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Titans hired free agent DL Nick Eason as assistant defensive line coach.

Eason, 34 in May, was out of the league this past season after appearing in all 16 games and making nine tackles in 2012 with the Cardinals. The former fourth-round pick of the Broncos registered 128 tackles and seven sacks as a reserve across ten seasons with the Broncos, Browns, Steelers, and Cardinals.
Fri, Jan 31, 2014 10:18:00 AM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss says third-round RB David Johnson has a good shot at red-zone work.

Johnson doesn't play as big as his 6'1/224 frame would suggest, but he's still a better option in short yardage than featherweight Andre Ellington. Johnson is also far more talented than Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. So even though Ellington is fully expected to retain his starting gig and remain a focal point of the offense, Johnson will have value as a backup to an injury-prone player and a candidate for both inside running and goal-line work.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 8:52 AM

GM Ruston Webster said the coaching staff began tailoring their offense to fit Marcus Mariota's strengths a while ago.

This should be obvious, but coach Ken Whisenhunt has earned a reputation as a vanilla schemer that forces his offense on players. That won't fly with Mariota and he appears to know it. "Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set." If Whisenhunt uses Mariota correctly, he'll easily get on the QB2 map thanks to the rushing stats that will inevitably come.
Source: NFL.com
May 5 - 8:41 AM

Carson Palmer (ACL) participated in on-field drills with the starters Monday.

Palmer is just six months removed from his latest tear. So it's encouraging he spent Monday handing the ball off to backs and throwing intermediate/deep routes to receivers. Palmer conceded he likely won't be a full participant until training camp, but it would be a shock if he isn't near 100 percent for Week 1.
May 5 - 8:11 AM

Coach Rex Ryan had dinner with LSU T/G La'El Collins in Baton Rouge, La. on Monday.

Without a first-round pick over the weekend, the Bills could hit a grand slam by signing Collins. He was viewed as a mid-first-round pick -- the Bills would have picked 19th had they not dealt their pick to the Browns -- before Collins got wrapped up in a murder investigation, even though he isn't viewed as a suspect. If this comes down to recruiting, there may not be a better head coach at it than Ryan. Collins is ready to start day one in the NFL at either tackle or guard.
May 4 - 10:20 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Mike Pettine said it's "fair to say" Josh McCown will open training camp as the Browns' starting quarterback.

This comes as no surprise. McCown received $6.25 million guaranteed in the offseason, and Johnny Manziel just got out of rehab last month. After the Browns failed to draft a quarterback over the weekend, it further cemented McCown's place atop the depth chart. However, if McCown looks like the Buccaneer version of himself rather than the Bear, Manziel will make 2015 starts.
May 4 - 9:03 PM

Texans signed OLB Whitney Mercilus to a four-year, $26 million contract extension through 2019.

It contains $10.8 million guaranteed, including a $5.25 million signing bonus. The 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Texans declined Mercilus' fifth-year team option and instead locked him up through his age-29 season. Mercilus has been a bit of a disappointment in the sack department, registering 18 sacks through 47 games, but he's coming off a great year against the run.
May 4 - 6:43 PM

49ers DE Justin Smith will sit down with team brass "sometime this month" to decide whether he'll play football in 2015.

Even after drafting Arik Armstead at No. 17 overall, the 49ers would love to bring back "Cowboy," who has juice left in his tank and could also be a terrific mentor to college underachiever Armstead. "You'll know in about three weeks or so," Smith said Monday. The 35-year-old didn't say which way he's leaning.
May 4 - 3:54 PM

After his Monday meeting with Baton Rouge police, LSU T/G La'El Collins is still not viewed by investigators as a suspect in the death of Collins' former girlfriend.

Collins "fully cooperated" during his hour-long meeting with police. Collins is expected to be a hot commodity if he's cleared by the investigation. There has never been the slightest indication that Collins was the culprit. Due to the uncertainty of his situation, Collins was not drafted this past weekend. He is seen as a consensus first-round talent at tackle or guard.
May 4 - 3:39 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Jaguars GM David Caldwell indicated suspended WR Justin Blackmon could be done with the team.

Caldwell was asked about the fact that the Jags drafted two more receivers over the weekend, and he confirmed it's indeed an indication of Blackmon's future — or lack thereof — with the team. Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran is confident Blackmon is "DONE-ZO" in Jacksonville. Blackmon is serving an indefinite suspension, and it's unclear when he might apply for reinstatement.
May 4 - 2:15 PM

Pewter Report says the Bucs want to feature Charles Sims this season.

Pewter Report is one of the best team blogs out there. "Still think Doug Martin may not play a down in Tampa this year and may get traded prior to the season," they tweeted Monday in the wake of Martin's fifth-year option getting declined. It's clear the Lovie Smith regime is understandably low on Muscle Hamster and high on its hand-picked man in Sims. But they have plenty of cap room and Sims has the look of a change-of-pace/passing-down back right now. It's a situation to track this offseason, especially with the Bucs improving their run-game outlook by adding two offensive linemen in the second round of the draft.
May 4 - 9:42 AM

The Bucs did not pick up the 2016 fifth-year option on RB Doug Martin.

It was an easy decision for the Bucs, who know there's no way Martin will be worth $5.621 million in 2016. He's sputtered the last two seasons, fighting injuries while averaging just 3.63 YPC and struggling badly in pass protection. Still, Martin will only battle Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for carries this year after the Bucs failed to address the position in free agency or the draft. The Muscle Hamster remains the tentative favorite for early-down work by default, even if reports continue to swirl that the team is high on Sims.
May 4 - 8:57 AM




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