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Joe Flacco said the Ravens lack "that one guy who can stretch the field."

Torrey Smith filled that role previously but he signed with San Francisco earlier this offseason. Now Flacco is left with an underwhelming receiving corps of Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Jeremy Butler, Michael Campanero and Steve Smith. Without a home run threat, the Ravens will have to settle for shorter passes, robbing Flacco of his biggest strength. It wouldn't be a bad idea for Baltimore to use its first-round pick on a wide receiver, though the Ravens haven't done that since 2005.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 9:20 AM

Since 2013, the Jaguars have run for the second-fewest yards in the league while allowing the most sacks.

Simply put, Jacksonville's line has been a disgrace. Much of that has to do with Luke Joeckel, who has been a major disappointment in his first two seasons. In 2014, the former No. 2 overall pick finished 67th out of 84 qualified tackles in Pro Football Focus' year-end rankings. Joeckel said he was "too light" last year and has bulked up to 311 pounds this offseason. Despite Jacksonville's overall poor performance, the guard play was passable last year as both Brandon Lindor and Zane Beadles received positive grades from PFF.
Apr 26 - 8:59 AM

Jeremy Maclin made more downfield catches of 20 yards or more last season than the Chiefs' whole receiving corps.

Five of Maclin's 10 touchdown catches were of this variety. The Chiefs had chain movers last season, but until Maclin arrived, they didn't have much of a deep threat. Maclin's first week of team workouts went well and he seems to be developing chemistry with quarterback Alex Smith. Maclin is already familiar with the offense after playing four seasons under Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
Apr 26 - 8:29 AM

"Several personnel directors" told the New York Daily News they believe the Jets have an "affinity" for Stanford OT Andrus Peat.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson remains a solid starter at age 31, but has a cap charge of over $14 million in 2016. The Jets could view Peat as a short-term solution to their right tackle woes, and as Ferguson's long-term replacement on the blind side. Per the NY Daily News, the "feeling in league circles" is the Jets are willing to trade down -- out of the No. 6 pick -- and could target Peat in the early teens.
Apr 26 - 12:14 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman insists the team is "very excited" about Cordarrelle Patterson's future with the team.

Patterson flopped as a sophomore following a promising rookie season, taking steps back across the board. Spielman insists Patterson has matured this offseason after failing as a route runner under Norv Turner. "There’s no question about the physical ability there. I think Cordarrelle has really grown up a lot," Spielman said. "I know what he has done this offseason dedicating himself to being the best receiver he can be, and how serious he is taking that, we’re very excited about the future with Cordarrelle." Patterson is a total wild card for 2015.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

NBC's Alex Flanagan tweeted Saturday that she's been talking to "more and more people" who believe rumors of Philip Rivers being traded by the Chargers "have legitimate legs."

As Flanagan noted, the Titans "need Rivers," in order for beleaguered GM Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt to save their jobs. The Chargers would be a good fit for Marcus Mariota, going to a coach in Mike McCoy who's repeatedly shown the ability to craft his offense to maximize his quarterback's strengths. Any deal of Rivers to Tennessee would likely require a long-term agreement between the team and Rivers. The Titans would have to have that assurance from Rivers' camp before executing the trade. Rivers is entering the final year of his contract.
Apr 25 - 11:40 PM

"Several executives" told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel they've either removed Boise State RB Jay Ajayi from their draft boards or "backed way off" because of how their medical staffs evaluated Ajayi's knee.

Ajayi tore his ACL in 2011, and it's feared he may need microfracture surgery down the line. "I just don't know if he'll hold up physically," one scout said. "He's had a lot of carries." Since tearing the ACL, of course, Ajayi dominated college football and showed big-time NFL-caliber tools. The concern continues to be with Ajayi's longevity, at a position where longevity isn't the expectation.
Apr 25 - 11:31 PM

In a poll of 20 NFL personnel men, Georgia's Todd Gurley received 13 votes as this year's top running back prospect.

Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon garnered the other seven first-place votes. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel used a "points system" based on rankings provided by the scouts. Behind Gurley and Gordon in "points" were Ameer Abdullah as this year's No. 3 running back, T.J. Yeldon at No. 4, Tevin Coleman at No. 5, Duke Johnson at No. 6, and Jay Ajayi (knee) at No. 7. Javorius Allen, David Johnson, and David Cobb/Jeremy Langford (tie for 10th) rounded out the top ten.
Apr 25 - 11:18 PM

ESPN Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky considers Shonn Greene's roster spot in jeopardy.

Greene is owed $3.5 million in the final year of his deal. He’s averaged 4.0 YPC the last two seasons and remains a release candidate if the Titans draft a running back. Tennessee would leave $833,000 in dead money by cutting Greene.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 9:47 PM

Broncos released WR Kerry Taylor.

Taylor, 26, hasn’t appeared in a game since 2013. Getting waived at this stage of the offseason is a bad sign for his NFL future.
Apr 25 - 8:32 PM

Dennis Pitta (hip) said it's too early to tell whether he'll play this season.

Pitta has been limited to working out during Baltimore's offseason program. His 2015 status remains up in the air. The Ravens are expected to add a tight end in the middle rounds of the draft.
Apr 25 - 8:27 PM

The Falcons are not expected to pursue Adrian Peterson.

"Our focus has been on this year's draft," GM Thomas Dimitroff said. "We’re ready to move on from that discussion." Peterson had been loosely connected to the Falcons. The Cardinals, Bucs, and Jacksonville remain the teams most likely to trade for Peterson.
Apr 25 - 8:05 PM

Isaiah Pead (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Pead is eight months removed from ACL surgery. When healthy, he’ll be no higher than the No. 4 back. The Rams can save $941,000 by releasing Pead.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 7:09 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the team doesn't know if suspended WR Justin Blackmon has applied for reinstatement.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said. "Plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he's going to go in with the top guys and compete. Hopefully we're able to get some news." Blackmon hasn’t appeared in a game since 2013 and remains on indefinite suspension. The Florida Times Union believes Blackmon is done in Jacksonville.
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

ESPN's Nick Wagoner expects the Rams to move on from LE Chris Long after this season.

Long missed the first 10 games last year to ankle surgery. He was a non-factor when he returned, managing one sack over 238 snaps. Entering his age-30 season, the Rams have concerns Long will never regain his pre-injury form. Long is owed $12.5 million this year and counts $14.25M against the 2016 cap.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 25 - 5:35 PM



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