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Calvin Johnson said he knew 2015 would be his last year in the NFL before the season began.

Johnson has not wavered in his retirement decision, but that will not stop the comeback questions from popping up every time he is in public. He was asked about the future at his "Catching Dreams" football camp on Saturday, and he swatted down any talk of unretiring. Unfortunately for people who like to watch elite receivers dominate, Johnson has played his last NFL snap.
Jun 25 - 12:56 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins "loved how [Jamison] Crowder looked" in the offseason program.

Keim thinks the sophomore will continue to have a role in three-wide sets despite the presence of first-round pick Josh Doctson. That will likely be true early, especially with Doctson missing time with Achilles' and foot injuries, but Crowder is at best the No. 4 passing-game option either way. A low point-per-target player with limited touchdown upside, Crowder does not need to be drafted in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 12:00 PM

Lions WR Andre Caldwell reportedly showed well during the offseason program.

Signed to a one-year deal in May, the eight-year veteran earned praise for his showing both on offense and special teams during minicamp. He will compete with fellow veterans Andre Roberts and Corey Fuller as well as undrafted rookies Jay Lee and Quinshad Davis for the No. 5 role.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 11:32 AM

Patriots.com's Andy Hart believes RB Donald Brown needs a strong training camp to stick on the roster.

Brown reportedly worked mostly with the passing backs during the offseason, meaning he will likely have to beat out 2014 fourth-rounder James White for a roster spot behind Dion Lewis. That seems unlikely after White came on strong down the stretch last season, but New England did guarantee almost a third of Brown's $965,000 contract. With LeGarrette Blount's (hip) health in question, it is possible both White and Brown stick around.
Jun 25 - 11:09 AM

Updating a previous item, Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith's Friday hearing for a probation violation did not stem from a new incident.

Smith was also in court Friday to dispute DUI charges picked up in August of 2015, charges which violated his probation. Although the violation does not stem from a new incident, it is a reminder of the amount of trouble Smith has found himself in throughout his career. He is not eligible for reinstatement until November.
Jun 25 - 10:50 AM

MLive reports Rafael Bush is the "clear leader in the clubhouse" for the Lions' starting strong safety job.

Glover Quin is locked in at free safety, but there is a fairly open competition between Bush, Tavon Wilson, and rookie Miles Killebrew brewing at the other safety spot. Bush appears to have the early lead, but he has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. Killebrew is the future at the position, and it would not be surprising to see him makes starts this year.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 10:38 AM

No. 16 overall pick Taylor Decker took every snap at left tackle during offseason practices open to the media.

It is officially time to call Decker the Lions' left tackle. Riley Reiff will switch to the right side in the final year of his rookie deal, strengthening a position which was a real issue for Detroit last season. The future is slightly more hazy on the interior of the line, with at least two of the three positions in question.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 25 - 10:12 AM
Zac Stacy - RB - Jets

Jets RB Zac Stacy (ankle) is on the roster bubble.

Saying he is on the bubble is actually being kind. If Khiry Robinson (broken leg) is able to come back healthy, there is little chance Stacy sticks on the final 53. Stacy missed the entire offseason program recovering from a broken ankle which landed him on injured reserve last November. He should be ready for training camp.
Jun 25 - 10:01 AM

Free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson was released from jail on a $2,500 bond.

Jackson is accused of pulling a loaded gun on his wife and threating to kill her. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Jackson was viewed as Seattle's backup plan at quarterback if UDFA rookie Trevone Boykin could not cement himself in the No. 2 role, but this incident likely ended that discussion.
Source: WESH
Jun 25 - 9:44 AM

Browns want third-round DL Carl Nassib to put on 15 pounds.

A defensive end in Penn State's 4-3, Nassib's fit in the Browns' 3-4 scheme was always a question. The extra weight suggests Cleveland wants the rookie to play on the line in base sets and rush from the interior in sub packages. A high-motor player who has overachieved throughout his career, Nassib has the mentality to succeed wherever the Browns ask him to play.
Jun 25 - 9:39 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto reports Robert Griffin III has been "coachable" this spring.

Pluto reports Griffin has at times battled impatience about the speed of his development, but he has been willing to work with the coaching staff. That is good considering the lackluster reports about his performance coming out of minicamp and coach Hue Jackson's assertion that Griffin is still "mastering the quarterback position." Griffin has undeniable upside, but his range of outcomes is as wide as any quarterback in the league this season.
Jun 25 - 9:34 AM

Browns want fifth-round WR Rashard Higgins to gain weight.

Higgins is an excellent route runner, but he is rail-thin at 6-foot-1, 198 pounds and lacks the explosive traits to win with athleticism. If he is going to reach his ceiling as a possession receiver, he needs to get stronger. Higgins is likely competing with fellow rookie Jordan Payton and former QB Terrelle Pryor for the No. 3 job.
Jun 25 - 9:28 AM

Speaking to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Johnny Manziel's father said, "My son is a druggie and he needs help."

"Hopefully he doesn't die before he comes to his senses," said Paul Manziel. "I hate to say it but I hope he goes to jail. I mean, that would be the best place for him." This isn't the first time Manziel's father has publicly pleaded for Johnny to seek help and it probably won't be the last. Earlier this week, Manziel's lawyer Bob Hinton accidentally revealed to the Associated Press that he's seeking a plea deal in his domestic violence case. Things just keep getting worse for Johnny Football.
Jun 24 - 7:59 PM

Rams waived LB Matthew Wells.

Receiver J.J. Worton was also cut on Friday. A sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2015, Wells was traded to the Bears during training camp but couldn't survive the last round of cuts. He signed a futures deal with the Rams after joining the practice squad in November. The 25-year-old has yet to play a regular season snap.
Jun 24 - 7:17 PM

Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo said fifth-round RB Jonathan Williams "looked very steady" during OTAs.

Rookies often have a tough time adjusting to the speed of the NFL but Capaccio said Williams never looked "out of place" at OTAs. It might be hard for Williams to carve a role for himself with LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams ahead of him on the depth chart. Head coach Rex Ryan also praised the performances of Mike Gillislee and James Wilder during OTAs. Running back is going to be a position to watch at Bills camp this summer.
Jun 24 - 7:08 PM



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