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Chargers | Chargers leaning towards RB committee (Fri May 27, 02:38 PM)     [jump to this story]

Broncos | Denver QB competition open (Thu May 26, 03:43 PM)     [jump to this story]

Panthers | Kelvin Benjamin back at practice (Thu May 26, 01:51 PM)     [jump to this story]

Titans | DeMarco Murray looks explosive (Thu May 26, 01:43 PM)     [jump to this story]

Jets | Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker absent (Thu May 26, 01:39 PM)     [jump to this story]

Lions | Ameer Abdullah had offseason surgery (Thu May 26, 12:29 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Texans | Tom Savage's shoulder healthy     Sat May 28, 11:34 PM

Houston Texans QB Tom Savage (shoulder) said he is healthy and ready to compete for the backup quarterback job, and he delivered the ball with zip and accuracy during the first week of OTAs.

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  Dolphins | Jakeem Grant impressing teammates    Sat May 28, 10:51 PM

Miami Dolphins WR Jakeem Grant has impressed teammates with his speed and agility and has been given the nickname 'Mighty Mouse.' He is the frontrunner to return kicks and punts, and head coach Adam Gase says he plans to incorporate him into the offense.

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  Ravens | Breshad Perriman an improved player    Sat May 28, 10:15 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Breshad Perriman said the injury that kept him out all of last season made him a better person and a better player.

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  Browns | Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson to be busy    Sat May 28, 08:56 PM

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell and RB Duke Johnson will lead a smash-mouth, run-first offense, according to running backs coach Kirby Wilson.

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  Browns | Corey Coleman could be returner    Sat May 28, 05:47 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman is a candidate to return punts and kicks in his rookie season because of his great speed, short-area quickness and ability to make defenders miss, according to special teams coordinator Chris Tabor.

Footballguys view: Remember this when considering the rookie in leagues that reward points for return yards and/or return touchdowns. In addition to being a dangerous receiver, Coleman is likely to be the lead WR for the Browns in 2016.

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  Redskins | Matt Jones' yards after contact lacking    Sat May 28, 04:49 PM

Washington Redskins RB Matt Jones ranked 45th among running backs last season in yards after contact (1.44). He did improve in that area later in the season, averaging 1.68 yards after contact in the second half of the season.

Footballguys view: Jones is not quite "motorboat" worthy as a power back. Smaller backs like Ameer Abdullah (28th, 1.7), Ronnie Hillman (30th, 1.65) and Duke Johnson Jr. (32nd, 1.62) rank well above Jones. The league average for yards after contact per rush is 1.82 yards, so Jones clearly has a ton of room for improvement. By comparison, Thomas Rawls led the league with an average of 2.68 yards after contact per rush.

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  Panthers | Stephen Hill still recovering    Sat May 28, 04:31 PM

Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill (knee) only participated in some individual drills last week when the Panthers began organized team activities. Hill is still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season. He doesn't want to rush his recovery, but Hill said he also wants to take his time. 'I'm just trying to do all I can with what they've given me to do, and then I'll just go from there.

Footballguys view: The story with Hill will likely always be "what might have been." Following in a line of Georgia Tech WRs that include Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill has seen his pro career set back by injury and inconsistency. It would be a great story if Hill was able to turn things around, stay healthy and play up to his potential. It's a story we're not counting on being written.

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  Broncos | Possible figures for Paxton Lynch    Sat May 28, 03:54 PM

Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch's four-year rookie contract is expected to earn him around $9.5 million. It was reported earlier that Lynch's agent believes a deal will be completed soon.

Footballguys view: There's no such thing as a rookie holdout anymore. The rookie salary cap means all rookies are slotted in order of the way they were picked. Last year's 26th overall pick, Ravens WR Breshad Perriman, signed a four-year $8.7 million deal with a $4.6 million signing bonus. Lynch will get a bump for being a QB and because the cap has gone up slightly. He's the last of the Broncos rookie draft class to sign, but there's not going to be any hangup. Lynch is competing with Mark Sanchez to be the team's starting QB in 2016.

