Buccaneers sign receiver Shaq Hill


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Shaq Hill and waived/injured receiver Jhajuan Seales.

Hill originally signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington in May. He began training camp with the Texans before being waived last week.

Hill made 178 receptions for 2,818 yards and 34 touchdowns in four years at Eastern Washington. As a senior, he caught 77 passes for 1,157 yards and 17 touchdowns, which led the FCS and earned him first-team All-Big Sky Conference honors.

Seales was waived after sustaining a hamstring injury in practice. If he clears waivers, he’ll revert to the Buccaneers’ injured reserve list.

Will Fuller out with broken collarbone


Hopes that Texans wide receiver Will Fuller would take a jump in his second season have been put on hold for a while.

According to multiple reports, Fuller suffered a broken collarbone during Wednesday’s practice. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Fuller will have surgery and miss 2-3 months while he recovers.

Fuller, a 2016 first-round pick, got off to a hot start last season with nine catches for 211 yards and a touchdown in the first two weeks of the season, but cooled off from there to finish with 47 catches for 635 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller had issues holding onto passes at times during the season, leading to hope that he could become a more productive complement to DeAndre Hopkins if he could clear them up this offseason.

Wednesday’s injury will increase the wait time to see if that’s the case. Jaelen Strong and Braxton Miller will be in line for more work while Fuller is out of the picture.

Texans hope moving training camp results in next step

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Texans owner Bob McNair committed $4 million to move training camp from Houston to The Greenbrier Sports and Performance Center in West Virginia. He hopes the cooler weather pays off on the field during the season.

It’s a beautiful place,” McNair said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “The facilities are great. We had a productive practice for 2½ hours. I don’t think we could quite do that in 100-degree weather, so it’s been very productive.”

The Texans have yet to reach the AFC Championship Game. That is the team’s next step. However, though they return the nucleus from the league’s top-rated defense last season, they seem no closer with Tom Savage expected to start at quarterback and Deshaun Watson waiting in the wings.

“I guess the most exciting thing is to see the improvement in our offense that I think we’ll see,” McNair said. “I think it’s just going to be a little more productive. I think that our run game is so important to us, and I think that we’ve got multiple running backs that can do well. I think that our passing game’s going to be better. We’ve got some good, young receivers. I think they’re going to be able to put more points on the board. It’s a chance for [Savage] to get out there and show what he can do, and I think he’s talented. It’s a good group.

“Our defense was outstanding last year. I think we’re going to have a big improvement in our offense this year, and the defense is going to step it up a little, also. We ought to be well-balanced. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Bob McNair on Duane Brown: He ought to be here

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Texans left tackle Duane Brown has not reported to Texans camp in West Virginia because he wants a new contact from the team, but General Manager Rick Smith’s response suggested the team wasn’t of a mind to do anything about it.

Smith said “our position” is that there’s nothing to discuss about the contract because Brown is signed for both the 2017 and 2018 seasons and that Brown should be at camp as a result. On Tuesday, team owner Bob McNair sounded similarly disinclined to open up talks about a new deal for the player.

“He ought to be here,” McNair said, via the Houston Chronicle. “He needs the work just like everybody, so we look forward to his coming back. I’m sure he’ll be here; it’s just a matter of when.”

While the Texans may not share Brown’s desire to work out a new contract, they will have to figure out a different answer at left tackle if Brown’s not going to be part of their team. That’s not ideal when they are breaking in a new starting quarterback ahead of a year that contains promise based on their defense and the fact that they made the playoffs without getting much from their quarterbacks last year.

That may lead to this coming down to which side blinks first and, fines for missing camp aside, it will be some time before Brown’s holdout will jeopardize his 2017 salary.

Bill O’Brien raves about Deshaun Watson


Deshaun Watson could become the exception to Bill O’Brien’s rule.

