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Ravens fourth-round RB Buck Allen could be a factor on third downs "right away."

Allen admits he'll likely be a backup "for a while," but that doesn't mean he won't see the field behind Justin Forsett. Allen is big at 6'1/221, but is a noted pass protector with plus hands. New OC Marc Trestman loves to target his running back out of the backfield, so Allen is a name to watch in deep PPR.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 8:02 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

The Dolphins are expected to pursue LSU T/G La'El Collins once -- if -- he's cleared of any involvement in the death of his ex-girlfriend.

The Dolphins won't be the only team hot on Collins' trail once he's cleared; we're sure much of the league will be interested in signing him. Collins was viewed as a mid-first-round pick before the bombshell murder case was dropped in his lap. Collins can play any of left tackle, left guard, right guard, or right tackle.
May 4 - 6:16 PM

The Falcons worked out free agent RT Joe Barksdale on Monday.

With the draft now behind us, veteran free agents like Barksdale should start finding homes. The 27-year-old is one of the better players left on the market after he likely missed his bite at the apple in the opening of free agency by getting married and then leaving the country for his honeymoon. The Falcons drafted just one offensive lineman and could use an upgrade on RT Ryan Schraeder.
May 4 - 6:08 PM

Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks reported to Phase II of voluntary workouts Monday.

Kendricks was a no-show for Phase I as he was out of the country. Fittingly, his name was also hot in trade rumors ahead of the draft. After all was said and done, the Eagles drafted just one linebacker over the weekend -- ILB Jordan Hicks at No. 94. Over the weekend, coach Chip Kelly also said he expects Kendricks to remain part of the team this season. One of Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, and Kiko Alonso isn't going to be a starter, if true. Kendricks is in the final year of his deal.
May 4 - 6:04 PM

No. 8 overall pick Vic Beasley will be the Falcons' "Leo" outside pass rusher at weak-side defensive end.

It was Cliff Avril's position in new Atlanta coach Dan Quinn's defense. Beasley is a suspect run defender and doesn't play with overwhelming physicality, but possesses the best get-off in this year's draft and will literally be able to run by or around slower-footed left tackles. We like Beasley as an eight-sack threat right away and double-digit producer down the line.
May 4 - 6:00 PM

Buccaneers claimed OL Reid Fragel off waivers from the Falcons.

Fragel was well regarded inside the draft community when he went in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He's worth a flier for the line-needy Bucs.
May 4 - 5:10 PM

Raiders released OG Kevin Boothe.

He was owed a $1.175 million base salary. Boothe appeared in nine games last season, starting none. Boothe may be running out of gas going on age 32.
May 4 - 5:06 PM

49ers TE Vance McDonald will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

The 55th overall pick in the 2013 draft, McDonald has been a bust through two NFL seasons, managing ten receptions across his first 23 NFL games. McDonald has been an effective blocker, but the 49ers drafted two tight ends in Blake Bell and Rory Anderson. They also have Vernon Davis and Derek Carrier.
May 4 - 4:23 PM

Redskins waived OLB Ricky Sapp, LB Austin Spitler, WR Jerry Rice Jr, CB Thomas Wolfe, DB Kenny Okoro, OT Ty Nsekhe, OG Rishaw Johnson, DT Isaako Aaitui, LB Steve Beauharnais, WR Braylon Bell, OT Edawn Coughman, and DE Kenny Horsley.

Just some post-draft housecleaning by first-year GM Scot McCloughan.
May 4 - 4:04 PM

The Titans will give No. 66 overall pick Jeremiah Poutasi a chance to win their right tackle job.

His competition will be Flying Byrons Bell and Stingily. Poutasi is a country-strong mauler at 6-foot-5, 335. He played right tackle early in his Utah career before converting to left side as a sophomore and junior. We'd put our money on Poutasi winning the camp battle and getting the Opening Day start.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 4:01 PM

The Raiders are projecting No. 35 overall pick Mario Edwards as a "Leo" outside rusher opposite SLB Khalil Mack.

Coach Jack Del Rio explained the Raiders believe Edwards' impact suffered last season due to "senioritis." (He was actually a junior.) Edwards managed eight sacks during his college career, and lacks the athletic ability to become a truly threatening edge presence. If the Raiders project Edwards as a full-time weak-side edge rusher, they are likely to end up disappointed.
May 4 - 3:57 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

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow and shoulder surgeries) confirmed he'll be ready for training camp.

"That's why I'm excited now," Eifert said. "I'm feeling strong, feeling healthy. Not in any pain. It feels good." With Jermaine Gresham out of the picture, Eifert will be the Bengals' unquestioned No. 1 tight end this season, though the team did spend a third-round pick on Tyler Kroft. Kroft was primarily an in-line tight end for Rutgers last season, but has solid pass-catching skills. Nevertheless, Eifert will be in the low-end TE1 conversation.
May 4 - 3:23 PM



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