Can RG III's body hold up? 

August, 19, 2014
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Although Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer stole the headlines Monday night, Robert Griffin III also had much to prove and failed to do so. The biggest issue for him remains his inability to avoid getting hit.
The Cleveland Browns had been waiting for either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel to step up and take hold of the starting quarterback job. The scene was set perfectly for one of them to do so Monday night, but instead both quarterbacks stepped backward, leaving the "competition" more murky than ever.

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When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Martavis Bryant in the fourth round, they surely had visions of developing his combination of size (6-foot-4, 220-pound) and speed (4.42 40) into a legitimate deep threat.

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Recovering from a January surgery which repaired a fractured metatarsal in his foot, Chicago Bears RT Jordan Mills has not taken part in any preseason action. He tweaked his foot a couple of weeks ago and has been wearing a protective boot, but he shed that on Monday.

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The Oakland Raiders have been working without second-year cornerback D.J. Hayden throughout training camp as he works his way back from foot surgery. The 12th overall pick last season, Hayden was able to do some stuff on the field during Monday's workout, but it sounds like he still has a long way to go in his rehab.

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Fleshing out Rams WR corps 

August, 19, 2014
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The St. Louis Rams WR corps is a work in progress. Kenny Britt and Brian Quick have shot up the depth chart, Chris Givens has dropped down the chart, Tavon Austin had a quiet camp, and Stedman Bailey will miss the first four regular-season games due to a suspension.

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On average, LeSean McCoy is the second player off the board in ESPN fantasy football leagues this year. Considering that he's stepping into his prime at 26 and racked up huge numbers in Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offense last year, that's no surprise. The only real risk is his health. He missed four games in 2012 and touched the rock 366 times in 2013.

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Already a talented pass-catcher, Kyle Rudolph got a significant bump in statistical potential during the offseason when TE-whisperer Norv Turner joined the Minnesota Vikings as their offensive coordinator.

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Will Hoyer hold off Manziel? 

August, 18, 2014
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The Monday Night Football battle between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins pales in comparison to the intra-squad battle that will take place between incumbent starting QB Brian Hoyer and rookie QB Johnny Manziel.

Neither has flopped or excelled enough to create a significant gap in the competition, so their performances tonight will matter a lot. Who will come out on top for Week 1?

"Before camp started, I predicted Hoyer would hold off Manziel and start Week 1," wrote Nate Urlich of the Akron Beacon Journal. "I still believe he will as long as he doesn’t choke at the finish line with Johnny Football on his heels."

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Things didn't work out for Eric Fisher last season. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft was the Kansas City Chiefs' starting right tackle, but Pro Football Focus graded him out as the 143rd-best tackle in the NFL.

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Sankey: reasons for pessimism? 

August, 18, 2014
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Drafting a rookie running back for your fantasy team can make for a huge payoff -- a la Eddie Lacy last season -- but most fail to live up to high expectations, which means there is inherent risk in investing an early draft pick on one.

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With a versatile, athletic quarterback atop their depth chart in Russell Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks have doubled down on mobile backups. Tarvaris Jackson has spent the past two season as Wilson's top backup, and they rolled the dice on Terrelle Pryor this offseason.

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It's been about two weeks since Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball underwent an appendectomy, and it appears that he is nearing a return to practice.

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After three seasons in the NFL, all we know for sure about Cecil Shorts is that he can be a playmaker and he can't seem to stay healthy. To wit, he has posted five 100-yard games the past two seasons, despite playing on an awful Jacksonville Jaguars team, but he has missed 11 games during his three-year NFL tenure.

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As a fifth-round rookie last season, Cooper Taylor battled groin and shoulder injuries, which limited him to just 10 games.

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