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XTRA 910 Arizona reports free agent DE John Abraham is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

Abraham, who missed nearly all of 2014 as he dealt with his head issues, is in the news for an alleged February assault. It's alarming that he's still experiencing symptoms nearly 10 months after going down in Week 1. Abraham's 2014 concussion was the latest in a long line of many. It would appear his playing days are over.
Jun 30 - 1:12 PM

CSN Philly still believes the Eagles will find an "acceptable" trade offer for ILB Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks and Brandon Boykin are expected to be the next talented Eagles that Chip Kelly lets loose. He can especially afford to move on from Kendricks with DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, Najee Goode, Brad Jones and rookie Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker. The Eagles were reportedly offering Kendricks in exchange for a second-round pick at the draft.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:47 PM

Trey Burton is expected to be groomed into the Eagles' future No. 2 tight end.

Burton, an undrafted project out of Florida last year, is a plus special teamer for now. Eventually, the Eagles hope he can play that role and back up Zach Ertz. Burton played some wideout while at the University of Florida.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:33 PM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher expects Zach Ertz to make a "sizable jump in snaps" this season.

Ertz played 40.5 percent of the snaps as a rookie in 2013 and only progressed to 50.3 percent last year. Too often he was watching from the sideline as superior blocker Brent Celek held the edge in Chip Kelly's scheme. Celek returns for his ninth season in Philly, but Ertz is expected to surpass him on the back of improvement in the blocking department. We know the Eagles need him on the field as a receiver now that Jeremy Maclin is gone -- especially in red zone. Ertz will break out if he gets roughly 75 percent of the snaps.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 30 - 12:14 PM

Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 10:41 AM

The Buffalo News believes it's "really possible" the Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback.

Taylor, Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel split reps evenly throughout the offseason program, with Cassel performing the poorest. It's not that far-fetched to suggest Taylor could beat out Manuel and his 58.6 career completion percentage. Rex Ryan appears most enthusiastic about Taylor, the quarterback he "hand picked." Taylor has never started an NFL game, spending the last four years as Joe Flacco's backup.
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM

Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abduallah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
Source: MLive.com
Jun 30 - 9:21 AM

Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 30 - 9:14 AM

Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."
Jun 30 - 8:42 AM

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett said the Seahawks "want me to play five positions but pay me for one."

Bennett continues to tell anyone who will listen that he's contemplating a holdout. That's nice, but the Seahawks just signed him to a four-year, $32 million contract 15 months ago. NFL deals don't get redone one year into a pact and Bennett likely knows this.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 30 - 8:24 AM

ESPN's Ron Jaworski said he "like(s) the future of the Jets with Geno Smith at quarterback."

Geno's career has often been the butt of jokes through two seasons, but he's played in a QB-unfriendly system with guys like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland as primary targets. We saw a flicker of hope over last season's final four games as he completed 65.1 percent of his throws with a 6:2 TD-to-INT ration en route to a 105.3 passer rating. Now Smith has excellent weapons (Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jace Amaro, Devin Smith) to fit the Chan Gailey's spread scheme that's similar to the one he excelled in at West Virginia. We're not ruling out a big step forward.
Jun 30 - 8:14 AM

In an interview with ESPN, Russell Wilson mentioned $25 million as an annual salary figure.

Wilson continues to engage in subtle yet public negotiations with the Seahawks as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. "No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go," he said. The $1.5 million number is what he's set to make next season and $25 million would be $3 million more than current NFL leader Aaron Rodgers' $22 million average annual rate. After the interview aired, Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers wrote the following on Twitter: "I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline."
Jun 30 - 7:56 AM

Former Jets, Falcons and Cardinals DE John Abraham has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

The charge stems from a February incident outside a strip club in Brookhaven, Georgia. The alleged victim was reportedly assaulted by Abraham as he approached to resolve an old dispute. Abraham, who missed most of last season with a concussion, has received no known interest on the open market. He turned 37 years old last month.
Source: cbs46.com
Jun 30 - 7:50 AM

NFL suspended free agent LB Kyle Knox for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Knox spent three days on the Cowboys' roster earlier this month, so they must have known the ban was coming before cutting him June 5. Knox appeared in four games for the Jaguars last season and also spent time with the Saints.
Jun 29 - 7:45 PM

Keenan Allen has been losing weight in an effort to "play faster."

It's just the latest indication that Allen has gotten more serious about his preparation following a down sophomore campaign. Allen's weight wasn't an obvious issue in 2014, but he certainly wasn't shaking loose from defenders the way he did as a rookie. A target monster with sure hands and excellent route-running chops, Allen is a prime bounce-back candidate for 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 29 - 5:03 PM



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