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July 30
06:52 PM
J Jones (NYG)
E Manning (NYG)
O Beckham Jr. (NYG)
V Cruz (NYG)

Giants Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver James Jones

The New York Giants signed veteran free agent wide receiver, James Jones, to a one year contract.



Fantasy Spin:

Jones spent last season playing for the Oakland Raiders  but they released him this off-season. Jones is reunited with Giants OC Ben McAdoo who was the Packers QB Coach during Jones' tenure in Green Bay. Jones will compete with the likes of Corey Washington and Dwayne Harris for the team's Number 4 receiver duties. 

03:49 PM
M Mariota (TEN)
Z Mettenberger (TEN)

Move Over Mettenberger, Whishenhunt Names Mariota The Starter

Tennessee Titans head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, has officially named No. 2 overall pick, Marcus Mariota, the team's starter for 2015. Zach Mettenberger will be his backup. 



Fantasy Spin:

Not exactly a major announcement considering the Titans invested the Number 2 overall pick to take the former Oregon QB. Mettenberger was a deer in headlights last year as a rookie and didn't do much to impress the coaching staff enough to give him a second chance at competing for the starting job. 

03:42 PM
D McFadden (DAL)
J Randle (DAL)

Surprise Surprise Darren McFadden Starts Camp On PUP List

Dallas Cowboys running back, Darren McFadden, will open up Training Camp on the team's active/PUP list with a hamstring injury.



Fantasy Spin:

Surprise Surprise. McFadden is hurt and his hamstrings are the problem. This opens the door for Joseph Randle to earn the starting job without much competition considering McFadden is sidelined. 

03:39 PM
J Bell (DET)
A Abdullah (DET)

Joique Bell Opens Camp On PUP List

Detroit Lions running back, Joique Bell, opened up Training Camp on the team's active/PUP List.



Fantasy Spin:

Bell hasn't participated in OTAs or Mini-Camp due to Knee and Achilles surgery and looks like he'll miss the early portion of Training Camp. With Bell sidelined, rookie Ameer Abdullah will take first team reps in the Lions backfield. 

July 29
06:44 PM
C Hyde (SFO)
K Hunter (SFO)
R Bush (SFO)

Bad News For Carlos Hyde San Fran Plans On Using RBBC

The San Francisco 49ers plan on using a running back by committee in 2015 according to team beat writers. 



Fantasy Spin:

Once Frank Gore left via free agency, many believed Carlos Hyde would take over as the featured runner. But then Kendall Hunter got healthy this offseason and the team signed Reggie Bush. We expect Hunter and Bush to be featured more as a passing back, making Hyde the 1st and 2nd down RB along with duty as the goal-line back. Hyde is more in line as a flex option not necessarily a RB2 which is what he's currently being drafted as. 

06:41 PM
D Parker (MIA)

Dolphins Parker Opens Camp On PUP

Miami Dolphins rookie wide receiver, DeVante Parker, is opening camp on the active/PUP list due to a foot injury. Parker had a screw replaced in his foot in June.



Fantasy Spin:

This news was certainly expected and we expect to see Parker participating in camp within the next few weeks. 

06:38 PM
J Randle (DAL)
D McFadden (DAL)

Jerry Jones Endorses Randle As Featured Back

Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, had high praise for running back Joseph Randle at the start of Cowboys training camp. Jerry went on record and endorsed Randle has the team's "Number 1 back." Randle is expected to compete with off-season free agent signing Darren McFadden for carries in Cowboys backfield. 



Fantasy Spin:

Any endorsement is better than no endorsement, that's the stance we are taking with Jones' comments about Randle. We all witnessed the domination of DeMarco Murray in 2015 and are expecting another productive season from the cowboys rushers in 2015. But which back is the biggest question. This is the first piece of news indicating Randle has a leg up on McFadden....for now.

July 28
03:09 PM
T Brady (NEP)
J Garoppolo (NEP)
R Gronkowski (NEP)
J Edelman (NEP)

NFL Upholds Tom Brady's 4 Game Suspension

The NFL has ruled to uphold New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady's, four game suspension. Brady has said publicly he will sue the league if the suspension was not reduced.  Legal experts say he will "seek an injunction that will allow him to play while his case works its way through the courts." 



