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Logan Paulsen ATL TE
Falcons' Logan Paulsen: Set for role as blocking tight end8h ago
Paulsen is expected to fill in for the recently departed Levine Toilolo as a blocking tight end for the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Paulsen is an overwhelming favorite to be the team's No. 2 option at tight end this season, with extensive experience in Kyle Shanahan-directed offenses. Although there are some new wrinkles to the offense with Steve Sarkisian now at the helm, the unit's overall approach has not been drastically altered from the Shanahan era of two years ago. Paulsen played under Shanahan in Washington between 2010 and 2013, and again reunited with the offensive guru last season in San Francisco. The seven-year veteran is a non-threat through the air, with 82 receptions in 105 games and fewer than 850 receiving yards for his career, but what he does offer is solid run blocking -- Paulsen has helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers over his past five healthy seasons with the Redskins, Bears and 49ers (the only exception being Carlos Hyde's 2017 campaign, in which he compiled 938 yards on the ground).
Kyle Long CHI G
Bears' Kyle Long: Ready for training camp17h ago
Long (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
Long underwent three separate operations this offseason on his neck, shoulder and elbow, but he has done well with his rehab and appears ready to go as the team returns to the field for the start of training camp. After playing all but one game in his first three seasons, Long has seen the field in just 18 games between the last two campaigns. Assuming he can stay healthy, Long should slot in as the team's starting right guard again in 2018.
Allen Robinson CHI WR
Bears' Allen Robinson: Healthy to open camp17h ago
Coach Matt Nagy indicated Thursday that Robinson (ACL) will be fully healthy for the start of Chicago's training camp, Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site reports.
Robinson was a limited participant during OTAs as he continued to recover from a torn ACL suffered Week 1 last season. The additional recovery time appears to have been spent well, maximizing his opportunity to develop a rapport with second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Assuming he returns to form, Robinson should provide Trubisky with his best asset as a pass catcher since he took over under center last season, posting 2,283 receiving yards over 2015 and 2016 with a combined 20 touchdown grabs in the two campaigns.
Jimmy Smith BAL CB
Ravens' Jimmy Smith: To be eased into training camp17h ago
Smith (Achilles) was in uniform for the first day of training camp Thursday but is expected to be brought along slowly, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Smith was able to avoid the Ravens' Physically Unable to Perform list despite being just seven months past a significant Achilles injury. While he's expected to be eased back into the swing of things, it sounds like Smith is making significant progress in his recovery, which bodes well for his availability for the start of the regular season.
Breshad Perriman BAL WR
Ravens' Breshad Perriman: Roster bonus picked up19h ago
The Ravens intend to pick up Perriman's $649,485 roster bonus for 2018 on Saturday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
The Ravens declined Perriman's fifth-year option for 2019 in the spring, but they will at least give the 2015 first-round pick a chance to fight for a roster spot in training camp during the upcoming campaign. After the 24-year-old battled injuries and struggled mightily to produce when on the field through his first three NFL seasons, it was far from guaranteed that the Ravens would extend Perriman another opportunity to prove his worth. With Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead locked in as the top three wideouts on the depth chart heading into training camp, Perriman will be competing with a number of receivers for two or three spots.
Randy Gregory DAL DE
Cowboys' Randy Gregory: Not cleared to practice19h ago
Gregory's reinstatement from his suspension is conditional, and while he will be able to take part in team meetings and conditioning work when training camp begins, he's not yet eligible to participate in practices or play in games, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
Full reinstatement will occur once the league is satisfied he has the resources in place to avoid further disciplinary issues, and of course assuming he doesn't fail any future drug tests. Gregory has only played two games in the last two seasons, but the 2015 second-round pick could still contribute in the Cowboys' pass-rush rotation as he tries to get his career back on track.
Andrew Toles LAD CF
Dodgers' Andrew Toles: Sent back to Triple-A5h ago
Toles was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Toles will make way on the roster for new acquisition Manny Machado. The outfielder went 6-for-23 with a pair of doubles in his brief stay with the team.
Josh Bell PIT 1B
Pirates' Josh Bell: Second half rebound?5h ago
Bell went 7-for-15 and reached base 12 times in 20 at-bats in the five-game series against Milwaukee leading up to the All-Star break.
