Jets | Coach unhappy with Mark Sanchez's OTA performance (Wed May 22, 06:02 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Michael Crabtree suffers torn Achilles' (Wed May 22, 02:15 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Brian Urlacher retires (Wed May 22, 11:16 AM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Peyton Manning's arm looks stronger (Mon May 20, 06:03 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Ryan Williams admits he was scared to run Thu May 23, 09:54 AM
Arizona Cardinals RB Ryan Williams admitted he was scared to run the ball last season on his surgically repaired right knee.Link to story
Giants | Rueben Randle No. 3 Thu May 23, 09:53 AM
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle is listed as the No. 3 receiver on the depth chart over WR Louis Murphy.Link to story
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Browns | One signed, one cut Thu May 23, 09:18 AM
The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent WR Tori Gurley (Ravens) and waived QB Thaddeus Lewis.Link to story
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch's hearing delayed Thu May 23, 08:55 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's hearing to suppress evidence stemming from charges of driving under the influence filed against him has been delayed to July 5.Link to story
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Chiefs | Corey Lynch works out Thu May 23, 08:48 AM
The Kansas City Chiefs worked out free-agent S Corey Lynch (Chargers) Wednesday, May 22.Link to story
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Lions | Leroy Harris works out Thu May 23, 08:30 AM
Free-agent OG Leroy Harris (Titans) worked out for the Detroit Lions Wednesday, May 22. He's not quite 100 percent following a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Link to story
Packers | Johnny Jolly returning Thu May 23, 08:13 AM
Green Bay Packers DE Johnny Jolly is expected to return to the team next week and begin participating in OTAs after completing a court-ordered drug treatment program.Link to story
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Lions | Nate Burleson has shed weight Wed May 22, 11:49 PM
Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson (leg) showed quickness during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has also lost weight, dropping from 198 to 192 pounds to add speed.
|Footballguys view: The Lions are looking to Burleson to pick up the slack in the passing game behind superstar Calvin Johnson. He could be in line for 50-60 catches this season as their WR2. His targets should decline when Ryan Broyles is fully healthy.|
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Lions | Dylan Gandy sees first-team work Wed May 22, 11:48 PM
Detroit Lions C Dylan Gandy saw first-team reps during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. He has a chance to replace the departed OL Stephen Peterman (Jets), but he'll need to hold off draft pick OG Larry Warford during preseason and training camp.Link to story
Lions | Jason Fox, Riley Reiff work on first unit Wed May 22, 11:48 PM
Detroit Lions OT Jason Fox served as the first-team right tackle, and OT Riley Reiff worked as the first-team left tackle, Wednesday, May 22, during organized team activities (OTAs).Link to story
Lions | Chris Greenwood practices Wed May 22, 11:48 PM
Detroit Lions CB Chris Greenwood (abdominal) was able to practice Wednesday, May 22, during organized team activities (OTAs). He missed last season due to an abdominal injury.Link to story
Lions | Reggie Bush returns punts in OTAs Wed May 22, 11:46 PM
Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush was used as a punt returner during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. WR Terrence Austin, WR Patrick Edwards, RB Steven Miller, WR Mike Thomas and WR Cody Wilson also took turns returning punts.
|Footballguys view: The Lions have other options and may only use Bush when the game situation is dire and they are in need of a big play.|
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Giants | Only two draft picks remain unsigned Wed May 22, 11:46 PM
New York Giants OT Justin Pugh, the team's first-round selection, and QB Ryan Nassib, the team's fourth-round selection, are the only two remaining unsigned draft picks.Link to story
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Giants | Four still rehabbing Wed May 22, 11:45 PM
New York Giants C David Baas (undisclosed), OG Chris Snee (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and LB Jacquian Williams (knee) did not take part in team drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22. They are still rehabbing, and participated only in individual drills.Link to story
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Giants | Spencer Paysinger among starting LBs Wed May 22, 11:45 PM
New York Giants LBs Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Keith Rivers were the starting linebackers during organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday, May 22, with LBs Dan Connor, Aaron Curry and Etienne Sabino lining up with the second unit.Link to story
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Giants | Aaron Curry admits previous lack of motivation Wed May 22, 11:43 PM
New York Giants LB Aaron Curry admitted that the money he earned as a high draft pick changed him and he lost his motivation, ultimately leading to his trade from the Seattle Seahawks. 'Early in my career, I was just selfish and self-centered,' Curry said Wednesday, May 22. 'I was more about me than I was the Seahawks at the time. I was more focused on my own desires versus the franchise and the team. It was immaturity, and I'm glad I got past that stage.'Link to story
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Vikings | Never asked Jared Allen to restructure Wed May 22, 10:10 PM
Minnesota Vikings DE Jared Allen said Wednesday, May 22, that the team never asked him to restructure his current deal. He is in a contract year, and he is due to make $14,280,612 in base salary this season, with a cap number over $17 million. 'You use the word restructure and that to me makes it feel like they'd want me to take a pay cut. And if anybody asked me to take a pay cut, I'd be through the first door out of there. So no. We haven't talked one iota,' Allen said.Link to story
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Giants | Justin Tuck not thinking about future Wed May 22, 10:10 PM
New York Giants DE Justin Tuck, a free agent at season's end, said Wednesday, May 22, that he wasn't thinking about his future with the team, or how he might fit under the salary cap in 2014. 'Do I think about that?' Tuck asked. 'Why would I? I just go out and do my job. I'm old enough to know better. You can't control it and if you try, it just gets worse.'Link to story
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Giants | Increased reps for other WRs Wed May 22, 10:09 PM
New York Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were missing at organized team activities Wednesday, May 22, over contract disputes, so QB Eli Manning was working with WRs Jerrel Jernigan, Louis Murphy and Rueben Randle during the session.
