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Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said LB Deone Bucannon will play weakside linebacker this season.

Bucannon will also call defensive plays from the huddle. Josh Bynes will start as Arizona's inside linebacker with Haason Reddick factoring in. The Cards are hoping for a bounce-back year from Bucannon as the 25-year-old finished with PFF's third-worst grade among inside linebackers last season. He'll be asked to play a similar role to how Thomas Davis was used in Wilks' base defense in Carolina.
Apr 19 - 5:26 PM

Dwight Freeney announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons.

He'll sign a one-day contract with the Colts so he can retire with the team that drafted him. Freeney will finish his career tied for 17th in league history with 125.5 sacks. Freeney, the No. 11 overall pick in 2002, spent his first 11 seasons with Indianapolis where he racked up 107.5 sacks. He also had stints with the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Lions and Seahawks in the final years of his career, eventually finishing as a seven-time Pro Bowler.
Apr 19 - 4:43 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield has "overcome the size issue."

Size concerns have dogged Mayfield throughout the draft process though Elway doesn't see it as a major stumbling block. Elway has mostly targeted taller quarterbacks since assuming the role of GM—he drafted Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch, who are both 6'7"—though he departed from that philosophy by signing Case Keenum (6'1") this offseason. Mayfield visited the Broncos earlier this week and was coached by Denver's staff in the Senior Bowl in January. Denver hasn't committed to taking a quarterback at No. 5, but if Mayfield is still available then, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Broncos made him their pick.
Apr 19 - 3:49 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said the team hasn't decided whether or not to pick up OLB Shane Ray's fifth-year option for 2019.

Ray was ineffective while playing through a wrist injury last season and has failed to meet expectations since arriving in the league as a first-round pick in 2015. The Broncos have until May 3 to exercise Ray's option for 2019, which would pay him roughly $9.2 million.
Apr 19 - 2:51 PM

Broncos GM John Elway said he's open to trading the No. 5 pick in next week's draft.

Elway said Denver is open to moving both up or down in the draft. He also added that if the Broncos do stand pat at No. 5, the team will select the best player available, regardless of position. The expectation all along has been that Denver would choose a quarterback at No. 5. There's still a good chance of that happening, though obviously Elway isn't ready to tip his hand. If the Broncos are truly open for business at No. 5, the quarterback-needy Bills would be wise to place a call into Elway.
Apr 19 - 2:50 PM

Giants released/failed physical WR Brandon Marshall.

As expected. Marshall showed zero chemistry with Eli Manning in his lone season with the G-Men, amassing just 18 catches for 154 yards and no touchdowns on 33 targets before going down with a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5. The 34-year-old told the team he was open to taking a pay cut to stay in New York, but the Giants dumped him anyway. Marshall's release saves New York $5.16 million in cap space. With Marshall gone, the Giants could make a run at ex-Cowboy Dez Bryant, who prefers to stay in the NFC East.
Apr 19 - 2:21 PM

Browns re-signed DT Jamie Meder.

He had been a restricted free agent. The 27-year-old earned high marks from ProFootballFocus as a run-stopper despite seeing only 178 snaps last season. He sat out the Browns' final six games with a high-ankle sprain.
Apr 19 - 1:35 PM

Cardinals signed CB Marcus Williams, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year contract.

Williams logged 18 tackles and one interception over 185 defensive snaps between the Jets and Texans last season. He's just a depth signing for Arizona.
Apr 19 - 1:28 PM

The Ringer's Kevin Clark reports the Browns have "considered" drafting a quarterback with both the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks.

It is highly unlikely this actually happens, but that does not mean it is a bad idea. The success rate of even first-round quarterbacks is shockingly low, but taking two of the top quarterbacks would give Cleveland a decent shot at landing one long-term starter. If both pan out, they would also have a valuable trade chip to acquire future assets. That said, developing one quarterback is difficult enough, and it would be a challenge to find enough practice reps for Tyrod Taylor and two rookies. Still, the fact the Browns have even considering an out-of-the-box idea like this is a good sign.
Source: The Ringer
Apr 19 - 11:57 AM

Bucs sophomore LB Kendell Beckwith suffered a broken ankle in a car accident last week.

Beckwith was a passenger in a one-car accident last week in Louisiana. He underwent surgery on Tuesday and is at best questionable for training camp. A third-round pick out of LSU last season, Beckwith struggled in 846 snaps as a rookie.
Apr 19 - 11:39 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports "more than one team prefers" Maryland WR D.J. Moore to Alabama WR Calvin Ridley.

Productive despite a myriad of quarterback issues at Maryland, Moore is an explosive athlete (39.5-inch vertical and 132-inch broad) with exceptional ability after the catch. He is certainly not as refined as Ridley, but his physical skills give him a higher ceiling. It would not be a surprise to hear Moore's name called before Ridley's next week.
Source: MMQB
Apr 19 - 11:19 AM

Panthers sophomore DE Daeshon Hall (knee) said he is back to full health.

A third-round pick last year, Hall was limited to just nine snaps as a rookie before landing on injured reserve with a knee issue. "My knee feels real good right now. Everything feels stable, strong," Hall said. "I'm excited. No limitations. I'm squatting, doing everything lower body." The Panthers need some help at defensive end, and Hall has the talent to be a factor now that he is healthy.
Apr 19 - 11:11 AM

DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston plan to work out together this offseason.

After coach Dirk Koetter criticized the quarterback for not getting Jackson the ball, Winston made it a goal to improve his chemistry with the speedy receiver this offseason. "Me and DeSean, we have spent a lot of time together this offseason whether it was on the phone, Facetime or even at his house," Winston said. "We're going to find times and slots where we can work outside of the facility to help build our connection." Jackson is a good bet to improve on his 50/668/3 line from a season ago.
Source: ESPN
Apr 19 - 10:34 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said he is going to use Tarik Cohen all over the formation.

"He’s a run threat and then he can catch the ball in space in broken formations," Nagy said. "We’re going to teach him everything we can and move him around and do different things." After averaging 8.75 touches a game as a rookie, it sounds like Cohen will have a bigger role under the new coaching staff. Nagy has compared Cohen to Tyreek Hill, who he coached in Kansas City.
Apr 19 - 10:21 AM

Bears coach Matt Nagy said Kevin White "has a big ceiling."

Nagy is setting a clean slate for the former No. 7 overall pick, saying it is up to White whether he can turn that upside into production. "He’s got to put time in the playbook. He’s got to put in the extra work after practice when he can," Nagy said. "And then when the game comes, he’s got to make plays." White has played five games in three seasons because of multiple injuries and did not show well in that limited action. He is a long-shot to develop into a quality contributor.
Apr 19 - 9:30 AM



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