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  Panthers | Kawann Short to talk deal during camp    Fri Jul 22, 08:26 PM

Carolina Panthers DT Kawann Short is expected to have contract extension talks with the Panthers during training camp, according to sources.

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  Browns | Cleveland adds Nick Hayden    Fri Jul 22, 06:03 PM

Free-agent DT Nick Hayden (Cowboys) signed with the Cleveland Browns Friday, July 22. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Cardinals | Red Bryant in jeopardy in Arizona?    Wed Jul 20, 10:25 PM

Arizona Cardinals DT Red Bryant was a veteran with experience who helped plug the run last season. However, he might lose his job in the defensive line rotation for a number of reasons. The team has too much depth, as DLs Rodney Gunter progressed better than expected, Corey Peters (Achilles') is returning from injury and Xavier Williams proved he could be a suitable backup to plug the run.

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  Texans | Devon Still on track to start    Wed Jul 20, 05:13 PM

Houston Texans DE Devon Still is considered the leading candidate to start at defensive end opposite DE J.J. Watt this season.

Footballguys view: With Jared Crick (Broncos) moving on in free agency, the Texans have to find a new starter. Still was out of the league last year, but he's built to stand strong on the defensive line.

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  Bills | Several Bills players may be limited    Wed Jul 20, 03:10 PM

Buffalo Bills DT Kyle Williams (knee), WR Kolby Listenbee (hernia), WR Marcus Easley (knee), OT Seantrel Henderson (illness) and CB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) may be limited at the start of training camp because of injuries.

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  Panthers | Kawann Short won't hold out    Mon Jul 18, 01:09 PM

Carolina Panthers DT Kawann Short will report to training camp later this month after skipping some of organized team activities in search of a new deal. Short is looking to match the six-year, $102.6 million deal the Philadelphia Eagles gave to DT Fletcher Cox.

Footballguys view: Short was at the facility for the mandatory portion of the offseason. A second-round pick in 2013, Short had a breakout season last year and was named second-team All-Pro. He's set to be a free agent in 2017, so it would benefit the Panthers to get something done before he hits the open market (or before they'd have to use the franchise tag on him).

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  Panthers | Veteran tackle could miss cut     Sat Jul 16, 03:56 PM

Carolina Panthers DTs Kyle Love and Paul Soliai could be battling each other for a roster spot if the Panthers choose to keep four defensive tackles.

Footballguys view: The Panthers have a strong front seven on defense, and their front four is one of the best in the game. Love was an important rotational player for the Panthers as they made a run to Super Bowl 50, and that's why they re-signed him to a one-year deal earlier this year. Back in March, Soliai signed a two-year, $7 million with $3 million guaranteed. The guaranteed money may make it difficult for the Panthers to cut him if his declining play continues.

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  Seahawks | Jarran Reed should start    Sat Jul 16, 01:38 PM

Seattle Seahawks rookie DT Jarran Reed is expected to replace San Diego Chargers DT Brandon Mebane and start at defensive tackle with DT Ahtyba Rubin.

Footballguys view: Reed was one of our favorite rookie defensive tackles in the 2016 draft class. A mountain of a man, Reed was never able to put up great numbers at Alabama. Instead, his role was to plug up the middle and re-direct plays around him---a role he played well. Earlier this year at the Reese's Senior Bowl, Reed was a dominant player in practice and was one of the 'buzz' players during the week. He should at least be a solid run-stuffer for the Seahawks defense in 2016.

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  Lions | Tighter snap count for Haloti Ngata?    Sat Jul 16, 12:16 AM

Detroit Lions DT Haloti Ngata hasn't played a full 16-game schedule since 2011, and beat writer Dave Birkett believes the Lions need to monitor Ngata's snap count in 2016 in order to keep him healthy and productive.

Footballguys view: That's a smart move for the Lions. He played 565 snaps for the Lions last year in 14 games. That number should be much lower that that in 2016.

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  Cowboys | Jack Crawford to contribute early    Fri Jul 15, 10:00 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Jack Crawford is expected to pick up additional snaps at defensive tackle early in the year as DT Tyrone Crawford moves outside in place of DE Demarcus Lawrence and DE Randy Gregory, who will both be serving suspensions to start the year.

Footballguys view: It's all hands on deck for the Cowboys defensive line. We hope they don't suffer any injuries at the position in training camp as they're already incredibly thin.

