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Texans RG Jeff Allen lost 21 pounds this offseason.

Signed to a four-year, $28-million contract in 2016, Allen's first season in Houston was one to forget. He struggled in his transition from the left side to the right and dealt with an ankle injury which ultimately required offseason surgery. Now healthy and in much better shape, Allen should return to form.
May 27 - 11:53 AM

Robert Woods said he wants to be the "No. 1 receiver."

It is an achievable goal. Woods played a secondary role his four seasons in Buffalo, but he is in a position to see a much larger target share on depth chart filled with young and complementary players. Almost certain to lead the team in targets, Woods has the look of a value in PPR formats.
May 27 - 11:47 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Jeff McLane reports Carson Wentz looks stronger and is showing better mechanics during OTAs.

McLane specifically said Wentz's "spirals are tighter" and none of his "20 or so throws" sailed, which was a problem last season. Normally this could be dismissed as offseason fluff, but Wentz did work with 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House over the offseason. "It's really just cleaning up some things from an efficiency standpoint," Wentz said of the work. "No mass overhaul, nothing really major...a lot of it having to do with footwork." With better weapons and an intact offensive line, Wentz should take a step forward as a sophomore.
May 27 - 11:32 AM

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Josh McCown is the "heavy favorite" to start.

McCown starting has been the expectation since he signed in March, but the Jets plan to give all three quarterbacks equal reps during OTAs and have continued to say there is an open competition. While Cimini does expect there to be a competition, he thinks McCown "will be the clear-cut front-runner" by the end of the offseason program. Even so, McCown has struggled to stay on the field in recent years, so it is likely we will see Christian Hackenberg at some point this season.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 11:16 AM

Team reporter Darren Urban reports "few have been around the Cardinals’ training facility more" than 2016 first-round DL Robert Nkemdiche.

Coach Bruce Arians openly criticized Nkemdiche's work ethic during a lost rookie season, and the defensive lineman apparently took the comments to heart. Urban reports Nkemdiche worked out "by himself many days" during the offseason and is among the group staying late at OTAs for "extra technique and conditioning" work. "He’s changed," veteran teammate Frostee Rucker said. "For the good. He’s changed." With Calais Campbell now playing for the Jags, Arizona needs Nkemdiche to make a big sophomore leap.
May 27 - 10:06 AM

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha (knee) is only participating in individual drills during OTAs.

Kikaha is almost a year removed from the third tear of his left ACL, but the Saints want to be "smart with him" according to DC Dennis Allen. "The key is to make sure he's healthy and ready to go," Allen said. "Whatever we have to do to have him full go and ready to go through training camp and the season, I think that's what the plan will be." It sounds like Kikaha will be babied through the offseason program before having the reins removed in training camp.
May 27 - 9:54 AM

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs.

Guregian notes Gronk was allowed to do everything despite it raining, suggesting the Patriots are very comfortable with his recovery. That is not a surprise considering the team allowed him to participate in a WWE event earlier this offseason and recently restructured his deal. Injuries will always be a concern, but Gronkowski remains the top overall fantasy tight end.
May 27 - 9:48 AM

Lions signed RB Matt Asiata.

Asiata worked out for Detroit earlier this month, but wasn't immediately signed. He adds a short-yardage option behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Asiata will compete with Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington for a roster spot.
May 26 - 8:36 PM

Vikings OC Pat Shurmur has been impressed with Dalvin Cook.

"He certainly caught our eye," Shurmur said. "Very instinctive runner. He’s making good progress." The Vikings also talked up Cook’s pass blocking, a great sign for his chances of getting on the field early. Cook's rookie status has him running with the second team at OTAs, but he's the favorite to lead the Vikings in touches.
May 26 - 7:31 PM

Jaguars WR Allen Hurns added weight this offseason.

Hurns says he bulked up to avoid the hamstring issues that sidelined him last year. He spent the offseason working out in Phoenix and is fully healthy for OTAs. Coming off a down season, Hurns is facing competition from Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee for targets behind Allen Robinson.
May 26 - 7:19 PM

Chiefs released OLB Tourek Williams.

He lasted only four days in Kansas City after signing this week. A special teamer, Williams should resurface before minicamp.
May 26 - 6:55 PM

The Broncos have opened extension talks with contract-year SS T.J. Ward.

Ward is entering the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million contract. He's been a solid run-stopping presence on the back end for Denver, but isn't a lock to be re-signed. The Broncos gave Darian Stewart an extension last year and have 2016 third-rounder Justin Simmons as an in-house replacement. Ward hasn't set any deadlines for a new deal.
May 26 - 6:44 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports DeShone Kixer is "on the fast-track" to winning the Browns' starting job.

Coach Hue Jackson said Kizer has been a "quick study." Kizer is being pushed to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Cody Kessler has been getting the majority of first-team reps, but it's starting to look like the Browns have no plans to slow play Kizer.
May 26 - 6:14 PM

The Miami Herald reports Ryan Tannehill’s timing with Julius Thomas "remains a work in progress."

It’s a non-concern this early in the offseason. Thomas is healthy after dealing with injuries the last two years and projects for a high volume red-zone role. Dolphins OC Clyde Christensen thinks Thomas can push for 10-plus touchdowns.
May 26 - 5:40 PM

Coby Fleener expects to be "more effective" now that he's had a year to learn the Saints' offense.

Fleener wasn't a complete flop last year -- he still managed 50 catches for 631 yards and three touchdowns as the non-PPR TE12 in fantasy -- but he certainly didn't live up to expectations after inking a five-year, $36 million contract. The 28-year-old faced a steep learning curve in his first year with the Saints. "I think anytime you’re trying to learn a new offense, trying to learn a language, trying to learn something of that nature, going through it under pressure, going through it for a year really helps," he said. Fleener belongs on the TE1/2 borderline.
May 26 - 5:06 PM



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