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Saints signed S Rafael Bush, formerly of the Lions.

Bush was the Lions' No. 3 safety last season, playing 492 snaps. Going on 30, Bush is returning to a team he played for from 2012-15. At least on paper, he's in the mix for free safety duties, but the Saints will probably give the benefit of the doubt to second-year pro Vonn Bell. The Saints used a considerable amount of three-safety alignments in 2016.
Mar 30 - 2:18 PM

Vikings signed TE Nick Truesdell, WR Mitch Mathews and CB Terrell Sinkfield.

Sinkfield is a converted receiver who spent the 2016 offseason in Minnesota. A right proper 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Truesdell is an athletic flier out of the Arena League. He has theoretical upside, but mostly theoretical since he's already 27. All three players will likely be early cuts off the 90-man roster.
Mar 30 - 1:38 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he would be "really surprised" if CB Deshawn Shead (ACL) is ready for Week 1.

Shead tore his ACL in the Divisional Round. It is not surprising Shead is doubtful for Week 1, but it is surprising the notoriously optimistic Carroll would admit as much. It is possible Shead opens the season on the PUP. Especially with Richard Sherman's future suddenly in question, the Seahawks need some help at corner.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 1:04 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera thinks Michael Oher (concussion) will play in 2017.

Oher remains in the concussion protocol more than six months removed from the injury, but he seems to be progressing. The tackle has been working out at the Panthers' facility five times a week, and both GM Dave Gettleman and now Rivera have appeared optimistic about his chances of getting back on the field. With Matt Kalil set to take over at left tackle, Oher will likely slot in on the right side if he is able to return.
Mar 30 - 11:57 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said walk-year WR Jordan Matthews is "a big part of what we do."

Entering his contract year, there have been rumors the Eagles are looking to deal Matthews, but Pederson expects him to remain on the roster. "Jordan...and Carson [Wentz] have a great relationship," Pederson said. "He's a dynamic slot guy, he's a little bit bigger guy, he works well in there." Matthews' role is sure to decrease following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, but he is still a decent bet for 100 targets. Especially considering Jeffery's injury history, Matthews could end up being undervalued in fantasy drafts.
Mar 30 - 11:49 AM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson thinks Alshon Jeffery's presence will help the other receivers.

"For us, he brings some leadership into that room, and makes that room better," Pederson said. "The experience is obviously a big factor in what we're doing, and he can lead by example." Jeffery's work ethic was questioned at times in Chicago, but the Eagles clearly think he will be a good influence for the likes of Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. A true No. 1 receiver, he will also take pressure off Torrey Smith and especially Jordan Matthews, who were both out of place as top options. As long as Jeffery can stay on the field, the Eagles should have a much better receiving corps this season.
Mar 30 - 11:41 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said "the offense runs through" Jordan Reed.

Gruden made the comment after being asked about losing both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Washington did a good job retooling by drafting Josh Doctson last year and signing Terrelle Pryor, but Reed's ability to stay healthy will determine how good the offense can be. Reed caught 66 passes for 686 yards and six touchdowns in just 12 games last season, but he has not played more than 14 games in his career. He is a high-upside, high-risk fantasy asset.
Mar 30 - 11:27 AM

Saints coach Sean Payton said he has "an exact vision" of how to use newly-signed WR Ted Ginn.

"I seem him playing at flanker, I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does," Payton said. "He’s still, when he’s playing in each game, the fastest player on the field." Payton added Ginn will "do some of the same things" as departed WR Brandin Cooks, although it is highly unlikely he is as involved in the offense. Despite making the switch from Carolina to New Orleans, Ginn's boom-or-bust WR4 fantasy value remains intact.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 11:12 AM

Eagles NT Beau Allen is expected to replace Bennie Logan.

Logan signed with the Chiefs in free agency. "Beau had a lot of snaps last year, played quite a bit," coach Doug Pederson said. "Obviously with free agency and Bennie not being here, yeah, it gives him an opportunity to step in there and really show what he can do." Philly is reportedly working on an extension for Allen, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 30 - 11:08 AM

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens "love" LSU RB Leonard Fournette.

Zrebiec believes the only way the Ravens take a running back in the first round is if Fournette falls to them at pick No. 16. That seems unlikely, but Baltimore looks like the running back's floor. The Panthers at No. 8 appear to be a strong candidate to land Fournette.
Mar 30 - 10:58 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy thinks Ty Montgomery has the "ability" to be a No. 1 running back.

Montgomery is making the full-time switch to running back this offseason, and the Packers have yet to add much competition. That will almost certainly change before training camp, but Montgomery should get a shot at the lead job as long as he stays healthy. "Obviously it’s a very heavy lifting position, so availability will be Ty’s No. 1 statistic," McCarthy said. "This is a big opportunity for him." Montgomery will likely be part of a committee even if he is the "lead back," but he is explosive enough and plays in a good enough offense to remain a fringe RB2 with upside even on limited touches.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:45 AM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wants Tyreek Hill more involved in the offense this season.

"Growing Tyreek in the offense will be important," Reid said. "He’ll do nothing but get better as long as he keeps the right attitude and the same work ethic he had this past year...I’m expecting good things from him." Hill played just 416 snaps on offense as a rookie, and he topped 40 plays in just one game. That is not enough playing time for a versatile option who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Chiefs need to get Hill on the field more moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:41 AM

Cam Newton is undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder Thursday.

The surgery was announced last week. Newton is expected to resume a limited throwing program 12 weeks after surgery and start throwing with the team in fourth months. That timeline makes him questionable for the start of training camp, and he could sit out the entire preseason. Newton should be ready for Week 1 if his rehab goes as planned.
Mar 30 - 10:28 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports Ravens coach John Harbaugh, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Saints coach Sean Payton, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera discussed adjusting the offseason work rules to allow more time with players with league officials this week.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians and Browns coach Hue Jackson also spoke on the topic during a larger session, and Breer reports almost all if not all coaches are on the same page. "Our players like when we coach them," Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. "I just think for this game to keep going the way it’s going, and it’s an awesome game, we need more time with the players." The newest CBA reduced each team's offseason program from 14 weeks to nine and limited the time coaches can spend doing on-field work with the players. Many coaches believe these limitations have hurt player development and the product on the field. With basically every coach campaigning, it will be surprising if the work rules are not adjusted in the next CBA.
Source: MMQB
Mar 30 - 10:03 AM

Adrian Peterson was pictured working out with Jameis Winston.

It is somewhat notable because the Bucs may be in the market for a running back, and coach Dirk Koetter added fuel to the fire when asked about the picture. "I've seen Adrian Peterson many times playing and that guy is one of the best running backs to ever play," Koetter said. "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him how his workouts went." With Doug Martin suspended the first three games and not a lock to stick on the roster, Peterson could be an option for Tampa Bay.
Mar 30 - 9:49 AM



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