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  Texans | Ra'Zahn Howard looking to drop weight    Fri Jul 15, 08:22 PM

Houston Texans DT Ra'Zahn Howard weighed 325 at his Pro Day but now weighs 317 pounds. He said his goal is to be around 310 pounds once training camp begins.

Footballguys view: Howard went undrafted in the 2016 Supplemental Draft, but the Texans were quick to add him after that. He's a powerful player who did a good job of controlling the point of attack in college for Purdue. Howard struggles to get consistent penetration, but at 325 pounds he can move well laterally and chase down plays that go away from him. He was a starter in college, but he was rotated on and off the field. He should be a rotational player if he makes the Texans 53-man roster.

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  Saints | Sheldon Rankins may play every down    Fri Jul 15, 04:52 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Sheldon Rankins performed well during the team's minicamp this offseason and should have a chance to be on the field for all three downs in 2016.

Footballguys view: The Saints have made changed to the defense that should allow Rankins to perform to the best of his abilities. They're going to ask him to get upfield quickly and penetrate the pocket with his quickness and strength. Rankins is not the biggest defensive tackle, but a bit undersized at 299 pounds they won't ask him to cover two gaps and take on multiple blockers.

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  Texans | Houston signing Ra'Zahn Howard    Thu Jul 14, 04:59 PM

Undrafted free-agent DT Ra'Zahn Howard (Purdue) is signing an undisclosed contract with the Houston Texans Thursday, July 14, according to a source. Howard went undrafted in the NFL Supplemental draft.

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  Jets | Steve McLendon playing multiple spots    Sun Jul 3, 10:42 PM

New York Jets DT Steve McLendon was used at multiple positions along the defensive line, including nose tackle, during spring practices, and he said he uses his quickness to play various roles.

Footballguys view: After six seasons with the Steelers, McLendon joined the Jets this offseason as a free agent. Like former nose tackle Damon Harrison (Giants), McLendon can be counted on as an effective run-stuffer--plus he can be moved all across the defensive line. The Jets have one of the best defensive lines in the long as franchise-tagged Muhammad Wilkerson is on board in 2016.

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  Cardinals | Corey Peters may start at nose tackle    Thu Jun 23, 05:48 PM

Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is slated to start at nose tackle this season if he is healthy, in the opinion of Darren Urban of Head coach Bruce Arians, though, did say Peters would be ready by training camp. DT Rodney Gunter will compete for the spot as well.

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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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  Bengals | Brandon Thompson's status uncertain    Mon Jun 20, 01:44 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Brandon Thompson (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season, but he could be a candidate for the Physically Unable to Perform list if the team continues to be cautious with his recovery.

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  Jaguars | Sen'Derrick Marks impressing    Fri Jun 17, 08:41 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) was impressive during his limited practice time this offseason, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

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  Redskins | Stephen Paea missing in action    Thu Jun 16, 01:44 AM

Washington Redskins DL Stephen Paea (undisclosed) missed both minicamp practices this week due to a non-injury issue.

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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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  Eagles | Fletcher Cox agrees to new deal    Mon Jun 13, 06:30 PM

Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox agreed to a six-year contract extension Monday, June 13, worth $103 million, according to sources. The deal includes $63 million in guaranteed money, which is the highest guarantee for a non-quarterback in NFL history.

Footballguys view: Cox was entering the last year of his rookie contract, and the Eagles pay him a premium to insure that he stays with the team for the foreseeable future. This guaranteed money is going to make it difficult for the Broncos to sign franchise-tagged Von Miller to a new contract as they have originally offered only $39.8 million in full guarantees. Cox can create interior pressure on opposing QBs and is a key member of the Eagles defense.

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  Bills | Four roster moves made    Mon Jun 13, 03:26 PM

Free-agents DE Leger Douzable (Jets) and OT Chris Martin (49ers) signed with the Buffalo Bills Monday, June 13. DE Claudell Louis and OT Keith Lumpkin were released.

Footballguys view: Douzable is a part-time player who can be a run-stuffer for the Bills. His spot on the 53-man roster is not guaranteed, but he's played under Rex Ryan before and knows what is expected of him.

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  Bills | Leger Douzable visiting    Mon Jun 13, 12:44 PM

Free-agent DE Leger Douzable (Jets) is visiting with the Buffalo Bills Monday, June 13, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Bills are looking for a veteran run-stuffer and Douzable could be it. Douzable played for coach Rex Ryan when they were with the New York Jets from 2013-14.

