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ESPN's Eric Williams considers the Chargers a possible landing spot for free agent Julius Thomas.

Thomas hasn't had any interest since his Miami release. He looked washed in 12 starts last year, but the Chargers need a tight end after losing Hunter Henry to ACL surgery. Free agents Antonio Gates, Sean McGrath, Jeff Cumberland and John Phillips have also been linked to Los Angeles.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 7:07 PM

Josh Freeman has retired from football.

Freeman signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes this offseason but retired at training camp. A former first round pick, Freeman never lived up to his draft status. Freeman started 61 games between the Bucs, Vikings and Colts before falling out of the NFL in 2015.
May 26 - 5:37 PM

Florida Football Insiders reports the Bucs may have interest in free agent Adrian Peterson.

The Bucs were linked to Peterson last offseason before he signed with the Saints. Peterson has played most of his career in West Coast schemes and is a fit for Dirk Koetter's offense. Tampa has a talented but unproven tandem of second-rounder Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber atop their depth chart. Taking a flyer on Peterson would add an early-down veteran to the backfield mix.
May 26 - 2:31 PM

According to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky, Geronimo Allison is currently Green Bay's "de facto" No. 3 receiver.

We would agree. Allison is entering his third season and is the elder statesman of the group behind Davante Adams and Randall Cobb. Allison has flashed big skills at times his first two seasons but did little with Brett Hundley last year. He'll face competition from rookie draft picks J'Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling for snaps out wide.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 11:22 AM

Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects WR Tyler Boyd to man the slot for Cincinnati and "also get some looks on the outside."

Boyd missed time last season with a sprained MCL and also was a healthy scratch at times, as Hobson notes the receiver and the coaches didn't completely see eye to eye. Hobson anticipates Boyd being a beneficiary of new full-time OC Bill Lazor's offense and expects the third-year wideout to have a "solid year." The Bengals need some of their young receivers to step up.
Source: bengals.com
May 26 - 11:05 AM

Robert Griffin III is splitting second-team reps at OTAs.

Griffin is trying to hold off Lamar Jackson for Baltimore’s backup job. The Ravens never carry three quarterbacks, so Griffin is likely going to be auditioning for other teams this preseason.
Source: USA Today
May 25 - 9:15 PM

Jaguars signed second-round WR D.J. Chark to a four-year contract.

Jacksonville has now signed five of its seven draft picks. Chark is an elite athlete (96 percentile SPARQ score) who made his name as a deep threat at LSU. Competing with the likes of Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncreif in a crowded Jags' receiving corps, Chark could have a hard time carving a meaningful role in year one.
May 25 - 4:56 PM

Dak Prescott said he doesn't think the Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver.

"I don’t know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver," said Prescott. "It’s about getting the ball out, spreading the ball around, keeping the defense on its toes." The 2016 Rookie of the Year never quite clicked with Dez Bryant, which could have been a factor in the team cutting him this offseason. Now Prescott is left with a paper-thin receiving corps featuring free agent signing Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley and third-round rookie Michael Gallup. Dak is going as a mid-range QB2 in early mock drafts.
May 25 - 4:30 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden praised UDFA K Eddy Pineiro's performance at OTAs.

"We watched him kick today and he made every one," said Gruden, who said the Raiders considered drafting Pineiro in the seventh round. Fifth-round punter Johnny Townsend, Pineiro's teammate at the University of Florida, has held for him at OTAs. Gruden believes Pineiro and Giorgio Tavecchio will have a "great battle" in training camp. Tavecchio is on notice after making just 16-of-21 field goals last season.
May 25 - 4:02 PM

Corey Clement wants "more touches, more carries, more catches out of the backfield this year."

Clement was a great find as an UDFA by GM Howie Roseman last year, and he had arguably the biggest game of the season in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Clement averaged just 4.2 carries per game as a rookie and was featured more in the pass game. It's unclear how the Eagles will split up work in 2018, especially with the return of Darren Sproles, but this is a situation to watch in the summer. Clement figures to be the No. 2 behind Jay Ajayi.
May 25 - 12:55 PM

Speaking after Thursday's OTA session, Joe Flacco talked up new WR Michael Crabtree, saying, "(He’s) the guy."

"He’s got a little different way that he runs the routes," Flacco said of Crabtree. "He’s really crafty with it, and he knows when to break away from guys and how to get open." Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million deal in Baltimore following his release from the Raiders and is obviously the clear No. 1 for Flacco, who has always had a fascination with veteran targets picked up off the scrap heap. Crabtree should flirt with 120-130 targets if he can stay healthy.
May 25 - 12:51 PM

Bears RBs coach Charles London said the team is "committed" to working with and improving Jordan Howard in the pass game.

"That’s one area that both Jordan and I identified when I got here, that he wanted to get better at," London said. "And he’s put in the work." Howard is catching passes before, during, and after practice this spring, while London is working with him on "hand placement ... just his focus and concentration, hand-eye coordination and things like that." London has "seen progress." Howard has been notoriously bad in the pass game his first two seasons. He figures to lose some snaps to Tarik Cohen in the backfield, but Howard should mostly be an every-down back.
May 25 - 12:47 PM

The New Orleans Advocate believes second-year UDFA Taysom Hill could be a legitimate contender for the Saints' No. 2 quarterback job.

Hill came out of BYU as an elderly (now 27) undrafted free agent last year. He was claimed off waivers from the Packers after catching the Saints' eye on film. He made a few splash plays on special teams near the end of the season and was a frequent topic of conversation between FOX's Joe Buck and Troy Aikman during a December broadcast. The duo was apparently taken aback by glowing comments coach Sean Payton made about the rookie. It's pad-less practices, but Hill has been drawing strong reviews for his work in OTAs, particularly his speed at the quarterback position. Only Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett stand between Hill and backup duties.
May 24 - 8:57 PM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers have "no expectation" that Le'Veon Bell will report before he did last season, which was Sept. 1.

Under no obligation to report since he hasn't signed his franchise tag, Bell can show up at his leisure. The sides have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. It's not looking likely. In the event no deal is reached, Bell will almost certainly skip the entire preseason and report close to Week 1.
May 24 - 7:51 PM

Packers signed TE Marcedes Lewis, formerly of the Jaguars.

The longtime — 12 years — Jaguar will join Jimmy Graham as a blocking complement. As evidenced by his five touchdowns last season, 34-year-old Lewis also offers a strong pair of hands in the red zone. Lewis should catch some touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers but won't be a fantasy option in 2018. It's possible Lewis' presence ends up making Lance Kendricks expendable.
May 24 - 6:37 PM



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