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.
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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A source tells Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com on Wednesday that Seattle receiver Sidney Rice has decided to retire from football due to a history of concussions, and that news is now official. The 27-year-old Rice ends his NFL career with 243 receptions, 3,592 yards and 30 touchdowns.

So how does Rice's departure impact the Seahawks receiving corps heading into 2014? For one, it could help a couple receivers solidify a spot on the team.

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The Detroit Lions showed what they thought of BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy back on draft day when they traded up to select him No. 40 overall, a higher spot than most draft experts projected the versatile 24-year-old to go.

Now the question is whether Van Noy will start as a rookie. Here's the latest on that.

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Tavon Austin's 40 catches and four touchdowns in 2013 were decent numbers for a typical rookie receiver, but it's safe to say St. Louis expected a whole lot more when they selected Austin eighth-overall last April.

On Wednesday, we learned what may have been holding the 5-foot-8 receiver back in his first year in the league.

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The San Francisco 49ers have plenty of veteran depth in their WR corps but little in the way of sure-fire playmakers. Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin top the depth chart, but Crabtree will have to stay healthy and Boldin is aging. And if offseason additions Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd are unable to secure the No. 3 role, they may not even make the final cut.

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