Roundup: Sam Happy to Be Back on the Field

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the N.F.L., said his focus has to be on making the Rams.
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Player in Dolphins’ Bullying Scandal Won’t Discuss Specifics

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BILL PENNINGTON) — John Jerry, one of the many new players on the Giants roster, could replace the retired Chris Snee as the team’s right guard.
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Nervous Energy on Day 1 of Training Camp as Giants Banish the Past

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BILL PENNINGTON) — The Giants convened training camp on Tuesday with 40 new players, three new coaches and a redesigned offensive scheme.
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Analysis: N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Divides Former Players

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By KEN BELSON) — Retired players will have to pore over the settlement, consult their lawyers and doctors and consider their own needs, as well the arguments for and against.
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Texans sign rookie TE Chris Coyle ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Texans have re-signed rookie tight end Chris Coyle, the club announced Tuesday. Coyle (6-4, 243) signed with Houston as an undrafted free agent on May 16, but the club waived the Arizona State product a little more than a month later. He garnered first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2013, catching 29 passes…
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Report: Jamaal Charles will hold out from Chiefs camp ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — In a surprise move, one of the NFL’s best players has reportedly decided not to report to training camp. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will not show up when the Chiefs report to camp on Thursday. Charles is holding out for more money, KCTV-5 reports. Charles still has two more years left on his contract…
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Jaguars’ Ace Sanders says he’s facing a four-game suspension ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Jaguars second-year wide receiver Ace Sanders disclosed Tuesday that he’s in line for a four-game NFL suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy, according to multiple media outlets. Sanders, whom the Jaguars placed on the non-football illness list Tuesday, said he will not participate in training camp and will seek counseling, according to The Associated Press.…
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PFT’s preseason power rankings, sorted by division ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — PFT wrapped up our 2014 preseason power rankings Tuesday by unveiling our top-ranked team, the defending-champion Seattle Seahawks. Perhaps not surprisingly, our top two teams are out of the same division, with the San Francisco 49ers — NFC West and NFC runners-up a season ago — taking the No. 2 spot. With the ultratough West…
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Jameel McClain OK after injury scare at training camp ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — There’s good news on Giants linebacker Jameel McClain, who was carted off the field on Tuesday at training camp. According to multiple reporters on the scene, X-rays were negative and McClain is believed to have nothing more serious than soreness in his foot. If McClain is still in pain tomorrow he’ll get an MRI on…
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PFT’s 2014 Preseason Power Rankings ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Here is how PFT ranks all 32 NFL clubs entering the 2014 season. A preseason analysis of each team can be found below. The rankings were determined by vote of the editorial staff: 1. Seattle Seahawks. (NFC rank: 1.) 2. San Francisco 49ers. (NFC rank: 2.) 3. Denver Broncos. (AFC rank: 1.) 4. New England…
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Ravens expect NFL to be “fair” and “judicious” to Ray Rice ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Ravens are bracing themselves for being without running back Ray Rice. But they’re not worried about how long, at least not yet. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he didn’t think the timing of Rice’s punishment (for assaulting his now-wife) would be a problem for the team, as long as they knew by the middle…
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Coughlin thinks Giants will be rejuvenated under new offense ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — The oldest coach in the NFL wanted some fresh blood in his offense. That’s why, Giants coach Tom Coughlin told Josina Anderson on ESPN, he decided to hire Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator. Coughlin said he thinks McAdoo’s playbook will go a long way toward making Eli Manning look more like he looked in the…
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Texans, Andre Johnson’s agent are communicating ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — On Monday, Texans receiver Andre Johnson reportedly was back in the building.  On Tuesday, agent Kennard McGuire declined to address those reports. “I am not refuting, confirming or denying any reports or stories,” McGuire told Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston.  “Per the collective bargaining agreement there’s a period in which veteran players are…
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Judge Sets January Start for Murder Trial of Ex-NFLer Hernandez

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By REUTERS) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd last summer, a Massachusetts judge ruled on Tuesday.
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Saints sign two undrafted rookies ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Saints have added two undrafted rookies who had previous short stints with other NFL clubs, signing linebacker Marcus Thompson (ex-Dolphins) and nose tackle Tyrone Ezell (ex-Texans) on Tuesday, the club said. A Rutgers product, Thompson (6-1, 250) recorded 5.5 sacks in 2013 and was one of the team’s defensive MVPs. The Dolphins waived him…
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