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Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Josh Doctson has "been impressive."

Source: ESPN
May 25 - 10:45 AM

Marcus Mariota (leg) is participating at Titans OTAs and appears to be ahead of schedule.

Mariota fractured his fibula and ankle last December. "Four months ago I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in OTAs, and being able to do some of the drills ... I was very happy and very grateful," he said. "It was fun to be out there with the guys." Mariota isn't moving at full speed yet, but he is taking part in walkthroughs, individual drills, and 7-on-7s. He is one of this year's highest-ceiling late-round quarterback picks.
May 25 - 10:34 AM

ESPN's Seth Wickersham reports there are still major tensions between Richard Sherman and coach Pete Carroll.

Sherman believes the Seahawks should have won multiple Super Bowls by now, and is concerned about the team's chemistry. In particular, Sherman has been upset at Carroll's unwillingness to critique Russell Wilson and the offense while the defense is forced to play at near perfection. Sherman has been vocal since the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, including telling friends that he imagined playing for the Cowboys or Patriots with Marshawn Lynch. Despite the long feud and trade rumors, Sherman remains on the Seahawks and will remain a leader on one of the league's best defenses.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 10:32 AM

Paxton Lynch worked with the first-team during Wednesday's practice.

Trevor Siemian opened OTAs with the first-team, but the pair were always expected to alternate days. Denver7's Troy Renck added the Broncos "could not be happier" with Lynch's "work ethic, attitude and play," echoing 9 News Denver's Mike Klis rebuttal of a critical report earlier this offseason. Siemian is the slight favorite, but Lynch will get every opportunity to unseat him.
May 25 - 10:28 AM

Pro Football Talk reports Colin Kaepernick just visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday.

There were reports he was working out for the team, but those were apparently incorrect. Still, the Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz reports the meeting went "very well," although there is "no rush" to sign a deal. If the Seahawks are really interested in Kaepernick, they likely will want a deal before June's minicamp.
May 25 - 10:16 AM

Eagles first-round DE Derek Barnett said he is working on his inside moves.

Barnett could bend the edge against anyone in college, but he knows his repertoire will have to expand to be successful in the NFL. "In college, (tackles) turn quickly because they knew I was a speed guy up the field," Barnett said. "In the NFL, they’re going to stay square until the last minute, so I’m just trying to set my moves up and take whatever they give me." With Barnett added to an already deep group, the Eagles have one of the best defensive lines in the league.
May 25 - 10:11 AM

Bills DC Leslie Frazier believes LB Reggie Ragland (knee) can play outside.

Still recovering from the knee injury which ended his rookie season before it began, Ragland has not been able to participate in team drills during OTAs, giving Preston Brown an early leg up in the battle at middle linebacker. That could force the Bills to move Ragland to the strong-side, but coach Sean McDermott has said he sees the sophomore as his starter in the middle. The Bills have some square pegs to force into round holes as they transition to a 4-3.
May 25 - 10:05 AM

Broncos GM John Elway expects to sign a new contract before the start of the season.

"We're continuing to work at it," Elway said. "I don't see any problems with that. I look forward to being here with the Broncos for a long time." Elway added there is not "any doubt" the new deal will get done before the season. The Broncos are 67-29 since Elway joined the organization in 2011.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 9:56 AM

The NFL is giving all four NFC South teams an extra practice squad spot in 2017 reserved for an international player.

The catch is the player has been picked for them as part of the NFL’s international player pathway program, with the Falcons landing former English rugby player TE Alex Gray, the Panthers getting DE Efe Obada, the Saints drawing DE Alex Jenkins, and the Bucs landing LB Eric Nzeocha. The players are not allowed to be activated this season, but it is a great opportunity for them to improve while working with an NFL squad.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 9:53 AM

Devin Funchess is sitting out Thursday's OTA practice with an ankle injury.

Funchess reportedly rolled his ankle during Wednesday's session. This appears to be a minor injury, but it a bad start for a player who has disappointed through two seasons. Funchess has a chance to play a bigger role this year, but he will need to stay healthy to earn targets.
May 25 - 9:35 AM

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said DE Aaron Lynch is "going in the right direction."

Lynch reported to the offseason program 20 pounds overweight, but Shanahan said he is getting "more in shape each day." Lynch recognizes he did not do "the best I could" during the offseason, but is now "trying to do everything they want me to do." A holdover from the previous regime coming off a disappointing season shortened by suspension and injury, Lynch is not guaranteed a roster spot, but getting into shape will help his chances.
May 25 - 8:52 AM

Cody Kessler believes he improved his arm strength this offseason.

Coach Hue Jackson agrees, saying Kessler "is stronger" and his "ball has more zip on it." Arm strength is never going to be a calling card for Kessler, but being able to force the ball into tighter windows and throw a better deep ball certainly will not hurt. Kessler is the favorite in the Browns' quarterback battle.
May 25 - 8:46 AM

Danny Woodhead (ACL) said he is practicing with "no restrictions."

"I’m just playing football now," he added. "I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now." Woodhead tore his ACL on September 18, so he is eight months removed at this point. The Ravens may still baby him through the offseason program, but he should be full go for training camp. A great receiving back who is also a factor in the red zone, Woodhead is likely to be undervalued in both PPR and standard formats this year.
May 25 - 8:30 AM

Marshawn Lynch was only an observer during Tuesday's OTA practice.

Lynch participated in stretching with the team, and it is likely the Raiders are just easing him back after a year away from football. Coach Jack Del Rio did not seem concerned by the absence, saying Lynch will "continue to do the things that we’re asking him to do." There is no reason to worry about Lynch at this point.
Source: ESPN
May 25 - 8:23 AM

New Broncos DC Joe Woods said the "foundation" of the defense will remain the same.

"I don’t want to come in and change the fingerprints or the foundation of our defense," said Woods, who is replacing Wade Phillips. "I want to sprinkle a little sugar on it. It’s something that will give us a little change up, make offenses work at the line of scrimmage. That’s all we’re doing." It is a prudent approach considering the Broncos have fielded the best defense in the league the last two seasons, although they did take a step back against the run last year.
May 25 - 8:18 AM



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