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Robert Mathis (Achilles') said he hopes to play during the preseason.

Mathis is eyeing a return to the field for the start of training camp, but admits rehab from a torn Achilles' has been "slow." It's a tough injury for anyone yet alone a 34-year-old. There's a chance he opens the season on reserve/PUP.
Mar 31 - 9:51 PM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi said he's counting on second-year TE Eric Ebron being the No. 3 weapon on offense behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.

This is nothing new, but Lombardi is just the latest in a long line of Lions higher-ups to sing Ebron's praises this offseason. Since the season ended, Ebron has been making routine flights to Atlanta to work side-by-side with Matthew Stafford. Everyone involved is expecting a big jump from Ebron.
Mar 31 - 8:13 PM

The Dolphins confirm free agent RB Stevan Ridley visited on Tuesday.

It could be an indication the Dolphins are keen to sign the ex-Patriot, but it could just as easily mean nothing. Paramount for Ridley on his visits will be the state of his knee as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Mar 31 - 7:37 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects Fred Jackson and LeSean McCoy to rotate as Buffalo's third-down back.

Coach Rex Ryan hinted at this last week. "When you have a talent like Fred Jackson back there, that'll be part of his role," Ryan explained. "He won't always be the third-down back. LeSean will be a third-down back as well. But it's nice to have these kind of options." OC Greg Roman doesn't figure to formally determine down-and-distance roles until training camp. Based on how much the Bills gave up for McCoy, we wouldn't anticipate him coming off the field particularly often.
Mar 31 - 7:34 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Greg Jennings isn't signing with the Panthers.

Jennings posted on social media Tuesday afternoon that he's found a new home, but it's unclear where. Jennings has been most closely linked to the Panthers, but also drawn interest from the Jaguars and Dolphins. We should learn his new team sometime in the next 24 hours.
Mar 31 - 7:32 PM's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Antonio Smith's potential reunion with the Texans "could move quickly."

There appears to be mutual interest in a homecoming for Smith, who spent 2009-13 in Houston. He'd serve as a situational pass rusher for Romeo Crennel's defense, likely playing drastically fewer snaps than the 791 he gave Oakland last season.
Mar 31 - 7:00 PM

New Browns WR Dwayne Bowe is confident he'll bounce back in 2015.

"Just sit back and watch," were Bowe's words. Bowe said he recently broke down film with Browns GM Ray Farmer, and believes Farmer's team knows how to utilize him. "(Farmer) was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that,'" Bowe said. "Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays." We don't share Bowe's optimism for a turn-back-the-clock 2015. Bowe escaped a lousy quarterback situation for an even-worse setup in Cleveland.
Mar 31 - 6:56 PM

The base value of Matt Schaub's one-year contract with the Ravens is $2 million.

It's low-end backup money. Another $1 million is available through incentives. Three months shy of his 34th birthday, Schaub's NFL career is running on fumes.
Mar 31 - 5:40 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are interested in a reunion with free agent DL Antonio Smith.

Cut loose by the Raiders on Tuesday, Smith spent 2009-13 with the Texans. DC Romeo Crennel reportedly wanted to re-sign Smith before he headed to Oakland on a two-year deal. A defensive tackle for the Raiders, Smith would likely be returning to end for the Texans.
Mar 31 - 5:24 PM

Chargers waived OG Jeff Baca and DT Chas Alecxih.

OG Michael Huey, a participant in the Veteran Combine, was signed in a corresponding roster move. A 2013 sixth-round pick of the Vikings, Baca made four appearances as a rookie, but zero in 2014.
Mar 31 - 5:10 PM

Bears signed RB Jacquizz Rodgers, formerly of the Falcons, to a one-year contract.

A four-year veteran, Rodgers owns a lousy 3.65 YPC for his career, but has caught 155 passes in 63 games. He also holds his own as a blocker despite standing in at just 5-foot-6, 196 pounds. Rodgers will start out as the No. 3 back behind Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey, but could carve out a role in the Bears' passing game. He's unlikely to hold any value in PPR leagues.
Mar 31 - 5:04 PM

Eli Manning expects to take the Giants' offense to "another level" in his second year in OC Ben McAdoo's system.

"This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already," Manning said. "It's definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it." Manning is coming off a renaissance 2014 where he finished as the overall fantasy QB8. Especially with Odell Beckham a year older and wiser, Manning enters 2015 as a QB1.
Mar 31 - 3:43 PM

Colts signed WR Vincent Brown, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

The 2011 third-rounder appeared in seven games last season, catching 12 passes. The formerly-hyped prospect has never been the same since missing all of 2012 with a broken ankle. He'll be a long-shot for the Colts' final receiver spot.
Mar 31 - 3:37 PM

Cardinals signed QB Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract.

A fourth-year journeyman, Harnish played for Bruce Arians in Indianapolis. He could fight for No. 3 duties in the desert, but is likely just a camp arm.
Mar 31 - 3:24 PM

Panthers signed LB Jason Trusnik, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year contract.

An eight-year veteran, Trusnik played both inside and out for the Dolphins last season, logging 397 snaps. He appeared in all 16 games, making six starts. He'll be a run-stopping specialist and special teamer in Carolina.
Mar 31 - 3:20 PM

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