|Footballguys view: It's good for the young WRs like Jernigan and Randle to get more experience catching passes from Manning. Murphy traveled with Manning to Duke University earlier this year to work out and catch passes.|
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Giants | Hakeem Nicks unhappy with contract Wed May 22, 10:09 PM
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks did not show up to practice Wednesday, May 22, because he is unhappy with his contract situation, a source indicated. Nicks did not violate any rules, since organized team activities (OTAs) are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was expecting him.
|Footballguys view: Nicks may be in line for a new contract before Victor Cruz. We may see both get new contracts before the start of the regular season.|
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Giants | Ramses Barden to take physical Wed May 22, 10:08 PM
Free-agent WR Ramses Barden (Giants) will be in the New York area Thursday, May 23, and he will take a physical for team doctors of the New York Giants.
|Footballguys view: Barden has failed to develop his raw game. He came out of Cal Poly in 2009 and needed to become a better route runner and improve his concentration. Barden still struggles to get open and will drop easy passes. We'll see if the Giants bring him back in 2013.|
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Cowboys | Two battling for No. 3 WR job Wed May 22, 10:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the front-runner for the No. 3 wide receiver job behind WRs Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, and it is believed WR Terrance Williams will need a strong training camp to supplant him.
|Footballguys view: Harris isn't the downfield, big play weapon that the rookie Williams is. However, Harris has great run after the catch ability and sharp moves in the open field.|
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Cowboys | Sean Lee looks healthy Wed May 22, 10:01 PM
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (toe) has reportedly been moving well during organized team activities (OTAs), as he comes off a serious toe injury.Link to story
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Cowboys | Kevin Kowalski trying to work into mix Wed May 22, 10:01 PM
Dallas Cowboys C Kevin Kowalski has yet to line up at center during organized team activities (OTAs). He has worked the majority of the reps at right guard, as he tries to work his way back into the mix.Link to story
Cowboys | Robert Callaway might be sleeper on defense Wed May 22, 10:00 PM
Dallas Cowboys DT Robert Callaway looks to be in much better physical condition during organized team activities (OTAs), and he has played with much better power at the point.Link to story
Broncos | Julius Thomas impressing OC Wed May 22, 08:23 PM
Denver Broncos OC Adam Gase has been impressed by the development he's seen in TE Julius Thomas. Gase said "The thing that he has really improved on is his knowledge of the offense. For me, just the last three days of seeing him go out and be able to practice instead of being like, 'Where am I lining up what is this concept?' He's getting to play football. You can see the strides he's able to make so fast because he knows what he's doing."
|Footballguys view: Thomas is in a make or break year. He's finally healthy after ankle surgery last year slowed him down all season. Thomas is buried on the depth chart right now at TE3 (at best) behind Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen. The former basketball star needs to impress in training camp to see if he can earn a bigger role going forward.|
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Broncos | Osweiler making improvements Wed May 22, 08:18 PM
Denver Broncos second-year QB Brock Osweiler is making improvements to his game. New OC Adam Gase commented about Osweiler's progress. "Brock is making strides every day. His biggest thing that he has done is his demeanor right now has really taken a step up. He's very calm, understands our offense, able to direct other players in the huddle. That's something we were really looking for coming out into the spring."
|Footballguys view: Dynasty owners need to take note here. Osweiler is seen as the franchise QB of the future and is getting great experience learning behind Peyton Manning. If Osweiler hits he could be a Ben Roethlisberger-like prospect.|
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49ers | Randy Moss not an option Wed May 22, 08:12 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team isn't considering re-signing WR Randy Moss after learning that WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') tore his Achilles' Wednesday, May 22. Harbaugh said the team is intrigued with the depth of young receivers they have on roster, and they are looking forward to them stepping up to the task. WR A.J. Jenkins, the team's 2012 first-round pick, will have a chance to make an impact in his second year. Jenkins has spent the offseason adding muscle and working with QB Colin Kaepernick.
