Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis is not expected to make the 53-man roster.
Perhaps the Pat Shurmur favorite will resurface with Shurmur in Philly, where they are collecting QBs. The Browns don't believe Lewis' arm is strong enough for Rob Chudzinski's vertical passing attack, even to function as a backup. Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, and Brian Hoyer are ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Boston Herald confirms Rob Gronkowski's fourth left-forearm surgery will take place Monday at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Jesse Jupiter is expected to perform the procedure, with Patriots team Dr. Thomas Gill on hand. The surgeons will take "cultures" from Gronk's arm. If the cultures come back infection-free, a new plate will replace the one already in Gronkowski's arm and he'll begin a 10-11 week recovery timetable. If the cultures show Gronk's infection has lingered, "it's back to square one" and Gronkowski will likely miss regular season games.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette anticipates third-round WR Markus Wheaton entering camp behind the "learning curve" because Oregon State's late graduation will keep him away from the Steelers until June 14.
NFL rules prohibit players who haven't graduated from college from participating in full-squad offseason workouts until they do. Wheaton did take part in rookie camp, but he'll essentially miss all of OTA season. It's a reminder that Wheaton isn't a serious candidate to compete for a starting job as a rookie.
Brandon Weeden admits he was "surprised" by the Browns' signing of Brian Hoyer.
"I was surprised, but that’s the nature of the beast," Weeden said. "It’s part of this business, and if you start worrying about it, that’s too much to worry about." Hoyer's addition is an undeniable sign the Browns don't believe they're set at quarterback, but despite GM Mike Lombardi's noted admiration for the former Patriot, he's not a legitimate threat to Weeden. Between Weeden, Hoyer and Jason Campbell, the deck is still stacked in Weeden's favor. Hoyer's addition is worse news for Campbell. They'll battle for No. 2 duties after Weeden "beats out" Campbell.
CSN Washington believes Roy Helu and No. 154 pick RB Chris Thompson are competing for the same roster spot.
The same is true of Evan Royster and No. 228 pick Jawan Jamison. Thompson and Helu are both change-of-pace type runners, while Royster and Jamison rely more on vision and power. Jamison is the longest shot of the four, but Helu's roster spot will very much be in danger if he doesn't report to camp 100 percent healthy and stay 100 percent healthy.
Michael Vick says new Eagles coach Chip Kelly "taught" him how to properly hold the football while running.
The 10-year veteran was apparently being serious. "The other day, I broke out in the pocket, and the first thing Chip told me was to tuck the football," Vick said. "So I showed him how I was running with it, and he looked at it and he knocked the ball right out of my hands. And he was like, ‘Hold it like this.’ And what he told me felt comfortable. I had a tighter grip on the football. That should secure that problem as long as I work on it." It's beyond belief that Vick is implying that he not only didn't know how to properly hold the football, but had never been taught by Dan Reeves, Jim Mora Jr. or Andy Reid, but here we are. Vick has lost 12 fumbles over his past 35 games, which is far too many.
Trent Richardson isn't expected to face criminal charges after being accused of assault by two women in a civil lawsuit.
The Elyria, Oh. district attorney's office has declined to pursue charges because of "conflicting statements and a lack of evidence." It suggests the suit is little more than a thinly-veiled money grab. From a football perspective, it's a dead issue for T-Rich.
League and team sources tell SI's Don Banks that the FBI's investigation into Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's truck-stop company Pilot Flying J is unlikely to affect his ownership "for now."
Per Banks, there's "there's no real sense the sky is falling in Cleveland," or that Haslam's legal troubles will "seriously imperil" his ownership. That's true, but it's also true the FBI has yet to press charges. It's been barely one month since their surprise raid of Haslam's company. What we know for sure is that the investigation shouldn't affect the Browns this season. All bets are off beyond that.