“I think that there’s no substitute for experience,” O’Brien said in April when discussing rookie quarterbacks. “So I think it’s hard to ask a guy to come in straight from college and Day One he’s a starter on your team. But I know that there are some really good quarterbacks in this draft that we’re looking at, and we’ve met with a lot of them. We’re excited about continuing to get to know them. But, I just think for me as a general rule, that’s tough to start them as a Day One guy.”

The Texans eventually decided that they liked Watson enough to trade up from the 20s to No. 12 to get him. O’Brien thereafter dubbed Tom Savage the starter, even if G.M. Rick Smith declared that there will be competition.

The question becomes whether the door is open for Watson to supplant Savage, sooner than later. On Tuesday, O’Brien declared that Watson “is ahead of any rookie quarterback I’ve ever been around.”

That hardly means Watson will be the Week One starter. But if Watson outperforms Savage — and if the players know it — O’Brien may have no choice.

Five years ago, when Russell Wilson became the starter in Seattle as a rookie, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was praised for having the courage to make the call. The ballsy move, however, would have been to go with veteran free agent Matt Flynn, because the players in Seattle knew that Wilson was the best option on the roster.

If that’s what the Texans players eventually think, the brave thing for O’Brien won’t be to abandon his preferences but to stick with them.

Monday morning one-liners


S Micah Hyde is serving as a leader in the Bills secondary.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was a guest at Dolphins practice.

Patriots WR Brandin Cooks discussed his touchdown celebration.

The Jets like what they’ve seen from their rookie safeties.

WR Tim White’s play was a highlight of Sunday’s Ravens practice.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton and his son worked with WR John Ross at the end of practice.

The Browns made a change to their offensive line group.

LB Tyler Matakevich is trying to make an impression on the Steelers.

Texans WR Will Fuller has shown signs of improvement.

The Colts flipped their guards as they look for the right offensive line alignment.

Rookie CB Jalen Myrick’s first week of Jaguars training camp didn’t go as hoped.

The Titans didn’t hold rookie WR Corey Davis back on his first day of practice.

CB Lorenzo Doss is trying to find more playing time for the Broncos.

WR Tyreek Hill is in line for a bigger role with the Chiefs this season.

The Raiders will wear pads for the first time on Monday.

Chargers QB Cardale Jones is looking forward to learning from Philip Rivers.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten got some advice from Jerry Rice.

CB Janoris Jenkins’ anger flared at Giants camp.

Undrafted Eagles rookie CB Randall Goforth tore his ACL.

Tracing how TE E.J. Bibbs made his way to the Redskins.

A look at how some younger Bears players prepared for their second NFL seasons.

Lions G T.J. Lang is feeling the best he’s felt in years.

Packers DL Mike Daniels wants Green Bay’s defense to take a page from the Seahawks.

Vikings QB Sam Bradford and WR Laquon Treadwell are working on their chemistry.

The Falcons got S Ricardo Allen back on the practice field.

Said Panthers RB Fozzy Whittaker of QB Cam Newton, “To me, you wouldn’t have even known that he had surgery in the offseason and that he’s still going through the recovery process.”

Saints coach Sean Payton reminisced about former Saint Rob Ninkovich upon his retirement from the Patriots.

Checking in on the Buccaneers kicker competition.

QB Trevor Knight is trying to show the Cardinals he belongs in the NFL.

A positive review of Rams QB Sean Mannion’s early work at camp.

DL Arik Armstead appears to be taking to his new role on the 49ers defense.

Will this be S Kam Chancellor’s final season with the Seahawks?

Sunday morning one-liners

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DE Shaq Lawson is off to a good start at Bills camp.

Dolphins CB Byron Maxwell likes what he’s seen from QB Ryan Tannehill.

CB Eric Rowe has impressed at Patriots practices.

Is DE Leonard Williams the most important player on the Jets?

WR Griff Whalen is trying to make a quick impression on the Ravens.

It’s been almost a year since Bengals CB William Jackson tore his pectoral.

Browns TE David Njoku has to do a better job of holding onto the football.

