Due to a foot injury and wrapping up college, rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed most of his first NFL offseason. Needless to say, that left ASJ chasing Brandon Myers, Tim Wright and Luke Stocker in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE corps as training camp began.
For all of the natural potential TE Zach Ertz had as a rookie last year, he saw a relatively light workload (56 targets, 36 receptions, 469 yards, 4 TDs), largely because he was a shoddy blocker.

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When will Cain pitch again? 

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Earlier this week, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Giants "confirmed that pitcher Matt Cain (would be) headed to Florida to meet with Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on his elbow problem." A visit to Dr. Andrews typically brings up fears of potential Tommy John surgery.

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Will Phillies fire GM? 

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There was a lot of trade deadline action on Thursday, but one team that was noticeably absent from the festivities was the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite being in the National League East cellar and having veteran talent that could have been dealt away to kickstart a rebuilding process, the team stood pat.

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Kain Colter a return man? 

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Unless you are an early-round pick, earning a roster spot as a rookie wide receiver often comes down to whether you can chip in on special teams. First-year WR Kain Colter knows that he will have to impress in that regard in order to stick with the Minnesota Vikings this season.

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Which A's SP gets the boot? 

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On Monday, Jesse Chavez was tagged for three home runs by the Houston Astros in a 7-3 loss. After the game, the Oakland Athletics pitcher said, "It won't happen again." He may be right, but not for the reasons he meant at the time.

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Zobrist on way out of Tampa Bay? 

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One of the big deadline deals from Thursday was the three-way swap that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers. In return, the Tampa Bay Rays received "left-hander Drew Smyly and minor league infielder Willy Adames from the Tigers."

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CB Chimdi Chekwa doesn't have a lot going for him as far as his pro resume. He battled injuries his first couple of seasons, and though he took part in 15 games last season, he was on the field for only 169 snaps and ProFootballFocus.com graded him out as the 167th corner in the league.

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Derrick Rose, Bulls rift? 

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Is there a rift between Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls? According to Rose, there is some tension between people close to him and a few employees of the Bulls.

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Ekpe Udoh's future with Bucks? 

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Forward Ekpe Udoh is still available to be signed as an unrestricted free agent, but the market appears to be low for him right now. A good number of teams already have full rosters for the upcoming season, so Udoh's options are reducing each day and that might include the Milwaukee Bucks.

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The Kansas City Royals got some bad news on Thursday, as they learned Eric Hosmer may miss up to six weeks or more with a stress fracture in his right hand. The injury, according to the Kansas City Star, is the result of the first baseman having been hit by a pitch on July 20 and was "camouflaged" by swelling that only recently subsided.

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Could Monroe land with Hawks or Suns? 

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According to HawksHoop.com, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports stated during an interview that restricted free agent Greg Monroe doesn't want to return to the Detroit Pistons and one destination might have been the Atlanta Hawks, but that is now off the table. Portland and the Phoenix Suns also reportedly held sign-and-trade discussions with Detroit for Monroe, but they are out, too.

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With David Wilson waiting on "a miracle" when it comes to the latest battle with his troublesome neck, all signs point to the New York Giants leaning heavily on Rashad Jennings as their clear-cut feature back.

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NBA: Foursome face Friday deadline 

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Friday is an important day for several players in the NBA as their salaries for 2014-15 will be fully guaranteed if they are not placed on waivers today, Aug. 1. The salary for Portland's Will Barton is already reported to be fully guaranteed, while Miami's Justin Hamilton has been told 50 percent of his salary is now protected.

Here are the remaining players who have the Aug. 1 deadline in their contracts:

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Will Barton earns guaranteed salary 

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Earlier this week there was a report that Will Barton's $915,243 salary for the upcoming season had been guaranteed since he was not waived by the July 25 deadline and he spoke about how thankful he was that he made it past that point. Well, on Thursday The Oregonian reported Barton's guarantee date was yesterday. It should be noted that some reports have his salary for 2014-15 guaranteed if he's not waived by today, Aug. 1. Either way, Barton now has financial security for the upcoming season.

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