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The Baton Rouge Advocate's Nick Underhill predicts C.J. Spiller will handle more touches than Mark Ingram this year.

Underhill guesses Ingram could handle 185 carries to 140 for Spiller, and the latter is sure to be used far more in the passing game. "With the baseline set, I expect Spiller to end up with more touches," writes Underhill. Underhill continues on Spiller, "I expect him to do big things" in Sean Payton's offense. While we'd still bet on Ingram leading New Orleans' backfield in usage, we can't rule out Spiller earning a sizable workload depending on health and performance, and playing a huge role as a receiver. Spiller has legitimate RB1 upside in PPR leagues.
Jun 3 - 1:32 AM

Jaguars OC Greg Olson reiterated that rookie T.J. Yeldon has a realistic chance to be an "every-down" back as a rookie.

"Alabama runs a Pro-Style offense and we were able to see him do things protection-wise and route running-wise and blocking that will translate to this level of football," Olson explained. "[Playing every down] would be asking a lot of any player. I wouldn’t put it past him. He’s another real self-starter and hard worker." The Florida Times Union guesses Toby Gerhart will siphon some third-down work, but Yeldon is on track to be a true feature back in Jacksonville.
Jun 3 - 1:02 AM

Packers first-round pick Damarious Randall is practicing at outside cornerback during OTAs.

He's working as the No. 2 right corner behind Sam Shields. Randall was a safety at Arizona State, but also played slot corner in the Sun Devils' defense. For now, he's being trained on the perimeter while second-round pick Quinten Rollins is pushing for snaps at slot corner behind incumbent Micah Hyde.
Jun 3 - 12:45 AM

With Jordy Nelson recovering from hip surgery, second-year WR Jeff Janis is getting first-team reps at Packers OTAs.

He's running in three-wide sets alongside Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Coach Mike McCarthy said Janis still needs to polish his fundamentals, but was "ready to play" by the end of his rookie season. 24 years old with big-time athleticism, Janis is someone to monitor closely in case of a Jordy setback.
Jun 2 - 11:48 PM

Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) participated in individual drills at Tuesday's OTA.

Thomas is speeding through his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. While it was initially in question whether he'd be ready for Week 1, the Seahawks have already said this week Thomas will be ready for the start of training camp.
Jun 2 - 10:22 PM

Dwayne Bowe "tweaked" his knee in Tuesday's OTA.

Bowe went up for a pass and landed awkwardly. He was escorted off the field for further tests, but coach Mike Pettine is confident it "isn't anything serious." Bowe will likely sit out the rest of the week, though he should be fine for minicamp. The Browns' No. 1 receiver, Bowe is a value grab at his current 14.02 ADP.
Jun 2 - 8:06 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien believes second-year QB Tom Savage has "made a lot of progress."

"It's not always pretty, just like with every player," O'Brien said. "(But) I will tell you that as a coaching staff, we're encouraged with how we've seen Tom progress." Savage was an inept disaster when briefly forced into action last season, but was always expected to be a project. There's no guarantee the Texans will decide to keep three QBs — and by extension, Savage — but O'Brien's handpicked first quarterback should get one more year to prove himself on the practice field.
Jun 2 - 6:53 PM

Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks admits he's uncertain about his future in Philadelphia.

"I don’t know," was Kendricks' response when asked if he'd remain on the roster come Week 1. "But I think so," was his addendum. The fact that coach/GM Chip Kelly acquired Kiko Alonso in the LeSean McCoy deal and signed DeMeco Ryans to an extension certainly signaled that Kendricks isn't long for Philly. CBS Sports reported last month that Kelly had been trying to flip Kendricks for a second-rounder. Kelly may wait for camp and needs to arise on other teams before revisiting a trade.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 2 - 6:37 PM says there is "no news" regarding indefinitely suspended ILB Daryl Washington.

Washington's suspension is at the 367-day mark. It's unclear if he's applied for reinstatement, but it's believed he has. FOX Sports Phoenix recently reported that Washington himself was unsure of his standing with the league. The consensus is that Washington will still be banned 2-6 more games as punishment for his substance abuse and domestic violence issues.
Jun 2 - 6:05 PM

Colts signed TE Sean McGrath.

A fourth-year undrafted free agent, McGrath caught 26 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2013, but "retired" the following July. After a year out of football, the Henderson State product has decided to give it another chance. McGrath has proven he can hang in the league, but he's going to have a hard time cracking Indy's loaded tight end corps.
Jun 2 - 5:38 PM

B.J. Daniels is working "primarily" as a receiver for the Seahawks.

From the second he was picked by the 49ers in 2013, it was apparent Daniels would never be an NFL quarterback. He'll try to win his long-shot bid for a spot on the Seahawks' 53-man roster as a wideout and special teamer.
Jun 2 - 5:22 PM

Titans CB Brandon Harris suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTAs session, and will miss the 2015 season.

He also has a torn meniscus. Re-signed in March, Harris played just 112 snaps on defense last season. The No. 60 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Harris turned 25 in January. Provided he's healthy, he'll compete for someone's final roster spot in 2016.
Jun 2 - 5:19 PM

Rams signed sixth-round WR Bud Sasser to a four-year contract.

Sasser has an NFL frame at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, but is more of a slot type than outside threat. He'll fight to bring up the rear of the Rams' weak receiver corps, but should see the majority of his rookie snaps on special teams.
Jun 2 - 5:11 PM

Texans signed DT Brandon Deaderick.

Deaderick played 344 snaps as a run-stopping specialist for New Orleans' horrendous run defense last season. He'll fight for a similar role in Houston. Deaderick is far from assured of cracking the 53-man roster.
Jun 2 - 4:50 PM

Panthers signed QB Cam Newton to a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension.

The deal includes $60 million guaranteed, and $67.6 million over the first three years. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that's a record for a three-year period. They're massive numbers, but we'll see how "guaranteed" Newton's $60 million truly is. Either way, it's a huge vote of confidence in a quarterback who hasn't always been the most consistent. Like the Panthers, however, we still believe in Newton's dual-threat upside. He's arguably the league's most-unique threat at quarterback, and has overseen back-to-back division winners. Newton has taken a ton of hits through four NFL seasons, but is still only 26. The Panthers were right to lock him up.
Jun 2 - 4:33 PM

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