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Jerick McKinnon opened Vikings OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" in the running back corps.

It's not a surprise since Latavius Murray (ankle) is on the shelf and Dalvin Cook is a rookie. With that said, McKinnon has no Rotoworld blurbs since January 1, and his outlook has changed dramatically in the past few months. McKinnon offers scheme experience and receiving skills, but Cook is a far superior inside runner, and Murray is making nearly $4 million this year. McKinnon is in danger of slipping to third string on the depth chart.
May 25 - 1:05 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated he is optimistic about WR Jaron Brown's (ACL) health.

Brown was poised to assert himself into a bigger 2016 role before tearing his ACL late last October. The Cardinals liked him enough to sign Brown to a one-year extension less than a month later, ensuring he spent another year with the club. "We’re keeping him out of team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been."
May 25 - 12:31 AM

Laquon Treadwell has run with the first-team offense at Vikings OTAs.

The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell managed one reception during his rookie campaign. The Vikings are just trying to build his confidence by running him in three-receiver sets with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but perhaps it'll work. A GIF circulated Wednesday of Treadwell beating Xavier Rhodes for a long catch from Sam Bradford in OTAs. The Vikings signed Michael Floyd as a fallback option should Treadwell not make a sophomore leap.
May 24 - 11:50 PM

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears third-year WR Kevin White has spent the last several months "working to align his stride" when running.

White missed his rookie season with a fractured left tibia, then missed all but four games of his sophomore campaign with a "fibular spiral fracture" and "severe ankle ligament damage" in the same leg. Per the Tribune's Rich Campbell, the Bears simply "don't know" whether White will regain his explosiveness. White is nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts.
May 24 - 10:58 PM

Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson insisted Dak Prescott is in no danger of experiencing a sophomore slump.

It is part of Wilson's job description to build Prescott up, keep in mind. "Nothing is too big for that kid," said Wilson, a former longtime NFL QB himself. "He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year." Prescott said he's taking on a more vocal leadership role after "just being quiet and trying to fit my way in" as a rookie. Prescott will again be a high-upside late-round quarterback target.
May 24 - 9:29 PM

Philip Rivers indicated Branden Oliver (Achilles') has looked as good as new at Chargers OTAs.

Oliver is coming off a brutal injury, but he suffered it last August and will be over a full year removed for Week 1. "It’s been great (having him back)," Rivers. "Gosh, we had really such high expectations for him going into last year. ... He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays." Oliver is a handcuff to remember entering the 2017 fantasy season.
May 24 - 9:20 PM

The Kansas City Star expects Spencer Ware to return as the Chiefs' starting running back.

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher previously projected rookie Kareem Hunt as the team's likely leader in 2017 rushing attempts and running back catches. Ware has averaged 4.63 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception over the past two seasons, however, and the Chiefs shouldn't be in any hurry to pull Ware off the field. This will be a camp battle to monitor closely.
May 24 - 8:27 PM

Dolphins coach Adam Gase suggested Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries this season.

This assumes his health cooperates, of course, and that the Dolphins lead on the scoreboard enough to feed Ajayi the nearly 22 carries per week required to approach 350 attempts. Regardless, it's clear the Dolphins' offense is now built around Ajayi and not on Ryan Tannehill's arm. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said when asked about his feature back usage. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that." Ajayi is one of the highest-upside running back picks in the second round.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 7:43 PM

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith says he can do everything he was able to do before his knee injury.

Smith has been setback-free in his limited OTA work. His health continues to point up, and the Cowboys remain optimistic he'll fully regenerate his nerve issue. Smith will be 20 months removed from knee surgery for Week 1.
May 24 - 7:31 PM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown insisted Wednesday that Ezekiel Elliott does not have a concussion.

Elliott is sitting out OTAs after suffering a head injury in a Sunday night car accident. The Cowboys claim he merely took a "hit to the head," and isn't concussed, experiencing only "neck stiffness" and "body stiffness." Zeke is reportedly being held out of practice as a "precaution." Elliott is expected to resume practicing next Tuesday. Strangely, Zeke has been involved in two automobile accidents already this year.
May 24 - 7:22 PM

Giants signed DE Devin Taylor to a one-year contract.

They also signed S Duke Ihenacho. Taylor started all 16 games last year, but took a step back after his seven-sack 2015. With Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon locked in as starters, Taylor will return to a rotational role with the Giants.
May 24 - 7:20 PM

Giants signed S Duke Ihenacho, formerly of the Redskins.

Ihenacho didn't generate any free agent interest despite starting 10 games last season. He gives the Giants another option in a secondary with questions opposite Landon Collins. Ihenacho struggled with missed tackles in Washington, but is a plus run stopper.
May 24 - 7:16 PM

Browns hired former Colts GM Ryan Grigson as Senior Personnel Executive.

Grigson was fired in January after a disastrous five years with the Colts. He's reuniting with VP of Player Personnel Andrew Berry, over whom Grigson was the boss in Indy. The Browns had an opening after national scout Lake Dawson left for Buffalo. While his hire will undoubtedly be poorly received, Grigson adds a veteran scouting presence to an unproven front office.
May 24 - 7:01 PM

Brock Osweiler says he expects to be the Browns' starter.

"My expectation is always to start," Osweiler said. "But once again that's not my decision. I want to play and I want to help this team win, but I know there's a lot of work that needs to go into that." Osweiler has been working with the second-team offense at OTAs, but rotated in with the starters. The Browns quarterback competition should carry deep into training camp.
May 24 - 6:11 PM

Dolphins signed first-round DE Charles Harris to a four-year contract.

The deal includes the standard fifth-year option. Harris was highly productive in college, but had a disappointing Combine (4.82 speed, 9-foot-1 broad jump). There's concern he'll max out as a situational pass rusher.
May 24 - 5:35 PM


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