Although the first baseman hit 26 homers in 2017, that power has evaporated this year. He's belted only five home runs in 326 at-bats in 2018. Bell never hit more than 14 homers in parts of five minor-league seasons, but with a 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame, it was thought that the 25-year-old might produce numbers similar to 2017. He's slashed .317/.417/.455 in 120 plate appearances since moving out of the cleanup spot, giving hope he can continue raising a disappointing .738 OPS.
Tommy Pham STL CF
Cardinals' Tommy Pham: Grabs three hits6h ago
Pham went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
The homer, Pham's 14th of the year, came in the second inning off Kyle Hendricks. A recent six-game hitless streak bumped Pham down in the order, though a few more similar performances could send him back towards the top.
Yadier Molina STL C
Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Picks up four hits6h ago
Molina went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
Molina caused trouble for Cubs pitchers all day, though hitting from his new second spot in the order meant that none of hits resulted in RBI. He's on a roll at the plate lately, going 16-for-44 (.363) over his last 11 games.
Carlos Martinez STL SP
Cardinals' Carlos Martinez: Knocked around by Cubs6h ago
Martinez fell to 6-6 on the season after giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk Thursday against the Cubs, striking out just a pair in five innings.
Martinez had been cruising along, allowing just one run in four innings, before falling apart in the fifth. He allowed five runs on five hits in that frame, finishing with a two-run homer by Ian Happ. He's now given up at least five runs in three of his last eight starts, though his ERA still sits at a solid 3.39. He'll next take the hill Tuesday in Cincinnati.
Pedro Strop CHC RP
Cubs' Pedro Strop: Records save Thursday6h ago
Strop retired the final batter of the game in Thursday's 9-6 win over the Cubs to secure his third save of the season.
With regular closer Brandon Morrow (biceps) landing on the disabled list before the game, Strop moved up in the bullpen pecking order. Morrow doesn't figure to be out long, so Strop's window for save opportunities might be brief, though it's encouraging to see that the team definitely trusts him in high-leverage situations. Strop has earned that trust with a strong 2.50 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 39.2 innings this season.
Monte Morris DEN PG
Nuggets' Monte Morris: Contract converted into standard deal11h ago
Morris, who signed a two-way contract in 2017, agreed to a standard deal Thursday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. The terms are for three years, $4.8 million with the first two seasons guaranteed.
The 51st overall pick in 2017, Morris spent most of last year in the G-League. There, he averaged 17.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.7 minutes. He also recently played four games on Denver's summer league squad, where he averaged 17.5 points, 6.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Morris' quality play over the past year has been enough to persuade the Nuggets' brass into extending him a standard deal. That said, he'll likely have trouble finding run behind Jamal Murray and Isaiah Thomas.
Antonius Cleveland ATL SG
Antonius Cleveland: To be waived by Atlanta12h ago
Cleveland will be waived by the Hawks, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Cleveland, for financial reasons, will be a casualty of the trade that sent Dennis Schroder to the Thunder for Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick. As a result of injuries, Cleveland appeared in just 24 total games last season between the NBA and the G-League.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot PHI SG
Thunder's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: Traded to Thunder13h ago
Luwawu-Cabarrot was traded to the Thunder on Thursday in a three-team deal, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Thunder were looking to get Carmelo Anthony and his $27.9 million contract off their books and were able to do so in Thursday's trade, which netted the team Luwawu-Cabarrot and Dennis Schroder. Luwawu-Cabarrot is only 23 years old and still has some upside, which the Thunder will look to maximize if they opt to keep him on the roster ahead of the regular season. However, the 6-foot-7 forward shot just 33.5 percent from deep last season and averaged just 15.5 minutes, so he wasn't a fantasy contributor. That shouldn't change despite the move to Oklahoma City considering Luwawu-Cabarrot will likely just be a depth piece once again.
Justin Anderson PHI SG
Hawks' Justin Anderson: Dealt to Atlanta13h ago
Anderson will be traded to the Hawks in a three-team deal, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Thursday's trade was a three-team deal between the Hawks, Thunder and 76ers. In addition to Anderson, Carmelo Anthony was dealt to Atlanta, though he's expected to be waived. Mike Muscala also went to the 76ers, while Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was shipped to the Thunder. In Anderson's case specifically, he joins a much less talented roster, but will still have plenty of bodies to fight with for minutes on the wing. The Hawks bring back both Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince, while they also drafted Kevin Huerter, so Anderson will likely push for a complementary bench role. Anderson hasn't averaged more than minutes in the teens throughout his three-year NBA career and that's unlikely to change despite the change of scenery.
