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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson ditches brace    Fri Jun 24, 09:09 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) shared a video that showed him running without a leg brace, and he remains on track to be ready for the start of the season, if not sooner.

Footballguys view: Wilkerson surprisingly did not draw strong trade interest during the draft, and the continuing recovery of his leg injury could be a reason. With the loss of Damon Harrison in free agency to the Giants, the Jets will need Wilkerson to earn his franchise tag salary of 15.701 million.

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  Saints | Kyle Wilson placed on IR    Fri Jun 24, 04:54 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Kyle Wilson (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, June 24. The team also signed free-agent DE C.J. Wilson (Lions). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Giants | Owa Odighizuwa shines in spring    Thu Jun 23, 01:25 AM

New York Giants DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa worked on the interior of the defensive line during spring practices, working alongside DT Johnathan Hankins in nickel pass-rushing defenses. His role might be similar to how the team used DE-LB Mathias Kiwanuka.

Footballguys view: Odighizuwa is more of a linear power rusher than a bendy speed rusher, so this makes sense. Jason Pierre-Paul should be back to full speed and much more accustomed to using his fireworks-marred hand, and Olivier Vernon will give him the best running mate at defensive end that he has had in a while. The Giants pass rush is getting closer to the glory days of their Super Bowl seasons.

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  Bills | IK Enemkpali has a big chance    Tue Jun 21, 01:08 AM

Buffalo Bills LB IK Enemkpali has worked with the first-team defense in offseason practice and he might push LB Manny Lawson for a starting job.

Footballguys view: Enemkpali is mainly known as the former Jets player who broke Geno Smith's jaw, but he may have a chance to rush the passer often for the Bills in 2016. During the team's recent minicamp, Enemkpali was getting by blockers with inside and outside pass-rush moves.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson disgruntled    Thu Jun 16, 12:06 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson broke his silence and expressed frustration with the team that he hasn't signed a long-term deal. 'It's shocking. It's frustrating,' Wilkerson told The Post in an exclusive interview. 'Because I feel like I've earned it and I deserve it. It would be different if I was just a mediocre player. I feel like each and every week I'm dominating and it's showing. The stats speak for themselves. Basically, what more do I need to do? You know what I mean?'

Footballguys view: It's hard to be a Jets fan these days. Forget Ryan Fitzpatrick - Jets fans have to be anxious because Mo Wilkerson will not be a Jet in 2017. Luckily, the team is super-deep on the line, but at the end of the day we know Wilkerson is a superlative talent. He'll net a ton on the open market, which is why the cash-strapped Jets can't pay him.

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  Bears | Ego Ferguson had serious injury    Wed Jun 15, 05:04 PM

Chicago Bears DT Ego Ferguson (knee) had a torn patellar tendon in his right knee last year and underwent surgery.

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  Cowboys | Benson Mayowa has surgery    Wed Jun 15, 02:03 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa (knee) underwent surgery on his knee this week.

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  Bills | Buffalo rotates linemen at nose tackle    Wed Jun 15, 02:17 AM

Buffalo Bills DLs Corbin Bryant, Marcell Dareus, Jerel Worthy and Justin Zimmer all saw time at nose tackle in the first day of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 14. The team has continued to cross-train their defensive linemen, using guys at nose tackle as well as at defensive end for some downs.

Footballguys view: Rob Ryan runs a defense with multiple fronts, so this isn't a shock. On the other hand, Rob Ryan has run multiple defenses into the ground, so you will excuse us if we aren't quite giddy.

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Jerel Worthy player page


  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson could hold out    Tue Jun 14, 02:59 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not sign his franchise tender any time soon. He also may not report for training camp as he continues to wait for a long-term contract, according to sources. Wilkerson is not present for the Jets' mandatory minicamp, but he will not be fined for missing it because he has not signed his tender. He would also not be fined for skipping training camp, if he does so, for the same reason.

Footballguys view: We're expecting him to hold out, and this may spread into the regular season. The Jets have shown absolutely zero interest in signing Wilkerson to a long-term deal, and he does not want to play on the one-year franchise tender. The situation has always been cold throughout the offseason, and we're not looking for things to warm up before the July 15th deadline.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson might not report    Mon Jun 13, 09:57 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is still unhappy he does not have a long-term contract, and he will not sign his franchise-tag tender anytime soon. As such, he might not report for the start of training camp in late July, sources said Monday. He will skip the team's mandatory minicamp, which starts Tuesday, June 14. Because he hasn't signed his tender, he cannot be fined for not participating in the three-day event.