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  Jaguars | Sen'Derrick Marks takes part in drills    Fri Jun 10, 12:35 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (triceps) took part in individual drills for the first time this spring Friday, June 10. He is coming off a torn triceps muscle.

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  Rams | Cam Thomas joins Los Angeles    Mon Jun 6, 09:52 PM

The Los Angeles Rams agreed to a deal with free-agent DL Cam Thomas (Steelers) Monday, June 6. Thomas played in every game over the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting 10 games.

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  Cardinals | Corey Peters making good progress    Sat Jun 4, 09:31 AM

Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') said he is almost done with the rehab from his torn Achilles' tendon. Peters wanted to do some work during offseason workouts but wants to be playing at a high level when training camp begins.

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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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  Eagles | Darren Sproles to arrive next week    Fri Jun 3, 10:14 AM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles and DT Fletcher Cox are expected to be present at next week's mandatory camp, according to head coach Doug Pederson.

Footballguys view: Mandatory minicamp is when all the veterans who have been working out on their own show up. The Eagles RB situation is an interesting one to monitor for fantasy owners. Sproles will play in his usual role, but if Ryan Mathews doesn't stay healthy (a real possibility) then perhaps rookie Wendell Smallwood gets a larger role.

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  Jaguars | Two defensive players back at practice    Thu Jun 2, 01:22 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Roy Miller (undisclosed) and CB Prince Amukamara (undisclosed) participated in organized team activities Thursday, June 2, after missing the previous four workouts.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph limited    Thu Jun 2, 10:49 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (toe) participated in individual drills during organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr, Sharrif Floyd sit out    Thu Jun 2, 10:41 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (undisclosed) and DT Sharrif Floyd (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 1.

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  Bills | Marcell Dareus present at practice    Wed Jun 1, 10:18 AM

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (foot) is present for organized team activities Wednesday, June 1, after he missed practices last week.

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  Patriots | Multitude of Patriots miss practice    Thu May 26, 06:26 PM

New England Patriots CBs Malcolm Butler (knee), Logan Ryan (knee), Duron Harmon (knee) and Nate Ebner, LS Joe Cardona, OG Tre Jackson (knee), OL Josh Kline (biceps), OL Shaquille Mason (biceps), DE Frank Kearse (biceps) and OT Sebastian Vollmer (biceps) OT Nate Solder (biceps) and Alan Branch (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Cardona is currently with the Navy, while Ebner is out of country for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards participates in OTAs    Tue May 24, 07:35 PM

Oakland Raiders LB Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, after being medically cleared for football activities earlier this month.

Footballguys view: Great news for the Raiders here. Edwards found out he was dealing with a genetic condition in his neck and a late-season injury last year put his future in the NFL in doubt. Neck injuries are nothing to take lightly, but now Edwards looks like he's ready to rock. The Raiders have the makings of a team who could surprise in 2016.

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  Bills | Marcell Dareus not at workouts    Tue May 24, 12:49 PM

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus (foot) is not present for the start of organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, but head coach Rex Ryan is not concerned.

Footballguys view: We learned earlier this year that Dareus had undergone surgery on his broken foot, but he was supposed to be cleared in time for OTAs. Ryan said Dareus has taken part in roughly '90%' of offseason activities and has been a 'fixture.'

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  Rams | Dominique Easley agrees to deal    Tue May 17, 07:39 PM

Free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, May 17, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Rams add another first-round pick to the mix on their defensive line. Easley has had knee problems in his pro career, but he can be effective inside if healthy. We should see him work into the rotation behind Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers.

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  Rams | Dominique Easley working out    Tue May 17, 05:31 PM

Free-agent DT Dominique Easley is working out for the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, May 17, according to sources.

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  Bears | Jordan Howard will have role in 2016    Fri May 13, 08:01 PM

Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard will be used as a change-of-pace back in 2016 since he has a different style of running than RB Kendall Langford, according to offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. 'He's a change-of-pace back. Their skill sets are different. We'll use the skill set the way it needs to be. We won't ask them to both do the same thing, but we'll find out what Howard does well and we'll play to that,' Loggains said.

Footballguys view: Howard might be the most natural runner in this draft class...yes, even above Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys). While Elliot is an instant stud and worthy of a late first-round pick in your fantasy draft, Howard may be a pick in the late rounds that can pay off like a RB2. Watch to see if he can beat out Jeremy Langford to be the top back for the Bears.

