The Tuesday Blitz: News, Notes and Links Around the NFL
When the Saints released their first unofficial depth chart, it was Pierre Thomas — not Mark Ingram — that was listed as the first-team running back. Considering Thomas was working with the first team during OTAs, this was not exactly a surprise.
Meanwhile, Mike Goodson, the first Jets running back arrested this offseason, still hasn't reported to camp and does not appear ready to join the team anytime soon. In addition, Chris Ivory continues to deal with his hamstring tightness that has kept him out of practice.
Eagles rookie defensive tackle Bennie Logan says his former LSU (and current Eagles) teammate is "dominating this camp." CSN Philly's Rueben Frank says the No. 2 wide receiver spot is "Shepard’s job to lose."
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said of running back Ryan Williams (via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic): “It’s hurting him extremely not to be on the field competing for the job, because those other guys are doing so well." At this point, it's no lock that the mostly-injured Williams will make the final 53-man roster.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes about the knee injury to Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan: "suddenly his role could be threatened by a veteran contender in newly signed veteran Steve Breaston." Breaston signed a one-year deal with the Saints on Monday.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone said of rookie speedster Marquise Goodwin: "... If there’s one thing you’ve seen from him that you haven’t seen from the college film, he’s been much more consistent with his hands and really making some tough catches and he’s been doing that through the camp."
Raiders first-round pick D.J. Hayden tweaked his hamstring on Monday and will sit out Friday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of slot receiver Danny Amendola: "He's become a very dependable player for us. He doesn't make many mental errors. He's a guy who is usually in the right spot and has a good understanding of defenses and what he's supposed to do. You can tell he's been in the league for four years." Provided he stays healthy, he should have a huge season.