Footballguys view: The Jets have given no indication that they are willing to give Wilkerson a long-term deal. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a deal, but we're not optimistic that something will get done. After the deadline, then we'll see if Wilkerson is willing to sit out during training camp and perhaps the regular season.

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  Patriots | Chris Long working at LDE for Pats    Wed Jun 8, 10:40 PM

New England Patriots DE Chris Long has taken a bulk of the reps in minicamp opposite DE Jabaal Sheard in the customary left defensive end spot previously held by DE/LB Rob Ninkovich. Ninkovich has been working as an off-the-line linebacker.

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  Patriots | Rob Ninkovich takes reps at LB    Wed Jun 8, 10:40 PM

New England Patriots DE/LB Rob Ninkovich has been the starting defensive end for each of the past five seasons, but he has been taking almost all of his practice reps at minicamp as an off-the-line linebacker. Most of his work has been lining up next to LB Jamie Collins. Ninkovich has been dropping into coverage in 7-on-7 drills, displaying his unique athleticism and versatility.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul used to hand    Mon Jun 6, 03:14 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) said his right hand will never be completely normal again, but he also said that his hand is normal for him now.

Footballguys view: It's the new normal for Pierre-Paul as he injured his hand last July 4th. He'll wrap it again this year and it shouldn't hinder him that much...especially now that he's used to it.

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  Texans | J.J. Watt returns to practice    Mon Jun 6, 02:04 PM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) returned to practice Monday, June 6, after undergoing groin and core surgery this offseason.

Footballguys view: Watt should be good to go by training camp. We're sure the team is taking it easy on him. Watt's play this year could once again propel the Texans into the postseason.

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  Jets | Muhammed Wilkerson likely won't be extended    Fri Jun 3, 10:11 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is unlikely to receive a long-term contract extension from the team due to the presence of DE Sheldon Richardson and DL Leonard Williams. Barring a radical concession from the team or Wilkerson's camp, beat writer Manish Mehta predicts there will be no multi-year contract extension.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. This entire season there has been no indication from the Jets side that they wanted to sign Wilkerson long term.

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Sheldon Richardson player page
Leonard Williams player page


  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson to skip minicamp    Fri Jun 3, 06:16 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not participate in the team's upcoming minicamp because of his contract status.

Footballguys view: He has not signed his franchise tender offer at this point and is not required to report for the mandatory minicamp. The team has until July 15 to reach a long-term agreement with Wilkerson. At this time, there is no indication the team wants to sign Wilkerson to a long-term deal.

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  Bengals | Carlos Dunlap eyes sacks record    Fri Jun 3, 01:57 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DE Carlos Dunlap said his biggest motivation is to break former New York Giants DE Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22 1/2 sacks. 'Along with the team goals, you've got to have your personal goals that will help you obtain the team goal,' Dunlap said. 'My personal goals are to get that sack title at the end of the season, one, and then two, to get Strahan's record.'

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  49ers | Several injured defenders    Fri Jun 3, 11:45 AM

San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks (undisclosed) and DEs Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey (knee) remain out of organized team activities. Brooks is dealing with a minor injury and is working out on a side field.

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  Lions | Detroit will not sign Mike Neal    Fri Jun 3, 07:40 AM

Free-agent LB Mike Neal (Packers) will not be signed by the Detroit Lions. The Lions addressed linebacking needs in the NFL Draft and also signed LB Wallace Gilberry in free agency.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake struggles in return    Thu Jun 2, 10:11 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') was thrown around during defensive line drills at OTAs Wednesday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Nobody should be surprised by this. Wake has time to get his legs back under him and get ready for the start of the regular season. He'll be a part-time pass-rusher for the Dolphins this year.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan returns    Thu Jun 2, 06:24 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (back) returned to full-team drills Thursday, June 2. Jordan said he was ahead of schedule in his recover from back surgery in February.

