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07/13/18 - Ethan Cooper, Indiana (PA), Undrafted
G Ethan Cooper was claimed by the Green Bay Packers on Friday off waivers from the New York Giants. The 322-pound Cooper was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Indiana University (Pa.) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017. He was released by the Steelers on September 2, 2017 and signed to the Giants practice squad on October 11, 2017, where he spent the rest of the season. New York waived Cooper on Thursday.

07/12/18 - Ethan Cooper, Indiana (PA), Undrafted
G Ethan Cooper.was waived by the New York Giants. Cooper has never appeared in an NFL game. He spent most of the 2016 season on New York's practice squad and spent the past offseason with the Pittsburgh Steelers before he was cut in early September.

07/09/18 - Marquez White, Florida St, Cowboys
CB Marquez White was indicted last month on a charge of second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in an apparent road-rage incident, multiple media outlets reported Monday. White, 23, was indicted June 7 for an incident that occurred last October on the Dallas North Tollway in Plano, Texas. He is currently free on $7,500 bond, according to jail records, the Dallas Morning News reported. White said he had an altercation with another driver after they were attempting to exit a highway. Defense attorney Toby Shook told KDFW-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth that White legally owns the gun in question. White, a sixth-round draft pick in 2017, has never played in a regular-season NFL game.

07/09/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars
RB Leonard Fournette is bidding that slimming down will aid in bulking up his statistics. Fournette plans to weigh in at 224 pounds when training camp opens, per the Florida Times-Union. The total is 11 pounds less than his playing weight of his rookie season, in which he rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns and had 36 receptions for 302 yards and a score in 13 games. "I feel like I play my best at that weight -- 223, 224 -- that's what I played in college," Fournette said. "Why not? I don't want to be average. I want to be above average, be the greatest one to play this game. I feel lighter, quicker and I have a lot of my burst. ... At the end of the day, it's not about me and not about yards per carry. It's about the wins and losses."

07/08/18 - *Malik Hooker, Ohio St, Colts
S Malik Hooker is optimistic this season. "I'm definitely the guy that I feel like we're capable of winning now," Hooker told the team's website. "You know, we've got a lot of great players, a lot of good players coming back as well. So I feel like this year, we've got a young, fast and good, physical team, so I feel like we're definitely capable of winning now."

07/05/18 - *Gareon Conley, Ohio St, Raiders
CB Gareon Conley filed a lawsuit against the woman who accused him of rape just before the 2017 NFL Draft. TMZ Sports reported on Thursday that Conley claims that Brooke Puscian made false statements, damaged his reputation, hurt his draft stock and cost him multiple endorsement deals, including a Nike contract. He is seeking unspecified damages. Conley said in the lawsuit that he turned down his accuser's sexual advances, which allegedly led to her telling police that he sexually assaulted her in a Cleveland hotel room, per TMZ.

07/05/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars
RB Leonard Fournette offered to pick up the tab for a student who was having trouble paying for her final year at LSU. Fournette, who finished his collegiate career as the Tigers' fourth-leading rusher, caught wind of Jhane Lowsoo's troubles after she posted the following on Twitter: "I have 2 come out of pocket to pay for my senior year," she wrote. "It's 10k for the entire year! I currently work 2jobs for the other 5k! $1, $5 ANYTHING HELPS! I've come too far to stop here! Thank you everyone! Plz RT! Please support my GoFundMe campaign: https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-me-pay-4-my-last-year? ... @gofundme"

07/03/18 - *Aaron Jones, UTEP, Packers
RB Aaron Jones was suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on substance abuse, the NFL announced Tuesday. Jones will sit out a pair of home games against NFC Central rivals -- the Week 1 opener against the Chicago Bears and the following week's matchup versus Minnesota Vikings. The second-year running back will be eligible to return to Green Bay's active roster on Sept. 17. Jones is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

07/03/18 - Reuben Foster, Alabama, 49ers
LB Reuben Foster was suspended two games for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse. The disciplinary action stems from separate incidents involving a misdemeanor weapons charge and misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Foster will miss the season opener at Minnesota and a home game versus the Detroit Lions. He is eligible to return to San Francisco's roster on Sept. 17.

