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Bears waived QB Connor Shaw.

The move makes room for Victor Cruz on the roster. Claimed off waivers from the Browns last July, Shaw was having a solid preseason before breaking his right leg and spending the entire year on injured reserve. He should end up in someone's camp.
May 30 - 9:45 AM

Lions waived FB Mike Burton.

The move makes room for Matt Asiata. A fifth-round pick in 2015, Burton played 241 snaps as a rookie, but Jim Bob Cooter moved away from using a fullback his first full season in charge of the offense. Young and a good player, it will not be surprising if Burton gets snapped up off waivers.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:40 AM

De'Vondre Campbell will see snaps on the strong side this season.

Campbell played on the weak side last season, but coach Dan Quinn said that is where third-round pick Duke Riley will begin his career. Campbell will still man the position in nickel packages, but he is expected to switch to the other side when three linebackers are on the field. No matter how they line up, the Falcons are building one of the most athletic linebacking corps in the league.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:34 AM

B.J. Goodson worked as the starting middle linebacker during Giants OTAs.

A fourth-round pick last year, Goodson played just 13 defensive snaps as a rookie, but he will be given every chance to win the middle linebacker job this summer. He is apparently off to a good start, as well, with ESPN's Jordan Raanan reporting he "looked fast and free" during practice. Linebacker remains a concern for New York, but Goodson can help by seizing the starting job.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:28 AM

Bills DC Leslie Frazier said he "couldn’t be happier" with the work DT Marcell Dareus has done this offseason.

"Everything we’ve seen up to this point in the time that we’ve been on the field and what we’ve done in the meetings he’s all in," Frazier said before adding Dareus can be "one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen" in the league if he can keep his head on straight. Injuries and suspension limited Dareus to just eight games last year, but it sounds like he is on track for a bounce back.
May 30 - 9:21 AM

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez cautions Todd Gurley could have a smaller role in the passing game this season.

Gurley more than doubled his rookie catch total with 43 last season, but Gonzalez expects that number to fall under new coach Sean McVay, who wants Lance Dunbar to be his new Chris Thompson. Lead backs did not see a ton of targets under McVay in Washington, but neither Alfred Morris nor Rob Kelley is known for his hands. The best offensive weapon they have, it seems foolish for the Rams to take Gurley off the field more than the have to, especially after he showed last season he can be effective as a receiver. Even so, this concern is yet another dent to Gurley's fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:14 AM

Jets DC Kacy Rodgers said he thinks Morris Claiborne's best fit is as a press-man corner.

Rodgers thinks Claiborne was miscast as more of a zone corner with the Cowboys. "I remember when he came out in the [2012] draft and we saw him as a press-man corner, and we were really high on him," Rodgers said. "With more of a press scheme, we thought he'd fit well in our scheme with his press-man tools." Claiborne does have the skills to be a No. 1 corner, but his success will always hinge on health. Claiborne has played 47 games total through five seasons.
Source: ESPN
May 30 - 9:05 AM

Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis expects to be "used more" this season.

Lewis said he got the impression from OC Nathaniel Hackett, who Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports worked one-on-one with Lewis during OTAs. Considering Mychal Rivera was the only notable addition Jacksonville made after trading Julius Thomas, it certainly makes sense for Lewis to see more work, but it is tough to see the 33-year-old returning to his 58/700/10 form of 2010.
May 30 - 9:01 AM

Dave Zangaro of CSN Philly expects Dorial Green-Beckham "to be the odd man out."

Several other Philly beat writers have said the same thing, and that was before Green-Beckham got off to a "bad start" during OTAs. With a logjam a receiver, Green-Beckham needs a very strong training camp to earn a roster spot, and he has not consistently performed at any point in his NFL career, which very well could be nearing its end.
Source: CSN Philly
May 30 - 8:52 AM

Free Agent S Jairus Byrd is working out for the 49ers on Tuesday.

Byrd was cut by the Saints before free agency after three disappointing seasons in New Orleans. This is the first we have heard about him since, and it is telling he is working out "with a group" of other defensive backs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Byrd will turn 31 in October.
May 30 - 8:46 AM

Jonathan Williams said he recognizes the opportunity Mike Gillislee's exit has created, but he is "trying to take it one day at a time and keep getting better."

The coaches will like these comments, but the No. 2 job is clearly Williams' to lose. Underdrafted in the fifth round last year because of an injury which cost him his final season in college, Williams is also talented enough to take advantage of the role which netted Gillislee 110 touches last season, albeit under a different coaching staff. Williams is a buy in Dynasty and could become a re-draft contributor as well in 2017.
May 30 - 8:43 AM

Cowboys CB Nolan Carroll was arrested for DUI in Dallas on Monday morning.

An eighth-year veteran, this is Carroll's first known arrest as a pro. He posted bond at 2:45 PM this afternoon and was released. Carroll is likely facing a one- or two-game suspension. The Cowboys signed Carroll to compete for a starting job after losing Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency.
May 29 - 8:16 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "nothing imminent" between the Seahawks and free agent Colin Kaepernick.

Seahawks OTAs begin on Monday. Movie producer Spike Lee recently tweeted that Kaepernick had agreed to a deal with Seattle, but that rumor was quickly debunked. Still, where there is smoke there is typically fire, and the Seahawks have all along made the most sense as Kaepernick's likeliest destination.
May 29 - 6:53 PM

Martellus Bennett says he's made a concerted effort to connect with Aaron Rodgers off the field and during OTA practices.

In addition to sending text messages to Rodgers, Bennett is picking his brain on the practice field. "I’m always talking to him on the field, too, trying to see what he wants," Bennett said. "(I’ll say), ‘Hey, how did that look?’ or he’ll give me the thumbs up. Or if I’m in another group, I always look back at him, ‘Hey, is that what you want? Is there something different you want on this?’" Rodgers is a known stickler for details. Bennett will offer a high TD ceiling in a Packers offense which has averaged 36.3 passing scores per season over the past three years.
May 29 - 3:03 PM

Sterling Shepard said he wants to improve after the catch as a sophomore.

"I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC last year," he said. "That's something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on." Shepard was second on the team with 105 targets, but he averaged just 10.5 yards per catch. With Brandon Marshall taking over the No. 2 spot, Shepard will have to be more efficient to better the 683 yards he managed as a rookie.
May 29 - 12:39 PM



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