Pittsburgh Steelers WR James Washington's production in college won't translate to the NFL, according to an NFL scout. 'In college, he used his body against a lot of people to get separation,' the scout said. 'He's not going to do that. They're going to cover him up in the NFL. He can be a No. 4, or maybe a No. 3 on a bad team.'
Chicago Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky is going to be allowed to 'cut it loose' more often this year, according to head coach Matt Nagy.
Arizona Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham (Achilles') and DE Markus Golden (knee) probably will start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Both players are optimistic about their availability for Week 1.
Baltimore Ravens TE Hayden Hurst said he knows there is pressure on him to produce immediately, but he has 'a lot of confidence' in his football ability.
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard 'can play all three downs,' according to head coach Matt Nagy. 'We're going to do that,' Nagy said. 'We're going to use him and we're going to use other guys on first and second down when we need to.'
Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman said he has some nervousness as he enters a 'make-or-break year,' but he is trying to avoid putting extra pressure on himself.
New England Patriots WR Riley McCarron has 'a lot of the qualities you look for in an inside receiver,' according to Houston Texans assistant coach Wes Welker, and Welker said he enjoyed working with McCarron before he was cut from Houston's practice squad.
Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche's production could be helped by Arizona's move to a permanent four-man front on defense, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.
Free-agent TEs Beau Sandland (Cardinals) and Brandon Z. Barnes (Lions) cleared waivers Saturday, July 21, and are officially free agents.
Free-agent OG Cameron Lee (Bears) was signed by the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, July 21.
Chicago Bears CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring) and WR Josh Bellamy (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, July 20.
Free-agent CB Bashaud Breeland (Redskins) is scheduled to meet with the Oakland Raiders Sunday, July 22, and Monday, July 23, and will then meet with the Kansas City Chiefs Tuesday, July 24, according to a source.