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  Lions | T.J. Jones on the verge of a breakout?    Sat May 28, 03:38 PM

Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones was 'one of the obvious stars' in a recent organized team activity on Thursday, May 26, and has earned praised from head coach Jim Caldwell and QB Matthew Stafford for his offseason work.

Footballguys view: A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Notre Dame, Jones hasn't done much as a pro. He missed all of his rookie season due to a shoulder injury, and in 2015 he was targeted 18 times catching 10 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown. We'll be watching him in our super-deep dynasty leagues.

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  Redskins | Josh Doctson could make red-zone impact    Sat May 28, 02:16 PM

Washington Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson can be a great weapon in the red zone for the Redskins, according to QB Kirk Cousins. 'It's very natural for him to go up and catch [the contested pass],' Cousins said. 'He can run well. He has got great size. Having a guy like Josh could also be a great weapon in the red zone.'

Footballguys view: We could see that. Doctson was used to getting targeted heavily during his college career at Wyoming then TCU. He's a "plus-possession" receiver who is fearless when running routes over the middle. Doctson has great "my ball" mentality and he can win at the point of the catch regularly. As a rookie, Doctson will be competing for targets behind outside starters DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.

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  Redskins | Kirk Cousins talks up Jamison Crowder    Sat May 28, 02:09 PM

Washington Redskins WRs Jamison Crowder will come into his second season with more confidence and common sense, according to QB Kirk Cousins. Cousins said Crowder has a natural sense of how to get open, knows how to run different routes, has great natural hands and can break away after the catch.

Footballguys view: A fourth-round pick out of Duke in the 2015 NFL draft, Crowder had a productive rookie season for Washington. He snared 59 catches for 604 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games. Crowder is quick and can get open against tight coverage. His numbers should dip this year with the addition of first-round WR Josh Doctson (TCU). We still have a lot of love for Crowder in dynasty leagues.

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  Jets | Devin Smith doubtful to start season    Sat May 28, 01:17 PM

New York Jets WR Devin Smith (knee) is considered doubtful to start the regular season and will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Smith continues to recover from his torn anterior cruciate ligament and subsequent surgery.

Footballguys view: This is the book on Smith. He's super fast and can get open deep....but he's also a player who is rarely healthy...and even when he is healthy he drops too many passes. Even in deep dynasty leagues, we're not holding out much hope for Smith's pro career.

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  Bills | Marcus Easley doing well in rehab    Sat May 28, 10:18 AM

Buffalo Bills WR Marcus Easley (knee) is making good progress in his rehab but there is still no official timetable for his return, according to wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Footballguys view: We're still shocked that Easley is on the Bills roster. It seems like he's been there forever. A fourth-round pick out of UCONN in 2010, Easley has only three catches for 71 yards and one touchdown in his entire 42-game pro career.

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  Bills | Coach high on Greg Salas    Sat May 28, 10:17 AM

Buffalo Bills WR Greg Salas is a player the team expects to make another step in his progression and be a reliable part of the offense, according to wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Footballguys view: We'll believe it when we see it on Sunday in the regular season. Salas has some quickness and sharpness to his routes, but he hasn't done much bouncing around the league.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson likes RB tandem    Sat May 28, 10:04 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes he and RB David Johnson can be the best running back tandem in the NFL. David Johnson said Chris Johnson has helped him become a more patient running back.

Footballguys view: Chris Johnson still has the speed to be dangerous when given a crease, but second-year pro David Johnson is set to be the team's lead back. At this time, David Johnson has a current ADP of RB4 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues while Chris Johnson is considered RB57 (14.02).

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  Packers | Ty Montgomery's ankle improving     Sat May 28, 12:58 AM

Green Bay Packers WR Ty Montgomery (ankle) said he has been pain free since having surgery on his ankle, and his flexibility has been making consistent progress. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he has no 'long-term' concerns about Montgomery's ankle.

