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Rams | St. Louis intends to draft a QB (Fri Mar 27, 01:14 PM)     [jump to this story]

Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less? (Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM)     [jump to this story]

Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition (Thu Mar 26, 06:20 PM)     [jump to this story]

Jets | Marcus Mariota in the mix for Jets? (Thu Mar 26, 05:58 PM)     [jump to this story]

Giants | Coughlin not worried about Eli Manning (Thu Mar 26, 01:32 PM)     [jump to this story]

Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller (Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Buccaneers | Marcus Mariota will work out for Bucs    Sat Mar 28, 01:07 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has a private workout scheduled with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers April 7.

Footballguys view: The Bucs are going through with due diligence, but we'd be shocked if they chose Mariota with the first-overall pick. Jameis Winston is likely to be their pick and their quarterback for years to come.

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  Panthers | Ben Ijalana visits    Sat Mar 28, 11:07 AM

Free-agent OG Ben Ijalana (Jets) met with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27.

Footballguys view: Ijalana has seen his career knocked off track by injuries after the Colts selected him in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft. He only played six snaps for the Jets last year, and if the Panthers sign him it's only a move for depth...and he's no lock to make the final roster.

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  Titans | Marcus Mariota worked out for Titans    Sat Mar 28, 10:41 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota worked out for the Tennessee Titans shortly after his pro day.

Footballguys view: We just don't buy the Titans interest in Mariota. Make no mistake about it--they need a quarterback since Zach Mettenberger is technically their starter right now. We believe they're trying to get some team behind them nervous about Mariota's availability in order to initiate a trade.

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  Redskins | Marcus Mariota may meet with WAS    Sat Mar 28, 10:37 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota may meet with the Washington Redskins before the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Even though Washington has Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, Mariota could be an option for them. We think they'd pass, but this is certainly shaping up to be a make-or-break year for Griffin.

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  Chargers | SD will work out Marcus Mariota    Sat Mar 28, 10:36 AM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to work out for the San Diego Chargers Wednesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: It's interesting to note the Chargers interest here, but they'd have to move up quite a bit to snare Mariota. We believe Mariota could go off the board at sixth overall (Jets) at the latest. The Chargers may not be able to work out a long-term agreement with Philip Rivers, and they are searching for his heir apparent.

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  Jaguars | Jalen Collins to visit    Sat Mar 28, 02:50 AM

LSU CB Jalen Collins has a visit scheduled with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Footballguys view: Collins is a large corner (6'1" 195 pounds) with fluid hips and agility. His upside is through the roof, and Collins could develop into a shutdown corner in the pros. He gets a bit grabby at times, and Collins is known as a physical player. With better technique and proper coaching, Collins could become a great pro.

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  Browns | Collin Rahrig will visit    Sat Mar 28, 02:30 AM

Indiana C Collin Rahrig will visit the Cleveland Browns prior to his Pro Day workout.

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  Bills | Would like Brandon Spikes back    Sat Mar 28, 02:12 AM

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) would have a home with the Buffalo Bills once again, as general manager Doug Whaley expressed interest in bringing Spikes back.

Footballguys view: The Bills made this clear at the scouting combine earlier this year. Nigel Bradham and Preston Brown can be penciled in as starters in Rex Ryan's 3-4, and behind them are unproven the Ty Powell, Randell Johnson, and Jimmy Gaines. Spikes would be an upgrade over those three, and he could be brought back if the price is right.

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  Bills | Open to drafting QB    Sat Mar 28, 02:08 AM

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley told media he is open to drafting a quarterback next month, but salaries owed to QB EJ Manuel and QB Tyrod Taylor could complicate that.

Footballguys view: They could use a quarterback, but they might have to wait until the second or third round to get one. Guys like Bryce Petty (Baylor), Garrett Grayson (Colorado State) or Brett Hundley (UCLA) could be options for the team.

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  Texans | Big things expected from DeAndre Hopkins    Fri Mar 27, 09:32 PM

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards last year, and among players drafted in the past two seasons, his production was better than everyone except New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. 'We just want to see him continue and progress,' head coach Bill O'Brien said. 'We think he can be one of the best, we think he is one of the best. We have a lot of confidence in him and we're looking forward to seeing him progress when the offseason program starts.'

Footballguys view: With Andre Johnson moving on to the Colts, Hopkins is the team's WR1. We'd feel better about his prospects if the quarterback situation in Houston was better. Guys like Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage don't instill much confidence in the team's passing game.

