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Darren Sproles wrote Sunday that 2018 will be his final NFL season.

Sproles, who turned 35 last month, is coming off a torn ACL. "Coming back from any injury is tough -- especially a knee injury for a running back," he wrote. "I wondered if I was going to come back the same, if I would still have my quickness. ... Once I started rehabbing and running again I could tell I was good and ready for one more healthy year." Sproles noted he is currently eighth on the NFL's all-time list for career all-purpose yards, and his goal is to catch Tim Brown at No. 5. Sproles is currently 527 total yards behind Brown.
Jul 15 - 5:01 PM

Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media expects the Jets to use a committee approach at tight end this season.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins occupied a major role in the Jets' passing game last season but bolted to Jacksonville in free agency. That leaves Chris Herndon and Jordan Leggett to battle it out for lead tight end duties, though Slater suspects the two will receive close to equal playing time. Neither player offers much fantasy appeal, particularly with Herndon (MCL) and Leggett (knee) both coming off injuries.
Source: nj.com
Jul 15 - 12:05 PM

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice suggested Mack Hollins could see a "modest increase in opportunities" this season.

Hollins showed flashes as a rookie, logging 16 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown across 282 offensive snaps last year. Still, the 24-year-old was targeted just twice in the postseason and remains a distant fourth on the team's receiving depth chart behind starters Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and veteran Mike Wallace. It would likely take an injury to one of those three for Hollins to gain relevance in re-draft leagues.
Source: PhillyVoice
Jul 15 - 10:29 AM

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle expects fourth-round WR Keke Coutee to compete with Braxton Miller for snaps at slot receiver.

Per Wilson, Coutee caught the ball "smoothly" during last month's minicamp while impressing with his "sharp" route-running. Coutee also drew the attention of teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who praised the rookie's work ethic. "He's only getting better," said Hopkins. "He's always hanging around, seeing what I'm doing in between periods, asking me questions." In addition to his receiving duties, the former Texas Tech Raider is also a candidate to return kicks.
Jul 15 - 9:58 AM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told WAVY 10 he's optimistic the team will reach a deal with franchise player Le'Veon Bell ahead of Monday's 4 PM ET deadline.

"He wants to get the deal done," said the long-time Steelers coach. "I’m excited and hopeful. Hopefully we’ll have some exciting news Monday." The two sides have reportedly made progress in extension talks, though the clock is ticking with Monday's 4 PM deadline fast approaching. Bell is prepared to sit out training camp, just as he did last year, if a deal isn't reached. The Steelers are hoping it doesn't come to that, though Tomlin doesn't sound concerned about Bell's level of fitness. "He’s the type of guy who’s highly conditioned over a 12-month calendar," said Tomlin.
Jul 15 - 9:03 AM

The Browns expect DE Emmanuel Ogbah (foot surgery) to be full-go for training camp.

Ogbah spent the final month of 2017 on IR. He was cleared for some offseason reps and is nearing 100 percent. Playing opposite Myles Garrett, Ogbah is a candidate for a third-year leap.
Jul 14 - 5:45 PM

The Steelers have "made some progress" in extension talks with Le'Veon Bell.

Bell plans to hold out of training camp if the sides can't get something done before the July 16 deadline. The Steelers haven't been willing to meet Bell's $17 million AAV asking price, but talks have at least ramped up. Bell will make $14.5 million if he plays 2018 under the franchise tag.
Jul 14 - 3:21 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "barring a significant turn of events" Cowboys LE DeMarcus Lawrence will play 2018 under the franchise tag.

Dallas has been in a contract standoff with Lawrence for months. Lawrence wants a five-year deal, but the Cowboys need to save cap space with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott due for extensions. Lawrence will make $17.1M under the tag and is a candidate to leave in free agency next offseason. Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is also expected to play 2018 without a new deal.
Jul 14 - 3:05 PM

NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran doesn’t consider contract-year DE Trey Flowers a lock for an extension.

Flowers led New England's defensive front in snaps last season despite missing two games. He graded as a top-15 end at PFF, but the Patriots have multiple linemen on expiring deals after declining fifth-year options for Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton. There should be a strong market for Flowers if the Patriots let him walk.
Jul 14 - 2:20 PM

Florida Football Insiders believes the Jaguars may have interest in retired RB DeMarco Murray.

Murray had interest from multiple teams as a backup this offseason. There's some doubt he's actually retiring, but the Jaguars don't have use for him with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant behind workhorse Leonard Fournette. It's possible Murray unretires if a preseason injury arises.
Jul 14 - 12:06 PM

Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website lists Dwayne Washington on the roster bubble.

This is obvious after Detroit added LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson. Washington struggled with injuries last year and is expendable as an early-down backup. He'll likely be showcasing for other teams this preseason.
Jul 14 - 10:20 AM

Lions.com's Tim Twentyman expects Ameer Abdullah to keep his roster spot.

Abdullah is buried on the Lions' depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and rookie Kerryon Johnson. He's a preseason trade candidate, but Abdullah's return value may secure his spot if he isn't dealt. Detroit would clear $1 million in cap space from releasing Abdullah.
Jul 14 - 10:10 AM

The New York Post expects Quincy Enunwa to get most of his snaps in the slot.

Jermaine Kearse played the slot last year, but Enunwa should return to the role after missing all of 2017. The Jets' top three receivers going into training camp are Robby Anderson, Enunwa, and Kearse. Terrelle Pryor, Chad Hansen, and ArDarius Stewart are also competing for snaps.
Jul 14 - 9:47 AM

Ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo doesn't expect a "career awakening" for Ereck Flowers at right tackle.

"He can’t bend, you got to be able to bend," said McAdoo in his first comments since getting fired. "You can run around him just like you can on the other side, Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli." Flowers impressed coaches with his right tackle play at minicamp, but he's in a make-or-break year. The Giants are counting on an improved line after adding Nate Solder and Will Hernandez this offseason.
Jul 13 - 7:59 PM

The Bills have interest in free agent Branden Oliver.

Oliver has ties to Buffalo from his college days. The Bills have yet to visit with him but may look to bring in Oliver for a workout. With LeSean McCoy's off-field situation, Buffalo is in the market for running back depth.
Jul 13 - 6:11 PM



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