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Vikings GM Rick Spielman said the organization "believes" in Michael Floyd, and he will remain on the club's roster and report for training camp.

Floyd boneheadedly consumed alcohol just days before his house arrest sentence was set to expire earlier this month, and he was sentenced to one day in jail in Arizona on Monday. He got off extremely light and will keep his job at the same time. Floyd won't be guaranteed to make the final 53-man roster out of camp and is certainly facing a league-mandated suspension from Roger Goodell.
Jun 26 - 7:05 PM

Vikings WR Michael Floyd has been sentenced to one day in jail for violating the terms of his house arrest.

Floyd, who isn't allowed to drink alcohol as part of his house arrest arrangement, allegedly failed five different tests. He absurdly blamed the failures on Kombucha tea. The judge wasn't having it. Floyd is lucky to escape with only a day in jail. It's unclear how safe his Vikings' roster spot is. Floyd was signed just 47 days ago.
Jun 26 - 4:44 PM

Saints placed DT Nick Fairley (heart) on the reserve/NFI list.

Fairley is expected to miss all of 2017, and his career is in grave danger. Per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the decision was made after consulting with "several doctors." Fairley has received at least three opinions on his heart condition. It's bitterly disappointing news after Fairley appeared in all 16 games for the first time in six NFL seasons last year. It's also a major blow to a Saints defense that remained woefully ineffective in 2016.
Jun 26 - 4:37 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Falcons owner Arthur Blank confirmed the team is "confident" it will reach a long-term extension with contract-year RB Devonta Freeman.

ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini reported so last week. Now the Falcons are putting their name to it. There's strong mutual desire for a new deal. It should be finalized around the start of camp.
Jun 26 - 3:27 PM

Drug charges stemming from a February arrest in Miami have been dropped against free agent DB Matt Elam.

Elam has been arrested twice since February, but charges have already been dropped in both cases. Although he's now in the clear from a legal perspective, the 2013 first-round bust isn't about to generate any interest on the open market. Elam turns 26 in September.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 3:00 PM

Texans WRs coach John Perry said third-round sophomore Braxton Miller "has the quickness and the speed" to thrive in the slot.

"The thing that’s really intriguing is that he’s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," Perry continued. "That’s something that’s really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too." A college quarterback, Miller said he has benefited from working with assistant WRs coach Wes Welker, who is one of the best slot receivers to ever play the game. It would not be a surprise if Miller took a step forward after an injury-shortened rookie season, but he will struggle for targets behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller in what should be a run-heavy attack.
Jun 26 - 12:58 PM

Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh said Alshon Jeffery had his best offseason since 2013.

Groh worked with Jeffery for three seasons in Chicago including his 2013 breakout. "Pleased with where he is physically, mentally I think he is in a good place," Groh said. "Learning a new system and working on the chemistry with Carson [Wentz] and everything like that, but it's been a good spring for him." His ability to stay on the field will always be the question, but Jeffery should return to the 1,000-yard ranks if he stays healthy. He is a solid WR2.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 12:48 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden are on the Chiefs' "radar" for their open GM position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have requested interviews with both. Current Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach looks like the favorite for the job, but owner Clark Hunt wants to explore all options. Vikings assistant GM George Paton was also approached, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes Bears TE Zach Miller's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Biggs believes Daniel Brown, a converted receiver who worked in Miller's role while the veteran was sidelined with a foot injury during the offseason program, will push Miller for a job during camp. That seems unlikely if Miller is healthy, but he is no lock to be ready at the start of camp and not a great bet to stay healthy once he gets back on the field. Even if he keeps his job, Miller's days in Chicago are numbered after the team added Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen this offseason. The 32-year-old is scheduled to be a free agent next spring.
Jun 26 - 11:09 AM

Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach will interview for the team's vacant GM job.

Veach's name was thrown around during the Bills' search for a general manager, so it is not a surprise he is a candidate for promotion. In fact, he may be the favorite to land the job. The Chiefs also approached Vikings assistant GM George Paton, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 10:48 AM

Cam Newton threw a football for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery on March 30.

Newton was originally expected to resume throwing during the last week of minicamp. Despite the session being pushed back, Newton said "there's no doubt" he will be "100 percent" for training camp and expects to be "ready to rock and roll" in as little as two weeks. Despite his confidence, it would not be surprising if the Panthers take it slow early in training camp, but he should be back to full health well before Week 1.
Jun 26 - 10:42 AM

ESPN's James Walker believes Jay Ajayi "could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy."

Walker's official projection is 1,435 rushing yards, 482 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. The rushing number is not far-fetched considering Ajayi rumbled for 1,272 yards in 12 starts last season, although that number was inflated by three 200-yard games. The receiving number is more of a jump after Ajayi logged just 151 yards through the air last year, but the back has earned consistent praise for his improvement in the passing game all offseason. Only two running backs managed 1,900 total yards last year -- Le'Veon Bell would have joined David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott on that list if he had played 16 games -- so the fact that Ajayi even has a shot at that number shows what kind of fantasy upside he possesses. He is a locked-in RB1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 9:52 AM

Vikings assistant GM George Paton declined to interview for the Chiefs' vacant GM position.

The Chiefs fired John Dorsey last week. With coach Andy Reid seemingly the most important voice in Kansas City's front office, it is not surprising Paton wants to wait for a better opportunity. He was one of the finalists for the 49ers job in January.
Jun 26 - 9:45 AM

Markus Wheaton thinks the Bears' receivers "definitely are underrated."

Between Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Victor Cruz, the Bears do have some theoretical talent, but every player besides maybe Meredith comes with a question mark. Can White stay healthy? Can Wheaton become more consistent? Can Wright say on coach John Fox's good side? Does Cruz have anything left? If the answer to some of those questions is yes, then Chicago's receivers could surprise this year, but it is difficult to call them anything but underwhelming at this point.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 26 - 9:32 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he sees "consistent progress and improvement" from Zach Zenner.

With both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick sidelined late last season, Zenner stepped up with 136 yards on 32 attempts over the final two weeks of the regular season and 88 total yards in Detroit's playoff loss. Coming off those performances, Zenner would seem to have a leg up on Dwayne Washington for the No. 3 job, but both will struggle for fantasy relevance while Abdullah and Riddick are healthy.
Jun 26 - 9:26 AM


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