Footballguys view: Montgomery has fine athleticism and can make defenders miss after the catch. A third-round pick out of Stanford last year, Montgomery is set to compete for the WR3 job with the Packers behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

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  Jaguars | Malik Jackson enjoying new role    Sat May 28, 12:40 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Malik Jackson said he is enjoying the freedom he has in head coach Gus Bradley's defense that relies on the three-technique tackle providing constant interior pressure.

Footballguys view: After paying Jackson a $85 million contract, the Jaguars are going to let him loose against the passer. He was a strong edge rusher for the Broncos last year, but his six sacks in 2015 could be doubled this year with his new team.

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  Bengals | A.J. Green ready to carry offense    Fri May 27, 11:35 PM

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he knows that the offense is only going to go as far as he and QB Andy Dalton can take it in 2016.

Footballguys view: Good thing he's ready, because that's what the Bengals are going to need him to do. Not only did they lose Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency, but star TE Tyler Eifert may miss some games to start the season due to ankle surgery.

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  Bills | Robert Woods has his speed back    Fri May 27, 09:23 PM

Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods said he feels like he has his speed back this year and expects to be able to create separation from defenders.

Footballguys view: You could tell that Woods wasn't himself last year. After snaring 65 passes for 699 yards and five TDs in 2014, Woods only had 47 catches for 552 yards and 3 TDs in 2015. If healthy..and if his speed is back, then perhaps we could see him return to form--and maybe even improve. Woods has good technical ability as a receiver, but the run-heavy nature of this offense will hold his numbers back.

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  Lions | DeAndre Levy on the field Thursday    Fri May 27, 07:25 PM

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) was able to participate in some individual drills and team drills during organized team activities Thursday, May 26.

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  Jets | Jace Amaro expects more work    Fri May 27, 07:02 PM

New York Jets TE Jace Amaro said he expects to be more involved in the passing game in 2016. Amaro said he believes he can be a traditional tight end, while head coach Todd Bowles said the Jets see him as an H-back.

Footballguys view: It seems like we've heard this before...because we have. Amaro is in a make-or-break season this year with the Jets. With only Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld behind him on the depth chart, Amaro is the lead player at the position. If he caught more than 35 passes this year, we'd be shocked.

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  Dolphins | Kenyan Drake looking good    Fri May 27, 06:55 PM

Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake has looked smooth running routes and catching passes during organized team activities this week.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins have been trying to upgrade the RB position all offseason. The rookie from Alabama should help, but we don't think he's a full-time back. Drake is fast in a straight line, and he's willing to run between the tackles. However, he's not a pile-pusher and may have trouble staying durable in the NFL.

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  Jets | Ryan Fitzpatrick has offer from Jets    Fri May 27, 06:41 PM

Free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Jets) has received a three-year offer from the New York Jets that would pay him $12 million in the first season, according to sources.

Footballguys view: About a month ago Fitzpatrick was posturing and playing the "retirement" card based on an "insulting" deal from the Jets. Now, he's changed his tune as nobody else is really interested in him. He should stay with the Jets and end this offseason drama once and for all.

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  Bears | Leonard Floyd signs contract    Fri May 27, 05:36 PM

Chicago Bears LB Leonard Floyd, the team's first-round draft pick, signed a four-year deal Friday, May 27, which includes a fifth-year option. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Floyd is set to be a pass-rushing force for the Bears ASAP. He can get around the edge with a good bend and burst. Floyd has an array of pass-rushing moves to get after the quarterback. However, he needs to put on a ton of weight as he's thin and may not be able to take the pounding of an every-down player in the NFL.

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  Broncos | Denver has two No. 3 WR candidates    Fri May 27, 05:22 PM

Denver Broncos WRs Cody Latimer and Bennie Fowler are expected to compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp. Latimer has performed well during offseason workouts during the last few seasons but has not recorded great numbers during the regular season. Fowler had a decent role in the passing game in 2015 but injuries and inconsistency dropped him on the depth chart.

