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ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett reports the team has been high on second-year DT David Onyemata this offseason.

That's convenient, as Onyemata is in line for a bigger role with DT Nick Fairley sidelined for the season. The No. 120 overall pick of last year's draft, Onyemata played 393 shaky rookie snaps. He turns 25 in November.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 5:20 PM

49ers.com considers fifth-round TE George Kittle a player who flashed in the offseason program, and hinted he could even compete for the starting job.

Per in-house reporter Joe Fann, Kittle was "one of the standouts of minicamp." Fann is careful not to make any predictions about the No. 1 job, but writes he's "eager to see how the competition at tight end unfolds in August." Kittle was getting first-team reps in minicamp, and the Sacramento Bee considers his 53-man roster spot safest amongst the Niners' tight ends. Kittle is a nice stash in Dynasty leagues.
Source: 49ers.com
Jun 27 - 5:16 PM

Carson Palmer remains undecided about his playing future beyond 2017.

"That’s a great question," Palmer said of his plans beyond this season. "And I don’t have an answer. ... I don’t want to stop. But I’ll have to wait and make that decision after the season." Palmer got off to a brutal start last year, but played much better down the stretch. If both Palmer and vertical-minded coach Bruce Arians have learned how to manage his diminished physical abilities, 2017 doesn't necessarily have to be his last year. Palmer turns 38 in December.
Jun 27 - 5:03 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune expects Michael Floyd to make the Vikings' 53-man roster.

GM Rick Spielman issued Floyd a statement of support on Monday, and beat writer Matt Vensel correctly surmises the Vikings wouldn't be going to all this trouble if they didn't expect Floyd to be on their Week 1 roster. It's also safe to assume that Floyd is out of second chances, and will be cut at the next hint of trouble.
Jun 27 - 1:57 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler believes Jamison Crowder "definitely" will be targeted more than Terrelle Pryor.

Answering a question about if Pryor will lead the team in receiving yards, Tandler said "chances are that one of the holdovers," namely Crowder or Jordan Reed, will take the honor. Pryor could lead the team in yardage even if Crowder sees more targets because of his downfield usage, but the big takeaway here is Crowder will have a large role in a quality passing attack. A real threat to top 100 catches, Crowder is a great pick at his current fifth-round ADP in PPR formats.
Jun 27 - 12:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs will interview Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden for their open GM job on Wednesday.

Kansas City also has an interview scheduled with current co-director of player personnel Brett Veach and have requested an interview with Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer. Veach is the early favorite for the job.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 11:59 AM

Cam Newton said he has realized he does not have to "always be the playmaker."

"I have to give other people opportunities to make plays," Newton said in an insightful piece (linked below) about his growth. "That's the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me." With new weapons in rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Newton realizes he needs to change the way he plays and focus on "getting the ball out of my hands" in an offense which should rely more on quick passes moving forward. He also is taking better care of his body, staying away from sweets and dropping to "hands down" his lowest offseason weight despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Coming off one of his worst seasons in the NFL, Newton looks to be headed for a bounce back if his health cooperates.
Jun 27 - 10:45 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams will not reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson before the July 17 deadline.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the same a week ago, and it does not look like anything has changed. Unable to sign Johnson to a long-term deal after tagging him last year, it would have been difficult for the Rams to handle this situation any worse, and it now looks like Johnson will head to free agency next spring having earned $31 million over two seasons.
Jun 27 - 10:23 AM

ESPN's Adam Cousins reports a long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins "is considered a long shot for the time being."

NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly agrees, saying he does not "see any way" the two sides reach a long-term deal. There was some optimism about a new deal earlier this month -- Schefter does say there is "an improved tone between the two sides" -- but it seems like the July 17 deadline will pass without an agreement. Cousins is scheduled to make $23.94 million on the one-year franchise tender.
Jun 27 - 10:18 AM

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Ahmad Brooks is playing strong-side linebacker in the 49ers' new scheme.

An outside linebacker in the departing 3-4, Brooks looks to be playing a role similar to the one Vic Beasley occupies in Atlanta, playing off the ball in base and as a defensive end in nickel. 2015 third-rounder Eli Harold made the same switch this offseason and should push Brooks for the job in camp.
Jun 27 - 9:47 AM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly does not "see any way" franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline.

Considering Derek Carr's new deal, the $24 million Cousins is already scheduled to make in 2017, and the cost to tag him again next year, Casserly thinks it would take $93 million guaranteed over five years to get Cousins to sign. "Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept," Casserly said. "That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that." While there was some optimism earlier this month, Cousins' chances of signing a long-term deal before the deadline are as murky as ever.
Jun 27 - 9:32 AM

Rams OLB Connor Barwin said it "feels good" to be back in Wade Phillips' scheme.

Barwin was not at his best as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme in Philadelphia last season, so he is happy to be back in a 3-4 under Phillips, who he played for in Houston. "This is really where I want to be playing, the system I want to be in and where I’m going to have the most success," Barwin said. Going on 31, the pass rusher may not return to the double-digit sack tier, but he should be a solid option opposite Robert Quinn.
Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said backup QB Brett Hundley is playing with "confidence."

With the veterans excused from minicamp, Hundley worked as the No. 1. "These two practices are big for him obviously because he’s in the lead chair," McCarthy said during minicamp. "He’s snapping the ball off; you can see the way he’s finishing his throws. Brett’s done a lot of good things." While the Packers hope Hundley never sees the field for them, his development is important because it gives them both a quality backup and a tradable asset. After almost moving him during this year's draft, Green Bay almost certainly will shop the backup again next spring, and a good preseason showing will only up their asking price.
Jun 27 - 9:02 AM

Packers C Corey Linsley (ankle surgery) said he will "follow the plan" for his ankle surgery this year.

Linsley did not follow the plan while recovering from a torn hamstring last year, and it cost him half the season. "I was trying to get ahead of it, and I ended up behind," Linsley said. "Now it’s a matter of knowing I’ll be OK as long as I follow this plan." Coach Mike McCarthy said he expects Linsley to be ready for camp as long as he avoids any setbacks. With J.C. Tretter now in Cleveland, Linsley is the locked-in starter at center.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:55 AM



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