|Footballguys view: The team will turn to veteran Anquan Boldin for an even bigger role in 2013. Boldin can become the underneath target that Crabtree was in 2012. Crabtree had 451 receiving yards on throws within five yards of the line of scrimmage last year, the 6th most in the NFL.|
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Raiders | Charles Woodson expects to play safety Wed May 22, 08:08 PM
Oakland Raiders CB Charles Woodson (collarbone) said he expects to play the same safety role he moved to with the Green Bay Packers late in his career. Also, he said his collarbone injury is 'great.'Link to story
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Cowboys | Head coach praises Dez Bryant Wed May 22, 08:03 PM
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant is 'really, really a joy to coach.' 'He has such passion for the game,' Garrett added. 'He loves it. He loves his teammates. He loves to play.'
|Footballguys view: Bryant has really flourished as a pro. He's always had incredible talent but now has been playing up to his enormous potential. His ADP is WR4 at this time and he's coming off the board at 2.08.|
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Broncos | Hillman has improved in pass protection Wed May 22, 07:56 PM
Denver Broncos new OC Adam Gase commented at a press conference that second-year RB Ronnie Hillman has shown improvement as a pass blocker at OTAs. "The thing that he's shown us the last three days is at least his aggressiveness and willingness to go attack the blitzer. That's what we need to see. When we get in pads, that's going to be a different deal as far as, OK, is he going to be able to sustain and do it consistently? I think he will. That size that he's put on, that should help him. But his mentality, he's an aggressive guy." Gase continued, "For a guy that's built like him, you see him bigger now, he was never afraid to run between the tackles to begin with. Running the ball inside there and being able to take on linebackers, it's very close to being the same thing for him as far as a physical standpoint."
|Footballguys view: If you're going to play RB for the Denver Broncos then you must protect QB Peyton Manning. It sounds like Hillman is making strides in that department.|
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Broncos | Ronnie Hillman has bulked up Wed May 22, 07:51 PM
Denver Broncos second-year RB Ronnie Hillman has bulked up this offseason. "Right now I'm probably about 15 pounds heavier than I was in the last game that we played. I'll probably play [at 195]" Hillman said at Wednesday's press conference.
|Footballguys view: Hillman is running with the Broncos first-team in OTAs but may not stay in that spot. They'd like rookie Montee Ball to be the first RB with Hillman serving as a change of pace back. Hillman is the fastest RB on the roster and a good fit for the Broncos high tempo offense. New OC Adam Gase said Hillman's in for a bigger role in 2013.|
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Eagles | Michael Vick will have to change in new offense Wed May 22, 06:58 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick, who held onto the ball for an average of 3.07 seconds last year, will likely have to change in order to be successful in head coach Chip Kelly's new offense. Kelly, while at Oregon, preached that his quarterbacks were urged to get the ball out of their hands in 1.5 seconds. 'I think there is a lot more to Michael,' Kelly said back in February. 'I think quarterbacks are a byproduct of their experience. But to sit here and say I understood the system that Michael's been in whether he's with the Falcons under Coach (Dan) Reeves or here, that depends on the system that you run. Some of the systems that they run they don't ask him to get the ball out quick. Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he's got an unbelievable release. It's up and out and it's quick.'
|Footballguys view: Vick is athletic and that should be featured in the Kelly inside zone read offense. However, Kelly's QBs need to get rid of the ball quickly to keep a defense on their toes and keep the high powered offense churning. We'll see if Vick can change this part of his game and lead the offense in 2013.|
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Packers | Alex Gillett signs Wed May 22, 06:49 PM
The Green Bay Packers signed undrafted free-agent WR Alex Gillett (Eastern Michigan) to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 22.Link to story
49ers | Have high hopes for Ricardo Lockette Wed May 22, 06:44 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has high hopes for WR Ricardo Lockette this season.
|Footballguys view: The team should have high hopes for Lockette. He's incredibly fast, can change direction without losing much speed, and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. Lockette has an opportunity for a bigger role after the injury to Michael Crabtree (Achilles').|
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Jets | Coach unhappy with Mark Sanchez's OTA performance Wed May 22, 06:02 PM
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he was disappointed with QB Mark Sanchez after he threw three interceptions during organized team activities Wednesday, May 22. 'Yeah, it is. Absolutely. It's a good thing defense makes the plays, but no, I'd rather him not turn the ball over once,' Ryan said. 'He did a lot of great things, and then those negative things, at the end of the day, that's what gets you beat. And so we got to do a better job of eliminating those turnovers.'
