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Free agent LB Zachary Orr will visit the Lions on Thursday.

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, as many as eight teams have reached out to Orr since he announced Wednesday morning that he's determined to play this season after suddenly retiring in January due to a neck condition. Teams will want to do extensive medical checks on Orr and clear him before signing him.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 28 - 11:04 AM

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey (groin) has already progressed to running this week.

Ramsey needed core muscle surgery right after OTAs and minicamp less than two weeks ago. He should be back to 100 percent for training camp. Ramsey, even after a strong rookie season, is a big candidate to take another step forward in Year 2.
Jun 28 - 9:30 AM

Andrew Luck (shoulder) has yet to start throwing, but is "feeling better and better every week."

"Still haven't started throwing, but that process will come when it's ready," Luck said. "No reason to be sullen or morose. It's a beautiful day." Luck underwent a major procedure to his throwing shoulder and remains without a timetable to return. The Colts and Luck have been extremely optimistic regarding his eventual return, but it's becoming concerning that he hasn't been able to do anything for 5-6 months. We still expect Luck back for Week 1, but he has considerable rust to knock off.
Jun 28 - 9:24 AM

LeGarrette Blount's contract contains a $50,000 weight bonus if he weighs between 240-245 pounds when he reports to training camp.

We weren't aware of Blount having any weight clauses in his deal with the Patriots, but it's certainly not uncommon. Blount was listed at 250 by New England last season, so Philly wants him a bit lighter as he enters his age-31 campaign. Blount has big touchdown potential with the Eagles, but he's more of a back-end RB2.
Jun 28 - 9:18 AM

Retired ILB Zachary Orr announced on Wednesday that he's contemplating a comeback.

Orr retired back in January after being diagnosed with a neck condition. The 25-year-old was said to be nearing an extension with the Ravens shortly before he was suddenly forced to retire. We're not sure what has changed medically with his situation, but Orr is determined to "play ball" this season. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora doesn't expect the Ravens to take the gamble on Orr's neck and bring him back. Getting cleared by a team will be Orr's biggest obstacle.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 9:12 AM

Cowboys signed third-round CB Jourdan Lewis to a four-year contract.

Despite a domestic incident in March and a sub-par Combine, Lewis still went in the third round. Slight of build, he profiles as a slot corner at the pro level. The Cowboys are trying to remake their secondary after losing several starters.
Jun 27 - 10:43 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms the Chiefs will interview Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for their general manager vacancy.

The interview will take place either Tuesday evening or Wednesday. Ex-GM John Dorsey was fired five days ago. With player movement essentially finished for the offseason, the Chiefs have little reason to rush, though the sooner the better as Dorsey's replacement familiarizes himself with the roster.
Jun 27 - 7:09 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team has been high on second-year DT David Onyemata this offseason.

That's convenient, as Onyemata is in line for a bigger role with DT Nick Fairley sidelined for the season. The No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft, Onyemata played 393 shaky rookie snaps. He turns 25 in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:20 PM

49ers.com considers fifth-round TE George Kittle a player who flashed in the offseason program, and hinted he could even compete for the starting job.

Per in-house reporter Joe Fann, Kittle was "one of the standouts of minicamp." Fann is careful not to make any predictions about the No. 1 job, but writes he's "eager to see how the competition at tight end unfolds in August." Kittle was getting first-team reps in minicamp, and the Sacramento Bee considers his 53-man roster spot safest amongst the Niners' tight ends. Kittle is a nice stash in Dynasty leagues.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 5:16 PM

Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.

"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects Michael Floyd to make the Vikings' 53-man roster.

GM Rick Spielman issued Floyd a statement of support on Monday, and beat writer Matt Vensel correctly surmises the Vikings wouldn't be going to all this trouble if they didn't expect Floyd to be on their Week 1 roster. It's also safe to assume that Floyd is out of second chances, and will be cut at the next hint of trouble.
Jun 27 - 1:57 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler believes Jamison Crowder "definitely" will be targeted more than Terrelle Pryor.

Answering a question about if Pryor will lead the team in receiving yards, Tandler said "chances are that one of the holdovers," namely Crowder or Jordan Reed, will take the honor. Pryor could lead the team in yardage even if Crowder sees more targets because of his downfield usage, but the big takeaway here is Crowder will have a large role in a quality passing attack. A real threat to top 100 catches, Crowder is a great pick at his current fifth-round ADP in PPR formats.
Jun 27 - 12:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs will interview Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden for their open GM job on Wednesday.

Kansas City also has an interview scheduled with current co-director of player personnel Brett Veach and have requested an interview with Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer. Veach is the early favorite for the job.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 11:59 AM

Cam Newton said he has realized he does not have to "always be the playmaker."

"I have to give other people opportunities to make plays," Newton said in an insightful piece (linked below) about his growth. "That's the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me." With new weapons in rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Newton realizes he needs to change the way he plays and focus on "getting the ball out of my hands" in an offense which should rely more on quick passes moving forward. He also is taking better care of his body, staying away from sweets and dropping to "hands down" his lowest offseason weight despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Coming off one of his worst seasons in the NFL, Newton looks to be headed for a bounce back if his health cooperates.
Jun 27 - 10:45 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams will not reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson before the July 17 deadline.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the same a week ago, and it does not look like anything has changed. Unable to sign Johnson to a long-term deal after tagging him last year, it would have been difficult for the Rams to handle this situation any worse, and it now looks like Johnson will head to free agency next spring having earned $31 million over two seasons.
Jun 27 - 10:23 AM



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