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  Buccaneers | Uncertain future for Kendell Beckwith     Wed Jul 8, 10:39 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith (ankle) was activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list in February, but he is not a lock to make the 53-man roster in 2020.

Footballguys view: Beckwith has missed the last two seasons because of a fractured ankle suffered in a car accident. Last year Jenna Laine of ESPN tweeted that she believed he was "likely done with football", but Beckwith's activation opens the door to him continuing his football career after a promising rookie season in 2017.

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  Buccaneers | Jack Cichy to play limited role    Wed Jul 8, 10:30 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Jack Cichy (elbow) is expected to be play primarily on special teams in 2020 after missing most of last season with an elbow injury.

Footballguys view: Cichy was a second-day pick on tape, but he had trouble staying healthy and ended up falling to the 202nd pick in 2018. Cichy has suffered a torn pec in 2016, ACL tears in 2017 and 2018, and an elbow dislocation last year. If he can ever stay on the field for a sustained period, he could end up with playing time on defense.

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  Rams | Micah Kiser may be in line to start    Sun Jul 5, 02:14 PM

Los Angeles Rams LB Micah Kiser appears to be the leading candidate for one of the starting inside linebacker jobs but will be pushed by LBs Travin Howard and Kenny Young for the job.

Footballguys view: Kiser is tough against the run and he was the player the team was looking to install next to Cory Littleton last year before he got hurt. He's worth rostering in deep dynasty IDP leagues.

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Kenny Young player page


  Dolphins | Kamu Grugier-Hill may push for starting job    Fri Jul 3, 04:54 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Kamu Grugier-Hill may push LB Raekwon McMillan for one of the starting inside linebacker jobs during training camp.

Footballguys view: The Dolphins defense is still in flux in year two of the Brian Flores regime, as they have moved on from some players drafted before Flores was hired, so we should be open to bigger roles for new acquisitions like Grugier-Hill, who got two million dollars guaranteed on a one-year deal. McMillan, a 2017 second-round pick, hasn't gotten on track after he tore his ACL in his rookie preseason.

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Raekwon McMillan player page


  Jets | Avery Williamson will need to earn spot    Sun Jun 28, 01:25 PM

New York Jets LB Avery Williamson (knee) will have a chance to earn a spot on the final roster during the preseason, according to inside linebackers coach Frank Bush.

Footballguys view: If healthy, Williams can play sideline-to-sideline football and covers space in the open field well. Bush indicated the team wants to see how Williamson has recovered from his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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  Raiders | Marquel Lee may be in line to start    Sat Jun 27, 07:26 PM

Las Vegas Raiders LB Marquel Lee may be the leading candidate for the strongside linebacker job at this point.

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  Broncos | Two LBs may compete for one spot    Sat Jun 27, 07:02 PM

Denver Broncos LBs Joseph Jones and Josey Jewell may compete for one roster spot if the team keeps only five inside linebackers on the final roster.

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  Cardinals | De'Vondre Campbell may have edge for ILB job    Fri Jun 26, 05:07 PM

Arizona Cardinals LB De'Vondre Campbell may have an edge over LB Isaiah Simmons for one of the starting inside linebacker jobs because Simmons did not have any practice time this offseason, in the opinion of AZCardinals.com's Darren Urban.

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  Packers | Oren Burks may need solid camp    Sat Jun 20, 06:41 PM

Green Bay Packers LB Oren Burks could be a possible cut candidate if he does not perform well during training camp, in the opinion of PackersWire's Joe Kipp.

Footballguys view: Burks was supposed to bolster the Packers pass defense, but his role has actually gotten smaller since his rookie year. If Burks can redeem himself, oft-injured Christian Kirksey might be the only thing between him and opportunity to become relevant in IDP leagues.

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  Saints | Three LBs to compete for playing time    Sat Jun 20, 05:53 PM

New Orleans Saints LBs Kiko Alonso, Zack Baun and Alex Anzalone will compete for playing time during training camp.

Footballguys view: Baun is again mentioned as a candidate to move inside, which would add a lot of value to his IDP profile. Alonso and Anzalone have had trouble staying healthy throughout their careers, so Baun could be starting next to Demario Davis at some point this year.

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  Panthers | Graham Gano's rehab going well    Wed Jun 17, 02:16 PM

Carolina Panthers PK Graham Gano (knee) is doing 'really, really well' in his rehab from a 2019 knee injury that landed him on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list, according to special teams coordinator Chase Blackburn.

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  Jets | C.J. Mosley may be eased back    Sun Jun 14, 01:23 PM

New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) could be eased back into practice during the early part of training camp even though he has been cleared for football activities, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.

