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener said he has been working on building a chemistry with QB Drew Brees during the early part of training camp. Brees said he believes Fleener could catch a lot of passes in 2016 because he will have favorable matchups.

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Message! Fantasy owners are going to want Fleener at the right value this year. The Saints TE position has been one of the most productive each season. Whether it's Jimmy Graham or Ben Watson, TE1 value is certainly there. His current ADP is TE6 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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9. NYJ - RB Matt Forte being cautious with hamstring

Source: New York Daily News - Seth Walder

New York Jets RB Matt Forte (hamstring) has missed the first four practices of training camp after tweaking his hamstring while running on his own, and he is being cautious with the injury to avoid a setback. As a veteran of nine seasons, there is not a lot of urgency to get Forte on the field.

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As long as Forte shows he is healthy within a week or two, it shouldn't affect his draft stock. If this turns into a a 3-4 week injury, it indicates a more serious hamstring strain and one that throws his ability to avoid another hamstring issue in-season into question. Move Bilal Powell up your board a bit either way.

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10. MIA - RB Jay Ajayi out of practice Monday

Source: Palm Beach Post - Hal Habib

Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi (knee) is out of practice Monday, Aug. 1. It's not known if it's a day-to-day thing or in any way symptomatic of the knee injury that caused his draft stock to fall a year ago. Ajayi has maintained that his knee is a 'non-issue,' according to his doctors. Some have speculated his knee is bone-on-bone, which could shorten his career.

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This issue is a bone bruise in the left knee, and it's not on the right knee that allegedly had a bone-on-bone condition, Ajayi has said that he will return in a few days, but every practice is important as he battles for starter snaps with Arian Foster.

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11. TB - WR Kenny Bell part of tight competition

Source: PewterReport.com - Zach Shapiro

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell looked like an 'MVP' during practice Friday, July 29, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, but Koetter said Sunday, July 31, the competition in the receiver group remains close.

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It sounds like Adam Humphries will be the #3 and slot receiver, but Bell could still situate himself as the top backup outside with a good summer. Bell is still a good dynasty stash and has a higher career ceiling than Humphries.

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12. SF - San Francisco not looking at QB Nick Foles

Source: CSNBayArea.com - Matt Maiocco

Free-agent QB Nick Foles (Rams) is not an option for the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Chip Kelly.

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They've got enough to deal with between Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. Those two are going to compete for the starting job in training camp.

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13. DEN - RB Ronnie Hillman sits out Monday

Source: The Denver Post - Malika Andrews

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (back) did not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 1.

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Hillman took a big shot from LB Zaire Anderson on Sunday, and he had a bruised back. Rookie Devontae Booker may have a chance to overtake Hillman for the backup job behind starter C.J. Anderson.

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14. CHI - TE Zach Miller has concussion

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears TE Zach Miller (concussion) has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to head coach John Fox.

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The Bears tight end group is scary thin after they failed to land Jermaine Gresham and Josh Hill in free agency despite strong offers. Miller finally emerged from a long history of injuries to produce last year, but this is not the start he was looking for. Miller was released from the Bucs after a 2013 concussion, so we'll watch Miller's return timeline closely.

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15. BAL - WR Mike Wallace works with starters

Source: The Baltimore Sun - Jamison Hensley

Baltimore Ravens WR Mike Wallace worked with the first-team offense in practice Sunday, July 31. Injuries to WRs Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles') and Breshad Perriman (knee) helped facilitate Wallace going with the starters.

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Wallace's failed conditioning test appears to be a blip. He and fellow free agent pickup Ben Watson could be strong producers early in the season as the Ravens offense gets healthier.

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16. TB - WR Adam Humphries the third receiver

Source: Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries will be the team's third receiver, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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Humphries is still going to have only negligible fantasy value as the slot receiver on a team with two strong options outside and two good pass catchers at tight end, but if Jameis Winston grows as a passer, Humphries could get on the radar in very deep leagues.

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17. TB - Jonathan Krause shining in camp

Source: The Tampa Tribune - Roy Cummings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Jonathan Krause is shining in camp with the Buccaneers, according to beat writer Roy Cummings.

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Krause will have trouble making the final roster unless he can beat out one of Louis Murphy, Russell Shepard, Kenny Bell, and Donteea Dye for the #4 or #5 spot, but he is a prime practice squad candidate.

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18. NYG - DE Jason Pierre-Paul impressing

Source: New York Daily News - Pat Leonard

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has impressed as being 'big and fast and explosive,' according to general manager Jerry Reese. Head coach Ben McAdoo said he has to tone down Pierre-Paul because he is 'going so hard out there,' according to Reese. The Giants general manager added, 'He looks like the old JPP.'

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Pierre-Paul won't play with a club on the hand injured by fireworks last summer, which is a good sign. He still won't have the function he had before the accident, but he should be improved from last year and ready to be a fantasy DE1 again in IDP leagues.

