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Brooks Reed could miss the start of OTAs because of a groin injury.

He suffered the injury during the team's recent veteran minicamp. We'd expect the Falcons to be as cautious as possible with Reed after inking him to a five-year contract this offseason. O'Brien Schofield is likely to get first-team reps when OTAs open on Tuesday.
May 24 - 11:07 AM

Mario Williams will play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's new 3-4 scheme.

Williams played left defensive end under coordinator Jim Schwartz last season but Mike Pettine used him at outside linebacker in 2013. Williams will have to focus more on pass coverage after concentrating on the run last season. Rex Ryan tends to offer many different looks on defense so this won't be the last time we see Williams at defensive end.
May 24 - 10:49 AM

The NFL overturned Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension.

He received a two-game ban for pleading no contest to a DUI but after filing paperwork with the league in March, the NFL dropped his suspension and instead fined him $50,000. Bartu finished third on the team with 83 tackles last season.
May 24 - 10:08 AM

The Cardinals are moving Matt Shaughnessy to defensive end.

Shaughnessy played left outside linebacker in 2014 but coach Bruce Arians thinks he'll be a better fit at defensive end because of his size (6'5/285). He'll battle Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker, and rookie Rodney Gunter for playing time across from Calais Campbell. Alex Okafor is the favorite to start at left outside linebacker.
May 24 - 9:39 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the starting right tackle position is Bobby Massie's to lose.

Most assumed first-round pick D.J. Humphries would get the first crack, but Arians said that isn't the case. "It's not D.J.'s job," said Arians. "D.J.'s got to do a hell of a lot to ever get that job." Arians' commitment to Massie is a little surprising considering he's received negative grades from Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons. The Cardinals are almost certain to let Massie walk when he hits free agency next offseason, so at the absolute latest Humphries will be the starter in 2016.
May 24 - 9:22 AM

During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor as a long-shot dark horse. Coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.

ESPN Cleveland believes Browns FS Tashaun Gipson may be intent on entering the free agent market in 2016.

Gipson has been skipping voluntary minicamp. The Browns reportedly have concerns about his 2014 MCL injury and aren’t expected to extend him. Gipson has until June 15 to sign his second-round tender or he'll risk losing $1.73 million.
May 23 - 9:12 PM

Cowboys WLB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared for OTAs.

A full year removed from ACL surgery, Lee hasn't had any setbacks and will practice without limitations. After missing 31 games the past three seasons, Dallas will attempt to keep Lee healthy by moving him to the weak side.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 23 - 8:37 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo projects third-round pick John Miller to open the season as the starting right guard.

Miller has been working with the first-team during OTAs and is expected to open training camp with the starters. The Bills view Miller’s skill-set as an ideal fit for OC Greg Roman’s scheme. Buffalo is counting on Miller and Richie Incognito to improve their interior line after having one of the worst guard situations in the league last season.
May 23 - 8:08 PM

The Bills want to extend DT Marcell Dareus prior to training camp.

Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Dareus is reportedly asking for at least Gerald McCoy money (7-year, $95.2M). Dareus’s one-game suspension has no impact on long-term talks.
May 23 - 7:49 PM’s Chris Brown considers Duke Williams the "odds on favorite" to start at strong safety.

Williams is expected to replace Da’Norris Searcy in base sets, but isn't locked into an every-down role after splitting time last year. The Bills haven’t ruled out replacing Williams with Corey Graham in sub packages.
May 23 - 7:33 PM

Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Gilchrist has been limited in OTAs while recovering from a shoulder scope. He remains on track to be full-go for the start of camp. The Jets gave Gilchrist a four-year, $22M deal to play the deep safety role in Todd Bowles’s secondary. Calvin Pryor will move to his more natural box role at the line of the scrimmage.
May 23 - 6:38 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger considers OLB Jason Babin’s roster spot in jeopardy.

The Jets picked up Babin’s $1.63M option, but the addition of rookie Lorenzo Mauldin could make him expendable. Babin played on 45 percent of snaps last year and was productive in a situational role, finishing with 27 hurries and two sacks. The Jets would save $1.5M by cutting Babin.
May 23 - 6:21 PM

A.J. McCarron is fully recovered from the shoulder issue that sidelined him during his rookie season.

McCarron spent all but two games on NFI with shoulder soreness. The Bengals have cleared him for the start of OTAs. McCarron is the favorite to back up Andy Dalton, with Josh Johnson and Terrelle Pryor also in the mix.
May 23 - 5:32 PM

Bengals RT Andre Smith (triceps) is expected to be sidelined until training camp.

Smith missed the final five games of 2014 with a torn triceps. Prior to going down, his on-field play was in decline, leading the Bengals to spend their top two draft picks on offensive tackles. Missing the entire offseason is a concern for Smith given his conditioning issues. Still only 28, Smith could get one last big deal if he bounces back in the final year of his contract.
May 23 - 4:34 PM

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