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Cardinals HC Bruce Arians believes RB Andre Ellington is ready to be a "bell cow."  Ellington packed on a few pounds this offseason and has improved his strength, according to Arians.  It's just the latest instance of the Cardinals suggesting that Ellington will be a focal point of the offense this season.  If his body can hold up, he carries clear top-10 fantasy upside.

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Colts RB Vick Ballard tore his Achilles in Friday's practice, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  That'll almost certainly knock him out for the entire 2014 season, especially considering he tore his ACL last year.  Ballard's injury locks in Ahmad Bradshaw as Indy's #2 RB.  And if Trent Richardson doesn't get it going, Bradshaw could be the Colts' lead back by October.  Of course, Bradshaw has had trouble staying healthy, too.  Still, with an ADP outside the first 16 rounds, he's incredibly undervalued right now.  We'll see if his ADP climbs with this Ballard news.

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Browns insider Mary Kay Cabot hears that QB Johnny Manziel has "lost ground" in the QB competition with Brian Hoyer.  Manziel got off to a good start in spring practices but "regressed" in minicamp, according to Cabot.  "Some in the organization attributed it to too much jet-setting and not enough dedication to the playbook," the report adds.  Of course, dedication to the game has been the biggest question mark with Manziel.  HC Mike Pettine reiterated that the starting QB job is open, but Hoyer opened camp atop the depth chart.  And Pettine said it will be a "tall task" for Manziel to win the job.  Hoyer now looks like the favorite to start Week 1.  But we'd still bet on Manziel starting more games this season.

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Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt revealed that RB Shonn Greene (knee) will be ready to practice when training camp opens on Saturday.  Greene was sidelined all spring after undergoing knee surgery.  His 2014 role is completely up in the air.  We've heard everything from him opening the season as Tennessee's lead back to him being cut.  Our best guess for now is that Greene plays a short-yardage role behind starter Bishop Sankey, but we'll keep a close eye on the Titans backfield over the next month.

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Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins is taking advantage of WR Aaron Dobson's absence early on in training camp.  Thompkins "stole the show" on Thursday, according to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling.  He also drew praise from QB Tom Brady and HC Bill Belichick.  "He made some great plays," Brady said.  "It's fun to be out there with him. I have a lot of confidence in him, a lot of trust. He's a great guy."  Added Belichick, "Hard-working kid, hard-working kid. One of our hardest workers. Really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable."  Of course, Thompkins impressed last summer before struggling with drops during the season.  But he's still in the mix for a significant 2014 role, especially if Dobson remains sidelined.  We just bumped Thompkins up our WR Rankings.

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Rams QB Sam Bradford (knee) will be a "full-go" for the start of training camp today, per HC Jeff Fisher.  Bradford is now about 9 months removed from his torn ACL.  “Sam is in great shape,” Fisher said. “He’s ready to go. We don’t have (reservations) — right now as we speak, as camp starts — he’s full-go."  We're not expecting the knee to be an issue this season, but we still don't see Bradford as more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy.  Questions remain at WR, and the Rams project as one of the run-heaviest teams in the league.

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It "won't be long" before Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno is back, according to HC Joe Philbin.  Moreno needs to get back on the field ASAP after an ugly spring.  He reported to OTAs out of shape and then needed knee surgery in June.  Moreno still projects as Miami's passing-down back, but he has a lot of work to do to win the early-down role.  Consider RB Lamar Miller the favorite for that job for now.

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Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears has been impressed by rookie RB James White.  "I like his running style," Fears said. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy. He plays big. He's a great person. He works hard. He works hard off the field, to study, to learn, to do the things we need him to do. We'll see what he's like when the pads come on. Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him."  That follows an impressive spring that had Patriots beat writers predicting a significant role for White this season.  We discussed White's 2014 fantasy prospects in Thursday's podcast

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Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is being limited to individual drills early in training camp.  Insider Mike Reiss reports that Gronk is wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee and a cover over his twice-broken forearm.  "He didn't seem reluctant running, cutting and planting," Reiss adds.  It's encouraging that Gronk is even on the field at this point, but he's not at 100% yet.  We'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress leading up to Week 1.

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Bengals TEs Tyler Eifert (shoulder) and Jermaine Gresham (groin, back) were sidelined all spring.  Eifert is back to 100% and participating in training camp.  But Gresham remains sidelined.  It's a chance for Eifert to separate himself and earn a bigger role in the passing game.  We'll keep an eye on his progress.  For now, consider Eifert an intriguing fantasy backup.  Gresham is off the radar.