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  Cowboys | One player absent, one returns    Wed Jun 1, 04:19 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain (undisclosed) was not present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1. DE Jack Crawford (personal) returned, however, after missing last week's practice with a VISA issue.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake taking part in practice    Wed Jun 1, 11:37 AM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') is participating in organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

Footballguys view: Wake's recovery has been ahead of schedule according to all reports this offseason. The team believes he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. We should see Wake work as a part-time player for the Dolphins defense this year.

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  NFL | Stephen Bowen retires    Wed Jun 1, 09:01 AM

Free-agent DE Stephen Bowen (Jets) has announced his retirement from professional football.

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  Texans | J.J. Watt could return soon    Tue May 31, 06:13 PM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) said he feels really good and hopes to return to practice soon.

Footballguys view: The Texans are wise to be cautious with their superstar here. The team has built and incredible roster on both sides of the ball and if QB Brock Osweiler doesn't screw it up, the Texans can make a run at the postseason again in 2016.

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  Dolphins | Miami prepared to welcome Dion Jordan back    Mon May 30, 10:12 PM

Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins LB Dion Jordan will apply for reinstatement to the National Football League Wednesday, June 1, and the team has reportedly indicated they're prepared to welcome Jordan back if he's reinstated.

Footballguys view: Getting Jordan back--a motivated (and clean) Jordan--could be a huge boost for the Dolphins defense. He's got great physical potential, but Jordan has yet to fully play up to that potential as a pro. Jordan has been tested twice a week and he has not failed or missed a drug test since he was suspended in April 2015.

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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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  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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Spencer Paysinger player page


  Cowboys | Zach Wood signed    Tue May 24, 06:23 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Zach Wood (Southern Methodist) signed with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, May 24.


  Texans | J.J. Watt not practicing    Mon May 23, 03:48 PM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) did not practice for the first day of organized team activities Monday, May 23, as he continues to recover from offseason groin surgery.

Footballguys view: Watt's a pro's pro. He doesn't need every offseason rep, but we're sure that as soon as he's ready he's going to be out there on the field.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan awaiting clearance    Sun May 22, 10:28 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (back) recently got back into shape following arthroscopic back surgery, but he is still awaiting full clearance to take part in organized team activities.

Footballguys view: The surgery was considered minor, and Jordan reportedly played through this injury late last season and in the Pro Bowl. After having 10 sacks last year, the Saints want to see what Jordan can do for an encore. We imagine he'll be limited (or out) of OTAs and minicamp with a target of returning at full strength for training camp later this summer.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake ahead of schedule     Fri May 20, 09:42 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') has exceeded expectations in terms of where doctors thought he would be at in his recovery, executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said Friday, May 20.

Footballguys view: Earlier this month, the Dolphins gave Wake a two-year, $15 million extension and that was a big sign of what they think of his recovery. He'll be a situational player for the Dolphins at this point of his career.

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  Falcons | Vic Beasley's shoulder a non-issue    Thu May 19, 01:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.

Footballguys view: The Falcons could use Beasley at 100% this year, to build on his 20 tackle, four sack rookie season.

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  Colts | Arthur Jones could be ready by camp    Tue May 17, 02:34 PM

There is hope that Indianapolis Colts DT Arthur Jones (ankle) may be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: Getting Jones back is a good thing for the Colts defense. Jones missed all of last season with an ankle injury. Injuries have kept Jones off the field for all but nine games since he signed with the Colts back in 2014.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson not close to deal    Tue May 17, 11:10 AM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson isn't close to a new contract and hasn't signed his franchise tender. He may not report until training camp in July.

Footballguys view: The two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract. Wilkerson wants security for years, but the Jets only seem willing to pay him for one year. We could see Wilkerson play under the franchise tag this year, then move on in free agency in 2017.

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  Bears | Chicago to try out Marquis Jackson    Sun May 15, 03:00 AM

Free-agent DL Marquis Jackson, the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars DT Malik Jackson, is trying out with the Chicago Bears this weekend.

Footballguys view: Marquis Jackson played in the Arena League for the Portland Thunder. He gets off the line quickly and has the hustle to make plays as a pass-rusher. Like Malik, Marquis has a large wingspan that helps him make up ground quickly. He's a longshot, but Bears coach John Fox worked with Malik for years when the two were with the Denver Broncos. Fox will know if he can get the best out of Marquis.

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  Saints | Two free agents to work out    Sun May 15, 02:22 AM

Free-agent K Connor Barth (Buccaneers) and DL C.J. Wilson (Lions) will work out for the New Orleans Saints at rookie minicamp.

