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Lions first-round G/C Frank Ragnow has spent the "majority" of his time at left guard during OTAs.

There had been discussion if Ragnow would man guard or center, but the answer is increasingly appearing to be guard. Ragnow was a center his final two years at Arkansas. Shifting to guard would allow Graham Glasgow to remain at the pivot.
May 24 - 10:34 PM

The New Orleans Advocate believes second-year UDFA Taysom Hill could be a legitimate contender for the Saints' No. 2 quarterback job.

Hill came out of BYU as an elderly (now 27) undrafted free agent last year. He was claimed off waivers from the Packers after catching the Saints' eye on film. He made a few splash plays on special teams near the end of the season and was a frequent topic of conversation between FOX's Joe Buck and Troy Aikman during a December broadcast. The duo was apparently taken aback by glowing comments coach Sean Payton made about the rookie. It's pad-less practices, but Hill has been drawing strong reviews for his work in OTAs, particularly his speed at the quarterback position. Only Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett stand between Hill and backup duties.
May 24 - 8:57 PM

Seahawks CB Shaq Griffin has been manning the left side in OTAs.

It's Richard Sherman's old side, a spot he rarely strayed from to shadow opposing wideouts. If you're going to play "sides," the left is more important with the majority of the league's quarterbacks being right-handed. It's still possible the Seahawks end up switching Griffin and Byron Maxwell around a bit. The No. 90 overall pick of last year's draft, Griffin had a promising rookie season.
May 24 - 8:30 PM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers have "no expectation" that Le'Veon Bell will report before he did last season, which was Sept. 1.

Under no obligation to report since he hasn't signed his franchise tag, Bell can show up at his leisure. The sides have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. It's not looking likely. In the event no deal is reached, Bell will almost certainly skip the entire preseason and report close to Week 1.
May 24 - 7:51 PM

Bucs signed second-round CB Carlton Davis to a four-year contract.

Davis made 32 starts in Auburn's secondary, tallying three career interceptions and earning first-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches as a senior. Davis showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 34-inch vertical. A big, somewhat stiff press-coverage specialist with plus arm length (32 ¾") and a knack for disrupting routes, Davis offers No. 2 cornerback potential if used correctly.
May 24 - 6:38 PM

Packers signed TE Marcedes Lewis, formerly of the Jaguars.

The longtime — 12 years — Jaguar will join Jimmy Graham as a blocking complement. As evidenced by his five touchdowns last season, 34-year-old Lewis also offers a strong pair of hands in the red zone. Lewis should catch some touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers but won't be a fantasy option in 2018. It's possible Lewis' presence ends up making Lance Kendricks expendable.
May 24 - 6:37 PM

Yahoo Sports reports that, using a "Washington consulting firm," the NFL polled fans last summer on whether free agent Colin Kaepernick should be signed.

Per reporter Charles Robinson, the poll also included questions on domestic violence, gambling, player protests and player safety. Kap was reportedly the "only player singled out in the research for specific opinions." That could create headaches for the league in Kap's collusion lawsuit.
May 24 - 6:14 PM

Jaguars signed third-round S Ronnie Harrison to a four-year contract.

Harrison underwhelmed in pre-draft testing, managing a 4.63 forty and 34-inch vertical. Still, Harrison looks the part of an NFL strong safety or dime-package linebacker with the longest arms in this safety class (33 3/8"), a tone-setting playing style, and natural ball skills. He offers upside as a strong safety prospect.
May 24 - 5:52 PM

ABC Buffalo believes fourth-round rookie CB Taron Johnson could compete with Phillip Gaines in the slot.

Johnson is getting first-team reps in OTAs, but it's only because Vontae Davis is absent. When Davis is present, Gaines is expected to get the first shot in the middle. He is coming off another bad year, however, leaving himself open to competition from his 5-foot-11 rookie teammate. Johnson was the 2017 Big Sky Defensive MVP but had an underwhelming Combine.
May 24 - 5:47 PM

ABC Buffalo reports first-rounder Tremaine Edmunds is already "locked in" at middle linebacker for the Bills.

This was expected after the Bills announced Edmunds would remain in the middle, but it's still notable. Whereas the Bills are babying fellow first-rounder Josh Allen, Edmunds is already monopolizing the first-team reps in the middle. Ace reporter Joe Buscaglia believes Edmunds could contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors simply by virtue of "the stats he's likely to put up with so much time on the field."
Source: ABC Buffalo
May 24 - 5:38 PM

The Seahawks expect FS Earl Thomas to report for mandatory minicamp.

Upset with his contract situation — and perhaps the fact he wasn't traded this offseason — Thomas is skipping voluntary workouts. The Seahawks worked hard to deal Thomas but were unwilling to unload him for pennies on the dollar. It's possible something is still worked out between now and Week 1, but Thomas should spend 2018 in Seattle.
May 24 - 5:32 PM

The Lions' official website reports there's "no doubt" Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount have been the team's top two backs in OTAs.

Per reporter Tim Twentyman, "one or the other led every team session or 7-on-7 drill." It's confirmation that Ameer Abdullah is being phased out. Theo Riddick should maintain an active role on passing downs. A trade up target in the second round, Johnson should get the opportunity to be the Lions' leader on early downs, though Blount isn't pushover competition.
May 24 - 5:13 PM

Chiefs signed second-round DT Breeland Speaks to a four-year contract.

An early-career defensive tackle who moved to end last season, Speaks put versatility on tape and logged impressive 68th-percentile SPARQ results before the draft, suggesting room for further growth. Speaks is a boom-bust prospect with upside for a Michael Bennett-style role but a Datone Jones floor. Undersized but explosive, Speaks’ closest comp may be old Titans/Dolphins DL Jason Jones.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

Cardinals signed WR Christian Kirk to a four-year contract.

Already locked into three-receiver sets, Kirk should open the year as a starter opposite Larry Fitzgerald. Even with Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen at quarterback, that's a position that would have immediate fantasy relevance.
May 24 - 4:04 PM

Reuben Foster reported to 49ers OTAs on Thursday.

Foster reported one day after he had domestic violence charges dismissed, and a weapons felony reduced to a misdemeanor. At one point, Foster's NFL career appeared in peril. Now, he is unlikely to face any league discipline.
May 24 - 3:27 PM


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