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Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties.
Source: bengals.com
Jun 30 - 9:07 PM

Terrelle Pryor says he's competing for a roster spot as a "slash" player.

"I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said last week. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space." A "slash" player is typically a quarterback who gets touches elsewhere on the field. The Browns have made it clear they signed Pryor as a wideout, and not a signal caller. Pryor would undoubtedly be used in gadget packages if he cracked the 53-man roster, but his odds live and die on his ability to adjust to receiver.
Jun 30 - 4:46 PM

Retired QB Brett Favre believes he could still play in the NFL.

This is our first "Brett Favre still believes he could play in the NFL post" since September 2013. "I could make all the throws I made before, I just couldn't throw it near as far, but that never matters anyway." Despite the pronouncement, Favre — who is 45 — insists he has no plans to restart his career. Favre's last pass came on Dec. 10, 2010, in a 40-14 loss to the Bears as a member of the Vikings. He'll be eligible for the Hall-of-Fame next year, and will undoubtedly be elected.
Jun 30 - 4:33 PM

Colts signed DT Jeris Pendleton.

A 2012 seventh-round pick of the Jags, Pendleton spent one game on the Colts' active roster in 2013. He was out of the league last season. He'll be the longest of long shots to crack Indy's 53-man roster.
Jun 30 - 3:09 PM

XTRA 910 Arizona reports free agent DE John Abraham is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Abraham, who missed nearly all of 2014 as he dealt with his head issues, is in the news for an alleged February assault. It's alarming that he's still experiencing symptoms nearly 10 months after going down in Week 1. Abraham's 2014 concussion was the latest in a long line of many. It would appear his playing days are over.
Jun 30 - 1:12 PM

CSN Philly still believes the Eagles will find an "acceptable" trade offer for ILB Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks and Brandon Boykin are expected to be the next talented Eagles that Chip Kelly lets loose. He can especially afford to move on from Kendricks with DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, Najee Goode, Brad Jones and rookie Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker. The Eagles were reportedly offering Kendricks in exchange for a second-round pick at the draft.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:47 PM

Trey Burton is expected to be groomed into the Eagles' future No. 2 tight end.

Burton, an undrafted project out of Florida last year, is a plus special teamer for now. Eventually, the Eagles hope he can play that role and back up Zach Ertz. Burton played some wideout while at the University of Florida.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:33 PM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:14 PM

Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 10:41 AM

The Buffalo News believes it's "really possible" the Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback.

Taylor, Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel split reps evenly throughout the offseason program, with Cassel performing the poorest. It's not that far-fetched to suggest Taylor could beat out Manuel and his 58.6 career completion percentage. Rex Ryan appears most enthusiastic about Taylor, the quarterback he "hand picked." Taylor has never started an NFL game, spending the last four years as Joe Flacco's backup.
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abduallah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 30 - 9:21 AM

Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 9:14 AM

Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."
Jun 30 - 8:42 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said the Seahawks "want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

Bennett continues to tell anyone who will listen that he's contemplating a holdout. That's nice, but the Seahawks just signed him to a four-year, $32 million contract 15 months ago. NFL deals don't get redone one year into a pact and Bennett likely knows this.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 30 - 8:24 AM

ESPN's Ron Jaworski said he "like(s) the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback."

Geno's career has often been the butt of jokes through two seasons, but he's played in a QB-unfriendly system with guys like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland as primary targets. We saw a flicker of hope over last season's final four games as he completed 65.1 percent of his throws with a 6:2 TD-to-INT ration en route to a 105.3 passer rating. Now Smith has excellent weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Devin Smith) to fit the Chan Gailey's spread scheme that's similar to the one he excelled in at West Virginia. We're not ruling out a big step forward.
Jun 30 - 8:14 AM



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