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Bills.com’s Chris Brown lists Kenny Ladler as a candidate for the No. 3 safety job.

A 2014 undrafted free agent, Ladler was promoted from the practice squad in Week 6 and made two appearances prior to landing on I.R. Buffalo failed to add depth after losing Da’Norris Searcy, leaving Baccari Rambo and Jonathan Meeks as their only backup options. With Duke Williams a liability in coverage, the Bills could move Corey Graham to safety in sub packages.
May 22 - 6:39 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan "clearly" views Corey Graham as an option at safety.

Graham saw time at safety last year, but played most of his snaps on the outside. The addition of second-round CB Ronald Darby suggests the Bills could ask him to take on a bigger role. Duke Williams is expected to start in base sets.
May 22 - 6:28 PM

ESPN 1500 Twin Cities considers fifth-round pick MyCole Pruitt the favorite to open the season as the Vikings’ No. 2 tight end.

The Vikings don’t view Pruitt as a major project despite his small school background. Pruitt was handpicked by OC Norv Turner and has a clear path to No. 2 duties, with his only competition Brandon Bostick, Chase Ford, and H-back Rhett Ellison. Pruitt is a name to monitor behind injury-prone Kyle Rudolph.
May 22 - 6:04 PM

Ravens RG Marshal Yanda is expected to command in excess of $22 million guaranteed on his next contract.

The Ravens want to extend Yanda, but have expressed concerns over long-term talks. One of the top right guards in the league, Baltimore could have difficulty re-signing Yanda if he pushes for Logan Mankins money ($30M guaranteed). The Ravens will likely have to pick between Yanda and contract-year LG Kelechi Osemele.
May 22 - 5:42 PM

Chiefs signed TE Ryan Taylor to a one-year contract.

A special teams standout, Taylor will compete for a roster spot behind Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris, and fifth-rounder James O’Shaughnessy.
May 22 - 5:37 PM

Titans OLB Jonathan Massaquoi is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Massaquoi had a minor clean-up procedure in the offseason. He should miss the majority of OTAs, but is expected to be full-go for the start of training camp. Claimed off waivers in March, Massaquoi is penciled in as the top backup behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 5:11 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants could have interest in signing free agent OT Jake Long.

The Giants are looking to add offensive line depth after losing LT Will Beatty. Long’s career has been derailed by consecutive torn ACLs, but could provide a veteran stopgap if healthy. Seven months removed from surgery, Long should be limited to non-guaranteed deals.
May 22 - 4:45 PM

The NFL has rejected the NFL Players Association's motion for Roger Goodell to recuse himself from Tom Brady's four-game suspension appeal.

The rejection may not bode well for Tom Terrific's chances of having his ban eliminated, unless of course the Patriots have a wink-nod agreement with Goodell, as has been rumored and/or speculated. We still tentatively expect Brady's suspension to be reduced, but probably not rescinded altogether.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick hears Reggie Bush is "looking very good" at 49ers OTAs.

Riddick is a former NFL personnel man and presumably still has strong ties around the league. He adds that second-round S Jacquiski Tartt is looking good as well at early-offseason practices. Although many have written off Bush following an injury-plagued 2014, Bush did flash in the rare instances he was healthy. He should have a consistent role in the 49ers' 2015 offense.
May 22 - 3:14 PM

Contacted by Profootballtalk.com, the NFL office stated Friday that there is no date currently set for the appeal of Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

Although owner Bob Kraft backed down from the league, Brady isn't, and is pursuing a reduction of his ban. For selfish reasons (read: fantasy magazine deadline), our hope is there will be a resolution in Brady's case by early June.
May 22 - 2:35 PM

The Bengals' website passes along "talk" that second-year RB James Wilder Jr. could be tried at fullback this offseason.

Wilder stands 6-foot-3, 232. He doesn't have much of a chance to earn tailback snaps at Cincinnati, so lead blocking could be a means of Wilder making the final 53. He spent all of last season on the Bengals' practice squad.
Source: bengals.com
May 22 - 2:22 PM

The Dolphins expect third-year CB Will Davis (ACL) to be ready for the start of training camp.

Davis tore his ACL in mid-November of last season. The 25-year-old played sparingly and was ineffective in his limited opportunities before going down. Davis is technically in the mix to start at right corner, but could also be on the roster bubble. After passing on Kevin Johnson and Marcus Peters, Miami's cornerback depth chart is wide open beyond LCB Brent Grimes.
May 22 - 2:18 PM

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells considers the team's No. 3 receiver job an open competition between Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Duron Carter, and Vincent Brown.

Wells calls first-round pick Dorsett "too talented not find a way to get snaps for him." By all accounts, Dorsett has shined at OTAs and appears poised to pose a serious threat to Moncrief's role in sub-packages. As the Colts run a lot of two-tight end sets featuring Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, it's going to be hard to bank on the team's No. 3 receiver as a consistent fantasy asset.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 1:42 PM

ESPN's Tania Ganguli and the Houston Chronicle's John McClain report the Texans are the favorites to appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks.

A report surfaced early Friday that the Texans, Redskins, and Bills were in the mix. Buffalo's new coaching staff reduces its chances of appearing on Hard Knocks, while ESPN's John Keim reported Friday afternoon that the Redskins are not in consideration. That leaves the Texans, who will hold a camp battle at quarterback between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer. Other potential storylines include Jadeveon Clowney's health, J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, polarizing rookie WR Jaelen Strong, and DeAndre Hopkins' post-Andre Johnson ascension.
May 22 - 12:40 PM

Jets LE Sheldon Richardson is skipping voluntary workouts to spend time with his family.

This isn't that notable nor is it a concern, but we're using the topic as an excuse to talk about Richardson's thoroughly-dominant sophomore season. After racking up just 3.5 sacks en route to winning DROY honors in 2013, the Jets wanted to see more from Richardson as a pass rusher. He responded with eight sacks and 54 combined pressures. Already an elite talent at 24 years old, Richardson was PFF's No. 2-ranked 3-4 end behind J.J. Watt. A big pay day is on the horizon.
May 22 - 11:30 AM


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