According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants to see better decision making, better accuracy and more play making out of QB Ryan Tannehill this season.

Of course, there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who couldn't use some improvement in each of those categories, but Philbin suggested that he may put Tannehill's legs to work more this season to take advantage of those play-making skills.

"He’s got play-making ability," Philbin told Salguero. "But even there, we’re looking for more.
The Arizona Cardinals want to lean on second-year RB Andre Ellington as their primary option out of the backfield this season. He only had 118 rushing attempts last year and is only 5-foot-9, so, as ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss notes, the looming concern is obvious.

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RB Chris Johnson took part in his first practice with the New York Jets Thursday after resting his surgically repaired knee during the offseason.

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Since the Cleveland Browns used a first-round pick to draft Johnny Manziel, they clearly hope that he will develop into their long-term franchise quarterback. However, with veteran Brian Hoyer on board, the Browns are in position to be patient.

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When Andre Roberts inked with the Washington Redskins, he likely expected to play a major role as their No. 2 wide receiver. However, the addition of DeSean Jackson bumped Roberts down a notch, which means he may end up making his biggest impact on special teams, instead.

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It's been nine months since Sam Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee, and St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday that his quarterback is a "full-go" for training camp, which begins on Friday.

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The Seattle Seahawks kick off training camp Friday morning, and veteran RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent due to his desire for a new contract. Lynch has a base salary of $5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2015. However, he will count $7 million against the Seahawks' salary cap this year and $9 million next year.

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Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum spent four years working alongside coach Rex Ryan, so he should have a pretty good read on the coach's thinking. That's why his comments on NFL Network Thursday about how Ryan may use Michael Vick this season are worth consideration.

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The Atlanta Falcons hope that Steven Jackson can stay healthy this year and lead their backfield after he posted a career-low 3.5 YPC during an injury-riddled first season with the team. Nonetheless, they also looked to the future by drafting Devonta Freeman in the fourth round.

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Father Time created a cliff for NFL running backs who turn 30, and few avoid falling right off the edge. Somehow Frank Gore managed to eschew that dropoff during his age-30 campaign in 2013, despite being a workhorse for the San Francisco 49ers.

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With Hue Jackson replacing Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator, the Cincinnati Bengals are expected to run a more uptempo offense in 2014.

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The knee injury that kept Joique Bell from practicing this summer should not impact his ability to work out with this teammates during training camp.

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UPDATE: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has confirmed that the NFL will suspend Ray Rice for the first two games this season. Read on for details of Rice's absence.
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The NFL has yet to make a formal announcement regarding a potential suspension for Ray Rice, following the offseason incident he had with his now wife, but there is some buzz that the punishment may soon be meted out.

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The expectation when Cordarrelle Patterson entered the league last year was that it would take some time to develop his incredible natural skills as a receiver, so it's no surprise that his biggest impact was as a kick-return man, not as a pass-catcher. To wit, his 32.4 yards per kickoff return was the best mark in the NFL, but he mustered just 45 receptions for 469 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

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The NFL finally will hear Josh Gordon's appeal of what's expected to be a year-long suspension next Friday.

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