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ProFootballTalk.com reports that Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is not planning to report to training camp without a new contract.  We heard the same about Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, and that situation was quickly resolved with a 2-year extension.  It might not be so easy for Lynch.  He's already set to make $13 million over the final 2 seasons of his current deal.  There's no reason for Seattle to give him a raise considering he's a 28-year-old RB with 1,002 total touches over the last 3 years.  The 'Hawks also have an ultra-talented backup plan in RB Christine Michael.  This holdout might last a while, which would be bad news for Lynch's fantasy value.

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Texans WR Andre Johnson reported for the start of training camp on Friday morning.  He angled for a trade out of Houston all offseason but never had much leverage.  We'd worry about motivation for some players in this situation, but Johnson is a consummate professional.  Count on him to give full effort all season.  The bigger issues for his fantasy value are a new offense and the Texans' QB situation.  Consider Johnson more high-end WR2 than WR1 in 2014 fantasy drafts.

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Redskins HC Jay Gruden confirmed that designed runs will be "few and far between" for QB Robert Griffin this season.  But that doesn't mean RG3's elite rushing ability won't be on display.  "As far as him running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden explained. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs, obviously it would be stupid not to."  The key for Griffin's fantasy value is finding a balance that allows him to rack up points with his legs but also stay healthy.  It sounds like Gruden is aiming for that sweet spot.  RG3 is still a good bet for big rushing numbers this year.  And he could be primed for career highs in passing yards and TDs with a loaded group of weapons at his disposal.

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Ravens RB Bernard Pierce’s fantasy stock took a slight hit when it was announced that RB Ray Rice would be suspended for only 2 games. But don’t dismiss the idea of Pierce playing a significant role even after Rice returns. There’s no guarantee that Rice bounces back from his abysmal 2013 season. And Pierce is just a year removed from averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a rookie. Plus, he’s a good fit in new OC Gary Kubiak’s zone-blocking scheme. "We actually did this in college,” Pierce said. “I definitely like the zone scheme. I'm used to it. I got a knack for this kind of offense." Pierce’s ADP was sitting in the 11th round prior to Rice’s suspension and might move a round or 2 lower. He’s well worth snatching up at that price.

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Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart will miss the first 1-2 weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.  That's not a big deal by itself.  But hammies tend to be tricky.  And we're talking about a guy who's struggled staying healthy throughout his career.  Stewart has missed 17 games over the past 2 seasons.  He's still only 27 and was a big talent at one point.  But he's only a flier at the end of fantasy drafts now.

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Lions WR Golden Tate will open training camp on the PUP, but you shouldn't worry much.  Tate told the Detroit Free Press that he suffered a minor shoulder injury during an "errant fall" in OTAs.  "Just a little soreness in my shoulder and I'm just doing what the doctors tell me to do and I'm trying to get better as fast as I can," Tate said at the time in May.  We're guessing he'll take the field soon, as the team can activate a player from the camp PUP at any time.  If Tate sits out more than a week of practices -- after skipping June OTAs -- we might start to get concerned.  Rookie WR T.J. Jones will also start camp on the PUP after getting his right shoulder scoped in June to fix a college injury.  He says his shoulder is "as healthy as can be."  We'll see what doctors say.  Jones could factor into the #3 WR battle if healthy.

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Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah will open training camp on the PUP as he continues to work back from last season's shoulder injury and torn biceps.  The move doesn't come as a surprise to Lions observers, but it's a reminder to fantasy football owners that Ansah has yet to prove he's 100%.  That has us tempering expectations on the former top 5 NFL Draft pick heading into his 2nd season.  Ansah presents exciting fantasy upside but has yet to shake the injury bug that traveled with him into the league.  Check our 2014 IDP rankings to see exactly where we're taking him.

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Suspended Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon got arrested Wednesday night in Edmond, Okla., on marijuana possession charges, according to NewsOn6.com.  Officers reportedly smelled pot and searched the car after stopping Blackmon for a traffic violation.  The league and Jaguars, of course, had yet to indicate when the troubled receiver might return from his existing suspension.  This incident certainly won't help his case.  Blackmon's career might be over at this point.  We're gonna go out on a limb and suggest that you don't draft him in 2014.

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The NFL suspended Ravens RB Ray Rice for 2 games, according to The Baltimore Sun. Rice faced felony aggravated assault charges after an incident involving his then-girlfriend-now-wife was caught on tape. It’s his first known run-in with the law since entering the NFL, but we still expected the 27-year-old to draw a stronger punishment. Frankly, he should have. Instead, he’ll miss games against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before returning to face Cleveland. This news should lead to Rice’s ADP creeping up from the early 6th round of drafts. If healthy, Bernard Pierce will see the majority of the touches while Rice is out, making him a short-term RB2/flex option.

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