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Texans second-year WR Will Fuller is hoping to add weight this season.

"I think the most I've ever weighed is probably about 190, and I felt pretty good," Fuller said. "That was around the Combine. If I can get to that weight and keep my speed, that would be perfect." Fuller is listed at 180 on the Texans' roster. Fuller got off to a piping-hot start as a rookie, but faded fast after the first month and had severe drop issues. Fuller said, overall, he feels much more comfortable heading into Year 2. Deshaun Watson at quarterback should also help.
May 22 - 7:19 PM

Chiefs signed OLB Tourek Williams.

A former sixth-rounder of the Chargers in 2013, Williams appeared in all 16 games last season, mainly playing special teams and 142 snaps on defense. He has two career sacks and will try to earn a gig in kick coverage.
May 22 - 6:08 PM

Chiefs waived OLB Victor Ochi.

They signed OLB Tourek Williams to take Ochi's place on the 90-man offseason roster. Ochi went undrafted out of Stony Brook two Aprils ago.
May 22 - 5:51 PM

Rams DT Aaron Donald is skipping OTAs due to a contract dispute.

Keep in mind this round of OTAs is voluntary. "It has something to do with the contract," GM Les Snead acknowledged Monday. "We're at the serious part of (negotiations)." Donald is owed just $1.8 million in 2017, and in 2018 the Rams have him under control with a fifth-year team option. Donald wants his extension now, however, and the team is amenable. The best three-technique tackle in football, Donald is likely to become the NFL's highest-paid defensive player whenever he puts pen to paper.
May 22 - 5:40 PM

Free agent WR Cecil Shorts (knee) admitted he will not play football in 2017.

Shorts tore his right ACL, MCL, and PCL and dislocated his knee last winter. His goal is to resume playing in 2018. Shorts turns 30 this December.
May 22 - 5:09 PM

Former Ravens draft bust Matt Elam was arrested for grand theft and battery in Delray Beach, Florida on Monday morning.

It's his second arrest since February, when Elam was popped for allegedly possessing 126 grams of marijuana and three grams of oxycodone. Elam is being held on $4,500 bond. Elam, 25, has played his final NFL snap. The worst pick of Ozzie Newsome's tenure, Elam was drafted 32nd overall in 2013.
Source: TMZ.com
May 22 - 5:06 PM

Jets waived/injured WR Devin Smith.

Smith tore his ACL in late April and will spend all of his third NFL season on injured reserve. The 37th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Smith will enter 2018 having appeared in just 14-of-48 possible games. If it makes Jets fans feel any better, Smith was taken just ahead of fellow receiver disappointments Dorial Green-Beckham (No. 40) and Devin Funchess (No. 41).
May 22 - 4:59 PM

The Browns will move Christian Kirksey to weak-side linebacker in new DC Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.

Demario Davis will align at middle linebacker with Jamie Collins manning the strong side. Kirksey was an IDP monster in 2016, tallying 148 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Kirksey was exposed frequently in pass coverage, however, and it remains to be seen whether he will maintain a three-down role under Williams.
May 22 - 4:52 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggests the Steelers could play more four-receiver offense this season.

Assuming conditionally-reinstated Martavis Bryant is all systems go, the Steelers will have Bryant, Antonio Brown, Eli Rogers, and second-rounder JuJu Smith-Schuster available at wideout. Losing Ladarius Green removed a weapon from Pittsburgh's offense, and more four-wide packages could be one way to compensate. Last year's Steelers went four wide on just 1 percent of their plays. For comparison, the Jets led the NFL in four-wide sets at 33 percent.
May 22 - 4:47 PM

Free agent Reggie Bush hopes to continue his playing career.

Bush, 32, finished the 2016 season in Buffalo with -3 yards on 12 carries. "That's my plan," Bush said of continuing to play. "Going into year 12, I still feel like I have a lot left to prove, a lot left to give this game before I'm done." Bush insisted he's "spoken to a few teams, yes." Bush has not broken 300 rushing yards or 4.0 yards per carry since the 2013 season.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 4:11 PM

New coach Vance Joseph said the Broncos plan to use a running back committee this season.

"You need two or three guys that can carry the load. It is no longer a one-guy position," Joseph said. "I’m excited to have Jamaal (Charles), C.J. (Anderson), (Devontae Booker), even De’Angelo (Henderson) in the mix. It’s going to be competitive, and that’s the way it should be." Anderson is the favorite for touches, but his usage will depend on Charles' health and whether Booker shows any year-two progress. Anderson currently makes sense as a sixth- to seventh-round pick in re-draft leagues, while the rest of Denver's backs are late-round fliers.
Source: Denver Post
May 22 - 4:03 PM

Jaguars placed WR Bryan Walters on injured reserve.

A backup slot receiver and special teamer, Walters suffered a foot injury in the offseason program. He will likely be released with an injury settlement.
May 22 - 3:51 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers OT Michael Oher's absence from the offseason program is not just concussion-related.

Per reporter Joseph Person, Oher is dealing with "personal matters" beyond his misdemeanor assault case. He is also reported to be out of shape. Oher remains penciled in as the Panthers' right tackle, but second-rounder Taylor Moton looms as a back-up plan. There's been no indication Oher is close to being cleared from the concussion that wrecked his 2016.
May 22 - 2:54 PM

Contract-year QB Derek Carr is confident an extension will be in place by training camp.

NFL Network's Mike Silver reported last week that Carr had "grown frustrated" with the "slow pace" of talks. "These things take time," Carr said. "The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback." Carr is upping the public pressure, both through leaks and direct statements. Quarterback talks are never easy, but Carr will likely have a new deal before Week 1.
May 22 - 2:37 PM

The Lions' website believes the team is planning a "featured role" for Ameer Abdullah (foot) in 2017.

The Lions admitted as much with their offseason moves, somewhat surprisingly skipping over running back in the draft and free agency. Still recovering from a torn ligament in his foot, Abdullah expects to be "full go" soon. "I'm just going to work my tail off and be the best back I can in the situations I'll be given this year," Abdullah said. "I'm really attacking things with a more focused mindset." Abdullah's home run ability has never been in doubt, but he won't catch passes with Theo Riddick in tow, and has just two career rushing touchdowns. There's still quite a bit of projection required with the 24-year-old (in June) back.
May 22 - 1:25 PM


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