Mike Muscala ATL PF
Thunder's Mike Muscala: Sent to 76ers13h ago
Muscala has been traded to the Sixers as part of a three-team trade also involving the Hawks and Thunder, Shams Charania of Yahoo reports.
It was initially reported that Muscala would head to Oklahoma City with Dennis Schroder, but this latest report has him winding up in Philadelphia. Charania reports that the Sixers will send Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to Oklahoma City, while also shipping out Justin Anderson to Atlanta. Muscala will land in the midst of a relatively crowded Sixers frontcourt that already includes established names like Robert Covington, Wilson Chandler, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, Amir Johnson and Richaun Holmes, so it remains to be seen whether or not the change of scenery will help him bounce back from a relatively disappointing 2017-18 campaign in which he appeared in only 50 games.
Dennis Schroder ATL PG
Thunder's Dennis Schroder: Shipped to Oklahoma City13h ago
Schroder and Mike Muscala have been dealt from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Carmelo Anthony and a protected 2022 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Schroder had been on the trading block for quite some time after his relationship with the organization appeared to sour due to some comments made publicly by the 24-year-old regarding the direction of the team. The Hawks then brought in Jeremy Lin in a trade earlier this offseason, which all but signaled Schroder's stay in Atlanta wouldn't last much longer. As a result, Schroder heads to Oklahoma City, where he'll likely be forced to backup Russell Westbrook at point guard. After averaging 31.0 minutes or more the last two seasons, Schroder's playing time will likely take a hit and he'll have to transition into a reserve role. Still, the Thunder wanted to increase their speed and add another ball-handler in the backcourt, which Schroder should be able to provide with ease.
Derek Grant PIT C
Penguins' Derek Grant: Inks one-year deal with Penguins11h ago
Grant signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Penguins on Thursday.
Grant should compete for an Opening Night roster spot with Pittsburgh after posting a breakout season of sorts with the Ducks in 2017-18. The 28-year-old pivot notched career-high marks with 66 games played, 12 goals scored and 12 assists, and could be in line for another productive campaign with a talented Pens squad should he find consistent ice time.
Madison Bowey WAS D
Capitals' Madison Bowey: Re-signs with Washington12h ago
Bowey was re-signed by Washington in a two-year, $2 million contract extension on Thursday.
Prior to being supplanted by more experienced players like Michal Kempny in late February, Bowey played in 51 of the first 56 games of the season as a rookie. Throughout his time in the NHL, Bowey recorded 12 assists on an average of 13:42 per game. The right-shot defender is still only 23 years old, and is regarded as an important depth piece for a defensive group in which the top four are all signed until at least the 2021-22 season.
Adam Lowry WPG C
Jets' Adam Lowry: Secures new deal14h ago
Lowry inked a three-year, $8.75 million contract with Winnipeg on Thursday.
Despite being limited to just 45 games due to injury, Lowry still managed to crack the 20-point threshold last season. With Paul Stastny moving on, the 24-year-old Lowry figures to take over the third-line center gig. If he can stay healthy, the St. Louis native should be able to challenge for 30-plus points during the upcoming campaign.
Brett Kulak CGY D
Flames' Brett Kulak: Placed on waivers18h ago
Kulak was waived by the Flames on Thursday.
The move to waive Kulak is likely a negotiation tactic by the team, as the defenseman has an upcoming arbitration hearing. If he goes unclaimed, the Flames can point to that fact in order to try to get a favorable ruling regarding the Edmonton native's salary for the upcoming campaign. While Kulak only averaged 12:59 of ice time last year, he did play in 71 contests and could certainly garner some interest for other clubs.
Mike Blunden OTT RW
Michael Blunden: Bound for Europe19h ago
Blunden secured a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (EBEL).
Since being drafted by the Blackhawks with the 43rd overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, Blunden has split time between the NHL and AHL for the past 13 seasons. Despite decent minor-league numbers (45 points in 112 games), the winger only saw action in three games for Ottawa over the past two years. The Toronto native will now head overseas to continue his professional career.
Chris Tierney SJ C
Sharks' Chris Tierney: Inks deal with Sharks2d ago
Tierney signed a two-year, $5.875 million contract with the Sharks on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
After originally filing for salary arbitration a couple weeks ago, Tierney and the Sharks were finally able to settle on a number. Tierney is coming off a career season in San Jose, setting career highs in goals with 17 and assists with 23. Tierney will now be making nearly four times what his salary was in 2017-18 as a key offensive weapon off the bench for the Sharks.