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Browns released TE Kellen Davis.

Cleveland guaranteed Davis $165,000 -- including a $65,000 signing bonus -- when it signed him to a one-year deal in March. Davis was abused as a blocker this preseason, and he caught just five passes for 43 yards in exhibition play. The Browns have just Gary Barnidge behind starter Jordan Cameron, so look for them to work the waiver wire or free-agent market for help ahead of Week 1.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 11:23:00 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer anticipates the Eagles using a committee backfield of Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey.

"I don't want to say running back-by-committee," coach Doug Pederson said after the draft. "But at the same time, I think we have enough to get the job done, especially with our offensive line and tight ends, too." This projects as an ugly 2017 fantasy situation, with Sproles likely leading the backfield in snaps barring a trade before the season. It was believed the Eagles wanted Dalvin Cook in round two, but they took injured CB Sidney Jones instead.
May 1 - 2:20 AM

Darren Sproles "has said several times" he anticipates 2017 being his final NFL season.

And it's probably going to be a useful season after the Eagles disregarded running backs in the draft. Philly's lone RB selection was used on fifth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey, a similarly undersized scatback who has drawn optimistic comparisons to Sproles. Ryan Mathews apparently now has a chance to return despite major back/neck issues. Sproles is likely to maintain PPR value in 2017.
May 1 - 2:11 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports "things are not great between" Bears GM Ryan Pace and coach John Fox, and the situation "reached a nadir" in Thursday night's decision to pay a ransom for Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall.

"We don't know what the hell they were doing," said one NFL executive whose team is routinely in the postseason. "It's all anyone is talking about. It's really bad between Pace and Fox. ... From the first pick on, we can't figure out what they were doing. Go back and look at how many small-school kids they took. People around the league are shocked. It's really bad between Pace and Fox." La Canfora suggests the Bears are already eyeballing coaching candidates for the future, namely Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald. The in-fighting in Chicago could conceivably lead to Trubisky seeing the field long before he's ready.
Source: CBS Sports
May 1 - 2:01 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said first-round pick Jarrad Davis will play middle linebacker.

It's good news for Davis' fantasy IDP value. "We'll play him at middle linebacker," confirmed Quinn. "We hope for many years with him calling our defense." The Lions will apparently move Tahir Whitehead outside to compete for playing time with Paul Worrilow. Detroit mistakenly bypassed pass rushers in the draft, instead using multiple picks on off-ball linebackers. Detroit is likely headed for another mediocre season in the middle of the NFC North.
May 1 - 1:16 AM

When asked if Ameer Abdullah is the starting running back, Lions GM Bob Quinn said, "He is."

Detroit had nine picks in the draft this weekend. None were used on running backs. That's great news for Abdullah, who sat out most of his sophomore year with a torn ligament in his foot. The 2015 second-rounder hasn't been the difference maker the Lions hoped he would be, but he's still Detroit's lead dog coming out of the backfield. Aside from Abdullah, Theo Riddick will continue to play on passing downs while Zach Zenner will handle a change-of-pace role for the Lions.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 30 - 9:26 AM

Bills fired GM Doug Whaley.

The Bills are also letting their entire scouting department go. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports had reported that all Bills scouts and personnel were required for a meeting at team headquarters on Sunday morning. Now we know what that meeting was about. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi noted before the draft that new coach Sean McDermott is "making all the moves in Buffalo." With Whaley losing the power struggle to McDermott and his coaching staff, it was only a matter of time until the Bills showed him the door. "We have enjoyed working with Doug," said owner Terry Pegula in a statement. "We want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. It was not an easy decision but I believe it's the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills." Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane is considered the leading candidate to replace Whaley in Buffalo.
Apr 30 - 8:39 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, it's "very possible if not probable" the Bills will replace GM Doug Whaley.

As detailed in a report by Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo, La Canfora is hearing that Whaley is on thin ice and could soon be replaced by Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi made a similar claim earlier this week when he said that new coach Sean McDermott "is making all the moves in Buffalo." Per La Canfora, a decision on Whaley's future in Buffalo could come as soon as Sunday morning. Stay tuned.
Source: WKBW.com
Apr 29 - 9:56 PM

Raiders signed Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora.

Zamora (6’4/224) was an impact receiver for only one season at Baylor, posting a 63-809-8 (12.8 YPR) receiving line in 2016 as the 1b to K.D. Cannon’s 1a, and the 1c to Corey Coleman’s 1a before that. Zamora was not invited to February’s Combine due to a past incident where he was videotaped beating his dog with a belt. On a less-disturbing note, Zamora showed plus athleticism at Baylor’s 2016 Pro Day with a 4.53 forty, 34-inch vertical, and 10-foot broad jump. Zamora is essentially all projection, minimal production, but he has NFL talent and therefore will be worth monitoring.
Apr 29 - 7:55 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin is a "little heavy."

Rivera said he's concerned about the weight gain but in the same breath acknowledged that Benjamin is "working hard." Benjamin's conditioning has been questioned before and it may have been a factor in 2016 when he wore down late in the year. KB has the look of a risky WR3 heading into his age-26 season.
Apr 29 - 7:50 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy insisted Saturday that Ty Montgomery is still the team's starting running back.

This comes after the Packers added three running backs in the draft including fourth-rounder Jamaal Williams from BYU. Montgomery made a surprisingly smooth transition from receiver to running back last year, averaging a robust 5.9 yards per carry while leading the Packers with 457 rushing yards. Despite this, Montgomery only topped 10 carries in a game once and will probably work in tandem with Christine Michael and some combination of the running backs Green Bay just drafted.
Apr 29 - 7:40 PM

Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) has been cleared to resume working out.

Mathews has been considered a candidate for release, but the Eagles weren't overly aggressive at running back in the draft, adding only fourth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey. Mathews' roster spot appears safe for the time being. The oft-injured back will be babied through the offseason program, but seems like he will be ready for camp.
Apr 29 - 7:39 PM




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