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Jets coach Todd Bowles made it sound like third-year TE Jace Amaro's roster spot is in danger.

The 49th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Amaro missed all of 2015 after catching 38 passes for 345 yards (9.1 YPR) as a rookie. Amaro was not drafted by the current Jets regime. "He’s competing for a spot like everybody else," Bowles said. "He missed a year. I haven’t seen him play yet." Whereas Bowles said the Jets "still see (Amaro) as an H-back," beat reporter Rich Cimini says "Amaro doesn't share the same thought," and sees himself as a "traditional tight end, capable of playing every down." This is a make-or-break year for Amaro in New York.
May 29 - 6:15 PM

Bills S Duke Williams will enter training camp on the roster bubble.

A 2013 fourth-round pick out of Nevada, Williams failed to nail down a starting job when given the opportunity last year and was prone to on-field miscues when he did get snaps. The Bills' starters at safety are Aaron Williams and Corey Graham with Duke, Jonathan Meeks, Colt Anderson, and Robert Blanton behind them.
May 29 - 6:01 PM

Broncos.com's Andrew Mason describes the team's quarterback job as a "wide open" competition.

Mason cautioned to not "assume" Mark Sanchez will be named the Broncos' Week 1 starter, and doesn't anticipate coach Gary Kubiak making any announcements until the preseason is underway. Kubiak plans to "spread the reps around," giving Sanchez, Paxton Lynch, and Trevor Siemian equally long looks. "When he says it's going to be an open competition, he means it," Mason said of Kubiak. "Don't assume anything." With Sanchez (thumb surgery) sitting out OTAs, Lynch and Siemian are seeing expanded practice work.
May 29 - 4:29 PM

Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Jets' contract proposal to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is worth $24 million over three years.

A New York Post report late last week stated the Jets offered Fitzpatrick $12 million in year one of the offer, but Robinson reports the final two years are only worth an average of $6 million annually. Robinson characterizes it as "starter money" in year one, then "elite backup" pay in years two and three. Fitzpatrick presumably wants to be paid "starter money" in all three years. Although we still anticipate the Jets and Fitzpatrick meeting somewhere in the middle, at present the sides remain in a holding pattern without a resolution in sight.
May 29 - 3:25 PM

Mike Evans and Jameis Winston spent time together this offseason working on pass routes and breaking down film.

The work ethic of both Evans and Winston were called into question after Winston packed on pounds during his rookie year and Evans suffered through a sophomore slump, dropping an NFC-high 15 passes and managing only three TDs after scoring a dozen as a rookie. Per ESPN's Britt McHenry, Evans and Winston "worked through countless routes and were together on and off the field," often meeting to watch game tape before Golden State Warriors games. Not yet 23 years old, Evans is a strong bet for a bounce-back campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 1:48 PM

Jameis Winston weighed in the "upper 240s" at the Pro Bowl, but has shed 18 pounds in an effort to "avoid the dreaded sophomore slump."

Trainer/nutritionist Tim Grover encouraged Winston to eat more protein at night and scale back his consumption of potato chips, which Winston now eats at lunch instead of dinner. Winston is back near his Combine weight of 231, with a goal of shedding around five more pounds to get into the 225-229 range. "He is a worker, he's a gym rat," said Grover after working out with Winston. "He's constantly watching film." Coming out of Florida State, Winston was seen as an off-field character risk after making some immature decisions in college. From all indications as a pro, Winston has a good head on his shoulders and is primed for year-two improvement with Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Kenny Bell back healthy, and Mike Evans poised for a third-year jump.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 1:42 PM

Patriots contract-year CB Malcolm Butler is skipping OTAs and reportedly wants a new deal.

Butler is scheduled to make just $600,000 this season after earning $510,000 in 2015. He'll be a restricted free agent next March. According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Butler "plans to push for an adjustment" to his contract before the season. Skipping voluntary workouts is the first step in his plan. Butler was PFF's No. 11 cover corner last season and recently turned 26.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 10:42 AM

Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs suffered a "hairline" fracture in his left hand on May 2 and will be in a cast for at least another week.

Jacobs is probably done at OTAs and will be limited to "mental reps." He should be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Jacobs played 95 snaps last season as a second-year UDFA, blocking on 82 of those snaps.
May 29 - 10:38 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Matt Forte could see some time out of the slot as a pass catcher.

Cimini referenced C.J. Spiller, who has a similar pass-catching skill set to Forte, catching 115 passes between 2011 and 2013 under Gailey in Buffalo. Gailey uses a ton of four-wide sets, which could lead to Forte and Eric Decker inside and Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith out wide. It'd also be a way to get both Forte and Khiry Robinson on the field. Forte has big PPR potential in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 10:29 AM

CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro called rookie Wendell Smallwood the "key" to the Eagles' running back situation.

On paper, the Eagles look thin at the position, especially with Darren Sproles turning 33 next month and skipping OTAs. Starter Ryan Mathews has also been extremely injury-prone through his career. Kenjon Barner has impressed in padless practices, but Smallwood has been the big standout when on the field. Some around the team think Smallwood could eventually start as a rookie.
Source: CSN Philly
May 29 - 10:20 AM

Dolphins second-year DT Jordan Phillips "has been getting a look" with the first-team defense next to Ndamukong Suh at OTAs.

"We're looking for him to make a big step this year," coach Adam Gase said. "For a man his size, he’s pretty quick. He’s powerful. Our biggest thing with him is being able to keep him on the field and get him going and be productive on a consistent basis." Phillips was the 52nd pick in last year's draft, but really struggled as a rookie, getting particularly blown up against the run.
May 29 - 10:16 AM

Coach Adam Gase "definitely" wants to get Kenny Stills more involved on offense this season.

It's the second time Gase has said this this offseason. Stills was targeted just 63 times in his first season with Miami, reeling in only 27 of them for 440 yards and three scores. The big issue is he needs Ryan Tannehill to get (a lot) better at throwing the deep ball. Stills also needs to hold off third-round rookie Leonte Carroo for playing time in three-wide sets.
May 29 - 10:11 AM

Jets TE Jace Amaro expects to be involved in the pass game.

The Jets had only eight catches from their tight ends last season. Amaro’s return has potential to give them an upgrade, but he isn’t a roster lock after missing all of 2015. Even if he starts, Amaro projects for a low-volume role.
May 28 - 8:21 PM

Lions WLB DeAndre Levy (hip) has been practicing in team drills.

Levy’s next step is getting cleared for 11-on-11 work. He looks finally over his 2015 hip issues. Levy should be fully healthy for training camp.
Source: ESPN
May 28 - 7:06 PM

Dolphins SS Reshad Jones is not participating at OTAs.

Jones plans to skip the entire offseason. His holdout could carry into mandatory camp despite having two years and $14.285 million remaining on his deal. Already one of the highest-paid safeties, Jones wants an extension closer to $10M-plus annually.
May 28 - 6:12 PM



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