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  NFL | La'el Collins willing to move inside    Fri Mar 27, 09:12 PM

Former Louisiana State OT La'el Collins said Friday, March 27, that every team he has met with considers him a left tackle in the NFL, but he added that he would move inside to play guard if needed.

Footballguys view: Collins is an elite run-blocker who is more athletic than some would think a man his size (6'5" 310 pounds) could be. He has great size, strong hands and functional strength. Collins could be moved to right tackle or inside to guard at the pro level because of technique issues that cause him to lunge against elite pass-rushers.

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  Patriots | Sealver Siliga had surgery    Fri Mar 27, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots DT Sealver Siliga (undisclosed) is in a walking boot after having undisclosed offseason surgery.

Footballguys view: Siliga was put on IR/Designated to Return last year with a foot injury. When he returned, Siliga was in the starting lineup next to Vince Wilfork. With Wilfork gone, Siliga could have a larger role this year. The team will ease him back in as he recovers.

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  Cardinals | Andre Ellington's role won't be reduced    Fri Mar 27, 07:42 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington, who averaged 20.6 touches per game in 2014 before being injured, won't have his role reduced in 2015, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Ellington's role in the passing game may increase, too. Ellington was often limited in practices during the week last year because of his foot injury.

Footballguys view: His role will depend on who they add at the running back position in the draft. The Cardinals may even be in line to trade for Adrian Peterson (Vikings) if he's on the trade block.

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  Broncos | Denver RB competition fierce    Fri Mar 27, 07:25 PM

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished 2014 with 648 rushing yards in the last six games, will enter the 2015 season at the top of the running back depth chart, according to new head coach Gary Kubiak. However, competition will be fierce for touches in training camp, with RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman still around. Ball vowed 'to get back my job' at the end of last season after landing on the Injured Reserve. Hillman is a wild card, and he has yet to top 106 carries in any one season. RB Juwan Thompson is a possibility as a fullback/running back hybrid.

Footballguys view: Anderson enters camp as the starter, and he's the best fit--a near-perfect fit--for the zone-blocking system. Ball will look better in this system, but he needs to stop dancing in the backfield if he wants to play up to his potential. We think Hillman is a bad fit for the new system, and his role may be quite small in 2015.

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  Seahawks | Letroy Guion visits    Fri Mar 27, 05:39 PM

Free-agent DT Letroy Guion (Packers) met with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, March 27, according to a source.

Footballguys view: His firearm and marijuana case closed last week (with him only paying a fine), and now Guion is getting some interest on the open market. The Packers would like to bring him back, but joining a defense like Seattle's has to be tempting.

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  Panthers | Jonathan Martin claimed    Fri Mar 27, 04:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27.

Footballguys view: Martin has started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots. He started nine games for the 49ers in 2014 at right tackle. The Panthers wanted better depth and competition on the offensive line, and that's why they made the move to acquire Martin.

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  Redskins | Santana Moss could return    Fri Mar 27, 03:55 PM

Free-agent WR Santana Moss (Redskins) could re-sign with the Washington Redskins this offseason, but the two sides have not had a lot of talks to this point. The team likely will see what happens during the draft before making a decision on Moss.

Footballguys view: Nothing to see here for fantasy owners...even in the deepest of dynasty leagues. It's a fantastic WR class, so Washington could address the position with a better (and younger) option in the draft.

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  Bears | Alan Ball joins team    Fri Mar 27, 02:53 PM

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Ball, a seventh-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2007, has started 22 of his 43 career starts over the last two years. He can excel in press-man coverage, and Ball will compete for playing time in the Bears new revamped defense.

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  49ers | Cameron Fuller cut    Fri Mar 27, 02:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers CB Cameron Fuller was released Friday, March 27.

Footballguys view: Fuller was signed late last season, and he was active (but did not play) in the team's season finale.

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  Panthers | Jarrett Boykin signed    Fri Mar 27, 02:06 PM

Free-agent WR Jarrett Boykin (Packers) signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Boykin gets to go home as he grew up in Charlotte and played his high school ball there. After catching 49 passes in 2013, Boykin only snared three passes in 2014 as he fell down the pecking order in Green Bay. The Panthers need wide receiver help behind Kelvin Benjamin, and Boykin will get to prove if he can be more than a reserve/part-time player.