CB Artie Burns hopes covering WR Antonio Brown at Steelers practice helps him improve.

Texans WR Braxton Miller has high expectations for the 2017 season.

Colts DE David Parry has off-field issues while he tries to stake a claim to an on-field role.

Jaguars WR Allen Robinson hopes his offseason work makes 2016 a distant memory.

A new contract means new expectations for Titans DT Jurrell Casey.

The Broncos brought DT Domata Peko in to provide some heft to their defensive line.

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis is looking forward to getting settled with the Chiefs.

Raiders players hope for a quick resolution to T Donald Penn’s holdout.

Kobe Bryant dropped by Chargers training camp.

QB Luke McCown thinks he can be more than a camp arm for the Cowboys.

Giants S Landon Collins’ profile has grown over the last year.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz discussed his foray into nude modeling.

Was the Redskins’ offseason roster turnover a step in the right direction?

Bears rookie TE Adam Shaheen made a good first impression.

Reasons for concern about the Lions defensive line.

The Packers are looking for more from DT Kenny Clark.

Marcus Sherels feels he can handle kickoff and punt returns for the Vikings.

Said Falcons coach Dan Quinn of the first day in pads, “They want to go against each other so hard. We walk that fine line as competitors. We always want to take care of one another, but do it at the very best way we can. We’ll work on that.”

Panthers LB Shaq Thompson lost weight this offseason.

WR Corey Fuller’s confidence is rising at Saints practices.

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston tried out a brace on his left knee.

A breakdown of the Cardinals’ Red-White practice.

Rams WR Tavon Austin is working on the field after his offseason wrist surgery.

CB Rashard Robinson and WR Marquise Goodwin have gone from talking trash last year to sharing the field for the 49ers this year.

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett and CB DeShawn Shead are working their way back from injuries.

Brian Cushing grateful still to be playing after “over 20” surgeries

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Linebacker Brian Cushing has undergone so many surgeries since the Texans made him a first-round pick in 2009 that he’s lost count. He knows it’s “over 20.”

“There were times when I thought I might not be able to play anymore,” Cushing said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “It’s taken a lot of hard work, but I’m still able to come out there and play the game I love.

“It’s been a collective effort by a lot of people, from the trainers and coaches to my wife and parents. I’m very grateful and feel blessed to be able to play.”

Cushing has missed 29 games with injuries in his eight seasons.

Although his only Pro Bowl season came his rookie season, Cushing remains the “heart and soul” of the Texans defense, according to coach Bill O’Brien.

“It means a lot,” Cushing said. “I’m going into my ninth year, and I’ve been a passionate player my entire life. I love football, and I enjoy coming out here every day and competing and getting better.

“Every offseason, you miss [playing]. The older I get, the more I miss it every offseason and realize how much I still enjoy competing and playing. I love the game more and more.”

Friday morning one-liners

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Preston Brown worked at middle linebacker with the Bills starters on Thursday.

The Dolphins have competition for one of their linebacker jobs.

It wasn’t always certain it would work out that way, but CB Malcolm Butler was on the field for the Patriots as camp opened.

The Jets start camp with low expectations.

RB Bobby Rainey is back for a second run with the Ravens.

Said Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap, “I feel like I’ve got a lot of ball left and I look forward to making these next few years my best. I’ve had some good ball up to this point, but I still feel like I have a lot of room for growth.”

Facing off with T Joe Thomas will help Browns DE Myles Garrett learn about life in the NFL.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown arrived at training camp in a Rolls-Royce.

Texans CB Kevin Johnson is feeling good after last year’s foot injury.

Colts CB Vontae Davis is heading into a contract year.

CB A.J. Bouye had a good day in his first day at Jaguars training camp.

The Titans secondary looks significantly different from last year.

The Broncos have their first padded practice on Sunday.

Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman reported to training camp in costume.

Ten questions for the Raiders to answer during training camp.

The Chargers waived QB Eli Jenkins with Cardale Jones joining the team.

