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Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.

This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
May 26 - 12:53 PM

Kyle Van Noy was working as the first-team strongside linebacker at Lions OTAs.

A 2014 second-round pick, Van Noy's career has been stuck in neutral thus far. He should be given every chance to win the strongside job this year, but nothing in his NFL career suggests he will run away with the opportunity. DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead also worked with the first-team on Thursday.
May 26 - 12:48 PM

Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.

Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
May 26 - 12:37 PM

Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
May 26 - 12:18 PM

49ers DC Jim O'Neil said there will be a three-way competition at linebacker.

Gerald Hodges got the first-team reps on Wednesday, but O'Neil said Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Michael Wilhoite will see equal time with the first-team throughout OTAs. Wilhoite started the first 12 games last year, but a late-season ankle injury opened the door for Hodges, who was acquired via trade in October. Armstrong will get his shot, but the competition will likely come down to Hodges and Wilhoite.
May 26 - 12:08 PM

Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.

It was reported Davis requested a trade after Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West landed long-term extensions, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven’t had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I’m looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 11:32 AM

Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore.
May 26 - 11:24 AM

Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) said he will be ready for training camp.

This is an extremely optimistic outlook from Lauvao, who required five surgeries on his legs after landing on injured reserve with a serious ankle injury last season. CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler speculated earlier this month Lauvao could open the season on the reserve/PUP list. Lauvao will compete for the left guard job if he is healthy, but that is a big if at this point.
May 26 - 10:58 AM

Davante Adams said he is moving on from his disappointing sophomore campaign.

Injuries played a role in Adams' poor play last year, but he was still ineffective when healthy. "Obviously, the season I had last year, I wasn’t proud of it," Adams said. "You can’t control some things. I hurt my ankle, I hurt my knee; I can’t do anything about that. What I can do is bounce back from it." Once the clear No. 3 behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Adams could be fighting for a roster spot this offseason.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 10:52 AM

Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that Pro Bowl level." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well.
Source: ABC 13
May 26 - 9:48 AM

Free agent WR Wes Welker said he is still deciding if he wants to continue his career.

"I’m weighing my options and really trying to figure out where to go with life next," Welker said. "There are some days I wake up and I’m like ‘OK, I’m done.’ And other days I wake up and I’m like, ‘Oh, maybe one more year.’" Considering he had to wait until November to land a job last season, this decision may ultimately be made for him. The former All-Pro caught 13 passes in 8 games for the Rams last year.
Source: NFL Network
May 26 - 9:37 AM

RBs coach Kirby Wilson said the Browns will be a "run-oriented football team."

"Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs," Wilson continued. "As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Hue Jackson-led offenses have not finished worse than 7th in rushing attempts since he took over as offensive coordinator for Oakland in 2010. With the quarterback situation in flux, there is no reason to change that formula this year. Even in a timeshare, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should see plenty of work.
May 26 - 9:25 AM

Browns LT Joe Thomas says he did not ask to be traded this offseason.

"Since I got here it's been my goal to turn the Browns into a winner," Thomas said, "and I think [coach Hue Jackson] is just the guy to do that." Despite moving on from several veterans over the past couple months, the Browns have shown no desire to end their relationship with Thomas. The six-time All-Pro will turn 32 in December.
Source: ESPN
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin will call plays during the preseason.

Coach Bruce Arians has and will continue to call plays when the games count, but giving Goodwin the opportunity to run things throughout the offseason program and preseason should help prepare him for the coaching carousel. Goodwin interviewed for the Bucs this winter, and he should be a hot candidate again next January.
May 26 - 8:59 AM

New Cardinals RG Evan Mathis is mentoring sophomore RT D.J. Humphries.

Mathis was brought in this offseason mostly because of his All-Pro talent, but his ability to mentor Humphries was an important aspect as well. "The first meeting, as soon as Evan walked in the room, he mandated D.J. sit next to him," OC Harold Goodwin said. "From D.J.’s standpoint, he gets to see a Pro Bowl player work every day, how he works, how he is a professional. D.J. has no choice but to grow up." After spending his rookie year as a healthy scratch, the Cardinals expect Humphries to take over at right tackle this season.
May 26 - 8:57 AM


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