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According to ProFootballFocus, 63.5 percent of Gerald Everett's receiving yards in college came after the catch.

Everett also led all college tight ends in missed tackles forced during his final two seasons at South Alabama. PFF has compared Everett's skill set to Antonio Gates, while the Rams see him playing a Jordan Reed-type role. It's still going to be a big adjustment for Everett moving from the relatively low-stakes Sun Belt Conference to the bright lights of the NFL.
Source: therams.com
May 28 - 12:26 PM

Texans OT David Quessenberry (cancer) returned to practice at OTAs last week.

Quessenberry is back after a three-year battle with lymphoma. "It was a long fight," said Quessenberry, who underwent his final chemotherapy treatment a few months ago. "Now that we're not talking about the next treatment, we're just talking about the next phase of the spring. It's exciting." The 26-year-old is probably a long shot for the 53-man roster, but it's a great story.
May 28 - 11:35 AM

Free agent TE Joseph Fauria is attempting a comeback.

Fauria was out of the league last year after spending time on the Cardinals' and Patriots' practice squads in 2015. "Last year didn’t go as planned," he admitted. "I didn’t get any tryouts, but I have my head on straight now. I’m in good shape. I’m ready to go. I just want one more chance." The 6'7 Fauria has caught eight career touchdowns in 23 games but hasn't played an NFL snap since 2014.
May 28 - 11:18 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects Danny Amendola and Andrew Hawkins to battle for the team's final wide receiver spot.

Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and special teams ace Matthew Slater are all locks, while Amendola and Hawkins find themselves firmly on the bubble. Austin Carr, Cody Hollister, Devin Lucien, and DeAndrew White are also on the roster. The injury-prone Amendola competes for a roster spot every year, but his familiarity with the Patriots' offense makes him a slight favorite over Hawkins, who caught 33 balls for 324 yards and three touchdowns for Cleveland in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 10:54 AM

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said don't expect Theo Riddick (wrist) to "do much" at OTAs.

Riddick is coming off surgeries on both wrists and the Lions have a reputation of bringing players along slowly after injuries. Per Rothstein, the goal is to have Riddick ready "by some point in August." Riddick will fill his usual role on passing downs when healthy.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 10:17 AM

Lions S/LB Miles Killebrew practiced with the first-team defense at OTAs last week.

Killebrew and Tavon Wilson operated as the first-team safeties. Glover Quin was absent and will bump one of those two from the lineup whenever he returns. Quin is a lock at free safety, but the other spot is up for grabs with Killebrew, Wilson, Alex Carter and Don Carey all vying for snaps.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 10:01 AM

Lions LB Tahir Whitehead is expected to play on the weak side this season.

Paul Worrilow manned the weak side with Whitehead absent from OTAs last week. Whitehead spent last year in the middle, but he finished 59th among 59 qualifiers in PFF's inside linebacker ratings and has been replaced by first-round pick Jarrad Davis. Whitehead's primary competition on the outside will likely come from Worrilow, Brandon Copeland and Antwione Williams.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 9:45 AM

Suspended Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins dropped 25 pounds this offseason.

After his weight reached the 280s last season, ASJ is down to 260. His offseason regimen included hot pilates and working out up to three times a day with a Las Vegas fitness expert. ASJ's career bottomed out last year after his September DUI arrest and subsequent release from Tampa Bay, but it looks like he's recommitted heading into his contract year. He'll begin the season serving a two-game ban.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 9:10 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to hold onto Dion Lewis, but in a lesser role.

The Patriots' backfield is well stocked following the additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. Reiss expects the Pats to "carefully manage" injury-riddled Lewis this season, limiting him to 15-20 snaps per game. Reiss did note that Lewis hit the line of scrimmage with "noticeable burst" at Thursday's OTA practice. Lewis is also expected to return kickoffs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 8:54 AM

Second-year CB Jonathan Jones worked as the Patriots' first-team nickel corner at OTAs.

The Pats are looking to replace Logan Ryan. Jones played sparingly as a rookie, logging just 64 snaps with half of them coming in a Week 5 win over Cleveland. His main competition in the slot will come from fellow sophomore Cyrus Jones. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore are locked on the boundaries.
Source: ESPN.com
May 28 - 8:38 AM

Jaguars third-year DE Dante Fowler expects to take a step forward this season.

"I think it will happen," he said. "It was a big learning experience for me last year. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life." Fowler is currently 248 pounds, but expects to play at 250-255. He should be closer to his pre-injury form two years removed from knee surgery. Still only 22 years old, Fowler is a good bet to improve on his four sacks from 2016.
May 27 - 8:02 PM

Saints OG Josh LeRibeus took first-team snaps at center during OTAs.

LeRibeus spent most of his time at guard in Washington. He’s been working with the Saints' starters with Max Unger (foot) sidelined. Senio Kelemete and Jack Allen are also candidates to fill in.
May 27 - 7:25 PM

Lions LG Graham Glasgow has been working with the first-team offense at OTAs.

Glasgow is moving to guard full time after playing some center last year. He graded as one of the worst interior linemen in the league as a rookie, but the Lions are counting on Glasgow to make a second-year leap. With T.J. Lang (hip) sidelined, Laken Tomlinson and Joe Dahl are rotating at right guard.
May 27 - 6:12 PM

Franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins says extension talks with the Redskins have been "really positive."

"As one person told me, Deadlines do deals," said Cousins. "That’s just kind of a rule in negotiating, so why would something happen way before a deadline? I’m not in a hurry, they’re not in a hurry, so we’ll just see how things go." The Redskins have been in talks with Cousins since the start of the offseason, but haven't gotten anywhere. It sounds like Cousins is still open to an extension if his demands are reached. Washington has until July 15 to work out a deal.
May 27 - 5:27 PM

Lions second-year QB Jake Rudock has bulked up to 215 pounds.

Rudock’s increased size/strength has stood out at OTAs. He’s also showed improved velocity on throws. "He’s gotten stronger, physically," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s thrown better. A little better knowledge, obviously with what he’s doing from an offensive standpoint." With Dan Orlovsky gone, Rudock will open 2017 as Matt Stafford’s backup.
May 27 - 4:31 PM



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