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Vikings LT Matt Kalil is up to 324 pounds.

Kalil played at 308 last season. He's attempting to get stronger after struggling with run blocking and allowing a league-high 12 sacks in 2014. The added weight is a concern for Kalil coming off dual knee surgeries. Kalil's $11.09 million 2016 option is guaranteed for injury only.
May 27 - 6:33 PM

Browns C Alex Mack declined to say if he'll void his contract after the season.

Mack is fully expected to exercise his opt-out clause, allowing him to hit the market for one last big deal in his age-30 season. The Browns prepared to move on from Mack by drafting G/C Cameron Erving with one of their first-round picks. Mack has been held out of team drills at OTAs while recovering from leg surgery, but remains on track for the start of training camp.
May 27 - 6:07 PM

Browns released C Nick McDonald with an injury settlement.

McDonald appeared in eight games (seven starts) after Alex Mack went down last year. He's currently recovering from an undisclosed knee injury. McDonald should resurface as interior line depth when healthy.
May 27 - 5:42 PM

Bills RT Cyrus Kouandjio has been getting the majority of first-team reps at OTAs.

Kouandjio has a clean slate under Buffalo's new coaching staff after a lost rookie season. The Bills are letting him compete for the right tackle job, where his power-blocking profiles as a better fit in OC Greg Roman's scheme. A 2014 second-round pick, Kouandjio could push incumbent RT Seantrel Henderson to a swing role with a strong training camp.
May 27 - 5:34 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said he's had preliminary talks with contract-year DT Marcell Dareus.

The Bills are working to extend Dareus before training camp. An All-Pro talent, Dareus is expected to command top-three defensive tackle money. Buffalo has a projected $143M committed to the 2016 cap and must get creative to fit Dareus.
May 27 - 5:09 PM

Giants S Cooper Taylor played with the first team at OTAs on Wednesday.

Taylor got the majority of snaps at free safety with Nat Berhe (calf) sidelined. Taylor likely would have worked with the second team had Berhe been healthy. Berhe remains the favorite to start opposite rookie SS Landon Collins.
May 27 - 4:42 PM

Victor Cruz (knee) said he’s still on track for Week 1.

Cruz has been setback-free to this point in his rehab. He’s progressed to running routes and expects to be ready for training camp, through he remains a candidate to start out on active/PUP. Cruz said he was 75 percent healthy earlier this month.
May 27 - 4:23 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg) is participating at Jets OTAs.

Fitzpatrick fractured his tibia last Week 15. He's now healthy enough to push Geno Smith. Although the Jets are standing behind Geno as the favorite to start in Week 1, Fitzpatrick is familiar with OC Chan Gailey's Pistol Spread offense, and could at very least put Geno on a short leash with a solid August.
May 27 - 4:11 PM

Coach Todd Bowles made it clear on Wednesday that the Jets will indeed hold a quarterback competition in training camp.

One week after OC Chan Gailey threw support behind Geno Smith, Bowles scaled back the anointment, stating there will be an "open competition," but that the quarterback job is Geno's "to lose." For now, the plan is to give Smith the majority of first-team reps in training camp. Ryan Fitzpatrick could still make it a battle by outplaying Smith in preseason games.
May 27 - 4:09 PM

Ravens WR Michael Campanaro injured his quadriceps at practice on Wednesday.

The Ravens are still trying to determine how severe it is. Campanaro is a leading candidate to return kicks this season and could see a bigger role on offense following the departures of Torrey Smith and Owen Daniels. The 24-year-old reeled in seven of his nine targets as a rookie in 2014.
May 27 - 3:56 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes Bishop Sankey adding weight will help him in pass protection and as a finisher of runs.

The Titans want Sankey at 215-220 pounds this year, after he played at 209 as a rookie and averaged 3.74 yards per carry. "I just feel like as far as having some thump in the A-gap when he has protection or being able to get extra yards on a carry, I think that can help him," Whisenhunt explained. In our experience, weight gains at running back rarely improve performance.
May 27 - 3:55 PM

Martellus Bennett did not appear at OTAs Wednesday as he continues to hold out for a new contract.

He hasn't been at any of the Bears' practices over the last five weeks. At his current annual salary, Bennett is the league's 13th highest-paid tight end. The 2014 Pro Bowler deserves a raise but the Bears don't have to give him one as he's still under contract for two more seasons. Bennett set career-highs in catches (90), yards (916) and touchdowns (six) last season.
May 27 - 3:45 PM

According to the Lions' website, the team plans to use "all" three of their running backs in a 2015 committee.

Coach Jim Caldwell noted that Joique Bell, Ameer Abdullah, and Theo Riddick all have different skill sets. "In this day and age, you generally don’t have just one guy at that position because it requires teamwork," Caldwell said. "It requires more than one or two, so there’s a role for all of those guys. The thing about it, we don’t have two guys the same for the most part. They all have a little different sort of strength and we can utilize that." Abdullah offers the best all-around skill set, and should have a chance to emerge as the "lead" back by midyear or sooner.
May 27 - 3:43 PM

Lions rookie CB Quandre Diggs played with the first team at OTAs on Wednesday.

He got some work in at nickel back and "didn't look too out of place" per beat writer Michael Rothstein. Diggs probably would have played with the second unit had Bill Bentley or Nevin Lawson been healthy. Rothstein noted Diggs was the only rookie to play significant snaps with the first team on Wednesday.
May 27 - 3:28 PM

The Bills have opened their right tackle position to competition between Seantrel Henderson and Cyrus Kouandjio.

Although Henderson earned the distinction of starting 16 games as a seventh-round rookie last season, his on-field performance was abysmal. He graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 82 tackle among 84 qualifiers, and was 83rd in run blocking. Still, Kouandjio is such a deficient athlete that the Bills' best option would likely be to stick with Henderson and simply hope he improves.
May 27 - 3:26 PM

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