Footballguys view: The Jets defense was a better unit with Mosley out there last year, even though it was only a partial game. He should be considered a strong LB1 in IDP leagues even though he carries some additional injury risk after missing most of 2019.

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  Ravens | More on Jake Ryan's release    Thu Jun 11, 05:07 PM

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens LB Jake Ryan (undisclosed) was released Thursday, June 11, with a non-football injury designation.

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  Ravens | Jake Ryan let go    Thu Jun 11, 04:17 PM

Baltimore Ravens LB Jake Ryan was waived Thursday, June 11.

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  Jets | C.J. Mosley medically cleared    Wed Jun 10, 03:21 PM

New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) said he has been medically cleared for football activities and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Titans | More rush opportunities for Rashaan Evans?    Sun Jun 7, 07:31 PM

Tennessee Titans LB Rashaan Evans is a 'star in the making' in the opinion of beat writer Jim Wyatt, who believes he will be given more opportunities to 'get after the quarterback' after logging 2.5 sacks in 2019.

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  Redskins | Reuben Foster likely to be used at WLB    Sun Jun 7, 04:40 PM

Washington Redskins LB Reuben Foster likely will be used at weakside linebacker this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Washington will line up Thomas Davis at one of their linebacker spots this year but there will be competition for the others. They could also use different linebackers on passing downs and make it difficult to find an IDP league worthy linebacker on the roster this year.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly officially back in football    Thu Jun 4, 08:57 PM

Former Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was officially hired as a pro scout Thursday, June 4. 'During the season, it'll be player evaluation and then advance scouting stuff. So if we play a team next week, we've got to get everything set up and ready to go, so when the coaches come in on Monday, they're not starting from square one,' Kuechly said.

Footballguys view: It's great to see the Panthers keep an all-time great in their organization despite the regime change this offseason. Kuechly has a future in broadcasting if he wants it, but it appears being closer to the game is more appealing to him.

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  Chargers | Nick Vigil may be used in coverage    Thu Jun 4, 05:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Nick Vigil may be on the field for obvious passing downs this upcoming season because he has played well in coverage during his career.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly could join front office    Wed Jun 3, 09:49 AM

Former Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly is considering a role in the Panthers' front office as a professional scout.

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  Panthers | Luke Kuechly designation gives Panthers relief    Tue Jun 2, 03:55 PM

Updating a previous story, by waiting until after June 1 to place LB Luke Kuechly on the Reserve/Retired list, the Carolina Panthers can spread Kuechly's cap hit over the next seasons. They will save about $6 million against the cap in 2020.

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  NFL | Luke Kuechly officially on retired list    Tue Jun 2, 03:47 PM

Former Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly was officially placed on the Reserve/Retired list Tuesday, June 2, according to a source.

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  Dolphins | Elandon Roberts could be used at FB    Fri May 29, 06:46 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Elandon Roberts could be a candidate for the fullback role this upcoming season if the team does not want to keep a fullback on their final roster.

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  Dolphins | Raekwon McMillan may see limited time    Wed May 27, 05:25 PM

Miami Dolphins LB Raekwon McMillan may only be on the field on running downs and would not be on the field if the team uses only two linebackers.

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  Falcons | Deone Bucannon officially joins Falcons    Tue May 26, 05:02 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent LB Deone Bucannon (Giants) officially signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, May 26.

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  Jets | Patrick Onwuasor may asked to rush quarterback    Sat May 23, 07:13 PM

New York Jets LB Patrick Onwuasor may be used as a blitzer in defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' scheme because he has had success in the role in the past.

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  Falcons | Deone Bucannon commits to Atlanta    Thu May 21, 06:04 PM

Free-agent LB Deone Bucannon (Giants) agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, May 21.

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  Browns | B.J. Goodson expects to play in middle    Thu May 21, 04:31 PM

Cleveland Browns LB B.J. Goodson said he is most comfortable at middle linebacker and expects to play that position for the Browns.

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  Seahawks | Nick Bellore has good chance to make roster    Mon May 18, 08:35 PM

Seattle Seahawks FB Nick Bellore has a good chance to make the final roster since he is the only fullback on the roster and the team usually keep a fullback on the roster.

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  Cowboys | Jaylon Smith to move outside?    Sat May 16, 02:03 PM

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith has mainly played middle linebacker the last two seasons, but there is speculation that Smith could be moved to the weak side this coming season under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

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  Steelers | Several could see time at ILB    Thu May 14, 04:44 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers S Marcus D. Allen, S Antoine Brooks Jr., LB Ulysees Gilbert III and LB Robert Spillane are candidates to receive playing time at inside linebacker this upcoming season, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. LBs Devin Bush and Vince Williams are expected to receive most of the snaps at the inside linebacker spots.

