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Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Giants co-owner John Mara said Eli Manning has "a lot of years left in him."

It's the exact opposite of what Mara and most of the Giants' brass were saying earlier this offseason. Speaking in March, Mara said he was open to drafting Manning's successor. The G-Men ended up settling on third-round question mark Davis Webb. Headed into his age-36 campaign, Manning simply wasn't good enough in 2016. Coach Ben McAdoo said as much in March. The G-Men need a rebound.
Jun 22 - 1:14 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs thinks Markus Wheaton "has a better chance to start" than Victor Cruz or Kendall Wright.

Cameron Meredith and Kevin White are likely locked in atop the depth chart, but the No. 3 job is up for grabs. Wheaton was paid like a starter with $6 million guaranteed on his two-year deal, but he is coming off an injury-ruined season and has never been particularly consistent. Wright might be the best player of the three at this point, but he struggled to stay in the good graces of multiple coaching staffs in Tennessee and profiles more as a slot option, where Meredith excelled last season. Cruz may simply be done. No matter who wins the job in camp, this is not a spot to target in fantasy.
Jun 22 - 12:20 PM

Sammie Coates (groin surgery) said his health is "getting there."

Coates underwent groin surgery after the season. It sounds like he is not completely back to full health, but he was able to participate in the offseason program. "I'm starting to get back my speed," Coates said. "That's what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp." With Martavis Bryant back, Coates will need to show well in camp to even earn a roster spot. Being healthy would be a good start.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 12:12 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Derek Carr's five-year, $125-million extension contains $40 million fully guaranteed.

According to Pelissero, the deal includes $70 million in total guarantees. Those numbers put him below Andrew Luck, but he did edge him out in average annual value. More interestingly, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the deal "features a delayed cash flow" which will both help the Raiders re-sign players like Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and allow Carr to earn more money after the Raiders move to Nevada, which has no state income tax.
Jun 22 - 11:48 AM

The Seattle Times' Bob Condotta said his "best guess" is Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls will "take a fairly equal share of the basedown carries."

Condotta prefaced his prediction by saying performance will dictate the carry split, but his guess is still notable after the Seahawks paid Lacy like a starting running back in March. Rawls has earned praise for his offseason work, however, while Lacy has been sidelined recovering from an ankle injury. With weight, health, and now workload concerns, Lacy is one of the riskiest early-round picks this year, but his upside could be worth it.
Jun 22 - 11:21 AM

Colts.com's Kevin Bowen wrote WR Chester Rogers has a "real shot" to earn the No. 3 job.

A second-year UDFA out of Grambling State, Rogers earned praise from all corners for his offseason work, with GM Chris Ballard saying he was "outstanding" and OC Rob Chudzinski calling him "a guy that you love." With a wide open depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, it is not crazy to think Rogers pushes Kamar Aiken or failed first-rounder Phillip Dorsett in camp, although Aiken remains the favorite for the job. Rogers hauled in 19 passes for 273 yards as a rookie.
Source: colts.com
Jun 22 - 11:01 AM

The Nashville Tennessean's Jason Wolf speculates Tajae Sharpe (foot surgery) may have a "tenuous grasp on a roster spot" entering training camp.

Recovering from surgery on his right foot, Sharpe is expected to be ready for camp, but coach Mike Mularkey said he could have a "hard time" if he is not able to stay in shape. "Obviously he’s not going to run right now, but he’s got to do something to stay in shape," Mularkey said. "You’ve got to be ready to go. No matter what your injury is, there’s something you can do, cardio-wise, to train." After earning a starting job last year, Mularkey's comments suggest Sharpe could be competing for a job this time around. Even if he sticks on the roster, Sharpe is not going to be fantasy relevant behind Eric Decker, Corey Davis, and Rishard Matthews.
Jun 22 - 10:50 AM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said sophomore WR Ricardo Louis "has really improved."

The second of four wide receivers the Browns drafted last year, Louis made some noise while first-rounder Corey Coleman was sidelined, but he finished with just 18 catches for 205 yards as a rookie. That total could grow if he is able to win the No. 3 job in camp, but he will still be locked behind Coleman and Kenny Britt if everyone stays healthy. Still, this praise plus Louis' plan to train with Brandon Marshall this summer are all good signs for his future.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 10:41 AM

Raiders signed Derek Carr to a five-year, $125-million extension through 2022.

Ian Rapoport was first with the news, but Carr confirmed it himself on Twitter, saying he always wanted to be a "Raider 4 life." The $25-million average makes Carr the highest-paid player in NFL history, but the structure of the deal could be interesting with the Raiders moving to Nevada, which does not have a state income tax, and the current CBA set to expire during the course of the deal. Either way, Carr's future with the Raiders is now secure. With this deal wrapped up, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins could be the next dominos to fall.
Jun 22 - 10:12 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said second-round OT Taylor Moton is "not a redshirt guy."

"He's talented, he's big, he's strong, he's powerful," Gettleman said. "He's a good enough athlete to play right tackle, and he's smart enough to go inside." Moton will not start at guard unless the Panthers have bad injury luck in camp, but Gettleman's comments suggest he has a real shot to win the right tackle job. Daryl Williams is the favorite heading into camp.
Jun 22 - 10:01 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec did not see Alex Lewis take a snap at right tackle during the offseason program.

The Ravens reportedly believe Lewis' best position is left guard, and it looks like they are keeping him there despite serious questions at right tackle. That could suggest Baltimore plans to bring someone in before training camp, but James Hurst looks like the favorite for now. In addition to right tackle, the Ravens have a big hole at center.
Jun 22 - 9:57 AM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes the Ravens will use more three-wide sets this season.

According to Zrebiec, Baltimore used three receivers on 58 percent of their plays last year. With Dennis Pitta no longer around and Jeremy Maclin in the fold, that number is likely to rise this season, which is good news for likely No. 3 Breshad Perriman. Still, Perriman's breakout potential took a big hit when Maclin signed, and he is no better than a late-round flier.
Jun 22 - 9:50 AM

Dolphins have moved Walt Aikens to cornerback.

It is the position he played in college, but he was transitioned to safety after being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Aikens reportedly played well at his new/old position during the offseason program, so he should stick there moving forward. Even so, Aikens' biggest contributions will likely continue to come on special teams.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 9:27 AM

Steelers.com's Bob Labriola wrote he "cannot imagine a realistic scenario" in which franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell holds out into the season.

Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, but when he does he will be owed $12.1 million, almost $6 million more than any other running back will receive in base salary this year. Even if he does not get the long-term deal he wants before the July 17 deadline, Bell is unlikely to leave that kind of money on the table. While some contract certainty would be nice, Bell is still safe to select with one the top two picks in fantasy drafts.
Jun 22 - 9:18 AM

Steelers.com's Bob Labriola believes TE Xavier Grimble could "make a run" at the starting job.

Labriola wrote Grimble "has flashed the ability to be special" but struggles with consistency. Grimble is a more dynamic receiving weapon than presumed starter Jesse James, who has averaged 8.4 yards on 47 career receptions. If he proves more reliable in camp, it would not be surprising to see Grimble push James for the starting job.
Jun 22 - 9:08 AM



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