The Minneapolis Star-Tribune does not expect Adrian Peterson to hold out deep into training camp.
Peterson may skip the three-day mandatory minicamp in June just to send a message about his displeasure. But when chips hit the table in August, he won't have any leverage as he's under contract for $12.75 million this season. "Peterson cares about his on-field legacy and records, and he knows he can’t afford to willingly sit out another season," writes beat man Matt Vensel.
Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain had his 2013 misdemeanor conviction of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct dismissed.
McClain appealed his conviction related to an incident in which he was accused of cursing at police officers while they were trying to clear a crowd away from a softball game. On Monday, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges. McClain re-signed a one-year, $3 million deal last month to be Dallas' middle linebacker again this season.
LeGarrette Blount has scored 16 touchdowns in his last 18 games as a Patriot (including playoffs).
Blount does his best work for Bill Belichick, who didn't use any of his 11 draft picks on a running backs even though Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen have moved on. Blount appears locked into big back duties, meaning he'll be very fantasy relevant when we can safely project the Patriots to have a lead or when we know they'll attack a defense via the run (see recent Colts matchups). Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden are Blount's backups right now.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes second-round TE Maxx Williams could be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
"He could be everything that Dennis Pitta was when he was healthy," Kiper said. It's silly to suggest Rookie of the Year honors as first-year tight ends almost always struggle and Maxx won't see a ton of volume -- Pitta's best season was 61-669-7. But Kiper's point on the highly athletic and skilled Williams as a nice fit for Joe Flacco and the Marc Trestman scheme is well taken. He'll be a low-end TE2 candidate if Pitta (hip) can't return.
ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley considers Joe Flacco a winner following the draft.
The Ravens gave Flacco a much-needed vertical weapon in first-round speedster Breshad Perriman, who shouldn't have a problem replacing Torrey Smith. In the second round, Ozzie Newsome traded up to snag the class' best tight end in Maxx Williams. These additions along with the arrival of pass-happy OC Marc Trestman gives Flacco serious 4,000-yard upside for the first time in his career.
Justin Forsett's grip on the starting job got stronger following the draft.
The Ravens waited until Round 5 to take a running back, settling for USC's Buck Allen. He profiles as a strict backup on early downs and a pass-protection/third-down specialist. Draft weekend couldn't have gone much better for owners of Forsett stock, as he'll project for 16-19 touches per game once again.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution projects Tevin Coleman as 1A on the depth chart and Devona Freeman as 1B.
Coleman, the third-round rookie out of Indiana, brings superior physical skills to the table. The diminutive Freeman will remain in the mix as a change-of-pace option and potential third-down back. And homerun hitter Antone Smith also figures to get some chances as well. But as long as Coleman keeps his nose in front of this committee, he'll have serious upside thanks in large part to the presence of run-game guru Kyle Shanahan.
Patriots waived CB Alfonzo Dennard.
Dennard, a 2012 seventh-round pick, started 20 games over the last three seasons for the Patriots. Cutting him only costs the Patriots $14,000 in dead money and frees up roughly $1 million against the cap. They'll move forward with Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington and Bradley Fletcher as their top-four corners.