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Washington's John Ross garnered 6-of-16 first-place votes from NFL scouts polled on this year's top wide receiver prospect.

He got more first-place votes than Western Michigan's Corey Davis (5 1/2) and Clemson's Mike Williams (4 1/2), although Davis emerged as the No. 1 "points" getter in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poll, which used scouts' rankings and not just first-place votes. The points system placed East Carolina's Zay Jones at a distant fourth in this year's wideout class, and USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster at fifth. Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp finished sixth, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel seventh, and Texas A&M's Josh Reynolds came in eighth. "It's the worst wide receiver class I've seen in a long time," said one NFC executive.
Apr 22 - 10:36 PM

14-of-16 NFL scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel named Alabama's O.J. Howard this year's top draft-eligible tight end.

Howard crushed the field, as Miami's David Njoku finished a distant second with just one first-place vote and Ole Miss WR/TE Evan Engram garnered the final first-place vote. The Journal-Sentinel used a "points" system based on the scouts' 1-5 rankings. That "points" system resulted in Howard at No. 1, Njoku at No. 2, Engram at No. 3, South Alabama's Gerald Everett at No. 4, and injured Jake Butt of Michigan at No. 5 among draft-eligible tight ends.
Apr 22 - 10:13 PM

Bucs DE Noah Spence could see time at strong side linebacker.

Spence played all his rookie-year snaps at end. The Bucs have a need on the strong side and could get him some time there in base sets. Spence has injury questions coming off labrum surgery, but projects for a bigger second-year role after rotating behind William Gholston and Robert Ayers.
Apr 22 - 8:20 PM

NFL suspended free agent TE Brandon Bostick the first four games of 2017.

The reason for the suspension isn't yet clear. The Jets non-tendered Bostick after he appeared in 16 games (seven starts) last year. Bostick hasn't been linked to any teams this offseason.
Apr 22 - 6:20 PM

Cowboys DE Charles Tapper (back) is on track for OTAs.

Tapper was cleared back in January after spending his rookie year on IR. He’ll likely be moved slowly but should get in some work this offseason. Tapper has potential to be a major part of the Cowboys’ defensive line rotation.
Apr 22 - 4:06 PM

Chiefs released DT Jaye Howard.

Howard missed most of 2016 with a hip injury after signing a two-year extension last offseason. The Chiefs owe Howard $2.5 million but are hoping to offset some of his guaranteed money if he signs with another team. With Howard gone, Allen Bailey will see a bigger role in base sets.
Apr 22 - 2:14 PM

Falcons re-signed WR Taylor Gabriel to a one-year, $2.81 million contract.

He had been a restricted free agent. Cut by the Browns at the end of training camp last summer, Gabriel resurfaced as a big-play threat in Atlanta with seven touchdowns on only 39 touches. The 26-year-old should again be a key cog in the Falcons high-octane offense.
Apr 22 - 1:49 PM

Julius Thomas said this is "probably the best I've ever felt."

He was present for the start of offseason conditioning and claims to be 100 percent coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season. Thomas also said he feels "at home" playing under coach Adam Gase, who coordinated Denver's offense when Thomas was there from 2013-14. The 28-year-old reeled in four touchdowns with Jacksonville last season, his fewest since his rookie year in 2011.
Apr 22 - 1:25 PM

The Giants have until May 3 to exercise Odell Beckham's fifth-year option for 2018.

GM Jerry Reese was noncommittal when asked about Beckham's option on Thursday. "We are going to discuss that when the time gets closer," he said. "We will keep all of our options open with respect to that." Reese is being coy for some reason, but there's no doubt the Giants will pick up Beckham's option. The Giants can live with the occasional temper tantrum from Beckham as long as he continues to produce as one of the game's elite receivers.
Source: SNY.com
Apr 22 - 10:48 AM

The Bills have until Monday to match the Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer to RFA Mike Gillislee.

The Bills immediately bowed out when Chris Hogan signed an offer sheet with New England last offseason, but that hasn't happened this time around. ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss says his "gut feeling" is that Buffalo will match the offer, though he expects the Bills to "take this right up to the deadline." The Bills would net a fifth-round pick if Gillislee winds up in Foxboro.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 9:54 AM

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky is still "under serious consideration" by the Browns for the first overall pick in next week's draft.

There's little question that Myles Garrett is the most talented player in this year's draft, but the Browns need to weigh that against their need for a franchise quarterback. If the Browns pass on Trubisky with the first pick, it's unlikely he'd be available when they pick again at No. 12. The front office reportedly favors taking Trubisky first overall while the coaching staff is dead-set on Garrett. It will be fascinating to see this tug of war play out over the next five days.
Apr 22 - 9:43 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said LB Jaylon Smith (knee) should be ready for OTAs.

"He’s doing great," said Jones. "Making great improvements. We’re more fired up than ever we picked him last year." Smith resumed running in February, but was still dealing with some nerve damage. It sounds like the Cowboys expect to have him for most of their offseason program. Smith is trending in the right direction, but his 2017 role remains up in the air.
Apr 21 - 8:05 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was "surprised" LT Branden Albert didn’t attend voluntary workouts.

"I haven’t had any communication with him," Marrone said. "I don’t know what his thoughts are going forward." Albert wants more guaranteed money after getting traded to Jacksonville, but there haven’t been any discussions to this point. Barring a new deal, he'll count $8.9 million against the 2017 cap.
Apr 21 - 7:21 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he's yet to make a decision on Blake Bortles’ fifth-year option.

"We’re still discussing that," said Caldwell. "There are a lot of things that go into it." The option is worth $18 million, an obviously unrealistic number for a borderline NFL starter. Jacksonville has until May 3 to decide.
Apr 21 - 7:10 PM

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the Raiders are offering Marshawn Lynch a $3 million salary.

Lynch wants closer to $5 million. It explains what’s been holding up talks between the sides. The Raiders expect to reach a deal with Lynch before the draft.
Apr 21 - 6:02 PM



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