The Saturday Blitz (8/3): News, Notes and Links Around the NFL

Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times writes, "The Bears’ offense looks better every day, and every day quarterback Jay Cutler connects more often with second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery." In my daily fantasy football mock drafts, Jeffery has often been one of the later-round receivers I've often targeted.

Browns running back Trent Richardson is kicked Thursday in the shin in which he previously strained and he will sit out until (at least) Monday, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Patriots running back Shane Vereen has the potential to have a breakout season and the Patriots have been lining him up all over including at slot and outside receiver.

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez feels like he is "having a great camp," but rookie Geno Smith has yet to throw an interception in team drills, according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.

The Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald wrote that backup running back Rashad Jennings had "a strong performance" in Friday's practice "particularly in short yardage."

Only one day away from real football (that doesn't count), we won't see Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (back) on the field.

Bills running back Fred Jackson has added muscle and is up to 225 pounds (from 216 pounds) and says: “I feel great. I haven’t felt this well in a long time."

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who had only four sacks last year, said, “They pay me to rush, so hopefully I will be rushing and not covering receivers and tight ends down the field. I felt like I dropped back a lot last year, but that was the scheme. I would like to get back to doing more rushing.”

Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew invited 300 kids to training camp yesterday and gave them each a backpack

Cowboys rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams is being evaluated for a concussion could miss the team's first two preseason games.

Former Rams wide receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt are (or will be) working with the Rams wide receivers.

With a strong offseason, Bengals second-year safety George Iloka is currently listed atop the team's depth chart at strong safety.

Unlike last offseason, the battle to backup Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers is close between Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman.

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