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  Rams | St. Louis intends to draft a QB    Fri Mar 27, 01:14 PM

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it's the team's intention to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, despite trading for QB Nick Foles in the offseason. Florida State QB Jameis Winston and Oregon QB Marcus Mariota are expected to be off the board when the Rams pick with the 10th overall pick in the first round, but the Rams could also trade up to take one of them. The Rams could also look at the second tier of quarterbacks in this class, which includes Baylor QB Bryce Petty, UCLA QB Brett Hundley, Oregon QB Sean Mannion and Colorado State QB Garrett Grayson. Petty indicated that he has a visit planned with St. Louis. Rams QBs Austin Davis and Case Keenum will compete for the backup job, and the loser might be on the street if the Rams draft another quarterback.

Footballguys view: The quarterbacks outside of the top-2 have a ton of question marks. We like Hundley and Grayson best here...but for different reasons. Hundley is a remarkable athlete with a strong arm, but he needs to learn how to go through progressions as a passer. Grayson uses his eyes to manipulate the defense, has a strong enough arm to make every throw but there are some mechanical issues to clean up.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers to run pistol often?    Fri Mar 27, 12:47 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers may be regularly in the pistol formation in 2015, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers used the formation often after Rodgers suffered a calf injury in 2014 in order to take stress off his leg. 'I like the pistol,' McCarthy said during a break at the NFL owners meetings this week. 'I think there's a lot of value regardless of the injury to Aaron. I know he likes it. There's a place for it year-round in your offense.' McCarthy hasn't used the pistol formation for a read-option offense, and it's unlikely McCarthy will ask Rodgers to become a read-option quarterback.

Footballguys view: No matter what offense Rodgers runs, he's going to be a top quarterback for fantasy owners once again this year. The pistol formation would add an element of unpredictability to the Packers offense.

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  Packers | Not rushing to re-sign John Kuhn    Fri Mar 27, 12:47 PM

Free-agent FB John Kuhn (Packers) isn't a top priority for the Green Bay Packers, but head coach Mike McCarthy said they are still interested in bringing him back.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Kuhn playing anywhere else. The Packers will likely bring him back later in the year.

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  Falcons | Could add Matt Schaub    Fri Mar 27, 12:26 PM

Free-agent QB Matt Schaub (Raiders) could be added by the Atlanta Falcons, as they currently have QBs T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree backing up QB Matt Ryan. New Falcons head coach Dan Quinn didn't rule out signing Schaub, who is familiar with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's systems from his days with the Houston Texans.

Footballguys view: Schaub was a third-round pick for the Falcons in the 2004 NFL draft. He played three seasons with the Falcons behind QB Michael Vick.

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  Vikings | Marcus Peters visiting Minnesota    Fri Mar 27, 12:22 PM

Former Washington CB Marcus Peters is on a pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings Friday, March 27, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Peters was kicked off the Huskies due to his out-of-control temper and multiple problems with the coaching staff. He's a big, fast, physical corner with technique issues that need to be cleaned up.

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  Titans | Brandon Harris re-signs with Titans    Fri Mar 27, 11:53 AM

Free-agent CB Brandon Harris re-signed with the Tennessee Titans Friday, March 27, on a one-year deal.

Footballguys view: Harris was claimed on waivers last August after he was released by the Texans. He played in 11 games for the Titans last year, and he'll continue to play as a reserve corner in 2015.

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  Panthers | Stephen Hill may be an option    Fri Mar 27, 11:33 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Stephen Hill may be an option in 2015, and head coach Ron Rivera said he's excited to see Hill in camp. 'With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do - and I think he will,' Rivera said. 'He seems to be a very smart man - he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us.'

Footballguys view: Following in the footsteps of former Georgia Tech WRs Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas, Hill has been a colossal bust. If the Panthers add him, it will only be as a reserve receiver.

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  Bengals | Pat Sims contract update    Fri Mar 27, 02:12 AM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Pat Sims has signed a one-year, minimum salary benefit deal with the team. Because he has played seven seasons, Sims' deal will be worth $870,000.

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  Cardinals | Big season for Larry Fitzgerald?    Thu Mar 26, 10:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and QB Carson Palmer were finally on the same page last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Fitzgerald could post decent fantasy numbers so long as Palmer stays upright. The Cardinals season fell apart last year after Palmer went down. They hope to avoid the same fate this season.

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  Patriots | Dont'a Hightower to miss several months    Thu Mar 26, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum.

Footballguys view: Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy. We could see the Patriots decide to put him on the PUP list to begin the season. If that happens, Hightower would be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season. After that time, the Patriots would have three weeks to decide whether or not to activate Hightower or put him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

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  Rams | Brian Quick progressing    Thu Mar 26, 06:49 PM

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick (shoulder) is making progress in recovering from a torn rotator cuff and separated shoulder he suffered last October. Head coach Jeff Fisher has described Quick's injuries as significant and has not disclosed any timetable in regards to Quick's return. Fisher did say that Quick is coming along after a difficult time during the early stages of rehabilitation.

