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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Bills RB Jonathan Williams will not face league discipline after being found not guilty in his 2016 DUI case.

Williams was arrested in Arkansas a year ago, but he was found not guilty earlier this month. With both the legal and league issues behind him, Williams can focus on winning the No. 2 job behind LeSean McCoy. Mike Gillislee rode that role to 627 total yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Jun 29 - 11:36 AM

A source "very close" to Mike Pouncey (hip) told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald the center will be ready for Week 1 "barring an unexpected setback."

The news around Pouncey has been mostly positive over the last month, with coach Adam Gase saying he is "on a really, really good track." Still, it would not be surprising if the center misses a large chunk of training camp and the entire preseason as the Dolphins do whatever they can to keep Pouncey healthy for 16 games. If that does not happen, Miami will likely turn to Kraig Urbik, but they also contacted free agent Nick Mangold earlier this offseason.
Jun 29 - 11:32 AM

Russell Wilson dropped over 10 pounds this offseason after modifying his diet.

Wilson weighed over 225 pounds in March, but he recently weighed in at 214 pounds with 10 percent body fat. Coming off an injury-marred season, the renewed focus on nutrition will help Wilson stay healthy while the lost weight will make him even more dangerous as a runner. The offensive line remains a large question mark, but Wilson should be in line for a bounce-back season.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 10:02 AM

Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes Latavius Murray (ankle) will be the Vikings' short-yardage back this season.

Vensel notes Minnesota struggled in short-yardage situations last season while Murray scored nine touchdowns from inside the five-yard line and converted 13-of-18 short-yardage tries on third or fourth down, albeit behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. Second-rounder Dalvin Cook should be the starter, but Murray could vulture significant fantasy value if he is able to earn the goal-line job. Unlikely to be ready for training camp because of ankle surgery, he will have to get healthy first.
Jun 29 - 9:48 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Jets are happy with Christian Hackenberg's progress as he attempts to overhaul his footwork.

Breer reports Hackenberg has been working with QBs coach Jeremy Bates to clean up some of his issues, and while he is not consistent enough yet, he is making progress. ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Hackenberg was "a little better than expected" during the offseason program while Josh McCown "wasn't quite as sharp as anticipated." That at least cracks the door for Hackenberg to win the starting job in camp, but it is still very likely McCown is under center come Week 1. Even so, the safe money is on Hackenberg making starts at some point this year.
Source: MMQB
Jun 29 - 9:21 AM

ESPN Texans reporter Sarah Barshop thinks Tom Savage will still be the starter at the halfway point of the season.

Barshop admits the pressure to turn the reins over to Deshaun Watson "will be enormous every time Savage makes a mistake," but she writes coach Bill O'Brien wants to keep the veteran in the job "for as long as possible." With a top-five defense and potentially a strong running game, all Houston really needs is a game manager under center, and Savage should have a better handle on the system than the rookie. Even so, it would be surprising if Watson does not make starts this year.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 8:59 AM

Victor Cruz said he worked primarily in the slot during the offseason program.

Cruz's best seasons came while working from the slot, but he was moved outside by the Giants to make room for rookie Sterling Shepard last year. Now in Chicago, it looks like he will return to his preferred position, although he will face stout competition. Locked-in starter Cameron Meredith thrived working from the slot down the stretch last season, and Kendall Wright does his best work inside as well. Cruz has a chance to earn a role in a wide open depth chart, but it is far from a given.
Source: ESPN
Jun 29 - 8:48 AM

Delanie Walker said third-round rookie Jonnu Smith will surpass him "one day."

Smith did not get much ink during the offseason program, but coach Mike Mularkey appears to be happy with his rookie tight end. "It’s really fun to coach him because everything’s important," the coach said. "He looks you dead in the eye; he takes every word in; and he wants to please you. He wants to do right for his teammates." With a similar skill set, Smith looks like the long-term replacement for Walker, who turns 33 in August, but he could get on the field in the Titans' two-TE sets as early as this year. Even so, he is only worth a roster spot in Dynasty formats.
Source: USA Today
Jun 29 - 8:40 AM

Cardinals second-round S/CB Budda Baker said he is "not really that far behind" despite missing the offseason program.

Because of Washington's quarter system and the NFL's absurd rule requiring players to sit out until finals are finished whether they are enrolled or not, Baker was not able to participate during OTAs or minicamp. The rookie said he was able to "watch film of the practices" and stayed in touch with safeties coach Nick Rapone, but seeing and doing are different things, especially since his hybrid skill set will require him to learn multiple roles. Despite his optimism, it could take him some time to get rolling in camp.
Jun 29 - 8:34 AM

Jamaal Charles said he is "doing everything" including "cutting" on his surgically-repaired knees.

"I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me," Charles said. "I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do." Charles was held out of team drills during minicamp, but it looks like he is going to be close to if not at full health when training camp begins in about a month. It is unclear how much he has left in the tank after losing essentially two seasons to knee injuries, but he should push C.J. Anderson if he is healthy.
Source: Denver 7
Jun 29 - 8:18 AM

Bills C Eric Wood (leg) expects to be 100 percent for training camp.

Wood got in limited work at OTAs. There’s no concern over his status. Coming off an injury-shortened 2016, Wood needs to stay healthy in a contract year.
Jun 28 - 7:04 PM

CSN MidAtlantic's JP Finlay doesn't expect rookie TE Jeremy Sprinkle to make the Week 1 roster.

Sprinkle is behind Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, and Niles Paul on the depth chart. He'll likely need Washington to carry four tight ends to make the team. One of the top in-line blockers in this year's draft, Sprinkle figures to draw interest on waivers if cut.
Jun 28 - 5:05 PM

Free agent RB Karlos Williams has been suspended indefinitely.

Williams had just one game remaining on his 2016 ban. His latest suspension will keep him sidelined for at least a year. Williams was already in danger of falling out of the league after getting waived from the Steelers in March. This effectively ends his career.
Jun 28 - 4:24 PM

NFL suspended Cowboys DT David Irving four games for violating the league's PEDs policy.

It was announced last month that Irving was facing the ban, and it's now official. Irving played 530 snaps for the Cowboys last season, receiving really strong marks for his pass rush and above-average grades from Pro Football Focus for his run defense. A mammoth man at 6'7/285, Irving single-handedly dominated a handful of games last season, winning DPOW honors in Week 6 and then wrecking the Bucs in Week 15. It's a big blow to an already-undermanned defensive line.
Jun 28 - 4:04 PM

In a story for Sports Illustrated, ex-Redskins RB Clinton Portis admitted he was ready to murder one of his former financial advisers who Portis claims is responsible for losing millions of his dollars.

Portis made over $43 million in his nine-year career, but has lost nearly all of it. Some of it was his own fault, but Portis also fell victim to a Ponzi scheme and ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2015. He recalls several dark nights where he would sit in his car outside an office building with a gun hoping to see the man who he trusted with his money walk out, so that Portis could kill him. "It wasn’t no beat up," Portis says. "It was kill." A friend ultimately talked Portis out of the situation, and Portis now lives in Virginia and does some TV work for the Skins. The story is a fascinating read and perhaps a cautionary tale for current players. It can be accessed at the link below.
Jun 28 - 2:30 PM



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