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Blake Bortles said he feels more comfortable in the Jaguars' offense after adjusting to a new coaching staff in 2017.

"When we started last year, it was kind of an elementary level, in terms of ‘I’m hearing the play, I’m thinking about the footwork I have to take, the identification, trying to remember what routes guys are running and all that," he said. "Now, I think I’m kind of owning the offense and having a better understanding of it." No one would ever mistake Bortles for Aaron Rodgers, though he should at least benefit from a strong supporting cast in Jacksonville. He signed a three-year extension this offseason, keeping him in Duval through his age-28 season.
Jun 24 - 12:23 PM

Jamison Crowder feels healthier this offseason after struggling with hamstring issues throughout 2017.

"I feel great now," said Crowder. "It was frustrating. When you go out there with a lingering injury, you’re already setting yourself behind." The contract-year wideout was a standout at OTAs, drawing praise from teammate Alex Smith, who complemented Crowder's body control and ability to read the defense. Chris Thompson also noted that Crowder has been keeping up with him in sprints after lagging behind in years past. The 25-year-old put an emphasis on strength during his offseason training, opting for more "dynamic lifts" including power and hang cleans. All signs point to a breakout year for the Redskins' slot receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 24 - 11:36 AM

A.J. Green said he's "comfortable" with his current contract.

Green was, at one point, the highest-paid receiver in football. He's since fallen to sixth on that list behind the likes of Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Jarvis Landry. Green is probably due for a raise, though the 29-year-old isn't worried about his contract status. "At the end of the day I just want to play football," said the seven-time Pro Bowler. "I got my contract. I’m set for life. Now I can just go out there and play." Green's contract expires after 2019.
Jun 24 - 9:55 AM

Jaguars OLB Blair Brown is expected to start on the strong side.

Brown played with the first-team defense in offseason workouts. He has the early edge over Donald Payne and seventh-rounder Leon Jacobs. With Telvin Smith and Myles Jack in every-down roles, Brown should be limited to base sets.
Jun 23 - 7:12 PM

Virginia Tech CB Adonis Alexander visited with the Jets.

The Saints, Colts, and Kansas City also met with him. It confirms Alexander's league wide interest after 26 teams attended his Pro Day. Alexander (6'2/195) has starting traits but was suspended multiple times at Virginia Tech and his measurables (4.6 forty) would have ranked at the bottom of this year's class. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Alexander a third-round supplemental grade.
Jun 23 - 6:21 PM

Malcolm Mitchell (knee) is unsure if he'll be ready for training camp.

Mitchell was held out of offseason workouts. He's over a year removed from his knee injury, so it's possible the Patriots have just been moving him slowly. With Julian Edelman suspended, Mitchell is competing for a role in four-wide sets.
Jun 23 - 4:17 PM

Cardinals LT D.J. Humphries (knee) is "trending to be ready" for the start of the season.

Humphries got in some limited offseason reps but wasn't cleared for team drills. There haven't been any setbacks in his rehab from MCL surgery. Humphries looks to have a good chance of returning for training camp.
Jun 23 - 4:09 PM

TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt believes it's "too early to say" if RT Jack Conklin (knee) will be ready for Week 1.

Conklin missed OTAs recovering from January ACL surgery. He's expected to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but there's hope he'll return before the start of the season. Conklin was one of the top pass-blocking right tackles in the league before going down in the playoffs. The Titans have a proven backup in Dennis Kelly if Conklin isn't back for Week 1.
Jun 23 - 3:12 PM

Panthers TE Ian Thomas got reps with the first-team offense at minicamp.

Thomas made only 11 starts in his two years at Indiana but blew up the Combine (91st-percentile SPARQ). The Panthers drafted Thomas as a project but he's shown enough to push Chris Manhertz for the No. 2 job behind Greg Olsen. Thomas has the pass-catching skills for a rookie impact.
Jun 23 - 2:27 PM

Panthers DE Wes Horton could have an expanded role this season.

Horton managed 5.5 sacks on 359 snaps (34%) last year. With Charles Johnson gone and Julius Peppers limited to pass downs, he's a good bet to see an uptick in playing time. A strong training camp would make Horton the favorite to start opposite Mario Addison.
Jun 23 - 12:24 PM

Titans second-year ILB Jayon Brown "made a lot of plays" during offseason workouts.

Brown repped with the first-team defense this spring. The Titans plan to use him in a larger role after playing 45-percent of snaps as a rookie. Brown is competing with Rashaan Evans and Will Compton to start opposite Wesley Woodyard but should get most of his playing time in sub-packages.
Jun 23 - 12:02 PM

Free agent Coby Fleener is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

This confirms previous reports on Fleener's status. Fleener ended last year on IR with the fifth concussion of his career and is going to struggle to get cleared before training camp. There hasn't been any interest in Fleener since his Saints release.
Jun 23 - 11:19 AM

Free agent Christian Hackenberg has interest from the CFL.

Hackenberg went unclaimed on waivers after his Oakland release. He visited the Patriots, but left without a deal. Hackenberg looks doubtful to resurface before training camp. Fading to the CFL may be his next step.
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 23 - 10:39 AM

Broncos rookie TE Troy Fumagalli (thigh) expects to be ready for training camp.

Fumagalli didn't practice this spring after sports hernia surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, where he'll compete in a wide-open tight end depth chart. Fumagalli has some pass-catching upside but is unlikely to have an early season role.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:04 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph expects WR Jordan Taylor (hip surgery) to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Taylor sat out the entire offseason recovering from surgery to both hips. The missed time has his roster spot in danger after rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton made waves at OTAs. It sounds like Taylor should avoid the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 9:49 AM



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