Lions OC Joe Lombardi said he's counting on second-year TE Eric Ebron being the No. 3 weapon on offense behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
This is nothing new, but Lombardi is just the latest in a long line of Lions higher-ups to sing Ebron's praises this offseason. Since the season ended, Ebron has been making routine flights to Atlanta to work side-by-side with Matthew Stafford. Everyone involved is expecting a big jump from Ebron.
The Dolphins confirm free agent RB Stevan Ridley visited on Tuesday.
It could be an indication the Dolphins are keen to sign the ex-Patriot, but it could just as easily mean nothing. Paramount for Ridley on his visits will be the state of his knee as he recovers from a torn ACL.
ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak expects Fred Jackson and LeSean McCoy to rotate as Buffalo's third-down back.
Coach Rex Ryan hinted at this last week. "When you have a talent like Fred Jackson back there, that'll be part of his role," Ryan explained. "He won't always be the third-down back. LeSean will be a third-down back as well. But it's nice to have these kind of options." OC Greg Roman doesn't figure to formally determine down-and-distance roles until training camp. Based on how much the Bills gave up for McCoy, we wouldn't anticipate him coming off the field particularly often.
The Charlotte Observer reports free agent Greg Jennings isn't signing with the Panthers.
Jennings posted on social media Tuesday afternoon that he's found a new home, but it's unclear where. Jennings has been most closely linked to the Panthers, but also drawn interest from the Jaguars and Dolphins. We should learn his new team some time in the next 24 hours.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Antonio Smith's potential reunion with the Texans "could move quickly."
There appears to be mutual interest in a homecoming for Smith, who spent 2009-13 in Houston. He'd serve as a situational pass rusher for Romeo Crennel's defense, likely playing drastically fewer snaps than the 791 he gave Oakland last season.
New Browns WR Dwayne Bowe is confident he'll bounce back in 2015.
"Just sit back and watch," were Bowe's words. Bowe said he recently broke down film with Browns GM Ray Farmer, and believes Farmer's team knows how to utilize him. "(Farmer) was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that,'" Bowe said. "Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays." We don't share Bowe's optimism for a turn-back-the-clock 2015. Bowe escaped a lousy quarterback situation for an even-worse setup in Cleveland.
The base value of Matt Schaub's one-year contract with the Ravens is $2 million.
It's low-end backup money. Another $1 million is available through incentives. Three months shy of his 34th birthday, Schaub's NFL career is running on fumes.
The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are interested in a reunion with free agent DL Antonio Smith.
Cut loose by the Raiders on Tuesday, Smith spent 2009-13 with the Texans. DC Romeo Crennel reportedly wanted to re-sign Smith before he headed to Oakland on a two-year deal. A defensive tackle for the Raiders, Smith would likely be returning to end for the Texans.