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Tyler Eifert (back) was limited at OTAs last week.

He was reportedly moving at "half speed" and didn't participate in 11-on-11 drills. Back surgery limited Eifert to just two games last year, though the tight end plans to be a full go for training camp. "I'm on schedule," he said. "I don’t want to go out there and have any setbacks or anything, so just methodically moving forward." Eifert has always been a big red-zone presence, but his durability remains a major concern for fantasy owners.
May 27 - 11:15 AM

According to ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini, Teddy Bridgewater's trade value is "trending upward."

Cimini said the former Viking was "one of the bright spots" at last week's OTAs. The Jets originally signed Bridgewater with the intent of trading him for a draft pick, but Cimini cautions that coach Todd Bowles will start the best quarterback and that could very well be Bridgewater. Even in the unlikely event that he does win the starting job this summer, Bridgewater would just be keeping the seat warm for first-round rookie Sam Darnold.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 9:56 AM

Eagles DE Derek Barnett (hernia) was a full participant at OTAs.

Barnett had a sports hernia operation shortly after Super Bowl LII but has already recovered. The 2017 first-rounder earned PFF's No. 37 grade among 4-3 defensive ends last season.
May 27 - 9:10 AM

Darren Sproles (knee) did not attend voluntary OTAs last week.

Sproles instead opted to work out at his home in California. The 34-year-old is coming off a torn ACL but appears to be doing well in his recovery. When healthy, Sproles should occupy his usual role as a change-of-pace/receiving back.
May 27 - 8:39 AM

ESPN's Eric Williams considers the Chargers a possible landing spot for free agent Julius Thomas.

Thomas hasn't had any interest since his Miami release. He looked washed in 12 starts last year, but the Chargers need a tight end after losing Hunter Henry to ACL surgery. Free agents Antonio Gates, Sean McGrath, Jeff Cumberland and John Phillips have also been linked to Los Angeles.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 7:07 PM

Josh Freeman has retired from football.

Freeman signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes this offseason but retired at training camp. A former first round pick, Freeman never lived up to his draft status. Freeman started 61 games between the Bucs, Vikings and Colts before falling out of the NFL in 2015.
May 26 - 5:37 PM

The Cowboys plan to extend contract-year RG Zack Martin before the start of the season.

Martin is skipping OTAs over his contract. He's pushing for a deal that will pay $13 million-plus annually. A first round pick in 2014, Martin has made the Pro Bowl the last four seasons and should become the highest paid guard in the league.
May 26 - 4:30 PM

Florida Football Insiders reports the Bucs may have interest in free agent Adrian Peterson.

The Bucs were linked to Peterson last offseason before he signed with the Saints. Peterson has played most of his career in West Coast schemes and is a fit for Dirk Koetter's offense. Tampa has a talented but unproven tandem of second-rounder Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber atop their depth chart. Taking a flyer on Peterson would add an early-down veteran to the backfield mix.
May 26 - 2:31 PM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, Geronimo Allison is currently Green Bay's "de facto" No. 3 receiver.

We would agree. Allison is entering his third season and is the elder statesman of the group behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. Allison has flashed big skills at times his first two seasons but did little with Brett Hundley last year. He'll face competition from rookie draft picks J'Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling for snaps out wide.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 11:22 AM

Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) has yet to be cleared to practice at OTAs.

Verrett played in one game last season before being shut down and needing another surgery on the same knee he tore his ACL in in 2016. The former first-rounder was one of the best corners in the league before getting hurt two seasons ago, and he's barely played since. It's unclear what his role is going to be this year with Casey Hayward, Trevor Williams, and Desmond King at corner.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 11:17 AM

Second-year DE Jordan Willis is expected to take over as the Bengals' "every-down" right end.

Willis won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior before being picked in the third round of last year's draft. He played 360 snaps as a rookie, receiving strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense, and Willis tested extremely well athletically before the draft. Veteran RE Michael Johnson is expected to move to a backup role, while Cincy also used a third-rounder on DE Sam Hubbard this year. 2017 fourth-rounder Carl Lawson will be in the mix, too.
Source: bengals.com
May 26 - 11:10 AM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects WR Tyler Boyd to man the slot for Cincinnati and "also get some looks on the outside."

Boyd missed time last season with a sprained MCL and also was a healthy scratch at times, as Hobson notes the receiver and the coaches didn't completely see eye to eye. Hobson anticipates Boyd being a beneficiary of new full-time OC Bill Lazor's offense and expects the third-year wideout to have a "solid year." The Bengals need some of their young receivers to step up.
Source: bengals.com
May 26 - 11:05 AM

Robert Griffin III is splitting second-team reps at OTAs.

Griffin is trying to hold off Lamar Jackson for Baltimore’s backup job. The Ravens never carry three quarterbacks, so Griffin is likely going to be auditioning for other teams this preseason.
Source: USA Today
May 25 - 9:15 PM

The Seattle Times believes RT Germain Ifedi is entering a make-or-break season.

Ifedi had a disaster move to right tackle last year, leading the league in penalties and grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. With only George Fant competing with him, he's not in danger of losing his starting role but may be on a short leash. There's some hope Ifedi will benefit from OL coach Mike Solari's man-blocking scheme. Seattle has to make a decision on Ifedi's fifth-year option after this season.
May 25 - 7:11 PM

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (chest) has been cleared for OTAs.

It puts Hightower ahead of his recovery schedule. Hightower is coming off an injury-filled season, missing the final nine weeks and entire playoffs. The Patriots are counting on a 2018 rebound.
May 25 - 6:04 PM



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