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Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said fourth-round pick Jamison Crowder will challenge Andre Roberts for snaps at slot receiver this season.

Head coach Jay Gruden also sees Crowder as a game-changer on special teams. A strong training camp could put Crowder ahead of Roberts, who finished last season 86th out of 110 qualified receivers in PFF's rankings. Washington's passing game still runs through DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon, so don't expect much fantasy value from Crowder in his first season.
May 6 - 11:49 AM

The Texans' website projects sixth-round pick Reshard Cliett as a sub-package pass rusher.

The Texans used sub-packages more than 50 percent of the time last season, forcing safeties Eddie Pleasant and D.J. Swearinger to play out of position at linebacker. They're now searching for "sub-rushers" to affect the passer in nickel and dime alignments. They hope Cliett offers a rare combination of speed and coverage expertise while still being a strong run defender.
May 6 - 11:30 AM

Shonn Greene is missing OTAs to be with his family in Miami.

He's helping take care of his three-week old son. Greene should be a go for the team's mandatory mini-camp that lasts from June 16-18. There's an excellent chance Greene won't make the Titans' final 53-man roster. In the off-chance that Greene does stick, he'll earn a $3.25 million base salary before hitting free agency in 2016.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 10:58 AM

Johnny Manziel has moved out of his downtown apartment.

He's now living in a suburb west of the city. Manziel is trying to avoid the nightlife that derailed his rookie season and eventually landed him in rehab. The Browns failed to upgrade at quarterback during the draft, leaving Manziel as the clear No. 2 behind Josh McCown. Manziel's commitment to improving himself is encouraging but he still has a long way to go as a football player.
May 6 - 10:48 AM

NJ.com projects Rueben Randle as the Giants' No. 2 receiver this season, ahead of rehabbing Victor Cruz.

Although his efficiency was lacking and his TD total (3) disappointed in 2014, Randle posted career highs in catches (71) and yards (938) and finished strong with Weeks 16-17 stat lines of 6-132-1 and 6-158. Still only 24 years old, Randle remains an ascending player and could end up as a late-round value pick in 2015 fantasy drafts if Cruz experiences any setbacks.
Source: NJ.com
May 6 - 10:47 AM

Following the draft, Nat Berhe is penciled in as the Giants' first-string free safety.

Rookie Landon Collins will play in the box. A 2014 fifth-round pick, Berhe is ostensibly beloved by the Giants' coaching staff despite 4.71 speed. New York will be taking a leap of faith on Berhe, who managed to earn 32 snaps as a rookie. He played a linebacker-safety hybrid role at San Diego State.
Source: NJ.com
May 6 - 10:42 AM

The Giants see sixth-round pick Geremy Davis playing a "David Tyree-type role."

The implication is Davis will be an ace special teamer with limited involvement in the offense. That seems repetitive as the Giants already have two players who fit this mold in Preston Parker and Dwayne Harris. A chain-moving possession receiver at UConn, Davis may see some offseason reps in the slot, particularly if Victor Cruz (torn patellar tendon) isn't at full strength.
Source: NJ.com
May 6 - 10:29 AM

Browns first-round pick Cameron Erving is expected to start out competing at right guard as a rookie.

The Browns' incumbent RG is John Greco, who is coming off a strong season. For now, at least, polarizing RT Mitchell Schwartz's job looks to be safe. Erving's most likely long-term position remains center, where Alex Mack can opt out of his contract after this season and is fully expected to do so.
May 6 - 10:11 AM

Eric Weddle said he won't report to team workouts "anytime soon."

Weddle is angling for a new contract and it sounds like he'll be a no-show until that happens. Despite not practicing, Weddle hasn't been totally out of the loop. He still checks in regularly with defensive coordinator John Pagano and met with coaches at the team's facility last month before the offseason program began. Weddle will be subject to fines if he doesn't appear at the Chargers' mandatory mini-camp that starts on June 16.
Source: ESPN.com
May 6 - 10:09 AM

Free agent RB Chris Johnson has interest in playing for the Cowboys.

The three-time Pro Bowler recently said he'd be a good fit for Dallas, encouraging the Cowboys to "holler" at him. The Cowboys inexplicably failed to address running back in the draft and will open the year with underachieving Darren McFadden as the starter. Th 29-year-old Johnson doesn't have much left in the tank and teams have been hesitant to sign him after getting shot in the shoulder earlier this offseason.
May 6 - 9:49 AM

NJ.com's Jordan Raanan said the Giants are "in the mix" for LSU G/T La'El Collins.

Collins has a connection to Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr., having played with him at LSU. Now that Collins is not a suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, teams are lining up for his services. Despite taking two offensive linemen in last week's draft, it remains an area of need for the Giants. The first-team All-SEC selection has also been pursued by the Bills, Bucs, Chargers and Dolphins.
Source: NJ.com
May 6 - 9:38 AM

Cordarrelle Patterson stepped up his fitness this offseason.

Patterson spent four weeks in February working out with a fitness expert known as "Hell's trainer." His training included sprinting up stairs, running on the beach with a weighted vest and pullups on a jungle gym. The third-year wideout is already calling the upcoming 2015 campaign a "make or break" year. He'll have to carve a new role for himself after being passed on the depth chart by former Dolphin Mike Wallace.
May 6 - 9:21 AM

Kwon Alexander is expected to challenge Danny Lansanah for the starting job at strong side linebacker.

Former LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis believes Alexander will make an impact right away, citing his elite speed and ability to change directions. His versatility is also a big plus, having played both outside linebacker positions in college. Despite Alexander's obvious talent, he faces an uphill battle for the starting job as Lansanah finished as PFF's No. 15 4-3 outside linebacker in 2014.
May 6 - 9:13 AM

The Chargers are one of the teams interested in meeting with LSU G/T La'El Collins.

He isn't allowed to meet with teams until LSU's school year ends on May 9. Collins went undrafted over the weekend following the murder of his ex-girlfriend, but he has fully cooperated with police and is not considered a suspect. The Bills, Buccaneers and Dolphins have also been linked to Collins. The 21-year-old is a stud run blocker who profiles as a starting guard in the NFL.
May 6 - 8:41 AM

The Buccaneers are expected to run an up-tempo offense under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Starting tackle Demar Dotson said Koetter "loves to get the ball up field" and is partial to going no-huddle. That checks out as Atlanta's offense finished sixth in the league in pace last season under Koetter. Although athleticism isn't Jameis Winston's strong suit, strong football instincts and knowledge of the playbook are. With a fast-paced scheme and Mike Evans/Vincent Jackson/Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the No. 1 overall pick is squarely on the QB2 map.
May 6 - 8:31 AM



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