Colin Kaepernick has clearance for camp

New coach Chip Kelly has assured that there will be a fair competition between Gabbert and Kaepernick for the 49ers’ starting job.

“All I’ve heard is that Chip has told me it’s going to be a competition … and to come in and be ready to compete,” Kaepernick said in June. “That’s my mindset, and I’m excited to do that.”

One rival defensive coordinator has predicted that Kaepernick will be a “nightmare” in Kelly’s offense, which is ideally suited to the athletic quarterback’s skill set.

To be fair, though, Kelly has astutely pointed out that Gabbert’s underappreciated athleticism also “jumped out” in offseason practices.

It might take until the third preseason game before a heavy favorite emerges as the Week 1 starter.

New York’s best fit: WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma, No. 40 overall

Statistics can be bent in any which way to prove a point but consider this — Odell Beckham, Jr.’s 96 catches a season ago nearly doubled the 59 grabbed by running back Shane Vereen, who finished second on the club in receptions. The disparity is just as bad in receiving yards and touchdowns, where OBJ recorded 1,450 and 13 scores, with Rueben Randle finishing with a respectable (but hardly frightening) 797 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Randle has the size and build-up speed to give Eli Manning a quality threat on the perimeter to complement Beckham but the club needed to find another interior threat with Victor Cruz’s salsa losing its rhythm the past two seasons.

Josh Gordon won’t be ready for training camp.

The Cleveland Browns on Tuesday placed their back-from-suspension wideout on the active/non-football injury list after Gordon hurt his quadriceps while working out on his own this summer, per the team’s official website. Gordon is expected to miss “at least a couple of weeks,” according to the Browns.

With this year’s NFL Draft in the past, teams have the opportunity to add veteran help to address areas of need. But the ability to sign quality veterans who remain on the market is in part dictated by the salary cap space each team possesses.

There are fewer teams with challenging salary cap situations because the annual growth in the cap has been around eight percent over the last couple of years and unused cap room can be carried over from one year to the next. Despite this, those teams that have pushed the envelope may not be immune from decisions somewhat dictated by the cap.

Greg Hardy visits, works out with Jaguars

Greg Hardy could be headed back to the NFL.

The defensive end visited and worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday and Thursday, NFL Media Insider Rand Getlin reported, according to a source familiar with the visit. Despite the workouts, no signing is imminent, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the Jacksonville’s plans.

Hardy was suspended 10 games during 2015 regular season for conduct detrimental to the league, however, the suspension later was reduced to four games on appeal.

After returning to the field, Hardy embarked on 12 tumultuous games with the Cowboys last season. Dallas showed little interest in bringing him back despite his six sacks with the team. He has been a free agent since March, attracting little interest.

Hardy’s 2015 suspension came following a two-month investigation by the league into Hardy’s 2014 domestic violence incident involving ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Hardy was arrested on charges of assault on a female and communicating threats in May of 2014. Hardy’s legal case in North Carolina state court was dismissed last February after the accuser in the case couldn’t be found.

By contrast, Greg Hardy totaled 15 sacks for the Carolina Panthers in 2013, then played just one game in 2014 after the team placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list after his own domestic violence incident. In 2015, confident Hardy would help their pass-rush, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to an incentive-laden contract.

Rice has been working out in Stamford, Conn., near his home, and has been visiting colleges as well as the Ravens to tell his story.

“The only way to fix the problem is awareness. It’s an epidemic,” Rice said of domestic violence. “I know that my situation raised awareness. I’m not thankful for being that guy, but I’m thankful for the people that now are not afraid to ask for help, because I had to go get the help myself after to realize the severity of what domestic violence is.”

The verbal slap fight between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman continues unabated.

During a Facebook Live chat with Business Insider reporter Scott Davis on Thursday, Norman was asked about Beckham’s potshot in an upcoming issue of GQ about the Redskins cornerback gaining relevance in NFL circles, only due to the ongoing feud between the two players.

“I don’t even know how you respond to that other than laugh,” Norman replied, via the Washington Post. “I don’t know what you get out of that. I don’t know, man. There’s a time when people who honor themselves will fall short, so when that day comes, we’ll just see.”