Footballguys view: It's a make-or-break year for Latimer. He's flashed in practice, but bad chemistry with Peyton Manning led him to be unproductive over the last two years with the Broncos. With only 8 catches in his pro career (after the Broncos moved up in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft to get him), Latimer needs to start producing as more than just a special teams player. Fowler may take his spot behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The former Michigan State WR plays larger than his size, is physical at the point of the catch and fearless running routes over the middle.

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  Jaguars | Blake Bortles meets with Julius Thomas    Fri May 27, 04:53 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he met with TE Julius Thomas multiple times this offseason because he wants the same chemistry with Thomas that he had last year. 'We had a chance this offseason to sit down multiple times, watch film and talk about things,' Bortles said. 'Talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together.'

Footballguys view: Thomas is a stud when healthy...but he's never played a full 16-game season in his pro career. The Jaguars are building something good on offense, and Thomas can be a big part of what they do in the passing game--especially in the red zone. He's a low-end TE1 with the potential to catch double-digit touchdowns.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall to have finger reexamined    Fri May 27, 04:11 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) said he is scheduled to have his finger reexamined Tuesday, May 31.

Footballguys view: He has been participating in team meetings and is expected to participate in practice in the near future.

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  Broncos | Brandon Marshall at workouts without contract    Fri May 27, 04:04 PM

Denver Broncos LB Brandon M. Marshall (finger) is participating in offseason workouts even though he has not signed a contract with the team at this point. He signed a waiver to allow him to participate in the organized team activities. He does have an offer on the table worth $2.533 million since he was tendered as a restricted free agent, but he likely will not receive a long-term deal until the team signs LB Von Miller.

Footballguys view: The Broncos have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal with Miller. They should do that with a contract that makes Miller the highest-paid defensive player in the league. After that is done, Marshall should get a long-term deal from the Broncos.

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  Packers | Jordy Nelson taking things slow    Fri May 27, 03:44 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) said his surgically repaired knee is fine, but he understands why the team is limiting his work during organized team activities. Nelson has been allowed to run, lift and perform all of the drills the trainers ask him to do.

Footballguys view: Good! There's no need for him to rush back and risk re-injuring himself. Nelson has been running routes on a side field during practices. He said he will need to regain his chemistry with QB Aaron Rodgers once he is cleared to practice again.

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  Ravens | Dennis Pitta encouraged by health    Fri May 27, 02:40 PM

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) is 'totally confident' in his surgically repaired hip, and he said he feels better than ever before with no lingering health issues.

Footballguys view: Head coach John Harbaugh said Pitta looks like the Pitta of old during OTAs, but we'll believe it when we see it. The signs are encouraging, but the team is in non-contact practices so far.

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  Ravens | Trent Richardson's conditioning in question    Fri May 27, 02:39 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) missed the entire first week of organized team activities after he tweaked his hamstring, and head coach John Harbaugh said Richardson must get healthy. Richardson has struggled with injuries and conditioning in his three-year career, averaging only 3.3 yards per carry. He needs a strong offseason and training camp in order to win a spot on the roster.

Footballguys view: Sometimes the headlines can be written months in advance. Richardson is down with a hamstring injury, and that comes back directly to his conditioning. He's fallen out of favor with multiple teams due to conditioning problems and issues (obviously) with motivation. Richardson's career will likely end as a cautionary "what might have been" tale.

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  Chargers | Chargers leaning towards RB committee    Fri May 27, 02:38 PM

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver will each be 'used to their strengths' in the upcoming season in helping comprise a committee, according to running backs coach Ollie Wilson. 'Those guys can do a lot of different things and they have all bought in to working together and having their own role instead of being (angry) not getting all the touches,' he said. 'They understand we don't have just one starter here. They are all part of our scheme and system.'

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners are anticipating this according to the latest ADP for the Chargers backs. The news of Gordon's microfracture knee surgery has caused his draft stock to take a tumble. He currently sits at RB27 (6.07) while Woodhead is at RB24 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Patriots | Patriots QBs splitting reps    Fri May 27, 02:28 PM

New England Patriots QBs Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo split first-team reps at practice Thursday, May 26. Last year, Brady dominated the top-tier work.

