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Vikings LB Anthony Barr said he "absolutely" wants to remain with the team longterm.

Barr will make $12.3 million in 2018, the final year of his contract. Although the team could opt to franchise tag him before he hits the open market, he would become a free agent If he doesn’t sign an extension by March. He sat out in Saturday's preseason opener versus Denver but coach Mike Zimmer said Barr's absence had "nothing to do with his contract situation." LB Eric Kendricks, DE Danielle Hunter, and Stefon Diggs were all given extensions this offseason, leaving Barr as Minnesota's top priority moving forward.
Aug 14 - 8:00 PM

Colts RB Josh Ferguson (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday.

Ferguson has missed most of camp with a hamstring injury. In his absence, the Colts added ex-Chargers RB Branden Oliver and former Lion RB Tion Green to their backfield. With Marlon Mack (hamstring) sidelined a few weeks and rookie Nyheim Hines struggling, Ferguson's camp reps can go a long way to solidifying his place on Indy's roster. Jordan Wilkins, Robert Turbin (four-game suspension), and Christine Michael round out the rest of the club's backfield.
Aug 14 - 7:37 PM

NJ.com's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes the chances of Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood making the team are "very good."

Shorr-Parks gushes that "no player has helped themselves more during training camp" than Smallwood, even getting a nod from coach Doug Pederson as a "key special teams player." Shorr-Parks also notes that "things are not looking good" for Donnel Pumphrey, who's been sidelined with a lower body injury, and Matt Jones, who "hasn't really done much to earn a spot." That would leave Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Smallwood, and Josh Adams as the Eagles' backfield rotation heading into the season.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 14 - 7:06 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said during a Tuesday radio appearance that the club might not "stand pat" with the current options behind starter Case Keenum.

"We’ve got to have confidence that that guy that’s going to be the backup can play and win football games," Elway said. "Even though Chad [Kelly] played very well on Saturday night — we’ll see how he does this week — but if something were to happen to Case, can he come in and continue to win football games for us? That’s the big part of the evaluation process and that’s still going on." Kelly was promoted to No. 2 following his performance (14-21-177-2-1) against the Vikings Saturday and will play with the second-string offense against the Bears this upcoming week. It sounds as if the Broncos and Elway have theoretically moved on from Lynch.
Aug 14 - 6:32 PM

The Ahtletic's Jeff Zrebiec considers John Brown the "standout" of Ravens camp.

Per Zrebiec, "nobody made more plays than Brown during training camp." Zrebiec is echoing coach John Harbaugh, who singled Brown out for praise on Wednesday. Brown has proven to be an electrifying playmaker when healthy, but he spent much of the past two years battling complications from his sickle-cell trait. If Brown is beyond that this season, he will be an ideal deep target for big-armed Joe Flacco, and quite possibly the Ravens' No. 1 receiver.
Aug 14 - 5:53 PM

Broncos waived/injured WR Corey Brown.

The ex-Panther was signed 18 days ago. Provided it's not a season-ending ailment, Brown figures to be released from injured reserve with a settlement once he's back to full health.
Aug 14 - 5:51 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expects DE Carl Lawson to remain a sub-package player in 2018.

Lawson notched 8.5 sacks on just 477 rookie snaps, but the Bengals still have Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. "The biggest thing that was true for Carl at Auburn, and still continues here in the NFL after his first season, is that by limiting his exposure, we're going to get more production," Lewis said. "He’s not that big of a person and so to go out and bang with the big guys all the time is not going to be beneficial to him, and what he’s going to get done at the end of the game when you need him to." Lawson could force Lewis' hand if he picks up where he left off as a rookie.
Aug 14 - 5:40 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he never wants Tyler Eifert to play 50 snaps in a game this season.

"Well I hope he never gets 50," was Lewis' response when asked about a theoretical 50-snap performance. Although injuries have prevented him from being an every-down player since 2015, Eifert did reach 50 snaps in both of his 2017 appearances. Eifert is shaping up as a boom/bust TE2.
Aug 14 - 5:29 PM
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