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The Newark Star-Ledger considers Chris Owusu the leading candidate for the Jets's No. 5 receiver job.

Owusu was cut by the Bucs in Week 3 and appeared in five games with the Jets last season. The Jets like his kick return value after he impressed in limited action. Owusu is battling T.J. Graham, Devier Posey, and Shaq Evans for one of the final receiver spots.
May 30 - 5:34 PM

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports "several people within the organization" believe QB Tyrod Taylor has a chance to be the Week 1 starter.

The Bills have been splitting reps between Taylor, E.J. Manuel, and Matt Cassel at OTAs. A favorite of Rex Ryan, Taylor has flashed starting-caliber tools in limited preseason action, but his accuracy issues (54.3 career completion-percentage) are well documented. The Bills like Taylor’s ability to run OC Greg Roman’s scheme, where Colin Kaepernick finished behind only Russell Wilson in rushing yards (639) and attempts (104) last year.
May 30 - 5:13 PM

Chiefs QB Tyler Bray (knee) hasn't been cleared for OTAs.

Four months removed from ACL surgery, Bray is a candidate to open training camp on active/PUP. His future in Kansas City is in doubt after sitting out all of 2014. Bray is behind Aaron Murray for the No. 3 quarterback job.
May 30 - 4:31 PM

Chiefs SS Tyvon Branch (foot) has been practicing without restrictions at OTAs.

Branch is fully recovered from his 2014 foot injury. He’s currently penciled in as Kansas City’s strong safety with Eric Berry sidelined. The Chiefs can’t count on Branch staying healthy after appearing in just five games over the last two years.
May 30 - 4:20 PM

Saints CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste "sees a big difference" in his second year.

Jean-Baptiste had playbook and technique struggles as a rookie, playing just eight snaps. The Saints don’t have a clear frontrunner at nickel corner, and are letting him compete with Kyle Wilson, Delvin Breaux, and third-rounder P.J. Williams. At 6'3/218, Jean-Baptiste should be limited to covering the outside in sub packages.
May 30 - 3:40 PM

Coach Sean Payton confirmed TE Josh Hill will play the Jimmy Graham role in the Saints offense.

After not drafting a tight end the Saints are committed to Hill as Graham’s successor. Hill will get the majority of his snaps detached from the line, with Ben Watson returning in his usual role. Hill managed five touchdowns on limited targets last year and remains a candidate for a major step forward.
May 30 - 3:29 PM

Saints coach Sean Payton said TE Ben Watson’s role won’t change this season.

"Ben is one of those guys that can play the true Y," Payton said. "I don’t know with Jimmy Graham's departure that changes Ben's role because he was very involved a year ago." The Saints plan to increase Josh Hill's snaps and keep Watson as their in-line blocker. A bottom-20 tight end by PFF last year, Watson should remain a non-factor in the pass game.
May 30 - 3:11 PM

The Dallas Morning News expects second-round pick Randy Gregory to be the Week 1 starter at right end.

Gregory will likely lose snaps to Jeremy Mincey, but won’t be limited to just pass rushing. The Cowboys want to use Gregory as a bookend to Demarcus Lawrence until Greg Hardy returns from his suspension. Gregory missed time with conditioning issues in rookie camp, but has been mixing in first-team reps at OTAs.
May 30 - 2:38 PM

Cowboys RE Jeremy Mincey has been working at defensive tackle during OTAs.

Mincey led Dallas with six sacks last year, but is a candidate to move inside with the additions of Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy. The Cowboys are desperately looking to reduce DT Nick Hayden’s snaps, and playing Mincey at one-technique would get him and Gregory on the field at the same time. Mincey should rush the passer from multiple spots this season.
May 30 - 2:19 PM

Mark Sanchez said his arm feels "better and stronger" another year removed from shoulder surgery.

Sanchez missed all of 2013 with a torn labrum, and he felt like that injury affected his arm strength last season. "First thing, physically, I feel so much better," Sanchez said. "The farther it gets away from surgery and all the reps I've had, all the rehab on through, it only can get better and better and stronger." Sanchez has unsurprisingly expressed a desire to start. The Eagles likely hope it will not come to that, but with Sam Bradford already struggling with his surgically repaired knee, it is likely Sanchez is forced into a starting role at some point this season.
May 30 - 1:46 PM

There is a "strong chance" Xavier Su'a-Filo opens the season as the Texans' starting left guard.

With Ben Jones replacing the departed Chirs Myers at center, the left guard job is Su'a-Filo's to lose. A second-round pick out of UCLA, Su'a-Filo played 130 underwhelming snaps as a rookie including a start at right guard against Indianapolis, but the Texans are hoping he can make a big jump in his sophomore campaign. If he can, the Texans' offensive line should remain an elite run-blocking unit.
May 30 - 1:22 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson said it is unlikely the Bengals trade any of their offensive tackles.

On the surface, starting tackles Andrew Whitworth and Andre Smith look to be surplus to requirements after the Bengals spent their first two picks on offensive tackles in the 2015 draft. The issue is first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, and Cincinnati would likely prefer second-round pick Jake Fisher to spend some time developing on the bench. The Giants and Broncos will have to look elsewhere to help their banged up offensive lines.
Source: bengals.com
May 30 - 12:55 PM

Eagles LG Evan Mathis' agent Drew Rosenhaus said the Dolphins are not a "strong possibility" for the disgruntled guard.

"I’ve been given permission by the Eagles to shop Evans," Rosenhaus said in a radio interview. "We thought we had a trade with another team leading up to the Draft. It was not the Dolphins." Coach Chip Kelly has said Mathis has been available to trade for two offseasons, but to this point Rosenhaus has yet to find a partner. Mathis is not happy, but he will likely remain an Eagle for at least one more season.
Source: CBS Miami
May 30 - 12:38 PM

The Lions have still not opened contract negotiations with contract-year DT Haloti Ngata.

"I think there's other guys that they're really more worried about," Ngata said. "I think we definitely are probably going to talk sometime, but right now, I know they wanted to, but we haven't really said anything." Ngata has consistently expressed a desire to sign an extension with his new team. Something should be worked out prior to training camp.
Source: MLive.com
May 30 - 12:34 PM

Darian Stewart is working as a first-team safety at Broncos' OTAs.

Stewart said earlier this month the free safety job was his to lose, and Broncos DC Wade Phillips agreed. Omar Bolden could push him, but Stewart should open the season as the starter.
May 30 - 12:28 PM


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