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DallasCowboys.com's David Helman believes No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott "will finish with roughly 280-300 carries."

Adrian Peterson was the only back to crack 300 carries last season, and Doug Martin joined him as the only backs above 270. That said, this projection is not in any way crazy. The Cowboys are just a year removed from handing the ball to DeMarco Murray 392 times, and they spent a top-five pick on Elliott in part because they want to replicate the ground-and-pound approach which worked so well in 2014. Elliott has more competition in the backfield than Murray did, but he is still the clear No. 1 on a what projects to be a run-heavy team. Topping 300 carries is certainly within the realm of possibilities.
Jun 28 - 12:37 PM

The New York Post's Paul Schwartz believes Giants RB Andre Williams is competing with Orleans Darkwa for a roster spot.

In a telling case study of the sunk-cost fallacy, the Giants have yet to give up on Williams despite his terrible performance through two seasons. His fourth-round pedigree certainly has something to do with that decision, and that draft cost could prevent New York from moving on even if Williams is outperformed by Darkwa in camp.
Jun 28 - 11:57 AM

Titans OC Terry Robiskie said WR Harry Douglas' leadership is "a plus" for the team.

"He knows the system and he knows it well," Robiskie said. "He knows how to compete, how to get after it. And the thing about him is we can count on him a little bit to a be a leader in the room." Douglas does bring a veteran presence to what is an extremely young receiver corps, but he is well below-average on the field. Luckily for him, Douglas only has to beat out Justin Hunter and Tre McBride for a roster spot.
Jun 28 - 11:38 AM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said the team wants to have an attacking defense.

"It pretty much sums it up," Gase said. "I mean, I’m sure that we’re making it easy as far as what we’re saying, but for the most part that’s what we want our guys to do." Miami also plans to employ "Wide 9" principles on the defensive line as they attempt to create more pressure. Several Dolphin defenders have played in similar systems in the past including Ndamukong Suh, who said an attacking defense "suited" him well. Miami needs to improve after finishing bottom 10 in total defense, takeaways, and sacks last season.
Jun 28 - 11:25 AM

Marcus Mariota told coach Mike Mularkey he would "hand the ball off 40 times" if that's what it took to win games.

"That's what's important to me, to giving us an opportunity to win," Mariota continued. "Having those two workhorses back there should help us out." The two workhorses Mariota references are DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, the likely focal points of Tennessee's #ExoticSmashmouth attack. There is literally no chance the Titans run the ball 40 times a game, but the scheme should limit Mariota's passing attempts and upside if the defense can hold up their end of the bargain. Luckily for Mariota, that is a big if.
Jun 28 - 11:01 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said undrafted sophomore RB John Crockett "needs to show up on special teams."

The focus all offseason has rightfully been on starter Eddie Lacy's weight, but the lack of depth behind him is an important storyline as well. James Starks was re-signed in March, but the 30-year-old struggled when asked to start last year. Crockett could conceivably have a role if either Lacy or Starks falter, but it sounds like he needs to show better on special teams to ensure a roster spot. If Lacy is not able to rediscover his form, the Packers' running game will be in trouble.
Jun 28 - 10:50 AM

Seahawks OL coach Tom Cable believes RT J'Marcus Webb can have the "best year of [his] career."

"And what I mean by that, he’s kind of been up and down," Cable said. "It’s about getting someone to believe in him, and that’s my job, and in getting him to believe in himself. And if those two things can marry up right, I think this kid can really, really do something cool for us." One of the best position coaches in the league, Cable's presence has allowed the personnel department to almost ignore the offensive line. That team-building strategy backfired last season, and Cable will have to work several miracles to field an above-average unit this year. Perhaps coaxing a good season out of Webb will be one of his magic tricks.
Jun 28 - 10:38 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler believes Redskins third-round rookie Kendall Fuller "will emerge" as the slot corner.

Fuller was fully cleared in his return from microfracture surgery in May and will be ready to compete for a role in training camp. Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are locked in as the starters, but the Redskins are still looking for a No. 3. Fuller will have to beat out undrafted sophomore Quinton Dunbar for the job.
Jun 28 - 9:48 AM

Chiefs WRs Chris Conley and Albert Wilson trained with Jeremy Maclin this offseason.

Both Conley and Wilson planned to spend the offseason in Atlanta, but Maclin convinced them to train with him in Kansas City. By all accounts, the extra work paid off for both guys. "Those are a couple of guys that I thought had good camps — they’re kind of growing up before our eyes here, which is fun to watch," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "I think I’d tell you yes, that both of them working with Maclin paid off." Kansas City added Rod Streater in free agency, but Conley and Wilson remain the favorites for the Nos. 2 and 3 jobs. Unfortunately, those roles do not carry any fantasy value in the Chiefs offense.
Jun 28 - 9:32 AM

Tre Boston is expected to take over as a starting safety for the Panthers.

With Roman Harper back in New Orleans, Boston's path to the starting job opposite Kurt Coleman is wide open. A fourth-round pick in 2014, Boston has played limited snaps on defense through his first two years, but he has three interceptions and a fumble recovery to his name despite the limited playing time. With serious questions at corner, the Panthers need their safety group to be sound.
Jun 28 - 9:23 AM

Third-round rookie Shilique Calhoun will play as a linebacker for the Raiders.

Calhoun was a defensive end at Michigan State, but he will play as the primary backup to OLBs Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as a rookie. "I’ve been playing a little bit of everything," Calhoun said. "I’ve been moving around, but I’m mainly at (strongside linebacker) and the LEO." He will be required to work in space more often as a linebacker, but Calhoun's primary job will remain getting to the quarterback.
Jun 28 - 9:14 AM
Rex Ryan - DT - Bills

Legendary coach Buddy Ryan has died.

Ryan might be known to the younger generation as the father of Rex and Rob, but he was the architect of perhaps the greatest defense in NFL history. Running Ryan's patented "46" defense, the 1985 Chicago Bears allowed just 12.4 points a game in the regular season and a total of 10 points during their three-game run to a Super Bowl title. Ryan had some success as a head coach as well, leading the Eagles to three-straight playoff appearances in the late 80s. He was 82.
Jun 28 - 8:36 AM

Browns ILBs coach Johnny Holland praised seventh-round ILB Scooby Wright, saying Wright "has done an excellent job" and "is going to have a bright future."

"Scooby plays with the effort that we like," Holland continued. "He has heart. He works hard. He wants to be good. He comes to work every day. He’s a lunch-pail guy, and we like those kind of guys." Wright nearly went undrafted because of poor measurables. He's small (6'/240) and timed slow in the forty (4.90) with a mediocre 31-inch vertical. Wright seems like a perfect guy to earn his early keep on special teams. He's drawn loose Zach Thomas comparisons.
Jun 27 - 8:25 PM

Jaguars OLB Dan Skuta's lawyer claims Skuta was actually the victim in an alleged battery last month in Orlando, Fla.

Skuta was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges and released on $500 bond. He claims the story was completely fabricated, and he was the one who was assaulted. "Eyewitnesses will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place," Skuta's lawyer said. "Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck." Skuta has a black eye in his mugshot.
Jun 27 - 6:36 PM

Free agent S Antrel Rolle insists he's "waiting for the right situation."

Rolle says he's heard "from a few teams" since getting released by the Bears last month. He's reportedly a back-burner option for the Dolphins, but otherwise hasn't been publicly connected to any teams. Rolle was ineffective during an injury-marred 2015, but should still get a shot to crack someone's 53-man roster in camp.
Jun 27 - 5:18 PM


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