CB Anthony Brown picked off Dak Prescott during Cowboys practice.

The Giants are banking on improvement from holdover offensive linemen.

Eagles LB Nigel Bradham is waiting to hear if he’ll be suspended.

QB Kirk Cousins reiterated that he’s in a “good place” after failing to strike a long-term deal with the Redskins.

Bears LB Danny Trevathan is practicing in limited fashion after tearing his patellar tendon last season.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford picked up a new house in Georgia.

P Justin Vogel got off to a good start at Packers camp.

Vikings WR Michael Floyd is trying to keep the focus on football.

CB Desmond Trufant thinks the Falcons can have one of the best defenses in the league.

CB Captain Munnerlyn is happy to be back with the Panthers.

Is the 2017 season a crossroads one for the Saints?

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson went with a Ferrari for his entry to training camp.

The Cardinals are looking for different results from the same names on their offensive line.

Rams TE Gerald Everett doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wants the offense playing fast.

Which Seahawks are next up for contract extensions?

Reports: Ravens sign quarterback David Olson

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The Baltimore Ravens have added a quarterback.

No, it’s not Colin Kaepernick.

According to multiple reports, the Ravens are signing former Clemons and Stanford quarterback David Olson, who most recently placed with the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football League. It was first reported by Damond Talbot of DraftDiamonds.com.

The Ravens found themselves in need of another quarterback with Joe Flacco expected to miss time with a disc issue in his back.

There is obviously a connection to Olson as he played for Ravens head coach John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, at Stanford. However, Olson did not see any playing time at Stanford behind Andrew Luck, Josh Nunes and Kevin Hogan, and he threw just three passes with one completion for a one-yard loss after transferring to Clemson as Deshaun Watson was the starter.

If Flacco’s issue is short-term – PFT’s Mike Florio reported that Flacco is only going to miss a week or so – the Ravens will need little more than a camp arm to get through a handful of practices in the interim. Nevertheless, Olson will have one of the least impressive backgrounds, statistically, of any quarterback on a roster in the league.

D’Onta Foreman’s court date move to Aug. 30

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Texans running back D’Onta Foreman has a new court date in Austin, Texas. The date was moved from Monday to Aug. 30, attorney Chip Lewis told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Foreman, a third-round pick from the University of Texas, told reporters Wednesday that Lewis is working to get marijuana and weapons charges dropped. Anything other than abandonment of the marijuana charges will result in a one-game suspension. If the weapons charges aren’t dropped, he could face other discipline.

Lewis has said the handgun found in Foreman’s car was legal, recently purchased by Foreman, registered in his name and properly secured inside the vehicle. The attorney said the marijuana belonged to the passenger in Foreman’s car.

“I definitely feel good about it,” Foreman said Wednesday. “My lawyer is great. He’s doing everything possible to get everything dropped, and like I said, I’m innocent and I feel like — it’s the truth, I am innocent — so we’re looking forward to getting everything dropped and everything will take care of itself.”

David Quessenberry working with first team

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David Quessenberry has worked with the Texans’ starting unit at left guard as he makes his return from cancer treatments.

Quessenberry, a sixth-round pick in 2013, spent the past three years battling non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma. He finished his last chemotherapy treatment in April.

“It’s real early in camp, but I’m enjoying my reps with the first team,” Quessenberry said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I’ll play wherever they want me. Right now, that’s at left guard with the first team, and I’m happy to do it.”

Xavier Su’a-Filo has returned to the practice field after undergoing arthroscopic surgery during the offseason, but Quessenberry, not Su’a-Filo is taking the first-team reps.

Quessenberry was waived by the Texans after the 2015 season but remained on the team’s non-football illness list. He had a celebrated return to the practice field this offseason.

“It’s not one of those things I enjoy revisiting,” Quessenberry said of his cancer. “It’s a tough thing to go through, but it’s kind of tied to me. As long as I’m in this league and even when I’m not in this league, it’s something that’ll always be a part of me.

