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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes free agent Ray Rice's absence from the Cowboys' recent running back workouts suggests Rice is not on the team's radar.

The Cowboys recently worked out a who's who of running back washouts, including Daniel Thomas, Felix Jones, and Ben Tate. Rice was not invited, and nor was Chris Johnson. The players brought in to try out were likely the top backs on Dallas' emergency list. Rice and Johnson may not be on the list at all.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 24 - 4:10 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions third-year TE Zach Ertz as a candidate to "end up leading the Eagles in receiving" this season.

Beat writer Jeff McLane acknowledges this is contingent upon Ertz earning more playing time after he played only 50 percent of Philly's 2014 offensive snaps. The Eagles' wideout corps is largely unproven, and Ertz's pass-catching chops were never in doubt. At very least, Ertz needs to become a bigger part of the Eagles' red-zone offense after scoring only three TDs in 2014.
May 24 - 1:47 PM

Eagles WR Josh Huff is expected to open training camp as the team's No. 1 kickoff returner.

Huff was floated as a breakout candidate at wide receiver before the draft, but the chances of that happening all but evaporated when the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor 20th overall. As a rookie, Huff averaged a robust 29.6 yards on 14 kick returns, including a 107-yard touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
May 24 - 1:41 PM

In addition to the Cowboys, free agent WR Kris Durham recently worked out for the Saints.

The Saints went with Lance Lewis over Durham, who has been abysmal in past opportunities to play extensively. He was arguably the worst wideout in the entire NFL in 2013, when Durham served as the Lions' No. 3 receiver.
May 24 - 1:19 PM

When asked if his torn biceps was fully healed, 49ers DL Glenn Dorsey said "I'm close."

Dorsey isn't practicing yet, but he'll be ready in plenty of time for the start of the season. The 29-year-old is one of a handful of candidates the 49ers are considering to replace Justin Smith at right end. Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Ian Williams could see snaps there as well, particularly on passing downs.

Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica is "intrigued" by Jamison Crowder's potential as a punt returner.

He was a productive special teamer in college, returning four punts for touchdowns in his last two seasons at Duke. At 5'8" and only 185 pounds, Crowder is probably too small to be anything more than a part-time player at wide receiver. Andre Roberts returned kicks for the Redskins last season.
May 24 - 12:14 PM

Falcons SLB Brooks Reed could miss the start of OTAs because of a groin injury.

He suffered the injury during the team's recent veteran minicamp. We'd expect the Falcons to be as cautious as possible with Reed after inking him to a five-year, $22.5 million contract this offseason. O'Brien Schofield is likely to get first-team reps when OTAs open on Tuesday.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 11:07 AM

Mario Williams will play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's new 3-4 scheme.

Williams played left end under Jim Schwartz last season, but Rex disciple Mike Pettine used him at outside linebacker in 2013. Regardless of whether he lines up in a two- or three-point stance, Williams' role in Ryan's defense will be to rush the quarterback. Williams figures to align at outside linebacker on base downs, and rush from defensive end in sub-packages.
May 24 - 10:49 AM

The NFL overturned Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension.

He received a two-game ban for pleading no contest to DUI, but after filing paperwork with the league, the NFL dropped Bartu's suspension and instead fined him $50,000. Bartu finished third on the team with 83 tackles last season.
May 24 - 10:08 AM

The Cardinals are moving Matt Shaughnessy to defensive end.

Shaughnessy played left outside linebacker in 2014 but coach Bruce Arians thinks he'll fit better at end because of his size (6'5/285). He'll battle Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker, and rookie Rodney Gunter for playing time across from Calais Campbell. Alex Okafor is the favorite to start at left outside linebacker.
May 24 - 9:39 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the starting right tackle position is Bobby Massie's to lose.

Most assumed first-round pick D.J. Humphries would get the first crack, but Arians said that isn't the case. "It's not D.J.'s job," said Arians. "D.J.'s got to do a hell of a lot to ever get that job." Arians' commitment to Massie is a little surprising considering he's received negative grades from Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons. The Cardinals are almost certain to let Massie walk when he hits free agency next offseason, so at the absolute latest Humphries will be the starter in 2016.
May 24 - 9:22 AM

During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

ESPN Cleveland believes Browns FS Tashaun Gipson may be intent on entering the free agent market in 2016.

Gipson has been skipping voluntary minicamp. The Browns reportedly have concerns about his 2014 MCL injury and aren’t expected to extend him. Gipson has until June 15 to sign his second-round tender or he'll risk losing $1.73 million.
May 23 - 9:12 PM

Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared for OTAs.

A full year removed from ACL surgery, Lee hasn't had any setbacks and will practice without limitations. After missing 31 games the past three seasons, Dallas will attempt to keep Lee healthy by moving him to the weak side.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 23 - 8:37 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo projects third-round pick John Miller to open the season as the starting right guard.

Miller has been working with the first-team during OTAs and is expected to open training camp with the starters. The Bills view Miller’s skill-set as an ideal fit for OC Greg Roman’s scheme. Buffalo is counting on Miller and Richie Incognito to improve their interior line after having one of the worst guard situations in the league last season.
May 23 - 8:08 PM



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