07/02/18 - *Mitchell Trubisky, N Carolina, Bears
QB Mitchell Trubisky was the second player taken in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he hopes a year of experience helps him perform on a level befitting his draft status this season. "The experience aspect and how to prepare day in and day out," Trubisky said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "The grind of how long the season is, because you obviously don't get that from the college season. You add a bunch more weeks in the NFL in everything you've got to do on a day-in, day-out basis. The speed of the game, and how there's no weak spots on the other side of the ball. Everyone's a baller in the NFL. You've just got to come prepared or else you're not going to be able to do your job correctly. I definitely learned a lot about how you have to handle yourself as an NFL quarterback and being prepared on a week-to-week basis and just being the leader my team needs. I've learned a lot over the last year, and I'm looking forward to using all that information and continue to learn and get better for the future." Trubisky is learning the offense installed by new coach Matt Nagy. Last season as a rookie, Trubisky started 12 games and completed 59.4 percent of his passes with seven touchdown passes and seven interceptions. The Bears went 4-8 in the games he started.

07/02/18 - *Aaron Jones, UTEP, Packers
RB Aaron Jones used the offseason to build up his body, hoping to prevent the kind of knee injuries that affected his promising rookie season. The work has paid off in other ways as well. "I'm bigger all around," Jones said on the team's website. "That's something that's going to help me in pass protection and that's something I want to get better at. I'm stronger, so definitely when a defender who's bigger than me comes up I can hold my ground this year. I feel like any athlete wants to get bigger, stronger as long as they can stay explosive. I still feel just as explosive as I was, if not even more."

06/30/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett wants running back Leonard Fournette to run "smarter" in an effort to reduce contact. "I think as a young player getting to this level and then he really ran hard and did a really good job," Hackett told the Florida Times-Union on Friday. "But I think he almost took too many hits. I just want him to be able to understand the system more so he can run even smarter, but still never lose that aggressiveness." In 13 games last year, Fournette ran for 1,040 yards on 268 carries (3.9 yards per rush) with nine touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 302 yards with one receiving TD.

06/27/18 - Dylan Donahue, W Georgia, Jets
LB Dylan Donahue of the New York Jets faces a hearing on Aug. 9 in Billings, Mont., on his second DUI charge in the last year. The Jets' exhibition opener is scheduled for the following day against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. ESPN reported, via the Billings City Attorney, that Donahue is required to appear at that hearing. Donahue's attorney is expected to make two motions at the hearing, one asking for the results of a field sobriety test to be set aside due to "improper and unlawful seizure and arrest," while the other argues evidence obtained from "all questions of drinking alcohol prior to a Miranda warning" should be suppressed. Donahue was arrested on another drunk driving charge this year when he crashed into a bus while going the wrong way through the Lincoln Tunnel between New York City and New Jersey. Donahue checked into a treatment facility after that arrest.

06/25/18 - *Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, Browns
DE Myles Garrett made an impact when he was on the field during his rookie season. Unfortunately for Garrett, an ankle injury slowed the start to his season and a concussion forced him to miss the Browns' trip to London. All told, the 22-year-old played in just 11 games. "The best quality is availability," Garrett said recently. "I have to be present."

06/22/18 - *John Ross, Wash, Bengals
WR John Ross' rookie season was forgettable by nearly every measure. Ross saw action in only three games, playing a total of 17 snaps, and failed to make one reception during an injury-riddled 2017 after he was taken by the Bengals with the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft. As much as the injuries were a factor, Ross told Sirius XM NFL Radio that the criticism he received about his willingness to play through pain was difficult to absorb.

06/20/18 - *Roderick Johnson, Florida St, Browns
T Roderick Johnson was claimed on waivers by the Houston Texans from the Cleveland Browns, the NFL's daily transaction report revealed on Wednesday. The 6-7, 311-pound Johnson was a fifth-round pick (No. 160 overall) by the Browns in 2017 out of Florida State and he made two preseason starts before missing the regular season while on injured reserve because of knee injury. At Florida State, he was twice selected as the top offensive lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

