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49ers RB Marcus Lattimore said he's "ready" to compete for playing time.

Lattimore hasn't played since sustaining a gruesome right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season while at South Carolina. He's expected to be a full participant in the entire offseason program and legitimately battle for snaps come training camp. Lattimore's progress will be worth watching closely as he flashed serious first-round talent when 100 percent. He'll start off behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart.
Apr 20 - 5:37 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Rams are "strongly considering" drafting a quarterback in May.

The Rams used one of their 30 pre-draft visits on Pittsburgh's Tom Savage, and sent QBs coach Frank Cignetti to the Georgia Pro Day to see Aaron Murray throw. They've also shown interest in SMU's Garrett Gilbert and South Carolina's Connor Shaw. Beat writer Jim Thomas believes the Rams will draft a middle-round QB. "I don’t think there’s any question the Rams are taking a quarterback," added Gil Brandt. "(GM) Les Snead has been around looking at those guys."
Apr 20 - 2:09 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests the Browns could target Kirk Cousins in a draft-day trade.

"It's all on the table. It might even include trade discussions for Kirk Cousins," writes beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns have ten picks in the upcoming draft, while the Redskins are without a first-rounder and may be looking for additional selections in what is widely considered the deepest draft in recent memory. The Redskins are reportedly seeking a second-round pick for Cousins. That's not going to happen. We bet they'd take a third-rounder. Ultimately, Cousins is likely to be holding the clipboard as Washington's backup in 2014.
Apr 20 - 10:20 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer expects the Browns to "strongly consider" taking Auburn OT Greg Robinson with the No. 4 overall pick in next month's draft.

The Browns have mostly been linked to quarterbacks, wide receivers, and cornerbacks in mock drafts, but they're reportedly unhappy with Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle. Using the fourth pick on an offensive tackle, especially a mauling run blocker like Robinson to plant opposite All-Pro LT Joe Thomas, is a real possibility. Robinson could go as high as No. 2 overall to the Rams.
Apr 20 - 10:03 AM

Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track for offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:42 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.

McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.

Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty on his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. Through two NFL seasons, Wilson is averaging 4.4 YPC.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 8:40 PM

Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.

Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his rehab. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Apr 19 - 7:26 PM

According to the Palm Beach Post, Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.

Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery. While it's nice to read optimistic injury projections, we're skeptical Gibson will be ready for pre-training camp activities. In fact, we'd be surprised if he were ready for training camp at all. Gibson is coming off a patellar tendon tear and only recently resumed light jogging. His Week 1 availability isn't guaranteed.
Apr 19 - 7:14 PM

The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts will be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Apr 19 - 6:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could pursue RB LaMichael James.

The 49ers are currently shopping James and could eventually release him. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 6:10 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Apr 19 - 5:37 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the current favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.

The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. It would be a surprise if Baltimore didn't draft a cornerback with one of their six picks in the first four rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:58 PM

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.

The Ravens have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house replacement for Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade despite his ties to OC Gary Kubiak. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:28 PM

The Redskins are considering using Andre Roberts on kick returns.

It's not an ideal role for Roberts, who averaged a measly 22.4 yards on kick returns in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Roberts dropped from the Redskins' No. 2 to No. 3 receiver when Washington signed DeSean Jackson, so the team may now be willing to use him more on special teams. Chris Thompson, Richard Crawford, and Niles Paul are also candidates to contribute in the return game.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:07 PM



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