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Cowboys returning to California for camp after COVID pause

Tue Jun 15 5:18pm ET

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are headed back to California for training camp after the pandemic kept them home last year.

The club said Tuesday its first practice will be in Oxnard on July 22, and fans will be allowed. The Cowboys had gone to Oxnard every year since 2012 before COVID-19 prompted the NFL to order all teams to stay home for camp in 2020.

Dallas will return to California after playing the Hall of Fame exhibition game against Pittsburgh in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5. The Cowboys break camp Aug. 12 before a preseason game at Arizona.

The final two weeks of preseason practice will be at team headquarters north of Dallas, where all of camp was held last year without fans because of coronavirus restrictions. It was the first time the Cowboys held all of training camp at home.

This will be the 15th camp in Oxnard, second to neighboring Thousand Oaks for the most visits by the Cowboys. Dallas trained in Thousand Oaks for 27 consecutive years before moving camp to Austin in 1990, a year after owner Jerry Jones bought the team. The club returned to California in 2001.

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Tua Tagovailoa Jun 15 3:50pm ET

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions at the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, albeit in monsoon-like weather, according to some beat reporters. Tagovailoa said the interceptions stemmed from an emphasis on being aggressive with his throws downfield. Some may raise their eyebrows, especially after his disappointing rookie season, but fantasy managers should take this performance with a grain of salt in June. Head coach Brian Flores said a few weeks ago that Tagovailoa has a better grasp of the offense entering Year 2, and he certainly has the weapons to make a big leap in 2021. With a full offseason and a year removed from hip surgery, the 23-year-old will be a fine QB2 target with upside.

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Derek Wolfe Jun 15 3:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe won't practice this week after recently dealing with a bout of pneumonia, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Wolfe also skipped voluntary workouts recently after signing a three-year, $12 million contract extension in March. In his first season with Baltimore after eight seasons with the Denver Broncos to begin his career, Wolfe recorded 51 tackles (six for loss), four QB hits, one fumble recovery and a career-low one sack in 14 games (eight starts) in 2020. The 31-year-old should be fine for training camp last week and will be looking to bounce back in the trenches in his second year with the Ravens. Wolfe should start alongside Calais Campbell on the interior, but he's not a realistic IDP target as more of a run-stopper than pass-rusher.

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Zach Wilson Jun 15 3:30pm ET

New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton (foot) will not take part in minicamp this week, but head coach Robert Saleh said that the team is "very confident he'll be ready to go (by training camp). He's just got a little nagging foot injury. It's not worth it to put him out there and make something so small a lot worse." Becton is dealing with plantar fasciitis, but he won't need surgery and should be ready at the end of July. However, this can be a pretty painful and debilitating injury, especially for a player that stands at 6-foot-7, 369 pounds, so it's an injury to watch. The 22-year-old was one of the top tackles from the 2020 draft class, but rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could be in a world of hurt if Becton is forced to miss any time this year with the foot ailment.

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Sheldon Richardson Jun 15 3:00pm ET

The Minnesota Vikings agreed to an undisclosed deal with free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday. Richardson returns to Minnesota after playing for them in 2018, recording 49 tackles (six for loss) and 4.5 sacks in 16 games. The 30-year-old played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns but was released to clear salary cap space. Originally a first-round pick (13th overall) by the New York Jets in 2013 out of Missouri, Richardson spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Gang Green before landing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. Richardson had a combined 7.5 sacks in the last two seasons with Cleveland and should serve in a rotational role on Minnesota's defensive line as they look to improve up front after a miserable season in 2020.

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Justin Fields Jun 15 3:00pm ET

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that there is no possible scenario where rookie quarterback Justin Fields is the starting quarterback in Week 1 on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. "Andy Dalton is our starter. Justin is our No. 2 and we are going to stick with this plan. You just got to trust the plan," Nagy said. Chicago traded up in the first round to take Fields as their future franchise signal-caller, but the plan all along has been to ease him into NFL action behind the veteran Dalton. Plus, it wouldn't be wise to throw Fields to the wolves against a very tough Rams defense right out of the gates. Fields will see the field sooner than later and he has enticing upside with a strong arm and plenty of speed, but he'll be a better dynasty/keeper selection than a redraft one in 2021. If Fields is starting by the second half of the season, he could have some plug-and-play potential in single-year leagues due to his dual-threat ability.

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Danielle Hunter Jun 15 2:50pm ET

The Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Danielle Hunter agreed to a restructured deal on Tuesday, according to sources informed of the situation. He will receive $5.6 million of the money due to him this year as a signing bonus, giving him a significant portion of the money due to him much sooner. A new $18 million roster bonus will also trigger on the fifth day of the league year in 2022. What was once a five-year extension now becomes a four-year pact, with the Vikings able to move on from Hunter and save significant money next year. The 26-year-old is in his prime, but he also missed all of last year due to a neck injury that required surgery. Minnesota's defense should improve drastically with Hunter back in the fold. He had 14.5 sacks in each of his last two seasons while being named to the Pro Bowl both times.

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Donte Jackson Jun 15 2:50pm ET

The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with first-round cornerback Jaycee Horn on a four-year contract on Tuesday. The deal is fully guaranteed for $21.1 million. Horn came off the board at No. 8 overall as the first defensive player picked in this year's draft out of South Carolina. The 21-year-old should start immediately for the Panthers rebuilt secondary that includes Donte Jackson and A.J. Bouye. Hopefully, Horn will be able to fill the void left by James Bradberry when he departed in free agency last offseason. Although he didn't face elite wide receiver talent in college, Horn is sticky in man coverage but will need to improve his technique if he wants to stay with smaller and quicker pass-catchers at the next level.