Footballguys view: The team is wise to prepare Garoppolo for a starting role just in case Brady's four-game suspension is upheld. Some dynasty owners are excited about Garoppolo's upside, but we want to see him show more boldness as a pocket passer before we get too excited. In college, Garoppolo didn't respond well to even mild pressure.

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  Eagles | Philly teammates on board with Sam Bradford    Fri May 27, 02:23 PM

Philadelphia Eagles FS Malcolm Jenkins said the Eagles aren't harboring any ill feelings toward QB Sam Bradford after he skipped the start of the offseason program and demanded a trade. 'But I think right now, barring anything crazy or anything changing over the next few months, I think everybody is very comfortable with Sam and looking forward to him falling into that role,' Jenkins said.

Footballguys view: What else are they going to say? Publicly they can stand by him, but privately you have to wonder if teammates are mad about a guy who has never really had to compete in the NFL complaining about now having to do so. The Eagles could sit Carson Wentz for his entire rookie season, but we think he's the better QB and could step into the starting lineup if (when?) Bradford struggles.

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  Dolphins | Reshad Jones, others absent    Fri May 27, 02:12 PM

Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones is not at organized team activities this week because of his unhappiness with his contract. DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') and LB Spencer Paysinger are also not in attendance. Paysinger is getting married this weekend. Head coach Adam Gase is confident Wake will be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Dolphins | DeVante Parker healthy    Fri May 27, 02:10 PM

Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (foot) missed much of last summer after having surgery to put a screw in his foot. But Parker said he's fully healthy now and expects to take a big step forward in his sophomore season. He's been asked by the new coaching staff to learn every receiving position on the field, including the slot. 'I expect big things out of him. I'm expecting him to be a heck of a football player, a guy that other teams fear, because he can make big plays down the field, inside,' QB Ryan Tannehill said. 'He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy we're going to want to use in the red zone, on third downs and to stretch the field as well.' Parker amassed 286 receiving yards in the final three games of 2015.

Footballguys view: Parker is a young, stud receiver with great upside in the Adam Gase offense. We're excited by what the Dolphins could do this year with a coach who knows how to craft a high-powered offense. Parker has a current ADP of WR31 (6.12) in 12-team PPR leagues, and he could easily outperform that position in 2016.

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  Colts | Dwayne Allen may be on field more    Fri May 27, 12:28 PM

Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen could see the field considerably more in the upcoming season, as new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski may elect not to use as many multiple tight-end sets as former offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. The players listed behind Allen on the depth chart are all unproven, being TEs Jack Doyle, Erik Swoope and Darion Griswold.

Footballguys view: Coby Fleener moved on in free agency to the Saints, and that leaves "Robocop" aka Allen as the primary tight end. We like Swoope in super-deep dynasty leagues, but Allen really has no competition for snaps at the position. His current ADP of TE17 (13.03) seems too low.

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  Redskins | Junior Galette out until training camp    Thu May 26, 11:26 PM

Washington Redskins LB Junior Galette (Achilles') took part in individual exercises during OTAs Wednesday, May 25, and head coach Jay Gruden said Gallete could probably practice but will be held out until training camp in July.

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  Packers | Davante Adams ready to bounce back    Thu May 26, 10:58 PM

Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams said he wasn't proud of his performance last season, but he plans to prove to the team and to himself what he is capable of in 2016.

Footballguys view: He can help himself by improving his concentration. Adams is a good athlete who can get open, but there are sometimes when he struggles to catch a cold. With Jordy Nelson back, we can't see Adams getting many looks...even if he wins the WR3 job behind Nelson and Randall Cobb.

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  Cowboys | Alfred Morris not available    Thu May 26, 10:09 PM

Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris and RB Darren McFadden are not available for trade, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday, May 26.

