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ESPN Vikings blogger Ben Goessling expects Kyle Rudolph to have a bigger role under new OC Norv Turner.

Rudolph will be talked about plenty next summer as a potential breakout player at the tight end position, just as Jordan Cameron was last year under Turner and Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland. Turner has gotten big years out of Antonio Gates and Cameron over the past decade. Rudolph could be next in line. He was on pace for a 60-632-6 receiving line before breaking his foot this past season. If the Vikings can find a quarterback, Rudolph will have a chance to best that.
Source: ESPN.com
Sat, Jan 25, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he is "happy with" Doug Martin's (suspended) "trajectory" this offseason.

"I’ve said that before but it’s the truth," Licht continued. "He has the right mindset right now and he looks good physically." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Martin has been "the most impressive player thus far" in the Bucs' offseason program, and Tampa Bay has bypassed the running back position to this point in the draft. That does not mean they will avoid the position entirely on Day 3, but it is looking more and more likely Martin will remain in Tampa Bay this season. Martin will serve the final three games of his suspension Weeks 1-3.
Apr 29 - 10:12 AM

TMZ Sports reports Cowboys suspended DE Randy Gregory failed another drug test.

Gregory is currently serving a suspension of at least one year for a previous failed test. TMZ Sports reports Gregory has "blown off" NFL officials since being notified of the failed test in March, and "people connected to Gregory" believe his NFL career might be over. If he did actually fail another test, his friends are likely correct. A second-round pick in 2015, Gregory has played in just 14 games in two seasons including just two last year because of injury and suspension.
Source: TMZ Sports
Apr 29 - 9:47 AM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills are "unlikely" to pick up Sammy Watkins' fifth-year option.

Reports of the Bills waffling on the decision have been circulating for a couple weeks, but it never seemed like a real choice considering Watkins' talent, how much Buffalo paid to get him, and their lack of options at receiver. Clearly, that assumption was incorrect. According to Carucci, the Bills "aren't comfortable" using the option while Watkins is still recovering from foot surgery. The deadline for a final decision is May 3. Buffalo added WR Zay Jones in the second round Friday night, but they need receiver help regardless of Watkins' health and contract situation.
Apr 29 - 9:16 AM

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys "have no intention at all" to trade CB Orlando Scandrick.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Cowboys were shopping Scandrick for a third-round pick on Friday night. Dallas did add two corners on the second day of the draft -- Colorado's Awuzie Chidobe and Michigan's Jourdan Lewis -- but they still are not in a position to part with talent in the secondary. Scandrick was effective last season despite dealing with injuries to both hamstrings.
Apr 29 - 8:52 AM

Steelers selected Pitt RB James Conner with the No. 105 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Connor (6’2/233) took college football by storm as a 2014 sophomore, earning ACC Player of the Year with 26 rushing TDs only to tear his right MCL one game into his junior season. Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma later that year, yet remarkably returned to post a 216-1,092-16 (5.06 YPC) rushing line in 2016 and set a career high with 21 receptions. While a great story, Connor’s post-cancer tape was that of a plodding grinder, lacking burst and winning purely on straight-line force. Conner’s likeliest NFL projection is an early-down thumper with short-yardage and clock-killing value like a poor man’s LeGarrette Blount.
Apr 28 - 11:32 PM

49ers traded up with the Vikings to select Iowa QB C.J. Beathard with the No. 104 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers entered this draft looking for their quarterback of the future, and this pick is not going to change that. Beathard (6’2/219) made 28 starts in the Hawkeyes’ pro-style, play-action offense, compiling a 21-7 record but completing just 58.1% of his passes with a 7.0 yards-per-attempt average and 40:19 TD-to-INT ratio. He slumped to 56.5% completions and 6.4 YPA as a senior. The nephew of longtime GM Bobby Beathard, C.J. projects as a career backup with inconsistent touch, poor pocket presence, and molasses-slow mechanics which led to 58 sacks over his final two years. His ceiling is likely in the T.J. Yates range.
Apr 28 - 11:30 PM

Giants selected Cal QB Davis Webb with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Beginning to plan for a post-Eli Manning future, the Giants are taking a flier on a player some people considered a first-round dark horse. Webb (6’5/229) transferred to Cal after he was beaten out by Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech, playing one year for the Bears and going 5-7 with a 61.6% completion rate, 6.9 YPA, and 37:12 TD-to-INT ratio. Webb is an above-average athlete with 79th-percentile SPARQ results, although he presented little to no scrambling threat in college. Compared to Nick Foles by Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, Webb struggled with ball location and showed erratic pocket presence on tape. Webb "looks the part" but probably starter-caliber passing skills and does not extend plays.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Chiefs traded up to select Toledo RB Kareem Hunt with the No. 86 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hunt (5’11/216) graduated as the Rockets’ all-time leading rusher, posting a career line of 782-4,945-44 (6.32 YPC) with 73 receptions, including 41 grabs as a senior. Hunt earned Most Outstanding Player at January’s Senior Bowl, only to struggle at the Combine with a sluggish forty (4.62) and broad jump (9’11"). Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman has compared Hunt to a Chester Taylor, Joique Bell-level No. 2 back or capable spot starter. While his athleticism doesn’t stand out, PFF College charted Hunt with the second-most missed tackles forced (98) in the nation in 2016, and Hunt fumbled just once on 856 college touches. We are big fans of Hunt and believe he'll give Spencer Ware a serious run for the Chiefs' starting job in camp.
Apr 28 - 10:40 PM

Rams selected Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kupp (6’2/204) originally walked on at EWU, yet went on to start 52-of-52 games and earn FCS Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, breaking the all-division college record for career receiving yards (6,464) on 428 receptions (15.1 YPR) with 73 touchdowns. Kupp also scored three times on punt returns. Strictly a slot receiver in the Eagles’ wide-open spread, Kupp carries "system player" concerns after running 4.62 in Indy. Turning 24 in July, Kupp is also old for an incoming NFL rookie. Not big or athletic enough to win outside, Kupp is ticketed for an interior receiver role in the pros. PFF College has compared Kupp to ex-Bengals slot WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Despite his limitations, Kupp could be heavily targeted early in the Rams talent-bare receiver corps.
Apr 28 - 9:48 PM

Saints traded up with the 49ers to select Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

In a stunning move for a team that just signed Adrian Peterson to pair with Mark Ingram, the Saints have sent their 2018 second-rounder to San Francisco in addition to a seventh-rounder. Kamara (5’10/214) committed to Alabama out of high school only to redshirt as a freshman, transfer to JUCO, and spend his final two seasons in Knoxville, where he posted a 210-1,294-16 (6.16 YPC) career rushing line and caught 74 passes as the lightning to Jalen Hurd’s thunder. Kamara also averaged 10.9 yards on 26 punt returns, returning one to the house. Kamara is a versatile space back, but he disappointed with a 4.56 forty time in Indy and never reached 20 carries in a college game, topping 15 carries just three times in 24 appearances. Kamara did catch multiple passes in 19 games. A playmaking RBBC back who still needs to learn how to pass protect, Kamara is essentially a rich man’s Kenyan Drake. He won't have 2017 re-draft value.
Apr 28 - 9:43 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are asking for a third-round pick for CB Orlando Scandrick.

He became expendable when the Cowboys selected Colorado CB Chidobe Awuzie with the No. 60 overall pick. Scandrick dealt with hamstring trouble last year but earned positive marks in coverage from ProFootballFocus when healthy. If the Cowboys do end up moving Scandrick, Awuzie would likely start opposite Anthony Brown at corner.
Apr 28 - 9:26 PM




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