|Footballguys view: We've been down the road with Sanchez before. He's the Stuart Smalley of NFL QBs and the Jets are spinning their wheels dealing with him. We'll see if he can beat out rookie Geno Smith for the starting job in training camp. Early reports don't show him making the most of his opportunity.|
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Ravens | Two ERFAs sign tenders Wed May 22, 05:45 PM
Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent LB Adrian Hamilton and SS Anthony Levine have signed their tender offers. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.Link to story
Ravens | Arthur Brown projected to be starter Wed May 22, 05:39 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB Arthur Brown (hernia), who is expected to be ready for training camp in July, is projected to be one of the team's two starting inside linebackers this year. Brown's surgery to fix a sports hernia shouldn't change that.
|Footballguys view: Brown was one of our favorite picks in this draft. He's incredibly smart, a sound tackler, and loves to be around the game of football. Brown is position versatile and can play any linebacker spot (strong, weak, middle) on the team.|
49ers | Coach does not expect Michael Crabtree to miss season Wed May 22, 05:37 PM
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he does not think WR Michael Crabtree (Achilles') will miss the entire 2013 regular season.
|Footballguys view: He may not be done for the entire year but Crabtree certainly won't look like himself if he makes it in at the end of the season. It's a huge blow to the 49ers passing game and QB Colin Kaepernick. Including the playoffs, Kaepernick targeted Crabtree more than three times as frequently as any other 49ers player on both third down and in the red zone.|
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NFL | Arena Football team serious about interest in Tim Tebow Wed May 22, 05:36 PM
Ron Jaworski, part owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League, said he is serious about his interest in signing free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Jets) to his team. Jaworski said he reached out to Tebow the day after he was released but has not heard from Tebow at this time. Jaworski thinks arena football would help Tebow because he would have to get rid of the football quickly and process information quickly.
|Footballguys view: The Soul are interested in Tebow...as a backup. They already have Dan Raudabaugh entrenched as the starter.|
Steelers | Jarvis Jones limited Wed May 22, 05:34 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jarvis Jones (hamstring), the team's first-round draft pick, was limited during practice Wednesday, May 22, due to lingering hamstring issues that he suffered while trying to prep for the NFL Draft. His injury isn't serious.
|Footballguys view: Speed is the name of the game with Jones. The Steelers will be cautious with their new edge rusher as he deals with this injury.|
Panthers | Ryan Rau claimed Wed May 22, 05:19 PM
The Carolina Panthers have claimed LB Ryan Rau off waivers from the Cleveland Browns.Link to story
Patriots | Make pair of roster moves Wed May 22, 05:11 PM
The New England Patriots have claimed OT Kevin Haslam off waivers from the San Diego Chargers. The team has also waived OT R.J. Mattes.Link to story
Rams | Rokevious Watkins suspended Wed May 22, 05:06 PM
St. Louis Rams OG Rokevious Watkins has been suspended for the first game of the 2013 season for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.Link to story
Dolphins | Will Yeatman sees time at OG Wed May 22, 05:04 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Will Yeatman received some reps at guard during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21. Head coach Joe Philbin said Yeatman will see time at guard and tackle.Link to story
Dolphins | Brandon Gibson works in slot Wed May 22, 04:59 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson lined up as the slot receiver when the team used three-receiver sets during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21.
|Footballguys view: Gibson is competing for playing time behind Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. Davone Bess was traded to the Browns earlier this year leaving a void at the slot position. Armon Binns is competing with Gibson to be the team's WR3 in 2013.|
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Dolphins | Several candidates for punt returner job Wed May 22, 04:43 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline, WR Brandon Gibson and CB Brent Grimes worked as punt returners during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21. Head coach Joe Philbin did not rule out the possibility of RB Marcus Thigpen being the punt and kick returner this season.Link to story
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Panthers | Star Lotulelei agrees to terms Wed May 22, 04:39 PM
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with first-round draft choice DT Star Lotulelei. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: A fantastic first-round pick by the Panthers. Lotulelei was arguably the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in this draft class. He has an explosive first step, good snap anticipation, and violent striking hands.|
Giants | Eric Herman signed Wed May 22, 04:35 PM
The New York Giants have signed seventh-round draft choice OG Eric Herman. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Bills | OC says EJ Manuel has to work on things Wed May 22, 04:30 PM
Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said QB EJ Manuel needs to work on all parts of his game to become a better quarterback. 'He's a young man that's got to work on a lot of things from footwork to progressions to plays to formations, everything. Defenses in the NFL are obviously a little different. He's got to work on that too. He's got to work on everything,' Hackett said.
|Footballguys view: Manuel is far from a polished QB and the Bills knew that when they selected him in the first-round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, he has arguably the highest upside of any QB in this class and is an exciting player who just sleeps, eats, and breathes football. Manuel is competing with veteran Kevin Kolb to be the starter in 2013.|