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Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he has "zero doubts" he will be ready to play Week 1.

Players are generally very optimistic about their timetable, but GM Jerry Reese said earlier in the week Cruz was on track for the opening game. Cruz has been running in straight lines for almost a month, but he has yet to start cutting. The Giants added slot receiver Dwayne Harris as insurance this offseason, but for now it appears Cruz should return early in the season.
Apr 25 - 12:33 PM

Newly-signed WR/KR Dwayne Harris hopes to be more involved as a receiver with the Giants.

Harris only caught 33 passes in four years with the Cowboys, but the $7.1 million guaranteed over five years the Harris got this offseason suggest the Giants think he can be more than just a return man. The problem is Harris could not beat out Cole Beasley for slot duties in Dallas, and unless Victor Cruz is unable to return full strength from his gruesome knee injury, Harris will struggle to find targets in the Giants' crowded pass-catching corps. He is a long shot to make a fantasy impact this season.
Apr 25 - 12:17 PM

Mark Sanchez said the Eagles signed Tim Tebow as a camp arm while Sam Bradford recovers from his knee injury.

"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's still recovering," Sanchez said. It is always exciting when the Sanchez-Tebow circus comes to town. Of course, if the Eagles really just wanted a guy to throw while Bradford was sidelined, they would have signed someone who could actually throw. Tebow's chances of making the final roster are slim, but he would not be on the roster if coach Chip Kelly thought he was nothing more than a camp arm.
Source: CSN Philly
Apr 25 - 12:07 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants will "most likely" draft an offensive lineman with the No. 9 overall pick.

Iowa G/T Brandon Scherff would be the best option for the Giants. Scherff is a versatile lineman who could start immediately either at left guard or right tackle, allowing current RT Justin Pugh to kick inside to his more natural guard position. Graziano also mentioned Miami T Ereck Flowers as a possibility.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:56 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants could move up if Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler or USC DL Leonard Williams falls out of the top four picks.

They Giants need impact players on defense, and both Fowler and Williams would fit the bill. It is also not a stretch one or even both could fall down the board. With quarterbacks expected to occupy the first two picks and both Jacksonville and Oakland considering wide receivers, there is a chance both Fowler and Williams could be on the board when the Redskins are on the clock at No. 5. The Giants would likely have to pay a steep price to get the pick out of Washington's hands in that scenario, but it is not out of the question.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:42 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew will sign a one-day contract with Jacksonville on Tuesday in order to retire as a Jaguar.

One of the best runners of his generation, Jones-Drew was a dynamic all-purpose offensive force during his time with the Jaguars. He racked up almost 11,000 yards from scrimmage during his eight years in Jacksonville, including a 1,980-total yard, 11-touchdown season in 2011. A fantasy football Hall of Famer, Jones-Drew scored 79 touchdowns across 126 career games.
Apr 25 - 11:33 AM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes the Raiders would like to replace RG Khalif Barnes with a rookie.

Oakland landed promising LG Gabe Jackson in the third round last season. After adding C Rodney Hudson in free agency, drafting another immediate impact guard in this year's draft could solidify the Raiders' line for the foreseeable future. If Barnes is replaced, he could fill a role as a swing lineman in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 11:12 AM

NJ.com believes Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley could share the backfield duties for the Jets this season.

"Regarding the running game, expect Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley to share the bulk of the load," beat writer Dom Cosentino said. "One of those two might get 20 to 30 carries more than the other guy, but it won't be a huge gap, provided both backs stay healthy." It is an interesting take on the situation, but one that seems very unlikely. Neither Ivory nor Ridley has the pass-game chops OC Chan Gailey has required from his backs in the past, and the Jets look poised to add a running back in the draft. There will be a role for a back like Ridley or Ivory in the offense, but the Jets only need one of them on the roster to fill it.
Apr 25 - 11:05 AM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said he believes Missouri edge rusher Shane Ray (foot/toe) will be ready for the start of the season.

Dimitroff added that the Falcons' approach could hinge on how early they expect an injured prospect to contribute. Ray is adamant he does not need foot surgery, but there are still concerns he may need a corrective procedure next offseason. Ray was once viewed as a lock to go in the top ten, but the injury has torpedoed his stock. If the Falcons feel comfortable with his medicals, they could still pull the trigger with the No. 8 overall pick.
Apr 25 - 10:45 AM

Colts owner Jim Irsay still believes the team can work out an extension with coach Chuck Pagano before the season.

"I really feel positive about Chuck and what he’s done for us," Irsay said. "Nothing rules out that we couldn’t have an extension done before the season. If not, we can still, I’m sure, probably work things out." Pagano turned down a one-year extension at a "very modest increase" in March. Entering the final year of his deal, Pagano is betting on himself.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 9:48 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports LSU CB Jalen Collins had "multiple" failed drug tests in college.

These are headline-grabbing revelations, but the teams considering Collins have likely known about the tests for some time. A long corner with 4.48 speed, Collins is the prototype NFL teams look for on the outside, but his production in college did not match up with his physical gifts. He is still a work in progress, but his physical traits make him a good bet to come off the board late on Day 1.
Apr 25 - 9:35 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team has yet to have extension talks with DT Haloti Ngata, but "at some point we'll start that dialogue."

"I think they know that we have an interest in doing something and I think that we know they have an interest in doing something," Mayhew said. "But he just got here for the offseason program. We’re letting him get comfortable and get situated." Acquired from the Ravens on the eve of free agency, Ngata is scheduled to become a free agent next offseason. The two sides should work out a multi-year extension in the near future.
Apr 25 - 9:18 AM

Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team has made an offer to free agent G Rob Sims.

"We’ve had some discussion with Rob," Mayhew said. "We’ll have to kind of wait and see what happens." Sims has started every game at left guard over the last five seasons for Detroit, but his play has noticeably tailed off the last two seasons. Now 31, Sims is not the long-term answer. Even if he re-signs, the Lions should target at least one interior lineman in the draft.
Apr 25 - 9:11 AM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune projects Audie Cole as the Vikings' starting middle linebacker.

Cole would be flanked by Chad Greenway on the weak side and Anthony Barr on the strong side. This could all be a moot point if the Vikings choose to upgrade the position in the draft. UCLA LB Eric Kendricks could be a target if Minnesota trades out of the No. 11 pick, and Miami LB Denzel Perryman could still be on the board when the Vikes pick in the second round.
Apr 25 - 8:58 AM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles have "great interest" in UConn CB Byron Jones.

New Eagles personnel man Ed Marynowitz recently outlined Philly's draft approach and how they will use size-speed baselines to determine player targets. Jones stands 6-foot-1, 199 and blew up the Combine. He certainly fits the Eagles' cornerback mold with an ability to excel in press-man coverage.
Apr 24 - 9:51 PM



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