- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
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Here is a look at some of the top NFL rumors for Monday, June 29:
DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles twice last year, and it's been about nine months since his most recent surgery. What sort of role should we expect to see from the 32-year-old Hall in the Washington Redskins secondary in 2015? "The Redskins likely would like to see David Amerson become the third defensive back and have Hall come off the bench in dime situations," wrote Rich Tandler of RealRedskins.com. "But if Amerson’s rocky 2014 shows signs of continuing in this season they won’t hesitate to give Hall a bigger role, assuming he is fully healthy after tearing his Achilles twice last year."
Injuries have derailed Ben Gardner's football career -- a torn pectoral muscle ended his final season at Stanford and a training-camp shoulder injury put him on IR for all of his rookie season -- but the 2014 seventh-rounder is healthy and aiming to make a mark on the Dallas Cowboys' D-line in 2015. "This is the best I’ve felt in five to six years, not since my early days at Stanford,” Gardner said, per DallasNews.com. “I had basically a full year off to get back to where I needed to be. My legs feel good, my shoulder feels great. I’m as confident as ever physically. I’m hoping to put out some good tape in training camp and the preseason."
Jonathan Stewart finished last season on a roll, topping 100 combined yards four times in his final seven games (including playoffs). However, his past three seasons have been marred by injuries (20 missed games), so it's fair to wonder who would step into the lead role in the Carolina Panthers backfield if J-Stew goes down again. "Fifth-round pick Cameron Artis-Payne, at the moment, is considered a complement to starting running back Jonathan Stewart. He's still behind Fozzy Whittaker and Darrin Reaves when it comes to reps," wrote ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton. "But let's say Stewart is injured. I don't see Whittaker or Reaves being elevated to the every-down back. I do see Artis-Payne in that role. He proved in leading the SEC in rushing at Auburn last season he's tough and durable."