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  Ravens | Bronson Kaufusi might start at DE    Tue May 10, 01:15 AM

Baltimore Ravens DE Bronson Kaufusi has a chance to start at defensive end. The third-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft will battle DEs Lawrence Guy and Brent Urban after DE Chris Canty was cut.

Footballguys view: Kaufusi is tall (6'6") has a large wingspan and is incredibly athletic. He is one of our favorite pass-rushing DEs in this draft class. It's no surprise the Ravens would scoop him up with a value pick.

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  Buccaneers | Sign three players     Mon May 9, 04:11 PM

Undrafted free-agents TE Tim Brown (West Chester), LB Tyson Coleman (Oregon) and DT Jontavius Morris (Western Kentucky) signed undisclosed deals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, May 9.

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  Bengals | Dominique Easley working out    Mon May 9, 01:38 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) is working out for the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, May 9, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Easley can be a productive player if healthy. There were some rumblings about him being an issue in the locker room with the Patriots, but the Bengals are a team who normally overlooks personality issues. The Falcons also have interest in the talented D-tackle.

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  Redskins | Five Redskins rookies sign    Mon May 9, 10:33 AM

Washington Redskins QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Keith Marshall, S Su'a Cravens, DT Matt Ioannidis and LB Steven Daniels signed their rookie deals Monday, May 9.

Footballguys view: We love Marshall's upside and ability. If healthy, he's easily got the ability to be a quality starter. Marshall is fast, instinctive and able to pick up yards after contact. A major knee injury caused him to miss about a year and a half in college, and that's why his draft stock was so low. Sudfeld is a big, tall pocket passer with a rocket arm.

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  Bengals | Dominique Easley works out    Sat May 7, 09:17 AM

Free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) recently worked out for the Cincinnati Bengals, according to a source. Easley has also worked out for other teams.

Footballguys view: Easley is still only 24 years old, and if he's healthy there's no question that he can be a force on the defensive line. The Falcons have shown interest in Easley as well, and there's no question that he'll find a new home before training camp.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards cleared    Fri May 6, 01:37 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) posted on social media that he has been medically cleared to return to football Friday, May 6.

Footballguys view: Edwards broke out last year and then came down with this neck issue that seemed to threaten his availability indefinitely. This is great news for a Raiders team that has had a great offseason.

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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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  Vikings | Sharrif Floyd has option exercised    Mon May 2, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: Floyd has not put together a 16-game season over the last two years, but when healthy he can be an impact player. He's huge and tough to move as a run-stuffer. The option is worth $6.7 million in 2017.

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  49ers | Niners add several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 02:42 AM

Undrafted free-agents LB Kevin X. Anderson (Stanford), LB Alex Balducci (Oregon), S Jered Bell (Colorado), DT Demetrius Cherry (Arizona), LB Lenny Jones (Nevada), DT Darren Lake (Alabama), OG Blake Muir (Baylor) and WR Bryce Treggs (California) agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, May 1.

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  Browns | Cleveland inks several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 02:15 AM

Undrafted free-agents LB Dominique Alexander (Oklahoma), CB Kenya Dennis (Missouri), TE J.P. Holtz (Pittsburgh), RB Paul James (Rutgers) and DT Kyle Rose (West Virginia) agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, May 1.

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  Ravens | Baltimore stocks up with UDFAs    Mon May 2, 12:40 AM

Undrafted free-agents OG Jarell Broxton (Baylor), OG Anthony Fabiano (Harvard), WR Donovan Harden (Georgia State), LB Cavellis Luckett (Middle Tennessee), PK Will Lutz (Georgia State), DT O.J. Mau (Gardner Webb), OT Stephane Nembot (Colorado), DL Victor Ochi (Stony Brook), LB Marco Ojemudia (Michigan), SS Patrick Onwuasor (Portland State), FB Trevor Pendleton (Michigan State), DT Michael Pierce (Samford) and C Matt Skura (Duke) agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens Sunday, May 1.

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  Falcons | Atlanta agrees with several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 12:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Brandon Wilds, PK Nick Rose, LB Will Ratelle, RB De'Andre Mann, CB Brian Poole, LB Ivan McLennan, DT Chris Mayes, TE Joshua Perkins, DE Brandon Q. Williams, OL Jordan Walsh, FB Adam Cox, OL William McGehee, WR David Richards, CB Trevor X. Williams, WR Daje Johnson, DE Josh Dawson, DL Owen Williams, DB Tarris Batiste and WR J.D. McKissic.

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