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Iman Shumpert (illness) will not play on Sunday.

A reserve roll makes him a fantasy afterthought. Barring some injuries, Shump is best left on the waiver wire. ANALYST:

Shane Vereen said he takes pride in showing he can be a complete back.

The question that surrounds Vereen is that, if he is a complete back, how did the Patriots not deploy him as such. They didn;t even use him as a major third-down back either. Vereen has all sorts of hype and all sorts of promise, but he has yet to prove that he can handle a full-time role. The Giants already have Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, so Vereen is going to have to really step up his game and prove himself during camp and the preseason in order to gain touches. Analysis: Howard Bender

Bill Belichick said WR Aaron Dobson came into training camp in great shape.

While that's all well and good, it's about how he actually does in camp and for Dobson, it's all about trying to stay healthy. He showed tremendous promise two years ago as a rookie but failed to build off that last year due to injuries. Given the lack of legitimate downfield threats, he could fins himself in the mix if he proves to the coaching staff that he's ready for a larger role. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays are in talks for Ben Revere.

Revere would be a nice fit in Toronto, where he could platoon with Danny Valencia in left field. Troy Tulowitzki has led off in each of his two games with the Blue Jays, but this trade would allow him to bat fourth or fifth, where he belongs. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Brewers to acquire Zach Davies from the Orioles for Gerado Parra (pending physicals).

Davies was the 785 overall pick back in 2011, but he has turned into a legit prospect. He had 81 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season, and while he will likely to to Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate, he could be up in the big leagues before the end of the year. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Orioles to acquire OF Gerardo Parra from Brewers for P Zach Davies (pending physicals).

That escalated quickly. Davies is a 22-year-old righty who has a 2.84 ERA and 3.10 FIP in 101 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. He could probably start for the Brewers right away though they may elect to keep him in the minors until 2016. Whenever he does make his debut, Davies will be worth a shot in deeper leagues. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Diamondbacks continue to talks to the Reds about Aroldis Chapman.

Nearly every team in baseball could use a closer like Chapman, and it seems like nearly every team has been tied to him in the last 24 hours. Chapman will close wherever he goes, and he could put up even better numbers outside of Great American Ball Park. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Dayan Viciedo has opted out of his minor league deal with Athletics. They granted release at his request.

Viciedo batted just .221/.282/.336 in 30 games at Triple-A, but it still seems pretty ridiculous he is not on a big league roster somewhere. He has a career .359 wOBA against LHP, and you would have to think he catches on eventually as a fifth outfielder/DH who platoons against lefties. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Mario Williams has been cleared to practice.

Williams could be in for a big year under head coach Rex Ryan. It is good to see him practicing at the beginning of camp. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Breshad Perriman (knee) is not practicing Friday.

This is actually a bit worrisome, as the rookie only has so many opportunities to gain familiarity with Joe Flacco. That being said, Perriman is Baltimore's only real offensive weapon outside of Justin Forsett, so there is no need to move him down your draft board just yet. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Orioles are closing in on Gerardo Parra. The deal is expected to be Parra for RHP Zack Davies, straight up.

This trade would drastically improve Baltimore's outfield defense, as it would allow the Orioles to stop playing Chris Davis in right field. If Parra is dealt it could open the door for Logan Schafer to lead off against righties for the Brewers. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Yankees have contacted the Marlins about Carter Capps.

Capps is likely a fallback option in case the Yankees cannot land Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel though they could conceivably trade for Capps and a closer. Capps has a 1.21 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings this season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Red Sox could have interest in Craig Kimbrel.

Their current closer, Koji Uehara, is 40 years old. While Uehara has been very good agains this season and is under contract for 2016, it is easy to see why Kimbrel is on Boston's radar.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

Tony Romo expects to practice more than he did in 2014 camp. He's now capable of going 3 days in a row. His back is stronger, he had a better offseason.

Romo threw 34 touchdown passes last season--his most since 2007--despite not practicing three days in a row in training camp. This probably doesn't mean a whole lot, but it certainly isn't bad news for anybody looking to invest in the 35-year-old quarterback for fantasy. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Browns Glenn Winston (knee), Charles Gaines (hamstring) and Darius Eubanks are not practicing Friday.

Nothing in the NFL matters less than fringe players missing practice early in training camp. Winston, Gaines and Eubanks could all wind up getting cut before the season starts, and even if they make the opening roster they are unlikely to have much of an impact. Analysis: Steve Pimental

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