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NJ.com reports there were questions about free agent OT Jake Long's desire in 2015.

Now 31, the former No. 1 overall pick spent 2015 riding the pine for the Falcons. Long said earlier this month that he's the healthiest he's been in "probably about five, six years." Sitting on the bench will certainly do that for you. Long was an elite talent in his prime, but his prime was short because of constant injury issues. He won't be more than a camp flier whenever he finally signs somewhere.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 3:02 PM

NJ.com reports the Giants' "bridge" with free agent OT Will Beatty is "pretty much burned."

Per reporter Jordan Raanan, Beatty would "only return if he had no other options." On the other side of the coin, Raanan reports the Giants are concerned by "what they perceived as a lack of desire." The G-Men need help/depth opposite LT Ereck Flowers, but aren't treating it as an urgent matter. Beatty has made no known visits in free agency since his February release.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 2:57 PM

NJ.com reports free agent OT Eugene Monroe is still in play for the Giants.

Monroe would have to play right tackle in the Big Apple, and seems likely to exhaust his potential options on the left side before seriously considering the G-Men. Monroe drew a flurry of preliminary interest when he hit the open market earlier this month, but it's been mostly silent over the past 10 days. With camp a month away, Monroe can take his time and use what little leverage he has.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 2:53 PM

Jets LBs coach Mike Caldwell has been "pleasantly surprised" by first-round ILB Darron Lee's "professionalism."

"He comes into meetings and he's hungry to learn," Caldwell said of the No. 20 overall pick. "Sometimes you see rookies that think they know it all. He's eager to learn and he's soaking it all up and the older guys are helping him." Lee should be an immediate contributor in sub-packages, and could quickly push for an every-down role.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 26 - 2:38 PM

In an interview with ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Sammy Watkins (foot) was noncommittal about his status for training camp.

Last week Watkins was adamant he would be ready for the start of training camp. Now he seems to be backing off that assertion. "Hopefully I'll be back," said Watkins. "If not, then cool. Get ready for the first game." Watkins admitted he hasn't run in 3-4 weeks but said he's "just being safe." Watkins is still on track for Week 1 but that's only if he doesn't encounter any setbacks.
Jun 26 - 12:39 PM

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com says Wendell Smallwood can't be trusted as a three-down back yet.

Smallwood may have the highest ceiling of any running back on the Eagles' roster but his inexperience as a pass protector could limit his playing time in year one. In college he was mostly used as safety valve in the flat on passing plays, rarely being asked to protect against blitzing linebackers. Smallwood will need to improve that part of his game, though he could be thrust into a larger role if (more likely when) lead back Ryan Mathews gets hurt.
Jun 26 - 12:15 PM

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com believes Carson Wentz will watch his rookie year from the sidelines.

Sam Bradford looks to be the starter while Kempski sees the Eagles going with Chase Daniel as the backup. Taking a red-shirt year used to be commonplace for rookie signal-callers but lately we've seen more of them get thrown into the fire in year one. However, the Eagles seem to be taking a more patient approach with Wentz. Daniel is a favorite of new coach Doug Pederson but it's still hard to envision Wentz falling to third on the depth chart after going No. 2 overall in this year's draft.
Jun 26 - 11:46 AM

Brandon Copeland will compete for a defensive end spot at Lions training camp.

Copeland was a late bloomer, bouncing around the league as a practice-squad player after going undrafted out of Penn in 2013. He finally got a chance with the Lions last season and made the most of it by logging 14 tackles and half a sack while playing as a reserve linebacker and special teamer. Now he's made the transition to defensive end and will compete with Anthony Zettel and Deonte Gibson for one of the final roster spots.
Jun 26 - 11:33 AM

Texans second-year DT Christian Covington is a candidate to start at right defensive end.

The Texans have an opening there following Jared Crick's departure this offseason. His primary competition will come from former Bengal Devon Still. Covington is making the transition to edge rusher after spending most of his first year as a backup nose tackle. He's maintained his speed despite bulking up to 310 pounds this offseason.
Jun 26 - 11:05 AM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney showcased a "bulkier" upper body at OTAs.

He improved his physique this offseason by working closely with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald. Clowey enjoyed an injury-free spring, missing just one practice while battling the flu. "When he's been on the field, he's been pretty disruptive, pretty impactful," said GM Rick Smith. "Hopefully, he's had his share of [injuries] and he'll be on the field consistently." Clowney's immense talent has never been up for debate. But after missing 15 of his first 32 NFL games, Clowney faces real concerns about his durability.
Jun 26 - 10:56 AM

Second-year DE Leonard Williams says he feels more comfortable than he did last season.

Williams had a terrific rookie year by all accounts but the 22-year-old still sees room for improvement, particularly as a pass-rusher. "I know the playbook now, so I don’t have to think as much when I’m out there, I can just play," said Williams. "I think I did really well in the running game last year, so during the offseason I’ve been working on my pass rushing." Defensive line coach Pepper Johnson has also seen a change in Williams this offseason. "He came in with a maturity, a professionalism," said Johnson. "But he just has taken it to another level." All signs point to a breakout season for the former No. 6 overall pick.
Jun 26 - 10:43 AM

Jets OLB Trevor Reilly is on the roster bubble.

Reilly has been a useful special teams player for the Jets and has also contributed as a backup linebacker. However, the arrival of Jordan Jenkins and Freddie Bishop has put him firmly on the roster bubble. Reilly will need a stellar camp to preserve his roster spot.
Jun 26 - 10:24 AM

Chris McCain is back to playing defensive end full time.

The last coaching regime thought it would be a good idea to try McCain at linebacker but that experiment flopped. "[I'm] real happy; this fills my skill sets better," said McCain. "No thinking. Just running, doing what I like to do." McCain will serve as pass-rushing depth behind veteran starters Mario Williams and Cameron Wake.
Jun 26 - 10:02 AM

Jaguars OLB Dan Skuta shed 15 pounds this offseason.

Skuta finds himself in the 248-250 range after playing at 265 last season. "We’re playing a little more man coverage and knowing that, I lost 15 pounds," said Skuta. "I just want to be able to run." He's expected to split time at strong-side linebacker and weak-side defensive end.
Jun 26 - 9:42 AM

Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects undrafted TE Braedon Bowman to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster.

Bowman turned heads by making a David Tyree-esque touchdown catch at OTAs while also contributing as a blocker. "We like him; he’s intriguing to us," said head coach Gus Bradley. "We don’t have a fullback on our roster so what we’re still trying to figure out with Bowman is, can he be the guy that plays the tight end spot and then at times gives us the fullback that we like to incorporate?" Bradley snared 11 catches in 12 games as a senior at South Alabama last season. Nic Jacobs and Ben Koyack are also competing for a spot at tight end.
Jun 26 - 9:36 AM


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