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Xavien Howard Jun 15 2:40pm ET

Miami Dolphins star cornerback Xavien Howard isn't on the field for the first practice of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and is officially holding out, according to a source. The Dolphins gave Howard a new deal prior to the 2020 season, but he's reportedly already upset with his contract and wants to renegotiate. He has three years left on the five-year deal he signed but is now out of guaranteed money and has little leverage. The 27-year-old former second-round pick in 2016 was an All-Pro for Miami last year, tallying 51 tackles (40 solo), a career-high 10 interceptions, 20 passes defensed and one forced fumble in 16 games. Howard has made the Pro Bowl twice and has 22 career interceptions in 56 games (55 starts).

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Jamal Adams Jun 15 2:10pm ET

The Seattle Seahawks have excused safety Jamal Adams from this week's mandatory minicamp for personal reasons, according to a source. The 25-year-old All-Pro is seeking a new contract, but his absence isn't related to any kind of holdout. Seattle traded multiple high-end draft picks to acquire Adams' services from the New York Jets last offseason, and he finished with 83 tackles (11 for loss), 14 QB hits, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and a career-high 9.5 sacks in just 12 games. The three-time Pro Bowler isn't your typical strong safety, as he often comes up into the box to defend against the run and pressure the opposing quarterback. He's one of the best at what he does and should be the first defensive back off the board in IDP drafts.

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Cam Newton Jun 15 2:00pm ET

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that quarterback Cam Newton is "way ahead of where he was last year at this time. There's no question about that." Newton recently suffered a bruised hand, but he's expected to receive a full complement of repetitions at minicamp this week. The injury was minor to begin with, so fantasy managers won't need to worry about it. Even though New England drafted rookie signal-caller Mac Jones in the first round this year, Newton is fully expected to begin the year as the starter under center. The 32-year-old was highly inconsistent in his first year with the Pats, and a bout with COVID-19 didn't help him, but it sounds like he's more comfortable with the offense in 2021. Newton will need to be much better as a passer this year, but his ability to use his legs and score touchdowns on the ground will at least make him a passable streaming QB in the right matchups.

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Jamison Crowder Jun 14 6:20pm ET

The New York Jets and wide receiver Jamison Crowder have renegotiated his contract for the 2021 season, keeping him on the team for another year at least. Crowder was a rumored cut candidate throughout the offseason thanks to a $10 million cap hit in non-guaranteed money. Now Crowder will be a veteran presence to mentor a young wide receiver corps and serve as a safety blanket for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in New York. Despite the reworked deal, Crowder can still become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season. He is coming off a 59-catch, 699-yard, six-touchdown season over 12 games in 2020 and should serve as a low-end WR3 in PPR leagues this year. Fantasy gamers hoping to count on rookie slot receiver Elijah Moore will probably have to wait until the 2022 season.

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Sheldon Richardson Jun 14 5:43pm ET

Free-agent DT Sheldon Richardson (Browns) is receiving interest from the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.

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Sheldon Richardson Jun 14 5:23pm ET

Free-agent DT Sheldon Richardson (Browns) has decided not to re-sign with the Cleveland Browns this offseason, according to a source.

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Allen Robinson Jun 14 4:13pm ET

Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson plans to participate in the mandatory minicamp this week, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: Robinson received the franchise tag this offseason, so the two sides have about a month to reach a long-term contract. He continues to be one of the top receivers in the NFL and should be a weekly No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues.

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Corey Clement Jun 14 4:13pm ET

New York Giants RB Corey Clement received some snaps with the first-team offense during offseason workouts since RB Saquon Barkley (knee) is sitting out. He has a chance to make the final roster because he can help on offense and can play on special teams.

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Malik Hooker Jun 14 3:13pm ET

Free-agent S Malik Hooker (Colts) may need to wait until closer to training camp before signing with a team. He said he may only receive a one-year contract because of an Achilles' tendon injury he suffered last season.

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Xavien Howard Jun 14 3:03pm ET

Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (quadriceps) has been dealing with a quadriceps injury over the last few weeks and may not practice if he decides to report for minicamp, according to a source. Howard is expected be at minicamp but is looking for a raise and a contract restructuring from the team.

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Jonnu Smith Jun 14 2:43pm ET

New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith (hamstring) left practice early Monday, June 14, after suffering an apparent hamstring injury.

Fantasy Spin: Smith was one of the high-priced tight ends the Patriots signed this offseason, so he should have a significant role in the passing game. He posted eight touchdowns last season and should be a threat in the red zone. He can be a No. 1 tight end in most leagues.

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Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jun 14 2:43pm ET

Free-agent S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Cowboys) is scheduled to participate in the Carolina Panthers minicamp this week on a tryout basis, according to a source.

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Cam Newton Jun 14 2:13pm ET

New England Patriots QB Cam Newton (hand) will be a full participant at the mandatory minicamp this week despite his hand injury.

Fantasy Spin: Newton will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting job and will have to hold off Mac Jones during practices. He had some success with his legs last season but did not do much in the passing game. He would only be a low-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he wins the job.

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