Footballguys view: Quick was such a disappointment for most of his career, but last season he started to flash his potential. Over the first five games of 2014, Quick had 21 catches and three receiving touchdowns. If healthy, Quick should be able to pick up where he left off.

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  Lions | Matthew Stafford to throw less?    Thu Mar 26, 06:26 PM

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford won't be throwing more than he did last season, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell said if the Lions are throwing a lot, it could very well mean they'll be playing catch up, something he wants to avoid.

Footballguys view: We'll see if the Lions can have a more effective ground game this year--in addition to playing better defense so they don't fall behind. They have met with Georgia RB Todd Gurley, and he's an option for them in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft. Gurley reminds us of Marshawn Lynch, and he should be a star in the NFL. He would certainly be an asset for the Lions offense.

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  Bears | Jay Cutler to face open competition    Thu Mar 26, 06:20 PM

Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler will head into the offseason as the team's No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart, but head coach John Fox said there will be an 'open competition' at the quarterback spot between Cutler and QB Jimmy Clausen during training camp and offseason workouts. The current coaching staff and general manager Ryan Pace have nothing vested in Cutler, and they've made it clear that money isn't the sole driver of their decisions.

Footballguys view: This is it for Cutler. If Fox and OC Adam Gase can't get him to play better, then the Bears are likely to move on next year. We're not expecting Cutler to turn it around, but it will be interesting to see how he responds to new coaching.

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  Jets | Marcus Mariota in the mix for Jets?    Thu Mar 26, 05:58 PM

Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota would be hard for the New York Jets to pass on if he were still available at the sixth overall pick, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Footballguys view: We'll see if Mariota even makes it that far down the draft board. The Titans have interest with the second-overall pick, and there are a few teams behind the Jets that would like to trade up to get the Oregon passer.

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  Cowboys | Nick Hayden re-signs    Thu Mar 26, 05:39 PM

Dallas Cowboys DT Nick Hayden re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: A 16-game starter for the Cowboys last year, Hayden made 38 stops (17 solo). He'll be a regular on the defense this season as well.

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  Buccaneers | Danny Lansanah signs tender    Thu Mar 26, 05:36 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signed his one-year tender Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: As an exclusive rights free agent, Lansanah didn't have much of a choice but to sign his tender. Lansanah played in 16 games last season, recording 81 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

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  Giants | Shane Vereen adds another dimension for NY    Thu Mar 26, 05:13 PM

New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.

Footballguys view: Vereen has big-play ability, but don't try to use him as a full-time back. Good thing for the Giants, they'll be able to use Vereen as a change-of-pace back behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in 2015. Vereen will have a bit of fantasy value in PPR leagues, but we'll have to see how the playing time is split between three backs before we get overly excited about his prospects.

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  49ers | Jonathan Martin waived    Thu Mar 26, 04:47 PM

San Francisco 49ers OT Jonathan Martin was waived Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: Martin was likely someone who Jim Harbaugh brought in thinking he could do something with his former Stanford player. Martin appeared in 15 games with 9 starts for the 49ers last season. He's a decent player, but hasn't shown the talent most saw in college. He struggled in San Francisco and it could be tough to land yet another chance.

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  Bengals | Pat Sims signs    Thu Mar 26, 04:21 PM

Free-agent DT Pat Sims (Raiders) signed an undisclosed deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: While active for every game, Sims rarely saw the field. At best he will be a rotational player for the Bengals, where he spent the first five years of his career.

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  Vikings | Two players released    Thu Mar 26, 04:11 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Justin Anderson and OG Jordan McCray were cut Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: Well when you have Babatunde Aiyegbusi you have to make room somewhere! Well the Polish Phenom was likely not the reason either was cut. McCray was a practice squad level guy who has bounced around the NFL a little while. Anderson signed with the Giants after last year's draft, got hurt and then cut, but was brought back when Jon Beason got hurt. The Giants cut him late in November and he ended up with the Vikings, but he was never active.

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  Vikings | Sign Babatunde Aiyegbusi    Thu Mar 26, 04:09 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi to an undisclosed contract Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: The Vikings need some offensive line depth and Aiyegbusi is an intriguing addition. Aiyegbusi never played a down of college football and has spent the last few years playing in the Polish American Football League and the Vikings (and a few other teams) are intrigued by his 6'8", 351 pound frame. The Vikings were impressed with how quickly he understood and executed drills and plays, but know he is tremendously raw. If he makes the team, expect a lot of practice squad time.

