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Victor Cruz (knee) said he’s still on track for Week 1.

Cruz has been setback-free to this point in his rehab. He’s progressed to running routes and expects to be ready for training camp, through he remains a candidate to start out on active/PUP. Cruz said he was 75 percent healthy earlier this month.
May 27 - 4:23 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) is participating at Jets OTAs.

Fitzpatrick fractured his tibia last Week 15. He's now healthy enough to push Geno Smith. Although the Jets are standing behind Geno as the favorite to start in Week 1, Fitzpatrick is familiar with OC Chan Gailey's Pistol Spread offense, and could at very least put Geno on a short leash with a solid August.
May 27 - 4:11 PM

Coach Todd Bowles made it clear on Wednesday that the Jets will indeed hold a quarterback competition in training camp.

One week after OC Chan Gailey threw support behind Geno Smith, Bowles scaled back the anointment, stating there will be an "open competition," but that the quarterback job is Geno's "to lose." For now, the plan is to give Smith the majority of first-team reps in training camp. Ryan Fitzpatrick could still make it a battle by outplaying Smith in preseason games.
May 27 - 4:09 PM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro injured his quadriceps at practice on Wednesday.

The Ravens are still trying to determine how severe it is. Campanaro is a leading candidate to return kicks this season and could see a bigger role on offense following the departures of Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels. The 24-year-old reeled in seven of his nine targets as a rookie in 2014.
May 27 - 3:56 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Bishop Sankey adding weight will help him in pass protection and as a finisher of runs.

The Titans want Sankey at 215-220 pounds this year, after he played at 209 as a rookie and averaged 3.74 yards per carry. "I just feel like as far as having some thump in the A-gap when he has protection or being able to get extra yards on a carry, I think that can help him," Whisenhunt explained. In our experience, weight gains at running back rarely improve performance.
May 27 - 3:55 PM

Martellus Bennett did not appear at OTAs Wednesday as he continues to hold out for a new contract.

He hasn't been at any of the Bears' practices over the last five weeks. At his current annual salary, Bennett is the league's 13th highest-paid tight end. The 2014 Pro Bowler deserves a raise but the Bears don't have to give him one as he's still under contract for two more seasons. Bennett set career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six) last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:45 PM

According to the Lions' website, the team plans to use "all" three of their running backs in a 2015 committee.

Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, and Theo Riddick all have different skill sets. "In this day and age, you generally don’t have just one guy at that position because it requires teamwork," Caldwell said. "It requires more than one or two, so there’s a role for all of those guys. The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that." Abdullah offers the best all-around skill set, and should have a chance to emerge as the "lead" back by midyear or sooner.
May 27 - 3:43 PM

Lions rookie CB Quandre Diggs played with the first team at OTAs on Wednesday.

He got some work in at nickel back and "didn't look too out of place" per beat writer Michael Rothstein. Diggs probably would have played with the second unit had Bill Bentley or Nevin Lawson been healthy. Rothstein noted Diggs was the only rookie to play significant snaps with the first team on Wednesday.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:28 PM

The Bills have opened their right tackle position to competition between Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio.

Although Henderson earned the distinction of starting 16 games as a seventh-round rookie last season, his on-field performance was abysmal. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 82 tackle among 84 qualifiers, and was 83rd in run blocking. Still, Kouandjio is such a deficient athlete that the Bills' best option would likely be to stick with Henderson and simply hope he improves.
May 27 - 3:26 PM

Kellen Moore took first-team snaps ahead of Dan Orlovsky at Wednesday's OTAs.

Both are competing for backup reps behind starter Matthew Stafford. Moore completed 10 of his 12 passes while Orlovsky was 8-of-11. Moore is six years younger than Orlovsky and was given more guaranteed money this offseason. Neither one played a snap last season.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 3:16 PM

LeSean McCoy was limited in practice Wednesday because of a sore neck.

McCoy was sidelined for most of the team's drills, though head coach Rex Ryan said the injury isn't serious. His absence allowed Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon to see first-team reps. Bryce Brown and Karlos Williams competed with the second and third units. With Buffalo's quarterback situation in disarray, it's wise for the Bills to be cautious with their franchise running back.
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 2:57 PM

Dorial Green-Beckham wants to play at 225 pounds this season.

He wants to shed 12 pounds off his current 237-pound frame. By getting leaner, Green-Beckham is hoping to improve his speed on the outside. The 22-year-old already ran a solid 4.49 40 at the Combine this winter. Green-Beckham, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Hunter, and Harry Douglas will vie for snaps behind Kendall Wright in the first year of Tennessee's Marcus Mariota experiment.
May 27 - 2:49 PM

The Titans want Bishop Sankey to put on additional weight.

Sankey tipped the scales at 209 at the Combine last year. The Titans want him to bulk up to 215-220 to be able to handle the rigors of the NFL. They also want Sankey to better understand the offense. We don't like weight gain with running backs, as it often makes them slower. Coming off a down rookie season and with the addition of David Cobb, it's difficult to have a rosy outlook for Sankey.
May 27 - 2:15 PM

Coach Ken Whisenhunt said second-year DL DaQuan Jones is a starter for the Titans.

Jones was the 112th pick in last year's draft and played 143 snaps, starting the Week 17 finale. He played some end and nose tackle in DC Ray Horton's 3-4 scheme. Jones currently projects to the end spot opposite Pro Bowl DE Jurrell Casey, though nose tackle could also be up for grabs on a weak line.
May 27 - 2:03 PM

Colts signed No. 29 overall pick WR Phillip Dorsett to a four-year contract.

As is the case with all first-rounders, Dorsett's deal comes with a fifth-year team option. Out of the gate, Dorsett will compete with Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter, and possibly Vincent Brown for No. 3 receiver duties. The speed demon should be a factor right off the bat as the Colts' return man.
May 27 - 1:40 PM



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