Mike Garafolo reports Chargers receiver Mike Williams is “feeling better” after his second epidural.
Garafolo also says Williams has resumed running this week, but will start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. In light of Adam Schefter’s report of Williams potentially missing the entire season, Garafolo calls this a “glimmer of good news.” Running is obviously a good sign, so hopefully the rookie receiver can continue to progress and hit the field this season for LA. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin are likely to open training camp as the Chargers’ top three receivers, with Dontrelle Inman also working in as a capable and trustworthy guy for Philip Rivers.
The Ravens have signed tight end Larry Donnell.
Donnell was a free agent after spending four seasons with the Giants. After a 63-catch, 623-yard, six-touchdown 2014 season, Donnell battled a neck injury in 2015 and saw his role decrease in 14 games last year. The Ravens have had very bad luck with injuries at tight end, and Donnell will have a chance at making the final roster.
Packers receiver Geronimo Allison has been suspended for one game, according to Adam Schefter.
The second-year receiver violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. This almost certainly comes from Allison’s misdemeanor marijuana charge from earlier this year. Some character issues are reportedly part of the reason Allison went undrafted in 2016, so hopefully he can get it together off the field. He’ll miss a big game in Week 1 versus Seattle.
Doug Martin says he has “a chip on his shoulder.”
Martin had another down season in 2016 after being named First Team All-Pro in 2015, and he’s now suspended for the first three games of 2017. The Bucs running back says he “owes it” to the team to work hard and have a good season because they have a chance to have a great season as a team. Martin also says he eliminated a lot of fatty foods from his diet and is at 6%-7% body fat after dropping about 2% body fat. Because of the suspension, Martin has been splitting first-team reps with Jacquizz Rodgers; but Martin is fully expected to return in Week 4 as the team’s starter as he’ll look to have another bounce-back season.
Adam Schefter reports Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams might need season-ending back surgery.
Williams was injured in his first minicamp practice and was diagnosed with a herniated disc that kept him out for the rest of the offseason program. Schefter reports “one source” says Williams might have injured his back before he was drafted but covered it up well enough to still go number seven overall. Schefter also reports that the Chargers are “hoping” to avoid season-ending surgery for Williams, but there’s a chance he misses his entire rookie season. Williams reportedly received a second epidural to get him ready for training camp, but the team isn’t counting on him being ready. The Chargers has some good depth at receiver, including Keenan Allen returning from his ACL tear, but you have to feel for Williams. Hopefully the talented wideout can get healthy and not miss his entire first year in the NFL.
Blake Bortles threw five interceptions in practice yesterday.
Yes, it was only an early training camp practice, but head coach Doug Marrone said he’s “concerned,” and it’s hard not to blame him. Bortles has struggled with turnovers since he entered the league—even during his 2015 breakout season he threw 18 interceptions. Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser says Bortles “didn’t appear to make good decisions” in the practice. The former third overall pick in the draft is facing a make-or-break season in Jacksonville. It’s clear the Jaguars are going to run the ball with fourth overall pick Leonard Fournette and company to try to take pressure of their quarterback.
Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing with teammates.
We know for certain Newton started throwing in the locker room last month, but he apparently has ramped it up enough to throw to his receivers. According to Max Henson of the Panthers’ official website, head coach Ron Rivera said Newton is currently in Baltimore working out with teammates, and that “the shoulder must be fine.” It’s looking like Newton could be 100% for the start of training camp, which is a good sign for someone looking to have a bounce back season in 2017. Newton’s ADP is currently in the sixth round and has been rising.
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