Emmanuel Sanders doesn't anticipate having as much receiving production in the Broncos' new offense.
Sanders ranked fifth in the NFL in receiving yards (1,404) last season. He described run-game guru Gary Kubiak and new OC Rick Dennison's offense as "totally" and "definitely" different from outgoing OC Adam Gase's. "You talk about going from a no-huddle offense to an offense that’s huddling up, to an offense that is predicated off running a football and then throwing it," said Sanders. "It’s different." It's possible that Sanders will be overdrafted in fantasy leagues by owners trying to chase last year's stats. "My goal is really to try to get a 1,000 yards to just help this team win ball games," Sanders added. Prior to 2014, Sanders spent four seasons in the NFL, and never hit 750 receiving yards.
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Adrian Peterson's beef with the Vikings is now that he wants guaranteed money in 2016.
Peterson doesn't have any guaranteed money in his current deal. He wants the team to guarantee a chunk -- or perhaps all ($14.75 million) -- of his 2016 salary, when Peterson will be 31 years old. After paying Peterson his entire salary to play just one game in 2014, it wouldn't be surprising if the Vikings were a bit resistant to making him this commitment. Either way, it's now clear that this has become a money issue, and is therefore a very solvable problem.
Cody Latimer is soaking up first-team reps at Broncos OTAs as unsigned franchise player Demaryius Thomas stays away from workouts.
"There's going to have to be some young receivers (who) really step up, and Cody's one of those guys," coach Gary Kubiak said. "I think it's a very competitive situation right now. But, yes, it's an important month for Cody." The 56th overall pick in last May's draft, Latimer runs 4.44 at 6-foot-3, 215 and has a 39-inch vertical. He projects as Denver's No. 3 receiver this year.
The Broncos are emphasizing having Peyton Manning take snaps from center during Organized Team Activities.
Coach Gary Kubiak downplayed the under-center practice reps by saying Peyton already has the shotgun down, but it's a likely reminder that the Broncos are going to become less of a pass-crazed team under Kubiak, and run an offense that leans more heavily on the run. Manning can still be a top-five fantasy quarterback, but he'll have to do it with less passing volume under Kubiak.
Free agent DE Ray McDonald was arrested again on Wednesday, this time for violating a restraining order.
Santa Clara (CA) Police were informed Wednesday that McDonald visited a home he was prohibited from visiting two days after being arrested for domestic assault and child endangerment. The restraining order stems from Monday's Memorial Day arrest. Wednesday's arrest took place at 2:52PM PT. Cut by the Bears two days ago, McDonald has now been arrested five times since 2010.
Adrian Peterson issued a statement regarding his absence from OTAs, saying he is sitting out as a "business" decision.
Perhaps most notably, Peterson ended the statement by saying "Go Vikings," which would seemingly strongly suggest he intends to be playing football for Minnesota in 2015. "The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded," Peterson insisted. "It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings." It sounds like the sides are still haggling over something related to Peterson's contract, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million in base salary this season, but is not guaranteed. Adding guarantees to the contract could be one way for the Vikings to appease Peterson, who turned 30 in March.
The appeal hearing on Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension will begin Thursday morning.
The NFLPA will encourage arbitrator Harold Henderson to reduce Hardy's ban "dramatically." The Players Association is said to have good arguments, and NFL Network's Albert Breer recently tweeted he thinks Hardy's ban will be reduced by "a significant number." A decision is not necessarily expected by Thursday, however. The NFL has not yet set a date for Tom Brady's appeal.
The Eagles are holding Sam Bradford (ACL surgeries) out of team drills at OTAs.
He's being "limited" early in the offseason, as expected, while Mark Sanchez is running the first-team group. Coach Chip Kelly is expected to provide an update on Bradford's recovery on Thursday. During last month's draft, Kelly stated Bradford's rehab was "on schedule." Bradford threw during individual drills in early May, but was curiously absent from practices the following week.