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July 18 Training Camp Notes: Leonard Fournette's weight, JK Dobbins' Week 1 availability and more

Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette (7) works outs at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers worried about RB Leonard Fournette’s weight?

  • According to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud, Leonard Fournette showed up to mandatory minicamp in early June weighing almost 260 pounds.
  • Fournette earned a 73.9 PFF grade last season, 21st among running backs. He was listed at 228 pounds ahead of the 2021 campaign.
  • He’s currently the RB9 in PFF’s fantasy football PPR draft rankings.
  • The Bucs re-signed Fournette to a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason.

Baltimore Ravens RB JK Dobbins: I’m going to be ready for Week 1

  • Dobbins responded to an NFL Media report that he “is no sure thing” to be ready for Week 1.
  • The former second-round pick missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the Ravens' final preseason game in late August.
  • As a rookie in 2020, Dobbins finished with the 13th-best rushing grade (81.6) among running backs. He totaled 805 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries.
  • The NFL Media report did note that Dobbins has not had any setbacks in his rehab. Baltimore added veteran running back Mike Davis in free agency this offseason as potential insurance.

Arizona Cardinals C Rodney Hudson expected to report to training camp

  • Hudson skipped mandatory minicamp, and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said the team was working through an issue with the veteran center. There were some rumors about him potentially retiring, but that’s now officially put to rest.
  • The three-time Pro Bowler earned a 60.9 PFF grade in his first year with Arizona, the lowest mark of his career.
  • He started 12 total games, missing two games due to COVID-19 and three with ribs and shoulder injuries.

WR Stefon Diggs wants the Buffalo Bills to look into signing CB Joe Haden

  • Diggs shared a video of Haden working out on his Instagram story and tagged the Bills with a couple of eyeball emojis.
  • Haden, 33, earned overall and coverage grades above 60.0 in each of his five seasons with the Steelers.
  • PFF’s Doug Kyed reported last month that Haden has offers on the table but is taking his time.
  • The Bills have Tre'Davious White recovering from a torn ACL suffered late last season. They used a first-round pick on Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam.

Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake won't be “full speed” when training camp starts

  • Drake went on to say he will “definitely be ready to go” for the regular season.
  • Appearing in 12 games last season, Drake earned a 73.1 PFF grade and an 82.0 receiving grade. He totaled 545 yards from scrimmage — 254 rushing and 291 through the air.
  • He suffered a gruesome ankle injury in Week 13, ending his season.
  • The Raiders did add some competition this offseason, signing veterans Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah in free agency and also using a fourth-round pick on Georgia running back Zamir White.

New York Giants LT Andrew Thomas expects to be ready for training camp

  • Thomas dealt with a nagging ankle injury last season that sidelined him for four games.
  • “Rehab is coming along pretty well. I'm doing everything the trainers ask me to do,” Thomas said, via the team's website. “Definitely moving a lot better and I'm prepared to be ready for training camp.”
  • The Giants made several moves this offseason to help their struggling offensive line, selecting Alabama's Evan Neal at No. 7 in the draft and signing veterans Jon Feliciano and Mark Glowinski in free agency.
  • But Thomas is the X-factor at left tackle, and he showed signs of improvement last season, recording a 78.9 PFF grade (up from 62.4 in 2020) and an 82.1 pass-blocking grade (up from 54.7 in 2020). He allowed just two sacks and three quarterback hits across 13 games.

Los Angeles Rams DI Bobby Brown suspended for six games

  • Brown will be suspended for six games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
  • The Rams drafted Brown with a fourth-round pick in 2021, and he was active for 10 games as a rookie.
  • With Sebastian Joseph-Day leaving in free agency, there was an opportunity for Brown to work his way into a rotational role during training camp. In limited action as a rookie, Brown posted a 63.4 PFF grade. 
  • Brown can still participate in all practices and preseason games. His suspension goes into effect in Week 1, and he can return to the active roster on Monday, October 17, after the Rams’ Week 6 game against the Panthers.

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