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  Bills | Tyler Matakevich sees himself as MLB    Wed May 13, 03:28 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Tyler Matakevich said he believes middle linebacker is the best position for him in the team's 4-3 defensive alignment but is also open to playing weakside linebacker.

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  Vikings | Eric Kendricks played the pass well in 2019    Tue May 12, 11:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Eric Kendricks led all linebackers in the league with 11 passes defensed in 2019.

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  Jets | C.J. Mosley still recovering    Wed May 6, 07:12 PM

New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) said he is still not making cuts while running but is feeling good in his recovery from groin surgery. He expects to be ready for training camp.

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  Ravens | Baltimore officially signs Jake Ryan    Mon May 4, 03:45 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Jake Ryan (Jaguars) officially signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens Monday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Titans | Wesley Woodyard not expected back    Sat May 2, 06:07 PM

Free-agent LB Wesley Woodyard (Titans) is not expected to re-sign with the Tennessee Titans this offseason. Woodyard plans to play in the NFL this upcoming season.

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  Redskins | Reuben Foster in last year of deal    Thu Apr 30, 03:04 PM

The Washington Redskins have decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on LB Reuben Foster, who will now hit the free-agent market in 2021. Foster has yet to play a down for the Redskins; he suffered a torn ACL last May.

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  Ravens | Jake Ryan agrees with Ravens    Sat Apr 18, 10:13 AM

Free-agent LB Jake Ryan (Jaguars) agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, April 18. Financial terms weren't disclosed, and the deal is pending a physical.

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  Jaguars | Joe Schobert's deal official    Wed Apr 15, 06:51 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Joe Schobert (Browns) officially signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, April 15. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Jets | Avery Williamson could be trade option    Sun Apr 12, 01:29 PM

New York Jets LB Avery Williamson (knee) could be placed on the trade block this offseason but it may be hard for the team to trade him since he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.

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  Lions | Reggie Ragland officially lands in Detroit    Tue Apr 7, 04:39 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent LB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs) officially signed with the Detroit Lions Tuesday, April 7. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Jets | Patrick Onwuasor officially signed    Mon Apr 6, 03:24 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent LB Patrick Onwuasor (Ravens) officially signed with the New York Jets Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Bears | Two should be ready for camp    Fri Apr 3, 08:00 PM

Chicago Bears TE Trey Burton (hip) and LB Roquan Smith (pectoral) are on track in their rehab and should be ready for training camp, according to general manager Ryan Pace.

Footballguys view: Burton only appeared in eight games last year and was a huge disappointment. The No.6 tight end (standard-scoring leagues) in 2018, Burton's numbers fell off the map and he finished at No.83 in 2019. We'll see if he can stay healthy and get his career back on track with the Bears.

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  Cardinals | Arizona officially adds two defenders    Fri Apr 3, 05:21 PM

Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals DE Jonathan Bullard and LB De'Vondre Campbell's contracts were approved Friday, April 3, by the NFL.

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  Jets | C.J. Mosley is making progress    Wed Apr 1, 04:33 PM

Updating previous reports, New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) is 'progressing well' from offseason surgery to repair a groin injury, according to general manager Joe Douglas via SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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  Cowboys | Joe Thomas' contract gets the thumbs up    Tue Mar 31, 07:16 PM

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys LB Joe Thomas' contract was finalized by the NFL Tuesday, March 31.

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  Chargers | LAC officially adds three veterans    Tue Mar 31, 07:08 PM

Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr., OT Bryan Bulaga and LB Nick Vigil's contracts were approved by the NFL Tuesday, March 31.

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  Bills | Two players officially signed    Mon Mar 30, 05:23 PM

Updating previous reports, free-agent RB Taiwan Jones (Texans) and LB Tyler Matakevich (Steelers) officially signed with the Buffalo Bills Monday, March 30. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones has bounced between playing cornerback and running back during his pro career. He'll be working on the depth chart as a reserve runner and special teams player for the Bills.

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Tyler Matakevich player page


  Raiders | Three deals finalized for Las Vegas    Fri Mar 27, 05:45 PM

Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders S Jeff Heath, LB Nick Kwiatkoski and DE Carl Nassib's contracts became official Friday, March 27, after being processed by the NFL.

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  Lions | Reggie Ragland agrees with Lions    Fri Mar 27, 10:40 AM

Free-agent LB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Detroit Lions Friday, March 27.

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