“It’s not something I’ll shy away from. It’s amazing to see people who say, ‘I know your story, and it’s an inspiration to me.’ That’s important to me – if I can help someone, I’m glad to do it.”

Patriots sign two with training camp underway

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The Patriots have added a couple of players to their 90-man roster with training camp underway in Foxborough.

The team announced that they have signed wide receiver Tony Washington and defensive end Caleb Kidder. They had open roster spots so did not need to make any corresponding moves to create space for the new arrivals.

Washington arrives after veteran wideout Andrew Hawkins announced his retirement this week. Washington played in six games for the Jaguars over the last two seasons and caught one pass for nine yards. The path to the final roster for Washington is an uphill one, but he’ll get a chance to put some play on film in the preseason if the Patriots don’t churn the roster again before games get underway.

Kidder signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in May, but was dropped by the team in June. He had 14 sacks during his college career at the University of Montana.

Thursday morning one-liners

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Bills assistant Juan Castillo got his start as an intern with the Super Bowl-era Bills.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase is making some changes in his second training camp.

The Patriots have to deal with the burden of high expectations this year.

Jets DT Sheldon Richardson has something to prove this year — to someone.

Former Ravens Adalius Thomas and Corey Ivy are back as coaching interns.

The Bengals put sixth-round rookie S Brandon Wilson on the non-football injury list.

The Browns have increased seating for training camp.

While other teams are staying home, the Steelers are embarking on their 52nd training camp at St. Vincent College.

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins likes what he’s seeing from QB Tom Savage.

The Colts are hoping for a more physical training camp.

The Jaguars are giving rookie Cam Robinson a chance to win the LT job.

The clock is ticking on the Titans and unsigned first-round WR Corey Davis.

Broncos OLB Von Miller is leading in the only way he knows how.

The early returns are positive for Chiefs veterans Derrick Johnson and Travis Kelce.

The Chargers are betting on a rebuilt offensive line.

Raiders QB Derek Carr got the Deion Sanders stamp of approval for his touchdown dance.

Cowboys rookie DE Taco Charlton says he won’t be bullied in the NFL.

Giants G.M. Jerry Reese still has some issues to address.

The Eagles hopes their new young WRs are ready to contribute.

Washington coach Jay Gruden seems comfortable in his role this summer.

The Bears are expecting big improvements in the passing game.

A position-by-position breakdown of the Lions entering training camp.

Packers DT Letroy Guion expected to practice through “pending” legal matter.

The Vikings have a few veterans who could be in their final training camps.

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has reported to camp, without a new deal.

Panthers rookie Curtis Samuel got dropped off at training camp by his mom.

The Saints are still targeting the third preseason game for C Max Unger’s return.

New Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson is ready to produce.

Cardinals veteran K Phil Dawson is ready for his latest challenge.

Rams rookie WR Cooper Kupp could win a starting job.

A look at the looming questions for the 49ers entering training camp.

The RB competition will be an interesting one to watch for the Seahawks.

Coach, quarterback have little to say about Duane Brown

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Texans left tackle Duane Brown is holding out of training camp. The man who coaches him and the guy he primarily protects both tiptoed around the situation when talking to reporters on Wednesday.

“I’m just coaching the guys that are here,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien told reporters. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Duane. He’s been a captain for us my first three years here and he means a lot to me, but I’m going to really concentrate on the guys that are here and I’ll let [G.M.] Rick [Smith] handle that side of things.”

Smith is handling the contract dispute by claiming there’s no contract dispute. Which will do little to get the contract dispute resolved.

Quarterback Tom Savage took a similar approach to O’Brien’s.

“I guess all that stuff’s between him and the coach and the G.M. and all that,” Savage said. “I can’t really say much on that. He’s a good guy, though.”

It’s a smart play by Savage. Of course the quarterback wants Brown there. But he won’t be helping his own cause if he pressures Brown to show up or otherwise abandon his desire to improve his financial situation.