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Indianapolis Colts:  The Colts have announced that they do not expect linebacker Robert Mathis back until the end of September or early October.  The Indy defense was going to have some problems this year as it was, but without Mathis, a lot of pressure will be put on that offense to run up a ton of points.

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Miami Dolphins:  The Dolphins current starting right guard, Dallas Thomas, is sidelined with a shoulder injury.  The injury has plagued him for a while now and there is no clear timetable on when it will be resolved.  Thomas was a question mark as the starter as it was, and the Dolphins continue to have major offensive line questions.

New England Patriots:  Tom Brady’s balls are all anyone can talk about…I’m done with it.

After missing much of Training Camp last year and ending up on IR, Jairus Byrd may be starting the process all over again. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints:  Safety Jairus Byrd has yet to take part in practice this Training Camp.  While that’s not worrisome in itself, the fact that he went through an eerily similar start to last year’s camp is.  Byrd has not been a good investment for the Saints thus far, and is another burden on a terrible salary cap situation.

New York Giants:  The Giants have shown a commitment to throwing the ball by adding wide receiver James Jones to the roster.  Jones was the #1 wide receiver in Oakland in 2014, but figures to be the #3 man in New York behind Odell Beckham Jr and Victor Cruz.

  • Chiefs’ take: The Chiefs had reached out to Jones, but his going to New York makes a lot of sense.  Jones signed a one year deal, and of all the teams making offers, the Giants seem to offer him the best chance to reboot his career.  One year with Eli Manning could be his ticket to another big contract.

New York Jets:  Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson should be in jail, have his children taken away, and be permanently banned from the NFL.  No, I do not feel the need to wait until he’s had his day in court.

Philadelphia Eagles:  Recently traded cornerback, Brandon Boykin, did not have many nice things to say about Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.  Boykin stated that Kelly appears to have a difficult time relating to the culture of many NFL players.  This is not the first comment like this aimed at Chip Kelly.  In more bad news for Philly, linebacker Kiko Alsonso missed practice with a concussion.  Alonso was a major trade acquisition for Chip Kelly this offseason, but does have an injury history.

  • Chiefs’ take: I’ve got an article in the works about this situation and how it ties in with Andy Reid.  Needless to say, you probably could not find two more different head coaching personalities than Kelly and Reid.

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