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Raiders released WR James Jones.

Jones became redundant when the Raiders signed Michael Crabtree, a younger player with similar skills. Jones became expendable when the Raiders drafted Amari Cooper. 31 years old, Jones led Oakland in receptions (73) last season, but averaged a pathetic 9.12 yards per catch. He was a sub-pedestrian slot receiver and has never been an efficient separator on the perimeter. We wouldn't be completely shocked if Jones has played his last NFL down.
May 4 - 1:42 AM

Raiders signed Stephen F. Austin RB Gus Johnson.

Johnson (5'10/215) was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year, finishing his career with 3,907 yards and 51 TDs on 631 carries (6.19 YPC), adding 57 receptions. Although Johnson ran 4.7-flat in Indianapolis, he posted solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10') jump numbers, and improved his forty to the mid-4.5s at Stephen F. Austin's Pro Day. Johnson was a gritty, bow-legged grinder in college, but may lack the lateral movement and passing-game chops to become more than an NFL backup. He's still someone to monitor based on his track record of production.
May 3 - 10:28 PM

Ravens signed Sacramento State WR DeAndre Carter.

Carter (5'9/185) was the FCS Wide Receiver of the Year in 2014, catching 99 passes for 1,321 yards and 17 TDs, also returning a punt 61 yards for a score. He drew praise from Mike Martz at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl all-star game in January. Carter shined at the Sac State Pro Day, running 4.44 with a 10-foot-6 broad jump and 38 1/2-inch vertical. Rotoviz's Jon Moore has set Carter's measurables-production combo somewhere between Donnie Avery and Emmanuel Sanders. Carter's agent did a good job of placing him on a Ravens roster with little clarity behind Steve Smith Sr. and Breshad Perriman.
May 3 - 10:14 PM

Cowboys signed Houston WR Deontay Greenberry.

Greenberry (6'1/211) went to Houston as a five-star recruit and started each of his three years on campus, parlaying 201 catches into 2,612 yards (13.0 YPR) and 20 TDs. Not invited to the Combine following a disappointing 2014, Greenberry ran 4.50/4.52 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump at the Cougars' Pro Day. Greenberry dropped 11 passes last season -- second most in the country -- and is neither a vertical stretcher nor a dominator at the short or intermediate section. He still has an intriguing enough track record to be worth monitoring in Dallas, where the team lacks world beaters beyond Dez Bryant.
May 3 - 10:06 PM

Jets signed South Alabama TE Wes Saxton.

Saxton (6'3/248) spent three seasons at South Alabama after transferring from community college, tallying just 20 catches for 155 yards and no touchdowns as a senior. He did catch 50 balls as a junior. Saxton's college career was ultimately a mixed bag, but he is one of the top athletes at his position in this class, running 4.65 with a 36-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump in Indianapolis. Saxton has NFL-caliber receiver tools, but is a complete non-factor as a blocker. He's certainly worth a UDFA flier.
May 3 - 9:26 PM

Falcons 2014 third-round pick Dez Southward practiced at cornerback during the team's pre-draft minicamp.

The 68th overall pick in last year's draft, Southward had a disappointing rookie season at safety, failing to beat out Kemal Ishmael for snaps. Southward stands 6-foot, 211 and is wildly athletic. In ex-Seahawks DC Dan Quinn's Cover 3, Southward could make for an intriguing press-corner prospect. That need was lessened, however, when Atlanta drafted CB Jalen Collins on Friday night.
May 3 - 7:40 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians likened No. 159 overall pick J.J. Nelson to Emmanuel Sanders.

Arians, of course, coached Sanders in Pittsburgh. Sanders was also smallish coming out of college -- 5'11/186 -- but not nearly as small as Nelson, whose Pro Day weigh-in was 5'10/156. The odds are stacked against Nelson making NFL noise as a receiver. We do expect him to be an impact return specialist.
May 3 - 7:32 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick called No. 131 overall pick Shaq Mason "probably the best run blocker in the entire draft."

It's obviously high praise for a middle-round pick, but Mason demonstrated true mauling ability at Georgia Tech. He also showed plus athleticism at the Yellow Jackets' Pro Day. Capable of playing both guard and center, Mason has long-range starting upside and could even push for snaps in year one.
May 3 - 7:29 PM

Cowboys signed Georgia Tech RB Synjyn Days.

Days (6'1/232) was a rotational back in the Yellow Jackets' triple option, finishing his career with 255 carries for 1,396 yards (5.47 YPC) and 18 TDs. He only caught seven passes in college. Davis showed lackluster athleticism at his Pro Day, running 4.60/4.61 with a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Like Anthony Allen and Jonathan Dwyer before him, Days' college production was likely the product of Paul Johnson's system. We projected Days as a possible No. 3 back/special teamer before the draft. The fact that he landed in Dallas makes him slightly interesting.
May 3 - 7:07 PM

First-round Ravens WR Breshad Perriman believes most of his college drops were the result of "lapses in concentration.

As in, he believes it's something he can fix. Perriman muffed eight passes for UCF in 2014. "It's something I have a chip on my shoulder about," Perriman said. "At the end of the day, I know what I have to do and I know that I can catch." We're not overly concerned about Perriman's hands, though Kelvin Benjamin was a reminder last season that college-drop issues don't get better overnight.
May 3 - 5:26 PM

The Baltimore Sun expects second-round TE Maxx Williams to "work in tandem" with Crockett Gillmore.

As in, Gillmore will throw the blocks and Williams will catch the passes. That's over-simplifying it a bit, as Williams can do a little blocking and Gillmore a little catching, but Williams will be counted on to make plays as a receiver. The No. 99 overall pick of last year's draft, Gillmore caught 10 passes in 15 games behind Owen Daniels and Dennis Pitta. Pitta's (hip) health is the reason Baltimore needed Williams in the first place.
May 3 - 5:18 PM

Bengals signed Oregon CB Troy Hill.

Hill (5'10/180) was the Ducks' nickel back his first three seasons before taking over as a starter in 2014, amassing three career interceptions, 6.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He ran 4.55 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Slight of build and not overly athletic, Hill is an overachiever who won with effort and aggressiveness in college. Although he lacks top-end physical attributes, Hill's feisty playing mentality would translate well to the slot. He also has special teams value.
May 3 - 5:17 PM

ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling believes fifth-round WR Stefon Diggs will contribute more from the slot than outside.

Diggs is certainly built like a slot receiver, checking in at 6-foot-0, 195 pounds. Diggs was expected to be a playmaker all over the field at Maryland, but was hampered by injuries. He has adequate speed at 4.46. Diggs could have a hard time earning targets as a rookie. Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson have the outside on lock, while Jarius Wright is capable in the slot. Cordarrelle Patterson is still hanging around as a supposed playmaker.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:45 PM

Vikings GM Rick Spielman confirms fifth-round TE MyCole Pruitt could see time at fullback.

Pruitt is an H-back in the Charles Clay mold. He's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie, but is a name to file away in Dynasty leagues. Pruitt has high-end athleticism for a tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:40 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said Stevan Ridley's ACL/MCL surgery wasn't a major factor in the team's acquisition of RB Zac Stacy.

The Jets are uncertain of Ridley's camp status, so it's hard to believe it didn't at least enter Maccagnan's mind. Neither the Jets nor fantasy owners can be counting on Ridley to avoid the reserve/PUP list. Ridley is five and a half months removed from going under the knife.
May 3 - 3:54 PM



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