Jul 30 2016 - Jimmy Wilson, S Jimmy Wilson was signed as a free agent on Thursday (July 28). Wilson is a sixth-year NFL player who spent four seasons with Miami before playing for San Diego last season. He has played in 73 NFL games, with 27 starts. Wilson played in 13 games, with six starts, for the Chargers last season, totaling 44 tackles, one interception, one sack and one fumble recovery. He made a career-best 13 starts in 2014 with Miami, prior to signing with San Diego as an unrestricted free agent. He signed as a free agent with Kansas City in April of this year but was released May 3.
Jul 30 2016 - Karlos Dansby, LB Karlos Dansby has impressed his teammates since joining the team, most notably fellow linebacker Rey Maualuga. "From what I've seen so far, he's a very smart, intelligent player," Maualuga said. "He's constantly talking about certain things to get us better, on how to read certain offenses and how we need to continue to look. He's helping coach. I'm excited to put the pads on and see how he is close up." Dansby, 34, is one interception from becoming the fifth player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 20 picks in his career.
Jul 30 2016 - Golden Tate, WR Golden Tate said he wants to handle punt returns for the Lions again this fall. Tate averaged 7.5 yards per punt return last year. He's a more important part of the Lions' offense now that Calvin Johnson has retired, but Lions head coach Jim Caldwell has said he won't shy away from using players on special teams for fear of injuries.
Jul 30 2016 - Taylor Decker, T Taylor Decker has played left tackle almost exclusively since the Lions drafted him in the first round and it would be a huge surprise if he doesn't start at that position in Week 1. Riley Reiff, the Lions' starting left tackle the last three seasons, takes over at right tackle this year, while the lone position battle up front looks to be at center, where Travis Swanson, Graham Glasgow and Gabe Ikard are all in the mix.
Jul 30 2016 - Anquan Boldin, WR Anquan Boldin will see heavy minutes as a slot receiver for the Lions this fall. Boldin signed with the Lions days before the start of training camp and was immediately inserted into the first-team offense. He's not much of a downfield threat at this stage of his career (that was never his strong suit anyway), but he's a solid perimeter blocker and should help the Lions in the red zone, where they don't have many physical options.
Jul 30 2016 - Jon Bostic, LB Jon Bostic is taking first-team reps at the weak-side linebacker spot with DeAndre Levy sidelined. The Lions acquired Bostic in an offseason trade with the New England Patriots this spring.
Jul 30 2016 - Donte Moncrief, WR Donte Moncrief missed all of the Colts' OTA and minicamp practices as he recovered from a toe injury. His walking boot is finally off and Moncrief is good to go for training camp although he will probably see limited work early on. "It killed me every day seeing those guys go (in practice)," he said. "I just wanted to rip that boot off."
Jul 30 2016 - D'Qwell Jackson, ILB D'Qwell Jackson says the fire still burns deeply despite the fact that he is about to enter his 11th year in the NFL. Jackson says that he wasn't happy with the way the 2015 season ended. "I think last year we had a lot of expectations coming in and a lot of guys probably didn't know how to answer a lot of those questions," he said.
Jul 30 2016 - Ryan Kelly, Rookie C Ryan Kelly thinks that he's ready to step into the team's starting lineup. Kelly worked with the first-team offense during OTAs and spring minicamps. He is the starting center as training camp gets underway.
"Yeah, it's everything for the first time just like OTAs and just like minicamp. But I think certainly having those things under my belt helps a lot. I'm excited to get with the guys and get back into it," Kelly said.
Jul 30 2016 - T.Y. Hilton, WR T.Y. Hilton continues to draw the attention of the coaching staff. Hilton has been the Colts' most productive receiver since joining the team as a rookie in 2012. But it looks as if he is priming himself for perhaps his best year yet. Head coach Chuck Pagano said that the receiver had a great offseason "Maybe the best offseason he's ever had," the Colts coach said.
Jul 30 2016 - Victor Cruz, WR Victor Cruz (calf) passed his conditioning test and will avoid beginning camp on the PUP list. However, it's unknown just how much he'll be allowed to do in these first few days of camp.
Jul 30 2016 - DeAndre Hopkins, wr DeAndre Hopkins didn't report for training camp and is holding out.
Hopkins is entering the fourth year of a $15.552 million rookie contract that included a $3.926 million signing bonus and a total of $6.181 million guaranteed.
The Texans officially placed Hopkins on the reserve/did not report list. He can be activated from that list whenever he reports to camp. However, Hopkins is subject to fines of up to $40,000 per day for missing camp. The Texans' first day of practice is Sunday.
