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The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants could have interest in signing free agent OT Jake Long.

The Giants are looking to add depth to their offense line after losing LT Will Beatty. Long’s career has been derailed by consecutive torn ACLs, but could provide a veteran stopgap if healthy. Seven months removed from surgery, Long should be limited to non-guaranteed deals.
May 22 - 4:45 PM

The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick hears Reggie Bush is "looking very good" at 49ers OTAs.

Riddick is a former NFL personnel man and presumably still has strong ties around the league. He adds that second-round S Jacquiski Tartt is looking good as well at early-offseason practices. Although many have written off Bush following an injury-plagued 2014, Bush did flash in the rare instances he was healthy. He should have a consistent role in the 49ers' 2015 offense.
May 22 - 3:14 PM

Contacted by Profootballtalk.com, the NFL office stated Friday that there is no date currently set for the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Although owner Bob Kraft backed down from the league, Brady isn't, and is pursuing a reduction of his ban. For selfish reasons (read: fantasy magazine deadline), our hope is there will be a resolution in Brady's case by early June.
May 22 - 2:35 PM

The Bengals' website passes along "talk" that second-year RB James Wilder Jr. could be tried at fullback this offseason.

Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. He doesn't have much of a chance to earn tailback snaps at Cincinnati, so lead blocking could be a means of Wilder making the final 53. He spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad.
Source: bengals.com
May 22 - 2:22 PM

The Dolphins expect third-year CB Will Davis (ACL) to be ready for the start of training camp.

Davis tore his ACL in mid-November of last season. The 25-year-old played sparingly and was ineffective in his limited opportunities before going down. Davis is technically in the mix to start at right corner, but could also be on the roster bubble. After passing on Kevin Johnson and Marcus Peters, Miami's cornerback depth chart is wide open beyond LCB Brent Grimes.
May 22 - 2:18 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells considers the team's No. 3 receiver job an open competition between Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Duron Carter, and Vincent Brown.

Wells calls first-round pick Dorsett "too talented not find a way to get snaps for him." By all accounts, Dorsett has shined at OTAs and appears poised to pose a serious threat to Moncrief's role in sub-packages. As the Colts run a lot of two-tight end sets featuring Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, it's going to be hard to bank on the team's No. 3 receiver as a consistent fantasy asset.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:42 PM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.

A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
May 22 - 12:40 PM

Jets LE Sheldon Richardson is skipping voluntary workouts to spend time with his family.

This isn't that notable nor is it a concern, but we're using the topic as an excuse to talk about Richardson's thoroughly-dominant sophomore season. After racking up just 3.5 sacks en route to winning DROY honors in 2013, the Jets wanted to see more from Richardson as a pass rusher. He responded with eight sacks and 54 combined pressures. Already an elite talent at 24 years old, Richardson was PFF's No. 2-ranked 3-4 end behind J.J. Watt. A big pay day is on the horizon.
May 22 - 11:30 AM

Suspended DE Dion Jordan appears to be distancing himself from the Dolphins.

"It’s a [bad] situation," teammate DE Derrick Shelby said. "I’ve texted him a few times but got no response." While teammates have reached out to Jordan, he's closed them off. The same goes for the team regarding Jordan, however, as Miami's higher-ups have declined to say whether Jordan will be welcomed back once his suspension is up. He needs to concentrate on avoiding trouble.
May 22 - 11:01 AM

Former Rams and Cowboys DE Michael Sam has signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Kudos to Sam for heading north of the border. His NFL market had dried up after stints with the Rams and Cowboys last season. The CFL is an even pass-happier league, which will allow Sam to hone his craft as a pass rusher. He simply doesn't possess the speed or bend-ability to consistently get after the quarterback in the big leagues. Maybe Sam will get another shot at the NFL in a couple years.
May 22 - 10:52 AM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia considers Anthony Dixon to be the odd man out in the Bills' backfield.

As Buscaglia notes, it's way too early to be doing 53-man roster projections. But readers gobble this stuff up, and it's something to talk about while we await training camp. Buscaglia has rookie Karlos Williams and polarizing Bryce Brown beating out Dixon. Williams plays special teams like Dixon, and Brown has a ton more running talent. Dixon is a plodding 28-year-old short-yardage back.
May 22 - 10:07 AM

Cowboys signed CB Orlando Scandrick to a one-year, $9.5 million contract extension through 2019.

See, holding out does work sometimes. The total value of Scandrick's new five-year deal is worth $20 million. Scandrick skipped voluntary workouts earlier this offseason before reporting to the team this week. He was already under contract through 2018, but was scheduled to earn just $1.5 million this season and $3 million in each of 2016-2018. With Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne on the roster bubble, keeping Scandrick happy was a necessity for Dallas.
May 22 - 9:39 AM

MLive.com's Kyle Meinke envisions most of Theo Riddick's snaps coming at slot receiver this season.

With the selection of Ameer Abdullah, Riddick's no longer the front-runner for passing-down work out of the backfield. If he wants to play, slot receiver may be his best bet. The Lions have Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate followed up by a host of unknowns on the depth chart out wide. Veterans Lance Moore and Ryan Broyles appear to be the favorites inside but also may not even make the team.
Source: MLive.com
May 22 - 9:32 AM
Rex Ryan - DT - Bills

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports the Bills, Texans, and Redskins are "potential participants" for this summer's season of Hard Knocks on HBO.

The Browns have also been linked to the show, but they emphatically pitched their desire to not be on the show earlier in the offseason, and the NFL is expected to grant them their wish. It's also hard to see the Bills volunteering as tribute, being that coach Rex Ryan has already done it in the past with the Jets. Teams with new head coaches are also eligible to opt out of being considered.
May 22 - 9:04 AM



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