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Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Ahmad Brooks is playing strong-side linebacker in the 49ers' new scheme.

An outside linebacker in the departing 3-4, Brooks looks to be playing a role similar to the one Vic Beasley occupies in Atlanta, playing off the ball in base and as a defensive end in nickel. 2015 third-rounder Eli Harold made the same switch this offseason and should push Brooks for the job in camp.
Jun 27 - 9:47 AM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly does not "see any way" franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline.

Considering Derek Carr's new deal, the $24 million Cousins is already scheduled to make in 2017, and the cost to tag him again next year, Casserly thinks it would take $93 million guaranteed over five years to get Cousins to sign. "Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept," Casserly said. "That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that." While there was some optimism earlier this month, Cousins' chances of signing a long-term deal before the deadline are as murky as ever.
Jun 27 - 9:32 AM

Rams OLB Connor Barwin said it "feels good" to be back in Wade Phillips' scheme.

Barwin was not at his best as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme in Philadelphia last season, so he is happy to be back in a 3-4 under Phillips, who he played for in Houston. "This is really where I want to be playing, the system I want to be in and where I’m going to have the most success," Barwin said. Going on 31, the pass rusher may not return to the double-digit sack tier, but he should be a solid option opposite Robert Quinn.
Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said backup QB Brett Hundley is playing with "confidence."

With the veterans excused from minicamp, Hundley worked as the No. 1. "These two practices are big for him obviously because he’s in the lead chair," McCarthy said during minicamp. "He’s snapping the ball off; you can see the way he’s finishing his throws. Brett’s done a lot of good things." While the Packers hope Hundley never sees the field for them, his development is important because it gives them both a quality backup and a tradable asset. After almost moving him during this year's draft, Green Bay almost certainly will shop the backup again next spring, and a good preseason showing will only up their asking price.
Jun 27 - 9:02 AM

Packers C Corey Linsley (ankle surgery) said he will "follow the plan" for his ankle surgery this year.

Linsley did not follow the plan while recovering from a torn hamstring last year, and it cost him half the season. "I was trying to get ahead of it, and I ended up behind," Linsley said. "Now it’s a matter of knowing I’ll be OK as long as I follow this plan." Coach Mike McCarthy said he expects Linsley to be ready for camp as long as he avoids any setbacks. With J.C. Tretter now in Cleveland, Linsley is the locked-in starter at center.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:55 AM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the organization "believes" in Michael Floyd, and he will remain on the club's roster and report for training camp.

Floyd boneheadedly consumed alcohol just days before his house arrest sentence was set to expire earlier this month, and he was sentenced to one day in jail in Arizona on Monday. He got off extremely light and will keep his job at the same time. Floyd won't be guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster out of camp and is certainly facing a league-mandated suspension from Roger Goodell.
Jun 26 - 7:05 PM

Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been sentenced to one day in jail for violating the terms of his house arrest.

Floyd, who isn't allowed to drink alcohol as part of his house arrest arrangement, allegedly failed five different tests. He absurdly blamed the failures on Kombucha tea. The judge wasn't having it. Floyd is lucky to escape with only a day in jail. It's unclear how safe his Vikings' roster spot is. Floyd was signed just 47 days ago.
Jun 26 - 4:44 PM

Saints placed DT Nick Fairley (heart) on the reserve/NFI list.

Fairley is expected to miss all of 2017, and his career is in grave danger. Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the decision was made after consulting with "several doctors." Fairley has received at least three opinions on his heart condition. It's bitterly disappointing news after Fairley appeared in all 16 games for the first time in six NFL seasons last year. It's also a major blow to a Saints defense that remained woefully ineffective in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:37 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirmed the team is "confident" it will reach a long-term extension with contract-year RB Devonta Freeman.

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reported so last week. Now the Falcons are putting their name to it. There's strong mutual desire for a new deal. It should be finalized around the start of camp.
Jun 26 - 3:27 PM

Drug charges stemming from a February arrest in Miami have been dropped against free agent DB Matt Elam.

Elam has been arrested twice since February, but charges have already been dropped in both cases. Although he's now in the clear from a legal perspective, the 2013 first-round bust isn't about to generate any interest on the open market. Elam turns 26 in September.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 3:00 PM

Texans WRs coach John Perry said third-round sophomore Braxton Miller "has the quickness and the speed" to thrive in the slot.

"The thing that’s really intriguing is that he’s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," Perry continued. "That’s something that’s really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too." A college quarterback, Miller said he has benefited from working with assistant WRs coach Wes Welker, who is one of the best slot receivers to ever play the game. It would not be a surprise if Miller took a step forward after an injury-shortened rookie season, but he will struggle for targets behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in what should be a run-heavy attack.
Jun 26 - 12:58 PM

Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh said Alshon Jeffery had his best offseason since 2013.

Groh worked with Jeffery for three seasons in Chicago including his 2013 breakout. "Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place," Groh said. "Learning a new system and working on the chemistry with Carson [Wentz] and everything like that, but it's been a good spring for him." His ability to stay on the field will always be the question, but Jeffery should return to the 1,000-yard ranks if he stays healthy. He is a solid WR2.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 12:48 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden are on the Chiefs' "radar" for their open GM position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have requested interviews with both. Current Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach looks like the favorite for the job, but owner Clark Hunt wants to explore all options. Vikings assistant GM George Paton was also approached, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes Bears TE Zach Miller's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Biggs believes Daniel Brown, a converted receiver who worked in Miller's role while the veteran was sidelined with a foot injury during the offseason program, will push Miller for a job during camp. That seems unlikely if Miller is healthy, but he is no lock to be ready at the start of camp and not a great bet to stay healthy once he gets back on the field. Even if he keeps his job, Miller's days in Chicago are numbered after the team added Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen this offseason. The 32-year-old is scheduled to be a free agent next spring.
Jun 26 - 11:09 AM



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