06/19/18 - Evan Engram, Ole Miss, Giants
TE Evan Engram says he's driven by the passes he dropped last season. Engram, in fact, was haunted by the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins in which he had a pair of costly drops on third down. The 23-year-old had 11 drops last season, the most by any player at his position. "That was just a mindset thing. I wanted to have zero drops all spring," the 6-foot-3, 236-pound Engram said, via The Athletic. "I knew what I was doing wrong. I knew how to fix it. I knew how to improve on it. So it was just a learning experience. I have the utmost confidence in myself. It's definitely something that (angers) me off a little bit, but I feel like that's a good thing. So I never lost my confidence. It just kind of humbled me a little bit and allowed me to get back to the basics and be more consistent. ... You get in the groove and then you start wanting to make moves after the catch and start getting a little bit too confident and a little bit too comfortable. Stuff like that kind of needs to happen for us as players to be able to take a step back like, 'OK, let me get back to where it all started.'"

06/17/18 - *DOnta Foreman, Texas, Texans
RB D'Onta Foreman is not sure when he will return from his Achilles tendon injury. Foreman's rookie season was cut short in November when he tore an Achilles tendon and is still rehabbing the injury. General Manager Brian Gaine said in May that the Texans were hopeful that Foreman would return in time for training camp later this summer.

06/17/18 - Zay Jones, East Carolina, Bills
WR Zay Jones is going to need to earn his spot, according to general manager Brandon Beane. Jones dealt with a shoulder injury last year and knee surgery this offseason after being selected by Buffalo with a second-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He is presumed to start opposite Kelvin Benjamin, although Beane wasn't guaranteeing as much during an appearance on WGR 550. "He's not just going to necessarily go right to the top of the line," Beane said, via NewYorkUpstate.com. "He'll have to earn his way. Part of that will just be just getting his feel. He's only played with Nathan Peterman. He has not got to play with Josh Allen or AJ (McCarron) yet. So that bond there will just have to form."

06/15/18 - Zach Pascal, Old Dominion, Undrafted
WR Zach Pascal was claimed on waivers by the Indianapolis Colts from the Tennessee Titans on Friday. The 6-2, 219-pound Pascal spent time on the Titans' active roster and practice squad as a rookie in 2017 but did play in a game. Pascal was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie from Old Dominion in 2017, took part in the Redskins' offseason program and training camp before being waived during final cuts on Sept. 2. The Titans signed him to their taxi squad two days later.

06/12/18 - Brady Sheldon, Ferris St, Undrafted
LB Brady Sheldon was waived by Oakland. The move was made to accommodate the signing of DTs Ahtyba Rubin and Frostee Rucker.

06/12/18 - *Howard Wilson, Houston, Browns
DB Howard Wilson is expected to miss the season after undergoing surgery Tuesday. Wilson had to go under the knife to repair a torn patellar tendon, an injury that will likely keep him off the field for the second straight year, according to Cleveland.com. A fourth-round draft pick of the Browns in 2017 out of the University of Houston, Brown missed his rookie campaign due to a fractured kneecap.

06/09/18 - *Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Texans
QB Deshaun Watson continues to make progress from a knee injury that ended his rookie season with the Houston Texans. The second-year quarterback has looked sharp during organized team activities and, according to the Houston Chronicle, the only noticeable sign that his knee was surgically repair is the brace that he's wearing. Watson provided an electrifying spark to the offense before he was injured. The Texans scored at least 33 points in each of his last five starts before he sustained the knee injury during practice Nov. 2. While Houston obviously wants to be careful with its emerging star, the question is whether the team will attempt to curtail Watson's running in order to protect his knee. Watson also suffered a torn ACL as a freshman at Clemson.

06/06/18 - Reuben Foster, Alabama, 49ers
LB Reuben Foster on Wednesday pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge in Santa Clara County (Calif.) Superior Court, multiple media outlets reported. The charges were filed when he was arrested in February. Foster was sentenced to two years of probation, 240 hours of community service and $235 in fines after his attorney entered the plea on his behalf.

06/06/18 - *Dalvin Cook, Florida St, Vikings
RB Dalvin Cook participated in team drills on Tuesday for the first time in eight months since a torn ACL ended his promising rookie season. Cook has been cleared to participate in certain portions of 11-on-11 drills after being limited to individual work on the rehab field during the first two weeks of voluntary team workouts. "I've been feeling good, but this week was another milestone," Cook said, per multiple media outlets. "They kind of told me at the beginning of the week. I was excited to get back into action, get out there and just get some live reps."

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