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A Giants assistant coach told's Jordan Raanan that Marcus Harris was the team's "best receiver" in 2014 training camp and preseason.

Keep in mind Odell Beckham was out with a hamstring injury at this time, but Raanan has been beating Harris' drum for awhile. The Giants were reportedly considering starting Harris before he suffered a year-ending shoulder injury late last August. Undrafted out of Murray State in 2011, Harris stands 6-foot-1, 189 with an underwhelming 33-inch vertical. He does have solid agility scores, which suggests Harris could excel in the slot.
Mar 27 - 1:33 PM

Bears signed CB Alan Ball, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.

The National Football Post jumped the gun last week when it reported Ball signed with the Panthers. They offered him a deal, but Ball took Chicago's. Ball started 22 games for the Jaguars the previous two seasons, but had his 2014 campaign cut short with a bicep injury. He provides much-needed depth for the Bears behind starters Tim Jennings and Kyle Fuller. It's still a position of need.
Mar 27 - 12:39 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the Bills had interest in trading for Saints RG Jahri Evans.

Buffalo is looking for a bookend to Richie Incognito after Chris Williams was a 2014 free-agent flop. Williams is a questionable fit in OC Greg Roman's power scheme and would save the Bills $2.5 million as a post-June cut. The Saints were shopping both Evans and LG Ben Grubbs before dealing Grubbs to the Chiefs.
Mar 27 - 11:51 AM

Titans re-signed CB Brandon Harris to a one-year contract.

Harris, the 60th pick in the 2011 draft by the Texans, appeared in 11 games for the Titans last season, playing 112 defensive snaps as a part-time slot corner. He'll compete for one of the final roster spots in training camp this summer.
Mar 27 - 11:47 AM

Bills GM Doug Whaley expressed a desire to re-sign free agent ILB Brandon Spikes.

Per Whaley, his two remaining tasks in free agency are re-signing Spikes and adding a vet receiver. Spikes has drawn zero known interest on the open market and could likely be had on the cheap. He's a pure two-down thumper.
Mar 27 - 11:44 AM

Coach Dan Quinn called free agent Matt Schaub "certainly somebody" the Falcons could sign.

Cut by the Raiders two weeks ago, Schaub is a backup only. He was drafted by the Falcons and played for new OC Kyle Shanahan with the Texans. Schaub may not be much of an upgrade on current No. 2 T.J. Yates or Sean Renfree.
Mar 27 - 11:03 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are "very excited" to see Stephen Hill in OTAs and minicamp.

"With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do," Rivera continued. "He might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us." Hill spent all of last season on Carolina's practice squad. He'll have a good chance to make the team this summer.
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

Vikings signed OT Babatunde Aiyegbusi.

Aiyegbusi, 27, stands a towering 6'9/351 and hails from Poland. The former basketball player has been playing organized football for just five years. Aiyegbusi's agent had never even heard of him until two weeks ago.
Mar 27 - 10:26 AM

Vikings signed LB Casey Matthews, formerly of the Eagles.

Clay's far less talented younger brother was forced to play 440 defensive snaps for the Eagles last season after DeMeco Ryans went down with a blown Achilles'. Matthews will compete for a job on a light Vikings linebacker depth chart.
Mar 27 - 10:21 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes the chances are "very good" that the Cowboys release CB Brandon Carr if he refuses a pay cut.

Carr is due an $8 million salary and scheduled to count $12.7 million against the cap in the third year of a five-year, $50.1 million contract. The Cowboys can clear $8 million in cap space this season by making him a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

Jared Allen is expected to be a sub-package player for the Bears.

After being an every-down player throughout his entire career as a base 4-3 right end, Allen will be playing in a 3-4 defense this season. It's something he's been strongly opposed to in the past, but the Bears aren't going to cut him after paying Allen an $11.5 million roster bonus. Allen is too small to play 3-4 end, and Pernell McPhee and Lamarr Houston are the starting edge rushers.
Mar 27 - 9:30 AM

Julius Thomas expects he and Marcedes Lewis to "complement each other very well."

After Thomas signed, GM Dave Caldwell said Lewis will have to compete to keep his roster spot. We fully expect Lewis to make the team despite his big cap hit. Lewis and Thomas are completely different players. Lewis should handle most of the blocking duties, allowing Thomas to move around and catch passes.
Mar 27 - 9:11 AM

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints knew second-year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste was "going to be a developmental player" when they drafted him.

Payton confirmed the Saints still "like" last year's No. 58 overall pick. Jean-Baptiste started just 19 games at Nebraska and played just eight snaps as a deep-reserve rookie. He will compete with Delvin Breaux and Brian Dixon for the No. 3 corner job behind starters Keenan Lewis and Brandon Browner.
Mar 27 - 8:38 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent LB Brandon Copeland has drawn interest from 11 teams since last week's Veteran Combine, and has four visits scheduled.

Schefter didn't report which teams Copeland is visiting. A 2013 undrafted free agent out of Ivy League Penn, Copeland has had stints with the Titans and Ravens, but never appeared in a regular-season game.'s Daniel Jeremiah reports Copeland showed "good speed" at last weekend's event.
Mar 26 - 8:58 PM

Vikings signed CB Terence Newman, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

Coming off a solid three-year stint with the Bengals, Newman is reuniting with coach Mike Zimmer, whom he played for in both Dallas and Cincy. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2003 draft, Newman has remained durable and effective, but his play did slip a little in 2014. He also missed three games with a knee issue, and briefly considered retirement. He'll likely enter the season as an outside starter opposite Xavier Rhodes, but might be best limited to the 400-500 snap range. The Vikings remain likely to address cornerback in the draft.
Mar 26 - 7:23 PM

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