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Mike Wallace said the Dolphins' new offensive scheme is "my style."

Fired OC Mike Sherman believed in a quick-hitting, horizontal West Coast offense. Wallace was predictably a square peg in that scheme, simply lining up as a right-side clear-out receiver the majority of the time. He set career-lows in YPC (12.7) and touchdowns (5). New OC Bill Lazor is about chunk plays and moving his best players all over the formation. Wallace has bounce-back appeal.
Apr 23 - 10:05 AM

There's "nothing imminent" on extension negotiations between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.

Although Roethlisberger carries an $18.9 million cap hit this season, the Steelers aren't in desperate straights. They've already done their free-agent shopping and will get another $8 million in relief once their "post June 1" cuts go through. Both sides say they remain committed to having Big Ben, 32, retire as a Steeler.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 9:52 AM

Champ Bailey is expected to compete for the No. 2 corner job.

If healthy, Bailey will have no trouble beating out Corey White and Patrick Robinson for every-down work opposite Keenan Lewis. Of course, health will always be a question when we're talking about a 36-year-old (in June) that's coming off a nagging foot injury. Bailey's incentive-laden two-year deal with the Saints contains just $500,000 in guaranteed money.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 23 - 9:39 AM

New OC Ben McAdoo has been handed complete control of the Giants offense.

McAdoo is installing a West Coast scheme very similar to the one he learned and ran in Green Bay. It means a lot more quick-hitting, timing routes and less of the read-react, vertical stuff Kevin Gilbride preferred. The system change is good news for Rueben Randle, who has gobs of natural talent but has often struggled to get on the same page with Eli Manning. McAdoo's scheme features defined routes.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 23 - 9:19 AM

Ravens placed ILB Rolando McClain on the reserve/retired list.

It's the second time the Ravens have made this transaction in the last 12 months. It simply allows them to retain McClain's rights should he change his mind once again. For what it's worth, the former No. 8 overall pick says his retirement decision is final this time. McClain, 24, says his "heart pulls" him away from football.
Apr 23 - 9:00 AM

Tony Romo (back surgery) is doing light throwing and running this week.

It's confirmation that Romo's availability for training camp is not in doubt. In fact, he could very well be ready to go once the Cowboys move on from this conditioning week and onto OTAs. Dynasty owners should have more concerns on the 34-year-old Romo than re-draft speculators.
Apr 23 - 8:54 AM

Maurice Jones-Drew said his goal is to play at 208 pounds this season.

Jones-Drew played at 205 during his time at UCLA. His desire to get back around that mark shows an understanding that he wasn't explosive enough last season while averaging a paltry 3.43 YPC. Aging running backs cutting weight is one of the best ways to put a little juice back in the tank. Jones-Drew has a realistic shot to beat out Darren McFadden for the starting title in training camp.
Apr 23 - 8:31 AM

Ravens G/T Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) remains on track with his rehab.

Osemele went under the knife in November and was slapped with a three-month timetable before he could resume real physical activity. Now he's building his body back up. Osemele's return, likely as the starting left guard, will be a nice boost to an offensive line that projects to be vastly improved in 2014.
Apr 23 - 8:25 AM

C Phil Costa said physical concerns are the reason he decided to retire at age 26.

Costa signed a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Colts in March. He abruptly and surprisingly left that on the table by retiring Monday. "Unfortunately, the day-to-day physical rigor of the NFL season has taken a toll on my body and has been a driving force behind my decision," Costa said in a statement. He lasted only three games in each of the last two seasons, battling ankle woes.
Apr 23 - 8:14 AM

GM John Schneider didn't rule out using Terrelle Pryor in a "slash" role.

The Seahawks gave up a mere seventh-round pick to acquire an athletic specimen that goes 6'4/233 and ran a 4.38 at his 2011 Pro Day. It'll be up to the coaches to figure out how to use Pryor. They know he's not going to climb any higher than third on the quarterback depth chart.
Apr 23 - 8:08 AM

Bills coach Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole removed.

An odd story was posted on the Bills' official website stating Marrone had been diagnosed with "BLANK cancer" which was "very treatable." The story spread through social media, prompting its removal from the website and an official statement from the Bills. In the statement, Marrone revealed the procedure, assured fans it went well, and stated it "will have no effect on [his] ability to coach the team moving forward."
Apr 22 - 11:07 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes there is a "good chance" the Texans trade down from the No. 1 overall pick.

Brandt believes it could be a similar situation to the 2004 Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade in which the Texans would select Jadeveon Clowney in a predetermined deal with another team. Brandt is not the only one suggesting the Texans could trade down. Both the Bills and the Falcons have been linked as possible trading partners for Houston.
Apr 22 - 9:59 PM

Doug Baldwin has yet to sign the second-round tender the Seahawks offered him in March.

Because he is only a restricted free agent, Baldwin does have the opportunity to negotiate and sign a deal with another team, but that does not appear to be his intention. Baldwin worked out with a group of Seahawk players last week and signed a waiver to participate in voluntary workouts this week. He also said he is interested in working out a long-term deal with Seattle. Baldwin will be a Seahawk in 2014 and has some upside as their No. 2 receiver.
Apr 22 - 9:18 PM

Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is among the 30 players who will attend next month's draft in person.

It's a record number of prospects. The league typically only invites players viewed as first-round picks, but this year's higher number guarantees multiple players will linger into Friday. Garoppolo is perhaps the most-surprising name on the list, but is a first-round dark horse.
Apr 22 - 7:53 PM

Dion Jordan has been working out at the Dolphins' team facility for a "couple of weeks."

Voluntary workouts just began on Monday, but coming off a disappointing rookie season, Jordan decided to report early. "Growth and development are two words I think of when I think of (Jordan)," were the words of coach Joe Philbin. "We’ve got to get him up to speed on the fundamentals at his position, which were new last season for him." Jordan is 100 percent healthy after shoulder surgery cost him much of last offseason.
Apr 22 - 7:34 PM



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