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19. MIA - Isaiah Pead nicked up

Source: ESPN.com - James Walker

Miami Dolphins RB Isaiah Pead (undisclosed) left practice Monday, Aug. 1, and he's being evaluated by trainers.

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Pead had just been thrust into first-team snaps while Jay Ajayi sat with a bone bruise on his left knee. The comeback attempt could come to a halt if this is a multi-week injury. Another comeback story, Daniel Thomas, could get more runs if Pead has to miss time. The backup going into the season, Damien Williams, should be activated from the PUP soon and could establish his claim to stick as a fourth back.

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20. BUF - Optimism in QB Tyrod Taylor talks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor continues to negotiate on a contract extension, and there's plenty of optimism that a deal is struck before the season opens.

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This is a bit of a turn in the tone around these negotiations. Perhaps Taylor is willing to take a deal in the Andy Dalton/Colin Kaepernick mold, which would pay him around 15 million a year, but basically in the form of team options every season. Taylor is playing for two million dollars plus a one million dollar incentive bonus, which is backup money. He could increase his pay this year greatly, but he would also lose the chance to lock in an even bigger deal if he excels this year.

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21. SEA - RB C.J. Prosise to miss time

Source: 710 ESPN Seattle - Liz Mathews

Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hamstring) is expected to be sidelined for seven to 10 days because of a first-degree hamstring strain.

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Bad news for the rookie here. Prosise is competing for a spot on the depth chart behind starter Thomas Rawls. There's even a chance he earns a larger role if he stays healthy and impresses in camp. A converted WR from Notre Dame, Prosise has one year under his belt playing RB. With him out for a week or so (and Rawls on active/PUP due to an ankle injury), Christine Michael and Alex Collins will get more playing time.

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22. ARI - WR John Brown in concussion protocol

Source: FOX Sports 910 Radio - Mike Jurecki

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (concussion) will not participate in practice Monday, Aug. 1, because he is taking part in the concussion protocol.

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It's going to take some time for Brown to get through the protocol. In the meantime, J.J. Nelson and Jaron Brown get an opportunity to show more as the team's no.3 WR.

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23. CHI - WR Eddie Royal suffers concussion

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to head coach John Fox.

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Royal will have to go through the league's protocol before returning. That means we may not see him for a couple of weeks.

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24. CHI - WR Eddie Royal exits practice

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (undisclosed) left practice Monday, Aug. 1, with an undisclosed injury.

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Royal has had trouble staying healthy for years now. Seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman will get an ample opportunity to show his stuff while Royal is sidelined.

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25. NE - RB James Develin healthy

Source: Boston Herald - Stephen Hewitt

New England Patriots FB James Develin (leg) is fully recovered from a broken right leg that cost him the entire 2015 season. He's ready to return to form; without him in 2015, the Patriots' rushing game posted its worst totals since Develin joined the team in 2012.

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This should be a boost to LeGarrette Blount, especially in the first four games that Tom Brady will miss, that is assuming Blount makes the roster.

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26. SD - DE Joey Bosa talks quiet

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa haven't negotiated since Thursday, July 28, when the Chargers made their latest offer, according to sources. The main sticking points are the team wants offset language and deferral of a significant portion of his signing bonus into 2017. Bosa's representatives would accept one or the other: offset language or full payment of the signing bonus in 2016.

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This was supposed to be a thing of the past under the new CBA, and the Chargers need Bosa to boost their defense. It's hard to understand why the Chargers wouldn't give the #3 pick everything he wanted, since the overall compensation is set.

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27. NE - CB Logan Ryan not quite there yet

Source: Boston Herald - Karen Guregian

New England Patriots CB Logan Ryan (undisclosed) has been wearing a red non-contact jersey at practice and doesn't appear to be quite up to speed yet. He missed the entire spring with an undisclosed injury. Ryan is entering the last year of his contract.

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Ryan is a starting corner in a defense that doesn't have much experience at the position behind him. This hasn't been a big offseason story, but it could create a hole in the defense if Ryan doesn't have a full recovery from whatever ailed him this offseason.

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28. CAR - QB Cam Newton altering cadence

Source: Charlotte Observer - Joseph Person

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and the rest of the offense are changing their pre-snap terminology this season to prevent defenses picking up on their play calling.

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Teams should be doing this every year. Newton is entrenched as the #1 fantasy quarterback on the board.

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29. HOU - Derek Newton out a few weeks

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating previous reports, Houston Texans OT Derek Newton (hamstring) will miss a few weeks after an MRI revealed a strained hamstring.

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It is important for Houston that Newton gets back in time to play in the preseason and give his body a full test run before the season. Swing tackle Chris Clark will fill in for Newton at right tackle once Duane Brown is back at left tackle.

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

Peace,

J