Free agent OT Jake Long visited the Giants on Thursday.
Long's visit, his first since being released by the Rams in March, comes six days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported the Giants might be interested. The G-Men need another body at tackle after LT Will Beatty tore his pec earlier this month. He's a big name, but injuries have rendered Long a shell of his former self. He turned 30 earlier in May.
The Tampa Bay Times believes it "seems doubtful" that contract-year RB Doug Martin is back with the Bucs in 2016.
Reporter Joey Knight is simply connecting the obvious dots. The Bucs declined to exercise Martin's fifth-year team option, while he hasn't been the same since his monster rookie season. Martin will enter camp battling Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for touches. Although the odds have decreased after the draft, it remains possible that Martin is traded.
Russell Wilson's agent said that he's made progress with the Seahawks in long-term talks, but that there's no deadline for a deal.
Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Wilson's rep said "95 percent" off what's been reported about the talks is "off point." The sides have been portrayed as far apart, with the Seahawks willing to let Wilson play out the final year of his rookie deal.
Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are "splitting" first-team reps at Broncos OTAs.
The Broncos have a new coaching staff and have pushed a competition at the tailback spot, even if Anderson is seen as the heavy favorite. Although Anderson carries legitimate NFL-rushing-title upside in Gary Kubiak's run-friendly scheme, Anderson also holds risk because he isn't totally assured of opening the season as an every-down workhorse. At very least, fantasy owners who select Anderson early in drafts should be sure to handcuff him with Ball.
Eagles ILB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles') has been limited in OTAs.
It's not unexpected, as Ryans is only seven months removed from going down. He remains on pace for training camp.
Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso (ACL) is "100 percent back" for OTAs.
Alonso is over 10 months removed from going under the knife, so it's not surprising he's ready to roll. Per reporter Jeff McLane, Alonso wasn't wearing a brace on Thursday. With DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks also at inside 'backer, the Eagles have a pile up, but Chip Kelly didn't acquire Alonso in the LeSean McCoy trade with an eye toward anything other than starting duties.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, there doesn't appear to be "much difference" in Tim Tebow's throwing motion.
Tebow's motion was reportedly much improved after working with quarterback guru Tom House, but reporter Jeff McLane says he "still takes a long time (to) cock, load and throw." Tebow was never going to fully revamp his throwing motion going on age 28. Tebow is fighting Matt Barkley for No. 3 duties.
ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett cautions not to sleep on the idea that Ben Watson could "play an expanded role as a pass catcher."
Triplett's article was headlined with a "fantasy alert." Triplett doesn't expect Josh Hill to "simply leapfrog" Watson, and believes Watson will likely play more snaps because of his blocking prowess. Watson's blocking is certainly going to keep him on the field, but this is a 34-year-old player who has caught 39 total passes over the past two seasons. Coach Sean Payton can't stop gushing over Hill. We are going to take our chances with Hill in fantasy leagues. Watson isn't a going roto concern.