- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
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Here is a look at some of the top NFL rumors for Friday, July 3:
When training camp opens up later this month, second-year running back Devonta Freeman and rookie running back Tevin Coleman will begin their battle for touches in the Atlanta Falcons backfield. Who will end up starting in Week 1? "Having been picked by the new coaching staff, Coleman should be the favorite," wrote Steven Ruiz of USAToday.com. "He has top-end speed but could lack the patience to thrive in Atlanta's zone-based rushing attack."
By signing tight end Greg Olsen, quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Thomas Davis to contract extensions this offseason, the Carolina Panthers rewarded impact veterans, but they also sent a message to their teammates. "We are making sure we make a commitment to the core guys and the other players around them see that," head coach Ron Rivera said, per Panthers.com. Olsen added, "Guys see it. It says to the players that there is a right way you are expected to carry yourself and act around here. There's a right way they expect you to prepare and play."
Will undrafted free agent SaQwan Edwards manage to make it through the Oakland Raiders' final cuts as Week 1 approaches? Jerry Knaak of Raiders.com wrote that Edwards "has been impressive so far this offseason and always seems to be around the ball" and he "has a legitimate shot if he continues to show the playmaking ability he has shown during OTAs and mini-camps."