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Shea McClellin worked primarily at defensive end during the Patriots' offseason program.

McClellin entered the league as a defensive end, but he spent the last two years playing as an off-ball linebacker. It seems as if the Patriots like him better as a pass rusher. He is too slight to play full-time at defensive end, but he should fill a role in sub packages.
Jun 27 - 9:12 AM

CSN New England's Phil Perry left Aaron Dobson off his 53-man roster projection.

Perry is unswayed by Dobson's strong spring, saying he will have to "continue to impress through training camp" to earn a roster spot. ESPN's Mike Reiss said earlier this month Dobson would be the starting "X" receiver if the season started then, which shows how jumbled New England's receiver situation is right now. Dobson may need to beat out both rookie Malcolm Mitchell and Nate Washington to keep his job.
Jun 27 - 9:05 AM

Mike Wallace believes he is a better receiver today than when he left Pittsburgh.

"I think I’ve gotten better, even though [the] numbers don’t say so," Wallace said. "I think I’ll get better this year, and I’ll show some people I have a lot up my sleeve." Wallace disappointed after leaving the Steelers for a five-year, $60-million deal with the Dolphins, and he was an absolute flop with the Vikings last year. He was never a good fit with either Ryan Tannehill or Teddy Bridgewater, however, so there is some reason to believe he can improve with Joe Flacco under center. Wallace is competing with Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman (knee) for a role opposite Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles').
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:58 AM

Tyler Lockett said he has been working on his technique against press coverage.

"The biggest thing is I’ve been going against Richard [Sherman] about 95 percent of the camp, and he’s just made me a better player," Lockett said. "I’ve got to be able to move him and get him off at the line, and I can’t use the same stuff every time because he’s a smart defender, so I’ve got to switch some things up." Locked in as a starter on the outside, Lockett has also been working on his deep-ball chemistry with Russell Wilson. It will be extremely difficult for Lockett to replicate his efficiency from last season, but a bump in targets could help him reach new fantasy heights.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:52 AM

The New York Daily News' Seth Walder left 2015 fourth-round QB Bryce Petty off his 53-man roster projection.

If (when) Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs, the Jets will be faced with the option of keeping four quarterbacks or cutting either Geno Smith or Petty. Smith would be an easy cut if Petty or second-round rookie Christian Hackenberg showed well enough to earn the backup job, but that has not happened to this point and is extremely unlikely. Even if he does not get cut this year, Petty looks like he will go down as a wasted pick.
Jun 26 - 8:39 PM

Jets secondary coach Joe Danna said CB Marcus Williams has "made good improvements since last year."

Williams thinks the competition he's faced this offseason has helped in his progression. "I’ve been working on my press, working on playing outside a lot more and just getting better at little things," Williams said. "I think going against guys like Brandon Marshall and [Eric] Decker also helps a lot, too." Williams is the favorite for the No. 3 role behind Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine, but he will have to hold off first-round bust Dee Milliner for the job.
Jun 26 - 8:34 PM

Saints CB Kyle Wilson (I.R.) suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder.

This is mostly for bookkeeping purposes as the Saints did not disclose Wilson's injury when they put him on injured reserve. Wilson is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.
Jun 26 - 8:21 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic expects Redskins ILB Mason Foster to start opposite Will Compton.

Perry Riley was expected to occupy one of the starting spots, but he was held out of spring practices because of a lingering foot injury. That opened the door for Compton and Foster to cement themselves in starting roles. Set to count $5.05 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, Riley could end up a cap cut if he is not able to claim a starting job.
Jun 26 - 6:41 PM

Walk-year WR Emmanuel Sanders said he is not weighed down by ongoing contract negotiations.

"I don’t think it weighs on me," Sanders said. "For me, it’s going to come. If it’s meant for me, it’s meant for me. But I’m going to keep playing ball because I love to do it." Owed $5.6 million in the final year of his deal, Sanders is set to earn a big pay raise in the near future. A deal similar to Jeremy Maclin's five-year, $55-million pact is certainly within reason.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 6:31 PM

NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan believes it is "highly unlikely" the Giants sign free agent SCB Leon Hall (back).

Raanan speculates he will land with the Cardinals or re-sign with the Bengals. With their top three -- Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and rookie Eli Apple -- better fits on the outside, the Giants could still use some help in the slot. They will likely add a veteran at some point. Hall is still recovering from offseason back surgery.
Jun 26 - 6:24 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) wants to able to "cut and run freely" before reporting to camp.

Bell wants to be a full participant from the first whistle, but the Steelers are expected to exercise early caution. Per Fowler, Bell is unlikely to play before Week 3 of the preseason. That's certainly the wise approach. Barring a setback, Bell will be ready to rock as a top-three RB1 for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 3:49 PM

NJ.com expects Giants second-round WR Sterling Shepard to be an "instant-impact player."

The Giants are forcing Shepard into their No. 2 receiver role, but he's obliging by living up to the hype in padless practices. Shepard is in danger of being over-drafted, but with so many targets there for the taking in New York, his path to WR3/4 value is real.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 3:16 PM

NJ.com reports there were questions about free agent OT Jake Long's desire in 2015.

Now 31, the former No. 1 overall pick spent 2015 riding the pine for the Falcons. Long said earlier this month that he's the healthiest he's been in "probably about five, six years." Sitting on the bench will certainly do that for you. Long was an elite talent in his prime, but his prime was short because of constant injury issues. He won't be more than a camp flier whenever he finally signs somewhere.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 3:02 PM

NJ.com reports the Giants' "bridge" with free agent OT Will Beatty is "pretty much burned."

Per reporter Jordan Raanan, Beatty would "only return if he had no other options." On the other side of the coin, Raanan reports the Giants are concerned by "what they perceived as a lack of desire." The G-Men need help/depth opposite LT Ereck Flowers, but aren't treating it as an urgent matter. Beatty has made no known visits in free agency since his February release.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 2:57 PM

NJ.com reports free agent OT Eugene Monroe is still in play for the Giants.

Monroe would have to play right tackle in the Big Apple, and seems likely to exhaust his potential options on the left side before seriously considering the G-Men. Monroe drew a flurry of preliminary interest when he hit the open market earlier this month, but it's been mostly silent over the past 10 days. With camp a month away, Monroe can take his time and use what little leverage he has.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 2:53 PM



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