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Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.

Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track for offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 10:42 PM

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.

Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for his final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 9:50 PM

ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.

Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty on his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. Wilson was averaging 4.4 yards-per-attempt on 115 carries in two seasons prior to his neck injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 8:40 PM

Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.

Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his rehab. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Apr 19 - 7:26 PM

According to the Palm Beach Post, Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.

Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery. While it's nice to read optimistic injury projections, we're skeptical Gibson will be ready for pre-training camp activities. In fact, we'd be surprised if he were ready for training camp at all. Gibson is coming off a patellar tendon tear and only recently resumed light jogging. His Week 1 availability isn't guaranteed.
Apr 19 - 7:14 PM

The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts will be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Apr 19 - 6:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could pursue RB LaMichael James.

The 49ers are currently shopping James and could eventually release him. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 6:10 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the cover-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Apr 19 - 5:37 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the current favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.

The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. Baltimore is highly likely to draft a cornerback with six picks in the first four rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:58 PM

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.

The Ravens have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house replacement for Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade despite his ties to OC Gary Kubiak. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:28 PM

The Redskins are considering using Andre Roberts on kick returns.

It's not an ideal role for Roberts, who averaged a measly 22.4 yards on kick returns in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Roberts dropped from the Redskins' No. 2 to No. 3 receiver when Washington signed DeSean Jackson, so the team may now be willing to use him more on special teams. Chris Thompson, Richard Crawford, and Niles Paul are also candidates to contribute in the return game.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:07 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage has declined an invitation to attend the NFL Draft.

Savage has generated significant buzz in recent weeks, so the fact he received an invitation confirms just how high his stock is in NFL circles. He's scheduled to visit with as many as 25 teams before the draft. SI's Peter King considers Savage a potential fit for the Texans at No. 33 overall.
Apr 19 - 3:37 PM

The Giants haven't decided whether to exercise CB Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option for 2015.

Amukamara would cost roughly $7.93 million over the next two seasons. While he hasn't established himself as a franchise player, there's little downside in the Giants picking up the option and keeping open discussions about a long-term deal. Amukamara had 85 tackles and two forced fumbles last year in his first full season as a starter, but has managed just three career interceptions.
Apr 19 - 3:08 PM

Steelers DE Nick Williams (knee) is questionable for OTAs.

A 2013 seventh-round pick, Williams spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. The Steelers haven't made much of an effort to re-sign Brett Keisel or upgrade at right end, so Williams has a chance to compete for snaps opposite Cameron Heyward when healthy. Williams has been off crutches since mid-January and is eight months removed from knee surgery.
Apr 19 - 2:34 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett expects the Saints to come away from the draft with at least one receiver.

The Saints are "very comfortable" with second-year Kenny Stills as their No. 2 wideout, but with Marques Colston on the downside of his career and Stills very unproven, it makes sense for the New Orleans to invest a middle-round pick on a wide receiver. Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews is a Marques Colston clone and could be available in the third round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 1:23 PM



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