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Jaguars WLB Telvin Smith is expected to remain in an every-down role.

Smith was a full-time starter from Week 12 on last year. Despite playing at 218 pounds, he graded out positively against the run over 723 snaps. Paul Posluszny is locked in opposite Smith in nickel packages.
Jul 1 - 7:07 PM

Raiders first-round WR Amari Cooper drew praise from Derek Carr for his route running.

"He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," Carr said. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at making fast-twitch movements. I think the sky’s the limit for him." As the No. 1 option in Oakland’s offense, Cooper is set up for early success. Cooper projects for 80-plus catches as a rookie.
Jul 1 - 6:24 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities suggests the Vikings could have interest in free agent SS Bernard Pollard.

Pollard hasn’t received any known interest since asking for his release from Tennessee in March. He was playing at a high level prior to going down with a torn Achilles last year and has ties to Vikings DBs coach Jerry Gray. Minnesota could use an upgrade at safety opposite Harrison Smith, where Robert Blanton, Antone Exum and Andrew Sendejo are competing for roles.
Jul 1 - 5:40 PM

Coach Jay Gruden said WR Ryan Grant could see more playing time this season.

"Ryan Grant, he’s awesome, man. He really is. He runs every route exactly like you tell him to," Gruden said. "He doesn’t make any mental mistakes. Plays like a 10-year veteran." The Redskins limited Grant to 187 rookie-year snaps, but have been talking up his development. Grant is Washington’s No. 4 receiver behind Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts.
Jul 1 - 5:15 PM

Giants DL coach Robert Nunn has been "very impressed" with DT Markus Kuhn.

Kuhn mixed in with the first team during OTAs, with Cullen Jenkins getting snaps outside in run packages. After grading as one of the worst defensive tackles in the league, he isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. 29-year-old Kuhn is entering a make-or-break season.
Jul 1 - 4:38 PM

Bills signed OT Wayne Hunter.

Coach Rex Ryan's pal is back in the NFL after sitting out the past two seasons. Turning 34 tomorrow, Hunter last played for the Rams in 2012, but spent the four seasons prior with Ryan's Jets. The Bills will be in trouble if Hunter makes the squad and is forced to be on the field. He's an extreme roster long shot.
Jul 1 - 2:17 PM

Free agent ILB Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury crash Wednesday.

Spikes was charged in a hit-and-run last month and was immediately released by the Patriots. He's been fined, received a year of probation, and lost his driver's license. The soon-to-be 28-year-old struggled to find work earlier this offseason before landing in New England. He's a one-dimensional run-stuffer.
Source: WBZ News
Jul 1 - 1:02 PM

An NFC personnel man told the Newark Star-Ledger that he hears the Falcons are the "most interested" team in Clemson LT Isaiah Battle.

"I'll be surprised if he's not taken," said the same executive. "He's worth a shot, for sure. It's just a matter of how much is he worth to you." Battle is expected to be taken in next Thursday's Supplemental Draft, but has a number of off-field issues, hence his decision to leave Clemson and bolt for the NFL. He's going to be a project, but has ideal height at 6-foot-7 and a slender 275 pounds.
Jul 1 - 12:52 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky projects the team to cut 2014 third-round NT Khyri Thornton.

Thornton was the 85th pick in last year's draft and spent all of last year on I.R. There have been reports he looked like a bust in training camp last summer. Buried on the depth chart, Thornton is going to need a big training camp and preseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 11:41 AM

ESPN Packers writer Rob Demovsky believes second-year WR Jared Abbrederis' roster spot could be in jeopardy.

The Packers are a tough squad to crack year in and year out, and Abbrederis missed his entire rookie year with a torn ACL. Fellow second-year WR Jeff Janis is "way ahead of Abbrederis at this point." Abbrederis will need to prove he's healthy and hope the Packers keep six receivers on the final 53-man roster.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 1 - 11:35 AM

The Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am professional baseball league have offered Odell Beckham a contract.

It's the deadest part of the NFL calendar, in case you couldn't tell. A video surfaced of Beckham throwing a softball 80-some odd miles an hour, and the Boulders came calling. "We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give [Beckham] the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson," said Boulders GM Shawn Reilly. The Boulders want Beckham to report to spring training next May. Good one, Boulders. Good joke.
Source: Lohud.com
Jul 1 - 10:00 AM

Coach Ron Rivera "seems most bullish" on DE Frank Alexander winning the starting job opposite LE Charles Johnson.

The Panthers are looking to replace Greg Hardy full-time. Alexander played just 24 snaps last season after being slapped with consecutive four- and 10-game suspensions to open the season. He admitted to smoking weed after practices on a regular basis to help him heal. Now apparently clean, Alexander made noise at OTAs before injuring his groin and missing minicamp. If Alexander doesn't take the job, the Panthers also have Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton.
Jul 1 - 9:52 AM

Free agent DB C.J. Spillman has been charged with sexual assault in Tarrant County, Tex.

Spillman was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Cowboys' team hotel on September 20 last year, and the judge finally handed down the paperwork on Monday. The Cowboys continued to let Spillman, a special teams ace, play, as he appeared in all 16 games. This isn't 29-year-old Spillman's first sexually-charged wrongdoing, as he was accused of rape back in 2013.
Jul 1 - 8:51 AM

Seahawks NT Brandon Mebane's roster spot appears to be secure.

There was some light chatter that Mebane would be cut this offseason due to his $5.5 million salary and coming off hamstring surgery. But Seattle will keep its interior run-plugger for the final year of his contract. Mebane is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after sitting out much of the spring.
Jul 1 - 8:39 AM

Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties.
Source: bengals.com
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