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Cordarrelle Patterson admits his work ethic lagged at times through the first three years of his career.

"Sometimes you can be here and you feel like you’ve got to be on the team," Patterson said. "You feel like, ‘Yeah, I’m a first-round pick, I’m on the team.’ Things like that, sometimes they make you not work hard, they make you don’t want to do things, make you be lazy." C-Patt's career has been in a downward spiral the past two seasons, with the former No. 29 overall pick drawing only two targets in 16 games last year. With Stefon Diggs, Laquon Treadwell, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright all in the mix in Minnesota, Patterson won't have much of a role beyond returning kicks.
Jun 28 - 4:34 PM

Seahawks third-round RB C.J. Prosise missed "most" of the offseason program with a hip issue.

Coach Pete Carroll said the team is anxious to see more of Prosise, but confirmed they have a "big plan" for him. "He is a very natural football player, he is a tremendous athlete, he catches the ball well, he runs good routes, he does a lot of really cool things and we know he is an explosive runner," Carroll said. "We are really excited about it, but we are going to need to have to have a really good camp for him." Prosise has the inside track to third-down duties.
Jun 28 - 4:25 PM

Free agent OT Eugene Monroe is committed to taking his time as he searches for a new team.

Monroe says he's "very respectful" of the teams that expressed early interest, but that he won't rush a decision. "We’ve been in discussions with a few teams, but this is very new," Monroe said. "I’m weighing my options right now. I don’t feel like I have to jump on one of the first opportunities that come up." That basically translates to "offer me more money." Monroe's market should kick into gear as camp gets closer.
Jun 28 - 4:16 PM

Jaguars OT Josh Wells (thumb) is 100 percent healthy after missing all of 2015.

Wells dislocated his thumb in the preseason, and was placed on injured reserve. A 2014 UDFA, Wells made 12 appearances as a rookie, playing 102 snaps. He's fighting for the Jaguars' No. 3 or 4 tackle job.
Jun 28 - 4:11 PM

Ex-Colts RB Zurlon Tipton was killed in an accidental shooting on Tuesday.

Horrifying. Tipton was only 26. According to FOX Detroit, Tipton was having his car serviced when he "went to take a duffel bag out of the trunk of his vehicle, and one of the two guns inside the bag reportedly went off." Tipton was shot in the stomach, later dying at the hospital. A 2014 UDFA, Tipton made 16 appearances for the Colts over the past two seasons, getting the ball 26 times. He was waived last December, shortly after which he was arrested for criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.
Jun 28 - 3:54 PM

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said third-round TE Nick Vannett exceeded expectations in the offseason program.

Carroll had previously praised Vannett as a blocking prospect, but came away impressed with his receiving ability. "(We) knew that he could catch the ball and all that, but he’s a very natural catcher," Carroll said. "He shows the savvy and instincts that you hope a guy has. I know Russell (Wilson) has really clicked into him." Despite Carroll's words, Vannett is a pedestrian athlete who caught only 19 passes as a senior at Ohio State. His Dynasty future isn't terribly bright.
Jun 28 - 2:45 PM

Danny Amendola (knee and ankle surgeries) says he "(feels) really good."

Amendola referred to his operations as a "couple of minor procedures." The Boston Herald has reported Amendola is questionable for Week 1, but it sounds like that's a worst-case scenario. Amendola will undoubtedly begin camp on the active/PUP list, being eased in. The preseason seems unlikely.
Jun 28 - 2:07 PM

Free agent WR Preston Parker has received three years probation in his drug case.

Parker pled guilty to possession of cocaine and paraphernalia. Still only 29, Parker has said he hopes to continue his football career. He caught five passes in two games for the Giants last season, and is two years removed from a 36-grab campaign.
Jun 28 - 2:05 PM

DallasCowboys.com's David Helman believes No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott "will finish with roughly 280-300 carries."

Adrian Peterson was the only back to crack 300 carries last season, and Doug Martin joined him as the only backs above 270. That said, this projection is not in any way crazy. The Cowboys are just a year removed from handing the ball to DeMarco Murray 392 times, and they spent a top-five pick on Elliott in part because they want to replicate the ground-and-pound approach which worked so well in 2014. Elliott has more competition in the backfield than Murray did, but he is still the clear No. 1 on a what projects to be a run-heavy team. Topping 300 carries is certainly within the realm of possibilities.
Jun 28 - 12:37 PM

The New York Post's Paul Schwartz believes Giants RB Andre Williams is competing with Orleans Darkwa for a roster spot.

In a telling case study of the sunk-cost fallacy, the Giants have yet to give up on Williams despite his terrible performance through two seasons. His fourth-round pedigree certainly has something to do with that decision, and that draft cost could prevent New York from moving on even if Williams is outperformed by Darkwa in camp.
Jun 28 - 11:57 AM

Titans OC Terry Robiskie said WR Harry Douglas' leadership is "a plus" for the team.

"He knows the system and he knows it well," Robiskie said. "He knows how to compete, how to get after it. And the thing about him is we can count on him a little bit to a be a leader in the room." Douglas does bring a veteran presence to what is an extremely young receiver corps, but he is well below-average on the field. Luckily for him, Douglas only has to beat out Justin Hunter and Tre McBride for a roster spot.
Jun 28 - 11:38 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team wants to have an attacking defense.

"It pretty much sums it up," Gase said. "I mean, I’m sure that we’re making it easy as far as what we’re saying, but for the most part that’s what we want our guys to do." Miami also plans to employ "Wide 9" principles on the defensive line as they attempt to create more pressure. Several Dolphin defenders have played in similar systems in the past including Ndamukong Suh, who said an attacking defense "suited" him well. Miami needs to improve after finishing bottom 10 in total defense, takeaways, and sacks last season.
Jun 28 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Mariota told coach Mike Mularkey he would "hand the ball off 40 times" if that's what it took to win games.

"That's what's important to me, to giving us an opportunity to win," Mariota continued. "Having those two workhorses back there should help us out." The two workhorses Mariota references are DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, the likely focal points of Tennessee's #ExoticSmashmouth attack. There is literally no chance the Titans run the ball 40 times a game, but the scheme should limit Mariota's passing attempts and upside if the defense can hold up their end of the bargain. Luckily for Mariota, that is a big if.
Jun 28 - 11:01 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said undrafted sophomore RB John Crockett "needs to show up on special teams."

The focus all offseason has rightfully been on starter Eddie Lacy's weight, but the lack of depth behind him is an important storyline as well. James Starks was re-signed in March, but the 30-year-old struggled when asked to start last year. Crockett could conceivably have a role if either Lacy or Starks falter, but it sounds like he needs to show better on special teams to ensure a roster spot. If Lacy is not able to rediscover his form, the Packers' running game will be in trouble.
Jun 28 - 10:50 AM

Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable believes RT J'Marcus Webb can have the "best year of [his] career."

"And what I mean by that, he’s kind of been up and down," Cable said. "It’s about getting someone to believe in him, and that’s my job, and in getting him to believe in himself. And if those two things can marry up right, I think this kid can really, really do something cool for us." One of the best position coaches in the league, Cable's presence has allowed the personnel department to almost ignore the offensive line. That team-building strategy backfired last season, and Cable will have to work several miracles to field an above-average unit this year. Perhaps coaxing a good season out of Webb will be one of his magic tricks.
Jun 28 - 10:38 AM


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