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  • 7/16, 8:55 am
    • Eagles coach Doug Pederson still isn't...

      Eagles coach Doug Pederson still isn't sure if Wentz (knee) will be ready for Week 1, Peter King of NBC Sports reports. "I can't say," said Pederson. "I don't know now. I can tell you it's not going to be a Doug Pederson decision. It will be a doctors' decision. Carson will have to be 100 percent before he takes the field. I am going to rely totally on my medical staff."

      Analysis: Rehabbing from a torn ACL accompanied by other damage in his left knee, Wentz seemed to be ahead of schedule in early June when he took part in 7-on-7 drills at the final round of OTAs. While his rehab process is coming along faster than expected, the nature and timing of the injury will make it tough to forecast his Week 1 status until the start of the season is much closer. It's unclear if Wentz has a realistic shot to take part in 11-on-11 contact work early in training camp.

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  • 7/16, 8:03 am
    • Rodgers hopes to still be playing...

      Rodgers hopes to still be playing football when he's 40 years old, Peter King of NBC Sports reports. "I'd love to play to 40," he said. "I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40."

      Analysis: Rodgers points to the fact he's done a good job avoiding injuries, with the exception of breaking his collarbone in 2013 and 2017. He's otherwise played 15 or 16 games each season since taking over as the starter, accounting for at least 32 touchdowns in every full campaign. The 34-year-old acknowledges that he's been thinking about his contract as he prepares for the fourth season of a five-year, $110 million extension. The deal put him first in the league for average annual value when he signed it in 2013, but it now looks like a massive bargain for the Packers, with nine quarterbacks above Rodgers in AAV, per OverTheCap. It won't come as any surprise if he gets a new deal before the end of the year, though he doesn't seem to have the best relationship with new general manager Brian Gutekunst, who released Jordy Nelson and opted not to re-sign QBs coach Alex Van Pelt -- a pair of decisions that Rodgers wishes he'd been consulted on. Regardless, the superstar quarterback has made it clear he wants to finish his career in Green Bay.

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  • 7/16, 7:23 am
    • Hollins likely will fill the same...

      Hollins likely will fill the same role he had last season, but he could see a modest increase in opportunities, Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice reports.

      Analysis: A 2017 fourth-round pick, Hollins served as the Eagles' No. 4 wide receiver throughout his rookie season, stuck behind Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith. The team upgraded from Smith to Mike Wallace this offseason, but there's still a good chance Hollins improves on last year's total of 22 targets, especially if Jeffery isn't ready by Week 1. The 24-year-old Hollins was efficient with his limited opportunities in 2017, catching 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.

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  • 7/16, 7:10 am
    • Smith still hasn't signed a contract...

      Smith still hasn't signed a contract and won't report for training camp Monday with the rest of the Bears' rookies, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

      Analysis: The Bears presumably hope to have their first-round pick signed by Thursday when veterans report to training camp. Given that rookie contracts are determined by a wage scale, any disagreement between Smith and the team likely involves injury offset language. Assuming things get worked out in the next few weeks, Smith shouldn't have too much trouble earning a three-down role, after piling up 137 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 15 games for Georgia last year. Selected eighth overall, Smith is the earliest draft pick at inside/middle linebacker since Rolando McClain in 2010.

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  • 7/15, 7:09 pm
    • Ansah (knee) and the Lions aren't...

      Ansah (knee) and the Lions aren't expected to reach agreement on a long-term deal before Monday's 4 PM ET deadline to sign franchise players, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      Analysis: Detroit placed the franchise tag on Ansah this spring in order to prevent the defensive end from reaching free agency. However, the Lions indicated this spring that they want to give first-year head coach Matt Patricia a season to work with Ansah before the team commits to a lucrative, long-term contract extension, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ansah will thus play the 2018 season on a $17.1 million deal with the chance of becoming an unrestricted free agency at the end of the league year if he proves to be a bad fit in Patricia's defensive scheme.

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