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  Browns | Alex Mack may be limited this offseason    Thu Mar 26, 01:58 PM

Cleveland Browns C Alex Mack (leg) said he may be limited during offseason workouts because his goal is to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: They'll be careful with Mack until they have to have him on the field. There's no point in rushing him and they cannot afford to lose him again, as the line completely collapsed once he got hurt last year.

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  Giants | Coughlin not worried about Eli Manning    Thu Mar 26, 01:32 PM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning could play out the rest of his contract, but head coach Tom Coughlin didn't sound worried about Manning eventually receiving a contract extension in New York. 'I don't see that as being an issue,' Coughlin said when asked if the absence of an extension would become a distraction for Manning. 'Eli knows he's our guy.' The team brass appears willing to let Manning play out the final year of his contract he signed in 2009.

Footballguys view: It's not really an issue for Coughlin in part because he has to know his time is limited as head coach. Like Manning, he's sort of in a 'prove it' season after missing the playoffs in back to back seasons.

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  Giants | NY optimistic on Victor Cruz    Thu Mar 26, 01:17 PM

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) 'looks really good and light,' according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz started running last week six months after he tore the patellar tendon in his knee in Week 6. Coughlin projects Cruz to be available for the start of training camp, but he's unsure if Cruz will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. However, the team remains cautiously optimistic about Cruz in 2015.

Footballguys view: A healthy Victor Cruz and a second year Odell Beckham Jr would be a great combination. Until we see Cruz on the field practicing, we're not all in, but we do feel like his floor should be WR2 in this offense.

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  Saints | Sean Payton high on C.J. Spiller    Thu Mar 26, 01:11 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller received some praise from head coach Sean Payton after the team was surprised to be able to land him in free agency. 'His cutup is unbelievable,' Payton said of Spiller. 'And I'm not talking about last season because I think it became challenging, but you go back a couple of years and start looking at his screen reel, a sweep reel, a return reel.'

Footballguys view: Spiller will fill in the Darren Sproles/Reggie Bush role and we actually think he could put up some nice PPR numbers while he's at it. Don't count on RB1 numbers, but some nice RB2 numbers are likely.

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  Saints | NO considered Reggie Bush    Thu Mar 26, 01:08 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush was considered by the New Orleans Saints before he agreed with the Niners, according to Saints head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: While Bush might have been a decent fit 'back home' we think the fit with the 49ers could be a good one as well. While we don't see him as an every down back, he should be a solid passing down back and accrue some nice PPR points as well. A low end RB2 or a good RB3 sound about right for Bush.

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  49ers | Jim Tomsula high on Reggie Bush     Thu Mar 26, 01:04 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Reggie Bush still has the ability to be an every-down back, according to head coach Jim Tomsula. Tomsula said Bush is not a gadget player but does have the skill set to help on third downs.

Footballguys view: Bush found himself the outside man looking in back in Detroit, but with the departure of Frank Gore, the Niners need help in the backfield. We're dubious of the idea he can still be an every down back, but he would be a big help in the backfield on passing downs at least.

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  NFL | Marcus Mariota to go second overall?    Thu Mar 26, 01:03 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be selected with the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, in the opinion of an unnamed NFL general manager that is paying close attention to Mariota's market.

Footballguys view: After going all in on Zach Mettenberger verbally early in the offseason, now it sounds as though the Titans could be interested in Mariota. He'd be an interesting fit, and Tennessee's offensive line would give him time to read the field, but he's still someone who would benefit from some time on the bench as he learns the league or a coach who will totally craft an offense around him. We're not sure if Ken Whisenhunt is that guy. Mariota's ability to scramble is intriguing, but he needs to work on his pocket progressions more. Whisenhunt has been able to help other quarterbacks along before - Mariota is different than he has had before as well though.

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  NFL | Michael Sam runs 40 at combine    Thu Mar 26, 12:03 PM

Free-agent DE Michael Sam (Cowboys) ran an official 4.99-second 40-yard dash at the NFL veterans combine Sunday, March 22, on his second attempt. His first attempt was recorded at five seconds flat. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

Footballguys view: Sam is undersized but is a tremendous worker. Many people feel as though his best bet is to go to the CFL and prove himself there before returning to the NFL.

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  Steelers | Darrius Heyward-Bey returns    Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM

Free-agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, March 26. Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal with the team, but financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: We don't expect Heyward-Bey to do all that much, just as we didn't expect him to do much in his last few landing spots. Behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant, there will be little for him to do and we wouldn't be shocked if he was gone by the end of camp.

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