Matt Forte is sitting out of Jets practice with a hamstring injury.
It’s the second straight missed practice for Forte, and he’s day-to-day. The team is not going to rush back their veteran running back, but Bilal Powell will take almost all of the first-team reps in Forte’s absence.
Dez Bryant showed up late to Cowboys training camp today, according to Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says Bryant was buying BBQ for his fans last night in Lufkin, but was three hours late reporting to the team this morning and missed his conditioning test. Dez told Jane Slater he has a “sinus infection and headaches” and took responsibility for being late. This in particular shouldn’t be an issue when the season starts, but the Cowboys have been very lenient with their players and it’s fair to wonder if that’s good for the entire team in the long run.
Victor Cruz says receiver Cameron Meredith reminds him of himself.
Like Cruz did early in his career, Meredith seized an opportunity last season and is now looking to be the Bears’ number one receiver. It’s been all positive talk surrounding Meredith, with GM Ryan Pace comparing his emergence to Marques Colston, who Pace was with in New Orleans; and quarterback Mike Glennon saying he thinks Meredith is going to have a “big year.” After he caught 66 receptions for 888 yards and four touchdowns last season, Meredith might continue his ascend and go over 1,000 yards this season.
Free agent running back Ronnie Hilllman worked out for the Cowboys yesterday, according to Field Yates.
Fellow free agent back Denard Robinson also worked out for the team yesterday. Dallas is reportedly looking to fill the void left by Lance Dunbar (who is now in LA with the Rams) as a reliable passing down back. Neither Robinson nor Hillman have signed, but either one of them could at some point. Hillman is only 25 and should sign somewhere before the season.
Browns receiver Kenny Britt thinks DeShone Kizer can be “one of the great ones.”
The veteran receiver has been very impressed with the rookie quarterback’s growth throughout the preseason and the beginning of training camp. Second-year quarterback Cody Kessler is expected to be the starter after performing well last season, but Kizer looks like he’ll force a tough decision from the Browns. Keep an eye on Kizer in dynasty leagues, as the Browns are a potential team on the upswing.
Ron Rivera: “wouldn’t say” if Cam Newton would be 100% healthy going into training camp.
Of course, Newton underwent offseason shoulder surgery to his right arm, but he’s been throwing the football at least. The Panthers will likely play it slow with their franchise quarterback, and it would be a surprise if he wasn’t out there for Week 1 against the Niners. Newton is a good bounce back candidate after Carolina added Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel to the offense in the NFL Draft. He’s currently going as a mid-range QB1.
The Seahawks placed Tyler Lockett on the PUP list.
Lockett, who is recovering from a broken leg at the end of last regular season, didn’t pass his physical. Head coach Pete Carroll believes it will be a “very short stay” for Lockett on the PUP, so that’s a good sign. He can be taken off the PUP and practice at any time. The electric third-year receiver does have seven receiving touchdowns through two seasons, but he’s looking to breakout in 2017.
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