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NFL rumors roundup

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Competition opens, but it's Sam Bradford's job to lose

ESPN Eagles reporter Phil Sheridan says that while Bradford may be in an open competition with Mark Sanchez, it is Bradford's job to lose. After trading for Bradford, coach Chip Kelly wants and needs Bradford to be the Eagles' starting quarterback.

Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Monday, August 3:

  • Quarterback Sam Bradford, who was limited throughout OTAs and minicamp, was fully cleared for 11-on-11 drills for the Philadelphia Eagles' first day of training camp. Bradford not only practiced, but took the snaps with the first-team offense with no brace on his surgically repaired left knee on Sunday, writes ESPN's Phil Sheridan. While Bradford was out, Mark Sanchez took the first-team snaps in OTAs and minicamp. Head coach Chip Kelly has said there will be an open competition for the starting quarterback job, but it appears to be Bradford's job to lose, says Phil Sheridan. The Eagles traded Nick Foles, a second-round pick, and $13 million in salary this season for Bradford. Chip Kelly not only wants Bradford to start, he may need him to win the job.

  • Unsigned defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul talked to New York Giants GM Jerry Reese on Sunday. The phone conversation is reportedly the first time the two sides have talked since Pierre-Paul lost his index finger nearly a month ago in a fireworks accident. ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Pierre-Paul won't sign with the team or report to training camp until he can pass his physical.

    Werder's reports come a day after GM Jerry Reese delivered a supportive public message regarding Pierre-Paul on WFAN radio in New York.

  • On an appearance with Sirius XM NFL Radio, Ben Roethlisberger stated that Markus Wheaton will be the Steelers' breakout player this season. Roethlisberger also added that Wheaton will be the Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver. Roethlisberger's remarks come as wide receiver Martavis Bryant is currently sidelined after undergoing a minor procedure Sunday to remove an elbow infection, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. Bryant averaged 21 yards per catch and scored a touchdown on eight of his 26 receptions as a rookie last season, noted Fowler. Bryant may have been ahead of Wheaton in the depth chart ahead of camp, but the elbow procedure won't help Bryant's chances of earning a consistent role. Bryant could miss Sunday's Hall of Fame preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he should be back "sooner rather than later."