Footballguys view: We'll see if that lasts, but it's wise to keep the backfield intact for now. Once Ezekiel Elliott gets up to speed, we may see one of them moved, but the Cowboys know depth at any position is critical. We see Elliott as a solid RB1 in his rookie season, but the most McFadden or Morris will be is a handcuff.

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  Seahawks | Tharold Simon works with starters    Thu May 26, 09:48 PM

Seattle Seahawks CB Tharold Simon worked with the first-team defense during OTAs Thursday, May 26, with FS DeShawn Shead (undisclosed) out.

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  Steelers | Antonio Brown torches rookie    Thu May 26, 09:42 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown beat CB Artie Burns for a pair of touchdowns in the first day of OTAs Thursday, May 26, and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey said he believes a 2,000-yard season is possible for Brown.

Footballguys view: Well, it doesn't really mean anything, especially when it's arguably the best receiver in the game beating a rookie. That said, we were unimpressed with the selection of Burns when it happened and this doesn't fill us with unicorns, rainbows and optimism. Brown is, of course, a WR1. We'll see if everyone is when they line up against Burns.

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  Chiefs | Knile Davis willing to stay in KC    Thu May 26, 09:34 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis denies requesting a trade this offseason, but he said he looks forward to the opportunity to show what he can do on the field.

Footballguys view: Jamaal Charles is getting healthy while Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West got extensions, so if he did ask for a trade, we couldn't blame Davis. With that much talent ahead of him there's no point in having him on your roster this year.

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  Lions | Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds    Thu May 26, 09:13 PM

Detroit Lions TE Eric Ebron said he lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Footballguys view: Sadly, I think I found them around my waist. While that may be unfortunate for me, it's good for Ebron as he will be more effective if he's in better shape. With Calvin Johnson retired, we could see Ebron get more opportunity and be a borderline TE1/TE2 this season.

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  Saints | Michael Thomas practices with first team    Thu May 26, 08:00 PM

New Orleans Saints rookie WR Michael Thomas practiced with the first-team offense during organized team activities Thursday, May 26, with WR Brandin Cooks (undisclosed) missing practice.

Footballguys view: The Saints want to get their young rookie some snaps with Brandin Cooks out. It does tell you that perhaps Brandon Coleman might see less play this year and that's worth keeping an eye on. We do think Willie Snead will stay with Cooks back and healthy, bit Thomas could have some decent WR4 value with upside.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller looks better     Thu May 26, 07:38 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller's (knee) health and movement skills are noticeably different so far this offseason, according to head coach Sean Payton. 'He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he [injured],' Payton said. 'That's been real encouraging.'

Footballguys view: Spiller has upside but at 29 and beat up, it's not a lot. He's well behind everyone else there and we don't see him as worth a roster spot.

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  Dolphins | More freedom for Ryan Tannehill    Thu May 26, 07:28 PM

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said the Dolphins will mix things up in new head coach Adam Gase's offense. Tannehill said there's more variability and versatility under Gase than there was with former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Tannehill will also be adjusting more on the fly, whether that's with routes, protection or even just the play in general.

Footballguys view: Gase is going to find out real quick how much he can depend on his quarterback. Tannehill has made some strides but can still be erratic. Gase's offense is exciting, and could produce some good points if Tannehill is up to the task. We see him as a solid QB2 but he has some upside in this scheme.

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  Buccaneers | Ryan Smith injured    Thu May 26, 07:06 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie S Ryan Smith's (undisclosed) injury is not serious and he should return to action soon, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

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  Browns | Emmanuel Ogbah signs    Thu May 26, 06:58 PM

Cleveland Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 26. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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  Patriots | Martellus Bennett, Tom Brady connecting    Thu May 26, 06:44 PM

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Martellus Bennett connected several times in the red zone, including some touchdowns, during organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Bennett was New England's primary tight end in practice with TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) not practicing.

Footballguys view: Gronkowski is the top target, but don't be surprised if the Patriots get Bennett highly involved. Once upon a time they had Aaron Hernandez across from Gronkowski, and it worked beautifully. Bennett could replicate that. We like him as a nice TE2 option with upside.

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