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Cam Newton said he has realized he does not have to "always be the playmaker."

"I have to give other people opportunities to make plays," Newton said in an insightful piece (linked below) about his growth. "That's the hardest thing about maturation, especially for me." With new weapons in rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Newton realizes he needs to change the way he plays and focus on "getting the ball out of my hands" in an offense which should rely more on quick passes moving forward. He also is taking better care of his body, staying away from sweets and dropping to "hands down" his lowest offseason weight despite being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Coming off one of his worst seasons in the NFL, Newton looks to be headed for a bounce back if his health cooperates.
Jun 27 - 10:45 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Rams will not reach a long-term agreement with franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson before the July 17 deadline.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported the same a week ago, and it does not look like anything has changed. Unable to sign Johnson to a long-term deal after tagging him last year, it would have been difficult for the Rams to handle this situation any worse, and it now looks like Johnson will head to free agency next spring having earned $31 million over two seasons.
Jun 27 - 10:23 AM

ESPN's Adam Cousins reports a long-term deal between the Redskins and franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins "is considered a long shot for the time being."

NFL Network analyst and former GM Charley Casserly agrees, saying he does not "see any way" the two sides reach a long-term deal. There was some optimism about a new deal earlier this month -- Schefter does say there is "an improved tone between the two sides" -- but it seems like the July 17 deadline will pass without an agreement. Cousins is scheduled to make $23.94 million on the one-year franchise tender.
Jun 27 - 10:18 AM

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, Latavius Murray said he expects to "be the guy" in the backfield.

"This is my time, this is my opportunity," Murray said. "When it comes Game 1, I need to be back there lining up." It would be shocking if he said anything else, but second-rounder Dalvin Cook looks like the heavy favorite after Murray was forced to miss the offseason program with an ankle injury, which the veteran admitted has put him "behind." Murray should have a role if he can get his ankle right, but it would be surprising if he emerges as the starter.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Ahmad Brooks is playing strong-side linebacker in the 49ers' new scheme.

An outside linebacker in the departing 3-4, Brooks looks to be playing a role similar to the one Vic Beasley occupies in Atlanta, playing off the ball in base and as a defensive end in nickel. 2015 third-rounder Eli Harold made the same switch this offseason and should push Brooks for the job in camp.
Jun 27 - 9:47 AM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly does not "see any way" franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins signs a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline.

Considering Derek Carr's new deal, the $24 million Cousins is already scheduled to make in 2017, and the cost to tag him again next year, Casserly thinks it would take $93 million guaranteed over five years to get Cousins to sign. "Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept," Casserly said. "That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that." While there was some optimism earlier this month, Cousins' chances of signing a long-term deal before the deadline are as murky as ever.
Jun 27 - 9:32 AM

Rams OLB Connor Barwin said it "feels good" to be back in Wade Phillips' scheme.

Barwin was not at his best as a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme in Philadelphia last season, so he is happy to be back in a 3-4 under Phillips, who he played for in Houston. "This is really where I want to be playing, the system I want to be in and where I’m going to have the most success," Barwin said. Going on 31, the pass rusher may not return to the double-digit sack tier, but he should be a solid option opposite Robert Quinn.
Jun 27 - 9:15 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said backup QB Brett Hundley is playing with "confidence."

With the veterans excused from minicamp, Hundley worked as the No. 1. "These two practices are big for him obviously because he’s in the lead chair," McCarthy said during minicamp. "He’s snapping the ball off; you can see the way he’s finishing his throws. Brett’s done a lot of good things." While the Packers hope Hundley never sees the field for them, his development is important because it gives them both a quality backup and a tradable asset. After almost moving him during this year's draft, Green Bay almost certainly will shop the backup again next spring, and a good preseason showing will only up their asking price.
Jun 27 - 9:02 AM

Packers C Corey Linsley (ankle surgery) said he will "follow the plan" for his ankle surgery this year.

Linsley did not follow the plan while recovering from a torn hamstring last year, and it cost him half the season. "I was trying to get ahead of it, and I ended up behind," Linsley said. "Now it’s a matter of knowing I’ll be OK as long as I follow this plan." Coach Mike McCarthy said he expects Linsley to be ready for camp as long as he avoids any setbacks. With J.C. Tretter now in Cleveland, Linsley is the locked-in starter at center.
Source: ESPN
Jun 27 - 8:55 AM

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


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