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Kendall Hunter favored to win backup RB job

Despite the attention drawn by rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year pro Marcus Lattimore, running back Kendall Hunter remains the favorite to back up Frank Gore, reports CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers trust him in pass protection and he’s averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three seasons backing up Gore. “Until Hyde or Lattimore prove themselves, the 49ers’ […]

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Ryan Lindley on roster bubble

Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley could be looking for a job soon. Arizona is set with Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton as its top two quarterbacks, and the team drafted high-ceilinged project Logan Thomas in the fourth round, notes the team’s website. “It helps when Logan is such a good kid,” Lindley said. “If he came […]

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Report: Aldon Smith to miss opener at least

49ers linebacker  Aldon Smith will be suspended at least one game by the league following his July 25 sentencing, reports Pro Football Talk. Smith pleaded no contest in May to DUI and felony weapons charges. Smith is not expected to get jail time, but the NFL will suspend him for one game and “possibly more,” […]

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Randall Cobb to lead league in receptions?

Packers receiver Randall Cobb was headed for a big 2013 season when he broke his leg. The team’s website says if he stays healthy, Cobb “could lead the league in receptions” because “he plays in an offense that is going to use him in multiple ways.” Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has described Cobb as a “100-catch […]

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Pro Bowler Marshal Yanda finally healthy

Ravens guard Marshal Yanda made the Pro Bowl in 2013 for the third straight year despite undergoing shoulder surgery last offseason, a procedure that limited his preparation. “Last year at this time I wasn’t even lifting yet, and this year now I’ve been lifting for a long time and feeling good,” Yanda told the team’s […]

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Jets don’t see Chris Johnson as workhorse

Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn conceded Chris Johnson has “got some miles on him” so the team will use him judiciously, reports The Star-Ledger. “We’re going to have to be strategic in how we use him, and when we use him, to keep him fresh so that he can be the explosive guy that […]

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Tony McDaniel to replace Red Bryant

Seahawks defensive tackle Tony McDaniel will replace Red Bryant as the “five technique” after playing the “three technique” last year, reports The News Tribune. The five technique lines up on the outside shoulder of a tackle, while the three technique lines up on the outside shoulder of a guard. McDaniel often played outside during his […]

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Coaches believe Ladarius Green can be ‘an impact player’

Chargers coaches believe tight end Ladarius Green “has the size, speed, reach and athleticism to be and impact player, especially if he gets the right matchups,” reports Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei. Green “showed some flashes” in minicamp, and the team will involve the third-year pro more this season, the report said. Green (6-6, 240) caught […]

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Lorenzo Taliaferro’s case continued to July 31

The misdemeanor case against Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, who was charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public, was continued until July 31, reports the Baltimore Sun. That coincides with training camp, but Taliaferro wouldn’t necessarily have to appear in court, the report said. He was arrested May 24 in his […]

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