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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross has emerged as "a leading candidate" to replace Marty Hurney as Panthers GM.

Hurney was fired in October, and Brandon Beane has held down the fort as interim GM in the meantime. Former longtime Giants GM Ernie Accorsi is leading Panthers owner Jerry Richardson's GM search, so it's probably not surprising that the first place Accorsi looked was inside the organization he knows best. Ross has been Giants college scouting director for five seasons, and it's fair to argue that no team has drafted better during that span than the G-Men.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 11:14:00 AM

Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.

Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
May 26 - 12:37 PM

Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
May 26 - 12:18 PM

Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that Pro Bowl level." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well.
Source: ABC 13
May 26 - 9:48 AM

Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months.

Brees said he is "not stressing" over his contract, but he does not want negotiations to drag into the season. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year." The reason Brees gives for the deadline is not wanting his contract to be a distraction during the season. That may be true, but this pronouncement has the added benefit of putting pressure on the Saints to get something done. It would be a shock if the two sides did not come to an agreement before the season.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 8:54 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports retired RB Marshawn Lynch "told two ex-teammates that he is still thinking about playing this upcoming season."

Richard Sherman said earlier this month he is not convinced Lynch is retired for good, and Michael Bennett said he thinks Lynch could "make an appearance later on." It is possible Sherman and Bennett are the two ex-teammates referenced in the report. For what it is worth, Lynch's agent maintains his client is not considering playing this season. One of the most interesting characters in the league over the last decade, it is far from surprising Lynch's retirement has turned into something of a circus.
May 26 - 8:48 AM

Ezekiel Elliott worked with the second-team offense behind Darren McFadden as the Cowboys began OTAs this week.

One of the primary concerns for Zeke pessimists is that he might open his rookie year in a committee, sharing time with McFadden and/or Alfred Morris. "He's going to compete," RBs coach Gary Brown said of Elliott. "Zeke has to earn it." Elliott said Wednesday that he felt "shell shocked" by the speed on the field at Cowboys OTAs. "It's a lot faster pace." Elliott emerging as Dallas' lead back remains inevitable, but McFadden arguably earned a role by averaging 4.56 YPC in one of the league's worst offenses last season.
May 25 - 11:25 PM

The New York Post reports Eric Decker is skipping Jets OTAs "because he is upset the organization has yet to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick."

The Jets' inability to re-sign their quarterback has not only left the depth chart all but barren, it is alienating other players in the locker room. Decker is trying to "send a message," according to beat writer Brian Costello. Decker's absence from voluntary workouts is not violating any rules. Jets second-year GM Mike Maccagnan arrived in New York flush with salary cap space following the frugal John Idzik area. At present, Gang Green has just $3.154 million available, the third lowest amount in the league.
May 25 - 10:16 PM

Ladarius Green underwent offseason ankle surgery and won't participate in OTAs.

Green ended last season on I.R. with an ankle injury that apparently required some sort of operation/clean-up procedure, which is believed to have happened in January, according to Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken. He hasn't participated in offseason workouts and is without a timetable for return, though it's likely the Steelers are just being cautious. Obviously, the Steelers felt comfortable enough with Green's ankle to give him a four-year, $20 million contract. Green's recovery is worth monitoring, but we tentatively expect him back for camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 1:16 PM

Eagles OC Frank Reich said calling Sam Bradford the clear No. 1 quarterback is "probably not the right impression."

This contradicts what coach Doug Pederson has said all along, that Bradford is "the guy" at quarterback. "No, that's probably not the right impression," Reich said when asked if Bradford is the clear No. 1. "This is one of the most competitive industries in the world and so, to say that there’s not competition, that’s just the furthest thing from the truth." Odds are still heavily favoring Bradford to start Week 1 thanks to his hefty salary, but if Carson Wentz blows up this preseason, it'll be hard to keep the No. 2 pick off the field.
May 25 - 10:15 AM

A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Tyler Eifert "could miss the first couple of games of the season" following Wednesday's ankle surgery.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Eifert is undergoing surgery to "repair a loose ligament on the side of his foot," and the "worst-case scenario" is Eifert "to be out the first few games" of the season. Eifert initially injured his ankle in the Pro Bowl, and it's been giving him fits ever since. It may be around midseason before Eifert truly makes an impact since he'll miss the entire offseason.
May 25 - 8:35 AM

According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, the Dolphins "continue to monitor" free agent Arian Foster.

The Dolphins have been the team most-heavily linked to Foster since he visited them in March. Foster is expected to be medically cleared in as little as a week, so it looks like his market is going to heat up well before training camp. The Dolphins have said all the right things about second-year RB Jay Ajayi, but he can't get too comfortable atop the depth chart.
May 24 - 10:50 PM




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