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Sources tell the Cleveland Plain Dealer the Browns have been "alarmed" by the off-field actions of Johnny Manziel since trading up to select him with the 22nd overall pick in May's draft.

The Plain Dealer reports the team was particularly bothered by a picture that surfaced of Manziel rolling a $20 bill in a bar bathroom, suggestive of someone preparing to use snort cocaine. "Some in the organization feel he's lost ground in the quarterback competition heading into camp," adds beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. Manziel reportedly "regressed in practice" this spring, and team brass believes it resulted from "not enough dedication to the playbook." Sources also told Cabot the Browns "have been stunned by his non-stop antics" off the field. All signs continue to point to Brian Hoyer starting Week 1 against the Steelers.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 02:05:00 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner expects Brandon LaFell to start over rookie Tyler Boyd this season.

This could change if Boyd has a big training camp, but for now LaFell is running with the ones and in the driver's seat to replace Marvin Jones opposite A.J. Green. A second-round pick out of Pitt, Boyd is a finesse receiver with limited run-after-catch skills whose fit in the slot is questionable. The Bengals have a boatload of unaccounted-for targets after losing Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, and Tyler Eifert to offseason ankle surgery.
May 31 - 5:37 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia does not believe Thomas Rawls (ankle) will play in the preseason.

The Seahawks have been tight-lipped about Rawls' recovery from a broken ankle, but they have consistently targeted Week 1 for his return. That suggests he will not see any work in the preseason, and he could be extremely limited deep into training camp. Rawls has RB1 upside, but this injury makes him a very risky pick. Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise could have larger than expected roles.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:51 PM

Ryan Tannehill said "the sky is the limit" for sophomore WR DeVante Parker.

"I think you saw, the last six to eight games of the year, his confidence start to build," Tannehill said. "He's starting at that point now. We can build from where he is at now, and the sky is the limit for him." This is the second time Tannehill has talked up his second-year receiver in as many weeks. Even though the receiver corps is deep with talent, Parker should play a huge role this year.
May 31 - 12:42 PM

Free agent S/CB Walter Thurmond is retiring after six seasons in the NFL.

The Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reported this was a possibility in March. Thurmond is only 28 and coming off his best and healthiest season as a pro after switching to safety for the Eagles last year. With an injury history as long as anyone, it is possible Thurmond decided to call it quits rather than risking his health on another short-term deal. It would not be surprising if he changes his mind next spring. Thurmond finishes his career with 160 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions in 52 appearances.
May 31 - 12:33 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the NFL will move the Pro Bowl to Orlando in 2017.

A press conference to announce a multi-year deal to play the game in central Florida will be held Wednesday. Rather than changing the format to make the game more enticing to fans and players alike, the NFL is hoping another move -- the game was hosted in Miami in 2009 and Glendale in 2014 -- will spur interest. Aside from 2009 and 2014, the game has been hosted at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu every year since 1979.
Source: NFL.com
May 31 - 12:24 PM

The Jets' three-year offer to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly worth up to $36 million.

The base value of the deal is $24 million with $12 million in the first year and over $15 million guaranteed. While the $12 million in available incentives makes the deal look more reasonable, The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta called them "fugazi incentives," indicating there is little chance they would ever be reached. A one-year deal with an option for 2017 could be the compromise both sides are waiting for, but this saga looks destined to drag out well into the summer.
May 31 - 10:38 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports it is a "near certainty" Alshon Jeffery plays out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag.

GM Ryan Pace has called contract talks "cordial" and "productive," but Wiederer's sources say "there are no indications" the Bears will push for a long-term deal this summer. The move makes sense for Chicago. Jeffery has had conditioning questions in the past and struggled through an injury-riddled campaign last season. He is also skipping voluntary work this year despite signing his franchise tag in early March. With no idea how healthy or motivated Jeffery is for this season or beyond, the Bears might be happy moving forward with sophomore Kevin White as their No. 1 after this year. Even while hurt last year, Jeffery showed he has top-flight talent, but he needs to prove he can stay on the field.
May 31 - 10:23 AM

Newsday's Kimberley Martin reports both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall are back at the Jets' facility on Tuesday.

Decker skipped last week's work to express his displeasure with how the Jets are handling Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract saga. Marshall reportedly missed the voluntary work for other reasons, but it is possible Fitzpatrick's situation played a role. Either way, both are back this week, and Fitzpatrick is still unsigned.
May 31 - 10:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes it is possible Antonio Brown catches 150 passes this season.

Marvin Harrison currently holds the NFL record with 143 receptions in 2002, but it is not crazy to think Brown could blow by that mark. Brown caught 136 balls last year, and he managed 9.91 receptions per game while Ben Roethlisberger was healthy, which would have been good enough for 159 catches over a full season. With Martavis Bryant suspended, Brown will be the unquestioned focal point of the offense. If he and Ben stay healthy, he could set some records. Brown is the clear-cut No. 1 fantasy receiver this season.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 9:19 AM

Suspended DE Dion Jordan plans to apply for reinstatement to the NFL on Wednesday.

Jordan's indefinite suspension was handed down last April due to multiple failed drug tests. He's been rarely heard from since, but broke his silence this week in an interview with USA Today. "I’m not about to waste it," said Jordan, referring to his NFL career. "I can’t waste it. And I (expletive) love doing it." Jordan turned 26 in May. He was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Source: USA Today
May 30 - 1:37 PM

NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo reports No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz "seems to" have a better handle of the playbook than Sam Bradford.

Both players are attempting to master new coach Doug Pederson's offense, and Bradford appears to be behind after pouting for two weeks following the draft. The veteran should catch up, but it looks like Wentz is having no trouble adjusting to an NFL offense. Pederson has said all along he would like to let his rookie develop behind a veteran before thrusting him into the limelight, but it remains extremely likely Wentz makes starts this season.
May 30 - 10:17 AM




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