Fantasy Spin:

If Brady is granted the injunction, he may be under-center in Week 1 and have the federal courts make a ruling on the case at a later date. For now we are expecting to see Jimmy Garoppolo as the Patriots starting QB when New England opens up the season against the Steelers on September 10th. 

03:03 PM
L Bell (PIT)
D Williams (PIT)

Fantasy Football Players Celebrate: Bell's Suspension Reduced To Two Games

The NFL has reduced Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le'Veon Bell's, suspension from three to two games.



Fantasy Spin:

Even when Bell was scheduled to serve a three game suspension, we still loved him as a Top 3 back. Now that it's been reduced to two games, we feel he deserves to be the Number 1 or Number 2 running back off the board. 

July 27
06:33 PM
C Johnson (FA)
D McFadden (DAL)
J Randle (DAL)

Chris Johnson To Join Cowboys?

Representatives for free agent running back, Chris Johnson, have been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys. 



Fantasy Spin:

Johnson spent the 2014 season with the New York Jets but they didn't resign him this offseason. He was later involved in a shooting leaving him with a bullet wound. But Johnson has since recovered and could compete with Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden for carries if the Cowboys sign him. 

06:30 PM
A Peterson (MIN)
J McKinnon (MIN)
M Asiata (MIN)

Captain Obvious Statement Of The Season: Adrian Peterson Can Expect Heavy Workload

During the 1st week of Vikings Training Camp, Head Coach Mike Zimmer, told the media Adrian Peterson will get a heavy workload in 2015. Here's Zimmer's full statement: 

"As much as he can take, and as much as he can handle in all the things that we're doing. Obviously, we're going to have to spell him at times like you do a lot of guys. But we get down on the goal line, and we're probably not pulling him out, you know? He's our best player, and we're going to continue to use him."



Fantasy Spin:

This is a certified nomination for the most Captain Obvious Statement of the off-season. Of course Peterson is going to get a full workload. 

06:26 PM
J Manziel (CLE)
J McCown (CLE)

Browns Coaches Won't Commit To McCown As Starter

The Cleveland Browns are expected to have a QB camp battle between Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel that may last all of Training Camp/Preseason. During the 1st few days of camp, the Browns coaching staff declined to guarantee  the veteran McCown will be the team's starter Week 1. 



Fantasy Spin:

It was an interesting statement made by Head Coach Mike Pettine considering he also said during that same press conference that Johnny Manziel is the "clear cut" Number 2 QB. If anything, the coaches comments are a perfect example of why the Browns Offense is a mess. 

06:21 PM
M Bryant (PIT)
B Roethlisberger (PIT)
A Brown (PIT)

Steelers 2nd Year WR Bryant Beefs Up For 2015

Pittsburgh Steelers second year wide receiver, Martavis Bryant, has gained 14 pounds of muscle this offseason and is now weighing in at 225 pounds. 



Fantasy Spin:

Standing at 6 foot 4, the added muscle will help Bryant in the red-zone. He scored 8 TDs as a rookie despite playing less than 50% of the team's snaps. Bryant is one of our breakout candidates in 2015.

July 26
12:13 PM
J Gresham (ARI)
T Niklas (ARI)
C Palmer (ARI)

Cardinals Sign Jermaine Gresham

The Arizona Cardinals signed tight end, Jermaine Gresham, to a one year contract. Gresham spent his career with the Bengals and posted 460 yards and five TDs with Cincinatti in 2014.The Bears, Packers, and Saints also expressed interest in Gresham this offseason. 



Fantasy Spin:

Recovering from off-season back surgery, it's unclear if Gresham will be ready for the start of Training Camp. Once healthy he should compete with Troy Niklas and Darren Fells as the team's Number 1 TE. 

12:10 PM
L Bell (PIT)

No Appeal Hearing Set For Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers star running back, Le'Veon Bell, is scheduled to serve a three game suspension for his DUI and Marijuana charge last year. Bell is expected to appeal the punishment but the date has yet to be scheduled.



Fantasy Spin:

It's a bit surprising Bell and the NFLPA has yet to schedule an appeal hearing in hopes of reducing the suspension from three to two games. Despite the three game suspension, the Steelers RB is still getting drafted in the Top 5 of the 1st round. DeAngelo Williams will start for Pittsburgh while Bell is serving the suspension.


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