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  Dolphins | Miami to sign Jason Jones    Fri May 13, 07:22 PM

Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) will sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to a source.

Footballguys view: New Dolphins DC Vance Joseph should use Jones as a rotational player at end behind Mario Williams and Cameron Wake. Jones could also be shifted inside to create interior pressure.

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  NFL | Greg Hardy devoid of suitors    Fri May 13, 12:09 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) is having trouble finding a team, and the prevailing opinion from general managers around the league is that no one wants him.

Footballguys view: This is not shocking news. Hardy may be able to rush the passer, but he's a PR nightmare off the field. We'd be surprised if someone picks him up to play in 2016.

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  Raiders | Sign Greg Townsend    Wed May 11, 06:34 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Greg Townsend (Southern California) signed with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 11.


  Cowboys | Charles Tapper could play immediately    Tue May 10, 01:09 AM

Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Tapper might get a chance to play more than most Day 3 draft picks, as DEs Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence are facing penalties for off-field indiscretions.

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  Raiders | Damontre Moore signs    Mon May 9, 07:11 PM

Free-agent DE Damontre Moore (Dolphins) signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Three players released    Mon May 9, 05:08 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Vick Ballard, DE Phillip Hunt and FB Toben Opurum were released Monday, May 9.

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  Falcons | Three UDFAs added    Sun May 8, 02:54 AM

The Atlanta Falcons signed Temple OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Oklahoma State WR David Glidden and Southern Illinois DE Brandon Williams as undrafted free agents on Saturday, May 7.

Footballguys view: Glidden was seen as an unsung hero for the OSU Cowboys as a senior. He had a team-high 57 receptions for 866 yards and three touchdowns. Glidden led the Cowboys with 40 receptions for first downs and 382 yards after catch.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake signs extension    Sat May 7, 07:53 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake signed a two-year, $15 million extension with $10 million guaranteed Saturday, May 7, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This move was done to lower Wake's cap number for 2016. He was on the books for $8.4 million in 2016, and now he'll have a lower number. This move also shows the team believes that Wake's Achilles' injury is going to recover properly. At 34-years old, Wake is set to be a part-time pass-rusher over the next two seasons.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake should be ready     Sat May 7, 01:18 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') is expected to be ready to play by Week 1, according to defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be. However, at age 34 we should see Wake limited to a part-time role as a pass-rusher for the Dolphins defense. There's a chance the veteran could be ready sometime during training camp.

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  Packers | Three rookies sign pacts with Pack    Fri May 6, 11:09 PM

The Green Bay Packers and LB Blake Martinez agreed to a four-year contract Friday, May 6. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, No. 131 overall. The team also agreed to terms with DE Dean Lowry, a fourth-round pick, and OT Kyle Murphy, a sixth-round selection.

Footballguys view: Measuring in at 6'6" Lowry is a lunch-pail guy who plays with a lot of heart and hustle. Martinez is a physical defender who loves contact and arrives at the ball-carrier with nasty intentions.

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  Ravens | Five Ravens sign rookie deals    Fri May 6, 11:39 AM

Baltimore Ravens LB Kamalei Correa, OT Alex Lewis, WR Chris Moore, DT Willie Henry and DE Matt Judon signed their rookie deals Friday, May 6.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option will top $12 million    Tue May 3, 11:18 AM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.

Footballguys view: It's an easy price to pay for a pass-rusher like Ansah. The Lions get him at a bargain price (for one year) before he gets a huge contract as a free agent.

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  Lions | Detroit add several UDFAs    Tue May 3, 02:59 AM

Undrafted free-agents CB Adairius Barnes (Louisiana Tech), WR Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), DL James DeLoach (Georgia), DE Deonte Gibson (Northwestern), WR Jay Lee (Baylor), CB Charles Washington (Fresno State), CB Ian Wells (Ohio), TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word) and OL Andrew Zeller (Maryland) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. WR Simms McElfresh (Appalachian State), LB Tyler Roberts (Troy) and DL Roger Stewart (Hillsdale) will also be with the team during rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Lee is the player to highlight here. He's got long arms and can snare passes away from his frame regularly. His game is comparable to that of Chris Chambers, former Dolphins standout wide receiver. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be keeping an eye on Lee.

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