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Martellus Bennett says he's made a concerted effort to connect with Aaron Rodgers off the field and during OTA practices.

In addition to sending text messages to Rodgers, Bennett is picking his brain on the practice field. "I’m always talking to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "(I’ll say), ‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give me the thumbs up. Or if I’m in another group, I always look back at him, ‘Hey, is that what you want? Is there something different you want on this?’" Rodgers is a known stickler for details. Bennett will offer a high TD ceiling in a Packers offense which has averaged 36.3 passing scores per season over the past three years.
May 29 - 3:03 PM

Sterling Shepard said he wants to improve after the catch as a sophomore.

"I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC last year," he said. "That's something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on." Shepard was second on the team with 105 targets, but he averaged just 10.5 yards per catch. With Brandon Marshall taking over the No. 2 spot, Shepard will have to be more efficient to better the 683 yards he managed as a rookie.
May 29 - 12:39 PM

Colts third-round sophomore Le'Raven Clark is working as the starter at right tackle during OTAs.

It is not a surprise after ESPN's Mike Wells projected him for the job earlier this month, but it is confirmation Clark will get the first crack. Clark held his own in three starts to close out last season, and he should be better coming out of his first real NFL offseason. A weak point the past several years, the Colts finally have the makings of a potentially solid offensive line.
Source: colts.com
May 29 - 12:35 PM

ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia wrote 60 receptions is "not a stretch" for sophomore C.J. Prosise "if he stays healthy."

The "if he stays healthy" is an important addendum after Prosise was limited to six games as a rookie. That said, Kapadia notes Seattle running backs combined for 75 catches last year, and Prosise is the best bet to earn those targets. Eddie Lacy will be the workhorse, but Prosise is in position to earn a PPR-friendly role.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 11:18 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects CB Eric Rowe to be a matchup player this season.

A second-round miss in Philadelphia, Rowe was solid on limited snaps his first season with the Patriots including when asked to work against Julio Jones in the Super Bowl. New England has one of the best corner duos in the league in Malcolm Butler and newly-signed Stephon Gilmore, however, and Jonathan Jones manned the slot during OTAs. Reiss predicts Rowe will be used against teams with bigger receivers or tight ends, but he looks destined for a limited role.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 11:10 AM

Adam Thielen said he still has a "long ways to go" following last season's breakout.

Thielen earned a shiny new contract with a 69/967/5 performance last season, but he is not resting on his laurels. "I’ve got too much to work on, too many big goals, to reflect on anything," Thielen said. "I’m just going to come out here every day and try to get better and bring the same mindset I’ve brought since I got to the league." Thielen is currently behind Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph in the pecking order, but he should push for 100 targets.
May 29 - 11:02 AM

49ers first-round LB Reuben Foster (shoulder) is participating in individual drills during OTAs.

According to coach Kyle Shanahan, Foster is not participating in any drill where there is a "possibility of contact," but getting on the field at all is a good step following offseason shoulder surgery. GM John Lynch has said he expects Foster to be a "full-go" for training camp.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 10:48 AM

LeSean McCoy is excited about his potential role in the passing game under new OC Rick Dennison.

"That’s something I’ve been a part of, but it’s been a while since I’ve actually got the ball a lot in the air," McCoy said. "(Dennison is) big on that, you look at all the successful running backs that’s been in his offense, from Arian Foster who I’m a big fan of, he did it on the ground and in the air." McCoy caught 78 passes as a sophomore with the Eagles, but he has not topped 55 in a season since. While 78 is likely out of the question in what should be a run-heavy attack, McCoy is a good bet to top the 50/356/1 receiving line he put up last year, especially considering the Bills' thin depth chart at receiver. McCoy is a high-end RB1.
May 29 - 10:37 AM

Coach Jason Garrett said Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) will not practice back-to-back days during OTAs, minicamp, or training camp.

The Cowboys have been nothing but optimistic about Smith's recovery, but this decision shows the linebacker still has work to do before he is ready to get into a game. That said, it is possible Dallas changes the plan if Smith is able to make it through the rest of the offseason program without any setbacks. Smith will be 20 months removed from the injury when Week 1 rolls around.
Source: NBC DFW
May 29 - 10:29 AM

Kirk Cousins said he wants to get Terrelle Pryor "as many touches as possible."

"I like it because I’ve never had a conversation with a receiver like I’ve had with him," Cousins said about the former quarterback. "He really can see it and he’s going to hold me accountable." Cousins worked with Pryor during the offseason, and it appears the duo have already built some rapport. Even with Josh Doctson healthy, Pryor projects as Washington's No. 1 receiver and is firmly in the WR2 discussion for fantasy.
May 29 - 10:23 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said RG J.R. Sweezy (back) has "looked awesome" during OTAs.

Sweezy missed all of last season, his first with the Bucs, with a back injury, but he is finally back to full health. Koetter thinks getting Sweezy back is like getting a brand new player and will help shore up the line. Originally signed to play left guard, Sweezy will work on the right side this season.
May 29 - 10:11 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said third-round WR Chris Godwin "is off to a fast start."

"A couple small mental blips, but the physical stuff is there for sure," Koetter continued. With DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans not participating, Godwin has seen first-team reps and is apparently making the most of them. Even so, Godwin will likely need an injury in front of him to return fantasy value as a rookie.
May 29 - 10:06 AM

Brian Hoyer said his familiarity with coach Kyle Shanahan's offense has made his transition to the 49ers easier.

Hoyer and Shanahan worked together for a season in Cleveland. "Just hearing it the second time around has helped, and knowing the plays," Hoyer said. "I think calling the play is half the battle, and it’s something I really don’t think about anymore." Hoyer admits he still has things to learn about the offense, but he should be fully comfortable by the time Week 1 rolls around. Shanahan has already tabbed Hoyer as his starter.
Source: ESPN
May 29 - 9:15 AM

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox is back in Philadelphia.

Cox snapped a photo of himself on a plane headed to Philadelphia. It is not surprising considering ESPN's Tim McManus reported Cox was expected back this week, but it does put a large dent in talk radio's planned programming. Despite the missed time, Cox should be ready to dominate again this season.
May 29 - 9:01 AM

Giants owner John Mara said he has "never received more emotional mail from people" than he did about the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick.

Mara said fans simply did not want Kap on the Giants. "It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot," he added. "It’s an emotional, emotional issue." Apparently more emotional than employing admitted abuser Josh Brown. While Kaepernick's level of play certainly deserves scrutiny, it is clear some front offices are scared of the potential backlash associated with signing him.
Source: MMQB
May 29 - 8:47 AM



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