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Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.

Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Apr 19 - 7:26 PM

Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.

Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery and will sit out the majority of OTAs. He should gain medical clearance by early June and return as the Dolphins' slot receiver as long as he's healthy. Gibson is due $2.7 million this season and signed through 2015.
Apr 19 - 7:14 PM

The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts will be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Apr 19 - 6:38 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could pursue LaMichael James.

James is currently being shopped by the 49ers and may eventually be released. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 6:10 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.
Apr 19 - 5:37 PM

ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the slight favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.

The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. Baltimore remains highly likely to draft a cornerback in the first four rounds.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:58 PM

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.

The Ravens currently have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house replacement for Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade despite his ties to OC Gary Kubiak. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:28 PM

The Redskins are considering using Andre Roberts on kick returns.

It's not an ideal role for Roberts, who averaged 22.4 yards on kick returns in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Roberts is the Redskins' No. 3 receiver, so they may not want to risk exposing him to injury. Chris Thompson, Richard Crawford, and Niles Paul are also candidates to be used in the return game.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 4:07 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage has declined an invitation to attend the NFL Draft.

Savage has generated significant buzz in recent weeks, so the fact he received an invitation confirms just how high his stock is among NFL decision makers. He's scheduled to visit or work out for as many as 25 teams before the draft. SI's Peter King considers Savage a potential fit for the Texans at No. 33 overall.
Apr 19 - 3:37 PM

The Giants haven't decided whether to exercise CB Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option for 2015.

Amukamara would cost roughly $7.93 million over the next two seasons. While he hasn't established himself as a franchise player, there's little downside in the Giants picking up the option and keeping open discussions about a long-term deal. Amukamara had 85 tackles and two forced fumbles last year in his first full season as a starter, but has managed just three career interceptions.
Apr 19 - 3:08 PM

Steelers DE Nick Williams (knee) is questionable for OTAs.

A 2013 seventh-round pick, Williams spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. The Steelers haven't made much of an effort to re-sign Brett Keisel or upgrade at right end, so Williams has a chance to compete for snaps opposite Cameron Heyward when healthy. Williams has been off crutches since mid-January and is eight months removed from knee surgery.
Apr 19 - 2:34 PM

ESPN's Mike Triplett expects the Saints to come away from the draft with at least one receiver.

The Saints are "very comfortable" with second-year Kenny Stills as their No. 2 wideout, but with Marques Colston on the downside of his career and Stills very unproven, it makes sense for the New Orleans to invest a middle-round pick on a wide receiver. Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews is a Marques Colston clone and could be available in the third round.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 1:23 PM

Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Raiders will waive Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they are unable to trade him this weekend.

Pryor only has one year and $705,000 left on his rookie contract, so there is a chance someone gives up a late-round pick for him. It is more likely he ends up being cut on Monday. Pryor only completed 57.4 of his passes and threw seven touchdowns to 11 interceptions in nine starts last season. If cut, Pryor has a good shot to latch on with another team as a project/camp quarterback.
Apr 19 - 1:03 PM

ESPN Ravens blogger Jamison Hensley puts a 45% on the Ravens drafting a right tackle early in the draft.

Hensley said earlier in the offseason second-year T Ricky Wagner would be given a shot to win the job, but he is "buying" the Ravens' interest in Norte Dame G/T Zack Martin and belives they could select him with the 17th overall pick. Both would be upgrades over former RT Michael Oher, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Titans this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 12:55 PM

Cam Newton is still wearing a walking boot one month removed from ankle surgery.

The team is still hopeful Newton will return for the start of training camp. He is likely to miss all of the Panthers' offseason program, however, and will have limited time to build chemistry with Carolina's new stable of wide receivers.
Apr 19 - 12:42 PM


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