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Andre Johnson has a strong grasp of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.
Johnson is looking to resurrect his career with the Colts and getting a good grasp of the playbook is the best place to start. Andrew Luck has the rapport with T.Y. Hilton and his tight ends, but could really use someone strong to replace veteran Reggie Wayne. Johnson has the ability to fill that void so he's going to do as much as he can to ensure a strong number of targets. Knowing the playbook backwards and forwards will certainly help that. Analysis: Howard Bender
Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded.
According to the report, Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, along with enrollment in a risk reduction class. Players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the old policy that did not require a suspension. Bartu did not go before a judge until after the deadline. He was issued a two-game suspension as a result. That was then reduced to the $50K fine because no one felt he needed to learn a lesson. Analysis: Howard Bender
Justin Hardy is projected as the Falcons' No. 3 receiver.
Hardy was drafted in the fourth round this season by the Falcons, and has apparently impressed early on in camp, as he is likely to be the Falcons' number three receiver behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. He's pretty limited in fantasy this season, but Hardy could assume a larger role with the Falcons in 2016, with Roddy White aging and declining. Analysis: Ben Diamond