"We are disappointed DeAndre has elected not to report to training camp with the rest of his teammates," Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement. "He has expressed his position regarding his contract status, and we have been clear with both he and his representatives of ours. Our focus is on the 2016 season and all of our collective efforts and attention will be centered on that endeavor."
Paid a $1.098 million guaranteed base salary last season, Hopkins is due a $1 million non-guaranteed base salary this season and is due a $445,004 roster bonus on the fifth day of training camp. A big part of the Texans' future involves Hopkins, whose $7.915 million fifth-year team option was exercised to keep him under contract through the 2017 season.
The Texans' stance is to not negotiate contracts with two years remaining on current deals. They did that for defensive end J.J. Watt when they signed him to a $100 million contract extension with two years left on his rookie contract, but that was viewed as an exception for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A four-year, $27 million contract extension was reached for linebacker Whitney Mercilus at the deadline last year to exercise his fifth-year option.
Hopkins didn't issue a comment publicly on the situation. However, on social media, Hopkins retweeted Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu: "Guys can under perform and get cut, over perform & don't get paid. Life.
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Jul 30 2016 - Willie Young, Moving to solidify their pass rush for the future, the Chicago Bears late Friday night signed outside linebacker Willie Young to a contract extension for two additional years. The move makes Young a Bear through 2018.
"We did this because of everything he brings to the table," general manager Ryan Pace said Saturday morning at Bears practice. "He's a productive player, he's a good player and most importantly he's a good teammate."
The deal was done just before midnight.
"It was late last night, so we went a little past his curfew," Pace said. "So he was excused."
Young, who has 174 tackles, 22.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss in 78 career NFL games, would have been in the final year of his three-year, $9 million deal with the Bears.
Young had a team-high 10 sacks in 2014, then last year came back from a torn Achilles suffered in the final game of the 2014 season and made 6.5 sacks while changing from 4-3 defensive end to outside linebacker in a 3-4.
"It feels good to reward somebody that's worked as hard as he's worked and overcome the injury last year, and the leader that he is out there mentoring our younger players," Pace said. "I feel really good about it. It's good for our locker room, it's good for our team."
Pace said he first thought Young could make the conversion from 4-3 end to 3-4 linebacker about midway through last year.
Young was viewed by some as an edge rusher only when he played with Detroit before coming to the Bears. Pace has found something different.
"For him, he's not a one-trick pony," Pace said. "He can win multiple ways in his pass rush, which we like. But he sets the edge really stout.
"You'd think for a guy that tall and lean you'd worry about stoutness and whatever. We don't at all because he's got some good upper body strength and he uses his hands well and he separates and sheds. So I just think he's a well-rounded player that's adjusted well to the scheme."
Young had confidence a deal could
Jul 30 2016 - Ian Williams, The San Francisco 49ers placed nose tackle Ian Williams on the reserve/non-football injury list. Williams will miss the season after having ankle surgery this offseason. In five seasons, he started 26 of 31 games played and had 137 tackles, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Jul 30 2016 - Anthony Davis, The NFL reinstated San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis from the reserve/retired list Saturday. The team added Davis to its 90-man roster and Davis reported to camp. Davis was taken No. 11 overall by the 49ers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He started all 71 games he played, including eight playoff games from 2010-14. He retired in June 2015. He will battle for the starting right tackle spot.
Jul 30 2016 - Eric Fisher, The Kansas City Chiefs gave offensive tackle Eric Fisher a contract extension Saturday. The extension is for four years and worth $48 million, according to NFL Media. Fisher had his fifth-year option picked up by the team in the spring. Overall, his contract is for six years and $63 million, with $40 million guaranteed.
Jul 30 2016 - Daniel Fells, TE Daniel Fells, who last year saw his season end due to a battle with MRSA in his foot, announced his retirement after failing to sign on with another team.
Jul 30 2016 - Devaunte Sigler, DL Devauntae Sigler was the only player to fail the conditioning test. The rookie opened camp on the non-football injury list and will return to practice once he passes the test.
Jul 30 2016 - Shakim Phillips, WR Shakim Phillips, who is recovering from a sports hernia, opened training camp on the PUP list. Phillips was on the practice squad last season and is in contention for the fifth receiver spot.
Jul 30 2016 - Bud Dupree, LB Bud Dupree lost 20 pounds since the end of last season and reported to camp at 254 pounds. He believes being lighter will help with his conditioning level and will allow him to play with more energy.